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MLB’s Felipe Vazquez Hit With More Child Porn Charges, Sent Nudes To Minor, Allegedly 

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Felipe Vazquez has a problem. The currently suspended MLB pitcher is already in jail for a child sex case, and he’s been blessed with a new child porn charge out of St. Louis.

Reportedly, back in July 19, Vazquez, 28, sent nude pics to a 15-year-old, and still managed to earn a save in a game that very same day.

Reports Trib Live:

St. Louis authorities on Thursday confirmed that suspended Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez is charged with sending pornographic pictures of himself to a minor last summer.

Documents provided by the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office said Vazquez was charged in February with one count of furnishing pornographic materials to a juvenile, a Class A misdemeanor under Missouri state law.

According to court records, police said the alleged crime occurred July 16 at a St. Louis hotel when Vazquez sent pictures to a then 15-year-old girl, a former Westmoreland County resident.

“On that day, the defendant sent multiple photographs of himself in a state of undress,” according to court records, which stated Vazquez sent the girl a video of himself masturbating.

That night, the Pirates beat the Cardinals 3-1, with Vazquez earning a save.

Last September, Vazquez was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl back in 2017. It seems that the victim of the new charges in St. Louis is the same minor from the charges he’s facing in Florida.

According to Vazquez’s lawyer, Gary Gerson, in court said he client is innocent because the victim allegedly initiated the sexual contact and because she lied about her age.

We’re noticing a pattern here. Vazquez was not granted bond and is due back in court in late June.

The Diplomats “By Any Means,” Lloyd ft. Teddy Riley “Slow Wine Bass Line” & More | Daily Visuals 5.28.20 

Finally! After getting individual visuals from the likes of Jim Jones and Cam’ron, we finally get a clip from The Diplomats together.

Linking up with their fellow Dip Set comrades for “By Any Means,” Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, and Cam’ron show and prove that the years have been kind to them as they continue to floss crazy amounts of ice while pouring out champagne like it’s disposable. All them iced out chains and couldn’t no one let Freekey Zekey rock one just for this video? Just sayin.’ Ain’t like someone gonna run him over a car while shooting this video to bag it.

And fresh off his struggle Verzus battle with Babyface, Teddy Riley returns to the R&B scene as he lends Lloyd a helping hand in getting grown man turnt for their clip to “Slow Wine Bass Line.”

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Kevin Gates, Dax, and more.

THE DIPLOMATS – “BY ANY MEANS”

KEVIN GATES – “GRANDMOTHA GRAVE”

LLOYD FT. TEDDY RILEY – “SLOW WINE BASS LINE”

JOHN GABBANA – “NOT A SAD SONG”

DAX – “VIBEZ”

MALIIBU MIITCH – “DOUBLE O”

MOZZY – “BEYOND BULLETPROOF”

DOMANI – “THE TRUTH”

SKINNY P – “RIC FLAIR”

T.I. Responds Expediently To Donald Trump Utilizing His Music In Unsanctioned Contemporary Propaganda 

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While America’s attention is rightfully focused on police brutality at the moment, one MC has not forgotten about Donald Trump’s thievery. As expected the King of the South has put him in his place.

As reported earlier this week the Trump administration got their petty on with a goal of slighting de facto Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. The tactic repurposed T.I.’s hit song “Whatever You Like” to “I don’t want Joe Biden / don’t need Joe Biden”. Naturally, the clip landed on Tip’s desk and he made it clear that the POTUS violated both his artistic integrity and legal rights.

The “Trap Back Jumpin” rapper’s team released a formal statement detailing his harsh opposition to the track being used by the liar in chief. “Trump and his team (out of desperation for his campaign) have circulated a campaign video post throughout social media that includes the unauthorized use of T.I.’s song ‘Whatever You Like,’ along with edited images of him and Joe Biden” it read. The video distorts lyrics from his #1 charting song by misrepresenting the lyrics through text language and distortion of his recorded voice. It goes without saying, that T.I. would not in any way ever support the divisive policies and destructive propaganda of Trump. The people of our country deserve far better than this.”

