Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC ImagesMeek Mill’s call for justice was answered Wednesday when the Philadelphia District Attorney filed a motion for a new trial and a new judge for the rapper.
D.A. Larry Krasner filed new documents in Pennsylvania Superior Court requesting a new probation violation trial, according to Philadelphia ABC-TV affiliate WPVI.
The Championships rapper responded to the news by tweeting, “Doesn’t mean I win ... but that is great news!!!!”
Kranser says that Judge GeneceBrinkley, who sentenced Meek in 2017 to two to four years in prison for violating his parole on drug and gun possession charges, is biased. He states that she acted improperly with a surprise visit to a homeless shelter where Mill was doing court-ordered community service.
Brinkley previously denied Mill’s request for a new trial.
Mill’s attorney, Jordan Siev, says in a statement, "We are very pleased that the Philadelphia District Attorney's office has confirmed to the Superior Court that Meek is entitled to have his conviction vacated. The brief is also significant in that it marks the first time the DA has publicly outlined in writing that it supports Judge Brinkley's recusal based on her 'appearance of partiality' and 'public perception of unfairness and bias.'"
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court granted Mill's release on bail on April 24, 2018 as he appealed his sentence.
Raymond Boyd/Getty ImagesDead Presidents and Menace II Society director Allen Hughes will produce a five-part Tupac documentary, with the blessings of the late rapper’s estate.
Hughes was granted full access to all of Shakur’s released and unreleased music, writings and poetry, according to Variety. The project claims to be “the first definitive, comprehensive project on Shakur with the full cooperation of the estate.”
Allen and his brother Albert Hughes directed the video for Tupac’s first solo single, "Brenda’s Got a Baby,” in 1991. Three years later, the rapper was found guilty of assaulting Allen and was sentenced to 15 days in jail. Apparently, Tupac was originally cast in Menace II Society, but had an argument with Allen and left the film, leading to the assault.
The Tupac documentary will be the follow-up to Allen's 2017 HBO mini-series The Defiant Ones about the partnership between Dr. Dre and music executive Jimmy Iovine.
Tupac was fatally shot on September 7, 1996, in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. He was 25 years old. His murder remains unsolved.
Jorda Frantzis As she recovers from plastic surgery that reportedly caused her to cancel three upcoming concerts, it appears that Cardi B is planning to host a new TV series named Bocktails with Cardi B.
The “Money” rapper filed a request on May 17 to trademark the name, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The documents read that she is claiming the name for "entertainment services in the nature of providing ongoing episodes for distribution via television and the Internet featuring celebrities and artists."
The former Love & Hip Hop star also plans to market “clothing, namely shirts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, hooded sweatshirts, hats, caps, footwear, skirts, dresses, blouses, sweaters, pants, shorts,” and “alcoholic beverages.”
As previously reported, Cardi canceled concerts scheduled for the Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore, Syracuse and Saratoga Springs, New York because, according to TMZ, she is suffering complications from her recent liposuction and breast augmentation.
EssenceAlicia Keys is completing the follow up to her 2016 album Here, and she tells Essence in the June cover story that her new music reflects how she learned to love herself, including her imperfections.
“I’m not so quick to be concerned about the fact that this part is a little bit jagged or rugged. Or this part might be a little bit, you know, super raw. Or this part might be a little bit down or sad. I don’t have to pretend like I’m not all those things,” the 15-time Grammy winner says.
“I’m just loving getting to know all of me and then being able to express that in these different musical facets,” she adds. “I would never have been able to do it before now, because I didn’t have my big-girl panties on the way that they are on, securely, now. I’m allowed to have cute panties and not-so-cute panties. Whatever! I’m just loving being good with that.”
Alicia and her husband Swizz Beatz have two sons together, eight-year old Egypt, and four year oldGenesis. She says becoming a mother taught her to always seek out positiveness.
“I remember clearly wanting to remove the negative energy around me quickly, and prior to that, I didn’t feel so drawn to do that for myself. But doing it for this new soul made sense to me,” she says.
In addition to a new album, the 38-year-old singer is also writing her memoir, titled More Myself: A Journey, for Oprah Winfrey’s publishing company.
The June issue of Essence with Keys on the cover hits newsstands Friday.
Johnny Nunez/Getty ImagesLil' Kim and Lil' Cease ceased their long feud Tuesday night, when they reunited in New York City to celebrate what would have been The Notorious B.I.G.'s 47th birthday.
They met at the first annual B.I.G. family dinner at the NOMO Kitchen, organized by Kim, which was also attended by Fat Joe, Fabolous, Styles P,and many more.
The two former members of Junior M.A.F.I.A., the group formed by Biggie, had not spoken for many years. At the dinner, Cease apologized to Kim and publicly ended their beef.
