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Leslie ‘Big Lez’ Segar is a jane-of-all-trades

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Countless women in the entertainment industry call themselves media mavens, yet Leslie “Big Lez” Segar embodies the juju we seek. She exudes beauty, wit and tenacity at all once. She is a multitalented and highly respected dancer and choreographer, an on-air radio and TV personality and producer, a fitness specialist, and a stage and film actress.

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By Raquelle “Rocki” Harris

Countless women in the entertainment industry call themselves media mavens, yet Leslie “Big Lez” Segar embodies the juju we seek. She exudes beauty, wit and tenacity at all once. She is a multitalented and highly respected dancer and choreographer, an on-air radio and TV personality and producer, a fitness specialist, and a stage and film actress. As the only female to host BET‘s “Rap City,” she is a pioneer of our culture. Her CV boasts work with heavyweights like Mary J. Blige, Bobby Brown, LL Cool J, Salt-n-Pepa and Michael Jackson. Fans of the ’90s sitcom “Living Single” still love watching her agile silhouette during the intro.

She attends the dopest Hollywood events, such as the NAACP Image Awards, and private affairs with celebrity friends like Jamie Foxx. Viewers of the “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries saw her give insight on Kelz’s behind-the-scenes shenanigans. She was also the one to interview Aaliyah and R. Kelly when they appeared together on “Video Soul.”

Her success was earned by overcoming obstacles, such as colorism and body shaming, long before the terms were hashtags. “I made the adaptations, but thank God for my skill set. When I got to television, to BET, the producers that wanted me for ‘Rap City’ had to fight with the executives and Bob Johnson because I wasn’t the girl that made Bob Johnson’s d— hard. At some point, he said it to my face, that I’m not what men want to see on television.”

Let’s be clear: Even after over 20 years in the game, Big Lez’s melanin is poppin’. Male and female followers are captivated by the workout videos she posts on social media. Her svelte physique is intentional. “So, I just happen to be a picky eater. I already don’t eat red meat, pork or seafood just because of pickiness,” she shared. “But working out for me is something that is in me and always has been because of the athlete that I am.”

Similar to the iconic Debbie Allen, who she notes as an obvious influence, Segar has learned how to use her gifts in multiple areas. Currently, she co-hosts the weekly internet radio show, “Tha Spin Room” on Dash Radio. “I’m trying to put on my directing hat this year with shooting my documentaries that I want to do,” Segar said. “I’m going to start with a dance one first, and maybe one on ‘Rap City’ and then another on women in radio.”

The native New Yorker also desires to “check the box of being a female action star while I can still do some backflips,” she said. “Hopefully, I can get to Ryan Coogler or whoever else, or I [will] just have to create it myself.”

Follow Leslie “Big Lez” Segar on Facebook at Big Lez, on Twitter @yourgirllez, and on Instagram at @yourgirllez and @iamlesliesegar.

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Ex-NFL star Chris Johnson accused of masterminding murder-for-hire scheme

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Prosecutors relied on testimony from the informant, who alleged that Johnson forked over a handsome stack of bills to have rising gang member Dominic Bolden kill the suspected shooters. The informant said Bolden successfully carried out the murderous mission, killing one of the suspected drive-by shooters on Jan. 19, 2016, and the other on June 24 of the same year.

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Former star NFL running back Chris Johnson. (Image source: Instagram – @chrisjohnsontwo8)

By Terry Shropshire, RollingOut.com

Former NFL star running back Chris Johnson is accused of planning and financing a successful “murder-for-hire” scheme that left two dead and being heavily involved in a major drug trafficking operation in central Florida, prosecutors allege.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, an informant claimed that Johnson sought and obtained retribution after alleged gang members shot him and killed his friend in a drive-by shooting in Orlando, Florida, on March 8, 2015.

Prosecutors relied on testimony from the informant, who alleged that Johnson forked over a handsome stack of bills to have rising gang member Dominic Bolden kill the suspected shooters. The informant said Bolden successfully carried out the murderous mission, killing one of the suspected drive-by shooters on Jan. 19, 2016, and the other on June 24 of the same year.

Bolden’s reward was multipronged, the informant said in an affidavit, according to the documents obtained by TMZ. Not only did Bolden get the bag for killing Johnson’s gang enemies, but he also rose up the ranks of the local gang in Florida, eventually becoming the “de facto leader” of the drug trafficking organization (DTO). Thirdly, Johnson allegedly provided seed money and a major contact in order for Bolden to traffic as much narcotics as possible, according to the documents.

Neither the state’s attorney’s office nor the Florida attorney general returned media inquiries to confirm this information.

Johnson, 34, who last played in the NFL in 2017, has not been charged with any crime and vehemently denied involvement in any murder or drug operation through his representative.

The former star running back rose to national fame when he rushed for more than 2,000 yards for the Tennessee Titans, a rare feat in the NFL. He played six of his 10 seasons with the Titans before being traded to the New York Jets.

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NBA player tests positive for COVID-19, rest of season suspended indefinitely

ROLLINGOUT — Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert has contracted COVID-19 ESPN reports. But the sports news station stated that Gobert was not in the arena at the time he discovered that he has the virus.

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The National Basketball Association has just decided to suspend the rest of the season due to the coronavirus, ESPN reported at about 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

The NBA commissioner and the owners have decided to go on an indefinite hiatus after one of its star players tested positive for the potentially deadly virus.

Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert has contracted COVID-19, ESPN reports. But the sports news station stated that Gobert was not in the arena at the time he discovered that he has the virus.

When the NBA learned of Gobert’s condition, the NBA leaders met up and decided to immediately halt the current Jazz game and then decided to quit playing.

The Dallas Mavericks and Denver Nuggets, however, are allowed to continue to play out their game in Texas as owner Mark Cuban and some in the arena have just come to grips with this shocking news.

Cuban relayed that he is in shock at how fast this pandemic is developing and the catastrophic economic and health ramifications that appear to be headed the country’s way. He also said many of the players know of what is happening as Cuban overheard players talking on the bench about Gobert and the NBA season suspension.

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Tamra Simmons discusses producing ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ and what’s next for her

ROLLING OUT — Tamra Simmons, executive producer of the Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,”  sits down with rolling out’s “Cook it Out” show host Jae Davis to discuss her journey in entertainment industry.

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Tamra Simmons, executive producer of the Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly,”  sits down with rolling out‘s “Cook it Out” show host Jae Davis to discuss her journey in entertainment industry, her mission to elevate the voices of Black women and her upcoming TV projects in the first part of an exclusive three-part interview.

Tamra Simmons discusses producing ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ and what’s next for her

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