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50 Cent Celebrates 15 Years of Get Rich Die Tryin’ with Australian Tour

TheSource Feed - 5 hours 33 min ago

Queens’ 50 Cent is heading down under to Australia next month to celebrate the 15th anniversary of his debut studio album Get Rich or Die Tryin’ with two massive arena shows. 50 Cent first toured Australia in 2003, following it up with 2006 and 2008 shows with G-Unit again, before his most recent Australian performances in 2011.

The classic 8x Platinum Get Rich or Die Tryin’ album notably featured Dr. Dre, Eminem, DJ Quik, Nate Dogg and fellow G-Unit members Tony Yayo, Lloyd Banks and Young Buck. The #1 charting album was the first non-Eminem related release on Shady Records / Aftermath Entertainment and was one of the hottest albums of 2003 charting and selling platinum widely worldwide with over 12 million copies sold internationally – almost 2 million of those in the first two weeks alone. The album contained the massive international tracks “In da Club,” P.I.M.P,” “21 Questions,” Wanksta” and “If I Can’t,” providing continuous buzz until the release of 50’s Disco Inferno, the lead single off 2005’s The Massacre.

Supporting 50 Cent at both Melbourne and Sydney shows are local group A.B. Original, who claimed two national ARIA awards for both best Independent and Urban releases in 2017, and the young but rapidly upcoming Baker Boy. A. B. Original, consisting of Briggs and Trials (of The Funkoars), themselves have had a record-breaking past two years which saw the release of their critically acclaimed and award-winning debut album Reclaim Australia featuring King T, Guilty Simpson + more on Golden Era Records x Bad Apples Music and touring with Ice T’s Body Count and Hilltop Hoods.

Baker Boy himself has had a breakthrough 2017, and is poised to have an even bigger year this year with additional supports for Dizzee Rascal, as well as playing the domestic festival circuit announced. The young Indigenous rapper and dancer from Milinginbi North East Arnhem Land has fused his traditional language Yolngu Matha and cultural elements to provide an interesting and much-needed inclusion to the hip-hop landscape in Australia.

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Lil Yachty, Teyana Taylor, Rae Sremmurd Pioneer Reebok’s New ‘Always Classic’ Campaign

TheSource Feed - 5 hours 39 min ago

Reebok just revealed their Always Classic campaign in honor of their Spring/Summer 2018 collection.

Reebok’s widespread unveiling caters to the brand’s Franchise Four collective styles which include the Freestyle Hi, Classic Leather, Club C and Workout Plus. To represent the quintessential essence of these particular silouhettes, Reebok united audacious style icons Lil Yachty, Rae Sremmurd, Teyana Taylor, Ariana Grande and GiGi Hadid to pioneer the campaign movement at it’s core of encouraging self expression and embracing nonconformity.

Todd Krinsky, General Manager of Reebok Classics, stated —

“Our brand has a history of pushing boundaries and the Always Classic campaign is no different. It’s a modern celebration of pioneers, darers and authenticators who are reimagining what it means to be Classic on their own terms and are inviting everyone to do the same”. 

Watch the videos below to see how these style icons personally describe “What It Means to Be Classic” to them.

 

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Black Lightning Debuts with Strong Ratings for the CW Network

TheSource Feed - 5 hours 43 min ago

The culture always shows up for our own, and the CW network found that out on Tuesday night.

The network’s newest DC series, Black Lightning, debuted  to 2.3 million viewers and a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 (Live+same day). It held 100% of its The Flash lead-in in both 18-49 and 18-34 (0.6).

The show had an impressive debut Tuesday night for The CW, becoming the biggest debut for the network in two years and the biggest debut for the 9 p.m. time slot for the network in three years, aside from The Legends of Tomorrow crossover.

Based on the characters from D.C., Black Lightning is from Berlanti Productions and Akil Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti, Salim Akil & Mara Brock Akil and Sarah Schechter. The Black Lightning character was created by Tony Isabella with Trevor Von Eeden.

Network executives will soon learn that when you create content for the culture, the culture will support in high masses.

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Rockets’ Trevor Ariza, Gerald Green Suspended for Two Games for Entering Clippers’ Locker Room

TheSource Feed - 5 hours 48 min ago

We all knew a punishment would be coming for the Houston Rockets.

