Serena Williams Covers Vanity Fair With All Her Pregnant Glory

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(SL) – Serena Williams has  23 grand-slam wins on the women’s pro tennis tour spanning nearly three decades—from her first, at 17 years old, in September of 1999, to her latest, at 35, in January of 2017, and the most in the open era—Serena is in the heart of every conversation concerning the best athlete of her time.
The Tennis Ace says, “If I were a man, then it wouldn’t be any sort of question,” Well maybe if we throw in the fact that she was 3-4 months pregnant at the time of her latest win, that’ll help seal the deal.
Regardless of what you think, the woman has left her mark not only on Tennis but in sports in general. She is a beast on that court and could most definitely beat a number of men if ever challenged.
Where she ranks though is probably the least of her worries as she prepares to have her first child with fiance Alexis Ohanian. They became engaged last December, after first meeting roughly a year and a half earlier, then found out in January that Serena was pregnant. They will be married in the fall after the birth of the baby.

Ex-Girlfriend Sues Charlie Sheen For Allegedly Exposing Her To HIV

(SL) – Here we go again. According to reports, Charlie Sheen is being sued again by an ex-lover who claims he exposed her to HIV. The suit, that doesn’t identify by name Sheen or the ex also claims that he dissuaded her from taking antiretroviral drugs.

The suit was filed Thursday in L.A. County Superior Court. However, MSN.com reports the defendant — referred to as “confidential male defendant” — is said to have learned he was HIV positive in 2011, and given national TV interviews about his HIV status on Nov. 17, 2015, and June 21, 2016. Sheen learned he was HIV positive in 2011, and he publicly revealed it on “The Today Show” on Nov. 17, 2015. He gave an update on the program on June 21, 2016.

The plaintiff is identified only as Jane Doe, and is described as a “Russian émigré.”

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The new lawsuit explains that the defendant is not named because the plaintiff signed a non-disclosure agreement. Gary Dordick, the plaintiff’s attorney, is seeking to invalidate the agreement on the theory that it was coerced.

Reportedly, the lawsuit claims the plaintiff met Sheen in September 2015, and they quickly began a sexual relationship. She says she asked him whether he had any sexually transmitted diseases, and he repeatedly assured her that he was “fine.” She says that at first, they used latex condoms but they did have unprotected oral sex. On Oct. 26, 2015, they had unprotected intercourse for the first time, she alleges.

Afterward, she says that Sheen told her that he was in fact HIV positive, and gave her two pills to prevent transmission. The plaintiff became alarmed and upset, and sought emergency medical treatment the next day. She was told she would have to take antiretroviral medication for several weeks.

A few days later, she and Sheen argued about the exposure, according to the suit. He blamed her for the exposure and told her he was “noble” for telling her about his HIV status at all. He also said he had not previously disclosed his HIV status because it was “none of [her] f—ing business.” He also told her that the drugs she had been prescribed were unnecessary, and told her not to believe “the convenient rumors of the medical community.”

He also made bizarre statements, according to the suit, including that “Apocalypse” had “cleansed” her soul and that he could “see the future,” and she was going to be fine.

“This is more about … not if, but when you do come down with this [HIV], that we’re together and at least we have each other,” the suit quotes him as saying.

In addition, the suit alleges that he made repeated use of the n-word, describing himself as “the dumbest f—ing n—– in the room.” He also referred to other women he had slept with and who were threatening him with legal action over HIV exposure as “f—ing n—–s” who had committed “treason,” which was “punishable by death.”

Sheen faced a similar suit in December of 2015 when  Scottine Ross, his ex-fiance,  alleged physical and emotional abuse in addition to HIV exposure. That suit was referred to arbitration.

 

John Singleton Previews Snowfall With Cast In Atlanta

(SL) – John Singleton hit the ATL to preview his new TV show Snowfall based in Los Angeles 1983. A storm is coming and its name is crack.  Snowfall is a one-hour drama set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it.

20170623_222218The story follows numerous characters on a violent collision course, including: Franklin Saint (Damson Idris), young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo “El Oso” Zapata (Sergio Peris-Mencheta), a Mexican wrestler caught up in a power struggle within a crime family; Teddy McDonald (Carter Hudson), a CIA operative running from a dark past who begins an off-book operation to fund the Nicaraguan Contras and Lucia Villanueva (Emily Rios), the self-possessed daughter of a Mexican crime lord.

