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Chicago rapper G Herbo charged with making false statements to federal agent
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Chicago rapper G Herbo charged with making false statements to federal agent

Chicago rapper G Herbo has been charged in federal court for allegedly making a false statement to a federal agent. Herbert Wright, 25, aka G Herbo, and five co-defendants, were previously indicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud and aggravated identify theft. They’re accused of using other people’s information to charge over $1 million to fund a lavish lifestyle over a four-year period. Authorities believe they used the stolen information for private jets and yacht charters, exotic car rentals, luxury hotel, and vacation rental accommodations, private chef and security guard services, designer puppies, limousines, and chauffeur services, commercial airline flights, consumer goods, and meals. On Tuesday, Wright was charged with allegedly making false statements to a federa...
7-year-old girl killed, father shot while sitting at McDonald’s drive-thru on West Side
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7-year-old girl killed, father shot while sitting at McDonald’s drive-thru on West Side

Authorities tell WGN that a father and his 7-year-old girl were shot Sunday in the city’s Homan Square neighborhood while sitting at a McDonald’s drive-thru. The girl did not survive. The incident is believed to be targeted gang-related shooting. According to police, the incident happened around 4:20 p.m. in the 3200 block of W. Roosevelt in Chicago’s Homan Square. Chicago police put the wounded girl in a squad car and administered CPR while she was transported to Stroger, where she was pronounced dead. The father of the 7-year-old was transported by Chicago Fire paramedics to John H. Stroger Hospital. WGN is learning more about the little girl, identified by family members as 7-year-old Jaslyn Adams. Family members say Jaslyn went to Cameron Elementary School and loved to ...
On Twitter, the Chicago Teachers Union called Toledo “one of ours.”  “Adam Toledo was loved,” the statement read. “He was one of ours, and we are keeping his memory and his Gary Elementary School family in our hearts, along with his mother, family and the people of Little Village. We wish them healing and comfort right now. Love your children. Love your communities. Love yourselves.”  On Thursday, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown offered his condolences to the Toledo family during a virtual department board meeting.
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On Twitter, the Chicago Teachers Union called Toledo “one of ours.” “Adam Toledo was loved,” the statement read. “He was one of ours, and we are keeping his memory and his Gary Elementary School family in our hearts, along with his mother, family and the people of Little Village. We wish them healing and comfort right now. Love your children. Love your communities. Love yourselves.” On Thursday, Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown offered his condolences to the Toledo family during a virtual department board meeting.

Reaction has been swift following the release of body cam footage that shows a 13-year-old boy with his hands raised less than a second before a Chicago police officer fatally shot him last month in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side. Video footage of the shooting, released Thursday by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, shows a CPD officer shooting Adam Toledo once in the chest around 2:30 a.m. on March 29 in the alley of the 2300 block of South Spaulding. Adam was shot after he and another man, 21-year-old Ruben Roman, ran away from police. Officers initially responded to the area following a report of gunfire. Adam Toledo’s family lawyer Adeena J. Weiss-Ortiz says the video “speaks for itself.” “Adam, during his last wind of life, did not have a ...
Kanye West Files Divorce Documents, Seeks Joint Custody of Children in Kim Kardashian Divorce
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Kanye West Files Divorce Documents, Seeks Joint Custody of Children in Kim Kardashian Divorce

Kanye West is seeking joint legal and physical custody of his four children with Kim Kardashian in their ongoing divorce. On Friday, April 9, the rapper's attorneys filed his response in Los Angeles superior court to Kardashian West’s February divorce filing to end their six-and-a-half-year marriage. According to TMZ, Kanye's response to Kardashian’s February divorce filing is “basically a mirror image” of his estranged wife’s petition,  agreeing that the marriage should end over irreconcilable differences and that the two should share custody of their children: North, age 7, Saint, age 5, Chicago, age 3, and Psalm, who turns 2 next month. And like Kardashian West’s filing, West’s asks that the court’s right to award spousal support to either person be terminated. According...
5-Year-Old Mexican-Nigerian, Kleopatra Vargas Wins Miss Toddler USA America Nation 2021
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5-Year-Old Mexican-Nigerian, Kleopatra Vargas Wins Miss Toddler USA America Nation 2021

One of the most fast rising kids pageant contest held in the United States of America, popularly known as Miss America Nation has decorated and crowned Princess Kleopatra Vargas as Miss Toddler USA America Nation 2021. The 5years old Mexican-Nigerian-American Kid was born in Chicago, Illinois and speaks Igbo, Spanish and English language fluently. Speaking to Journalists after she was announced as the new Miss Toddler USA America Nation 2021, Princess Kleopatra Vargas expressed gratitude to the Organisers of the pageant Contest, as she thanked her parents, for the love, guidance and support they extended to her. She also stated that this wasn't the first pageant crown she has received, stressing that she was 10months old when she won Baby Illinois 2016, after beating 20other Kids. ...
Kanye West ‘Spent Whopping $13.2 Million’ on his Failed Presidential Campaign
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Kanye West ‘Spent Whopping $13.2 Million’ on his Failed Presidential Campaign

