Late Kristoff St. John’s Father & Daughter Challenged Over Will: Report

The ill-timed passing actor Kristf St. John seems to accumulate legal trouble. With no valid will in sight, the St. John family involved lawyers and entered negotiations surrounding what to make the late entertainer’s assets. “The Young and the Restless” star, who portrayed the character Neil Winters for 30 years, was found dead in his Woodland Hills home last February. Coronary reports indicated heart failure as the reason behind St. John’s passing.  

Late Kristf St. John's Father & Daughter Challenged Over Will: Report

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To grant clarity in the affair, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Deborah Christian granted co-administrative powers to both Kristf’s father and daughter. The latter was for the purpose selling a condo previously owned and lived in by the deceased. The temporary powers were considered effective until July 22nd and set in motion despite the competing petitions for ownership placed forth by both parties. 

Late Kristf St. John's Father & Daughter Challenged Over Will: Report

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Paris St. John, the actor’s mother, now states Kristf did not live in the condo at all. On the contrary, she claims the daytime series star resided in a separate rental property while she lived in the mentioned condominium. Now Judge Christian fully intends to delve in the St. John’s matter which includes the condo, the competing petitions as well as the validity a newly found handwritten will reported to be penned by Kristf back in 2017. 

"Ace Ventura" Ewing 33 Hi Releasing In Honor Of Film’s 25th Anniversary

Ewing Athletics has teamed up with well known sneaker customizer Dan Gamache, more commonly known as @Mache275, for a special edition “Ace Ventura” Ewing 33 Hi.

The exclusive sneaker collab will be releasing alongside a limited apparel collection in May, in celebration the film’s 25th anniversary.

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Inspired by Ace Ventura’s gaudy wardrobe, the Ewing 33 Hi collab features a colorful, Hawaiian-themed floral print equipped with Mache’s signature on the panel and an Ace Ventura logo on the tongue. Additionally, the typical “EWING” text on the heel has been swapped out in favor “Einhorn.”

According to Ewing Athletics, the kicks will be joined by a jacket and shorts featuring the same floral pattern. A specific release date has not yet been announced, but the collab is slated to launch in May.

Take a closer look at the sneakers below, and stay tuned for release details.

British Piracy-Tracking Startup Muso Raises an Additional $4.5 Million in Funding

In its Global Piracy Report for 2017, Muso, British piracy-tracking startup, around 300 billion visits to piracy sites.

This number jumped 1.6% year-over-year.  In the UK alone, streaming music piracy increased 21%.

Then, last September, Muso a surprising fact.  Thanks to the rise of streaming platforms, people now pirate less.  Yet, while fewer people head to piracy sites – including The Pirate Bay – they head to web-based music download sites instead.

And, while fewer people use torrenting websites, more people love directly downloading music videos from YouTube.

Then, just last month, the piracy-tracking startup published another astounding fact.  Streaming music platforms stream ripping.

Muso found music piracy saw the largest overall decline – 34% year-over-year.

Breaking down music piracy, public torrent networks, once a favored piracy delivery method, now account for just 13% of all infringing activity.  Stream-ripping also fell 13% between 2017 and 2018 – from 8.9 billion visits to 7.7 billion.  This was primarily due to YouTube-MP3.org’s closure in 2017, leading to a 16% drop in overall stream-ripper visits.

Now, to continue tracking copyright infringement, the piracy-tracking startup has confirmed new funding.

Investing in anti-piracy.

In an extension to its £2.5 million ($3.4 million at the historic exchange rate) 2017 Series A funding round, Muso has raised an additional £3.5 million ($4.5 million).  Harwell Capital led both fundraising rounds.

According to the company, it will use the additional capital injection to “increase its foothold in the digital media, gaming, and live broadcast sectors.”

The startup focuses on removing unlicensed content on the internet.  In addition, Muso also provides data and insights from piracy audiences.  Last year, the company tracked 190 billion total visits to piracy sites throughout 2018.

The startup also focuses on pointing out to rightsholders and media distributors that piracy audiences remain untapped opportunities.  Rightsholders, broadcasters, sports organizations, and brand advertisers use the information to analyze total audience consumption, content demand, creation, and monetization opportunities.

Speaking about the latest funding round, Andy Chatterley, Co-Founder and CEO of Muso, explained,

Harwell has been a hugely supportive investment partner, who provide far more than cash alone to the company.

They understand our vision and objectives, and bring significant advice and acumen to ensure we can execute on our continued growth plans in a most exciting market.

