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Comedian Michael Blackson Proposes To Girlfriend During 'Breakfast Club' Interview, 'BYE SIDE B*TCHES!'

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He put a ring on it! Comedian Michael Blackson popped the question to his girlfriend Rada during a live interview with "The Breakfast Club." Watch the comedian get down on one knee inside...

Wedding bells will be ringing soon!

Comedian Michael Blackson just popped the question to his girlfriend Rada and she said YES!

The Coming 2 America star made a stop by Power 105's "The Breakfast Club" for an interview. However, he did more than just talk. Michael Blackson upgraded his relationship with his girlfriend of two years.

The topic of marriage came up and the actor/comedian said he felt Rada was "the one."

"I've never had a woman to have my back like her," he said about Rada. "I've never had a woman that's this loyal to me."

DJ Envy asked Michael Blackson if he would get married and he said he would. Then, he called his girlfriend Rada inside the studio. Next thing you know, Michael got down on one knee and asked for her name in marriage.

Check it:

"Bye, side b*tches!," Rada responded after he put the ring on her finger.

Watch her reaction from a different angle below:

"I had no idea this was going to happen," Rada wrote in the caption of a video clip of her man proposing to her. "I thought he was going to ask me about side beeches @breakfastclubam are my witnesses …. I ate my vegetables for the day and said yes to karats."

Oh.

The 50-year-old entertainer also posted a tribute to Rada on his Instagram:

 

 

"Meet the future Mrs.Blackson @mzradadarling," he wrote. "Ladies men look for loyalty, regardless of what we put you thru stay loyal to your man because we are fuck ups but we will eventually do the right thing. Nothing good come easy so trust in God and what’s meant to happen will happen. I’m blessed to have Rada by my side, she’s the definition of a great woman. Most of my haters call her a gold digger but believe me Rada has never asked for penny from me, she’s very independent and she’s actually the one that takes care of me plus I’m allowed a side chick a month. Lol"

Known for having side chicks, Michael confirmed he would be getting rid of "90%" of his sneaky links and Rada seemed OK with that.

Peep her rock:

Watch the first-ever marriage proposal on "The Breakfast Club" go down below at the 33-minute mark:

Michael Blackson and Rada have been dating for two years. They celebrated their second anniversary in March. The couple jetted to Ghana (where Michael is from) back in January and Rada met his mother.

Everything was seemingly good between them until May when Rada hopped on social media to announce she was DONE with the comedian because she was sick of him lying to her.

"love is not easy! But I hope y’all work this out!," wrote a fan in the comments on IG.

"no girl....this is it, we done done! Ain’t no going back," Rada responded.

Here's the singledom announcement post below:

Now, they're engaged to be married.

Fellow comedian Lil Duval is already cracking jokes: 

 

 

Congrats!

Photo: Michael Blackson's IG


Dr. Dre Reportedly Ordered To Pay Over $3.5M A Year To Nicole Young In Spousal Support - Here's Why Dre Isn't Mad About It

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Dr. Dre has to cough up $300,000 in spousal support to his ex-wife Nicole Young, which totals to over $3.5 million a year. However, Dre sees this as a win. Find out why inside...

Having to pay your ex MILLIONS of dollars a year would seem like a huge "L" for most. But, not for Dr. Dre.

After a judge declared Dr. Dre and Nicole Young legally single last month, details about spousal support have surfaced.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, the Hip Hop mogul must pay his 51-year-old ex-wife $293,306 per month in spousal support, payable on the first of each month, which will begin August 1st. When you do the math, that totals to over $3.5 million a year - not including other expenses.

The 56-year-old entrepreneur (real name Andre Romelle Young) will have to cough up this amount every month until she remarries or enters into a domestic partnership - or unless the court orders otherwise at a later date. Dre has also been ordered to pay her health insurance, which will be similar to the coverage she had during the marriage. Nicole will reportedly have to pay all other insurance out of her own pocket.

The judge also ordered Dre to continue paying expenses for the Malibu and Pacific Palisades homes that they once shared.

While it may sound like Dre will be dishing out loads of cash every month in spousal support, he sees the order as a victory. If you've been keeping up with this story, Nicole initially requested Dre pay her $2 million/month in spousal support.

The site reports:

Dr. Dre looks at the decision as a victory for his team after Nicole originally asked for $2 million a month in support. To those of you counting, that is $24 million a year, so the $300K a month is a bargain! The rapper’s team believes this is only temporary as the couple has an “ironclad prenup.”

It should be noted, the rapper and his ex-wife are currently negotiating an overall settlement of their divorce, and the amount of money be paid by Dre is temporary. In other words, we are guessing after the couple agrees on a lump sum payment to be paid to Nicole by Dre, the monthly payment may cease to exist. In many wealthy celebrity cases, a divorce settlement will include any future payments to an ex-spouse.

Dre & Nicole reportedly had a prenuptial agreement in place, but there was drama with that as well. At first it was reported the former couple didn’t have a prenup. Then, news about a prenup surfaced, which caused Nicole to file documents claiming she was forced to sign under duress on their wedding day.

