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1. R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years Federal time.  You serve all or the majority of Federal time so he will be near 85-years-old when he's released from prison and will he snitch out other celebrities who did the unspeakable his too young stable to reduce his time?  Stay Tuned.

2.  Cardi B is "upset" with how her team handled the release of her upcoming collaboration with Kanye West and Lil Durk. Cardi B will release her Kanye West and Lil Durk collaboration this week - but admits she wasn't happy with how it was "executed.”

 

3. Grammy award-winning artist Brandy Norwood recently signed a new deal with Motown Records. 

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Introduction:

 

Like many American serial killers, Benjamin “Tony” Atkins was sure he would not live for long after apprehension. He is one of the many black serial killers whose name sends a shiver down the spine of many. Atkins targeted women and those he perceived as weak. Atkins r*ped and murdered women and later dumped their bodies in Highland Park and Detroit. Most of his victims were adult workers. Atkins was arrested in 1992 and given 11 consecutive life sentences. He died in 1997 due to an infection related to HIV. 

 

Backstory:

 

Benjamin “Tony” Thomas Atkins was born on August 26, 1968, in Detroit, the younger of two sons. His family lived in a poor neighborhood, and both of his parents were drug and alcohol abusers. Shortly after his birth, Tony's father left the family. 

 

In 1970, Benjamin's mother abandoned him and he wound up in an orphanage, where he spent his childhood and youth. While living there, he was physically assaulted and violated.

 

Over the next five years, he was continuously subjected to s*xual harassment by other boys, until he eventually escaped and reunited with his mother.

 

For sometime, he lived together with her and his older brother, but one day, Tony realised that his mother worked as a prostitute. Due to this, both Atkins and his brother saw her have s*x with clients at the house on several occasions. 

 

Disgusted with his mother's actions, he left the house again in the late 1980s, living on the streets and doing drugs, and eventually developed a drug addiction. Because he lacked formal education, Atkins was forced to work in low-skilled labor jobs for low wages, and spent the nights at homeless shelters. In his free time, he frequented places inhabited by pimps and prostitutes, but was never arrested for any serious crimes. Most of his acquaintances claimed to be very fond of him, but at the same time noted that when drunk or on drugs, he showed signs of an antisocial personality and displayed misogynistic behavior.

 

As victims, Atkins chose young and middle-aged destitute women, often prostitutes or drug addicts. 

 

He would lure them to abandoned buildings and houses, where he s*xually assaulted and sodomized them. After strangling his victims, he would leave the bodies at the crime scenes, with some of them discovered months after their deaths. The first victim to be discovered was 30-year-old Debbie Ann Friday, found on December 14, 1991, after she had gone missing on December 8th. A few days later, on December 30th, the body of 26-year-old Bertha Jean Mason was found. She had gone missing on December 11th, and was last seen leaving her home and entering a store, after which she was never seen alive again. On January 3, 1992, while demolishing an abandoned house, workmen discovered the body of 36-year-old prostitute and drug addict Patricia Cannon George, who had been put on a wanted list in early December 1991 following a drug den bust within Woodward Corridor. On January 25th, the body of 39-year-old Vickie Truelove was located: like the other victims, she had been s*domized, r*ped and strangled. 

 

At the end of January, Atkins was arrested at an abandoned building and taken to the police station for interrogation. Due to lack of evidence to prove his guilt in the murders, he was released. On February 17th, the corpses of three women were found in three separate rooms in the former Monterey Hotel in Highland Park: they were 34-year-old Valerie Chalk, 23-year-old Juanita Hardy and a Jane Doe whose identity remains unknown. All of them had been sod*mized and r*ped prior to their strangulations. Relatives of Chalk told the police that after she was put on a wanted list in early November 1991, Valerie went missing. On April 9th, the body of 28-year-old Brenda Mitchell was found in an abandoned house, after she had gone missing four days earlier with her two kids to go to the store. Mitchell was found almost completely n*ked, except for a scarf wrapped around her neck. A forensic examination determined that she had taken a lethal dose of drugs prior to her death, leading to her death being classified as an overdose. 

