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Producer Sonny Digital Gives His Take On Labels Paying Producers

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:57pm

So far, 2018 has seen its fair share of coverage regarding the lack of appropriate pay for hip hop producers. Beatsmith’s such as DJ Mustard, TM88 and J.U.S.T.I.C.E League have helped drive the conversation forward.  Thus, the awareness of streaming-the positive and the negative impact, has been a lead conversation for music fans.

Popular hip hop producer Sonny Digital has cut his teeth producing for the likes of Future, 21 Savage and 2 Chainz. With his expertise in working with the big wigs of rap, his knowledge and experience in music is essential. Sonny shared those exact experiences with music magazine The FADER, including an interesting story on his “Birthday Song” production for 2 Chainz.

“For instance, ‘Birthday Song’ with 2 Chainz and Kanye West — that song had my tag in it at the beginning, and they ended up taking it out because of how the song started,” Digital said of a specific instance from early-on in his career. “I felt like, Man, that’s the only thing I had that was identifying me on there, and y’all trying to take it away from me. I felt like that shouldn’t even have been a conversation if it was the same mutual respect between the artist and the producer. Fast forward to now — people are dying for the tags to be on their shit. That’s kind of what got me to the point I’m at today.”

The Atlantic Records/producer pay controversy was the initial starter of this conversation. Producer E. Dan stated last week that Atlantic purposefully label albums to “commercial mixtapes” to avoid paying producers what they would compensate them for an album. Sonny chimed in on that topic, adding in his own perspective

What I saw [online that day was], “Atlantic call albums mixtapes to lower the fees to pay producers.” I’m like OK, cool. I don’t know why y’all are talking about Atlantic for, because every label does this shit? Every label puts out a mixtape that ends up on Apple Music or Spotify, everywhere except Live Mixtapes or DatPiff or Soundcloud. Everybody that just came out with a “mixtape,” it coincidentally always ends up on iTunes. Anything on iTunes is basically an album because you have to pay for it.”

Sonny Digital also reflected on the time in which he worked on Lil Uzi Vert’s Luv Is Rage. The project started off as strictly a mixtape. But the record soon ended up for purchase on iTunes.

The same situation happened to me before with Atlantic, with Lil Uzi Vert, when he did the Luv Is Rage mixtape early on in his career. When that project came out, it was all love, I wasn’t looking to make no money, I was just here to support. When it went up on iTunes though, I was like, Ok, someone’s getting paid now.

With the record now being sold, Sonny elaborated on how he had to be careful stepping to Atlantic. Uzi around this time was a new artist, so Sonny understood the potential gray area he may have stepped in.

When I went into the situation, I wasn’t planning on making money because, remember, that project came out as a free mixtape. I fucked with him too so that would defeat the purpose of being involved in the first place. When Atlantic hit me back, they said we only have $1000, $1500 to give you, so I was like Fuck it. After they paid me that, they recouped that money back [on sales]. If your producer advance is low, it will be easier for them to recoup that money and you’ll start making royalties quicker.

To check out the full Sonny Digital interview, click here.

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Harlem Veteran Cam’ron stars in Damon Dash New Film ‘Honor Up’

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 3:14pm

Cam’ron, Murda Mook, Blackface, and Smoke DZA star in the highly-anticipated Damon Dash produced film also executive produced by Kanye West. Dash himself stars as ‘OG’, a drug lord’s lieutenant struggling to maintain the code of honor.

The Harlem-based film also features Nicholas Turturro and Stacey Dash showcasing the grimey street world to an explosive soundtrack.

The Lionsgate crime saga HONOR UP is released in theaters and ON DEMAND February 16th

Check out the trailer below!



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Harvey Weinstein Slapped At A Resort In Arizona

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 2:20pm

What did the five fingers say to the face?


Well, that’s what a drunken restaurant goer did to disgraced film director Harvey Weinstein in a Scottsdale, Arizona eatery.

Weinstein on Tuesday evening was dining at a restaurant called Elements in Scottsdale, Arizona, when he was approached by a man identified by the publication only as “Steve.”

The two men sat and talked at Weinstein’s table for a time, but as Weinstein got up to leave the restaurant, “Steve” followed him and slapped him twice in the face while repeatedly calling him a “piece of sh*t.”

