“Hardcore” Album by Lil Kim Turns 25

LIL KIM: Hardcore (1996)

Lil Kim’s Hardcore album as well as this poster was legendary.

Hard to believe it’s been 25 WHOLE YEARS since this album dropped. It’s showing my age. Lil Kim is iconic. Her style, her swagg, her rhymes & delivery were like no other. Every teen age girl from the hood wanted to be Lil Kim the Queen Bee! She was so dope & I can’t imagine hip hop with out her. We love you Kim!

Criminal Trail of Former “Empire” Actor Jesse Smollet Set to Begin Today

Wow! I didn’t even know he was facing a criminal trial for this. Smh imagine setting yourself up then catching a charge for setting yourself up.


Did anybody ever figure out why he did this? What in the heck was the ultimate purpose of all of this? What was the end game?

Insider — The criminal trial of actor Jussie Smollett, who is accused of staging a hate crime against himself, is set to begin Monday after years of delays.

In January 2019, Smollett reported to Chicago police that he had been attacked by two men wearing ski masks while walking home from a Subway sandwich shop around 2 a.m., claiming they shouted racist and homophobic slurs and referenced former President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.” He also said the men placed a noose around his neck.

At the time of the attack, Smollett, who is Black and openly gay, was starring on the TV show “Empire,” which filmed in Chicago.

Shortly after the attack, which was first investigated as a hate crime, police and prosecutors said they believed Smollett himself had staged it. He was accused of making a false report to police and was charged with felony disorderly conduct.

“Trafficked” With Mariana van Zeller

Season 2 of “Trafficked” with host Mariana van Zeller is set to premiere December 1.

In the series, the award winning journalist explores the inner workings of the global underworld’s most dangerous black markets.

In each episode, she journeys inside a different black market or trafficking network — from drugs and stolen cars to outlaw bikers and Amazon mafias — to meet the players, learn the business, and better understand the world’s multitrillion-dollar shadow economy.

The show premieres on National Geographic channel. Thankfully they sent me this tweet as a reminder to set my DVR.

Will you be watching?

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Milwaukee Man Plows Vehicle Through Christmas Parade; Kills Five People

Darrell Brooks Jr.

Darrell Brooks Jr. is the man suspected of being the driver who viciously plowed through a crowded Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin killing 5 people and injuring at least 40.

Brooks has been charged three times in less than two years with recklessly endangering the safety of others, most recently in an incident in which he is accused of running a woman over with his vehicle in Milwaukee.

As of now there is no motive given for his horrific actions, though some reports say he was fleeing the scene of another crime.

Brooks faces at least five counts of first-degree intentional homicide as well as additional charges. The penalty for first-degree intentional homicide is a mandatory life prison sentence.