Kanye West has spent the past week in Europe promoting an “80-percent done” new album that didn’t have an album title or a release date. However, the rapper cleared up one of those questions last night on Twitter when he revealed that his upcoming Yeezus follow-up would be titled So Help Me God. West’s tweet was accompanied by an image that could be So Help Me God‘s album cover: a diamond shape connected at the points by four lower-case m’s that Reddit discovered is a 13th century monastic symbol for the Virgin Mary.
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Turns out that Taraji P. Henson’s Empire character Cookie isn’t the only one inspired some of the finest in hip-hop. The show’s creator Danny Strong has revealed that Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard, is based off of Jay Z.
During a visit to Sway in the Morning, Strong and Sway addressed the negative feedback the show has gotten for the stereotypical aspects of some of the characters’ story lines, like Lucious being a drug dealer-turned-music mogul.
“I’ve heard that, but there’s certainly some truth in that,” Strong said. “The Jay Z story, which very much inspired Lucious Lyon, certain elements of Lucious Lyon, was that story.” He continued “So for me, I don’t think in terms of ‘Okay we have to be careful of certain things because of certain negative stereotypes’. I view it as the entire cast is African-American [so] we’re gonna have all different types of characters and we’re gonna tell good stories. We’re not gonna sit here and play defense or think that our show is a representation as Black culture in its entirety. It’s not; it’s just this story.”
Kris Jenner has officially signed a $100 million contract with the network for four more seasons of the hit reality show, Page Six confirmed on Thursday.
The details of the deal – which an insider confirms to PEOPLE are accurate and would make the stars among the highest paid in the history of reality television – was vehemently denied by E!’s parent company, NBC Universal.
The Annual Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Heritage Dinner was held at the Georgia World Congress Center and was hosted by Chris Tucker and Cynne’ Simpson. I have to say that Chris Tucker is STILL the MAN!! He was a great host and he kept the crowd entertained the entire night.
James Brown, Ray Charles, and Otis Redding were honored at the event while Kenny Leon and Will Packer received the 2015 Heritage Award. Check out some of the photos from the night and special thanks to Diane Larche’ for giving Kingsmen Media Group the V.I.P. media access.
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I remember Jay Z trying to buy his first album back from the label and they wouldn’t do it. dame speaks on ownership and not giving it up for a quick bag of Money when it can take care of his kids for LIFE!
“They know, deep down. I think they know. They just don’t want to admit it. That’s what I think. I have a feeling. That’s why they’re mad. Because they do know that I actually am good, and they can’t really accept that. But we could be friends, and this could all be easy. Or we could not, and I could send Bitcoin sh*t chocolate boxes to your door. But I’m still going to be here.” (“Zach Sang & The Gang”)
The carrier worked out an unusual deal with the FAA
Southwest Airlines jets will continue flying over the next few days despite missing scheduled inspections.
The low-cost carrier failed to perform required rudder checks on 128 of its planes, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Federal Aviation Administration, though, agreed to let the aircraft keep flying for five days while the inspections are completed between routes.
Southwest told the FAA on Tuesday afternoon that it missed the inspections. It then took the jets out of service voluntarily, resulting in 80 cancelled flights. By early Wednesday morning, the FAA and Southwest had worked out a plan to allow the aircraft back in the skies while the inspections were done.
Minimal disruption of Southwest’s flight schedule is expected for Wednesday.
During his Saviours’ Day 2015 keynote address in Chicago, Farrakhan discussed having a conversation with Kanye. The Minister later added he met West’s wife Kim Kardashian and daughter North as well.
“The rappers rapped on the condition of the hood. But they’re all becoming conscious now, and White folks are upset,” Farrakhan told the audience at the Christ Universal Temple. “I had a talk with Kanye West. He visited me at our farm, just he. We had a good talk. I know that there’s a better world coming. I know that there’s a world coming that the color of your skin – as Dr. King said – is not going to be the ticket in. It’s your desire to do righteousness.”
Kanye and Farrakhan are also working on a film project together. West announced he was creating a documentary about the Million Man March organizer’s musical history.
Check out Marlon Wayans audition video for the Richard Pryor Biopic. This is pretty dope!
Shmurda’s entertainment lawyer Matthew Middleton spoke with the New York Times. Middleton expressed Epic is not required to offer bail money for its artists, but Bobby expected more financial and emotional support than he has received from the label.
“These companies for years have capitalized and made millions and millions of dollars from kids in the inner city portraying their plight to the rest of the world,” said Middleton. “To take advantage of that and exploit it from a business standpoint and then turn your back is disingenuous, to say the least.”
The seriousness of the allegations may be the reason Epic has decided not to back Shmurda, but Middleton points out so far there have only been accusations of crimes being committed. He also notes the label has already made a profit off its deal with Bobby.
“[Epic] made their money back at least two or three times over,” Middleton added. “I understand from a corporate standpoint that companies cannot put themselves in a position where it appears they’re supporting and condoning criminal activity. But he hasn’t been found guilty of anything yet.”