The FBI Tweets Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Social Media Wasn’t Having It

There were plenty quotes, tributes, speeches, and remembrances shared on Monday (January 20) to celebrate the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. All across America, millions people enjoyed a day f from work as some attended parades and special events dedicated to the assassinated Civil Rights leader, but when the Federal Bureau Investigation honored Dr. King on social media, the internet was quick to call out the organization’s hypocrisy.

The FBI Tweets Tribute To Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Social Media Wasn't Having It
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“Today, the FBI honors the life and work the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” the institution tweeted. “A quote from Dr. King is etched in stone at the FBI Academy’s reflection garden in Quantico as a reminder to all students and FBI employees: ‘The time is always right to do what is right.’ #MLKDay.”

Ironically, when Dr. King was fighting for equity and equality, the FBI targeted him and his family, harassing and threatening them for years. There was a special team that focused on Dr. King that reportedly bugged his home, sent him threatening letters, and exposed his alleged infidelities to discredit his movement. The National Archives holds the “FBI-King Suicide Letter,” a note sent to Dr. King from the bureau encouraging him to take his own life under the direction J. Edgar Hoover. The letter called the Civil Rights leader “an evil, abnormal beast.” The FBI’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. is named the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

“Your headquarters is named after J. Edgar Hoover, who used all his resources to not only destroy King’s reputation, but to get him to kill himself,” Marc Lamont Hill tweeted to the FBI. “If you want to ‘do what is right,’ you should denounce Hoover’s attacks on The Black Freedom Movement and rename the building.” Check out a few more responses below and let us know if you think people are overreacting.

J. Cole Says He Was Sick Of Rapping About Himself After "2014 Forest Hills Drive"

J. Cole fans have always appreciated him for his authenticity in telling his own truth. As a rapper, he’s given fans an insight into his own trials and tribulations in his life as he relates that to the average person. However, it appears as though there was a time in his life when he was sick talking about himself. 

J. Cole Says He Was Sick Of Rapping About Himself After "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
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Cole recently joined Marshawn Lynch and Ryan Coogler in Harlem for the MLK Now Panel. Over the course the conversation, which got into some very deep topics, Cole explained a point in his career where he was simply tired speaking his own life in the rap game. “The time, it was after the Forest Hill Drive album, at a time in my life where I was just tired like, rapping about myself,” he explained. “So much my art was storytelling from my own perspective. I’d always give you branches someone else’s perspective but so much it was like my personal journey, my personal growth, my personal flaws, this, that and the third. And it was a time period when I was like that was not interesting to me.”

After moving back to North Carolina from New York, he explained that he had a “whole different perspective the landscape.” 

“That tour was a product that album which was a product that book and just a desire to like, ‘okay, let me use this platform to tell these stories,'” he said. Peep the clip below.

White Rapper Gets Socked For Dropping ‘N-Word’ During Battle

A white rapper learned the hard way just how inappropriate dropping the “n-word” is during a battle — or, anywhere.

In a video clip shared to Twitter, the heavily bearded MC is in the middle of his verse when he spits, “I ain’t like these other battle rappers/They talk too much/Saying I can’t use the ‘n’ word in this battle/My nigga ….” and before he can finish the line, he catches a punch to the face.

Unsurprisingly, chaos ensues.

The rapper who took the punch has been identified as William Wolf. Last month, he battled fellow rapper TD Berry for Gates Of The Garden battle league where he, once again, tackled the “n-word” topic.

“All this dark skin vs light skin shit/What was the point of Brown versus the Board of Education when in modern day, y’all diss and kill each other over a slight difference in pigmentation?/But I can’t use the ‘n-word’ in the hood/Well, that’s news to me/When he say it, it’s a term of endearment/When I say it, it’s racist/Cut the foolery/I don’t say that shit in the hood.”

He adds that he only uses that as a “street term to represent the unity.” But evidently, that doesn’t fly with everyone.

Watch the clip below.

Air Jordan 3 "Tokyo" Releasing For 2020 Olympic Games: What To Expect

Jordan Brand reportedly has plans to release a brand new Air Jordan 3 this Summer in celebration the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. According to sneaker source House Heat, the Air Jordan 3 “Tokyo” will feature a classic “White/Fire Red-Black” color scheme.

Early images the celebratory 3s have not yet surfaced but they could look something like the mockup embedded below based on the leaked information.

