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Meek Mill's lawyers ask judge to step down before appeal

A lawyer for Meek Mill is asking a Philadelphia judge to recuse herself before he appeals the rapper's sentence of two to four years in prison.

Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley sentenced Mill last week for violating probation in a nearly decade-old gun and drug case.

On Tuesday, his lawyers asked Brinkley to step down, saying she stepped out of her judicial bounds numerous times. Among the examples cited was the judge suggesting Mill record a version of the Boyz II Men song "On Bended Knee" and specifically mention the judge in it. The lawyer says after Mill declined, the judge replied: "Suit yourself."

On Monday night, former Philadelphia 76er Julius Erving, Eagles player Malcolm Jenkins and rapper Rick Ross were among hundreds of people gathered to protest Mill's imprisonment.

Tracee Ellis Ross to host the American Music Awards

Tracee Ellis Ross will be close by when her mom, Diana Ross, is honored at Sunday's American Music Awards because she'll be hosting the show.

The "black-ish" actress says she's excited to be named the host but is "especially thrilled" to do it the year that her mother is getting the Lifetime Achievement award.

Diana Ross will not only be honored but will also take the stage to perform. Tracee Ellis Ross is following in the footsteps of her mom, who hosted the American Music Awards years ago.

Performers at Sunday's event in Los Angeles include Kelly Clarkson, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato and Niall Horan.

Christina Aguilera will perform a special tribute to "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

OJ Simpson, just out of prison, banned from Vegas casino for belligerence

Pro Football Hall of Famer, and one of the most controversial figures in American history, O.J. Simpson — who was released from a Nevada prison in October after serving time for armed robbery and assault — has been kicked out of a Las Vegas casino and banned for life for being belligerent, TMZ reports.

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Simpson was reportedly inebriated at the Cosmopolitan in Vegas and became disruptive. TMZ said Simpson “was angry at hotel staff, and glasses broke at the bar.” Simpson was escorted off the premises by security and was banned for life from the property.

Simpson’s attorney Malcolm LaVergne confirmed to the Associated Press that Simpson was banned, but denied Simpson was intoxicated or belligerent. He also said the Cosmopolitan gave no reason for the ban.

Since he’s been out of prison, Simpson has reportedly frequented bars and other social gatherings in Las Vegas.

 

It’s unclear whether the incident will affect his parole standing in any way. LaVergne said Simpson met with his parole officer, who confirmed that Simpson was not under the influence of any substances.

>> Related: The Juice is loose, again: video shows O.J. Simpson released from prison 

TMZ recently shared this video of Vegas hotel and casino mogul Steve Wynn addressing the situation. “He’s too much excitement for us,” Wynn said when asked if Simpson should be allowed in his casinos.

Beyonce Spotted With Her Newborns Twins Sir & Rumi In Miami

Beyonce Spotted With Her Newborns Twins Sir & Rumi In Miami

Beyonce Spotted With Her Newborn Twins Sir & Rumi For The First Time

Beyonce Spotted With Her Newborn Twins Sir & Rumi For The First Time

Eminem releases new single ‘Walk On Water’ featuring Beyonce

Eminem has gotten vulnerable about returning to the spotlight in his new single, “Walk On Water.”

In the song, which features guest vocals from Beyonce, Eminem addresses his disappearance from the music industry, mentioning insecurities with his lyrics and creating new material. The rapper’s rhymes are mostly backed by a simple, driving piano.

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“Always in search of the verse I haven’t spit yet will this step just be another misstep to tarnish whatever the legacy love or respect,” he says in the second verse of the song.

Variety reported that a Wednesday tweet from Eminem showed the song’s title was written on a prescription note with a logo for “Revival,” which is suspected to be the title of his upcoming album. 

Should the next record have that title, it would follow the trend of the rapper’s past albums. His 2009 album, “Relapse,” and his 2010 album, “Recovery” reference his past struggles with addiction to prescription drugs.

Related: Eminem issues harsh criticism of Trump in 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards cypher

Rolling Stone reported that the song was teased in a mock drug infomercial that was posted on Twitter. 

“Cause I’m only human just like you / I’ve been making my mistakes oh if only you knew / I don’t think you should believe in me the way that you do cause I’m terrified to let you down,” Beyonce sings in the chorus.

