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Ro James Returns With The Ever So Smooth 'Smoke' EP

The singer satifies the palates of fans before the release of his upcoming sophmore project. 

After Ro James commemorated the anniversary of Biggie Smalls' death with the single “Lost My Mind," excitement began to swirl around the release of his next project - hype that the Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter lived up to with the release of his Smoke EP on Friday (Mar. 23).

According to James, Smoke will be followed by another EP titled Mirrors. This marks the first installment to a tandem of tapes meant to cleanse his fans’ palates before he drops his upcoming sophomore album.

Smoke is just the intro into the fire. Mirrors is about reflection and self,” James explained via a press release. “I’ve been away for a bit recalibrating, growing and learning. I’m ready to share again. Decided to drop an EP and warm it up a little while I finish off the album.”

From the start of this four-track project, it's clear that James’ absence did not affect his artistry. He sticks to his signature sultry style with the seductive track “Outside the Box (How Bout That),” setting the tone for the EP. Apart from his celestial collaboration with the Notorious B.I.G., James solely graces the tape, giving fans the feeling that he is confident in the direction of his music.

With Smoke, Ro James continues to project a classic R&B sound which has seemingly become lost as the genre’s boundaries are blurred. Because of his nostalgic but refreshing sound, if Mirrors stays in congruence with its predecessor, there will be little doubt that with the drop of his official album it will revitalize the resurgence of R&B.

Stream the Smoke EP below.

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Kyle Massey Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegations: Do Not 'Jump To Conclusions'

Former Disney Channel star Kyle Massey came under fire over the weekend after being accused of sending sexually explicit material to a teenage girl. The 27-year-old is vehemently denying the allegations in a statement.

"No child should ever be exposed to sexually explicit materials and I unequivocally and categorically deny any alleged misconduct," said Massey through his lawyer Lee Hutton in a statement to TMZ. He also urged the public "not to jump to conclusions based on the allegations alone but reserve judgment until the whole story comes to light, proving these allegations baseless.”

The gossip site broke the story that the former That's So Raven actor was being sued by the family of the teenager for $1.5 million. The suit alleges that Massey send a photo of his erect penis to the girl via Snapchat in Dec. 2018.

Court documents claim that the teenager is an aspiring actress who has known Massey since she was four years old. He remained close with the family and acted as a "father figure" of sorts to the girl. She reached out to him in November 2018 about auditioning for the spinoff of his show, Cory In The House.

 

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Michael Jackson Artifacts Removed From World's Largest Children's Museum

Michael Jackson artifacts found in The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis have been removed. The Indiana museum is the largest children’s museum in the world.

According to the New York Daily News, the late-musician’s fedora and white gloves will be removed from the American Pop exhibit, while a signed poster will be removed from the The Power of Children display in response to the aftermath of the HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland. The four-part doc spotlights two men who allege in graphic detail that they were sexually abused by Jackson when they were children through the musician’s grooming techniques.

"As the world’s largest children’s museum, we are very sensitive to our audience," said the museum in a statement. "In an excess of caution, and in response to the controversy over the HBO film called Leaving Neverland, which directly involved allegations of abuse against children, we removed those objects while we carefully consider the situation more fully."

Despite the iconic items being nixed from the museum, items gifted to AIDS victim Ryan White by Jackson will remain on display. The song ‘Gone Too Soon’ was written after White died in 1990. The young boy idolized and befriended Jackson as he battled his illness.

“Ryan’s family found Michael Jackson’s kindness to them to be an important part of Ryan’s story, and the pictures of Michael displayed in that exhibit will always be an integral part of the Ryan White story,” the museum continued.

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Fyre Festival Merch To Be Auctioned Off To Help Those Who Were Bamboozled

Those who have been invested in the downfall that was the disastrous Fyre Festival, it's your lucky day. According to a report from Vulture, several merch items that were originally slated to be sold at the 2017 fiasco in the Bahamas will go to auction. The auction will benefit those who the festival's founder, Billy McFarland, owes money to, in an effort to help get that money back where it belongs.

Additional assets belonging to McFarland were deemed "untraceable" by authorities. However, Vulture reports that in court papers, feds were able to obtain a few important things. "$240,000 in a bank account" was found, as well as “two large boxes containing Fyre-branded T-shirts, sweatshirts, shorts and other clothing items that were intended for sale at the Fyre Festival,” per court filings.

McFarland, 27, was sentenced to six years in prison for wire fraud back in October 2018. While he was waiting to be sentenced, he was also found guilty of running a ticket scam on the side. He reportedly bamboozled investors for the Fyre Festival out of $24 million and a ticket vendor out of $2 million.

The date of the online auction has not yet been set.

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