Rapper “Pop Smoke” Dead At 20

The Brooklyn rap star Pop Smoke has been murdered according to TMZ, Pop Smoke was shot and killed early this morning in what appears to be a home-invasion robbery.

Police claim that two men wearing hoodies and masks broke into Pop Smoke’s Hollywood Hills house around 4:30AM, shooting Pop Smoke and fleeing on foot.

The suspects are still apparently at large. Pop Smoke was 20.

Pop Smoke, born Bashar Barakah Jackson, grew up in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Canarsie, the son of a Jamaican mother and a Panamanian father.

A promising high-school basketball career ended when he was diagnosed with a heart murmur, and he later turned to drug dealing, spending two years on house arrest on a gun charge.

Pop Smoke was relatively new to music; he released his first song “MPR” in December of 2018.

His rise was fast and meteoric.

Pop Smoke was the biggest star yet to emerge from Brooklyn drill, the mutation of the Chicago subgenre that also drew on the UK’s own version of drill music.

Working mostly with the London producer 808Melo, Pop Smoke developed a sound that was gruff and concussive but still catchy and occasionally melodic.

He released his debut mixtape Meet The Woo in 2019, and his single “Welcome To The Party” was a New York summer anthem last year.

Nicki Minaj, French Montana, and Skepta rapped on remixes, and Travis Scott brought Pop Smoke in to appear on “Gatti,” a track from his Jackboys compilation.

Pop Smoke had some issues with the police during his short career.

But his upside was tremendous.

Earlier this week, Pop Smoke released the hugely promising mixtape Meet The Woo 2.


Below, watch Pop Smoke’s video.



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Erica Mena and Safaree welcome a Baby Girl! [NEWS]

Erica Mena and Safaree Samuels have welcomed their first child together, a baby girl!

“These last 24 hrs have been an adventure, to say the least,” Safaree.

“I’m a part of the #girldad club now.

Perfection is here.”

Samuels and Mena, 32, announced the pregnancy in October, with Samuels exclaiming in the video, “I didn’t know I was capable of doing this!”


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Super Bowl: Halftime Show Jennifer Lopez & Shakira [SPORTS]

The first half of Super Bowl LIV was all tied up with the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers trading blows.

This year, global icons Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will star in the halftime show.

Sunday will mark the first time that the two recording artists who have combined to sell over 150 million records worldwide will perform on stage together.

The show began shortly after the end of the second quarter in the game between the AFC champion Chiefs and the NFC champion 49ers, which kicked off at 6:30 p.m. ET.

Both stars offered their thoughts on performing together for the first time during their pregame press conference from Miami.

Ever since I saw Diana Ross fly off into the sky at the halftime show, I dreamed of performing at the Super Bowl,” Lopez said shortly after it was announced that she would be taking part in this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.
“And now it’s made even more special not only because it’s the NFL’s 100th season, but also because I am performing with a fellow Latina.
I can’t wait to show what us girls can do on the world’s biggest stage.”


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Super Bowl: Demi Lovato Delivers Powerful National Anthem Performance

One week after the emotional live debut of her new single, “Anyone,” at the 2020 Grammy Awards, the pop star proved her vocal talent yet again at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium to kick off Sunday’s big game.

Demi Lovato kicked off Super Bowl 2020 with a powerful performance of the National Anthem.

Dressed in a white suit, the pop star showed off her vocal capabilities as she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of Sunday’s big game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium.

Lovato’s appearance at the NFL’s most important event comes just one week after she made her grand return to the spotlight with an emotional live debut of her new single, “Anyone,” at this year’s Grammy Awards, which were held Jan. 26 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

Prior to this year’s Grammys, Lovato hadn’t performed live since 2018’s Tell Me You Love Me World Tour, which concluded before her hospitalization in July of that year. She immediately sought treatment and has since talked about her sobriety.

Lovato’s performance of the national anthem occurred hours before Jennifer Lopez and Shakira were set to take the stage for their highly anticipated dual halftime show.

Last year’s Super Bowl featured Gladys Knight singing “The Star-Spangled Banner,” while Pink did the honors in 2018. Previous national anthem performers also include Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé, Jennifer Hudson, Luke Bryan and the late Whitney Houston, among others.

Watch Lovato’s performance below.


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Torae Will Teach Music Business in Brooklyn College

Torae is a man of many hats.

The Coney Island native is putting his professor cap on, and will be giving back the knowledge he’s gained during his ample experience in hip-hop to students at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College.

The Business of Music will be an eight-week course running from Feb. 26 to April 16 featuring an array of industry experts as guest speakers.

Even students not enrolled at the university are encouraged to apply for the course website, which will come with a tuition fee of $500 if accepted.

Torae who released his ninth studio album  All Praises Due in 2018 will help students examine various aspects of the music industry through his expertise including the ever-changing digital streaming era, entrepreneurship, marketing, and the function of today’s record labels.

“I am multi-faceted, and I can speak about the culture through a few different lenses, from emceeing to branding, and now as a professor.”



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Karol G’s “Tusa” Reclaims #1 Spot

Less than three months after its release, the release of “Tusa” Karol G’s new single along with Hip Hop superstar Nicki Minaj shows no signs of decline.

