R. Kelly witness says she saw singer’s sexual activity, was forced to write apology letter

A former assistant to R. Kelly testified on Friday she once saw him engage in sexual activity with one of the women.

R. Kelly is charged with abusing, as prosecutors neared the end of presenting their sex trafficking case against the R&B singer.

On the 18th day of testimony at Kelly’s trial in federal court in Brooklyn, Cheryl Mack, the mother of music producer London on da Track, said she saw Kelly begin to massage the woman while backstage at a Connecticut concert where he was performing.

“That was kind of my cue to leave,” Mack said. “I was very uncomfortable.” She said that as she left the room she caught a glimpse of the woman moving her head toward Kelly’s groin.

Mack also said Kelly lost his temper in 2015 after she supposedly ruined a surprise birthday party for former stylist Kash Howard, and had her sign an “apology letter” that included false claims she accepted kickbacks from booking agents.

“I apologized out of fear,” Mack said.

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Several witnesses have testified that Kelly made them write apology letters, purportedly to absolve him of misconduct, but which prosecutors could use to illustrate the tight control that witnesses have said Kelly demanded over those around him.

Kelly, 54, has pleaded not guilty to charges over his alleged grooming and preying on women and girls as far back as the mid-1990s, when he shot to stardom with music including the 1996 smash “I Believe I Can Fly.”

The singer, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, faces one count of racketeering and eight counts of illegally transporting people across state lines for prostitution.

Kelly’s indictment said he abused six women and underage girls including the singer Aaliyah, who Kelly married illegally in 1994 when she was 15. Aaliyah died in a 2001 plane crash.

Prosecution witnesses have said Kelly instilled fear as he demanded they follow his stringent rules, including by having women and girls call him “Daddy,” and punished those who disobeyed, including by demanding unwanted sex.

Kelly’s lawyers have tried to portray his accusers as fans who once hoped to capitalize on the singer’s fame but felt jilted, and questioned why they and former employees failed to leave Kelly sooner or go to the police.

Deveraux Cannick, one of Kelly’s lawyers, tried while cross-examining Mack to show jurors she should have known not to sign an apology letter, given that she was in her late 40s and had many years of music industry experience.

“I wasn’t thinking at all,” Mack told him.

The trial began on Aug. 18.

Kelly has faced sexual abuse accusations for nearly two decades.

‘Mum remembers everything,’ Conjestina Achieng’s son speaks

Legendary Kenyan boxer Conjestina Achieng’s fall from grace to grass can best be told by her son, Charltone Otieno, 25.

Conjestina had a promising career in boxing, winning medals and flying the Kenyan flag high.

That was before she became mentally ill and settled down at her Siaya home.

Speaking to The Star, Charltone shared memories of the day his mother started showing signs of mental illness.

“We would go to the gym and train. But one day, we went there and she just sat, doing nothing, and told me she is busy,” he said.

Charltone, 16 at the time, lived with his mother in Nairobi, and he witnessed her condition worsening day by day.

“She locked me in the house, saying there are people after me. I was locked in the house from morning to evening, then she came back with a gift, a bicycle. The next day, she lit a fire in the house, burning her important documents, photos.”

After observing the queer behaviour of his mother, he called his grandfather, who came and took her to hospital.

Since then, Conjestina has been in and out of the hospital but still remains mentally unstable.

Recently, reports emerged that the boxer had burnt down her house in Siaya.

“If she was to burn her house, she would have done it long ago. It was an accident and it was put out but her personal things and clothes burnt down,” Charltone said.

Conjoestina Achieng and her son Charltone Otieno
Conjoestina Achieng and her son Charltone Otieno

Even though she is mentally ill and confined to a village hut, memories of her glory days are fresh in her head.

“Mum remembers everything. It is only that when she talks to you, she says some irrelevant things. She feels neglected, sometimes she can go to a corner and talk to herself the whole day. On such days she doesn’t eat or even sleep. The next day she is hyper.”

