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Xscape Drops Nene Leakes From Upcoming Tour Amid Rape Joke

The group wished Leakes well as she "navigates this very difficult period."

Nene Leakes' wave of backlash from her rape joke last weekend continued as the reality star given the pink slip for an upcoming gig with Xscape.

TMZ reports the R&B group removed Leakes as a guest for their upcoming reunion tour. "This tour is for and about our fans and we want to provide an entertaining and enjoyable experience for every single person who attends," their statement reads. They also sent wishes to the Real Housewives of Atlanta star as she "navigates this very difficult period." "The Great Xscape Tour" will also feature guests Monica and Tamar Braxton.

Leakes spewed a rape joke at a heckler during a Girls Night Out comedy show Oct. 7. “[The Uber driver], I hope he rape your a** tonight when he take you home,” she said.

Leakes quickly apologized for incident on Facebook, noting her experience with abuse. "As a woman and someone who has survived abuse, I regret the words that I used," she said.

When it comes to Xscape, the band is keeping the focus on their sisterhood.

"I just think the fans really wanted this a lot more than what we were expecting, because after the announcement was made it was just mayhem," LaTocha Scott told Bravo's The Daily Dish.  "And it was a good mayhem, but everybody was excited — the fact that we came back together, that we put the past behind us, and so that's made all the difference."

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Black Mother Delivers Baby At Home After Being Dismissed By Hospital

First-time parents Leo and LeeAnn Bienaime have a beautiful baby boy but his journey into the world was a battle his parents weren't expecting to endure. After what LeeAnn Bienaime called "intense" contractions on Aug. 23, the couple headed to Naval Medical Center Portsmouth under the assumption that she would be tended to immediately.

"I was certain that we were just going to be admitted ... In all of our classes and appointments, they told us that when you're having contractions five minutes apart for a minute long, for one hour, you should come into the hospital," she told ABC News.

Once the couple arrived they were turned away because the soon-to-be mother was only two centimeters dilated. Doctors instructed her to return when she was five centimeters dilated. When the Bienaimes reached home, LeAnn soon felt the head of baby Joachim. "I was just going through my feelings of anxiety and not being able to believe that I'm going through this," she said.

Quickly trying to remember birthing videos, Leo first dialed 911 and then made his way to the bathtub with his wife. "He slid out, I caught him and flipped. I wrapped him in a towel and handed him to her," he said.

In response to the series of events, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth issued a statement to WTKR News 3, stating that "whenever a patient has a concern about their care and treatment, we welcome the opportunity to discuss this with them and resolve any potential issues."

"Had I known to really advocate for myself, I still would have been at the hospital," the new mother said.

Naval Medical Center has directly contacted the pair about the incident.

In 2017, NPR published a report that stated black women are three times more likely to die after childbirth.

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'Hustlers' Inspiration Wishes Cardi B Portrayed Her Instead Of Jennifer Lopez

Critics and fans have fawned over Jennifer Lopez's strong performance in Hustlers but one important figure wasn't impressed.

Speaking to Vanity Fair Wednesday (Sept. 17), Samantha Barbash admitted she enjoyed parts of the film that were inspired by her life, but most of it–like many adaptions of real-life events–was fabricated. Barbash refused to give her film rights to the producers of the film, leaving them to rely on the infamous New York magazine feature for the screenplay.

Barbash and former friend Roselyn Keo were arrested in 2014 for allegedly drugging men and stealing upwards of $200,000 from them during their employment at Scores, a gentlemen's club in New York.

Barbash pleaded guilty to conspiracy, assault, and grand larceny and served five years of probation. Keo took a plea deal in exchange for no jail time. The ladies reportedly indulged in the finer things in life with the money like cards and Hermes bags. The women have defended their actions after claiming the clients were beyond degrading in the club.

As Barbash watched the film with her family over the weekend, she was shocked at the inaccuracies. She tells the outlet that producers offered her "pennies" to be included in the film. She also says she never talked to Lopez about the role.

