EBONY Rundown: ‘The Wire’ Actor Accuses Journalist of Sex Abuse, Queen Latifah Inks Multi-Project Deal With Audible, and More

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‘The Wire’ Actor Accuses Journalist Of Sex Abuse

Gbenga Akinnagbe, who played Chris Partlow on the hit television series “The Wire,” has accused journalist Lola Adesioye of sex abuse. According to The New York Daily News, Akinnagbe filed a criminal complaint against Adesioye, alleging that she touched his buttocks on two occasions. Adesioye, however, says that the groping took place within the context of a consensual relationship. Adsesioye was charged with two counts of forcible touching, sexual abuse, and harassment for the encounters. The criminal complaint comes after both parties filed civil suits against one another, with Adesioye suing for unpaid wages and Akinnagbe for back rent.

“The charges here are a blatant, brazen lie,” Adesioye’s attorney Robert Gottlieb said in Brooklyn Criminal Court Monday morning. “Apparently, she pinched his buttocks, which she admitted when she was arrested.”

Queen Latifah Inks Multi-Project Deal With Audible

The Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere-founded Flavor Unit has a host of exciting new projects slated for release under Audible. According to Variety, one of the first projects under the partnership is a seven-part series titled, “Unity In The Community,” during which Queen reports on good news taking place in various communities and profiles activists. Also forthcoming is a podcast titled, “Streets, Rhymes & Sugar: A Hip-Hop Memoir” and rom-com, “Technically Speaking” about a single mother who falls in love with the founder of the tech company she works for.

Doctors Warn Of Delta Variant’s Impact On Children

As the more contagious and more deadly delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States, children under the age of 12, who are not old enough to receive the vaccine, appear to be getting infected more than with previous strains of the virus. According to NBC News, as of July 8, a total of 4 million children have been infected with coronavirus since the pandemic began. At least 335 children under the age of 17 have died from complications related to the virus. “When they get it, it’s usually mild. However, they can get hospitalized, they can get pneumonia, and other complications,” Dr. Fatma Levent tells WKBN 27.

Aaliyah’s Uncle Cosigns Normani’s “Wild Card”

Last Friday, Normani wowed fans with her latest single, “Wild Side,” which featured Cardi B. Many fans drew comparisons between the track and Aaliyah’s “One In A Million,” which has a similar beat. Aaliyah’s uncle, Barry Hankerson told TMZ that he believes his late niece would have been in support of Normani’s track; however, he said her team should have requested clearance for use of the sample.

“I believe that Aaliyah would be very supportive of a young Black woman that chose to emulate her music and style,” said Hankerson. “I will not stand in the way of something that brings to light the incredible staying power of Aaliyah. So in that light, wishing Normani well with the song and overall career. God bless. I think Aaliyah would be pleased.”

Normani’s team insists that “Wild Card” does not directly sample “One In A Million.”

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