Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Against Michael Jackson Estate Likely To Proceed

The 2nd District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles indicated that it would ultimately restore the lawsuits filed by two men who accused Michael Jackson of ual abuse in Leaving Neverland.

In a tentative ruling, the court said that the lawsuits filed by James Safechuck and Wade Robson against two corporations Jackson owned should return to the trial court that dismissed them in 2017. This is because of a new California law that the ability for victims of child ual abuse to file such suits.

The dismissal came well before the two men achieved notoriety for their appearance in the Emmy-winning documentary that was produced by HBO. Both were in the courtroom during the court hearing.

Unsurprisingly, Vince Finaldi, who is a lawyer representing both men, was pleased with the proceedings. He said “All they’ve ever wanted is their day in court.”

The two men originally filed the suits in 2013. But because the law at the time specified that child abuse victims could only file lawsuits up until they were 26 led to the dismissal of the suits. Robson is currently 37 and Safechuck is 41.

The new law allows victims to file lawsuits up until the age of 40, and it also grants victims of all ages the ability to file new suits within a three-year period beginning January 1, 2020.

The court’s tentative decision does not revive the entire lawsuit against Michael Jackson.

In 2015, a court dismissed the part of the lawsuit that named the Michael Jackson Estate as a defendant, and that decision will stand. The only remaining defendants from the original suits are MJJ Productions, Inc. and MJJ Ventures, Inc.

Attorneys for Jackson still believe that they will prevail. Howard L. Weitzman, who is one of these attorneys, said, “The appellate court’s tentative ruling is not on the merits of Robson and Safechuck’s allegations and the court in no way said that these cases will go to trial. We are confident that the claims against Michael Jackson’s corporate entities will, once again, be dismissed as has happened before.”

Jalen Rose Makes Insane Prediction About James Harden: Watch

Jalen Rose has been coming through with some pretty huge hot takes on TV recently and the most recent example this was today when he went on Get Up! and fered a big prediction regarding James Harden. Harden is considered to be one the best scorers in the NBA right now and some are making arguments that he could be the best scorer ever. Harden has been keeping up some incredible pace this season as he consistently makes a ton threes and free point shots.

What’s particularly interesting about Harden is that his efficiency isn’t particularly high. He takes a ton shots but doesn’t make as many as he should be. With this in mind, Rose predicted that one game, Harden will go on a hot streak and end up scoring 90 points.

Rose’s prediction was met with some resistance at first but he seems pretty confident that this can happen. It’s important to note that Rose once had 81 points dropped on his head courtesy Kobe Bryant, so if anyone is sensitive to the possibilities this happening, it would most certainly be Rose.

Harden has been a prolific scorer but 90 points is definitely a bit a stretch. Let us know in the comments if you agree with Rose or if he’s way f on this one.

Notorious B.I.G. Had Immeasurable Swagger In The Booth: Watch

The Notorious B.I.G’s death will forever remain one hip-hop’s most tragic occurrences. Murdered at the age twenty-four, Biggie Smalls was already well on the way to becoming unparalleled in his artistry. Exuding gravitas well beyond his years, B.I.G’s flow remains the benchmark to which technically gifted emcees are held, his legacy cemented as the long-reigning and inspiring King Of New York. And yet, for many, Biggie is something a mystery, a larger than life figure closer to legend than reality. 

Notorious B.I.G. Had Immeasurable Swagger In The Booth: Watch

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Today, Funkmaster Flex took to Instagram to share a humanizing glimpse at an otherwise mythic figure. The footage finds Biggie in the booth, laying down some vocals for his iconic single “Hypnotize.” While we don’t catch him spitting his verses, the clip depicts him laying a reference for the track’s infectious hook with unparalleled swagger. Much like a brain is said to use merely a fraction its power, so too was Notorious B.I.G. in this video. Seeing him laying down some the bars would have been a sight to see, and we can only hope more archival footage surfaces. 

Shout out to Funk Flex for sharing, and be sure to check it out below. Long live Biggie Smalls. 

Summer Walker Says Her "Negative Comments" Are From Parents: "So Ignorant"

Summer Walker has been catching a lot heat for being vocal about her social anxiety. The 23-year-old “Playing Games” singer cancelled a handful her tour dates due to her mental health and even after she’s maintained her honesty with fans, she’s still pulling in a lot negative comments by users who say she doesn’t deserve to act that way and even calling her “slow.”

Summer Walker Says Her "Negative Comments" Are From Parents: "So Ignorant"
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Summer has now responded to some the hate, explaining how a lot her haters have children. “It makes me feel soo bad cause it’s clear that if the children are developing or struggling with any type mental disorder such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, it’ll be brushed to the side and will never receive any treatment because it’ll just be “an act,” she wrote on Instagram. 

