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Fans react to the release of Diddy’s video using a fragment of one of Bishop TD Jakes’ sermons

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Amid federal raids on Sean “Diddy” Combs’ homes and investigations into allegations stemming from civil lawsuits, the music mogul appears to be looking for solace in his faith.

The former Mount Vernon resident agreed social media shared a message with fans by which he urged him to “stay the same” during this difficult time.

'At once false and baseless': Bishop TD Jakes releases statement condemning explosives allegations linking him to Sean
‘At once false and baseless’: Bishop TD Jakes releases statement condemning explosives allegations linking him to Sean “Diddy” Combs (Photo: Cooper Neill/Getty Images for MegaFest 2017/Prince Williams/Wireimage)

The clip, which features the voice of Bishop TD Jakes, who has faced criticism for his ties to the Bad Boy founder, shows him standing on the beach together with his arms outstretched as the wind whips his body.

“I’m not hysterical. Not crazy. Not anxious. I’m not nervous,” Jakes can be heard saying. “But persevere through the storm. It looks bad. It looks tough but remains stable during storms.

Within hours of its release, the chart-topping track “Missing You” received nearly 10,000 comments, most of them encouraging him to stay strong.

The audio is an excerpt from a 2022 sermon titled “Steady in The Storm” delivered by a Potter’s House clergyman.

Jakes skillfully analyzed the Gospel. Luke 8:22-26 and created a homiletic that used faith even in the face of personal tribulation as an example of how Jesus calmed the storm in Galilee.

Shadow Room sent video, and many followers said the posts made him look guilty or scared.

“Always call on Jesus when you get caught,” one person wrote. Another added: “The storm you created?”

A 3rd comment read: “He shouldn’t even say anything because we’ve not even considered you this week.”

Others relied on the fact that Jakes was mentioned in at least one of the lawsuits, causing a wave of controversy to swirl around his head, mocking him with the catchphrase “Have you ever been swallowed?” from one of his sermons.

“He should have preached a sermon on being SWAAALLOOOWEEDDD UPPP,” one person joked.

“Weren’t you swallowed?” – sighed another fan. Another comment suggested that Diddy “picked the mistaken pastor” to express his beliefs.

Jakes was referenced in a lawsuit filed by Rodney Jones, producer of “The Love Album: Off the Grid,” who accused Diddy of inappropriate, illegal and sexual acts, as well as drugging him.

In the complaint, Jones claimed to have evidence that Diddy “planned to use his relationship with Bishop TD Jakes to mitigate the impact of the Cassie Ventura lawsuit on his public image.”

The quick resolution of Cassie’s lawsuit within 24 hours of its filing raised eyebrows and prompted more people to speak out.

A video then surfaced online alleging that Jakes was present at many of Diddy’s notorious gatherings, which indicated his inappropriate behavior towards a minor. However, these allegations remain unverified.

Jakes indirectly addressed the swirling rumors about his alleged behavior during the Christmas Eve broadcast.

“Some of you logged in or entered out of concern, others come to hear what I have to say. For all of you who expect me to address a lie, please log out,” Jakes said, later adding, “I will stand tall, with my head held high, my back straight, and preach the unadulterated and infallible word of God, because that is what the pulpit is all about. For.”

While the allegations against Jakes remain unconfirmed, legal charges against the Grammy-winning music producer have yet to materialize.


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Jodie Turner-Smith shares shocking reaction to Lupita Nyong’o’s public date with Turner-Smith’s ex Joshua Jackson, a month after she filed for divorce

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Jodie Turner-Smith, who split from actor Joshua Jackson after 4 years of marriage, recently shared her thoughts on the “Dawson’s Creek” alum’s budding romance with Lupita Nyong’o.

Turner-Smith, who filed for divorce from Jackson in September 2023, citing irreconcilable differences, says Cut that the couple split up as a results of them going “different paths,” but Jackson didn’t stay single for long. On October 18, Jackson was seen chilling with Lupita Nyong’o on the Janelle Monáe concert in Inglewood, California. The next day, Nyong’o announced on Instagram that she and her boyfriend, former ESPN commentator Selema Masekela, had broken up. Since then, Nyong’o and the “Queen & Slim” star’s estranged husband have been seen in public quite a few times.

