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'Love & Hip Hop' star Tommie Lee arrested at daughter's middle school

Atlanta's WSB-TV has learned a reality television star was arrested Tuesday at her child's middle school in Cobb County, Georgia.

WSB-TV’s Matt Johnson obtained the arrest warrant for Atasha Chizaah Jefferson, known as Tommie Lee on “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.”

>> 'Love & Hip Hop' star Erica Mena, boyfriend Clifford Dixon arrested

Jefferson is accused of shoving her child’s head into a locker, among other things, at Griffin Middle School.

According to Smyrna police, Jefferson was charged with felony aggravated assault, simple battery, first-degree child cruelty and disruption of public schools.

Johnson reports she posted $27,000 bond Wednesday morning and is out of jail.

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Jefferson has had several other run-ins with the law. She was arrested in July after police said she refused orders from officers and hit a valet on the head.

The valet didn't press charges, but Jefferson was charged with "disorderly under the influence" and booked at Atlanta City Detention Center.

Jefferson was also accused of attacking an Atlanta mall employee in February.

Country women lift each other up at CMT Artists of the Year

This one's for the girls, during a night when CMT honored all female stars, from Loretta Lynn to Carrie Underwood and Kelsea Ballerini, at their annual Artists of the Year show in an empowering night of lifting up each other.

Although female artists still struggle to get airplay, the women saluted each other for breaking through the barriers in the industry on Wednesday night in Nashville, Tennessee.

Underwood ended the show with a medley of iconic songs from Tammy Wynette's "Stand By Your Man" to Shania Twain's "Man! I Feel Like A Woman!" supported by two all-female groups Runaway June and Maddie and Tae.

In her acceptance speech, Underwood told the women gathered in the room that they were the backbone of the industry.

"You are not here because you are women," Underwood said. "You are here because you are dang good."

Sissy Spacek, who won an Oscar for her portrayal of Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter," said Lynn was a trailblazer whose honest lyrics made her unlike any other songwriter in the genre. Lynn, who is 86 and just released a new album, "Wouldn't It Be Great," last month, was unable to attend the show and Spacek accepted the honor on her behalf.

Spacek called her "my sister, my best friend" and teared up a bit on stage.

"She's just direct and authentic," Spacek told The Associated Press on the red carpet before the show. "She tells it like it is. She can say things that you and I couldn't say, or would be afraid to say."

Throughout the night, the country artists showed off their influences outside the genre with collaborations with artists from soul, gospel, Americana and more.

Kimberly Schlapman and Karen Fairchild of Little Big Town sung "Help Me Make It Through the Night" and "I Can't Make You Love Me," with soul icon Gladys Knight. During the show, Fairchild pulled out her iPhone to list off about two dozen women in country music that deserved to get radio play.

Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum, who performed with Tori Kelly and Kirk Franklin, brought her 5-year-old daughter to the show, hoping to show her that women can be anything they want to be.

"She can dream as big and as far and wide as she can possibly can," Scott said prior to the show.

Maren Morris was joined by acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandi Carlile in a duet tribute to Aretha Franklin. Morris and her husband and singer Ryan Hurd both dismissed an oft-repeated claim that female country music fans don't want to listen to many women on country radio, which has often been used as an excuse to limit women on playlists and on radio.

"I don't think it's real," Morris said. "I don't think any woman has said out loud, at least to me, 'I don't like to listen to women.' I think that's so ridiculous."

Miranda Lambert performed with her group, the Pistol Annies, with Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe and said every day she recognizes what other women have done to help her.

"Not a day will go by that I don't honor and lift up women in this industry and want to work with them and collaborate because we have to be there for each other," Lambert said.

Kelsea Ballerini and Alison Krauss did a cover of "Ghost in This House." Ballerini said many women that she has looked up to have reached out their hands to her, including Shania Twain, Reba McEntire and Taylor Swift.

"What I have learned from this is to lift each other up, to support each other and to share our stage no matter how big or small it is," Ballerini said.

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This story corrects the title of Loretta Lynn's album and release date.

‘Golden Girls’- inspired cereal flying off store shelves, already hard to find

The Emmy Award-winning “Golden Girls” sitcom, featuring the adventures of four feisty older women, ran for seven seasons starting in the mid-1980s. More than 30 years later, the show is still airing on cable TV and its still-growing fan base spans the generations.

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Maybe that’s part of the reason Funko, known for its pop culture-themed products, just debuted a limited-edition “Golden Girls”-inspired tribute cereal.

The cereal just hit store shelves at select Target stores late last month, and it is already hard to find.

The multigrain cereal, based on the characters of Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia, is basically a monochrome version of Fruit Loops, with thick O’s in an unusual shade of blue, according to Parenting.com, and goes for an expensive $7.99 a box, if you can find it.

>> Related: Betty White says vodka and hot dogs, ‘in that order,’ secret to a long life

Just one of the Golden Girls is still alive. Actress Betty White has outlived her co-stars by years, and at 96, she is still going strong in Hollywood.

 

Pistons play recording of Aretha Franklin singing anthem

The Detroit Pistons honored Aretha Franklin before their season opener Wednesday night by playing a recording of her singing the national anthem.

Former Pistons star Isiah Thomas spoke briefly, asking for a moment of silence for Franklin, who died in August. After the moment of silence, and with no additional announcement, a recording of Franklin singing the anthem at the 2004 NBA Finals began playing while pictures scrolled on the scoreboard screen.

A microphone was left unattended at midcourt while the anthem played.

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Film of Judy Blume's 'Are You There God?...' in development

Judy Blume has at long last agreed to a feature film adaptation of her seminal 1970 young adult novel "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret."

Writer and director Kelly Fremon Craig is set to adapt and direct the film, which will be produced by James L. Brooks' Gracie Films. It does not yet have a script or distributor.

