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Pop culture always seems to have a way of influencing society whether it’s through trendy styles and habits. Should it be that surprising that universities across the country are also taking note and even tailoring classes to discuss non-traditional topics? Take a look at these surprising pop culture college courses. Does it make you want to go back to school?
In today’s batch of bizarre celebrity lawsuits, a prisoner in California is suing some of the biggest names in pop music for more than $2 billion.
As first reported by Re-Tox, an inmate named Richard Dupree filed a $2.4 billion lawsuit against Beyonce, Jay Z, Kanye West, Rihanna and Chris Brown, claiming the stars stole song lyrics he had been writing while incarcerated.
Dupree filed the lawsuit in California’s Eastern District Court on April 21, and believes Beyonce and Jay Z worked with the CIA, FBI and Homeland Security, among other agencies, to spy on him and obtain his lyrics. He believes Chris Brown, Kanye West and Rihanna were co-conspirators in the crime and that the gang of pop stars stole 3,000 songs from him.
This should be fun for everyone involved.
Read more about this bizarre case at BlackVoices.com
We already know Chicago has been is still going through some things when it comes to youth violence and unemployment in the city. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that there’s a connection between the two. In January, a report detailed the depressing landscape for young, black males in the work force with 92 percent joblessness.
To remedy the problem the Urban League partnered with rapper and Chicago native Common and songwriter Che “Rhymefest” Smith to create 1,000 year-round jobs for teens.
Spawned by the feedback from teens at the end of the summer job programs, the partnership will include a music festival fundraiser this summer.
Andrea Zopp, president and CEO of the Urban League said, “Every year, we hold a hearing where young people in the summer jobs programs come and talk about the impact the jobs had on their lives.”
But this year the teens brought up an entirely different issue.
They told Zopp, “Their need for a job doesn’t end in September. They have needs to support their families, take care of themselves. They want to work year-round. So in our community, we have to focus on that topic.”
Rev. Michael Pfleger, who attended the announcement says jobs are the solution to decreased crime in the city. “Ninety-five percent of the brothers I deal with every day on the streets wants the same thing every kid on the North Side and on the North Shore wants. Until we offer them options, the violence is our fault, because we’ve failed them.”
The program will launch 1,000 jobs initially with a goal to have 15,000 jobs within the next five years.
The music festival will raise funds for youth programs supported by Common’s Common Ground Foundation, and rapper Kanye West’s charity Donda’s House run by Rhymefest and his wife.
Here’s what Common had to say about it.
“Any time I hear of innocent people getting shot and killed and young people with guns, it hurts. I felt I have to do more than just write songs about Chicago. Obviously, one of the biggest reasons our kids are going through what they’re going through is because of poverty. I was doing an event in the neighborhood and there were some kids from Englewood and I said, ‘Man, what do y’all really need? What’s gonna stop this? And they were like, ‘We need money. Man, if we could work.’ They want a chance.”
True. Kudos to Common, Kanye and Rhymefest.
The inaugural fundraiser will be held September 20-21.
Kanye has been on a campaign to get his fiancée, Kim Kardashian, on the cover of Vogue for as long as we can remember. And as we previously reported today, he can now rest because his dream has finally come true. Of course, we all know how bad Kanye wanted that Vogue cover, so it’s not surprising that rumors about him begging the fashion magazine’s EIC, Anna Wintour, for the cover are resurfacing. However, according to Daily Mail, Anna says those rumors are completely false.
“Part of the pleasure of editing Vogue, one that lies in a long tradition of this magazine, is being able to feature those who define the culture at any given moment, who stir things up, whose presence in the world shapes the way it looks and influences the way we see it,” Anna writes in the issue’s Letter From The Editor. “I think we can all agree on the fact that that role is currently being played by Kim and Kanye to a T. (Or perhaps that should be to a K?)”
Though she admits that the gossip probably makes the issue more enjoyable for the reader, she affirms that Kanye did not beg for the cover.
“As for the cover, my opinion is that it is both charming and touching, and it was, I should add, entirely our idea to do it; you may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancée on Vogue’s cover. He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true.”
Her letter continues:
“There’s barely a strand of the modern media that the Kardashian Wests haven’t been able to master, and for good reason: Kanye is an amazing performer and cultural provocateur, while Kim, through her strength of character, has created a place for herself in the glare of the world’s spotlight, and it takes real guts to do that.”
And there you have it!
As a Kanye fan I’d heard Warryn Campbell’s name and I learned he was a producer when I started watching Mary Mary’s reality show. But I never really made the correlation. And while I watched him craft Mary Mary’s Grammy winning song, “Go Get It” and knew he’d worked with Death Row in the past, I had no idea that Warryn’s work was so heavily reflected in my personal musical collection.
Though he got his professional start under the tutelage of DJ Quik, Campbell began playing music at a young age. By 15 he’d mastered the drums, bass, guitar and the piano. By 16, he joined a gospel group called New Vision where he discovered his gift for musical production. Afterward he met Quik. From there he worked with Death Row and the rest is history.
