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  1. 2020 is the year that Lil Baby converts non-believers into believers. The rapper's had one hell of a run in the past few years. From his early mixtapes, he's grown into an international star who has the stats to back it up. The release of My Turn only confirmed that he's one of the brightest stars of this generation. As protests erupted across the country, Lil Baby released a song in honor of BLM titled, "The Bigger Picture." Though Baby's music does touch on socio-political issues, "The Bigger Picture" captured the essence of what's going on in America. The song shot up the charts to number 3, marking the highest-charting single of his career. It's only been a few weeks since its release but it's now earned Baby another plaque. Per chartdata, the song has officially moved 500K units which now makes it eligible for a gold certification for the RIAA. It's another W for Baby. The rapper has also been seeing a lot of success on the Billboard 200 this week following the release of the deluxe edition of My Turn. It's now clocked four weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 altogether. Needless to say, it's been one hell of a year for Lil Baby. View the full article
  2. An experience with an airline company has prompted actor Nathan Davis Jr. to file a lawsuit. According to the Detroit and Runaways actor, he was on a United Airlines flight traveling from Houston to Nashville when a flight attendant, a woman, told him that he was playing his music in his headphones too loudly. She told Nathan he needed to turn his music down, so the actor did so. Other passengers were reportedly listening to music, as well, but the flight attendant only corrected Nathan. Then, she returned a second and third time, accusing the actor of not complying with her requests. Passengers sitting next to him reportedly told Nathan that they couldn't hear his music at all. Nathan began recording the encounter, which included the attendant calling for security. “She’s literally calling the cops on me for listening to music. That’s crazy," he told Variety. The actor was told to collect his belongings before being escorted off of the plane, and while doing so, on his recording the flight attendant can be heard saying "he has a gun now" on the loudspeaker. “The whole time I’m sitting there, thinking that there’s about to be all these cops that are about to point their guns at me, or they’re gonna see my phone and think it’s a gun and kill me,” he said. “I’m thinking there could have been an Air Marshal on the plane that could have attacked me. I just felt so alone. I’m just thinking to myself, ‘I’m gonna die. Nobody’s gonna know my story; all they’re going to know is there’s a Black kid in the hoodie and some sweats that just got gunned down by these cops because a flight attendant said he had a gun.’” Nathan Davis Jr. has reportedly "filed the racial discrimination lawsuit against United Airlines, ExpressJet Airlines — which operates as United Express, on behalf of United — and ManaAir." He's seeking $10 million in damages. [via] View the full article
  3. Fans have eagerly awaited the release of Drake's follow-up to Scorpion. Though in the past few months, he's unleashed a compilation tape and topped the charts with the TikTok-friendly "Toosie Slide," there have been rumors surrounding his next release. Of course, he's given fans insight through IG Live sessions where the OVO team previews unreleased music, but this week, rumors floated around about this grandiose rollout Drake has planned. 6ixGod hasn't confirmed it but he has made some promising indications that new music is coming soon. Drake hit the 'Gram this week with two mysterious posts indicating that he's working on new music. The first one was a photo of a kitchen magnet of an owl with the word "Greece" underneath. Given the overwhelming response to the snippet, perhaps Drake actually has his sights set on dropping it on all streaming platforms. Or at the very least, on his Soundcloud page as a "LEAK." The rapper hit the 'Gram again last night with a photo of himself and 40 grinding it out over Facetime. "Digital age @ovo40," he captioned the post. Clearly, Drake's still practicing social distancing measures or perhaps it's 40 forcing him to do so. Either way, it's exciting to know that Drizzy's still cooking up and we might get a new album sooner rather than later. View the full article
  4. The idea of throwing a concert in the middle of a global pandemic seems irresponsible but buying tickets to attend is just plain stupid. However, it's understandable. People have been cooped up in the crib for a while now and though festival and summer concerts have been canceled, it seems like there are still artists getting booked somewhere on the planet. Arnold Turner/Getty Images It appears that DaBaby will be scrapping any virtual performance on the 4th of July to actually be in front of his fans for the first time in months, Consequence of Sound reports. The rapper was booked for the "4th of July Bash" which is described as "the only concert in the city." Though coronavirus numbers haven't declined, the promoters are still trying to make sure fans can have some fun this weekend. They've warned ticketbuyers to "bring your masks and be prepared for social distancing guidelines." "J Hart Productions presents the 4th of July weekend concert Series with DaBaby Live Saturday July 4th and MoneyBagg Yo & Blac Youngsta July 5th at the all newly renovated Cosmopolitan located on Glenwood Dr," it reads on the event page. DaBaby hasn't shared any posts to his page about the forthcoming concert but if it does go down, it's hard to imagine anyone respecting social distancing measures he performs the number one song in the country. View the full article
