Cardi B has been quite busy. The Bronx-born raptress was spotted leaving a recording studio in Manhattan on June 29. Then, on July 2, Cardi was seen doing some retail therapy at Gucci on Fifth Avenue. Meanwhile, the wife and mother of two is back with a new song, “Hot S–T,” featuring Kanye West and Lil Durk. The track, which was released on July 1, is her first single since 2021. The femcee told the Los Angeles Times that Kanye wrote one of the song’s verses “a couple of months ago when he was just all over the media because of all the things that were going on.” Cardi says she “likes how the verse is personal, but it’s not that personal.”
Federal authorities are pushing back on R. Kelly’s claims that he was placed on suicide watch as a form of punishment, reports AP. Kelly’s attorney filed a lawsuit on July 1, alleging prison officials placed him on suicide watch at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center solely for punitive purposes and because of his status as a high-profile inmate, adding that Kelly has no thoughts of harming himself. However, the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn, New York, filed court papers saying the disgraced R&B superstar remains on suicide watch for his own safety following a psychological assessment.
Hot couple alert! Jayson Tatum and Ella Mai, who Black Sports Online reported were dating prior to the pandemic in 2019, were spotted at Philadelphia 76ers co-owner/Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin’s “White Party” on July 4 in Bridgehampton. The British Grammy award-winning songstress was spotted at the Boston Celtics’ player’s house in 2020. Other celebs at Rubin’s soiree included New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Jay-Z and Beyonce, Drake, James Harden, Odell Beckham Jr,. Meek Mill, Lil Baby and Fat Joe.
Aside from being a headliner at last week’s 2022 Essence Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana, Janet Jackson was honored at the “Be Bold” Dinner Series at the Four Seasons Hotel New Orleans on July 1. Attendees at the swanky affair included Yvette Nicole Brown, Sheryl Lee Ralph and the Rev. Al Sharpton, who shared remarks about Janet with the crowd, saying, “Janet was always special. He said when you grow up a princess, you learn how to wear a crown with grace. We love you, Janet.”