Vanessa Bryant Accepts Hall Of Fame Honor On Behalf of Kobe Bryant

She gave an emotional speech.

On Saturday (May 15), Kobe Bryant was posthumously inducted into the 2020 class of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Vanessa Bryant accepted the honor on his behalf and delivered a powerful speech.

Vanessa said, “I used to avoid praising my husband in public because I felt like he got enough praise from his fans around the world and someone had to bring him back to reality. Right now, I’m sure he’s laughing in heaven because I’m about to praise him in public for his accomplishments on one of the most public stages. I could see him now, arms folded, with a huge grin saying, ‘Isn’t this some s—?’ He’s still winning.”

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Derek Chauvin found guilty of all three charges for killing George Floyd

The former Minneapolis Police officer who kneeled on George Floyd’s neck for over 9 minutes last year was found guilty Tuesday of all three charges against himin one of the most consequential trials of the Black Lives Matter era.Derek Chauvin, 45, was convicted on charges of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The jury deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days in coming to their decision.

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DMX, Top-Selling but Troubled Rapper, Dies at 50

Earl Simmons, the snarling yet soulful rapper known as DMX, who had a string of No. 1 albums in the late 1990s and early 2000s but whose personal struggles eventually rivaled his lyrical prowess, died on Friday in White Plains, N.Y. He was 50.

His family announced the death in a statement. He had been on life support at White Plains Hospital after suffering what his family called “a catastrophic cardiac arrest” a week earlier.

“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end,” the Simmons family said. “He loved his family with all of his heart, and we cherish the times we spent with him.”

On April 2, Mr. Simmons had a heart attack at his home in White Plains. In the days that followed, his representatives said he was on life support “in a vegetative state.” Outside of the hospital, family and friends gathered with hundreds of fans, playing DMX’s music aloud and praying, holding up their arms in the shape of an X.

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Marques Houston’s new wife Miya breaks her silence about their marriage

By Jonell Whitt | March 26, 2021

By Rolling Out

It’s been six months since Miya Houston tied the knot with actor and film producer Marques Houston, who was first introduced to the world as a member of the world-renowned boy band Immature. Under the tutelage of manager Chris Stokes, Houston transitioned to acting in the mid-’90s with his first role as Roger Evans on the hit television comedy series, “Sister, Sister,” also starring Tia and Tamera Mowry.

After Houston’s six-year run on the sitcom came to an end, he next starred in the box-office smash, You Got Served. Despite ample success in his decades long career, including more than 25 film credits and 19 producer credits, it wasn’t his professional life that had thousands of people talking about him on social media in June 2020. Instead, it was a tweet that read, “Can someone please explain why Marques Houston, a 38-year-old geezer, is engaged to a 19-year-old girl who he allegedly knew before she was 18?”

The post went viral with more than 40,000 replies and Miya Houston, now his bride, had remained silent about it — until now.

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NAACP Image Awards: 10 Times Alicia Keys And Swizz Beatz Represented Black Love

They are scheduled to present awards at the 52nd NAACP Image Awards on March 27.

By BET Staff

Singer-songwriter Alicia Keys and her producer husband Swizz Beatz are Black music royalty, each in their own right, and their love story is one for the ages. In 2020, they celebrated 10 years of marriage, sharing sweet tributes to each other.

“My love, you are my dream come true!! You always make me smile. You make me laugh and think and grow and dream and reach and stretch and I am in awe of our love,” the “Underdog” singer (born Alicia Augello-Cook) captioned in an Instagram post.

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