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We here at the office are Leo DiCaprio-heads. If you’ll recall, my colleague wrote a piece for the site this year about how the talented actor can basically do no wrong in his films. And it looks like he can also do no wrong in everyday life as well (well, you know, for the most part). DiCaprio had a pretty swanky birthday party this past weekend as he celebrated his 39th year in the world. For the shindig, he invited 2 Chainz and Kanye West to pump up the crowd, and as captured by folks Instagramming throughout the party, Leo was clearly having a pretty awesome time. Dressed in a suit, with a hat on down to his nose, the Wolf of Wall Street star jigged to 2 Chainz’s “I’m Different” and a slew of other hits by both rappers while being showered with love by the ladies. Please check him out putting one hand in the air, and waving it like he just doesn’t care to 2 Chainz:
This isn’t the first time Leo has broken it down like a crippled clown on the dance floor:
The above gif is actually from his upcoming film The Wolf of Wall Street, set in the ’80s. That comes out on Christmas by the way. DiCaprio has been a hip-hop head for years now, kicking it with Q-Tip (who was also reportedly at the party) and citing Nas as one of his favorites. When promoting his film The Great Gatsby, he showed love to some of his other favorite MCs right now:
“Kendrick Lamar is great, 2 Chainz is great too — don’t forget 2 Chainz. By the way, he’s my age — I’m very proud of a guy emerging in the hip-hop world at my age.”
Anywho, hopefully that video provided you with a little chuckle this morning. If not, just run it back another 15 times and I’m sure it will work…
So I know you watched Scandal last night (don’t worry, our recap is on the way!). Outside of finding out more about Harrison’s background and watching Olivia get gully with Fitz, we had the chance to see the young Olivia Pope in a flashback scene where Rowan Pope prepares to inform her that Olivia’s mother was killed in that infamous airplane crash. We got a brief glimpse of the young actress, Yara Shahidi, with her curly ponytails and glasses, but you’ve seen her adorable face before on more than one occasion.
Shahidi, 12, is probably best known for her work in the Eddie Murphy movie, Imagine That. Plus she made an appearance in Salt and most recently in the Tyler Perry-led action film, Alex Cross. Shahidi has done ad work for McDonald’s, Ralph Lauren, Target, Gap Kids and a wealth of other companies. Shahidi and her young brother Sayeed are both currently on the show “The First Family,” which comes on Centric. An interesting fact about Shahidi and her brother is that they’re second cousins to rapper Nas. The world is maaaad small!
I actually had an inkling that they would pick her to play Olivia Pope, as they have similar cheekbones and lips, and plus, kid black Hollywood is pretty small, so imagine my surprise when she did end up in last night’s episode. We might so more of Shahidi in this role if we get more flashbacks of Olivia as a child, and I hope we do, because this little lady is one talented actress who deserves as much shine as she can get! Congratulations Yara!
Rap legend Nas has been busy giving his money away. Well, not giving it away, but investing. He recently made a six-figure investment in the lifestyle publication Mass Appeal. Now the Queens hip-hop artist has invested in a San Francisco company called Proven, reports The Los Angeles Times. Proven makes apps to help people apply to online job postings through their smartphones.
Actually Nas, born Nasir Jones, has been involved with the company for a while. The “Illmatic” rapper participated in the company’s $1 million seed funding round that was led by Menlo Park investment firm Andreessen Horowitz and closed this summer.
“Jobs are a concern for the nation, and Proven is all about that, so I’m all about Proven,” Nas said in an interview.
It was Andreessen Horowitz, which has invested $15 million in the Web company Rap Genius, that introduced Nas to Proven. Nas will also be an advisor for Proven as well as help promote its services.
Run by 33-year-old first generation immigrant Pablo Fuentes, Proven makes it easier for the non-LinkedIn crowd, including blue-collar workers and low-income people, to look for jobs online without personal computers.
“Fuentes’ life story and mission resonated with Nas, who was surrounded by joblessness in the Queensbridge housing projects in New York where he grew up,” writes The Times.
“What he chose to do with his time and his life was noble,” Nas said of Fuentes. “He struck me as a smart person with a good heart.”
Initially, Proven got off to a rocky start. While Fuentes was in graduate school in 2009 he started the company, building it up to 15 employees. But he tried various unsuccessful business models and, by the end of 2011, Proven had laid off everyone but one employee. Fuentes even briefly lived out of his car at his girlfriend’s place because he lent his apartment to a pair of former employees.
Things started to look up again and Fuentes now runs the company out of an office in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco with four workers. “It launched new apps for job seekers last year and also has a service for employers. The apps have drawn 150,000 monthly active users and more than 500,000 downloads,” reports the newspaper.
Nas isn’t the only celebrity to invest in a startup. There seems to be a growing trend of the famous backing new firms. Rapper T.I. invested in the social app Yopima, Bruno Mars invested in the sheet music app Chromatik, and even Justin Bieber has become known as a budding venture capitalist.
For Nas it makes sense for rappers, specifically, to invest in tech.
