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Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee Details Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis

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Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, revealed on Sunday that she has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is currently receiving treatment. Jackson Lee mentioned that it’s “likely” she will have to be “occasionally absent from Congress,” but reassured her district, which includes part of Houston, that her office “will continue to deliver the vital constituent services that you deserve and expect.” In a news release on X, she expressed confidence in her doctors’ treatment plan, stating, “The road ahead will not be easy, but I stand in faith that God will strengthen me.” Since joining the House in 1995, Jackson Lee has served on the Judiciary, Homeland Security, and Budget committees. With Republicans holding a slim majority in the House, her health news comes as other representatives have also faced medical issues affecting their attendance.

Taraji P. Henson To Host 2024 BET Awards

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The third time is the charm for returning BET Awards host, Taraji P. Henson. The Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress, 53, will once again host “culture’s biggest night,” as BET announced on Monday, June 3. Henson expressed her excitement to return for the third year, eager to celebrate her peers and the influence of culture on entertainment. A six-time BET Award winner, Henson has previously hosted the show in 2021 and 2022, and she will again emcee the event live from the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 30. This year’s BET Award nominees include Henson’s co-stars from The Color Purple, Danielle Brooks, Fantasia, and Halle Bailey, with the film up for the Best Movie award. The 2024 BET Experience, featuring performances from artists like Cardi B, Davido, and The Roots, will precede the awards show from June 26 to June 30. The 2024 BET Awards will air live on Sunday, June 30, at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Grammy Award-Winning Artist The Dream Accused of Sex Trafficking and Rape

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Prolific songwriter and producer The-Dream, real name Terius Gesteelde-Diamant, has been accused of rape, sexual battery, and sex trafficking in a lawsuit filed by former mentee Chanaaz Mangroe, also known as Channii Monroe, in Los Angeles federal court. According to documents, Mangroe alleges that The Dream promised her a prominent career but instead subjected her to an “abusive, violent and manipulative relationship” filled with physical assaults and violent sexual encounters starting around 2015. The Dream, an eight-time Grammy winner known for hits like Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” allegedly lured Mangroe into this relationship by promising to extend her visa and make her the next Beyoncé or Rihanna. Court documents also claim that he recorded their sexual encounters to threaten her into silence. “What Dream did to me made it impossible to live the life I envisioned for myself and pursue my goals as a singer and songwriter,” Mangroe said in a statement. “Ultimately, my silence has become too painful, and I realized that I need to tell my story to heal. I hope that doing so will also help others and prevent future horrific abuse.”

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