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Frank Ocean Beats Father's $14.5M Libel Lawsuit

Frank Ocean has reportedly beat a $14.5 million libel suit stemming from accusations made by his estranged father, Calvin Cooksey. On Tuesday (October 17), a California federal judge ruled during the trial Cooksey hadn’t proved his Grammy Award-winning son defamed him with a 2016 Tumblr post. In the original post, Ocean claimed his father called a transgender waitress a “faggot” when he was a child.

According to Law360, U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson said that while the court doesn’t have to rule whether the statement was truthful, Cooksey had still failed to meet necessary elements to make his defamation claim.

Cooksey was seeking the $14.5 million settlement for costing him “future financial opportunities.”

Ocean’s attorney Keith G. Bremer told Pitchfork, “It was a super sad case. I am sorry that my client had to go through this and am glad that we could bring closure.”

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DJ Khaled Named 1st Ever Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment Ambassador

It looks like there’s “another one” for the continually-buzzing DJ Khaled. Adding to his tally endorsement and business dealings, the Miami social media star has been named as the first-ever artist ambassador for Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment.

From NetsDaily.com:

DJ Khaled will command BSE’s various social media accounts and curate artist and DJ lineups for the Barclays Center and NYCB LIVE venues. This Friday (Oct. 20), the “Wild Thoughts” artist will also open Billboard Lounge at the Barclays Center following the Brooklyn Nets home game.

Photo: WENN.com

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OMB Peezy Debuts "Word Of Mouth" Documentary & Joins Tee Grizzley's Tour

OMB Peezy might be Hip Hop’s next breakout star. The Alabama native has released multiple quality cuts under the mentorship E-40 and signed a deal with 300 Entertainment earlier this year. As his ascent in the rap game begins, the talented MC is giving fans a glimpse at what life is like for an emerging artist by releasing a new documentary.

HipHopDX is proud to premiere Word Of Mouth, a behind-the-scenes look at Peezy’s journey. The documentary features a mix interviews with the “Lay Down” rapper, studio and concert footage, and sit-downs with those who’ve helped him along the way — including E-40.

“I made the documentary because I wanted people to see me in the present, as I’m learning and building my brand from day one,” he told DX. “I want the fans to take the journey with me as it happens. Getting E-40 to be a part it was very important because he has been a big part my career thus far. 40 is one the main people I learned the music industry from and how to move as a rapper.”

In addition to the short film, Peezy has also announced that he’ll be part Tee Grizzley’s upcoming Ain’t It A Blessing tour along with Lud Foe and Sada Baby. The shows begin on October 4 in Seattle, Washington then conclude on October 30 in Detroit, Michigan.

Check out the tour dates below and watch Word Of Mouth above.

OMB Peezy Debuts "Word Of Mouth" Documentary & Joins Tee Grizzley's Tour

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Universal Hip Hop Museum Coming To The Bronx

The Bronx, New York City – The Universal Hip Hop Museum is setting up shop in The Bronx, the New York City Economic Development Corporation announced Friday (September 22).

The museum will use technology to create a multi-generational experience featuring music, artifacts, video and photography, research areas, and a performance stage, Executive Director Rocky Bucano says, according to DNAinfo.

“The museum will be a long-awaited] home for the world’s most popular art form, hip-hop culture … bringing hip-hop back to the Bronx where it originated from,” Bucano said. “It’s gonna be a complete history hip-hop.”

The museum has a long list Hip Hop stars sitting on its Board Trustees. Kurtis Blow serves as the museum’s Chairman the Board, Ice-T sits on its Founding Board Directors, and DMC is an Advisory Board Member. In addition, Big Daddy Kane, Rakim, LL Cool J and Q-Tip, among others, serve as Cultural Ambassadors, while dozens Hip Hop artists serve as Honorary Advisory Board Members.

“The Universal Hip Hop Museum may be the single most important project for the preservation Hip Hop culture,” Kurtis Blow said in statement. “This new cultural institution will be a great new tourism destination for NYC and the Bronx. What a great day for Hip-Hop! Our four years hard team work has paid f. I thank God, as I am elated to know that this mecca devoted to the cultural phenomenon Hip-Hop will preserve not only my legacy, but also the legacies many others for the world to see.”

The project, which will be delivered in two phases, is part a large-scale development that will turn a vacant site along the Harlem River into a waterfront hotspot dubbed “Bronx Point.” In addition to the Universal Hip Hop Museum, the development is set to incorporate a state--the-art multiplex theater, education space and up to 1,045 units affordable housing. The site is located adjacent to Mill Pond Park and the 145th Street Bridge that connects to Upper Manhattan. The first phase the plan is expected to be complete by 2022.

