According to multiple reports, Denzel Washington missed the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony on July 10 at the White House due to testing positive for COVID-19. A native of Mount Vernon, New York, the three-time Oscar-winning actor has been one of the United States’ most acclaimed actors for many decades, and was announced as one of the 17 recipients of the honor earlier this year. President Joe Biden spoke highly of him during the ceremony with the 16 other recipients, including Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, calling Denzel “one of the greatest actors in our history,” noting that he would be giving Denzel his award “when he gets here.”

Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is planning to travel to Russia in the next few weeks for talks aimed at making a deal to free detained WNBA star Brittney Griner, a source told ABC News on July 9. A source told Go With The Flo exclusively that Griner, who has been in jail since mid-February, is not holding up well. The source says that because the Olympic champion wrote down that she is married to a woman when she was first arrested, she was placed behind bars with men for the first six weeks after being arrested. The insider also says there are rumors that Griner will most likely serve seven of the ten years she is facing. Sources told ESPN the guilty plea was a strategy to help facilitate a prisoner swap that could bring Brittney home, and it was also recognition that there was no way she was going to be acquitted.

Weeks after a successful national retail launch, celebrity Drummer Ralph Rolle’s Soul Snacks cookies have rolled into the Kroger line of Supermarkets. Rolle, who provides the backbeat for hit makers such as Nile Rodgers, Sting, Queen Latifah, and will tour with Cher this fall, founded The Soul Snacks Cookie Company over 25 years ago. Kroger joins mega retailers such as Walmart and Walgreens that proudly carry Soul Snacks cookies.

R. Kelly is reportedly engaged to one of his alleged victims, Jocelyn Savage. According to documents obtained by multiple outlets, 26-year-old Savage, who has been with Kelly since she was 19, wrote a letter to Brooklyn, New York, Federal Judge Ann Donnelly, that began with, “Thank you for the opportunity to share my experiences. My name is Jocelyn Savage, and I’m Robert Kelly’s fiancee.” She went on to say that she was writing this letter in support of Kelly in advance of his sentencing, so she could explain to the court that she was not the victim that the government had portrayed her to be. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years.

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