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Chance the Rapper to Host and Perform on Saturday Night Live

Words by Dylan Kemp

To host or perform on Saturday Night Live means you’ve officially made it, you’re in the big leagues. But what if you were set to host and perform.

On October 12th, Saturday Night Live made the announcement via twitter that the Chicago emcee will be both the host and musical guest for SNL on October 26th.

READ MORE: Chance the Rapper Brings His Hits to “Carpool Karoake”

While this is his first time both hosting and as a musical guest, this is not Chance’s first time on SNL. His first appearance was back in 2016 when he performed his verse on Ultralight Beams alongside Kanye West and Kelly Price. His first time hosting was in 2017 with Eminem as the musical guest. And hey, third times the charm.

Chance is among very few rappers who have been selected to host SNL. Most notably, Drake has hosted and been the musical guest for the show twice this decade. Other rappers that have hosted SNL include Snoop Dogg, Queen Latifah, MC Hammer and Childish Gambino a.k.a Donald Glover.

On Sunday, Chance took to Twitter to share the news, while also tagging Drake, Donald Glover and MC Hammer

 

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DMX Checks Himself Into Rehab: A Personal Story

DMX has has had one helluva year. Known for making heart-tugging street songs and appearing in headlines, we’ve all seen his struggles throughout the years and now he has checked himself into rehab. Reports detail his trouble in the law but not many media outlets and journalists know Earl Simmons.

After being released from prison in January, X was back on track killing shows and making appearances. He recently appeared in GQ looking dapper, clean and ready to take over the world. Word of him working with Swizz Beats and resigning with Def Jam Records gave his loyal fans hope for an incredible new album…and then he checked himself back into rehab.

According to a post on Instagram on DMX”s page it says, “In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility. He apologizes for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support.”

Back in 1996, I was on my way to being a homeless teenager house-hopping in Harlem when I met DMX who friends and family called D.
I was a manicurist at the infamous African-American mall, Mart 125 and he approached my booth at closing asking for a manicure. He wasn’t famous at that time, but the Mart was known for the celebrities that visited because of its location directly across from the Apollo Theater. I was 17 years old and made a fair amount of money for a teen in high school. I had just purchased a plate of food from upstairs so I told him he had to wait until I was done eating and to ensure I would get the money I locked him in the nail booth and continued eating my food. He thought this was amusing and we began talking about hip-hop somehow and he mentioned he rapped. I asked him to rap and in true form he spit a verse and I was blown away. I did his nails and he became a customer and friend and he was always someone I could depend on. He often came to the Mart to visit the late Icepick Jay at Blackmen’s Jewelers where many of the Ruff Ryders met up to discuss business. During that year I learned a lot from him. Because I was the only girl around that knew hip hop, I would hangout in the studio while he recorded his classic debut album It’s Dark And Hell Is Hotand do whatever girl voices needed for his records. I watched in amazement when he recorded ‘Get At Me Dog’ and ended up punching vocals for an album cut called ‘ATF’ that later became a classic. I would hang out with him and his friend Dame Grease and they planned on taking over hip hop—and they did. In 1997 I finagled my way into the College Of Mount Saint Vincent through a HEOP scholarship and had no one to move me into the dorms. I called D and he and Dame Grease picked me up and drove me to my new home.

That year DMX was everywhere. From features to movies to releasing 3 platinum albums in one year. He was on fire and being the same D I had grown to love.  It was refreshing to see a dude from the hood be himself in hip hop and Hollywood. Even as his fame grew he would show nothing but love and we would show me the same love D did back in 1996. He knew I loved Big Pun and called me to smoke a blunt with them inside Tower Records before a record signing. D was always himself and fast forward to know he still plays by his own rules.

While reports say he has checked himself into rehab, we must not forget the many contributions X has given to hip hop. He releases his pain, love and spirituality through his records and that’s exactly who he is. Many rappers create lifestyles on records and have a stylist create their style but Earl Simmons has always been the realist, most honest MC hip hop has to offer.

Let’s salute him and lift him up and never forget that summer he came in and changed the course of hip hop.

Check out this dope video made to the classic ‘ATF’ featuring Dame Grease and myself. Classic!

photo courtesy of Zoie Ellis Photography

video by Sturgis Issac 

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Viola Davis Taps Female Pastor for Social Experiment on Bravo Called, ‘In A Man’s World’

When John Howard, a white journalist, traveled undercover as a Black man in the 1960s in throughout Louisianna, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Georgia, he engaged in one of the most dramatic social experiments on American culture and documented it in his book, Black Like Me. In six weeks, he gave evidence that racial discrimination is 100X more than mainstream America could ever imagine.

Oh if only they could do this experiment using gender discrimination as a variable….

