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After serving as Nike's CEO since 2006 and as Chairman, President & CEO since 2016, Mark Parker will be stepping down from his high-ranking position at the leading sportswear imprint. In his place, fellow veteran businessman John Donahoe will assume the role beginning at the top of next year.

Here is Mark Parker's official statement. pic.twitter.com/o0vUiOrJMT

— Front Office Sports (@frntofficesport) October 22, 2019

Donahoe, who currently serves as President and CEO of ServiceNow, Inc., isn't a complete stranger to the Swoosh fam; he's been a member on the Board of Nike since 2014. It's worth nothing that Parker will not be leaving Nike entirely, or at all in fact, as he's simply just switching his position to Executive Chairman while also continuing his tenure as lead on the Board of Directors.

In case you need assurance that Donahoe is qualified for the job, read his brief career synopsis below, via Nike News:

Donahoe is the current President and CEO of ServiceNow, Inc. and also serves on its Board of Directors. He is Chairman of PayPal Holdings, Inc. From 2008 through 2015, he was President and CEO of eBay, Inc. and previously was the CEO and Worldwide Managing Director of Bain & Co. from 1999 to 2005, and a Managing Director from 1992 to 1999. He earned a bachelor's degree in Economics from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University.

The move goes into effect starting Jan. 13, 2020. We can't wait to see what this means for the brand, but we can only assume nothing but bigger and better things!
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via: https://thesource.com/2019/10/22/mark-parker-steps-down-as-nike-ceo-succeeded-by-john-donahoe

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After spending an entire summer bumping to the ROTD3 posse cut "Down Bad" - the 'posse' in this case being J. Cole, J.I.D, Bas, EarthGang and Young Nudy - Dreamville fans can now enjoy the compilation album cut's official music video based in the heart and heat of East Atlanta.

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DOWN BAD @youngnudy @jidsv @bas @realcoleworld @johnnyvenus out now! #Dreamville #ROTD3

A post shared by Dreamville (@dreamville) on Oct 22, 2019 at 10:36am PDT

ATL proved to be the perfect location for this shoot. Not only do three of the five emcees featured on the track hail from Hotlanta, but the Revenge of the Dreamers III album itself was actually recorded at Tree Sound Studios over the highly publicized 10-day "rap camp" sessions. As the track was recorded in the city, this video makes it all feel like one big homecoming. A collective effort from Chad Tennies, Mac Grant, Caleb Seales and Mike Dan was responsible for the video's direction, which combines high quality production with a DIY-style camera aesthetic that ultimately makes for pretty dope visuals. It's also just nice seeing rap's most diverse collective running through The A with a carefree vibe.

Watch the new music video for "Down Bad" above, featuring J. Cole, J.I.D, Bas, EarthGang and Young Nudy, then go listen to Revenge of the Dreamers III right now on all streaming platforms.
The post WATCH: Dreamville Goes "Down Bad" in East Atlanta for the 'ROTD3' Album Cut's Official Music Video appeared first on The Source.

via: https://thesource.com/2019/10/22/dreamville-j-cole-jid-bas-earthgang-young-nudy-down-bad-music-video

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A new chapter in the "Jussie Smollett Hoax" saga will soon unfold in court after today's revelation that a federal judge denied the former Empire star's motion to dismiss the City of Chicago's $130,000 USD lawsuit filed against him.

A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the City of Chicago against actor Jussie Smollett, court documents showhttps://t.co/0haztKfWBg pic.twitter.com/FLDDxDRYQJ

— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) October 22, 2019

CNN reports that US District Judge Virginia Kendall denied Smollett's request to dismiss the lawsuit earlier today (October 22). From here, the investigation will now go into discovery and allow Chicago PD to start compiling the previously reported "mountain of evidence" that points to the whole ordeal being staged.

As you may already know, Smollett originally claimed to be a victim of a hate crime in Chicago this past January due to his status as both a Black and gay man. Unfortunately, soon after the investigation into his alleged attack went underway, the Chicago Police Department discovered countless pieces to the puzzle that ultimately made them believe that Jussie orchestrated the whole attack himself with help from two associates, brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, in order to advance his career through public sympathy. Although Smollett was then indicted on 16 felony counts, prosecutors surprisingly dropped all charges weeks later.

