Cardi B & Nicki Minaj Shouted Out In Katelyn Ohashi’s ESPY Awards Speech

Last night’s ESPY Awards celebrated the best athletic achievements the last year. Some athletes dream making it to the Olympics or to the Major Leagues but it’s pretty great to grab some trophies along the way. The ESPYs are there to shine a bright light on the most insane sports moments from the last year and one those moments involved Katelyn Ohashi, a gymnast who shocked the world by earning a perfect score on her routine in early 2019. She ended up winning Best Play last night and during her acceptance speech, she unexpectedly meshed the hip-hop and sports worlds together.

As reported by XXL, Ohashi went up on stage and proudly recited a poem that she had prepared, claiming that we should be celebrating both Nicki Minaj and Cardi B instead pitting women against each other. “The objectification our bodies is making me sick, pitting women sports against each other acting as if they can’t co-exist,” said Ohashi. “It’s like saying Chedda Da Connect can’t go with flick da wrist or what about Nicki Minaj or Cardi B? Two thriving females rappers everyone should see.”

Cardi B and Nicki Minaj’s beef has been at a stand-still but there is still a lot talk over who the fans prefer. Generally, Nicki fans don’t mess with Cardi and vice versa. Ohashi has a strong point though that many should consider. Congrats on the big win!

Nick Young Claims Steve Kerr Is The NBA’s Best Blunt Roller

Nick Young was one the more outspoken players in the NBA during his time in the league and while he wasn’t exactly a top tier player, he knew how to bring attention to himself. During the 2017-2018 season, Swaggy P got to play for the Golden State Warriors and even win a championship with the team. Young got to experience first hand what it’s like to play with one the best dynasties all-time and got to know a lot about his head coach, Steve Kerr. 

In just half a decade with the Warriors, Kerr has made it to five straight NBA Finals and has notched three Titles. During an appearance on The Damon Bruce ShowYoung claimed that Kerr is much more than a great coach thanks to his extra-curricular abilities. “Probably Steve Kerr,” Young replied when asked who rolls the best blunts in the league.

Young wasn’t looking to tattle on any his teammates so he decided to mention Kerr instead a fellow player. Had he taken players into account, his answer probably would have been different, although his Kerr answer remains surprising. 

Kerr has been known to be a players coach over the years and is always standing up for the rights those he feels are marginalized. It’s clear that his progressive values go beyond just race relations.

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Kanye West Teases New Chunky Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 Model

Kanye West has been a popular man in the sneaker world over the last week thanks to the news that his Adidas Yeezy brand is set to make $1.5 billion this year. West has been able to turn his brand into a global phenomenon and it appears as though he has no plans to slow down anytime soon. Over the last week, there have a been a few close-ups potential new Yeezy sneakers and thanks to Yeezy Mafia, we have yet another Yeezy prototype to show you.

Back in August 2018, Kanye teased the Adidas Yeezy Boost 700 V3 and now, Ye is already giving the chunky sneaker dad shoe a fourth version. The V3 model hasn’t even released yet, although it’s clear that Kanye is still playing with ways to make changes to the upper. The midsole is quite different from current 700 models although the upper is similar in its tooling. The biggest difference is the patterns along the upper which seem to be much more intricate than the versions currently available for purchase.

There are no ficial details when it comes to this shoe so as right now, think it as a prototype and stay tuned for details as they become available.

Eve Returns With Reggae-Fueled "Reload" Single Featuring Konshens

Eve Jihan Jeffers-Cooper may be a familiar face for thousands of soccer moms across the country thanks to her seat at The Talk’s table, but real heads know she was a formidable presence in the Hip Hop game for many years.

Speaking of years, it’s been a whopping six since she’s released a new track but on Thursday (July 11) all that has changed with the release of the reggae-tinged “Reload,” featuring dancehall star Konshens.

The explosive track showcases the former Ruff Ryder’s veteran vocal presence — as she’s succeeded at island music in the past.

