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Tennessee Court Provides Explanation For Cyntoia Brown’s Imprisonment

Her team challenged her sentence as the 43-year-old man she killed in 2004 had solicited her for sex at 16. 

Cyntoia Brown has received an overwhelming amount of support. Over half a million people have signed multiple petitions for her release, but the state of Tennessee recently professed its right to imprison her.

Many have been hot on the trail of the case, the likes of Kim Kardashian, LeBron James and Rihanna calling for her release. However, it was ruled last year that Brown wouldn’t be eligible for parole until 67. The 29-year-old was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in 2004.

On Wednesday (Feb. 14), an appeal filed by Brown’s legal team in January received a response from the state. And it was rejected. Her team challenged her sentence as the 43-year-old man she killed in 2004 had solicited her for sex at 16. Brown thought he was reaching for a gun and reacted.

While it’s unconstitutional to imprison someone for killing in defense of human rights, the state of Tennessee holds that there’s another reason for Brown’s life sentence. Prosecutors said that Brown killed this man in order to steal from him, reports the Associated Press.

The AP continues that the court’s rejection of Brown’s appeal doesn't contradict U.S. Supreme Court precedent for cruel and unusual punishment.

Filmmaker Dan Berman has collected footage and followed Brown's case progress up until her arrest at the Tennessee Prison for Women.

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R. Kelly Agrees To Part Ways With Sony Amidst Sexual Misconduct Allegations

According to Billboard, Sony and R. Kelly have reportedly agreed to part ways amidst a slew of sexual misconduct allegations. This comes a few weeks after the explosive documentary Surviving R. Kelly aired, which chronicled the musician's highly-discussed history involving teenage girls and women.

The source reveals to the publication, "Kelly had been signed to Jive since the beginning of his career in the early 1990s, and when Jive became part of Sony BMG, he became part of the Sony umbrella. He has been under contract at RCA, a Sony subsidiary, since 2012." Protests calling for Sony to drop the Pied Piper of R&B took place outside of the company's Manhattan offices on Wednesday (Jan. 16).

After the debut of the series, which aired in six-parts over three days in early-January, several former collaborators of Kelly's including Chance The Rapper, Celine Dion and Lady Gaga, have removed their songs featuring Kelly from steaming services. Kelly is reportedly under criminal investigation in both Georgia and Illinois, which is said to be a direct result of allegations made in the Lifetime documentary.

"Allegations against Kelly have been around for over a decade, and he was acquitted on child pornography charges in 2008," Billboard continues. "But they have resurfaced repeatedly in recent years, with the latest arriving this month. Kelly has repeatedly denied all allegations of misconduct."

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Leikeli47 Drops Video For 'Tic Boom,' Announces North American Tour

Leikeli47's 2019 is off to a great start. The VIBE NEXT star announced her upcoming tour to support her recently-released album Acrylic on Friday (Jan. 18), and subsequently dropped the music video for her song, "Tic Boom."

The neutrally-colored video featured simple-yet-eye catching choreography with dancers in trench coats and fedoras. In a statement, the masked marvel says that there is a deeper meaning behind the track, which was featured on Grown-ish.

"These young women are in a face off with their inner fears; that's why it sometimes may look like they're engaging in a face off with themselves," the Brooklyn-bred musician says of the song. "It's about facing whatever your Goliath is and chopping its head off. That's what 'Tic Boom' is about. It's about owning your moment, mastery, and doing it afraid if you have to."

As for the Acrylic Tour, it will begin on March 19 in Kansas City, MO, and concludes on Apr. 26 in San Diego, Calif. Check out the full list of dates below and cop your tickets today.

3/19/19 - Kansas City, MO - Encore @ Uptown 3/20/19 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar 3/21/19 - St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam 3/22/19 - Chicago, IL - Sub T 3/24/19 - Detorit, MI - Shelter 3/25/19 - Toronto, ON - Velvet 3/26/19 - Montreal, QC - Belmont 3/27/19 - Philadelphia, PA - The Foundry @ The Fillmore 3/28/19 - Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere 3/30/19 - Washington, DC - Milky 4/01/19 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair 4/03/19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit Lodge 4/04/19 - Atlanta, GA - Loft 4/06/19 - Scottsdale, AZ - Pub Rock 4/09/19 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall 4/10/19 - Dallas, TX - Dada 4/11/19 - Austin, TX - Empire Control Room 4/14/19 - Santa Cruz, CA - Atrium @ The Catalyst 4/15/19 - Sacramento, CA - Harlow's 4/16/19 - Oakland, CA - The New Parish 4/18/19 - Portland, OR - Holocene 4/19/19 - Vancouver, B.C. - Fortune Soundclub 4/21/19 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile 4/24/19 - Los Angeles, CA - The Roxy 4/25/19 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room @ The Observatory 4/26/19 - San Diego, CA - Irenic

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Future Says Russell Wilson Needs To Be 'A Man,' Does Whatever Ciara Tells Him To Do

Future is not holding back in a new interview featured on FREEBANDZ Radio via Apple Music. The "Crushed Up" rapper discussed his new album The WIZRD with host Big Bank Black, and things got tense when he was queried about the mother of his son, Ciara, and her relationship with her husband, Russell Wilson.

“[Wilson] do exactly what she tell him to do!" Fewtch said in reference to the NFL player. "I feel like he not being a man in that position. He not tellin’ her, 'Chill out with that on the Internet. Don’t even talk to him [Future]. I’m your husband! You better not even bring Future’s name up!’"

He continues by saying that if he was still with Ciara, bringing up an ex's name in conversation wouldn't even be part of a conversation.

"If that was me, she couldn’t even bring his name up,” he continued. “She know that. She couldn’t even bring her ex's names up. I don’t care what they gave you... Don’t bring their names up in an interview! No! Don’t give that sh*t no energy. It’s about me, whatever, I’m taking care of everything, I'm a thousand percent. I live by a different kind of rules.”

"You know I'm taking care of my kids, whats the real issue?" he continues. "Y'all get married, and [Ciara] was like "I want you to meet Russell now," man, y'all already done did all the damage." However, he did give Wilson his props for helping his son learn how to play sports, and he doesn't look at that negatively.

Future and Ciara have not had an amicable split. They have gone back-and-forth with their words on social media, and attempted to settled a custody battle for the four-year-old son, Future.

Listen to his comments below.

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