Bill Cosby Lashes Out At Insurance Company For Settling Sexual Assault Suit

Bill Cosby’s continued to maintain his innocence after dozens women came forward with allegations that he sexually assaulted them. His sentencing has prompted him to liken himself to Martin Luther King Jr, Mahatma Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela, referring to himself as a “political prisoner.” Earlier this month, the comedian reached a settlement with seven alleged victims who were involved in a defamation case against him. He denied that he approved the decision, and now, he’s placing the blame on his insurance company.

Bill Cosby Lashes Out At Insurance Company For Settling Sexual Assault Suit
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Cosby’s insurance company, American International Group, struck a deal with a woman named Chloe Goins who claimed that Cosby assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion in 2008 when she was just 18. However, Cosby’s lashed out against AIG, calling their conduct “despicable.”

“AIG’s conduct is despicable and I can only imagine how terribly they’re treating their policyholders, who don’t have my means and my resources,” Cosby said in a statement to Deadline.

In the agreement, the AIG paid f the woman who filed the lawsuit over the alleged incident in 2008.

“It was proven by the Los Angeles Police Department that I was not at the Playboy Mansion on the date in question, and was not in the State California,” Cosby said. “This woman’s supposed friend confirmed that she made up this story by denying that they knew her and, most importantly, denying that they visited the Playboy Mansion with her.”

He continued, “AIG continues to act egregiously by settling these heinous claims without my knowledge and/or consent; and AIG continues to show they’re complicit in this scheme to destroy me and my family.” Adding, “I encourage all AIG’s policyholders to drop this pathetic insurance company quickly, before they destroy you and your family. Ms. Goins’ lawsuit never should have proceeded and I will still pursue my claims against her.”

Megan Thee Stallion Celebrates First Hot 100 Entry With "Big Ole Freak"

One the most talked about rappers right now is Megan Thee Stallion. While her twerk videos have dominated the timeline, that hasn’t overshadowed her skill set as an emcee. In early March, she released the video for her single, “Big Ole Freak” f  Tina Snow. The song was already getting some attention before the video but the visuals helped the track gain more attention. Over a month after the video dropped, the song’s been continuing to buzz heavily and recently helped her earn her first Billboard Hot 100 entry.

Megan The Stallion has just earned her first Hot 100 entry with “Big Ole Freak.” The track debuted at #99 on the chart and at this rate, it’ll likely continue to climb up to the top 40. She took to Instagram to thank her fans and reiterate that she accomplished this on her own terms.

“We made it on @billboard hot 100 hotties !!! Look I don’t have an album out yet, this is my first Entry EVER on the hot 100 charts, never got any handouts, I’m working my mf ass f everyday! I just wanna tell y’all I AINT NEVER FUCKIN STOPPING,” she wrote. “I love my fuckin hotties keep streaming BOF!”

Megan Thee Stallion recently joined Khalid on the remix his song, “Talk” which also features Yo Gotti. Prior to that, she released her single, “Sex Talk.”

Bebe Rexha Reveals To Fans That She’s Bipolar & "Not Ashamed Anymore"

Bebe Rexha has become even more open and honest with her fans since announcing that she is bipolar. The “Say My Name” singer took to Twitter to share her truth, detailing how she will no longer be “ashamed” her condition. 

Bebe Rexha Reveals To Fans That She's Bipolar & "Not Ashamed Anymore"
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“For the longest time, I didn’t understand why I felt so sick. Why I felt lows that made me not want to leave my house or be around people and why I felt highs that wouldn’t let me sleep, wouldn’t let me stop working or creating music. Now I know why,” she wrote. 

Bebe further explained how she’s not looking for anyone to feel bad for her, but rather just to accept her for who is. “I’m bipolar and I’m not ashamed anymore. That is all. (Crying my eyes out.)” she wroteadding, “This next album will be favorite album ever because I’m not holding anything back. I love you all very much. And I hope you accept me as I am.” 

As for new music, we can expect new tunes soon since Bebe previously tweeted that she has a handful new songs recorded. “I got 12 new songs. I feel like I should just make it an album?” she wrote. 

