"The Boondocks" Reboot Lands 2-Season Order From HBO Max

With everything going on in the media these days, it seems like a great time to bring back The Boondocks. That’s exactly what’s happening right now. According to Deadline, HBO Max has ordered two seasons  The Boondocks for 2020. The new season from Aaron McGruder and Sony Pictures Animation will debut in fall next year with a 50-minute special. The previous seasons will also be available on HBO Max upon the new season’s debut.

"The Boondocks" Reboot Lands 2-Season Order From HBO Max
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“There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world The Boondocks and do it over again for today,” McGruder said about the relaunch the series. “It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now – both politically and culturally – more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun.”

The story will continue to follow Robert Freeman, and his two grandsons, Huey and Riley Freeman but in the revamp, Uncle Ruckus will be the “tyrannical leader” a suburban community in Maryland.

The Boondocks was a revolutionary series that sparked conversations on hot button issues and brought dark subjects into the light with episodes like ‘The Trial Robert Kelly’, ‘The Fundraiser’ and ‘The Story Gangstalicious’,” CCO Of HBO Max, Kevin Reilly, said in a statement. “Aaron is a gifted visionary whose unique style storytelling is a welcome voice and we are elated The Freemans are making their thugnificent comeback on HBO Max.”

With the 2020 elections and R. Kelly‘s upcoming trial, along with 6ix9ine’s case and more, there is plenty content to cover the 24 episode order. 

Aaron McGruder took to Instagram to share a glimpse the new characters. Check it out below. 

Sofar Sounds Hires Paid Crew Members as Labor Investigation Heats Up

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 on its volunteer workforce. CEO Jim Lucchese made the announcement, saying the paid members will augment its volunteer workforce.

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.

A 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 people’s home and small gatherings. 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 around 100 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. Instead, they’ll be manning the merch tables and driving social media sign-ups.

Rick Ross’ Son & Flo Rida’s Toddler Team Up In Cute Birthday Photo

When you’re the child rap royalty, life can be pretty luxurious. Rick Ross‘ son William Roberts III is a teenager now but he doesn’t mind sharing his birthday spotlight with another famous celebrity kid. Rozay’s boy was spotted in New York City this week, celebrating his big day with Flo Rida‘s son, who turned three-years-old.

As reported by Bossip, the two kids spent the weekend together in the Big Apple with their mothers, who have developed a close friendship. They reportedly ate dinner at a soul food restaurant before Tia Kemp, Rozay’s baby mama, took their son on a helicopter ride to celebrate his birthday in luxurious fashion. 

Rick Ross' Son & Flo Rida's Toddler Team Up In Cute Birthday Photo
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William Roberts III was also present at Zohar’s party, which took place at the Bronx Zoo. The photograph in question was taken at the zoo, with Roberts III carrying Zohar in his arms, rocking a shy smile on his face. You can clearly see the resemblance that both boys share with their respective fathers.

Earlier this year, Flo Rida gave up custody his son Zohar Paxton to his baby mama Alexis Adams. The two had been going at it for months, with the artist even referring to his son as an “evil fucking child” because his brain disease

Take a look at the cute photo below.

Fat Joe Says He Almost Squashed Beef Between 50 Cent & Ja Rule

To promote his new single “Yes” featuring Cardi B and Annuel AA, Fat Joe decided to stop by The Breakfast Club this morning and chop it up with Charlamagne, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee for a lengthy new interview. During the 45 minute chat, Joey Crack talked about his forthcoming album, what Cardi B means to the Bronx, and how he once almost ended the beef between 50 Cent and Ja Rule, among other things.

Around the 36 minute mark, right after he hilariously proclaimed 50 Cent the king beefs, Joey tells the story where he once almost squashed the beef between Fif and Ja Rule. Joey says he was going to have them both come out together on stage, but Ja & Irv wouldn’t go through with it once they found out.

“I almost squashed the beef, I was going to bring them both out to a concert, 50 was going to do it, and then they went bad on me, Irv & Ja went bad on me, saying the beef is till we die.” Joey continued, “them guys they going to be going 80 years old giving speeches about each other somewhere,… nah they going, I don’t want that.”

Check out the full interview (below).

Deshaun Watson Gets Drippy With Iced Out $25K Diamond Chain: Watch

Deshaun Watson is one the most impressive young quarterbacks in the entire NFL and if it weren’t for his suspect fensive line, he would probably be doing a lot better right now. Regardless, Texans fans have a lot to be excited about when it comes to Watson and as right now, they are the favorites to come out the depleted AFC South. Watson recently celebrated his birthday this past week with a bunch his friends and according to TMZ, he was gifted a pretty impressive chain.