 

A few days later, on the 15th, the partially decomposed corpse of 27-year-old Vicki Beasley-Brown, who was last seen alive on March 25th, was discovered. On June 15th, the body of 45-year-old Joanne O'Rourke was found.

 

Atkins was arrested on rape charges on August 21, 1992, after he was identified on a Detroit street by 34-year-old Darlene Saunders, who had been sodomized and raped by him in October 1991. He was questioned again, but categorically denied any involvement, claiming that he had no interest in women and was a homosexual. 

 

After further interrogations, the police officers familiarized him with the psychological portrait they had compiled of the killer, which, after 12 hours, caused Tony admit to the murders of 11 women. He described in detail the appearance and clothing of the victims, and even indicated the whereabouts of the 10th and 11th victims, 21-year-old Ocinena Waymer and 29-year-old LaTanya Showanda Smith. 

 

Their disappearances were not connected to the murders until Atkins' confession, and the bodies were found on the indicated place that same day.

 

During the interrogation, Atkins said that the motive for the murders was his misogynistic views against girls and women engaged in prostitution. He stated that he lured his victims into abandoned houses by offering them drugs and alcohol, in addition to paying for their sexual services.

 

Contrary to the official version of the investigation, Tony revealed that the first victim had actually been Patricia George, whom he killed in the fall of 1991. 

 

According to his testimony, he didn't plan on killing the woman, but simply planned to smoke crack cocaine with her. When she decided to leave him, he flew into a rage and killed her. In several cases, he was unable to explain why he committed the murders: this was the case with Hardy, with whom Benjamin had an intimate relationship, but after doing drugs together, he s*domized and strangled her for no apparent reason.

 

Since no physical evidence could be found to incriminate him, Atkins was charged solely based on Saunders' testimony and his own confession.

 

The trial began in January 1994. Around 150 people, including relatives of Atkins' victims, appeared as witnesses for the prosecution at the court hearings. At one of the hearings, Atkins readily confessed to the murders, but claimed to be insane. For the majority of the trial, he didn't react in any way to what was happening and appeared to be isolating himself from the proceedings. His lawyer demanded leniency towards his client, on the grounds that Atkins had been abused as a child. According to the lawyer, the psychological trauma, coupled with drug addiction, eventually led to his mental, emotional and behavioral problems. However, after a four-month trial and three days of deliberations, the jury found Benjamin Atkins guilty, and in April of that year, he was sentenced to several life imprisonment terms.

 

After his conviction, Atkins was transferred to the Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center in Jackson, but due to health issues, he was quickly transferred to Duane Waters Hospital, where he died on September 17, 1997, from an AIDS-related illness.

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TINSEL CONFIDENTIAL:

By: George Varga

 

Earth, Wind & Fire had quietly disbanded in 1983, then launched a comeback in 1987. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, the same year Maurice White publicly disclosed his medical condition.

 

When Earth, Wind & Fire disbanded, the Grammy Award-winning group was more of a victim of time than the elements.

 

In 1983, the pioneering, progressive-soul group released “Electric Universe,” its first album in more than a decade that failed to attain either gold- or platinum-sales status.

 

With the wind in its sails dwindling and the fire in its music fizzling, the group’s members decided it was better to flame out than to rust.

 

“We had been together for a long period,” recalled  Maurice White, Earth, Wind & Fire’s founder and leader. “I’d formed the band in 1970. It was a good period, but it was time to do new things and re-establish ourselves as individuals.”

 

Having done just that, White and his band mates reunited.

 

At the time, White said: “It’s been a hard year in terms of touring, but very successful in terms of the new record and response at concerts. It was actually a comeback situation, and I think we have successfully re-established our names in the market place.

 

“The guys in the group have all grown up, and -- of course -- they got their feet wet with me. 

