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eBay Announces New Partnership With FedEx For Shipping & Authentication 

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Last week eBay and StockX announced that they’d be adding new fees to the sneakers sold on their websites and now eBay is making a new announcement as they’ve revealed that they will be partnering with FedEx for both shipping and authenticating purposes.

No, FedEx workers aren’t going to be authenticating sneakers, they’ll still just be delivering them (hopefully). But according to Nice Kicks, the new partnership will ensure a free ride for sneakers sold on eBay to authenticators as opposed to paying for that kind of service.

“Beginning in October, upon sale, eBay will provide you with a FedEx label at no cost, to ship your Authenticity Guarantee-eligible sneakers to our authentication center.”

“The change will apply to both new and revised listings, and eBay shipping will be the default domestic shipping service.”

We would’ve preferred if they went back to the days when sellers didn’t have to pay fees on sneakers sold for $100 or more, but it’s something, we guess.

The announcement comes a week after they informed eBayers that they’d be raising seller fees by 12.9% for pairs between $100-$150 for those without a basic store subscription and 12% for those with a subscription.

That same week StockX also revealed that they’d be charging sellers a $4 fee for shipping even as the sneaker community has bemoaned not only their customer service, but the fact that they’ve been caught selling bootleg sneakers multiple times. Heck, even Nike called them out for selling bootleg Jordans to Nike workers who went undercover as everyday StockX customers. It was lowkey funny to be honest. Just sayin’.

What do y’all think of eBay partnering with FedEx? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Andre reflects on many issues in “Ask The Lord” 


“Ask The Lord” is a single by emerging rapper/songwriter Andre who makes his entry on our site in grand style. Over a soulful vocal sample-driven backdrop, he muses on his journey and his battles with anxiety and the pressures of life. He pours his heart on wax and reminds us that everyone is not perfect and just by pouting his faith in God, he found his way out

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#BringBackMasks: Bring Back Masks Trends On Twitter, Sees Some Pushback 

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Bring Back Masks began trending on Twitter Tuesday (September 28) amid new reports that COVID-19 cases are surging in portions of the United States in the wake of some 40,000 deaths over the summer alone. The trending topic was supported by medical professionals urging a return to masking in certain public spaces but it was met with the requisite pushback from masking critics.

Bring Back Masks, stylized on Twitter as #BringBackMasks, garnered a flurry of response from the medical community and other individuals on the opposite side of the debate. It appears to have picked up steam after Twitter user @kadamssl shared an image of what is presumed to be her daughter refusing to take off her mask during picture day with the hashtag attached at the end of the tweet.

The tweet received over 700 retweets and 11,000 likes after going viral within the social media network. Given the climate and divide within the nation, the response from anti-maskers to the trending topic has been especially harsh. The topic is under the “Politics” category designation, presumably because of the likes of Donald Trump Jr. and others offering their opinions. A common refrain from detractors is that vaccinations and masks didn’t prevent those who did receive shots and wore protection from contracting COVID-19.

Scientists have long said that the best way to prevent the virus from permeating the air is to mask up yet pandemic fatigue, public outrage, and economic impact are all considered factors as to why many businesses and individuals are doing away from masking.

On Twitter, the response to the Bring Back Masks debate is wide-ranging and we’ve got tweets from all sides below.

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Frank Ocean Cleared His Instagram Account, Fans Speculate New Album On The Way 

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Frank Ocean fans think the crooner has something up his sleeve. He recently cleared his Instagram account and his supporters think a new album is on the way.

As per Billboard Magazine, the singer songwriter has been a bit more active with his social media handles in his own artistic way. On Monday, Sept. 26, the Long Beach, California native totally wiped his Instagram account of all content leaving only his profile picture on his page. While there was no indication of why the scrub occurred, a blank slate for musicians often points to new material. The scrub has Frank Ocean fans wondering what he may have up his sleeve.

Naturally, this sent his fans into a frenzy and many took to Twitter to speculate on what’s next. One user added more to the theory writing, “Frank Ocean clears IG, headlining Coachella, new album coming in cuppa months.”