In the video below, you can see the jeweler, Iceman Nick, present Watson with a chain that says “DW4.” According to the report, the chain cost $25,000 and was made with 12 carats VS1 clarity diamonds, as well as 14k gold. This chain is pretty flashy and as you can tell, Watson wears it pretty well.

Watson and the Texans will be in tough next weekend as they take on the Los Angeles Chargers away from home. Both teams boast a record 1-1 and will be motivated to improve to a winning record.

As for the chain, we’re sure Watson will be keeping that at home come Sunday. That’s definitely not the type piece you wear out on the field, unless you’re Odell Beckham Jr.

Ja Rule Bans 50 Cent From Detroit & Ridicules Him With 6ix9ine Photo

It’s already been a pretty dramatic week in the world hip-hop. We’re used to seeing 50 Cent trash his rivals on a daily basis but in addition to that, his old friend Tekashi 6ix9ine is on trial in his racketeering case, leaving much the rap community entranced by what’s currently going down. How will things end up? Thus far, 50 Cent has strayed away from 69’s criminal case in terms his social content. Instead, he’s been busy dragging Irv Gotti and Ja Rule, his longtime enemies, for their upcoming Supreme Team movie. As a rebuttal, Fif went hard promoting his own visual project about Black Mafia Family but Ja Rule isn’t pleased with how Curtis is going about the situation. He hit hard this morning.

“HEY FOOFY DONT WORRY ABOUT WHAT WE DOING WITH THE SUPREME TEAM MOVIE… WORRY ABOUT GETTING MORE POLICE SECURITY,” typed the iconic rapper on a photo 50 Cent and Tekashi 6ix9ine together. He then shared a repost from a BMF page, which effectively bans the Power executive producer from the city Detroit.

Ja Rule Bans 50 Cent From Detroit & Ridicules Him With 6ix9ine Photo
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“Please get f our dick and stop doing interviews speaking on shit you know nothing about boy,” says the post. “You dont have your facts straight about #bmf clown ass n***a #youwasntthere You are just a groupie cuz trying to figure out shit about Real G’s and what happened 30 yrs ago when you was a little broke boy who couldn’t even pee straight.”

The post continues: “How many times we gotta tell you this aint some fairytale shit made up by a bunch white writers in Hollywood like #power Matter Fact You Banned DONT COME TO DETROIT🚫You trying to use #bmf for street credibility cuz you have none❌You running around with wanna be’s & paid police.”

What do you make this since-deleted scathing message?

Ja Rule Bans 50 Cent From Detroit & Ridicules Him With 6ix9ine Photo

Megan Thee Stallion’s Stylist Defends Her Over "Stripper Fashion" Criticisms

Her “hotties” may fawn over her every word and track all her social media moves, but not everyone is a fan Megan Thee Stallion. The Houston rapper has had a phenomenal 2019 as her career has catapulted into stardom in what could seem to be overnight by the untrained eye. The 24-year-old has gone from a college student with rap star dreams to an international superstar with a No. 1 song under her belt within months. 

Yet, Megan’s twerk-filled shows and barely-there fashion choices have been the center criticisms. On Tuesday, the rapper was featured on the well-known fashion publication Fashion Bomb Daily’s Instagram page where they showed f her purple snakeskin-style custom look that she wore during her live show in Buffalo, New York. FBD‘s readers were not kind as they called Megan’s attire “tacky,” “designer stripper clothes,” and one person questioned if Megan only wore panties during her performances.

Megan’s stylist EJ King was bothered by the responses, to say the least, and he shared his thoughts with a comment his own. “Half the people making comments have nothing to fer this world but hate and and negativity,” he wrote, adding that “it’s only in black culture do we tear down our own kind, and ridicule, judge and disrespect each other for the same sh*t that happens in white culture that they are praised over!!!”

The celebrity stylist stated that Megan is a positive influence for young girls as she encourages them to continue their education. He also called out the double standard because there are plenty other artists who dress similarly including “Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera so on and so forth!!!!” He ended things by saying he doesn’t care about the negativity and doesn’t need to defend his work. Check out a few more King’s styles he’s created for Megan and let us know if there is a double standard for female rap artists versus pop singers.

Dave East Accused Of Battery After Three-Way Turns Violent: Report

Ménage à trois encounters are supposed to be enjoyable, but for Dave East, it landed him in hot water with the police. Last Saturday, East was slated to perform at Drai’s nightclub in Las Vegas. Everything went f without a hitch and East even invited two women back to his Delano Las Vegas hotel room for a nightcap. However, things allegedly took a turn after they began having sex.