Two years after they tied the knot, Dre supposedly told her he was ashamed he made her sign the prenup and allegedly tore it up in front of her.

It was previously reported that their prenuptial agreement could possibly mean Nicole will NOT be entitled to half of her husband’s $800 million fortune. That's seemingly still up in the air since they are still negotiating an overall settlement.

The former couple tied the knot in May 1996 and have two children (24-year-old son Truice and 20-year-old daughter Truly) together.

 

 

As you know, Dre and his ex-wife/kids' mother have been fighting over finances ever since she filed for divorce in June 2020. She cited the usual irreconcilable differences as the reason for their uncoupling.

In January 2021, Dr. Dre suffered a brain aneurysm. Days later, Nicole filed paperwork accusing him of physical abuse that occurred throughout their 24-year marriage. He denied Nicole's allegations of emotional and physical abuse.

Dre agreed to pay Nicole $2 million in spousal support, which was to cover the period up until April 14th. Before the divorce was finalized, a judge ordered Dre to pay $500,000 to his ex-wife's divorce lawyers in April.

Photo: Featureflash Photo Agency/Shutterstock.com

New Orleans Home Reportedly Owned By Beyoncé & Jay-Z Catches Fire, Investigated For Possible Arson

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A New Orleans mansion connected to Beyoncé Knowles caught fire late yesterday (Wednesday), and now, it is under investigation for possible arson!  Full story inside.

The vacant Garden District mansion in the 1500 block of Harmony Street that reportedly has been owned by Beyoncé for the last 6 years saw a fire erupt late yesterday.  That fire quite possibly was set intentionally, according to that authorities who have begun their investigation after it took 2 hours to put the fire out.

 

 

According to Nola.com, books were found in the kitchen's oven and a gas can was found in the house as well:

"The blaze in the 1500 block of Harmony Street appeared to have started in the kitchen, where firefighters found books inside of an oven, according to a source who was briefed on the investigation. A gas can was also found in the house."

Neighbors spied at least one unusual person entering the 15,000 sqft home just a couple hours before the fire, and they even reported it to police at that time. Then, police were alerted of the fire around 6:20p thanks to smoke alarms in the home:

"Neighbors who asked not to be identified said authorities seemed to suspect that someone broke into the home shortly before the fire. One neighbor said people are known to use an unlocked gate to come onto and leave the property.

Another, Jacques Michell, said: “Inside the house, I’ve never seen any activity in the two years I’ve been here. No activity at all.”

A smoke alarm at the nearly century-old home went off around 6:20 p.m., about the same time that police received a report of a suspicious person in the 3100 block of St. Charles Avenue, just around the corner, according to authorities."

Officers determined the suspicious-person call was connected to the fire, which was later classified as an arson, according to the New Orleans Police Department.

 

The house, which is around the corner from St. Charles Ave. and amid the historic mansion-laced uptown Garden District, appeared to be mostly in tact after the fire. No official report on its status has been made, though.

In 2015, it was first reported that Beyoncé (and therefore her husband as well) purchased the gorgeous $2.3 million 1926 Spanish mansion - formerly a Presbyterian church - even though their names are not directly on the deed.  Curbed New Orleans reports:

The According to the Orleans Parish Assessor's office online database, 1527 Harmony St. is owned by an LLC named Sugarcane Park. A search of the LLC on the Louisiana Secretary of State website shows a mailing address for Parkwood Entertainment LLC, which is incidentally Beyonce's management company.

And the house has an interesting history, to say the least. Nola.com revealed:

"The 15,000-square-foot, three-story Spanish baroque building was constructed in 1926 by the then-fledgling Westminster Presbyterian Church. It drew inspiration from Latin America’s Mission-style churches and cost $84,000 to build.

The church’s founding pastor, admitted Ku Klux Klan leader J.C. Barr, left in 1930 following a disagreement over the closure of a Presbyterian hospital.

The congregation stayed at the building until the late 1960s. After that it sat vacant for several years."

Renowned New Orleans ballet instructor Harvey Hysell, who was the son of a church organist, spent about $100,000 to acquire the building in 1977 and turn it into a ballet school. The school operated there until 2001, training a generation of New Orleans dancers, before new owners renovated the building into a three-bedroom, 3½-bath house.

The Carters', who celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary this spring, connection to New Orleans is deeply rooted.  Beyoncé's mom, Tina Knowles', family is from the New Orleans area and south Louisiana, and Bey even shot her "Deja Vu" video there with Jay-Z in 2006, and she shot some of her Lemonade video album in the city in 2016.

 

The family is in the 504 often (pictured above with the late Leah Chase at Dooky Chase’s Restaurant in 2017), especially when Solange Knowles lived in New Orleans with her then-husband Alan Ferguson for several years.  Solange and Alan were also married there The Carters were often spotted out on date nights and family dinners there, too.

While there's reportedly not been any activity inside the home in the past two years, that possibly was mostly due to national shutdowns from the pandemic. Check out the inside of the home HERE.