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Rich the Kid Stars in Champs Sports X Adidas Originals ‘Camo’ Campaign

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:23pm

Originally from New York, Atlanta rapper Rich the Kid is the latest celebrity to star in a Champs Sports X adidas Originals campaign. In the 53 second campaign video, Rich the Kid explores the city of Los Angeles, and discusses his journey to different cities and how his experiences have impacted him. He also mentions his love for L.A. and encourages viewers to keep following their dreams.

“Y’all chasing a dream, don’t stop chasing it, put your mind to it. If you’re working hard for something don’t give up, keep going. I made it from nothing, and y’all can make it from nothing too.”

In the visual, Rich the Kid can be seen sporting items from the exclusive adidas Originals Camo Collection. This fly as the camo crew which retails for $80. But it is the adidas NMD R2‘s, which includes reflective 3M on the three stripes on the side, and logo on the tongue that has heads turning. The shoe retails for $130. Available for purchase now, check out the rest of the collection here. Do you think it’s hot or not?

The hardest working kid in the game. | @richthekid, exclusively for @adidasoriginals x Champs.

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Teacher Arrested For Asking Why Superintendent Is Getting A Raise

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 1:00pm

A Vermilion Parish middle school teacher was removed and subsequently arrested after speaking out during a school board meeting Monday night. The actions have sparked international outrage on social media and have inspired alleged death threats against members of the school board.

During the meeting, the board voted to renew Superintendent Jerome Puyau’s contract for three years, while also giving him a pay raise.

Deyshia Hargrave, an English teacher at Rene Rost Middle School, addressed the school board during the public comment portion of the meeting, speaking out against the pay raises.

“A superintendent, or any person in a position of leadership getting any type of raise, I feel like is a slap in the face to all the teachers, cafeteria workers, and other support staff we have,” Hargrave told the board.

See what happens next…

Everyone from the superintendent to the resource officer who arrested her has received death threats and shows like CBS’ The Talk weighed in on the occurrence.

“She wasn’t being violent,” said Sharon Osbourne. “She wasn’t lashing out at anybody.”

“And she was speaking her mind during the public comments portion of the meeting,” Julie Chen added.

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Kevin Gates Has Been Released From Prison

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:43pm

After over several months in prison, New Orleans rapper Kevin Gates is a free man. Gates was released this morning (Wednesday, Jan 10) from the East Moline Correctional Center. The release of Gates is via parole.

Originally given a 30-month prison sentence for a felony gun possession, Gates only served nine months behind bars. As written here, Gates already has plans to mentor troubled youth. Gates’ goal is to make sure the teens he potentially mentors don’t go down the same path he did.

Gates tweeted this photo after his release this morning.


— Kevin Gates (@iamkevingates) January 10, 2018

Some conditions for Gates to follow is to not own any firearms and to be under mandatory supervision.


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Today In Hip Hop History: Smif N Wessun Drops ‘Dah Shinin’ 23 Years Ago

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:34pm

On this date in 1995, Steele and Tek aka Smif N Wessun of the legendary Boot Camp Clik release their debut album Dah Shinin’ on the ultra-indie imprint, Wreck Records.

This was also the sophomore effort of the Boot Camp Clik, which exposed the skills of more of the artists that were heard on Black Moon’s debut project, Enta Da Stage. Tracks such as “Cession at da Doghillee” and “Sound Bwoy Bureill” introduced members of Heltah Skeltah, the duo that included the late Sean Price, as well as the Originoo Gunn Clappaz(O.G.C.), which completed the epic Brooklyn rap collective.

With in-house production courtesy of Da Beatminerz, the Roy Ayers’ Ubiquity-esque feel that was captured on the album’s cover can definitely be felt through the verses over the haunting tracks. Even though the album never reached gold status in terms of sales, Dah Shinin’ is undoubtedly one of the albums that defines its era.

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Warren Buffett On Bitcoin: It Will Definitely Come To A Bad Ending

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:42am

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett isn’t joining in on the bitcoin craze.

“I can say almost with certainty that they will come to a bad ending,” the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said of cryptocurrencies in an interview with CNBC on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

“If I could buy a five-year put on every one of the cryptocurrencies I would be glad to do it,” Buffett said. “But I would never short a dime’s worth.”

Buffett clarified that he’s not interested in getting into the futures market for bitcoin, which launched on Cboe Global Markets and CME Group Inc. last month.

