Jussie Smollett’s Case Files To Be Unsealed According To Judge

When Jussie Smollett’s criminal case (regarding the alleged staged homophobic attack on himself) was dropped, his case was sealed by the court meaning no one could see the details surrounding the dropped charges. NBC Chicago now reports that a judge has ruled for the case to be unsealed, after hearing oral arguments from different parties. 

Jussie Smollett's Case Files To Be Unsealed According To Judge
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Media attorney Natalie Spears was one to argue that they needed to unseal, detailing how there’s no point to keeping the case a secret since it was so public. “There is no way to secrete the fact Jussie Smollett’s arrest. At this point it is widely and publicly known from here to Helsinki and back,” Nicole stated. “No potential employer, let alone anyone with a pulse, does not know about Jussie Smollett’s arrest at this point.”

However, lawyers for Jussie fought in favour keeping the documents sealed. “The root this problem is not Mr. Smollett,” Brian Watson argued. “The root this problem is that the media, Mrs. Spears’ clients, created publicity, and now her clients want to use that against someone who wants to get their rights back.”

Now that the case will be unsealed, it’s only a matter time before details surrounding the inner court happenings makes its way to the media. 

Billie Eilish Encourages Fans To Ask For Help When It Comes To Mental Health

Billie Eilish is using her stardom for good since teaming with Seize The Awkward in a new campaign that encourages an open dialogue for people to talk and ask for help regarding mental health. The Ad Council campaign is in conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Month, and in the video below the “Bad Guy” singer discusses her experience with mental health, as well. 

“I think when people hear, ‘Remember to take care your mental health,’ they think that everyone else is, and that’s not at all accurate. For me, I’m trying to learn, still, to make sure that I stay OK,” she explained. “It doesn’t make you weak to ask for help. It doesn’t. It doesn’t make you weak to ask for a friend to go to a therapist …] You should be able to ask anyone for help. And everyone has to help someone if they need it.”

Billie Eilish Encourages Fans To Ask For Help When It Comes To Mental Health
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Billie detailed how it’s important to look for signs, and when confronting someone who’s seemingly not doing well, just simply asking how they are can go a long way. 

“The main thing I’m trying to say is that you should keep your ears open, and you should listen. I’m just dealing with it how I’m dealing with it. I’m trying my best. Obviously, I’m not a trained mental health] pressional …] I don’t what I’m doing half the time, but I have seen it and I’ve been in it,” she said. “For me, there have been certain people that have texted me right when I needed to be texted, saying they love me and that they were thinking me. It really means a lot.”

Lil Nas X Vows To Help Save The Ocean With Next Single "Titanic"

Lil Nas X has been enjoying life in the limelight following the sustained major success his “Old Town Road” collaboration with Billy Ray Cyrus. The young rapper has been keeping himself busy it seems, dropping a partial tracklist for his upcoming EP, 7, just three days ago. It seems like he still has enough free time on his hands to browse through Twitter, though, as recent tweets his show the rapper deeply affected by a post he came across about a dead sperm whale that washed up on an Italian beach, and which was found to have plastic in its stomach.

The story clearly stuck with him, as he reposted the tragic tweet with the caption, “how can i help Lil Nas X Vows To Help Save The Ocean With Next Single "Titanic".” It has also apparently driven him to actually take direct action to do something about pollution in the ocean. After a fan suggested he make a song about cleaning the ocean, Lil Nas X responded, “i’m gonna like make a foundation then donate a dollar from every future ticket sale to it.”

He later took to the platform once more to write, “i’m really finna try to help save the ocean. this sh*t ridiculous.” He then seemed to come up with a plan, involving an unreleased song his that he has teased over the past few months, well before the rise “Old Town Road,” saying, “ok i think i’m gonna finish titanic, change some words around and give all the money to saving the ocean.”

The earliest mention his “Titanic” track was made back in November, with the rapper sharing a 30-second snippet the song on his Twitter.