She added: “These parents are probably so ignorant that instead reading up on symptoms they just whoop the child 🤦🏽‍♀️ sad, my shit started at 6 so yes kids have it to.”

Summer Walker took home the Best New Artist award at the Soul Train Awards and admitted in another Instagram post that she considered not attending due to anxiety but was thankful she did. 

Antonio Brown Speaks Out On NFL Investigation In New Watch

Antonio Brown has been the talk the NFL this season and he has only played one game. His bizarre antics and recent allegations have been enough to turn teams f him and right now, he is going through an NFL investigation. If he clears his name, he will be able to get back into the league but there is no timetable for a return. In the meantime, Brown has been spending his time on social media where he has gotten into a few beefs while also taking the opportunity to proclaim his innocence.

Over the weekend, Brown took to Twitter saying “It’s Sad they make us guilty til proven innocent system not for us it’s against us ! Lie on my name provide all this shame then I suppose to just return to your game.” He also coupled this tweet with a video himself training and answering whether or not he’ll play in the league again.

Throughout the clip, Brown talks about how disappointed he is that his name has pretty much been smeared through this entire process and that he just wants to be able to show people he can still play. AB believes what he has been through is unjust and that he deserves a spot in the NFL. With videos like this in mind, it will be interesting to see how the NFL proceeds with his case.

What team would you like to see Brown play for?

Tory Lanez Threatened By SpaceGhostPurrp Over "Chixtape 5": "I’ll Shoot You"

The fact that SpaceGhostPurrp is out here making threats on video, waving a gun around and allowing a little girl to reach for the weapon is truly problematic. SGP has enjoyed quite a historic career already, being viewed as one the most influential rappers/producers to have come out Florida. In recent years though, the young man has been having some serious problems getting along with his peers. This year alone, Purrp has hurled threats at both A$AP Rocky and Denzel Curry, spitting the most absurd so-called “facts” ever. Now, Tory Lanez is receiving the brunt his anger.

Tory Lanez Threatened By SpaceGhostPurrp Over "Chixtape 5": "I'll Shoot You"
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In a new video uploaded to SpaceGhostPurrp’s YouTube prile, he addresses Canadian rapper Tory Lanez, condemning him for allegedly writing an entire album about his girlfriend. “I got your girl, bruh,” he said. “She with a real n***a. You over here making love songs about her. She’s over here kicking it with me. You gotta get your mind, right.” Throughout the rant, SGP can be seen with a handgun in his grip, pointing it at the camera and threatening to use it on Fargo. 

“You so much a bitch I’ll shoot you in your leg…and have you walk around with one leg,” he said to Lanez, according to XXL. Some the remarks being made in this video are very disturbing. Hopefully, Purrp was just joking. So far, Tory has not responded to the criticism.

Dave East On "King Of New York" Talks: "Keep Me Out Of That"

31-year-old rapper Dave East is building a long-lasting brand to support his vision. He ten works in the shadows, crafting out his legacy and ensuring that when he leaves this earth, his music is still earning millions plays on the daily. Last week, there was an interesting conversation regarding his Survival album and how many units it moved. Conflicting reports had the project projected to move under 3,000 copies but today, it was revealed that he scored much higher than that, clocking in 24K units moved and debuting just outside the Billboard 200. Some would consider him the current King New York and, especially after Tekashi 6ix9ine threw around that term incessantly last year, we’re all looking for his ble replacement. During a recent interview with No Jumper though, East noted that he wants no part in the conversation.

Dave East On "King Of New York" Talks: "Keep Me Out Of That"
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After Adam22 said that he always found it interesting how Action Bronson never tried to claim the throne, Dave East interrupted him by saying that he’s not down to be mentioned there either. “Keep me out that, I ain’t no King New York,” said the rapper before explaining. “You know, Jay-Z and Nas still out here breathing so there’s nobody on Earth that can say that that’s from New York with them alive. Jadakiss is still out here breathing. Styles P] is still out here breathing. DMX is still… you know, there’s a lot people that’s still kicking and moving.”

One listen through Dave East’s debut album and you’ll see just how much love he genuinely has for old school New York bars. Watch the video segment below.

Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

Stephen Curry and Under Armour have teamed up with Sour Patch Kids for a limited edition sneaker collection, featuring two colorful Curry 7 collabs. The two-time MVP first expressed his love for the sour & sweet gummies when he wore a Sour Patch Kids-inspired Curry 1 during the 2015 three-point contest. 

Since Steph is currently sidelined with a hand injury, UA tapped his brother Seth to debut one the colorway on the court this past weekend. 

Offered in “Peach” and “Lime” colorways, the collaborative Curry 7s include Sour Patch Kids detailing on the sock liner and heel tab, as well as the tissue paper found inside each box. Additional details include a co-branded nutritional facts sticker on the inside each box with Steph’s stats.

