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|Wed, August 4, 2021 at 9:30 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
With each Verzuz battle comes fans' calls for their favorite artists to make appearances. In the several Verzuz performances that have taken place since its online inception, Missy Elliott has been a repeated feature even without showing face on stage. The innovative music icon has not only crafted hits while flying solo, but has collaborated with some of the most coveted acts in the industry, and following The LOX and Dipset lighting up the stage on Tuesday (August 3) evening, fans are once again pleading with the Verzuz gods to make room for Missy.
The humble artist takes her compliments in stride and thanks her supporters for thinking so much of her career, but we have yet to receive confirmation that Elliott will bless the stage alongside a formidable opponent.
Bennett Raglin / Stringer / Getty ImagesOne fan tweeted that Missy should have a Verzuz appearance that mirrored D'Angelo's, as he was able to perform solo while also having surprise guests. Missy answered the fan, but it wasn't the response that her followers were hoping for.
"Aww I am so Humbly Grateful," she replied. "But I think we will wait later on me. I just enjoy watching everyone else’s #verzuzbattle Vibing to all of their Classics & what they have done musically for the CULTURE! Respect to all of them last night was Epic btw." Still, fans weighed in with the tracks that they believe Missy should include in a Verzuz as well as debated which artists she should bring along as guests. Timbaland is a must, obviously, and we could see Ginuwine showing face.
Check out the brief exchange below along with Missy's posts of her hits and let us know if you think sheshould take to the Verzuz stage.
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|Wed, August 4, 2021 at 9:02 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Days after it was announced that TikTok star Anthony Barajas had passed away following a shooting, another popular figure from the platform has also died. Barajas, 19, was at a movie theater with a friend when someone shot them both as they watched The Forever Purge. The pair weren't found until an employee checked on the theater once the screening was over, and while Barajas's friend died at the scene, there was hope that the TikTok influencer would survive his injuries as he was placed on life support.
Sadly, his near-million followers have taken to his social media pages to mourn his death, and on Wednesday (August 4), news broke that Timbo The Redneck, real name Timothy Hall, lost his life during an accident.
According to multiple reports, Hall was in his pick-up truck doing donuts in his friend's front yard when he was thrown from the vehicle. A friend named Tony revealed the tragic news in a YouTube video where he detailed what happened.
"He passed away," said Tony. "He was doing donuts with his girlfriend and the truck just flipped over and he flew out the driver's side window and the truck landed on top of him." Hall's mother accessed his Instagram and asked for the public's help to offset funeral costs and sent out a link to a GoFundMe account.
This marks the third death of a TikTok star in recent months. In July, Swavy, real name Matima Miller, was shot and killed in Delaware.
Check out a few posts from Hall and his loved ones below.
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|Wed, August 4, 2021 at 8:22 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
In his latest apology, DaBaby suggested that his Rolling Loud Miami remarks, as well as the comments to follow, should have been met with offers to educate rather than criticisms, and he's receiving just that. Throughout his recent scandal, people have continuously reached out via social media with statistics and facts relating to the LGBTQIA+ community as well as delivering information about HIV/AIDS in hopes of breaking stigmas, and it is reported that 11 organizations have gathered together to pen an open letter to the rapper.
According to Variety, the organizations are: "Arianna’s Center, Black AIDS Institute, GLAAD, The Normal Anomaly Initiative, Prevention Access Campaign, Relationship Unleashed, The 6:52 Project Foundation, and leaders from the Gilead COMPASS Initiative including Southern AIDS Coalition, Emory University, the University of Houston, and Wake Forest University."
In a detailed, lengthy open letter, they addressed his homophobic remarks as well as his follow-up comments about HIV/AIDS.
We, the undersigned, represent organizations leading the fight to prevent HIV and provide care and treatment for people living with HIV, especially Black LGBTQ people across the Southern United States.
We heard your inaccurate and harmful comments at Rolling Loud and have read your Instagram apology. However, at a time when HIV continues to disproportionately impact Black Americans and queer and transgender people of color, a dialogue is critical. We must address the miseducation about HIV, expressed in your comments, and the impact it has on various communities.
They also spoke about the advances in medicine as well as suggesting that DaBaby use his voice to advocate for those disenfranchised Black communities in the South, where he's from, whose "needs are notoriously under-represented across every public spectrum."
As leaders of organizations directly serving Black, LGBTQ, and HIV+ communities, we invite you to a private, off-the-record, virtual discussion with us. You stated you now understand how and why your comments were damaging. An open conversation holds the potential for you to now create meaningful impact by transforming from an adversary to an advocate.
