Will Smith And Janet Hubert Squash Their ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Beef

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One of Black Hollywood’s most infamous squabbles has been finally put to rest. Will Smith and Janet Hubert have put aside their problems.

 

This week the cast of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reunited to celebrate the show’s 30th anniversary. While the crew has enjoyed great relationships with each other almost three decades since the finale one original member wasn’t so lucky. After the second season the original Aunt Vivian mysteriously exited the show and was replaced by the second Vivian Banks, Daphne Maxwell Reid. While NBC did not issue any reasoning regarding her departure the show continued to blossom without her.

Over the years Hubert has expressed her frustration and called out Will on social media claiming he was partly the reason for her termination. Surprisingly she made an appearance on the reunion special and spoke to Will about what happened. During the sit down she revealed she was actually in an abusive relationship. “I was no longer laughing, smiling, joking because there were things that were going on that nobody knew about,” she explained. “The cast had no idea what was going on.” Will then admitted how now see how was complicit in her exit. “I can see how I made the set very difficult for Janet,” he said.

Hubert also touched on the rumors that she was labeled difficult to work with. “I lost everything. Reputation. Everything. Everything. And I understand you were able to move forward but you know those words calling a Black woman ‘difficult’ in Hollywood is the kiss of death,” she explained. “It’s the kiss of death and it’s hard enough being a dark-skinned Black woman in this business.”

You can see a clip of the exchange below:

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Oh My God: Q-Tip Confirms Megan The Stallion Collaboration Is On The Way

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Megan Thee Stallion and Q-Tip on the same track? We don’t know what to expect from such a collaboration, but it’s definitely happening.

Megan Thee Stallion’s debut album Good News is just hours away from dropping and will hopefully salvage the rest of this sorry-ass year. In anticipation of the album’s release, Rap Radar’s Brian B. Dot Miller decided to revisit his Rap Radar Podcast episode featuring the Houston rapper. During the conversation, they talked about a particular project at the time that would be featuring her Hot Girl Meg persona.

Miller asked her if Q-Tip would be involved in that project, and Thee Stallion replied, “Q-Tip is an album thing,” she revealed to B.Dot and Elliott Wilson. “Yeah, that’s definitely a project that I’m going to take my time — well, I take my time on all my projects — but this one is gonna have like, songs, songs. Like, more depth. So, I definitely want some OG production on there.”

On Wednesday (Nov.18), when B.Dot reshared the video, specifically asking Q-Tip if he is “still on deck for @theestallion album, #GoodNews?” The “Vivrant Thing” rapper replied, “Yes! 2021.”

We would love to hear it.

In more Megan Thee Stallion news, The Breakfast Club had to clarify some comments made by Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy about the rapper stiffing them on an interview. On Tuesday (Nov.17), the show’s hosts revealed that an upcoming interview with “Big Ole Freak” crafter was possibly nixed becuase they were told they could not ask her anything related to the Tory Lanez shooting.

“Meg was supposed to be here this week, but they had a long laundry list of things not to talk to her about, and it was all Tory Lanez and that situation related,” Charlamagne revealed.

“Yeah, I think it’s crazy because when she does white publications, she’s able to talk and talk about everything that she wants to talk about, but when she goes to the Black press and Black publications, there’s a list that the label sent out that says, ‘Don’t ask her about this, don’t talk about that,’ but we the ones who support her and hold her down and play her music,” his co-host, DJ Envy added.

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The Breakfast Club’s message immediately came following Megan Thee Stallion sharing more details about the shooting incident, revealing that Lanez allegedly tried to pay her money to keep quiet. Now points were made, but social media didn’t feel sorry for The Breakfast Club due to their past problematic interviews.

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Well, whatever the case might be, Angela Yee had to clean things up like she always does, explaining :

“This was never a shot at Megan Thee Stallion. She never said ‘I’m not doing the ‘Breakfast Club” or any of those things.”

Charlamagne also added that fans could see Megan on the popular NYC morning radio show in the future, and they had no plans on bringing up the Tory Lanez incident.

“Salute to Megan, though. I’m sure she’ll still be on the show because it’s not like we want to talk about the Tory Lanez stuff anyway. I don’t want her to relive her trauma. It’s just the principle.”

We are sure Megan wasn’t paying this situation any mind.

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Black Voters In Philadelphia Speak Out, Credit ‘Ancestors’ In Securing Pennsylvania For Joe Biden

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This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. This article is available for reprint under the terms of Votebeat’s republishing policy.

Activist and community organizer Walter Palmer remembers coming up in West Philadelphia’s Black Bottom in the 1950s and 60s during a period of pronounced political activity amongst the city’s Black residents and leaders. Palmer, 86, has spent the past 70 years teaching and training grassroots networks of Black community organizers across Philadelphia, and electoral politics have been a mainstay of his work.

