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  • Run Me My Money!: Lauryn Hill Sued Cousin Over Unpaid Loan
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    Source: Tim Mosenfelder / Getty Lauryn Hill may have had issues with tardiness and the IRS, but when it comes to a loan she gave a close relative-she expects her money on time. According to The Blast (editor’s note: this was first reported last year by Bossip), Lauryn Hill is suing her cousin, Gerald Hill, over an unpaid loan that the singer loaned him in 2017. Court documents show that Lauryn Hill loaned her cousin $65,000 interest-free as long as the loan was repaid in full by September 2017. The contract drafted by Hill at the time states that failure to pay would result in an added 10% simple annual interest until the loan was settled. Despite the reasonable terms, the “Doo-Wop” singer claimed that her cousin has yet to pay back anything on the loan and headed to court in June of this year, accusing Gerald Hill of breach of contract and sued him for $65,000 plus attorney fees. “Defendant did not repay any portion of the loan on or before September 15, 2017, triggering the interest rate provision of the Loan Agreement. Furthermore, despite demand for repayment, to date Defendant has not repaid any of the $65,000 principal due and owing under the loan agreement or any of the interest amounts that became due and owing following Defendant’s non-payment.” Although served, Gerald Hill was a no show at court leading the judge to decide in favor of Lauryn, granting her a default judgement in August. The court order read: “Judgment is hereby entered in favor of Plaintiff and against Defendant in the amount of $72,886.62 consisting of $71,228.95 in damages, including contractual interest, attorneys’ fees in the amount of $1,401 and costs in the amount of $256.67.” Even with a default judgement, Lauryn Hill was forced to head back to court after her cousin continued to refuse to make a payment. On October 22, the “Ex-Factor” singer submitted subpoenas requesting the court to review Gerald Hill’s finances, assets and income to assist with repayment. Hill also is petitioning the judge to demand that Gerald produce statements and show up to court. As of press time, the case is ongoing. Read more »
  • ‘National Enquirer’ Publisher Planned On Funneling $1 Million To R. Kelly?
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    Source: Chicago Tribune / Getty While R. Kelly continues to struggle with his court cases, cash status, and infected toenails, The Daily Beast is reporting that the embattled R&B singer almost cashed in on a cool million dollars courtesy of the National Enquirer’s parent company American Media Inc. According to the report, an audio recording detailing the payment scheme recently surfaced and featured AMI Senior Vice President Dylan Howard detailing to R. Kelly’s representative, Don Russell, how he’ll use a shell company to funnel the money to R. Kelly in hopes of locking down an exclusive docuseries starring the alleged rapist/pedophile/sex cult leader. “No network is going to buy or pay Mr. Kelly. They simply won’t do that. They are not going to take the public relations hit associated with doing business with him,” Howard can be heard explaining to Russell in the recording of the phone call, which was authenticated by The Daily Beast. “Obviously, we would be embedded with you so it’s not as if it really is independent, but it has to be sold to the market as independent.” “How do you profit?” Howard continued. “I license music from you. I license locations from you such as homes, et cetera. And that is how you get profit participation in such a production, because no network is even going to allow a production company’s books to show, on their books, that there is a money trail going to you.”  Wait, didn’t American Media Inc. strike an immunity deal with the FBI in the Donald Trump porn star payoff case in which it was stated that said deal would be void if they were caught doing more dirt? Looks like AMI might have to feel the wrath of the FBI to keep them from helping famous sex offenders get over on people. Russell meanwhile seemed to be onboard with the plan suggesting that everyone involved would come away with enough money to satisfy the needs on their ends while setting up Kelly for a “triumphant” comeback. SMH. “So I gotta make sure that if we are doing this, that then is considered by all parties that we have to make sure he can pay legal fees, bills, and all that kinda stuff,” Russell added. “Because that puts him back into position for the next steps down the road, which is the movie of R. Kelly once he reigns supreme with this.” While AMI responded to The Daily Beast stating that they did nothing more than explored different ways to work with R. Kelly on a project, Kelly’s criminal defense lawyer said he asked Kelly about the proposed deal to which Kelly replied, ‘I have no fucking idea what you’re talking about. I don’t have any fucking idea. I don’t know anything about it. People are always trying to do stuff—make money, cut a deal, and tell me they got this opportunity.’” Didn’t Donald Trump once say he knew nothing about the Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal payoffs too? Just sayin.’ Read more »
