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LeBron James Passes Kobe Bryant On NBA All-Time Scoring List 

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Records are made to be broken. Last night (Jan. 26), LeBron James passed Kobe Bryant to become third on the NBA’s All-Time Scoring list. 

King James made the inevitable bucket on a lay-up off a drive to the hoop against the Philadelphia Sixers. The lay in put him at 33,644 points, and counting. Next up on the list Karl Malone with 36,928 points, which he’ll surely get to this season. Sitting atop the list is Kareem Abdul-Jabarr with 38,387

The future NBA Hall of Famer was rocking a pair of his latest signature kicks, the Nike LeBron 17, that pays homage to Laker great Kobe Bryant.

This homage is particularly bittersweet as Kobe Bryant passed away today (Jan. 26) in a helicopter crash.

James first met Bryant as a high schooler. “I was just listening,” James said of meeting Bryant at a basketball camp. “I was just trying to soak everything up I could. I remember one thing he said was that if you want to try and be great at it, and want to be one of the greats, you’ve got to put the work in.”

The respect was mutual as Bryant’s last IG post saluted the accomplishment.

Salute to King James on this accomplishment.

Kobe Bryant Dies In Helicopter Crash In California 

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Kobe Bryant has died in a helicopter crash. He was just 41 years old.

UPDATE: TMZ reports that Bryan’s eldest daughter, Gianna Maria Onore, aka GiGi, was also on the helicopter. They were reportedly headed to the Mamba Academy for a basketball practice.

TMZ reports that the NBA legend and all the passengers in the helicopter died when it went down in Calabasas on Sunday morning (Jan. 26).

ESPN, Sports Illustrated and ABC have also confirmed Bryant was aboard the copter. Per the LA Times, the crash occurred shortly before 10 a.m.

Reportedly, Bryant was traveling with at least 3 other people via his private helicopter. A fire broke out making it difficult to reach the site and despite emergency personnel responding, no one survived. Although five people are confirmed dead, Bryant’s wife Vanessa is not one of them.

Besides Vanessa, Bryant is survived by three daughters—Natalia, Bianca and Capri. Their sister Gianna was 13.

Bryant had recently been spotted at games with Gianna, who he also coached.

Bryant’s last IG post was to big up LeBron James for passing him on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Rest in power Kobe Bean Bryant. Our condolences to the Bryant family during this devastating time.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation. Speculation is that it was weather-related since it was a foggy morning.

This story is still developing.

The ‘Zola’ Movie Premiered At Sundance, It Sounds Lit 

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Back in the fall of 2015, an outrageous story by a woman named Zola had Twitter enthralled. The stripper, A’Ziah “Zola” Wells, weaved an Oscar-worthy tale of sex, murder, violence and intrigue, and Backpage, that just had to get optioned into a movie, which it did.

Fast-forward to today and the film, Zola, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie’s synopsis pretty much says it will stick to the script Zola laid out, which is a good thing:

 @zolarmoon tweets “wanna hear a story about why me & this bitch here fell out???????? It’s kind of long but full of suspense.” Two girls bond over their “hoeism” and become fast friends. What’s supposed to be a trip from Detroit to Florida turns into a weekend from hell.

At least one reviewer thinks it captured the rawness of the infamous Twitter thread.

Reports the Huff Post:

Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, Janicza Bravo’s romp crosses the American South to chronicle a larger-than-life saga about an appropriating white woman (the ever-magnetic Riley Keough) who takes advantage of a Black pistol (Taylour Paige in a star-making turn). Under the guise of an excursion meant to generate cash from fruitful Florida strip clubs, the “bitch” in question brings along her doltish boyfriend (Nicholas Braun) and manipulative pimp (Colman Domingo), sucking Zola into a whirlwind involving sex trafficking, attempted suicide, extortion and murder.

The Twitter thread led to a Rolling Stone report fact-checking Wells’ account, which became the source of Bravo’s script, co-written with acclaimed playwright Jeremy O. Harris. Wells had hyperbolized select details, while others were refuted by her travel companion, who insisted she had never in her life traded sex for money. But Bravo isn’t here to parse fact from fiction. “Most of what follows is true,” a title card cheekily announces at the start. As far as “Zola” is concerned, verifying the veracity of Wells’ perspective is beside the point. The film trusts her voice, right down to the quippy vernacular evidenced on Twitter, which makes the ensuing ride all the more electric. (The movie credits Wells as A’Ziah King, her married name.)

