Kodak Black’s Charitable Work Detailed In Letters Sent To Court Ahead Of Sentencing

It was just announced that Kodak Black has been sentenced to 36 months in prison for lying on a federal form. Earlier this year, the Florida rapper attempted to hide the fact that he’s on bond for ual assault while filling out an application for three firearms. This sentencing actually indicates that things worked out in Kodak’s favor, because he was initially facing eight years and even requested for his time to be reduced to about three.

Perhaps the letters sent to the court vouching for Kodak’s character contributed to his favorable verdict. From Kodak’s lawyer, Bradford Cohen, AllHipHop has obtained two letters that gave examples Kodak’s charitable work in an attempt to lighten his sentence. One comes from Heather Siskind, the CEO The Jack & Jill Center in Fort Lauderdale Florida. “Dear Bill, Every day, the children and families at Jack & Jill Children’s Center are growing and thriving thanks to your generosity,” Siskind wrote. “At Jack & Jill, we are investing in children and families through services that stabilize, educate and empower. This will acknowledge your September 2018 gift in the amount $10,000 to support Jack & Jill Children’s Center. We are also grateful for your additional donation clothing for our children. 

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Another letter was submitted by Allen DeWane, the CEO Acuity Productions, which also detailed Kodak’s philanthropy. “I’m producing events with important national leaders to assist inner-city youth. Several have agreed to have Bill work with us on urban youth projects,” DeWane wrote. “Prominent high-prile politicians from both sides the political aisle will use Bill for Youth Outreach programs that serve kids in South Florida and other urban communities across the U.S.”

Travis Scott Gifts Astroworld Performers Care Packages That Include "Bred" Jordan 11s

The festival game continues to grow and as organizers fight to maintain differentiation among fans, they’ve also been seen going to great lengths to show their appreciation for the artists who grace their stages. One the most blatant examples this in the past couple years has been the lauded Rolling Loud chain that the hip-hop festival’s top performers have received backstage. 

This weekend, however, Travis Scott set a new bar as he put together a care package that took levels artist hospitality to new heights. Per Complex Sneakers, Trav and co. put together a few gifts that included a pair “Bred” Jordan 11s, A Ma Maniere Air Forces 1s, Cactus Plant Flea Market and other Nike gear.

Just ahead  Astroworld, Nike unveiled Travis’ newest Air Force 1 “Cactus Jack,” set to arrive on November 16th. 

“The shoe is a patchwork elements,” reads Nike’s description the eclectic new silhouette. “Reflecting things from his upbringing—like the durability traditional work clothing, natural tones associated with being outdoors, and the surreal vibes Astroworld. He’s sharing his experiences with the kids in Houston by providing them with the tools to own their hustle and the inspiration to imagine new possibilities for themselves.”

 

Kawhi Leonard Explains Heartwarming Story Behind Post-Game Shirt

Kawhi Leonard has been loving his time in Los Angeles so far as he embarks on a huge season with the Clippers. Leonard was highly sought after in free agency and it was fairly obvious all along that he would be returning to the state that he calls home. So far, the Clippers have been playing phenomenally well with him in the lineup and boast a record 6-3. Leonard has already proven himself to be a beacon the community and prior to the season, he helped hand out backpacks to kids in need in Moreno Valley.

After the team’s win against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night, Leonard was wearing an interesting shirt that looked like there were childlike drawings all over it. As he explained, the shirt was actually a gift from one the schools in Moreno Valley and he wanted to shout them out.

“Me and a group gave away backpacks to kids in the city Los Angeles and Moreno Valley and one the elementary schools basically made this for me as a thank you, so I just wore it in support,” Leonard explained.

With this latest gesture, Kawhi is proving that he has completely embraced the Los Angeles community and is hoping to settle down there for quite a while. Most players would be wearing designer clothing but Leonard wanted to show he’s deeper than that and we have to respect it.

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Drake Teases Mysterious ‘More Life’ Company

Drake is launching a top-secret business venture.

The rapper took to Instagram Tuesday to tease his mysterious new company called More Life, named after his 2017 mixtape. He posted a brief video clip with an animated logo that says “Welcome to More Life Growth Co.” with a bio-dome in the background. He didn’t say much else, but tagged the private @MoreLife Instagram account, which says “Coming soon.”

