The 2019 ESSENCE Festival is in full swing as the three-day event kicked f on Friday in New Orleans. The annual, weekend-long celebration is widely known for its celebrity parties and star-studded concerts, but ESSENCE Fest has thought-provoking panel discussions, as well. According to Deadline, on Friday, the “Breaking Silence to Heal Our Communities” session featured actor Terry Crews and his wife Rebecca King-Crews along with author Asante McGee who contributed to the controversial, award-winning Lifetime docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly.
“I did come forward right away,” Crews said. “I went right to the agency where this man worked and told everybody. I didn’t go public right away. I gave them time to rectify the situation. I wanted them to get rid this man.” While there is more acceptance now, Crews doesn’t believe that anyone would have taken him seriously when the incident occurred. “This was pre-Me Too, if I would have gone to the police, I would have been laughed out the precinct. This was also a time when people believed that you as a man couldn’t be sexually assaulted. It was impossible to get anyone to believe.”
The Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor also refuted arguments that people who step forward to report sexual assaults are just looking for money or attention. “One thing that people don’t understand about the Me Too movement is that people think that people come forward to get money, people come forward to get fame. The deal is you only get paid for silence,” Crews stated. “It’s so important to understand that when people are telling the truth, it’s a way setting free a whole nation people who have been suffering.”
Stockholm, Sweden – Following reports that A$AP Rocky will be in solitary confinement in Stockholm, Sweden for possibly two weeks and facing up to 6 years in prison if convicted of aggravated assault, fellow A$AP mob-member A$AP Ferg has gone on to Instagram to throw his support behind his colleague. In his caption, Ferg details the injustices of the incident and then defends his friend by stating: “He was no way in form the aggressor in this ordeal. Pray for justice #freeflacko.”
The “Plain Jane” rapper says that Rocky is being held with “no visit or phone call privileges.”
On Tuesday (July 2nd), Rocky (born Rakim Mayers) was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault after he went to the police to get questioned over a violent incident. The alleged assault happened on Sunday (June 30th) when he got into a heated dispute with a group of men who were upset over a pair of broken headphones.
Two days later, Rocky posted a video on Instagram of the moments leading up to the incident and stated in the accompanying caption that the men “followed” him for “4 blocks” and were “slapping girls butts who passed.”
He also posted a nearly three-minute video showing that the man broke his headphones after using them to hit Rocky’s security guard.
According to TMZ, the “Pretty Flacko” artist’s arrest has become a “humans rights issue” because Swedish authorities are preventing American embassy reps from meeting with Rocky and his lawyers. TMZ also published a video of Rocky and his entourage engaged in a street fight with the man.
In addition to becoming an international incident, the arrest has caused some professional harm for the star. BBC reports that Rocky has missed a scheduled festival in Poland on Thursday and a gig in Ireland on Friday, and won’t be able to perform at London’s Wireless Festival on Sunday.
So far, there have been thousands of posts under the #FreeRocky and #FreeFlacko hashtags on Instagram.
Now, fuel has been added to the fire that is the controversy surrounding Minaj’s decision, as the Human Rights Foundation took to publically call upon Nicki to “cancel her performance scheduled for July 18 at Jeddah World Fest, a state-sponsored music festival funded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).” The post also included a link in which users could read their full statement, which included a letter they had personally penned to Minaj on an attempt to strongly urge her to reconsider. “Ms. Minaj, as you can see, you are scheduled to perform at a state-sponsored event in one the most repressive regimes on earth—a country whose leader has also led a relentless campaign to silence women’s rights activists,” HRF CEO Thor Halvorssen said in the letter. He also drew attention to the fact that Nicki had recently expressed her public support for the LGBTQ community, and that following up that move with this decision would make no sense.
In an accompanying news release, the HRF also recalled that this July performance wouldn’t be the first controversy this nature for Nicki, as she was criticized back in 2015 – by the HRF and others – for agreeing to perform for former president José Eduardo dos Santos and his family in Angola.
July is here which means Chance The Rapper‘s album should be arriving real soon. While he hasn’t given us an exact date, he has confirmed the month and it’s safe to say his fans are on edge until it’s full arrival. The latest on the tape is a preview for a single that’s set to be on the album, in pure dedication to Chance’s wife, Kirsten Corley.
