“Yeah, and it’s become something completely different. It’s almost like they cast people who were musically talented, who they could turn into stars in the process—and also create another revenue space for the television show, to profit on the sales of the actual records that they sell. They’re doing a push like that. Like at the Billboard Awards they had that guy [Jussie Smollett] perform. That’s what I identify with, him actually being a vocalist, because he was good. Then you go: OK, that casting was, “Can you sing? OK. Now, can you act?”” (Salon)
For the Black Music Month issue, EBONY has chose Kendrick Lamar to grace the cover. During the cover shoot, the TDE spitter said it was an honor to represent a publication with such longevity, 70 years to be exact.
A Cleveland police officer was acquitted today for his role in the 2012 fatal shooting of two unarmed people in a car after officers mistook the sound of the car backfiring as gunshots.
After a four-week trial, a judge found officer Michael Brelo, 31, not guilty of two counts of felony voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30. Russell and Williams were killed Nov. 29, 2012, after they led 62 police vehicles on a chase across Cleveland.
Prosecutions of officers for the use of deadly force are rare given there have been thousands of fatal police shootings in the past decade. When criminal charges have been pursued, officers have most often been acquitted or cleared, according to a recent analysis by The Washington Post in conjunction with criminologist Philip M. Stinson and researchers at Bowling Green University.
B. Sigel and Freeway stopped by Boom Philly 107.9 to welcome back Monie Love to the city of Brotherly Love. After a host of pleasantries, Monie got right to it and asked: will the fans hear a new musical collaboration between Beanie Sigel and Jay Z?
“I don’t want to spoil it, but the public want that, and I think after giving them that for two days, and the reaction from it. It’s undeniable. It gotta happen,” says Beanie Sigel.
Atlanta (AFP) – LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 on Wednesday to open the NBA Eastern Conference finals.
With a berth in the NBA championship finals on the line in the best-of-seven series, J.R. Smith set a Cavaliers club record for three-pointers, draining eight from beyond the arc.
His 28 points accounted for all of the scoring by Cleveland reserves.
Several media outlets are reporting that the Power Couple sent hundreds of thousands of dollars to bail out Protesters in the riots
In since-deleted tweets, activist and film-maker Dream Hampton, who worked with Jay Z on his 2010 autobiography, claimed the pair ‘wired tens of thousands’
An activist and film-maker who has worked with Jay Z claims that the hip-hop star contributed “tens of thousands” of dollars to free protesters who could not pay their bail following anti-police brutality demonstrations in Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri. The activist, Dream Hampton, later deleted her tweets and called them “error-ridden”, but confirmed to the Guardian that Jay Z helped bail protesters out.
I had a great time shooting last night at the Funkfest Tour that came through ATL!!! The city def turned up!!! 2 Live Crew had some of the ladies reaching for the Ben Gay!! Total came out and rocked the crowd with some of their hits and my Homie Demetria Mckinney blew the crowd away with her vocals and performance. R Kelly closed out the show with a dope performance! Thank you Jessica Manning for the Media Hookup!