(AP) – Cardi B is shutting down the rumor that her and rapper Offset’s break-up is just a publicity stunt. She said in an Instagram Live session over the weekend that she would never put her family in a bad name.
She also said the relationship was not fake, and they were truly in love. Cardi B and Offset are married, and share a five-month-old daughter. Cardi B announced that they were splitting up last week.
(New Orleans, LA-AP) — New Orleans police are investigating a homicide that claimed a local rapper early Monday morning. Officers responded to a call around 1:30 a.m. outside of a Waffle House where they found a 34-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound.
The victim has been identified as Theodore Jones, also known as New Orleans rapper Young Greatness. Investigators are gathering evidence and information to find the person responsible for the shooting.
(New York, NY) – Just go home and stay in the house for a bit. When trouble finds you wherever you go, sometimes that’s a hint that you need to sit down for a bit. Just as Rapper Tekashi69 tried to breath a sigh of relief after being sentenced to 4 years probation on a charge of using a 13-year old child in a sexual performance, the rapper might face a new charge or civil suit after a man was shot at his ‘jail-avoidance party’.Police say it happened after two men approached the rapper’s entourage and got into an altercation after being rejected entry. It was Friday at Philippe Chow’s restaurant in Manhattan. Authorities say after Zachary Bunce and Faheem Walter were turned away they came back and started a brawl. Chairs were thrown and one of Tekashi69’s security guards shot Faheem Walter in the abdomen. He is said to be in stable condition.
Bunce and Walter were arrested.
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(Los Angeles, CA) – If there was ever a real bogey man, ask anybody in the music industry and they’d probably say Suge Knight was it. Using a street mentality and no limit scare and enforcement tactics, the former football player was able to turn Death Row Records into one of the most profitable labels in the business. With a roster that once included Snoop Dogg, Tupac and Dr. Dre, it’s easy to see how Knight was able to build the empire that he did.
But in the faithful words of Reality star Nene Leakes,’You never win when you’re dirty.’ And that empire crumbled about as fast as it was built and life and business continued to roll downhill for knight.
His recent troubles involve manslaughter in which Suge was seen on video running over a man in his truck at a Compton burger establishment three years ago. His trial for murder, attmepted murder and hit-and-run was set to start with jury selection on Monday. But, the former Death Row Executive was in court yesterday to enter a no contest plea to voluntary manslaughter and see a host of other charges dropped. In the deal, he’ll serve 28 years in prison.
(SL) – Johnny Depp’s movie about the murder investigations of rappers Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. is being pulled just one month before it was scheduled to premier.
The distribution company, Global Road Entertainment, says there’s no new release date for the film, City of Lies, that was scheduled to open September 7th. The decision comes a month after a former location manager sued Depp, alleging assault. Gregg Rocky Brooks claims Depp punched him in the ribs twice and verbally assaulted him on set.
Brooks says he was fired from City of Lies when he refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement that would have blocked him from suing Depp.
(Philadelphia, PA) – Jay-Z is criticizing the Philadelphia mayor’s decision to keep his annual Made In America music festival out of the city next year. The rapper said in an open letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer that Mayor Jim Kenney has banned the festival from taking place at the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The event has been held there every year since 2012. Jay-Z said he is disappointed because Kenney allegedly made the decision without speaking to him about it first. He also claims Kenney tried to keep Made In America out of the Parkway this year.
Jay-Z says having it in Philadelphia is integral because the city and the festival both represent the same ideals. He also claims that Made in America has helped boost the city’s tourism.
(Houston, TX) – Tekashi 6ix9ine is still in jail for an alleged fight with a teenager. The rapper was arrested on Wednesday on an outstanding warrant for supposedly putting his hands around a 16-year-old’s neck at a mall in Houston, Texas earlier this year.
A judge denied 6ix9ine’s bail request yesterday, and called him a flight risk.
(South Carolina) – Officials in South Carolina will not be reopening a 17-year-old rape case against Charlamagne Tha God. The Blast reports that a 35-year-old woman was looking into taking the radio presenter back to court for allegedly assaulting her at a party in 2001, when she was 15.The state will not be pursuing it because he entered a plea deal at the time and served three years probation. Charlamagne Tha God still maintains his innocence.
(SL) – Actress Scarlett Johansson is backing out of a movie in which she was going to play a transgender man. She dropped the movie because of heavy backlash from the LGBTQ community over the casting choice.
Trans actors criticized Johansson for taking the role, citing that it’s hard for trans people to get work as it is. She was set to play real-life trans man Dante “Tex” Gill in director Rupert Sanders’ upcoming crime drama Rub & Tug. Tex was a trans man who ran a prostitution ring out of his massage parlor in the seventies.
In her statement, Johansson said, “In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project…. I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues.”