CW Network To End "The 100" After Its 7th Season

CW just announced it would be cutting out a few its long-running series recently and it appears The 100 will be apart the series to go. The creator behind the show, Jason Rothenberg, confirmed the news this Sunday by informing that the show’s seventh season will be the last. In a tweet, Rothenberg shared: “With #The100 Season 6 finale just days away, I have some bittersweet news to share: Season 7 will be our last. We are eternally grateful to WB & CW for always allowing us to tell our story the way we want to & to wrap the show on our terms. What an incredible ride this has been!” 

The season’s renewal was announced a few months ago in April. The CW network also shared it would be ending series iZombie, Jane The Virgin as well as Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Arrow and Supernatural are also scheduled to end in the 2019 to 2020 period. Other television shows will be making their way to the CW and these, we include All American, In The Dark, Roswell and New Mexico. Hence, CW may be cleaning house, but it does not mean they have something right up their sleeves for its viewership. In the meantime, we can only bid farewell to the long-running series. 

Everything Coming To, & Leaving HBO As Of August 2019

With a new month rolling in, many streaming services, including Netflix, have taken to switching up their options for viewers, saying goodbye to a few shows and movies, but also introducing a couple new ones for their subscribers to enjoy. As August, HBO will say goodbye with the season finales both their shows Euphoria and Divorce. And whilst you’ll have to wait until the next season these two fan-favorite shows, some new favs are making their comeback in the meantime, like old favorite, Succession. HBO will also introduce a slew new original series, including The Righteous Gemstones and Our Boys. In terms movies, the streaming service will add a few more names to their 2019 Oscars collection with Best Picture nominee The Favourite and the amazing performance from Best Actress nominee, Melissa McCarthy, in Can You Ever Forgive Me? Other popular movies from the year prior, like Aquaman, will also be available for streaming as next month.

Perhaps the most uhh… interesting viewing experience to arrive, will be Julio Torres’ upcoming comedy special My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres. Torres is a notable master shenanigans (and apparently, geometry enthusiast) who will make his HBO debut with the help  executive production by Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels, in an hour-long ode to shapes, described in excruciatingly hilarious detail by Torres. Check out the trailer below, and the complete list arrivals and departures underneath it.

Arriving:

Movies: 
A Lego Brickumentary (8/1) 
Aquaman (8/10) 
Arizona
 (8/1)
Body Heat (8/1)
Boy Erased (8/2) 
Brothers (8/1)
Can You Ever Forgive Me? (8/31)
Chariots Fire (8/1)
Conviction (8/1)
Dangerous Liaisons
 (8/1)
Deliver Us From Eva
 (8/1)
Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story
 (8/1)
El Angel (8/2) 
Fly Me to the Moon
 (8/1)
Getaway
 (8/1)
Going the Distance
 (8/1)
Just Like Heaven
 (8/1)
Marisol
 (8/1)
Me 3.769 (8/1) 
Miss Bala (8/2) 
Mortal Engines (8/24)  
No me digas solterona (8/9) 
Out Africa (8/1)
Que Te Juegas (8/16)
Rio
 (8/1)
Search Party
 (8/1)
Sky Captain and the World Tomorrow
 (8/1)
The Dilemma (8/1)
The Favourite (8/3) 
The Lost Boys (8/1)
The Mule (8/27) 

TV:  
A Black Lady Sketch Show: Season 1 (8/2)
Alternate Endings: Six New Ways to Die in America (8/14)
Entre Nos: Gina Brillion (8/16) 
Farruko: En Letra de Otro (8/23)
Hard Knocks: Training Camps with the Oakland Raiders (8/6)
My Favorite Shapes by Julio Torres (8/10)
Our Boys: Season 1 (8/12)
Pico De Neblina: Season 1 (8/9)
Succession: Season 2 (8/11)
The Righteous Gemstones: Season 1 (8/18)

Leaving:

