Social media thrives on lack context. The less research people do and the more quickly they react, the more entertaining content there is to be consumed. Due to this dynamic, a tweet about Tupac Shakur statue was able to go viral today. Someone shared a photo a statue that used to sit outside the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The photo was accompanied by the poorly-typed caption: “New Tupac statute in Dallas, what’s your thoughts.”
People’s thoughts were not good. The statue was unrecognizable. For some reason, Tupac was depicted in a suit, wearing a huge cross around his neck and holding what appears to be a Bible. The late rapper was rarely seen with this sort getup, which makes sense because he wasn’t a missionary. Twitter wondered why he would be immortalized in this manner… and in this location, since he didn’t have any strong ties to Dallas.
However, some users in the replies did a bit Googling and discovered that this statue is not new, nor is it in Detroit. As mentioned above, it used to be in Georgia, but was removed when Tupac’s mother, Assata Shakur, sold the arts center in 2015. The center’s new owner, Jim Burnett, wishes to keep Tupac’s spirit tied to the space by erecting a new statue him there. In 2017, it was reported that a $500,000 bronze statue was commissioned for artist Nijel Binns to complete. The final product has yet to be revealed, but with that kind budget and this much time to work on it, hopefully it will bear a stronger resemblance to the hip hop legend.
Read the disapproving reactions to the old Tupac statue below.
Ever since Stephen A. Smith was named the coach one the Celebrity NBA All-Star teams, he has been searching for the captain his team. Smith desperately wants to beat Michael Wilbon’s team and he is looking to recruit the best celebrity players in order to do so. Today, Smith emphatically announced that he had found someone to captain his team and so far, he seems to have made a great choice.
None other than Chance the Rapper will represent team Stephen A. at the Celebrity All-Star game. Chance has been known to play basketball every now and then so it only makes sense that he would want to take part in this game. Not to mention, Chance’s image makes him appear like a leader which means he will certainly make a great captain.
It will be interesting to see who else is added to Smith’s team as we get closer to All-Star weekend. We know Stephen A. can be incredibly competitive so he’ll certainly want to get a hold the best players available. If he ends up losing to Wilbon, we can only imagine what kind rant is going to ensue.
Perhaps we may even see him step into the game. After all, who wouldn’t want to see Stephen A. get buckets?
Just yesterday, CNN reported that student loan debt in the United States had reached a staggering $1.6 trillion. This is evidently a crisis that must be tackled. Fortunately, there are people, like David Adefeso, who are searching for a way to relieve Americans this burden. Adefeso is known by many for being Tamar Braxton‘s boyfriend, but he also deserves recognition for his app, Sootchy, which is set to launch this year. According to its website, Sootchy “combined AI-enhanced financial planning, the power community and tax efficient incentives to remove the need for student loans.
In his latest Instagram post, which shows him photographed with two his colleagues, Adefeso explains his motivation behind founding Sootchy. The caption reads:
“When I graduated from Harvard Business School I had student loans equal in size to a mid-sized mortgage in the average American city! 46 million Americans are in that same predicament today. And 150 million more children over the next 18 years will have their life’s choices limited due to the overwhelming burden student loans. We look forward to working with the hardworking and diligent state treasurers at nast.org and the terrific and dedicated team at @collegesavingsfoundation to help these 190 million kids and adults avoid or eliminate student debt.”
Braxton started dating Adefeso in 2018 – a year after splitting from her husband nine years, Vince Herbert – and he sure seems like a keeper.
Nike has a few more Nike Shox BB4 colorways to release before Vince Carter’s illustrious NBA career comes to a close. Among them, a slick black, grey and red iteration that comes equipped with glossy leather detailing.
According to Nike, the Nike Shox BB4’s look was informed by its space age concept. A rocket and booster-like appearance was prepped for blastf and served to amplify the explosive potential the columns. The upper was designed for intergalactic exploration, too, as designer Eric Avar and the others at mission control researched astronaut apparel.
A specific release date for this latest colorway has not yet been announced but you can expect the kicks to launch on Nike.com in the very near future for the retail price $160. Scroll down for a look at the ficial images and continue scrolling for additional photos.
Usually, if you buy a couch from a thrift store, you just hope that there are no awful surprises inside it, like bed bugs. The possibility that it could contain some buried treasure probably wouldn’t even cross your mind. A man in Michigan has stumbled upon $43,000 in a couch that he thrifted, but decided not to keep the good fortune to himself.
