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ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:

1. Kanye West is giving fans another chance. He's celebrating August 2 as "Yeezy Day," and the rap legend is restocking the Internet with endless gold. Various platforms are being restocked with various models of his Yeezy shoes line, which includes sneakers, slides & boots.

 

Sneakerheads are going crazy as they finally have another chance to get some rare pairs of his collector shoes.

 

2. Lizzo has announced that her new single "Rumors," will be available on August 13th.

3. The Weeknd has shared a snippet of a new dance track on social media.

 

4. Serena Williams is living in a Gaiter Mask Dress to 'stay protected' from COVID-19. The dress also provides extra cover with a face mask worn underneath.

COMMENT

BLACK UNDERWORLD:

When Snoop Dogg called himself a “pimp” back in 2003, he wasn’t joking. “I put an organization together,” the rapper says.  “I did a Playboy tour, and I had a bus follow me with ten b*tches on it. I could fire a b*tch, f*ck a b*tch, get a new h*: It was my program. City to city, t*tty to t*tty, hotel room to hotel room, athlete to athlete, entertainer to entertainer.”

While he doesn’t name names, he claims professional athletes would use his services. “If I’m in a city where where the Denver Broncos or the Nuggets play, I get a couple of they players to come hang out, pick and choose, and whichever one you like comes with a number,” he says. “A lot of athletes bought p*ssy from me.”  

Unlike most pimps, Snoop says he let his women keep the money. “I’d act like I’d take the money from the b*tch, but I’d let her have it,” he says. “It was never about the money; it was about the fascination of being a pimp . . . As a kid I dreamed of being a pimp, I dreamed of having cars and clothes and bi*ches to match. I said, ‘F*ck it – I’m finna do it.'”

Somehow, Snoop’s relationship with his wife Shante Broadus has survived all this. “My wife had to take a backseat to this sh*t,” he says. “And I love her to this day because she coulda shook out on a n*gga, but she stayed in my corner. So when I decided to let it go, she was still there.”

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After Snoop closed shop, rapper Riff Raff says he was extorted, and blackmailed for $1 million dollars by an escort agency known for working contingencies upon athletes and high end celebrities.

ALSO:

A few escort agencies (that cater to famous pedophiles) have opened (underground) in Hollywood & NY. These agencies specializes in "under developed" escorts.

Basically, the escorts have a small statue (frame) similar to a pre-teen although they're of age. To stay out of jail, pedophiles patronize these agencies that present the physical illusion of an underage kid but in reality, the escort is the age of consent.

TINSEL CONFIDENTIAL:

Few people know that David Ruffin’s mother died from complications of childbirth ten months after his birth in 1941. Unsubstantiated rumors claim he may have been blamed for his mother’s death which allegedly contributed to his father treating him harshly but those rumors have never been substantiated.

 

Ruffin’s sister Rosine also died in infancy.

 

Ruffin's father (Elias) was strict and at times, violently abusive.

 

As a young child, Ruffin, along with his other siblings (older brothers Quincy and Jimmy, and sister Reada Mae) traveled with their father and their stepmother as a family gospel group, opening shows for Mahalia Jackson and The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, among others.

 

He also sang with The Soul Stirrersbriefly after the departure of Johnnie Taylor. It was in Ruffin's travels as a teenager that he met such later popular musicians as Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Frankie Lymon, Bobby Womack, The Staple Singers, Swan Silvertones and The Dixie Hummingbirds.

 

After some of his singing idols such as Sam Cookeand Jackie Wilson had left gospel music and gone secular, Ruffin also turned in that direction. 

 

In 1957, Ruffin met Berry Gordy Jr., then a songwriter with ambitions of running his own label. 

 

Ruffin lived with Gordy's father, a contractor, and helped "Pops" Gordy do construction work on the building that would become Hitsville USA, the headquarters for Gordy's Tamla Records (later Motown Records) label.

 

Ruffin also worked alongside another ambitious singer, Marvin Gaye, as an apprentice at Anna Records, a Chess-distributed label run by Gordy's sister Gwen Gordy Fuqua and his songwriting partner Billy Davis.

 

Asked about Ruffin in the Detroit Free Press in 1988, Gordy Fuqua said: "He was very much a gentleman, yes ma'am and no ma'am, but the thing that really impressed me about David was that he was one of the only artists I've seen who rehearsed like he was on stage". According to Ruffin, both he and Gaye would pack records for Anna Records.