The NBA has suspended Houston Rockets forwards Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green for two games for their role in Monday night’s locker room fiasco after a 113-102 loss to the L.A. Clippers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Breaking: The NBA is suspending Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green two games for aggressively entering Clippers locker room. No penalties for Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and James Harden. (via @wojespn) pic.twitter.com/WPTIjMlt8T

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 17, 2018

The incident occurred following the Clippers’ 113-102 win over the Rockets on Jan. 15 at Staples Center.  During the league’s investigation, which included more than 20 interviews with executives, staff, coaches and players from both teams, as well as arena personnel, it was determined that Ariza and Green entered the Clippers’ locker room immediately after the game and engaged in a hostile, verbal altercation with several Clippers players.  The league’s investigation further concluded that Rockets players, James Harden and Chris Paul, followed Ariza and Green into the corridor outside the locker room in an effort to defuse the situation, and accordingly, discipline is not warranted.

“They entered the Clipper locker room in order to confront some or one of the Clippers, confront their opponent,” NBA vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe said. “With circumstances like this — it was chippy. These were two teams who really went at it. To go into another team’s locker room immediately after a game, totally inappropriate and very provocative for the players to do that, and so that’s a dangerous situation. It really is.”

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Cardi B Now Headed to the Big Screen; Reportedly Signs New Movie Deal

TheSource Feed - 5 hours 51 min ago

Words by Roman White

New reports reveal that Cardi B could have a spot on movie screens in the near future.

According to a new report by TMZ, the Bronx rapper signed a movie deal and is scheduled to begin shooting in March. What Bartier Cardi is making from this movie is unknown, but Cardi has supposedly been turning down $100,000-$200,000 shows in order to shoot this film. So it’s a safe bet that she’s probably in for a serious bag.

Unless the album is already done, this could be a shot in the arm to the “Bodak Yellow” rapper’s fans who were waiting on some new Cardi B music.

Cardi expressed in the past that she was taking her time with the album. She also admits that she has many different influences regarding the kind of music she wants to make. These influences come from her fiancée and Migos rapper Offset, her record company Atlantic, and all the diversity that comes from just being from New York. It doesn’t seem like she will have a huge problem making a hit album… she has been making hits all along. Cardi B recently broke Beyonce’s record of having the most songs in the Billboard Top 10 at once. Bruno Mars’ “Finesse” remix, Migos’ “Motorsport”, “Bartier Cardi”, G-Eazy‘s”No Limit” and “Bodak Yellow” are all five tracks Cardi B has in the top ten Hip-Hop and R&B Billboard Charts, making her the first female artist to do it and the third artist ever to do it. As if that were not enough, Cardi is also up for two Grammy awards this year for “Bodak Yellow.” She is nominated for Best Rap Performance and Best Rap Song.

And there doesn’t seem to be a pause button on her career.

Cardi did recently reveal that she is working on the video for “Bartier Cardi” featuring 21 Savage. And considering how long Bruno Mars songs be on charts,  “Finesse” which should keep Cardi’s name buzzing for a while.   With all of her musical success, one might wonder why Cardi B would transition to acting so soon in her career. The reality is… this little engine that could simply can do it all.

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North and South Korea to Unite for the Winter Olympics

TheSource Feed - 5 hours 56 min ago

Unlikely allies will form a united front at the Winter Olympics.

North and South Korea agreed on Wednesday to have their athletes march together under one flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics next month and to field a joint women’s ice hockey team, the most dramatic gesture of reconciliation between the two nations in a decade or more.

The agreements still require approval from the International Olympic Committee, but they are the most prominent steps toward rapprochement achieved by the Koreas since they began exploring cooperation during the Olympics following a year of heightened tension over the North’s nuclear weapons program.

South Korea’s athletes have previously marched alongside their North Korean counterparts at several Olympics, including the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics in Sydney and Athens, respectively, as well as the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

The current reconciliation mood began after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year’s speech that he was willing to send a delegation to the Games. Critics have said Kim’s overture is an attempt to use improved ties with South Korea to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions on North Korea, while buying time to perfect his nuclear weapons program.

The moves, nevertheless, have provided a temporary thaw in the Koreas’ long-strained ties and fostered optimism that North Korea won’t launch any new provocations, at least during the Olympics.

