Rick Ross Urges Social Distancing To Avoid "The Fungus"

Celebrities have been using their platforms to encourage everyone to practice social distancing. Some may find it difficult to stay in the house for extended periods time but it’s necessary to prevent the spreading Coronavirus. In fact, the more we work together as a society, the higher the likelihood we will get back to normal.

Rick Ross is the latest celebrity to issue a public service message about staying inside the house. Even though the message has been repeated on numerous occasions, Rick Ross has a way driving the point home.

“The question the day is: do you care? ‘Cause if you care, you’ll stay in the house if you can. You know why? Nah, they ain’t trying to control you. They wanna make sure you don’t bring that fungus to the family,” he said, referring to COVID-19. “The fungus is among us. Don’t take it to grandma. Don’t take it to your mama. I know you huggin’ them n***as down there to show ’em, ‘You real. I can’t get the fungus.’ So, you huggin’ n***as. Throwin’ parties at home, rollin’ another n***a blunt.”

Rick Ross does have a point. Perhaps, this is in reference to the video Casanova in the streets New York with his homies before hugging and kissing his mother. Though Rozay didn’t mention names, it seems to be quite relevant to that specific incident. 

Warriors Explain Why They Refused Coronavirus Testing

Over the past week, the NBA has been significantly hit by the Coronavirus crisis. It all started when Rudy Gobert the Utah Jazz tested positive for it. From there, Donovan Mitchell, Kevin Durant, and four other players tested positive which has left a ripple effect throughout the rest the league. Numerous teams are in the midst being tested although one franchise is taking a stand. In fact, it’s the Golden State Warriors who have decided not to receive any testing.

While some may find this to be reckless, there is a noble reason behind it. According to Warriors reporter Connor Letourneau, team president Bob Myers noted that there is a lack testing available for regular people and he didn’t want the Warriors to get special treatment because they are athletes.

“We’ve been told that the testing is in short supply, and we’re treating ourselves like people. … We’re not better than anyone else. … I’ve been told we shouldn’t test asymptomatic people in California,” Myers said.

Myers raises a critical point here as numerous people have been turned away for testing, despite having light symptoms. With cases on the rise, testing will become crucial in the given weeks, especially for the most vulnerable people in our society.

Stay tuned for updates on this situation as we will be sure to give them to you.

Gisele Bundchen Sent A Touching Coronavirus Message From The Beach

Gisele Bundchen joined many the public figures across the world sending out well wishes in the midst the current coronavirus pandemic, with the supermodel writing a touching Instagram note filled with positivity. However, Gisele’s location at the time her message was sent might not be the best place for a quarantine.

Gisele Bundchen Sent A Touching Coronavirus Message From The Beach
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Granted, the Costa Rica beach Gisele was spotted frolicking at with her young kids seemed to be isolated for the most part, but this virus is spreading just too quickly to take any chances. The Instagram note was quite nice though, posted both in English and her native Portuguese language, and came accompanied by a beautiful photo the sunset that looks absolutely peaceful from afar.

Here’s what Gisele wrote in response to the worldwide coronavirus epidemic her Instagram:

“What is happening in the world is the ultimate reminder that we are all connected to each other and what we choose to do it going to affect us all. For this moment crisis, we need to understand the importance physical distancing. We need to protect each other so we don’t get sick and can all stay well together.

Even if you are young and healthy, we all need to follow the recommended protocols and precautions because in doing so we can end up saving someone’s life – particularly the elderly and those who are sick and immunocompromised.

We need community thinking. Think about it – it could be your father, mother, grandmother or someone you know that is most at risk. It is important that we act in solidarity and that we act in the best interest our common society.

We cannot let fear and anxiety consume our minds. These feelings generate stress and stress lowers our immune system and our ability to fight infections and viruses.

We must instead take care ourselves and also try our best to help those who are most at risk by supporting them and their basic needs.

We have to try and remain calm, positive and continue to support each other. 

I would also like to thank all the healthcare workers who have been working tirelessly to help all us.

We’re all in this together.”

She ended her note with a heart emoji, and we can definitely respect the sentiment even though being on a beach right now doesn’t seem like the best idea.

See Gisele Bundchen’s beach pics over on Daily Mail, and read her original Instagram message below:

Kehlani Delays Album Over Coronavirus

While the coronavirus has caused the cancelation of everything from music festivals to sporting events, the pandemic is also impacting music releases.

