Melvin Edmonds, brother of Babyface, dead at 65


He was 65.

Edmunds died Saturday, according to a statement from After 7 co-founder Keith Mitchell posted on the group’s Facebook page and confirmed by CNN. The cause of death has not been revealed.

After 7 rose to fame in the 1990s with hits like “Can’t Stop,” “Ready or Not” and “Heat of the Moment.” The group was founded in 1987 by Melvin Edmonds, his brother Kevon Edmonds and Mitchell.

“Melvin was, without any doubt, the ‘Soul’ of After 7,” the Facebook post read in part. “His ability to ‘signaturize’ a vocal melody in Rhythm and Blues music produced a vocal sound that can never be erased or duplicated. … Melvin’s love for audiences and fans everywhere who supported our music is what drove him on stage and in life. He is and will be missed by my family, fans, and friends.”

Melvin Edmonds grew up in Indianapolis and was one of six brothers, among them is 11-time Grammy winner Kenneth “Babyface” Edmunds.

The group signed with Virgin Records in 1988 and its self-titled album was certified platinum. In 2015, Melvin Edmond’s son Jason Edmonds joined the group.

Melvin Edmonds battled health issues in recent years, including a stroke in 2011. He was able to rejoin the group in 2016 in time for its comeback album, “Timeless.” It featured hits such as “Runnin’ Out,” “I Want You” and “Let Me Know.”

He is survived by his four children, Melvin, Chris, Jason and Courtney.



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Elle Fanning Faints During Star-Studded Cannes Film Festival Party


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Elle Fanning is proving that beauty truly is pain.

On Monday night, the Cannes jury member had a minor fainting spell at the Chopard Trophée Dinner Party. An eyewitness tells E! News that they saw the young star briefly faint. However, the eyewitness adds, “She quickly recovered before leaving.”

While news of her passing out quickly circulated on social media, the dinner attendee says it happened so fast that people barely even noticed. “Most people in the room didn’t even notice until after there was a brief pause, during which word quickly spread through the venue about what happened,” the eyewitness shares. 

The Maleficent star later took to Instagram to confirm that she did indeed faint, but there is no reason to worry. She shared, “Oops, had a fainting spell tonight in my 1950’s Prada prom dress but it’s all good!!” 

She added the hashtags “#dresstootight#timeofthemonth” for further context, which truly explained everything. Girl, we feel you!

And it seems like other stars can relate, too. January Jones commented, “Where’s your smelling salts when you need em??” To which the Beguiled star replied, “Amen!”

Unfortunately, no smelling salts were on hand at the moment, but Variety reports that big sis Dakota Fanning and British star Colin Firth quickly leapt into action at the sight of Elle falling off her chair. The 21-year-old was then whisked away by Dakota and their team of security guards, after which she presumably slipped into a pair of cozy PJs and let out a sigh of relief.

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Jordyn Woods Shows Off Her New Home After Moving Out Of Kylie Jenner’s Mansion | Celebrities

After the Tristan Thompson cheating scandal, many believed Jordyn Woods fumbled her Kardashian bag by losing a friend in Kylie Jenner — with whom she also reportedly lived. Turns out, she’s doing just fine on her own.

Shortly after Woods broke off her friendship with the youngest KarJenner, sales of her cosmetic products skyrocketed (she has her own lashes line). Now, she’s showing off the spoils of her entrepreneurship.

On Instagram, Jordyn posted a pic of her new home, which overlooks an incredible vista and an innocent caption proving she’s far from need any help from anyone.

“Finally my first piece of furniture arrived!” she captioned under the picture. “Designing homes is such a task but I’m having the best time doing it what are some of your house hacks and favorite companies?”

The comments confirmed exactly what’s going on. “Jordyn left the guest house and got her own house,” someone wrote. “Yassss they try to play shorty like she was a bum she out here glowing,” another commented.

We’re so here for this! Congrats Jordyn on the new spot!