  • Miami Heat Suspend Dion Waiters For Tripping Out On Weed Edibles
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    Source: Hannah Foslien / Getty Lesson to all professional athletes; if you are going to dabble make sure you know your dosage. One NBA player is loosing a portion of his salary for doing the most. ESPN is reporting that the Miami Heat have suspended Dion Waiters for 10 games due to an alleged incident that occurred during a team travel day. According to the report while on a charter to Los Angeles the shooting guard consumed a marijuana gummy. While the tea has yet to be fully spilled the rumors are that the Philadelphia native had a severe panic attack on the plane. So severe that he deemed to be a danger to the entire team. The organization has not disclosed details but formally announced disciplinary actions on Sunday, November 10. “We are very disappointed in Dion’s actions this season that include the very scary situation on Thursday night, and grateful that the outcome wasn’t worse” the Heat said in a formal statement. This is not the first time Waiters has been deemed as going off the script by the team. Earlier this month he was also suspended for behavior detrimental to the team after he vented on social media about his role or lack there with the squad. It is estimated he will lose about 1.2 million dollars in bonuses due to stipulations in his contract that require him to be available to play a certain amount of games in the season. Dion has yet to comment on the matter but Twitter had a field day with the memes. See some of the best below. Coach: Dion you ok? Dion Waiters [15 gummies deep]: pic.twitter.com/uD8BUA4djL — Kyle Harris (@heykyleharris) November 9, 2019 How Dion Waiters was hitting edibles on the Heat plane pic.twitter.com/8Rmw4Ky4f9 — Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) November 10, 2019 Dion Waiters first game back: pic.twitter.com/dpZ5p8k6VI — ‏ً (@vertvsworld) November 10, 2019 Photo: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images Read more »
  • Black Man Arrested For Eating Breakfast Sandwich At Train Station, Seriously
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    Source: Sinisa Kukic / Getty Well, it looks like eating in public has been added to the long list of things that Black people can’t do in America. In an incident captured on camera took place last week on Monday (Nov. 4th), Bill Gluckman was on his way to work and grabbed a breakfast sandwich from the deli below the platform at the Pleasant Hill BART Station when he was approached by a BART officer for “illegally eating a sandwich.” In the video posted to Bill Gluckman’s account, you see Gluckman struggling to free his backpack from the officer’s grip while asking the officer why he was being singled out when other BART riders were eating as well. “You singled me out out of all these people,” the detained man says. “You’re eating,” the officer said. “It’s against the law. That’s when Gluckman and an unidentified woman began to ask the officer why the issue isn’t being addressed to other passengers waiting on the train and also why there is a deli located under the platform if patrons are unable to eat on the go; that’s when the officer responded that Gluckman was being arrested. Within minutes, three other officers show up to handcuff and arrest the man. Activists on Saturday held an eat-in at the BART station to protest the arrest. According to ABC News, the eat in protest took place on Saturday (Nov. 9) and about 30 people gathered for lunch to protest the incident. “My first political awakening was back at a lunch counter in the ’60s, now we’re back to ‘eat-ins,” Oakland resident John Reimann told the station. BART Board of Directors member Janice Li was also here and brought her own lunch. Li believes there are bigger issues to deal with. “I realize some things are illegal with our penal code, but I want to be mindful of how we’re using resources to enforce our system,” said Li. BART says the video involving Gluckman will be reviewed by their independent police auditor. Check out the video below. Read more »
  • Disney+ Stumbles Out The Gate With Technical Issues At Launch