One of Smollett's attorneys, William J. Quinlan, had this to say in an official statement regarding the judge's decision, via CNN:

"Mr. Smollett has always maintained his innocence and is eager to have the complete facts of the case come out. He looks forward to taking depositions and otherwise bringing to light many of the facts that have been overlooked in the court of public opinion to date. Mr. Smollett is confident that once the full story is available he will be vindicated."

Back in August, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michael Toomin appointed former US Attorney Dan Webb to do a special investigation into how local prosecutors handled the case. If he believes there was any form of crime committed throughout the course of the investigation, he has legal rights to pursue new charges against Jussie Smollett.

We'll do our best to keep you all updated on this case with the most recent information. Let us know how you think it'll all end by sounding off over on our Facebook and Twitter!
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via: https://thesource.com/2019/10/22/chicago-pd-jussie-smollett-lawsuit-will-proceed-judge-denies-motion-to-dismiss

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They say it ain't tricking if you got it, but what happens when you don't actually have it and your rap name just so happens to have the word "trick" in it? Well, we're not quite sure how to answer that, but maybe Trick Daddy can fill in the blanks following a new report that he filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The best (read: worst) part about it all? He claimed to have $0 USD in his checking account.

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Fuck a list .. line em up ..and I'm starting with ghost writers

A post shared by Trick Daddy Dollars (@trickdaddydollars) on Oct 10, 2019 at 10:48am PDT

Even though a "top rappers" list should probably be the least of Trick's worries right about now, at least it's good to see that he's staying in good spirits based off the IG video seen above. Then again, according to The Blast this issue actually stems back to August 6 when he originally filed. It's also worth noting that he previously filed for bankruptcy three times in the past, each instance being dismissed before his debt could go through with being discharged.

Here's how The Blast is breaking down Trick Daddy's debt by the numbers:

He lists his assets as his home in Miramar, Florida worth $350,000, $1,500 in household goods, and $150 in clothes.

Trick Daddy has $0 in his checking account and stock in his Trick & Rick Music Publishing company worth $5,000.

His debts include $435,682 owed to Fannie Mae related to his Florida home, $12,000 to his home owners association, $57,119 in back child support and $290,000 to the IRS.

Trick Daddy also lists an unknown amount in credit card debt. His total debt owed to creditors comes to $807,176.86.

Trick Daddy's current bankruptcy claim is still pending. Here's to hoping his debt can be forgiven this time around! Peep the video below to reflect on much better times:

The post Where the Dollars At? Trick Daddy Files For Bankruptcy, Claims $0 USD In His Checking Account appeared first on The Source.

via: https://thesource.com/2019/10/22/trick-daddy-filed-for-bankruptcy-zero-dollars-in-checking-account

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At the tender age of 32, Kato has produced for multiple artists such as Joyner Lucas, Wu-Tang Clan, Tory Lanez, B.o.B, Rock City, K Camp, Denzel Curry, Jarren Benton, and Hopsin, to name a few. As he climbed to notoriety charts in his field, he made it his purpose to take spread the knowledge.

Kato launched Sound Advice at the top of the year and it's already projected to be a six-figure business by year-end. The company is designed to give emerging Artists, Producers and Songwriters unbiased feedback on their music, as well as advice on the music business and entrepreneurship. The company grew exponentially because those in Kato's position usually don't help others. He coaches both in-person and online all while sharing courtesy tips via social media where he has built his brand of nearly 200,000 supporters.

Kato just announced the Sound Advice tour which will kick off October 4th in Miami, FL and hit over 20 major cities including Toronto and London. The tour will allow Songwriters to get in the studio with him and cultivate a unique experience. In addition to that he'll also be featured at A3C Hip-Hop Festival this year, while working on new music with some new artists he discovered through Instagram. Kato has coached over 500 students, and counting. He watched his students and mentees quit their jobs to pursue music full-time and receive their very first placements and credits with major artists. The success rate is what keeps him going as well as what inspired the tour.

