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Lajan Slim Releases New Single

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Def Jam's been touting Florida's Lajan Slim as their "future star," and with the success of his previous single "Haitians," it's easy to believe the hype. The Miami born artist originally turned to the arts, explaining “when I was around five or so years old I started to become fascinated with creative things around art. I was into drawing, dancing and all of the performing arts.” 

Later, after going through some familial turmoil, Lajan turned to hip-hop. While he began recording songs with a Guitar Hero mic, he eventually worked up enough money to prepare a home studio. “I was paying rent, hustling and recording,” states Lajan, reflecting on his come up. “I ended up raising my money up through putting out mixtapes.” After one of his tracks, "Quik Pik" ended up blowing up, Lajan began popping up on various tastemaker's radars. "Haitians" ultimately sent his career to the next level, and the game changed when Def Jam records got involved. Now, his Hood Olympians mixtape has the rapper buzzing, especially in Florida.

After securing co-signs from DrakeMeek MillPusha T and Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon, Lajan is intent on keeping his legacy alive. The rapper is currently working hard on his upcoming mixtape, which he describes as "cinematic." 

If you're still unclear about exactly who Lajan Slim might be, let the music speak for itself. Check out his new single, "Snapping and Scoring" in the video below, and stay tuned for what promises to be his most accomplished project yet.

Tom Cruise broke his ankle during ‘Mission Impossible 6’ stunt, production halted, studio says

Days after TMZ captured video that appeared to show Tom Cruise getting injured while performing a stunt on the set of “Mission Impossible 6,” the studio behind the film has confirmed the news.

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“During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt,” Paramount said in a statement Wednesday. “Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery, and the film remains on schedule to open July 27, 2018. Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can’t wait to share the film with everyone next summer.”

Related: Tom Cruise appears injured on ‘Mission Impossible 6’ set

Production on the film will be halted for six weeks to three months while the 55-year-old actor recovers, Variety reported, citing four unnamed people close to the situation. 

According to Variety, he may have broken his ankle in two places and hurt his hip. He is scheduled to see a doctor this week.

Video of the stunt showed Cruise in a harness while jumpiing in between two buildings. He appeared to fall short of the second building and slammed into it. He could be seen limping toward crew members and collapsing, before walking back toward the first, taller building and being pulled back by the safety team.

Cruise is well known for doing most of his own stunts. In 2015, he clung to the wing of a moving plane while filming “Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.”

ESPN receives backlash, apologizes for fantasy auction of black players to white bidders

During ESPN’s 28-hour “Fantasy Football Marathon,” which began Monday, the network aired a questionable skit involving a live auction draft, where in one scene black players were sold to bidders -- which were composed of mostly white males.

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The skit garnered a lot of criticism with people pointing out the skit appeared eerily similar to what one would have see during a slave auction.  

When asked for his thoughts by retired NFL player Dominique Hamilton, New York Giants player Odell Beckham Jr. replied, “Speechless.”

Instead of a typical snake draft, where people will select a player by rounds, an auction draft is based on a budget and bids are taken for certain players. In the skit, the predominantly white audience bids for talented black football players. Many called the scene inappropriate, particularly given the recent race-fueled events in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

CNN reported that ESPN released a video of a segment in which New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was up for auction. Brady is white. Some pointed out that white players were also in the segment, and that the skit simply reflected auction drafts that are part of fantasy football.

In a statement to USA TODAY, ESPN apologized for the skit, saying, “Auction drafts are a common part of fantasy football, and ESPN’s segments replicated an auction draft with a diverse slate of top professional football players. Without that context, we understand the optics could be portrayed as offensive, and we apologize.” 

Shonda Rhimes to leave ABC, join Netflix

TV viewers who are looking forward to new content from Shonda Rhimes won’t find her new programs on basic television.

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According to Variety, Rhimes is leaving ABC Studios to pursue a deal with Netflix. The Shondaland production company founder reportedly signed a “multi-year production deal” with the streaming service.  

The deal was announced Sunday.