It seemed like he had found his inspiration for the song’s title and theme back in August 2018, since a Tweet his from August 6 shares a hilarious emoji-story that he had created as a summary to the iconic movie’s plot.

"Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3" New Trailer Highlights X-Men & Magneto

Though Marvel: Ultimate Alliance and its sequel made for an entertaining co-op experience, the series hasn’t seen a new chapter in over ten years. Now, that’s all about to change, with Ultimate Alliance: The Black Order set to arrive on July 19, 2019, exclusively on the Nintendo Switch. Much like the recent Avengers movies, The Black Order will center around the threat Thanos and his Black Order, granting players access to a vast collection playable Marvel characters  varying moral alignments, including Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, The Avengers, The Guardians Of The Galaxy, and now, as confirmed through a brand new trailer, the recently re-acquired X-Men

The clip features a glimpse at Magneto, Mystique, Juggernaut, Nightcrawler, Psylocke, Wolverine, Beast, Deadpool, Storm, and more. Fans both Marvel comics and the once-dormant video game series should be gleeful at the prospect the X-Men’s return, though the fact that The Black Order remains Switch-exclusive will likely ruffle a few feathers in the interim. Still, those who do have Switch consoles are in for a comic book cooperative extravaganza, the likes which have not been seen in a decade. In any case, check out the trailer and draw your own conclusions.

Will you be checking this one out? If so, who are you looking to play as? 

Kevin Durant & DeMarcus Cousins Status Updated Ahead Of NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors managed to sweep the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals without superstars like Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins. Durant is currently out with a right calf injury while Cousins is out with a torn left quad. Moving forward, it has been uncertain as to whether these players will be able to return in time for the NBA Finals and now, it seems as though we have an update on both their statuses.

As reported by Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, the Warriors are hopeful that Durant can come back at some point during the finals, although he won’t be able to play in Game 1. As for Cousins, he is in the same boat as Durant as he won’t be able to start the series although once again, the Warriors believe he’ll be ready to go at some point.

There has been a lot talk surrounding Durant and the team’s success in his absence. The beef between him and Chris Broussard all started when the FS1 analyst said that it would be his “worst nightmare” if the Warriors won the championship without him.

Stay tuned for future updates on Durant and Cousins as we will be sure to bring them to you.

2018-19 All-NBA Teams Revealed

Following the NBA’s All-Rookie and All-Defensive Teams that were revealed earlier this week, the NBA has today announced the All-NBA First, Second and Third Teams. Both Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, the two MVP favorites, were unanimously selected to the All-NBA First Team.

The All-NBA results are as follows:

All-NBA First Team: Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Paul George, James Harden and Stephen Curry.

All-NBA Second Team: Joel Embiid, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Damian Lillard.

All-NBA Third Team: Rudy Gobert, Blake Griffin, LeBron James, Kemba Walker and Russell Westbrook.

According to ESPN, this marks the first season that LeBron wasn’t named to the All-NBA First Team since the 2006-07 season, and it’s only the second time he wasn’t on the first or second teams since his rookie year in 2003-04.

These All-NBA honors have major implications as far as free agency is concerned. For instance, Kemba Walker is now supermax eligible (5 years, $221M) with Charlotte, while any other team can only fer him a four-year $181 million deal. Additionally, Damian Lillard is now eligible for four-year, $191 million extension with the Blazers this summer. Klay Thompson and Bradley Beal both missed the cut, and therefore won’t qualify for a supermax contract extension.

T.I. Compares Nipsey Hussle’s Death To "Avengers" & "Iron Man"

Many Nipsey Hussle‘s peers have spoken out about his social impact since his death. Some the most vocal rappers have been YG and The Game, who have made it their personal mission to keep Nip’s legacy alive. T.I. also appreciates all that the Los Angeles rapper did for his community, recognizing him as a fellow Black investor during his recent visit to Capitol Hill with Charlamagne Tha God.

