Omarion Says "No Bad Blood" With Young Money

As with shotgun weddings and annulments, an artist's time on a record label can be fleeting. Just two months after R&B singer Omarion signed to Lil Wayne's Young Money Entertainment in early June came the news that he was leaving to run his own imprint, Starworld Entertainment under EMI Records.

While some initially thought the former B2K frontman was dropped--suspicions that arose after his single, "I Get It In," leaked to the Internet, shortly followed by a tweet from Young Money President Mack Maine stating that Omarion was "no longer with Young Money"--Omarion quickly skirted the rumor in a statement, also denying his involvement in the song's leaking.

"I remember [Mack Maine] tweeting. He didn't say I got dropped. He didn't say anything," Omarion tells VIBE. "I think because I haven't been on the scene for a long time, people sometimes forget my history and forget that I had a career before Young Money. I've been in B2K, I've had a successful solo career, so nobody can 'drop me,' so to speak."

The singer further maintains that he and Wayne remain on good speaking terms despite the sudden departure.

"We spoke and he pretty much was like, 'Do what you wanna do and do your thing,'" says Omarion. "It's no bad blood. It's business."

Since the news of his leaving also came days after Bow Wow announced signing to Cash Money, some speculated friction between the pair, who released a collaborative effort, Face Off, in 2007. Omarion denies any animosity there, too, calling Bow Wow a "good friend."

"Business wise, Young Money and Cash Money are two totally separate entities. Wayne has his group of artists and Cash Money has its group of artists," says O. "It is one big family but Bow Wow, he's under Birdman. That didn't have anything to do with me wanting to be released."

Following B2K's disbandment in 2004, Omarion dropped two solo projects, briefly linking with Timbaland for one of his biggest singles, "Ice Box." More recently, he was featured on "Bria's Interlude" from Young Money rapper Drake's February mixtape, So Far Gone, and popped up on an early version of Young Money's new single, "Bedrock." Now prepping the release of his third solo album, Ollusion, due November 24, Omarion-who turns 25 that month-says he's ready to step out on his own after being under the management of others for much of his career.

"The whole Young Money situation was a really, really great idea in the beginning," he explains. "But when I really started to think about the history of superstars, you know, they stand alone, including Wayne, Kanye... So when I thought about that I really wanted to pursue, and at that moment I had an opportunity to not only be an entertainer and stand on my own, but be an entrepreneur."

Ollusion features production from King, who co-produced "Icebox," Detail, and Tank, who helmed the Gucci Mane-assisted lead single "I Get It In." A video for the song is being shot next week.

"Sonically it's kinda like passive aggressive. It's definitely sexy like what I gave with 'O,'" Omarion says of the album, adding that the title represents the falseness of the music industry. "A lot of people have to fake a front and pretend and have this persona. They might appear to be fearless but truthfully we all have fears. It's not what you think it is. It's an illusion." --Clover Hope

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Steve Harvey Says He "Misspoke" During Mo'Nique Interview

Earlier this month, Steve Harvey and Mo'Nique sparked a debate on social media following their interview on the former's daytime talk show. On the subject of money opposite integrity, the comedians engaged in a discussion that left some viewers scratching their heads concerning Harvey.

Now, in an interview with E! News, the Family Feud host is expressing his repentance over his statements. "My only regret in the whole thing was I misspoke. In the heat of the discussion, I used the word 'integrity,' when really I was talking about the method in which she was going about things, and that's the only thing," Harvey said. "I just want my young fans, the ones who look up to me, who consider me a role model in everything to know that I misused the word 'integrity' in the wrong context."

The statement in contention surrounds Harvey's claim that as black entertainers in Hollywood, "we can't come out here and do it any kind of way we want to," referring to how Mo'Nique decided to call out those in show business that she feels placed obstacles on her path. The 62-year-old continued to state that money is the name of the game.

"This ain't the black man's game, this ain't the white man's game. This is the money game," he previously said. "And you cannot sacrifice yourself. The best thing you can do for poor people is not be one of them." Mo'Nique responded by stating integrity used to be the root of anyone's actions, but "we've lost integrity worrying about the money." Harvey retorted by stating if he takes up a cause and his career begins to suffer, then it'll affect his children and grandchildren. "There are ways to win the war in a different way," he said at the time. The interview surrounded Mo'Nique's fight for equality in Hollywood and the comments she made to have her voice heard.

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John Wayne praised white supremacy, stealing indigenous land and downplayed black people's intelligence in unearthed 'Playboy' interview.
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John Wayne's Racist Unearthed Interview Shows That Things Haven't Changed

While he's been dead for nearly 40 years, film star John Wayne's comments from a May 1971 interview with Playboy are making headlines for his pretty racist rhetoric, and it shows that not much has changed in America.

The actor, who has been in films such as 1960's The Alamo and 1966's El Dorado, stated in the nearly 50-year-old interview that he was in favor of white supremacy, explaining his belief that black people weren't "sufficiently equipped scholastically" to be in charge of others.

"We can't all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of blacks," Wayne said in the interview in response to a question regarding Angela Davis and discrimination. He also explained his belief that there was nothing wrong with the "so-called stealing" of indigenous land, because at the time, it was "means for survival."

"There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves," he said.

While many have argued that Wayne's thought-process was par for the course for someone born in 1907, others insist that this type of thinking still persists today. Regardless of the time that's passed, this way of thinking has no place in 2019 America.

"Seeing John Wayne complain about seeing gay relationships in movies and accusing diverse roles as 'tokenism' pretty much tells me sh*t hasn't changed one bit," one Twitter user wrote.

Jesus fuck, John Wayne was a straight up piece of shit

(Playboy interview, May 1971)

— Matt Williams (@pixelpreaching) February 18, 2019

Seeing John Wayne complain about seeing gay relationships in movies and accusing diverse roles as "tokenism" pretty much tells me shit hasn't changed one bit.

— Jim Sterling (@JimSterling) February 19, 2019

It doesn’t matter if John Wayne has been dead for 40 years, this kind of hate speech has no place in our society.

Please retweet so that as many people as possible can read it.

— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) February 19, 2019

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Burberry Apologizes For Hoodie With A Noose Around The Neck

Fashion brand Burberry has apologized after one of their designs, a hoodie featuring a noose around its neck, made its debut during London fashion week.

A statement released by the retailer revealed the item has been removed after one of the brand's own models took to Instagram to blast the fashion house for its cultural insensitivity.

"We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection," Marco Gobbetti, Burberry chief executive officer, said in a statement provided to CNN. "Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake."

Liz Kennedy was featured in the show and alleges her qualms about the noose went ignored. Kennedy also says some members of the staff joked about it prior to the show while hanging the noose from the ceiling.

"I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was 'it's fashion. Nobody cares about what's going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself,' " she said.

News of Burberry's noose-hoodie comes on the heels of Gucci's blackface controversy. The Italian luxury brand merited the ire of the Internet after their $890 balaclava turtleneck, which featured a cutout of red lips, caused many to blast the fashion house for the racist attire.

Celebrities including Spike Lee, T.I. and more vowed to boycott Gucci.

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