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Aaliyah’s Iconic “Try Again” Look Immortalized With Picture Perfect Madame Tussauds’ Wax Figure 

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Madame Tussauds announced earlier in the month that it was immortalizing Aaliyah in wax after fans pushed the for the idea by starting several petitions. Yesterday (August 21) the world-famous wax museum Las Vegas location unveiled the life-like statue of the late singer, and it should make devotees extremely happy.

Madame Tussauds won’t have to try again (see what we did there) when it comes to their latest wax figure. With the help of Aaliyah’s brother Rashad Haughton, they accurately memorialized the iconic singer/actress. In a Vibe exclusive, Tussauds Las Vegas Studio Manager, Adam Morery — who designed the set — revealed that talks of making an Aaliyah figure began a year and a half ago.

“This set, rather than being a recreation of any one particular Aaliyah moment, was instead designed with a message to her fans in mind,” he says. “It’s a message that hopefully reflects her everlasting legacy.”

The figure itself looks like it was plucked right out of Aaliyah’s visual for her 2000 hit record “Try Again.”The statue is dressed in her signature leather pants paired with the metallic bra and choker that fans of the singer loved. Till this day, the look is a popular Halloween costume among celebs including Zendaya, Kim Kardashian (who was dragged) and Keke Palmer.

Morery further clarified why they chose to go with the “Try Again” look in an email response to the Vibe:

“It was clear right away it would be the ‘Try Again’ look for our Aaliyah figure. The look has the sexy, edgy, timeless vibe we try to imbue in the Las Vegas attraction within all our creative choices. Mining popular culture as only Madame Tussauds can, our desire to honor Aaliyah and the look in this way was only confirmed as we see today’s Hollywood stars like KeKe Palmer, Kim Kardashian, Zendaya, also paying homage by recreating their own favorite moments of the Princess of R&B.”

Morery also explained that Aaliyah’s brother was one of the “critical voices”  in making sure the statue was as accurate as possible even down to the tattoos. Haughton was instrumental in giving the sculptors, painters, and stylists “unprecedented access.” In an email statement, he spoke in detail on his involvement:

“I was involved in the process from the inception of the project. The team at Madame Tussauds welcomed a collaborative effort in choosing the pose and look of my sister’s figure. They made sure my mother and I were comfortable and supported through an amazing but understandably emotional process.”

“One thing we made sure to include was all of my sister’s tattoos. They are all quite hidden because my sister chose strategic places for them due to her on-camera film work. We know how devout and knowledgeable her fans are and the great artists at Madame Tussauds have no limitations to their abilities when it comes to detail.”

It’s a fitting tribute for the singer affectionately called Baby Girl by her fans.

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Booger Sugar Blues: Patriots Safety Patrick Chung Indicted For Cocaine Possession 

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The Snowman plays for the New England Patriots? Today (Aug. 22), NFL safety Patrick Chung was indicted for cocaine possession in New Hampshire.

According to CBS Boston, Chung got indicted back on August 8.

Documents released Thursday show Chung was indicted on Aug. 8 for the incident, which police say took place on June 25 in Meredith.

Meredith Police said they were called to Chung’s home on a “call for service.”

“During the course of the call, the police obtained evidence which has led to the current charges being filed,” Meredith Police said.

Guess Robert Kraft couldn’t get this case sealed, eh?

No word on exactly how much booger sugar Chung was caught with.

But c’mon son.

9 Things We Learned from Snoop Dogg on The Breakfast Club 

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At one time in the game Snoop Doggy Dogg would’ve needed all kinds of security while strolling through the concrete jungles of New York City but these days he’s as beloved a Hip-Hop icon as your favorite Big Apple rapper. Having flown into the city that never sleeps to turn up at 50 Cent’s recent party where he barred Wendy Williams from entering, Snoop was able to take the time to check out The Breakfast Club to give listeners some game for free.

Talking about how he squashed his beef with Suge Knight to being the catalyst behind getting Tupac to Death Row, Snoop’s lived a life that was made for the big screen. But for now we’ll take these radio interviews.

Here are the 9 things we learned from Snoop Dogg on The Breakfast Club.

Young Thug Denies Being Gay, Claims He’s Straightest Man In The World [Video] 

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While he has provided the world enough reasoning to believe he likes men it seems we all got Young Thug wrong. He explains that he likes women and nothing more.