50 First Dates
Alpha and Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure
Alpha and Omega 4: The Legend the Sawtoothed Cave
Alpha and Omega 5: Family Vacation
Date Night 
(Extended Version)
Diary a Wimpy Kid
Down a Dark Hall
Geostorm
Green Zone
Ocean’s 8
Shrek 2
Sinister 2
Super Troopers 2
Tag
The Best Man
The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
The Grudge 
(Extended Version)
The Lego Ninjago Movie
The Mask
The Pelican Brief
The Prestige
The Wolfman
Tully

Anderson .Paak Pays Pens Tribute To Mac Miller On 1 Year Anniversary Of "Swimming"

If you’re like me, then you’re still reeling over the death Hip Hop’s beloved, Pittsburgh rapper, Mac Miller, who tragically passed away last year from a drug overdose in California. At the time, the rapper was fresh f the release his Grammy-nominated album, Swimming, and today marks the one-year anniversary the release the iconic album. Anderson .Paak was not only a frequent collaborator Mac’s, but also a close friend his. The singer/songwriter/rapper was devastated after the loss his friend, and took to paying multiple tributes to him, both on social media as well as on stage.

Most notably, he payed respect to his fallen friend last year at the BET Hip Hop Awards in the fall 2018. “Mac Miller was a humble rock star, he was a rapper’s rapper, he was a actor, a comedian, a musical genius …] Mac Miller was a brother, he was my friend,” .Paak said. “I loved him and I still love him.” He did so again, this year in Coachella, when he stopped for a minute to bring up his memory, as well as that another fallen angel, Nipsey Hussle, by performing his song “Dang!” – which he collaborated on with Miller – and dedicating it to the two. Now, to mark the one-year anniversary  Mac’s last album, Paak took to Instagram to pen a heartfelt message to his friend. “One year. What an incredible album,” he starts f the caption. “Your magnum opus! You worked your ass f on this project! I remember how proud you were, listening to the finish product at Conway. I love you so much brother. Thank you for always being so generous with your gift! I know you swimming good champ. MAC MILLER FOREVER ❤️” RIP Mac.

Papoose Celebrates Remy Ma’s Parole Ending After 5 Excruciating Years

Papoose is one happy hubby. No assertion dominance will ever dissuade the best hubby/father in that order, to his prized wife Remy Ma. To mark the occasion  Remy’s parole being lifted, Papoose took to Instagram at the top his lungs. For those who don’t know, Remy Mas has been on parole for the past 5 years, after 6 on the inside for her role in a 2017 shooting.

Papoose documented the scene: husband and wife singing along to Frankie Beverly and Maze’s seminal hit “Before I Let Go.” Before it ever came that, Remy Ma was on social media herself, counting down the minutes and days until FREEDOM- in a densely-packed remix “Old Town Road” by you know whom.

Captioned beside the video reel was a message eternal commitment, from hubby to wife. And they lived happily ever after!” Papoose wrote 
“#blacklove Off papers The #queen.” Within minutes posting, a good number  Remy fan accounts flooded the scene, in “full devotion” to their empress from outside Pap’s protective shield. Unlike Papoose, who after years biding his time in silence, finally to got to see his wife unshackle herself, the only remaining condition on her rap sheet. In a subsequent Insta post, Papoose stopped to thank the other people that helped in holding him/her down throughout the process.

French Rapper Niska Ruthlessly Flamed By Twitter For Double Pregnancies

Although we mostly tend to hone our content with a focus on rap music from the North American side, we remain pleasantly surprised by the talent which can be found overseas. Of this talent, we can find folks like Gibbs across the pond in the UK and past language barriers, we can find lyrical beasts in France such as Damso, Booba, and PNL. Precisely in the french side Hip Hop, things have not been simply all talent as late. 24-year-old rapper Niska, who has accumulated much success in the recent years with hits like “Reseaux” (a hit-track which has since been remixed by Migos‘ very own Quavo), has found himself in the thick controversy. And social media was quick to grab the details. 

