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Who was Dee Dee Warwick? Singer accused of sexually assaulting Whitney Houston

An upcoming documentary about the life of Whitney Houston is revealing new details about her upbringing. The star was the victim of sexual abuse as a child and the abuser was her cousin Dee Dee Warwick, another notable singer, according to filmmakers. 

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The movie entitled “Whitney,” which hits theaters in July, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Wednesday, and in a recent IndieWire interview, the director Kevin Macdonald talked about the sexual abuse allegations. 

“Gary the brother told me he was abused by Dee Dee,” he said. “So it’s not allegations. He’s saying I was abused by this person and told me, ‘I think she abused Whitney.’”

Want to know more Dee Dee Warwick? Here are five things you should know. 

She was born into a family of singers.

Born Delia Juanita Warrick, the singer was raised in Newark, New Jersey. She is the younger sister of Grammy-award winning singer Dionne Warwick, whose hits include “Walk On By” and “Say A Little Prayer.” 

>> Related: New Whitney Houston doc trailer shows singer saying Paula Abdul is ‘singing off-key on the record’

In her teens, she began singing with her sister and their aunt Cissy, Whitney Houston’s mother, in church. They eventually became a gospel trio called Gospelaires and were recruited by a record producer after a performance at the Apollo Theater in New York. 

Warwick sang backup for Aretha Franklin and others.

As a teen, she sang for stars including Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett and even her sister Dionne. She also sang solo. After leaving the gospel group, she recorded a version of “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” which was later covered by Diana Ross and the Supremes and The Temptations and peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100. 

>> Related: Rare footage shows Whitney Houston rehearsing 'I'm Your Baby Tonight'

She launched a solo career in her late teens. 

By the 1960s, she officially began to pursue solo endeavors. Her first recordings included songs such as “You’re No Good” and “I (Who Have Nothing).” In 1965, she signed a deal with Mercury Records and found success with the tunes “We’re Doing Fine,” “Foolish Fool” and “She Didn’t Know (She Kept on Talking).”

She also made some TV appearances. The starlet sang alongside her sister on NBC’s Hullabaloo and as a solo act on the TV show Shivaree. 

She was reportedly one of the first openly gay women in the music industry.

The Telegraph reported she was open about her sexuality. 

“Dee Dee was openly lesbian in the music industry,” one anonymous source close to the Warwick family told the publication. “Not necessarily in public, but I don’t think that was a secret within the music industry. And that was a detriment to her development also, because she didn’t hide it within the music industry. She didn’t.”

>> Related: Watch the teaser trailer for estate-approved Whitney Houston documentary ‘Whitney’

The singer battled with substance abuse. 

She battled drug addiction for much of her life, and in 2008, she died in a New Jersey nursing home at the age of 63. Her sister was reportedly by her side. 

Rapper Offset, of Migos, wrecks car overnight in Atlanta

Migos rapper Offset reportedly destroyed his car late Wednesday night in Atlanta and was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to TMZ.

The gossip website posted a photo of the mangled green Dodge Challenger being towed on a flatbed.

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No accident report was taken and emergency medical workers were not called to the scene.

Offset’s fiancée, Cardi B, went to be with him following the accident, according to TMZ.

On May 9 during a lengthy interview on Howard Stern’s radio show, Cardi B, who is expecting a baby girl with Offset, said she and the Migos star are building a new house together in Atlanta, where they plan to raise their child.

Royal wedding: How did Prince Harry and Meghan Markle meet?

American actress Meghan Markle and Britain’s Prince Harry are set to wed Saturday, almost two years after a mutual friend set them up on a blind date in London.

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Prince Harry told BBC News in November that he had never watched the show Markle is best known for, USA’s “Suits,” before he met the California-born actress in July 2016.

“I was beautifully surprised when I walked into that room and saw her and there she was sitting there,” Prince Harry said. “I thought, I am really going to have to up my game here.”

>> Royal Wedding: Everything to know before Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle

Markle told BBC News that, as an American, she knew little about the prince before their first date.

“You know, because I’m from the States, you don’t grow up with the same understanding of the royal family,” Markle said. “While I now understand very clearly there is a global interest there, I didn’t know much about him.”