American rapper, Kanye West reportedly spent a whooping $13.2 million including $12m of his own money on his failed Presidential bid in 2020. The 43-year-old announced his 2020 United States presidential election campaign through Twitter on July 4, 2020, Independence Day, and on July 16, 2020, the campaign filed a Statement of Candidacy with the Federal Election Commission. Kanye reportedly received around 57,000 votes across the 12 states in which he was in the running. According to a new report from People, Kanye West spent an eye-watering amount of money on his failed 2020 presidential attempt. In a Federal Election Commission report, the rapper contributed $12.5 million of his own money and raised a little over $2 million from outside contributions to fund his President...
Kim Kardashian Steps Out Without Wedding Ring after Filing for Divorce From Kanye West
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Kim Kardashian Steps Out Without Wedding Ring after Filing for Divorce From Kanye West

Kim Kardashian has been spotted without a ring after filing for divorce from Kanye West to end their nearly seven-year marriage. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians' star stepped out for dinner without her wedding ring at Beverly Hills hotspot Matsuhisa on Tuesday February 23. It was her first night out as a single lady just days after officially filing paperwork to end her marriage. The mother of four, 40, showcased her banging body in a skintight dress neon dress which she rocked with a pair of strappy lime green heels for girls' night out with sister Kourtney, her best friend La La Anthony, and former assistant, Stephanie Shepherd. The outing comes just six days after Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kanye West, who she wed in May 2014. They are seeking ...
Kanye West Reportedly Tried to Sell Jewellery he Bought for Kim Kardashian Days Before She Filed for Divorce
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Kanye West Reportedly Tried to Sell Jewellery he Bought for Kim Kardashian Days Before She Filed for Divorce

Rapper, Kanye West reportedly tried to sell some of the jewellery he had bought for his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian, just days before she filed for divorce. According to the Sun, Kanye, 43, visited two jewellers to get quotes for the items he was considering selling. A source told The Sun: 'In the last two weeks, Kanye was attempting to sell jewellery he had purchased for Kim to at least two top jewellers. 'Kanye recently said, "I don't want to be connected to the Kardashian brand anymore" but he was so torn because he still very much loves Kim. 'Although he never ended up selling the jewellery he was talking about how he didn't want to be reminded of the past.' The insider added that Kanye 'really wanted to stay together but she was done'. During their marriage, t...
‘She’s not in Contact With him’: Kim Kardashian West is ‘Planning a Valentine’s Day Celebration Without Kanye West’ amid ‘Divorce’
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‘She’s not in Contact With him’: Kim Kardashian West is ‘Planning a Valentine’s Day Celebration Without Kanye West’ amid ‘Divorce’

Kim Kardashian West is reportedly planning a Valentine's Day celebration without her husband, Kanye West amid divorce rumors. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star is said to not be in contact with her husband, 43, and is expected to spend Valentine's Day with their kids, North, seven, Saint, five, Chicago, three, Psalm, 21 months, and other family. An insider told PEOPLE: 'Kim is great. She has a Valentine's Day celebration planned with her kids and family. She likes to make it special for the kids. 'She doesn't have any contact with Kanye. It's obvious that she is just focused on the future.' It was recently claimed that Kanye is 'less than thrilled' that his divorce from the reality star, 40, will be broadcast on TV. Kim will reportedly discuss the end of her marri...
U.S court dismisses fraud case against Hushpuppi’s co-defendant, Mr Woodberry
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U.S court dismisses fraud case against Hushpuppi’s co-defendant, Mr Woodberry

The fraud case against Olalekan Ponle a.k.a Mr Woodberry who was arrested alongside Ramon Abbas a.k.a Hushpuppi, has been dismissed by a US court.   Recall that Woodberry was accused of tricking a Chicago company into sending wire transfers totalling $15.2 million. Prosecutors disclosed that companies based in Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, New York and California were also victims of the fraud.   He was arrested in the United Arab Emirate on June 10 after a raid by operatives of the Dubai crime unit, and subsequently extradited to the U.S. on July 2.   Though Woodberry was indicted by a grand jury on an eight-count charge of wire fraud, the United States government on Monday July 20th filed a motion through its attorney John R. Lausch, requesting that the case ag...
Kanye West Joins Black Lives Matter Protest In Chicago
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Kanye West Joins Black Lives Matter Protest In Chicago

