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Toni Braxton is one of the legends of contemporary R&B and the diva was honored with the Legend Award at the 2017 Soul Train Awards. black-ish star Anthony Anderson presented the singer with the award, as the audience and fans on social media showed love to Braxton for a stellar career.
The songstress, who was one of the dominant forces in popular music throughout the 1990s and 2000s, was honored by Ro James, Jessie J and Luke James.

Braxton herself took the stage to perform classics like "Breathe Again," "You're Makin' Me High," and "He Wasn't Man Enough for Me."

You can peep some fan reactions from Twitter below.

The Barbados government says it will  rename Westbury New Road in honour of former resident and Barbadian-born international pop icon, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, on Thursday to coincide with the island’s celebration of its 51st anniversary of political independence from Britain.

The Ministry of Tourism said that Westbury New Road, which will be renamed Rihanna Drive, is a growing tourist attraction, as many taxi drivers and tour bus operators show it as a place of interest when transporting visitors around the island.

“Additionally, it was thought necessary to highlight the many achievements of the Grammy Award-winning singer, entrepreneur and philanthropist,” a government statement noted.

It said the ceremony, dubbed, “Our Diamond – The Rihanna Drive Project,” will be attended by residents of Westbury New Road, Government officials and other specially-invited guests. It will feature the unveiling of a fingertip pole sign and  an 8 x 5 signboard by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and Rihanna, as well by performances by local entertainers.

 

 

Rihanna and Kim Kardashian have thrown their support behind the case of an abuse victim who killed a man who'd paid to have sex with her.

Cyntoia Brown was jailed for life for murder after she shot Johnny Michael Allen dead when she was 16.

Now 29, she's been in prison for the last 13 years and won't be eligible for release until she's 57.

Her story was shared online by Rihanna and Kim K, who said the justice system had failed her.

Cyntoia had a tough upbringing.

As a teen, she was sexually abused by a pimp called "cut throat" who sent her out on the streets to earn him money.

In August 2004, she was picked up by Johnny Michael Allen and went back to his house in Tennessee.

During her trial she told the court that she was nervous with him because of how he was acting.

"At first he was stroking me but then he grabbed me in between my legs real hard and gave me this look," she says.

"It was a very fierce look and it sent these chills up my spine."

She feared he was going to hurt her, so she grabbed a gun and shot him.

Cyntoia was tried in court as an adult and was given life in jail with no parole for 51 years.

She's been in Tennessee Prison for Women since 2006.

During her time in jail, she's studied for an associate's degree, according to US news network Fox 17.

After her case the laws were changed in Tennessee, which meant children can no longer be charged with prostitution.

Her case has gained new attention after celebrities shared her story with the hashtag #FreeCyntoaiaBrown.

A petition to free her has nearly 200,000 signatures.

Kim K also vowed to help saying she had contacted her lawyers to "see what can be done to fix this".

US actor and singer David Cassidy, who found fame in The Partridge Family before going on to become a 1970s teen pop idol, has died aged 67.

"David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long," a family statement said.

He was admitted to hospital last week after suffering multiple organ failure.

Earlier this year the singer said he had dementia and would stop touring in order to "enjoy life".

Cassidy was born in New York to a family familiar with the entertainment industry. His father was a singer and actor and his mother was an actress.

He became a star playing Keith Partridge in The Partridge Family - a 1970s sitcom about a mother and five children who formed a rock and roll band.

The show spawned several hit songs, such as I Think I Love You.

Following the sitcom he enjoyed a hugely successful career in music and acting. He received Grammy nominations and sold more than 30 million records worldwide.

At the peak of his fame in the 1970s, his fan club reportedly had a bigger membership than that of The Beatles and Elvis Presley combined.

Hundreds were injured in a stampede at a London concert in 1974, with a girl dying a few days later. It was an event he said would "haunt" him for the rest of his life.

In recent years he has spoken about his struggle with alcohol.

in 2015 he filed for bankruptcy. Between 2010 and 2014, he was arrested three times for drink-driving and was ordered to undergo rehab as part of his sentence in 2014.

He divorced three times and had two children.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Leo Sayer, who toured with Cassidy in 2012, said he was "the perfect pop star".

"His fans were so dedicated and loyal, he was a sweetheart and so non-threatening.

"He was so important to the music industry, the love that people have for him - he was like Donny Osmond but better," Sayer said.

Those sentiments were shared by self-proclaimed superfan Allison Pearson, who has written a book about Cassidy's life - called I Think I Love You.

She told Today: "There will be tears in millions of women's eyes today - he was the perfect first love. He had a weird life where he was a demi-god at 21.

"I spoke to him one day and said, 'Many years from now we will hear you've died and it will be an incredibly poignant time for women' and he said, 'A small part of you will die with me,' and I said, 'Yes, it will.'"

