The Atlanta University Center (AUC) is a collective of some of the top historically Black colleges and universities in the world. It is actually the largest and the oldest academic consortium of HBCUs. Prestigious schools such as Spelman and Morehouse, who boast as alum Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Stacey Abrams and Black venture capitalist, Verdun Perry, are but two of the schools counted in this grouping of higher learning. And each year, to celebrate the new freshman students and to promote AUC unity, the schools host a “Back-To-School” block party. All of the schools’ new freshman are encouraged to attend.
This year was no exception. On Tuesday night, according to ABC News, at least four people were wounded after a shooting by an unidentified gunman broke out. He shot into the crowd outside of Robert W. Woodruff Library- across from the old Stegals- where about 200 party revelers responded in horror.
Little is known about the shooting, but reports from the Atlanta police say that the gunshots started around 10:30 p.m. Why? Two groups got into an argument.
Four young women were hit. Sources say that two of the women were from Clark Atlanta University (ages 18 and 19) and two were from Spelman College (ages 17 and 18). It is believed that none of the young ladies were a part of the argument, nor were they intended to be shot. While the young ladies have filed reports and have received medical attention, no arrest have been made.
Atlanta police did release a video on Wednesday released of the suspected gunman. In the video you see him wearing a white T-shirt, gray sweat pants, a tan Gucci hat and gray New Balance sneakers.
Samuel Nicholas III, better known as Sam Skully, is accusing Drake and Big Freedia of jacking his beat for their mega hit single, “In My Feelings.”
Skully also claims Drake used another one of his beats for the “Nice For What” single which was also widely successful. TMZ reports that Skully said the artists used a portion of his 2000 track called, “Roll Call,” but they never asked his permission or cut a check.
The documents state Skully released the beat on a CD in 2000 and didn’t know it was ripped off until just recently when the songs began climbing the charts.
Not only is Sam coming for Drake and Big Freedia’s neck, but he’s gunning for Asylum Records, Cash Money Records and Republic Records to pay for damages.
Everyone has an opinion about Jay-Z and his new partnership with the NFL. Many have shared their views, but someone who once knew Jay very well has broken his silence.
Dame Dash is saying moves like that are common for the Hip-Hop billionaire. During an interview with the No Jumper podcast, Dash made it abundantly clear where he stands.
“Everyone knows Jay ain’t shit,” he says. “Listen, if you ask anyone in the industry, it’s common knowledge that Jay ain’t shit. He’s about the bag. We all know that. He’s self-preserving. Period.
“It’s just the people he does it to don’t have Beyoncé next to them. They don’t have that kind of a power. This dude here, everyone’s looking. It’s not even like a secret.”
“So I just think he kinda like—he used to do that sh*t…it’s not even like a secret,” Dame continued unabashedly. “He’d do that sh*t to me with girls. I’ll be talking to a chick and I’ll be like, ‘Yo, she asked me to do this, that and the third.’ And he’d be like, ‘I wouldn’t do it.’ And then the next day he’s done wifed her. And I’d be like, ‘Oh, that some funny sh*t.’ You know what you dealing with when you’re dealing with Jay. Jermaine Dupri, I fell like…again, for me to talk, it’s hard because I can’t completely be objective, but it’s the news of today. But, I just think if you look under the hood, all the answers will reveal themselves.”
Dame goes on to explain how insiders know when it comes to business, Jay is all about his bag. As we all should be. Clearly, from Dame’s comments on the podcast, we will not see a Roc-A-Fella reunion anytime soon.
The artists rented out the entire Six Flags amusement park in ATL for $300K and literally invited the whole hood. The Zone 6 celebration not only included a free day in the amusement park but attendees enjoyed free food and drinks.
It was a good ole time! People were having chicken fights in the water, and dunking each other. 21 Savage and Big Bank even joined the crowd in the lazy river.
Other celebrities who were in attendance included Love and Hip Hop’s Tommie and Shekinah Anderson. Check out the footage below.
Jermaine Dupri stopped by Big Tigger’s show on Atlanta’s V-103 to address the claims that JAY-Z told him he shouldn’t work for the NFL.
“He and I never had a conversation where he told me, ‘don’t do what you’re doing.’ What our conversation was… ‘you know what side I’m on, I understand what you’re doing.’ That’s what the conversation was,” Dupri explained.
Funk Flex and Bryan Michael-Cox both claimed Hov advised the super producer not to partner with the league that blackballed Colin Kaepernick for peacefully kneeling to fight for social justice.
