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If there is one thing worst than having a brother who has been charged with rape it has to be being the star witness in the case against him! Nicki Minaj is allegedly about to do just that as she has to be the witness in the case against her brother, Jelani Maraj.

According to Page Six Nicki is will be a key part of the defense.

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Minaj will be, in fact, the crux of the defense; in opening statements in Nassau County, the brother’s lawyer said Thursday that the whole case was an attempt to extort $25 million from the hugely successful “Anaconda” rapper.

The little girl’s mother, Jacqueline Robinson, “related to Nicki that, ‘I can make the charges go away for $25 million,’” said David Schwartz, lawyer for Minaj’s brother, Jelani Maraj.

Robinson and the brother had just married when Robinson’s then-11-year-old daughter told officials in graphic detail that her new stepfather was raping her as often as four times a week, prosecutors say.

In her own opening statement, Assistant District Attorney Emma Slain told jurors that the girl’s brother, who was then 8, first revealed the abuse to child services.

The boy said he’d been beaten by his stepdad after walking in on him having sex with his big sister in a spare bedroom, the prosecutor alleged Thursday.

Child services called the cops; a search warrant at the house recovered a pair of the girl’s pajama pants, soiled with the stepdad’s DNA, the prosecutor said.

“He had sex with that 11-year-old girl sometimes four times a week,” the prosecutor told jurors.

But Schwartz claimed in openings that the mother put the DNA on the pants herself, then made sure cops found them as part of a frame-up.

“Why would [Robinson] lie and force her children to lie? I can give you 25 million reasons why,” the defense lawyer told jurors.

“Jackie became obsessed with Nicki Minaj — getting her hands on her money,” the lawyer added.

“An evil Jackie targeted him,” the lawyer said, pointing to Maraj, “trying to get him to marry her, and then just four months after they were married, we have this.”

Minaj has stuck by her older brother, posting his $100,000 bond when he was busted in December. Neither the defense nor prosecutor would say whether Minaj will take the stand.

But defense private investigator Les Levine said she will be called on her brother’s behalf. He would not say on which day.

This has to be hard for Nicki and her family. We will keep her in our prayers!

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Prayers! Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) Checks Into Mental Health Facility!

Destiny’s Child was undoubtedly one of the hottest girl groups in history. Although the group had its ups and downs–especially with its roster changes–in its final form we were blessed with Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Together they survived it all. Now it seems, the latter member, Michelle, is struggling with mental illness and has opted to check into a mental health facility.

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Destiny’s Child was undoubtedly one of the hottest girl groups in history. Although the group had its ups and downs–especially with its roster changes–in its final form we were blessed with Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. Together they survived it all. Now it seems, the latter member, Michelle, is struggling with mental illness and has opted to check into a mental health facility.

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We have nothing but prayers, pride, and love for Michelle Williams. It takes a strong person to realize they need help and a wiser one to understand that mental illness is a serious issue.

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When we have people who would rather commit suicide than seek professional help we really need to uplift the ones who choose to stay, fight, and live. God bless you Michelle, we love ya honey!

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“We Are All Self-Made…” Kim K (@kimkardashian) Defends Kylie Jenner, After Forbes Backlash!

It looks like it is “Big Sister to the rescue” in the “Kardashian Kamp,” as Kim is stepping up to defend her youngest sister, Kylie Jenner, after her controversial cover story in Forbes Magazine.
As you recall, Kylie is set to become the youngest billionaire in history, being worth nearly 900 million dollars thanks to her make up and cosmetic lines. No one denies her success, but many argue that she is not a self-made billionaire having come from an already wealthy family and being given a head start thanks to social media and reality television from a rather young age. Kim not only states Kylie is self-made, but also expresses she does not understand the backlash.

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It looks like it is “Big Sister to the rescue” in the “Kardashian Kamp,” as Kim is stepping up to defend her youngest sister, Kylie Jenner, after her controversial cover story in Forbes Magazine.

As you recall, Kylie is set to become the youngest billionaire in history, being worth nearly 900 million dollars thanks to her make up and cosmetic lines. No one denies her success, but many argue that she is not a self-made billionaire having come from an already wealthy family and being given a head start thanks to social media and reality television from a rather young age. Kim not only states Kylie is self-made, but also expresses she does not understand the backlash.

via People

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on’t mess with Kim Kardashian West’s siblings.

The mother of three, 37, came to her little sister Kylie Jenner’s defense after the latter came under fire for her Forbes cover in which she was called “the youngest-ever self-made billionaire” at 20-years-old.

Kardashian West recently told Refinery29 she “really didn’t get” the backlash“because she is ‘self-made,’ ” explaining that she was proud of the creative way in which her sister took “an insecurity of her and [found] out how to make a really successful business off of it,” referring to Jenner’s lips.

“We are all ‘self-made,’” the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star said. “What, because we came from a family that has had success? To me, that doesn’t really make sense… I know so many people like that [who] haven’t turned out to be as successful as Kylie. If anything, I’ve seen the complete opposite.”

Kardashian West added, “Me, Kylie, not one [of the KarJenner siblings] has ever depended on our parents for anything besides advice.”

Many, including us, would beg to differ about Kim’s last statement. When you grow up with parents like Robert Kardashian, Sr. and Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn), a celebrity lawyer and Olympian, respectively; and managed by Kris Jenner you have virtually unlimited resources. We are not hating on Kylie’s success by any means, however, we do feel her being described as “self-made” is not only a fallacy–IT’S A REACH!

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Prayers…Tina Turner Loses Oldest Son, Craig Turner, to Suicide…

Anyone who believes mental illness is not a major threat to our society deserves a spot in the Funny Pages. Yet again another life has been claimed to suicide. This time the tragedy hits a dearly loved and revered artist, Tina Turner, as her oldest son, Craig, committed suicide. Apparently he was found in his home dead, killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound

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Anyone who believes mental illness is not a major threat to our society deserves a spot in the Funny Pages. Yet again another life has been claimed to suicide. This time the tragedy hits a dearly loved and revered artist, Tina Turner, as her oldest son, Craig, committed suicide. Apparently he was found in his home dead, killed by a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

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Tina Turner, Ike Turner, and her their sons. Craig is in the top row to the right of his father

Craig is Tina’s oldest son and first child. She had him with saxophonist, Raymond Hill, when she was just eighteen years old. He was adopted by her ex-husband, Ike Turner, when they wed in 1962.

via People

Craig worked as a real estate agent in California, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Craig Turner

Just hours before her son took his own life, Tina attended Giorgio Armani Privé Haute Couture fashion show in Paris, France, as part of the Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week.

The iconic singer has lived in Europe since 1995 with her German record-executive husband Erwin Bach. In 2013, she relinquished her American citizenship.

Tina has been open about the abuse she suffered at the hands of Craig’s adoptive father, Ike, who died in 2007.

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In May 2005, Tina revealed to Oprah that it particularly took a toll on Craig, who “was a very emotional kid.”

There are few pains greater than the loss of a child. We are sending our prayers and thoughts to Tina Turner during this tragic time. As always we encourage each of you to do your part. If you, or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please alert the proper authorities and/or call 1-800-273-8255, the American National Suicide Prevention Hotline. Remember you are NOT alone and people do care. Suicide is NEVER an option. YOU MATTER!

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