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Da Rumor Mill
By Tenisha Renee Miller
    What up doe! Da Rumor Mill is riled up over the high cost of auto insurance, DTE bills, and paying city taxes. But, we aren’t the only ones riled up.
  Twitter fans got riled up over a birthday post Brandy made to Whitney Houston, whose b-day was August 9th. Her post followed the one from singer Monica, who simply posted a picture of the late singer and said, “Happy Heavenly Birthday Nippy ... You still inspire many & touch hearts daily... You will forever be the greatest .... You will forever be missed ❤”
  Brandy followed up by posting several pictures of her and Whitney together. She tweeted, “Thank you for trusting me with the torch!!!" 
  That’s when fans got riled up and wanted to set it off for her appearing to draw attention off of Monica’s post. Brandy got riled up herself over one fan’s post about her competing with Monica and followed up with this post. "Don't project your petty on me... she passed the torch when she passed on my birthday. I have a duty to do what she asked me to do and not anyone else," she wrote. "No one knows what we talked about and no one knows what the note said but she gave it to me and I made her a promise! So you, your faves, and your followers can sit down somewhere and I don't follow oh girl so I don't know what she post, or posted. Whitney loved us both so I don't see the competition or the comparison. But truth is, I was closer to Whitney and that means a lot to me. It's one thing to deal with my Idol passing and it's more excruciating for her to pass on my birthday so I take that as a sign that she wanted me to go out and be my greatest self and make her proud. The note, passing on my day, is the #Torch."  
  I don’t know who Whitney passed the torch to but can someone please put out the fire. 
  When it comes to putting out fires, Quantasia Sharpton hopes to extinguish her flames by making it rain with cash. Quantasia is the chick who claims R&B singer Usher exposed her to herpes and didn’t tell her. She met him at a concert that she attended with friends in celebration of her 19th birthday. She was allowed back stage, and Usher reportedly spotted her in the audience and told security he wanted to meet her. She went back to the hotel and talked with him and then they engaged in sexual acts. The chick tested negative for herpes, but she says she suing to teach him a lesson. Her friend says the only lesson she’s teaching is how to milk a celebrity’s wallet. Her friend posted a video and pointed out that Usher isn’t the only one she’s “finessed”. She finessed August Alsina by trying to pin a baby on him. She also reportedly did the something similar to rapper Kirko Bangs. Usher, by the way, denies the claim saying that he never slept with her. What people do for money!
  People will do some strange things for money. Some of just wanna know what it feels like to have money. One of them is Meek Mills cousin Omelly. The rapper just kicked cuz out of Dream Chasers and Omelly reportedly feels that Meek is messin’ up his chance to make loot. Meek and Omelly reportedly had a big fight outside of the ring in Las Vegas over Meek putting other artists ahead of him. Teefy Bey had to break up the fight. Omelly vented online but said he still loves Meek. 
  But what folks ain’t lovin is comedian Tracy Morgan’s new do. The brotha looks like he got a cheap cornroll lace front weave. Let’s hope it’s for a movie roll. Brotha man can do much better with the alleged $90 million settlement he received from Wal-Mart. In 2014, one of Wal-Mart’s trucks crashed into the Tracy’s limo, injuring him and killing his friend James McNair. 
  And on a happy note, tennis star Serena William just had a baby shower fifties style – sock hops and poodle skirts. Everyone dressed up in outfits from the 1950s. Guests included Venus, of course, Ciara, Kelly Rowland, La La Anthony and Eva Longoria. Serena and fiancé, Alexis Ohanian, are expecting their first child. 
  And, like Serena, we’re about to bust outta here. Peace out!

Jacksons to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

​PRNewswire/ -- Central City Productions will pay tribute to The Jacksons, Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Guy, Oleta Adams and Jody Watley, at Black Music Honors. The live television special taping will take place on Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville, TN.
     The Jacksons are set to receive the Lifetime Achievement in Music Award, Grammy® Award-winner Donnie McClurkin will receive the Gospel Music Icon Award; the R&B group Guy, creators of the New Jack Swing sound, will be given the R&B Soul Music Icon Award; Grammy® nominated-singer Oleta Adams is receiving the Legends Award, Grammy® Award-winner Jody Watley will be recognized with the Crossover Music Icon Award and Grammy® nominated rapper Slick Rick will be presented with the Hip Hop/Rap Music Icon Award.
  The Black Music Honors will include a special performance by The Jacksons. SWV, Karen Clark Sheard, Avery Sunshine, Dave Hollister, Jonathan Butler, Kid 'N Play, Latrice Crawford, Leela James, Marvin Winans, Da Brat, and Sevyn Streeter are also slated to perform. 
  CCP honors legendary African American artists who have made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide. Television and radio personality Rickey Smiley, and singer, actress LeToya Luckett, will co-host the show set to air on broadcast syndication, Sept. 2-30, 2017 and on Bounce TV, October 10.