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Tevin Campbell Calls Sen. Kamala Harris Detractor An 'Insufferable Ass'

The R&B icon had a few words after author Tariq Nasheed questioned Sen. Kamala Harris.

The racial and homophobic attack against singer and Empire actor Jussie Smollett has placed a magnifying glass on America's unresolved issues with race and sexuality and has also prompted many in the black and queer communities to speak out.

Several celebrities took to social media to post their support of the 35-year-old actor as well as the condemnation of the brutal assault, which left Smollett with a fractured rib.

However, there were some who didn't extend condolences. Author Tariq Nasheed took to social media Tuesday night (Jan. 29) and questioned if Smollett's attack would be used as a way to gain political ground.

While some of Nasheed's supporters pondered the same query, R&B icon Tevin Campbell dismissed the comment.

Campbell received a bit of backlash from those who remembered his brief feud with author Luvvie Ajayi. The 42-year-old responded by laughing it off and accused Nasheed of using Smollett's attack to discredit Sen. Harris.

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Since the Senator announced she'd be running for president, her time as a prosecutor has been deeply scrutinized. Nasheed, author of The Art of Mackin', has been a staunch detractor.

Yet, he focused his energy on Campbell and his comments.

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Nicki Minaj Opens Up About Marrying Her "Soulmate" Kenneth Petty

Nicki Minaj is in love and engaged. After revealing that she and her boyfriend, Kenneth Petty are set to marry, the rapper opened up about her whirlwind romance and upcoming nuptials during a Twitter Q&A on Sunday (June 23).

Nicki began the Twitter conversation by discussing her latest single, "Megatron." When asked about the video, which featured her husband-to-be, Nicki revealed that Petty was exhausted the day of the shoot and didn't initially want to do it. "I woke dat a** up & said take off ya shirt, I need u 2 shoot this scene. He had fallen asleep in my dressing room. He was mad aggy. He was grumbling all the way to the set talking bout he cold I said boy go over there & b quiet," she recalled. But when the video premiered, she said that he was "cheesing nonstop."

Later in the discussion, Nicki spoke about marrying her "soulmate." After one fan asked the rapper whether Petty was in love with Nicki Minaj or her given name, Onika, she revealed that he never calls her by her stage name. "He has called me Onika since I was 15 so it’s hard to change that," she wrote. "That was the problem, others r infatuated w/Nicki Minaj. He DGAF about this industry & is very protective." She also noted that he is very protective of her when they're out in public.

As previously reported, Nicki and Petty began dating in Dec. 2018. While their romance seems a little more recent, the two have reportedly known each other for more than a decade.

I woke dat ass up & said take off ya shirt, I need u 2shoot this scene. He had fallen asleep in my dressing room. He was mad aggy. He was grumbling all the way to the set talking bout he cold 😭 I said boy go over there & b quiet. Once he saw the video he was cheesing nonstop 😂 https://t.co/J7sSK9izWI

— MEGATRON (@NICKIMINAJ) June 23, 2019

He won’t even say the word “Nicki”. He has called me onika since I was 15 so it’s hard to change that. I wouldn’t date anyone cuz I’m about to be married to my soulmate. But that was the problem, others r infatuated w/Nicki Minaj he DGAF about this industry & is very protective https://t.co/zYshu5P8y7

— MEGATRON (@NICKIMINAJ) June 23, 2019

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Tyler Perry Strikes A Chord With Moving Speech At 2019 BET Awards

Tyler Perry struck a chord at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday (June 23). After accepting the Ultimate Icon Award, the producer, director, and writer delivered an inspirational message to other black creatives looking to change the mold and break into the film industry.

Taraji P. Henson, who has appeared in several Perry films, presented him with the award. "In a time when my counterparts were making way more money than I was, Tyler Perry was the first to pay me my exact worth," Henson said.

In his powerful speech, Perry recalled growing up in an abusive household. To make his mother laugh, he would often imitate women she played cards with. He stated that those experiences allowed him to create his first 10 movies. "That moment reminded me of my mother, bringing out of her pain with laughter, helping her cross," he said. He added that he created those film in hopes of letting his mother know "she's worthy, to let black women know you are worthy, you are special, you are powerful, you are amazing. All of that that was about helping her cross."

Later in his speech, Perry also spoke about building his Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta and giving many young actors like Taraji and Viola Davis their big break. "When I built my studio, I built it in a neighborhood that is one of the poorest black neighborhoods in Atlanta so that young black kids could see that a black man did that, and they can do it too," he continued. "I was trying to help somebody cross. The studio was once a Confederate Army base, which meant that there was Confederate soldiers on that base, plotting and planning on how to keep 3.9 million Negroes enslaved. Now that land is owned by one Negro."

He added: "It’s all about trying to help somebody cross. While everybody else is fighting for a seat at the table, talking about ‘#OscarsSoWhite, #OscarsSoWhite,’ I said, ‘Y’all go ahead and do that. While you’re fighting for a seat at the table, I’ll be down in Atlanta building my own.’ Because what I know for sure is that if I could just build this table, God will prepare it for me in the presence of my enemies."

Tyler Perry's speech was met with a standing ovation. Watch his powerful moment in the video above.

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YG Handcuffed And Cited For Reckless Driving In Tense Traffic Stop

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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