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Chris Webber Launches “Players Only” Premium Cannabis Brand and Announces Deals for Royce 5’9″, Quavo, Raekwon & More

Chris Webber Launches "Players Only" Premium Cannabis Brand and Announces Deals for Royce 5'9", Quavo, Raekwon & More

Chris Webber, an NBA Hall of Famer and businessman, and his business partner Lavetta Willis have now officially launched their luxury cannabis brand Players Only (“PO”) all over the world.

In addition to exclusive branded strains like Non-Laters and Whipped Cherries, the Players Only brand will debut with Ray Jackson’s Black Sox and Blueberry Hotcakes in the coming weeks. Chris Webber’s C4, Time Out, and G.O.A.T.’s Milk strains will also be available. The company works with black growers and operators, like Hassim Robinson and Winner’s Circle Genetics, to introduce Quavo’s BIRKINZ and the well-known PB&J strain to the Michigan market. Legendary Detroit hip-hop musician Royce 5’9″, will introduce his “Heaven” brand as part of an avant-garde NFT, and Detroit’s iconic brand “Lil Stupid” will also make its regulated market debut.

A collaboration with Wu-Tang’s Raekwon leads to Compliments of the Chef and a partnership wth Citizen Grown to enlighten a commitment to the community. To introduce the “White Chocolate” strain, he is also working with Jason Williams, a former teammate from the Sacramento Kings.

Furthermore, Webber just hired Matt Barnes, a former NBA player, and teammate, as Chief Collaborations Officer while introducing “The Smoke” with Stephen Jackson, his business partner and co-host. The name of the product is a reference to “All The Smoke,” an award-winning SHOWTIME series created by Barnes and Jackson. Limited-edition brand collaboration with the Players Only x Packwoods 2.5G Blunt will also be available in some retailers to start off the launch weekend.

“Players Only is more than a cannabis brand – it’s a lifestyle brand,” Webber said. “We truly have a unique opportunity to change the narrative around cannabis, empower rising entrepreneurs and set a new standard in this growing industry. We’re thrilled to launch our versatile offerings and begin the process of creating meaningful economic change in communities across Michigan. Shout out to TerrAscend and Gage – our Michigan family. Much love to Cookies and Berner, let’s go!”

The new company’s products will be sold at a few Gage and Cookies outlets spread out over Michigan. Prior to launching the brand in new territories, the NBA legend will commemorate the launch of Players Only with activation in his native Detroit.

Players Only offer a wide range of cannabis experiences and goods, including pre-rolls, vapes, all-natural cannabis oil cartridges, exotic cannabis flower strains, and more. It also sells Players Only-branded clothing and shoes. In addition, the brand is collaborating on a variety of projects with artists, performers, influencers, legacy cultivators, and community organizations. Through the purchase of Gage Growth Corp. in March 2022, TerrAscend obtained exclusive retail rights for Players Only items in Michigan.

“We have been working with legacy cultivators and operators seeking to establish their place in the regulated market for quite some time,” said Lavetta Willis, co-founder and President of Players Only.  “The opportunity to incorporate legacy strains and expertise into the Players Only platform and menu furthers our goal of uplifting black entrepreneurs who have been building brands and intellectual properties for decades.”

Players Only has created strategic alliances, minority ownership positions, and application involvement in significant restricted licensed states in addition to launching new cannabis products to give the brand the best marketing and distribution prospects possible. In order to ensure global customer consistency, they have established genetic ties with established farmers.

You can learn more about Players Only here.

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Nipsey Hussle Will Receive A Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

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The marathon continues, Nipsey Hussle is being posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  The late, great rapper will receive the honor on August 15th, which would have been his 37th birthday.  

The Los Angeles native was shot and killed in March 2019 in front of his Marathon Clothing store. In July, Eric Holder was found guilty of the murder of Nipsey Hussle. He now faces life behind bars for the charges of murder and attempted voluntary manslaughter.

It isn’t the only honor Hussle has received recently, as L.A.’s Metro Rail announced a brand new station is going to be named after him.

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Curaleaf Brand Enters Multi-Year Partnership with The Salt Shed

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A multi-year agreement between Curaleaf Holdings, Inc., a major international supplier of cannabis consumer products, and The Salt Shed, Chicago’s new performance and community space created by 16 on Center, the group behind Thalia Hall, Empty Bottle, SPACE, and other venues, was announced. On August 2, some of the most well-known jazz musicians of the present, including Makaya McCraven, Sons of Kemet, and Nubya Garcia, will perform during the opening of the historic Morton Salt complex’s The Salt Shed.

As part of their collaboration, Grassroots and The Salt Shed will set up a permanent kiosk at the venue where concertgoers can learn more about cannabis and receive exclusive discounts to pre-order Grassroots goods for Curaleaf dispensaries. Less than a mile from the event is Curaleaf’s Weed Street dispensary (923 W Weed St, Chicago, IL 60642). Additionally, the “Show Your Stub” program enables visitors to enjoy exclusive discounts at all Curaleaf dispensaries in Illinois by presenting their Salt Shed proof of ticket purchase.

