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SCOPE/Miami Art Basel To Exhibit ‘Young Thug As Paintings’

During Miami Art Basel, Young Thug is teaming up with Netherlands-based artist, Hajar Benjida for their SCOPE Miami Beach installation, “Young Thug As Paintings,” an iteration that Benjida originated on Instagram (@YoungThugAsPaintings).

Originally a school project, Benjida’s “Young Thug As Paintings” pays homage to the cultural capital of Thug, by juxtaposing him with some of history’s most revered works of art. Each combination offers a glimpse into Young Thug’s fluid sense of style and musicality. “I jokingly answered an interview question with “I hope to discuss renaissance paintings with Thug someday. 1.5 years later and I’m bringing my project to life together with Young Thug himself,” stated Benjida.

The exhibit will be available for viewing December 4th through December 9th at the 18th Annual SCOPE Miami Beach Art Fair. SCOPE is one of the most important satellite art fairs that takes place during Miami Art Basel. The exhibit is sponsored by Young Stoner Life Records and 300 Entertainment.

“Young Thug is one of the most profound artists of this generation and we’re going to continue to celebrate him in the most innovative ways.”

Hajar Benjida’s display of Thug’s influence through art disruption is incredible. This is also a celebration of Hajar’s talent and her appreciation of the culture,” says Rayna Bass, Head of Cultural Marketing at 300 Entertainment.

Thug’s exhibit comes shortly after the release of his latest EP, On the Rvn, which featured surprise appearances from Elton John, Jaden Smith, 6lack, and Offset.

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Cash Money Records Announces Annual Turkey Giveaway

Continuing a 22-year holiday tradition, Cash Money Records will host its annual turkey giveaway in New Orleans, LA on Tuesday, November 20th. Once again, label Co-Founders and brothers Ronald “Slim” Williams and Bryan “Birdman” Williams return to their hometown in order to give back, uplift, and spread hope, spirit, and cheer for the holidays. Full details can be found below.

For the Williams Brothers, charity stands out as a cornerstone of the label’s core mission and values. Given their lifelong commitment to philanthropy, they co-founded 501(c)(3) organization The Johnny and Gladys Williams Foundation—named after their parents. Among many initiatives, the Foundation presents the turkey giveaway, providing families throughout the community with a bountiful Thanksgiving meal every year. As a result of their work, the company remains a paragon in the community.

With the William Brothers on-site, this will be the fifth year that Cash Money hosts the event at New Home Full Gospel Ministries (1605 Carondelet Street; New Orleans, LA 70130) from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Walmart generously donates the turkeys, and Rouses provides the sides and fixings. Birdman’s newest innovation Stunna Brand, Inc. comes aboard as a sponsor for the first time. Radio station Q93 kicks out the jams all day, and NOLA Games On Wheels engages families with entertainment and video games.

Back for the fifth time, the turkey giveaway includes full-service health screenings by Ochsner Health Systems. Services span testing for glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure, dental care, eye exams, quick look EKG’s, stroke assessment, and more. Attendees may receive counseling and information on heart healthy diet, kidney disease, pre-natal care, and diabetes as well as smoking cessation programs and healthy recipe books.

Also, for the fifth year, Dr. David Liang [Director, Stanford Center for Inherited Cardiovascular Disease] and his staff administer Aortic Disease and Marfan Syndrome heart screenings.

“The Turkey Giveaway is something we’ve been doing since the beginning of Cash Money,”

states Ronald ‘Slim’ Williams. “The moment we made it, we knew we had to lift up our hometown. It was always a part of the label’s vision and brand from day one. Over the years, it’s become something the community can rely on and trust. To me, that’s our greatest accomplishment. We’ve received so many blessings, we want to share those with the city we love and call home.”

Birdman continues, “You could take away the success, the money, and everything. It doesn’t matter. What matters most is the people who were with you since day one: your neighborhood, your friends, and your family. We’ve never forgotten how New Orleans put us first. The Turkey Giveaway is a way to say ‘Thank you’ to everybody we love. Out of everything, it’s what we want people to associate Cash Money with. This defines our legacy.”

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Malcolm Kenyatta Becomes Pennsylvania’s First Black Openly Gay State Legislator

Malcolm Kenyatta was among the many LGBTI candidates celebrating success in the US midterm elections yesterday.

Kenyatta, 27, won the 181st District of Pennsylvania in the states house. He is the second openly gay Representative, joining fellow Democrat Brian Sims. Sims has been in office since 2012 and yesterday enjoyed re-election.

Kenyatta, of North Philadelphia, is also the first black, gay man elected to statewide office in Pennsylvania. Following his success, he told News One, ‘As I said to my team and supporters last night, this was a victory for all those who believe we should raise wages, send our kids to fully funded schools, and keep seniors in their homes.