Kehlani has announced that her long-awaited sophomore album has been postponed. “to be transparent i HAD a release date. we’re unable to complete any of our plans or move forward with the album at the moment due to the pandemic,” she told her fans on Sunday.

Music has taken a backseat as coronavirus fears grow. “not thinking about music at the moment, focused on how to just be a good citizen to society at this time. stay SAFE luv y’all,” added Kehlani.

Last week, she released her newest single, the breakup anthem “Toxic,” which was preceded by “Valentine’s Day (Shameful)” and the Keyshia Cole collaboration “All Me.” She also recently revealed that she had finished recording the follow-up to 2017’s SweetSexySavage.

Kehlani is set to hit the road with her “Get Me” collaborator Justin Bieber on his “Changes Tour,” which kicks off May 14 in Seattle. It’s unknown if and how the pandemic will affect the touring schedule.

Kehlani is not the first artist to move her release. Cardi B recently announced that she was delaying her new single due to coronavirus. Meanwhile, most concerts and festivals have been delayed or canceled in the wake of the virus.

Ava DuVernay & Warner Bros Bring "Wings Of Fire" Books To TV

Fans the popular fantasy novel series Wings Fire by Tui T. Sutherland are in for a major treat now that Warner Bros has tapped famed filmmaker Ava DuVernay to adapt the books into a television show.

Ava DuVernay & Warner Bros Bring "Wings Of Fire" Books To TV
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According to Deadline, DuVernay will work alongside Warner Bros Animation after they won a bidding war for rights to a WoF series that reportedly reached eight figures. Ava has already won the hearts critics and viewers alike with her Netflix series When They See Us, which won tons awards like “Best Limited Series” at the 25th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards back in January (seen above). Pair that small screen success with her ability to tackle the fantasy genre with ease — she directed the 2018 film A Wrinkle In Time perfectly — and you’ve got just the right person for the job. Sutherland will see that her work is translated properly by serving as executive producer, and the series will be produced under Ava’s ARRAY Filmworks company. Wings Fire takes you into an advanced society where dragons talk, make tools and go to war in the fictional lands Pantala and Pyrrhia. Hey, if Daniel Radcliffe won’t be returning to Harry Potter anytime soon, this may be the next big thing.

Any Wings Fire fans out there? Let us know your thoughts on this news down below in the comments.

Singaporean Student Wrongfully Beat Up Over Coronavirus

23-year-old, Jonathan Mok, was wrongfully beaten and assaulted after being accused bringing the coronavirus to London. The UCL (University College London) student was walking down Oxford Street last Monday (Feb. 24), when he heard shouting about the novel coronavirus. After hearing remarks about his race and the COVID-19 virus, Mok decided to stand up for himself and was met by three to four men and woman who unleashed a surprise attack on the Singaporean collegiate student. 

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Mok has been living in London for the past two years for his collegiate studies and frequently returns to Singapore during holidays. During the incident, the student was instantaneously punched in the face twice and kicked by a group unknown Londoners near the Tottenham Court Road station. London’s Metropolitan Police Service confirmed on Tuesday (March 2) that they are investigating the assault, but have made no arrest. During a brief interview with Channel News Asia, Jonathan Mok stated:

“I felt really angry … It is ridiculous people are being targeted for being Asian.”

Since Mok’s attack, the Singapore High Commission urged all Singaporeans to take precautions while in the UK and report any type abuse to the local authorities. John Wok took to his Facebook page to write in-depth soliloquy about being racially discriminated against, part his post reads:

“Last Monday, at roughly 9.15pm on Oxford Street in London, I walked past a group young men, when I saw one them look at me (just as he walked past me) and said something to me, which I could make out the word ‘coronavirus’. I was stunned and turned around to have a look at the man made the statement. He was still staring at me as he walked past and realised I was looking at him. He shouted ‘Don’t you dare look at me, you ____’ (I could not catch the last word because the accent). Within 3 seconds, he was in my face, together with 3/4 other young men, and a young lady (all whom seemed no older than 20 years old, but were all more than a head taller than me). I was shocked and angry because he directed a racist remark at me and had the audacity to shout at me like I had wronged him. All a sudden, the first punch was swung at my face and took me by surprise. When I was still shocked by the first hit, the guy delivered the second sucker punch. By then, a few passers-by had stopped and one them tried to reason with them that 4 on 1 was not fair. The attacker’s friend tried to swing a kick at me as I was explaining to the passer-by that I hadn’t done anything at all. I tried to react in self-defence but couldn’t do anything substantial because I was still recovering from a broken finger in my master hand. The guy who tried to kick me then said, ‘I don’t want your coronavirus in my country’”

While the President the United States may believe the coronavirus is a hoax, major corporations have been taking hits from the spread from the disease and is leaving American citizens dead from the virus. Jonathan Mok’s targeted attack is not what society needs in order to battle this current pandemic, but is a result ignorance about the deadly virus. With a vaccine allegedly developed, hopefully, humanity will be able to move past this egregious disease and move forward amicably. 

