Does Drake have a new ting in his life?
The 6 God is reportedly catching feelings for Bella Harris. E! News reports that Drake, 31, shut down RPM Italian in Washington, D.C. this week for a private dinner with the 18-year-old model. He waited for the restaurant to “clear out” before joining Bella in the main dining room on Monday evening (Sept. 10). Wow look at drake he may finally found his boo boo!!!
New jerseys supporting Colin Kaepernick are sold out hours after being announced for presale, and he’s still a free agent in the NFL.
USA Today reported that Kaepernick announced that jerseys with “#IMWITHKAP” across the front were up for presale Monday. They have the athlete and activist’s number, 7, on the back, as well as his last name.
Kaepernick posted on Twitter that a portion of proceeds for the limited edition jerseys, which sold for $99.99 in youth sizes and $174.99 in adult unisex sizes, will benefit the Know Your Rights Camp. The campaign, founded by Kaepernick, raises awareness on self improvement and education and provides instructions on how to properly interact with law enforcement in varying situations.
This is the latest in activism and awareness work for Kaepernick. He is the face of Nike’s 30th anniversary of the brand’s “Just Do It” campaign, and appeared in a commercial for the brand that aired during the NFL season opener game Thursday. Since the campaign was announced, online Nike sales are up 31 percent, despite a number of boycotts across the country.
Childish Gambino kicked off his “This Is America” tour with Rae Sremmurd on Thursday night (Sept. 6) at the Infinite Energy Center in Duluth, Georgia. He also confirmed that it would be the last time he will tour as Childish Gambino. “If you’re at this show, think you know this is the last Gambino tour ever,” he told fans. “This is not a concert. This is f**king church.” Wow!!
99 Cosign: Cuzin Ryan Speaks On Working With Bigg D, Zoey Dollaz & More
Quavo is first up to bat.
The Migos rapper has announced that his debut solo album Quavo Huncho will arrive before the month is over.
Last month, Quavo dropped a trio of solo tracks, including “Bubble Gum,” “Lamb Talk,” and the Murda Beatz-produced “Workin Me.” He most recently released a self-directed video for the latter co-starring Saweetie.
Quavo Huncho marks the first solo project from Migos, who released their album Culture II in January.
French Montana and Drake are up to something.
After collaborating on tracks like “Pop That” and No Shopping,” the rappers have reunited for a new collaboration, reportedly produced by London On Da Track. They were recently spotted shooting a music video for the track in Harlem, according to HipHop-N-More. Cam’ron, Slick Rick, and legendary designer Dapper Dan were also seen on set. Drizzy rocked several massive chains around his neck, while French was draped in Gucci.
"We are calling on all our member officers, their families and friends to join in boycotting all Nike products."
One of the largest police organizations in the nation is blasting Nike for the new Colin Kaepernick ad campaign ... saying Swoosh's definition of sacrifice is a slap in the face to those who risk their lives to protect the country.
The brand has been receiving both praise and criticism for Kaep's new "Just Do It" ad -- which features the words, "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." This is sicking!!!!
Tyga started lashing out publicly, stating that Birdman owed somewhere in the ballpark of $12 million, an figure Birdman was quick to refute, with him reemphasizing who between them walked away from his job. Months have passed since the feud came back to the fore. With Tyga months removed from the the initial buzz of Kyoto , and Birdman showing his typical lack of remorse, a legal battle was almost an inevitability. This morning things came to a head.
TMZ has learned that Tyga is suing Birdman of Cash Money for unclaimed royalties. Additionally, Tyga is seeking a "significant sum" from Lil Wayne, who deputized over the Young Money subdivision while both men were still involved. The squabble seems to be over two albums he produced for Young Money under his name, Careless World & Hotel California, which peaked at #4 & #7 respectively on the Billboard 200. It is reported that Tyga is seeking $10 million repentance from those two albums. This isn’t looking good!!
Lauryn Hill is confronting “common misconceptions” about her in a 3,000-word essay, in which she addresses claims that she mistreated her band and “stole” music for her classic album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
Hill penned the lengthy statement on Medium two weeks after jazz musician Robert Glasper said Hill had “stolen all of [his] friends’ music” during the making of her 1998 album and claimed she threatened her band while on tour in 2008. The musicians who worked on Miseducation sued Hill over writing credits. The lawsuit was settled in 2001.
