MLB’s Felipe Vazquez Admits To Soliciting 13-Year-Old For Sex

The world Major League Baseball was shaken this weekend after reports surfaced that Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez was arrested on charges soliciting a minor for . The 28-year-old reportedly began corresponding with the now 15-year-old (some publications list her as 16) teen when she was 13-years-old. Vazquez stands accused sending her ually explicit videos, including some that show Vazquez performing ual acts. There are also allegedly messages where the pressional baseball player tells the girl that once the season was over, he wanted them to meet up to have .

Twenty-four hours after we first reported on this, more details regarding the case have emerged per ESPN. The publication shares that Vazquez faces six counts, many which are felonies, including unlawful contact with a minor, statutory ual assault, indecent assault, and corruption a minor. His bail has been denied.

According to the report, Vazquez and the then-13-year-old met in Pittsburgh while he was in the bullpen at PNC Park. They exchanged information and the two kept in contact on social media and through texts. The baseball player told police that he initially didn’t want to communicate with her because she was too young but later admitted that he and the teen traded nude photos. Vazquez also revealed that he did make the hourlong drive to visit her at her home where she got into his car and, according to her, he pulled down her pants and attempted to engage in a ual act. He confirmed with authorities that he did try to have with her on that occasion.

The only reason that this came to light was because the teen’s mother found photos Vazquez on one her daughter’s devices. The league has placed him on leave until they decide what to do.

Azealia Banks Shares She Is Releasing A Song Inspired By Elon Musk

It looks like the longstanding feud between Azealia Banks and Elon Musk continues. The drama between these two surfaced in 2018 after Banks had a rift with Musk and his former girlfriend—and Banks’s former friend—music artist Grimes. Banks made claims that Musk was on drugs, she called him an alien, and revealed an alleged private business conversation she overheard him engaged in on the phone while she was visiting his home.

By now, most us know that if Banks has a bone to pick with a foe, she does so brashly and publicly, and it looks like Musk is still a target. Banks made a cryptic post-and-delete announcement on Instagram where she stated that she has an unreleased track titled  In “96′ Corolla (Motorman)” that describes the tale a fictional character named “Alon Dust.” 

“It tells the story an ungrateful technocrat who’s ego become too big for his britches.” She adds, “Set in 3030, a wealthy technocrat devises the perfect scheme to entice poor people into allowing their brains to be used as na interface: Neuralink. The Venture turns out to be catastrophic with his own device being recognized by the stware as a threat. The A.I. Overlord, (originally played by @impoppy, now played by me) sings the soundtrack to his deactivation. The technocrat’s neural activity is cut f satellite, rendering him a vegetable and erasing him as a threat to humanity. The World is saved and the people rejoice.”

Neuralink, course, is Musk’s real-life, highly-clandestine project that, when completed, will help paralyzed individuals to control electronic devices. There are certainly concerns regarding brain reading/threading devices, hence Banks’s story the creator Neuralink’s life being ended by, in her words, a “public execution.” Check out Banks’ now-deleted post below as well as her previous comments about Musk below.

Jordyn Woods Pens Birthday Note To Jada Pinkett Smith: "Always Watching Our Backs"

Jordyn Woods has been close family friends the Smith family since she was just a baby. The 21-year-old has posted throwback images her and Jaden Smith many times over, solidifying the family’s closeness. When Jordyn was cut from the Kardashian family earlier this year after she kissed Tristan Thompson, it was Jada’s Red Table Talk show she paid a visit to so she could speak her truth with someone she felt comfortable with. Jada recently stated how “a lot things transpired behind-the-scenes” making it “imperative” for her to interview Jordyn on her show. 

In light Jada’s 48th birthday, Jordyn has come through to pen a sweet note about the actress and how much she means to her. “Always watching our backs♥️ Happy Birthday to a woman that means so much to me,” she captioned an image Jada looking over a young Jordyn hugging a baby Jaden. 

“I don’t believe in clapping back, or reacting out emotion,” Jordyn recently explained the Tristan kiss. “I could have handled this a million different ways, but I just went with what felt the most natural to me. Would I ever have wanted this to happen? Never. But sh*t happens. And in the end, I never want to see anyone hurt; I would hate to be the reason for anyone’s pain. We all have to go to sleep with ourselves at night.”

Klay Thompson’s Latest Sneaker With ANTA Has Been Revealed

Klay Thompson is one the most impressive shooters to ever play the game basketball and this past summer, he signed a huge contract extension with the Golden State Warriors. When it comes to endorsement deals, Thompson is actually one the highest-paid players in the league thanks to his sneaker deal with Chinese company ANTA. While it may not be a traditional sneaker brand, Thompson has been putting in work with ANTA and this season, he will be releasing his fifth silhouette.

