Virginia Man Gets Shot in Argument Over Aretha Franklin

The death of Aretha Franklin on Thursday morning has elicted an abundance of sorrow and sentimentaltity across the Internet.

For two men in Virginia, however, it led to an intense argument that only concluded when one of them pulled out a gun and shot the other.

Police told WTKR that the disagreement stemmed over whether or not Halle Berry had ever portrayed the legendary singer in a movie.

Serious stuff, as you can see, very much worthy of a firearm being used.

According to this same report, the argument eventually turned physical, with one half of the flap pulling out his weapon and firing it at least once.

The shooting victim is in serious condition, while both men were treated by paramedics at the scene of the altercation in Suffolk and then transported to a local hospital.

An investigation has been opened, but no charges have been filed just yet.

For the record, Franklin said in a 2011 interview that she would love for Berry to play her on the big screen in a biopic someday.

This is what the late artist said at the time:

She was my first choice, everything’s subject to negotiation, and she shouldn’t underestimate her own talent.

There are a number of other leading ladies out there that can definitely handle the role. I never expected Halle to sing. She’s an actress, not a singer.

Many actors have portrayed vocalists by lip-synching to the artists’ original recordings.

Berry, however, declined the honor because she did not think she could do the legendary role justice.

Many years later, in January of 2018, Franklin chose Oscar-winner and former American Idol finalist Jennifer Hudson to take on the role of… well… herself.

The movie, which was to be produced by Straight Outta Compton’s Scott Bernstein and Dreamgirls’ Harvey Mason Jr., was to be based on Franklin’s autobiography Aretha: From These Roots.

There is no plans for its production or release at the moment, though.

None of this is meant to imply that it’s worth yanking out a glock and shooting someone who misremembers this series of events.

We’re just giving our readers some background on how/why this argument got started in the first place.

The Queen of Soul, who passed away from pancreatic cancer, will be laid to rest in her hometown of Detroit.

There is not yet a scheduled date for the memorial, but Franklin will be lying in an open casket, according to a new report, with plenty of singers expected to perform.

And thousands of people expected to attend.

Tweeted Barack Obama upon learning of Franklin’s death:

“Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.”

“May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.”

In one of her most memorabe performances, Franklin made the ex-President tear up.

Watch below to see what we mean:


Chris Brown Arrested for Felony Battery (See His Mug Shot!)

Chris Brown put on a concert at the Coral Sky Ampitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida on Thursday night.

The singer was then put in handcuffs.

Maybe not literally, but the violent artist was taken into custody by police as soon as he walked off the stage yesterday evening.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office., Brown was arrested on an outstanding out-of-county warrant from last year.

Per local station WPTV, the alleged woman beater was booked on a felony battery charge  from the Hilllsborough County Sheriff’s Office, stemming from an incident last spring.

This incident centered on Brown reportedly punching a photographer during a paid club appearance when he was serving as the establishment’s DJ.

That does sound like something he would do, doesn’t  it?

Brown was released last night on $ 2,000 bail and wasted little time commenting on the arrest like the jackass that he is.

“What’s NEW????? Show tomorrow!!!!,” he wrote, along with a heart emoji.

Chris Brown. Always the victim, right?

The R&B artist’s next tour date is actually scheduled for July 15 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

He’s been performing the road since early last month and has been keeping a fairly low profile for several weeks now, barely abusing a single woman during this time.

We last heard from him when Brown celebrated his daughter Royalty’s fourth birthday with baby mama Nia Guzman.

Over the years, of course, Brown has had a multitude of run-ins with the law, starting with physical assault charges from when he punched Rihanna in the face in 2009.


Brown was later charged with felony assault and making criminal threats for this pummeling; he was sentenced to five years of probation and community service.

In 2013, Brown’s probation was revoked after he was involved in an alleged hit-and-run in Los Angeles.

The charges were later dropped, but he was given 1,000 additional hours of community service.

Still, no jail time. Because he can sing and dance really well!

In 2016, Brown was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon following a nine-hour standoff of sorts at his California mansion. 

A beauty queen claimed the singer brandished a weapon at her inside his home during this incident — and Brown responded by referring to the police as “idiots” who were part of a “gang.”

He’s a real pearl of a human being.

In 2017, a judge granted ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran a restraining order against the singer for the next five years.

She said in court that Brown texted her violent threats and assaulted her.

“Make sure ya’ll don’t be listening to all this bullsh-t, man,” Brown said in response last year, adding:

“What all them other people on the outside doing, let them do what they doing. I don’t know what the f-ck they talking about.”

They’re talking about you being an awful person, Chris.

At least that’s what we hope everyone keeps talking about.


Smoke Dawg Shot Dead in Toronto; Rapper Was 21

We have another tragedy from the world of music.

Two weeks after XXXTentacion was shot dead in Miami, another young rapper has also lost life in violent fashion.

According to Entertainment Tonight Canada, Smoke Dawg was murdered in Toronto this weekend, with graphic images of the artist’s corpse having allegedly made their way on to social media.

Out of respect for the dead, we are not going to share them here.

Smoke Dawg was only 21 years old.

On Saturday morning, a verified police account on Twitter confirmed that one male victim was pronounced dead in the entertainment district of this Canadian rapper.

But it stopped short of identifying the victim as Smoke Dawg.

However, local news outlet CP24 reports that three people –  two men and a woman – were shot in broad daylight in the incident, which quickly devolved into chaos outside of the Cube Nightclub.

All three victimr were rushed to the hospital and one was later pronounced dead.

drake tribute

To be clear, once again, authorities have NOT yet confirmed the deceased to be Smoke Dawg.

Drake, though, paid tribute to his fellow Canadian artist via the above photo and message on his Instagram Story today.

“All these gifts and blessed souls and inner lights being extinguished lately is devastating,” the 31-year-old “God’s Plan” star wrote, adding:

“I wish peace would wash over our city.

“So much talent and so many stories we never get to see play out. Rest up Smoke.”

Smoke Dawg opened for Drake on the latter’s Boy Meets World European tour.

Smoke Dawg image

Elsewhere, an artist who goes by the name Mustafa the Poet also took to Twitter to pay his respects.

“The worst day of my life, I somehow keep finding a new worst,” he wrote adding, “Smokey is gone, may our prayers follow him to heaven.”

Police have said that the shooting took place just before 8 p.m. in the popular area outside Cube nightclub and that the “suspects may have fled in black SUV or white car.”

According to local news CP24, “gunfire erupted in broad daylight on one of the busiest streets in the city Saturday evening.”

Smoke Dawg, of Trinidadian, Jamaican and Somalian heritage, was part of an up and coming group of rappers called Halal Gang.

The rapper rose to success with hit track Still three years ago, and later collaborated with American hip hop artist French Montana and the UK’s Skepta.

May he rest in peace.