“I get in enough trouble with things I know something about,” Buffett said. “Why in the world should I take a long or short position on something I don’t know anything about?”

Buffett previously called bitcoin a “mirage” in 2014. He’s joined in his skepticism by JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM – Get Report) CEO Jamie Dimon, who called bitcoin a “fraud” in October. While Dimon scaled back his criticism some he still remains uninterested in piling in on the cryptocurrency.

Buffett’s second-in-command at Berkshire, Charlie Munger, agreed with Buffett, too. In the same CNBC interview, Munger said bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies were, in fact, bubbles.

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“B***h Stole My Seat!”: Meryl Streep Talks Mariah Carey With Jimmy Kimmel

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:36am

Words by Nick Slay

Meryl Streep shows she has a quirky sense of humor while taking a fun jab at Mariah Carey.

For those of us that grew up on Mariah Carey, she undisputedly holds the ‘Diva’ crown in the music industry. So when Meryl Streep called out the VH1 Divas, we all gave pause and took notice. While on a recent episode of the popular late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live, Streep spills the beans on the rumor that the “Honey” singer hijacked her seat! Adding with characteristic wit and staging to the audience and turning to the crowd with swag and bravado, for a big laugh,

“B***h stole my seat!”

The Post star continued:

“I come over and you know there she was next to Spielberg sucking up, [motioning that it’s her seat with a thumbs up and click]”

For Streep it was all love, as Mariah Carey apologized saying they made her quickly take a seat.

Meryl Streep explained they do these big countdowns between brakes, so you have no choice to immediately sit down when filming of the broadcast resumes. Kimmel compared it one big game of musical chairs as Streep blushed and the audience roared in laughter. It seems like there was no shade intended, the former 2x Golden Globe Award winner  just took the opportunity to make light of the situation. Some people are trying to turn this into a race issue or lack of women’s solidarity in the wake of the aptly named ‘Oprah for 2020’ speech.

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Ty Dolla $ign Tells Fuse TV He’s Not a Rapper and Promotes New Tour

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:16am

Words by Roman White

Ty Dolla $ign wants everyone to know that he is not a rapper.

The South Los Angeles based artist sat down with Fuse TV as he gears up for his Don’t Judge Me tour, named after the Swae Lee and Future assisted track from his Beach House 3 album that released in October. The Atlantic Records artists says:

“I don’t rap… There’s not one song that you can point out where I’m rapping. It’s like I always been melodic, but this time I wanted to go super hard with the melodies and show people it’s the singer.”

Ty Dolla $ign detailed a night where he attended a Knicks game and on the Jumbotron was his face on camera with a lower third graphic that read “Ty Dolla Sign, Rapper” and the singer was upset. There is no doubt what his role is on the new Beach House album which debuted at number 11 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Throughout all 20 tracks Dolla Sign flows melodically without spitting any bars.

Ty Dolla $ign came up as not only a singer but as a record producer. He produced YG’s first hit song “Toot it and Boot it,” which opened the door for YG to sign with Jeezy’s CTE record label. Dolla is even responsible for DJ Mustard transitioning into production after having only had experience as a DJ. Mustard has said that Ty gave him his first sound kit to really get him started with producing. Mustard and YG eventually got on their Snoop and Dre type grind and created a sound that became desired all throughout hip-hop and even in pop music.

Ty Dolla $ign also told Fuse that his new tour will be different. Ty insists that he has altered his expected performance from it being a constant party-like atmosphere to something more intimate and meaningful. The tour is set to kick off in Sacramento, California February 23rd.

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13 Killed After Torrential Rains Send Mudslides Into Southern California Neighborhoods

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:09am

Words by Leslie Monet

California residents can’t seem to catch a break from mother nature as she rips through Santa Barbara county, only this time instead of killer wildfires, flood waters turned scorched soil into torrential mudslides.

Rescue teams from the Coast Guard and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department were challenged yet again to brave natural disaster. Among those fortunate enough to be found so far were a young boy who was thrown hundreds of yards by the cement-like mud and an unidentified 14-year-old girl who was trapped under debris of her home that was heaved from it’s foundation. Her reaction, caught by local news, was that of utter shock of her retrieval, as she stated,

“I thought I was dead there for a minute.”

Although officials called for a mandatory evacuation, only 10 to 15 percent of them took heed. Of the area’s most tragically impacted by death tolls, was Montecito a wealthy enclave just northwest of Los Angeles and home to about 9,000 including Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres and Rob Lowe. With the area having survived the largest wildfire ever recorded just last month, this horrific event puts salt on an open wound.