 

Ruffin's most notable non-vocal contribution to the Temptations was the masterminding of their trademark four-headed microphone stand. This enabled the other members to sing and do their dances without having to crowd around one microphone while the lead singer would sing into a separate microphone.

 

In addition to the group's problems with Ruffin's ego, he began inquiring into the Temptations' financial records, demanding an accounting of the group's money.This caused friction between Ruffin and Gordy.

 

Though Ruffin himself personally encouraged Dennis Edwards to take his place, Ruffin began turning up unannounced at Temptations concerts.

 

According to Edwards, the adulation and Ruffin's pleas convinced the other four Temptations to give Ruffin a second chance, but when he arrived late to what was to be his return show with the group in Gaithersburg, Maryland, the Temptations decided to keep Edwards and drop considerations of rehiring Ruffin.

 

Tammi Terrell told Ebony magazine in 1969 that she believed her emotional state during her relationship with David Ruffin was a contributing factor to her migraine headaches. Terrell died from a brain tumor in 1970.

At the time of his death, Ruffin had been living in Philadelphia since 1989 with his girlfriend Diane Showers, who met him as a 14-year-old fan.

 

In 1978, Ruffin was arrested at a birthday party in Memphis. He was charged with disorderly conduct"for refusing several requests" to leave the area after he allegedly made threats against some policemen and their families while being transported to jail. Ruffin denied making threats and was released on his own recognizance.

 

On May 19, 1986, he pleaded no contest to a charge of receiving and concealing stolen property worth less than $100 (a Colt .32-caliber handgun).

 

Ruffin had reportedly collapsed at a West Philadelphia crack house, where he had gone with his friend Donald Brown, according to authorities.

 

The Associated Press reported that Ruffin and a man named William Nowell split ten vials of crack cocaine inside of Nowell's West Philadelphia home hours before he died.

 

However, his girlfriend at the time, Diane Showers, was not surprised when she was informed of his death. "When David had a lot of money, he would be able to do things that he wanted to do," she said. "And for instance, if he needed privacy, he would go to a hotel. Things that he wanted to do that I would not approve of, like drugs.

 

In The Temptations television miniseries, Ruffin's beaten body is depicted as being dumped in the street in front of a hospital where he dies. It was also stated in the miniseries that his body remained unclaimed in a morgue for a week after his death. As a result, Ruffin's estate filed suit against NBC and other major players involved in the making of the series, claiming defamation. According to the plaintiffs in the case, Ruffin was actually taken to the hospital by a limousine and was escorted to the waiting area by his driver, who informed the attendants of his identity. Ruffin's children further stated that his body was claimed by one of them within a few days of his death. Ruffin's estate lost the lawsuit, and the ruling against it was upheld on appeal.

 

Ruffin had many admirers among his fellow artists. "Nobody could sing like David Ruffin", said his close friend and colleague Martha Reeves (of Martha and the Vandellas fame). 

 

His contemporary, label-mate, and long-time acquaintance Marvin Gaye was particularly impressed with the virility of Ruffin's voice. Gaye said Ruffin's work "made me remember that when a lot of women listen to music, they want to feel the power of a real man."

 

Daryl Hall said, "His voice had a certain glorious anguish that spoke to people on many emotional levels". Ruffin himself said, "I don't know what kind of voice I have, I really don't...it's just about the feeling I get for the song".

 

Rod Stewart said: "['I Wish It Would Rain'] jumped out of the speakers and ravished my soul". Stewart would later become friends with Ruffin. "His voice was so powerful—like a foghorn on the Queen Mary", Stewart told Rolling Stone in 2005.

 

In June 2019, the city of Detroit unveiled "David Ruffin Avenue" as the secondary street name where he formerly lived at 17385 Parkside. The ceremony was hosted by the founder LaMont Robinson of the National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame. It was attended by Ruffin's family and friends including Martha Reeves and Mary Wilson.

 

On October 26, 2019, the city of Meridian named a section of 8th Street near the Temple Theatre "David Ruffin Boulevard." Ruffin was born in nearby rural Whynot, but claimed Meridian as home. 

MODERN DAY SLAVERY:

INTRODUCTION:

The Texas Slave Ranch is the name popularly given to a ranch near Mountain Home, Texas where black and low income white workers had been abducted were forced to work without pay making cedar key chains that sold throughout the Texas Hill Country. The ranch was raided in 1984 and the operation shut down.