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‘KUWTK’ Star Pays $450,000 a Month


We realize that it’s no surprise that Kylie Jenner is filthy stinking rich, but paying $450,000 every month just for your home is the kind of bank account we simply can’t wrap our heads around. To put it into perspective, that’s basically the cost of two-and-a-half Lamborghinis … every 30 days! That said, we can’t help but sit here and drool over these pictures. Even if money can’t buy happiness, it can certainly rent some gorgeous real estate. Scroll through the gallery below to see snapshots of Kylie’s (not so) humble abode.



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See Pregnancy Update at 19 Weeks


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She’s glowing! Amy Duggar King is currently expecting her first child with husband Dillon King, and she shared an exciting pregnancy update over the weekend. The reality star posted a photo of her growing baby bump on Instagram while rocking a chic maternity top.

“I see you little bump!! 19 weeks today!!” Amy, 32, captioned the snap, which showed her smiling while posing for a mirror selfie. Since making the initial announcement at the end of April, the star has been keeping fans in the loop throughout her pregnancy journey. Just last week, she wrote, “Well I am retiring my skinny denim for awhile! Saying hello to my 1st pair of maternity jeans today!”

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As fans may recall, Amy and her hubby took to Instagram with their baby news on Easter Sunday. “BABY KING IS ON THE WAY! Happy Easter from our growing family to yours!” Amy wrote in her caption. Around the same time, Dillon, 30, also posted a heartfelt statement to his page. “We are completely speechless, overly excited and ready for the next chapter as new parents!” he wrote.

On May 8, Amy revealed the lifestyle changes she’s been making in recent weeks. “I ditched all sugary drinks and coffee and I’m staying super healthy with the little bun in the oven,” she dished.

In another snap, she showed off all the tasty foods she bought while going grocery shopping, writing, “Luckily this baby loves salad, fruits and veggies! I can’t get enough cereal with sliced banana either with the occasional ice cream cone and Milkway midnight miniature candy bars thrown in the mix!”

Dillon’s wife recently celebrated her first Mother’s Day and she shared a sweet photo for the special occasion. “It’s an extra special Mother’s Day this year since I’ll be joining the club soon,” Amy gushed. “Dill and I can’t wait to meet our little bundle and I can’t wait to show him/ her sacrificial love like these 2 have shown me! Words can’t Express how much they mean to me.” With so many Duggars expecting at the moment, we’re sure Amy’s little one will have several play mates!





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‘I Never Abused Ms. Heard’ and She Faked Her Injuries With ‘Painted-On Bruises’


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Johnny Depp is speaking out for the first time in his own words about the allegations of abuse levied against him by his ex-wife, Amber Heard, saying, “Ms. Heard’s fabricated domestic violence allegations against me are categorically and demonstrably false.”

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Depp has submitted a lengthy declaration in support of his $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard.

“I have denied Ms. Heard’s allegations vehemently since she first made them in May 2016,” Depp begins, “when she walked into court to obtain a temporary restraining order with painted-on bruises that witnesses and surveillance footage show she did not possess each day of the preceding week. I will continue to deny them for the rest of my life. I never abused Ms. Heard or any other woman.”

Depp says he decided to file the lawsuit “not only to clear my name and restore my reputation, but to attempt to bring clarity to the women and men whose lives have been harmed by abuse and who have been repeatedly lied to by Ms. Heard purporting to be their spokesperson.”

He says that the “appearance of new evidence not previously in my possession” is what led him to file new the new lawsuit.

Depp says that “after years of asserting my innocence, I am finally in a position to prove it by dismantling each element of her hoax.”

For much of his declaration, Depp goes through the various incidents where Amber Heard accuses him of domestic violence and refutes them all. He says that Heard’s “lies are internally inconsistent, shifting, and directly contradicted by overwhelming sworn testimonial, photographic, audio, video, and other evidence.”

“Notwithstanding Ms. Heard’s false domestic abuse allegations about me,” Depp claims, “there was actual, documented domestic violence in our relationship: she was the perpetrator, and I was the victim. While mixing prescription amphetamines and non-prescription drugs with alcohol, Ms. Heard committed innumerable acts of domestic violence against me, often in the presence of third party witnesses, which in some instances caused me serious bodily injury.”

