Kofi Kingston Becomes First African-Born WWE World Heavyweight Champion

"It just feels surreal, it just feels like a legitimate dream."

At this year's Wrestlemania, Kofi Kingston became the first African-born WWE World Heavyweight champ. Kingston, who is part of The New Day and was born in Ghana, defeated Daniel Bryan for the title. He is also the second black man in the history of WWE to win the title (the first is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson).

"It’s so emotional, I worked so hard to get here, and sometimes you work as hard as you can and things aren’t going your way… it’s paid off," the 37-year-old said in a backstage interview after his win. "It just feels surreal, it just feels like a legitimate dream."

Kingston has been fighting for this win since joining the WWE 11 years ago. He formed "The New Day" with fellow wrestlers Xavier Wood and Big E in 2014, and Big E discussed the historic win in an interview.

"Everything about [these] last two months and Kofi’s 11 years… has been so organic and raw and genuine," he said. "Not just for Kofi and for us, but for people who have taken this journey with Kofi the entire time, for kids who wanted someone who resembled them to be champion… this means so much."

Kingston thanked his fans on Twitter for their support, writing "“Thank you. Thank you. Thank you all. Without your love & support, especially over the past couple months, none of this happens. You helped me achieve my childhood dream & I’m eternally grateful for each & every one of you. Sincerely, Your WWE World Heavyweight Champion -Kofi.”

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Cuba Gooding Jr. Pleads Not Guilty In Groping Case As 12 Other Women Accuse Him Of Groping At Bars

Cuba Gooding Jr. is reportedly "dumbfounded" at new information that delayed his sexual misconduct trial in New York. The 51-year-old actor has been accused by 14 women of groping them at bars and clubs over the years.

According to the Associated Press, the actor pleaded not guilty to an arraignment on four misdemeanor counts of forcible touching and third-degree sexual abuse stemming from an incident at a bar in Times Square over the summer. The case was initially delayed in light of the prosecution's attempt to showcase an alleged pattern of inappropriate behavior for Gooding.

Prosecutor Jenna Long then presented 12 allegations from the 12 other women who claimed they either groped, bit or pinched by Gooding Jr. in an intimate area. The incidents reportedly happened as far back as 2001 in various cities like Las Vegas, Dallas and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Prosecutors plan to have the women testify against the actor.

“The defendant’s past behavior shows that he routinely approaches women while at bars or nightclubs with whom he has limited or no prior interaction, and touches them inappropriately,” wrote assistant district attorney Jenna Long.

Some of the allegations include Gooding at the Cafe Habana in Malibu, where he allegedly reached under a woman's skirt and touched her vagina over her underwear. The woman saw the actor recently and attacked him over the incident. Another woman claimed in 2006, Gooding approached her from behind at Chi in Hollywood and bit her shoulder.

Variety reports the woman turned around to ask the actor if he did the act but he shrugged his shoulders. After doing it again, the actor allegedly pulled up her skirt and dry humped her leg.

The actor is expected back in court Dec. 13.

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Lizzo's "Truth Hurts" Meets Claims Of Plagiarism

Lizzo is being accused of plagiarism again for her ubiquitous song “Truth Hurts.” Singer-songwriter Justin Raisen, who reportedly wrote a track called “Healthy” in 2017 with Lizzo, claims that he was never given credit for the components that make up “Truth Hurts,” which account for its chords, melody and lyrics, Complex reports.

The line that Raisen has an issue with is the catchy opening of the track: "I just took a DNA test, turns out I’m 100 percent that bi**h." In a lengthy Instagram post, he shared a mash-up of both “Healthy” and “Truth Hurts” accompanied by footage of Lizzo and his team in the studio.

 

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The Truth about “Truth Hurts” On April 11th, 2017, we wrote a song called “Healthy” w/ Lizzo, Jesse St John, and Yves Rothman at our studio. “I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch” was taken from “Healthy” and used in “Truth Hurts”. We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of “Healthy” (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in “Truth Hurts”. After reaching out to Ricky Reed and Lizzo’s team about fixing it, we put the song in dispute in 2017 when it came out. We’ve tried to sort this out quietly for the last two years, only asking for 5% each but were shutdown every time. Coming forward publicly to family, friends, artists, and colleagues seems to be the only way at this point in relieving some of our emotional distress caused by this. The last thing we want to do is throw any negativity toward Lizzo’s momentum and movement as a cultural figure. If we believe in what she’s preaching, believing in ourselves & our own voices is something we thought she’d understand. Shout out to the singer Mina Lioness ( @minalioness ) for tweeting “I just did a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch”. A meme of that came up in our writing session & inspired the lyric and melody we wrote together. If Ricky and Lizzo’s team decide to settle this dispute with us, we would like to share some of the proceeds with Mina for her influence on Healthy. The clip below shows a video & photos from the day we wrote “Healthy” along with the comparisons between the two works. All the Love, Justin & Jeremiah Raisen #lizzo #truthhurts #healthy #billboard

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“On April 11th, 2017, we wrote a song called 'Healthy' w/ Lizzo, Jesse St John, and Yves Rothman at our studio. 'I just took a DNA test turns out I’m 100% that bitch' was taken from 'Healthy' and used in 'Truth Hurts,'" he wrote. “We were never contacted about being credited for the use of the parts of 'Healthy' (melody, lyrics, and chords) that appear in 'Truth Hurts.'

“After reaching out to Ricky Reed and Lizzo’s team about fixing it, we put the song in dispute in 2017 when it came out,” he added. “We’ve tried to sort this out quietly for the last two years, only asking for 5% each but were shutdown every time.”

In another instance, British singer Mina Lioness claimed in February 2018 that she first tweeted the resounding lyric. After hearing about the claim, Lizzo said she’s never seen the tweet and was inspired by a meme.  In a video produced by Billboard, Lizzo revealed how she made "Truth Hurts." The Texas native said the main inspiration behind the song was her life experiences with men.

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Moët & Chandon Partners With Photographer Jonathan Mannion For "Nectar Of The Culture" Campaign

In celebration of Moët & Chandon's collaboration with photographer extraordinaire Jonathan Mannion, the pair have teamed up to introduce a new bottle and launch a program that centers on creatives. "Nectar of the Culture" aims to usher in "a new era of pioneers who are changing the game today and shaping culture to impact a new generation."

In honor of the partnership, the brand released a limited-edition customized bottle of Moët & Chandon Nectar Impérial Rosé. "Nectar of the Culture is truly a moment of celebration for everyone who pours their heart into their work and who believes in this artistic movement," Mannion said in a statement. "It is an honor to be recognized by Moët & Chandon for my visual contributions to culture and to champion Nectar of the Culture through the new limited-edition Nectar Imperial Rosé bottle. The limited-edition bottle stands as a symbol of accomplishment for the leaders of a new age we're naming the 'Rose Gold Era.'"

Looking to U.S. cities like Miami, Chicago, New York City, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, the program will highlight the culture's game-changers. First up on the stage is revered fashion designer LaQuan Smith of Queens, New York.

"I've seen first-hand how Moët & Chandon has been an iconic symbol in the culture," Mannion adds. "We honor this lineage from then to now with a new class of creative thinkers, in what I like to think of as the Rose Gold Era. With Moët, I raise my glass to the next generation of visionaries who define it."

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