But they have… and Bravo TV affords folk an upfront seat to this experiment in a new show called In A Man’s World, executive-ly produced by Viola Davis.

The show, like Howard’s experience, follows and documents four women who look to see what is like to see life on “the opposite side.” The Academy Award-winning Special Effects make-up team, Lou and Dave Elsey, and skilled voice and movement coaches, help these woman develops alter egos as men. They live as men for two days and for once get to see if male privilege is real of not.  One of these women is Pastor Sabrina McKenzie.

Sabrina McKenzie is a celebrated pastor, business woman, and television personality. Affectionately known as “The Dancing Preacher,” McKenzie is the founder and the Executive Producer of Dancing Preachers International and the Founder of the Liturgical Dance Day.  She is the author of two books Dance With A Purpose and Leading In A Man’s World.
Here are her thoughts about her role in the series that is sure to stir up the airways.

Why were you selected for the show? 

I believe that I was selected for the show because of the tremendous body of work that I have produced consistently through out the years in community service, building ministries around the world and the level of education and skill set needed to carry out the assignment.

Tell me about the show, In A Man’s World?

Four dynamic, strong and kick butt women were selected to shatter the glass ceiling of every boundary created by man.  These women who are at the top of their careers in male dominated industries.
We temporarily morph into men to see how the other gender lives.
What challenges have you encountered as a female preacher and the context of your ministry?
As a female preacher you have to earn your respect and as a male preacher respect and admiration are given. Just like all genders as a female preacher I have been objectified by the role of house maker and asked to just be a first lady
What are the goals of the show?
As a woman’s activist my goal is always to influence public policy and to bring awareness to legislation that I have authored and championed entitled the “Equal Rights Amendment” in the Georgia House of Representatives in 2018 which provides women with equal work for equal pay.
To also bring awareness to domestic violence. In addition, each organization and cause strives to encourage, empower, and inspire women worldwide.

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Check Out All The Winners and Performances From the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards

The 2019 BET Hip-Hop Awards hit your screen on Tuesday and brought performances from Chance the Rapper, Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby, YBN Cordae and more. The night also gave the highest honor, the “I Am Hip-Hop” Award to Lil’ Kim.

Along with a set of cyphers, battle rap was ushered into your living room. Below you can check out the full list of winners, performances and more.

Best Hip Hop Video
Cardi B – “Money”

Hot Ticket Performer
Megan Thee Stallion

Album of the Year
Travis Scott – ASTROWORLD

Video Director of the Year
Travis Scott

Lyricist of the Year
J.Cole

MVP of the Year
Nipsey Hussle

Producer of the Year
DJ Khaled

Best Collab, Duo or Group
Lil Nas X f/ Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”

Single of the Year
Lil Nas X f/ Billy Ray Cyrus – “Old Town Road (Remix)”

Best New Hip Hop Artist
DaBaby

Best Mixtape
Megan Thee Stallion – Fever

Sweet 16: Best Featured Verse
J. Cole – “A Lot”

Impact Track
J. Cole – “Middle Child”

DJ of the Year
Mustard

Made-You-Look Award (Best Hip Hop Style)
Cardi B

Best Hip-Hop Online Site/App
Complex

Hustler of the Year
Jay Z

Best International Flow
Sarkodie (GHANA)









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He Tried! Ja Rule Asked to Say 3 Nice Things About 50 Cent; Proceeds to Roast His “Sworn Enemy”

We’ve seen more than our fair share of battle royale showdowns in Hip-Hop, but none have come close to the nonsensical back-and-forth that’s occurred between 50 Cent and Ja Rule over the past two decades.

As most would let time and aging heal past wounds, it looks like 43-year-old Jeffrey Bruce Atkins and 44-year-old Curtis James Jackson III are dead set on being foes for life. The former MC made sure of that during his recent appearance on the late-night Bravo talk show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.



Sitting next to comedian Amber Ruffin on the show last night (Oct. 6), Ja gave answers to a bunch of interesting topics thrown his way, including that crazy old myth about Ashanti allegedly “ghost-singing” for Jennifer Lopez in the early 2000s and of course his now-infamous Fyre Festival ordeal. Somehow, the convo steered in 50 Cent’s direction, and surprisingly enough Ja Rule did not hold back on how he currently feels about his lifelong rival in rap. After assuring the viewing public that he was “removing himself” from the circus that’s become of their feud thus far, he then goes to name three “nice” things about his foe. As you might guess, things didn’t exactly go as planned.

Peep the “three nice things” Ja Rule had to say about 50 Cent on Watch What Happens Live, via Bravo:


“He’s a bad father…He, uh…He got like a big, square-like box head and sh*t…and one more thing. What else can I say nice about him? He looks like his breath stinks all the time. Like, all the time.”