"Star Trek: Discovery" continues making history in the franchise. After introducing Anthony Rapp's Lt. Stamets as the first-ever openly gay character in the 50-year history of the "Star Trek" franchise, the CBS All Access sci-fi drama took a bold move by airing a same-sex kiss in the most recent episode. 

 

In an episode titled "Into the Forest I Go", which aired on Sunday, November 12, Stamets was about to start his dangerous task, completing 133 "consecutive micro-jumps" around the assumed position of the Klingon fleet to help his crew detect the enemy ships and destroy them. Before beginning the task, Stamets passionately kissed his worried partner Dr. Hugh Culber, played by openly gay actor Wilson Cruz. 

 

Queer director Q. Allan Brocka took to his Twitter account to share the video of the aforementioned steamy scene. "Out gay men kissing on Star Trek. You #BoldlyGo @wcruz73 & @albinokid," he captioned the 10-second clip. 

 

Following the episode, fans took to Twitter to express their excitement over the history-making scene. A fan wrote, "There is so much to say about tonight's episode of #StarTrekDiscovery but can I just thank you for this? I have never been more proud to be a #StarTrek fan. Thank you #LGBT #LGBTQ." 

 

Similarly, another fan gushed, "I never thought a kiss in Star Trek would make me cry. But damned if representation doesn't f***ing feel good." 

 

The "Star Trek" franchise has been known for going out of boundaries since its first TV series aired in 1966. "Star Trek: The Original Series" was even criticized back in the late '60s for featuring an interracial kiss between the characters Kirk and Uhura. 

 

"Discovery" was also slammed by some people for featuring a gay couple. In response to the criticism, Cruz personally addressed the issue on his Facebook page. "I'm not here for your comfort. That's not why we are here. We're here to grow. 'Star Trek' is and has always been here to challenge you to look outside of yourself and to see other people and other experiences in yourself," he wrote. "You can turn your TV off, sure, but you'll only be cheating yourself. LGBTQ people aren't going to just disappear because you put your head in the sand. We share the planet with you. We have always been here." 

 

He concluded, "I humbly suggest you learn the lesson. 'Star Trek' could be a great start. It's been my experience that if you don't learn it, the universe, in the end, will find a more personal way to teach it to you. That's harder. So, learn it with us and open your mind and heart. It's easier that way. Good luck." 

Ninja Man has been released from the hospital and is now back in police custody.

The dancehall legend was absent from his high profile murder trial for about a week following a brief hospitalization. His attorney said that he suffered a mild heart attack in court and was rushed to a local hospital where he was admitted and may need to undergo heart surgery. While he was in the hospital, high court judge, Justice Martin Gayle, ruled that the murder trial must proceed because he has a case to answer to.

The crown closed its case against the artist on Friday and Ninja Man then gave an unworn testimony. This means that the trial could be wrapped up next week when the three co-accused will know their fate. Ninja Man, born Desmond Ballentine, his son Jamiel Ballentine, and another man, Dennis Clayton, are charged with the murder of Ricardo Johnson, known in the Kingston 11 community as Ricky Trooper. Cops say he was gunned down in March 2009 on Marl Road, Kingston 11, by the three men who were also charged with shooting with intent.

The prosecution introduced seven witnesses in the trial including an overseas-based witness and three civilians. Ninja’s defense attorney responded with a no case submission.

Ninja Man and his co-accused have maintained their innocence.

 

 

West Indies cricket superstar Chris Gayle is seeking to cash in on a court case win against an Australian media group, promising a tell-all interview – but only if the price is right.

 

The all-rounder was accused by Fairfax Media, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, in a series of stories last year of exposing his penis to a massage therapist and indecently propositioning her.

 

But a NSW Supreme Court jury ruled a defamation case in his favour late last month, finding the articles were motivated by malice.

 

A hearing on damages will be held at a later date, but Gayle is already offering his story for a starting price of US$300,000.

 

"I have a very interested (sic) successful story to tell!! It can be an exclusive 60mins interview or y'all just have to wait on my next book!," he tweeted to his 3.75 million Twitter followers Friday.

 

"It's about what transpired in court and behind the scenes in Australia, how they went to bigger heads to get me ban...

 

"How they want to use me as a scapegoat over a interview - I'll tell you what I do every day after court, believe me, when I break this down to y'all it will be like a movie! No holding back! 

 

"Biding (sic) starts at US$300K for this interview! So much to say & I will!"

 

Fairfax published the allegations in the wake of an uproar after Gayle attempted to flirt with an Australian presenter on live TV, asking her out for a drink and telling her: "Don't blush, baby."

 

Speaking after the trial, Gayle said the case had been "very emotional".

 

"I'm a good man. I'm not guilty," he said.

 

Fairfax has yet to announce whether it will appeal the ruling.

The production crew of Janet Jackson's "No Sleeep" music video will not be getting any sleep for real. Zanmi Films, the company behind the music video, is reportedly sued for wrecking a guy's home while shooting for the music video back in 2015. 

