Report: Leola Brown Thrown Out of Bobbi Kristina Funeral Services

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According to TMZ, the service was interrupted Saturday morning by an outburst from Leolah Brown, Bobbi’s aunt, who was swiftly removed from the church with the help of Tyler Perry.

An eyewitness says Pat Houston was getting ready to speak when Leolah began screaming, “Pat you know you are wrong for this!”

We’re told security descended on Leolah and escorted her out. Tyler Perry followed to help diffuse the situation.

As we reported, the Browns and Houstons are feuding again. Several members of Brown’s family are upset that Pat Houston has solicited funds instead of flowers for her charity.

 

Lil Kim Claims Mr. Papers Was Physically Abusive

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Lil Kim and her former boyfriend, and baby daddy, Mr. Papers are headed to court to fight over their 1-year-old daughter Royal Reign.

Papers allegedly cheated on Kim when Royal was on two months old. They had a nasty breakup and Kim has been trying to distance herself from him – and him from their baby – ever since.

Papers, real name Jeremy Neil, doesn’t want to be chalked up as another deadbeat dad, so he’s asking family court to get involved and order a visitation plan.

According to Bossip, Papers filed for visitation in June, asking for one day a week to spend time with his daughter. He also agreed to have a court-approved supervisor.

Kim didn’t show up to the July 9 hearing. Instead, she filed a separate lawsuit claiming Papers was allegedly abusive in their relationship. His publicist, Tasha Hilton, says Kim’s allegations are nothing more than a ploy to further prevent her client from spending time with his baby girl. Papers denies ever getting physical with Kim.

“He doesn’t want his daughter to grow up and think her father didn’t care about her,” Hilton said. “The one thing that does matter to him is having his daughter in his life.”

Despite reports, Hilton said her client is not seeking full custody, he only wants to see his child.

“He’s not trying to take custody, he’s not trying to take her. He is literally just trying to see her. He’s been trying to do it very quietly.” Hilton added, “[Lil Kim is] playing really dirty now with the domestic situation. There has never been any domestic violence.”

Kim and Papers met when he was 24 and she was 38, and accusations of infidelity plagued their relationship.

“They had a lot of challenges with regard to being faithful and infidelity,” Hilton said.

The former couple is set to appear in family court in New Jersey on the domestic violence allegations.

 

Jill Scott Talks New Album ‘Woman’, Motherhood and Longevity

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Jill Scott’s fifth studio album “Woman”  is receiving rave reviews for being that familiar harmonious formula of spoken word and unapologetic soulful ballads that her fans have grown accustomed to. To support the album, Scott chatted with ESSENCE.com for a Q&A about music, motherhood and longevity, saying “My career is not Beyonce’s career.”

Below are excerpts from the interview, which you can read in full here.

As Jill Scott the woman, do you find it easier to define who you are?

Jill: To be so definitive about who you are is always a challenge because I don’t know what tomorrow will bring that could change me forever. Today, I am a person that enjoys putting my hands in the dirt and growing my food. I am a person who still takes long walks. I’m a voyeur. I like to watch people live, laugh and have conversations. I’m an “ear-hustler.” I like to read. It’s imperative that I get rest, I’ve learned. I’m a romantic. My child comes before everything. I have a whole new reason to exist and it’s better than anything I’ve ever done. I’m on a mission, that I do know.

“Back Together” on Woman is dedicated to your 6-year-old son, Jet. How has being a mother changed you as a woman and an artist?

Jill: He is the impetus of my own accountability. I don’t want to bring people into his life who aren’t healthy for him. It matters to me how he views me. It matters that I’ve done the best I can to make a good decision because everything that I do is shaping who he is. I love him more every day and I want to be an example.

I bring him out on the road with me because I want to be with him and he wants to be with me but this existence is hard. I needed him to see what it’s like to work. I need him to see the payoff in the audience singing along, but I also need him to be in rehearsal so he can see the work that goes along with it. I don’t want my son to be the kind of person who doesn’t have a work ethic.

What do you think needs to happen in music for people to want to sing about feelings again?

Jill: I think that artists have to remember that the songs that they’re singing are going to follow them for the rest of their lives. The weight is heavier than what a single that works today is. I think they’re creating a lot of microwaveable music and not thinking about longevity.

My career is not Diana Ross’ career, is not Beyonce’s career, is not Nina Simone’s career. My career is my career but we all have a stamp of who we are in our music. Longevity is a point and purpose.

