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Travis Scott Spoke With Colin Kaepernick Ahead Of Taking Super Bowl Gig

Travis Scott Performs in Chicago on the Astroworld Tour

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Travis Scott caught criticism for accepting the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Time show sig alongside Maroon 5 but apparently, he spoke with Colin Kaepernick ahead of the announcement. Scott’s appearance was only booked solid after he was able to confirm that a large donation would be made to a social justice non-profit organization.

Variety exclusively reports:

That announcement only came after Scott announced that he and the NFL would donate $500,000 to the non-profit social-justice organization Dream Corps. The move was clearly intended to blunt the criticism Maroon 5 and particularly Scott had received for performing at the game, due largely to the league’s treatment of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has essentially been banished from professional football for taking a knee during the pre-game performances of the national anthem, a move many feel is based in racism.

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.

Both men have kept publicly mum about their chat, but this could be a step in the right direction nonetheless.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

R. Kelly’s Ex-Manager Will Turn Himself In Over Terroristic Threats

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R. Kelly is reportedly feeling pressure from the outside after the airing of the Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, and now some members of his team are also in the same boat. A former manager of the beleaguered R&B singer will turn himself to Georgia authorities after making terroristic threats towards the family of Jocelyn Savage, an alleged victim of Kelly’s so-called “sex cult.”

The Blast reports:

The Blast has learned James Mason will surrender to authorities Wednesday in Henry County, GA after a judge issued the warrant, citing “terroristic threats and acts.”

Mason is accused of threatening the family of Joycelyn Savage after her parents continued to question whether the relationship between their daughter and Kelly was consensual.

According to a police report, obtained by The Blast, Mason told Timothy Savage, “I’m gonna do harm to you and your family, when I see you I’m gonna get you, I’m going to f***ing kill you.”

Gerald Griggs, attorney for Timothy Savage, told us the family was contacted by the District Attorney this week and asked if they objected to Mason being given bail once he turns himself in tot he Henry County Jail.

The outlet adds that another manager is under investigation for alleged threats against the Savage family because of their involvement in the Lifetime docu-series.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Joe Budden Ready To Provide CyHi The Prynce With Copious Amounts Of The Smoke

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Joe Budden has long since been retired from torching microphones as a rapper, and now presides over one of the most popular podcasts online today. On that said podcast, Budden once again said that he’d welcome a challenge from CyHi the Pyrnce and said he would end the G.O.O.D. Music artist’s career in the process.

The beef between CyHi the Prynce and Joe Budden began when the podcast host took shots at the Atlanta rapper over his allegiance to Kanye West’s Summer 2018 album rollout that he was curiously missing from. Budden then egged on the beef in saying that a line CyHi spit in a promotional video that suggested that he should have been in Budden’s former Slaughterhouse crew and putting up $500,000 to challenge his rival was out of the No Dope On Sundays rapper’s budget.

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In last Saturday’s episode of The Joe Budden Podcast, Jumpoff Joey took off the Media Joe hat and got into his rapper bag for a bit, stating quite explicitly that CyHi doesn’t want the smoke, the beef, or the fixings with him on any level. In his response to co-host Mal suggesting that Budden might be ducking CyHi, Budden said he would shut down the podcast and get back in the booth to end the beef once and for all.

Check out The Joe Budden Podcast in where Budden gets into why CyHi the Prynce isn’t ready for the smoke with him. Hit the 53:00-minute mark and let it rock.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi Gets Perfect 10 For Michael Jackson-Inspired Routine

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At 21 years of age, UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi might be close to aging out of the prime years for most women in her sport, but you wouldn’t know it after this weekend. Ohashi wowed audiences at the Under Armour’s 2019 Collegiate Challenge in Anaheim, Calif., notching a perfect score of 10 for a Michael Jackson-inspired floor routine.

CNN reports:

Katelyn Ohashi did three backflips, landed into a split and got back up to end her floor routine as though it was easy.

Then the crowd went wild as the University of California, Los Angeles, freshman gymnast stood there smiling.

Not only did Ohashi stun the audience with her amazing athleticism, but she also wowed judges enough to earn a perfect 10 for her routine Saturday at Under Armour’s 2019 Collegiate Challenge.

UCLA gymnastics tweeted the video of Ohashi’s performance, which has since gone viral.

“A 10 isn’t enough for this floor routine by @katelyn_ohashi,” the tweet read.

And sure enough, Ohashi’s performance is even more amazing when one considers that she’s come back from some serious injuries that should have ended her career.

In all, UCLA won the challenge with a collective score of 197.00. Congrats to the whole squad!

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Iman Shumpert Stopped From Giving Blazers Center The Fade?

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Sacramento Kings guard/forward Iman Shumpert lost his head for a moment and appeared that he was ready to give Portland Trailblazers center Jusuf Nurkic the fade. Shumpert was prevented from entering the Blazers’ locker room after his team won the game after the big man set a hard screen.

ESPN reports:

Shumpert apparently was angry at Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic, who set a hard screen in the second half.

“Some stuff needed to be between me and him, a conversation between two men,” Shumpert said. “Some stuff happened out there that we needed to have a conversation about. That’s it.”

Nurkic shrugged it off.

“I’m not going to worry about it,” he said. “He’s going into retirement soon. I’m not going to worry about a guy who’s going into retirement soon.”

Shumpert tweeted out an apology to the fans for causing a ruckus and celebrated his squad’s 115-107 win.

