Archives for July 2019

Jennifer Lopez to Play Griselda Blanco in ‘The Godmother’

Jennifer Lopez is set to become the cocaine queen as she will play Griselda Blanco in the forthcoming film called The Godmother.

Lopez is set to produce the film for STX Film and will detail the Colombian drug queen’s rise to power of the Medellin Cartel in Miami. Blanco was also known as “The Black Widow” for her infamous murders of her husbands and lovers over her cocaine career.

“I’ve been forever fascinated by the story of Griselda Blanco and jumped at the chance to play her on screen,” said Lopez in a statement, according to Variety. “She is all things we look for in storytelling and dynamic characters — notorious, ambitious, conniving, chilling. In a genre dominated by legendary kingpins, I’m eager to shine a spotlight on this anti-hero and excited to partner with STX for the third time so we can bring this compelling, complicated story to life.”

Blanco was one of the world’s biggest drug lords and was reportedly worth over $2 billion. She was murdered in Colombia in 2012.

The Godmother will be the third joint project between STXfilms and JLo. The previous efforts from the two include last year’s Second Act comedy and the upcoming Hustlers film, which drops on September 13.

“We love working with Jennifer, Elaine and Benny. They are extraordinary producers and we value their partnership and trust,” said STXFilms chairman Adam Fogelson. “This is an epic true crime story that Jennifer is passionate about telling and we can’t wait to begin production on ‘The Godmother’ with her and her team.”

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Video Surfaces of A$AP Rocky’s Bodyguard Choke Slamming Alleged Victim

TMZ posted a new video today that shows another perspective of what went down with A$AP Rocky in Sweden.

The video below was allegedly recorded before the alleged victim, Mustafa Jafari, threw a punch and his headphones at the rapper’s bodyguard. Meaning, it happened before the street brawl broke out.

Jafari claims self-defense for hitting the security guard and he managed to get let off with a slap on the wrist. However, the Harlem rapper’s bodyguard has not been charged despite the recording above.

A$AP Rocky and two members of his entourage have been sitting up in a Sweden prison cell for over two weeks for an assault charge, which he plead not guilty for. His trial began this week and he was charged with criminal assault. If convicted, he can face up to two years in prison.

There’s no telling if this new video will sway the verdict.

Flacko’s first hearing was on Tuesday at Stockholm District Court. The courtroom is heavily secured and closed off to the public. His mother, Renee Black, was in attendance as well as a presidential envoy sent by President Donald Trump himself.

He’s putting in overtime for that Black vote to continue his Russian assignments. #FreeFlacko

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Official ‘Queen and Slim’ Trailer is Here

The teaser for the upcoming movie, Queen and Slim, premiered during the BET Awards and left viewers wanting more. The full trailer is finally here.

The flick follows Queen, (Jodie Turner-Smith) and Slim (Daniel Kaluuya) who ends up on the run after they went on a date and ended up killing a police officer. Along their journey, they encounter a number of cast members including  Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny, and more.

Here’s the film’s synopsis straight from the press release:

While on a forgettable first date together in Ohio, a black man (Get Out’s Daniel Kaluuya) and a black woman (Jodie Turner-Smith, in her first starring feature-film role), are pulled over for a minor traffic infraction. The situation escalates, with sudden and tragic results, when the man kills the police officer in self-defense. Terrified and in fear for their lives, the man, a retail employee, and the woman, a criminal defense lawyer, are forced to go on the run. But the incident is captured on video and goes viral, and the couple unwittingly become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people across the country.

As they drive, these two unlikely fugitives will discover themselves and each other in the most dire and desperate of circumstances, and will forge a deep and powerful love that will reveal their shared humanity and shape the rest of their lives.

Check out the trailer and poster below. The Melina Matsoukas and Lena Waithe-project, Queen and Slim will hit theaters on Thanksgiving.

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Nicki Minaj Says Kanye West is A Born Again Christian

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Looks like Kanye West has found God, again.

In her 14th installment of Queen Radio, Nicki Minaj was chopping it up with Chicago’s own Chance The Rapper when she revealed that in a conversation she had with Kanye West, Yeezus told her that he’s a Born Again Christian. W

ait, so what was he exactly when he dropped “Jesus Walks”?

Either way this fits right in with his recent Sunday Service events which featured special guests like DMX and was the talk of Coachella this past Spring. That and the fact that he’s supposed to be working on Christian music with 112.