Eminem  may perform the song Nov. 18, when he is a musical guest on “Saturday Night Live.” Chance the Rapper is hosting the show.

The upcoming “SNL” performance and new single come after the rapper delivered a pointed freestyle,  called “The Storm,” about President Donald Trump at the 2017 BET Awards in October.

“Walk on Water” can be heard in full on YouTube.

UK magazine apologizes to Lupita Nyong'o over edited hair

British magazine Grazia U.K. has apologized to Lupita Nyong'o after the actress accused it of altering her hair on its front cover "to fit a more Eurocentric notion" of beauty.

The Academy Award winner tweeted before-and-after images, saying the magazine "edited out and smoothed" her hair. She added the hashtag "dtmh (don't touch my hair)."

On Instagram, the Kenya-raised star of "12 Years a Slave" and "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" said "there is still a very long way to go to combat the unconscious prejudice against black women's complexion, hair style and texture."

The magazine said Friday that it "apologized unreservedly to Lupita Nyong'o." It said it had not altered the images itself or asked the photographer to do so, and "is committed to representing diversity throughout its pages."

Video shows Florida police officer punch woman in face at football game

video of a woman being ejected from a University of Miami football game is going viral after it appears that a Miami-Dade County Police officer punched her in the face.

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The video shows the woman being carried out of Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday night. While she is being removed, she slaps one of the officers on his head. 

The video then shows the officer turning around and punching her in the face. 

Miami-Dade County Police said they were removing the woman because she was being disorderly. She was later arrested on charges of battery on a law enforcement officer and disorderly conduct.

“Supervisory personnel are aware of the video and are reviewing the incident to ensure compliance with our policies and procedures,” their news release said. 

Police later identified the woman as Bridget Freitas, according to WPLG

The video, which was posted to Instagram, had been viewed almost 250,000 times by Sunday morning.

Eric Argueta, who posted the video, told WPLG that Freitas was causing a scene before the end of the game’s first quarter and would not get out of the stairs or the aisle. 

"She looked like she had no control of herself and she was refusing to leave the stadium. This is why it took four police officers to get her out," Argueta told WPLG. 

Paris Jackson, Wendy Williams Twitter feud heats up over “toxic”  Jackson obsession

Paris Jackson is once again displeased with talk show host Wendy Williams and how she treats the Jackson family.

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This week, Williams posted a link on her Twitter page to her Hot Topics Rundown on the show’s website. In the post, Williams talked about a recent news story involving the Jackson family. In it, she discussed how Paris’s younger brother, Prince Michael Jackson II — otherwise known as “Blanket” — is having issues with his guardianship.

In the post, titled “Keeping Up With the Jacksons,” Williams wrote about how Blanket’s grandmother, Katherine Jackson, had recently filed court documents to give up her guardianship of her grandson. The post alleges Katherine said, “now that Blanket is 15, cousin TJ can handle the guardianship on his own.” TJ Jackson is Blanket’s cousin and son o f Tito Jackson. The post says that Katherine’s advanced age is making it hard for her to raise Blanket and that TJ “commutes from 40 minutes away to check on him” in his home, a $10.5 million home with “a chef, housekeeper, and security.”

The post also alleges that Paris “reportedly complained that Blanket was raising himself.”

>> Related: Wendy Williams gets emotional describing her “really scary” fainting spell

In response to the post, Paris tweeted back at Williams, writing that “your obsession is a little unhealthy, maybe even toxic.”

Paris also said there are “plenty of qualified professional psychiatrists [Williams] can seek out.”

This isn’t the first time Paris has taken issue with Williams’s reporting on her and the Jackson family. Back in January, Williams spoke about Jackson’s “Rolling Stone” cover on her show’s Hot Topics segment. In a moment of “real talk,” Williams claimed that Paris “has not made her mark on her own.”

>> Related: Prince Jackson rushed to the hospital with injuries after a scary motorcycle crash

“You cannot be on the cover of one of the most prestigious entertainment and influential magazines in the world and just be the daughter of and tell your story inside,” Williams said. “Sorry, you all.”

Williams also discussed Paris’s interview in the magazine, discussing Paris’s belief that her father, pop singer Michael Jackson, was murdered. Williams also discussed Paris’s “considering herself black,” which Paris told “Rolling Stone” she believes she is.

