Tiger King’s Joe Exotic Is Thrilled About Show’s Success

Tiger King, capitalizing on the lack anything to do but watch Netflix with the Coronavirus on the rise, has become the latest TV monocultural moment and Joe Exotic, whom the show is centered around, is thrilled.

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Co-directors and writers the show, Eric Goode and Rebecca Chaiklin, spoke about Joe’s reaction to the virality the show in a Q&A with the Los Angeles Times.

“Joe has called me quite a few times over the last few days and weeks. One, he is absolutely ecstatic about the series and the idea being famous. He’s absolutely thrilled,” Goode said. “I think he is trying to be an advocate for — no surprise — criminal justice reform. He is in a cage and course he’s gonna say that he now recognizes what he did to these animals. With Joe, we have empathy for him, but at the same time, he’s someone who really knows what to say at the right moment. I take it with a big grain salt when he says he is now apologetic for keeping animals.”

Chaiklin added, “You can hardly talk to him without him mentioning the amount press he’s getting. He says people are asking to see his Prince Albert and girls are sending him y bikini pictures even though he’s gay. He’s over the moon. Having kept in pretty close touch with him while he’s been in a horrible county prison, this has raised his spirits. Joe definitely did some horrible things to his animals. He was very abusive to them and he shot five tigers, no question about it. But what has happened to him has also been hard.”

Tiger King is available to stream on Netflix, now.


Twitch 'Stream Aid 2020' Live to Support World Health Organization

Twitch’s live event, ‘Stream Aid 2020’, is helping raise money for the World Health Organization.

The 12-hour stream features celebrity guests, music, and games like Fortnite. The event went live on the main Twitch website at noon EST. Twitch hopes to raise as much money as possible to help the WHO fight COVID-19.

Diplo, Die Antwoord, and Charlie Puth are just a few of the music stars stopping by.

Gaming streamers on the platform are also headlining a tournament. Those streamers are participating in doing their part to help raise funds to fight coronavirus.

“Literally, every single person who’s in my live stream has someone who’s affected,” one streamer said. “A lot of people are a little nervous. They don’t know how long they’re going to be out from work, out from school, and they realize how serious it is.”

Twitch is rapidly growing as more and more people are forced to stay home. While the site is geared primarily toward gamers, it has seen an during this crisis.

The site even partnered with SoundCloud to help to affiliate status. Twitch affiliate status allows users to monetize their channels and collect donations from the audience. Twitch itself is no stranger to live streams to benefit causes.

Last year, a game streamer raised more than $2 million in 24 hours for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Other charity organizations like Awesome Games Done Quick also use the platform to reach its audience to benefit their chosen charities.

Some users have concerns about Twitch’s ability to keep the show rolling, though.

Last year during the Fortnite event, Twitch went offline with 3.4 million concurrent viewers. Since the coronavirus outbreak, Twitch has seen numbers rise drastically. So far, the stream seems to be staying up – Amazon probably learned a lesson last year in catering to more massive crowds.

Fifth Element Retail Store Permanently Closes Its Doors

Minneapolis, MN – The Fifth Element retail store is saying goodbye. Rhymesayers Entertainment made the announcement on Friday (March 27), explaining the Minneapolis-based Hip Hop shop will effectively close its doors on April 1.

“Last year, while discussing our next steps for 2020 and the coming decade, we began developing some creative new strategies to better serve the needs of our artists and our community, and we’re excited to begin this work,” the post read in part. “With that out look in mind, and with respect for recent events requiring temporary closure, we’ve chosen to permanently close our Uptown Minneapolis retail store.”

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The post ended with a call-to-action.

“Please continue to support independent artists and businesses as best you can in these challenging times,” it concluded. “Stay safe and stay tuned for more new and exciting chapters in our story, for 2020 and beyond.”

As noted in the announcement, fifthelementonline.com will transition to shop.rhymesayers.com, the “official source for all things Rhymesayers Entertainment.” For now, everything on the Fifth Element website is 25 percent off through March 31.

Fifth Element Retail Store Permanently Closes Its Doors

Rhymesayers To Re-Press Eyedea & Abilities’ ‘By The Throat’ Vinyl For Its 10th Anniversary

Fifth Element was established in 1999 as an extension of the Rhymesayers imprint. It stocked CDs, vinyl, art supplies, clothing and specialty items. It wasn’t uncommon to run into Atmosphere’s Sean “Slug” Daley or other RSE artists while shopping at the store. It will be missed.