Check out Johnathan Mok’s bruised and battered face in the Facebook post provided below. 

Beyonce Legal Battle With Wedding Planner Rehashes Illuminati Theories

Beyonce has been battling over the trademark Blue Ivy in a legal battle against Veronica Morales, a wedding planner whose company shares the same name. Morales claimed Beyonce attempted to file a trademark for the name which the singer has claimed was to protect her daughter’s name. Morales has stated that she already had the name first as she was using it for her company.

After Beyonce fired back at Morales on claims that Blue Ivy is a cultural icon, Morales clapped back in a statement saying, “With all due respect, Blue Ivy Carter definitely is not a cultural icon. That would be someone like Benjamin Franklin, Elvis Presley or Marilyn Monroe. Celebrities need to follow the law like everyone else.”

Over the years, Beyonce and Jay-Z have faced accusations being part the Illuminati. Although they’ve attempted to debunk these claims, conspiracy theorist and hip-hop fans have allegedly found symbols in their art alluding to their association to the secret society powerful people. According to The Blast, Morales used these allegations and conspiracies against the couple as well.

“Many members the general public believe the Carter’s are members the so-called ‘Illuminati’ and the name their daughter spelled backwards is “Eulb Yvi” which in Latin is translated to ‘Lucifer’s Daughter,'” Morales argued.

Morales is demanding Beyonce’s application for trademark gets denied. 

Nicki Minaj Donates $25,000 to St. Jude’s Home for Girls in Trinidad

Nicki Minaj is giving back.

The superstar rapper returned to her native Trinidad and Tobago this week. During her visit to the St. Jude’s Home for Girls on Thursday, the Queen pledged a generous donation of $25,000 to assist the young girls at the school.

“So I wanna thank you for your work with the girls,” said Nicki. “I wanna thank you for giving them hope and inspiration, and they’ve even given me hope and inspiration being here today. And I wanna donate $25,000 to help the girls.”

She plans to do even more to help her community including building a recreational center. “I came to get ideas and you guys gave me a lot of great ideas in creating a building here in Trinidad where young people can go to and have recreational fun,” she added.

While speaking with the students, Nicki recalled her troubled childhood and offered them hope. “I’ve experienced being in a home with domestic violence. I’ve experienced being at a very difficult crossroad in my life as a teenager and sometimes as a teenager when things happen you feel like there’s no up from there,” she said. “It feels so difficult when you’re going through it, but you will get out of it.”

Added Minaj, “I was one of those girls that experienced being pregnant as a teenager and I was so ashamed to have to tell my mother that. To this day, I never told my mother. I felt like I let myself down and I felt like if anybody was to find out, they would be ashamed of me.”

But she promised them that things get better. “If you have to use my life as a lesson in the fact that there is always better days ahead. I want you guys to be encouraged. I want you guys to know that God didn’t promise us a problem-free life,” she said. “But there has to be something inside of you, even right now today, that decides you’re gonna win no matter what, no matter what comes at you, no matter what was already said about you, no matter if you don’t have your parents, no matter if you don’t have family. You have to know and decide today, right now, that you are gonna be one of the ones in this room that wins.”

As she left, she was swarmed by young fans who hoped to catch a glimpse of the hometown hero in her car.

It’s been an eventful week for the “Yikes” MC. Earlier in the week, she dressed up and paraded through the streets of Trinidad for Carnival.

Kim Kardashian Reveals What Inspired Her Legal Career

Kim Kardashian remains one the most famous people in the world thanks to a plethora reasons that don’t really need to be discussed right now. While Kardashian’s fame mostly came from reality TV, the mogul has recently immersed herself in the world criminal justice. Throughout the last couple years, she has tried to seek justice for those who have been wrongfully imprisoned. She has been able to get some inmates pardoned and continues to increase her efforts on this front.

