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Channel Orange! Frank Ocean Responds To Chipotle Lawsuit With Some Colorful Language

March 12th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Chipotle is suing Frank Ocean and he’s not happy about it.

The Mexican fast food chain (that really does make one of the most delicious burritos you can have at a chain restaurant for under $10) claims Ocean backed out of a $425,000 deal to sing a remake of “Pure Imagination” for an animated ad about factory farming, reports The Los Angeles Times.

In the suit, Chipotle says that Ocean never recorded the track because he was upset that the company’s logo pops up at the end of the animated spot. Court papers also state that the Ocean’s reps emailed Chipotle saying the singer was promised final decision over the recording and all promotional materials tied to the campaign. It also says that Ocean thinks it is Chipotle that is in breach because it refused to remove its logo from the ad.

Chipotle wants back the $215,500 advance it paid to Ocean.

Ocean used Tumblr to respond. He posted a link to the Wikipedia entry for “defamation.”

“And then he uploaded a scan of a cashier’s check in the sum of $215,500 that had Monday’s date on it,” reports  the Times. Ocean blacked out the name of the recipient of the money, but in the memo section he scribbled a note telling the company to kiss off in less family-friendly terms (replace “kiss” with an F bomb and you’ll get it).

Fiona Apple wound up doing the spot for Chipotle, which you can watch here. Separately, if this doesn’t make you want to eat all organic or grow your own food, I don’t know… The cows!


9 Fine Men We Were Sad To Find Out Were Gay Or Bisexual

October 24th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Fine men who happen to be gay

Look. I’m all for people being open and honest and comfortable about their sexuality. Lord knows I’m not a fan of folks thinking it’s acceptable to knowingly parade the streets on the “down low,” endangering themselves and others. But I would be lying if I pretended like some of the men in Hollywood who’ve come out as gay or bisexual over the years didn’t have me shedding a single tear and doing the Florida Evans out here (“Damn, damn, DAMN!”). Of course, the chances of me getting with any of these men before I knew of their actual sexual orientation was slim, but I always had a crush or fascination with them to the point that I felt a little sad. But I am happy for them! For the sake of an interesting slideshow though, here are nine fellas I used to crush on that broke my little heart when I found out they were gay or bisexual.

Messy Man! Frank Ocean Wears A Chris Brown Domestic Violence Shirt

September 10th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Frank Ocean Wears A Chris Brown Domestic Violence Shirt

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It’s no secret that Frank Ocean and Chris Brown don’t like each other. There was the parking space incident, the Chris Brown’s crew jumped Frank Ocean’s on the street melee and then, the fact that Chris didn’t stand after Ocean’s Grammy performance. For the past couple of months things seemed to have quieted down between the two; but if this picture of Frank Ocean wearing a Chris Brown domestic violence t-shirt is any indication, their beef is far from over.

Over the weekend, the image starting circulating online, including on several social media sites. The shirt reads: ““Wanted! Stop Domestic Violence” with an image of Brown’s smiling face, obviously referencing the infamous 2009 domestic violence incident between Brown and Rihanna. As of now, there’s no word where the image originally came from but can we all agree that this is just too much?

Back in February, after both the singers’ crews were fighting in the street, Frank issued this statement on his Tumblr, explaining why he wasn’t going to press charges.


But baby, this here t-shirt doesn’t look anything like forgiveness to me.

Frank, I’m not a Chris Brown fan but using his domestic violence incident as a part of your entirely separate divo duel is low down and actually quite pathetic.

Do better.

To Chris Brown’s credit, he has yet to respond to the images of the Ocean in this t-shirt. Kudos.


Mo’ Money: Celebs Who Mastered The Art Of The Side Hustle

August 21st, 2013 - By Stacy Ann Ellis
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The art of the celebrity side hustle. When notorious gig-juggler Nicki Minaj said, “It’s Mac, OPI and a fragrance too/Apparel, I’m dominating every avenue,” she had the right idea. Mixing the hustler mentality with a personal passion is more often than not a win-win situation for celebrities. In addition to typical spin-off clothing lines, one-hit-wonder singles and product endorsements, some celebs make time to do (and make a little pocket change from) the hobbies they love, in addition to their main job. These stars make both their Plan A and Plan B work for them.





Day job: Rapper

Hobby-turned-hustle: All-Around Businessman

C’mon, there’s really nothing that Jigga Man can’t do. After his faux retirement in 2003, he only got deeper into the game. Besides still pushing chart topping music (Magna Carta Holy Grail went platinum by default after a lucrative partnership with Samsung), he’s adding indelible feats to his already flourishing resume. He scored the music for The Great Gatsby, curated the Made in America Festival, was part owner (and visionary) of Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center and their home team the Brooklyn Nets, still owns the 40/40 club, jump started his Roc Nation Sports Agency, and teamed up with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment for the remake of Annie. He’s a business, man.

Gotta Love ‘Em: Tamia And Grant Hill Cover Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ Bout You”

August 20th, 2013 - By Veronica Wells
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Tamia and Grant Hill Cover

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These two are one of the cutest couples in the game. They’ve been together for over a decade, you never hear any mess about them in the streets and they just seem like sweet people. We don’t know them but that’s the general impression they give off. So we were excited to see Tamia and Grant Hill cover Frank Ocean’s song “Thinkin’ Bout You.” As expected, Tamia’s vocals are flawless and Grant is not too bad on that piano either. I remember him playing around on the keys in an episode of “Living Single” but I thought that was some slick editing. Turns out, the former NBA baller taught himself how to play. Not too shabby.

