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Search teams have recovered the body of a 1-year-old North Carolina boy who was swept away in rushing floodwaters from Hurricane Florence Sunday evening (Sep. 16).Kaiden Lee-Welch was declared “missing” Sunday night, and after an hours-long search, his body was found Monday morning not far from where he and his mother encountered floodwaters in the small town of Marshville, NC.Here’s what you need to know:Kaiden Lee-Welch’s mother, Dazia Lee, said she drove around a barricade and lost control of her car after encountering floodwaters.?Dazia Lee was driving along North Carolina Highway 218 with her 14-month-old son, Kaiden Lee-Welch, to visit family when they arrived at a barricade around 8:30 p.m. Sunday night (Sep. 16).Officials said Lee drove around a barricade that was blocking off a flooded road in the small town of Marshville (about an hour outside of Charlotte), and lost control of her car after the floodwaters took the vehicle and pushed it into a tree.Lee later told officials that she drove around the barricade because it was slightly tilted to the side, and she thought the road was safe for travel.Lee was able to free her son from his car seat, and they both got out of the car, but she lost her grip in the rough waters.“I was hydroplaning. I was trying to do everything I could and it got worse when water gets in your car. You start to panic, you start to freak, you think you’re sinking fast. Everything just happened too fast,” Lee .“When [the] water came in I was trying to calm my son. He was confused, that’s all he was. He was just confused but I told him it’s okay, don’t panic, even though I was panicking, I told him don’t panic,” Lee said.“I was holding his hand, trying to hold him, trying to pull him up,” . “I couldn’t hold on anymore, and he let go.”The 1-year-old was swept away in the rushing waters of Richardson Creek.Paramedics on the scene also had to be rescued when their ambulance got caught in the floodwaters.Kaiden’s body was found in about 10 feet of water. He was pinned between the car’s front bumper and a tree.After losing control of her car and witnessing her baby being swept away in Hurricane Florence’s floodwaters, Dazia Lee was rescued and taken to the hospital.Rescue teams spent several hours searching for the baby boy Sunday night, but Kaiden was nowhere to be found. They called off the search to wait for daylight.Dive teams were sent out Monday morning, and that’s when they found the boy’s lifeless body near a flooded soybean field, not too far from the car, .Officials said Kaiden’s body was found pinned between the car’s front bumper and a tree in about 10 feet of water.Kaiden was Dazia Lee’s only child, who she described as “the sweetest boy you could ever have.”?Sadly, Kaiden Lee-Welch was Dazia’s Lee only child. “He had really changed my life,” Lee . “He’s my only child and now he’s gone.”Lee told NBC Charlotte she would never put her child in harm’s way, but because she’s not from that area, and the barricade wasn’t in the road as it should have been, she had no idea the danger that lied ahead.“I was about to detour, but I stopped. I saw cars coming in and out, so I thought it was safe,” Lee said, holding back tears. Lee said she was driving on that road to bring Kaiden to visit his great-grandmother.“She was a stranger to the area, driving to just be with her family,” the Sheriff said. “Her car got caught in the water and was forced onto an open field.”Lee said Sunday night is a night she never wants to talk about again. “All I know is I’ve been traumatized, I’ve been through so much. There’s no more that I can take,” she said.“He’s the sweetest boy you could ever have,” Lee choked through tears to FOX 46. “I did everything I could from the moment I was pregnant to the moment I lost him.” is a post from:
September 18, 2018
Buffalo Bills Cornerback Vontae Davis raised a lot of eyebrows with his bizarre halftime during Sunday’s (Sep. 16) game against the Los Angeles Chargers, which ended in a 31-20 loss.30-year-old Davis, who signed with the Bills this offseason and was inactive for Week 1, reportedly “put on his street clothes” during halftime, “said he was quitting and left the stadium,” ESPN reporter Chris Mortensen wrote on Twitter, responding to this tweet from Buffalo Bills beat reporter Mike Rodak: “[Bills Linebacker] Lorenzo Alexander says he was told at start of second half that Vontae Davis quit and retired.”Word is Vontae Davis put on his street clothes at half, said he was quitting and left the stadium, per another source — Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) In a post-game interview with SportsCenter, Lorenzo Alexander said Davis’ quitting in the middle of the game (which they ended up losing) was “completely disrespectful to all of his teammates.” Alexander added, “[Davis] didn’t say nothing to nobody. You know as much as I know. I know I found out going into the second half of the game. He said he was not coming out, he retired.”Buffalo CB Vontae Davis apparently retired at halftime during the Chargers-Bills game Sunday."He said he's not coming out. He retired…"—Bills LB Lorenzo Alexander — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) Hours after his abrupt exit, Davis released a statement via the NFL’s official Twitter account.“This isn’t how I pictured retiring from the NFL,” he wrote. “But today on the field, reality hit me and hard. I shouldn’t be out there anymore.”Davis said he didn’t mean to disrespect his teammates and coaches—some of whom took it as disrespect.“I hold myself to a standard. Mentally, I always expect myself to play at a high level,” he wrote. “But physically, I know today that isn’t possible and I had an honest moment with myself. While I was on the field, I just didn’t feel right, and I told the coaches, ‘I’m not feeling like myself.’”Bils coach Sean McDermott was just as confused as everyone else. “[He] pulled himself out of the game. He communicated to us that he was done,” McDermott told reporters.Bills Defensive Tackle Kyle Williams said he’s never experienced something like this before. “I think the only thing to say is he’s where he needs to be right now,” Williams said. Asked where that was, he responded: “That’s not here, point blank and simple.”Read Vontae Davis’ full statement on his retirement below:Official statement from CB . — NFL (@NFL) is a post from:
September 18, 2018
It sounds like Atlanta radio personality Wanda Smith’s husband was not amused by Katt Williams’ epic roast of his wife on the radio the other day.According to reports, the husband of the “Frank and Wanda in the Morning” co-host at a comedy show in ATL Saturday night (Sep. 15).The internet was treated to a hilarious exchange between Katt Williams and Wanda Smith, in which Williams cracked a number of jokes about Smith’s weight, her wig, and her cooking skills.Katt was apparently there for an interview, but it turned into a brutal roasting session when Smith defended comedic actress Tiffany Haddish after Williams said Haddish wasn’t really that funny, and her fame was because “she wanna sleep with a white man.”Video clips of the tense back-and-forth between Williams and Smith went viral on social media Friday, garnering millions of views in less than 24 hours.The following evening, outside the Atlanta Comedy Theater in Norcross, GeorgiaSmith’s husband, LaMorris Williams, confronted Katt about the many digs he took at his wife, and even allegedly went as far as threatening him with a gun.:LaMorris introduced himself to Williams as Smith’s husband, according to witnesses. Williams was in the club to support fellow comedian Red Grant who performed that night.LaMorris, who was accompanied by the couple’s sons, didn’t open fire on the comedian, but Gwinnett police responded to the club and took a statement from Williams. LaMorris was gone by the time police arrived.When interviewed by police, Sellers said that Williams had a verbal fight with Smith, and Williams “indicated he wanted to fight,” according to the police report. Sellers reportedly approached Williams and chased him into the parking lot of the Food Depot, then turned back to the Atlanta Comedy Club.Sellers admitted to having a gun, however, he said he never pulled it out on Williams. He said the gun simply fell from his waistband while he was chasing Williams. Sellers denied pointing a gun at anyone.Police said no independent witnesses came forward to corroborate Williams or Seller’s account of events. Surveillance video from the Food Depot showed Sellers chasing Williams into the store, but didn’t show Sellers holding a gun, police said.The Atlanta Comedy Theater has surveillance cameras, but they weren’t accessible at the time the police report was filed. Williams told police that he didn’t want to press any charges over the incident, but if the club’s cameras showed any crimes were committed, charges could be filed.Wanda recalled the weekend’s events Monday morning (Sep. 17) on the radio, and said that Katt wasn’t even supposed to be doing an interview with them Friday. She said she and Frank were interviewing Red Grant from “Leprechaun in the Hood” when they heard Katt was in the building, and Wanda convinced him to come into the studio.Smith said this was her first time meeting him, and she respected him as a big-time comic. She said she was shocked, however, when the comedian started going in on her.