“Hip-hop artists, especially the older ones, are the ones who knew hip-hop was a worldwide phenomenon before the mainstream caught on, so hip-hop artists are forward thinkers,” Nas said. “We want to stay with the new.”
Kids these days, always with the social media pictures *sighs*
But anywho, this pretty lady shared some snaps on Twitter of herself striking a pose and baring her midriff for her followers, and she has quite a few followers and folks looking at her because of her famous father.
Her dad is your favorite rapper’s rapper. He’s the son of a jazz musician, and has one of the greatest albums of all time in the genre of Hip-Hop. His daughter has been the subject of his music in the past and the present, especially when she had a moment on social media not long ago and exposed a little too much about her private life (like that she has a large box of condoms in her room). Dad definitely felt some kind of way about it and wrote a song about the success and struggles of raising a daughter and what happens when you’re not there for them as much as you would like to be. Since then, they’ve been seen all over together (and she even had a cameo in the video for the song about her), and their bond definitely seems stronger than ever.
So, whose child is this? If you look hard enough, you’ll notice that she looks exactly like her famous father…
In the event that you were longing for some messiness on this lovely Friday afternoon, we’ve got just the thing for you. Carmen Bryan, the woman who mothers rapper Nas’s daughter, recently lashed out at a Twitter follower. From the looks of it, the follower bashed her for trying to capitalize off of her former relationship with Jay Z, after she announced that she would be writing a follow-up to her 2007 tell-all, It’s No Secret: From Nas To Jay Z.
The follower rudely reminded Carmen that while she’s busy writing books about sexscapades that happened years ago, Jay is busy enjoying Brazil with his wife, Beyoncé.
— P. McQueen (@QueenP216) September 17, 2013
Never one to back down, Carmen offered a rather messy response.
— Carmen Bryan (@CarmenBryan) September 17, 2013
Of course, followers continued to taunt her, questioning why she finds it necessary to brag about cheating on her child’s father, but she didn’t seem too phased by it. She also further discussed her relationship with fans via her Ask.fm page. When asked if she and Jay had a “fling” or a relationship, Carmen replied:
“Wars don’t start over flings. There’s no doubt that Jay Z excited the world, however I’m the girl that excited Jay Z.”
She also claims that Jay and Nas’ newfound friendship is “forced.” If you’re feeling a bit lost, Carmen is supposed to be the source of Nas and Jay Z’s vintage beef. She supposedly stepped out on Nas and began a relationship with Jay.
Update: With nine days left in the campaign, more than $37,000 has been raised for the Young family. There’s still time to give!
Nas was touched by a heartrending story about a single father with eight children who lost his home to a fire. Feeling compassionate, Nas launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000 for the family to escape homelessness, reports WJLA.com.
“They’re my life; they’re my world,” the tearful father, Stanley Young, said of his children. Young and his eight children lived right above a store in D.C.; the shop caught fire and engulfed their home. The unemployed construction worker currently stays at a hotel; his funds are beginning to deplete while he frantically searches for permanent housing for his family.
“I am also a single father,” Nas said on his campaign, “and we don’t get enough credit in this country.” Young will be kicked out of the Holiday Inn by Aug. 13, leaving his family without a home if Nas’ campaign fails to reach its goal.
Young’s wife and the mother of his children passed away a year ago. “Now I see what single mothers go through,” Young lamented. The single father can only afford the basics, including a large supply of Ramen Noodles to feed his children.
“I believe and hope that we should all, as a community, come together to help our fellow American men and women when they need us in desperate situations like this,” Nas said. “We need to raise enough money to extend their stay, and maybe even afford a down payment on a new house or something.”
Young says that he is working with his church, the Red Cross, and the District of Columbia Office of the Tenant Advocate in hopes to ameliorate his harrowing situation.
“I’m putting in $5,000 myself… I have faith that our American community can pull together a miracle for this strong family who needs our help right now,” Nas said. “If we can get to the 20,000 goal, I’ll put in another $5,000 too.”
You have to wonder why Nas doesn’t just put up the whole $20,000, but we can appreciate the sentiment. You can click the link above to donate to the campaign.
Nas has found a new home in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Harvard University’s W.E.B Du Bois Institute and Hip-Hop Archive announced the creation of the Nasir Jones Fellowship. The fellowship named after the rapper who is known for his philosophical bars, will allow scholars and artists to use their education through a creative outlet. The Nasir Jones Fellowship key purpose is based on the motto: Education is real power.
The Hip-Hop Archive press release states the mission:
“To seek projects from scholars and artists that build on the rich and complex hip-hop tradition; to respect that tradition through historically grounded and contextualized critical insights; and most importantly, to represent one’s creative and/or intellectually rigorous contribution to hip-hop and the discourse through personal and academic projects.”
The fellowship will cover the works of Nas and other prolific hip-hop artists who contributed monumental work to the genre. Recipients of The Nasir Jones Fellowship will be selected by Harvard faculty.