Rhimes had been with ABC for more than 10 years, producing hit shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal” and “How to Get Away With Murder.”

“Shondaland’s move to Netflix is the result of a shared plan (Netflix Chief Content Officer) Ted Sarandos and I built based on my vision for myself as a storyteller and for the evolution of my company,” Rhimes said in a statement. “Ted provides a clear, fearless space for creators at Netflix. He understood what I was looking for -- the opportunity to build a vibrant new storytelling home for writers with the unique creative freedom and instantaneous global reach provided by Netflix’s singular sense of innovation. The future of Shondaland at Netflix has limitless possibilities.”

Rhimes already has plans to produce a series and “other projects,” Netflix announced in a news release.

“I’m thrilled by the idea of a world where I’m not caught in the necessary grind of network television,” Rhimes told the Wall Street Journal.

>> Related: Disney to ditch Netflix, launch its own streaming service

The “TGIT” (Thank God it’s Thursday) lineup will continue to air on ABC as Rhimes moves to Netflix

“Our current shows will continue to thrive on ABC and Shondaland will be there every step of the way,” Rhimes said. “I could not have asked for a better home to begin my career.”

ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said he is “proud to have given a home to what have become some of the most celebrated and talked about shows on television.”

“Fans can rest assured that TGIT remains intact and will be as buzzed about as ever,” he said.

Read more at Variety, Netflix, and The Wall Street Journal.

 

Cardi B Throws Shots at Female Rapper?

Cardi B is throwing shots! It’s not clear by the video who it is directed to but it’s obvious that she isn’t feeling the fake love. Watch the video below. 

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A few days ago, it was revealed “Bodak Yellow” had reached No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the highest-charting song by a female rapper since Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda.” The glow-up is real.

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Bruno Mars donates $1 million to Flint water crisis relief efforts

Bruno Mars made a generous offer at the end of his tour stop in The Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan.

Billboard reported that Mars told fans that he was donating $1 million to “our brothers and sisters in Flint, Michigan” to help provide relief in the water crisis.

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After an eruption of cheers and applause, Mars said, “This is why we love what we do. We get a chance to go up on stage every night and perform ... and the fact that we can show up here and celebrate under one roof together, all this positive energy that's flowing. This is the world we want to live in.”

The Flint water crisis has affected the city since 2014, when the city switched drinking water sources from Detroit water to the Flint River. The water was not properly treated and corroding pipes leaked lead, causing elevated lead levels and contaminating the water that was exposed to thousands of people in the city.

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Variety reported that Live Nation, the promoter of Mars’ “24K Magic World Tour,” said money from ticket sales will go toward the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

“With a grateful heart, the Community Foundation of Greater Flint is honored to accept this inspiring donation,” President and CEO Isaiah M. Oliver said in a statement, according to ABC News. “We know Bruno Mars’ $1 million gift will be transformative to the children and families of Flint. He understands the issues faced by Flint citizens, and we are touched by his concern and generosity.”

“I’m very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause. Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it's important that we don't forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster,” Mars said in a statement. “As people, especially as Americans, we need to stand together to make sure something like this never happens in any community ever again.”

Fan video of the announcement can be seen below.

Tupac's 1996 Hummer back on auction block

The 1996 black Hummer bought by Tupac Shakur a month before he was killed is on the auction block again, according to the RR Auction website.

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Item No. 4288 is the fully loaded vehicle customized by the late rapper, equipped with a 6.5-liter turbo diesel V-8 engine. The odometer is at 10,101 miles, and the license plate is a vanity that reads “YAKNPAK,” honoring Shakur and another late rapper, Yaki “Prince” Kadafi, according to the auction website.

The auction ends Aug. 17.

Shakur was shot four times in a drive-by shooting on Sept. 7, 1996, in Las Vegas. He died of his wounds six days later.

Boston-based RR Auction sold the Hummer for $337,144 in May 2016, CNN reported. However, the anonymous Ohio bidder who won the vehicle defaulted and never paid for the it, TMZ reported.

