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TV One Premieres Brand Nubian ‘Unsung’ Episode Tonight

TheSource Feed - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 11:58am

All for one and one for all!

TV One has put together an in-depth episode of Hip Hop’s icons of consciousness, Brand Nubian, for Unsung premieres tonight 9PM EST and 8PM Central Time.

Featuring all four members of the New Rochelle, NY-based group founded by Grand Puba Maxwell, Unsung attempted to uncover the truth of the group’s apexes and occasional splits.

Brand Nubian is hosting a Premiere Party of the episode in NYC to celebrate the unveiling of this monumental visual that will forever be a part of their history.

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Los Angeles Lakers’ Scouts In Lithuania Checking Out LiAngelo Ball

TheSource Feed - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 11:52am

LaVar Ball’s master plan to have all three of his sons on the Los Angeles Lakers roster may seem insane to some, but LiAngelo Ball‘s play in Lithuania has drawn the attention of a Lakers scout.

According to Lithuanian journalist Donatas Urbonas, a Lakers scout was in attendance to watch the 6’5 19-year-old for Vytautas’ most recent LKL game. Ball dropped 12 points, including 3 for 3 behind the arc, in 18 minutes of play.

Los Angeles Lakers scout was in the stands watching Nevezis-Vytautas game in Kedainiai. NBA Draft prospects LiAngelo Ball and Tadas Sedekerskis performed well. Gelo contributed to Vytautas W 96:79 with 12pts (3/3 threes) in 18 mins. Sedekerskis had season highs in pts 17 & EFF 23

— Donatas Urbonas (@Urbodo) April 12, 2018

Ball has played in 12 LKL games since arriving in Lithuania. He’s averaging a team-high 14.2 points per game and shooting 44 percent from the field. Last month, Ball declared for the NBA draft and is expected to participate in the Pro Basketball Combine.

Has LiAngelo proven himself worthy of a second-round NBA draft selection? It might not be as crazy as it seems, especially when you consider that many second-rounders never make it to the NBA. The more likely result is that Ball could be playing in the G League next year, which would give him a potential avenue to the NBA.

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Sabrina Claudio Issues Second Apology For Racist Tweets

TheSource Feed - Sun, 04/15/2018 - 11:48am

Earlier this week, Sabrina Claudio was exposed as being the owner of a Twitter account that was responsible for tweeting posts that were derogatory toward women of color. Her past was confirmed after people on Twitter found evidence that she was in fact the individual responsible for the account that she made in 2012 before she established her career. Initially, Sabrina Claudio was slow to respond to the allegations, but then she eventually put out a short apology on her official Twitter account, and then deleted her old account.

However, critics were not too accepting of her apology, so she then took to Instagram to provide a longer apology about the situation.

“I’m sorry for not saying something sooner. I am sorry for the short, straight to the point apology I posted on Twitter,” she wrote. “I’ve made many mistakes in my life. Many that have happened when I was young, lost and did not know who I was as an individual. Ones that have no excuse. Time doesn’t matter, whether it was six years ago or two minutes ago. It was still wrong. The words used then are not who I was or who I am today.”

She then further detailed her contempt for discrimination and the tearing down of other women and applied that the music she now creates contrasts with the tearing down of other women.

“Yes , I made ignorant comments that I regret. But to make this clear, I never had an account dedicated to taking down women. It breaks my heart knowing that this rumor has been created and is being spread out….Discrimination in any form no matter who it is directed to is not acceptable… My music is dedicated to empowering women… empowering all people for that matter; It’s what I represent. It’s what I’m proud of most. I’m so different than what I’m bring painted out to be. But it’s my fault you all feel the way you do. I am willing to prove to you who I really am.” Time will tell how Sabrina will move forward following this incident.

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Who is Bikerboi Scooter?

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:49pm

Bikerboi Scooter got a second chance at life following a life changing motorcycle accident. After rehab, he spent countless hours in the studio, grinding throughout Miami and Florida.

Scooter was born in Brooklyn, New York but moved to Melbourne, Florida at an early age. He’s been working relentlessly on his music career. Making several club appearances in Miami and consistently releasing music, Scooter caught the attention of a few DJs, promoters, and producers. He ultimately signed to 1LIFE2LIVE PRODUCTIONS label based out in NYC.

The first single he released on the label was “Run It Up,” which has over 50,000 views on YouTube, 1 million plays on Soundcloud, and 100k streams on Spotify. The record is featured on his highly-anticipated untitled EP, and his forthcoming single “Talk” is on the way.

Keep it locked.

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‘Love and Hip Hop’ Star Spice Releases Visuals for “Gum”

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:27pm

Spice is preparing for her takeover in the American market.

She is back with the music video for her song “Gum.” The flick kicked off with the Spice blowing up a pink balloon and doing her infamous whine. In the next shot, she was accompanied by dancers at a carnival and they kept you mesmerized with their dance moves.

It’s no doubt that this record will be a hit because her latest single “So Me Like It” has over 9M views on YouTube since its release in 2014. Not to mention, just 90 days out, her most recent music video, “Duffle Bag”, has received over 1M views on YouTube.

So check out her latest video for “Gum” below, and don’t forget to watch her on Love and Hip Hop: New York.

