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Kanye West Slams Media During Tour - It’s no secret that Kanye West not a fan of paparazzi or the media but during his performance in Oakland last week he went on somewhat of a rant to express his real feelings. He spoke to the audience saying, “But obviously don’t none of ya’ll give a f**** about what the media say…We are more powerful than the media today. I control the media. I get on TV shows and do what the f*** I want, when I want, how I want, my way. And I don’t change, no way. No way. And I don’t give a f*** about no TV show, and I don’t give a f**** about no actor, and I don’t give a f*** about no blog trying to talk shit. All I care about is God. And all I care about is you.” He went on “They always say I word things the wrong way, but people seem not to get my intent…You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth. ‘Cause they tryin’ to control ya’ll motherf****** with branding, with marketing, with media, they trying to make ya’ll feel like you’re less than ya’ll selves.” He also addressed his controversial statements where he said that he was God, “When I say I am a God, it’s because God is inside of all of us. And while ya’ll on the way to work in the morning, I want ya’ll to say ‘I am a God.’ That’s why I worded that s*** first person. I ain’t go not God complex. I know he the most high. But I know that I can talk to my God, and I know that everything is possible through prayer. ‘Cause I prayed for my fiance. I prayed, I said ‘God, I wish I was a little bit taller, wish I was a baller…”
Quincy Jones Sues Michael Jackson's Estate - Last week Harry Belafonte sued Martin Luther King Jr,’s Estate and now Quincy Jones is suing Michael Jackson’s Estate and Sony Music. Jones says that he is owed millions of dollars in back royalties and production fees for his work on some of MJ’s greatest hits including Billie Jean, Thriller and Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough. He’s suing for $10 million saying that the estate re-edited songs to deprive him of royalties for their use in the movie ‘This Is It’ and the Cirque Du Soleil production. His lawsuit is requesting the profits from both projects so that he can determine how much he is owed. Jackson’s estate responded to the lawsuit with the following comment “To the best of [our] knowledge, Mr Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael.” Sony Music has not yet responded to the suit.
1st Black Wins Nascar Race In 50 Years - Wendell Scott was the first black man to win a Nascar national race back in 1963 and on Saturday, 50 years later, Darrell Wallace Jr. was the second name added to that list. Wallace took home the Kroger 200 Camping World Truck Series Race and even led for the last 50 laps. The 20 year old responded to the victory by saying “I want to be a role model and inspiration to the younger kids and just change the sport as a whole and for the better, and winning helps everything. I think that'll help kind of pave its own way there and hopefully get my name out there even more. That's what I've been trying to do is to get my name out there to keep pushing (and) striving for kids younger than me to get in the sport.” Wallace is also a part of Nascar’s ‘Drive for Diversity’ program which aims to help female and multicultural drivers advance to national ranks from the grass-roots series. After the win Wallace also took to Twitter to celebrate saying “We came. We saw. We Conquered.” He paid tribute to his predecessor Wendell Scott saying “[He] was watching over me this race. It all goes to him.”
Obamacare Woman Disappears - The Obamacare website ‘Healthcare.gov’ launced on October 1st and has been plagued with a number of glitchs and problems that have inhibited its effectivness. The original website greeted visitors with a smiling but unidentified women but that woman’s face seems to have disappeared. Her picture is gone and has been replaced with icons depicting how one can go about signing up for health care coverage through Obamacare. Several media outlets have been spending time trying to identify the woman. Some people took to Twitter to comment on the disappearance: “The #obamacare girl got the worst photo shoot gig since Joey did the STD poster on Friends.”, “Just be thankful your not the woman who’s stock photo was used on http://healthcare.gov .” CNN even requested the woman to call in if she saw the segment they did on her.
Trayvon Martin And Zimmerman Costume Angers People - 25 year old William Filene and 22 year old Greg Cimeno got some serious backlash for their tasteless Halloween costumes. Filene dressed in blackface with hoodie a fake blood stain on his shirt in an attempt to be Trayvon Martin while Cimeno wore a black t-shirt with the words ‘Neighborhood Watch’ in his attempt to be George Zimmerman. The neighbohood was missing the 'D.' One of the pictures show the guy dressed as Zimmerman making a gun with his hand and pointing it at the guy who suppose to be Trayvon. SMH The pictures were posted on social media on Friday by Caitlin Climeno who included the caption ‘Happy Halloween from Zimmerman & trayvon’. Greg commented on the picture saying “Anything for the laugh” but Caitlin’s followers and thousands of people who have seen the pictures since haven’t seen the humor in the costumes. She has since made her instagram private, but the picture is still on the web. A shame that people make light of a serious situacion. Look at the pic HERE.
Meek Mill Addresses Kendrick Lamar Beef - During our 31st annual Powerhouse, Meek Mill not only showed Kendrick who is King of Philly, but also talked about his debut album, Kendrick Lamar and his Dreamchasers Summit. When asked about the Kendrick tweets Meek said, "A lot of people, they be taking it the wrong way. Me and Kendrick we cool guys really. When I see Kendrick we laugh and smile about it. I was just talking about I'mma show you who the king around this area. No negative stuff, straight hip hop." He told me that his album got the green light from the label to be released first half of 2014. He said he will be opening up a lot more on this album about his past experiences and he also said following the success of the Dreamchasers Summit he will be doing it every year.
Black Actor Says Macys Profiled Him; Macys Responds - Barney’s has been in the news lately for racially profiling black customers and now Macy’s is in the same boat. A 29 year old actor on the HBO ‘Treme’ and the recent movie Don Jon, Robert Brown, has filed a lawsuit against Macy’s for allegedly having him paraded through the store in handcuffs by three undercover cops after he bought his mom a $1350 watch. During a press conference Brown said, “I believe that I was profiled. This is about justice, not money.” Macy’s insists that their personnel were not involved and issued this statement: “Our company will continue to investigate all aspects of our alleged involvement in this incident, and to cooperate fully with the courts and the New York City Police Department, with which we have a close and important working relationship. If Macy's policies are found to have been violated, we will take swift and decisive action.” No charges were officially brought up against Brown and his lawsuit is seeking unspecified monetary damages. Brown is saying Macy’s called the cops on him, but Macy’s says records do not show a Macy’s employee calling the police. All they did was allow officers to use one of their rooms.
18 Year Old Madonna Naked Pics Up For Auctions - Madonna aka Madonna Louise Ciccone back in 1977 was 18 years old when she took nude photos for $10 an hour as a college student. Now those images are up for sale. The photos were taken by Bob Guccione and are a part of the Guccione Collection. Guccione died back in 2010 and the images are being put on the market by Wall Street businessman Jeremy Frommer who bought the collection earlier this year. You can place your bid for one of the pics at http://guccionecollection.com.
Jay Z Comments On Barney's Helping His Foundation - Jay Z has been under a lot of scrutiny lately for his lack of response to the recent racial profiling allegations against Barney’s and his holiday collaboration with the store. Jay Z has finally responded to critics via his LifeAndTimes website saying, “This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary and the foundation is receiving 25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and an additional donation from Barneys. This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit.” He went on to question why he is being scrutinized when he is simply waiting on the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barney’s representatives. Jay said, “Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project, wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at higher education. I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn’t harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.” He concluded by saying that he hopes the outcome of this situation bring forth “dialogue to effect real change.”