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It’s unclear exactly what More Life is, but flower bouquets have been showing up across Toronto. “Breakfast Television” host Dina Pugliese was among those who received the bouquet during a live TV broadcast.

Some have speculated that More Life is a cannabis company, while others think it could be charity-related. The official announcement won’t be made until Thursday, according to “Breakfast Television.”

After some digging, fans have discovered a trademark application for More Life Growth Company that sells cannabis-related products including herb teas, clothing, and hookahs. The trademark was filed on Oct. 21 and the applicant is listed as Dream Crew IP in West Hollywood, Calif.

Metallica Pledges $100,000 for Wildfire Relief in California

The legendary heavy metal band Metallica is doing its part to help fire-ravaged California, by donating $100,000 for recovery efforts.

Through the band’s All Within My Hands charitable organization, the donation will help victims of wildfires throughout the state. While the Kincaid Fire in the north and the Maria Fire in the south are now mostly contained, these fires have not only left a half million people without power but have also displaced thousands.

This has been the 3rd year in a row that wildfires have ravaged the state.

Metallica, which Forbes has called “The World’s Most Charitable Metal Band,” formed All Within My Hands in 2017. They have since donated millions of dollars to fight fires, support community colleges and tackle homelessness through charitable organizations around the world. In March of next year, they will further hold a benefit concert, with proceeds supporting All Within My Hands, which will be the second of such shows.

In this particular effort, the band also encouraged their fans to help as well, by doing the following:

  • Volunteering
  • Offering their homes as temporary shelter
  • Donating money, non-perishable food, clothing and supplies

The band issued a statement along with the donation.

They said, “The All Within My Hands Foundation would like to lend support to those affected in both Northern and Southern California by donating $100,000 to assist in relief, $50,000 to the Sonoma County Resilience Fund – created by the Community Foundation Sonoma County – and $50,000 to the Wildfire Relief Fund – created by the California Community Foundation.”

They went on to say that “Both organizations are dedicated to long-term recovery efforts, helping residents resume normal lives as they get back on their feet after the devastation of these firestorms. We would also like to encourage you to join us in supporting those in need as well as the first responders who have been working tirelessly to keep Californians safe.”

Kawhi Leonard’s Infamous "What It Do Baby" Line Could Be Trademarked Soon

Kawhi Leonard has completely shifted his image over the last year and it’s been quite the wild ride. While playing for the San Antonio Spurs, Leonard was a bit an enigma and never really showed much personality as he avoided the limelight. Once he was traded to the Toronto Raptors, Leonard began to come out his shell and while he remained deadpan and monotone, his one-liners and zany moments became the stuff legend. 

Leonard has been able to use some his own memes to promote his clothing line with New Balance. For instance, “Fun Guy” and “Board Man Gets Paid” are staples his partnership with the sportswear company. In a new tweet from trademark lawyer Josh Gerben, it seems as though “What It Do Baby” is the next phrase to get the shirt treatment.

Perhaps the most bizarre part this whole trademarking process is the fact that Kawhi has sent a request for “City Views Over Interviews.” Fans seem to be a little bit confused about that one as we’ve never actually heard him say it before. Perhaps it’s a mantra he has been keeping to himself for a while although we really don’t know. 

If you’re a fan Leonard’s New Balance clothes, don’t be surprised if you see these lines on some shirts very soon.

Brandon T. Jackson Shares More About "Big Mommas" Role, Says He Was Cursed By God

Brandon T. Jackson’s remarks about his career falling apart following his roll in Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Sonsparked quite the social media reaction. The actor shared that he wasn’t fond the movie or the concept, but he accepted the role because he wanted an opportunity to work with Martin Lawrence.

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Jackson felt it was necessary to explain his comments, so he chatted with TMZ in a live video call. “I’m in covenant with the Most High God Israel, so if you look at Deuteronomy] 20, 22 and five, I broke that law,” he said. Jackson is referencing a Bible verse that condemns men from wearing women’s clothing, and women from wearing men’s clothing, because it’s said to be an “abomination to God.” He continued, “And when you break a law, you get punished.”

