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R. Kelly's Brother's Rap Sheet Includes Burglary, Drug Possession And More

Kelly's kin is currently serving a two to four-year sentence for burglary.

Lifetime's new docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly premiered on Jan. 3. While many are discussing the serious allegations of abuse against the R&B singer, several people are talking about Kelly's older brother, Bruce Kelly, who appeared on the series premiere.

In the first episode, Bruce appeared to conduct his interviews about his brother from prison. According to his Chicago arrest records, Bruce Kelly has been locked up for a series of charges including burglary, probation violation, drug possession, and more.

As of 2019, Kelly's most recent charge stems from a burglary that occurred in 2016. He was admitted into the Vandalia Correctional Center in July 2017. He was reportedly sentenced to two to four years in prison and is expected to be discharged in Dec. 2019.

Previous charges date back to 2015, when he was arrested and charged for drug possession. He was also charged with theft and possession in Oct. 2016, and criminal trespassing and driving without a license in June 2017.

Bruce Kelly's rap sheet became the topic of discussion after his commentary that was seemingly in defense of his brother's sexual history with underage girls. He seemed to suggest his brother's alleged obsession with girls under the age of 18 years old was simply a preference rather than a problem.

Surviving R. Kelly continues tomorrow (Jan. 4), at 9/8C.

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Tay-K Sentenced To 55 Years For His Role In Deadly Home Invasion

After three hours of deliberating, a Texas jury sentenced Tay-K to 55 years in prison Tuesday (July 23) and ordered him to pay $21,000 in fines for his involvement in a 2016 home invasion that left a young father dead. The jury also sentenced the rapper born, Taymor McIntyre, to 30 years for aggravated robbery, two additional 13-year sentences for the remaining two aggravated robbery charges, plus $8,000 in fines.

The 19-year-old recording artist whose track, “The Race,” went viral while he was on the run from authorities, and charted on the Billboard Hot 100, must serve at least half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole. The sentences will run concurrently because he was a minor at the time of the crimes, Texas news station NBC 5 reports.

The teen was convicted of participating in the Texas armed robbery that resulted in 21-year-old Ethan Walker being shot to death. Walker’s roommate was also shot, although not fatally, and another person was injured.

According to The Fader, Tay-K’s lyrics on “The Race” and screenshots from the music video were used as evidence in the trial. Walker’s mother testified during the trial as well, and his father shared an emotional statement in court last Friday (July 19) after Tay-K was found guilty.

“I have tried to live a good life and I know hate is a very negative emotion but right now there are three people I hate,” Richard Walker said according to the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram. “One is the planner, one is the person who pulled the trigger and one is the person who profited off of this and saw this as a career move,” he said in reference to Tay-K and a handful of others involved in the deadly robbery.

“Every lyric to ‘The Race’ is stained with my son’s blood. Every ‘free Tay-K’ T-shirt that was ever sold has my son’s blood on it,” Walker added. The  victims and their family members have reportedly filed lawsuits against Tay-K to block him from profiting off of the song.

In addition to his current legal predicament, Tay-K faces burglary and capitol murder charges stemming from two separate incidents.

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Wesley Snipes Supports Mahershala Ali As 'Blade'

Marvel fans are rejoicing thanks to the recent announcement of a reboot of Blade. Though there's excitement, some wish that the original lead man, Wesley Snipes, would make a comeback. Instead, Mahershala Ali will take the coveted role.

As per Comicbook.com, Snipes had a message for old-time fans who are disgruntled with Ali’s appointment. "To all the DAYWALKERS losing their minds right now, Chillaaxx ... Such is the ‘business’ of ‘entertainment!’ Much peace to the MCU crew - always a fan," he said.

He also made it a point to celebrate this milestone in Ali's career and praise him for his art, stating, "a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come."

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Snipes explained how they created Blade’s look in the 1998 film and described the character’s persona. “Blade, he’s like Shaft, but like Kool Moe Dee at the same time,” he said. “Part of the look we drew straight from the comic book. I think there were versions where Blade had a long coat on, like a cape, and he had the spikes they were like a bandolier around his chest or around his thigh.”

He also stated how thankful he was for the role and legacy it leaves behind. “I’m proud of Blade. I’m thankful for it. I’ve been blessed with a wonderful opportunity, something that is now considered a part of the urban iconography,” he said. “And I made some great friends. We learned a lot about the business, and we traveled around the world.”

Amid Snipe's legacy, most are still excited over The Green Book actor's casting.

MAHERSHALA ALI AS MARVEL'S BLADE?!?!?!?! ARE WE KIDDING?!?!?!

IT'S THE PERFECT CASTING!!! I am so excited!!! I love him! 😭😭😭 #BladeMCU #MarvelStudios #Phase4 #MahershalaAli pic.twitter.com/zor8AZ0h4f

— Maya | Stream #AllNight | (@cmr1397) July 21, 2019

Good morning to Mahershala Ali and whoever brilliantly cast him as Blade. This art gives me all the feels. I CANNOT wait. I need to know who’s writing and directing immediately. #BladeMCU @MarvelStudios @Marvel pic.twitter.com/rP2dJsQhe3

— April (@ReignOfApril) July 21, 2019

Good morning to Mahershala Ali and whoever brilliantly cast him as Blade. This art gives me all the feels. I CANNOT wait. I need to know who’s writing and directing immediately. #BladeMCU @MarvelStudios @Marvel pic.twitter.com/rP2dJsQhe3

— April (@ReignOfApril) July 21, 2019

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Dr. Angela Davis To Be Inducted Into The National Women's Hall Of Fame

Political activist and educator Dr. Angela Davis will be one of many influential women to be honored by the National Women's Hall of Fame. As a former member of the Black Panther Party, Davis was once listed on the FBI's "Ten Most Wanted List" in 1970. Now, BET reports that the 75-year-old's recognition includes her 15 years as a Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz.

Striving to bring awareness to civil rights and other social issues, the Alabama-born educator is the author of Women, Race, and Class (1980) and Are Prisons Obsolete? (2003), among others. Celebrating its 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment that gave women the right to vote, the National Women's Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in New York at Lago Resort & Casino, located outside of Seneca Falls, NY, on Sept. 14.

Additional 2019 class inductees include Academy-Award winning actress James Fonda, and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, appointed by President Barack Obama, Sonia Sotomayor.

"We are pleased to add these American women to the ranks of the inductees whose leadership and achievements have changed the course of American history," said the Hall's President Betty Bayer, Ph.D.

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