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Q-Tip Gently Explains To Iggy Azalea Why Hip-Hop’s Origins Matter So Much

Q-Tip addressed Iggy Azalea through Twitter with a powerful and lengthy message Saturday (December 20). The rapper’s posts for Azalea, who has been involved in an ongoing feud with Azealia Banks, were filled with information about the origins of hip-hop and why the culture continues to be an important vehicle for social change.

“Hip-hop is fun,” Q-Tip said in the series of Twitter posts. “It’s vile. It’s dance. It’s traditional. It’s light-hearted, but one thing it can never detach itself from is being a socio-political movement. You may ask, ‘Why?’ Well, once you are born black, your existence, I believe, is joined with socio-political epitaph and philos[ophy].

“Based on the tangled and treacherous history, slavery alone, this is the case. It never leaves our conversation…Ever,” he continued. “Whether in our universities, our dinner tables, our studios or jail cells, the effects still resonate with us. It hurts… We get emotional and angry and melancholy.”

Before ending his posts, Q-Tip explained why he was sending these updates directly to Iggy Azalea.

“You are a hip-hop artist who has the right to express herself however she wishes,” Q-Tip said. “This is not a chastisement. This is not admonishment at all. This is just one artist reaching to another hoping to spark insight into the field you are in. I say this in the spirit of a hopeful healthy dialogue that maybe one day we can continue.”

View all of Q-Tip’s posts to Iggy below.

Wave of Protests After Grand Jury Doesn’t Indict Officer in Eric Garner Chokehold Case

A Staten Island grand jury on Wednesday ended the criminal case against a white New York police officer whose chokehold on an unarmed black man led to the man’s death, a decision that drew condemnation from elected officials and touched off a wave of protests.

The fatal encounter in July was captured on videos and seen around the world. But after viewing the footage and hearing from witnesses, including the officer who used the chokehold, the jurors deliberated for less than a day before deciding that there was not enough evidence to go forward with charges against the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, 29, in the death of the man, Eric Garner, 43.

Officer Pantaleo, who has been on the force for eight years, appeared before the grand jury on Nov. 21, testifying that he did not intend to choke Mr. Garner, who was being arrested for allegedly selling loose cigarettes. He described the maneuver as a takedown move, adding that he never thought Mr. Garner was in mortal danger.

The decision came barely a week after a grand jury found no criminality in the actions of another white police officer, Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Mo.

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After a grand jury declined to indict the officer who killed Eric Garner, his family called for peace, and New Yorkers vented their emotions in the streets.

Video by Adam Freelander, Mac William Bishop, Joshua Davis and Stephen Farrell on Publish DateDecember 4, 2014. Photo by Kirsten Luce for The New York Times.

After the news from Staten Island, a wave of elected officials renewed calls for Justice Department intervention, saying the grand jury’s finding proved that justice could be found only in the federal courts. By the evening, the department announced it would open a civil rights inquiry.

On the streets of the city, from Tompkinsville to Times Square, manyexpressed their outrage with some of the last words Mr. Garner uttered before being wrestled to the ground: “This stops today,” people chanted. “I can’t breathe,” others shouted.

While hundreds of angry but generally peaceful demonstrators took to the streets in Manhattan as well as in Washington and other cities, the police in New York reported relatively few arrests, a stark contrast to the riots that unfolded in Ferguson in the hours after the grand jury decision was announced in the Brown case.

President Obama, speaking in Washington, said the decisions in New York and Missouri highlighted the frustrations that many African-Americans have harbored about a legal system that has a long history of discrimination against black people.

“When anybody in this country is not being treated equally under the law, that is a problem,” Mr. Obama said, “and it’s my job as president to help solve it.”

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The panel’s rationale was not made public, but issues such as whether Mr. Garner was resisting arrest may have been a factor.

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Officer Pantaleo said in statement on Wednesday that he felt “very bad about the death of Mr. Garner,” just as he had told the 23 panelists of the grand jury when he testified before them for two hours.

During the proceedings, jurors were shown three videos of the encounter, and in his testimony Officer Pantaleo sought to characterize his actions as a maneuver taught at the Police Academy. He said that while holding onto Mr. Garner, he felt fear that they would crash through a plate glass storefront as they tumbled to the ground, said Stuart London, his lawyer. One of the officer’s arms went around Mr. Garner’s throat, as Mr. Garner repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.”

