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Philadelphia District Attorney Urges For New Trial and Judge For Meek Mill’s Case

It has been over a year since the #freemeekmill campaign came into fruition.

On April 24, 2018, Meek, whose birth name is Robert Williams was released from prison pending the result of a plea deal to the Philadelphia supreme court. Since his release, he has had trouble traveling due to probationary restrictions. Judge Genece Brinkley can take the blame for this. Therefore, the District Attorney in Philadelphia is adamant that Meek gets a new trial and a new judge.

It is evident of Judge Brinkley’s personal vendetta against the Championships rapper. According to TMZ, the Philadelphia D.A. called out the judge for her bias against Meek, in addition to abuse her power. Brinkley sentenced the “What’s Free” rapper for a “technical violation” of his probation. Despite a number of requests for Brinkley’s dismissal, she refuses to step down from the case. The D.A. has publicly sided with Meek, 32, saying that he serves no threat to society. He deserves a fair trial without a biased judge.

Since his release, Meek had been adamant about prison reform. He empathizes a number of people who are not as fortunate as him. They don’t have the foundation for the funds or connections to change their current situation. Meek is just one of thousand cases that will not be publicized. Jay-Z, Robert Craft, Michael Rubin, and others continue to lend their support for the sake of progressive reform. At this moment, Judge Brinkley is the only one standing in the way of Meek Mill and his freedom.

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Brooklyn Street to Be Renamed in Honor of Notorious B.I.G.

The Brooklyn intersection where the Notorious B.I.G grew up at is getting renamed in his honor. The Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation, announced the news on his 47th birthday yesterday.

Billboard reports that a ceremony will be held on June 10th to officially rename the Fulton Street intersection between Gates Avenue on St. James Place to Christopher Wallace Way. The ceremony is open to the public and several members of the late rapper’s family will be in attendance, including his mother, Voletta Wallace.

The Brooklyn Community Board 2 approved the initiative in November but additional approval from City Council and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio was needed.

“Honoring Biggie symbolizes more than just one man,” LeRoy McCarthy, who came up with the idea a few years back, told Rolling Stone. “It symbolizes a culture. It symbolizes a borough. It symbolizes a people, and hip-hop is worldwide.”

Biggie is the latest rapper to get a street renamed after him posthumously. The Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue intersection was changed to Nipsey Hussle Square back in April,

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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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Billionaire Robert F. Smith Pledges to Pay Morehouse Graduates’ Student Loans

The 396 men who graduated from Morehouse College over the weekend have a lot to be happy about thanks to Robert F. Smith.

Smith, the billionaire investor who founded Vista Equity Partners and became the richest black man in America, announced that he’ll be paying off the student debt for the entire graduating class during his commencement speech. This is a great burden lifted off the shoulders of these young men, who can start their next chapter debt-free.

“This is my class, 2019,” he said, personally claiming the graduating seniors as his own. “And my family is making a grant to eliminate their student loans.”

It took a moment for the news to sink in, but the crowd, consisting mainly of Black men, erupted once everything completely processed. “We’re all in robes, hot, the sun was beaming on us,” said Ernest Holmes, who said he had about $10,000 in loans that his parents were going to tackle. “We’re holding our papers up, trying to block the sun out of our eyes. Everyone jumped up, cheered. People were crying. It was just the most amazing thing.”

“Let’s make sure every class has the same opportunity going forward, because we are enough to take care of our own community,” Smith said. “We are enough to ensure we have all of the opportunities of the American dream, and we will show it to each other through our actions and through our words and through our deeds.”

Robert F. Smith’s donation comes at a time where there are growing calls to tackle the mounting burden of student loan debt. A few presidential candidates have made debt cancellation a key component of their campaigns. Some states and institutions are moving to make college tuition-free.

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Cardi B Hit With $1 Million Dollar Lawsuit By Celebrity Blogger

Celebrity blogger Latasha K, who goes by the moniker UnwineWithTashaK online, has filed a $1 million lawsuit against rap superstar Cardi B. According to reports The Blast, the blogger, said she received death threats after the rapper told “lies” about her on social media.

The site obtained court documents in which K admitted to publishing a video about the rapper with fellow blogger Starmarie Ebony Jones. The duo allegedly accused the rapper of using drugs and contracting sexually transmitted infections.

After the video went viral, K said Cardi privately contacted her with a request for the vid to be removed from her site. K refused but instead asked Cardi to make an appearance in an interview to address the situation. The “Bodak Yellow” artist declined K’s invitation and then filed a defamation suit against both bloggers in March.