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    Source: ROBYN BECK / Getty The house of the mouse flipped on the switch for its highly-anticipated streaming service, Disney+ at the stroke of midnight Pacific Time. Unfortunately, the rollout wasn’t as smooth as the company would have liked. As expected, excited Disney+ users experienced glitches trying to watch their favorite 90’s cartoon plus titles from Star Wars, Marvel Studios, and Disney. A spokeswoman from the company addressed the issues stating: “The consumer demand for Disney+ has exceeded our high expectations. We are pleased by this incredible response and are working to quickly resolve the current user issue. We appreciate your patience.” According to Down Detector, a website that reports on outages from other sites, there were over “7,000 problems with the service 35% reporting log-in problems and 64% of people struggling with streaming.” The East Coast of the US was ground zero of most of the issues between the hours of 7AM and 8AM  Deadline reports. That didn’t stop social media from kicking the service while it was down “literally” starting the hashtag #DisneyPlusFail "They're only a multi-billion dollar corporation with unlimited resources that bet the entire farm on this technology, give them a chaaaaaance!" is quite a hill to die on. This is easily more entertaining than any show on Disney+.#DisneyPlusfail pic.twitter.com/tZ17CWndms — Movies Silently (@MoviesSilently) November 12, 2019 #DisneyPlusfail that is a big outage…@disneyplus pic.twitter.com/8SPXJlad2H — Travis Ross (@Travocop) November 12, 2019 It was working perfectly fine when it was charging my debit card #DisneyPlusfail pic.twitter.com/mbp2VIWhRo — yadi (@yadiiii_ra) November 12, 2019 Despite the early issues and the jokes, the service is now up and running smoothly, with everyone getting their fill of the television and movie properties that Disney owns. We won’t hold you, but we about to indulge in that new original Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. — Photo: ROBYN BECK / Getty Read more »
  • Petty Papi Back: Drake Takes IG Jab At Camp Flog Gnaw Booing Committee
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    Source: Jeff Kravitz / Getty Drake has taken shots on the chin in times past and has become something of a Canadian Teflon Don as nothing seems to sink him for long. After getting booed over the weekend at Camp Flog Gnaw, Drizzy hit back at the crowd via Instagram. Taking to Instagram, Drake let it be known that getting booed off the stage at one of the biggest music festivals of the year didn’t really harm him as much as some of his detractors may have hoped. From Drake’s IG: Plot twist…just signed a 10 year residency at Camp Flog Gnaw sorry kids see you EVERY SINGLE YEAR till you are 30 While this appears to be nothing but a joke from Drake, Tyler, The Creator was angered at fans for booing the Scorpion star. I THOUGHT BRINGING ONE OF THE BIGGEST ARTIST ON THE FUCKING PLANET TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL WAS FIRE! BUT FLIPSIDE, A LIL TONE DEAF KNOWING THE SPECIFIC CROWD IT DREW. SOME CREATED A NARRATIVE IN THEIR HEAD AND ACTED OUT LIKE ASSHOLES WHEN IT DIDNT COME TRUE AND I DONT FUCK WITH THAT — Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019 THIS NIGGA DID FEEL NO WAYS! SONG IS BEAUTIFUL. ALSO, MOSTLY EVERYONE WAS HAVING A GREAT TIME, THOSE SHITS IN THE FRONT AREA WERE THE ONES BEING MAD RUDE, WHICH, I CAN SEE WHY, BUT, NAH, FUCK THAT, YALL REPRESENTED ME AND FLOG TO MY GUEST AND MADE US LOOK SOOO ENTITLED AND TRASH — Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019 — Photo: Getty Read more »
  • Deyjah Harris Unfollows ‘Hymen Checking’ Father T.I. On Instagam After Outrage
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    Source: Paras Griffin / Getty Deyjah Harris hasn’t said anything publically about her father, Clifford T.I. Harris and his ‘hymen checking’ ways, but she did send a signal socially. E! News is reporting she unfollowed her dad on Instagram following the outrage. The 18-year-old has been quiet while the internet and celebs have been dragging the rapper up and down their timelines for revealing on the Ladies Like Us  podcast that he attends annual gynecologist appointments to “check her hymen.” However, reportedly, she is letting her dad know that she doesn’t agree with having her “virginity checked” in the most gen-z way possible by unfollowing him on the gram according to E! News. According to Hollywood Unlocked, Harris also is not following Tip’s wife, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, or her stepsister, Zonnique Pullins. View this post on Instagram Looks like #DeyjahHarris has unfollowed #TI #Tiny and sister #Zonnique Thoughts? A post shared by HOLLYWOOD UNLOCKED (@hollywoodunlocked) on Nov 11, 2019 at 6:07am PST Harris has also liked a series of Tweets that immediately followed him revealing the trips to the gynecologist, calling him his actions “controlling,” “possessive,” and “disgusting.” She even acknowledged all of the support she had received from fans telling them, “I loveeeeeee yalllllll” in a Tweet. It’s unclear as to when Dejah unfollowed her dad, Tiny, and stepsister or if she was following them in the first place. Maybe T.I. will take this is a strong signal that his daughter is upset with him and that his actions were indeed reprehensible. — Photo: Paras Griffin / Getty Read more »
  • Summer Walker Replies To Fan’s Meet & Greet Complaint, Says She’s An Empath