Additionally the unapproved usage of the music was also addressed. “Be clear, he does not authorize it or consent to the use of his song to falsely suggest any endorsement of President Trump or to attack Joe Biden. It is sad, but expected, that this President would stoop so low to use his property without authority to manipulate the community. T.I.’s legal team and media partners are already moving Expeditiously to block this unauthorized use and set the record straight in no uncertain terms!”

Donald Trump has yet to address the matter but that should be no surprise.

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HHW Gaming: EA Announces “Groundbreaking” Multi-Year Partnership With The NFL 

EA Renews Multi-Year Partnership With The NFL, That Means No 'NFL 2K'

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EA just made sure that Madden will be the premiere game when it comes to football simulation games for the foreseeable future.

The video game studio announced today (May.28) a “groundbreaking” renewal of its multi-year partnership with the National Football League (NFL) and NFL Players Association (NFLPA). The new deal is described as the biggest and widest-reaching gaming agreement in NFL history per a press release from EA.

As part of the renewed partnership, EA SPORTS’ Madden NFL franchise will continue to create authentical football simulation video games.  EA, the NFL, and NFLPA will also “partner to develop games in new genres, expanded esports programs, and additional experiences for fans across more platforms.”

Speaking on the deal, CEO of Electronic Arts, Andrew Wilson stated:

“Building on the most successful year ever for Madden NFL, this is a powerful time for EA SPORTS to come together with the NFL and the NFLPA in this new wide-reaching partnership. Together, we have a tremendous opportunity to entertain more players through new Madden NFL experiences, games in new genres, and on new platforms, esports, and new innovations that will grow fans’ love of the NFL around the world.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also spoke on the renewal of the multi-year partnership:

“EA has been a trusted partner for more than thirty years, and they continue to bring innovation, authenticity, and creativity to everything they do, and we are certainly a great example of that as evidenced by the huge success of Madden NFL 20. The expansion of this partnership is not only about the continued success of the Madden NFL franchise but also the creation of new avenues for our fans to connect with the sport they love.”

DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFLPA and Board Member of OneTeam Partners, added:

“EA SPORTS and Madden NFL are such pivotal points of connection for NFL players, the sport and its fans. We have a shared vision to expand the fanbase of football through interactivity, and we’re thrilled to continue our strong partnership with EA SPORTS to bring this to life in more ways than ever.”

While they are celebrating, this definitely throws cold water on any glimmer of hope that NFL 2K could possibly return. Gamers were hopeful after 2K announced it was partnering with the NFL to make exclusive “non-simulation” games back in March.

Are you excited about the news? Or do you wish the NFL would allow 2K to make their own football simulation games? Let us know in the comment section below.

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Gone Too Soon: Toronto Rapper Houdini Murdered In Home Town 

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The Rap community has another emerging talent. A Canadian MC was just taken away from us due to gun violence.

As reported by Complex Houdini life’s was cut short on Tuesday, May 26. According to CP 24 gunfire erupted in broad daylight outside of a hotel in Toronto’s Entertainment District. Local police responded to several calls regarding the incident which is said to have occurred at King Street and Blue Jays Way sometime after 4PM in the afternoon. When they arrived a Black male was found laying on the ground with wounds. Two other unidentified victims, a 15-year-old boy and 27-year-old woman, were also found shortly after. All three were rushed to the hospital. The woman and teenager are expected to survive.

“What we heard was like a bunch of fireworks,” one witness told CP24 at the scene. “There were lots of echoes – about six to 10 shots. It was quite startling and then you hear all the sirens afterwards. “I think a lot of people have power outages in this area too, so people were out for a walk I guess. It’s quite shocking to see in this area.”

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders gave the news outlet further details. “It turns out the suspect vehicle, based on the evidence we have right now, was waiting for about forty minutes for the occupants of another vehicle to arrive to their vehicle,” he revealed. “When they did, the suspect vehicle made a U-turn, came out, and started firing at this group of individuals.”

