Missy Elliott Announces First Ever Headlining Tour

Missy Elliott Announces First Ever Headlining Tour

Missy Elliott, the iconic rapper, singer, songwriter and producer, will embark on her first ever headlining tour this summer.

Kicking off on July 4 in Vancouver, Out of This World: The Missy Elliott Experience Tour also includes Busta Rhymes, Ciara, and longtime collaborator Timbaland. The 24-city concert series is set to make stops in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas, Houston, and Toronto, among others.

“This is an incredible time in my life as I am experiencing so many milestone ‘firsts,’” Elliott said in a statement. “Being the FIRST female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and now going out on my FIRST headline tour,. Fans have been asking me to tour forever but I wanted to wait until I felt the time was right because I knew if I was ever going to do it, I had to do it big, and I had to do it with family!”

News of the tour went live earlier today with a clip that was directed by Dave Meyers, the acclaimed music video director.

 

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The tour is being produced by Live Nation in association with Mona Scott-Young, CEO of Monami Entertainment, and Missy’s longtime manager. The Love & Hip-Hop creator told Variety that Elliott’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was the impetus for the upcoming tour.

“I think that was a seismic moment for her as well, where she realized that this was a goal and a dream that she had been working so hard to attain,” says Scott-Young. “And now that she felt that she had achieved that pinnacle, she wanted to really do this thing that she put off for so long, which was go out on the road.”

Presale for the Out of This World: The Missy Elliott Experience Tour starts Tuesday, with other presales happening throughout the week, followed by general on-sale tickets beginning Friday, April 12.

 



 

Jonathan Majors Sentenced: To Serve 1 Year Domestic Violence and Assault Counseling

Jonathan Majors Sentenced: To Serve 1 Year Domestic Violence and Assault Counseling

Jonathan Majors avoids jail time, being sentenced to one year of domestic violence and assault counseling in case against ex-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari.

Manhattan Judge Michael Gaffey delivered the sentencing Monday morning, ordering Majors to complete a 52 week in-person batterer’s intervention program and continue with his mental health therapy. (ETOnline)

The sentencing comes nearly four months after being found guilty of two misdemeanor counts of harassment and assault against his ex-girlfriend, Grace Jabbari. After a two-week trial, Majors was initially set to be sentenced in January, but it was delayed to April due to motions filed by his legal team. The motions were dismissed last Wednesday, according to Variety.com. Manhattan Judge Michael Gaffey delivered the sentencing Monday morning.

The judge also granted a full protective order for Jabbari. Majors could face a year in jail if terms are violated.


“He is not sorry and has not accepted responsibility. He will do this again. He will hurt another women. This is a man who believes he’s above the law,” Jabbari said in her victim impact statement, “I had a career and life and body, all of which he’s damaged.”

 

What Does Doja Cat's Natural Hair Texture Look Like to You? The Internet Bullies Her Off Instagram

What Does Doja Cat’s Natural Hair Texture Look Like to You? The Internet Bullies Her Off Instagram

Doja Cat usually loves to battle internet trolls, but this time she has seemingly had enough. On Friday, the “Paint The Town Red” released new cover art for her single, “Masc,” on Instagram. It was a close up shot of her tight, bleach blonde curls.

However, it was only a matter of time before rude commenters likened the image to sheep’s wool—and more disturbingly pubic hair. Doja Cat went on Instagram Live to chastise those who disrespected her, right before she disabled the comments on the post.

“I’m seeing a pattern. I’m seeing a consistent pattern in my comments section of people saying is my hair pubic hair, is it carpet or is it sheep’s wool,” she stated. “And it’s not even questions … some people are being like, that’s what it is.”

Ultimately, the 28-year-old artist was over the negativity. “We gotta move forward. Let’s move forward. Let’s grow,” she pleaded. “I can’t tell you what to do. I’m not your f**king parents. I don’t wanna say too much.”

 

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Doja infamously shaved her hair—and her eyebrows—back in 2022, prompting fans to express concern over the star’s behavior. Last month, the emcee said she had enough of social media before deactivating her Instagram account.

