Entire Kindergarten Class Shows Up To Court For Classmate’s Adoption Hearing

Often court stories are filled with negativity but this is one to make your heart smile. A young boy’s adoption was made final in Grand Rapids, Michigan this week with his entire kindergarten class in attendance. According to CNN, Michael, age 5, was adopted by his foster parents who had been caring for him for over a year. Michael’s teacher, Mrs. McKee had the idea making Michael’s adoption day one that he and his classmates could all remember. McKee approached Michael’s mom about the field trip and she was excited by the idea as well. The teacher arranged for a school bus and organized the outing. His entire class from Wealthy Elementary School created hearts on wooden sticks that they waved in the courtroom as the adoption was finalized. Michael was all smiles as he got his permanent home solidified by the judge with his new parents, and friends, by his side.

Michael’s new father said that his favorite part was when his son’s friends started telling the court “I love Michael” or “Michael’s my best friend,” after the judge asked everyone in the room to describe what Michael means to them. According to the judge, this was the first time she has ever hosted a kindergarten class in her courtroom before. 

 

Actor In Disgraced Peloton Commercial Speaks On "Malicious Feedback"

Peloton released its holiday commercial called “The Gift That Gives Back” in hopes securing more customers to buy the company’s well-crafted spin bike. However, the plan completely fell through after people reacted negatively to the tone-deaf commercial that had more than a handful things wrong with it. “Nothing says “maybe you should lose a few pounds” like gifting your already rail thin life partner a Peloton,” one Twitter user responded

Actor In Disgraced Peloton Commercial Speaks On "Malicious Feedback"
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While the actress in the spot is the shining star, her husband in the commercial (who only had about five seconds air time) has responded to the backlash, detailing its impact on his personal life and career. “My 5 seconds air time created an array malicious feedback that is all associated with my face. My friend texted me today declaring that I’m ‘a symbol the patriarchy,'” Sean Hunter told Psychology Today.

“As my face continues to be screen shot online, I wonder what repercussions will come back to me,” he added. “I pride myself on being a great teacher and developing actor, and I can only hope that this affects neither.”

Sean also sympathized with the female actor who has yet to respond to any the hate. “I reflect on what my co-actor must be dealing with, as she’s the other 25 seconds the story,” he said. 

August Alsina Returns with New Single ‘Today’

August Alsina is unstoppable.

While he battles his auto-immune disease, the resilient singer shares his testimony on his powerful single “Today.” The 26-year-old gets honest about his journey and everyday struggles on the motivational track, while remembering those he’s lost along the way.

“I’m gon’ work like they gon’ put me in the ground today / I ain’t certain they won’t put me in the ground today,” sings August. “Still goin’ hard everyday, tryin’ to overcome, that’s real / Still speaking from the heart, tryin’ to give the people something they could feel.”

But his struggles have only made him push harder. “Get yours, ’cause I’ma get mine’s today / I’m sure, won’t change my mind today,” he adds. “No choice, I gotta find a way / I’m on the grind, 365, got no time to waste.”

Additionally, August has released a trailer for his upcoming documentary The Rise of August Alsina .stateofEMERGEncy, which chronicles his tumultuous journey.

“I made a film. About life & all its journey’s,” said August. “About pain & what a gift & teacher it has been to me. About how ones pain & .stateofEmergency causes one to EMERGE•and•SEE, clearly. About love & what it’s been teaching me. About us as of people & our connectivity. A film about truth & how it hurts to face it, yet you still gotta face it anyway. A film about tragedy & triumph & victory!”

Mathew Knowles Unearths Beyoncé’s 1st Girl Group Album

Beyoncé’s father Mathew Knowles has dropped a previously unreleased album from the pop superstar’s past. To coincide with his new book Destiny Child’s: The Untold Story, Knowles has shared a project from the Destiny’s Child predecessor Girls Tyme.

Girls Tyme, a six-person group that included Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, was the original incarnation of what would later become Destiny’s Child. Their unearthed LP, released through Trinitee Urban Records, features 15 tracks.

Check out the Girls Tyme stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Mathew Knowles Unearths Beyoncé's 1st Girl Group Album

1. God Bless the Child (Intro)
2. I Wanna Be Where You Are
3. Sunshine
4. Say It Ain’t So
5. Boy I Want You
6. Girls Tyme Fun
7. 632-5792
8. Boyfriend
9. Teacher Fried My Brain
10. When I Laid My Eyes On You
11. In My City
12. Hip House
13. Blue Velvet
14. Take Em 2 Another Level
15. Talking ‘Bout My Baby

Twitter Moments Of The Decade That Will Make You LOL All Over Again

Now that the decade is coming to a close Twitter is assembling all the best moments the last ten years. Some the videos and media shared are the clips that collectively have brought us the most real “laugh out loud” moments while staring at our smartphones. Some the highlights that are making the rounds online show how an ordinary moment for one person can turn into a viral sensation for millions.  

