Archive: June, 2018

Maxine Waters responds to death threats: 'You better shoot straight'

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has addressed a series of recent death threats she said she has received, telling would-be threateners to "shoot straight" during an immigration rally on Saturday... “I know that there are those who are talking about censuring me, talking about kicking me out of Congress, talking about shooting me, talking about hanging me,” Waters told the crowd in Los Angeles. “All I have to say is this, if you shoot me you better shoot straight, there’s nothing like a wounded animal,” she added to cheers. Waters was forced to cancel a pair of events in Alabama and Texas this week after a “very serious death threat.” She said she has been getting harassed after she called for protesters to confront Trump administration officials in public over its "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

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Rihanna Reportedly Wants Chris Brown Back In Her Life After Checking His Photos With Agnez Mo

Agnez Mo should be worried because Rihanna is making moves towards her boyfriend, Chris Brown... According to a source, who spoke to Hollywood Life, the Barbadian star is now interested in rekindling her friendship with her ex after seeing the sweet PDA photos of Chris and Agnez. It appears that despite her fling with A$AP Rocky, Rihanna wants Chris back in her life. it’s time to spice things up JULY 6th, coming to @fentybeauty @sephora @harveynichols and #SephoraInJCP !! A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Jun 24, 2018 at 8:08am PDT The family friend stated: “Rihanna has had a recent change of heart and would like to be more in Chris’ life and talk to him more. She would like to have more of a friendship with him. But, she wants to make sure all her friends know and Chris himself that, it will not get sexual. Friendship only is what she is looking for because she misses him and his sense of humor.” #MOROCCANSPICEPALLETTE @fentybeauty July 6. A post shared by badgalriri (@badgalriri) on Jun 25, 2018 at 12:05pm PDT It was previously reported that Chris was hurt after watching the woman he once loved and physically abused getting comfortable with another man. A person with ties to the father of one said: “It hurts Chris to see Rihanna snuggling up to A$AP. Chris is for sure jealous of Rihanna’s relationship with him. It kills him that he and Rihanna aren’t as close anymore and that they have not maintained a close relationship since breaking up.” It appears that Rihanna might be reacting out of jealousy after Chris confirmed that he is indeed dating Agnez. ....@chrisbrownofficial ? A post shared by AGNEZ MO (@agnezmo) on Jun 19, 2018 at 5:26pm PDT

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Lil Kim Throws Major Shade at Nicki Minaj

The beef that never ends, Lil Kim has taken another shot at Nicki Minaj in a countless exchange of words and verses between the two female emcees dating all the way back to 2007. I have to laugh. Spilling all the tea on my documentary. ?☕?♥? — Chun-Li (@NICKIMINAJ) June 20, 2018 This eleven-year beef started back when Nicki Minaj was accused of stealing a classic 1996 Lil Kim look for her 2007 mixtape Playtime is Over. Kim decided Nicki was impeding and stealing her image, while Nicki claimed she was simply just the next biggest rapper to take over the game. Lil' Kim says she "doesn't know" Nicki Minaj as she praises Cardi B. ? pic.twitter.com/IlMPUSh6o9 — Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) June 22, 2018 Nicki started calling herself the "Queen of Rap," and the two exchanged diss tracks for the next three years. In a 2010 interview with ​Power 105.1, Lil Kim said the two will never be able to make amends. When asked on the red carpet by ​EW for Paris Hilton's Boohoo fashion line Thursday night (June 21) what she thought of Cardi B and Nicki Minaj,  Lil Kim reignited the beef, stating, "You know, Cardi is my girl! I don't know the other one." "Cardi is my girl and so I'm so excited for my girl Cardi," she continued to praise the rapper. "I can't wait for her to have the baby. I love you, Cardi!" The truth of it all, is that there would be no Nicki Minaj without Lil Kim's legacy, and while Lil Kim expects "homage" or Nicki bowing down, there is a place in hip-hop for more than one female MC to dominate, and that's exactly what's ​happening again with Nicki Minaj and Cardi B in 2018. Their ​beef started in a similar way, with Nicki expecting love or homage to her legacy when Cardi took the scene. like Lil Kim and Nicki appearing on Birdman's "Grindin' Making Money" despite feud rumors, the same happened on Migos' "Motorsport (feat. Nicki Minaj and Cardi B.") With Kim refusing to acknowledge Nicki's existence, expect the decade-old beef to have Nicki rearing the dungeon dragon back out once more.

