Loni Love Calls Out Double Standard After Backlash For Having White Boyfriend

Loni Love and her boyfriend James Welsh have been dating since 2018 and met on a dating app that worked like a sports bracket. “It took me a while to meet him. Like, maybe two months,” Loni previously told The Real audience. “He was very consistent… I was down to my final two, it was a championship, right. The final one, he just wouldn’t ask me on a date. So, James stepped right in.”

Loni Love Calls Out Double Standard After Backlash For Having White Boyfriend
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While Loni is clearly happy with her man and they’re seemingly going strong she’s received some backlash since James is white. The 48-year-old decided she’s had enough and jumped on Twitter to respond to the banter. “Amazed at times at the folks concerned that I am dating a White male but for years Black males have dated White and ‘Exotic’ women and no one questions it,” she wrote.  

“Everybody is so surprised and I’m surprised myself,” Loni said her boo. “But it really doesn’t matter. I’m the first African American woman he’s dated and he said he just didn’t think about it. It’s not a big deal. We get along, we like each other, we understand each other.”

The Week’s Top U.S. Festivals & Tours, Presented by SeatGeek

The most popular concert tickets, tour stops, and artists around the country, through Wednesday, August 21st.

Welcome to our weekly report on the world of live music, based on exclusive data from SeatGeek, a ticketing platform that enables fans to buy and sell tickets for sports, concert, and theater events. Read on for insights into the most popular artists and festivals from the prior and upcoming weeks.

Most Popular Artists and Festivals

Past Week, Based on SeatGeek Web Traffic

1. Jonas Brothers (Rank last week: 1)

The Jonas Brothers are still sitting pretty in the number one spot, likely due to the fact that they’re in the midst of the “Happiness Begins” tour. The tour, which is slated to run through December 15, is currently on its East Coast leg of shows. 

2. Florida Georgia Line (Rank last week: 2)

Not to be outdone by the JoBros, country duo Florida Georgia Line are also enjoying an epic wave of popularity as their “Can’t Say I Ain’t Country” tour charges forward. With stops in the South, Midwest and California still left on the docket, don’t expect them to move from this list anytime soon.

3. Post Malone (Rank last week: 7)

Things are heating up in the Post Malone world. Not only is the musician gearing up for his fall “Runaway” tour (where he will be joined by Swae Lee), he’s also rumored to be releasing new material at any moment. Get excited. 

4. Shawn Mendes (Rank last week: 4)

Shawn Mendes has been on the road for the better part of the summer. But all good things must come to an end, and after stops in Canada, Brooklyn, Philly and Connecticut it all comes to an end. Miss your chance to see him live? He’ll be performing at this year’s VMAs on August 26.

5. Rolling Stones (Rank last week: 8)

With just two concerts left on their rescheduled “No Filter” tour, the Rolling Stones are seemingly just as popular now as when they first began. Folks living in Arizona will be able to see them at the State Farm Stadium on August 26, and Florideans can catch them at the Hard Rock in Miami on August 31.

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“Rising” Artists and Festivals

Past Week, Based on the Percent Increase in SeatGeek Web Traffic

1. Highly Suspect: 230

These Cape Cod rockers just dropped two tracks off their upcoming album — the first new music fans have heard in nearly three years. Folks will have the chance to hear the fresh material live, as the band has just hit the road for a fall tour that takes them through November.

2. Mark Knopfler: 116%

Guitarist Mark Knopfler has just kicked off his North American tour, in support of his new LP Down the Road Whenever. The Dire Straits frontman will be on the road from now until mid-September promoting his ninth solo effort.

3. Trans-Siberian Orchestra: 111%

Trans-Siberian Orchestra are back at it with another holiday tour. While the massive crew of musicians won’t be hitting the road until November, this annual tradition is one you don’t want to miss.

4. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: 99%

Bob Seger is going to retire — some day. For now, the musician (along with his Silver Bullet Band) is still tacking on dates to the “Roll Me Away” farewell tour, which is set to pick back up from mid-September to mid-October.

5. Reba McEntire: 95%

Not only was Reba McEntire tapped to host the CMA Awards this year, but the country icon happens to have a few tour dates coming up as well. Catch her around the East Coast and Midwest in the coming weeks, and don’t forget about those Caesars Palace shows in December!