The “No Problem” rapper shared a snippet to Instagram since today also marks their engagement anniversary. The teaser comes with a clip when Chance purposed to Kirsten at a family BBQ last year and you can hear him singing the following: “Oh my god, think it’s the greatest day my life. So glad you arrived, but the only way to survive is to go crazy.”
Back when Chance was still putting in work on the upcoming project, he shared a post to Instagram that told his fans to thank his wife for allowing him to go all in.
“My wife gave me the go ahead to put everything else on hold and really go to work on my debut album. Its been a lil hard at times, I obviously miss Chicago and family and working on other stuff, but there truly is no joy like making a project. Somehow I always forget that i’m so, so good at this,” he wrote.
Machine Gun Kelly and Chantal Jeffries have added more fuel to the idea that they may be a new couple. Earlier this week we posted about the duo going on a date, first to see Dave Chappelle live and then to Nice Guy restaurant to grab some food. Now just a few days later they’ve been spotted yet again leaving a Fourth July party both in head to toe white – you can see the image here.
While they may just very well be friends, the consecutive hangouts hint at something more that would be a nice change for MGK who’s seemingly been single for some time. Machine Gun Kelly’s previous dating history includes Halsey, Rachell Starr, Amber Rose (for a hot two months) and Emma Cannon who he shares his 11-year-old daughter with.
“My music] is my gift as a father to my daughter,” MGK previously stated. “Here’s something that you can listen to that still has my pain in it and still is teaching you something that I want you to know. I’m not that great a speaker, I don’t like watching my own interviews, I think I suck at talking, but one thing I can do is move my pen, and if that’s how I gotta speak to my daughter, then let me do that.”
Believe it or not, Mitch Trubisky is currently the NFL player with whom sports bettors have placed an inordinate amount confidence in, entering next season. According to Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, the Bears’ QB earned the distinction by amassing the highest total bets (governing the MVP race in 2019). Second, to Trubisky in total bets, sits Baker Mayfield the new-look Cleveland Browns. In third and 4th respectively, sit two running backs: Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott. Raiders’ QB Derek Carr sits a distant 5th.
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While Trubisky’s popularity amongst bettors is a telling sign that Chicago is trending up entering 2019, it does not, however, make him the odds-on favorite to garner the MVP trophy ahead players like Patrick Mahomes or a rehabilitated Carson Wentz. Caesar has Trubisky within a 75-1 probability winning the award, a number that is expected to drop even further if bettors continue in the trend.
Part the rationale is attributed to Chicago’s coach Matt Nagy’s preference a pass-friendly fense – benefitting who else but Michell Tribusky, the closest thing the Bears have had to a franchise quarterback since Jim McMahon in the ’80s. If you were a betting person, who’d be your pick for next season’s MVP race. Comment below.
Zion Williamson is going to be the biggest draw in the NBA next season as he is one the most hyped up prospects since LeBron James. The Duke Blue Devils star was recently drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans and tonight, he will be taking part in his first action with the team as part the Las Vegas Summer League. Interestingly enough, this game will be against the New York Knicks who have Williamson’s Duke teammate, RJ Barrett. The two will certainly be looking to best each other tonight and for NBA fans in need a basketball fix, it should be an interesting game.
For those who are looking to watch the game, we have all the necessary information to catch all the action. The game is set to start at 9:30 P.M. EST and will be broadcast on ESPN. This won’t be your only opportunity to watch Zion this Summer as the league lasts all the way until July 15th.
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Even though Zion won’t be playing against the best competition in the league, these next couple games should be a good indication how Zion’s game will translate to the NBA.
Will you be watching him tonight or are you more concerned with Kawhi Watch?
Houston, TX – William James Dennis, known to the Hip Hop world as Willie D, is making a run for Houston City Council. The outspoken rapper is hoping to take his passion for discussing politics on social media to having direct influence with a council seat.
The Houston native took to Instagram to announce his run for District B and asked for support from his tenured fans. “What’s better than one Geto Boy running for City Council? It’s on family,” he captioned on the post. “This is the next step in my evolution to serve and I need your help!”
