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Kanye West: White Media Took Down Bill Cosby, R. Kelly, Michael Jackson

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Kanye West continued his Twitter rant today after a tumultuous social media weekend, demanding an apology from J. Cole, Drake, and Kendrick and even comparing himself to famed slavery abolitionist Harriet Ross Tubman.

In today’s continuum, Ye insists that white media corporations set agendas to take down Black male celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby. The cultural icon also suggested that a Black-owned media company would and could never take down a white celebrity in the same fashion.

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Yeezy continued on in this morning’s rant about artists owning their masters, adding his daughter will “do nothing but put emojis up for the rest of her life” because he owns his masters and his children will inherit them.

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Kanye West: White Media Took Down Bill Cosby, R. Kelly, Michael Jackson

Screen Shot 2020 09 16 at 11.53.50 AM

Kanye West continued his Twitter rant today after a tumultuous social media weekend, demanding an apology from J. Cole, Drake, and Kendrick and even comparing himself to famed slavery abolitionist Harriet Ross Tubman.

In today’s continuum, Ye insists that white media corporations set agendas to take down Black male celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby. The cultural icon also suggested that a Black-owned media company would and could never take down a white celebrity in the same fashion.

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Yeezy continued on in this morning’s rant about artists owning their masters, adding his daughter will “do nothing but put emojis up for the rest of her life” because he owns his masters and his children will inherit them.

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The Notorious B.I.G.’s $6 Plastic Crown Auctions for $594,750

Notorious B.I.G.'s $6 Plastic Crown Auctions for $594,750

The Notorious B.I.G. wore a plastic crown price tagged at $6 for his last photo shoot but it was auctioned for $594,750 at Sotheby’s inaugural Hip Hop auction.

“This crown is a novelty item; I bought it at a place on Broadway called Gordon’s,” said Barron Claiborne, a 57-year-old photographer who lives in Brooklyn. 

Clairborne was the cameraman for the legendary rapper’s last magazine cover shoot for Rap Pages in 1997. “Without Biggie, the crown would not be worth [six figures]. I only paid six bucks for it.”

Clairborne walked away six-figures richer after auctioning a pair of prints from the session, plus a photo contact sheet. The additional items were estimated to be worth about $200,000 to $300,000. “Some people have told me that it’s too low,” Claiborne said. “That shows you how strong the symbol really is. I always thought Biggie was a king.”

He earned way more at the auction than he did for the original shoot. “I’m not sure that I even got paid for it,” he said. “I was mostly shooting celebrities and reportage. I did this because I liked taking pictures of Biggie. The time before, I photographed him in a white suit — instead of the tracksuit that most rappers were wearing back in 1997.”

Ironically, the royal-themed shoot almost didn’t happen because Diddy thought it made Notorious B.I.G look like Burger King. “He said it would make Biggie look like Burger King,” recalled Claiborne. “But Biggie didn’t listen. He wore it anyway. And nobody’s ever told me that they look at the photo and think the crown is plastic.”

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The Notorious B.I.G.’s $6 Plastic Crown Auctions for $594,750

Notorious B.I.G.'s $6 Plastic Crown Auctions for $594,750

The Notorious B.I.G. wore a plastic crown price tagged at $6 for his last photo shoot but it was auctioned for $594,750 at Sotheby’s inaugural Hip Hop auction.

“This crown is a novelty item; I bought it at a place on Broadway called Gordon’s,” said Barron Claiborne, a 57-year-old photographer who lives in Brooklyn. 

Clairborne was the cameraman for the legendary rapper’s last magazine cover shoot for Rap Pages in 1997. “Without Biggie, the crown would not be worth [six figures]. I only paid six bucks for it.”

Clairborne walked away six-figures richer after auctioning a pair of prints from the session, plus a photo contact sheet. The additional items were estimated to be worth about $200,000 to $300,000. “Some people have told me that it’s too low,” Claiborne said. “That shows you how strong the symbol really is. I always thought Biggie was a king.”

He earned way more at the auction than he did for the original shoot. “I’m not sure that I even got paid for it,” he said. “I was mostly shooting celebrities and reportage. I did this because I liked taking pictures of Biggie. The time before, I photographed him in a white suit — instead of the tracksuit that most rappers were wearing back in 1997.”

Ironically, the royal-themed shoot almost didn’t happen because Diddy thought it made Notorious B.I.G look like Burger King. “He said it would make Biggie look like Burger King,” recalled Claiborne. “But Biggie didn’t listen. He wore it anyway. And nobody’s ever told me that they look at the photo and think the crown is plastic.”

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LA Sheriff Challenges LeBron James to Match Reward for Gunman Who Shot Deputies

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Yesterday, local L.A. radio show The John Philips Show, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva challenged living NBA legend LeBron James to match the reward money for the arrest of the person wanted for the shooting that left two L.A. County deputies injured.

Villanueva said the reward was up to $175K and challenged James to up the ante to $350K.

“This challenge is to LeBron James. I want you to match that and double that reward,” Villanueva said. “I know you care about law enforcement. You expressed a very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and on officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African-American community.” 

Villanueva ended with, “Let’s see what he does. I’ll be very curious to see what his response is, if any.”

