Tristan Thompson Ordered To Pay $40K Per Month In Child Support Payments For Son

Tristan Thompson’s personal life is playing out in the headlines, on reality television, and in court. The Cleveland Cavaliers star has been taking hits lately as his ex-girlfriend and mother his son, Prince, has stated that Thompson left her for Khloe Kardashian. He went on to have a two-year relationship with Kardashian and in that time she gave birth to their daughter True, but they split over his alleged encounter with Jordyn Woods.

According to documents obtained by Radar Online, Jordan Craig and Thompson have been battling it out in court over child support payments. In Craig’s original court documents, she claimed that Thompson had only visited with his son nine times in two years. In January 2019 during his deposition, he denied that accusation but said he couldn’t remember the exact number times he’d seen his son. 

Craig and Thompson’s attorney, Peter Lauzon, faced f in court as she argued that her son should be afforded the same lifestyle that Thompson is living. “On Tristan’s spreadsheets, it looks like he’s frequenting Nobu and several top-rate restaurants — Craig’s in Los Angeles. My child should share in the same lifestyle,” Craig said. “Whatever that child is living, like I said, whatever restaurants…they take that child to or that Tristan is even just going to, my son should be doing the same thing.”

“When you say ‘that child,’ you’re referring to True?” Lauzon asked.

“Absolutely,” Craig responded.

A judge ruled that Thompson will have to pay $40K per month in child support for Prince plus $200K in back child support. The $40K will continue until Prince is 18-years-old; or until he graduates from high school; or becomes self-supporting and emancipated; or ordered by the court.

But wait, there’s more! Thompson also has to dish out $1,250 per month to a savings plan for Prince along with $2,000 for his private tutor. If he attends a private school the tutor’s payments will cease, but Thompson will still be responsible for 100 percent the school’s tuition.

Testimony During 1st Congressional Hearing On Reparations Yields Heavy Emotion

Washington, D.C. – The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing at Capitol Hill on Wednesday (June 19) to talk about the “legacy of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, its continuing impact on the community and the path to restorative justice.”

As reported by CNN, New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover testified before the House panel.

During the hearing, the panel discussed H.R. 40, legislation that would “establish a commission to study the consequences and impacts of slavery and make recommendations for reparations proposals.”

On Tuesday (June 18), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell caused an uproar when he said reparations aren’t a “good idea,” something Rep. Jerry Nadler addressed with Coates.

In what was an undeniably eloquent response, Coates outlined how slavery still impacts African-Americans today.

The last time Congress held a hearing on the topic of reparations was 2007, but the idea has recently gained new traction.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) sponsored the resolution earlier this year and advocated for this week’s hearing, while Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi hinted her support in February during an event at Howard University.

“While we have focused on the social effects of slavery and segregation, its continuing economic implications remain largely ignored by mainstream analysis,” Pelosi said.

June 19, which is also referred to as Juneteenth or Emancipation Day, is particularly important because it celebrates the end of slavery.

On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger of the Union Army finally notified slaves of their emancipation more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had been written and read.

Juneteenth started in Texas and is the oldest known U.S. celebration of the end of slavery. There are 46 states with laws pertaining to Juneteenth. In fact, Pennsylvania on Wednesday became the latest state to officially recognize the day.

Twitter has exploded with reactions to the hearing. Check some of them out below.

Drake’s HBO Show "Euphoria" Starts With Solid Premiere Numbers

HBO finally unveiled its new series, Euphoria. We reported on the teaser to the Drake-produced series prior to its release and since it has aired, the show has captured audiences and sparked some controversy. Graphic depictions and sensitive matter where shown herein and the latter reportedly shocked many viewers. Actress Zendaya, who features as a teen struggling with drug addiction on the show, posted a PSA on her social media account to remind fans the oncoming show, but also warn them the sensitive matter they may witness. And since the show’s aired, Variety now has the numbers related to the series’ premiere. The post generated over 200K likes.