T.I. Compares Nipsey Hussle's Death To "Avengers" & "Iron Man"
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We reported overnight that Charla and Tip were involved in a meeting the minds at Capitol Hill, discussing the topic black communities and investments. Nipsey Hussle was one the leaders in that, keeping his Marathon store in his Crenshaw neighbourhood and planning to open a number affordable living units in the same area. T.I. compared his death to one the original Avengers, saying that his loss is just as powerful as Iron Man‘s was to the group superheroes. 

“It was an incredible loss,” said T.I. his peer’s murder. “We’re like the Avengers investment.” The comparison is strange but considering just how vital Iron Man is to the Avengers, it’s seriously validating all that Nipsey did to invest in Black communities. Tip went on to fer the Nipsey/Iron Man analogy before stating the following: “Everybody knows that Nipsey was pretty much the founder the idea to bring everyone together who, you know, may individually be able to do great things and make a significant impact on their own in their communities. But for us to come together, we can impact so, so many more communities and spread our efforts so much wider.”

Do you agree with T.I.’s assessment?

T.I. Compares Nipsey Hussle's Death To "Avengers" & "Iron Man"
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Lizzo Opens Up About Being Seen As A Feminist & Her Live Flute Performances

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

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

Lizzo Opens Up About Being Seen As A Feminist & Her Live Flute Performances
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Lizzo further detailed how there are different waves feminism, especially for different generations. 

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

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

Lizzo Opens Up About Being Seen As A Feminist & Her Live Flute Performances
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“I think that flute and hip-hop are very sexy. I think that flute and hip-hop have gone together for a long time. I think this is just the first time you actually see the artist actually playing the flute.”

Stream Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You album here. 

Swedish Music Sampling Startup Tracklib Raises $1.7 Million From Sony and WndrCo

Tracklib has confirmed a new funding milestone.

The Swedish music sampling startup has raised $1.7 million in a new fundraising round.  Sony Innovation Fund, WndrCo, and private, early-stage investor Jörg Mohaupt joined in.  Mohaupt has previously invested in companies, including Discogs and Amuse.  The funding round comes as a preparation for a Series A funding later this year.

Tracklib provides instant licensing of music samples.  DJ Khaled’s ‘Holy Mountain’ and J. Cole’s ‘Middle Child’ both feature samples licensed through the Swedish music startup.

Licenses can range between $50 and $2,500.  Speaking on the topic of revenue sharing, the company explains,

Depending on how much of the original song you sample, you share a different percentage of your total revenue.  It doesn’t matter for how long you use the sample in your new song – you can loop five seconds for ten minutes and it’s still only five seconds of sample time.  The total sample length is also cumulative – it doesn’t have to be a continuous piece.

More than 99% of Tracklib’s licenses cost $50.

To date, the Swedish music startup has raised $4.4 million, mostly from early-stage equity investors Vinnova and Almi.

The company will use the new funding to aggressively expand both its user base and existing sample licensing catalog.  Tracklib also aims to add music from more producers and artists.

Speaking about the new funding, Pär Almqvist, the startup’s CEO, explained,

This recent investment demonstrates the belief forward-looking investors have in our solution to one of the most complicated challenges in the music business: how to make sampling accessible, legal and affordable to producers and artists in all stages of their careers.  We [created] a new and essential infrastructure in the global music industry, enabling completely new revenues and creative opportunities.

Expressing the company’s “happiness” in supporting the startup’s “innovative product and growth plans,” Gen Tsuchikawa, Sony Innovation Fund’s Chief Investment Officer, added,

Sony Innovation Fund is proud to invest in such early-stage and emerging growth companies to help them develop and scale their technologies.

 


Featured image by Tracklib.

Adidas Originals x Oyster Holdings Unveil Sneaker & Apparel Collab

Adidas Originals and Oyster Holdings have today unveiled the third installment their collaborative partnership, featuring a new sneaker and apparel collection with a global tournament theme – “The World’s Travelers Cup.”

