Lizzo Opens Up About Being Seen As A Feminist & Her Live Flute Performances

Lizzo has opened up many times in the past about her body confidence and love for normalizing the dimples in her butt. The singer’s choice sexy clothing and bold style choices is something that’s labelled her as a feminist and while she may be one, she recently told NPR that if she was a “thin woman, maybe that wouldn’t be the case.”

“I feel like women who are smaller aren’t really given the opportunities to be body positive or role models either, because we’ve been conditioned to believe that women are using their bodies for the male gaze,” she said. “And I think if I were slimmer I don’t think people would look to me with the same type like, “Oh wow, she’s so brave she’s doing this and representing everyone!” the way they do,] because I’m big.”

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Lizzo further detailed how there are different waves feminism, especially for different generations. 

“I think that the wave feminism right now that’s overtly sexual and in your face I think is just the response to where we were. Like, I’m going to wear a suit and I’m going to boss up on you. … You-can’t-tell-me-what-to-do type vibes, and I’m] like, “No, I’m gonna tell you what to do!”

As for her flute skills, something she’s shown during every performance, Lizzo reminds her fans that flutes have always been a part hip hop, you’ve just never seen someone perform with it. “Have y’all heard J Dilla? Have y’all heard Metro Boomin? Like, these producers use flute all the time. One the biggest hits was “Mask Off,” and … the chorus was just a flute solo,” she said. 

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“I think that flute and hip-hop are very sexy. I think that flute and hip-hop have gone together for a long time. I think this is just the first time you actually see the artist actually playing the flute.”

Stream Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You album here. 

Cardi B Files Trademark for ‘Bocktails’ TV Show

Cardi B is looking to expand her empire into television.

The “Money” rapper has filed a trademark for a television and Internet-based show called “Bocktails with Cardi B” (a play on cocktails). According to trademark documents, obtained by TMZ, Cardi’s application encompasses “entertainment services in the nature of providing ongoing episodes for distribution television and the Internet featuring celebrities and artists.”

In addition to the show, Cardi is looking to trademark the “Bocktails” name on clothing, including T-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, caps, footwear, skirts, pants, and shorts. Additionally, she plans to use the name for “alcoholic beverages, except beer and beverages containing beer.”

Earlier this year, the Grammy winner filed paperwork to trademark her signature catchphrase “Okurrr” to be used for paper goods and clothing.

The former “Love & Hip Hop” star recently finished shooting “Rhythm + Flow,” Netflix’s 10-part hip-hop talent competition. She, along with Chance The Rapper and T.I., will serve as judges and executive producers of the series, which is set to debut later this year.

Nipsey Hussle Alleged Killer Indicted by Grand Jury

A grand jury has indicted the man suspected of killing Nipsey Hussle.

On Tuesday (May 21), Eric Holder, 29, was indicted on four charges including one count of murder, two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said ( the Los Angeles Times).

Holder is accused of killing Hussle and injuring two other people outside the rapper’s Marathon Clothing store on Slauson Avenue on March 31. According to police, Holder got into a verbal altercation with Hussle. Investigators believe the shooting was the result of a “personal matter between the two of them.”

One hour before Nipsey’s murder, Holder allegedly pistol-whipped a man, according to TMZ. Two women claim Holder attacked their male friend, accusing him of selling him “laced marijuana.”

Holder faces between 25 years to life in prison. His attorney Christopher Darden, a former city prosecutor from the O.J. Simpson murder trial, has withdrawn from the case following death threats to him and his family.

Earlier today, Big Sean addressed Holder in an Instagram video. “To the person who murdered Nipsey, to people like that who take somebody’s life out of impulse or for revenge or whatever the case may be, you’re making a permanent solution to a temporary problem,” said the Detroit rapper. “Obviously, that’s not how you solve them problems.”

Big Sean Addresses Nipsey Hussle’s Alleged Killer

Big Sean has a message for Nipsey Hussle’s killer.

Nearly two months after the Crenshaw rapper was gunned down outside his Marathon Clothing store, the Detroit rapper is sharing his thoughts on the senseless murder of his friend. In an Instagram video, Sean reflected on the day Nipsey was killed and how his death could have been avoided through communication.

“It’s something that’s been on my mind really since Nipsey’s funeral, well, actually since he died,” he began.