But wait, Shump is just 28 years old, so there’s gotta be a lot of basketball life left in those legs.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Hamberders: Russian Agent President Trump Served NCAA Football Champs Fast Food

President Trump Hosts College Football Champion Clemson Tigers At White House

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President Donald Trump has pulled some amazing stunts during his time in office, and his latest act might be one of the zaniest yet. On Monday (Jan. 14), the nation’s leader invited the NCAA football champions Clemson Tigers to the White House to celebrate their win, offering a spread of good ol’ ‘Murrican fast food for the student-athletes. 

“Great being with the National Champion Clemson Tigers last night at the White House. Because of the Shutdown I served them massive amounts of Fast Food (I paid), over 1000 hamberders etc. Within one hour, it was all gone. Great guys and big eaters!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning (Jan. 15).

Hamberders. We’ll just let that hang there a bit.

Trump shamelessly mentioned the federal shutdown as the reason for serving the team McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, and pizza. Imagine blowing out one of the top college football teams to win the championship, only to be served fast food in honor of your big win.

Twitter has rightly seized on President Trump’s insistence to clog up the arteries of these young men and the jokes have been flying. We’ve collected some of the best responses.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Just Kidding: Rae Sremmurd Are Not Breaking Up

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Anyone with a sibling can attest that sometimes, they’ll get on your nerves and Rae Sremmurd recently went through a similar situation. After Slim Jxmmi hinted he was no longer part of the duo, it appears the two have patched up their issues for the greater good.

Last week, Slim Jxmmi dropped a number of cryptic messages about his status with the group and adding to the chatter that Swae Lee’s frequent cameos and solo outings have driven a wedge between them. Despite the fact their last album, Sremm Life 3, featured solo efforts from both, it did little to quell the persistent rumor of alleged group tensions.

The pair is currently wrapping up an Australia and Asia tour, which certainly had to make things awkward when Jxmmi threw out on social media the hints that he was quitting Rae Sremmurd. However, the group’s Twitter account quelled fans’ fear with a tweet that read, “Brothers gonna be brothers, it’s SREMMLIFE forever” thus ending a bit of the speculation.

Then, Jxmmi himself posted an older image of him and Swae Lee simply captioned “Sremm 4 Life” and subsequent posts showed love to brother and rap partner.

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Crisis averted!

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Source: HipHopWired.com

‘Dolemite Is My Name’ Director To Helm ‘Coming To America’ Sequel

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Eddie Murphy is set to star in the upcoming Dolemite Is My Name which focuses on foul-mouthed comedy legend, Rudy Ray Moore. Craig Brewer, the director of the biographical comedy, will also direct Murphy in the long-awaited sequel to Coming To America.

Deadline reports:

Brewer just directed Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name, and the star was eager to work with him again. The female empowerment theme of the original seems timely in today’s climate.

Kenya Barris is rewriting a script by original Coming to America writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Murphy is producing with Kevin Misher and Barris is exec producer.

In the sequel, Akeem learns about a long lost son, and must return to America to meet his unlikely heir to the throne of Zamunda. The intention is to bring back the original cast which includes Arsenio Hall, who played the prince’s aide Semmi; Shari Headley, who was courted by the prince when he went undercover as a fast food worker; John Amos, who played her father; and James Earl Jones, who played the king.

The original film came out in 1988 and has been considered a classic of Black cinema in the decades since its release.

A release date has yet to be announced.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Kanye West Coons & Capes It Up For R. Kelly During Sunday Service Event

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Kanye West has a large platform and can use it any way he well pleases, but few would have thought a Gospel-influenced musical event would end having the star defending R&Creep star R. Kelly. During the Sunday Service concert series debut, West defended Kelly while also referencing Michael Jackson.

The Sunday Service event featured West with a Gospel choir and running through a number of his hits. Joining the Chicago superstar was Kid Cudi, 070 Shake, and Tony Williams. The medley of songs included tracks like “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1,” “I Wonder,” and “Reborn” among others.

However, things went left during the mini-concert when West, perhaps inspired by the recent airing of Surviving R. Kelly, defended the R&B singer and made a call to separate the man from the art.

“They just gonna pull up full documentaries on ’em, and then they gonna come with the Michel documentary. We can enjoy all they music all we want. I thought I wasn’t gonna go there today, but because if we going to tear down one artist, let’s go ahead and take the da Vinci’s outta the Louvre while we’re at it, let’s take down all the art,” West said in a break in the set, referencing the Leaving Neverland documentary which focuses on the lives of two adult accusers of Michael Jackson regarding sexual abuse. Video footage of the moment has since been scrubbed from the Internet.

Again, West is free to feel as he does, but he’s gotta know that caping for creeps just because they made good music might have folks looking at him suspect as if the MAGA stance wasn’t already enough.

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Source: HipHopWired.com

Big Boi, Travis Scott Will Join Maroon 5 Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show

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Despite the growing number of big-name acts who have turned down performing during the Super Bowl LIII Halftime Show, organizers have confirmed who will be joining Maroon 5 for the set. Atlanta veteran Big Boi of Outkast fame and Houston’s Travis Scott will take the stage during the big event.

Page Six reports:

Maroon 5 had been the widely reported halftime show act since September, but the NFL officially announced the band as its headliner Sunday. The league says Maroon 5 will feature guest artists including Big Boi, the Atlanta-based rapper from Outkast, and Scott.

Many acts have turned down the halftime show this year in support of Colin Kaepernick and other players who have taken a knee during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice. An online petition urges Maroon 5 to withdraw from the gig.

Scott has been reportedly tapped to perform in the show since last month, although many have asked him to not take the gig.

The Super Bowl will take place on Feb. 3 at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Ga.

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Source: HipHopWired.com