- The singer took to her Twitter account yesterday to announce that she’s got a new personalized page on BlackPlanet.
- This is coming barely a year after she hinted that she is releasing a new album soon, the singer’s last LP was 2016’s A Seat at the Table, which earned her a Grammy.
Solange Knowles, singer, dancer, model, and actress shared a post on her social media accounts that somehow convinced fans that something hot is coming soon.
Solange hinted on a new project — and what many fans hope is new music — on Tuesday, when she debuted a mysterious new website in the form of a BlackPlanet profile.
The singer and performance artist posted on her social media accounts that she was doing a takeover on BlackPlanet, a social media platform and black online community created in 1999, along with links to her page, which features images, GIFs, a looping futuristic video, and cryptic texts like: “When your body is all you have you best take care” and “How much of ourselves do we leave at home and how much do we carry with us forever?”
The website also lists upcoming tour dates and a form to subscribe to her newsletter. In an interview with T Magazine last fall, Solange said that her newest album (following 2016’s A Seat At The Table) was being finished and would be releasing soon. With her cryptic social media posts, the Internet seems to think that new music might be coming soon.Read More
Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj, an American rapper, singer-songwriter, actress, and model has finally responded to the last year copyright suit filed against her by Tracy Chapman.
Chapman launched a copyright infringement lawsuit against Minaj in October 2018. Her suit claims Minaj's unreleased song "Sorry" contains an interpolation of Chapman's song "Baby Can I Hold You," and that it used without her permission and violates Chapman's copyright. Minaj denies this in her response filed on Tuesday and claims the song's interpolation is protected under the doctrine of fair use.
According to the Blasts, the rapper has filed her first response to the lawsuit in a California federal court and she denied committing copyright infringement.
Nicki claimed that her interjection is protected by the doctrine of fair use.
She further stated that Chapman “has not properly registered her claim to the copyright in the Composition [“Baby Can I Hold You”],” meaning that Chapman “is not the owner of the copyright in issue and therefore lacks standing to bring the claims alleged in the Complaint.” Nicki also argues that Chapman is not entitled to damages.
A report revealed that before “Sorry” was released, Nicki publicly asked Tracy Chapman to clear a sample shortly before the release of her album Queen.
Nicki while responding to this allegation “admits that her representatives made several requests for permission to release a musical interpolation that used music and lyrics from [“Baby Can I Hold You”].”Read More
Award-winning Afropop singer and songwriter, Yemi Eberechi Alade reacts to the INEC news on the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari. The singer isn't in any way happy with the election results but she urges Nigerians to keep calm and wait for 2023.
She took to her Twitter account to advise her fans to endure a little more,
“Win or lose ….. life goes on, the key thing is whatever legit plan you have to better your life must start now now-now.”
“Las las we go dey alright, 4 more years with no light, no water and no proper infrastructure.”
R&B superstar R. Kelly was released from jail on Monday after posting bail and pleading not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four victims, three of which are minors.
The 52-year-old, who refused to comment to reporters, was released from custody after spending three nights in jail during which time his associates and family members worked to gather the $100,000 necessary to bail him out.
Hours earlier, Kelly stood in a Chicago courtroom wearing his jail costume; an orange jumpsuit, as his lawyer pleaded not guilty.
His bail had been set at $1 million, of which he was required to pay 10 percent.
His lawyer Steve Greenberg — who has called his client’s finances “a mess” — maintained the chart-toppers innocence.
“Mr. Kelly’s done absolutely nothing wrong,” he told reporters at the courthouse.
Michael Avenatti, the high-profile lawyer representing at least two of the alleged victims, said his team had turned over a second, 55-minute-long tape to prosecutors that depict the artist “engaged in a sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl.”
Avenatti earlier this month gave Chicago prosecutors approximately 40 minutes of previously unreleased footage of Kelly allegedly having sex with a teenager.
He said his team was in the process of obtaining the third tape of a similar nature, and that additional witnesses had come forward over the weekend.
“This reign of abuse and assault by Mr. Kelly is about to come to an abrupt and permanent end,” Avenatti said.
He is due in court on March 22.
Kelly surrendered to Chicago police on Friday after a documentary series refocused attention on decades of accusations against him, including possession of child pornography, sex with minors, operating a sex cult and sexual battery.
