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R.Kelly's request to be released from jail amid COVID-19 concerns was denied by a Brooklyn judge on Tuesday (April7), according to TMZ.
TMZ also reported that Kelly's lawyers asked that the R&B singer be place on house arrest at his home in Chicago.
“The defendant is currently in custody because of the risks that he will flee or attempt to obstruct, threaten or intimidate prospective witnesses,” U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly wrote via press release. “The defendant has not explained how those risks have changed.”
Kelly is at Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he is awaiting trial on racketeering, sexual misconduct and other charges.
Also, rapper YNW Melly recently tested positive for COVID-19 while in jail awaiting trial for double murder. He plans to file a motion to be released on house arrest.
Saturday Night Live Star Michael Che has opened up on social media after losing his grandmother to coronavirus.
The New York native shared the news on Monday (April 6) while laying out his confusion over the education about COVID-19. As the death toll reportedly rises in the United States, a breakdown of the virus' origins remain unclear. It's unknown how old Che's grandmother was, but the comedian and writer did press on the importance of eating clean and green.
“Hi. I’m Michael Che, from TV. Last night my grandmother passed away from the coronavirus,” Che wrote. “I’m doing OK, considering. I’m obviously very hurt and angry that she had to go through all that pain alone.”He went on, “But I’m also happy that she’s not in pain anymore. And I also feel guilty for feeling happy. Basically the whole gamut of complex feelings everybody else has losing someone very close and special. I’m not unique. But it’s still scary. I don’t know if I’ll lose someone else to this virus. I don’t know if I’ll be lost to this virus. Who f**king knows?”
But the jokes weren't off the table. He also pointed at the infamous conspiracy theories about 5G technology and bats being the source of the virus.
“I just refuse to believe I lost my sweet, beautiful grandma because some n***a ate a bat one time," he wrote. “Maybe tell people what they should be eating and what foods to avoid … instead of just posting death tolls as your lead story every godd**n day!”
During this time of self-isolation, phenomenons like the Netflix docuseries Tiger King have become insanely popular, making it the butt of Che's jokes. “If we can spend 6 hours watching some tweaker raise tigers, then we can spend a few minutes finding out how to not poison ourselves.”
According to Deadline, production on Saturday Night Live was expected to pick back up March 28 but as cases in New York increase, the hiatus has been extended.
You can read Che's entire post below.
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On Monday evening (April 6), pioneer in publishing and business Earl Graves Sr., died at the age of 85 from a battle with Alzheimer’s, Essence reports. Graves founded the widely-successful Black Enterprise publication that pinned a spotlight on economic trends, businesses, and entrepreneurship within the black community.
On Twitter, his son and CEO of the publication, Earl Graves Jr., honored his father as a hero. “I loved and admired this giant of a man, and am blessed to be his namesake,” Graves Jr. wrote. “LOVE YOU DAD!” In 2006, Graves Jr. became the CEO of the publication.
In 1970, Graves Sr. founded Black Enterprise, using a loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to bring it to fruition. “The time was ripe for a magazine devoted to economic development in the African American community," Graves wrote in his bestseller How To Succeed In Business Without Being White. "The publication was committed to the task of educating, inspiring and uplifting its readers. My goal was to show them how to thrive professionally, economically and as proactive, empowered citizens.”
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Graves Sr. managed to capitalize on his ambitious and determined spirit to make an impact on his community. Through his collegiate pursuits at his alma mater Morgan State University (which named its school of business and management after him), Graves was able to put his business acumen on display for the nation’s top leaders.
He was named one of the 50 most influential African Americans in the United States’ corporate sector by Fortune Magazine in 2002. Five years later, he was inducted into the U.S. Business Hall of Fame.
At 9:22pm this evening, April 6, my Father and Hero Earl Graves Sr., the Founder of @blackenterprise, passed away quietly after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. I loved and admired this giant of a man, and am blessed to be his namesake. LOVE YOU DAD! pic.twitter.com/UoerizfX8a
— Earl Butch Graves Jr (@EarlButchGraves) April 7, 2020
It is with profound sadness that we share news of the passing of Black Enterprise Founder Earl G. Graves Sr. earlier this evening, April 6, at the age of 85. We will evermore celebrate his life and legacy, in this, our 50th Anniversary Year, and beyond. pic.twitter.com/N7aall81gb
— Black Enterprise (@blackenterprise) April 7, 2020