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Michael Jackson father....Joe Jackson is on his deathbed, reports say

Joe Jackson has been hospitalized with terminal cancer and is near death, according to multiple reports... TMZ reported Friday that the 89-year-old father of Michael Jackson has been battling cancer for "some time" but is now "at the end stages." According to the outlet, his wife Katherine and some of his 11 children and grandchildren have flown in to Las Vegas to be by his side. Jackson's famous brood includes Randy Jackson, Janet Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Jermaine Jackson and more. Jermaine told the Daily Mail Wednesday he and his siblings were struggling to get information on their father's condition. "No one knew what was going on — we shouldn't have to beg, plead and argue to see our own father, especially at a time like this," he told the outlet. "We have been hurting. We were not being told where he was and couldn't get the full picture. Even from the doctor. My mother was worried sick." The 63-year-old added, "He's very very frail, he doesn't have long. The family needs to be by his bedside - that's our only intention in his final days."

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(WATCH VIDEO) Kid Capri Went Crazy On Funk Flex: "I Want To Battle Step-up to the wax plate PunkFlex, you talk to much.. I’m Not Dj Clue

Kid Capri Went Crazy On Funk Flex: "I Want To Battle Step-up to the wax plate PunkFlex, you talk to much.. I’m Not Dj Clue... I WANT TO SMOKE PART 1 I want smoke with @funkflex A post shared by ??Kid Capri?? (@kidcapri101) on Jun 23, 2018 at 1:26pm PDT I WANT TO SMOKE PART 2 I want smoke with @funkflex A post shared by ??Kid Capri?? (@kidcapri101) on Jun 23, 2018 at 1:26pm PDT I WANT TO SMOKE PART 3 FLEX! You are lame, I SEE YOU PUTTING UP OUR TEXT CONVO ON SOME SNEAKY SHIT!!! Lolololol make sure you put up the whole convo, lolol lame!!!! Make sure You tell your radio fans that every time you got on stage after me, trying to do my fast changing records shit, YOU GOT BOOED!!!! MAKE SURE YOU TELL THEM THAT KID CAPRI TEXTED YOU LIKE A MAN TODAY AND YOU SAID THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO EXPLAIN ANYTHING TO ME, YOU GOT A BIIIIIIIIG HEAD FLEX, AND NOBODY SAYS ANYTHING TO YOU, so go on your radio show and talk all the shit you want, BUT WHILE YOU TALK, LOOK AT MY TIMELINE!! Everybody knows you talk to much and you need your ass whipped on a stage in front of everybody!!!!!! So go ahead and talk your shit to your fans that don’t know any better, BUT THEY GON LEARN TODAY!!! and one more thing, DON’T TELL A LIE ABOUT ME AND I WONT TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU!!!! @funkflex solid! A post shared by ??Kid Capri?? (@kidcapri101) on Jun 23, 2018 at 2:36pm PDT I WANT TO SMOKE PART 4 FLEX! You are lame, I SEE YOU PUTTING UP OUR TEXT CONVO ON SOME SNEAKY SHIT!!! Lolololol make sure you put up the whole convo, lolol lame!!!! Make sure You tell your radio fans that every time you got on stage after me, trying to do my fast changing records shit, YOU GOT BOOED!!!! MAKE SURE YOU TELL THEM THAT KID CAPRI TEXTED YOU LIKE A MAN TODAY AND YOU SAID THAT YOU DON’T HAVE TO EXPLAIN ANYTHING TO ME, YOU GOT A BIIIIIIIIG HEAD FLEX, AND NOBODY SAYS ANYTHING TO YOU, so go on your radio show and talk all the shit you want, BUT WHILE YOU TALK, LOOK AT MY TIMELINE!! Everybody knows you talk to much and you need your ass whipped on a stage in front of everybody!!!!!! So go ahead and talk your shit to your fans that don’t know any better, BUT THEY GON LEARN TODAY!!! and one more thing, DON’T TELL A LIE ABOUT ME AND I WONT TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT YOU!!!! @funkflex solid! A post shared by ??Kid Capri?? (@kidcapri101) on Jun 23, 2018 at 2:36pm PDT

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Controversial hip-hop hitmaker XXXTentacion was shot and killed on Monday in Florida, Broward Sheriff's Office confirmed. He was 20 years old.