The Rap community felt the loss as soon as news of his death started circulating. Tory Lanez, who was reportedly close to Houdini, expressed his grief via a very emotional Instagram post. “I’m trying , and I can’t fight the tears from falling .. i can’t even find the words for a speech right now .. YALL TOOK MY F***ING NI*** AND ALL HE WANTED TO DO WAS LIVE !!!!!! #RIP Houdini 4 Ever !”.

According to police a gun was recovered from the crime scene. Houdini was 21. RIP.

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Brilliant!: Jean Grae & Donwill Hilariously Troll Instagram With DJ Set Using Facebook’s “Elevator Music” 

Jean Grae & Donwill Epically Troll Instagram With Hilarious DJ Set

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DJ’s have literally been saving our lives thanks to their Instagram Live DJ sets. BUT due to music rights, Instagram has been cracking down on the streams. One duo found a loophole and decided to troll the social media platform.

Brooklyn’s own Jean Grae and Donwill came up with the brilliant idea to hold the first-ever “Instagram Approved DJ Set.” Grae and Donwill decided to produce the set after they saw a Page Six article that highlighted Instagram cracking down on DJs due to music copyright issues. The Facebook-owned company then posted a set of guidelines last week that pointed out to users that it has a library of “generic music” and sound effects that DJs could use without having to worry about their lives being shut down.

Jean Grae and Donwill decided to use that loophole and held “Instagram Approved DJ Set,” effectively clowning Instagram on Monday (May.25) by using the Facebook approved music library.

During the hilarious set, Donwill joked “Why would you need any Beyoncé . . . or Rihanna?” as both he and Grae played songs from artists like Brent Bourgeois and Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. Grae cleverly described the catalog of music as “car-commercial songs.”

Speaking with Page Six, Donwill further went in on free music catalog breaking down the selection they have to choose from to stream a set on Instagram.

“There was also this reggae song with fake patois accents and an Azealia Banks knockoff. There was even a baby crying . . . and footsteps of a person walking . . . It’s music that’s perfect if you’re scoring a video, but not for people to listen to and dance to. Why would you recommend that you use this material to play at a party?”

So true.

Regardless, Grae and Donwill’s set was a hit with fans, with some even suggesting they should get their own SNL skit from it. Maybe they could make it a weekly thing, we wouldn’t be opposed to that idea.

Instagram’s decision to cut DJs’ streams are causing a mass exodus. Questlove and other record-spinners have already taken their talents to other streaming platforms like Twitch and Mixcloud. Timbaland and Swizz Beatz popular IG live #VERZUZ battles have also been affected by IG’s rules with Swizz emphasizing that DJs can only play 90-seconds of records.

Welp.

You can watch Jean Grae, and Donwill’s “Instagram Approved DJ Set” below.

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Gym Patrol Gary: White Man Loses Office Lease After Calling Police On Black Entrepreneurs Using Gym 

Tom Austin struggle

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A white man in Minnesota woke up feeling dumb after losing his office space for not minding his business.

On Wednesday (May 28), the owners of Top Figure, a Black-owned Minneapolis-based social media and branding agency, were exercising in the gym of their co-opted professional building. That’s when they were approached by Tom Austin, the managing partner of F2 Group, who threatened to call the police on the group because he didn’t feel “they belonged.”

The exchange, which was caught on video and posted by Top Figure to Instagram, shows Austin questioning the three men about their office location before pulling out his phone to call the police. in the caption, the men explain in further detail why the questioning was asinine pointing out that the office space requires key cards to enter any space in the building that can only be obtained by being a tenant in the building.

