Lesson of the day: If you're determined to go X-Games on the streets of New York, wear a helmet and don't post about it on Instagram. That's what got Meek Mill in trouble with the law. NYPD officers arrested the Philadelphia-born rapper Thursday night for reckless endangerment for popping wheelies and riding his dirt bike without a helmet through upper Manhattan. Sophia T. Mason, a detective with the Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Public Information, confirmed his arrest to USA TODAY. he incident happened Wednesday but it took the NYPD a while to identify the 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Robert Rihmeek Williams.
NBC4 New York and TMZ report they were able to do so using a video on his Instagram page. The video has since been pulled down. His lawyer, Joseph Tacopina, told The Daily News Meek was arrested because he's famous. "It really stinks of obvious targeting an individual who is a celebrity and maybe who law enforcement don't like, and it's not what the system is supposed to be about," he said. "If his name was John Smith, he wouldn't have even been arrested,” the lawyer said. “You could go to 110th St. and Dyckman right now and you'll see 10 kids popping wheelies on their bikes. Nobody gets arrested."
While Chris Brown’s 2009 assault on Rihanna made headlines around the globe, the “Questions” singer is now revealing shocking details about the story you’ve probably never heard. In the documentary, “Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life,” the star said Rihanna had doubts about his fidelity early in their relationship. After denying he was involved with a woman he worked with, he finally admitted they had a past. “Around like, the eighth month or maybe a little bit after that [2007 Video Music Awards] performance,
I just broke it to her,” Brown says. “Before we were together, me and this other girl did have sex. My trust totally was lost with [Rihanna]. She hated me.” Brown said the two would engage in verbal and physical fights, where “she would hit me [and] I would hit her.” “I felt like a f—— monster,” Brown says Things took a turn when Rihanna spotted the other woman at a pre-Grammys party and later discovered a text from the woman that was sent to Chris. The “Needed Me Singer” began fighting Brown in his Lamborghini, he says, and they started “arguing and arguing and arguing.” “I remember she was trying to kick me. Just her just being upset,”
he says. “But then I really hit her. With a closed fist, like I punched her and it busted her lip. And when I saw it, I was in shock. I was like, ‘F—, why the hell did I hit her?'” Brown said Rihanna spit blood in his face, making him more infuriated than before. The couple fought as Brown drove and he says at one point Rihanna grabbed his genitals, which he responded to by biting her arm. “I look back at the picture and I’m just like, ‘Yo, bro. That’s not me, bro. That’s not me,'” he says. “I just, I hate it to this day. That’s gon’ haunt me forever.” Online, fans unleashed a flood of reactions.Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s attorney general sued the city of Birmingham and its mayor Wednesday for obscuring a Confederate monument in a downtown park, citing a new state law that protects such markers. “The city of Birmingham does not have the right to violate the law and leaves my office with no choice but to file suit,” Attorney General Steve Marshall said in a statement. Legislators passed a law earlier this year prohibiting the removal of historical structures including rebel memorials. So, Birmingham Mayor William Bell ordered the city’s 52-foot-tall Confederate obelisk in Linn Park Memorial covered with wooden panels.
The box-like structure covers a panel that says the memorial to Confederate soldiers and sailors was dedicated in 1905 by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. City workers began installing the structure Tuesday, just days after deadly violence over a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, Va. Marshall said his office determined that city had “altered” or “otherwise disturbed’ the memorial in violation of the letter and spirit of the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act. “We look forward to the court system clarifying the rights and power of a municipality to control its parks absent state intervention,” Bell said in an emailed response to the lawsuit. Bell’s office says it’s also considering ways to challenge the law restricting the city’s authority to remove the memorial.
The mayor told local media the barrier was erected to protect it from vandalism. The new Alabama law prohibits the removal and alteration of monuments more than 40 years old. It also prohibits renaming schools that have carried a person’s name for more than 40 years. A new commission would have to approve changes to those between 20 and 40 years old. The law does not specify Confederate monuments, but came in the wake of cities beginning to take down the markers paying homage to the Confederacy. African-American lawmakers opposed the bill at every step of the legislative process. They argued that the monuments
pay tribute to the shameful legacy of slavery. “The Alabama Legislature should never have passed a law banning the removal of these symbols which represent the oppression of an entire race,” Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center said in a statement Wednesday. ATLANTA NEWEST HIP HOP and R&B Station Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
Oakland Raiders cornerback Sean Smith -- who signed a $40 million contract last year -- was arrested Thursday and charged with felony assault, JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA has learned. Officials say Smith attacked his sister's boyfriend on July 4 -- beat and stomped on his head in Pasadena in the early hours. He's been charged with felony assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury. If convicted,
Smith faces up to 7 years in state prison. It's not Smith's first brush with the law -- he was convicted of DUI stemming from a 2014 car crash in which he smashed into a light pole. We've reached out to the Raiders for comment -- so far, no word back. Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg, says Smith maintains his innocence and vows to fight the charges.
Floyd Mayweather doesn't get in the ring with Conor McGregor until August 26, but the battle is on for Vegas nightclubs scrapping to book the biggest names for that weekend.
The lineups are already INSANE -- 50 Cent, Diddy, Chris Brown, The Chainsmokers, Jamie Foxx, Rick Ross, Calvin Harris, Amber Rose and even Conor himself are headlining parties. Here's how it's shaking out as of now:
Drai's -- 50 Cent, Trey Songz and Jeezy
Hakkasan -- Steve Aoki
Omnia -- Calvin Harris
JEWEL -- J. Cole
Hard Rock -- Amber Rose, YFN Lucci and Allen Iverson
SATURDAY (after the fight):
Drai's -- Chris Brown
XS Nightclub -- The Chainsmokers
Hakkasan -- Travis Scott
Marquee - DJ Mustard
The LIGHT -- Rick Ross
JEWEL -- Jamie Foxx
Rehab Beach Club -- Diddy
Encore Beach Club at Surrender - Conor McGregor
It won't be cheap if you want in with the celebs -- especially in VIP. One example ... a table at Diddy's party ranged from $1,500 to 20k, depending on location.
Biggest question -- does Conor show up at Surrender ... win or lose?
The Floyd Mayweather/Conor McGregor fight will be riddled with celebrities ... and TMZ Sports knows some who will be front and center. Here's a partial list: -- Angelina Jolie -- Drake -- Elon Musk -- Diddy -- Mark Wahlberg -- Denzel Washington -- Charlize Theron -- LL Cool J -- Jamie Foxx -- LeBron James -- Bob Kraft -- Rick Ross -- Adam Levine -- Michael Bay -- Avicii There are other celebs who have bought tickets under the radar and will just show up.
And there are a bunch of celebs who will go to Vegas a week from Saturday but won't go near the ring. They'll watch the fight at party venues and attend what everyone expects to be the wildest after-parties of the year.Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
Wrestling legend Ric Flair is experiencing “multiple organ problems” and remains listed in critical condition at an Atlanta-based hospital, according to his fiancée, Wendy Barlow. “I have been unable to talk on the phone without crying and just feel shocked over events,” Barlow said in a statement posted to her Facebook account, according to TMZ. Flair, 68, who wrestled for four decades during stints in WCW and WWE, has been hospitalized since the night of Aug. 11 after he complained of abdominal pain. “I want everyone to know he still needs prayers,” Barlow reportedly said. “I have been by his side since Friday and will continue to make sure he is getting the best care possible.” Details have been sparse,
but TMZ reports Flair was placed into a medically induced coma before preparing for an unspecified operation on Aug. 14. Flair’s daughter, Charlotte Flair, posted a photograph to Instagram on Aug. 15 that addressed her father’s condition. “On behalf of my family and I, we want to THANK everyone for the prayers, texts, calls and support,” Charlotte said. “Our Dad is a FIGHTER and your continued thoughts and prayers MEAN THE WORLD to us.” There is no word as of yet if Flair is out of a coma. A rep for WWE did not immediately respond to JAMZ 101.5 HD ATLANTA request for comment. Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
Millennials are less interested in breasts than their elders. People from the age of 18 to 24 are 19% less likely to search for breasts on pornographic website Pornhub compared to all other age groups, according to an analysis conducted by the website. For comparison, Pornhub visitors from the ages of 55 to 64 are 17% more likely to search for breast-related content. Millennials' pornography preferences seem to be part of a wider trend. "At the moment larger breasts are out though I’m sure they’ll come back," Sarah Pedersen, professor of communications and media at Robert Gordon University, told Playboy. "We tend to react to what went before." For "breastaurants" like Hooters and Twin Peaks, a loss of interest in breasts is bad for business.
The number of Hooters locations in the US have dropped by more than 7% from 2012 to 2016, and sales have stagnated, according to industry reports. Part of Hooters' struggles are tied to the sales slump that hitting most sit-down causal dining chains. However, a lack of interest in waitresses' cleavage — especially when there are breastaurants like Twin Peaks promising more scandalous experiences elsewhere — likely isn't helping. In light of the decline of breasts' impact in America, it comes as no surprise that Hooters has been emphasizing catering and opened up a fast-casual location with fully-clothed waiters — women and men. While porn habits may change, millennials still love chicken wings. check out ATLANTA Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station Listen Live:
The lineup for the 2017 Rolling Loud festival in the Bay Area has finally been announced and it’s full of our favorite superstars. While Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, and ScHoolboy Q are signed on as official headliners, there are a slew of major hip-hop acts that will be taking over the two-day festival. Joining the “Goosebumps” hitmaker, Young Money founder, and Top Dawg rapper will also be Lil Uzi Vert, Young Thug, 2017 XXL Freshmen XXXTentacion, PnB Rock and Playboi Carti, Kodak Black, Nef The Pharaoh, Lil Pump and plenty of other huge acts. Like its original iteration in Miami, Rolling Loud is a utopia for rap fans,
as the bill boasts acts as diverse as Denzel Curry and Ski Mask The Slump God to Maxo Kream and Young Nudy. Kicking off at the Shoreline Festival Grounds in Mountain View, Calif., Rolling Loud will be going down on both Oct. 21 and Oct. 22. Tickets will be going on sale next week, Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 12:00 p.m. P.S.T. This will actually be the second headlining Rolling Loud performance for Weezy in 2017. Earlier this year, Kendrick Lamar, Future and plenty of other superstars joined him to headline the Rolling Loud festival that took place between
May 5-7 at Bayfront Park in Miami, Fla. Take a look at the official lineup for 2017 Rolling Loud festival in the Bay Area below. Be sure to purchase tickets for the festival next week on their official website, and get ready for the festival to expand to even more cities in coming months. Read More: Travis Scott, Lil Wayne and More to Headline 2017 Rolling Loud in the Bay Area Listen Live ATALANTA www.jamz101fm.com
The "American Idol" reboot seems to be in crisis -- honchos still haven't locked down a second, third and possibly fourth judge, with only 6 weeks until cameras roll. TMZ broke the story to JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATALANTA ... producers first set their sights on Katy Perry, who will be pocketing $25 mil. Our 'Idol' sources tell us ... none of the previous front-runners -- Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth, Luke Bryan or Keith Urban -- are any closer to signing than they were a few weeks ago. We're told record producer Nile Rodgers has now been tossed in the mix.
