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White Man Blames Autism For Harassing Black Women Who Were Minding Their Business

A known troll on the web has taken his abilities to the next level as he reportedly harassed two young black women for drinking wine at a community pool.

The incident between Nick Starr-Street and Gaëlle Claude and her friend happened Sunday (June 23) in Hyattsville, MD when Starr-Street approached the women for drinking wine at a community pool at The Edition Apartments. Claude, who posted footage of the interaction on social media said they were taking photos and drinking when Starr-Street approached them. He told the women they were breaking the rules and continued to record them. One of the women is seen pushing his phone out of her face.

After the women tried to leave the area, Starr-Street called 911 and followed them for nearly a mile. "This white man literally stalked us from his apartment for damn near a mile just cause we were at the pool drinking wine and taking pictures," Claude said in her tweet about the incident. "Called the police and all...I cannot make this up smh."

Claude goes on to say that she and her friend tried asking for help after Starr-Street began following them and calling them racists. "The whole time we were walking no one was trying to help us. Not one soul," she tweeted. "We were walking and telling people on the street the man was stalking/harassing and no one cared so yes we did ask for help and called security."

Starr-Street took to Facebook and claimed one of the women attacked him when she knocked the phone out of his hand and left him with a purple bruise on his chest. He also posted a 16-second video of the incident, though Claude's footage is much longer.

In addition to his claims, Starr-Street blamed his reported harassment on his alleged autism. "I’m autistic and lack a gauge that goes anywhere but 0 and 100," he posted. "When I see a lease violation, I call it out and do everything in my power to make sure it is resolved, no matter who is the person violating. 

My husband called 911 and they fled. I called 911 and chased after my attackers as I wasn’t going to let someone get away with physically assaulting me, again the autism thing where my sense of justice and right and wrong go right to 100%."

But there appears to be a trend in Starr-Street's behavior. The day before the incident with Claude and her friend, Starr-Street called the police on seven black women for playing music at the pool. The women also had a glass bottle at the pool but removed it after they were told by Starr-Street that it was a violation of their lease. Felecia Soso shared the incident on Twitter and said after the police were called, they showed their videos of Starr-Street's behavior and decided to leave the pool.

The Hyattsville Police Department posted a statement on their Facebook page but did not arrest anyone in either incident.

Since the incident, Starr-Street claims he has been called a racist for his behavior. "That’s where we are today. We will seek as much justice as possible, but our apartment has been vandalized, the apartment complex has been vandalized and we’ve been called the worst horrific things imaginable," he said. "So many death threats. All of which are far worse than anything falsely alleged by these women."

Starr-Street has a history of spewing hate speech towards Jewish people and the LGBTQIA+ community. In 2016, he reportedly made an insensitive comment towards Roxxxy Andrews just days after the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub. The tweet read, "Seriously @RoxxxyAndrews? Isn't she a has-been not a star? Where her people at? I thought they were all shot."

Celebrities like Kathy Griffin have defended the women as well as many others who have questioned Starr-Street's actions. Claude is currently seeking legal counsel against Starr-Street.

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Teyana Taylor Hints At Music Retirement, Says She Feels Underappreciated

Teyana Taylor is feeling underappreciated. Taylor hinted a possibly retiring from music in an Instagram post thanking fans for her music Spotify end-of-the year numbers.

The “Bare Wit Me” singer wracked up over 167 million Spotify streams, from 15.2 million listeners, across 92 countries. “I ain’t gone [sic] front in times of feeling super [underappreciated] as [an] artist, receiving little to no real push from the ‘machine,’ constantly getting the shorter end of the stick, being overlooked, I mean the list [goes] on and on lol,” she wrote on Friday (Dec. 4).

Taylor added that she’s “retiring this chapter of my story” with the comfort of knowing that she’s walking away with “peace of mind seeing that all the hard work & passion put in was indeed loved & supported somewhere in the world!”