TMZ first reported news of the rapper's death. XXXTentacion (real name Jahseh Onfroy), was reportedly leaving a motorcycle dealer in his car when a gunman opened fire, according to TMZ... Video footage circulating on the Internet appeared to show Onfroy lying in his car motionless following the shooting. TMZ reports that the police received a dispatch call describing a pair of suspects who drove away after the shooting. Xxxtentacion has been shot dead. #tmz #xxxtentacion A post shared by TMZ (@tmz_tv) on Jun 18, 2018 at 3:19pm PDT According to a statement from the Broward County Sheriff's Office, officers investigated "a developing incident regarding a Shooting located at: 3671 N. Dixie Hwy., Deerfield Beach. Regional Communications received a call of a shooting at the above location at 3:57 p.m. An adult male victim was transported to an area hospital." The Broward County Sheriff's Office subsequently tweeted that "the adult male that was taken to the hospital has been pronounced dead" at approximately 5:30 p.m. A representative for the rapper did not immediately respond to a request for comment. XXXTentacion’s rise began at the end of 2015, when the then 17-year-old rapper uploaded “Look At Me!” to SoundCloud. The song – an aggressively abrasive track that lasts just over two minutes – would become his calling card. It sounded like nothing else in hip-hop – the beat was pure noise and XXX's vocals are more screamed than rapped – and catapulted him to success over the course of the next year. XXXTentacion quickly became the face of SoundCloud Rap, a nascent, if ill-defined, genre of music that sprang out of South Florida via a loosely affiliated collection of young artists that prized raw emotionality and bluntly functional songwriting over anything else. In “Look At Me!,” the scene had its first hit, and in Onfroy, its first star.

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(LISTEN TO AUDIO) BEYONCÉ AND JAY-Z JUST MADE EVERYONE GO ‘APE SHIT’ WITH A SURPRISE JOINT ALBUM

This is not a drill: Beyoncé and Jay-Z just dropped an entire joint album without any announcement or hype whatsoever. Because it's not like music's most powerful couple needs album promo anyway! Everything Is Love abruptly hit Tidal on Saturday afternoon (July 16) under the name The Carters. The collaborative album spans nine songs, clocks in at just over 38 minutes, and features both Bey and Jay on every track. One of those cuts, "APESHIT," already has a full-length music video that's also available on Tidal. The cinematic vid was shot on location at The Louvre in Paris, and was teased by Beyoncé on Instagram. A post shared by Beyoncé (@beyonce) on Jun 16, 2018 at 2:29pm PDT Rumors about a Bey and Jay collaborative album have long swirled, and they escalated in March when the couple announced their joint stadium trek, On The Run II. The tour kicked off earlier this month in the U.K. and begins its North American leg on July 25. Looks like fans are going to have a lot of new music to get them hyped before then. If you don't have a Tidal account — and somehow aren't succumbing to the pressure to subscribe — you can listen to 30-second previews of the new songs below. Happy listening!

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(WATCH TRAILER) WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR? TRAVOLTA'S 'GOTTI' REVIEWS EARNS 0 PERCENT SCORE ON ROTTEN TOMATOES