The issue with Lionel, we're told, is his team's asking around $10 mil ... double what they want to pay. 'A.I.' producers are also still debating whether to go with 3 or 4 judges. At this point it all comes down to money, but it sounds like they'd like 4. Auditions for 'Idol' hopefuls kick off Thursday in Orlando, but filmed auditions in front of the judges don't begin until the end of Sept. So there's still time ... but it's getting dicey Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com ATLANTA
Six Flags Over Texas is standing firm on flying the Confederate States of America flag, despite the uproar post-Charlottesville. Park officials tell TMZ, they see a fundamental distinction between the flag they fly and the Confederate Battle flag. They say the distinction is that white supremacists and neo-Nazis have adopted the Battle flag and not the banner the theme park waves. True enough, racists generally embrace the Battle flag, but here's the thing ...
both represent exactly the same principle. Both flags flew during the Civil War to represent the fight to preserve slavery. So, is this a distinction without a difference? It seems so. But reps from Six Flags explain it this way ... park patrons "are astute enough to know the difference." Again, what's the difference? Both flags are an homage to slavery. In any case ... the Six Flags rep says the flag will continue to fly high over the park. BTW ...
the original stated reason for flying the flag at the theme park was that there are 6 flags that have flown over the state of Texas in its history, and the Confederate States of America flag is one of them. SHARE ON FACEBOOK, Listen Live ATLANTA Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station www.jamz101fm.com
Former President Obama's tweet sharing a message against racism is officially the most-liked tweet ever. Obama posted a tweet sharing a quote from Nelson Mandela that condemned racism just hours after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. turned violent. The tweet became the most popular of all time on Tuesday night, with more than 2.7 million likes, three days after it was posted.
"No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion..." Obama wrote in the tweet. The tweet beats out Ariana Grande's message to fans after a deadly explosion at her concert in Manchester earlier this year. The tweet is the seventh-most retweeted, still trailing Ellen DeGeneres' famous Oscar selfie and a teenager who won free chicken nuggets from Wendy's for having the most retweets ever, according to the Twitter tracking-site Favstar.
Over a dozen journalists have been labeled “enemies” of the White House in a new campaign ad for President Donald Trump. The video, titled “Let President Trump Do His Job,” comes on the heels of deadly unrest in Charlottesville, Va., last week where white nationalist demonstrators descended on the city and clashed with counter-protesters. Trump’s lukewarm reaction to the chaos sparked swift criticism after he failed to explicitly condemn the violence by white supremacists, Neo-Nazis and KKK members. Released by the president’s official campaign and re-election committee just one day after the protests turned violent, the 30-second video aims to highlight Trump’s successes since taking office earlier this year.
The ad flashes the faces of more than a dozen journalists, accusing them of “attacking our president” and alluding to “the president’s enemies” who “don’t want him to succeed.” “Democrats, obstructing … career politicians, standing in the way of success,” the clip says. “But President Trump’s plan is still working!” Among the faces of noted journalists was April Ryan, a veteran White House correspondent, political analyst and bureau chief for the American Urban Radio Networks. Ryan, who is African-American, responded to the ad in a tweet Sunday, Aug. 13, and blasted the Trump campaign for promoting “racial hate.”
This isn’t the first time Ryan has run into issues with the Trump White House, however. Earlier this year, the seasoned journalist got into a war of words with then-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Ryan pressed Spicer about the ongoing Russia investigation during a daily press briefing, after which the press secretary demanded that Ryan quit shaking her head. In February, Trump also asked Ryan to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, suggesting she was friends with organization members because she’s also Black.
SHIVELY, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky police officer faces disciplinary action in connection to a Facebook post mocking the death of a woman struck and killed after a car rammed into a counter-protest at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Shively Police Lt. Col. Josh Myers says Officer Morris
Rinehardt was placed on paid administrative leave Monday and an internal investigation is underway. News outlets report the post on Rinehardt’s personal Facebook page pictured a car with a caption that says, “When you were born a Challenger but identify as a Ram.” The man charged in the Charlottesville rally was driving a Dodge Challenger. Myers says potential punishment ranges from six days suspension to termination. A Philadelphia firefighter and a Massachusetts police officer also face disciplinary action for Facebook postings about the rally.
Two NBA superstars are going off on Donald Trump -- LeBron James and Steve Nash -- trashing POTUS over the comments he made about anti-racist protesters in Charlottesville. "Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again," Bron posted ... "Statues has nothing to do with us now!" James is responding to Trump's news conference
Tuesday in which he said alt-left protesters were also to blame for the violence in Virginia. He made a specific reference to protesters removing a statue of Robert E. Lee. "This week, it is Robert E Lee," Trump said ... "I noticed that Stonewall Jackson's coming down. I wonder is it George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?" Trump then mentioned that he owned a winery in Charlottesville ... and that set off Steve Nash. "To defend white supremacists and then slang his sh*tty ass grape juice pretty much sums the man up." LeBron has been ripping Trump for months -- and just this weekend wore a red hat to spoof Trump's "Make America Great Again" fashion line.
Peter Thomas -- the guy who brought a knife to a ... well ... fight -- could be getting his own spin-off show after splitting from Cynthia Bailey on 'RHOA.' Production sources tell us Peter and Bravo started filming a pilot focusing on his club in Charlotte, NC, Club One -- think "Vanderpump Rules." We're told the show will cover Peter's life owning and managing the club in the aftermath of his breakup with Cynthia last year on 'Real Housewives of Atlanta.' We're told it's highly unlikely Cynthia will come on as a guest. You'll recall ...
Peter pulled a box cutter on Kenya Moore's ex, Matt Jordan, in March during a brawl the 2 had in the middle of a radio interview. At the time, he claimed self-defense. We're told the network is happy with what it's seeing and it's looking like the show will make air. Hey ... why wouldn't it? The drama's so thick, you could cut it with a ... forget it.
MIAMI (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan has a small stake in Derek Jeter’s investment group that reached an agreement to buy the Miami Marlins. The person confirmed Jordan’s role to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday because the parties involved have not commented. Jordan already owns the NBA Charlotte Hornets.
He and Jeter have known each other for more than 20 years and are close friends. A signed $1.2 billion agreement was submitted Saturday to Major League Baseball for Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria to sell the franchise to a group that includes Jeter, the former New York Yankees captain. Venture capitalist Bruce Sherman of Naples, Fla., would be the controlling owner. The Marlins expect to close the deal in early October.
“Power” co-executive producer 50 Cent, well aware that the last three episodes of his hit Starz series have been leaked, decided to add put in his two cents’ worth on the matter. According to Fiddy, the network accused him of being responsible for releasing the episodes ahead of schedule. The hashtag 50 Central BET points to the rapper-actor’s upcoming sketch comedy series on BET, which airs Sept. 28. Could the MC be taking on that series full time and ditching “Power”? Hmmm …
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Is it safe to say we know the identities of John Wall‘s two favorite rappers? Probably not, but his two newest tattoos make it mighty hard to dispute. Recently, the Washington Wizards point guard got himself tattoos of Lil Wayne and Tupac Shakur on his thigh. Wall explained his reasoning for getting his new tattoos in the caption of an Instagram photo featuring his new ink. “Baby wayne @liltunechi , Wolf Wall …..All these tattoo define my up bringing thru music and who I am !! #wallway #5Deep #BYB salute to them !!” he wrote. The new tattoos are all in close proximity on one of the NBA superstar’s thighs.
The first image is a re-creation of the image from Weezy’s Tha Carter III album. If you didn’t remember, that cover features a picture of Lil Wayne as a baby. The ’Pac image appears to be a re-creation of his face when he famously spit at reporters well over 20 years ago. There’s also a tattoo of a wolf right next to those, making it as interesting a combo as any. Of course, Wall isn’t the first contemporary superstar to get a tattoo dedicated to Weezy. A little while back, it was revealed that Drake, who Weezy signed to his Young Money label over half a decade ago, got an image of Weezy tatted on his arm. Before that, the Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant got himself a Tupac Shakur tattoo of his own. Read More: John Wall Gets Tattoos of Tupac Shakur and Lil Wayne ATLANTA Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station www.jamz101fm.com Listen Live.
Months after Playboi Carti reintroduced the Milly Rock into pop culture with his hit single “Magnolia,” 2 Milly, who originally popularized the dance two years ago with his song “Milly Rock,” has served up his own take on Carti’s ultra-popular track. Check out the new visual for 2 Milly’s “Magnolia” freestyle below. In the new visual, 2 Milly’s performing his signature dance at a basketball court, and a few others join him. On the track itself, he flexes on his haters by flipping Carti’s flow and infusing it with his own BK swagger. All together, it feels just right. 2 Milly says it was the fans that motivated him to create his own take on “Magnolia” and shoot a video for it.
“What made me wanna shoot that video was the fact that people keep tellin me I should be on the [‘Magnolia’] remix or whatever and since that didn’t work out, as much as I tried, I felt like that’s still what my fans wanted,” he tells XXL. Apparently, 2 Milly’s people weren’t happy with the lack of Milly Rocking in Carti’s video for the track, either. “People talk trash about the other video and say that nobody even does the Milly Rock in it so I’m here to show you the sturdy way,” says 2 Milly, who linked up with A Keylo Production when it was time to film the visual. He met A Keylo Production through Steph Armani. After a strong 2015 and 2016, 2 Milly’s been a bit quiet as of late. He plans to change that soon, though.
The first step is to regain his fanbase after the unfortunate hacking of his social media accounts. From there, he’ll continue releasing engaging videos before dropping a new project this fall. “So my plans are to gain my fanbase back…my page was hacked twice on Instagram and to basically create better visuals and better music which leads up to my EP in October,” he says. Sounds like a solid plan. ATLANTA Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
UPDATE!!!!Taylor just issued this statement, "I want to thank Judge William J. Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration ... [my attorneys] and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support through this four-year ordeal..." Taylor went on, "I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."
Taylor Swift just got very important new fans ... and they just unanimously gave her a huge win in her butt groping trial. The jury ruled David Mueller did indeed commit sexual assault by grabbing her butt at a meet and greet after a 2013 Denver concert. They gave her $1, which is what she was asking. The jury also ruled Taylor's mother and staff did not intentionally interfere with Mueller's employment. As we reported ... Tay filed her $1 countersuit against the former DJ on principal. Taylor was in court to hear the verdict. She hugged her mom and her attorneys.
As for her mom ... she cried. Swift testified during the trial and was unmovable, calling BS on Mueller's claim that all he did was touch her rib cage. She says he latched on to her bare ass underneath her skirt. Mueller had sued Swift for defamation, claiming her allegations cost him his job. The judge threw out his case against Taylor, Friday, saying he never proved during the trial she directly made him lose his job.
Pittsburgh’s Dream Cream Ice Cream shop is making dreams come true one scoop at a time! Borne out of a collaboration between the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership and the Mayor’s Office, the local parlor offers a variety of unique flavors like Banana Cream Pie, Strawberry Cheesecake and Movie Popcorn. “Dreamers” looking to raise funds for their own special projects are welcomed to apply to Dream Cream and pick their own flavor to help raise money for personal causes, including mission trips,
breast cancer awareness or even building a new playground. At the end of the month, selected dreamers receive a portion of the sales made from their ice cream. “Goodies” brands itself as Washington, D.C.’s first and only “Vintage Mobile Eatery” paying homage to the 1950’s rock n’ roll era. The company said it prides itself on serving fresh, old-fashioned frozen custard and treats out of its “Made in America” metro van. In a 2014 interview with The Washington Post, founder Brandon Byrd declined to spill his food truck’s revenue but said it was up 20 percent from what it was last year.
These days, it’s easy to mishear or even not understand certain rap lyrics. Kodak Black recently found himself in a peculiar place when he misheard a Future lyric, thinking the Atlanta rapper was talking about being with men. So, instead of logging onto the Internet and going to RapGenius, he decided to go to the source while on Instagram Live. The line in question is from the song, “Coming Out Strong,” off Future’s HNDRXX album. On the song he raps, “It’s hard to tell the real stories from the fake ones (stick)/’Cause nowdays if they don’t got it they’ll make one (still com-)/The only time I feel alive when is I take (stick).”
