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NeNe Leakes Could Be Leaving "Real Housewives of Atlanta"

   

NeNe Leakes is one of the OGs of the "Real Housewives Of Atlanta" franchise, but the reality star hinted that her time on the show may be coming to an end.

During a recent interview with Hollywood Life, NeNe was asked if she would be retuning for season 13 of the show.

"I don't know...I really don't know that. I never really know what I'm doing until the season is over and we talk about it."

Even though the 51-year-old wasn't specific about why she would leave, she did confess that there were things happening behind the scenes that aren't "fair."

"I just think there's a lot of things that aren't fair," NeNe explained to the outlet. Adding, "Just things that - Behind the scenes things that you guys don't get to see." NeNe explained that before she even considers a season 13 she would have to talk to her camp about the decision.

"So I just have to talk with my team and decide what's best for me."

When asked if Kenya's return affected her desire to want to be on the show, NeNe was completely unbothered.

"No, [Kenya's return] didn't frustrate me," NeNe said. "I don't care to think about Kenya. I'm a pretty strong girl, and Kenya honestly cannot handle me."

NeNe is happy that the show has done a better job of showing more aspects of her other cast mate's characters.

"I see kind of that they're starting to show a little bit of these other girls' personalities. Because I have felt like over the years, a lot of girls have gotten passes for whatever reason," NeNe explained.

"Maybe there just wasn't a character they didn't want the viewers to see. But this year, I feel like they are showing these girls a little bit more true to who they are on the show."

Would NeNe's departure make you stop watching the show?

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Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick just can't escape his past as an animal abuser, as thousands have signed several online petitions demanding the NFL remove him from the list of captains at the 2020 Pro Bowl.

One of the petitions on Change.org has received more than 170,000 signatures.

Joanna Lind, creator of the petition, said she is "absolutely disgusted" the NFL named Vick one of the four "legends captains" at the 2020 Pro Bowl.

"To honor a man who had zero regard for animals is unacceptable and I would like your help to make sure he is NOT honored at the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl," Lind wrote.

Back in 2007, Vick served 19 months in a federal prison in Leavenworth, Kansas for bankrolling a dogfighting operation and killing dogs that underperformed, per NBC4.

Meanwhile, Aladdin Nation's Change.org petition received more than 148,000 signatures, and it even calls out Disney, the parent company of ABC and ESPN, which televises Pro Bowl events.

"Mike Vick does not deserve the honor of being Pro Bowl Captain. He is a convicted felon and a known animal abuser, is this who we want our children to look up to? Disney, how could you condone this?? There are so many players that have made amazing contribution to society, however Michael Vick is not one of them," wrote Aladdin Nation.

Another petition created by Brande Wood asks sponsors to stop supporting "these businesses" until Vick is replaced as captain.

"Michael Vick was named a Pro Bowl captain alongside three NFL icons not associated with torturing and slaughtering dogs. He should NOT be celebrated. He should NOT be on television. He should NOT be honored by the NFL," Wood wrote.

Wood continued: "The NFL, Disney, ESPN, the city of Orlando, and Camping World Stadium should not be condoning the torture and murder of dogs by allowing Michael Vick to be involved in the Pro Bowl - or any other professional sport. Please do not buy any products, merchandise, vacations, tickets, shows, etc. until they replace him."

Wood also noted that it is "beyond baffling why they would possibly choose Michael Vick."

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Taraji P. Henson On Jussie, Therapy, Relationships And More

   

Taraji P. Henson recently sat down with Patia Braithwaite of SELF Magazine to discuss a whole lot of things, including mental health, the "strong Black woman" trope, menopause, her support of Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett, and why she and her fiancé Kelvin Hayden broke up for a little bit.

Finding a therapist to help treat her anxiety and depression

"I had aligned all my chakras, and I still wanted to headbutt a bitch," she jokes. In all seriousness: "The therapy came into play out of necessity," she says. "It was [a] time where I was like, 'Oh, I'm just not feeling like myself anymore,' and my son was going through his issues with becoming a young black male in America with no dad and no grandad." (Henson's son's father was murdered in 2003, and her own father died in 2006.) "It was like, 'Okay, I'm not a professional. We both need help."

Thankfully, it was her co-star and friend Gabourey Sidibe who helped her find the right person, the same woman she sees. She sent an email to SELF about the importance of finding a good therapist.

"It was extremely important for me to find a therapist who is a black woman, just because black women live in a different world than everyone else. Our problems, daily interactions, and expectations are different than most other people, so I wanted a therapist who I could cut through the societal foundation of who I am with, so that we could get to my specific issues. There's a shorthand between us. We speak the same language because we're from the same world. She is the most human therapist I've known.

Menopause

"I would get so low, really, really low, beaten, like never before. You may have those days [when] you're like, 'Oh, I just don't feel like getting out of bed. I just want to sleep in,' but you don't feel heavy. I was just starting to feel heavy a lot, [like] suffocating.... It just came out of nowhere."

At first, she didn't think these emotions were related to menopause.

Then she started doing the math: "I'm like, 'Well, you are pushing 50, girl. At some point things are going to change.'"

On supporting Terrence Howard and Jussie Smollett

"I love like a mother. "If I'm your friend, I can't judge you. I just can't. I could do something, and I wouldn't want you to turn your back. We're humans. We're flawed. No one is perfect. I might not necessarily agree with everything, but I think every human deserves some form of humanity, some form of compassion. haven't really had any backlash. At the end of the day, I can love a person through their flaws, you know? People have had to love me through my flaws."

On her fiancé

"We shook hands and I swear I heard angels. That's the joke I tell. But he just felt right."

"Hayden, who is 13 years Henson's junior, thought she was a "prima donna celebrity who has her way with guys and moves on," she says. Henson thought Hayden was a good-looking "athlete who has his way with women." She started to assume that his proneness to falling asleep when she got home from work meant he was exhausted from cheating escapades. "Whenever he would fall asleep, [I'd think,] Oh, you cheating on me?" she recalls. Miscommunications like these led to a breakup, she says."

Hayden was able to work his way back into his life, despite Taraji blocking his number and emails, by showing up to her condo and explaining his intentions in front of her family and friends. The move convinced her he was serious.

"He had to suck in his pride and he still didn't stop. I said, 'That's my husband.'"

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Harris To End Democratic Presidential Campaign

   

Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris is expected to end her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, according to a campaign official.

The official requested anonymity to speak about Harris' plans.

Her decision to exit the race comes after months of trying to recreate the momentum from her January campaign launch, which drew 20,000 people in her home state of California.

Harris was once considered a front-runner in the crowded Democratic field but saw her campaign eclipsed by rivals such as Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg.

She had been heavily focusing on the state of Iowa.

She'll remain California's junior senator; her term ends in 2022.

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Reports Shed New Light On Chicago Police Chief's Firing

   

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's fired police chief was having drinks with a woman for hours the mid-October night officers found him sleeping behind the wheel of his SUV, according to two newspapers citing unidentified sources.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Monday for "ethical lapses," just weeks before he was set to retire. She said an inspector general's report, which hasn't been released to the public, revealed he misled her and the public about the circumstances of that evening and showed "flawed decision-making." She declined specifics, citing an ongoing investigation, adding that her decision not to share details was out of deference to his family.

"While at some point, the inspector general's report may become public and those details may be revealed, I don't feel like it is appropriate or fair to Mr. Johnson's wife or children to do so at this time," Lightfoot said at a City Hall news conference.

Johnson, 59, publicly blamed an issue with his medication, saying he felt lightheaded while driving home and pulled over and fell asleep. He also told Lightfoot he'd had "ä couple of drinks with dinner" earlier that night. Johnson has been hospitalized during his three-year superintendent tenure for a blood clot and a kidney transplant.

However, the reports by two Chicago newspapers shed a different light.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported he was drinking for hours with a female member of his security detail at a downtown restaurant. The Chicago Tribune reported that the inspector general's investigation includes video showing Johnson drinking for hours with a woman at a Chicago Board of Trade building restaurant.

Messages left Tuesday with city and police spokesmen weren't immediately returned.

Johnson was found in his car by officers early Oct. 17. The officers did not conduct any sobriety tests and let their boss drive home. It was unclear if they would be disciplined. The Tribune reports that Johnson partially rolled down the window on his police vehicle, showed his superintendent's badge and drove away.

Johnson, who has not spoken publicly since he was fired, was set to retire at the end of the month after three decades with the Chicago Police Department. Former Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who was named as an interim replacement, took over Monday and spent the day meeting with department officials.

"This is not at all how I envisioned the transition but, and I think this is very important, this will not deter the transition," he said Tuesday at a news conference on an illegal gun operation. "You know, Superintendent Johnson and I will talk. We have talked. He has the best interests of the city and CPD at heart as do I."

He said he and Johnson are friends, but everyone has to be accountable.

"None of us are perfect. Everybody makes mistakes," Beck said. "But we have to live with that. We have to live with our errors."

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Aretha Franklin's family is entangled in a legal battle over control of her estate, and now record exec Clive Davis is being dragged into it.

We previously reported, Franklin's son Kecalf Franklin wants the courts to remove the personal representative of his mother's estate, Sabrina Owens (who is also his cousin), and name him as the rep in charge of all matters related to the late Queen of Soul.

Kecalf claims Owens has failed to give an accurate description of the assets owned by his mother on the date of her death, according to court documents obtained by The Blast. Owens has fired back by filing a witness list as she plans on calling several of Aretha's representatives from her talent agencies during her face off with the late singer's sons.

Owens believes Davis will be able to testify on Aretha's business matters and music royalties.

Aretha's son, Edward Franklin, has also filed docs backing his brother Kecalf's move to remove Owens as the personal estate rep.

They are accusing her of mismanaging the estate and failing to perform her duties. Kecalf also has questions about "uncashed personal checks from Sound Exchange (music royalties) and Screen Writers Guild in the amount of $702,711.90 and uncashed checks from EMI and other music companies in the amount of $285,944.27. The total amount of uncashed checks comes to $988,656.17," The Blast reports via Yahoo.

Ted White, Franklin's third son, has backed Owens while asking to be named co-representative, according to the Detroit Free Press. Owens is also favored to serve as guardian of Franklin's eldest son, Clarence, who has special needs.

Following a recent hearing on wills discovered in couch cushions after Franklin's death, Kecalf handed a written statement to the Free Press and various media saying he is in "pursuit of Justice for the Queen."

"Our mother has enriched the world with music, art and service of activism more than half of her life," the statement read in part. "The loss of our mother has traumatized our family. Despite our grief, we find ourselves in a battle to defend and protect this legacy against those who wish to disrespect, slander and exploit it."

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For his over 40-decade long career, Billy Dee Williams has been known for his sex appeal and the way he mesmerized women no matter what role he played. At 82, he has decided to make a revelation about his sexuality that he has never shared before.

During a sitdown with Esquire, the Lady Sings The Blues star revealed that he identifies as sexually fluid.

"I never tried to be anything except myself," Williams said. "I think of myself as a relatively colorful character who doesn't take himself or herself too seriously. I say 'himself' and 'herself,' because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine. I'm a very soft person. I'm not afraid to show that side of myself."

He also said his Emmy-nominated role in Brian's Song as Gale Sayers was more than just a story about two roommates who were best friends.

"It was a love story, really," Williams said. "Between two guys. Without sex. It ended up being a kind of breakthrough in terms of racial divisions."

The Hollywood vet will be appearing in the big screen in the near future to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian in "Star Wars:The Rise of Skywalker," the final installment of the Skywalker saga. Does he think that will be the end of the character forever?

"It's a conclusion-certainly it depends on how much money is generated," he tells Esquire. "That's when they determine where's the conclusion. The one thing about show business, you can resurrect anything."

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Nike To Drop Colin Kaepernick's Signature Shoe In December

   

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According to Heavy.com, the shoes appear to be "a new colorway of Nike Air Force 1 lows which Kaepernick wore as he warmed up in his recent workout for NFL teams," the outlet writes.

Below is a look at Kaepernick's rumored signature shoes, expected to roll out across the U.S. in December.

Nike is set to release a signature shoe featuring former quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

According to Heavy.com, the shoes appear to be "a new colorway of Nike Air Force 1 lows which Kaepernick wore as he warmed up in his recent workout for NFL teams," the outlet writes.

Below is a look at Kaepernick's rumored signature shoes, expected to roll out across the U.S. in December.

Former teammate Eric Reid posted a photo of what are believed to be Kaepernick's signature shoes.



"Game day fit You already know #ImwithKap y'all see the kicks," Reid posted on Instagram.

The shoes are part of Kaepernick's endorsement deal with Nike which the company renewed in 2018. Yahoo previously reported that the deal is worth "millions per year plus royalties."

Here's what is known so far about the upcoming release, via Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson :

The inclusion of a shoe and a Kaepernick branded "Icon" jersey was first reported by Yahoo Sports in 2018, with his footwear rollout speculated to be on track for the 2019 holiday season. Sources told Yahoo Sports this week that Nike is expecting a nationwide release of the shoe early next month as it continues to develop the company's endorsement strategy around Kaepernick...

Sources declined to say how many Kaepernick shoes Nike would release, but the projected demand has been strong enough that the apparel giant ramped up production figures during the course of development.

Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since the 2016, where he decided to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustices in America.

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NYC Commuters Enjoy Thanksgiving Feast On Subway Car

   

NEW YORK (AP) - Thanksgiving came early for a group of New York City commuters who enjoyed a holiday feast on a subway train.

Video footage shows riders standing behind a white-clothed table covered with plates of turkey, mashed potatoes and cornbread in the middle of a Brooklyn-bound L train on Sunday.

Stand-up comedian Jodell "Joe Show" Lewis tells the New York Post he organized the Thanksgiving dinner to "bring a little excitement to commuters" and feed any New Yorkers who might be hungry.

Lewis says he chose the L train after he saw how "dreary and upset" riders were at the inconvenience of a construction project that has cut service on the line.

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Newlywed Pastor And Her Husband Found Shot Dead In Bed

   

A retired New Haven police officer and his pastor wife were both found shot dead in their bed Thursday during a welfare check.

The bodies of the two victims LaRhonda Jones, 48, and Eric Jones, 54, were found inside their condo after LaRhonda failed to show up at work, and her sister and employer alerted police. According to the Christian Post, for just over a year, LaRhonda served as the assistant pastor at RIM City Church in Connecticut.

Eric Jones retired from the New Haven Police Department in 2012 after 20 years on the force.

"The church is devastated, devastated," Denarian Gordon, Sr., the senior pastor RIM City Church in New Haven, who performed the couple's marriage ceremony a year ago, told WTNH. "We're all in a state of shock, disbelief."

According to a statement from the Waterbury Police Department to The Christian Post: "The police located a deceased adult male and a deceased adult female lying on a bed in a bedroom." A handgun was also found in the room, the report states.

Waterbury police confirmed with The Christian Post Monday that the case is still being investigated.

"She had a huge presence. Her spirit was just a welcoming spirit, everybody gravitated towards her. Everybody just loved her. It's just a shock," LaRhonda's friend Jennifer Whiten told WSFB.

LaRhonda Jones' friends also expressed sorrow on her Facebook page.

"Condolences such a horrible tragedy for all involved," said a comment from Shaunta Tae Williams.

"This is very very sad," commented Dana Terrell. "Definitely praying for comfort and support for the family and those close and who knew and know them amen."

Whiten told WSFB the late assistant pastor was a domestic violence survivor who devoted her life to God.

On his Facebook page, LaRhonda's husband Eric described his 2018 marriage to her as a "fresh start."

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