The former Fugees frontwoman defended herself against Glasper’s accusations. “These are my songs, musicians are brought in because of the masterful way that they play their instruments,” she said. “You may be able to make suggestions, but you can’t write FOR me. I am the architect of my creative expression. No decisions are made without me.
“The Miseducation was my only solo studio album, but it certainly wasn’t the only good thing I did. … No matter how incredible the musicians who play with me are, MY name is on the marquee. The expectation to make it all come together is on me. The risk and the financial losses are on me,” she continued.
Aretha Franklin's casket just arrived for a public viewing in Detroit -- where the Queen of Soul will lie in state for a couple of days -- and massive lines are already starting to form.
Crowds swarmed and lines stretched around the block of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History Tuesday morning to catch a glimpse of Aretha and pay last respects to the legendary singer. Her body was on display in an open casket ... surrounded by a beautiful floral arrangement. She Passed away at the age of 76. Sleep on Queen!!!
Call him Chef D-O-Double-G. Snoop Dogg is serving up his first cookbook From Crook to Cook.
Due Oct. 23 via Chronicle Books, the 192-page book will offer “snacks to satisfy those munchies,” straight from the rap OG’s own collection. According to the publisher, it will include “epic stories and behind-the-scenes photos that brings this masterpiece to life.”
The 50 cannabis-free recipes include everything from baked macaroni and cheese and fried bologna sandwiches to lobster thermidor and filet mignon, and of course, gin and juice.
“You know it’s blazin’ up in my kitchen,” said Snoop in a statement (via The Guardian). “I’m takin’ the cookbook game higher with a dipped and whipped collection of my favourite recipes, ya dig?”
This is not Snoop’s first foray into the culinary realm. He can be seen alongside Martha Stewart on VH1’s Emmy-nominated show “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.” This should be interesting.
Nicki Minaj and Future have pulled the plug on their North American tour.
The Queen and Hndrxx were set to kick off the North American leg of their “NickiHndrxx Tour” in September, but the joint trek has been canceled. Instead, the tour will now kick off in Europe in February as planned.
Future will no longer be on the North American tour “due to scheduling conflicts,” but she may add another co-headliner or other guests. “With Future’s schedule, I may have to take another co-headliner or I may just do it like I did ‘The Pinkprint’ tour and it wouldn’t be a co-headline,” Nicki explained. “I probably will just have like three or four opening acts.”
She revealed the reason behind the changes. “This is all happening because I pushed my album back two months. And I just finished writing and recording literally hours before the album came out. So now I just simply don’t have the time to rehearse and be on the road in time to give you guys the level of a show I need to give. [Creative director] Jamie King and I are working tirelessly to give you guys the best show of my life and I really apologize, but it’ll be worth it.”
The “NickiHndrxx Tour” was set to launch Sept. 21 in Baltimore, Maryland. New dates will be announced for the North American leg, which will now kick off in May 2019. Refunds for the North American dates will be available at point of purchase, and Minaj will announce new on-sale dates soon.
The beef is not over between OVO and G.O.O.D. Music.
During a stop on his “Aubrey and the Three Amigos Tour” in Chicago on Saturday night (Aug. 18), Drake took an apparent shot at Kanye West while performing “Know Yourself.”
“Then Kanye dropped, it was polos and backpacks,” raps the 6 God on the original cut off If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.
But during last night’s show, Drizzy wasn’t as kind to Ye. “Then Kanye flopped, it was polos and backpacks,” he rapped, drawing some boos from the hometown crowd.
Drake’s “flop” comment is the latest shot in his beef with Kanye and Pusha-T. He made reference to Kanye on May’s “Duppy Freestyle” diss. “I’ve done things for him I thought that he never would need / Father had to stretch his hands out and get it from me,” he raps. WOW Guess the beef hasn’t stopped.
Rapper Kodak Black was released from a Florida jail early Saturday morning, WPLG reported.
The 21-year-old rapper from Pompano Beach, born Dieuson Octave, but now legally known as Bill K. Kapri, was released from the Broward County Jail after serving seven months in jail for two probation violations.
He was arrested in January and charged with child neglect, grand theft of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and marijuana possession, WPLG reported.
According to authorities, Black was arrested after an Instagram video showing marijuana near his son was published.
In February, prosecutors dropped two charges -- child neglect and grand theft of a firearm, WPLG reported. The rapper pleaded not guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and marijuana possession. He has a pending sexual assault case in South Carolina, the television station reported.
Could clean clothes be the key to stopping bullying? In one high school in New Jersey, the answer is yes.