According to the film and television show news outlet, the 10 p.m airing Euphoria garnered a total 577K viewers, which is less than 1.5 million the viewers who watched the season two premiere Big Little Lies. The viewership almost doubled when considering the platforms HBO GO and HBO NOW. Euphoria, which was adapted from an Israeli drama, “explores the lives high school kids who are grappling with social pressures, burgeoning sexualities, and addiction.” Variety critic Caroline Framke called the series a “wild, unsettling ride” that is also “so aggressively jarring that it would be completely understandable if viewers turned out just to avoid the sheer stress it all.”

Beyoncé’s Dad Talks Colorism & Says If Daughter Was Darker It "Would Have Affected Her Success"

The issue colorism is a sensitive topic that has once again surfaced in the hip hop industry. Recently, Tory Lanez has spoken out on the subject following what he claims was a discriminatory move he witnessed while on the set Nafe Smallz’s music video. In a clip that went viral, Lanez was shooting a scene with a dark-skinned model when she was replaced with a lighter-skinned model. 

While the moment has sparked a debate on social media in regards to the validity the incident, it’s also created a dialogue about colorism in the media—more specifically, within hip hop culture. Mathew Knowles, father to Beyoncé and Solange, sat down with Clay Cane on SiriusXM Urban View on Tuesday and their chat included just that subject.

Knowles was once the head honcho when it came to Destiny’s Child, and as their manager, he was instrumental in shaping the careers the superstar girl group. During his discussion with Cane, the host shared that his Texas Southern University students did a study that showed in a 15-year period, Top 40 airplay artists who were black women were all lighter-skinned. This list included Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Mariah Carey, and Beyoncé.

Beyoncé's Dad Talks Colorism & Says If Daughter Was Darker It "Would Have Affected Her Success"
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“In the music industry, there’s still segregation, as you know,” Knowles said. “There used to be the black division, race records and programmers, especially at pop radio, has this imagery what beauty looks like. They wanted that imagery to be the same that’s singing those records. If you look back, even like Whitney Houston, if you look at those photos, how they lighten her to make her look lighter complexion because there’s a perception in colorism…the lighter you are the smarter, the more economically… all around the world about color, even with black folks, there’s a perception.”

“How different do you think Beyoncé’s career would have been if she were a darker skinned woman?” Cane asked.

“I think it would have affected her success. I use Kelly Rowland as] a great example,” Knowles responded. “The great thing is Kelly did exceptional outside America, especially in Australia. Kelly sold over 4 million records.”

Marlon Craft Releases "Funhouse Mirror" Album

New York’s Marlon Craft has dropped a new solo album titled Funhouse Mirror. The Hell’s Kitchen native’s latest LP is his first full-length project since 2017’s The Tunnel’s End.

Craft’s 13-track album features collaborations with Dizzy Wright, Pro Era’s Nyck Caution, Ricky Motion and Evan Crommett. Production is handled by Black Milk, DJ Skizz and Statik Selektah, among others.

Check out Craft’s Funhouse Mirror stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Marlon Craft Releases "Funhouse Mirror" Album

1. Speakin’ (Intro)
2. Word To My Mother f. Nyck Caution
3. Show Up
4. Cheat Code
5. Shallow f. Dizzy Wright
6. (not) Everybody
7. Dribblin’
8. Love Hate Interlude
9. Right Now
10. Gang Shit
11. Personal f. Ricky Motion & Evan Crommett
12. Family
13. Still Speakin’ (Black Milk’s Outro)

Master P & Romeo Weigh In On Anthony Davis Trade: "We Got Everything"

New York, NY – It appears NBA history was made for the second time in less than a week. On Saturday (June 15), one of the biggest trades in Los Angeles Lakers’ franchise history saw the team shipping Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart — and three first-round picks — to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis.

The trade — aside from putting massive pressure on Davis and LeBron James to provide massive ROI — earmarks a new era for New Orleans, which is expected to select Zion Williamson for the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

On their way to Good Morning America, father/son duo Master P and Romeo Miller — both New Orleans natives — spoke to TMZ. During their conversation, they weighed in on the epic trade and what it means for the future of the franchise.

“It’s a win-win for everybody,” Romeo said. “They got Brandon Ingram, and I think Lonzo Ball is a hell of a player. They got Josh Hart, too. It’s like we have two Lakers teams now, Lakers and Pelicans. They both win.”