The Sour Patch Kids collection initially launched in China on November 11, but the kicks will be available again on November 29  UA.com, UA Brand Houses and at select retail partners for $140. Continue scrolling for a detailed look at the Sour Patch Kids pack.

Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

Under Armour Curry 7 Sour Patch Kids/UA

Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

Under Armour Curry 7 Sour Patch Kids/UA

Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

Under Armour Curry 7 Sour Patch Kids/UA

Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Steph Curry x Sour Patch Kids Announce Under Armour Curry 7 Collection

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Will.i.am Accuses Flight Attendant of Racism on Qantas Flight

 

Will.i.am is accusing a Qantas flight attendant of racism because of the way she acted toward him and other “people of colour” during a flight to Sydney from Brisbane.

According to will.i.am, the flight attendant in question singled him out when he did not hear an announcement broadcast on the plane asking passengers to put their laptops and other devices away.

This led him to post the following tweet to his nearly 13 million followers:

I’m currently on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney. I’m sorry to say me and my group have experienced they worse service due to a overly aggressive flight attendant . . . I don’t want to believe she racist. But she has clearly aimed all her frustrations only at the people of colour.”

In response to the allegations, Qantas issued a statement in which they thoroughly denied the charges.

They said, “There was a misunderstanding on board, which seems to have been exacerbated by will.i.am wearing noise cancelling headphones and not being able to hear instructions from crew.”

The spokesperson added, “We’ll be following up with will.i.am and wish him well for the rest of the tour.”

Will.i.am’s troubles did not end with his tweet. After the plane landed in Sydney, the airport police questioned him about the incident.

This led to another tweet from him: “I was intimidated by 5 police officers when I landed . . . for what?  I put away my laptop when she asked . . . why would she feel threatened by me to call the police? What did I do wrong? I wasn’t out of hand. I was polite & did what she asked . . . now you’re asking me to take abuse?”

Will.i.am also posted on Twitter the name of the flight attendant and her image, along with the image of one of the police officers that questioned him. Though he also asked his followers not to target the woman.

The recent targeting of a Postmates delivery woman by Lizzo on Twitter led to a against the singer.

UPDATE: Qantas is threatening legal action against will.i.am if he does not retract the racism allegations.  “Absent a retraction, and if the crew member wanted to take the matter further, we’d certainly be willing to provide legal support for them to do this,” a Qantas spokesperson just told CNN.

Kanye West Unveils New Opera About King Nebuchadnezzar

Kanye West has announced the arrival his very first opera, Nebuchadnezzar.

Sunday evening, West took to social media to upload a piece artwork, designed by Nick Knight, attached to the new work.  According to the graphic, Nebuchadnezzar will arrive on November 24th and is directed by Vanessa Beecrt. The opera’s title is a direct reference to king Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian ruler.

Ahead his Jesus Is King release, Kanye spoke with Zane Lowe about King Nebuchadnezzar, comparing his own life and career to the pitfalls  the monarch.

“God] is saying, Let me take this Nebuchadnezzar-type character—Nebuchadnezzar was the king Babylon, and he looked at his entire kingdom and said, I did this,” he said, per Pitchfork. “I stood on the top the mountain talking about Yeezus, saying, ‘I’m a God’—I had a guy dressed as Jesus.”

He would add: “And now—I am unquestionably, undoubtedly, the greatest human artist all time. It’s not even a question at this point,” West said in the interview. “It’s just a fact. For the greatest artist in human existence to put a red hat on was God’s practical joke to all liberals. Like, ‘Nooo, not Kanye!

Nike Air Force 1 Low Receives Stars & Polka Dots Makeover: Official Images

If you were to choose any Nike shoe as its most iconic all-time, you would probably have to choose the Air Force 1. This is easily one the greatest shoes all-time thanks to its simple design and classic white/black colorways that have become a staple every single person’s closet, whether they’re a sneakerhead or not. Simply put, you can never go wrong with a pair Air Force 1’s and Nike is well aware this. 

The Swoosh brand is constantly making new colorways the sneaker and this latest one could be one the busier models we’ve seen. The first half the shoe is mostly white but as we get to the back, we get gold, silver, and red. Inside the gold panel are white stars while white polka dots grace the silver area the shoe. Overall, it’s a pretty flashy colorway that will appeal to a niche set sneakerheads.

For now, these do not have a release date or an ficial price although Sneaker News is reporting these will be here quite soon. Let us know in the comments below if you mess with this colorway or if you feel like it’s too busy for an AF1.