“I started out as a teenager, 18, 19, and was actively engaged in politics,” recalls Palmer.

In the late 50s, he organized and won a number of critical local and statewide campaigns that addressed issues of housing, segregation, workplace discrimination, and education, and even trained a slew of local elected officials like Councilmember Curtis Jones and former U.S. Rep. Chaka Fatah.

But Palmer says he’s never been wedded to a single political party. He founded one of the earliest Black independent political organizations in the city during the late 50s and remembers running Black candidates like acclaimed civil rights activist Cecil B. Moore and Pennsylvania State Sen. Hardy Williamson on both Republican and Democratic tickets as a way to leverage the specific needs of Philadelphia’s Black community.

“Black people were locked into the Republican Party for 100 years because of Abraham Lincoln,” said Palmer. “Then we got wedded to the Democratic Party for over 50 years because of Franklin D. Roosevelt. We get married to these images and these people, but they don’t live where we live and they don’t come from where we come from.”

For Palmer and many Black Philadelphian voters this year, the sentiment has remained the same: electoral politics are not the end-all-be-all, and real change is driven from the bottom, at the grassroots.

Still, Black voters have long been a major base of the Democratic Party machine, and this year, they turned out.

According to national exit polls, 92% of Black voters in Pennsylvania voted for Joe Biden. That’s compared to 42% of white voters and 69% of Latino voters in the state who voted for the President-elect.

In Philadelphia, Black residents make up almost 44% of the city’s total population. As the world looked to the battleground state of Pennsylvania to determine the result of the 2020 Presidential Election, Philadelphia’s Black voters, the majority of whom are Democrats, had the potential to set in stone a Biden-Harris win.

Pennsylvanians exceeded voter turnout rates this year, with more than 6.9 million voting by mail ballot or in-person at the polls. This was the highest statewide voter turnout since 1960. And in Philadelphia, it was the highest turnout in 25 years.

So it was no surprise when the results of 3,000 mail-in ballots in Philadelphia gave Joe Biden the decisive edge to win Pennsylvania. Philadelphia’s Black vote was crucial to Biden’s win in the Keystone State, and because of the timing when the state was announced, sealed his presidential victory.

Ultimately, President-elect Biden’s margin of victory was a little over 82,000 votes statewide, and 471,305 in Philadelphia. An analysis of Pennsylvania Department of State data by WURD and Votebeat shows that’s slightly less than Hillary Clinton’s 475,227-vote margin over Trump in 2016. But the increase in turnout helped Biden win over 20,000 more votes than Clinton did in 2016.  These numbers reflect the unofficial final total vote count from Philadelphia’s City Commissioners Office.

However, according to a data analysis of partial voter data by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Biden’s margin of victory in predominantly Black neighborhoods lagged behind Hillary Clinton’s in 2016.

And according to data obtained by WURD and Votebeat from Pennsylvania Voice, a partnership of 30+ organizations working to expand power for communities of color statewide, as of November 12, Black voters in Pennsylvania returned 239,850 mail-in ballots, which made up 9.19% of all ballots returned in the state.

‘We’ve had to fight for our vote’

West Philadelphia native Courtney Gambrell, 28, says everyone in her immediate family has always voted and she’s never missed an election. She remembers going to the polls with her mother as a young child.

“[My mom] used to teach us strategy for how to vote so she never encouraged us to vote for people that we didn’t know their political stance,” Gambrell said. “I will say that with things changing in the political climate recently, my parents have both encouraged me to vote Democrat all the way.”

Gambrell voted for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris but says she was less than excited about their ticket, noting both Harris and Biden’s criminal justice record as a major concern.

“I don’t think any of the presidential candidates really spoke to me because I’m still a Bernie Sanders supporter through and through,” Gambrell said. “However I still believe they’re still the safer candidates when compared to the Trump administration. I know a lot of people don’t want to vote that way but I just don’t think seeing kids in cages and separating children at the border is any better.”

Sixty-year-old Germantown resident, Karen Smith, says not voting this year just wasn’t an option

“Oh my goodness it’s always important for a Black person to vote since we’ve had to fight for our vote and die for our vote to get our voices heard,” Smith said. “I thought it was important to go into the booth [in-person] because I wanted to represent my ancestors who led the way for me to do what I’m doing.”

Like West Philadelphia resident Lamont B. Steptoe, many Black voters in Philadelphia this year expressed an urgency about removing President Donald Trump from office as their main priority.

“I grew up in the 1950s and 60s and of course one of the major events of those times had to do with the suppression of the Black vote,” said Steptoe, who will be 72 in February. “So over the years I just became more and more appreciative of what it meant to go out and vote. The most important point for me [this year] was to get rid of Donald Trump. That fueled everything. I wasn’t looking down [the] ballot.”