This latest silhouette has been revealed and the images below, courtesy Sneaker News, show f what the ANTA KT5 is all about. As you can see, the shoe is made with a plethora materials with an overall colorway black, red, and blue. This first colorway is being called “Klaytheism” which is a pretty hilarious yet clever name. 

If you’re looking to cop these, they will be dropping in the United States sometime in October this year for $120 USD. Stay tuned for all the latest updates as we will be sure to bring them to you.

Klay Thompson's Latest Sneaker With ANTA Has Been Revealed

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Klay Thompson's Latest Sneaker With ANTA Has Been Revealed

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Klay Thompson's Latest Sneaker With ANTA Has Been Revealed

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Klay Thompson's Latest Sneaker With ANTA Has Been Revealed

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Mo’Nique’s Multiple Tax Liens Add Up To $620K Owed To The IRS

The tax man is coming after these entertainers with a vengeance. Recently there have been reports that Jermaine Dupri, Offset, and Young Thug have been hit with liens over unpaid taxes, and now Mo’Nique is adding to her alleged bill. Back in 2017, The Blast reported that there were multiple liens against the Academy Award-winning actress: $201K for 2013, $188K for 2014, and $171K for 2015. 

At that time, the exact total taxes reportedly owed by both Mo’Nique and her husband Sidney Hicks was $560,625.22, but it looks as if there’s more to be added to that debt. New court documents reportedly show that the Georgia Department Revenue has issued yet another lien against the couple for an additional $60K. This goes back to 2015 and 2016 and includes interest and fees added to the original $31K debt.

According to The Blast, the Department Revenue isn’t going to wait around for long to get the lien paid f. The publication states that if the lien isn’t handled sooner rather than later, the IRS will begin seizing the Hicks’ assets and property. 

Meanwhile, back in April, news circulated that Ja Rule owed the IRS $2 million while DMX reportedly put his home up for sale in an effort to pay f his $1.7 million tax bill. Vince Herbert was said to have owed $4 million in taxes, while Rick Ross had an astounding $5.7 million tax debt.

Lil Wayne Stars In Trailer For “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint”: Watch

After his minor run in with police this past weekend, Lil Wayne is back in the news today, but this time he’s starring in a new promo clip for Ubist’s upcoming Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint video game.

The five-minute trailer finds Weezy and some friends throwing on the headsets and showing f the new 4-player co-op gameplay while Weezy’s song “Uproar” plays in the background. At one point, Weezy, who looks to be playing from a mansion on the beach, interrupts the gameplay by answering his phone, and eventually comes back to win the game for them.

“More than anything, the key point all action is to tell a story. And in this spot, we’re telling a story with these characters, not only in the world the game, but we’re telling the story the characters in the world at home,” director David Leitch said about the clip. “You get to see we have fun juxtaposition with the different characters and their voices… but you’ll also see sort a differentiation in their styles from the game and, obviously, their physicality on the couch to their prowess in the game.”

Look for Ghost Recon Breakpoint to hit stores & retailers next month. Check out the trailer (below).

In other news, Lil Wayne is still gearing up for the release his next album, Funueral, which according to him is “all done” and coming later this year. We’ll continue to keep you posted on details with that moving forward.

Big Boi & Sleepy Brown Shut Down Andre 3000 Album Rumors: "Lies"

For all you who were thrilled at the prospect having another Andre 3000 album on the horizon, you may want to rein in your excitement. Days ago we reported on Inglewood, California rapper Thurz’s recent chat with Real 92.3’s Home Grown Radio. There was a moment when Thurz was asked what artists he was surprised to meet in person and he mentioned that “3 Stacks,” or Andre 3000,” stopped by Dr. Dre‘s studio while Thurz was there.

The hosts questioned if the Outkast rapper was working on new music and Thurz confirmed that Cupid Valentino has an album on the way. This news not only caused an explosion chatter at the radio station, but online as well. Reports Andre 3000’s forthcoming project circulated quickly, but during a visit to Atlanta’s Majic radio station’s Ryan Cameron Uncensored Speak show, Big Boi and Sleepy Brown called the information “lies.”

Both artists laughed at the story. “He was probably playing some music, but he’s not working on a record,” Big Boi said. “He’s been recording songs for years. Kinda recording, kinda just stacking up, but structured record? Not yet.” Sleepy Brown added, “The story is that he was in the studio with Anderson .Paak when Anderson .Paak was working on his thing and he played him some songs to see if he wanted to work on one them. I guess that guy was in there and] heard the songs.”