Seeing her change really worked on my emotions-Conjestina’s son Charltone narrates

Charltone was raised by a single mother, and he hopes to know his father one day.

“I asked her when I was six years old. She said she will answer me when I’m old enough,” he said.

“I’m now old enough but I can’t ask it, she is not in the right state of mind. I would like to know him, whether dead or alive.”

 

By Fridah Naliaka

King Kaka tackles police brutality in ‘Tena’

King Kaka is back with another society conscious song yet again. His new song titled Tena features the talented band Jadi. As new-age activism and revolutionary music slowly takes shape, King Kaka has been in the forefront.

With the rampant cases of police brutality in Kenya especially during curfew hours, Kaka has shown his poetic muscle once again in this emotional and powerful piece.

Jadi, who also produced the track, added the perfect vocals that bring out the sombre mood of the circumstances surrounding the song.

In the video, directed by Steve Mugo, King Kaka brings back the memories of the two fallen Kianjokoma brothers, Benson Njiru, 22, and Emmanuel Mutura, 19 who succumbed to injuries suspected to be due to police brutality.

The poignant video shows a mother trying to call her two boys who could no longer answer their phones. The young lads are played by popular actors Bryan Kabugi and Sammy King.

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Once the news of the death of the brothers broke out, Kenyans were up in arms protesting the meaningless killings. The cry, #JusticeForKianjokomaBrothers, gained traction with Kenyans from all walks of life speaking up to condemn the killings and calling for accountability for their deaths.

The protests attracted celebrities and politicians to the cause.

King Kaka has been vocal in highlighting societal ills. In 2019, the rapper took the country by storm with his song ‘Wajinga Nyinyi’ calling out Kenyans for their hypocrisy.

Through a hard knuckle approach, he laid bare the corruption that has mauled all sectors of the economy, provoking political leaders who responded fiercely through social media platforms.

‘Why I never settle for a Mbaba,’ Vera Sidika

In Tena, King Kaka reminds us to keep fighting and not forget the ones we have lost even as time passes by.

Check it out;

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXbNf4kV2X8&feature=emb_logo

Lupita Nyong’o wins an Emmy Award for kid’s book ‘Sulwe’

Lupita Nyong’o is the winner of an Emmy Award for the ‘Outstanding Limited Performance In a Children’s Programme’ for her role as on Netflix’s Bookmark’s ‘Celebrating Black Voices’.

Taking to social media, the actress celebrated this big milestone;

“Here she is! The Emmy for #Sulwe on #BookmarksNetflix arrived! 📫🎉🏆♥️📚 A huge thank you to the @NetflixFamily team, and the brilliant @IAmMarleyDias for making this show possible. #BrightnessIsJustWhoYouAre #DaytimeEmmys”

The actress was made fun of for her colour while growing up, something that later inspired her to motivate children in her book ‘Sulwe’

“That is why I wrote ‘Sulwe’ to help children learn that they are beautiful before the world tells them anything else. Before the world tells you what you are worth, your parents and yourself, you have an opportunity to build yourself up.”

Trouble in paradise as 2Face Idibia’s wife exposes his unfaithfulness

Drama! Kanye West hints on cheating on Kim Kardashian

Rapper Kanye West has dropped his most anticipated album ‘Donda.’ The song ‘Hurricane’ off the album has attracted people’s attention as it has been translated to be a confession of the rapper’s alleged infidelity to wife Kim Kardashian.

West hints that he cheated on the reality TV star after their second child.

“Here I go actin’ too rich / Here I go with a new chick / And I know what the truth is / Still playin’ after two kids / It’s a lot to digest when your life always movin.” He raps.

The song goes on to say that the 44-year-old didn’t go to their multi-million dollar mansion.

“Architectural Digest, but I needed home improvement / Sixty-million-dollar home, never went home to it, Genius gone clueless, it’s a whole lot to risk / Alcohol anonymous, who’s the busiest loser?”

