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EXPLOSION! Right Before Their Big Weekend, Ex-CEO of the GRAMMYS Drops Major Bombs about Rape, Corrupt Voting Practices and How Dirty They Are Doing Black People

Days before The Grammys are set to air, the former CEO of The Recording Academy is fired and she is not going down with a fight or dropping a few major bombs.

Deborah Dugan was only the CEO of the Recording Academy for a short time and was reveling in his historic appointment. She was the organization’s first female in their C-Suite. Let go on Jan. 16th, last Thursday, she took no time to file a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the Academy.

In her complaint, she let loose with a ton of secrets that is sure to make this GRAMMY season blush. According to The NPR, one of those company secrets is that Neil Portnow, who held the job before her, raped a female artist in New York. [Clutch those pearls] She also revealed that despite his alleged sexual assault of another woman, she was forced by the chair of Recording Academy Board, John Poppo, to hire him as a “consultant” and basically making her presence in the position just a facade. His fee? Three-quarters of a cool M.

Another major bomb as that the Academy’s general counsel and former board chair, Joel Katz, sexually harassed her last year and before she took the CEO position, making her feel devalued.

Both Neil Portnow and Joel Katz have flat out called her a liar.

Portnow released a statement in Billboard that called her allegations “inaccurate, false and outrageous.”

“This document is filled with inaccurate, false and outrageous and terribly hurtful claims against me. The allegations of rape are ludicrous, and untrue. The suggestion that there was is disseminating a lie. The baseless complaint about my conduct referenced in the EEOC filing was immediately brought to the attention of the Board of Director’s Executive Committee. An in-depth independent investigation by experienced and highly regarded lawyers was conducted and I was completely exonerated. There was no basis for the allegations and once again I deny them unequivocally.”

Billboard, Former Recording Academy President Neil Portnow Responds to Rape and Other Allegations, Calling Them ‘Ludicrous and Untrue’, 1/22/20

Katz also released a statement through his lawyer, Howard Weitzman, stating in more eloquent words (of course) that she was bugging.

“Ms. Dugan’s allegations of harassment and her description of a dinner at the steakhouse in the Ritz Carlton, Laguna Niguel are false, and Mr. Katz categorically and emphatically denies her version of that evening.”

“Mr. Katz believed they had a productive and professional meeting in a restaurant where a number of members of the Board of Trustees of the Academy, and others, were dining.”

“Mr. Katz will cooperate in any and all investigations or lawsuits by telling the absolute and whole truth. Hopefully Ms. Dugan will do the same.”

NPR, statement given to the site from Attorney Howard Weitzman’s office.

Her allegations did not stop with that.

Dugan, according to Pitchfork, breaks down what she seems to be shocked at but many have been saying forever; the underrepresentation of women and minority groups at the show and with the awards.

She states what seems to be systemic racism and sexism by saying that they “routinely faced criticism for failing to honor Black artists,” and that the process is “ripe with corruption.”

The Academy is saying that something is ripe alright… maybe even past that… downright gone bad, and she is the bad fruit. They say that if she had those problems that these allegations never came up until she knew she was getting fired because she herself was harassing people. She was under investigation for allegedly bullying another female employee. The Academy alleges that Dugan wanted $22 million to step down.

Y’all clearly, she knows where the bodies are buried.

They gave this statement: “We regret that Music’s Biggest Night is being stolen from them by Ms. Dugan’s actions and we are working to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.”

According to the NPR, over the last 7 months, Dugan has been working hard to do some “major restructuring,” pledge to make the awards more gender and racially inclusive and diverse, measurable goals to achieve that goal and adding measures to enhance voting regarding the awards more transparent to the membership.

However, 10 days before the actual show, she was placed on administrative leave… essentially canning the whistleblower.

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DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, Megan Thee Stallion Set for Broccoli City Fest 2020

Broccoli City Festival has announced its 2020 lineup, which is headlined by DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch.

The festival will take place on May 9 at RFK Stadium and boasts a line-up that also includes Ari Lennox, Burna Boy, Doja Cat, and more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday, January 24. You can learn more about promo tickets and more by visiting here.

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Happy Birthday to the Legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff!

On this date in 1965, Jeffrey Townes, better known to Hip Hop and television fans as “Jazzy Jeff” was born in the City of Brother Love and has become one of the best to ever place their hands on a pair of Technics 1200s.

Originally known as the DJ for rapper/actor The Fresh Prince aka Will Smith, Jeff’s claim to fame was his seemingly innate ability to play the wheels of steel like instruments, popularizing the “transformer” style scratching sound which was mimicked by many DJs who succeeded and proceded him. The two-time Grammy Award winner later became an established producer, sitting behind the boards for artists like Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, The Roots, Floetry and many more. Just last year, Jazz worked on the Straight Outta Compton film, doing scratch overdubs for the classic flick.

Happy born day and salute to one of the pioneers of the 1s and 2s of Hip Hop culture!

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Amazon Music Announces Reaching 55 Million Customers Worldwide

Amazon Music is celebrating reaching 55 million customers globally, with subscriptions to Amazon Music Unlimited growing by over 50% in the last year.

“We’re proud to reach this incredible milestone and are overwhelmed by our customers’ response to Amazon Music,” said Steve Boom, VP of Amazon Music. “Our strategy is unique and, like everything we do at Amazon, starts with our customers. We’ve always been focused on expanding the marketplace for music streaming by offering music listener’s unparalleled choice because we know that different listeners have different needs. As we continue to lead in our investment in voice with Alexa, and in high-quality audio with Amazon Music HD, we’re excited to bring our customers and the music industry even more innovation in 2020 and beyond.”