On April 6, 1984, more than 30 federal, state and local lawmen raided a 3,500-acre ranch near the Texas Hill Country town of Mountain Home. The officers were responding to reports that workers on the ranch, kidnapped from Interstate 10, were being forced to work and that at least one worker had died and was cremated on the premises.

 

Among the items seized in the search were human bone fragments and audiotapes of torture sessions in which a cattle prod can be heard as it is used to shock the victim. The ranchers were arrested and charged with aggravated kidnapping and the case became widely known as "the Texas Slave Ranch."

 

The 1986 trial lasted three months, made national news, featured the celebrated Texas defense attorney Richard "Racehorse" Haynes and resulted in the conviction of ranchers Walter Wesley Ellebracht, 55, Walter Ellebracht Jr., 33, and ranch foreman Carlton Robert Caldwell, 21, on charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated kidnapping but acquitted of murder in the death of Anthony Bates, an Alabama man who worked on the ranch in 1984.

 

There was little physical evidence linking anyone in the death of Bates because a body was never found on the ranch and though multiple possible murder weapons were present it was impossible to determine what might have been used to slay Bates without a body.

 

Prosecutor Ronald Sutton sought life sentences for the three defendants. Walter Ellebracht Sr. received probation, Walter Jr. remained free while his 15-year sentence was appealed and Caldwell served less than three years of his 14-year sentence.

In 2006, Glen Stephens directed the film Hoboken Hollow, which is loosely based on the events that occurred at the Texas Slave Ranch. The film stars Jason Connery, C. Thomas Howell, Dennis Hopper, Greg Evigan, and Michael Madsen.

 

A book was written about the ranch, The True Story of the Texas Slave Ranch — How a Degenerate Ranching Family Got Away With Murder.

BACKSTORY:

“You’re digging your own graves,” one of them said. “We don’t bury them,” Junior said. “We burn them.” 

The Ellebrachts were characters ripped straight out of a low-budget horror movie. This twisted family lived in the Texas Hill Country, chopping down trees and selling the lumber. However, their business relied on slave labor. Plenty of unlucky men ended up on their ranch, bound in chains and forced to work . . . and not all of them survived.

he Ellebracht clan lived in the woody hills of Kerr County, Texas during the 1980s, and when they drove into nearby Mountain Home, it was like the Sawyer family had come to town. Walter Ellebracht Sr. and his 33-year-old son, Junior, weren’t partial to baths, and they often walked around in their bare feet. The Ellebrachts made money chopping down trees and selling the wood to San Antonio businesses. They also sold little homemade key chains to nearby gas stations, and it was Ellebracht Sr.’s dream to become the “key chain king of the Texas Hill Country.” But to be a king, you need a lot of servants.

 

With the help of their foreman, Carlton Robert Caldwell, the Ellebrachts picked up poor men and offered them lodging in exchange for work. It sounded like a good idea, but the drifters quickly found out once they checked in, they could never leave. 

The men were put to work chopping down trees, and at night, they were chained to their beds inside of a dilapidated, old bunkhouse. The Ellebrachts threatened their slaves with guns and knives, and when two men asked to leave, they were chained together and forced to dig their own graves.

 

While all the prisoners suffered, Anthony Bates had it the worst. Caldwell and Ellebracht Jr. took special pleasure in tormenting the one-eyed Alabamian and encouraged other slaves to take part. Bates was bound and zapped with an electric cattle prod. His tormentors shocked his genitals and tongue, all the while goading him to scream louder. Someone taped the torture sessions, and the recordings began with the disturbing announcement, “Live from the bunkhouse—it’s shock time!” Eventually, Bates was electrocuted to death, and his body was burned while the Ellebrachts played Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.”

Finally, in 1984, someone escaped from the Ellebrachts and phoned the police. Authorities swarmed the ranch on April 6, and Ellebracht Sr., Junior, and Caldwell were tried for conspiracy to commit kidnapping and murder. Despite witnesses, bone fragments and the taped torture sessions, the defendants got off relatively easy. Their lawyer was Richard “Racehorse” Haynes, one of the best in the state. He had a flair for theatrics and had a member of his team shock himself with a cattle prod to prove it didn’t hurt that all that badly. Haynes played the torture tapes over and over to desensitize the jury, and he pointed out that several of the prosecution’s witnesses had also taken part in the torture sessions. Thanks to his extreme tactics, and perhaps a bigoted attitude towards black and homeless drifters, Ellebracht Sr. was given probation, and both Junior and Caldwell were given 15 years behind bars. Neither served their full sentence, proving Texas justice isn’t always swift and harsh.

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