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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are being sued by their former nanny (Simonette DaCosta) who claims she was unfairly terminated for forming a close bond with the twins.  DaCosta admits she showed too much affection towards the kids and Mariah became jealous when she developed a very close relationship with the babies. She also alleges that she was overworked and forced to care for the twins for more than 100 hours per week.

 

Terrance Howard on 50 Cent: "Fifty is my monster man.  We served jail time together in his film and we've been naked together onscreen.  I love the fact that we're both pushing envelopes with our shows.  A change has occurred to where black men can be on opposing levels because we're both telling similar stories."

 

Although she's not down with Iggy Azalea's music, rapper Eve has co-signed what Iggy brings to black culture.  "I get it!  I get that people might be upset about certain things.  Yeah, she's white but they grew up on our shit.  It's our thing, but she's representing a group of girls right now as well.  I do think that people are too quick to give too many accolades to new people.  That's that one thing I just can't stand.  But, let her do her thing.  It's not my cup of tea but she's representing for somebody."

 

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Steve Harvey currently resides in an $22,000 per month penthouse in Trump Tower in Chicago.

 

 

 

His neighbors include R. Kelly and NBA  star Derrick Rose.

 

The penthouse is 6400 square feet on the 88th floor. 

 

Amentities include: Three fireplaces, 5 1/2 baths, a chef's kitchen with top of the line appliances and 16 foot ceilings.


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"GAY BASHED"

 

Kevin Aviance (born Eric Snead on June 22, 1968 in Richmond, Virginia) is an female impressionist, Club/Dance musician, and fashion designer and nightclub personality. He is a very popular personality in New York City's gay scene and has performed throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He is also an member of the "House of Aviance", a local gay performer's group. He is known for his trademark phrase, "Work. Fierce. Over. Aviance!" He won the 1998 and 1999 Glammy Awards, the award for nightlife personalities in New York City and he's collaborated with Janet Jackson and the late Whitney Houston.


Aviance was raised in Richmond, Virginia, in a close-knit family of eight siblings. His father provided for them as a landscape contractor. From an early age, Aviance dedicated himself to the study of music and theatre, his first experience in drag was in the seventh grade. His early influences were "punk, Boy George, Devo, and Grace Jones". He moved to Washington D.C. where he worked as a hairdresser and did drag performances. He developed a bad crack habit but with help of the House of Aviance he was able to overcome it, after his initiation in the house he took the name Kevin Aviance.

 

He later moved to New York City and made a name for himself as a dancer/performer at Sound Factory, a club mainly for queer Latinos and blacks. Major DJs and club promoters saw him performing and started hiring him, he became one of a handful of drag performers in NYC able to support themselves solely on performances. His career as a performance artist and club personality began in Washington, DC, continued in Miami, and eventually landed him in New York City. In 1989, the House of Aviance was founded in Washington by Mother Juan Aviance. In July 1999 Aviance performed as part of Billboard's sixth annual Dance Music Summit.

Aviance has appeared in several films, including" Flawless," starring Robert De Niro and the independent film Punks. Besides his feature-film work he has made guest appearances on such shows as The Tyra Banks Show, and America's Next Top Model, also hosted by Tyra Banks. His songs"Din Da Da, Rhythm Is My Bitch," "Alive, Give It Up and Strut," have all reached Number 1 of the Billboard dance chart. The only one of his singles not to peak at Number 1 to date is "Dance For Love." Aviance's most successful dance radio hit to date is "Give It Up," released in 2004. His second album, Entity is a more consistent effort than his first.

On June 10, 2006 while exiting the Phoenix, a popular gay bar located in the East Village section of Manhattan, Aviance was robbed and beaten by a group of men who yelled anti-gay slurs at him and threw trash at him. Four suspects were arrested under New York's hate-crime law, but reports say up to seven men were involved in the attack. Aviance was not dressed in his gender-bending performance clothes but as a boy, he had to have his jaw wired for a month. He also suffered a fractured knee and neck injuries as well as blows to the face.Despite suffering a broken jaw, he insisted on appearing in the city's gay pride parade later that month.

