Nicki Minaj Faces Stepped-Up Pressure to Cancel Her Gig in Saudi Arabia

The Human Rights Foundation is calling on Nicki Minaj to cancel an upcoming performance at the Jeddah World Fest.

The festival takes place in Saudi Arabia later this month.

The HRF sent Minaj an open letter describing what it calls a “human rights crisis” in Saudi Arabia.  Minaj is slated as one of the headliners for the festival along with Liam Payne, Steve Aoki, R3 Wire & Varski.

The event will take place on July 18th.

The open letter implores Minaj and other performers to think about what performing in the country will mean.

“If you move forward with this performance for a festival sponsored by the Crown Prince, you will be in league with the people who respond to freedom of expression and thought with murder.”

Lawyers for Minaj have not directly responded to requests for comment.

The HRF’s open letter criticizes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.  The Crown Prince is financing the event and authorized Minaj’s performance, probably with a big fat check.

HRF also draws a stark contrast to Minaj’s support of the LGBTQ community .

“You recently celebrated Pride Week to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community. Yet, if you move forward with this performance, you will be condoning, and serving the public relations needs, of a government that executes homosexuals for the ‘crime’ of being who they are.”

The HRF says the performance would be disastrous for a public figure of Minaj’s standing.

It will be interesting to see how she responds to the pressure.  Several high-profile singers and performers have faced public scrutiny over performing in Saudi Arabia.  , Enrique Iglesias, OneRepublic, and are just a few names who have performed in the Kingdom.

The Human Rights Foundation has been leading the charge on each of these call-outs, though they seem to be falling on deaf ears.

You can read the rest of the open letter here.

Yo Gotti Fights $6.6M Judgment Against Him For Bailing On Rap Collab

After a $6.6 million judgment against him for failing to perform a rap collab, Yo Gotti is asking a judge to vacate the settlement.

Judge Todd Burke of Forsyth Superior Court awarded the $6.6 million settlement to Michael Terry, manager of rapper Young Fletcher. The case was over a $20,000 payment — real name Mario Mims — was paid to perform a verse on Young Fletcher’s song. The deal was struck to bring attention to Young Fletcher as a relatively new rapper.

Yo Gotti never signed the paperwork for the song’s release, which means Young Fletcher couldn’t legally release the song. In the ruling, An affidavit filed with the lawsuit alleged that Yo Gotti’s performance would have helped Young Fletcher get more attention. The affidavit also says Yo Gotti attempted to get Fletcher to sign with his label, Epic Records.

A non-jury trial occurred last month, with Judge Burke ruling that Yo Gotti engaged in deceptive and unfair trade practices.

The ruling offered Fletcher $2.2 million in damages and then tripled that number to $6.6 million. Yo Gotti and his attorneys were not present at the trial on May 28th and filed no written letter in answer to the suit. The suit was filed in the Forsyth Superior Court on January 24th, 2018.

According to Yo Gotti’s attorneys, the rapper was never officially served with the lawsuit. Instead, a member of his security team received a complaint from the sheriff’s deputy. The security team member did not have the authority to accept the lawsuit on Yo Gotti’s behalf. Now his attorneys are asking the judge to vacate the $6.6 million judgments against him.

Yo Gotti never signed a side-artist agreement to allow the song’s release, despite Terry and Young Fletcher’s attempts to contact him. Yo Gotti even recorded a song with the verse he initially recorded for Young Fletcher’s song. Fletcher’s lawyers argue that releasing the verse makes it appear as though their plaintiff copied Yo Gotti, rather than collaborating with him.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Ex-Wife Mackenzie Pledges Half Of $35B Fortune To Charity

Jeff Bezos was dubbed the richest man in the world in 2018. Despite being so wealthy, he was apparently not as giving as you might seem. Earlier today, his ex-wife, Mackenzie Bezos, who received half the Amazon fortune, signed f the Giving Pledge.

