Scandal! Tanee McCall-Short (pictured), the soon-to-be ex-missus of former Scandal star, Columbus Short (pictured) was reportedly caught on film earlier this year giving the actor's "female friend" a serious beat down. But wait, there's more! The person videotaping the lady fisticuffs was none other than Short himself! McCall-Short has now been officially charged with criminal battery according to RTV News 6.
Reportedly, the women duked it out inside Short's L.A. digs because McCall-Short thought Tilly Key was having an affair with her husband. Instead of breaking up the brawl, Short whipped out his video camera and filmed the throw-down where Key sustained a concussion, bodily bruises and a lower back sprain.
McCall-Short filed for divorce from 31-year-old the former Britney Spears backup dancer last September, after an eight-year union. Right from the start, the couple's parting has been tabloid fodder with McCall-Short seeking full legal and physical custody of their 2-year-old daughter Ayala. The feuding couple has been involved in more than their fair share of domestic violence accusations, vicious threats of violence and restraining orders.
In August, Short went to court to face misdemeanor spousal battery charges to which he pleaded not guilty. A judge gave Short three years probation and mandated that he participate in 30 days of community labor and counseling for domestic violence.
WASHINGTON (AP) — His daughters mock his big ears, he leaves his socks on the floor and sitting behind Stephen Colbert's desk, he said, gives him a greater sense of power.
When President Barack Obama was not seriously defending his economic record, his executive actions on immigration and his delayed decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline Monday on "The Colbert Report," he was playfully confiding that the trappings of the presidency really don't go to his head.
"When I go home, Michelle, Malia and Sasha give me a hard time," he told host Stephen Colbert. "There are no trumpets, and they tease me mercilessly."
It was Obama's third appearance on the show, his second as president, and marked the beginning of the final two weeks for the Comedy Central program. Colbert will take over for David Letterman on CBS' "Late Show" next year.
Obama kicked off the show sitting in for Colbert to perform a regular feature of the program called "the Word" wherein Colbert's rants are accompanied by snarky messages to the audience.
So when Obama, as Colbert, declared that there are aspects of "Obamacare" that people from both parties actually like, the text aside to the audience read: "Everything but the Obama."
Later, Colbert observed that the economy had been creating more jobs of late.
"You have employed a lot of people — mostly as secretary of defense," Colbert cracked in a reference to Obama recently nominating his fourth top civilian at the Pentagon.
"That's boosted our numbers a little bit," Obama replied.
Colbert, whose on-screen persona is that of an insufferable conservative scold, accused Obama of exceeding his authority on immigration. "When did you decide to burn the Constitution and become emperor?" he asked. The question was heard as a joke by many in the audience at George Washington University. But to Obama's critics, the question had a ring of truth.
Obama dropped the comedy and replied: "Actually, Steve, everything that we have done is scrupulously within the law and has been done by previous Democratic and Republican presidents."
As he wrapped up, Colbert had one last question: "Barack Obama — great president or the greatest president?"
"I'm going to let someone else decide — not you, but someone who knows what they're talking about," the president replied.
Colbert countered: "Stephen Colbert — great pundit or the greatest pundit?"
At the request of his family, police have released "911" calls and surveillance footage showing the shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in an update that has the Cleveland community in an uproar.
Tamir was standing outside flashing an "airsoft"-type pellet gun, with the range safety tip missing when an onlooker, who was sitting across the street, called the cops to inform them of his behavior. The caller told the operator twice that the gun was "probably fake" and said "I don't know if it's real or not." Two officers — Timothy Loehmann, 26, Frank Garmack, 46 (both are currentyy on administrative leave) — arrived to the scene and Loehmann (a rookie who joined the force in March) shot Tamir within seconds. The dispatcher who took the initial call never informed the police that the gun may have been fake — a miscommunication that is now being investigated.
The recently released video shows the disturbing encounter and how it took no time for the the officer to gun down the boy. Loehmann claims he told Tamir to put the gun down three times which cannot be heard on the grainy video. However, the video does show the officers pulling up to the scene just about 10 feet away from Tamir, who then reached in his waistband before Loehmann jumped out his vehicle and shot him. Deputy chief Edward Tomba attempted to answer questions about the tragic incident but fell short when he couldn't explain certain details, like why the officers pulled up so close to Tamir. "That's a legitimate question and we do have a process for that," Tomba said.
