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CNN Investigative Series Suggests James Brown Was Murdered

CNN reports that 13 people that knew James Brown are calling for a criminal investigation of his death.

A three-part investigative series by CNN is raising questions about the death of legendary singer and performer James Brown. The extensive report suggests Brown was murdered in 2006.

As you may know, James Brown died on Dec 25, 2006. At the time, it was reported that the artist died of congestive heart failure. The CNN report however, claims over a dozen people who knew Brown, including his manager, widow, son, and friends are calling for a criminal investigation into his death.

"He changed too fast," Dr. Marvin Crawford, who signed Brown's death certificate at an Atlanta, said. "He was a patient I would never have predicted would have coded. ... But he died that night, and I did raise that question: What went wrong in that room?"

CNN spoke to over 140 of Brown's associates over the span of two years. The news investigation reportedly began in 2017 after a circus singer named Jacquelyn Hollander called a reporter alleging to have information about Brown's death. She claimed to have worked with Brown as a songwriter in the 80s. Their relationship turned sour however when Brown allegedly raped her. But after the incident, she began saving evidence relating to the singer and his friends.

She reportedly collected numerous boxes of documents and tapes over the course of three decades. CNN reportedly examined tens of thousands of pages of police and court records, analysis of more than 1,300 pages of text messages from Hollander's iPhone, and the forensic testing of a woman's shoe in a mysterious black duffel bag.

The report also examines the death of Brown's third wife, Adrienne Brown, who died in 1995 while recovering from plastic surgery. Although police say there was no sign of foul play, a friend alleged she was killed. Like Hollander, Adrienne alleged her ex-husband's team was spying on her. Days before her death, Adrienne allegedly contacted her divorce attorney Robert Harte and said she was afraid for her life.

In 2017, newly revealed writings by a police informant named Linda Bennett claim Adrienne Brown was killed by a doctor unconnected to the cosmetic surgeries. Her notes contain a detailed confession by the doctor, who allegedly replaced her prescriptions with drugs to kill her. The doctor denied the allegations when contacted by CNN.

Hours after James Brown's death, Dr. Crawford said he recommended an autopsy, but the singer's daughter, Yamma Brown declined. When questioned about that decision by CNN, she did not offer an explanation. CNN also asked Brown's other daughter, Deanna Brown Thomas, about an allegation that Brown's crypt was empty, but she would not comment.

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Logic Announces 'Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind' Album, Debuts New Song

Logic has been keeping himself busy since his last two projects, YSIV, and Bobby Tarantino II dropped in 2018. Now after preparing for the release of his debut novel "Supermarket," which is slated for release on March 26, the 29-year-old is readying his forthcoming project Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind and unveiled a new single in support of the soundscape.

Just around the corner 📸 - @jflei

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The "Everybody Dies" rapper's bloody teaser track serves as the first look into the album's vibe, accompanying a haunting new video where Logic is seen bleeding out from a neck injury as he raps, smokes and loads a gun. The track, which urges listeners to put their "ego on the shelf," is a lyrical experience that comments on drug use, suicide, depression, and the expectation from others that ruin one's self-esteem.

I wrote this one in Blood pic.twitter.com/pCi5VrSha9

— Bobby Billboard (@Logic301) March 19, 2019

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Lizzo And Missy Elliott Team Up For Hypnotic Single "Tempo"

Lizzo has a new banger. The Detroit artist teamed up with Missy Elliott for her new track, "Tempo" on Wednesday (Mar. 20), and it's bound to shake the table.

The song's theme falls in line with Lizzo's past work; it's a body positive single, paying tribute to thick and curvy girls. After a powerful electric guitar intro, the song erupts into a head-knocking beat. "Slow songs, they for skinny h*es / Can't move all of this here to one of those (Hey) / I'm a thick b***h, I need tempo," she raps on the chorus.

Misdemeanor comes in on the third verse with bad b***h energy, spits controlled bars. "All the thick girls down on the flrrr (On the floor) / Ice on my neck like brrr (Like brrr) / I'm big-boned with nice curves," she raps.

Amid the song's release, Lizzo sat down with Apple Music's Beats 1 to talk about how she and Missy collaborated on the track. "She sent me a memoji of herself singing her verse, that's how I got the verse," she explained. "I got a memoji of Missy like smiling and then she just started rapping, and I was like, 'OMG what the hell' so I had to hook it up to my speaker system. But it wasn't even the actual track, it was like her going along in her studio."

Lizzo is gearing up for the release of her new project, Cuz I Love You, which is slated to drop on Apr. 19. Listen to "Tempo" in the video above.

You made this chubby, weird, black girl believe that ANYTHING was possible. And now we have a BANGER together 😩— till this day you continue to inspire me to make my dreams come true. Now go fuck it up to the #TEMPO and STREAM OUR SONG!!!! 🔥🎸 Love You @MissyElliott 💋 pic.twitter.com/xTMbWt3lM6

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R. Kelly Sends Birthday Video To Daughter Through Instagram

During his viral interview with Gayle King earlier this month, R. Kelly tearfully revealed that he has no relationship with his three children. But possibly in an attempt to reestablish that connection with at least one of them, the R&B singer sent an Instagram video message wishing his daughter a happy birthday on Wednesday (Mar. 20).

In the video, Kelly cheerfully sang a soulful rendition of "The Happy Birthday Song," followed by a special message to his daughter. "Happy Birthday, baby. Daddy loves you. I love you. No matter what, I love you so much," he said.

Ordinarily, there wouldn't be anything newsworthy about a father sending love to his daughter on her birthday, but the video comes at a very unique time. Kelly recently spent several days in jail for an outstanding balance in back child support. The court determined that he owed his ex-wife Drea Kelly nearly $200,000 in child support payments that covered the kids' education, health and living expenses.

Additionally, the video message arrives nearly three months after Joann – also known as Buku Abi – released a lengthy statement in response to her father's ongoing sexual abuse case. She referred to her father as a "monster" and alluded to unpleasant interactions with him when she was a child. "I would never want anyone to feel the pain I have felt," she wrote in the Jan. 2019 message. "The same monster you all confronting me about is my father. I am well aware of who and what he is. I grew up in that house. My choice to not speak on him and what he does is for peace of mind."

Watch R. Kelly's video message below.

 

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Family for life 🎹🎤🙏🏽 🎂

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