The Project Baby was puzzled about that last part. “I gotta call my nigga Future, ’cause we be talking like business shit, like CEO shit,” Kodak said to his IG followers. “On some real nigga shit, like want to see a young nigga win and shit. But I gotta hit him up and ask him this question and shit…I’m doing it on [Instagram] Live I probably shouldn’t have even did this on Live.” Hendrix picks up and puts Kodak’s worries to rest when he reveals the “stick” he is referring to is a pill. The “Tunnel Vision” rapper looks relieved. The two rappers have formed a bond recently. Future put Kodak on his Nobody Safe Tour, but eventually had to remove him from the lineup when the Florida rapper ran into his legal issues and couldn’t travel. Last month, they collabed on the song, “Boost My Ego,” which will be on Kodak’s upcoming mixtape, Project Baby 2. ATLANTA Newest Hip Hop and R&B Stattion: www.jamz101atl.com
With his tour with Meek Mill cancelled, Yo Gotti is back focusing on his latest release, Gotti Made-It. The mixtape, a collab project with super producer Mike Will Made-It, included the single “Rake It Up” featuring Nicki Minaj, which the two rappers recently shot the video for. Nicki shared some behind-the-scenes footage from the shoot on her Instagram page. One segment of the video will feature a cameo from Blac Chyna and a bunch of exotic whips. In the clip, Nicki and Chyna drag race Lambos in a parking lot at night while a crowd looks on. In other footage,
the celebrities kill time between takes. While fans wait patiently for her new album, Nicki has been more active recently. She just appeared on the Future track, “You Da Baddest,” and also teased an upcoming single with Quavo. She is currently prepping the follow-up LP to The Pinkprint, which dropped in 2014. “My goal right now is just releasing this fourth album and watching my fans react to it, because I know it’s going to be my best body of work,” she said in a recent interview with DJ Whoo Kid. “I always feel like I gotta make them proud. I gotta go hard.
I gotta impress them, because they always waiting for me. You know, that’s a blessing in itself. So that’s next on my bucket list. To deliver my fourth album and make sure that it’s a classic hip-hop album that people will never forget.” Gotti is working on the follow-up to his 2016 album, The Art of Hustle. ATLANTA NEWEST HIP HOP and R&B STATION Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
Serious question, does anyone put on for their hometown more than Chane The Rapper? The Chi was treated to another epic show from their native son on Saturday (Aug. 12). It featured Future and Jeremih. Did we mention it was free? The Windy City rapper’s day started off on a high note as he had the honor of serving as the grand marshal of the annual Bud Billiken Parade. While being interviewed by ABC 7, he put the people on notice about the lituation. “I’m handing out free tickets all day long,” he said.
“I wanted to make sure I can identify all those teachers that support our youth and build our children up, all those fathers that are out here with their families, the cornerstones of their houses, bringing their families out—I want to make sure I can identify y’all so my people can get you some free tickets.” Later that night, Chano put on what would be known as the Bud Billiken Bash. He performed several of his latest hits including “No Problem” and “Angels.” The surprise of the night was when he brought out Hendrix who performed “Commas” and Jeremih who wooed the crowd with his hit, “Birthday Sex.” Madeintyo and DJ Oreo also performed. It’s safe to say the people were pleased. “@chancetherapper put on for his city last night,” one concertgoer noted on Instagram. “Never have a seen another artist put together such an amazing free concert as a ‘Thank You’ to his community.” Listen Live ATLANTA Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station: www.jamz101fm.com
Drake and Future have been hit with a huge $25 million lawsuit by a woman who claims she was raped by someone associated with the venue they performed at during a show back in August. According to TMZ, the woman attended the Summer 16 Tour stop in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Aug. 14, and claims she was invited backstage to meet the rappers by a venue employee. The woman alleges the man then flipped the script, violently attacking and raping her. The man, identified as Levy Johnson, 38, was arrested earlier this year in Florida and charged with rape, reports the Tennessean.
At the time of the attack, Johnson had outstanding warrants for assault. The victim is arguing that the What a Time to be Alive duo, the arena and other parties should have known that Johnson was a risk and need to be held accountable. Now she’s asking for a big chunk of change. In music-related news, Drizzy recently announced that he is already working on the follow up to More Life. “I’m about to go back to making this new album in Toronto just for you,” Drizzy said to the crowd in front of Toronto’s Budweiser stage earlier this week while closing out the 2017 OVO Fest. “I’ll see you next year, we’ll be bigger, we’ll be better.
I go by the name of Drake, this a OVO Sound ting for life.” He also teased a possible collab project with The Weeknd. Future recently received some good news, as his self-titled album officially reached platinum status earlier this week. Read More: Drake and Future Sued for $25 Million by Woman Who Claims She Was Raped at Their Concert. ATLANTA Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
Tupac Shakur's 1996 Hummer -- the ride he bought a month before he was killed -- is headed back to the auction block ... because the previous winning bidder bailed on paying. The rapper's fully loaded Hummer sold for a whopping $337,000 in May 2016 -- 3 times more than what was expected -- and it turns out it may have been too good to be true.
After several attempts to collect, the anonymous Ohio bidder defaulted. So, RR Auctions is listing Tupac's vehicle again with an estimate of $100k -- closer to what it was expected to fetch in the first place. The auction ends August 17.ATLANTA Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
Update (Aug. 11 4:52 p.m. EST): After news surfaced that a Georgia official was calling for a criminal investigation into R. Kelly’s actions, apparently there is no new evidence against R. Kelly and the allegations that he is running an illegal cult of women in Atlanta, according to TMZ. The outlet says they reached out to Jones Creek Police Dept., who claims that there is no new evidence, and no compelling reason to open a criminal investigation. They also report that Kellz is “furious” over John Eaves’ comments at the press conference, claiming that he is not doing anything wrong. The singer believes that he is using the situation and the current allegations for his own personal gain. Original Story: The allegations against R. Kelly are getting deeper, and his case is becoming highly concerning as more alleged details surface. According to BuzzFeed, the Chairman of Fulton County, Ga. is calling for a full criminal investigation into the veteran R&B singer following allegations that he is holding women against their will in a cult that “sexually exploits” them.
In a press conference Friday (Aug. 11), John Eaves revealed there has been new evidence uncovered by law enforcement, and an investigative file has been handed over to the district attorney. “Today, I am asking District Attorney Paul Howard and his investigative officers and prosecutors to fully review the report of the John Creek Police and follow every lead — no matter where it leads, or who it implicates, and bring those persons to swift justice,” Eaves stated. Eaves has not read the contents of the investigative file, nor did he state the specifics of the new evidence, but he is encouraging the district attorney to launch a full investigation. He also made sure to mention that no one is above the law, saying, “We will not allow our young girls and young women to be preyed upon by predators or anyone who aims to brainwash and strip them of their human dignity and their right to be free.”
If you recall, original reports surfaced from parents that Kellz was allegedly holding several young women against their will after promising a slew of them he would be advancing their musical careers. He is said to be housing them at both his Duluth, Ga. “guest house” or at his Chicago recording studio. Following the reports, one of the alleged captives came forward in a video, stating she was “fine” and not being held against her will. R. Kelly also released a statement from his legal team, denying the allegations against him. “Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations attributed to him,” the statement read. “Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such accusations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.” Read More: R. Kelly Has No Criminal Investigation Against Him in Georgia, Police Say - Listen Live www.jamz101fm.com Atlanta Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station
After reports surfaced yesterday that he could go back to prison, it looks like DMX caught a break from a judge, as he has been sentenced to house arrest. According to TMZ, the “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” rapper reportedly showed up 30 minutes late to his bail bond hearing, and failed four drug tests, but the judge decided to show some mercy. The outlet says that X reportedly failed four drug tests after testing positive for both marijuana and cocaine, and also violated his bail conditions of his tax evasion case by traveling to St. Louis without the court’s permission to take care of a family matter.
Although the judge was not pleased with him and had the ability to put DMX back in jail, they decided to put him on house arrest, as he will have to wear an ankle monitor for the rest of his case. TMZ says that he won’t even be able to so much as go outside to mow his own lawn under the conditions. If you recall, the veteran MC is facing 14 counts of evading more than $1 million in federal taxes. He pled not guilty back in July after being freed on $500,000 bail following his one night in jail. We will keep you updated on DMX’s case as it moves forward. For now, fans hope he can adhere to the conditions of his house arrest to stay out of jail. Read More: DMX Sentenced to House Arrest After Failing Four Drug Tests - www.jamz101fm.com Listen Live
Taylor Swift just scored a big win in her butt groping trial ... the judge threw out DJ David Mueller's case against her. Mueller sued Swift, her mom and management team in 2015, saying they cost him his job after Swift alleged the DJ grabbed her ass during a meet-and-greet in Denver. However, Swift fired back ... countersuing Mueller for sexual assault and battery. The two sides have been locked in court this week ...
but the judge just ruled the case against Taylor be dropped. The judge's reported reasoning was that in only informing her mom and team about the alleged assault, Taylor did nothing wrong -- she didn't tell Mueller's employer directly -- so the judge said it wasn't possible to prove Taylor's the person who got him fired. While Taylor's in the clear ... Mueller's case against Taylor's mom and team is still alive. Swift's case against David is still ongoing, with a final verdict expected next week.Listen Live ATLANTA NEWEST HIP HOP and R&B Station www.jamz101atl.com
The Dallas Cowboys were dealt a huge blow on Friday, when the NFL suspended star running back Ezekiel Elliott for the first six games of this season. The NFL announced the suspension Friday afternoon. ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing a source, reported the suspension first. Schefter said Elliott has three days to file an appeal. Suspensions are sometimes reduced upon appeal, and the Cowboys will be hoping that’s the case for Elliott. Elliott’s former girlfriend accused him of domestic violence in 2016. Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio declined to press charges. The NFL, which has taken disciplinary action in other instances when a player has not been charged, held a lengthy investigation into the matter.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in July there was no evidence of any domestic violence. “I have reviewed everything, and there is absolutely nothing – not one thing – that had anything to do with domestic violence,” Jones said. “My opinion is there’s not even an issue over he said, she said. There’s not even an issue there.” Here is the league’s official explanation for the suspension, which is more detail than they’ve provided for many other suspensions: “Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys was notified today by the NFL that he will be suspended without pay for the team’s first six 2017 regular-season games for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy. “Over the course of the last year, the league conducted an extensive investigation. League investigators interviewed more than a dozen witnesses, including Ms. Tiffany Thompson, who had alleged multiple instances of physical violence in July 2016, and Mr. Elliott.
The league also consulted with medical experts. League investigators examined all available evidence, including photographic and digital evidence, thousands of text messages and other records of electronic communications. “Pursuant to the Personal Conduct Policy, Commissioner Goodell sought the views of four external advisors (see below) to assist him in evaluating potential violations. These experts range in experience from law enforcement, judicial and public service, and other specialized subject areas. “The advisors participated in a meeting on June 26, 2017 in New York City with Elliott, who was represented by his legal team and the NFL Players Association. The group also reviewed the league’s investigative reports and materials, the expert medical reports, and multiple NFL Players Association submissions on Elliott’s behalf. “In a letter to Elliott advising him of the decision,
Todd Jones, the NFL’s Special Counsel for Conduct, said these advisors ‘were of the view that there is substantial and persuasive evidence supporting a finding that [Elliott] engaged in physical violence against Ms. Thompson on multiple occasions during the week of July 16, 2016.’ “After reviewing the record, and having considered the views of the independent advisors, the commissioner determined that the credible evidence established that Elliott engaged in conduct that violated NFL policy. “Elliott may appeal this decision within three days. If he does not appeal, Elliott’s suspension will begin September 2, the day of final roster reductions for NFL teams. He is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. Elliott will be eligible to return to the team’s active roster on Monday, October 23 following the Cowboys’ Sunday, October 22 game against the San Francisco 49ers.” The NFLPA said, via statement, that it is reviewing the decision.