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Dennis Rodman Checks Into Rehab After Recent DUI Arrest

TheSource Feed - 6 hours 14 min ago

Recently, while on probation, former NBA player Dennis Rodman was arrested for a DUI.

Following the arrest, Rodman’s agent, Darren Prince told The Associated Press that he checked himself into Turning Point Rehabilitation Center in Paterson, New Jersey on Wednesday, Jan. 17th in order to deal with his longtime struggle with alcoholism.

The former member of the Chicago Bulls was arrested late Saturday in Southern California for suspicion of DUI after being pulled over for a traffic violation. Reports from the Newport Beach police said that he failed a series of breath tests and field sobriety. Rodman is no stranger to Turning Point’s Rehabilitation Center, being that this will be his second time in rehab. In 2014 he spent three weeks after returning from North Korea, where he organized a basketball game which involved retired NBA players for North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.

Rodman said that he needed to decompress from his trip.

 

 

 

 

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Remy Ma Teases New Track ‘Melanin Magic’ with Chris Brown

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:29pm

Words by Roman White

Remy Ma is dropping a new track Friday.

In her follow up to the Lil Kim collaboration, “Wake Me Up,”  Remy got in the lab with Chris Brown and will releasing a track titled “Melanin Magic (Pretty Brown).” The Bronx rapper teased the new track on Instagram Tuesday along with the single’s artwork.

Remy has been on a tear since being released from prison in 2014. The “Whateva” rapper has been prepping her new album ever since the release of her joint album with Fat Joe, Plata O Plomo which gave us the platinum hit song “All the Way Up.”

While working on her music, Remy also took a shot at reality TV for Vh1’s Love and Hip Hop New York. The rapper admitted on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club that she pursued the opportunity to get back into the spotlight and show a different, more decent side of herself that the industry hadn’t saw before serving six years in prison for assault, weapons possession and attempted coercion.

Along with having an irresistible hit song in “All the way up” Remy proved her lyrical dominance over fellow female MC and top competitor Nicki Minaj. After back and forth subliminal disses (allegedly) Remy went directly at the Queens born rapper in a freestyle over Nas’ “Ether” which originally was a legendary diss track against Jay-Z. Remy also released a follow up titled, “Another One” before Minaj finally shot back with a response on “No Frauds” featuring Drake and Lil Wayne. Despite getting the last word, the general consensus is that Remy won the lyrical war.

If that wasn’t enough, Remy took the crown at the BET Awards last year where Remy won Best Female Artist, an award the Nicki Minaj had won consistently for seven years.

With Remy seeming to be in a good position to release an album with a lot of attention on it, there is not yet a release date for her next project. Following Friday’s release, fans could find out soon if Remy does have a 2018 date for the album.

Pre-save #MELANINMAGIC (PRETTY BROWN) ft. @ChrisBrownOfficial out FRIDAY on @Spotify!link in bio.

A post shared by Remy Ma (@remyma) on Jan 16, 2018 at 12:59pm PST

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Washington State University Mourns Suicide From Beloved Quarterback

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 2:07pm

Words by Roman White

Washington State Quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead Tuesday of an apparent suicide.

The 21-year-old Red Shirt Sophomore alleged shot himself in the head with a rifle in his apartment in Pullman, Washington. After missing practice Tuesday, police were alerted and Hilinski was found dead next to the rifle and a suicide note. Police will still investigate Hilinski’s death to confirm that his passing was in fact self-inflicted.

Tyler’s younger brother, Ryan, a high school Quarterback who also received an offer from Washington State to play football posted a tweet late Tuesday night. “Please keep my family in your prayers tonight,” the tweet read. Hilinski’s family aside from this tweet has not spoken publicly.

Please keep my family in your prayers tonight.

— Big Bo (@ryan_hilinski) January 17, 2018

Tyler’s teammates, friends, family and coaches sent their condolences to the young Quarterback’s family. Washington State Head Coach, Mike Leach, released a statement to the public following Tyler’s passing.

“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Tyler’s passing. He was an incredible young man and everyone who had the privilege of knowing him was better for it. The entire WSU community mourns as thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”

The interim Director of Athletics John Johnson released a statement as well stating that the team was brought together to inform them of the tragedy. The university also is taking steps to help grieving student-athletes with psychological services and mental health counseling.