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“Lyfestyle” Changes: How the Fashion Brand is Creating a New Look

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 7:03pm

Teamwork makes the dream work. Or in this case, Lyfestyle is THE lifestyle. With a team 14 on deck for the up-and-coming fashion brand, the creative process is in full swing with design collaborations being debated on a daily basis. Furthermore, ideas of business strategy on how to execute the rollout of new pieces are being shot into the air like a chef curry jump shot, while chopping it up on how to remain loyal to their cult-following while continuing to expand their current customer base have been the subject of heated discussions. Despite what the topic is, team Lyfestyle has gradually climbed the fashion ranks by operating in harmony and becoming tighter than ever since the company’s inception in 2010.

By introducing a savvy and distinctive logo into the marketplace that is flipped upside-down and spelled backwards as “ǝʃʎʇsǝɟʎ⅂,” a mind-bending appearance is being delivered from the jump. With the Lyfestyle mantra rooted in “Your Lyfestyle might look weird to others, but when you look down, its right side up to you. Your Lyfestyle,” it embraces full-on individuality and all walks of life. With that visual experience in play, people can’t resist the inner voice that tells them “you know your lifestyle will be better when Lyfestyle is on you.”

On any given day, you can see mothers and fathers with their children, high schoolers that made the trip to Williamsburg, Brooklyn after the final buzzer of the school day released them into the real world, and fashion savvy adults walking from a location with an all black or white bag with a small green rectangle placed in the middle of it. After getting closer to the bag, one can see the word “Lyfestyle” affixed within the rectangle. As more people are walking past with the bags filled with clothes, you can’t help to think that coppin a fit is similar to getting a fashion fix. Let’s just say that green label carries a similar brand awareness of a potent product like “blue magic” from the movie “American Gangster” that starred Denzel Washington. As he said in the movie, “That’s a brand name. Like Pepsi, that’s a brand name. I stand behind it. I guarantee it. They know that. Even if they don’t know me any more than they know the chairman of General Mills.” And with fashion junkies flocking to the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn to satisfy their fix, people clearly stand by the brand with firm belief.

Upon taking the journey to their location at 1852 Flushing Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, one would think of the Lyfestyle headquarters as another industrial building located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. While the historic section is known for its graffiti painted walls, the no longer used Domino Sugar Factory, and its L train residents, people will quickly realize that the building is nothing more than a bat cave cover for a clothing brand that is placing its fingerprints on the fashion industry.

After the passing of green labeled bags and stepping foot into their showroom on the third floor, any Lyfestyler is quickly greeted by their Head of Security who is affectionately known as Melz. This greeting is complimented with a vibrant and energetic environment. Amid people customizing their own pieces, patrons having conversations with sales reps, customers voicing their online order for pickup, and many others browsing the feature pieces that are displayed in glass cases, the hype is combined with your favorite Kendrick Lamar bars, Tory Lanez rhythm, or any other artist that places an upbeat vibe in the air to make you feel like you’re in the comfort of your own home. With a fashionable suite that hosts a wide range of sweatshirts, sweatpants, tees, hats, letterman jackets, and motorcycle jackets among other clothing items, full customizability is offered to anyone who is looking to cop. Additionally, their clothing customization allows for patch variations to include their signature multicolored patch, Biggie Patch, Black Bart Patch, Deadking Patch, along with several others that instantaneously distinguish any dope fit that is put on.

With their showroom releasing a sense of calm and non-chaotic activity similar to most showrooms or boutiques anyone may come across in NYC, one would think behind the scenes would be a calm and tame process as far as the clothes-making process goes. Think again. Behind the showroom curtain presents a Willy Wonka and chocolate factory kind of vibe where instead of having Oompa Loompas bounce around the place, the entire Lyfestyle team is on the grind. With the full team on deck, the creative process is in full swing with design collaborations being debated, the management of boatloads of inventory that range from colored letters and signature pieces that are being tossed from one member to another like a chef curry jump shot. To keep the business boomin amidst the laughter of team and productive chatter, it’s commonplace to hear comments like “Tekashi 69 is in the building. Where is his bag with his custom fit at!?” or “Stop chillin. Ya’ll think you off the clock? There are customers up front.” It’s that kind of mentality that has nothing short of excellence and a customer-friendly interaction at the top of mind for everyone that is a part of the Lyfestyle collective.

While only offering products at their showroom and their Lyfestyle Boutique online at the moment, the Lyfestyle app is in development that would allow for an enhanced experience by turning their own customer base into clothing designers themselves. The app will deliver an à la carte experience that facilitates full control over colored patches, signature patches, and their placement of them over pretty much all articles of clothing that the Brooklyn brand offers.  With this experience soon to roll out, Lyfestyle will soon their customer base into instant fashion designers without them having to hand in a resume or participate in a lick of fashion school.

When asked about the inspiration behind the brands creativity and design concepts, it was immediately apparent that a collective effort was valued more than any one particular individual. Director of Online Sales and Graphic Designer, Clinton Ballard, said “It’s no one person that’s a “creative director” that is coming up with all of the ideas. We all pull our ideas and thoughts from one another and then move forward as a collective. Everyone has a passion for fashion and we see it as a benefit that everyone can contribute their own creative perspectives.” Clearly, this philosophy has served as foundational pillar for their mobile app development that the team wants their customers to experience as well.