According to TMZ, Cardi accused the blogger of saying that her daughter, Kulture, would be born with “intellectual disabilities” because of the rapper’s alleged drug use during pregnancy.

K said, “Cardi B began to publicly defame Ms. Kebe, referring to her as ‘this blogger lady, by stating that Ms. Kebe makes up fake stories; harasses all of Cardi B’s friends; constantly stalks Cardi B; falsely claims that she has legitimate sources giving her information about Cardi B; uses Cardi B’s name for ‘click bait’; and many other false accusations.”

She also claimed she received “gang-related” threats and had to relocate due to the alleged harassment. Along with being pregnant, K claims she is suffering from anxiety, panic, humiliation, and depression. Also, K claims because of the alleged threats she has had to move from her residence and she has lost sponsorships and advertising.

Latasha says she runs a YouTube channel with a reported 500k followers and runs various other successful social media accounts for her celebrity blog.

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

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Drake Shows Off His New Customized ‘Air Drake’ Plane

“Thirty seater plane for like 10 of us.”

When it comes to the cash kings in Hip-Hop, Drake is certainly amongst the elite. Billboards’ most awarded artist of all-time ranked 4th ($47 million) on Forbes’ list of Hip-Hop Cash Kings in 2018, trailing only Kendrick Lamar, Diddy and Jay-Z respectively. The “God’s Plan” superstar took to Instagram to reveal his newest purchase, a customized plane, which he calls “Air Drake.” The 767 features the OVO logo as well as the Summer 16 prayer hands on its wings.

“No rental, no timeshare,” Drake says.

One thing for certain is that the 6 God will be traveling in style. The plane features 2 bedrooms and a bunch of comfortable seating. It is certainly a great investment and is all the motivation us frequent economy class flyers need. Peep the incredible purchase below.

Drake is unequivocally the biggest rapper of the past few years. He continues to crank out consecutive hits and classic albums to blow streaming numbers through the roof. Not to mention, he took home some pretty hefty bags after his last two tours. He ended 2018 with the Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour and recently returned from the international Assassination Vacation Tour with Tory Lanez and DJ Tiffany Calver.

The 4-time Grammy recipient has highly anticipated upcoming collaborations with possibly Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift, and Chris Brown. The aforementioned was confirmed by Breezy and we caught a snippet of it early this week from Brown’s 30th birthday party. The song is allegedly entitled, “You Got it.”

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Desus and Mero and Issa Rae to be Honored at the Webby Awards

As the Bodega Boys always say, “The brand is brolic.”

Recognizing this, the Webby Awards announced today that comedy duo Desus and Mero along with actor/writer Issa Rae will be recognized with Webby Special Achievement Awards next week for their contributions to Internet culture.

Desus Nice and the Kid Mero will be presented with a Webby Special Achievement Award for their talk show Desus & Mero which made it’s debut this year on Showtime.

Also, legendary actor Michael Douglas will accept a 2019 Webby Special Achievement Award for his work in the role of Sandy Kominsky in the Netflix original, The Kominsky Method.

Other Special Achievement honorees include Glossier founder Emily Weiss, artist Tierra Whack, and host and creator Hasan Minhaj.

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences — which hands out the awards — will also honor Childish Gambino, Jimmy Fallon, Will Smith, Kesha and Spotify this year

Established in 1996 during the Web’s infancy, The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS)—a 2000+ member judging body. The Academy is comprised of Executive Members—leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities—and Associate Members who are former Webby Winners, Nominees, and other Internet professionals. Reflecting the tremendous growth of the Internet, The Webbys now honors excellence in 7 major media types: Websites, Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Social, Apps, Mobile, & Voice, Games, and Podcasts.

The Webby Awards presents two honors in every category—The Webby Award and The Webby People’s Voice Award. In the spirit of the open Web, The Webby People’s Voice is awarded by the voting public. Each year, The Webby People’s Voice Awards garners millions of votes from all over the world.

Hosted by actress and comedian Jenny Slate, the 23rd Annual Webby Awards will take place in New York City on Monday, May 13 at Cipriani Wall Street.