According to Jackson, his personal and pressional life began to crumble over his choice to wear a dress because he was cursed. He said the same move may work for other male actors like Tyler Perry because they have a different “power source.” Jackson was asked about his role in Tropic Thunder where he played a gay character, and he said he was on “thin ice with the Father” for that role, but it seems that he’s worked that out in time. Check out the clip below.

Ariana Grande Experiences $10 Million Dollar Lawsuit Defeat

The last we have reported on Ariana Grande‘s legal battle with Forever 21, the ordeal was placed on hold. As you may recall, Ariana Grande motioned a lawsuit against Forever 21 for using, what she felt, was her likeness to promote their clothing. After announcing a $10 million lawsuit against the fast-fashion brand earlier this week, the company has responded and both parties have asked the court for an extension. Originally, the fast-fashion brand had until September 25th to respond to Grande’s lawsuit until that deadline was moved to November 8th. Court documents read, “the parties stipulate to the entry a Court Order extending Defendants’ deadline to respond to the Complaint, from September 25, 2019, to November 8, 2019, to allow the parties to continue meaningful settlement discussions.” Since then, an update has been reported and it is not any good news for Ariana Grande’s team. 

New reports by The Blast have just confirmed that Ariana’s lawsuit against Forever 21 won’t be solved anytime soon as the fashion retailer has filed for bankruptcy. Indeed, whenever a company files for bankruptcy, it leads to all pending lawsuits to remain pending until the bankruptcy issue is solved. We can, therefore, understand how frustrating this may be for Ariana Grande’s camp, but we expect further details on this later. 

Nipsey Hussle’s Family Awarded Custody of Daughter

Nipsey Hussle’s family has been granted guardianship of his daughter.

A judge has signed off on Nipsey’s immediate family members becoming legal guardians to the rapper’s 10-year-old daughter, Emani. After providing sufficient evidence for their petition, his sister and brother, Samantha Smith and Sam Asghedom, and his mother, Angelique Smith, have been appointed as Emani’s guardians.

They were awarded custody over Emani’s biological mother, Tanisha Foster. Foster faced off in court with Nipsey’s brother and sister over the care of Emani, who has been living with Smith following the rapper’s death in March.

Nipsey’s family won custody by arguing that Foster was unfit to parent. Foster has a prior criminal record, including arrests in 2006 and 2007, and has reportedly been absent from her other two children’s lives.

Emani is expected to inherit half of Nipsey’s $2 million estate. The other half will go to his son Kross. Kross’ mother, Lauren London, has received approval from the court to manage her 3-year-old son’s estate. She will handle the $1 million in finances that Kross is set to inherit.

Nipsey was shot and killed outside his Marathon Clothing store in Los Angeles in March. Following his death, his sister Samantha vowed to take care of his family.

“I got Lauren. I got Emani. I got Kross. I got Sam, he is my responsibility now. He is my big little brother,” she wrote. “I got mommy and Granny and Pop. You gave me so many tools. You gave me so much insight. We will talk every second of everyday and I am here to carry out your vision. Ermias God Will Rise. I love you forever and I will cry forever. You are my lifeline as long as I am here you are too.”

Nipsey’s alleged killer, Eric Holder, has been charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm.

Pharrell Explains Why He Can’t Stand To Listen To Some Of His Old Music

Pharrell is known for being incredibly humble. Any compliment regarding his great accomplishments in various disciplines is met by him with a deflection the praise. However, there was a time when Pharrell did not shy away from feeling himself – namely the early days Skateboard P.

In 2006, Pharrell dropped a Gangsta Grillz mixtape, titled In My Mind (The Prequel). P flexed all over the tape, discussing his chains, cars and clothing in great detail. On “Liquid Swords,” he raps: 

“Blow a hundred grand on L.V. leather goods
Lift up the doors, open trunk, open hood
Enzo horse power, crank it up and hear the hooves”

Pharrell is the cover star for GQ‘s “New Masculinity” issue and, in the interview, he said that he now feels ashamed that he used to swagger like that. When asked why he bows to everyone, he explained what led to his change in ways: 

“And then I met Nigo, and he didn’t say anything. His cars, his houses, his apartments—he was such an incredible collector. His points view. But this guy would not say one word. He just bowed all the time. When I went to Japan, I had never met a more humble culture. I was like, These people are so kind, and they have the best taste. Now, at the time 2006], I was still doing, like, my Gangsta Grillz mixtape. I could never listen to it now, because I was bragging so much. I’m so embarrassed by that. I behaved so obnoxiously. But I didn’t know no better. And Nigo’s way humility, and Tokyo’s way humility, was seeping into my soul. And then the more I humbled myself down, the less I bragged. The less that I felt like I needed to flex. Humility is a skill set. It’s an art form. It’s something you work at.”