From there the conjecture picked up traction with others making it clear that if it didn’t come directly from the “Novacane” performer, it’s not healthy for the Frank clan. “STOP with the new frank ocean album rumors! i can NOT take this!” another user @itsnotnaia posted.

Frank Ocean has yet to confirm or deny that new material is on the way, but if the speculation is true this would mark his first album in over six years. Blonde (alternatively titled Blond) was released Aug. 20, 2016 and featured guest appearances from André 3000, Beyoncé and Kim Burrell.

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PnB Rock Teen Murder Suspect Arrested, Suspect Father Still Loose 

PnB Rock Suspect Freddie Lee Trone

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It has been a little over two weeks since the murder of PnB Rock, born Rakim Allen, in a Los Angeles restaurant. More details are starting to come to light, and the police have identified a suspect and arrested the alleged shooter.

On Wednesday morning (Sept. 28), the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) announced Freddie Lee Trone as someone involved in the shooting, robbery and murder of PnB Rock. Since, and according to TMZ, the LAPD has arrested the shooter, a teen identified as Trone’s son.

The rapper was gunned down in a Roscoe’s Chicken & Waffles on Monday, September 12. Reportedly, the shooter removed several of the rapper’s chains before fleeing. The shooter also “demanded property” from PnB’s girlfriend who was dining with him. The authorities are now specifying that Trone was the getaway driver. Reportedly, the father and son bandits were in the parking lot when PnB arrived at the restaurant.

Unfortunately, Freddie Lee Trone is still at large and LAPD says he should be considered armed and dangerous. LAPD’s South Bureau Homicide Division is asking for the public’s help in locating the suspect. As previously reported, the authorities were seeking info about any of PnB’s past beefs in hopes of identifying suspects.

PnB Rock was laid to rest via a traditional Muslim funeral in his native Philadelphia on September 21.

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of the suspect or anyone having additional information about this homicide is urged to contact South Bureau Homicide Divisions Detectives Nellie Knight or Matthew Clark at 323-786-5146. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to http://www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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Farrah Releases New Empowering Song “Room For 2” (Audio) 


British-Iranian singer and songwriter Farrah displays empowering vocals in her new single titled “Room For 2.” She shares a new point in her life where she’s becoming content being alone. Her emotional ballad reveals how she erased her past groove and how she faced harsh truths and was able to see them through. The backdrop has textures true to Farrah’s background laced with Pop and R&B blends.

Farrah captures different sentiments that listeners can relate to. She captures the reality of acceptance and moving on with confidence in one’s self.  The catchy hook along with Farrah’s gentle liberation resonates throughout the song. Stream “Room For 2” above and connect with the singer below.

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‘Black Ink Crew: Chicago’ Recap: The Men of 9 MAG Are All Going Through It 

Don & Ashley's Marriage Hits Another Rough Patch

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On this week’s episode of Black Ink Crew: Chicago, the men of 9 MAG, are all going through it.

Ryan, Don & Phor Open Up About Their Issues

The episode opens up with Ryan, Don, and Phor catching up with each other following game night that went left after Van showed up.

Don felt the conversation between Ryan and Van needed to happen. Still, the 9 MAG owner thinks otherwise, revealing he had no intentions of ever speaking with Van after having to pay for his expensive struggle tattoo and Van’s petty moves by linking up with Ceaser when the tattoo shop moguls were beefing.

Ryan admits that it was a big mistake ever being friends with Van and having him in his close circle.

Don reveals that he and Ashley have again hit a rough patch in their marriage. Don has been talking to a therapist to deal with it, but Ashely has not. Don feels they both need to sit with a therapist to deal with their issues.

It’s no better for Phor, who is still having issues with Nina, telling Ryan and Don that they are barely speaking except regarding matters with their son.

Draya Comes Through For Prince

Prince is also down bad after his car was stolen along with his tattoo equipment. He is in for a big surprise after Draya surprises him with a new tattoo machine, and he is very thankful for it.

