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TJ Jackson Breaks Out On His Own, Address 50 Cent and Defines Manhood For Himself

It has to be hard growing up Jackson.

Take away the probing eyes of the adoring & obsessive public. Don’t mention all of the crazed fans that faint at the mere mention of anybody in your uber talented family clan. Leave that all at the door.

Just consider what it must have been like growing up Jackson- where your uncle is Michael, your aunt is Janet and your pops is Tito, the Jackson that most people consider the most charming and down to earth.

Then you might have an inkling of what kind of pressure Tito Joe “T.J.” Jackson has felt on his shoulder, simply growing up in this famous family. It has not been easy for singer, TJ. This is not about breaking out violins or boohooing a kid that had Neverland as a personal amusement park. Nope.

This is about how TJ Jackson became a man…. how he distinguished himself from his siblings and have made a way for himself, amidst a life of extreme highs and extreme lows.

Check his life (Energetically it has been full of highs and lows).

He was born as the youngest son of Tito Jackson in 1978. To paint the picture, “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)”  and “Destiny” were singles on the radio and a month after he was born, “Blame It on the Boogie” came out. He was born into music and we saw it all. As Jacksonfiles, we mourned with him and his family when his beloved mother, Delores “Dee Dee’ Martes, was murdered in 1994. After that, his group 3T (with his two brothers) dropped their multi-platinum album Brotherhood in 1995, that yielded hits like “Anything” and ““Why” featuring their uncle Michael Jackson. By 1996, he and his brothers were ranked second behind the Spice Girls as the biggest-selling group in Europe. This spring boarded his career as a songwriter and producer, working on projects like the classic, The Jacksons: An American DreamMen in Black and Free Willy (1)and (2).  All this is happening as his aunt’s star is blazing just as bright as his uncle (who happened to be the greatest entertainer in the history of the earth). This is also happening during the time that his famous uncle was the center of scandal. And with all of this… the question is probably how did TJ grow up so normal, so responsible, so levelheaded and grounded.

How Sway, How?

In an exclusive interview with The Source, TJ offered this reasoning, “Humility is important. Ego is a very dangerous thing.” He credits any grounded-ness that he has to being raised by a father that mandated normalcy in his children’s lives (as much as he could possibly afford them considering how celebrated the family has been for almost 60 years). Tito, Sr. took special care to step in and try to fill the gaping hole left in his children’s hearts after their mom died.

So the question arises, why now? Why did it take so long for you to release your own project, even at 41 years old? And what is swiftly brought to remembrance is the extreme sacrifice he made for his family ten years ago- when the unthinkable happened. Michael Jackson, his mentor, friend and uncle, died. It was then that he, in his early 30s, stepped in and did what no one else could have done. He became the co-legal guardian for Michael’s three children Prince, Paris and Blanket with his grandmother Katherine Jackson. Why? By this time he had already been married with two kids. He had a multi-faceted career that included music, film and production. Why would he put all of that aside to take care of his cousins- when he had so many aunts and uncles with more stabled lives and who had already had their taste of show business? Why was sacrifice so important to him?

TJ answered, “Sacrifice is important. You have to look at the long term and the impact that your sacrifice will make. The question I ask myself is what Impact did I leave behind.” For TJ, his legacy has to be more than just entertainment or being the caricature of what a Jackson kid is. It has to be about hard work and substance. About being a decent person. About family. It is always for him about family.

This was also made apparent most recently when he took a break from promoting his new project to comment on a post about his uncle. He responded to 50 Cent after the rap star made a crude joke about his uncle to his cousin, Paris on Instagram.

TJ told Allhiphop.com, “I loved ‘In da Club’ and some other 50 Cent songs, but I lost a lot of respect for him. A lot of respect, for many reasons. I just don’t think it was cool to attack my uncle without doing any research on the truth,” offered TJ. “Then for him to attack my younger cousin who has to deal with all this, is even more immature and more disgusting. Hopefully, he’ll mature and see more of a respectful side, but it is what it is.”

So when does it become about you, TJ?

The stage lights have always been on. The dream of entertaining (not stardom) has always crept into his slumber at night and his fantasies by day.  Even that had to be hard?

TJ admits is has been. His answer almost sounds like a generational echo (or curse) that has hovered over the Jackson family for years. He says that he never “felt like a kid.”

“We had been preparing for this since my childhood. Not because we were forced, but because we were inspired. We wanted to be like them in so many ways. We even dressed like them.”

But unlike the elder Jacksons, TJ and his generation for the most part have kept themselves moving in spaces where they could experience appropriate life milestones. Like think about this… before Nick Cannon, Ray J or Kanye, TJ dated a young Kim Kardashian. Shocking huh? Well it is because he is such a gentleman; he would rarely talk about it. Few of the known male Jacksons have been known to be with bonafide sex symbols. TJ can proudly boast that is he wants.

This leads us to his new song, “Delirious.”

It is here… in this very song… that you forget that he is a Jackson Jr. and recognize that he is a man… and now you can make sense out of the KK business.