After it took nearly a decade to get Gotti off the ground, the John Travolta-led flick scored a 0 percent with critics on Rotten Tomatoes... "That the long-gestating crime drama Gotti is a dismal mess comes as no surprise," Glenn Kenny, a New York Times critic and featured reviewer on Rotten Tomatoes, wrote Friday. "What does shock is just how multifaceted a dismal mess it is." Travolta, 64, stars as the late John Gotti—an Italian-American mobster who became the leader of the Gambino Crime Family in New York. The film, directed by Kevin Connolly (Eric "E" Murphy in Entourage) and penned by Lem Dobbs and Leo Rossi, depicts Gotti's three-decade run as head of the Gambino clan and the repercussions that came with the task. Travolta's real-life wife Kelly Preston stars opposite as Victoria Gotti, the gangster's loyal wife. Gotti's low score is based on 18 reviews. It joins an elite club of films that have managed to receive the rare 0 percent rating. Critics felt movies like The Ridiculous 6, Killing Me Softly, Max Steel and One Missed Call were also worthy of such low marks. Travolta's latest project also earned unfavorable feedback on Metacritic, but it succeeded in generating a slightly higher—yet, still dismal—27 percent rating. "Gotti is a connect-the-dots disaster—the don's greatest hits, so to speak—without discernible theme or cohesive narrative," Critic Frank Lovece wrote for Newsday Friday. "What feel[s] like plot pieces from different movies are strung together with long excerpts from vintage newscasts featuring the likes of WNBC/4's John Miller and WABC/7's Roger Grimsby substituting for dramatized events." It took eight years for John Gotti Jr. to bring his father's story to the big screen. Gotti was initially announced in 2010, but the project didn't begin to move forward until 2015. The film's supporting cast was rounded out in 2016.

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Actor Samuel L. Jackson Under Fire For Alleged Homophobic Tweet

Tough-talking actor Samuel L. Jackson wished President Donald Trump a happy birthday on Friday, but the Twitterverse took exception to the perceived anti-gay slurs in the message and laid their vengeance upon him... Jackson’s tweet: “Must have been a party at The White House, Mitch, Paul, Rudy & others were spotted wearing knee pads & carrying these lined up outside. Happy Birthday.” The tweet included an image of a product called “After Dick Mints” with the tagline “Going down?” One Twitter user asked, “Did you and Joy Reid get hacked by the same person?” The reference is to the MSNBC host who had several homophobic posts on her blog, but claimed she was hacked. Must have been a party at The White House, Mitch, Paul, Rudy & others were spotted wearing knee pads & carrying these lined up outside. Happy Birthday?? pic.twitter.com/VzTokZoUjg — Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) June 15, 2018 Actor Adam Baldwin of the late, lamented TV show Firefly asked, “Gay shaming?” He later removed the tweet. Another user directed at tweet at Capital One, asking the credit card company whether they endorse the language from a spokesperson.

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MTA to begin replacing the MetroCard next May

Last October, the MTA announced a plan to replace the magnetic-stripe MetroCards that have been in service on New York City’s subways and buses since the 1990s... Over the next five years, Cubic Transportation Systems will be tasked with implementing a new tap-and-pay fare system across all of the authority's properties (including commuter trains), with the first stations and buses getting the technology in 2019. This week, the MTA announced exactly which stations will get the updated system first. Beginning in May 2019, bus riders in Staten Island and straphangers passing through every stop along the Lexington Avenue Line from Grand Central–42nd Street to Atlantic Avenue–Barclays Center (on the 4, 5 and 6 trains) will have the option to use the new payment method. At those stations, passengers will have the option to pass through turnstiles with the tap of a smartphone or a credit card. Come 2021, the MTA will begin rolling out the MetroCard's plastic replacement in retail networks, and will install vending machines systemwide in 2022. New Yorkers will still have the option to use a magnetic strip card until they're phased out entirely in 2023 and will also be able to pay in cash at the new vending machines. The machines will also sell paper single-ride tickets that will work with the new system. “There are a couple of reason that this portion of the Lexington Avenue Line was chosen,” an MTA official said. “It goes through two major business district and touches both MTA commuter rails.” The initial upgrades will be more of a test run than anything. Commuters will only have the option to use the payment system at the stations in question, but will still have to wait years to use a reloadable card. By the fall of 2020, Cubic and the MTA plan to roll out the tap-and-pay system at all of the city’s subway stations. The metered rollout comes as no surprise to anyone who's followed similar endeavors by Cubic in other cities. The company was tasked with rolling out Ventra, a nearly identical system in Chicago in 2013. The quick turnover led to widespread problems and lengthy lines at L stations, and it caused the hashtag #VentraVents to trend for months. One interesting tidbit in this whole ordeal is that the new payment cards will not be called “MetroCards,” an MTA official said. The new name hasn't been announced yet, but New York can probably do better than the Ventra card in Chicago or the Oyster card in London, both of which are operated by Cubic.

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