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Cynthia Bailey, Monica, Kimora Lee Simmons React To #MikeBrown Shooting



Social media has been flooded with reactions to the shooting death of 18-year-old, St. Louis native, Mike Brown.

Cynthia Bailey: “My heart, prayers, and condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Mike Brown. It is heartbreaking to feel like our young men cannot walk down the street safely without risking their lives. Let us all pray for justice and peace. #MikeBrown #JusticeandPeace #Prayers.”

Monica: “My heart is heavy beyond words for our entire generation and the one to come.. The violence and pain they see & experience is killing them #LITERALLY #GodHelpUsAll #MayJusticeBeServed and #MayPeaceBeRestored for Mr.Louis Head & Ms.Leslie McSpadden this is an unimaginable pain #PrayForOurChildren Reposted this emotional pic from @keyshiacole #TouchedMeDeep.”

Anita Baker: “Thy Kingdom Come. Thy Will BE DONE… #MikeBrown.”

Kimora Lee Simmons: “Heart’s broken 2 learn of another young man gunned down by police. Love+Prayers go out 2 his family #RIP #MikeBrown.”

Brown was shot multiple times on Saturday during an encounter with a police officer. According to County Police Chief Jon Belmar, a police officer approached Brown and another man in front of an apartment complex in Ferguson and at some point, one of the men pushed the officer into a squad car. A struggle ensued and a shot was fired inside the car. Police are saying the officer and man were struggling over the cop’s weapon. The scuffle spilled onto the street and that’s when Brown was shot. Witnesses say Brown, who was unarmed, had his hands in the air when shots were fired.

It’s still not clear if Brown was the one involved in the initial tussle. Mike was supposed to start college on Monday.

After news broke, the African-American community was outraged … Protests, riots and looting erupted throughout suburban St.Louis. Several stores were looted, including a check-cashing store, a boutique and a small grocery store. People also took items from a sporting goods store and a cellphone retailer, and carted rims away from a tire store.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch staff photog, David Carson posted these images on Twitter of the riot aftermath:

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Tamar Braxton Insists Divorce Isn’t A PR Stunt: I Think That’s Disgusting



Tamar Braxton is adamant that her divorce from husband Vince Herbert is not a ratings ploy for her WE tv reality show Tamar & Vince. The Braxton Family Values star stopped by The View on Friday, February 23 and addressed rumors that the split is just a plot line.

“I wish I could say that a lot of times it’s made up, just so I can hide behind the truth,” she said. “But in this situation, I absolutely have no reason to lie about my marriage or the things that are happening in my marriage for ratings. I think that’s disgusting and I would never sell my soul to the devil like that.”

“I have a regular marriage, and in regular marriages, like everybody else, things happen,” she continued. “In my marriage, it was just to a point where I felt like divorce was the only option that I had left. I definitely filed for divorce — that’s not a lie.”

Braxton, 40, and Herbert, 45, share a 4-year-old son, Logan Vincent — and she says he’s their main priority.

“I think the bigger picture of everything is that we have a responsibility to my amazing 4-year-old son, to raise him in the most comfortable, amazing, loving, secure household that we can,” she said, adding, “That’s why we don’t live together.”

Braxton — who was joined by Herbert on air — also addressed the rumor that Herbert had impregnated another woman. (Last month, in a since-deleted Instagram post, Braxton claimed an unidentified woman told her that “Vincent Herbert is having a baby,” and that Herbert had then called Braxton “begging and lying” despite a “protection order.”)

“Here is the thing about people being in your business: keep people out your business,” said Braxton. “And let me just address the meltdown that I had on Instagram. That was my fault that I put myself in a position where I opened up the floor for people to give their opinions on my marriage, and I have to take responsibility for that.”

Herbert himself insisted the allegation was “absolutely” false.

“And all the other allegations are just not true — I’m just not that kind of person,” he said. “I love this lady with all my heart, I love my family with all my heart, and I will never stop fighting for my family and trying to make it be great.”

“Vince and I have been through a lot, and the reason that I filed for divorce was not because of those rumors,” added Braxton. “I filed for divorce because we work together, he’s my baby father, we’re together each and every single day, we’re attached at the hip and it just got to be too much. We just couldn’t figure out how to figure it out.”

As for a possible reconciliation? While Herbert is on board — “absolutely,” he said — Braxton isn’t so sure.

“It’s okay not to know,” she said. “We still work together now. We do work together well, so that’s one thing that I feel like we can definitely sustain and we’ve always been able to sustain, as well as our connection and our responsibility to being parents to Logan.”


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