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Macy Gray’s Daughter Files Restraining Order Against Brother, Mother Denies Claim

Macy Gray’s daughter, Aanisah Hinds, 29, filed a temporary restraining order from the Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that her younger brother, Tracy, 28, engaged in a physical altercation with their mother. Aanisah claimed in the court filing that Tracy has a history of following and harassing their mother, especially when he drinks, citing previous incidents. She detailed an alleged altercation where Tracy pushed their mother and fought her fiancé Cornel Pearson. Aanisah, who is expecting a baby in September, requested various restraining orders, including a move-out order and no-contact order, to keep Tracy 100 yards away from her, her family, and her workplace. The court granted the temporary restraining order until a hearing scheduled for February 27th. Macy Gray, 56, responded, acknowledging familial issues but asserting her son’s love and denying any intent of physical harm.

Sentencing Postponed as Attorneys for Jonathan Majors Request Reversal of Verdict

In the latest development since Jonathan Majors’ conviction for reckless assault and harassment, the sentencing originally scheduled for this week has been deferred. This postponement follows a last-ditch effort by Majors’ legal team to have the verdict overturned. Majors, who appeared virtually for the hearing, now faces a tense wait until April 8 to discover his sentencing outcome, which could range from probation to a year in jail. His defense’s motion to vacate the verdict has prompted the District Attorney’s office to provide a response by March 5. Judge Michael Gaffey plans to make a decision on the motion in conjunction with the sentencing on April 8. A protection order prohibiting the actor from contacting his former girlfriend remains in effect.


Jennifer Hudson, Babyface & More Set to Perform at NBA All-Star Weekend

The NBA unveiled its entertainment lineup for NBA All-Star 2024 Weekend in Indianapolis, featuring a star-studded cast of performers including EGOT winner Jennifer Hudson headlining the halftime show of the 73rd NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 18. Indianapolis native Babyface and Juno Award winner Charlotte Cardin will perform the U.S. and Canadian national anthems respectively, while GRAMMY winner Coco Jones will sing both the U.S. national anthem and the Black national anthem, ‘Lift Every Voice’, on Saturday, Feb. 17, leading into the All-Star HBCU Classic set to tipoff on TNT, ESPN2, and NBA TV.


Passings…

Joe Madison, Longtime Talk Show Host & Civil Rights Activist, Passes Away at 74

Joe Madison, known as the ‘Black Eagle,’ passed away at 74 in his home, surrounded by his family, as confirmed by a statement from his loved ones. Madison was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009. His passing prompted an outpouring of condolences from colleagues, celebrities, and politicians, including President Joe Biden, who praised Madison’s advocacy efforts. Originating from Dayton, Ohio, Madison became a dedicated civil rights activist and renowned radio host, culminating in a 15-year tenure at SiriusXM. Madison’s philanthropic efforts included fundraising for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, where he set a Guinness World Record. Survived by his wife of over 45 years, Sharon, along with four children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, Madison leaves behind a lasting legacy of activism and advocacy.

Legendary Actor Carl Weathers, Apollo Creed in ‘Rocky,’ Dies at 76

Carl Weathers, renowned for his portrayal of Apollo Creed in the “Rocky” series, passed away at 76, as confirmed by his family on Friday. Weathers rose to fame after his breakout role in the first “Rocky” film, which won an Academy Award. Prior to his acting career, he excelled in various sports, including football for the Oakland Raiders and the Canadian Football League. Weathers’ versatility extended beyond film, with notable roles in films like “Predator” and “Happy Gilmore,” and television series like “The Mandalorian” and “Arrested Development.” Survived by his ex-wife and two sons, Weathers leaves behind a legacy spanning film, television, and sports, deeply impacting audiences across generations.

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