Photos: Getty/Beyonce.com/4WWL

 

Stage At Rolling Loud Miami COLLAPSED, Festival Claims 'A TV Screen Fell'

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A collapsed Rolling Loud stage today in Miami is making folks side eye the festival on whether it's ready to open its doors tomorrow.  Deets on how the Festival is responding, below.

Oh no!  It was a scary sight today in Miami when cameras spied a partially collapsed stage at Rolling Loud festival grounds in Miami Gardens.

 

The huge multi-city festival returns this weekend after a pandemic-hiatus with A$AP Rocky, City Girls, Moneybagg Yo, Lil Baby and tons more performers, but folks are wondering if they're REALLY ready.

CBS Miami showed video of the "video wall" at Hard Rock Stadium that collapsed.  Thankfully, nobody was hurt and the festival organizers say they'll still be ready to go on time. They also claimed that this was simply a tv that fell.

 

Some reports say it was the AudioMack stage, but this has not been confirmed.

Needless to say, folks are all in their comments on all platforms basically asking them are they SURE?! Because this definitely looked like more than just a fallen tv situation.

Since the news broke about the stage mishap, the festival's social media accounts have been posting like there's "nothing to see here", re-sharing the lineup just an hour or so ago:

 

 

The festival page posted the stage being built last week:

 

Stay safe this weekend, y'all!

 

Photo: Piotr Piatrouski/Shutterstock.com

BUCKS ON PARADE! Former Baller Brandon Jennings Does The Absolute Most, Giannis & The New NBA Champs Celebrate

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The Bucks parade was one for the books today.  Go inside to celebrate with your new NBA champs, plus a super extra Brandon Jennings.

The Milwaukee Bucks are still in celebration mode.  They've been waiting 50 long years for that Larry O'Brien trophy to make it back to Brew City, so the team and fans (and owners) are on 100, as expected.

Today's championship parade went down today, kicking off on the eastern end of Wisconsin Avenue, and ending across the river from Fiserv Forum before a celebration at the Deer District (where an additional 65K fans watched the big win OUTSIDE the stadium Tuesday night). 

Former Bucks star Brandon Jennings was cutting up on the sidelines of the Finals game, and he looked like he never stopped partying when he rolled up at the parade today.

Hilar.

MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was living his best life - as he should. And so was his brother and teammate Thanasis.

G had his longtime girlfriend Mariah (they met when she was an NBA intern during Giannis' rookie year) and their baby boy Liam at the parade to celebrate with him too:

 

And after the Greek Freak's viral video yesterday pulling up at Chick-Fil-A the day after his championship win to order 50 nuggets (in honor of his 50 points scored in the game), he now wants chicken for life!

Ha!

 

The rest of the team - Jrue Holiday, Bobby Portis and more, were just as litty:

And a message from the Governor:

Congrats to the team.

 

Y'all earned that ish.

 

 

Photos: Giannis' IG/Thanasis' Twitter/Mariah's IG

Jay-Z Reunites With Kanye On 'DONDA' Album, Celebs, Kim & The Kids And Fans Pack Out Listening Party In ATL

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The Throne back? That's what fans think is about to happen, seeing that Jay-Z hopped on one of Kanye's tracks for the first time in, like, forever.  Deets from inside the DONDA listening party below.

 

Kanye West is back, and folks and their short memories are back to loving him as if his 2020 shenanigans (and plenty before then) never happened.  Now, he's being called a "marketing genius" for his DONDA roll out, even though the album itself has still yet to hit music platforms as of 2:45AM Friday morning.

Yet and still, the Atlanta listening party was packed out with industry faves and fans.  As for why he chose Atlanta, well, he was actually born there before growing up in Chicago, and we know that could be a salute to his mother whom the album is named after.

Rappers and actors - from Rick Ross to Chris Tucker to Lil Wayne - hit up the Theater inside Mercedes Benz Stadium to listen to DONDA for the first time Thursday evening.  'Ye donned a stocking cap mask and an all red Yeezy x Gap look and orange Yeezy sneakers while surprising everybody with a Jay-Z collabo, "Guess Who's Going To Jail Tonight".

Yes, Little Brother has reunited with Big Brother, so it seems.  And it's not lost on us it only took a divorce announcement from Kanye & Kim for this to happen.

Anyways, the song had folks in their feelings and overjoyed.  Folks were tweeting left and right that this could signify The Throne 2 could happen, but we shall see.  What we do know is, Hov finished his verse for the track just a few hours before the listening party started. (Kanye also seemed to write some of the music super recently since he referenced the Bucks' win on one song.)

 

Interesting.

 

Roddy Rich's collabo and the collabo ft. Travis Scott & Baby Keem also had Twitter on 100:

 

 

 

 

Kanye's estranged wife Kim Kardashian - in an all red suit that matched Kanye's - and their four children — daughters North, 8, and Chicago, 3, plus sons Saint, 5½, and Psalm, 2 — were also spotted in the crowd for the occasion, as well as sister Khloé Kardashian, of course. We haven't heard if his new ting Irina was in the mix. That would be mad awkward if she was, since Kanye dropped to his knees during one song called "Love Unconditionally" where he said "I'm losing my family / I'm losing my family / I'm losing my family," which seemed to be a not so subtle nod to his estranged wife and their kids.