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Megan Thee Stallion Is The Face Of New Puma Campaign

At the beginning the month, it was revealed that Megan Thee Stallion landed her first-ever fashion campaign for Coach. The rising artist appearing in the luxury brand’s holiday ads marked a major milestone for her. But if there’s anything we’ve learned in 2019, it’s that each milestone for Meg has been shortly followed by another. 

We now have reason to pop the champagne again because the Houston Hottie is also starring in a campaign for PUMA. She has been selected to showcase the brand’s recently launched CALI Sport sneaker – a simple silhouette with some height to them. The women’s shoe, whose design is derived from the classic PUMA California, comes in two colourways: one features neutral tones and muted pink, while the other is black with accents mint green, navy and orange. If you’re trying to get fresh like Meg, you can cop a pair for $90 USD. 

News Meg’s PUMA deal also comes the same week as the announcement that she has been included in TIME‘s 100 Next list. This inaugural list celebrates “100 rising stars who are shaping the future business, politics, entertainment and more.” Along with Megan, Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, Awkwafina, Camila Cabello were bestowed with this title. 

Pick Your Playlist: "Fire Emoji" Or "On The Come Up"

In the world hip hop, a lot can occur in a single week. That’s why we update our playlists regularly to keep you in the loop. So much goes on that we even felt the need to divide the week’s hottest releases into two playlists. While “FIRE EMOJI” consists our favourites out the week’s most popular tracks, “On The Come Up” is for those who want to keep an ear to the streets and know which artists are up next. 

Tory Lanez was a central topic in the hip hop conversation this week, as he released the highly-anticipated Chixtape 5. While the series used to be primarily centred on Tory hopping in throwback instrumentals, for the fifth iteration, he took things up a notch. Not only did he get samples cleared from his favourite 2000-2006 R&B vibes, he got the songs’ original creators to assist him in their reworks. While the project’s filled with sweet nostalgia, we selected Tory’s collaboration, “Luv Ya Gyal / Love Sounds” with The-Dream to be added to “FIRE EMOJI”. They flip The-Dream’s “I Luv Your Girl” and “Falsetto” for a steamy two-part epic. 

In the realm singles, we got two powerhouse collaborations between Lil Durk and Future, and A Boogie Wit da Hoodie and Lil Uzi Vert. While all these artists are well-versed in crafting bangers, for their latest efforts, “Last Name” and “Reply”, they slow things down and air their grievances. 

For those you tuning in to “OTCU” this week, you’re gonna be turned onto the 18-year-old, 24kGoldn. The San Francisco-native dropped his track, “Valentino”, a few months back, but it’s too good for us to miss the opportunity to put you on. You’re still not late to the game anyway. Once you listen to the song, you’ll realize that 24kGoldn still has a lot ahead him. 

While anyone signed to TDE is bound to get a significant amount exposure, Reason is still in the beginning stages blowing up, so we tossed his new track in “OTCU”. Reason snaps on “Flick It Up”, but it also features the welcomed return Ab-Soul, who has been radio silent for quick some time now. 

Pick your playlist and let us know your favourite discoveries. 

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Follow our G.O.O.D. Music playlist (for a GOOD ASS FRIDAY) here. 

Air Jordan 1 Mid “Disco Ball” Nods To The Academy Awards: First Look

There is an assortment Air Jordan 1 Highs and Mids on tap for 2020, including a plethora brand new colorways and never before seen designs. With that in mind, rumors are swirling that a head-turning “Disco Ball” Air Jordan 1 Mid could be releasing next year.

As seen in the first photo posted by @SolebyJC, the disco-themed AJ1 Mid comes equipped with red carpet insoles stamped with an Oscar-like Nike trophy. Jordan Brand has not yet announced any details regarding the Air Jordan 1 Mid “Disco Ball,” but if they are headed to retailers one would assume they’d be launching right around February 9 when the Academy Awards are set to take place. 

Stay tuned for more details, and click here to preview the “Pine Green” Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG that is scheduled to drop at the end February.

Roc Nation’s Paper Planes & Too Fly Foundation Will Fund Youth To Study Abroad With PEACE Program Line

Redefining the acronym P.E.A.C.E. to mean “please educate all children equally,” Roc Nation’s brand Paper Planes and the Too Fly Foundation are out to encourage young creative students to travel abroad.

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Founded by Bola Ibidapo, Brian Millage, and Brandon Miller, Too Fly Foundation is an extraordinary program than connects the dots between underserved communities and opportunities to travel/study abroad.

Providing passports, resources, and travel grants to minority youth who dream of having global perspectives beyond the classroom, Too Fly Foundation has launched the 2019 P.E.A.C.E. Program clothing line, with support of Roc Nation‘s Paper Planes.

Hoodies and t-shirts will be on sale with portions of the proceeds going directly to the cause.

For more information visit tooflyfoundation.org and follow @tooflyfundraiser on Instagram.