Nike Kyrie 5 "EYBL" New Images Revealed

Nike’s annual Elite Youth Basketball League, aka the Nike EYBL, is set to kick f later this month with a trio events across the country starting in Atlanta, Georgia (April 26-28), Indianapolis, Indiana (May 10-12) and Dallas, Texas (May 24-26).

As always, Nike Basketball will be providing the players with special edition colorways some the brand’s most popular signature sneakers. 

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Among the EYBL sneakers that’ll be in rotation is the colorful Nike Kyrie 5 shown above. Built on a mint green upper with neon green accents, the Nike Kyrie 5 “EYBL” also includes splashes red as well as the EYBL logo on the heel.

Nike has not yet announced whether or not this exclusive Kyrie 5 will be available at retail – but if they do release you can bank on them being very limited. 

Check out some additional images the kicks below, and click here for an early look at the “EYBL” Nike KD 12.

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Steph Curry Responds To Historic Blown Lead: "The Wheels Fell Off"

The Golden State Warriors became the butt every joke on social media last night when the defending champions blew a 31-point lead against the Los Angeles Clippers and lost by a score 135-131. With the win, the Clippers were able to tie up the series at one game apiece. Now, the series is heading back to Los Angeles and the underdogs will be looking to inch closer to an epic upset.

After the game, Warriors star Steph Curry spoke about the loss and how the team doesn’t want to dwell on it as they move further into the week.

“If I had the answer for it, a night like tonight wouldn’t happen,” he told reporters according to Sporting News. “This game is tough, it’s hard to win playf games no matter what the matchup is, no matter what the history is, the regular season, team versus team. It’s tough. For 6 1/2 quarters we played amazing, had a 31-point lead. The wheels fell f. I know we can get it back. We’ve got to put together 48 minutes it, just a collective energy, positivity around everything we do. The locker room was down, as it should be, because every game matters to us. We’ve just got to bounce back.”

Clearly, Curry knows there is a tough test ahead, especially with DeMarcus Cousins down for what appears to be the rest the playfs.

Soulja Boy’s Instagram Page Hacked As He Spends Time In Jail

At the beginning this year, Soulja Boy was the biggest thing in hip-hop. Nobody really ever cared about his music but his troll posts helped him get back to the height his popularity. When songs like “Crank That” and “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” came out, Big Drako was enjoying major success as a viral sensation. He credits himself as somebody who has influenced every new rapper in the game, patting himself on the back and urging everybody to remember all the insanity he has achieved. The man literally launched SouljaGame and SouljaWatch last year and made bank from the business moves. He reportedly violated his probation this month and he’s been spending time behind bars since then. If that wasn’t enough, his social media was also hacked when a random girl showed up on his live-stream, asking for $1,000 to give him back his access.

Soulja Boy's Instagram Page Hacked As He Spends Time In Jail
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While he serves out the remainder his time in jail after violating his probation, Soulja Boy will need to deal with something right away whenever he gets out. A female hacker busted into his account on Instagram, going live and telling people that unless she gets a rack, she won’t give Soulja back his handle. 

There isn’t much Drako can do right now but once he’s free, you can imagine this will be dealt with pretty quickly. Until then, I guess we can expect his page to continue getting hijacked.

Gabrielle Union Explains Attending Gay Pride Parade With Family: "It Feels Normal"

A week ago, the Wade family made an appearance at the Miami Beach Gay Pride parade, reportedly in support their 11-year-old son, Zion Wade. Union shared a photo herself and Zion enjoying the festivities, and while Dwyane couldn’t be there with them because work, he showed his support on his Instagram Story. “We support each other with Pride,” D-Wade posted. Over another image, Wade wrote, “Zion had his own cheering section today. Wish I was there to see you smile kid!” Zaire, Zion’s 17-year-old brother, also shared his public support on IG, writing: “Love you lil bro no matter what.”

There were some on social media who congratulated the Wades for being there for their son, but there were others who didn’t approve a child so young attending Pride, an event that many believe should be reserved for adults. However, Union recently spoke with Us Weekly about their decision to attend Pride with the entire Wade crew, saying that it was nothing strange or out the ordinary for her.

“It feels normal,” the 46-year-old actress told them at the Black Design Collective Honors Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter event. “My mom took me to my first pride at eight-years-old. We moved to San Francisco, and it’s kind part being a global citizen.”

