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Evelyn Lozada Loves her Post-Baby Curves

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Evelyn Lozada and son Carl Leo

*Evelyn Lozada says she’s loving her new fuller frame since giving birth to her second child in March.

Although, the former “Basketball Wives” star shed 55 pounds following the delivery, she says her body has changed. Yet, she’s embraced her new figure.

“I kept reminding myself that I just had a baby and went through a beautiful experience and this is what matters the most. When I had [my 21-year-old daughter] Shaniece, I was a teenager and I bounced back within 24 hours, but as you get older, your body changes and I didn’t bounce back as fast,” she told ABC News. “I’m very satisfied with my appearance now! I’m a bit more curvier and I love it.”

A few months after Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford put a ring on it, they welcomed their son, Carl Leo, in March. The New York native said her daughter helped her a great deal after the birth.

“Shaniece was and still is super positive,” Lozada said. “She would actually take the role of big sister and do the night shift sometimes when I wanted to go work out. She was my lifesaver.”

The mother and daughter, whose close bond was often shown on “Basketball Wives,” are also the faces of youthH20’s new campaign. The campaign aims to empower women and make them feel comfortable in their skin.

“We only speak in a positive manner when it comes to our appearance and I’m her biggest cheerleader,” Lozada said. “I make certain to recognize her when she excels and I support her on all of her projects. As a mom, it’s important to encourage your child, this helps them to build confidence and we hope to help so many women do the same.”

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Some Ferguson Schools to Close Next Week to Avoid Grand Jury Drama

Ariel Elliott, 6, of Ferguson, Mo., protests for her first time on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in front of the burned out QuikTrip in Ferguson.

Ariel Elliott, 6, of Ferguson, Mo., protests for her first time on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, in front of the burned out QuikTrip in Ferguson.

*The Jennings School District in Missouri, which includes the eastern edge of Ferguson, will not hold school Monday and Tuesday in expectation that a grand jury will announce its decision this weekend on whether to indict officer Darren Wilson.

Parents in the Jennings district will receive automated calls this afternoon notifying them that schools will be closed, Superintendent Tiffany Anderson said.

“With the heightened anxiety and activity, we thought it would be better for students and staff to extend the holiday at this point,” she said.

The decision to close schools was not based on any notification from law enforcement that an announcement is imminent, Anderson went on to say. Once the decision becomes public, many are bracing for the possibility of volatile protests, which have been largely peaceful since Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown three months ago. Anderson wanted to give parents as much time as possible to figure out child-care arrangements for next week.

School district representatives from several north St. Louis County districts say they’ve been requested by law enforcement to close for two days immediately after the announcement to keep buses and excess traffic off streets in the event of unrest.

Children in Jennings don’t have bus service. Most of them walk, making Anderson even more concerned for their safety.

On Thursday, Anderson said a group of adults claiming to be from Chicago were passing out literature to students as they walked home along Cozens Avenue. The street has an elementary school, the junior high and high school.

The fliers were “encouraging students to be disruptive and encouraging them to think of police as pigs,” Anderson said. “That was disturbing.”

Jennings is the first of what could be several school districts to cancel school, giving students and staff a week-long Thanksgiving break. Children who live in Ferguson and attend public school go to one of four districts — Jennings, Hazelwood, Riverview Gardens, or Ferguson-Florissant.

“At the present time, we have not made a similar decision,” said Jana Shortt, spokeswoman for Ferguson-Florissant schools. “The problem right now is, we don’t even know an announcement is coming.”

That uncertainty has increased anxieties in schools throughout the region, but particularly those nearest the unrest.

“For adults, there’s as great — if not greater — anxiety,” Anderson said. “They’re thinking a lot about how to support kids, how to make sure everything is in place” for the grand jury decision.

Even with no school, meals will be provided to children in need on Monday and Tuesday from 8 to 10 a.m., and lunch from noon to 1 p.m. at Jennings High School and Fairview Elementary School.

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Beyonce Drops Full Versions of New Tracks ‘7/11’, ‘Ring Off’ (Listen)

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*Beyonce continues to whet the appetite for her upcoming deluxe repackaging of her self-titled 2013 album.

Full versions of “7/11″ and “Ring Off” made their way online in advance of the set’s release next week.

Snippets of both songs were leaked Wednesday.

“7/11″ is a more up-tempo swaggering number, while on “Ring Off” Beyonce delivers more of a smooth mid-tempo ballad.

Listen to both below:

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Taye Diggs, Topher Grace to Topline Musical ‘One Shot’

Taye Diggs attends the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City

Taye Diggs attends the 2014 CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute at the American Museum of Natural History on November 18, 2014 in New York City

*Taye Diggs is going back to his musical roots for his next gig.

The actor, currently starring in TNT’s “Murder in the First” and recurring on CBS’ “The Good Wife,” will join Topher Grace in the musical comedy “One Shot,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The script centers on a failed Broadway singer turned production manager (Grace) who, on opening night, must save the production by wrangling his eccentric cast and crew before they cause havoc. Diggs will play the role of Malcolm, a flamboyant actor.

