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Jay Z Announces New Album ‘4:44’ For June 30

As if Jay Z didn’t have enough on his hands, the hip-hop legend has just shared details on a new album, 4:44. But you won’t be able to buy it or stream it just anywhere.

The album will drop June 30 for subscribers of Sprint or Jay Z’s Tidal platform through what’s pitched as a first-of-its-kind partnership between both companies.

Chatter on a new Hov LP heated up in recent weeks, and the entrepreneur and music man threw fuel on that fire last week with a mysterious campaign which saw the numbers “4:44” and the date “6.30.17” dished up on posters and online.

The plot thickened in the hours before midnight when a teaser video appeared on Tidal. Then the big revealed happened as the clock struck twelve.

The corporate partnership behind the U.S. release is the first in a series of music exclusives, according to a joint statement, and it follows the announcement in January that Tidal sold a 33 percent stake in the company to Sprint for $200 million, giving it access to the telecom company’s 45 million customers. Outside the U.S., 4:44 will be available to stream only on Tidal for now. It’s unclear for how long the exclusive window will last, though Billboard has reached out to reps for comment.

As part of the U.S. campaign, Tidal and Sprint have pledged support to the 1Million Project, an educational initiative from Sprint and the Sprint Foundation that will assist 1 million low-income U.S. high school students who aren’t connected to the Web at home.

News on the surprise album release caps an eventful week during which Jay Z and his wife Beyonce welcomed twins and the artist was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, becoming the first rapper to achieve that honor. The new LP is the followup to 2013’s Magna Carta… Holy Grail, which peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.


[Video] @itsVain #ImGone

Weed, Loud, Gas, Pot, Grass, Ganga, Blunt, Reefer, Marijuana, Cannabis, 420, Chronic, Mary Jane, Gangster, Rope……

It has many names and just as many highs! Can you relate?

4/20 is National Smokeout Day!

Some consider it the day to celebrate smoking weed while others consider it the day to stop smoking tobacco.

VAIN commemorates this pot lovers day with his “I’m Gone,” Video which takes a spin off on the Cult Classic Friday!

VAIN takes you with him as he goes on a way out trip on some particularly potent Chronic! VAIN along with videographer/director Elroy Isaacs collaborate to give you some trippy visuals teamed right alongside some tricky cinematography, all WITHOUT the help of Green Screen, in Vain’s newest video “I’m Gone.” It’s a real Trip!

Check it out below!!

@ItsVain #ImGone Skit

Vain is about to drop the new visual for #ImGone which is set to release TOMORROW on April 20th. More affectionately know to smokers as 420 the national smoke out day.

BUT before that drops check out this skit!!

Devin McCourty & Martellus Bennett To Skip White House Visit

New England Patriots star Devin McCourty became the second Super Bowl champion to declare that he will not be joining his team for a trip to meet President Donald Trump at the White House, on Monday, February 6.

[NFL] Devin McCourty To Boycott White House Visit

Leading up to Sunday’s big game in Houston it had been anticipated that Martellus Bennett would boycott the tradition, with he and his Seattle Seahawks star brother, Michael, being two of the more politically vocal voices in the NFL. Bennett had hinted that he wouldn’t be attending during Super Bowl opening night festivities last week, and reconfirmed his position following the Patriots’ historic comeback win, stating, “It is what it is, people know how I feel about it.”

[NFL] Devin McCourty To Boycott White House Visit

In a text message sent to Time magazine, McCourty followed suit with his tight end teammate, writing, “I’m not going to the White House … Basic reason for me is I don’t feel accepted in the White House. With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won’t.”

[NFL] Devin McCourty & Martellus Bennett To Skip White House Visit

It remains to be seen how Bennett and McCourty’s refusal to head to the nation’s capital might impact their standing on the team, as Patriots owner Robert Kraft, head coach Bill Belichick, and QB Tom Brady are all avid supporters of the President. Should any kind of repercussions be levied against them, the team may face a backlash from Black players around the league, considering the team brought itself to meet President Obama without its team captain in 2015, when Brady omitted himself from the White House visit.