His fellow Geto Boys legend Scarface announced he was a candidate for District D in June. In an act of solidarity, Facemob saluted and encouraged Willie D in the comment section of the post writing, “Congrats Will!! What better way to make change in our community From it, of it and love it!!”
The revered Hip Hop trio recently suffered a major loss when Bushwick Bill passed away after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The southern pioneer was mourned across the Hip Hop community.
Miami, FL – Zoey Dollaz has returned with a star-studded host of guests on his new project, Last Year Being Humble.
The nine-track EP taps Future, Gunna, GASHI and Ink and arrives days shy of the one-year anniversary mark of his previous surprise mixtape, Sory Not Sorry.
Production on the project is handled by Smash David, Stonii and ATL Jacob, to name a few.
Stream Last Year Being Humble below.
1. My Time f. GASHI (prod. by Stonii)
2. Work 2 Hard (prod. by Project X)
3. Devil in My Bed f. Future (prod. by Keepitz3n X Smash David)
4. Made Me a Dogg f. Gunna (prod. by ATL Jacob)
5. Highway Full of Pain (prod. by Foreign Teck X Wallis Lane)
6. Miami f. Ink (prod. by 30 Rock)
7. Big Plays (prod. by Zombieonthetrack)
8. My Dawg (prod. by Jetson)
9. No Weakness (prod. by Khendrix)
DaBaby is currently one the hottest rappers right now with “Suge” taking over the airwaves. Unfortunately, his rise to the top hasn’t gone down without issues. Earlier this year, a viral video the rapper’s security team beating down a fan who asked for a photo went viral. The beat down happened right before DaBaby was set to hit the stage but once the incident went down, he left the venue before his performance. Now, he’s facing legal action from the promoter who claims that DaBaby screwed them out a ton cash.
According to TMZ, DaBaby will have to face Nothing To Something ENTertainment in court for failure to show up to a scheduled performance. The promoters accused Baby running them up out thousands dollars. They said the rapper received money up front for the performance and the company also spent thousands dollars in order to promote the concert. Unfortunately, the incident with the alleged victim prompted the rapper and his team to leave due to safety concerns. The promoters didn’t actually get too frustrated with DaBaby for bailing, instead, giving him the option to reschedule the performance. Since DaBaby didn’t actually agree to reschedule the show, the promoters are now taking him to court for breach contract.
If you’re a diehard sneakerhead, then you know exactly who Tinker Hatfield is. He is the man behind some the most iconic Jordan silhouettes all-time and also helped create the Nike Air Max, which is a classic to this day. Over the weekend, we reported on a new Air Max 1 that would pay homage to Tinker’s original sketch and now, it looks like another colorway will attempt to do the very same thing.
In some new photos from Instagram user @spicychickenwings, an Air Max 1 colorway that resembles a schematic is being shown f. The shoe is covered in black with white outlines all the way throughout. What’s interesting about this model is the fact that there is writing in different parts the shoe which showcase some notes Tinker had made to himself. Some these notes range from materials to use, his signature, as well as the date he cooked up the schematic.
There is currently no indication when these will hit the market so stay tuned for any updates as we will be sure to bring them to you. Air Max 1’s are always a great choice so when you add Tinker into the mix, you know you’ve got a hit on your hands.
The 19-year-old singer, one half of the R&B sister duo Chloe x Halle, has been cast as Ariel in Disney’s live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Rob Marshall spent months scouting talent for the titular role, but insiders say Bailey has been a clear front runner from the start.
“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.
“dream come true,” tweeted the official Chloe x Halle account, while friends including Zendaya celebrated the casting announcement.
Bailey joins a cast that includes Jacob Tremblay (Flounder) and Awkwafina (Scuttle), while Melissa McCarthy is in talks to play Ursula.
The Little Mermaid will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated movie, along with new music from original composer Alan Menken and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is also producing the film.
Bailey is a member of the Grammy-nominated duo Chloe x Halle, who is signed to Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment label. She can currently be seen playing Sky Forster alongside her sister Chloe Bailey in Freeform’s “grown-ish.”
