Method Man Launches Marijuana Company

Rapper and actor Method Man said he’s launching a new marijuana business specifically aimed at boosting other black-owned cannabis companies.

The company named  Tical, short for Taking Into Consideration All Lives, also the name of Method Man’s first solo album.


The company will soon begin selling marijuana products to black-owned retailers in California.

“Personally, it is essential that we use our brand to help bring awareness to the social, systemic and economic injustice in communities that have struggled with oppressive mass incarceration and racially biased policing policies,” Method Man.

Method Man owns a 20% stake in Tical, and the company is developing its own strains in partnership with Clone Guy Industries, the New York Post reported.

Tical’s first three strains will be on sale immediately.

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Nick Cannon Returns To Radio

NICK CANNON has announced that he’s back on the radio for his SKYVIEW NETWORKS nationally syndicated show, NICK CANNON RADIO beginning today (9/8).

CANNON had taken time away for a period of reflection, dialogue and study with some of America’s most notable Jewish community leaders and representatives.

He has pledged  to be a leading voice and advocate for positive change, greater understanding and unity between the Black and Jewish communities.

“I’m extremely blessed and humbled, and have an incredibly meaningful opportunity to use my public platform to spread love, positive and understanding” says Cannon

I’ve come away these past few weeks with a much broader perspective on the Jewish plight throughout history, some lifelong friendships, and a newfound purpose for uniting the Black and Jewish communities of all generations to combat the systemic racism and injustices that continue to plague our world today.

My work has just begun, and I look forward to continuing my journey toward further enlightenment.”

Rabbi NOAM E MARANS added, “I welcome NICK CANNON as a new friend.

“We will learn from one another and open the window to go beyond that which originally brought us together, seizing this opportunity to expand the conversation to the two-way street of Black-Jewish relations.”

SKYVIEW NETWORKS Pres./COO STEVE JONES said, ““We are so appreciative of NICK CANNON’s affiliates for their commitment to NICK during his period of reflection.

We recognize that he is an incredible entertainer with a powerful voice that will continue to command the interest and attention of radio listeners during this volatile time in AMERICA.”

CANNON stepped away from the mic in JULY after a controversial episode of his podcast, CANNON’S CLASS, where he appeared to promote hateful speech and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories

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Wiz Khalifa’s Launches Delivery-Only Eatery ‘HotBox By Wiz’

WIZ KHALIFA is launching a new culinary delivery-only endeavor — HOTBOX BY WIZ — and the pot-eccentric menu is not just for cannabis fans, he says.

According to TMZ, “‘HOTBOX’ is definitely catering to the cannabis crowd … with a ‘top-shelf munchie menu’ featuring burnt ends re-branded as ‘blazed ends’ and a ‘mile-high dark chocolate brownie.'”

“It’s for everyone, whether you’re stone-cold sober or blazed outta your mind. There is one requirement though … ya just gotta be hungry.”Said Wiz


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Usher To Headline Las Vegas In 2021

USHER will headline a LAS VEGAS residency at THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS PALACE for 12 dates beginning on JULY 16th, 2021 through JANUARY 1, 2022.

USHER said, “I have missed performing for my fans live and I am so excited to see them in LAS VEGAS.

My residency at THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS PALACE will be full of surprises and an USHER experience like they’ve never seen or heard before.”

Additionally, USHER, LIVE NATION LAS VEGAS and CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT are donating $1 of every ticket purchased to USHER’s NEW LOOK FOUNDATION, Inc (UNL).

The non-profit’s mission is to provide access, awareness, and empowerment to youth in undeserved communities.

The organizations goal is to guide young people to make educational and career choices that match their passions.

Over the course of 21 years UNL has reached more than 50,000 young people.

For ticket information check here.

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Actor Chadwick Boseman Dies at 43

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Confirming multiple news reports we are saddened to hear of the passing of CHADWICK BOSEMANThe 43 year old actor, while receiving critical acclaim for his role of Black Panther in several Marvel films was established in his craft, playing many memorable characters in his career from Jackie Robinson to James Brown.

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Boseman was battling with being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, keeping his fight from the public all the while working through his treatments to portray some of cinemas’ most prolific characters such as his role playing Thurgood Marshall. He is survived by his family.

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TenthLetterMedia & Straight Official Magazine extend our condolences to his family, friends and fans. We will follow-up with any other developments related to this breaking story.



