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Cyntoia Brown Quietly Marries Former Pretty Ricky Associate J. Long

Cyntoia Brown found love while serving more than a decade in prison. The newly freed 31-year-old Tennessee native quietly married J. Long, a Christian rapper formerly associated with Pretty Ricky.

According to The Tennessean, the newlyweds tied the knot over the phone.  Brown’s publicist, Wes Yonder, confirmed the nuptials Monday (Aug. 12) but failed to disclose further details, Billboard reports. Yonder reportedly stated that Brown will reveal more on her love life in the forthcoming memoir, Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System, hitting shelves on Oct. 15 via Atria Books.

It’s unclear how the couple met and fell in love, but Long posted a photo collage with Brown on Instagram last week. The recording artist, whose birth name is Jamie Long, was previously married to Pamela Long of the R&B group Total, for six years. The former couple’s divorce was reportedly finalized earlier this year and Pam didn't have nice things to say about her onetime hubby. “This man is diabolical and he is such a manipulator. The way this man pursued this woman is the way he did me,” she said in a recent interview. “He came and found me using the same card, ‘He was a Christian artist.’” Pam alluded to Long possibly using Brown’s notoriety to further his own career. “May the Lord God protect her and her money.”

In 2017, Long recorded the song “Evolved,” which was inspired by Brown. Long is the grandson of guitarist Curtis Long who played for B.B. King and Bobby “Blue” Band, and nephew of Huey Long of The Ink Spots, a black pop group that rose to fame in the 1930s.

Brown, a onetime sex trafficking victim convicted of murder at age 16, was released from a Tennessee Prison for Women on Aug. 7, after being granted clemency by the state’s governor in January.

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Tee Grizzley Commemorates Aunt Who Was Fatally Shot In Detroit

On Tuesday (Aug. 20), Tee Grizzley’s aunt, Jobina “JB” Brown, was fatally shot in Detroit, Michigan. Brown and the rapper, who she managed, were riding in a Chrysler together at the time of the attack. Two other men were also in the car, ages 25 and 34, when their vehicle came to a stop and bullets from an unknown direction began.

Upon arrival at the hospital, Brown, 41, was pronounced dead. Recently, Grizzley took to Instagram to commemorate his aunt. “Since I was 12 we been going everywhere together how you gone go to heaven without me????” he wrote. “Idek what to say JB I just wanted to show the world yo smile I love you so much.”

The Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled Brown’s death as a homicide, The Detroit News reports. An investigation by Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit is currently underway as the search for the suspect continues.

 

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Since I was 12 We been going everywhere together how you gone go to heaven without me???? Idek what to say JB I just wanted to show the world yo smile I love you so much 💔

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Jeezy Test Drives Job As Meteorologist On The Weather Channel

In promotion of his latest studio album, TM104: Legend Of The Snowman, the Atlanta native took to The Weather Channel in his hometown to give viewers the prognosis for the week. Since climate change is ramping up day by day, Jeezy didn’t hesitate when he saw the forecast predicted a chance of snow everyday.

The weather man recently debuted the aforementioned album to fanfare. In recent interviews, he mentioned this is his last album with Def Jam and rounds out his Thug Motivation series which began in 2005.

TM104 features CeeLo Green, Queen Naija, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Gunna, Rick Ross and more. “All the records that I did, even the ones that didn’t make the album, they were all true to me,” he said to Billboard. “It’s what true thug motivation means. Just like everything that I’ve done, I put my heart into it like it was my first album. Like it was my first ad-lib. Like it was my first rodeo.”

Is it supposed to snow in Atlanta tonight? That's what Meteorologist @Jeezy says… ⛄ pic.twitter.com/UyrqV76DLO

— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 23, 2019

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Florida Gunman Convicted Of Manslaughter In Fatal Parking Lot Shooting

A Florida jury convicted a white gunman of killing an unarmed black father during an argument over a parking space. Jurors deliberated for more than six hours before finding Michael Drejka guilty of manslaughter in the July 2018 shooting death of Markeis McGlockton.

McGlockton, 28, was gunned down in front of his 5-year-old son in the parking lot of a Circle K gas station. The father of three was coming to his girlfriend’s defense after she was confronted by Drejka for parking in a handicap space while McGlockton ran into the store. Drejka, who alleged self-defense, claimed that he opened fire after McGlockton took “one step” towards him and shoved him. Drejka attempted to use Florida’s Stand Your Ground law to justify the fatal shooting, and saw no fault in his actions.

“I followed the law the way I thought the law was supposed to be followed. I cleared every hurdle that the law had to put in front of me,” he told a local news station last year.

Prosecutors argued that Drejka provoked the confrontation and video surveillance confirmed that McGlockton was backing away from Drejka. The state’s self-defense argument doesn’t apply if the shooter caused the altercation.

Drejka, who faces up to 30 years in prison, had no reaction to the verdict, CBS News reports. He remains held without bond and is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 10.

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