Charlamagne Tha God Gifts HBCU With $250K Scholarship Fund For Women

Charlamagne Tha God recently gifted a historically black college with a hefty scholarship fund dedicated to supporting Black women in their studies. According to BOSSIP, the famous radio host established a scholarship fund at South Caroline State University recently. CTHAGOD’s mother is actually a school alumnus and thus he decided to provide the scholarship in honour his mother dearest. This weekend, during the school’s homecoming game, the radio personality made his way to the university to present them a $250K check for the scholarship fund.

“Today was South Carolina States homecoming and I had the honor announcing “The Ford Family Endowed Scholarship Fund” named after my mother and my grandmothers maiden names,” shared the radio star. “We will be providing scholarships to black women in South Carolina who Major in English, (my mother’s major) Communications, (because I’m a Radio/TV Guy), and for any sister that wants to be a mental health pressional,” Charlamagne explained in his caption. “Always remember investing in an HBCU is investing in the future our people so the next time an HBCU asks for money, open that wallet.” The “Black Privilege” author shared the moment his Instagram as well, jokingly adding “I’m tapped out until February so to all friends and family, don’t even consider calling me this holiday season for nothing.”

A scholarship fund to support Black women is amazing. Good look, Charla!

Review: Q Acoustic Concept 20 Bookshelf Speakers

A wallet-friendly pair of bookshelf speakers with great sound.

I was recently sent a pair of speakers from Q Acoustic. Previously, I’d tested and reviewed Q Acoustics’ 3020 and 2020 speakers and thought they were great for their respective price points. Initially, I was intrigued by these speakers because of their design. They have the option to include stands for these bookshelf speakers, so I thought it gave them a really nice look, especially in the white version.

Design

Review: Q Acoustic Concept 20 Bookshelf Speakers

Getting them unboxed, the quality of these speakers for the cost was immediately noticeable. These can be purchased for $400, and for that price, I cannot think of a speaker I would more strongly recommend. I’m using them with the Q Acoustic stands, which brings the price up to $650, but I still think they are an incredible value at that price.

I personally find the stands to be stylish (my wife doesn’t agree, so they won’t please everyone).

Once I got them set up and running, I was really impressed by their sound! Compared to the 2020s, these had a much fuller sound. It was sort of like a mix between the smoothness of the 3020s, with a more dramatic punchiness than the 2020s. They have lots of clarity thanks to the evenness of the highs, mids and low-end tones.

Comparison to tower speakers (3020)

Review: Q Acoustic Concept 20 Bookshelf Speakers

The 3020s are great, but I think at this point, I would recommend them for much larger rooms than I can currently afford to live in. This could also be a byproduct of the listening conditions I personally prefer over what is more universally considered ‘good’, but I prefer the sound of the punchy bookshelf speakers over that of the sometimes overly warm and smooth tower speakers.

I’d have to bring the towers up to a louder volume than is really acceptable in an apartment building in order to get the same fullness and punchiness of sound I get from the bookshelves at moderate volumes.

Performance

Music sounds great through these speakers. The one thing that was lost between these and the larger tower speakers is some of the finer details in the treble. The power of the mids and lows somewhat overwhelmed them, but this is a pretty standard tradeoff. Because there is less room to create the bass, you get a more forceful sound out of them, which is that ‘punchiness’ I referred to earlier.

Review: Q Acoustic Concept 20 Bookshelf Speakers

Film and TV were also handled really well by these speakers. One of the problems I have with the tower speakers is that the smoothness of the midrange also makes voices a little less distinctive and pronounced. I think that people with large spaces and no shared walls may enjoy the larger tower speakers, but I found that the volume control between dialogue sections and more special effects-driven sections to be all over the place.

The consistent sound levels may have something to do with the more compact soundstage that the bookshelf speakers provide. But part of the solution may also come from the ‘Gelcore’ technology that allows for more evenness of volume without causing vibration noises. This allows for a pretty even volume, and I didn’t find myself constantly holding the remote to increase or decrease the volume of whatever I was watching.