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Most Popular Upcoming Tour Stops and Festivals

Upcoming Week, Based on SeatGeek Ticket Sales

As long as the Rolling Stones are on tour, they’ll always dominate in popularity as evidenced by the last few weeks of data. Shawn Mendes’ fandom also continues to grow, with an upcoming two-night run at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center to prove it. While Florida Georgia Line and Queen are no stranger to the spotlight, the rise of Tame Impala is a bit more of an outlier. The band has just a handful of North American tour dates which kick off this week.

Big Sean Blesses Detroit Boys & Girls Club With $100K Recording Studio

Detroit, MI – Big Sean and his Sean Anderson Foundation brought the second annual DONWeekend celebration, featuring a free block party and a mental health panel, to Detroit Saturday (August 17), and Sunday (August 18).

In addition to gifting the children and people of his community with free carnival rides, and haircuts, the “Single Again” rapper also donated a $100,000 studio to the Dauch Boys & Girls Club.

The Sean Anderson Foundation shared video highlights capturing the unveiling of the new content and production studio that was christened by the performance of students from the Midwest artist development company Star Factory.

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We know several THOUSAND people came through to the @bgcsem for #DONWeekend, but you didn’t think we were going to not share the awesomeness with everyone who couldn’t attend did you?! We are going through so much beautiful footage, and we decided to start sharing some highlights from the weekend! This footage was captured on Day 1, during the unveiling of the @SeanAndersonOrg Content & Production Studio, with students from @starfactoryad performing! The heartwarming hug is @BigSean connecting with Michigan’s Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist! Thank you to @shotsbyabro and @lancealyas for 📸 filming on behalf of the @SeanAndersonOrg! • #DONWeekend #neishaneshae #DetroitOnNOW #DONWeekend2019 #DetroitMI #DetroitMichigan #BigSean #SeanAndersonFoundation #nonprofit #givingback #education #charity #mentorship #internship #SeanAnderson #drmichaelericdyson #michaelericdyson #myraanderson #askdrjess #drjess #shakasenghor

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Sean reflected on the event with a series of photos in an Instagram post on Saturday (August 17).

“Went and threw the most legendary Block Party! Free hair braiding n cuts, rides, food, etc. but what’s fire is we introduced kids/grown folk to self-healing, coding, music/engineering lighting programs, yoga, and more, right in my old neighborhood where they never get anything like this n need the inspiration n our guidance the most. All King’s n Queens” he wrote in the post caption.

” It’s our 2nd year doing it and I intend to do it every year til I die and even after that. ”

Sean Don has been making a serious effort to put on for the D since publicly sharing his triumph over depression earlier this year.

The 31-year-old rap star recently announced his plans to return to his roots on his forthcoming album Don Life, and linked with fellow hometown hero Kash Doll in the video for her track “Ready Set.”

Frank Ocean’s "Blonde" Is More Than A Career-Defining Album

Three years ago to the day, Frank Ocean released one his most impactful bodies work. Less than twenty-four hours before Blonde arrived on streaming platforms, fans were left watching a live stream the reclusive artist building a staircase. Once his construction came to a close, Ocean allowed us into his creative space with the visual album Endless, which would be the final project released on his Def Jam deal. Endless is criminally underrated as a body work and much the reason why it doesn’t get mainstream attention is because it’s so difficult to come across. Song titles are still unclear on streaming and only a miniature percentage folks actually want to scroll through the over one-hour-long video to find the track they want to listen to. Blonde, on the other hand, is highly-celebrated and is ten viewed as Frank Ocean’s opus. Today, we recognize how incredible this album truly is.

Frank Ocean's "Blonde" Is More Than A Career-Defining Album
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Without even diving into the timelessness the actual audio being presented in Blonde, the greater context the album’s release is worth noting. Hours before it was even a real thing, Frank had come through with Endless, effectively (and ironically) ending his tenure as a Def Jam artist. Not more than a day later, he released the real deal with Blonde, finessing the industry and cashing in on his own talent. Given Frank’s newfound independence, the majority  the album’s prits went directly to his bank account. While we would absolutely love to hear a new body work from the former Odd Future crooner, he’s been keeping himself holed up in his home, posting sporadic shots to his obscure Instagram page from time to time. His use social media can, oddly enough, be compared to his musical mastermind on Blonde.