Appearing with the Rev. Al Sharpton in Harlem, Mr. Garner’s widow, Esaw Garner, said she did not accept the officer’s apology.

“Hell, no,” Ms. Garner said. “The time for remorse for the death of my husband was when he was yelling to breathe.”

She said that while she mourned, the officer could go home to his family.

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“He’s still feeding his kids,” she said, “and my husband is six feet under and I’m looking for a way to feed my kids now.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio, speaking on Staten Island, said that it was a “deeply emotional day” for the Garner family and all New Yorkers, and that he had thought of his own son in considering Mr. Garner’s fate. But he implored demonstrators to voice their outrage peacefully and not engage in the destructive violence that followed protests in Ferguson over Mr. Brown’s death.

“Today’s outcome is one that many in our city did not want,” Mr. de Blasio said. “Yet New York City owns a proud and powerful tradition of expressing ourselves through nonviolent protest.”

An autopsy by the city’s medical examiner found that Mr. Garner’s death was a homicide resulting from the chokehold — a maneuver banned by the Police Department in 1993 — and the compression of his chest by police officers.

In early September, the Staten Island district attorney, Daniel M. Donovan Jr., impaneled the grand jury to weigh evidence; it heard testimony from the officers involved and 22 civilian witnesses. All of the officers, with the exception of Officer Pantaleo, were granted immunity.

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A New York police officer used a chokehold on Eric Garner, who died while being put under arrest.

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The encounter exposed apparent lapses in police tactics and raised questions about the aggressive policing of minor offenses in a time of historically low crime. The officers involved, part of a plainclothes unit, suspected Mr. Garner of selling cigarettes on the street near the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, a complaint voiced by local business owners.

Mr. Garner’s death hastened an effort to retrain all the department’s patrol officers and brought scrutiny on how officers who violate its rules are disciplined. Officer Pantaleo has been stripped of his gun and badge during the investigation.

Now, Mr. de Blasio said, the grand jury decision had accelerated the need for that overhaul. Earlier on Wednesday, the mayor announced the start of a pilot program to equip officers with body cameras to record encounters on patrol.

But how useful such technology will prove to be in settling disputes over police actions remains an open question. Mr. Garner’s relatives had believed for months that a widely circulated cellphone video of the violent arrest that caused his death would be enough to convince grand jurors that the case merited a criminal trial.

Jonathan C. Moore, a lawyer for the Garner family, said “We’re astounded by the outcome of the grand jury process.”

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In a statement, Mr. Donovan said investigators also spoke with the emergency responders who provided medical treatment both at the scene and at the hospital, and expert witnesses in the area of forensic pathology as well as the procedures and training of police officers. He said that he was constrained by law from discussing details of their findings, but that he had petitioned the court for “authorization to publicly release specific information in connection with this grand jury investigation.”

He expressed his condolences to the family and said his office conducted a thorough investigation that “spanned four months.”

“I assured the public that I was committed to a fair, thorough, and responsible investigation into Mr. Garner’s death,” he said.

Grand juries determine whether enough evidence exists for a case to go forward to a criminal trial, either before a jury or a judge. By law, they operate in secret and hear only evidence presented by prosecutors, who also instruct the grand jurors on the law. Defense lawyers are barred from speaking. For a decision, 12 jurors who have heard all of the evidence must agree.

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While the exact makeup of the grand jury was unclear, Mr. London said it was roughly half white, with the other half evenly divided among blacks and Hispanics.

With the criminal phase over, Officer Pantaleo’s fate moves into the realm of Police Department discipline. It is far from clear if he will return to enforcement duties, and Commissioner William J. Bratton said he would remain on suspension pending an internal investigation.

Even before Mr. Garner’s death, Mr. Bratton had been tasked by the mayor with repairing the fissures between the police and the communities they serve, moving away from street stops and minor marijuana arrests. Those changes, however, have yet to quell the anger that deaths such as Mr. Garner’s bring forth.

New Orleans Police Officer Turns Off Body Camera Minutes Before Shooting Suspect In Forehead

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In New Orleans, Armand Bennet, 26, was shot in the forehead during a traffic stop by New Orleans police officer Lisa Lewis. However, the police department did not reveal until much later that Lewis turned off her body camera just before shooting Bennett. Bennett survived and has now been charged under prior warrants for his arrest. It also reviewed that Lewis had had a prior run in with Bennet who escaped about a week earlier.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas called the late disclosures on the shooting simply a “snafu.”

