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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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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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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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Following his entertaining halftime show performance at the 2018 NFL Super Bowl, Justin Timberlake appeared on a special live edition of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Sunday night (Feb. 4). The pop star would perform his Man of the Woods records “Supples” and “Say Something” with guest Chris Stapleton on the show. Timberlake would later sit down with Fallon, opening up about his halftime show medley, that included a tribute to the late Prince.

It’s a moment for me, and if I’m being quite honest, it’s because he’s always been the pinnacle of musicianship,” said Timberlake. “And when we decided that the serendipity and synergy [of being] in Minnesota — he’s such a special thing here aside from what he is all over the world. I just felt like I wanted to do something for this city and something for him that would just be the ultimate homage to what I consider the GOAT [Greatest of All Time] of musicians.” The 37-year-old further explained, “We got the actual vocal stems from ‘I Would Die 4 U’ and the actual recording, and then we got uncut footage from his performance of it in Purple Rain and somehow, someway, by the grace of — probably Prince looking down on us — it synced up and it was this crazy, serendipitous moment … and I just wanted to use that opportunity to do something special for this city but most of all my favorite musician of all time.”

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Like every year, the annual Grammy Awards spark debates over victories and artist’s that were snubbed. Alessia Cara, who won ‘Best New Artist’ at the 2018 GRAMMYs on Sunday night (Jan. 28), faced backlash for her victory. The Canadian singer beat out fellow nominees Lil’ Uzi Vert, SZA, Khalid and Julia Michaels, all having a highly-successful breakout year in 2017. While Cara collaborated with Logic and Zedd on big records last year, her breakout smash-hit “Here” and Know It All debut album dropped in 2015. The 21-year-old took to Instagram a day after the GRAMMYs, to address the backlash.

I didn’t log onto Grammy.com and submit myself. that’s not how it works,” said Cara. “I didn’t ask to be submitted either because there are other artists that deserve the acknowledgment. but I was nominated and won and I am not going to be upset about something I’ve wanted since I was kid, not to mention have worked really hard for. I meant everything I said about everyone deserving the same shot. There is a big issue in the industry that perpetuates the idea that an artist’s talent and hard work should take a back seat to popularity and numbers.”

Read her full statement below.

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Migos member Offset caused a stir on social media this week after the release of YFN Lucci’s “Boss Life” music video. While the song came out last year right before the Christmas holidays, it wasn’t until its accompanying visual dropped online that listeners caught an offensive lyric in the song. Offset, who is featured on the track, rapped the line “I cannot vibe with queers.” The Atlanta hitmaker soon faced backlash over the line and on Thursday (Jan. 18), Offset issued an apology.

I didn’t write the line about gay people,” says Offset in a statement posted on his Instagram. “I have said before since these issues before that I got love for all people. My passion for fashion has lead me to a lot of gay people around me who I have mad respect for and we are very cool so I’m not in a place where I’m hating like that,” he later continued. “I M S O R R Y, I A P O L O G I Z E, I’m offended I offended anybody.”

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Always repping his hometown and giving back, Drake is now playing a part in developing potential future basketball stars. On Wednesday (Jan. 17), the 6 God and Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri attended a press conference at the Air Canada Centre to announce the Welcome Toronto program, in partnership with the Canadian NBA franchise. Giving back to the city and the game of basketball in Toronto, the partnership will see the Raptors host a total of six ‘Welcome Toronto’ and OVO-themed home games this season, where the team will wear their new black and gold OVO-edition uniforms and home court this season. Drake and the Raptors are also donating $1 million to refurbish local community basketball courts and another $2 million to Canada Basketball, to help the development of potential future stars.

As this team and Toronto continues to grow, we have seen how much we can do together,” said Drake, who serves as the Global Ambassador for his hometown team. “Welcome Toronto is about celebrating our team and our city, but also working together to give back to the community and creating a place where the youth of our city can come together to play. These same courts could also potentially shape the next generation of Canadian basketball superstars.”

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A Tribe Called Quest delivered an unforgettable moment, closing the 2017 GRAMMYs back in February. Their performance of “We The People” served as a tribute to the late Phife Dawg, who had passed away only a few months before the awards show. On Tuesday (Nov. 28), when the nominations were announced for the 60th annual Grammy Awards next year, ATCQ’s We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service album did not receive any nods. Lead member Q-Tip let his feelings be known hours after the nominations rollout, slamming the Recording Academy for the snub.

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Timbaland is fighting recent personal battles head-on, opening up to the world about internal issues he’s been dealing with. The iconic producer, who has dominated the charts and radio for two decades strong, spoke with Rolling Stone about fighting depression and drug abuse.

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A day after shaking up the internet with a racy cover, PAPER Magazine release their full cover story and sexy shoot of Nicki Minaj for their “Break the Internet” issue. Interviewed by Liza Dye, the Young Money Queen speaks on her heavy presence on social media and staying active with her fans, offering to pay for her fans’ college tuition, the possibility of an all-female Watch the Throne album and her fans wanting Beyoncé to be a part of it, a collaborative project with Future that got scrapped, plans of doing more movies, and more.

Shot by Ellen von Unwerth, Minaj lets her bad side out during the sexy cover shoot. The Queens MC is seen styled in pieces by Jean-Paul Gaultier, Gucci, Djula, Saint Laurent and Giorgio Armani. The new issue hits newsstands nationwide on Nov. 28, and can be purchased here. Check out some excerpts from Minaj’s cover story, plus some photos from the shoot below.

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