Jay-Z and Meek Mill Launch Criminal Justice Reform Organization

With the launch REFORM Alliance, Jay-Z and Meek Mill hope to alter the US felony justice system for the higher.

Last September, Jay-Z’s TIDAL streaming music service launched , its fourth annual live performance.

TIDAL donated 100% of final yr’s proceeds to assist felony justice reform.  Non-profit companions included REFORM and the Equal Justice Initiative.

Jay-Z has taken an energetic position within the nation’s jail and felony justice reform.  In an op-ed piece within the New York Times, he described the felony justice system ‘traps younger, economically-disadvantaged African Americans.’  The rapper/entrepreneur – actual title Shawn Carter – wrote this doomed them to a ‘lifetime of poverty and crime.’

Carter has lengthy defended Meek Mill, sentenced by a choose a number of instances to jail since his teenagers.

Now, Carter, together with Meek Mill, have launched a brand new felony justice reform group.

REFORM-ing the US jail system.

Carter and Mill – actual title Robert Rihmeek Williams – have launched REFORM Alliance.

Other founding companions and board members embody Michael Rubin (Philadelphia 76ers Co-Owner/Fanatics Executive Chairman), Robert Kraft (Kraft Group CEO/New England Patriots Owner), Clara Wu Tsai (Brooklyn Nets Co-Owner), Daniel S. Leob (Third Point LLC Founder), Michael E. Novogratz (Galaxy Digital Founder), and Robert F. Smith (Vista Equity Partners Founder).  They have collectively pledged round $50 million to launch the group.

Rubin, Carter, Jones, and Kraft had all publicly pushed for Williams’ launch from jail.

Williams had first gone to jail over questionable gun prices in 2008.  A choose subsequently re-sentenced him a number of instances to jail for arguably violating his parole.

REFORM Alliance, a felony justice reform effort, will work carefully with lawmakers to scale back the variety of folks on parole and on probation.

At a launch occasion yesterday, Williams explained he hopes to assist others present in his scenario.

I’m one of many fortunate ones, even in any case I went by way of.  I’m right here to talk for the individuals who don’t have a voice.

The group’s objectives additionally embody highlighting tales of these whose minor violations and subsequent jail time modified their lives for the more serious.  REFORM Alliance gained’t present authorized protection for folks to defend themselves, nevertheless.

In a separate assertion, Meek Mill concluded,

Creating the REFORM Alliance is without doubt one of the most vital issues I’ve ever performed in my life.  If you thought my case was unfair, there are hundreds of thousands of others coping with worse conditions and caught up within the system with out committing crimes.

“With this alliance, we need to change outdated legal guidelines, give folks hope and reform a system that’s stacked towards us.

 


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Jay Z Courtside At Duke Game Was "A Dream Come True" For Zion Williamson

The Duke Blue Devils improved to 16-2 final evening in Pittsburgh with a 79-64 victory, as Zion Williamson went f for 25 factors, seven assists and 7 rebounds whereas his fellow freshman phenom RJ Barrett poured in a game-high 26 factors.

And they did all of it in entrance Jay Z, who was unexpectedly seated courtside to look at probably the most polarizing staff in faculty basketball 

“That was like a dream come true,” Williamson mentioned after the victory, in response to ESPN. “To me, he is the GOAT.”

“When he walks in, along with his squad, you look over and you are like, ‘Oh my God, that is him,'” Williamson said.

Despite the stress enjoying in entrance Jay Z, Williamson was excellent from the sector within the first half, scoring 19 factors on 9-for-9 capturing from the sector. 

“I mentioned at halftime], ‘I bought like 10 factors proper now; I am not likely doing nothing,”’ Williamson mentioned. “I are available in right here and so they inform me what I bought, and I used to be like, ‘Dang.”’

The Blue Devils, 16-2, are at present ranked second within the nation trailing solely Tennessee. Zion, Barrett and co. will host Georgia Tech of their subsequent recreation on Saturday afternoon.

Cassidy On Giving R. Kelly Guns Amid Jay-Z Feud: Watch The 2014 Interview

Music followers have been in search of solutions ever since Surviving R. Kelly aired. The occasions surrounding the scandal are being referred to as into query together with the implication different business figures. Jay-Z has been roped into the dialogue just lately because of his connection to Aaliyah. An interview given by Cassidy courting again to 2014 provides particulars to the narrative. The rapper sat down with VladTv and recounted the night time he handed weapons to R. Kelly who had been coping with a “scenario” whereas on tour with Jay-Z.

