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Man Who Murdered Niecy Nash’s Brother Strikes Again

Comedian Niecy Nash is sending her condolences to the family member and friends of Demetra Doyle Heard. Heard was married to the man who killed Nash's brother in 1993. The man, then-16-year-old Robert Lee Heard, was convicted of shooting and killing Nash's brother, Michael Ensley, at a Reseda, CA high school. He was committed to a juvenile corrections facility until 2002. Heard attempt to strike again in 2003, and was convicted of attempted first-degree murder and sent to prison until 2011. This past weekend, Heard struck again -- this time stabbing his 35-year-old wife to death. Nash told TMZ " No family should have to endure the loss of a loved one at the hands of a previously convicted violent criminal ."  Nash added," I am deeply saddened to hear that the man who murdered my brother, Michael Ensley, has been charged with murder again."And Nash went on ... saying "I grieve for every family who has been victimized by this heinous individual.  My prayers and love go out to the family of Demetra Doyle Heard during this trying time ." Why do murderers seem to get lighter sentences than person of non-violent crimes? Mario Lloyd, a first-time non-violent offender, has spent more than 20 years in prison for drug distribution charges at the kingpin level. Do you believe our judicial system punishes criminals adequately? The post Man Who Murdered Niecy Nash’s Brother Strikes Again appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Serena Williams Is Down With The ‘French Swirl’

The 30-year-old sports star, who recently  bagged the U.S. Open and Olympics titles, appears to have also won the heart of a Frenchman -- her tennis coach  Patrick Mouratoglou. Williams and Mouratoglou were spotted getting up close and personal in Valbonne (a French town) this week. Williams was spotted with her hand in Mouratoglou's back pocket. Based off of the nonverbal exchange between the two, the relationship appears to be one of comfort and warmth. While enjoying lunch at a restaurant, Mouratoglou affectionately touched Williams' shoulder as they appeared locked in conversation. The two also peered at listings in the window of a realtors. Mouratoglou runs a tennis academy in France and has been working with Williams since her early departure from French Open this summer. " She said, 'I want to win Wimbledon, I want to start now.' That’s simple. That’s how it started," he said of he and Williams' working relationship. In addition to winning the French Open, Williams has since won Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and gold at the Olympics, proving the two are a great match. Mouratouglou has also sat in player's box during matches. French tennis site PKTennis reporting: "Mouratoglou and Williams are seeing each other," which means the two are a great love match as well.  And the pictures of them gazing into the window of Bruce International Properties, which sells property on the French Riviera, could suggest just how serious the two are about their personal and professional relationship. Williams is recanting on her vow to hold off on love for at least 10 years. Earlier this year, Williams told the media that she was taking a break from dating for a ten years. “ I have given up on dating. I’m a really emotional person. I give my all and everything. I do make mistakes — like every human does — but the last relationship just was too much of a heartbreak for me. I just can’t go through that anymore. It was hard. I just have to remove myself from that atmosphere for about the next decade or so ,” she said. Serena was rumored to be dating Drake after her failed relationship with hip-hop icon Common. Sources are unsure if she was referencing her failed relationship from Common, Drake, or someone else. Reports claimed the beef that sparked between Drake and Common was due to a diss lyric that Drake recorded about Serena. In Common’s autobiography titled, “One Day It’ll All Make Sense,” he reveres Serena as “wife material” and even discussed altering his own religious beliefs to accomodate her religious practice as a Jehovah’s Witness.  The breakup came less than two weeks after Common, who is ten years her senior, told chat show host Ellen DeGeneres he was planning to marry the tennis champion. Williams' sister, Venus Williams, is currently dating a Cuban model.   The post Serena Williams Is Down With The ‘French Swirl’ appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Chicago Violence Brings NBA Star Derrick Rose To Tears At Adidas Shoe Launch

