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DETROIT (WWJ) – Calls coming in from surrounding states as well as area residents asking just what was the boom or blast heard minutes after 8 p.m.?

Homeland Security ending that speculation stating a fireball meteor is the source of the mystery in the sky Tuesday night.

Minutes after the eruption — which was seen across many states in the Midwest — the possibilities ranged from ‘thunder snow’ to a meteor.

“Heard a boom and I kind of thought I felt something — and my dog freaked out,” one caller told WWJ.

post on Facebook allegedly shows the meteor cross the sky.

meteor nws Description Of A Boom, Light Filled Sky From Metro Detroiters: Fireball Meteor The CauseIn a recently deleted reply on Twitter the National Weather Service – Detroit saying that ‘no lighting detected. Appears to have been a meteor.”

The weather service telling WWJ early on that they were ruling out possibilities and had not concluded the actual cause.

In a text alert to residents: “Ingham County Emergency Management Update: Multiple sources report that a fireball meteor was seen over the county earlier this evening. While many also reported an explosion, there is no indication that anything landed on the ground or cased damage. Most likely it was the boom of the meteor breaking apart. And that there is no need to call 911.”

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A powerline stretches across a backdrop of golden fields. A stem of grain cuts through the sun shining in an empty forest. Justin Timberlake is cold and alone in the woods, staring at something we can’t see. Now he is kneeling in a snowy field, lost in thought and then a second later arms stretched up toward the heavens. Now he is walking fully-clothed through a quiet stream. He is gazing out at some snowy mountains. Next he is on a cliff gazing out over an autumnal wilderness scene. Something is weighing on Justin Timberlake’s mind, but what could it be?

We don’t know yet, but what we do know is Justin Timberlake is now very deep. The trailer for Timberlake’s new album Man of the Woods presents the former NSYNC heartthrob looking pensive in various natural settings, hitting every note of the “white man finding himself in the empty West” trope that has long been part of America’s romantic fictional past (and Levi’s commercials). In case the shots of Timberlake running through empty fields that cut to a shot of a band of horses running through snowy mountains aren’t enough, his wife Jessica Biel and his producer Pharrell are there to hammer the point home in a voiceover. “It feels like mountains, trees, campfires, like Wild West, but now,” says Biel. “It just feels so earthy,” says Pharrell shortly before a black and white shot of him in a studio pronouncing something, presumably a song from the album, as “a smash.”

White colonialist fantasies aside, there’s something very familiar about this pivot in Timberlake’s style. We saw it from Miley Cyrus in her hasty rebranding around her 2017 pop country album Younger Now, as well as from Lady Gaga who took to wearing cowboy hats with the release of her 2016 album Joanne. Authenticity is quite marketable now, and for white pop stars that means shifting away from the hip-hop and R&B-influenced sounds that made them famous, and toward the sounds of Southern and country rock. For Timberlake, the pivot should be sonically natural: Originally hailing from Tennessee, Timberlake has never been shy about celebrating his Southern origins. And considering Pharrell and Timbaland are both producers on the album, Man of the Woods is likely to retain some familiar influences. But with his insistence in the video that this album will be his most personal yet, Timberlake is indulging in the inexplicably popular fallacy that music with heavy country influences is somehow more profound or emotionally acute than music that is electronic, lyrics that are rapped, or songs that inspire listeners to shake their asses. Most recently, hip-hop artist Post Malone pushed this narrative in an interviewwhere he said, “If you’re looking for lyrics, if you’re looking to cry, if you’re looking to think about life, don’t listen to Hip Hop.”

Timberlake has a long history with hip-hop and R&B, genres invented and dominated by black people. (And to be clear, without African-Americans, there would be no rock or country music as we know it either — but I digress.) His first single as a solo artist featured legendary hip-hop duo Clipse and was co-written by The Neptunes. The success of his second studio album FutureSex/LoveSounds was in no small part due to hip-hop producers like Timbaland and Rick Rubin. There’s nothing wrong with a white artist expressing black influences in his music; still, the ease with which Timberlake can pivot to and away from blackness certainly raises some questions. Pop music is about reinvention, but only white artists are allowed the freedom to leap between racialized identities, depending on the whims of the market. Timberlake can escape his past much more easily than Janet Jackson, whose nude breast at the 2004 Super Bowl — which popped out thanks to Timberlake’s planned pull — directly kicked off the decline of her career, which has yet to recover. (Timberlake, for his part, has never fully atoned in public, though his upcoming performance would be a good place to start.)

The first single from Man of the Woods will be released on January 5, while the full album will arrive on February 2, just a couple of days before the highly-anticipated Super Bowl LII halftime show. The album may very well include some hits, considering the seasoned team behind it. He’ll only have to live with himself for pandering to a whiter America.

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James warms up before Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James fired back at President Donald Trump on Saturday after Trump said Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was no longer invited to the White House to commemorate his team’s NBA title.

LeBron took a shot at Trump and backed the Warriors guard in the process:

U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!

James released a video on Uninterrupted later on Saturday:

Earlier Saturday, Trump tweeted about uninviting Curry:

Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!

Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul, and former Los Angeles Lakersstar Kobe Bryant also defended Curry:

 whose name alone creates division and anger. Whose words inspire dissension and hatred can’t possibly “Make America Great Again”

With everything that’s going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who’s kneeling and visiting the White House??? 

On Friday, Curry told reporters he would vote against the team visiting the White House, via’s Chris Haynes.

When asked Thursday about the Warriors possibly visiting the White House, head coach Steve Kerr said they would sit down and decide as a team, per’s Ramona Shelburne.

Curry was the most outspoken about not wanting to visit the White House, and he explained his feelings on the matter Friday, according to Anthony Slater of The Athletic (h/t’s Jeremy Woo):

“That we don’t stand for basically what our president has—the things that he’s said and the things that he hasn’t said at the right times—that we won’t stand for it. By acting and not going, hopefully that will inspire some change when it comes to what we tolerate in this country, what is accepted and what we turn a blind eye toward. It’s not just the act of not going; there are things you have to do in the back end that you have to push that message into motion.

“You can talk about all the different personalities that have said things and done things—from [NFL free-agent quarterback Colin] Kaepernick to what happened with [Seattle Seahawks defensive end] Michael Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that has led to change. We’re all trying to do what we can using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that. That’s kind of where I stand on that. I don’t think us going to the White House will miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”

James and the Cavaliers visited the White House last year after beating the Warriors in seven games to win the 2016 NBA championship, but they did so when Barack Obama was still in office.

The most prominent championship team to visit the White House since Trump was sworn in was the New England Patriots following their Super Bowl 51 triumph over the Atlanta Falcons, though some players declined to attend.

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Tone Are

Contributing Writer

It looks like the woman once alleged to have been Kevin Hart’s side chick may be the female many believe Hart alluded to when he posted to Instagram with a public apology to his wife and family for putting himself in a position to be extorted, on Saturday night, September 16.

Soon after Hart’s video went viral, Monique ‘MoMo’ Gonzalez, who came to the public’s attention after she was sighted in the back seat of a car with Hart in Miami one early morning in July, released a cryptic Instagram post that read, “The truth always comes to light.” The post caused many to draw conclusions that she may have put it up in response to Hart’s video. Fans and followers of the comedian may recall a recording taken of Hart’s vehicle, which showed him appearing to get affectionate with the aspiring model. In the days that followed he would vehemently deny accusations suggesting that he was cheating on wife, Eniko, who was pregnant at the time.

Eniko and Kevin just tied the knot last year. They had been dating since 2009, which precedes his divorce date with ex-wife Torrei. Where the couple goes with their seven-year relationship remains to be seen, in light of them expecting their first child together.


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New STD Lawsuit Against Usher, 2 More Women and a Man

The Usher scandal — that he allegedly has herpes and had sexual contact with individuals without telling them — is about to get bigger, because 2 women and a man are going to file a lawsuit claiming Usher exposed them to the STD.

Celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom says she’ll file the suit Monday in California and hold a news conference in NYC to correspond with the filing. One of the women will appear at the news conference. The 2 others will remain anonymous and will appear in the lawsuits only as Jane Doe and John Doe.

Bloom says all 3 individuals claim to have had sexual contact with Usher after 2012, and he failed to warn them he allegedly had an STD.

We reached out to Usher’s camp … so far no word back.

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By    |  August 2, 2017 8:20 AM EST  |   26

Bobby V -Photo Credit Jonell Whitt via Steed Media

Men going to transgender escorts is nothing new and in countries like Brazil, it is common practice. The recent scandal involving R&B singer Bobby V has drawn attention to men who choose to have sex with transgenders. Bobby V has stated that he did not know escort Reima Houston was a man and ran from the apartment when he realized this was the case. Some are disputing Bobby V’s claim that he did not know the person he was with was transgender. The debate as to what actually happened continues. Still, the incident has presented a topic of discussion many avoid. It appears that many men are choosing to have a transgender side chick. Whether for exploration or living a taboo alternative lifestyle, there are a variety of reasons men are choosing this option.

Madison Hinton, Transgender porn star and entertainment mogul (Photo courtesy of Madison Hinton)

1. Looks. According to porn star TS Madison during an interview with rolling out, looks do play a part. She stated, “I do not consider any heterosexual man that has an attraction to a transgender woman a homosexual. A transgender personifies a genetic woman, some say we over-exaggerate a woman because we go to the extreme of larger breasts, hips, and buttocks but at the end of the day we still look like women. We are the ones who put in the time to look like a woman. So, when a man is attracted to a transgender woman, he does not say, ‘Oh my God look at the good-looking guy.’ He’s looking and saying this is a beautiful woman. When you tell him you have male genitalia, it makes people label you gay. There are some men who will go through their relationship with transgender women and have nothing to do with the penis. But yet they want it to be there because it is taboo.”

2. Taboo sex: Some male customers enjoy the aspect of power and sexual domination that they may not receive from a female lover. In 2015, pro boxer Yusaf Mack, came out as gay and announced that he was looking forward to having a transgender relationship and exploring his sexual identity.

