Kanye West Speaks at Joel Osteen’s Sunday Service

Kanye West brought Sunday Service to Joel Osteen’s church.

As promised, the rapper appeared before Osteen’s congregation of 45,000 and TV audience of 10 million during the 11 a.m. service at Lakewood Church in Houston on Sunday.

“Come on, let’s welcome Mr. Kanye West today,” said the pastor to cheers from the crowd. “We feel blessed to have you, Kanye.”

Wearing a black suit, Kanye spoke about rediscovering religion. “I know that God’s been calling me for a long time and the devil’s been distracting me for a long time,” said Ye. “When I was at my lowest points, God was there with me and sending me visions and inspiring me.”

He also reflected on being in the hospital after his 2016 “mental breakdown.” That’s when he decided to start a church in Calabasas. “Even after that, I went and made the Life of Pablo album. I said, ‘This is a gospel album.’ And I didn’t know how to totally make a gospel album and the Christians that were around were too beaten into submission by society to not speak up and profess the gospel to me because I was a superstar. But the only superstar is Jesus.”

At one point, he addressed one member of the congregation who interrupted him. “I really appreciate the support, but I would like for everybody to completely be silent so I can let God flow through me as I speak to you guys today.”

He said that he’s channeled his “arrogance, confidence, and cockiness” into God. “Now the greatest artist that God has ever created is now working for him,” he said with a laugh.

Kanye went on to speak about attending church as a child and raising his family. “There’s a blatant responsibility for me to become more like my mother, who’s gone to heaven, and more like my father, who’s building a water purification center in the DR,” he said.

He also declared that his Jesus Is King track “Closed on Sunday” is the “hardest record ever made.” “It’s hard as an N.W.A record because it’s talking about protecting your kids from the indoctrination of the media,” said Ye. “The thousand and thousands of images that are fed to children by the age of six or seven, and within those images there are images mixed in that we don’t know about as parents that are purposely mixed in to lower the kids superpower and esteem so that they can be more susceptible to consumption.”

Osteen then played one of his favorite songs off Jesus Is King, “God Is,” as Kanye rapped along with his eyes closed.

At one point, West also defended Osteen against his critics. “There’s a lot of people in the Christian community that give Joel a hard time because when you turn on the video, he keeps showing you how good God is,” said Ye.

Kanye and his traveling Sunday Service choir will return to perform at Lakewood later in the evening. The free tickets sold out in less than 15 minutes.

Todd Phillips Says "Insane" Bathroom Scene Had To Be Cut From "Joker"

With the success  Joker continuing to reach new levels every week, Director Todd Philips is constantly answering new questions about the film. Phillips recently spoke with the SBIFF Cinema Society at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and mentioned a particularly “insane” deleted scene, according to comicbook.com.

To preface, Philips explained, “So the other thing that’s great about Joaquin is that he’s always up to try things. So, we would finish our days early sometimes and we started doing this thing, Joaquin and I, we called it … a study insomnia. It was our own fun little thing like we have an hour left in the day, let’s light this kitchen, Joaquin let’s do something over by the sink or the fridge, and let’s just set up two cameras, Larry (Sher) would operate one, Jeff (Groth) would operate the other, and we would do these things—the fridge was one those.”

He continued, “It wasn’t in the script it was something that Joaquin just kind did and there was a few others, there’s only one other that’s in the movie and it’s when he’s laughing after he goes to Zazie’s (Beetz) apartment and he comes back down the hall and he’s laughing alone in that living room, that was another one.”

“There were two or three others we shot, one that is amazing in a bathtub, but I don’t think we can actually include it in an R-rated movie and it’s not because it was ographic, it was just insane,” according to Phillips. Unfortunately, he didn’t reveal any other information about the scene. It’s up to our imagination to picture what made the now-deleted take so “insane.”

New Jersey College To Receive $28 Million For Slavery Reparations

The Princeton Theological Seminary has received what’s believed to be the largest grant $28 million for slavery reparations. According to CNN, the new move will be carried out over the course five years and will give out five doctoral fellowships and 30 new scholarships to descendants people who were enslaved and marginalized groups. 