  5. In October 2019, Amber Rose and her boyfriend Alexander "AE" Edwards welcomed their son, Slash Electric, into the world. Since the pair have been together they've openly displayed their relationship and growing, blended family online. Amber and AE never hesitate to showcase just how in love they are, so it came as a surprise to internet detectives when they saw that they weren't following each other on social media anymore. Internet sleuths are always staying on top of who's-following-who, so, of course, they were keeping tabs on happily in love Amber and AE. On Wednesday (July 1), blogs began to circulate Instagram screenshots showing that Amber and AE were no longer following one another, promoting Amber Rose to comment on the status of her relationship. Over on Hollywood Unlocked's Instagram page, Amber set things straight. "First of all his page got hacked that's why he hasn't posted, they blocked me," she commented. "Relax he's my life as well as my kids." We're sure that people will continue to read too much into this, but as far as Amber is concerned, her home life is doing just fine. Check it out below. View the full article
  6. Meek Mill might not ever be able to capture the energy of the Dreams & Nightmares intro ever again. It’s not that his pen isn’t as sharp -- in fact, it’s quite the opposite -- or there’s a loss of relevancy. It’s that energy and eagerness of a new, budding artist that’s so infectious. The hunger. The drive. The ambition to touch that metaphorical brick. All of that was encapsulated on the intro to that album. Sure, like many debuts, it was littered with records targeted for radio. That being said, Meek didn’t compromise his strongest suit -- his pen. The first two Dreamchasers set the tone for Meek’s career. A title that essentially captured his M.O. to this day. Both projects begin with ferocious intros. On the first Dreamchasers tape, DJ Drama declares Meek Mill’s entrance with the same sample of “O Fortuna” The Undertaker used at Wrestlemania XX. It’s been used over the years in various forms of media but Meek’s slow-burning flow roars through the operatic samples and grandiose drums. There are moments where it’s near prophetic as he plants the seeds for accomplishments that he’d later manifest in his career. “I had a dream like Martin Luther King” might be one of the most overused bars in hip-hop, though in retrospect it seems like it foreshadowed the meme-worthy conspiracies theorizing Meek Mill and Martin Luther King Jr.'s family connection. Even on the second Dreamchasers, though, that intro was so important to set the tone for the tape which would subsequently set the tone for his major-label debut. The haunting choral chants that jumped through the beat. Meek carries that same ferocity, though it was directed elsewhere. The song opens up with a snippet of Mike Tyson’s interview after his fight with Lou Savarese where he declares he’s the “most brutal and most vicious and most ruthless champion there’s ever been.” Meek made it this far with all odds stacked against him but his opponents weren’t limited streets foes. He became MMG’s flagship artist and the rappers that he had to compete with are who now seem like the last of a dying breed -- commercially acclaimed rappers who, artistically, came from a lineage of the LOX, DMX, Dipset, Jay-Z’s, Nas’, etc. Rappers, who like Meek, began their careers proving their skillset on the block. Meek was barring out with his class of peers on Dreamchasers 2 like Big Sean, Drake, and Kendrick. That was his purpose, ultimately, and he succeeded in ways that many others wouldn’t be able to. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images “Dreams & Nightmares Intro” remains one of the most impactful rap songs of the past decade. Fans of Meek who’ve followed his career since YouTube freestyles reckoned this moment would come but the way he carried himself in his arrival has been immortalized in hip-hop. Meek’s conversational delivery over a celestial piano progression feels like he’s delivering a soliloquy. “I used to pray for times to rhyme like this/ So I had to grind like that to shine like this,” he raps as he opens up. It’s reflective; an internal dialogue Meek’s having with the rest of the world that parallels to both the external and internal demons he’s had to fight over the course of his life. The circumstances of his environment that, even at this point in his career, was relevant to how he had to live. The paranoia that lingers from experiences in the streets. Watching all of the work he’s put in pay off while relationships change as the money rolls in. “I'm gettin' cream, never let them hoes get in between/ Of what we started, lil' n***a but I'm lion-hearted/ They love me when I was stuck and they hated when I departed,” he continues with ease. The calm before the storm. “Hold up, wait a minute/ Y’all thought I