After a dramatic trial, Kelly was acquitted in 2008 of child pornography charges, also in Chicago. The new 10-count indictment included three people who were minors aged between 13 and 16 when the alleged abuse occurred.
Kim Foxx — the state’s attorney for Cook County, which includes Chicago — told journalists the alleged crimes occurred between 1998 and 2010. The charges carry three to seven years of prison time each.
Lizzette Martinez — who detailed allegations against Kelly in the docu-series and is now a client of prominent women’s rights lawyer Gloria Allred — lashed out against Greenberg’s comments, calling them “irresponsible.”
“I’m a mother and I have a daughter,” said the 41-year-old, who claims Kelly abused her between 1995 and 1999.
“I felt like I had to be transparent and vocal about what happened to me, to save others,” Martinez said when asked by journalists in Los Angeles why she came forward.
“I was hurt when I was young.”
Kelly is known for marrying his protege Aaliyah in 1994 when the late R&B star was 15.
Kelly, then 27, had produced the teenage singer’s debut album titled “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number.” Their marriage was later annulled, and Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001.
Last month’s release of the “Surviving R. Kelly” series once again brought accusations against him to the fore. A #MuteRKelly movement — aimed at preventing his music from airing — has gained steam.
Lisa VanAllen, who spoke out against Kelly in the 2008 criminal trial and again in the recent documentary, wrote in The New York Times that she had feared no vindication would come for “a young, struggling, black girl victim like me.”
“It’s been a long time coming, but here we are,” she wrote. “More than 10 years after I nervously faced Rob in court, I know one thing: This will not end the way it did before. It cannot.”
Karl Lagerfeld, one of the most prolific and widely popular designers of the 20th and 21st centuries, has died in Paris. He was 85.
Lagerfeld was creative director of Chanel, the French house founded by Gabrielle Chanel, for an era-defining, age-defying 36 years. Upon assuming the reins in 1983, Lagerfeld swiftly revived Chanel, reinterpreting the house founder’s iconic tweed skirt suits, little black dresses, and quilted handbags. He did it via the lens of hip-hop one season and California surfer chicks the next—he was a pop culture savant—without ever forgetting what the revolutionary Coco stood for: independence, freedom, and modernity.
In more recent years, as the company’s fortunes grew and grew, Lagerfeld became known for the lavish Grand Palais sets he conceived for the six Chanel collections he designed a year. There was a rocket ship, a reproduction of the Eiffel Tower, and a supermarchéstocked strictly with Chanel-brand products. Florence Welch sang on the half-shell at the Spring 2012 show. Most memorable of all was the improbable giant iceberg from Scandinavia that Chanel shipped across the continent for the Fall 2010 show. Lagerfeld also pioneered the concept of the travelling pre-season show. The Karl caravan has landed variously in Versailles; Linlithgow, Scotland; Dallas; Seoul; and, spectacularly, Havana, Cuba.
addition to his duties for Chanel, Lagerfeld was the creative director of fur and ready-to-wear at Fendi, a position he assumed in 1965. In an era of designer musical chairs, when creative directors are given three years—or even less—to make a brand work, Lagerfeld was the éminence grise that broke the rule. The multitasking designer also designed collections under his own name, but despite his international fame, neither his eponymous collections or the ones he did for Fendi achieved the status of his work for Chanel.
Lagerfeld was the worthiest of successors. The public’s fascination with him rivals its interest in Chanel herself, who was the subject of numerous biographies, plays, and films both recent and vintage; Katharine Hepburn played her on Broadway in the 1970 musical Coco. There is no musical about Lagerfeld’s life yet, but don’t count him out. He cut an indelible figure with his omnipresent sunglasses, black leather gloves, Chrome Hearts rings, and powdered white ponytail. In the early 2000s, he shed nearly 100 pounds in order to wear the narrow-cut suits designed by Hedi Slimane for Dior Homme, and wrote a book about the process with his doctor called The Karl Lagerfeld Diet. More recent testaments to his notoriety include the public’s fascination with his Birman cat Choupette, who is also the subject of a book and the popular Where’s Waldo?parody, Where’s Karl? In the second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events, which aired in early 2018, the actor Neil Patrick Harris’s character Count Olaf donned a very Lagerfeldian disguise—high-collared shirt, strictly tailored jacket, ponytail wig—and went by the name of Gunther.