New Jersey College To Receive $28 Million For Slavery Reparations
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The money will also contribute to the hiring new scholars and programs that teach the history slavery, as well as the renaming certain locations on campus after prominent African-Americans. The changes will cost about $1 million a year. “These responses are intended as acts repentance that will lead to lasting impact within our community,” John White, dean students and vice president student relations said. “This is the beginning the process repair that will be ongoing.”

CNN notes that the Seminary did not own slaves and was not built by slaves but it did receive financial contributions from Southern sources such as slaveowners and congregations that are directly tied to slavery.

“The Seminary’s ties to slavery are a part our story,” M. Craig Barnes, the seminary’s president, said in a statement. “It is important to acknowledge that our founders were entangled with slavery and could not envision a fully integrated society.” 

Ashley Graham Sizzles In Jessica Rabbit Halloween Costume During Pregnancy

Ashley Graham and her husband nine years, Justin Ervin, announced back in August that they were expecting their first child together. “Today, we are feeling so blessed, grateful and excited to celebrate with our GROWING FAMILY!” Ashley wrote on Instagram at the time. The 31-year-old model has been killing her pregnancy looks, showcasing each gorgeous get-up on Instagram and in light Halloween she chose to go-in with her costume as Jessica Rabbit, squeezing into a red leather dress for the full look. 

Ashley Graham Sizzles In Jessica Rabbit Halloween Costume During Pregnancy
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Justin accompanied his wife for the Halloween party they attended dressed as Macho Man. “Macho Man knocked up Jessica Rabbit for Halloween,” Ashley captioned the image. 

Ashley has been very open with her pregnancy online since posting videos her ever-changing body as her baby continues to grow every day. “Getting bigger and bigger and trying to embrace my new body everyday. It’s a journey and I’m so thankful to have such a supportive community,” she captioned a video her stretch marks.  

“I felt free once I realized I was never going to fit the narrow mold that society wanted me to fit in,” she previously stated. “And that’s okay. Rolls, curves, cellulite, all it. I love every part me.”

XXXTentacion Murder Suspect To Receive A Bond Hearing

One the men involved in XXXTentacion’s murder has been granted a bond hearing, and it will be taking place on Thursday, October 31st. According to a report from AllHipHop, Trayvon Newsome has been maintaining his entitlement to a bond, and will finally have a chance to receive it. He is but one four men involved in XXXTentacion’s death, and the only one to have received this right thus far. It seems to have transpired after Newsome filed papers strongly requesting his release, as the government was unable to prove he was unfitting a bond. 

XXXTentacion Murder Suspect To Receive A Bond Hearing

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In response, the presiding Judge Michael Usan apparently granted an “Arthur Hearing,” which is to say, the state must come forward and prove their case against the defendant. Not only that, but they must successfully confirm that Newsome is indeed a threat to society at large. As now, it’s unclear whether the outlook bodes well for him.  

It should be noted that following Triple X’s murder, he, Michael Boatwright, Dedrick Williams, and Robert Allen have been held without bond. You may recall that Newsome was the last to be arrested, when he turned himself in back in August 2018. He was then charged with murder in the first degree and robbery with a deadly weapon. In fact, police theorized that he was one two gunmen alongside Michael Boatwright. 

Fortnite Is As "Addictive" As Cocaine, According To Lawsuit Filed Against Epic Games

People from both sides the fence have argued the potential harms and benefits video games. Some have argued that it’s helped kids enhance their cognitive skills while others have accused video games playing a role in, well, everything that’s wrong in society. Video games, as a whole, have been placed under this category in the past, even a game as innocuous as Fortnite. But according to a new lawsuit, Epic Games is being accused “knowingly” making Fortnite as “addictive” as a drug like cocaine.

A Montreal-based law firm is readying a class-action lawsuit against Epic Games on behalf two parents who’ve accused the company purposely creating a game such as Fortnite that causes kids to become addicted. They claimed Fortnite makes the brain release dopamine in a similar way to cocaine.

“Epic Games, when they created Fortnite, for years and years, hired psychologists – they really dug into the human brain and they really made the effort to make it as addictive as possible,” attorney Alessandra Esposito Chartrand said. “They knowingly put on the market a very, very addictive game which was also geared toward youth.”

The lawsuit also cites WHO’s recent decision to add “Gaming Disorder” to its International Classification Diseases. The case is interesting, as well, because it cites a 2015 class-action lawsuit against tobacco companies that claimed that didn’t do enough to warn people the harms cigarettes.

