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Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sues Iconix For ‘Massive Fraud’

The New York Post’s Page Six has reported that Hip-Hop billionaire Jay-Z and his company Roc Nation are suing a city licensing firm, alleging it of bilking investors in a “massive years-long fraud,” according to a new lawsuit. Roc Nation first sold the men’s clothing brand Rocawear to Iconix for $204 million in 2007.

According to court documents in the Manhattan Supreme Court, the suit says that the Iconix Brand Group Inc., duped it and other companies — including Ecko, Ed Hardy and PONY — into doing business by not being honest about its financials, and then made off with their money without delivering the services that the company promised.

The feds have been investigating Iconix, which court documents reveal have “amass[ed] a portfolio of trademarks under false pretenses,” and detailed that they committed fraud by having “absconded with its licensees’ money without providing the branding and retail support it promised.” Roc Nation had been doing business with the firm after selling men’s clothing brand Rocawear to them for $204 million back in 2007. Though the company’s stocks were strong through 2015, the suit points out that, today, they are worth “less than a dollar per share.”

Iconix then “absconded with its licensees’ money without providing the branding and retail support it promised,” the court documents allege.

“Plaintiffs never would have entangled their business interests with Iconix had it disclosed the true condition of its business or the massive accounting fraud in which it was engaged,” the court documents claim.

The representation for Roc Nation is requesting that Iconix should pay for the all legal costs accrued when Jay-Z had to testify after the SEC subpoenaed him and for other unspecified damages.

We’ll have more on the story as it develops.

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Kirk Franklin Supports Kanye West’s Sunday Service

Gospel megastar Kirk Franklin has been the leading voice of the genre for almost 30 years. He has crossed over the mainstream with his version of R&B influenced gospel. Many have been wondering what does the “I Smile” singer/songwriter think of Kanye West’s Sunday Service movement. Franklin, without hesitation, endorsed Pastor Kanye’s growing congregation.

When Kirk, along with his wife Tammy, arrived at the 2019 BET Awards, the gospel legend conversed about Mr. West’s weekly Sunday Service with ET’s news correspondent Kevin Frazier. He also took a few moments to plug the upcoming season of his highly successful singing competition, BET’s Sunday Best on June 30.

“Well, you know, if Kanye’s doing it, then we gotta do it,” he said on the red carpet with a laugh. Later, he hinted that Sunday Service has been a big source of positivity for West, stating, “That’s my little brother, man. That thing, you know, let the music heal him.”

While he didn’t say if he made his way to Sunday Service, he did reveal that he and West have talked about it numerous times.

“Well, you know, we talk through ‘em. We talk through ‘em as brothers,” Franklin shared. “We’re always having conversations and I’m so proud to see the music do what it’s created to do – to heal people. And it can heal everybody.”

In an interview on Beats 1 on Monday (June 24), Franklin again gave Kanye his support. “Let that be his medicine, he ain’t making no loot doing it,” Franklin responded. “You could always tell intent on how people spend their money. How people spend their money is a reflection of their heart. And so, the fact that this is something that he’s doing on his own, let that be his medicine.”

Check out the full conversation with The Franklins below.

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Would You Pay $50 USD for Travis Scott-Branded Reese’s Puffs?

The brand that Travis Scott is building for himself extends way beyond his multiplatinum music career, branching into sneakers, fashion, sports and, yes, even the world of Game Of Thrones. Now, the ASTROWORLD king is putting a tasty twist on the Reese’s Puffs cereal box with a new collaboration alongside General Mills.


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This special-edition Reese’s Puffs release was designed by Scott’s longtime creative director Corey Damon Black, who gave an up-close look at the box on Instagram yesterday (seen above). The partnership is solely limited to the packaging, so don’t expect “COFFEE BEAN”-flavored cereal bites or the grain puff shape to switch up to “SKELETONS” or some kind of “BUTTERFLY EFFECT.” However, it would’ve been pretty sick if they were shaped like cacti as a nod to Cactus Jack Records. Either way, it’s still a good marketing tool that just proves yet again that Travis is on a path of world domination. Whether or not a box of cereal is worth $50 USD, well, that’s up to you.