Big Boi shared that his Outkast collaborator is currently in Philadelphia shooting a television show. “He personally hit us and said, ‘Look mayne, if I was gon’ do this, y’all be the first to know,'” Sleepy Brown added. The Dungeon Family apparently keeps in contact by texting each other every day, so they sorted that out as soon as the rumors hit the streets. Check it out below.

California Passes AB5, Handing aMajor Defeat to the RIAA, A2IM

Earlier today (September 18th), California governor Gavin Newsom signed AB5 into law.

The purpose of AB5 is to give benefit and wage protections to those who work for both rideshare companies such as Uber and Lyft and other crowdsourcing companies.  One big downside, however: the law could also “gut the music industry” in the state.

AB5 makes it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees. Unlike the former, the latter are entitled to benefits such as workers compensation and have to be paid a minimum wage.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who is the sponsor of AB5, says that the law could affect one million workers in the state. But it might not affect them all in a positive way.  Major music industry organizations, including the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) and Music Artists Coalition, believe that AB5 could wipe out independent music in the state and have been vehemently opposed to it.

Under the law, the following contractors could now be considered employees of music artists:

  • Producers
  • Engineers
  • Publicists
  • Managers
  • Dancers
  • Background Vocalists

Gonzalez says that she talked to people in the music industry during the course of writing the bill, but she insists that the industry was unable to come up with a consensus in terms of how to amend the bill.
In the end, she says the music industry preferred opposing the bill instead of amending it.  Other industries, by contrast, had worked at creating carve-outs, time-delays, or flat-out exceptions.  In fact, the list of industries receiving special exemptions is lengthy, though music industry organizations seemed unwilling to give an inch.

Richard Burgess, who is the president and CEO of A2IM, was disappointed with AB5’s passage and reiterated how it could destroy the local music industry.

But in a joint statement made with the RIAA and attorney Jordan Brinkley, he vowed to keep fighting the law until it includes protections for the music industry. He says until then, it may be difficult to make music in California.

XXXTentacion Murder Suspect Seeks Bond to Get Out of Jail

One of the individuals who’s been accused of organizing and carrying out the murder of rapper XXXTentacion is attempting to secure bond ahead of his trial.

21-year-old Trayvon Newsome has been jailed in Brownard County, Florida, since surrendering to police on August 7th, 2018. Police had been searching for Newsome beforehand, as he’d been identified and charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a deadly weapon. In Florida, those found guilty of first-degree murder can be sentenced to death.

Newsome and his lawyers argue that he’s entitled to bond, and the appropriate forms have been filed, making the request official.

Newsome, along with Robert Allen, Michael Boatwright, and Dedrick Williams, is believed to have murdered XXXTTentacion in June of last year. Moreover, prosecutors allege that Newsome was one of two gunmen who fired the shots that killed XXXTentacion.

XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy, was shot and killed on the afternoon of June 18th, 2018.

Newsome and the other suspects blocked XXXTentacion’s car into the parking lot of a motorcycle dealership, exited their vehicle, and attempted to rob him; he resisted and was shot multiple times. XXXTentacion passed away shortly after being transported to the hospital. He was just 20 years old.

It didn’t take police long to identify the suspects, as two of the four involved individuals (Allen and Williams) followed XXXTentacion and his uncle into the motorcycle store and had previously purchased two black masks.

XXXTentacion’s second posthumous album, Bad Vibes Forever, is set to release sometime this fall. The record’s first single, “Royalty,” dropped on July 19th. Lil Wayne, Blink-182, Rick Ross, Lil Nas X, and many other well-known bands and artists contributed to the work. Prior to this, Skins released in December 2018 and featured contributions from Kanye West and Travis Barker.

Trial dates have not yet been set for XXXTentacion’s murder suspects.

Victor Cruz Comments On If He’d Want To Make NFL Comeback: Watch

Victor Cruz was one the most electrifying wide receivers in the NFL at the beginning the decade. While playing with the New York Giants, Cruz was a highlight-reel machine and helped the team win numerous games. If you’re a Giants fan, you know all about Cruz’s greatness and just how important he was to that franchise at the time. As Cruz’s career progresses, injuries and the decline Eli Manning ultimately had him questioning his role as a player. A Summer ago, Cruz confirmed his retirement from football after a season away from the game.

In a recent interview with TMZ, Cruz was asked about the possibility a comeback and as he explained, he still thinks about making a return. Not to mention, he’s adamant he is still in good enough shape to pull it f.

“I still wake up thinking about it,” Cruz said. “I’m still in good shape. I can still run, jump and do all those things. Absolutely.”