During the topic of spiritualism and religion, Nicki talked about how she feels people automatically assume artists aren’t into religion and that Kanye told her about his newfound faith.

“Sometimes in the music business, we think that other artists don’t believe in God or aren’t spiritual as we are, and stuff like that. So we automatically go to the normal, ‘Oh, what up?’… and then when you find people, because I just was with Kanye, and he told me he’s a born-again Christian now. Like my first instinct was, ‘I’m so proud of you,’ because I could see there’s a peace that he has now that just surpasses everything. And that’s what God gives you.”

Good for Kanye if he feels that’s what makes him feel whole, but we’re not gonna forget he said that Donald Trump’s MAGA hat makes him feel like “Superman” nor that slavery was a choice.

Check out the clip below and let us know if Kanye’s Born-Again status makes sense now.

Fade Administration: Black Dad Delivered Double Fade At OKC Pool After Racist White Man Attacked

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A Black father in Oklahoma City was attempting to enjoy a day out at the pool with his children earlier in the month when a white man began attacking him, prompting the father to deliver a fade. When the attacker returned with a baseball bat after getting knocked out, a second fade was promptly administered.

Local outlet News 9 reports:

Witnesses and police said 28-year-old Joshua Valentine targeted a black man, who was at the swimming pool to watch his kids. Police said Valentine verbally then physically attacked the victim with a closed fist. The victim, however, turned the tables on Valentine, and knocked him out.

When Valentine awoke a few minutes later, he left the pool area, then returned with a baseball bat. Police and witnesses said he swung at the victim, who not only fended Valentine off with a chair, the victim then struck Valentine several times with his fist, knocking Valentine out a second time.

The outlet adds that Valentine spent six days in jail on charges of malicious harassment based on race.

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‘NBA Live 20’ Gets Its Wig Pushed Back To Late 2019 By EA Sports

Source: EA / NBA Live 19

It’s been crickets out of EA in regards to the next version of its basketball video game franchise NBA Live. Some began to wonder if NBA live 20 was going to happen at all after its absence from EA Play. Fan’s can take a deep breath in knowing the game is still coming but just at a later date.

EA’s financial report released on Tuesday (July 30) has the game listed for the third fiscal quarter of 2019 giving it a release timetable between October 1st and December 31st. NBA Live 20 was initially slated for a September release, hitting shelves the same week as its predecessor Live 19.

Speaking with Polygon, a representative for EA explained the game’s delay claiming some changes are coming to NBA Live.

“We’re planning a different approach to NBA Live this year, and will have more to share in the quarter ahead.”

During the company’s earnings call an EA executive confirmed Live 20 being a part of the studio’s plans by stating it’s still “excited” to release the game. If you need any more confirmation the game is coming, DJDTP confirmed he will be returning to work on the game’s soundtrack. He previously worked on NBA Live 19’s musical vibes.

Now, this doesn’t mean the game still can’t be shelved. EA has a history of putting past NBA Live titles on the chopping block. After gamers uncovered a hilarious glitch in NBA Elite 11 while playing the game’s demo, the studio decided to cancel the game altogether. NBA Live 17 was also canceled so the studio could put all of its focus into NBA Live 18.

Meanwhile, NBA Live’s direct competitor NBA 2K20 is right on schedule. We already know Anthony Davis, and Dwayne Wade are the cover stars. Plus yesterday it was announced that Zion Williamson signed a multiyear partnership deal with 2K to be various game initiatives, consumer events, brand creative, and social activations.

Photo: EA / NBA Live 19

Philadelphia Rapper Bankroll Gambino Killed In Drive-By Shooting, 5 Others Injured

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A 21-year-old rapper on the rise fell victim to gun violence over the weekend in Philadelphia as he was in the midst of shooting a music video. Ezra Weah, also known as Bankroll Gambino, was shot and killed this past Sunday in a nighttime drive-by shooting that left five others injured as well.

NBC Philadelphia reports:

Ezra Weah, who went by the stage name Bankroll Gambino, was with a group of people in front of a home on the 2600 block of Carroll Street around 8:20 p.m. when an unidentified gunman opened fire.

Weah, 21, was shot in the head and died at the scene. Five other men in their 20s were also shot. Three of the survivors are in critical condition while the other two are stable.

“I went upstairs in my room and then all of a sudden you hear all these shots,” Sabrie Comer told NBC10. “I came outside, you see two guys laying on top of each other. One guy on the step. One guy right across the street from me laying across the car shot up. It was just a mess.”

