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Social Justice Writer, Political Activist & Hip Hop Blogger Launches #HerRapStory Sexual Assault Campaign

You may remember our exclusive interview with Lance Cooper of 804 Street Media, not long ago. Today we received word that Lance has recently launched a new initiative to help end sexual assault in the Hip Hop community.

Lance Cooper was inspired by the #MeToo campaign to start a campaign to not only stop the misogyny in rap music, but out sexual predators he said he knows exist in hip-hop.

“A lot of black men in hip-hop won’t support #HerRapStory, because they are either the sexual predators/harassers or friends with the sexual predators and harassers,” he tweeted at the launch of the campaign.

After the “Access Hollywood” tape went live, BET writer KC Orcutt explained that his comments were far more triggering for her than most of the misogyny in rap music. She was literally grabbed by the genitals by a fellow student at her middle school after basketball practice.

“Years later, as a female hip-hop journalist, being alone in a room full of men equates with riding dolo to a rap show …
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The WWE Doesn't Want Rapper Travis Scott To Trademark ‘Cactus Jack’

Travis Scott, known for hits like “Butterfly Effect” and “goosebumps” is a popular (and very active) rapper from Houston, Texas who has a couple of aliases (as all good rappers do). Mick Foley, known for hardcore and Hell in a Cell matches is a popular (retired) wrestler from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico (not really, but bear with me), who goes by different names, too.

The similarities between the two don’t end there, as both Travis Scott and Mick Foley use the “Cactus Jac” moniker, and both men at times inspire people to do things they probably shouldn’t do.

PWInsider recently reported that Scott is attempting to register a trademark for “Cactus Jack.” He already has his own record label imprint, which is called Cactus Jack Records, but Mick Foley has been using the name since his days in CWA in the late 1980s … which was before Travis Scott was born.

According to PWI, WWE does not currently have an active trademark on the term “Cactus Jack”; they abandoned that particular trade…

Here's Everything You Need To Know About PaleyFest 2018

The Paley Center for Media today announced the lineup for PaleyFest LA 2018 which will mark thirty-five years as the premier television festival. Running March 16-25, at the iconic DOLBY Theatre, the milestone anniversary celebration will include the cast and creative teams of today’s most acclaimed and hottest television shows, and will open with a PaleyFest Icon Tribute to the legendary Barbra Streisand.

“PaleyFest LA 2018 will feature the very best that television has to offer including Emmy Award-winning comedies and dramas, intriguing sci-fi mysteries, and the acclaimed revival of one of television’s most beloved shows,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “We’re especially proud to honor Barbra Streisand as this year’s PaleyFest Icon, and look forward to celebrating her numerous television accomplishments.”

PaleyFest LA will honor Ms. Streisand, who will take part in a special conversation illuminated by clips highlighting her groundbreaking work in te…

LYFT is debuting a Craft Beer that will also give riders a discount

Lyft’s plan to team up with a brewery in Chicago and start pumping out their own brand of beer. The company recently announced they’ll be launching a collaboration with Baderbrau Brewing— which has been dubbed Five Star Lager— which they plan to distribute to bars around the city (although there’s a chance they could eventually expand into other markets).

Each can will feature a discount code for a Lyft ride of up to $5, which could essentially cancel out the cost of the beer depending on how much the cans ultimately retail for.

The lager is a rebranded version of Baderbrau’s South Side Pride, which currently has a fairly mediocre rating (hovering around 3.4) on BeerAdvocate and Untappd. Rob Sama, the co-founder of the brewery, says it’s an ideal beer to order when you’re planning on wrapping up your night— which could be interpreted as “the beer to order when you don’t care about how your beer tastes.”

If you’re in Chicago and don’t feel like dealing with the “L,” you can start to be on…

Here's The Story Behind The Memphis HighPoint Church Controversy

Last week, it was revealed that Andy Savage, a pastor at a megachurch by the name of Highpoint in Memphis, Tennessee, was guilty of what the victim, Jules Woodson, referred to as a “sexual assault” when she was a high schooler. The incident took place in 1998, when she was 17 years old and he was a youth pastor at a Houston, Texas, church. Savage told his church congregation that he had sinned and had never tried to hide the assault from church leaders, according to The New York Times.

The assault came to light after Woodson privately contacted Savage with an email, asking if he “remembered” the event, which came about when he offered to give her a ride home after a church event, drove her to a secluded location and then, according to Woodson, told her to perform sexual acts before swearing her secrecy. When Savage didn’t respond to the email, Woodson went public with her story. You can read her entire account here. Be warned: the details are graphic.

Savage then spoke with congregatio…

Confirmed: Grammy Nominated Rapper Kendrick Lamar to curate and produce Black Panther: The Album

It was confirmed this morning that Kendrick Lamar produced and curated the Black Panther soundtrack with help from Top Dawg label head Anthony Tiffith. The confirmation came with the release of the album’s first single, “All the Stars,” a collaboration between Kendrick Lamar and SZA (which contains strong language).Lamar issued a press release saying “Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director. The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside [director Ryan Coogler] and Marvel’s vision.” The release also says that Coogler reached out to Lamar personally to help with the project.

Lamar added, “Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is amazing, from its cast to its director. The magnitude of this film showcases a great marriage of art and culture. I’m truly honored to contribute my knowledge of producing sound and writing music alongside Ryan and Marv…

Playboy Magazine Is Poised To Stop Publishing For Good

Playboy magazine might be gone for good later this year.

The managing partner at the firm Rizvi Traverse—which is the company’s controlling share-holder—told The Wall Street Journal that following the death of its founder, Hugh Hefner last year, the company might be dramatically changing directions.

Ben Kohn told WSJ, “We plan to spend 2018 transitioning it from a media business to a brand-management company … I’m not sure that print is necessarily the best way to communicate to our consumer going forward.”

Essentially, they would start focusing on creating bars and nightclubs and licensing their brand.

The pornographic magazine was first published in 1953 and has been in circulation ever since. It’s also struggled with its identity. In 2016, they announced that the magazine would no longer feature nudity, though a year later, they walked back that decision, and again featured photos of nude women.

Developing: Israel’s Ambassador To New Zealand Wants To Meet With Lorde Over Her Canceled Tel Aviv Show

After being pressured by activists groups, Lorde decided to cancel an upcoming show in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 5, a show she booked and later confessed felt like it was a mistake: “I pride myself on being an informed young citizen, and I had done a lot of reading and sought a lot of opinions before deciding to book a show in Tel Aviv, but I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one,” she said.

Dr. Itzkah Gerberg, Israel’s ambassador to New Zealand, penned an open letter to Lorde in which he expresses his disappointment at her decision: “It is regrettable that you have canceled your concert in Tel Aviv and have disappointed all your fans in Israel. Music is a wonderful language of tolerance and friendship, which brings people together. Your concert in Israel could have spread the message that solutions come from constructive engagement that leads to compromise and cooperation. Music should unite not divide and your performance in Israel could have contributed t…