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Childish Gambino and Lil Wayne Headline 2019 Broccoli City Festival

With lineups for festival season continuing to pop up, the Broccoli City Festival has released their line up for their weekend Washington D.C. takeover.

Broccoli City will be a two-day festival that will include an all-night block party, a 5K and fitness day, Trap Karaoke and a Friday Night Preview event, along with the Saturday line-up headlined by Childish Gambino and Lil Wayne.

Joining the headliners of Broccoli City are 6lack, Ella Mai, Lil Baby, Teyana Taylor, Wizkid, Gunna, City Girls, YBN Cordae, Ade, and New Impressionz. The festival will be hosted by Scottie Beam, Rodney Rikai, and Rock Creek Social Club. The Friday night Preview will be headlined by Trippie Redd.

You can check the announcement below and cop your ticket this Friday.

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Fenty Family Feud: Rihanna Sues Her Father Over Her Brand Name

It looks like Rihanna wasn’t playing when she said, “Please don’t call me on my bluff. Pay me what you owe me.” Not even her father is exempt from payment.

In fact, the “Bitch Better Have My Money” songstress is willing to fight her in court to ensure she receives every penny.

The Fenty family feud ensued after Ronald Fenty established Fenty Entertainment in 2017. Fenty Ent is a talent development company. On the contrary, Rih trademarked the family name to use on an assortment of businesses including beauty products, and clothing.

Rihanna alleges her father and his company are profiting from a name she worked tirelessly to build. Furthermore, she says that in 2015, her father and his business associates falsely presented themselves as her representatives. In doing so they were able to swindle promoters out of millions of dollars.

Perhaps their most brazen attempt was booking the singer for 15 shows throughout Latin America for a price of $15 million. Shockingly, all of this shady business was conducted without her knowledge.

Despite multiple cease and desist order sent to Mr. Fenty on his daughter’s behalf he proceeded to file a “Fenty” trademark request for resort boutiques. Ultimately he was unsuccessful.

As a result of continued underhanded business practices by her dad, Rihanna is requesting a judge placed an injunction on her dad using the name Fenty as well as payment for damages.

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‘Tha Carter V’ and ‘Queen’ Certified Platinum on Same Day

Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj prove that Young Money/Cash Money Business is still alive and well. The Cash Money business side has been settled for Wayne making 2018 indeed a winning year.

Young Money’s first lady Nicki Minaj came out strong with the release of Queen and then we finally received Tha Carter V a month later. Perhaps two of the most highly anticipated albums of 2018s have added another platinum album to the artist’s laundry list of accomplishments. Making the feat all the more special, both albums were certified platinum by the RIAA on Friday, January 11, 2018.

A lucrative coincidence, to say the least, the Young Money year was kicked off with Drake’s uber-successful Scorpion album.

It is refreshing to see Lil Wayne return to the top of the Billboard charts. In fact, Tha Carter V  marks his fourth album to top the Billboard 200 chart.

Furthermore, its safe to say that his fallout with Birdman helped fuel the demand for his album. On-demand streams propelled the album to the third biggest album sales week of 2018. The high demand was reflected in the first week as the also had the second the second biggest streaming week in history, behind Drake.

Meanwhile, Ms. Minaj’s Queen debuted at number two on the Billboard chart behind Travis Scott’s Astroworld. 

As Weezy once said, “its Y-M. And we at ya neck like a violin.”

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Outkast’s Big Boi Steps In For Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show

The original ATLien will be in the building for the Super Bowl!

It has been confirmed that Outkast’s Big Boi will be added to the Maroon 5 and Travis Scott half time show for the 49th Annual Super Bowl being held in Atlanta on February 3, 2019.

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#SBLIII ATL let’s Get it !

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With much fanfare, it was reported that Cardi B wanted $1 million to perform, which pushed her out of the runnings for a performance spot, but critics say that her support for Black Lives Matter activist and NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick kept the “Bodak Yellow” star away from the Super Bowl.