Cassidy was set to carry out with Kelly at Madison Square Garden, however the R&B artist’s scenario escalated into violence earlier than they may hit the stage. “Next factor I do know, I see all this commotion…I did not realize it was with Jay-Z. I did not know who it was with.”

Cassidy On Giving R. Kelly Guns Amid Jay-Z Feud: Watch The 2014 Interview
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“Just to carry them down and ensure they have been gucci, I gave them some pistols…I used to be simply searching for n*ggas on the time. I did not realize it was with Jay-Z.” The weapons have been giving as a favor. “Industry n*ggas they know I am a superb n*gga so if a n*gga was in a predicament and I may assist out in any means, that is what I did on the time,” Cassidy stated.

He says he later went to the hospital to retrieve his firearms.

Nick Cannon & Funk Flex Get Into It Over Dame Dash Interview

Recently, Dame Dash paid a go to to Nick Cannon on the latter’s Cannon’s Class podcast as the 2 males mentioned a quantity subjects, together with Aaliyah, R. Kelly and Jay-Z–the three parts which have just lately earned Dame one other slot within the headline-making area after he alleged that Jay-Z’s resolution to make a joint album with R. Kelly shortly after Aaliyah’s loss of life performed a component within the dissolution Roc-A-Fella Records.

It additionally marked a possibility to convey up Foxy Brown, with Nick evoking the rapper and Jay-Z mentee. Being specific about his language, Cannon appeared to need to brush on Foxy’s rumored relationship with Jay-Z whereas she was nonetheless underage. Dame seems to be defenisve concerning the topic, asserting that he had nothing to do with that with none try to defend Jay-Z.

50 Cent took umbrage with the change and posted a clip to Instagram , calling Dame a “sucker” and accusing him “attempting to get jay jammed up.” Funk Flex joins in on 50’s feedback, stating that this specific episode options “2 grown males giggled like bitches.” It did not take lengthy for Nick Cannon to fer a repsonse to Funk Flex, advising him to “go larger little fella.” 

Afterwards, Nick uploaded a screenshot  Flex DMing the Ncredible CEO, writing, “I am gonna dedicate my vitality on to u.” To that message Nick writes, “Streets is watching too powerful man!”

Nick Cannon & Funk Flex Get Into It Over Dame Dash Interview

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Missy Elliott Celebrates Her "Songwriters Hall of Fame" Induction Becoming Official

Back in November, the hip-hop group caught wind that one their personal would form can be inducted within the Songwriters Hall Fame. The time has come for Missy Elliott to obtain her ficial nod after months anticipation. Missy Elliott can be joined by Elton John, Cat Stevens, Jack Tempchin, Tom T. Hall, Dallas Austin, and a number of other others, in reaching the holy summit on her personal two ft.

Missy celebrated the convocation in a Twitter publish made out the opposite honorees and their respective “our bodies work.” While the induction has been made ficial as this writing, an precise ceremony can be held on June 13 on the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City, which permits for her family members to share within the second “bodily.”

So in principle, Missy is just on the 20-yard line, going through an imminent landing, which does not preclude her from marking the accomplishment on her resume – making her the 2nd hip-hopper EVER within the 50 years to be inducted into the “Songwriters Hall Fame,” and the primary feminine rapper EVER, on prime that. Jay-Z holds the excellence entering into first, again in 2017. The hip-hop wash over solely simply started taking impact.

Memphis Bleek Claims Dame Dash Lied About Disapproving R. Kelly & Jay-Z Album

People are falling over whereas making an attempt to distance themselves from R. Kelly. It’s a mad sprint to again away from the R&B legend for the reason that Lifetime sequence Surviving R. Kelly dropped. The docuseries dropped at gentle a long time alleged sexual abuse and misconduct, a lot which the general public was already conscious . The truth that almost all the nation already knew about these allegations, however let it slide, has turn out to be the primary side the continued dialog. Dame Dash just lately sat down with Nick Cannon, and claimed that he regarded the opposite approach when it got here to Jay-Z and R. Kelly collaborating. For those that could not know, Dash was relationship Aaliyah on the time her passing.

Memphis Bleek, and longtime good friend Jay-Z and Dame Dash, is setting the document straight. According to Bleek, Dash by no means tried to distance himself from the state of affairs in any respect. “Everyone is aware of I fuck with Dame Dash, that is my man, Roc-A-Fella historical past,” states Bleek as a precursor. “But any individual gotta inform him, he is buggin’. You buggin’. And then you definitely gonna actually say, you wasn’t there with niggas? You was against it? You fucking mendacity.” This is certain to fire up some dangerous blood, and Jay-Z has been characteristically silent about all the state of affairs. 