"All those years you stood tall, you stood down for us. I wanted to see you face to face. I wanted to say it front of a bunch of people that mean something -- that's important," he said, according to The Jasmine Brand.
"I apologize for the things I may have done that may have hurt you or offended you or made you feel bad. I genuinely apologize," Cease continued. "I love you from the bottom of my heart. You're my sister for life."
Junior M.A.F.I.A. released their debut album Conspiracy in 1995, co-produced by B.I.G., featuring the hits "Get Money" and "Player's Anthem."
Before the dinner, Cease posted a photo of himself and B.I.G. on Instagram with the caption, "Happy Birthday BIG!! Love You Poppa #BiggieDay #47"
Courtesy of PoeticsOmari Hardwick is opening up about his unique relationship with Power co-creator 50 Cent, who, Hardwick admits, sometimes takes jabs at him online.
In a recent interview with ABC Radio, Hardwick says even with his close relationship to 50, he's still finds himself a target when the rapper decides to have a little fun on social media. However, when that occurs, Omari says he definitely holds his own.
"If you're raised like Omari or 50, then you're going to challenge each other," Hardwick explains. "Obviously, he challenges people. And as you know, Omari ain't afraid to go after people on Instagram either. So, sometimes I'll reach out and I'll say, 'Five, why do you do that?' And he gives me an explanation for why he did that. Which means that he respects me enough to give me an explanation, because he could really ignore. And he doesn't."
Omari explains that his and 50's relationship is built on trust and the fact that they have both survived adversity in their lives, including losing close loved ones to violence and growing up in tough urban settings. Hardwick says that it's those similarities that bring them together-- in addition to 50 being the main catalyst behind his critically-acclaimed role as Ghost on the hit crime drama Power.
"You're going to get a different level of respect for each other when, when each other sort of allows each other to be that thing," Hardwick explains. "50's fun man. At the end of the day, he's a fun, super intelligent cat, who again-- and I said-- he changed my life."
Prince Williams/WireimageThe man accused of murdering rapper and community activist Nipsey Hussle last March has been indicted on numerous criminal charges, including one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's office announced Tuesday that 29-year-old Eric Ronald Holder Jr. was formally indicted by a grand jury on May 9 on one count of murder, two counts each of attempted murder and assault with a firearm, and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon.
The indictment, which was unsealed Tuesday, also includes allegations that Holder personally used a handgun and caused great bodily injury and death.
Holder pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday. He has a pretrial hearing scheduled for June 18.
Holder allegedly shot and killed Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, on March 31 outside of his South Central Los Angeles clothing store, Marathon, and wounded two others. Holder was captured and arrested two days later and jailed on $6.53 million bond.
Holder faces life in prison if convicted on all charges.
Fourteen weeks after making its debut, the endearing ballad this week reached the number 10. That's Monica's sixth top-10 single, and her first since 2010’s “Love All Over Me,” which held the #1 spot for four weeks.
“Commitment” is the lead single off of Monica's highly anticipated album, Chapter 38, due to arrive later this year. The album marks her first independent release under her new imprint, Mondeenise Music, and will also include her latest single, “Me You.”
In July, Monica will join Brandy, Ashanti, Amerie, Keri Hilson and Lil’ Mo for Live Nation’s Femme It Forward concert series.
ABC/Randy HolmesT.I. is adding to his long list of honors with a special award from The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, known as ASCAP.
The veteran rapper/actor will receive the first ASCAP Voice of the Culture Award at the 32nd annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 20 in Los Angeles, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The new award was created to recognize songwriters and artists with a major influence on music and culture. Since launching his record career in 2001, T.I. has released ten studio albums, including his latest, Dime Trap, in 2018. He’s also appeared in fourteen films, beginning with ATL in 2006.
The Grand Hustle Entertainment CEO also leads his non-profit organization, Harris Community Works, which is dedicated to uplifting his hometown, Atlanta, Georgia.
@NickWNYC/Nicholas WatkinFollowing reports she was named guardian of the late Nipsey Hussle’s daughter in an intense battle with the child’s mother, Tanisha Foster, his sister, Samantha Smith, responded by commenting Tuesday on Instagram, “I am my Brothers keeper.”
A judge reportedly granted Smithcustody of ten-year-old Emani Asghedom who has been staying with her since the rapper was fatally shot on March 31. According to The Jasmine Brand, Tanisha and Samantha are discussing a visitation schedule, and are due back in court in July.
Hussle’s family argued that Tanisha is unfit to raise Emani. According to TMZ, an arrest warrant was just issued for Foster for failing to appear in court on May 15 to face a DUI charge
Her previous legal problems also include a 2006 arrest for resisting arrest and disturbing the peace, and a 2007 arrest for vandalism, annoying phone calls and disturbing the peace.