 

Now we share a lot more of the responsibility, which is very good and makes it more pleasurable.”

 

It was White who handpicked the group’s members and conceived a then-novel fusion of soul, rock, jazz and funk that soon attracted a massive, multiracial audience.

 

It was White who wrote and sang most of the group’s songs, which featured heartfelt lyrics that espoused cosmic goals and spiritual unity without sounding contrived or sanctimonious.

 

And it was White who produced most of the group’s records and helped design the spectacular stage sets that gave Earth, Wind & Fire’s concerts a Disneyland-on-Mars allure.

 

“We were playing highly sophisticated music, and we had to figure out a way to keep people’s eyes on the stage,” he recalled. “I figured if people were listening to something they hadn’t heard before, we had to do exciting things.

 

“I think the ‘70s was a much healthier period for music, because people were more innovative and creative. Now the music business is such a big industry that everybody is trying to be commercial and is locked into a certain bag.

 

Earth, Wind & Fire was something new. I wanted to bring something innovative to the music. It was out of a desire to create excitement with music that was pleasurable to play and listen to.”

 

Born in Memphis in 1941, White began drumming as an adolescent. It was then he realized that he had a “duty to perform.” By 14, he was playing with organist Booker T. Jones, who later formed Booker T. and the MG’s.

 

Self-taught, White did not learn to read music until he was 18, when he enrolled as a percussion major at a Chicago conservatory.

 

Following graduation, he became the regular studio drummer for Chess Records, where he backed Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James and other blues and rock stars in the early 1960s. He subsequently free-lanced with a variety of jazz and soul greats, including saxophonists John Coltrane and Sonny Stitt, singer Jackie Wilson and Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions.

 

“During that period in Chicago, all types of music were happening,” White said. “Jazz was on the downswing, and rock and rhythm-and-blues was on the upswing, so I was caught somewhere in between. I played with whoever came through the door (at Chess Records), and it gave me unlimited experience working with all these different masters.”

 

Some pop fans might hear a world of difference between the chilling blues of Wolf, the combustible jazz improvisations of Coltrane and the sweet soul music of Mayfield and The Impressions. For White, who later spent four years drumming in pianist Ramsey Lewis’ pop-jazz band, there was a common thread that tied together the music of all the artists he worked with.

 

“The creativity,” he said. “Being able to aspire to something higher, in order to be the best you can. Music is always a creative process that comes from the heart. It’s a feeling, a vibration, that we ride on.

 

“Our audience is very loyal; 20 percent is younger, the rest is our older fans,” White said.

By: Soulmusic.com

 

Peabo Bryson: As far back as I can remember, I’ve always been into music.  It’s all I ever wanted to really deal with and of course, like everyone else, I had to make that decision — I guess when I was around 14 — as to what I was going to get into, career-wise. Well, I’d thought about being a doctor or something like that, but I really felt that music was my thing.”

 

Peabo recalls that his mother was somewhat concerned about that “because she figured I’d turn into a drug addict or something like that!” 

 

“While I was in high school, I started singing — I was with a local group called Al Freeman and The Upsetters — and believe me, we were terrible! Yes, you could say we upset a whole lot of people — we were that bad!”   Having made the decision to make music his career, Bryson hooked up with a fellow townsman, none other than Moses Dillard, who staunch R&B fans will remember for his classic “My Elusive Dreams”, recorded with brother Joshua for Bell Records around 1966:  “I joined Moses just after he’d had the hit with that record and initially, I started out just singing, although I progressed into percussion, guitar and much later, playing piano — that was basically when I started getting into songwriting.” Peabo actually joined Moses’ outfit — known as the Tex-Town Display — around 1968 and stayed with them until the end of 1973, beginning of 1974.

 

He recalls: “We really did pretty well, with gigs in the Caribbean, we went to Vietnam, and played at the Felt Forum in New York. 

 

After leaving the group, Peabo went solo.