Lewis’ lawyer says that she turned off her camera because she was heading back to the station at the end of her shift and that the shot was fired during a scuffle after the stop. Bennett’s attorney says that there was no scuffle and that Lewis fired a second shot as Bennett ran away.

The two had been in a scuffle a week before and Bennett had gotten away. The NOPD then issued four warrant for Bennet and those warrants were the basis for the stop.

NOPD_badgePutting aside the merits of the officers claims, I am still unclear why these body cameras can even be turned off by officers. The point of a body camera should be that it runs from check in to check out. It should not be under the control of the officer to guarantee a record that cannot be challenged by either side. That would avoid the troubling appearance of an officer with a prior run in with a suspect who turns off her camera minutes before shooting the suspect in the head.

Bill Cosby facing litany of allegations

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(CNN) — It seems as if every day brings another allegation that further dismantles Bill Cosby’s image as the jovial, pudding-loving patriarch whose family-friendly brand of comedy tickled successive generations.

Though the star has vehemently denied most of the accusationsthat he drugged and sexually assaulted young women seeking career guidance, the stories are taking their toll on his reputation and bankroll.

The latest story comes from Frank Scotti, who says Cosby asked him to invite young women, including models, to his dressing room in 1989-90, while Scotti was a facilities manager for NBC in New York City.

Scotti, now 90, says he was asked by Cosby to pay some of them by way of money orders with amounts up to $2,000 a month.

Neither NBC nor Cosby lawyer Martin Singer returned CNN requests for comment.

The most recent hit to the pocketbook came Monday, when Cosby’s Saturday performance at a theater in Yakima, Washington, was canceled.

The stories of Cosby’s purported misdeeds have been around for about a decade, but they recently got new life when a comedian took aim at him and a social media stunt inviting fans to meme the comic went awry.

Cosby, 77, has never faced a judge or jury, let alone been convicted, over the allegations. But it’s clear many people have already tried him in their minds.

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When an NPR reporter gave him a chance to deny the allegations, Cosby provided an awkward moment of radio silence, refusing to answer the question. Given the same chance by The Associated Press, he offered no comment. When the interview concluded, he told a reporter that asking him about the allegations was a mark of low integrity and said he’d be appreciative if that portion of the interview was “scuttled.”

On Friday, Cosby told Florida Today he won’t respond to “innuendos,” referring to the women’s accusations.

“I know people are tired of me not saying anything, but a guy doesn’t have to answer to innuendos. People should fact-check. People shouldn’t have to go through that and shouldn’t answer to innuendos,” Cosby told the newspaper in a backstage interview before his sellout performance at the King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Florida.

At least 15 women have spoken out to various media outlets, accusing Cosby of sexual misconduct.

Here are 13 who have spoken with CNN, spoken on camera about their allegations or been the subject of responses from Cosby’s attorneys:

Victoria Valentino

Playboy bunny Victoria Valentino says her friend Francesca Emerson first introduced her to Cosby hoping to help her get work on his show “I Spy” in the late ’60s.

Valentino says after an interview in his trailer, Cosby invited her and a different friend to dinner.

They drank red wine at dinner, where she says Cosby offered her pills to “cheer up.”

She remembers feeling “stoned,” slurring her words.

She went with him to a place where he had memorabilia, she said. She described it as a space in an apartment building that was like an office, with two love seats and no working phone. It was a “ballers pad,” she said.

At some point during the evening, she says, she was feeling “totally out of it” when she saw Cosby attempting to advance on her passed-out friend. She says she began reaching out to Cosby to pull him off her friend when Cosby pushed her down, first pushing himself near her mouth, before turning her around and raping her.

On why she never spoke out then about the incident, Valentino told CNN, “As a playmate I thought, who would believe me?”

“I couldn’t bring myself to jump into the fire.”

Emerson told CNN that Valentino told her about the alleged incident with Cosby shortly after it happened.

She said Valentino at the time was in a position to be taken advantage of because she was vulnerable and had just lost her son. Valentino told CNN that at the time she was deeply grieving the loss of her 7-year-old son, who had drowned in a pool at her music manager’s house.

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Emerson, now 73, said Cosby was never inappropriate with her; in fact, he once gave her $1,000 after she told him she was signing up for food stamps.