It has also ben reported that Jay-Z reached out to Travis Scott in an alleged attempt to get him to halt his halftime performance.

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Texas Mother Claims Elementary School Forced her Son to Cut Dreadlocks

Tiffany Brown is outraged after her son Jonathan’s elementary school demanded that he cut his dreadlocks off.

Spring Valley Elementary School sent the 6-year-old with a letter home ahead of Christmas break saying that his hair was against the dress code, and that he returns to school with a hair cut.

Brown, who is also an author, shared the disgusting letter on Twitter asking what does his hairstyle have to do with his ability to learn.

“Hair must not be lower than the bottom of the ears or collar in the back,” the letter dictates, accompanied by a handwritten note stating “please cut by Jan. 8th.”

“Children of color have been targeted for many years, because of what others see as the norms in our society,” Brown told Yahoo Lifestyle. “Because of these norms that are blinding people in our society, some people have stated that dreadlocks are a fashion statement and my child should conform and express himself when he’s older. Dreadlocks are part of my African culture, not a fashion statement.”

Jonathan returned to school with his dreadlocks still in tact and was called into the office to have a discussion about his Christmas break. But of course, the conversation was about his hair. “My son Jonathan went from loving his hair yesterday to opting to cut his hair today, after this meeting,” Tiffany said. “Yesterday, he loved his hair and didn’t want it cut; today he’s frustrated and doesn’t, after speaking with a school official.”

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Travis Scott Reportedly Agreed to Perform for Super Bowl if NFL Donates to Social Justice Cause

Travis Scott and Big Boi are confirmed to join Maroon 5 to perform for the Super Bowl halftime show. But La Flame only hopped on board under one condition: The NFL donated to a social justice cause.

Scott was confirmed to perform since December, but the donation was required for it to be final. The ASTROWORLD rapper plans to partner with the league to donate half a million to Dream Corps, among other charitable endeavors.

The donation arrives after the Friday launch of the NFL’s “Inspire Change” initiative.

Travis Scott agreeing to participate in the show was controversial due to the Black community’s support of Colin Kaepernick. Meek Mill tweeted that he didn’t understand why the Houston rapper accepted the gig.

Al Sharpton told TMZ, “I think anyone that goes into the halftime show is in effect directly violating those that want to raise the question that the NFL should come to terms with what they have done and continue to do to Colin Kaepernick and those that protest on criminal justice issues.”

A number of artists reportedly tuned down the offer in support of Kaepernick including, JAY-Z, Rihanna, and Cardi B.

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Comedian Barry Brewer to Use His Stand-Up Special to Provide $1 Million to Chicago Schools

Barry Brewer is using his gift of comedy to give back to his hometown of Chicago. The BET Comic View alum will release his latest comedy special Chicago I’m Home this coming February and will attempt to raise $1 million to give to Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Charter Schools.

Chicago I’m Home will focus on the background and upbringing of Barry Brewer in what is referred to as the “other” Chicago. The Chicago referenced is the opposite of the skyline and Michigan Avenue that is flaunted to tourist and instead is his home neighborhood of Englewood, which was an area of survival and will carry the details of his mother’s drug addiction.

Looking to make a positive impact on his city, Brewer will look to make a positive change to those growing up in Chicago now and will donate a percentage of the proceeds of his debut special to the school systems. Aiming to donate $1 million apiece to both.

“Being born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and being a product of the Chicago Public School System, I personally know what it’s like to be offered basic programs and be underserved as a student,” Brewer said. “That is why I am making it my mission to give back to CPS, so we can have better programs to further educate our children, expand their interest in different professions and keep them off the streets. My hope is that the money we donate can help fund the supplies teachers need to help provide a better experience for our youth.”

Aside from Comic View, Barry Brewer has been featured on TV One, Comedy Central and more. You can view the entire trailer below and pre-order the special here.



