OJ Simpson Blasts MLB Hall Of Fame Voter Who Snubbed Derek Jeter

Ever since being released from prison a few years ago, OJ Simpson has been doing his best to keep a low prile while out in public. It wasn’t until recently that the former NFL player began making Twitter videos where he gives his opinion on a wide range topics including politics, sports, and fantasy football. Yesterday, Simpson was particularly perturbed after it was revealed that Derek Jeter was one vote shy unanimously making it to the Baseball Hall Fame. Many have been trying to figure out who the voter was and some are even calling for them to be banned from voting.

Simpson seems to be one the voices as he took to Twitter to condemn the anonymous voter. As Simpson explained, Jeter’s talent and impact on the sport are undeniable which makes it crazy for him not to be voted unanimously. Simpson thinks the writer should have his voting right revoked. 

He also suggested the writer might be Boston considering Red Sox fans hate those who played for the Yankees. Either way, Simpson is upset and wants to see some kind justice here. 

Simpson also spoke about the Super Bowl and how he is betting on the San Francisco 49ers. Clearly, OJ has some strong opinions when it comes to the world sports. 

Kanye West Opens Up About Beating Alcoholism: "I Beat The Devil"

Saturday, Kanye West and the Sunday Service choir made an appearance at Awaken 2020 in Tempe, Arizona. During his set at the evangelical rally, Kanye paired the performance with a few words for the crowd gathered before him.

While West has been consistently vocal about his transition from a secular lifestyle to one devoted to his faith, he switched it up just a bit when he opened up some more about his struggle with alcoholism. Alluding to his failure to realize that he was an alcoholic in the past, he blamed alcohol for his behavior during the infamous Taylor Swift/VMAs incident.

“I never thought about the effect alcohol could have had on my life. I was drinking on the red carpet, and then running on stage a few minutes later,” he said. “And everyone around said, ‘Nah, he ain’t really no alcoholic.’ And then you get to the point where you’re drinking Grey Goose and orange juice for breakfast, thinking, ‘Nah, I ain’t really no alcoholic.'”

He admitted that his battle with alcohol was a veiled one until he caught a habit one day while at this fice.

“There was some vodka in the refrigerator at my fice, and sometimes I would just go ahead and take a drink from it in the middle the day, and I was walking toward that kitchenette area, and I stopped myself and I said, ‘Devil you’re not gonna finna beat me today,'” he recalled. “And it’s something that we take on, day by day. Every day that I don’t pick up that drink, I beat the devil.”

Eminem Advocates For Gun Control In ‘Darkness’ Video

Eminem was full of surprises this week. Only minutes after unleashing Music To Be Murdered By, the inimitable Slim Shady unveiled a video for “Darkness,” one of 20 new tracks from the new project.

The visual finds Em holed up in a Las Vegas hotel room where he’s drowning in alcohol, prescription pill bottles, guns and bullets, contemplating what would happen if he unloaded on the concertgoers below.

Toward the end of the video, the camera pans to a collection of television sets in the shape of the United States.

On every channel is a news story about a different mass shooting. The text reads, “When Will This End? When Enough People Care.”

The video ends with a prompt to register to vote at Vote.Gov. 

On Eminem’s official website, fans are encouraged to visit several organizations — including Giffords Law Center, Brady United Against Gun Violence and Everytown For Gun Safety — to find out how to help or learn more about putting an end to senseless gun violence and/or to help survivors and their families.

Watch the “Darkness” video up top.

Diddy Celebrates The Notorious B.I.G.’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Big up to Brooklyn.

Earlier today, it was announced that The Notorious B.I.G. would be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and no one could be happier than Sean “Diddy” Combs. Hours after the announcement, the Bad Boy mogul took to Instagram to celebrate the big news.

“I want to share this special moment, special announcement with y’all,” said an excited Diddy while Biggie’s “Juicy” played in the background. “Biggie, you did it! You did it, motherfucker! The Notorious B.I.G. is gonna be inducted into the Rock & Roll motherfuckin’ Hall of Fame.”

Added Puff, “We miss you, King. New York stand up, Brooklyn!”

Lil’ Kim, Slim of 112, A$AP Rocky, YBN Cordae, and Biggie’s widow Faith Evans also celebrated the news. “Thank you to all who voted and supported BIG! He has been inducted into the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!!!” tweeted Evans.

