Going to court for child abuse is bad, but going to court drunk for child abuse can only make things worse.
Love And Hip Hop’s Tommie Lee decided to show up in court for her pending child abuse case while intoxicated last week in Georgia. The judge had Lee tested and the results proved that the reality star was at least twice over Georgia’s legal limit.
Lee was jailed and is currently being being held without bond.
She was already facing prison time for child cruelty for a October 2018 incident where she slammed her daughter’s head into a locker. She was charged with battery, aggravated assault, and child cruelty charges and was eventually freed on a $27,000 bond.
It had to be a pleasant distraction for the Slaughter Gang rapper to secure the bag and receive love from his fans with a deportation still looming over his head. But he seemed like he was in good spirits as he took the crowd through his catalog.
He performed songs from his most recent collection, i am > i was and took it back to Savage Mode days with cuts like “No Advance” and “No Heart.”
Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant leaves all effort on the court but has recently let fans into his mind with his new series The Boardroom available on ESPN+.
Always a constant point of basketball conversation on social media, Kevin Durant details his own experiences on social media apps, specifically addressing his burner account controversy. The moment was sparked by episode three’s guest and former college hoops star Jay Williams, who was curious to why it happened.
“I wasn’t used to that amount of attention, you know, from playing basketball,” Durant revealed. “I wanted a place where I can talk to my friends without anybody just butting in my conversations, or mixing my words, or taking everything out of context, because I enjoyed that place.”
Also in the episode, Durant and Williams are joined by Breanna Stewart, CJ McCollum, Jack Dorsey, and Ronnie 2k. The following episode brings in Will Ahmed, the legendary Steve Nash, and Finals MVP Andre Iguodala to the Boardroom to discuss player development.
You can catch the new episodes of The Boardroom with Kevin Durant here.
Queen Naija’s star skyrocketed throughout her banner year of 2018. The talented singer has graced stages across the country while balancing the new challenges of fame, all of which can be seen in the new three-part docuseries The Birth of Queen Naija.
The docu-series is a production of Viacom Digital Studios and is available for streaming today (March 18).
The MTV digital series will chronicle Queen Naija’s tour, her pregnancy and more.
“I’m so excited to partner with MTV on this incredible journey documenting my first national tour while pregnant with Legend,” Queen Naija said. “I cannot wait for my supporters to get a behind-the-scenes look at my life on the road.”
You can see the trailer above and you can check out the entire first episode here.
Showtime has announced the season two release date for their critically acclaimed drama The Chi. Lena Waithe, the show’s creator and executive producer alongside fellow executive producer Common, will officially make its long-awaited return on April 7, at 10 pm EST.
According to Showtime’s description, On Chicago’s south side, an average day finds kids prepping for school as their parents head off to work, young adults trying to make a living, and the elders keeping an eye on things from their front porches. But in this tough neighborhood, real dangers threaten daily to squelch dreams, and the simplest decisions can have life or death consequences. From Emmy winner Lena Waithe, The Chi is a timely coming-of-age drama series centered on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption.
The official Season 2 logline reads as follows:
“Produced entirely in its namesake city, Season 2 of The Chi will spotlight the ambitious plan by Brandon to make his food truck a success, while navigating the class differences with his girlfriend Jerrika. Emmett will encounter a lot of bumps and bruises as he makes an effort to grow up and get custody of his son, guided by his mother Jada, who is discovering a new life of her own. Kevin reckons with the trauma of what he has experienced in his young life, as he strengthens the bonds with his buddies, Papa and Jake, whose older brother Reg exposes Jake to twisted lessons in street survival. Lastly, an imprisoned Ronnie will attempt to come to terms with killing Brandon’s brother and reclaim his life, while Detective Cruz launches a new investigation. The season will also show the joys of living life on the Southside of Chicago.”
Deadline has reported that the first season of The Chi pulled a significant number of viewers in its debut season. On a weekly basis, the show recorded 4.5 million weekly viewers, which ultimately made it the highest-rated debut series on the network since Billions was released in 2016. Ayanna Floyd will be this season’s showrunner while also joining Waithe and Common as an executive producer.
Keeping a great cast together is essential to the success of any show and The Chi looks to have most of their performers from the first season coming back for round two. Those returning from the remarkable ensemble include Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore, Yolonda Ross, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, and Tiffany Boone.
For the past ten years, The Roots have furnished The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon as the official house band, giving the pretense an organic hip-hop flavor. In a recent episode, the Philadelphia collective’s lead MCBlack Thought broke into a rap session about the multiple amount of candidates for the 2020 United States presidential election.
Fallon, in his usual humorous habitat, mentioned the recent news of former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke’s addition to the 2020 presidential election pointing out the fact it is difficult to keep up with the number to candidates in the race. Black Thought immediately chimed in and suggested the use of hip-hop’s rap element can help followers of the election keep up with the scroll of growing candidates. “It’s not that hard. Especially if you write a helpful rap about it,” the “Twofifteen” rapper said before bursting into a freestyle:
“We’ve got Warren in the race, and she’s ready to rock/ We’ve got Julian and Harris pulling up on the block/ Cory Booker and Delaney have the bald game locked/ And Bernie’s back again, he’s looking like he got shot/ We’ve got Williamson and Klobuchar and Gabbard and Yang/ Pete and Hickenlooper have the funniest names…”
Making mentions of Julian Castro, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, John Delaney, Bernie Sanders, Marianne Williamson, Amy Klobuchar, Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang, Pete Buttigieg and John Hickenlooper, Thought continued the rap as the class act band tuned up and concluded the spit by mentioning Kanye West in lieu of his self proclaimed run at the 2015 VMA’s. “And then Beto’s there, and Biden gives a massage/ It’s only 2019, and it’s anyone guess/ Oh, and we’re still waiting to hear from Mr. Kanye West,” he raps.
