Here’s all the news you may have missed this weekend.
Russell Simmons is being sued by a new rape accuser who alleges that the media mogul raped her in a hotel room after a concert, which she attended with her son. The woman says Simmons told her, “I am going to fuck you. I’m going to fuck you or I’m going to fuck your son.” (Billboard)
Tyler Perry is finally learning how to swim thanks to his son. The director stopped by LIVE with Kelly and Ryan recently, where he gushed over his three-year-old son, Aman, and revealed that he’s been taking swimming lessons to keep up with him. Perry said, “It’s going well. I made it to the deep end of the pool. It’s six feet and I’m 6’6″ so it works out. But I’m working on it.” (YouTube)
Tiffany Haddish has booked another gig, this time voicing a character in the upcoming Lego Movie sequel. Haddish’s character and the plot of The Lego Movie 2 are being kept under wraps, but the film is set to be released February 2019. (Deadline)
The cause of death for former Temptations lead singer Dennis Edwards has been determined. The Cook County, Illinois medical examiner’s office has revealed that the singer died of complications from meningitis. (Page Six)
A Dallas pastor has received 99 years in prison after starving a toddler in an attempt to rid him of a demon. Investigators say the parents of two-year-old Benjamin Aparicio believed a demon was trapped inside him and sought help from Aracely Meza, a woman who claimed she was a prophet. Police were tipped off after a member of the church said they held a resurrection gathering for the child. Benjamin would have turned three next month. (The Dallas Morning News)
Nate Parker will attempt to make his return with new LAPD biopic, Black and Blue. The film will tell the story of LAPD detective Ralph Waddy as he investigates high profile cases. Parker and his film Birth of a Nation faced backlash after rape allegations against the director re-surfaced in 2016. Black and Blue is set to begin filming in July. (Deadline)
Donald Glover and FX have left the animated Deadpool series that was set to hit the networks FXX channel. FXX and Marvel Television announced the project last year, but following “creative differences,” FX, Donald Glover, Stephen Glover and Marvel Television have agreed to part ways. (Variety)
Teyana Taylor says “Polo era” Kanye West will appear on her upcoming album. During an interview with HOT 97, Taylor hinted at a collab with Chris Brown and revealed that ‘Ye had helped with production. “He was so excited, we did one song where he just did the beat, he was banging on the desk and the mic was right there and I was just singing to what he was banging on the desk. Shit was crazy. He’s OD.” (YouTube)
Former Republican U.S. senator Rick Santorum believes that kids should be learning CPR instead of protesting for gun control. Santorum suggested that students need to learn to respond to real-life events and stop asking lawmakers to make reasonable changes to gun laws. (CNN)
Will Smith is taking salsa lessons from Marc Anthony. America’s dad took to Instagram to share a little snippet of the two dancing, with Smith noting in the caption that it was just one of the things he’s checking off his bucket list. (Instagram)
ICE has deported a two-time army veteran. Chicago-native Miguel Perez Jr., who served two tours in Afghanistan, was deported Friday after applying for citizenship and receiving a letter from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services that stated he lacked “moral character.” Perez suffered from PTSD and brain injuries as a result of his service in the U.S. army. (Splinter News)
Jared Kushner’s brother was spotted protesting gun violence at March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. Josh Kushner shared a photo of girlfriend Karlie Kloss holding a sign that read, “Load Minds Not Guns.” (Instagram)
Rihanna and H.E.R. are working on a secret collab. H.E.R. recently told a reporter that the pair are working on “secret projects.” When asked if it was a new music project, the singer said, “Something like that.” (Complex)
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