After announcing their split, Nyong’o received an outpouring of support from fans and celebrities. Among the thoughtful messages was a comment by Marlon Wayans that read: “Trust God. He wants better for you. All lessons are a blessing, especially the painful ones. This too shall pass. The warmest of hugs. Be kind to yourself as you heal.”

He continued: “Every time I break up, I say, ‘I’m lucky, I CAN love again. I missed you. Make love, woman.

Jodie Turner Smith reacts to Lupita Nyong'o dating her ex-husband Joshua Jackson
Jodie Turner-Smith (right) recently had a surprising reaction to Lupita Nyong’o and Turner-Smith’s former partner Joshua Jackson emerging as a couple (left) a month after Turner-Smith filed for divorce last September. (Photos: @lupitanyongo/Instagram, @vancityjax/Instagram)

However, while stars like Wayans, Gabrielle Union, Ava DuVernay and Niecy Nash rallied behind Nyong’o, Turner-Smith remained relatively quiet about her personal life for essentially the most part. During a recent sit-down with The Cut, the actress was asked if she found it “weird” that her estranged husband was so quick to go public on a date.

“They were fine,” she said of her ex-husband dating Nyong’o. “We need happiness to co-parent peacefully. I’m trying to get us to the level of Gwyneth and Chris Martin. I really hope they are happy and that it benefits us as a family.”

As the primary couple navigates motherhood to their 4-year-old daughter, Juno, Turner-Smith said she’s willing to take steps forward to ensure her baby’s comfort.

“I just have to do everything I can to make sure Juno wins,” she emphasized, “and can peacefully co-parent with someone I once loved very, very much.”

This is not the primary time Turner-Smith has spoken out about her divorce. As she said in February 2024 interview with The Sunday Times Style magazine: “Sometimes the things we really want to work on just don’t work, and that’s okay.”

“The most important thing is that you choose what is healthiest for you and your family, and certainly for your children,” she continued.

The actress added: “The bravest thing in the world is to recognize when something isn’t working and take action. I always want to set this example for my daughter. The most important takeaway is that it’s about as much love and joy as ever. It’s just about taking a step forward towards a better life for everyone involved.”

As for Nyong’o, it looks like her recent relationship with Jackson continues to be going strong. They were each seen PDA packing in March in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, celebrating his birthday.

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Sean “Diddy” Combs returns the key to New York

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NEW YORK (AP) – Sean “Diddy” Combs turned in his key to New York City at the request of Mayor Eric Adams in response to the release of a video showing the music mogul attacking R&B singer Cassie, officials said Saturday.

The mayor’s office said Combs returned the key after Adams sent letters to the musician’s offices in New York and California on June 4, canceling the key and asking for it to be sent back to City Hall. The city received the key on June 10.

In his letter, Adams said he was “deeply concerned” by the attack, adding: “I strongly condemn these actions and stand in solidarity with all victims of domestic and gender-based violence.”

Combs’ profession was interrupted by multiple sexual abuse allegations, in addition to a federal sex trafficking investigation that led to raids on Combs’ residences in Los Angeles and Miami.

In May, CNN aired surveillance video showing Combs attacking Cassie in a Los Angeles hotel hallway in 2016. Combs said he was “truly sorry” for the attack on Cassie and called his actions “inexcusable.” Cassie, whose legal name is Cassandra Ventura, sued Combs last yr, setting off a wave of increased scrutiny of Combs. The case was settled the day after it was filed.

This photo provided by the New York City Mayor’s Office shows Mayor Eric Adams (left) presenting the Key to the City to hip-hop artist Sean “Diddy” Combs in New York City’s Times Square, Friday, September 15, 2023. (New York City Mayor’s Office/Caroline Rubinstein-Willis via via AP)

Adams presented Combs with the key during last yr’s ceremony, which coincided with the release of the latest album.