“I am not playing victim,” . “I am not a jokester like that. I don’t know how to do that. He did it. He won. It threw me off.”Atlanta Comedy Theater owner Gary Abdo said he was in the V-103 studio when the exchange between Smith and Williams went down and said it was really tense between them. The interview led to Saturday night at the comedy club, where Smith is a regular host.Smith said when Williams saw her outside the club, he walked up to her and said, “I told you f****n’ with me will make you go viral!” She said that’s when her husband got upset, but she couldn’t go into details on air for legal reasons.Some V-103 listeners supported Smith, saying Williams’ behavior was inappropriate. “You invited hatred in,” one caller said. “He did not come in love. You guys were the portal.”Others, however, said that as a fellow comic, Smith should be able to handle the jokes. Another caller said she “can dish it but can’t take it.”Ski defended himself for not ending the interview early because, at the time, he didn’t think anything was wrong. “I just see two comedians going back and forth,” Ski said. “I’m okay,” Smith said. is a post from:
September 17, 2018
Tiffany Haddish wasn’t the only person on the receiving end of a verbal assault from Katt Williams on Friday’s (Sep. 14) “Frank and Wanda In The Morning” radio show. The Emmy Award-winning comedian also went in on one of the show’s hosts, Wanda Smith.SEE ALSO: It all started when Wanda threw shade at Katt Williams’ hair. “Your hair is kinda…” she said before bursting into laughter. Katt, however, was clearly not amused, as he kicked off a roasting session that lasted at least two minutes while her co-hosts laughed hysterically in the background.Katt Williams roasted the hell outta this radio host who tried to slick dis him ???? — Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) Katt Williams: “My hair is 19 inches long and I have no perm. Oops.”Wanda Smith: “You don’t? That’s not a perm?”Katt: “No, it is is not, nice lady. Come run one of your gnarled fingers … while you’re on air, so they can hear you lie.”Wanda: “Come over here.”Katt: “No, no, no… that’s now that works.”Wanda: “Oh, OK, well then stay over there.”Katt: “Don’t worry, ain’t nobody puttin’ their hands through yours.”Wanda: “That’s right, they don’t have to. I don’t want them to. Get on out of here! You OK?”Katt: “Only one of our hair is moving while we talk.”Wanda: “Are you alright this morning?”Katt: “Tell Wanda to take off them headphones and that wig. That wig and them headphones go together?”And that was just the first minute! He also called her “The Black Lane Bryant” and told her that he was “not the one” to go back-and-forth with. He also said: “If you can’t get your blood pressure down, you can’t calm me down. Your cholesterol is 600 … You probably shouldn’t talk about sizes. Youg big on the radio.”Wanda responded saying that he was “big in prison,” and Katt clapped back letting her know that he’s never been to prison, only jail (and there is a difference). “19 felonies, no convictions, knock it off, prison and jail is not the same,” he said.“Only one of us has $12 worth of jewelry on,” the comedy veteran added. “If you wanna have Wanda’s jewelry, please go to Citgo or QuikTrip at any point.”The clip, which has gone viral on Twitter, ends there, so we don’t know what else he said, but those first two minutes were more than enough. “I watched the whole interview. He didn’t let up. Straight slaughterhouse,” a Twitter user wrote in the video’s comments. is a post from:
September 16, 2018
Following their controversial endorsement of Colin Kaepernick, Nike stocks closed at a record high on Friday (Sep. 14) of $83.49 per share—the company’s sixth straight day of closing all-time highs.This follows a number of Nike “fans” destroying their gear after the brand unveiled Kaepernick as the face of their popular “Just Do It” campaign.Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. — Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) The day after Nike released the ad featuring Kaepernick, Nike’s stocks fell to $79.60, prompting media outlets to report that investors weren’t happy about the promotion. However, 10 days later, the naysayers were proven wrong as the stock has risen 5% since announcing the marketing partnership.Fortune reports:Kaepernick took a knee while the national anthem played during a football game in 2016, protesting the way some police officers treated African-Americans. Donald Trump has kept the controversy at full boil with his on the subject, calling it an insult to the flag.Before the endorsement deal, Nike had largely been quiet on the NFL controversy. But the “Just Do It” campaign shows it’s those who kneel.By some metrics, that move may have tarnished Nike’s brand. A survey this week of 8,000 Americans showed that Nike’s favorability ratings in the wake of the Kaepernick announcement. But another metric showed that Nike’s online revenue following its endorsement deal with Kaepernick.Swooshes cut out of socks won’t hurt Nike sales, although the gesture may indicate a willingness by some consumers to avoid Nike products. If anything, however, the overall takeaway from the controversy seems to have been a positive for Nike. The Kaepernick ad campaign not only revives Nike’s classic “Just Do It” motto, but is also inspiring a new generation of consumers to support Nike’s brand.An analyst at Wedbush that Nike had gained about 170,000 new followers on its Instagram account, mostly among Millennial and Generation Z males. The campaign is engaging those consumers “in a way that is authentic, culturally relevant, experiential and emotionally engaging,” Wedbush said.On Sept. 20, Nike will hold its annual , which may create an opportunity for the company’s supporters and critics alike to speak their minds. Five days later, Nike its latest quarterly earnings, which will give a clearer indication of whether its Kaepernick campaign has impacted, one way or the other, on its financial health.In the words of NeNe Leakes… “BLOOP!” is a post from:
September 16, 2018
The feud between Eminem and Machine Gun Kelly just took an odd turn. Actor Gabriel “G-Rod” Rodriguez says he was physically assaulted by MGK’s bodyguards after he confronted the rapper over his beef with Eminem.LISTEN: of Rodriguez approaching Kelly at a bar in Atlanta on Friday (Sep 14). The video shows Rodriguez walking up to the rapper and repeatedly called him a “p***y.”G-Rod’s exact words: “I’m gonna say it because it has to be said, you’re a p***y for going for family!” He told TMZ he was especially upset with MGK because he’s a husband and a father of three.Apparently, the 40-year-old actor—who has appeared in shows like Power, Ozark, Ballers and NCIS—was none too pleased with MGK sparking the Eminem beef by calling the rap vet’s daughter Hailie hot years ago.Right before the video ends, MGK appears to shove G-Rod and turn the phone away. G-Rod told TMZ that five of Kelly’s bodyguards got involved after the video stopped recording, and that’s when MGK “suddenly got tough and started challenging him.” G-Rod says the bar’s manager immediately sided with MGK and kicked him out.Two hours later, when the actor was walking towards his hotel, which was right across the street from the bar, he noticed MGK and his crew hanging outside their tour bus, and another verbal confrontation ensued. Cops intervened, which pissed Kelly off even more, and he started cussing at the officer, calling him a “p***y” and a “pig.”G-Rod says the officer didn’t do anything, which pissed him off. He said he told the cop that if a black or Latino person had acted that way towards an officer, they would immediately be tased or worse.The cops left, but G-Rod and MGK’s confrontation spilled into the hotel lobby. G-Rod said that he offered to fight MGK and his bodyguards one-by-one if they wanted to fight, but instead, the bodyguards all jumped him at once.The whole thing was captured on surveillance video. Cops who watched the footage saw one bodyguard slam G-Rod and then three others joined in and started punching him and kicking him in the face. G-Rod says MGK stood by and watched as his bodyguards beat him up. G-Rod was treated at a nearby hospital for facial injuries. Police are reportedly investigating the incident.G-Rod told TMZ he’s already hired a lawyer and plans to file a lawsuit against MGK, but he says he’ll call it off “if we both sign waivers and meet in an octagon and go man-to-man without goons or weapons.”“#MGK P***Y!! Jump me with your 5 goons I’m still standing you F***ING PUSSY! @machinegunkelly” he wrote on a video on his Instagram story (above). “You’re still a little p***y, real men fight one-on-one, they don’t send their f***ing goons to fight for them. Fucking p***y, I’m still standing,” he said in the clip.Machine Gun Kelly has yet to comment on the alleged altercation, which happened the day ‘s “Rap Devil” diss track with his own diss track called “Killshot.” is a post from:
September 15, 2018
Give the internet enough time and it will meme the hell out of ANYTHING.This past May, a white woman calling the police on a group of black people for BBQing at a park became a hilarious meme. In June, during the 2018 NBA Finals, J.R. Smith costing the Cavs Game 1 (and ultimately the entire series) against the Warriors sparked a bunch of memes. And the month of July was filled with memes of Cardi B telling everyone what her “momma said.”Now, the latest meme that’s taking over social media is various versions of Rolf from the early 2000’s Cartoon Network show Ed, Edd n Eddy looking out the window with all kinds of random thoughts going through his head.Though the origin of the Rolf “staring out the window” memes is unclear, social media is going wild over it. The always chill-less internet has turned Rolf into a bitter baby mama, fast food workers taking orders at the drive-thru window, Fantasia, David Ruffin of the Temptations, and more.Honestly, there are so many Rolf memes floating around the internet that we’ve lost count at this point.Poor Rolf! He became like 200 different people these past two weeks. — Auntie Tavia ???? (@Octavia_Simone1) Check out some of the best ones below:When you pull up at the Wendy’s drive-thru and all you want is a 4 for $4:When you find out that dude with felony charges snitched his way out of jail again:When you find out your baby daddy has a new girlfriend:When you’re David Ruffin and you know ain’t nobody coming to see Otis:When you’re Fantasia and you want your man to just go ahead and free himself:When you Catfish your friend because they called you a fat a** Kelly Price:When you see that Rent-A-Center truck parked in your driveway:When you’re Travis Scott and Stormi is still “light-skinneded” as hell:When you think you’re a tough guy and can fight anybody:When you try to tone your thug image down hoping the judge gives you probation:When you’re a strong black woman who knows her worth:When you work at Chick-fil-A vs. working at McDonald’s:When you work at McDonald’s and have to tell customers for the 1 billionth time the ice cream machine is down:When you’re an usher at a black church:When you’re waiting for Hurricane Florence:When you’re Snoop Dogg in “Baby Boy”:When you’re Smokey from “Friday”:When you’re Joe Budden and don’t like to see young rappers having fun:When you’re every damn body:When you snitch on your weed man after he raises the prices on you:when you watching your plug get arrested coincidentally after telling you the prices went up — nope (@LilNasX) Meet “Young Rolf,” Young Dolph’s twin brother:Niggas turned Rolf into Young Dolph, I hate y’all forreal — Lip Gallagher (@tonestradamus) When you’re tired of being memed to death:How Rolf lookin at all the memes of him “Look how they do the son of a shepherd” — Lamar Jackson fan account (@1R0TIMI) is a post from:
September 15, 2018
Floyd Mayweather wants a rematch with Manny Pacquiao.The undefeated boxing champ, whose record is 50-0, says he is coming out of retirement to fight Pacquiao for a nine-figure sum in December.Mayweather, after running into Pacquiao Saturday (Sep. 15) in Japan announced the news via Instagram just moments ago: “I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year another 9 figure pay day on the way.”Mayweather’s last “comeback” boxing match was in August 2017 when he beat the crap out of UFC fighter Conor McGregor, winning the 12-round match in 10 rounds with a TKO. Mayweather reportedly brought home $300 million for that fight, which recorded the second highest pay-per-view buy rate in history with 4.6 million purchases.Mayweather fought Pacquiao in 2015 after going back and forth with him for years. That fight lasted for 12 rounds, with Mayweather winning by unanimous decision (two judges scored it 116 to 112 and the third scored it 118-110).Even though the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight was considered to be one of the most anticipated sporting events in history, it was largely considered a letdown by audiences and critics alike.Mayweather agreed, two years later while on a press tour for the McGregor fight that he felt like he owed boxing fans for the disappointing match against Pacquiao.“I’ve talked about this before: I feel like I owe the fans since me and Pacquiao didn’t give the fans a blockbuster,” he said. is a post from:
September 15, 2018
Tonight, ABC’s 20/20 will be covering the tragic death of 16-year-old Central High School student Emma Walker who was shot in her sleep by her ex-boyfriend William Riley Gaul in November 2016.Emma was a very popular and well-liked cheerleader at her school, while Gaul was a top student, who was a bit on the nerdy side, but was also a football player and enjoyed video games.Following Emma’s death, Gaul tried to cover up his involvement in the case until he revealed too much information to his close friends, who were able to help authorities find him guilty of her murder.Here’s what you need to know about Emma Walker, Riley Gau, and Emma’s 2016 murder.Riley Gaul was liked by Emma Walker’s parents.Emma Walker’s parents didn’t think much of their daughter’s relationship with Riley Gaul. They saw Gaul as a good kid and never deemed him as a threat to their daughter.“Boy next door. He came in very polite, very nice in the beginning. He was very likable,” Emma’s mother Jill Walker said.Her father Mark Walker said they even allowed them to spend quite a good bit of time together.“I thought he was a very nice looking young man, well-mannered,” Mr. Walker said. “We would let them have some supervised visitation… He could come over to the house… they would meet up after football games… to eat, and things like that.”Emma’s friends noticed Riley was very controlling over her.At first, Emma’s friends thought Riley was just a shy guy, but after a while, they begin noticing his controlling ways.“[Gaul], he didn’t really talk to us, her friends, a lot. But I was just like, ‘Oh he’s shy’… it just seemed normal,” One of Walker’s closest friends, Keegan Lyle said. “But then, after a while, was when we got kind of concerned.”“He became kind of controlling over her, what she did, her activities,” she continued.Another one of Emma’s friends Lauren Hutton said Riley became clingy over Emma and wanted her all to himself.“He got more possessive and more clingy towards her, and wouldn’t let her do certain things,” Hutton said.As the relationship progressed, Emma’s parents started to notice red flags in their relationship as well. Emma’s mother Jill Walker said after the two had been dating for a while, Riley began to dictate to her daughter on what clothing she could and could not wear, so much to the point that she questioned her daughter about how he was treating her.Mrs. Walker said things really took a turn for the worse when Riley started waiting outside of Emma’s job at the supermarket for hours. “He would just wait outside for hours,” she said.Even Emma’s friends recalled the two having huge fights over social media and text messages, and were known as the couple to break up and makeup all the time.But what really became concerning to Emma’s mother, and would affect any parent, was when Riley began referring to their daughter as being dead in a Snapchat message, which she said Riley later tried to make seem like he posted the message out of anger.“We, on one occasion, saw one that said I’ll see your name in the obituary. He wrote that to her, and we questioned him about it… and he said, ‘I was just angry.’ … and that’s when I started to get many more red flags,” Jill said.Emma’s parents went to wake her up one morning and found her dead. On a Monday morning in November 2016, Walker’s parents followed their regular routine of waking their daughter up for school, but this time only to find her unresponsive.