was finished?” The duality of the song lingers in that singular moment when that MMG tag hits. The beat drops and Meek’s voice drastically shifts with urgency. It’s a celebration, though. That same position he’s fought for in every battle, every beef and every obstacle that stood in his way as a young man from North Philly has finally been obtained. Still, he pledges his loyalty to his community, whether it’s through bringing his day ones with him on the ride to stardom or being the king of his city. That’s why that song is so powerful in nearly every occasion it’s played. The Philadelphia Eagles used it as their intro song at the Super Bowl when Meek was fighting for his freedom over a probation violation. Lebron James and the Cavaliers were turning up to it after beating the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals. Ultimately, it’s a celebration of perseverance in the face of adversity. Meek drove an ATV onto the Summer Jam stage in 2018 and opened his performance with that song. It was one of the first times he performed in New York City since being released from prison for popping a wheelie in that same city. The excitement was evident, even on a livestream that’s mic’d for the viewer to listen to solely the artist. The audience rapped it word-for-word, overpowering Meek’s vocals over the sound system. The reaction is the same on every stage. He’s performed the song alongside artists like 50 Cent, Drake, and Jay-Z over the years, and oftentimes, it elicits an even bigger response than the artist who brought him out. Meek’s career, riddled with legal issues stemming from his teen years, has evolved with the money. As it should. He’s no longer the hungry rapper that sat by Rick Ross’ side during Funk Flex freestyles. The loyalty remains but Meek has transitioned from to a boss in his own right. It’s evident in the way that he now sits next to people like Michael Rubin, Robert Kraft, Van Jones, and Jay-Z in the fight for prison reform. It’s evident in the way that he emphasizes giving back to his community and constantly pulling through on those commitments. That intro to his debut album delved into the duplicity of his life at the time, and an issue that we see many emerging acts today face. It also inspired other artists who've used the same template for their own rags-to-riches album intros, such as Cardi's "10 Toes Down." The song celebrated both Meek's aspirations and dwelled the nightmares that haunt him but beyond that, it became a definitive moment in hip-hop. View the full article
  7. The talk of the town today is August Alsina's revelation about his previous romantic relationship with Jada Pinkett Smith. "I actually sat down with Will [Smith] and had a conversation due to the transformation in their marriage to life partnership that they've spoken on several times and it not involving romanticism," the singer told Angela Yee about his relationship with Jada. "He gave me his blessing and I totally gave myself to that relationship for years of my life. And I truly and really, really deeply loved and have a ton of love for her." Paras Griffin / Stringer / Getty Images Will and Jada's good friend Tisha Campbell shared a message on Instagram on Wednesday (July 1) that some people considered to be a subliminal response to the Smiths' affair drama. However, the actress returned with a video to laugh it off, saying that she isn't the type of person to stir the pot. "I'm working with Tony Rivera on more global issues," she said. "I don't do sub-tweets. I don't do messy. It's not your girl. Sorry. Don't be pulling me into no mess. I don't have the time." Meanwhile, both Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have reportedly denied the allegations from August Alsina. Those denials were made through their reps, as they have yet to speak on the singer's remarks. We wouldn't be surprised if this all turned into a Red Table Talk. View the full article
  8. There’s no use hiding it: Chris Brown is 100% head over heels for his girlfriend and son’s mother, Ammika Harris. The singer and model have appeared to be back on for several months now, despite having split by the time their baby boy, Aeko Catori, was born last November. However, it's become more and more obvious that the two of them are not only back together, but positively smitten for one another. On Wednesday (July 1st), the singer hopped in the comments of his lady's latest Instagram post to let her know how flawless she is. In the photo, Ammika shows off her side profile while she looks off into the distance. She captioned the post, "details," to which Chris said, "Every single detail is AMAZING about you." She let him know that the loving feeling's mutual by replying with an all-caps "I LOVE YOU!!" The couple had been separated from one another for quite some time during quarantine, as Ammika and Aeko were stuck in Germany after Trump banned travel to and from Europe. While it's unclear whether the mother-son duo have managed to make it back to the U.S. yet, Ammika did post a photo of the definition for the word "home" on Instagram earlier this week, implying that she might be heading back soon. View the full article
  9. In a year marked by COVID-19 and social unrest, music stars such as Fiona Apple, Killer Mike, Bad Bunny and Bob Dylan have risen to the occasion. View the full article