“I get that she considers herself black and everything, but I’m just talking about the visual because you know … black is not what you call yourself, it’s what the cops see you when they got steel to your neck on the turnpike. It’s what they see,” Williams explained. “But that’s cute and good for her.”

>> Related: Paris Jackson follows father's footsteps in charity visit to Africa

>> Related: Emotional Chip, Joanna Gaines wrap up filming final episode of ‘Fixer Upper’

Jackson replied with a tweet, saying that Williams “seems to think about the family a lot considering she makes all these claims about us,” and also asked, “Why are we on her mind so often?”

In response to Williams’s beliefs on Paris’s race, Paris wrote, “Well, she didn’t birth me so.”

Prince Harry visits Chicago school, talks at Obama summit

CHICAGO (AP) — Prince Harry has made a stop in Chicago to talk about youth leadership during a summit planned by the Obama Foundation.

He addressed a crowd of hundreds of civic leaders and artists gathered Tuesday for the two-day event. He says his years of military service helped him understand his life of privilege and helped him feel like a part of something bigger.

He also briefly discussed his mother, the late Princess Diana, who he called is "ideal role model" for how she used her platform.

Earlier Tuesday, Prince Harry visited a Chicago high school with former first lady Michelle Obama near the site of the planned Obama Presidential Center. Officials have described the future center as a hub for youth programming with features like an athletic center and test kitchen.

Costumes at LeBron James’s Halloween party have eyes bugging out, see how other celebs celebrated

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James dressed up as Pennywise the villainous clown from the Stephen King book and film “IT” for his most recent Halloween shindig. And as photographic evidence from the bash proves, James was unrecognizable in the terrifying costume.

But James wasn’t the only member of the Cavs roster with a terrifically spooky costume. A few of his team mates absolutely crushed it too.

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Isaiah Thomas dressed up as NWA’s Eazy-E and completely nailed it.

Dwyane Wade and his actress wife Gabrielle Union came disguised as 1980s R&B duo Milli Vanilli — let’s hope they lip-synced along to every song!

Channing Frye went as Blankman from the movie “Blankman.” Enough said:

J.R. Smith and his wife Jewel dressed as “SNL” characters Coneheads. The pair posed for this mind-blowing picture with Kevin Love — who transformed himself into former WCW wrestling star Sting — and his girlfriend Kate Bock, who dressed as Hollywood Hulk Hogan.

But Kyle Korver’s Willy Wonka came with its own set of Oompa Loompas:

So how did other celebs celebrate the not-so-scary night?

Take a look:

Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Girl’s next-level ‘Ratatouille’ Halloween costume takes the internet by storm

To play a character from “Ratatouille,” you could dress up like a rat, or you could suit up like a chef, but neither of those options are nearly as innovative as this Twitter user’s above and beyond ode to the children’s classic.

@Madsters96 turned up the Halloween heat in her chef’s coat, topped with a glow-in-the-dark insert of Remy, the star of the Pixar film, embedded in her hat. She captioned her post with one of the key lines from the film: “Anyone can cook.” The brilliantly inspired look quickly went viral, racking up more than 150,000 retweets and 500,000 likes. The best part? The simple look wouldn’t take much effort to be replicated.

RELATED: Think all rats are gross? This little one might change your mind

2007’s “Ratatouille” is about a lowly rat who works his way up to achieve his lifelong dream of becoming a chef. One of the most humorous aspects of the franchise is that, for years, people didn’t remember that “ratatouille” wasn’t the lead animal’s name, but his favorite dish. Thanks to the joy of movie magic and the wonders of the internet, you can too can take on Remy’s specialty entree.

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Tweets express mixed feelings about Chris Brown’s new 45-song album

Chris Brown is celebrating Halloween with the release of his new album “Heartbreak On A Full Moon.”

It is the artist’s eighth record, but this one is unlike the others. It offers a completely new track list that is 45 songs long.

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“For me, I wanted to do songs with substance, R&B, hip-hop and you get every facet of who I am at this age,” Brown told Power 105’s Angie Martinez Oct. 23. “It’s just that appreciation. It’s 45 songs to show people that I don’t care about the cap the label is talking about. I want to give you all these songs, because I care about y’all keeping my career where it’s at.”

