LeBron James Announces Space Jam 2 Release Date with Official Poster

Spring Hill Entertainment, the film and television company founded by LeBron James and business partner, Maverick Carter, announced the release date for the long expected sequel, Space Jam 2.

The announcement was made Thursday night on Twitter with the official Tune Squad poster; you can see the official image above. Space Jam 2 is the long awaited sequel to the 1996 basketball movie classic, Space Jam starring NBA legend Michael Jordan, actor Bill Murray, and a bunch of the original Looney Tones characters like Bugs and Lola Bunny.

The movie will be directed by Terrence Nance, creator and director of HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness“, along with Ryan Coogler, director of “Fruitvale Station”, “Creed”, and “Black Panther”, as the producer.

The movie is said to start filming this Summer and is expected to debut in July, 2021. James will be staring as the lead role in the sequel instead of Jordan, as well as being executive producer.

 

 

 

21 Savage Released From ICE; Takes Private Jet Back to Atlanta

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21 Savage, government name She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, has been released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody on Wednesday morning.

“After spending more than one week in detention, 21 Savage has been released on bond” attorney Charles Kuck said. 21 was arrested and detained by ICE in an operational sting targeting another Atlanta rapper, Young Nudy, on February 3rd. ICE claimed that 21 is a U.K. citizen who has overstayed his Visa for the past 13 years.

On the day of 21’s release, TMZ tweeted a picture of the rapper and his mother boarding a private jet near the detention center where 21 was held for approximately 9 days. Artists and activists alike have continued to condemn the way individuals are treated under ICE’s care.

Kuck has stated his client has a current pending U-Visa application with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services that has been filed since 2017.

21’s detention has raised awareness of the immoral and problematic circumstances a number of undocumented citizens/immigrants have gone through and still experience.

The website, Mic, released a video on Twitter showing unity with 21 and other undocumented immigrants facing deportation. The video is filled with a number of stars including J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled, SZA, America Ferrera, Jesse Williams, and others.

At the end the video, viewers are asked to sign the #Free21Savage Petition.

 

 

Kelly Rowland to host 2019 Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards

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Essence announced on Tuesday that Kelly Rowland will be the 2019 host for the 12th annual Black Women in Hollywood Awards later this month.

The two-time Grammy award winner and six-time nominee said in a statement, “I’m so honored to host this year’s Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards and shine a light on four exceptional women for their art and social activism.” According to Essence, Rowland can’t wait to join the celebration at one of the most anticipated Oscar-weekend events, saluting Black women in Hollywood.

During this years ceremony, Essence will be honoring Regina Hall (Black Monday), Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), and Kiki Layne (If Beale Street Could Talk). This years timely theme will be: The Power of Our Presence: Art & Activism.

Along with her role on Empire, Rowland will be starting off the year staring as Gladys Knight in BET’s new upcoming series, American Soul. The show is expected to give insight on the work done behind the scenes that went into creating the series, Soul Train.

The Awards ceremony will be held on February 21, 2019 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, California.

You can watch Kelly Rowland’s American Soul Exclusive below:

21 Savage Arrested by ICE; Allegedly Overstaying his Visa

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Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have arrested and detained Grammy-nominated rapper, 21 Savage, government name Abraham-Joseph, early Sunday morning. The arrest took place during a targeted operation in Atlanta. The agency is claiming that 21 is actually a U.K. citizen who has overstayed his Visa for the past 13 years.

“We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with the authorities to clear up any misunderstandings,” lawyer Dina LaPolt stated, “Abraham-Joseph is a role model to young people in the U.S., especially in Atlanta.”

According to the Associate Press, it turns out 21 entered the U.S. legally in July 2005 when he was 13, but has remained in the country illegally since his visa expired in July 2006, ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox said in an emailed statement.

It was learned from an ICE official that back when 21 was arrested in 2014 for felony drug charges, ICE was not yet aware of his immigration status and only learned later.