Funk Flex Questions Dame Dash & Nick Cannon's "Snitchy Ways"

It wasn’t sufficient for 50 Cent to share his ideas on Nick Cannon’s much-publicized interview with Dame Dash; now Fun Flex is dropping bombs out reflex. Parts Cannon’s Class premiere episode began leaking to the general public, in digestible parts, some containing delicate materials associated to the continuing R. Kelly scandal. 50 Cent barrage insults paved the best way for Hot 97 host Funkmaster Flex to re-ignite his longstanding beef with Dame Dash. 

With 50 Cent calling foul on Dame Dash’s try at tarnishing Jay-Z’s title, the ground turned open to different dissenters like Funkmaster Flex. The Hot 97 rose to heed his window, labeling each Dame Dash and Nick Cannon as “disgraces” from the period generally often known as the “No Sex within the Champagne” standstill. So with out additional ado, it was Funkmaster Flex who issued the ultimate sword slash the day, by leaping into 50 Cent’s remark part with plans his personal.

“2 grown males guffawing like b*tches involved about Jayz penis and who he touching!,” Flex wrote in abstract Nick Cannon seemingly backhanded inquiries to Dame Dash. And he did not cease at that, his subsequent plug coming on the expense Dash’s intern/spouse, whom he claims stole away together with her husband’s property, whereas the Roc-A-Fella CEO was dumb, deaf, and bedridden. Flex’s commentary is clearly a response to Dash’s consternation prior to now. The feud is alive and nicely, due to 50!

Dame Dash Shuts Down Nick Cannon's Questions About Jay-Z & Foxy Brown Rumors

Nick Cannon’s been releasing brief clips his podcast “Cannon’s Class” on Instagram over the previous few days. The first episode with Dame Dash was printed earlier right this moment. Cannon shared a clip the 2 discussing Aaliyah’s relationship with R. Kelly yesterday, however within the full episode, Cannon tried to ask Dash about Jay-Z’s relationship with Foxy Brown.

There have been rumors floating round for some time about Jay-Z and Foxy Brown having a relationship when she was underage. Cannon tried to get some solutions from Dash about Foxy Brown’s age when she received signed. “I wasn’t taking note of Foxy Brown … I didn’t signal Foxy Brown,” he advised Nick Cannon. When Cannon stated that he thought Brown was 16 when she signed to Jay-Z, Dash rapidly fired again, telling Cannon to say what’s on his thoughts.

“I assumed Foxy was 16, that is all I am sayin’,” Cannon stated. He later stated that he thought there was “one thing between her and Jay.”

Dash advised Cannon, “It seems like you will have a query for Jay. Ask him.” Adding, “You maintain asking me questions y’all need to ask him ‘trigger he ain’t right here. Ask him, I ain’t received shit to do with that and I do not even know nothing about that.”

Peep the clip and full episode under.

Ice Cube Reveals His Picks For The Best Diss Tracks Of All Time

Over the years, there have been some scathing diss data which have gone down in hip-hop historical past. Last 12 months alone, we have been granted some fairly memorable efforts with Eminem’s “Killshot,” MGK’s “Rap Devil” and Pusha-T’s “The Story Adidon.” It’s unlikely that any these three will find yourself on folks’s Top 5 lists when every thing is alleged and completed however that is to not say they weren’t extraordinarily highly effective. Ice Cube is the proprietor what some would think about one the very best diss tracks all time with “No Vaseline.” The rapper went in on N.W.A. in his lyrics, indicating a brand new landmark in hip-hop. 

Ice Cube Reveals His Picks For The Best Diss Tracks Of All Time
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It should not be a shock that Ice Cube considers it one the very best diss songs all time as he revealed in a brand new interview with Genius. In addition to “No Vaseline” he provides the honors to folks like Tupac, Biggie, LL Cool J, Nas, Jay-Z, and others. The legendary determine mentioned, “Some my favorites is the unique ‘Rock The Bells,’ ‘Let’s Go’ with LL and Kool Moe Dee. ‘Let’s Go’ is loopy, too. ‘Jack The Ripper,’ nice file. Then you bought disses like Nas and Jay, that’s simply loopy. Tupac, Biggie going again at it. ‘Hit Em Up’ was loopy.”

Elsewhere within the sit-down, Cube speaks on the present obsession with prescription capsules in rap music, warning those that you do not know what’s been pressed into that kind drug. He additionally speaks about his latest album and “Arrest the President.”