After donating $2 million to support the families and legal teams for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, Kanye West joined Black Lives Matter protest in Chicago. Later, the Bound 2 rapper shared photos and a video of him from the protest on his Instagram handle. In the photos, Kanye could be seen sporting black face mask and hoodie. He captioned one of the posts as “I matter. #kanyewest.” Kanye wrote “For the people. For us. #kanyewest.” Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian have actively been supporting a number of people connected with the Black Lives Matter protests. Earlier, Kanye announced $2 million to help George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor’s families amid world-wide protests against racial injustice.
Abraham out to be Chelsea’s ‘main man’ as he takes inspiration from Michael Jordan & ‘The Last Dance
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Abraham out to be Chelsea’s ‘main man’ as he takes inspiration from Michael Jordan & ‘The Last Dance

The England international striker is waiting to discover whether Premier League football will return, with the Blues star saying he’s in “good shape” Tammy Abraham admits to having taken inspiration from Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan while watching ‘The Last Dance’ on Netflix and is now looking to become Chelsea’s “main man”. The 2019-20 campaign has proved to be a breakthrough one for the 22-year-old striker on a Premier League stage. While he has taken in top-flight football before, and shown how productive he can be across a series of loan spells, it is only this season that a regular role has been earned at his parent club.
Kanye West Buys Back His Childhood Home In Chicago For $225k After Charity Failed To Turn It Into Arts Hub Honoring Late Mother, Donda
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Kanye West Buys Back His Childhood Home In Chicago For $225k After Charity Failed To Turn It Into Arts Hub Honoring Late Mother, Donda

Kanye West has reportedly purchased his childhood home in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood, just days after Forbes Magazine named him a billionaire. It certainly won’t break the bank by any means, as real estate reporter Dennis Rodkin tells WGN9 that the rapper purchased the home for around $225,000, and will need at least $60,000 in repairs, after it had been left in ruins. The property was previously bought by a charity connected to West, that he has since cut ties with, following a feud with his childhood friend, rapper Rhymefest. The charity, Donda’s House – named after his late mother who died in 2007 following complications with a cosmetic procedure – bought the home in 2016 with plans to turn the building into a community arts ‘incubator’ for at-risk youths. Rh...
Kanye West Takes Kids To Wyoming To Give Kim “A Break”
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Kanye West Takes Kids To Wyoming To Give Kim “A Break”

Gospel rapper, Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian takes their four kids North, Saint, Chicago, and Psalm to Wyoming during quarantine to give Kim “a break. Taking to instagram, Kim shared a photo of her and her four kids North, Saint, Chicago all smiling at the camera as they enjoy their break. According to a source at PEOPLE, “it’s a huge chaos with all the kids at home,” so the celebrity couple have taken to “alternating family responsibilities” for their four children, all under the age of 7. “They have been taking turns caring for the kids,” the source says. “Kanye escapes to his office for a work break.” However, the source also says he gave Kim a parenting break recently “when he took some of the kids to Wyoming.” Kimye have famously purchased two ranch properties near Cod...
Chicago woman becomes Illinois’ first COVID-19 related death; 160 total cases in the state
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Chicago woman becomes Illinois’ first COVID-19 related death; 160 total cases in the state

Gov. JB Pritzker announced the first COVID-19 related death in Illinois Tuesday. "I'm deeply saddened to share the news that I have dreaded since the earliest days of this outbreak," Pritzker said at a news conference. The Cook County Medical Examiner's office identified the patient as Patricia Frieson, 61, of Chicago. She died late Monday night at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Pritzker said the woman did have an underlying health condition, but she was not a resident at a nursing home. She did have contact with another COVID-19 Illinois health officials reported 55 new cases of COVID-19 in the state Tuesday. In total, there are now 160 cases of COVID-19 in 15 Illinois counties. Cases have occurred in ages 9 to 91. Late Tuesday, Pritzker activated 60 service me...
Kim Kardashian Says She’s Tired Of Having To Explain That Chicago Is Her Child
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Kim Kardashian Says She’s Tired Of Having To Explain That Chicago Is Her Child

In recent years, Kim Kardashian has been more and more reflective on her status as a mother, and that’s come as her family has continued to grow. The mother of four is clearly happy to be raising her children, but because she’s a public figure, she occasionally receives hurtful comments about her abilities as a mother. Among the most hurtful attacks that she receives is that she’s not actually her daughter Chicago’s real mother because she had Chicago using a surrogate. During both of Karashian’s first two pregnancies, when she gave birth to daughter North and their son Saint, she faced serious health problems. The celebrity was advised to avoid future pregnancies for her own safety, and said that she had preeclampsia while she was pregnant with North. The condition can often ...
Team LeBron wins the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago
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Team LeBron wins the 2020 NBA All-Star Game in Chicago

