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Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president, ran as a blue-collar New Yorker.

Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president and a former police captain, ran on a promise to improve public safety.
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Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president and a former police captain, was declared the winner of the Democratic primary for mayor on Tuesday after running as a blue-collar New Yorker and winning substantial support in working-class neighborhoods, particularly in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

Mr. Adams, who is poised to become just the second Black mayor in the city’s history, hovered near the lead in polls for most of the primary campaign before jumping ahead at the end as he focused his message on improving public safety without violating the rights of Black and Latino New Yorkers.

That focus came as the city saw an increase in shootings and homicides, which disproportionately affect Black and Latino neighborhoods.

“While there are still some very small amounts of votes to be counted, the results are clear: an historic, diverse, five-borough coalition led by working-class New Yorkers has led us to victory in the Democratic primary for Mayor of New York City,” Mr. Adams said in a statement on Tuesday evening.

“Now we must focus on winning in November so that we can deliver on the promise of this great city for those who are struggling, who are underserved, and who are committed to a safe, fair, affordable future for all New Yorkers,” he added.

He kept the focus on his biography in a tweet accompanying a graphic of the election results. “I grew up poor in Brooklyn & Queens,” he wrote. “I wore a bulletproof vest to keep my neighbors safe. I served my community as a State Senator & Brooklyn Borough President. And I’m honored to be the Democratic nominee to be the Mayor of the city I’ve always called home.”

Mr. Adams focused during the campaign on changing how services are delivered, promising to improve unhealthy school lunches and create interventions to prevent young people from becoming involved in the criminal justice system.

That focus worked, and Mr. Adams won huge swaths of Brooklyn, the Bronx and southeast Queens, sweeping neighborhoods where middle-class and working-class Black and Latino residents live.

Mr. Adams and his supporters would occasionally invoke the language of the city’s first and only Black mayor, David N. Dinkins, in describing the coalition that he built as a “gorgeous mosaic.”

During the campaign, Mr. Adams, 60, focused heavily on his biography as someone who grew up poor in Brooklyn and Queens and was abused by the police as a teenager, but then decided to join the department.

He rose to become a captain and for years was a vocal critic of discriminatory policing and a fierce advocate for Black officers, often infuriating his superiors. In 2006, he retired from the New York Police Department to run a successful campaign for State Senate. He was later elected borough president, taking office in 2014.

Mr. Adams has also highlighted the national significance of his campaign, saying he was the new face of the Democratic Party.

“If the Democratic Party fails to recognize what we did here in New York, they’re going to have a problem in the midterm elections, and they’re going to have a problem in the presidential election,” he said after the June 22 primary.

Eric Adams won a narrow victory in the Democratic primary for mayor of New York City after a new tally of absentee ballots on Tuesday night, according to The Associated Press.

The news service called the race for Mr. Adams after results from the city’s Board of Elections showed that he held a lead of one percentage point over his nearest rival, Kathryn Garcia.

With most absentee votes now counted, Mr. Adams led Ms. Garcia by 8,426 votes in the city’s first mayoral contest to be determined by ranked-choice voting.

The results have not been finalized, and there are still a few thousand ballots to count — but with 118,000 absentee votes now accounted for, Mr. Adams had bested Ms. Garcia by a margin that makes it highly unlikely she can close the gap. As the Democratic nominee, Mr. Adams will be the overwhelming favorite to win in November against the Republican nominee, Curtis Sliwa.

Maya Wiley, who emerged late in the primary as a left-wing standard-bearer, ended up in third place in the tally released on Tuesday. She had come in second place in the initial count of in-person ballots cast on Primary Day and during the early vote period, with Ms. Garcia behind her in third.

But Ms. Garcia overcame a double-digit deficit to overtake Ms. Wiley and to nearly catch Mr. Adams as the ranked-choice voting process played out and absentee ballots were counted. It was a remarkable development for Ms. Garcia, a candidate who until recently was little-known and who lacked the institutional support and the political operation that helped propel Mr. Adams, a veteran city politician.

As of Tuesday night, though, Ms. Garcia had still fallen short of overtaking Mr. Adams, who has maintained a lead since Primary Day, fueled by his strength among working-class voters in Black and Latino neighborhoods and aided by significant support from labor unions.

Under the city’s new ranked-choice voting system, voters could rank up to five candidates on their ballots in preferential order.

Because Mr. Adams, a former police captain, did not receive more than 50 percent of first-choice votes, the winner had to be decided by elimination. In each round, the candidate with the least number of first-choice votes is eliminated and that person’s votes are distributed to the voters’ next-ranked choice. The round-by-round process continues until there is a winner.

The results followed an extraordinary stretch in the city’s political history: the race began in a pandemic and took multiple unexpected twists in the final weeks. Most recently, it was colored by a vote-tallying debacle at the Board of Elections.

There are still some ballots left to account for, and it was not immediately clear on Tuesday whether any of the contenders would mount legal challenges as the race neared its conclusion, though Mr. Adams’s lead, in pure vote totals, was a sizable one. All three leading candidates had filed to maintain that option.