In the song, the rapper talks about struggling with alcohol as well.

Kanye West teases upcoming album and briefly meets Kim and children

Trouble in paradise as 2Face Idibia’s wife exposes his unfaithfulness

Nigerian legendary musician 2Face Idibia or 2Baba has been exposed by his wife Annie Idibia for engaging a little bit too much with his baby mama Pero Adeniyi.

Annie dragged her family’s issues to Instagram stories to slam the ‘My African Queen’ hitmaker.

“I am a patient woman. I am not a fool innocent. Your family never loved me from the beginning. No matter how hard I tried. I was never worthy to them,”

“I have made so many sacrifices for you and all your children. God knows I have I tried. Your baby mamas constantly use your children as an excuse for all sort of rubbish.”

She went on to say that the singer and his family have been conspiring to bring him and his baby mama together.

“I try to stay gracious. You are not the first man on the planet to have kids with different women. You can do better. Everything I do is to show the good human that you are.”

“But today, this move is done by you, Efe, Frankie and your family is unacceptable.”

She then blasted him with the baby mama for spending the night together.

“What kind of man takes his kids to Disney and spend nights in the same apartment with his kids and their mother? How many times have you gone to see your kids with Pero? and she stays with you and the kids under the same roof?”

The Nigerian singer has seven kids. Three with this particular baby mama, two with another baby mama and two with his wife.

The couple got married in 2013.

Anita Okoye, wife to Nigerian artiste Rudeboy ends their seven-year marriage

‘I’m no one’s role model,’ Singer Barnaba reveals why he’s wearing skirts and dresses

Tanzanian singer Barnaba has been hitting the headlines after he stepped out wearing a skirt and dress. The singer who has been in the music industry for over a decade said he felt like being creative by changing his style.

“Everyone has the freedom to do what they want to do. I was born with arts and I’m a creative.” He told Wasfi Media

“I am shocked that people have received this with negativity. I cannot hinder anyone from thinking the way they want to think about me. People are free to think whatever they want to think”

He added that he is a respectful person that needs not to be anyone’s mentor.

“This is my decision. I am a CEO, I have the money, I am a father and I know myself. You should be careful before you comment there. Everything I do in my music has a reason”

“My music is not about noise. I have not forced anyone to be my mentee. I am no one’s role model. before you comment anything about me, make sure you have eaten.”

He spilt the beans “A big endorsement is coming”.

Check him out;

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Ali Kiba’s portrait sells for 400k at special auction

#MainaAndKingangi: Kenyan men react to the last time they took medical check up

As always the morning conversation on Classic 105 was quite interesting. Maina and Kingangi received mixed reactions from Kenyan men after asking the last time they visited a doctor.

“We are covered by the blood of Jesus. Ujue hiyo kitu unaenda kutafuta utapata!” Mwalimu King’ang’i reacted to the topic

From the callers, many have spend years before seeing a doctor or going for a check.

One caller told Maina that;

The debate went through to social media and this is the reaction from our Instagram lovers;

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Tutangangania joint za mitura, ama kujua why the blood is moving anticlockwise and not the other way around. Bora uhai as long am breathing ever good to go.

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Usipojikausha utalishwa na nani, na unategemewa?

adraywanjohi

Checkup for what… Mi ni gari ati naenda service? 😂Kama nakula natembea na siumwi pahali… Hospitali naonea kwa news mimi

junior_bayano1

#MainaAndKingangi sisi wanaume uprefer kuishi kijeshi, hii maneno ya kwenda hospitali ni ngumu unless ufeel kabisaaa kimeumana….even the covid morality statistics zinashow high numbers of men being infected or dying of the desease

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As mwalimu says…why bother to go look for something that’s not there…which is usually a big mistake and that’s why we are losing men at a high rate..Ignorance😢😢

MainaandKingangi! Who should set the amount demanded for child upkeep

Why Nyota Ndogo lied about a new lover

Singer Nyota Ndogo has been telling fans on her social media that she is in love with a new man, singer Hurricane. But it seems the legendary singer has also been chasing clout and has released a song with the coastal-based singer.

