Snoop Dogg Preps Us for Gospel Album With ‘Super Bowl Gospel Celebration’ Concert

Snopp Dogg looks like he's making good on his promise to make moves into the world of gospel in 2018 with not only his forthcoming album Snoop Dogg Presents the Bible of Love, but an upcoming appearance at the 19th annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Alongside Grammy-award winner artists Faith Evans and Tye Tribbett, Snoop will perform at the shindig that dubs itself the “only inspirational music event sanctioned by the NFL for Super Bowl weekend.” 

According to Business Wire, the star-studded show, hosted by Yvonne Orji of HBO's Insecure and Pastor John Gray of OWN, will not only celebrate one of the world's largest televised sporting events but also honor NFL players Russell Wilson and Larry Fitzgerald. The show will feature other gospel artists such as Erica Campbell, the Clark Sisters, and Donnie McClurkin, as well as frequent Prince collaborator Sheila E., and a 40-member choir made up of current and former NFL players.

Last year, Snoop told Billboard he was considering the idea of making a gospel album after close to 25 years in the game. “I have always wanted to try gospel,” he admitted. “This may surprise some people but all I gotta say is get ready for some good for your soul music in 2018!” No doubt, Snoop's public persona might clash with Christian values for some, but it all falls under feel-good vibes for the 46-year-old rapper. After trading in hip hop for reggae briefly in 2013 as Snoop Lion on Reincarnated, and soulful funk in 2015 with BUSH, let's just wait to see what genre Snoop hops to next.

The hourlong special will air on BET on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 11 PM.

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Florida’s Fake “Dr. Love” Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

It's been about two full calendar years since we got introduced to Florida's own Malachi Love-Robinson, who at 18 years of age he posed as a fake doctor running a fake af clinic (the “New Birth New Life Alternative Medicine and Urgent Care Clinic”) without a license. At the time, he was arrested after an officer posed as a patient looking for his, ahem, medical advice, and all “Dr. Love” had to say was that he was “hurt” by the allegations.

That summer, “Dr. Love” got caught up again, this time for writing bullshit checks and grand theft. He was writing bogus checks (including a $1,500 check to a West Palm Nissan) and facing 20 years for the new charges, which were nothing compared to the 70 years (!) he was facing for his charges for practicing medicine without a license.

Two months later, the then-19-year-old Love-Robinson got busted for trying to scam a whip. He rolled in with a 73-year-old woman (who he claimed was his mother) to a dealership about a Jaguar he called about previously. When he found out that was sold, he inquired about a Lexus, which he said should be easy to cop considering he was making $140,000 a year. Of course he got caught up in his web of lies with the woman who wasn't his mother, or related to him, who didn't even know he was trying to use her to scam this whip.

Anyways, news hit the wire Friday that the now-20-year-old “Dr. Love” cut a deal on the 14 criminal charges he was facing. Love-Robinson admitted to being full of shit when it comes to his doctor con, and in exchange received a three-and-a-half year sentence, as well as having to pay back the $80,000 he owed his victims. He did receive credit for the 16 months in prison he's already served. Love-Robinson also won't be on probation once his sentence ends.

From a possible 90-year sentence to a cool three-and-a-half? Hopefully “Dr. Love” has learned his lesson.

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A man who pretended to be an oil tycoon in an elaborate identity theft scheme has been handed down a sentence of four years in prison, the New York Post reports. Using online dating services like eHarmony, Craigslist, and Seeking Arrangement, John Edward Taylor would deceive women under a variety of aliases, gaining their affections and trust in order to steal sensitive information and hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process.

Taylor tricked upwards of 16 women out of thousands of dollars, nearly sending one young victim into bankruptcy in the process. He used manipulation to gain access to personal finance information, moving funds and opening new accounts in their names; switching to intimidation and blackmail whenever the women caught wind of what was going on. In a series of letters sent to the case’s judge Laura Swain, 9 different women recounted the scams they endured. “Each time we had a question or doubt, he would have another story to cover up the lie,” read one of the letters. 

For nearly 7 years between 2009 and 2016, he was able to get away with stealing well over $270,000 from a handful of women whom he would then blackmail with public and professional embarrassment if they tried to pursue legal action.

A few of his former victims made their way to court proceedings to voice their experiences, offering even more insight into the awful lengths he was willing to go to get what he wanted. One noted how skilled he was in his approach, meticulously sticking to his fake identity in order to get close to women he would ultimately steal from. “Don’t let him have any more victims,” she pleaded. Taylor's lawyer offered up her client's mental health as the reason he should avoid jail time, saying a lengthy sentence would “kill him.”

He is also is also on the hook for nearly $300,000 in restitution.

Next time an oil tycoon pops up as a match, swipe left.

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From the rise of Cardi B and HBO's dominance on TV to Jordan Peele's frighteningly accurate social commentary helping make 2017 the biggest year for horror at the box office ever, 2017 featured loads of amazing content, most of which helped us make it through the depressing batch of headlines and breaking news reports. Here's your look at the best of, well, everything from 2017.

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