Zola and her alleged white trick b*tch done made it to the silver screen.

What a time. 

Meek Mill Exchanges Words With Ex Nicki Minaj & Her Husband During Shouting Match 

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If you were wondering if the relationship between Meek Mill and his ex-girlfriend, Nicki Minaj was a cordial one following their breakup, the answer to that is an emphatic no.

Friday (Jan.25) Meek Mill just happened to run into his former flame Nicki Minaj and her husband, Kenneth Petty, while shopping at Maxfield, a high-end retail store in West Hollywood. TMZ, of course, got a hold of the footage, and you can see and hear Meek and Petty going at each other, calling one another p***y and Minaj calling the Philly rapper a b***h in a shouting match that almost allegedly came to blows.

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Boosie Badazz Dispenses Sage Wisdom On White Rappers Using N-Word 

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When it comes to getting a breakdown on who or who shouldn’t use the n-word, what better expert to get a comment from than Boosie Badazz? The Lousiana rapper dispensed some sage wisdom regarding why white battle rappers shouldn’t use the term or else they’ll catch a bad one.

TMZ caught Lil Boosie fresh off a flight walking through LAX and got his thoughts on a recent battle featuring white rapper William Wolf. Wolf, in the heat of battle, used the n-word towards his opponent in a rhyme scheme that seemingly tried to justify his use of the term and caught a punch of his unnamed assailant.

Boosie told TMZ that Wolf and others of his hue should definitely know better than to use the n-word in an aggressive manner. However, he’s all good with his white homies referring to him lovingly as “my n*gga.”

Yeah.

Anyway, Boosie was trying to approach the situation from the best place he could given the fact he was literally asked a heavy bomb of a question right after hopping off a plane. Check out the video of the exchange below.

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Moving On Fast: Sources Say Lena Waithe Is Now With Cynthia Erivo, Allegedly 

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Lena Waithe has been steeping in a hearty stew of controversy after the news went out that she and her wife, Alana Mayo, have ended their union. Now, rumors are surfacing that Waithe is romantically involved with Harriet actress Cynthia Erivo.

According to the good homies over at BOSSIP, sources tell the outlet that Waithe, 35 and Erivo, 33, have been living together after being spotted in a number of photos. While Erivo stated in the past that her relationship with Waithe was rooted strictly in sisterhood, Twitter account @okweseeyou has been documenting from their vantage point their observations of Erivo and Waithe.

“Is everyone aware that Cynthia Erivo and Lena Waithe are having a secret love affair?!? Isn’t Lena Married and since when was Cynthia a Lesbian??? I hear they were both spotted holding hands and kissing at the Golden Globes.. #2020 is looking good so far,” the account wrote in a retweet caption that also highlighted a news tweet that Erivo has been tapped to play the late Aretha Franklin.

This action and the accompanying words dominate the account’s timeline, using other news sites’ tweets related to Erivo and the entertainment industry to hammer home their message.

Waithe has yet to publicly speak to all the rumors swirling about, and Erivo has been mum as well. A quick scan of Alana Mayo’s Twitter timeline doesn’t reveal much as she hasn’t posted since late last year. Scanning Waithe’s Twitter account has not yielded much in the way regarding a response to the online chatter surrounding the end of her marriage.

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Kevin Gates “Fatal Attraction,” Jay Fizzle ft. Young Dolph “Don’t Stop” & More | Daily Visuals 1.24.20 

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Needless to say we’re all for that enchantment that comes with that good ol’ Black Girl Magic, but when it comes to that everyday ol’ black magic, that’s another story on it’s own.

Kevin Gates seems to feel the same way as he finds himself the victim of some bad juju in his visuals to “Fatal Attraction” where Gates and some other unlucky men are held against their will by some attractive women who put them under their spell. It could be worse. Could’ve been Glenn Close throwing hexes on him or something.

Elsewhere Jay Fizzle and Young Dolph hit up a billiards spot to shoot some pool and get turned up on a boys night out in their duo clip to “Don’t Stop.”

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Kap G, Z Ro, and more.