Even three years after it dropped, memories are still being spawned from Frank Ocean’s beautiful Blonde. Experimental with vocal effects, depth, pitch, and much more, Frank arguably did more for himself than anybody else in 2016. This album defines who he is as an artist: an imperfect, passionate, and relatively fearless man who lives through his craft. Before Blonde, there were moments that we saw Frank for who he is, like on Channel Orange‘s nine-minute-long “Pyramids.” From Beyoncé and Yung Lean’s hidden contributions to the long-lasting effect songs like “Nights” and “White Ferrari” can instil within us, Blonde is a pure masterpiece. Three years later, it still runs as smoothly as it did when it was first released. Revisit the classic project below and stay tuned for whatever Frank has going on next.

Frank Ocean's "Blonde" Is More Than A Career-Defining Album
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Fantasia Announces Tour with Robin Thicke and Tank

Fantasia is bringing Rock Soul on the road this fall.

The R&B songstress has announced a North American tour featuring supporting acts Robin Thicke, Tank, and The Bonfyre. The 29-date trek kicks off Oct. 17 in Columbia, S.C. and runs through Dec. 6 in Los Angeles. Along the way, the tour will make stops in New York, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Houston, and more.

Fans can expect to hear their favorites along with new music from Fantasia’s upcoming 7th album Sketchbook, due in October. On Friday (Aug. 23), Fantasia is set to drop her new single “PTSD” featuring T-Pain, the follow-up to “Enough,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Adult R&B charts.

“I’ve been blessed to perform all over the world and have never been as excited and hungry to hit the stage as I am for this tour!” said Fantasia. “The stage is my sacred place and where I feel most connected with people through my music. This tour is sure to be one that’s full of great surprises, incredible energy, and an absolutely great time for everyone who is able to come party with Rock Soul in the city nearest you.”

Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, Aug. 23. See dates below.

Fantasia Tour Dates

Oct. 17 – Columbia, SC – Township Auditorium
Oct. 18 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
Oct. 19 – Southhaven, – Landers Center
Oct. 20 – St Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
Oct. 24 – Buffalo, NY – Shea’s PAC
Oct. 25 – New York – Hulu Theatre
Oct. 26 – Philadelphia, PA – Liacouras Center
Oct. 27 – Fairfax, VA (DC) – Eagle Bank Arena
Nov. 1 – Baltimore, MD – UMBC Center
Nov. 2 – Norfolk, VA – Constant Center
Nov. 3 – Richmond, VA – Altria Theatre
Nov. 7 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre
Nov. 8 – Cleveland, OH – State Theatre
Nov. 9 – Chicago, IL – Wintrust Arena
Nov. 10 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre
Nov. 14 – Grand Prairie, TX – Verizon Theatre
Nov. 15 – Jackson, MS – Mississippi Coliseum
Nov. 16 – New Orleans, LA – Lakefront Arena
Nov. 17 – Shreveport, LA – Municipal Auditorium
Nov. 21 – Augusta, GA – James Brown Arena
Nov. 22 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Casino
Nov. 23 – Tampa, FL – Juengling Center
Nov. 24 – Columbus, GA – Civic Center
Nov. 27 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Center
Nov. 29 – Charlotte, NC – Bojangles Coliseum
Nov. 30 – Savannah, GA – Civic Center
Dec. 1 – Raleigh, NC – PNC
Dec. 5 – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre
Dec. 6 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theatre

Benny The Butcher Tells KXNG Crooked Why He’s Still Independent On "Crook’s Corner"

Los Angeles, CA – KXNG Crooked linked up with Benny The Butcher while the Griselda Records artist was out in Cali for an episode of HipHopDX’s interview series Crook’s Corner. During their conversation, the two discussed Benny’s label situation and much more.

The Butcher explained why he’s opted to remain independent despite seeing his Griselda cohorts Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine ink deals with Shady Records. The Buffalo-bred MC also spoke on the joys of making music for grown folks, his experience at J. Cole’s Revenge Of The Dreamers III sessions and confirmed JAY-Z told him to turn down the XXL Freshman cover.