She wrote, “hey i’m gonna deactivate because i’m not really feeling this anymore,” in a since-deleted post. Doja Cat added “you guys take care of yourselves. i like coming here to find inspo and see people being creative but i just feel like this is getting to be too much.”

If you ask us, folks were wrong as hell for clowning Doja’s natural hair, which is an inherently powerful statement for Black women. Hopefully, she won’t let the haters get under her skin again.

After DUI Arrests, Tiffany Haddish Reveals Alcohol Isn't Her Problem. It's This ...

After DUI Arrests, Tiffany Haddish Reveals Alcohol Isn’t Her Problem. It’s This …

While things have legally been settled as it relates to Tiffany Haddish’s latest legal issues involving DUIs, the “Girls Trip” star is steal dealing with some form of an aftermath.

In a recent interview on the “The Coversation with Amanda de Cadenet” podcast, Haddish opened up about her sobriety journey following her controversial Thanksgiving 2023 DUI arrest.

As previously reported by The Root, the “Night School” star was arrested in the wee hours on Black Friday morning in Nov. 2023, in Los Angeles after having previously performed at the Laugh Factory in West Hollywood earlier that evening for the club’s 43rd annual free community Thanksgiving feast.

Around 5:45 a.m. PT, someone alerted Beverly Hills Police Department that there was a person stopped in the middle of Beverly Drive, with the driver reportedly “slumped over the wheel” while the car was still running. When police showed up, they found Haddish and she was subsequently taken to jail without incident for suspicion of driving under the influence. No one was injured in the incident.

As a result, the “Like a Boss” star pleaded no contest to reckless driving and took a plea deal which resulted in her getting the two misdemeanor charges dropped altogether. Her charges were reduced down to “wet reckless,” which means Haddish’s license won’t be suspended like it would have been had she actually been officially charged with a DUI.

In a statement to People, Haddish’s attorney said at the time: “Ms. Haddish has agreed to a simple vehicle code violation (not driving under the influence, which has been dismissed) and looks forward to this being behind her.”

Now, in this latest intervew, Haddish shared how she’s been taking charge of her health and getting a grip on her relationship with alcohol, which she describes as not her “not that hard.”

“It’s not that hard because it wasn’t really like my main thing anyway,” Haddish explained. “You know what I found out my main thing is? Meat, chicken, beef… and candy.”

Later, when asked if she considered herself sober, Haddish said: “I consider myself being obedient to the law. It’s court mandated. Two years, I’ve been waiting for my hearing in Georgia, and what happened in LA triggered Georgia.”

The “Nobody’s Fool” star also touched on her relationship with smoking weed, explaining that she only did so to help with her endometriosis diagnosis. However, now she’s embarked on a more raw vegan regimen as a replacement.

Additionally, a source close to Haddish told Page Six that the comedian was “serious about her sobriety” and “very into her health right now. She’s going through her changes and is doing amazing.”

Dawn Staley Is A True Trailblazer In Basketball And Coaching

Dawn Staley Is A True Trailblazer In Basketball And Coaching

Dawn Staley’s journey from the courts of her childhood to the pinnacle of basketball is one defined by perseverance, talent, and an unyielding dedication to the game. She’s been a trailblazer both on and off the court, blazing an incredible path as a WNBA basketball star and as a coach with the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Born on May 4, 1970, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Staley’s passion for basketball was evident from an early age. Despite facing numerous obstacles, she rose to become one of the most influential figures in women’s basketball history.

Staley’s basketball career began to take shape during her time at Dobbins Technical High School, where she quickly established herself as a standout player. 

According to the Pennsylvania Center of The Book, Staley led her team to three consecutive public league championships, and by her senior year, she had earned the prestigious title of USA Today’s National High School Player of the Year. Staley’s exceptional passing skills and athletic prowess caught the attention of college recruiters across the nation, with many vying to secure her talents. Ultimately, she made the pivotal decision to join the ranks of the Cavaliers at the University of Virginia (UVA).