According to a police report obtained by TMZ, during the sexual encounter, one the women became upset with the rapper because he wasn’t paying as much attention as he was the other woman. East told responding ficers that the irate woman began throwing bottles champagne at him—two which hit him. One reportedly clocked him in the head and he was left with injuries to both his arm and leg. A friend Dave’s came into the room after the fight began and told cops that he saw the woman chucking bottles at the rapper.

Dave East Accused Of Battery After Three-Way Turns Violent: Report
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The woman told a differing story. She claimed that while having sex, she and East began to argue. This caused him to allegedly begin swinging at her, one which landed on her arm. That’s when she said she became frightened, ran into a restroom, and called the police. She never said she threw anything at East. The woman’s witness, another woman, also stated that East was at fault for the argument. Basically, the men told one story and the women told another.

No one was taken into custody, but both East and the woman visited hospitals to be treated for their injuries. The rapper reportedly received a CAT scan. They also were both cited by police for misdemeanor battery. Stacey Richman, East’s attorney, shared that the only time Dave reacted to the woman was when he held her arm to remove her from the room. Richman denies that East was ever violent with the woman but wanted her gone because he was trying to make sure that everyone else would be safe and out harm’s way.

Johnny Depp Doesn’t Want Amber Heard Case Used Against Him In Assault Trial

Outside Johnny Depp’s ongoing case with his ex Amber Heard is another case he’s dealing with that was brought to life while Johnny was shooting the film City Lies, based on the real-life murders Tupac Shakur and Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace. The Pirates the Caribbean actor was sued by Gregg “Rocky” Brooks who claimed Johnny punched him twice in the ribs when he was trying to impose permit restrictions. 

Johnny Depp Doesn't Want Amber Heard Case Used Against Him In Assault Trial
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Gregg went after Johnny for $70K, the amount he alleged he lost when he was injured from the assault on set. The Blast now reports that Johnny has requested the judge in the trail to not refer to his current case with Amber or his past drug fenses. Johnny’s motion details how because his celebrity status, such instances have been sensationalized and “such ‘evidence’ has no relevance to this case whatsoever.”

Johnny wants an “order excluding evidence alleged alcohol or drug use by Mr. Depp either prior to April 12, 2017, or subsequent to April 12, 2017, as such evidence has absolutely no relevance to the facts legitimately in dispute in this case.” When Gregg sued Johnny for the assuault the actor fired back claiming his actions were self-defense. 

The case in ongoing. 

Creepy Whitney Houston Hologram Tour Is Officially Happening

The long-planned Whitney Houston hologram tour is slated to get underway in 2020 with official date reveals.

BASE Hologram will power the hologram tour. The company also powered the and Buddy Holly hologram tours. Their will see an event with a hologram backed by a live band, dancers, and backup singers.  Those will be real people, with Houston the only projected virtual image.

The show will feature digitally remastered versions of Houston’s songs and dancing choreographed by Fatima Robinson. BASE Hologram Chairman and CEO Brian Becker says the tour is not a throw-back show. It’s not a journey through time, but a celebration of her best work.

That may be a bit unnerving to some, though BASE is positioning this more as a celebration than a creepy throwback.  According to the company, the ultimate goal of most hologram tours is to preserve the artist how they were best remembered. As Becker puts it, “to give fans the chance to see them perform ⁠— many for the first time.”

Interestingly, none of the Whitney Houston dates are happening in the U.S., which could be a reflection of American appetites (or lack thereof) for a Whitney avatar.  But maybe that’s just conjecture: several years ago, Coachella surprised fans with a Tupac Shakur hologram, which was generally well-received.

Whitney Houston drowned in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel in 2012 after ingesting large doses of multiple drugs, including cocaine.  The death occurred immediately before that year’s Grammy Awards.

An Evening With Whitney ⁠— The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour Dates