He reiterates his claim that Heard abused him on multiple occasions, saying, “Throughout our relationship, Ms. Heard also committed domestic violence against me. She hit, punched, and kicked me. She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me.”

Depp included several photos of injuries he claims to have sustained as the result of alleged abuse at the hands of Heard — one incident was in April 2016 and then another in December 2015.

Johnny Depp goes into great detail about one of the more infamous alleged incidents during their turbulent marriage — when Depp found feces in his bed.

He explains, “After I removed myself from Ms. Heard’s presence in the penthouse on April 21, 2016, the following morning Ms. Heard or one of her friends defecated in my bed as some sort of a sick prank before they left for Coachella together.”

Depp claims that Heard admitted to their estate manager “that the feces was ‘just a harmless prank.’”

That incident, Depp says, is what led him to seek a divorce from Heard.

Depp says, “As a result of the years of domestic abuse I had suffered at the hands of Ms. Heard—most recently the April 21 physical attack and defecation on my bed sometime before she and her friends left the next morning—I resolved to divorce Ms. Heard.”

In his declaration, Depp points to another alleged lie by Heard by saying that after the incident that took place on May 21, 2016,  Heard lied when she said there was a call to 911 only minutes after the alleged incident; Depp claims it was really one hour and 38 minutes later.

But a 911 call log obtained by The Blast shows that a friend of Heard’s did call 911 when Heard claimed and then made a second call, which is the one Depp referenced.

Late in the declaration, in an effort to paint Heard as someone who lies often, Depp claims that Heard “sent a signed letter dated September 28, 2014 to the Department of Homeland Security, falsely claiming that her assistant Savannah McMillen, a citizen of the United Kingdom, was merely her ‘friend’ traveling to the US on a tourist visa.”

Depp summed up his feelings near the end of his lengthy deposition, saying, “Cynically relying on the concept of #believewomen that has been promoted as part of the important #metoo movement, Ms. Heard’s ‘evidence’ rests primarily on her word and that of her dependent friends. She and they have falsely accused me of violence, although interestingly none of her ‘witnesses’ say they ever witnessed any violence. And they did this despite the inconvenient truth of my possession of eyewitness statements provided under penalty of perjury and photographs of her converse violence committed against me, overwhelming evidence that her various abuse claims and the injuries that she claimed ensued from them are hoaxes, the fact of her own prior arrest and incarceration for domestic violence against her previous wife, and new witnesses who are now coming forward to describe the brutal violence they suffered at her hands.”

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As The Blast first reported, Johnny Depp sued Heard for defamation over an op-ed Heard wrote last year where she referred to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

In his lawsuit, Depp takes issue with an article Heard wrote for the Washington Post in December 2018, in which she referred to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

Although Johnny Depp was not named, he claims the entire article “depends on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.”

He claims that Heard’s abuse allegations were “conclusively refuted by two separate responding police officers, a litany of neutral third-party witnesses, and 87 newly obtained surveillance camera videos.”

As we reported, Johnny Depp’s legal team has collected tons of surveillance footage they claim prove Heard did not have any visible injuries in the days after an alleged brawl between the two stars in May of 2016.

Heard has given emotional testimony regarding the incident, and she claims Depp grabbed her by the hair during a brutal assault. Heard admitted to striking the star back, but claims it was to save her sister’s life.

Depp is suing for defamation and asking for damages in excess of $50,000,000.

Eric George, an attorney for Amber Heard, tells The Blast, “The evidence in this case is clear: Johnny Depp repeatedly beat Amber Heard. The increasingly desperate attempts by Mr. Depp and his enablers to revive his career by initiating baseless litigation against so many people once close to him – his former lawyers, his former managers, and his former spouse – are not fooling anyone. In light of the important work done by the #TimesUp movement highlighting the tactics abusers use to continue to traumatize survivors, neither the creative community nor the public will be gaslit by Mr. Depp’s baseless blame-the-victim conspiracy theories.”