Watch the latest episode of Crook’s Corner above. Make sure to check out previous episodes on DX’s YouTube channel.

James Franco Breaks Into Hollywood In The "Zeroville" Trailer

Complex reports indicate the upcoming release a new film starring James Franco amongst other notable celebrities, entitled Zeroville. The movie, which has previously been compared to Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood due to similarities between Franco’s character and that Brad Pitt’s, is an adaptation from a novel released back in 2007. The movie actually was filmed a few years ago in 2014, but financial issues blocked its release. Luckily, the distribution company myCinema was able to grab the rights to the movie and are now releasing it in theatres at last.

The movie consists the story Vikar, played by James Franco, who is an odd character with noticeable tattoos Elizabeth Taylor on his body. Vikar attempts to break into Hollywood’s film industry in the late ’60s at a time where folks like Dennis Hopper and Francis Ford Coppola were taking over the scene with their own individual projects which later revolutionized the world cinema. Indeed, the competition is tough, but with the help friends such as a budding actress played by Megan Fox, Franco’s character hopes to achieve his goal. The upcoming film is quite starstudded with the involvement Will Ferrell, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver and more. It is expected to hit theatres on September 20th.

Summer Walker Announces New Album And Upcoming Tour

Summer Walker has certainly enjoyed a breakout season this past year and now the culmination the singer’s efforts are set to arrive in the forms her ficial studio debut as well as her first (and last) full-scale headlining tour.

“my first album OVER IT coming xx/xx/19,” the siren penned ina caption that accompanied a clip her writing the album title in red lipstick in the mirror. What would follow was a series more teasers, including a small rant, alluding to a recent breakup, and further following it up with incendiary shots shared with producer London On The Track.

Soon, she made a pit stop with ficial business, announcing her First & Last Tour run, set to kick f in October at the Mala Luna Festival and wrapping up December 21st in Memphis. Catch the full itinerary below.

Summer Walker’s First & Last Tour Dates

OCT. 26TH
SAN ANTONIOTX, USA
NELSON W. WOLFF MUNICIPAL STADIUM
OCT. 27TH
NEW ORLEANSLA, USA
JOY THEATER
OCT. 28TH
DALLASTX, USA
THE BOMB FACTORY
OCT. 30TH
HOUSTONTX, USA
REVENTION MUSIC CENTER
OCT. 31ST
AUSTINTX, USA
ACL LIVE
NOV. 1ST
LAS VEGASNV, USA
LAS VEGAS FESTIVAL GROUNDS
NOV. 2ND
TUCSONAZ, USA
THE RIALTO THEATRE
NOV. 5TH
SAN DIEGOCA, USA
SOMA
NOV. 6TH
TEMPEAZ, USA
MARQUEE THEATRE
NOV. 9TH
LOS ANGELESCA, USA
CAMP FLOG GNAW CARNIVAL
NOV. 11TH
SACRAMENTOCA, USA
ACE OF SPADES
NOV. 12TH
SAN FRANCISCOCA, USA
THE WARFIELD
NOV. 14TH
PORTLANDOR, USA
MCMENAMINS CRYSTAL BALLROOM
NOV. 15TH
VANCOUVERCANADA
VOGUE THEATRE
NOV. 19TH
SALT LAKE CITYUT, USA
THE UNION EVENT CENTER
NOV. 20TH
DENVERCO, USA
OGDEN THEATRE
NOV. 22ND
SAINT PAULMN, USA
MYTH LIVE
NOV. 23RD
MILWAUKEEWI, USA
THE RAVE / EAGLES CLUB
NOV. 25TH
TORONTOCANADA
REBEL
NOV. 26TH
CHICAGOIL, USA
RIVIERA THEATRE
NOV. 27TH
ROYAL OAKMI, USA
ROYAL OAK MUSIC THEATRE
NOV. 30TH
PITTSBURGHPA, USA
STAGE AE
DEC. 2ND
BOSTONMA, USA
HOUSE OF BLUES BOSTON
DEC. 4TH
COLUMBUSOH, USA
EXPRESS LIVE!
DEC. 5TH
PHILADELPHIAPA, USA
FRANKLIN MUSIC HALL
DEC. 7TH
NEW YORKNY, USA
TERMINAL 5
DEC. 10TH
CHARLOTTENC, USA
THE FILLMORE CHARLOTTE
DEC. 11TH
SILVER SPRINGMD, USA
THE FILLMORE
DEC. 12TH
NORFOLKVA, USA
THE NORVA
DEC. 14TH
RICHMONDVA, USA
THE NATIONAL
DEC. 16TH
FORT LAUDERDALEFL, USA
REVOLUTION LIVE
DEC. 17TH
ORLANDOFL, USA
THE PLAZA LIVE
DEC. 18TH
BIRMINGHAMAL, USA
IRON CITY BHAM
DEC. 20TH
NASHVILLETN, USA
MARATHON MUSIC WORKS
DEC. 21ST
MEMPHISTN, USA
MINGLEWOOD HALL

