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

The Chicago rapper gave money to the the family's Go Fund Me account. 

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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Dr. King's Childhood Home Sold For $1.9 Million To The National Park Service

The two-story Atlanta home that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr spent his formidable years has been sold. According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the yellow and brown house on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta was sold for $1.9 million to the National Park Service.

Will Shafroth, CEO of the National Park Foundation said it was hard to place a dollar amount on the location where a lot of Dr. King's character was molded.

"It is difficult to value something this significant in our nation’s history. It is a priceless asset. It is one of the most important places to tell the story of America,” Shafroth said.

Bernice King, daughter of late the civil rights leader, said the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change had been considering selling the home since the passing of their mother Coretta Scott, in 2006. King said the center will focus on nonviolent educational and training programs.

“We are working on creating more robust, nonviolence training,” King said. “Our society is desperately in need of Dr. King’s nonviolent teachings right now in order to create a just, humane and peaceful world. That is what we are trying to put our energy in.”

The home was reportedly built by a white firefighter in 1895 and then purchased by Dr. King's maternal grandfather, Rev. Adam Daniel Williams, who was pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church for $3,500. When King's mother and father wed in 1927, they moved. All of King's siblings including himself were born in the home.

Elizabeth Paradis Stern, spokeswoman for the National Park Service said the preservation of the home will not falter now that it's out of the family's possession.

“The most important thing about this is that this property will be protected and preserved permanently as one of our most important properties,” Stern said. “It is part of the American fabric.”

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Donnie McClurkin Sent To Hospital Following Car Accident

Gospel legend Donnie McClurkin couldn't be more grateful after surviving a car accident this past Wednesday (Dec. 12).

The "We Fall Down" singer was driving on the road in the earlier part of the day when he passed out and began weaving into traffic. He reportedly struck the middle concrete island.

Following the incident, he posted a selfie of him on the hospital bed in scrubs on Facebook. Along with the photo, he explained that he woke up from the accident with stitches on his left thumb, on top of having a sprained wrist, and hurt knee. His car was also completely totaled.

"I AM ALIVE!!!! Somewhat mangled, stitches on left thumb, sprained wrist, hurt knee, but I’m still here! God and two angels saved my life!," the Grammy-winning artist wrote.

He also mentioned that two "angels" pulled him out the car to safety and medical attention. "I owe them...I am still here by the grace of God! Thank you, Lord...thank you!" he added.

On Friday (Dec. 14), McClurkin posted to his Facebook page again, sharing several photos of his destroyed car. "This is the totaled car that two angels rescued me from ....after passing out while driving I don’t remember most of what happened a day and a half ago...but God," he wrote. "I overrode doctors and sisters advice and flew to KENYA today for ministry Saturday @ TWO RIVERS. and home on this Sunday to celebrate life."

In happier news, McClurkin also took time to plug in his new Christmas single titled "My Favorite Things." Check out McClurkin's posts on social media and stream his new song below.

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Nicki Minaj's Boyfriend Kenneth Petty Received 18 Violations During Prison Stint

Nicki Minaj's new boyfriend, Kenneth Petty has a very troubled past.

On Friday (Dec. 14), TMZ revealed court documents disclosing Petty's history of disciplinary actions while he was an inmate in New York for manslaughter from 2006 to 2013.

When he entered the correctional facility, he was reportedly written up for creating a disturbance. Later during his stint, he was hit with a slew of disciplinary actions following a series of violent actions that included fighting, making terroristic threats, and "disobeying a direct order."

In 2009, prison faculty placed him in solitary confinement for four months as part of being reprimanded for nine different violations. Petty lost privileges that included the usage of the inmate telephone service, recreational activity, and the prison canteen.

In addition to his prison violations, Petty is a convicted sex offender. At the age of 16, he was tried as an adult served a four-year sentence for attempted rape of a minor.

Petty, who hails from the same borough as Nicki, Queens, knew the platinum-selling rap star since she was a teenager. They dated for a short period years prior to reuniting.

Minaj posted various photos of her and Petty going on a vacation getaway earlier this month. Sources close to Minaj told the celebrity gossip website that the 36-year-old hip-hop artist is  "happier than she's been in years" with Petty.


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