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Britney Spears’ father Jamie Spears suspended from conservatorship

Britney is Free

A Los Angeles judge has suspended Britney Spears’ father Jamie Spears from the conservatorship that’s controlled the singer’s life, career and finances for 13 years. The decision is a major victory for the pop star, who has pushed to remove her father from the court-appointed arrangement.

Judge Brenda Perry agreed with a petition from Britney’s lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, and appointed John Zabel, a certified public accountant, to serve as a temporary manager of her finances. Penny denied a request from Jamie’s attorney to investigate Zabel, saying the temporary appointment only requires a background check.

The judge said her father’s suspension was in Britney’s best interest and said the ruling was unable to be appealed. A hearing focused on whether to terminate the conservatorship altogether is scheduled for November 12.

“This suspension is directly what Britney wanted, she does not want Jamie in her life,” Rosengart said in court Wednesday.

Jamie’s attorney issued a statement on his behalf Thursday. “Mr. Spears loves his daughter Britney unconditionally. For thirteen years, he has tried to do what is in her best interests, whether as a conservator or her father,” the statement said. “For Mr. Spears, this also meant biting his tongue and not responding to all the false, speculative, and unsubstantiated attacks on him by certain members of the public, media, or more recently, Britney’s own attorney.”

“These facts make the outcome of yesterday’s hearing all the more disappointing, and frankly, a loss for Britney. Respectfully, the court was wrong to suspend Mr. Spears, put a stranger in his place to manage Britney’s estate, and extend the very conservatorship that Britney begged the court to terminate earlier this summer.”

Meanwhile, Rosengart said he plans to depose Jamie for alleged financial mismanagement during his time as a conservator.

“I’m very proud of Britney,” Rosengart said outside of the courthouse on Wednesday. “We’ve served extensive discovery on Jamie Spears, interrogatories, document requests and I do intend to take his deposition as well, during which, unless he pleads the fifth amendment, he will have to answer for his misconduct.” 

Outside of the courthouse, the pop star’s supporters cheered as the news was announced Wednesday. Her fans waved posters with her photos and the phrase “Free Britney” while singing her most popular songs.

Britney’s fiancé, Sam Asghari, celebrated the decision on Wednesday. “Free Britney!” he wrote on Instagram. “Congratulations!!!!”

Jamie Spears in 2012 and Britney Spears in 2017. AP

A New York Times and FX documentary was at the center of Wednesday’s hearing. In the film, a former employee of the security firm Black Box alleged that Jamie “ran an intense surveillance apparatus” that secretly captured audio recordings from his daughter’s bedroom, including interactions with her boyfriend and children. Jamie’s legal team has denied the allegation. 

Earlier this month, Jamie vowed to eventually step down and filed a petition to end the arrangement altogether, saying “all he wants is what is best for his daughter.” His legal team maintains Jamie has always had Britney’s interests at heart and that her estate went from being in debt to having a valuation of more than $60 million.

In June, Britney made her first public comments in court, testifying that the conservatorship was abusive and gave her father unprecedented control over her life, body, and mental health.

“This conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good,” Britney said in an emotional statement. “I’ve lied and told the whole world I’m OK and I’m happy — it’s a lie. I thought just maybe if I said that enough, maybe I might become happy because I’ve been in denial. I’ve been in shock. I am traumatized.”

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Meet The Young Tastemakers Who Made The Ebony Power 100 List

Just ahead of its 75th anniversary, Ebony Magazine announced their 2021 Ebony Power 100 list to honor breakout Black leaders in sports, politics, entertainment, activism and more.

This year, the Power 100 list was swarmed by twenty-something pacesetters like Travis Scott and Lil Baby who have an incredible passion for innovation, culture, and prove the new generation is serious about making change. 

“The Ebony Power 100 list is comprised of all-star individuals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who possess an incredible and innate passion for innovation, culture and community leadership – the same values that have driven the Ebony brand for nearly 75 years,” Ebony Media Operations CEO Michael Gibson said. 

Check out the young recipients below:

1. Chloe x Halle

There aren’t many other young Black triple threats doing it like Chloe and Halle Bailey. The multi-genre sensations earned mentorship and co-sign from Beyoncé early on. Now, they’re appearing at the VMAs, gracing Met Gala carpets and garnering Grammy buzz for their critically praised 2020 album Ungodly Hour. 

