Now that NBA star Derrick Rose has been cleared of all charges in a civil rape case, he’s seeking to sue the woman who levied the allegations against him. Rose believes that the accusations, which were related to an alleged rape incident in 2013, caused indelible harm to his image. He filed court documents in California on November 5 claiming that he and the other men who were accused are entitled to “expenses they necessarily incurred in defending themselves against…false claim.” He wants the woman to pay $70,917.16 for costs related to the trial. The court document also claims that the “aggressive pursuit of false claims…have taken an enormous, costly and irreparable toll on (him) and his public image and reputation.” His accuser denied the request, declaring “financial hardship.” The woman initially filed the lawsuit against Rose, Ryan Allen, and Randall Hampton in 2015 claiming that the three men drugged and raped her. All three men admitted to having intercourse with the woman, but claimed it was consensual. Read more.
West Virginia Mayor Who Made Racist Comments About FLOTUS Resigns
A West Virginia Mayor who made derogatory, racist remarks about First Lady Michelle Obama has resigned. Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling stepped down on Tuesday after commenting approvingly on a colleague’s Facebook post, which read: “It will be so refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady back in the White House… I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels.” Whaling then replied, “Just made my day Pam.” She later removed the comment, but not before it was screenshot and spread around social media. More than 150,000 individuals signed a petition to have her fired from her position. She issued an apology for her remarks on Monday. “My comment was not intended to be racist at all. I was referring to my day being made for change in the White House! I am truly sorry for any hard feeling this may have caused! Those who know me know that I’m not of any way racist!” she said. Her resignation is effective immediately. Read more.
HBO Special Featuring President Obama to Delve into Nation’s Political Divide
A new HBO special featuring President Obama will delve into the heated political climate in our nation. The special, titled VICE Special Report: A House Divided, features in-depth interviews with President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner, and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid. VICE founder Shane Smith will address issues surrounding radicalism in America, the Tea Party, and the barriers encountered while trying to implement congressional policies. “I could not be prouder of the work that my administration has done,” said President Obama. “But there is no doubt that one of the central goals that I’d had, which was to make the politics in Washington work better, to reduce the knee-jerk partisanship, to elevate the debate — I haven’t accomplished that.” VICE Special Report: A House Divided will air on HBO on December 9 at 10:00 p.m. ET. Read more.
Beyoncé, Solange Knowles, and Kelly Rowland to Give Back to Louisiana Flood Victims
Beyoncé, Solange Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Tina Knowles-Lawson are joining forces with ESSENCE to help those affected by the Louisiana flood in August. They will host a fundraiser, called Love On Louisiana: An Essence Hometown Heroes Tribute, in an effort to garner $1 million for Baton Rouge residents. The funds will go to the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge. The event will highlight locals who have dedicated their efforts to reviving the community. It’s being sponsored by Beyoncé’s BeyGOOD foundation. “Louisiana is a special place in my family’s history and we are committed as a family to never forget the city and the people of Baton Rouge,” said Tina Knowles-Lawson. “It breaks my heart to see the unimaginable disaster and destruction caused by the flooding and we will stand and support every effort in place to help the people most affected.” Love On Louisiana: An Essence Hometown Heroes Tribute is slated to take place at Baton Rouge’s Raising Cane’s River Center on November 20. Read more.
Usain Bolt Blames Womanizing Ways on Jamaican Culture
On the track, Jamaican-bred sprinter Usain Bolt has been dubbed “Lightning Bolt” for his quick speed. Off the track, the Olympian is often referred to as a “womanizer” due to his various relationships with women. According to Bolt, his womanizing ways are derived from his Jamaican upbringing. He said that people shouldn’t be so quick to label him when it comes to the choices he makes. “You can’t judge a different culture by your own culture. In England when you get famous the first thing you do is get married and have kids. In Jamaica it’s different — like my parents had me and they got married 11 years later,” said Bolt. During the 2016 Rio Olympics, an image of Bolt and a 20-year-old Brazilian student surfaced. He reportedly was spotted bringing other women back to his hotel room while in Rio. Bolt, who has 9 Olympic gold medals, is currently in a relationship with Kasi Bennett. Read more.