Valentino says her daughters knew about this incident. She wrote a story about it and thought about publishing it, but then held back.

“I can’t hear his name … something inside me shrinks and sinks when I think of him,” she said.

CNN repeatedly reached out to Cosby’s attorney over the weekend for comment regarding Valentino’s allegations but did not hear back.

Linda Joy Traitz

Linda Joy Traitz has a criminal record in Florida and spent time in prison on a conviction for drug trafficking, according to state records.

Cosby’s lawyer, Martin D. Singer, passed on her lengthy rap sheet as an indication of her character.

But Traitz spoke openly about her record to CNN, including her last arrest in 2008, which led to more than three years in prison for drug trafficking and possession.

“When I got sent to prison … it saved my life,” she said. “It was a great experience for me.” It ended her addiction to pain pills, and she’s been clean ever since, she said.

Numerous arrests speckle Traitz’s rap sheet, including on suspicion of theft, battery and types of deception — fraud and impersonation — often in connection with drug possession.

She said Cosby pushed himself on her when she worked as a waitress at a restaurant in Los Angeles that Cosby co-owned when she met him in 1969.

Billboard Magazine mentioned Cosby co-owned a restaurant in a 1970 article.

Traitz was either 18 or 19 at the time, she said; she did not recall exactly. But she was fresh out of high school and new to the city, she said.

Cosby offered her a ride home but on the way, told her he’d like to swing by the beach with her in his Rolls Royce, she said. They parked, and he offered her drugs, an array of brightly colored pills, “to relax,” she alleged.

She said no, a few times. “He kept offering me the pills,” she alleged, and it made her feel uncomfortable. She claimed that he then groped her chest, pushing her down in the seat and toward the door, and tried to lie on top of her.

She got out of the car and ran, she said. She added that she was “absolutely not” raped. He tried to calm her, she said, then drove her home in silence.

Cosby’s attorney said her account was not true.

“Ms. Traitz is the latest example of people coming out of the woodwork with fabricated or unsubstantiated stories about my client,” Singer said in a statement.

Louisa Moritz

“We’ve reached a point of absurdity.”

That was the reaction of Cosby’s attorney when former actress Louisa Moritz told her story to entertainment website TMZ.

“The stories are getting more ridiculous. Now this woman is claiming that something occurred more than 40 years ago and that while she was waiting in the dressing room to appear on the Tonight Show, my client forced his penis into her mouth,” the statement read.

That is what TMZ reported that Moritz alleged.

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She was in the green room at NBC in New York when Cosby paid her a visit, she alleges. He offered to turn her into a “major star through his direction,” she told TMZ.

Then he forced himself on her, she alleged.

Moritz was known for her roles mostly as a blond bombshell, according to her IMDb profile. She is probably best known for her role as a prostitute in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

In real life, she was anything but mindless, IMDb wrote. She was a licensed lawyer in California and made the dean’s list in law school.

Singer also called her credibility into question overdisciplinary action the state bar took against her over a legal fee.

She received as a disciplinary measure a “public reproval” in 2013 after taking a legal fee for work that was not performed. She refunded the fee after the client complained to the bar, according to documents.

In September, Moritz, who is 68, did not respond to a notice of disciplinary charges and as a result, a court recommended her disbarment.

CNN made multiple calls to numbers listed for Moritz, and has not been able to reach her.

Andrea Constand

In January 2004, Constand, then a 31-year-old staffer for the women’s basketball team at Temple University — Cosby’s alma mater — was at the comedian’s Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, home when Cosby provided her medication that made her dizzy, she alleged the following year.

She later woke up to find her bra undone and her clothes in disarray, she further alleged to police in her home province of Ontario, Canada, in January 2005.

Though Cosby’s attorney initially called Constand’s claim “utterly preposterous” and no charges were filed, Cosby settled a civil suit with Constand that alleged 13 Jane Does had similar stories of sexual abuse.

When Cosby attorney John Schmitt last week sent out a blanket denial of several allegations that have cropped up recently, he later amended his denial to say he wasn’t referring to Constand, who resolved her differences “to the mutual satisfaction of Mr. Cosby and Ms. Constand years ago.”

Therese Serignese

Florida nurse Therese Serignese, 57, told ABC’s 20/20 that she was a 19-year-old model visiting Las Vegas when Cosby handed her pills in a private dressing room following a performance.

“Take these,” Cosby told her, according to Serignese.