Niska recently shared a compelling freestyle a collaboration with Booska which he entitled “Booska Méchant” in tribute to his commonly used acronym “Méchant, méchant” (which means “mean, mean.”) In the freestyle herein, a specific bar which noted that he owed his ex some child support money, but would rather spend in on a brand new whip was the aggravating factor which led his actual ex to expose his business. A series social media posts revealed that the French artist had impregnated his ex-girlfriend and current baby mother with a child while also knocking up celebrity Aya Nakamura Catchana style (well known in France for afrobeats hits like “Dja Dja” and “Pookie”). Once Twitter got a whiff the news, they proceeded to roast Niska with a slew memes, videos, and gifs to make light the situation. The news took social media by such storm that the French rapper recently checked in on his Twitter account to ask if it was okay for him to come back.

See the comical tweets below. 

Denzel Curry Wilds Out With Kenny Beats On Episode 12 Of "The Cave"

Denzel Curry‘s energy in the latest episode The Cave was abundant – enough to put 10 servicemen or women out commission. For Kenny Beats and his ever-successful YouTube jumpf, the tables have turned in recent times. Ever since Vince Staples jokingly implied that Kenny was “The Police,” his guests have grown irreverent (towards him). So, to some extent, linking up with a workhorse like Denzel Curry was just the appointment to set things straights.

Denzel’s appearance on The Cave brings the web series to the dozen mark, six f the pace set by Vince Staples and his issuance the regrettable “The Police” tagline. Watch as Denzel takes on more responsibility. When asked to provide a couple keywords to get the session started, Denzel Curry learns his host a thing or two about CeddyBu, the muthaf*cking rap sumo. 

Everything’s cordial between ’em. As he’s done in the past, Kenny Beats is respectful enough to not take incoming calls during these film sessions, but never one to edit out the iMessage. In this instance, it was slowthai calling him from Great Britain. In a previous episode, Kenny Beats received a call from 03 Greedo, but in that case – an intermission was called right on the spot, given the difficulties they would have incurred trying to holler back @ him through a state correctional facility. If you’re rap nerd through and through, you’re going to love ep. 12. His us with your comments down below.

DJ Akademiks Blasts Yung Bans Over Low Album Sales: "FLOPPED"

The feud between DJ Akademiks and Yung Bans continues after the social media star called out the rapper over alleged low album sales. The St. Louis-and-Atlanta-raised rapper recently released his debut studio album, Misunderstood. The record hosted a number noteworthy features from well-known artists and was hyped as one the break-out albums the year.

However, just a week after its release, Akademiks took to social media to call the album a miss, not a hit. “Yung Bans failed to sell 10K first week w/ ‘Misunderstood’ despite acting fake independent (btw he’s actually signed to a major.. yall can stop that lie) and also having features from Gunna, Lil Tjay, xxxtentacion, Gunna, Young Thug, Future, Nav and Lil Durk. FLOPPED,” he wrote.

On Instagram, Lil Yachty and Russ laughed at Akademiks’s message, along with many others, while some accused him cyberbullying. 

Last month, Yachty publicly called out Bans and accused him copying his previously released project Teenage Emotions to craft Misunderstood. Bans didn’t appreciate the accusation and responded, “You a whole hoe and your music will never sound like mine,” said Bans. “Tf is teenage emotions sweet ass n***a?!” Akademiks weighed in on the growing beef by tweeting to Bans, ‘What u mean dumb n***a … the meaning behind teenage emotions I literally growing up and being misunderstood.. u a slow ass n***a fr .. be original.”

Back in February, Akademiks and Bans got into it after the rapper called Akademiks “the police” over rumors surrounding Tekashi 6ix9ine‘s arrest. During that back-and-forth, Akademiks called Bans a “Walmart version YNW Melly” and blasted him for being in Akademik’s DMs begging for an Instagram Live session. Bans also had quite the long-running beef with Russ, and even said that it was squashed before immediately retracting his statement.

Amazon's Ad-Supported 'Free' Service Launches in the UK

Last April, Amazon quietly introduced an ad-supported music streaming service.