The lyrics go “Baby you know that this feels so good. We can go ’til the sunrise. As long as I am on top of you, soul to soul. My love your blowing my mind.” Wait… what did he say?

He laughs when asked about the song. “Sexuality is healthy. It shocks people because for some people, I am frozen in time. I am Tito’s son.” This is a good shock though. It reminds the world of when Janet popped out with Control over 30 years ago… breaking away from the rigid mold set by the very popcorn image that Joe Jackson had set as the standard for the family.

“I wanted to be raw with his project. I grew up with a filter and a guard to protect the legacy.” TJ explains, “I just wanted to authentic to who I am today, but still be respectful and romantic.”

It has been a long time coming. TJ is a man (and not because he is singing about sex- a lot of guys singing about guys are not “men”). He is a man because he understands his responsibility to his family, he clearly knows how to woo a woman and moreover he is prepared to define his legacy through his own efforts.

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Woman Who Paid R. Kelly’s $100K Bond in February Wants Her Money Back

A few arrests ago, R. Kelly was freed on a $100,000 bond by a Chicago-area woman named Valencia Love. She is now wanting to get the money back after the singer was indicted.

The arrest the bond was posted for charged Kells with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse. She was criticized online and businesses that she owned were attacked on Yelp by Kelly protestors. Tuesday, a judge ruled that she will not receive her money back immediately, with the possibility of not at all the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Love owns a few businesses in the Chicago area including Lord and Child Christian Day Care Center and Love on the Blu cafe. She was stated to be a friend of the troubled singer. She also said he was a “gentleman” in their interactions.

“I wasn’t there, you wasn’t there. Give him the chance and allow him to prove his innocence,” Love told Tia Ewing of Fox Chicago at the time.

You can read more about the original bond out here.

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KFC Wants to Serve You a Chicken Sandwich with Donuts as the Bun

While the Popeyes sandwich is on hiatus, KFC is looking to slide in to try and steal your chicken loving hearts away. Months after the chicken giant put Cheetos on a sandwich, they will slide a chicken patty between two glazed donuts.

We kid you not.

The image of the probably very tasty heart attack waiting to happen has “Kentucky Fried Chicken & Donuts” stamped in the corner. If that’s not enough to get your tastebuds dancing, Colonel Sanders stamped “Served Hot!” on there just so you know the glaze is dripping all on your chicken.

Check it out below and let us know if you think this is a hit for your tastebuds.

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Donald Trump “Who Do You Like More: The Country or The Hispanics?”

The Donald has placed his presidential foot in his mouth again…

Last week his “African-American,” Gregory Cheadle jumped ship because he believed he was being used as a pawn in race politics by the Trump administration. This week, he got himself his very own hispanic in Steve Cortes.

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While campaigning in New Mexico, on Monday evening 45 tried desperately to connect with Latinx people during a rally. He severely needs the boost because according to a Washington Post poll. This month, the president’s approval rating in that community is extremely low, bottoming at a measly 25%.

Hoping to cozy up with his constituyentes, he pandered throughout his opening with a very weird  “Yesterday marked the beginning of the Hispanic Heritage Month—who’s Hispanic here?” The crowd was filled with brown faces.

READ MORE: Chrissy Teigan Calls President Trump “P*ssy Ass B*tch” After He Attacks Her on Twitter

But what made it muy estrambótico was when he introduced a member of his Hispanic Advisory Council, Steve Cortes.

He confidently starts to describe him in his introduction. “He happens to be Hispanic, but I’ve never quite figured it out, because he looks more like a WASP than I do,” Trump said. “But I tell you what, there is nobody that loves his country more or is Hispanic more than Steve Cortes.”

Then he says…

“Nobody loves the Hispanics more. Who do you like more, the country or the Hispanics?” Trump continued. “He says the country. I don’t know. I may have to go for the Hispanics, to be honest with you. We’ve got a lot of Hispanics. We love our Hispanics. Get out and vote.”

Whole he did say lots… he only mentioned his Cubans and Venezuelans… noticeably missing were his friends in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guyana and the Dominican Republic. Go figure.

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Wale Announces New Album ‘Wow… That’s Crazy’ for October 11

Wale is gearing up for the fall, announcing that his new album will arrive on October 11.

The album will be titled Wow…That’s Crazy, promoted by a trailer that takes Wale to a therapy chair for a comedic session.

The trailer co-stars Tetona Jackson who pokes at Wale’s issues, specifically with his record label.

The album is lead by the single “On Chill,” which partners Wale with past collaborator Jeremih. You can check out the trailer below.

 

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They said .. I needed to get help .. so I did “Wow… that’s crazy “ October 11 🎥 @j.stone.alston

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Rihanna Signs Publishing Deal with Sony/ATV Music

Rihanna has come to an agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, according to Variety.

The new deal will place Rihanna back in partnership with her longtime publisher, Jon Platt, who took over Sony Music s the chairman and CEO earlier in 2019.

