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Lil Baby & Lil Durk Announce ‘The Back Outside’ Tour

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Lil Baby & Lil Durk are taking The Voice of the Heroes on the road.

The two rap stars dropped their collaborative album back on Friday, June 4th. Following its first week success of 150,000 album units, the two proved to be a 2 headed rap-trap monster.

Lil Baby took to his Instagram for the announcement.

“Let’s See How Fast We Can Sell Out ! “ The Back Outside Tour “ Coming To A City Near You !! Get Your Tickets Now !!”

Lil Durk and Lil Baby first announced the project back in 2020. Historically, collaborative rap album announcements are made prematurely, *cough cough*( J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar, Drake and Rick Ross, to name a few). The ATL and Chi-town link up was seamless from beginning to completion.

They even decided to collective change the initial May 28 release date to pay respects to fallen rapper, DMX. X’s posthumous Exodus album was released on that day.

Now The Voice of the Heroes will be coming a city near you in the Fall. The first stop is in Mansfield, MA on Sept. 1. and ends in West Palm Beach, FL on Oct. 15.

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Dame Dash Responds to JAY-Z’s Lawsuit Over ‘Reasonable Doubt’ NFT

Dame Dash Responds to JAY-Z's Lawsuit Over 'Reasonable Doubt' NFT

Dame Dash responds to JAY-Z filing a lawsuit against him on behalf of their label, Roc-a-Fella Records, for trying to auction the Brooklyn rapper’s critically-acclaimed album, Reasonable Doubt, as an NFT.

Dame told TMZ that Roc-a-Fella’s lawsuit is inaccurate because he’s not trying to sell JAY-Z’s album, but he’s selling his share of the company.

The tabloid reports that the Harlem native said Hov tried to buy his one-third share of Roc-A-Fella at “a price I deemed unacceptable” in March. Now he’s shopping for a new buyer.

Dash told the outlet: “Under the terms of the deal with a potential buyer, the buyer would buy my share of Roc a Fella Records and Jay-Z will have exclusive administration rights.”

It was previously reported that Dame Dash was sued for attempting to sell Reasonable Doubt as an NFT, which can’t be done because Roc-a-Fella owns the album.

The suit requests that Dash is barred from auctioning the NFT and to surrenders any existing ones.

The complaint comes days after JAY-Z filed a separate lawsuit against photographer, Jonathan Mannion, who shot the Reasonable Doubt cover among other photos.

That lawsuit argues that Mannion is “exploiting” Jay’s likeliness and says that he ignored requests to stop selling the photos.

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Def Jam Reportedly Paid $35K for DMX’s Funeral

Def Jam Reportedly Paid $35K for DMX's Funeral

DMX’s funeral was fit for a King.

The late rapper served as the lifeline of Def Jam for many years so it was only right that the record label sent him home in style.

TMZ reported that Def Jam covered the transfer of DMX’s remains to the funeral home, embalming, the customized red casket, plus the hearse and flowers.

There’s no mention of the monster truck that rode down Flatbush Avenue on the way to the Barclays Center.

In total, Def Jam paid $35,228.13 as per the probate documents obtained by the tabloid.

His family and friends delivered emotional eulogies including the original Ruff Ryders, Nas, and Kanye West, who hosted a Sunday Service in honor of the Yonkers rapper.

The beloved emcee passed away at the age of 50 following a fatal drug overdose.

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Trae The Truth And Phylicia Rashad Head Off SiriusXM’s “Juneteenth Inaugural Unityfest” Panel

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SiriusXM Urban View host Mike Muse led a special panel discussion to celebrate, educate, and increase cultural awareness surrounding Juneteenth and garner awareness for the “Juneteenth Inaugural Unityfest Event” on Saturday, June 19th. The virtual one-hour special featured respected voices from the worlds of politics, media, academia, community activism, and entertainment who shared insights and perspectives regarding the importance of Juneteenth. Panel guests included:

  • Trae tha Truth – 2021 recipient of Billboard Changemaker Award for his social activism. American rapper, songwriter, record executive and activist from Houston, Texas says you “don’t have to be qualified” to have a voice and shares how he’s “always spoke up” for his people: “Sometimes you have to step up and get involved. Like when I leave the house, from whether it’s for George Floyd, or Breonna Taylor, or anybody I understand there’s a chance I’m not coming back home and I’m prepared for that for my people.”
  • Phylicia Rashad – Famed American actress, singer, stage director, and newly appointed Dean of Fine Arts at Howard University. Participant in the Juneteenth Unityfest event reflects on the world uniting to stand for human rights and said “One of the most gratifying days in life that I remember was at the heels of the George Floyd tragedy. And that was the day that people around the world, without a single leader, without an organization, without an arranged affair, came out into their streets, wherever they were in the world to stand for the dignity of every human being..That was the day that the light shone brightly. The light in every human heart..That was a day and there was no political agenda, there was no political party, there was no self-interest group, nobody funded anything. The people came out because of the light in their hearts to stand for the decency of humanity. I was so grateful to see that day.”
  • Ms. Opal Lee – The 94-year-old activist and lifelong Texan who has campaigned to make June 19th a national holiday for years talks about Juneteenth’s inclusive empowerment: “It’s more than a festival..and it’s more than just black families. We’ve come a long way, but we got a hell of a long way to go, and that’s a fact.”
  • Robert Randolph – Grammy-nominated artist and creator of the star-studded ‘live’ Inaugural Juneteenth Unityfest Eventthat will be streamed globally on Saturday, June 19th  talks about the creation of Juneteenth Unityfest.
  • April Ryan – White House Correspondent, CNN Political Analyst, D.C. Bureau Chief for TheGrio, author, and speaker comments on the lack of apologies for the atrocities inflicted on Black Americans: “The wrong has not been corrected. There’ve been apologies to so many communities for issues, the atrocities that happened to them, however, we are still uncovering, discovering, and pushing, but not knowing what to be done to change the dynamic..We have to understand that we are that part of history that I founding fathers talked about. They didn’t imagine us being a part of it, but when they say we the people, we are we the people. And we are still forming a more perfect union.. We cannot be afraid to correct the wrongs.”
  • Dr. Daina Ramey Berry – Chairperson of the History Department at University of Texas at Austin with a PhD in African American Studies speaks about uncovering the gruesome history of black bodies in medicine: “I think, the thing that surprised me in the last five years was to learn that after enslaved people died, some of their bodies were sold as part of a cadaver trade, and they were sold to medical schools for anatomical research. And that floored me because I didn’t understand why I had not learned that in graduate school. I didn’t understand why that was not part of history books. It’s not a pleasant memory. It’s not a pleasant history, but people use our bodies to learn about human anatomy and most medical students for the first 30 or 40 years of medical school research were learning on black bodies.”

The special airs on Saturday at 2:00pm and Sunday at 11:00am ET on SiriusXM Urban View, channel 126.

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President Biden Enacts Juneteenth As a Federal Holiday

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President Biden signed legislation creating Juneteenth a holiday during a ceremony at the White House.

President Biden signed a bill yesterday establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday.  While the legislation was passed by the House and Senate with unusual speed this week and overwhelming support from both chambers of congress, President Biden argued there’s much more work to do and said the “sacred right to vote is under attack” in many states. Biden added, “Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments.” Biden said “acknowledging those moments helps a nation heal and grow stronger.” President Biden also stated in his speech right before signing the bill that slavery took a terrible toll and was America’s “original sin.”

Juneteenth has long marked the commemoration of the end of slavery in the U.S especially for Black people in the south. June 19, 1865, is when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas. Although, technically they were legally free 2 years prior but still had not been afforded such rights and liberties. The Juneteenth National Independence Day is the first new federal holiday that has been established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.

Texas Congresswoman Shelia Jackson Lee, introduced the Juneteenth National Independence Act, on February 25, 2021 as H.R. 1320 and has been fighting diligently for decades to have this day recognized federally. The Texas 18th Congressional District leader shared on her Twitter two days before the signing. “We celebrate the first passage of the bill in the Senate! This has been a long journey with the work of our fellow Texans, the late Representative Al Edwards and Opal Lee. We’re working very hard to get his bill signed by the President in the near days in order to have a historic celebration of Juneteenth this June 19, 2021. It has been a long journey! Juneteenth equals freedom and freedom is what America is about!