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    Source: Burak Cingi / Getty Summer Walker caught some heat online this weekend after a fan slammed the Over It star for being a little less than friendly at a recent meet and greet event. Walker defended her choice to not touch and hug fans due to the fact that she identifies as an empath. After the unnamed fan’s Instagram post explaining how the meet and greet ruined her perception of the 23-year-old singer, Walker took to Instagram to set the record straight. Lmao Summer is out here scamming the girls. pic.twitter.com/zPrq6dVb7G — aaron. (@aarxnjamal) November 8, 2019 From Summer Walker’s IG: I just want to say to all the fans who purchase meet & greets I really APPRECIATE y’all taking the extra time to meet me and share your stories. I tell everyone individually “thank you”, I spread love, we laugh & I give genuine compliments now for those who’re upset b/c I don’t give hugs idk what to tell you…I’m an empath, and that transference of energy from that many people each day would literally KILL me.. y’all may not understand what I’m talking about but for example… there’s a lot of people out here faking the funk with a smile on their face like they got it together but inside your actually suffering from some sort of traumatic experience, a loss, depressed, fearful, envious or whatever the case may be BUT I CAN FEEL IT. So I ask you please respect my space in those moments Near the top of the month, Walker expressed frustration at the industry and the energies of others in an Instagram post where she declared herself to be just a regular person. View this post on Instagram I just want to say to all the fans who purchase meet & greets I really APPRECIATE y’all taking the extra time to meet me and share your stories. I tell everyone individually “thank you”, I spread love, we laugh & I give genuine compliments now for those who’re upset b/c I don’t give hugs idk what to tell you…I’m an empath, and that transference of energy from that many people each day would literally KILL me.. y’all may not understand what I’m talking about but for example… there’s a lot of people out here faking the funk with a smile on their face like they got it together but inside your actually suffering from some sort of traumatic experience, a loss, depressed, fearful, envious or whatever the case may be BUT I CAN FEEL IT. So I ask you please respect my space in those moments A post shared by Summer Walker (@summerwalker) on Nov 10, 2019 at 10:11pm PST View this post on Instagram 6 traits of an Empath. A post shared by Summer Walker (@summerwalker) on Nov 10, 2019 at 9:50pm PST — Photo: Getty Read more »
  • Irv Gotti Says He Pulled Out The Burner On Daughter’s Boyfriend
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    Source: SOPA Images / Getty While T.I. continues to get dragged for his controversial parenting practice when it comes to his 18-year-old daughter, Irv Gotti sort of came to his defense during an interview with TMZ in which he revealed he too is guilty of going overboard when it came to vetting his daughter’s love life (not as bad as Tip, though). Opening up to TMZ’s Harvey Levin and Charles Latibeaudiere about how he keeps it 1000 with his kids when it comes to the birds and the bees, Irv Gotti said he bluntly told his daughter that “Sex feels good” but added “just make sure it’s respectful.” On the other hand, Gotti went mob style when it came time to have a sitdown with her boyfriend and revealed he might’ve OD’d a bit when they had their man-to-man talk about daddy’s little girl. “It was funny because I pulled a gun out on him… But I was only joking!” Gotti said while cracking up. “But I have a great relationship with her boyfriend. She’s been with her boyfriend for like 8 years. I really like the guy.” Well, you can’t be surprised if the dude is scared to even take a break from the relationship if he knows Daddy Warbucks Gotti got the toast in the stash. While we doubt Irv will ignite the same outrage that T.I. did when he revealed he takes his daughter to the gynecologist to make sure she’s still a virgin, we’re kinda sure 50 Cent will eventually throw in his two cents on the matter. Peep the interview below and let us know if you think Irv overdid it. Read more »
  • Kanye West Taking MAGA Tap Dance Routine To Joel Osteen’s Church
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    Source: Gotham / Getty Kanye West has been going hard for his Christian faith just as much as he’s been diving back into his love of all things President Donald Trump. The Chicago superstar is taking his MAGA tap dance routine on the road to Houston and will appear at Joel Osteen’s church this coming Sunday. We’ll let TMZ take it from here: Sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ … Ye and Joel have been talking fairly regularly recently … they’ve become friends, especially since Kanye has doubled down in his devotion to God. We’re told the plan is for Kanye to show up at Joel’s 11 AM service in Houston this coming Sunday at the Lakewood Church. Kanye will walk up to the pulpit and have a conversation with Joel that will last between 20 and 30 minutes. Our sources say Joel wants his congregation — which stands 45,000 strong — and his TV audience — which stands at 10 million in the U.S. alone — to hear how Kanye has overcome significant adversity in his life. As one source put it, “Kanye used to be about nothing greater than himself. Now it’s all about a higher power.” BTW, Kanye has echoed this sentiment before. We’re told Joel will ask Kanye to contrast his life then and now. The outlet adds that West isn’t slated to perform but will be in attendance at the 11AM service. — Photo: Getty Read more »