Anthony Davis Offers Sobering Thoughts On Coronavirus Pandemic

Anthony Davis is one the best players on the Los Angeles Lakers and before the league suspended its operations due to the Coronavirus, he was having one his best seasons. Now, Davis is sitting on his couch at home, waiting for the call that the league will resume. Unfortunately, this won’t happen for quite some time. Recently, Davis was asked about the Coronavirus and his thoughts on the pandemic.

In an interview with Tania Ganguli the Los Angeles Times, Davis noted that he is pretty scared about everything that is going and that for now, he is just trying to keep himself informed. There are over 100k cases in the United States right now and people are being infected at an alarming rate. 

Anthony Davis Offers Sobering Thoughts On Coronavirus Pandemic

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Per Davis:

“I just saw yesterday the United States became number one in cases. It’s kind just getting out hand. I’m trying to stay as safe as possible, doing what our team doctors told us and just trying to have a good spirit about everything and tell the people I can reach out to, to stay safe. Obviously it’s a tragedy and devastating. There’s a sadness what’s going on with our players around the league, our players families and everyone around the world. When a lot people are going through it and able to share their stories and share the severity the situation it helps everyone out. It opens people’s eyes … a lot people aren’t too informed about it.”

Moving forward, Davis and his teammates will be looking to keep themselves and their families safe. If they practice social distancing, along with everyone else, this pandemic could end sooner rather than later.


Stephen A. Smith Divulges Who Is The Closest Player To Michael Jordan

Stephen A. Smith is easily one the most opinionated voices in all sports media and continues to provide his hot takes on ESPN’s First Take. Surprisingly, the show is still providing daily content despite the fact that there are no sports on due to the Coronavirus. Regardless, Smith has been providing us with lots great entertainment and we are very grateful for all it.

Today, there was a particularly interesting topic that was brought up. The panelists were asked to debate who is the player closest to Michael Jordan in sports, today. Smith surprised his co-hosts by saying he thinks Kawhi Leonard fits that bill the best. His reasoning was quite simple. While he doesn’t think Kawhi is as good as Jordan, or as successful, he feels like their games are extremely similar. Simply put, Kawhi can be an elite scorer while also providing lockdown defense.

Smith raises an interesting point although there will certainly be some LeBron James stans out there who disagree with what Smith has to say. In the comments, some felt like Kobe Bryant should have been mentioned. However, the topic was about players who are currently in the league, hence Smith’s answer.

This is a highly-debatable subject so don’t be shy to send us your thoughts, in the comments below.

PS5 Release Won’t Be Impacted By Coronavirus

With the coronavirus sending the world into a state self-isolation, video games have become an integral means entertainment — thanks to the easily accessible digital store, one can purchase a wide array titles from the comfort an easy chair. Yet while the pandemic has likely led to an increase in gaming hours, it has also caused major stoppages in the workforce, a disruption that has had an untold effect on the gaming market. As such, many have become concerned that the upcoming Playstation 5 would be delayed from its projected release window “Holidays 2020.”

PS5 Release Won't Be Impacted By Coronavirus

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Luckily, it would appear that a delay is not in the cards — at least, not yet. A report from Bloomberg confirms that Sony reached out to dispel such fears, affirming that the coronavirus has not had any major effects on the Playstation 5 nor its projected launch window. The news comes following the confirmation that the majority Sony employees have been working remotely following the government-mandated closures several fices in the United States and Europe.

While that is fortunate news for gamers everywhere, it doesn’t exactly clarify whether game developers will be affected by the pandemic. In an ficial statement, Sony confirms that they have been “carefully monitoring the risk delays in production schedules for game stware titles at both its first-party studios and partner studios, primarily in Europe and the U.S.” As now, look for the Playstation 5 to arrive as expected this Holiday season until confirmed otherwise. 


Stove God Cook$ Enlists Roc Marciano For Debut Album ‘Reasonable Drought’

Stove God Cook$ a.k.a. Aaron Cooks has dropped his debut album Reasonable Drought with the help of Roc Marciano. The Syracuse-bred rapper is one of the artists signed to Busta Rhymes’ The Conglomerate Entertainment.

The up-and-coming rapper’s first studio LP is comprised of 12 tracks. Production is handled entirely by Roc Marci, who is coming off the release of his Marcielago album.

