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Kanye West Makes $150,000 Donation To Family Of Jemel Roberson

Kanye West opened his wallet to help the family of Jemel Roberson, a 26-year-old black security guard killed by a white police officer while attempting to subdue a gunman.

West donated a whopping $150,000 to the family’s Go Fund Me Page on Friday (Nov. 16), TMZ reports. The Go Fund Me account had an original goal of raising $10,000 to cover Roberson's burial expenses. With West’s providing a large portion of the money, along with a ton of smaller donations, the page has raised more than $306,000 in the last five days.

Roberson is being praised for his heroic actions inside Manny’s Blue Room Lounge last week, when a gunman opened fire at the bar. The young musician had reportedly picked up a side job as bouncer to make extra money for the holidays. Roberson’s girlfriend, Avontae Boose, is three months pregnant with their second child.

The Midlothian Police Department has yet to release the officer’s name, or any potential body cam footage of the incident. A witness said that Roberson, who was licensed to carry a weapon, had the shooter apprehended when a police officer shot and killed him. In an apparent Facebook post earlier in the week, Midlothian Police Chief Daniel Delaney called Roberson a “brave man who was doing his best to end an active shooter situation at Manny's Blue Room.”

The department also released a statement offering “heartfelt condolences” to Roberson’s family. “There are no words that can be expressed as to the sorrow his family is dealing with,” Delaney said in a statement. "We view this as the equivalent of a 'blue on blue,' friendly fire incident.”

Roberson’s mother filed a $1 million civil lawsuit against the officer who killed her son and the police department, one day after the fatal shooting. According to an interview with The Grio, Boose’s attorney plans to file another civil lawsuit on behalf of their 9-month old son and unborn child.

The Illinois State Police is currently investigating the shooting. In a press release dated Nov. 13, the department seemingly blamed the victim, noting that Roberson was wearing “plain back clothing with no markings of anything that identified him as a security guard.”

The department also claims that the unnamed officer gave Roberson “multiple verbal commands to drop the gun and get on the ground before ultimately discharging his weapon and striking the subject.”

The shooting officer has been with the Midlothian Police Department for nearly four years. He is currently on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.

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Cardi B is tired of The Shade Room, and she let us know that fact by posting videos bashing them on social media.

The rapper took to Instagram to discuss her issues with the social media page posting negative things about the people she is associated with, including her husband Offset. The Migos member was reportedly mentioned on The Shade Room regarding his recent felony gun possession charges.

“Everybody that they know that I’m cool with, they always try to get them set up for people to talk sh*t,” she said. "Offset donated 25K to the Ellen foundation for the kids in Africa. Did The Shade Room post it? No… are they posting any positive sh*t and investment talk that he’s been talking about in his interviews? No. But they sure post the way he had drama with his baby mom. They sure posting about his court cases, right?"

She continues by stating that she understands that blogs will be blogs, and she doesn’t want them to only post the positive aspects of celebrities’ lives. However, Cardi says that there is a “hate campaign” and bias against Quality Control and those associated with her via TSR, and she wants it to end.

“That sh*t is getting wack,” she continues. “It’s trash. How do people want us to change? For what? Why change? Y’all don’t post the change, y’all don’t post the good, y’all don’t post the accomplishments. Y’all post the f**k sh*t. So, what the f**k?”

She concludes by stating that black blogs capitalize on black drama and negativity occurring in the community, which causes white publications to follow suit.

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R. Kelly Accuser Wins Civil Case Against Singer By Default Judgment

R. Kelly was a no-show in court today (April 24), after he was sent a summons to appear. Due to the singer's absence, the woman accusing him of sexual abuse in a civil case won by a default judgment. The judge presiding over the case determined that Kelly and his legal team ignored the woman's civil suit.

Per The Chicago Tribune, a woman who accused Kelly of sexually abusing her in the '90s filed a suit in February alleging that the musician had an inappropriate sexual relationship with her when she was 16 years old. She is now 36, and is identified in court documents at H.W.

Kelly was reportedly served the summons last month during his brief stint in a Cook County jail cell for missed child support payments. However, the woman's attorneys claim that he never filed an appearance in the lawsuit.

"Judge Moira Johnson granted the attorneys’ request Tuesday to enter a judgment against Kelly," the Tribune reports. "That could still be reversed if Kelly got an attorney involved in the suit. If that doesn’t happen, Kelly could be ordered to pay damages as soon as next month when the alleged victim is expected to testify about her allegations against the singer."

During H.W.'s May 8 court appearance, she will reportedly discuss her alleged relationship and encounters with Kelly in detail.

Kelly faces a maximum of up to 70 years behind bars. He is charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four separate victims, three of whom were underage during the time of their alleged encounters.

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Lizzo Will Appear In 'Hustlers' Alongside Cardi B And Jennifer Lopez

Lizzo continues to make waves as a musician, instrumentalist, body-positivity icon and booty-shaker extraordinaire. The artist– whose major-label debut Cuz I Love You is receiving praise from listeners and critics alike– will have a chance to put her twerking skills to the test.

According to reports, the Minnesota transplant is set to join the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and Keke Palmer in the already-stacked lineup for the upcoming film, Hustlers. Deadline reports that this is Lizzo’s first live-action film, and her second film overall. She’ll be voicing a character in the upcoming animated musical film, Uglydolls.

Hustlers, which is set to be released by September 2019, is inspired by an article published in New York Magazine in 2016, which “follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.”

Additional actresses set to appear in the film include Fresh Off The Boat’s Constance Wu, Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Transparent’s Trace Lysette, Mercedes Ruehl, dancer Mette Towley and Orange Is The New Black’s Madeline Brewer.

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