“I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH JERMAINE DUPRI… HE CONFIRMED THAT WHEN HE WAS WORKING WITH THE NFL LAST YEAR HE DID GET A CALL FROM JAYZ ASKING HIM.. “HOW DEEP ARE U IN WITH THE NFL?” EXPRESSING… “THAT MIGHT NOT BE A GOOD IDEA,” the Hot 97 DJ tweeted.
I JUST GOT OFF THE PHONE WITH JERMAINE DUPRI… HE CONFIRMED THAT WHEN HE WAS WORKING WITH THE NFL LAST YEAR HE DID GET A CALL FROM JAYZ ASKING HIM.. “HOW DEEP ARE U IN WITH THE NFL?” EXPRESSING… “THAT MIGHT NOT BE A GOOD IDEA”
However, Flex thinks Jermaine Dupri’s recent interview is a direct result of the “NFL / ROCNATION applying that pressure for YOU to backpedal.” He’s clearly not buying this explanation and isn’t here for JAY-Z partnering with the NFL. He reposted the Atlanta musician’s interview and ended the caption saying, “( I finally understand what Kap / Nessa been Experiencing! )”
The reports of JAY-Z soon owning an NFL franchise are false, according to CBS Sports who cites a source that denies the report.
Recently, the Internet has been split between JAY-Z and Colin Kaepernick, specifically Hov’s deal with the NFL that places him, on behalf of Roc Nation, in a strategist role for live music at the league’s upcoming events including the Super Bowl. Jay is also set to spearhead efforts in social justice, which has ruffled the feathers of many, including fans and many directly affiliated with Kaep’s movement.
In the days following TMZ reported Hov would also be up for NFL franchise ownership but did not reveal a team. The new report states there are “no plans in place” for an ownership deal and representatives for both the league and Roc Nation are curious to who suggested such.
“There is no ownership component to this arrangement,” the source said, while also stating there is a strong “vetting process.”
Days before the 18th anniversary of Aaliyah’s death, Madame Tussauds unveiled her wax-figure in their Las Vegas location.
Studios Manager at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas, Adam Morey, says talks about the figure has been going on for the past year and a half, and her brother Rashad Haughton, was very involved in making sure his sister is immortalized the right way.
“I was involved in the process from the inception of the project,” Haughton told VIBE. “The team at Madame Tussauds welcomed a collaborative effort in choosing the pose and look of my sister’s figure. They made sure my mother and I were comfortable and supported through an amazing but understandably emotional process.”
“This set, rather than being a recreation of any one particular Aaliyah moment, was instead designed with a message to her fans in mind,” Morey told VIBE Magazine. “It’s a message that hopefully reflects her everlasting legacy.”
Madame Tussauds recreated Babygirl’s iconic 2000 “Try Again” look, which is a traditional Halloween costume for the past two decades. The figure dons the singer’s leather pants, and bedazzled bra and choker set with her bone straight hair.
“It was clear right away it would be the ‘Try Again’ look for our Aaliyah figure,” Morey said. “The look has the sexy, edgy, timeless vibe we try to imbue in the Las Vegas attraction within all our creative choices. Mining popular culture as only Madame Tussauds can, our desire to honor Aaliyah and the look in this way was only confirmed as we see today’s Hollywood stars like KeKe Palmer, Kim Kardashian, Zendaya, also paying homage by recreating their own favorite moments of the Princess of R&B.”
A car transporting Tee Grizzley was shot up in his hometown of Detroit resulting in the death of his manager and aunt Jobina Brown.
Local law enforcement states the shooting occurred Tuesday night (August 20), with bullets aimed for his Cadillac Escalade as it was stopped. TMZdetails Grizzley was exiting the vehicle as it was stopped and a shooter approached on foot, fired and hit Brown on her left side. Brown reportedly screamed right before the shots were fired.
Grizzley nor the driver were injured and police have not confirmed if he was the target. He did stay at the scene while the driver called authorities. Brown passed on the way to the hospital. She was 41-years-old.
Tekashi 6ix9ine is still behind bars but he will be soon taking the stand to testify next month for his kidnapping assault case of 2018.
If you recall, 6ix9ine was kidnapped and robbed at his Brooklyn home and will speak on the incident in court. TMZdetails the rapper is scared for the aftermath of the testimony, specifically how it will affect the safety of his family.
6ix9Ine is reportedly afraid the Nine Trey Bloods will retaliate against his family once he speaks on Anthony Ellison, who was a member of his team and responsible for the assault and kidnapping. Not only is Tekashi fearing for his family, but he is also worried about his own personal safety behind bars by those that are affiliated with Ellison.
The only way out for 6ix9ine from speaking on the stand is if Ellison works on a plea deal, which at the moment he has yet to accept.