She went on to thank her day one supporters and new fans. “I love you and I thank you for everything & don’t worry y’all know all hustlers have the understanding that when one door closes another will open.”

This isn’t the first time that Taylor has aired out her frustrations with the music industry. She put the Grammys on blast last month for snubbing female R&B singers, and previously spoke out about the mishandling of the rollout of her debut album, K.T.S.E.

Taylor’s last studio project, The Album, was released in June.

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Letitia Wright Responds To Backlash After Post Questioning COVID-19 Vaccine

After catching backlash for tweeting a YouTube video questioning the ingredients of a COVID-19 vaccine, Letitia Wright went back to social media on Friday (Dec. 4) to explain her reasoning.

“My intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intension of posting this video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies. Nothing else,” wrote the Black Panther star.

my intention was not to hurt anyone, my ONLY intention of posting the video was it raised my concerns with what the vaccine contains and what we are putting in our bodies.

Nothing else.

— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) December 4, 2020

if you don’t conform to popular opinions. but ask questions and think for yourself....you get cancelled 😂

— Letitia Wright (@letitiawright) December 4, 2020

The criticism started after Wright shared a video titled, COVID-19 Vaccine Should We Take It?, on Thursday (Dec. 3). As the post began circulating social media Wright tweeted, “If you don’t conform to popular opinions but ask questions and think for yourself…you get cancelled.”

Wright also liked a tweet reading “Cancel Black Panther 2 immediately,” and another tweet calling for her character to be recast.

Wright, 27,  isn’t alone in being skeptical of COVID-19 vaccines. According to a Pew Research survey conducted in September, only 32% of Black Americans surveyed said that they would take the vaccine. Some of the distrust dates stems from the 1932 Tuskegee Experiment where hundreds of Black men were unknowingly infected with syphilis.

The U.K. is expected to become one of the first countries to get Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine. The region has received 800,000 doses and will begin mass vaccinations next week. A U.S. vaccine could be released by the end of  December.

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Ashanti And Keyshia Cole Sign On For Verzuz Battle

Season 2 of Verzuz is already off to a good start. Ashanti and Keyshia Cole are next in line for a Verzuz battle, it was confirmed on Friday (Dec. 4).

The R&B stars will go up against each other for a “celebration of women empowerment” next Saturday, Dec. 12. The “Legendary Ladies Night” will be streamed on IG Live and Apple Music.

Yeah, it’s official! The paperwork is IN 🚨🚨 It’s a legendary Ladies Night on Saturday, December 12th with @Ashanti and @KeyshiaCole.

Which Libra you got?!

Saturday, December 12th, 5PM PT / 8PM ET. Watch on our IG or in HD on @AppleMusic.

Drinks by @Ciroc Merch by @NTWRKLIVE pic.twitter.com/UCWJvaEl0y

— Verzuz (@verzuzonline) December 4, 2020

Both multi-platinum selling singers have impressive stats. Ashanti’s catalog of solo hits include “Foolish,” “Rock wit U,” “Rain On Me,” “Happy,” and “Baby.” On the collaborative tip, the Grammy winner joined Ja Rule on singles like, “What’s Love?” and “Always on Time.”

She was also featured on Lloyd’s debut single “Southside,” “Into You” by Fabolous, and “Body on Me” with Nelly. And she of course wrote songs for Jennifer Lopez and more.

Cole’s breakout single, “I Changed My Mind,” dropped in 2004 and her career took off from there. The Oakland native boasts a slew of classic R&B singles like “(I Just Want It) To Be Over,” “I Should Have Cheated,” “Let It Go,” “I Remember,” “Heaven Sent,” “Love,” and “Trust.” As a featured artist, Cole appeared on Sean Paul’s “(When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me,” Young Jeezy’s “Dreaming,” and Diddy’s 2006 single “Last Night,” to name a few.

Although they’re technically going up against each other for Verzuz, there’s no beef between the two artists who previously collaborated for the title track off Cole’s 2012 album, Woman to Woman.

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