The General Mills x Travis Scott Reese’s Puffs cereal-box collab will be available today on the rap superstar’s official website following his pop-up shop in Paris for Paris Fashion Week. Would you pay fifty bucks for a box? Let us know over on Facebook and Twitter!

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Recap: adidas Gives the Ultimate Look at Graffiti Culture With ‘Beyond the Streets NYC’ Exhibition in Brooklyn

Graffiti is one of those art forms that wins by breaking all the rules — there is no one style, no single medium and certainly not one sole artist that embodies the entire genre completely. Now, in a combined effort by adidas Originals and traveling art exhibition Beyond The Streets, a new art experiencing is opening up in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn that truly pays homage to over 150 artists that’ve cultivated graffiti into the respected platform that it’s become today.



The setup at 25 Kent Ave is, for lack of better words, huge — we’re talking 100,000 square feet, huge! The Source stopped by earlier this week to catch a preview of the space, which extends throughout the 5th and 6th floors of the waterfront view building. The art collections you come across while making a way through the gallery range from paintings and bigger-than-life-sized sculptures to custom installations that could even be considered grotesque. There’s also a fully-operating pop-up shop with refreshments provided by Perrier and merch by the many artists featured throughout. As an added incentive, a portion of proceeds from sales in the shop will go to the the Harold Hunter Foundation, who played an important role during his lifetime in molding the skateboarding culture that pretty much goes hand-in-hand with graffiti. Overall, you will not want to miss out on this engaging opportunity to experience the art world from a handful of gritty, unforgettable and absolutely stunning perspectives.

Keep scrolling to see some of our favorite artists from the adidas-curated ‘Beyond the Streets NYC’ exhibition, which will be taking over Brooklyn all summer long:

BEASTIE BOYS EXHIBIT

BILL BARMINSKI EXHIBIT

BEYOND THE STREETS ARTWORK

BUDDY ESQUIRE EXHIBIT

CHARLIE AHEARN EXHIBIT

CLEON PETERSON EXHIBIT

CRAIG STECYK EXHIBIT

CRAIG COSTELLO EXHIBIT

DABSMYLA EXHIBIT

FAB 5 FREDDY EXHIBIT

FUTURA EXHIBIT

GUERILLA GIRLS EXHIBIT

HUSKMITNAVN & CORNBREAD EXHIBIT

HUSKMITNAVN EXHIBIT

INVADER EXHIBIT

KATSU EXHIBIT

LADY AIKO EXHIBIT

MAYA HAYUK EXHIBIT

PAUL INSECT X BAST EXHIBIT

RIME EXHIBIT

KC ORTIZ EXHIBIT

SHEPARD FAIREY EXHIBIT

TAKASHI MURAKAMI EXHIBIT

The full ‘Beyond The Streets NYC’ exhibition will be on display to the public starting tomorrow (June 21) and will run until August. Purchase tickets right now online.



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Relive “Hotline Bling” Forever By Visiting Drake’s New Wax Figure at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas

Drake’s lucrative residency in Las Vegas must be going pretty well! It now looks like the infamous party city is honoring their new rap resident with a wax figure at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas inspired by his worldwide smash “Hotline Bling.”



Officially open for public visits, the statue is designed after the music video that became a viral sensation for pretty much all of summer 2015. The details are beyond accurate, all the way down to his OVO-branded sweatsuit and the “Wheat” Timberland boots. The figure will also stand in front of a backdrop duplicated to look like the video’s neon-themed setting, which was infamously influenced by the work of James Turrell.

The months it took to create a dripped-out Drizzy really paid off, which includes everything from data collecting for the most accurate detailing to the tedious task of creating individual human hair follicles for eyebrows and hairlines. Looking sharp!

You can visit the new Drake wax figure right now at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas in The Grand Canal Shoppes (3377 S Las Vegas Blvd Ste. 2001). Let us know if you think it looks like him after checking out the unveiling video below:

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Nas to Release New Children’s Book ‘I Know I Can’

Education starts at home and legendary Queensbridge MC Nas is planning to help our children start off on the right path.

