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Eminem’s 10-Year-Old Lyric About Taking Chris Brown’s Side Has Been Leaked

A lot has changed for Rihanna since 2009. Once a Barbados-born singer known best for chart-topping single like “S.O.S” and “Umbrella” the songstress has expanded her interests into songwriting, fashion design, philanthropy, diplomacy, and business. She’s the owner of the booming and game-changing fashion brand Fenty Beauty and the fashion house Fenty. She’s also dating a billionaire Saudi businessman. 

To say the least, she’s a far cry from the young singer who made headlines in 2009 when she became a victim of physical assault by her then-boyfriend Chris Brown. At the time, many rallied behind the singer and supported her through a time in her relationship that had become extremely public. One supporter, in particular, seemed to be her oft-collaborated with music partner, rapper Eminem. The two artists worked together on several music projects in the years after her Chris Brown assault including on the 2010 hit “Love The Way You Lie” and the 2013 song ‘The Monster.’

It appears that her relationship with Eminem might not have been all that supportive as others speculated, however. Sadly after the recent leak of a snippet from Eminem’s “Things Get Worse” was shared on the site Reddit fans of the rapper have been left to think of him in a new light.

Nearly 10 years after recording a lyric about Rihanna and her abusive relationship with Chris Brown, fans of Eminem and the singer are demanding answers.

In a leaked snippet of Eminem’s song “Things Get Worse,” the rapper delivers a slew of disrespectful references to famous women in entertainment. In a verse, about Rihanna, Eminem says that he would side with Chris Brown. “Let me add my two cents / Of course, I’d side with Chris Brown / I’d beat a b***** down, too / If she gave my ******** an itch, now,” he raps. The clip was allegedly released illegally on Reddit and has been making the rounds on Twitter and Youtube. 

Fans of Eminem know that the abusive language of the lyrics never actually made it into the song which has brought many fans to the conclusion that he possible retracted the lines because he identified them as despicable. 

Neither Rihanna nor Eminem have released comments about the lyrics.

The lyrics are a reference to the 2009 event that put Rihanna and her then-boyfriend Chris Brown’s under public scrutiny.

In 2009, Chris Brown had been one of the biggest-selling performers in R&B music. According to reports at the time, police had been called to a vehicle parked in Los Angeles where Rihanna and Brown had gotten into a fight. Brown had left the scene by the time police had arrived but leaked pictures of Rihanna revealed her gruesome facial injuries from his attack. Pictures showed her with a bloody nose, swollen lips and bite marks on her arms. At the time, Rihanna told police that Brown had been her attacker. 

After the attack, Rihanna detailed the attack in a 2009 interview saying that she “fended him off with my feet” and claimed that Brown had threatened to kill her to “to scare me”, and that “all I kept thinking was, ‘When is it going to stop? When is it going to stop?’” She also described her relationship with Brown as “dangerous.” She said “The more in love we became, the more dangerous we became for each other, equally as dangerous.”

While Eminem’s lyrics had been made over a decade ago, they’re still extremely disturbing.

Of Sure, 2009 was a different time. Harvey Weinstein had been on top of the world and men across media were in the midst of the predatory behavior: their victims remaining silent and in the shadows. But the truth is that the lyrics, supporting the actions of a physical abuser and degrading a victim are inexcusable. 

For those wondering, this definitely does paint their relationship in a new light.

This feels especially true when it comes to their collaboration on the 2010 hit “Love The Way You Lie.” At the time of the song’s release, outlets had suggested that the song and the music video for it had been influenced by Eminem’s and Rihanna’s relationships with their former partners Kimberly Scott and Chris Brown. When it was released, Rihanna had described the song as breaking “down the cycle of domestic violence”

In an essay released by The Atlantic Wire, one critic says that “the song would not have been effective if it had featured only Eminem’s point of view and feelings of regret; he wrote that Rihanna’s representing the opposite side of the relationship shows “proper storytelling” and ‘sends a message’ because of her breakup with Brown.”

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Selena Gomez Releases New Spanish-Language Single ‘De Una Vez’ and Teases Full Spanish Album: ‘I’m Targeting My Heritage’

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Good news, Selenators! Word on the street is that Selena Gomez will soon be dropping her first-ever Spanish language album. The rumors started after Gomez dropped a surprising (and beautiful!) new Spanish-language single, “De Una Vez”.

Soon after the single dropped, rumors of a full Spanish-language studio album began to swirl when murals promoting “De Una Vez” and a yet-unreleased single “Baila Conmigo” popped up across, Mexico.

To make matters even better, Selena already dropped “De Una Vez”‘s music video.

The lush and imaginative video has been garnering praise for its inclusion of Latin American visuals and symbols. Gomez hired Tania Verduzco and Adrian Perez to direct her video–a husband and wife team who hail from Mexico and Spain, respectively and go by the moniker Los Pérez.

