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DMX Checks Himself Into Rehab: A Personal Story

DMX has has had one helluva year. Known for making heart-tugging street songs and appearing in headlines, we’ve all seen his struggles throughout the years and now he has checked himself into rehab. Reports detail his trouble in the law but not many media outlets and journalists know Earl Simmons.

After being released from prison in January, X was back on track killing shows and making appearances. He recently appeared in GQ looking dapper, clean and ready to take over the world. Word of him working with Swizz Beats and resigning with Def Jam Records gave his loyal fans hope for an incredible new album…and then he checked himself back into rehab.

According to a post on Instagram on DMX”s page it says, “In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility. He apologizes for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support.”

Back in 1996, I was on my way to being a homeless teenager house-hopping in Harlem when I met DMX who friends and family called D.
I was a manicurist at the infamous African-American mall, Mart 125 and he approached my booth at closing asking for a manicure. He wasn’t famous at that time, but the Mart was known for the celebrities that visited because of its location directly across from the Apollo Theater. I was 17 years old and made a fair amount of money for a teen in high school. I had just purchased a plate of food from upstairs so I told him he had to wait until I was done eating and to ensure I would get the money I locked him in the nail booth and continued eating my food. He thought this was amusing and we began talking about hip-hop somehow and he mentioned he rapped. I asked him to rap and in true form he spit a verse and I was blown away. I did his nails and he became a customer and friend and he was always someone I could depend on. He often came to the Mart to visit the late Icepick Jay at Blackmen’s Jewelers where many of the Ruff Ryders met up to discuss business. During that year I learned a lot from him. Because I was the only girl around that knew hip hop, I would hangout in the studio while he recorded his classic debut album It’s Dark And Hell Is Hotand do whatever girl voices needed for his records. I watched in amazement when he recorded ‘Get At Me Dog’ and ended up punching vocals for an album cut called ‘ATF’ that later became a classic. I would hang out with him and his friend Dame Grease and they planned on taking over hip hop—and they did. In 1997 I finagled my way into the College Of Mount Saint Vincent through a HEOP scholarship and had no one to move me into the dorms. I called D and he and Dame Grease picked me up and drove me to my new home.That year DMX was everywhere. From features to movies to releasing 3 platinum albums in one year. He was on fire and being the same D I had grown to love.  It was refreshing to see a dude from the hood be himself in hip hop and Hollywood. Even as his fame grew he would show nothing but love and we would show me the same love D did back in 1996. He knew I loved Big Pun and called me to smoke a blunt with them inside Tower Records before a record signing. D was always himself and fast forward to know he still plays by his own rules.

While reports say he has checked himself into rehab, we must not forget the many contributions X has given to hip hop. He releases his pain, love and spirituality through his records and that’s exactly who he is. Many rappers create lifestyles on records and have a stylist create their style but Earl Simmons has always been the realist, most honest MC hip hop has to offer.

Let’s salute him and lift him up and never forget that summer he came in and changed the course of hip hop.

Check out this dope video made to the classic ‘ATF’ featuring Dame Grease and myself. Classic!

photo courtesy of Zoie Ellis Photography

video by Sturgis Issac 

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DMX Checks Into Rehab Facility, Cancels Shows

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Prayers up to Dark Man X. Yonkers rapper DMX, born Earl Simmons, has reportedly returned for a stint in rehab.

X’s handlers made the announcement via his Instagram page on Saturday (Oct. 12).

“In his ongoing commitment to putting family and sobriety first, DMX has checked himself into a rehab facility. He apologizes for his cancelled shows and thanks his fans for their continued support,” read the caption of a photo of X posted on the ‘Gram.

Reportedly, X was scheduled to perform with Three 6 Mafia in Memphis yesterday and at the Rolling Loud Festival in NYC today (Oct. 13).

The news comes after X was AWOL from a 35th Anniversary of Def Jam party he was scheduled to perform at last week. X was released from prison, after serving time for tax evasion, in January. His last rehab stint that we know of was in 2017, when things were going so well he opted to stay an additional 30 days.

Get well soon.

Justin Bieber Remixes 50 Cent’s Many Men

Pop star Justin Bieber released some new music and it isn’t what you would expect to hear from The Beibz. Beiber shared a video to his Instagram story of his remix to 50 Cent’s “Many Men.”

He begins by admitting that in the past he has made mistakes but now he is living his best life as a happy and healthy married man.

“Took a couple years off. Shed a couple of tears, dawg. Messed up here and there.No fear here dawg.”Got a wife, livin’ life, livin’ right, yeah, it’s tight. Gluten-free, look at me. Who would’ve thought I’d be nice. When I rap I will slap on the beat. I attack with the heat.No strap, I defeat, no cap.”

He then continues by saying that he admires his wife.

“My style is impeccable. My wife, yeah, I put her on a pedestal,” and then he says, “My life is like a movie, The Incredibles.”

He also discussed his battle with being addicted to Xanax but with his strong faith and determination, he is better.

“They put me on some medicine. I never thought that my depression would depend on it. I resented it…”

“Going hard, running on adrenaline. Been a victim of the system, I’m a Christian with a vision, I’m a gentleman.”

What are your thoughts on The Beibz take on “Many Men?” Here are 50’s.

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Issa Rae Becomes The Voice Of The Google Assistant

Issa Rae is expanding her resume! The Insecure writer, producer, and actress is now the voice of Google Assistant. In a tweet announcing her latest accomplishment, Issa rights, “I’m the new voice of the Google Assistant! Uh, What? Say “Hey Google,” #TalkLikeIssa” and I’ll answer your questions, tell jokes and even give you compliments. Try me!

In the nine-second ad, Issa says, “You can still call me your Google Assistant, now I just sound extra fly followed by her laughter.