The second string QB made his first start with the WSU Cougars in the Holiday Bowl against Michigan State in place of the injured starter Luke Falk. The Claremont, California native completed 39 of his 50 pass attempts for 272 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. The Cougars lost that game 17-42.

In Hilinski’s first crack at collegiate action this season, he posted an incredible stat line with 240 yards passing and three touchdowns in a come from behind win over Boise State 47-44.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta Tells CNN President Trump Has Heart Disease

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:49pm

Words by Roman White

CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta says that President Donald Trump has Heart Disease.

According to CNN, In 2009 President Trump’s coronary calcium score (which doctors use to gauge heart activity in patients) was a 34 and in 2013 it was a 98. Now, compare that to what it is in 2018, marking in at a whopping 133.

If a patient has a score rating 100 or more, he or she runs a high risk of having a heart attack or developing heart disease within 3-5 years.

“Because of his diet and because of his lack of exercise that would be part of the reason those numbers have likely gone up and they have continued to go up despite the fact that he’s been on medications,” said Dr. Gupta on CNN’s New Day. “So the President has heart disease, those numbers qualify him for heart disease and he clearly needs a plan to try and prevent some sort of heart problem down the road.”

This comes a day after Physician to the President, Dr. Ronny Jackson spoke to a room full of reporters for over an hour at the White House Press Briefing and said that the president was overall in “excellent health.” One critique the prominent physician did have was that Trump needed to exercise more. If we are to believe this doctor and the medical documents released, 45 is a strapping older gentlemen at 6 foot 3 and 236 pounds, only one pound shy of being “obese.”

Another concern that many had was Trump’s mental stability.  Pundits often argue whether or not the President suffers from dementia or some other mental disability given his objectively obvious short attention span, short term memory,  and inability to focus on detail. To address those concerns, Dr. Jackson said there are “no concerns” about Trump’s cognitive ability.

 

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Steve Harvey’s New Show ‘Mancave’ on BET Announces Official Cast

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:23pm

If you’ve ever wondered what goes through a man’s mind, you’ll get the chance to find out tomorrow, January 18th as BET premieres its new show Mancave.

Executive produced by mogul and funny man Steve Harvey and series creator Jeff Johnson, the Man 12-episode series will feature a celebrity guest each episode where we get an uncensored look about what men talk about when the women aren’t around. Johnson will anchor the show and will be joined by comic and Black Jesus star Gerald “Slink” Johnson, record producer Marcos “Kosine” Palacios (1/2 of Da Internz) and heartthrob singer Tank.

This isn’t going to be another Sports Center; the men will discuss topics about sex, love, pop culture, entertainment and everything in between. Prepare yourselves for a no filter discussion with the viewpoints of black men each episode along with interviews and mental and physical challenges.

A female-free late-night show with four men coming from different worlds and have lots of opinions, Mancave will diffuse the male mind for the world to hear. Tune in tomorrow at 10:30 pm!

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Hennessy Collaborates with A$AP Ferg on Art, Music and Mixology [Watch]

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 1:12pm

Hennessy has tapped A$AP Ferg for a new collaboration for their Never Stop, Never Settle. series.

The collaboration, which officially launched Wednesday (Jan. 17) offers fans a limited-edition offering from rapper and painter A$AP Ferg, bringing together three of the artist’s passions: art, music and Cognac, the collab marks Hennessy’s latest creative collaboration centered around the notion of pushing the limits of one’s potential.

In addition to dropping artwork and a signature cocktail, the legendary Cognac and Harlem emcee have also dropped a new digital video for the Never Stop. Never Settle. detailing Ferg’s story from humble beginnings in Harlem to his rise within Hip-Hop and the powerhouse collective A$AP Mob.

In an exclusive statement to The Source, Ferg revealed how he felt about collaborating with such a staple in pop culture.

“Greatness comes and goes, inspiration plants the seeds in others, which are the things that live forever. I don’t strive to be great, I strive to be an inspiration for those who come after me. To lay down the blueprint for the next generation.”

