The O.J. Simpson saga continues! After a 9-year stint in prison for his role in a 2007 armed robbery, 70-year-old Simpson has been released on parole. He was initially sentenced to 9 to 33 years for the Las Vegas arm robbery and kidnapping incident. The former NFL star also known as “Juice” had ensured the parole board that he’d been a model prisoner and he promised to not be involved in any further conflicts if released. The parole board unanimously granted his wish, with an expected release date of October.

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"I've done my time," pleaded Simpson to the Nevada parole board. "I've done it as well and as respectfully as I think anyone can."

Simpson was reportedly alert and energetic during the parole hearing, even laughing when parole board Chairman Connie Bisbee mistakenly cited his age as 90. "I feel like it," he quipped.

In case you’re wondering, there was no mentions of the infamous 1995 Nicole Brown/Ron Goldman case and acquittal. If you can believe it, it has been 22 years since the verdict heard ‘round the nation. That particular case has made Simpson a household name far beyond his NFL days, inspiring works such as the award-winning documentary O.J.: Made in America and the popular FX true-crime drama The People v. O.J. Simpson.

Simpson maintained that he was not fully responsible for the Vegas incident, citing his associates as misleading and turning on him in court. "Unfortunately, they got a get-out-of-jail-free card when they said 'O.J. told me (to do it),'" he said. "Nothing I can do about that."

Board member graded Simpson a “low risk to reoffend” to which Simpson smiled a simple “thank you” before silently lowering his head for a few moments.

Simpson plans to move to his home in Florida.

Source: CNN

What do you think about O.J. finally being released from prison?
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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.
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R. Kelly is certainly a divisive person when it comes to his connection with ephebophilia. There are usually two camps: those that defend him as fans of his music and those that have no tolerance for his behavior with minors. Ever since his 2008 trial on child pornography, that debate has heightened and still remains a hot point today. He has since been acquitted of such charges, but the effect of that infamous sex tape has not faded away in the public eye.

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Cut to now, where the stakes have gotten much higher. According to several parents’ reports to police, the R&B self-proclaimed “Pied Piper” is being accused of running a “cult” for teens and subjecting them to emotional and sexual abuse. Additionally, Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones and Asante McGee have provided more details from their perspective as former members of Kelly’s inner circle.

“R. Kelly is the sweetest person you will ever want to meet,” said McGee. “But Robert is the devil.”

Per the three former inner circle members, Kelly oversees the “cult” full of teens that he dubs his “babies” which reportedly includes acts of sexual training of the teens by a “den mother,” videotaping sexual acts to be later shown to Kelly’s friends, and controlling rules such as having to notify Kelly when they want to leave the studio or their assigned rooms. Any deviation from the “house rules” are allegedly means to punishment.

Mack shut down any perspective groupie fantasies about R. Kelly who hope to live a “lavish” lifestyle once they become connected with the singer. “No. You have to ask for food. You have to ask to go use the bathroom. … [Kelly] is a master at mind control. ... He is a puppet master,” Mack said.

In one instance, a couple parents noted their daughter -- an aspiring singer -- once lied to them about a weekend trip to visit a college, but was in fact planning to visit Kelly in a trip arranged by Mack. There were even phone recordings obtained between the daughter and Kelly in which Kelly said things like, ““I want you to get in the habit of telling me what color panties you got on every day.” He also noted, I’m more interested in developing you. Songs are not an issue. We can always do a hit song.”

This is just one of the many similar stories about young girls led astray toward a man who is reportedly a master at mind controlling vulnerable teens. As someone who is roughly 50 years old at this point and a superstar, there is a significant power dynamic in play in Kelly’s favor.

Contrastly, Kelly has maintained his innocence ever since the infamous trial for which has acquitted. “We can only wonder why folks would persist in defaming a great artist who loves his fans, works 24/7, and takes care of all of the people in his life,” wrote R. Kelly’s attorney Linda Mensch, in a statement to Buzzfeed News. “He works hard to become the best person and artist he can be. It is interesting that stories and tales debunked many years ago turn up when his goal is to stop the violence; put down the guns; and embrace peace and love. I suppose that is the price of fame. Like all of us, Mr. Kelly deserves a personal life. Please respect that.”

Source: Buzzfeed News

What do you think about these new allegations? Let’s discuss in the comments!
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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.

Written by Tonja Renée Stidhum

The topic of breastfeeding is certainly a hot one as of late as has sparked huge debates with passionate views from either side of the table. Whether it’s fight for or against public breastfeeding or the age of the breastfed child, the debates can often get very heated. Well, one mom has upped the ante by adding an unconventional component: breastfeeding during sex.

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Meet Tasha Maile, a vlogger who recently took to YouTube with her baby latched onto her nipple to explain why she believes it’s “ok” to breastfeed her child while she’s engaging in intercourse. Vlogging under the name “Spiritual Tasha Mama” and serving as a helpful resource for women looking to learn about breastfeeding, Maile often includes her baby feeding from her breast in her videos, which has become somewhat of her brand.



She posted the video with the caption, “Sex is beautiful, thanks to sex we are here, experiencing life. Are you thinking for yourself? or has someone else told you what to think/believe?” and firmly proposed the positive effects of sexual energy. With over 4 million views, Maile’s original video has gotten people buzzing with many viewers outraged at her controversial choice.

Maile recently appeared on This Morning with Phillip & Holly for an interview in response to the backlash, in which she defended her choice as a mother who has to multitask.



