A Look at Entertainment
by T.J. Moore –
Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Illinois are interviewing people close to disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly since there are new VHS tapes depicting the singer engaging in sexual acts with minors. According to TMZ, authorities are looking for those new tapes to continue to build multiple cases against Kelly.
In addition to the 10 counts of felony criminal sexual abuse charges, Kelly is being investigated in Illinois for sex trafficking, tax evasion, and obstruction of justice. The obstruction of justice accusations stem from suspicions that parties close to the singer pressured and paid off witnesses to keep them from testifying or cooperating with police.
After the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, the singer’s life began to spiral downward as more and more charges were thrown at him. Chicago police informed Detroit Police that there are allegations he sexually abused a girl there in 2000, which led to a follow-up to the docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly: the Impact, which aired May 4th on Lifetime.
Talk show host Wendy Williams filed for divorce from her husband, Kevin Hunter, last month, but this will not be an acrimonious split at all.
Hunter has reportedly filed legal documents to obtain alimony from Williams. According to TMZ, Hunter is asking for not only spousal support but child support for their 18-year-old son, Kevin Jr. Hunter allegedly wants Williams to pay for their son’s college expenses.
The couple have not yet revealed what led to the demise of their marriage. However, numerous rumors indicated alleged physical and emotional abuse that Williams endured during their 21-year marriage.
Ciara and her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, recently announced that they established their own entertainment and production company. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Why Not You Productions will produce scripted and unscripted television projects that will include “inspiring and aspiring narratives and human interest stories.”
“While we work in different fields in our day to day, we are excited to come together to collaborate and create stories that we know will touch peoples lives,” the Wilsons said in a joint statement. “We are both storytellers at heart and we want to be able to share stories that uplift people and inspire others to create positive change. That’s ultimately what we want this company to represent.”
Rapper TI is ensuring that his late sister is remembered by giving back to students in need.
At the taping of VH1’s Dear Mama: A Love Letter To Mama, the network’s annual tribute for celebrities to honor the special women in their lives, TI honored his late sister, Precious Chapman, his mother, Violetta Morgan, wife Tiny Harris, and his mother-in-law Dianne Cottle-Pope.
During his tribute inside Los Angeles’ Theater Ace Hotel, TI announced the Precious Chapman Scholarship Fund, which awarded Tierani Scott, a junior at Philander Smith College, $25,000.
The ceremony, which was hosted by Blackish’s Anthony Anderson and La La Anthony, also provided an intimate atmosphere for stars such as H.E.R., Ashanti, and Ciara to pay homage to the women in their lives.