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‘Game of Thrones’ finale: What we think will happen


Beyond that, it’s anyone’s guess. That trailer for tonight’s episode told us very little (basically we know the Dothraki are still riled up and that Daenerys finally disembarked from Drogon).

But hey, it’s fun to theorize. So we asked some big “GoT” fans here at CNN how they think the saga will wrap up.

Dany is still on her Mad Queen power kick. Between her, Grey Worm and Drogon, anyone who looks like a threat will be eliminated. That includes Jon, Tyrion, Sansa and even Yara Greyjoy if she crashes the party (which I hope she does). But Arya and Sansa are the smartest characters on the show — they’ve got a plan to take out Dany. Perhaps something similar to their plot against Littlefinger?

Who takes the Throne? Sansa. If you’ve watched the evolution of her wardrobe, she’s been priming herself to be the Queen of the Seven Kingdoms for quite some time. And Arya will act as her hand — because Bran weirds me out.

Matt Rehbein, CNN Ticker producer:

Very disappointingly, things don’t end well for Daenerys, but the bright side is it leads to Sansa and Tyrion sharing the Iron Throne in the end.

Heather Fulbright, CNN Digital photo editor:

Jon Snow becomes the Night King. After killing Dany, probably. I know ‘GoT’ sort of ended the whole White Walker storyline but this was my theory from the beginning of the season and I’m not giving up on it yet.

Chris Farris, WarnerMedia Information Security Office:

I’d like to think Sandor’s last words to Arya have her riding off to Storm’s End to be with Gendry. I’d also like to think the Faceless Men assassinate Dany, Jon refuses the throne and Gendry gets it by right of being a Baratheon. So Queen Ayra the Night King Slayer … and Tyrion is dragon food.

Paige Levin, CNN Digital Video associate producer:

Varys definitely set something in motion before he died. It seems like he was attempting to poison Daenerys with the help of one of his little birds. Just before he’s executed, we see Varys burning a scroll followed by a pretty purposeful shot of him removing his rings. What if Varys’s rings contain poison, just like how Sansa’s necklace was used to kill King Joffrey? Perhaps he’s leaving the rings behind for someone else to use on Daenerys. With Dany gone, the Iron Throne will finally be destroyed and the wheel will be broken. Sansa and Tyrion will devise a more democratic system of government, where each of the Seven Kingdoms are ruled individually.

Austin Mabeus, CNN Digital Video associate producer:

Arya is going to die because this is “Game of Thrones” and everything nice gets taken away from us. Jon kills Grey Worm in combat and Drogon tries to burn him but can’t, revealing that Jon is a true Targaryen. Tyrion poisons Dany and installs Jon on the Iron Throne.

AnneClaire Stapleton, CNN senior international news editor:

Sansa and Arya rule it all!! Jon Snow takes his place as the rightful heir to the Seven Kingdoms but relinquishes power to Arya and Sansa because clearly, they are much more comfortable making the hard decisions. Daenerys’ dragon eats her (OK probably not, but she deserves it after torching all those innocent people last episode).

Brandon Griggs, CNN Digital senior editor:

Daenerys is furious at Tyrion for freeing Jaime and has him executed. Jon, realizing that Dany is no longer the benevolent ruler he fell for, reluctantly kills her — with Arya’s help — for the good of what’s left of the realm. Grey Worm becomes collateral damage. The resilient Stark kids, knowing that Jon is too gullible and Bran is too creepy, come to their senses and appoint Sansa to the Iron Throne (with Brienne as her chief general). And sadly, we never see Tormund or Hot Pie again.

Trisha Ahmed, CNN Southeast Bureau news intern:

Jon, with his Targaryen blood, will command Drogon to kill Dany. Maybe Jon will even say “Dracarys.” And Drogon will obey.

Patrick Cornell, CNN Newsource content producer:

Grey Worm and the Unsullied betray Daenerys at some point. Tyrion kills Daenerys. Jaime and Tyrion were kindred spirits and think it makes sense for Tyrion to take on the role of Mad Queen Slayer.