When asked about whether Ball would make a perfect running mate for Williamson, Romeo noted the duo would be “a beast.”

“I think the Pelicans won the trade — we got everything,” Master P said later in the clip, before adding that a $20 million shoe deal for Williamson (he mentioned in a May interview) was still on the table.

P also predicted joining the new era of the New Orleans Pelicans squad would be an especially good look for Ball.

“Coming to a place like New Orleans, we (really) love our team man, so it’s a good look,” he explained.

Check out the full interview above.

DMX Officially Arrives On Set For "Chronicle Of A Serial Killer"

Since his release from prison earlier this year, DMX has been looking to pick up where he left f. With some new music on the way, including a reunion with longtime collaborator Swizz Beatz, all signs point to a full-fledged DMX comeback album by year’s end. Not only that, but the legendary rapper has ficially kicked f his return to the acting world, having landed a lead role in the upcoming film Chronicle Of A Serial Killer. Today, TMZ has detailed X’s return to the set, including a few images him decked out in costume; you can check out the picture right here

DMX Officially Arrives On Set For "Chronicle Of A Serial Killer"

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In Chronicle Of A Serial Killer, X is set to play a character named Detective White, the man tasked with tracking down the titular killer (played by Brendan Sexton). Interestingly enough, actor Michael Madsen was originally set to play White, but was dropped after being hit with a DUI arrest. As it happens, the casting director suggested DMX as a replacement, a move with which director Steve Stanulis endorsed to the fullest. As TMZ reports, Stanulis praised X’s versatility, claiming the rapper is “going to bring a different dynamic to the role.” 

The movie also stars Tara Reid, Eric Roberts, and Aly Mang, and while it’s unlikely this one will see a theatrical release, it’s still nice to see DMX once again getting back into the swing things. Have you any interest in catching this one, once the filming process comes to an end? Perhaps DMX’s presence will bring a new set eyes to the film, which may have otherwise flown under the radar. Keep it up, X!

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Tinker Hatfield’s Nike N7 Zoom Heritage Drops This Week: Official Photos

Tinker Hatfield is the legendary designer behind some the best ever Air Jordan models. Hatfield burst onto the scene after designing Air Max 1 and then gained even more fame when he saved Michael Jordan‘s relationship with Nike thanks to the Air Jordan 3. Hatfield would go on to design every Jordan model up until the AJ15 and eventually came back for the Air Jordan 20. Since then, he has stayed on with Nike and has helped put together a plethora new silhouettes and designs.

His latest creation is the Nike N7 Zoom Heritage which will be a part the brand’s annual N7 collection which promotes healthy living in Aboriginal communities. The shoe will feature a white leather upper with a black woven band that goes through the middle. There are also some traditional patterns on the Nike swoosh, tongue, and outsole. What’s interesting is that this shoe was also designed by Taboo the Black Eyed Peas.

This sneaker will be released on Friday, June 21st for $130 USD, according to Sneaker News.

Tinker Hatfield's Nike N7 Zoom Heritage Drops This Week: Official Photos

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Tinker Hatfield's Nike N7 Zoom Heritage Drops This Week: Official Photos

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Tinker Hatfield's Nike N7 Zoom Heritage Drops This Week: Official Photos

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Tinker Hatfield's Nike N7 Zoom Heritage Drops This Week: Official Photos

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Tinker Hatfield's Nike N7 Zoom Heritage Drops This Week: Official Photos

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Tinker Hatfield's Nike N7 Zoom Heritage Drops This Week: Official Photos

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U.S. Patent Office Reveals Microsoft's Next Gen AirPods Killer Dubbed the Surface Pen

Apple’s wireless earbuds, the AirPods, have proven a success for the Cupertino tech giant.  Now, Microsoft wants in.

Providing an estimated amount of units sold, Ming-Chi Kuo, a trusted Apple analyst at TF International Studies, says the company sold around 16 million AirPods in 2017.  That number soon rose to 28 million a year later.

Last year, he predicted AirPods sales would reach 55 million units in 2019, 80 million in 2020, and 110 million in 2021.  Consumers, Kuo said, would push toward upgrading Apple’s wireless earbuds rather than their iPhones.

