*Tory Lanez has allegedly admitted that he opened fire on Megan Thee Stallion because he was drunk.
The rapper reportedly sent a text to Megan shortly after the incident on July 12. TMZ has seen the text, in which Tory begs for forgiveness. He wrote, “I know u prolly never gone talk to me again, but I genuinely want u to know I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart.”
According to the report, the reason he shot her in her feet on that fateful night is because “I was just too drunk,” he wrote in the text.
In his message to Meg, Tory never references the shooting or mentions a gun, but said: “None the less s**t should have never happened and I can’t change what did. I just feel horrible.” He adds, “Cuz I genuinely just got too drunk.”
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As one Twitter user noted of the situation, “He shot her. He knew he shot her. Admitted he shot her. She didn’t rat him out. But he sent his team on a PR campaign to lie and damage her reputation anyway.”
Late last month, Megan Thee Stallion finally confirmed that it was Lanez who shot her during their wild night out. She took to Instagram Live to explain in her own words what went down that night in Los Angeles after they partied with Kylie Jenner.
“Yes, this n***a Tory shot me. You shot me, and you got your publicist and your people going to these blogs, lying and shit,” she said (see Twitter video above). “Stop lying. Why lie? I don’t understand. I tried to keep the situation off the internet, but you’re dragging it,” she added.
Megan went on to deny reports that she physically assaulted Lanez prior to getting shot, and made clear that their argument was not over Kylie Jenner.
“I got hit at the back of my feet because when I got shot I was WALKING AWAY FACING THE BACK,” Megan wrote in an Instagram post. “Why would I lie abt getting shot? Why are y’all so upset that I don’t wanna be in the bed sad ? Why y’all upset that I can walk? … I usually don’t address internet bulls — but y’all people are so sick! God was really watching over me and I’m healing so well!”
The Pulse of Entertainment: Pastor Ernest Gonder Releases New Single ‘For His Glory’ on Devine Jamz
*“I wanted the world to hear me,” said Renaissance man Ernest Gonder about his new single “For His Glory” (Devine Jamz Gospel) from an upcoming EP release. “That was my focus…but God did not allow it. Musicians didn’t work out. The studio had technical issues. I caught Corona and had pneumonia in both lungs. I heard the doctors say I wouldn’t be singing again. I said, ‘God, I hear you.’ I went back into the studio and all went well because this time it was for God’s glory.”
I call Ernest a Renaissance man because he does it all; he is a passionate Gospel singer/songwriter; a passionate Senior Pastor; a very talented musician, and a Lieutenant in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. He is a hero on several fronts and I felt honored to have interview time with him to talk about his musical ministry.
The “For His Glory” single was written by Kendall Hunter.
“I can’t wait for Thanksgiving, I have a video coming out, it’s a music video for the song,” said Pastor Gonder (watch it below).
On the “For His Glory” single, he shows us that God has the final say-so and when you listen to Ernest’s vocal delivery after doctors said he wouldn’t be singing again – its evident. It has been shown through my own family experiences that when man or doctors say no, God can turn it around and say “yes.”
“It’s about people going through abusive relationships and experiencing death,” Lt. Gonder pointed out about the “For His Glory” music video. “I wasn’t the writer of the song. Kendall Hunter was the writer of the song. I had just got the ‘call’ to minister through music. I relinquished my church to another Pastor – I’m Associate Pastor now. And in 2019 I went to record it and it didn’t work out.”
We now know why and that evidentially it did work out for him in the studio when Ernest Gonder’s mind went from his glory to God’s glory.
On being the ultimate symbol of a man in service to his community Ernest said, “It’s one of the reasons I’m in law enforcement and ministry (he likes to serve). And with my family, I’m happy and fulfilled.”
On being a law enforcement officer he said,” I’m able to empathize with what most people are going through. I’ve been in it and through it with them. Being a victim or being in need – I’m able to understand and sympathize.”