DaBaby has yet to publicly respond to their invitation. You can read through the letter in full below.
|Wed, August 4, 2021 at 7:45 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
There are several women out in the world who have received ink dedicated to Blueface. Some have been fans who wanted to show just how dedicated they are, while others are like Chrisean Rock who continues to brand herself with the rapper's name. Back in March, Blueface's artist revealed that she'd gotten his name tattooed on her face, and after the ink went viral, he vocalized his disapproval.
At the time, Blueface questioned why Chrisean would do something so drastic and she seemed to laugh at his anger, responding that it was a personal decision. On Wednesday (August 4), Chrisean revealed that she has yet another Blueface tattoo of his government named Jonathan Porter, this time on the side of her neck.
Blueface quickly returned with another video where he is heard questioning Chrisean about her most recent addition. She coyly avoids answering his inquiries while he makes it clear that he's not selling her a dream or making promises that they will be in a romantic relationship. Chrisean laughs it off, but Blueface sternly repeats himself to let his followers and fans know that there is nothing going on between the two of them.
"I'm just your biggest fan," she said in between laughs. He asked her if she understood what he was telling her and attempted to make her promise that this was the last tattoo of him or his name. Check out the exchange below.
Also, make sure to check out our interview with Blueface: Blueface Talks 6ix9ine Beef, Opening A Restaurant, XXL Freshman List, & More.
|Wed, August 4, 2021 at 6:59 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
We can't imagine what Fetty Wap and Turquoise Miami have been going through after it was shared that their four-year-old daughter, Lauren Maxwell, passed away. The co-parents both revealed the news after rumors about Lauren's passing began to circulate, however, they haven't shared a cause of death.
"This is my amazing ,beautiful , funny , vibrant, loving ,talented , smart, and hardheaded princess mermaid Aquarius,” Turquoise Miami wrote in the caption to an adorable video of Lauren. “If you see this post scrolling by with her comment or just say to yourself ‘ i love you LAUREN ‘ because they say that souls can feel your love #rip."
Later, Fetty broke down on Livestream and people sent kind words and well wishes by the thousands. However, the internet can be unkind and the rapper later gave just one example of the heartless messages he's received about his late daughter. Fetty uploaded a screenshot from an Instagram user who sent him a DM that reads, "How's your n*gger daughter [crying laughing emojis]."
A quick search on Instagram shows that the account name has several different variations and it looks to be someone possibly using a stranger's likeness to troll people on the internet. Fetty wrote, "This the weird sh*t. one of the main reasons I hated posting my children kause ppl like this ... It's kool though ima pray for you gang."
The person behind the account has made multiple posts on different pages admitting to being responsible for the cruel message while also continuing to troll the rapper. Check it out below.
|Wed, August 4, 2021 at 6:35 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Fans of the Lord of the Rings series have been treated to a teaser photo of what the upcoming Amazon Prime Video series will look like, along with a release date for the show.
The untitled series, which has been exhaustively shooting in New Zealand, will air on September 2, 2022 on the Prime Video streaming platform. Details are sure to come, along with the premise of the show, characters and different plot points, but at the moment, it is only known that the series will take place during the so-called Second Age, which is thousands of years prior to the events of the film trilogy and The Hobbit. The still is confirmed to be from the show's first episode, according to Vanity Fair.
The series will take on the weekly episodic format, while airing on Prime Video. Despite the popularity of other streaming platforms like Netflix releasing entire seasons in one day, shows with more stake in narratives and dramatic moments have been airing weekly to keep the conversation surround the show buzzing. A recent prominent example has been the three Marvel Cinematic Universe shows that aired on the Disney+ platform.
The show infamously has a $1 billion price tag attached to it, along with a five-season commitment from Amazon, with multiple cast members confirmed to star in yet-to-be-announced roles. Production began in early 2020 and was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic before resuming at the tail end of the year. Season 1 has a budget of $465 million and production is still in progress for the show.
"The journey begins September 2, 2022 with the premiere of our original ‘The Lord of the Rings’ series on Prime Video,"said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios in a statement about the show. "I can’t express enough just how excited we all are to take our global audience on a new and epic journey through Middle-earth! Our talented producers, cast, creative, and production teams have worked tirelessly in New Zealand to bring this untold and awe-inspiring vision to life."
