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Rihanna Drops Trailer For Savage X Fenty Vol. 3

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According to Forbes Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty brand reached a $1 billion dollar valuation in Lingerie Equity earlier this year. Afterward, it became abundantly clear that Rihanna is in an entirely different entrepreneurial-bag than most of contemporaries.

According to CultureBanx, “Savage x Fenty is in a position to be the global lingerie market leader by 2025, the same year that women’s activewear is expected to reach a $216.9 billion value.”

Rihanna recently announced she’s re-upping on another iteration of the Savage x Fenty visual performance component to her brand. After releasing a new teaser for the Savage x Fenty Vol. 3, Rihanna announced her continued partnership with Amazon Prime Video. The TV special will be released on a global scale on September 24, 2021.

As both the creative director and executive producer Rhianna viewers can expect a diverse cast of performers.P erformances this year include Nas, Daddy Yankee, BIA, Jazmine Sullivan, Ricky Martin, Normani, and Jade Novah.

Special guest include but are not limited to: Adriana Lima, Aleali May, Alek Wek, Alva Claire, Behati Prinsloo, Bella Poarch, Eartheater, Emily Ratajkowski, Erykah Badu, Gigi Hadid, Gottmik, Irina Shayk, Jeremy Pope, Joan Smalls, Jojo T. Gibbs, Leiomy, Lola Leon, Lucky Blue Smith, Lauren Wasser, Mena Massoud, Nyjah Huston, Precious Lee, Princess Gollum, Raisa Flowers, Sabrina Carpenter, Soo Joo Park, The Symone, Thuso Mbedu, Troye Sivan, Vanessa Hudgens, and others. 

Check out the trailer for the new Savage x Fenty Vol. 3 special below.

Lil Durk Calls Drake “The Real GOAT”

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Lil Durk took to Instagram with one message: Drake is the G.O.A.T.

When Drake and Lil Durk linked up for “Laugh Now, Cry Later” last August it was clear that a special connection was made. 

From lyrics about bringing “Drake to the hood,” just to “surround Drake around Dracs,” and visuals including unreleased Benzes, jet skis on the Nike campus and re-creating shots from the 2003 NBA Draft, it was a perfect combination of Drake and Durk and all of the things they both bring to the table. And just over a year and another collaboration later (Durk was featured on Certified Lover Boy’s “In the Bible”) and we have this — Durk calling Drake the greatest of all time.

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Making sure to say that Drizzy is “THE REAL GOAT” and “NOT NO CAP GOAT” Durk paid the highest honor to the Six God, and if you look at the post he was saying it on, it’s hard to argue. Earlier today, it was announced that Drake’s Certified Lover Boy debuted at #1 this week, featured 9 of the top 10 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (including Future’s first #1) and amassed over a billion streams since its September 3rd release. 

Numbers aren’t everything in music, especially not in the rap game, but in the weeks since all of the controversy between Kanye West and Drake leading up to their respective album releases, these numbers have to be gratifying for the Toronto rapper. It has to be even more gratifying for a peer and rising star like Lil Durk to show him such love like this.

Like Drizzy said, he’s “feeling young but they treat me like the OG.” I guess he wasn’t lying. 

It’s an endless debate but what do you think? Is Drake the G.O.A.T.? Is he in the conversation for that top spot? Let us know in the comments and in the meantime, play this “Laugh Now, Cry Later.” Baby. 

Chlöe Shares Emotional Moments Following Solo Debut At 2021 MTV VMAs – VIBE.com

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Chlöe bodied her first solo performance at the 2021 MTV VMAs. The singer commanded the stage and effortlessly flaunted her vocal range and physical abilities in her live rendition of her debut solo single, “Have Mercy.” However, the intimate moments immediately after she walked off stage are bringing fans to tears.

First, the 23-year-old, who appeared to be sobbing, found the nearest seat aka a set of stairs offstage to decompress. She responded to the fan-cam clip by saying, “What a f**king moment… still on a high.” Moments later, she gathered herself and wrapped her arms around her younger sister, Halle, who (of course) wasn’t too far behind. Though the video has no audio, the 21-year-old is visibly excited for her older sister as they embrace one another. Chlöe captioned that fan-cam video by gushing over her sister: “my heart my soul my everything.”

Prior to the show, Halle tweeted, “get ready…. it’s chloes night !! #havemercy.” The singer turned actress—Halle will appear as Ariel in the live-action version of Disney’s The Little Mermaid, scheduled to hit theatres Memorial Day Weekend 2023—also introduced her sister’s performance by stating, “It’s incredible to watch your sister and collaborator find her voice. This year, she has stepped into her own artistry, sharing a message of self-expression and self-love.”