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“I love reggae so much. I’ve been going to Jamaica since 1999 and anyone that knows me knows that you’ll find me in a corner with my reggae on, dancing,” Eve exclaimed press release.

“We wrote the line before [Konshens] was involved (‘fucking up my conscience/listening to Konshens’)” she admitted concluding with, “I’m just glad he was feeling it!”

Stream Eve’s “Reload” up above.

Amazon Music Unlimited and Prime Music Now Has 32 Million Subscribers Combined and a 70% Growth Rate

Several weeks ago, casually announced it had reached 60 million subscriptions.

This comes after just four years on the market and includes paying and trial users.

After nearly eleven years in the market, quietly confirmed it now had 100 million subscribers.

Now, a rival has confirmed a new milestone, cementing its status right behind both music streaming leaders.

How Prime pushed up Amazon’s numbers.

For years, e-commerce giant Amazon has remained silent on its actual subscription numbers for Music Unlimited and Prime Music.

We’ve only ever known both services had a combined number in the

Now, we have a concrete figure.

According to the Financial Times, Amazon now has over 32 million subscribers across both music services.  The media outlet also reported 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%.

FT didn’t provide metrics on Apple Music’s growth.  However, we know Apple Music added 10 million subscriptions over mid-May 2018, when Apple CEO Tim Cook revealed the service had 50 million.

Speaking about Amazon’s explosive growth, Midia Research analyst Mark Mulligan explained,

Amazon is the dark horse [in music].  People don’t pay as much attention to it [as to Apple and Spotify], but it’s been hugely effective.

Music Unlimited and Prime Music have both gained traction over the past several months due to its popular voice assistant, Alexa.  In addition to free access to Prime Music, Prime members receive a discounted $8 a month rate to Music Unlimited.

One unnamed senior music executive told FT,

[Amazon] has gone all in on [music].  We see high engagement on their service.

Steve Boom, Head of Amazon Music, added both services appeal to middle America and older consumers.  That’s due to “a gap in the market” for these customers.  14% of Music Unlimited and Prime Music subscribers are aged 55 and older.  Only 4% of this age group use Spotify.

Boom explained,

We’re not battling for the same customers as everyone else.  For the industry to reach its full potential, we can’t just look at 15-to-22-year-olds.

Yet, while Amazon, Spotify, and Apple Music continue to grow, don’t expect artist royalties to grow.

According to , Apple Music pays $0.00783 per stream.  On average, Spotify pays $0.00437 per stream. Falling from $0.0074 in 2017 (likely due to its explosive growth), Amazon now pays artists $0.00402 per play.

 


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Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 "Lundmark" Drops Saturday: How To Cop

Heading into the weekend, sneakerheads are gearing up for the release the Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 “Lundmark” which is the latest shoe in the regional exclusive pack. This model is interesting as it contains a static upper and translucent stripe, while muted beige tones make their way throughout. It’s definitely not the most flashy Yeezy to ever be released but there is still quite a bit intrigue and as you would expect, quantities are low so people are going to be trying their hardest to cop.

With this in mind, it would certainly be beneficial to know where you can purchase these kicks. Collectors are constantly looking to add to their collections and Yeezy release can be hard to navigate sometimes. So without further ado, here is how you can cop.

According to Sneaker News, there will be online releases at SSense, Foot Action, Adidas, YeezySupply, Champs, Finish Line, and Footlocker. If you want to pick these up through a raffle, you’ll be able to do so Packer, BAIT, and UBIQ.

These shoes will come in a full family sizing and will cost $220 USD for the adult pair. Kids and infant sizes are $160 and $140 USD, respectively.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 "Lundmark" Drops Saturday: How To Cop

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Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 "Lundmark" Drops Saturday: How To Cop

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Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 "Lundmark" Drops Saturday: How To Cop

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"Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" Star Denise Nickerson Passes Away At 62

One the most notable movie moments that millions  Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory fans have etched into their memories is when Violet Beauregarde stupidly chewed on a piece three-course-meal gum. It was then that she swole up into a blueberry when the dessert kicked in, and she was rolled f by the singing Oompa Loompas to be juiced.