During an interview with CR Fashion Book Mirror, Kardashian revealed what made her want to go down the social justice path. As she explains, it was her kids and the fact that they are people color. Kardashian knows the criminal justice system is biased and she just wants them to live fulfilling lives.

“I’m raising four black kids in this society and our system is so discriminatory against black and brown people,” Kardashian said. “I want to do as much as I can to make their lives easier… I never knew much about the system until I started to dig in, and once I learned and saw how many things were wrong, I really couldn’t stop.”

Regardless how you feel about the Kardashian family, there is no denying that Kim’s efforts have been a breath fresh air. She has done a lot great things it will be interesting to see where she takes this, moving forward.

IHOP Celebrates National Pancake Day With Free Flapjacks Today

Today is a glorious day, indeed, for pancake lovers across America. National Pancake Day, which typically lands around this time eveyr year, is to be celebrated at IHOP’s for a few reasons. The most obvious being that it is the International House Of Pancakes but because that, they’re also giving away free pancakes. Landing on Fat Tuesday, you can head into your nearest IHOP and ask for a free stack buttermilk pancakes between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. A few locations are even extending the hours until 10 p.m.

IHOP’s are giving away their pancakes for free (don’t forget to tip) but they are hoping that customers donate to a few causes such as Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Along with the free pancakes, they will also be givng customers the chance to participate in a giveaway. With a QR code, you could have a chance at winning some merch and other items such as bikes, scooters, hats, and more.

There’s a sense relief knowing that IHOPs are sticking to what they do best. Once upon a time, they attempted to compete with other fast food competitors by jumping into burgers. They even went as far as changing their name to IHOB. Thankfully, that didn’t stick and here we are, with another day free pancakes. 

Fake Travis Scott Song Created Entirely By A.I.

Fears a machine-governed society have long been the projections science fiction authors worldwide. The sick thing, course, being that a machine uprising would be our own doing, what with humanity’s fascination with perfecting artificial intelligence. First, it began with delivery gigs. Then it continued into retail. As jobs dwindled by the day, they said it would never infiltrate the creative arts. How wrong they were. They all laughed at a disturbingly convincing Joe Rogan deep fake, despite cries “what is the point this technology?!” But it’s worse than we ever imagined: the downfall humanity is set to be scored by a machine-generated Travis Scott A.I. bot. 
 Fake Travis Scott Song Created Entirely By A.I.

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The program, as developed by tech company space150, is a bot designed with the sole purpose mirroring the musical stylings Travis Scott. To contextualize the decision, Hypebeast pulled a quote from Ned Lampert, space150’s creative director: “‘What if we tried to make a song – like an actual good song – by using AI and basically creative directing AI?’” 

And so began the process creating the Scott bot. Utilizing the words and music prevalent throughout Scott’s discography as a reference, the experiments resulted in an original single called “Jack Park Canny Dope Man.” Though the lyrics remain largely nonsensical the melodies are similar enough to convince an unfamiliar audience. Especially when paired with an on-brand visual aesthetic, also conceived through deep fake technology. Impressive, space150, most impressive. There aren’t enough basins in the world to amass all the drool from wide-eyed record label executives. 

Shyheim Was Fleeing For His Life When Motorist Was Killed In Accident

It was just eight months into Shyheim’s parole when he was involved in a fatal accident. It was reportedly in the early morning hours New Year’s Day back in 2014 when Shyheim was speeding down the road, ran a red light, and collided with Felipe Avila’s Toyota. The rapper reportedly fled the scene and Avila perished in the crash. That same year, he pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He was released last month after serving five years, and he recently sat down with VladTV to discuss the strange circumstances surrounding what led to the collision.

‘When things happen, you don’t understand the damage you cause,” Shyheim said after giving his condolences once again to the victim’s family. “The damage that affects not just right now, down the line. His kids, his grandkids, the things he’ll never get to do because the part I played in something.” Shyheim said he takes full responsibility for what he’s done, “but what I will not do for anybody, I will not let anybody have me live in my past.”

The rapper added that he’s done his time and paid his debt to society, but he’s trying to pick up the pieces and build a better life for himself. “I don’t how many times I can say I apologize and I’m sorry… Well, that’s one time I will say I’m sorry for my actions. I’m sorry that I didn’t stay to get him some help.” He shared that he sat in his cell for years questioning how selfish he was on that fateful night.