Since she regained the #1 position this week on the Hot Charts Billboard Latin Songs and seizes the top of the Global YouTube Top Music Videos chart for the second consecutive week.

“Tusa” (the Colombian word for spite) occupies the # 3 spot on the Global Chart of Spotify and remains # 1 in 17 countries as it advances rapidly to the top of the lists around the world and breaks records of reproduction in countries like Mexico.

According to the numbers … Tusa is already certified 8X Platinum by the RIAA in the United States and has more than 750 million reproductions since its launch on November 7, 2019.

Fans, artists and influencers from all over the world have shared their videos to social networks.

Dances and reaction videos have turned “Tusa” into a global movement.

Karol G, was named the Top Latin Female Artist of 2019 and has more than 50 million followers on social networks, which has also set the internet on fire sharing her favorite videos.




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Lexii Alijai’s cause of death has been revealed.

The 21-year-old rapper died last month from mixed fentanyl and ethanol (alcohol) toxicity, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed to E! News. The manner of death was accidental.

Alijai, whose full name is Alexis Alijai Lynch, was the granddaughter of singer-songwriter Roger Troutman.

She gained a large following on Soundcloud, Instagram and YouTube before releasing her debut full-length album, “Growing Pains,” in September 2017.

She collaborated with California singer-songwriter Kehlani on her singles “Jealous” and “You Should Be Here,” which was nominated for a Grammy.

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Lunden De’Leon Lands Amazon Prime Hip-Hop Drama “Turnt”

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Nominated “Best Leading Actress” for her role in the film “Pure Justice”, actress Lunden De’Leon (We’re the Millers, Sweet Home Carolina), landed the the role of Harriet Stanford in the Amazon Prime Video “Turnt” starring Jamal Woolard (Notorious), Benzino (Love and Hip-Hop), Hoopz Alexander (Flavor of Love) and Torrei Hart.

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Produced by Mann Robinson Entertainment, “Turnt” centers around Libarariers Stanford (played by Woolard) living by the law of money, power, and respect. Stanford also has a sibling, named Kenny who while aspiring to become the next big thing in the music industry, has his dreams cut short due to street violence.

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Best known for her role as Nurse London in the Netflix movie “Blackbear”, De’Leon has starred in over 50 television shows and movies. These include “Cryptz”, “The Lake House”, and the award winning drama “Somebody’s Child” just to name a few. De’Leon just recently joined the cast of the upcoming thriller “Payne” portraying the role of detective Yvette Paige.

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“Turnt” is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video. You can follow Lunden De’Leon on Instagram @lundendeleon and at


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According to TMZ,  YG filed a police report on Monday, claiming that someone took over $400K worth of jewels from his hotel room at The London in WeHo. The problem is that the theft allegedly happened almost a week ago.

Sources say between 11PM NYE and  11 AM New Year’s Day, a briefcase which was left on top of the safe in the room, had been relieved of several expensive pieces of jewelry. It was noticed by the rapper on January 1st but didn’t file the police report until January 6.

There are no suspects or leads in the case, especially since YG’s hotel room was a revolving door on New Year’s Eve. Detectives are reportedly looking into surveillance footage on the floor of YG’s room, which hopefully will lead them to some clues.


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Black Wall Street Reincarnated|New Black Enterprise

Why was Black Wall Street so important?

The financial plight of the African American community has been well documented and dissected.  The real question that has  surfaced since Dr.King’s assassination is what will the community do about it?  We know that marching in the streets and Black Wall Street Reincarnatedsinging glorious hymns have not made much traction in the progress for economic stability.  The wealth gap for African Americans has actually increased in that time frame only causing further damage to our communities.  The Black Wall Street of the early 1900’s has long been burned down, but still no such pillars are present in predominantly black areas.  A much needed revitalization of black america has been needed.  The concept is built around the concentrated effort of recirculating black dollars within the community.  The black dollar is crucial for cultivating community programs and facilitating the growth of black enterprise.

How do we reincarnate Black Wall Street?

The answer is simple as it was given to us by none other than one of our own Malcolm X .  He gave a speech called The Ballot or the Bullet where he explained the power of black spending. Our neighborhoods thrive when we buy black and fail when we do not.  The power of pooling the black dollar not only perpetuates generational wealth but gives us control over our own Black Wall Street Reincarnatedinfrastructures and institutions.  If everyone just invested and patronized more black owned businesses the effects would trickle down through generations, creating the equivalent of a reparations check owed to Black America.  The keyword “investment” means you now have ownership and dividends to be paid out.   The time has come where black enterprise rises across the nation and buying black is no longer taboo.

The revolution has begun!

The name Fubu2Infinity will soon become a staple of the black community for years to come.  This is an opportunity for the growth of  black enterprise that can benefit everyone in Black America.  The instructions are clear and simple. Black Wall Street Reincarnated Go to and register to get more information.  The ball is in Black Americas court and the call to action has been sounded.  We will heal when we learn to love and support one another.  In order for a new Black Wall Street to thrive we must become the change we seek.

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