Reports from CBS News claimed that fellow Atlanta rapper Young Nudy, real name Quantavious Thomas, was the law enforcement’s original target for different reasons. Nudy was allegedly pulled over with 21 and two others in the car. Only after 21 was booked into the system did ICE take notice to his apparent U.K. roots.

It was later learned from DJ BJ, who works closely with both artists, that Nudy and 21 weren’t even in the same car, and platforms are stating that as fake news.

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In response to the arrests, many have taken to social media to show support and some even give their own takes on the incident.

 

While others have taken this as an opportunity to crack jokes about the arrest:

Earl Sweatshirt Announces U.S. Tour along with a Short Film Release, “Nowhere, Nobody,”

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Earl Sweatshirt announced on Wednesday an upcoming 31-day U.S. tour in support of his latest released album, Some Rap Songs. The tour is expected to kickoff in New Orleans on March 23, with a few acts like Black Noi$e, MIKE, bbymutha and more to perform as openers. The tour will run till May 6, with the final show ending in Atlanta. Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, February 1, 2019. You can see the full tour schedule above.

You can click here to pre-order tickets.

Along with his tour announcement, Sweatshirt dropped an almost nine minute short film, Nowhere, Nobody, on VEVO. Co-wrote and directed by Naima Ramos-Chapman and Terence Nance from HBO’s sketch series, Random Acts of Flyness, the picture opens up with Sweatshirt coaching a young basketball team to glory before transitioning into bizarre clips formulated to represent the album.

The film features about six songs from Some Rap Songs. You can view Nowhere, Nobody below:

 

 

 

 

Bryson Tiller Hits #1 On Billboard Top 200 Charts

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Bryson Tiller’s latest studio album True To Self lands his first #1 spot.

Distributed a month earlier than its expected date of June 23rd, True To Self dropped on May 26th through Tiller’s Twitter account. The album was a follow-up to Tiller’s debut Trapsoul. Both have been released through TrapSoul/RCA Records. 

The Billboard charts rank the most popular albums of the week coming out of the U.S.  based off aspects like traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming equivalent albums. True To Self earned 107,000 equivalent album units in the week ending June 1, according to Nielsen Music. 47,000 of that sum was in traditional album sales.

Tiller’s No.1 spot will be posted on the new June 17, 2017-dated chart in full on the Billboard website on June 6th.

Listen to True To Self here!

How Playboi Carti Became One of the Hottest Artists Out Right Now

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From bagging groceries and working at H&M to selling out festival venues with a deal from Interscope Records, this SoundCloud artist has become one of the hottest headliners of the era.

Unlike most of these new artists that have been popping up out of nowhere, 20-year-old Atlanta rapper Playboy Carti isn’t just some overnight success. Carti began from dropping his first mixtape, Young Mi$Fit under the name Sir Cartier, to landing rapper Key! and Awful records as mentors while still in high school. Since 2014, Carti’s been building his fan base from songs on the internet to eventually landing himself a meeting with A$AP Rocky at SXSW in 2015.

What gave Carti his first breakout moment was his song “Broke Boi” which now has over 25 million plays. Stardom truly fell upon Carti later in 2016, with features on a few of Lil Uzi’s tracks along with a feature on “Telephone Calls” from A$AP Mob’s album Cozy Tapes. By 2017 Carti had already toured the country with some of the hottest names in Rap, and since became the popular yet mysterious phenomenon he is known by today.

Carti dropped his debut album Playboi Carti back in April, getting major buzz from fans, to fellow artists, to media outlets. Singles off the album have broken into the Billboard Top 100 like “Magnolia” receiving attention as a memeable anthem. With a new mentorship from A$AP Rocky and the success he’s already gotten from music to breaking into fashion and acting, Carti is in an atmosphere of success right now.

Maybe SoundCloud artists do have a future in the industry, if they work as hard as Playboi Carti that is.

Check out Playboi Carti below: