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Kimora Lee Simmons Seconds Russell Simmons' Innocence Amid Rape Allegations

The model turned mogul has finally broken her silence.

Earlier this week, Russell Simmons was publicly accused of sexual misconduct for the sixth time. And he denied it a sixth time, saying in a statement, “These horrific accusations have shocked me to my core and all of my relations have been consensual.”

Myriad accusations have forced Simmons to step away from his businesses but not from his claim to innocence. The rap mogul and philanthropist has acknowledged the feelings of his accusers in the past but his position on the matters are staunch and unwavering. Finally breaking her silence after months of this media debacle, Simmons’ ex-wife, Kimora Lee Simmons took to Instagram late Thursday (Jan. 25) in his defense.

“I add my voice to the chorus of those speaking out against harassment and violence in all its forms,” she began. “I have known Russell for over 25 years. We were close friends, married, divorced and have remained friends, co-parents and partners throughout it all. These allegations against him are nothing like the person I have known in all that time. I have known him to be a caring and supportive father and someone who has worked tirelessly to uplift disenfranchised communities.”

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Page Six reports that Simmons released a statement through his representative Eric Rose, further exonerating himself. “I look forward to having my day in court—where, unlike the court of public opinion, I will have the ability to make use of fair processes that ensure that justice will be done and that the full truth will be known,” he said.

Firm in his position, Simmons launched a counter-campaign on Instagram in December, #NotMe, in a post for which comments were disabled as backlash was anticipated. He backed away from the anti-campaign shortly after, deciding “that this is a time for women to speak.”

Collectively, over 15 women have spoken out against Simmons, with accusations ranging from rape to sexual misconduct. Two of the assault allegations are actively being investigated by the NYPD, Page Six reports.

Jennifer Jarosik, Simmons’ latest accuser, alleges that Simmons forced himself onto her at his L.A. home. She is seeking $5 million in damages.

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'Black Panther' Sequel Gets A 2022 Release Date

Chadwick Boseman and company are set to return to Wakanda for a second installment of the blockbuster action film Black Panther.

Director Ryan Coogler made the announcement Saturday (Aug. 24)  at D23 in Anaheim, California. Kevin Feige, Marvel's president, said Coogler provided a treatment with a new villain and title but nothing is set in stone.

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The May 2022 sequel of Black Panther is the farthest release date for any of the Marvel franchises. Thor: Love and Thunder is set for a Nov. 5, 2021 release date, while an as-yet-untitled Marvel film will make its way to theaters July 29, 2022.

Black Panther premiered in the U.S. in February 2018 and instantly became a massive success earning $700 million in the box office, and $1.3 billion globally. The earnings made the film Marvel's second-highest-grossing film of all time domestically. Avengers: Endgame, however, holds the title.

The film was not only an economic cultural success with its leading black cast, which included Boseman in the principle role starring alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Forrest Whitaker and Letitia Wright who played loveable and brilliant Princess Shuri.

May 2022 can't get here fast enough, but until then we'll just rewatch Black Panther every day until then.

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Tee Grizzley Commemorates Aunt Who Was Fatally Shot In Detroit

On Tuesday (Aug. 20), Tee Grizzley’s aunt, Jobina “JB” Brown, was fatally shot in Detroit, Michigan. Brown and the rapper, who she managed, were riding in a Chrysler together at the time of the attack. Two other men were also in the car, ages 25 and 34, when their vehicle came to a stop and bullets from an unknown direction began.

Upon arrival at the hospital, Brown, 41, was pronounced dead. Recently, Grizzley took to Instagram to commemorate his aunt. “Since I was 12 we been going everywhere together how you gone go to heaven without me????” he wrote. “Idek what to say JB I just wanted to show the world yo smile I love you so much.”

The Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled Brown’s death as a homicide, The Detroit News reports. An investigation by Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit is currently underway as the search for the suspect continues.

 

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Since I was 12 We been going everywhere together how you gone go to heaven without me???? Idek what to say JB I just wanted to show the world yo smile I love you so much 💔

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Jeezy Test Drives Job As Meteorologist On The Weather Channel

In promotion of his latest studio album, TM104: Legend Of The Snowman, the Atlanta native took to The Weather Channel in his hometown to give viewers the prognosis for the week. Since climate change is ramping up day by day, Jeezy didn’t hesitate when he saw the forecast predicted a chance of snow everyday.

The weather man recently debuted the aforementioned album to fanfare. In recent interviews, he mentioned this is his last album with Def Jam and rounds out his Thug Motivation series which began in 2005.

TM104 features CeeLo Green, Queen Naija, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Gunna, Rick Ross and more. “All the records that I did, even the ones that didn’t make the album, they were all true to me,” he said to Billboard. “It’s what true thug motivation means. Just like everything that I’ve done, I put my heart into it like it was my first album. Like it was my first ad-lib. Like it was my first rodeo.”

Is it supposed to snow in Atlanta tonight? That's what Meteorologist @Jeezy says… ⛄ pic.twitter.com/UyrqV76DLO

— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 23, 2019

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