“I went in there to wake her up, which it’s usually very easy to wake her up. And said her name, didn’t hear anything. Bumped her leg, didn’t hear anything. Then, looked at her face and realized, and checked for a pulse and couldn’t find anything. I don’t remember a whole lot from that. I know I called 911,” Jill said during her interview with ABC News’ “20/20.”When police arrived on the scene, they found a bullet hole in the wall of her room and they also discovered two bullets had been fired into the room. Emma had been shot in the head with a 9mm handgun, one bullet striking her behind her left ear and the other lodged in her pillow.Riley Gaul instantly became a suspect in the case. Knox County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Allen Merritt, the lead detective in the case, told “20/20″ that everyone kept naming Riley as the person of interest.“Everybody kept giving us the name Riley Gaul, because of their relationship, because they had seen the way that Riley had treated her, the way he’d talk to her,” Merrit said.Walker had also recently ended her relationship with Gaul, but he was still contacting her after she broke things off. Gaul had also started acting very strangely over them parting ways and Emma was determined this time not to take him back.Days leading up to Walker’s death, she received an anonymous text saying that Gaul was kidnapped.Before being shot to death, Emma was sent text messages telling her that Riley was kidnapped and that she would have to cooperate in order for him not to be hurt.“Go to your car with your keys,” the text read. “I’ve got someone you love. If you don’t comply I will hurt him. We have him now,” one of the messages read.“If you don’t care about him anymore then it shouldn’t bother you. Call the police, and he dies. Your choice… If you’d like to hear his final screams, give me a call. He’s in a ditch beside [the] house. It’s a shame you can all of a sudden not value someone’s life,” read another text she received.Emma was suspicious Riley was behind the text messages the whole time, and shortly after receiving the messages, she found him in a ditch outside her friend’s home. The next morning, an unknown man dressed in black showed up to her home banging on her door, and less than 48 hours later, she was found dead.A friend of Riley’s later confirmed he was the man dressed in black.The bullets in the gun that killed Emma matched a gun that was owned by Riley’s grandfather.The same weekend Emma was killed, Riley’s friend Alex McCarty said Riley confided in him that he had stolen his grandfather’s gun for protection and that someone was out to get him and Emma.“He ended up telling me that he was so fearful for his life that he had stolen his grandfather’s gun, and he showed it to me,” McCarty said. “I held it in my hand that night.”“I was very worried. He reassured me over and over again that he was the farthest thing from suicidal,” McCarty continued. “He was just so scared of these people who were out to get him, were out to get Emma.”McCarty and others told detectives about the gun Gaul had and how he feared people were out to get him. After speaking with Knox County Sheriff’s Office detectives, Gaul denied ever showing McCarty his grandfather’s gun and later question McCarty on why he told authorities about the gun.Gaul also tried to convince McCarty and friends to not speak to the police anymore and told them he was going to get rid of the gun, which finally led them to believe that he was responsible for Emma’s murder.“He was like, ‘The only thing we can do is I’ll just have to get rid of it. I have to get rid of the gun in order for me not to get pinned for something that I didn’t do, in order for me not to go to jail for something that I didn’t do, I have to get rid of this weapon,’” said McCarty. “That’s when I knew, like, he did it.”Gaul’s friends offered to help police find the murder weapon.McCarty and another one of Gaul’s friends Noah Walton both knew if they could help authorities find the gun Gaul had in his possession it would easily identify Gaul as the murder suspect. The shell casings at the murder scene were from a 9mm handgun, which matched the same gun Gaul showed them he stole from his grandfather.Authorities warned the two men of the dangers and concerns of trying to help find the murder weapon, but the two were all in.“Those two young men contacted us and asked if they could help us get what they believed to be the murder weapon back,” Knox County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Allen Merrit told ’20/20.’ Obviously, there’s concerns for their safety. We went over all that with them and they were still adamant, very adamant that they wanted to do this. They understood the dangers and the concerns, but they wanted to do it.”In order to make the mission successful, detectives wired the two teens up with microphones, a transmitter where police could listen in, and a video camera hidden in a key fob, and planned out a sting operation to recover the potential murder weapon.McCarty and Walton invited Gaul over to play video games to get some information out of him, but instead of getting a confession, Gaul denied killing Emma and tried to get his friends to tell authorities they were on LSD and alcohol and did not give accurate information when they spoke to authorities.“He basically wanted to nullify all our previous statements by saying we were under the influence and we didn’t know what we were talking about,” said Walton. “I was like, ‘Okay, sure, bro, my bad. I didn’t know I was going to get you in trouble.’”Gaul then decided to go by his grandfather’s house along with McCarty and Walton to get the gun and dispose of it at the Bluffs, a wooded area by the Tennessee River. Gaul went inside his grandfather’s house and came out with a black bag with the gun inside, but was hesitant to show them McCarty and Walton the gun.Eventually, Gaul showed them the gun and through a code word they were able to notify the police who were waiting on standby the whole time.Cops arrived at the scene and arrested Gaul, who was freaking out about getting caught.“He’s just freaking out. He’s swearing left and right. He says, ‘I can’t go to jail. I can’t go to jail,’” recalled Walton.Riley Gaul was hit with several charges for the murder of Emma Walker. After being arrested and somewhere near 30 witnesses testifying against him, Gaul was charged with first-degree murder, stalking, theft, reckless endangerment and being in possession of a firearm during a dangerous felony. He was also sentenced to life in prison.Gaul’s attorney argued in court that he had never meant to kill Emma Walker, but had fired the gun to try to scare her and get her attention. He also said Gaul denies being the mysterious “man dressed in black” who was on Walker’s doorstep.“He never intended to cause her harm, never intended to cause her death,” Wesley Stone, Gaul’s attorney told ’20/20′ in his first ever interview. “It’s been in his heart. It’s been in his mind. It’s been in just everything about him. Every day for the rest of his life, wherever that may be, he will have to live with that reality.”Riley apologized to Emma’s parents, but still acts like the whole situation was accidental. “I’m sorry I took Emma away from you, that I robbed you of the experience of watching your daughter grow up,” Riley told Emma’s parents in court. “What I can do is tell the truth about that night… I wanted to scare her… I never meant to take Emma’s life. Again I am sorry.”Meanwhile, his friends think his sentencing was more than fair.“Take a life, give a life. It’s exactly what he deserves, honestly,” said McCarty. is a post from:
September 15, 2018
Rihanna’s muse Slick Woods stole the show Wednesday (Sep. 12) when she strutted down the runway for Ri’s Savage X Fenty Fashion Show, not just because of her fierce look at nine months pregnant, but because of what happened after she went backstage at the New York Fashion Week event.:It went down Wednesday night at the Savage X Fenty show in Brooklyn, NY. Slick Woods was super pregnant as she rocked black pasties and lingerie with cutouts … along with nude-colored, thigh-high pantyhose.The crowd loved it, but just as the 22-year-old walked backstage, we’re told she went into labor. We’re told paramedics showed up to help Slick along. She was taken to the nearest hospital.Slick later took to Instagram to share the announcement of her son’s birth, and she also revealed that she was actually in labor while walking the lingerie runway show.“This is the face of a WOMAN IN LABOR,” she wrote. “We hold shit down most of us don’t even know how much we’re going through, I’m here to say I CAN DO WHATEVER THE F*** I WANT WHENEVER THE F*** I WANT AND SO CAN YOU.”Though Woods hasn’t confirmed the baby’s name, the model previously revealed that she planned to go with the name Saphir in an . The boy’s father, Adonis Bosso, is also a model.A huge congrats goes out to Slick Woods for her epic runway walk and the birth of her new son! is a post from:
September 15, 2018
Mac Miller was reportedly dead for several hours before someone discovered his body in the bedroom of his Los Angeles home and 911 was called.When cops and paramedics arrived at the rapper’s home last Friday (Sep. 7), they determined that the Pittsburgh rapper had been dead long before they got there, l.According to the gossip site, Mac’s friends were at his house partying the night before his death, and they stayed there until the early hours of Friday morning. Miller’s body was found Friday around noon.The 26-year-old rapper died of a suspected overdose and was pronounced dead at the scene. Police found a small amount of white powder when they searched the home, TMZ reported, adding that the house was possibly “swept clean” to hide any evidence of drug use.A cause of death for Mac has yet to officially be determined. An autopsy has been performed and his body has been released to his family, however, a cause of death won’t be announced until after toxicology test results come back, which take anywhere from four to six weeks. is a post from:
September 14, 2018
A Tekashi 6ix9ine fan got the beatdown of a lifetime after he tried to attack the rapper on stage during a recent concert in Russia.Video footage from the show in Moscow Thursday surfaced online showing a guy rushing 6ix9ine from the side of the stage clearly trying to knock him over.While the guy did get to lay hands on Tekashi, it didn’t take long for the rapper’s security to intervene and drag him to the back for a good ol’ fashioned a**-whoopin. The video shows Tekashi’s bodyguards stomping the guy out as he lays helpless on the ground.Fortunately, Tekashi wasn’t involved in the physical altercation that ensued, and he has his security team to thank for that. It’s a good thing he didn’t get involved too, considering all the legal issues he’s currently dealing with.Tekashi walked away from the incident unscathed, as seen in an Instagram live video in which he described exactly what went down.“The kid tried to run on stage,” Tekashi explained. “You remember the video when n****s ran on stage when [XXXTentacion] was performing and tried to knock him out? Well, the n***a tried to do some bozo sh** like that, and got packed out. And that’s what happened.”He added, “I don’t want people to think we just out here beating people up. The kid tried to f***in’ play stupid…” is a post from:
September 14, 2018
Police say six people are dead after a Wednesday night (Sep. 12).According to reports, the gunman killed five people, including his wife, before turning the gun on himself.A motive for the killing spree has not been disclosed, however, Lt. Mark King of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office said “there’s a strong indication” that it was a case of domestic violence.The names of the victims and the deceased gunman have not been released.Hall ambulance leaving the scene of a deadly shooting on Weedpatch Hwy. with multiple victims. KCSO says there is no outstanding suspect. We are waiting for a breakdown of all the details in a press conference. Stay with — Alyssa Flores (@alyssa_flores) Just before 5:30 p.m. PT, the unidentified gunman showed up at a trucking business with his wife and confronted another man.“The suspect, the husband, shot the person at the trucking company and then turned and shot his wife” before chasing and shooting another man who showed up, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood .Dispatchers received multiple calls about the shooting, which occurred in the 600 block of Manwell Boulevard in Bakersfield, California—an agricultural town about 90 miles north of Los Angeles. A Kern County sheriff’s deputy stands near an area where one of the shooting victims lies (right) in Bakersfield.The gunman then went to a home where he shot and killed a man and a woman, Sheriff Youngblood said. 911 Dispatchers received calls about that shooting, and when police arrived at the home, in the 9400 block of Breckenridge Road, they found the man and woman dead. The suspect had fled the scene by the time police arrived.The gunman then carjacked a woman who was driving her child. The woman and child escaped, Youngblood said, and the woman called the police to give them a description of her vehicle. The suspect was later spotted on the highway by a sheriff’s deputy.When the gunman saw the deputy, he pulled into a parking lot, and after the deputy confronted him at gunpoint, the man fatally shot himself in the chest, Sheriff Youngblood said.About 30 people witnessed the shootings and were interviewed by deputies.Lt. King said other than the wife, he was unaware of the relationship between the suspect and the victims. is a post from:
September 13, 2018
After a brief hiatus (and a well-deserved birthday vacation), Beyoncé resumed her “On The Run II” tour with husband JAY-Z in Dallas, Texas Tuesday night (Sep. 11).But before hitting the stage, Beyoncé spent some quality time with her (VERY PREGNANT) former Destiny’s Child bandmdate LeToya Luckett, who is expecting her first child with husband Tommicus Walker.We all know the story … Luckett and LaTavia Roberson were kicked out of Destiny’s Child in 2000 amid drama with management (aka Beyoncé’s father Mathew Knowles) right before the group became a household name.LeToya and LaTavia were quickly replaced by Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin, but didn’t find out until after the video for “Say My Name” premiered on television. Franklin was later ousted from the group as well after she missed too many shows and didn’t really “mesh” well with the other group members, and they decided to keep the group as a trio with just Beyoncé, Kelly and Michelle.But it looks like all of that is behind them now, as Beyoncé reunited with LeToya and shared a photo of them hugging on her official website. Mama Tina reposted the photo on her Instagram page, writing “Congratulations Letoya you are gonna be the best mommy.”With Beyoncé being a mother of three, perhaps she’ll have some helpful advice to share when LeToya gives birth—which, judging by the size of her baby bump, will be soon. is a post from:
September 13, 2018
Ariana Grande is reportedly “distraught” over the shocking death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller.A that “she completely broke down after she found out about Mac.” The insider added: “She can’t believe he isn’t here anymore. He was such a special person to her. She is very, very sad … This is a nightmare for her.”Mac Miller was found dead of a suspected drug overdose on Friday morning (Sep. 7) at his home in Studio City, California. A cause of death hasn’t been determined yet (pending toxicology results), but sources say the 26-year-old rapper had gone into cardiac arrest after appearing to suffer a drug overdose.The day after Miller’s death, Ariana honored him on her Instagram account by sharing a black-and-white photo with no caption.Grande and Miller, who collaborated on her 2013 single “The Way,” went public with their romance in September 2016. They split back in April after two years together.After news of Miller and Grande’s split broke in May, on drunk driving and hit-and-run charges. That same week, Grande was attacked by Miller’s fans who blamed her for his relapse. Grande responded, revealing her “toxic relationship” with Miller as he struggled with his demons.“I am not a babysitter or a mother and no woman should feel that they need to be. I have cared for him and tried to support his sobriety & prayed for his balance for years (and always will of course) but shaming / blaming women for a man’s inability to keep his s— together is a very major problem,” she wrote. “Of course I didn’t share about how hard or scary it was while it was happening but it was. I will continue to pray from the bottom of my heart that he figures it all out and that any other woman in this position does as well.”After news broke of Miller’s death, Grande was forced to turn off her Instagram comments after internet trolls blamed her for his suspected overdose. But, according to a close friend of Miller’s, Ariana was actually very supportive throughout Miller’s journey to sobriety while they were dating.“Ariana and him were together and they were very much in love and I have to say, she was incredible when he was first sobering up,” ‘The Shane Show.’ “She was a f***ing G to him. There could not have been anybody more supportive of him being sober than Ariana. I saw that, I was around it, I took phone calls from her. ‘How do I help? What do I do?’ This little girl was unbelievably involved and helpful to him being healthy.”Powers added, “Whether he’s an addict or not, the way that Mac partied was not healthy. [And] there was no one in his life more ready to go to the wall for him when it came to him being sober. She was an unbelievably stabilizing force in his life and she was deeply helpful and effective in keeping Mac sober and helping him get sober. She was all about him being healthy. Period.” is a post from:
September 13, 2018
Not much has changed about Donald Trump over the years.17 years ago, on September 11th, 2001—infamously known as “9/11″—Donald Trump just hours after the Twin Towers collapsed. And it wasn’t even true.Over the years, Trump has made a number of false and tone-deaf remarks regarding the worst terror attack on U.S. soil, but we don’t think anything can top what he said the day of the attack itself.In the hours following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the real estate mogul called into a New York radio station and made a very distasteful comment about how his 40 Wall Street building was Manhattan’s tallest skyscraper now that the World Trade Centers had been reduced to ash and rubble.“40 Wall Street actually was the second-tallest building in downtown Manhattan, and it was actually, before the World Trade Center, was the tallest—and then, when they built the World Trade Center, it became known as the second-tallest,” he said. “And now it’s the tallest.”17 years ago, today, Donald Trump bragged about how his building was now the tallest one in downtown Manhattan since the Twin Towers fell. — Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) Not only was that a ridiculous thing to say on the day thousands of Americans lost their lives, but it was also ridiculously false. According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, the 70 Pine Street building is about 25 feet higher than 40 Wall Street, with the former being 952 feet tall, and the latter being 927 feet tall.Trump also claimed $150,000 from the government’s 9/11 fund, money that was originally set aside to help small businesses cover “rent loss” and “repairs,” claiming that Trump Tower was damaged. Guess what: it wasn’t.More than a decade later, Trump (who by then was a reality TV star and host of The Apprentice) tweeted a bizarre message out to the “haters and losers” on the anniversary of the attack.“I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the losers and haters, on this special date,” he wrote in 2013.“: I would like to extend my best wishes to all, even the haters and losers, on this special date, September 11th.”— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Two years later, in November 2015, during his presidential election campaign, Trump notoriously in New Jersey as the Twin Towers collapsed.“I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down, and I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down,” he said at a rally in Birmingham, Alabama.Trump later claimed the cheers came from areas with “large Arab populations,” however, many residents of New Jersey and police representatives have refuted the ridiculous claim.He also claimed to have lost “hundreds” of friends in the 9/11 attacks, which would mean that he knew around one in ten of the nearly 3,000 people who died. Meanwhile, he’s he lost in the tragedy.Trump has also insisted that he would have handled terrorism better than his predecessors George Bush and Bill Clinton, saying both of them failed to prevent the attack.He also said 9/11 never would have happened under his immigration policy, despite the fact that 15 of the 19 terrorists involved in the attacks were actually citizens of Saudi Arabia—a country that was not a part of his travel ban.“Those people that knocked down the World Trade Centre most likely under the Trump policy wouldn’t have been here to knock down the World Trade Centre, just so you understand,” .And we can’t forget about April 2017 when in an interview with the Associated Press about his first 100 days in the White House, he boasted that his TV ratings at the time were higher than those for 9/11 news coverage.“It’s the highest [ratings] for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center,” he said of the CBS show that is actually called Face the Nation. “Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage.”Yesterday, on the 17th anniversary of 9/11, Trump was called out on Twitter for his extremely minimal tweet recognizing the tragedy.He simply wrote: “17 years since September 11th” to commemorate a day in which thousands of American lives were lost.17 years since September 11th!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) And Twitter users were quick to let him know how much of a trash tweet it was.Thanks. We’re aware — Dusty (@DustinGiebel) A lot of presidents would use this day to honor the dead, rather than prove they have the ability to count.— James Felton (@JimMFelton) Why do you put an exclamation point like it’s something to be excited about? It’s a sad day of remembrance. You have no humanity.— Elaine #TeamPelosi (@never_martha) Him do good math— tc (@toddcnyc) So you can tweet long paragraphs about your “Witch Hunt” but that’s all you can say about 9/11?— Emily Benz (@ebenzzz_94) Someone even pointed out how he looked as he arrived at a ceremony in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the site of the United 93 crash:This is an embarrassment.Who acts like this ?Its supposed to be a somber moment This is Trump ~ showing up in Shanksville, PA. for the 9/11 ceremony.Expand the photo to look at his face.He’s out of his mind.Woodward named his book tight.We should all be in FEAR — Dani ?Deciphering Trump’s Lies (@Dommy00785548) For comparison’s sake, this is what a tweet from the POTUS about 9/11 should look like:We will always remember everyone we lost on 9/11, thank the first responders who keep us safe, and honor all who defend our country and the ideals that bind us together. There's nothing our resilience and resolve can’t overcome, and no act of terror can ever change who we are.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) is a post from:
September 12, 2018
A story about a man who accidentally burned his house down after setting his Nike shoes on fire in protest over the company’s ties with Colin Kaepernick is 100% fake news, .Following Nike’s announcement on Labor Day 2018 (Mon, Sep. 3) that controversial free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick would be part of the company’s ‘Just Do It’ 30th-anniversary ad campaign, the hashtag quickly became a trending topic.BREAKING: Nike had been paying Colin Kaepernick all along, waiting for the right moment. That moment is now, as he becomes the face of the company’s 30th anniversary of the “Just Do It” campaign. — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) Disgruntled consumers then took to social media to show that they would no longer be supporting the brand by , mostly by fireFirst the forces me to choose between my favorite sport and my country. I chose country. Then forces me to choose between my favorite shoes and my country. Since when did the American Flag and the National Anthem become offensive? — Sean Clancy (@sclancy79) . Due to your support of C.K. in your coming adds, I as an American can no longer support your company. — AlterAtYeshiva (@alteratyeshiva) So this created a perfect storm for someone to come up with some fake news. One person created a viral Facebook post that made it look like he by setting his Nike shoes on fire while he was wearing them.Then the joined in on the “let’s make sh** up” fun by posting an article saying that a Florida man had accidentally burned his house by down while trying to burn a pair of Nike sneakers over the company’s public support of Colin Kaepernick. The article even had a picture of a white man with a tattoo on his forehead that reads “racist” to make the story seem more plausible.A Florida man has been arrested after he reportedly accidentally burned his home down by attempting to burn a pair of Nike sneakers in protest of their latest Colom Kaepernick Ad.According to authorities, Jason Helms, 26, placed a pair of Nike sneakers in his garage and soaked them in Kerosene before lighting them on fire. The fire ended up spreading to the the garage walls and ceiling before spreading to his actual home. All in protest against Nike, who recently made an Ad featuring controversial NFL star Colin Kaepernick and reading: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything… Just do it”. “Don’t burn your Nike gear” says police officer Don Greestien, “just send them over to me”.Jason Helms also has a history of race related crimes in the past and is now being charged with Arson and reckless endangerment and can face up to a few years in prison.That same article was also published on other sites imitating the appearance and domains of real news organizations such as the Fox News Channel and USA Today, and with the location changed from Florida to Rochester, NY and Bartlesville, OK.The bogus story went viral on Facebook and has been shared thousands of times. Facebook users were quick to joke about swift “karma” or the alleged victim’s intelligence, but there’s one problem: . is a post from:
