Joan Tarshis Says Bill Cosby Sexually Assaulted Her in 1969

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Joan Tarshis Says Bill Cosby Sexually Assaulted Her in 1969

Joan Tarshis is the latest woman to accuse Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her. She appeared on CNN’s “New Day” saying she performed oral s*x on Cosby in 1969. Yes, 1969, which makes it 45 years ago. When pressed as to why she was just coming forward, she asked, “who was gonna believe me,” adding that it would have been a he-said, she-said situation. But, isn’t it still a he-said, she-said situation?

Joan Tarshis called Bill Cosby a serial rapist and wondered out loud if he was still sexually assaulting women. Wow, strong words without actual proof of the allegations.

Supermodel Janice Dickinson is also accusing Cosby of sexually assaulting her.  Dickinson told Entertainment Tonight, “The next morning I woke up, and I wasn’t wearing my pajamas, and I remember before I passed out that I had been sexually assaulted by this man.” She added, “I remember waking up with my pajamas off and there was semen in between my legs.”

Bill Cosby Won’t Address “Decade-Old, Discredited” Rape Allegations

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Bill Cosby Won’t Address “Decade-Old, Discredited” Rape Allegations (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bill Cosby’s lawyer issued a statement on the rape allegations dogging the actor/comedian saying Mr. Cosby “doesn’t intend to dignify allegations with any comment.” The lawyer also said Cosby will not address the “decade-old, discredited” abuse allegations.

The statement issued by John P. Schmitt reads:

“Over the last several weeks decade-old, discredited allegations against Mr. Cosby have surfaced. The fact that they are being repeated does not make them true. Mr. Cosby does not intend to dignify these allegations with any comment. He would like to thank all his fans for the outpouring of support, and assure them that, at age 77, he is doing his best work. There will be no further statement from Bill Cosby or any of his representatives.”

This comes after Bill Cosby refused to respond to questions about the rape allegations during an interview on NPR’sWeekend Edition with Scott Simon. Cosby’s response was silence and head-shaking.

Lifetime’s Aaliyah Movie, Producer Wendy Williams Slammed on Twitter

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Lifetime’s Aaliyah Movie, Producer Wendy Williams Slammed on Twitter (Photo Credit: Last.FM [Zementa])

Aaliyah Movie Drama:  Lifetime’s “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B” movie created a lot of buzz, but it was the wrong kind of buzz. The movie chronicles the life of the late singer from her appearance on “Star Search,” marriage to R. Kelly, her meteoric rise  and later death in an airplane crash at age 22. The movie was largely ripped on social media as being disrespectful to her. Talk show diva Wendy Williams, who is one of the executive producers of the movie, came under blistering criticism.

The trending topics on Twitter included #AaliyahMovie, “RKelly,” who was her producer and husband, as well as “Missy and Timbaland,” her longtime producing partners. Wendy Williams was also trending. #LifetimeDisrespectsAaliyah was also a trending hashtag. Alexandra Shipp played Aaliyah in the movie.

The casting of Missy Elliott sparked outrage and accusations of colorism and body type bias. Canadian singer and dancer Chattrisse Dolabaille plays Elliott in the movie. Now you know this woman looks nothing like Missy — height, complexion and body type. I’m pretty sure if they had bothered to look they could have found a dark-skinned actress to cast as Missy Elliott. This is just another slight of dark-skinned sisters by Hollywood.

Well, I guess Zendaya Coleman did the right thing when she dropped out of the film. We know her casting was criticized, but she had some problems with the production as well. The movie also didn’t sit well with Aaliyah’s family. In other words, it has been a mess.

Howard Braunstein and Debra Martin Chase are also executive producers of the movie, which is based on Christopher John Farley’s bestselling book “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.”

Um, the Whitney Houston movie, directed by Angela Bassett will probably suffer a similar fate….I’m just saying!

Here are some of the tweets about the Aaliyah movie:

Bill Cosby’s Alleged Rape Victim: Why No Public Outrage Until Male Spoke Up?

