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Gabrielle Union Details ‘Terrifying’ Racist Incident In Croatia

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As most Black and Brown people have noticed, the “post-racial America” that is touted worldwide doesn’t really exist. In her People Magazine interview, actress Gabrielle Union gave a detailed example of how those same sentiments are common worldwide.

While promoting her new memoir You Got Anything Stronger?, Mrs. Dwayne Wade described a situation in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in 2019 in her book that showed her the ignorant, international arms of racism.

“I’ve never experienced that level of hatred and the threat of physical violence,” she told People. “It was such a jolt. And the fear and adrenaline of what happened left us all numb.”

“To go through every instance is to take you through every day of my life,” she continued. “There are microaggressions, and there are all-out assaults. That’s what it is to be a person of color in this country. We think we post-racial, but we’re not. And that is beyond disappointing. I don’t think people understand the violence that comes with racism, whether it’s if you’re being chased or you’re having to watch someone wear blackface to collect a paycheck. It’s violent.”

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Tory Lanez Spends $50K At Target On Clothes For Baltimore Children And Single Moms In Need

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This past weekend, Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Tory Lanez dropped by Target in Baltimore, Maryland and spent $50,000 on clothes where he in turn held a giveback event at Steaurt Hill Academy and passed out the merchandise to children and single mothers in need.

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Tory, who has voiced his passion to use his platform as a means to help others, partnered with non-profit organization Diamonds on the Rise where attendees enjoyed an afternoon of moon bouncing, 360 cameras, refreshments and most importantly clothing care packages. 

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Kodak Black Donates $20K to Fort Lauderdale Child

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The “Feelin’ Peachy” rapper always seems to show his big heart, despite the hothead we can see on social media. Kodak Black is donating $20K to the child of a police officer, who succumbed to the deadly COVID-19 virus.

As the pandemic reaches its second wave of cases, states like Florida and California have seen a large increase in COVID cases. The CDC recently made a report, stating that Florida alone has at least 20K COVID-19 cases. Our hearts go out to the families of those affected by COVID-19, including the family of officer Jennifer Sepot.

The For Lauderdale police officer reportedly passed away following complications with the deadly virus, Sepot would leave behind her 2-year-old daughter. Once the story reached the news, Kodak’s attorney Bradford Cohen shared with TMZ that the rapper felt the desire to step in and help.

“Make sure that kid is straight. Pay for her college fund,” Cohen stated Kodak told him. It is believed that Kodak was moved by the story of Sepot because he also contracted COVID-19 last year.

In a statement issued by the Fort Lauderdale Fraternal Order of Police, they mention that they are “grateful to everyone who has donated to the Sepot family in memory of Jennifer. Her loss has had an immeasurable and lasting impact on our officers. The generosity by supporters has offered a degree of hope during a time in which support for law enforcement feels to be a waning movement.”

Rest In Peace to officer Jennifer Sepot.

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NBA Youngboy And Motown Announce Never Broke Again LLC Global Joint Venture

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Motown Records, home to some of today’s most impactful cultural hitmakers, and YoungBoy Never Broke Again, one of today’s most prominent rappers/songwriters in the world, announced a global joint venture with his Never Broken Again, LLC record label. 

The new deal continues Motown’s rich legacy of entrepreneurial partnerships by combining the label’s global leadership with the artistic and creative vision of YoungBoy and Never Broke Again, LLC. YoungBoy and Kyle “Montana” Clairborne will continue to lead Never Broke Again, LLC, a label committed to signing and developing new artists and providing them with a platform to succeed. 

In making this announcement, Ethiopia Habtemariam, Chairman and CEO of Motown Records, said, “I’m excited to work with Never Broke Again, a homegrown brand that has created an incredibly authentic and credible movement that represents the next generation in Louisiana’s legacy of ground-breaking hip-hop labels. I look forward to working with YoungBoy and Montana to continue to grow their vision and reach their fans around the world.”

YoungBoy said, “I felt like I had a responsibility to my artists to make sure to find the right partner for my label. I’m looking forward working with Ethiopia, Kenoe and Motown Records.”