Just as everyone had hoped, the 48 minutes of the midseason showcase was all about No. 24. But the last 12 minutes were a true showcase to honor a late NBA legend. In tribute to Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in January, the NBA changed up their ending to the All-Star Game at the United Center on Sunday. The combined total of the team leading at the end of three quarters would help to set the winning amount of points for the game, with 24 added to that total in honor of the late Lakers’ legend. Over the course of that time, both teams embodied the spirit of Bryant with a competitive chase to reach that mark first. Playing with the intensity normally seen for a regular game and not an All-Star contest, the team led by LeBron James and the other by Giannis Antetokounm...
Kim Kardashian Shows Off her Children’s Playroom that looks like a Toy Store and has Everything a Child Could Ever Dream of
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Kim Kardashian Shows Off her Children’s Playroom that looks like a Toy Store and has Everything a Child Could Ever Dream of

Kim Kardashian has shared a video of her children's playroom and it's the dream of every child. Kim and Kanye West have four kids: North, 6, Saint, 5, Chicago, 2, and Psalm, who is 9 months old. Kim took her followers on a tour of her children's playroom. "I’m cleaning up for the night and just because you guys always say my house is so minimal, you haven’t seen my playroom," Kim began in the video as she went around showing her Instagram followers a tour of the room. The room has a concert stage, a projector where the kids watch movies, unlimited toys, a section complete with educational stuff where they do their homework, a doll house, a slide... "We have a stage here where our kids often have a band, and a projector so they watch movies while they sit in the playroom," Ki...
Rapper sentenced to 99 years in prison for paying hitman to murder his  Mother
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Rapper sentenced to 99 years in prison for paying hitman to murder his Mother

A Chicago rapper who hired a hit man to murder his own mum so that he can have access to her bank accounts and life insurance, has been sentenced to 99 years in prison. The rising rapper, Qaw’mane Wilson AKA “Young QC” was on Friday found guilty of the murder-for-hire last year, and sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars. The gunman, Eugene Spencer, was sentenced to 100 years. Cook County Judge Stanley Sacks who jailed the men said: “The word is ‘matricide,’ meaning murder of one’s own mother, is a big offense. In 2012, Wilson, who was the only child of her mother hired a hitman Eugene Spencer to kill her so he could have access to her accounts.  Yolanda Holmes was shot and stabbed to death by the hitman after he was ordered by Wilson to “make sure the b*tch is dead.”...
Kim Kardashian shares a sweet photo of her three youngest children posing together
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Kim Kardashian shares a sweet photo of her three youngest children posing together

Kim Kardashian took to Instagram to share a sweet photo of her three youngest children posing together while dressed in stripped sleepwear with their named written on the front. In the black-and-white image, her eldest son Saint, aged four, was pictured kissing his little brother Psalm, aged eight months, on his head as their other sister Chicago, aged two, looked on. The portrait was captioned, 'Baby love.'
Kim Kardashian West Shares Video Of 2 Year Old Daughter Singing Jesus I Love You
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Kim Kardashian West Shares Video Of 2 Year Old Daughter Singing Jesus I Love You

Kanye and Kim Kardashian West aren't the only talented performers in their family. The couple's youngest daughter Chicago was recently recorded singing and praising her love for Jesus. Kardashian West shared the videos on Monday to her followers on Instagram and Twitter. In the first video, the two-year-old sings "Jesus, I love you, Jesus, I love you," with a smile that will melt your heart.   View this post on Instagram   Chi’s favorite songs ??✨ A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Jan 27, 2020 at 11:54am PST The proud mom posted another video on Twitter, where Chicago belts out, "Hallelujah, He is wonderful." Hallelujah ✨?? pic.twitter.com/C3ifXeyCeG — Kim Kardashian ...
Kim Kardashian Releases new Photos of North and Saint West Getting Along From Being a Rival
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Kim Kardashian Releases new Photos of North and Saint West Getting Along From Being a Rival

Kim Kardashian has made no secret the sibling rivalry between her first two kids, North and Saint West. She has told in the past of how North barely tolerates Saint. However, when Chicago and Psalm were born, she took to them and got along well with her much younger siblings. The kids have now grown past the sibling rivalry phase and now get along, Kim has revealed. She shared new photos of North and Saint West getting along and she wrote: "They get along now." See more photos below.
R. Kelly to stand trial in September for sex attack on hairdresser
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R. Kelly to stand trial in September for sex attack on hairdresser

Cook County prosecutors said Wednesday they intend to take embattled R&B singer R. Kelly to trial first on their only indictment involving an accuser who was an adult at the time of the alleged attack. The decision comes as a bit of a surprise since the other three Cook County indictments facing Kelly involve women who were underage at the time. One of those cases involves four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, a more serious charge than the aggravated criminal sexual abuse counts he otherwise faces. Kelly did not appear at the brief hearing Wednesday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building due to a medical issue, his attorney, Steven Greenberg, said in court. He is being held without bond in a federal jail in downtown Chicago. Prosecutors said they would go to t...
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter, Chicago is two
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s daughter, Chicago is two