Unrelated to Music Unlimited and Prime Music – which both require a subscription – allows users to listen to their favorite music on Alexa-enabled devices without paying a dime.

Prior to the service’s launch, Amazon had already ironed out royalty agreements with the Big 3 – Warner, Sony, and Universal Music.  These deals likely included guaranteed per-stream payments.

Amazon’s free streaming service – previously available only in the U.S. – features a limited catalog.  The new service comes as a response to the monstrous rise of music-related requests on Alexa-enabled devices.  These include demands to play a song, clarify a song title, identify a song based on a lyric snippet, or pull up a playlist.

Unfortunately for the e-commerce giant, – including Colgate and L’Oreal – felt disappointed with internal beta advertising tests.  Despite promises of access to ‘exclusive’ audio inventory on Alexa, at least one million impressions, and a high audio completion rate, Amazon ‘Free’ (my own name for the service) just couldn’t deliver.  Advertisers, for example, couldn’t choose the songs accompanying the ad.  They also couldn’t target a specific segment of shoppers.

As one unnamed advertising agency executive explained,

The test wasn’t hugely successful.  Amazon hasn’t quite figured out how to insert the ads in a way that makes sense and they haven’t thought out the usability for brands.

Now, whether or not the e-commerce giant is actually ready to deliver on its promises to advertisers, ‘Free’ has just launched in another key region.

Ready or not, here comes Amazon ‘Free.’

Users in the UK who lack a subscription to Music Limited or don’t have Prime Music can now listen to ad-supported songs on Alexa-enabled devices.

As in the United States, UK streamers only have access to a limited selection of playlists and stations.

Speaking on the service’s high-profile launch, Paul Firth, Director of Amazon Music UK, explained the company’s strategy,

We want to get as many people listening to music in a way that makes them want more.  Once people start streaming, over time they will stream more and more and become more engaged.”

Expanding on the idea of getting users ‘hooked,’ Firth added Amazon wants to “bring more and more people into music streaming.”  Thus, Amazon ‘Free’ aims to convert users into paying subscribers.

The launch also comes following a glowing report for the company.  According to , Amazon now has over 32 million subscribers across both music services.  The media outlet also reported that both Music Unlimited and Prime Music have a stronger growth rate than Spotify and Apple Music.

Spotify, for example, has only grown 25% in the past year.  Amazon, meanwhile, grew 70%.

Whether Amazon ‘Free’ will actually succeed in growing its own music streaming service – along with Prime memberships – remains to be seen.

 


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Lauren London Reveals Nipsey Hussle Tower Plans

Los Angeles, CA – The Marathon Clothing Store has been closed since the tragic death of its owner Hip Hop icon Nipsey Hussle.

His girlfriend, Lauren London, revealed the store will remain closed while construction crews start the early development of a tower to pay tribute to the slain Los Angeles king.

An L-shaped fence was installed Thursday (August 1) around the plaza at 3420 W. Slauson Avenue and will be in place while the Nipsey Hussle Tower is being built.

London announced the upcoming plans through social media.

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“As a notice to the public, we’re putting up a gate on Thursday, August 1st, 2019 to enclose the plaza at 3420 W. Slauson Ave to start the early development stages of the forthcoming Nipsey Hussle Tower to commemorate and honor the life and legacy of Nipsey,” the Instagram post read.

The message continued, “The Marathon Store will remain closed, but you can shop online at TheMarathonClothing.com.” The clothing entity has earned $10 million since his March 31 passing.

The location, recently named Nipsey Hussle Square, has become a tourist attraction for fans to pay their respects to Hussle. A mural of the revered humanitarian lives in a nearby alley which has been the backdrop to many photos.

Jaylen Brown Trolls Jayson Tatum Over His New Abercrombie Cologne

Boston Celtics star Jayson Tatum recently teamed up with Abercrombie & Fitch to launch his very own signature cologne, as the brand relaunched their popular “Fierce” fragrance.