That photoshopped image is just a guess at what’s to come, but sneakerheads will surely approve if the final product does resemble that design. Release details remain unknown but one would assume the “Tokyo” Air Jordan 3s in the summer as the 2020 Olympic games are scheduled to take place from July 24th to August 9th.

In addition to the white, red and black 3s, Jordan Brand will also be releasing a new “Red Cement” colorway in February. Click here for more details on that.

Tupac Shakur Statue Gets Roasted On Twitter For Lack Of Resemblance

Social media thrives on lack context. The less research people do and the more quickly they react, the more entertaining content there is to be consumed. Due to this dynamic, a tweet about Tupac Shakur statue was able to go viral today. Someone shared a photo a statue that used to sit outside the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts in Stone Mountain, Georgia. The photo was accompanied by the poorly-typed caption: “New Tupac statute in Dallas, what’s your thoughts.” 

People’s thoughts were not good. The statue was unrecognizable. For some reason, Tupac was depicted in a suit, wearing a huge cross around his neck and holding what appears to be a Bible. The late rapper was rarely seen with this sort getup, which makes sense because he wasn’t a missionary. Twitter wondered why he would be immortalized in this manner… and in this location, since he didn’t have any strong ties to Dallas.  

However, some users in the replies did a bit Googling and discovered that this statue is not new, nor is it in Detroit. As mentioned above, it used to be in Georgia, but was removed when Tupac’s mother, Assata Shakur, sold the arts center in 2015. The center’s new owner, Jim Burnett, wishes to keep Tupac’s spirit tied to the space by erecting a new statue him there. In 2017, it was reported that a $500,000 bronze statue was commissioned for artist Nijel Binns to complete. The final product has yet to be revealed, but with that kind budget and this much time to work on it, hopefully it will bear a stronger resemblance to the hip hop legend. 

Read the disapproving reactions to the old Tupac statue below. 

Kyrie Irving On Criticism He Receives: ‘They Crucified Martin Luther King, Too’

Brooklyn Nets All Star point guard Kyrie Irving has made it clear that he thinks the team needs to add another piece or two in order to compete with the league’s elite teams. Irving was criticized for telling reporters as much following last week’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, but he is certainly used to the backlash.

During a lengthy interview with YES Network’s Michael Grady, Irving spoke candidly about how he views those who speak negatively about him, all while referencing the immense scrutiny faced by Martin Luther King.

“When I was out for those seven weeks and not saying anything and still people are still saying things about me. It’s inevitable. They crucified Martin Luther King for speaking about peace and social integration. You can go back to historical leaders and great people in society that do great things, and they’re still going to talk shit about them. It is what it is.”

Irving’s comments came at the 2:40 mark in the video embedded below.

Irving’s Nets are in action today as part the NBA’s annual slate Martin Luther King Day games, but Irving himself won’t be suiting up. According to head coach Kenny Atkinson, the 27-year old guard experienced tightness in his hamstring prior to tipf and was subsequently pulled from the lineup.

Pistons’ Andre Drummond Loses Tooth After Catching Elbow To The Face: Watch

It was a rough go for Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond in the nation’s capital today.

In the final seconds Detroit’s loss to the Washington Wizards, during which Drummond had already had his ankles snatched by Bradley Beal, the veteran center caught a Thomas Bryant elbow to the mouth, causing one his teeth to fall out. Not fun!

Despite falling victim to Beal’s ego-crushing stepback and Bryant’s bone-shattering elbow, Drummond still finished with 18 points and 16 boards, but, it wasn’t enough to propel Detroit to victory. As a result Monday’s 106-100 loss, the Pistons dropped to 16-28 on the year.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Drummond’s days in Detroit appear to be numbered as the 26-year old center is reportedly expected to decline his $28M player option after this season. There are several teams interested in acquiring the two-time All Star ahead the league’s February 6th trade deadline, but no deals have materialized thus far.

The Atlanta Hawks were among the teams in talks with Detroit earlier this month, although it appears the two sides are no longer engaged in trade talks, according to Yahoo’s Chris Haynes. In 41 games this season, Drummond is averaging 17.3 points, 15.7 rebounds and two steals per night.

Stephen A. Smith Reveals The Captain Of His Celebrity All-Star Team

Ever since Stephen A. Smith was named the coach one the Celebrity NBA All-Star teams, he has been searching for the captain his team. Smith desperately wants to beat Michael Wilbon’s team and he is looking to recruit the best celebrity players in order to do so. Today, Smith emphatically announced that he had found someone to captain his team and so far, he seems to have made a great choice.