  10. A former Philadelphia 76ers dance team member is making serious allegations of bullying and racism from teammates and staff during her time on the squad. Yahne Coleman, a Los-Angeles based model who used to perform with the Sixers Dancers, revealed some disturbing details about her tenure on the team in a lengthy Instagram post on Tuesday. In the post, Coleman describes being, “racially profiled, bullied, and threatened” and reporting the incidents to her coach and 76ers staff, who did nothing about it. In addition to the allegations mentioned in the caption of the post, Coleman also attached videos where you can hear a former teammate taunting her with inappropriate and racist remarks. In the footage, the woman can be heard saying, "I will teach you how to use a tampon because your dirty-ass vagina probably smells like fish." The woman also says, "I will find you in whatever home project you live in. I will slum it to the west side of Philly just to find your ass, beat the shit out of it, and then get you blacklisted from whatever club you think you can get in.” The team issued a statement regarding the incident shortly after Coleman shared the video. "Tonight, we were made aware of social media posts involving former dance team members that contained insensitive, offensive and unacceptable remarks, as well as allegations of bullying and racist behavior,” the team said. "The videos, which were filmed in 2016, featured derogatory comments from a former dance team member who left the organization in 2013." The team continued, "We take this situation very seriously. We intend to investigate this matter immediately and remain committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and equality." [via] View the full article
  11. Donald Trump has responded to Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal to paint a Black Lives Matter sign in front of the Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in NYC, and he's not pleased. On Wednesday (July 1st), the New York City mayor announced the city's plans to paint the slogan in massive letters on the famous street, taking after several other major cities that have done the same. According to Mayor de Blasio, the job will begin in the next few days. During his appearance on MSNBC, de Blasio also addressed the recently approved $1 billion budget cut to the NYPD, the funds from which will be reallocated to investments in youth initiatives in an effort to reduce future crime. Between this and the BLM sign, Trump was pissed, and the NYC Mayor's plans became the target for his tantrum of the day. Drew Angerer/Getty Images As usual, the POTUS took to Twitter to rant about the NYPD budget cuts and the BLM sign, which he referred to as "a symbol of hate." "NYC is cutting Police $’s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue," he tweeted. "This will further antagonize New York’s Finest, who LOVE New York & vividly remember the horrible BLM chant, 'Pigs In A Blanket, Fry ‘Em Like Bacon.' Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won’t let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York’s greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!" Scott Heins/Getty Images Mayor de Blasio proceeded to respond to Trump's tweets, clarifying the purpose of the sign. "Here’s what you don’t understand: Black people BUILT 5th Ave and so much of this nation," he replied. "Your 'luxury' came from THEIR labor, for which they have never been justly compensated. We are honoring them. The fact that you see it as denigrating your street is the definition of racism." "You also don’t know that NY’s Finest are now a majority people of color," he continued. "They already know Black Lives Matter. There is no 'symbol of hate' here. Just a commitment to truth. Only in your mind could an affirmation of people’s value be a scary thing." [Via] View the full article
  12. It was revealed that Damian Lillard would be gracing the cover of NBA 2K21, marking the first time he has been on the front of the game franchise. However, there are three covers of the upcoming game. The Portland Trail Blazers' star will be available on the front cover of current-generation platform. The cover athlete for next-gen consoles, like the PS5 and Xbox Series X, has also just been revealed. Confirming the rumors from the initial game reveal at Sony's big event last month, Zion Williamson has just been unveiled as the main star on the next-gen console version of 2K. The news was revealed on 2K's social media pages, as well as on Zion's. "The Next Generation is here," wrote Zion on Instagram. "Hyped to be on the cover of #NBA2K21 Next Gen." The New Orleans Pelicans' baller spoke about this moment with Marc J. Spears of Undefeated. "It’s one of those emotions I’m still processing," he said. "It’s a dream come true. At those AAU tournaments, you’re looking at the cover thinking, ‘That’s gonna be me.’ For it to happen that fast, it’s a huge honor." There remains one cover to be revealed, which many believe will be a legend. Will you be copping the game? [via] View the full article