The tally on Tuesday showed that Ms. Garcia strongly benefited when Ms. Wiley was eliminated. She also received a boost following the elimination of Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate with whom Ms. Garcia campaigned in the final stretch. When Mr. Yang was eliminated in the latest tally, that boosted Ms. Garcia from third place to second.

Maya Wiley and Kathryn Garcia were both vying to become the first woman elected mayor of New York.
Jose A. Alvarado Jr. for The New York Times

Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley, the two mayoral candidates who have consistently trailed Eric Adams in the election results as new tabulations have been released, did not concede on Tuesday evening, even after Mr. Adams declared victory and The Associated Press projected him as the winner of the Democratic nomination.

Both Ms. Wiley and Ms. Garcia were vying to become the first woman elected New York City’s mayor. With most absentee votes now counted, Mr. Adams led Ms. Garcia by 8,426 votes in the city’s first mayoral contest to be determined by ranked-choice voting.

Though results have not been officially certified and some votes remain outstanding, Mr. Adams appeared to have beaten Ms. Garcia by a margin that makes it very unlikely that she can close the gap.

A spokeswoman for Kathryn Garcia, Lindsey Green, said that Ms. Garcia’s campaign was “currently seeking additional clarity on the number of outstanding ballots.”

But Ms. Garcia and her team were “committed to supporting the Democratic nominee,” regardless of who emerged victorious, Ms. Green said.

Ms. Wiley, who finished in third place in the tally released on Tuesday, promised in a statement that she would “have more to say about the next steps shortly.” (Abby Glime, a spokeswoman, said that Ms. Wiley was not expected to comment further on Tuesday night.)

Ms. Wiley’s statement was devoted mostly to criticism of the city’s Board of Elections, which bungled the release of a ranked-choice tabulation last week and released results later than expected on Tuesday night.

“New York City’s voters deserve better,” she said, “and the BOE must be completely remade following what can only be described as a debacle.”

Several questions remain about the minutiae of the New York City vote, though they are highly unlikely to affect the outcome.
Dave Sanders for The New York Times

While Eric Adams has been declared the Democratic nominee for mayor of New York City, some work remains to be done — on the part of the other candidates, on the part of the campaigns’ attorneys, and on the part of the Board of Elections.

For one, while Mr. Adams has declared victory, neither of his two chief competitors has formally conceded.

The campaign of Kathryn Garcia, the former sanitation commissioner who trailed Mr. Adams by just one percentage point on Tuesday, or about 8,400 votes, called the results “nearly final.”

“We are currently seeking additional clarity on the number of outstanding ballots and are committed to supporting the democratic nominee,” said Ms. Garcia’s spokeswoman, Lindsey Green.

Maya Wiley, the former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio, was trailing both Ms. Garcia and Mr. Adams. On Tuesday night, she issued a statement calling the results “initial and uncertified” and used her statement to excoriate the Board of Elections.

“It would be an understatement to express dismay at the B.O.E.’s administration of this election,” she said.

It was not clear when they intended to comment further.

Further, several questions remain about the minutiae of the New York City vote, questions that are highly unlikely to affect the outcome, but nevertheless may occupy election lawyers for days to come.

Tuesday’s tabulations included most, but not all of the absentee ballots. Initially, the universe of absentee ballots was understood to number about 125,000. The board told Mr. Adams’s campaign that only about 114,000 of those absentee ballots are considered valid, and that the rest were deemed invalid or, in the case of 3,700 ballots, contained defects that voters could potentially “cure” by July 14.

Thanks to a rolling deadline for curing ballots, only 942 of those ballots could still be cured as of Tuesday, according to the Board of Elections. It was unclear how many of the other roughly 2,760 defective ballots had already been cured or missed the timeline to be.

There are also 6,000 to 7,000 valid affidavit ballots, according to a person on Mr. Adams’s campaign. Those are ballots filed by people who are missing from the list of eligible voters at the polling station they go to. After the election, the Board of Elections checks the affidavit ballots against its records and counts the votes of those who are in fact eligible.

A Board of Elections spokeswoman was unable to immediately confirm the Adams campaign’s account.

Absentee and affidavit ballots can be contested; it was not clear on Tuesday whether Mr. Adams’s rivals were challenging any.

There were more than 139,000 exhausted ballots, or ballots that did not rank either of the top finishers, in the final round.
Sarah Blesener for The New York Times

One striking figure in the new tally of votes that the New York City Board of Elections released on Tuesday evening was the high number of so-called exhausted ballots. There were more than 139,000 of them in the final round — nearly 15 percent of the roughly 937,600 votes counted in the Democratic primary so far.

New York City’s voters, who were using ranked choice for the first time in a citywide election, could be forgiven for finding the term mystifying. Here’s what it means.

Under the system, New Yorkers could rank up to five candidates on their ballot in order of preference. A ballot is considered to be “exhausted” when every candidate ranked by a voter has been eliminated from the race, and the ballot does not help decide the winner.

The voters whose ballots were exhausted in the final round did not rank Eric Adams, who was declared the winner on Tuesday night, or Kathryn Garcia, who was in second place. If a large enough number of those exhausted ballots had ranked Ms. Garcia, they could have changed the outcome of the race.

Mr. Adams was leading Ms. Garcia by only 8,426 votes on Tuesday night.