 You will probably remember a lot the media being shared from the jump but some you may not have seen some this Internet glory. One video for example, is a student filming while he asks his teacher, “what’d you say, what’d you say?” Then, the teacher who presumably has had enough with his students responds with, “I said whoever threw that paper…your mom’s a hoe.”

And who can forget possibly the most memorable video the decade, Antoine Dodson saying “hide yo kids, hide yo wife.” Obviously Dodson’s video which was remixed and shared widely on social media platforms made the list memorable Twitter moments along with other fan favorites. Check out the videos below and experiences the last decade in viral videos all over again.

Dave East Keeps It 100 While Reflecting On Nipsey Hussle In New Interview

Dave East rolled through Hot 97 for an interview with Nessa on Air and as always he brought the real. The interview kicks f with East talking about acting and Nessa asks the Harlem rapper if there’s any actor he would really like to work with. He quickly responds with “De Niro.” Solid choice. Dave then talks about Survival and Nessa asks him which song was “the toughest” to put together on the album to which he responds, “I Need A Sign” and “Seventeen.” Soon after, Dave reveals that his 10th-grade teacher slid into his DM’s and encouraged him to keep on doing what he’s doing, but he admits that he left the message on seen.

Dave East Keeps It 100 While Reflecting On Nipsey Hussle In New Interview
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On the question whether or not East wants more kids, he says that he wants a son and that his daughter is “perfect” to him. He continues talking about his daughter saying, “nothing about her dims no part my day.”

Nessa then asks about the Nipsey Hussle tribute and Dave says AraabMusik did the beat, Snoop Dogg is on it and and it’s “like me and Nip in the car smoking…and I’m telling this n**** like, this is the inspiration you gave me.” He continues saying that the record is, “everything I didn’t get to tell him while he was here.” He brings up the fact that people talk to everyone like “they’re going to be here tomorrow.” Nip and East spoke about personal brands during their friendship, and East reflects on the incredible “imprint” Nipsey has left. He reveals that he spoke to Nipsey 3 days before his death on FaceTime.

Jamal Adams & Derek Carr’s Brother Exchange Shots On Twitter

The New York Jets gave the Oakland Raiders a beat down yesterday at Metlife Stadium winning 34-3 in a game that Oakland was favorite to win. Well following the upset victory, star safety Jamal Adams decided to have some fun and post a picture him sacking QB Derek Carr during the first half on Twitter. However, Derek Carr’s oldest brother took fense to the picture and decided to stick up for his sibling.

Darren Carr responded to the tweet with the comment “(Saved for later),” assuming that they’ll remember this for their next matchup. Adams course had to fire back with the tweet “frame it,” before going on to call Darren out for never making it to the pros and being a high school teacher. “I understand you never made it to the big stage, but stop living through your brothas. You need to focus on your lil high school job… you got class to teach tomorrow!” he fired back.

After this jab, Carr explained to Adams that he couldn’t continue his football dreams because a medical condition. He then condemned the safety for the lack respect he has for his opponents. In true fashion, Adams didn’t back down and doubled down by questioning Carr’s credibility as a teacher.

After the game, Adams told NorthJersey.com that he was annoyed by the way the Raiders fans treated his team. “I’m not going to lie to you, when we came out to the field we felt disrespected,” Adams said. “We got booed in our own home stadium by Oakland fans and we went back into this locker room and it was a hell a talk, it was something that needed to be said. We felt disrespected, went out there and put up or shut up.”

Father Arrested After 5-Year-Old Brings Drugs To School That Make Him “Feel Like Spider-Man”

A 29-year-old man by the name Benny Garcia from Holyoke, Massachusetts, was arrested this past Thursday when his 5-year-old son claimed that a packet white powder he brought to school made him “feel like Spiderman.” The boy, who attends Lawrence Elementary School, told his teacher about the supposed superhero substance, showing her a baggie that was stamped with the Spiderman logo. The teacher promptly informed the school principal, who contacted the authorities.

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Law enforcement found 170 bags heroin, some which were also stamped with the Spiderman logo, as well as 38 baggies what is suspected to be cocaine in Garcia’s apartment. According to the prosecutor the case, the child found the sealed baggy in the living room, which he then brought to school. The child was rushed to the hospital as a necessary precaution, but authorities claim that he did not ingest any the substance.

