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Candice Payne Got 30 Hotel Rooms for Homeless People in Chicago During Severe Cold Snap

As temperatures plunged to life-threatening lows this week, more than 100 homeless people in Chicago unexpectedly found themselves with food, fresh clothes and a place to stay after a local real estate broker intervened.

The broker, Candice Payne, 34, said it was a “spur-of-the-moment” decision to help. “It was 50 below, and I knew they were going to be sleeping on ice and I had to do something,” she said on Saturday.

Ms. Payne contacted hotels and found 30 rooms available at the Amber Inn for Wednesday night at $70 per room. Temperatures in Chicago reached lows of minus 25 and minus 26 on Wednesday and Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

After Ms. Payne paid for the rooms on a credit card, she asked on her Instagram account for anyone who could help transport the homeless people. Soon she had a caravan of cars, S.U.V.s and vans with volunteer drivers.

“We had to accommodate everyone. It was really overwhelming,” Ms. Payne said. “They were so appreciative. They couldn’t wait to get in a bath and lay in a bed.”

Ms. Payne bought toiletries, food, prenatal vitamins, lotions, deodorants and snacks and made care packages to help make the people feel comfortable. Restaurants donated trays of food, and many people called the inn.

I love hearing about good deeds being done to those who are less fortunate than us.

Rapper 21 Savage’ Arrested by US Immigration Force

Atlanta rapper 21 Savage has been arrested as of Sunday by immigration officials who say he is illegally present in the United States.

The rapper, whose real name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, came to the US in July 2005 aged 12 and failed to leave when his visa expired a year later, officials said.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman said he is being held for removal proceedings.

A CNN reporter quoted an ICE spokesman as saying: “His whole public persona is false”.

“Mr. Abraham-Joseph is presently in ICE custody in Georgia and has been placed into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts,” ICE said in a statement. “ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions.”
An attorney for Abraham-Joseph said his representatives were working to secure his release.
This is a developing story.

‘Love and Hip Hop’ Star Yandy Smith Maced While Protesting Jail Conditions in Brooklyn [VIDEO]

‘Love and Hip Hop’ star Yandy Smith got maced Sunday afternoon while protesting jail conditions.

The reality star was among the crowd protesting outside the Metropolitan Detention Center, a federal facility in Brooklyn, when the macing happened. Due to an electrical fire, the Metropolitan Detention Center has been without heat and electricity since January 28th.

via Madame Noire:

During the protest, which was broadcasted live on her Instagram account, she would correspond with the inmates by telling them to bang on their windows as she asked questions. When she asked if they had not received their blankets, the banging was heard loud and clear. When she asked if the heat had not been cut on, they banged, which let us know they were still freezing.

Smith, who was visibly emotional, was outraged at reports from the New York City Mayor’s Office that the inmates were sent blankets and hand-warmers while temperatures were below freezing. The inmates confirmed that they had not received anything. The MDC has been without heat and electricity for about a week, putting inmates are risk for serious health issues. The New York Times noted that inmates with sleep apnea cannot use their sleep machines because there is no electricity, putting them at risk for a stroke. Without electricity, the inmates can’t call their loved ones nor can they request refills for their medication. They also can’t use their toilets and there’s no hot water. Visiting hours have also been canceled. This jail houses over 1,600 men.

This matter hits close to home for Smith, whose husband Mendeecees Harris is currently incarcerated on drug related charges. Smith was also hurt during the protest according to a video that was posted by her close friend.

CHINESE STUDENT POISONS HIS BLACK ROOMMATE WITH THALLIUM

Yukai Yang, an international student from China was arrested and charged Thursday with ethnic intimidation, institutional vandalism, and criminal mischief after poisoning Juwan Royal, his black roommate with thallium.