It’s that kind of customer inclusion that has led to the gradual rise of the urban brand over the past several years. Over the past several years, the Lyfestyle brand has developed itself from a grassroots approach by touching the youth of New York City and all of its five boroughs. Gaining much traction by way of word-of-mouth and cultivating a devoted social media following with over 40,000 followers, the brand was able to receive significant placements with several celebrities and media outlets. Notable celebrities such Diddy, Cardi B, Safaree, and Faith Evans, and many others have been seen donning the Lyfestyle brand and various signature pieces. Additionally, the brand has been seen on a several television programs and specials that have aired on Revolt TV, MTV, VH1 and BET. This combined recognition by industry heavyweights and media powerhouses has only propelled the Lyfestyle name towards higher expectations and into conversations that now have them as a factor within their fashion lane.

Gaining significant momentum over the past two years, the brand plans on expanding through the NYC area, while taking its show on the road in order to expand its footprint to a nationwide audience. Beginning May 15th, the brand will kick-off a series of pop-up shops in SOHO (South of Houston St.) at 7 Cleveland Place, as the world famous neighborhood is the go-to for all things fashion and where the freshest of the fresh find new pieces to drape themselves in. And as developments like these continue to blossom into more opportunities, the team is aggressively positioning itself for further expansion in order to tackle increased volume and higher visibility projects. “With every advancement comes another level of volume and we know we have to be prepared for that. As far as our current location goes, we even have to tell celebrities to come at particular times because our in-store volume is so crazy. We do that because we can see it becoming like a mosh pit if certain celebrities are seen considering the long lines we have around our block. In seeing that, we’ve begun to quickly and smartly develop an infrastructure for our warehousing, sales, and online departments.” said their Head of Press and Media Outreach, Kamau Harper.

These steps are of course a part of the bigger picture that will cultivate national and international awareness that would spread the brand across the US and land it in multiple continents in order to rival any of its larger competitors fashion industry. But no matter the outcome, the entire team is down for the journey they have been taking full advantage of within the fashion industry. In short, they’re only concerned with creating a stellar experience, promote individualism, push creative limits, and delivering a one-of-a-kind Lyfestyle.

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A’ja Wilson Selected Number One In The 2018 WNBA Draft That Was Loaded With Talent

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:19pm

The 2018 WNBA draft was held at the Nike Headquarters in New York City on Thursday and for a handful of teams, their roster was going to get better immediately.

A’ja Wilson was selected as the first overall pick by the Las Vegas Aces in the 2018 WNBA draft on Thursday night. Wilson is the fifth SEC player to be selected as the first pick in the draft.

The #1 moment for the #1 overall pick, @_ajawilson22! pic.twitter.com/hnLICPbS6D

— WNBA (@WNBA) April 12, 2018

Wilson played for four years at South Carolina. She averaged 22.6 points and 11.8 rebounds in her senior season.

Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell, who is No. 2 on the all-time NCAA scoring list behind Kelsey Plum, last year’s No. 1 pick, was selected second by Indiana. The Fever, a usual playoff powerhouse, missed the playoffs for the first time since 2004. Mitchell’s scoring and court vision will help get the Fever back on track.

The Chicago Sky selected Diamond DeShields with the third overall pick. DeShields averaged 17.4 points and 6.4 rebounds for Tennessee in 2016-17 before leaving school to play overseas. According to Eurobasket, she’s putting up 16.5 points per game in Turkey.

Overall, it was a deep draft reminiscing of the 2013 WNBA draft were Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne, and Skylar Diggins-Smith were the top three picks.

2018 WNBA Draft Results Recap

First Round

1. Las Vegas Aces: A’ja Wilson, C, South Carolina
2. Indiana Fever: Kelsey Mitchell, G, Ohio State
3. Chicago Sky (via Dream): Diamond DeShields, G, Tennessee
4. Chicago Sky: Gabby Williams, F, Connecticut
5. Seattle Storm: Jordin Canada, G, UCLA
6. Dallas Wings: Azura Stevens, F, Connecticut
7. Washington Mystics: Ariel Atkins, G, Texas
8. Indiana Fever (via Mercury): Victoria Vivians, G, Mississippi State
9. Connecticut Sun: Lexie Brown, G, Duke
10. New York Liberty: Kia Nurse, G, Connecticut
11. Los Angeles Sparks: Maria Vadeeva, C, Russia
12. Phoenix Mercury (via Lynx): Marie Gulich, C, Oregon State

A’ja Wilson is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Teacher Accused of Running A “Fight Club” At Connecticut High School

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:59am

A former substitute teacher was arrested for allegedly supervising a student “fight club” at a Connecticut high school. Numerous cellphone videos show 23-year-old Ryan Fish supporting slap-fights in his math class at Montville High School.

Although the fights happened last October, it was in December that Officer Karen Moorehead, a school resource officer, wrote the arrest warrant affidavit because that was when the Juvenile Court Liaison, Tammy Algar, reported the incidents at the school to the police.

According to the arrest warrant filed by Moorehead, there were four victims; Victim 1: a 15-year-old; Victims 2&3: two 16-year-olds, and Victim 4: a 14-year old.

According to the arrest warrant, on December 14, 2017, the Juvenile Court Liaison, who is a social worker, reported to the police that victim 1 showed signs of being traumatized, robbed and beaten. The next day, Officer Moorehead visited the school and spoke with the assistant principal, Tatiana Patten, who told her that on October 10, 2017, she had been made aware of a “fight club” happening in a math class. Patten reported that multiple videos had been made showing “slap-fighting” in the class. Patten said that victim 1 and victim 2 were fighting in the classroom, though neither was a member of the class. Victim 1 told Patten he was not a willing participant in the fight.