Sadly, Denise Nickerson, the child actress who portrayed Violet in the 1971 adaptation author Roald Dahl’s novel, passed away on Wednesday at the age 62. According to reports, last year Nickerson suffered a stroke and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. Since that time, her family has shared updates about her status, hoping that Nickerson would recover. As medical bills stacked up, Nickerson’s family even reached out for help through crowdfunding sources.

News began to circulate on Tuesday that the actress’s family planned on removing her from life support following Nickerson’s bout with pneumonia prior to her seizure. Julie Dawn Cole, the actress who played Veruca Salt opposite Nickerson, honored her co-star in a tweet. “So very sorry to say that my dear friend and Wonka sister, Denise Nickerson, has gone💔,” Cole wrote. We send our condolences to Nickerson’s family and friends.

Disney Taps Beyonce to Curate 'The Lion King: The Gift' Album

Disney has announced a new Beyonce album to accompany the remake of The Lion King.

The album is entitled The Lion King: The Gift and features multiple artists from around the world.

The new album will be released on July 19th, but fans are being given a one-track teaser. The album’s lead single, called “Spirit,” dropped last night (July 9th).  The track appears in The Lion King with Beyoncé’s character Nala on screen, and is also part of the film’s mainline soundtrack.  The song was written for the film by Ilya Salmanzadeh, Timothy McKenzie, and Beyoncé.

Beyoncé’s individual curator’s touch can be heard throughout the new album.  The album pairs a number of African artists with the authentic sound of African music.

In a statement, Beyoncé described the album as “sonic cinema.”

“This is a new experience of storytelling. I wanted to do more than find a collection of songs that were inspired by the film. It is a mixture of genres and collaboration that isn’t one sound. It is influenced by everything from R&B, pop, hip hop and Afro Beat.”

The Lion King: The Gift includes a multi-genre symphony steeped in African influences. Several unexpected collaborations are also on the album. While Childish Gambino and Chance the Rapper are not confirmed, they did work with Bey on the movie.  All in all, Disney is loading up the celebrity factor to give this remake a jolt.

When asked about the release, Donald Glover said there will never be another powerhouse like Beyonce.

“They’re not gonna make a Beyoncé again so I’d just listen to her. Listen to what she did.”

The physical album pre-order is now available on Disney’s official site. The digital soundtrack for the movie will drop on July 11th at 8am PST.  Fans who are interested in hearing the new “Spirit” single from the soundtrack can listen below.

Will & Jada Pinkett Smith Introduce New Multimedia Company, Westbrook Inc

Will and Jada Smith can both pat each other on the back for their successful careers. It’s now come to the point where they’ve decided to create a company that will continue to create a space lasting digital content, since announcing the rollout their new company Westbrook Inc.

The new production house will back new and already existing projects from the Smith family such as television shows, movies and more with plans to broaden to global content. “We are so excited to announce this new venture and fully immerse ourselves in all areas the media and entertainment space,” Will and Jada said in a statement, Variety. “With our incredible team family, chosen family, and longtime business partners, Westbrook Inc.’s mission is to spread positive ideas, art, and products that entertain and empower the greatest number lives, inspiring the next generation artists to do good in the world.”

Will & Jada Pinkett Smith Introduce New Multimedia Company, Westbrook Inc
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Westbrook Inc. already produces Jada’s beloved Red Table Talk and wants to emphasize on adding diverse voices to all content that will come from the production house. 

CEO Westbrook Inc is Kosaku Yada, while Tera Hanks acts as president, with COO Gila Jones, CFO Kevin McDonald and VP business development Jesse Uram.