After the parade, the family reportedly went to a drag queen show together. “People talk a lot about diversity and inclusion, but they don’t actually mean it,” Union continued. “In our household, we mean that, and that’s why the entire household went to pride.”

Wiz Khalifa Will Celebrate 4/20 With "Fly Times Vol. 1" Project

Wiz Khalifa is going to provide his fellow smokers with some new music for 4/20. The weed connoisseur has announced his next project, Fly Times Vol. 1: The Good Fly Young, will be released on Saturday (April 20).

“Im droppin another project on 4/20,” he wrote on Twitter. “Don’t forget. It’s called Fly Times Vol. 1: The Good Fly Young.”

Khalifa also revealed the producers and guests who’d be contributing to his upcoming release.

“It has production from @IdlabsMusic @CardoGotWings @DJFreshX3 @HarryFraud @StatikSelekt and features from Deji (don’t know his Twitter) @PROBLEM354 @CurrenSy_Spitta @CHEVYWOODS @sosamann and @tydollasign,” he continued. “And @inthemxxnlight.”

Fly Times Vol. 1 isn’t the only project from the Taylor Gang boss due out this week. On Wednesday (April 17), a new documentary series titled Wiz Khalifa: Behind The Cam is scheduled to drop on Apple Music.

Check out the trailer for Behind The Cam below.

Thanks to Streaming, Universal Music Group's Q1 2019 Revenue Jumps 19.2% to $1.7 Billion

Vivendi has just revealed it may sell up to half of Universal Music Group to one or more partners.

Ahead of its upcoming sale of up to 50% Universal Music Group (UMG), parent company Vivendi has posted strong financials for the first quarter of 2019.

The French conglomerate – controlled by billionaire Vincent Bollore – has beaten investor expectations.

UMG’s Q1 2019 revenue totaled €1.5 billion ($1.7 billion), up 18.8% at constant currency over the same period last year.

Driven by higher subscription and streaming revenue, recorded music revenue for the major label jumped 19.2% to €1.2 billion ($1.4 billion).  UMG brought in €737 million ($833 million) in paid subscription and freemium streaming revenue, up 28.1% year-over-year.  Download revenue plummeted 18.2% to €102 million ($115 million).  The major label continues to post healthy physical sales, rising 20.8% to €193 million ($218 million).  Licensing and other revenue rose 15.3% to €174 million ($197 million).

In addition, the major music group’s publishing revenue increased 4.7% to €225 million ($254 million).  Merchandising and other revenue skyrocketed 72.7% to €72 million ($81 million).

Vivendi’s total revenue increased 5.7% to €3.5 billion ($4 billion).  The French conglomerate attributed the growth to the success of its subsidiary, UMG.  Its weakest point proved to be Canal Group.  Vivendi’s TV division’s revenue fell 3.3% to €1.3 billion ($1.4 billion).  In addition, the French conglomerate acquired book publisher Editis.

In-Front Data for Reuters had forecast Vivendi’s revenue would total €3.4 billion ($3.8 billion).

Speaking about the sale of its subsidiary, the company explained it has closely collaborated with UMG’s management teams to sell up to 50% of the major music group’s share capital to one or more partners.  This, explained Vivendi, will accelerate UMG’s development and increase its overall value.

In addition, the French conglomerate will soon complete the process of selecting potential partnering banks and advisors.  PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has been engaged to conduct the ongoing Vendor Due Diligence, an in-depth report of UMG’s financial health.  PwC will complete the report and send it to selected banks.

Maintaining a ‘Buy’ rating on Vivendi’s shares, analysts at Liberum wrote,

Organic revenue growth at 5.7 percent was very strong, driven by over 18.8% organic growth at its Universal Music Group division, with recorded music up over 19% year-on-year organically.

This should bode well for profit growth, given it is driven by streaming, which should have a high (40%) drop through rate to profits.

 


 

Russell Wilson Won’t Sign Extension With Seahawks After His Deadline: Report

Russell Wilson has been a staple the Seattle Seahawks for the last decade now. Thanks to winning a Super Bowl and bringing the team to a second Super Bowl appearance, Wilson is regarded as one the top tier quarterbacks in the league. While he may not be the flashiest guy out on the field, Wilson is a solid player who is able to lead his team victory when they need him to. He was able to run the table and get the team into the playfs this year, so there is something to be said about how much he means to the franchise.

