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R. Kelly’s Music Royalties Reportedly Seized To Pay Back Rent On Chicago Recording Studio

The 52-year-old singer also made $22,000 for an hourlong club appearance. 

R. Kelly has found a way to keep a flow of money coming in amid his pending sexual assault case, but he’s still deep in debt. Kelly’s former landlord, Midwest Commercial Funding, subpoenaed Sony Music Holdings, Inc. to freeze $264,535 of his biannual music royalties to cover the back rent on his Chicago music studio, The Blast reports.

Midwest already collected $154,527. 22 from one of Kelly’s accounts but he still owes nearly $53,000, according to the celebrity website. In January, the city investigated Kelly's recording studio and subsequently hit him with 66 code violations.

Last weekend, the 52-year-old singer made $22,000 for an hourlong club appearance at the Dirty South Lounge in Springfield, IL. Only around 50 people came out to see Kelly who interacted with fans and sang the opening lyrics of “Bump & Grind,” according to TMZ.

Apparent fans reportedly paid up to $100 to watch Kelly “perform” for 28-seconds.

Prior to the club appearance, Kelly popped up on Instagram to ask the media to “take it easy” on him. "I got an event to do tonight in Springfield, Illinois, so I want the media to take it easy on me, man," he said. "This is how I got to get paid for right now, so I've got to go do this event and it's a party. So when you see me in the club with drinks in my hand and chillin’, please, take it easy. Appreciate y'all. Thanks."

In February, Kelly turned himself in on multiple felony counts of criminal sex abuse. He was later released from custody after posting $100,000 bail. Last month, Kelly was jailed and released again, after paying more than $160,000 in back child support.

Since the airing of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly documentary unveiled disturbing detailed accounts of Kelly’s alleged reign of sexual abuse against young girls and women, the Chicago native (who maintains his innocence) has been having trouble booking jobs.

Late last month, Kelly requested permission to travel to Dubai for what he claimed was a concert in the city, and a meeting with the city’s royal family. Dubai’s government denied Kelly's claims.

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Alabama Deputy On Leave After Comments About Gay Teen's Suicide

An Alabama deputy has been placed on leave after making insensitive comments on social media about a teen who committed suicide after allegedly being bullied for his sexual orientation.

According to reports, the officer has been with the Madison County Sheriff's Office in Huntsville for 12 years and sparked backlash for referring to LGBTQ qualms as "a fake movement which requires no special attention but by persons with an altered ego and fake agenda."

"Liberty. Guns. Bible. Trump. BBQ. That’s my kind of LGBTQ. I’m seriously offended that there is such a thing such as this movement," the deputy allegedly wrote in a Facebook post. "Society cannot and should not accept this behavior. I have a right to be offended and will always be offended by this fake movement which requires no special attention but by persons with an altered ego and fake agenda.”

The law enforcement officer defended his statement as freedom of speech before it was taken down. It was made in reference to 15-year-old Nigel Shelby who took his own life Thursday (April 18) after being bullied for being gay.

In a statement, Monday, the Madison County Sheriff's Office revealed a deputy had been placed on leave, while Local sheriff Kevin Turner offered kind words to the friends and family of Nigel Shelby.

Turner said: “Bullying of any group or person in or outside of schools is unacceptable, and I welcome any and all efforts to raise awareness to bullying and bring bullying to a stop. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is proud of the community support and engagement we have received over the years, and we look forward to growing those community partnerships.”

 

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Jay-Z's Foundation Is Helping Kids Visit Black Colleges

With accepted students days happening on college campuses across the country, the timing of Jay-Z's foundation's newest endeavor is right on the money. The Shawn Carter Foundation is teaming up with Toyota to launch an HBCU college tour for prospective students.

The week-long tour will take selected high-achieving students to visit 11 historically black colleges and universities located along the East Coast from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, Georgia. While on this tour, selected students will be able to meet with college admissions counselors as well as former Shawn Carter Foundation scholars. Over 125 schools in the New York/New Jersey area have been invited to take part in some of the college prep workshops that will lead up to the tour. Then in September, administrator-selected students will tap into weekend ACT/SAT prep sessions that also touch on resume skills and dressing for success.

Jay-Z's mother Gloria Carter, 93.9 WKYS radio personality Angie Ange and Creative Writing M.F.A. Candidate Candice Wong (the latter two of whom are Howard University alumni) will kick off the 2019 Shawn Carter Foundation College Bus Tour on Howard's campus this week.

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Russell Wilson Buys Amazon Stock For Select Teammates

Russell Wilson recently made history as the National Football League's (NFL) highest paid player. To celebrate this wealth, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback purchased Amazon stock worth $12,000 apiece for 13 of the team's offensive linesmen, TMZ reports.

The premise behind the gesture is to help set the players on a lucrative path post-NFL. "We all have dreams of what we can build and accomplish off the field," he wrote in a memo. "One important lesson I have learned thus far in my career: The memories on the field will last forever, but we have to constantly prepare for life after football."

In the letter that was sent to his teammates, Wilson said he was indecisive on what to give them as a sign of his appreciation for their protection on the field. "Some were flashy, some were cool, but I wanted to give you something that had a lasting impact," he said. "Something that would affect the lives of you, your family, and your children." According to CNBC, each linesmen's stock could be worth $270,000 in the next 10 years if Amazon's shares continue to result in a return of 2,200 percent.

Earlier this month, Wilson signed a $140 million contract. He'll suit up with the Seahawks for the next four years. The re-signing follows a previous four-year agreement the 30-year-old athlete made with the team.

 

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