None other than Chance the Rapper will represent team Stephen A. at the Celebrity All-Star game. Chance has been known to play basketball every now and then so it only makes sense that he would want to take part in this game. Not to mention, Chance’s image makes him appear like a leader which means he will certainly make a great captain. 

It will be interesting to see who else is added to Smith’s team as we get closer to All-Star weekend. We know Stephen A. can be incredibly competitive so he’ll certainly want to get a hold the best players available. If he ends up losing to Wilbon, we can only imagine what kind rant is going to ensue.

Perhaps we may even see him step into the game. After all, who wouldn’t want to see Stephen A. get buckets?

Budweiser Reboots Classic "Whassup" Ad For Super Bowl LIV: Watch

The matchup for Super Bowl LIV is set – now it’s time for those commercials to start rolling. As was the case in recent years, some the pricey Super Bowl commercials have leaked in advance the big game, including Budweiser’s brand new “Whassup” ad inspired by the classic commercial that debuted two decades ago.

This time around, it’s a couple smart home devices asking each other “Whassup” as Budweiser, in partnership with Uber, encourages football fans not to drink and drive. The ad will air exclusively in Canada during Super Bowl LIV, but you can get an early look the video embedded below.

According to ET Canada, when Budweiser’s “Whassup” ad airs during the Chiefs vs 49ers game on February 2nd, it will feature a promotional Uber code to help viewers get home at the end the night.

“We’re excited to be bringing ‘Whassup’ back after 20 years with a modern twist, while simultaneously sending a vital message around making the smart decision to not drive impaired,” Mike D’Agostini, director marketing for Budweiser Canada said.

“We’re thrilled to be working with a premier partner like Uber and proud to be taking the opportunity to use such a massive platform to urge Canadians to choose a smarter way home.” 

Gunman Leaves 2 Dead, 5 Injured After San Antonio Concert Shooting

Two are dead and five are injured after a mass shooting at a local hip-hop concert in San Antonio on Sunday. The event took place at Ventura bar in the evening. According to ABC News, police were made aware a shooting and immediately made their way to the scene the crime. Police Chief William McManus is saying that the shooting was a direct result a dispute between two customers at the bar. Two men were in an argument and that’s when one them allegedly pulled out a gun and started firing. Police have yet to find the suspect.

“We’re working on that,” McManus said. “I’m confident that we will identify the individual and have that person in custody sooner than later.”

The concert featured various young hip-hop acts in the San Antonio area. This shooting came as a surprise to all them as one the main acts, RUZ, took to Twitter to condemn the shooter.

Mass shootings are an ever-growing trend in the United States as many stories similar to this one have been reported over the last few years. Hopefully, the authorities can find the suspect, sooner than later. 

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Anderson .Paak’s "The Price Is Right" Appearance Is His "Greatest Achievement"

As the annual Grammy Awards are approaching, CBS is doing lots music promotion and collaboration which includes the newly introduced Music Week on the network’s beloved game show The Price Is Right. The first musical guest is none other than Anderson .Paak who was all kinds excited to take the stage and showcase some his drumming skills, hosting skills and Showcase Showdown wheel spinning abilities.

The string episodes was filmed in December and includes appearances by Diplo, Haim, Meghan Trainor, and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump who will all pop by the studio to assist host Drew Carey with some on set tasks. “My @therealpriceisright episode finally aired!!! Easily one my greatest achievements. Thanks #priceisright I had a blast,” Anderson wrote on Instagram next to a photo him celebrating with a contestant on the show. 

Anderson has been nominated for two Grammys this year. His Ventura album may win him Best R&B Album while his “Come Home” collab with Andre 3000 may win him the Best R&B Performance. The award show takes place on January 26th and will have performances by Tyler, The Creator, Billie Eilish and more

Bradley Beal Breaks Andre Drummond’s Ankles, Sends Wizards Bench Into A Frenzy

The NBA’s annual Martin Luther King Day schedule kicked f this afternoon with a matchup between the Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards, and it didn’t take long for Bradley Beal to give us the first highlight the day. With the shot clock winding down midway through the first quarter, Beal got matched up with Andre Drummond on a switch at the top the key. What happened next is every big man’s nightmare. 

Beal delivered a vicious, behind-the-back stepback, that buckled Drummond’s knees and ankles while simultaneously sending the Wizards bench into pandemonium. Check out the cross, as well as the reaction from the bench, in the video embedded below.

