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Fly News: Nick Cannon & Brittany Bell Welcome Son Gordon Cannon

Nick Cannon and Brittany Bell sure have reason to celebrate.

The Wildin’ Out host and beauty queen welcomed their son Golden “Sagon” Cannon on Tuesday (Feb. 21).

Cannon celebrated the news on Instagram posting a photo of himself holding his son in his arms accompanied with the following caption,

“Weeping may endure for a night, but Joy cometh in the morning. No matter how hard the world may hit you, God always reminds us of our purpose! #TrueHappiness Welcome to Earth Son!”

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Awww, we just got all the feels!

This is Cannon’s third child. He has 5-year-old twins with ex-wife Mariah Carey, Moroccan and Monroe, who are probably ecstatic to meet their little brother.

Congrats to Nick and Brittany on their bundle of joy!

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FLY News: The NBA Is Entering The eSports World With The NBA 2K eLeague!

Fellas and ladies you ever wanted a chance to play in the NBA? You ever wanted to get paid to play eSports? Well the NBA and Take-Two Interactive are going to give you your chance at both!

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Now how you might ask? Well today the NBA and Take-Two Interactive the company behind the beloved NBA video game simulator NBA2K announced that will be starting their own eLeague. Each of the NBA’s real franchises will have their own virtual franchise and will draft the best NBA2K players. This move marks the first time a professional eSports league will be owned and operated by a U.S. professional sports league. NFL, MLB, NHL,FIFA and WTA your move!

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Each player will have their own virtual avatar, the eLeague will follow a professional sports league format. Players will face off head-to-head and will participate in a bracketed playoff system and then a championship game. So basically this will the virtual players job!

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Read the full press release below:

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb. 9, 2017– The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:TTWO) today announced plans to launch the NBA 2K eLeague, a new, professional competitive gaming league that will bring together the best basketball gamers in the world. This marks the first official eSports league operated by a U.S. professional sports league.

Set to debut in 2018, this groundbreaking competitive gaming league will consist of teams operated by actual NBA franchises. The founding teams, each composed of five professional eSports players who will play the game as user-created avatars, will be announced in the coming months. The NBA 2K eLeague will follow a professional sports league format: competing head-to-head throughout a regular season, participating in a bracketed playoff system, and concluding with a championship matchup.

“We believe we have a unique opportunity to develop something truly special for our fans and the young and growing eSports community,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “We look forward to combining our best-in-class NBA sports team operators with Take-Two’s competitive gaming expertise to create a brand new league experience.”

“We are proud to expand our strong relationship with the NBA and co-create the NBA 2K eLeague,” said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman and CEO of Take-Two. “Through the NBA 2K series, which is renowned throughout the world for capturing the authenticity of the NBA and the passion of its fans, we have a proven track record of highly successful collaboration. With this new venture, Take-Two and the NBA aim to fuel the accelerating growth of eSports and take the thrill of competition to exciting new heights.”

The relationship between NBA and Take-Two dates back to 1999, with the NBA 2K series selling over 68 million units worldwide. The most recent release, NBA 2K17, is the highest-rated annual sports game of the current console generation and the highest-rated title in the history of the NBA 2K series.(1) To date, NBA 2K17 has sold-in nearly 7 million units, and is poised to become 2K’s highest-selling sports title ever.

In December, 2K launched its second official eSports competition, NBA 2K17 All-Star Tournament, which offers teams of gamers the chance to win a trip to NBA All-Star 2017. The 5-on-5 tournament, featuring a $250,000 grand prize, will culminate on Feb. 17 in New Orleans.

Remember when they used to say playing video games were a waste of time? Yeah me neither! eSports are definitely the future and the NBA recognizes that! I won’t be surprised if other professional sports leagues like the MLB, NFL, NASCAR, FIFA, WTA and PGA follow suit eventually.

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Black History Month: Google Doodler, Sophie Diao Salutes Edmonia Lewis

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On Wednesday, February 1st [Today] at 12:01 am ET, in honor of Black History Month, a Doodle on the Google.com homepage was placed celebrating Edmonia Lewis, the first woman of African-American and Native American heritage to achieve global recognition as a sculptor.

The Doodle depicts Lewis sculpting one of her most famous works, The Death of Cleopatra, which is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. The sculpture was first revealed at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. Lewis’s realistic portrayal of Cleopatra’s death shocked viewers and received acclaim from critics, who called it “the most remarkable piece of sculpture in the American section” of the show.

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The artist behind today’s doodle is Sophie Diao. Sophie has been designing Google Doodles for the past three and a half years. She is a 2013 graduate of the California Institute of the Arts where she majored in Character Animation. As she has always been inspired by both journalism and American History, she combines both interests to create.