  • YK Osiris Denies He Choked Out & Bit His Girlfriend
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    Source: Scott Dudelson / Getty Last week, rapper and crooner YK Osiris was arrested on charges of assaulting his girlfriend. Now free on bond, he vehemently denies the allegations against him. YK is accused of choking out and even biting his girlfriend after they got into an argument at his birthday party back in September. According to TMZ, sources close to YK are saying the rapper’s ex-girlfriend’s claims are totally false. The rapper allegedly have witnesses that will confirm his innocence who were at the party and will come forward. The accuser claims YK flipped his lid after she confronted him about a photo in his phone of a woman in nothing but a towel. She claims he chased her down and proceeded to choke her out and bite her on the cheek. “YK Osiris maintains his innocence and looks forward to his day in court to defend against all of the allegations against him,” his lawyer, Gabe Banks, told TMZ. Read more »
  • Chicago Rapper Lil Reese Shot In The Neck, In Critical Condition
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    Source: Johnny Nunez / Getty Chicago rapper Lil Reese, born Tavares Taylor, was shot in the neck Monday (Nov. 11) afternoon. After being rushed to the hospital, he is in critical condition. Reese was reportedly shot in the neck while in his car about 40 or so minutes outside of Chicago in Illinois. Per WGNTV, the incident occurred at a busy intersection in Markham and Country Club Hills at 167th Street and Pulaski Road. Cops responded at about 2:30pm. Reese has been listed as in critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. According to witnesses, Reese was being pursued by another driver during a car chase. Reportedly up to a dozen gunshots were heard during the chase. According to witnesses, the driver in pursuit got out of his car and shot Reese with what appeared to be a small rifle before fleeing. According to the police, blood was spotted on the driver’s side of a car. However, someone had transported Reese to a hospital in Hazel Crest, where he was stabilized before being transferred to Advocate Christ. Police are still trying to locate the car—a  Chevy Malibu with Wisconsin license plate. Prayers up to Lil Reese. — Photo: Getty Read more »
  • Plies ft. DaBaby “Boss Friends,” Stunna 4 Vegas ft. Offset “Up The Smoke” & More | Daily Visuals 11.11.19
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    DaBaby’s really all over the place these days and getting that well earned gangsta love wherever he goes. This time around the North Carolina representative finds himself in Las Vegas for Plie’s visuals to “Boss Friends,” where they flaunt stacks of cash, mini-bikes, and get an appearance from Floyd “Money” Mayweather. He basically just popped his head out the car to dap up Plies but you know they had to use that footage off of GP. Speaking of Sin City, Stunna 4 Vegas shows and proves he doesn’t need to leave the block to floss and shine as he links up with Offset in his hood to burn it down and flaunt some ice in his clip to “Up The Smoke.” Check out the rest of today’s drops and some joints you might’ve missed over the weekend including work from Seshen, XV, and more. PLIES FT. DABABY – “BOSS FRIENDS” STUNNA 4 VEGAS FT. OFFSET – “UP THE SMOKE” THE SESHEN – “DIVE” ATMOSPHERE – “BDE MAKE SKA” XV – “I NEED COLOR” DANNY BROWN – “BEST LIFE” BLACC CUZZ – “WADD UP DOE” BLAKE & PESO PESO – “DRIPPY FELLAS” Read more »
  • Lupe Fiasco To Rock Special One-Night Only Set At The Kennedy Center
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    Source: Mark Sagliocco / Getty Lupe Fiasco has affirmed his place among the Hip-Hop elite long ago, and he’ll grace the stages of the Kennedy Center this coming Thursday to remind those in attendance of that fact. The Chicago MC will no doubt run through the hits from his 2006 major-label debut Food & Liquor to select works from 2018’s Drogas Wave. With the big splash made with “Kick Push” and other smashes such as “Superstar” and “The Show Goes On,” the rapper born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco has taken his fans on several varying journeys while leaving behind the major labels and focusing solely on independently releasing music. There have also been a series of acclaimed mixtapes released over the course of Lupe’s time on the majors, adding to his record of thumbing his nose over the corporate meddling in his art. Lupe Fiasco will take the stage on November 14 in Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center in the Concert Hall starting at 8:00PM. For tickets, please view this link. — Photo: Getty Read more »
