Today in Hip Hop News

“One Dance” Remix

Justin Bieber released a remix to Drake’s “One Dance.” At an exclusive party,  the DJ played the remix for the crowd. Attendees recorded the song in two videos of the song. Actress Gabriel Union snapchatted “Justin on Drake remix … 1st time heard anywhere.”

New Year Resolution in May

In a tweet, Soulja Boy announced that he has dropped all artist from his label, SODMG, and is starting anew for 2016. This is following his claim to have signed a $400 million deal that was later debunked. The rapper is actually paid in stock and the deal is capped at $400 million, based on pure optimism because the company, World Poker Fund, is valued at $52 million.

Drake is Winning

For the fourth consecutive week, Drake’s  VIEWS is at No. 1 on the albums chart, according to Billboard.

Here Comes Baby

A bit of old news is that Angela Simmons announced her pregnancy on Instagram. After implicitly denying the rumors, Simmons writes that she is “we are overjoyed and super excited to receive a blessing this big! Starting a family was something that I could have only dreamed of.” Congratulations to her and her mystery fiance.

 

A Cheap Guide to Your Summer Body

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The official first day of Spring is still fresh is our minds. That means we will soon be replacing coats and thermals with bikinis and crop tops. Getting fit is requires determination and consistency but it definitely does not require a large budget and here’s why.

Skip the Monthly Gym Memberships

The gym membership is nice because it houses everything you need at one location at convenient hours, especially 24 hour gyms. However, social anxiety, inconvenient hours, cost or simply just not wanting to go can be huge deterrents. With an internet connection, a soft floor and optional cans of peas or what have you, you can transform your living room into a gym. YouTube fitness instructors offer sublime advice and instructions with full-length videos that are guaranteed to get your heart racing and blood pumping. My personal favorites are FitnessBlender and BeFit. They offer a consistent stream of professional, full-length videos with a wide range of exercises and instruction. A jog around the neighborhood is also a free option for working out and requires 30 minutes of your time.

Free or Donation-based Yoga Classes

Yoga can honestly be done anywhere. And that point has been repeatedly made with many yoga classes taken place at parks and beaches. You too can take part in these classes with little to no cost. Community yoga classes can take place at local parks, with the recreation department, or even your local church. YogaToday.com is the Netflix of yoga that provides free weekly videos that range from beginner to expert. Furthermore, MeetUp presents many opportunities to engage with like-minded individuals so why not connect with other  yogis or exercisers.

Eating Healthier by Starting Small

Eating healthy is another barrier. With numerous quick fix solutions being peddled on Instagram and healthier food options being more expensive than its counterparts, changing one’s diet can be expensive and difficult. Rather than haul out your kitchen, small changes can do the trick. Portion control, decrease in snacking or switching out one option such as chips for nuts or apple, can offer valuable benefits.

 

 

 

Who is Kehlani?

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Kehlani Parrish is a tattooed, Grammy-nominated singer. Her mixtape, You Should Be Here, was critically-acclaimed and nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 2016 Grammy Awards. However, Kehlani may now be known as a “SoundCloud artist” that was accused of cheating on Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, with PartyNextDoor, singer. She was then prosecuted by the internet, trending on Twitter, and eventually hospitalized after a failed suicide attempt.

Since January 2016, Kehlani and Irving have been together based on photos shared on social media. At the end of March, PartyNextDoor posts a picture of Kehlani and him in bed together with her confirmable “WOKE” tattoo on her hand. The caption read: “After all her shenanigans, still got the r&b singer back in my bed” Why? It’s anyone’s guess.

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That one picture led to the allegation that Kehlani was cheating on Irving with PartyNextDoor. The internet picked sides and attacked the supposed infidelity. Chris Brown was noteworthy critic who bashed the Kehlani for both the cheating and “faking” her suicide attempt. Other celebrities, such as Nick Cannon, JoJo, and Questlove, offered support.

Kyrie Irving went on to say, in a series of tweets, that:

“It’s been hard to see what’s been going on and not address the truth. I do not justify the picture or what dude did to try and spark all of this non sense that could have been avoided, but me and Kehlani were not dating when the picture came out. It’s unfortunate that it’s received so much attention but its become bigger because of a post that was misunderstood. Nothing but love and compassion over this way for her and her family. My only focus the Game I love to play every night.”

After a lengthy denial and attributing PartyNextDoor with saving her life, Kehlani deleted Instagram and Twitter. It was reasonable as she was transformed into a meme. She has since returned to Instagram, @kehlani.

Essentially, Kehlani was a promising singer whose career and reputation has been tainted after being prosecuted by the internet for allegations and misunderstandings.

Hamburger Helper Releases a Mixtape “Watch the Stove”

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If someone played Hamburger Helper’s new mixtape, “Watch the Stove,” you would have everyone dabbing and nae-naeing as if it wasn’t an elaborate marketing stunt. The five-track mixtape features the finest in trap music with bars like “only want the beef with the lean it.” Students at McNally Smith College of Music helped with the project and local artists, like Dequexatron X000, DJ Tiiiiiiiiiip & Bobby Rap, providing features.