But it’s not just about the music. Chloe and Halle’s talents span film and television. Halle is starring as Ariel in the upcoming rendition of The Little Mermaid and both are stars on Freeform series Grown-ish. The Grammy-nominated singers have graced magazine covers and released hit singles like “Do It,” “Down” and “Forgive Me.”

With style and grace, the duo understands every assignment. More importantly, they’re using their platform to speak out about mental health, wellness, body image and social justice. Chloe, especially, has been vocal about the empowerment of Black women. 

Impeccable style, flawless vocal talent and new-age creativity, Chloe x Halle’s musical evolution has been nothing short of magic — proving there’s nothing the next generation can’t do. 

2. Storm Reid

Storm Reid is best known for her roles in A Wrinkle in Time, When They See Us, The Bravest Knight, Euphoria and more. In just a short time, Reid has made a name for herself as a versatile actress that can transition from Don’t Let Go to The Suicide Squad.

Reid also has quite the entrepreneurial spirit. She’s the producer of the Chop It Up series on Facebook Watch and co-founder of her own production company, A Seed & Wings. What makes Reid a rising star is her ability to inspire young people in the STEM field while being an outspoken voice on relationships, self-care, social injustice and representation. 


3. Nae Nae Twins

We’ve all tried to do the viral Megan Thee Stallion dance choreographed by twins, Shayné and Zhané Stanley. With their one million followers, the Nae Nae Twins have carved out their lane as TikTok dancers taking the social space by storm.

It’s not just their synchronized routines that have fans scrolling for hours, but their quickness and precision to songs like Beyoncé’s verse on the “Savage (Remix).” Megan Thee Stallion even took on the challenge. At 26 years old, the twins have reached the masses with their exceptional skills and creativity making them TikTok all-stars.

4. Travis Scott

Houston artist and consistent bop creator Travis Scott is best known for his work with Kanye West’s GOOD Music and T.I.’s Grand Hustle. A producer, rapper and performer, anyone who has seen Scott on stage knows his stage presence is a sight to behold.

Scott has been soaring up the charts since 2015’s “Rodeo.” He kept grinding on platinum singles with Rihanna, SZA and Drake, but Scott’s taking charge and making his impact as a cultural icon and trendsetter in his own right.

5. Lil Baby

You may have heard him on Certified Lover Boy, but the Atlanta rapper, Lil Baby, is best known for songs like “My Dawg,” “Freestyle,” “Yes Indeed” and “Drip Too Hard.” Fans noticed after his jaw-dropping mixtape, Perfect Timing in 2017, featuring vibe-setter Lil Yachty, Baby immediately rose to fame and attracted many listeners with collaborators like Lil Baby and Young Thug. As his mixtape gained more listeners, Lil Baby stayed in the lab churning out hit singles like “My Dawg” and the Young Thug collaboration “Pink Slip” in the summer of 2017.

Lil Baby has recently created a wave of bops with his debut studio album, Harder Than Ever, peaking at the number 3 spot on the U.S. Billboard 200. It’s no wonder this rapper has won several BET awards. The Lyricist of the Year nominee’s song, “Yes Indeed” featuring Drake and topped is already at number six and has a collaborative album, “The Voice of the Heroes,” with Lil Durk deemed “prolific” by BET.


6. Amanda Gorman

We all stopped and stared as this young author and activist gave the inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” for the inauguration of President Biden, but 23-year-old poet laureate Amanda Gorman was already making a name for herself. With work that speaks oppression, feminism, race, marginalization and Black womanhood,  Gorman was the first to be named the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate.

She’s released two best-seller poetry collections, The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough and The Hill We Climb. The poet’s influential work garners attention and is published widely, winning the OZY Genius Award and The Root’s “Young Futurists” list. Most recently, the author debuted a children’s book titled Change Sings. As she continues to volunteer and be involved in community engagement, Gorman has admitted to having an interest in running for president, and we support that decision. 

7. Willow Smith

Whipping her hair isn’t the only thing Willow Smith thrives in. Fearlessness is the name of the game, and Smith has never been afraid to carve out her own path. From being open about her sexuality to breaking the norms of fashion and Black aesthetics, this 20-year-old has been making alternative hits with Roc Nation for the last decade.