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Bill Cosby’s Alleged Rape Victim: How Come No Public Outrage Until Male Spoke Up? (Photo Credit: Twitter)

Bill Cosby’s reputation continues to take a beating as one of his alleged rape victims penned an article asking how come nobody cared until a male spoke (comedian Hannibal Buress) spoke up? Bill Cosby’s alleged rape victim, Barbara Bowman, said he repeatedly raped her in the late 1980s and is demanding to know why did the “public outcry” begin only after a male criticized Cosby for his actions.

Buress said:  “It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the f*cking smuggest old black man persona that I hate. He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”

In 2004, when Andrea Constand filed a lawsuit against Bill Cosby for sexual assault, her lawyers asked me to testify. Cosby had drugged and raped me, too, I told them. The lawyers said I could testify anonymously as a Jane Doe, but I ardently rejected that idea. My name is not Jane Doe. My name is Barbara Bowman, and I wanted to tell my story in court. In the end, I didn’t have the opportunity to do that, because Cosby settled the suit for an undisclosed amount of money.

Over the years, I’ve struggled to get people to take my story seriously. So last month, when reporter Lycia Naff contacted me for an interview for the Daily Mail, I gave her a detailed account. I told her how Cosby won my trust as a 17-year-old aspiring actress in 1985, brainwashed me into viewing him as a father figure, and then assaulted me multiple times. In one case, I blacked out after having dinner and one glass of wine at his New York City brownstone, where he had offered to mentor me and discuss the entertainment industry. When I came to, I was in my panties and a man’s t-shirt, and Cosby was looming over me. I’m certain that he drugged and raped me. The final incident was in Atlantic City, where we had traveled for industry event. I was staying in a separate bedroom of Cosby’s hotel suite, but he pinned me down in his own bed while I screamed for help. I’ll never forget the clinking of his belt buckle as he struggled to pull his pants off. I furiously tried to wrestle from his grasp until he eventually gave up, angrily called me “a baby” and sent me home to Denver. Source: Washington Post

Brown’s article comes on the heels of Cosby’s disastrous Twitter experiment ( ) in which he asked users to “meme” him. Well, let’s just say it added more fuel to the fire.

Aretha Franklin’s Taylor Swift Diss: She Has “Great Gowns, Beautiful Gowns”

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Aretha Franklin’s Taylor Swift Diss: She Has “Great Gowns, Beautiful Gowns” (Photo Credit: WSJ Video Screengrab)

The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin threw some shade towards Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj during a recent Wall Street Journal interview to promote her new album, “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics.”

Franklin had high praise for Adele, Alicia Keys and Whitney Houston but she dismissed Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj. The interviewer asked her to describe Swift and she responded, “Great gowns, beautiful gowns.”

When it turned to Nicki Minaj, Franklin declined to comment. Um, one can only imagine what she was thinking. She might be on to something…

Nicki Minaj is coming under fire for her latest lyric video for “Only,” which seems to have some “blatant” Nazi-ish imagery.

Watch Aretha Franklin throw Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj shade:

Nicki Minaj video:

Beyonce Platinum Edition Box Set to Drop Nov. 24, Includes “Ring Off”

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Beyonce Platinum Edition Box Set to Drop Nov. 24, Includes “7/11″ & “Ring Off” (Photo Credit: Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)

Great news for Beyonce fans. Parkwood Entertainment and Columbia Record confirm Beyonce will release platinum edition of her latest album on November 24.

Here’s more from the press release issued by Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records:

On Monday, November 24, 2014, Beyonce will globally release BEYONCE Platinum Edition Box Set.  The 2 CD/2 DVD limited edition package will include new songs, “7/11″ and “Ring Off” plus four new and unreleased remixes with some superstar collaborators. The original, critically acclaimed self-titled visual album, featuring 14 songs and 17 videos, is also included.

The special edition box set features a live performance DVD that chronicles the year-long “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour,” a mini version of the official 2015 Beyonce calendar, and more.