That empathy translates through his vocal performances, and his song choice and content. His empathy is evident when you hear his new single “For His Glory.” www.EGonderMusic.com www.DevineJamz.net/artist/ernest-gonder/
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS, MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director (at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: “Uplifting Minds II” Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in 1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming to Los Angeles Saturday, November 7, 2020 via Zoom Video Conferencing and to Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security Square Mall. The ULMII event is a free conference offering an Entertainment Business Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition (vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services. Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP for Zoom Access email [email protected]
‘Blackish’ Star Miles Brown Releases Video for ‘Kid’ from Debut Album ‘We The Future’ (Watch)
*”Blackish” star Miles Brown released a new music video for “KID” featuring hip hop legend Slick Rick and singer/songwriter Angelo Arce today. The song appears on Miles’ debut hip hop album “We the Future,” out now via Acme Music Co.
On the fun and upbeat bop, which is accompanied by a playfully animated video, Miles rhymes about wanting to stay a kid and enjoy every minute of his childhood.
Miles recent stopped by The Tamron Hall show to perform “We the Future Rmx.”
Rooted in his desire to champion positivity, family ties, strong mental health, equality, and the fight against racial injustice, We the Future – produced by Madlib, Mic Checkmate, and Deliv – calls out to the next generation of leaders to recognize and own their strength and budding authority. The album features an eclectic roster of guest artists including NBA All-Star and rapper Dame D.O.L.L.A..; singer, songwriter and record producer Jidenna; legendary songwriter Seidah Garrett, as well as Miles’ rapper father WildChild of Lootpack. The album also features shout-outs from artists including Redman, Method Man, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, Flava Flav, Post Malone, and Macklemore who show love on the track “Feeling Inspired.”
Watch the animated video for “Kid” and his “Tamron Hall” performance below:
Memorable December 2s for Michael, Mariah, Cooke, Jay-Z, Birdsong, Temptations, Odetta & More [EUR Video Throwback]
*Oh where to begin with you, December two? This day saw some eventful things happen within R&B and hip hop, so settle in as we go through them in chronological order from the eldest to the most recent.
Dec 2, 1957: Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me,” written by his brother, Charles “LC” Cooke, hits No. 1 for the first of three weeks. Cooke was signed to gospel label Specialty Records when his producer, Bumps Blackwell, brought this song to label owner Art Rupe. Rupe was unwilling to include the choir on the track fearing they were too secular and would alienate the label’s gospel fans. According to Songfacts, Rube offered Cooke a release from his contract in exchange for outstanding royalties. The song was passed on to the Keen label where it eventually sold over 2 million copies.
Dec. 2, 1969: The Rolling Stones, en route to what would be their deadly Dec. 6 concert at the Altamont Speedway in Northern, CA, make a pit stop at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios in Alabama where they recorded “Brown Sugar.” The lyrics are clearly about enslaved women from Africa who were sold in New Orleans and raped by their white masters. But the chorus appears as if the song is just Mick Jagger’s mindless ode to interracial sex. Here’s what he had to say about the verses in a 1995 interview.
“God knows what I’m on about on that song. It’s such a mishmash. All the nasty subjects in one go. […] I never would write that song now. I would probably censor myself. I’d think, ‘Oh God, I can’t. I’ve got to stop. I can’t just write raw like that.'”
The chorus of “Brown Sugar” was inspired by the group’s African American background singer, and Jagger’s one-time girlfriend, Claudia Lennear.
Dec. 2, 1969: While the Stones were in Alabama trivializing the rape of Black women in bondage, Cindy Birdsong of The Supremes was being kidnapped in Los Angeles.
As the story goes, she was approached by a knife-wielding maintenance man at her apartment building as she returned home with her then-boyfriend (later husband) Charles Hewlett and their friend, Howard Meek. The man forced her to tie up the two men, then walked her downstairs into her car. As the vehicle was moving, Birdsong managed to unlock the door and jump out onto the highway. She was treated and released from the hospital for minor knife wounds and abrasions. The maintenance man, Charles Collier, contacted police four days later and turned himself in.