The service has grown nearly 50% year-over-year across the United States, UK, Germany, and Japan, with a double in countries like France, Italy, Spain and Mexico.

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DJ Khaled and Nicole Tuck Welcomes Second Child

DJ Khaled and his wife Nicole Tuck have welcomed their second child together. Hitting Instagram, Khaled shared captured moments from inside the delivery room where a new baby boy was born.

Khaled has not provided a name to the baby boy but shared a thank you message on Instagram. “THANK YOU ALLAH. THANK YOU MY QUEEN NICOLE !BLESS UP DR JIN,” Khaled wrote.

You can see the full run of pictures below.

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Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” Featured in Doritos Super Bowl Commercial

With the Super Bowl just over a week away, we are awaiting the commercials including the industry’s hottest artists. Lil Nas X kicks it off by riding on the “Old Town Road” in an upcoming Doritos Super Bowl commercial.

The 30-second commercial shows that it is a Western vibe of men wearing cowboy hats and boots, and they were shocked with the platinum hit single “Old Town Road” playing from a distance while Nas X heads to the Cool Ranch hints the flavor of the chip.

Peep the 30-second trailer of the commercial with X, Billy Ray Cyrus and Sam Elliott that will release on Sunday, February 2 below

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Kanye West Talks Overcoming Alcohol Addiction: “I Beat The Devil”

If anyone has been transparent of their journey to Jesus, it has been Kanye West. Kanye West appeared at Awaken 2020 and shares how he overcame his alcohol addiction, telling the crowd “I beat the devil.”

West shared his transition to Christ has “brought back” his clarity. “They always say the devil try to play a trick on somebody, but it’s like God getting the last laugh. I started with this song, and this whole time, the devil thought he had me… This a Trojan horse if I ever seen one,” the rapper says after performing his single “Jesus Walks” with his Sunday service choir.

“He brought back my clarity. That’s where I found the truth. See, I’ve been the mental hospital and back, working for the devil. They didn’t think I was gonna get out. They had already grabbed the shovels. They said, ‘There’s something wrong with his head. So his career is dead.’ … But Jesus saves. No matter how long you’ve been away, no matter how long you’ve been in the dark, the light is right there, ready to save, to give you the confidence.”

Kanye West

In the past, West has been open about his addiction to opioids and porn. Now the Chicago rapper adds something new to the list and opens up about his addiction with alcohol, sharing the negative impact that it once had on his life. West referred to his infamous 2009 VMA’s stage crash with Taylor Swift.

“I was drinking on the red carpet, and then running on stage a few minutes later,” he told the crowd. “And everyone around said, ‘Nah, he ain’t really no alcoholic.’”

West then explains how he was able to kick his bad habit to the curb.

“There was some vodka in the refrigerator at my office, and sometimes I would just go ahead and take a drink from it in the middle of the day, and I was walking toward that kitchenette area, and I stopped myself and I said, ‘Devil you’re not gonna finna beat me today. Every day that I don’t pick up that drink, I beat the devil,” he told the audience.

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New Photo Of Tekashi 6ix9ine Surfaces Online; House Arrest Denied

Incarcerated and hated rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has managed to remain relevant on the outside, despite the fact that his request to commute his sentence was denied. Maybe that explains the look on his face.

Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, is finishing a 24-month federal sentence for his role in a racketeering conspiracy with the Brooklyn-based Nine Trey Blood gang. An image of the troubled rapper and his girlfriend surfaced online, showing the “Get The Strap:” emcee sporting a white prison-issued fit and a serious mug for the cameras.

Last week, Tekashi’s lawyer Lance Lazzaro filed documents to have the disgraced rapper commute the rest of his sentence to home confinement due to security concerns, with the judge citing that Tekashi must “reflect the seriousness of his crimes.”

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Kimora Lee Simmons Husband Breaking The Bank in Scandal

Kimora Lee Simmons’s husband, Tim Leissner, was balling on a whole other level before scandal hit.

The former Goldman Sachs partner in Asia agreed to forfeit $43.7 million in 2018 over a guilty plea with the Department of Justice. Apparently, Leissner and his associates mismanaged $4.5 billion incorrectly.

Last week, his former employer set aside $1.09 billion during the final quarter of the year. According to Forbes, this settled $6.5 billion in loans to Malaysian development fund 1MDB.

Leissner profited illegally from the transaction.

Leissner broke U.S. bribery laws and pleaded guilty. As a result, he is barred by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The charges were initially filed in 2017.

Leissner and his accomplices managed the funds from 2009 to 2014 with more than $200 million going directly to him and an associate.

Ironically, the funds were used to purport a lavish rap music lifestyle. From luxury yachts to U.S. properties, art, and eventual bribes, Leissner was balling.

As a result, Goldman Sachs posted earnings per share down 22% from the previous year. The Malaysian government is also fining Goldman Sachs $7.5 billion for the drama.

With the sexual assault accusations against her ex-husband, Russell Simmons, Kimora is going through it with her relationships.

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2020 Grammys: Nipsey Hussle to Receive Legendary Tribute

Hip-Hop’s best will come together to honor Nipsey Hussle at the 2020 Grammy Awards.

On Tuesday, it was announced that the “Dedication” rapper would receive a star-studded tribute at the 62nd Grammy Awards. Joining DJ Khaled for the tribute is John Legend, Kirk Franklin, Roddy Ricch, Meek Mill and YG.

The late great rapper received 3 nominations at this year’s Grammys including Best Rap/Sung Performance (“Higher”), Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Racks In The Middle,” featuring Roddy Ricch and Hit-Boy.

At the 61st Grammy Awards, Nipsey Hussle received his first Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. His debut studio album, Victory Lap received critical acclaim upon its release.

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