“Today, we are excited to announce the activation this long-vacant waterfront site with high-quality public open space, over 600 units permanently affordable housing, and a range cultural facilities that pay homage to the boogie down Bronx,” said New York City Economic Development Corporation President and CEO James Patchett.

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Donald Trump Doesn’t Care About Brown People

Over the past weekend, Donald Trump let f numerous tweets warring with the NFL over its players having the audacity to kneel in protest. This is what the alt-President focused on instead the devastation in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria left over 3M United States citizens without power. 

The series tweets that Cheeto finally mustered mentioned Puerto Rico, a US commonwealth, being in debt. A quizzical inclusion considering it doesn’t matter how affluent people are who need food, water and shelter.

“Texas & Florida are doing great but Puerto Rico, which was already suffering from broken infrastructure & massive debt, is in deep trouble,” he tweeted. “It’s old electrical grid, which was in terrible shape, was devastated. Much the Island was destroyed, with billions dollars…….owed to Wall Street and the banks which, sadly, must be dealt with. Food, water and medical are top priorities – and doing well. #FEMA.”

This, only after other tweets bigging up what the White House looks like, an asinine retweet using the late Pat Tillman to justify his “respect the flag” red herring and other examples  peak tone deafness.

Also, what report has anyone seen that says the people Puerto Rico are “doing well.”

Now ask yourself, what color are the people in Puerto Rico?

Donald Trump doesn’t care about brown people.

Donald Trump Doesn’t Care About Brown People

Photo: WENN.com

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Drake Gets A Denzel Washington Tattoo Because, Well, We Don’t Know

You can file this latest Drake decision under the “WTF?” category.

It’s become evident that the 6 God has an affinity for getting some his favorite music artists such as Sade and Lil Wayne inked on his person, but now Drizzy caught everyone f guard by getting Denzel Washington tatted on his arm.

Wait, huh?

In an IG post by tattoo artist Inal Bersekov, it was revealed that Drake was in the process getting a portrait Denzel’s Mo’ Better Blues character Bleek Gilliam.

While the Spike Lee joint was dope and Denzel himself was excellence personified as usual, it’s still a pretty random likeness to get on ones person. Does Drake have some kind personal connection to the fictional character? Is that just his favorite Denzel Washington performance? We don’t know. It does look ficial tho.

What we do know is that Drake also commissioned a tattoo his fallen OVO homie Fif who was killed in Toronto just last week.

By the time Drake is done getting tattoos the people he has love for his body he will be a walking tribute to pop culture references the 90’s and beyond.

Photo: WENN.com

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Christopher “Kid” Reid Says He Wasn’t Trying To Slander Colin Kaepernick

Looks like Kid was just playing when he decided it would be funny to mock socially “controversial” quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

After being outed as “the white guy” in that now infamous image that Jason Whit(e)lock tweeted out a few weeks ago an upcoming segment mocking the Superbowl QB, Christopher ‘Kid’ Reid felt it was time to address the situation.

After getting properly dragged on social media, Reid released a statement on his Facebook page to explain his involvement while taking a few potshots at the Fox Sports 1’s conservative TV personality saying, ““Let me address the elephant in the room (and no, I don’t mean Whitlock)….Look, I get it-taking a pic with Jason Whitlock is like taking a pic with Samuel L. Jackson in ‘Django’-most people might be perplexed by this act and others will get litty on you and call you a ‘coon’, ‘sellout’ or even worse. These are the pitfalls a public life. I accept them.”

Reid then laid out how he himself has no problem with Kap and has witnessed firsthand the police brutality that Colin is standing up (or kneeling rather) against.

“Let me be clear-the skit and photo were not meant to disrespect Colin’s message or political stance. Rather, we wanted to spo the media’s treatment him and the circus that has been created. I understand that Whitlock has been a vocal critic Colin so the optics the photo have got me looking crazy. But anyone who knows me knows where I stand on Colin Kaepernick-exactly where he stands. Being born and raised in NYC I grew up seeing and reading about dozens acts police brutality. And the same way we know the names Tamir Rice, Philando Castile and Michael Brown today, I grew up knowing the same fate had come to Eleanor Bumpurs, Amadou Diallo, and Abner Louima. Sadly, little has changed.”

And while he does seem to be copping a plea in his lengthy Facebook post, he does acknowledge that he done f’d up.