Check out the songs you probably had no idea he helped to write, produce or both.
“He’s Abandoned All That In Favor Of Being The Straight, Black Liberace”: Aisha Tyler Calls Out Kanye On Lack Of Charity Work
From Black Voices
When Aisha Tyler dropped by “The Late Late Show,” Craig Ferguson wanted to get her take on the Kardashians. The conversation quickly turned to the latest “member” of the clan, the Kardashian-adjacent Kanye West. Tyler said she had a bone to pick with the star.
Tyler started it off by saying that she has a friendly relationship with West, having served on the board of his charity foundation focused on bringing music into schools. “He’s abandoned all that in favor of being the straight, black Liberace and I don’t understand what’s happening,” Tyler said. “I like his ambition, but just feel like he should get, like, a smartphone and say everything he’s gonna say publicly into the phone and then listen back. You know, just for a moment.”
Read more at BlackVoices.com
Drake announced a partnership with Nike’s Jordan brand of sneakers during his concert in Portland, OR on December 3 using as many cuss words as he could possibly squeeze into a minute and a half. So the video above is NSFW for language. Keep the volume low at the office.
The new kicks are already in the works; Drizzy posted pics on his Instagram showing the Air Jordan 10′s and OVO Stingray 12′s.
While he was at it, Drake also mentions that Portland made it to the top of the list for cyclists, microbreweries, and single women in Shape, the women’s fitness magazine. And BTW, he got caught up in a snowstorm on the way to the concert. OK!
What isn’t clear are the details of the partnership. MTV says it was in touch with Nike (which is based in Portland) but hadn’t heard back.
It’s a crazy time for sneaker companies with Kanye going off about the way Nike treated him recently, saying he wasn’t properly compensated for his Air Yeezy sneakers. He’s now signed a deal with Adidas, which announced that partnership yesterday. “For 2014, we welcome to the adidas family one of the most influential cultural icons of this generation, Kanye West,” the company said in a statement (via Complex). “Well known for breaking boundaries across music, film and design and partnering with our history in street wear culture and leading innovations in sport, we look forward to creating a new chapter. Details to follow.”
And then we got news today that Teyana Taylor officially got the heave-ho from Adidas over her Twitter tiff with Rihanna. And there are those funky new kicks that Solange made with Puma as part of her new gig as their creative director.
The sneaker industry is really working overtime for the holidays.
Last night, in a 90 minute special, the Kardashians took us behind the scenes of the shoot for their 2013 Christmas card. I’m very proud of the fact that I don’t watch the show; but according to the Daily Mail, the family decided to do something do and different this year. First, they were doing away with the typical, traditional Christmas card and going for something a little more artistic. And for that they didn’t use family friend and photographer Nick Saglimbeni, but David LaChapelle.
LaChapelle came to the table with quite a few new ideas. For one he didn’t want there to be any men or children in the shoot. That worked out well since Rob didn’t want to be in it, Scott didn’t mind, Kanye’s on tour and Lamar is wherever the hell he is. Bruce was the only one who wouldn’t stand for being kicked out. He fought to be included. But after seeing how LaChapelle placed him in the scene, it’s rather evident that his presence wasn’t altogether welcomed. Kourtney also fought to make sure that Penelope and Mason were able to be included in the picture. So you’ll see them in there too. And though Kanye and Lamar aren’t physically in there, if you look closely, you’ll find their likeness. Hint, look close to the ground.
LaChapelle told the family that he wanted to do something unexpected with this shoot. “[It will be] On a deeper level, will say something about the time and place where we live.”
Kris Jenner described it as a post apocalyptic, futuristic world that was very pop culture. If that is so, I surely hope that the Kardashian clan won’t be the last family standing when it’s all said and done.
Take a look at the close ups of the photo on the following pages.
Kanye West is on a rampage–again! He just finished complaining about Obama, alleging the President used he and his mother to become “hip.” (Also, don’t talk about Kim K!) This after the President called him a jacka$$. Boop.
Now West, is going after a beloved online retailer. West zeroed in on mega online shoe store Zappos, which is owned by Amazon.com. Zappos is not only known for its shoes but also for having incredible customer service.
But West isn’t happy with Zappos. “I got into this giant argument with the head of Zappos that he’s trying to tell me what I need to focus on,” West said on writer Bret Easton Ellis’s podcast. “Meanwhile, he sells all this *ish product to everybody, his whole thing is based off of selling *ish product,” he added.
But Zappos isn’t lying down. They responded to West in, what Huffington Post describes as “the greatest way possible.”
Seriously Kanye! What have you got against Zappos? They also posted this response on their site, which has got five stars from visitors.
Love them or hate them, we all felt warm and fuzzy when we heard Kimye’s proposal story. We’re all suckers for a little romance. And we’ve got 15 over-the-top celebrity proposals to put a little “aww” in your day. If you’ve got a romantic story to share, you know where to leave it.