“Normally we don’t speak out about encounters of racial profiling and age discrimination that we face day to day in our lives as young black entrepreneurs,” Top Figure wrote. “Although today May 26th, 2020 7:51pm we encountered a situation where a man entered the facility, a shared private gym that we utilize in our @wework @mozaic_east office located in uptown Minnesota. Granted we’ve been in this office space and have rented and grown our business for the past 1 year and a half here. As we were working out this man approached and immediately asked us who we were and if “WE BELONG” in this building. Granted in order to enter the building you NEED a key card to enter EVERY part of the building which EACH of our team members individually has. We all pay rent here and this man demanded that we show him our key cards or he will call the cops on us. We are sick and tired of tolerating this type of behavior on a day to day basis and we feel that we had to bring light onto this situation.”

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Normally we don’t speak out about encounters of racial profiling and age discrimination that we face day to day in our lives as young black entrepreneurs. Although today May 26th 2020 7:51pm we encountered a situation where a man entered the facility, a shared private gym that we utilize in our @wework @mozaic_east office located in uptown Minnesota. Granted we’ve been in this office space and have rented and grown our business for the past 1 year and half here. As we were working out this man approached and immediately asked us who we were and if “WE BELONG” in this building. Granted in order to enter the building you NEED a key card to enter EVERY part of the building which EACH of our team members individually have. We all pay rent here and this man demanded that we show him our key cards or he will call the cops on us. We are sick and tired of tolerating this type of behavior on a day to day basis and we feel that we had to bring light onto this situation.

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Austin ultimately called the building manager, who confirmed the men have a lease in the building. He told the Tribune that his actions led to his company losing its lease in the building.

“Should have handled it differently,” Austin said. “Not my job to have done anything.”

Advice that many other Karens and Kevins need to take heed to.

During an interview with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Austin insisted that he was not being racist and was upholding a building policy that allows only tenants to use amenities when the group got “aggressive” after he claims he saw one of the men open the door to the gym with a key fob before allowing the other two men in. Austin then added that although the exchange started off rocky, by the end he was on “talking terms” with them.

“I said, ‘I’m sorry you thought I was being racist, but I was not. If you were a bunch of women, I would have done the same thing,'” Austin told the newspaper.

The viral incident comes just days after the video of a white Minneapolis police officer kneeling on the neck of George Floyd until he died of asphyxiation went viral. The death of Floyd, an African American man, has led to massive protests in the city and public outcries for an arrest and convictions of all officers involved.

Stuart Ackerberg, CEO of Ackerberg Group, which owns the MoZaic East building, said he was still heartbroken from seeing the video of Floyd when he decided to terminate the lease.

“My heart hurts,” Ackerberg told the Tribune. “This is not how we do business. … I’m alarmed by what I saw.”

Who We Be: DMX Apologizes To Lloyd Banks For Lyricist Snub 

Source: DMX headlines at the 2014 Masters of Ceremony concert held at Radio City Music Hall Featuring: DMX, Earl Simmons Where: New York, New York, United States When: 24 Jan 2014 Credit: WENN.com

While we all know that Dark Man X is far from perfect he has shown to speak from a real place. Recently he put his foot in his mouth but now has made good on the matter.

As spotted on Hip-Hop N More DMX left several fans and Rap aficionados confused during a video call with Fatman Scoop. When asked by the Party King on who he would go record for record on a Verzuz battle he once again made it clear he wants to battle Jay-Z. Naturally the conversation progressed to name dropping some of the game’s most respected MC’s. Things unfortunately went left when Lloyd Banks’ name was brought up. “Lloyd Banks? Lyrical?” the Yonkers native questioned with obvious doubt in his tone. “Lloyd Banks of course, he had some of the illest lines ever,” Scoop replied.

This quickly got back to The Punchline King to where he responded on Twitter. He theorized that the spite could be a result of him working with the Ruff Ryders member in the past. “So because I didn’t come to the studio to work when HE reached out..I’m not that good?” he wrote.

It is a good thing that DMX can admit his errors and soon issued an informal apology via social media. He wrote “It takes a real ni*** to admit when he’s wrong…my apologies to loyd banks I was thinking tony yayo when I was asked about banks. I f*** with banks!”. You can see his mea culpa below.