 

Created by John Singleton & Eric Amadio and Dave Andron, Snowfall is executive produced by Singleton, Andron, Thomas Schlamme, Amadio, Michael London and Trevor Engelson. The show premieres July 5th 10p/9pc on FX!

What The New Healthcare Bill Means For You

(SL) – By all accounts the new healthcare bill will only help the rich and deepen problems for lower income families and the elderly. CNN breaks it down nicely and The Rolling Stone made it even more blunt.

People with pre-existing conditions
Republicans have been quick to emphasize that, unlike the House bill, the Senate version preserves Obamacare’s protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. It’s a misleading claim, though: The Senate bill still allows states to apply for waivers so they don’t have to cover the essential health benefits they were forced to cover under the Affordable Care Act – which, in practice, makes it possible for insurance companies to refuse to cover some treatments for individuals with certain health histories. The outcome is exactly the same.

Poor people
Senate Republicans’ bill would offer Americans less money to help pay for worse health care plans. The bill drastically alters the structure under which the subsidies poor people used to pay for health insurance are determined. As Vox’s Ezra Klein explains, under Obamacare’s “benchmark” or average plan, insurers had to cover at least 70 percent of health care costs. Under the Republicans’ benchmark, insurers would be responsible for only 58 percent – that’s 2 percent less than the ACA’s barest-bones plan. The Senate plan also “increases the percentage of your income you can pay for a benchmark plan before it’s deemed unaffordable and additional subsidies kick in.”

That’s not all. The new bill phases out the extremely popular expansion of Medicaid that Obamacare initiated and, even more insidiously, as Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein pointed out on Twitter, “It ends Medicaid as we’ve known it since 1965.” The plan also imposes caps on Medicare spending, something the program has never had. A spending limit would mean less money to cover the needs of enrollees, two-thirds of whom are poorer, younger families with children.

Old people
Right now, Medicaid provides insurance for some 4.6 million low-income seniors, but that number is expected to increase as Baby Boomers age. The bill’s proposed caps on Medicaid spending include annual increases pegged to inflation, and those increases don’t account for the increase of older enrollees or the fact that those enrollees will come with much higher health care costs, as AARP recently pointed out. Under the House bill, insurance subsidies were pegged to age – an ill-conceived proposition that would have increased premiums the most for the oldest, poorest Americans. Under the Senate bill, subsidies are pegged to income, age and location, which means that older Americans will still see dramatic increases in their premiums.

Women
Not only does the new Senate bill end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides everything from mammograms and cervical cancer screenings to STI testing and contraceptives to 2.4 million women and men every year – it also adds pregnant women to the list of individuals who are ineligible for Medicaid. The impact of this change can’t be overstated. According to the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, more than half of all births in 24 states are financed by Medicaid.

With all of those people losing, you may be wondering: Who, exactly, “wins” under the new bill?

Easy: health insurance companies and the rich. The new bill eliminates taxes created under the ACA that helped pay for the subsidies for poorer American. Specifically, the Republican bill would repeal the 3.8 percent tax on investment income and the 0.9 percent tax on annual income for households making over $250,000. For the ultra-wealthy – that 0.1 percent of the population netting more than $3.7 million a year – that amounts to an average tax cut of $165,000, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. The bill also ends taxes imposed on tanning salons and pharmaceutical companies, and repeals an existing rule banning health insurance companies from deducting more than $500,000 in CEO pay.

People under 26

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Can get insurance through a parent’s plan or buy independently.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Stays the same.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Stays the same.

Adults under 65

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Can buy insurance on health exchanges, with tax credits and subsidies if they meet income requirements up to 400 percent of poverty level. Cost of insurance is based on tobacco use and age, with the people nearing 65 paying no more than three times what the youngest pay. Premiums can’t cost more than 9.5 percent of income. Those with very low or no income qualify for Medicaid.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Will see tax credits to pay premiums based on age, not income, and that max out at $4,000, much less than under the ACA. The oldest people under 65 can be charged five times more than the youngest, and maybe more depending on state rules. Medicaid cut after 2020.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

The oldest people under 65 would pay five times more than young people. Subsidies to help pay for insurance would end at incomes of 350 percent of poverty level, with adults 59-64 paying up to 16.2 percent of income. Medicaid would be cut starting in 2021.

Low-income nursing home residents

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Skilled nursing care covered by Medicare up to 100 days. Medicaid is available based on income.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Skilled nursing care covered by Medicare up to 100 days. Medicaid services could be cut as states see federal funding decline.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Skilled nursing care covered by Medicare up to 100 days. Medicaid coverage for long-term care could be cut as federal payments to states decline.