Karl Lagerfeld was born on September 10, 1933, in Hamburg, Germany, to Otto Lagerfeld and Elisabeth Bahlmann, though, as his peer Azzedine Alaïa was wont to do, Lagerfeld often lied about his age, as well as the occupation and background of his parents. This much is inarguable: His name has been in lights from the very earliest moments of his fashion career.
In 1954, at barely 21, Lagerfeld won the International Wool Secretariat in the coat category, sharing the stage with a man who would become his rival in fashion (and in love), Yves Saint Laurent, who won for his dress design. The recognition landed Lagerfeld a job with the couturier Pierre Balmain, where he designed for films and dressed stars including Sophia Loren, after which he became head designer at Jean Patou. In 1963, he began freelancing for Gaby Aghion at Chloé, which is widely considered to be France’s first ready-to-wear label, and took a full-time spot there in 1974, but not before he assumed the creative director job at the Roman furrier label Fendi, a post that he held until his death. His stint at Chloé paralleled the rise of designers from backroom workmen to stars worthy of the spotlight. Lagerfeld shared that spotlight with Yves Saint Laurent, who is similarly credited with introducing the concept of ready-to-wear to the world with his Rive Gauche line, launched in 1966.
In 1983, Alain Wertheimer, the owner of Chanel, asked Lagerfeld to breathe new life into the iconic French house, which had been in sleepy decline since Coco Chanel’s death at the age of 87 in 1971. Lagerfeld obliged in spectacular fashion. Capitalizing on the burgeoning post-modernism of the 1980s, he quoted Coco-isms with such verve his Chanel became the paragon of heritage brand revivals. He didn’t so much honour the Chanel codes as subvert and amplify them—see that Fall ’91 hip-hop collection. And he delivered the goods off the runway, too. “Fashion without wit is disastrous,” he once said, and he was rarely, if ever, without a quippy soundbite. But even as the shows became spectacles, the Chanel signature tweed suit was the canvas Lagerfeld returned to and reinterpreted again and again. The marvel of his many scores of collections is that although the silhouette changed dramatically, often from one season to the next, they all looked recognizably, archetypally Chanel.
That goes for his ready-to-wear collections, his couture, and the annual Métiers d’Art shows the house stages every December—most recently Karl and co. took over the Temple of Dendur at the Met. Lagerfeld launched the Métiers d’Art concept in 2002 in order to celebrate the workmanship of the ateliers that Chanel acquired via its Paraffection subsidiary. There are 26 maisons in all, including Lesage (embroidery), Goosens (goldsmithing), Lemarié (feathers), and Maison Michel (millinery), some of which Coco Chanel herself worked with.
Longevity is Lagerfeld’s greatest achievement, but his career has been marked by countless smaller ones. At Chloé he defined the easeful look and feel of ready-to-wear, which was then a nascent category. In the 1990s, he began developing a second career as a commercial photographer, which enabled him to shoot his own advertising campaigns and portfolios for various international magazines, Vogue included. In 2004, Lagerfeld lent his imprimatur to H&M’s first designer collaboration. Labels from Comme des Garçons and Maison Margiela signed on with the Swedish fast-fashion giant in his wake, and collaborations remain the lingua franca of the fashion industry to this day. The one constant in his life was drawing; he was fashion’s most prolific and gifted sketcher. His drawings have fetched thousands of dollars at auction over the years. Recently, he’s used his prolific skills in this medium to wade into politics and social commentary, skewering the German Chancellor Angela Merkel for her immigration policies and the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein in the wake of his sexual assault scandal.
Lagerfeld’s ceaseless pursuit of the new at work—with six collections a year at Chanel, just for starters, it was a job requirement—was reflected in his homes. Museum-worthy collections of Louis XV, Art Deco, and Memphis have been amassed and summarily sold off. Before the advent of the iPhone, he was famous for owning 300 iPods, each one programmed with different music. The only collection he never de-acquisition was his “zillions” of books. His home in Biarritz was said to hold “three miles” of them. So passionate a bibliophile was Lagerfeld that in 1999 he opened a small bookshop in Paris’s seventh district with Steidl, 7L, and the following year launched an imprint with the German publisher.