He then addressed Eric Holder, the man who allegedly shot and killed Nipsey. “To the person who murdered Nipsey, to people like that who take somebody’s life out of impulse or for revenge or whatever the case may be, you’re making a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Obviously, that’s not how you solve them problems.”

He continued, “I don’t know if we know the value of a life for real ’cause when you take somebody’s life, you send back they family, you send a whole lineage back, generations […] When you take somebody’s life, you setting all that back and for what? For something that could have been communicated better.”

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He admitted that he himself is a work in progress. “I myself am a terrible communicator. I’ve been working on it,” said the 31-year-old MC. “I’m becoming better. It takes a lot of effort. I have noticed in men, and in black men, we talk to communicate certain ways. We talk to be tough, we talk to stand tough. Get your revenge, retaliate through violence, all that type of shit. But we gon’ keep losing kings—we gon’ keep losing Martin Luther Kings, we gon’ keep losing Malcolm Xs, we gon’ keep losing Nipsey Hussles—and for what?”

During his PSA, he also offered a solution. “I think if we just put our egos aside, put our pride aside, talk things out, who knows, maybe we’ll still have a lot of them people. Maybe we still have Nipsey, maybe we still have a lot of the soldiers we lost.”

In closing, Sean shared some advice from his mother. “My mom always used to say and people always used to say, ‘Communication can save a nation,’” he said. “It didn’t mean shit to me, but now it definitely has a whole new meaning. Facts.”

Over the weekend, Sean paid tribute to Nipsey during DJ Khaled’s performance on the season finale of “SNL” with Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, SZA, John Legend, and more.

In April, Holder was arrested and charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon after fatally shooting Nipsey and injuring two others. If convicted of murder, he faces between 25 years to life in prison.

Rihanna Gives Fans A Sneak Peak Of Fenty Line With Promotional Video

Earlier this month, we revealed that the singer/actress/business mogul Rihanna would be the very first woman color to launch her very own luxury brand, FENTY, with French luxury goods company,LVMH. An exclusive interview with T Magazine fered fans a first glimpse into the upcoming line, with Rih describing the pieces as “really strong and edgy” and notably size and gender inclusive. 

“I’m thick and curvy right now, and so if I can’t wear my own stuff then, I mean, that’s not gonna work, right? And my size is not the biggest size,” she explained. “It’s actually closer to the smallest size we have: We go up to a (U.S. size 14), We’re saying we can meet you at any one drop that we put out.” T Magazine outlines the initial line as being comprised , “structured silhouettes in subdued neutrals (at least to start) that emphasize strong shoulders, cinched waists and exposed legs,” and explains that “the Fenty brand is hoping to disrupt the market not only by channeling the imagination a black woman but by revolutionizing the luxury distribution model by focusing on direct-to-consumer online sales.” This essentially means that Rihanna and her team collaborators have the freedom to drop new additions to the collection every few weeks, like singles from an album.

If you recall, our girl Rih has already partnered with Puma (to create a streetwear clothing brand), created her own lingerie line, Savage x Fenty, as well as, revolutionized the beauty industry, all in a matter years. So it’s safe to assume that her latest luxury brand will make its debut with a bang. A promotional video posted by the artist earlier today on her Instagram, gives fans a glimpse into the line and its character, with a super edgy video shot in a behind-the-scenes-esque manner, with the designer the brand herself making occasional cameos to adjust the models’ clothing or hair. The attitude the video screams “you can’t sit with us” and previews a line which stays true to Rih’s signature avante-garde yet sexy style. FENTY sales begin on May 24th at a Parisian pop-up store, and full worldwide availability is set to commence online on May 29th.

Rachael Ray Was Shocked After Beyhive Thought She Was "Becky With The Good Hair"

Beyonce‘s Lemonade found the singer putting “Becky with the good hair” on blast. Nobody really knew who this “Becky” was but the BeyHive was quick to try and track down whoever it was. Rachael Roy, a fashion designer and Dame Dash’s ex-wife, thought the Beyhive was playing and fed them some bait with a suggestive Instagram post. Unfortunately, many thought Rachael Ray was Rachael Roy and the celebrity chef got caught in the crossfire.

Ray recently revealed her reaction to the BeyHive coming for her during her appearance on Andy Cohen’s Watch What Happens Live. She revealed that she was shocked when her name was dragged into the conversation but at the end the day, she wasn’t mad that her name was mentioned in the same sentence as Jay-Z and Beyonce.

“I was shocked!” Ray told Cohen. “It was Rachel Roy, who is a fabulous, beautiful clothing designer. At the end the day, I go home, and I’m cooking dinner in King Kong slippers. I’m not hanging out with these people,” she continued. “I mean, I have to say, I thought it was a little flattering that people thought I even was like in that world! ‘Oh, yeah, I hang out with them all the time!’” she joked.

You could check out the full clip Rachael Ray talking about the Beyhive below.

Rihanna Privately Settles Copyright Lawsuit With Freedom United Clothing Brand

In April 2018, Rihanna was sued by Freedom United who accused the singer-turned-fashion designer taking their logo. They alleged in the suit that Rihanna knew their company before she marked her Fenty x PUMA ferings with “FU” that stands for Fenty University – the same abbretion Freedon United runs with. 

When Rihanna’s line received a cease and desist letter, she detailed how the product wasn’t even for sale anymore but Freedom United still went ahead with filing their lawsuit. The Blast now reports that Rihanna and the fashion company have privately settled the lawsuit, reaching a deal that will have them cancel the case. There’s no word on what Freedom United was fered or if there was any monetary value.

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Settling the lawsuit and having the case closed is a smart move ahead Rihanna’s new venture with LVMH, becoming the first woman colour to do. 

“Designing a line like this with LVMH is an incredibly special moment for us,” Rihanna said the launch. “Mr. Arnault has given me a unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in the luxury sector, with no artistic limits. I couldn’t imagine a better partner both creatively and business-wise, and I’m ready for the world to see what we have built together.”

Kanye West Collaborator Malik Yusef Sued By Korean Fashion Line For Fraud

Kanye West isn’t the only person from his camp accused doing botched business with an Asian clothing line. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Korean fashion brand claims Malik Yusef forged Kanye’s signature on several contracts, as well as using fake invoices from companies including Roc-A-Fella in a multi-million dollar scam.

Gentle Monster, a brand cherished by celebrities such as Beyonce, filed a lawsuit against Yusef today in L.A. County Superior Court accusing Yusef using his relationship with Kanye West to deceive the clothing brand into believing he was scoping for top talent in order to do a series videos for Project 13.

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“From their earliest interactions with Gentle Monster, defendants went out their way to describe Yusef’s star-studded connections,”  Susan Leader, Gentle Monster’s attorney, wrote. “They never missed an opportunity to mention that Yusef routinely works with artists like Beyoncé and Kanye, that he tours with Jay–Z, or that he vacations with Pharrell Williams.”

The company claims Yusef made them believe that the only way they can stay within their budget for the series is if they go directly through Yusef and dodge agents. Gentle Monster said that wired more than $2.5M to Yusef and his agents under the impression that he’d bring celebrities like Kanye, Pharell, Jaden Smith, and Paris Jackson. After the company requested a signature from Kanye or Pharrell to confirm their participation, Yusef allegedly forged Kanye’s signature.

“Defendants’ deception was both flagrant and brazen,” Leader continued. “Specifically, they forged Kanye’s signature, created a shell entity named after Kanye’s deceased mother, issued fraudulent invoices made to appear as though they had been issued by legitimate talent agencies, lied about their contacts and work with artists, and, in the end, pocketed more than $2.5 million from Gentle Monster.” ‘

The company sued Yusef, as well as his manager and business partner Burundi Partlow and Sonja Nutall, on claims fraud, breach contract, breach the implied covenant good faith and fair dealing and unfair competition.

OVO x DSquared2 Apparel Collection Drops Tomorrow: New Images

Earlier this week, OVO ficially confirmed their upcoming collaborative collection with Dsquared2, just a few months after Drake was first spotted in a co-branded hoodie. 

The OVO Instagram account initirally teased an image a co-branded jean jacket with two OVO owls and October’s Very Own branding, as well as DSQ2 and DSQUARED2 stamped in red. The caption on the post simply read, “OVO x DSQUARED2 2019. Coming Soon.”

DSquared2 has today unveiled some other pieces from the collection, including track pants, t-shirts and denim jeans. 

“Cut with Dsquared2 attitude in contemporary fits, the ready to wear clothing and accessories include a grey hooded sweatshirt, track pants, t-shirt, baseball cap, washed denim jeans, a jean jacket, and a knitted black beanie,” Dsquared2’s press release reads (H/T Complex) “All the pieces feature a custom-designed Dsquared2 x OVO motif.” 