Grassroots, a company founded in 2014, is committed to supporting, developing, and honoring the cannabis movement while cultivating and manufacturing the finest quality cannabis products. Through the development of proprietary genetics and distinctive strains, the company was founded in Illinois with the intention of refining the art and science of cannabis growing. Following Curaleaf’s acquisition of Grassroots in 2020, its products are now offered in six states: Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Ohio.

You can see the full schedule for the summer here.v

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Legendary Producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins Launches Kids Music Writing Camp

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Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, a multi-Grammy Award winning record producer, rapper, and songwriter, is looking to take on 10 music production protégés and spend 2 days in the studio with them. Darkchild is looking to give back and help find and develop amazing, undiscovered, youth talent. 

He is committed to finding and selecting 10 proteges through his campaign and with the output of their work, they will potentially be pitched to top A-list artists to consider for their own recordings. Jerkins’ camp will be covering a $500 subsidy for travel and hotel and participants must be responsible for their own travel and accommodations. Applicants can submit a 60-second audition video through his Protégé page.  Every submission will receive a personalized feedback video from Darkchild.

This will be the first camp he’s hosted with previously undiscovered talent, which he sees as an important access opportunity for young producers and artists.

Darkchild is an award winning producer, having collaborated with a broad range of popular artists including Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, Destiny’s Child, Brandy, Michael Jackson, and more.

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Back To School Drive Distributes Supplies in Memory of Slain Rapper Young Dolph

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Several hundred kids now have backpacks and school supplies, thanks to the memory of  the late Young Dolph

On what would have been his 37th birthday, parents and students came out for a giveaway Wednesday in South Memphis. WATN-TV reports that organizers for the ’20th Annual Back to School Stop the Violence’ event say they held it in the Castelia neighborhood because that’s where Young Dolph grew up.

The “100 Shots,” rapper was shot and killed late last November outside Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies in Memphis. The entrepreneur, and visionary of Paper Route Empire was admired for his charitable works that included Thanksgiving food giveaways, giving to high schools and paying rent and funeral costs for people in his home neighborhood. 

READ MORE: Remembering Young Dolph: Happy Heavenly 37th Birthday

Suspected shooter, 32-year-old Cornelius Smith is expected in court on July 29.  Smith will appear with his co-defendant, Justin Johnson who’s also accused in the shooting death of Dolph.

Smith has been charged with first-degree murder, possession of a firearm, employment of a firearm in the commission of a dangerous felony, and theft of property over ten-thousand dollars. He’s also been charged with the attempted murder of Young Dolph’s brother, who was present at the time of the fatal shooting.

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[WATCH] Charleston White Calls For Death To Gangs: May They Die Like King Von, Nipsey Hussle, Drakeo The Ruler

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In his typical non-apologetic fashion, social activist and controversial online personality Charleston White took to social media to disrespect every street organization/gang known in the U.S.. The 52-year-old then went as far as cursing the names of fallen rappers who were associated with the aforementioned street gangs such as Nipsey Hussle, Drakeo The Ruler and King Von.

White, who is a former Crip from Texas, disassociated himself from the California-based gang when the family of the person he killed at age 14 forgave him for taking the life of their relative. In the above video, White holds up an assault rifle magazine while he declares, “Death to all Crips and Bloods. Death to all GDs and BDs. May they all die like King Von. May they al die like Drakeo The Ruler, May they all die like Nipsey Hussle.”

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John Monopoly Recruits Mike Epps for Urban Aroma NYC Summer Series, In Talks with Styles P and Rakim

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Urban Aroma, the leading cannabis platform connecting N.Y. and D.C. consumers to cannabis brands, delivery services, and dispensaries that support legalization, social equity, and fair access for all, has appointed John Monopoly as Chief Executive Officer. Monopoly, a music industry and marketing veteran who is known for discovering and managing long-time client Kanye West, will work closely with Urban Aroma Co-Founders M-1 of Dead Prez and artist and filmmaker Umi. 

Monopoly, who is also known for his work with Busta, Missy, and many of today’s biggest Chicago artists, has announced he has tapped Mike Epps and is in talks with Styles P and Rakim to host the Urban Aroma NYC summer series that will donate with 25% of sales from the events to their partner organizations including Mission GreenFortune Society, and Beverly Bond’s Black Men Rock.  Urban Aroma’s work with Mission Green is focused on securing the release of those serving time for cannabis-related offenses and putting money on inmates’ books while serving time. With Fortune Society, they focus on helping former and current prisoners create better opportunities for themselves by assisting with education, housing, job-seeking assistance, etc. 

With Urban Aroma’s foundation rooted in supporting New Yorkers formerly incarcerated for cannabis and the fight to decriminalize cannabis in D.C., Urban Aroma is at the forefront of driving cannabis policy reform and community-owned businesses, through music, art, activism, education, and social equity in the Northeast, and supporting communities that have been targeted and convicted for their use of cannabis. 

