Private Funeral For George Floyd Takes Place In Houston
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George Floyd Laid To Rest In Houston Following Private Funeral

The 46-year-old father's life was celebrated during an emotional ceremony in his hometown.

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Houston for the third and final homegoing ceremony for George Floyd in the city where he was raised. The private funeral was held at the Fountain of Praise Church in Houston on Tuesday (June 9).

Speakers included Rev. William Lawson, pastor emeritus of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church of Houston, and Floyd’s niece, Brooke Williams, who shared passionate words about her uncle.

“As long as I’m breathing justice will be served,” she declared. “I want to thank you all of you for coming out to support George Perry Floyd. My uncle was a father, brother, uncle and cousin to many. Spiritually grounded, an activist, he always moved people with his words.”

Floyd's sister, LaTonya Floyd, and brothers Philonise, Terrence, and Rodney Floyd, spoke at the funeral as well. “Everybody is going to remember him around the world,” said Rodney. “He is going to change the world.”

Rev. Al Sharpton eulogized Floyd, as he did at the Minneapolis memorial held for the 46-year-old father last week. Pastor Kim Burrell took the stage for a rendition of  “God Will Take Care of You,” gospel singer Michael Tolds sang “My Soul’s Been Anchored,” Houston singer Dray Tate performed Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” and Ne-Yo performed “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday.”

Besides earning praise for the moving performance, the Grammy winner caught backlash on social media for likening Floyd martyr.

“This man changed the world, for the better. So, I just want to personally thank George Floyd for his sacrifice, so that my kids can be all right later on,” Ne-Yo said during the funeral. “I appreciate the sacrifice, my brother, I genuinely do.”

The ceremony, which was broadcast on television and streamed online, featured a painting of Floyd with a halo an angel wings, and a stunning live portrait from artist Ange Hillz that was painted during the funeral.

Additional attendees included  Jamie Foxx, Channing Tatum, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (who declared June 9 “George Floyd Day” in Houston) and the city’s former mayor, Annise Parker, and Texas Reps. Sheila Jackson and Al Green. Former Vice President Joe Biden pre-recorded a video statement that aired during the ceremony.

After the funeral, Floyd’s casket was carried by horse and carriage to a nearby cemetery as crowds lined the streets to pay final respects. He was buried  next to his mother at Houston Memorial Gardens.

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Tory Lanez Sued For Alleged Attack In Miami Nightclub

Tory Lanez is facing legal trouble over an alleged altercation that went down inside Miami’s LIV nightclub last year. Christopher “Prince” Harty, an up-and-coming artist and Miami promoter who appeared on Love & Hip-Hop: Miami claims that Lanez attacked him last November.

The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.


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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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