  13. With the upcoming elections underway, things aren't looking too great for Trump, at least, according to Fox News' latest report on his campaign. Reports emerged that his rally in Tulsa was coopted by TikTokers who reserved many tickets without any intention of attending. Plus, his overall handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the recent protests haven't helped his case, either. Despite this, there are many people who expect him to win a second term while others actually want him to. To an extent, there are even people within the culture vouching for Trump to this day. Turk of the Hot Boys ruffled a few feathers this week after publishing a tweet criticizing the Obama administration for what they've done while uplifting Trump's efforts. "TRUMPS ADMINISTRATION HAS DONE MORE FOR BLACK'S THAN OBAMAS ADMINISTRATION AND I'LL CHALLENGE ANYONE TO ARGUE THAT," he wrote. He received plenty of backlash from people, though he opted out of going back-and-forth on Twitter. Ultimately, it opened up the gates for a new episode of his podcast Big Thuggin, as well as a near 40-minute IGTV post doubling down on his stance. This comes shortly after Crime Mob's Lil Jay came through with a MAGA hat to announce his support for Trump. Lil Jay's comments elaborated a little bit further than Turk's, though he also told people to do their research on the matter. View the full article
  14. Ty Dolla $ign recruits Kanye West, FKA Twigs, Skrillex, and Serpentwithfeet for a super-charged four-minute assault on 'Ego Death.' View the full article
  15. Kanye West paid a visit to his friend Elon Musk's house on Wednesday (July 1st), possibly indicating that the two may be working on a secret project together. Ye has had a very busy week ever since he announced a ton of forthcoming projects as part of his new #WESTDAYEVER era last Friday. Not only does he have his long-awaited Yeezy x GAP partnership in the works along with tons of other exciting ventures, but he's also gearing up to drop his next album, God's Country. Ye just released the first single off the album, "Wash Us In The Blood" featuring Travis Scott, on Tuesday (June 30th). The track was mixed by Dr. Dre, meaning God's Country may or may not be the Dre sequel to Jesus Is King that Kanye confirmed is on the way; regardless, Ye's got a ton of new music coming and we can't wait to hear more. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIME Along with all of these upcoming plans, it looks like Ye may be cooking something up with the Tesla man, as well. While Ye and Elon have crossed paths in the past and both expressed their shared admiration for one another before, Ye's decision to post a photo of the two of them hanging out could be his way of teasing that they're collaborating on something. In the photo, the two of them are both repping orange, although Ye's wearing an orange jacket while Elon's black T-shirt just has an image of the fruit on it. "When you go to your boys house and you’re both wearing orange," Kanye captioned the photo. Is this a hint about their upcoming project? Does it have to do with Elon's Tesla enterprise? Or is Ye going to collaborate with Elon on some new music, as he did launch his EDM career earlier this year? It looks like only time will tell. View the full article
  16. Freddie Gibbs has been on a tear this week. He has promised to "torture" DJ Akademiks until the hip-hop media personality quits his job and now, he's going after those associated with him. In the midst of his heated feud against DJ Akademiks, Freddie Gibbs checked his direct messages to find several reach-outs from none other than Celina Powell. Not well-versed in the world of the Black Widow's thottery, Skinny Suge asked his followers who she was before getting his answer. "Who is this whore and why is she talkin about my kids?," asked Gibbs on Twitter. "Pussy must not be selling in the pandemic." In the attached media, the rapper exposes a couple of messages that Celina Powell sent him, insulting his young child and correcting him on some Ak misinformation. An old story has been circulating from Ak's ex-girlfriend, which Celina Powell wanted to correct Gibbs on. In the picture, Ak's girl claims that they have broken up but still live together. However, it's an older upload from over a year ago. Celina took aim at Gibbs' son in the message. "Listen I know your child has Down syndrome n it must be hard raising that bitch but don't be posting MAD OLD SHIT," wrote the clout chaser. "Ak don't live with that bitch." Michael Bezjian/Getty Images In his response, Gangsta Gibbs hit her with the: "Pardon me whore, who are u?" What do you think of the disrespectful exchange? View the full article
  17. Quickly emerging as a go-to lingerie brand for women across the nation, Rihanna made another hit with Savage X Fenty. As she continues to pile up business accomplishments on her way to becoming a billionaire, her undergarment brand is striving more than ever. Usually, when we enter a new month or season, Rih delivers the goods with some organic promotion of the brand, slipping into one of her favorite products from the new collection and garnering everybody's attention. This time, she celebrated the summer by taking a dip in the water while rocking a pink design. "You know what time it is⁣," said the pop star to her fans. "Set that [alarm] for midnight to get your hands on this hawt lewk." The hawt lewk in question includes a lacy pink bra and matching panty set. In the picture, Rihanna wears a pair of sunglasses and tons of jewelry accessories on her wrists. In the comments, people are going off of what she says in the caption. However, they're more so begging her for an album release... what else is new? "Time for you to release new music, sis!," wrote one commenter. Have a gander at the new photo and let us know if you'll be copping for yourself or your girl. View the full article
