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Janet Jackson & 50 Cent To Play Saudi Arabia Show Amid Controversy 

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Janet Jackson and 50 Cent have been added to the bill of an upcoming music festival in Saudi Arabia that organizations are urging artists to avoid due to gender inequality in the nation. The Jeddah World Fest invited Nicki Minaj to the event, who pulled out because of the treatment of women, and the festival has added Future to the lineup as well.

Page Six reports:

The website for the event, to take place Thursday at the King Abdullah Sports Stadium, posted photos of Jackson, 50 Cent and Future alongside previously announced performers Liam Payne and Steve Aoki.

The Human Rights Foundation and other organizations have asked artists not to perform in Saudi Arabia, where gender segregation between single men and women is enforced in many restaurants, coffee shops, public schools and universities. Other rules have loosened in the kingdom with women now allowed to drive and attend events at sports stadiums.

Representatives for Jackson, 50 Cent and Future didn’t immediately reply to emails seeking comment.

Thor Halvorssen, president of the Human Rights Foundation, sent out a statement blasting the artists who signed on for the show.

Under the rule of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia has significantly relaxed some of its stricter policies, especially that of loud music playing as several entertainers have performed there.

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NYPD Shuts Down adidas x AriZona Iced Tea Pop-Up Because .99 Sneakers = Chaos 

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adidas and AriZona Iced Tea collaborated for a sneaker collection and were supposed to open up a pop up shop in NYC. It was a great idea but the availability of sneakers for sale at $0.99 caused enough chaos for NYPD to shut it down.

The adidas x AriZona collection includes the Yung 1 and Continental 80 models in the pack.

When word got out that the kicks would be being sold for the price of an actual bottle of AriZona (it’s literally on the shoe, too, since the design is straight from a can), people started camping out in line to secure a pair. This is where we must mention that it was raining in NYC last night.

The pop up was scheduled to open today (July 18) at 11 am at 208 Bowery and run for two days. Well, as the Twitter wire quickly made clear, it got shut down.

Reportedly not a single shoe was sold while pair are already being hawked for $150 to $300 on StockX.

While the resellers took an exquisite Dub, so did those who brave the elements because they wanted a pair to actually wear. Cold game.

Jimmy Kimmel Hilariously Explains Offset & Cardi B’s Rhymes In Latest “New Lyrics for Old People” Segment 

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While Offset and Cardi B are two of the most popular Hip-Hop artists in the game there are quite a few fans both old and young who have no idea what the heck they’re talking about when they spit their rhymes. Luckily Jimmy Kimmel took it upon himself to explain what their lyrics mean in his latest installment of “New Lyrics for Old People.

In last night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! the Hip-Hop power couple joined the late night host to spit lines from their collabo cut “Clout” while Kimmel attempted to decipher the rap ebonics into lily-white English. While Jimmy failed to translate words like “yayo” and Cardi’s sexual innuendos, he did for the most part do a good job of breaking down what Offset and Cardi meant to say in their lyrics.

Watch the clip below and try not to be too hard on Jimmy for slipping up on his understanding of rap slang here and there.

NY Senator Chuck Schumer Calls For Investigation Into Russian-Based FaceApp 

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What seemed like just harmless fun might actually be a huge security risk. Over the past two days, Twitter and Instagram timelines looked like a “retirement home” thanks to FaceApp, which takes a photo and ages it using its impressive face altering technology. After it was learned that app is Russia-based, Democratic Senator, Chuck Schumer is calling for an investigation.

It’s perfectly understandable why granting anything Russian-based access to private information raises red flags in the United States. This is the same country that successfully hacked our electoral system paving the way for the orange menace in the White House. Chuck Schumer announced on Twitter that he is calling for an investigation on a federal level into the company that owns the app. He is claiming there are potential national security and privacy risks to millions of Americans.

In a letter to the FBI and Federal Trade Commission, Schumer states:

“It would be deeply troubling if the sensitive personal information of U.S. citizens was provided to a hostile foreign power actively engaged in cyber hostilities against the United States.”