Construction

Gelcore

Gelcore is a new technology that Q Acoustic invented and deploy in the Concept 20s. It separates the inner and outer walls of the speaker with a glue-like compound which remains viscous. The gel helps isolate the vibration into the inner cabinet of the speaker. This allows for fewer vibrations to be transferred into the room, enhancing the clarity of the sound.

An additional layer on the Concept 20 speaker stands is also used to enhance the experience for those who choose to purchase them. This new technology is absolutely effective and there is a clear and audible difference (your neighbors will also appreciate it if you have shared walls). Luckily, this will be utilized in future Q acoustic models as well; it’s the most important new addition to these speakers as compared to the previous models tested.

Overall

I think these speakers are a great purchase! These can be had for under $300 from various online stores. Anyone in the market for a pair of great-sounding bookshelf speakers will be extremely pleased with the Q Acoustic Concept 20s.

Dollywood Sued Over Unauthorized Use of 'Charlie Brown Christmas'

Christmas may be quickly approaching, but not everyone is in the holiday mood.

The film production company that owns the rights to the “Charlie Brown Christmas” theme song is suing the Dollywood theme park in a federal court for copyright infringement. The damages could end up being enormous.

Dollywood is a theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee that is named after and pays homage to legendary country music star Dolly Parton, though she is not personally named in the suit. According to the lawsuit, the park has been using the theme song in its live Christmas performances for a dozen years in a stage show called “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Footage available on the Internet clearly depicts the cast of the show singing the song, with its melody playing in the background.

Lee Mendelson Film Productions, which is a company based in Los Angeles named after one of the co-writers of the song, is the owner of the song’s copyright. They want Dollywood to pay them $150,000 for each time the song has been used without permission as well as for each use in the future.

While the song is commonly known as the “Charlie Brown Christmas” theme song, its actual name is “Christmas Time Is Here.”

It was written in 1965 by both Mendelson and jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi for “A Charlie Brown Christmas” television special, which has since become a timeless classic and a staple of holiday TV programming. Mendelson was also the executive producer of the special.

Dollywood issued a brief statement in response to the suit. They said that, while they are aware of it, they would not directly comment on it, citing the fact that it is pending legislation.

The lawsuit should not have been a complete surprise to the theme park, as the production company warned it last year that it was using the song in an unlicensed manner. Then again, the performance itself could be considered a cover, and authorized by U.S. statutory licensing rules.

Air Jordan 11 Low "Concord" Releasing With A Unique Twist

Another day, another rumor about what to expect from Jordan Brand’s 2020 lineup.

The latest development regarding next year’s Air Jordan releases pertains to the Air Jordan 11 Low, which will reportedly be returning in an alternate “Concord” color scheme. This time around, the sneaker’s namesake color is expected to take center stage on the patent leathr, rather than just appearing on the outsole and subtle detailing on the tongue.

According to sneaker source @Zsneakerheadz, the kicks will be another women’s exclusive, meaning they’ll only be available up to the equivalent a men’s size 9.5. A specific release date hasn’t been announced but it is believed the sneakers will be arriving in the spring 2020 for the retail price $185.

Early images the remixed “Concord” Air Jordan 11 Low have not yet surfaced, but they could look like the mockup shown below based on the leaked information. Stay tuned for more details.

Rob Gronkowski Joins Fox As NFL Analyst, Debut Date Announced

Former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is joining the Fox Sports team as an NFL analyst, and his first gig will take place this Thursday, October 10 as the undefeated Patriots host the New York Giants. 

Fox announced the Gronkowski will serve as an analyst on the pregame show, alongside Hall Famers Terry Bradshaw, Michael Strahan and Tony Gonzalez. Gronk, or rather someone on his PR team, issued the following statement on Tuesday regarding his move to TV.