Eleven bids have been placed on the vehicle, according to the RR Auction site. It opened at $10,000 and is currently at $44,000. It is expected to fetch more than $100,000 RR Auction said.

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson covers his iconic tattoo with an amazing replacement

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has sported a tattoo of a bull on his right arm ever since his days as a professional wrestler.

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On Friday, Johnson revealed that he had covered the tattoo up, but the replacement is a thing of beauty.

Johnson posted a picture on his Instagramrevealing a new tattoo that took 22 hours to complete by renowned tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado.

“Every detail is a reflection of my own personal history,” Johnson wrote on Instagram. “From the cracks and heavy damage in the bone representing life’s hard lessons I’ve learned over the years. Just like scars and wrinkles – I’m so grateful to have ’em because they’re earned.”

He also explained some of the symbolic choices in the tattoo, such as where the horns are pointing and how the tattoo will look from certain angles.

“Cheers to living, learning, evolving and growing,” he closed the post. “And to the positive disrupters ready to dent the universe.”

Evelyn Lozada and Carl Crawford Split

It’s over. Evelyn Lozada and Carl Crawford have called off their engagement, Us Weekly confirmed.

“They did break up but it was over infidelity back in February,” a rep for the Basketball Wives star, 41, tells Us in a statement on Thursday, August 10. “Right now they are focused on being responsible and loving parents to their 3-year-old kid.” The former flames “do remain friends,” but Lozada, who currently resides in Arizona, is not living with the baseball star.

The duo got engaged in December 2013 after Crawford proposed to Lozada on Christmas Eve with a $1.5 million ring. The couple welcomed their first child together, Leo, in March the following year.

Lozada and Crawford, who were last seen together in March celebrating Leo’s birthday party, recently sparked breakup rumors when fans began to notice that they’d been posting several Instagram photos traveling without each other’s company. The former Dodgers star flew to Vegas in June without Lozada and Leo, while the TV personality enjoyed a vacation in the Bahamas in early July.

Lozada took to Twitter on Thursday to thank a fan offering her support following the split. “Whether or not the tea that’s out there is true prayers with @Evelyn Lozada,” a fan wrote to the reality star with a heart emoji. She retweeted the post alongside a series of red hearts and prayer hands. 

Source: US WEEKLY

2 Chainz Breaks Leg but Continues Tour in Pink Wheelchair

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According to a recent Instagram post, 2 Chainz broke his leg 11 days ago and despite the doctor’s advice urging him to cancel the remaining dates on his tour after his surgery to repair the leg, the Pretty Girls Like Trap Music rapper decided to get a “nurse” and enlist the assistance of a custom wheelchair fully decorated in his now-signature pink.

“when I woke up from sedation the doctor told me ‘ well looks like your gonna have to cancel your tour,’ he wrote in an Instagram post. “so I told him maybe it means God wants me to use my mind and be creative ! So after all the morphine and pains meds wore off I called management and said somebody find me a ‘ pink wheelchair ‘ I can’t let my fans down besides I’m passionate about this shit !!”

He also took the opportunity as a way to preach the importance of perseverance. “If you look up resilient in the Webster dictionary it’s gone be a picture of me rocking a fucking show in a pink wheelchair !!,” he added. “Remember never let anyone or anything get in the way of you being great ! If I can do it you can too.”

2 Chainz continued his tour on Wednesday (August 9) in Tucson, Arizona and has his next show on Friday (August 11) in Anaheim, California.

Check out his posts above.

GOOGLE MARKS ANNIVERSARY OF HIP-HOP WITH NEW INTERACTIVE DOODLE

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By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Aug. 11 marks the day that the music world was turned on its figurative ear.

According to Google’s Doodle writeup, in 1973, a DJ who went by the name of Kool Herc hosted a back-to-school party in the Bronx. As he spun records, he played the instrumental parts of the songs , also called the breaks. When he did, he said the crowd went crazy. his partner, Coke La Rock grabbed a mic and got the crowd excited. In that moment, hip-hop came into existence.