As spotted on XXL the “Best Friend” rapper recently paid a visit to Big Boy’s Neighborhood show. During the sit down he was asked about his sexual orientation. In what could only be a masterful troll job Thug acted like he was disappointed that society would ever think such a thing about him. “So it’s like if people think that I’m gay, they already misjudged. I’m the straightest man in the world. I hate guys. F*** are you talking about? I’m not even having a threesome with no ni***” he explained.

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But given he has had quite the history of hinting that he digs men the question wasn’t that much of a reach. In the past he has left flattering comments on other male rapper’s pages including called Tekashi 6ix9ine “handsome”. Also let’s not forget he infamously wore a dress on the cover of his Jeffrey album.

Later in the Q&A he discussed that just like him Lil Wayne maybe is a tad bit spoiled from being rich so long. “I think it’s because he just been with Birdman his whole life and he’s just so spoiled to the point where it’s like, he’s really spoiled,” Thugger said. “He’s been a millionaire, he been a superstar since he was 9-years-old. So he don’t know nothing but his way.

His newest project So Much Fun is available now.

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Dave Chappelle To Host Block Party To Honor Shooting Victims 

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Dave Chappelle is using his star power and deep connections in his industry to help organize a pop-up block party in honor of the shooting tragedy in Dayton, Ohio. Chappelle, who lives 20 miles east of the city in Yellow Springs, will host the six-hour event this coming Sunday.

Local outlet WDTN reports:

The City of Dayton, along with the Downtown Dayton Partnership and the Chamber of Commerce, will help organize Gem City Shine “to honor those affected by the Oregon District shooting and reclaim the Oregon District as a place to gather, eat, and shop during a #DaytonStrong block party. There will be beer, live entertainment, food vendors (restaurants and trucks), and more.”

“It’s important that we acknowledge that this awful tragedy happened and then…reclaim the spaces in the Oregon District that we love,” explained Sandy Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership.

In addition to Chappelle, local and national entertainment will be featured on a main stage located near Fifth Street and Wayne Avenue. Performances will be throughout the afternoon and evening. The whole event is expected to run from 4 pm until 10 pm.

The outlet adds that security for the event will be airtight and that metal detectors will be used at all gated entryways.

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HHW Premiere: Dash Gwoppovelli’s – “Top Down” [Video] 

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Summer ’19 might feel like it’s coming to an end but Dash Gwoppovelli isn’t ready to let that warm seasonal feeling go. HipHopWired is coming through with the exclusive world premiere for his latest summer-time inspired visual for “Top Down” to keep that mellowed out and relaxed vibe we love during the mid months of the year.

With Marty McFly at the helm, DG explains what he was aiming for with his latest release.

“This is that feel good music,” says Dash. “When you have been through so much, it’s a sigh of relief to have that moment to relax and ride with the top down. I hope everyone gets to chill for a while like that over the Summer.” 

Check out Dash Gwoppovelli’s JustDoItBrisk-produced “Top Down” (which you can download right here) below and let us know if it’s something you can ride out for the rest of the summer and beyond.

Jermaine Dupri Shuts Down Claims That JAY-Z Told Him To Say No To Similar NFL Deal 

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Earlier in the week, Jermaine Dupri’s long-time collaborator, Bryan-Michael Cox claimed that JAY-Z called Dupri and told him to pass on a similar NFL deal. The So So Def General finally cleared the air during an interview on Atlanta’s V-103 with Big Tigger.

In the case of Hov telling JD to not get in bed with the NFL, that is entirely false, Dupri revealed to the radio show host. Tigger asked Dupri about Cox’s claims during the interview. Tigger asked Dupri about Cox’s claims that Jay-Z called his “Money Aint A Thang” collaborator telling him to pass on a deal similar to the one he took. Dupri says that was not the case at all stating:

“He and I never had a conversation where he told me, ‘don’t do what you’re doing.’ What our conversation was… ‘you know what side I’m on, I understand what you’re doing.’ That’s what the conversation was.” 

Dupri’s response totally conflicts with what Hot 97’s own Funk Flex announced on his Twitter account earlier week. In all caps, Flex said he spoke with Dupri on the phone which the label owner did confirm. BUT in the same breath, he never said anything about Jay-Z telling him to say to the National Football League.