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Bad Bunny’s Music Comes To Fortnite

Bad Bunny‘s music has come to Fortnite in its most recent update of Chapter 2: Season 3.

The song “Yo Perreo Sola” can be heard on the Beat Box station that was integrated into some vehicles that players can use.

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Various artists were also added to Fortnite such as Drake, The Weeknd, Ed Sheeran, Marshmello, among others.

Epic Games crosses all borders and continues to add different content in its video game, it already did so with movies and concerts, and now music in the cars in the purest GTA style.

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XLP Distribution Names Rob Potna New A&R and Creative Strategist

The rising artist has had his hands on so many things this past year, this announcement is almost no surprise. With the close business relationship between Rob Potna & Donald XL Robertson, this seems like the perfect decision. Rob Potna & his Only The Life label has a distribution partnership with Donald XL Robertson’s XLP Distribution company. Between both creatives the amount of streams, songs written, and RIAA gold & platinum accolades, this duo is unstoppable. Rob Potna recently stated “Its an honor to be known as someone that doesn’t just make great music, but also now finds great music”. He also mentioned that this position would in no way effect the release of new music & content for his fans who have been patiently waiting for the “Only The Life” album to be released. We think this is a great move for Rob Potna & the future independent success stories that will come from this new move.

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Neal Shoemaker gives you the true Harlem Experience through Harlem Heritage Tours

Native Harlemite Neal Shoemaker, started Harlem Heritage Tours in 1998, after realizing the opportunity that tourism offers Harlem to preserve its culture and contribute to the development of the local economy. All tours and events are conducted by those who were actually born and raised in Harlem. When we started Harlem Heritage Tours twenty years ago, many thought that visitors would be reluctant to visit the community. But to our pleasant surprise, realized that the public was thirsty for authentic experiences presented via the eyes of those who are actually from Harlem.

Customers have expressed to us that they want the heritage of Harlem to come alive.
Working with community partners, such as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Apollo Theater, Harlem Heritage Tours have developed a series of multimedia bus / walking tours that present archival video and sound at the very sight where history happened – this method keeps the human touch while bringing the past to life – this is a first in the industry.

Across the planet individuals and organizations are exploring ways to incorporate community involvement into the design and development of tourism products and services. The goal is to respect the privacy and integrity of those who live and work in Harlem, and at the same time expose visitors to all that makes Harlem special. Because of our sensitivity, we receive more support from grass roots Harlem than any other tourism company in the community.

Over the past ten years we have met people from all over the world and we feel that tourism is a great tool to promote positive domestic relationships and heightened foreign diplomacy.

We look forward to another exciting twenty years in the business and look forward to seeing you in Harlem soon. Mr. Shoemaker can be reached at email: and

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La Bodega’s Quarantine Talk: Gold Frankincense & Myrrh.

Welcome to the 4th edition of La Bodega’s Quarantine Talk.

Where we have conversations with various artist and groups from around the world via email,zoom & phone.

The group we have today is called Gold Frankincense & Myrrh from Florida

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SO. What are your Names? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?

GFM. CJ, Maggie, and LuLu.  We’re from Jacksonville, FL.  We are all sisters, and our parents wanted us to take music lessons for 2 years. They said if we hated it, we could quit, but we all ended up loving music.  We played our first show when Lu was maybe 7, Maggie was 10 or 11, and CJ was 12.  We were all on spring break, and on the way home, we told our parents we wanted to perform for the rest of our lives.

SO. Who and/or what inspires you to create?

GFM. We honestly inspire each other, We learn from each other and consistently grow with each other. We also are inspired by our fans and their stories and how much they have overcome. We try to take inspiration from everything we can. 

SO. How would you describe your sound?

GFM. We are beauty-core!  It’s a mashup of pop, punk, metal, rock; it’s got a little bit of everything!  We love the heavy breakdowns, riffs, and screams, but we also love a good melody.  Our sound is very “in-your-face” in a positive way.

SO. What is your creative process like?

GFM. It’s different every time. Sometimes, inspiration just strikes, and you’re rapid-fire bouncing ideas off of each other and writing them down as fast as possible.  Other times, we like to start with a theme or idea, and we write a song that encompasses those factors. 

SO. What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?

GFM. We’d love to collaborate with artists like Lights, Marshmello, A Day To Remember, BTS, Babymetal there’s too many to name haha.

SO. What is one message you would give to your supporters?

