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R Kelly’s ex goddaughter tells jury that the singer had sex with her from age 15-18



A woman who has been pivotal to R. Kelly’s legal troubles for more than two decades testified on Thursday, August 18 that the R&B singer had sex with her ‘hundreds’ of times before she turned 18 years old, starting when she was just 15.

Jane – the pseudonym for the now 37-year-old woman at Kelly’s trial on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges told jurors that in the late 1990s when she was 13, she asked the Grammy award-winning singer to be her godfather because she saw him as a mentor.

She said few weeks after, Kelly started calling her to say sexual things.

She said he first touched her breasts when she was around 14 at a Chicago recording studio, and that around that time, he ‘started penetration’ at his North Side Chicago home.

Jane said she was 15 when they first had intercourse. Kelly, 55, would have been around 30 years old at the time.

Sometimes, they would have sex with other teenage girls she would recruit at Kelly’s request, she testified,

With her testimony on Thursday, Jane served as the first former victim to speak out about what she allegedly endured in the R&B star’s ongoing child pornography trial.

He stands charged in Chicago federal court with enticing of minors for sex, producing child pornography and rigging his 2008 pornography trial.

Prosecutors allege that R. Kelly paid off and threatened Jane and her family to ensure that she didn’t testify at a similar 2008 trial. She didn’t testify and he was ultimately acquitted.

Kelly, 55, is serving a 30-year prison sentence for his conviction in a New York court earlier this year on other federal charges alleging he used his fame to sexually abuse fans over several decades.

Two other minor victims are also expected to testify in the Chicago trial, which is expected to last about a month.

Jane said she was in a music group at the time, and Kelly — a friend of her aunt’s — attended one of their performances, and gave her good feedback.

‘It made me feel happy that such a successful person was saying I was gifted, so I was excited,’ Jane testified, according to the Chicago Tribune.

She said her aunt then advised her to ask Kelly to be her godfather. According to her, her aunt said ‘I should sit on his lap and rub his head and ask him to play that role in my life.’

Jane said she obliged, and Kelly ‘chuckled a bit, and said “yes.”

But soon the relationship became sexual.

In at least one case, WGN-TV reports, she said Kelly asked her what color her underwear was, and told her he was pleasuring himself as they spoke.

Kelly then gave her alcohol for the first time when she was 14, Jane said, and she began drinking heavily.

‘It would help me loosen up, kind of take me away from the moment,’ she said.

By the time she was 15, she said, they started having sex, and when asked by a prosecutor how she knew her exact age, Jane replied: ‘Because that’s when I lost my virginity.’

From there, Jane said, they would have intercourse in Kelly’s home on West George Street, at his Near West Side recording studio, on tour buses and in hotels.

Asked by a prosecutor how she would know what to do sexually, Jane answered: ‘He would tell me what to do.’

And when asked how many times they had sex before she turned 18, she answered quietly: ‘Uncountable times…hundreds.’

Unlike at the 2008 trial, Jane is now cooperating with prosecutors and is a pivotal witness.

Prosecutors say Kelly shot an explicit video of Jane in a log cabin-themed room at his North Side Chicago home between 1998 and 2000. In it, the girl is heard calling the man ‘daddy.’

Prosecutors say Kelly, who rose from poverty on Chicago’s South Side to become a star singer, knew a conviction in 2008 would effectively end his life, so he conspired to fix that trial.

According to prosecutors, Kelly told Jane and her parents to leave Chicago, paying for them to travel to the Bahamas and Cancun, Mexico.

When they returned, prosecutors say Kelly sought to isolate Jane, moving her around to different hotels. When called before a state grand jury looking into the video, Jane, her father and mother denied it was her in it.

On June 13, 2008, when he was acquitted on all counts of child pornography, some of the jurors told reporters after the trial that they weren’t convinced that the female in the video was who state prosecutors said she was.