Kanye West is easily one the most interesting men in the music business. His thoughts are seemingly unfiltered and his contributions to music, fashion, and more have helped him reach living legend status. The man’s discography is unmatched and we all go crazy to hear exactly what’s going through his head. That’s why, when Joe Rogan announced that he would be speaking with West on his ultra-popular podcast, many us were looking forward to seeing that pop up. Joe Rogan happens to always get some gems out his guests, mixing humor with deep conversations, which is an environment that Ye would possibly strive in. However, conversations have derailed and Kanye is likely not going to be on the show anymore. Joe’s most recent guest, mathematician Eric Weinstein, asked about the status the episode during his sit-down with the comedian, speaking about his own relationship with Ye and fering a view into his genius mind.
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After Joe’s talk with Eric Weinstein, a nationally-celebrated math wiz, many are hoping that Kanye West stops by Weinstein’s podcast in the future. The two have a friendly relationship, having spent several days together last year during the whole “slavery sounds like a choice” debacle. When Eric asked about the status Joe’s own podcast episode with Kanye, Rogan deflected the question by saying that he’s a “brilliant artist” but that it might not be the right space for him to broadcast his thoughts. “This is not a relaxed environment,” said Rogan. “This right here, everybody knows how many people are listening. It fucks peoples head up.”
Weinstein appears to agree with that statement too, saying that after spending two days with the artist, he feels that his “flow state” is beautiful when he’s in a relaxed state.
On the topic Sunday Service, Joe was actually invited to be part the weekly ceremony but he seemingly turned it down. He explained: “He wanted me to come to his church. He’s running a cult, essentially, everybody’s wearing white, they’re all dancing, doing religious stuff.”
Regarding mental health and medication, Joe says that last year, Ye was still medicated but that these days, he’s been f his meds for six months. Watch their chat about Kanye below.
At this point, you know who J. Cole is. After all, the man is about to set the hip-hop world ablaze on Friday, thanks to his upcoming Revenge Of The Dreamers 3 project. In fact, his 2019 run has been one his best thus far, as he vowed might happen on “Middle Child.” Yet Cole has been in the game for over a decade, and has amassed a respectable discography to his name. In fact, there are some who might count his collective works among hip-hop’s most consistent, a testament to his enduring legacy.
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Cole World: The Sideline Story. Born Sinner. 2014 Forest Hills Drive. 4 Your Eyez Only. KOD. Five albums, five platinum plaques. Ten features. A variety stylistic directions, flows, and themes. Each project served to encapsulate a different era Cole, from the young and hungry visionary eager to please, to the wizened and self-declared King Overdose.In honor Cole’s forthcoming Dreamville endeavors, a quiz has been devised for your pleasure.
So which J. Cole album best suits your personality? And was it your favorite? Perhaps you oughta revisit the one you got, as you may very well discovering something new – about it, and possibly even yourself. Be sure to sound f with your results in the comment section, and keep a watchful eye out for that Revenge Of The Dreamers 3 project, dropping this Friday.
Awkwafina is known as a joyous soul who brings great laughs to all the comedic films she’s starred in so far. The 31-year-old recently opened up to PEOPLE about just why she’s always wanted to make people laugh, something that began from an early age. When Awkwafina was just four-years-old her mother passed from pulmonary hypertension where she was then raised by her father and grandmother.
“My earliest memories my mom are from when she was already sick,” Awkwafina, born Nora Lum, wrote in an open letter for the publication. “I remember her a lot through her food. She used to feed me a lot Korean food, and I remember her really caring about that, caring about what I brought to lunch in my lunch box.”
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It’s safe to say Awkwafina’s humour and quirkiness are in part due to her grandmother. “I remember seeing my grandma as someone who was saving me,” she added. “She was my best friend at a young age. She’s snarky; she enjoys a good joke. Nothing was ever too dirty for her.”
Awkwafina further noted how her family members would come up to her and cry, something she didn’t like. “So I tried to do this sideshow , ‘Hey, let me make you laugh,’” she wrote. “I needed people to feel joy. That’s who all this began. I was the class clown all the way.”
“I think all the time, what would I have been doing if my mom hadn’t passed? I don’t think I’d be here, because I think that I had to face a certain level trauma to be so joyously self-deprecating and so free.”
Awkwafina is set to voice Scuttle in the upcoming live-action remake The Little Mermaid.