Howard Kirby bought the couch in December at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Owosso, located about 30 miles west Flint. He sat on the ottoman in his man cave for weeks before searching his new purchase for the source his discomfort. His daughter decided to open it up and discovered that the lumpiness was stemming from a sizeable stash cash. A total $43,170 USD was found in the ottoman cushion. “I still have to pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming or something,” Kirby told WNEM.
Despite a lawyer having told Kirby that he had no legal obligation to return the money to its original possessor, Kirby didn’t feel right keeping it. He reached out to the thrift store to find out who donated the couch and, on Jan. 16, a surprise was made out giving all the money back to Kim Fauth-Newberry. The couch had belonged to Fauth-Newberry’s grandfather, who died last year. “It’s just crazy,” Fauth-Newberry said. “It’s completely awesome.”
Even though Kirby admitted that the money would have been great benefit to him (he needs a new ro badly), he takes pride in how he confronted this moral dilemma. “I always thought, ‘What would I do if that ever happened?’ Now I know, and it makes me feel good,” Kirby said.
This amount is so massive, it’s difficult to even wrap our minds around. As Vice points out, a budget this size roughly equals the entire GDP countries like North Korea, Botswana, and Mali. The number is also significantly higher than its competitors. The aforementioned Disney+ will spend $1 billion on their own content, while AppleTV+ is investing 6 times as much. Amazon Prime Video has also dropped a clean $6 billion, while Hulu sits at a $2.5 billion budget. The forthcoming services HBO Max and NBC’s Peacock are both reported to be spending around $2 billion each.
According to Dan Solomon in the BMO report, however, “the ‘streaming wars’ narrative is false and there will be multiple winners in global streaming.” In fact, despite the increasing amount “rival platforms,” Netflix is still running the game not only in terms investment budgets, but in terms critical acclaim and viewership, as well. Netflix original movies racked up a whopping 24 nominations at the 2020 Oscars for films like The Irishman and Marriage Story, more than any other major Hollywood studio or distributor. This alone demonstrates the shift that the influx streaming has made in film and television distribution and consumption. In December, a survey found that Netflix is the #1 platform viewers use to watch television, surpassing basic cable and YouTube. It’s no surprise, then, that the same report predicts that by 2028, Netflix will spend about $26 billion on programming. Yikes.
With Daniel Craig stepping down from his role as James Bond, producers are searching for someone to take his place. While no one has been chosen, producer Barbara Broccoli says the role will definitely be given to a man.
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“He can be any color, but he is male,” Broccoli said, according to IndieWire. “I believe we should be creating new characters for women—strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that.”
Eva Green, who played Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale, has expressed similar sentiments in the past: “I’m for women, but I really think James Bond should remain a man. It doesn’t make sense for him to be a woman. Women can play different types characters, be in action movies and be superheroes, but James Bond should always be a man and not be Jane Bond. There is history with the character that should continue. He should be played by a man.”
Rachel Weisz, who is married to Craig, has also agreed: “Why not create your own story rather than jumping on to the shoulders and being compared to all those other male predecessors? Women are really fascinating and interesting and should get their own stories.”
The newest Bond film, No Time to Die, is set to release on April 10, 2020.
In the wake of the Recording Academy its president and CEO Deborah Dugan on administrative leave, Dugan has hired a prominent litigation attorney to defend her.
Only ten days prior to the Grammy Awards on January 26, the academy put Dugan on leave “effective immediately.” This was due to a “formal allegation of misconduct by a senior female member of the Recording Academy team.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dugan has hired Bryan Freedman, who is promising to reveal what he and his client believe is the actual truth of the story.
Freeman said, “What has been reported is not nearly the story that needs to be told. When our ability to speak is not restrained by a 28-page contract and legal threats, we will expose what happens when you ‘step up’ at the Recording Academy, a public nonprofit.”
On August 1 of last year, Dugan took the reigns of the academy, becoming its new chief officer.
Billboard is reporting that sources inside the academy have told them that, while they could not address the specific misconduct allegations, Dugan has been a poor fit for the organization almost from the time that she took it over. This is in spite of the fact that the organization conducted a long and thorough search for a new chief.
Another source close to the academy has issued the following statement about the current situation there: “It’s heartbreaking for people who care deeply about the organization that someone they trusted to fill that position would so quickly become so at odds with the organization.”