Vice President Kamala Harris shared that Juneteenth is a day of pride and a day of action in the ongoing struggle to achieve racial equality in the U.S. Our first Black woman ever elected to VP also noted enslaved people helped build the White House. Harris said, “We have come far and we have far to go.”

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Jay-Z, RZA, & Carmelo Anthony Lend Support to ‘Black Goes First’ Charity CHESS Auction

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Hip-hop legends Jay-Z and RZA and NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony are at the top of their game- but in a different way than you might expect. The icons are taking their talents from the rap studio and court to the chessboard- and all for a good cause.

As part of a partnership with global creative agency Anomaly, the trio has teamed up with International Chess Grandmaster Maurice Ashley and music industry veteran Chaka Zulu as part of the Black Goes First charitable initiative by auctioning off an autographed custom chessboard. The intent is to raise awareness about implicit bias and to raise funds for the Detroit City Chess Club, one of the largest, longest-standing, predominantly African American competing youth chess clubs in the U.S.

The goal of Black Goes First is to inspire a new generation of players to fall in love with the game by building confidence in and access to chess for Black youth, in hopes that they may one day join the ranks of the most skilled players in the world and reach the pinnacle – becoming a Grandmaster. Currently, out of 1721 Grandmasters, only four are Black.

Ashley points out that “chess is a game that demands that we truly stop and think about how our minds work and how our thoughts affect reality. The idea of turning a traditional chess rule on its head to illustrate the critical issue of unconscious bias is a powerful way to initiate much needed discussions on this important topic.”

Anomoly’s efforts hope to use chess to change social and racial dynamics, noting that “in chess, there is implicit power behind the first and most consequential rule: White goes first. This means White gets a leg up on the game commonly referred to as the “first move advantage.” This rule also represents the unconscious bias and unwritten (and sometimes written) rules in society that directly oppresses and suppresses the Black community in our daily lives, restricting education, access, and opportunity.”

As for the involvement of hip-hop artists and those adjacent to the hip-hop community such as Anthony, Zulu points out that hip-hop culture has a love affair with the game of chess and they’ve been intertwined for years. In my home, we’ve always played ‘Black Goes First.’ The music, the game, and the culture build character and critical life skills that are required for the progress and survival of Black youth yesterday, today, and tomorrow.”

The predominantly black, 14″ x 14″ x 1″ board is made from a matte black composite stone. The rule change, engraved in stone, faces each player, front and center.

The auction goes live on June 17th ahead of Juneteenth via BlackGoesFirst.com.

Black Goes First Chessboard
Black Goes First Chessboard

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SOURCE LATINO: Lin-Manuel Miranda on ‘In The Heights’ Backlash: ‘We Fell Short’

Lin Manuel Miranda on In The Heights Backlash We Fell Short

Lin-Manuel Miranda broke his silence on the backlash the movie adaptation of his 2008 Broadway musical, In The Heights, received.

A conversation about the exclusion of Afro-Latinx representation spread like wildfire on Twitter following a virtual press junket with the director and some cast members.

The Root‘s Felice Leon cornered director, Jon M. Chu, who was previously accused of the whitewashing of Crazy Rich Asians, about the lack of Afro-Latinx representation.

“In the end, when we were looking at the cast, we tried to get people who were best for those roles,” he responded. “But I hear you on trying to fill those cast members with darker skin. I think that’s a really good conversation to have, something that we should all be talking about.”

After people expressed their disappointment, Lin-Manuel issued an apology.

“I started writing In the Heights because I didn’t feel seen,” the Hamilton creator began his statement on Monday, June 14. “And over the past 20 years all I wanted was for us—ALL of us—to feel seen.”

Although he noted his good intentions, the 41-year-old acknowledged where he “fell short.”

“I can hear the hurt and frustration over colorism, or feeling still unseen in the feedback,” he continued. “I hear that without sufficient Afro-Latino representation, the work feels extractive of the community we wanted so much to represent with pride and joy. In trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we fell short. I’m truly sorry.”

Lin-Manuel Miranda reassured fans that he’s “learning from the feedback” In The Heights got.