View Stove God’s Reasonable Drought stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Stove God Cook$ Enlists Roc Marciano For Debut Album 'Reasonable Drought'

1. Rolls Royce Break Lights
2. Bread of Life
3. Crosses
4. Break the Pyrex
5. Jim Boeheim
6. Money Puddles
7. Burt & State
8. Gloria Blemente
9. Lava Lamp
10. John $Tarks
11. Cocaine Cologne
12. Balenciaga $Tamp

Stove God Cook$ Enlists Roc Marciano For Debut Album 'Reasonable Drought'

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Eazy-E’s Daughter Mourns Late N.W.A Legend On 25th Anniversary Of His Death

Eazy-E passed away on March 26, 1995, only month after he was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. On the 25th anniversary of his death, his daughter Erica Wright posted several throwback photos of the late gangsta rap legend and herself as a young child.


Eazy-E's Daughter Mourns Late N.W.A Legend On 25th Anniversary Of His Death

Eazy was admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on February 24, 1995 with a violent cough. He was eventually diagnosed with HIV/AIDS, which he likely contracted from a ual partner. He announced his illness in a public statement less than a month later.

Before his death, he made amends with his former N.W.A brethren Ice Cube and penned a final message to his fans. As previously noted, he died on March 26, 1995 at the age of 30. He was buried on April 7, 1995 at Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California. Over 3,000 people attended his funeral, including the late Jerry Heller and DJ Yella.

Eazy-E's Daughter Mourns Late N.W.A Legend On 25th Anniversary Of His Death

Eazy-E’s Family Unveils New Tombstone On His 55th Birthday

Eazy’s family unveiled an elaborate new tombstone for the late N.W.A rapper during a public ceremony at his final resting place on September 7, which would have been his 55th birthday.

StubHub Announces Massive Furloughs as Live Event Layoffs Continue

StubHub is announcing massive furloughs – the first major ticketing company to do so.

The cost-cutting move comes as the live music industry is devastated during the . Hundreds of sporting events and live events are canceled or postponed, hitting ticketing companies hard. Live Nation’s stock has been on a roller coaster of ups and downs since the U.S. shutdown.

448 NBA and NHL games are gone, along with the start of the MLB season. The ticketing industry is in a world were no tickets can be sold. Empty arenas like an ice rink in Spain has been converted into a temporary morgue to house coronavirus victims.

In a statement, StubHub said the furloughs were a “difficult but responsible decision.” StubHub did not disclose how many employees are facing a furlough.

“Given the impact of the coronavirus on the live-events industry, we have made the difficult but responsible decision to furlough a portion of our employee base.” StubHub says it will continue to support its customers and partners during this time.

StubHub and other major ticketing sites are providing a full refund on tickets to canceled events. Those customers can choose a full refund or a coupon worth 120% of their original order.

Another source, citing a StubHub internal email, says the company is furloughing as much as 67% of its workforce.

That leaves less than 150 out of 450 staffers to operate the company until June. ESPN contacted StubHub to verify those numbers – StubHub did not dispute them.

Both Ticketmaster and SeatGeek confirm they have not furloughed or laid off any of their employees. Ticketmaster parent company Live Nation could find itself on the wrong end of a credit downgrade.

“We believe the growing number of postponed events could hurt live Nation Entertainment Inc.’s operating performance,” S&P Global said last week. Lower than expected attendance or future cancellations could also play a part.

Unemployment Claims Reach All-Time High

People are losing their jobs left and right because this coronavirus outbreak. The economy has, and will, take a massive hit as a result the shut-downs nationwide. We’ve already seen certain industries get hit harder than others, and the music business is one those. Without the capacity to perform shows, artists have had to get creative about their money-making endeavors. Without an end in sight, unemployment rates have ficially hit an all-time high with 3.28 million claims in the week ending March 21. 

“During the week ending March 21, the increase in initial claims are due to the impacts the COVID-19 virus,” said the Department Labor. “Nearly every state providing comments cited the COVID-19 virus impacts. States continued to cite services industries broadly, particularly accommodation, and food services. Additional industries heavily cited for the increases included the health care and social assistance, arts, entertainment and recreation, transportation and warehousing, and manufacturing industries.”

Unemployment Claims Reach All-Time High
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The U.S. economy is expected to hit a recession in the second quarter.

The $2 trillion stimulus package that was passed by Senate is surely going to hit different whenever that arrives. With the number people now without jobs in America, it will be interesting to see how we bounce back in the coming months.

