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Bill Cosby’s Mugshot Released After Being Sentenced to 3-10 Years

Bill Cosby was led in handcuffs after a judge sentenced him to 3-10 years in state prison for sexual assault. Cosby looks downcast in his mugshot.

The judge in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case has sentenced the famed entertainer to 3-10 years in state prison.

The judge also called the 81-year-old a “sexually violent predator,” and it was determined that his name will be on a sex-offender registry sent to neighbors, schools, and victims.

Bill Cosby arrived at the courthouse in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania for his sentencing hearing for drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.

Cosby was convicted on three aggravated indecent sexual assault charges in April, with each charge carrying a sentence of up to 10 years. Cosby has said he vows to appeal.

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Jermaine Dupri Kicks Off So So Def Exhibit at the Grammy Museum

In 1993, producer Jermaine Dupri launched his So So Def record label to showcase southern hip-hop artists. In the quarter-century since then, the imprint has worked with a slew of big-name artists from the ’90s and 2000s, including Jagged Edge, Daz Dillinger, Da Brat, Bow Wow, Kriss Kross, and Anthony Hamilton.

Jermaine Dupri Kicks Off So So Def Exhibit at the Grammy Museum

In celebration of the record label’s achievements and cultural influence, the Grammy Museum has launched a four-month exhibit dedicated entirely to So So Def. Billboard reports this is the first time a hip-hop label has received its own show at the Los Angeles facility. The show will feature stage outfits, photos, and other memorabilia from the label’s stars.

“Considering this year marks the 45th anniversary of hip-hop, it is remarkable that So So Def is celebrating 25 years of extraordinary success in the industry,” Grammy Museum curator Nwaka Onwusa said in a statement. “It is impossible to showcase everything that Jermaine Dupri has done to elevate Atlanta hip-hop and the far-reaching influence of So So Def throughout the world. The Grammy Museum is very excited to present this look into the label’s enduring legacy.”

Jermaine Dupri Kicks Off So So Def Exhibit at the Grammy Museum

The exhibit kicked off Wednesday night with an appearance by Dupri and a number of his So So Def associates. The producer spoke about the label’s milestones, its role in the Atlanta culture, as well as his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“My first visit to the Grammy Museum was around the time it opened and they created the ‘Make a Record with Jermaine Dupri’ experience,” Dupri said. “It’s such an honor to return for this meaningful tribute to So So Def, Jermaine Dupri and the city of Atlanta.”

The exhibit, called Jermaine Dupri & So So Def: 25 Years of Elevating Culture, will run through January. You can learn more about the show, including how to cop tickets, at the Grammy website.

The So So Def family will also hit the road next month for the 25th anniversary Cultural Curren$y Tour. The trek will kick off Oct. 14 in Washington, D.C., and include performances by Xscape, Hamilton, Da Brat, and Jagged Edge.

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Bill Cosby Arrives in Court for Sentencing Hearing Today

Bill Cosby arrived at the courthouse in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, around 8:15 a.m. on Monday (September 24) for his sentencing hearing for drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand.

Cosby was convicted on three aggravated indecent sexual assault charges in April, with each charge carrying a sentence of up to 10 years. Cosby has said he vows to appeal.

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Aretha Franklin Reportedly Left No Will

According to a recent TMZ report, Aretha Franklin left no will.

TMZ was able to get ahold of court documents which said that the Queen of Soul was “intestate” which means she died without leaving a will. The report comes as a surprise considering some of Franklin’s pressing financial obligations, including leaving the proper finances behind to care for her special needs son, Clarence.

Michigan law states that Aretha’s four children will split her estate, equally. Aretha Franklin died August 16 from complications with pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

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Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin Has Died of Pancreatic Cancer at Age 76

Aretha Franklin, the “queen of soul” known for hits like Respect and Think, has died in Detroit at the age of 76.

The legendary singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010 and announced last year she was retiring from music.

Franklin had more than 20 US chart hits over a music career spanning seven decades.

The star gave her final performance last November at a gala in New York held in aid of the Elton John Aids Foundation.

In a statement, her family said: “In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart.

“We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins knew no bounds.”

The family also confirmed her death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type.

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Aretha Franklin ‘gravely ill’ in Detroit hospital

Aretha Franklin is “gravely ill,” her family told Detroit’s WDIV-TV on Monday.

WDIV anchor Evrod Cassimy wrote in a tweet: “I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time.”

This follows an earlier report from Roger Friedman’s Showbiz 411, saying that the 76-year-old soul legend is surrounded by “family and people close to her” in Detroit.

In March, Franklin canceled two concerts scheduled in New Jersey. According to a statement from her management team, she was following doctors’ orders to stay off the road and rest completely for two months, and that she was “extremely disappointed she cannot perform as she had expected and hoped to.”

Franklin’s most recent performance was on Nov. 2, 2017, for the Elton John AIDS Foundation in New York and her final public performance was at Philadelphia’s Mann Center in August 2017.

Franklin last performed in her Detroit hometown in June 2017. It was an emotion-packed concert for thousands at an outdoor festival downtown. She ended the performance with a then-cryptic appeal to the hometown crowd: “Please keep me in your prayers.”

Last year, Franklin announced her plans to retire after releasing one final album, saying she would perform at “some select things.”

A biopic starring Jennifer Hudson as Franklin is scheduled to start filming in 2019.

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Black Women Are Dominating the Covers of 2018 September Issues

This week it was announced that eight black women would appear on the cover of several magazines’ prestigious September and fall issues, apparently marking the first time that this many black women have received the honor in the same year.

Beyoncé, Rihanna, Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, Zendaya, Slick Woods, and Princess Nokia each graced the covers of international and local editions of Vogue, Elle, Ebony, Marie Claire, and LadyGunn, to name a few.

The individual September covers each featured a star-studded mix of black female comedians, musicians, and models. Having already graced the cover of Time magazine and Essence, comedian Tiffany Haddish made her first September cover debut with Glamour magazine. Fellow comedic actor and cover-star veteran Tracee Ellis Ross was all smiles on the cover of Elle Canada. Ahead of Insecure’s season three premiere on August 12, Issa Rae appeared on the cover of Ebony magazine’s September issue to discuss producing and writing her hit HBO show.

Beyoncé and Rihanna each graced a Vogue cover of their own: Beyoncé’s highly buzzed-about American Vogue September cover was finally revealed Monday to much acclaim. Not only did her appearance on the cover help make history for black women, but she also added to that by helping pick the first black photographer to ever shoot a cover of American Vogue. Rihanna also made quite the statement on her cover of British Vogue with a bold makeup look that consisted of a thin-lined eyebrow, light smokey eye, and dark glossy lipstick. She was also the first black woman to cover a September issue of British Vogue. Both Beyoncé and Rihanna donned a flower crown for their respective covers, in addition to rapper Princess Nokia, whose floral crown was front and center for her LadyGunn fall cover shoot.

Zendaya and model Slick Woods were the youngest out of the group to appear on September covers. Zendaya stunned on the cover of Marie Claire in a messy beehive hairstyle ahead of her upcoming Drake-produced HBO show, Euphoria. The U.K. edition of Elle tapped a currently pregnant Slick Woods to discuss her success as a Fenty Beauty model.

Despite this major fête, black women are still incredibly underrepresented inside and on the covers of major publications. Several black models have spoken up recently about facing discrimination at castings, making it hard for them to appear in fashion magazines, let alone on the cover of the most important issues of the year. However, following the clear social media success that all eight cover shoots have received, it would appear that there is a great deal of demand for black women on the cover — yet, still not enough opportunity.

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