Stevie Wonder Confirms That He Will Be Having A Kidney Transplant

In an attempt to put a hold rumors circulation surrounding potential dialysis treatment, Stevie Wonder recently confirmed with fans that he will soon be undergoing a kidney transplant surgery.

It was while the legendary entertainer conducted his set at the British Summer Time Hyde Park festival that he told fans that his touring activities will be put on hold as a result.

“So, what’s going to happen in this. I’m going to have surgery. I’m going to have a kidney transplant in September this year,” Wonder relayed to the crowd. “I’m all good, I’m all good, I’m all good. I have a donor, it’s all good. I want you to know, I came here to give you my love and to thank you for your love. So, you ain’t gotta hear no rumors about nothing. I told you what’s up. I’m good. All right?”

The Detroit Free Press originally indicated that Wonder was still touring despite “battling a serious but manageable health issue.”

“He knows what he has to do to get himself together, and he’s doing it,” said musician and longtime friend Joan Belgrave at the time, adding, “He’s got a team around him — that’s what he needs. He’s got people around him who love him. He’s in great spirits. You would never know anything is going on. That’s how he wants it, and that’s how he wants to keep it,” Belgrave said. “He’s making music and doing what he does, and that’s what he wants to focus on.”

Snoop Dogg Didn’t Know His & Kurt Cobain’s Smoking TB Pic Was Actually Photoshopped

If you recall, a few days ago we reported that Snoop Dogg had posted an absolutely epic throwback picture him and the late Nirvana lead singer, Kurt Cobain, smoking up together. “Young dogg with Kurt, 92” wrote Snoop, in the caption, which received a wave admiration, with many praising the purely iconic picture, and the representation two worlds (so different, yet so alike) coming together. It was so incredible for Busta Rhymes to see, that he took to commenting not once, but four times: “this shit is incredible.” “Wow we already know you’re legendary you just took it up a few levels!!” R&B singer Tyrese added. After all the praise though, it’s now hilariously been revealed that the picture was actually photoshopped, and the best part it all: Uncle Snoop had no idea whatsoever.

As it turns out, the photo is actually a seamlessly photoshopped image by Instagram user _vemix_ who is known for photoshopping cultural icons into photos together. _vemix_ addressed the mixup on Instagram writing, “When you make Snoop think he smoked with Kurt in 92 #ijustwokeupforaquickpissandsawthisshitlol.” Just because we love him so much, and because he did probably have smoke outs with one too many faces than anyone really, should be able to recall, we’ll give Snoop the benefit the doubt and say that he probably did actually have a smoke sesh with Cobain in the early 90’s. All those blunts really will take a toll on your memory though Snoop.

Wisconsin Man Who Clogged 30 Toilets Sentenced To 150 Days In Jail

Imagine going to jail because you clogged a bunch toilets… 35-year-old Wisconsin resident Patrick Beeman doesn’t even need to imagine that outcome. As reported by Complex, he’s been sentenced to spend a few months in the slammer because his habit clogging toilets around the state. 

Between April 2017 and March 2018, Beeman regularly clogged toilets wherever he went using plastic water bottles. The man from Sheboygan has explained that he has a natural instinct to clog every toilet he encounters, telling police about his problem and hoping they would let him f easy. However, after it was revealed that he had clogged over thirty toilets, the authorities felt they needed to take action and in turn, they’re locking him up for 150 days. 

Wisconsin Man Who Clogged 30 Toilets Sentenced To 150 Days In Jail
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When the Sheboygan Police Department was still trying to locate Beeman, they issued a statement about his strange habit. “Why do this? I do not know but if you help us find the person I will tell you. This is very strange…and gross, but that is the reality life,” said the PD. Once he heard that police were investigating the matter, Beeman stopped intentionally clogging toilets but that wasn’t enough to keep him safe. He was charged with thirteen counts criminal damage to property and because that, the judge went extra hard on him. The recommended sentence for Beeman was thirty days in jail but Judge Kent Hfmann decided to hand down thirty days for each count.

Hopefully, he doesn’t try to clog any toilets in jail.