GFM. Never give up. You are so much stronger than you may realize.  Life can be very hard sometimes, and it’s so important to reach out if you need help. Reach out to us; we try to always be available. You can get through this, and you do matter.

SO. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?

GFM. We are actually all pretty good cooks, and we’re pretty good at playing video games. We can sew pretty well, and we’re getting good at penpalling/letter writing.  We’re pretty open about our lives with our fans though, so there’s not much they don’t know haha.

SO. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?

GFM. We’d all still be in school haha. 

SO. Who are some artists/people you admire and why?

GFM. Lacey Sturm because she is the woman who let us know that girls can scream too.  Not to be cheesy, but we really admire our parents as well because of how hard working they are and how much they have and continue to support us.

SO. What is the best advice you’ve been given?

GFM. Be your own biggest cheerleader, celebrate the small things, and don’t burn bridges.

SO. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

GFM. We want more women involved!  Our goal with beauty-core is to encourage more women and young girls to join the music industry. 

SO. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?

GFM.W e’ve got new releases, and new shows on the way. Because there were so many cancellations this year, we’re planning on being on the road for a long time next year. 2021 is going to be big.

SO. What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you? 

GFM. Everything is @thegfmband.  It’s super easy to find us; our website is even, and it has all the links to our social media pages as well.  If you’re looking to find us on any digital download/streaming site, search Gold Frankincense & Myrrh. 

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La Bodega’s Quarantine Talk : Actual Screenshot

Welcome to the 3rd edition of La Bodega’s Quarantine Talk.

Where we have conversations with various artist and groups from around the world via email,zoom & phone.

The group we have today is called Actual Screenshot from Minnesota

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SO. What are your Names? where you’re from and what first got you interested in the entertainment industry?

ASS. We are Ben (bass, vocals), Rob (lead guitar, vocals), Chad (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Thom (drums, vocals) We’re from Minneapolis, Minnesota. We like music! Our parents played in bands when we were kids, that was one of the biggest things. Our favorite movie was La Bamba at 5 years old, Richie Valens being a rock star. We didn’t like him being killed in a plane crash. At age 6, we flew on a plane for the first time and flipped out, Thanks, La Bamba. At age 6, our buddy Nick had a white guitar with a rose on it. It was inspiration to be in a band and sing.
SO. Who and/or what inspires you to create?
ASS. Dog, friends, work, thoughts, and opinion.
SO. How would you describe your sound?
ASS. Loud, fast, thrashy aggressive with melody.
SO. What is your creative process like?
ASS. Get a feeling inside and we gotta get it out somehow and that’s it, we’re very messy with it. We’re all over the place. We kind of fight it out. We make it together. It starts out like shit and momentum happens and we make a song out of it.
SO.What artist(s) would you like to collaborate with?
ASS. Who would collaborate with ASS?
SO. What is one message you would give to your supporters?
ASS. Dude, all we are is dust in the wind… Have fun cause we’re going to have fun with you. We follow the golden rule. Express your opinions, but you don’t have to be an asshole.
SO. What is the most talent/skill you have that most people don’t know about?
ASS. Very good at color theory. Can drink 6 beers in a half hour. Going to work hungover.
SO. What would you be doing right now, if you weren’t doing music?
ASS. Our regular jobs and bouncing off the walls.
SO. Who are some artists/people you admire and why?
ASS. BB King said learn as much as you can, but sometimes less is more. Whereas Yngwie Malmsteen said less is more and more is more. Roy Orbison. Can’t sound like him, never in a million years. But what we write has a melody until we speed it up and have to shout. Gotta give it to Matt Freeman of Rancid, he’s the reason I play bass.
SO. What is the best advice you’ve been given?
ASS. “Don’t get smart, stay the way you are”.. from my dad. I got a lot of tips from dad and they’re all smart ass tips. You don’t always gotta be like the Joneses, which means be your own fuckin person. You don’t have to do what everybody else fuckin wants or expects you to do. Do what the fuck you want. You become more interesting when you live that way. Be yourself. Golden rule.. Treat others how you want to be treated.
SO. If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
ASS. Less visual, more audio. Fuck the hook.
SO. What’s next for you, where would you like to see yourself in the next year?

ASS. Back playing shows. Playing a show. On stage. Due to this pandemic, all shows have stopped. Just to play a show at Al’s Bowling Alley in Moorhead, MN.

SO. What is your social media? How can people get in contact with you?

ASS. Give us a call.

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