CupcaKKe Announces North American Tour, $10k To Be Raffled At Every Concert

Staging a North America tour isn’t child’s play. Every member the production team has their pockets lined before the artist ever sees a penny, and unless in your good favor with the label, you and your manager need to plan for months in advance before said team ever hits the road. CupcakKe understands that all too well, both as a passerby and the main constituent.

As Iggy Azalea‘s label situation was crumbling to bits last year, CupcakKe gave herself ample time to jump ship, before their dual-tour suffered a similar fate. On a more personal note, CupcakKe has seen her plans foiled on more than one occasion due to mental health issues. Thankfully, she’s always managed to leap back to her feet, thanks to the support her adoring fans and the hard work her inner circle. 

CupcaKKe Announces North American Tour, $10k To Be Raffled At Every Concert

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That being said, CupcakKe recent form has her on the cusp something great. Just yesterday, the 22-year old rapper took to Twitter in announcing her upcoming 10k Tour, where she insists: $10,000 will be up raffled in every city she visits along the way. 

The 10k Tour

9/7 – Indianapolis, IN @ Buzz/Cut Queer Music Festival
9/8 – Detroit, MI @ The Shelter
9/11 – Hartford, CT @ TBD
9/12 – Chicago, IL @ TBD
9/14 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
9/15 – Princeton, NJ @ TBD
9/16 – Philadelphia, PA @ TBD
9/17 – Baltimore, MD @ TBD
9/18 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
9/19 – Columbia, SC @ The Senate Columbia
9/22 – Orlando, FL @ TBD
9/23 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
9/24 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
9/25 – Portland, OR @ New Paris Theatre
9/26 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club Ballroom
9/27 – Tempe, AZ @ AURA
9/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Los Globos
9/29 – Seattle, WA @ TBD
10/1 – Miami, FL @ TBD
10/2 – Tampa, FL @ TBD
10/5 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
10/6 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live

Lauren London Remembers Nipsey Hussle With Beautiful Video Collage

Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London were one Hollywood’s favorite couples. They were a low-key pair but in the final months their relationship, engagement rumors were swirling after Nip continually referred to the model as his “wife.” They never ended up exchanging vows in a public ceremony but they acted as “relationship goals” to a large number folks on social media. The way Lauren London continues to tribute her late boyfriend is beautiful to watch and although it’s also extremely painful, it’s nice to see the superstar rapper remembered in such a respectful way. Yesterday would have marked his thirty-fourth birthday and London shared a touching message to the artist, born Ermias Asghedom. Later in the day, she posted a video collage her favorite memories with him.

Lauren London Remembers Nipsey Hussle With Beautiful Video Collage
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Among the scenes in the post she uploaded to Instagram are their joint interview with GQ, photos themselves all dressed up at a classy event, candid shots kisses they shared in the street, and more. Lauren also included footage the two celebrating one Nip’s previous birthdays, showing f the cake and their smiles.

It’s heartbreaking to realize that Nipsey’s family is without him but they keep his memory close to them at all times. Long Live Nipsey Hussle.

Air Jordan 6 x Levi’s Denim Collab Rumored To Drop In 2020: Details

Back in 2018, Jordan Brand came through with a Levi’s collab for the Air Jordan 4. The shoe came in three colorways that encapsulated white, black, and blue denim. It was a pretty popular collaboration and sneakerheads were salivating at the potential for customization. Many fans took keys to the uppers the shoe in order to give a more distressed look. When it came to the white pair, some fans went ahead and completed some tie-dye designs that went over pretty well.