Big Freedia Teams With Ben & Jerrys For "Booty Bouncing Beignets" Ice Cream

Who else is craving a few beignets from Cafe Du Monde right now? New Orleans is known for their delicious, powdery desserts but for some reason, they haven’t quite made their way to becoming an ficial ice cream flavor. That is until now. The Queen Bounce, New Orleans’ own Big Freedia, has just announced that she’s teaming up with Ben & Jerrys to create a one–a-kind flavor ice cream that will taste just like NOLA: Booty Bouncing Beignets.

As reported by the San Antonio Current, Big Freedia is launching her very own ice cream flavor tomorrow at Republic Nola. In addition to the first-ever taste test Booty Bouncing Beignets, people in attendance will be able to hear Freedia’s new track “Chasing Rainbows” in full during the party. All proceeds from the event will be going to Big Freedia’s charity.

Right now, the nationwide availability the flavor is unclear. It will surely be made available in New Orleans but there is not much information pointing to when it will make its way outside Louisiana. Would you be down to try out Booty Bouncing Beignets or is that totally not your vibe?

The debut this flashy flavor happens on Saturday at 2 PM. Are you going?

"Guava Island" Behind-The-Scenes Footage Features Local Artists Featured In The Film

Filmed in Cuba, Donald Glover and Rihanna star in Guava Island, a film that debuted during Coachella on the festival’s YouTube stream. Described as a “tropical thriller” by Amazon, the Hiro Murai-directed film was a favorite among fans both stars—not only because they are both top-earning, talented artists in the entertainment industry, but because the film itself was well-crafted and rich in culture.

Months following the movie’s initial release, Guava Island returns with behind-the-scenes footage that shines a light on the local, unknown dancers, musicians, and actors who were featured in the film. Some those involved are as young as eight-years-old and were given a once in a lifetime opportunity to share their gifts with the world while performing alongside two the industry’s most notable artists. 

“At its best (or maybe just its most accessible), art is ingenuity,” Glover said in a statement, according toThe Hollywood Reporter. “I had the pleasure experiencing this spirit ‘making what you must with what you have,’ collaborating with Cuba’s talented and abundant artists over the course filming Guava Island.

“The artist’s endeavor has always been the manifesting an idea, then forcing a society to recognize, or maybe just question, its value,” he continued. “These artists have not only inspired me to examine what we value on a day-to-day basis, but also to move with intention in the world with the childlike ingenuity that Cuba seems to fer every moment.”

Russell Simmons' All Def Digital Is Shutting Down — Report

Russell Simmons fled to Indonesia after multiple sexual assault allegations. Now the Def Jam co-founder’s All Def Digital brand is reportedly closing down.

The crash of the Russell Simmons empire seems to be nearing completion.

According to multiple sources to TubeFilter, Simmons’ All Def Digital is shuttering, and layoffs have started en-masse.  Executives from a business advisory firm have reportedly been spotted in ADD’s Los Angeles offices to divvy up assets. Those assets include ADD’s digital properties.

Simmons parent company Rush Communications has not shared any information about the closure.  The Phat Farm founder was , starting in 2017.  Simmons stated he was stepping away from ADD to run his other ventures in November of that year.

The Def Jam co-founder has denied the allegations of sexual assault, saying he has never been abusive or violent toward a woman.  Simmons says his decision to step down from was to avoid being a distraction.

Before Simmons stepped down, ADD CEO Sanjay Sharma departed to start a new digital media venture. Osman Eralp assumed the day-to-day duties of the brand.

The ADD YouTube channel is still live but has not posted any new content in a week.  It has over 4.1 million subscribers.  The ADD Facebook and Instagram pages are still available, although its Twitter presence is suspended.  The company launched its YouTube channel back in 2013 and has developed content for Spotify, HBO, Facebook, and more.  The company also launched a branded content studio called ADHD in April of 2016.

ADD received more than $5 million in Series A funding, led by Greycroft Partners. Third Wave Digital raised another $10 million in venture capital in June 2016, for a total of $15 million raised.

Simmons stepped away from most of his companies after the NYPD announced an investigation into . More than a dozen women have stepped forward accusing the former rap mogul of raping them. Despite liquidating all assets in the United States, Simmons denies the allegations against him.

XXXTentacion’s Mother Gets Costly Hospital Bill From When He Died: Report

Over one year following the death Florida rapper XXXTentacion, the hospital where he was pronounced dead is demanding a hefty chunk change from his estate. According to The Blast, X’s mother Cleopatra Bernard has been hit with a bill worth $10,417.26 from the hospital where her son was treated before he was pronounced deceased.