 

Although that first album didn’t make Peabo a millionaire and he wasn’t able to get the kind of tour support needed to promote and expose it, it did get sufficient exposure so that when it was time for Peabo to leave Bang Records, Capitol Records had already approached him with an offer: “At the time, I was lacking in management and that didn’t help. When the time came, I felt that I was being stifled at Bang and I’d really gone into the shadows of a big act — Brick. But the one real good thing that the company did for me was turn me on to David Franklin, who handled the affairs of people like Richard Pryor, Roberta Flack, Brick and the late Donny Hathaway.”

 

Peabo found himself with a recording contract with Capitol. “It was mutually agreed that Richard Evans should work with me on the first album for Capitol,” Peabo states, “and I had been familiar with his work for the things he did with people like Natalie Cole, for whom he did quite a few arrangements on the first couple of Capitol albums.”

 

The result was “Reaching For The Sky”, which Peabo recorded in Chicago and he feels that “I got more of personal touch, there was more feeling put into the whole thing by the people there. Everyone — Paul Serrano (who owns P.S. Studios, where the album was cut), Richard, the musicians — seemed to be really involved. I’m pleased with the album but I feel like the next one will be even better.  “You know, sometimes you can just lose certain things in the transition from the rough idea on a song to its completion and that’s something that I’m going to be particularly aware of the next time we record.”

 

In the early days, Peabo toured with Maze & Heatwave.

 

I really dig the appreciation that I’ve been getting from my music and I feel that I have been Heaven blessed with the chance to express my feelings and thoughts to people through music. You know, I’m really not into material things per se and I’m concerned about my music from an artistic point of view.  More than anything, I want my music to reflect reality, the truth, not sugar and spice.”

Irv Gotti reveals that he's selling his masters for $100 million.

Ebay now offers you the opportunity to secure your high end trading cards in the Ebay vault.

Debbie Sledge says her hope is that her children continue to honor her musical legacy and tour her hits as Sister Sledge ft. Sledgendary when she stops performing rather than holograms.

 

The 67-year-old singer now tours singing her group's greatest hits as Sister Sledge ft. Sledgendary, and the line-up includes her daughter Camille Sledge, son David Sledge and her nephew Thaddeus, the son of original Sledge member Joni Sledge, who died aged 60 in 2017. Singer Tanya Ti-et completes the group.

 

Debbie and Camille are aware of Abba's hologram show in London, 'ABBA Voyage', which features the four members - Agnetha Faltskog, BJORN ULVAEUS, BENNY ANDERSSON and Anni-Frid Lyngstad - recreated in their heyday as performing 'ABBAtars'.

 

However, the mother-and-daughter wants Sister Sledge to continue with the family performing beloved tracks like 'We Are Family', 'Lost In Music' “He’s The Greatest Dancer,” and 'Thinking Of You'.

Michael Jackson refused a Tupac collaboration out of respect for Biggie. In Related News: Michael Jackson's nephew Siggy (Jackie's son) says his Uncle Mike was murdered.

FOODIE SHOWCASE:

 

Ayesha Curry's restaurant "International Smoke," located in the MGM Grand Casino & Resort in Vegas is doing quite well. I love the menu; the ribs are the signature dish and the cheeseburger is priced at $59 accompanied with duck fat fries.

**It's great to see an underground cave restaurant in Africa.

By: Angela Nelson

 

Imagine savoring your pasta alla Gricia amid the ruins of Rome's Theatre of Pompey, where Julius Caesar was assassinated, or being served tagine in a 150,000-year-old coral cave in Kenya. Such surreal experiences are made possible by eateries built below your very feet—places that give the term "underground restaurant" a whole new, quite literal meaning. Contrary to the metaphoric definition, Italy's Da Pancrazio and Kenya's Ali Barbour's Cave Restaurant, plus a multitude of others, are actually subterranean. They're tucked into the nooks and crannies of ancient vaults, seaside crags, and caverns, serving everything from tacos to lobster spaghetti in a unique and decidedly extraordinary setting.