People with preexisting medical conditions

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Coverage cannot be denied or cost more.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

States can get permission to let insurers charge more for some preexisting conditions, and to exclude some people altogether. States would have access to federal money to help those with expensive policies or conditions.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Insurance companies would be required to accept all applicants regardless of health status. But the draft bill would let states ask permission to reduce required coverage, also called “essential health benefits,” which would give insurers some discretion over what they offer in their plans, and possibly change what they can charge consumers.

People who go to Planned Parenthood

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Federal programs reimburse for most Planned Parenthood services.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

A one-year block will be placed on federal reimbursements for care provided by Planned Parenthood.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

A one-year block will be placed on federal reimbursements for care provided by Planned Parenthood.

People with disabilities

The majority of Medicaid dollars go to people with disabilities.

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

May qualify for Medicare and also Medicaid.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Services covered by Medicaid could be cut as federal funding to states declines over time.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Services covered by Medicaid could be cut as federal funding to states declines over time. The cuts would be larger than those in the House bill.

People who use mental health services

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Covered by all plans under essential health benefits.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Could lose coverage in states that get waivers from covering essential health benefits.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Medicaid would not be required to cover mental health after 2019. For other types of insurance, requirements could change in states that request a waiver.

Working poor on Medicaid

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia offer expanded Medicaid coverage.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Federal funding for Medicaid expansion phases out, potentially affecting millions of people who are currently enrolled under the expansion.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Federal funding for Medicaid expansion phases out between 2021-2023. In addition, eight states would have a trigger clause — if the federal matching rate declines below the ACA-promised rates, the expansion goes away immediately. That would affect Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, and Washington. Further reductions would start in 2025.

The wealthy

Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)

Pay extra taxes to support ACA.

House Bill: American Health Care Act

Ends ACA taxes on corporations and cuts taxes for the wealthy by about $592 billion.

Senate Draft: Better Care Reconciliation Act

Similar to the House bill; would repeal ACA taxes on corporations and the wealthy that pay for insurance subsidies.

After Alleged Encounters With Four Different Men And Warner Bros. Declaring Sexual Assault Claim Unsubstantiated, Corrine Olympios Continues To Cry Foul

(SL) – Warner Bros. announced that it will resume filming the 4th season of Bachelor in Paradise after complaints of sexual misconduct on set.

The entertainment giant issued a release concluding its inside investigation of a drunken sex act that went left while taping the popular show that portrays individuals attempting to find love.

A producer complained about the incident that saw Corrine Olympios, who has decried crew members, engaged in a sexual act that has been described at soft porn with cast member Demario Jackson. On the same day, reportedly, she straddled and kissed Chris Harrison (left), Alex Woytkiw (center) and Nick Benvenutti (right).

Even after Warner Bros. claims that it has viewed the tape and saw no wrongdoing, Corrine Olympios is still saying she is a victim and doesn’t remember what happened. Her attorney says, ‘It’s not over.’

Reportedly, Corrine and Demario were drinking on set when she invited herself to sit on his lap. After making out for a bit, she allegedly led him to the pool where they removed clothing items and continued their make-out session which including kissing, fondling, rubbing and a tipsy Corrine putting her genitals in Demario’s face.

Jackson has admitted to performing an oral sex act on Corrine at this point. To which, she says she was too drunk to consent.

Demario Jackson and his attorney are calling for the tape to be released after his family name and character were defamed. Jackson says he even lost his job behind the scandal.

No word yet on if Corrine and Demario will resume filming with the cast. Warner Bros. says it won’t release the video but maybe they should to kill any doubt.

Shareholder Revolt Pushes Uber Founder and CEO Travis Kalanick Out

(SL) – Well that went bad quick.

The Daily Mail reports, Uber founder and CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned from the ride-sharing company.

The 40-year-old entrepreneur announced he was stepping down as the firm he founded in 2009 deals with a sexual harassment scandal.

According to the New York Times, a shareholder revolt made it untenable for him to stay on at the company.

The newspaper reported that earlier on Tuesday, five of Uber’s major investors, including Bill Gurley from capital firm Benchmark, demanded that the chief executive resign immediately.

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{Video} Full Dashcam Video Released In Philando Castile Shooting

(SL) – A new video of Philando Catstile’s death has been released from the view of the police car dashcam.