Elliott has found himself in other minor trouble, though nothing as serious as the domestic violence accusation. He pulled a woman’s shirt down on St. Patrick’s Day. He reportedly got into a fight in a bar last month, though the police investigation was suspended when authorities couldn’t contact the alleged victim and there weren’t enough witnesses. Elliott got a misdemeanor for a speeding ticket after being clocked driving 100 miles per hour earlier this season. The pattern of irresponsible behavior surely was a part of the NFL’s investigation. Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson reported in July that “individuals inside the franchise are irritated” with Elliott’s off-field issues. Elliott was a key piece of the Cowboys’ NFC East championship team last season. As a rookie, he led the NFL in rushing. He had 1,631 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns after Dallas used the fourth overall pick to draft him last year.
We’ve been taught to think the ceiling of a rap superstar is being a culture shifting icon, but often times it’s their ability to touch the life of their fans that truly reins in the totality of their impact. Such is the case of J. Cole‘s most recent act of goodwill. Recently, a Twitter user by the name of Robert Griffin, whose 11-year-old son was recently diagnosed with stage 4 cancer, tweeted out a special request to Dreamville Records’ Bas: Help his son meet the rap superstar. “My 11 year old son @ his first concert in 2015.Just diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and all he wants is to meet J Cole.Please help me Bas,” Griffin wrote in a tweet posted on July 29.
The tweet includes what appears to be an image of the boy meeting Bas at his first concert two years ago. Bas quickly responded, tweeting at Griffin, “Check your dms champ.” It was at that point the plan was apparently set in motion. Approximately 10 days later, Griffin uploaded a few images of his son hanging out with the 4 Your Eyez Only rapper and the Dreamville team in what appears to be the dressing room Cole was in before or after a show in his 4 Your Eyez Only tour. In the pictures, we can see him posing for pictures and giving Cole a hug. It looks like it was a pretty touching moment for everyone involved. Read More: J. Cole Grants Terminally Ill Kid's Wish to Meet the Rapper Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com ATLANTA NEWEST HIP HOP and R&B STATION
The woman who is suing Usher, alleging he hooked up with her at a hotel, is telling the truth ... so claims a woman who says she worked at the hotel. Quantasia Sharpton appeared at a news conference with lawyer, Lisa Bloom???, and said she was picked from the crowd at an Usher concert and invited backstage to meet the singer. She says one of Usher's people took her phone number, and the next thing she knew she got a call from him and he ended up at her hotel where they had sexual relations. She says he never told her he had genital herpes. We found out the concert in question was in Atlantic City, New Jersey on November 15, 2014. Sharpton was at the concert -- we know that because we found this pic of her with August Alsina, Usher's opening act at the venue. Notice she's wearing a birthday tiara.
She says although she was at the show celebrating her birthday, the concert was held several weeks after she turned 19. That checks out ... her birthday is in late October. Someone who says she worked at the Days Inn in Atlantic City -- less than a mile from the concert venue -- tells www.jamz101atl.com she saw Usher come into the lobby shortly after midnight on November 16. She says Sharpton came down, greeted the singer in the lobby and brought him to her room. She says she asked Usher for a pic and he said he'd take one with her before leaving the hotel. She says she waited an hour but he never returned.
Sources connected with Quantasia say she did indeed stay at the Days Inn the night of the concert, and that is where she is claiming she had sex with Usher. As we reported, sources connected to Usher told us the singer did not have sex with Sharpton because she wasn't his type. The woman who contacted us did so because she says she was offended by the comment. We reached out to Usher's reps ... so far no comment.
A toddler died shortly after she was discovered inside an Ohio home filled with more than a dozen dead animals, including 15 dead snakes, during the weekend, police said. The 1-year-old girl, identified on Tuesday as Arez Marie Isabella Schrodi, was found unresponsive and not breathing at her grandparents’ home in Dayton just before 1 a.m. Sunday, FOX45 reported. She was rushed to the hospital, where she later died. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the child’s cause of death and no arrests have been made.
“We don’t have anything as far as the cause of injuries and stuff, exactly,” Dayton police Lt. Gregg Gaby told Dayton Daily News. “We’re still under investigation at this point.” Police said the home had “cleanliness issues” and wasn’t fit for humans or animals. At least four adults and three children lived in the home. The carcasses of 15 snakes and a cat were lying among several live animals. At least 12 of the 15 dead snakes found were pythons and were contained in plastic trays, Animal Rescue Center investigators told WHIO. A 4-foot snake, believed to be a boa constrictor, a rabbit and a dog were removed from the home and placed in animal rescue care. “It’s kind of shocking,” a neighbor who lives across from the white, two-story home told WHIO. The home, with a rusty chain-link fence surrounding it, also contained garbage and miscellaneous debris covering the front lawn and port.
The woman who claims she was attacked by Webbie won't have to pay for the bloody damage in her hotel room where the rapper allegedly got violent ... after the hotel decided to cut her a break. TMZ broke the story to www.jamz101atl.com... Webbie was arrested last month after allegedly beating and choking his girlfriend for 2 hours in a Baton Rouge hotel. He was arrested and charged with 2nd degree battery, false imprisonment and domestic abuse by strangulation ...
all felonies. We're told the hotel room at the Comfort Inn was a wreck -- blood-soaked blankets, 2 broken chairs and more. The woman was initially hit with nearly $400 in charges to repair the damage, since the hotel was booked under her name. But once hotel management heard about the alleged incident -- they immediately waived the fees and returned her $50 deposit. And get this ... hotel staffers also found the Android phone she left behind and returned it. As for Webbie, he's still waiting to be arraigned. JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 RADIO ATLANTA Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
DMX went to visit his family ... and he could go to jail as a result. The rapper is out on bail in his tax evasion case, and one of the conditions was that he must give the judge a heads-up if he blows out of town. He left New York to see family in St. Louis, without telling hizzoner ... and that could be a deal breaker. DMX's attorney, Murray Richman, tells www.jamz101atl.com ... it seems like X just forgot, because he was preoccupied with the trip.
Richman says X usually notifies his probation officer if he's leaving New York to perform, so this is unlike him. He's guessing the judge will show a little mercy and just up the restrictions -- like requiring an ankle bracelet -- but Richman vows to fight it. Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for the US attorney for the southern district of NY, tells us X is set to appear in court later this week. We broke the story ... DMX is facing 14 counts of evading more than $1 mil in federal taxes.
Kevin Hart is being sued by a fan who claims the comedian's security beat him to a pulp, threatened to taze him and called him a "bitch, pussy, coward." Jay Collins claims in a new lawsuit he was an invited VIP guest at Kevin's Philadelphia concert on August 29, 2015 when he was "aggressively approached and detained by stadium security." He does not say in the lawsuit why he attracted the attention and ire of the hired muscle. The suit claims stadium security handed him over to Kevin's personal security, and that's when the brutality began.
Collins says Kevin's security threatened to taze him and then jammed the prongs of the tazer into his face, neck and back. Collins says it didn't end there. Security then threw him to the ground and struck him in the head, neck and shoulders, and kneed his rib cage for bad measure. On the way out he says they called him a "bitch, pussy, coward." He wants more than $50k ... probably a lot more. He's suing Kevin because he says the comedian has to take responsiblity for his people. We reached out to Kevin's rep ... so far no word back.. SHARE ON FACEBOOK
Doin’ Lines Yo Gotti fills in the blanks. As told to Max Weinstein Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of of XXL Magazine, on stands now. 1. My favorite Memphis rap album is 8Ball & MJG’s Comin’ Out Hard. 2. Jay Z is the greatest rapper alive. 3. Donald Trump is bad for America. 4. Rihanna is my dream girl. 5. My summer goal is to buy a Bugatti. 6. I would never wear fake jewelry. 7. I need a massage therapist in the studio. 8. I need to work with Dr. Dre before I die. 9. Rap beef is lame.
10. Blac Youngsta doesn’t get enough props. 11. There’s nothing better than drop-tops in the summer. 12. I love driving my [Lamborghini] Aventador. 13.The worst part about the music industry is the fakeness. 14. If I could go back in time, I would have signed and helped a lot of artists that are out today. 15. No barbecue is complete without barbecue sauce and coleslaw. 16. The greatest rap beat of all time is DMX’s “What These Bitches Want.”
17. My label Collective Music Group is on fire. 18. Nobody knows I hate cats. 19. My biggest weakness is muscle cars. 20. My next album will be a classic. Read More: Doin' Lines With Yo Gotti Atlanta Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station: www.jamz101fm.com
Amber Rose wants Wiz Khalifa's mom to back the hell off ... so she's lawyering up to get a restraining order against her ex-mother-in-law. Sources close to Amber tell www.jamz101atl.com ... Amber's furious that Katie Wimbush-Polk's hatred for her has spilled into the courtroom. Katie has sued Amber for defamation, claiming Amber's allegation Katie's an unfit grandmother is a big fat lie. We're told Amber believes it's just a revenge lawsuit because Katie
can't let go of the fact Amber left her son 3 years ago, and Katie has tried to make Amber's life a living hell ever since the split. Katie's also taken shots at Amber on social media, ripping her to shreds every chance she gets ... like in 2015 when Katie jumped into the Kardashian-Amber beef and defended the Klan. Amber wants a restraining order to keep her and Wiz's 4-year-old son, Sebastian, far away from Katie ... fearing that exposing Sebastian to Katie's hatred for Amber will hurt the kid. We've reached out to Katie, so far no word back.
Usher in no way, shape or form had sex with the woman who came forward and claimed he exposed her to the herpes virus, because he's just not into her type ... so he's telling his close circle. Quantasia Sharpton claims Usher picked her out of the audience at a concert, got her number, and went over to her hotel room where they had sex. She claims he didn't tell her he allegedly had genital herpes. Our sources say Usher told them he may have pulled her up onstage ...
he doesn't remember, but he absolutely didn't hook up with her. As for why he may have picked Sharpton out of the crowd and brought her onstage, the sources say Usher "looks to bring a diverse group of people up onstage, not just supermodels." One source says he believes it's "an esteem booster" to choose various people Usher sees in the audience and single them out.
Four women, believed to be adult entertainers, have reportedly been charged regarding a homicide in Missouri. Investigators learned the women were in southeast Missouri after advertising adult entertainment services online. Ponesha Taylor, 23, Brittany Curry, 28, Lauteshia Dotson, 23 and Johniesha Simmons, 19, from Nashville and Memphis face charges including first-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon connecting to the death of Ralph Cross Aug. 1. The incident happened in Cross’ Missouri home, Fox 13 reported Friday. Witnesses told police they saw Cross with four women the night of July 31.
Cross, 55, reportedly purchased a new tire for the women and allowed them to stay in his house while he fixed their flat tire. The women remained in Cross’s house until officials discovered his body there Tuesday morning. The Mississippi County Sheriff’s office said the four women were seen last at the victim’s home, Fox 13 reported. Police spotted 9mm shell casings at the crime scene. Acting Mississippi County Sheriff Branden Caid said the women might have shot Cross with a 9mm handgun, CBS-affiliate KFVS 12 reported. He died of a gunshot wound to his back. According to court documents, a witness saw Cross in his house around 6:30 a.m. the day of his death. A witness said when he exited Cross’s home, Cross had been arguing with three of the women, while the fourth woman sat in a white car parked outside the house.