A record-breaking $306 billion in damages was recorded after hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria devastated the United States, exceeding totals of $215 billion after Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005. Scientists are attributing the major catastrophes in part to climate change. With the wildfires still lingering in the deep of California’s forests and 4.5 magnitude earthquake hitting off the coast a couple days ago, we could only hope this series of storms and quakes withdraws itself from largely populated locations.

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Curren$y Announces Release Date for Back at Burnie’s Album

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:52am

Words by Roman White

Curren$y is dropping some new heat on us this spring. The New Orleans rapper announced that he’ll be releasing his ninth studio album, Back at Burnie’s a sequel to his 2011 album ‘Weekend at Burnie’s.’

Spitta Andretti will be collaborating with Monsta Beats, who is the same producer from part one of the Burnie series. The Hot Spitta posted on Instagram the Forty FPS designed cover art to the new album which is scheduled to release on March 16. “#backatburnies @therealmonstabeatz @fortyfps March 16th,” read the Instagram caption.

#backatburnies @therealmonstabeatz @fortyfps March 16th.

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The original project brought features from Fiend, Young Roddy and Trademark da Skydiver who has since left Curren$y’s Jet Life Recordings independent label to pursue other ventures. Trademark claims that the two New Orleans MCs are still cool so it’d be interesting to see if Curren$y taps the same artists for part two of the Burnie projects.

Curren$y’s last album was part 3 to the Pilot Talk series. The album sold for $100 but was available for free streaming online, a marketing strategy similar to what Nipsey Hussle did with his Crenshaw album.

Spitta’s most recent project was a six-track joint effort with producer Lex Luger titled, The Motivational EP. Since the late September release of the EP, Curren$y has dropped two records with Monsta Beats which will most likely be featured on the upcoming album. The first single was released on December 20 — a track titled “Old Range” and then just over a week later the former Young Money artist followed it up with “Moonlight” tapping Jet Life artists Young Roddy and Cornerboy P as guest features.

Curren$y has always been the picture of consistency seeming to always have a new project ready to drop whether it be a full length album or a collaborative EP with a rapper or producer he has a good relationship with. This will be the rapper/stoner’s first album since marijuana was legalized recreationally in eight states and the District of Columbia – so new stoners in any of the green approved states may have an album to ride out to the right way.

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Michael Blackson to Host First Ever ‘BET Social Awards’

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:50am

Awards season is in full effect and BET has added another event to the celebrity-crazed season.

Om January 9, BET announced the “Social Awards,” the first of it’s kind, hosted by comedian and actor Michael Blackson. The event will celebrate the very best- and worst, in social media over the past year. The event, executive produced by Mike Epps (Friday After Next, All About the Benjamin’s,) will highlight your favorite celebrity follows, the biggest memes, hashtags and trends of the year. The one-hour live event will cover all of the most memorable and talked about social media moments that flooded 2017 timelines.

Actor Michael Blackson, also known as “The African King of Comedy,” will host the first ever “BET Social Awards” on February 11.

Keeping true to the “social” theme, winners are determined based on fan’s votes, casted on BET.COM/SOCIAL.  Viewers select the five (5) nominees that should make it to the final round for consideration and potentially taking the title in categories such as “Clapback,” “Social Hustle” and more. First round of voting closes Sunday, January 21 at 6 PM EST. The second round of voting featuring the top (5) nominees chosen in the online voting categories opens on Tuesday, January 23 at Noon EST.

Categories include:

If you troll, they’re trolling back! Internet beef is nothing new, but when these nominees let loose, the whole world notices. From clever reads to snatching edges, these nominees are known to put people back in their place. Whose clapback game was the strongest?

  • Christy Teigen
  • Remy Ma
  • Maxine Waters
  • Angela Rye
  • Sharon Reed
  • Amanda Seales
  • Jess Hillarious
  • Erykah Badu
  • Michael Rapaport
  • Rihanna

Pop in your headphones, you’re in for a treat. These podcasts are the voice of the people, and we want to know which one is your favorite!