Many New Yorkers did rank multiple candidates on their ballot, and Ms. Garcia benefited from being the second or third choice for voters who supported other candidates like Maya Wiley, a former counsel to Mayor Bill de Blasio who finished third, and Andrew Yang, the 2020 presidential candidate who struck a late alliance with Ms. Garcia, finished fourth in first-round results and conceded.

Nate Cohn, a writer for The Upshot at The New York Times, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday night that there was no way to know which candidate the exhausted ballots might have favored or “if those voters simply disliked both” Mr. Adams and Ms. Garcia.

Brad Lander, right, ran  as a progressive in the city comptroller race.
Victor J. Blue for The New York Times

Brad Lander, a member of the City Council from Brooklyn, declared victory on Tuesday evening over Corey Johnson, the council’s speaker, in the Democratic primary for New York City comptroller. Mr. Lander led Mr. Johnson by 24,683 votes, according to data released by the Board of Elections.

That margin of victory appears to be more than the number of ballots remaining to be counted and ranked under the city’s new ranked-choice-voting system.

In a statement on Tuesday evening, Mr. Lander said he wanted to work to build “a city that is more just, more equal, and more prepared for the future.”

Mr. Lander has pledged to be more of an activist comptroller and said he would use the power of the office to fight climate change and other problems. His win is seen as a major victory for the city’s progressive movement and means that Eric Adams, who won the Democratic primary for mayor, will have to contend with both a comptroller and a City Council who are further to the left than him on many issues, including policing and urban development.

Mr. Landler’s chief rival, Mr. Johnson, conceded.

“Today, after seeing the numbers released by the Board of Elections, it’s clear that the right thing to do is to suspend my campaign for Comptroller,” Mr. Johnson said in a statement. “This was a hard-fought campaign and I congratulate Brad Lander on his victory.”

The comptroller serves as the city’s chief financial officer, performing critical audits and monitoring how the mayor and the City Council spend taxpayer money. The comptroller is also the fiduciary for $ 250 billion in pension funds covering 620,000 people.

New York City just passed a record $ 99 billion budget that includes at least $ 14 billion in federal assistance. But the city faces budget gaps in future fiscal years, along with uncertainty about the recovery of the business community.

Mr. Lander united the city’s progressive movement behind his candidacy with endorsements from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez while also gaining national progressive endorsements from the likes of Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Mr. Johnson had gained the support of several labor unions. He dropped out of the mayoral contest last September, citing his mental health. A few months later, he joined the comptroller’s race, betting that his name recognition and experience negotiating multiple city budgets would push him to victory.

Absentee ballots being counted at Queens Borough Hall on June 30. If the results released Tuesday evening hold, women are expected to make up a majority of the City Council for the first time in the city’s history.
Dave Sanders for The New York Times

The likely makeup of the next City Council became clearer on Tuesday night, when the Board of Elections released new ranked-choice results that included a more than 100,000 absentee ballots.

If the results from Tuesday night hold, women are expected to make up a majority of the City Council for the first time in the city’s history. At the end of ranked-choice tabulations, women were leading in 29 of the 51 Democratic primaries.

More than half the members of the City Council will vacate their seats at the end of the year, largely because term limits prevent them from running for re-election. Most, though not all, of the incumbents who were seeking re-election cruised to an easy victory on Primary Day.

The tabulation released on Tuesday was still preliminary. It is unclear how many absentee ballots remain outstanding in some Council districts, including ballots that were initially deemed invalid but need to be “cured.”

But more than 100,000 absentee ballots across the city have been counted since the last tabulation was released on Friday night, and the outcome of the Democratic primary races for most of the open seats have remained largely the same since then.

In District 18 in the Bronx, the results released on Friday showed Amanda Farias, a community organizer, coming from behind William Rivera, the district manager of a Bronx community board, after the ranked-choice system was run.

On Tuesday, with absentee ballots included, Ms. Farias appeared to have the most first-choice votes, and she widened her lead in the final round.

In District 32, where Democrats hope to flip the last Republican seat in Queens, Felicia Singh, a teacher backed by the Working Families Party, remained about 400 votes ahead of Michael Scala, a lawyer, in the final round. The winner in that race will face off against Joann Ariola, who won the Republican primary, in November.

Despite predictions that ranked-choice voting tabulations had the potential to upend City Council races as candidates were eliminated from contention, the results released on Tuesday showed just two Democratic primaries where a candidate appeared to come from behind to win.

In District 9 in Harlem, the current council member, Bill Perkins, had 525 more first-choice votes than Kristin Richardson Jordan, a teacher and author.

But in the ranked-choice tabulation released on Tuesday, Ms. Jordan picked up enough votes after other candidates were eliminated that she finished ahead by a slim 100 votes in the final round. It was not immediately clear how many ballots were outstanding in the race.

In District 25 in Queens, Yi Chen, a businessman, led by 98 votes in the first round of ranked-choice voting. But Shekar Krishnan, a civil rights lawyer, took the lead in the fifth round of counting and ended up ahead by more than 800 votes.