Lefty, the mascot for Hamburger, has been providing updates about his project on Twitter for a while. We didn’t heed his warning and was surprised by the heat of “Watch the Stove.” Take a listen to what will unapologetically be added to your summer playlist.

Russell Wilson Introduces Clothing Line “Good Man Brand”

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Quarterback for Seahawks, boyfriend of Ciara and general nice guy Russell Wilson has launched clothing line called “Good Man Brand.” Wilson offers contemporary styles with a hefty price tag with the prices ranging from $88 to $348 for blazers, shirts, tees, polos, pants, shorts, sweatshirts, and shoes. Wealth is not the only factor for the clothing line but also philanthropy. For every purchase, $3 donated to the Why Not You Foundation, a charity also created by Wilson that focused on “empower[ing] change in the world, one individual at a time, and one child at a time.” Pay for an expensive shirt and help the world with Russell Wilson.

The Black Vote

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Pandering to the minority voters is standard practice when election season comes around. Doing the latest urban dance moves, attending historically black colleges and universities and repeatedly referencing the detrimental effects the War on Drugs caused for black men and women. All and all, it comes down to believability and relatability.

President Barack Obama brought the highest black voter turnout for the 2008 and 2012 election. Being the first black nominee for a major party then becoming the first black U.S. President, President Obama offered hope and opportunity embodied in his first campaign slogans, “Yes We Can” and “Change.” Simply being black did not seal his fate with black voters as demonstrated by the lack of support given Herman Cain in 2012 and Ben Carson in 2016.

Sexual misconduct scandals, proclaiming that black democrats were “brainwashed” and comparing social security to slavery were just some of the of the problems that plagued Cain’s road to presidency. He was the Donald Trump of 2012 with controversial statements and alienating crusades. Being out of touch seems to be the largest problem facing GOP candidates who disregard to racial disparities that affect minorities socially and economically.

Even for Democrats, pandering the black vote can be hard. Hillary Clinton is working overtime with references to her time spent with Black superstars Beyoncé and Jay-Z while Bernie Sanders highlighted his arrest in 1963 during a demonstration protesting the city’s segregated schools. With Black Lives Matters continuing to press on, being able to understand and relate to movement is another crucial point.

Donald Trump is the leading GOP candidate though the party vehemently can’t stand him. Bernie Sanders has the youth rallying for socialism. Political memes are flooding social media and facts have become commodities rather than necessities. Getting that black vote requires more than slang and eating soul food but empathizing and understanding that being Black in America is not always easy while also coming up with solutions to deal with the violence, poverty, racism and other issues plaguing the Black community without simply blaming hip-hop and violent video games.

Black History Month

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Garrett Morgan discovered a formula that could straighten hair, created and patented the predecessor gas mask in 1914, launched an prominent African-American newspaper, Cleveland Call, in 1920 and patented an improved traffic signal with three options, go, slow down and stop rather than two in 1983 and he ultimately sold it to General Electric for $40,000, a significant amount at the time. Mae C. Johnson was the first African-American woman astronaut to go to space , a dancer, an actress, a doctor, a college professor and holds numerous accolades from her career that began in 1973 when she graduated high school with honors then went to Stanford before flourishing and making history. In 2001, Robert Johnson, creator of Black Entertainment Television became the first African-American billionaire.

History continues to be made for African-Americans. Rihanna became the first Dior campaign star in 2015. Lebron James was the first black man on Vogue and the first lifetime contract at Nike. Besides being the first African-American to be World No. 1 in 2002 and being a key advocate for equal prize money for men and women players in tennis, Venus and sister Serena were the first African-American women to have an ownership stake in a NFL franchise. To name a few of the many record shattering feats Beyoncé, she was the the first African-American woman to win the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award in 2001 and the first female to receive the International Artist Award at the American Music Award in 2007.

Not to limit ourselves to entertainment,  African-Americans have made many feats in recent history. Father and son, Troy and Chase Reed, created the world’s first sneaker pawn shop with $30,000 inventory/collection, social media and a dream. What started as a way to deal with bullying, skyrocketed Egypt Ufele to fame with her line, Chubiiline, being debuted in New York and Atlanta at the tender age of ten in 2015.

Black History Month will soon be over but black history will never stop being made. Black women continue to lead in entrepreneurship and education attainment. Black Lives Matters has made history with its mission of ending police brutality. Laverne Cox is crusading for LGBT rights and making history in the progress with TRANSform Me making her the first African-American trans woman to produce and star in her own TV show and being the first open transgender to appear on TIME, among other feats.

Regardless of the month, black excellence will continue to shine and prosper. Acknowledge the growth and seek out improvements. Remain unapologetically black. Work with Rihanna. Get in formation with Beyoncé. Stand with Kendrick Lamar. Record your passions with Ava DuVernay. Talk politics with Anthony Foxx. Invest with Charles Hudson. Just don’t be stagnant.