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Why the 50 Cent-Floyd Mayweather Beef Is No Laughing Matter

Why the 50 Cent-Floyd Mayweather Beef Is No Laughing Matter
For the last several days, rapper 50 Cent and boxer Floyd Mayweather have engaged in the favorite pastime of any 21st-century celebrity with a Twitter account and an ego: feuding. While in the old days you might have had to stand on a street corner and shout insults at a nemesis face-to-face, with a few neighborhood friends to cheer you on, today Instagram, Twitter and every other form of social media make the entire world observers to celebrities doing modern-day versions of “the dozens.”
 
But the 50 Cent-Mayweather feud recently took an ugly turn, one that casts a spotlight on an issue that should be no laughing matter, particularly to two men who are admired by so many young black boys.

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  • Written by KELI GOFF- The Root

Prince set to drop new album

Prince set to drop new album
NEW YORK (AP) — Prince is releasing a new album on Sept. 30.
 
The pop icon announced Monday that he would release “Art Official Age” on Warner Bros. Records, the label Prince was signed to from 1978 to the mid-1990s, but later battled for the rights to his music.
 
He reached a deal with Warner in April, earning the rights to the music he recorded on the label.

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  • Written by MESFIN FEKADU-AP Music Writer

Trouble in Paradise

Trouble in Paradise
Nationwide — TV entertainer Nick Cannon has confirmed that the rumors are true; He and his wife pop star singer Mariah Carey are separated, and are living in different homes. The two had been rumored to always be arguing in both private and public.
 
Cannon recently told The Insider, “There is trouble in paradise…we have been living in separate houses for a few months.” But he denied that infidelity was the reason why they split up.
He added, “My main focus is my kids” referring to the couple’s 3-year old twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe.

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  • Written by BlackNews

Savion Glover: Tapping Into African-American History Through Dance

Savion Glover: Tapping Into African-American History Through Dance
The halls of Washington, D.C.’s historic Howard Theatre will be filled with the haunting tones of jazz as well as the skillful tapping of feet over the weekend, with renowned performer Savion Glover taking the stage to share “the dance.” 
 
“It’s basically going to be myself and a jazz quartet band [the Otherz] and we will of course do some cover tunes … some of the great jazz-music contributors, people like John Coltrane, Miles Davis,” the choreographer and dancer tells The Root. “We will also cover some original tunes.”

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  • Written by BREANNA EDWARDS- The Root

Gary Owen is “Just a Cool Guy”

Gary Owen is “Just a Cool Guy”
“You don’t choose your audience, they just choose you.” With these wise words, the hysterical Gary Owen explains how a Caucasian comedian commands the attention of his primarily African-American audience.
 
Reminiscent upon his days as Comic of The Year and the only white host ever for BET’s Comic View, Gary appreciates and understands his core audience and doesn’t necessarily see himself as the “token” go-to white comedian, but more as “the handpicked talent” from producers.

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  • Written by Leah Long- Special to the New Tri-State Defender

K. Michelle talks Rebellious Soul: The Musical

K. Michelle talks Rebellious Soul: The Musical
K. Michelle is taking the next step in her career by modifyingspace“>  her award-winning album The Rebellious Soul into a musical.
 
Let that marinate.
 
In a joint collaboration with VH1 and Atlantic Records, Rebellious Soul: The Musical is a story about a stripper’s journey in love, set to to the vocals of the Tennessee singer.

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  • Written by Kyle Harvey- theGrio

Step Aside, Iggy Azalea, It’s Time for Nicki Minaj to Appropriate … Herself

Step Aside, Iggy Azalea, It’s Time for Nicki Minaj to Appropriate … Herself
At midnight Wednesday, Nicki Minaj dropped the full video for “Anaconda,” an ode to bodacious booties with a heavily sampled shoutout to Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 signature “thickums” jam “Baby Got Back.”
 
What’s endearing, in an “Oh, the ’90s” kind of way, is remembering how “Baby Got Back” and its video were highly controversial at the time—to the point that MTV only played it at night. But thanks to the Magic City-fication of rap videos, “Baby Got Back” and its papier-mâché butt prop seem fairly quaint by comparison. In Mix-A-Lot’s video, the women wear shorts that cover their cheeks with fishnet tights underneath. Minaj gets rid of all that and dives pants-less into what an Internet-porn-saturated culture wants—dat azz.

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  • Written by DANIELLE C. BELTON-The Root

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