Released on Friday (Sept. 10), the “Have Mercy” visual has already amassed more than 8.9 million views and her show-stopping MTV VMA performance is at 1.2 million views and counting.

Grab your tissues for the emotional videos below.

Soulja Boy Dives Into The Liquor Cabinet On “Casamigos”

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Soulja Boy is on a roll this year. Though he claimed that he had the biggest comeback of 2018, 2021 is treating him pretty well so far. The rapper topped the charts with “She Make It Clap,” created more viral moments, and even teamed up with Adult Swim to help launch the fifth season on Rick & Morty. Then, he dropped three mixtapes in the span of a month and a half.

Soulja Boy continues to unload records out of the vault with his latest release, “Casamigos.” Inspired by the tequila brand of the summer, the rapper takes on bouncy production and uses the art of repetition to his benefit on the hook. 

Along with his new single, “Casamigos,” he also dropped off “Zoom” over the weekend.

Check out the record below. 

Quotable Lyrics
She want that Casamigos
Young Draco, n***a, I ball like a free throw
Rick N Morty, shoot you like Jordan
Ball on these n***as, drop-tops out the foreign

Famous Dex Released From Prison

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Famous Dex is out of prison, mere days after being sentenced to a full year behind bars.

Just a couple of days after being sentenced to serve one year in prison for domestic violence, Chicago rapper Famous Dex was released from prison. 

In an Instagram post from DJ Akademiks, a text message reading “DEXTER GORE was released from custody on 9/10/2021,” can be seen, and in the caption Ak wrote that apparently Dex was released early because of “overcrowding.” 

Despite being sentenced to 364 days behind bars, Dex’s release date was set for November 24, 2021 which is just a couple of months away and yet, somehow, his actual release came well before that.

Freedom for Dex, however, has been a convoluted story. Last year, after a handful of troubling videos hit the internet and left fans and fellow rappers concerned for his well-being, Dex checked into rehab for drug abuse. Inside, Dex shared that he had “learned so much,” but soon after leaving the rehabilitation facility, things went South once again. 

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In the nearly seven months since his stint in rehab, Dex was robbed at gunpoint for a $50K watch and then sued for lying about the robbery, more videos surfaced leading fans to believe Dex was back on drugs, fans hated his new music, Soulja Boy came for him on the internet and, to top it off, Dex was hit with 19 domestic violence and firearms charges stemming from three separate events.

It’s hard to find the words to write about Famous Dex and the situations he finds himself in today but what do you think? Let us know in the comments. 

Colin Kaepernick’s Netflix Series “Colin In Black & White” Gets First Trailer

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The new Netflix series is going to be a six-part drama about Colin Kaepernick’s rise to fame.

Colin Kaepernick is perhaps one of the most controversial figures in all of American sports. Back in 2016, Kaepernick came under fire after he knelt during the National Anthem. This move was done in protest of the injustices that were being done to black men at the hands of police. Despite the message behind the protest, many were unhappy with his methods, and it led to quite a bit of backlash. Eventually, Kaepernick was out of the NFL, and he hasn’t been able to come back since.

Kaepernick has kept his activism alive during this time and he still receives endorsements from Nike and other companies. Now, he will even be getting his own Netflix series called Colin In Black & White which is a six-part biographical show that portrays Kaepernick’s rise to fame.

Colin Kaepernick

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Today, the very first trailer for the show dropped on YouTube and it features Jaden Michael as a very young Colin Kaepernick who is trying to navigate his way through youth football. As for Kaepernick’s parents, they are played by the likes of Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker. The new show is set to release on October 29th, and fans are curious to see how it all plays out.

You can check out the full trailer, below. Let us know what you think of this new show, in the comments section.

Lil Nas X’s Sparkly Purple Suit Dress Dismissed & Disliked By MTV VMA Interviewer

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Lil Nas X forces critics into debate over his sparkly Versace suit-dress worn at the 2021 MTV VMAs.

The 2021 VMA Awards housed a star-studded cast of award nominees from Drake, Justin Bieber, Megan Thee Stallion, Taylor Swift, and Olivia Rodrigo, to name a few. 

While Doja Cat hosted the awards ceremony, it is safe to say recording artist Lil Nas X proved to be the star of the show on and off stage.

Lil Nas X graced the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet while kitted out in a lavender gemstone encrusted single-breasted tuxedo-dress combo. The Lilac monochrome outfit was complete with a full-on mullet. 

The outfit showcases Lil Nas X’s bold sense of fashion while giving out major Prince and Little Richard Vibes. 