Daniel O’Brien, Managing Director at Harwell Capital, added,

Since [our] first investment round nearly 2 years ago, Andy and the team have delivered significant value to existing and new clients including global leading corporate businesses and trade bodies, transformed the Board to include high-profile growth stage veterans, and expanded the product range and application to significantly ratchet their addressable market.

 


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LeBron James Gifts Canelo Alvarez A Pair Of "Martin" LeBron 16’s

LeBron James is known for his extremely popular signature sneaker series with Nike. After 16 years in the NBA, LeBron is now onto the Nike LeBron 16 and recently, the “Martin” colorway was released to rave reviews. The shoe carries a 90s aesthetic that is supposed to be reminiscent the sitcom the same name. Recently, James gifted a pair the shoes to boxer Canelo Alvarez who will be taking on Daniel Jacobs in a fight on May 4th.

In a video obtained by TMZ, James’ right-hand man Maverick Carter went to Alvarez’ training camp where he gave the pair shoes to Canelo directly. 

“You like sneakers?” Carter asked “These just came out. Very special.”

Canelo seemed appreciative about the gift and told Carter to thank LeBron for the gesture.

LeBron and Carter are currently working on a docu-series for DAZN called “40 Days” which follows big name boxers as they prepare for some the biggest prizefights their life. The first episode will be centered around Canelo leading up to his fight against Jacobs and is premiering tonight. 

Rich The Kid Looking To Hire Blunt Roller For Tour, Will Pay $5,000

Rich The Kid just welcomed a baby with his girlfriend Tori Brixx and already he’s back to business since announcing “The World Is Yours 2 Tour.” Starting May 28th in Cincinnati, the “Splashin” rapper will hit up Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, Atlanta and more before wrapping up in Boston on June 30th.  

While he’s on the road, RTK is going to need a dedicated person to roll him some tight blunts and it’s for that reason that he’s doing a worldwide search for the right man or woman to fill the job.

RTK shared a post on Instagram with a caption that details how one his fans can land the honourary roll. “To apply you must.. 1. Purchase your tickets for tour … 2. Dm me your ticket & a 💚 emoji 3. If accepted you must dm me a picture a blunt YOU rolled!!! Let’s goooo!! Serious inquires ONLY!! Tag somebody who need J.O.B,” he explained. 

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“You know, it’s just great being able to balance being a boss and] a CEO your own organization, helping out other people and people your team on by] helping their families,” RTK previously stated about his growth into being a businessman with his Rich Forever Music.  It’s just a blessing being able to do that because I got this blessing to help other people and bless others. It’s really a blessing. That’s one word I’d put it in altogether.

DMX & Idris Elba Post Up At Coachella

The DMX renaissance is in full swing. With many openly rooting for the rap legend’s ongoing comeback, X has been increasingly active in his dealings. In the months following his release from prison, DMX has already kicked f an It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot tour, moved to revitalize his cinematic career, laid down bangers in the studio, and given sermons at Kanye West‘s ongoing Sunday Service series. All things considered, X has the support hip-hop behind him, and seeing him win brings joy to any self-respecting hip-hop head. 

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While he didn’t hold it down behind the pulpit for Kanye’s Coachella edition Sunday Service, he was in attendance throughout the event. During his time roaming the festival grounds, X found himself running into Idris Elba, himself a legend in certain circles. The pair decided to post up for a picture, and one can only hope that discussions the cinematic variety were held.

Check out the picture below, courtesy DMX’s Instagram. It’s always nice to see worlds collide, and once again, we’re reminded DMX’s enduring musical legacy. Should you need reminding the Dark Man X’s strengths as a writer, check out this analysis his “Damien” series right here

Stan 2.0: Lil Xan Fan Gets His Face & Neck Tats

Budapest, Hungary – Ever wonder what a Lil Xan clone would look like? No? Well, a Hungarian teen has stepped up to the plate like you wouldn’t imagine. The fanatic got identical tattoos on his face and neck to replicate the Total Xanarchy rapper.

The Xan Stan displayed his admiration for the rapper on his Instagram @high.xanxiety. The caption of the photo revealing his ink reads “new tattoo (heart emojis) xanarchy gang forever!! I love you (heart emojis) @xanxiety (more heart emojis).”

According to VLADTV, his girlfriend, @_lilparanoia_, is also a part of the “xanarchy gang.” The teenage couple hasn’t received much support from social media with users attacking the show of appreciation.