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To help celebrate, Google has debuted one of its popular interactive Google Doodles. You can be the DJ and mix your own breaks, trying to attain various goals as you mix, scratch and put your own mark on the hip hop experience. With each trophy you unlock a new fact about hip-hop.

The Google logo was created by graffiti artist Cey Adams, The Mirror reported. The Doodle is narrated by Fab 5 Freddy.

Be honest: Do you always return shopping carts? 

The parking lot at your local retail store is packed but there seems to be an open space near the front door. As you pull into the space, it’s been taken -- by a shopping cart.

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It’s annoying to see those carts with two wheels up on the curb taking up a prime spot, but are you also guilty of not returning shopping carts to the store or to the receptacles in the parking lot? 

A blogger in Phoenix shared her frustration with the rogue carts. “It shouldn’t bother me to see a rogue cart, but it does. Like ridiculously bothers me,” Erica Jenkins wrote.

According to Scientific American, there are six reasons why people don’t return carts: 

  • The receptacle is too far from where their car is parked;

  • They have a child with them and don't want to leave them unattended;

  • Bad weather;

  • Disability;

  • It’s someone else’s job;

  • Leaving the cart for someone else to use.

The poll also identified five types of returners, Scientific American reported: 

  • Always return -- Rain or shine, the person views it as an obligation;

  • Never return -- It’s the store’s responsibility, not mine;

  • Convenience return -- If the weather is good or the receptacle is close by, then returning a cart is easy;

  • Pressure return -- Guilt comes into play here, as a customer will return a cart if a clerk is nearby or other people are watching;

  • Child-driven return -- Customers have children who view it as a game to return carts.

Scientific American did a follow-up blog post that gave the opinions of store employees. Not surprisingly, they appreciated it when carts are not left abandoned in the parking lot.

So, where do you stand? Do you return carts, or do you kick them to the curb?

8-year-old barber making a name for himself one client at a time

Quinelius Jones has been watching his dad cut hair and now he is giving the scissors a try. 

We caught up with Quinelius and his father Quintin Patrick, who explained to us why this is such a unique opportunity for him.

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Quinelius, or Scooby, has been cutting hair since he was just 4. 

For being so young, Quinelius already cuts hair like a pro. He isn't a certified barber, but his father is. He told us his son is a quick learner.

“By the time he gets to 12, he is going to be at the level I’m at now,” said Patrick.

Quintin Patrick is one of the main barbers at Dasol Barbershop located off of Mount Moriah.

He's cut hair for two decades and he noticed his son's interest in the craft when he was just six years old.

“That’s when I was really like trusting him. Okay, let me put these clippers in your hand and see what you can really do,” said the father.

Not only is the child a natural, he also knows his tools and how they work.

“I use these to even all over and get the line out of the hair,” said the 8-year-old.

Patrick has posted several videos of his son on Instagram and they're going viral.

These videos have gotten so big, it's caught the attention of celebrities like Steve Harvey.

“She's like, ‘Hi I’m from The Steve Harvey Show. We are amazed at what your son is doing and we would love to have him on,’” said the proud father. 

A producer from The Steve Harvey Show reached out to Patrick in late July about his son appearing on the show.

Quinelius is set to be on August 31st to showcase his talents.

His dad sees this as an opportunity for his son to be a positive role model to other kids in Memphis.

“I think he can teach them without knowing he teaching them. Just like I was teaching him without knowing I was teaching him,” said Patrick.

"I’m going to do a good job on The Steve Harvey Show and make my city proud,” said Quinelius Jones.

At 8 years old, Quinelius is still too young to be a professional barber, but if you request him, he's always eager to give someone ‘a quick chop.’

Rae Sremmurd Dropping New Music on Friday

Rae Sremmurd confirms that new music is coming this week!

Rae Sremmurd were rumored to have been cooking up some fresh material for a minute now and, earlier today, the duo confirmed that new music is coming later this week.