During her collegiate career, Staley’s talent and leadership were undeniable. She led the Virginia Cavaliers to three Final Four appearances and was named the ACC Player of the Year three times. Staley’s impact went beyond statistics; her fierce competitiveness and ability to elevate the play of those around her set her apart as a true leader.

After college, Staley continued to excel in the sport, both as a player and a coach. She enjoyed a successful career in the WNBA, where she played for the Charlotte Sting and Houston Comets, and earned numerous accolades, including six All-Star selections and an Olympic gold medal. 

In March 2017, Dawn Staley, a revered coach with an illustrious career, was appointed to helm the USA Basketball Women’s National Team for the Tokyo Olympics. Under her leadership, the team soared to new heights, clinching a remarkable seventh consecutive Olympic gold medal, the USAB noted. Staley’s tenure with USA Basketball also saw triumphs in the 2021 and 2019 editions of the AmeriCup, where her teams secured gold with flawless 6-0 records in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Following her stellar achievements in guiding the USA to gold at both the Olympics and the FIBA AmeriCup in 2021, Staley’s remarkable coaching prowess was duly recognized. She was honored as a co-recipient of the prestigious 2021 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year Award, sharing this esteemed accolade with none other than U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball head coach, Gregg Popovich.

Since her hiring in May 2008, Dawn Staley has propelled South Carolina into the national limelight, establishing the Gamecocks as a formidable force in the quest for SEC and national titles. Her tenure has been marked by a series of groundbreaking achievements, including the team’s first-ever National Championships, NCAA Final Four appearances, No. 1 rankings, SEC regular-season and tournament victories, SEC and National Players of the Year, top WNBA Draft selections, an undefeated regular season, and top-tier recruiting classes. Staley’s impact on the program is undeniable, elevating South Carolina to unprecedented heights in collegiate basketball.

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A Black Woman-Owned Electric Company In Detroit Just Landed A 0K Deal

A Black Woman-Owned Electric Company In Detroit Just Landed A $100K Deal

After gaining insight about contract work and electrical work from her day job and ex-husband, one businesswoman birthed a company that’s now closing six-figure deals.

Deana Neely never saw herself in the electrical industry until it was put on her radar due to her ex-husband’s work as an electrician. Observing his work eventually sparked a business idea she had to see through. So, in 2016, she founded Detroit Voltage, a certified Woman Business Enterprise, and serves as the CEO. The Detroit native’s organization is an electrical contracting firm that specializes in residential and commercial electrical installation, repair, remodeling and renovation services, and installs electrical vehicle charging stations in addition to supplying LED lighting to other businesses nationwide. She recently signed off on a $100,000 deal with smart energy company, DTE Energy, a victorious moment for DV, Because Of Them We Can reported.

 
 
 
 
 
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Before becoming a full-time entrepreneur, Neely worked for the city of Detroit. While serving her hometown she gained some valuable insight into contract work and partnerships through projects she assisted with. Although her marriage resulted in a divorce, she stumbled into her purpose.

“I worked in local government for over a decade, and while working in [the] Buildings and Safety Department for the city of Detroit, I had an opportunity to work with contractors, and so I learned both sides of the counter never really thinking that I would be a contractor,” she said in an interview with CBS Detroit. “I ended up marrying an electrician. The relationship didn’t work, but the company was birthed from that, and so here we are.”

As someone who grew up in “The Motor City,” Neely had a front-row seat and experience of how her community was often overlooked by various companies that could be the solution to some problems that need attention.

“As a born and raised Detroiter, I also saw that people didn’t really want to serve the community, and I was more than happy to do so and so I kind of found that niche and just rolled with it,” she said.

Despite the hard work and dedication she’s put into her brand over the past eight years that’s led to this monumental moment for her business, she’s grateful for the relationships she’s built through connecting with other like-minded women. A group she credited with having women who have offered support along her successful entrepreneurial journey is the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council.

“I was looking for a safe place where I could get some mentorship,” she said. “They have been the most amazing organization for me. I mean, they welcomed me with open arms and have helped me along the way, so I’m in my eighth year of business and they have been just dynamic.”

Check out Neely’s full interview with CBS Detroit below: