Coffee Talk: Ray Rice Domestic Violence Charges Dropped

Plus: R&B singer August Alsina is losing his sight as he battles an eye disease, Janelle Monae responds to Tyrese's love call, Janice Dickinson sues Bill Cosby for defamation and more!

Jolie A. Doggett May, 21, 2015

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Atlantic City Judge Michael A. Donio has dismissed domestic violence charges against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice Thursday morning, reports NBC News. According to Donio, Rice successfully completed a per-trial intervention program for first time offenders. Rice was charged with domestic violence after elevator surveillance video surfaced showing him knocking his then fiancée unconscious last year. [NBC]

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When you’re around an Electric Lady, you’re bound to get shocked. So it’s understandable that Tyrese got a little sprung over Janelle Monae and wrote an incredibly open love letter to her on Instagram. Monae has finally responded like the queen she is.

“Always positive and endearing to see a man who admiration for an Electric Lady. I am honored. Thank you, @Tyrese,” she wrote on Twitter. That was sweet!

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We're wishing ESSENCE Fest Alum August Alsina a speedy recovery as he battles an eye disease that's rendering him blind. 

"I'm blind in my left eye and losing vision in my right," he wrote on an Instagram photo of him receiving laser eye treatments. "A lot of things are so natural to us in life we take it for granted. Thank God the OG for allowing me to see the good, the bad, the ugly, I'm just glad to see." 

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Former model Janice Dickinson is suing Bill Cosby for defamation claiming he caused her to suffer personally and professionally when he “publicly branded her a liar” after she said late last year that he raped her 30 years ago. Dickinson cites emotional distress, loss of reputation and loss of business after Cosby’s attorney released a statement saying her accusations of rape were a lie. [Deadline]

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In shady news, a new study by SeatSmart found that music by some of our favorite artists, including Beyoncé, Kanye West, and Chris Brown, contained lyrics that are at a third grade reading level. Meanwhile, Eminem is leading the pack with the most complex and intelligent lyrics in the game. Hmmm... [Complex]

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