James has been very vocal about the deaths at the hands of the police, specifically in the cases of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and most recently, in the shooting case of Jacob Blake.

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The ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ Mansion is Listed On Airbnb For a Limited Time

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air franchise is going all out for its 30th anniversary. From merch to a reunion special, Fresh Prince fans are in store for an extraordinary celebration of three decades. The hit sitcom’s original cast (minus Uncle Phil, rest in peace James Avery) recently linked up for a selfie on the iconic set. The special is set to air on HBO Max, around Thanksgiving. Will Smith shared the post on IG.

“Today is exactly 30 YEARS since the @FreshPrince of Bel-Air debuted! SO we’re doin’ something for y’all…. a for real Banks Family Reunion is coming’ soon to @HBOmax! RIP James.”

Will Smith took to his social media with Jazzy Jeff for another huge announcement to commemorate 30 years. The I Am Legend actor has teamed up with Airbnb to give an experience of a lifetime. If you are a Los Angeles County resident, you can get a chance to rent out the Bel-Air mansion and live like the Banks family.

YOOOO!! Y’all think we should rent out the @freshprince house?? We’re making it happen with the squad at @airbnb!! #FreshPrince30th”

The experience is $30 per night for five-night only. The mansion is decked with vintage pictures, artwork, Will’s famous Bel-Air Academy jersey, multiple Jordan 5 colorways, and more. Check out the Airbnb listing below.

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The ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ Mansion is Listed On Airbnb For a Limited Time

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Airbnb

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air franchise is going all out for its 30th anniversary. From merch to a reunion special, Fresh Prince fans are in store for an extraordinary celebration of three decades. The hit sitcom’s original cast (minus Uncle Phil, rest in peace James Avery) recently linked up for a selfie on the iconic set. The special is set to air on HBO Max, around Thanksgiving. Will Smith shared the post on IG.

“Today is exactly 30 YEARS since the @FreshPrince of Bel-Air debuted! SO we’re doin’ something for y’all…. a for real Banks Family Reunion is coming’ soon to @HBOmax! RIP James.”

Will Smith took to his social media with Jazzy Jeff for another huge announcement to commemorate 30 years. The I Am Legend actor has teamed up with Airbnb to give an experience of a lifetime. If you are a Los Angeles County resident, you can get a chance to rent out the Bel-Air mansion and live like the Banks family.

YOOOO!! Y’all think we should rent out the @freshprince house?? We’re making it happen with the squad at @airbnb!! #FreshPrince30th”

The experience is $30 per night for five-night only. The mansion is decked with vintage pictures, artwork, Will’s famous Bel-Air Academy jersey, multiple Jordan 5 colorways, and more. Check out the Airbnb listing below.

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DaBaby Says “F**k Y’all” To The Trump Campaign

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In a recent IG post, DaBaby made it very clear about his political position; F**k Donald Trump.

When the Trump Campaign sent the Blame It On Baby rapper a text about joining their movement, the North Carolina slang spitter replied with a common, but funny response to their request.

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NLE Choppa Condemns McDonald’s Travis Scott Burger in the Name of Clean Eating

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While fans are in a frenzy over McDonald’s Travis Scott meal, NLE Choppa encourages better nutrition.

The “Shotta Flow” rapper is on a journey to reach a spiritual, mental, and physical peak. Choppa has been extremely vocal about his lifestyle changes and encourages many to follow in his footsteps. He recently vowed to no longer include violence in his musical content. In addition, he began a Youtube page to documenting his holistic lifestyle. He has gone cold turkey on the weed and liquor consumption as well. As you can see, the 18-year-old rapper is committed.

In NLE Choppa’s attempt to persuade clean eating through plant-based diet, he voices his opinion on the new Travis Scott meal at McDonald’s.

“Eat healthy man that food y’all eating can fucc with your mental too,” said the Warner Music rapper. “

“Put them Travis Scott burgers down go to the farmers market go eat some vegetables!! eat plant based foods!!”

Last week La Flame joined Michael Jackson as the second celebrity in McDonalds history to collaborate with the fast-food chain. The collaboration includes his own meal, which includes a bacon and lettuce quarter pounder, fries, and barbecue sauce. Along with the meal, Cactus Jack released a huge load of merch that included a Mickey D nuggets pillow. The “Highest In The Room” artist was swarmed by fans when he pulled up to his hometown McDonald’s in Houston, TX early last week.

Despite the popularity of Travis Scott’s Mickey D’s collab, NLE Choppa is more concerned about a healthy diet amongst Black people.

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[WATCH] T.I. Tells People to Stop Spending Government Loan On Designer Goods

T.I. Reportedly Joins Cast of Movie About Flint's Water Crisis

In an impromptu Instagram PSA, the self-proclaimed King of the South T.I. has some words of advice to people out there just spending their money received from the government on frivolous, material things: Stop buying the Louis and Gucci and buy yourself some land!

T.I. advised his followers to “go get you some property please. Please ya’ll, go get some property. It can be a patch of dirt.” Mr. Harris also added that it makes more sense to use the government money that has been given and lent due to Covid-19 to buy something that will actually accrue value because “ain’t no more mink coats in the store, and it’s summertime, ain’t that some sh*t.”

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