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TWISB: Nelly gets arrested, Tina Knowles gets married, celebrities support Hillary Clinton

Nelly gets arrested for drug possession

Rapper and TV star Nelly was arrested Saturday morning, April 11, for felony drug charges in Tennessee.


The Tennessee Highway Patrol said that they pulled over Nelly’s tour bus, which was on its way to St. Louis, at around 9:20 a.m., on I-40 between Nashville and Knoxville. The initial reason for the state troopers stopping the bus was because it didn’t have the accurate stickers displayed, but as they approached the vehicle, a trooper decided to inspect the bus after claiming to have smelled marijuana.


According to the New York Daily News, the troopers found five rocks that tested positive for meth, as well as a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Troopers say that they also found numerous handguns, including a gold-plated 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a 45-caliber Taurus pistol and a 500 magnum Smith and Wesson.


The 40-year-old “Dilemma” hip-hop artist is facing charges including felony possession of drug paraphernalia. His attorney, however, believes that Nelly, born Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr., will be acquitted.


“Nelly was one of several individuals that was on a tour bus that was stopped and searched while traveling through Tennessee. In fact, there had been 15-20 people that had access to the bus prior to the stop. Allegedly, a small quantity of contraband (MDMA a.k.a. Molly or Ecstasy) was discovered during the routine search. We are extremely confident that when the facts come out, Nelly will not be associated with the contraband that was allegedly discovered.”


Tina Knowles gets married

On Sunday, Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles has married actor Richard Lawson on a yacht in California.


According to TMZ, the wedding ceremony was an all-white affair attended by her daughters, Beyoncé and Solange, her son-in-law, Jay Z, and her granddaughter, Blue Ivy.


During the same weekend as the Coachella festival, the “Flawless” and very romantic evening was attended with around 300 guests, who wore all white, on a 140-ft. yacht called “Eternity,” which left Newport Beach, Cali., to celebrate the Knowles/Lawson union.


In November 2014, Knowles’ youngest daughter, Solange, married Music Video Director Alan Ferguson in New Orleans and the wedding party wore all white as well.


It’s the second marriage for both Mama Knowles, 61, who was previously married to Mathew Knowles and divorced him in December 2011, and for her new husband, the “All My Children” actor, Lawson, 67.


On Oct. 2, 2014, Miss Tina shared at a Women and Money leadership luncheon in Houston that it was hard for her to hit the dating scene after her divorce.


“The whole thing about dating was the scariest thing in the world,” she said. “I would tell my friends, ‘I’m never gonna find…Where am I gonna find somebody at 59 years old? Where do you meet men? Where do you get ‘em?’”


Well, she’s found her knight in shining armor, whom she’s dated for two years before tying the knot.


Mazel tov to the Knowles/Lawson clan!


Celebrities support Hillary Clinton

On Sunday afternoon, April 12, former First Lady and Security of the State Hillary Clinton, 67, announced on social media that she was running for president in the 2016 elections.


“I’m getting ready to do something too—I’m running for president,” Mrs. Clinton said in a two-minute video she shared after 3PM. “So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote because it’s your time. And, I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”


“Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion,” Clinton said. “So I’m hitting the road to earn your vote — because it’s your time. And I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”


It didn’t take long for celebrities to express their excitement and support on social media, especially Twitter, to share the big announcement:


Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson shared her enthusiasm by tweeting, “I have an announcement: I’m not running for president. Yay #Hillary2016!”


Pop star Ariana Grande was another celeb that expressed her excitement and tweeted, “yaaas @hillaryclinton.”


According to the New York Times, Hillary’s statement on Sunday is said, “to be followed by a series of intimate, but critical campaign events in Iowa and New Hampshire. She will use them to reintroduce herself to voters and begin to lay out the central theme of her candidacy: improving the economic fortunes of the middle class, with an emphasis on increasing wages and reducing income inequality.”

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Entertainment Editor: Jasmine is a senior Journalism major who wants to make a change to the newspaper by bringing in more students who will shine a light on the talent at the University. [email protected]
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