In a new tweet from DJ Folk, it appears as though Jordan Brand will teaming up with Levi’s again, this time on the Air Jordan 6. There have been rumors this for a while now but it’s the first time someone as prominent as DJ Folk has reported it. 

As right now, there is no information as to what kind colorways we’ll be seeing. We also don’t know the exact release date but as 2020 approaches, there will certainly be some updates and even some images to look forward to.

The Air Jordan 6 is an iconic silhouette and a denim model would certainly look interesting. Are you excited for this rumored collaboration or are denim shoes just not your thing? Let us know in the comments below.

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Titan x Nike LeBron 16 Low Agimat Release Date Announced: Official Images

Nike still has a couple LeBron 16 Low colorways in the works before the attention shifts the highly anticipated Nike LeBron 17, including the upcoming collab with Filipino-based retailer Titan.

Dubbed the “Agimat” Nike LeBron 16 Low, the sneakers are inspired by Filipino folklore and nod to LeBron’s “evolving journey from Warrior to King.”

Titan x Nike LeBron 16 Low Agimat Release Date Announced: Official s

 

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The kicks come equipped with a dark blue upper, highlighted by hits gold on the Nike Swoosh and speckled midsole, as well as two special edition heel logos. According to Nike, the shield logo was inspired by the Bagobo tribe’s traditional armor, while the lightning bolt symbolizes power. 

Per Nike: “The shoe is built to harness the athlete’s power during play through a combined cushioning system that allows for impact absorption while providing a responsive energy return. A stretch collar and custom lacing also allows for ease entry and security.”

The Nike LeBron 16 Low x Titan “Agimat” will be available on August 31 at Titan Stores, the Titan App, TITAN22.com and nike.com in Southeast Asia and North America.

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Titan x Nike LeBron 16 Low Agimat Release Date Announced: Official s

Titan x Nike LeBron 16 Low “Agimat”/Nike

Titan x Nike LeBron 16 Low Agimat Release Date Announced: Official s

Titan x Nike LeBron 16 Low “Agimat”/Nike

Titan x Nike LeBron 16 Low Agimat Release Date Announced: Official s

Titan x Nike LeBron 16 Low “Agimat”/Nike

JAY-Z Claims He Spoke To Colin Kaepernick But Kap’s Girlfriend & Attorney Deny It

New York, NY – JAY-Z and Colin Kaepernick have conflicting stories about whether or not the two had a conversation prior to the announcement of Roc Nation’s deal with the National Football League.

On Wednesday (August 14), Hov told reporters he spoke to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback before announcing his partnership with the NFL. Kaepernick’s girlfriend Nessa and his attorney Mark Geragos deny any such talks occurred.

Reports about JAY and the NFL’s agreement surfaced Tuesday (August 13), but the two sides formally revealed the deal at a press conference on Wednesday. Roc Nation will serve as the league’s “live music entertainment strategist,” and Hov will be involved in the NFL’s social justice initiative Inspire Change.

At the presser, Hov was questioned often about Kaepernick. According to the New York Times, the Roc Nation boss was specifically asked about whether the QB-turned-activist, who sparked the racial injustice protests in the NFL by kneeling during the national anthem, would be involved in the deal.

“You’d have to ask him,” JAY said. “I’m not his boss. I can’t just bring him into something. That’s for him to say.”

Kaepernick has been out of football since becoming a free agent in 2017. He accused the NFL of colluding to keep him out of the league that same year, filing a grievance that recently ended with a settlement being reached.

While many people believe Kaepernick has been blackballed by the NFL for his protests, JAY believes his partnership with the league is about something bigger than the former QB’s employment status.

“Everyone’s saying, ‘How are you going forward if Kap doesn’t have a job?’ This was not about him having a job,” he explained. “That became part of it. We know what it is — now how do we address that injustice? What’s the way forward?”

In Hov’s mind, his deal with the NFL is the next step in following up Kaepernick’s protest.