While Cruz is firm in his belief that he can still play, he realizes a team won’t sign him at this point considering how long it’s been since he played. Cruz said he’s now focusing on other avenues in his life and wants to make a living in different ways. 

With Daniel Jones starting for the Giants now, perhaps the team could use a dynamic receiver like Cruz.

Charlamagne Tha God Reflects On 6ix9ine: "We Knew This Wasn’t Going To End Well"

We’re just at the tip the iceberg that is the Tekashi 6ix9ine kidnapping trial, and it seems as if everywhere you turn, someone has an opinion on the rapper turned government informant. Tuesday marked the beginning 6ix9ine’s testimony where he shared that he turned state’s witness the day after he was arrested on federal charges. On Wednesday he’s continued to name the crimes and criminal affiliations his associates and fellow rappers.

This has caused The Breakfast Club‘s Charlamagne Tha God to take a walk down memory lane as he revisited 6ix9ine’s, real name Daniel Hernandez, interview on the radio show in March 2018. Immediately following that appearance, Charlamagne was accused trolling the rapper because he asked him if he believed he was making poor money moves by displaying a “tough guy, gangster persona.” It was at the height Hernandez’s internet trolling and beefs that seemed to be getting a tad serious. 

During the interview, Charlamagne came down heavy on Hernandez, telling him that he would get him some help, maybe even connected with a pastor. DJ Envy mentioned that Hernandez’s behaviors could get him killed, but the rapper was steadfast that he was just fine and would be in the game for the long haul. Charlamagne said, “I hope you have a long career, but let’s see if you’re around next year and I mean that as an artist and as a human being.” 

Charlamagne shared a highlight reel Hernandez’s interview and captioned the video by writing a polite ‘I told you so.’ He wrote, “I remember when all you digital d*ckheads said ‘I was frustrated because this young man out trolled me’ in this interview. I told y’all then I wasn’t attempting to troll him at all, just telling him the truth because I’m a grown ass man who has seen this movie before.”

“We all knew this wasn’t going to end well but it’s hard to get that through to you kids when y’all see someone ‘winning’ because when they so called winning you justify whatever foolishness they are doing then you go and follow the foolishness and find yourself in a f*cked up situation because you chose to follow the wrong energy. Moral the story is ‘If all you do is follow the herd, you’ll just be stepping in shit all day.’ -Wayne W. Dyer.” Watch Charlamagne’s clip and Hernandez’s full interview below.

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I remember when all you digital dickheads said “I was frustrated because this young man out trolled me” in this interview. I told y’all then I wasn’t attempting to troll him at all, just telling him the truth because I’m a grown ass man who has seen this movie before. We all knew this wasn’t going to end well but it’s hard to get that through to you kids when y’all see someone “winning” because when they so called winning you justify whatever foolishness they are doing then you go and follow the foolishness and find yourself in a fucked up situation because you chose to follow the wrong energy. Moral the story is “If all you do is follow the herd, you’ll just be stepping in shit all day.” -Wayne W. Dyer

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Off-White x Nike Dunk Low "University Red" Coming Soon: Best Look Yet

Over the past few weeks, Virgil Abloh’s infamous collaborations between his brand Off-White and Nike have been gaining traction online. Almost two years after the release “The Ten” collection, Off-White continues to thrive and within the next month, another collab with Nike will be making its way to consumers. This time, Abloh is lending his signature aesthetic to the Nike Dunk Low which a classic in the Swoosh’s library kicks.

There are three colorways being released, two which have been shown f in detail so far. Of course, those two colorways are the “Pine Green” and “Navy Gold” ferings. As for the “University Red” version, there haven’t been many teaser photos although today we got a clear photo courtesy @hanzuying. As you can see from the photo, the shoe has a silver base and red overlays including the Nike swoosh. There are red laces on the top while orange rope laces are interwoven throughout the upper.

As right now, there is no concrete release date for these so stay tuned for all the latest updates as we will be sure to bring them to you. Let us know in the comments below if you plan on copping these.

Therapist Who Accused Kevin Spacey Of Sexual Assault Has Died

A massage therapist who was suing Kevin Spacey over ual assault claims has died according to reports. The mystery man’s attorney has informed Spacey’s legal team that he has “recently passed.” No details have been released at the time concerning how the death happened.

It was back in September 2018 when the now deceased male masseuse, filed claims alleging the House Cards actor grabbed his genitals and was allegedly forced to grab Spacey’s genitals during a massage at the actor’s private residence in Malibu, California, two years earlier.