  • Bag Secured: Stephen A. Smith Now ESPN’s Highest Paid Sportscaster
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    Source: Lachlan Cunningham / Getty The hardest working man at ESPN just got rewarded mightily. The New York Post is reporting that Stephen A. Smith is now the highest-paid sportscaster at the Disney owned sports network. According to The Post, Smith’s tireless work at ESPN is paying off big time. The network is reportedly tossing damn near $8 million of them thangs at him a year over the next five years. According to the reports, ESPN offered the 51-year-old living meme some of that salary upfront to get him to negotiating table. Smith now moves past Mike Greenberg, who was making $6.5 million, which earned him the honor of having the highest salary at the network at the time. As part of his new deal, Smith will continue to host his popular debate show alongside co-host and frequent sports troll Max Kellerman and moderator Molly Qerim. He will also continue to head up his own edition Sportscenter at 7 pm on Wednesdays before NBA Games. ESPN is also looking for a way to maximize their dollars by including him in its subscription service ESPN+. Smith has been a staple at ESPN since 2005, but he hit his stride when he sat across from now FOX Sport’s analyst Skip Bayless on ESPN First Take, who was subsequently replaced by Kellerman following his departure. View this post on Instagram I said it years ago. I say it now. I will forever say this: A post shared by Stephen A. Smith (@stephenasmith) on Nov 8, 2019 at 10:25am PST If there is any question as to why ESPN is backing up the brinks truck for Smith, look no further than him hilariously going in on his beloved New York Knicks. If there was ever a time where I wish I WASN'T restricted by FCC airwaves, it would be RIGHT NOW, DAMNIT! pic.twitter.com/ONWejT3zST — Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) November 11, 2019 ESPN would be crazy to let this man go, congrats to Stephen A.Smith. — Photo: Lachlan Cunningham / Getty Read more »
  • A$AP Rocky To Return To Sweden For First Time Since Conviction
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    Source: Bennett Raglin / Getty 2019 was a year of several ups and downs for A$AP Rocky. Pretty Flacko will soon have to face the country that almost ended his career and personal life. Page Six is reporting that the Harlem native has been booked to perform at the Ericsson Globe venue in Stockholm. He will return to Sweden after receiving “tremendous support from the Swedish fans”. The move has come as a complete surprise to the Hip-Hop community as he once vowed never to return. Considering his harrowing experience we don’t really blame him for his original stance. View this post on Instagram STOCKHOLM A post shared by PRETTY FLACKO (@asaprocky) on Jul 2, 2019 at 11:11am PDT In July he and his entourage were booked for assault after two locals claimed they were assaulted by their bodyguard. Footage once posted to his Instagram account seemed to show that the two Swedes were actually the aggressors. Although Rocky was convicted of the crime he was eventually released in early August. View this post on Instagram SO A FEW DRUG ADDICTS ARE NOT MY FANS , WE DONT KNOW THESE GUYS AND WE DIDNT WANT TROUBLE , THEY FOLLOWED US FOR 4 BLOCKS , AND THEY WERE SLAPPING GIRLS BUTTS WHO PASSED , GIVE ME A BREAK A post shared by PRETTY FLACKO (@asaprocky) on Jul 2, 2019 at 7:56am PDT “I AM OF COURSE DISAPPOINTED BY TODAY’S VERDICT. I WANT TO SAY THANKS AGAIN TO ALL OF MY FANS, FRIENDS, AND EVERYONE WHO SHOWED ME LOVE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.” he wrote at the time of his release. View this post on Instagram I AM OF COURSE DISAPPOINTED BY TODAY’S VERDICT. I WANT TO SAY THANKS AGAIN TO ALL OF MY FANS, FRIENDS, AND EVERYONE WHO SHOWED ME LOVE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME. IMMA KEEP MOVING FORWARD. THANK YOU TO MY TEAM, MY MANAGEMENT, ATTORNEYS, LABEL AND EVERYONE WHO ADVOCATED FOR JUSTICE. A post shared by PRETTY FLACKO (@asaprocky) on Aug 14, 2019 at 12:33pm PDT The show is scheduled for December 11. Photo: WENN.com Read more »
  • Instagram Annouces It Will Begin Test Hiding Likes In The US, Nicki Minaj & Cardi B Have Thoughts