Few days ago, she posted him with a love emoji and introduced him as her new lover.

“Maumivu yameisha hakuna tena kulia. NIMERUDI NYUMBANI. SITOKI MILELE UKIWACHWA ACHIKA NIMEACHIKA.”

(The heartbreak is over, I am finally home. I’ll be here forever. When you are left, please leave”

In another post, she shared a video with the singer and wrote;

Kwani mtu anachukua mda gani kupenda tena? Kupenda ni moyo jamani niacheni mtoto toli kanimaliza sijui nimtag mumjue.”
(How long does one take to fall in love? You love by heart, so leave me alone, I’ll tag him so that you get to know him)
Nyota Ndogo

The Watu Na Viatu’ hitmaker later revealed that the singer had introduced him to his parents and were planning to take the relationship to the next level.

“So wiki Tatu zimepita toka aliponipeleka home kwa wazazi. Nilimwambia kama umeambia wazazi na kijiji unatka kumuoa nyota ndogo lazima niende bila makeup wanikubali nilivyo. @officialpday_hurrikane hakusita siamenikubali nilivyo japo wazazi walikustuka wakisema no huyu huyu WA watu na viatu akasema yes. Nikaimbishwa tulichinjiwa mbuzi hapo supu kwa wingi. Yenyewe umri unakwenda tunasubiri nini? @officialpday_hurrikane ahsante kwa kunipenda kama nilivyo. Haya nimemtag mchukueni pia yeye”

But the two have released a song dubbed ‘Ni Wewe’ proof that the relationship might not be real.

Ndogo made headlines when she revealed that her Dutch husband had ghosted her when she pranked him that she was pregnant. The two had agreed not to get kids.

Nyota Ndogo responds to bold fan who wants to become her co-wife

‘Why I never settle for a Mbaba,’ Vera Sidika

Vera Sidika is happy with her beau Brown Mauzo. The two have been together for sometime now and are about to welcome a child. Sidika says most of her fans had adviced her to settle with a wealthy old man.

”Most of you all were busy advising me to get married and settle with a Mbabs, for money. Wealthy men bla bla… You didn’t want me to experience this happiness, fulfilled and so complete.Would that mbaba ever give me even 1 per cent love, affection and attention…”

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”Be there through the pregnancy journey love me right and just make me happy. nooo. That is why I never listen to your talks. I follow my heart and what I want and today, I am honestly and genuinely happy. Married to a man who loves me unconditionally. He has been there always in the pregnancy journey.

“Always been there. Your mbaba could never be there for me.You wanted me to be in hell kind of a marriage spending time with drivers, bodyguards, nanny looking after me during a pregnancy instead of the mbaba coz he ain’t even have time for that.”

‘Vera Sidika is shipping in her little princess’ crib and clothing

In the past, Sidika said she had been dating wealthy men but ended up in premium tears.

Juliani records statement after being threatened

Rapper Juliani revealed to tweeps that he was being threatened. In a twitter statement, the rapper wrote;

 “How now can you “iba mtu”?! An intelligent adult with a sound mind. The call/text threat on my life today,NOT funny! “ulinyang’anyana” narrative is false,tired,juicy headlines tu. Kindly STOP! “
“For the threats,usi aim face,na prefer niki smile kwa open casket. Baraka.”
Well, the Kilimani OCPD Muturi Mbogo, has confiremd that Juliani has recorded statement.
Activist Boniface Mwangi also took to Twitter to say that the rapper had been threatened over his newly found lve with Lillian Nga’anga.
“My very good friend @JulianiKenya was threatened yesterday. Someone called him and texted using 0773912088. He told him to stop posting pics posed with his friend @LillyanneNganga  and if he continues, they will kill him. He has recorded a statement at Kileleshwa Police Station.”
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Lillian was in a relationship with Governor Dr Alfred Mutua. The two announced they had parted ways amicably adding that she had dropped the Machakos first lady title.