Castile supporters were left stunned by the not guilty verdict of Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who took all of 74 seconds to take the young man’s life. Castile was traveling with his girlfriend and her daughter when they were pulled over because the brake lights were out.

Yanez then asks Castile for his driver’s license and insurance.

castile5n-2-webCastile hands over the cards and says, “Sir, I do have to tell you I do have a firearm on me.” Yanez calmly responds, “Okay. Don’t reach for it then.” His voice rises suddenly and he yells, “Don’t pull it out. Don’t pull it out.”

Seven shots were fired into the vehicle. Five hit Castile and all while Castile’s girlfriend Diamond Reynolds and her daughter were in the car.  Dashcam video also shows the young girl running out of the car and into the arms of another police officer who was also in the line of fire when Yanez unloaded and stepped out of the way.

Castile’s gun was registered. Castile was a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Bachelor In Paradise’s Corrine Olympios Claims She Was Too Drunk To Consent Following Oral Sex Act With DeMario Jackson

(SL) – Filming for Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise was brought to an abrupt halt and now more of the reason why is being disclosed.   It appears that there was a reported scripted scene that would see two villains Bachelor (Corrine) and Bachelorette (DeMario) contestants hookup.  After a long day of drinking in Mexico, the crew headed to the location for the shoot where a source told Entertainment Tonight “DeMario was in the pool.

Corinne found DeMario sitting at a bar and jumped in his lap. The two then started flirting and engaging in ‘intense rubbing.

bachelorinparadise_featuredimage-936x482-h_2017At some point, Corinne allegedly beckoned DeMario to the pool where the two stripped down and ‘started making out and “rubbing, touching and fingering.”‘

Reportedly, DeMario says the shocking part for producers came when after that heavy kissing, rubbing and touching, Corrine put her genitals in his face to which he quote “started licking”. Some described it as a soft porn scene as their were other people around including one Producer who left as the raunchy behavior ensued.

However, other reports tell a different story. Corinne herself says she was too drunk to consent to any sex act.

Sources close to the reality star say she was blackout drunk and doesn’t remember her hook-up with DeMario at all.

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It was only until the next day, when cast members started walking her through what happened, that she learned about what happened.  Some say cast members complained that she was too drunk to film a ‘sex scene’.

While some producers say there were no complaints until an executive producer pulled the two aside and explained that one of the show’s producers had filed a formal complaint after watching the reel from the previous night, saying he or she was ‘uncomfortable’ with what happened.

Olympios has retained an attorney. claiming she was too drunk to consent, has a boyfriend and would never do that if she was sober.  Olympios was known for her very sexual and flirty behavior on the Bachelor.

DeMario was booted off of the current season of the Bachelorette for having a girlfriend.

Bachelor in Paradise features previous contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette who are isolated at an exotic resort in hopes of finding love.

It was scheduled to premiere August 8 on ABC. But Warner Bros. has shut all of that down.

 

Accuser Andrea Constand Switches Sworn Testimony After Phone Records Prove She Lied About Being Unconscious During Alleged Assault

(SL) – The Daily Mail reports, telephone records projected onto a white screen for the jury, showed that during the time frame when Constand had claimed to have been unconscious and assaulted she made a slew of calls – late into the night, including calls placed to Cosby.

Directing the jury to the records Agrusa stated: ‘On March 16 at 6.30 in the morning you put a call to your friend Sherry (Williams) at 6.30 correct? And then at 6.58 that’s a call you placed to Mr Cosby and then you tried him again at 7am.
‘And some point you go to that Central High Dinner. But if you look at line 291 you call Mr Cosby at 9.45pm and then not even 6 minutes later you call Sherry Williams that same night.
‘And then in fact you called Sherry again less than a minute later didn’t you? And in fact four minutes later you called Sherry Williams again didn’t you and this time you talked to her for about 12 minutes.
‘This is the night March 16 that you were drugged and unconscious in Mr Cosby’s home at about 9.15, 9.30 and you make a call to Mr Cosby to Sherry to Sherry and that same night at 10.06pm and at 10.13pm and you’re on the phone once again at 10.06.’
Her voice rising Agrusa came to her point: ‘At the very time you told police you were drugged and unconscious you were on the phone making multiple phone calls.
‘But you were passed out? There was no way you were making those calls.’
Rounding on Constand she said: ‘You weren’t drugged that night were you? You weren’t sexually assaulted on March 16 were you?’
‘No ma’am,’ Constand replied.
NBC news also reported on the court exchange as well as Page Six.

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