Production will begin in December in Mexico City. Music video director Isaac Rentz will helm from a script by Gerry De Leon and Greg Lisi.

Diggs appeared in the stage version of Rent and the film version of Chicago. He will reprise his role in Universal’s “Best Man” franchise with “The Best Man Wedding,” set to be released in 2016.

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Adrian Peterson: ‘I Won’t Ever Use a Switch Again’

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*Suspended Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said he regrets injuring his 4-year-old son in an exclusive interview with USA Today Sports published Thursday night, and vowed to retire the switch as a means of disciplining his children.

“I won’t ever use a switch again,” Peterson told the newspaper in his first extensive public remarks since being indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child. “There’s different situations where a child needs to be disciplined as far as timeout, taking their toys away, making them take a nap. There’s so many different ways to discipline your kids.”

The NFL suspended Peterson for at least the remainder of the season Tuesday, just weeks after he entered a no-contest plea to reckless assault of the child. He will not be considered for reinstatement before April 15, 2015, for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, in a statement announcing Peterson’s suspension, was critical of the star running back, saying, “You have shown no meaningful remorse for your conduct.”

Peterson, in the interview, said his focus now is on improving his relationship with his son and proving to others that Goodell’s opinion is wrong.

“No one knows how I felt when I turned my child around after spanking him and seeing what I had left on his leg,” Peterson said. “No one knows that Dad sat there and apologized to him, hugged him and told him that I didn’t mean to do this to you and how sorry I was.

Houston Police Dept: Pictures of the injuries to Peterson's 4-year-old son

Houston Police Dept: Pictures of the injuries to Peterson’s 4-year-old son

“I love my son. I love my kids, my family. Like I said, after I took the misdemeanor plea, I take full responsibility for my actions. I regret the situation. I love my son more than any one of you could even imagine.”

He also said fans shouldn’t put him in the same category as former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who remains out of the league after video surfaced showing him punching his then-fiancee in a hotel elevator.

“I take full responsibility because I spanked my child. And no matter what my intentions were, I end up leaving those marks on his legs,” Peterson said. “That’s the bottom line.

“That’s not what I tried to do, but that’s what ended up happening. Don’t put me in the same [category as Rice].”

The NFL’s punishment — which the players’ union appealed earlier Thursday — casts doubt as to whether Peterson will ever play for the Vikings again. The six-time Pro Bowler has spent all eight seasons of his pro career with Minnesota, which selected him with the seventh overall pick in the 2007 draft.

“I know who loves me. The coaches and the players, it’s not going to be a problem. I’ve felt so much support from those guys. The organization, I know there’s people in the organization that support me and there’s people that I know internally that has not been supporting me,” Peterson told USA Today Sports. “Maybe it’s best for me to get a fresh start somewhere else.”

“I would love to go back and play in Minnesota to get a feel and just see if my family still feels comfortable there. But if there’s word out that, hey, they might release me, then so be it. I would feel good knowing that I’ve given everything I had in me.”

Peterson also said he hopes one day to talk with Goodell — something he didn’t do last week when he skipped a scheduled meeting with the commissioner “because I didn’t want to go into a situation blind.”

“Ultimately, I know I’ll have my opportunity to sit down with Roger face to face, and I’ll be able to say a lot of the same things that I’ve said to you,” said Peterson, who has been seeing a therapist in Washington, D.C., and a pastor near his home outside Houston who also counsels. “Don’t say that I’m not remorseful, because in my statement [after he turned himself into authorities Sept. 13], I showed that I was remorseful. I regretted everything that took place. I love my child, more than anyone could ever imagine.”

Peterson confirmed to USA Today Sports that he is the father of six children by six women and admitted it’s difficult to be a part of all their lives.

“You can look down on me and say, ‘You have six kids. You should not be at this, you should not be at that,'” Peterson said. “This is the cards I’ve been dealt based off my decisions. I make the best of it by spending time with my kids, any and every opportunity that I have.”

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Cosby Performs in the Bahamas; 3 More Accusers Surface; Standup Gigs Canceled

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Bill Cosby tells stories to a crowd during his standup act at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas on Thursday.

*Two more women have come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of having inappropriate relationships with them. The news comes on the heels of his performance to a “packed house” in the Bahamas, and the cancellation of two forthcoming standup dates due to his mounting allegations of sexual assault.

Angela Leslie, a model-actress, tells the New York Daily News that Cosby sexually assaulted her in a Las Vegas hotel in 1992, having her massage his penis and possibly trying to drug her.

Another woman, Renita Chaney Hill, told Pittsburgh’s CBS affiliate that she had a four-year relationship with the comedian when she was a teenage model in the 1980s.

Actress-model Angela Leslie tells the Daily News Bill Cosby forced her to fondle him in a 1992 sexual assault in a Las Vegas luxury hotel suite

Actress-model Angela Leslie tells the Daily News Bill Cosby forced her to fondle him in a 1992 sexual assault in a Las Vegas luxury hotel suite

Leslie, 52, says Cosby targeted her after she sent him a letter and photograph. After Cosby summoned her to his room, he tried to stage an impromptu audition for the aspiring actress. He poured her a stiff drink, which she couldn’t take any more than a sip of and later thought he put something in there to knock her out, and told her to pretend she was drunk.