50 Cent Calls Dame Dash "A Real Sucker" For Trying To Get Jay-Z "Jammed Up"

The controversy surrounding the allegations towards R. Kelly has sparked a wider dialog about sexual misconduct within the music trade. Earlier right this moment, Nick Cannon launched the newest episode his podcast, “Cannon’s Class” with Dame Dash. The legendary music mogul was requested concerning the signing Foxy Brown and her relationship with Jay-Z which he swiftly shut down. The trade clearly amused 50 Cent who poked enjoyable at Dame Dash over his response.

50 Cent may need a number of tv initiatives he is engaged on, however he at all times finds time to troll. The rapper took a while out his busy schedule to name out Dame Dash over his interview with Nick Cannon. Dash appeared to get heated when Nick Cannon requested about Jay-Z’s relationship with Foxy Brown whereas alluding to rumors that Hov slept with Ill Na Na whereas she wasunderrage. “It feels like you might have a query for Jay. Ask him,” Dash instructed Cannon.

Fif took the clip and posted it on his Instagram web page, calling Dash a “actual sucker” within the course of.

“Dame is an actual sucker for this,” he wrote. “He attempting to get jay jammed up… smh.”

Nick Cannon dropped into the remark part Fif’s put up to offer his two cents.

“Ha! That’s what you bought out that Big Homey??? Interesting! I used to be taught Solid acknowledge Solid and suckas acknowledge suckas,” he wrote. “Let’s speak about it.”

50 Cent Calls Dame Dash "A Real Sucker" For Trying To Get Jay-Z "Jammed Up"

Dame Dash On Aaliyah's Relationship With R. Kelly: "I Had To Look The Other Way"

Dream Hampton’s docuseries on R. Kelly has obtained so much consideration over the previous few days. Surviving R. Kelly even sparked a felony investigation the singer. Several victims spoke out towards their experiences with R. Kelly, however the producer admitted a number of the singer’s former collaborators did not wish to communicate on digicam together with Jay-Z. Dame Dash, however, hasn’t been as silent. The music mogul revealed why he, and lots of others within the music business, saved silent throughout R. Kelly’s relationship with an underage Aaliyah.

Dame Dash On Aaliyah's Relationship With R. Kelly: "I Had To Look The Other Way"
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Nick Cannon not too long ago shared a clip from his #CannonsClass podcast with Dame Dash. Cannon started to inquire about Dame Dash and Roc-A-Fella’s relationship with R. Kelly again within the day. Jay-Z and R. Kelly collaborated on two joint albums and went on a subsequent co-headlining tour collectively to help their 2004 collab album. Dash recalled a dialog he had with Aaliyah the place he inquired about her relationship with R. Kelly to which she instructed him to “go away it alone.”

“I bear in mind having a dialog with Aaliyah and I used to be like, ‘Yo, inform me what occurred.’ And she simply could not and I simply left it at that. And she mentioned, ‘go away it alone,'” he mentioned. “So, what you assume I felt? I am human, bro. But I needed to look the opposite manner. All these years. So publicly, that man did a document — that n***a accomplished raped my lady, that he favored as properly, proper? You perceive what I am saying? But, nobody mentioned nothing.”

The full episode is ready to drop quickly. Keep your eyes peeled for that.

Beyonce & Jay-Z Open Up About Veganism in New Book Intro

In the introduction The Greenprint: Plant-Based Diet, Best Body, Better World, written by Beyonce and Jay-Z’s private coach Marco Borges, The Carters penned an introduction through which they challenge a problem to followers to attempt on the plant-based life-style for dimension.

Borges has labored with the couple for a number of years, even crafting the 22 Days Nutrition weight loss program plan that Beyonce adopted in preparation for her Coachella efficiency final 12 months.  Beyonce and Jay-Z first tried the plant-based life in 2013 and in keeping with Borges, it has helped them to develop a “better understanding the highly effective advantages plant-based vitamin.”

“Having youngsters has modified our lives greater than the rest,” Jay and Bey write within the intro to Greenprint. “We used to assume well being as a weight loss program – some labored for us, some didn’t. Once we checked out well being as the reality, as an alternative a weight loss program, it turned a mission for us to share that fact and life-style with as many individuals as doable … We all have a duty to face up for our well being and the well being the planet. Let’s take this stand collectively. Let’s unfold the reality. Let’s make this mission a motion. Let’s turn out to be ‘the Greenprint.’”

Broges’ Greenprint is now out there for sale.