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Mackenzie Bezos revealed that she’ll be donating half her $35B Amazon fortune to charity over her lifetime in her will. It’s interesting since Jeff Bezos refused to decline it for years and now that Mackenzie’s divorced the Amazon founder, it appears as though she may have disagreed with their decision to sign the Giving Pledge. 

“We each come by the gifts we have to fer by an infinite series influences and lucky breaks we can never fully understand. In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount money to share,” she wrote in a letter. “My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty,” she said in the letter which was published today.”

Jeff Bezos took to Twitter to praise his wife for the decision. “MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud her. Her letter is so beautiful. Go get ‘em MacKenzie,” he wrote.

"The Batman" With Robert Pattinson Will Reportedly Feature These Classic Villains

Reports are running rampant that Robert Pattinson will be the next Batman for DC and Warner Bros. The reports, coming from several news outlets all over the world, at first failed to mention one important fact. The deal has yet to be set in stone. While Pattinson is the front runner for the role, nothing has been made ficial. Although he is expected to take the role, Nicholas Hoult is also in the running to play the Caped Crusader. Hoult is no stranger to the comic book movie world since he played Beast in the X-Men movie series for the past 8 years. Now, The Hollywood Reporter‘s Heat Vision Newsletter is reporting that two Batman’s most legendary villains are heading to the big screen for the DC reboot. 

The newsletter claims that director Matt Reeves is eyeing both Penguin and Catwoman as villains for the film. Reeves has teased that the film will feature a “rogues gallery” bad guys, and the script is reportedly based on the Year One comic series. In that comic, Batman is young and learning his way around crime fighting in Gotham. Many villains appear in the story, and Batman ten does have to deal with a handful enemies at once throughout his most epic tales. Penguin and Catwoman were both in the 1992 sequel Batman Returns, and Catwoman resurfaced for The Dark Knight Rises in 2012. 

Kid Cudi & Adidas Announce Their Partnership: Sneakers & Apparel In The Pipeline

Our suspicions have been confirmed. After witnessing a series cryptic wheat pastings inside the Rolling Loud grounds (Miami Gardens’ Hard Rock Stadium), festivalgoers have come to learn what they represent. Apparently, the symbol depicted on many the posters – a feminine half-head encrusted with a burning moon insignia, is at the center a brand package associated with Kid Cudi‘s new Adidas partnership.

As May 12, 2019, Adidas has stamped the product as ficial. Both sides have collaborated in a “freelance capacity” in the past, culminating in the release the TRESC run sneaker. The “feminine half head,” as it’s been described, will be present on everything they put out together, giving the Kid Cudi line its very own imprint, like a Jordan symbol.

Kid Cudi & Adidas Announce Their Partnership: Sneakers & Apparel In The Pipeline

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To mark this wondrous occasion, Adidas set up a special URL where would-be consumers/fans can ascribe to a newsletter informing them any updates along the way. Kid Cudi and Adidas hope to encourage “mental wellness through music, art, and design,” with every season or product reveal that leaves their desks. Part their promise to Kid Cudi, aside from an undisclosed salary, figures to be the launch footwear, and plenty gear to match. You can sign up for updates here.

Kid Cudi & Adidas Announce Their Partnership: Sneakers & Apparel In The Pipeline

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Kid Cudi & Adidas Announce Their Partnership: Sneakers & Apparel In The Pipeline

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Nike Air Max 720 "Pride" Releasing Next Month: Official Photos

With Pride Month coming up in June, sneaker companies like Nike tend to show their support for the LGBT community by developing some sneakers to mark the occasion. Usually, these sneakers consist rainbow patterns which coincide with the look the pride flag. The Pride packs have been quite popular in the past and it appears as though this will be no different in 2019.

Nike’s latest Air Max model, the Air Max 720 will be getting a Pride makeover this year and it’s looking pretty clean based on the ficial images. The upper consists silver, while the air max unit is translucent and reveals a red layer underneath. As you go towards the inside the shoe, there are rainbow stripes with “AIR” written in white block letter inside them. The kicks have a blue Nike swoosh, while a branded tag hangs over the side. 