Taking to Instagram to share the news, Rae Sremmurd announced that "Perplexing Pegasus" is set to drop this coming Friday, August 4th. The cover art, which is reminiscent of a grade-school colored pencil sketch (but that's not to say it's of bad quality), was shared in the same post as well. No word if this is the first in a string of new releases or a one-off offering of new music, but either way, Rae Sremmurd has got us counting down the hours until Friday hits.

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Safaree Isn’t Over Nicki!

It’s one thing to be in a relationship with someone for 12 years before going in separate directions — it’s a whole other situation when your ex is a superstar, and you’re bombarded with unavoidable details about her new life. Such is the case for Safaree Samuels, who was the one-time better-half to Queens rapper Nicki Minaj.

Thursday night, it appeared that Safaree was far from over Nicki, as he noted that the rap-pop star should, in fact, be having his baby in a now-deleted tweet.

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Safaree is now denying that he wrote these tweets: 

J. Cole Denied Entry to a Toronto Club

Multi-Platinum recording office artist, J. Cole, was denied entry into a Toronto nightclub two nights ago. Incredulous over the fact that they wouldn't let him through, Cole is seen talking to one of the bouncers in a lower voice, after which he was ushered in the front door. Not sure what was said (or not said) by J. Cole, but he was supposedly out on the town with actor Michael B. Jordan when the incident occurred.

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Jay-Z gets Personal and Deep on His New Album ‘4:44’

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Jay-Z gets personal and deep on his new album, opening up about his relationship with Beyonce, the elevator fight with Solange and his children.

The icon released "4:44" on Friday, and it quickly became a trending topic online and on social media. On the title track, he apologizes to Beyonce for some of his past decisions.

"You matured faster than me, I wasn't ready, so I apologize, I seen the innocence leave your eyes, I still mourn this death, I apologize for all the stillborns 'cause I wasn't present your body wouldn't accept it," he said.

On "Kill Jay Z," the album's opening track, the rapper addresses the elevator fight from 2014, where Beyonce's sister was caught attacking the rapper.

"You egged Solange on, knowing all along, all you had to say you was wrong," Jay-Z raps.

He also muses on the track that he almost "went Eric Benet" by letting "the baddest girl in the world get away." The line is a reference to R&B singer Eric Benet, who was divorced from actress Halle Berry after he acknowledged cheating on her. Benet responded on Twitter on Friday, writing that his current wife is "the baddest girl in the world."

Blue Ivy's voice is heard on the final track, "Legacy," and Jay-Z discusses his mother, who he says is a lesbian, on the song "Smile." She closes the track with raw and real words, ending with: "Love who you love, because life isn't guaranteed, smile."

"4:44" is Jay-Z's first since 2013's "Magna Carta... Holy Grail." The 47-year-old references his twins on several tracks, though neither he nor Beyonce have officially commented on the births.

Beyonce has writing credit on the song "Family Feud" where Jay-Z raps: "Yeah, I'll (mess) up a good thing if you let me, let me alone, Becky." It's a playoff of "Becky with the good hair" from Beyonce's hit "Sorry," from her infamous "Lemonade" album.

Jay-Z also addresses Kanye West on "Kill Jay Z," saying: "But you ain't the same, this ain't kumbaya, but you got hurt because you did cool by 'Ye, you gave him 20 million without blinking, he gave you 20 minutes onstage, (what) was he thinking?" At concerts on his tour last year, West said his kids and Blue Ivy "ain't never even played together." West also said he wanted Jay-Z to call him and "talk to me like a man."

"4:44" was produced by No I.D., who has worked with Jay-Z, Kanye West, Common and others.

On "Caught Their Eyes," Jay-Z raps about Prince and said he spoke to The Purple One before he died. The track also features Frank Ocean and was co-written by the R&B singer, while Damian Marley is appears on the song, "Bam."

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Associated Press Writer Patrick Mairs contributed to this report.

Drake, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz & More Took Over The NBA Awards 

Drake, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz & More Took Over The NBA Awards

Drake, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz & More Took Over The NBA Awards

Drake, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz & More Took Over The NBA Awards

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