Patten told Moorehead that when Fish was taken to the principal, he said, “Boys will be boys,” that he grew up in the country, and “Boys do stuff like that.” Fish was fired on October 17.

In one of the videos showing the incidents, Fish can be seen positioning himself in front of the doorway leading to the hallway. Moorehead wrote that in the fights, the boys were always unevenly matched; one student was much smaller than the other student.

Victim 4 told Moorehead that in one instance, he was in Fish’s class when victim 3 walked in and without any warning, hit him and “the fight was on.” He said Fish moved things out of the way so the fight could last longer. He added that the fight ended when victim 3 wound up throwing up in a trash can, but when victim 3 was done throwing up Fish attempted to restart the fight by saying, “Round two,” but it didn’t restart because the bell rang. Victim 4 said the fight between victims 3 and 4 went several rounds.

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San Francisco 49ers’ Reuben Foster Charged On Three Felonies But Job Status Is Safe For Now

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 9:28am

While Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed out the NFL, Reuben Foster seems to be able to keep a job in the mist of felony charges.

The San Francisco 49ers’ linebacker appeared in court Thursday charged with multiple felonies on allegations he “dragged” his live-in girlfriend “by her hair, physically threw her out of the house, and punched her in the head 8 to 10 times,” rupturing her eardrum.

If convicted, Foster could face more than 11 years in prison.

In a statement Thursday after the charges were announced, the 49ers did not mention any intention to cut Foster.

“The 49ers organization is aware of today’s disturbing charges regarding Reuben Foster,” the statement reads. “We will continue to follow this serious matter. Reuben is aware that his place in our organization is under great scrutiny and will depend on what is learned through the legal process.”

The 49ers drafted Foster in the first round last year despite questions about character issues that had some teams reportedly taking him off their draft boards.

Foster will also be subject to league discipline, with the NFL conducting its own investigation that could find him in violation of the league’s personal conduct policy even if he is acquitted.

 

 

 

 

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Black Parkland Students Ask For More ‘Mic Time’

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 8:37am

Any rap enthusiast will tell you how important your mic time is; for Black students involved in the Parkland shooting they feel they should be getting more, in line with their peers.

Black Parkland students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have a bone to pick with the image of their classmates, while still celebrating all the work that they’ve done.  Recently, Black students affected by the Parkland shooting called a press conference to discuss how they are disproportionately counted out of the narrative on school and community gun violence. They admit their peers are doing a commendable job concerning diversity on the subject, but are dismayed that March For Our Lives Rally went all the way to Chicago to discuss gun violence in black communities. In short, why fly to Chicago when students of color are dealing with this violence here at home?

MSD  High School student, 17-year-old junior Mei-Ling Ho-Shing had this to say to the Huffington Post:

“We’re saying you don’t see much of us at the forefront…It hurts, because they went all the way to Chicago to hear these voices when we’re right here…We go to school with you every day.”

Compared to their classmates like David Hogg who is white and Emma Gonzalez who is latina, they feel that they are getting considerably less airtime. Although they are not jealous of their classmates, they feel that some of the students representing the movement come from neighborhoods surrounding MSD High School that aren’t plagued by gun violence.  While the Black students who make up 11% of the student body (part of the minority students who only make up 40% of the school’s 3,000 students) they actually come from low-income areas who more directly affected by this type of violence. Ho-Shing mentioned during the press conference that their six degrees of separation are a lot closer than their classmates who come from largely white, affluent, and safe areas around the school.

Ho-Shing went on to say while speaking with the Huffington Post:

“David Hogg, we’re proud of him, but he mentioned he was going to use his White privilege to be the voice for black communities, and we’re kind of sitting there like, You know there are Stoneman Douglas students who could be that voice.”

A group of Black students from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High called a press conference today to say they have concerns that may not mirror those of their white peers. And that the media should listen. #MSDStrong pic.twitter.com/f3iy85Szi7

— Nadege C. Green (@NadegeGreen) March 28, 2018

Regardless of the reason that Black students and survivors of the Parkland shooting feel left out of the conversation, it is up to the media at large to fix it. We understand that David Hogg and Cameron Kasky may be well spoken, funny, as well as relatable (we don’t argue with the good work they are doing in any way), we cannot forget about those who live this tragedy as a normal part of life. As much as it is necessary for white voices to support Blacks when it comes to violence and civil rights issues, they cannot be the only one’s that are heard. Students like Ho-Shing were made first hand experts the day a shooter opened fire on February 14th in their classrooms, but also because the gun violence in their neighborhood that also may involve police violence has to be addressed.

Tyah-Amoy a Marjorie Stoneman Douglas student said conversations about gun violence have to include police violence. She asked, the same people who showed up for #MarchForOurLives–will they show up for #StephonClark? #AltonSterling? #SandraBland? pic.twitter.com/QIhvy9gYHD

— Nadege C. Green (@NadegeGreen) March 28, 2018

Tyah-Amoy Roberts, who spoke during the March press conference, brings up the shocking truth that Black Parkland survivors may have distinctly different concerns than their White or non-Black counterparts. They need their own unique voice and national platform to discuss the messy and controversial issues that aren’t being resolved. These are problems such as:

  • Over policing in minority neighborhoods
  • Drugs and drug violence in low-income neighborhoods
  • Gun violence involving police and unarmed black men/teens
  • Consequences of an overmilitarized predominantly White school, where blacks may end up being targets of that racial disparity.