September 12, 2018
Just days after her , Nicki Minaj comes through with the release of the official music video for “Barbie Dreams,” the latest single from her Queen album.Directed by Hype Williams, the colorful visual finds Nicki in an array sexy outfits, while puppets play the roles of some of the many rappers she name drops throughout the record, including Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled, Meek Mill, Tekashi 6ix9ine and more.The standout track from Minaj’s latest album was inspired by Biggie’s Ready to Die class “Just Playing (Dreams),” and Nicki has made it clear that it’s not meant to be a diss track.“I only mentioned people in #BarbieDreams that I fuk wit. This isn’t a diss,” she tweeted the day Queen dropped. “Yikes. This is culture, this is BIGGIE!!!!! New York!!!! This is FUN. Light hearted fun FUN.”I only mentioned people in that I fuk wit. This isn’t a diss. Yikes. This is culture, this is BIGGIE!!!!! New York!!!! This is FUN. Light hearted fun FUN— QUEEN (@NICKIMINAJ) The “Barbie Dreams” video follows visuals for “Chun-Li,” “Barbie Tingz,” “Bed” and “Ganga Burn” from Nicki’s album Queen, which debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. is a post from:
September 11, 2018
The word on the curb is that Taraji P. Henson is pregnant at the age of 47!According to internet reports, the “Empire” actress attended the U.S. Open this weekend with her former NFL star fiancé Kelvin Hayden, and people close to them were saying that Taraji was “acting pregnant.”And how on earth do you “act pregnant,” you ask? Well, apparently, all you have to do is stop drinking, and BOOM, folks will say, “Yep, she’s deflee preggo!”Now, to be fair, this news comes from Media Take Out, so it’s to be taken with a huge grain of salt, but they claim to have “credible” insiders who say that Henson is 100% with child.One insider told the outlet, “Taraji did not drink, and [Kelvin] was walking her around arm-in-arm. They were acting like she was pregnant.”Another insider who saw Taraji inside a luxury suite at the event told MTO, “She had a clear belly bump, and ate everything within arms reach. But no alcohol. Yeah, she’s pregnant.”Taraji and the former Indianapolis Colts cornerback were excited to attend the tennis event, and she even took to Instagram to mark the special occasion. “Just us just living our lives putting [a check] on our bucket list,” she wrote in the caption.In the photo, Taraji was rocking a black bomber jacket and matching black pants, which fueled the pregnancy rumors, since black is a slimming color and a bomber jacket will definitely hide a growing baby bump.Whether or not the pregnancy rumors are true remains to be seen, but, as most of her fans know, Taraji is already the mother of an adult son, 23-year-old Marcel Johnson.Taraji and Kelvin confirmed they were dating back in December of last year, and they announced their engagement in May of this year, around Mother’s Day.Taraji has spoken about having more kids in the past. She once told Essence that she was “open” to the idea if she were to ever come across the right man.Taraji was ecstatic over the proposal and she took to social media at the time to post: “I said yes ya’ll!!! He started with the Cartier love bracelet BUT that was my #MothersDay gift and then he dropped to his knee and I almost passed out!!! #sheisofficiallyoffthemarket and she is sooooooooooooo HAPPY!!!!!! #GODIS”Asked whether whether we would be hearing wedding bells in the future, Taraji told Entertainment Tonight back in May: “People are hitting me up. It’s starting to get overwhelming, and we’re thinking, we’re talking a year from now, and I know how fast that’s going to go, so it’s a lot. I’m trying to just enjoy being blissfully engaged for a minute.” is a post from:
September 11, 2018
Naomi Osaka, born October 16th, 1997, is an American-Japanese professional tennis player who defeated Serena Williams in the final of the U.S. Open on Saturday (Sep. 8).Her older sister, Mari Osaka, is also a professional tennis player, and together, the two sisters represent the three cultures they were raised with: American, Japanese and Haitian.Here’s what you need to know about Naomi Osaka and her family:Naomi Osaka’s father, Leonard François, is Haitian and her mother, Tamaki Osaka, is Japanese.Naomi Osaka was born in Ch??-ku, Osaka, Japan, to a Japanese mother, Tamaki Osaka, and a Haitian father, Leonard “San” François.In Nemuro—a city and port located in Hokkaido, Japan—where Naomi’s mother, Tamaki grew up, Tamaki wasn’t used to seeing people who didn’t like her. But that all changed after she started attending high school in Sapporo, Hokkaido’s capital, where she met “a handsome college student from New York,” explains. That handsome college student, who attended NYU, was Leonard Maxime François, who was Haitian by birth and “one of only a handful of black men in all of Hokkaido,” according to the Times.The culture divide between Osaka’s parents led to a number of difficulties in the beginning of their relationship. For instance, Tamaki told the NY New York Times that her father was furious when he found that she was dating a black man and chastised her for bringing disgrace on the family.The couple then moved to Osaka, where both Tamaki, and Francois, whose Japanese was improving, found work and got married.As a result of her interracial relationship, Tamaki did not have any contact with her family for over a decade.Naomi’s sister, Mari Osaka, is also a professional tennis player.Much like her U.S. Open opponent Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka’s sister, Mari, is also a professional tennis player.In fact, Naomi and Mari Osaka have been compared to the Williams sisters on multiple occasions. W Magazine ran a feature in their July 2018 issue titled, “.”W Magazine‘s Brooke Marine wrote:“Though Naomi has just been shockingly knocked out of the 16th round of Wimbledon, at just 20 years old, the tennis star has been a professional for nearly five years… Now, the Osaka sisters follow in the footsteps of Venus and Serena Williams, as two young sisters who are making waves in the field of professional tennis, and crushing their competition both on the court and on social media.”Mari, who is Naomi’s older sister by just 18 months, is in the women’s singles rankings.Naomi and Mari Osaka both took their mother’s last name, instead of their father’s.In Japan, a country that is racially homogenous, the Osaka sisters are considered h?fu, which is Japanese for biracial.Instead of taking their father’s last name, the girls used their mother’s last name “Otaku,” a Japanese surname that that is coincidentally the same name as their birth city, because it made their lives easier for things like enrolling in schools and renting apartments.The Osaka family moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida in 2006 when Naomi was three years old so that they could focus on tennis full time.Mari Osaka can speak Japanese fluently, while Naomi can only speak it partially.Leonard François trained his daughters and was inspired by Richard Williams, father of Venus & Serena Williams.Another way the Osaka sisters can be compared to the Williams sisters is the manner in which they received their tennis training.While watching a broadcast of the French Open in 1999, when the girls were just toddlers, Leonard François became inspired by Richard Williams, the father of Venus and Serena Williams. The Williams sister teamed up to win the doubles title that year, and at that moment, François hatched a plan to turn his daughters into champions.François had played a little tennis in his earlier years, but Williams, who coached his daughters, had played none at all, so François felt like if Williams could do it, he definitely could. “The blueprint was already there,” François said.And it looks like François’ strategy has paid off big time, considering Naomi beat Serena Williams in the 2018 U.S. Open. Serena also as a “really good, talented player. Very dangerous.”Naomi Osaka represents the country of Japan on the court.Even though she has lived in the United States for most of her life, since the age of three, to be exact, Naomi Osaka plays tennis for Japan. Her father made that decision long ago due to the competition amongst American tennis player,s plus she could command more money as a Japanese player. The NY Times’ Brook Larmer writes:“Osaka has been embraced by Japanese media, companies and fans hungering for a female tennis star. Nissin, one of the world’s largest instant-noodle companies, has already signed her to a lucrative deal, as has Wowow, the tennis channel that broadcasts her matches in Japan. The Osaka camp plans to announce a large new endorsement deal before the U.S. Open, and other Japanese multinationals are circling. Osaka’s biggest payday may come at the end of the year, when her Adidas shoe-and-apparel contract expires — just in time for the prelude to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.