Just a few months ago, the Recording Academy settled a lawsuit brought against it by Dana Tomarken, who is a former vice president of MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation. She the academy of harassment, wrongful termination and financial impropriety.
Kodak Black‘s behavior outside of music has overshadowed his music again as he was number one on the U.S. Custom’s list of 2019 seizures.
WBFO News posted the top ten lists of threats the Buffalo Field Office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection encountered during routine traffic stops at the U.S. border. Kodak’s arrest by the Buffalo CBP officers on April 17 as the charges were brought against the “Tunnel Vision” rapper after his entourage reentered the U.S. trough Lewiston Bridge. A search of two vehicles led to officers finding four handguns, a loaded magazine cartridge and a small amount of marijuana.
“The CBP Officers within Buffalo Field Operations work tirelessly to protect our nation’s security,” commented LaFonda Sutton-Burke, acting director of Buffalo Field Operations, to WBFO. “This list is just a small snapshot of the outstanding work they do day in and day out.”
He recently made claims that the brawl in the Miami FDC as part of a bigger plot to kill him. His theory on the brawl was in relation to his latest incarceration for weapons charges after being apprehended in Miami before his Rolling Loud performance.
With the release Beyoncé’s collaborative IVY Park x adidas Collection right around the corner, the stadium-touring singer/songwriter has released a plethora flawless promotional videos for the upcoming athleisure clothing line. With the clothing line featuring several Three-striped themed garments drenched in hues maroon and tangerine, fans the artist and German-based athletic apparel company have been eagerly waiting for the release the collaborative. However, a couple unattainable accessories has been catching the eyes many, Beyoncé‘s IVY PARK x adidas grills.
The grills designed by French jeweler, Dolly Cohen, come in two different custom forms. The first being a bottom-set, six-tooth covering gold grill that reads, ‘IVY PARK’ while the alternative is an ode to the trefoil gang in the form a single-tooth Three Stripes logo. This isn’t the first time that Dolly Cohen has fitted a notable celebrity with some brand new jewelry, Cohen has provided Kim Kardashian, A$AP Rocky, Pharrell, Beyoncé’s husband, Jay Z, and more with custom pieces.
Check out Dolly Cohen’s custom handy work for the Queen B below and be on the lookout for Beyoncé’s 2020 IVY PARK x adidas Collection to hit retailers on Jan. 18.
In the final installment the Skywalker saga, Disney‘s Star Wars: The Rise Skywalker finally hit the $1 billion mark globally. The latest Star Wars film has racked up a total $481 million at the domestic box fice and $519 internationally as Tuesday, Jan. 15. The sci-fi flick has ficially joined the likes Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) as grossing billion-dollar brethren.
However, while this is an extremely prestigious accomplishment and milestone for any major motion picture, it did take this particular film significantly longer to hit the billion-dollar mark than its affiliates. Star Wars: The Rise Skywalker surpassed the billion-dollar mark in a total twenty-eight days while The Force Awakens took a total twelve and The Last Jedi took nineteen.
With The Rise Skywalker wrapping up the nine-film Skywalker saga, it remains a mystery where Disney is going to take the Star Wars franchise. This latest film capped f a record-setting seven $1 billion releases for the entertainment company, logging a total $11.12 billion made at the global box fice in 2019.
With Mulan, Black Widow, and The Eternals set to release at the front end the year for Disney, do you think the Walt Disney-built brand can uphold their successful streak? Check out the introduction Babu Frik in this newly-released extended scene in the video provided below.
While Jeffrey Epstein supposedly committed suicide in order to avoid going to trial, the criminal case behind his acts and the evidence continues to find its way to surface. In a new lawsuit filed by Virgin Islands Attorney-General Denise N. George, Jeffrey Epstein and his associates were abusing women and underaged girls on his private Caribbean Little St. James island less than two years before his untimely death.
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In the lawsuit obtained by The New York Times, the documentation states “Epstein clearly used the Virgin Islands and his residence in the U.S. Virgin Islands at Little Saint James as a way to be able to conceal and to be able to expand his activity here.”
The lawsuit filed against the Epstein estate details that the former financier and convicted fender participated in the ual abuse and exploitation numerous women and girls on his private island, some which as young as eleven-years-old. Further evidence obtained in the case was a computer database that tracked his victims that would arrive on the island boat or helicopter.