‘I’m grateful to North Philly for this resounding and historic win. I’m ready to get to work.’

He tweeted a photo, saying: ‘NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE!’

Before his time in the legislature, Kenyatta served as the campaign manager for city council candidate Sherrie Cohen and served on the board of Equality Pennsylvania.

During his campaign, the community activist faced homophobic attacks when posters were distributed of himself and his ex-husband with the words “NO” across the sign. Kenyatta didn’t let anything stop him from dominating at the polls. Kenyatta not only won his primary but he yesterday cruised to success, taking over 95% of the vote. He polled 20,722 votes, against Republican opponent Milton Street’s 1,014. Kenyatta replaces his older cousin: Democrat W. Curtis Thomas, who held the seat since 1989 but chose to retire.

One thing for sure that we all learned from election day 2018 is people are ready for change and it doesn’t matter about race, sexuality, and ethnicity.

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Famous Miami Strip Club King Of Diamonds Has Been Evicted

Remember when Money Mayweather came through and dropped $100K in KOD? What about Beiber’s $75K?
As one of the most famous strip clubs in the country, Miami’s King Of Diamonds is known for it’s landmark location off of Highway I-95 and the place where the now famous Blac Chyna once shook her moneymaker. On November 1, the club was set for eviction after being sued for foreclosure in August.

Court documents obtained by the Miami New Times show that on October 18, King of Diamonds was ordered to pay its court-appointed receiver a total of $305,000 plus $85,000 the first of every month thereafter.

On November 1, the receiver, Kenneth A. Welt, said in court filings that he hadn’t been paid. Welt asked the court to evict the tenants.

This week, Welt’s lawyer, Glenn Moses, accompanied Miami-Dade police officers to permanently lock the doors of one of the most famous strip clubs and Hip Hop venues in America.

A Miami-Dade court named Welt the property’s bankruptcy receiver in June 2018. Welt then learned the club had been operating with potentially life-threatening code violations, including malfunctioning fire sprinklers. Miami-Dade County closed the building October 5 because of safety violations.

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Dez Bryant Signs a One Year Deal With New Orleans Saints

Sometimes being patient and picking the right time to make your decision can pay off. Former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant reportedly agreed to a deal with the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday. The Saints play the Cowboys at AT&T Stadium on Nov. 29.

Since being selected by the Cowboys 24th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, Bryant has spent his entire career in Dallas, including three Pro Bowl seasons. He earned First-Team All-Pro honors in 2014 when he caught a career-best 16 touchdowns. Last season, Bryant caught 69 passes, including six touchdowns, for a grand total of 838 yards and was tied for third in the league in dropped passes.

A change of scenery could be good for Bryant. He was solid in 2017, albeit not spectacular, and there’s a chance the switch from Tony Romo to Dak Prescott at quarterback had a negative impact on his output. Reuniting with a veteran pocket passer could be just the change he needs to snap back into form and prove he’s still capable of delivering a Pro Bowl campaign.

With Dez, the Saints have a second wide receiver option for MVP front-runner Drew Brees. The Saints have been aggressive since the trade deadline and now with adding Dez as a free agent, they now believe they a Super Bowl contending roster.

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[GRAPHIC] NC Rapper DaBaby Shoots And Kills Man Trying To Rob Him In Walmart

In a unfortunate turn of events, Charlotte rapper DaBaby is currently in custody after shooting and killing a man whom he alleges attempted to rob him in a Huntersville, North Carolina Walmart.

19-year-old Jalyn Domonique Craig was allegedly shot and killed by the rising Charlotte rapper during a fight that broke out in the produce isle of the popular chain superstore.

A police officer was doing a routine check of the store when shots were fired.

Investigators said in a Facebook post that the shooting suspect was being questioned, along with “several people” who were arrested at the store “due to an altercation.”

It wasn’t clear if the altercation was connected to the shooting, and though the alleged shooter’s name hasn’t been revealed, several reports have confirmed it was Charlotte rapper Da Baby (not to be confused with Atlanta rapper Lil Baby).

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2 Chainz Launches Marijuana Brand ‘GAS Cannabis Co.’

This business was inevitable for Chainz.

The Green Street Agency has partnered with Tauheed Epps, whose best known in the Hip Hop world as 2 Chainz, to create his own marijuana business, GAS Cannabis Co.

The creative agency has already partnered with a variety of other musicians including Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Waka Flocka Flame and Rae Sremmurd to launch perfectly legal weed brands.

The L.A.-based distributor has just launched a shop out of Van Nuys and offers three different strains of marijuana both in-store and online.

Recreational marijuana was legalized in California back in November of 2016. It was the first of nine states. It has also been legal for medicinal use since 1996.