Fremon Craig tweeted the news Wednesday, writing that "thrilled is an understatement." She's known for writing and directing the critically acclaimed coming-of-age film "The Edge of Seventeen."

Blume tweeted in August that she was in Los Angeles meeting about film and series adaptations of her books after years of turning down offers.

Deadline first reported the news.

Animation film fest rescinds Kobe Bryant invite after outcry

Kobe Bryant was dropped Wednesday from the jury of an animated film festival after calls for the former NBA star's ouster over a 2003 rape allegation.

Eric Beckman the CEO of GKIDS, the company that organizes the Animation Is Film Festival, announced the move.

"After discussions with the various stakeholders of Animation Is Film, the decision has been made to remove Kobe Bryant from the 2018 jury, Beckman said in a statement. "We are a young organization and it is important to keep our collective energies focused on the films, the participating filmmakers, and our festival attendees."

An online petition had been circulating demanding Bryant be dropped.

Bryant won an Academy Award in March for his part in making the animated short, "Dear Basketball" and has founded an animation company, Granity Studios.

He released a statement saying he was honored to be invited and disappointed to be excluded.

"This decision further motivates me and my commitment to building a studio that focuses on diversity and inclusion in storytelling for the animation industry," Bryant's statement said. "I remain focused on changing the world in positive ways through diverse stories, characters, and leadership, in order to inspire the next generation."

In 2003, Bryant was charged with raping a 19-year-old hotel employee.

The Lakers star said he believed it was a consensual sexual encounter. The case was dropped after Bryant's accuser refused to testify.

She later filed a civil suit against him, which was settled out of court with Bryant admitting no guilt.

Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding a malfunction

Banksy posted a new video to his website Tuesday implying the partial shredding of his "Girl With Balloon" at a London auction was supposed to have been complete.

The video shows the famously anonymous artist constructing the shredding mechanism inside an ornate frame and pushing a button in a black box to activate the destruction at Sotheby's in London earlier this month. The act shocked the crowd, but the winning bidder, a European collector, went ahead and bought it anyway for $1.4 million, according to the auction house.

Sotheby's did not name the buyer.

The partial shredding drew speculation that the act was a stunt to increase the value of the painting of a young girl reaching for a heart-shaped red balloon. The canvas was shredded to right above the girl's head, leaving the balloon intact. The end of the new video notes: "In rehearsals it worked every time..." A complete shredding of the same design is then shown.

The nearly 3-minute long video is titled, "Shred the Love, the Director's cut." It shows hands and a hooded figure (Banksy is fond of hoodies) constructing the mechanism in a studio space, then it rolls on to the outside of Sotheby's before the auction. People milling about sipping Champagne and nibbling hors d'oeuvres are next up, including some standing in front of the painting.

The auction and partial shredding are shown, as is the work being taken off the wall at Sotheby's and carried out of the room.

Banksy has never disclosed his full identity. He began his career spray-painting buildings in Bristol, England, and has become one of the world's best-known artists. His mischievous and often satirical images include two policemen kissing, armed riot police with yellow smiley faces and a chimpanzee with a sign bearing the words, "Laugh now, but one day I'll be in charge."

His "Girl With Balloon" was originally stenciled on a wall in east London and has been endlessly reproduced, becoming one of Banksy's best-known images.

'Orange Is the New Black' to wrap after next year's season 7

"Orange Is the New Black" is fading to black after its upcoming seventh season.

Cast members posted a video Wednesday announcing the series' 2019 end, which was confirmed by a Netflix spokeswoman.

In the video, the actresses thanked fans for their support and promised a fulfilling wrap-up to the comedy-drama set in a women's prison.

Actress Kate Mulgrew said she'll miss being with a "groundbreaking" TV series.

"Orange Is the New Black" was inspired by Piper Kerman's memoir about her time in federal prison.

The show was nominated twice for top-series Emmy honors, and Uzo Aduba won two acting trophies. The series was an early hit for Netflix when the streaming service began showing original programming.

The last season's 2019 release date for "Orange Is the New Black" wasn't announced.

High school dance team does 'Harry Potter' -inspired homecoming performance

An Arizona high school dance team is getting attention once again for an impressive performance.

USA Today reported Friday that Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona, posted a video of a homecoming performance on Sept. 29.

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In the video, members the the PAC Dance Team and Advanced Dance perform a series of synchronized moves to “Hedwig's Theme” from the “Harry Potter” film series, complete with props, before moving into Flor Rida’s “My House” and Nicki Minaj’s “Chun-Li.”

The video has more than four million views, and it isn’t the first time the dance team has gone viral. The group’s “The Wizard of Oz”-themed homecoming routine in 2017 has more than three million views. In July, it competed on “America’s Got Talent” with the same “Oz” routine.

Watch the performance in the video below.

Diddy, Cassie split after years of dating, rep confirms

After more than a decade together, mogul and musician Sean “Diddy” Combs and singer Cassie are no longer together.

People reported that, according to an unnamed source, “the decision was amicable and they remain friends.”

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“They are indeed no longer together and haven’t been for months,” a representative for Cassie, whose full name is Cassie Ventura, told celebrity gossip site LoveBScott.

The news comes after LoveBScott reported that Combs is dating 26-year-old model Jocelyn Chew. According to the website, the two were seen in Miami in September and at a Drake concert Friday in Los Angeles.

After keeping their relationship private for years, Combs and Cassie went public with their relationship in 2012. The two collaborated on multiple songs together and first met when Cassie was signed to Combs’ Bad Boy Records.

The two have no children together. Combs is father to sons Quincy Brown, 27, Justin, 24, Christian, 20, twin girls D’Lila Star and Jessie James, 11, and daughter Chance, 11.

Reps for each had no comment to People about the reported breakup.

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