The release features guest appearances from Future, Jhene Aiko, Dej Loaf and Lil Yatchy, Gucci Mane and Usher and others, contributing to 2 hours and 39 minutes of music. According to the album’s description on Apple Music, the songs come from every era of Brown’s music, which means a number of previously unreleased songs are on it.

Fans and others have been flocking to Twitter to share their reactions. 

Some joked about the length.

Then there were some fans who didn’t care about the length and gave it a listen.

Others just wanted to celebrate the 28-year-old artist for his work.

Watch: Wendy Williams faints on live TV

Wendy Williams was in the middle of a live broadcast Tuesday when the talk show host stumbled over her words and suddenly fell to the ground. 

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Williams was introducing the annual Halloween costume contest segment of her show when she became wide-eyed, flustered and unable to talk. 

Williams, 53, stumbled backward, reached up to touch her head and fell on the ground. Moments before the fall, Williams appeared to be having trouble breathing.

Production crew members rushed to her aid.

After a lengthy commercial break, Williams, who was dressed in a Lady Liberty costume, said she was feeling better. She said she had overheated in her costume.

Many viewers said she appeared to have suffered a stroke.

“Was I passed out for that long?” Williams asked the audience, acknowledging the little time remaining in the broadcast after her return to the show. “That was not a stunt. I overheated in my costume, and I did pass out. But you know what? I’m a champ and I’m back.”

Williams was wearing a green sequined jumpsuit with a green wig and a green crown.

A statement on Williams’ Instagram account said her heavy makeup, costume and lights were to blame for her condition. 

Williams later wrote on Instagram that she is “doing fine (and) just (needed) some water and electrolytes.”

The Daily Mail reported Williams, who propped herself up on a glass podium, still appeared to be struggling to speak clearly after she returned to the broadcast.  

According to TMZ, Williams’ show is recorded live on the East Coast and edited when necessary for West Coast airings. 

Warrant: Florida boy said before shooting 12-year-old girl, 'Say I won't'

A 12-year-old Jacksonville, Florida, boy is facing manslaughter charges after he shot a girl in the side of the head with a shotgun, according to the arrest warrant.

The warrant says the boy, whom we are not identifying because he is a minor, was playfully arguing with 12-year-old Ra'Mya Eunice during a sleepover at a home on Willow Branch Avenue on April 30.

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The boy, who was 11 at the time, grabbed a shotgun that was hidden beneath the house, authorities said. He brought it inside and playfully pointed the gun at everyone in the room, according to the report.

Witnesses told police that he pointed the shotgun at Ra'Mya and said, "Say I won't."

Someone in the room replied, "You won't," and the boy shot Ra'Mya in the head, the warrant says.

She was taken to the hospital, where she died May 25. 

The report says the boy fled the house after shooting the girl. He was questioned by police, and a warrant for his arrest was filed Oct. 17.

He is charged with manslaughter but is not being charged as an adult.

Authorities in Florida warn of bath salts that look like Halloween candy

Authorities in Florida are warning of synthetic drugs that may look like Halloween candy. 

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A Mason jar and packages, both filled with the synthetic drug called bath salts, were so difficult to distinguish from candy that Franklin County deputies had to take the drugs to a lab for testing, according to WBBH.

The drugs are described as being similar to rock candy with crystals. The drugs are dangerous and potentially fatal.

Authorities warn that guardians should throw away any loose, candy that has not been prepackaged that their children receive.

"When in doubt, throw it out," Gary Levine, of the Lee County Sheriff's Office, told WBBH.

One arrest was made in connection with the jar and packages of drugs found.

Read more at WBBH

Christina Aguilera to pay tribute to Whitney Houston, ‘The Bodyguard’ at AMAs

Christina Aguilera is performing at the 2017 American Music Awards in a tribute to the late icon Whitney Houston and her music in the 1992 film “The Bodyguard.” 

Billboard reported that ABC and Dick Clark Productions made the announcement Monday. The performance will be a 25th anniversary tribute.

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“Whitney herself stated in 2001 that Christina Aguilera sang the best version of her song ‘Run to You,’” a Whitney Houston estate representative said in a statement. “It is with great appreciation and honor that she is returning to participate on the American Music Awards for a special tribute honoring the 25th anniversary of ‘The Bodyguard.’ Whitney said that Christina is, without a doubt, one of the best voices she enjoyed in this generation of music.”