As right now, there is no ficial release date for the shoe but expect it to drop sometime in June for $180 USD, according to Sneaker Bar Detroit.

Nike Air Max 720 "Pride" Releasing Next Month: Official Photos

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Nike Air Max 720 "Pride" Releasing Next Month: Official Photos

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Nike Air Max 720 "Pride" Releasing Next Month: Official Photos

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Action Bronson Shares The Letter He Wrote To Saddam Hussein In 1990

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a young child convinces himself that handwritten might alter the balance power zillions in nether regions the world where a bloody conflict is taking place. As this morning, we’ve come to learn that Action Bronson fits the very description I just outlined. Not only did he pen a letter to Saddam Hussein in 1990, in outlining his early pacifist approach to foreign diplomacy. As history would have it, Saddam Hussein was embroiled in the global conflict with the United States over the liberation Kuwait when the letter was written.

Action Bronson Shares The Letter He Wrote To Saddam Hussein In 1990

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Years after the dust had settled over the conflict, Operation Desert Shield came to be known for what it really was: a measure taken by the US government to protect Saudi oil reserves over a marauding Saddam. The trouble is, intervention efforts were misplaced by whoever set out to mail the letter in-person. It never left the work study.

Some years later, Action Bronson finally realized he’d fallen trap to a total sham job. Upon finding the letter encased in a souvenir box, Bronsolini quickly uploaded the media to his Instagram, along with a caption that reads, “!M PISSED BECAUSE THIS LETTER WAS NEVER SENT OUT. HANDWRITTEN IN 1990.” Bronsolini would inevitably find alternate means to affect the global political climate, by sneaking his vape pens across several enemy lines in the 2010s.

Lil Tracy Hits DJ Akademiks With A Cease And Desist Over Instagram Post

DJ Akademiks’ beef with Lil Tracy has escalated. Nope, it’s not anything physical, but it definitely has legal repercussions. The two previously had tense words over Akademik’s on-again-f-again-girlfriend Angelica Ggx, and now they’re going toe-to-toe once again over an Instagram post. We previously reported on a woman who accused Lil Tracy and his associates getting too touchy-feely at a party, and Akademiks referenced our article in one his Instagram posts.

That didn’t sit too well with Lil Tracy, so he went the proper legal channels to warn Akademiks that he’s not playing around. Akademiks shared a photo his letter on Twitter that states:

This firm is litigation counsel for Jazz Butler p/k/a/ Lil Tracy (“Mr. Butler). This letter is in reference to your Instagram post that references the April 26, 2019 article by Aida Cissé entitled, Lil Tracy & Affiliates Accused Of Sexual Assault: Report (the “Report”). Demand is made that you take down the post immediately and that you cease and desist stating/publishing defamatory statements regarding Mr. Butler. Be advised that Mr. Butler has authorized us to file a lawsuit against you for defamation and injunctive relief if you fail to comply forthwith. If Mr. Butler is forced to file a lawsuit, he will seek monetary and punitive damages, and he will seek that you pay his attorneys’ fees and costs.

Akademiks also tweeted, “This n*gga @tracyminajjjjj sent his lawyer to try to bully me. I’m done,” adding “Talked crazy on Twitter then sent his lawyer to threaten a lawsuit 😂. We all got lawyers B.” 

Woodstock 50 Is Cancelled — Here's the Official Statement from the Organizers

After delaying its ticket sale date, organizers behind Woodstock 50 have officially cancelled the event.

The warning signs , and now it’s official.  Woodstock 50, heralded as a monumental celebration of the iconic 1969 festival, has been cancelled.

The cancellation was confirmed in a letter issued to attendees and the media by event organizers/producers Dentsu Aegis Network.  Specific reasons for the cancellation were omitted, though rumors pointed to issues securing proper land-use permits.