“If Osaka played under the American flag, it’s very unlikely that these opportunities would exist. Japanese companies would have no reason to court her and U.S. brands would have other higher-ranked young guns to consider, like Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens. But as Japan’s top-ranked player, Osaka has the full attention of the country’s top brands, whose sponsorship fees can run far higher than those of their Western counterparts.”Asked what it felt like growing up in a multi-cultural heritage household, Osaka said, “I don’t necessarily feel like I’m American. I wouldn’t know what that feels like.”About her Japanse culture, Osaka , “Japanese culture? I love everything about it. . . . America, I live here. I train in Florida. . . . And Haiti, if you’ve ever met a Haitian person, they are really positive, and literally if you’re friends with them, then they will do anything for you. That’s something that is a really good trait, and I’m really happy that my grandparents and my dad’s side of the family is like that.”On playing Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka has previously said that “” Serena, and hopes to emulate the famous tennis pro. She said, , “I was really impressed by her and wanted to play like her when I was little. Well, I hope I’m starting to play like her now.” is a post from:
September 11, 2018
Cartoonist Mark Knight is catching a lot of heat for his cartoon rendering of Serena Williams, which was published in Monday’s (Sep. 10) edition of Australian tabloid The Herald Sun.The drawing comes after an intense final at the U.S. Open in which the 36-year-old clashed with umpire Carlos Ramos, who accused her of breaking the rules by receiving instruction from her coach in the stand.The United States Tennis Association that Williams was fined $4,000 for the coaching warning, $3,000 for smashing her racket and $10,000 for the “verbal abuse” she directed at Ramos.My toon in today’s on — Mark Knight (@Knightcartoons) Knight’s cartoon shows an extremely exaggerated caricature of Williams, with enlarged lips and a much larger figure, stomping on her tennis racket with a pacifier near her feet, suggesting that her conduct at Sunday’s U.S. match was childish.The image of the 23-time Grand Slam winner has been labeled “racist” and “sexist,” and has drawn anger from all sides of the internet, even compelling Nicki Minaj to give Knight the “C**ksucka Of The Day” award on her “Queen Radio” show.The drawing also showed Ramos saying “Can you just let her win?” to Williams’ opponent Naomi Osaka, who Knight falsely depicted as a small white woman with straight blonde hair. FYI: Naomi Osaka is NOT a small white woman with straight blonde hair. She is of Haitian and Japanese heritage, which has been pointed out by many users on social media who are nowhere near here for this cartoon.The Haitian-Japanese player is blonde? Cool story bro.— Rob AF. (@RobForbesDJ) You manage to be racist on several different levels here, not only in how you depict Serena, but also in erasing Naomi into a skinny blonde. Impressively shitty work.— Ian Rose (@ianrosewrites) Honestly, he went out of his way to make her look like an animal. No way you can tell me someone at his level of skill doesn't see that he exaggerated this dude in a way that at least kept his likeness. Meanwhile, Serena's is so stretched, I wouldn't know it was her at all.— Alla Prima Donna (@krissiscribbles) It’s 2018 how is this cartoon considered ok? This is going back to the early Disney racist disgusting characterizations of Black People. Just dehumanizing. Then, you made into a white girl with blonde hair ? This is not just an insult to but to all Black Women— Etan Thomas (@etanthomas36) How does Mark Knight still have a job? And who approved the cartoon? His racist depiction of is sickening. A sober reminder how far we still have to go.— Chiraag Bains (@chiraagbains) The levels of racism and black caricaturism is astounding. The person who drew this is garbage.— dyango briones (@DyangoB) Nicki Minaj wasn’t the only celebrity to weigh in on the cartoon and call Mark Knight out for creating such a demeaning image to represent a black woman. Author J.K. Rowling also slammed Knight for his picture, calling out its racism and sexism, while ESPN commentator said the drawing was “about as subtle as Fran Drescher’s voice.”Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) About as subtle as Fran Drescher’s voice ????? — Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) In an attempt to defend himself against accusations that he doesn’t hold male tennis players accountable for their outbursts during matches, Knight tweeted out another recent cartoon he’d drawn of male Australian player Nick Kyrgios.“Here’s a cartoon I drew a few days before when Australian male tennis player Kyrgios at the US Open was behaving badly,” Knight tweeted, along with the cartoon. “Don’t bring gender into it when it’s all about behavior. I’ll accept your apology in writing.”Well Julie here’s a cartoon I drew a few days before when Australian male tennis player Kyrgios at the US Open was behaving badly. Don’t bring gender into it when it’s all about behaviour. I’ll accept your apology in writing? — Mark Knight (@Knightcartoons) is a post from:
September 10, 2018
Drake and Meek Mill have been beefing since 2015, with Meek Mill unfortunately on the “wrong” side of the beef. But after appearing onstage together at Drake’s concert in Boston Saturday night (Sep. 9), it looks like the longstanding beef between the two rappers has officially been squashed.Three years after Drake and Meek Mill launched high-profile diss tracks at one another, the two rappers officially put their feud to rest during the Boston, MA stop of Drake’s “Aubrey and the Three Migos” Tour featuring Migos.“I wanna say something right now. This right here is a long time coming. This right here is important. This one of my favorite rappers, for real for real,” Drake told the crowd at Boston’s TD Garden after Meek rapped his famous hype hit ‘Dreams & Nightmares.’ “This is my brother, and that’s how it started, and that’s how we’re gonna finish this sh**, for real. Y’all make some noise for Meek Milly from Philly in the f***ing building!”Drake and Meek’s beef goes back to 2015 when Meek accused Drake of using lyrics from a ghostwriter on a song from his album Dreams Worth More Than Money because Meek was mad that Drake didn’t promote the album.The feud between the two rappers was definitely among the biggest hip-hop stories of 2015, and inspired Drake’s hit single “Back to Back,” which followed his first not so great diss track “Charged Up.” No one really remembers Meek’s diss tracks.The beef continued into the end of January 2016 when Drake dropped “Summer Sixteen,” another track going after Meek. The Philly rapper responded with an easily forgotten verse on Fat Joe and Remy Ma’s “All the Way Up” remix.In 2017, Meek got and was . In an the following May, Meek said that he and Drake had both “moved past” their beef and he appreciated his former foe for backing a campaign for his release from jail.“He put good energy in the air,” Meek said of Drake’s support at the time. “What happened happened. We moved past that. I think we’ll have a conversation next time we see each other, and get it going.”Now it looks like all is definitely well between Drake and Meek Mill. The two were seen in multiple photos and videos posted on social media embracing each other.Drake celebrated his reunion with his old friend on Instagram, writing:This really gave me peace of mind tonight. Healing and moving forward created one of the most electric and gratifying moments of my career. I’m happy that you are home and that we could find our way back to our joint purpose. Cue the Kevin Garnett “anything is possible” adlib). is a post from:
September 10, 2018