“I ask that the FTC consider whether there are adequate safeguards in place to prevent the privacy of Americans using this application, including government personnel and military service members, from being compromised.”

While there is no evidence at this time of foul play going on, there is definitely some cause for concern. This is a moment for app users to read the acknowledgment and privacy forms thoroughly before they press accept and grant it access to their phones. Before learning of the apps Russian ties, it was already downloaded and used by celebrities like Drake, LeBron James, and more.

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It was at the top of Apple and Google’s download charts by Wednesday. We are interested to see what surfaces if the investigation is carried out.

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Netflix Cancels Spike Lee’s ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Series 

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The Netflix cancelation curse strikes again!

Deadline is reporting that this time around the streaming service has decided to pull the plug on Spike Lee’s fan-favorite series She’s Gotta Have It after just two seasons. Based on Spike Lee’s 1986 film, She’s Gotta Have It was centered around a rising star of an artist, Nola Darling (DeWanda Wise) and the choices she’s faced within both her personal and professional life.

Referred to as “a seriously sexy comedy and rousing celebration of female empowerment,” the series found an audience that appreciated what it brought to the table, but it seems like it wasn’t a big enough following for Netflix’s taste. Still Netflix’s Chief Content Officer, Ted Serandos had kind words for Lee and his relationship with the company.

“Spike Lee is one of the greatest filmmakers of all time and we’re thrilled he brought the series She’s Gotta Have It (1986, based on his first feature film) to Netflix,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix. “While this is our last season, we’re very proud that it will be on our service for years to come, and excited to be working with Spike on his upcoming Netflix film Da 5 Bloods.”

At least Spike will continue to work with the streaming service but what does the future hold for She’s Gotta Have It? Apparently it’s being shopped around but no word on if anyone has any real interest in taking on the canceled series.

Hulu maybe?

Well, at least Netflix still has Friends in their library, right? We hope y’all detected the obvious sarcasm.

Keep Ya Head Up: Iowa 2Pac Superfan Forced To Resign From Job For Posting Rap Lyrics? 

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Jerry Foxhoven, a former government official in Iowa, was asked to leave his job a day after sharing lyrics via the company email account quoting the late Tupac “2Pac” Shakur. Foxhoven, a 66-year-old white man, was such a 2Pac fanatic that he made even handed out “thug cookies” and often signed off his emails with the rapper’s words.

NPR reports:

Foxhoven regularly held “Tupac Fridays” in his office, where the rapper’s music was played — the lawyer said he liked breaking stereotypes about who listens to rap.

“I’m a 66-year-old white guy from the Midwest who likes rap music, who likes Tupac!” he says.

In fact, Foxhoven is a Tupac superfan. The civil servant is utterly dedicated to the slain rapper, celebrating his birthday with Tupac-themed baked goods; marking Tupac milestones (“I might seem a little down because today is the 22nd anniversary of 2Pac’s death,” he wrote once to a staff member); and assigning Tupac as mandatory reading for his ethics class at Drake University.

But Foxhoven’s tenure at the Department of Human Services ended without warning — and without a chance for an orderly transition. After his email citing the rapper, Foxhoven was asked to resign. He says that he was not even granted a meeting with Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds.

Foxhoven told the outlet that he didn’t believe he was let go because of 2Pac but did ponder if the firing would have happened if he quoted Barry Manilow lyrics, whose birthday is one day after 2Pac’s, instead.

“I always try to assume the best of everybody, and I can’t imagine that [the governor] would base her decision on the Tupac incident,” Foxhoven tells NPR. “If this is the reason, I’m really disappointed.”

Keep Ya Head Up, Jerry!

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Mother Of Nipsey Hussle’s Daughter Warns Of Fake GoFundMe Page 

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Tanisha Foster, the mother of Nipsey Hussle‘s daughter, has been embroiled in a battle with the late rapper’s family regarding the custody of her daughter. A person looking to exploit the trouble between the families has launched a fake GoFundMe page, with Foster warning her followers via Instagram.