Shot in Harlem, the video features Ferg sharing his unique creative process that’s established him as a master behind the mic, as well as in other endeavors, including painting. To commemorate the latest venture, Ferg dropped his latest single, “Family”, which serves as the background for the heartfelt video.

More than just music, Ferg discusses his passions while painting an image from his latest launch cover, Still Striving. The painting is inspired by his dedication to art and music and is filled with vibrant colors referencing his notion that colors can help to make the world brighter. In regards to his painting, Ferg revealed that his painting debut is more of a self-portrait.

“The painting is metaphoric of how I prepare to push the limits of potential and take on the world,” Ferg continued in the statement. “This picture of me tying my doo-rag reminds me of Rambo getting ready for combat.”

These same colors inspired the creation of the Hennessy Uptown, a new cocktail featuring Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège exclusively available through premiere cocktail delivery service, Cocktail Courier. The Hennessy Uptown Inspired by A$AP Ferg Cocktail Kit includes ingredients to make eight Ferg-inspired cocktails and will be available for purchase beginning January 17th at CocktailCourier.com. The first 100 kits also include a limited-edition vinyl of Ferg’s “Family” track, housed in a custom record sleeve that depicts Ferg’s artwork.

For more information on A$AP Ferg’s Never stop. Never settle. journey and how to create his signature cocktail, visit Hennessy.com or Facebook.com/Hennessy.

Check out the track and video below.

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Famous Dex and A$AP Rocky Drop Visuals to “Pick It Up”

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:56pm

Chicago native Famous Dex has teamed up with A$AP Rocky deliver the visuals to their new single, “Pick It Up.”

Directed by AWGE/Hidji Films, the video follows Dex and A$AP through in a crazy flea market, surrounded with beautiful women and bootleg fashions.

 

The single, released back in October, is the first single from his new Dex Meets Dexter.

 

Currently sitting at #77 on the Billboard Hot 100, and with over 93 million total streams, this new single is the first hit of many sure to come from the rapper who’s had the internet buzzing since 2015. After his singles “Drip From My Walk” and “Hit Em Wit It.” went viral, Dex caught the attention of the A$AP collective, with Ferg and Rocky signing on for collabs for Dex’s upcoming album.

While we wait for Dex Meets Dexter to drop this spring, get into the new visuals for “Pick It Up” video below!

 

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Twitter Insists Their Employees Do Not Have Access To Your DMs

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:28am

Amid his quest to expose the probable power abuse behind employees of the Twitter social network, filmmaker and conservative advocate James O’Keefe published furtive footage on Monday (Jan. 15) where engineers of the platform claim hundreds of employees read every single post a user shares, including direct messages.

Twitter immediately debunked the claims saying the statements made by O’Keefe and his media company Project Veritas are certain in falsehood and severely fallacious.

Twitter engineer Clay Haynes is shown saying to a Project Veritas personality that there are hundreds of Twitter employees that have unrestricted access to users’ private data, in the footage. “There’s teams dedicated to it… at least, three or four hundred people,” said Haynes. “They’re paid to look at dick pics.”

Paid to look at…what? According to BuzzFeed, Twitter debunked the DM claim saying, “We do not proactively review DMs. Period,” a Twitter spokesman disputed. “A limited number of employees have access to such information, for legitimate work purposes, and we enforce strict access protocols for those employees.”

Despite the fact Twitter never revealed the number of the exact amount of employees who have access for users’ private data, a former senior employee told BuzzFeed that while O’Keefe’s claim was “technically accurate to a degree, but exaggerated for effect by drunk idiots.” In other words, the amount of employees who have access to the private data of users does not hit the hundreds. The former employee clarified only a small group of engineers have access and are only allowed to access the data when they receive reports in the nature of dangers such as harassment.

“We deplore the deceptive and underhanded tactics by which this footage was obtained and selectively edited to fit a pre-determined narrative,” Twitter announced last week. “Twitter is committed to enforcing our rules without bias and empowering every voice on our platform, in accordance with the Twitter Rules.”

O’Keefe’s video is a part of a series with his media company Project Veritas which is centered about a mission to investigate the ways and actions of Twitter. Just last week, he published footage of Twitter engineers admitting they were willing to assist with bum-rushing the account of President Trump for the sake of the Department of Justice. In response, Twitter denied the allowance by claiming it “only responds to valid legal requests, and does not share any user information with law enforcement without such a request.”