Lil Nas X takes on the 2021 VMA red carpet

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Lil Nas X’s fit proved to be a major talking point of the MTV Award ceremony. When broached about the motivation behind the look, Lil Nas X replied, “I wanted to mix masculine and feminine energy together… and boom here it is!” 

Unfortunately, during a separate red carpet interview Journalist Jamila Mustafa indicated that she was not feeling Lil Nas X’s fit. After Nas X asked Mustafa if he looked good, she dismissively replied, “Listen I’m not going to say I’m hating on the fit but.. let’s move on.”

Twitter chimes in on apparent Lil Nas X red carpet-diss 

Later that night Lil Nas X accepted three VMA Awards for “Video of the Year”, “Best Direction” and “Best Visual Effects” all for his “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” single.

After accepting his awards, Lil Nas encouraged fans to, “Give it up for the gay agenda.”

Montero is also the name of Lil Nas X’s debut studio album. The album’s first single was released March 26, 2021.

Recently, Lil Nas X sparked public debate when Nas X released a controversial and nude cover art for Montero’s album roll-out. Despite public criticism the lead single peaked at number one on the Billboard 100.

On August 25, 2021 Lil Nas X announced the albums release date on September 17, 2021 with Columbia Records. 

The official track list can be found here. Stay tuned in for more updates.

Everything You Need To Know – VIBE.com

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Typically held the first Monday in May, the highly-anticipated Met Gala finally returns after the coronavirus pandemic pushed back the affair two years in a row. Tonight (Sept. 13) the most fashionable actors, musicians, influencers, and other public figures will take to New York City in their best interpretations of this year’s theme: “American Independence.”

Although the festive gala is known for its jaw-dropping looks, the event is also for a good cause. The red carpet party is a fundraiser, where money and awareness are directed to the latest exhibit curated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.

The 2021 Met Gala will take place at the Metropolitan Museum on Monday evening at 5:30 p.m. ET. Below are some fast facts to learn ahead of tonight’s event.

What COVID Restrictions Are In Place?

“All attendees… must provide proof of full vaccination and will also be expected to wear masks indoors except when eating or drinking,” a spokesperson for The Met confirmed to People in a statement in August. “We will update these guidelines as needed.”

At the museum, all visitors age 12 and older are required to be fully vaccinated in accordance with New York City requirements.

Keke Palmer Will Host An Unprecedented Livestream

In a ground-breaking move, the Met Gala will be live-streamed with hosts Keke Palmer and Ilana Glazer. The two women will host from an insider’s perspective of the occasion beyond the red carpet. The broadcast will be streamed live on Vogue‘s platforms, including the magazine’s website and social media profiles. The Hustlers actress is not only hosting the live stream but she is also attending the event for the first time.

“You know me, I’m always going to be a little funny—and Ilana is the same way. So it’s definitely going to be fun. A lot of personality and just having a good time,” Palmer told Women’s Wear Daily of the opportunity. “I think that’s what we need, that energy, especially after everything.”

Naomi Osaka Will Serve As Co-Chair

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Naomi Osaka attends the 2021 ESPY Awards on July 10, 2021, in New York City.
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Gen-Z leaders across multiple fields are this year’s co-hosts. Tennis champion Naomi Osaka joins inaugural poet Amanda Gorman, Oscar-nominated actor Timothée Chalamet, and Grammy Award-winning singer Billie Eilish for co-host duties at the 2021 Met Gala.

“I’m a newcomer, but I’m very excited to see how everything works,” Osaka shared with E! News. “Honestly, it’s an honor to be chosen.”

This Year’s Theme Is “American Independence”

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Designs on display during The Costume Institute’s “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion” Exhibition Press Preview at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sept. 13, 2021, in New York City.
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The theme is always the most interesting conversation when fans discuss the looks worn by their favorite celebrities on the Met Gala red carpet. The 2021 event will follow the theme “American Independence” with the exhibition presented in two parts. The first, “In America: A Lexicon of Fashion,” will debut Sept. 18, and the second part, “In America: An Anthology of Fashion,” opens on May 5, 2022. Both will be on display through September 2022, according to The Cut

“I’ve been really impressed by American designers’ responses to the social and political climate, particularly around issues of body inclusivity and gender fluidity, and I’m just finding their work very, very self-reflective,” Andrew Bolton, the Wendy Yu Curator in Charge of the Costume Institute told Vogue

Is Rihanna Attending?