All four assailants pled guilty, receiving prison sentences ranging from 6 to 15 years in plea agreements that included hate crimes embellishments. The four young men, who range in age from 17 to 21 years old, [would have] faced up to 25 years each for the attack, had they been found guilty in a trial. All had been charged with gang assault as a hate crime.

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"POLITICIANS ORDERING RITUAL MURDERS OF KIDS IN AN AFRICAN STATE?"

 

According to writer Samedi 25:

 

In a small village hidden in the rainforest, forty kilometers from the Gabonese capital Libreville, I met Augustine Bendome. She takes me to a deserted road, adjacent to a dilapidated wooden house with no doors or windows. Here, Augustine found the body of her four year-old daughter with no heart, genitals or tongue.

 

Every  year around thirty ritual murders are recorded in Gabon . The actual number should be much higher, because many of these murders are not reported or are misidentified. Ritual murders are committed primarily to children - their body parts - tongue, heart, lips and genitals - are removed and their blood drained. This occurs while the victim is still alive. It is suspected that especially politicians and other senior officials are ordering this kind of killings - they would then use the organs in ceremonies to strengthen their political or economic position.

The crimes are organized according to a pyramid : At the top politicians give the order for the murder of recruiters from the middle layer, which regulate people from the bottom layer to commit the murders and to supply the organs. The ultimate killers are usually poor people who are paid.

Ritual killings occur in several countries in West Africa , including Cameroon, Congo and Liberia. About the exact origin of the rituals is little known. It can be compared to the killings of albinos in Tanzania, where people also believe in the magical powers of body parts.

I agreed to meet with Jean-Elvis Ebang Ondo, founder of the NGO Association Against Ritual Crimes (ALCR), in his office in the center of Libreville. He is serious and stiff - no trace of a smile on his face as he shakes my hand. Soon I understand why. Ebango Ondo had ALCR established after the lifeless bodies of his twelve year old son and his friend were found on the beach in Libreville, maimed, nine years ago. Since then he fights for justice for survivors and the fact that the perpetrators are often able to kill with impunity.

According to Ebang Ondo, in 2013, more than thirty ritual murders were reported to his NGO. He says that the number of murders is increasing especially with elections or ministerial reshuffles, "because politicians want to get ahead and think that this is the way to increase their chances. "

The government refuses to publicly respond to the killings and takes no action to address the problem, so the perpetrators may continue in total impunity. The most notable thing so far is the conviction of an offender in 2009. He accused the Gabonese Senator Gabriel Eyeghe Ekomie (top photo above) of having given him the organs after he commissioned the murder of a twelve year old victim. The senator has still not been prosecuted, the perpetrator got a life sentence.

The offender is often someone known to the victim. That means he has easier access to the child, but in doing so, the effect is supposed to be stronger because the body is of a loved one. Augustine suspects her ex-boyfriend in the murder of her daughter. " He said he had to get on the plantation behind my house and took something with Catherine. A few hours later he had not returned, and then I went out to find them. I found Catherine dead on my way to his house ", Augustine says with tears in her eyes. Since that day, she never heard anything from her ex-boyfriend. I am guided to a spot behind her house, where she has had the grave of her daughter be built. With a wooden cross.

In a classroom of an elementary school, I listen to the story of the mother of the seven year old Atsame Astride. March of last year, Atsame's body was found among the rocks by the sea. Her mother often told her story to the police and other authorities, but more than ten months after the murder, there is still no investigation. "I'm distraught. The murderer of my daughter is still at large. The people who should help me are themselves involved in the process. My faith in everything and everyone is completely lost", she says with a breaking voice.

Until recently, it was a taboo in Gabon to talk about ritual murders. The establishment of the ALCR has changed that. More and more people dare to make their voices heard and to fight against the phenomenon in public. " Poor people who have lost a family member, are often bribed by people who are part of the criminal organization. Thus they are silenced. Now more and more people refuse the money, to make their story public instead", says Ebang Ondo. Last May, there was a huge march against ritual murders in the capital, where thousands of Gabonese participated. Anonymous did the same online by spreading a shocking film and hacking the Gabonese government websites.

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