 

"Genius marketing" or genuine emotion? Who knows...

Jermaine Dupri and daughter, Rick Ross, Chris Rock, ASAP Ferg, Lil Wayne, Jeezy, fans turned out for the event:

 

You can watch the entire listening party of the unfinished album below:

 

 

Are y'all feeling it?

The album is scheduled to drop today, July 23rd, but we shall see.

 

 

Photo: Getty

NOPE: Jordan Peele Reveals Title Of Next Horror Film & Drops Killer Cloud-esque Poster

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Now that we've become accustomed to the sometimes real-life horror film we've all been living in - the pandemic - it's high time we get another big screen  pic from new horror kingJordan Peele.  His big reveal inside.

With the Candyman remake on deck at the box office (August 27th), and folks STILL reeling from Get Out & Us, Jordan Peele is revealing his newest horror pic on its way to the masses.  The just revealed title: Nope. And the poster has our minds racing:

 

This feels like an attack of the killer clouds situation with an alien invasion, and we are READY.

The Oscar winning director re-teams with Get Out star Emmy & Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya, and brings in Keke Palmer and Steven Yeun for the film, dropping July 22, 2022.  Keke commented about the flick saying:

As for any other details - Jordan and the crew are keeping things extra tight lipped.

Whatever it's about, just take our money for pre-order tickets neeeoow.

 

Photos: Featureflash Photo Agency/Parisa Michelle/Shutterstock.com

 

 

Lil Nas X Enters 'Montero State Prison' & Launches The Bail X Fund With New Kanye-Produced 'Industry Baby' Visuals

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Lil Nas X is back with a new song and visual to piss off the masses.  And it GOES.  Watch and listen inside.

Lil Nas X got 5 years in "Montero State Prison," and the "Industry Baby" song & video for his lock-up BANGS, ok?

He's quickly becoming our favorite video king, making the masses mad upset over his unapologetically gay, skin-heavy, interesting, story-driven and cheeky vids. This time around, Lil Nas X takes a break from twerking on the devil (whom he killed at the end of that "Montero (Call Me By My Name)" video, btw) to go prison. And the twerking and dancing continued on the jail block bars, in the shower with other inmates and in the prison yard.

After streaming live from the courtroom at his trial on Monday, the 2-time Grammy winner has been transported to Montero State Prison for the release of his new song and video, featuring production by Take a Daytrip and Kanye West. According to his press release, it all touches on Nas X finding his confidence and proving wrong anyone who ever doubted his staying power.

The song is the latest to be released from the highly anticipated upcoming album Montero, due later this year via Columbia Records. The accompanying visual was based on a story by Lil Nas X and directed by Christian Breslauer. It follows Nas X throughout the prison as he serves his time and tries to break free with a little help from fellow inmate Jack Harlow, who joins him on the track.

Oh, and Jack isn't the only surprise to pop up in the vid.

Former "Teen Wolf" and "Arrow" star Colton Haynes - who made headlines after opening up about his sexuality for the first time this past December - was that distracted corrections officer.

The 22-year-old rapper is putting all his celebrity to good use too. He also announced that he's joined forces with The Bail Project, a national nonprofit organization on a mission to end cash bail, one of the key drivers of mass incarceration and structural racism in the U.S. criminal legal system. Here's a snippet from the press release:

 

 

Through the “Bail X Fund,” he hopes to encourage other artists to join him and The Bail Project in the fight to end cash bail. Lil Nas X himself has made a starting donation, Jack Harlow is jumping in to help as well, and fans are invited to donate with them. All donations go directly into The Bail Project’s national revolving bail fund to pay people’s bails. To date, The Bail Project has posted over $47M in free bail assistance for over 17,000 low-income people across the country. They also provide post-release support through court reminders, free transportation, and voluntary referrals for housing, substance use treatment, and other services based on a person’s needs. Lil Nas X says this isn’t just theoretical for him. “It’s personal. I know the pain that incarceration brings to a family. And I know the disproportionate impact that cash bail has on Black Americans and the LGBTQ community. Let’s bring people home & let’s fight for freedom and equality.”

And his letter to his younger self, Montero Lamar Hill:

Dear 20 year old Montero, I wrote a song for us. I know sometimes you feel like it's all downhill from here. I know your sexuality has made you feel like an outcast amongst your peers. I know going from having the biggest song in the world to being trapped in your apartment is weighing heavy on you. And I know if you hear the phrase 'one hit wonder' one more time you might combust. But I need you to keep going. I need you to realize that you have the opportunity to be the person that you needed growing up. I need you to stop feeling sorry for yourself. And I need you to remember that the only person who has to believe in YOU is YOU." - lnx

Lil Nas X continues to give us the content and social activist vibes we didn't know we needed.

 

Also:

Please understand.