Last June, rapper XXXTentacion was shot after visiting a motorsports store in Florida. He was rushed to the hospital but, unfortunately, doctors were unable to save him and he passed away shortly after being transported to the North Broward Medical Center. While it definitely sounds heartbreaking to have to pay hospital bills for your son who was just murdered, that appears to be the name the game because the hospital is demanding over $10K from Cleo and X’s estate as soon as possible. 

XXXTentacion's Mother Gets Costly Hospital Bill From When He Died: Report
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This isn’t the only legal issue that the estate has been dealing with. Jimmy Duval, one the producers on “Look At Me!” has sued XXXTentacion’s estate for $1 million, claiming that he is owed prits from the hit single. Now, the hospital’s case can be added to the list growing trouble for the late artist’s family.

We have reached out for comment from XXXTentacion’s estate and have not yet gotten a response.

Waka Flocka Threatens To Shoot Any Gay Person Who Compliments Him

ATL rapper, Waka Flocka, has gotten himself into quite the situation with some pretty ignorant comments and threats he made towards gay people during an Instagram live session earlier this week. During the Live sesh, Waka speaks about a recent encounter he had with a gay person at the airport, whereby he approached him a little too forwardly. While he says he doesn’t have any issues with anyone’s sexuality, he also lets everyone know he does NOT appreciate a man approaching him in such any type flirtatious way, or giving him compliments.

“I understand yall folks got y’all month and all that,” Waka Flocka said on his IG Live. “Nothing against nobody’s sexual preference, nothing. But look, I ain’t with that. So don’t approach me, don’t be having too many compliments and doing all that extra shit. It’s out pocket and disrespectful.” Nearing the end the clip, Waka films the man sitting next to him “the local shooter,” who proceeds to utter what sounds like some sort threatening rap, talking about shooting someone. “Steal a nigga soul from him,” says the man, to which Waka replies “it’s that simple.” Now, some people believe that it’s Waka indirectly saying he’ll have any gay man who attempts to flirt with him, shot.

Forseeably, Waka’s comments have led to their share backlash over the last few days, with some people labeling him as a homophobe. “I’m so disappointed in my baby daddy waka I always knew he was homophobic by the the way he treat Brandon ‍♂️ it’s disgusting …. he still fine af tho,” wrote one person.

Others, however, have defended his right to make the comments, suggesting that it’s just a matter preference. “Waka Flocka didn’t say he didn’t want gay people near him or even around him he just simply does not really want a compliment or anything flirtatious that nature,” another person tweeted. “I mean that’s pretty much any other heterosexual guy he just said what some male celebrities want to say but can’t.”

A$AP Rocky To Be Detained In Sweden For At Least Two Weeks

A$AP Rocky’s troubling Swedish arrest continues to spell trouble for the beloved rapper slash fashion icon. After being arrested as a result a street brawl gone awry (though video evidence strongly points to Rocky and his camp being provoked), Rocky has since been held in Stockholm on assault charges. Due to the ongoing investigation, Rocky will ultimately miss out on his upcoming Wireless headlining gig, which was to transpire on Sunday, 7 July. 

A$AP Rocky To Be Detained In Sweden For At Least Two Weeks

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Unfortunately for Rocky, prosecutors have deemed him to be a flight risk, and appear dead set on throwing the book at him. Following a hearing, BBC reveals that Sweden’s Prosecution Authority decided to hold him for an additional two weeks, which should theoretically give them enough time to conclude the investigation. Yet the option exists to extend that period, should they prove incapable concluding their investigation. Given that this entire situation feels stacked against the Testing rapper, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Rocky held for yet another fortnight. 

Speaking with Variety, Rocky’s lawyer Henrik Olsson Lilja revealed the depth Flacko’s disappointment. “He course is very disappointed and this is a catastrophe for his tour,” explains Lilja, confirming the news that Rocky’s remaining tour dates in Ireland, Germany, Russia, and Poland have fallen by the wayside. Until the next development, it remains Free Rocky, as per usual. Rest assured that the A$AP Mob will hold it down in his absence.

Michael Porter Jr. Dealt Setback: Likely To Miss Summer League With Injury

Michael Porter is a cursed individual, and by Jove, I do hope the hex comes to an end soon. After missing the majority his inaugural season in the NCAA, MPJ declared for the 2018 NBA Draft where he was selected just inside the lottery. Had it not been for injury concerns, Porter would have likely slotted in the Top 5 next to Bagley, Ayton, Young, Doncic and whomever. 