In promotion the Abercrombie pop-up event in Boston, Tatum posted a photo on his instagram account in which he appears shirtless on the bottle cologne. Naturally, his teammate Jaylen Brown quickly hopped in the comments, as did some other NBAers. 

Brown wrote, “They got you out here wit the bird chest.” He added, “Awww nahhh bro.” A number former Duke Blue Devils also got in the mix, including Jahlil Okafor, Harry Giles III, and Tyus Battle. As you’d expect, there were plenty crying emojis to go around.

And while his peers were laughing it up, Tatum’s Abercrombie pop-up event in Boston was flooded with Celtics fans as far as the eye could see. Check out the photo that launched a thousand crying emojis, as well as footage from the pop-up event, in the posts embedded below.

A$AP Rocky Sentence Expected Today: Day 3 Trial Updates

There has been a whirlwind news coming out Sweden after A$AP Rocky’s trial began this week. The Harlem rapper has been behind bars in the country for a month and he’s facing the possibility spending two years in prison for assault. Yesterday, Rocky gave his side the story in court and today, his bodyguard spoke to the jury, giving his perspective and praying that all three men that were arrested get out safely. Here are the updates from today, shout to Complex.

Today is expected to be the final day in Rocky’s trial and thus, we’re anticipating a sentence in the next few hours. However, there is a possibility that things get pushed back until early next week. This morning, Rocky was in court wearing a suit, which marks a different attire from the past few days. He had previously worn a green custody uniform.

A witness to the alleged assault was at the stand, explaining that he saw Rocky throw Mustafa Jafari on the sidewalk. He said that he did not believe that the rapper and his team were afraid, as they had previously remarked in court. He also noted that he does not believe they acted out self-defense. 

After the witness stepped down, Rocky’s bodyguard took the stand and explained that he was wearing some tour merch inside-out in an attempt to go unrecognized. Rocky was apparently interested in looking at the Swedish architecture that day and didn’t want to be bothered. When the assault accuser approached him, he says he realized something wasn’t right and that his eyes were “glossy.” After telling the man to go away several times, he physically tried to push him away when the alleged victim threw his headphones at the bodyguard. That’s when things allegedly turned “hostile.”

The bodyguard explained that because Rocky “makes a lot money,” he is usually approached by passersby on the street, which is why he hires security. According to him, Rocky stepping in to intervene is regular protocol. He also said that Rocky would have had his back if the same thing had happened to him.

Once all witnesses were finished speaking, the prosecutors requested that the rapper be sentenced to six months in prison, explaining that anything other than prison time would be unacceptable. Rocky is also still being considered a flight risk.

We’ll keep you updated with any sentencing news.

Lauren London Announces Marathon Closure To Build Nipsey Hussle Tower

Nipsey Hussle was a vital member his community, giving back and ensuring that his neighbors were well taken care . Before his passing, he had plans to build affordable housing nearby his clothing store at Crenshaw and Slauson and while that may still be in the works, Lauren London announced that The Marathon Clothing would actually be closing temporarily to allow for a tower to be built in Hussle’s memory.

Lauren London Announces Marathon Closure To Build Nipsey Hussle Tower
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Issuing a statement her social media channels, Lauren London noted that the website would still be processing orders but that if you wanted to stop by the physical location, it will be gated f. “As a notice to the public, we’re putting up a gate on Thursday, August 1st, 2019 to enclose the plaza at 3420 W. Slauson Ave to start the early development stages the forthcoming Nipsey Hussle Tower to commemorate and to honor the life and legacy Nipsey. The Marathon Store will remain closed, but you can shop online at TheMarathonClothing.com.”

Fans that have ordered goods from Nipsey’s shop have noted that there are long shipping delays, which makes sense due to the sheer number orders coming through. The shop maintains the stance that they’re working as quickly as possible to accommodate all orders. Last night, London also shared a loving post to Nipsey’s sister, showing her mad love in an Instagram post

Cris Cyborg Posts Gruesome Post-UFC 240 Images, "I Could See My Skull"

Cris Cyborg came away with a huge win at UFC 240 this past weekend as she defeated her challenger, Felicia Spencer. As right now, Cyborg is looking for a rematch against Amanda Nunes, although Dana White maintains that she is too scared to make it happen. White’s assertions are a little ridiculous though when you realize how much a warrior Cyborg really is. During her fight against Spencer, she ended up suffering a huge gash on her forehead which required multiple stitches. The UFC fighter ended up showing f the cut on Instagram today and it’s pretty gruesome, to say the least.

