According to reports, Jennifer Hudson and longtime fiancé David Otunga have split after 10 years. Hudson also filed to have a restraining order taken out against Otunga to which Otunga’s attorney, Tracy Rizzo, says is a move made out of fear of losing custody of their child. Rizzo told TMZ:
David Otunga has been trying to negotiate the terms of an amicable parenting agreement with Ms. Hudson for several weeks now. However, when it became apparent to Ms. Hudson that Mr. Otunga would be the parent granted residential care of the child, as a result of Mr. Otunga being the child’s primary caregiver while Ms. Hudson pursues her career all over the world, Ms. Hudson decided to file a meritless Petition for Order of Protection in an effort to gain an unfair advantage in the custody dispute. […] As a result of Mr. Otunga’s career in the WWE, Ms. Hudson felt that she could give an award-winning performance in court to portray herself as the victim. Mr. Otunga has never abused or harassed Ms. Hudson or their son.
Jennifer Hudson’s representative told People Magazine that the restraining order was requested “in the best interest of their son.” It is important to note that Otunga isn’t being accused of getting physical with Hudson.
Master P is reportedly taking a California based cannabis company to court for bailing on their partnership, according to TMZ.
Master P got into the legal cannabis industry in November 2016 to launch his own branded strain, “Master P’s Trees” and brokered a deal with Privateer Holdings in March 2017. P was to promote the product and cover 50 percent of the production costs while Privateer cultivated the product and covered the other half. “Master P’s Trees” were set to launch in July, but according to court documents, the company backed out of the partnership at the last minute.
Master P is suing Privateer on the grounds of fraud and breach of contract claiming that they had no real intent to partner with him. Court docs state that Privateer only saw Master P as a way to get “an inside look into the urban and hip-hop demographic of cannabis users.”
For this, Master P is seeking $25 million in lost profits and damages.
Brooklyn federal jurors ruled in the favor of 21 graffiti artists after a day of deliberations in the despite between land developers and the artists responsible for painting the historic Queens art Mecca known as 5 Pointz. The American mural space at 45-46 David Street in Long Island City was founded in 1993, and was a huge staple in the hip hop and art scene. It was recently closed down and whitewashed as developers have plans to build luxury rental space in the area.
The collective of artists sued real estate developer Jerry Wolkoff under the Visual Artists Rights Act — a law passed in 1990 that protects artwork of “recognized stature.” The 49 pieces of graffiti that covered the location were legally protected when Wolkoff painted over them during the night without warning nearly 4 years ago. According to the counsel for the artists, each of the 21 were awarded damages.
In an interview with HipHopDX, Baum said “The jury sided strongly with the rights of the artists. This is a clear message from the people that the whitewash of the building by its owner Gerald Wolkoff was a cruel and willful act.”
This is the first trial that cites the Visuals Artists Rights Act, however, the jury’s decision was an advisory ruling, the final call is still a judge’s to make.
Tyrese claimed that his close friends Will and Jada Pinkett Smith lent him $5 million so that he could ‘afloat’ amid his custody case with his ex-wife. The singer/actor made the announcement of the donation on his social media account on Sunday writing, “I’ve been on with lawyers all day but our family and our sister Jada-Pinkett Smith and my brother Will Smith just sent us 5 million to help keep us afloat.”
He went as far as to continue to post allegations that he was still waiting for the check from the couple to clear. However, according to TMZ sources close to Will and Jada vehemently deny giving Tyrese any money. Reportedly, The Smiths are worried that Tyrese is having a mental breakdown while in the midst of the court battle with his ex-wife over the custody of their 10-year-old daughter, Shayla.
Social media has been buzzing about Cardi B and Offset of Migos after Offset proposed to his girlfriend while on-stage at Power 99’s Powerhouse Concert in Philly. The proposal from Offset came only days after the two had allegedly broke up, with Cardi B posting videos saying that she was reportedly single. Along with the timing on when Offset proposed, many have been shocked by the stunning ring that he purchased for her.
Now, reports are surfacing saying that the eight-karat engagement ring Offset gave to Cardi B costs about $550,000. The price of the ring was confirmed by the owner of Pristine Jewelers in New York City. The shape of the ring presented to Cardi B is a raindrop that was custom-made by the jeweler. The eight-karat ring has two-karats worth of white and pink stones and is also surrounded by two half-karat diamonds.
$550,000 is a bit much, but Offset may be able to get some of that cash back if he and Cardi B take up one of the many deals offered to them to show their wedding in a reality show special format. Mona Scott-Young of Love and Hip Hop on VH1 along with other networks have reportedly offered up to one million dollars so far.
After signing her multi-million dollar deal with Columbia Records executive Shawn Holiday, Remy Ma made a new partnership with Lil Kim. According to TMZ, Remy Ma and Lil Kim are teaming up to make a new Nicki Minaj diss record. Allegedly the track is called “Wake Me Up” and it’s filled with subliminal shots at Nicki Minaj.
“That crown I’m gon take that sh*t. Cause you a clown and homie don’t play that sh*t.”
“I heard he lay that d***. You let them filet that fish. You just met him how he bae that quick?”
It appears that Remy is throwing shots at Nicki’s relationship with Nas, which publicly appeared to take off quickly. Allegedly Remy and Kim shot a video for the record last week in the Bronx. We’ll keep you updated on any new developments of the track.
Remy Ma also has a new manager. Tamar Braxton’s soon to be ex-husband, Vincent Herbert is now on board. It looks like Remy is gearing up to take over 2018. With the emergence of other female acts such as Young M.A and Cardi B, it’s great to see Remy working with another female emcee, but is dissing Nicki Minaj good for the culture?
Remy Ma returned for the eighth season of Love & Hip Hop: New York, which premiered last night (Oct. 30) on VH1. In music related news, the Bronx rapper has signed a multi-million dollar deal with Columbia Records. The label will release Rem’s first solo effort since her release from prison in 2014.
The news surfaced on social media earlier today, but a representative from Columbia Records confirmed the deal with XXL. However, they chose to remain mum on the details surrounding the implications of the deal, the monetary value, or when her first solo record would be released.
While we wait for solo music from the femcee, she has recently been working with Lil Kim, who she had a longstanding beef with, in the past. The two traded a number of diss tracks with each other, but it seems like they are ushering in a wave of female artists working together. Remy has expressed discussing a potential collaboration with fellow Bronxite Cardi B.