Kim Kardashian has paid sweet tribute to daughter Chicago as she enjoys her second birthday. The 39-year-old Keeping Up With The Kardashians star posted on social media her thoughts as 'Chi Chi' enters the number two stage. The mother of four posted a couple of photos of her toddler on Twitter , with a few words of appreciation towards her. She wrote: "Happy Birthday my sweet baby girl Chicago!!! I can’t believe you are already 2!" "You bring so much joy into our lives. I love watching you grow every day! My smart, sassy and silly girl! Mommy loves you forever!"
Trump Sends Birthday Greetings to N. Korea’s President
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Trump Sends Birthday Greetings to N. Korea’s President

United States President, Donald Trump wished North Korea’s Kim Jong Un a happy birthday, Seoul said Friday — with nuclear talks deadlocked and six years after former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman serenaded Pyongyang’s leader. North Korea has never officially confirmed Kim’s age or date of birth, but Rodman’s breathy Marilyn Monroe-style performance of “Happy Birthday” took place before an exhibition basketball match in Pyongyang on January 8, 2014. In a sanctions document, the US Treasury has said Kim was born on that day in 1984, which would make him 36, but there is speculation he could be a year or two older. Seoul’s national security adviser Chung Eui-yong met Trump in Washington on Wednesday and said the former real estate mogul — who in warmer times proclaimed he and Ki...
R. Kelly denies bribing someone to fake ID so he could marry Aaliyah aged 15
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R. Kelly denies bribing someone to fake ID so he could marry Aaliyah aged 15

R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to bribing someone to make a fake ID for Aaliyah so he could marry her at 15. The singer, now 52, married teen pop star Aaliyah in a secret ceremony in 1994 at a hotel, in Chicago. Aaliyah Dana Haughton was just 15 years old when she was wed to the musician more than a decade ago. Their marriage was annulled in February 1995; her family were said to have filed for the annulment of the marriage less than a year after it took place. The marriage was annulled on the grounds Aaliyah was underage. Now R. Kelly has entered a not guilty plea to allegations he bribed someone to make a fake ID for Aaliyah before he walked her down the aisle. The songwriter made the plea via a video link from behind bars where he has been held in Chicago jail. He is...
FBI Arrests Actor Bolanle Ninalowo’s Brother For $1.5 Million Money Laundering In Chicago
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FBI Arrests Actor Bolanle Ninalowo’s Brother For $1.5 Million Money Laundering In Chicago

40-year-old Kenneth Ganiu Ninalowo, the brother to Nollywood actor, Bolanle Ninalowo has been arrested by the FBI on charges of laundering over $1.5 million in Chicago. The money, according to the FBI is derived from scams targeting an unnamed Chicago-area community college and an energy company, who were defrauded into sending approximately $5 million to fraudulent bank accounts controlled by Ninalowo and his partner, 27-year-old Brittney Stokes. The two were charged as part of a larger investigation, which included the arrests of over 280 individuals, including 167 in Nigeria, 18 in Turkey and 15 in Ghana. The Department of Justice says arrests were also made in France, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom. Kenneth Ninalowo is the brother to popular Nollywood ac...
US rapper, Chief Keef expecting 10th child with 10th Babymama
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US rapper, Chief Keef expecting 10th child with 10th Babymama

American rapper, Chief Keef is indeed a baby-making machine. The 23-year-old Chicago hip-hop star whose real name is Keith Farrelle Cozart, is reportedly expecting 10th child with his 10th babymama, just a year after it was confirmed that he has nine babies by nine different women. According to online reports, the rapper is expecting a baby with Diamond Nicole, a popular YouTuber. But Chief Keef has not confirmed the pregnancy report yet, neither has Diamond Nicole denied she's pregnant with the rapper's child.
R. Kelly’s crisis manager announces he’s stepping down, says he won’t dare leave his daughter alone with the accused pedophile
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R. Kelly’s crisis manager announces he’s stepping down, says he won’t dare leave his daughter alone with the accused pedophile

R. Kelly's crisis manager, Darrell Johnson has announced he's stepping down from his position and would no longer work for the embattled singer. "I step down as crisis manager for personal reasons. Mr. Kelly is in good hands with Mr. Greenberg," Johnson said, referring to Steve Greenberg, the criminal defense attorney who heads Kelly's legal team in Chicago. The news comes hours after Johnson appeared on "CBS This Morning" and told co-host Gayle King that he would never leave his own daughter alone with an accused pedophile. "I would not leave my daughter with anyone that's accused of being a pedophile. I would not." Johnson also said during the interview that he was worried about Kelly, saying he was "a mess," scared and isolated. He also told King he thinks Kelly is on suicid...
R. Kelly pleads not guilty to federal child pornography charges, to be held without bond
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R. Kelly pleads not guilty to federal child pornography charges, to be held without bond