The witness said that when he approached Cross’s home, he heard a noise and noticed three women leaving Cross’s home and entering a white car. The witness claimed he overheard one of the women who were in the car say that Cross was "tripping and do not go back down there" KFVS 12 reported. Caid said that robbery may have motivated the crime and that the women killed Cross after stealing from him. Witnesses stated they saw Cross with a large amount of money which investigators never recovered. Investigators noted disheveled couch cushions and that Cross’s pants pockets were inside out. There was other evidence that suggested the women stole Cross's possessions. Relatives and friends of the women saw media coverage of the investigation, including surveillance images and notified law enforcement.
They convinced the women to go to the police and tell their side of the story. They turned themselves in at the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office Aug. 3. Court documents showed all the women admitted to being at Cross’s home the day he died, but none admitted to killing Cross, or identified how they were involved. A captain with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department interviewed two Memphis women regarding the homicide. During separate interviews, the witnesses told the investigator Curry shot and killed Cross inside his house. The witnesses also stated that Taylor saw it happen. Simmons,
Curry, Dotson and Taylor are all held in different facilities without bond while Cross’s community mourns his loss. Neighbors all knew Cross, who was famous for the way he treated the youth. He would help kids by buying school supplies and spotting them money for snacks, one young resident told KFVS-12. Violence doesn’t usually occur in the neighborhood, according to the residents, who will miss Cross’s presence. "Ralph was a cool person, he'd give you money if you didn't have it. It touches my heart in many ways, you know, but I gotta stay strong," he said.
ATLANTA (AP) — Officials in a Georgia county want an upcoming concert by R. Kelly canceled in light of a media report accusing the singer of mental and physical abuse against young women. The Fulton County Board of Commissioners sent a letter this week to Live Nation asking the entertainment company to cancel Kelly’s Aug. 25 concert. Live Nation contracts with the county to plan and promote events at the county-owned amphitheater just outside Atlanta. Messages seeking reaction from Live Nation to the letter weren’t immediately returned Friday afternoon. Commission Chairman John Eaves told reporters Friday that he was troubled by a BuzzFeed News report last month that quoted parents and several women alleging that Kelly forms relationships with young women interested in the music industry and then mentally and physically abuses them.
An attorney for Kelly told BuzzFeed that the singer denies the allegations. Eaves said board members decided to ask the concert promoter to cancel the event after hearing from “many” county residents who objected to holding it in the public-owned site. “They object to their tax dollars providing a stage for an entertainer who is repeatedly in a swirl of controversy surrounding the sexual exploitation of women and underage girls,” Eaves said. Eaves said even though Kelly hasn’t been charged with or convicted of any crimes related to the media report, he felt comfortable speaking out “on a moral basis.”
But he acknowledged that Live Nation is contracted to book and promote concerts on the county’s behalf and has the final say about whether the event will go on. He said county officials aren’t considering any legal action. Local activists who also spoke at Friday’s news conference said they will protest outside the concert if Live Nation doesn’t cancel. They argued that letting the event go on uninterrupted sends a message that sexual exploitation won’t be punished.
Consumer goods corporation Procter & Gamble is selling more than soap in a new thought-provoking ad set to hit TV screens next week. The commercial, fittingly titled ‘The Talk,’ depicts African-American mothers telling their children the hard truth about growing up Black in America, describing instances of racial bias and stereotyping that Black people often face. “You are not pretty ‘for a Black girl,'” a mother tells her young daughter as she fixes her hair in the mirror. “You are beautiful. Period.” The two-minute ad also features a poignant exchange between a mom and her teenage daughter as she gets behind the wheel for the first time.
“Now, when you get pulled over …” the mother starts to say before her daughter cuts her off, reassuring her that she’s a good driver. “Don’t worry,” she says. “Baby, this is not about you getting a ticket,” her mother responds, with a look of concern. “This is about you not coming home.” Speaking with CBS News, P&G’s chief brand officer Marc Pritchard said the powerful new ad is part of a larger campaign called “My Black is Beautiful,” which showcases the diversity of Black beauty in media and celebrates Black community and culture. “What ‘The Talk’ “enables people to do is to have conversations about bias, and when you have conversations and promote dialogue, that promotes understanding,”
Pritchard said. Since hitting the internet late last month, the commercial has garnered mixed reactions from users on social media. Many users praised Procter & Gamble for the moving ad. Meanwhile, others (mainly white users) described the commercial as “racist” and even “anti-white.” P&G said “The Talk” is slated to debut on television next week. The company said it will produce similar films that focus on issues like gender inequality in the future.
Diplo is sitting on a lot of MF heat. He’s about to release some of it in the form of a new hip-hop EP that he plans to drop later on this month that features Lil Yachty, D.R.A.M. and more. As previously reported, Dip first brought the project up back in June during a sit down with Zane Lowe. Among other projects, he mentioned being in possession of some fire rap records he wanted to release to the public. “I’m doing like a four song…just hip-hop records I’ve done over the last year that didn’t really fit anywhere,” he said.
“Post Malone has got one. Santigold [and] Lil Yachty. Desiigner did a dope ass record.” He added, “Oh my god, I got a song with D.R.A.M. It’s so good.” Lo recently sat down for an interview with iHeart Radio and gave an update on the project. “Diplo’s always working on things here and there, but you never know. I have an EP coming out actually next month,” he said in the interview that was recorded in late July. “All a bunch of rap music. Desiigner’s on it, D.R.A.M., Lil Yachty.” He added, “I’m just always working the studio.
I did a lot of rap music this last year. I did a record from Lil Yachty that came out. I’m just always working on songs and there are just records that they kind of didn’t fit on their album, so [I] just had to put them out myself.” Hopefully, the unreleased record with Drake will make its way onto the new project. Read More: Diplo Has a New EP Featuring Lil Yachty, D.R.A.M. and More Dropping Next Month. Check out ATLANTA Newest Hip Hop and R&B station Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
Gucci Mane gives new life to his latest single, “Tone It Down,” featuring Chris Brown, dropping the video for the new banger. In the Eif Rivera-directed visual, Guwop and Breezy forgo the typical turn up to party at an Asian night spot. While Gucci and Brown perform, the crowd has their eyes locked on the martial arts display that is taking center stage. It doesn’t stop La Flare from going in. “Huh, pull up, fros up, with the door up/Chopper in the club, I don’t care who show up/Watch lookin’ like a glow up, when I throw up/East Side pour the Crys’ wrote why I grow up/Hold up, lil homie tone it down/Put the jewelery that you rockin’ for the kids,
I’m a grown up/Sat courtside right next to the owner/Lookin’ so good, make his wife pick her phone up,” Gucci raps. In a later scene, the Atlanta MC sits in a throne while being fanned and Breezy busts dance moves in the crowd. It is unclear what project this single will appear on, but Guwop is always working on something. Recently he’s been the go-to guy for pop artists having appeared on songs with Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony and Bruno Mars. His crossover success hasn’t stopped there. A few days ago, he appeared in a hilarious commercial for Footaction along with Madeintyo and Cousin Stizz. Read More: Gucci Mane and Chris Brown Refuse to 'Tone It Down' in New Video ATLANTA Newest Hip Hop and R&B Music www.jamz101fm.com
Usher and his wife, Grace Miguel, are rock solid on the heels of the $20 million lawsuit against him for allegedly giving a woman herpes ... JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 RADIO ATLANTA has learned. Sources close to the couple tell JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 RADIO ... Grace isn't concerned at all about the allegation Usher slept with a woman, who sued as Jane Doe, at least twice this year. We're told Grace, who's been Mrs. Ush for 2 years, isn't giving the lawsuit any weight.
Our sources say the woman suing has a history with Usher. She was a close friend of his first wife, Tameka Foster, and attended their 2007 wedding. We're told Usher believes she has a thing against him, and has for a long time. That's why Grace is paying her no mind. As we first reported ... the woman wants $20 mil from Usher for allegedly giving her herpes. Listen Live at: www.jamz101fm.com Atlanta Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station.
Eminem‘s longtime manager Paul Rosenberg has been named the new CEO of Def Jam, reports Variety. A co-founder of Shady Records and the head of Goliath Artist Management, Rosenberg will step into his new role in Jan. 2018. He will replace Steve Bartels, who’s been the CEO of the historic label since 2013. According to Variety, Rosenberg will continue to manage Eminem.
Bartels is said to be staying on until the end of this year, but it’s unclear what role he will play. Before Bartels, it was Joie Manda who was the head of Def Jam, but he left in March 2013 to work for Interscope, where he was just recently promoted to executive vice president. Read More: Eminem's Manager Paul Rosenberg Is the New Head of Def Jam Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
Macklemore's Mercedes-Maybach came back to life in the rapper's new music video. We took a close look, and the 2016 AMG Maybach that sat in the tow yard has matching plates to the Maybach used in the rapper's video, which dropped Wednesday, 5 days after the car was totaled. The video was shot around several weeks before the crash. JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA has learned ...
Macklemore came away unscathed after a head-on collision caused by a suspected drunk driver in Langley, Washington. The accident happened Friday but we're told the video was completed several weeks earlier. The photos of the aftermath show severe damage to the front bumper, hood and engine. But one of the photos we obtained and didn't publish showed the back of the $192k car and its plates. No word on whether the whip's considered salvageable or a total loss.
Gucci Mane and his fiancee, Keyshia Ka'oir, are well into shooting their first reality show ... and we've got some details on what fans can expect. Sources close to the BET show tell us ...
the couple's been filming everything in their lives leading up to their $1 million dollar wedding in October, including the planning for the big day ...
set to go down in Miami. We're told several celebrity cameos are expected -- Trina and Monica have already taped -- and Gucci's performance with Fifth Harmony at the VMAs later this month will be included too. We broke the story ... the rapper and his fiancee scored a fat contract for their BET show, which conveniently includes their wedding costs. Open bar, y'all!!!Listen Live at: www.jamz101atl.com
Kanye West’s first jewelry collection may have sold out on the Yeezy Supply site, but a few of the jewelry pieces from that collection have now made their way to popular French retailer, colette. In collaboration with Jacob Arabo, better known to the hip-hop world as Jacob the Jeweler, colette’s Yeezy jewelry collection features 10 pieces from the original Yeezy jewelry collection that was launched earlier this year. Ranging from pendant necklaces to rings, the collection is inspired by 14th-century Florentine art.
Made up entirely of 18K gold, the capsule features pieces for both, men and women, and serves as a representation of timeless love while highlighting Donatello’s bas-relief portraits. The launch of Kanye’s jewelry collection came to no surprise earlier this year, as the “Famous” rapper had announced plans to venture into the jewelry business back in September of last year. Kanye West‘s Yeezy jewelry collection is now available for purchase in-store at the colette location in France as well as online at en.colette.fr. In related Kanye news, the Chicago native recently filed a $10 million lawsuit against an insurance company in London for allegedly avoiding to pay the rapper after the cancellation of his Saint Pablo tour. Listen Live: www.jamx101atl.com
In life, accidents are bound to happen, especially when you’re a rapper surrounded by a mass amount of stage equipment and other artists. Take Treach and Geto Boys‘ Bushwick Bill, for example, as the two took a somewhat hilarious tumble during a recent live show in Houston. While Bushwick Bill was performing his verse for “Mind Playing Tricks On Me,” the Naughty by Nature emcee decided to literally jump in, but instead trips and knocks into Bill, who in turn falls into the crowd followed by a collective “Ooooh.”