  • The Drink Champs
  • The Bodega Boys
  • Rap Radar with Elliott Wilson
  • The Read
  • Two Dope Queens
  • Joe Budden
  • Pod Save The People
  • The Brilliant Idiots
  • Another Round
  • On One With Angela Rye

Let’s celebrate the memes and gifs that came out of nowhere, took over our timelines and showcased clever moods, shade and subs we didn’t even know we needed.

  • Roll Safe
  • Salt Bae
  • Meryl Streep Singing
  • Diddy Met Gala
  • Issa Rae “I’m Rooting For Everybody Black”
  • Real House Wives Of Atlanta “Who said that”
  • Michael Jordan Crying

These power couples epitomize #relationshipgoals and we’re here for it! Rep your favorite couple and vote below!

  • Gucci & Keyshia Kaoir
  • Teyana & Iman
  • Beyonce & Jay Z
  • Cardi B & OffSet
  • Remy Ma & Papoose
  • Russell Wilson & Ciara

Click here for the complete list of nominees and click here to cast your vote!

“THE BET SOCIAL AWARDS” will premiere live Sunday, February 11, 2018 at 10 P.M./7 P.M. ET/PT.

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G-Eazy Cuts Ties With H&M Over Racist Ad

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:33am

The dimes continue to drop for H&M after Monday’s scandal.

The Swedish clothing brand attempted to appropriate a black child wearing a “coolest monkey in the jungle” hoodie. The action led to much disappointment and backlash from the masses. Social media flew into outrage. Since then many have called to boycott the retail company. Although H&M issued an apology, to no avail, it did not stop the continuation of harsh criticism, from various sources to continue; and rightfully so. The Weeknd terminated his relationship with H&M on Monday. He is not the last to do so.

G-Eazy recently began collaborating with H&M in December. That relationship was short lived, because he ended his endorsement deal with them on Tuesday. The Bay Area rapper released a statement via social media.

“Whether an oblivious oversight or not, it’s truly sad and disturbing that in 2018, something so racially and culturally insensitive could pass by the eyes of so many (stylist, photographer, creative and marketing teams) and be deemed acceptable. “

Similar to the “No Limit” rapper, a number of people could not fathom the lack of awareness amongst creatives. He goes on to call for more diverse and aware companies to prevent such situations from occurring again.

“I hope that this situation will serve as the wake up call that H&M and other companies need to get on track and become racially and culturally aware, as well as more diverse at every level. “

Charlamagne tha God, of the number one, morning radio show in the country, The Breakfast Club, crowned H&M with the first Donkey of the Day, for 2018.. For those who are unfamiliar with Donkey of the Day, the radio personality uses this segment to “give people the credit they deserve for being stupid.”

The underlying issue is not carelessness or stupidity, but a lack of awareness and diversity in a work place, to allow such bigotry on their website.  Continue to follow us for the aftermath to this story.

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‘Living Single’ Will Be Streaming on Hulu Starting Thursday

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:26am

“It’s a 90s kind of world,” again!

Regine’s confidence and style, Max’s wit and humor, Synclaire’s ‘woo woo woo’ optimism, and Khadijah’s cool, was what made up the lovely ladies of Living Single. Residing in a Brooklyn brownstone, Khadijah James (Queen Latifah) and Synclaire James (Kim Coles), both cousins, and Regine Hunter (Kim Fields), Khadijah’s childhood friend, were roommates navigating life as young black professionals alongside their frequent visiting friend Maxine “Max” Shaw (Erika Alexander) and neighbors Kyle Barker (T.C. Carson) and Overton Jones (John Henton). Whether Khadijah was running her magazine Flavor with the help of Synclaire, who was often cuddled up with her honey Obie, or secret lovebirds Kyle and Max were exchanging insults with one another, the Living Single crew always had each other’s back. And starting on Thursday, January 11, Hulu will be streaming all five season of the classic 90’s sitcom. Hulu announced the exciting news on Twitter on Tuesday night.

It's a '90s kind of world. Again. Living Single, the entire series, streams January 11, only on Hulu. pic.twitter.com/yCaVxRzR31

— hulu (@hulu) January 10, 2018

In early 2017, Queen Latifah appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, and mentioned that a revival of Living Single was in the works, stating “it’s not there yet, but like hopefully we can get it happening.”  She also discussed how the show paved the way and inspired the hit show, Friends. 

Are you ready to binge watch Living Single?


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Tom Brady Shows The World How He Is Fighting Father Time In New Facebook Watch Series

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:11am

Tom Brady is winning his battle with father time and now wants to show the world a glimpse into his strategy.