The move stokes the fire on rumors of new music from Rihanna, with reports stating he has worked on both an R&B/Pop and dancehall efforts.

“I’m proud to have known Rihanna since the beginning of her career,” Platt said. “Music, fashion, philanthropy and a heart of gold have solidified Rihanna’s position as one of the biggest icons in the world. It is an honor to be reunited with her at Sony/ATV.”

As far as a music release from Rihanna, rumors circulated last week pointing to December, however, on a red carpet, Rihanna told a reporter that the album is not done when speaking about a potential Super Bowl performance.

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ScHoolBoy Q Announces Crash Tour with Special Guest NAV

ScHoolboy Q has announced that he will be going on tour for his album Crash Talk.

The run of shows will kick off this fall and NAV will join in on the tour as an opener majority of the dates. There will be 19 dates that will start on November 4 in Houston, Texas and will travel to Chicago, Nashville, Denver, New York before ending December 4 in Los Angeles, California. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 20. Peep the dates below and see what city he will be in.

Schoolboy Q 2019 North American Crash Tour Dates:
Monday, November 4, 2019, Houston, TX, Revention Music Center
Tuesday, November 5, 2019, Dallas, TX, South Side Ballroom
Friday, November 8, 2019, Nashville, TN, Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Saturday, November 9, 2019, Atlanta, GA, Coca-Cola Roxy
Monday, November 11, 2019, Philadelphia, PA, The Met Philadelphia
Tuesday, November 12, 2019, Boston, MA, House of Blues Boston
Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Brooklyn, NY, Great Hall – Avant Gardner
Friday, November 15, 2019, Washington, DC, Echostage
Monday, November 18, 2019, Toronto, ON, REBEL*
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, Detroit, MI, The Fillmore Detroit
Thursday, November 21, 2019, Chicago, IL, Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom
Friday, November 22, 2019, Milwaukee, WI, Eagles Ballroom
Saturday, November 23, 2019, Minneapolis, MN, Armory
Monday, November 25, 2019, Kansas City, MO, Arvest Bank Theatre @ The Midland
Tuesday, November 26, 2019, Denver, CO, Fillmore Auditorium
Wednesday, November 27, 2019, Salt Lake City, UT, The Complex*
Friday, November 29, 2019, San Francisco, CA, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Sunday, December 1, 2019, Seattle, WA, WAMU Theater
Wednesday, December 4, 2019, Los Angeles, CA, The Forum

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Kanye West Confirms Release Date For ‘Jesus Is King’ Album

It has been a successful weekend for the Chicago native, Kanye West, appearing in Atlanta, Georgia on Sunday, September 15 for a pop-up Sunday Service at New Birth Church.

He has confirmed that his upcoming album, Jesus Is King, will be released on Friday, September 27. There were over 600 attendees at the church witnessing the Sunday Service that Kanye West brought who including Tiny, T.I., 2 Chainz, Odell Beckham, Chris Tucker and more.

The news of the album first came from Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian-West, who dropped a tracklist and the date online. The release seems to be the first of a new stream of G.O.O.D. Music releases.

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Master P Opens Big Poppa Burgers in New Orleans

Master P is making ’em say uhh with his new business venture.

Percy Miller added Big Poppa Burgers in his hometown, New Orleans, to his growing business empire. The restaurant made a cameo in his I Got the Hook Up 2 movie.

“I started out in the music business, but my longevity is about creating brands and businesses, and you utilize your power to promote all your brands,” Miller told Nola.com. “You only can do that if you own something. This is about having a family restaurant and putting that business in the community where you come from.”

Master P is a hood legend. He started his career as a rapper and started the legendary No Limit Records. He also played basketball professionally, and currently owns a league. His resume goes on and on.

Big Poppa Burgers is located in the West Bank at 3300 Fourth St. in Harvey, Louisiana. Check out the website for more info.

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Nike’s Colin Kaepernick ‘Dream Crazy’ Ad Wins Emmy

Nike played a wild card when they decided to join forces with the exiled quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. On Sunday, The Hollywood Reporter stated the unimaginable: The ad won an Emmy.

The sportswear giant’s controversial “Dream Crazy” ad featuring Kap won for outstanding commercial at the 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards.

The two-minute video made its debut on Thursday night open of the 2018 NFL season. He’s sporting his signature afro and says “believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” When LeBron James appears on the screen, Kaepernick says, “Don’t become the best basketball player on the planet, be bigger than basketball.”

Although it’s now an Emmy-winning ad, it was met with backlash. People threatened to boycott Nike and of course, Donald Trump gave his two cents when it was released.

“Just like the NFL, whose ratings have gone WAY DOWN, Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts,” he tweeted. “I wonder if they had any idea that it would be this way? As far as the NFL is concerned, I just find it hard to watch, and always will, until they stand for the FLAG!”

Too bad everyone wasn’t happy about the Nike x Kaepernick partnership because the manufacturer market value jumped $3 billion as a result.

On the other hand, Colin still isn’t signed to a team.

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