The MC who received the privilege of his own fellowship at the Ivy League states:
“In my roller coaster of a life I’ve endured good and bad for sure, and I’ve truly been blessed to have achieved so much through art in my short life thus far. But I am immensely over-the-top excited about the Nasir Jones Hip-Hop Fellowship at Harvard. From Queens, NY to true cultural academia. My hopes are that greed for knowledge, art, self-determination and expression go a long way. It is a true honor to have my name attached to so much hard work, alongside great names like Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and W.E.B. Du Bois and to such a prestigious and historical institution, and all in the name of the music I grew to be a part of.”
Before forming his own fellowship, Nas has helped Grammy-award winning music producer 9th Wonder with his own academic research project called These Are The Breaks. The research was based on compiling original samples from hip-hop albums that were permanently archived in the Harvard Library; Nas’s Illimatic was a part of the research. 9th Wonder’s research project and journey to Harvard has become a documentary called, The Harvard Fellow. Check out a preview of the documentary below.
Rappers just love to brag about their “bread.” Countless music videos show artists flinging around excessive amounts of cash. With their flashy Italian cars, gold chains, and expensive clothes on screen, how much of the big-talk boasting match their actual bank accounts? Skeptics at Bloomberg BusinessWeek reveal the truth behind our rappers’ claimed “riches.”
“I’m in Saint Tropez on a big boat, on my way to make a billi like a big goat,” said a bumbling Nicki Minaj in “Up in Flames.” We can let the “Starships” singer strut around claiming she makes a billionaire’s salary like a large farm animal, but BusinessWeek tells us Minaj really makes $15.5 million — seven percent of one billion.
Minaj isn’t the only culprit. We all love Pitbull’s new summer jam, “Feel this Moment,” but we certainly don’t like liars. “I see the future but live for the moment, make sense don’t it. Now make dollars, I mean billions, I’m a genius, I mean brilliant,” he said. Yeah, right. Mr. Pitbull, you make $9.5 million. Please don’t insult our intelligence.
Then there’s the richest man in hip-hop. For some reason, he’s not satisfied that he’s No. 1 on the “Richest Rappers of 2013” list with a net worth of $580 million. Oh no, he has to convince everyone that he’s “dippin’ in the gatti, billboards in Tokyo. Worth about a billion and still run the city” in “Shot Caller Remix.” Puff Daddy, P.Diddy, Diddy—whatever your name is—you only make half of that.
“And a b**ch can’t call me cheapskate, I’m worth 20 millon eBay,” Gucci Mane — with the ice cream cone face tattoo — proudly proclaimed in “Pistol in the Party.” We don’t know what planet this man is on, but BusinessWeek discovered that the most expensive Gucci Mane item on eBay was an autographed microphone for $200. Two whole hundred dollar bills! We are just so astonished by excessive value of wealth that Gucci Mane has-an online auction site.
While BusinessWeek also calls out Nas, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, and Rick Ross on their rubbish claims of wealth, the only rappers that refrained from exaggerating their riches were Wiz Khalifa, Ludacris, and Jay-Z. Both Wiz and Luda kept it real on the $10 million they make.
Jay-Z — who’s worth $475 million — is not far off the target when he said “Like these rappers rap about all the s**t that I do really. I’m like ‘Really: half a billi, really?’ You got baby money,” in “HAM.”
Jay was tired of rappers pretending they are more prosperous than they truly are. As a result, in his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, which went platinum (kind of), he decided to point it out in his”Versus” track: “The truth in my verses, versus, your metaphors about what your net worth is.”
We’re all getting settled in to the heat of summer preparing to celebrate the fourth of July. But we know by now just how quickly time flies. One day we’ll look up and it’ll be Christmas. Which is why we’re telling you about this Holiday film, Black Nativity now.
The movie, which is a modernized version of a 1961 Langston Hughes play originally called Wasn’t It A Mighty Day, follows the story of a boy who is sent to live with grandparents he’s never met. While he’s there he learns about faith and family.
A little bit of trivia: When the name of the original play was changed to Black Nativity, shortly before opening, dancers Alvin Ailey and Carmen de Lavallade left the cast because they didn’t approve of the name change.
Now director Kasi Lemmons, the woman behind Eve’s Bayou and Talk To Me, is directing a film version, a musical, that will be released on November 27th later this year.
The film will feature big named actors like Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Nas and Jacob Latimore is the singer/actor who will play the lead character.
Check out the trailer on the next page.
Hopefully you got a chance to celebrate your father or father figure this past Sunday. And while we were out showing appreciation to the men handling their business at home, some of our favorite celebrities were doing the same. Check out the pictures they posted of their special weekend on the following pages.
We always see Ludacris out and about with his daughter Karma, so it’s no surprise that he would post this adorable picture of the two of them. His accompanying caption was precious and hilarious at the same. Let ‘em know Luda.
She changed my Life! Happy Fathers Day to all the real Dads out there. If u not taking care of your Kids #killyoself
Luda and Dad
In addition to posting the picture of he and his daughter, Ludacris also posted this old picture of him and his now deceased father, Wayne. Ludacris lost his father back in 2007 to cancer.
R.I.P. Wayne Bridges #happyfathersday