‘It seemed like Pennsylvania was going to become important’

Mt. Airy native Carmela Dow, 24, remembers voting for the first time in 2016 for Hillary Clinton and recalls feeling like Clinton had no chance of winning.

“[That was] mostly because of my experience at the University of Delaware and I saw how the [Trump supporters on campus] were acting up starting in 2015 and I saw that energy and I saw that power,” said Dow.

Deeply disappointed by Clinton’s loss in 2016 and Sanders’s loss in the Democratic primary earlier this year,  Dow says she almost disengaged from the election altogether, believing that  Biden would not successfully draw the masses of voters needed to beat Trump. But then she saw the Philadelphia ballot and her outlook changed.

“I wanted to vote for the police reform [ballot question] and then it seemed like Pennsylvania was going to become important and I was like I don’t want Trump to win again,” said Dow.

Christopher K.P. Brown, 36, is originally from Arkansas but settled in Philadelphia in 2008. He says he’s never paid much attention to politics but the last four years of the Trump presidency has ignited his interest. Social media and public radio played a huge role in his political education this year. The Affordable Care Act, abortion rights, and migrant families being separated at the border were some of the main concerns that stood out for him in the 2020 election.

“I was a full-time poet for some years so I didn’t have any type of healthcare so I have just always appreciated that we have [the Affordable Care Act] option,” said Brown.

Dow also says the recent racial unrest in Philadelphia and the rest of the country, which was triggered by numerous police killings of Black people like Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Walter Wallace Jr. — a Philadelphia resident himself —  incited a powerful energy in the Black community around voting this year.

“My first memory of police brutality was learning about Trayvon Martin,” Dow recalled. “I think I was 13. It’s always been a part of my life. But I do think that week leading [up to] the election I was feeling so emotional because of the Walter Wallace stuff.  I felt like I was doing something a little bit important and it made me feel a little more serious about [voting].”

Smith of Germantown is a local artist and drummer whose musical talents were the backdrop of many of the city protests that took place this summer in response to local and national acts of police brutality.

“I think all the movements made such a difference in this election,” Smith said. “I saw the eagerness. I was in some of those rallies and I saw what people were looking for, I saw in all shapes and colors, I saw that there was a need for a change.”

Election Day

2020 was an unprecedented election year, with more people voting by mail than ever before. Black voters in Philadelphia made use of both mail-in and in-person voting, and their intention behind their voting methods varied.

Brown requested a mail-in ballot in late September and decided to drop it off himself at one of the many early voting centers in the city.

“I had a fear of voting in person because of racism honestly and violence that may have occurred,” said Brown. “I’m from Arkansas so I actually grew up with the KKK having marches back home so to me it was very reasonable to actually expect some level of violence, more than we actually saw on Election Day.”

Others had more trust in the traditional voting booth, and made the trek across some distance to vote in-person. Though Dow is a Mount Airy native, she lives in Wilmington, Delaware and had to take an early train into Philadelphia on Election Day to vote.

“I voted at a school right by my parent’s house,” said Dow. “Everybody talks about these lines in Philly. I was like okay I’m going to bring my iPad, I’m going to bring a snack, I’m gonna bring extra warm clothes. [But] none of it was needed. I was in and out in five minutes.”

Smith, the drummer, also voted in Mount Airy earlier that morning and then visited various polling locations throughout the city to bring music and cheer to those waiting in line.

“It was just so great to watch people be excited [to vote],” said Smith.

‘My goodness it was such a good feeling’: Black Philadelphians reflect on Democrat victory

Gambrell says when she got news that Biden had successfully flipped Pennsylvania blue, she immediately headed to the Convention Center to celebrate.

“I made sure that I left work and went down there,” said Gambrell. “Yes I understand it’s Covid but Covid has been Covid. I put a mask on my face and it was just exhilarating to be out there with people who are proud. My goodness it was such a good feeling.”

Steptoe of West Philadelphia says he was worried about the pandemic and decided to do a private celebration at his home over a bottle of champagne. He’d been following the tedious election results for close to five hours each day on television, wracked by anxiety for what was to come.

“But I thought the Democrats would prevail and they did and I’m proud of being a resident of the state that pushed Biden into the presidency because as we know much of central Pennsylvania has the highest membership in the Klan anywhere in the country,” said Steptoe. “So I was just praying that Pittsburgh, Harrisburgh, and Philly could bring about a win and they did.”

For other Black voters, there was relief but little joy.

“I was proud of us for that, I was proud of Black people,” said Dow. “I was proud of Philadelphia, but I wasn’t impressed with Biden winning. I was relieved but I wasn’t celebrating.”