 

Dame Dash Says Jay-Z & R. Kelly's Joint Album Had Role In End Of Roc-A-Fella

Dame Dash just lately linked up with Kenyatta Griggs Hip-Hop Motivation and within the new interview, the Roc-a-Fella co-founder spoke on the Surviving R. Kelly sequence and revealed that it was troublesome to observe because it introduced up reminiscences Aaliyah, with Dame noting that the late singer and his former girlfriend had hassle coping with the emotional trauma her relationship with R. Kelly.

“I watched some it yesterday, as a lot as I may tolerate,” Dash says on the 10:11 mark. “I am not gonna lie, as a human, I used to be tight. I used to be tight a few couple issues. Number one: There was a woman when she was even attempting to speak about it and he or she could not, and I bear in mind Aaliyah attempting to speak about it and he or she couldn’t. She would simply go away it at, ‘That dude was a foul man’.”

He goes on so as to add his personal frustrations with not with the ability to assist her by way of these feelings: “It was a lot harm for her to revisit it. I would not wish to revisit it with no pressional. Whatever obtained carried out was horrible.”

Dame dated Aaliyah till her loss of life in 2001 and on this interview revealed how he felt concerning the Best Both Worlds collaborative album that Kelly and Jay-z put collectively months after Aaliyah’s loss of life, including that he strongly opposed the collab, and revealing that Jay-Z was conscious Kelly’s alleged abuse Aaliyah.

While Dame refused to be credited on the album, he did take the prits that he created from it and donated them to a breast most cancers consciousness group that Aaliyah supported.

“If you bear in mind The Best Both Worlds, you do not see my title on that.I by no means needed no half that,” he begins.

“I do know I am not fuckin’ with that …] I knew, morally, we weren’t the identical,” Dash mentioned, referring to JAY. “So, to me, Roc-a-Fella was defunct. It was over. I could not fuck with it. It was one thing that, to me—I do not wanna say ‘unforgivable,’ however I could not perceive it.”

Jay-Z & Beyonce Credited With Bumping The Louvre's Attendance By 25%

Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “Apeshit” video was a smash hit in 2018. The creative visuals have been shot in The Louvre, and highlighted a number of probably the most well-known items artwork on the planet. The Carters blessed the world with new music and Black excellence, reestablishing their dominance within the tradition. We already reported that The Carters have been credited with being a consider The Louvre’s rise in attendance. Now, the ficial web site for the historic museum has launched the numbers. 

“The Musée du Louvre had a document 10.2 million guests in 2018—a rise 25% as compared with 2017,” reads the assertion from the museum’s web site. “No different museum on the planet has ever equaled this determine… Elsewhere on the planet, curiosity within the Louvre was bolstered by the Louvre Abu Dhabi (which not too long ago celebrated its first anniversary), and by Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s ‘Apes**t’ video, with its tribute to some the museum’s biggest artworks.”

“I’m delighted that the Louvre is so standard,” acknowledged the Louvre’s president-director Jean-Luc Martinez. “Our purpose just isn’t a lot to draw extra guests as to offer higher visiting circumstances. The current modifications we have now made and are persevering with to implement (clearer signage, translation texts, and so on.) have improved the standard customer reception.”

Beyonce Wore A $15Okay Dress Adorned With Crystals & Pearls At Vow Renewal With Jay Z

On Beyonce’s 36th birthday in September, she revealed that she and Jay Z renewed their marriage ceremony vows after 10 years marriage in June 2018. It was a shock to many her followers because the “Halo” singer by no means confirmed any indicators the particular occasion and we solely acquired to see a glimpse the ceremony by means of Beyonce’s latest 2018 recap montage. 

Among the infinite clips her stellar 2018, was pictures and movies from her vow ceremony that noticed her sporting the Thelma Gown by Galia Lahav that was adorned with crystal and pearls. The beautiful costume sells for $15,000 and the designer was seemingly so comfortable to lastly share with the world that Bey wore her costume. 

“The Queen B herself @beyonce wore the Thelma Gown for her and husband, Jay-Z’s vow renewal again in June, however that is the primary ficial picture to floor from that exceptional day – and we’re in love once more!” the caption for the picture Beyonce reads. 

As we beforehand reported, Bey and Jay are stated to be nearer than ever after touring the world collectively final yr. 

“They loved bringing their entire household on tour. It was like an enormous journey for everybody. They liked exhibiting Blue round Europe, loved solo date nights and household enjoyable,” the supply stated. “Beyoncé and JAY appear nearer than ever. They are very grateful for one more fantastic yr collectively. They are positively wanting again at this yr with big smiles.”