Disgraced singer, R. Kelly has been ordered held without bond at a Tuesday hearing  in federal court in Chicago after he pleaded not guilty to 13 federal charges, including child pornography and obstruction of justice.   The 52-year old was accused of one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography, two counts of receiving child pornography, four counts of producing child pornography, five counts of enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice, court document shows.   Prosecutors argued on Tuesday that home confinement and electronic monitoring would not be sufficient, given the charges against the singer. “This risk of obstruction is real. This risk is ongoing. This risk is heightened by the defe...
Senator Dino Melaye meets Jesse Jackson, others in Chicago
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Senator Dino Melaye meets Jesse Jackson, others in Chicago

Senator Dino Melaye who is currently in the states has met with Rev. Jesse Jackson and other congressmen and women in Chicago where he is attending the Rainbow Coalition Convention. The Rainbow Coalition Convention features presidential candidates, foreign dignitaries, elected officials, scholars, sports figures, television personalities, gospel singers, educators, grass roots activists, clergy, hip hop artists and business leaders from all over the world.          
Another ‘Empire’ star, Bryshere Gray arrested in Chicago
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Another ‘Empire’ star, Bryshere Gray arrested in Chicago

One of the biggest stars to come out from the famous TV series, Bryshere Gray has been arrested in Chicago. According to TMZ, the movie star was arrested for some driving-related offenses. Reports say he was pulled over on Thursday, June 13, 2019, by the police over registration issues. It was then discovered that he was driving his Rolls Royce without a license and registration. The actor was booked on a misdemeanor registration that was not authorized on the vehicle and released. He was also cited for not having a license or insurance. This latest development is coming a few months after another 'Empire' star, Jussie Smollett was arrested for allegedly planning his own attack. Jussie and Bryshere play brothers and two of the Lyon family sons.
R․ Kelly pleads not guilty to 11 new sex crime charges
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R․ Kelly pleads not guilty to 11 new sex crime charges

R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty today in a Chicago courtroom to 11 new felony sex crime charges.   The charges were a refiling of one of the four cases of alleged abuse that prosecutors lodged against the singer earlier this year.  A grand jury last week increased the felony counts against the 52-year-old and upgraded some of the charges.   He now faces five felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault. If convicted of the most serious charges, Kelly would face mandatory sentences of six to 30 years in prison on each count.   Kelly, through his lawyer, pleaded not guilty during a short arraignment hearing. The next court date was set for June 26. The singer’s attorney Steve Greenberg dismissed the new charges as a rehashing of old allegations.  “It’s...
American gangster and drug kingpin, Frank Lucas dies at 88
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American gangster and drug kingpin, Frank Lucas dies at 88

Frank Lucas, one of the most famous drug kingpins in American history has died.   The Harlem drug kingpin whose life was portrayed in the hit movie “American Gangster” died on Thursday night at the age of 88 in New Jersey.   His death was confirmed by his nephew Aldwan Lassiter, who said his uncle died of natural causes.   Lucas was a popular drug trafficker who operated in Harlem during the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was particularly known for cutting out middlemen in the drug trade and buying heroin directly from his source in the Golden Triangle. He used to smuggle heroin using the coffins of dead American servicemen   According to TMZ, he was busted in the mid-1970s and all of his enormous assets and wealth were seized. Lucas owned proper...
Nigerian Brother Accused Of Staging Attack On Jussie Smollett Wins Boxing Title
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Nigerian Brother Accused Of Staging Attack On Jussie Smollett Wins Boxing Title

One of two brothers who say Jussie Smollett paid them to help them stage a racist, homophobic attack has won an amateur boxing title in Chicago. Abimbola 'Abel' Osundairo, 25, became a Chicago Golden Gloves champion with a technical knockout Friday night at a stadium in the Chicago suburb of Cicero, according to the Chicago Tribune. His brother, Olabinjo 'Ola' Osundairo, 27, also attended the fight along with their lawyer Gloria Schmidt. Osundairo won the senior novice division at the 178-pound limit over John Broderick. The tournament is broken down into subdivisions by fighter weights, ages and experience levels. He ended up fighting in the division for boxers between the ages of 21 and 35 with less fight experience. 'Tonight was all about his win; he didn't want to discus...
Lori Lightfoot elected Chicago mayor, will be 1st black woman and 1st openly gay person to hold post
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Lori Lightfoot elected Chicago mayor, will be 1st black woman and 1st openly gay person to hold post

Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot defeated Toni Preckwinkle in a runoff for Chicago mayor Tuesday. She will be the first openly gay person and first black woman to lead the city. The Associated Press called the race for Lightfoot shortly before 8 p.m. local time. With over 91 percent of precincts in, Lightfoot led Preckwinkle 73.7 percent to 26.3 percent, according to the Chicago board of elections website. Lightfoot pumped her fist in the air and the crowd cheered when she said, “Thank you Chicago!” “In this election Toni and I were competitors, but our differences are nothing compared to what we can achieve together,” Lightfoot said. “Now that it’s over, I know we will work together for the city that we both love.” "Today, you did more than make history," Lightfoot said. "Y...
Lebanese Pornstar, Mia Khalifa Gets Engaged to Her Longtime Boyfriend, Robert Sandberg
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Lebanese Pornstar, Mia Khalifa Gets Engaged to Her Longtime Boyfriend, Robert Sandberg

Ex-porn star turned sports commentator, Mia Khalifa just got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Chef Robert Sandberg who proposed to her in a very special way in Chicago. Robert Sandberg hid the ring in a bowl of dried ingredients and Mia almost ate the ring with the ‘new serving’ but thankfully Sandberg was on ground to warn her, and he proposed to her on the spot. She said YES. Sharing the news on his Instagram page, Sandberg wrote; We went to Chicago this weekend and had a wonderful dinner at Smyth. I proposed to @miakhalifa and she said YES! The ring was hidden in a bowl of dried ingredients and came out as a “new serving”. Mia was to curious and to eager to taste so she started to eat the inedible ingredients. I told her not do it and then I put the ring on the finger. I lo...
R. Kelly to Start Writing Music to Avoid ‘Mental Breakdown’ Over Sexual Abuse Allegations
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R. Kelly to Start Writing Music to Avoid ‘Mental Breakdown’ Over Sexual Abuse Allegations

Embattled  R&B singer, R. Kelly, has reportedly headed back to the studio to continue making music in order to avoid 'mental breakdown' over sexual abuse allegations. According to TMZ, Kelly is focusing on producing new music as he believes the writing process is a form of therapy and will help distraction him from his mounting legal battles. The singer is facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in Chicago, new sexual conduct allegations in Detroit and multiple federal investigations Details of the artist’s alleged long history of sexual, physical, and mental abuse of young women and girls were exposed in the Lifetime docu-series, “Surviving R. Kelly.”
R. Kelly goes back to jail over child support
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R. Kelly goes back to jail over child support

Singer R. Kelly has been taken into custody for failure to pay $161,000 in child support and was jailed Wednesday evening, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office in Chicago. Supporters are working to get Kelly, 52, out of jail by next Wednesday, publicist Darrell Johnson told reporters at the Richard J. Daley Center. "He came here in good spirits, expecting to walk out," Johnson said. "He came here to ... make some arrangements with what he had, I think it was $50,000 or $60,000 that he was willing to pay." When a reporter asked Johnson how Kelly was feeling about going back to jail, he replied, "Depressed, deflated, upset." Johnson said once someone pays the $161,000, Kelly will be freed from jail.
Jussie Smollett: Brothers Apologize For Role in Staged Attack
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Jussie Smollett: Brothers Apologize For Role in Staged Attack

The Nigerian brothers who were hired to fake an attack on Jussie Smollett have apologized for their involvement in the staged attack. The statement from Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo was issued late Thursday by their attorney, Chicago lawyer Gloria Schmidt, to CNN and CBS News in Chicago. The statement read; “My clients have tremendous regret over their involvement in this situation, and they understand how it has impacted people across the nation, particularly minority communities and especially those who have been victims of hate crimes themselves,” Recall on the 29th of January, Jussie Smollett claimed that he was the victim of a homophobic and racist attack during a night out in Chicago. After further investigation, Chicago PD claimed that the s...
R. Kelly Fears He Won’t Get a Fair Trial – ‘I Can’t Survive Trial. Everyone Hates Me’
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R. Kelly Fears He Won’t Get a Fair Trial – ‘I Can’t Survive Trial. Everyone Hates Me’

R. Kelly is afraid he won’t get a fair trial because the world hates him. He is also maintaining his innocence despite being charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse. According to TMZ, he however thinks he’s screwed anyway because he’s already lost in the court of public opinion. Sources close to the singer told TMZ: He believes it will be impossible for him to get a fair trial in the aftermath of Lifetime’s docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” and nonstop media coverage — especially in Chicago. As one source put it … “There isn’t a person in Cook County who hasn’t heard all the hateful things said about him.” TMZ continued: We’re told R. Kelly believes … even if he presents evidence proving his innocence, the jury will still find him guilty. Our sources say he’s moved on from p...
R. Kelly Arrested in Chicago
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R. Kelly Arrested in Chicago