“I’m a businesswoman. J. Lo doesn’t work for free. Why would I? At the end of the day, I have bags that are worth more than what they wanted to pay me," she said. "She had my birthmark that I have. I used to have a piercing on the top of my lip. She had it on the bottom. She had a tattoo on her finger. I had it on my wrist.” But her mannerisms? No. I am nothing like that in person.”

The portrayal of her working relationship with Keo was also inaccurate, Barbash said. Social media posts of them partying together reflect a loving friendship but Barbash insists the film take on Keo (named Destiny and played by Constance Wu) was a lie. “She wasn’t a friend—she was a coworker.… There was no sisterhood—it was business and that’s it,” she said.

But the now-business owner praised Cardi B's performance. Although the rapper isn't in the majority of the film, Barbash wishes she was. “Her 10 minutes was a great 10 minutes…It’s funny because, when I first heard that the film was coming out, [my business partner] said [she wished] Cardi would have played me," she said. "Even though she is not an actress, she was in the strip club world and she gets it. She would have maybe played a better me. Not taking away from Jennifer. But just because Cardi was in the business.”

Hustlers proved to be a hit at the box office, grossing over $33 million in its opening weekend. Lopez has also received critical praise for her performance which could turn into nominations in the awards sector next year.

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Ed Buck, shown in 2010, was charged with battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house, according to L.A. County prosecutors.
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Ed Buck Facing Drug Charges After Third Man Suffers Overdose In His Home

After nearly two years of protests and calls to action against former Democratic donor Ed Buck, the 65-year-old was arrested after a man overdosed on methamphetamine at his apartment.

The LA Times reports Buck was arrested Tuesday evening (Sept. 17) and charged with one count of battery causing serious injury, administering methamphetamine and maintaining a drug house. Noted as Joe Doe, the victim met Buck at his home Sept. 4 where he "personally and deliberately” administered a large dose of methamphetamine. The man left after fearing an overdose but returned Sept. 11 where he was yet again injected with "two dangerously large" doses of meth. Doe survived but Buck's previous victims didn't.

The first was Gemmel Moore, who died at Moore's apartment at Laurel Avenue in West Hollywood. A coroner cited the cause of death on an accidental overdose, but Moore's family was convinced the 26-year-old didn't inject himself. Diary entries found by friends and presented to the public by reporter Jasmyne Cannick showcased Moore's fears about Buck's alleged fetishes around drugs and gay black men.

"I’ve become addicted to drugs and the worse [sic] one at that," one entry reads. "Ed Buck is the one to thank, he gave me my first injection of meth. It was very painful but after all the troubles I became addicted to the pain and fetish/fantasy. … I just hope the end result isn’t death. … If it didn’t hurt so bad I’d kill myself but I’ll let Ed Buck do it for now.”

"Ed had nothing to do with his [Moore's] death," his lawyer Seymour I. Amster told the LA Times in September 2017. "Ed is a caring soul who allows individuals to have access to his home who are homeless or who have other social or economic issues, to give them a place to wash up in a safe environment. Unfortunately, many of these individuals come in with their lifestyles."

But earlier this year another man named Timothy Michael Dean was also found dead at Buck's apartment. Dean was also a black queer man. Many others began stories about Buck's behavior towards the men who faced battles with homelessness or drug usage.

Moore's mother, LaTisha Nixon, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Buck and Los Angeles County officials. During Buck's arrest, the case wasn't brought up but Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said she was "concerned" about other victims Buck may have targeted.

"I remain deeply concerned for the safety of people whose life circumstances may make them more vulnerable to criminal predators," Lacey said.

"For more than two years, activists have said Buck wasn't charged with a crime because he is white, wealthy and politically connected. Now they're welcoming news that he has been arrested."We're just completely ecstatic," Cannick said via Twitter. "Black gay men's lives matter. The whole black LGBT community is going to be celebrating this evening because our lives matter."

“I feel vindicated for all the people who said it was never going to happen,” she told the LA Times. “I feel really good for all the young men he took advantage of because they didn’t feel like anyone took them seriously like their lives weren’t important enough for anyone to really care about.”

If convicted, Buck faces a maximum sentence of five years and eight months in state prison.

Read George Johnson's Ed Buck And The Black Queer Lives That Don't Matter here.

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