“I think that we forget that Colin’s whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice, correct?” JAY said, according to Rolling Stone. “So, in that case, this is a success. This is the next thing. ‘Cause there’s two parts of protesting. You go outside and you protest, and then the company or the individual says, ‘I hear you. What do we do next?’

“So for me it was like, action, actionable item, what are we going to do with it? Everyone heard and we hear what you’re saying, and everybody knows I agree with what you’re saying. So, what are we going to do? So, we should — millions of millions of people — and all we get stuck on [is] Colin not having a job.”

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also addressed questions about his league’s partnership with JAY being “disingenuous” without Kaepernick’s involvement.

“We talked about a variety of issues,” he noted. “I think when we first met we talked about entertainment and how we do that, but the number one thing we went to was impact. We can have an impact together. We can do some really positive things in our community. So to go to JAY’s point, we listen to our players.

“We understood what our players were saying and we created a platform, in which to help drive change in communities that Colin has raised and that other players have raised. This partnership in addition to the entertainment aspect of branded football and music together is going to help us make even greater change. We call it protest to progress.”

But the deal isn’t sitting well with some observers. Kaepernick’s former teammate Eric Reid and activist Shaun King are among the notable critics.

Check out some of the reactions below.

Blueface Corrects His Body Count & Says He’s Slept With 10,000 Women

When Blueface told the world that he had slept with over a thousand women since blowing up, he may have been selling himself a little short. The Los Angeles-based rapper is back on his “Dirt Bag.” He admitted as much on his new project, reminding us all that he can bag any girl he wants. Even though he’s selective with his women sometimes, he still finds a lot time to study the female body, upping the ante during a recent video interview and saying that his previous estimation 1,000 was a little f.

Blueface Corrects His Body Count & Says He's Slept With 10,000 Women
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Speaking with a radio host about his claims, Blueface said that he might have been a little humble. He gave the issue some thought and came back with a more realistic number, amplifying his old amount by double digits. The Cash Money West artist is no longer telling folks that he’s had sex with a thousand women since his claim to fame. Now, the number is 10,000.

“I might have been a little humble,” said the rapper, who was wearing his new diamond-encrusted bandana chain. “They said the average was five a day.” When asked about his actual body count, Blue gave his 10K approximate before adding, “fuck it” and laughing. 

So, what do you think the real number is because this also seems like an exaggeration. 

Dwyane Johnson Shuts Down Critical "Clowns" With "Hobbs & Shaw" Success

It got f to a slow start, but Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is a spin-f winner for the action-packed film series. Following the news that the movie had the lowest-grossing opening weekend for a Fast & Furious film since Tokyo Drift, Tyrese Gibson addressed that fact in a recent Instagram post. The actor pulled a “post-and-delete” move, but in the caption Gibson was, once again, critical his Fast & Furious co-star Dwayne Johnson for moving forward with a spin-f and breaking up the “Fast Family.”

“I have to show my respects for one thing….He tried…..folks called me a hater….And attacked me for speaking out….Breaking up the family clearly doesn’t have the value that one would assume it does… You know what maybe just  maybe The Rock and the crew will come dance with us again for #Fast10 we can all hug it out and get back to giving the true fans who have supported this franchise for 20 years what they want… No hating I’m just pointing out the facts,” Gibson said. “#FastFamily has more value as the #FastFamily it’s ok... there won’t be any tears on his pillow tonight. $180 million dollar global opening on Hobbs & Shaw is not a win… When you do get attacked well… That’s that… Again my respects cause he tried his best.”

The growing animosity between the two has played out for quite some time. As you can tell, Gibson was less than enthusiastic about Johnson’s Hobbs & Shaw project, but it’s gone to pull in $333 million and is the top movie at box fices worldwide. Johnson, who is known as one the kindest entertainers in the industry, did a little bit subliminal tweeting just an hour ago. He shared the news his successful film while seeming to take a slight dig at certain people who spoke negatively about the movie.

“Thank you everyone for makin’ this an exciting first week box fice for our lil’ spin-f @hobbsandshaw,” Johnson wrote. “#1 movie and $333M worldwide, ain’t too shabby. And remember, the best way to shut the mouth a 🤡 is to flex with success and a smile. 😉💪🏾💀.” Even his clapbacks are friendly.