“I’m extremely excited to be joining FOX Sports. For the past 25 years, they’ve fered viewers top-notch NFL programming from the field to the booth to the studio. Their deep talent roster is unmatched, which was important for me as I embark on this new chapter in my life because I’ll be able to learn from the best in the business.”

The Patriots enter their Week 6 matchup against the G-Men with an unblemished 5-0 record and the league’s top defense. Through their first five games, the Pats’ D has surrendered just two touchdowns and an average 6.8 points per game.

The Giants, meanwhile, are sitting at 2-3 for the year, but they are 2-1 with rookie quarterback Daniel Jones under center. Patriots-Giants, airing on Fox, is scheduled to kickf at 8:20pm ET but Gronk fans will want to tune in early to catch the pre-game antics.

Alex Trebek May Step Down As Host On "Jeopardy!" Due To Battle With Cancer

Beloved Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek announced his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer back in March and has not once thought about quitting his job on the show, until now. The 79-year-old previously had a successful round chemotherapy but things took a bad turn when he was readmitted to the hospital after cancer became more aggressive. “I lost about 12 pounds in a week. And my numbers went sky high. Much higher than they were when I was first diagnosed. So, the doctors have decided that I have to undergo chemo again. And that’s what I’m doing,” he stated.

Alex Trebek May Step Down As Host On "Jeopardy!" Due To Battle With Cancer
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Alex opened up to CTV News about his diagnosis and how his second round chemotherapy has given him sores in his mouth, delaying his speech. “I will keep doing it (the show) as long as my skills do not diminish, and they have started to diminish,” he said. Alex has hosted the game show for 35 years and has been apart more than 8,000 episodes. 

“I’m not afraid dying,” Alex added. “I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end that life … if it happens, why should I be afraid that? One thing they’re not going to say at my funeral, as a part a eulogy, is ‘He was taken from us too soon.’”

Ja Rule Clarifies If Ashanti Assisted Jennifer Lopez’s Vocals On "I’m Real"

One Ja Rule‘s best hits is “I’m Real” that was released in 2001 with the likes Jennifer Lopez as a feature. A while back, Ashanti (a frequent collaborator fo Ja Rule) explained how she demoed the track for JLo and some adlibs were left on the beat but Jennifer handled the verse. “They kept some the backgrounds and ad libs and stuff like that,” Ashanti said. “And it was funny, it was bittersweet because I was really excited ’cause it was J.Lo. But I was so mad at Irv. I was like, ‘You know I wanted that record!”

Ja Rule Clarifies If Ashanti Assisted Jennifer Lopez's Vocals On "I'm Real"
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Ja Rule recently made a visit to Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen and he was asked about the latter and if it’s true or not. At first, Ja Rule said it’s a lie but then his explanation said something different.  

“So I wrote ‘I’m Real’ for Jennifer Lopez,” Ja Ruled said. “And I sung the original version it as a reference, but I sound terrible, course. … Ashanti then sung the reference for Jennifer Lopez.”

He added: “When they mixed down the record, Irv Gotti] left some the vocals underneath. … She has some vocals underneath, I believe. And that is the rumor. I don’t even know if it’s really true.”

Watch his full ‘explanation’ below.

T.I.’s Wife Tiny Reported $750,000 Worth Of Jewelry Stolen From Her Lamborghini

According to a report on WSB-TV, Tameka “Tiny” Harris reported almost $750,000 worth jewelry, including wedding rings, watches and stud earrings, stolen directly from her Lamborghini. She was with some friends at Bar Amalfi in Atlanta, and did not realize what had happened until she left the bar at night.  

The police department revealed that the singer had her items hidden in a blue Velour bag, which was itself stolen from the vehicle. The police also revealed there was no damage to the car, nor were there signs forced entry. She told the police that her friend went to grab a deck cards from the car, which, to her knowledge, was the last time her car was approached. However, Tiny refused to comment and stated that her friend had no knowledge the jewelry. 

Although there were many people that circled the vehicle that evening, it is difficult to pinpoint a suspect. $750,000 worth jewelry is not easy to lose. We’ll keep you posted as the investigation unravels. 