Early voting on June 20 in Bushwick, Brooklyn. 
Sarah Blesener for The New York Times

With one of the most competitive mayor’s races in recent memory and a number of hotly contested down-ballot primaries, the turnout in last month’s Democratic mayoral primary in New York City was the strongest in years.

So far, the Board of Elections has counted the ballots of about 820,000 registered Democrats who voted in-person in the mayoral primary. As of Friday, an additional 125,794 Democratic absentee ballots had been returned, likely bringing the turnout to at least 945,000 voters.

That means that roughly 26 percent of the city’s 3.7 million registered Democrats voted in the mayoral primary this year — which is higher than, say, the 22 percent that voted in 2013, the last time there was a wide-open mayoral race. Bill de Blasio ended up prevailing.

However, the turnout was low by historical standards; a number of bitterly fought races in the 1970s and 1980s drew more voters.

The Democrats’ choice will be the overwhelming favorite in the general election against Curtis Sliwa, who won the Republican primary with even lower turnout.

The elections board has tallied about 55,000 in-person votes from Republicans, and another 5,800 absentee ballots have been returned. That total of 60,800 ballots accounts for about 10 percent of the city’s registered Republicans.

A Board of Elections worker scanning affidavit ballots in Brooklyn on Tuesday.
Dave Sanders for The New York Times

A Board of Elections official said Tuesday that she expected the mayoral primary to be certified by July 14, once voters have been given the chance to “cure” as many as 3,699 defective ballots.

“Once those total cures are received — and of course, if they all come back sooner than July 14 — we will move with certification,” Dawn Sandow, the deputy executive director of the Board of Elections, said during the board’s weekly meeting.

Ms. Sandow’s new deadline on the board came as the board missed yet another opportunity to demonstrate its ability to keep to a self-imposed schedule.

On Tuesday, the board’s Twitter account cheekily promised a new, possibly definitive round of results by “more brunch special vs. club hours.” But as late morning turned to afternoon and afternoon to early evening, the board announced that in fact it hoped to release the new results by 7:30 p.m. In fact, they came out a little before 6:45 p.m.

The new tally includes most absentee votes and is therefore expected to be more definitive than the tally released last week — which included none of the roughly 125,000 Democratic absentee ballots and was itself delayed by a day after the board accidentally included more than 130,000 extra test ballots in the total it released to the public, and then deleted from its website.

The board released corrected results the following day, but the damage to public confidence in the board was done. On Tuesday, Ms. Sandow called the reporting error  “unacceptable.”

“We apologize to the voters of our great city for this error,” Ms. Sandow said.

Her apologetic tone differed from the tenor of an email she sent to staff last Thursday, in which the board’s executive team adopted a defiant posture.

“The amount of changes thrown at us to implement in a short period of time during a worldwide pandemic was unsurmountable and WE DID IT ALL SUCCESSFULLY!” the email, signed by “The Executive Management Team,” read. “The media, the public nor the elected officials will ever take that away from us.”

For the first time, the Board of Elections implemented ranked-choice voting in a mayoral election. The board is using open-source software to perform the successive rounds of tabulation required by this type of voting, and it ignored requests from the software developer to assist in the vote count before last week’s debacle.

On Tuesday, Ms. Sandow suggested that the board’s mistake arose from competing aims.

The process we followed was transparent and open,” she said. “We were trying to satisfy expectations of quick results with a new way of voting. What we can say with certainty, this issue caused no votes to be lost, no voter disenfranchised and no incorrect results to be certified.”

These days, when error or scandal hits big organizations, a degree of sympathy goes out to the keepers of their social-media accounts, often young, poorly paid or both, who stand on the front lines and face the public’s wrath.

The Twitter account for New York City’s Board of Elections, @BOENYC, is no exception. Since the board released incorrect preliminary results last Tuesday in the high-stakes race to choose the city’s next mayor, the account has been its most visible conduit to the public. The account has not fared well.

It has been mocked for posting intermittent, incomplete updates and explanations. It has set deadlines for releasing new information, only to have the board break them again and again and then post important news late at night and without warning. It even posted an apology that seemed to be written — like a mea culpa thumb-typed by a wayward social-media influencer — using the iPhone Notes app, prompting more derision.

On Tuesday, the account offered an attempt at levity. In an apparent reference to the 4 p.m. release of its corrected initial results last Wednesday, the account promised that new partial voting results would come out closer to “brunch special” than to “club hours.”

That was at 8:48 a.m. As the day wore on, a robust discussion broke out over when brunch could be said to end; in any case, as of 6:30 p.m., the outside edge of brunch hours in New York City for even the most hung over, the board had yet to release results.

At 5:09 p.m., @BOENYC surfaced with a new tweet that extended brunch into dinner time. The new results, it said, could be out “by 7:30 p.m. tonight.”

By that time, though, New York politics Twitter was not just skeptical, but downright punchy.

“Who among us hasn’t pushed brunch to 7:30 pm” posted one Politico reporter.

“It’s brunch o’clock somewhere,” countered a think-tank communications officer.

Jon Lovett, a former presidential speechwriter, compared the situation to a long spell on hold with a corporate phone tree: “Your election is important to us.”

This time, the board’s account beat its own deadline. At 6:39 p.m., it announced that the results were posted.

