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Steve Harvey talks gang banger turned engineer

ROLLINGOUT.COM — Comedian, TV host, and radio personality Steve Harvey partnered with Disney and Essence magazine for the Disney Dreamers Academy, which selects 100 high school students ages 13-19 to participate in a life-changing weekend of activities.

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Comedian, TV host, and radio personality Steve Harvey partnered with Disney and Essence magazine for the Disney Dreamers Academy, which selects 100 high school students ages 13-19 to participate in a life-changing weekend of activities. The academy has been impacting the lives of kids since 2008.

“I had a kid that was a gang banger that came down here and I ended up taking him to my mentoring camp also,” Harvey recalled during a recent talk in Florida. “He was a tough kid, man; he was in a lot of trouble in school. I ended up mentoring him so close that I got close to him and I helped him get into college. This kid today is an engineer. When you get stuff like that, that’s the motivation for me to keep coming back.”

Harvey also shared a story about a young man who endured plenty of personal tragedy prior to becoming a Disney Dreamer. “His mother was in prison, his father was murdered, he was in a shelter going to school and his gym teacher brought him down here,” Harvey shared. “This little boy ended up graduating from college, he ended up going to the military, he got out of the military, the little boy ended up being an architect. He got a family now.”

Harvey also shared a story about a young woman who was participating in a meeting at a law firm. “‘You don’t know, but I was very promiscuous back then because I didn’t have a father and I was trying to find love,’” Harvey recalled the Disney Dreamer telling him. “’I stopped after you talked to me about that. I got myself together.’” She is now a married lawyer with a child.

“If I can change your life and get you on course, that’s it for me,” Harvey said during the talk. And it is stories like these that inspires Steve Harvey to continue giving back with Disney Dreamers Academy.

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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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