NBA star Derrick Rose was overcome with emotion during his Adidas shoe launch when asked to tell his fans how they have inspired him. Rose paused for several seconds before answering the question, wiping his eyes and nose. " It’s truly a blessing, man. With all of this stuff that’s going on in this city, a kid from Englewood got something positive going on. That makes me feel so good, man. This shoe is great, all this is great. But this, I can’t explain this…I can’t.  I went through so much. To have like true fans, that means a lot to me. And I know it means a lot to my family, because we ain’t supposed to be here …at all. But God made a way. This is truly unreal ," he said in between tearful pauses. The star has a lot to be grateful for, the war zone in Chicago has primarily stemmed from his Englewood community. Eighteen-year-old rapper Jo-Jo was killed in Englewood just weeks ago . Lil Jojo was gunned down last week as he rode on a bicycle with a friend at 69th Street and Princeton Avenue in the South Side of Chicago'ss impoverished Englewood neighborhood. Investigators have been looking into whether a war of words in the Chicago hip-hop community was linked to the slaying. A taunting tweet by rapper Chief Keef drew the interest of law enforcement. Label reps for Chief Keef subsequently released statements saying the rapper's Twitter account was hacked. The account was also shut down immediately following the tweet. A bit of  a scuffle occurred at the rapper's funeral on Friday, as a crowd of young men eager to take a last look at Lil JoJo’s body lunged toward his casket, nearly knocking it to the floor and pushing family members out of the way. The commotion drew outrage from relatives of the slain 18-year-old and several hundred other mourners, including a person who picked up a microphone and yelled, "Y'all being disrespectful!" The post Chicago Violence Brings NBA Star Derrick Rose To Tears At Adidas Shoe Launch appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Jasmine Guy Hits Ex-Husband For Back Child Support Payments

Famed "Different World" star, Jasmine Guy, is suing her ex-husband, Terrence Mitchell Duckett, for $39,663 in back child support. According to TMZ, Guy filed legal docs in L.A. County Superior Court recently, Duckett was ordered by a judge to pay $1,469/month in child support for the couple's daughter. The couple divorced in 2008. In the documents, Guy claims Duckett hasn't paid child support since 2010. Guy is seeking to hold her ex in contempt of court so that she can collect on the debt by garnishing his wages, going after his assets, or even having him thrown in jail. Guy's lawyer, Lisa West, tells TMZ, " Both parents have the financial responsibility of rearing a child. Jasmine has always met and will continue to meet her financial responsibility. She, however unfortunately, finds herself in the same position as are many single mothers in this country -- she must enforce her child's right to benefit from the financial assets of both parents ." A hearing on the matter was scheduled for last month, but was cancelled because Jasmine was unable to serve her ex with the papers. Sources close to Jasmine tell TMZ the actress is still attempting to serve the papers, so the hearing can be rescheduled. Last year, American Express sued Guy  for $86,241.03 in unpaid credit   card debt, and associated expenses such as attorney's fees, delinquency costs and interest. The court documents said Guy " has received the monthly [billing] statements without protest, and has not advised American Express that such statements were in error in any respect. " Perhaps her ex-husband's lack of consistency in paying child support has affected her finances significantly over the past two years. Find out what celebrity was recently sued by AMEX by clicking here . The post Jasmine Guy Hits Ex-Husband For Back Child Support Payments appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Just Reel Film: Frank Ocean Releases New Music Video For ‘Pyramids’

by Dorian Chandler, Your Black World Fresh off the heels of his debut SNL performance this past weekend, Frank Ocean unleashed the official video to his ‘Channel Orange’ single, ‘Pyramids.’ The video is directed by Nabil and features a solo guitarist performance by John Mayer. I would consider the single my favorite off the album and the video does not ... Read More »

