In light of the controversy surrounding former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick’s non-existent NFL career, the ongoing National Anthem protests and the recent two-week suspension of outspoken ESPN anchor Jemele Hill for violating a social media policy, it appears Sean “Diddy” Combs has an idea to smooth things over.
On Tuesday (October 10), the rap mogul made one simple request via Twitter: “SELL ME THE NFL NOW!!!!”
The demand followed Diddy’s retweet of political commentator Keith Boykin’s post that read, “Black players are 70% of the NFL. We have the power to defend Colin Kaepernick and Jemele Hill from the forces that would silence them.”
The artist formerly known as Puff Daddy also mentioned owning his own NFL team used to be a “dream” of his, but now he’d rather own “our” own league.
Harvey Weinstein got fired from the company that bears his name on his day off. The void means the potential for someone to come in and buy the alleged sexual harasser’s interest, and Jay-Z is among a group of investores reportedly plotting such a move.
Multiple sources connected to Jay tell us … Jay, along with several other investors including a famous movie producer and a billionaire, are talking about purchasing Weinstein’s 23% interest in the company.
Jay has had a working relationship with TWC and Harvey … he has a deal in which he has produced a movie, “The Kalief Browder Story.” He has also a Trayvon Martin miniseries slated for production. Jay has a first-look film deal with the company.
Our sources say Jay wants his relationship with the company to continue and grow, and since Harvey is out he’s looking at acquiring a substantial equity stake in the company.
A hustler is gonna hustle. And you know Hova and co. will be looking for a healthy discount.
If the Brooklyn rapper turned mogul pulls this off, his finesse game will be that much more elite. No hard feelings, Harvey.
The shamed movie exec quoted Hova in his struggle statement following the New York Times expose that outed his “alleged” dirtbag antics.
Joining the likes of artists like Nina Simone, Rage Against The Machine and Bon Jovi, the “I’m Bad” rapper is the only MC amongst the 19 artists nominated for the musical honor. That alone should be enough to get him into the HOF.
If you’re wondering why some of your other favorite rappers from the 90’s aren’t on the list, nominees for the current years have to have released a commercial record 25 years prior to the annual ceremony. That being said this year’s crop had to have dropped something no later than 1992.
Congratulations to the Hip-Hop icon and get ready to see a slew of your favorite Hip-Hop legends up to bat in the coming years.
As Cardi B continues to dominate her breakout year, the Love & Hip Hop: New York star was honored with multiple awards at the taping of the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards in Miami on Friday (October 6).
The Bronx native, who was accompanied by boyfriend Offset of Migos, took home three awards for Hustler of the Year, Single of the Year and Best New Hip Hop Artist.
During the ceremony, Cardi also performed her #1 Billboard Hot 100 single “Bodak Yellow.” She was also joined onstage by fellow members of the rap community, including DJ Khaled, 2 Live Crew’s Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell and Rick Ross.
Fat Joe hit up TRL today. It wasn’t his first time considering his reign in hip hop stretches as far back as the 90’s and appeared on the show prior to it’s cancellation. While he did pop by the show to perform a medley of “All The Way Up” and “So Excited,” he also had some other things to address. The rapper hit the set to discuss working on his relief efforts for Puerto Rico.
“I was home with everybody watching the news, thinking about how we could help the people of Puerto Rico. I started harassing Desiree, who’s my manager from Roc Nation. We both started harassing Jay-Z and then, we came back and they bluffed me. And they were like ‘Alright, Jay-Z’s gonna pay for a plane but it fills 200,000 lbs. You gotta fill it up,” he said. After reaching out to all of his famous peers, he ended up saying that they not only reached their goal but exceeded it.
“Everybody got together for a joint effort and we raised two million pounds,” he said, “we got five planes going out but we need to fill up another five.”
Along with discussing his relief efforts, he also ended up judging the “All The Way Up” remix competition. The competition had two rappers going off of the dome over Fat Joe’s “All The Way Up.” He later ended up performing the single on the show along with “So Excited.”
Public Enemy founder Chuck D rarely needs an introduction — the politically-minded MC has been an integral part of Hip Hop culture since emerging in the ’80s. On October 10, fans will be able to dive into the mind of the Fear Of A Black Planet architect and get a first-hand account of his experience in the culture thanks to his new book, Chuck D Presents This Day In Rap And Hip-Hop History.
Described as “one of the most comprehensive, chronological histories of rap and hip-hop ever written,” the book is assembled by Chuck and includes pivotal moments from 1973 to the present, as well as portraits of people who have shaped the sound and the culture for over 40 years.
