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Pharrell Appears On ‘Ellen’, Speaks On Kim Burrell’s Homophobic Rant [Video]

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The cat is finally out of the bag as Pharrell Williams spoke live with Ellen Degeneres on the most controversial topic of the week. In case you missed, Gospel Singer, Kim Burrell was caught on tape delivering a sermon at her home church and, during the recording the “I See Victory” singer of the movie soundtrack Hidden Figures went on a homophobic rant, condemning the gay community to hell; saying that they will die in 2017.

Many took their thoughts to social media like Janelle Monae, Octavia Spencer, Yolanda Adams, Frank Ocean‘s Mom, Katonya Breaux [who wanted Kim’s vocals removed from her son’s song], Pharrell himself and more.

Burrell blatantly said:

I came to tell you about sin. That sin nature… That perverted homosexual spirit, and the spirit of delusion and confusion, it has deceived many men and women… You as a man, you open your mouth and take a man’s penis in your face, you are perverted. You are a woman and will shake your face in another woman’s breast, you are perverted.

Set to appear on The Ellen Show on Jan. 5 (today), Kim was scheduled to hit the stage with Williams but was then dropped off the show due to her statement, which is now being referred to as the “hate speech.”

Ellen said right before asking Pharrell on his thoughts:

“I didn’t feel like that was good of me to have her on the show to give her a platform after she’s saying things about me.”

While saying the above, Ellen had the straightest face possible as she meant everything single word of what was said.

Pharrell spoke on the issue at hand saying:

“There’s no space, there’s no room for any kind of prejudice in 2017 or moving on. She’s a fantastic singer and I love her, just like I love everybody else. We all gotta get used to that. We all have to get used to everyone’s differences and understand that this is a big, gigantic, beautiful, colorful world, and it only works with inclusion and empathy. It only works that way.”

He continued saying:

“Whenever you hear some sort of hate speech and you feel like it doesn’t necessarily pertain to you because you may not have anything to do with that, all you gotta do is put the word black in that sentence, or put gay in that sentence, or put transgender in that sentence, or put white in that sentence, and all of a sudden, it starts to make sense to you. I’m telling you, the world is a beautiful place but it does not work without empathy and inclusion. God is love. This Universe is love and that’s the only way it will function. And I get it, that sometimes some of the divisive stuff works in life. We learned that lesson last year that sometimes divisiveness works, but you have to choose what side you’re on. I’m choosing empathy, I’m choosing inclusion, I’m choosing love for everybody just trying to lift everyone. Even when I disagree with someone, I’m wishing them the best and hoping for the best because we can’t win the other way.”

This is an unfortunate situation for Burrell as she is admired by many, especially in the mainstream music industry. But her rant affected many and it’s hard to say at this point how she will recover from the tragic end.

 

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The Word: Desiigner Has Been Cleared of All Charges Related Drug Arrest!

Desiigner got some great news regarding his drug arrest earlier this year. TMZ reports that the final charge for drug possession will go away clearing the Brooklyn rapper of all charges.

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Sources close to the case revealed to TMZ that the D.A. moved to seal the case and dismiss the final charge. The move is considered to be “face-saving” one for authorities who already dropped other charges from the September arrest.

During that arrest Desiigner was initially charged with menacing, possession of a loaded weapon and intent to sell. It was later revealed that investigators didn’t find a weapon and the drugs turned out to be steroids more than likely prescribed to the rapper.

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Desiigner himself wasn’t in court, but his two attorneys Ian Nyles and Stacy Richman were on his behalf and told TMZ “we’re happy he’s been exonerated, and happy with the investigation from the D.A.”.

Now that he is completely in the clear, the rapper can now completely focus on his still young music career.

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Bobby Shmurda Accepts Plea Deal, Will Serve 7 Years In Prison

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After debating heavily about in court about the stance of Bobby Shmurda‘s murder conspiracy case, it has come to our knowledge that the Brooklyn rapper and his team of lawyers accepted the plea deal where Shmurda will spend seven years in prison and five years probation.

According to TMZ:

Bobby Shmurda just pled guilty in his murder conspiracy case.

Shmurda, has been jailed since December 2014 in a case where more than 15 defendants were charged with various crimes, including murder, attempted murder and drug dealing.

The rapper was originally charged with conspiracy to commit murder and several weapons and drug charges associated with gangs.

According to the deal, Shmurda pled to conspiracy to possess weapons and possession of a weapon. The other charges were dismissed, and he’ll get 7 years in prison and 5 years probation.

A TMZ producer was in court, and heard Shmurda’s lawyer speak with his client and other defendants, imploring them to take the deal because they’d never get a sympathetic jury and they were facing life in prison. 

Shmurda’s case became a cause celebre, where other rappers were calling for his release. 

Hopefully, Bobby will be on his best behavior during his time in prison with the hopes of being released before his seven year time is up. Much luck to him. We’re praying for him, his close family and friends. This should be a lesson well-learned for the what was a rising rap star.