Ja Rule, on 50 Cent


He then went on to officially deem their relationship as “sworn enemies forever,” even pulling out a classic Cardi B Love & Hip-Hop reference for the final word in that sentence. We’d say this is the last of it, but we’re sure Fif will have something to say in the very, very near future. Round 8,165,234…fight!

We’ll be updating you all on the latest in “50 Cent vs. Ja Rule” soon — you can pretty much count on it.

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50 Cent to Produce ‘A Moment in Time’ Docu-Series on Tekashi, Snoop Dogg, Scott Storch and More

We recently reported that 50 Cent was working on a project that will tell Tekashi 6ix9ine’s story, but we finally got more details about it.

TMZ reports that the Queens mogul is working on a documentary series that will highlight different eras of Hip Hop per episode. There will be episode’s about 6ix9ine, Snoop Dogg, Scott Storch, Fifty himself, and ex-NBA player Rafer Alston. More people will most likely be announced.

The series will be titled A Moment in Time and will feature people who he collaborated with in the past. The outlet reports that viewers should expect harsh, but fair coverage of all the stories, especially the controversy.

50 Cent’s episode will touch on his beef with Jimmy Henchman, Storch during his prime, and Snoop after his murder trial, which is a story the younger generation may not be familiar with.

Which episode are you excited to see?

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Atlas Monroe Turns Down $1 Million On ABC’s Shark Tank For Viral ‘Crispy Vegan Chick’n’

Last night on ABC’s Shark Tank, Atlas Monroe Plant Based Foods turned down $1 Million for 100% stake with 10% royalties for her infamous crispy fried chick’n. In just a few months, Deborah and Jonathan Torres’ vegan non-soy chick’n has sky-rocketed attracting the attention of influencers, vegans, and non-vegans alike. As the healthier alternative to Popeye’s chicken sandwich, Atlas Monroe has created the most delectable meat-substitute dishes that taste better than the real thing!

Last night, Deborah and Jonathan shared their famous chick’n with the judges on Shark Tank and Mark Cuban made an offer to Atlas Monroe to which Rohan Orza counter offered with a number rarely offered on Shark Tank—$1 million. They wanted 100% stake and would give the black entrepreneurs 10% royalties. Standing firm in their position, Atlas Monroe turned down the offer. The company is already selling out of their items immediately when they restock and was offered a deal with a famous retail brand. The two innovators walked away from the money knowing they will surpass that amount in no time and giving up something so valuable would benefit Shark Tank more than themselves.

The Source Magazine sat down with Atlas Monroe to discuss how they became leaders of the vegan chick’n movement, their time on Shark Tank and why you should always follow your heart. We also tasted the chick’n and we see why Shark Tank wanted that recipe….hands down the best chick’n we’ve ever had.

1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you came up with the concept to create such delicious vegan soul food items?

I’m Deborah Torres, the Founder and CEO of Atlas Monroe. A few years back, my father was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. After doing some research on a documentary I had seen, I convinced my entire family to go on a raw vegan and organic diet for 90 days and take walks with my father every day. During this time I started experimenting with plant food flavors and textures. In my research and development, I learned that the combination of certain ingredients and flavors could match animal product textures. I became obsessed and fascinated with this new world of transforming plant foods into delicious favorites like raw lasagna, tacos, burgers, pizzas, cheeses and more! It was a bonus that when my father returned to the doctor after the 90 days we found out he was completely healed!

2. Tell us what it was like to feature you’re already famous ‘plant-based crispy chick’n’ on ABC”s Shark Tank?

It was exhilarating! I felt proud for my team and for my family, more than anything. It was a moment I will always cherish and never forget.

3. What was your favorite moment on the show?

The raving reviews from the Sharks was amazing, but getting to tell my story was my favorite moment. To represent for the culture, for women, for people of color everywhere ‐ to stand ten toes down and be proud of who we are and what we’ve built from the ground up, that was the best moment.

4. How long have you been vegan and what made you make the decision to transition to a plant-based lifestyle?

I have personally been vegan for six years now. I went vegan exactly one year before my father had diabetes and one year before the rest of my family went vegan. One day I was browsing Whole Foods for a (real) chicken burrito in the frozen section when suddenly I had the epiphany to stop eating meat. I just went with it. I went vegan alone and nobody I knew was vegan. I was traveling a lot and couldn’t cook. I literally ate chips and hummus for an entire year! That and spinach with pasta sauce, which is still a favorite healthy go-to of mine.

5. Can you share with us something you learned as an entrepreneur during your time on  the show?

Some people just want to take what you have. It is important to not give in and to not let that happen. After everything you’ve been through, you gotta soar on wings like eagles.

6. What can we expect to see from Atlas Monroe in the near future?

The future is now. Catch us at the grocery store!

