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NFL Picks Week 7: Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, New England Patriots

The NFL season is almost at it’s halfway point and playoff dreams will start to slowly die. The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers got Week 7 kicked off last night with the 49ers taking a 13 – 6 victory. Here are VIBE.com’s picks for Week 7.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Carolina Panthers

This game is the Ovehype Bowl. Coming into the season everyone picked Dallas to contend for the NFC East title and Carolina was going to be the upstart team and backdoor their way into the playoffs. Well, the Boys are 2-3 and Carolina is 1-4 and after this game, one team’s season will be on life support and the other’s will be dead.

Cam Newton surprised everyone last season and showed he can play in the NFL, but he’s surprising everyone this year with his amazing sophomore slump. He’s only thrown 4 touchdown passes this season but has already thrown 5 interceptions.

Defensively, the Panthers are okay but their safeties are complete trash and the Cowboys are going to take advantage of it. The Cowboys’ last game was a heartbreaker because they actually outplayed the Ravens but lost because of time management issues.

Granted the Cowboys have found more ways to lose than Charles Hamilton, but it’s clear they are the better team. With Cam Newton struggling and Dallas’ #1 ranked pass defense look for the Cowboys to steal a win on the road.

Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants

The Redskins beat the Giants twice last year without Robert Griffin III, so what do you think is going to happen this year? Everyone talks about RGIII’s legs, but he’s actually leading the NFL in completion percentage at 70.2%.

The Giants are coming off a huge win against the 49ers last week. The game was in San Francisco and most teams don’t do well with long road trips. The Giants are going to lose not because they aren’t the better team, but simply because they are humans. A huge win last week against the 49ers and they are looking for revenge next week against the Cowboys. The Giants will overlook RGIII and be upset by the Redskins this Sunday.

New York Jets vs. New England Patriots

There are certain constants in life and one of those is the hatred between New York and Boston sports franchises. The Jets and Patriots play this weekend. Of course New York Jets head coach, Rex Ryan, has been running his mouth giving the Patriots bulletin board material while Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been rocking his hoodie and thinking of a master plan for NFL domination.

It seems as if the Jets have more players in the training room than they do on the field. The running back position is thin and there have been rumors of Tim Tebow actually lining up at running back — the circus continues.

Look, let’s be honest, the Jets already had no weapons on offense coming into this season. Yes, they destroyed the Colts last week, but the Alabama Crimson Tide could destroy the Colts. On top of the Jets not having any weapons on offense, their defense was centered around cornerback Darrelle Revis and he’s done for the season. Tom Brady will have a field day with Rex Ryan and his New York Jets and this game will not even be close.

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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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Kanye West, EMI Working Towards Private Settlement

Kanye West and EMI could be close to settling their legal drama. Each party filed documents requesting a stay of the case to “explore the potential for a resolution,” The Blast reports.

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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