  18. During the Yandhi era, Kanye West and frequent collaborator Ty Dolla $ign began working on what has been described as a follow-up to their hit single "Fade." The hip-house track was previewed at a Coachella party, unveiling contributions by FKA twigs, Skrillex, and Serpentwithfeet. The song was called "Ego Death." Over one full year has passed and still, the track was nowhere to be found. This week though, Ty Dolla $ign started hinting at its arrival again, slowly uncovering the artwork with an animated cartoon of himself next to blurred out characters. Day by day, Ty unblurred his friends, which included FKA twigs, Skrillex, Serpentwithfeet, and finally, Kanye West. The song is officially out, marking the possibility of a new album from Ty Dolla $ign coming soon. "Ego Death" was originally meant to be the lead single for his forthcoming body of work. In it, Ty discusses how he has changed for his loved ones. Did the single live up to the hype or were you expecting more from this powerful collaborative force? Listen to "Ego Death" below and let us know your thoughts in the comments. Quotable Lyrics: You wear this look on your face So much animosity Ego death is where you find happiness That’s the only place you find happiness View the full article
  19. Kanye West went all out for his wife, Kim Kardashian, by transforming their minimalistic bathroom into an "enchanted forest" covered in beautiful flowers. It's no secret that Kanye is a fan of grand gestures, and his romance game is clearly still in full gear. On Tuesday (June 30th), Kim shared a video on her Instagram story, showing off her bathroom-turned-garden while she narrates what she just walked into. "So I come home, and my whole bathroom is decorated like an enchanted forest," Kim explains. "And it’s so beautiful and so visually pretty." She then indicates that she found "a sweet note from my husband," indicating that it was in fact Kanye who covered their bath tub in purple, green, and pink flowers. Lars Niki/Getty Images for WSJ. Magazine Innovators Awards It's no surprise that Kanye wanted to spoil Kim. Earlier this week, he took to Twitter to congratulate her for "officially becoming a billionaire" and tell her how proud he is of her. "You’ve weathered the craziest storms and now God is shining on you and our family," he wrote. "So blessed this is still life. So I made you this still life. We love you so much." This milestone was achieved after Kim sold a 20% stake in her KKW Beauty brand to cosmetics company, Coty Inc., rounding out to $200 million. This deal now values KKW Beauty at $1 billion, and Kim's personal worth at $900 million. [Via] View the full article
  20. We continue to seek justice for Rayshard Brooks and the countless other Black Americans that have been killed or had their lives threatened at the hands of police brutality. Brooks was killed at a Wendy's restaurant in Atlanta by former police officer Garrett Rolfe on June 12. Rolfe was booked a week later but it is being reported that he was released on bond this week for $500K. The conditions of his bond include the required wearing of an ankle monitor, a strict curfew between 6 PM and 6 AM, no contact with Brooks' family or any witnesses, a surrendering of his passport, and more. Joe Raedle/Getty Images -- Tomika Miller, the widow of Rayshard Brooks Brooks' widow publicly opposed the release of Rolfe on bond, speaking out following the fact. "Rather than looking at this process as a series of 'wins' or 'losses,' it's imperative that we continue to push for systemic change within our criminal justice system," said Brooks' family in a statement. "From hate crime laws being passed to increasing oversight of members of law enforcement, our job is to ensure that positive change comes from this tragic situation." Rolfe was charged with felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, criminal damage to property, and more. Dustin Chambers/Getty Images For more information on how you can get involved, check out our list of resources here. [via] View the full article
  21. Brandy is the latest celebrity to be forced to deal with an alleged stalker, but the singer is taking matters into her own hands. As reported by The Blast, Brandy has filed a civil harassment restraining order through the Los Angeles County Courts against an unnamed 21-year-old woman, who has allegedly been repeatedly showing up at Brandy's home in L.A. unannounced. A spokesperson for Los Angeles Sheriff's Department confirmed that the restraining order was filed after the woman was arrested on Monday (June 29th). She was booked for suspicion of felony stalking, and is being held on $150,000 bail. Marcus Ingram/Getty Images Arrest records indicate that this felony charge applies to "any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or willfully and maliciously harasses another person and who makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear for his or her safety." If convicted, the alleged stalker is facing up to a year in county jail. According to The Blast, although Brandy lives in a gated community in L.A., the alleged stalker will wait outside the private residence for Brandy to appear. The publication claims that Brandy does not know the woman, and is reportedly fearing for her safety at the moment. View the full article