Shyheim added that he was speeding through the streets that night because there was an attempt on his life and he was trying to get away. The rapper explained that he’s targeted, whether it be by the streets or tagged by law enforcement, so he felt as if his life was in danger. He didn’t want to name names in court so he copped the plea to “get it over with and move on with my life.” Watch his explanation in full below.

Akon Secures The Land For "Tax Free," "Futuristic" City In Africa

Entertainers ten talk about making boss moves, but Akon is the only one planning his own city. The platinum-selling artist has been working with ficials in his hometown Senegal to create his own “futuristic” province. This has been a creation that Akon has spent years developing, and he shared with TMZ how the project is unfolding.

Akon Secures The Land For "Tax Free," "Futuristic" City In Africa
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“We got the land, we got all the licenses and everything’s moving forward,” said Akon. “See, I’ve been working on this for about seven years trying to get the bases going and we finally secured the land. That was the hardest part, securing the land because with the land being secured, we have to also be regulated as considered a city. There’s already a city within the city. I’m trying to create an area where I can work out my partnership with my government to where it’s a free zone where you don’t have to pay no taxes.”

Akon also said that he’s attempting to shape an attractive society where businesses will move in a make their headquarters. He added that the city will be a Wakanda-influenced “futuristic” city with “all the latest and future technologies”. He said, “I don’t want nothing from the old days. I want it all to be based on tomorrow’s technology and how it’s going to be built for our future.” Watch Akon talk about his city in detail below.

Seth Rogen Producing Movie About Society-Destroying Meme

What if a viral meme had the ability to bring the world as we know it to an end? Never thought about it? Well, Seth Rogen has, or at least he did when he was presented with the concept from James Tynion IV’s Boom! comic, Memetic, that tackles that very concern. Seth’s production company, Point Grey Productions, is adapting Memetic into a feature film the same name, and co-writer the upcoming Batman film, Mattson Tomlin, will pen the script. Lionsgate is in final talks to pick up the horror-thriller, which explores the detrimental effects a viral meme called the Good Time Sloth. The meme turns viewers into “screamers” and sends them into a violent, murderous rage, which eventually causes the downfall society. The story then follows Aaron, a colourblind man who happens to be immune to the meme, tries to find his boyfriend in the film’s post-apocalyptic world as a result the killer meme.

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This is the second comic adaptation for which Tomlin and Point Grey have joined forces. The writer and production company are also collaborating on another film called Fear Agent based on a Rick Remender comic. The film was picked up by Amazon last week following a bidding war.

Ellen DeGeneres & Alicia Keys Present Teen Told To Cut Dreads With $20K Scholarship

Last week, a Texas teen by the name DeAndre Arnold was told that he would not be able to participate in his high school graduation ceremony unless he cut f his locs. Barbers Hill High School in Mont Belvieu, Texas, claims that the teen’s hair goes against the district’s dress code and was placed under in-school suspension. Since then, Arnold and his mother Sandy, have addressed the school’s oppressive practices and refused to deny the teen representing his Trinidadian roots. 

After gaining the attention national media outlets, DeAndre and his mother were invited as guests to The Ellen Show to discuss the Barbers Hill Independent School District’s recently instated policy that has Arnold, an ‘A’ and ‘B’ student, disinvited to his own graduation ceremony. Ellen DeGeneres kicked f the conversation with the 18-year-old expressing her support Arnold’s decision to not comply with the demands the Texas-based institution. 

DeAndre explained how his locs are currently relevant to his Trinidadian culture and how the school is attempting to force into alternative school for the remainder his high school career. The bright teen also revealed that he wants to attend college in order to be a veterinarian. 

After revealing his frustration with the school and his post-graduation plans, Ellen pleaded into the camera for Arnold’s school district to reconsider letting the student walk the graduation stage alongside his peers this spring. Then the Emmy Award-winning talk show host called upon Alicia Keys, who hosted the 2020 Grammys, to present DeAndre with a scholarship worth $20,000 for his upcoming collegiate endeavors. 

CNN reached out to the school’s superintendent, Greg Poole, last week who stated:

“People want to call us racist, but we’re following the rules, the law the land. We’re certainly not making this up,” in defense the school’s dress code policy. 

With the oppression black hairstyles being a common theme in society, hopefully, DeAndre Arnold and others continue to stand against the injustices brought up against alternative cultural lifestyles and aesthetics. 

Check out the DeAndre Arnold’s full Ellen Show interview below and look out for Alicia Keys’ new album, A.L.I.C.I.A (2020), to drop in the month March.