Luckily, neither took the accidental stage dive too serious, as the crew helps Bushwick Bill up and Treach jokingly yells, “You know I had to pay you back. You threw me off last time, you piece of shit. Bring him back up.” Naughty by Nature is currently on the I Love the 90’s: The Party Continues tour alongside TLC, Biz Markie and Montell Jordan. The “O.P.P.” rappers are also set to perform on the inaugural Ship-Hop Cruise, set to sail Jan. 11-15, 2018. The cruise, which will go from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico, will see more hip-hop acts such as Salt-N-Pepa, Coolio and Vanilla Ice. Read More: Treach Accidentally Knocks Bushwick Bill Off Stage While Performing Listen Live Now at: www.jamz101fm.com Atlanta Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station
Kanye West's touring company is suing Lloyd's of London to get its money back for the shortened Saint Pablo tour, and says the insurer is trying to peddle a marijuana-based excuse for NOT paying. According to docs, Very Good Touring filed a claim with Lloyd's back in November. You'll recall Kanye pulled the plug on his remaining tour dates after spending 8 days at UCLA Medical Center in late November. In the docs,
Kanye's co. says it had a policy with Lloyd's to cover cancellation or non-appearance fees. However, Lloyd's has yet to fork over a dime and, according to the suit ... suggests it might not ever, because it suspects Kanye's marijuana use caused his breakdown. Very Good Touring says Lloyd's has no proof to back up its weed theory, and is merely looking for "any ostensible excuse no matter how fanciful" to deny payment on the policy. VGT is suing Lloyd's for $9.8 million, plus interest. Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
There aren’t too many things A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie hasn’t done this year. Aside from welcoming his first born into the world in January, the Bronx, N.Y. native has proven he’s a force to reckon with or without a feature, and has continued to push new music just about every month. Now with the entire city behind him, Freshman has been awarded his fourth platinum record for “Drowning” featuring Freshman alum Kodak Black. “Drowning” became an instant hit upon its release on March 10, with A Boogie’s hooks becoming one of this year’s hottest as he rap-sings “Wrist so icy, wonder why she like me, bitch I’m drownin’/In water, I just bought a Cuban,
dipped it in a fountain/Everywhere that I go it’s a light show, I’m surrounded/Bust down, bust down, bust down, bust down, bust down, bitch I’m drownin’.” The single went gold on June 6, selling well over one million units as of July 27, and peaked at No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. A Boogie was awarded three other platinum plaques in the last year for his solo hits “Timeless,” “Jungle,” and “My Shit.” A Boogie and Kodak also collaborated on “Horses” with fellow Freshman and Atlantic signee PnB Rock. In January, Rock confirmed him and Boogie have a
joint project in the works, telling JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA, “All of the people keep asking for it and we just be together so much so it was just like, why not?” While discussing his spot in this year’s Freshman class, A Boogie admitted he never imagined getting this far in the game. “When I was making it, I put my all into it,” he explained. “But you never know what’s going to happen with something you make. I knew it was going to make it somewhere but not this big, this bag. It just shot up, it just not go down.” Congrats, A Boogie! Read More: A Boogie’s 'Drowning' Featuring Kodak Black Goes Platinum, Like us on Facebook at JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA www.jamz101fm.com listen live
Less than one month after sporting prison garb during the first leg of his 4 Your Eyez Only tour, J. Cole took the time to actually stop by a facility for men who face the grim reality of wearing them for the rest of their lives. Though the timing is unclear, Cole and his Dreamville cohorts visited San Quentin State Prison in California to discuss the lives of those behind bars as the prisoners shared their stories. Dreamville President Ibrahim “Ib” Hamad posted several photographs of him and the crew as they toured the prison grounds. “We got the opportunity to spend the day at San Quentin State Prison talking and meeting inmates who will never see the outside again.
That experience was a life changing experience and wish I had the ability to put that in a caption but that wouldn’t be doing it justice,” wrote Hamad in the caption. Felton Brown, head of Dreamville’s Art Direction and Graphic Design, was also in attendance, sitting alongside J. Cole as they spoke with inmates who are serving long-term sentences. “One of the most moving moments since this new journey,” Brown captioned the photos. “Spent a day with some brothers who stories go unheard behind the wall. Learned a lot, so much work to be done.
This system will try to not give you a voice but we’re listening. âœŠðŸ¿” J. Cole might be feeling empathetic towards the inmates after his neighbors falsely accused him of selling drugs, which resulted in a SWAT team being sent to his Sheltuh home recording studio. Footage of the incident—which occurred in March 2016—was used in the music video for “Neighbors,” a lead single off of Cole’s platinum selling album 4 Your Eyez Only. Read More: J. Cole Talks to Inmates at San Quentin State Prison Listen Live www.jamz101fm.com Atlanta Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station.
it’s already been a wild ride for hip-hop fans in 2017, as we’ve received amazing projects from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, JAY-Z, Drake and even two from Future. While last month provided some extraordinary tunes to digest, there are still some amazing releases we can expect in August. Over the next 31 days, we’ll be getting a slew of anticipated projects and albums, including the A$AP Mob‘s long-awaited Cozy Tapes Vol. 2: Too Cozy, which will be hitting our ears at the end of the month to close out the summer. We’ll also be seeing the return of Fred The Godson with his Gordo mixtape, as well as A$AP Ferg,
who will deliver his Still Striving tape, following up his album of last year. Lil Durk and Lil Reese are coming together to release their joint EP, Supa Vultures, which will help keep Chicago in the spotlight for the last month of this season, while Dave East is bringing some potential New York anthems with his Paranoid project to tide fans over before his debut album. August also sees the major return of Action Bronson, who is finally dropping his Blue Chips 7000 album, as he takes a brief moment away from our small screens to push out some new tunes.
And 2017 XXL Freshman Ugly God is finally dropping his long-awaited debut project The Booty Tape this Friday. Peep the final tracklist. This month is definitely shaping up to be a big one in the hip-hop community. Check out all of the upcoming releases for August in the gallery below. Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com Atlanta Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station.
Jay-Z and Beyonce might finally become official Los Angeles residents, as they are agreeing to purchase a $90 million home in the California city. According to the L.A. Times, the couple recent put in an offer on the Bel-Air home, and if the deal goes through, it will be the highest sale recorded in Los Angeles County this year. The 4:44 rapper and Lemonade singer have been renting out a Malibu pad for $400,000 per month as of recently, but they have been actively seeking a new home for their family, which was recently joined by the birth of their two twins,
Rumi and Sir. Earlier this year, Jay and Bey put in an offer at the new 454 Cuesta Way home for $120 million, but have now dropped it to $90 million. The Dean McKillen-created home is comprised of six different structures that take up 30,000 square feet of space, and includes eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms. There’s also four different pools, a 15-car garage, as well as bullet-proof windows. If you recall, the power couple previously put in an offer on a home in Beverly Hills for $49 million, but they lost out on the deal to designer Tom Ford, who Hov ironically has a big hit single named after. We’ll find out sometime soon if the Carter family will be moving to Bel-Air, but for now, take a peek at their potential new home below. Read More: Jay-Z and Beyonce Agree to Purchase $90 Million Home in Los Angeles check us out at: www.jamz101fm.fm
Ice Cube is getting the ball rolling with his Big 3 League, which recruits former NBA stars to play 3-on-3 games, as well as help coach, but it looks like Allen Iverson caused some concern at the latest game. The veteran basketball player was reportedly a no-show at the Big 3 game in Dallas, Texas over the weekend, and so far, there’s no explanation as to why he was absent. According to reports, the league had no advanced notice that Iverson would be absent from the game, releasing a statement saying that they are “launching an investigation to gather all the facts” before making a more formal statement on the matter.
He currently serves as the captain and coach of the 3’s Company team in the league. TMZ tells JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station that A.I. was seen in Chicago, Ill. just hours before the big game on Saturday (July 29), where he was gambling at Rivers Casino. Sources say that he was inside of the casino until around 3 a.m., and later surfaced at the Sugar Factory around 10 p.m. on Sunday (July 30), reportedly wearing the same clothes. Reports say that Iverson has been seen at multiple casinos over the last month, gambling at different tables with big stacks of chips. The beloved basketball star still has not responded to his absence and fans’ concerns, but we’re sure an explanation will be given in due time. See the full statement from the Big 3 League below to see what they had to say on Iverson’s absence. check our Atlanta Newest Station at www.jamz101fm.com
Nike has officially ended its relationship with A$AP Bari, JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 RADIO ATLANTA can confirm. According to a spokesperson for Nike, “We can confirm we are no longer working together.” The company cut ties with the A$AP Mob member after a video surfaced online that appeared to show Bari demanding oral sex from a girl. The video quickly cast Bari in a bad light as sexual assault allegations came raining down on him.
Now, the repercussions are setting in. Initially, Bari apologized on social media, saying about the girl in the video, “We have resolved this issue amicably among all parties as adults. We were friends before this and will remain friends afterwards.” But soon after, A$AP Rocky seemed to diss Bari while performing, Playboi Carti said Bari was wrong for what happened, and A$AP Ferg called the whole thing “unfortunate.” Now, Nike has taken a stand as well. Read More: Nike Ends Relationship With ASAP Bari After Sexual Assault Allegations - Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
R. Kelly's "After Party" tour is going to be a little shorter -- a bunch of dates have been canceled. Four of Kelly's 10 upcoming tour dates were canceled Monday. Just last week he'd vowed he would continue touring, despite being accused of running a sex cult with young women. Two shows in Louisiana got axed, one in Dallas and another in Los Angeles. Our sources say the 4 stops were nixed due to poor ticket sales, which shouldn't come as a surprise. As we reported ... his Friday night gig in Virginia was barely half full, and fans were pissed he only played for 45 minutes. Still, sources close to
Kelly tell JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA Newest Station the tour will absolutely go on, explaining the L.A. show was only canceled because of a scheduling conflict with another nearby stop. The sources would not comment about the other 3 terminated shows. As of Monday, there are still a few dates left of the "After Party" tour that have tickets for sale.
3:13 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tells JAMZ 101.5 HD ATLANTA Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station Karen was released on a $500 bond. Also ... we're told the repo man never got a hold of that Maserati. "Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Karen King walked into court to deal with 1 case this week, but never left ... 'cause she was arrested for an entirely different one on the spot. Law enforcement sources tell us Karen was taken into custody Monday in Atlanta on a warrant for her arrest ...
for allegedly skipping car payments on a Maserati. She was there to deal with her pending identity fraud case, but we're told she was taken away by deputies when the court clerk announced the car payment warrant. As we reported ... Karen stands accused of skipping months of payments on the Maserati she bought in 2014, which led to a judge signing off on the warrant back in October. She'd been MIA ever since. No word yet if the repo man got his hands on the whip. Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
Bobby V says he's the victim of extortion after a video surfaced of him allegedly skipping out on a prostitute. Bobby's rep tells JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA ... the R&B singer vehemently denies the person he hooked up with over the weekend was a prostitute, and says he's now being extorted after the person filming him realized who he was.