Biggie, along with Whitney Houston, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Nine Inch Nails, and T.Rex, will be honored during the 35th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction on May 2. The ceremony will be held at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium and air live on HBO. It’s unclear who will pay tribute to B.I.G. during the ceremony, but Diddy is a good bet.

The Notorious B.I.G., who received a nomination in his first year of eligibility, becomes the second solo rapper to join the Rock Hall after Tupac Shakur, who was posthumously inducted in 2017.

Whitney Houston Leads Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees for 2020

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced this year’s inductees, which include Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G.

Other inductees include:

  • Depeche Mode
  • The Doobie Brothers
  • Nine Inch Nails
  • T-Rex

Receiving the Ahmet Ertegun Award, which honors songwriters, producers, disc jockeys, record executives, journalists and other industry professionals who have had a major influence on rock and roll, is Jon Landau and Irving Azoff.

Notable snubs for induction include:

  • Pat Benatar
  • Chaka Khan
  • The Dave Matthews Band
  • Judas Priest
  • Soundgarden
  • Motorhead
  • Kraftwerk

Notably, Khan has been nominated six separate times for induction: twice as a solo artist and four times for Rufus, including this year.

It has been recently that less than 10% of hall of fame inductees have been women, leading some to question why this is.

The only set rules for induction is that an artist must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to their nomination. Though voters are supposed to take the following factors into consideration when casting their votes:

  • An artist’s musical influence
  • Their body of work
  • How innovative they were
  • Their style and technique

While fans get to vote on hall induction, and 8.2 million did this year, it is counted only as a single ballot along with those of over 1,000 artists, historians and members of the music industry. Interestingly, the two top vote getters by fans this year were the Dave Matthews Band (1,005,657 votes) and Benatar (882,207 votes).

Most of this year’s inductees were on the ballot for the first time. This includes Houston, the Doobie Brothers, Notorious B.I.G and T-Rex.

This year’s induction ceremony, which will be its 35th, will take place in May in Cleveland.

Whitney Houston, who was a cousin of famed singer Dionne Warwick, signed her first record contract at the age of 19. To this day, she is the only artist to have had seven consecutive singles reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Less Than 10% of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Are Women

Tomorrow, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will announce inductees for 2020. Less than 10% of the current inductees are women.

Janet Jackson brought the issue front and center last year with her plea after accepting her induction. “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, please: 2020, induct more women,” Jackson stated to .

Rock Hall Foundation CEO Joel Peresman says its a complaint he’s heard before. Peresman says the Foundation is “trying to make this as gender-neutral as possible.”

Evelyn McDonnell, a professor at Loyal Marymount University in Los Angeles, decided to do the math. Her analysis of gender representation in the R&R Hall of Fame reveals that for every female bandleader who is inducted, her male bandmates also join her. Inducting bandmates creates a skewed population of inductees when most are from all-male bands.

Over 34 years, 69 women out of 888 inductees mean less than 8% of Hall of Fame inductees are women.

Peresman disagrees. “It’s not an empirical process,” he says.” He uses the example of Joan Jett and the Black Hearts as a reason why bandmates get equal attention.

“The committee looks at the people that were involved with her from the beginning – and that made a significant contribution to the creative process – how do you not induct them?” Peresman asks.

He has a point there. But the issues lie not with the nominees, but with the voting electorate for the Foundation. There are about 1,000 people comprised of record company people, writers, and artists who vote. The voting public also includes every person who has been inducted.

Some close to the process feel the nominating process is not the problem. It’s the electorate that votes for the final inductees that may create the issue. Craig Werner, an Emeritus Professor at the University of Wisconsin, shared that opinion with NPR.

“I think that [the electorate] adheres to a very white-boys-with-guitars and hip-hop that fits into that mythology. It marginalizes women. It marginalizes artists whose core audience is in the African-American community. And it almost entirely ignores Latin,” Werner stated.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2020 come from a group of 16 nominees. Of this year’s nominees, nine are first-timers on the ballot.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for 2020 include Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, T.Rex, and Thin Lizzy.

Celtics’ Rookie Vows To Die His Hair Pink If Teammates Make All-Star Team

The NBA All-Star Game is just one month away, which means it’s time for those potential All Stars, and their teammates, to start campaigning for votes. For instance, Boston Celtics rookie forward Grant Williams recently made the case for why Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown should all be headed to Chicago next month.