More details are in this newspaper article of Collier’s arrest:
Dec. 2, 1972: The Temptations single “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” hit No. 1 on this date with a marathon running time of 6 minutes and 58 seconds, and that was the scaled down version. The album version came in at 11:46. Motown split the track in two for the single release: the A-side was the 6:58 “vocal” version and the B-side, at 4:49, was dubbed “instrumental.” The A-side, although bifurcated, is still among the longest chart-toppers in Hot 100 history. (Don McLean’s “American Pie” was the only longer song of 1972, clocking in at 8:33.)
Below is an even shorter 4-minute version for the Temps’ 1972 performance on “Soul Train.”
Dec. 2, 1983: Michael Jackson’s 14-minute “Thriller” video debuts on MTV. Directed by John Landis, the video held the door open for Black acts to be played on the cable channel after years of resistance. Network brass had insisted that MTV be reserved strictly for rock acts. Jackson’s record label CBS basically told them, “If you don’t play Michael’s videos, you won’t get videos from any of our artists,” which at the time included MTV staples Rolling Stones, Kansas, Frank Zappa, The Clash and more.
Dec. 2, 1995: “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey’s duet with Boyz II Men, hits No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stays there for a record 16 weeks. The record stood for the next 24 years with “Despacito” tying the 16-week run in 2017. Last year, Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” took the crown when it spent its 17th week at No. 1 on Aug. 3, 2019.
Carey and Boyz II Men’s Nathan Morris penned “One Sweet Day” together. Carey was writing about her pain over the death of David Cole, the co-writer and co-producer of C+C Music Factory. Morris was writing a similar ode to his group’s road manager Kahlil Roundtree, who had just been shot and killed following a dispute with a promoter. Morris said in the book “Chicken Soup For the Soul: The Story Behind The Song” that Roundtree was “like a surrogate father on the road. Our parents trusted him to handle everything, including us, which he did very well.”
Regarding “One Sweet Day,” Morris continued: “We got a call from Tommy Mottola asking if we’d be interested in doing a duet with Mariah Carey. We went to the studio she was recording in at the Hit Factory in New York, to hear the song they had in mind. She played us the melody and the hook, and it was amazing. It was almost the same song I was writing. I told her that I was working on a song with a similar melody and, while the lyrics were, of course, different, the premise was the same. They complemented each other. I sang to her the melody and lyrics of what I had written, and we merged the two. We switched things around to make them work and wrote it that day. The other guys in the group filled in the holes to complete it.
“We came back to the studio to record it a week or so later and we only had a few hours to do everything, since we squeezed this in between dates on tour. The photo on the album cover was shot in the elevator on the way up to the studio and the video was shot during the recording session, all in those few hours that day.”
Dec. 2, 1999: This is the night that Jay-Z’s career nearly ended when he stabbed record executive Lance “Un” Rivera during a party at Manhattan’s Kit Kat Klub. Hov thought that Rivera bootlegged his album “Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter” and took matters into his own hands, literally. Rivera, the CEO and co-founder of Untertainment with Notorious B.I.G., was treated at New York’s St. Vincent Hospital for wounds to his shoulder and abdomen. Jay-Z would turn himself into the NYPD Midtown South Precinct in Manhattan where he was charged with felony assault in the second degree. His bail was $50,000 and he was out within a few hours. It’s widely assumed that “Un” gave Jay-Z’s name to police investigating the incident. The rapper was facing a 15-year prison sentence if convicted. He proclaimed his innocence and was looking forward to his day in court. But after watching the obscene media attention given to similar court cases at the time involving Sean “Puffy” Combs and Shyne, Jay decided to take a plea deal that involved just 3 years probation.
Dec. 2, 2008: Blues legend Odetta Holmes, known professionally by just her first name, died of heart disease on this day at age 77. Known as “The Voice of the Civil Rights Movement,” Odetta was a vital force in the American folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s, and influenced key artists in the genre, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Mavis Staples, and Janis Joplin.
Time magazine placed her recording of “Take This Hammer” on its list of the 100 Greatest Popular Songs, stating that “Rosa Parks was her No. 1 fan, and Martin Luther King Jr. called her the queen of American folk music.”
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