Montana said, “Motown has been an inspiration for generations – a place that helps develop artists, songwriters and business executives and I’m thankful to Ethiopia, Kenoe and the team for making Never Broke Again part of the Motown family.

Kenoe Jordan, Vice President A&R, Motown said, “I’ve known and admired YoungBoy for years. Growing up in the same city we have a great understanding of one another and this partnership was always something that I wanted to bring to Motown. YoungBoy is an incredible visionary whose confidence in his artistry is only outdone by his dedication and work ethic. I’m excited to welcome them into Motown and help bring the Never Broke Again label and brand to the next level.”  

The first project from the new venture is set to release in October, with the first single dropping in September. The Never Broke Again Volume 1 compilation of 16 unreleased tracks will feature YoungBoy Never Broke Again, P Yungin, Meechy Baby, Quando Rondo, No Cap, Rjae and Rojay. Solo projects from 16-year old P Yungin and Meechy Baby will follow in early 2022.

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Housing Authority Threatens Kodak Black For Donating AC Units To South Florida Projects

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According to a report from TMZ, the Housing Authority in Pompano Beach, Florida has sent a cease and desist letter to Kodak Black over his charitable gift to his former neighborhood, gifting at least 100 underprivileged and elderly residents of the housing project he hails from with airconditioners.

The housing authority claimed that Black’s action caused a disruption and even said that he disturbance by having unauthorized video shoots at his old projects.

The letter from the housing authority read, “Your actions have adversely impacted the Property’s residents’ right to peacefully enjoy the property.”

Bradford Choen, Kodak Black’s attorney, shamed the housing authority for trying “to stop the assistance to the elderly and underprivileged during a heatwave and two-year pandemic.”

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Cardi B Drops New Reebok Collection, Surprises Bronx Students With Back-To-School Supplies

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Following the mass success of her first apparel collection, Reebok and Cardi B are thrilled to reveal the next chapter of their collaboration with the launch of an all-new apparel and footwear capsule collection this summer. Officially dropping today(August 30), the ‘Let Me Be…In My World’ capsule collection, launching alongside a new Cardi B Classic Leather sneaker, is inspired by Cardi’s hometown of New York City and carries a piece of Cardi’s legacy with every element of design.

Pieces from the ‘Let Me Be…In My World’ capsule collection build on Cardi’s signature outlines and details form her first drop, this time taking cues from the concrete world where Cardi grew up hustling. Featuring dramatic proportions, ranging from tight fits to oversized sleeves with super cropped waists, the range details reflect Cardi herself: cut-outs representing her open personality, bungee details allowing for maximum versatility, and pop-color stitching giving an overall monochromatic look for that little something extra. Cardi’s personality is infused into every inch of the collection, built to carry any hustler from day to night.

In true collaboration, Reebok designers worked with Cardi and her team from start to finish on the ‘Let Me Be… In My World’ capsule collection; from beginning ideation and design stages all the way through to the full creation cycle. Cardi B worked with Reebok designers to bring the story, colors and designs to life from sketch to sample form.

“I was so happy to see the love for my first Reebok apparel collection so I’m really excited to introduce this one,” Cardi said. “This NYC-inspired collection features some of my favorite pieces to wear—from corsets to tracksuits to fly kicks, all inspired by my time and love of New York.”

Hi-res product and campaign imagery can be found HERE. Designed with all figures in mind, all apparel in the ‘Let Me Be…In My World’ capsule collection will be available in inclusive colors, materials, and sizing, ranging from 2XS to 4X bringing this collection to all Cardi fans. The apparel will be available to purchase alongside matching footwear colorways of the Cardi B Classic Leather, which comes in women’s and kid sizes, starting 10am EST on Reebok.com

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Explore The “Smithsonian Anthology Of Hip-Hop and Rap”

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The landmark Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap is here. 

The first of it’s kind book arrived over the weekend boasting 120 tracks, nine CDs, a 300-page book with eleven essays, extensive track-by-track liner notes and never-before-published images. 