You might want to prepare yourself before scrolling down to the Instagram post below. The photo isn’t for the faint heart and as Cyborg says, she could even see her skull at one point. Luckily, her skull is not visible in the photo but if you’re squeamish at the sight blood, you might want to turn away.

As the months go on, it will be interesting to see how her contract with the UFC works out as she tries to secure that rematch with Nunes. It’s clear that she’s confident she could win this time around and fans seem to want it.

Dutch Consumer Protection Group Challenges Ticketmaster's Non-Refundable Service Fees

A Dutch consumer protection group has outright spoken against Ticketmaster’s fees.

According to Consumentenbond, the ticketing giant, one of the largest sellers of concert tickets in the Netherlands, doesn’t return consumers’ booking fees upon cancellation.

The protection group’s website reads,

Ticketmaster…doesn’t, in principle, reimburse the service costs if a concert or event is postponed or canceled and the buyer asks for his money back.

Consumentenbond states the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) shares its opinion.

This comes two years after ACM, the country’s competition regulator, ordered online ticket sellers to include “unavoidable” fees in purchase prices.  Dutch law mandates companies to outline these unavoidable fees such as booking and processing fees.  Ticket sellers like Ticketmaster could also display “avoidable costs” – extras and upgrades – at a later stage in booking.

The mandate came following multiple complaints to the ACM of the ‘true cost’ of concert, theatre, and festival tickets.

Saskia Bierling, an ACM spokeswoman, said,

[Consumers] particularly reported that they were confronted with additional costs during the booking process that weren’t indicated beforehand, but that they still had to pay.

Tickets that initially seemed like a good deal soon became considerably more expensive – up to 20% more than the original price.

Speaking about Ticketmaster’s ‘price gouging,’ Consumentenbond argues the company’s charges vary per event.  Consumers may receive an additional fee from €2 ($2.22) to well over €10 ($11.08) in service fees.  Upon cancellation, however, Ticketmaster pockets the money.

The consumer protection group explains,

It regularly happens that a concert is canceled or postponed.  This can have various reasons, for example the artist’s illness or because the performance is moved to a different location due to a large or rather disappointing interest.

“Consumers find it unfair that the service costs paid by them…are not reimbursed if they can’t go to the concert and then only get the costs of the ticket returned.

With the public challenge, Consumentenbond hopes Ticketmaster will finally meet with the protection group to “find a solution.”

 


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Tyler, The Creator To Return To Australia After Being Banned For Misogyny

Tyler, The Creator emerged as a controversial figure due to his wild antics and sometimes fensive language. A few years ago, the rapper was banned from entering Australia after a feminist group blasted him on claims misogyny. However, the rapper’s ban has apparently been lifted as he plots his return to Australia in the near future.

Tyler will be joining Skepta at Lead Wildlands Festival in Australia on December 28th. This marks the first time the rapper will be performing in Australia after Collective Shout, a feminist group, urged immigration minister Peter Dutton to prevent the rapper from entering and performing in the country. Much like how American courts are using the lyrics rappers against them in court, Collective Shout, a group that has denied that race plays a part in who they choose to scrutinize, campaigned against Tyler due to the lyrics in his early material that reference rape and violence against women. 

The reason he was banned, according to the collective, is due to an on-stage rant in 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand where he blasted the director Collective Shout, Coralie Alison, who took aim at him on social media. From there, the rapper responded to Coralie Alison on Twitter when he wrote, “T IS NOW BANNED FROM AUSTRALIA, YOU WON @CoralieAlison IM HAPPY FOR YOU <3.”