(But it did not include a link to the results page, which confusingly was still topped by a week-old apology for a previous error — so Twitter users helpfully posted the page, along with some sharp-tongued comments.)

Behind it all was a growing sense that folksy, self-deprecating posts ought to come along with transparency, not instead of it — especially given the seriousness of the stakes. New Yorkers are choosing a leader who will be tasked with overseeing the city’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, in the first major election using the city’s new system of ranked-choice voting, amid a national crisis over trust in the reliability of reported facts in general and in the integrity of elections in particular.

Still, responses to @BOENYC have included the occasional dash of empathy, too.

When a commenter offered “thoughts and prayers” on Sunday, the account responded with a thank-you emoji, prompting another round of cheers, jeers and pity, from “You ain’t good at this if you think responding to this tweet is good form” to “the sweetest tweet ever.”

There was also a hint that the operator of the Twitter account might not be a lowly intern after all, but instead the board’s hard-to-reach communications director, Valerie Vazquez.

Ms. Vasquez was asked in a text message whether she was the animating intelligence behind @BOENYC. She did not immediately respond.

Author: Jeffery C. Mays
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Brooklyn Boutique Upcycles Antique Linens Into Chic Clothing for Any Occasion

NEW YORK — One step inside this clothing store in Brooklyn will transport you back to the twenties and thirties–But, this is not your grandmother’s closet.

The clothing racks are lined with trendy outfits made out of recycled antique lace, doilies, tablecloths, and anything else Liv Reinertson can get her hands on.

“This is an old napkin with hand crochet around the edges and this is an old tablecloth,” she says, holding up one of her handsewn tops. “Everything is completely one of a kind, completely unique.”

As a former preschool teacher, Liv was constantly trying to find a style that could suit both the classroom and getting after work drinks with her friends. When she happened upon a pair of ruined overalls, she decided to rip them up and turn them into something amazing. That’s when By Liv was born.

“People come in all the time and they say they feel like they’re in the thirties… especially with the way I dress, and the music and the sowing machine,” she says, wearing a custom-made white gown as she sews away on her sewing machine with Bobby Darin’s 1958 hit, Beyond the Sea playing in the background.

But Liv doesn’t mind being a little old school. In fact, some of her biggest fans just come to spend time in her shop. “There’s a little crowd of older women who come in who are very excited to spend some time here…Sometimes they get a little bit emotional because they look at pieces and they think, you know they say, ‘…this is just like what my grandmother used to do, this is what my mother used to do.'”

All of Liv’s materials are sustainably sourced from antique stores around New York, as well as donated by friends and family. “Sometimes I get emotional when I’m sewing, which seems silly because I’m just making clothes but…There is a huge story behind each piece and it’s so important to give these pieces a second chance,” she says.

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‘RHOA’ Reunion: Kenya Moore Reveals Marc Daly Is Fighting To Keep Daughter Brooklyn Off the Show

Author: Christopher Rogers
This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

In Part 1 of ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ reunion on April 25, the ladies revisited the season’s hottest moments.

Many hot topics were discussed during Part 1 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion on April 25, including Kenya Moore‘s ongoing divorce from Marc Daly. After Kenya revealed she and Marc are “still in court” because she wants “sole custody” of their daughter, Brooklyn, Kenya revealed a startling new detail about their split.

“He’s fighting for all the wrong things in court”, Kenya said, and when Andy Cohen asked what he’s fighting for specifically, she said, “For Brooklyn not to be on this show. It’s not about custody, it’s not about time being spent, [and] not about child support.”

Kenya couldn’t help but laugh about it, and when Andy asked her if she saw it as Mark’s way of “trying to protect” Brooklyn, Kenya said, “No, not at all. Because it has everything to do with his ego. And all of the things that happened with us that trigger him are ego-driven. And that is what turns me off. Because it’s not about the family, and it’s not about what works for us, it’s not about compromise — it’s about [him]. It’s about what happens with [him].”

Still, Kenya said she still sees herself as a married woman and that’s why she still wears her wedding ring. But she did file for divorce and plans to make her split with Mark official once they hammer out details and a judge signs off on it. But in retrospect, she sees how her tattered relationship with her mom leads her to chasing after “destructive” relationships with men. “I’m chasing something that I didn’t get from my mom,” Kenya said.

Later in the hour, Porsha Williams also discussed her own split with Dennis McKinley, and she confirmed they had broken up three times already — she just couldn’t remember why they parted ways. But she did say that she has no plans to reconcile with Dennis. Porsha further told Andy that she’s since been dating again — LaToya Ali even set her up with someone, but the date was “terrible” — as she and Dennis continue to evolve into more of a “family” relationship than a romantic one.

Drew Sidora‘s husband Ralph also revealed what he was really doing in Tampa — he claims that he was only spending time alone to decompress. Drew said she trusts him because she saw restaurant receipts and the guest count said one — she also said she saw tracking from him that showed he was exercising and running around Tampa on foot. For her, that was enough to believe him, but Kandi Burruss is still skeptical. She rolled her eyes when Drew and Ralph were talking, but when Andy pressed her to share how she really felt, she refused. Kandi said she didn’t buy Ralph’s story, but it wasn’t up to her to believe it or not — she said it’s more important to know that Drew believes it.