She told the news network that she had only one question for the friend who set them up.

>> 5 American women who married royalty

“I said, ‘Well, is he nice?’ Because if he wasn’t kind, then it didn’t seem like it would make sense,” she said.

The prince told BBC News he convinced Markle to join him in Botswana a few weeks after their first meeting. For five days, the couple camped out under the stars.

"We were really by ourselves, which was crucial to me to make sure we had a chance to get to know each other," Prince Harry told BBC News.

>> Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: A relationship timeline

A whirlwind romance followed.

“The fact that I fell in love with Meghan so incredibly quickly was sort of confirmation to me that all the stars were aligned, everything was just perfect,” Prince Harry said. “It was this beautiful woman just sort of literally tripped and fell into my life, I fell into her life.”

>> How to watch and stream the royal wedding (plus everything else on TV about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle)

Markle and the prince will marry Saturday in St. George’s Chapel at England’s Windsor Castle. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. EDT.

Chrissy Teigen, John Legend welcome baby boy

Cookbook author and TV personality Chrissy Teigen and singer John Legend have welcomed their second child, a son, People reported

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"Somebody’s herrrrrrre!" Teigen, 32, wrote early Thursday in a tweet that included baby bottle emojis.

The celebrity couple also have a daughter, 2-year-old Luna. 

According to E!, Teigen and Legend, 39, "elected to undergo a frozen embryo transfer in hopes of becoming pregnant again" in 2017. People reported that the couple welcomed their son early. Teigen previously announced that the baby was due in June.

T.I.’s lawyer says he was ‘wrongfully arrested’ for disorderly conduct, public drunkenness

Rapper T.I. was arrested early Wednesday morning in Stockbridge, Georgia, WSB reported.

Henry County police told WSB that T.I. was arrested around 4 a.m.

According to police, T.I. -- whose legal name is Clifford Harris Jr. -- was returning to the gated community where he lives around 4 a.m. Police said he didn’t have his key and the guard wouldn’t let him in.

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“Don’t you know who I am?” T.I. asked the guard, according to police.

At some point during the argument, T.I. called a friend and the two of them argued with the guard.

The Henry County Police Department was called to the scene and T.I. and his friend were arrested.

According to police, T.I.’s friend had a warrant out for his arrest. T.I. was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. WSB reported T.I. has since bonded out.

T.I.’s lawyer issued the following statement to WSB following the report:

“Tip was wrongfully arrested early this morning when he attempted to gain entrance into his gated community - where his wife ‘Tiny’ and his family reside. The guard was sound asleep when Tip arrived at the guardhouse. It took Tip some time to wake up the sleeping guard. Tip clearly identified himself and sought entry. The guard refused entry. Tip was in contact with ‘Tiny’ by phone and ‘Tiny’ confirmed that Tip should be let in immediately. The guard continued to refuse entry without justification. Words were exchanged and apparently the guard and/or a supervisor called the police. When the police arrived, they were not interested in hearing Tip’s side of the story and wrongfully chose to end the situation by arresting Tip.”

Google honors Polish Art Deco artist Tamara de Lempicka, but who was she?

In honor of what would have been Polish artist Tamara de Lempicka’s 120th birthday, the Google doodle team featured cubist- and neoclassical-inspired artwork on its homepage.

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Lempicka, who was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1898, grew up with a love of art, which spanned from Italian Renaissance paintings to the post-cubism work of French painters Maurice Denis and André Lhote.

According to the Google blog, Lempicka found herself  living among the nobility in Russia with her wealthy aunt after her parents divorced.

There, she married her first husband, Tadeusz Lempicki, just before the start of the Russian Revolution.

After moving to Paris as refugees, Lempicka delighted in her grandiose surroundings and began her rendition of late neoclassical and refined cubist art inspired by the avant garde art of the era.

>> Related: Google honors Georges Méliès with first virtual reality doodle

In 1928, Lempicka divorced Tadeusz and married Baron Raoul Kuffner a few years after Kuffner’s wife died.

Known for her Art Deco tributes to the Roaring Twenties, the Polish artist, who peaked in the 1930s, used bold figures, muted color palettes and unexpected compositions in her glamorous portraiture. In her work, Lempicka would feature the prominent stars and aristocrats around her and developed a penchant for highly-stylized nudes.