Akbar Cook, the principal at West Side High School, said that he just wanted to make sure that kids don’t miss school because of being bullied and that some were being picked on because of dirty clothes, WABC reported.
Some students couldn’t afford to keep their school uniforms clean, NJ.com reported.
Cook told NJ.com that students with dirty clothing would be photographed and the photos posted on social media as cyberbullying.
So instead of punishing the students for missing school, Cook, who has been principal for two weeks, kicked out the football team from their locker room and put in washers and dryers so students can do laundry.
He got a grant for $20,000 to buy five washing machines and five dryers, along with what was needed to change the locker room into a laundry, NJ.com reported.
He says being there for his kids will correlate to their grades.
“Because the kids feel that and they’ll fight on that SAT or that test the same way you fight for them,” Cook told WABC. “That’s who I am.”
The laundry room will be open for students Monday, Wednesday and Friday starting Aug. 27, before the school year starts. Then it will be open daily starting Sept. 4.
Gunfire erupted on set of 50 Cent and 6ix9ine’s music video.
Witnesses tell TMZ that someone in a white Porsche with New Jersey license plates fired at least 11 shots while the rappers were shooting a video for their new collaboration “Get the Strap” in Brooklyn on Tuesday (Aug. 14) around 10:30 p.m. The shooter reportedly used a 9mm semi-automatic weapon based on the shell casings.
50 and Tekashi were on set at the time of the shooting, along with Casanova and Uncle Murda. Tekashi’s camp does not believe the shooter was targeting the rappers, but law enforcement sources are still investigating.
Earlier this year, someone fired shots at Chief Keef, who was beefing with Tekashi at the time. There’s no evidence that Keef’s people were involved in the latest incident.
Cops are currently reviewing surveillance video, and no one has been taken into custody.
50 and Tekashi’s song “Get the Strap” is set to premiere during an upcoming episode of “Power.”
Travis Scott is taking a ride to the top with Astroworld.
The Houston rapper’s third album debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 537,000 equivalent album units, the second-largest overall week for an album in 2018. Of that number, 270,000 were traditional album sales, marking the second-biggest sales week of the year. The sales were driven by Astroworld merchandise/album bundles that were sold on Scott’s official website.
The only album to surpass Scott this year is Drake’s Scorpion, which opened with 732,000 units. The Canadian rapper’s album, which earned 117,000 equivalent album units, was dethroned from the top spot after five straight weeks. Congratulations goes to Travis Scott.
The "Queen of Soul," legendary singer and songwriter Aretha Franklin, died Thursday from advanced pancreatic cancer, her publicist said in a statement. She was 76.
Franklin died at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit from “advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type,” publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said in a statement.
“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart,” Franklin’s family said in a statement released by Quinn. “We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds.”
Family members thanked Franklin’s fans and friends for their support.
“Thank you for your compassion and prayers,” the statement said. “We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on.”
Funeral arrangements are expected to be announced in the coming days.
President Donald Trump mourned Franklin on Thursday, writing in a tweet that, “She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice.”
“She will be missed!” he wrote.
Franklin performed at former President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009. Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama, shared sympathies for Franklin’s family and fans in a statement.
“Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience. In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect,” the former president wrote. “She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human. And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance.”
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan called Franklin “a performer without peers” in a statement released after her passing.
“Throughout her extraordinary life and career, she earned the love -- and yes, the respect -- of millions of people, not just for herself and for women everywhere, but for the city she loved so dearly and called home,” Duggan said. “I was honored to present Aretha with the key to our city last year and her last concert in Detroit. While she may have passed, Aretha Franklin will always have the key to our hearts.
Friends, fans and celebrities took to social media to mourn Franklin:
Tom Joyner, a nationally syndicated radio host and friend of Franklin’s, said Monday that Franklin has been in hospice care for a week, according to The Detroit News.
Franklin had announced plans to retire from touring in February 2017 to focus on her family and a few select projects, the News reported.
"I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now,” Franklin told WDIV in 2017. “I'll be pretty much satisfied, but I'm not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn't be good either.”
She performed in her hometown of Detroit in June 2017, the Detroit Free Press reported. She ended the concert with an appeal for those in the crown to, “Please keep me in your prayers,” according to the newspaper.
She last performed in November at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation gala in New York City, the News reported.
Franklin was born March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee. Her family moved to Detroit when she was young, according to Fox13Memphis.