"Tiger King" Stars Are Upset With Their Portrayal In Netflix Doc

Clearly just one Tiger King story would not suffice today. No, we need to bring you all the Tiger King-related news. If you haven’t seen the documentary on Netflix yet, but you’re home 24/7, well, we’re not sure what you’re doing with your life. Also, proceed with caution if that’s the case as there might be spoilers ahead.

The 7-part documentary series explores the twisted and unbelievable story tiger and other big cat owners, among them, Joe Exotic, Doc Antle and Carole Baskin. Baskin positions herself to be above the fold, with her mission seemingly to rescue big cats from people like Joe Exotic and Doc Antle, however, it’s worth noting that each has their own unique zoo-like set-up for these big cats.

Carole Baskin has more than just an ongoing beef with Joe Exotic, in the documentary series she’s exposed for her vicious, cut-throat legal ways and as well, the all-too-likely possibility that she may have, allegedly, killed her husband. Joe Exotic claims she fed him to her tigers. Yeah, you need to watch this doc.

"Tiger King" Stars Are Upset With Their Portrayal In Netflix Doc

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Baskin course, is now speaking out against the doc, upset at her portrayal. The same can be said Doc Antle, who spoke out on Instagram yesterday as well. Doc, for his quirky parts, has a haram wives who live with him on his massive Mrytle Beach property– women he’s seemingly “groomed” for the job since they were 17 (give or take), and whose names he changes, etc, you get the idea, it’s a bit cult-y. Thus, he was upset.

Antle’s Instagram post, funnily enough, is worded as such: “We are very disappointed that our facility was mentioned in the new Netflix series.” He clearly is actively participating in the documentary, giving interviews and showing f his property — it’s a bit more than a simple “mention.” He continues, “We can only assume it is because Doc Antle has been such a high prile wildlife personality for so many decades that his association would create more buzz. It is important to understand that this series is not a documentary; it’s sensationalized entertainment with paid participants.”

Carole Baskin, on her Big Cat Rescue Instagram page, stated: “Big Cat Rescue worked with the directors Tiger King in good faith & its sensationalism is extremely disappointing.” She elaborated further on the company’s website, mentioning the death/disappearance her husband as well: “There are not words for how disappointing it is to see that the docuseries not only does not do any that, but has had the sole goal being as salacious and sensational as possible to draw viewers. As part that, it has a segment devoted to suggesting, with lies and innuendos from people who are not credible, that I had a role in the disappearance my husband Don 21 years ago. The series presents this without any regard for the truth or in most cases even giving me an opportunity before publication to rebut the absurd claims. They did not care about truth. The unsavory lies are better for getting viewers.”

See what both parties had to say in their respective IG posts below. Sound f in the comments with your thoughts on Tiger King.

Jadakiss & Dave East Discuss Whether Trump Uses A Stunt Double Or Not

The beauty technology is that even at times when we, as human beings, can’t congregate physically, there are ways to keep in touch through social media apps. Instagram, for example, has been providing an endless amount entertainment in the wake the Coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent lockdown that everyone is supposed to be abiding by.

Jadakiss & Dave East Discuss Whether Trump Uses A Stunt Double Or Not
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That being said, Jadakiss and Dave East‘s recent Instagram Live stream was another source great content during these otherwise dull times. They began discussing some political conspiracies including the possibility Chinese government ficials using stunt doubles for press conferences.

“They say they got, in China, they say that all the top n***as in the politics. They got like, stunt doubles. Like, people that been practicing being them for years. Look just like ’em, all that. And them n***as got low and sendin’ they stunt doubles to different little press conferences and shit,” East said before Jadakiss admitted that it didn’t sound far fetched. That’s when the conversation took a turn.  “Trump might have a double. You think Trump got a double?” Dave asked Jada.

“It’s hard to look like that ugly mothafucka,” Jada replied. 

“That n***a’s a one–one,” Dave added.

Jadakiss and Dave East need their own show. Peep the clip below.

GEMA Unveils $43 Million Coronavirus Relief Fund for Songwriters

German performance rights (PRO) organization GEMA has established a $43 million relief fund to support its member composers and songwriters financially during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

GEMA will distribute the massive aid package in two phases. The first will center on songwriters who also perform live, as coronavirus prevention measures have made it difficult for artists and other entertainment professionals to appear before crowds and earn a living. The second phase will direct funds towards individual songwriters who’re struggling financially because of the pandemic’s fiscal fallout.