The rep went on to say, "Misrepresentation and deception were maliciously used to target Valentino; during the encounter, Valentino was victimized and threatened by acts of extortion which continued after his departure was captured on video." Bobby's rep also said he's reported the extortion attempt to law enforcement. As for the claim made on social media that the woman was transgender -- the rep says Bobby had no idea. Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com check us out Atlanta
After Boosie Badazz made claims someone hacked his bank account by using his stolen drivers license, it appears authorities have found the culprit. Boosie’s brother, Taquari Hatch, has reportedly been arrested on charges of identity theft and fraud for making approximately $361,000 in illegal transactions. “The rapper said someone siphoned dough from his Capital One account and made a bunch of transactions,” TMZ reports. “Now we’ve obtained the police report, which says Boosie’s bro, Taquari Hatch, made more than a dozen wire transfers to different people ... who would then give him cash. Cops say he once sent as much as $80k in one transfer.” Hatch’s reported arrest comes less than two weeks after Boosie initially told
TMZ he was filing a claim with Capital One to have the charges reversed pending the results of a fraud investigation. According to the report, authorities were tipped off when Hatch allegedly mentioned his wife while posing on the phone as Boosie—who is not married. This is not the first time Boosie has been victimized while conflicting reports of the crime went public. In April, the rapper claimed Mississippi police stole $1 million of jewelry from him. Biloxi city officials said they found the jewelry and a stolen handgun inside Boosie’s van. The officials alleged they gave Boosie instructions on how to retrieve the items, but no one claimed them. After taking to social media with his accusations, Boosie reportedly reclaimed his items. Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
Jazmin Truesdale’s pitch rings with an upbeat optimism. Like many Black women with backgrounds in the corporate sector, her assertive personality reflects experiences that have required her to be more competent than those around her just to gain a seat at the table. In a strong, yet humble tone, Truesdale paints the picture of a society where the media is filled with complex images of brown people, reaffirming their humanity and a sense of pride in their diverse cultures.
Thanks to her imagination, an entire literary universe of empowerment now exists where the superheroes are nonwhite women. Truesdale’s path to becoming the owner of AZA Comics, a Black-owned comic imprint, was anything but a straight one. Although DC Comics had planted the seeds of storytelling in her childhood, Truesdale was on course to becoming a doctor while attending the University of North Carolina. After realizing her passion was not in health care, but in business, the undergraduate shifted her focus to finance. “At that point, I envisioned myself as the chief financial officer of a corporation,” Truesdale reflects. After amassing an impressive amount of experience interning at various companies, Truesdale found herself overqualified for the job market.
It was then that she felt the itch of entrepreneurship. Being a boss is often romanticized, especially in the Black community where Black enterprise is viewed as a solution to upward mobility. The first few years of a small business are the most crucial to determining its success. According to the Small Business Association, 67.2 percent of businesses survive their first two years in operation, but only about half of that number are still in operation at the five-year mark. Truesdale’s first attempt at starting a business was not a rousing success,but it provided her with valuable information and solidified her desire to be an entrepreneur. “It was the best internship of my life. … I thought, ‘Now that I know what failure is like and I’m okay with it, I can do something
I always wanted to do,’ which was storytelling, particularly superheroes.” The AZA Universe Is Born It was 2013. Armed with little knowledge of the comic business, the long-loced writer got to work contacting as many experts in the field as she could. Networking earned her knowledgeable mentors who passed on invaluable advice gleaned from years of experience and Truesdale absorbed as much as she could. Although she did not yet know it, her background in business training had prepared her to manage a team of creatives, and her love of storytelling insisted she become an author. Truesdale knew she could create an imprint of her own, so she went to work researching the comic industry to find her niche. The writer quickly observed that not much had changed since her Wonder Woman fangirl days.
There were still few comics catering to women, specifically nonwhite women. “I wanted to create something that women could have for themselves, something they could have a voice in,” Truesdale said. “A lot of the things I write and the characters that I develop are what women tell me they want to see.” Truesdale said she was deeply touched by an email from an Afro-Latina supporter who made a strong case for a Latina character in the AZA Universe. The letter inspired the creation of Ixchel, a technological prodigy raised in Bogota, Colombia. The entire AZA Universe, down to the publishing format, is designed with nonwhite women in mind. Unlike most comics, which are issued weekly or monthly, Truesdale’s superhero novels are full-length books with illustrated action scenes dispersed throughout. Her readers, many of them working women and mothers with limited time, appreciate being able to hold onto a book and read
it at their own pace. Illustrated scenes provide an engaging visual experience that attracts comic lovers. “The Keepers” series centers around a group of gifted superheroes who, because of danger in their own realm, migrate to Earth and stick around to save humans from themselves. The Keepers’ leader, Kala, was the deciding factor in whether Truesdale would weave illustrated action scenes into the novel or deliver it purely in prose. Apparently, finding an illustrator who could do justice to Black women’s bodies was no easy task. Truesdale envisioned Kala, an unrivaled warrior and heir to the Arjana realm, having smooth cocoa brown skin and endless locs. She was inspired by the African warrior women of Dahomey and the abundance of historical female leaders in Africa. Truesdale knew that Kala’s look had to be just as precise as the legacy she represents. Fittingly, the hero bears a striking resemblance to Truesdale.
“When it came down to Kala, [the illustrators] were essentially giving her Eurocentric features and putting brown skin on her,” Truesdale said. “They did not have a concept of what Black women’s bodies look like.” While scrolling on Instagram, Truesdale found Remero Colston, a Canada-based graphic artist from Detroit. Colston and Truesdale bonded over their shared interest in strong female characters and a desire to see nonwhite people better represented in comics. When asked for a sketch of Kala, Colston sent it over in an hour and was hired the same day. In January 2016, Truesdale rolled out the first edition, “The Keepers: Origins.” Truesdale and Colston began with an idea, three interns and a website. Now, on the heels of its’ two-year anniversary, the AZA Comics Universe is still thriving. The CEO reports that book and merchandise sales are steadily growing between 25-30 percent each month. Still, growth can be sporadic at times. Truesdale notes that things may slow down,
but after every speaking engagement, article or press coverage, new orders for Kala T-shirts fly in about a month later. Word-of-mouth referrals also play a big role in the company’s development. “Right now, we’re trying to put the word out and make a name for AZA Comics,” she said. Saving the World One Young Entrepreneur at a Time Truesdale’s trials and successes with entrepreneurship exposed her to how difficult it can be for Black people to gain access to the resources necessary to build a successful startup. While working as a consultant for a group of venture capitalists, the superhero creator was given an opportunity to assess business plans for hopeful entrepreneurs. She was the only nonwhite person and the only woman with a seat at the table. When the group decided to create programs to build business skills for young people, Truesdale was excited. It was an idea she had nurtured on her own for a long time. During a focus group for the program, Truesdale suggested that the venture capitalists engage students at North Carolina Central University. She was immediately met with resistance. “To actually see firsthand the level of racism, how we’re literally excluded from discussions at the table… it really hit home for me,” she said. Truesdale knew that in order to encourage more young people of color to become entrepreneurs, she would have to do it herself. From that aha! moment, Jazmin Truesdale conceived the Dare to Be Legendary program. Launched in May 2017 by Mino Enterprises (AZA Comics’ parent company),
Dare to Be Legendary is a free, online-based learning lab that teaches business basics to young people who want to start their own companies. Truesdale narrowed in on nonwhite youths and schools in urban communities to pilot the program. She was astonished by the large amount of feedback and the willingness of other entrepreneurs to contribute lesson plans to the program. (For those interested, DBL is currently accepting schools and students. Entrepreneurs and investors interesting in volunteering their time, talents and donations are encouraged to contact Jazmin Truesdale.) Truesdale’s mission for Dare to Be Legendary fit right in with the vision of AZA Comics: that youth can grow up in a multicultural world where nonwhites have a sense of mutual respect and support for each other, like she was raised. “A lot of the oppression we face, especially as women of color … overlaps,” Truesdale said. “With ‘The Keepers,’ I just wanted to show that these girls are sisters. “They respect each other’s differences and struggles, they listen to each other and support each other.” Read The Keepers: Origins and find merchandise at AZAComics.com.
Lil Pump was about to hand out some free smoke at a recent visit to the mall. Video has surfaced of the South Florida rapper in a store arguing with a man who is not in the view of the camera. “I’ll slap your broke ass,” Pump can be heard yelling while a group of teens mill around with their phones out taking footage. Shortly afterward, the rapper attempts to run up on his detractor, but is quickly grabbed up by a member of his security detail. It is unclear what caused the near dust up, but Jetski definitely sounded pissed. Pump should be in high spirits after revealing that he will be dropping his debut project in August. “LIL PUMP TAPE DROPPING IN AUGUST â˜ ï¸,”
he plainly tweeted last week. The rapper’s name continues to get bigger and bigger. He’s been dropping a steady stream of loose records recently including “OK” with Smokpurpp, “Molly” and “Boss,” and recently celebrated reaching 1 million followers on Instagram in a very weird way. “I want to be the biggest thing that’s out because I’m different from everybody,” he told JAMZ 101.5 ATLANTA HD 2 when we spoke with him earlier this year. “I don’t sound like nobody. The route that I’m going through it’s going to be crazy. And this is only the beginning; I didn’t fully blow up yet.” Read More: Lil Pump Almost Gets Into Altercation in Mall - check out ATLANTA Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 www.jamz101fm.com
Drake and his pops, Dennis Graham continue to promote Drizzy’s new whiskey brand, Virginia Black, while also hilariously trolling Dos Equis. Aubrey recently posted two new short ads onto his Instagram page. The new clips have the same set up as the first ones did with the rap star and his pops in a dimly-lit room with a fire blazing in the fire place. “You wanna know who’s not worried about The Most Interesting Man in the World? The realest dude ever,” Drake says to the camera. The camera then cuts to Dennis,
who is suited and booted, sipping on a glass of VB. “One time, a girl invited me skiing,” he says. In the second clip, Dennis responds to the same query from Drake, “These glasses aren’t even prescription.” Two weeks ago, Drake debuted the first two ads on his Instagram page, which were similar to the recent commercials, and also jabbed Dos Equis’ Most Interesting Man in the World. Drake has been promoting the Virginia Black line since last February, before it even debuted. Since then, he’s shouted the whiskey out in songs like “Gyalchester” and even famously took a swing of Virginia Black after breaking Adele’s record for most individual wins at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards. If the liquor line doesn’t work out, Drizzy still has these massive Degrassi checks rolling in to supplement his income. Read More: Drake and His Dad Star in Two New Virginia Black Ads check us out & Listen Live: www.jmaz101fm.com
Turns out controversial "Bachelor In Paradise" star DeMario Jackson may not be done with reality TV -- JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA has learned producers are seriously considering him for a "Dancing With the Stars" slot. Sources close to production tell us the show reached out to DeMario's publicist weeks ago, which explains why he was already fully campaigning to be in the ballroom when we asked about it last week. We're told nothing's signed ...
they're still negotiating, but hard to imagine a scenario where DeMario doesn't take this opportunity. DeMario didn't return to the 'BiP' set in Mexico following the oral sex controversy with Corinne Olympios that shut down production, but he will be on the reunion episode. LISTEN LIVE AT: www.jamz101fm.com
Staten Island’s Squidnice is quickly becoming a name that fans are mentioning over the web. The newcomer is back today (July 28) for his newest single, “Clout.” The new record, which is produced by A Lau, comes in anticipation with Squidnice’s upcoming project The Craccen. On “Clout,” Squid raps about all the money and women he has. He previously released a track called “Nina” a couple months back and just last month, Squidnice dropped the video for “Trap By My Lonely,” the hit track that caught the internet by storm and turned the local rapper into a major name to pay attention to. There’s no released date yet for
The Craccen but hopefully it will come out sooner than later. In a recent interview with Mass Appeal, Squidnice spoke about why it’s important to speak the truth in his raps. “You ever notice how all these niggas say, ‘Ice on my wrist, 80 on my wrist, 100 on my wrist,’ and you never see a watch on ‘em?” he asks. “I’m never gonna talk about a watch I don’t have or a car I’m not driving. I talk about what’s really going on my life. If I’m broke, I’m broke. I speak the truth. I just make it sound good.” Read More: Squidnice Keeps It Real for New Song "Clout" check out JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA NEWEST RADIO STATION www.jamz101fm.com
Future and Nicki Minaj flex hard in their new video for “You Da Baddest,” another melodically smooth post–Future and HNDRXX the Atlanta rapper’s dropped off in recent months. Peep the new Benny Boom-directed visual below. The new vid finds Hendrix and Nicki hanging out on what could be a tropical island or simply a super-lavish vacation resort somewhere in the U.S. Nicki uploaded photos from the video shoot months ago.
