Police mug shots of Seth Taylor, Tyler Curtiss, Joshua Shaffer and Matthew Lipp. (Howard County police)
Police mug shots of Seth Taylor, Tyler Curtiss, Joshua Shaffer and Matthew Lipp. (Howard County police)
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Wifi Logins Help Identify Teens Who Vandalized High School With Racist And Anti-Semitic Slurs

Just before graduation, four Maryland teens were arrested for defacing their school with anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist slurs. Hours later, they were outed after it was discovered that their phones automatically connected to the campus’ wifi network.

The story behind the 2018 hate crime incident at Glenelg High School was revisited by The Wahington Post this week. Although their faces were covered during the act, Seth Taylor, Tyler Curtiss, Joshua Shaffer, and Matthew Lipp were arrested soon after. Taylor and Curtiss spoke to the publication about the incident, insisting it was a prank that got out of hand.

Taylor claims he arrived with his friends the night before their graduation to tag "Class of 2018" with spray paint. Instead, Shaffer tagged "BURTON IS A N****R," referring to the school's Principal David Burton who is black. Over 50 swastikas, racial epithets, and other repugnant words were spray-painted on the school's parking lot, sidewalks and exterior walls, according to The Baltimore Sun.

"It was the worst decision I have ever made in my entire life. What I did there keeps me up at night," Taylor said during his sentencing. “I have worked hard since that day to show my family, my school, my community and Principal Burton how sorry I am.” All four teens were indicted last July and sentenced between March and April, with consecutive weekend jail sentences, potential three-year probation, and trips to the Holocaust Museum. Some like Taylor met with an African American and took part in diversity training with an African American counselor.

Though they completed all graduation requirements prior to the incident the four did not walk in their graduation ceremony.

As Burton looked back at the incident, he was relieved that something as simple as Wifi cracked the case, but it hasn't stopped the constant ignorance that happens at the predominantly white high school.

"I know I give up my time, my effort, I give up my life for my students,” he told the Post. “I think the only thing I am asking in return is just a little bit of respect.”

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'Insecure's Jay Ellis Is Engaged And His Fiancé Is Expecting A Child

According to reports, Jay Ellis– widely recognized for his role as Lawrence on the hit HBO show Insecure– is engaged and expecting his first child with his longtime lady love, actress Nina Senicar.

Per reports, Senicar is reportedly due this autumn, and the couple is set to have their wedding in Italy. The news was broken during her interview with the Serbian publication, Story.

"Perhaps she is not quite aware even now, because it's hard to believe that dreams are being fulfilled in just a few months when they have been under the umbrella of the fantasy for years," the publication writes (it has been translated from Serbian).

"Namely, this year's beauty will stand in front of the altar with its chosen one, Jay Ellis (37), and in the autumn couple will get a child," the publication continues. "Life was fairly fabulous all this time while achieving some other set goals, reviving dreams on a relationship between the California hot and Italian fantasy, but now it's time for the actress to find a new, deeper meaning."

Ellis' co-star, Insecure creator and star Issa Rae, is also reportedly set to tie the knot. She is engaged to her longtime love, Louis Diame.

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A Kirk Franklin Biopic Is Underway

Kirk Franklin is the latest musician to receive the biopic treatment. According to Deadline, the Grammy Award-winning gospel artist will be the subject of his life-told-on-film that'll depict his experiences before the music industry and his journey throughout the business.

The news site also states the film will be produced by DeVon Franklin, an acclaimed author of faith-based best-selling books. The preacher's Franklin Entertainment production company will take the reins on the film's process alongside Kirk Franklin who'll remain onboard as an executive producer.

The Texas native began his ascent to gospel music stardom when he released his debut studio effort, Kirk Franklin & The Family (1993). His discography boasts a bevy of albums, including his most recent Long Live Love, which entered at No. 1 on Billboard's US Top Gospel Albums chart. Concerning the charts, Franklin is also celebrated as the first artist to sit atop all five of Billboard's gospel charts at the same time.

In a VIBE interview, Franklin discussed the inspiration behind one of Long Live Love's standout tracks, "Strong God," and delving into a new realm of social commentary within the gospel genre.

"I think that one of the greatest misconceptions about gospel music from those that listen to it – and even at times those that do it – is that its agenda always has to be vertical, that there can never be a horizontal social commentary connected with the gospel, when at the same time one of the biggest modus operandi of Jesus Christ was the poor and the less fortunate and the widows," he said. "And his level of frustration was the oppression that the government and the religious leaders put on those people. So, to have social commentary in a gospel song for me is very important. Even, you know it’s been part of my career, I was doing it back with “Lean on Me.”

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Dolly Parton Toys With Hopping On Next 'Old Town Road' Remix

Lil Nas X is not letting “Old Town Road” ever get old. The 20-year-old Atlanta native continues to add more and more musicians to various remixes of the record-breaking song.

Last week, he enlisted Young Thug and “The Yodeling Kid” Mason Ramsey, and it looks like another country music legend is looking to hop on another version of the track.

“Y’all think i can get dolly parton and megan thee stallion on a old town road remix?” Lil Nas X asked his millions of Twitter followers at the top of the week (Jul. 15). The “9 To 5” songstress responded to the artist’s inquiry yesterday (Jul. 18) on Twitter with a horse and a unicorn emoji. Megan has not responded to the inquiry... that we know of.

Billy Ray Cyrus– the father of Parton’s goddaughter Miley– hopped on the original remix with Lil Nas X, and performed the song with him at events such as Summer Jam and the 2019 BET Awards.

The track is currently the third longest-running No. 1 hit in the history of American popular music, right behind “One Sweet Day” By Boyz II Men and Mariah Carey, and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito.”

🐴🦄 @LilNasX https://t.co/jD8WgNNNPI pic.twitter.com/WQWwW7sbi2

— Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) July 17, 2019

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