“Moving forward, I recognize the danger optics without proper explanation-people race to their own conclusions, good and bad. I also have to accept my part in this controversy-the fact that my rep was taking hits was shocking at first-but I’ve come to a healthy understanding how some people were dismayed by what went down.”

In short, Kid wasn’t tryin’ to hurt nobody.

Peep the entire statement below and let us know if this lets Kid f the hook or if it’s too little too late.

Photo: Twitter

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Christopher "Kid" Reid Claims He Wasn't Trying To Disrespect Colin Kaepernick

Christopher “Kid” Reid has finally responded to the controversy sparked by his portrayal former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. In a post on a Facebook, the Kid ‘n Play member addressed his involvement in an unaired skit with Fox Sports 1’s Jason Whitlock, an outspoken critic Kaepernick.

“Let me address the elephant in the room (and no, I don’t mean Whitlock),” he wrote. “Look, I get it-taking a pic with Jason Whitlock is like taking a pic with Samuel L. Jackson in ‘Django’-most people might be perplexed by this act and others will get litty on you and call you a ‘coon’, ‘sellout’ or even worse. These are the pitfalls a public life. I accept them.”

Reid said he had no intention disrespecting Kaepernick, who has been unable to land a job in the NFL following his 2016 protest the national anthem.

“Let me be clear-the skit and photo were not meant to disrespect Colin’s message or political stance,” he continued. “Rather, we wanted to spo the media’s treatment him and the circus that has been created. I understand that Whitlock has been a vocal critic Colin so the optics the photo have got me looking crazy. But anyone who knows me knows where I stand on Colin Kaepernick-exactly where he stands. Being born and raised in NYC I grew up seeing and reading about dozens acts police brutality. And the same way we know the names Tamir Rice, Philando Castile and Michael Brown today, I grew up knowing the same fate had come to Eleanor Bumpurs, Amadou Diallo, and Abner Louima. Sadly, little has changed.”

Kid capped f his explanation by noting that he’s built friendships with polarizing people, but he now realizes the “danger optics without proper explanation.”

“Over the years I have collected my share controversial friends,” he wrote. “People like Bill Maher, Charlemagne tha God, and a whole host rappers and actors come quickly to mind. But that doesn’t mean we share the same opinion on all topics. As friends, we have vigorous discussions on sensitive issues and many times we agree to disagree. Moving forward, I recognize the danger optics without proper explanation-people race to their own conclusions, good and bad. I also have to accept my part in this controversy-the fact that my rep was taking hits was shocking at first-but I’ve come to a healthy understanding how some people were dismayed by what went down.”

Read Kid’s entire Facebook post below.

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A$AP Rocky & Under Armour Announce Partnership To Help Underserved Communities

Back in early July, word dropped that Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye was teaming with Under Armour to help design their kicks and fits. Today (Sept. 15), A$AP Rocky and the athletic apparel brand announced a strategic partnership with the goal aiding the lives youth in underserved communities. 

Along with developing new gear, A$AP and UA plan create a series “philanthropic community-based programs.” Some those immediate moves include refreshing and creating new community centers inBaltimore, Los Angeles and New York community students and families can go to express themselves sport, art, fashion and music.

“I wanted more than a collaboration partner,’” said Rocky, who plans to also be an instructor, a press release. “The only way to achieve this is with someone who is likeminded. The Under Armour team, and especially CEO and Founder Kevin Plank, has a shared vision, enthusiasm, and desire to do the same.”

He added, “I grew up in Harlem, and had limited resources to channel my inner creativity, so I spent too much time on the streets when I should have been more productive. I now have the ability to create a better situation for today’s kids so they can go from school to a safe place to create without boundaries. Under Armour was the company that was most excited about my idea to turn sportswear products on their head while bettering kids’ lives.”

The forthcoming collection is set to feature “elevated lifestyle products” and will be housed amidst Under Armour Sportswear. 

While Under Armous has made strides sports and entertainment figures like Stephen Curry and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, A$AP is the first artist to get down.

“Our relationship with Rocky is a first for Under Armour; he is one the most influential style leaders working f field in the world today and we respect his pure creative expertise and passion for culture and community,” said Todd Montesano, SVP Global Entertainment and Partnerships, a press release, adding. “We believe Rocky will undoubtedly provide an impact across our business and it is our intent to empower him and his numerous talents to explore new product avenues. Furthering our unique and truly first--its-kind partnership together, we’ll prioritize giving back in disadvantaged communities, particularly with the youth America.”

A$AP Rocky is for the kids.

We look forward to seeing what this partnership creates.

Photo: Getty

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