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Troy Ave Released From Custody After Posting $500K Bail [Video]

Troy Ave is free man today, after a judge granted him a bail of $500k. But the Judge granted the decision with very strict restrictions, which he can’t do any shows, enter into any venues, or even leave NYC.

Troy’s mother and family members walked him out of Manhattan criminal court with smiling faces but the Brooklyn rapper is still not in the clear just yet. He’s due back in court in September.

Peep the footage above.

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In Lauryn Hill News: Her Energy Refuses To Align With Baltimore, Cancels Show….

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Welp, looks like angry Lauryn Hill fans may have created a bit of change in the behavior of the troubled soul singer.

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In Beyonce News: HBO Will Be Free This Weekend For “Lemonade” Premiere…

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Fly girl, Beyonce, had everyone without an HBO subscription calling up their local providers when she made her “Lemonade” announcement (it, whatever ‘it’ is, debuts tomorrow on HBO at 9pm) earlier this week.

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Slick Rick Becomes An American Citizen After A 23-Year Court Battle

After a 23-year protracted legal process, pioneering Grammy-nominated hip-hop singer Ricky “Slick Rick” Martin Lloyd Walters scored a victory today when he became an American citizen. The English-born rapper and performer was sworn in at an official ceremony alongside dozens of other new citizens in New York.

“I am so proud of this moment – and so honored to finally become an American citizen,” said Slick Rick. “This has been a long time coming for me, and I am relieved to finally put this long chapter behind me. I want to thank everyone – my family, friends and fans – who have supported me and stuck by me over these 23 years. I am truly blessed – and stay tuned, I will have more to announce soon.”

In 1990, at the height of his career, Slick Rick received a prison sentence for the self-defense shooting of his cousin (who was hired as a bodyguard by Rick’s mother/manager at the time, and ultimately became a family menace) during which a bystander was injured. He received a rare pardon in 2008 from then-New York Governor David A. Paterson who recognized Rick’s stellar conduct, rehabilitation and contribution to his community. The pardon was celebrated by Rick’s family and fans as well as public figures including Reverend Jesse Jackson, Russell Simmons, Chris Rock, Will Smith, among others.

After his release, Slick Rick was repeatedly threatened with deportation, and spent additional years in a deportation lock up, despite never having trouble with the law again. His citizenship will now allow him to stay in the country with family, while also traveling overseas for his career. Rick will become a duel citizen by retaining his U.K. Citizenship.

Slick Rick moved with his family to the Bronx when he was 11 years old where he became a legal resident. His music career took off in (just out of high school at 18 years old) when Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew featured him, then known as MC Ricky D, on the hip-hop classics “The Show” and “La-Di-Da-Di,” introducing Rick to the world and marking him as “the greatest story teller”.

Between his trademark storytelling rap style, British accent, eye-patch (worn due to an injury he sustained as a child), Kangol hat, layers of gold chains, rings and stylish suits, he was an overnight sensation.

His debut album “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick” (Def Jam) was #1 on the R&B /Hip Hop chart and featured some of his biggest hits, “Children’s Story,” “Teenage Love,” and “Hey Young World.” It followed with The Ruler’s Back (1991), Behind Bars (1994) and The Art of Storytelling (1999). He is the most sampled rapper – over 600 times – and his work has been referenced in over 35 songs from the early 1990’s to present day by recording artists such as Nicki Minaj, J Cole, Pitbull. will.i.am. Amy Winehouse and Big Sean. Slick Rick has also acted and cameoed in 10 movies and videos. He has four Billboard 200 records, and 14 Top 100 Singles worldwide.

Slick Rick was represented by Ira Kurzban of Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A. and Michael Krinsky, Lindsay Frank and Craig Kaplan of Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman, P.C..

Congrats to Slick Rick!

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The Daily Word: Sarah Palin Keeps It Real Republican and Blames Obama For Her Son’s Domestic Violence Arrest

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When all else fails, what do Republicans do? Blame Obama! While “stumping for Trump” at a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma yesterday former Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin managed to politicize her sons arrest.

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Palin did her best to make her case when she stated:

I can talk personally about this. I guess it’s kind of the elephant in the room-because my own family, going through what we’re going through today with my son, a combat vet having served in a Stryker brigade fighting for you all, America, in a war zone. But my son, like so many others, they come back a bit different. They come back hardened,wondering if there is that respect for what their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military have given so sacrificially to this country, and that starts at the top.

So when my own son is going through what he goes through coming back, I can certainly relate with other families who kind of feel these ramifications of PTSD and some of the woundedness that our soldiers do return with,” she continued. “And it makes me realize more than ever, it is now or never for the sake of America’s finest that we’ll have that commander-in-chief who will respect them and honor them.”

