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Iggy Azalea Responds To Backlash For Performing While Backup Dancer Suffered Seizure

"I'm worn down."

Iggy Azalea says she’s “worn down” by the backlash after a video went viral of her backup dancer suffering a seizure on stage while the Aussie rapper continued to perform. The seizure was caused by strobe lights during the performance, but Azalea later explained that she thought that the dancer “twisted her ankle.”

“It may sound harsh but you keep singing until the music stops & ask for a medic which is what I did,” Azalea wrote on Instagram Stories. “We are really shaken up by what happened & just thankful she is okay.”

In the video, shot during a concert at Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Thursday (Dec. 27), Azalea is heard calling out for a medic before jumping back into the show. The backup dancer collapsed on stage and is seen shaking while being assisted by another one of Azalea’s dancers. Medical responders reportedly drove an ambulance directly to the stage to help the dancer.

In another post, Azalea wrote that she sometimes feels “exhausted” by the constant scrutiny. “Sometimes I really feel exhausted by the world. It feels like ANY thing [sic] I do becomes an opportunity for people to tell me why I’m sh**, why my music sucks, my clothes are ugly, why I don’t matter or why I’m a horrible person. I’m worn down.”

Read Azalea's full statement below.


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There Will Be Cameras In The Court Room Capturing R. Kelly's Case

The public will beat witness to R. Kelly's upcoming sexual abuse trial. According to the Associated Press, there will be cameras allowed in the court room capturing the high-profile case and the pretrial hearings.

"Cook County Associate Judge Lawrence Flood said during a brief hearing Friday that cameras will be allowed going forward, including at the next hearing on March 22," the report, released on Tuesday (Mar. 19), reads. "[Flood] says photos and video of accusers won’t be allowed without their consent, and that two have already expressed that they don’t give their consent."

In February, R. Kelly was arrested and charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four women. Three of the women involved were minors at the time of their alleged abuse, and one victim has physical evidence of their encounter. If he is found guilty, Kelly faces up to a maximum of 70 years behind cars.

Another judge in the same courthouse is still deciding whether cameras will be allowed in the court room during Jussie Smollett's Chicago trial. The Empire actor pleaded not guilty to 16 felony counts for allegedly lying to police about a hate crime he says he fell victim to.

 

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Emotional Orange Releases Callings Of Love On "Corners Of My Mind"

Mysterious duo Emotional Oranges are taking a reflective route with "Corners Of My Mind," a gentle ode to an old love.

The track which can be found on the duo's SoundCloud page was inspired by their friend who went through a bad breakup. It seems to be the fitting track towards the end of a coming of age romance where the couple goes their separate ways. In an email to VIBE, the faceless group explained how love was the seed that planted the smooth track.

"I watched a close friend go through an awful heartbreak recently," they said. "This song was birthed by me attempting to reflect on how I would have reacted had it happened to me. The irony is as he was losing love, I was finding new love. It made the whole process of writing it all quite painful."

The LA-based pair croons about a painful love life on the soft pop beat. "It was yesterday/You couldn't look me in my eyes, and then/There was nothing more that I could say/I thought what we had was unbreakable/Guess I was wrong/Opened it up, gave you my all/I know it seemed like you weren't enough/Try to forget, peace and reset/But I can't forgive you no more." 

Emotional Oranges have released just a few singles, including the bouncy bop "Motion" and "Personal" that gained fanfare online.

According to the musical pair's Twitter page, fans can expect a new EP, as well as a tour announcement and "cute merch" following "Corners Of My Mind."

 

it’s going to be an exciting few weeks for the orange gang 🍊! new music, ep + tour announce, cute merch etc can’t wait for you guys to see it all x pic.twitter.com/R6biAHWl26

— Emotional Oranges 🍊 (@emotionalorange) March 19, 2019

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Jess Hilarious Apologizes For Xenophobic Comments About Sikh Men

Over the weekend, comedienne Jess Hilarious came under fire for xenophobic comments she made after several Sikh men were removed from a flight she was on.

"If I'm scared I'm scared. F**k y'all. F**k how y'all feel," Jess said. "Y'all mad at me because I don't side with any other black person, because I don't side with every other race. F**k y'all. I feel how I feel. I felt threatened and that was it. F**k y'all, and I'm not flying there. We were evacuated, bitch. Why? Why? with no technical difficulties or nothing."

The Rel actress' bitter language didn't go over well and Twitter quickly reacted. Tuesday morning (March 19) Jess took to social media to apologize.

“So naturally in my previous post, I was defensive, but that’s what happens when you don’t take the time to really know what’s transpiring,” Jess stated. “In understanding the error of my actions, I have to first acknowledge the rooted issues, which means racially profiling a group of individuals based on their appearance and on top of that—publicizing it on a platform where others can be hurt by it and others were hurt from it.”

The comic's comments were especially hurtful as they were made 48 hours after New Zealand's deadliest Muslim attack in the country's history, which left 51 men, women and children dead. The youngest was three-year-old Mucaas Ibrahim.

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Please don’t believe everything you see and hear, this is what it really is.

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After several members of the Sikh community contacted Jess and spoke to her on why her comments were hurtful and potentially dangerous, she then vowed to donate money to the victim's families.

“I’m not sure if these particular individuals that were on the plane are aware of my actions by now, but either way, I would love to apologize personally to them first for my insensitive and ignorant behavior,” Jess said. “Yet, I would still like to apologize to all of you who were aware and offended by my actions.”

She ended her apology by reiterating her intention is to only bring people joy. “I refuse to teach, spread or be an advocate for hatred—I just want to make people laugh,” she said.

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