Although there’s a clause in Fortnite’s TOS that says players lose the right to sue the company and must go into individual arbitration. However, Chartrand said, Epic Games’ Terms Service, “don’t stand up in court in Quebec because the province’s Consumer Protection Act requires companies to clearly disclose risks associated with products or services.”

Actress Charlize Theron Speaks On Her White Privilege

Hollywood is a microcosm society. And every now and then, we bear witness to conversations between famous individuals with large platforms on relevant issues affecting us all. Politics and issues the world commonly found their way into the public discourse and the concept “white privilege” remains one the many topics discussed. That is especially in the age Black Lives Matter and the ongoing resistance against systems oppression still operating to the detriment minority groups. 

Recently, famous actress Charlize Theron fered insight into her stance on white privilege. Her comments were made during a conversation with David Oyelowo at an annual fundraiser to support educational and health initiatives for Nigerian children. Theron fered her outlook on the topic and admitted: “I obviously am a white person who benefited from my white privilege.”  She also spoke on growing up in South Africa during the Apartheid era and how the latter shaped her views the world. “I grew up during the Apartheid era, I benefited from it. These children today] were all born post-Apartheid era. I feel like it’s my duty to not let them forget and to also let them know that there is unity], that I am with them, that we are all standing together.” 

WATCH: Nickelodeon’s Drops First Episode Of ‘Are You Afraid Of The Dark’ Reboot

Last month, Nickelodeon dropped the ficial trailer to its reboot classic series Are You Afraid Of The Dark. Much like the original, the series will tell the stories the Midnight Society, the Carnival Doom, and Mr. Top Hat, however, it will feature an all new cast. This cast is set to include Sam Ashe Arnold, Miya Cech, Tamara Smart, Jeremy Taylor, Lyliana Wray, Rafael Casal, and more. You may recognize these actors and actresses as they have all been part recent popular series and movies such as Black-ish, Artemis Fowl, and It. As such, we also mentioned the release fo the series first episode on October 11th and the time has come. You may watch the first episode below.

According to HYEPBEAST, the first episode tells the story a young girl experiencing terrifying and reoccurring nightmares. The latter creates a strange behaviour in the girl which does not fare well with the classmates and leaves her friendless. The plots thicken as the main character acquires an invitation to a group called the Mightnight Society. The group gathers at night to tell each other horror stories by a campfire. At first, the girl is thrilled about the opportunity making new friends, but things quickly take a dark turn when the fictional campfire tales become real. 

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"Joker" Viewer Spooks Audience By Clapping & Screaming During Film

With the built-up drama induced by excessive media coverage, movie-goers who saw Joker opening weekend were slightly on edge with regard to their safety. Add in a drunk fan who was reportedly cheering and clapping during Arthur’s most gruesome kills, and many ended up fleeing the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. 

Nathanael Hood, who was in the theater, told ABC News, “About halfway through when Joker started killing people and monologuing about how society is evil he started clapping really loudly and incessantly for a good minute. People started yelling for him to shut up, but he kept clapping and cheering like mad.”

“This was most likely a harmless drunk guy, but all the nervousness built around the film made what happened (Friday) night really unsettling,” Etai Benson, another moviegoer, said. Benson sat next to the man and claims to have seen him pour a full bottle alcohol into his drink at the start the movie.

Other viewers yelled at the man and told him to “shut up,” but nothing worked. As some patrons left the theater, the man spat on them as they walked by, according to Hood. 

According to ABC News, a spokesman for AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc. did not reply for comment. Read the full report over at ABC News.

Hundreds of Musicians are Leaving Spanish Collection Society SGAE

Hundreds of Spanish music artists, including Joaquin Sabina, La Oreja de Van Gogh and Love of Lesbian, have had it with the SGAE.  Others, including publishers and filmmakers, are also leaving.

The SGAE, or Sociedad General de Autores y Editores, is the Spanish music rights society that handles a number of music rights in the country, including performance, mechanical, and synchronization licenses.  Traditionally, SGAE has overseen tracking, collection, and remuneration back to artists, but multiple scandals and allegations of fraud have seriously harmed the agency’s reputation.