Sansa will be installed as the new ruler of the Seven Kingdoms. Jon relinquishes the title so he can return to Winterfell. That’s where he belongs, up north with his true friends. Brienne is made commander of Sansa’s new united army.

And the Three-Eyed Raven takes over the last surviving dragon.

If I could write any storyline into this episode, it would be Cersei surviving the collapse below the Red Keep. I hope she made it out and finds a way to sail to a place she thinks is deserted where she could live in peace. Arya will find Cersei years later and finally cross her off her kill list. That should be the very last frame of the whole show.



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Khloe Kardashian Shows Off Toned Abs in Hot Pink Bikini During Girls Trip


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Khloe Kardashian‘s vacation to Turks and Caicos is something out of a dream.

Khloe, her daughter True Thompson, Kourtney Kardashian and their friends Malika HaqqKhadijah Haqq McCray and Larsa Pippen were among those soaking up the sun and swimming in the clear blue water during their beach getaway. They’ve all shared a number of envy-inducing pictures from the weekend, which was very clearly marked as “no boys allowed” from the beginning.

On Sunday, the Good American founder posted a picture of herself holding True in the thigh-high water. Khloe wears a big Lack of Color hat that covers most of her face as she looks down at her daughter. Her golden tan skin is accentuated by a neon pink bikini, which leaves plenty of room for her to flaunt her well-toned abs.

Khloe has shared a number of sweet photos with her daughter on the trip over the past few days. On Saturday, Khloe, True and Malika made the best of their “girls trip” and looked like they were getting ready to make some sandcastles near the water. 

Malika also posted a fun picture of herself holding True in the water and they’re both flashing the biggest smiles.

“I’d do it all over again just to play with True,” she captioned it.

On Friday, Kourtney and Khloe did their own version of the 10-year challenge and recreated the poster from their show Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami, which first aired in 2009.

Kourtney captioned it, “They’re sisters not saints,” which was the tagline for their show.

The trip to Turks and Caicos is a bit of a belated celebration for Kourtney’s 40th birthday. Khadijah added photos to Instagram of Kourtney laughing next to her birthday cake, which also had a decoration on it that said “Most exciting to look at.”

That was a direct joke back to when Kim Kardashian got mad at Kourtney over a Christmas card photo shoot. “She’s the least exciting to look at, so she can be out,” Kim said on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

This is the second jet-setting birthday trip Kourtney has taken as of late. In April, she and her ex Scott Disicktook their three kids Penelope Disick, Mason Disick and Reign Disick to Finland for spring break, which also overlapped with Kourtney’s birthday. Scott’s girlfriend Sofia Richie also joined them for the getaway.

Check out the photos below to see how the women spent their days in Turks and Caicos:

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This definitely sets the bar high for the next “girls trip” around the world.

Keeping Up With the Kardashians will return with an all-new episode Sunday, May 26 at 9 p.m., only on E!





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Mel B Rushed To Hospital Before Start Of Spice Girls Reunion Tour | Music

Mel B was reportedly rushed to the hospital after she lost vision in her right eye on Friday (May 17).

According to The Sun, the 43-year-old singer arrived at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital and told medical staff she was “totally blind” and “couldn’t see anything.”

One reported reason she is unable to see out of her left eye stems from a botched laser surgery she underwent 20 years ago to correct her vision, but it went all wrong. It isn’t clear though that the incident is related.

A source close to the Spice Girl told The Sun, “Mel was in a really bad way. The other girls and their managers were really worried,” they relayed. “Mel was frantic and screaming that she couldn’t see a thing. She went to the hospital in a chauffeur-driven car with an assistant, who was holding her hand. No one knew what brought it on but she had very swift, and very good, treatment.”

After arriving at the hospital, Mel B was reportedly transferred to Luton and Dunstable Hospital’s ophthalmology department and left once she could see again.

The very unfortunate medical news comes just weeks before Mel and the Spice Girls kick off their reunion tour. A spokeswoman for Mel told the news website that “The situation with Mel is under control” and “She is looking forward to the tour.”

Hopefully things will move more smoothly for Mel B moving forward.





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