Comedian Amy Schumer is out here speaking facts. The high-profile entertainer has weighed-in on the controversy surrounding the NFL and its publicized issues with players kneeling during the national anthem.
Schumer hopped on Instagram Friday (October 19) to share her issues toward the football organization and urge rumored Super Bowl LIII halftime performers Maroon 5 to back out.
This week, reports emerged about R&B superstar Rihannabacking out of performing at Super Bowl LIII in support of ex-NFL player and Black Lives Matter activist Colin Kaepernick.
“The NFL and CBS really wanted Rihanna to be next year’s performer in Atlanta,” the insider reveals. “They offered it to her, but she said no because of the kneeling controversy. She doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance.” Kaepernick, who once admitted to having a crush on Rihanna, was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality. (Us Weekly)
Our sources say Cardi is in negotiations to perform her song with Maroon 5, “Girls Like You” — and the main issue being discussed is whether or not CB gets a solo set. We’re told she’s getting a lot of offers to perform in early February … so she’s trying to make the best deal possible. Super Bowl LIII is being held in Atlanta, and some fans were hoping the NFL would give props to the ATL’s hot music scene. (TMZ)
A few days prior, buzz developed about the NFL possibly targeting Cardi and Houston rap star Travis Scott to pull through as halftime guest performers.
Maroon 5 will be headlining the Super Bowl LIII Halftime show, a source confirms to Billboard. While special guest appearances for the performance have not yet been finalized, Cardi B and Travis Scott are on the short list, Billboard has also learned. A rep for the band declined to comment. In a statement, the NFL said, “It’s a Super Bowl tradition to speculate about the performers for the Pepsi Halftime Show. We are continuing to work with Pepsi on our plans but do not have any announcements to make on what will be another epic show.” (Billboard)
Tiffany Haddish is an easy star to root for, given her rags-to-riches rise to fame and the fact she seems to tell it like it is. In a new interview, Haddish talks about dating, the climb of her fame, and teasing an upcoming rap album among other goals.
Haddish sat down with the New York Times for a feature story that opens with the 38-year-old retelling details of her trip to Greece where she met a man from the country that appeared interested in her. Haddish, careful after a tough divorce, said she needs to move a little differently in the romance department.
The chat also focuses on Haddish getting a starring role in a Tyler Perry film, titled Nobody’s Fool, which the director and film producer crafted with her in mind. This goes along with Haddish starring alongside friend Kevin Hart in Night School and The Oath in what is appearing to be a stacked 2018.
The chat also goes into her memoir, The Last Black Unicorn, but skips past a moment Haddish had as a teenager when she was sexually assaulted. It is, without doubt, a painful moment to read Haddish have to recall that time period and explained that she didn’t add it in her memoir because there was no humorous way to do so.
Still, the profile was largely light-hearted as expected and the bombshell that she’s doing a rap album was just sort of slipped in there near the end.
Trouble has hit Philadelphia rapper AR-Ab who is one of nine men that is indicted on federal drug charges. The Department of Justice revealed the charges, stating AR-Ab (born Abdul West) is the head of a drug trafficking organization in Philly.
The charges stacked against AR-Ab is pretty heavy, citing an operation that ran between March 2017 and June 2018. In September of 2017, a property owned by AR-Ab on North Sydenham Street held crack, heroin, methamphetamine, a gun and $8,000 in cash, while a different property near Christopher Columbus Street had cocaine, more meth and $20,000 more dollars.
The indictment includes charges of conspiracy to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine over 280 grams of crack, over 50 of methamphetamine and 100 grams or more of heroin. There are additional charges related to drugs and firearm possession.
“The charges alleged in the superseding indictment are extremely serious, and if convicted, these defendants are facing major jail time,” William McSwain, U.S. Attorney said. “The investigation and prosecution of drug trafficking organizations remains a high priority of this Office and the Department of Justice.”
the case against AR-Ab and the other associated men was investigated by the FBI and the Philadelphia Police Department. The full details of the charges can be read here.
ESPN Music will be collaborating with Quality Control Music artists throughout the season to celebrate marquee match ups.
This Saturday, LeBron James takes the court for his first regular season home game against the Houston Rockets, and LeBron fan and friend Quavo recorded an original track to celebrate the debut, which will air on ESPN Saturday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 PT/10:30 ET on ESPN.
This collaboration with Quavo represents the first of the series of the Quality Control Music partnership with ESPN, and will continue to feature different Quality Control artists contributing verses throughout the season, all produced by DJ Durel.
ESPN’s five-game opening week slate culminates with the Rockets vs. Lakers match up, when LeBron James and James Harden take the court. The NBA Finals broadcast team of Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Doris Burke will call the action. The NBA Countdown’s pre-game and halftime shows, as well as the NBA After The Buzzer post-game show, will emanate from just outside of the Staples Center at Chick Hearn Ct. All ESPN NBA game and studio programming is also available to stream on the ESPN App.
This week, Shepard Fairey—the contemporary street artist from Charleston, SC best known for his Obama “Hope” poster—launched his new mobile app, “DAMAGED,” with VRt Ventures and Juxtapoz magazine.
As stated in the press release, guests gathered in the Lower East Side of Manhattan to “step inside Shepard’s largest solo exhibit to date through the app’s VR functionality.” Check out some photos in the gallery.