The defecting artists have told the organization that, at the beginning of next year, they will officially pull their catalogs for royalty representation.

Musicians are not the only Spanish artists leaving the SGAE.  Directors such as Pedro Almodovar and others in the film industry are leaving as well.  Many from the film and TV side are joining the DAMA, which provides royalty management specifically to those working in audiovisual fields.

Then there are the all-important publishers, which are also pulling out amidst heavy pressure from their songwriter clients.

The loss of the music artists, publishers, and filmmakers could mean that the SGAE loses a big part of its repertoire. But this is just the latest of many problems the organization is facing. Earlier this spring, the International Confederation of Authors’ Societies (CISAC), expelled SGAE. They did so for the same reason that many artists are leaving the organization: controversies relating to both the collection and the management of royalties at the SGAE.

At one time, the SGAE had a monopoly in Spain when it came to music rights management.

But this is now slipping, as artists are joining competing societies, such as UNISON in Barcelona.  Some artists and publishers are even working on establishing their own music rights management organization, and there are private companies that offer rights management, too.

Members of SGAE are required to give the organization a 6-month notice prior to withdrawing from it. So far 200 musicians and another 50 music publishers have already done so. Other music artists are saying that they would be willing to stay in the organization if it made necessary changes.

Most likely, these changes will not be coming anytime soon. While the organization had scheduled an assembly for October 15th, they have postponed it to an unnamed date sometime early next year.

LNDN DRGS Presents "Affiliated" Compilation

LNDN DRGS has recruited an impressive lineup of artists for their Affiliated compilation. The new LP features collaborations with Conway The Machine, Krazyie Bone, G Perico, Meyhem Lauren, Problem, Soopafly, Mac Mall, Casey Veggies, IAMSU! and more.

Jay Worthy and Sean House’s latest project features 14 songs. The album serves as the follow-up to May’s Umbrella Symphony EP, which was a collaborative project between the duo and Curren$y.

Check out LNDN DRGS’ Affiliated stream, cover art and tracklist below.

LNDN DRGS Presents "Affiliated" Compilation

1. Fully Auto f. TF
2. I Want U f. Larry June
3. Dreamer f. IAMSU!
4. Skytel f. Figg Newton
5. Hussle f. Krayzie Bone
6. Another One f. Meyhem Lauren
7. Hurt My Hand f. G Perico
8. Sideshow f. Conway The Machine
9. Town Bidness f. Casey Veggies
10. Large Amounts f. Mac Mall & Jack Sippa
11. Secret Society f. YG Hootie
12. Death Wish f. Aston Matthews
13. Come Back 2 U f. Soopafly
14. All About U f. Problem

White Nationalism Now Recognized As Terror Threat In America

For the first time in the history America, the country has now categorized white nationalism as a threat to the Department Homeland Security. Kevin McAleenan, the secretary the DHS stated that recent mass shootings are what “galvanized the Department Homeland Security to expand its counterterrorism mission focus beyond terrorists operating aboard, to include those radicalized to violence within our borders by violent extremists any ideology.”

McAleenan explained how the spike is white nationalism is correlated to the internet and the platforms that these individuals use to share hate. “Similar to how ISIS inspired and connected with potential radical Islamist terrorists, white supremacist violent extremists connect with like-minded individuals online,” a report stated, Complex

White Nationalism Now Recognized As Terror Threat In America
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“In addition to mainstream social media platforms, white supremacist violent extremists use lesser-known sites like Gab, 8chan, and EndChan, as well as encrypted channels. Celebration violence and conspiracy theories about the ‘ethnic replacement’ whites as the majority ethnicity in various Western countries are prominent in their online circles.”

The DHS has provided a strategic framework to combat the issue in the country and believes the first step is awareness becasue “an aware society is the best foundation for preventing terrorism and targeted violence.”

Jonah Hill Directs Four Episodes Of IGTV’s Anti-Bullying Docuseries, "Un-filtered": Watch

Instagram knows that their app is conducive to bullying. Children and teens create Instagram accounts at incredibly young ages when they don’t fully understand the potential consequences bullying. With so much the app’s experience being based on physical appearances, people are left vulnerable to attack and open to being privately criticized in DMs. For this reason, Instagram is taking it upon itself to get all this abuse in check, through algorithms that flag harsh language, features that allow you to review other people’s comments on your posts, and content that fosters empathy for the bullied. 

