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Jay Z Trademarks Story of O.J. Character “Jaybo”

Jay Z is definitely a businessman! Reportedly, the hip hop mogul filed paperwork to trademark “Jaybo”, the animated character in the Story of O.J.

According to TMZ, S. Carter Enterprises plans to use the image for merchandise such as T-shirts, sweaters, hats, and blankets. Jaybo could also appear on dinnerware, mugs, cocktail shakers and thermal containers. There was an additional trademark request that would give Jay Z the exclusive rights to use Jaybo in films and television series.

The character Jaybo stems from “Sambo”, the main character in an 1899 children’s book titled Little Black Sambo. The book is deemed racist for its use of derogatory imagery.

What are your thoughts on Jay Z latest business move?

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Watch for Vain to appear live tonight, January 14th between 8-10PM…

Watch for Vain to appear live tonight, January 14th between 8-10PM on Da Russ and Stew Show airing out of NYC’s Damatrix Studios in the BX.

Vain will be interviewed and showcase his latest video releases “Hello,” and “Breakup 2 Makeup,” which features Lil Mo of Love and Hip Hop NY.

VAIN has become a Freestyle Legend with his Freestyle releases such as 7th Chamber Freestyle, It’s Vain on that Beat, You Talk Too Much and most notably his Monster Bars series 3rd Edition which featured Tony Yayo . VAIN will Freestyle Live tonight on the Russ and Stew Show!

Previously Vain has freestyled on Dj Self’s Radio Show on Power 105NY as well as Funkmaster Flex’s Franchise TV. His music is being played by Dj’s and Radio Stations across the nation! @Itsvain Watch him!!

You can access Da Russ and Stew Show on Facebook Live tonight January 14, between 8PM -10PM Eastern time by logging into www.damatrixstudios.com or go to Ustream and put in damatrixstudio.

The show will also be aired on Detroit Radio WHPR 88.1 and Detroit TV 33. It broadcasts in the Virgin Islands on Radio We Can See.com and Radio Station 107.3FM. It is also being broadcast on College Underground Radio.

Police Release Evidence in Nelly’s Rape Allegations

Photographs of Nelly standing handcuffed after being arrested on rape charges which have since been dropped have emerged.

The 43-year-old rapper was arrested in the early hours of October 7 after 22-year-old Monique Green, who has agreed to be identified, called police to claim he had raped her on his tour bus during an after-party onboard.

Green is a nightclub hostess in Seattle. She was working at the club where Nelly had performed the previous evening and said he attacked her on the bus after inviting her there for a party to follow on from the performance.

The bus was parked in a Walmart parking lot at the time of the alleged assault.

The woman called police after allegedly being thrown off the bus by Nelly following the alleged attack.

Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes Jr., has always denied the allegations.

They criminal case against him was dropped when Green decided not to go ahead with pursuing charges but she is suing him in civil court.

On Friday, crime scene photographs taken on the tour bus and of what both of the pair were wearing were released and published by TMZ.

They showed the rapper standing by the side of the road in Seattle dressed in sweatpants, a sweater and with his hands cuffed behind his back after Green called police.

In his bedroom on the bus, the blue sheets appeared to be stained and the beds – both the rapper’s and camp beds for crew – were unmade.

There was a packet of baby wipes in the bathroom and clothes strewn across the bus.

In the bedroom, a football and football helmet were used as decorations.

Green is also pictured. She appears in what looks like a hospital gown, wiping tears from her eyes.

In her lawsuit, she described how on the night of October 6, she was working at the nightclub where she is a hostess when Nelly was performing.

She said he asked her back to his tour bus for an afterparty and that once they were there, they went into his bedroom.

Green claimed he started masturbating then had oral and vaginal sex with her against her will.

She claimed he refused to wear a condom despite her pleading with him to.

After the alleged attack, she said was thrown off the bus by a member of Nelly’s entourage.

Standing outside in the parking lot on her own, she said Nelly then threw a $100 bill at her and harassed her as she tried to call an Uber. That is when she dialled 911. It was 3.40am.

Police arrived and arrested the rapper on a charge of second degree rape.

He was released from custody without charge not long afterwards, however.

Nelly denied the accusations immediately.

He has not denied that the pair had sex but says vehemently that no attack took place.

‘Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness.

‘I am confident, once this scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges.

‘Nelly is prepared to address and pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation,’ his lawyer said in a statement at the time.

He has since threatened to file his own lawsuit against Green for slander.

The rapper’s girlfriend Shantel Jackson is unperturbed by the allegations and is standing by him.