The Cupertino tech giant has fiercely guarded the overall sales total of the AirPods.

Now, with the success of its wireless earbuds, a rival wants in.

Introducing Microsoft’s AirPods Surface Pen.

According to Patently Apple, which about the ‘resurrection’ of Apple Music Up Next – its former indie-centered mini-documentary series – the U.S. Patent Office has published a patent application from Microsoft.

Currently known as the Surface Pen, the new wireless device has a “capacitive stylus nib” along with an earpiece dub.

The earpiece will include a speaker, an earpiece battery, and a wireless radio built right in.  The wireless radio remains configured to “communicatively” pair with a host device.  This comes several months after Microsoft patented a foldable dual display device first revealed by Intel.

Speaking about the dual display device, Patently Apple explained,

Devices like [Intel’s] Copper Canyon, on the other hand, are being designed for enterprise and business professionals along with college students where multitasking is more of a priority as is a manageable form factor.

The website added Microsoft wants to add a next-gen Surface device as well as a “revolutionary” Surface Pen accessory doubling as a wireless earpiece.

By flexibly bending the pen around the user’s ear, the user will be free to listen to music or use it as a presentation slide controller.

The schematics published by Microsoft reveal a computing system and the Surface Pen in different modes of operation.

You can view several pictures of how the device will work below.

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Blac Chyna And Two Friends Collectively Sue Woman For Rear-Ending Them In 2017

Blac Chyna’s seemingly always dealing with some sort lawsuit whether it involves her ex Rob Kardashian, his flock sisters or an altercation with someone outside the family. The Blast reports that Blac has added yet another case to her docket since she’s filed paperwork to sue a woman she claims rear-ended her back in 2017. 

As the story goes, Blac was driving with her two friends Tatiana Grigorash and Shane Justin Slaughter when a woman who was traveling at “an unsafe speed” “violently” collided with the back their car. Blac and her friends claim they suffered “severe injuries and damage” since the crash and are they are collectively suing for unspecified damages. 

Blac Chyna And Two Friends Collectively Sue Woman For Rear-Ending Them In 2017
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In other Blac news, the mother two is in a dispute with Rob Kardashian after he wouldn’t allow their daughter, Dream, to participate in Blac’s new reality show. Blac has responded by calling him a hypocrite since Dream has been featured in Keeping Up With The Kardashians

“My show is about my life and my kids are a huge part my life. It’s really sad that everything I do to better myself or my family the same people have something to say to stop or hinder it,” Blac responded to the request

Jason Momoa Wants To Be The Next "Wolverine"

Jason Momoa recently shared that he’d love to play Wolverine. The actor shared the latter when asked what Marvel Universe character he would see himself playing while he was in Santonio at Celebrity Fan Fest. Moreover, there was no hesitation in his voice as though his mind was already set from the jump: “Wolverine. Oh, I’d love to play Wolverine.” He also spoke about the actor behind the title role, famed actor Hugh Jackman: “He was phenomenal. I grew up just loving Wolverine.” The revelation is interesting considering Momoa is currently under contract with DC Comics to continue on as Aquaman. Though that does not mean he is unlikely to cross over. Additionally, we can surely expect Marvel to revive the Wolverine story with a different actor in due time. Indeed, timing is everything. 

Aside from this, the last we’ve reported on Jason Momoa, he shaved his iconic beard to save the planet. The Prince Gypsies grabbed the razor to promote his new aluminum cans, which are “100% recyclable, so you drink the can and in about 60 days, it’ll be back.” The environmental-friendly initiative was revealed to cease all use plastic water bottles which are highly harmful to the earth.

LeBron James Praises Son Bronny Jr For His "Scary" Talents

Over the past few months, LeBron James has been showing f the talents his son Bronny James Jr who is currently playing high school basketball. Bronny has released his own highlight tape and has been impressing scouts on and f the court with his work ethic and athleticism. It’s clear that Bronny is a dominant force out on the court and has tremendous potential moving forward, especially with college ball on the horizon. Bronny Jr recently got his own Instagram account where he has been posting even more highlights that have made his father proud.

