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The 'Occupy All Streets' Saga

Last week, Jay-Z seemed like the latest rapper to take up the cause of the Occupy Wall Street movement. After Jay-Z and West wrapped up the second show in their Watch the Throne concert series at Madison Square Garden, Russell Simmons tweeted a picture of Jay backstage, sporting a Rocawear shirt that read, “OCCUPY ALL STREET(S).”

“Jay-Z just took #OccupyWallStreet to a whole new level,” tweeted Simmons, a longtime supporter of OWS. “Wowowowowowoow.”

The shirts–and Jay’s involvement–were well received until Rocawear revealed it had no plans to donate profits to the movement that inspired them.

“The ‘Occupy All Streets’ t-shirt was created in support of the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement,” read a statement from the company of which Jay-Z (estimated net worth at $450 million) is the CEO. “Rocawear strongly encourages all forms of constructive expression, whether it be artistic, political or social. ‘Occupy All Streets’ is our way of reminding people that there is change to be made everywhere, not just on Wall Street. At this time we have not made an official commitment to monetarily support the movement.”

In response to the overwhelming criticism, media sites reported that Rocawear had caved to criticism and pulled the $22 t-shirts from their online site. But on Monday, the shirts reappeared.

“The revolution will not be merchandized! Or will it?” quipped The Washington Post who reported on the reemergence of the tees.

It will. ‘Occupy All Street’ shirts are now available only on back order, and the site offers an expected ships date of December 16.

Before their initial removal, Patrick Bruner, a spokesman for Occupy Wall Street, told the NY Daily News on Sunday, “Naturally there will be some bloodsuckers who come out of the woodwork,” he said. “A much better way to show your support for Occupy Wall Street would be to show up and participate in this momentous occasion and help to shape a new and better future.”

The Daily News article included a poll asking readers whether Jay was obligated to share his profits off the shirts. Fifty-five percent of readers said he was. (Thirty-seven percent said he wasn’t.)

Over at The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf also ripped Hov a new one last week in “Unapologetic Millionaire Jay-Z to Sell ‘Occupy All Streets’ T-Shirts.”

“It takes all kinds of audacity to be Jay-Z and to bring to market Occupy Wall Street-inspired t-shirt,” Friedersdorf wrote. “The man is arguably the most aggressively unapologetic member of the 1 percent in America. And that’s fine, as long as he owns it. What’s too much is lauding conspicuous consumption, mocking less wealthy rivals, then trying to profit off OWS. -Demetria L. Lucas

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A Philadelphia Barber Was Told He Couldn't Give Free Haircuts To The Homeless

In 2017, Brennon Jones made headlines with a thoughtful act of kindness. The Philadelphia native began giving the city's homeless people free haircuts. The loving act merited praise online, from Mayor Jim Kenney, and Philadelphia's City Hall which granted him permission to set up provisional barbershops on the street.

However, on April 14 of this year Jones, now 30, says he was approached by an officer who demanded he "shut down immediately" without any justification. Jones refused.

"I told him I wouldn’t shut down until I got more information,” Jones said. “The whole initiative is built around the homeless. I don’t just give them haircuts — I feed them, I clothe them and provide them with toiletries as well.”

A cellphone recording of the encounter has since gone viral and been viewed more than 700,000 times.

Philadelphia Police trying to shut down a black man giving free haircuts to the homeless.

THIS IS INFURIATING. THIS IS SO OUTRAGEOUS.

Retweet! pic.twitter.com/LepIyzPNIm

— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) April 14, 2019

The officer eventually continued on but left Jones rattled. “I was a little fearful,” he tells PEOPLE. “At the time … I was cutting my fifth person.”

A statement from the Philadelphia police alleges residents in the area complained about the leftover hair. The cops say Jones wasn't told to shut down but to simply move “due to complaints from businesses about loose hair on the street.”

Jones doesn't buy it and insists he has someone with him to clean up the hair after he's done with his haircut.

