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The League Of Young Voters Education Fund x AllHipHop Address Interests Of Young Voters From Nation's Capitol

On January 25, 2011, the League of Young Voters Education Fund (LYVEF) and AllHipHop.com will host exclusive conversations with leading voices from music and politics in regards to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Through the power of hip-hop, LYVEF and AllHipHop.com will speak with political figures from the nation’s biggest youth organizations, including Rock The Vote, as well as media experts to address the needs and interests of the nation’s young voters.

“The goal here is to help contextualize Obama’s State of the Union address through a youth perspective,” says Robert “Biko” Baker, Executive Director of LYVEF. “We want to give our generation a greater understanding of how Obama’s address will affect their families and neighborhoods in the years to come…and what better way to do so than to partner with one of the biggest urban media websites, AllHipHop.com ! We’re very excited to launch our new partnership with them.”

This event will be the kick-off to the partnership between AllHipHop.com and LYVEF. Throughout the State of the Union address, LYVEF’s urban portal, 99Problems.org and AllHipHop.com, will be the leading hub in answering all your political questions as it pertains to Obama’s address. Here, you will find top stories from the nation’s capital, as well as interviews with top media experts and influential political figures through a youth perspective. In addition, AllHipHop.com and LYVEF will provide simplified explanations of how each subject matter discussed in the address directly impacts our young voter’s lives, including health care, war in the Middle East, gun control, economic policies and more.

“This was a no brainer,” explains Chuck “Jigsaw” Creekmur, Co-Founder of AllHipHop.com . “As soon as the League came to us with this idea, we jumped at the chance. AllHipHop.com prides itself on reporting more than just hip-hop, but rather utilizing the website to empower our audience to learn and care about social issues, politics and civic engagement, especially when it affects them the most.

In addition, LYVEF, AllHipHop.com and Rock The Vote will be hosting the first annual State of the Union: Roadmap to Progress – a viewing and panel discussion addressing the topics of President Obama’s State of the Union and its impact. This event will feature a collection of top urban media and political figures from NAACP, VIBE, Def Jam Records, Rock The Vote, Campus Progress and more, to address and debate the issues Obama will be speaking of. The State of the Union: Roadmap to Progress will take place starting at 8pm at the New Organizing Institute offices and will feature a viewing party for President Obama’s State of The Union address, followed by three 20-minute panel discussions.

Throughout the State of the Union: Roadmap to Progress, viewers will be able to directly engage with the media and political minds to ask questions via Ustream at www.YoungVoterLive.com and the LYVEF’s Twitter and Facebook starting at 8pm EST.

Lastly, as an ongoing mission, the League of Young Voters Education Fund and AllHipHop.com will be attending various political events, such as rallies and speeches up until the 2012 presidential election to give you all the information you need to make your decision on election day.

For more information on the State of the Union: Road to Progress and all details surrounding the President’s address, please visit 99Problems.org , YoungVoterLive.com and AllHipHop.com.

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Is Expected To Make $64 Million Opening Weekend

Thanks to Us, Jordan Peele has another blockbuster on his hands. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the highly-anticipated horror flick starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex, is expected to have a $64 million opening weekend at the domestic box office.

Peele’s sophomore horror film earned an impressive $7.4 million on Thursday (March 21) night previews, and is forecasted to take in about $27 million from Friday sales. The film is also on pace to knock Captain Marvel out of the No. 1 spot at the box office.

Once final numbers are tallied, Us will likely snatch the third-best opening weekend record for an R-rated horror film behind It, which brought in a whopping $123.4 million, followed by Halloween’s $76.2 million opening weekend last year.

Aside from rave reviews and a genius promo run that included simultaneous screenings in major media markets, Us earned a 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film, set in the mid-1980s centers around a family of four who set off on a vacation that finds them confronting some familiar faces.

Peele recently spoke to VIBE about casting Duke (our April 2019 cover star) in the role of patriarch, Gabe Wilson. “I have to have somebody voice what the audience was saying,” he said. “In the case of Get Out, it’s Rod, like, ‘How have you not left yet?’ [In Us], Winston is largely that voice. There’s one moment where Lupita [Nyong’o] takes a step into the unknown, where black people [will think], ‘I don’t know.’ But to have Winston say, ‘Aaaand she left. Your mother just walked out of the car.’ That’s all we need.”

Duke also opened up about the intricacies of his character. “His function isn’t to see through the veil. His function is to tell the absolute truth how he sees it,” explained the 32-year-old actor. “He’s sometimes there to say the things that other people don’t want to say, but he’s also there to make fun of things to keep it from not getting too heavy, even though it’s real. That was my job. [Peele] respected that. I like to lean into functions. If I’m going to be your antagonist, I’m gonna really push you. If I’m gonna be your clown, funny guy, I’m gonna do that.”

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Cardi B Explains Why She Wants To Trademark “Okurrr”

Cardi B hopes to secure as many “bags” as possible. In response to backlash and burning questions surrounding her decision to file to trademark “okurrr,” the 26-year-old rapper took to social media Friday (March 22) to defend her latest money move.

Since people tend to ask Bardi to use what has become her signature catch phrase, she figured that it was time to cash in. “You think I ain’t gonna’ profit off this sh*t? B*tch white folks do it all the motherf**king time,” she said. “So you gon’ be mad at me ‘cuz I want to get some motherf**king money?

“While I’m still hear I’ma secure all the fucking bags,” Cardi continued before adding that there are a “lot of ways to get rich” in 2019.

The Bronx native caught heat for wanting to trademark the word because she wasn’t the first to say “okurrr.” Cardi already revealed that she started using it after she heard Khloe Kardashian saying it, but the word was originally popularized in drag culture -- most notably by Rupaul’s Drage Race contestant Laganja Estranja, in 2014.

However, Rupaul attributed the word to Broadway actress, Laura Bell Bundy, who used it in YouTube skits dating back to 2010. In the skits, Bundy pretends to be a hairdresser named “Shocantelle Brown.”

Although Bundy caught criticism for her little character, which was deemed racist, she typically gets credit for bringing “okrrr” (different spelling) to the internet a full decade before Cardi made it mainstream.

No matter the origin, it looks like Cardi will be the only one profiting off of “okurrr.”


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West sued EMI in an effort to “gain freedom” from his contract, and to own his publishing. In the lawsuit, ‘Ye argued that his contract ended in 2010 under California law, which bars entertainers from being tethered to an agreement for more than seven years. The multi-Grammy winner, who signed the deal back in 2003, also accused the company of slavery because the contract doesn’t allow him to retire.

“Even if the contract were not lopsided in EMI’s favor (it is), even if its terms valued Mr. West’s artistic contributions in line with the spectacular success he has achieved for EMI (they do not), and even if EMI had not underpaid Mr. West what it owes him (EMI has), he would be entitled to be set free from its bonds,” the lawsuit reads.

EMI hit back with a countersuit filed in New York, instead of California. The suit pointed out that the 41-year-old rapper signed multiple contract extensions, in addition to accepting millions in advances.

According to The Blast, West and EMI now feel that putting a hold on the legal proceedings will be beneficial to both sides “and the Court by enabling the parties to engage in meaningful discussions in an attempt to resolve this action without having to incur the burden and expense of litigation and motion practice.”

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