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Ciara is continuing her comeback wave with the third single off her forthcoming album, “Dose,” which is set to premiere this week on ESPN.
The 32-year old Princess of Crunk & B made the announcement via her Instagram on Monday (Sept. 5), rocking an 80s Whitney Houston-styled hairdo, with a George Michael dangling cross-earring dressed in a black bodysuit for the single's artwork.
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New Single #Dose out 9/14!! Tune into @ESPN All Day, Everyday to hear a snippet! I’m soooo excited!
Ciara has yet to announce the title and release date for her seventh album, although she is currently riding high off the success of her previous singles. Her lead track, the Jersey Club-assisted “Level Up” turned into a viral social media challenge and rose to No. 23 on the R&B/hip-hop charts while its follow-up — “Freak Me” with Nigerian artist Tekno garnered praise from African women for the Afrobeat slant and African aesthetic used for its accompanying video. With "Dose," and the 1987 Houston hairstyle that the Atlanta native is rocking, will the melody have a Whitney-inspired feel to it? Perhaps a sample from one of her classics? Fans on Twitter think so, jokingly.
“How Will I OH” https://t.co/8p9wrCiQGR
— Masturbae (@KhocolateKhaos) September 10, 2018
I Wanna 1,2 Step (With Somebody Who Loves Me) https://t.co/S1gHwFfRWm
— ✨ ✨ (@kingrocketz) September 10, 2018
CiCi’s new album will be released on her own label Beauty Marks Entertainment which will be distributed by Warner Bros. Records. Since 2015’s Jackie, Ciara took a hiatus from music, becoming more of a professional socialite much like her industry peer and BFF Kelly Rowland, but gracefully living her best life with her NFL hubby Russell Wilson and their two children.
No announcements have been made at the current moment on who will produce CiCi’s new album although she reunited with friend Missy Elliott and Fatman Scoop (first time since 2005) for the remix of her “Level Up” single. In the meantime, Ciara is scheduled to be a halftime performer during ESPN's Monday Night Football sometime this season. You can also catch the mother-of-two on the road as an opening act for Bruno Mars' 24K Magic Tour this month and October in Toronto, Boston, Newark, and Los Angeles.
Inbox: ESPN's Monday Night Football will have new halftime program/series partner in luxury auto brand Genesis. Integral part of the relationship is musical acts to close out HT. Tonight, it'll be Boyz II Men in Detroit. Future acts include Zac Brown Band, Daughtry, Ciara #MNF
— Mark J. Burns (@markjburns88) September 10, 2018
Ciara will also celebrate another milestone in her career this month. Her debut album Goodies will reach its 14th anniversary Friday (Sept. 28). Spawning four top 10 hits — “Goodies,” “1,2 Step, “Oh,” “And I” — and record sales that reached three million in the U.S., made Ciara the next young R&B/hip-hop starlet with Ashanti and a solo Beyoncé in a post-Aaliyah world.
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Remember the 2005 story about a Georgia woman who got cold feet a few days before her wedding, so she faked a kidnapping to get out of it? The media labeled the then 32-year old “Runaway Bride.” Or the story of Susan Smith, 11 years prior, who claimed a black man kidnapped her children? Well, this story involves some of the same criminal schemes. However, instead of the runaway bride like the former, it's the runaway boss.
According to the Fresno Bee, a 32-year old California woman named Maria Gonzalez alleged that she was carrying a large sum of money when two African-American men wearing masks, one of them holding a handgun, entered her car and demanded that she drive.
Then she claimed she lost consciousness and woke up in a home in Caruthers, about 20 miles south of Fresno, with her hands tied behind, and gagged with a rag. Gonzalez also said she suffered a bump on her head from being beaten and alleged $9,000 stolen by the bandits from her place that she planned to use to pay her employees. Police Chief Jerry Dyer said in a news conference that Gonzalez “felt that the suspects had sexually assaulted her as a result of having what she described as moisture in her underwear.”
The investigators, however, figured out her story was a hoax because she didn’t have enough funds to pay two subcontractors who are drivers for her company, M&C Gonzalez Trucking.
Gonzalez was released by police this past Sunday (Sept. 2) but is expected to be arrested by Fresno police on misdemeanor charges of suspicion of filing a false police report.
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Stevante Clark, the older brother of Stephon Clark who was shot by Sacramento police in a hail of bullets in his grandmother's backyard, is out on bail after being charged with misdemeanor assault and vandalism. Clark attributes his charges to mental trauma.
According to the Associated Press, on Thursday (Apr. 19), the 25-year-old was arrested on suspicions of assault with a deadly weapon, death threats, criminal threats, and abuse of a 911 line. The accusations against Clark came from his landlord who claimed he caused more than $400 worth of damage to the home. Vandalism that led to local police pushing for felony charges before the crimes were reduced to misdemeanors by the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office.
Clark’s legal woes came after thrusting himself into the public eye demanding justice for his brother’s killing. Following Clark's murder, Stevante and protestors disrupted a city council meeting to condemn local lawmakers for the community conditions and their response to this brother's death. In addition, Clark has also been open about the mental trauma his brother's murder has caused him. Explaining to the New York Daily News that has sought treatment.
Clark's mental health claim is a serious plight for many Americans. Per Mental Health America, the 2014 census resulted that only about 13 percent of the US population identifies as “Black/African-America.” However, Black Americans are 20 percent more likely to report serious psychological distress than their white counterparts. A staggering statistic that increases trifold for those who live below the poverty line. Also, Blacks reported being plagued with more feelings of “worthlessness” / “hopelessness” than white Americans. And although they are less likely to die from suicide, Black teens will attempt the act more than white adolescents at nearly eight percent vs. close to just six percent respectively.
Showing empathy, Ruanne Dozier, a district attorney’s office spokesperson stated instead of severing the possible year in prison the office asked Clark to complete a mental health diversionary program that would lead to his charges being dropped. Yet, it is unknown whether Clark will take this compromise. After posting bail on Monday (April 23), the same day the charges were officially filed, it was reported Clark began looking for legal representation.