Churchill show comedian Smart Joker narrates how women squandered his money

Churchill show comedian Smart Joker has admitted that women used some of the money he was paid after he signed a big deal with the Communication Authority Of Kenya (CAK) for the analogue-digital migration in 2014.

Speaking to Daniel ‘Churchill’ Ndambuki on ‘The Journey Series’ the comedian said;

“Slay queens confused me, especially the ones from Kinoo. They came to my house and took my money by force,” he said.

Adding;

“One of them brandished a gun on my head, asking for money yet I was naked on a mattress with one of her friends. Thieves,”

smart Joker
Smart Joker/ Instagram

He had been keeping some cash in his house for miscellaneous needs but slay queens robbed him.

This was before he met his wife, Mercy.

The comedian said he has since learnt his lesson and in case he gets another endorsement, he will use the money well, only with his wife.

Real name, Michael Omuka, also used part of the lump sum he got to buy his mother an acre of land.

Why comedian Jemutai forgave baby daddy Professor Hamo

 

No in-law drama! Rotimi confirms Vanessa Mdee and mother have the best relationship

Tanzanian singer Vanessa Mdee and her beau Rotimi are not afraid to show fans how much they are into each other. Mdee has already met Rotimi’s family.

The American singer and actor revealed that Mdee and his mum cried when they met each other.

“The funny thing is when they first met they both cried,” he said in an interview with The Angie Martinez Show on Power 105.1′.

“It was the weirdest thing. It was like a ‘finally’ moment. It was so weird. They met maybe a month into me and her dating.”

Rotimi proposed to Mdee in December on New Year’s Eve last year.

They met at Essence Festival, which slowly transitioned into their relationship becoming official in 2019.

In another interview with The Breakfast Club, the ‘In My Bed’ hitmaker called out Tanzanian fans that didn’t believe Vee Money when she said that he was going to be her hubby.

“She did an interview two weeks after we met and she was like ‘I found my husband’ and everybody in Tanzania was like ‘girl he’s gonna leave you’ and two years later, she posted the video with an engagement ring.”

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Asked about the wedding, the Power actor said it was still in their plans.

“We don’t know but we are planning cause her family is from Tanzania and there are covid restrictions so we are planning to know the best place for everybody,” Rotimi replied.

Here’s a closeup of the tattoo Vanessa Mdee got in honor of fiancé Rotimi

 

‘A piece of my heart,’ Bebe Cool’s wife Zuena showers him with love

Zuena Kirema is wife to Ugandan legendary singer Bebe Cool. On this day in 1977, the ‘Mbozi Za Malwa’ hitmaker was born. In January this year, the couple celebrated their 19th anniversary.

Well, in a social media message, Zuena praised the singer describing him as a king and her love.

“A piece of my heart, a king, the father to my babies was born today. Happy birthday my love. May Allah keep blessing you my love, you’re always giving and for that matter, you deserve nothing but the best my love. Thank you for always fulfilling your promises. I love you infinity Bebe Cool.”

Bebe Cool/Instagram
Bebe Cool/Instagram

A year ago, however, Zuena lamented to Spark TV saying she hadn’t seen the heaven the singer promised her over a decade ago.

“Generally life hasn’t been easy since the start. However, what I’m happy about is that my husband fulfilled his promises. When I met Bebe, I was really young. He promised me heaven and earth. He has given me the earth but I’m yet to see the heaven,” she said

From us is happy 43rd birthday to Bebe Cool.

Jose Chameleone speaks after recovering from critical illness

‘I lost 33kgs,’ King Kaka misdiagnosed, asks for your prayers

Rapper King Kaka has asked his fans to pray for him as he was misdiagnosed after falling sick. The ‘Logi Soo’ hitmaker said he lost 33kgs in the last three months.

