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The U.S. Justice Department announced federal hate crime charges against the Georgia men who shot “jogger” Ahmaud Arbery as he left a vacant house in their neighborhood.

Gregory McMichael told police Arbery attacked his son, Travis McMichael, before Travis shot and killed him on Feb. 23, 2020.

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Arbery was killed after a witness spotted him leaving a vacant house that was under construction. Arbery’s family said he was out jogging.

According to the indictment, the McMichaels “armed themselves with firearms, got into a truck and chased Arbery through the public streets of the neighborhood while yelling at Arbery, using their truck to cut off his route and threatening him with firearms.”

A third man, William “Roddie” Bryan, followed 25-year-old Arbery in a pickup truck prior to the shooting. Bryan’s cell phone recording was placed in evidence against the father and son.

Bryan was arrested in May 2020 by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and charged with felony murder after he told investigators he tried to help the men stop Arbery.

In Georgia a person can be charged with felony murder if they contributed to another’s death.

All three men were indicted Wednesday on one count of interference with civil rights and attempted kidnapping. The McMichaels are also charged with using, carrying and brandishing a firearm during a crime of violence.

The three men have been jailed since their arrests. They are due back in court in May.

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SWV will use Michael Jackson Sample During Verzuz Despite ‘Potential Backlash’

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Sisters With Voices, aka SWV say they plan to use their famous Michael Jackson sample during an upcoming Verzuz lipsync battle with Xscape.

Tamara “Taj” Johnson (left) and Leanne “Lelee” Lyons (center) joined “TMZ Live” on Thursday and were asked if SWV will play their hit, “Right Here (Human Nature Remix),” when the R&B group battles Xscape on Saturday.

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TMZ suggested there would be “potential backlash” from the “cancel culture” if SWV played the song during the Verzuz.

Taj and Lelee see no issue with playing the sample. They say they didn’t even pay Michael for the sample of his 1983 hit, “Human Nature,” and they wouldn’t be successful if not for Michael.

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The ladies say it’s not their job to judge Michael by canceling his music.

SWV fans agree. One Twitter user wrote:

“The people with this alleged “potential backlash” won’t even be tuned into the Verzuz so this will be a non issue.”

Another user tweeted: “If they DIDN’T use the MJ sample there would be an even bigger blacklash!!!!”

And a third wrote: “People still trying to create anti MJ controversy in 2021?”
 

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Tags: lip sync battle, Michael Jackson, music news, sample clearance, SWV, Verzuz battle

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Floyd Mayweather Jr and Jake Paul Brawl at press conference

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Floyd Mayweather Jr and YouTube star Jake Paul got into a heated exchange at the press conference for Floyd’s upcoming boxing match with Logan Paul.

The 44-year-old champion boxer is annoyed since boxing fans say his fight with 26-year-old Logan is fake.

If you recall, Logan’s brother, Jake, 24, knocked out former NBA player Nate Robinson last year.

In a video posted on Thursday, Floyd suggested a boxing match between himself and Jake.

Jake tells him, “Don’t be calling [event promoter] Al Haymon. Let’s make it happen.”

“I’m my own boss,” FLoyd replies angrily.

Then Jake snatched Floyd’s cap off his head and shouted “Got your cap!” before fleeing with Floyd in hot pursuit.

Chaos ensued as Floyd’s security chased after them and separated the two combatants.

Question: Do you think the upcoming fight between Floyd and Logan Paul is fake?

Be warned: the video contains excessive profanity — mostly by Floyd who never got his cap back.
 

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Law Roach Named “Top Stylist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter

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Law Roach was named “Top Stylist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter magazine.

The 42-year-old designer graces the cover of The Hollywood Reporter issue that spotlights the 12 tastemakers who made the most impact during the pandemic.

Law shares the cover with his longtime client, model and singer Zendaya (left) and model Anya Taylor-Joy (right).

He wears Louis Vuitton and Harry Winston accessorized with boots by Christian Louboutin. Model and singer Zendaya is wearing Valentino and Bulgari with Christian Louboutin pumps. And Anya wears a Dior frock and Louboutins.

Law is best known for creating stylish looks for everyone from Zendaya and Lady Gaga to Viola Davis and Ciara Wilson.

Business boomed for the gender-bending stylist despite the lockdowns.

“I run a global, multimillion-dollar business. I did really well, even in COVID,” he said. “So that part of it is great, you know. As a person, I just want to do the things that I’m doing now and figure out more ways to help other people.”

Law shared images from the THR cover shoot on Instagram. He captioned the gallery:

“Thank You @hollywoodreporter for naming me STYLIST OF THE YEAR….. thank you to my @zendaya and @anyataylorjoy for making this cover so special. And thank you to all my clients for trusting me with something so important as your image!!!! I’m truly grateful.”

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