Soft ticket sales may have also been a culprit, though performing artists were apparently paid their initial deposits.  In terms of refunds, we’re guessing that fans will be fully refunded for their tickets.  Unfortunately, expenses like flights, hotels, and other event-related expenses will almost certainly not be covered.

Dentsu-owned Amplifi Live, which is overseeing the festival, issued this official statement this morning.

It’s a dream for agencies to work with iconic brands and to be associated with meaningful movements. We have a strong history of producing experiences that bring people together around common interests and causes which is why we chose to be a part of the Woodstock 50th Anniversary Festival. 

But despite our tremendous investment of time, effort and commitment, we don’t believe the production of the festival can be executed as an event worthy of the Woodstock Brand name while also ensuring the health and safety of the artists, partners and attendees.

As a result and after careful consideration, Dentsu Aegis Network’s Amplifi Live, a partner of Woodstock 50, has decided to cancel the festival.  As difficult as it is, we believe this is the most prudent decision for all parties involved.

Artists slated to perform at the event included Jay-Z, Miley Cyrus, Chance the Rapper, and Imagine Dragons, along with Robert Plant, Santana, David Crosby, John Fogerty, and Dead and Company.  The Black Keys dropped out of the event, though it’s unclear if that had any connection to the festival’s eventual cancellation.

Woodstock 50 had quite a bill, though the announcement of the festival’s lineup was seriously delayed.  Woodstock 50 co-founder Michael Lang, who also produced the original 1969 Woodstock, immediately downplayed rumors of trouble ahead.

There’s always been lots of rumors around Woodstock.  We have excellent partners and an incredible talent lineup of over 80 artists which will be announced within the next couple of weeks.  We’re preparing a once-in-a lifetime event.

Shortly thereafter, the on-sale date for tickets was postponed, raising another red flag.

An e-mail sent to ticket agents ,

There’s currently a hold on the Woodstock 50 on-sale date.  We’re waiting on an official press statement from [organizers] regarding updated [announcements], ticket pricing, and overall festival information.  We’ll get this information to you as soon as we receive it.

The event was slated to take place August 16-18 at Watkins Glen in New York.  Billboard estimated that more than $30 million had already been spent on the event, with both Live Nation and AEG rejecting $20 million bailout investment offers.

 

 

Blac Chyna Accepted to Harvard Business School Online

Blac Chyna is going to Harvard.

The reality star has been admitted to Harvard Business School’s online learning platform. Chyna shared her admissions letter for a course called Business Analytics, which teaches students how to interpret data and make business decisions. The class kicks off May 29 and requires 40 hours over 8 weeks.

Chyna’s enrollment in Harvard Business School Online is part of her commitment to change. “Where I’m at now is a stage of realization and growth!” the former stripper tells TMZ. “I want to be great for myself and my kids. School is going to help me take things up a couple of notches. People are always talking about me, might as well talk about the good. I’m excited for the next chapter.”

She recently penned an open letter reflecting on her personal life. “Looking back at a lot of my actions, I’m reflecting and realizing that confusion is a serious thing,” said Chyna. “Of course I’m not proud of some of the pain I have caused, and I am working to be the best me. Blac Chyna doesn’t define Angela White as a person.”

The mother of two also vowed to be more open with her fans. “At 30, I am overwhelmed with the blessings I have. Being a mother of two amazing children. I don’t talk on things often, but I promise to give you guys more of me,” she said. “Angela White perspective. Thank you for years of endless love. Your support for me is a blessing!”

Alongside the post, Chyna added a caption: “Growth is painful. Change is painful. But, nothing is as painful as being where you do not belong! #newbeginnings.”

Following a tumultuous relationship with her ex Rob Kardashian, the former couple is on good terms and has reached a custody settlement to co-parent their daughter Dream.

UPDATE: Harvard Business School Online claims that Blac Chyna was not admitted to the school and that her acceptance letter is fake.

“Harvard Business School Online has not admitted nor provided an acceptance letter to a person named Angela White,” the school said in a statement to TMZ.