During her career, she painted people like Spain’s King Alfonso XIII and Greece’s Queen Elizabeth.

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Some of her iconic works include “Tamara in the Green Bugatti” (a self-portrait) and “La Rêve (Rafaëla Sur Fond Vert).” She eventually earned the nickname, “the Baroness with a Brush.”

“Few artists embodied the exuberant roaring twenties more than than Polish artist Tamara de Lempicka,” doodle illustrator Matthew Cruickshank wrote in the Google blog. “Her fast paced, opulent lifestyle manifests itself perfectly into the stylized Art-Deco subjects she celebrated in her paintings.”

In addition to her unique paintings, Lempicka was also known for bisexuality, often speaking publicly about her affairs with both men and women. She was also openly involved with nightclub singer Suzy Solidor in the 1920s.

“De Lempicka depicted the shifting morals of a Paris where nothing was precisely what it seemed. She lived and worked on the bisexual fringes of a society where there were no rules beyond the demands of style and entertainment,” the Guardian reported in 2004.

>> Related: Who was Paula Modersohn-Becker? Google honors painter 

According to The Sun, Lempicka moved to the United States after the outbreak of World War II and lived in Beverly Hills, New York and later, after her second husband’s death in 1961, Houston, Texas. That’s where Lempicka’s only child, a daughter from her first marriage, lived.

She later moved to Cuernavaca, Mexico.

Lempicka died on March 18, 1980. She was 81.

Royal wedding: Prince Harry, Meghan Markle announce bridal party

Prince George and Princess Charlotte are among the six bridesmaids and four pageboys who will accompany Meghan Markle and Prince Harry as they walk down the aisle Saturday in England, the royal family announced Wednesday.

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Kensington Palace officials named the 10-person bridal party, made up entirely of children, who will attend the royal nuptials at Windsor Castle’s St. George’s Chapel.

The bridesmaids include 3-year-old Princess Charlotte, the daughter of Prince William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton. The princess served as a flower girl last year when Kate’s sister, Pippa, got married.

>> Royal wedding: Who will walk Meghan Markle down the aisle?

Two of Prince Harry’s goddaughters were also announced as bridesmaids: 3-year-old Florence van Cutsem and 2-year-old Zalie Warren. Two of Markle’s goddaughters also made the list: 6-year-old Remi Litt and her sister, 7-year-old Rylan Litt, daughters of Benita and Darren Litt. Markle has previously called the girls her “fairy god-daughters,” Vanity Fair reported.

>> Royal Wedding: Everything to know before Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle

Ivy Mulroney, the 4-year-old daughter of Markle’s best friend, Canadian stylist Jessica Mulroney, and her husband, Ben, will also accompany the bride down the aisle. The Mulroney’s two sons, 7-year-old twins Brian and John, will serve as pageboys for Saturday’s festivities.

Prince George, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s eldest child, will also be a pageboy Saturday. He held the same role last year during Pippa Middleton’s wedding. Prince Harry’s godson, 6-year-old Jasper Dyer, was also named as a page boy.

>> Meghan Markle won't have a maid of honor at royal wedding

A spokesman for the royal family said earlier this month that Markle decided against having a maid of honor for her big day because she was wary of choosing favorites amongst her close-knit friend group, People reported.

>> Prince Harry asks Prince William to be best man at royal wedding to Meghan Markle

Prince Harry last month asked his brother to serve as his best man, seven years after he served as best man during Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton. Prince William accepted.

Yanny or Laurel? Viral audio clip leaves internet divided

An audio clip on social media has the internet divided

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Twitter user Cloe Feldman tweeted the clip, which repeats a word a number of times, Tuesday.

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While some people claim to hear the word "Laurel" in the clip, others say they hear "Yanny."

The clip has been shared thousands of times, and people around the world – including celebrities Chrissy Teigen, Mindy Kaling and, of course, Yanni – have weighed in on what they hear. 

The internet debate is similar to other sensations over the last few years, such as the dressthese shoes or this jacket.

So, is it "Yanny" or "Laurel"? Weigh in with our poll.

