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OJ Simpson Believes Bill Cosby Should Be On House Arrest, Not In Prison

“Rapists are frowned upon in prison.”

Many people are giving their two cents on Bill Cosby's prison stint. The disgraced comedian is spending three to 10 years behind bars in a Pennsylvania state prison for an aggravated sexual assault crime against Andrea Constand in 2004. Reports say that he was moved to a maximum security facility, and a psychologist deemed that the 81-year-old is a "sexually violent predator."

O.J. Simpson knows a thing or two about high-profile trials. Last year, the former football star-turned-tabloid magnet was released for good behavior after spending nine years behind bars for armed robbery and theft. He spoke to TMZ about Cosby's sentence, stating he thinks it's better if he's on house arrest.

“Rapists are frowned upon in prison," he told the site's cameraman during a golf outing. “I’m sure there will be guys protecting him but they’re gonna have to put him in protective custody … because it takes one nut, ya know?”

“The problem is the nature of the crime,” he continued. “With his health and his age and the nature of the crime, there’s not a warden in this country wants the responsibility of a Bill Cosby. I think they should let him do his time under house arrest."

Currently, Cosby is awaiting his final prison arraignment. He's being held alone in a cell at the State Correctional Institution Phoenix.

READ MORE: Bill Cosby Had “The Most Racist And Sexist” Trial In U.S. History, Publicist Says

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Lil Wayne Reveals Release Date For ‘Funeral’ Album

Four years after initially announcing the project, Lil Wayne took to Twitter on Thursday (Jan. 23) to reveal that his  Funeral album will drop next week.

“Welcome to the funeral, closed casket as usual,” Tunechi says in the album teaser. The Grammy winner also tweeted a link for fans to pre-order physical and digital copies of the album as a CD, vinyl or “digital cassette.” The online shop features album merchandise, including long-sleeved shirts, hoodies and beanies.

The New Orleans native’s last studio LP, Tha Carter V, dropped in 2018 after years of delays. In 2019, the 37-year-old rapper embarked on a joint summer tour with Blink-182, but the jaunt was marred by difficulty as Wayne walked off stage during one show and threatened to quit. He changed his mind hours later.

Even with all the tour trouble, Blink-182 had nothing but good things to say about Weezy. “The one day where he walked off stage, he had said, ‘I just felt like they didn’t like me,’ so he walked off stage,” drummer Travis Barker explained in an interview last year.

Funeral drops on Jan. 31. Check out the album teaser below.

1/31 https://t.co/7VtPC39vT6 pic.twitter.com/FQrLNA8ptn

— Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) January 23, 2020

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Black People Make Up More Than 50% Of U.S. Homeless Population, Study Finds

Black people in the U.S. are disproportionately impacted by homelessness, per an Annual Homeless Assessment Report released by the Housing and Urban Department. According to the report, blacks account for more than 50% of the country’s homeless population, despite making up only 13% of the U.S. population.

“African Americans have remained considerably overrepresented among the homeless population compared to the U.S. population,” the report states. “African Americans accounted for 40% of all people experiencing homelessness in 2019 and 52% of people experiencing homelessness as members of families with children.

“In contrast, 48% of all people experiencing homelessness were white, compared with 77% of the U.S. population.” People identifying as Hispanic or Latino are bout “22% of the homeless population but only 18% of the populations overall.”

As of 2019, the U.S. homeless population swelled to 568,000, an increase of about 10,000 from the previous year. In 2019, Roughly 35,000 of those experiencing unaccompanied homelessness were under the age of 25, a 4% decrease from 2018. The number of those experiencing chronic homelessness increased by 9% between 2018 and 2019.

A staggering 52% of black families experience homelessness, compared to 35% for white families.

The goal of the report is to “demonstrate continued progress toward ending homelessness, but also a need to re-calibrate policy to make future efforts more effective and aligned with the unique needs of different communities.”

HUD, which is has been releasing the annual housing stats since 2007, shows a 3% bump in the number of those experiencing homelessness on any given night, a 16% increase in California, and a “decrease” in other states. California accounts for 53% (108,432 people) off all unsheltered homeless people in the country. Despite being only twice as large as Florida, California’s homeless population is nine times that of the Sunshine State, which came in at a distant second place with 6% (12,476 people). New York, Hawaii, California, Oregon and Washington have the highest rates of homelessness per 10,000 people.

Numerous variables come into play when determining the origin of the black homeless epidemic due to a longstanding system of oppression in housing, and beyond. Black families are twice as  likely to experience poverty in the U.S., compared to white families; and in spite of laws against open discrimination, black renters face overt and covert financial and racial prejudice, in addition to gentrification and the racial pay gap.

On Jan. 7, HUD unveiled a housing proposal that attempts to undue Obama-era housing mandates put in place to prevent racial discrimination. The newly-released proposal may end up further promoting racial discrimination.

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Lena Waithe And Wife Alana Mayo Split 2 Months After Announcing Marriage

Lena Waithe and her estranged wife, Alana Mayo, have split two months after announcing that they tied the knot.

“After careful thought and consideration, we have decided to part ways,” the former couple said in a joint statement to People magazine on Tuesday (Jan. 22). “We have nothing but support for one another and ask that you respect our privacy during this time.”

The duo didn’t go into detail about the nature of the split but reports claim the marriage ended over infidelity on Waithe's part. A report from Bossip alleges that the Emmy-winner quietly moved on with Harriet star and Oscar nominee, Cynthia Erivo.

Waithe and Mayo, who heads Michael B. Jordan’s production company Outlier Society, dated for four years before tying the knot in a quiet ceremony at San Francisco’s City Hall where Harvey Milk, California's first openly gay elected official, was gunned down in 1978.

“We went to the courthouse, just she and I and our photographer, and we just did it and kept it going,” Waithe said on The Wendy Williams Show last November. The couple opted for a no frills ceremony out of laziness,  Waithe joked.

“We’re just like lazy, everything is produced in our lives, so we were like ‘let’s just do it together, me and you.’”

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