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French Montana Named A Global Citizen Ambassador In Uganda

French Montana’s Charity Work & Advocacy For Women’s Health Care Leads Him To Become The First Rapper Global Citizen in Uganda

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TMZ reported that at a private NYC ceremony on Friday, January 26,2018, French Montana received the honor of “Global Citizen Ambassador” for his charity work in the country. He is the first rapper to become a Global Citizen Ambassador in Uganda. French Montana visited Kampala, the capital of Uganda, last March with Swae Lee to film the “Unforgettable” video. The video showcases the people of Kampala, their high spirit & energy, and the talented Ugandan dance troupe Triplets Ghetto Kids.

“When I went to Uganda, I fell in love with the kids. A lot of people say ‘happiness is within.’ Those people are rich on the inside,” NEWSWEEK

French also witnessed firsthand the country’s failing healthcare system and decided to help.

According to estimates from UNICEF, Uganda’s maternal mortality ratio, the annual number of deaths of women from pregnancy-related causes per 100,000 live births, stands at 435 after allowing for adjustments.

A recent article from AllAfrica.com brutally details it.

“I feel like every mother and child deserves the same care, whether they’re from [the U.S.] or back home in the motherland. It made my heart heavy. I said that when I got back I’d do everything I can to help these mothers.”

French Montana was born in Morocco in Northern Africa, about 3,300 miles from Uganda, and lived there until he was around 13. He says his Father lived in a village just like Kampala.

“When I went to Uganda, I fell in love with the kids. A lot of people say ‘happiness is within.’ Those people are rich on the inside,” Montana says in an interview with Newsweek to announce a new partnership with Global Citizen

Global Citizen is a worldwide social action advocacy group committed to awareness and change for the most vulnerable affected by poverty.

“I feel like every mother and child deserves the same care, whether they’re from [the U.S.] or back home in the motherland. It made my heart heavy. I said that when I got back I’d do everything I can to help these mothers.”

French Montana’s “Unforgettable” ft. Swae Lee viral campaign the #UnforgettableDanceChallenge was highly successful. The campaign spread awareness of Uganda’s problem and challenged other celebrities to get involved.

Diddy, Drake, Asap Rocky, Demi Lovato, DJ Khaled, Snoop Dogg & Kevin Hart have all appeared in videos dancing to the track.

With friends like P. Diddy sharing Montana’s work in Uganda, more American celebrities are looking to do good work on the African continent.

“I feel like people like Snoop, Demi, they always will help as long as it’s for a good cause,” says Montana.

“They found out that I put $100,000 in from my own pocket, not borrowed it from a company—things that I do come from me. You never know, sometimes people will borrow money from somewhere else. Once people know everything comes from your heart, they’ll stand behind you.”

The people of Budondo hope to reap huge benefits courtesy of the #UnforgettableDanceChallenge, with a  five-story building under construction. The hospital’s accommodation is set to multiply serving up to 300,000 people.

Big Ups to French Montana for his efforts in Uganda and congratulations on becoming the first rap global citizen ambassador in Uganda.

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Why 2-Chainz Turned Down Jay-Z During “Watch The Throne” Era.

2-Chainz cites “Loyalty” as reason for declining an offer from Roc Nation.

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In 2 Chainz new YouTube series #CrateTalk, he revealed that he was at one point close to signing a deal with Jay-Z. In the inaugural episode, Host 2 Chainz explained to special guest Steve Stoute how it all happened. The conversation starts at the 5:45 mark.

“Hov told me that he wanted to do business with you and you turned him down,” Stoute says

“I was already speaking with Kanye on and off,” 2 Chainz said, “While they was in Paris working on Watch the Throne, Ye would hit me the whole time talking about my mixtapes and just was speaking to me where we just built a great relationship on the phone because we share some of the same similarities, right?”

It was at this point that Jay-Z asked 2-Chainz to get on a flight to New York. 2 Chainz wanted to bring along his friend and business partner, DJ Teknikz, but the request was denied. Because of this 2-Chainz felt it was only right to decline the business meeting out of respect and loyalty to his friend DJ Tek.

No love was lost however, as the pair have been seen together on multiple occasions including the Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch. On 2 Chainz 5th studio album “Rap or Go To The League” he boasts a Jay-Z sample (Lucifer) on the opening track “Forgiven” ft. Marsha Ambrosius. 2 Chainz wanted Jay-Z as feature on his new album but the timing wasn’t right. Hopefully we can get a collaboration from the two artists sometime in the foreseeable future.