  • January 23 ⁠— February 9, 2020 – Mexico (venue TBA)
  • February 27 – Liverpool, England @ M&S Bank Arena 2 Arena
  • February 28 – Manchester, England @ Apollo
  • February 29 – Leeds, England @ First Direct Arena
  • March 1 – Glasgow, Scotland @ SEC Armadillo
  • March 2 – Aberdeen, Scotland @ P&J Arena
  • March 3 – Dublin, Ireland @ Bord Gais Theatre
  • March 4 – Birmingham, England @ Arena
  • March 5 – Bournemouth, England @ Bournemouth International Centre
  • March 6 – Cardiff, Wales @ Motorpoint Arena
  • March 7 – Brighton, England @ Centre
  • March 9 – Nottingham, England @ Royal Concert Hall
  • March 10 – London, England @ Hammersmith Apollo
  • March 12 – Brussels, Belgium @ Bozar
  • March 13 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ AFAS Live
  • March 14 – Ghent, Belgium @ Capitole
  • March 19 – Zurich, Switzerland @ Samsung Hall
  • March 20 – Berlin, Germany @ Admirals Palast
  • March 22 – Vienna, Austria @ Stadhalle F
  • March 23 – Bratislava, Slovakia @ Inchebo Expo Arena
  • March 25 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Forum Black Box
  • March 26 – Olso, Norway @ Folketeatret
  • March 28 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Cirkus
  • March 30 – St. Petersburg, Russia @ BKZ Oktyabrisky
  • March 31 – Moscow, Russia @ Kremlin Concert Hall
  • April 2 – Kyiv, Ukraine @ Palace Ukraine
  • April 3 – Minsk, Belarus @ Palace of the Republic

Amazon Music Introduces Lossless, High-Definition Streaming

Amazon Music HD launched today, undercutting several other high-definition streaming services.

A new HD streaming plan has been rumored to be in the works for a few months now. The new plan will cost $14.99 a month for the HD tier, or $12.99/monthly for Prime subscribers.

By comparison, Tidal’s Hi-Fi plan starts at $19.99/monthly and has several tiers.

Amazon Music says it has a catalog of over 50 million HD songs. It defines HD as CD-quality 16-bit and 44.1kHz sample rate. The service has “millions” of UltraHD tracks of 24-bit and sample rates from 44.1kHz up to 192kHz. Amazon Music HD will deliver the files in lossless FLAC instead of .

Amazon VP of Music Steve Boom says Amazon is looking to bring HD and Ultra HD streaming to the masses. Amazon Music HD isn’t aiming for niche audiophiles like and ⁠— Amazon Music HD is going for the mass approach.

Amazon Music’s latest subscriber numbers appeared to be around 32 million in April.  Spotify hit 100 million paid subscriptions in that same period.  Amazon might have an easier time with conversions though, thanks to cheaper pricing for Prime subscribers.

Amazon Music HD might be a reason for some people to switch away from Spotify.

Spotify has in select markets in the past the past but has determined there’s no mass appeal there.  Apple is flirting with its own AAC format with high-definition but has stopped short of a lossless commitment.  Amazon stepping into those waters is significant, but it’s unclear if the move will pay off.

“We haven’t talked much about [introducing an HD tier],” Spotify VP and head of investor relations Paul Vogel recently shared at Goldman Sachs’ Communicopia conference. “But if you go back and look at it, it’s not really something that’s been a big differentiator among the different services.  It’s really about user interface, algorithms, playlists, discoverability and those type of things.”

“So I wouldn’t say never, but we think that in terms of what consumers are looking for, it’s not something that’s really resonated.”

There’s also the question of capacity and bandwidth.  Lossless audio delivery demands much more streaming bandwidth than standard definition streaming.  Even most unlimited plans in the United States have a soft data cap of around 22GB.  Until the and can support HD audio by default, many consumers will shy away.

We saw the same thing with adoption rates from SD to HD TV signal in the 2000s.

Post Malone Helps Ozzy Osbourne Break New Record On Billboard Hot 100

Post Malone is fresh f the release his third studio album, Hollywood’s Bleeding. The project further cemented Post Malone as a bonafide hit-maker. The project launched to number one in its first week on the Billboard 200 but he also managed to get all seventeen songs on the album onto the Billboard Hot 100. Four them landed positions in the top 10 including “Take What You Want” featuring an odd combination collaborators, Travis Scott and Ozzy Osbourne.

The song might be just another top 10 hit for Travis Scott and Post Malone but there’s a larger significance to the feat for Ozzy Osbourne. The song debuted at number 8 and marks Ozzy’s first top 10 song since 1989. The last record he had in the top 10 was his duet with Lita Ford, “Close My Eyes Forever.” It’s been 30 years and three months since the song hit the chart which means Ozzy Osbourne broke the record previously held by Dobie Gray’s  “Drift Away” in 1973 and his feature on the song’s cover by Uncle Kracker in 2003. 

“Take What You Want” might be an odd combination artists on one track but clearly, it works. Not only did Post help Ozzy hit the charts again but apparently, he also deserves credit for getting Ozzy back in the lab and working on a new album.

“I’d never even heard this kid. He wanted me to sing on his song ‘Take What You Want,’ so I did and then one thing led to another,” Ozzy told The Sun. “I started recording a new album with Post Malone’s producer Andrew Watt. It’s only nine tracks but it was a catalyst to get me to where I am today.”