MSD Student Kai may have said it best:

Kai says while some might feel comfort to have more police officers at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas, he does not. He says it's intimidating & that black students will face most of the consequences of an overmilitarized predominantly white school. pic.twitter.com/IxyYDbbOW8

— Nadege C. Green (@NadegeGreen) March 28, 2018

The media needs to provide fair, balanced, and unbiased coverage for all the voices affected by the violence in Parkland and similar gun violence in schools and neighborhoods around the country. #MSDStrong

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Hip-Hop Still Asks #BringBackOurGirls, Is The Demand Loud Enough?

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 8:26am

Four years ago this weekend, 276 schoolgirls were abducted by an African Islamic-Terrorist group called Boko Haram in the middle of the night from their dormitories in the Borno State of Nigeria. This kidnapping prompting international outrage and the widely popular #BringBackOurGirls hashtag, a campaign shared by leading celebrities such as Michelle Obama and Ellen Degeneres as well as major hip hop artists such as Diddy, Leona Lewis, Alicia Keys, and more.

Almost half a decade after the event, the majority of the girls have been returned home and reunited with their families. Yet, the Nigerian government has received harsh scrutiny for not securing the safe return for the almost 100 girls who are still in the clutches of Boko Haram.

While the initial outrage was great, it has since slowed down in the mainstream media. This happens a lot for girls and women in third world countries. But there are organizations out there that have a real focus on shedding light on these issues.

With support from the United Nations as well as key Hip-Hop artists, Girl Up is just one of many charities that is helping girls in developing nations get the tools, skills, and resources that they need to improve their quality of living.

While the hashtag’s popularity may have waned over the past five years, Girl Up challenges the Hip-Hop industry to not forget about the commitment to make the world a better place for disadvantaged girls.

John Legend, Nick Cannon, Queen Latifah, and Swizz Beats are among the celebrities that have shown real commitment in their work to impower adolescent girls around the globe by providing education and job training opportunities, preventative healthcare screenings, specialty camps and workshops, and more.

Queen Latifah, well-known in celebrity circles for being incredibly charitable sums up her theory on charity as such:

“Giving, to me, starts in your heart and then it extends to your purse and your wallet. I know I made a difference in someone’s life, even if they haven’t met me. It’s an opportunity to bless someone else.”

In addition to Girl Up, other hip-hop artists have contributed greatly to a number of charitable causes that either directly or indirectly focus on making the world a better and more equitable place, proving that hashtags will never replace true activism.

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Nicki Minaj Talks Beef and New Direction with Zane Lowe on Beats 1

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 4:52pm

The long-awaited return of Nicki Minaj is finally here after the Young Money Queen dropped two highly anticipated singles.

During her premiere of her two new single “Chun Li” and “Barbie Tingz” and interview with Beats 1 Radio’s Zane Lowe, Nicki addresses her social media hiatus and why she took the time out to hone her craft and create a great album.

“I needed to focus on my album. This is the best album I’ve ever in my life ever ever ever created,” Nicki said. “I needed to focus. And I just didn’t know. You know, I wanted to make sure I was writing something that was meaningful to me and that would inspire and that would captivate my audience. But most importantly, I wanted to have fun again.”

Nicki also revealed that the negativity from social media played a huge role in her decision to take it back to the basics and go off the grid during her creative process.

“I wanted to go in the studio and have fun, without giving a shit. I didn’t want to see anything. You know, I wasn’t only not posting, but I also took all forms of social media off my phone, and it actually was the most genius decision I ever made for myself, as a human being, because it gave me peace and it put my focus back on what it needed to be on, which is the music. When I was doing mixtapes, I wasn’t on Instagram. I’m not like these artists that are out now that have the luxury of you know, Instagram, you know. Twitter was just starting off. So I was like why am I including this information and taking this information into my spirit? I don’t need to see what people are saying about me. I don’t need to know what people are saying about anything, really.”

Despite Nicki being in a new place creatively, she did take some time to air out her grievances against Bronx rapstress Cardi B and Migos, who Minaj claims used her name for clout and called out Cardi for “not showing enough respect” during her rise to fame.

“The first interview [Cardi B] did after the first interview she did after ‘MotorSport’ came out, it just really hurt me,” Nicki continued. “Cause she looked so aggravated and angry and the only thing she kept saying was, ‘Oh, I didn’t hear that verse, I didn’t hear that verse. She changed her verse.  With ‘MotorSport,’ I kinda felt ambushed. I love Quavo, and at the time, on Twitter, I explained how “Motorsport” came about, and you know, people were saying that I was lying. So I texted Quavo and I said, ‘Hey, just, you know, could you back me up on this because I don’t want people to think I’m lying. What do I have to lie about? And he didn’t back me up. He texted me, and he was like, ‘I would go on Twitter and back you up if you were my girl lol.’ And that hurt, because he’s somebody—I love him.”

In regards to Meek Mill and his legal fight, Nicki revealed that she has been super supportive of her ex and that no matter what happened between them he didn’t deserve to be in the legal battle that he has been in over the last year.