In other reunion news, LaToya came out in the last few minutes of the episode and started gunning for Drew. She claimed that one of Drew’s friends bursted into her dressing room and harassed her. And even though Drew apologized for the incident and said she knew nothing about it, LaToya didn’t believe her, so LaToya just started verbally attacking her.

Oh, and Drew also shed some tears while confronting Kenya about a tweet she had shared earlier this season. Kenya apparently retweeted a fan’s comment that said Drew’s conversations with her son about his real dad made them cringe. Drew said kids should be off limits when they’re all fighting with each other (either on the show or on social media), and Kandi agreed, but Kenya didn’t really think she did anything wrong.

Want more drama? New episodes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta air Sundays at 8pm on Bravo.

Eve, Nas & Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir Pay Tribute To DMX At Brooklyn Memorial — Watch

Author: Emily Selleck
This post originally appeared on Hollywood Life

The hip hop community gathered in Brooklyn, New York to pay tribute to the late DMX at his memorial service. Kanye West’s Sunday Service Choir also performed.

Many of DMX‘s friends came to pay tribute to the late rapper at his memorial in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, April 24. Among those who spoke were rappers Eve — the “First Lady of the Ruff Ryders” — and past collaborator Nas. Standing with Alicia Keys‘ husband Swizz Beatz, Eve remembered her longtime friend. “I am seriously the luckiest, luckiest woman in the world to have been adopted by the Ruff Ryders, but to have known DMX the way that I knew him as a man, a father, a friend,” she said.

“This is so hard y’all. What I pray, what I hope, I pray to God, I pray to our angels, our ancestors, that his journey was smooth. I know that he will rest in power. Rest in love, but most of all he feel rest in peace,” she added. Kanye West‘s Sunday Service Choir performed, kicking off the service which was attended by his 15 children, who also gave touching eulogies just weeks after their father’s unexpected death at 50.

Nas described his Belly co-star DMX as a “hip-hop icon” during his speech. “It’s an honor to be here tonight but at the same time, it’s a sad day. It’s a glorious day. I just want to say I’m honored to be here,” he said to the crowd, wearing a green camo outfit with a hat.

The April 24 memorial was held in DMX’s native New York City at the Barclay’s Center. The touching service, which was also streamed live on YouTube, came just a few weeks after the visionary musician died at the age of 50 following a heart attack.

DMX tragically passed away at 50. Image: Shutterstock

DMX tragically passed away on April 9 at the age of 50. He suffering a heart attack one week prior, and sadly never recovered. “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days,” a rep for the musician said in a statement to PEOPLE. “Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him.”

Stars like T.I., actually named DMX as one of his 50 greatest rappers of all time on The Brew Podcast, quickly took to social media to share loving messages about the musician. “Rest In Peace to a cultural icon. There are no words that can mend the loss the hip-hop community felt today #RIPDMX,” he wrote, including the white dove emoji, a symbol of peace. Our thoughts are with DMX’s friends, family and fans.

Jane Fonda, Brooklyn Decker, Allison Janney & More Stars Looking Stylish With Grey Hair

From Brooklyn Decker to Patrick Dempsey, many celebrities are choosing to embrace their natural gray hair instead of cover it up. Even younger stars, like Kylie Jenner, love the silvery color!

While some people see gray hairs as something to cover up, not these celebrities. Some stars embrace their natural gray roots, while others purposefully dye their hair for an all-over gray transformation. Either way, gray is such a gorgeous color: so much so, even people in their celebrities in their 20’s and early 30’s are choosing to dye their hair the timeless shade (like Lady Gaga and Kylie Jenner). We put the spotlight on a few gray-headed celebrities below; you can also click through the photos in HollywoodLife‘s gallery above.

Brooklyn Decker shows off her gray hairs. [Instagram/@brooklyndecker]

Leading the pack of celebrities with beautiful grey hair is 34-year-old model Brooklyn Decker. It’s natural for people in their 30’s (and even in their 20’s) to see gray roots spring up in their colorful manes, which Brooklyn proved with the selfie above. “Grays on grays on grays for days and I’m kinda digging ‘em,” Brooklyn captioned the photo shared on April 6. While Brooklyn admitted that she was getting her roots “colored next week” because she’s “not ready for the full commitment,” the model still “certainly enjoyed” her gray phase.

Meanwhile, Jane Fonda has made grey hair last longer than a phase. While she rose to fame in the ’60s as a bombshell blonde starring in movies like Barbarella, Jane has swapped her sunshine-colored waves for a short spunky ‘do featuring many wispy layers of stunning silver hair. Jane’s mane needs help to maintain, though.

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Jane Fonda debuted her silver-gray hair at the 2020 Oscars, where she is pictured presenting at in the photo above. [Shutterstock]

Thanks to the work of hair colorist Jack Martin, Jane showed up to the 2020 Oscars with iced-out hair. Over a year later, the famous actress and activist is still happy with her decision to part ways with the blonde. “I tell you, I’m so happy I let it go gray. Enough already with so much time wasted, so much money spent, so many chemicals — I’m through with that,” Jane happily declared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Feb. 25.