“Spacey assaulted and battered plaintiff by forcing plaintiff to touch his scrotum, testicles, and penis, grabbing plaintiff’s shoulders and pulling him in for an apparent attempted forced kiss, and grabbing plaintiff’s genitalia,” the complaint alleges. “During these assaults, plaintiff repeatedly asked Spacey to allow him to leave, but Spacey blocked access to plaintiff’s massage table and the door with his naked body.”

Given the anonymity the late plaintiff, reports say it could be hard for the case to continue after his death.

Spacey recently got out another legal situation when criminal charges against him were dropped in Nantucket, Mass. In that case, Spacey pleaded not guilty to felony indecent assault and battery, and prosecutors withdrew charges after the accuser, a teenage busboy, stopped cooperating.

Sofar Sounds Hires Paid Crew Members as Investigation Into Labor Practices Continues

Sofar Sounds has announced it will begin hiring paid part-time crew members to work its concerts.

The organization has been under fire from artists and critics who say it relies too heavily on its unpaid volunteer workforce. CEO Jim Lucchese made the announcement, saying the paid members will augment its volunteer team.

The New York State Department of Labor is currently investigating Sofar Sounds for its use of unpaid labor.  For-profit companies cannot use unpaid volunteers, except in one-off events. But Sofar Sounds specializes in offering one-off events — prompting the investigation into exploitative labor practices.

A recent report, called the ‘Talkhouse report’ by musician John Colpitts, revealed how Sofar Sounds works. The piece describes how everyone who works for the company loves it, but musicians and DIY organizers have a less than stellar opinion.

Sofar Sounds recently received $25 million in from Union Square Ventures and Virgin Group. The company was set up as an alternative to noisy pub settings. The idea is to to provide intimate concerts in homes, apartments, and other non-traditional venues.  Attendees are asked to focus on the performance of a virtually unknown artist.

The service is appealing to music fans because the artist line-up isn’t revealed ahead of time.

Fans in the US, UK, Canada, and Spain can purchase tickets in select cities for around $10-$25. A day or two before the concert, the address for the event is revealed. According to the Talkhouse report, the average paid ticket count is 58 and the average price is $19.

“Artists are paid $100 per concert and are sometimes offered the option of a professionally produced Sofar branded video as a substitute for cash.”

That doesn’t add up. said they were told to expect a 100-plus capacity, with ticket prices around $12.66 per ticket. CEO Jimn Lucchese has defended the practice, saying “$100 for a showcase slot is definitely fair.”

Now Lucchese says the paid Sofar Crew is “a way to make sure that as Sofar continues to grow, we can support that growth.” Paid staffers won’t replace the Sofar volunteer ambassadors that the service relies on, however.  Instead, they’ll be manning the merch tables and driving social media sign-ups.

It’s unclear if the move to hire paid crew members will have any impact on the New York State investigation.

Tekashi 6ix9ine "Snitches" Against Nine Trey Gang Members in Federal Court

 

Earlier this week, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine testified in federal court against alleged members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang, which may eventually require him to enter a witness protection program.

But if Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was unnerved by this, he certainly wasn’t showing it.  He even bopped his head along to his own music when it was played in court.

The rapper testified against Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack and Anthony “Harv” Ellison, who are both members of Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods and former associates of Tekashi 6ix9ine. Mack is accused of dealing drugs such as fentanyl, heroin, and ecstasy while Ellison is facing charges of robbing and kidnapping Tekashi. The latter allegedly did this at gunpoint back in July of last year.

During Tekashi’s testimony, prosecutors played music videos from two of his songs: “Kooda” and “Gummo.” This was so the rapper could point out alleged gang members in the videos, and this is when the rapper began bopping to his own songs.

Tekashi further indicated that, prior to the production of the video for “Gummo,” he asked members of Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods to participate.  He did this because he wanted them to be part of the video’s “aesthetic.”

In the lengthy testimony, 6ix9ine also revealed a core insight into rap marketing — at least the modern variation of ‘gangsta rap’.

“I knew the formula was to repeat the gang image,” Hernandez said.  “That’s what people like.”

Interestingly, prosecutors gave the jurors in the trial transcripts of the lyrics for “Gummo,” which Tekashi said were meant to disrespect fellow rapper Trippie Redd, who is allegedly a member of an offshoot of Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods called Five Nine Brims. Both Tekashi 6ix9ine and Trippie Redd have been signed to Caroline/UMG.

As part of his testimony, Tekashi told the court that he decided to cooperate with federal prosecutors within a day of authorities arresting him and the others.  That led to a wave of criticism; Snoop Dogg flat-out called Hernandez a “snitch”.

Years ago, Tekashi 6ix9ine was working in a grocery store in Brooklyn, New York when a customer told him he had the right look to become a rapper. This led to the making of “Gummo” in 2017.