MUSIC FAB: Kiana Ledé Links With 'Ur Best Friend' Kehlani, Kem Remixes 'Lie To Me' With Wiz Khalifa, Drake Goes 'Over The Top' With Smiley

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New music from Kiana and Kehlani, Kem & Wiz Khalifa, and Drake just dropped.  We've got it all inside.

 

One of our fave breathy-voiced R&B chicks is back with a new single, this time featuring Kehlani.

The Phoenix-born and Los Angeles-based Kiana Ledé unveiled “Ur Best Friend” [feat. Kehlani], compelte with a throwback beat simmering in the background. The two R&B femme fatales are doing what they do best.  The video is to follow soon. Can't lie, we're loving their voices together.

 

This track paves the way for Kiana's next album that's coming soon.  And she's set to perform at the “Lights On Festival” in Concord, CA in September.

 

Kem has a new drop, and we can't say we saw this ish coming.

He tapped Wiz Khalifa for a remix to his "Lie To Me" song.  You feeling it?!

 

Drake blessed up and coming Toronto-based rapper Smiley with a verse on his "Over The Top" track, and the streets are already salivating since they're waiting impatiently for Drizzy's Certified Lover Boy album.

Are you adding these to the playlist this weekend?

 

Photos: Getty

AFTER THE APOLOGY: Dua Lipa, Elton John, Demi Lovato, Da Baby's Sponsor BooHoo Man & The Masses Blast His 'Homophobic Speech' & Problematic STD 'Call To Action'

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This guy...

 

Da Baby just lost a sponsorship and got read for filth by Sir Elton John (and many others) after his controversial comments at Rolling Loud causing folks to label him homophobic and problematic.  And you already know his non-apology is a mess.  More below.

A few nights ago at Rolling Loud in Miami Gardens, rapper Da Baby took over the stage and caused mayhem afterwards. First, people were livid about him clearly disrespecting Megan Thee Stallion (again), who also performed at Rolling Loud, by bringing out Tory Lanez after performing his and Meg's song together. (He later called women b---es for holding him accountable for the messiness).

Then, ish went from bad to worse:

 

The "Suge" rapper decided that the best way to interact with his fans was to tell them to put their lighters in the air if they weren't a guy sucking d--k in the parking lot before the show.  And to put their phones in the air if they don't have HIV/AIDS or "any of those diseases that kill you in 2 weeks."  AND to put your phones in the air if you're a woman whose p---y smells like water.

Chile.

Twitter - non celebs at first - lit him right on up. Black people, women, members of the LGBTQ community, and more had plenty to say about his problematic comments that - regardless of his intention - felt like he was conflating the gay community with HIV AIDS.  Specifically praising men who didn't engage in a sexual act with another man is also....weird.  And unnecessary.

T.I., non-shockingly, decided to cartwheel over to defense.  TIP equated his comments (and his on stage sexualized acts that no one said a peep about but had ALL the smoke for Megan and Cardi's WAP which was nowhere near this) to Lil Nas' X's songs. He commented that if LNX was able to pop his ish, Da Baby should be able to as well.

 

 

It's the false equivalency for us. When T.I. is riding for you, you may want to re-think your commentary.

After MANY people went in on him, Da Baby doubled down on his comments while calling people b*tches and n-words for their responses. He claimed "his gay fans are cool with it" because "one gay fan in a crop top was vibing with him".

In the video above, he also said his gay fans don’t have AIDS "because they’re not nasty" like that.  He made no mention of or allusion to individuals who have contracted STDs through no fault of their own - such as at birth, sexual assault and rape, people in marriages where one person broke an agreed upon vow of monogamy, etc. Yet and still, regardless of "fault", otherizing and shaming people with any type of  disease, issue or ailment is 100% problematic. Period.

One can encourage safety without shaming an entire sector of people.  If you're not intelligent enough to know how to do that, then shutting TF up is always an option.

His tone began to semi-change when Dua Lipa, whom he collabed with recently, spoke out saying she was "horrified".  (Of course.) Singer Victoria Monet also offered up her services to replace Da Baby on his and Dua's "Levitating" remix.

 

 

 

His response was more civil, of course, but still a mess.  And still no apology to Megan or women:

 

 

 

He was likely speaking about the BooHoo Man brand, who condemned Da Baby's comments and ended their relationship. Baby was the face and collaborative partner of their brand new collection:

TS Madison had some questions too:

Hmph.

"Love & Hip Hop" star Bobby Lytes also went off.

Demi Lovato, who recently came out, had plenty to say as well, and told people to stream the original version of Dua's "Levitating":

 

 

Now, Sir Elton John has entered the chat.

 

 

 

Y'all know Twitter had jokes:

 

Oop.

 

Still, Baby is posting as if he's unbothered and "fighting the system" or whatever:

 

 

He also joked about having a shoe thrown at him:

He can make light all day, and we def wouldn't be shocked if people who are equally problematic with disregarding hateful sentiments from rappers continued to book him, but the fact remains:

Period.