‘It’s a long distance run’

While countless news outlets have announced that Biden won the election, for many Black voters in the city there’s a lot of work that remains and a lot of fear. Local activist and civil rights organizer, Palmer, fears a Biden presidency may signal a return to the status quo.

“I’m very afraid that now that there’s no struggle that we’re going to go back to square one,” said Palmer. “When somebody gets shot, we picket, we scream, we put bunnies on trees and then once we get a court settlement or monetary settlement we go back and there’s no more fight.”

But many young Black voters expressed a renewed interest in local politics and grassroots organizing, which they say they didn’t pay as much attention to prior to Trump’s ascent.

“I don’t think these candidates represent me nor do they represent Black people,” said Brown. “At its best the role of being a president is just a symbol. I think my local politicians may represent me [and] I’m beginning to learn more about [some] that I feel like I actually relate to.”

While some Black voters said they were not putting all their faith into the President-elect, they did believe his presidency could help to heal some of the harm done by the Trump administration.

“I think everybody watching Trump react to Covid-19 was frightening,” said Dow. “The last eight months have been a different level of disregard for human life [and] I do believe that as soon as Joe Biden gets into office that we will have a stimulus package and lockdowns will be put in place.”

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Ultimately, amid the fear there is also abounding hope.

Steptoe, who’s a literary fixture in Philadelphia and an elder in the community said “the ancestors require that we stay the course.”

“I was glad to hear President-elect Biden say that he thanked Black people for having his back and that he would have our back but governments are governments,” said Steptoe. “So there’s only so much expectation.”

“And for those of us who are proponents of reparations and other progressive agendas for people of color,  you just have to realize that it’s a long distance run that requires stamina and endurance.”

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Kid Cudi Is Launching His Own Production And Management Company

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One of the culture’s most under credited influencers is bossing up. Kid Cudi has announced some new ventures.

 

As spotted on Hype Beast the Cleveland MC made a power move that pleasantly surprised a lot of his fans and peers. On Tuesday, November 17 Bron Studios announced that they will be partnering with his Mad Solar firm. We are beyond thrilled to announce our new partnership with the incomparable legend @KidCudi! BRON will back #MadSolar, the new production and music management company founded by Cudi, @Shift_leader06 and @karinamanashil”. Cudder retweeted the post saying “They aint ready. Hold on to ya butts!”

The “Wild’n Cuz I’m Young” rapper further detailed his enthusiasm via a statement. ““[I’m] beyond excited to be launching my production company MAD SOLAR & partnering with BRON whose creative vision & storytelling has transformed the industry. I am so very proud of the slate that we are developing & can’t WAIT for you all to see what we got cookin”.

According to the article both brands are already working on a animation project called Entergalactic for Netflix. Not only is Cudi getting co-creator credits on the show but he will also starring in it. Additionally it is said to be based on his upcoming album of the same name. You can catch a preview of the tunes below.

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Brooklyn Rapper Dupree G.O.D. Turns Himself In For Using Flamethrower In Music Video

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When it comes to Hip-Hop music videos we truly feel like we’ve seen it all and though some rappers tend to OD with the theatrics just to get attention, rapper Dupree G.O.D. might’ve went to far as hes’ had to turn himself into police for his death defying stunt.

 

According to the New York Daily News the Brooklyn rapper turned himself into police yesterday (Nov. 18) after a video of him shooting a flamethrower while on top of a city bus went viral and police began searching for him. Though authorities felt he was basically a danger to society for his stunt, Dupree maintains that his performance was “committed in the name of art.”

Dupree G.O.D jumped shirtless from the top of an ice cream truck onto a packed B26 bus at Franklin and Putnam Aves. in Bedford-Stuyvesant and shot off the flamethrower about 5:30 p.m. Nov. 8, jaw-dropping video posted to social media shows.

But the performer, born Christopher Dupree, was more subdued Wednesday, telling reporters as he turned himself in at the 79th Precinct stationhouse that he was only being creative.

Decked out in a camouflage puffer coat, Dupree shook the hand of an NYPD officer before turning around and getting handcuffed, video shot by The News shows.

Yeah, he might’ve wanted to get a permit or permission or something before getting a flamethrower for visual effects.

Though Dupree maintains that everything was done in a “controlled environment” and that it was done “for the art. For the Wu-Tang,” apparently the passengers riding the bus he was shooting flames from had no idea what the heck was going on.

Police brass scoffed at Dupree’s artistic expression.

“Let me ask you something, jumping on a bus, is that a controlled environment?” said Chief of Detectives Rodney Harrison at a press conference after the arrest. “And also, mind you, there were people on the bus as well, so I don’t know about you but, if my mother’s on that bus, and somebody’s on the roof shooting a flamethrower, I don’t know, but I’m gonna take that a little personal.”

