Word On The Curb: Mon, May 14th “Chris Darden Withdraws From Representing Eric Holder; ‘Star’ canceled after 3 seasons at FOX; Empire will end with 6th Season; Kelly Accused Of Not Paying Daughter’s College Tuition”

Chris Darden Withdraws From Representing Eric Holder

Admist the intense backlash, Chris Darden has decided not to represent the man that shot and killed Nippsey Hussle. His own daughter even said she didn’t agree with him taking the case. Well it appears Darden has reached his breaking point, he made the announcement in a post on Facebook.

Chris wrote:

“You guys have been awfully good to me and my family. Thank you. I am on my way to appear for the last time in People v. Holder. I filed a Motion to Withdraw from the case. I thought I should tell you, my friends, first & before anyone else. As for my reasons for withdrawing I don’t know whether I will disclose them later or not. I only know that as a lawyer it is my duty to protect the rights of my clients even in the face of threats or angry mobs. This is the silent solemn oath we took as defense counsel. This is the legacy made for me and all of us who practice as defense counsel in the criminal courts. But allow me to say this; After centuries of a history of black men hung from trees without trial, or after the thousands of cases of black men tried, convicted and executed without counsel; after Gideon v. Wainwright & Powell v. Alabama, I cannot understand why in 2019 some people would deny a black man his 6th Amendment right to counsel of his choice. Or why defending such a man should invite threats not only against me but against my children too. The right to counsel is not only a constitutional right, it is a civil right as well. Just as they were in 1995-Cowards never change.”

“These days these cowards don’t send letters instead they sit anonymously behind keyboards threatening a man’s mother and children. And some folks think that’s funny. It isn’t and I won’t ever forget it. To those who issued those threats to my children please pay close attention so there is no misunderstanding. Later. F**K YOU! As for me, I continue to thrive. I continue to be loved. I continue to walk with kings. And I will continue my pursuit of fairness and justice on behalf of my clients and others charged with crimes. After 25 years some of them still haven’t learned : Their lies and threats will never deter me from my mission. Thank you again my good friends. The struggle continues. Thank you.”

Eric Holder is currently in jail awaiting trial, where his bail is set at $5 million, reduced from the initial $7 million thanks to Darden’s efforts when he took the case.

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‘Star’ canceled after 3 seasons at FOX

The show was cancelled Friday night, just after airing the final episode of its third season on Wednesday.

The show which starred, Queen Latifah, Brandy Norwood, Quincy Brown and Luke James didn’t get the ratings like “Empire” but it wasn’t marked for cancellation. This makes the fifth scripted original series to be cancelled at FOX thus far. Remember, we reported a few weeks ago, “REL” was one of the cancelled shows. Seven shows were renewed, “Empire” was one of them.

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Empire will end with 6th Season

Fox announced that the upcoming season will be its last. Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier said,

“We are turning the final season into a television event.

“Empire” was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, who executive produce alongside Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Sanaa Hamri, Dennis Hammer, Matt Pyken and Diane Ademu-John.

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Kelly Accused Of Not Paying Daughter’s College Tuition

Kelly’s Daughter, Buku Abi, is claiming her college days were cut short when her father neglected to pay tuition as required. She was attending a California art school until last Fall when she tried signing up for classes but got denied because of an unpaid bill. Kelly claims he never received any bills, so he assumed his daughter had stopped attending school, and therefore didn’t pay. R Kelly is required to pay for school and tuition fees for his three children with his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, until they each turn 23.

Kelly just paid up the back child support he owed Drea to avoid going back to another jail. However, he still owes $32k in interest and ordered to pay $20k per month to Drea in support. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Meanwhile, Buku does want to return to college and will be seeking financial support from her father one way or another.

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Condolences to Daughters of Quincy Jones

The mother of Rashida Jones and Kidada Jones has unfortunately passed away of cancer. “Mod Squad” actress, Peggy Lipton married QJ in 1974 the two divorced in 1989. Peggy was 72 years old

Congrats to Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake

Both received honorary doctorates at the Berklee College of Music’s commencement on Friday.

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If you are celebrating a birthday, you are in good company:

  • Steve Wonder,69
  • Dennis Rodman,58