With new singles out and a recent rock album, Willow is staying true to her passions. Best known for her presence and conversational starting topics on the hit talk show, Red Table Talk, Smith leads a wave of social change among young voices– shedding light on often taboo issues- hair, sex and body. 

This gender-bending rock star is the real deal. 

8. Zaila Avant-Garde

Zaila Avant-garde, a Los Angeles native, is the winner of the Scripps Spelling Bee, making her the first Black American to do so. Spelling is just one of Avant-garde’s hobbies. The 14-year-old talented star is also a basketball prodigy with dreams of playing in the WNBA and has her sights on working for NASA one day. Currently, she holds several Guinness World Records for dribbling and has appeared in a commercial with NBA superstar Stephen Curry.

“For spelling, I usually try to do about 13,000 words (per day), and that usually takes about seven hours or so,” the prodigy said.

With over 90,000 followers on Instagram, Avant-Garde is a quickly rising trendsetter.


9. Noah Harris

Noah Harris, a 20-year-old government studies major who dedicated his platform to diversity, inclusion, and student health and wellness, won the election on Nov. 12. A Harvard University junior from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, has become the first Black student body president in the Ivy League university’s 384-year history. Harris told the Jackson Free Press that he is honored to hold the esteemed title, particularly given the events of 2020. 

The Ebony Power 100 list is proof that there is nothing young Black voices can’t accomplish. On Oct. 23, Ebony will hold a star-studded awards ceremony to honor award recipients.

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Ohio Cops Arrested After Allegedly Distributing Nearly 8 Kilograms Of Fentanyl

Two Columbus, Ohio, police officers were arrested and charged with distributing 7.5 kilograms of fentanyl, ABC 6 reports. Federal prosecutors allege officers Marco R. Merino and John J. Kotchkoski, who were part of the police department’s drug cartel unit, enlisted the help of a private informant to help move drugs with them. In return, the officers promised to provide them with protection from law enforcement.

The affidavit says Merino told the informant that he had the power to intervene should police decide to investigate him. According to court documents, Merino allegedly tried to obtain citizenship in Mexico in order to launder the money earned in their trafficking scheme. He’s said to have also been looking into property to open as Airbnb homes. His last visit to the country was in July. 

In addition to the other charges, Merino is also accused of taking in $44,000 overall in bribes as payment for protecting the transportation of cocaine on a number of occasions between March and September. U.S. News however, reports it was a front orchestrated by federal authorities — there was no cocaine on any of the shipments. The operation functioned with Kotchkoski, who kept himself on standby to make any important phone calls on behalf of his partner Merino while he protected the shipment.  

Kotchkoski made his first court appearance virtually on Wednesday afternoon and will remain in holding, pending his detention hearing on Friday. Merino will appear for his detention hearing on Thursday. His first court appearance took place on Tuesday. If convicted, the two officers face possible life sentences. 

“These allegations are beyond disturbing,” Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant said in a statement on Wednesday. “If proven, such actions would violate the oath our officers take, the standards we must hold ourselves to, and the trust of the public.”

Bryant continued, adding that both police officers have been suspended pending the outcome of their cases.

“I will say it again: when my officers do what’s right, I will always have their back,” Bryant said. “When they don’t, they will be held accountable.”

“I am flat out angry. The allegations are disturbing and represent a complete breach of trust,” said Mayor Andrew Ginther, per ABC 6. “It undermines our efforts to rebuild community-police relations at a time when we need to come together to make our neighborhoods safer. The selfish actions of these officers jeopardized the safety of their fellow officers and the community. We will hold these officers accountable, check the abuse of power and remain steadfast in our work to reform policing in Columbus.”

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Paul Wall Drops New Album, “Hall of Fame Hustler” in Partnership with ONErpm, Keeping Traditional Texas Hip-Hop Alive

Paul wall, Hall of Fame Hustler

LISTEN TO HALL OF FAME HUSTLER

New York, NY. 10 September 2021 – Houston Rap Icon, Paul Wall released his 13th studio album – Hall of Fame Hustler, on all platforms today in partnership with his Oiler Mobb ENT. and ONErpm. This 11-song album takes listeners back to the nostalgic and acclaimed early 2000’s Texas hip-hop sound, with heavy drums, slow melodies and raw down-south lyricism. With notable features including – Slim Thug, Lil Keke, Z-Ro, Max Minelli and Marty James, this album is a surefire banger to close out the Summer. “This album is the soundtrack to the hustle. It’s purpose is to motivate and inspire people to always do their best. And most importantly never give up on the grind,” Paul Wall claims. “I connected with some of my favorite hustlers and go-getters to be producers and collaborating artists on this project. Plus Mike Frost definitely killed the ‘Akira’ inspired artwork,” he continues.