Arrest Warrant Issued for Teairra Mari in 50 Cent Legal Battle

Teairra Mari is a wanted woman.

A judge has ordered a bench warrant for the singer’s arrest after she failed to appear at a hearing in her legal battle with 50 Cent. According to The Blast, Mari was ordered to appear in court today, but she was a no-show.

A Los Angeles judge issued a bench warrant in the amount of $5,000. The “Love & Hip Hop” star will be arrested if she comes in contact with law enforcement.

50 Cent was granted an order to examine Teairra’s finances including her income, bank accounts, and property, so that he can collect the $30,618 she owes him in attorney fees.

In January, a Los Angeles judge ordered Mari to cover part of 50’s $161,660.15 legal bill after he prevailed in the revenge porn lawsuit she filed against him. Last month, he served her with legal papers at the airport and documented the process on Instagram.

Teairra fired back at 50 with her diss track “I Ain’t Got It,” on which she says she doesn’t have the money she owes him. In response, 50 claims to have filed a trademark for Mari’s catchphrase and is selling his own merch with her tagline.

In the meantime, 50 continues to publicly demand payment from Teairra. “Look I’m not playing with you, you better get me my money,” he wrote last month.

Odell Beckham Jr. Rips Giants In Epic Twitter Rant

Odell Beckham Jr. went on an epic twitter rant on Monday night, in which he responded to several fans and addressed comments made by New York Giants general manager David Gettleman, as well as Giants’ head coach Pat Shurmur.

It all started when OBJ quote-tweeted a tweet from HNHH that suggested Gettleman believes a “culture problem” led to the blockbuster trade with Cleveland. Gettleman had told NJ.com that the G-Men had a culture problem, but “not anymore.” 

Shortly after hitting send on that tweet, Beckham Jr. tweeted, “LISTEN PSA…. I am having one the best days my life ! I have gotten some the greatest newssss!! Sooo don’t play wit me cause I’m shoootin back, for alllll the haters out there that want a response !! TODAY IS THE DAY MY FRIEND”

And then the flood gates were opened.

In responding to his supporters and haters, Beckham Jr. addressed why he didn’t travel with the Giants while he was hurt, how “disrespectful” his send-f was, how happy he is to be in Cleveland, and how there will be no return to the Giants.

Check out a recap his eventful Monday night tweet spree below.

RZA Wants To Play A Vampire With "Gold Fangs" On FX’s "What We Do In The Shadows"

RZA has a role in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die but that doesn’t mean he’s done dabbling in the world fiction just yet since the Wu-Tang Clan icon is down for a role in FX’s What We Do in the Shadows. RZA chatted with Entertainment Weekly and explained how he’s ready anytime for a guest spot. 

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“The trailer was very funny, but I haven’t watched the episode yet,” RZA said. “I’d better pop in there and bite somebody. I’ll show up with the gold fangs, right? Instead regular vampire fangs, I’ll have the grill!”

 

The series is a revival the beloved movie from 2014 the same name. Jemaine Clement (known for Flight the Conchords) created the series having starred in the original movie. 

“I did a film with Jemaine Clement] two or three years ago An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn], and when we were working on that he said, “I’m thinking doing a vampire series based on the vampire film I did. Do you want to be in it?” That’s literally it,” Matt Berry, who plays Lazlo, said joining the series. “It was as quick and simple as that, and we made the pilot in Los Angeles and filmed the rest in Toronto as a stand-in for Staten Island].”

Lil Dicky Calls Kanye His "Hero" Even Though He Couldn’t Land Him For "Earth" Video

Lil Dicky dropped f his latest music video dubbed “Earth” that has over 30 cameos from some the biggest acts in the game right now. We’re talking  Ariana Grande (zebra), Justin Bieber (baboon), Wiz Khalifa (skunk), Miley Cyrus (elephant), Miguel (squirrel), Halsey (lion cub), Adam Levine (vultures), and Lil Jon (clam), and many more. 

Kanye West happens to make a cameo as himself, but his voice is acted by Kevin Hart. TMZ recently caught up with Lil Dicky and asked him about that one tidbit in the video where Dicky explained how it was hard to get ahold Kanye. “I just couldn’t get in contact with Kanye,” Dicky said, as seen in the video below. When asked why Ye wasn’t an animal like everyone else, he said it’s because he “loves Kanye,” adding how he’s a “big hero” his. 