[UPDATE] DaBaby Apologizes After He Was Dropped From Governors Ball & Lollapalooza’s Festival Lineups

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DaBaby is being cut from some major festival lineups following his problematic homophobic comments he made onstage at Rolling Loud festival in Miami last week. Now, he's apologizing.

More inside...

UPDATE:

DaBaby has released an official apology to the LGBTQ+ community after he was cut from several major music festivals. He also apologized for his misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS.

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DaBaby is losing "da bags" left and right following homophobic comments he made during his Rolling Loud Festival set in Miami last week. It's clear his apology (if you want to call it that) hasn't helped any.

A day after he was dropped from the Lollapalooza lineup, New York's Governors Ball announced they too have canceled his performance at the festival, which is set to go down in September.

“Stay tuned for a lineup addition,” the festival’s official Twitter account tweeted along with a message from the promoter.

“Founders Entertainment does not and will not tolerate hate or discrimination of any kind. We welcome and celebrate the diverse communities that make New York City the greatest city in the world. Thank you to the fans who continue to speak up for what is right. Along with you, we will continue to use our platform for good," the statement said.

 

 

The Day N Vegas Festival also announced DaBaby would be cut from their lineup. The three day festival is set to take place in November.

Less than 24 hours before the Governors Ball announcement, Lollapalooza announced DaBaby would be axed from the final day lineup. He was scheduled to headline the Bud Light Seltzer Stage. Instead, they added Young Thug as the headliner (who was previously slotted on the T-Mobile stage) and set rapper G Herbo to take over the T-Mobile stage.

“Lollapalooza was founded on diversity, inclusivity, respect, and love. With that in mind, DaBaby will no longer be performing at Grant Park tonight," the festival said in part.

The Black AIDS Institute also addressed DaBaby's comments in a press release filled with factual information about HIV/AIDS: 

We recently witnessed inaccurate and hurtful comments directed towards our community. As the nation’s only HIV organization focused exclusively on ending the epidemic in Black America, here’s what you need to know:

When they go low, we go high: For 22 years, we have represented Black Americans who are most impacted by HIV. We are intentional about turning comments that stem from homophobia, transphobia, and ignorance about HIV into opportunities to uplift our people and reinforce the value of our work.

HIV impacts Black and LGBTQ communities the most: Of all Americans living with HIV today, Black LGBTQ communities are disproportionately impacted. This is not because of individual behaviors, but because of how HIV thrives on inhumanity, hatred, and exclusion. While mainstream media does not regularly focus on HIV anymore, it remains a crisis in Black communities.

HIV is not a death sentence: HIV science has made possible: an HIV test in the comfort of your own home, a daily pill to prevent HIV, and routine HIV treatment that keeps you healthy and stops the virus from passing on. People are thriving while living with HIV.

Stigma harms us more than HIV does: Stigmatizing this health condition, which is no different from many other chronic diseases, holds people back from accessing life-saving HIV services. It also deters the progress made toward uplifting the lives of people who are Black, LGBTQ, and/or living with HIV. All Black Lives Matter

Walking the talk: For 22 years, our programs have educated Black communities about HIV, trained Black HIV leaders, and provided safe spaces and stigma reduction programs. We are building and supporting the efforts that will end HIV in Black communities over the next 10 years. It is clear that Black leadership to end HIV is more critical than ever.

During his set at Rolling Loud, the North Carolina native encouraged the audience to put their cellphone flashlights in the air if they “didn’t show up today with HIV/AIDS or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases that will make you die in two to three weeks." He also made derogatory remarks about HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ people. As expected, he was met with tons of backlash from the LGBTQ+ community, including public criticism from artist Elton John.

DaBaby doubled down on his comments while calling people b*tches and n-words for their responses. He claimed "his gay fans are cool with it" because "one gay fan in a crop top was vibing with him".

His tone began to semi-change when Dua Lipa, whom he collaborated with recently, spoke out saying she was "horrified". (Of course.) Singer Victoria Monet also offered up her services to replace Da Baby on his and Dua's "Levitating" remix.

Since sharing his problematic statements onstage, the "Suge" rapper was pulled from his brand ambassador deal with Boohoo Man and he was dropped from the UK’s Parklife Festival. He was also axed from a benefit concert for the Working Families Party, which he was headlining alongside Saweetie and Wyclef Jean.

“We have to hold people accountable and live to our values, which is why there is a change in our lineup,” the Working Families Party stated.

While DaBaby has been getting dragged, he has also been defended by rappers like T.I. and Boosie who argue that DaBaby should be able to exercise his right to freedom of speech just lile Lil Nas X is allowed to.

Regardless of his opinion, his comments are causing him to fumble quite a few bags. Will there be more? Time will tell...

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Frank Ocean Will Headline Coachella 2023, Festival Co-Founder Says + Cardi B's 'Bodak Yellow' Reaches 1 Billion YouTube Views

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The pandemic caused Frank Ocean to miss his headlining 2020 Coachella performance, but he's set to hit the stage in 2023. Deets on his renewed gig, plus deets on Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" video dominating YouTube inside...