According to Google, You’ll also hear Issa’s voice when you’re in the mood for a joke or when you’re seeking motivation. Here are a few ideas to get you started  with asking your Assistant, “Hey Google” “Do I need an umbrella today?”Tell me a secret.”What do you think of me?”Give me a quote from Issa Rae.”Sing a song.”

“Tell me a joke.”Or ask, “Mirror talk” or “How do I look?” for confidence-boosting affirmations.

Issa stays booked and busy. As we previously reported Issa along with Chef Gavin are executive producers of Butter + Brown

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BYU To Start First African-American Quarterback in School History

For the first time in the school’s almost 100 year history, Brigham Young University is going to start a Black quarterback in Saturday’s game. Redshirt Freshman Jaren Hall earned his start this weekend as they head to Tampa to face the South Florida Bulls.

BYU decided to make a change in what has been a rough season so far currently standing at 2-3. Hall, a native of Spanish Fork, Utah, made his 2019 debut on September 28 against the Toledo Rockets. Hall through 3 completions on 6 attempts for a total of 39 yards.

Hall is now getting his first start after the original starter, Zach Wilson, suffered a hand injury against Toledo.

“I’m very proud of my ancestors, very proud of my ethnicity and all the things that come with that,” Hall told the Salt Lake Tribune. “So, it is an honor and a privilege to be here and to be playing in this wonderful university.”

The 6’1 205 lb QB is a legacy BYU athlete. Both his father and brother played football for the university according to the school website. In high school, Hall earned Maple Mountain’s 2015 Offensive Football Player of the Year.

The BYU Cougars face off against the South Florida Bulls on Saturday 3:30 p.m. EST.

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Lil Kim Receives Faux Fur Jacket From PETA After Recent Anti-Fur Attack

PETA wants Lil Kim to join them.

Earlier this week, Lil Kim was stampeded by a herd of fur protestors outside of Verizon Media Studios. The recent “I Am Hip-Hop Award” recipient charged back at the unexpected protestors for invading her personal space before security stepped in to intervene. Because this has happened to celebrities before, Kim issued a statement to PETA following the attack.

“Peaceful protests mean more than anything,” said the Queen Bee.
I’m not telling you guys to stop. Keep going. Go ahead, PETA, keep doing what you do. I get it. I am supporting you from a distance if you’re not in my upper space trying to violate. At the end of the day, I understand what you’re fighting for.”

It was reported that PETA was not behind the aggression of the protestors nor the protest in general. The Animal Rights Organization responded with the gift of a faux fur jacket and a press release.

“Moving forward, it would be great to see Lil’ Kim commit to refusing to wear animal fur, joining the ranks of other compassionate celebrities,” PETA stated.

No word on whether the Queen Bee will accept their peace offering.

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Casanova 2x Barred From Performing at Rolling Loud NYC

Casanova 2x is still feeling the lingering effects of being a convicted felon in New York City. The Brooklyn born rapper will no longer be performing at Rolling Loud NYC on Sunday in what he says is a result of his 2007 conviction.

“I lost everything I ever loved and I’m STILL losing. So much so that “they” won’t allow me to perform at Rolling Loud NYC on Sunday,” Cas wrote on Instagram. “It’s unfair and unfortunate that my past, which I’ve dealt with legally and personally, continues to stigmatize me and my career as a recording artist. I’m at war with my past and the scars that they still leave on me everyday.”

Rolling Loud would’ve been a great venue to promote his new album Behind These Scars that he dropped on Friday. Casanova has a tour of his own starting December 1st in Cleveland and as of now is set to end on December 12th in New Haven, Connecticut.

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I JUST WANNA LIVE. My last felony conviction was 2007. I lost everything I ever loved and I’m STILL losing. So much so that “they” won’t allow me to perform at Rolling Loud NYC on Sunday. It’s unfair and unfortunate that my past, which I’ve dealt with legally and personally, continues to stigmatize me and my career as a recording artist. I’m at war with my past and the scars that they still leave on me everyday. I will continue to fight against biases and advocate for those facing this same issue. I’ll do what do what I can to make it up to y’all. In the meantime, you can catch me on my Behind These Scars tour or another Rolling Loud in the future. Drop a if you’re free from the system and drop a ✊🏾 on behalf of friends and family who aren’t. #BehindTheseScars ALBUM OUT NOW.

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If any rapper could relate to the RocNation artists struggle it’s Meek Mill, who was once barred from touring due to probation restrictions. Meek recently beat his case and has been advocating for criminal justice reform; it seems as though Cas wishes to do the same.

“I will continue to fight against biases and advocate for those facing this same issue,” Casanova wrote on Instagram.

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Black Dollar Bar Crawl Hits Brooklyn In Homage To Indigenous Peoples’ Day

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Bar hopping for a cause? Why not?

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The Black Dollar Bar Crawl aims to provide a fun, engaging and safe atmosphere for young, Black professionals while simultaneously supporting Black-owned businesses in their community.

Earlier this year, the B$BC’s first event was in honor of Juneteenth and the proceeds were used to help keep Brooklyn’s Weeksville Center open. With a new fall season on deck, and as a way of paying homage to “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” a percentage of the proceeds from the next crawl will go to the American Indian Community House, an organization focused on increasing the visibility of American-Indian cultures in urban settings.

A couple of spots on the itinerary include Mo’s Bar, Chance11 and Basquiat’s Bottle. “Our initiative at the end of the day is to spread love to our places of business and to give back to charity,” says organizer Daemon “Tubbs” Snead.

The festivities go down Sunday, October 14, starting at 2pm sharp. Tickets are still available right here.

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Black Dollar Bar Crawl

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