Ashanti attends the DirecTV Super Saturday Night at Pier 40 on February 1, 2014 in New York City
*A man accused of stalking Ashanti went off in court on Tuesday (March 11), demanding that his case “switch judges” before guards ran him out of a New York courtroom.
Devar Hurd, 35, is accused of sending emails and texts to the singer. He served a multi-year sentence through 2012 after being convicted of harassing her in 2009, but supposedly resumed attempting to contact Ashanti upon his release.
“You know I didn’t do nothing,” Hurd said during his court date, according to the New York Daily News. “Why are you not honoring the simple fact of what’s going on? Isn’t that part of your job?”
But they are, and James’ growing interest in soccer is one of the reasons why.
As previously reported, the Miami Heat star and four-time NBA MVP’s interest in soccer has grown considerably in recent years. He even signed with Fenway Sports Management and made the acquisition of a small piece of Liverpool FC, one of the world’s most famous soccer teams, a part of that deal.
Who says there can’t be double-dippin’ in sports…They lied!
Now LeBron has his eye on possibly bringing an MLS team to Miami. He and his BFF (Beckham) are in preliminary talks now.
The AP first reported last month that Beckham decided to start an MLS expansion team in Miami. Several matters, however, must be taken care of first, including getting league approval. Beckham scouted some Miami locations last week.
The singer has tweeted that though she is suffering from bronchitis at the moment, that has not put a damper on the pending release of a Christmas record.
Her tweet says, “Still grinding…finishing up Tweeks on the Xmas EP…still got bronchitis.” The music will likely coincide with the release of her new Lifetime holiday film, “Christmas in the City,” which premiers December 7 at 8pm.
*Many women in their 30s are thinking about starting families and 32-year-old Singer Ashanti is no different.
“I definitely want to get married and I definitely want to have kids. I want to have a lot of kids,” she recently told S2S Publisher Jamie Foster Brown.
But she is not rushing into motherhood until she has built her empire which includes more acting and singing.
“I’m very family-oriented. I think that’s why [I’m] focusing now to create that stability,” explained Ashanti.
Photos suggested he singer was romantically linked to rapper Nelly at one point but the two never confirmed a relationship. So Jamie tried to get the truth on the nature of their friendship.
Jamie: Would you ever date someone in the entertainment industry again?
Ashanti: You used that term “again.”
Jamie: [laughs] You guys are so slick. Ashanti: Let me see: For me, it’s about who that person is. If I happen to make a bond with someone in this industry, cool. If it happens to be someone that is a pirate [laughs], that’s cool, too.
Jamie: So did you all go together and you broke up or what? Were you ever an item? Ashanti: [laughs] I’mma get you Nelly’s number so you and him can have that interview.
In other, more serious Ashanti news, an Illinois man who served jail time for stalking Ashanti has been indicted in New York for doing it again.Prosecutors say Devar Hurd was indicted Friday in state Supreme Court in Manhattan. He violated an order of protection when he sent more than 100 tweets to the singer’s Twitter account between Sept. 2012 and last weekend.
His bail was set at $750,000. He is expected to be arraigned sometime next month.
In Feb. 2010 the 35-year-old was sentenced to two years in jail for sending a battery of text messages and photos to Ashanti’s mother. Prosecutors said Friday some of his tweets were sexually explicit.
Hurd’s attorney did not respond to a message seeking comment.
*The BET Awards 2013 were held at the Nokia Theatre in L.A.
This was one of their best award shows in years. The talent was on ten, and the outfits were … well, interesting. For the most part the ladies had their faces perfectly beat, and their hair, wigs, weaves, or 27 pieces laid!
Kendrick Lamar was the night’s big winner, taking the new artist and male hip hop artist awards. See below for a complete list of winners for the 2013 BET Awards and several clips from the show.
Miss Ashanti was looking cute in her mini dress, but what was up with her hair? Was Ashanti trynna channel Janelle Monae? Take a peek below and judge for yourself.
Kendrick Lamar 26-year old Kendrick Lamar from Compton got real when he said, “Most importantly to my little home boys and my home girls back in the city, you looking at me on TV right now, I came up in that same county building, food stamps, welfare section eight … this is living proof that you can do anything you put your mind to.” See ‘lil homies, there IS hope. You don’t have to be a loser; you can put your mind to becoming a hip hop artist. More about that later.
Kendrick Lamar performs onstage during the 2013 BET Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
Drake was nominated for several awards (12), and was scheduled to perform. However, Drizzy threw man-shade to BET by not showing up at all. Then, adding insult to injury he went to twitter to “explain:”
Nice, Drake. These heauxs get rich and famous and forget where they came from.
BET 2013 Top Performances
One of the most real and raw comments came from the 26-year-old Kendrick Lamar, from Compton, CA.
He was speaking from his heart when he said, “Most importantly to my little home boys and my home girls back in the city, you looking at me on TV right now, I came up in that same county building, food stamps, welfare section eight … this is living proof that you can do anything you put your mind to.”
Ya heard that lil homies? You do not have to be a loser. You can also aspire to be a hip hop artist.
BET Awards 2013 Full List Of WINNERS
Best male R&B/pop artist Miguel
Best new artist Kendrick Lamar
Young Stars award Gabrielle Douglas
Best gospel artist Mary Mary
Subway sportsman of the year LeBron James
Subway sportswoman of the year Gabrielle Douglas
Best actor Jamie Foxx
Best female hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj
Best male hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar
Lifetime achievement award Charlie Wilson
Best collaboration Problems: A$AP Rocky featuring Drake, 2 Chainz and Kendrick Lamar
Humanitarian award Dwyane Wade
FANdemonium award Chris Brown
Coca-Cola viewers’ choice award Started From the Bottom, Drake
Best movie Think Like A Man
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*Oh, Ashanti has to be telling tall tales. The singer recently denied going steady with rapper Nelly.
When asked if she drew inspiration from her relationship with Nelly on her new album coming up, she totally scoffed.
“Who said we had a relationship? What you talkin’ about, Willis?”
Umm hmm. So being hugged up at the beach exclusively wasn’t a clear sign of a relationship?
Well, to her credit, there wasn’t ever any official word about them courting. So, just speculation.
And don’t look to her to set the record straight any time soon. We’ll all pretty much be hanging on to this little bit in the meantime.
Besides, Nelly’s got a new hot thing.
As far as Ashanti is concerned, she’s only speaking generally about love and relationships.
“I think what’s important is to find someone who you have things in common with that can understand. So, whether you have a 9-to-5 or you’re in the industry or you’re into computers, or you’re into doing nails…whatever it is, you find someone that you’re compatible with,” she told radio host Sway Calloway.
She’s dating right now and wants to have some babies. So eligible bachelors, get out there and show her what you’re made of.