He also decides to buy a new car, this time opting for something more subtle in hopes that it won’t attract thieves. What it does garner is laughs from the crew who have jokes about his new car, which he named Lisa because he said the name is boring, like his new whip.

Ryan Is Fed Up With His Employees

It’s not easy being the boss. During a conversation with his mom, Ryan reveals that things are not going smoothly at the new 9 MAG. Ryan went out of his way to hire a bunch of new artists so he could spend less time at the shop and more time with his sons. Unfortunately, that is not the case because some employees are not showing up to work or showing up late, forcing him to pick up their slack.

Ryan’s mom tells him it’s time he put his foot down and reminds her son that they are his employees first and not his friends and that he needs to start firing the people who are not holding up their end of the bargain.

Don & Ashley Clash Over Her Dreams

Don and Ashley seemed to have put all of their past issues (primarily due to Don) behind them, but now they are back in a rough patch. Don has been working on making his dreams and goals come to fruition, whether acting, opening the gym, or becoming a professional bodybuilder. Ashley has been there to support him, but when it comes to her, she feels the energy is not reciprocated.

Ashley tells Don that she wants to pursue a career in the medical field, specifically as a nurse. Don is here for it but suggests she lays a plan out, and he will be supportive. Ashely is not trying to hear that because she doesn’t have to do all of that when it comes to supporting Don.

During his green screen interview, Don reveals the only reason he wants Ashley to have a plan is that she has a habit of starting things and not seeing them through.

After going back and forth for a couple of minutes, Don decides to bounce, Ashely follows him, and the discourse continues outside. Don eventually hops in his car and leaves.

Nina Takes Phorever To Atlanta

After numerous clashes, Nina decides it would not be a good idea for her to move to Dallas with Phor. Instead, she will take herself and Phorever to Atlanta.

Phor is unhappy with the decision but understands that he can’t change her mind. It’s moving day, and things get very emotional as Phor and Nina both shed tears as they pack up her things to help her hit the road. Phor does tell her that if things get tricky for her and Phorever, he will be the one to come to her and help, and she appreciates that.

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Award Winning Singer Marcella Precise Shares “The YaaY-Sayer 3” (Audio) 


Famed award-winning singer and songwriter Marcella Precise releases her new single “The YaaY-Sayer 3.” Her deliverance of fresh rhymes transcends listeners to a time when boomboxes were carried on shoulders. She does this cleverly, without sounding dated. Her confident stature resonates throughout the song with many Quotables. Overall she emanates a sense of nostalgia with her signature splash. In just about three minutes Marcella Precise proves why “Marcella does it better…fresh down to my pinky toe.” 

Stream “The YaaY-Sayer 3” above and connect with Marcella Precise on Instagram @marcellaprecise and at http://www.smarturl.it/as4zt7.

 

Zion Garcia is feeling “FRIED” 


Australian rapper Zion Garcia returns with “FRIED” which serves as the second release from the rapper in 2022. The self-produced track has a soulful jazz vibe with lush pianos, choppy drum grooves and summer aesthetics as well while Zion goes for pure unadulterated bars. He gets into his element and delivers a non-stop onslaught of vivid lyricism laced with insight and of course that good old bravado.

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1K Phew shares visuals for his single “Safe” [Video] 


Christian rapper 1K Phew grew up in the church in his hometown of East Atlanta. Inspired by his faith and the hip-hop culture, he took baby steps in balancing the vastly different worlds and found his voice to share a message of hope for youths just like him. He recently worked on a collaborative project with veteran Christian rapper Lecrea titled No Church in a While and now he is working on his forthcoming album, As I Am. The Decatur native delivers the visuals for his single “Safe”, a soulful reflective tune that explores the dynamics of finding one’s footing when surrounded by temptation and external pressures.

The visual directed by Caleb Seales and Jerrell Lamar is shot in black and white and blends performance shots of the rapper with a mix of sepia tone aesthetics with heavenly vibes as well.

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