“I’ve been watching the amazing work Urban Aroma has been doing, and the foundation they have been laying to ensure the underground origins of the cannabis movement is respected, and will continue to be part of the legacy of the cannabis industry as it continues to grow, both in terms of legalization and accessibility,” said Monopoly. “Our goal is to continue to advocate for change, across both policies and ownership, to ensure our people are represented and in the room at each stage of the growing cannabis industry journey, especially across N.Y. and D.C. We also want to make sure consumers are aware of where they’re spending their dollars, and ensure Urban Aroma is a continued resource for those looking to support and patronize cannabis companies of color, culture, and change.”

Urban Aroma represents the legacy cannabis movement – fighting for a cannabis industry that supports the Black and Brown communities. Visit UrbanAroma.com for more info and follow @urbanaroma_ on IG for updates on the summer series. 

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Pic of Bill Gates’ Daughter With Black Man Spark Debates About Interracial Dating

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A photo of the daughter of America’s second richest man getting a kiss on the cheek from her boyfriend has been circulating around the internet and fuels an age-old American conversation about interracial relationships because the man that is kissing her is Black.

Phoebe Gates, the youngest daughter of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, posted a very impactful statement a couple of weeks ago about her opposition against the historic ‘Roe v. Wade abortion case, with the caption alongside her full body photo in a bikini.

“I’m not shy about my body and/or telling you to keep your bans off of it,” Phoebe captioned. “Every person deserves access to sexual and reproductive health care. Right now, the Supreme Court is prepared to end the constitutional right to abortion. Join me and millions of other women in our fight for this basic human right. @PlannedParenthood #BansOffOurBodies.” 

That statement was just as integral as the unspoken one in which the 19-year-old Gates posted a picture of her receiving a kiss from who appears to be her boyfriend, who is Black. The above photo has online debates about dating outside of your race as well as outside of your social class, even though the wealth of lack thereof of the man in the pic is not publicly known.

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Pic of Bill Gates’ Daughter With Black Man Spark Debates About Interracial Dating

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A photo of the daughter of America’s second richest man getting a kiss on the cheek from her boyfriend has been circulating around the internet and fuels an age-old American conversation about interracial relationships because the man that is kissing her is Black.

Phoebe Gates, the youngest daughter of Microsoft founder Bill Gates, posted a very impactful statement a couple of weeks ago about her opposition against the historic ‘Roe v. Wade abortion case, with the caption alongside her full body photo in a bikini.

“I’m not shy about my body and/or telling you to keep your bans off of it,” Phoebe captioned. “Every person deserves access to sexual and reproductive health care. Right now, the Supreme Court is prepared to end the constitutional right to abortion. Join me and millions of other women in our fight for this basic human right. @PlannedParenthood #BansOffOurBodies.” 

That statement was just as integral as the unspoken one in which the 19-year-old Gates posted a picture of her receiving a kiss from who appears to be her boyfriend, who is Black. The above photo has online debates about dating outside of your race as well as outside of your social class, even though the wealth of lack thereof of the man in the pic is not publicly known.

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Chopped & Screwed Celebration: OG Ron C and Dr. Anne Lundy Team with Crown Royal for Houston Music Celebration on DJ Screw Day

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With a unique Chopped & Screwed event on DJ Screw Day, Crown Royal continued to redefine what luxury is (June 27). Crown Royal teamed up with hip-hop producer OG Ron C and Dr. Anne Lundy of the Scott Joplin Houston Orchestra to honor their contributions to maintaining the royal status of the Houston community in celebration of the rarity that Crown Royal Aged 18 Years carries and the self-expression of the Chopped & Screwed sound.

Paul Wall, Slim Thug, and Lil Keke, three iconic artists, astonished visitors all night long. The collaboration pays tribute to the pioneers who paved the way for the Houston area and emerging musical aristocracy around the world. Classic C&S songs rearranged by OG Ron C and Dr. Anne Lundy of the Scott Joplin Houston Orchestra will be performed by a 25-person orchestra in this one-of-a-kind experience.

“I’m so grateful to have found a partner in Crown Royal 18, who truly understands what bringing together so many key players of the culture means. Honoring such an extra rare expression of music means so much to my community,” shares Chopstar, producer and DJ OG Ron C. “This partnership is not only about how I express myself through the slow, artfully curated process of making a track, but also about celebrating the real within the Houston community and beyond that truly embodies this journey that I and many of my peers have embarked on.”

Crown Royal Aged 18 Years offers levels of intensity that are simultaneously surprising and enjoyable, offering unmatched complexity. This is achieved by a lengthy process that brings out richer, more intricate flavors. C&S music goes through a similar process, one that helped create new, contemporary icons and offers uncommon platforms for artistic expression as a method for Houstonians to engage with people outside of the city.

“The contributions of Chopped & Screwed music have provided a platform for Houstonians to connect and express themselves through the arts,” says Nicky Heckles, Vice President of Crown Royal. “We are thrilled to bring together such influential leaders in the community for this extra rare evening to celebrate all the amazing work they have achieved and their positive impact on past and future generations.”

For every download and stream of the OG Ron C Spotify playlist “Extra Rare Chopped & Screwed” Crown Royal 18 Year Old will make a donation to the Community Music Center of Houston, which preserves the extra-rare spirit of the Houston neighborhood.

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