Ultimately Dupree G.O.D. was charged with reckless endangerment and the flamethrower in question has yet to be found. Looks like Tekashi 6ix9ine might be getting a phone call from NYPD about the flamethrower’s whereabouts real soon.

Bobby Brown’s Son, Bobby Jr., Passes Away At 28

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Bobby Brown Jr., (pictured far right), one of Bobby Brown’s oldest children, has passed away. He was 28.

TMZ is reporting that Bobby Jr. was found dead in his Los Angeles area home on Wednesday (November 18). According to officers, there’s not a belief to worry abut foul play in his death.

Bobby Jr. was the half-brother of Bobby’s daughter with Whitney HoustonBobbi Kristina. Bobbi Kristina passed in 2015 when she was 22 years old. Her death wrecked Bobby, who blamed her boyfriend Nick Gordon for her death. Gordon died on New Years Eve in 2019 of an overdose. He was 30.

The namesake of the New Edition singer was among one of his seven children.

This is a developing story.

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‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ 30 Year Reunion Reveals Jazzy Jeff Didn’t Want To Do The Show

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The platform that made Will Smith an international star celebrated a milestone this year. In turn, he joined his former castmates in a special that shouldn’t be missed.

 

As spotted on Essence, one of our favorite families has come back together for a memorable reunion. The cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air connected to discuss the series in commemoration of their 30-year anniversary.

In the house were Will, Daphne Maxwell Reid, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Tatyana M. Ali, Joseph Marcell, and DJ Jazzy Jeff. Naturally, the vibes were filled with laughter and the energy was like they never stopped filming.

On an Instagram post, the “Just The Two of Us” rapper made it clear that this crew helped him be the icon he is today.

“These are the people who made me the man I am today. And I couldn’t let this day go by without marking the occasion. @freshprince reunion… Nov 19 on @hbomax! #freshprincereunion,” he wrote. His IG post featured a trailer that gave the world a sneak peek of what is to be expected from the special.

Included were some reveals that not everyone was on board with the project, specifically Jazzy Jeff.

“I had no aspirations to act,” the legendary DJ said. “Jeff turned down the show literally ten times,” added Smith. “Will is very good at talking me into things,” Jeff said in response. Surprisingly, Daphne Maxwell Reid, who played the second Vivian Banks, also had hesitation in taking over the role. “They said ‘We want you to audition for this new sitcom with a rapper.’ I said ‘Pass,’”.

The trailer also featured a surprise return by the original Aunt Viv, Janet Hubert. You can watch the clip below.

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Lil Wayne Facing Federal Weapons Charges, 10-Year Prison Sentence

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Lil Wayne is back in trouble with the law.

According to court documents, the 38-year-old Weezy F. Baby has been charged with one count of possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon, which carries a max penalty of 10 years in prison. The charge dates back to a 2019 incident in Miami when a private plane transporting Wayne from California back to his now home state was searched by federal agents. The charge was brought about by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida.

Per the Miami Herald, Miami-Dade Police alerted federal authorities of the plane after receiving a tip that weapons, as well as weed, were on board to be potentially transported. Wayne’s plane was searched by the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives as well as other agencies.

Wayne’s attorney, Howard Srebnick shared a statement saying, “[Lil Wayne] is charged with possessing a gold-plated handgun in his luggage on a private plane. There is no allegation that he ever fired it, brandished it, used it or threatened to use it. There is no allegation that he is a dangerous person. The charge is that because he was convicted of a felony in the past, he is prohibited from possessing a firearm.”

He added, “Although the Supreme Court has not yet decided the constitutional question, Justice Amy Coney Barrett recently wrote an appellate dissenting opinion in which she stated that “Absent evidence that he either belongs to a dangerous category or bears individual markers of risk, permanently disqualifying [a convicted felon] from possessing a gun violates the Second Amendment.”

Wayne previously served time behind bars in Rikers Island in 2009 for a 2007 arrest where a firearm was found on his tour bus.

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Hulu’s Tekashi 6ix9ine Struggle Documentary Is Low Quality Just Like His Bars

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To many a Hip-Hop head, Tekashi 6ix9ine has always been considered a “struggle rapper” regardless of how many times he topped the Billboard charts or how much money he earned with his mediocre records. His lyrical content has always been linked to the struggle and now he has a documentary to match.

 

According to Yahoo, Hulu quietly released their Tekashi 6ix9ine documentary, ’69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez is the kind of mess you’d expect from a rapper who’s seemingly been all over the place in his young and short career.

Directed by Vikram Gandhi, the documentary delves deep into the somewhat public life of the 24-year-old Brooklyn rapper and though it seems to be informative, it also lacks the kind of inside information that would make documentaries engaging and even explosive.