Rice's family is devastated by the loss and issued this statement.
"It is our belief that this situation could have been avoided and that Tamir should still be here with us […] The video shows one thing distinctly: the police officers reacted quickly." Cleveland protestors have taken to the streets chanting, "No justice, no peace," with linked arms.
After the investigation, the case will go to a grand jury who will decide if the officers should be brought up on charges.
In a similar case, John Crawford was gunned down after being seen walking around an Ohio Walmart carrying an air rifle they sold int he store. A grand jury decided against indicted the officers who hastily shot and killed him. There was also surveillance footage of the killing.
Rice and Crawford's shooting comes in the wake of Michael Brown's death. The 18-year-old aspiring college student was shot and killed by Darren Wilson. A grand jury voted against indicting Wilson, sending the newlywed to go free.
Reginae Carter just turned 16 and her pops, rapper Lil Wayne and mom, Toya Wright, made sure to pour it on extra thick for their little princess.
Dressed in a sparkly gown, Reginae arrived in a white carriage and changed multiple times throughout the evening with a Sweet 16 birthday party/bash in the ATL on Saturday.
This was the party to be at we hear and the guest list was extensive. It included T.I. and Tiny, Kandi Burruss, Fantasia, and Jacob Latimore, among others. The lavish event was themed "Winter White Affair."
Nicki Minaj entertained the crowd with a mini concert including "Moment 4 Life" and "Flawless (Remix)."
"You are amazing and smart, and I am so excited to be here," Nicki told Reginae. "I'm so proud of you, you're so beautiful." Miss Reginae, who is signed to daddy's label, Young Money, also performed her single "Mind Goin' Crazy."
OK, now comes the really good part. Reginae was gifted a double dose of luxury cars. Rap-Up says she was presented with the keys to a white Ferrari GTO and a red BMW X5 from pops, her mother Toya Wright, and stepfather Memphitz. "Thank you to all my friends and family who showed up and showed out at my party," tweeted Reginae. "I love you guys. IM 16 !!!" See pics from the event at Rap-Up and check out check some videos of Nicki Minaj and Reginae performing at the 'Winter White Affair" below
Former Washington, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry was one of the city’s most beloved figures, despite a scandal during his tenure that rocked the nation. Barry’s resilience and support from the African-American community earned him the distinction of being known as the city’s “Mayor For Life.”
He died early Sunday morning after battling an illness. He was 78. Barry, born March 6, 1936 in Itta Bena, Miss., was one of 10 children born to his parents. His father died when he was young, prompting his mother and siblings to move to Memphis, Tenn.
As a young boy, Barry and his family faced extreme racism and segregation. As a result, he became politically active early on, protesting the fact that as a Black paperboy he had less rights to rewards and perks than his white counterparts.
This streak of resistance would remain a part of Barry’s psyche as he became an adult. While attending LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Barry joined the local NAACP chapter and became its president after experiencing segregation at every turn.
He became even more engaged in activism as a graduate student at Fisk University, joining the Nashville sit-ins and getting arrested in nonviolent protests. In 1960, Barry became the first chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and began organizing voting rights protests across the South.
He moved to Washington, D.C. in 1965 at the urging of a mentor, in a bid to help citizens in the “Chocolate City” earn political leverage. Barry embraced the city, most especially its Black residents. This would help make his transition to political office a seamless one.
After serving on the Board of Education, Barry was sworn in as D.C. mayor in 1979 and served three terms until 1991. During his third rumors of Barry’s drug use spread like wildfire and his disheveled appearance in the late ’80′s did nothing to help matters.
In 1990, a FBI sting caught Barry using crack cocaine with his girlfriend on videotape. Barry’s fall from grace tarnished his reputation and made the city the butt of jokes but he continued to have the support of voters. After serving a prison sentence, Barry’s political comeback began in 1992. He won a City Council seat representing the mostly-black Ward 8, and in 1994 he was reelected to the mayor’s office for a record fourth term. In 2002, Barry returned to City Council representing Ward 8 and held the position until his death.
Barry made his missteps, but his undying love for Black people and quest for equality was unparalleled. His legacy, however tattered, remains that of a man who was truly for the people. Barry is survived by his wife of 20 years, Cora Master and his son, Marion Christopher.