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    Source: Bernard Smalls / @PhotosByBeanz Over the weekend, Instagram “models” and “influencers” reacted after news broke that Instagram will begin test hiding likes. The announcement even sparked reactions from Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. The Facebook-owned social media platform has already begun testing hiding likes in seven countries but has yet to try out the new idea in the states. Speaking at the WIRED25 conference, Instagram CEO Adama Mosseri made the announcement Friday (Nov.8) that it will begin test hiding likes for some users starting this week. WATCH: Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announces that the platform will start hiding likes for US audiences starting next week. It's the latest step in Instagram’s quest to become the safest place on the internet. https://t.co/BGkMG57rdk #WIRED25 pic.twitter.com/WNTyAPVhaD — WIRED (@WIRED) November 9, 2019 In the tests that have rolled out in Canada, Ireland, Ital, Japan, Brazil, Austria, and New Zealand, the likes are hidden from the public in the feed, web, and in profiles. Users will still be able to see how many likes their posts receive. Only other people will not be able to know. The motive behind the move is to help “depressurize Instagram” by “making it less of a competition Mosseri told Bloomberg on Friday. He continued: “The idea is to try and reduce anxiety and social comparisons, specifically with an eye towards young people.” While the other countries really haven’t been complaining, the news removing likes is being met with criticism from influencers and celebs alike. The decision has even brought feuding rappers Nicki Minaj and Cardi B together in agreement that they are both skeptical about the removal of likes. On Twitter Friday (Nov.8), following the news, the “Anaconda” rapper declared that she will no longer be posting on Instagram. I’m not posting on IG after this week cuz they removing the likes. Hmmmm what should I get into now? Think of all the time I’ll have with my new life — Mrs. Petty (@NICKIMINAJ) November 9, 2019 She followed her Tweet by hopping on Instagram Live, making the case that IG taking away the likes is an elaborate scheme to force people to pay them for “sponsored” posts. “So basically no, Instagram is about to take everyone’s likes simply because they don’t want you to go off on the side, forming all sorts of businesses and being able to say, ‘I get this amount of likes,’ and charging brands. They want you to have to pay them. If you pay them, then that’s why we have all these ‘sponsored’ Instagram posts… They had to shuffle it real quick to let you know, you ain’t the boss.” Cardi B also didn’t care for Instagram’s decision and sounded off on her IG Live as well, but she argued that the social media platform should focus on comments, not the likes. “It’s a big ruckus right now that the likes on Instagram are getting taken away,” she said in a Friday night Instagram post. “… This is my opinion on it, right? So from the beginning of Instagram, we had likes. And I feel like, in the beginning of Instagram, everything was so fun, people wanted to post their pictures, get likes … where I think that Instagram got a little nasty, and it just took a weird turn, was when people started to like the comments when they were allowed to like comments or reply back to somebody’s comments.” Well, we shall see how this all pans out, no word on if Instagram is gonna have second thoughts about the idea. We think everyone should just calm down and let’s see how it works first. — Photo: Bernard Smalls / @PhotosByBeanz Read more »
  • Chamillionaire, E-40 & Daymond John Launch $100K Competition For Minority Or Woman-Owned Startup
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    Source: Bob Levey / Getty Chamillionaire has long made the seamless transition from award-winning musician to savvy businessman and has used his platform to help others achieve their goals. Having done similar contests in the past, the Texas artist will join forces with E-40 and FUBU’s Daymond John to launch a competition that will grant seed money to the next great minority or woman-owned startup. Chamillionaire was on CNBC Monday to discuss the new competition, mentioning in the chat that the trio will be working with equity investment firm Republic as he’s done in times past with E-40. This time, the stakes are higher and the startup has the potential to win $100,000 for their idea or company. While talking with CNBC, Chamillionaire made note that he finds it baffling that venture capitalists claim they can’t find African-American projects to fund, this after he attended the AfroTech conference in Oakland, Ca. this past weekend and came across thousands of tech workers and entrepreneurs of color. Via Cham’s Convoz app, potential contestants can make their pitch and get connected with the judges. Check out Chamillionaire’s CNBC chat below. Salute to him, E-40, Daymond John, and Republic. He's back! @chamillionaire talks investing, wealth, $LYFT and more on Squawk Alley… @CNBC pic.twitter.com/SEICA3Rruf — Squawk Alley (@SquawkAlley) November 11, 2019 — Photo: Getty Read more »
  • French Montana Talks Kanye, Drake, and Nikes on Sneaker Shopping With Complex