According to Chainz, GAS stands for “Good a** s**t.” He took to his personal Instagram page to excitedly share the news of one of his lifelong dreams. He broke down each of the strains and showcased the products for fans and cannabis-users alike.

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Akon has Been ‘Seriously’ Considering Running for President in 2020

Akon is contemplating running for president in 2020.

“I’ve been thinking about running for 2020 very seriously,” he recently told Newsweek. “But I didn’t want to just do it because I feel like I want to continue doing what I’m doing and hope that builds me enough momentum [for people] to say, ‘You know what, if you run we’ll support you.’”

The vocalist turned-Akoin cryptocurrency founder, 45, clarified that Donald Trump and his administration’s hardline position on immigration has left him feeling anxious. In spite of the fact that Akon was born in America, he spent quite a bit of his early  youth in Senegal, before moving back to New Jersey in grade school.

“I feel a lot more unsafe,” he said. “I feel unempowered. Honestly, I feel it’s gonna be a fight. I feel like I should be always prepared for the unexpected. I feel very uncomfortable.”

He continued, “And I feel a lot of Americans do; even some white Americans feel that way because they’re watching backlash of his decisions. It’s not what’s happening now, because it’s clear it’s creating a whole bunch of divide today. But I think tomorrow that impact is going to be so much more devastating.”

He likewise tended to how different things were under previous President Barack Obama, saying that he trusts things have gotten worse since Trump took office in January 2017.

“We really came a long way to get people to come together, and look at each other as humans, and work towards a common cause,” he told the magazine. “And now it seems like everything that was done is being undone, with gangs and race groups reemerging. It’s just horrible.”

The statements proceed with a line of reasoning that stretches out back to the Summer. In a meeting with Variety, he said he felt “personally disappointed” by Trump and reprimanded him and his organization for lack of empathy.

Saying that the present circumstance in America made him think about a keep running for office, he told the magazine, “I’m running for the presidency if I do it. My target is the bully.”

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Google Employees Walk Out to Protest Company’s Treatment of Women

Google employees worldwide are walking off the job to protest the company’s treatment of women and its handling of sexual assault cases.

Employees walked out of Google offices worldwide at 11:10 a.m. in each time zone on Thursday. Workers have walked out in Singapore, Zurich, London, Dublin, and New York City, filling nearby streets, sidewalks and parks.

And in California, home to Google’s headquarters, employees streamed out of its offices and filled plazas.

“We’ve always been told that Google is a leading-edge company, that our culture is something really special. And in that way we totally have the space to walk out and do this today,” Claire Stapleton, a New York-based marketing manager for YouTube and one of the walkout’s organizers.

Organizers are calling for an end to forced arbitration, a commitment from the company to end pay and opportunity inequity, a publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report, and a safe and anonymous process for reporting sexual misconduct at Google.

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First Flint, Now It’s Newark Dealing With a Water Crisis

Four years after Flint, Michigan’s water crisis caught the nation’s attention, it appears the citizens of another city are dealing with a similar unreal crisis. Newark, New Jersey officials promised residents that their water supply was fine for nearly a year and a half, but that wasn’t entirely true, The New York Times reports.

Experts agree that there is no safe level of lead exposure. Pregnant women and children are most at risk: Even low lead levels are associated with serious, irreversible damage to developing brains and nervous systems. Lead exposure is also linked to fertility issues, cardiovascular and kidney problems, cognitive dysfunction, and elevated blood pressure in otherwise healthy adults.

“The parallels to Flint are fairly clear,” Erik Olson, head of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) said. “The city was denying a problem even though its own data was showing problems. Newark is not as extreme as Flint but still a serious problem.”

The NRDC’s website states, “The high lead levels are especially alarming because there has been long-standing concern about children’s exposure to toxic lead levels in Newark. For years, the city has had the greatest number of lead-poisoned children in New Jersey. This likely stems from a variety of exposures to lead, including from contaminated tap water and other sources. Indeed, 2016 tests revealed 30 public schools with elevated water lead levels.”

Mayor Ras Baraka said the problem comes from old water pipes found in some neighborhoods that leach lead into the drinking water.

“You have some homes that have no lead in their water at all, very little lead, and some homes that have elevated lead. Our job is [to] be prudent, is to have somebody do a study and figure out what actually is going on,” Baraka said.

“The city’s water coming out of the reservoir is safe,” said Newark Department of Water and Sewer Utilities assistant director Kareem Adeem. “The city’s water leaving the treatment plant is safe; the city’s water entering the city’s distribution system, the city’s water main, is safe. The only problem is when the city’s water enters into those lead lines.”

At the moment, it seems like everyone is passing the blame off to something or someone else. Like the people in Flint, the officials in Newark need to do better.

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