In the interview, Pharrell also shared that his Robin Thicke collaboration, “Blurred Lines,” led him to think differently about how he incorporates women in his lyrics. He said:

“And then I realized that there are men who use that same language when taking advantage a woman, and it doesn’t matter that that’s not my behavior. Or the way I think about things. It just matters how it affects women. And I was like, Got it. I get it. Cool. My mind opened up to what was actually being said in the song and how it could make someone feel. Even though it wasn’t the majority, it didn’t matter. I cared what they were feeling too. I realized that we live in a chauvinist culture in our country. Hadn’t realized that. Didn’t realize that some my songs catered to that…”

Nipsey Hussle Biography Set for Release

The first biography on Nipsey Hussle is headed to bookstores in 2020.

The Marathon Don’t Stop: The Life and Times of Nipsey Hussle, written by music journalist Rob Kenner, is set for release on March 24 Atria Books. According to Complex, the unauthorized book will feature on-the-ground reporting and interviews with Nipsey’s family and friends.

“The last time I spoke with Nipsey Hussle, he told me, ‘I ain’t outside giving out jewelry or dropping off bags of money on people, but I’m giving out game,’” says Kenner. “This book is my attempt to help fulfill that intention. The Marathon Don’t Stop will also place his accomplishments in proper historical context, giving Nipsey Hussle his rightful place in the history of hip-hop, Los Angeles, and America. It will include interviews with people who haven’t spoken before, as well as insights into the forces that shaped Hussle into the man he became.”

Nipsey Hussle Biography Set for Release

Kenner says he wanted to write a book about Nipsey “long before his tragic death.” A portion of proceeds will go to Nipsey’s estate. “I wanted to do my part to help set the record straight,” explains Kenner. “While this is not an authorized biography, I’ve decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from the book to Nipsey’s estate out of respect.”

Michelle Herrera Mulligan, senior editor at Atria, will edit the biography. “Nipsey has inspired an entire generation of people who have felt invisible in their communities,” she says. “This book will share the blueprint of Nipsey’s success, drawn on the streets where he was raised.”

The 33-year-old rapper was shot and killed outside his Marathon Clothing store on March 31. In the wake of his death, his family has launched the Neighborhood Nip Foundation, which will continue Nipsey’s efforts in his community. PUMA also released a collaborative collection with his Marathon Clothing brand, with all net proceeds going to the Neighborhood Nip Foundation.

A$AP Rocky Readies New Album ‘All Smiles’

A$AP Rocky is in a good place.

After returning home following his Sweden arrest, the Harlem rapper is readying his fourth album All Smiles. The upbeat title was revealed in a product listing for his new AWGE clothing collection, which launched exclusively at U.K. department store Selfridges.

“It’s not a coincidence that this T-shirt is called All Smiles: it’s the name of an album by award-winning rapper, singer, song-writer (all-round creative), A$AP Rocky,” reads the T-shirt description ( HipHop-N-More). “He also happens to be the founder of AWGE, the makers of the cotton-jersey tee. It’s printed with the album artwork at the chest; an upside-down grin that sits between two ’45 RPM’s at each sleeve. We’d don it with jogging bottoms and equally sunny-toned kicks.”

A$AP Rocky Readies New Album 'All Smiles'

All Smiles marks Rocky’s first album since 2018’s Testing, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. In August, he debuted his latest single “Babushka Boi” along with its Dick Tracy-inspired video.

Rocky’s AWGE Selfridges collection is available now and includes T-shirts, hoodies, shorts, and even a $380 stitched doll.