Dicky recently chopped it up with Zane Lowe and detailed how his album is two songs away from being done. “Every song is like an idea,” he said. “I can’t just go into the studio and pop out songs. Every song takes me weeks to write. I’m two songs away from it being the dream version my album. Whatever I do now has to last five years where I can listen to it and not be upset.”

Rising Detroit Rapper FMB DZ Drops "Loyalty" Video Off "The Gift 2"

Detroit, MI – FMB DZ is the latest buzzing rapper coming out of Detroit. His 2018 project The Gift 2 made a huge splash and today he’s delivering the music video for the project’s track “Loyalty,” directed by Hustleberry Fin and Keefer Khan.

DZ takes viewers inside his mind while he deals with some troubling relationship drama, as heard in the song.

The Motor City native performed at HipHopDX’s Detroit Invasion showcase at this years’ SXSW in Austin, Texas.

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FMB DZ revealed in an interview with Hypbeast that The Gift 2 tracks “Windsor” and “Big Unk” have visuals coming real soon, as well. He’s also working on a project to be released on his birthday, July 13.

Watch FMB DZ’s music video for “Loyalty” up top.

Travis Scott, Lonzo Ball & Others To Join LeBron On New Episode Of "The Shop"

LeBron James’ HBO show “The Shop” is set to return on Saturday, May 4 and there is a star-studded lineup guests on tap for the new episode, as always.

Uninterrupted announced today that LeBron will be joined by Travis Scott, Seth Rogen, Pharrell, Lonzo Ball, DeAndre Hopkins, Don Cheadle, record producer Jimmy Iovine and entertainment programmer Paul Rivera. The 30-minute episode is scheduled to air at 10pm ET on May 4.

The last time we saw and episode “The Shop,” LeBron was joined by newly traded wide receiver Antonio Brown, as well as Anthony Davis, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, Jamie Foxx and Jerrod Carmichael.

There should be plenty to talk about across sports, music, entertainment and fashion when the latest group talented individuals get together on “The Shop.” Not least, the eventful end to the Los Angeles Lakers’ season, Lonzo Ball’s injury and the ongoing Big Baller Brand saga.

Millennials Prefer Binge Watching Over Sex: Report

Considerably, Netflix remains undefeated as a top-tier streaming service. Since it was founded in 1997, the platform has embedded itself in popular culture as well as our hearts. Millennials, a term coined to describe populations born between the late 1980s and early 2000s, most specifically are near and dear to the streaming business. And the formulation  the term “Netflix & Chill” may easily attest to this. 

Millennials Prefer Binge Watching Over Sex: Report

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A recent study, conducted by the Wall Street Journal, looked into the overall preference between binge-watching and sex. The population that sparked the most interest were millennials whom, according to the poll’s results, reflected a ratio  one to four preferring binge-watching over sexual activity. Further scrutiny showed the reported number as increasing to 36% when observing answers from people aged 18 to 38 years old. 

The study’s results closely follow that a San Diego State University psychology pressor, Dr. Jean Twenge. The scholar went onto releasing a paper which discussed the potential correlative relationship between the newly reported low fertility rates and sex decline with streaming service engagement. According to Complex, a Netflix spokesperson denied the prior claims by explaining that their data show U.S Netflix users as only watching for 2-hours a day. “We take pride in being part the cultural zeitgeist, but getting credit for a decades-long decline in sex is beyond even our programming abilities.”

Wendy Williams’ Divorce: Lauren Lake Speaks On How Mistress’ Gifts, Addiction & More Will Play A Role (Exclusive)

Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter are currently in the midst a complicated divorce process. After over twenty years marriage, the talk show host filed for divorce from her husband, fired him from his role as an executive producer on her popular show, and banned him from her studio. The move comes after Wendy found out about her husband’s double life, wherein Hunter got his mistress pregnant, after spending over a decade by her side. He had been using Wendy’s hard-earned money to buy gifts for Sharina Hudson, the woman that mothered his out–wedlock child. With such high stakes in the marriage, many Wendy’s fans have been asking questions about what’s to come. She’s already lined up a few dinner dates but could her finances be in jeopardy?

We reached out to Lauren Lake, the judge you know from Paternity Court, to speak about everything that Kevin and Wendy are facing at the moment. With one son together and an illegitimate child outside the marriage, questions arose regarding custody and naturally, money came up in the conversation. Would Kevin be walking away with millions, as it has been reported? Or will Wendy keep much her fortune? Read through our interview with Lauren Lake below to learn more about the legalities behind Wendy’s divorce proceedings.