Nevertheless, Porter’s first season in the NBA wasn’t altogether wasted due injury, because he spent time learning the ways a pressional basketball player on a winning team. At a certain point last season, The Sixers’ discussed trading a damaged Markelle Fultz for the injured Porter but were ultimately rebuffed at the gate. Soon after, Porter Jr. underwent a second surgical procedure with a special interest in alleting an ailing lumbar spine. 

Michael Porter Jr. Dealt Setback: Likely To Miss Summer League With Injury

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Before under the knife, Porter declared his intentions to suit up for the 2019-2020 NBA Season opener. Unfortunately, a left knee sprain Porter suffered during the minicamp has put a dent in his seasonal outlook. The injury, although separate from the issues that sidelined for two years in succession, will likely prevent him from suiting up in the Summer League tournament(s).

“You feel bad, because the kid has been putting in a lot work, and he was excited to play,” Nuggets Summer League coach Jordi Fernandez told the press just yesterday. “But obviously the most important thing for him is to be ready for the NBA season. Again, it’s nothing major.”

Porter suffered the injury while aggressively driving along the baseline. As he drew closer to the basket, a player in defense switches over, meeting him in the air. Upon landing awkwardly, Porter Jr. winced in pain, shot his free-throws, then waltzed f to the sidelines to seek medical attention. Here’s to hoping the injury is only superficial, and he’ll be ready for tip-f in October.

Colin Cowherd Experiences California Earthquake Live On The Air: Watch

In case you missed the big news, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit southern California today and it left many people confused as to what had just occurred. FS1’s Colin Cowherd was one the many people affected by the earthquake as he was in the middle his show when it happened. His FS1 program The Herd airs from Noon until 3 P.M. and is always taped live so if something interesting occurs, it’s going to make it to the airwaves. During a segment about Kawhi Leonard’s canceled meeting with the Knicks, the camera started shaking along with the set and Cowherd’s desk.

This led to some disorientation until the shaking eventually stopped. “Uh, we are having an earthquake in Los Angeles,” Cowherd said. “I thought somebody was grabbing my desk. I’ve never been in an earthquake, certainly not on the air. We’ll take a break. We just had a little earthquake.”

The show’s ficial Twitter account joked that perhaps the earthquake was caused by Leonard’s free agency decision that unfortunately, won’t be coming today.

As for Cowherd, he was able to continue to his show without any more interruptions which is definitely a blessing for him and his crew. 

We hope everyone in California was able to stay safe during the earthquake as they can tend to be a scary experience.

UK Competition Watchdog Aims to Have Viagogo Found in Contempt

Earlier this week, and in a surprise ruling, the Council of State ordered the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) to return a €1 million ($1.1 million) fine to Viagogo.

The London-based secondary ticketing platform it remains legally obligated to disclose actual ticket face values and specific seating areas.

The Council of State stated Viagogo isn’t responsible for information provided by individual ticket resellers. AGCM’s original ruling would’ve also affected online retailers, including Amazon and eBay.

As expected, not everyone was happy about the fine.  While Viagogo executives likely celebrated, TicketOne, a leading Italian ticket provider, denounced the overturned fine.  In a statement, the company stated it would work tirelessly to assure the AGCM applies consumer-protection laws to secondary ticket-resale sites.

Yet, while the secondary ticketing platform scored a major victory over in Italy, it may have to finally face the music back home.

UK watchdog goes all-in against Viagogo.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has sent a stern warning to the beleaguered ticketing platform.

Following repeated warnings to comply with UK consumer law, the British competition regulator will now seek to have a federal court find Viagogo in contempt.

The CMA sent a “letter before action.”  Should the ticketing platform again fail to change its ways – and finally comply with British law – the contempt process would start.

Previously, Viagogo’s top executives “agreed” with demands to change its fraudulent business practices.  The company would’ve gone to court in November 2018.  The CMA had presented a legally binding court order to ensure this happened.

Unfortunately, Viagogo has refused to change its fraudulent and misleading ways, prompting the letter before action.