The full collection is scheduled to drop this Friday, May 17 exclusively OVO stores and their online shop. Take a look at the gear below.

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Chris Darden Withdraws From Nipsey Hussle Murder Case

Christopher Darden, the attorney representing Nipsey Hussle’s alleged murderer Eric Holder, is quitting the case.

Darden, a former city prosecutor from the O.J. Simpson murder trial, filed a motion to withdraw as Holder’s defense attorney following death threats to him and his family.

“I cannot understand why in 2019 some people would deny a black man his 6th Amendment right to counsel of his choice,” writes Darden in a Facebook post. “Or why defending such a man should invite threats not only against me but against my children too.”

While he didn’t reveal the exact reasons behind his withdrawal (“I don’t know whether I will disclose them later or not”), he did have a message for those who threatened his life and his family’s. “To those who issued those threats to my children please pay close attention so there is no misunderstanding. Later. FUCK YOU!” he says. “As for me, I continue to thrive. I continue to be loved. I continue to walk with kings. And I will continue my pursuit of fairness and justice on behalf of my clients and others charged with crimes.”

Darden’s decision to defend Holder has been controversial, receiving backlash from the hip-hop community. But that hasn’t swayed him. “I will continue my pursuit of fairness and justice on behalf of my clients and others charged with crimes,” he adds. “After 25 years some of them still haven’t learned : Their lies and threats will never deter me from my mission.”

Holder has a hearing scheduled for Friday in L.A. Superior Court, which Darden says will be the last time he makes an appearance in court in the case.

Last month, Holder was arrested and charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon following the fatal shooting of Nipsey outside of his Marathon Clothing store.

Dennis Rodman Accused Of Robbing Newport Beach Yoga Studio — Again

It’s been an interesting last few days for Dennis Rodman. For decades the NBA Hall Famer has captured attention due to his outlandish behavior, but these recent reports theft are a tad bizarre. According to Newport Beach’s VIBES Hot Yoga owner, Dennis Rodman and three his friends visited the studio just days ago. While there, the owner claims that a woman that accompanied Rodman went throughout the store, taking items clothing f the racks before she stuffed them in her purse. The video showed that at one point she placed something in her bag while hiding behind Rodman.

There was also a moment when a $2,500 crystal was shattered after the man Rodman was with attempted to place it on a dolly. When it was destroyed, the group refused to pay for the item and employees say they left the establishment. Security footage captured the odd encounter, but things take an even stranger turn because now the owner says Rodman and Co. returned the following day and stole even more items. And yes, there’s video footage it all going down…again. The owner also claims that one the women who came in with Rodman was there during the first visit and she returned to the store wearing an item she stole.

During this latest visit, TMZ reports that the employee the store was f-put by Rodman’s behavior, especially after he put his foot on the counter and began stretching. TMZ asked Rodman about what happened at the VIBES store, and the former NBA star claims that he asked the employees if he and his crew could take items as gifts from the store. He asserts that they were given permission to take what they wanted that he “didn’t steal sh*t.” 

The owner vehemently denies those claims and says no one on staff ever told Rodman he could come in and take free clothing items, nor did they tell him he wasn’t responsible for the cost the broken crystal. Rodman nor his friends have been arrested, but the owner VIBES has filed a report with the Newport Police Department. Rodman is currently on probation stemming from a 2018 DUI arrest.

Nipsey Hussle’s The Marathon Store Has Made $10M Since His Passing

Los Angeles – The outpouring of love and grief from Nipsey Hussle’s fans since his death on March 31 has caused his Marathon Clothing building to be shut down until further notice.

HipHopDX confirmed with the late rap star’s team that the business has netted $10 million since his March 31 passing.

“Thank you to everyone who’s placed an order with us these last couple of weeks,” Nipsey’s team said in an Instagram post to its 500,000 followers. We appreciate the unprecedented outpour of support. It means alot to our team and family.”

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It also thanked customers who have paid homage and dollars to Nipsey’s vision and that the Marathon Clothing brick and mortar store will reopen after its reels back from the whirlwind of his untimely passing.

The Marathon team is still accepting accepting purchases orders the brand’s website and plans to get orders shipped as quickly as possible. The profits from the purchases will go to the investment fund called “Our Opportunity.”