Foster, who goes by the name Chyna Hussle on Instagram, has been using her page to illustrate her connection to Nipsey and also showcase aspects of her life, including her children. On Wednesday, Foster posted the warning regarding the fake crowdfunding page.

“So now ppl are playing and making fake accounts plz be aware that it is not me,” read the caption in the IG post where Foster blasted the fake page.

The page is asking supporters to raise $500,000 in order to assist Foster and the daughter. According to reports, the daughter is with Nipsey’s family as the courts continue to decide on who should retain sole guardianship.

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Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Lobbied Racist Donald Trump To Help A$AP Rocky 

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A$AP Rocky is currently being held in Sweden despite not being charged with any crime. While his peers and even the Congressional Black Caucus are demanding his release, word is Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have lobbied Donald Trump to intervene.

Reports TMZ:

We’re told as soon as Kim and Kanye heard about A$AP’s predicament earlier this month … Kanye urged Kim to get on the horn and talk to Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner — with whom Kim is very familiar from her previous White House work.

Our sources say Kim filled Jared in on what was happening, and Jared then took the info to Trump himself … whom, we’re told, acknowledged something seemed amiss.

We’re told Trump told Kushner he believed A$AP was being held unfairly, and wanted to help. As we reported, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo got involved and unleashed a few deputies in an attempt to get some action. A State Dept. member was supposed to arrive in Sweden Thursday. We’re told the State Dept. is now actively working to get A$AP out of jail, thanks in large part to Kim’s efforts.

Hey, whatever it takes to get A$AP sprung. But even if Trump ultimately has nothing to do with the rapper’s eventual release, you best believe he’ll try to take all the credit.

And he’ll still be a racist.

Nevertheless, free A$AP Rocky.

Fetty Wap ft. Monty “Birthday,” JNX ft. A$AP Twelvyy “Going Off” & More | Daily Visuals 7.17.19 

Just a few days after Fetty Wap came out of the shadows to lend his vocals to Tali Goya, the New Jeruz crooner/rapper returns with his own work to bubble to his costumers.

Linking up with his Remy Boy’s homie Monty for the visual to “Birthday, “ Fetty holds court at a strip club where the rain is green and the booties clap like thunder when Thor arrives on the scene.

Elsewhere the members of the A$AP Mob continue to branch out and do their own thing as A$AP Twelvyy links up with JXN for the cleverly executed point-of-view visual to “Going Off.”

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Phora, Rod Wave, and more.

FETTY WAP FT. MONTY – “BIRTHDAY”

JXN FT. A$AP TWELVYY – “GOING OFF”

PHORA – “ON MY WAY”

ROD WAVE – “PTSD”

TALIWOAH – “JUICE”

TRAY KASH FT. RUEO GOTIT – “PARDON MY WRIST”

MAMBA CINCO – “BILLY”

LIL KEYU – “BUHSIT”

TYLER THOMAS – “KAMEHAMEHA”

LAPD Says Nipsey Hussle Wasn’t Target Of Their Investigation Gang Activity At Marathon Clothing Store 

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As suspected there are several layers to yet to be peeled on Nipsey Hussle’s murder. The law has confirmed they were keeping tabs on his movements prior to his death.


TMZ has confirmed that the LAPD had an open investigation on Nip’s crew and his retail location. According to the report the police were not eyeing the rapper specifically but all the alleged gang activity the Marathon Clothing store attracted.

To make matters even more touchy one of the website’s inside sources claims the investigation is now causing an uproar as the department was once commending Nip for encouraging local gang members to keep the peace. Hussle was an admitted Rollin’ 60’s Crip. His family closed the store shortly after his untimely death but the wears are still available on the Marathon Clothing site.

In June police confirmed the getaway driver in his murder was offered protection for her cooperation.

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