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Charlemagne The God Apologizes To R. Kelly Victims For Past Statutory Rape Comments

The Breakfast Club‘s Charlemagne The God recently came under fire for comments made on Twitter in 2010 regarding R. Kelly’s 2002 child pornography case after appearing on the Surviving R. Kelly documentary.

Additionally, some of the viewers were critical of the fact that Charlemagne, who faced a statutory rape charge in 2001 when he was accused of raping a 15 year old girl, but plead out to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, was asked to participate in the documentary.

With so much controversy surrounding the subject, Charlemagne apologized to one of Kelly’s accusers, Lisa Van Allen, during her recent interview on The Breakfast Club, for his insensitive comments.

“I apologize for any jokes that I’ve made that may have upset you or any of the other victims. Honestly, none of us were thinking about that ten, fifteen years ago. We were just thinking about clowning R. Kelly, but we weren’t thinking about the actual victims,” said Charlemagne.

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San Diego Police Shoot And Kill Nick Cannon’s Artist Ryan Bowers

The San Diego Police Department has revealed the victim of a police involved shooting and it’s been reported that the victim was an up and coming rapper named Ryan Bowers.

Bowers was 23 years old.

Media reports stated that a 911 call prompted police at Bowers’ home. alleging that he had cut his own throat.

Police claim that when they attempted to subdue Bowers, he pulled out a knife and lunged towards the officers, in which one of the officers shot Bowers once, killing him.

Nick Cannon sent a special shout out to his rookie rapper, who began his career on an episode of MTV’s Made in the early 2000s, but went on to work with artists like DJ Premier and The Game.

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This honestly hurts my heart to have to post this right now, but I’m just requesting prayers and positive energy for my young guy! @RyanBowersOB has to be one of the most talented and gifted youngsters I’ve ever met but more importantly one of the most resilient and strong spirits I’ve personally witnessed. He had such a troubled and haunted journey when I first signed him that I wasn’t aware of because he did it all with a smile. One of the nicest and sincere kids you could ever meet. About 5 years ago I created a alternative rap group for him and @Kehlani along with a few other talented young artist called “PWD”. They were all so dope that I invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in them. They had amazing songs with @E40 @losangelesconfidential @djpremier and more. They toured with @therealtechn9ne and even performed on Wildnout, at SXSW and other festivals. And Bowers was the energy of the group, a writer, rapper, singer, skateboarder.😊! The kid could do it all, but like most of us he had his own demons and darkness that he struggled with. We would often talk about God and Spirituality and he got to a place where it all was confusing for him and he couldn’t trust anyone. I told him I would always have his back and would be there for him so when I got the call today that he slit his throat and then immediately after the San Diego police shot him numerous times. My heart sunk. Through the grace of the Most High Ryan Bowers is still here with us, but he needs your prayers and positive energy. I promise you if my guy pulls through I will make the world know him and appreciate his amazing journey and gifts!! I love you my dude! I know you are going to pull through! 🙏🏾

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Snoop Dogg Drags Donald Trump for Government Shutdown

Snoop Dogg is unhappy with the partial government shutdown and he is pointing the finger at the Commander in-chief, Donald Trump.

The Hip Hop vet posted a video to Instagram weighing in on the thousands of federal workers whose livelihoods are on the line because of the shutdown. He urged those affected not to vote for Donnie again if he runs again in 2020.

“All you people in the federal government that are not getting paid right now ain’t no way that you can vote for Donald Trump when he come up again,” Snoop began. “If y’all do vote for him, y’all some stupid muthafuckas.”

Elsewhere in the video, he expressed how bad it was that people will not be receiving their federal tax returns. Snoop Dogg argues that the Prez doesn’t care about government workers and reassures his stance on the 2020 Presidential elections towards the end of the video. “Don’t vote for that n—a. Please don’t. Look what he do. He just don’t give a f–k.”

Watch Uncle Snoop drag 45 below:

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