And if all three do earn All Star nods, Williams has vowed to die his hair pink for a month.

Following Boston’s 113-101 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, Williams kicked f his media session by highlighting how well Walker, Tatum and Brown have played so far this season. Says the former Tennessee standout, “Kemba Walker is the only guard averaging, and actually is the only conference player, 22 points, five assists, three-and-half rebounds.”

Of Tatum, Williams notes:

“(He) recently had 41 points (against the New Orleans Pelicans), averaging 30 (points) over the last couple games. And — look at this — one four Eastern Conference players averaging 21 and six and then has 41 (points) in a game, had six 3-pointers at 72 percent (shooting). So, definitely a talented enough performance to, you know, get into the All-Star Game.”

Lastly, the rookie mentioned how Jaylen Brown is averaging 20 points (on 49% shooting) to go along with seven rebounds per game. 

“And he’s one three guards averaging seven rebounds. How you gonna do that? Russell Westbrook did it three years ago, come on now. Jaylen Brown. So get him into the All-Star Game.”

In the most recent All Star fan vote returns, Walker ranked third among guards in the Eastern Conference, trailing only Trae Young and Kyrie Irvng, while Brown checked in at seventh overall in the backcourt. Tatum was fifth among front court players. Fans will be able to cast their vote up until Monday, January 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Celtics' Rookie Vows To Die His Hair Pink If Teammates Make All-Star Team

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The First-Ever "Harry Potter" Superstore Is Coming To New York

Warner Bros. has ficially announced that a massive Harry Potter-themed superstore will be making its way to New York in the near future. The retail store located next door to Manhattan’s Flatiron Building will span across a total 20,000 square feet and will be the first-ever its kind in the franchise’s history. 

The first-ever Harry Potter flagship store will feature three different floors where customers will be able to purchase the books written by J.K Rowling as well as personalized robes, wands, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, the films, and a plethora other memorabilia related to the fantasy franchise. According to Sarah Roots, the Senior Vice President Worldwide Tours and Retail for Warner Bros, attendees will also be able to participate in virtual/interactive experiences and be presented with a multitude different photo opportunities. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, store designers wanted to construct a giant dragon to sit outside the store’s entrance for the store’s grand opening but community members and organizers voted to shut down what could have been an epic moment for the opening the world’s first Harry Potter superstore. 

While there is no ficial opening date for the Harry Potter NYC flagship store, it has been revealed that the retail location will be open for business this summer. An address to the future store can be found below as well. 

Harry Potter Flagship Store
935 Broadway
New York, NY 10010  

Joaquin Phoenix Detained At Jane Fonda’s Climate Protest Following Golden Globes Win

Jane Fonda has been holding her weekly climate change protests called “Fire Drill Fridays” for several months now, and this Friday, she was joined by a recent Golden-Globe winner. Joaquin Phoenix marched with Jane in D.C. along with fellow protesters, including actor and long-time political protester, Martin Sheen, and actress Maggie Gyllenhaal. These environmental protests are held every week in an effort to fight climate change by demanding fast action on a Green New Deal. During this week’s protest, attendees are specifically calling for an end to all new fossil fuel exploration/extraction and demanding a halt on granting taxpayer subsidies to oil companies. Joaquin, Jane, Martin, and tons other protesters were detained after cops warned them that arrests are imminent if they don’t cooperate and disperse.

In the clip, protestors can be seen holding up signs and chanting, “If we don’t get it, shut it down!” followed by “What do we want? Climate justice. When do we want it? Now!” The video then cuts to Joaquin getting detained as supporters cheer him on from afar.

Before his detainment, Joaquin took the podium to warn others about the effects that the meat and dairy industries have on the environment.  “Something that I think isn’t ten times talked about in the environmental movement or in the conversation about climate change is that the meat and dairy industry is the third leading cause climate change” he declared. This statement was met with applause from the crowd, after which he continued, “I think sometimes, we wonder, ‘what can we do in this fight against climate change?’ There’s something that you can do today, right now, and tomorrow, by making a choice about what you consume.” Martin Sheen, who has been arrested over 70 times for his own protesting efforts, followed Joaquin, giving a powerful speech complete with poetic metaphors.