Black Thought’s helpful rap just might help hip-hop heads stay on top of the 2020 presidential election in a rather cool way. A cool that hip-hop has historically managed to set the precedent for worldwide. Check out Black Thought’s election rap on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, below.
Power’s own Omari Hardwick is launching a podcast titled, Poetics dedicated to Hip-Hop and spoken word.
Hardwick described the show saying “I’m asking rappers to come in and sit down and recite a poem, lose the machismo. Poetry has a vulnerability that rap and MC’ing doesn’t. You gotta be vulnerable. That kind of takes it to another level and gives [artists] a different look.”
Poetics executive producer and co-creator, Alex Angel, said, “Poetics brings to its audience an experience that calls back to the cinematic vibe. Omari encourages guests to go deep, and we enhance that storytelling with a dope soundscape. It’s not like an interview that you hear on a lot of podcasts.”
This is Omari Hardwick’s first endeavor outside of his five-year role as Ghost on the hit series Power. He is returning for the sixth season slated to premiere this Summer
The first season of guests includes Wyclef Jean, Dave East, Big Daddy Kane, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and more. The podcast is set to debut via the Luminary Network on May 2, 2019.
A prank by Rich The Kid went awry, now the joke seems to be on him. It now is being reported that he’s being hit with a lawsuit because of the prank. Maro Burunsuzyan, the attorney for Rich’s former landlord, is suing the “New Freezer” rapper for allegedly posting her number on social media, according to reports from TMZ.
According to the lawsuit, Rich is being accused of sharing Burunsuzyan’s number on Twitter on February 14. This action by Rich led to harassment from his followers. He posted “Valentines calls me” with her number attached, which allegedly prompted at least 500 text messages and numerous phone calls according to TMZ.
Burunsuzyan is representing Haikuhe Chichyan, the landlord suing Rich for more than $30,000 overdue rent. She believes he put her number on blast because she’s been after him in court, attempting to get damages and back rent for her client.
The lawyer claims she had a conversation with Rich back on Valentine’s Day and she had alerted him that would no longer be talking to him since he refused to pay her the money allegedly owed to her client. She went on to claim that he reacted by saying, “Oh, really?” and posted the tweet soon after their conversation.
Burunsuzyan is asking for an unspecified amount of damages. Rich hasn’t commented on the lawsuit as of Wednesday night.
We will have more information as the story develops.
The theme for Louis Vuitton’s FW19 presentation at Paris Fashion Week Men’s, which originally wowed the fashion industry in all the right ways, is now causing the brand to completely backtrack and remove it altogether. It’s an act that truly has us wondering one thing: is this truly the beginning of the end for Michael Jackson’s legacy?
As unfortunate as it is to report this, both for the nature of the crime in question and the one being accused of it, the luxury fashion house and its recently-appointed menswear creative director Virgil Abloh are the latest to face backlash brought forth by the scathing Leaving Neverland documentary. Backed by a premiere at Sundance, a two-night airing on HBO and an after show special hosted by media maven Oprah, the doc depicts the disgraced King of Pop being accused of extreme acts of child sexual abuse by two of his former prepubescent associates. The reactions have been split — loyal MJ fans stand by his innocence while abuse survivors are denouncing the mere mention of his name — which has now put Virgil and LV in a tough predicament, seeing as the FW19 show was completely dedicated to him down to the “Billie Jean”-inspired set design.
Here’s what Louis Vuitton’s chief executive officer Michael Burke told WWD in an official statement regarding the doc:
“We find the allegations in the [Leaving Neverland] documentary deeply troubling and disturbing. Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause.”
— Michael Burke, Chairman/chief executive officer, Louis Vuitton
Abloh followed with similar sentiments, addressing the controversy in the same statement by saying, “I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights.” According to WWD, the brand has made the decision to remove all MJ-focused themes from the FW19 offering. While specific items weren’t named, we can assumed that it will include the sparkly gloves (seen above), T-shirts depicting MJ’s signature tip-toed dance move and quite possibly the Jackson 5-inspired sweaters. What lingers are the range of items inspired by The Wiz. While Michael Jackson did in fact star as Scarecrow in the 1978 retelling of The Wizard of Oz, he alone doesn’t embody the entire significance of what that movie means to Black culture and cinema in general. We’ll just have to see when the collection starts hitting retailers in later months.
Image: Louis Vuitton
Image: Louis Vuitton
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On this date 26 years ago, Gusto and the gang shows us what gangsta Hip Hop is all about.
In 1993, Chris Rock, Allen Payne and Charlie Murphy gave their own take of how things go down behind the scenes with gangsta rappers vs. real life gangsters in the comedy flick CB4. Directed by and starring Rock, CB4 was a parody that pokes fun at “the world’s most dangerous group” N.W.A. and features several Hip Hop notables including Ice-T, Ice Cube, Flavor Flav and the late Eazy-E.
Murphy, who played the role of “Gusto”, is a certified “G’ who is “three generations deep in gangsterdom.” Rock, who plays up and coming rapper Albert Brown from “LoCash” California, jack Gusto;s gangster look, background and persona, becoming MC Gusto, after the “gangsta” Gusto went to prison. The group that Rock’s character formed, who were called CB4, which stood for gangsta Gusto’s prison location ‘Cell Block 4″, took the rap world by storm until reality hit; Gusto gets out of jail.
Salute to Rock, Charlie Murphy (RIP), Allen Payne and even Daddy-O of Stetsasonic, who was the rapper for CB4’s hits “Straight Outta LoCash” and “Sweat From My Balls.” CB4 is definitely a comedic learning tool and will forever be a pieve of Hip Hop history!