Team Ric Flair vs Team Hulk Hogan Announced For WWE Crown Jewel Event

The WWE will be returning to Saudi Arabia on October 31 for another “Crown Jewel” event, highlighted by a five-on-five tag team match between Team Hogan and Team Flair. The two Hall Famers were featured on this week’s episode Miz TV on Monday Night Raw, and things quickly escalated as The Hulkster and The Nature Boy exchanged pleasantries inside the ring.

Once The Miz floated the idea a Team Hogan vs Team Flair showdown in Saudi Arabia, WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins appointed himself captain Hulk’s squad, while Randy Orton stepped forward as the lead man for Team Flair. Rusev was later added to Team Hogan, while Baron Corbin joined Flair’s heel roster.

Other matches for Crown Jewel, taking place at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh, have not yet been announced but fans can expect most the WWE superstars to be in attendance.

For instance, wrestlers currently advertised for the event are The Undertaker, Brock Lesnar, Ki Kingston, WWE United States Champion AJ Styles, Roman Reigns, Big E, Xavier Woods, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, Braun Strowman, Rey Mysterio and Mansoor Al-Shehail, the the first Saudi wrestler to have ever competed in a WWE ring.

WWE’s Baron Corbin Looks Like A Fool As Throne Collapses On Raw: Video

WWE superstar Baron Corbin outlasted the competition during the recent King the Ring tournament, and he has therefore been parading around with a crown, a sceptre and a king’s robe while gloating about his regal status.

Unfortunately for King Corbin, his gimmick was turned into a mockery on last night’s edition Monday Night Raw, as his throne crumbled beneath him while he was preparing to watch the main event between Universal Champion Seth Rollins and Rusev.

The unexpected moment was not shown on live TV, but video footage taken from the crowd at the Talking Stick Resort Arena shows everything that the cameras missed, including Randy Orton’s reaction. Check out the clip below.

Both Corbin and Orton were selected to represent Ric Flair’s team at the upcoming Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia, where they will go up against Hulk Hogan’s squad, featuring Rollins and Rusev. Each team will add three more members prior to the show on October 31, making for a 5-on-5 tag team bout.

"Madame Web" Movie Is In Development To Join Sony’s Spider-Man Universe

Sony is looking to expand its movie universe. According to a report from ColliderSony is currently developing a Madame Web film. This would be the fourth film in Sony’s ever-expanding Spider-Verse. The first was Venom, starring Tom Hardy. Next was the animated film Into The Spider-Verse and the following film on the schedule is the Jared Leto starring Moribus. Although Venom and Miles Morales are pretty popular in pop culture, Moribus and Madame Web are lesser-known. This gives Sony a fresh opportunity to deliver something Marvel fans have not seen yet. While Moribus is a vampire and Spidey enemy, Madame Web is more a hero. 

Madame Web is ten portrayed as an elderly woman who is blind and suffering from a rare disease. She is hooked up on a form life support that looks like spiderwebs, and she has precognitive abilities and sometimes is also shown with low-level telekinetic powers as well. Morbius writers Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless have been hired to write the Madame Web movie script. While this is all speculation, it does appear that Sony is planning to perform some type cross-universe event. Madame Web may be the key to accessing different universes, and possibly bringing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man into the world Venom and Moribus.

‘Fast and Furious’ Director Rob Cohen Faces Second Sexual Assault Accusation

According to the Huffington Post, Rob Cohen, director The Fast and the Furious, has now been accused ual assault by a second woman. Earlier this year, his daughter came forward to condemn him for ual assault as well. His daughter claimed she was molested by Cohen at a young age.

The new woman, identified as Jane, claims Cohen pressured her into drinking to the point losing consciousness during a business meeting about a TV pilot. Jane then woke up naked in Cohen’s hotel room as he was assaulting her. She fled to the bathroom where she gained her composure. Cohen then attempted to assault her once more as she exited to the hotel. 

