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Young Dolph inadvertently made headlines this week, after two baristas were fired at a campus coffee shop at Duke University for playing rap music. Last Friday (May 4), Duke University VP of Student Affairs Larry Moneta walked into the Joe Van Gogh shop and was offended as he heard Young Dolph’s “Get Paid” played on the speakers. Played from a Spotify playlist, Moneta was offended by the song’s lyrics and started to verbally harass Britni Brown, one of the baristas. Kevin Simmons was the other barista that witnessed the encounter, and soon after the two were terminated after Moneta contacted Duke Dining Services executive director Robert Coffey.

The incident made headlines all week, and caught Young Dolph’s attention. On Friday afternoon (May 11), the Memphis rapper took to the stage at Day 1 of the Rolling Loud Festival in Miami. Along with flying both Brown and Simmons in town for the event, he spoke on the incident and brought the two students on stage before handing them $20,000.

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Janelle Monáe’s new album Dirty Computer arrives later this evening at the stroke of midnight. The artist, actress and activist has been busy over the last 48 hours, making stops at various radio stations on a promo run. The Kansas City-native recently sat down with Rolling Stone, where she opened up about her sexuality and the new album.

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Meek Mill is out of prison and a free man after a ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday (Apr. 24). Soon after the news broke, many took to social media to support the now free MMG rapper, as #MeekFree became a trending topic on Twitter. Rihanna, Rick Ross, T.I., Kevin Hart, YG, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and more celebrated with various posts on Twitter and Instagram.

Today, Meek Mill, a son of Philadelphia, is a free man,” said JAY-Z in a statement posted on his Facebook page. “He was incarcerated unjustly and caught in a probation trap for years by a broken system. Now we can celebrate his release. We thank every individual that has supported and fought alongside Meek every step of the way.”

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Meek Mill is a free man. The MMG rapper has been released from prison on Tuesday (Apr. 24), after a ruling from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. “We are thrilled that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has directed Judge Brinkley to immediately issue an order releasing Meek on bail,” said Meek’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina in a statement. “As we have said all along, Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail.”

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JAY-Z’s Roc Nation has invested $3 million into an app that aims to reduce the prison population and improve the criminal justice system in the United States. Founded by former Prince manager Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, Promise aims to create “a cost-effective and more humane alternative to incarceration” by utilizing smartphone technology.

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Earlier this week, an ad popped up on Snapchat asking users would they “rather slap Rihanna or punch Chris Brown.” While the advertisement only appears on the platform in the U.S., it was quickly captured and posted by various people on Twitter, questioning the content and the tasteless manner to spread domestic violence awareness. The ad was soon removed and Snapchat issued an apology to Rihanna. “The advert was reviewed and approved in error, as it violates our advertising guidelines. We immediately removed the ad last weekend, once we became aware. We are sorry that this happened,” said a spokesperson for the company.

On Thursday morning (Mar. 15), Rihanna responded with a message posted to her Instagram story. “I’d love to call it ignorance, but I know you ain’t that dumb!” said RiRi wrote. “This isn’t about my personal feelings, cause I don’t have much of them…but all the women, children and men that have been victims of DV in the past and especially the ones who haven’t made it out yet…you let us down! Shame on you. Throw the whole app-oligy away.”

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A Sopranos prequel is officially happening. After years of speculation, David Chase is finally set to bring his iconic TV series to the big screen with the help of New Line Cinema, according to Deadline.

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The sixth annual “Peace Walk & Peace Talk” by the Trayvon Martin Foundation took place at the Betty T. Ferguson Amphitheater in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Saturday afternoon (Feb. 10). One of the many attendees was JAY-Z, who has been a major supporter of Trayvon Martin’s family after his unlawful murder in 2012. Standing on stage alongside Trayvon’s parents, Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, the Roc Nation mogul delivered a speech to the hundreds of people who came in support to march.

We want to make sure that we stand and support and never forget that Trayvon serves as a beacon of light to the people out here. So you guys never have to go through the pain and hurt that these guys went through,” said JAY-Z. “His name will sit alongside the greats whom lost their lives to push our culture forward—the Martin Luther Kings, the Gandhis. That’s the intention we set so his name will serve as a beacon of light and hope to push our culture forward in a better direction.” The rap mogul is the executive producer of an upcoming feature-length narrative film and a six-part television docuseries on Trayvon Martin’s life and the events surrounding his senseless murder on February 26, 2012. JAY-Z will serve as executive producer on the upcoming docu-series, Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin.

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The 2017 Sports Illustrated “Sportsperson of the Year” Award Show took place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Tuesday night (Dec. 5). Beyoncé made a surprise appearance at the event, brought out by The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah to present Colin Kaepernick with SI’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award.

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J. Cole Expresses Support For Colin Kaepernick In GQ Open Letter
 

In conjunction with Colin Kaepernick covering GQ Magazine as their “Citizen of The Year” for 2017, J. Cole wrote a fitting open letter to express his support for the quarterback and his noteworthy yet career damaging decisions.

Check out the free-form message after the jump and pick up your copy of the issue here.

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