Hailing from the parents of South Korean Immigrants, Kato didn't start taking music seriously until later in his career. It was always a passion for him but he knew it wouldn't meet his parents expectations. Early on, his dad put him in drum lessons and he was a band kid throughout high school. He fell in love with music at a very young age but it was viewed as more of a hobby than a career. It wasn't until he left home for college and discovered he could make his love for production and making music a reality.

The post More Than Just A Producer: How Kato is Helping Others Succeed in the Music Industry appeared first on The Source.

via: https://thesource.com/2019/10/22/kato-sound-advice

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The second trailer for Nick Cannon's She Ball movie is here, and this one is a lot more funny in comparison to the first one that was released last week.

The teaser below kicks off playing Chris Brown's Indigo cut, "Wobble Up," and shows the girls balling. From the look of it, DC Young Fly is the captain of the team opposing Cannon and Chris Brown's team.

The movie tells a story of triumph against all odds as a young female athlete (played by Melody Rae Kandil) faces trials, tribulations, and triumph on and off the basketball court.

Fasion Love, Evan Ross, Cedric The Entertainer, and Birdman are also apart of the cast.

Nick Cannon describes why this movie is so important to him. "She Ball, is about community, and the inclusive nature of controlling your own background. It's a story that doesn't have any boundaries. It's a sports movie, it's a love story, and it's a comedy. I grew up on movies like Above The Rim, Love & Basketball, and even Save the Last Dance. It has a little bit of a combination of these three movies but with its own message. It's an action-packed movie that's full of laughs, but at the end of the day, it's really just a great story about human connections. Birdman and I have been talking about doing movies together for so long and it finally all came together on this project. Chris Brown who is like family to me and such a visionary is truly one of the most gifted and talented spirits to ever grace this planet!. With a partnership between myself, Birdman, and Chris Brown. We took this all into our own hands. That's empowering for our industry, and I'm grateful to have worked with such a dedicated team and especially talented cast."

Look out for She Ball in theaters on February 2020. Check out the second trailer below:

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via: https://thesource.com/2019/10/22/she-ball-trailer

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TIDAL X hosted its fifth annual benefit concert on Monday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and this time they joined forces with Rock the Vote to encourage the youth to participate in the 2020 Presidential election.

All of the proceeds will go towards causes that advocate for young people to vote.

The star-studded night, which was hosted by Miss Dominican Republic 2015 Clarissa Molina and Power 105.1's, Angie Martinez, featured dozens of artists and surprise performances including, H.E.R., Fat Joe and Flipp Dinero.

The lineup represented different genres and age groups, and the Latin pop culture dominated the night. Becky G, CNCO, and Farruko represented for the Latino Gang, meanwhile, Hip Hop freshman like Lil Tecca and Lucky Daye graced the stage. Alicia Keys was the woman of the hour and her tribute to Brooklyn's own Biggie, had the arena going crazy.

"I never got to rock with him," she said as she smoothly transitioned from her own rendition of Biggie's "Juicy." "So this is like a dream for me."

Although everyone was turning up and having a good time, the organizers did a great job stay on track. In-between sets TIDAL and Rock the Vote displayed facts about immigration and voter laws. Some of the artists on the lineup like Casanova and Nicole Bus prerecorded videos encouraging people, especially the youth, to exercise their rights to vote.

There were tables set up all throughout the Barclays Center for people to register to vote.

Lil Uzi Vert came out to close the five-hour benefit concert and performed a slew of his hit singles like "The Way Life Goes," "New Patek," and his mega-hit, "XO Tour Llif3."

The post Alicia Keys, Lil Uzi Vert, H.E.R & More Take the Stage at 2019 Tidal X Rock the Vote Benefit Concert appeared first on The Source.

via: https://thesource.com/2019/10/22/tidal-x-rock-the-vote

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On the day that the 2019-2020 NBA season is set to kick-off, Roc Nation Sports has announced the signing of New York Knicks guard Dennis Smith Jr.

The starting point guard will be entering his third season in the NBA, his first complete season as a member of the Knicks. Previously, he played for the Dallas Mavericks.

For his career, Smith Jr. averages 14.5 points and 5 assists over 122 games.

Yesterday, the New York Post reported the Knicks exercised the fourth-year option on Dennis Smith Jr., which is for $5.6 million in the 2020-21 season.