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Rihanna attends the “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between” Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017, in New York City.
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Bad Gal RiRi may make her return to the fashion-forward event. In 2019, the last year the Met Gala occurred, the singer turned business mogul did not attend, leaving fans of her iconic looks to question her absence and jokingly cancel the event altogether.

While we will have to wait to see if Rihanna will be at the actual event, stars such as Saweetie and Tracee Ellis Ross have confirmed their attendance. However, the Grammy Award-winning artist shared via Instagram stories her plans to host an afterparty.

“If you’re planning a Met Ball afterparty…..Don’t” she wrote on the secretive flyer.

Robert Griffin III Shoots His Shot With The Washington Football Team

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A quarterback job in Washington just opened up.

Robert Griffin III had himself a solid rookie season with the Washington Football Team almost a decade ago. Unfortunately, injuries almost derailed his career completely, although he was able to find success as a backup with the likes of the Baltimore Ravens. Now, Griffin is watching NFL games from home and he is still very much interested in finding a job somewhere in the league.

Yesterday, Griffin was watching the Washington Football Team take on the Los Angeles Chargers when the team’s QB Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with a hip injury. Griffin spotted this right away and in shameless fashion, he decided to shoot his shot with his former team.

Robert Griffin III

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In the tweet below and even a later post on Instagram, Griffin simply says “Make the call” while posting a video of his most infamous highlight in which he scores an 80-yard rushing touchdown before jumping into the crowd. While you’ve got to appreciate his desire to get back to the game, it appears as though it’s not going to happen for him as the WFT has stated that they will be sticking with their current backups and depth chart.

Perhaps the team will have a change of heart if things don’t go so well with their current personnel. After making the postseason last year, the WFT expects to be back and if they can’t get there, then it will be a tremendous disappointment for the club.

Let us know which team you would like to see RG3 land with, in the comments below.

Tupac Shakur’s Life Reflected In The Words of Author Kevin Powell – VIBE.com

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I wrote this poem to honor, first, Tupac Shakur, on the passing of his life.
I was there in Las Vegas the day he died, and it is a day I shall never forget, as it remains
one of the saddest periods of my entire time on this earth. I had written three cover stories
on Tupac for VIBE magazine, he had asked me to be Alex Haley to his Malcolm X.
Little did I know, but perhaps he knew—

I was literally in my hotel room watching HBO, watching Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X”
movie, ironically; and just at that very moment when Malcolm, as played by Denzel Washington, was heading to the Audubon Ballroom in New York City to meet his fate, I got a call from a fellow journalist saying “Tupac is dead. We have to go to the hospital.” I did not cry in that moment, but I would be in shock for a very long time. That
is why this poem about Tupac Shakur.

But as the poetry came to me I kept hearing The Notorious B.I.G.’s voice as well,
which is why it is entitled “Tupac and Biggie.” Because Biggie’s death shocked me too.

And like Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., or The Beatles’ John Lennon and Paul McCartney, in many ways it is impossible to separate ‘Pac and Biggie, both of whom I knew. They were friends, then they were not. They
were killed six months apart. Both their murders remain unsolved.
But I likewise wrote this poem, as a Black male, to try to make sense of what
we have to go through in America, in this world, the things thrown
at us from all angles, the things we internalize and do to ourselves, to each other, too.

I wrote this poem for fallen soldiers like Tupac and Biggie, and for so many of us
we have lost young, in their prime. Yes, this poem is for the brothers who ain’t here,
but it is also for us brothers who still are—