After consuming the pills, she remembered “feeling drugged, and I was kind of leaning forward, and he was behind me having sex with me. And I — I remember it because it was not good.”

Serignese never made public accusations in the immediate aftermath. She explained her decision in an article she wrote in Friday’s New York Daily News.

“Cosby was everywhere. Everyone thought he was a great family man. I knew he wasn’t. I just couldn’t prove it with anything but my word. There was no video camera or DNA evidence. No one else had accused him publicly yet,” Serignese wrote.

She added: “He didn’t drink or take the pills. They could test him, and he’d be clean.”

Serignese says she was going to testify to support Constand in her civil lawsuit against Cosby.

“When the first victim came forward in 2005, I was angry that he called her a liar. I wanted to back her up. But even then I worried about the repercussions. I had younger children then,” Serignese wrote.

“Ten years ago, the climate still wasn’t right. We would have all been humiliated. Now, I could see it was time, and I would be safer. I wouldn’t be alone. It took me 38 years to feel safe,” she said.

Serignese told “20/20” that she called Cosby and saw him again after the initial encounter. When asked whether she had sex with him again, she said, “I probably did.”

When asked whether that sex was consensual, Serignese said: “Oh, that’s an interesting way to phrase it, isn’t that? I would say I never was an active participant in any sexual intercourse with him.

“I never gave the impression that I wanted sex with him whatsoever. I would say, from my perspective, that I was used,” she said.

In a general response to the accusations, Cosby’s attorney Singer late Friday called the increasing number of claims of sexual assault against the legendary comedian “ridiculous” and said the media should stop airing “unsubstantiated, fantastical stories.”

Singer said in a written statement sent to CNN that it defies common sense that “so many people would have said nothing, done nothing, and made no reports to law enforcement or asserted civil claims if they thought they had been assaulted over a span of so many years.”

Joan Tarshis

Tarshis was a 19-year-old actress in 1969 when, she says, she met Cosby in Los Angeles. The two became friendly. One night after taping his sitcom, he invited her back to his bungalow and fixed her a “redeye” (a Bloody Mary topped with beer), she alleged this month.

“The next thing I remember was coming to on his couch while being undressed,” she told Hollywood Elsewhere. “I was sickened by what was happening to me and shocked that this man I had idolized was now raping me. Of course I told no one.”

It was the first of two similar incidents, said Tarshis, who is now a journalist and publicist.

Carla Ferrigno

The now-wife of “The Incredible Hulk” star Lou Ferrigno told CNN that Cosby forcibly kissed her at his home in 1967.

Carla Ferrigno said she told her husband, whom she married in 1980, about the incident about five years ago and he advised her to stay silent.

“I am going public (now) because I am just one more person who puts the nail in his coffin,” she said.

A Cosby lawyer called the media coverage of the allegation “utter nonsense.”

“This continuing pattern of attacks on Mr. Cosby has entered the realm of the ridiculous, with a purported ‘forceful kiss’ at a party in 1967, nearly 50 years ago, being treated as a current ‘news story’ and grossly mischaracterized as a ‘sexual assault,'” attorney Singer said in a statement.

Carla Ferrigno was an 18-year-old Playboy bunny when she went with a male friend to Cosby’s house. The comedian and his wife went to a movie with Ferrigno and her date, then returned to Cosby’s home in Beverly Hills.

She told CNN that Cosby’s wife disappeared while the other three played pool.

After her date left the room, Cosby grabbed her, pulled her to him and kissed her, she said.

“It was so unexpected and so rough. He kissed me right in the mouth.”

Tamara Green

In 1970, attorney Green was an aspiring model in her early 20s. At a working lunch with Cosby and others, she was suffering from the flu and Cosby “went into some sort of office area at the back of the restaurant and he produced two capsules in his hand,” she told Matt Lauer of the “Today” show. She said they made her feel “great” at first, but then left her “almost literally face down on the table of this restaurant.”

Cosby took her to her apartment and started “groping me and kissing me and touching me and handling me and you know, taking off my clothes,” Green said. After telling Cosby “that if he didn’t kill me and he tried to rape me, it was going to go very badly,” he left two $100 bills on her coffee table and left, she said in her 2005 allegation.

A lawyer for Cosby told the show, “Miss Green’s allegations are absolutely false. Mr. Cosby does not know the name Tamara Green or (maiden name) Tamara Lucier, and the incident she describes did not happen.”