He explained, “I thank you for raising it, and I’m listening. I’m trying to hold space for both the incredible pride for the movie we made and be accountable for our shortcomings. Thanks for your honest feedback.”

The playwright and actor promised to “do better” with future projects. “I’m dedicated to learning and evolving we all have to do to make sure we are honoring our diverse and vibrant community,” he concluded.

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Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine Join Forces to Open Public High School in LA

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine Join Forces To Open Public High School in LA

The Los Angeles Board of Education approved plans for a public High School that is backed by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.

The school will be located at Audubon Middle School in the Leimert Park neighborhood in South Los Angeles.

Transportation will also be available for students outside of the zoned area.

“This is for kids who want to go out and start their own company or go work at a place… like Marvel, or Apple or companies like that,” Iovine told the Los Angeles Times reporter Howard Blume.

Dre expressed how important it is for him to reach “the younger me” as the school caters to mainly Black and Latino students.

“This is something new and different that might excite the kids and make them want to go to school,” Dre said.

The school is currently called Regional High School No. 1 and is scheduled to open next Fall.

Unlike the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy, this school is “nowhere near a music school,” but creativity will be heavily focused on.

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Kevin Hart on Cancel Culture: ‘Shut The F–k Up!’

Kevin Hart on Cancel Culture: 'Shut The F--k Up!'

It’s safe to say that Kevin Hart is not a supporter of cancel culture.

The comedian did an interview with the Sunday Times and had this to say about the viral phenomenon: “Shut the f–k up!”

Hart thinks cancel culture is problematic because things that used to be “funny” or more culturally acceptable are now new grounds for cancellation.

Kevin pointed out that resurfaced old stand-ups or tweets can come back to “bite you in the ass.”

“If you allow it to have an effect on you, it will. Personally? That’s not how I operate,” Hart told the UK outlet. “I understand people are human. Everyone can change.”

The comedian has been a victim of cancel culture as recently as 2019 when he received backlash for homophobic comments. He stepped down from his role as the host and delivered a lengthy apology on social media.

Kevin Hart isn’t the only comedian who isn’t in support of cancel culture.

Chris Rock blamed the trend for creating “boring” and “safe” entertainment.

On the other hand, Katt Williams expressed that cancel culture is necessary.

Williams was asked “Where do you stand on comics’ ability to be comics without judgment and repercussions from cancel culture?” during a conversation on the Joe Budden podcast.

“Some of these things are for the benefit of everything,” the comedian responded. “Nobody likes the speed limit, but it’s necessary. Nobody likes the shoulder of the road, but it’s there for a reason. My point is, [people] weren’t all that extremely funny back when they could say whatever they wanted to say.”

What are your thoughts on cancel culture?

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ICYMI: Katt Williams Alleges Cedric The Entertainer Stole His Joke For ‘Kings of Comedy’

Katt Williams Alleges Cedric The Entertainer Stole His Joke For 'Kings of Comedy'

Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac, D.L. Hughley, and Cedric The Entertainer joined forces for the Kings of Comedy tour in 2000 but Katt Williams says he was “crushed” when he watched Cedric’s closing joke.

In an interview with The Morning Hustle, Williams revealed that the joke Cedric told about having to park a large spaceship Cadillac was his own.

“Well, when it initially happened to me, it crushed me just because the comedian was already bigger and more famous than me and he took my closing joke and made it his closing joke on Kings of Comedy,” said Williams. “The reason it hit so bad was that I was in the theater. I paid my money to go see Kings of Comedy and to see my joke being there and not me was about as disrespectful as it gets in our craft and I took it really personally with Cedric The Entertainer at that time.

“Now, since then, I’ve done enough work with ten comedy specials. You either have to write your own jokes or you’re telling a variation of my joke, whether you acknowledge it or not.” Katt Williams added that as artists, you’re either “originally creating or you are borrowing bits and pieces.”

Williams didn’t address the situation. “I’m not that type of comedian. I’m going in your mouth where the joke is when you steal my jokes, and I have a reputation in this industry that if you steal my joke, you’re gonna be missing a tooth or two… I don’t play like that.”

Check out the interview below with Katt Williams and the joke in question by Cedric The Entertainer.

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