Houston rapper Travis Scott tried to do the right thing before confirming his appearance at next month’s Super Bowl LIII halftime show. New reports claim Cactus Jack and Black Lives Matter activist and NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick spoke.
According to reports, Scott told Kaep he would only agree to perform for the NFL after getting confirmation on a charity donation.
Scott and Kaepernick had at least one phone conversation before the rapper confirmed his Super Bowl appearance, sources tell Variety. A source close to Scott said that while the two did not necessarily agree, they emerged from the conversation with mutual respect and understanding, with the rapper taking the stance that everyone makes a statement in their own way and he felt that the money going toward Dream Corps, combined with the platform provided by the Super Bowl, will do some good. The source also said that Scott would not confirm his performance until the donation was locked in. (Variety)
Travis Scott today announced that in partnership with the National Football League, he will make a $500,000 donation to the non-profit organization Dream Corps, among “other initiatives that he will work with the League on.” The move is clearly designed to counter criticism over his appearance at the Super Bowl halftime show with Maroon 5 — which was finally confirmed, after weeks of speculation, precisely 30 minutes after Scott announced the donation on Sunday. (Variety)
Hollywood star Nick Cannon wants people to think bigger than R. Kelly. The hip-hop artist stepped forward this week to address the industry’s dark side and horrendous secret treatment toward women.
During an appearance with radio personality Big Boy, Nick didn’t bite his tongue on explaining why Kelly is just one of many guilty celebs.
“I was the first person to step up. I wrote a post and did a podcast saying I’m going to apologize because I feel like I am guilty. I am guilty for turning a blind eye not just to R. Kelly but to all men in this industry and treating women like second-class citizens has to stop – let’s not have this selective outrage. That’s why I called out a lot of other individuals whose lawyers started contacting me. Why your lawyers contacting me if it’s not true? I’m not out here passing out rumors and stuff, I’m bringing up stuff y’all forgot about because of the timign. We look at the age of the rock star. If you go back and look at some of these movies. They were doing such horrendous things to young girls and it was praised. The groupies after the shows and what they’re doing.” (Big Boy TV)
“Man, who is that? I thought we had forgot about that? We giving it too much attention. When you give things too much attention, they blow up. That’s why he gonna blow up. That’s why his music gonna do what it do. If you stop talking about it, it’ll go away.” (Power 106 FM)
Sources close to Danielle tell TMZ … she just signed a six-month deal with CopyCat Beauty, which will pay her $900,000 to promote their beauty and makeup products. As if $900k off the bat ain’t enough, we’re told Danielle will also rake in a percentage of the company’s sales. If Danielle’s endorsements bring in a ton of dough during the next 6 months, we’re told she could extend the deal for another 3 years and possibly get her own beauty line! (TMZ)
Alexander Ludwig, Vanessa Hudgens, and Charles Melton are on board to join Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Sony’s “Bad Boys 4 Life,” sources tell Variety. Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are on hand to direct the sequel from a script by Peter Craig (“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay,” “Transformers”) with Joe Carnahan also doing a rewrite. Chris Bremmer is the current writer. (Variety)
Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy isn’t biting his tongue. The hip-hop veteran has pulled through to chop it up with comedy personality Jack Thriller about his 2018 comeback, blowing up as a teenager and why he deserves respect on his name.
R&B singer Mariah Carey is ready to take some serious legal action against a former personal assistant she hired. New reports claim an ex-employee secretly recorded her doing embarrassing things and threatened to release the clips unless Carey paid $8 million.
According to reports, Carey filed a lawsuit against Lianna Azarian nearly four years after hiring her as an executive assistant.
Mariah claims it wasn’t long before Azarian went to town with her credit card, buying personal stuff and also claiming to retailers she was buying things for Mariah, trading the singer’s goodwill to get deep discounts. Carey says unbeknownst to her, Azarian was secretly filming her “personal activities” … which would be “embarrassing,” and extremely damaging both personally and professionally if revealed. (TMZ)
Mariah claims Lianna ultimately promised to sell the footage if she received the pink slip.
Carey claims she was paying Azarian as much as $327,000 a year, but ended up firing her in November 2017, and that’s when she claims the blackmail began. Carey says Azarian demanded $8 million and if she didn’t get it she’d release videos and other damaging information. The lawsuit does not say what’s on the videos … although some are described as “intimate.” (TMZ)
Atlanta rapper Quavo wants to do right for the Clemson Tigers and even President Donald Trump. The hip-hop star extended his hand this week to invite both parties to his label Quality Control’s headquarters.
The Migos leader went to social media last night (January 15) and offered the Tigers a chance to celebrate their national football championship in style.
I WANNA SHOW CLEMSON TIGERS AND POTUS HOW CHAMPS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TREATED YALL WELCOME TO COME BY THE QC HEADQUARTERS ANYTIME Dabbin DABO STILL #GODAWGS The Stir Fry Way!