Well, it looks like Twitter has an abundance of monkeys on their back and may have to reconsider many their practices. With the aggressive use President Trump hoards on the platform, attention to the network’s algorithm and employees have skyrocketed as it has now become a legitimate place for politicians and government officials to say their “peace.”

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New BET Docuseries ‘Death Row Chronicles’ To Premiere In February

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:40am

Without a doubt, Death Row Records is one of the most notorious record labels in the history of hip-hop culture. Those who take heed to the narrative of one of the hip-hop genre’s most favored eras, the 90s, understand the magnitude behind elaborations about the treasured time frame.

BET has announced the identity of their latest docuseries Death Row Chronicles which is set to premiere next month, Feb. 20 at 10 p.m. (eastern time). Divided into two parts, the network annals into the iconic label’s journey with never before seen footage along with a pristine account from an individual who witnessed the 1996 Las Vegas murder of Tupac Shakur. The docuseries will set a focal point on the label’s said financial troubles, the position and influence of Suge Knight, and of course, the label’s downfall.

The preview of the reportedly six-bit series reveals the presence of once Death Row artists Kurupt, Michel’le, and even former Death Row security detail, Mob James McDonald, giving their own play by play angles on the Death Row Records experience. The series will also feature acted out scenes of the told legacy, with plays involving Eazy-E, Suge Knight, and many more key players.

Take a look at the faint preview for Death Row Chronicles, here.

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5 Reasons to Watch CW’s Black Lightning

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:31am

Words by Nick Slay

CW premiered DC’s first black superhero headliner to their already impressive lineup of action heroes from the comic universe this week.

Though not directly tied to the “Arrowverse,” Black Lightning joins a string of successful superhero shows (who fans arguably enjoy more than their movie counterparts) based around Green Arrow’s success which spawned The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Although Black Lightning isn’t the network’s first black hero on the air for the shared universe, he is the first that is originally black and will play no one’s sidekick or teammate. We don’t know if he will join the crossovers that have made the other shows wildly popular, however with the amount of butt he kicked in his premiere episode he’ll definitely be able to hold his own.

Here are The Source‘s 5 Top Reasons to Watch:

  1. This isn’t a corny origin story requiring you watch the character become the hero. Black Lightning starts off 9 years after Jefferson Pierce retires his alter ego and hangs up his super suit. He becomes a hero of a different sort, Principal of a prep school called Garfield High School. In a very telling moment in dealing with crime in his community he feels he saved more lives in education than he ever did running the streets as costumed vigilante.

  2. He’s a super dad…literally. Following the comics Jefferson Pierce gives up a life of late night crime fighting to choose his family first. After a battle with his arch nemesis Tobias Whale goes sideways, his wife asks him to make a difficult choice, his family or the mission. We see his estranged wife Lynn giving him the blessings to dawn the blue suit once more to go save his daughters when gang violence erupts at his school. He chooses family first over super friends.

  3. It’s a family affair, (glancing over that obvious song pun) Pierce’s two daughters Anissa and Jennifer grow up to become the superheroes, “Thunder” and “Lightning” respectively. Sharing their dad’s meta-human DNA, Anissa can control her body’s density to become super strong while Jennifer is chip off of the ol’ block and has the same powers as her pops.

  4. Cress Williams’ version of Black Lightning isn’t just fighting crime in some made up DC city. He walks the tenuous tightrope of being a meta-human that can harness and control electricity, yet still being a Black man in America. Unlike his counterparts, i.e. The Flash or Batman he still has to navigate a world that doesn’t fully accept him on either front. While driving home he is pulled over then pulled out of his car, in front of his daughters for “fitting the description” of a suspect after a liquor store robbery by police. Then being forced to hold back the full magnitude of his powers after a racist cop taunts him.

  5. He’s not just fighting “the good fight” he’s fighting the real fight. Black Lightning major conflict isn’t a billionaire genius who’s out for world domination or guy in a green suit that likes to rob banks and leave riddles, he’s fighting a dangerous city gang called, “The 100” that has seized control of the city. By day and night he’s fighting black gang violence wearing 2 different faces. He struggles, but we ultimately respect him for it.