Wilson currently has one year left on his contract as he’ll become a free agent in the fseason 2020. If Wilson doesn’t sign a contract by then, he could end up franchise tagged by the Seahawks, meaning he’ll most likely make a little bit less money and he won’t be able to negotiate with any other teams. This has led Wilson to impose an April 15th deadline for a contract extension. it just so happens that that happens to be today.

Russell Wilson Won't Sign Extension With Seahawks After His Deadline: Report

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Unfortunately for Wilson and the Seahawks, it appears as though contract talks arent’s progressing. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Wilson will not sign an extension with the Seahawks after his deadline, which puts both sides at a bit dilemma.

It is believed that Wilson is seeking a contract similar to that Aaron Rodgers, who is currently making $33.5 million a year in Green Bay.

Barack Obama, Tony Romo & Emmitt Smith Hit Up Golf Course During Masters

Barack Obama is well into his retirement now which means he gets to kick back and do pretty well whatever he wants to do now. Obama is known to engage in sports such as basketball but this weekend, it appears as though the 44th President the United States was in the spirit the Masters as he hit up the golf course with some prominent people out Dallas. Of course, two those people were Tony Romo and Emmitt Smith who made a name for themselves while playing for the Dallas Cowboys. The three were joined by Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk as well. 

Smith posted some pictures the four on his Instagram account and it looks as though they all had a pretty great time. Romo is an avid golfer who has even played in pressional tournaments before so we wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up having the best round out all them. Hopefully, he took it easy on the former president.

That same weekend, Tiger Woods made history as he won his fifth Masters and his 15th Major tournament. It was the first time since 2008 that he had won a major and it was his first Masters since 2005.

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Nipsey Hussle Memorial Basketball Court Unveiled

If you’ve ever taken a plane ride somewhere in the United States hovering closely over select cities, there’s a small chance that you may have caught a glimpse the works Project Blackboard, an initiative to bring life to the archetypal black basketball courts where streetball finds its roots.

What you’re witness to are vibrant works art that double as a playing ground for the sport and most recently, Nipsey Hussle‘s memory was preserved with a special mural becoming the latest work to come Project Blackboard, in partnership with the Venice Basketball League. Across 78 feet pavement, artist Gustavo Zermeno created a basketball court bearing Nipsey’s likeness, overpowered by a blue backdrop and the words, “The highest human act is to inspire” written above a prile image Hussle, who was gunned down just blocks away from the basketball court two weeks ago.

The court was ficially unveiled outside the Crete Academy charter school on Sunday (April 14th) and was immediately christened with a high school showcase and All-Star game. It’s the latest effort to pay tribute to Nip, whose memorial service was held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center, drawing thousands wanting to pay their final respects to the rapper, businessman, and philanthropist.

Currently, his suspected killer, Eric Holder, faces one murder count and two counts attempted murder for injuring two other men who were with Nipsey at the time. Holder is being held on $5 million bail. LAPD allege that Holder shot Nipsey in front his Marathon Clothing store as the result a “personal dispute.”

RiFF RAFF Recruits Chief Keef & Killah Priest For "Pink Python" Project

RiFF RAFF has followed up his Tangerine Tiger album with a project titled Pink Python.

The new release is comprised of nine songs and features an unexpected collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan affiliate Killah Priest. Additional guests include Chief Keef and J-Dawg.

Check out RiFF RAFF’s Pink Python stream, cover art and tracklist below.

RiFF RAFF Recruits Chief Keef & Killah Priest For "Pink Python" Project

1. TiP TOE 3 f. Chief Keef
2. WHAT DOES iT MEAN TO BE A QUEEN
3. JODY HiGHROLLER QUARTER MiLL EVERY NIGHT f. J-Dawg
4. YES i DONT PLAY GAMES
5. i SEE iCE iCY STUPiD iCE
6. i JUST BOUGHT A BRiCK FROM CHRiSTiNA AGUiLERA
7. iNDiANA BOBBY KNiGHT HOOSiERS f. Killah Priest
8. 8 POUNDS OF THE DRAKE
9. NEEYON

Drake Beefs With Wiley Over Re-ignited "Culture Vulture" Allegations

It all transpired as Drake was co-hosting a 1Xtra Rap Show with Tiffany Calver, where, as the UK-based DJ/promoter put it at the commencement the broadcast, “we’ll talk about the] tour, we’ll play some games, we’ll play some music—it’s going to be a vibe.” Calver wasn’t fibbing, as Drake was at his gregarious, and particularly plainspoken when another round “Culture Vulture” came his way, courtesy Wiley – once again.