Janice Dickinson

Cosby was a familiar face in 1982, not only for his comedy, but also for his Jell-O and Coca-Cola commercials. Dickinson was a supermodel in her late 20s.

Dickinson alleged this week that she and Cosby had dinner in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, and he gave her a glass of red wine and a pill she believed was for menstrual cramps.

“The last thing I remember was Bill Cosby in a patchwork robe, dropping his robe and getting on top of me. And I remember a lot of pain,” she told “Entertainment Tonight.”

Cosby’s attorney, Singer, said in a statement that Dickinson’s allegation was a “fabricated lie” that contradicted what she wrote in her autobiography and what she said during a 2002 New York Observer interview.

Beth Ferrier

Ferrier told media outlets in 2005 that she met Cosby in Denver in the mid-’80s. He mentored her for a time, but one night, she said, he gave her a drugged cappuccino.

“I woke up in my car in the parking lot with my clothes all a mess,” she said. “I wondered, I still wonder, ‘What did he do with me? Why was my bra unhooked?'”

The two later conducted an “on-and-off consensual affair” that lasted several years, she alleged to People magazine.

“He kept luring me in,” Ferrier told the magazine. “I felt like I couldn’t say no.”

At the time, Cosby’s publicist told People that he had no comment.

Barbara Bowman

In 1985, when Cosby was starring in his eponymous No. 1 TV show as a doting, wisecracking dad and doctor, Bowman, a 17-year-old model and actress, met Cosby in Denver. She came forward with her allegations in 2006 and recently wrote a column in The Washington Post questioning why no one listened to her the first time.

According to Bowman’s account, Cosby visited her numerous times, giving her acting lessons and “flying me around to major cities to events,” she told Newsweek. After she turned 18, Cosby “assaulted (me) a number of times.” In an incident in New York, Bowman “had one glass of wine and then I blacked out. I woke up throwing up in the toilet. … I was wearing a white T-shirt that wasn’t mine, and he was in a white robe.”

In an incident in Atlantic City, an angry Cosby “got on top of me and started taking his pants off and I was screaming and crying and begging him to leave me alone and I fought so hard and I was screaming so loud that he got mad and threw me aside and got away from me, and that was it.”

The Cosby camp replied, “Over the last several weeks, decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have resurfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment.”

Kristina Ruehli

One of the latest women to accuse Cosby, Ruehli alleges the comedian gave her cocktails, which she believes contained drugs, during a 1965 visit to his home.

At the time, Ruehli was a secretary for a talent agency that had Cosby as a client. She said she was invited to the home to celebrate a taping of “Hollywood Palace.” Ruehli says she and an unnamed actress were the only attendees at the party.

She says she went unconscious after consuming drinks, and later woke up to find Cosby attempting to force her mouth onto his pubic area. She said she pulled away to vomit and drove herself home. It was the last time she would see Cosby, she told CNN.

Jewel Allison

Allison was a model and aspiring actress in her late 20s when she first met Cosby in the late 1980s. She says he offered to help her out, inviting her to his home.

When she arrived, no one else there besides Cosby, Allison says. At one point, after taking a few sips of wine, she began to feel “out of it.”

“I realized that something sexual was going on, but I was unable to stop it,” Allison tells CNN.

Allison, an African-American like Cosby, said she went home crying, feeling she’d been drugged and sexually assaulted by “the one person that meant so much” to her community.

Cosby’s lawyers did not respond to repeated requests by CNN for comment on Allison’s allegation.

CNN’s AnneClaire Stapleton, Todd Leopold, Brian Stelter, Susan Candiotti, Ronni Berke, Greg Botelho, Michael Martinez and Kristina Sgueglia contributed to this report.

Ray Rice wins appeal, suspension vacated immediately

NEW YORK (AP/PIX11) — The NFL player’s union says Ray Rice has won his appeal, and that his suspension will be vacated immediately.

The appeal was heard earlier this month by former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones.

The Baltimore Ravens player was suspended indefinitely and released by the team in September after video of him knocking his then-fiance Janay Palmer with a single punch inside a New Jersey hotel elevator was leaked.

Rice was released by the Ravens and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the suspension indefinite shortly after the video was made public.