 

Ali Barbour's Cave on Kenya's tourist-popular Diani Beach is thought to be up to 180,000 years old. Since the '80s, a restaurant has occupied its depths, about 30 feet below ground level. Natural skylights within the cave give diners an unparalleled view of the constellations. The stars combined with flickering candles perched along the cave walls create an enchanting and romantic atmosphere. Outside, you might even hear the incoming tides of the Indian Ocean. Situated on the coast, the restaurant is known for its upscale surf and turf fare.

If you're a great cook with a large following, you can start charging for recipe's like the young man above who charges $3.99 per recipe accompanied by impressive food art (images).

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TWISTED:

By: WFAA Staff

 

ARLINGTON – He was known as the "bathtub serial killer."

 

He murdered two Arlington teachers and raped four other women before getting caught.

 

In the 19 years since, none of the survivors have talked. But the last victim in this case says it's time.

 

Adrienne Fields remembers watching the news about the murders of Christine Vu and Wendy Prescott. She had a strange feeling wash over her.

 

"When I seen it on TV, I just had this crazy feeling like, 'I am next,'" Fields said. "I just knew it. I can't explain it."

 

Vu and Prescott were murdered in 1996. They were strangled and left in their bathtubs at the Peachtree Apartments in Arlington.

 

Fields, fearing she was being followed, moved to Grand Prairie.

 

"I told my friends, 'I am moving because he's going to get me,'" she said. "I just had this crazy feeling he was going to get me."

 

On Oct. 26, 1999, at 3 a.m., her worst nightmare came to life.

 

"I hear swish, swish, swish, swish. You know, that sound," Fields said. "I turned over slowly, and as I turned over, here is this guy with a stocking on his head, running towards me."

 

At the time, she didn't know that man, Dale Scheanette, was the same man who killed Vu and Prescott.

 

"He jumps on the bed and he covers up my mouth and he puts a gun in my back, and he said, 'Do you feel that?'

 

And I said, 'Yes," Fields said. "And he says, 'If you keep screaming, I'm going to hurt you.'"

 

She didn't know him, but he knew her.

 

"He knew my name, and I'm like, 'Oh my God, how does this guy know me?'" she said.

 

Police believe he stalked his victims after seeing them at a night club where he was a bouncer.

 

He raped Fields for two hours.

 

"I remember he said, 'The devil keeps making me do it,' and he said, 'You are not like the others,'" Fields said, "and that's when I realized, he had done it before."

 

He was getting ready to leave when she said, "Oh my God, you have done this before."

 

"He stopped in midstream and he pushed me in the back of the head, down to the floor," Fields recalled.

 

At that moment the victim says she started to pray, thinking she was going to die.

 

"And I said, 'Oh Lord, please forgive me of all my sins. If I have to die tonight, I just want to go to heaven. Don't let my life have to end,'" Fields said.

 

Remarkably, Scheanette walked out of her apartment and never looked back.

 

"I don't know what made him change," Fields said. "I don't know what changed his heart to give me another chance."

 

Police matched DNA from Fields' apartment to the DNA at Vu and Prescott's murders.

 

Fields said she lost all sense of security. She would wake up all night, afraid he would come back.

 

"On the inside, I was a wreck," she said. "On the inside, I was up, check the window, check the door, go upstairs, go downstairs, check the back, make sure the alarm is set. Over and over again."

 

Fields didn't have any peace until police called her in September of 2000 to say they had caught Scheanette.

 

"I remember thinking I can finally sleep now," she said.

 

Scheanette was executed on Fields' birthday: February 10, 2009.

 

"The day of my birth, he lost his life," Fields said, "so it's time for you to live again."

 

She stayed quiet for nearly two decades, suffering through depression, divorce, and self doubt.

 

"I was dealing with the fact that they got killed and I lived, and why did that bother me so much?" Fields said.

 

"To know that they died and I lived, because I felt so unworthy to be living."

 

But this year, she started ministering and telling her story. She even launched a website to empower women.

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