Ariana Grande & Forever 21 Extend Lawsuit

Ariana Grande seems to be putting her Forever 21 lawsuit on hold. According to The Blast, both parties have asked the court for an extension. Originally, the fast-fashion brand had until September 25th to respond to Grande’s lawsuit, but now, that deadline has been moved to November 8th. 

Court documents read, “the parties stipulate to the entry a Court Order extending Defendants’ deadline to respond to the Complaint, from September 25, 2019 to November 8, 2019, to allow the parties to continue meaningful settlement discussions. The parties have agreed to attempt to resolve the Dispute by participating in confidential mediation. The parties mutually agreed upon a mediator and mediation schedule. The parties require additional time to continue their good-faith attempt to resolve the Dispute and reach a settlement.”

Grande originally filed the suit after she felt Forever 21 was using her likeness to promote their clothing. Forever 21 negotiated with Grande for an endorsement deal last year, but the deal broke down after Grande was not fered an amount she felt was sufficient “for an artist her stature.”

Forever 21 has commented on the suit saying, “while we dispute the allegations, we are huge supporters Ariana Grande and have worked with her licensing company over the past two years. We are hopeful that we will find a mutually agreeable resolution and can continue to work together in the future.”

Supreme & Lacoste Unveil Their Latest Collaboration: Release Details

Supreme is one if not the biggest streetwear brand in the world and there is no denying their impact on the culture. Just a few weeks ago, they ficially kicked f their Fall/Winter releases for 2019 and they have been blessing fans with some pretty incredible pieces and collaborations. Next up on their long list collabs for this season is this brand new collection with Lacoste. If you’re a fan Supreme, then you know that these two originally linked up back in 2017 and have continued to work together since. 

The ficial images for the latest collab are finally here and as you can see from the photos below, there is a lot to choose from as far as different types clothing. One the most eye-catching pieces is the wool bomber jacket which will surely be a huge hit amongst fans.

Supreme & Lacoste Unveil Their Latest Collaboration: Release Details

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There are also a wide variety polos, cardigans, pants, pull-over jackets, bags, and hats which all have a mixture Supreme and Lacoste branding. Depending on your tastes, this could be one the best Supreme x Lacoste collections so far which is an exciting prospect for streetwear enthusiasts. 

According to Hypebeast, the collection will be dropping on Thursday, September 26th through their online store, as well as brick and mortar locations. 

Supreme & Lacoste Unveil Their Latest Collaboration: Release Details

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Supreme & Lacoste Unveil Their Latest Collaboration: Release Details

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Supreme & Lacoste Unveil Their Latest Collaboration: Release Details

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Supreme & Lacoste Unveil Their Latest Collaboration: Release Details

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Supreme & Lacoste Unveil Their Latest Collaboration: Release Details

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Supreme & Lacoste Unveil Their Latest Collaboration: Release Details

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Supreme & Lacoste Unveil Their Latest Collaboration: Release Details

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Supreme & Lacoste Unveil Their Latest Collaboration: Release Details

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Supreme & Lacoste Unveil Their Latest Collaboration: Release Details

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Supreme & Lacoste Unveil Their Latest Collaboration: Release Details

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H&M Responds To Backlash Over Black Model’s Natural Hair

H&M has encountered another reason for people to lash out at the clothing company. After a new collection back to school ferings for youth hit the web with young models showing f the colourful ferings for the new season, people couldn’t help but call out H&M for the hairstyle a young black girl. In the photo seen below, the girl is wearing a hoodie and her short hair is tied back in a ponytail.

Some people have an issue with the look her ponytail, claiming that it could have used some assistance a pressional hairstylist. “H&M needs to quit it….all these girls’ heads look a piping hot ass mess like 3pm after the school let out who on the set this international photoshoot was like “tell hair & makeup to go home for the day…we’ve got this from here,”” one Twitter user questioned.

Another group people on Twitter don’t see the issue with the girls natural hair style. “To the young girl featured here, you look absolutely fantastic, and congratulations on getting this modelling gig! I wish you every success. To those you criticising the appearance her natural hair, shame on you. Really,” another user added

H&M has responded to the banter, simply stating: “We truly believe that all kids should be allowed to be kids. The school aged kids who model for us come to the photo studio in the afternoon after school and we aim for a natural look which reflects that.” 

Peep more reactions below and let us know what you think.