Speaking about the new court process, Andrea Coscelli, the CMA’s Chief Executive, explained,

After the CMA repeatedly raised concerns with Viagogo, and also took the time needed to give proper consideration to the findings of an independent review of [the ticketing platform’s] compliance, we’re very concerned that it still hasn’t done what it was ordered to do.

Summarizing the action, he added,

We’re now taking the next step in legal action to ask a court to find [the ticketing platform] in contempt.

Responding to the move, the company said it was “surprised” by the action.  After reaching a deal with the CMA last year, Viagogo allegedly returned £400,000 ($503,360) to customers.

Spinning the letter of action, a company spokesperson said,

We will continue to work closely with the CMA, as we have been for the past year, to ensure we are offering the best possible consumer experience and protections in the UK.

 


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#ThrowbackThursday: Run-DMC & Aerosmith Make History In 1986 With "Walk This Way"

July 4, 1986 – During the recording sessions for Run-DMC’s third album Raising Hell, Def Jam Recordings mastermind Rick Rubin pulled out a copy of Aerosmith’s 1975 magnum opus, Toys In The Attic. Although they had freestyled over snippets of the track before, it was the first time Rev Run and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels had heard the song in full.

Like the seasoned DJ he was, Jam Master Jay heard potential in Rubin’s suggestion to do a remake — even though DMC and Run weren’t initially on board. Not only did they wind up doing the remake, they also recruited Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and the rest of the group to collaborate on a the now-classic video.

The visual literally breaks down the barriers between rock and rap, becoming the first Hip Hop hybrid video played on MTV in heavy rotation.

“It’s amazing how a beat I knew only as ‘number 4 from the album with the toys on the cover’ would become a remake of a song that would bring two generations of people and music together and damn near create a new genre of music,” McDaniels tells HipHopDX. “When Steven Tyler takes the mic stand and knocks down the wall separating us, that didn’t just happen in the video — that happened in the world for real!

“The song and the video is such a powerful thing! Unity, creativity and togetherness is unstoppable! ‘Walk This Way’ proves that!”

Run-DMC’s “Walk This Way” remake charted higher on the Billboard Hot 100 than Aerosmith’s original, peaking at No. 4. It also provided a resurgence for Aerosmith’s career and opened them up to a whole new audience.

Revisit (or check out for the first time) the original version below.

Halle of Chloe x Halle Cast As Ariel In Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” Remake

Chole x Halle member Halle Bailey has been tapped to play Ariel in Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid. Film director Rob Marshall believes the Parkwood Entertainment artist has all of the attributes needed to do the role justice.

“After an extensive search, it was abundantly clear that Halle possesses that rare combination of spirit, heart, youth, innocence, and substance — plus a glorious singing voice — all intrinsic qualities necessary to play this iconic role,” Marshall said in a statement.

Bailey will be apart of a cast that includes Jacob Tremblay and Awkwafina. Melissa McCarthy is reportedly in talks to play Ursula as well. In the original 1989 Disney classic, the mermaid princess Ariel is fascinated with life on land and dreams of becoming human after falling in love with a prince.

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The film will mark the first movie role for the 19-year-old entertainer who came to fame recording YouTube cover videos with her sister Chloe. The group was eventually discovered by the pop icon Beyoncé who is starring in a Disney movie of her own this summer the live-action remake of The Lion King.

Chloe x Halle has since opened for their Parkwood Entertainment CEO and released their 2018 album The Kids Are Alright.

BJ Penn Tried To Fight Strip Club DJ According To 911 Call: Listen

Just last week, we reported about how UFC legend BJ Penn got into a fight with a bouncer at a strip club in Honolulu. In a video obtained by TMZ, you can clearly see Penn on top the bouncer as he lands some pretty significant punches. It was reported that Penn was intoxicated at the time and that bystanders were trying to get him to calm down. By the time police got to the scene, Penn had left so he was never arrested for what went down.

TMZ was able to acquire the 911 call from that night which ultimately reveals a much deeper story at play. A woman called the police saying that Penn was trying to fight the club’s DJ and that he had been trying to cause trouble all night long. 

“So B.J. Penn is here causing a fight with the DJ,” she explained. “He’s just running around with shorts and no shirt on. Screaming and yelling and trying to cause problems again.

Penn has yet to comment on the incident although, at this point, it seems unlikely that he will. The UFC legend still participates in fights although he hasn’t been able to string some wins together in a while.