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:

 

 

 

 

Compton Rapper ‘Boogie’ Teases Debut Album with Short Film

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Ahead of his Shady Records debut for his forthcoming album, Everything’s For Sale, Boogie keeps his fans anticipating with a 20 minute short film named after the album.

According to Complex, though directed by Riley Keough, Gina Gammell, and Malcolm Washington, the concept of the film came when Boogie discussed what he felt each song from the album represented on a visual level.  The film contains a series of interwoven scenarios that each preview snippets of the album.

You can view the short film, Everything’s For Sale, below.

 

The album is said to contain a few featured names such as 6lack, J.I.D. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, and even the founder of Shady Records himself, Eminem.

You can view the featured tracklist tweet below:

 

Everything For Sale will be out January 25, 2019.

The 2017 XXL Freshman Class Has Been Announced

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Generation: Next is here!

Hip Hop Magazine XXL has finally released their new freshman cover for the 2017 class.

This year showcases familiar names like Amine from Portland, Philly’s PnB Rock, Atlanta’s Playboi Carti, and Florida’s XXXTentacion as the 10th spot winner. The other members off the list include: A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie from New York, Madeintyo from Tokyo, Kap G from Atlanta, Kamaiyah from The Bay Area, Ugly God from Houston, and Kyle from Venture, California.

Though the actual issue of XXL wont officially be released until July 4th, fans can get the chance to see everyone perform at the XXL Freshman show at either the PlayStation Theater in New York City on June 28th, or at The Novo in California on July 12th.

According to XXL, this year will mark the 10th anniversary of their Freshman franchise. To celebrate, this coming issue will include 34 former freshman sharing their experiences and success stories since their covers; along with much more to look forward too.

Buy tickets for the New York Freshman Show here

Buy tickets for the California Freshman Show here