It’s obvious from the outset that Gandhi can’t get access through the most immediate channels, as the movie begins with an interview outside the Brooklyn apartment interrupted by residents shouting him off the scene. But there’s enough remnants of Hernandez’s story strewn throughout the neighborhood for Gandhi, who narrates the ensuing overview, to pick up the pieces.

While they don’t reveal much new information, the investigation helps clarify the underlying hustle behind the stunts: A first-generation Mexican-American raised by a single mother, surrounded by gang life and socioeconomic anxiety from his childhood, Hernandez’s rapid-fire transformation into Tekashi comes across as a desperate survival act. “’69” unfolds through several dramatic chapter headings to show how an alienated neighborhood kid quickly found his calling in viral stardom. From “Danny the Bodega Boy” through “The Troll,” each passage of the movie provides a clear-eyed account of the way Hernandez found his assaultive purpose.

To be fair, do we even need to know more about Danny Dimes than we already do? He was a burger who became a rap star only to get extorted by his “friends” in exchange for street cred, was ultimately set-up by his crew for not spreading more wealth, and ended up a government informant who snitched on everyone. The end.

Still, we’re sure many a Tekashi fan (or hater) will tune into The Saga of Danny Hernandez just to get more fuel to love or hate the most polarizing rapper the game has ever seen, while Hip-Hop’s most infamous snitch continues to troll everyone in his post-prison life.

Keep in mind that this is just the first of a few documentaries or docuseries set to revolve around the life and times of Tekashi 6ix9ine. So expect more of the same with a few different perspectives about his life. Whether or not they’ll be worth watching remains to be seen. We feel like we’ve seen enough at this point.

Will you be checking out ’69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez on Hulu? Let us know in the comments.

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Three’s A Crowd: Jeezy Bans Gucci Mane’s Clone At ‘Verzuz’ Battle

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Fans are gearing up for the biggest trap event of the year starring a Jeezy and Gucci Mane face-off for Verzuz’s new season, and they are definitely taking virtual shots at each other leading up to their highly-anticipated episode. 

The announcement came as a surprise when Guwop first posted their shocking flyer on his Instagram account last Saturday (Nov. 14).  “Tell buddy Get ready Thursday Nov 19 @verzuztv Trap God vs Snowcone ❄ 🥶,” he teased in his caption. 

Followers on social media had a field day speculating whether the Verzuz battle was real or a hoax.  The long-time rivals have an extensive history of beef, after all. 

A day later, Jeezy confirmed on his social media that the match-up was indeed real and captioned it with a sneak-diss, reviving a conspiracy theory that rapidly infected Twitter timelines years ago.  “SAY lil guwop SEE YOU ON THE 19th,” he replied on Instagram. “DON’T SEND YA CLONE! BIG SNO⛄ #R2

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The news is a drastic change from Gucci Mane’s disinterest when the idea was first introduced to him.  In a recent interview on “The Breakfast Club,” Jeezy revealed that he was down to do the live show, but only if LaFlare would agree to match with him.  It didn’t go as well as he anticipated.

“Imma keep it a buck. When I even got the call about Verzuz, I got the call from Swizz,” Revolt TV reports. “Swizz called me. I was like, ‘Yo Swizz if I do it, it’s only one person I’ll do it with.’ And he was like, ‘Who?’ I was like, ‘Gucci. Reach out to him. Let me know what’s up. Swizz hit back and said he respectfully declined. Cool. Done. Kept it moving. I was gonna do it for the culture. We could’ve did it for the culture.”

If you recall, T.I. was initially matched with the Snowman for the premiere episode of Verzuz’s second season but has publically advocated for peace between the legends when quizzed about their hostile past.  

Clearly, he’s good with the new arrangement, which makes us wonder who would be the perfect opponent for the ExpediTIously podcaster. Here is a hint: It’s definitely not Busta Rhymes.

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RADIO ONE PHILADELPHIA’S HIP HOP 103.9 FM MOVES DOWN THE RADIO DIAL TO BECOME 100.3 FM

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The On-Air Lineup Will Also Make the Move to the New Spot on the Dial

Philadelphia, PA – November 16, 2020 – Radio One Philadelphia’s General Manager Ezio Torres announced today that Hip Hop 103.9 FM began its transition from the 103.9 FM to its new dial frequency – 100.3 FM. Paris Nicole led the transition with the broadcast of her show at 10:00 am, and all of the featured personalities and shows including the Morning Hustle (6am-10am), Paris Nicole (10am-3pm) The QuickSilva Show with Dominique Da Diva (3pm-7pm) and DJ Bran (7pm-12am) will follow throughout the week.

Radio One Philadelphia Station Manager, Ezio Torres stated, I’m excited about the updates to our Philadelphia Urban One cluster as this allows the audience and reach of each of our stations to expand.”

“I am very excited to have 103.9 upgraded to a stronger signal,” said Paris Nicole, Program Director of Radio One Philadelphia’s 100.3 R&B and Hip Hop. “This will take our station and our amazing lineup to the next level with the latest R&B and Hip Hop, which will now be heard on 100.3.”

To accommodate the transition of all the radio programs this week, 100.3 R&B and Hip Hop will simulcast on both the 103.9 and 100.3 frequencies to make listeners on both stations aware that the full transition will be made by Monday, November 23. Jay Dixon, acting Operations Manager and mid-day personality on Classix 107.9, will oversee the transition and updates along with Paris Nicole, who will work with the new 100.3 FM and continue to manage Praise 107.9 HD2 and Classix 107.9.

The station will merge the hip hop and R&B music formats, adding songs and elements that were played on both frequencies. 103.9 will add R&B music and 100.3 will add more mainstream Hip Hop. Fans of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the DL Hughley Show and Al B Sure in the evenings can now hear them on WRNB HD-2. Also, Urban One will launch a dedicated website and stream those shows at their regularly scheduled times as well.

“We’ve got a fierce team that’ll bring Philly an R&B and Hip Hop radio station like no other. Paris and her crew have been bringing the heat on 103.9, and now this move to 100.3 is the winning formula we need right now,” said Jay Dixon, Acting Operations Manager of Urban One Philadelphia. “Rickey

Smiley, DL Hughley will still bring the fun and laughter to WRNB HD-2, and we’re adding Love R&B with Al B Sure weeknights, giving Philly a complete young adult R&B listening experience they can enjoy 24/7!”

ABOUT URBAN ONE, INC.

Urban One, Inc. (urban1.com), together with its subsidiaries, is the largest diversified media company that primarily targets African-American and urban consumers in the United States. Urban One is the parent company of Radio One, Reach Media, Inc. (blackamericaweb.com), TV One (tvone.tv), CLEO TV (mycleo.tv), iOne Digital (ionedigital.com) and One Solution. Formerly known as Radio One, Inc., the company was founded in 1980 with a single radio station and now owns and/or operates 60 broadcast stations (including HD and low power television stations) in 14 urban markets in the United States, making it one of the nation’s largest radio broadcasting companies. The Company’s growth led to diversification into syndicated radio programming, cable television and online digital media. As a result, in 2017, Radio One, Inc. was renamed Urban One, Inc. to better reflect the Company’s multi-media operations. While the Company was renamed Urban One, Radio One remains the brand of the radio division and all of its radio assets. Through Reach Media, Inc., the Company operates nationally syndicated radio programming, including the Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the Russ Parr Morning Show, and the DL Hughley Show. TV One is a national cable television network serving more than 59 million households, offering a broad range of original programming, classic series, and movies designed to entertain, inform and inspire a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. Launched in January 2019, CLEO TV, is a lifestyle and entertainment cable television network targeting Millennial and Gen X women of color. iOne Digital is a collection of digital platforms providing the African American community with social, news and entertainment content across numerous branded websites, including Cassius, Bossip, HipHopWired, and MadameNoire branded websites. One Solution provides award-winning, fully integrated advertising solutions across the entire Urban One multi-media platform. Through its national, multi-media operations, the Company and One Solution provides advertisers with a unique and powerful delivery mechanism to African American and urban audiences. Finally, Urban One owns a minority interest in MGM National Harbor, a gaming resort located in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

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Comedian Sinbad Recovering From Recent Stroke

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Famed stand-up comedian Sinbad is currently recovering from a recent stroke. The comedian’s family confirmed the news with Variety on Monday (November 16), calling him a source of “love and joy.”

“It is out of sincere love that we share Sinbad, our beloved husband and father, is recovering from a recent stroke,” his family said in a statement. “Sinbad is a light source of love and joy for many generations. While he is beginning his road to recovery, we are faithful and optimistic that he will bring laughter into our hearts soon. Our family thanks you in advance for your love and support and ask for continued prayers for his healing. We also ask that you please respect our privacy during this time.’ Thank you.”

The 64-year-old star of such movies as First Kid, Jingle All The Way, Good Burger, and Necessary Roughness also gained fame by playing Walter Oakes on A DIfferent World for four seasons from 1987 to 1991.

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Tracy Morgan Surprises Residents At Brooklyn Community Center Opening

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Tracy Morgan kept it lowkey when he returned to his old stomping grounds in Bedford Stuyvesant last week. It was for a great cause, too.

On Nov. 6, the comedian surprised locals attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new multi-million dollar community center at Marcy Houses, causing a welcomed frenzy as soon as he was spotted at the event.

The Brooklyn Paper reports that the 3,200 square foot center was a two-year construction project at Marcy Avenue and Walton Street that built office space, two activity rooms, four bathrooms, and a community kitchen to service over 4,000 Marcy residents in the area.

Funding for the center was a collaborative effort facilitated by Bedford-Stuyvesant Councilman Robert Cornegy with a $4.6 million grant from Mayor de Blasio, and a $1.5 million allotment from Borough President Eric Adams.

Cornegy just so happens to be pals with Morgan, which explains why the comic popped-up and presented his friend with a chain from “The Last O.G.,” his hit television TBS show that filmed in the area.   

Morgan, a former resident of the nearby Tompkins Houses, reflected on the event and his own humble beginnings as a child growing up in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

“I had people to talk to when I was feeling a certain way, that’s why I’m where I’m at now,” Morgan said after showing up to the event unannounced in a Rolls Royce. “When young people don’t have that, that’s why they end up pregnant at 16, or doing 25-to-life, they didn’t have nobody to talk to, they succumbed to the pressures of it.”

The Brooklynite is no stranger to helping out causes his old neighborhood. In 2019 he donated $215,000 to renovate a playground at Marcy Park giving the area new asphalt, fresh backboards for basketball hoops and a fresh mural.  Days before that, he also partnered with Power 105.1 radio personality Angela Yee and local food vendors to host a block party to promote the new renovation.

In other news, a fan randomly spotted the “30 Rock” actor at a stoplight in The Bronx recently. He was hard to miss given the flashy car and N.O.R.E.’s “Nothin” blasting from the speakers. 

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Benny The Butcher Reportedly Shot In The Leg In Houston

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Benny The Butcher is the latest rapper in the state of Texas to suffer from a gunshot wound to the leg, and his condition is still largely unknown. According to still-developing reports, the Buffalo, N.Y. rapper was at a local Walmart where a group of men attempted to rob him and his crew.

TMZ has the breaking news:

Houston PD tells TMZ … the New York rapper was in town Saturday and visiting a local Walmart with a couple friends in tow. While they were in their car in the lot, we’re told a car with 5 guys inside pulled up next to them and whipped out guns … demanding their chains.

Apparently, Benny and co. were moving too slow for the alleged robbers’ liking … and cops say one of the 5 fired a round into Benny’s leg, which caused the crooks to flee. We’re told Benny and his friends booked it too, but eventually pulled over and called the police.

This comes just as Boosie Badazz is recovering from gunshot wounds after assailants opened fire on a sprinter van he was traveling in, also suffering from a bullet in the leg as well.

Whatever is going on in Texas, we’re hoping that Benny THe Butcher and Boosie Badazz both remain safe and pull through.

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Report: Boosie Badazz Hospitalized After Being Shot In The Leg In Dallas

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Boosie Badazz is being treated at a Dallas area hospital after he was shot in the leg on Saturday (November 14) in Dallas.

Boosie, who was in town as part of a candlelight vigil for rapper MO3, celebrated his 38th birthday on Saturday. According to multiple accounts, a shooting took place at popular Dallas haunt Big T’s between two other individuals where Boosie was simply caught in the crossfire. Boosie’s current condition is unknown as of press time.

The shooting is believed to be unrelated to a string of violence that has occurred in Dallas in the past week. On Thursday, popular Dallas rapper and dentist Dr. Rose was shot multiple times in his vehicle. He shared an update on Instagram, telling fans he’d be recovering.

MO3, who was signed to Boosie’s label, was shot and killed Wednesday (November 11) on I-35 near Clarendon Drive. The two had collaborated on Badazz MO3, a collaborative album released this past February and were spotted together frequently, including a recent appearance on Mike Tyson‘s Hotboxin With Mike Tyson podcast.

“I brought my bday n with tears n my eyes #LL3,” Boosie shared on Facebook. I then lost 2mqny people to ever be happy #f*ck2020.”

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Quando Rondo Says King Von Shooting Was “Self-Defense”

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Now that word has spread that the shooting death of King Von was due to a squabble with Quando Rondo and his crew in Atlanta last week, Quando Rondo is justifying the incident by claiming it was all in self-defense as he thought his life was at risk.

 

According to TMZ, sources close to Quando Rondo are claiming that his crew weren’t trying to fight with King Von when they ran into him outside of the Hookah Lounge and it was Von who was the aggressor in the fight. Apparently Quando Rondo was asleep in his car before waking up to an “angry” King Von and company. Evidently a fight broke out and unfortunately King Von and a few others were shot and killed.

Footage obtained by TMZ show King Von throwing punches at Rondo’s crew before the shooting occurred.