R. Kelly has been arrested on criminal sexual abuse charges, after the popular singer surrendered to police in Chicago. He turned himself in after being charged with sexual abuse of 4 girls, at least 3 of whom were minors.: Crepeau posted a video of Kelly surrendering to police earlier this evening, accompanied by his lawyer Steven Greenberg. Prosecutors in Chicago yesterday hit R. Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse Friday morning, and 9 of the 10 counts involve alleged victims ranging in age from 13 to 16 years old. There are 4 alleged victims in total, and one of them is the subject of 4 different counts. According to the criminal complaint, the allegations include oral and vaginal sex with a girl between the ages of 13 ...
R Kelly Charged With Sexual Offenses, To Appear In Court Soon
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R Kelly Charged With Sexual Offenses, To Appear In Court Soon

R Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of sexual offences with some including underaged victims. The 52-year RnB singer is expected to show up in court on March 8 in Chicago where he lives US media who have court records say the victims are four women who were age 13 and 16 at the time the abuse took place. R Kelly has been facing sexual abuse allegations for decades now but has never been convicted for any of them. Speaking with the press, the singer’s lawyer stated that he hasn’t received any notification concerning the sexual offences charges yet. He also stated that R Kelly maintains his innocence.
R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse
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R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse

R&B star R. Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse Friday in Chicago. Some of the charges stem from a newly discovered video found by attorney Michael Avenatti that allegedly shows Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl, according to a copy of the indictment obtained by USA TODAY. A no-bail arrest warrant for Kelly has been issued by a Chicago judge, The Associated Press reported. No-bail arrest warrants don't necessarily mean the defendant won't eventually be offered bail once appearing in court to answer the charges. Kelly's first court date is scheduled for March 8. The court documents show the charges against Kelly involve multiple victims dating back to at least 1998. Four victims are listed, including at least three between the age...
Jussie Smollet Has Been Arrested And Now in Police Custody
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Jussie Smollet Has Been Arrested And Now in Police Custody

Empire actor Jussie Smollett has been arrested and now in police custody. This was revealed on Twitter by Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. The actor is facing a felony charge for allegedly filing a false police report. Taking to Twitter, the police spokesman said Jussie Smollett “is under arrest and in custody of detectives.” His bail hearing will be taking place later today. However, his lawyer believes he has the right to be seen as innocent until proven guilty. “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked,” his attorneys said in a statement. He went on to state that they intend on mounting an aggressive def...
Cardi B Slams Jussie Smollet, Says His Lies Ruined Black History Month
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Cardi B Slams Jussie Smollet, Says His Lies Ruined Black History Month

Rapper Cardi B has slammed Jussie Smollet with claims that his actions ruined Black History Month. This she did in reaction to the new development concerning the attack he claimed to have suffered. The Empire actor claimed he was attacked last month in Chicago by two men who hurled racist slur at him. He also said they chanted “this is MAGA country”, a statement which led many into believing it was done by Trump supporters. However, investigations which led to the arrest of two Nigerian brothers have hinted at the possibility that Jussie Smollet may have staged the attack by paying the two black men to attack him. Reacting to the new twist which is beginning to make people doubt Jussie Smollet, Cardi B slammed him by stating that his actions ruined Black History month. She shar...
John Legend Explains Why He Spoke About R. Kelly
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John Legend Explains Why He Spoke About R. Kelly

John Legend has explained why he spoke about R. Kelly, saying he spoke out to give a voice to the “powerless” victims. He made this known during a recent appearance on “Real Time With Bill Maher”, also stating that he never plays Kelly’s music at parties. Speaking about the #MeToo movement in the music industry, Maher said; “I think a lot of people have asked in the last few years, like, ‘When is the #MeToo movement going to come to the music industry?I think what a lot of people are thinking is ‘God that’s so ubiquitous in the music industry, where would you even start?’” “Yeah, I don’t know,” Legend replied. “I mean I think clearly we’re having this conversation about R.Kelly, there’s another article this week in The New York Times about another musician and so I think there’s ...
Chicago police arrest two Nigerian brothers as suspects involved in Jussie Smollett’s homophobic attack
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Chicago police arrest two Nigerian brothers as suspects involved in Jussie Smollett’s homophobic attack

Chicago Police has said that two potential suspects in the alleged racial attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett have been arrested.   "Police can detain the potential suspects for an additional 24 hours past the 48 hour holding period under special circumstances, but it must go through the prosecutors office and has to be clear process," Chicago PD told ABC News and also confirmed that “they (the suspects) have a relationship with Jussie”.   Chicago Police also added that "detectives have probable cause that they may have been involved in an alleged crime and we are working to corroborate the allegations and investigative timeline as our investigation continues".   According to TMZ, the arrested men are brothers from Nigeria named Olabinjo and Abimbola O...

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