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In a cover story for GQ, J. Cole opened up about his views on peeling back the layers of wanting to stay out of the spotlight, changing his life in order to be ready to raise his firstborn, and the importance of his fans. While those topics were addressed, a revelation that speaks to Cole's beginnings was also shared.
When the 34-year-old artist promoted his first mixtape The Come-Up, his manager and longtime friend Ibrahim "Ib" Hamad helped to get the 2007 project in the minds of music labels, writers, and other tastemakers throughout the industry. Hamad's cousin, Amin El-Hassan, also extended a helping hand. He worked for the Phoenix Suns at the time and assisted with introducing Cole's music to the NBA players.
Now-retired, one of those athletes that wanted to take Cole's career a step further was Amar'e Stoudemire. The 36-year-old planned to sign the Fayetteville native to his record label Hypocalyto, a feat El-Hassan believed was great news, but, "Ib said, 'Oh, thanks, man, but we've got some bigger fish to fry.'" What they had cooking was a deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation and the rest is history.
Another revelation concerning music and the accolades that an artist can receive, Cole mentioned that not winning 2012's Best New Artist award at the Grammys was actually a blessing. "It would've been disastrous for me, because subconsciously it would've been sending me a signal of like 'Okay, I am supposed to be this guy,'" he said. "But I would've been the dude that had that one great album and then fizzled out."
The "Love Yourz" rapper continued to state that if it's meant to be, he will one day win a gramophone. "I'm not supposed to have a Grammy, you know what I mean. At least not right now, and maybe never," he said. "And if that happens, then that's just how it was supposed to be."
A Connecticut resident has resigned from her position at the Hamden Public School District after a video posted to Facebook shows her using racial slurs and spitting on two black people while at a local Shop Rite.
According to The New Haven Register, Corinne Terrone who was a clerk in the district's central office, is seen with her two children when the confrontation erupts. Terrone uses the N-Word three times and spits at a black man and black woman. It's unclear how the clash begins.
After Terrone's first use of the slur, the man on video rushes toward Terrone as she attempts to take her phone out and record. “Put your hands on me, come on!” she says. He then slaps the phone out of her hand. That's the only physical encounter between the two caught on video.
The Facebook post, which has received more than 180,000 views, overwhelmingly supported the black man and woman. A spokesman for the school wrote on the district's website that Terrone "has been separated from employment effective immediately.”
“While it appears as though this happened after work hours on Friday evening, the Human Resource Director contacted the employee and arranged an investigatory meeting with her. Shortly after final arrangements were made for the investigatory meeting, the employee rendered her resignation effective immediately.”
Due to the fact that Terrone's children were present during the verbal assault, the district filed a report with DCF services.
Republican State Sen. Len Fasano and state Rep. Joseph Zullo released a joint statement condemning Terrone's language and behavior.
“What we saw in this video is repulsive and deeply offensive and does not represent the people of East Haven or our values. The behavior is shocking and upsetting and has no place anywhere, including in our community,” Fasano and Zullo said in the statement. “We understand Hamden Public Schools has acted quickly to seek this employee’s resignation. East Haven police are also seeking more information and urging any potential victims or witnesses involved to come forward. Hate speech and violence will not be tolerated in our community.”
John Legend is weighing in on the college admissions cheating scandal that rocked Hollywood and the wealthy community earlier this month. Legend specifically discussed the challenges with America's education system while attending the iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles last Wednesday (Mar. 13).
While Legend highlighted the wrongdoing in the parents who reportedly paid and bribed their children's way into elite schools, he suggested that people focus on the bigger picture. "I went to a good school," Legend, who studied English with an emphasis on African-American literature at the University of Pennsylvania, said. "I think it's a longer conversation because I think a lot of people look at this rightly as fraudulent and dishonest."
He continued: "But the bottom line is, the system has been rigged for wealthy people for a long time," he continued. "The admissions system rewards people's parents being wealthy and people's parents having gone to a certain school. There's a lot of legal ways to do that that still aren't really that fair to a lot of other people."
As previously reported, the U.S. federal prosecutors charged 50 people who were allegedly part of a secret college admissions scheme. Wealthy parents, including Full House star Lori Loughlin and Desperate Housewives' Felicity Huffman, allegedly paid more than $25 million to a "college admissions counselor" who used the money to fake test scores and bribe college officials.
Shortly after the news broke, Chrissy Teigen made fun of the situation by posting a an image of a professional soccer team with her and husband John's faces Photoshopped on two of the bodies. She was referencing court documents that alleged Loughlin paid to have her daughter appear to be a recruit for the University of Southern California's crew team.
The FBI is still pursuing the investigation.
does this look real? we are trying to get into harvard @jenatkinhair @mrmikerosenthal @johnlegend pic.twitter.com/jpcNGq2mVi
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 13, 2019