“I don’t want to as well go out legal things, but I will say that every now and then I think about… anyway. I won’t go there. I’ll save some of those things from my album and I’m also shooting a documentary. But what I will say now is that the judge in question was did everything I asked of her. And you know, so I can’t bad mouth her because I met her personally. I know what she said to us and he knows that and I know that. But of course, I wouldn’t wish that — I wouldn’t wish jail on anybody. But, like I said I’ll get into detail in the documentary and possibly on the album, but what I will say is what made me shed tears the other day was his seeing his mother cry. Seeing his mother crying was the first time I was like, oh my God, like, I can’t take it. She, during our relationship, was always so sweet to me and even at the end, when I was when we kind of both knew that I was like you know too rocky, too bad… she always just showed me so much love. So I still care about her, I didn’t like seeing her cry the other day.”

Check out the new singles below and the full interview here.

 

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Coachella Weekend One To Stream Live On Youtube

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 12:20pm

By Jasmine Johnson

YouTube will be will live streaming the music festival for the eighth year with festivities kicking off April 13 and ending 15. Weekend two will run April 20-22. The lineup features Beyoncé, Post Malone, The Weeknd, Vince Staples and many more. Only Weekend one will be available for streaming on YouTube. Viewers have four choices to live stream feeds with different artists simultaneously. It will have viewers to experience ground coverage using headsets of two different views. Viewers also have the ability to create a schedule that features live acts they want to see by switching stages.

Reports have Beyoncé hiring over 100 dancers for her stage performances. We haven’t seen Bey perform sine her Formation World Tour in 2016. The Weeknd has recently released his surprise EP, My Dear Melancholy, which was streamed over 26 million times. Abel will surely be performing some cuts from the new record.

Beginning Friday stream the fest on Coachella’s Youtube page.

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Black Girl Magic: Naomie Harris Talks New Film “Rampage,” Diversity and Her Amazing Advice for Women

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 12:09pm

Oscar nominated actress Naomie Harris does not want to fit in a box. No typecast here. Expertly balancing James Bond’s Eve Moneypenny, to Paula, the drug addicted mother of Moonlight, last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture, to her latest adventure as Dr. Kate Caldwell, the discredited geneticist in Warner Bros. newest action roller coaster Rampage, Harris can do it all. And well.

Alongside wrestler turned Hollywood juggernaut Dwayne Johnson, as primatologist Davis Okoye, Harris battles to find a cure after a genetic experiment goes rogue, creating raging- and incredibly unfriendly creatures of enormous magnitude in Chicago.

The British bombshell, who began acting as a child star on “Simon and the Witch” in 1987, dropped jaws at the Rampage premiere in Los Angeles last week.

We caught up with the England native as she dished on her new project, her embarrassing moment while filming and her fabulous advice to women. – Angela Wilson

The Source: Last time we spoke was at the Moonlight press junket in Chicago a few years ago, how have things been since then?

Naomie Harris: This is the movie I did straight after Moonlight.

I wanted to do something completely difference from Paula; something lighthearted and playful. I had enough of playing harrowing roles.

Give us some background information on Rampage and your character Dr. Kate Caldwell.

The movie is a fun, action adventure with incredible special effects. It has a lot of humor and a really big heart between Dwayne’s character and a giant silver back gorilla who’s infected with a virus. And my character Dr. Caldwell is the genetics who’s responsible for producing that virus that effects his friend, and because of that I feel incredible responsible and I want to find a way to find a cure. So I team up with Dwayne’s character and we go through this journey in Chicago to save his friend.

That sounds exciting!

It is so exciting! I watched it for the first time at the premiere last night and I was at the edge of my seat and normally I’m never like that; when I’m in a movie, I’m always highly critical of it because I know what’s coming next, I know the story. But the special effects in “Rampage” is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s so fun and it has a lot of humor as well- it’s a very enjoyable movie.

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Nice! Any funny stories from shooting on set you can share?

I have an embarrassing one, instead of funny. *laughs*

There’s a moment in the film where Malin Akerman– she’s plays the baddie and [my character] is to punch her. It’s supposed to be a screen punch where you stop about 3-4 inches away from a person’s face. I misjudged it and I actually punched her in the face. I still feel guilty about that to this day- although she says she’s fine, but still I feel incredibly embarrassed about that. It’s one of the hazards of doing all these stunt movies with lots of action and adventure someone always ends up with bruises.

Lately the conversation has been all about diversity. Do you think this is just a trend; a hot topic just for the moment then a year from now, we’re on to something else?

I don’t think so. I think there’s been a real change. I think the town in terms of entertainment in general is run by money. And I think for so long diversity has been seen as not profitable and now they’re waking up to the fact that it’s highly profitable; that’s there’s a whole audience that’s been largely ignored who want diversity and needs material that reflects them. And that’s hugely exciting and I don’t think that’s a trend that’s going to reverse itself- it’s just going to get better and better.

Better late than never, right!

Yes, exactly, true! And Black Panther just has it all!

That movie was a game changer!

Your co-star Dwayne Johnson recently opened up about his battle his depression. Could you relate to his experiences and how did you handle it?