PGA Tour star Lucas Glover’s wife arrested after violent argument over poor performance

The wife of PGA Tour star Lucas Glover was arrested Saturday in Florida on domestic violence charges, which allegedly occurred after she became upset over Glover’s poor performance in a tournament, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office

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Police said Krista Glover, 36, intentionally attacked and injured another person in a home in Ponte Vedra Beach. Glover tweeted Tuesday that an incident did occur after an argument between his wife and his mother.

According to a St. Johns County sheriff's report, Krista Glover told deputies, "When the [PGA] Tour hears about this, you will lose your job. Wait til I talk to the judge ... you will be (bleeping) fired."

Glover told deputies his wife gets angry when he plays poorly in a tournament, according to the sheriff’s report. Krista Glover called him a "loser," officials said, after drinking all day. The argument happened in front of the couple's two children. 

>> Related: Florida man arrested during The Players Championship after drunkenly slapping kid, police say

Lucas Glover did not want his wife arrested, according to investigators, and he also told them she often threatens to leave him and take the kids when he does not play well. 

Krista Glover caused multiple lacerations to a single victim, according to the arrest report. She starts an altercation every time Lucas Glover plays poorly, the report added.

After she was arrested, St. Johns County deputies said Glover forcefully tried to separate herself from the arresting deputy and refused to be placed into a patrol car.

>> Trending: Police: Man stabbed 2 adult children, set fire to home in Jacksonville's Lakeshore neighborhood

Once she was inside the car, deputies said she screamed and kicked the rear driver's side door, causing it to separate from the cell of the door frame. Later, she complained that the handcuffs were too tight, deputies said. 

Glover spent the night in the St. Johns County Jail and was released on $2,500 bond on Sunday.



Spotify should ban Chris Brown, Eminem, others after R. Kelly music ban, women’s group says

Women’s advocacy group Ultraviolet wants Spotify to extend its artist ban beyond R. Kelly and XXXTentacion to other musicians who have been accused of sexual misconduct, including Chris Brown, Nelly, Eminem, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Don Henley, Steven Tyler and 6ix9ine.

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“[These] two men are not the only abusers on your platform. We implore you to take a deeper look at the artists you promote,” the organization’s executive director Shaunna Thomas wrote in an open letter Monday to Spotify head Daniel Ek. “Every time a famous individual continues to be glorified despite allegations of abuse, we wrongly perpetuate silence by showing survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence that there will be no consequences for abuse,” the group wrote. “That has a cultural effect far beyond one individual artist.”

Last week, Spotify announced a new policy to curb content that “expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics, including, race, religion, gender identity, sex, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability.”

>> Related: Spotify removes R. Kelly music from playlists

The policy change went into effect following a #MuteRKelly social media movement sparked by the multiple allegations of sex abuse against the artist. Spotify no longer actively promotes the artist’s music, though the songs are still available on the service.

As of May 10, Kelly’s music was no longer be available on the site’s editorial or algorithmic playlists, including Discover Weekly, New Music Friday, RapCaviar and any of the platform’s popular genre- or mood-based playlists.

Apple Music and Pandora followed suit.

>> Related: #MeToo: A timeline of 2018’s sexual harassment scandals

The Grammy-winning artist has been accused of many crimes over the years and allegedly “held women against their will in a cult” at his homes in two cities, including one in metro Atlanta. He has denied the accusations and is currently not facing any charges. In 2008, Kelly was acquitted on 14 charges of making child pornography.

>> Related: Why do black people still listen to R. Kelly?

In a statement to Billboard, Spotify said, "We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions—what we choose to program—to reflect our values. When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator."

In response to the platform changes, Kelly’s team told BuzzFeed News that Spotify’s “actions are without merit” and are “based on false and unproven allegations.”

Some of the musicians listed by Ultraviolet have been accused of sexual harassment, sexual abuse or domestic violence, but not all of them have been charged with a crime.

>> Related: R. Kelly off Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora playlists but remains on Atlanta radio stations

The group, which was founded in 2012, applauded Spotify’s hate content and hateful conduct policy and hopes the open letter will urge other streaming platforms to follow Spotify’s lead.

Read Ultraviolet’s open letter to Spotify.

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