Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper came under fire for artist Mark Knight’s cartoon depiction of Serena Williams’ incident at the U.S. Open, which many see as racist.
The photo went viral online, with celebrities like Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling blasting the photo on Twitter, writing, “Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop.”
Jemele Hill also added that the photo is “About as subtle as Fran Drescher’s voice.”
Herald editor Damon Johnston backed Knight’s cartoon in a statement, which read, “A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark’s cartoon depicted that. It had nothing to do with gender or race.”
Knight also reacted himself, stating, “I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the US Open final, and seeing the world’s best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting,” he said. It’s been picked up by social media in the US and my phone has just melted down. The world has just gone crazy.”
In November 2017, Meek Mill was sentenced to two-to-four years in prison after violating parole on petty criminal charges, and after months of protests, petitions, and multiple appeals by the MMG rapper’s legal team, Meek was released from prison last month.
And ever since his release, the Philadelphia-born and raised hip-hop artist has been on a media tour speaking about his experience in prison, how he’s grown as an individual, and how his story can spark prison and judicial reform so that unheard voices don’t become a cog in the prison industrial complex.
Now, Meek Mill has finally returned to the stage for the first time since his release as a surprise guest at this year’s Rolling Loud music festival in Miami, Florida. Meek was introduced by none other than DJ Khaled and was met with roars and gratitude from the crowd.
Meek then went on to perform hits like “On The Regular” and “Litty” alongside Tory Lanez, but also took time to address his wrongful sentencing stating the following, “They tried to take my freedom, they tried to crush my dreams… But now we in Miami going the f*** up.”
Meek has become an influential pillar and somewhat of a martyr in the culture due to his faults and the corruption of the justice system, and it looks like the universe has a bigger plan for the hip-hop artist. With that said, check out Meek on the stage for the first time after being locked up.
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.
Wow! Who seen this one coming? Can we say checkmate Meek? Well Nicki Minaj just broke the internet with the with her latest Instagram post. Nicki posted a very intimate picture of her and Nas. The two were eatting at a very popular dinner in NYC. Nas is a rap icon and former husband of RnB star Kelis. It seems Nicki made the upgrade to a more mature and seasoned man who can treat her better. Another cool thing is both are from Queens. Congrats are in order for Nicki and Nas. Cant wait to see their relationship grow.
Beyoncé was hit with another lawsuit, this time for her use of the Roc-A-Fella logo.
Dwayne Walker, the creator of the logo, says Bey never asked for his permission to use it in the 2013 music video for her hit song “Drunk in Love.” Walker claims the logo is prominently displayed in the video and he wants her to take it down or pay him for its use, according to TMZ.
The logo, however, only appears briefly in the video, and it’s via Jay Z. The Brooklyn rapper is seen wearing his Roc chain along with many others, and the logo is only visible for a few seconds while Beyoncé is hugging him and clutching the pendant. Though the chain is Jay Z’s and worn by him, he is not named in the lawsuit.
Walker did previously sue Jay and Dame Dash for $7 million, accusing the duo of copyright infringement in 2012. A judge dismissed the lawsuit in September 2016. U.S. District Judge Andrew Carter said that Walker was not entitled to royalties under a contract allegedly signed 20 years ago.
South Florida rap artist Brisco pleaded not guilty to fraud and fake money charges on Tuesday in federal court in Fort Lauderdale.
Brisco, also known as British Mitchell, 34, is charged with selling counterfeit cash and being part of a fraud ring that operated in South Florida. He is linked to at least $200,000 worth of fraud, according to court testimony.
Mitchell, who was featured on Lil’ Wayne‘s 2009 Grammy Award-winning album Tha Carter III, has been jailed in Broward County since he was arrested earlier this month.
Authorities said he had been on the lam since August when he led law enforcement on two chases in one day when they tried to arrest him. Mitchell is tentatively scheduled to go to trial in federal court in Miami early next month on eight federal charges linked to identity theft, fraud and selling counterfeit currency..
Lauren London and Nipsey Hussle recently welcomed a baby boy, which the rapper announced on his Instagram on Friday (September 16). He shared a photo of Lauren and her baby boy holding hands.
Nipsey and Lauren have kept their relationship relatively quiet over the years, aside from a few Instagram photos, but they decided to share the joy of their new bundle online.