In a social media statement, he announced that;

“Dear Fans, it’s only right that I share this with you. I have been sick for 3 months 8 days now. I was misdiagnosed. Lost 33kgs and in the process, we started hospital visits, did all the tests and they were Negative funny thing is I feel no pain and we are still hopeful that we will get the solution soon”

“My waist was 36 now it’s 33 Ata sina nguo, was consuming only uji and kidogo fruits, started eating food 3 weeks ago pole pole ntazoea and no taste for 2 months.”

“I have a new respect for God and life , the closest friends that knew Asante for always checking up . The doctor said instead of just sitting around I try doing what makes me happy”

The rapper this experince has given him a title to his upcoming EP which will be dubbed ‘Happy Hour’

“Thankfully I had recorded my EP and didn’t have a name for it but now I have every reason to call it Happy , ‘Happy Hour’. While I am in my final recovery stages I will show you some of the stories and how I got. “

King Kaka
King Kaka

He added that he misses his kids, thanking his wife Nana Owiti for being there for him.]
“What I need from you is just prayers nothing more,” he told fans

“I was born a winner , I just hope that I am alive for it.”

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Rapper Mwana FA speaks after being involved in a grisly road accident

Tanzanian rapper Mwana FA was involved in a grisly road accident on Monday night. The rapper has been receiving treatment together with his driver. He was on his way to Dodoma from a funeral.

Talking to the media after the accident, the ‘Dume Suruali’ hitmaker said;

“We could see a person overtaking and the speed was too much, we didn’t have any way of escaping that car because, it had come to our way”

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The rapper is nursing injruies;

“I have injuries in my chest and on my left hand.”

Real name, Hamis Mohammed Mwinjuma, he recently became Member of parliament for Muheza constituency.

Rapper Mwana FA recovers from coronavirus, out of isolation centre

Jose Chameleone speaks after recovering from critical illness

Jose Chameleone has continued to thank his fans, family and friends for their prayers when he was sick. The singer shared a photo hanging out with friends to reveal that he has recovered. The ‘Valu Valu’ hitmaker was reported to have been in the ICU for days.

This was after a photo of his mother taking care of him in hospital went viral. Ugandan media pundits reported that the singer was battling pancrease and liver related disorders.

Jose Chameleone

The singer’s wife Daniella Atim shut down the claims revealing that he was suffering from H-Pylori which is a bacteria that affects the stomach.

Taking to Instagram, Jose wrote;

“Those times evil thinks you are weak is the perfect time you have to parade your faith!!!

Devil can’t reign – Thank you so much my brothers and sisters having heart to pray for the needful.

@swangzavenue_official thank you for the solid and everlasting love.

“May his will be done”

#IAmJoseph”

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The Ugandan legendary singer is working on his album dubbed ‘I Am Joseph’

Leaked photos of Veteran Ugandan artist Jose Chameleone sick in hospital

Zuchu confirms she disappointed management after refusing Sh 600 million deal

A month ago, Tanzanian singer Zuchu said that she had refused a multi-million ambassadorial deal for an alcohol brand. Zuchu said that she is a staunch Muslim and her religion does not allow her to take alcohol.

The ‘Sukari’ hitmaker has now revealed how much the deal was. It was a whopping 600 million Tanzanian shillings which is equivalent to Ksh 28,509,702.

“If I refuse the deal, it means that someone else’s blessings. I am not the one to do everything. I don’t take alcohol. I like to promote something that I use and If I’m not using it, it shouldn’t give me fear or lack of peace.” She recently opened up to Wasafi media

She added that she might have disappointed her management even though they chose not to tell her their feelings.

“When you are under a management, every artiste becomes like your child and every child has their own ways.”

Zuchu posing
Zuchu posing

Zuchu got into the music industry about a year ago after being signed by Diamond Platnumz under WCB. This year, she’s hit top music charts with the songs ‘Sukari’ and ‘Nyumba Ndogo’