The anthology opens with a house party with DJ Kool Herc on August 11, 1973 and follows the art form through more than four decades, examining key players and historical moments.
Kendrick Lamar voiced his thoughts on the book in a press release. “If you want to understand our culture. To learn knowledge itself. Truth about the art form of poetry in motion. The struggle of our community through rhyme and rhythm. This is the book that inspired me long before I found my place in hip-hop,” he said. “The power of self-expression. Unapologetically. Taught by the teacher himself. Chuck D!!!”
LL Cool J added, “Reading this book is like reliving my life all over again.”
The book also includes over 100 portraits of the most influential figures in Hip Hop created by artists Shepard Fairey (who wrote the book’s foreword), ASKEM, Amy Cinnamon, Andre LeRoy Davis, Holtom, Glen E. Friedman, A.J. Katz, Timothy McAuliffe (Gold Van), Scared of Monsters, Rinat Shingareev and Marco Ventura.
Following Donald Trump’s outlandish comments directed at Colin Kaepernick and NFL players who kneel for the National Anthem, the league saw virtually all of its teams come together in some form of solidarity during the Anthem for Sunday’s slate of games — some knelt, others interlocked arms, and the Pittsburgh Steelers even remained in the locker room for the song.
Now seemingly more than any other time in recent memory, individuals are asking the question: when is the right time for black people to protest? This in turn is exactly the topic that Trevor Noah tackled on a recent episode of The Daily Show.
Noah ultimately dove into the backlash that NFL players, Stevie Wonder and ESPN commentator Jemele Hill have received after speaking out against racism.
Key Features: These “high-fashion spec” sneakers feature a triple-stacked sole with pre-distressed details throughout. The shoe size appeared embroidered on the toe, while rope laces finish off the look.
Release Date: September 21, 2017
Editor’s Notes: To create the heavily padded, triple-soled design, molds were taken from running, basketball and track shoes, which were then stacked to create the silhouette. The silhouette was then dubbed the Triple S thanks to its three layers of soles. The shoe was originally added to the Balenciaga men’s collection by artistic director Demna Gvasalia for the brand’s FW17 show in Paris.
Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) unit has made the big of infiltrating the South Korean market with BET and will reach a large audience almost right away. Available to residents as of today (September 26th), the move is made possible through a partnership with a paid TV entity called SK Broadband, which already has 4.2 million subscribers. Any hip-hop and R&B fans in that part of the world will be able to watch on B tv, SK’s linear service, as well as oksusu, the equivalent streaming service.
“South Korea is the first Asia market to launch BET, the leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for people that want to know what’s hot, what’s next and what matters in urban black culture,” Viacom said in a statement. “The introduction of the BET channel in Asia is a key step in strengthening our presence both in South Korea and in Asia, while expanding our portfolio of adult-targeted brands,” said Paras Sharma, senior VP and general manager for the Southeast Asia leg of VIMN. He’s also the head of digital media, Asia, for the company. “It will not only add content diversity to Korean pay TV but offer top-quality general entertainment, music and news for audiences interested in urban culture.”
It’s a sure sign that the hip-hop market in South Korea and, by extension, Asia in general, has grown significantly in recent years. In fact, this year’s BET Awards marked the first time that an Asian artist was nominated, with South Korean performer Changmo getting a nod in the International Viewers’ Choice Award category. The show will air on BET Korea on October 14th. BET is already recognized as a global brand as well, having already set up shop in more than 125 million homes in over 60 countries, including the U.S., Canada, the U.K., France, Africa and the Caribbean, just to name a few. There’s no word on if there will be more locally-focused music programming coming to BET Korea.
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Diddy & DJ Khaled are deep in negotiations with Fox for a new talent competition show called “The Four.” While neither have officially signed on yet, sources told TMZ both are far along with the process.
TMZ reports that the show, “The Four,” will consist of 4 judges just as the title depicts. Diddy would serve as the mogul, DJ Khaled as the producer, and there’s two more spots available, one of which will be a songwriter, and the fourth judge will be a performer. At least one of the remaining two spots will be a woman they say as well, and rightfully so.
The focus of the show will be contemporary pop with an emphasis on hip-hop. It will be an ongoing battle, with new competitors trying to knock out the front-runners. In the end, the winner will get the entire judges panel behind them to launch their music career… a mogul, a producer, a songwriter, and someone to perform onstage with.
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