The 5-year-old along with another child under Garcia’s care were taken to the Department Children and Family Services. Due to an outstanding warrant connected to a previous drug case, Garcia was taken into custody. He has plead not guilty for these multiple drug charges, but will be held without bail as he awaits his hearing for dangerousness on November 20th.

Teacher Implements Freestyle Reward System For Good Grades

When it comes to academic incentives, this one is would make Big Tigger proud. An Atlanta teacher named Sammy Rigaud has been getting praise after a viral video swept the internet, one that revealed the simple premise his exchange: good grades nets you some stage-time during “Freestyle Fridays.” “Freestyle Friday’s!!!” writes Rigaud, in the original FaceBook post. “If you get 80% or higher on the weekly assessment….. you get a turn.” Clearly, at least a few the kids have taken advantage the opportunity, as seen by the young rappers spitting some impressive melodic bars. 

All three young gentlemen had a solid grasp on musicality, going so far as to catch the ear 6lack. “They all went crazy but my last boi in his bag,” he writes. “I’m pullin up.” You’ve gotta respect a teacher who understands that bars are for the children, and likewise for those kids who dabble in the art the freestyle. Clearly, it’s a win-win situation for all involved, and Mr. Rigaud deserves big props for his clever initiative. 

One has to wonder if such a practice would work in the workplace? 

"Fantastic Beasts 3" Gets Greenlight To Start Production In 2020

According to Deadline,Warner Bros. has greenlit the third Fantastic Beasts movie in the Harry Potter spinf series. Production is slated to start spring 2020. The first Fantastic Beasts was set in New York City, while the second was shot mainly in Paris. The third entry will use Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro as the main location for the plot. Comedian and actress Jessica Williams, who appeared briefly in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Grindelwald, will have a bigger role this time around with her character Pressor Eulalie “Lally” Hicks. Hick is a teacher at Ilvermorny School Witchcraft and Wizardry, the American equivalent Hogwarts.

The main cast is all returning, including Eddie Redmayne (Newt Scamander), Jude Law (Albus Dumbledore), Johnny Depp (Gellert Grindelwald), Ezra Miller (Credence Barebone, a.k.a. Aurelius Dumbledore),  Katherine Waterston (Tina Goldstein), Alison Sudol (Queenie Goldstein), and Dan Fogler (Jacob Kowalski).  Dan Fogler previously declared the start date and location for the film at a fan convention, but it was unconfirmed at the time. “We haven’t started filming yet. We start in February,” Fogler stated. “Last we heard, J.K. … she’s been writing furiously, everyone was really happy with what she submitted, and we’re all just waiting for the new script. And that’s where we’re at … The reason we were given is that the movie is bigger than the first two combined. They needed more time to prep and they didn’t want to rush anything so they pushed it back …. I can tell you that we are going to Brazil. I don’t really know much… laughs]. I’ll get a script closer to when we start shooting.”

Lizzo Shows Love To Kids In Viral "Truth Hurts" "You Are 100% The Future"

A teacher and her students at Los Medanos Elementary School in Pittsburg, California went viral after they shared a video their rendition to Lizzo’s chart-topping song, “Truth Hurts.” The teacher, DorothyHoney Mallari, said she chose the song based on her students’ reaction and changed the lyrics to embody inspirational verses to get her students moving and feeling confident.

Lizzo saw the cute clip the students singing her tune in their classroom and decided to follow-up with a sweet message for her young fanbase.   

“Hey kids, It’s Lizzo. I saw the wonderful video that y’all made. Your teacher is very cool,” Lizzo said in her message, that aired on Good Morning America. “I wanna thank you so much for supporting me and I wanna let you know that you are 100% the future.”

She kindly added: “You’re so bright and so beautiful and so talented so keep it up and I hope to see y’all one day,” she said. “I wanna drop in on your class so hopefully we can make that happen. In the meantime, stay bright.”

Dave East Pays Tribute to Nipsey Hussle on ‘The Marathon Continues’

Dave East’s long-awaited debut Survival arrives today featuring collaborations with Nas, Lil Baby, Teyana Taylor, and the late Nipsey Hussle.

The Harlem rapper pays homage to his fallen friend on the heartfelt closer “The Marathon Continues,” which opens with some words of wisdom from Neighborhood Nip himself.

Dave carries the torch as he recounts their friendship. “Your voice keep playing in my heard / Don’t wanna believe you dead,” he raps over the Araab Muzik and Motif Alumni production. “You made me proud to tell the whole world I’m a damn Crip / This marathon will continue, ni**a, I can’t quit.”

East goes on to reveal that they were planning to release a joint project together and reflects on good times together. “The blueprint of being bosses / You created that,” he raps. “You gave out so much free game / That shit was charity.”