Black-Owned Ride Share App Moovn Takes Advantage of Uber Boycott

The #DeleteUber boycott, and now the exodus from Lyft, leaves a vacuum for more obscure ride share companies who couldn’t wish for a better scenario, to come in and fill the need of customers now seeking an alternative to the popular tech brands. And there is one small independent competitor that specifically stands to benefit among the African American community, although people of all races, religions and creeds are free to enjoy its services.

Black-Owned Ride Share App Moovn Takes Advantage of Uber Boycott

Moovn, an app created in the vain of Uber and Lyft, is a ride share business that is available in several major U.S. Cities, including Atlanta, San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, Boston, Washington DC, Portland, and Seattle. It was founded by Godwin Gabriel, who taught himself how to code, and delivered on his idea to build a rival to the mainstream ride share companies that have nearly put livery cabs out of business. The company has grown to even service citizens across seas in Tanzania, South Africa and Kenya, and was on it’s way to growing even more, with Gabriel’s plan to release the app in 20 more cities by March. With the recent backlash against Uber and Lyft, that growth stands to signify an even greater and more rapid expanse.

Black-Owned Ride Share App Moovn Takes Advantage of Uber Boycott

Since President Donald Trump took office less than two weeks ago, opposition to the promises he ran on during his 2016 campaign has shown itself in a much more visible sense than it did before he began actually delivering on them, with each executive order he has signed into law. Protests for women’s rights immediately sprang up after he signed legislation to defund organizations that promote abortion and more recently, thousands of protesters flooded airports around the country to voice their dissent against his controversial travel ban on refugees and nationals coming in from various nations in the Middle East. And it hasn’t been covered as much, but he’s also had supporters coming out to show their own strength in numbers, with VP Mike Pence overseeing an Pro Life rally in Washington D.C., and a Starbucks boycott going into effect after the coffee chain promised jobs to refugees impacted by Trump’s executive order.

Black-Owned Ride Share App Moovn Takes Advantage of Uber Boycott

The protest against ride shares began with Uber when over the weekend the #DeleteUber hashtag spread, upon protesters noticing that the company’s drivers were lowering their prices and picking up customers at JFK airport in the absence of drivers striking under the New York City Taxi Workers Alliance. With each Uber customer who dropped the app, Lyft picked up a new follower, as many reconciled them to be an honest competitor. But word has since spread that by joining Lyft, customers are only giving their money over to Trump confidant Carl Icahn, who is a heavy investor in the company.

Black-Owned Ride Share App Moovn Takes Advantage of Uber Boycott

There are some perks to Moovn that Gabriel points to as attributes to the service in comparison to Uber and Lyft. Moovn doesn’t have the sort of price increase fees that Uber and Lyft are known for, such as cost adjustments to “surge” and “prime time” hours. It is also a black-owned business whose success goes towards the employment of African Americans and drivers on the continent of Africa.



Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson is best known for playing the sassy and brassy Cookie Lyon on Fox’s Empire, but she’s channeled a less-well-known part of her life — her slow climb to the top — in a deeply personal memoir.


Around the Way Girl: A Memoir is a candid and brutally honest account of her life, she explained on Good Morning America‘s Robin Roberts on Tuesday, because, “we need each other as humans. If my life experiences can help someone else in life, why not?”


She continued, “That’s what we’re here for as humans,” she said. We make the world go ‘round. We inspire each other as humans. I can’t even tell you how many stories I look at that keep inspiring me to get up every day and fighting the good fight.”

Henson said her fans were curious to learn more about her life as a single mom in college and moving to Los Angeles with only $700 in her pocket. “They had been reading about my interviews and they had seen me in my interviews, because, you know, I’ve always been candid, and so they’d be like, ‘Oh you had a son in college and you still graduated and you moved to L.A. with $700. How did you do it? You need to write a book. Your life is so inspirational,’” she recalled.


“And it’s like, God put me on the stage and he gave me the mic. What am I going to do? What am I going to do with this moment in life? How am I going to inspire other people? If people will be inspired by my story, little old me, then that’s my duty. That’s my duty as a human.”

After years in smaller movie and TV roles, Henson is now “reaping her harvest” as Empire‘s electric matriarch. “I worked,” she told ABC Radio’s GMA After Hours. “I worked my butt off. It wasn’t an overnight success for Taraji P. Henson,” the actress laughed.