Frederick Richardson, the alleged killer of Ashley “AJ” Jewell (Kandi Burruss’ Ex-Fiance), was ordered held without bail today until his next court appearance Oct. 20. Richardson’s attorney said Jewell drew a gun and threw the first punch during the fight Friday night outside the Body Tap strip club. The attorney also tried to argue that Jewell’s death has yet to be determined so it’s premature to charge his client with voluntary manslaughter. Obviously the judge didn’t agree.
“They don’t know cause of death…they don’t know how he died,” said defense attorney Dennis Scheib.
The fight happened out of the view of the club’s surveillance cameras but police said several witnesses have the same recollection of the one-on-one fight and report that Jewell threw the first punch.
The club opened for the first time Monday night since the fight and while club officials have no comment, investigators said the two men had an on-going dispute about business matters concerning the club.
Richardson worked at the club and Jewell was reportedly attempting to buy part or all of the establishment.
But police said whatever started the fight, once Jewell went down, he was unable to defend himself and therefore the charges aren’t likely to change.
AJ’s funeral will be held Friday at the Ray of Hope Christian Church on Snapfinger Road in DeKalb County. The time has not yet been determined. A visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Donald Trimble Mortuary in Decatur. (Source 1 and 2)
Tyler Perry, who recently turned 40 in September of this year, went to his blog to express how the new film “Precious” ignited some hurtful memories of his childhood. Perry, an executive producer of the film which details an young teen’s struggles with an abusive mother, is no stranger to hardship but he’s taken those painful memories and used them to create powerful movies and plays. As he shared details of his abusive upbringing Perry states: “Turning 40 is such a blessing. Especially because as I child I always thought I would die before I grew up.”
In his recent message to his fans, Tyler reveals being molested by a woman when he was 10 years old, beatings from his father and also speaks about an experience where his grandmother forced him into an “ammonia bath.” The blog is detailed and disturbing, however Tyler’s cathartic writing led him to the key to all his successes: Forgiveness.
If you’re having a hard time getting over something in your life, maybe you can try forgiveness too. It’s not easy, but it does bring forth healing. I know that there are a lot of people out there with stories far worse than mine but you, too, can make it. To those of you who have, welcome to life. I celebrate you.
I love receiving Tyler’s messages in my inbox. They’re always so uplifting and spiritual and this one gives way more insight into Tyler Perry as a person. Read more of his message, entitled “We’re All Precious in His Sight” below: Continue Reading…
It’s been 13 years since Magic Johnson opened the theatre bearing his name at Greenbriar Mall on the southside. THIRTEEN dayum years! Now…after all that time, the 12-screen movie complex is shutting it’s doors for good. I remember when the theatre first opened it’s doors, giving all on the southside hope that it would help bring the ailing mall back to life. It seemed to work for a minute, since the theatre’s location was combined with Magic Johnson’s TGI Fridays. But after a few years, the restaurant disappeared as well. It was boarded up for a while then reappeared as another restaurant and not it’s a club (Pearle Bistro). I dunno what it is about Greenbriar but stores/restaurants/grocery stores have all come and gone and it’s still an Atlanta staple.
AMC spokesman Andy DiOrio said the company has closed a handful of theaters nationwide this year as it seeks to upgrade or close aging theaters.
“While we understand and appreciate that community’s affinity with that theater, we also have two others in that vicinity, AMC Parkway Pointe 15 and AMC Southlake Pavilion 24,” he said.
Atlanta City Council member Jim Maddox, who represents the Greenbriar area, said he’s disappointed to see the complex shuttered, and hopes another theater company will take it over.
One of the mall’s owners, Charlie Hendon, said that a broker hired to fill the space has received interest from potential tenants, including some non-theater uses.(Source)
News that the theatre is closing hurt my heart but I understand that business is business. Magic Johnson Theatre at Greenbriar faced stiff competition once the theatres at Camp Creek Marketplace opened it’s doors and it seemingly never recovered. What we all feared would happen is happening. Good news for Camp Creek, but devastating to all around Greenbriar Parkway. After JC Penney left the mall empty for some time and finally Burlington settled in. Circuit City came and went leaving an emptly building and so did Cub Foods. Now this. I’m just hoping that our beloved Greenbriar can recover from this huge blow.
In case you want to visit the theatre one last time, you have until Sunday, October 11th.
Chris Rock has just been hit with a $5 Million dollar lawsuit over his upcoming Good Hair documentary. According to TMZ, Regina Kimbell is accusing Rock of stealing his idea from her 2005 documentary, “My Nappy Roots” and says that she showed him her film back in 2007 on the set of his TV series, “Everybody Hates Chris”. She has since filed suit in U.S. District Court in downtown L.A., and seeks no less than $5 million dollars!
Kimbell’s documentary features celebs who discuss styles like the conk, the Afro, the Jheri curl and dreadlocks while Rock’s film also uses celebs to look at the efforts black women use to get that European look. Check out a snippet from Kimbell’s “My Nappy Hair” below and judge for yourself: Continue Reading…
Usher has finally released the “Papers” track that I told you about back in July. The R&B superstar doesn’t hold back any punches on the Sean Garrett-penned track, spilling all the beans on what he’s been going through in his dead end marriage.
“Papers” ~ Usher Raymond
“For you I gave my heart and turned my back against the world/ ’Cause you were my girl, girl, girl/ I done damn near lost my mama/ I done been through so much drama/ I done turned into the man that I never thought I’d be/ I’m ready to sign them papers.”
I know y’all remember po Scarlet, the chick who became a YouTube sensation by busting her “A”zz falling off a table? Well Mr. Malibu and Pineapple himself (aka Rick Ross) has followed in her infamous wedge-heeled footsteps and took a tumble as well. I really didn’t wanna laugh at this video but I couldn’t help it… I challenge you to suppress a giggle. 😆 Video below: Continue Reading…