JEEZY and Community Development/The Promise Center to host the 1st Annual Family Turkey Giveaway

Yesterday, recording artist JEEZY partnered with the Central Georgia Partnership for Individual and Community Development/The Promise Center to host the 1st Annual Family Turkey Giveaway.

For over 10 years he has visited his hometown of Macon, GA to lead holiday philanthropic activities. Yesterday’s participants were treated to local performances as well as encouraging words from Jeezy. He gave away over 250 turkeys to needy families.

“I love Bibb county, it feels like a family reunion,” Jenkins said. “I have been doing this for twelve years now and I always want to give back to the community”

Jeezy was presented a key to Macon-Bibb and a proclamation from Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Virgil Watkins Jr. recognizing him for his longtime service to the community.

“Today is StreetDreamz day in Macon,” Watkins said. “We wanted to honor Jenkins for all he does for the community.”

Autopsy Report Indicates Police Cover-Up of Man Who ‘Shot Himself’ While Handcuffed

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“You can’t make me understand how my son took his left hand, when he was handcuffed behind the back, and shot himself. I don’t believe a thing they’re saying at this point.”

beria Parish, La.- The official autopsy report of Victor White III, 22, released this past week, casts serious doubt on officer’s claims that he committed suicide, while in handcuffs, in the back of a police vehicle.

The official police report released in March claimed White had shot himself in the back, while handcuffed, in the back of a police cruiser after being arrested for a minor drug possession charge. The report indicated that he had been searched at least two times and no weapons were found on his person.

The cops were conveniently parked in an area of the lot with no cameras and claimed that White was uncooperative and refused to exit the vehicle. The police report goes on to claim that he was left unattended while the arresting officer went to get help and upon his return he found White fatally wounded with a gunshot wound to the back.

In stark contrast to the police report, the autopsy report indicated that White died from a gunshot would to his upper torso and was not shot in the back as the official police narrative described. And while the forensic pathologist found gunshot residue in the wound, it wasn’t the sort of stippling that a close-range shot usually produces.

In addition, White’s family has gone on record that he was left handed, while the entry wound was to the right front of his chest. There were also abrasions on White’s face.

Another indication of the lack of actual investigation into this case is that White’s hands were never tested for gunpowder residue.
Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/autopsy-report-victor-white-iiis-alleged-suicide-louisiana-police-cover-up/#P7vSyUmh3GVszV2u.99

Chris Brown Reacts to The Real’s Adrienne Bailon and Tamar Braxton

Singer hits Instagram with scathing response to co-hosts’s comments about his relationship with Karrueche.

Chris Brown got real with Tamar Braxton and Adrienne Bailon after the talk show co-hosts addressed his girlfriend Karrueche Tran, and it wasn’t pretty. Breezy blasted The Real hosts after they insinuated on their show that Tran has stayed with Brown simply because she and her friends love fame.

Posting to his Instagram account, Brown ranted, “‘ADRIENNE BAILON…. You ole trout mouth ass b****. U tried it. Won’t u the same b**** that was f***** wit married men? U also was keeping up with the Kardashians! U can’t talk about relationship goals when u don’t even have life goals. Ain’t you a cheetah girl? Last time u was important n***** was riding spinners and wearing 6x talk Ts. You the same b**** having threesomes like the rest of these hoes.”

He then went in on Braxton. “U tried it too Tamara Braxton [sic]. U take the role of the ugly sister. It’s always the people wit no career that talk all the s***. Dat plastic surgery f***** yo face up. B**** look like she always saying ‘huh’? Muppet face ass!”

Breezy, who recently completed a court-ordered anger management course, also posted a video blasting the hosts and declaring that he “doesn’t have a chill button.”

Ex Young Money Artist Lil Chuckee Filed Molestation Charges Against Birdman

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MIAMI – “He met Lil Wayne when he was nine and was repeatedly fondled by the time he was twelve by Cash Money Records CEO” Said a Lawyer heading up the case against Lil Wayne’s father Birdman.

Lil Chuckee met Lil Wayne at a video when he was nine and has been signed to the label up until one year ago when Chuckee says they had a disagreement. “Everybody seen the Birdman kissing Lil Wayne picture and can see that we have a case.

Wayne was only eighteen in that picture.” “It started with a kiss and ended with s3x.” His Lawyers assures us that this is not a money thing and says Lil Chuckee also never being paid is just the icing on top of Birdman’s perverted cake. The thing he used to always say was “Let me feel on that boodie playboy”

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