I haven’t really experienced depression as such or real anxiety but I think it’s so fantastic that Dwayne has opened up and showed that no matter what your level of success you have we are all vulnerable to those illnesses and feelings and no one is immune and we all have to find ways that work for us. For me, I try to keep a work/life balance- which is very important to me. I’ll do one to two movies a year and I’ll take a break and take time off to find myself and to enjoy life and de-stress. Other wise this business is intense- it’s a wonderful business and it’s greatly rewarding and I’m very lucky to be apart of it but it’s also very draining at times. That’s how I cope and I look after my mental health.

It’s easy to talk about that but its hard to put that in place- to just jump off the merry-go-round we’re on to and just say enough.

It’s definitely easier said than done.

For sure.

What’s something every woman should try at least once in her life?

I think every woman- and every man actually, should try going on a trip on their own, with no agenda and with no safety net. And I say that because I’ve did it twice now; I’ve gone off to India and to Thailand 2 years ago, both by myself, and it was such an amazing experience I think so often we live a lot in fear and when you kind of jump and you allow life to take care of you, you realize life has your back, and that everything you feared just works out. And you meet amazing people along the way and you learn incredible lessons about how strong you are. The most important thing you can learn is to just trust life more. You can allow life to lead you exactly where you need to be.

That’s awesome advice! Any destination recommendations?

You should go to this one place – Bana it’s in Dehradun, just outside of Deli in India and it’s a magical place! I cannot recommend it highly enough.

 

Rampage roars into theaters nationwide on Friday, April 13. Get your tickets here!

 

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Prolific Producer Knxwledge Releases New ‘Gladwemet’ EP

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:17am

The producer behind the beat for Kendrick Lamar’s track “Momma” from the Grammy Award-winning To Pimp A Butterfly album and one half of NxWorries with Anderson .Paak is the producer based out of Los Angeles by way of New Jersey that goes by the name of Knxwledge. Today he released a brand new EP entitled Gladwemet that boasts 6 new songs. You may have already heard the lead single “Relapse” featuring Traffic as it was also used recently as part of the Adult Swim singles program.

Knxwledge’s style is the evolution of J Dilla and Madlib, with his jazzy lo-fi hip-hop grooves that seamlessly flow from one track to the next. And like the previously mentioned beatmakers, his musical style can be tailored to MC’s or be left as stand-alone instrumental hip-hop songs. While his resume of collaborations is quite extensive it certainly doesn’t lack quality, boasting credits for Ghostface Killah, Earl Sweatshirt, Roc Marciano, Action Bronson, Joey Bada$$, Westside Gunn, Homeboy Sandman.

With 88 releases on his website since 2010, it can be quite intimidating to jump straight in and start listening, especially when you see how he names his songs and albums. His discography can be broken into four main categories: Beat Tapes, his Hexual Sealings series which are R&B focused remix projects, Wrap Taypes which are his hip-hop remix projects and he has a handful of singular rapper remix projects such as [DB]FiXXX’s which is a remixed version of Danny Brown’s album XXX.

For anyone looking start the trek down the path of Knxwledge, Hud Dreems is a 26-track offering released through Stones Throw Records. It is a well crafted and spacey trip filled with both traditional hip-hop drum breaks and off-kilter rhythms. He also dropped a 53-track cassette project called Anthology that serves as an anthology various tracks of his work from 2009-2013.

With a second to none work rate behind the drum pads, Knxwledge is much more than the other guy on Action Bronson’s couch as seen on Viceland. Knxw the ledge and check out Gladwemet on Apple and Spotify.

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The Resurgence: The Last Poets ‘Understand What Black Is’

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 10:45am

Even while on a 20-year hiatus, their influence could still be felt. The likes of Notorious B.I.G., NWA, A Tribe Called Quest, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and countless others have sampled their timeless sound. A sound crafted in East Harlem in the 1970s that shaped hip-hop during it’s earliest stages.

The Last Poets, comprised of Abiodun Oyewole and Umar Bin Hassan are back and unapologetically supplying the masses with the sound that inspired a wave of black consciousness years before it was cool to be “woke.”

In light of Donald Trump’s current reign, Hassan and Oyewole decided to resurrect the group to create a brand new record, to reflect the times in true Last Poets fashion.

Understand What Black Is‘ is as powerful as it’s title intends. The 10 track record, set to be released May 18th, is laced with free-flowing trumpet, saxophone and flute melodies, drum patterns and a rocksteady reggae beat that draws you in as the poets effortlessly orate the elements of the African American diaspora, without ever skipping a beat.

 

The Last Poets are proving that 20 years later, their talent is as relevant and needed in the digital music space as ever. Providing a refreshing rhetoric that quenches the thirst of those searching for answers to appease the consciousness of today’s racial climate,  The Last Poets declarations of self-love, awareness, and vulnerability in ‘Understand What Black Is’ proves that love for liberation in oneself will never go out of style.

For more from Abiodun Oyewole and Umar Bin Hassan aka The Last Poets, stay updated on the release of their 10 track project ‘Understand What Black Is‘ on Facebook here.

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Fraternity Suspended for Blackface Incident During College’s Multi-Cultural Event

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 10:40am

A fraternity at California Polytechnic State University has been suspended by the school for a racially insensitive photo that was taken on Sunday. The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity has become subject to discipline from the school and the general public after a photo was taken with a student in blackface.

In the photo which was taken during Cal Poly’s Multi-Cultural event this past weekend, the Lambda Chi Alpha students wore fake tattoos, baggy clothes and threw up gang signs. But in a separate photo, a student is seen in blackface which caused outrage throughout social media, the college campus, and eventually back to the fraternities national organization.

