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“Welcome To Sweetie Pie’s” was OWN’s first hit reality series, introducing us to Miss Robbie Montgomery, a former Ikette from “The Ike & Tina Turner Revue” who went on to open a series of soul food restaurants in St. Louis alongside her son, Tim Norman.

However, this morning it is being reported that Tim Norman was arrested at his home in Jackson, Mississippi; being charged alongside an exotic dancer with conspiring to murder his now deceased nephew, Andre Montgomery for $450K in insurance money.

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(left) Andre Montgomery (deceased) and Miss Robbie Montgomery

James Timothy Norman of Sweetie Pie’s fame is facing federal charges alleging he conspired with an exotic dancer in the murder of his eighteen-year-old nephew Andre Montgomery.

The 41-year-old son of the legendary restaurant owner Robbie Montgomery was arrested this morning at his home in Jackson, Mississippi, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney.

Norman, who starred with his family in the show Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, had feuded with his mother over money in recent years after she sued him for opening restaurants under the Sweetie Pie’s brand without her permission, according to court records.

It was a messy, public spat, but federal authorities say Norman executed a far more sinister conspiracy to have his teenage nephew killed in 2016. According to the criminal complaint unsealed today, Norman had taken out $450,000 in life insurance policies on Andre Montgomery in 2014, and he was the sole beneficiary.

In 2016, Norman was living in Los Angeles. Phone records obtained by investigators showed that leading up to Andre Montgomery’s murder, Norman and a Memphis-based dancer named Teria Ellis headed to St. Louis and communicated over burner phones. Ellis also started contacting Montgomery, sending him her Instagram account handle, Alexusdagreat, and texting that she would be visiting St. Louis.

“I’m on my way in town,” she wrote him in an email on March 10, 2016, according to court records.

Three days later, Norman flew into St. Louis and booked a room at the Chase Park Plaza hotel. The next day, March 14, Ellis contacted Montgomery to figure out where he was, according to the complaint. Cell phone records showed that he texted her the address of a house: 3964 Natural Bridge Ave. in the city. Ellis then called Norman.

That night, at 8:02 p.m., Montgomery was shot to death at the house on Natural Bridge. And investigators believe Ellis was there. Location data from her burner phone put her at the scene, and in one of Montgomery’s final phone calls, he spoke to his girlfriend, who later told investigators she could hear a woman’s voice in the background.

One minute after the eighteen-year-old was shot, Ellis made another call — to Norman.

“Despite being at the scene of Montgomery’s murder at 8:02 pm, ELLIS’s first phone call was not to the police, but rather to [NORMAN] at 8:03 p.m., at which time her phone location data showed she was driving in a direction consistent with her returning home in Memphis, Tennessee,” the criminal complaint says.

Phone records would then show the phone moving south along Interstate 55. Norman’s phone showed him flying back to Los Angeles, arriving early the morning after the killing. That same day, March 15, 2016, both the burner phones went dark, authorities say.

Back in Memphis, Ellis began depositing money — $3,020 in a checking account that previously had a negative balance and another $4,340 in a savings account opened the same day. On March 17, 2016, she deposited another $1,900.

On March 22, 2016, she and her mother and daughter flew to Los Angeles. There’s not much information in the court records about what they did there, but authorities say location data for her mom’s phone showed that on at least one occasion they were with Norman.

At the end of April 2016, Norman wired Ellis $700.

Norman waited a week to try to collect on his murdered nephew’s life insurance police, authorities say. On March 21, 2016, he called the bank, but he never provided all the documentation required and still hasn’t gotten the money, according to court records.

He’s now being held without bond at a jail in Madison County, Mississippi. He and Ellis have been charged with conspiracy to use interstate commerce facilities in commission of murder-for-hire, resulting in death.

The case is being investigated by St. Louis police and the FBI.

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Tim Norman’s mugshot

We are shocked and dismayed by this news. We loved “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” and grieved alongside their family when Andre was killed. Tim having anything to do with his own nephew’s murder is insidious. From the show we could tell Tim and Andre had some issues with one another, but nothing to where he would plot to kill him…
We are praying for justice to be served, and more importantly for Miss Robbie. She’s dealt with enough loss losing her oldest son, Andre’s father, then Andre, and now Tim again to prison. We guess his son’s mother, Jenae Shivers was right on keeping their son, Timmy away. We will keep you posted as more on this story unfolds. We need answers!

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DMX Reportedly in “Grave Condition” After Drug Overdose

It is being reported that rapper and actor, DMX, is now in “grave condition,” following a drug overdose which triggered a heart attack last night.

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It is being reported that rapper and actor, DMX, is now in “grave condition,” following a drug overdose which triggered a heart attack last night.

The fifty year old rapper was rushed to a White Plains, New York hospital, but the true state of his condition remains unknown as multiple reports are coming in that he is fighting for his life, or in a vegetative state after being declared brain dead. Neither his family or representatives has yet to release an official statement on his condition.

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DMX has battled drug addiction and substance abuse most of his life. In 2019, he canceled four tour dates to check into a rehab facility, apologizing to his fans for the disappointment. In multiple interviews, and most notably on OWN’s Iyanla Vanzant: Fix My Life,” the effects of said abuse has been disastrous to his family and marred his career and personal life. Still, the love and support from both celebrities and fans has been overwhelming, with many taking to social media.

Missy Elliot posted, “Prayers for DMX” on her Instagram account; with other rappers like Swizz Beatz and Rick Ross following suit. The former posted a sunset over the ocean, and the latter posting “Prayers up #DMX” with a video to an Instagram Story.

