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Da Rumor Mill
By Tenisha Renee Miller
     What up doe! Da Rumor Mill is disgusted and busted. But, we aren’t the only ones.
     Rapper Cardi B has to be disgusted every time she looks in the mirror and sees an orange-sized lump sittin’ on top of her eye. She needs to take some boxin’ lessons from Mike Tyson or fight with her mouth and not her hands. Nicki Minaj, aka Onika Tanya Maraj, reportedly busted Cardi B in her eye during a fight last week at the Harper’s Bazaar Icon party in New York. A video shows Cardi taking off her shoe and throwing it at Nicki. Security came and broke up the fight, but not before Nicki allegedly landed a blow to Cardi’s eye. Nicki’s knuckles were bruised, after throwing punches. Some say the fight started when Cardi confronted Nicki about allegedly talkin’ trash about her baby and her parenting skills. Others say Nicki was braggin’ about sleepin’ with Cardi’s husband, rapper Offset. Nicki denied saying anything bad about Cardi’s baby and parenting skills. She reportedly said, “The other night I was a part of something so mortifying and so humiliating to go through in front of bunch of upper echelon. “It’s not about white or black. It’s about upper echelon people, who are you know people who have their lives together. The way they pass by looking at this disgusting commotion, I will never forget. I was mortified. I was in (an) Alexandre Vauthier gown. I want to say I would never discuss someone’s child and it’s so sad for someone to pin that on me, because I’m the bad guy and they know people would believe that. So, let me just go on record having said I would never talk about anyone’s child or parenting I don’t care about anyone’s parenting. This is not funny. Get this woman some f***ing help. This woman's at the highest point in her career and she's throwing shoes?" That was round one. Cardi’s sister, Hennessey, now wants to enter the ring to fight Nicki. She blasted Nicki on Instagram for paying her brother’s legal fees, when he was charged with raping a 12-year-old girl and said, “I don’t talk. I fight.” She better watch what she says or she may end up lookin’ like her sister with a bump over both eyes. 
     When it comes to bumps, rumor has it that Empire star Taraji Henson has a baby bump. The 47-year-old actress is reportedly pregnant by her fiancé Kelvin Hayden. Rumors started spreading when Henson and Hayden recently attended the US Open, and she was reportedly “acting” pregnant. She turned down booze but was eating everything but the kitchen sink. Others said that her baby bump is noticeable. The couple got engaged earlier this year on Mother’s Day. Rumor has it that they’re no longer engaged, but eloped. The Empire star added fuel to the fire on Instagram, when she reportedly called her fiancé “#hubbybear.” If either rumor is true, we’re saying congratulations to the couple.
     Speaking of couples, rumor has it that Rapper Irv Gotti’s 19-year-old girlfriend is a dopehead. The 52-year-old is dating Instagram model Val Mercado, who used to hook up with Tyga. The chick’s so-called friends are reportedly saying she’s on drugs and has mental issues. You got to be crazy to date someone old enough to be your father.
  When it comes to crazy, actress Tisha Campbell-Martin supposedly claims her estranged husband, Duane Martin, must be crazy if he thinks she’s gonna pay him spousal support. The former Martin star says he should be paying her. She says that he’s spent over $750,000 on 500 shirts that cost about $1,500 each. Duane reportedly claims it’s not true, but our girl went into detective mode and found a video of him bragging about his wardrobe on Instagram. Not only does he own a store full of shirts, but he has shoes to match. Women outsmart men nearly every time.
     And, on that note, we’re outta here!

The 3rd Annual Black Music Honors pays tribute to music icons, airs through Sept. 30

PRNewswire/ -- The 3rd Annual 2018 Black Music Honors hosted by television and radio personality Rickey Smiley and Grammy® Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett is currently airing in national broadcast syndication. The star-studded show was taped live at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, Tenn. Viewers can go to blackmusichonors.com/Airtime.html to check local airdates and broadcast times.
     The show celebrated the legacies of several esteemed music icons including Grammy ®Award-winning singer, songwriter and actress Stephanie Mills (Legends Award); celebrated singer/actor Bobby Brown (R&B Soul Music Icon Award); acclaimed gospel artists BeBe and CeCe Winans (Gospel Music Icon Award); multi-platinum, Grammy® Award-winning recording artist Faith Evans (Urban Music Icon Award); renowned rap duo Whodini (Hip Hop Icon Award); and chart-topping music producer and label executive Dallas Austin (Music Innovator Icon Award).  
     Black Music Honors celebrates artists who have helped shape black music and culture by inspiring new and emerging entertainers. A show-stopping medley by Bell Biv DeVoe honored R&B icon, Bobby Brown. The electrifying performance visibly moved Brown to tears.  
     Brown recalled his childhood, "I remember when I was nine, I thought about what I wanted to be in life. I knew I didn't want to end up dead in the streets of Boston. He's [God] still working and there's so much more I'm going to do to see joy on your faces."
     Performances by Donnie McClurkin, Kierra Sheard, Jonathan McReynolds and Tasha Page-Lockhart honored gospel heavyweight duo BeBe and CeCe Winans, receiving a standing ovation. Rappers Doug E. Fresh, YoYo, Monie Love and DJ Mell Star sparked hip hop nostalgia with renditions of classic songs to honor Brooklyn-based duo Whodini.
     Vocalists Demetria McKinney, V. Bozeman and Syleena Johnson paid homage to Faith Evans. The singer stated "I'm not used to being honored. I give thanks to God, who's the only reason that I'm still standing." Other performers included Next, Jade Novah, Rhyon Brown,Sammie, Ruben Studdard, Regina Bell, Angela Winbush and Paris Bennett. Temptations front man Dennis Edwards was honored with a set by Raheem DeVaughn and Koryn Hawthorne.
     The 2018 Black Music Honors was made possible by title sponsor, State Farm as well as AT&T and presenting sponsors McDonald's, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson and Chevrolet. Ticket proceeds benefitted the National Museum of African American Music.
     The 3rd Annual Black Music Honors show is Executive Produced by Central City Productions Founder, Chairman and CEO, Don Jackson, with Jennifer J. Jackson serving as Producer and Michael A. Johnson as Producer and Director. For more information on CCP, check out www.ccptv.com.