Tupac and Biggie

i heard his name first

juiced for freedom

like digital underground

railroads and

the sonic blasts

of brendas having babies

was that a movie or

was that life and soundcloud as art

homies can call

but what do black

boys do when we are

trapped in concrete

boxes forever ever

forever ever

fear is a prison

but so is fame too

but what is fame

is the only bus ticket

you got to make it

from the cradle

to the grave

made me think of

revolutions won

and revolutions lost

of assata’s great expectations

of black panthers

dead and gone

while panther cubs

leak tears made of

napalm and the muscular

tails of charcoal-grey ‘hood rats

made me think of

apartheid

winnie and nelson mandela

of run jesse run

of nations of islam

and new africas

blowin’ in the wind

say his name

tupac amaru shakur

shining serpent

who is thankful

to be alive in spite of

absent father

imprisoned stepfather

crack cocaine

police raids

and political movements

from one ghetto

to the next

hip-hop

started out in the park

created by black and

brown boys looking

for frederick douglass

the north star

and the perfect

beat

they called him

mc new york in baltimore

a motherless and fatherless

child in the bay area

tupac

who contorted and coiled his voice into

an ebonics symphony

of urban american patois

breakdancing to the malnourished imaginations

of king’s and kennedy’s poor people’s campaigns

tupac

america’s most wanted

political rabble-rouser with a drum beat

beats like the invisible hands of motherlands

come

and motherlands gone

but hip-hop also is the

west indies

and latinx folks too

hip-hop is

christopher wallace

son of jamaican immigrants

jamaica where they toasted

and blew out massive sound systems

jamaica where marcus garvey first

painted it black

the fleshless self-esteem

of ex-slaves asking jah

for a boat ride that drops-kicks them in

an un-colonized and an un-gentrified heaven

jamaica that gave us a founding father

of hip-hop kool herc

and half of brooklyn

where brooklyn at

it is right here biggie smalls

cool-posing on an onion-scented street corner

in a tight yoruba prayer circle

they call a cypher

as shorttallfatskinnydamaged bodies

rhyme and shine the shoes of the blues

of palecoconutyellowredbrownjetblack boys

who considered suicide when

rainbows became coalitions

of the haves and the have nots

biggie

the greatest storyteller

never to win a pulitzer

biggie

who contorted and coiled his voice into

an ebonics symphony

of brooklyn patois

breakdancing to the malnourished imaginations

of king’s and kennedy’s poor people’s campaigns

where brooklyn at

it is right here the notorious b.i.g.

because even gangsters trademark

their names into the history books

of godfathers and macks and superflys

where brooklyn at

right there

where grandmaster flowers

and big daddy kane and stetsasonic

and sawed-off shotguns

and crack vials and crippled

public schools wheel-chaired the way

for you

biggie

so that you could

battle royale rhymes

like mario puzo

dry-humping bloody mobsters

and scandalous politicians

and greasy-haired preachers

like don corleone

cupping your chin

the way the devil would cup

death itself

the way bootsy collins would cup and drink

the wet, sultry licks of his guitar

just means you tupac you biggie

trade war stories

the way trump trades war stories

with fascist mirrors at the white house

means you all

got soul

like iceberg slim had sold his soul

where brooklyn at

right next to harlem and east harlem

tupac the places you were born and lived

like baltimore and marin city

and the sunny pot-holed gutters of los angeles

and atlanta

where they birth and bury kings

and call it racial progress

where brooklyn at

in that one time you and biggie

swapped eye sockets and took photos

as friends

together

apart

two black boys about to be their

generation’s elvis and buddy holly

their generation’s john lennon

and marvin gaye

big yeah like biggie big

peace in the beginning

but then who shot ya

became the soundtrack

for the dirty half dozens

in green camouflaged armor

crooked finger-pointing

contests that turned into

your coast versus my coast

even though ain’t nobody own

either coast

but we know they like to

be slave masters and overseers

and loose black boys on each other

like stink-breathed barking dogs

leaping at and gut-bombing marchers

in john coltrane’s alabama

except we marching to jail and cemeteries

not toward the moon or the stars or the sun

it is black boys against each other

as poison is poured over

our dream-y american gumbo

hit ‘em up

dis you dis your wife dis your life

dis your career

volcano anger stove-boiled by years

of trauma and dear

mamas addicted

to white lines and hypnotic needles

frozen in the medieval times of warriors

as political prisoners

like mutulu like mutulu like mutulu

hypnotized

we eat and swallow ourselves

and each other

the way we eat and swallow watermelon seeds

grow

ride

die

for death

atop death row SUVs

we join elvis in vegas and los angeles

hang lynch mob ropes around our necks like

they are electric kool-aid acid tests

until we are gunned down

in cars

the way elvis sat on that toilet bowl

waiting for his soul

to flush him into

graceland forever ever

born again six months apart

two dead black boys joined at the lips

of hip-hop’s smithsonian institution

gone

because they value you more

dead

than alive

gemini twins that you both are

black boys ain’t ‘spose to live long

we ‘spose to live hard fast short painful

the way they rolled up the torture of jesus

and smoked him on the crucifix

until his humiliation

dripped dripped dripped

an old negro spiritual

into the resurrected earth

of the unbelievable

and our eyes slap box with the white jesus

as we wait for this or that black jesus

named makaveli or big poppa

eyesfacesskins don’t lie

they are permanent graffiti murals

for the brothers who ain’t here

these photos of them

permanent graffiti murals

black white

in living color

teardrops

lonely teardrops

jesus-walking

like raindrops

shaped like bullet shells

sculpted by the sawdust hands of the lawd

the fears I we still carry

around all these years later

like prison chains about our tattooed wrists

wondering where all those

bullets came from

wondering why

we they would kill

black boys who only

want to be

free

Friday, June 1, 2018

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