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The Weeknd says goodbye to H&M over ‘monkey’ sweatshirt ad

Pop star The Weeknd has cut ties with the international retail chain H&M after the company ran an ad featuring a black boy modeling a sweatshirt emblazoned with the words “coolest monkey in the jungle.”

The Canadian singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, had partnered with the Sweden-based company for its 2017 Spring Icons Collection and modeled some of its apparel.

On Monday, The Weeknd tweeted that he was “shocked and embarrassed” and “deeply offended” and “will not be working with @hm anymore…” along with a photo of the ad.

By 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, it had been retweeted close to 103,000 times and “liked” almost 230,000 times.

“We completely understand and agree with his reaction to the image. We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken and we also regret the actual print,” H&M said in a statement. “We will continue the discussion with The Weeknd and his team separately.”

Other celebrities have also gone after H&M online. NBA star LeBron James posted singer Chris Classic’s edited version of the ad on Instagram. It features a gold crown on the model’s head and a drawing of a crown covering the “coolest monkey in the jungle” line on the hoodie. The phrase “king of the world” run across the top of the photo.

H&M was accused on social media of being racist after using the photo online to sell a hoodie in the U.K. The retailer removed the image and the sweatshirt is no longer for sale anywhere.

The company pledged to “look into our internal routines to avoid such situations in the future.”

Mother: Alabama Police Beat Black 17-Year-Old Son

An image posted by a mother has since been shared 61,000 times.

Ulysses Wilkerson’s family was searching for answers as to how the 17 year-old ended up like this after an encounter with Troy police.

“He had trauma to the brain, swelling on the brain, and a cracked eye socket in three different places,” said Ulysses Wilkerson Jr. , Ulysses’ father.

Many of the 61,000 shares of the Facebook post said they were outraged.

“From all over the world, people are commenting they want justice,” said his father.

It is said that officers saw Wilkerson coming around the corner of a building in downtown Troy. When they tried to speak to him, he fled leading to a foot chase that ended here, on Madison Street. One witness said she saw officers surrounding Wilkerson who appeared to be unconscious.

“You could see the swelling of his face you could tell he had a lot of bleeding. He looked like he was passed out or maybe in and out of consciousness.” said Brittany Patterson, who drove by the scene.

Saying the first thing that came to mind was, “I hope they are not beating him.”

WDHN reached out to the Troy Police Department and to the Troy mayors office, neither would comment.

The family is asking for body and dash camera footage to be released. Also telling News 18 today that any charges against Wilkerson were dropped and that he was never placed under arrest.

“They had him handcuffed when we got in there they said he was charged with obstruction of justice the ambulance came to take him to UAB the took the handcuffs off and dropped the charges on him,” said his father.

Wilkerson was released from UAB Hospital in Birmingham, but remains under medical observation and could possibly undergo surgery after more swelling goes down.

George Zimmerman Threatens Jay-Z Over Trayvon Martin Documentary

George Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder, after he fatally shot a then 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida on February 26, 2012.

 

The case would become highly publicized as the incident highlighted racial disparities within many communities, and how Black children are often perceived as threatening and dangerous.

At the beginning of this year, Jay-Z and The Weinstein Company announced they would be creating a 6-part docuseries, “Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story” that would chronicle the life of Trayvon through his shooting by Zimmerman and the eventual acquittal. The documentary is set up in the same way they covered the life, arrest, jail time, and suicide of Kalief Browder.

During the shooting of the production, Zimmerman alleged to The Blast that a production team showed up unexpectedly to his home and “harassed” members of his family for on-camera interviews. His ex-wife was also paid to partake in the documentary, due to all of this, Zimmerman has threatened to “beat Jay-Z” and feed him to “an alligator.”

He told the publication, “I know how to handle people who f**k with me, and I have since February 2012,” morbidly referencing the night he fought and killed Trayvon.

The overall fate of the docuseries is currently in limbo due to the scandal with Harvey Weinstein.

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Jerry Richardson To Sell Panthers Amid Sexual Misconduct Claims

Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson made it known he is putting the team for sale, which fell on the same day the NFL said they were beginning their investigation into him.

According to reports, the Panthers began an investigation of their own into Ricardson after reports of alleged sexual harassment in the workplace surfaced. Along with harassment, there was alleged use of a racial slur.

In an official statement on the sale, Richardson said “I believe that it is time to turn the franchise over to new ownership. Therefore, I will put the team up for sale at the conclusion of this NFL season.”

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