The New England Patriots quarterback is starting his own show on Facebook Watch, the social network’s big effort to build a video hub. The show, called “Tom vs Time,” promises to go behind the scenes with the aging quarterback to show how he works out and eats to keep playing, a source of debate lately among NFL fans.

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“What are you willing to do and what are you willing to give up to be the best you can be?” – Tom Brady Follow the new series Tom vs Time. Coming soon, only on Facebook Watch.

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“Tom vs Time” will also offer a peek into Brady’s life off the field as he raises his children with his wife Gisele Bündchen, who makes a cameo in the first teaser for the upcoming series.

“I have thought for many years how cool it would be to show fans other aspects of my life and interact with them in a different way,” Brady said in a release. “I have been a part of features in magazines, newspapers and TV shows, but I’ve never tried anything like what we decided to do with this docu-series. I hope fans enjoy seeing what we captured.”

Brady isn’t one to share much of anything with the public, so that alone will make this series a must watch. The series could also serve as an infomercial to his TB12 workout system. Either way, it makes for great marketing.


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Taraji P. Henson to Produce And Star in Film About Emmett Till’s Life

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 9:08am

Taraji P. Henson confirmed in an interview on January 9th, that she will starring in, as well as producing a film about the life and murder of  Emmett Till. Taraji told Global Grind.

“We don’t have a start date yet, but the deal has definitely been done. That’s one project that I’ve been passionate about since Trayvon Martin was murdered. John Singleton will helm the film.”

It has been rumored for a while that the collaboration between Taraji and Singleton was likely to happen. The project was first mentioned in a February 2017 Vanity Fair round- up of other Till- centric projects in the works. In the film, Henson will portray Mamie Till- Mobley who famously chose to give her son, Emmett an open casket funeral after he was lynched by J.W. Milam and Roy Bryant. Photographic evidence of the violence that the White supremacists inflicted on African Americans were published and shared world wide from Jet magazine and The Chicago Reader.

This is huge for Taraji; with her huge success from shows and movies like Empire, Think Like a Man, and Hidden Figures. This next project is sure to get the public’s interest as audiences prepare to see her in her latest project, Proud Mary.

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H&M Issues Apology For Offensive Racist ‘Coolest Monkey’ Hoodie Ad Featuring Black Child

TheSource Feed - Wed, 01/10/2018 - 6:04am

On Sunday evening (Jan 7.) social media went abrupt over an advertisement by Swedish based retailer H&M which featured a young black boy in a green hoodie with a slogan that read “coolest monkey in the jungle.”

The advertisement was found to be severely racist upon the identity of the black race, especially since two other hoodies from the same line, one with the slogan “survival expert” and another with a collage of animals were modeled by white children.

H&M issued an apology on Tuesday (Jan. 9) admitting that they have fallen short in the department of promoting diversity due to their inability to be conscious of all racial and cultural discernment.

“We agree with all the criticism that this has generated – we have got this wrong and we agree that, even if unintentional, passive or casual racism needs to be eradicated wherever it exists. We appreciate the support of those who have seen that our product and promotion were not intended to cause offence but, as a global brand, we have a responsibility to be aware of and attuned to all racial and cultural sensitivities – and we have not lived up to this responsibility this time.”


— H&M (@hm) January 9, 2018

The “coolest monkey in the jungle” hoodie was featured on the British version of H&M’s online store. According to the Swedish retailer, the hoodie has since been removed and will be converted into reusable material. Perhaps, to design a more appropriate product.

“We have taken down the image and we have removed the garment in question from sale. It will be recycled.”

Musicians G-Eazy and The Weeknd who both garnered endorsement deals with the retailer have publicly ended their partnerships due to the incident. Nicki Minaj, who currently has a partnership with the brand and appeared in recent ads, has yet to speak out on the matter and fans have put the “No Frauds” rapper under pressure to do so.

I’m just wondering when @NICKIMINAJ is pulling her support as well from H&M..

— ninafitlifestyle (@Ninafitlifestyl) January 9, 2018

Actor Jesse Williams, who gained mass acclaim from the black community after his speech at the 2016 BET Awards, where he denounced racism, starred in H&M’s recent holiday campaign with Nicki Minaj, and spoke out against the brand on Instagram, labeling the incident as a “pathetic excuse for corporate behavior and [ir]responsibility.”

