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Rick Ross Defends Cardi B: “We Don't Need To Persecute Her”

Rick Ross is defending Cardi B amid the #SurvivingCardiB hashtag spawned from a three-year-old video of the Bronx native admitting to drugging and robbing men when she worked as a stripper.

Cardi attempted to address the backlash with a statement posted on social media earlier in the week. “All I can do now is be better for myself my family and my future,” she wrote.

The explanation didn’t exactly extinguish the fury. Rozay, who lost an endorsement deal several years ago for his lyrics on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O” remix, has been used an example of a double-standard between male and female entertainers in the era of the #MeToo movement. But the Maybach Music boss disagrees with the comparison, and doesn’t think that Cardi should be “persecuted” for being honest.

“In a lot of circumstances that’s what comes with that lifestyle. She never hid that, we all know that,” Ross  said in a series of Snapchat videos posted online Thursday (March 28).

In 2013, Rozay rapped: “Molly in her champagne, she ain't even know it/I took her home and enjoyed that, she ain’t even know.” The lyrics caused outrage for their promotion of sexual assault, and Ross was swiftly dropped from his Reebok endorsement deal as a result. In hindsight, the Florida native feels that the company made the right decision.

“I took that on the chin and I have no love lost for Reebok. I needed to understand I was a king and they [were] right, I didn’t need to promote that.”

The 43-year-old rapper went on to explain what inspired his controversial lyrics. “The parties I attended at the time, where I’m from, that was the lifestyle. When we performed that record that was the most popular line to a lot of motherf**kers, and that’s who I wrote that for. I wrote that record speaking for the motherf**kers who were living that lifestyle,” he said.

“Me being a king, I did not need to promote that among my beautiful queens,” Ross added.

In closing, Ross reiterated that Cardi shouldn’t be punished. “We don’t need to persecute her for her past. We need to be leaders and lead by example.”

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John Singleton In Coma After Suffering From A Stroke

John Singleton is reportedly in a coma after suffering from a major stroke, TMZ reports.

The Boyz N the Hood filmmaker has reportedly been in the ICU since last weekend. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Singleton's mother, Sheila Ward, is asking a judge to appoint her temporary conservator of his work because he is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter." Singleton was reportedly working on several projects and preparing to sign a lucrative settlement agreement at the time of his stroke, according to Ward.

As previously reported, Singleton suffered a stroke on April 17, after returning from Costa Rica. After experiencing problems with his legs, he reportedly checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he suffered a stroke in his hospital room.

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'Empire' Makes History By Airing First Black Gay Wedding On Network TV

Wedding bells have just made their way into the history books. Last night (April 25), FOX's Empire became the first network television show to air a black gay wedding. Jamal and his fiancé Kai (Jussie Smollett and Toby Onwumere, respectively) jump the broom and swap vows in the episode titled "Never Doubt I Love."

As an added treat, Empire even tapped the legendary Chaka Khan to perform at the fictional star-studded wedding (Mario and Wood Harris even showed up) which, as evidenced by the episode BTS video, was a moment for everyone right to the stars of the show themselves. “Today’s wedding is special and controversial,” Khan said of using her voice for this particular cameo. “But my answer to all that is just love is love.”

Cast members Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe agree that Jamal and Kai's wedding might have just become the best Empire wedding.

While this doesn't necessarily take away from the controversy still surrounding Smollett's case in Chicago, it was a cause for celebration regarding diversity and representation on television nonetheless. As Ms. Khan said, right here and right now, the most important thing to note is that love is love.

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Lizzo Will Appear In 'Hustlers' Alongside Cardi B And Jennifer Lopez

Lizzo continues to make waves as a musician, instrumentalist, body-positivity icon and booty-shaker extraordinaire. The artist– whose major-label debut Cuz I Love You is receiving praise from listeners and critics alike– will have a chance to put her twerking skills to the test.

According to reports, the Minnesota transplant is set to join the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and Keke Palmer in the already-stacked lineup for the upcoming film, Hustlers. Deadline reports that this is Lizzo’s first live-action film, and her second film overall. She’ll be voicing a character in the upcoming animated musical film, Uglydolls.

Hustlers, which is set to be released by September 2019, is inspired by an article published in New York Magazine in 2016, which “follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.”

Additional actresses set to appear in the film include Fresh Off The Boat’s Constance Wu, Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Transparent’s Trace Lysette, Mercedes Ruehl, dancer Mette Towley and Orange Is The New Black’s Madeline Brewer.

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