 

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Rick Ross Set To Release “Hurricanes” Memoir – September 3, 2019

The highly anticipated memoir from hip-hop icon Rick Ross chronicles his coming of age amid Miami’s crack epidemic, his star-studded controversies and his unstoppable rise to fame.

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Celebrities and public figures write memoirs that detail their life stories as well as  focus on issues they may or may not be as vocal about in public. For example, Michelle Obama’s latest literary achievement in “Becoming” is a memoir of her life’s journey as well as recording artist Gucci Mane’s book “The Autobiography of Gucci Mane.”

Recording artist and businessman, Rick Ross, is the latest celebrity involved in hip-hop music to publish a memoir titled Hurricanes and it’s set to be published in autumn (US).

In a statement, Rick said, “My story has always been deeper than rap. With this book I wanted to go deeper than I ever have. I wanted to tell people about the life of William Leonard Roberts.”

“Most people know Rick Ross as a global icon, but few are familiar with his origin story. Hurricanes transcends the conventions of celebrity memoir to offer an intimate and inspiring portrait of an artist who at every turn defied the odds and continues to change the game,” added Peter Joseph, editorial director of Hanover Square Press.

The book will not shy away from the recording artists fair deal of controversy including the rapper’s past as a drug dealer and correctional officer, as well as incidents such as his seizures, celebrity feuds, drive-by shootings, and his 2015 arrest on kidnapping and assault charges.

“From the making of ‘Hustlin” to his first major label deal with Def Jam, to the controversy surrounding his past as a correctional officer and the numerous health scares, arrests and feuds he had to transcend along the way, Hurricanes is a revealing portrait of one of the biggest stars in the rap game, and an intimate look at the birth of an artist,” reads the book synopsis.

Pre-order Rick Ross’s New Book Here.

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Byron Allen’s $30B Racial Discrimination Lawsuits Against Comcast & Charter Proceed

In a historic ruling, Bryson Allen’s Television Production Company continues racial discrimination lawsuit against Comcast & Charter Communications.

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Entertainment Studios (ES) and the National Association of African-American Owned Media (NAAAOM) filed federal lawsuits against Comcast and Charter Communications, two of the biggest cable television carriers in the country—$20 billion against Comcast and $10 billion against Charter—for violating the Civil Rights Act of 1866, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, prohibiting racial discrimination in contracting.

“The lack of true economic inclusion for African Americans will end with me, and these rulings show that I am unwavering in my commitment to achieving this long overdue goal.” – Byron Allen

Entertainment Studios owns eight 24-hour HD television networks serving nearly 160 million subscribers: THE WEATHER CHANNEL, PETS.TV, COMEDY.TV, RECIPE.TV, CARS.TV, ES.TV, MYDESTINATION.TV, and JUSTICE CENTRAL.TV. The company also produces, distributes, and sells advertising for 41 television programs, making it one of the largest independent producers/distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations.

For years, Entertainment Studios has been requesting that Comcast and Charter carry its networks, which are distributed by Comcast and Charter’s competitors, including Verizon, DirecTV, AT&T, DISH, and many other carriers.

Comcast and Charter rebuffed Allen’s requests for network carriage so he filed lawsuits in federal district court in Los Angeles entitled National Association of African American-Owned Media, et al. v. Comcast Corporation, Case No. 2:15-cv-01239-TJH-MAN (C.D. Cal.) and National Association of African American-Owned Media, et al. v. Charter Communications, Case No. 2:16-cv-00609-GW-FFM (C.D. Cal.).

This week, two historically significant decisions were made by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. They rejected Comcast and Charter’s attempts to dismiss the cases before trial.

The Court upheld Entertainment Studios’ Section 1981 claims against both Comcast and Charter; and instead ruled that both cases could proceed in the trial courts to discovery and trial.

“These decisions are hugely important in terms of opening the courts to African American-owned media.  The Court paved the way to our eventual success at trial by ensuring that the proper ‘mixed motive’ standard for our claims – a lower standard of proof than the ‘but for’ standard argued by Comcast and Charter – applies,” said Entertainment Studios’ attorney, Skip Miller, partner in Miller Barondess.

“Additionally, the Court dismissed Charter’s and Comcast’s attempts to use the First Amendment as a shield for their alleged discrimination. I very much look forward to trying these cases.  And I give Mr. Allen tremendous credit for having the will and the constitution to invest the capital and resources to pursue them relentlessly.”

Earlier this year, Byron Allen’s television production company, Entertainment Studios, acquired The Weather Channel from its previous owners: Comcast Corp.’s NBCUniversal and private equity firms Blackstone Group and Bain Capital.

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