 

According to TMZ, a guy named David Tate claimed that the company used his house in July 2015 to film the music video, which was directed by Janet's longtime collaborator, Dave Meyers. He further stated that the company already agreed to cover any damages that they might cause during the filming. 

 

After the shooting, David noticed that the production crew had damaged both his floors and walls. However, he hasn't been compensated for the damages that the crew made. He added that he had to pay for the repairs himself and had to move out of his house for two weeks. David is seeking more than one million dollars in damages. 

 

Zanmi Films has not responded to the lawsuit. 

 

In other news, Janet is currently busy hitting the road for her "State of the World" tour, which kicked off in Lafayette on September 7. After wrapping up her concert in Chicago, the 51-year-old singer took her brother Randy Jackson (II) to visit their childhood home in Gary, Indiana. She was seen talking to local high school students there. 

 

Janet, who lived in Gary until she was 8 years old, said that she was crying when she saw the small house and that her family was blessed to be able to live there for a while. "Me and my family are so blessed. I'm so thankful," she said. 

 

Also during her tour, Janet was able to reunite with her former backup dancers onstage, including Jenna Dewan. The "Rhythm Nation" songstress revealed that she was thrilled to be able to meet her former backup dancers. "My solo career took off when I was 19 years old. I decided to create a family of my own. I became very close to those who danced with me, but even closer to those who danced on tour with me," she said. 

 

Mariah Carey has undergone surgery to lose weight, according to a new shocking report. 

The 47-year-old has undergone gastric sleeve surgery after being body-shamed, according to Page Six.

The publication has alleged that the Hero hitmaker has undergone the surgery to help the pop superstar lose weight after she 'became self-conscious about her curves'.

The surgery reduces the amount of food allowed into the stomach, making the patient feel fuller faster so that they consume less.

According to Page Six, the All I Want For Christmas Is You songstress was first motivated to lose weight after noticing her extra pounds 'made it harder to dance'.

Then she started 'getting a lot more criticism online from body shamers.' 

According to the publication's source: 'Mariah underwent the procedure about a month ago, and she is already seeing some good results, and she feels a lot better.' 

The Fantasy singer once dated longtime friend and former collaborator Brett Ratner, 48, director of the Rush Hour film series.

Carey struck up a romance with the movie director following her split from husband Nick Cannon,and before Ratner set her up with his friend and former business partner, Australian billionaire James Packer.

Carey and Ratner had previously collaborated on eight music videos, with Ratner acting as director, including Thank God I Found You and We Belong Together.  

Six women have recently come forward to accuse the director/producer of sexual harassment, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

 

Usain Bolt was the centre of attention at Australia's annual Derby Day in Melbourne over the weekend.  

He was certainly a hit with the ladies on the day as he partied in the G.H Mumm marquee. 

The 31-year-old was seen getting down on the dance floor with an enthusiastic racegoer.

The retired sprinter kept a pep in his step as he enjoyed a boogie at the annual Melbourne society affair. 

His dance partner, decked out in a demure white dress, appeared slightly more into their jig as she dropped to her knees for one move.

The bubbly attendee was also seen raising her hands in the air and at one stage, turning her body closer to his as she looked back with a smile.

The same day, Usain was seen chatting to model Jacqui Librio in the 'party marquee'.

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, an event attendee claimed they saw Usain 'flirting' with stunning blonde. 

The meeting took place at the Mumm marquee, which has been labelled the 'party marquee' thanks to its flowing booze and lineup of DJs.

The world's fastest man was standing at the bar when he crossed paths with stunning model and equestrian rider Jacqui.

According to the witness: 'They took pics, and then she was asking about his social media accounts and he said 'no.''

The source then described both of their phones flashing, possibly indicating one had called the other - a well-known method for quickly sharing contact details.

While the Olympic legend wasn't active on social media Saturday, he featured in several happy snaps on punters accounts.

He was seen partying up a storm at the event, chatting with a series of scantily-clad beauties and letting off giant party poppers.

The suave star also high-fived a pretty blonde as he strode through the marquee.

Usain rocked an incredibly dapper look for the glittering event, clad in a silver check suit paired with a black and white striped tie.

Known for his silky moves, the star, who slipped on a pair of shades, was seen appearing to grove his way through the crowd. 

According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Usain pocketed 'a rumoured $100,000' to appear in a variety of star-studded celebrity marquees at the event.

Meanwhile, in August 2016, Brazilian student Jady Duarte, 20, shared pictures which appeared to show her kissing and cuddling the athlete after his 30th birthday bash in Rio. 

Further photos of Usain kissing and dancing with another girl in Brazil also came to light and he was seen cavorting with a host of women in London. 

While his girlfriend Kasi showed signs she was unimpressed by liking social media posts criticising the star, they remained together.

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