Speaking of the $43 million relief effort, GEMA CEO Dr. Harald Heker said, “GEMA will use all available means to support its existentially threatened members.”

The coronavirus pandemic has had a profound impact on artists and the music community as a whole. Major music festivals, concert series, and industry functions have been put on ice as governments encourage citizens to practice social distancing and stay home, in an effort to curb the virus’s spread and prevalence.

Lacking income from live performances, multiple artists and companies have made . Last week, Zac Brown fans that he’d laid off the vast majority of his longtime road crew, and yesterday, Cirque du Soleil 95 percent of its employees.

The music industry has responded emphatically to the COVID-19 crisis, and widespread support—from artists, fans, and organizations alike—has proven to be the trying situation’s most positive takeaway. Artists have started livestreaming to (safely) entertain fans, and fans have backed their favorite artists by tuning in.

Last week, the Recording Academy and its charitable wing, MusiCares, to coronavirus relief, while Rihanna and her Clara Lionel Foundation . Gibson U.S. operations, but not before providing each employee with a $1,000 check.

GEMA is expected to begin distributing the $43 million aid immediately, though it’s unclear how long each of the aforementioned phases will last.

Mo’Nique Told David Banner Fame Was Once More Important Than Son

As a child, Mo’Nique knew she wanted to see her name in lights. When she saw how the Jacksons were admired by millions and wherever they went was met by screaming fans, little Mo’Nique wanted to grow up to be someone adored by the masses. The Oscar-winning actress is appreciative her entertainment industry journey, but during her visit to The David Banner Podcast, she admitted that she used to put fame over everything in her life, including her family. 

Mo'Nique Told David Banner Fame Was Once More Important Than Son
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In the late 1990s, Mo’Nique was married to Mark Jackson for four years. The former couple share a son, Shalon Jackson, and the comedian told The David Banner Podcast that in those early days her career, relishing in fame and all that came with it was her priority. “There was a] time that, when he was a little boy, I wasn’t interested in being a mother,” Mo’Nique admitted. “I was interested in being a star. I was interested in being famous. And I wasn’t interested in being a wife.”

She added, “I was interested in taking pictures and red carpets and signing autographs and traveling the world. So, I didn’t really put the focus in. Now that I’m 52 and he’ll be 30, I pay for that. There’s a price you have to pay for that and I had to apologize to my son because I said to him, “I don’t want you to think that your story is not valid ’cause I didn’t tuck you in. I didn’t read you those stories. I didn’t show up at sporting events.'”

Mo’Nique believed that because she was bringing in money and give him anything he asked for, she was being a good parent. “You see this big house? You see that basketball court out back? You see that pool? Don’t you come complaining about nothing!” Mo’Nique recalled telling her son. “There was a time when this entertainment was a priority because as a little girl I wanted to be famous… I craved that… When that moment happened, that’s all that it was.” Check out Mo’Nique on The David Banner Podcast below.

Kim Kardashian Hopes To Axe Novel Based On Ray J Sex Tape: Report

The infamous tape involving Kim Kardashian and Ray J continues to haunt the reality star. Back in 2007, Vivid Entertainment released the tape that starred Kim and her then-boyfriend, and over the years, Kris Jenner has been pegged with accusations that she sold out her daughter for fame. However, Vivid’s founder has admitted that the company paid upwards $5 million to Kim for her racy footage. Over the last 13 years, there have been plenty jokes made at Kim Kardashian and Ray J’s expense. Now, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians mogul is attempting to halt the distribution a novel that bears a similar resemblance to her true life experiences.

Kim Kardashian Hopes To Axe Novel Based On Ray J Sex Tape: Report
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According to Page Six, a “family confidant” and former tabloid editor named Kevin Dickson has penned a novel titled Post Famous. The main character is reportedly a character named Zia Zandrian who not only is described as looking like Kim, but also receives $5 million for selling f her tape. Dickson had a close working relationship with the Kardashian family as he is described as once being the middleman between the famous crew and In Touch magazine.

The report states that “strong-arm tactics” are being used to keep Dickson from publishing his latest book. He reportedly was close to inking a deal with a publisher when his agent received “a sudden and unexpected ‘polite pass.'” Page Six writes that the publisher was allegedly told that if they even thought about putting out Post Famous they would face a heap legal trouble. It’s no skin f Dickson’s teeth, as it’s also reported that he’s shopping the novel to two other publishing houses and may even have a “TV adaption” in the works.