“If the baby is OK, the baby’s OK,” said Maile, who also conducted the interview -- true to form -- with her baby latched onto her nipple, feeding. They’re not sitting there judging you and thinking ‘my mom and dad are having sex.’ It’s a 2- or 3-month-old baby. They’re so innocent." The hosts challenged her, asking her whether being present during the sex act could be damaging to the baby or child depending on their age. Maile countered that the baby was sleeping while breastfeeding, but also noted that it’s not uncommon for children to walk into the room while their parents are having sex, which she believes to be harmless. In addition to her 2-month old baby, Maile has a 5 year old child (who the hosts pointed out also still gets breastfed by Maile), to which she pointed that she did not have sex in front of her eldest child.

In terms of her growing popularity, the hosts asked whether she was ever concerned about the contrast between people who watch her videos purely for education versus for more implied “impure” reasons. Maile simply noted that she initially created the channel for her and was happy to share with others, but the reasons behind viewers’ choices to watch is “none of [her] business.”

Further, the hosts asked if there was ever a time where she felt it was ever inappropriate to breastfeed the child, as Maile added that she has showered while feeding her baby before. Overall, Maile believes there is no “right or wrong” in regards to her choice to breastfeed during sex.

This is certainly a hot topic! So, let’s talk about it in the comments!

What are your thoughts on Tasha Maile’s choice to breastfeed while having sex? Is there line in regards to age when breastfeeding your children? What do you all think about public breastfeeding, in general?
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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.

Written by Tonja Renée Stidhum

Whitney Houston has been and will forever be unmatched. Her voice is the quintessential standard for perfection and pretty much every singer aspires to even touch the notes she was able to hit.

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During singing competitions, a lot of contestants have chosen one of Whitney’s infamous songs in order to showcase their singing chops. Folks have failed more often than not, because… well, she set astronomical standards. For example, on shows where Simon Cowell has appeared as a judge -- The X Factor, American Idol and America’s Got Talent -- eager contestants announce their song choice to the snarky judge and are met with his incredulous scoff.

That’s why moments when the contestants surprise the brusque Cowell are always priceless. Moments like the one created by America’s Got Talent contestant Johnny Manuel. As soon as the first notes of “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston reverberated throughout the majestic stage, the hesitant yet expectant looks of Cowell and his fellow judges, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel couldn’t be ignored.

The looks on their faces basically illustrated what we all were thinking. Hmmm, will he even pull this off?

OH, YES HE SURE DID.

It’s especially always interesting to hear a male voice of the infamous song from The Bodyguard soundtrack, especially given the range of the song, often soaring into super high notes. But, Johnny nailed it! The Flint, Michigan native sent chills through the spines of the judges, the audience, and us!

He not only slayed a super complex song, but the extra-impressive feat was making the infamously cantankerous Simon Cowell grin widely with admiration.

The NBC talent competition’s host Tyra Banks put it best when she said, “Whitney hears you, honey.”

The video was posted on the show’s official Facebook page and has since accumulated over 48 million views. Fabulous!

Shout-out to Johnny Manuel! I know you previously mentioned that you had a record deal that didn’t pan out. Well, I have a feeling you won’t have a problem getting the recognition and acclaim you deserve this time around. Now’s your time!


What did you think of his cover? Did he kill it or nah?
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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.

Written by Tonja Renée Stidhum

Whitney Houston has been and will forever be unmatched. Her voice is the quintessential standard for perfection and pretty much every singer aspires to even touch the notes she was able to hit.

Continue Reading
During singing competitions, a lot of contestants have chosen one of Whitney’s infamous songs in order to showcase their singing chops. Folks have failed more often than not, because… well, she set astronomical standards. For example, on shows where Simon Cowell has appeared as a judge -- The X Factor, American Idol and America’s Got Talent -- eager contestants announce their song choice to the snarky judge and are met with his incredulous scoff.

That’s why moments when the contestants surprise the brusque Cowell are always priceless. Moments like the one created by America’s Got Talent contestant Johnny Manuel. As soon as the first notes of “I Have Nothing” by Whitney Houston reverberated throughout the majestic stage, the hesitant yet expectant looks of Cowell and his fellow judges, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel couldn’t be ignored.

The looks on their faces basically illustrated what we all were thinking. Hmmm, will he even pull this off?

OH, YES HE SURE DID.

It’s especially always interesting to hear a male voice of the infamous song from The Bodyguard soundtrack, especially given the range of the song, often soaring into super high notes. But, Johnny nailed it! The Flint, Michigan native sent chills through the spines of the judges, the audience, and us!

He not only slayed a super complex song, but the extra-impressive feat was making the infamously cantankerous Simon Cowell grin widely with admiration.

The NBC talent competition’s host Tyra Banks put it best when she said, “Whitney hears you, honey.”

The video was posted on the show’s official Facebook page and has since accumulated over 48 million views. Fabulous!

Shout-out to Johnny Manuel! I know you previously mentioned that you had a record deal that didn’t pan out. Well, I have a feeling you won’t have a problem getting the recognition and acclaim you deserve this time around. Now’s your time!


What did you think of his cover? Did he kill it or nah?
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Tonja Renée Stidhum is a writer/director living in Los Angeles by way of Chicago. She is the co-host of the movie review podcast, Cinema Bun Podcast. She is made of sugar and spice and everything rice... with the uncanny ability to make a Disney/Pixar reference in the same sentence as a double entendre. You can follow her on Twitter @EmbraceTheJ, on Facebook FB.com/tstidhum, and Instagram @embracethej. You can find more of her work on her About Me page, https://about.me/tonjareneestidhum.