Launching globally on May 31, the Adidas Originals x Oyster Holdings collection is centered around bold primary color reinterpretations the iconic Samba OG sneaker.

Adidas Originals x Oyster Holdings Unveil Sneaker & Apparel Collab

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Crafted from premium leather and ripstop nylon, the Samba OG uppers feature gold Oyster Holdings branding above the three stripes, as well as Oyster Holdings logo, the multi-colored “International Sportsman” icon, trefoil on the heel, and the “World Traveler’s Cup” logo branding on the tongue.

Additionally, each pair comes with seven pairs brightly colored laces for an added blast vibrant, country/team-inspired variations, while the passport stamps on the sockliner are a further subtle celebration the global Oyster Holdings traveler.

Adidas Originals x Oyster Holdings Unveil Sneaker & Apparel Collab

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In addition to the trio co-branded Samba OGs, the Adidas Originals x Oyster Holdings collection includes a range apparel, highlighted by matching track suits and kits, as well as a duffle bag.

The Adidas x Oyster Holdings SS19 will be available for purchase starting May 31  https://www.travelingisasport.com/collections/shoes.

Adidas Originals x Oyster Holdings Unveil Sneaker & Apparel Collab

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Adidas Originals x Oyster Holdings Unveil Sneaker & Apparel Collab
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Adidas Originals x Oyster Holdings Unveil Sneaker & Apparel Collab

Adidas Originals

Adidas Originals x Oyster Holdings Unveil Sneaker & Apparel Collab

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"Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" Heads To Trinidad & People Are Pissed

It’s been a messy, messy season Love & Hip Hop Atlanta. This week, Karlie Redd managed to find her name in the news on more than one occasion. The reality star finally spilled the tea on her real age, telling the world that she’s 45-years-old. Yesterday though, something way more important happened. After allegedly flirting hard with MoneyBagg Yo during a live stream, Karlie’s fiancé actually called f their engagement, saying that they’ve amicably split up because the video. Surprisingly, Karlie has been silent about the break-up. Now, a new scandal has broken out in advance the episode airing next week, which is set to show members the cast heading to Trinidad & Tobago.

"Love & Hip Hop Atlanta" Heads To Trinidad & People Are Pissed
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news website running in Trinidad has published a piece that is gaining traction among Love & Hip Hop viewers because how negatively it portrays the show. One specific segment the reality program, which will air next week, reportedly shows Pooh Hicks and Karlie Redd with one them referring to Trinidad as a “potty country.” In the promotional clip, the Trinidad flag flies while Pooh Hicks travels to the country with a “soiled sheet” to depict an accident that occurred when her husband had anal sex with Karlie Redd. Not sure we want to actually watch that and considering the country Trinidad is being referred to as “potty” in a segment like that, we’d say their locals have a reason to be mad.

Will you be tuning in next week?

R. Kelly Wants To Hire Michael Jackson’s Defense Attorney

R. Kelly is hoping he can persuade one the top criminal defense lawyers in the country to join his legal team. The singer’s attorney, Raed Shalabi, recently released a statement in which declared that Kelly was feeling optimistic, and believed that he would be facing a fair trial. But just for extra precaution, he is hoping to hire the guy that successfully got Michael Jackson acquitted, for the possibility being guided through his criminal case.

Sources close to Kelly tell The Blast, the “Trapped in the Closet” singer made it clear he wants attorney Thomas Mesereau to join his criminal defense team. Mesereau had reportedly been involved in a prolonged trial out Houston, and had therefore been unable to lend his services, but that he did, in fact, connect with Kelly on a FaceTime call within the last month, with the attorney telling Kelly he would be interested in coming aboard.