No location was disclosed, but wherever they are, it looks like they’re having a blast. The track itself finds the Atlanta rapper using a simple and immediately catchy hook to encourage his lady to ignore any other women vying for his attention. After all, she’s the baddest. “Fuck them hoes/Hold up, wait one minute/Hold up, wait one minute/Hold up, wait one minute/Yo, hold up, wait one more/You know you the baddest baby, fuck them hoes/Fuck them hoes,
fuck them hoes/We on a different planet girl, it’s fuck them hoes/Fuck them hoes, fuck them hoes,” Hendrix raps on the hook. “You Da Baddest” arrives a short while after he dropped collabs with YG and Chris Brown (“Pie”), and it’s just as dope as both of those tracks. Maybe we’ll be getting even more new collabs in the near future. Read More: Future and Nicki Minaj Hit the Beach in 'You Da Baddest' Listen Live Atlanta Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station: www.jamz101fm.com
Floyd Mayweather's ex-GF is FURIOUS at Conor McGregor over a "trolling" stunt that mocked her domestic violence incident with Floyd ... saying he's shamelessly profiting from her pain. The woman is Josie Harris -- who Floyd was convicted of attacking during a 2010 domestic violence incident at the boxer's Vegas home in front of their 3 kids. Mayweather spent 2 months behind bars for the attack. McGregor "trolled" Floyd over the incident last week by wearing an NBA jersey of C.J. Watson -- the man Floyd accused
Josie of secretly texting in 2010, which led to the violent altercation. Josie wasn't laughing when she saw Conor's stunt -- and claims CM's doing nothing more than exploiting her trauma to promote his superfight with Floyd next month. "[The stunt] demonstrates not only an insensitivity toward the emotional wellbeing and privacy of the victim of Mayweather’s dom. violence,
but also a general disregard for the physical and emotional trauma and long-lasting psychological impacts suffered by victims of dom. abuse," Josie's attorney, Dan Friedlander, Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com "On behalf of Josie Harris, her and Mayweather’s three children, and all victims of domestic violence, we ask that Conor McGregor refrain from capitalizing off of the trauma suffered by her and other victims of domestic abuse."
Drake's thirsty burglar amped things up with her latest attempt to enter his Hidden Hills mansion ... going off on cops and getting her ass pepper sprayed. Law enforcement sources tell JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 Atlanta Newest Hip Hop and R&B... the 24-year-old woman -- who previously got busted sipping Sprite in Drizzy's mansion -- returned Thursday morning, and told security she was on the list. The attempted Jedi mind trick didn't work,
and when a guard told her to beat it ... she refused. Things went south quick when cops arrived -- we're told she spit at 3 deputies. When she tried to reload her saliva ... cops blasted her with pepper spray, and arrested her for trespassing and assault on a police officer. Drake wasn't home at the time ... same as her April arrest in his bedroom. As we reported, Drake's peeps contacted the L.A. County D.A. to get them to cut her a break. No good deed Listen Live: www.jamz101fm.com
Rapper Z-RO was arrested after allegedly beating his ex-gf in an assault that lasted over 2 hours ... JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA Newest Hip Hop and R&B Station has learned. Law enforcement sources JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 states ... the ex, rapper Just Brittany, reported the incident Monday to Harris County cops, but said it actually happened back in April. It's unclear why she waited 3 months to report it, but we're told Brittany played cops recorded audio of the alleged incident.
Sources say cops wrote up a report and immediately sent it to the Harris County District Attorney's Office, which determined it was enough to arrest the Houston icon Wednesday and charge him with felony aggravated assault. He's being held without bond. ust last year, the couple recorded the now interestingly titled track, "Mama Should've Told Me." Listen Live now: www.jamz101fm.com
MJ's estate says the judgement is "too much" and "unfair to Michael Jackson's heirs." Attorneys Howard Weitzman and Zia Modabber tell JAMZ 101.5 HD 2 ATLANTA, "While the jury denied Quincy Jones $21 million –- or more than two-thirds of what he demanded -- we still believe that giving him millions of dollars that he has no right to receive under his contracts is wrong." "This would reinterpret the legal language in, and effectively rewrite, contracts that Mr. Jones lived under for more than three decades, admitted he never read,
referred to as 'contract, montract,' and told the jurors he didn't 'give a damn' about." "Any amount above and beyond what is called for in his contracts is too much and unfair to Michael’s heirs. Although Mr. Jones is portraying this as a victory for artists’ rights, the real artist is Michael Jackson and it is his money Mr. Jones is seeking."Quincy Jones suddenly has 9.4 million reasons to go off the wall ... after scoring a victory over MJJ Productions and Sony.
The jury handed down its thriller of a decision Wednesday in Quincy's legal battle for unpaid royalties on Michael Jackson's three mega hit albums. Quincy argued accountants for the defendants screwed him out of dough he was owed for producing those records. He was asking for around $30 million, so he didn't get exactly what he wanted -- but still not a bad payday. You can say this about Q -- he really didn't stop until he got enough. Listen Live now: www.jamz101fm.com
Julio Jones has a big problem -- he lost a $150,000 diamond earring during a jet ski ride at Lake Lanier this week ... so he's hired a full DIVE TEAM to hunt it down!! The ATL Falcons wide receiver told WXIA-TV he noticed he lost the earring after he fell off the ski --
but didn't want to just walk away without making a real, solid effort to find it. The dive team jumped in the water on Tuesday evening -- scouring the 65-foot deep water. So far, no luck. Jones seems shockingly calm about the whole thing ... probably because he's in the middle of a $71 million contract.
MTV has finally unveiled their anticipated nominations for the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, and Kendrick Lamar‘s superstardom is proven through his eight total nominations. According to the list, the To Pimp a Butterfly rapper grabs a slew of nominations in tons of categories including Video of the Year, Artist of the Year, Best Hip-Hop Video, Best Direction and more. While Don Cheadle’s appearance in K. Dot’s “DNA.” visuals didn’t snag any nominations for this year’s award, Kendrick’s “HUMBLE.” video earned him all eight spots in different categories.
The Compton MC may have a high chance of taking home all of his awards, but he does have some hefty competition in the Video of the Year category, as he’s up against videos such as Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic,” Alessia Cara’s “Scars To Your Beautiful,” DJ Khaled, Rihanna and Bryson Tiller’s “Wild Thoughts,” as well as The Weeknd’s “Reminder.” It’s also going to be a heavy standoff for the nominees of the Best New Artist category, as well as it features Khalid, Kodak Black, SZA, Noah Cyrus, Young M.A and Julia Michaels.
Kendrick has already had a major year, having become the highest-selling artist for his DAMN. album, which is already two times platinum.
Video Of The Year
Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
Alessia Cara, “Scars To Your Beautiful”
DJ Khaled f. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”
The Weeknd, “Reminder”
Artist Of The Year
Best New Artist
Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”
Big Sean, “Bounce Back”
Chance the Rapper, “Same Drugs”
D.R.A.M. f. Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
Migos f. Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad & Boujee”
DJ Khaled f. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, and Lil Wayne, “I’m The One”
Charlie Puth f. Selena Gomez, “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
DJ Khaled f. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts”
D.R.A.M. f. Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
The Chainsmokers f. Halsey, “Closer”
Calvin Harris f. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean, “Feels”
Zayn and Taylor Swift, “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)”
Zedd and Alessia Cara, “Stay”
Kygo and Selena Gomez, “It Ain’t Me”
Calvin Harris, “My Way”
Major Lazer f. Justin Bieber and MØ, “Cold Water”
Afrojack f. Ty Dolla $ign, “Gone”
Coldplay, “A Head Full of Dreams”
Fall Out Boy, “Young And Menace”
Twenty One Pilots, “Heavydirtysoul”
Green Day, “Bang Bang”
Foo Fighters, “Run”
Shawn Mendes, “Treat You Better”
Ed Sheeran, “Shape of You”
Harry Styles, “Sign Of The Times”
Fifth Harmony f. Gucci Mane, “Down”
Katy Perry f. Skip Marley, “Chained To The Rhythm”
Miley Cyrus, “Malibu”
Best Fight Against The System
Logic f. Damian Lemar Hudson, “Black SpiderMan”
The Hamilton Mixtape, “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done)”
Big Sean, “Light”
Alessia Cara, “Scars To Your Beautiful”
Taboo f. Shailene Woodley, “Stand Up / Stand N Rock #NoDAPL”
John Legend, “Surefire”
Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.” (Scott Cunningham)
Imagine Dragons, “Thunder” (Matthew Wise)
Ed Sheeran, “Castle On The Hill” (Steve Annis)
DJ Shadow f. Run The Jewels, “Nobody Speak” (David Proctor)
Halsey, “Now or Never” (Kristof Brandl)
Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.” (Spencer Graves)
Bruno Mars, “24K Magic” (Alex Delgado)
Katy Perry f. Migos, “Bon Appetit” (Natalie Groce)
DJ Khaled f. Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, “Wild Thoughts” (Damian Fyffe)
The Weeknd, “Reminder” (Creative Director: Lamar C Taylor / Co-creative Director: Christo Anesti)
Best Visual Effects
Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.”(Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)
A Tribe Called Quest, “Dis Generation” (Company: Bemo/Lead: Brandon Hirzel)
KYLE f. Lil Yachty, “iSpy” (Company: Gloria FX/Leads: Max Colt & Tomash Kuzmytskyi)
Katy Perry f. Skip Marley, “Chained To The Rhythm” (Company: MIRADA)
Harry Styles, “Sign Of The Times” (Company: ONE MORE/Lead: Cédric Nivoliez)
Kanye West, “Fade” (Teyana Taylor, Guapo, Jae Blaze & Derek ‘Bentley’ Watkins)
Ariana Grande f. Nicki Minaj, “Side To Side” (Brian & Scott Nicholson)
Kendrick Lamar, “HUMBLE.” (Dave Meyers)
Sia, “The Greatest” (Ryan Heffington)
Fifth Harmony f. Gucci Mane, “Down” (Sean Bankhead)
Future, “Mask Off” (Vinnie Hobbs of VHPost)
Young Thug, “Wyclef Jean” (Ryan Staake & Eric Degliomini)
Lorde, “Green Light” (Nate Gross of Exile Edit)
The Chainsmokers f. Halsey, “Closer” (Jennifer Kennedy)
The Weeknd, “Reminder” (Red Barbaza)
Controversial singer R. Kelly has reportedly tapped former Bill Cosby lawyer Monique Pressley to represent him as reports about his dealings with women at his Chicago and Atlanta homes continue to mount. Pressley stepped down as Cosby’s lawyer last August after representing him ahead of what would become his mistrial, where a jury deadlocked after days of deliberating three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault.
The Daily Mail reported Monday, July 24, that Kelly has retained Pressley’s services following reports that he has kept women ranging in age from 18-31 in a “brainwashed” state against their will. Kelly has denied the allegations through his lawyer, Linda Mensch, who said her client was “alarmed and disturbed by
the recent revelations attributed to him.” One woman, a 21-year-old model named Jocelyn Savage, told TMZ last week she was not being held captive and assured she was “totally fine.” Pressley’s law firm, The Pressley Firm, did not respond to a request for comment by press time.