Lagerfeld received many accolades over the years. Nicole Kidman presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2002, and the British Fashion Council recognized him in 2015 with its Outstanding Achievement Award. He received France’s highest honour, the Légion d’Honneur, from then-President Nicolas Sarkozy in 2010. And in 2005, Chanel was the subject of a Costume Institute exhibition that juxtaposed period pieces with Lagerfeld’s creations.
Lagerfeld’s death leaves open the most plum gig in Paris fashion. The designer once claimed he’d like Haider Ackermann to be his successor, though he later denied it. More recently, Hedi Slimane was rumoured to be launching menswear for the house, but that claim was likewise refused. Chanel has not indicated when or even if it will replace him; his right of hand Virginie Viard came out in his place at the January couture show. Nonetheless, there will be much manoeuvring for the position. The truth of the matter is that Karl Lagerfeld is irreplaceable
The reality Tv star Kim Kardashian has made a pretty penny over the last decade. Despite making plenty of money, the Kardashian family has had their fair share of lawsuits. At the moment, Kim may be looking at a $100 million lawsuit.
A developer who has been identified as David Liebensohn has sued Kim K over her popular Kimoji app. According to him, he is suing Kim for breach of contract. He claims that he helped Kim build the app, only to be cut out of the profits.
He’s suing the reality t.v star for $100 million citing breach of contract and fraud.
A few years ago, the reality star and businesswoman launched a line of emojis that were modeled after herself and her family. The product was appropriately titled Kimoji.
Kim was served with the lawsuit on Wednesday, February 13, by David Liebensohn and his business partners.
Legal documents read that Kim initially agreed to cut them 60% of the profits for developing the app after making a deal in 2014.
Facebook honors comedian Basketmouth with a commemorative tree for Creator Day in the UK.
The world is a global village and people now have access to information or happenings in various parts of the world. The gap between people and places have been bridged and people now have a series of information at their fingertips.
Basketmouth was recently honored by top social networking site, Facebook, with a tree planted in his name in a forest in the UK. The tree was planted to remember the time he spent at Soho Farmhouse.
This was done for the celebration of Facebook Creator Day ceremony. In a post shared on Basketmouth’s Instagram handle, it was explained that the tree had been planted in his name at the National Forest in the heart of UK. .
He wrote: “The best time to plant a tree was 20yrs ago, the next best time is now. Thank you @facebook I’ll check back in 20yrs.” Congrats to him. .Read More
Nigerian pop star, Wizkid has advised electorates not to vote someone because a paid celebrity has endorsed them.
According to him, voters should not be influenced by people who have already collected money from politicians.
“Don’t let anybody wen don collect money influence ur vote to tell u who’s right or not! Use yot head! Vote wisely! I’m for whoever the people vote. Vote who you like…vote wisely. If u ’re old enough to get a PVC, u’re old enough to think! Don’t sell ur vote…ur vote can make a difference! Go out and vote!
“And Politcians wey Dey enter stop joking with peoples lives! U’re responsible for the lives of millions of people and ur decisions affects all. Help us make Naija a better place!!! Make una use una head! One Love!” he wrote.
Seems there might just be another saga of Hollywood royal rumble when Rapper and Cardi B's ex husband, offset sees Chris Brown.
The migos member has vowed to beat Chris Brown when he sees him, after Chris Brown told him to 'fight him like a real man or suck his d*ck' earlier.
The clash transpired after Chris Brown uploaded a doctored video of 21 Savage rapping in British, Offset, not having that went straight for Chris Brown who responded outrightly.
We know Chris to be quite physical, hence, things might go someway if the two artistes meet somewhere! Anyways, we are interested in this one.Read More
Friday is a big day for the hit-making star, Ariana Grande and her fans.
Not only did the singer post a brand new music video for her song, "break up with your girlfriend, i'm bored", but she also dropped her latest and hit smashing album, 'thank u, next'.
One moment from the music video, in particular, caught a lot of people's attention: the "twist" at the very end.
Basically, the story goes something like this: all through the video, it's implied that Grande is interested in a man who appears to be with a woman who looks similar to Grande. At the very end, though, it's the woman that Grande comes close to kissing.
A Twitter Moment about the "unexpected twist" contained some of the excited and un-excited reactions.
This isn't the only time Grande's videos have received criticism.
Back in January, for instance, her teaser for "7 Rings" was called out by some for its use of Japanese culture.
Mashable has reached out to Grande's representatives, and we will update this article if we receive a response.Read More