McDreamy (AKA, Patrick Dempsey) sports a head of gray-pepper hair. [Instagram/@patrickdempsey]

It’s not just the ladies embracing their gray hair, either. There are many male celebrities who look like silver foxes, literally, with their gray-silver hair. Take Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey, for example. While his hair is not completely gray like Ms. Fonda’s, he does sport a signature pepper shade (AKA, a cross between gray and dark hair).

You can check out even more celebrities with gray hair in HollywoodLife‘s gallery above! We’ve included photos of George Clooney, Jamie Lee Curtis, Paulina Porizkova and more.

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Daunte Wright shooting: Minnesota police chief says officer meant to draw Taser, not gun in fatal Brooklyn Center shooting

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — The police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb apparently intended to fire a Taser, not a handgun, the city’s police chief said Monday.Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon described the shooting as “an accidental discharge.” The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was investigating.

“Taser! Taser! Taser!” the officer is heard shouting on her body cam footage released at a news conference. After firing a single shot from her handgun, the car speeds away and the officer is heard saying, “Holy (expletive)! I shot him.”Daunte Wright, 20, died Sunday in a metropolitan area that was already on edge because of the trial of the first of four police officers charged in George Floyd’s death.

Gannon said at a news conference that the officer made a mistake, and he released the body camera footage less than 24 hours after the shooting. The footage showed three officers around a stopped car. When another officer attempts to handcuff Wright, a struggle ensues.

Gannon would not name the officer but described her as “very senior.” He would not say whether she would be fired following the investigation.

“I think we can watch the video and ascertain whether she will be returning,” the chief said.

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott called the shooting “deeply tragic.”

“We’re going to do everything we can to ensure that justice is done and our communities are made whole,” he said.

Speaking before the unrest, Wright’s mother, Katie Wright, urged protesters to stay peaceful and focused on the loss of her son.

“All the violence, if it keeps going, it’s only going to be about the violence. We need it to be about why my son got shot for no reason,” she said to a crowd near the shooting scene in Brooklyn Center, a city of about 30,000 people on the northwest border of Minneapolis. “We need to make sure it’s about him and not about smashing police cars, because that’s not going to bring my son back.”

Protesters who gathered near the scene waved flags and signs reading “Black Lives Matter.” Others walked peacefully with their hands held up. On one street, someone wrote in multi-colored chalk: “Justice for Daunte Wright.”

Katie Wright said her son called her as he was getting pulled over.”All he did was have air fresheners in the car, and they told him to get out of the car,” Wright said. During the call, she said she heard scuffling and then someone saying “Daunte, don’t run” before the call ended. When she called back, her son’s girlfriend answered and said he had been shot.

Authorities said the car was pulled over for having expired registration and after determining the driver had an outstanding warrant, police said they tried to arrest him. Then the driver reentered the vehicle, and an officer fired, striking him, police said. The vehicle traveled several blocks before striking another vehicle.

A female passenger sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the crash, authorities said. Katie Wright said that passenger was her son’s girlfriend.

Court records show Wright was being sought after failing to appear in court on charges that he fled from officers and possessed a gun without a permit during an encounter with Minneapolis police in June. In that case, a statement of probable cause said police got a call about a man waving a gun who was later identified as Wright.”

Shortly after the shooting, demonstrators began to gather, with some jumping atop police cars. Marchers also descended on the Brooklyn Center Police Department, where rocks and other objects were thrown at officers, authorities said. The protesters had largely dispersed by 1:15 a.m. Monday.

President Joe Biden was briefed on the shooting, and the White House has been in touch with the governor, mayor and local law enforcement, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.

“We were incredibly saddened to hear about the loss of life at the hands of law enforcement in Minnesota yesterday,” she said.

National Guard troops and law enforcement officers continued to guard the front of the police department on Monday morning. Police were erecting a concrete barrier as Minnesota State Patrol officers joined the line in front of the precinct.

Several people and reporters watched from across the street as traffic returned to normal on the street where protesters were met with tear gas the night before. One man yelled at the officers using a megaphone as others flew Black Lives Matter flags.About 20 businesses were broken into at the city’s Shingle Creek shopping center, Minnesota Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said at a news conference.

The National Guard was activated, and Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott announced a curfew that expired shortly before daybreak.

The trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis officer charged in Floyd’s death, continued Monday. Floyd, a Black man, died May 25 after Chauvin, who is white, pressed his knee against Floyd’s neck. Prosecutors say Floyd was pinned for 9 minutes, 29 seconds. he judge in that case refused Monday to sequester the jury after a defense attorney argued that the panel could be influenced by the prospect of what might happen as a result of their verdict.

More National Guard members and state law enforcement personnel were to be deployed around the Twin Cities and in Brooklyn Center in addition to teams already in place for Chauvin’s trial at the Hennepin County courthouse in Minneapolis, Harrington said.

Meanwhile, all Brooklyn Center students were to attend online classes Monday because school buildings were closed, Superintendent Carly Baker said.


Mohamed Ibrahim is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms to report on undercovered issues.

Copyright © 2021 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.


