Post It Notes: Hottest Headlines on 8/15
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Media mogul Russell Simmons has apologized for featuring the “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” video on his All Def Digital YouTube channel. The controversial video featured an actress portraying the abolitionist having sex with her master and blackmailing him into letting her run the Underground Railroad.
President Barack Obama on Thursday canceled joint U.S.-Egypt military exercises, saying America’s traditional cooperation with Egypt “cannot continue as usual” while violence and instability deepen in the strategically important nation. It’s unclear whether scrapping the Bright Star exercise will have any impact in stopping the clashes between Egypt’s military-backed interim government and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi.
George Madison Jr., an Evansville, Indiana firefighter, has filed a complaint against the police officers who handcuffed and threatened to tase him while he was riding his bike on Tuesday, according to the Evansville Courier & Press. Madison, who is Black, also serves as the youth pastor for his church. The officer pictured appears White. The police department is conducting an internal investigation of the traffic stop.
After a widely publicized hiatus, stand-up comedian Dave Chappelle is making a comeback. Beginning Friday, he will headline the 15-city Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival produced by the Funny or Die website. But hopefully he doesn’t stop there. Chris Rock has hinted that Chappelle may join him on his stand-up tour next year. We can only hope!
The “How Many Drinks?” singer was arrested early Thursday morning in Los Angeles for drinking and driving, which is never a good look. According to TMZ, Miguel failed various sobriety tests and blew a .10 and .11 (both over California’s legal limit of .08) before he was charged with a DUI. He was released shortly thereafter on $5,000 bail.
Michael Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe took the stand Wednesday to testify in the late singer’s wrongful death trial. According to the Associated Press, Rowe got emotional in court as she recounted Jackson’s “incredible” fear of pain and his dependency on competing doctors who “took advantage” of him by prescribing unnecessary and potentially harmful drugs.
Not so fast, buddy! A Texas man walked into a Chase bank and demanded access to the first lady’s account after claiming she adopted him through Facebook. (Umm…what?!) Police later arrested Johnnie Fletcher Gooden Jr., who refused to leave even after the teller informed him Mrs. Obama didn’t have an account there.
Rapper Nicki Minaj has teamed up with the discount retailer for a colorful fashion line debuting this fall. Minaj posted pictures of a velour tracksuit, a form-fitting dress and a matching two-piece number to her Instagram account Wednesday night. Will you check out her line when it hits stores?
The “Purple Rain” singer officially joined the rest of the world on Twitter, posting his very first tweet and a “selfie” on Tuesday. He took over the account from his group 3rd Eye Girl. Welcomed with warm replies, the legend even gave out some sound advice to followers. Go ahead and follow him @3rdeyegirl to see what he’ll say next.
It appears that there’s a good chance the popular girl group might have something in store for fans. A countdown timer popped up on their relaunched website, counting to Aug. 25, which is the MTV Video Music Awards. Hmm…guess we’ll have to wait and see!