On Thursday (June 13) the “If I Ruled The World’ rapper made the announcement via a post on Instagram, writing, “My first kids book is on the way,” mentioning that he and Mass Appeal have launched a kids brand called MAJR.

The description of MAJR reads: “Our mission is to inspire future generations through the creation of unique toys, apparel, and innovative learning tools. Major is here to reflect the diverse hues of both the modern family and popular culture, because education starts in the crib.”

Nas posted a photo of a potential book cover on his Instagram.  The book is titled I Know I Can after his children empowering song, “I Can.” The book series is listed on MAJR’s official website as part of a series “empowering kids to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.”

MAJR launches with a selection of apparel available with matching designs for parents and children. The first toy in the collection, “Boomblox”, a set of building blocks that form into an old-school boombox, has also been announced, with shipping expected to take place in the fall.

In addition to apparel and toys, a cornerstone of the new brand will be a collection of kids’ books driven by some of the biggest names in hip hop. The first book, inspired by Mass Appeal co-owner Nas’ hit song “I Can”, will be the “I Know I Can” book series, empowering kids to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.

“I’ve always understood the limitless power of young people, and being a father has brought it even closer to home,” said Nas. “We’re introducing MAJR to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s world. Our goal is to help children of all backgrounds fully realize their potential by tapping into their creativity in new and innovative ways.”

While the book’s release date has not been announced, Nas will be busy performing all through the country as he kicks off his 22-date North American summer tour with Mary J. Blige on July 11.

 

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Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing’ Returns to Theaters for the 30th Anniversary

On its 30th anniversary, Spike Lee’s cinematic classic Do The Right Thing will be returning to theaters.  Universal Pictures has partnered with the Criterion Collection to celebrate the 1989 Oscar-nominated classic film by showing a 4K restoration version nationwide in select theaters beginning June 28, according to Deadline.

Screenings and “one-week engagements” will take place at select AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and Alamo Drafthouse theaters. The groundbreaking film will also be shown in select New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin and Brookline, MA theaters in the original 35mm version

“When Spike Lee’s revolutionary Do the Right Thing was released by Universal Pictures 30 years ago this June, it ignited a national conversation on race and race relations in America that challenged our assumptions about ourselves and our country and heralded the arrival of a generation-defining filmmaker,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution.

Do the Right Thing was produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee. It stars Lee and Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, and Samuel L. Jackson, and is the feature film debut of Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez. The story follows a Brooklyn neighborhood’s engulfed in racial tension.

The film went on to be a commercial success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Aiello’s portrayal of Sal the pizzeria owner. It is often listed among the greatest films of all time.

In 1999, the film was deemed “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” in its first year of eligibility by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

On July 23, the Criterion Collection also will celebrate the 30th anniversary with a Blu-ray/DVD release of a director-approved definitive edition featuring the new 4K restoration.

 

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Jason Mitchell aka ‘Eazy E’ Dropped From ‘The Chi’ and Other Projects

Jason Mitchell is being dropped from his starring role on Showtime’s hit series, The Chi and upcoming projects.

It has been confirmed that the up and coming actor will not return for The Chi’s already announced third season.  Mitchell will also no longer be starring in the Netflix film Desperados, in which he was set to star opposite Nasim Pedrad, Anna Camp, and Robbie Amell. Furthermore, Mitchell is no longer repped by UTA or Authentic Talent and Literary Management.

None involved would comment on the reason for severing ties with Mitchell. Reportedly, he was involved in an off-set incident during production on Desperados, leading to his dismissal from that project and subsequently from The Chi.

Mitchell has been on the rise since his breakout role in the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton, where he played NWA member Eazy-E. Since then, Mitchell has starred in films such as Mudbound, Kong: Skull Island, and Detroit. He plays a leading role on The Chi, which was created by Lena Waithe. Waithe praised Mitchell at last year’s Television Critics Association winter press tour ahead of the Season 1 premiere, calling him “The Black Tom Hanks.”