The fund and program is the brainchild of the late MC and his business partner David Gross, which helps community leaders “of every large, majority black city to, in a systematic way, acquire and develop transformative projects.”

Dennis Rodman On Alleged Yoga Robbery: "We Didn’t Steal S***"

Dennis Rodman is one the weirdest people in the history the NBA and his adventures have taken him all around the globe, including North Korea where he has become good friends with Kim Jong Un. This past week, Rodman and three other people were accused robbing the VIBES Hot Yoga Studio by the owner. According to TMZ, Rodman and his crew took $500 in clothing and even broke a $2500 crystal art piece in the process. The alleged incident was actually caught on surveillance camera and it appears as though Rodman is distracting employees while a woman stuffs clothes into her purse.

TMZ recently caught up with Rodman where they asked him about the whole thing. The former NBA champion is vehemently denying that he did anything wrong as he so eloquently said “We didn’t steal sh*t.”

Rodman said that the employees at the store had asked him and his friends to help move the crystal art piece and that they could all take some gifts in exchange for the favor. Of course, Rodman explains that he accepted the fer out the goodness his heart.

“I tried to help as the good person I am,” Rodman said. “Am I going to jail? No.”

 As right now, the Newport Beach PD are investigating the situation.

Dennis Rodman Accused Of Robbing Yoga Studio With Three Accomplices

A yoga studio in Newport Beach, California is claiming that the ever-unusual Dennis Rodman was involved with robbing them in the middle the afternoon. TMZ said that they’ve obtained the surveillance video and stated that Rodman entered the VIBES Hot Yoga studio at approximated 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday with two women and a man.

According to the owner VIBES, a location known for its celebrity clientele, the bizarre encounter took a thievery turn when Rodman allegedly tried distracting employees as one the women started putting clothing items into her purse. The owner claimed there was even a point when the woman hid behind the former basketball star as she stole the items.

The odd behavior continued when the man with them reportedly picked up a large crystal art piece valued at $2,500, placed it on a dolly, and told employees that he wanted to purchase it. Before they got the chance to help or refuse him, the crystal shattered on the ground. As the staff is distracted, the woman who was previously stuffing items in her bag decided it was a good time to grab one more piece clothing.

Finally, the 57-year-old and his party three leave the store, refusing to pay for the broken piece expensive art. He also reportedly blamed employees for the destroyed crystal and shifted responsibility. The owner told TMZ that over $500 worth clothing was stolen and when they paired that with the crystal, they called the police and filed a report for theft. VIBES employees said that Rodman and his friends “reeked alcohol.”

The Newport Beach Police Department didn’t have anthing to say about the incident, as did Rodman’s attorney who stated, “We would decline comment. It’s premature.” The NBA Hall Famer was cited for drunk driving in January 2018 and is currently still on probation. 

Post Malone Expands His Branded Crocs Line Into Australia

Crocs’ differentiated look has resulted in some healthy revenues.

For the fiscal year 2017, revenues topped $1.023 billion, and the company has managed to sell upward of 300 million pairs of Crocs shoes since 2002.

They’ve also received a recent jolt in popularity, thanks to the adoption of Crocs by Post Malone.

Austin Post, the real name of the Texas-born-and-bred rap star, has been spotted countless times wearing Crocs over the past few years.  Now, with a custom-branded deal in full swing, those sightings are pretty commonplace.

Just yesterday, Post announced on Instagram that he, in conjunction with Crocs, would be releasing a line of Crocs that would be exclusively sold in Australia.

This most recent collaboration with the Colorado-based shoe manufacturer marks .

The exclusive line of Crocs will be sold beginning Thursday (May 9th) at 10 am Australian Eastern Standard Time, or 8 pm New York time.

The shoes will initially be sold a link that can be found in the bio of Post Malone’s Instagram page, which can be found at @postmalone.  The shoes will also be sold at Culture Kings in Sydney, Australia.

The rapper also stated that quantities for the collaboration shoe would be limited.

Crocs Australia initially posted something from its Instagram account, @crocsaustralia, which hinted at the upcoming release of Postie footwear.

Crocs is best known for its distinctive clogs and sandals.  But it also produces boots, sandals, accessories, and various types of clothing.  Founded in 2002, Crocs has never been the most cool or in-vogue company — but their differentiated footwear has remained unmistakeable — and highly profitable.