The outlet adds that in the wee hours of Sunday morning, Weah survived a shooting attempt. Authorities also believe that members of Bankroll Gambino’s crew might be on the hunt themselves for the gunmen who took the rapper’s life.

Rest powerfully in peace to Bankroll Gambino.

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Mariah Carey Congratulates Lil Nas X on Breaking Her ‘Billboard’ Record

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Regardless of all the hate he’s gotten for being a Black artist with a hit country record in “Old Country Road” or for coming out as gay on World Pride Day, Lil Nas X continues to chug along with his career and has now officially dethroned Mariah Carey’s 1995 hit “One Sweet Day” to claim the longest number 1 record on Billboard’s Top 100 chart.

X’s “Old Country Road” has been the top song in the country for the past 17 weeks, ousting Mariah Carey’s Boyz II Men assisted hit and it’s 16 week record. And while some artists would be salty about losing that historic record, Mariah took to IG to congratulate the Atlanta artist on the accomplishment.

With a picture that shows Mariah passing the torch to X, Carey added a caption praising X for the achievement writing “Sending love & congrats to @lilnasx on breaking one of the longest running records in music history! We’ve been blessed to hold this record with a song that means a great deal to@BoyzIIMen and myself and has touched so many. Keep living your best life! ❤ One Sweet Day will always hold a special place in my heart and I want to thank anyone who’s ever told me how this song has affected them and their loved ones.”

Luckily for everyone Mariah Carey doesn’t have fans cut from the same cloth as say those found in the MAGA crowd so we don’t expect too much outrage on social media from these developments.

Congrats to Lil Nas X for defying the odds and giving his haters a taste of humble pie.

50 Cent Reportedly Wins Another $4K in Teairra Mari Lawsuit

The 50 Cent and Teairra Mari saga continue.

A judge ordered the Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood star to pay Fif’ $30,000 at the top of the year, which 50 says she has yet to pay back in February. If you thought that was bad, the singer has been ordered to pay an additional $4,392.50 for not paying.

The Blast broke the news on Tuesday, and the Power star and producer took a screenshot of the article and re-posted it on social media to taunt her. “Stop f–king playing with me,IM NOT GONNA LOSE.”

One user commented, “He gone sue her for the cardboard box she livin in next 🤣.” To which he replied,

Mari reportedly asked the judge to deny the $4K sanction because of the mogul’s cyberbullying, but that clearly didn’t work out in her favor.

Teairra sued 50 Cent for allegedly being in co-hoots with her ex-boyfriend to release their sex tape on social media. She was represented by famed attorney, Lisa Bloom. But the case was dismissed and she was ordered to pay $30K to cover a portion of his legal fees. The Blast reports the total of the Queens native’s legal fees is $161,660.15.

The singer has tried to make light of the situation that she “ain’t got it.” But it’s passed Monday and Fofty is not playing with her.

Should he take it easy on her or is this a justified punishment for dragging him into her revenge porn lawsuit?

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Eminem’s Extremely Rare 2017 Air Jordan 4 “Encore” Colorway Is Raffling for $100 USD on NTWRK

NTWRK is in its second week of summer raffle drawings, and the latest might be the best one yet: a pair of Eminem’s super rare Air Jordan 4 “Encore” sneakers from 2017 will be sold for only $100 USD.

While a c-note isn’t the cheapest price you can pay for a pair of Jordans, if definitely beats the $45,000 USD value for this particular release. The high price is based off the clean colorway and the fact that it was an extremely limited drop when it debuted two years ago.

Here’s a quick description of the coveted kicks, via NTWRK:

“Released in 2017, these extremely limited sneakers were limited to only 23 pairs when they came out. This friends and family edition includes a blue suede upper, a white air pocket, a black and grey midsole with Eminem stitched onto the tongues.”

The design is directly influenced by Em’s quadruple-platinum-selling 2004 LP, with the upper decked out in a blue suede synonymous with the curtains on the album cover. Drawings have officially been open as of today at 7AM PT / 10AM ET, and will run until 6PM PT / 9PM ET. The winner will then be announced at 7PM PT / 10PM ET. Entry is 100% free, but you must have The NTWRK app downloaded in order to do so.

Enter now for a chance to cop the Eminem x Air Jordan 4 “Encore” from 2017, valued at a whopping $45,000 USD, for just $100 USD by heading over to Good luck!

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