This month, Howard University rescinded an honorary doctorate degree awarded to Combs and ended a scholarship program named after him after the release of a video featuring Cassie.

Combs, founding father of Bad Boy Records, is considered one of the most influential hip-hop producers and executives of the last thirty years, turning musical success right into a business empire.

An email sent to a Combs representative listed online was not immediately returned.

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Twice-divorced Martin Lawrence says he’s a better partner now After Will Smith questions his relationship advice, fans say Will has no one to talk to

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Martin Lawrence and Will Smith might want to limit their advice to how to ensure box office success.

As a part of a promotional campaign to fill seats within the “Bad Boys: Ride or Die” theater show, they participated in Complex’s “GOAT Talk” series, during which each actors asked questions about their favorite dances, karaoke songs and GOAT basketball players.

Will Smith’s attempt to clown about Martin Lawrence’s relationship advice backfires when a fan mentions Jada Pinkett Smith. (Photo: @martinlawrence/Instagram)

However, the conversation took a slightly serious turn after they were asked to discuss more personal matters, resembling GOAT relationship advice. The star of the show “Martin” appeared first. He said his golden rule is “treat a person as you would like to be treated.”

The Oscar winner for “King Richard” thoughtfully replied, “hmm,” before asking how that approach worked for his friend. “Well, I’ve been through two divorces,” Lawrence joked.

“So you thought, ‘Fuck this advice,'” Smith joked as they laughed. “I must have forgotten, but I’m feeling better,” Lawrence said.

When the query was directed to the movie superstar, Smith repeated a sentiment previously shared on “The Red Table Talk,” in his memoir, “The Red Table Talk,” and in interviews over the past 4 years.

“GOAT relationship advice for me is that you may’t make a person completely satisfied. Don’t even play this game and take a look at to make anyone completely satisfied,” he said, shaking his head.

The “Just The Two of Us” rapper further explained his viewpoint, stating, “You have to discover your happiness and cultivate it on your own and they have to cultivate theirs on their own and you come together by sharing your happiness, not trying to get happiness from them . That was important to me, like stepping back from trying to make people happy. And all my relationships improved.”

The exchange lasted no longer than two minutes but garnered a lot of responses since the query was faraway from the video to spark discussion on social media. “No shade, but Will Smith got upset when his wife married Tupac,” reads the digital hit directed at Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s relationship.

Another person found it ironic that “the one who has given up twice is criticized by the one who doesn’t know when to put it off.” Third Attention read: “None of them should give relationship advice…respectfully.”

Lawrence was married to former Miss Virginia beauty Patricia Smith (formerly Southall) for 2 years after they divorced in 1997. They share a daughter, Jasmine Page, who gained attention two years ago when fans noticed she was dating with Eddie Murphy’s son, Eric Murphy.

The same yr that Lawrence’s divorce was finalized, he began dating Shamicka Hill, formerly Gibbs. They married in 2010, but after two years the wedding resulted in divorce. Together they’ve two daughters, Iyana and Amara.

Both of his former partners have since remarried, Patricia to retired NFL star Emmitt Smith and Shamicka to Antwaun Hill, owner of luxury concierge firm Ace Elite Services.. But no matter their soured romance, Patricia made sure to show her support for Lawrence on the 2020 premiere of Bad Boys for Life in Los Angeles.

The “Big Mom’s House” actor is currently in a relationship with his girlfriend Angie Gonzalez, who accompanied him on the red carpet. His co-star has been married to Jada for 26 years, though it was revealed last yr that they’d been quietly separated for seven years. She was also present on the premiere.

The “Hawthorne” actress admitted as much while promoting her memoir “Worthy.” Despite her claims that Will’s 2022 scandal through which he punched Chris Rock on the Oscars rekindled their relationship, fans still do not believe the pair are romantically involved.

At this point, many are hoping she won’t be goaded into clearing “her red table for more drama” amid the hype surrounding his recent relationship advice.

Will was previously married to his first wife, Sheree Zampino, with whom he has an older son, Trey Smith.


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