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DAY26 Announces Split, Will Focus On Individual Projects

It seems like just yesterday we were all cheering our television sets for Willie, Robert, Brian, Mike (and even Que) on MTV's 'Making The Band 4.'

After being together for nearly five years (though Que had left the group in 2009 due to a conflict of interests), the band Day26 announced its decision Monday (July 16) to part ways.

Read their official statement below.

“It is with great sadness and deep pain that we regret to inform you that effective immediately, Atlantic Records Platinum recording group, DAY26 have decided to take a break from the group and focus on their own individual projects. On behalf of all the members; Willie, Mike, Rob, Brian and even Que, we would like to thank all of the “fams” aka fans, dj’s across the world, promoters, radio programmers, Bad Boy Entertainment, Starstruck Management, BET, VH1 and FUSE and all DAY26 supporters in general, for your unending support throughout these years.

We would also like to acknowledge that this journey would have not been made possible without the vision and mastermind of Sean “Diddy” Combs and of course MTV Networks for making a group of unknown men, the stars that they are today.

We simply thank you from the bottom of our hearts and really want you to know that the journey does not end here. We continue to wish each other the very best and continued success in all of our individual endeavors, and all we ask of you is to please give each member a chance and the opportunity to shine in whatever they do.

…And as the saying goes, this is not a goodbye, but a simply see you later.

God bless you all,

Much Love, DAY26."

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FX Series 'Pose' Returning For Third Season

Just a week after its season two debut, FX's Pose has been renewed for a third season. The drama, first set in the 1980s and now the 1990s, has been applauded for its portrayal of transgender characters by transgender actors and has been on the receiving end of accolades during awards season.

Season two of Pose faired much better than season one, although the first season isn't so far behind. According to Deadline, the newest season has scored a 96 percent rating on RottenTomatoes.com and on its premiere day, drew in 1.2 million viewers compared to the first season's 1.04 million watchers.

"Pose has elevated our culture and the TV landscape like few shows before it, and we are honored to partner with co-creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals on a third season,” John Landgraf, FX chairman said in a statement. "Our thanks to the entire creative team, including Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh, Janet Mock, Our Lady J, Erica Kay, the amazing cast and crew and everyone at Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions for this incredibly entertaining, enlightening and groundbreaking series.”

This past awards season, Pose took him a Dorian Award for LGBTQ Show of the Year, a Peabody Award and a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series. Season three of the show can be expected to air June 2020.

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Wale Releases Lyrical Flex Titled "09 Folarin"

Backed by the sound of horns, Wale's latest masterclass in lyrical dexterity takes place over his new song, "09 Folarin." The DMV representer debuted the melody on Monday (June 17), which follows a couple of musical releases this month.

2009 was a pivotal time for the 34-year-old artist when he dropped his debut studio album, Attention Deficit. The stellar project boasted singles like "Pretty Girls," "Chillin," "World Tour," and introspective cuts like "Shades," "Diary," "Contemplate," and more. The aforementioned soundscape was followed by four more studio projects: Ambition, The Gifted, The Album About Nothing, and 2017's Shine.

While music is seemingly Wale's primary lane of creative output, he shared with Billboard that he also plans to get into the world of film. “It’s a difficult industry," he said in the late-2018 interview. "It’s also small. There’s regular Hollywood and there’s black Hollywood and trying to find your way is tough. There are certain circles. There is no rhyme or reason why this person got this role or why this person is. It’s really hard to explain.”

Listen to "09 Folarin" below and his previous melodies.

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Harvard Rescinds Parkland Shooting Survivor's Admission Due To Racist Comments

Harvard University reportedly rescinded admission for a Parkland shooting survivor due to his use of the N-word and anti-Semitic comments.

Kyle Kashuv’s reported use of various racial slurs cost him a spot in Harvard University’s class of 2023. Kashuv– who has become a high-profile, pro-Second Amendment activist since the deadly Parkland shooting in 2018– discussed the controversy in a Twitter thread.

“Three months after being admitted to Harvard Class of 2023, Harvard has decided to rescind my admission over texts and comments made nearly two years ago, months prior to the shooting,” he wrote. “After I issued this apology, speculative articles were written, my peers used the opportunity to attack me, and my life was once again reduced to a headline.”

Per The Huffington Post, Kashuv reportedly referred to another student as a “n***erjock,” and declared “white power” in a video. In a document shared with the publication, the N-word was written by him 12 times, and he also wrote “kill all the f**king Jews.”

Kashuv continues by writing that after news broke of his comments, many who are opposed to him contacted Harvard and urged the Ivy League school to rescind his admission. The letter from Harvard read: “As you know, the Committee takes seriously the qualities of maturity and moral character…”

Kashuv continues to apologize, but many are stating that he made his bed and must lay in it. One of his classmates told HuffPost that he “honestly” thinks that Kashuv is “racist against black people.”

1/ THREAD: Harvard rescinded my acceptance.

Three months after being admitted to Harvard Class of 2023, Harvard has decided to rescind my admission over texts and comments made nearly two years ago, months prior to the shooting.

I have some thoughts. Here’s what happened.

— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019

2/ A few weeks ago, I was made aware of egregious and callous comments classmates and I made privately years ago - when I was 16 years old, months before the shooting - in an attempt to be as extreme and shocking as possible.

I immediately apologized.

Here is my apology: pic.twitter.com/eI38ziiQE8

— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019

7/ Harvard decided to rescind my admission with the following letter. pic.twitter.com/P3bLkF3hHn

— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019

11/ Throughout its history, Harvard’s faculty has included slave owners, segregationists, bigots and antisemites. If Harvard is suggesting that growth isn't possible and that our past defines our future, then Harvard is an inherently racist institution.

But I don't believe that.

— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019

12/ I believe that institutions and people can grow. I've said that repeatedly.

In the end, this isn’t about me, it's about whether we live in a society in which forgiveness is possible or mistakes brand you as irredeemable, as Harvard has decided for me.

— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019

13/ So what now? I’m figuring it out.

I had given up huge scholarships in order to go to Harvard, and the deadline for accepting other college offers has ended.

I’m exploring all options at the moment.

— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) June 17, 2019

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