  22. Future previously pulled his famous line when speaking about Eliza Reign, the woman he knocked up and is now forced to provide with monthly child support. "She belong to the streets," he said about her. Despite her legal attack on the iconic Atlanta rapper, she appears to be embracing her newfound status, which was bestowed upon her by Fewtch. As pointed out by The Shade Room, it looks like Eliza Reign was partying with Tory Lanez this week. The Toronto native turned his kitchen to a nightclub, setting up flashy lights and inviting some baddies to the spot. One of the women in attendance was supposedly Eliza Reign, who may have taken a night off from taking care of her 1-year-old daughter. The woman in the video has not been confirmed to be Reign but they have very similar tattoos in identical spots, leading fans to believe that she and Tory may be spending some time together. Given the past year's events in court, Tory may want to protect himself unless he wants a situation like Future's. Eliza Reign has been relentless in her fight against the rapper, asking for $53,000 per month to take care of her baby. Judging from the video, do you think Eliza and Tory have been hanging out? View the full article
  23. Oft-sampled vibraphonist Roy Ayers will turn 80 this fall, and his new album, recorded in L.A. on the Jazz Is Dead label, is both silky-smooth and prescient. View the full article
  24. As if the meaningless death of Elijah McClain at the hands of officers on the Aurora Police Department wasn't hard enough to take in, it now appears they've dug an even deeper hole for themselves now that three officers are under investigation in relation to a series of inapproariate photos taken at his memorial site. As CBS Denver reports, local investigator Brian Maass has confirmed via sources (seen above) that three Aurora police officers are being accused of taking photos that seemed to reenact the carotid restraint hold that ultimately resulted in Elijah McClain's death. The news sparked a series of statements by both sides, with APD interim police chief Vanessa Wilson stating, "Thursday afternoon, I was apprised of allegations reported to Internal Affairs by an Aurora Police Officer alleging multiple Aurora Police officers were depicted in photographs near the site where Elijah McClain died. All involved officers were immediately placed on administrative leave with pay in non-enforcement capacities. I immediately ordered Internal Affairs to make this investigation their top priority. This accelerated investigation was completed this evening. This investigation will be publicly released in its entirety promptly upon its conclusion. This will include reports, photographic evidence obtained, officer’s names, and my final determination which can rise to the level of termination." The McClain family wasn't in the least bit pleased, issuing a statement of their own that reads, "Just when we thought the Aurora Police could not be any worse, they somehow find a new low. This is a department where officers tackled an innocent young black man for no reason, inflicted outrageous force – including two carotid chokeholds – for fifteen minutes as he pled for his life, joked when he vomited, and threatened to sic a dog on him for not lying still enough as he was dying. They tampered with their body cameras to hide the evidence. They exonerated the killers. They deployed riot police and spewed pepper gas on peaceful protestors [sic] at a vigil of mourners playing the violin. And now this." All three officers were reportedly removed from patrol duty last week as the unresolved August 2019 death of Elijah McClain continues to result in social outcry. May he and his family get the justice they rightfully deserve. Image: Andy Cross/MediaNewsGroup/The Denver Post via Getty Images View the full article
  25. 03 Greedo was just starting to take off when he turned himself in to serve a 20-year bid. The fight for his freedom is far from over, though he did make sure to record enough music to release over the course of his sentence. And he has released a few already including collab efforts with Mustard and Kenny Beats. The rapper became eligible for parole this year but unfortunately, he has been denied, Jeff Weiss reports. In a series of tweets, he briefly explained Greedo's situation, saying the rapper will have to wait until 2021 for his next hearing. "Spoke to Greedo yesterday before they took away his phone privileges for the next 40 days. Texas prisons are a special rung of Hell. At his facility, they're using Covid to deny inmates all liberties and human rights. Rather than clear out the jails, they're tightening control," he tweeted. "In short, Greedo is doing okay. Despite the sadistic treatment, his spirit is indomitable and he's been trying to stay as creative and positive as possible. The good news is that a lot more music is coming soon," he added in the following tweet. Weiss also added a mailing address to send letter or books to. View the full article
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