Check out Tamia and Grant cover the song below and then tell us what you think. If you ask me, it’s awesome. The only thing wrong with the video is that it’s too short. Check it out below and judge for yourself.

Frank Ocean’s Cousin Is Suing Chris Brown!

August 14th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

Source: WENN

Remember that silly brawl that broke out between Chris Brown and Frank Ocean’s entourages in the parking lot of a Los Angeles recording studio back in January? Well, it appears that the guys are still having to face the consequences brought on by the showdown 8 months later. The Associated Press is reporting that a man by the name of  Sha’keir Duarte filed a lawsuit against Chris Brown yesterday in relation to the brawl.

According to Duarte, who happens to be the cousin of Frank Ocean, a member from Brown’s entourage beat him so badly during the first that he is now permanently disabled. He fingers the culprit as one of Brown’s bodyguards, who goes by the name of “Hood.” To make matters worse, he’s claiming that Chris stood by watching from the sideline, cheering Hood on, saying things like, “Get that n****r!” He also claims that after the altercation, the 24-year-old “Fine China” singer told him, “You just got your A$$ beat and it’s all on camera,” TMZ reports.

Brown’s attorney, Mark Gregaros, deems the suit as frivolous.

“This is what gives lawyers and lawsuits a bad name is garbage like this,” said Gregaros, who says that he will be pushing to have the case dismissed and plans to countersue Duarte.

In a statement released to TMZ, Chris Brown’s reps also slammed the suit, claiming that Chris doesn’t even have a bodyguard named “Hood.”

“Chris Brown does not employ anyone named Hood,” the rep said.

Duarte is suing for unspecified damages, but court papers reveal that he allegedly suffered a concussion, mental anguish and humiliation as a result of the altercation. And in case you were wondering how this silly fight started, it was supposedly over a parking space.

Is Money Thicker Than Blood?: Celebrity Families And Their Famous Business Feuds

July 5th, 2013 - By Blair Bedford
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Think the rift in your family over hand-me-downs or that $20 dollars your cousin borrowed and never repaid is serious? Try feuding over millions in the public eye. From Beyonce to Frank Ocean, here are a few celebrity families who famously feuded over finances, management, memorabilia and fortune.

Yeezy Taught Him: Chris Brown Tells The World “I Like Being The Person Everyone Hates” Via Twitter

June 11th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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If you hadn’t been keeping up, Chris Brown has had a tough few months when it comes to his legal troubles. His neighbors have been complaining about the artwork/graffiti on his home and he’s facing huge fines from the city because of it; his brawl with Frank Ocean from January could somehow land him battery charges months later (we’ll see after his hearing on July 15), and claims have been made that Brown misreported his community service hours for his probation, and could get in trouble for that if it’s found to be true. And if all of that isn’t enough, people tend to throw shade at his name on a daily basis. While most of us would crumple under such constant scrutiny (and Chris himself has been known to throw a chair or cuss folks out in frustration from it all), he now seems to be okay with those who seem to loathe him. In fact, he took a page out of Kanye West’s book and let the world know that at this point, it doesn’t bother him anymore. Posting a picture of similar graffiti monsters that have garnered complaints in the front of his home and through Twitter, Brown let his feelings be known:

“Be yourself! Acceptance is trivial. When we die, we die alone! Artist worry about their brand. I worry about supporting my fam”

“When people walk with their noses in the air they usually run into s**t!

“I like being the person everyone hates. It makes life more interesting.”

Interesting or irksome? Only he knows. What do you think of his statements?

People Who Can’t “Sang” But Still Make Good Music

May 16th, 2013 - By Renay Alize
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sangers collage

Have you noticed that black folk are quick to tell you who can and cannot sing? Many of us, who’ve never taken a vocal lesson, will swiftly let you know when someone can’t blow. We are an unauthorized authority on the subject. And any vocal connoisseur will tell you that there are people who are completely tone deaf, people who can hold a note, people who can sing and then there are people who can sang. For those who don’t know the word “sang” used in this context is not poor grammar; instead it’s a word used to emphasize the width and breadth of a person’s vocal ability. We all know who the sangers are, they’re the people with soul. The people who can take you from the Slore house to the church house and back again. You know them: Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle & Luther Vandross of the old school and Jennifer Hudson and Fantasia of the new. (That’s just to name a few.) But just because a person can’t sang like some of the greats, doesn’t mean they don’t have talent and can’t make good music. Don’t believe me? Find out who I’m talking about.

Frank Ocean Wins The Webby Award For Person Of The Year

May 1st, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

The winners of the Webby Awards have been announced, and the Person of the Year is Frank Ocean. The musician was chosen, not for anything really to do with his hit album “Channel Orange,” but for his coming out letter posted to his Tumblr account, according to The Wrap.

“By challenging stereotypes historically engrained in the hip-hop and R&B music communities, Ocean brought a conversation about discrimination to the national dialogue. The launch of his debut album Channel Orange in parallel with the statement was a historic moment for both the music and social media industries, and for popular culture as a whole,” said the Webby’s press statement about the slate of winners for this year.

Another notable winner is the Obama for America 2012 presidential campaign for Webby Breakout of the Year. The campaign is being acknowledged for its digital efforts to re-elect President Obama.

The Webbys are called “the Internet’s highest honor,” handed out across online film, mobile apps, the Web, and social media. The award has been handed out for 17 years.

Among the other honorees this year are the Web series “Burning Love,” petition site, and the Web magazine

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