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Henry Cavill In Talks To Return As Superman In The DCEU 

It’s been 7 years since Zack Snyder and Henry Cavill breathed new life into the long dormant and left for dead Superman film franchise and though Superman V Batman and Justice League pretty much ruined the foundation set in 2013, we still very much like Cavill as the Man of Steel.

After years of rumors that Warner Bros. was ready to once again reboot the franchise with a new lead and show Cavill the door, Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros and DC have engaged in talks with the British actor to return but unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’ll be getting that long awaited sequel 2013’s Man of Steel (damnit!!).

We hear Cavill could come back in a couple of different ways, not a standalone film, but there are plans to put him back in the big red cape again sources with knowledge tell us.

Warner Bros. is not developing a Man of Steel sequel, and Wonder Woman 1984, Suicide Squad are in the can, and Superman isn’t expected to make a cameo in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Other projects where Cavill could make a cameo are Shazam 2, Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam or Aquaman 2, which are the next productions to be prepped once COVID-19 safety restrictions lift.

So he’s not coming back for the sequel fans have been begging for since 2013 but might make cameos in other films such as Shazam, Black Adam or Aquaman. This the kind of sh*t that has DC trailing Marvel in the cinematic universe category. SMDH.

With word that the legendary Zack Snyder cut of Justice League will finally premier on HBO Max next year for which the studio will be coughing up over $30 million for him to complete, this could just be DC locking down Cavill for reshoots. Maybe they’re just looking to stash him in their pocket before he decided to take his talents to the Marvel Cinematic Universe where he was rumored to be in targeted for the role of Captain Britain.

Should the Snyder cut of Justice League prove to be a better version of the theatrical version (though the bar is hella low on that one) and fans interest in the OG Justice League once again pick up, DC needs to strike while the iron is hot and get Cavill back in the red and blue to not only save the day once again, but save the DCEU from their creators.

Jimmy Fallon Apologizes For Resurfaced Blackface ‘SNL’ Skit 

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Late Night talk show host Jimmy Fallon is apologizing after an old Saturday Night Live skit featuring the comedian donning Blackface.

On Tuesday (May 26), the host of “The Tonight Show” issued a statement Tuesday via Twitter and thanked fans for holding him “accountable.”

“In 2000, while on SNL, I made a terrible decision to do an impersonation of Chris Rock while in blackface,” Jimmy Fallon wrote. “There is no excuse for this. I am very sorry for making this unquestionably offensive decision and thank all of you for holding me accountable.”

The 20-year-old sketch went viral overnight after Twitter user @chefboyohdear posted the vintage clip featuring Darrell Hammond impersonating Regis Philbin and Fallon doing an impersonation of Chris Rock with his face painted brown.

“I’ve seen ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,’ and guess what? Not a lot of black folks on the show,” Mr. Fallon says in the skit, setting up his punchline. “Know why? Because black folks don’t like to answer questions. Oh, they want to be millionaires, but you got to ask their kind of question, like, ‘In 1981, how many grams of crack did Rick James smoke when he recorded “Super Freak”?’”

While backlash over the resurfaced video was swift, fans seemed to be divided over Fallon’s tweet apology.

“This was 20 years ago … Canceled culture needs to chill tf out Y’all do realize that not everything people do and say 20 years before is the same as what they do and say now,” one fan said.

“How gullible are you? He’s only apologizing now because it got publicized now. He would have carried it to the grave if he could have,” another responded.

Despite fans’ reactions to the clip, Fallon is far from the first modern-day comedian to don Blackface in his past. A video of Jimmy Kimmel, the host of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” wearing blackface while impersonating the N.B.A. player Karl Malone on “The Man Show” resurfaced last year and a few years prior, Sarah Silverman was also dragged after a sketch from 2007 resurfaced show her donning Blackface in an episode of her former Comedy Central show “The Sarah Silverman Program.”