This years NAACP Image Award focused on the black community’s power to create change using the hashtag #humanityofconnection. Anthony Anderson hosted the ceremony at the Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California, on what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 89th birthday.
Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners from this years NAACP Image Awards. Be sure to check out their Instagram page for the full list of winners.
Spotify Launching Tekashi 6ix9ine Podcast
Spotify and Complex drop the first episode of their “Infamous: The Tekashi 6ix9ine Story” podcast this week
“It wasn’t just the music that got him attention, but his outspoken public persona and legal issues that overtook his career. The Infamous podcast dives into an eight-episode series which follows Daniel Hernandez’s transformation, from high school dropout working at a Brooklyn deli, trademark tattoos and rainbow hair, to a polarizing viral rapper, who beefed with anybody and everybody who stood in his way (i.e. The Game, YG, and Casanova, among others). Moreover, his affinity with courted local gang life paid a price not only for him, but anyone around him. With his closest allies now behind bars, Tekashi has to live the rest of his life, looking over his shoulder.
6ix9ine came out of nowhere to become 2018’s biggest new rapper. After a year of hits, beef, and gang violence, he was something else: hip-hop’s most famous cooperating witness. This is Infamous: The Tekashi 6ix9ine Story, narrated by Angie Martinez.”
According to Complex, a new episode will consecutively drop every Tuesday for eight weeks straight and feature interviews from those who knew Tekashi most intimately.Infamous: The Tekashi 6ix9ine Story will premiere on Spotify on January 28.
Gabrielle Union Fired From “America’s Got Talent” For Speaking Up About Racism & Sexism
Gabrielle Union was the #1 talent on network TV for 2019. ‘America’s Got Talent decided not to renew her contract after being the #1 talent on the show. Why?
So when i got the news that my wife was being fired—my first question was obviously why!? Iam still waiting on a good answer to that question. But if anyone knows @itsgabrielleu or have heard of her you know she’s an advocate for our community and culture.
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 27, 2019
Season 14 of America’s Got Talent ran from May to September of this year, crowning Kodi Lee as its winner. Terry Crews was introduced as this seasons new permanent host, as well as the addition of Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union as judges joining Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel at the judges table. The two replaced longtime judges Melanie Brown (Spice Girls) and model-host Heidi Klum.
On November 22nd multiple sources confirmed that Gabrielle Union & Julianne Hough would not be returning to the judges chair on their NBC hit show. According to reports from LoveBScott, the firing came as a result of Gabrielle Union speaking up about ‘problematic’ situations, including racism, sexism, and more.
A source from NBC told the outlet the following about Union’s reported firing:
“[Gabrielle’s] contract was not renewed after being the #1 talent on the show, NBC and network TV. She set the record for her Golden Buzzer. They only replace the women and blacks at Simon’s whim. She wouldn’t walk away from $12 million because she’s ‘busy.’ Based on weekly interactions on social media, by the time AGT finale aired Gabrielle was the #1 talent on network TV for 2019. Why not pick up someone’s option in extreme success?”
The source also alleges that the firing had nothing to do with either judge’s popularity–because both received more interactions than Howie Mandel, who still has a job.
“Social media engagement is the new measuring stick for talent and Simon isn’t on social media. Juliane and Gabrielle were both way higher ranked/engaged than Howie. The idea the network wants to ‘switch things up’ only applies to women and Black folks. Nick Cannon wasn’t crazy. He walked away from 8-figures over how [AGT] operates.”
Nick Cannon quit “America’s Got Talent” in 2017 after hosting 8 seasons. after being “threatened with termination by executives” over a joke he made about NBC on a Showtime comedy special.
“I was to be punished for a joke … My soul won’t allow me to be in business with corporations that attempt to frown on freedom of speech, censor artists, and question cultural choices. Not to get too detailed but this isn’t the first time executives have attempted to ‘put me in my place’ for so-called unruly actions,” he wrote on Facebook. “I will not stand for it. My moral principles will easily walk away from the millions of dollars they hang over my head.”
YG Brings Fan On Stage To Yell “F**k Donald Trump,” Fan Refused
“I spotted you out of the crowd, I asked you if “you F* with Donald Trump?” and you said “You don’t know”….
— βαυδς (@theofficialacb) October 27, 2019
YG invited a fan on stage to yell out “F**k Donald Trump,” last night at Mala Luna Festival in San Antonio, Texas.
YG had spotted the fan in the crowd after asking the audience if they “F* with Donald Trump” to which the fan responded “He didn’t know.”
YG really kicked a bitch ass trump supporter off the stage, shit was live!0
— Yung Rae 👑 (@reagatron1) October 27, 2019
Onstage, YG asked the fan to publicly announce that he did not endorse Donald Trump by saying “F* Donald Trump”, the chorus of YG’s 2016 Protest song featuring the late recording artist Nipsey Hussle Tha Great.
He reminded him that his family would be able to see the recording via. social networking and the fan was not able to commit the act.
YG promptly kicked him offstage.
“Another example of the tolerant left,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham sarcastically told Fox News on Monday.
Donald Trump is currently under impeachment inquiry.
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