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Ashanti sat down to chat with Hot 97’s “Ebro In The Morning” show and shared some behind-the-scenes details about the Verzuz battle with Keyshia Cole, her recent Covid-19 diagnosis, Fab’s “Into You” song, and more.

Ashanti shared that she went out to “entertain the audience” after Keyshia experienced some technical difficulties that delayed their showcase’s official start time.

“If someone is late-you know-you hold on a little bit, give them a few, you know- I know Ja (Rule) has done that for me several times being late for a show, he’d wait for me- you know what I mean, so that we could go out together,” the Grammy award-winning singer said.

Ashanti said there was no beef between her and Keyshia, and she said she holds nothing against her Verzuz opponent.

Ashanti also opened up about her Covid-19 diagnosis that caused the original Verzuz show to be scrapped and sent her mother to the hospital for almost a week.

The “Foolish” singer revealed she got her COVID-19 test results right before she was about to get on a flight to attend the original Verzuz date in person.

“I got tested the night before we were supposed to leave,” she said. “I got tested as a precaution. I know I don’t have it, so I’m just doing this as a solid for them, so I can get on the plane. So the plane was ready, bags were packed, my stylist was at my house, we were doing fitting … So when I got the results, I was like, ‘Me? Are you sure this is mine?’ I was stunned.”

Ashanti also revealed that she did have some sniffles and lost her sense of smell but thought it was just allergies during her African Safari trip and made it clear that she got the virus from a family member and not from her travels.

Ashanti also addressed the controversy surrounding Fabolous’s hit “Into You,” which famously features two different versions: one with Tamia singing the hook and one with Ashanti.

Ashanti admitted that the lines in the track were originally Tamia’s but claimed she agreed to re-record the vocals per Fab and his team’s request. She also explained that she didn’t appear in the video due to a simple business move.

“Fab and them wanted me to shoot the video, and I think Irv [Gotti] … he didn’t want me to shoot the video,” Ashanti explained. I guess he felt like I was being oversaturated. So for them, business-wise, it’s like, ‘Why would we have the single out with her and then not be able to shoot the video?” she explained to Ebro and the panel.




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Marvel Studios Reveals That TI Will Not Be Apart Of The Cast For Ant-Man And Wasp: Quantumania

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Since sexual abuse allegations against rapper TI and his wife Tiny have emerged, Marvel Studios has decided that T.I. will not be apart of the cast for the upcoming Ant-Man and Wasp: Quantumania.

In the 2015 Ant-Man film and 2018 sequel Ant-Man and the Wasp, T.I. played Dave, a friend to Ant-Man who helped him on his adventures and ex-convicts Luis and Kurt. Characters like T.I.’s Dave were anticipated to return for the Marvel Franchise’s third installment, but the movie is still in development, so things could change.

An attorney for 11 alleged victims charged the couple with sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, false imprisonment, intimidation, assault, and harassment. Tyrone A. Blackburn, the attorney, has asked authorities in California and Georgia to open investigations. The couple, through a lawyer, denied the allegations: “Clifford (T.I.) and Tameka Harris (Tiny) deny in the strongest possible terms these unsubstantiated and baseless allegations. We are confident that if these claims are thoroughly and fairly investigated, no charges will be forthcoming.”

 




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Nike Executive Steps Down After Son’s Sneaker Resale Business Was Attached To Her

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After her son’s lucrative sneaker-flipping company was attached to her, a top Nike executive has stepped down.

According to a brief statement released by the company, Ann Hebert, Nike’s vice president and general manager for North America, stepped down on Monday after more than 25 years at the company.

It is unclear why Nike didn’t give the reason behind Hebert’s resignation, but her departure came four days after the Bloomberg Businessweek reported on her 19-year-old son Joe Hebert making huge profits by buying Nike and other companies’ coveted sneakers and reselling them to websites like StockX.

According to the story, Herbert’s son got his start flipping Supreme T-shirts in high school and went on to create West Coast Streetwear, which made $600,000 in sales in a single month last year.

The teen told Bloomberg in a statement that he had some help from his mom: at least one of West Coast Streetwear’s American Express credit cards was set up in Ann Hebert’s name. He then used the card to purchase limited-edition sneakers that he could resell for a profit.

Hebert is estimated to have spent more than $200,000 on around 2,000 pairs of shoes he bought from Nike stores, as well as mom-and-pop shops and other retailers such as Foot Locker and Champs Sports.




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RIP: Reggae Legend Bunny Wailer Dead at 75

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Reggae legend Bunny Wailer passed away from natural causes in a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica on Tuesday, March 2, his manager, Maxine Stowe, confirmed to the Jamaica Observer newspaper. He was 75.

The musician struggled with speech impediments following his first minor stroke in 2018. He suffered his second stroke in July 2020.

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Born Neville O’Riley Livingston in Kingston, Bunny (in black tee) is best known as an original member of The Wailers, along with his childhood pal Bob Marley (in green jacket) and Peter Tosh (not pictured), in the early 1960s.

He sang on tracks like “Reincarnated Souls”, “Burnin'”, “Pass it On”, and “Hallelujah Time.” He went solo in 1973, following the success of the band’s major-label debut album Catch a Fire.

Bunny released singles including “Dreamland”, “Dancing Shoes”, “Searching For Love”, “Life Line” and “Bide Up”, while he also reworked a string of The Wailers’ hits for his 1980 project Bunny Wailer Sings the Wailers.

Bunny won three Grammy Awards (Best Reggae Album) for 1991’s Time Will Tell: A Tribute to Bob Marley, Crucial! Roots Classics in 1995, and 1997’s Hall of Fame: A Tribute to Bob Marley’s 50th Anniversary.

Bunny was considered a national treasure in his native Jamaica, and was awarded the Order of Jamaica in 2012, and the Order of Merit in 2017.
 

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