  1. ^ April 12, 2021 (twitter.com)
  2. ^ pic.twitter.com/bJYGCE5GaW (t.co)
  3. ^ April 12, 2021 (twitter.com)


Police Chief Says Brooklyn Center Shooting an 'Accidental Discharge'

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — The police officer who killed a man in a Minneapolis suburb on Sunday did so accidentally, officials said Monday, releasing a graphic body-camera video that appeared to depict the officer shouting, “Taser!” before firing her gun.

“It is my belief that the officer had the intention to deploy their Taser, but instead shot Mr. Wright with a single bullet,” Chief Tim Gannon of the Brooklyn Center Police Department said of the shooting on Sunday of Daunte Wright, 20, during a traffic stop. “This appears to me, from what I viewed, and the officer’s reaction and distress immediately after, that this was an accidental discharge that resulted in a tragic death of Mr. Wright.”

The officer, who was not publicly identified, has been placed on administrative leave, officials said. Chief Gannon said that Mr. Wright had been initially pulled over because of an expired registration on the vehicle he was driving. The video showed a brief struggle between Mr. Wright and police officers before one of the officers fired her gun.

After the officer fired, she is heard on the video saying, “Holy shit. I just shot him.”

In the hours after the shooting on Sunday afternoon, protests, violence and looting broke out in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of 30,000 people north of Minneapolis. The shooting comes amid a national reckoning over police misconduct and the killings of Black people by the police; Mr. Wright was Black. City officials did not identify the race of the police officer.

“We will get to the bottom of this,” Mike Elliott, the mayor of Brooklyn Center, said at a news conference on Monday. “We will do all that is within our power to make sure that justice is done for Daunte Wright.”

Mr. Elliott called for the officer who shot Mr. Wright to be fired. “My position is that we cannot afford to make mistakes that lead to the loss of life of other people in our profession,” he said. “And so I do fully support releasing the officer of her duties.”

The Twin Cities region has been on edge for weeks, as the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who has been charged with murdering George Floyd, is underway in a Minneapolis courtroom less than 10 miles from where Mr. Wright was shot.

A curfew was imposed until early Monday morning and the school district in Brooklyn Center announced that it would conduct classes virtually on Monday.

Mr. Elliott said that President Biden offered the support of his administration in a phone call on Monday; Mr. Biden is “saddened to hear about the loss of life at the hands of law enforcement in Minnesota,” said Jen Psaki, a White House spokeswoman, and is expected to publicly address the shooting later Monday.

Chief Gannon said an officer had shot Mr. Wright on Sunday afternoon after pulling his car over for a traffic violation and discovering that he had a warrant out for his arrest. As the police tried to detain Mr. Wright, he stepped back into his car, at which point an officer shot him, Chief Gannon said.

Mr. Wright’s car then traveled for several blocks and struck another vehicle, after which the police and medical workers pronounced him dead. Chief Gannon did not give any information on how severe the crash had been, though the passengers in the other car were not injured.

Katie Wright, who identified herself as Mr. Wright’s mother, told reporters that her son had been driving a car that his family had just given him two weeks ago and that he had called her as he was being pulled over.

“He said they pulled him over because he had air fresheners hanging from his rearview mirror,” she said. Ms. Wright added that her son had been driving with his girlfriend when he was shot. The police said a woman in the car had been hurt in the crash but that her injuries were not life-threatening.

John Harrington, the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, said the unrest that followed Mr. Wright’s death had spread to a mall in Brooklyn Center and that people had broken into about 20 businesses there. By about midnight, most of the protesters had fled from around the police department, once National Guard troops and Minnesota State Patrol officers arrived to back up the police officers who stood around the building with riot gear and batons.

Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter[1] that he was praying for Mr. Wright’s family “as our state mourns another life of a Black man taken by law enforcement.”

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, a state agency that investigates police killings in Minnesota, is conducting an investigation.

Police officials in Brooklyn Center said they had been working for years to diversify the force and improve community relations.

Chief Gannon, a white veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, had been with the department for 21 years when he was elevated to the top post in 2015.

“I really want the city to understand and know their police department,” Chief Gannon told a community television station at the time.[2]

Among his goals, beside lowering the crime rate, he said, was to outfit officers with body cameras and make the force more representative of the suburb’s diversifying population.

Brooklyn Center — the site of the Minneapolis field office for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the birthplace of Hennepin County’s first sheriff — was more than 70 percent white as recently as the 2000 census. But its racial and ethnic makeup changed dramatically in the last generation, and the community has since 2010 had a majority-minority population, only about 44.5 percent of which is now white, according to federal statistics.[3] Twenty-nine percent off the population is Black, 16 percent is Asian American and 13.5 percent is Latino.

In 2015, Chief Gannon said, he hoped to make the police force a reflection of the community.

“If they have these positive interactions,” he said, “then they make contact with officers not always on the tail end of a 911 call.”

Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs reported from Brooklyn Center, and Julie Bosman from Chicago. Reporting was contributed by Azi Paybarah from New York, Matt Furber from Brooklyn Center, and Neil Vigdor from Greenwich, Conn.


  1. ^ on Twitter (twitter.com)
  2. ^ Gannon told a community television station at the time. (www.youtube.com)
  3. ^ according to federal statistics. (www.census.gov)

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