Aaron Hernandez’s fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins, is breaking her silence regarding the NFL player’s mysterious death. Less than a month after Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell, Jenkins sits down with Dr. Phil for her first public interview.
During the emotional two-part sit-down, Jenkins sets the record straight about her fiancé’s suicide, rumors about his purported secret romantic life, and if she thinks he killed himself so she could collect millions of dollars.
“I thought it was a hoax, that this was some cruel person playing a trick on me,” she said when she found out about his death.
You’ll recall, there were rumors that Aaron had an inmate lover and that one of the three suicide notes he left was addressed to an inmate. Shayanna, the mother of his 4-year-old daughter, said she was the last person to speak to Aaron before his death and things seemed to be on the up and up.
“I felt like we were looking so bright. We were going up a ladder to a positive direction. Our last talk had nothing to do with suicidal thoughts.”
Hernandez hung himself in his jail cell the morning of April 19, just five days after he was acquitted in the double murder of Daniel Jorge Correia de Abreu, 29, and Safiro Teixeira Furtado, 28, in 2012.
Dr. Phil also asks Shayanna if she thinks Aaron took his life so she could get the remaining $6.5 million left from his New England Patriots contract. Under Massachusetts law, guilty convictions have to be thrown out if the suspect dies in the appeals process.
A judge finalized the decision to throw out the guilty conviction in court on Tuesday – making him an innocent man.
Shayanna is also suing the Department of Corrections to be sure they preserve every piece of evidence that was found at the scene. Peep the trailer below:
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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