Snoop also pays tribute to Nipsey at the end. “Your legacy will live on, nephew. The Marathon continues. Nipsey Hussle, the leader, the father, the brother, the teacher, the king, the god, live on.”

In an interview Revolt, East also spoke about the devastating loss. “Fuck rap. I’m going to keep it 100. That was my ni**a,” he said. “Anything we did together or anytime I had to be around that ni**a, I cherish it. It’s wack he went out like that. That ni**a’s a king.”

Survival also features appearances from Gunna, The-Dream, Fabolous, Jacquees, E-40, and more. Stream the album below.

Eminem Unveils New Line Of "Detroit Vs Everybody" Merch

Eminem‘s legacy extends beyond music. Aside from boasting a legendary career, Em has quietly done his part in guiding his community’s youth. You may recall his role in The Verses project. In case you need a refresher, the Verses project began after a collaboration between The Marshall Mathers Foundation and Carhartt. According to Vaughn Watson, Assistant Pressor and Dept Teacher Education at Michigan University, “the Verses Project is a songwriting project that looks at the interplay literacy and music in the literate lives students.” Should you be interested in learning more about the cause, check out this video below. 

Now, Em has launched a new line  Detroit Vs. Everybody merch in honor the Verses project, the designs which can be seen on Instagram. “We linked back up with @detroitvseverybodyllc / @tommeywalker on a Limited Edition capsule for the Marshall Mathers Foundation in support the Verses Project,” writes Em, in the original announcement caption. The designs themselves continue the “Vs. Everybody” theme, though this time Shady has opted to stand alone.

Check out the new capsule below, and should you be so inclined, you can cop and support at Em’s ficial store right here. 

Chance the Rapper Hosts and Performs on ‘SNL’

Chance the Rapper doubles the fun.

Nearly two years after making his “SNL” debut, the Chicago rapper returned as host and musical guest on the Halloween episode of “Saturday Night Live.” He once again pulled double duty, starring in some hilarious skits and hitting the stage for a couple performances.

Chance opened the show with a monologue dedicated to his hometown of Chicago and “second-best” things. Wearing a Chicago Teachers Union sweatshirt, he delivered a musical ode to the “Second City.”

“Sometimes the second best is better than the first,” said Chance before listing a series of runners-up that he prefers including Burger King, Pepsi, Luigi, DMC, and more.

He also revived his role as announcer Lazlo Holmes, who is forced to cover an e-sports tournament, and presided over First Impressions Court as Judge Barry, who doles out judgments based on first impressions. Plus, he participated in a couple Halloween-themed sketches including a ghost in a graveyard, who sings about how he died. He had a hard time controlling his laughter while starring alongside Kenan Thompson in a skit about a dance instructor who is a secret werewolf.

He also hit the stage to perform two songs off his debut album The Big Day including “Zanies and Fools,” which opened with his daughter Kensli singing the “Impossible” sample from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Joined by a tuxedo-clad drum and string section, he delivered the tribute to his wife, complete with dancers and choreographed moves.

For his second set, Chance performed “Handsome,” another album standout. After being introduced by Jason Momoa, Lil Chano rapped while the lyrics scrolled behind him on a ticker display. Megan Thee Stallion surprised the crowd by hitting the 30 Rock stage to spit her fiery verse. The Houston hottie with a model body later took to Instagram to reflect on her first “SNL” appearance.

“Omg I absolutely CANNOT believe I was on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE tonight,” she wrote. “I wanna cry 😢 thank you so much @chancetherapper for having me perform with you 💙 tonight was everything.”

Chance The Rapper Performs "Zanies and Fools" and "Handsome" On SNL

Four years after his original debut on the sketch comedy show, Chance The Rapper returned to pull double duty as both host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live.

“It’s crazy. It’s a lot moving around,” he previously explained to Jimmy Fallon the exciting role. “It’s a lot duties and responsibilities. But it’s amazing,” he said. “Honestly, it’s been a dream for me since I was a little kid. My older cousin Chris used to have all this MC Hammer memorabilia … he had all this stuff, and one them was a VHS recording MC Hammer hosting and serving as the] musical guest to SNL, so I always wanted to do that.”

As he opened up with his monologue, Chance used the platform to touch the current teachers’ strike taking place in his native Chicago before breaking into a song about the “Second City” nickname and his affinity for all things second-best.

During the half the job that employed Chance’s musical talents, the rapper opted to perform renditions his “Zanies and Fools” and “Handsome”  picks from The Big Day, with both tracks featuring Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion, respectively. While Nicki did not make it out for her verse on “Zanies,” Megan popped out for the closing set “Handsome.”