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Excited to begin this next chapter with the @rocnationsports family New season, new opportunities. #RocFam

A post shared by Dennis Smith Jr. (@desmith4) on Oct 22, 2019 at 9:27am PDT


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Prepare for liftoff DSJ in the building! Welcome to the #RocNationSports family, @desmith4! #RocFam

A post shared by Roc Nation Sports (@rocnationsports) on Oct 22, 2019 at 9:32am PDT

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Charlamagne Tha God is rooting for everyone that is Black, and unlike many people who claim to be doing the same, he put his money where his mouth is.

BOSSIP reports that the radio host established a scholarship fund at South Carolina State University in honor of his mother, who is an alumni at the school.

The radio host presented the $250K at the college's homecoming last weekend.

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Dear Black People like I said yesterday an investment into an HBCU is an investment into the future of our people. Salute to everyone who did their part yesterday at @scstate1896 homecoming. The SC State Club donated 215,889 dollars to @scstateathletics and OG @whipclyburn stunted on us all with his 1.7 million dollar endowment that will fund S.C. State honors college scholarships. The SC State University Honors college is named after his late wife Dr. Emily England Clyburn who is also a Moncks Corner native and the reason Congressman Clyburn always tells me I'm the SECOND best thing to come out of Moncks Corner... which would actually push me further down the list because I'm putting my wife before me....anyway just always remember if you really rooting for everybody black the next time an HBCU ask for money, open your wallet!!!! It's a blessing to be a blessing. GOD IS EVERYTHING!!! #WeFightDifferent

A post shared by LENARD (@cthagod) on Oct 20, 2019 at 11:42am PDT

"Today was South Carolina States homecoming and I had the honor of announcing "The Ford Family Endowed Scholarship Fund" named after my mother and my grandmothers maiden names," he shared. "We will be providing scholarships to black women in South Carolina who Major in English, (my mother's major) Communications, (because I'm a Radio/TV Guy), and for any sister that wants to be a mental health professional," Charlamagne explained in his caption.

"Always remember investing in an HBCU is investing in the future of our people so the next time an HBCU asks for money, open that wallet." The Black Privilege author shared the heartfelt moment on his Instagram account and jokingly added, "I'm tapped out until February so to all friends and family, don't even consider calling me this holiday season for nothing."

The post Charlamagne Tha God Establishes $250K Scholarship Fund at HBCU for Black Women appeared first on The Source.

via: https://thesource.com/2019/10/22/charlamagne-tha-god-scholarship

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Cyntoia Brown-Long never thought she'd see the light of day after being sentenced to life in prison as a teen. After her case went viral and she received advocacy from numerous A-list celebrities including Kim Kardashian and Rihanna, a miracle happened for Cyntoia: She was granted clemency!

In a Q&A in NYC last week, the former inmate turned sex trafficking advocate opened up about how she was mentally imprisoned before being physically imprisoned. "I just want to let you know before I was physically in prison, I was bound up in prisons in shame, prisons in anger, prisons in feeling like I had to do things to be accepted by other people. God saved me from that. There is freedom in Jesus. When I live for him and to be accepted by him, I have to do absolutely nothing. Just be myself."

She also detailed how she met her husband and credits him for bringing her closer to God.

Cyntoia Brown opens up about her state of mind ahead of her arrest 16 years ago during her first public appearance since her release for the promotion of her memoir, Free Cyntoia. pic.twitter.com/sLzNR76xh3

— TwoBeesEnt (@TwoBeesEnt) October 16, 2019

So it was just a matter of time before Cyntoia Brown-Long was going to start her family with her husband Jamie Long. She posted a picture of them dressed in all white as he braced her presumed baby bump.


— Cyntoia Brown Long (@cyntoia_brown) October 20, 2019

She didn't give much details but just left the heart eyes emoji. She didn't appear to be with child at The Riverside Church when Two Bees Entertainment covered the NYC stop of her book tour, but a woman's body goes through amazing changes.

Congratulations to the parents to-be.

The post Cyntoia Brown-Long is Expecting a Baby With her Husband, Jamie Long appeared first on The Source.

via: https://thesource.com/2019/10/22/cyntoia-brown-baby

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