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Cee-Lo Green Pleads No Contest to Plying Woman with Ecstasy

CeeLo Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, attends a hearing at the Los Angeles Superior Court House on August 29, 2014 in Los Angeles

CeeLo Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, attends a hearing at the Los Angeles Superior Court House on August 29, 2014 in Los Angeles

*Cee-Lo Green has pleaded no contest to one felony count of furnishing ecstasy to a woman during a 2012 dinner in Los Angeles.

The Grammy-winning singer entered the plea during a brief court hearing on Friday, reports the Associated Press. He also entered a special plea in which he maintained his innocence in the case.

Superior Court Judge Mark Young sentenced the 39-year-old singer to three years of formal probation. Young said Green, whose real name is Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, will be allowed to travel for work.

Green entered the plea just before a preliminary hearing, which would have disclosed potential evidence against him, was scheduled to begin.

Prosecutors rejected a rape charge against Green when he was charged with the felony drug charge in October 2013. His attorney Blair Berk has said Green had consensual sex with the woman he gave ecstasy to during the 2012 dinner.

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Press Secretary: Pres. ‘Stands Behind Decision’ to Wear Tan Suit (Watch)

President Barack Obama makes a statement at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House August 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.

President Barack Obama makes a statement at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House August 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.

*We learned today that President Obama’s ill-fitting tan suit in Thursday’s press conference was a deliberate fashion choice that he “feels pretty good about.”

Before Obama could even finish the presser about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and ISIS’ increasing presence in the Middle East, Twitter was roasting both the suit’s color and fit. CNN’s Jake Tapper called it, “the audacity of taupe.”

The comments got so out of hand (at least five mentions on cable news Thursday) that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was forced to address it this morning.

“The President stands squarely behind his decision yesterday to wear his summer suit at yesterday’s news conference,” he said at the beginning of his press briefing. “It’s the Thursday before Labor Day. He feels pretty good about it.”

Watch below:

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Attorney Claiming Audio of Michael Brown Shooting Wants CNN Retraction

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*Lopa Blumenthal – the attorney who provided the audiotape to CNN, and other networks, claiming the shooting of Michael Brown could be heard in the background of her client’s video chat – says she won’t “tolerate being maligned” by those who say the tape is a hoax, reports Mediate.

“I’m not going to sit back and take this,” she tells the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple. “This is affecting my community — people are discussing it. My business exists on the work that I do, which means nothing if people think that I have no integrity.”

Blumenthal contacted CNN’s Don Lemon, who first aired the tape and conducted an interview with her Monday night, to express concern about the “New Day” segment Wednesday which called into question the veracity of the tape.

“I need some form of redress,” she says. “My demand would be to not only do a retraction but to basically say that when CNN aired it they were fully aware of the fact that it wasn’t fully authenticated, and they decided to air it in any case with the disclaimer.”

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La Toya and Katherine Jackson Remember Michael on his B’Day

La Toya Jackson attends day 1 of the Radio Broadcast Center during the BET Awards '14 on June 27, 2014 in Los Angeles

La Toya Jackson attends day 1 of the Radio Broadcast Center during the BET Awards ’14 on June 27, 2014 in Los Angeles

*La Toya Jackson wrote a message to her late brother Michael, who would have turned 56 today. His mother Katherine is marking the occasion at an annual event in the family’s hometown of Gary, Indiana.

LaToya took to Twitter Friday to reveal she still feels the pain of his loss.

“A lost [sic] is such a pain u can Never recover from! Such an emptiness 2day! I want 2 call & say Happy Birthday but I can’t! I’ll always love you!”

Katherine is currently attending the fifth annual Michael Jackson Tribute Festival of the Arts event, which began on Thursday in Gary.

Also celebrating MJ’s birthday is Paris Hilton, who posted a pic on Instagram showing herself as a child with Jackson at his video shoot for “Bad.”

In the caption, she writes: “Happy Birthday Michael Jackson! Love & miss you lots! You will always be special to me & close to my heart. I will never forget this day being on set with you for your music video. Thinking of you on your birthday.”

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Joan Rivers in Medically Induced Coma; Daughter Melissa a Wreck

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*Melissa Rivers was described by the New York Daily News as “an emotional wreck” Friday while awaiting a medical update on the condition of her mother, Joan Rivers.

The 81-year-old comedian was rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York Thursday and placed in a medically induced coma after going into cardiac and respiratory arrest during a procedure on her throat at a nearby clinic.

Melissa, her mother’s only child, flew in Thursday from California with her son Cooper. They reached the hospital around 8 p.m. After visiting her unconscious mother, she issued a statement thanking “everyone for the overwhelming love and support for my mother.”

Rivers’ health woes started just 12 hours after she performed an hour of stand-up before a sold-out Manhattan crowd. City EMTs rushed an unresponsive Rivers to the hospital after a 911 call at 9:40 a.m. Thursday.

At press time, there was no word as to when Joan Rivers might be brought out of the coma or what the next step in her recovery could be.

Rivers’ business partners at the QVC and E! Entertainment Television were also anxiously awaiting an update, the source said.

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Read Beyonce’s Full Poem from the Sept. CR Fashion Book

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Beyonce, Photographs by Pierre Debusschere for CR Fashion Book

*In addition to Beyonce’s cover and photo spread for CR Fashion Book’s issue No. 5, the singer decided to pen a poem.

Titled “Bey the Light,” the poem covers everything from Blue Ivy, to children in general, to Sasha Fierce.

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Read below:

“Bey the Light”
Words Beyoncé
Remixed by Forrest Gander

It’s my daughter, she’s my biggest muse.
There’s someone, we all find out soon,
more important than ourselves to lose.

I feel a deep bond with young children –
all those photos in my dressing room –
especially those who’ve been stricken,

Children I’ve met across the years –
they uplift me like pieces of moon,
and guide me, whispering in my ear

I’m turned to spirits, the emotions of others.
And I feel her presence all the time
though I never met my grandmother.

I learned at a very young age,
when I need to tap some extra strength,
to put my persona, Sasha, on stage.

Though we’re different as blue and red,
I’m not afraid to draw from her
in performance, rifts, even in bed.

I saw a TV preacher when I was scared,
at four or five, about bad dreams,
who promised he’d say a prayer

If I put my hand to the TV.
That’s the first time I remember prayer,
an electric current humming through me.

You call me a singer, but I’m called to transform,
to suck up the grief, anxiety, and loss
of those who hear me into my song’s form.

I’m a vessel for all that isn’t right,
for break-ups and lies and double-cross.
I sing into that vessel a healing light.

To let go of pain that people can’t bear.
I don’t do that myself, I call in the light.
I summon God to take me there.

Utopias, they don’t much interest me.
I always mess things up a bit.
It’s chaos, in part, that helps us see.

But for my daughter I dream a day
when no one roots for others to fail,
when we all mean what we say.