 

Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom Officially End Their Marriage

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Khloe Kardashian claims she tried everything to free Lamar Odom from drugs, but in the end, her efforts proved to be in vain. Khloe and Lam Lam have finally signed legal docs that will officially end their marriage. They have reached a property settlement and the divorce could be official within days.

Khloe filed for divorce in December 2013 and sat on it for more than a year while she used it to spin her story on her reality show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” According to TMZ, there was no activity in the file, to the point the judge threatened to dismiss the case. She scheduled numerous couples therapy sessions but Lamar missed almost every one with lame excuses. In one case she found out he was at a pool party. Lamar has allegedly said in the past that the Kardashians ruined his life.

Apparently Khloe has moved on with NBA superstar James Harden, who seems to be dating everyone else on the side. Does he know that Khloe is desperate to become a mother? According to Radar:

“Khloe’s determined to be more secure in herself and stop looking to others for that missing confidence chip,”said Radar’s source. “She’s got so much love to give and desperately wants to be a mom, so she figures there’s no sense in wasting time. Her big dilemma right now is whether to adopt or go the sperm donor route, but she’s set on being a mom — and soon.”

As for Lamar, he remains in seclusion and possibly still in mourning over loss of his two best friends who both died from drug overdoses. Less than a week after the death of Jamie Sangouthai,  Odom’s best friend Bobby Heyward, a producer and writer, died at age 30 on June 20. Ironically, Heyward’s final Instagram post was a tribute to Sangouthai.

 

Browns Suspicious Houstons Will Sneak Pic of Bobbi Kristina’s Body: Report

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The Houstons and the Browns have found something else to squabble over.

According to TMZ, the Brown family is extremely concerned that the Houstons will sneak a photo of her Bobbi Kristin Brown‘s dead body … and sell it.

Sources say the Browns fear a repeat of what happened when Whitney Houston was laid to rest in 2012 … when a photo of her body, in her casket, was taken and ended up on the cover of a magazine.

The logic is that it had to have been someone from the Houston camp since the Brown family was basically on the outs in that situation.

Sources say the Brown family plans to band together and stand guard with all eyes on the Houston family.

And with Pat Houston in charge of the funeral, things could definitely get interesting.

 

Janet Jackson Continues Tour Rehearsal, Set to Perform at iHeartRadio Festival

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The show will go on for Janet Jackson!

As we previously reported, Janet had put rehearsals for her upcoming tour on hold so she could be by her father’s side after he suffered a stroke on July 27. Now Access Hollywood has learned that Janet is continuing to rehearse while Joe Jackson recovers.

According to inside sources, Janet brought “key personnel” to Brazil, where Joe is currently hospitalized (“on the mend”), so she can continue prepping for her tour, as well as for her highly anticipated appearance at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in September. Sources tell Access that Janet is rehearsing after hospital visiting hours are over. She will remain in Brazil with her niece Stevena, (brother Randy’s daughter), until Randy and sister Rebbie arrive to tend to Joe. Janet could be back in the States as early as Aug. 3, according to the source.

Janet’s “Unbreakable” world tour is scheduled to kick off August 31 in Vancouver.

Meanwhile, in addition to Janet, Kanye West, Sam Smith and the Who are set to perform at the 5th annual iHeartRadio Music Festival this fall. Lil Wayne, Coldplay, the Weeknd and Blake Shelton will also perform during the two-day event in Las Vegas on Sept. 18-19, IHeartMedia announced the line-up Thursday.

Other performers include David Guetta, Kenny Chesney, Fall Out Boy, Disclosure, Duran Duran, Prince Royce, Diplo, the Killers and Jason Derulo. Additional acts are expected to make appearances as well.

Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the festival will take place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and will live stream on Yahoo! and iHeartMedia’s radio stations. It will also air as a two-night special on The CW Network on Sept. 29-30. Tickets go on sale Saturday for the general public.

The popular music festival has boasted performances from previous acts like Taylor Swift, Usher and Nicki Minaj.

 

Lauryn Hill Performs Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’ on ‘Fallon’ (Watch)

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Lauryn Hill appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Thursday to sing her cover of Nina Simone’s “Feeling Good” that appears on the tribute album for the new documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?.

She gets her scat on in the middle, her voice cracks at points and she sheds a few tears at the end of her rendition – and it’s all good.

Watch below:

 

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