Air Jordan 6 x PSG Collab Debuts This Month: Official Images, Release Info

Last September, Paris Saint-Germain announced a ground-breaking three-year agreement with Jordan Brand, which included a collection over 90 performance, training and lifestyle products, such as special edition Air Jordan 1s and Air Jordan 5s.

According to J23 App, the PSG x Jordan Brand partnership will add a new chapter on July 27, as this special edition Air Jordan 6 is ficially slated to launch in both men’s and grade school sizes.

As seen in the ficial photos that surfaced on Wednesday, the exclusive 6s come equipped with a smooth black and grey upper accompanied by “Infrared 23” branding on the lace lock, Jumpman on the tongue and “PANAME” tag handing f the heel pull tab. Additional details include “Paris” and “75” branding on the lace lock and a PSG logo on the heel in place the traditional Jumpman or “Nike Air” logo.

Continue scrolling for some on-foot images and stay tuned for more details.

Bronny James Jr Shows Shades Of LeBron With Windmill Dunk: Watch

Bronny James Jr has been showcasing his basketball prowess over the last few months thanks to some timely videos and highlight tapes. There has been significant interest when it comes to Bronny and his games considering his father his Lebron James. LeBron himself has been present at most these games and he can usually be seen coaching Bronny from the sidelines, while also taking some practice shots during the warm-ups. LeBron has stated in the past that he hopes Bronny can carve out his own legacy and not feel obligated to do the same thing as his father.

Well, so far Bronny has been able to do just that at just the age 14. Bronny is an impressive talent who some believe can make it to the NBA as long as he gets himself to the college game first. The teenager isn’t afraid to try new things and get some moves f and that’s exactly what he did recently. In the video posted below, Bronny goes for a dunk during a warm-up and even tries out a windmill move. Sure enough, he was able to make the basket although the windmill motion was a little questionable.

There is no doubt Bronny will be able to develop these skills over time as he ages and gets stronger. His career will certainly be one to keep track over the next few years. 

Slim 400 Clowns His Shooters Saying They Had Walmart Bullets

Los Angeles, CA – There are a thousand reasons why Slim 400 should thank his lucky stars. The YG affiliate was shot nine times late last month as he was hanging out in Compton and rushed into surgery at St. Francis Medical Center where surgeons were able to save his life.

In a recent Instagram post, Slim joked he’s most grateful his attackers used cheap bullets. On Wednesday (July 10), the CPT-based artist shared a photo of himself laying in his hospital bed and expressed his gratitude. He also promised the hospital staff free Roscoe’s or Taco Mell Catering for the rest of their lives.

“I wanna thank the staff at the hospital for helpin me shake back,” he wrote in the caption. “I owe y’all #Roscoes or #TacoMell 4 life & God I thank whoeva was poppin 4 buyn them shells at walmart I’m here 4 a reason Hol’Upppp #HighoffTTreez ShiTT #IceWata.” 

Slim was moved from the ICU floor to a regular floor on Monday (July 8). He’s still in rough shape but clearly improving.

As of publication time, police have yet to identify a suspect. On the night of the shooting, multiple masked gunmen allegedly opened fire on Slim from a moving vehicle. When they realized they hadn’t killed him, they jumped out of the black car and attempted to finish him off.

DMX Has A Hot Take Reaction For His Lookalike Saga

Columbia, SC – DMX could barely contain his laughter during a recent FaceTime call with TMZ. During the conversation, he was asked what he thought of the now viral police sketch of an attempted murder suspect in South Carolina who just happens to look a lot like the “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” legend.

DMX Has A Hot Take Reaction For His Lookalike Saga

X is confident the sketch artist took a photo of him, redrew it and just slapped some hair on his famously bald head.

“Looks exactly like me,” he says. “That shit is crazy. I just think they fucked around and drew a picture of me and they added hair to it. And they know I’m parole, man. I’m in New York. That’s the South. Shit is different down there. It’s definitely a picture of me. I mean, think about it. You never see a police sketch with that much detail in it. Like, come on.