3. Pleasure: For some men, anal penetration is pleasurable and stimulates the prostate, known as the male G-spot. Last year, Amber Rose sent out a tweet about former lover Kanye West that read:


Even among heterosexual partners, some couples engage in what is known as “pegging“ where the man is anally penetrated by his female partner with a strap-on dildo or other sex toy. The whole purpose of this is to reach the male equivalent of the “G-spot” and has nothing to do with being homosexual. There are some men who are frustrated that they can not engage in this practice with their female partner and choose a transgender escort. Being able to engage in this behavior without emotional attachment through prostitution is an outlet for some men.

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Mark Braboy

Contributing Writer

Article Image: 21 Savage: "People Don't Really Understand How Hard it is to Be Black"

21 Savage recently did an interview for Rolling Stone magazine where he opens up about a variety of heavy topics such as politics, love, and being black in America.

When asked about his debut album Issa Album and addressing social/political issues such as systematic racism and police brutality, he explains how he not only speaks on his experience, but he raps about other issues that fans relate to.

“Most of the time I just talk about me or what I experience,” he explains to Rolling Stone. “Now I be trying to talk about other things that other people can relate to.”

21 Savage continues when he speaks on how he does not believe that many people truly understand that black experience for those coming from his environment.

“It’s hard being black,” he says. “I don’t think people really understand how hard it is to be black. Especially when you coming from nothing. In the hood, there’s already a lot of hate just amongst us black people. We killin’ each other and everybody else killin’ us too. We poor. And the world hates us.”

He also speaks honestly about his critics in regards to his content.

“People always say I don’t ever talk about that type of s**t, then when I talk about that type of s**t, they do everything in their power to not talk about that song,” he continues. “They don’t give me the credit. F**k ’em.”


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MP The God

Contributing Writer

Article Image: First Openly Transgender Soldier in U.S. Military Speaks on Trump's Ban

Recently via Twitter, Donald Trump announced that transgender people would be banned from serving in the military. Previously, Trump tweeted in 2016 that he would protect the LGBT community from violence and hatred that may come their way. Since switching his tune, many have come out and criticized Trump, including former Army Sgt. Shane Ortega. The retired veteran is the first out trans soldier to serve in the United States military.

During an interview with Mic, Ortega gave some thoughts on Trump’s ban, saying, “To be quite frank, my first thought was, ‘F***!’ Trump is a man who is literally a war-dodger, who comes from a life of privilege and silver spoon, who has no connection to reality whatsoever, and I don’t know how much more the American public needs to see that.”

Ortega went on to say, “What more will it take for people in this country to become really outraged?” Trump revealed his reasoning for the ban via Twitter, saying that trans people in the military would create “tremendous medical costs.”

Source: Mic

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‘Money’ accused the Irishman hours earlier at the New York press conference of racist insults concerning black women

The pair landed this afternoon on identical private Zetta Jet planes – but not the same jet as first reported – on their world tour to promote their super fight on August 26 in Las Vegas.

Tensions have simmered all week in Los Angeles, Toronto and New York with the fighters engaging in intense trash talk which threatened to spill over last night.

And fans are expecting another bad-tempered clash at the SSE Wembley Arena from 7pm tonight. Follow the live stream and blog on the press conference here.

Mayweather was livid with McGregor for his comments about black women (Image: Flynet Pictures)
McGregor arrives for the final leg of the world tour (Image: Flynet Pictures)

McGregor attempted to defend himself from racist accusations levelled last night after telling Mayweather, “Dance for me, boy,”.

He insisted he was “half black from the belly down” and that it was a “present for my beautiful, black female fans.”

Outrage immediately followed with Mayweather slamming the Notorious for his remarks.


“We can’t judge a man for what we hear from others, we must judge a man for how he treats us,” Mayweather said.

Mayweather shows off his TMT luggage (Image: Flynet Pictures)
The American has traded insults with McGregor all week (Image: Flynet Pictures)
The Irishman denied his comments were racist (Image: Flynet Pictures)

“He totally disrespected my daughter, the mother of my daughter, he disrespected black women and he called black people monkeys.

“I’m proud to be a black man and to be an American.

“He can’t do that. You cannot disrespect black women. You cannot disrespect black people. Period.”

The private jet arrives in London for the final stop of the world tour (Image: Flynet Pictures)
The fighters’ entourage arrive (Image: Flynet Pictures)
The pair will meet on August 26 in Las Vegas (Image: Flynet Pictures)
Wembley Arena will host the final press conference (Image: Flynet Pictures)

McGregor later responded to the outrage, claiming he does “not even see colour.”

“That doesn’t sit well with me,” McGregor said. “I am a very multi-cultured individual.

“I do not have any ill feeling toward anyone. I do not even see colour.

“I just wanted to say something that I could have a little fun with.

“I just wanted to play with it and address it in my own little way.

“It’s stupid and it’s ridiculous, that’s basically what I was getting at.”

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