Chyna’s camp has yet to respond.

Chris Brown & Drake Hanging Out Is Upsetting The Internet

Chris Brown and Drake have been as soon as enemies, however their beef has since subsided. The two artists discovered themselves caught in between Rihanna, and their love for the beautiful and proficient singer led to an altercation. At the time, experiences instructed the Chris Brown tried to squash his beef with Drake at Club W.I.P. in Soho, New York City, however Drizzy allegedly despatched him a letter in response that learn, “I am fucking the love your life.” Although Drake has been making amends with outdated enemies, resembling Meek Mill, followers have been shocked when Breezy and Drizzy hinted at a collaboration challenge for 2019.

The Internet appears cut up about Drake and Chris Brown being buddies. Several customers took to Twitter to bash Drake for making amends with Breezy. “Yay.  Chris Brown is doing a collab with @Drake. Is sexual abuse dangerous however bodily abuse ladies completely okay?,” wrote one consumer. “If ⁦@Drake does this he can be beating the hell out each lady a la Chris Brown,” wrote one other. “I revered Drake for NOT supporting a #DomesticAbuser So how come he would change his tune? When did Drizzy cease respecting ladies? Pls D-DON’T align w/ that jerk!⁩” An extended listing customers tweeted out comparable sentiments. How do you are feeling about their friendship?

Stan Lee's Team Calls Bill Maher's Comments "Frankly Disgusting"

Bill Maher successfully earned the hatred comedian e-book readers, and Marvel followers, internationally final week. The late night time tv present host, who hasn’t finished something fairly as outstanding as Stan Lee, took pictures on the deceased comedian e-book creator within the wake his demise. “The man who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning,” Maher wrote. “Deep, deep mourning for a person who impressed thousands and thousands to, I don’t know, watch a film, I assume. Someone on posted, ‘I am so extremely grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.’ Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and timber, however to every his personal.” That is not the more serious half although.

“But then twenty years or so in the past, one thing occurred – adults determined they didn’t have to surrender child stuff. And in order that they pretended comedian books had been truly refined literature,” Maher continued. Stan Lee’s staff at POW! Entertainment wrote an open letter in response to Maher’s ridiculous feedback. “Mr. Maher: Comic books, like all literature, are storytelling units,” reads the assertion. “When written effectively by nice creators resembling Stan Lee, they make us really feel, make us assume and train us classes that hopefully make us higher human beings.”

“But to say that Stan merely impressed individuals to ‘watch a film’ is in our opinion frankly disgusting,” continues the response. “Countless individuals can attest to how Stan impressed them to learn, taught them that the world shouldn’t be made up absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can present humanity inside their souls.” Maher will most probably shrug f the response, however he has finished irrevocable injury to his model along with his feedback. 

Jimmy Henchman Sentenced For Murder Of 50 Cent Affiliate Lodi Mack

James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosmand has been sentenced for the homicide of 50 Cent affiliate Lowell “Lodi Mack” Fletcher. According to AllHipHop, who spoke to Henchman following his sentencing, the previous music mogul was given two life sentences.

The G-Unit affiliate was killed in September 2009 following a violent feud between G-Unit and Game, who was managed by Henchman on the time.

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The homicide was believed to be the results of a 2007 incident involving Henchman’s then-teenage son who was crushed up by Tony Yayo and Lodi Mack in New York City. Both males have been convicted — Lodi Mack acquired jail time and Yayo obtained group service.

Henchman was accused of commissioning Lodi Mack’s homicide. In March 2015, he was convicted and given a life sentence plus 20 years for the crime however had the conviction overturned in November 2016. Although he was granted a brand new trial, Henchman was convicted once more final November.

In an open letter, Henchman maintains his innocence.

Read the letter partly under.

“I need to apologize to my household and my assist system,” Henchman wrote. “Most importantly, to my son; When I requested you to intern as a 14 yr previous at my workplace it was as a result of I wished you to see your father working and have a robust position mannequin.