Franklin started singing when she was young, with encouragement from her mother, Barbara, and her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin. She started out singing gospel but launched a career in secular music after she turned 18. She rose to fame after signing in 1967 with Atlantic Records.
Franklin’s career, spanning six decades, spawned hits including “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Chain of Fools.” She’s considered one of the best-selling artists of all time, selling more than 75 million albums worldwide.
Franklin was inducted in 1987 to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. She earned 18 Grammy Awards and a Presidential Medal of Freedom for her work. In 2005, then-President George W. Bush described Franklin as “a woman of achievement, deep character and a loving heart.”
President Donald Trump slammed former White House aide and “Apprentice” alum Omarosa Manigault Newman on Monday after she released audio clips that she claims were recorded during interactions with President Donald Trump and Chief of Staff John Kelly.
Here are the latest updates:
Update 9:55 p.m. EDT Aug. 13: According to the Associated Press, Trump said he received a phone call from Mark Burnett, the producer of “The Apprentice” assuring him that no tapes exist of him using the N-word, as former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman claims.
Manigault Newman writes in her new memoir that she’d heard such tapes existed. She now says she listened to one after the book closed.
Update 10:25 a.m. EDT Aug. 13: Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to blame the media for his attacks on Manigault Newman, writing that “the Fake News Media will be working overtime to make even Wacky Omarosa look legitimate as possible.”
Manigault Newman served as the director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison until January, when reports surfaced that she was "physically dragged" from the White House. Secret Service officials later denied Manigault Newman was physically removed from the premises.
She was one of Trump's most prominent African-American supporters. The president thanked her in February during an event for African-American History Month, saying that she was "very special."
"I want to thank my television star over here," Trump said at the Feb. 1 event, referencing Manigault Newman's time on his reality show competition, "The Apprentice."
Update 10 a.m. EDT Aug. 13: Trump slammed “Wacky Omarosa” Monday morning after the former White House aide released audio clips of calls she said were made with Trump and Kelly.
“Wacky Omarosa, who got fired 3 times on the Apprentice, now got fired for the last time,” the president said Monday in a tweet. “She never made it, never will. She begged me for a job, tears in her eyes, I said Ok. People in the White House hated her. She was vicious, but not smart. I would rarely see her but heard really bad things.”
Update 7:28 a.m. EDT Aug. 13: “Apprentice” alum Omarosa Manigault Newman has released an audio clip that she says was taken during a phone call with President Donald Trump the day after she was fired from her White House job in December.
According to NBC News, the recording seems to indicate that Trump did not know White House Chief of Staff John Kelly had fired Newman the day before.
“Omarosa, what’s going on? I just saw on the news that you’re thinking about leaving. What happened?” a man, purportedly Trump, says in the clip.
He later adds: “Nobody even told me about it. You know they run a big operation, but I didn’t know it. I didn’t know that. [Expletive] it. I don’t love you leaving at all.”
>> Listen to the clip here (WARNING: Audio includes profanity.)
Original report: "Apprentice" alum Omarosa Manigault Newman claims that she taped the moment she was fired from her job as an adviser to President Donald Trump – and released the audio to NBC's "Meet the Press."
On Sunday, the news show aired the clips, which Newman said were taken in the White House Situation Room as Chief of Staff John Kelly fired her in December.
"It's come to my attention over the last few months that there's been some pretty, in my opinion, significant integrity issues," a man, purportedly Kelly, can be heard saying in the recording.
He later adds: "I think it's important to understand that if we make this a friendly departure ... you can look at your time here in the White House as a year of service to the nation, and then you can go on without any type of difficulty in the future relative to your reputation."
Newman told "Meet the Press" that she believed the latter was a threat.
"He goes on to say that 'things can get ugly for you,'" said Newman, whose book, "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House," hits stores Tuesday. "The chief of staff of the United States, under the direction of the president of the United States, threatening me on damage to my reputation and things getting ugly for me – that's downright criminal."
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement Sunday night condemning Newman's actions.
"The very idea a staff member would sneak a recording device into the White House Situation Room shows a blatant disregard for our national security – and then to brag about it on national television further proves the lack of character and integrity of this disgruntled former White House employee," Sanders said.
CNN reported that electronic devices such as cellphones are not allowed in the Situation Room.
White House officials are exploring "legal options" to prevent Newman from sharing more audio, ABC News reported Sunday evening.
The Associated Press contributed to these reports
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