“I started by researching Edmonia Lewis’ life story – how she got interested in sculpting and what her legacy was,” says Diao. “The fact that she intentionally chose to sculpt powerful female figures was exciting to me. I really wanted to show her in the process of sculpting, emphasizing her small stature (she was only four feet tall!) and one of her most famous pieces, ‘The Death of Cleopatra.’ I chose this piece to highlight in particular not only because it’s such a striking sculpture, but it depicts a female commander & Egyptian queen. I found her choice of subject matter extremely powerful. Her Native American name was “Wildfire,” which I tried to incorporate by making the Google letters especially fiery.”

Thanks to Google and Sophie for uplifting the culture!

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Fly News: Big Sean Making ‘SNL’ Debut

Big Sean will be live from New York in a few weeks.

The Detroit rapper will be gracing the Saturday Night Live stage for the first time on Jan. 21. Sean shared his excitement about the announcement on Twitter.

Serving as the musical guest alongside host Aziz Ansari, Sean is bound to make an appearance in a few skits. A true hip-hop aficionado, Ansari is known for incorporating rappers into jokes for his routines.

Aside from planning his big SNL appearance, Sean is currently readying his new album I Decided. due out Feb. 3. This week, Sean Don also announced the accompanying tour which kicks off March 17 in Houston. Featuring special guest MadeinTYO the 21-city trek wraps up Apr. 20 in Miami.

Check out complete list of dates below. Will you be tuning in Jan. 21?

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EBONY to Release President Obama Commemorative Issue

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To mark the political ascent and enduring legacy of President Barack H. Obama, EBONY has published a special commemorative edition, Hail to the Chief: Saluting Eight Years of Excellence. This stylish, thought-provoking issue (83 pages; $10.99) is a unique collection of exclusive photographs, archival EBONY articles and hard-hitting analyses from leading African-American writers including award-winning poet, author and civil rights activist, Nikki Giovanni; MSNBC award-winning journalist Joy-Ann Reid; culturally astute critic Eric Deggans; pop culture pundit Touré; and New York Times best-selling author Baratunde Thurston.

“Our readers know the utter importance of simple images of Obama and the first family in a White House that had been very literal with respect to its previous inhabitants,” says Kyra Kyles, editor-in-chief of EBONY.  “But our team went well beyond the aesthetics and recruited the most sought-after Black thought leaders to candidly discuss the social context around his administration, his achievements over two terms and the impact he will have as our first but hopefully not our last.”

EBONY’s commemorative special commemorative edition will be available December 20 for purchase on newsstands only.

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Fly News: Drake to Open OVO Flagship Store in NYC

The OVO owl is making its way to New York as Drake announces the opening of a new flagship store in the Big Apple.

Drizzy took to Instagram to tease the arrival of the new shop with a black-and-white video featuring locations on Bowery Street. Channeling Batman’s signature call, we see the OVO owl light up the New York city skyline. This will be OVO’s third flagship location as they have already set-up shop in Toronto and Los Angeles.

Drake clearly has his sights on dominating everything he sets out to do. This week his album VIEWS became certified 4x platinum and he received eight Grammy nominations. The 6 God is currently prepping More Life set to drop this month.

Watch the teaser for OVO’s New York Flagship store below.

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Twitter Hilariously Responds To #BoycottHamilton With #NameAPenceMusical!

Friday night Vice President-Elect Mike Pence tried to take a break from politics and enjoy the mega hit and sold out forever Broadway show Hamilton with his daughter and nephew. Unfortunately for him this election is a different beast and he won’t be able to escape the anger that still is being felt across the nation.

Pence’s arrival to show was greeted to a mix reaction of some cheers and some very loud and honestly well-deserved boos.

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Little did he know that’s not all that was gonna be coming his way that night. The cast of the show also had a direct message to Vice President-Elect Mike Pence.The actor Brandon Victor Dixon delivered a powerful and well-prepared message once the show wrapped. Peep it below:

“We, sir — we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us.”

“We truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us, This is one American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds and orientations.”

Dixon was greeted with loud cheers after he addressed Pence who was on his way out, but graciously stuck around in the hall to listen to the message.

Our Tweeter-In-Chief, Donald Trump, his former Press Secretary Kellyanne Conway and Speaker of The House Newt Gingrich were not to pleased to hear about the reception the Vice President received and of course took to their twitter account to address the play. They all foolishly tweeted:

Why is he still tweeting to begin with?

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Cast member Brandon Victor Dixon even responded to Donald Trump’s ridiculous tweets:

Well said sir, the shows creator Lin-Manuel Miranda expressed how proud he was of Dixon and the cast for “leading with love” and tweeted:

Of course Trump-Pence supporters got their twitter fingers going getting the #BoycottHamilton hashtag going. Of course they don’t realize how ridiculous they sound because the show is SOLD OUT FOR TWO YEARS!

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In response to the absolutely dumb #BoycottHamilton movement the good folks on Twitter started the #NameAPenceMusical hashtag putting spins on plays using the ridiculousness that took place in and during the Trump-Pence Presidential campaign.