Check out the teaser still below. Are you excited for the untitled Lord of the Rings Amazon series? Let us know in the comments below.
|Wed, August 4, 2021 at 6:30 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The Los Angeles Lakers have made some big moves and LeBron James doesn't care what anyone thinks about it. Lakers fans were left disappointed last season as the beloved team failed to take home the trophy, but the team is hoping that the new additions will play major roles in aiding in their success in the forthcoming season.
The Lakers will have a crew that includes the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, and Russell Westbrook, and now that more than half of the team is over the age of 32, there have been critics complaining that the veterans aren't going to be able to keep up with the younger players.
Bron wasn't having any of it and took to Twitter to let the world know that they will prevail, despite the commentary about how they're shaping their team.
"Keep talking about my squad, our personnel ages, the way they play, we’re past our time in this league, etc etc etc!!" wrote the sports icon. "Do me one favor PLEASE!!!! And I mean PLEASE!!!! Keep that same narrative ENERGY when it’s begins! That’s all I ask. #ThankYou." The tweet existed for just a few minutes before James swiftly took it down.
Do you think that the Lakers are sizing up a Dream Team? Check out a few reactions below.
|Wed, August 4, 2021 at 5:55 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
As some Hip Hop fans await news about his ongoing case with Megan Thee Stallion, Tory Lanez has been pushing forward. The multihyphenate artist has continued to amass success despite the accusations that he is responsible for shooting Megan in the foot in July 2020. An immediate scandal followed, but Lanez has repeatedly denied that he is culpable for Megan's injuries.
Fans have speculated about the incident for over a year, and while the controversy haunts Lanez, he has made new business moves, including making his music available as NFTs. A Twitter user called him out, saying he's making the public "do the most to just listen to music."
Rich Fury / Staff / Getty ImagesThe person also alleged that Lanez's NFT "isn't gunna go high up in value" and accused the singer of pulling a "get rich quick thing" because he has been "black balled on streaming platforms." Lanez decided to respond, rejecting the idea.
"I’m not blackballed from anything .... to put this in perspective for u," he tweeted. "My last NFT had 700 copy’s .. it’s sold for 700 dollars and quickly sold out .... by the time the week was over it was re selling for 34,000 $ .... this NFT space is extremely different !!! #ENFT." Back in March, Lanez fired off messages suggesting that he was being censored from editorial playlists and platforms.
"As an independent artist ... and as a BLACK BUSINESS .. I ACTIVELY still make the platforms money with my music," he wrote at the time. "So it should NOT BE RIGHT .. for any platform to CENSOR AND SILENCE ME FROM THE EDITORIAL PLAYLIST OR HOME PAGES OF THESE PLATFORMS THAT HELP TO GIVE EYE BALLS TO YOUNG ARTIST ... I’ve stayed cool for the last 2 projects ... BUT THIS IS JUST NOT FAIR ."
Check out his new tweet and a clip of Lanez speaking about his NFTs below.
|Wed, August 4, 2021 at 5:30 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
On the heels of her big sister Kim Kardashian receiving a cease and desist from a company that has accused her of stealing its "SKKN" brand name, Kendall Jenner is facing a massive lawsuit. The Kardashian-Jenners are some of the most sought-after celebrities in the industry and brands clamor to have any of the reality mogul sisters in their campaigns, runways shows, magazines, and the like. According to reports, 25-year-old model Kendall has been sued by Italian fashion brand Liu Jo after they claim she skipped out on a photoshoot.
Reports state that Liu Jo says Jenner was scheduled to pose for two shoots but didn't show up for the second. For her participation, Liu Jo reportedly paid Kendal $1.5 million "plus a 20 percent service fee," says E! News.
Frazer Harrison / Staff / Getty ImagesThe first shoot took place back in the summer of 2019 and six months later, Jenner reportedly already received $1.35 million of her fee. The second shoot was understandably derailed due to COVID-19 and the quarantine, and Liu Jo claims that when they continued to reach out to Jenner to reschedule, she "ceased responding to" them. She reportedly only paid attention once they accused her of being in breach of contract.
"This suit is without merit. The Society Management, on behalf of Ms. Kendall Jenner, has continually offered Liu Jo alternative dates and locations to fulfill an agreement that was forced to be delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic," a representative said in response to the suit. "Jenner has willingly offered to complete services honoring her commitments."
Liu Jo's lawsuit also states the Jenner has been traveling for other work obligations, including modeling for another designer in Italy. Because they believe she did not honor the contract, Liu Jo is seeking $1.8 million in damages.