Of hiring Spanish speakers to direct her video, Gomez revealed to Vogue online that the decision was intentional. “If I was going to completely immerse myself into a project inspired by Latin culture, I wanted to work with native Spanish speaking creators,” she said.

And indeed, Verduzco and Perez tried to infuse as much Latin spirit into the video’s conception as possible.

“Magical realism has always been part of the Latin culture, whether it be in art or telenovelas,” Gomez told Vogue. “I wanted [to capture] that sense of a supernatural world.”

They accomplished this sense of magical realism by utilizing motifs from Mexican folk art, like Milagro, which is symbolized by the glowing heart that is beating within Gomez’s chest throughout the video.

“We wanted to play with powerful language and images. We designed the heart—we call it the Milagro in Mexican culture—and its light to be a metaphor for the healing throughout the story,” Verduzco told Vogue.

Selena Gomez fans are especially excited about this project because Gomez has long hinted at her desire to release a Spanish-language album.

Back in 2011, Gomez tweeted about her plans to eventually record an entire album in Spanish. “Can’t wait for y’all to hear the Spanish record;) it’s sounding so cool,” she wrote.

She retweeted the sentiment on Thursday with the comment: “I think it will be worth the wait”–which many fans took as confirmation that a full studio album is on its way.

It’s worth noting that Gomez has already dipped her toe into the Latin music scene with 2010’s “Un Año Sin Lluvia” and 2018’s DJ Snake, Ozuna and Cardi B collab, “Taki Taki”.

As for the difficulty of recording songs in a second language, Gomez said that it was a practice that came naturally.

“I actually think I sing better in Spanish. That was something I discovered,” she said in an interview for Apple Music. “It was a lot of work, and look, you cannot mispronounce anything. It is something that needed to be precise, and needed to be respected by the audience I’m going to release this for.”

She continued: “Of course I want everyone to enjoy the music, but I am targeting my fan base. I’m targeting my heritage, and I couldn’t be more excited.”

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Police Say The Abused Boy Who Was Rescued By An Orlando Waitress Endured ‘Torture’

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Police Say The Abused Boy Who Was Rescued By An Orlando Waitress Endured ‘Torture’

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The tragic story of Gabriel Fernandez, an eight-year-old boy who was abused and tortured by his own family members made headlines last year when his story was created into a Netflix documentary. The six-part crime documentary detailed how Fernandez’s murder came about due to local government failure and was a reminder that we all have a responsibility to keep our eyes out for victims.

Now, an Orlando waitress is being hailed for doing just that.

Flavaine Carvalho saved a child abuse victim after spotting bruises on the boy’s face and arms.

Carvalho (who works as a waitress at Mrs. Potato restaurant in Orlando, Florida) was on the clock on New Year’s Day serving a family that had walked into the restaurant when she noticed their 11-year-old boy. Realizing that the boy had nothing to eat, Carvalho asked if there was something wrong with the food. The boy’s stepfather explained that the boy would eat dinner at home later. It was then that Carvalho noticed bruises on the boy’s face and arms.

“I could see he had a big scratch between his eyebrows,” Carvalho explained in a press conference to FOX 35. “Couple of minutes later, I saw a bruise on the side of his eye. So I felt there was something really wrong.”

It was then that Carvalho said she knew that she had to do something. “I could not see the boy going away without any help,” she explained.

Coming up with a plan, Carvalho wrote a large note to the boy that read “Do you need help?”

The waitress stood behind the boy’s parents so that they couldn’t see and held up the sign for the boy. When he nodded, Carvalho immediately called the police.

According to the 911 call, Carvalho told the dispatcher “I’m super concerned and I don’t know what to do, can you give me some advice?” Carvalho said to the dispatcher. “The boy is with bruises and he’s not eating.”

After authorities arrived, they interviewed the boy, who accused his stepfather of abuse, saying that he been tied up, hung from a door, hit with a broom, and handcuffed. The boy also said that his parents kept food from him as punishment.

Police claimed that the doctors who examined the boy said that they found bruises on his face and arms and said that he was approximately 20 pounds underweight.

Police confirmed that the boy’s stepfather has been charged with three counts of aggravated child abuse and child neglect. The boy’s mother has been charged with two counts of child neglect and admitted to knowing about the abuse and failing to help him.

The boy and another 4-year-old child were fortunately removed from the home and are now in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Police on the case have described the experience that the child endured as “torture.”

“To be honest what this child had gone through was torture,” Detective Erin Lawler told WFTV9. “There was no justification for it in any realm of the world. I’m a mother and seeing what that 11-year-old had to go through, it shocks your soul.”

The abusive parents have now been identified as the boy’s stepfather, Timothy Wilson II, 34, and the boy’s mother Kristen Swann.

“The lesson here for all of us is to recognize when we see something that isn’t right to act on it… This saved the life of a child,” Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolon said of the incident.

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