Coachella 2023 is shaping up and fans are extra excited. The annual Coachella Music & Arts Festival was put on pause for two consecutive years (2020 & 2021) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so news about an upcoming lineup is music to festivalgoers' ears.

In an interview with the LA Times, Coachella co-founder Paul Tollett revealed Frank Ocean will headline the popular music festival in 2023. Usually, Tollett keeps the headliner under wraps until closer to the festival date. However, he decided to name drop the 2023 headliners because he felt "fans deserve some reassurance after the chaos and uncertainty of the last year and a half.”

“Right now, it’s the Wild West,” Tollett said about why he decided to break tradition and announce the festival's headliner early. “I’m just trying to be as fair as I can to artists and to the fans to make sure that eventually they get to see everyone that we talked about.”

Previously, the BLONDE singer was scheduled to headline Coachella 2020, but the pandemic pumped the breaks on that. The festival was canceled for 2020 and eventually was canceled in 2021 after celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019.

Coachella 2022 is set to feature headliners Travis Scott and Rage Against the Machine, two acts who were also set to co-headline the festival in April 2022. A third 2022 headliner will be announced, according to The Times.

Fans are excited Frank Ocean will be hitting the Coachella stage and they're keeping their fingers crossed he releases new music before then.

Speaking of music...

You can't f*** with Cardi B if you wanted to.

Cardi B's breakthrough record "Bodak Yellow" just nabbed a new record after reaching over 1 billion views on YouTube. It's the Grammy Award winner's third video to rack up at least 1 billion YouTube views, following behind her "I Like It" video featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, and her feature on Maroon 5's "Girls Like You" video.

In June 2021, YouTube’s global head of music Lyor Cohen revealed it paid $4 billion to the music industry during the past 12 months, so Cardi likely received a fat check from all of the streams she has racked up. Congrats!

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TV BITS: Fans Are Upset 'The Game' Revival Will Not Include 'Med School' & Jason Pitts + 'The Chi' Renewed For Season 5!

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"The Game" reboot is happening. However, Tia Mowry's character Melanie "Med School" Barnett-Davis will not be returning (at least for now) and folks feel a way about it. Peep their reactions, plus deets on "The Chi" getting renewed for another season inside...

So, a revival of the popular football drama series "The Game" is really happening. We tipped you off about the reboot (that no one asked for) in 2019.

Now, the new cast is coming together.

A few familar faces will be making a return as series regulars including, Wendy Raquel Robinson (Tasha Mack) and Hosea Chanchez (Malik Wright). Original castmates Pooch Hall (Derwin Davis) and Brittany Daniel (Kelly Pitts) will also return, but they will only make special appearances.

Several new faces will be added to the cast for the revival, including Vaughn Hebron (Tyler Perry’s "The Oval"), Adriyan Rae ("Chicago Fire") and Analisa Velez ("Sneaky Pete"). Vaughn Hebron is set to play Jamison Fields, an undrafted free agent, while Adriyan Rae will star as Brittany Pitts, the daughter of Jason and Kelly Pitts. Analisa Velez will play Raquel Navarro, Brittany’s best friend.

Pooch Hall - an original castmate - shared a picture of the new cast on social media and it has folks up in arms. The reason? Everyone wants to know why Melanie "Med School" Barnett-Davis (played by Tia Mowry-Hardrict) and Jason Pitts (played by Coby Bell) aren't returning! No word about Tia or Coby returning has been shared as of yet.

We shared Pooch's social media post of the updated cast and the fans have been sounding off about it.

"I need Jason & Med school," one user wrote.

"Just leave it alone. We didn’t ask for this," another person said.

"The whole damn bottom row… who dey?," a reader reacted.

"Say what now? In the words of Tasha Mac. Where's Med School," a reader asked.

"We asked for Girlfriends, not this," another wrote.

According to Deadline, the reboot will relocate from San Diego to Las Vegas and it will see new players offer a modern-day examination of Black culture through the prism of pro football. It's reported the new series will tackle racism, sexism, and more as they fight for fame, fortune, respect and love.

The new series was previously going to be set in Baltimore, but that seemingly has changed.

The original series - created by Mara Brock Akil - premiered as an half-hour comedy on The CW in 2006, which ran for three seasons. BET picked up the series, turned it into an hour-long dramedy, and it ran for six more seasons before it was axed in 2015. If you didn’t know, “The Game” was a spin-off of Mara’s hit series “Girlfriends.” Fans have been very vocal about a "Girlfriends" reboot, but that hasn't happened.

According to Deadline, Paramount+ ordered ten-episodes that will be a half-hour and will see American Soul’s Devon Greggory as showrunner and writer. He will exec produce with Brock Akil, her husband Salim Akil, and original executive producers Kelsey Grammer and Tom Russo of Grammnet NH Productions.

With everything going on with the NFL, we could see how "The Game" reboot could find success by raising awareness on certain topics. However, folks are seemingly just TIREDT of reboots and revivals and we can't blame them.

In other TV news...

One of your fave TV shows just got the greenlight for another season!