The suit also details the event where a victim attempted to escape the island by swimming away after being forced to perform acts with a number Epstein’s affiliates.
Attorney-General George also commented, “We will not remain complacent, and we will enforce our laws whatever way we can. It doesn’t matter the social status the person. It’s that the laws apply equally.”
According to The Times, the lawsuit is demanding that Epstein estate forfeit the ownership the island as well as dissolve the companies associated with the Virgin Islands territory. The assets on the island are estimated to be worth approximately $500 million.
As the grim details Jeffrey Epstein’s impending criminal case surface, the more disturbing the harsh reality the affluent businessman’s actions have been leading up to the very moments he decided to take his own life. Stick with HNHH as more details in the Jeffrey Epstein saga are revealed.
Just when you thought Disney was running out ideas, the unleashed Marvel’s fourth phase across the boardroom table, got up, and swiftly left the room without so much as a parting word. After all, the late legend Stan Lee left countless stories from which to draw inspiration. Even without the ever-bankable talents Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans, the MCU’s fourth phase shall be stacked nonetheless, with a lineup films including Black Widow, Thor, Dr. Strange, The Eternals, Shang-Chi, Blade, and Spider-Man.
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Today, Marvel has ficially shared synopses two upcoming blockbusters, Dr. Strange 2: In The Multiverse Of Madness and the star-studded (Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kit Harrington) The Eternals. According to the findings Hypebeast, The Eternals will play out as follows: “Marvel Studios‘ The Eternals features an exciting new team Super-Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands years. Following the events Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Dents.” Look for that one to hit theaters on November 6th, 2020.
As for Dr. Strange, portrayed in four films by Benedict Cumberbatch, the sequel appears to pit him against an old friend-turned-foe. “After the events Avengers: Endgame, Dr Stephen Strange continues his research on the Time Stone,” reads the Hypebeast report, specifying this one is NOT an ficial synopsis. “But an old friend-turned-enemy puts an end to his plans and causes Strange to unleash unspeakable evil.” Though unconfirmed, the expected enemy is likely Baron Mordo (played by Chiwetel Ejior), who made his first appearance in Dr. Strange. Look for that to hit theaters on May 5th, 2021.
The amount Democratic presidential candidates has been a historically large number for the upcoming 2020 United States presidential election. Currently, there are twelve Democratic candidates hoping to be Head State come Nov. while there are three Republic candidates battling it out for the position.
While the number candidates hoping to make the Oval Office their future place business, a whopping total sixteen Democratic presidential candidates have dropped out the race. Some the names include former New York mayor, Bill de Blasio, California Senator Kamala Harris, and the latest dropout, Cory Booker.
The post featured a photo the two embracing each other while kissing and was eloquently captioned:
“My love, I’m always impressed with how you exude such grace and civility while expressing your passion and brilliance in response to these tumultuous times. I’m so grateful for your voice and dedication. Your love lifts us all up. Thank you. You and your team continue to grow humanity and build community daily, giving me faith that indeed We Will Rise. I see you. I love you!”
With the Kids actress clearly riding for her significant other, there’s no doubt that the two are currently entertaining the subject marriage. Check out Dawson’s heartfelt IG post in above and ss we inch towards election day on Nov. 3, stick with HNHH as the presidential race gets tighter in the coming months.
In the segment, Williams jokingly teases Phoenix about his condition stating, “When he shaves f his mustache he’s got a hairline fracture,” she said. “He’s got one those — what do you call it? Cleft lip, cleft palate.”
Williams followed up her comment by hooking her finger over her top lip in order to imitate the somewhat common birth defect. Now, nearly a week later, fans and activists are making an uproar about Williams’ taunting comments that affect children around the globe.
British celebrity, Carol Vorderman, 59, who also happens to be an ambassador for the Cleft Lip and Palate Association, Tweeted out her disdain for Williams’ comments saying, “I really am disgusted by this @wendywilliams.. Mimicking a cleft lip, and making a joke about it, is disgraceful. Have you any idea the pain and operations a child with cleft must go through as they grow?”
While the Joker star has never formally addressed his cleft lip scar, it’s more than likely not an ailment for the award-winning actor who is currently celebrating the success as his role as one Batman‘s nemeses. Check out the segment where Wendy Williams goes in on Joaquin Phoenix’s cleft lip at the 11:15 mark in the video provided below.