On The Chi, Mitchell plays a young man striving to do better for himself, his girlfriend and his family. He dreams of opening his own restaurant one day and owns and operates a food truck. Brandon’s goals take flight after the death of his younger brother, Coogie, who is shot and killed on the streets of Chicago.

A rep at Good Universe confirmed his departure from the Netflix film, Deadline reported. They declined to comment further, however.

Deadline reported that Mitchell was also dropped by his management team at Authentic. UTA and Authentic both also confirmed that he was removed, but did not release statements.

Currently, no information about the misconduct has been revealed. Deadline reported that it happened away from the set. According to the outlet, Mitchell had previously been involved in inappropriate behavior on the set of The Chi, but the situation was resolved and production moved forward with him.

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Common Reveals He Was Molested in His New Memoir ‘Let Love Have The Last Word’

Legendary MC, activist, and actor. Common is telling his truth in the latest memoir Let Love Have The Last Word. Throughout the book, he talks about how therapy has changed his life and how he was sexually abused as a child.

In the new memoir, the Golden Globe, Oscar, and Grammy award-winner shares that while doing scene work with fellow actor Laura Dern, the memory of him being molested as a child came back to the forefront of his mind and he couldn’t shake it.

“One day, while talking through the script with Laura, old memories surprisingly flashed in my mind,” he writes. “I caught my breath and just kept looping the memories over and over, like rewinding an old VHS tape…I said ‘Laura, I think I was abused.’”

He then gives a detailed account of his experience that took place on a family road trip.

“I was excited for a road trip I was about to take with my family. My mother; my godmother, Barbara; her son and my god-brother Skeet; and his relative, who I’ll call Brandon…”

“At some point I felt Brandon’s hand on me,” he writes. “I pushed him away. I don’t remember saying a whole lot besides ‘No, no, no.’ He kept saying ‘It’s okay, It’s okay,’ as he pulled down my shorts and molested me. After he stopped, he kept asking me to perform it on him. I kept repeating ‘No’ and pushing him away,” the rapper writes. “I felt a deep and sudden shame for what happened.”

 

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The Chicago MC truly says ever since the incident he suppressed all memories and feelings, adding, “I just pushed the whole thing out of my head. Maybe it’s a matter of survival—Even now, two years after that flash resurgence of memories, as I’m writing, I’m still working through all of this in myself and with my therapist.”

Let Love Have The Last Word is available now.

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‘WU-SEUM’ Interactive Exhibit to Open in New York City

Showtime, along with Mass Appeal, will debut an immersive Wu-Tang Clan tribute in New York City at Dolby Soho from May 16-19 in honor of the upcoming docuseries WU-TANG CLAN: OF MICS AND MEN. As the group marks the 25th anniversary of its breakout debut album Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), the “WU-SEUM” will feature experiential installations highlighting their fascinating journey from the projects to international superstardom. The four-part limited docuseries from filmmaker Sacha Jenkins (BURN MOTHERF*CKER, BURN!) will premiere on SHOWTIME on Friday, May 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

The “WU-SEUM” at Dolby Soho is the only place fans can experience interactive Wu-Tang Clan music and clips from the SHOWTIME docuseries mastered in Dolby technologies. There will also be areas themed to pivotal moments in the Wu-Tang Clan’s story, such as RZA’s basement (where the group first formed) and a tribute to the late Wu-Tang member, Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Dolby Vision enhances images through increased contrast and brightness in color, while Dolby Atmos takes music to a three-dimensional space. Located at 477 Broadway, Dolby Soho is a newly opened space where science meets art and technology meets imagination. The “WU-SEUM” exhibit will be open from Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit https://soho.dolby.com.

WU-TANG CLAN: OF MICS AND MEN  follows the founding members – RZA, GZA, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon the Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Masta Killa and Cappadonna – many of whom were childhood friends in the hardscrabble world of the ’70s and ’80s Staten Island and Brooklyn. It’s a look back on their careers, combining intimate and reflective interviews from each of the nine living members with never-before-seen archival footage and performances. Their ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit brought them together to overcome the poverty, violence, and oppression of their neighborhoods.

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