Hours after last night's Season 4 finale aired, Showtime announced it has renewed "The Chi" for a fifth season! Woot!

It was a no-brainer as the show has been bringing in high ratings for the network. According to Deadline, "The Chi" has been averaging 4.2 million weekly viewers and it is on pace to become the most-streamed Showtime series ever, according to the network.

Creator/executive producer by Lena Waithe posted a thank-you video to everyone who has worked on the show after the Season 5 announcement:

Season 5 is slated to premiere in 2022 and we can't wait. Congrats!

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BEAMING BILES! Simone Biles Returns To Olympics To Win Bronze In Beam! Now She's Tied For The Most Decorated U.S. Gymnast Of ALL TIME!

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They don't call her the GOAT for nothing! Simone Biles' return to the Tokyo Olympics earned her another medal! She just copped the bronze in beam, earning her seventh career Olympic medal, which ties her for the most decorated U.S. gymnast of all time! Celebrate inside...

She came. She saw. She conquered.

Simone Biles' return to the Tokyo Olympics wasn't about winning. She's already a winner in our (and millions of others') book. However, her newest Olympic medal just proves how strong she really is.

The 24-year-old gymnast made her return to competition at the Tokyo Olympics and she left with yet another medal to add to her historic collection. Simone flipped and tumbled across the balance beam, which was enough to earn her a bronze medal in the category.

Before her return, the superstar gymnast had to tweak her routine a bit, but her perfect dismount helped her impressive routine earn her a score of 14.000, placing third in the beam behind China's Tang Xijing, who won silver, and Chenchen Guan, who won gold. On the sidelines, Simone's teammates and coaches cheered her on after she suffered a difficult week at The Games.

“I had nerves but I felt pretty good,” she said after her performance.

“I wasn't expecting to walk away with a medal. I was just going out here doing this for me, and whatever happened, happened," she said.

Watch her performance below: 

 

 

Simone's beam routine marked her return to the Tokyo Games after she withdrew from her last four Olympic events, including floor exercise, individual all-around final, the individual competitions in vault and uneven bars. She struggled in the Women’s Gymnastics Team Final, when she recorded the lowest vault score of her career.

Simone withdrew from the competition because she wasn't there mentally and she was dealing with a phenomenon called the twisties, which is a gymnastics term that describes when an athlete is struggling to make safe landings, leaving them vulnerable to serious injury.

With her win, Simone now has SEVEN Olympic medals, including four gold, one silver and now two bronze, which ties her with Shannon Miller for the most by an American in gymnastics. She ended her Olympic run on HER terms we LOVE to see it!

Check out our gallery below of Simone Biles doing what she does best!

Photo: AP Photo/Ashley Landis

You're About To Get A Peek At What Life Was Like For Jaleel 'Steve Urkel' White After 'Family Matters' Ended

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Ever wondered what life was like for Jaleel White after he stopped portraying his popular character Steve Urkel on the hit series "Family Matters?" Well, you're in luck. His podcast "Ever After with Jaleel White" is getting the TV treatment and fans will get all of the behind-the-scenes deets about his life after starring on a hit TV series. Deets inside...

If you were a black kid who grew up in the 90s, it's highly likely you were a fan of the hit ABC series "Family Matters," which hit television screens in 1989. The family sitcom ran for 9 seasons before it wrapped in 1997. However, the show is a cult classic that we still watch till this day.

Steve Urkel (played by Jaleel White) was the epitome of the nerd everyone loved or loved to hate with his thick glasses, tight suspenders, high water pants and multi-colored cardigan sweaters. His character - and his famous slogan "Did I do that?" - became a household name that has stretched across generations.

Since then, Jaleel started a podcast titled "Ever After with Jaleel White" where he opens up about life after "Family Matters." Now, the podcast is getting the TV treatment.

According to Deadline, "Ever After" will give fans a chance to ride down memory lane with Jaleel as he reminisces on his early days in the industry. Not only that, the actor veteran will give viewers an insight into what life was like after the iconic run as Steve Urkel ended. He'll share his childhood experience in the entertainment business with an array of fellow child star guests, to discuss how their paths diverged from their early days of fame. The series will be a continuation of the podcast.

We're here for all the nostalgia feels.

Filming for the project will be set in L.A. The pilot is set to premiere with Beverly Hills 90210’s Brian Austin Green as the first guest. He's set to share how early days of fame shaped his life and what he went threw as a child star. They'll also share what life is like for them now.

“The 90’s were a decade where pop culture took flight and were defined by some truly iconic moments that make us more nostalgic than ever. It was also the decade of sitcoms where many child actors got their start,” said Jaleel White.

“Philip Alberstat, my producing partner, and I thought it would be exciting to create a show where we would reach out to some of TV’s most famous child actors and see where they are now, how they dealt with fame, growing up famous and what the future holds for them. The podcast series enabled us to have deep, meaningful conversations with many actors and now we are even more excited to have a TV pilot ready for viewing," he continued.

Check out the trailer below:

We're here for this! We love

Photo: Jaleel's IG






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