KEVIN GATES – “FATAL ATTRACTION”

JAY FIZZLE FT YOUNG DOLPH – “DON’T STOP”

KAP G – “THE BOMB”

LEVEN KALI FT. SMINO & TOPAZ JONES – “HOMEGIRL”

LIL JETT & BOOSIE BADAZZ – “RUN IT UP”

KEY GLOCK – “MR. GLOCK”

Z RO – “I’M OK”

Chance The Rapper Tapped As New Host For ‘Punk’d’ Revival 

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Chance The Rapper has been getting bags outside of rapping for a minute now, and it appears he’s going to get in front of the camera yet again as a show host. The Chicago star has been tapped to host the revival of the prank show Punk’d.

The Punk’d reboot was officially announced in July 2019 according to Deadline but back then, the host for the series wasn’t known to the public. In a new press release as also reported by Deadline, MTV Studios shared that the show, formerly hosted by Ashton Kutcher, will be making its return to the Quibi network this coming spring. Unlike the previous incarnation, the updated version of Punk’d will showcase Chano punking celebrities via a number of mini-episodes on the streaming network.

The original series ran initially from 2003 to 2007 and was rebooted in 2012 with a number of celebrity hosts. This isn’t Chance’s first time in front of the camera, this after starring as a judge for Netflix’s Hip-Hop competition show Rhythm and Flow, and also serving as a stand-in host for the Late Late Show last year.

A new teaser clip from Quibi has been unveiled and features everyone’s favorite Hot Girl, Megan Thee Stallion. Check out Punk’d when it makes its debut on April 6.

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Kim Kardashian Slapped With Lawsuit Over Instagram Photo With Kanye West 

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Just because you’re in the photo doesn’t mean you own it necessarily. Kim Kardashian is learning that the hard way after she was hit with a lawsuit for posting a photo on her Instagram account featuring herself and her husband, Kanye West.

TMZ is reporting that photographer Saeed Bolden filed a lawsuit against Kimmy cakes for posting a photo he took of the couple at Nas’ Nasir album release party on her Instagram account back in October 2018 and earned over 2 million likes. Bolden was not too happy about that and decided to sue the reality star/mogul, saying he never gave her permission to use it.

E!  reported that Bolden registered a copyright at the U.S. Copyright Office for the 2018 photo of Kim and Ye he took. The picture in dispute still lives on Kim’s IG account.

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YouTube Levels Up, Will Stream Call of Duty & OverWatch League Exclusive As Part of New Deal With Activision 

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In its quest to compete with other streaming platforms in the world of gaming, YouTube Gaming just leveled up thanks to Google inking an exclusive multiyear partnership deal with Activision Blizzard.

As part of the multiyear deal, Activision Blizzard will now utilize Google Cloud as the preferred provider to boost its game hosting as well as other technical needs. YouTube will also gain exclusive streaming rights to broadcast the video game developers Esports properties like the upcoming season of the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, which officially kicks off today (Jan.24), Hearthstone Esports, and more.

YouTube has been looking for a win in the game streaming world. Since it launched YouTube Gaming back in 2015, the world’s largest video site has struggled to compete with the streaming giant Twitch. Things were looking so bleak that the company decided to shelve its YouTube Gaming standalone app due to “confusion” it was causing viewers replacing it with a “game-focused hun” on its site.

Speaking on the decision to join forces with Activision Blizzard, Sunil Rayan, Head of Gaming, Google Cloud stated in a press release:

“We’ve worked closely with Activision Blizzard for the past few years across mobile titles to boost its analytics capabilities and overall player experience. We are excited to now expand our relationship and help power one of the largest and most renowned game developers in the world.”

Pete Vlastelica, CEO of Activision Blizzard Esports added:

“This is an exciting year for Activision Blizzard Esports as we head into the inaugural season of Call of Duty League and our first ever season of homestands for Overwatch League all around the world. It’s our mission to deliver high-quality, competitive entertainment that our fans can follow globally, live or on-demand, and to celebrate our players as the superstars that they are. This partnership will help us deliver on that promise at new levels, by combining our passionate communities of fans and players with YouTube’s powerful content platform and exciting history of supporting next-generation entertainment.”

The announcement has been met with some criticism on Twitter. Here are some of the responses:

Regardless of how they feel, this is a win for YouTube Gaming, whether it closes the large gap between itself and Twitch, which is still the premier destination for Fortnite streamers and Microsoft’s Mixer, which is on the come up thanks to landing Ninja. Time will only tell.

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