“Police sketches be like outline shit. It’d be real quick. That’s a fuckin’ drawing right there. That ain’t no sketch. They added hair on there, threw the sideburns on. They knew what they were doing.”

But as reported by The State earlier this week, the witness told the South Carolina Police Department the suspect “looks a lot like DMX.” Although a police sketch is typically done with the assistance of a witness, it’s clear the Ruff Ryder thinks the artist had more help than that.

A spokesperson for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division admitted the sketch artist did use a photo of X and worked with the witness to determine the tiny nuances between X and the suspect.

Columbia Police Department Deputy Chief Melron Kelly made sure to point out X is not a suspect in the case.

OJ Simpson Questions Colin Kaepernick’s Nike "Betsy Ross" Stance: Watch

Nike underwent a bit a controversy this past week when they decided to ax their upcoming Nike Air Max 1 “4th Of July” colorway. The shoe was supposed to pay homage to Independence Day, although the design caught some flack from Colin Kaepernick because the presence the Betsy Ross flag. The flag was made during a time when slavery was still prevalent in society and the thirteen stars represent the original thirteen states. Of course, Nike was met with a ton backlash after the announcement, with some politicians condemning them as anti-American.

The latest to weigh on on this situation is none other than the honorable OJ Simpson, who got his very own Twitter account recently. After slicing up some balls on the golf course, OJ made a video where he talked about a plethora issues, including Kaepernick’s condemnation the Betsy Ross flag. Simpson has criticized Kaepernick in the past and did the exact same thing in this new clip.

“Lately, I saw where Kaepernick pointed out that the Betsy Ross flag was being used by some negative groups as their symbol. I say don’t let the negative win,” OJ explained. “As far as I’m concerned, that flag represents the birth America.”

Many Americans seem to agree with Simpson, although the controversy hasn’t really hurt Nike. In fact, their stocks have gone up since the shoes were removed from stores.

August Alsina Reveals That He Was Temporarily Paralyzed

August Alsina is opening up about his battle with an autoimmune disease.

After canceling a performance at an Essence Festival event in New Orleans over the weekend, the R&B crooner took to Instagram to update fans on his condition, which led to his hospitalization. While sitting in his hospital bed, he recalled the scary moment when he was temporarily paralyzed.

“I woke up one day and wasn’t able to walk, couldn’t feel my legs, and my doctor ended up admitting me into the hospital,” he revealed.

August suffered nerve damage as a result of the disease, which occurs when your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. “It’s like my immune system just went on vacation, so I’m just waiting on it to come on back,” he said.

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Hiiii guys!! 😂It’s me, being my most awesome, weirdly great self. 🤦🏽‍♂️I’m here with the stitch 🗣 & to also apologize for not being able to make the essence fest gig last night. I take my career & your time very seriously & the fact that you guys show up for me, endlessly. Means the world! I’m man down right now, & figured I should share.. that My auto immune disease is raging, but im fighting this thing & on my mission to shake back & beable to make it up to you! I got so much 🎶NEW NEW🎶 to share w/ you!!!..& Big Love to give. ❤️ Big Life, Big Dreams & every peaceful thing to you! Less stress, More Love, More Rest, & Jah Bless. 🙏🏽 know that HE’s got you even when it all feels too complex. 👁⚡️🙏🏽

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But he remains in good spirits and even showed off his “new car,” which is actually a walker. “That motherfu**er is clean, I’m talking about hard body,” he joked.

August continues to put up a fight and promised his fans that he will be back with new music soon. “My auto immune disease is raging, but im fighting this thing & on my mission to shake back & beable to make it up to you!” he said. “I got so much 🎶NEW NEW🎶 to share w/ you!!!”

In February, he released his Forever and a Day EP and has been dropping remixes to songs from Kehlani and Khalid.