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Woman Alleges R. Kelly Sexually Abused Her At 16 In 'Dateline' Interview

How many more women need to come forward before something changes? 

Tracy Sampson, a woman who interned with Epic Records at 16, revealed she endured sexual relations with R. Kelly that summer of 1999.

Featured on Dateline NBC's "Accused: The R. Kelly Story," the now 36-year-old appears in her first on-camera interview where she details the relationship that began during her formative years.

Sampson said the singer asked her, "'Can I kiss you?' and I was like, 'No,'" to which he responded, "'Well, give me a hug.' And then, like, when I gave him a hug he just started kissing me."

"I was in love with him," she continued. "I just didn't know what to do. Like, I didn't know if this was normal. I didn't know if this is how adults acted."

Following the incident, Sampson filed a lawsuit against Kelly in 2002. Her suit was settled to the tune of $250,000.

Steven Greenberg, Kelly's current attorney, told NBC that he was not part of the artist's legal team when the alleged abuse took place but maintains that his client is innocent.

According to Greenberg, there is no evidence that proves Kelly, 52, engaged in sexual relations with underage girls "because it didn't happen." However, Surviving R. Kelly calls that statement into question with a six-episode program detailing the sexual and mental abuse endured by some women who met Kelly while underage. Lisa Van Allen, for instance, met the "Sex Me" singer at the age of 17.

NBC's take on the groundbreaking series comes just two weeks after the explosive Lifetime production. The special will air Friday (Jan. 18) at 10 pm EST.

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YG was reportedly handcuffed and cited for reckless driving on Sunday (June 23), TMZ reports. Footage from the scene shows a seemingly tense interaction between police and bystanders.

YG and friends were reportedly en route to the 1 OAK nightclub where the rapper was set to make an appearance when he was pulled over by police. Law enforcement claimed YG was speeding and weaving in and out of lanes on the Sunset Boulevard. Video shows YG speaking with two officers.

Although the "Go Loko" artist appeared to be calm in the video, police said the rapper had become "upset and uncooperative and used profanities toward the deputies," which prompted them to handcuff his hands behind his back.

Witnesses soon became upset with the ways in which the police responded to the situation. Footage shows one cop exchanging words with a young man across the street from him. It's unclear what the man was saying to the officer, but the cop can be heard telling him to "shut up."

YG was reportedly ordered to take a sobriety test and a field breathalyzer, which determined that he was not under the influence. He was later cited for reckless driving and released.

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Nipsey Hussle's Family Delivers Powerful Message At 2019 BET Awards

Just three months after Nipsey Hussle's passing, the BET Awards honored the late artist and philanthropist with the Humanitarian Award on Sunday (June 23). Nip's family took the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles to accept the award on his behalf, where his grandmother, Lauren London, Nip's mother, and father delivered kind words.

Hussle's grandmother spoke first, thanking the fans and friends for their well wishes and prayers. She was followed by Nipsey's mother, Angelique Smith, who walked fans through her last interactions with her son.

“One of Ermias’s close friends was very traumatized. I walked over to him and put my hands on his shoulder, and I told him, ‘Evan, look into my eyes, Evan.’ I said, ‘You know that we are spiritual beings having a physical experience, right Evan? You understand that, right?’ So even though our bodies die, as they call it on this side of eternity, our spirits live. We lift out of this vessel and we continue on, and then I felt a spirit of retribution and revenge when I had my hands on his shoulder and I had to talk .. I was 100 percent present in the spirit and 100 percent absent in the body until I felt that spirit of retribution and revenge … I could tell I chased those spirits away from him."

Nip's father concluded the appearance by once again thanking BET for the honor and reiterating how proud he was of his son.

Watch the family's full message in the video above.

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Burna Boy's Mother Accepts "Best International Act" At BET Awards 2019

Burna's Boy's mother delivered a special message while accepting the honor for "Best International Act" at the BET Awards.

Bose Ogulu, the manager and mother of the Afro-fusion musician accepted the award on her son's behalf. Ogulu, who has accepted trophies for her son in the past, also came with a quick word for African-Americans.

"Thank you very much BET, thank you, Africa. That is the constituency for which we got noticed. The message from Burna would be that every black person should please remember that you were Africans before you became anything else."

That part.

Watch the acceptance speech here and learn more about Ogulu in her interview with OkayAfrica here.

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