On Sunday, Joaquin won the Golden Globe for “Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama,” for the titular role in the film, Joker. In his speech, he mirrored similar sentiments about environmental change, by giving a shoutout to the Hollywood Foreign Press “for recognizing and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and change” by making the meals at the ceremony plant-based.  He also addressed the wildfires in Australia and called on his peers to take action. “It’s really nice that so many people have come up and sent their well wishes to Australia but we have to do more than that,” he said in his speech. “Hopefully we can be unified and make some changes. It’s great to vote, but sometimes we have to take that responsibility on ourselves and make changes and sacrifices in our own lives.” 

Kyrie Irving On Being 2nd In All Star Guard Voting: "I’d Vote For Myself As Well"

The NBA revealed the second returns for the All Star fan vote on Thursday, and Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving still ranks second among guards in the Eastern Conference. 

As it stands, Kyrie has a total 1,351,997 votes, trailing only Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young for guards in the East. The man who replaced Kyrie in Boston, Kemba Walker, is third among Eastern Conference guards with 1,331,577 votes thus far.

Does Kyrie think it’s wrong that fans continue to vote him as an All Star starter despite the fact that he’s currently injured and has only appeared in 11 games? Not at all. In regards to his current position, Irving says (H/T Bleacher Report), “If you want to see an All-Star Game, then I would vote for myself as well.”

We all know that Kyrie is one the most exciting players to watch when healthy, so you can’t really blame fans who are hoping he’ll be ready to play when the league’s stars take the court at the United Center in Chicago on February 16. It’s also worth noting that the fan vote only accounts for 50% when it comes to All Star starters – the NBA players and the media each account for 25%.

Irving has not played in nearly two months due to a reported shoulder injury but he will be reevaluated next week and the hope is that he’ll be cleared to return, according to ESPN.

Fans will be able to cast their All Star votes up until Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Per NBA.com:

“Fans may submit one full ballot each day the NBA App and NBA.com, as well as on Google and through Google Assistant.  All current NBA players will be available for selection. Five “2-for-1 Days” will allow fans to have their votes count twice on Jan. 2, Jan. 3, Jan. 10, Jan. 16 and Jan. 20 through all voting platforms. All “2-for-1 Days” will be designated 12 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. ET.”

NBA All Star Fan Vote Second Returns Revealed: New Leader In The West

The second returns from the NBA All Star fan vote were revealed on Thursday afternoon and there’s a new leader at the top the Western Conference, as LeBron James has surpassed Luka Doncic. In fact, LeBron’s 3,359,871 fan votes are more than Giannis Antetokounmpo, who continues to pace the Eastern Conference with 3,259,383 nominations.

If the voting ended today, LeBron and Giannis would captain the All Star squads for the third consecutive season. Thus far, Team LeBron is 2-0 against Team Giannis.

The vote for All-Star Game starters will also include contributions from NBA players and the media, but the fans will account for 50% the vote. Fans will be able to cast their vote up until Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

Per NBA.com:

“Fans may submit one full ballot each day the NBA App and NBA.com, as well as on Google and through Google Assistant.  All current NBA players will be available for selection. Five “2-for-1 Days” will allow fans to have their votes count twice on Jan. 2, Jan. 3, Jan. 10, Jan. 16 and Jan. 20 through all voting platforms. All “2-for-1 Days” will be designated 12 a.m. – 11:59 p.m. ET.”

TNT will reveal the NBA All-Star Game starters, including the two team captains, on Thursday, January 23, followed by the reserves, as selected by NBA head coaches, on Thursday, January 30. The All-Star Game itself will take place at the United Center on Sunday, February 16.

Kpop Group X1 Disbands Following Singing Competition Voting Scandal

It is being reported that the K-Pop boy band X1 are breaking up because of a voting scandal on the TV show that created them.

The group was formed as a result of a South Korean television show called Produce, which ran from 2016 and 2019 and let audiences discover young stars, who would then debut in K-Pop groups. Apart from X1, the following bands were created:

  • I.O.I
  • Wanna One
  • IZ*ONE

Last year, after X1 formed, it was revealed that the competition was actually rigged in favor of certain contestants. There were also reports of bribery and backstage deals between members of the show’s staff and music management companies.

All this has resulted in police charges, and an investigation is still ongoing.

The members of X1 released the following joint statement in conjunction with the news:

“The X1 members and each of the agencies negotiated under the condition of unanimous agreement, but we could not come to an agreement, so we have decided on their disbandment.”

Individual members of the band also left video messages for their fans, who have helped “We trust X1” trend on Twitter.