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & Lil Uzi Vert Team For UNICEF’s Hurricane Dorian Relief

New York, NY – A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Lil Uzi Vert are donating money to UNICEF USA in an effort to provide aid to the Bahamas following the disatrous Hurricane Dorian. A Boogie has launched a CrowdRise fundraiser and donated $50,000 to kick off his charitable cause.

Uzi has promised to match every additional dollar raised up to $50,000 as part of the fundraiser. If the crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal, a potential $150,000 will end up being donated to UNICEF USA.

“The Bahamas need our help, man,” A Boogie said in a press release. “You got kids and families left with nothing out there. We got to show love and support in any way we can to help rebuild that beautiful place. Every little thing helps.”

Hurricane Dorian devasted the Bahamas in August, becoming the worst disaster in Bahamian history in the process. The hurricane killed at least 50 people and more than 1,000 are still listed as missing.

Donate to A Boogie’s UNICEF USA CrowdRise fundraiser here.

Kobe Bryant Describes Playing Against Michael Jordan In ’98 All Star Game: Watch

Future NBA Hall Famer and Los Angeles Lakers’ living legend Kobe Bryant recently sat down for an interview with Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson, as the former Clippers teammates kicked f season 2 their “Knuckleheads” podcast.

During their discussion, Kobe touched on his early years with the Lakers, including playing in the 1997-98 All Star Game against Michael Jordan in just his second season in the league. Needless to say, that was a major moment for 19-year old Kobe, especially when you consider he skipped college just so he could face MJ before he retired.

Says Kobe:

“The hype going up against Mike, it was – let’s go, show me. Like I’ve been watching you play my whole life. Show me. I want to see this – everybody calling you Black Jesus and all this other crap – you gonna have to show me, man.

And I went out there and we went head up and I think his respect and his appreciation for me really grew that day because he saw on the biggest stage, I didn’t shy away from that confrontation. I looked forward to that confrontation.”

Bryant led the Western Conference All Stars with 18 points (and one assist!), while Jordan led all scorers with 23 points to go along with his eight assists, six rebounds and three steals in the East’s 135-114 victory.

It’s worth noting that George Karl elected not to play Kobe at all in the fourth quarter, which is something that the Black Mamba held against Karl, and his Denver Nuggets, for years to come in the playfs.

Check out the clip Kobe’s appearance on the Knuckleheads podcast below, and click here to listen to the full episode. 

Sony Rejects a Breakup Demand by Activist Investor Third Point

Sony has roundly rejected the break-up proposal, which was initiated by activist investor Daniel Loeb.

Just hours ago, Sony Corp. officially rejected a plan to spin off its semiconductor business in a 8-page letter it sent to its shareholders.  The plan had been proposed by activist investor Daniel Loeb and his Third Point hedge fund.
That doesn’t affect subsidiary Sony Music Entertainment directly, as the label conglomerate wasn’t the source of Third Point’s ire.  But it does signal a greater focus on merging media and technology under the broader Sony umbrella.

Kenichiro Yoshida, who is the CEO of Sony, expressed in the letter — titled “Enhancing Corporate Value Over the Long Term as a Creative Entertainment Company With a Solid Foundation of Technology” — that his company’s strategy of diversification was working well.

As proof of this, he cited the record profits Sony has experienced during the course of the past two years.

Yoshida also indicated in the letter that Sony’s board of directors did agree with one point of Loeb’s proposal, which stated that the company’s Imaging and Sensor Solutions division was a “Japanese crown jewel and technology champion.”  But he said that the division, which produces image sensors for various smartphones such as the iPhone, would continue operating as an integral part of Sony.

He went on to say that the conglomerate sees sensing and artificial intelligence being utilized in the future across a full range of applications, which includes IoT, Games, Autonomous Vehicles, and Advanced Medicine.

The company further believes that image sensors will one day evolve from purely hardware to complete platforms and solutions.  They believe as well that the technology industry and media are converging, with many top entertainment companies purchasing technology while technology companies were beginning to dabble with entertainment.  That theoretically applies to Sony Music, whose day-to-day is now defined by tech platforms.
In 2013, Loeb acquired an interest in Sony. Even then, Loeb was trying to get the conglomerate to spin off divisions as a means of increasing the company’s value.  Initially, Third Point was trying to get Sony to sell its motion pictures division. Ironically, this year, as Third Point’s stake in Sony increased to $1.5 billion, Loeb now wants the company to sell its technology divisions while making entertainment its core business.