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Kanye West can finally stop dealing with a 2013 lawsuit over a sample used on his Yeezus single, “Bound 2.” The suit was filed by a soul singer of The Ponderosa Twins Plus One, Ricky Spicer, who named Yeezy, Roc-A-Fella Records, Universal Music Group and Island Def Jam Music Group for use of their song “Bound.”

At this time, both sides have reportedly come to a settlement for an undisclosed amount. Spicer was seeking compensation because his altered voice can be heard throughout the chorus singing the lyrics “Bound, bound/ Bound to fall in love.”

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50 Cent’s boxing venture was rumored to be bankrupt this week, however, his camp say that’s not really the case. The boxing promotion company, SMS Promotions, did file for bankruptcy, but sources close to the camp say it was just a technicality to avoid facing a lawsuit for a certain sextape.

SMS says it will “continue the operation of its business.”

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Today (May 26), friends, fans, and family of Chinx gathered at the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York in Queens to lay him to rest. Hundreds were in attendance at the emotional service, which included his widow, mother,son, as well as rappers French Montana and Juelz Santana.

Chinx was just 31-years-old at the time of his death. At this time, Missinfo.tv would like to send our condolences to the family of Chinx aka Lionel Pickens.

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birdman-tax

When it comes to paying taxes, even Birdman has to answer when Uncle Sam comes calling. In the midst of his money disputes with Lil Wayne, TMZ uncovered that Baby recently actually had to cough up nearly $2 million in back taxes.

The music mogul was slapped with two federal tax liens – – one in December 2014, the other in February 2015 — for refusing to pay a total of $1,942,400.58 in back taxes.

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One very renowned private school in New York City called Fieldston Lower was involved in a social experiment that involved a class of 3rd graders and race. Allin the name of racial equity, they are offering a bold new curriculum aimed to give “its youngest students the tools they’d need to navigate their own futures.”

In recent years, under the direction of its principal, George Burns, Lower has come to look a lot less like the white, mostly Jewish Riverdale neighborhood that encircles the school and more like the Bronx in general. Just fewer than half the kids at Lower are white. Twenty percent are black or Latino, and another 20 percent multi­racial. The remainder are Asian or won’t say, making Lower one of the most racially diverse private elementary schools in New York. This has been a big change (when Burns took the job 16 years ago, about 20 percent of the students were kids of color), but as this parent body sees it, it’s all to the good. Lower has always been a progressive place, and in 2015, many are happy to see it as a kind of racial utopia, too.

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chinx

The rap community is mourning the loss of Far Rockaway, Queens rapper Chinx. Formerly known as Chinx Drugz, the Coke Boys artist was murdered in a drive-by shooting early Sunday morning. During night two of his B-Sides TIDAL concert in New York City, Jay Z took to the stage to speak on Chinx’s death and young stars becoming victims of senseless violence. French Montana, the man who took Chinx under his wing, broke his silence and spoke out for the first time in an Instagram post, also thanking Jay Z for his words.

“The devil comes in all shapes and sizes and he’s ruthless. Life here is temporary. They will kill you for this lifestyle, if they can’t afford it jealousy is a motherfucker Protect yourself, protect the people you love. I’m sad to see my brother go out like this, one of the realest people I met. This shit’s not right. These streets don’t love us My prayers go to his kids and family. We going to finish off what we started #ripchinx #ripstacks #freemaxb 🙏 s/o to #jayz”

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boston

The Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been officially sentenced to death for his involvement in the heinous crime. In the courtroom, there was said to be no visible reaction from Tsarnaev. He will be put down on federal death row in Terre Haute, Indiana.

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bb-king

Music lost one of its greats on Thursday evening. B.B. King passed away last night (May 15) in Las Vegas at age 89. King’s daughter, Patty, said he was in home hospice care for the last two weeks after suffering from dehydration. The legendary blues musician was 89-years-old at the time of his passing.

Rest in peace to a true pioneer.

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zimmerman

Local news stations in Florida are reporting on a possible road rage incident that lead to someone shooting at George Zimmerman. The reported shooting happened in the Lake Mary area of Seminole County.

According to police reports, Zimmerman was taken to a local hospital in Sanford with injuries to his face. Though, it’s not yet clear if he was struck by a bullet or just glass fragments from the window broken by the bullet.

The man who shot at Zimmerman is said to be cooperating with police — and may have known him prior to this incident. Stay tuned for more updates on this developing story.

Update: George Zimmerman was “shot at, but not shot.”

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tina-knowles

Tina Knowles, along with a cast of other famous moms, were asked by TIME to pen open letters to their children in honor of Mother’s Day. I know momdukes isn’t supposed to lift a finger for their annual day, but this truly seems like everyone involved truly felt blessed to be writing about their children.

Bey’s mom:

I gave birth to two of you, but I have four incredible daughters. Writing this brought to mind all the ways you guys have been such a blessing to me.

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