In terms of music, the Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap dives into four decades of Hip-Hop beginning with the 1979 Fatback track “King Tim the Third (Personality)” and ending with Kanye West’s 2013 single “Blood on the Leaves.” 

“Born in Bronx and raised across the American West and South, hip-hop is one of the most influential genres of music in the modern era,” said Kevin Young.

The Director of the Andrew W. Mellon at NMAAHC added, “Through beats, dynamic rhymes and pointed lyricism, hip-hop has provided a platform for communities and generations to voice their ongoing struggles and has changed society and culture around the world.”

The box set’s curation began in 2014 with an executive committee consisting of rappers MC Lyte and Public Enemy‘s Chuck D, writers and scholars Adam Bradley, Jeff Chang, Cheryl Keyes and Mark Anthony Neal, early Def Jam executives Bill Adler and Bill Stephney, artist-director Questlove and producer 9th Wonder.

Over the following seven years, the NMAAHC assembled additional panels of advisors to ensure equal representation across all subsets of hip-hop and rap.

Other artists featured include the  Beastie Boys, Notorious B.I.G., 2Pac, Goodie Mob, Lauryn Hill, Nicki Minaj and many more. 

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ICYMI: The LOX Honored By Yonkers Receives Key to the City

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Since The LOX’s Hip-Hop heroics in the Verzuz battle between them and Dipset, the Yonkers trio has been getting lots of attention.  

And as a result of their triumphant efforts, The LOX announced that they will receive the key to their city. In a video posted by Styles P, he broke the news that the legendary rap group will be getting the key to Yonkers. 

In the video, P said, “We just want to say ‘thank you,’” Styles P said on behalf of the crew. “Love is Love.”

He continued, “To the people of Yonkers … to the Mayor of Yonkers … we will be receiving this key of the city. Super dope.”

The video was originally posted on Instagram, and Styles P left an appreciative caption under the video.

In addition to announcing getting the keys to the city, The LOX will also be opening up a revised third park and workout station in Yonkers, with the goal of opening more around the city. These parks will be available for people of all ages.

This is a great week for The LOX.

Its The Real attended the ceremony and posted a video via Twitter where we see Styles P accepting the key to Yonkers on behalf of The LOX.

Check it out below.

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The LOX Honored By Yonkers Receives Key to the City

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Since The LOX’s Hip-Hop heroics in the Verzuz battle between them and Dipset, the Yonkers trio has been getting lots of attention.  

And as a result of their triumphant efforts, The LOX announced that they will receive the key to their city. In a video posted by Styles P, he broke the news that the legendary rap group will be getting the key to Yonkers. 

In the video, P said, “We just want to say ‘thank you,’” Styles P said on behalf of the crew. “Love is Love.”

He continued, “To the people of Yonkers … to the Mayor of Yonkers … we will be receiving this key of the city. Super dope.”

The video was originally posted on Instagram, and Styles P left an appreciative caption under the video.

In addition to announcing getting the keys to the city, The LOX will also be opening up a revised third park and workout station in Yonkers, with the goal of opening more around the city. These parks will be available for people of all ages.

This is a great week for The LOX.

Its The Real attended the ceremony and posted a video via Twitter where we see Styles P accepting the key to Yonkers on behalf of The LOX.

Check it out below.

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Vanessa Bryant Settles Lawsuit With Her Mother

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Vanessa Bryant appears to have settled a lawsuit with her mother which got messy real quick.

Sofia Laine was suing her daughter over what she said was lost wages. She claimed that she was owed money for babysitting services she provided over the years for her grandchildren. She claimed in the suit that Vanessa kicked her out of the house that her late husband, Kobe Bryant allegedly bought for her. She also alleged that Kobe said he would take care of her for the rest of her life.

Vanessa said that the lawsuit was “frivolous, disgraceful and unimaginably hurtful” and dubbed it as nothing more than an “extortion attempt,” noting, “My husband never promised my mother anything, and he would be so disappointed in her behavior and lack of empathy.”

As of late March, Vanessa was seeking to get the suit dismissed. Instead, she ended up settling for an undisclosed amount, according to TMZ Sports.

The settlement means that the case is over, but the terms have not been disclosed.

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