CJ ENM, which produced the show, also issued a statement. They said, “Although we did our best to continue X1, we honor the decision of each individual label/agency that came to a conclusion to disband the group.”

The company went on to say that it would “take necessary steps” in order to “compensate” all those adversely affected by the scandal.

In August of last year, X1 released their first album, which was entitled Quantum Leap. It debut at No. 9 on the Billboard World Albums chart.

Both IZ*ONE and I.O.I have been on hiatus, with IZ*ONE’s layoff apparently being related to the controversy as well. Though they have agreed to continue performing as a group.

Wanna One has been inactive since 2018.

People Are Upset Over George Lopez’s Joke About Bounty On Trump’s Head

George Lopez’s deep-rooted distaste for Donald Trump is well-documented. Pairing this with the actor and comedian’s penchant for unfiltered takes, it’s really no surprise that he’d have no problem publicly supporting the Iranian government’s alleged $80 million bounty on Trump’s head following the assassination military leader Qasem Soleimani. 

It was when an Instagram user posted the report the alleged $80 million price tag that’s been floating around that Lopez slid in underneath to add, “We’ll do it for half.”

At first glance, such a response can be grouped in with the number other questionable declarations that have hit the internet since Trump’s executive decision sparked widespread panic across the United States with fears an escalation tensions between the US and Iran. However, some users are taking to kindly to the apparent joke with many conservative pundits rushing to call on the Secret Service to investigate Lopez for what’s being interpreted as an apparent threat to the president’s life.

The counterpoint to these claims, course, have been the return to the very frequent and routine calls for the assassination former President Barack Obama with opposing voters ten creating effigies Obama burning and hanging from a noose.

We’d venture to say that this will likely be another moment that comes and goes just the same, but in this climate, who knows?

Bill Polian Refuses To Vote Lamar Jackson To All-Pro Team

After passing for a league-high 36 touchdowns, crushing Mike Vick’s rushing record for a QB, and leading the Ravens to a 14-2 record, Lamar Jackson is still being slept on by Bill Polian. 

It seemed like Jackson was a lock for a unanimous selection as a first-team All-Pro until the results came in and Polian, and two his SiriusXM colleagues, chose Russell Wilson instead, as noticed by Pro Football Talk.

Polian infamously said Jackson should enter the draft as a wide receiver rather than a quarterback, an opinion he walked back as Jackson proved to be a rare talent: “I was wrong because I used the old, traditional quarterback standard with him, which is clearly why John Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome were more prescient than I was,” he told USA Today, in November.

After throwing for a perfect passer rating in week 1 this season, Jackson jokingly told reporters, “Not bad for a running back,” after the game.

The remaining 47 Associated Press voters all chose Jackson.

The Ravens have a first-round bye for the playfs but will face either the Titans, Bills or Texans for the divisional round, depending on the results this weekend’s games.

That game will take place on Jan. 11.

Uber Driver Obtains College Degree After Passenger Pays Off School Debt

An Uber driver is celebrating a milestone in her education thanks to one her passengers. Georgia State University student Latonya Young has always had dreams and aspirations  becoming a lawyer. During the day, she works as a hairstylist and in the evenings she makes extra money as an Uber driver. The two jobs keep her busy enough, but Latonya is also a devoted mother and student.

When Latonya picked up Kevin Esch from Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, she had no idea it would be a life-changing ride. The pair casually chatted during the drive and Latonya revealed that when she was just 16-years-old, she got pregnant and dropped out high school. She later resumed her studies at Georgia State but had to drop out college, as well, because she couldn’t afford the $700 balance on her account. The university put a hold on her account making it impossible for Latonya to continue her education and register for classes.

“Every time I got ready to pay the money, my kids needed something,” Latonya reportedly told WSB. “I said, ‘OK, I’ll just wait.'” Days after giving Kevin a ride, Latonya was notified that she could register. She’s now earned her associate’s degree in criminal justice and is preparing to register for her classes to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Latonya and Kevin kept in touch while she was back in school, and he said she made sure to maintain As and Bs in order to show him that she was serious and how much she appreciated his kindness.

“There was something about Latonya that just — she resonates with me and we developed an incredible friendship now and I am incredibly proud what she’s done,” Kevin told CNN. “I could’ve bought new clothes or I could’ve helped someone out. And what has come back to me has come back a hundredfold and I would do it 1,000 times over.”