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The same tired old right-wing rhetoric, is there anything they won’t blame President Obama for?  To bring you up to speed on Tracks case, he was arrested at her house Monday night for allegedly punching and kicking his girlfriend for contacting her ex. He also threatened to kill himself by holding  an AR-15 machine gun to his head. Palin’s 26-year-old son reportedly suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD). He also claimed that his girlfriend attacked him, hitting him in the eye and elbow. He was well enough to be by his mother’s side when she initially endorsed Donald Trump for president.

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Track is still in some hot water and faces many charges from the incident such as assault, possession of a firearm while intoxicated and interfering with a domestic violence report. Palin’s claims have caught the ears of founder and CEO, Paul Rieckh0ff of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a New York-based veterans group who wants Palin to back off Obama when it comes to this matter. Seriously Sarah and fellow Republicans you might want to listen to these actual vets who feel otherwise.

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Rieckhoff spoke to NBC News about Palin’s blaming Obama:

It’s not President Obama’s fault that Sarah Palin’s son has PTSD. PTSD is a very serious problem, a complicated mental health injury and I would be extremely reluctant to blame any one person in particular.

It’s important to recognize that Track may need help like many veterans” — and that his mother is in a position to use her influence to help him and other vets.

This is a great opportunity for Sarah Palin to sound the alarm about PTSD. Now that she has endorsed Mr. Trump, I would encourage her to talk with him about it. Mr. Trump’s campaign is pretty light on specifics about what he would do for veterans.

I hope this doesn’t become a political chew toy in a political campaign.

It might be too late for that, as herself and her Republican friends  would use any moment to somehow criticize Obama to help their campaigns. Frankly though this whole blame Obama thing is so old now, to see it’s still the go to method of getting people to raise their fists in the air at these rallies is ridiculous.

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Our sentiments exactly Barack!

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Fly News: Chrisette Michele Is Engaged?! Guess Who The Lucky Guy Could Be!

 

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As reported on MStarz, Chrisette Michele and Doug Ellison are engaged!!

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Michele took to Instagram to reveal the wonderful news that she has been praying about. She shared a photo her herself with her new diamond ring and wrote:

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Michele admitted that she’d probably be taking a hiatus from her music for just a bit to enjoy her engagement:

“I may take a moment to live in the moment. When I return to you, I’ll be bringing the greatest art you’ve ever felt from me. This moment shows that true love last thru the ups and downs of life. Rich Hipster Nation, Pour a glass for me! The soon to be, Chrisette Michele Ellison.”

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Congrats to Chrisette & Ellison from Team SFPL!

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FLY NEWS: MARSHAWN LYNCH ANNOUNCED AS TECH CO. INVESTOR, PLANS TO STOP KNOCK-OFF SNEAKERS

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Chronicled, Inc. announced recently that it has closed $1,400,000 in convertible note financing. The round was led by investment firm Colbeck, with participation from Mandra Capital, Pantera Capital, Social Starts, and Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch, in addition to the Company’s four co-founders and other angel investors. The Company intends to use the funds to continue building its consumer authenticity platform, which it will launch for limited edition sneakers in autumn 2015.

Chronicled eliminates knock-off sneakers from the market by attaching small wearable sensors—Smart Labels—to shoes, using an open registry and various applications to track authenticity, ownership, and provenance. The Company has partnered closely with Identiv (NASDAQ: INVE) in the development of the encrypted microchips included inside of the Smart Labels.

“We are delighted to be joined by investors with deep expertise in social platforms, cryptography, and the burgeoning Internet of Things, as well as pop culture, art, sports, and fashion,” said Ryan Orr, the company’s founder and CEO. “Our technology lets consumers know if their products are authentic at the tap of a mobile phone,” said Sam Radocchia, co-founder and CPO. “It also provides brands and retailers with a new platform to engage with the consumer beyond the point of sale and to issue limited edition products.”

The luxury consumer goods market exceeds $1 trillion in annual transactions by some estimates, with the secondary market for high-end collectible sneakers accounting for upwards of $1 billion of this total. In recent years, counterfeit goods — in some cases, nearly indistinguishable from the genuine items — have become a rapidly growing problem, cheating governments, merchants, and consumers out of hundreds of billions of dollars annually. In response to this growing crisis, Chronicled believes its platform can re-establish trust between consumers and the brands that they love.

“The secondary market for luxury goods and collectibles is flooded with fakes, resulting in illiquidity and daunting consumer risk,” said Dan Morehead, CEO of Pantera Capital. “Chronicled’s technology has the potential to make the market safe and efficient, while giving users a better experience. Luxury goods provenance represents a multi-billion dollar sector where blockchain technology can add unprecedented value.”

The sneaker models with the highest prevalence of fakes include the Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan 3, and Air Jordan 11, as well as the annual Doernbecher special editions and the Nike Air Yeezy. Chronicled plans to launch its platform near the end of 2015 with more than 15,000 pairs of sneakers secured.