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Cynthia Erivo To Play Aretha Franklin in New Series Entitled ‘Genius’

Cynthia Erivo is having the time of her life! With her new movie Harriet just around the corner, and the the promise of an Oscar nod in tow, she is poised to be the next big thing in Hollywood. Compact and powerful, many are asking the question, “How can she top being picked to play Harriet Tubman?” Well, it seems that she has an answer for you.

The Tony, Emmy and Grammy Award-Winning Erivo will portray Grammy Award winner and musical icon Aretha Franklin in the next installment of the Emmy-Winning anthology series GENIUS: ARETHA.  The upcoming coming season of GENIUS will actually be the first-ever to be authorized depiction of Ms. Franklin’s life.

Erivo will start filming in November for a spring 2020 premiere on the National Geographic cable network. National Geographic has channels in 172 countries and 43 languages.

As impressive as the lead is on this project, the folk behind the show is top notched.

Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (“Topdog/Underdog”) will be the executive producer and showrunner. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard will also serve as executive producers along with music mogul Clive Davis, Atlantic Records chairman and CEO Craig Kallman, Ken Biller from the Fox 21 Television Studios and Imagine Television Studios.

It is also good to know that The Aretha Franklin Estate is 100% behind this.

Aretha Franklin was known as the Queen of Soul, civil rights leader and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

 

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Mathew Knowles Speaks Candidly About Breast Cancer Surgery

Mathew Knowles went through breast cancer surgery over the Summer and he opened up about it for the first time on Good Morning America Wednesday morning.

Knowles appeared on a pre-recorded episode with Michael Strahan on Good Morning America and gave the world an update on his current health. “I’m doing really good, Michael. I had my surgery the last week of July, and now I’m doing all the steps for recovery.”

Strahan also revealed that his own brother was diagnosed with breast cancer and got it treated in 2015.

Thankfully the diagnosis was caught early and the first thing he did was phone his family so they can take steps to prevent them from getting diagnosed. He is a carrier of the BRCA 2 gene mutation, in English words, he has a higher risk for developing breast cancer.

“That was the very first call because this is genetics,” he explained. “It also means that my kids have a higher chance, a higher risk. Even my grandkids have a higher risk. They handled it like they should — they went on and got the [BRCA mutation] test.”

Mathew Knowles has since cut out alcohol and focuses on being active and meditation. “I just wanted to have a clean bill of health,” he said.

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‘I Punked That N***a’: Snoop Dogg Talks 2Pac vs. Nas ’96 VMAs Beef On Angie Martinez’s ‘Untold Stories Of Hip Hop’

If there’s one person who some of Hip-Hop’s most legendary MCs would trust with their secrets stories to the game, it’d 100% be Angie Martinez. That’s why it comes as no surprise that the first episode of her new WE tv series Untold Stories Of Hip Hop would give us more than a few crazy quotables, particularly from Snoop Dogg’s segment where he broke down 2Pac’s close encounter with Nas at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards.



Taking us back to a tough era where East Coast/West Coast beef was at its peak, Snoop gives a powerful breakdown of the whole ordeal from an interesting point of view. He speaks on what it felt like being in the uneasy place of showing support for his West Coast fam while still keeping cool with the East Coast homies that were friends before things turned for the worse.

It starts with Angie reminiscing on her classic interview with 2Pac from 1996, where she only was able to air 12 minutes of a two-hour interview. She tries to find Pac backstage during the VMAs to apologize and from there the run-in commences. Snoop fills in with the first-person view, giving a word-by-word description of how the conversation went. It’s definitely worth the full watch, but in short Snoop remembers 2Pac discussing a diss record aimed at Jay-Z, Biggie, Nas and other New York rappers, and Nas just brushing it off as friendly competition and daps him up before parting ways. Due to his non-violent response, Pac sees it as him “punking” Esco. Snoop on the other hand sees it as him giving them a pass since his entourage outnumbered theirs both in people and, well, other things. It’s a tough topic for Angie, too — her interview at the time was the moment that soured Snoop’s relationship with Pac and Suge due to his on-air verbal support for the East Coast.

Here’s one quote that sums things up the best from the interview, via WE tv:

“We all used to hang out. I love Biggie and I love Pac — and both of them love me. So, how I look saying [expletive] Biggie because I’m with Pac? We was on the same s**t! They rapping the same s**t we rapping; we got the same struggle and same hustle. Why the f**k we can’t get along? Why we can’t like these n****s?”

Snoop Dogg, on East Coast West Coast beef

He goes on to show his praise for New York rappers of the time, referring to them as “the Mecca of Hip-Hop.” He explains further that, because his love for them was deeper than whatever was going on at the time, he shouldn’t have been made to choose between sides. Honestly, we agree.

Watch the entire first episode of Angie Martinez’s Untold Stories of Hip Hop over on WEtv.com

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