Jermaine Dupri did partner with for a series of free concerts held at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park. The 10-day event took place before last year’s Super Bowl that took place at the Mercedes Benz Stadium.

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This just proves once again when it comes to this whole JAY-Z x NFL deal, we need to hear directly from the sources themselves. Cause clearly no one knows what the specifics are and who really said what. Since the initial announcement of the partnership between the two entities, there has been nothing but mere speculation of things like team ownership and outrage floating around.

You can watch Dupri’s entire interview with Big Tigger below.

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Niecy Nash Tapped To Host 2019 BET Black Girls Rock! Awards Show 

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It’s that time of the year when Black Girl Magic is celebrated as BET is readying for the next installment of the Black Girls Rock! Awards and they’ve chosen none other than comedian/actress Niecy Nash to take on hosting duties.

Deadline is reporting that the Claws actress will be the MC when the awards show tapes on August 25th at the Performing Arts Center in New Jersey where the ageless Angela Bassett is set to receive this years Icon Award while Regina King will be bestowed with the Star Power Award.

“I am thrilled to host this year’s Black Girls Rock! Awards,” said Nash, in a press statement. “We are celebrating Black women who serve the world with style, grace, class and sass! Our honorees are truly shining bright. In a room full of Black girl magic anything could happen! This is going to be an amazing event!”

Bravo, ma’am. Bravo.

BET’s Black Girls Rock! Awards is set to premiere on BET on September 8. Check your local listings for time.

Grudge Gang: Dame Dash Continues Beef With Jay-Z, Says Hov “Ain’t Sh*t” 

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Dame Dash still has an ax to grind with his former Roc-A-Fella Records partner Jay-Z, and the longstanding beef doesn’t seem to be dying anytime soon. In a new interview, Dash stated that it’s known throughout the business that the Roc Nation honcho, in his words, “ain’t sh*t.”

Sitting down with Adam22 of the No Jumper podcast, Dash unloaded his thoughts on Jay-Z in the wake of the Brooklyn mogul’s new arrangement with the NFL and an upcoming social justice platform in development. Mincing no words, Dash makes short work of his former friend by alleging that he’s known for being shady with his business moves.

“Everyone knows Jay ain’t sh*t,” Dash said.”If you ask anyone in the industry, it’s common knowledge that Jay ain’t sh*t. He’s about the bag. We all know that. He’s self-preserving, period.”

In Dash’s words, Jay-Z’s alleged practices in the industry go unchecked because of his wife, Beyoncé, and lack the power to take him on.

Interesting.

Check out a clip from No Jumper where Dame Dash makes the explosive statement.

See the full chat below.

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Jay-Z Roc Nation Partnership Does Not Include Team Ownership, Per NFL Insiders 

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For all the talk and divisiveness about Jay-Z partnering with the NFL while Colin Kaepernick is still struggling to get a simple callback from a franchise, it looks like the biggest rumor about the polarizing marriage between Hip-Hop and pro football might be false.

According to CBS Sports, the notion that Jay-Z would soon become a co-owner of an NFL team after partnering Roc Nation with the league doesn’t hold any water. Sources tell CBS that although the deal does allow Jay-Z to oversee the live music entertainment aspect for the Super Bowl and such, it doesn’t include any language suggesting that Hova would be entitled to move into any Owners Boxes of his own.

Regardless, the deal does not include any ownership stake or parameters of a potential one. That’s not to say that Jay-Z will not at some point get a piece of a team through his work with the league and its owners, but this is nothing like the situation between him and the Brooklyn Nets, where he paid the most nominal of fees to get a portion of the team while he campaigned for their move to that borough and served a particularly public function as the face of the franchise. Carter would have to be fully vetted and approved by membership, and he would have to divest himself of his growing athlete representation empire as well.

“Those kinds of deals don’t exist in the NFL,” as one super-plugged in ownership-level source put it. “There is no ownership component to this arrangement.”

Well, so much for Kaep eventually getting a tryout at a team’s facility that counts Jay-Z as an owner, for now.

While some have come out and criticized Jay for giving the NFL a pass for “white balling” Colin Kaepernick for the past few years, others have praised the move as a step in the right direction. The latter feel Jay having a seat at the owner’s table can enact some kind of change in the league.

Now that it’s being reported that Jay will not be having a seat reserved for him when team owners congregate about the future of the league, does this leave Hova really like a pawn for real? Let us know what you thinj in the comments.