The Wizards and their fans haven’t had much to get excited about this season but Bradley Beal has continued to ball out. In 34 games, the two-time All Star is averaging a career-high 27.2 points per game to go along with 6.4 rebounds and 4.6 assists. That said, the Wiz are just 13-28 on the season which puts them among the bottom five in the league.

Beal, 26, recently inked a two-year, $72 million contract extension that will begin with the 2021–22 season and includes a player option for the 2022–23 season. 

There are a total 14 NBA games on the slate today, including a TNT double-header featuring the Los Angeles Lakers at Boston Celtics tipping f at 7:30pm ET, followed by the Golden State Warriors vs Portland Trail Blazers at 10pm ET. 

Post Malone Displays Acting Chops In Trailer For New Netflix Movie

Post Malone is a pretty talented individual when it comes to the world music. Of course, this is something we have seen through his hit singles and chart-topping albums. When you reach the same level success as Post Malone, you become recognized on a global stage. When some the biggest artists achieve superstardom in music, they look elsewhere to ease their desire for artistic expression. As it turns out, film is something Malone is interested in. Thanks to Mark Wahlberg’s new Netflix movie Spenser Confidential, Malone will get to see what movies are like, first hand.

Yes, that’s right, Malone will have a small role as a prison inmate in the film. The trailer for the film was released today and Malone is front and center. As you can see, he has quite a few interactions with Wahlberg and it appears as though he’ll get quite a bit screen time. 

Fans the Hollywood Is Bleeding artist will certainly be looking forward to this cameo. For now, Spenser Confidential is slated to come out on March 6th, 2020 through Netflix.

Let us know what you thought the trailer and whether or not you plan on catching the film when it comes out later this year.

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Manchester Mayor Calls Eminem’s ‘Unaccommodating’ ‘Deeply Disrespectful’

Manchester, UK – An Eminem album wouldn’t be complete with a little controversy.

Shortly after Slim Shady surprised his fans with Music To Be Murdered By, his 11th studio album, Twitter lit up with reactions to the song “Unaccommodating,” which includes the line, “I’m contemplating yelling ‘bombs away’ on the game/Like I’m outside of an Ariana Grande concert waiting,” a reference to the deadly 2017 bombing. 

The lyrics are followed with the sound of an explosion. Now, Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is joining the public outcry.

Burnham said in a statement to BBC, “This is unnecessarily hurtful and deeply disrespectful to the families and all those affected.”

The mother of Martyn Hett, who died in the attack, weighed in on Twitter.

“Feels like he is piggybacking on the fame of Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber and says distasteful things about other celebrities,” Figen Murray wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “Not clever. Totally pointless. And before all Eminem fans pounce on me, I am not interested and will not engage.”

Russell Hayward, Hett’s former partner, also expressed his disappointment with the song Twitter.

“It’s disappointing but not surprising that #Eminem would use controversial lyrics about the Manchester bomb, dragging the victims’ families & Ariana back into a very dark time,” he said. “Not sure how popular he is these days but I hope any success he gets from the back of this is worth it.”

Despite the lyric, another song on Music To Be Murdered By called “Darkness” finds Em advocating for gun control. He also encouraged people to donate to the victims and victims’ family of the Manchester bombings in May 2017.

“Join me in helping Manchester victims & their families,” he wrote on Twitter. “Make a donation to the @BritishRedCross and @MENnewsdesk.”

Trey Songz Takes A Break From Social Media & Deactivates Instagram

Anytime an artist decides to hop f Instagram or social media as a whole, it can be indicative a few things. Some may take it as an artist readying a new album while others hop f in order to avoid social media hysterics, especially when controversy strikes. It’s unclear what Trey Songz motive might be but the singer has ficially hopped f Instagram. As pointed out by TheShadeRoom, his Instagram has no posts and says “User not found.”

Again, there isn’t any concrete evidence or word why the singer decided to call it quits on the ‘Gram. It’s unclear if this is temporary or not but it should be noted that he also hasn’t been active on Twitter since late 2019, although his page is still up. It has been nearly three years since the release his last studio album, Tremaine The Album. He did, however, drop two mixtapes in 2018, 11 and 28. For all we know, he could very well be readying his eighth studio album.

His absence from social media might also have to do with a recent lawsuit he was hit with. Trey Songz was sued for $10M by a woman who accused him ually assaulting her at a nightclub on New Year’s Day 2018. It’s unclear if this actually plays a role in deactivating IG but it does add to the other allegations against him by other women.