R. Kelly Wants To Hire Michael Jackson's Defense Attorney

(Michael Jackson (2nd-L) and attorney Thomas Mesereau, Jr (C)  leave his child molestation trial in 2005 –  Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty s)

Mesereau was the lead attorney on Michael Jackson’s 2005 criminal trial in Santa Barbara County, so it’s safe to say that he is no stranger to handling high-prile cases. MJ had been indicted with several crimes, which included 4 counts molesting a minor, 4 counts intoxicating a minor to molest him, 1 count attempted child molestation, 1 count conspiring to hold the boy and his family captive, and conspiring to commit extortion and child abduction. The attorney managed to put up a powerful defense, though, and after just 32 hours and 7 days deliberation, the jury found Jackson not guilty on all counts.

Kelly, who has already been charged with 10 counts sexual abuse in Chicago, is faced with the possibility two federal indictments as ficials wrap up their investigation, including hearing testimony from multiple witnesses associated with the singer.

 

"Terminator: Dark Fate" Trailer Reveals Return Of Arnold Schwarzenegger

The first ficial trailer for the upcoming Terminator film has arrived. Set to pick up where 1991 classic Terminator 2: Judgment Day left f, the film looks to feature a new breed Terminator, this one skewing closer to the human side – at least, where morality is concerned. With the movie scheduled to arrive on November first, many have been wondering whether Dark Fate will mark a return to form for the once triumphant Terminator series. 

"Terminator: Dark Fate" Trailer Reveals Return Of Arnold Schwarzenegger

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Though James Cameron is serving as one the film’s producers, he will not be returning to the director’s chair for this go-around. This time, the honor is reserved for Tim Miller  Deadpool fame, who will be tackling his first entry in the longstanding Terminator franchise. Though the last few installments have been garnered tepid critical response, Dark Fate has the advantage bringing Linda Hamilton’s Sarah Connor back into the fold, as well as a grey-bearded Arnold Schwarzenegger reprising his iconic role. Will that be enough to propel this one into the hearts die-hard fans? Or is Dark Fate’s namesake about to become a self-fulfilling prophecy?

Check out the trailer below, and draw your own conclusions. 

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black Official Images, Release Details

The all-new black Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 will be available a couple weeks sooner than expected, and today we have ficial images what to expect when they hit retailers. The kicks, priced at $220, are ficially slated to launch on June 8, instead the originally rumored June 22 release date. 

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black Official s, Release Details

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The upcoming Yeezy Boost 350 V2 features varying shades black and dark grey throughout the primeknit upper while the Boost midsole, laces and inner lining are all decked out in black. The kicks also come equipped with reflective laces.

In addition to this black colorway, YeezyMafia notes that a fully reflective black Yeezy Boost 350 V2 is also set to release in June – although that pair will be more limited that the non-reflective rendition.

Continue scrolling for ficial images and stay tuned for more details as we approach the June 8 release.

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black Official s, Release Details

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Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black Official s, Release Details

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black/Adidas

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black Official s, Release Details

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black/Adidas

Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Black Official s, Release Details

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Air Jordan 1 Mid Dropping In Eclectic Glow In The Dark Model: Photos

While it may not be the most popular Jordan Brand silhouette, the Air Jordan 1 Mid has certainly made a name for itself as the more inexpensive little brother to the Air Jordan 1 High OG. It seems like every few days or so there is a brand new colorway the Mid that is revealed with plenty stock hitting retailers. These colorways are typically very safe and are exactly what you would expect from a Jordan. In some new images thanks to the Instagram account @hanzuying, it looks like Jordan Brand is trying something new as they bring the glow in the dark vibes to the shoe.

Just looking at the upper, you can tell this is a different look for the shoe. The toe box and side panels consist black leather, while red appears on the back heel and different shades green appear on the overlays and the cuff. As for the Nike swoosh, it looks as though it is made out three stacked layers stitching as opposed to a full-on leather swoosh. Finally, there is a green outsole that lights up when put in the dark. 

There is no release date for this shoe just yet so stay tuned for any information leading up to the release.