For it’s latest attempt at tackling this issue, Instagram commissioned Jonah Hill to direct a docuseries for their IGTV feature. The docuseries, titled Un-filtered, shows Jonah Hill interviewing people aged 13-25 about their experiences with bullying. In a statement made in Variety, Hill said, “It was an incredible experience to direct this project. I tried to create an environment for young people to be heard and listened to. I wish there was a platform to hear other’s struggles and experiences when I was growing up. I hope that this will be inspiring for young people to share their stories and feelings and not feel so alone.”

The series’ four episodes – which are all about five minutes long – have all been released, respectively titled: “When Loving Your Body is a Battle”, “When Banter Turns Bad”, “When People Stare” and “When It Hurts to Be Yourself”. Watch them below. 

Songwriters Guild of America, Artist Rights Alliance, SONA, 7 Other Creator Groups Demand the Right to Choose Their PROs — Here's Their Statement

Should music publishers have the right to move their entire catalogs to the performance rights organization (PRO) of their choice — without the need to consult their songwriters or composers?

Or, for that matter, remove their catalogs entirely from mega-PROs like ASCAP and BMI?

Absolutely not, according to a growing consortium of songwriter and composer organizations.  In an open letter shared with Digital Music News today, a coalition of ten different organizations representing music creators demanded the right to choose their PRO relationship.

The consortium includes the Songwriters Guild of America (SGA), Songwriters of North America (SONA), and Artist Rights Alliance, among others.

The National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) and its major publisher constituency have argued for the right to shuttle catalogs towards a PRO of their choosing, without the consent of writers.  But even more forcefully, publishers have argued that partial withdrawals for specific digital licensing should be allowed.

Major publishers unsuccessfully fought for to obtain better direct deals with digital platforms, though this fight is very much alive.  For the songwriter groups, however, partial withdrawals seem largely okay.  The more pressing matter at hand relates to the mass withdrawal and movement of catalogs for all performance rights — digital and physical — with the PRO receiving the large catalog doling out a massive payment to the publisher.

Or, the complete withdrawal from ASCAP and BMI — and their restrictive, government-mandated rates.

Here’s the open letter.

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An Open Letter to Performing Rights Organizations and Music Publishers

For as long as collective licensing of music rights has existed, songwriters and composers the world over have enjoyed the freedom to choose the organizations that collect and distribute the performance royalties generated by our work. We regard this choice of a Performance Rights Organizations (PRO) as an exclusive and inalienable right; it is fundamental and inviolate.

We understand that this right is being challenged by some music publishers.

On behalf of music creators around the world, we call on all performing rights organizations and all music publishers to declare their commitment to the principle that all music creators have the right to choose the collective licensing organizations that represent them.

Signed,

Songwriters of North America (SONA)
Alliance for Women Film Composers
Artist Rights Alliance
Australian Guild of Screen Composers
Council of Music Creators/MusicAnswers
Music Creators of North America
Screen Composers of Canada
Society of Composers and Lyricists
Songwriters Guild of America
Songwriters Association of Canada

Nickelodeon Releases Official Trailer For "Are You Afraid Of The Dark" Reboot

The ficial trailer for Nickelodeon’s three-part Are You Afraid the Dark reboot is ficially out. Like the original, the series will tell the stories the Midnight Society, the Carnival Doom, and Mr. Top Hat, however it will feature an all new cast. This cast is set to include Sam Ashe Arnold, Miya Cech, Tamara Smart, Jeremy Taylor, Lyliana Wray, Rafael Casal, and more. These actors and actresses have all been part recent popular series and movies such as Black-ish, Artemis Fowl, and It.

 

In other Nickelodeon news, the ‘Good Burger’ pop up restaurant in Los Angeles will conclude its run on September 29th and move over to Chicago. This pop-up is based on a sketch that was part Nickelodeon’s All That. The team that is bringing the pop-up to life this time is the same organization that opened a Saved by the Bell pop-up a while ago. The specific coordinates for the Chicago location have yet to be announced.

The first episode the Are You Afraid the Dark reboot will premiere on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:00 p.m. The following episodes will come out at the same time the following two Fridays. Are you excited?