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    Source: Complex / Complex One of the most memorable things about French Montana‘s “Figure It Out” music video was Kanye West debuting his unreleased grey and orange Yeezy Boost 350 V2’s, but did y’all know there was another still as of yet unreleased Yeezy’s on that set? Neither did we, but in the latest installment of Complex’s Sneaker Shopping, French reveals that not only did Yeezy have some unreleased heat lying around his trailer, but he even gifted Montana a pair. “I actually went in his trailer and he had a bunch of joints and I was just like ‘Can I have these?’ They was just white and they went with my outfit. I just grabbed them and he gave them to me.” Though someone apparently offered French $50K for the joints, French declined the offer saying “It was a special moment” between he and Yeezy. Unfortunately it was short lived as someone ended up dipping with the sample kicks before he could frame them. Can’t trust no one these days when it comes to kicks. Check out the full episode below and peep Montana talk about why he loves Foamposites, Drake taking shots at Kanye on his cut, and witness him drop $8,200 on some Jordans, Foams, Supreme Air Force 1’s and Air Max ’95’s amongst other kicks. Read more »
  • Tyler, The Creator Slams Fans Who Booed Drake, Really Likes “Feel No Ways”
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    Source: Lars Niki / Getty As you probably heard, Drake was unceremoniously booed this weekend when he performed a surprise set at the Camp Flog Gnaw Music Festival. The man who invited him, Tyler, The Creator, took to Twitter to criticize those who disrespected the 6 God, while also taking some of the blame himself. The crowd had been anticipating an appearance from Frank Ocean, but instead got Drizzy, and as you know, that didn’t go over too well. Writing in all caps, because of course, Tyler broke down what happened and admitted Drake and the crowd wasn’t exactly the best of fits. “I thought bringing one of the biggest artist [sic] on the f*cking planet to a music festival was fire!,” Tyler tweeted. “But flipside, a lil tone deaf knowing the specific crowd it drew. Some created a narrative in their head and acted out like assholes when it didnt [sic] come true and I don’t f*ck with that.” Nevertheless, Tyler went on to express appreciation for Drake holding it down despite the hostile environment. He added, “This n*gga did Feel No Ways! Song is beautiful.” and a “Thank you Aubrey!” later on. He really likes “Feel No Ways.” However, he didn’t let the “fans” off the hook. “Also, mostly everyone was having a great time, those sh*ts in the front area were the ones being mad rude, which, I can see why, but, nah, f*ck that, yall represented me and Flog to my guest and made us look sooo entitled and trash. That sh*t was like mob mentality and cancel culture in real life and I think that sh*t is f*cking trash.” No lies detected. Also, Drake has spoken, to Akademiks. Drake is taking it in stride tho… he told me personally regarding the camp flog gnaw performance it’s a “moment of humility which is always welcomed”. He also added “was just not my night. Wasn’t who they wanted to see”. — DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) November 11, 2019 Peep Tyler’s full spiel below. I THOUGHT BRINGING ONE OF THE BIGGEST ARTIST ON THE FUCKING PLANET TO A MUSIC FESTIVAL WAS FIRE! BUT FLIPSIDE, A LIL TONE DEAF KNOWING THE SPECIFIC CROWD IT DREW. SOME CREATED A NARRATIVE IN THEIR HEAD AND ACTED OUT LIKE ASSHOLES WHEN IT DIDNT COME TRUE AND I DONT FUCK WITH THAT — Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019 THIS NIGGA DID FEEL NO WAYS! SONG IS BEAUTIFUL. ALSO, MOSTLY EVERYONE WAS HAVING A GREAT TIME, THOSE SHITS IN THE FRONT AREA WERE THE ONES BEING MAD RUDE, WHICH, I CAN SEE WHY, BUT, NAH, FUCK THAT, YALL REPRESENTED ME AND FLOG TO MY GUEST AND MADE US LOOK SOOO ENTITLED AND TRASH — Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019 THAT SHIT WAS LIKE MOB MENTALITY AND CANCEL CULTURE IN REAL LIFE AND I THINK THAT SHIT IS FUCKING TRASH — Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019 NIGGA DID FEEL NO WAYS! THAT SONG IS BEAUTIFUL! MOST GUYS DONT DO ALBUM CUTS! THANK YOU AUBREY! — Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019 LIKE, I LOVE THAT SONG AND THOUGHT THAT WOULD NEVER HAPPEN…….HE REALLY DID THAT FOR ME AND I APPRECIATE IT BECAUSE HE DID NOT HAVE TO COME AT ALL, SEE OUR WORLDS COME TOGETHER WAS SO GREAT IN THEORY — Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019 BUT HEY MAN SHIT HAPPENS, ALL JOKES ASIDE SHIT LOWKEY FUNNY HAHAHA, ASIDE FROM THAT, HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GOOD TIME. AGAIN, NO ARREST NO BULLSHIT MAN A LOT OF PEOPLE ENJOYED IT, THANKS AGAIN! — Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019 YEAR 8! LOVE! — Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019 AGAIN, THANK YOU DRAKE! ( IM FUCKING PISSED HOTLINE BLING WAS NEXT THATS MY FUCKING SHIT IM GONNA PLAY THAT IN THE SHOWER RIGHT NOW) — Tyler, The Creator (@tylerthecreator) November 11, 2019 Read more »
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