Just getting back from vacation to see this pathetic excuse for corporate behavior and [ir]responsibility. Last year I chose to do a holiday campaign w/ @HM specifically because it centered women and girls as imaginative doers; because it centered an intelligent dark skinned girl w/ natural hair as protagonist; because it featured a loving, creative, working class black family. And then, here they come with this bullshit… These offenses are more about the makeup of the rooms where they happen, than the items they produce. There is a concentration of power, committed to exclusion, whether casual, accidental or conscious. The collateral damage of this corporate, colonial mind-state occurs several times a year, and it’s predictable the world over, like the seasons, so when i laid eyes on it, my initial reaction was neither shock nor anger. It was boredom. This old world, white power, failing-upward culture of reckless trampling that repeatedly exposes itself, is boring already. Aren’t you bored? Aren’t you bored watching mediocre, incurious & consequently destructive people waltz through your life, shepherded into positions of power, further choking off opportunity for the actually talented, curious & decent among us? It’s a truly desperate and bizarre ritual we’ve become conditioned to. A ritual that WILL go the way of the confederate flag: A relic of a destructive juvenile “civilization,” disguised as harmless tradition. End relationships with your abusers. Make room for yourselves. #BuyBlack‬ #BuyResponsibly #Make

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The pressure is now on Nicki Minaj. Barbz have spent the last month flooding the retailer for the Queens rapper’s merch and now find themselves in a stuck position between giving their money to a now reputably racist brand and supporting their favorite rapper. Despite the apology, those who are true advocates for racial justice will refrain from supporting the brand. Perhaps, Minaj may speak out in the brand’s defense due gaining satisfaction from the “unequivocal apology” issued by the brand. Or, she may not. H&M claims to incident was “accidental in nature,” but vowed to take the issue seriously.


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TheSource Feed - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:01pm

Bonnaroo who has just released their lineup for 2018 and once again we’re subject to a familiar trio of headliners in Eminem, The Killers, and Muse. The camping festival which takes place in Manchester, Tennessee from June 7th to June 10th, also boasts the biggest electronic lineup out of all of the festival lineups release thus far in the year.

Bassnectar and Kaskade occupy familiar territory in the first two lines, but joining them up at the front are artists including Virtual Self, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Chromeo, Carnage, and Alison Wonderland. Not to fear there, because there’s plenty more to speak of with Gryffin, What So Not, Kayzo, Slander, Big Wild, Shiba San, Snakehips, Mr Carmack, Valentino Khan, K?D, Chris Lake, Space Jesus, Said The Sky, Elohim, Melvv, Loudpvck, DROELOE, and Taska Black all on the bill, as well. In fact, there are also two special b2b sets billed: Billy Kenny b2b Mija (something we never saw coming) and Boogie T b2b Squinto. There’s a definitely a diverse selection of electronic music here, not to speak of the other genres represented, which might just make this lineup the best overall released thus far in the year!

Tickets go on sale Friday at 10AM ET here starting at $299.5 plus fees for a 4-day GA pass.


Trump Addresses The Possibility Of Oprah Running For President

TheSource Feed - Tue, 01/09/2018 - 3:25pm

Trump is never afraid to throw shade so it’s no surprise that he clapped back at the idea of ‘Oprah 2020’.

Recently, Oprah blew the world away with her Golden Globe acceptance speech sparking the idea that she might be the next ray of hope the United States desperately needs. Being the renaissance woman that she is, Oprah has earned the respect and trust of a good portion of the American public. However, it’s no surprise Trump is not a part of that equation.

In an interview, Trump was asked how he felt about Oprah running for President in 2020. He bluntly stated “yeah I’ll beat Oprah” arms crossed not looking the least bit concerned leaving the impression that he’s either unbothered or extremely bothered.

The Oprah presidency rumors started circulating after she eloquently stated, “A new day is on the horizon”. That single statement was enough for people everywhere to grapple with the fact that politics could yet another arena that Oprah could dominate in.

Whether the speculations are true or not, it’s safe to say that Oprah will succeed in the political arena without Trump’s blessing. NBC tweeted a photo showing a smiling Oprah with the caption, “Nothing But Respect For Our Future President”, showing how Trump’s disapproval rating could soon come to bite him in the behind.

We won’t know for-sure what Oprah has up her sleeve for 2020, but one dream in the meantime right?

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