With Black Panther breaking box office numbers for Marvel, DC’s Black Lightning takes a refreshing look at the “Black Superhero.”

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Serena Williams: Postpartum Health Complications Made Me Stronger

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:29am

36-year-old tennis pro Serena Williams previously opened up about her postpartum health complications in her new cover story for Vogue, and on Monday, she took to Facebook to thank fans for their response.

“I didn’t expect that sharing our family’s story of Olympia’s birth and all of complications after giving birth would start such an outpouring of discussion from women — especially black women — who have faced similar complications and women whose problems go unaddressed,” the legendary athlete wrote.

Noting that black women are more than three times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes, Williams said, “We have a lot of work to do as a nation, and I hope my story can inspire a conversation that gets us to close this gap.”

She added, “Let me be clear: EVERY mother, regardless of race, or background deserves to have a healthy pregnancy and childbirth. I personally want all women of all colors to have the best experience they can have.”

When I first saw this @voguemagazine cover it brought tears to my eyes. All Vogue covers are special but to share this one with my beautiful daughter @olympiaohanian also the youngest Vogue cover star makes it moment I will never forget. The article is a must read. Link in bio

A post shared by Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) on Jan 10, 2018 at 5:05am PST

Though her own issues, which included an emergency C-section and postpartum blood clots, were definitely scary, Williams is grateful to have faced the adversity head-on.

“My personal experience was not great but it was MY experience and I’m happy it happened to me,” she wrote. “It made me stronger and it made me appreciate women — both women with and without kids — even more. We are powerful!!!”

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Kanye and Kim Turn Down Millions for Pics Of New Born Baby

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:16am

The Wests want to keep the privacy of their third child, for now. According to TMZ, the couple opted to turn down multi-million dollar deal offers, for pictures of their baby girl. Kanye and Kim Kardashian-West welcomed their third child into the world via surrogate, on Monday, Jan. 15, at Cedars-Sinai. The mother of three took to twitter to break the news.

She's here. https://t.co/oVg6se6VeQ

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) January 16, 2018

Sources say that Kim was present throughout the birthing, while Kanye waited behind the hospital curtain before holding his second daughter in his arms. Kim, 37, was the first of the two parents to make contact with the baby.

The parents of three did not entertain any offers for pictures of their new- born. A plethora of publishing companies, websites and magazines threw all types of 7 figure dollar deals to the Wests for months, but to no avail. The Wests opted to remain discrete until further notice. This is not a strange matter. This is family business. The parents of now three did the same for their first two children, North, 4 and Saint, 2. The world did not see pictures until months after they were born. There has been no word on any names yet.

A day after his daughter was born, the “Jesus Walks,” rapper was spotted walking into his Calabasas studio. Kanye, 40, is supposedly working on his new album. Many are anticipating some new music from Pablo. Until then, congrats to the Wests on their new baby girl.

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Bitcoin Plummets Below $10K, Loses Half Of Its Value

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 8:03am

Bitcoin slid to $10,000 on Wednesday for the first time since Dec. 1, leaving the cryptocurrency down by close to half from its peak hit last month.

Bitcoin, the largest and most prominent cryptocurrency, fell more than 11 percent to hit $10,000 on the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp exchange, amid worries about a regulatory clampdown.

The cryptocurrency touched a peak of almost $20,000 in December and indeed crossed over that threshold on some exchanges – but has since been roiled by several large sell-offs.

Bitcoin’s slide triggered a selloff across the broader cryptocurrency market, with biggest rival Ethereum down 23 percent on the day at one point, according to trade website Coinmarketcap and the next biggest, Ripple, plunging by as much as a third.

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Today In Hip Hop History: Nas’ Debut Album ‘Illmatic’ Certified Gold By RIAA 22 Years Ago

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/17/2018 - 7:50am

On this date in 1996, the Recording Industry Association of America tallied up the sales of Nas‘ debut album, Illmatic, granting the album gold status less than two years after it’s highly anticipated release.

By the time of this certification, Esco was already prepped to drop his sophomore LP, It Was Written, which was expected to receive similar accolades like its predecessor and actually received more commercial success than Illmatic.

The all-star production team(Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Premier) coupled with the likes of Nas’ unparalleled lyrical ability would only produce such a timeless piece of Hip Hop history.

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