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Lamor Whitehead “Bling Pastor” Jailed Ahead of Sentencing

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Lamor Whitehead, known as the “Bling Bishop” from Canarsie and pastor of Leaders of Tomorrow International Ministries, has been jailed before his July 1 sentencing after Judge Lorna G. Schofield ruled his attempted extortion was a “crime of violence,” necessitating mandatory detention. Prosecutors detailed Whitehead’s crimes, including scamming Pauline Anderson out of $90,000, extorting $500,000 from a Bronx body shop owner with promises of political favors, and lying to the FBI. Additionally, Whitehead violated a restraining order by intimidating Anderson during an April 30 livestream. Facing up to 85 years in prison, Whitehead, who spent the scammed money on luxury goods and a BMW, plans to appeal the decision, maintaining his innocence through his attorney, Dawn Florio.

Kobe Bryant Mural Unveiled At Newly Renovated Gym in Watts

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Over four years after Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles, the legacy of the “Black Mamba” endures. Kobe, celebrated as one of the greatest basketball players and winners in sports history, was also a devoted “girl dad,” making his loss especially poignant. A new mural in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles honors both Kobe and Gianna, joining numerous other murals across the region that commemorate the five-time NBA champion and Hall of Fame inductee.

Kendrick Lamar To Purchase $40 Million Mansion in Brentwood

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One of hip-hop’s shining talents, Kendrick Lamar, is closing in on purchasing a $40 million estate in Los Angeles’ Brentwood neighborhood. If the acquisition goes through, it would be one of the most expensive real estate purchases of 2024, as the 16,000-square-foot property features eight bedrooms, a wine cellar, a fitness center, a swimming pool, and a guesthouse. Recently, Lamar has also been engaged in a public feud with Drake, which escalated with diss tracks from both artists. Lamar’s latest response, “Not Like Us,” has become his biggest solo hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and breaking streaming records.

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