Kandi Burruss To Take Her Bedroom Kandi Door-To-Door

"Real Housewives of Atlanta" and former Xscape star, Kandi Burruss, is taking her sex toy line Bedroom Kandi to the next level. The entrepreneur is expanding her business to include a home sales division, enabling women to host their own sex toy party to demo Bedroom Kandi products to a group of women. It's the same concept that make-up/body care companies Avon and Mary Kay use. Burruss told reporters, " With Bedroom Kandi, no need to go out, we will bring the party to you and your girls. Our BK consultants are from across the country and with them we hope to create an entertaining and exciting way for them to become entrepreneurs ." Bedroom Kandi is a unique line that creates precious objects that are both inherently familiar and intimate to women. Bedroom Kandi's famed "Kandi Kisses" vibrator is USB rechargeable and packaged to look like lipstick. Another popular product from Bedroom Kandi is the "Make Me Over" vibrator that is also USB rechargeable and discreetly designed to look like a compact make-up container. Ladies (and gentlemen) who are interested in hosting a Bedroom Kandi party will be able to start as early as September 21. The post Kandi Burruss To Take Her Bedroom Kandi Door-To-Door appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Retrial In Child Custody Battle Denied For Usher’s Ex-Wife

According to TMZ, Tameka Foster-Raymond   was denied a retrial in her child custody battle with her ex-husband Usher. But, sources say Foster-Raymond is not giving up. She plans to appeal the judge’s ruling.  Foster filed documents earlier this month appealing a ruling that granted Usher primary custody because she felt the judge was biased because she received campaign money from Usher’s lawyer. Foster-Raymond’s legal team submitted a motion for a new trial in a Fulton County court in Georgia. The court documents contained evidence that could possibly prove corruption at the state judicial level. Foster-Raymond’s legal team has uncovered evidence that shows Usher Raymond’s attorney, John Mayoue, did more than just help Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane raise funds for her campaign re-election. The law firm that represented Usher held a fundraiser for Judge Bensonetta Tipton Lane in 2008 that raised $1,278. The money raised was nearly half of the contributions to the judge’s re-election campaign in 2008. Tameka alleges Usher’s lawyer served on the judge’s re-election campaign committee. U sher Raymond filed his own response asking the court to deny Tameka’s request, claiming her motion is “an assault on the integrity of the court. ” Usher claims if Foster-Raymond were granted a new trial, it would be grounds for a reversal of ALL trials where a lawyer had contributed to a judge’s campaign. Usher claims the motion “constitutes a continuum of [Tameka's] vile and unsupported claims that every person who dared testify against her … is biased and tainted.” A judge has yet to rule on the matter.  It appears that Foster-Raymond, who is still mourning the death of her 11-year-old son from a previous marriage, is staying true to her words she blogged following her son’s funeral: “ My boys are my entire world and I will fight tooth and nail to keep all of my sons together as a family, I pray for a swift, peaceful resolution so that we all can move forward. “   The post Retrial In Child Custody Battle Denied For Usher’s Ex-Wife appeared first on Black Like Moi . Read More »

Nicki Minaj is the Next Judge on American Idol

American Idol is working to build its portfolio of megastars for its hit show.  This week, the show announced that hip hop superstar Nicki Minaj is joining the cast as one of the judges.  Minaj is joining Keith Urban, along with Mariah Carey and Randy Jackson, for what some expect to be a very interesting season. The panel is designed to be able to cover all of the different styles of music that might appear on Idol and the show comes out in January of next year.  Urban is probably the least well-known of the group, but is highly accomplished.  He has won a Grammy award and just released his sixth studio album.   His last album, “Defying Gravity,” went platinum.  He is also married to actress Nicole Kidman, giving him plenty of star power in his own home. “Nicki’s an unbelievably captivating international phenomenon who has made an indelible mark on rap and pop. And Keith is another great addition to Idol — he’s one of the biggest stars in country music,” said Mike Darnell, Fox’s head of reality programming. The new judges replace Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler.  The show continues to try new panels after sticking with the same panel for the first eight seasons.   Read More »

Harry Belafonte Calls Black Celebrities’ Indifference To Black Suffering ‘Unconscionable’

Iconic philanthropist and artist, Harry Belafonte, is back at the throats of African American celebrities for their lack of philanthropy. While he didn’t specifically name any celebrities as he did the last time, he still expressed his disappointment in African American celebrities’ silence on issues that are specifically plaguing the African American community (e.g. mass incarceration, poverty, education, etc.). Belafonte expresses ... Read More »

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