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It’s Ghostface Killah’s Birthday! 4 Things That Make The Wu Legend’s Legacy

Easily recognized as one of the most unique MCs in the world, born Dennis Coles, Ghostface Killah has a legacy of inborn talent that is stationed in the rap element. His steep pitched voice riding the waves of RZA beats in the ’90s groomed him as a key element in the Wu-Tang Clan sound. When his solo prime time arrived, through several successful projects, Ghost went beyond the simple maintenance of the Wu-Tang sound and expanded the iconic group’s appeal. As we celebrate the “Cherchez LaGhost” MC’s birthday today (May 9), let’s take a look at four things that make Ghostface Killah’s legacy.

His Rhymes Are One of A Kind

Being a master storyteller is not an act for Ghostface, it is his reality. While sustaining his especial microphone appeal, he manages to produce vivid imagery through sound and draws up a picture that goes unmissed, every time. Only to bring soulful fast-paced bravado raps on board to tell each tale. With lines like “I slap-box with Jesus, lick shots at Joseph,” the Ironman rapper’s lyrical measure is rooted in his own wisdom.

He Is A Staten Island OG

When it comes to Staten Island and Hip-Hop, most people will automatically tie the New York City borough to the Wu-Tang Clan. A majority of Wu members are from a Staten Island neighborhood called Park Hill. However, Ghostface is from the Hill’s rival hood, Stapleton. Interestingly, the two neighborhood’s share the same zip code, 10304. To this present date, Ghostface Killah is the only famed act to reach legendary status from Stapleton. His widespread success is recognized as being effective towards Staten Island’s visibility granting Ghostface everlasting respect.

He Is Consistent

It’s not just the bare fact that Ghostface has 13 solo gems accompanied by Wu-Tang’s grand discography and an array of classic features. Over the course of nearly thirty years, Tony Starks has participated and released melodies on approximately an annual basis. Each project manages to showcase another angle of Ghostface’s creative acumen and imagination. Projects such as Sour Soul with BadBadNotGood, Twelve Reasons to Die with Adrian Younge, and of course, his star appearance on Wu brother Raekwon’s solo debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…

He Is a Lover of Funk and Soul

It is no secret that classic funk and soul music ruled the persona of the Hip-Hop sound. An obvious child of the era, the tunes of Ghostface Killah are frequently heralded for their soulful fusions and funky leaks. From James Brown to Otis Redding to The Jackson 5, you will hear the echos of class acts throughout the melodies of the Supreme Clientele maker.

As of 2019, Ghost is still an in-demand legendary MC for core Hip-Hop heads, at home and abroad. With the legacy the Wu-Tang Clan reaching a level of certified immortal remembrance through top network documentaries, mini-series, and most recently, a street district in Staten Island, there is no denying the measure of Ghostface Killah’s influence. He has maintained his invincible status in Hip-Hop history as being one of the culture’s most distinct acts to date. An act that can not be duplicated.

 

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Drake Debuts $10 Million Las Vegas Residency

It was confirmed earlier this year that Drake signed a multi-year Las Vegas residency and it looks like the show already started.

Drizzy took over Wynn’s XS Nightclub this past weekend and performed a slew of hits including “Nonstop” and “All Me” along with a few collaborative tracks like “Yes Indeed” with Lil Baby, “Sicko Mode” with Travis Scott and the Summer 2016 banger “For Free” with DJ Khaled.

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The rapper shared a shot of his XS Nightclub performance via his Instagram and captioned: “Everything in XS.”

The concert series was originally rumored to be worth $25 million, but it was ultimately reduced to $10 million. That’s still a pretty penny for just ten shows.

XS Nightclub’s official website confirms tickets for the show can only be purchased at the door with the exception of guests of Wynn or Encore who may book in advance.

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Nipsey Hussle’s Team Denies Rapper Hugged Alleged Killer in Video

Nipsey Hussle’s team squashed all rumors that the rapper is seen hugging his alleged killer, Eric Holder, in a video that’s circulating on social media.

People thought the slain rapper embraced holder in front of The Marathon clothing store six months before he was gunned down. But a source from Nip’s camp says that’s not Holder in the video. “Nipsey is embracing Flacco, who is NOT Eric Holder,” the source says.

The source also shut down claims that Holder was signed to the “Double Up” rapper’s All Money In record label under the rap moniker, Shitty Cuz.

During an interview with DJ Vlad, veteran rapper B.G. Knocc Out claimed Holder was apart of the label and appeared in several Nipsey Hussle videos.

The source confirms the only members of the rapper’s All Money In label are Cuzzy, Jstone, Cobby, BH, PacMan and Killa Twan, and Holder was never among that group.

Period.

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