I wished you to look as much as brown and black individuals in boardrooms slightly than within the streets. I used to be pleased with the work I used to be doing. I by no means thought once I despatched you on that errand, you’ll be surrounded and assaulted by 50 cent and 4 G-Unit grown males with weapons for sporting a T-shirt.

My son I would like you to know at this time – you probably did nothing improper by coming to me and letting me know what occurred to you. Any youngster that’s beneath age ought to let their dad and mom know if they’re assaulted.

“Sleep with a sound acutely aware figuring out your father will not be a assassin and you aren’t the blame for my incarceration. This is greater than me otherwise you. I to am a casualty.”

Drake Under Fire For Rocking Hoodie Supporting Violent Hells Angels Gang

Many are focusing on Eminem’s references to Drake on his most recent album, Kamikaze, but it looks as though Drizzy may be adding another unrelated controversy onto his shoulders today. After bringing out Travis Scott to perform “Sicko Mode” a few times during his New York stops the Aubrey & the Three Migos tour, La Flame and Drizzy Drake seem to have built quite the bond. The two have been sharing photos with one another on Instagram and one Trav’s posts is currently being scrutinized because the Six God’s choice wardrobe.

A few cops in British Columbia, Canada have taken issue with the hoodie that Drake is wearing, claiming that he’s supporting the violent Hells Angels motorcycle gang by wearing it and shouldn’t be considered a role model. “It’s extremely disappointing,” said Sgt. Lindsey Houghton the anti-gang unit, critiquing the star for wearing a hoodie with clear references to the Hells Angels. Personally, I don’t see why this is causing such an issue but many, including Houghton, believe that by wearing the sweatshirt, he’s supporting an international criminal organization. The cop continued, “This is a walking billboard for the Hells Angels and this is exactly what the Hells Angels want. They want individuals like him to wear their paraphernalia and propaganda to portray a positive image, to counteract and provide a counter-message to messages and reporting from the media and police and, quite frankly, from the victims who they’ve impacted.”

According to The Province, the hoodie features a circular slogan written, “Support Downtown Big Red Machine,” which is unfortunately not referring to WWE wrestler Kane. The numbers 8 and 1 on the apparel correspond to the eighth and first letter in the alphabet, H and A respectively, which is a well-known reference to the motorcycle gang.

Is Drake harming anyone by wearing the sweatshirt? Probably not. Are people mad about it? Absolutely.

Azealia Banks Issues Apology To Elon Musk

The bizarre tale of Azealia Banks’ stay at Elon Musk’s Bel-Air mansion has ended with an apology. The controversial rapper apologized to the Tesla founder in a letter, which she shared on social media.

“I feel terrible about everything,” she wrote. “This is a strange situation to be in, and I’m not sure how to begin this letter. I guess I could start off by apologizing for all of the painful events you’ve endured over the past week, as I feel as though my actions have largely exacerbated them.”

Banks went to Musk’s house to work on music with Canadian musician Grimes, who is dating the Tesla founder — or at least was at the time. During her stint there, the collaborations never happened and Banks slammed the couple in her Instagram Stories feed.

In the midst of the strange saga, Banks alleged that Musk was using LSD. This came at an interesting time because Musk set off a firestorm just days earlier when he tweeted about taking Tesla private, causing drama in the stock market and prompting an investigation from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

“I was welcomed to a lot of personal information about you,” she explained to Musk in the letter. “The stuff made me feel awkward and uncomfortable about being privy to, yet I never had any intentions of ever using the information against you. What started off as a cat-fight lead to some seriously unexpected consequences and I sincerely apologize.”

Banks capped off her apology by suggesting the two should meet up on better terms.

“If you are up for it, I’d like to meet you in person to properly and formally introduce myself to you,” she said. “After all, we are now the co-stars of pop culture’s latest fan-fiction.”

Reads the letter in its entirety below.

Azealia Banks Issues Apology To Elon Musk