Crucifixion Statue of Kanye West Unveiled on Hollywood Boulevard 

Via NBC   

Ahead of Oscars weekend, a gold-painted statue depicting Kanye West as Christ on the cross popped up for a short time Wednesday in Hollywood.

The life-sized crucifixion statue titled “False Idol”depicts the rapper as Jesus Christ, with nails in his hands, wearing a crown of thorns, gold chains, a cloth and Yeezy sneakers. 

The provocative work of art is by Plastic Jesus, a Los Angeles-based street artist who is known for his political and cultural art. 

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Trump Administration Lifts transgender bathroom guidance

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Via Yahoo

Transgender students on Wednesday lost federal protections that allowed them to use school bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities, as the Trump administration stepped into a long-simmering national debate.

The administration came down on the side of states’ rights, lifting Obama-era federal guidelines that had been characterized by Republicans as an example of overreach.

Without the Obama directive, it will be up to states and school districts to interpret federal anti-discrimination law and determine whether students should have access to restrooms in accordance with their expressed gender identity and not just their biological sex.

“This is an issue best solved at the state and local level,” Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said. “Schools, communities and families can find — and in many cases have found — solutions that protect all students.”

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Rihanna Named Harvard Humanitarian of the Year

_92779357_rihannapaRihanna has been named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year. She’ll accept the honor on site at the university’s campus next Tuesday. The award recognizes Rihanna’s many humanitarian projects, such as her building a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment facility in Barbados, and creating a scholarship program for students attending U.S. colleges from Caribbean countries. Past honorees include Ban Ki-moon, Malala Yousafzai, and actor James Earl Jones. Read a statement from S. Allen Counter, the Harvard Foundation’s director, below.

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Nick Cannon Welcomes A Baby Boy

Nick Cannon shared a picture of his new edition to his family Wednesday, his son Golden “Sagon” Cannon. In a  photo posted to Instagram, Cannon can be seen hugging his son close. The mother of the child is Brittany Bell, 29, a former Miss Arizona USA.

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Darius McCrary’s Family Matters star Accused of Abuse

 

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According to court documents obtained by TMZ,  Darius McCrary’s wife, Tammy Brawner, made several claims against the actor saying he “is violent, destructive and unstable emotionally.”

Darius McCrary, who played Eddie Winslow on the ’90s sitcom “Family Matters,” has been accused of a variety of abusive behavior including holding his infant daughter over a pot of boiling water.

Brawner wrote in the court docs filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court Feb. 15 that McCrary “uses drugs and drinks heavily on a regular basis.”

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New Edition Member Ronnie Devoe announced his wife is pregnant

The soon to be 50-year-old  Ronnie Devoe of New Edition shared that he and his wife Shamari of the 90’s R&B group Blaque are expecting their first child together.  Ronnie posted  the happy news on Instagram.

“Today I want you to join me in wishing my beautiful, loving, talented, strong, ambitious, funny, witty, intelligent and most importantly, GOD fearing wife @ShamariDeVoe the biggest #HAPPYBIRTHDAY on the planet!,” he wrote in his capton. “I LOVE you to #LIFE babe…! And, I thank GOD for sending me an angel, a soul mate and a best friend to share the rest of my life with! Lastly, of all the great things to happen in #2017 so far, GOD has blessed us with the greatest! —> A #NEWEDITION TO OUR FAMILY…….”

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Lakers Name Magic Johnson President of Basketball Operations

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Magic Johnson was named president of basketball operations by the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday after returning to the organization as an adviser earlier in the month.

According to NBA.com, the team relieved Mitch Kupchak of his duties as general manager, and Jim Buss will no longer serve as executive vice president of basketball operations.

Part-owner Jeanie Buss said the following regarding Johnson’s new role and the search for a GM to replace Kupchak:  “This isn’t about going back to Showtime. We’re not trying to turn back the clock. The Lakers have figured out how to win in every era. … This is about the future and finding the right team for the style that Luke Walton wants to play.”

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Mike Epps Arrested in New Orleans

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Actor and comedian Mike Epps was arrested after he was accused of hitting a man at a New Orleans casino on Saturday, PEOPLE confirms.

Epps, 46, was taken into custody with 52-year-old Thomas Cobb after the pair allegedly “struck” a man from Virginia at Harrah’s Casino early Saturday, a New Orleans municipal court official tells PEOPLE. (Cobb is a longtime collaborator with Epps.)

The man they allegedly hit said he was in town for the NBA All-Star Game, which was held at the casino, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the New Orleans Advocate.

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Karrueche Tran Ganted restraining order against Chris Brown

Via TMZ

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Karrueche Tran filed the documents on Feb. 17, 2017, claiming that  Chris Brown has been harassing her. In the documents, she states that Brown “threatened to kill me to others, threatened me via text messages and threatened to harass my friends.”She also claims that he “threatened to shoot me.”

She added, “I have text messages from December 2016-January 2017 where he’s made several threats including beating me up and making my life hell.”

Tran claims that the abuse began “years” ago, saying Brown “punched me in my stomach twice” and “pushed me down the stairs.”

In the documents, she’s looking to extend the protective order to her mother and younger brother as she does not want to put  them “at risk.”

Tran was granted a temporary restraining order until her court date in March.

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Oprah Winfrey to Stars “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”

HBO has released the first teaser for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, which features the media mogul in a powerful role as Lack’s daughter, Deborah.In 1951, Lacks had a biopsy taken from her cervix after giving birth. Doctors took two samples while treating a malignant epidermoid carcinoma, one of cancerous cells and one healthy. The cancerous cells became the base of an immortal cell line known as HeLa, which has been used across the world for medical research. Lacks passed away from cancer not long after her daughter Deborah was born.

Winfrey is an executive producer and stars in the new biopic. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” airs April 22 on HBO.

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