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CO-FOUNDER OF KOOL AND THE GANG DIES!

Ronald “Khalis” Bell, the Kool & the Gang co-founder who co-wrote and produced many of the R&B/soul/funk/disco/jazz group’s hits — including “Celebration,” “Cherish,” “Jungle Boogie,” “Hollywood Swinging,” “Summer Madness,” “Open Sesame,” “Ladies’ Night,” “Joanna,” and “Fresh” — has died, according to a statement issued by his publicist, Sujata Murthy.

Bell passed away Wednesday morning at his home in the U.S. Virgin Islands, at the age of 68.

No cause of death was given at press time.

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ENTERTAINMENT HEALTH

THE DEATH OF CHADWICK BOSEMAN!

Actor Chadwick Boseman, who brought the movie “Black Panther” to life with his charismatic intensity and regal performance, has died.

Boseman has battled colon cancer since 2016 and died at home with his family and wife by his side, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account.

He was 43.”

A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you so many of the films you have come to love so much,” the statement said.”From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.”

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With his role as King T’Challa in the boundary-breaking film “Black Panther,” he became a global icon and an inspiring symbol of Black power.

That role was the “honor of (Boseman’s) career,” the statement said.

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The Coronavirus Reality

DAVE CHAPPELLE FLIES OUT TO CHECK ON KANYE!

Kanye West has some company in Wyoming following his Twitter meltdown, but it’s not his family checking in on him … it’s Dave Chappelle.

The rapper says Dave hopped on a jet to come see him “doing well” on the ranch, and called him a “God send and a true friend.” The great, warm, friendly visit did come with one slightly awkward moment.

Kanye got Dave, and a few other friends there, to gather around for a video … and then put the comedian on the spot to come up with something funny — y’know, to make everyone laugh.

It was, apparently, pretty early in the day, ’cause Dave said he wasn’t in funny mode yet, but watch … of course they found their way to a punchline.

As reported … Kanye went on a wild rant Monday night, firing off several tweets that accused his wife, Kim Kardashian, of trying to have him involuntarily committed to a mental hospital.

He also blasted Kris Jenner for allegedly influencing some of Kim’s past career moves — i.e. posing for Playboy and selling her sex tape — and compared his life to “Get Out.”

Assuming Dave touched down in Wyoming Tuesday morning — as Kanye inferred — he went pretty far out of his way to help his buddy. We’re told Dave’s been doing “invite-only” comedy gigs near his home in Ohio.

Dave flying out couldn’t come at a better time for Ye — as we’ve told you, many people close to him say he’s in the midst of a serious bipolar episode.

No such thing as a bad time to chill with Chappelle, but this is a particularly good time.

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The Coronavirus Reality

EXCLUSIVE: A CONVERSATION WITH CYNTOIA BROWN LONG AND HER HUSBAND J. LONG!

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CYNTOIA BROWN LONG MONDAY NIGHT AT 10:30 PM ON ISIAH FACTOR UNCENSORED!

Cyntoia Brown Long and her husband J. Long!

Coming Monday on Isiah Factor Uncensored… An exclusive interview with Cyntoia Brown Long and her husband and my good friend J. Long… She talked about life after prison and how she’s trying to make a lasting impact after being freed on the murder charge! #CyntoiaBrown#JLong @j.longjfam

More about Cyntoia:

Cyntoia Brown Long (born January 29, 1988) is an American woman who was convicted of the murder and robbery of Johnny Michael Allen. Brown, who was 16 years old and involuntarily being prostituted at the time of the murder, claimed that Allen had paid her $150 to have sex with him, and that she feared for her life during their encounter, leading her to shoot him. Prosecutors argued that Brown killed Allen while he was sleeping in order to rob him. Brown was found guilty of robbing and murdering Allen and sentenced to life imprisonment.

She would have been eligible for parole at the age of 67. After renewed interest in her case in 2017, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam commuted her original sentence to 15 years and Brown was released on August 7, 2019.[1] Her story is detailed in the 2011 documentary Me Facing Life: Cyntoia’s Story and in her memoir, Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System.

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STRANGE AND WEIRD EATING ADDICTIONS!

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DID NICK CANNON GO TOO FAR WITH HIS COMMENTS?

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MEGAN THEE STALLION SAYS I WANT TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT!

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion said Wednesday that a shooting outside a Hollywood Hills mansion over the weekend left her with “gunshot wounds” and she “underwent surgery to remove the bullets.”

But an LAPD account makes no mention of the artist being struck by gunfire outside a house party Sunday and refers only to her suffering a foot injury in the incident.

Recording artist Tory Lanez was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon after he was detained leaving the area before dawn in a vehicle that eyewitnesses said may have been connected to the reported gunfire.

Police swarmed the neighborhood in the 1800 block of Nichols Canyon about 4:30 a.m. Sunday for a “shots fired investigation.” According to the Los Angeles Police Department, “witnesses to the incident provided a description of a suspect(s) and their vehicle.”

Officers responding to the scene stopped a vehicle matching the description and detained multiple people, according to a statement.

Lanez, 27, whose real name is Daystar Peterson, was arrested and subsequently booked before being released on $35,000 bond, jail records show.

On Wednesday, however, Megan Thee Stallion — whose real name is Megan Pete — posted on Instagram that “the narrative that is being reported about Sunday’s morning events are inaccurate.”

“On Sunday morning, I suffered gunshot wounds, as a result of a crime that was committed against me and done with the intention to physically harm me,” the “Savage” songstress said.

“I was never arrested, the police officers drove me to the hospital where I underwent surgery to remove the bullets. I’m incredibly grateful to be alive and that I’m expected to make a full recovery, but it was important for me to clarify the details about this traumatic night,” she wrote.

In a video of the aftermath, both Lanez and Stallion can be seen in handcuffs as officers try to determine what happened.

In a statement Wednesday, the LAPD said one person was taken to the hospital “with a foot injury.” Two sources familiar with the investigation said Stallion was displaying an injury at the scene consistent with her being struck by shattered glass.

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HOUSTON’S HIP HOP WIVES: QUEENIE, CRYSTAL, AND SPOLIED LATINA!

Alongside several good men behind the microphone are the women in their lives.

In the cases of rappers Bun B, Paul Wall and Swishahouse founder G-Dash, there are wives who are independently popular and successful.

Bun B’s wife Chalvalier “Queenie” Freeman, Paul Wall’s wife Crystal and G-Dash’s wife “Spoiled Latina” Yvonne Guidry share their hip-hop ‘wives tales’ with Isiah Carey.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TONIGHT AT 10:30 PM ON ISIAH FACTOR!

Make sure you tune in to the Factor Uncensored weeknights at 10:30 pm on Fox 26 and on #FoxSoul!