Tina Turner passes at 83
Legendary singer Tina Turner passed away peacefully in her home in Switzerland after battling a long-time illness. She was 83.
The “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” star is remembered as a musical icon by many – tributes pouring in from everyone she touched.
The official Twitter for Tina Turner posted, “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner. With her music and boundless passion for life, she enchanted fans worldwide and inspired future stars. We say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us her greatest work; her music. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”
Flowers will be placed on Tina Turner’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. According to the California landmark’s website, Turner received a star during an induction ceremony on August 28, 1986.
Many celebrities took to social media to express their sentiments for the icon’s passing.
The White House called the death of Tina Turner “a massive loss.”
“Tina Turner was an icon, a music icon who had many stages, many amazing moments in her career,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. “Very sad to hear the news. I was a huge fan of Tina Turner.
“As you can see from my reaction, that is the first I’m hearing of it. And it is a massive loss, massive loss to the communities that loved her, certainly to the music industry.”
Authorities conduct wellness check on Ja Morant
Tennessee authorities conducted a wellness check on Memphis Grizzlies star athlete Ja Morant after the point guard posted concerning cryptic messages on his Instagram story account Wednesday.
“Love ya ma [blue heart emoji],” one post said.
“Love ya pops [blue heart emoji],” Morant posted shortly after.
“You da greatest baby girl [blue heart emoji] love ya,” Morant posted about his daughter.
He then concluded the series of posts with those with a post that simply said, “Bye.”
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they performed a wellness check on Morant at his residence this morning and claimed he is “fine” and taking a “break from social media.”
The cryptic posts come on the heels of Morant’s suspension from all team activities after another online video of him holding a gun circulated on social media on May 13.
Morant’s friend, Davonte Pack, was recording the Instagram Live video in a car with Morant. Morant was sitting in the driver’s seat when his friend turned the camera toward him, and he was seen in the video flashing a gun. The video has since been deleted.
The second suspension comes only two months after the NBA suspended Morant over a similar incident where he was seen flashing a gun in a video that was also shared on social media.
Morant’s five-year, $194 million max contract is set to begin this coming season.
Today we remember the 21 lives that were lost in the Uvalde school massacre – the one-year anniversary
On this day, May 24, 2022, an 18-year-old gunman barricaded himself in a fourth-grade classroom at Robb Elementary School in the southwestern Texas town of Uvalde and took the lives of 19 children and two teachers.
The shooting itself took place in the shooter’s former classroom. The 18-year-old shooter, Salvador Ramos, had recalled and discussed bad memories of fourth grade with an acquaintance just weeks before he went on the shooting spree, according to an interim report by the House Committee that investigated the school shooting.
Ramos was killed by police an hour after his shooting massacre. Police have been publicly scrutinized for their delayed response to the shooting.
President Joe Biden plans to make remarks at 3:30 p.m. EST at the White House to call on Republicans in Congress to act and end the “epidemic” of gun violence in the United States, the White House said.
“The president will remember those lost in Uvalde and reiterate his call for Republicans in Congress to act and help stop the epidemic of gun violence that has become the number one killer of kids in America,” a White House official said in the statement.
Parents of the victims have and are continuing to vigorously advocate for gun reform to legislators – demanding more safety gun measures and stricter gun laws.
Today, we remember all of the beautiful lives lost.
Nevaeh Alyssa Bravo, 10, Jacklyn Cazares, 9, Makenna Lee Elrod, 10, Jose Manuel Flores Jr., 10, Eliahna Garcia, 9, Irma Garcia, 48, Uziyah Garcia, 10, Amerie Jo Garza, 10, Xavier Lopez, 10, Jayce Carmelo Luevanos, 10, Tess Mata, 10, Maranda Mathis, 11, Eva Mireles, 44, Alithia Ramirez, 10, Annabell Rodriguez, 10, Maite Rodriguez, 10, Alexandria “Lexi” Rubio, 10, Layla Salazar, 11, Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10, Eliahna Torres, 10, Rojelio Torres, 10.
Rapper Fetty Wap sentenced to 6 years in federal prison
Rapper Fetty Wap, most known for his song “Trap Queen,” was sentenced to six years in prison for trafficking narcotics across the country.
The “Trap Queen” rapper, whose legal name is Willie Junior Maxwell II, was sentenced Wednesday morning to serve a mandatory six years and five years post-release supervision by U.S. District Judge Joanna Seybert, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Eastern District of New York.
Maxwell was one of multiple defendants charged and found guilty – Maxwell conspired alongside five other men. Their organization distributed over 100 kilograms of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and crack cocaine in Long Island and New Jersey between June 2019 and June 2020.
The narcotics were obtained on the West Coast and distributed across the country to Suffolk County, New York. From Suffolk County, the drugs were then distributed to dealers who operated on Long Island and New Jersey.
Fetty Wap was arrested at New York City’s Citi Field right before he was scheduled to perform a concert at the Citi Field in Oct. 2021. He was initially released on bond, but his bail was later revoked causing him to remain in police custody since August 2022.
Following his arrest, the rapper admitted he participated in a massive drug trafficking racket and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.