LeBron recently went on Instagram and posted a striking picture Bronny looking to dunk over some unsuspecting opponents. The King’s son looks like he’s ready to decimate everybody on the court and has passion in his eyes. 

“It’s starting to get scary people!! 😱😤,” LeBron Wrote. “We ain’t there but one thing about it We Working to get there and beyond! #YoungKing👑 #Bronny.”

High prile coaches like Duke‘s Mike Krzyzewski have been fixtures at Bronny’s games which just goes to show the kind potential he has. Should Bronny end up going the college route, it wouldn’t be too much a stretch to see him in a Blue Devils jersey. Maybe one day he’ll even get to play with his dad. 

YouTuber Buys Michigan Town & Renames It "Gay Hell" To Spite Trump

Pride Month is fully underway and we’ve been making an effort to highlight some the top talents that are represented in both the LGBTQ+ and hip-hop communities. We recently published a piece about the Prism Battle Rap League, which houses some the freshest lyricists from the LGBTQ+ community. We also wrote about stars like Frank Ocean, iLoveMakonnen, Quay Dash and others who are seriously shaping the way we look at hip-hop and its surrounding culture. With so many people taking advantage the month June to show they are allies to their LGBTQ+ peers, YouTuber Elijah Daniel decided to take things one step even further by purchasing an entire town and renaming it just to spite Trump.

In a piece news that has impacted most major networks today, Elijah Daniel has bought the town Hell, Michigan and decided to rename it Gay Hell. The town has been on sale for years and as the new mayor Hell, Daniel’s first action was to announce the name change. In a direct response to Trump banning embassies from flying pride flags, the content creator is enforcing a rule that only pride flags can be flown in Gay Hell. 

Back in 2017, Daniel was also the mayor Hell and he banned heterosexual people from the town as a stunt according to CNN. This most recent move is funny but it’s far from a stunt. This time, Daniel is trying to send a message and it’s coming through loud and clear.

Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Not Interested In The Lakers

Kawhi Leonard will be one the biggest stories in free agency thanks to his unique situation with the Toronto Raptors. Leonard just helped the team win their first ever championship and won NBA Finals MVP in the process. Despite his success with the Raptors, it has been believed for some time now that he actually wants to play in Los Angeles where he grew up. In the meantime, Raptors fans are trying to convince the superstar to stay so that he can instill some longterm success for the franchise.

It has also been reported that the Lakers are interested in Leonard but based on a new report from Adrian Wojnarowski, Leonard is more interested in playing for the other team in Los Angeles, the Clippers.

As he explains, Leonard probably wouldn’t even take a meeting with the Lakers and that he is leaning towards staying with the Raptors or heading over to Doc Rivers and the Clippers. Either decision would be huge for the league as the Raptors are trying to become a dynasty while the Clippers are looking to become a contender in the depleted Western Conference.

Free agency begins on June 30th at 6 P.M. EST so that’s when players will be allowed to start meeting with teams.

Anderson .Paak Delivers Freestyle While Visiting Funkmaster Flex At HOT 97

His soulful singles have captured the hearts R&B lovers worldwide, but don’t get it twisted: Anderson .Paak’s freestyle skills are nothing to play with. The hip hop artist has visited his share radio stations where he’s fered to show f his lyrical abilities, and the latest to get a taste what Paak’s working with was New York’s Hot 97. Paak visited Funkmaster Flex to drop some bars and his flow seemed flawless…aside from a few hiccups on the beat.

While Paak was spitting his freestyle, there were some jumps on the tempo. The rapper was able to recover on multiple occasions, but he couldn’t hold in his frustration. Some have argued that it was just the song and no fault to DJ Juanyto who was in the booth and responsible for playing the beat, while others have slammed Juanyto for messing up Paak’s performance. On Funk Flex’s blog, they shared that the loop was downloaded from the internet so it wasn’t necessarily the DJ’s fault.

Meanwhile, Paak has been tearing up festival stages and performing non-stop since the release his last record Ventura. Check out his freestyle with Funkmaster Flex below and let us know your favorite lyrics.