 

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Fans too have posted their well wishes, as well as their disbelief in his relapse: “Prayers to the real rough rider,” @bitchiwas999 posted with a picture of DMX at a concert, meanwhile @RasheedPanda tweeted, “The worst thing is that we all thought he had been sober this whole last year, he did songs and looked healthier and everything. Addiction ain’t no damn joke.”

As aforementioned this story is still unfolding. We will report back with new information as it becomes available and would like to send our own personal prayers up for DMX.

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Keyshia Cole Announces Retirement After Final Upcoming Album

Grammy-nominated artist Keyshia Cole is announcing her retirement from music after her final upcoming album.

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Grammy-nominated artist Keyshia Cole is announcing her retirement from music after her final upcoming album.

Keyshia made the announcement unexpectedly on Instagram when a fan stated she should feel like she is “sitting on top of the world” with the way her latest single, “I Don’t Want To Be In Love” has been received by fans, the hype around her recent “Versuz Battle” with fellow singer and rival, Ashanti,  and her upcoming album.

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The songstress, surprisingly, replied “I’m retiring. “When questioned on the seriousness of her response, she doubled down and stated, “I’m not lying.” Keyshia’s fans initially thought her account was being hacked, however she confirmed again she was retiring, but promised one more album. “I’m already contracted to do so, I wouldn’t do that to @BMG ,myself, or my fans,” she said of not releasing a record. “But I’m gonna have to move at my pace with this one. #Album8.” She goes on to cite her children as her reason for retirement, stating she wants to take a step back and jokes about leaving music altogether. “#StimnyHitsAccount RETIREMENT SOUNDS GOOD [crying laughing emoji] this is funny! Hella! Just thought I’d join in on the fun. I’m serious about retirement… [crossed fingers emoji] but this is funny [crying laughing emoji].” 

Fan reaction to Keyshia’s retirement announcement has bordered on the humorous side, with most questioning her others heckling her.

Keyshia Cole’s forthcoming album will be her eighth one. Besides her music, the singer has been hailed as one of the music industry’s last true R&B artists. She is also known as a family and anti-drug advocate as she showcases her roller coaster relationship with her birth family, including her older sister Neffeteria “Neffe” Pugh and her mother, Francine “Frankie” Lons, well documented on multiple reality television series and talk shows.

 

 

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WebLYFE Atlanta, Season 2, To Be Produced By “U Do TV!”

WebLYFE’s creator, casting director, producer, cast member and owner, Michael Jonvier, formerly known as “Hey Mikey,” has opted to switch to a new production company. WebLYFE Season 2 will now be produced and filmed by Atlanta based production company and new Roku Channel, U Do TV.

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WebLYFE Atlanta was one of the latest additions to the growing genre of LGBT Web Reality Series.

Like Chasing Atlanta, The Come Up Atlanta, and still others before it; the series attempted to show the lives of seven Atlanta based web series actors, content creators, and media personalities; Larry “Phylle” Carter, Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning, Carl “K $tarr” Levonzell, Lacie “Lacie Doll” Squire, Nikia “Freshie” Squire, and Brandon Karson Jordan; as they live, laugh, love and clash on the backdrop of Atlanta’s vibrant social scene. 

However, the first season was riddled with production issues, onset and behind the scenes as various cast members and producers clashed with one another and production. Although many viewers enjoyed the series and the cast; even more noted the poor production quality of the episodes (editing, lighting, camera movement, audio, etc.), not seeing the full scope of the cast’s work, and an imbalanced story line primarily centered on two cast members that was pushed throughout the season. This is a far cry from the original balanced vision of an ensemble cast the show’s creator clearly expressed and expected. 

WebLYFE’s creator, casting director, producer, cast member and owner, Michael Jonvier, formerly known as “Hey Mikey,” has opted to switch to a new production company. WebLYFE Season 2 will now be produced and filmed by Atlanta based production company and new Roku Channel, U Do TV.

Together with the CEO of U Do TV, Maurice Ravennah, Michael will co-executive produce the new season, in collaboration with his own new media company Michael Jonvier Media, LLC. Project Management Company, Forever Dope Management, headed by Ebony Shinelle, will assist with show production and operations, while Kontrol Magazine will act as a major sponsor. “We’ve worked with Michael for a decade, and with our two brands merging, this is the perfect marriage. WebLYFE has been a dream of his for years, even when he was intially naming it ‘Web Stars of Atlanta’ and we are happy to help however we are needed. We got his back!” Julian Lark, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Kontrol Magazine tells us.

 

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Additionally coming on board are returning cast members Carl Levonzell, Lacie Doll, Freshie, and Larry Carter. “This show is my brainchild and I wanted a reality series that was balanced. Yes, you have the drama, but you need to also see people working through their issues, finding solutions, and for sure showcasing their work. I’m blessed to call some of the most creative minds in the city [Atlanta] my friends and colleagues. Season 2 is going to be my vision–what it should have been all along.” When asked where Michael stands with the former production, OutPour Media Productions LGBTQ, he simply states, “I wish them the best. My interaction with their executive producer, solely, taught me to research people thoroughly before working with them; and that you can never see your vision come to fruition in the hands of someone else. Nevertheless, I wish them the best.”

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 In the second season you will also see two new faces soon to be announced! Michael and Maurice both state they want well rounded people who have never been on a reality television with a story and work that will really make people take notice. “Atlanta is full of talented people, but we are looking for individuals who are making moves in their fields as well as have the personality and wherewithal to deal with reality television…We are excited to partner with Michael on this and are more than prepared to deliver an amazing second season.” Maurice adds. 

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Season 2 of WebLYFE Atlanta will begin filming in April. For media inquiries please contact info@udo.work.

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