According to The Washington Post, Royal and Yang who were both seniors and chemistry majors had been friends for several years. The first incident occurred in February. One night Royal drank from a water bottle then immediately felt a burning sensation in his mouth.  One March 18 Royal fell ill again. He was sitting at his computer before feeling dizzy and passing out. The police were called and when they asked Yang what happened he told them that he thought someone was tampering with liquids in their room.

One week later, their room was vandalized and Royal told the police that he thought Yang had something to do with it. After the investigators matched Yang’s handwriting with the slur written on the desk, he was arrested.  When Yang interviewed with the Morning Call, he admitted to buying thallium and other chemicals and mixing them into the food and drinks. He claimed he was only intending to poison himself if he didn’t do well on his upcoming exams.

Yang was also suspended from school and his student visa has been revoked.

Janet Jackson Called Police to Check on 1-Year-Old Son’s Welfare While He Was With His Father

Janet Jackson called the police on Saturday to check on the welfare of her son Eissa Al Mana while he was in the care of his father, Wissam Al Mana.

via TMZ:

Law enforcement sources tell us Janet made the call to Malibu authorities late Saturday night, asking cops to check in on her son … who was with her estranged husband, Wissam Al Mana, at the Nobu Hotel. We’re told police did, in fact, check in — but found no one to be in danger.

Sources say cops told the 2 parties — Janet and Wissam, in this case — to handle the matter civilly. It’s unclear if Janet was on the scene or not, though. 

According to a report … Janet was supposedly tipped off to some alleged aggressive behavior displayed by Wissam, which concerned a nanny enough to alert Janet. 

Janet’s brother, Randy, revealed that Wissam’s abuse was a major factor in Janet’s decision to leave their marriage.

Pizza Hut to Replace Papa Johns as NFL Sponsor

Papa John’s is out and Pizza Hut is in.

Pizza Hut will take over the NFL pizza-sponsorship deal after Papa John’s pulled out in the wake of league controversy last season.

via Bloomberg:

Pizza Hut’s multiyear deal gives it collective use of all 32 teams logos, and the NFL will work closely with the chain on local team partnerships, according to a joint statement Wednesday.

Papa John’s — unhappy over declining ratings and the handling of players’ national anthem protests — said Tuesday it was ending its deal across the whole league that had been in place since 2010, and would focus on marketing with 22 specific teams. The opening provides an opportunity for Pizza Hut’s parent, Yum! Brands Inc., which has sought to burnish the pizza chain’s image after years of sluggish sales.

“The capacity for what’s possible is endless, and that’s going to make this league partnership great fun for Pizza Hut, the NFL and everyone who loves pizza and football,” said Artie Starrs, Pizza Hut’s U.S. president. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is “thrilled to have Pizza Hut.”

The NFL’s relationship with Papa John’s had been strained since the chain’s founder John Schnatter slammed the league in November, saying that declining ratings had hurt sales. He also said Goodell mishandled a controversy over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Last year, the league generated about $14 billion in revenue.

Sadly I actually use to love Papa Johns pizza but hello to Pizza Hut and hopefully there is a lesson learned in this.

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Will and Jada Pinkett Smith Want You to Know They Did NOT Give Tyrese $5 Million!

The other day, Tyrese took to Instagram to share with the world that Will and Jada Pinkett Smith gave him $5 million to ‘stay afloat’ and to stay offline.

According to sources connected to Will and Jada, the only thing they gave Tyrese was a phone call.

via TMZ:

Our Will and Jada sources say they did not give Tyrese any money at all. Tyrese posted last Sunday that Will and Jada gave him the gift in return for him staying mum about his trial. Tyrese wrote, “You’ve guys asked me to get off and stay off the Internet now that my daughters legal fees will be paid. I will listen.”

Will and Jada have been friends with Tyrese for years, and we’re told they’re extremely worried Tyrese is having some sort of a breakdown.

Check out the post he shared below.

Not sure what is going on with Tyrese, but hopefully everything works out for him in the end. We just got to keep people in prayers because so many are going through and honestly you have to keep in mind that these celebrities are still human.