“I feel as though that may have just been their excuse to clear their name,” the barber says. “[The officer] didn’t say they’d receive any complaints, he didn’t say there was hair blowing, he just said, ‘You have to shut down immediately.’ ”

Jones has been cutting hair for a while and reportedly works from 11 AM to sunset and can be found between 8th and Market. Despite the unsettling interaction with the cops, Jones says he won't stop.

“Issues come and go. It may be the cops one day. It may be somebody else the next day,” Jones says. “I won’t let it discourage me in any way … I’m just focused on providing a service for the less fortunate.”

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G-Herbo Arrested In Atlanta On Battery Charge

According to the Atlanta Police Department, G Herbo was arrested Wednesday, (April 17.) The rapper was booked with a simple battery charge and has yet to be released. The circumstances surrounding the arrest have yet to be revealed to the public, however, an Instagram video from six days ago shows what appears to be the Chicago native being physically attacked by his ex-girlfriend Ariana Fletcher.

The video may originate from the night of Herbo and Fletcher's son's birthday party, which the two celebrated together. Videos from the celebration showed the two seemingly getting along and throwing cake in each other's faces.

This is not Herbo's first run-in with the law. In February of 2018, his limousine driver reported Herbo and a few of his friends to the police for carrying handguns. All three were arrested and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.

Herbo nor his representatives have spoken out in regards to his Wednesday arrest.

More updates to follow.

 

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TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh __________ #TSRExclusive: #GHerbo is currently locked up in a #FultonCounty, Georgia, jail on a battery charge. __________ Fulton County sheriff’s records show G Herbo was arrested Wednesday but the circumstances surrounding his arrest were not immediately available. __________ It’s unclear when his next court appearance will be and records show that he was still in custody late Thursday morning. We’ll keep you up-to-date on this tea, #Roommates.

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Rihanna Calls Donald Glover "A True Gem To The Culture"

Rihanna and Donald Glover's short film Guava Island debuted at Coachella after Glover's set at the music festival last weekend. It was subsequently released on Amazon Prime to reach the non-attendees of the annual event and now since its premiere, RiRi is speaking out on it.

On Wednesday night (April 17), the "Diamonds" singer took to her Instagram page to express her gratitude to Glover and thanked her fans for their responses. "So happy you guys felt the beauty in this film," she wrote. "@childishgambino you are a true gem to the culture. I'm so proud of you and the work you put into making this film. I felt how close this was to you and your entire team."

Guava Island tells the story of Deni and Kofi, played by Glover and Rihanna, respectively, and how Deni as a musician hopes to liberate the people of the country by holding a festival. Glover and RiRi play love interests in the film that also features Black Panther's Letitia Wright and Nonso Anozie of Game of Thrones.

 

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wow! the response to #GuavaIsland has been quite overwhelming. So happy you guys felt the beauty in this film! @childishgambino you are a true gem to the culture. I’m so proud of you and the work you put into making this film. I felt how close this was to you and your entire team! Thank you for trusting me with this role! It was the greatest experience being in Cuba, phones off, present with life and art! It was humbling! I loved watching every second of it! Go to @amazonprimevideo to watch if you haven’t already! #GuavaIsland

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The short film, written by Glover's brother Stephen Glover, has received a Rotten Tomatoes audience score rating of 87 percent, additionally spawning memes on social media from fans requesting the soundtrack to the movie, to poking fun at the Atlanta actor's dancing.

me hearing die with you and saturday in guava island pic.twitter.com/SBu2ipWzb3

— naked brothers band stan (@sorryimlikealex) April 14, 2019

guava island is 55 minutes of this pic.twitter.com/xoFzdvMY4w

— im baby (@thursdaygirIie) April 15, 2019

childish gambino: rihanna: pic.twitter.com/ULtEqIKGdr

— B7 ✨ (@M_eazyyyy) April 14, 2019

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