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HotNewHipHop: After an over 20-year marriage, is there anything special we should know about the divorce proceedings for Wendy Williams and Kevin Hunter?

Lauren Lake: There’s good and bad news in this divorce proceeding. The good news is that the State New Jersey does not have a mandatory waiting period for marriages that have lasted longer than six months. Also, NJ promotes collaborative divorce law featuring alternative dispute resolution, ADR. This allows both parties to seek an amicable solution regarding custody, finances, and property thus, potentially avoiding complications that can create for a time consuming and messy divorce proceeding. However, when dealing with a marriage and business relationship lasting over 20 years, the process equitable distribution assets can pose a challenge. Both parties may have their own independent idea who was the primary contributor to amassing these assets. With each being successful in their respective careers, the division assets will most likely be time-consuming and could become contentious.

When do you expect the divorce to be finalized?

I will say this – if they are smart they will get in a room with their respective attorneys and say, “let’s get this done together,” which means they will negotiate their division assets in a civil way so they don’t have to go to court. The proceedings could take a very long time with all their property. If this is a marriage that can’t be saved and Wendy doesn’t want to save it at this point – the quickest course action is to negotiate together respectfully. If they have good attorneys, they will tell them to get this done amongst themselves, but this could take years if it makes its way to court.

Will there be custody issues regarding their 19-year-old son, Kevin Jr.?

Kevin Jr. is over the age 18 so the court will not need to consider a custody arrangement or child support. However, Kevin Jr., still may have dependent expenses as any young adult has such as; healthcare, college education, car insurance, housing, and general living maintenance which would likely need to be negotiated in this divorce process.

What assets are at stake in the divorce? We reported that Kevin Hunter bought his mistress a new Ferrari the other day. Are she and Kevin entitled to keep gifts and property transferred during the marriage?

This is where the process becomes fascinating, and not knowing all the facts, we should look to the big picture. In the absence specific details,   assets acquired during the marriage are part an equitable distribution process in NJ. The State NJ does not always guarantee a 50/50 split. These co-mingled assets and funds will need to be divided and both parties are required to submit pro how they were purchased or earned. For example, any gifts purchased and given to Kevin’s mistress will need to be traced to the bank account/funds used to pay for them. Ownership and title with respect to all marital assets will be relevant information. If Kevin and Wendy co-mingled their funds, things can get very messy. Since they both are stakeholders in their successful production company, it will be quite interesting to see how this plays out.  

Kevin’s mistress recently gave birth to a baby girl. Will there be any custody drama pertaining to children born outside the marriage?

No. The new baby allegedly born to Kevin and his mistress is not Wendy’s biological child. She has no responsibilities for child care or support. If Kevin is not listed on the birth certificate as father and there is no executed acknowledgment paternity, he will have no legal responsibility to support the child until paternity is established. If and when it is established, he would be responsible for child care costs and expenses from the time birth. 

Wendy Williams allegedly suffered a hairline shoulder fracture during an altercation with her husband in December 2018. Could that come into play during the legal process?

Alleged instances Kevin’s physical abuse and Wendy’s addiction will come up in the divorce proceedings. Hopefully, they can find a way to settle so this isn’t necessary.  

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What kind money will Kevin Hunter walk away with at the end the divorce?

I don’t know their exact net worth but I will say that he will definitely walk away with a significant sum money, especially because most success they have received has been together. Wendy accumulated into a huge success and he has been a big part that as he is her manager and the Executive Producer on her talk show. This gives him a pretty big level equity in her success. 

With Kevin being her manager, how could that affect the legal proceedings, if at all? As well as the fact that they jointly own her company, Wendy Williams Production? How would the division that work?

Wendy and Kevin more than likely have their ownership percentages in the production company established. This is where the equitable distribution assets comes into play. With the company being classified as a marital asset, the court will consider a host factors in determining the distribution percentages. Again, negotiating a fair settlement through ADR where both parties win can avoid and resolve all this potential drama with the court interceding.

We previously reported that this divorce could divulge just how much Kevin spent on his mistress…is that correct?  How would those assets play a part?

This is correct and I hope this dirty laundry would not become tabloid news. Any funds used during the affair that are from their business and joint accounts would be considered part the division assets. I can’t stress enough the importance negotiating an agreement that avoids all these details and prevents the divorce process from dragging out longer than necessary. In the end, lawyers are the only winners long drawn out divorces.