Jorda FrantzisCardi B has reportedly cancelled her three upcoming concerts due to problems caused by plastic surgery.
The “Please Me” rapper backed out of her headlining performance Friday night at the Spring Bling Festival in Baltimore due to “complications from her recent liposuction and breast augmentation,” according to TMZ. Her show has been rescheduled for September 8.
"Cardi says she's very disappointed and hates to let her fans down, but she wants to reassure them that she'll see them in September,” her spokesperson tells TMZ.
The website reports that doctors advised Cardi to rest for a couple of weeks so her swelling could go down and allow her body to recover.
The Grammy winner also canceled her May 25 show in Syracuse, and her May 26 concert in Saratoga Springs, New York, Syracuse.com reports. The Saratoga show has been rescheduled for September 6, and the new date for the Syracuse concert is September 7.
Cardi has been very open about undergoing liposuction and a second breast augmentation following the birth of her daughter, Kulture, in July 2018.
ABC/Mitch HaasethCiara is fulfilling one of her dreams as she was just accepted into the Harvard Business of Entertainment, Media and Sports program.
“I always dreamt of going to college, but by God’s grace, my music career took me on a path that I’m so thankful for. This week I got accepted into Harvard!,” the "Level Up” singer commented on Instagram with a photo of her wearing a Harvard sweatshirt. She added, "Words cannot describe my excitement." The Grammy award-winning singer calls her acceptance “a once in a lifetime opportunity.”
According to Harvard Business School's website, admission to the program is a “selective process based on your professional achievement and organizational responsibilities.”
Students in the program will learn how to “develop and execute more effective business strategies,” “debate and analyze the business and technology trends that are redefining the industry” and “learn how to launch and manage creative products and portfolios more strategically.”
LL Cool J participated in the program in 2016 and he tweeted a photo of himself at the school with the comment, “I'm taking classes at the Harvard business school. You're never too cool to learn!"
Ciara is expanding her career as an entrepreneur. She’s working with her husband, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, developing film, TV and digital content through their new production company, Why Not You Productions.
The 33-year old singer released her seventh album, Beauty Marks, on May 10.
Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Common's Book Tour In New YorkFollowing the release of his memoir, Let Love Have the Last Word, Common has announced his first North American music tour in ten years.
The Grammy and Oscar-winning entertainer will hit the road on his Let Love Have the Last Word concert tour July 11 in Denver and will perform eleven shows through July 26 in Newport Beach, CA. Tour stops include Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Seattle.
The Hate U Give star is currently on his book tour which wraps up at the Essence Festival July 4-7 in New Orleans. The rapper/actor plans to release a new album later this year which will be his first since Black America Again in 2016.
Common tour dates:
7/11 -- Denver, CO, Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom 7/12 -- Salt Lake City, UT, The Gallivan Center 7/13 -- Garden City, Idaho, Revolution Concert House 7/14 -- Seattle, WA, The Moore 7/16 -- Vancouver, BC, Commodore Ballroom 7/17 -- Troutdale, OR, McMenamins Edgefield 7/18 -- Saratoga, CA, The Mountain Winery 7/20 -- Las Vegas, NV, Reynolds Hall at the Smith Center 7/21 -- Phoenix, AZ, The Van Buren 7/24 -- Los Angeles, CA, The Theatre at Ace Hotel 7/26 -- Newport Beach, CA, The Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Des Willie/RedfernsToday would have been the 47th birthday of the late Notorious B.I.G., and he’s being remembered with a street named after him in Brooklyn, New York.
His mother, Voletta Wallace, and his children, Christopher Jordan Wallace, 22, and T’Yanna Wallace, 25, announced today that St. James Place, where the rapper lived, will be officially changed to Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace Way in a ceremony on June 10.
B.I.G. released his classic six-times platinum debut album, Ready to Die, in 1994 featuring the hits “Juicy” and “Big Poppa.” While promoting his second album, Born Again, he was fatally shot in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997 and died at the age of 24. His murder remains unsolved.
The album was released on March 25, 1997 and was certified 11-times platinum. It included the number one hit, “Mo Money Mo Problems” featuring Puff Daddy and Mase. Three more posthumous albums have been released: Born Again in 1998, Duets: The Final Chapter in 2005, and The King and I in 2017 featuring his former wife, Faith Evans.
A biopic, Notorious, was released in 2009 starring Jamal Woolard, Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, and Anthony Mackie.
Kelly Rowland has gifted fans with a surprise EP release, entitled The Kelly Rowland Edition, ahead of her highly-anticipated fifth studio album.
Dialing in at just three tracks, the project features the nostalgic opening track "Don't Worry," the jazzy "Diamonds," and the endearing ballad "See Me."