Houston gave that compliment after Aguilera performed “Run To You” at the 2001 BET Awards, where Houston was honored with a lifetime achievement award. “You are one that I truly enjoy in today’s music,” Houston told Aguilera. “You’ve done the best rendition of ‘Run To You’ besides myself.”

“I am honored and humbled to be asked to participate in such a special tribute of a timeless soundtrack that has been a huge inspiration not only in my own personal life and career, but to countless aspiring singers -- touching music lovers worldwide and influencing the history of music itself,” Aguilera said in a statement. “To be honoring the one and only, Whitney Houston, is a blessing and I am grateful to celebrate the spirit of her songs and legend that lives on. I feel eternally fortunate to have personally met her on and off the stage. My deep appreciation for her kindness to me while coming up in the business -- her graciousness, generosity, humanity and beauty -- lived up to everything I could have hoped for in meeting my idol and will forever be cherished in my memory of her.”

Aguilera was set to perform “I Have Nothing” with a hologram of Houston for the finale of “The Voice” in 2016, but Houston’s estate pulled the performance after footage leaked.

“Holograms are new technology that take time to perfect, and we believe with artists of this iconic caliber, it must be perfect,” Pat Houston, executor of the estate, said in a statement to “Entertainment Tonight” at the time. “Whitney’s legacy and her devoted fans deserve perfection. After closely viewing the performance, we decided the hologram was not ready to air. We have much respect and appreciation for Christina, and she was absolutely flawless.”

Fans of both artists will be able to see Aguilera perfom to honor Houston at the AMAs on Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Man mistakes coyote for neighbor’s dog, savagely bitten after petting it

A Massachusetts man was bitten by a coyote a week ago after mistaking the animal for a neighbor’s dog, according to news reports.

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Ashburnham police officials said the victim was bitten several times and taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to WFXT.

The man had approached the coyote on Oct. 22 around 6:30 p.m., thinking it was his neighbor’s dog.

While the attack is under investigation, police have warned people not to approach wild animals.

>> Related: 'Zombie' dogs are actually infected coyotes, police warn

Coyotes live in wooded areas around many urban and suburban areas across the U.S., and can inadvertently run into people in their search for food.

Watch: Offset of Migos proposes to Cardi B at concert

Migos rapper Offset took the stage with his bandmates at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to perform during Power 99’s Powerhouse concert Friday night.

»RELATED: Here’s what Twitter thinks about Migos’ new song with Nicki Minaj and Cardi B

But it was the Atlanta rapper’s proposal to fellow emcee Cardi B that riled up the crowd the most, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

While the artists, who were both on the show’s roster, were on stage, Offset dropped to one knee and presented his girlfriend with an 8-carat diamond ring. 

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Cardi B jumped up and down in excitement while fans applauded wildly, and they cheered even louder when Offset stood to place the rock on his lady’s finger after she appeared to say yes. 

The two, both 25, have been publicly dating since earlier this year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Here’s a closeup of the bling: 

»RELATED: Migos: 5 things to know about Atlanta rap group

It was a good day for the couple. Earlier Friday, they released a new song together, along with Nicki Minaj, titled “Motor Sport.”

Now they’re celebrating their new music and their engagement.

»RELATED: Migos is working on a movie inspired by films from the 1990s 

Parents can check site for neighborhood sex offenders before trick-or-treating

Apopka police said they're ready to watch neighborhoods to make sure children are safe.

But parents can also take matters into their own hands by searching online to find out where in their neighborhood registered sex offenders live.

Lily Burgos has three nieces and nephews under 10 years old, and every year as family, they walk the streets searching for candy on Halloween.

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"We usually just go around the city of Apopka, house to house," Burgos said. "Once it gets dark, we head home, but we make sure they have flashlights and the highlights that they can put on."

Apopka police said on Halloween they will have unmarked units monitoring certain registered sex offenders, whose release stipulations banned them from handing out candy.

Parents can go onto the National Sex Offenders Public Website, or one for their own state, and complete a neighborhood search.

The site provides a picture of the offender, their status and their address.

Burgos said she does this search before they go trick-or-treating every year.

"If we know there's a sex offender in the area, we don't stop there. We just keep going to the next house," Burgos said.

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