Kelly, who has denied any wrongdoing, has been trailed for decades by complaints and allegations about his sexual behavior. The scrutiny intensified after the #MeToo era and the 2019 six-part documentary ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’

Kelly also faces four counts of enticement of minors for sex – one each for four other accusers. They, too, are expected to testify.

Prosecutors also say they have evidence of at least three videos showing Kelly having sex with underage girls.


Black Teen Makes History, Becomes Youngest Glider Pilot in the United States




Meet 16-year old Caleb Smith from P.G. County, Maryland, who according to the FAA has become the youngest Glider pilot in the United States. He is currently a 10th grader at Charles H. Flowers High School in the city of Springdale.

According to WUSA-9, Caleb’s dream began when he was just 10-years old during a discovery flight at Bowie Freeway Airport. From this experience, his ambition sparked a sincere interest in aviation. Periodically he would fly with a Certified Flight Instructor (CFI) just to see if the desire was still there. Over the course of time, he began to gradually pursue his dream by having one-on-one ground instruction and airtime.

In May 2021, Caleb was awarded a scholarship for gliding school. He was able to achieve his first solo after 33 flights and has already flown 12 solos. Even more, he has passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) written exam and his check-ride which allows him to obtain his Glider Pilot’s license. Ultimately, his goal is to become a commercial airline pilot.

Caleb credits Skyline Soaring Club at Front Royal Airport, in Virginia for awarding him a scholarship that helped him to achieve this monumental goal. He also says that Destiny Aviation Services also provided valuable aviation guidance in his early years and warmly welcomed him as a team member.

He says his goal is to inspire other young people and let them know that they can live their dreams if they stay connected with God, remain family-oriented, achieve a good education, maintain values, and above all, cultivate love and respect for others.

For press inquiries, contact his parents, Chazz & Dee Smith, at 301-906-2976.

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Texas News Anchor, Shatanya Clarke, Sadly Dies at 27 After Cancer Diagnosis




Shatanya Clarke, an HBCU graduate and a well-respected news anchor for KFDX in Wichita Falls, Texas, has sadly died from brain cancer. She was only 27-years old and had recently graduated from Florida A&M University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism. She was also a member of Zeta Phi Beta sorority.

While on campus, she worked as a live shot reporter, an entertainment news anchor, and an associate news producer. This all led to an audition with the University’s radio station, and she became the radio host and DJ of a Caribbean segment. Later, she landed a radio internship in the Cayman Islands, and in 2018, Texas-based KFDX hired her as a news reporter/ multimedia journalist.

Shatanya was originally from Ochos Rios, Jamaica, but she immigrated to Florida when she was a teenager. Her passion for giving back went beyond journalism. She served on the local Child Care Partners board, she helped establish an annual event for the homeless community, and she created a project at KFDX called The Remarkable Woman Campaign that featured local women history makers.

She reportedly passed away at her home after a 2-year battle with cancer. According to her family members, she was very optimistic about upcoming medical treatments.

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82-Year Old Woman Makes History, Graduates From University of Maryland




Nationwide — Mae Beale, an 82-year-old woman from Maryland, has finally achieved her dream of graduating college as she recently received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland Global Campus.

n the past years, Beale has been working as a licensed practical nurse at different health care and government agencies in Washington, DC. While working at the Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, she discovered her skills in event planning.


“My supervisors thought I had something special,” she told WJLA-TV. “When I was working at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, I organized some large events and everybody was impressed with it, so I started coordinating their IT information conferences.”

In 1994, she decided to make a new career out of event planning and launched her own event planning business called “In Grand Style.” She then went back to school to earn her associate degree in business management at Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.

Just a few years ago, Beale, who was then in her late 70s, decided to continue her studies and pursue a bachelor’s degree to help her grow her business. She worked really hard towards her goal, even making it to the Dean’s list several times and participating in various extra-curricular activities.

“I discovered that I had to be intentional about it and make it my priority,” she said.

Most recently, Beale graduated with honors on the day after she just turned 82-years old.

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