Medical records confirm that Jane sought treatment for ual assault after their meeting.

Rob Cohen does admit to meeting Jane four years ago but continues to deny any accusations ual assault or misconduct. Cohen’s lawyer Martin Singer responded with a 13-page piece saying, “The proposed Story is an outrageous defamatory hit piece, making extraordinarily fensive assertions that my client engaged in heinous ual misconduct, criminal wrongdoing, and other inappropriate behavior, which are vehemently disputed and denied by my client.” Singer also advised the Huffington Post against running the story “in an effort to feed the ‘Me Too’ media frenzy with this salacious Story.”

Ariana Grande Flew Her Dogs To Glasgow On A Private Jet To Help With Anxiety

Ariana Grande‘s got a lot dogs. She’s a mother to a total nine pooches, one which she adopted after Mac Miller‘s death and was the rapper’s own dog, Myron. The 26-year-old is over in Europe for a string shows and according to Daily Mail  she had two her dogs flown out on a private jet to accompany her as she’s feeling anxious and depressed. 

“Ariana wanted to make sure she felt right at home and after she cancelled a number meet-and-greets due to anxiety, they help her with that. They help to calm her nerves,” a source told the publication. Myron and Toulouse were reportedly given personalized dog biscuits and tartan collars until they were finally in Ariana’s care. Sources also state that the dogs got their own rooms at the same residence the “God Is A Woman” was staying at, going for £2,500-a-night.

Ariana Grande Flew Her Dogs To Glasgow On A Private Jet To Help With Anxiety
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“Hi my loves. Time for some honesty. My anxiety and depression have been at an all time high lately. I have been giving you all i’ve got and trying to push through as hard as I can and mask it,” Ariana wrote in an email to fans who had booked and meet and greet. 

“Today has been an extra rough one. After a handful panic attacks, I feel like the wisest decision would be not to do sound check party or m&g today and preserve my energy for the show. I don’t want to rush through our time together or seem shaky.”

Teen Diagnosed With 2-Hour Memory After Dance Injury

An Illinois teen is desperately seeking some medical help after she’s been left with two-hour memory after sustaining a kick in the head at a dance recital. According to WQAD-TVRiley wakes up every morning thinking every day is June 11th, the day she got kicked in the head. “I have a calendar on my door and I look and it’s September and I’m like ‘woah’,” she told the publication. 

Riley’s mother, Sarah, detailed how numerous doctor visits have left them unsure as to how to fix this problem since Riley has previously been told she just has a concussion. “They tell us there’s nothing medically wrong,” Sarah said. “They can’t see anything. You can’t see a concussion though on an MRI or a CT scan. There’s no brain bleed, there’s no tumor.”

Riley navigates through school with notebooks, notes and even an alarm set every two hours to help her reflect on what has happened throughout the day. “(Doctors) told us that she might just be like this forever. And I am not okay with that,” Sarah added.

Riley speaking out on her memory loss is a move to let anyone else out there know they’re not alone.

Petition To Remove Evelyn Lozada From "Basketball Wives" Pulls In Over 6K Signatures

Evelyn Lozada is on thin ice when it comes to her role in VH1’s Basketball Wives reality series. The 43-year-old has been called out endlessly on Twitter for her racist remarks to her co-stars that has led viewers to shame the network for allowing Evelyn to still be on the show going forward. “Social media can reveal the wickedness and hate that women have amongst each other @EvelynLozada you are a colorist you called a black sister a monkey. You are a negative influence on TV and for young women,” one user wrote

Petition To Remove Evelyn Lozada From "Basketball Wives" Pulls In Over 6K Signatures
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Since Evelyn’s remarks were aired on television, women have banned together to form a number petitions to have the mother two dropped from her role. The largest the petitions is one hosted on Change.org titled “Help Relieve Ms. Lozada Her Services from Basketball Wives.” As we write this, over 6,000 people have signed as the number signatures continue to grow. 

Watch the teaser Evelyn’s racist jab to her co-star and peep online reactions below.