  • MORE audio CD with two brand new songs and four unreleased remixes with collaborations from Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Mr. Vegas and Pharrell Williams
  • ” LIVE” DVD featuring 10 live performances from the “Mrs. Carter Show World Tour” with artist commentary and an accompanying photo booklet
  • BEYONCE Original audio CD featuring 14 songs and accompanying photo booklet
  • BEYONCE Original DVD featuring 17 music videos
  • The official 2015 Beyonce mini calendar

Ex-Radio One Host Warren Ballentine Convicted of Mortgage Fraud

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Ex-Radio One Host Warren Ballentine Convicted of Mortgage Fraud

WARREN BALLENTINE CONVICTED:  Former Radio One host Warren Ballentine was convicted of mortgage fraud on Friday by a federal jury. Ballentine, who called himself “the people’s attorney,” was found guilty on all six counts of bank, mail and wire fraud, as well as making false statements to lenders, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The Chicago Tribune reports that as the verdict was read, Ballentine whispered, “Oh, my God,” as he dropped his head slightly. His sentencing is set for Jan. 21.

Here’s more from the U.S. Attorney’s office on Warren Ballentine verdict:

According to the evidence, between December 2004 and February 2005, Ballentine schemed with others to fraudulently cause various lenders to make at least eight loans totaling approximately $3.6 million by making false statements in loan documents, including applications, HUD-1 settlement statements, and occupancy statements concerning the buyers’ intention to occupy the homes they purchased as a primary residence.  Ballentine then represented buyers recruited by others at real estate closings, knowing that they had signed and submitted false documents and had been fraudulently qualified to purchase the properties in Chicago, Monee, Woodridge, and Mokena.

Between February 2005 and May 2006, Ballentine engaged in a similar, separate scheme with others to fraudulently cause various lenders to make at least 20 loans totaling approximately $6.1 million by making false statements in mortgage documents, including the buyers’ intention to occupy the homes as a primary residence.  Ballentine also represented these buyers at closings, knowing that they had been fraudulently qualified for the loans based on false documents, including some that Ballentine advised them to sign at closings.  These homes were scattered throughout Chicago and other suburbs, including Country Club Hills, Richton Park, and Markham.

Warren Ballentine’s attorney vows to appeal the verdict, saying his client was ignorant of the mortgage fraud scheme and only made $8,000 from the deals. He faces up to 30 years in prison on each count and a $1 million fine “or an alternate fine of twice the gross gain or twice the loss, whichever is greater, and restitution is mandatory.” He is also “subject to forfeiture of more than $9.7 million.”

Report: Rapper Chiddy Bang Arrested During Concert at Clemson University

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Report: Rapper Chiddy Bang Arrested During Concert at Clemson University (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Breaking News reports rapper Chiddy Bang was reportedly arrested on stage this evening during a performance at Clemson University, according to numerous social media posts.

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Iggy Azalea Gets Six American Music Awards Nods, Including One for Rap

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Iggy Azalea Gets Six American Music Awards Nods, Including One for Rap (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Iggy Azalea gets six American Music Awards nominations, including one in the rap/hip-hop category. Um, haters are going to hate because she’s white.

Australian-born Iggy Azalea is up for artist of the year, new artist of the year, single of the year, favorite female artist – pop/rock, and favorite artist and album in the rap/hip-hop categories, Billboard reports.

Actress Viola Davis: “I Sacrificed a Childhood for Food”

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Actress Viola Davis: “I Sacrificed a Childhood for Food” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

How to Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis told a crowd of Hollywood heavyweights that she “sacrificed a childhood for food.” The actress said her drive to end childhood hunger is motivated by memories of growing up in “abject poverty.” Davis said, “I’ve stolen for food, I’ve jumped in huge garbage bins with maggots for food.”

Davis said she “grew up in immense shame.” She shared her personal story as she accepted an award at the Variety Power of Women luncheon on Friday. Jane Fonda, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez were also recognized for their humanitarian efforts. She was honored for her work with the Hunger Is charity.

Viola Davis, who “grew up in immense shame” in Central Falls, Rhode Island, said she befriended kids whose mothers cooked three meals a day. She revealed that she is “only now” beginning the healing process.

Davis is the second youngest of six children. She was born in South Carolina before moving to Rhode Island. She was the daughter of a horse trainer and a maid. She attended Central Falls High School, where she said many children had to struggle to “navigate their way through the darkness” of poverty.

She majored in drama at Rhode Island College. She won two Tony Awards and was nominated twice for an Oscar award.