While there isn't much information available about the EP, Kelly confirmed on her Instagram that it was recorded in its entirety at Red Bull Music Studios.
As for her forthcoming studio album, Rowland revealed toBillboard in January that the effort was largely inspired by Marvin Gaye and hip-hop from the '90s.
“This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it’s supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself," Kelly confessed. "But it’s definitely coming, and I’m more so excited about this project than anything else."
Courtesy of HBOWhile many Game of Thrones fans are still upset with the unexpected turn that Emilia Clarke's character Daenerys Targaryen took during the show's eighth and final season, the actress says she's only really concerned about one person's opinion: Queen Bey.
In an interview with The New Yorker, Clarke revealed that she met Beyoncé earlier this year at Jay-Z’s Oscar’s after-party at the Chateau Marmont. During the event, Clarke said Bey came up to her to confess her love for the Mother of Dragons, calling Clarke "brilliant."
During that moment, however, Clarke felt conflicted, considering she knew her character would soon go on a genocidal rampage, killing the citizens of King's Landing with dragon fire.
"All I wanted to scream was ‘Please, please still like me even though my character turns into a mass-killing dictator!'” she said. “'Please still think that I’m representing women in a really fabulous way.’”
As for her character's dramatic shift? Clarke says she could understand why Daenerys decided to go rogue.
“We all have that thing,” she said. “Whether it’s binging on chocolate or drinking seventeen bottles of wine or having an affair.”
Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesWhitney Houston's legacy will live on in the hearts of her fans, friends, family---and now a posthumous album as well as a hologram tour, The New York Times reports.
Speaking with Pat Houston, the vocal powerhouse's sister-in-law and former manager, the outlet has learned that Houston's estate is developing an extensive list of projects intended to revamp the late singer's mega-celebrity brand.
“Everything is about timing for me. It’s been quite emotional for the past seven years. But now it’s about being strategic," Houston told the Times.
According to Houston, who also serves as the executor of Whitney's estate, a hologram tour has "taken precedence over everything." Any prospective live dates would feature the Grammy-winning singer's original band and backup singers.
Additional ventures will reportedly include a Broadway musical as well as a posthumous album of unreleased tracks from Whitney's 1985 self-titled debut.
The new focus on the singer's re-branding follows a $14 million deal her estate signed with the music and marketing company Primary Wave Music Publishing. The deal reportedly entitles the company to 50% of the late star's assets.
Before she passed, there was so much negativity around the name; it wasn’t about the music anymore,” Houston said.
“People had forgotten how great she was. They let all the personal things about her life outweigh why they fell in love with her in the first place.”
ABC/Randy HolmesJust in time for summer, Chris Brown has unleashed a vibrant, new video for his latest collaboration, "Wobble Up," featuring Nicki Minaj and G-Eazy.
In the colorful clip, the trio of hit-makers heat things up on screen as they have fun in the sun on a private island. Backed by vibrant hues, the carefree record finds Brown effortlessly showcasing his signature dance moves and setting the stage for his forthcoming joint tour with Minaj, set to kick off this summer.
“Wobble Up” marks the third single, following “Back to Love” and “Undecided,” off Brown’s upcoming ninth album, Indigo, due to arrive June 21.
As previously reported, the project dials in at 30 tracks and is set to feature Justin Bieber, Tory Lanez, Tank, H.E.R., Drake, Lil Wayne and more.
Freeform/Andrew EcclesYara Shahidi talked politics on a recent episode of The View, voicing concerns about the 2020 presidential candidates with a "long political history."
During the interview, Shahidi said that she previously voted in the primary and midterm elections. However, Shahidi was quick to note that her generation is currently "dealing with candidates who have a long political history, and some things that we just genuinely don’t agree with."
She talked about two candidates currently leading the Democratic field of presidential hopefuls.
Former Vice President Joe Biden is the most experienced politician in the field of nearly two dozen candidates. But Biden has been under scrutiny regarding his handling of Anita Hill's testimony in the 1991 Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Biden's career-long tendency to embrace people has also come under suspicion.
Also, during Sen. Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential run, some of his top male campaign staffers faced sexual harassment allegations. Since the claims were made, Sanders has been open about the matter, and said on The View that he established new protocols for his 2020 campaign staff.
Still, Shahidi went on to say, "it’s not so much that we have to hold [candidates] accountable for something that happened years and years ago, but how would we quantify or measure that there’s actual change that’s been made.”
"So many of my peers are politically inclined," she continued. "It has been a group effort to say or figure out as a generation what matters to us in terms of protecting our community – in terms of moving forward – really what’s going to be most influential."
"I personally do not sit out because it's the reality that we operate in part of a political system," Shahidi said. "I'm gonna take the opportunity."