Finally … a story about people in this country coming together, despite their differences, to achieve a common goal AND give the economy a boost.
GOD BLESS ATLANTA STRIP CLUBS!!!
Here’s the deal — adult entertainment venues in the ATL aren’t allowed to be open on Sundays unless they also serve as restaurants. This is obviously bad news for food-free joints hoping to take advantage of thousands of extra folks in town for Super Bowl 53 … but they weren’t going to let the business opp pass without a fight.
So, several of the city’s popular strip clubs — including Blue Flame Lounge, The Cheetah and Magic City — banded together and went to City Council to ask for an exception for Super Bowl Sunday … and they got it! Somehow no one found out about the meeting and reported it.
Those in charge also agreed to let the clubs stay open an extra hour the entire week of the big game … so the lights won’t come on until 4 AM from January 28 through February 4.
As for the entertainment, Jackie — the owner of Blue Flame — says it has girls coming from Miami, L.A., NYC, Houston, Virginia and North Carolina who meet all of its requirements for the special weekend — bomb body, pretty face, smell good … and no bullet wounds.
Mr. Magic from Magic City tells us he’ll have professional pole experts in the house — the same ones who danced with Cardi B at Coachella — putting on a nude Cirque du Soleil-esque show.
BTW … all the dancers are required to have permits in Atlanta — which cost $ 350 — so the strip club exception means cha-ching for the city too.
USA! USA! USA!
R. Kelly might have been creepy when Destiny’s Child recorded with him in 1998, but Beyonce‘s dad says no one in the music biz cared about his personal life, because he was killing it professionally.
Mathew Knowles tells TMZ … every artist back then was judged by their talent and NOT their personal misdeeds. In Kelly’s case, that meant giving him a pass for reportedly marrying 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994 … and settling a lawsuit with a woman claiming he had underage sex with her.
Mathew says creative genius trumped all back then.
If you didn’t know … Destiny’s Child — Bey, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson at the time — recorded a song with Kelly, but it never made the final cut for a DC album. Bey was 17 at the time, and Mathew makes it clear … he and Tina Knowles never lost sight of the girls during the session.
Despite the #MeToo era, Mathew thinks the music industry hasn’t made much progress when it comes to artists working with dubious characters — because, for many, it’s still just business.
Case in point, Lady Gaga recorded with Kelly in 2013 … something for which she’s now apologizing. She also said she’s pulling their duet from streaming services.
Chris Brown might be better off with cats and dogs, because he just got slapped with criminal charges over his pet monkey … TMZ has learned.
According to legal docs, obtained by TMZ, the Los Angeles City Attorney is charging CB with two counts of having a restricted species without a permit. The crimes carry a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail.
As you’ll recall … Chris got himself a baby capuchin monkey named Fiji, and he started taking major heat after posting a video of his then-3-year-old daughter, Royalty, playing with the exotic pet. People thought the wild animal posed a danger to his kid, but Chris told everyone to take a chill pill.
Our law enforcement sources say folks notified the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, who launched an investigation.
Breezy didn’t have a permit for the monkey, so authorities got a search warrant and planned to raid CB’s home, but he voluntarily agreed to surrender the exotic pet.
Chris is due in court Feb. 6.