EBONY Rundown: Lizzo Takes on Internet Trolls with ‘Rumors,’ Cameron Burrell’s Death Ruled a Suicide, and More

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Lizzo and Cardi B Tackle Internet Critics With “Rumors”

Lizzo set the internet ablaze Thursday night with the release of her anxiously awaited track, “Rumors.” The fiesty women’s empowerment track, which features a verse from Cardi B, hits back at internet trolls and gossip bloggers. “Rumors” is Lizzo’s first single since 2019.

Cameron Burrell’s Death Ruled A Suicide

The death of University of Houston sprinter, Cameron Burrell, has been ruled a suicide, ABC 13 reports. A medical examiner’s report says that the 26-year-old died in a Houston parking garage. According to TMZ, Burrell’s manner of death was listed as a “gunshot wound.” He was the son of Olympic runners Leroy Burrell and Michelle Finn-Burrell.

CDC Supports Third Vaccine Booster for Immunocompromised

Friday, A CDC panel voted in favor of recommending a third dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to people with compromised immunity, CNBC reports. The decision follows the FDA’s approval of the booster shots, which was announced Thursday.

Erykah Badu Issues Public Apology to the Obamas

Erkyah Badu took to Twitter Thursday to publicly apologize to Barack and Michelle Obama for posting footage from the former president’s 60th birthday bash on social media. “Mr. And Mrs. Obama, Please forgive me 4 being the ‘terrible guest’ at such a sacred event for your family,” she tweeted. “I was so inconsiderate. Thank you for all your love. What an example of ‘how not to be.'” Although Erykah removed the video clip, which showed the guest of honor dancing with singer H.E.R. at the Martha’s Vineyard shindig, multiple outlets had already reposted it.

Comedian Jessie Woo Doubles Down After Whitney Houston Joke

Wild N’ Out comedian Jessie Woo is dealing with an onslaught of criticism following the delivery of a Whitney Houston joke. The quip came during a segment that tasked cast members with leaving “voicemails” while pretending to be celebrities. Jessie was assigned the role of Whitney and after showing off her vocal abilities by belting out a few lines to the tune of “I Will Always Love You,” she ended the “voicemail” by saying, “I’m dead.” While some called the joke insensitive, Jessie maintains that she meant no disrespect and considers Whitney her “idol.” “I love my Whitney joke,” said Jessie in a lengthy Instagram video. “I loved it. Whether you find it funny or not, that’s your prerogative.”

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