This album comes shortly after the release of his lead single,”Still Sippin” featuring fellow iconic lone-star state rappers Slim Thug and Lil Keke. “Being a part of Paul Wall and his Oiler Mobb Entertainment legacy in a truly independent role with ownership of his master recordings is an honor. Paul has been a voice of the people on social issues while still releasing iconic music. We look forward to what the future holds with this partnership, states ONErpm Head of Urban Music Orlando McGhee. Paul Wall has been in the game over two decades, most known for his strong role in Swishahouse, one of the founding fathers of the renowned ‘chopped and screwed’ Texas rap sub-genre.

Tracklisting:

1.High as Me ft. 4

2.Brain Freeze

3.Grind Rap

4.Hi Lo ft. Marty James

5.Countin Paper ft. Rich the Factor

6.Move On ft. Zro & Max Minelli

7.Still Sippin ft. Slim Thug & Lil Keke

8.Comin Thru, Crawlin Slow

9.Best Self

10.Good Bidness

11.Now I’m Blowed

LIL WAYNE & RICH THE KID TEAM UP ON “TRUST FUND BABIES” MIXTAPE

NEW SINGLE “FEELIN’ LIKE TUNECHI”

Trust Fund Baby-Lil Wayne feat. RICH The KID

Stay tuned for more from Lil Wayne and Rich The Kid as Trust Fund Babies season begins.

ABOUT RICH THE KID:
Multiplatinum rap superstar Rich The Kid continues to deliver bold and blunt bangers propelled by razor sharp rhymes, clever ad-libs, and hypnotically hard-hitting hooks. The Atlanta phenomenon has landed two top five albums on the Billboard Top 200 with the platinum The World Is Yours [2018] and The World Is Yours 2 [2019]. Piling up platinum plaques and billions of streams and views, his catalog boasts fan favorites such as the double-platinum “b” [feat. Kendrick Lamar], triple-platinum “Plug Walk,” platinum “Talk To Me” with Tory Lanez, and platinum “Splashin.” He dropped his third album Boss Man in 2020 to widespread critical acclaim. As an entrepreneur, he has also broken other artists under his own Rich Forever Music, including Famous Dex and Jay Critch, to name a few. He kicks off his biggest chapter yet, teaming up with Lil Wayne on the 2021 single “Feelin’ Like Tunechi” and more to come.

ABOUT LIL WAYNE:
Lil Wayne rewrote the entire game in his image. The five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum rap icon, Young Money Entertainment founder, acclaimed author, skater, philanthropist, and history-making superstar left an indelible tattoo on the culture. By 2020, he cemented his legacy forever as “one of the best-selling artists of all time,” tallying sales in excess of 100 million records worldwide with 15 million albums and 37 million digital tracks sold in the United States alone. Not to mention, he garnered 11 BET Awards, four Billboard Music Awards, two MTV VMAs, and eight NCAAP Image Awards. Among many milestones, he emerged as “the first male artist to surpass Elvis Presley with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100,” logging a staggering 109 entries. With a discography highlighted by two consecutive #1 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with 2008’s triple-platinum three-time GRAMMY® Award-winning opus Tha Carter III and its double-platinum 2011 successor Tha Carter IV, he completed the series with Tha Carter V in 2018. Not only did it clinch #1 on the Billboard Top 200, but it also achieved “the second-largest streaming week for an album in history.” Every song on the tracklisting charted on the Billboard Hot 100 as he became “the first artist to debut two songs in the top 5.” It all bulldozed the way for his thirteenth full-length and fifth #1 on the Billboard Top 200, Funeral, a year later. Simultaneously, Wayne owns and operates Young Money Entertainment as C.E.O. The company ignited the careers of two of the most successful artists ever—Drake and Nicki Minaj. The committed philanthropist founded The One Family Foundation too.