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Gotta love the internet, for more clever and hilarious #NameAPenceMusical tweets hit the gallery below:

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You Played Yourself: Omarosa Sheds Crocodile Tears Over Her Friends and Family Members Abandoning Her Cause of Her Support For Donald Trump

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Omarosa should be on her high horse right now because her candidate and friend Donald Trump is now our President. Welp it looks like her social life is in turmoil, she revealed in an interview with 20/20 that her friends want nothing to do with her any more cause she stumped for Trump.

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Omarosa was tasked with the job during Trump’s campaign to reach out to African-Americans or as Trump likes to say “the blacks”. Clearly she didn’t do a great job, she tells 20/20 that she received numerous death threats and caught “a lot of flak”.

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Fighting back tears that didn’t seem to make out of her tear ducts she said “I was called every single racial slur in the book that you could direct towards an African-American by African-Americans,”. Well you did support a racist.

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Omarosa had what would seem to be some words for those who don’t rock with her when she told 20/20 “I will never forget the people who turned their backs on me when all I was trying to do was help the black community,”. Oh really?

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This is also the same woman who said this in an interview with PBS, “Every critic, every detractor, will have to bow down to President Trump. It’s everyone who’s ever doubted Donald, who’s ever disagreed, whoever challenged him. It is the ultimate revenge to become the most powerful man in the universe.”. She clarified in the 20/20 interview at the time that was just her opinion and did not come from the Trump Campaign.

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Yeah so with all that said, we are not the least bit sorry your own friends called you on your nonsense. Drown in those crocodile tears Omarosa cause no one feels sorry for you at all boo. Enjoy the living nightmare that is President Donald Trump. The African-American community still and probably won’t ever forgive you for this so congratulations Omarosa you officially played yourself.

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Watch Beyonce and Jay Z Let The World Know They Are With Hillary Clinton!

The stakes are extremely high when it comes to this years Presidential Election between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Tonight at a free ‘Get Out The Vote’ concert in Cleveland, Hillary called on the biggest stars on the planet in an effort to mobilize black voters.

The concert was headlined by Jay Z and of course he got some assistance from his wife Beyoncé. At this point if Beyoncé getting in “Formation” with her backup dancers donning Hillary’s signature pantsuit doesn’t get folks excited to vote and stop Trump, nothing will!

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It wasn’t all just song and dance for Beyoncé and her husband Jay Z both spoke as to why they are with her!

Beyoncé on endorsing Hillary Clinton:

Less than 100 years ago, women did not have the right to vote. Look how far we’ve come. I want my daughter to grow up seeing a woman lead this country and that’s why I’m with her

Jay Z on endorsing Hillary Clinton:

And this other guy, his conversation is divisive. And that’s the sign of an unevolved soul to me. And he cannot be my President!

We agree and that’s why we are with her as well! Get out there and vote FLY ones cause we cannot let Donald Trump undo what we accomplished in 8 years under Barack Obama.

Stay Fly!

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Fly News: Salaam Remi Launches ‘Do It For The Culture’ Platform

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Salaam Remi’s label, Louder Than Life, announces a new music platform Do It For The Culture. The platform will release 50 songs every few months over the next few years. The current release features music from NO PANTY (Nitty Scott, Bodega Bamz, Joell Ortiz), The Champagne Flutes, Sex All Summer, Miraa May, Elle Varner, Mack Wilds, Miguel, and BJ The Chicago Kid.

NO PANTY consists of Bamz, Nitty and Joell who came together to do a New York style hip hop project  with a Latin twist. Champagne Flutes is a collaboration with the UK’ vocalist Terri Walker. She inspired a lot of Remi’s work over the last few years, from using orchestras in Prague along with Cuban musicians in Miami to create a blend of Sunday “chill out” music, which is one of his biggest inspirations. Sex ALL Summer consists of Salaam and a young vocalist from Baltimore. This project is “chillout cuffin season” music which is inspired by Marvin Gaye, the Isley Brothers and many soul classics but still at the same time living in our generation. Miraa May is a young Algerian-born London raised singer-songwriter from Tottenham North London. Her debut EP, N15, produced by Salaam and James Poyser is something to be reckoned with. Signed through Salaam’s publishing joint venture with Peer Music, Salaam has been developing Miraa for the last year and a half. 

Louder Than life is not only dedicated to developing and finding emerging talent, but also partnering with forward thinking brands and relying on the street and people to help find different forms of talent.

“I have a sweet spot for singer songwriters and for people who make music that is outside of the norm,” says Salaam, “I will continue to provide that option for artists out there so people don’t feel as if they are required to fit the mold of today’s pop trends. I look forward to giving more artists a shot at doing what they do best not just for myself, but for the culture.”

Salaam is dedicated to artist development and making sure his artists feel special in their own right. Salaam most notably worked with Nas, Amy Winehouse, Fergie, Estelle, Miguel, Alicia Keys and he is responsible for creating and executive producing The Fugees. His records have well surpassed 1 billion streams worldwide.

Salaam also said:

“I get excited by the reaction that we got from people, which is why I decided to put out more music – for the culture.”

Download the new release HERE.