DRAKE DENIES CLAIMS THAT HE IS PURSUING KIM KARDASHIAN: Drake has denied rumors that he is looking to pursue Kim Kardashian now that she is divorcing Kanye West. Gossip of The City reached out to Drake about the rumor via direct message on Instagram, asking, “Fake news ? He responded, “Obviously crying laughing emoji.”
NICKI MINAJ'S MOM FILES $150 MILLION LAWSUIT AGAISNT DRIVER IN FATHER'S HIT AND RUN DEATH: Nicki Minaj's mom Carol Maraj has filed a $150 million lawsuit in the death of her husband, Robert Maraj. The 64-year-old was killed after being struck by a 1992 white station wagon that was allegedly driven by Charles Polevich in Mineola, New York. He was taken to the hospital, where he died the next day. According to Billboard, Maraj's attorney Benjamin Crump filed the suit in the Supreme Court of the State of New York. Crump said in a statement, “He was fatally injured in a hit-and-run accident on February 12, 2021, when he was struck by a car being driven by Charles Polevich as Mr. Maraj walked along a Long Island road. After striking Maraj, Polevich left the accident scene and did not call for emergency services or render aid to Maraj.” The statement continued, “He was not only irresponsible and negligent, but more concerned about running away and hiding than seeking help. Polevich’s behavior was criminal, cowardly, and immoral. We will hold him responsible for his reckless actions that led to Robert Maraj’s death!” Polevich turned himself in to law enforcement on Feb. 17th and was charged with two felonies, leaving the scene of an accident that led to death and tampering with or suppressing physical evidence.
LIZZO TO LAUNCH TV SERIES HUNTING FOR 'FULL-FIGURED' MODELS AND DANCERS: According to NME, Lizzo is launching an as yet untitled TV competition series for Amazon where she is on the search for a full figured dancer or model to share the stage with her. Lizzo wrote via IG, “Where are all the big girls? That’s what I wanna know. So me and Amazon are gonna find out.” In the caption, she added, “I BEEN WAITING FOR THIS ONE! Are you a full figured dancer or model? Have you felt underrepresented and under appreciated? THEN I’M LOOKIN FOR YOU! It’s time to find my dream team of beautifully talented big grrrls and @amazonstudios is helping ya grrrl on this journey!”
FAT JOE RESPONDS TO CRITICISM ABOUT ANTI-ASIAN REMARKS HE MADE IN A SONG: Fat Joe has responded to criticism about a verse he did on Benny The Butcher's “Talkin' Back.” On the song, he calls COVID-19 “the Wuhan virus.” He rapped, “Track me in and out of court, Harvey Weinstein / Threw that white up in the pot, gave ’em pipe dreams / And watch it spread like the Wuhan virus / Do ’em dirty for the low like Wu-Tang ‘Sirus.” Joe said about the verse, “I’ll adress the Benny verse i did that verse a year ago when the news was calling it the wuhan virus before they called it COVID i support and love all my asian brothers and sisters never hate.”
VERZUZ ANNOUNCES METHOD MAN AND REDMAN BATTLE: VERZUZ has announced some of their upcoming battles, including a battle between Method Man and Redman on 4/20. The official VERZUZ Instagram account announced the battle, along with the caption, “We’re just getting started. We got so much on the way and can’t wait to reveal the rest, but for now…” The next battle will be between the Isley Brothers and Earth, Wind & Fire on April 4th.
LIL DURK REACTS TO MASS SHOOTING AT HIS NIGHTCLUB EVENT: Lil Durk has opened up about the mass shooting at his nightclub afterparty in Dallas, Texas. According to SOHH.com, seven people were shot, along with a woman who sustained fatal injuries. Police believe that an argument between two suspects outside the club led to the shooting and are currently searching for them. Durk wrote via Instagram, “Blogs make n*ggas look like killers out here and be real b*tches don’t believe no stories bout me cause n*ggas know better in person y’all got the net.”
JOEY BADA$$ BLASTS DISNEY WORLD FOR DENYING HIS AUTISTIC COUSIN ENTRY WITHOUT A MASK: Joey Bada$$ put Disney World on blast, claiming that they denied his young autistic cousin entry without a mask. On Saturday (March 20th), Joey explained that the child doesn't like to wear a mask because he feels like he is suffocating. He wrote, “Never coming back to Disney again. Here’s Luis, Cameron, and Kaitlyn and they just turned away an autistic child at Disney World because he didn’t want to wear his mask. The child thinks the mask is suffocating, the child also has no idea why it is even a requirement. Not to mention that, kids under 2, doesn’t have to wear a mask.” He continued, “These guys have completely ruined my family’s trip. We came out here 30+ for my daughters bday and they turned my lil cousin away, can’t even enjoy this experience anymore.” According to Disney’s COVID-19 protocol, all masks over the age of 2 have to wear a mask, with no exceptions for any sort of special needs.
LIL MAMA RESPONDS TO JACKEE HARRY: Lil Mama took to social media to respond to Jackee Harry — who had a few words to say about her recent announcement of a “heterosexual rights movement.” Harry said, “The lip gloss was never really that poppin.'” She added, “Be true to yourself. You were made perfectly. I love you for who you truly are.” Lil Mama responded to Harry — who she claims blocked her. She wrote, “Thought you was a Sister Sister, More like Sister Act! That’s the problem now. These new young girls don’t respect y’all old b*tches. Why? Because y’all don’t reach out and provide genuine council. You play these internet childish gams and end up in a childish mix. WHERE ARE OUR ROLE MODELs? CAUSE IM TIRED OF YALL OLD HOLLYWOOD BULLSH*T! Kiss my a** Jackie.”
BHAD BHABIE WANTS AN APOLOGY FROM DR. PHIL FOLLOWING ABUSE CLAIMS: Bhad Bhabie wants an apology from Dr. Phil after claiming that she experienced abuse from the Turn About Ranch, the “troubled teen” program that Dr. Phil sent her to after her appearance on his talk show. Bhabie opened up about her experience shortly after 19-year-old Hannah Archuleta accused a ranch staffer of sexual assault. Bhabie wrote via Instagram, “When I had seen the punishments Archuleta was given, I knew I really had to say something … ’cause I truly believe they did that. So, Dr. Phil, I’m going to give you from now to April 5 to issue an apology, not only to me, but to Hannah, and any other child you sent to Turn-About or any other program like this. If you don’t, I’m gonna handle things my way.” She continued, “I was taken there against my will … they come in the middle of the night, they don’t tell the kids where they’re going; they just take them, handcuff them, and put them in the car. It’s basically like kidnapping.” She added that she was deprived of sleep, adequate meals, and warmth. Bhabie also recalled several instances in which teens were physically restrained and subjected to severe punishments by staffers.