The Lambda Chi national chapter in Indianapolis placed the Cal Poly chapter on “limited operations” according to a statement on Facebook. “As a fraternity that prides itself on brotherhood and diversity, we do not condone any behavior that strays from our core values… and we certainly do not tolerate hate or racism of any kind,” the National chapter wrote in the statement. Lambda Chi also posted a message on its organization’s website that, in part, asks members to do what they want in the privacy of their own home, but in public remember that they represent the fraternity.

According to the New York Times report, following the immediate suspension of the fraternity, the racist photo led to on campus protests, and a standing room meeting with University leadership to discuss racism at the college. According to the most recent statistics on the University website, 58 percent of the students at Cal Poly are White while less than one percent are Black or African-American.

According to the New York Times, Cal Poly’s Black Student Union who helped organize the meeting with University leadership, are demanding more from the people in charge of the University and is asking that they “publicly state their actions towards ending these frequently occurring, offensive events and maintain public records of their progress in these endeavors.”

Although the fraternity feels that the incident is being misrepresented, they issued an apology. “Although it was not our intention to stir up racial tension, we understand the negative impact this picture had on our peers,” the statement reads.

 

The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity has been placed on interim suspension following a weekend gathering by the group that appears to have included racially insensitive behavior. We continue to review the event to fully understand what occurred. Full post: https://t.co/9wAbZuE30j

— Cal Poly (@CalPoly) April 11, 2018

 

 

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T.I. Will Search for the Next Grand Hustler in New Reality Show

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 9:35am

Grand Hustle’s head honcho T.I. is looking to find men and women, who embrace the hustler’s mentality.

“Tip” Harris has epitomized the started from the bottom, rise to the top mentality over his long and successful career. In his new, BET reality show The Grand Hustle, T.I. will choose 16 people, who best exemplify a hustlers ambition. The winner at the end of the competition will earn a high salary position at Grand Hustle Productions. It is an opportunity of a lifetime. The best part of about the competition is its open platform. Anyone can come out and compete to be selected.

“It doesn’t matter if you got your hustle at Harvard or the hood,” said the Grammy Award winning rapper.

Expect people from all walks of life and ethnicities to embrace this challenge.

“The Grand Hustle’ is about how you handle business and what you can do for the brand so I wanted to create a show that offers an equal playing field,” said T.I.

The Grand Hustle will not be T.I.’s first foray in television. He shared his life as a father and family man during the 6 season VH1 reality show, The Family Hustle. The show concluded in May 2017, on its 100th episode.

The new BET show will include 12, hour-long episodes. T.I. created and executive produced the show as well. According to the press release, there will be a lot of drama in the fight for that crown.

Be sure to check out The Grand Hustle premiere on BET, July 19th at 10 pm.

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Master P Recalls The Time He Almost Put Some Hands On Kobe Bryant

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 9:24am

Master P isn’t one to back down from a fight and neither is Kobe Bryant. So when the rapper/mogul appeared on Van Lathan‘s podcast to explain an altercation between the two, it didn’t seem too far-fetched.

Master P explained to Van Lathan that things got heated between him and Kobe Bryant this one time when he was visiting the Lakers practice facility.

Their altercation didn’t quite escalate to the point of a physical exchange, though, and they have the now-retired Lakers baller star (and Kobe’s teammate) Lamar Odom to thank for that.

“I almost got into it with Kobe before at the Lakers facility,” Master P said. “Lamar Odom kind of cooled it off.”

When asked about how it got to that point, the rapper simply said, “I mean, you know how Kobe is. The Lakers’ is his facilities. That’s his place, so you know. It was just one of those things.”

While he admitted it wasn’t that serious, he said that they had a couple words. However, he insinuated that it could’ve escalated quickly. “I don’t really have many words when it gets to that.” P said.

It’s well known that Kobe is a trash talker and super competitive as well as no stranger to physical altercation. Who could forget the time former New York Knicks’ player Chris Childs gave Kobe a two-piece sandwich.

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Man Seeks $1 Million From Wu Tang Clan Over Stolen Artwork For ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ Album

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/12/2018 - 8:38am

Even without pharma king Martin Shkreli in prison for the rest of the decade, the Wu is still in court behind the mystical Once Upon A Time In Shaolin album.

There is only one copy of the record in existence, which was sold to “pharma bro” Martin Shrkeli for $2 million. He has since been ordered to give up the album to authorities as part of his fraud sentencing.

Now, the rap group are said to be being sued by the photographer who shot the cover art. In a lawsuit obtained by The Blast, Warren Patterson claims he spent 80 hours between 2013 and 2014 shooting photos of the silver case with the Wu-Tang logo on it. He says he was not paid for his work, nor was under contract to the group when he took the shots. He added that he had no idea the photo would be used for the album’s cover, saying that such usage came without his permission.

In the document, which names Method Man, RZA, Raekwon, Cappadonna, Ghostface Killah, GZA, Inspectah Deck, Masta Killa, and U-God as defendants, he claims “the infringing copies of the Plaintiff’s works [were] delivered to a law office in New York County, New York by mail or courier service to be picked up by a purchaser named Martin Shkreli.” He is seeking at least $1 million in damages for copyright infringement.

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