In response to comments, Drake made during the broadcast with Calver, Wiley jumped on Twitter to air his grievances with the rapper’s foray into UK culture from an outsider’s position. The Tweets in question have since deleted (some remain intact, not all), but not before Drake addressed the comments live on the air.

For added context, Wiley has been critical Skepta and Dizzee Rascal for consorting with Drake in the past year or so. Yesterday marked the first time Wiley foisted the burden the blame on Drake directly, calling him a “paigon” and a “culture vulture” during the deleted-discourse, which included interactions with users taking on a devil’s advocate position. Here’s what Drake had to say in response to Wiley’s “cultural appropriation” allegations.

 “I like to enjoy what’s going on… I appreciate like all these young people creating all these things. It takes some real energy and synergy to create a good song. We were joking today about the comment that my boy left on the picture or whatever or on the video me at Loski’s show,” Drake said on-air, referencing an unprecedented he made at a local grime show in London.

I hate that people think that me being into music from these kids that are trying to make it and trying to build a name for themselves is like ‘oh that’s some culture vulture…’ what does that even mean? I don’t understand what that means,” he continued. “Would you rather me not acknowledge anything or support? Like that’s some real like confused hater shit. But it is what it is.” 

We’ll have to see how this one plays out, now that Drake has all but wrapped up his residency at London’s 02 Arena. If you’ll recall, the final curtain call came to be with Drake inviting J. Cole onstage for a duet like no other. While on stage, Cole revealed that he and Drake were indeed looking to publish material together. A week earlier, Drake stunned the 02 crowd by summoning J Hus onstage – whom they believed was still locked away on a weapon charge.

 

Suge Knight Compares Nipsey Hussle To Tupac & Himself

San Diego, CA – Crenshaw’s fallen hometown hero Nipsey Hussle was just helping out a friend freshly released from prison when he was gunned down and pronounced dead at 33 on March 31.

Suge Knight, who is currently incarcerated at the RJ Donovan Correctional Facility in San Diego, believes the Grammy Award-nominated recording artist’s dedication to his environment is what caused his life.

“A lot of artists like Nipsey have the same problem that I had,” the disgraced mogul told TMZ in an exclusive interview. “We are too loyal to our neighborhood. Even though you have enough money to move, you want to stay on the block because when you go around Hollywood it’s all watered down.”

The Death Row co-founder elaborated on his favorite ghetto past times. Knight said that he loves going back to his hood to “get chili cheese fries and strawberries” and to chop it up with his little homies, but said he would also need those same little homies for protection.

Next, Knight compared the Victory Lap artist to Tupac Shakur.

“I feel that Nipsey was trying to follow the same Tupac manual to the community,” he said. “He came together with YG like Snoop did with Tupac.”

Knight is referring to Nipsey’s Victory Lap single “Last Time That I Checc’d” featuring YG. Nipsey was reportedly a Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crip meanwhile YG claims to be part of a rival Blood gang.

Since 2013, they had been working towards putting together their collaborative project America’s Most Wanted, a title inspired by Tupac and Snoop Dogg’s 1996 song “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted.”

The All Money In General poured his money and heart into creating hope for his community, including the coworking community Vector 90, which gives opportunities to underrepresented entrepreneurs.

Five days following Nip’s murder, a gangs’ peace march took place in Los Angeles on Crenshaw and Slauson in front of his Marathon Clothing store where he passed away. All the rival gangs came together, including family members that hadn’t talked to each other in years, to honor the slain rap star.

“What’s good is that all the hoods getting together now,” Suge continued. “We can be stronger considering what happens when we come together.”

Knight is currently serving a 28-year sentence for the voluntary manslaughter of Terry Carter. During the January 2015 filming of Straight Outta Compton, Knight hit Carter without checking on him while trying to escape, what Suge alleged to be a life or death situation for himself.

He will be eligible for parole in 2037.