“If you want to act, show me what you’ve got,” Leslie recalled Cosby saying.

He asked her to go the bathroom and wet her hair and when she returned, Cosby had stripped naked and gotten into bed, she said.

The comedian began rubbing against her, she says, before pouring lotion into her palm and pulling her hand under the blankets.

“With his hand on top of mine, he had me massage his penis,” Leslie said. “He masturbated with my hand. I wasn’t pulling back. I was in shock.”

He then had her leave, with Leslie concluding that he got tired of her.

“I didn’t drink the alcohol, and maybe since I didn’t pass out, he decided to get rid of me,” Leslie said.

“I felt so used,” she added. “I felt that he didn’t get what he wanted, and he threw me out. . . . He didn’t make me feel special in any way. He said, ‘Come here, put your hand here, do this.’ ”

A former actress who now works in logistics management, Leslie says she decided to come forward after hearing other accusers’ stories.

“I just feel he’s been too quiet, not saying anything, not apologizing,” Leslie told The Daily News. “He’s trying to pretend these girls are lying. It’s frustrating. He is that type of person, a predator. It doesn’t matter your age, he’s going to put his hands on you and degrade you.”

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Renita Chaney Hill

Hill, a Pittsburgh resident who says she first met Cosby as a 15-year old who wanted to break into acting, also said she was coming forward publicly after hearing Cosby’s camp attack the other alleged victims.

The now 47-year-old woman told the Pittsburgh CBS station that her modeling agency referred her to perform on Cosby’s Picture Pages, educational segments that were filmed in Pittsburgh.

The role led to a four-year relationship with the comedian, who flew her around the country, including New York and Atlanta. “He would be busy during the day, then I’d come to his hotel room at night,” she said. “One time, I remember just before I passed out, I remember him kissing and touching me and I remember the taste of his cigar on his breath, and I didn’t like it.”

“I remember another time when I woke up in my bed the next day and he was leaving, he mentioned you should probably lose a little weight. I thought that odd, how would he know that?” Then the teen began to realize what was happening, she says. “I always thought it was odd that after I had this drink I would end up in my bed the next morning and I wouldn’t remember anything.”

Renita Chaney Hill back in the day

Renita Chaney Hill back in the day

Hill says she doesn’t know what happened when she was unconscious. “It just felt weird to me, and I remember being in high school saying to him, ‘I’ll come see you, but I don’t want to drink because it makes me feel funny,’” Hill said. “And he would tell me that if I didn’t drink, I couldn’t come see him.”

She cut ties with Cosby and her connections to acting when she was 19, despite the fact that he was paying her college tuition. “It was just a horrifying feeling thinking that as a part of your dream you felt like this was something you had to endure,” Hill said. “And that’s why I couldn’t do it anymore, and I just walked away.”

Kristina Ruehli in her 1967 wedding photo (left); Bill Cosby in a 1969 publicity photo; Kristina Ruehli today (right)

Kristina Ruehli in her 1967 wedding photo (left); Bill Cosby in a 1969 publicity photo; Kristina Ruehli today (right)

Another woman to come forward in the last 24 hours is former talent agency secretary Kristina Ruehli, 71, now a New Hampshire grandmother to seven.

She tells PhillyMag.com that in 1965 she went to Cosby’s home for a party, but she was the only guest. She says he drugged her and tried to force her to perform oral sex on him.

Leslie, Hill and Ruehli now join fellow alleged victims Andrea Constand, Barbara Bowman, Joan Tarshis, Janice Dickinson, Therese Serignese and Carla Ferrigno, wife and manager of The Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno.

Cosby has denied allegations of assault via statements from his reps and attorneys. His lawyer, Martin Singer, on Thursday released a statement calling the rash of new accusations “ridiculous.”

“We’ve reached the point of absurdity. The stories are getting more ridiculous,” Singer said. “I think people are trying to come up with these wild stories in order to justify why they have waited 40 to 50 years to disclose these ridiculous accusations.”

The controversy has led to NBC scrapping a planned series with the comedian and Netflix postponing a comedy special. TV Land has also stopped airing repeats of “The Cosby Show.”

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As for his standup gigs, Treasure Island hotel and casino in Las Vegas announced today it will no longer feature Cosby in a Nov. 28 show.

Michelle Knoll, senior vice president of communications at Treasure Island, said in a statement that “by mutual agreement” the show has been canceled. Ticket holders will be issued refunds.

“It wasn’t a good time” for the performance, Knoll told the AP.

The Diamond Desert Casino in Tucson announced that it has cancelled Cosby’s appearance scheduled for Feb. 15.

Cosby did, however, perform Thursday night at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas and the show seemed to be well-received.

According to TMZ, he performed to a packed house. “Cosby killed it and got a standing ovation,” the website reported. (View clips from the show here and here.

A show set for Friday night in Melbourne, Fla., is still going on as scheduled. At press time, he was slated to perform at least 35 shows between now and May 2015.