V Exclusive! Adrien Broner Says He'll "Go To Any Weight Class to Fight"

We caught up with Adrien Broner this week. I wanted to talk about his first fight defending his WBC lightweight title against Gavin Rees on Feb. 16 and all things boxing. He didn’t want to talk much at all. His answers were like quick and powerful jabs — short and to the point. There was a laser focus in his answers that made you realize he had better things to do, like keep training so he can stay undefeated and the undisputed most popular fighter in the world right now. Checkout the VIBE interview after the drop.

VIBE: You're defending your title WBC lightweight title for the first time this Saturday against Gavin Rees. Describe what kind of fighter Rees is and what you're going to do to defeat him?

Adrien Broner: I don’t know.

You wanted to fight, Ricky Burns, but that's been a challenge. Why do you think he's not willing to fight you? 

Because I’m Adrien Broner.

The last time we talked you were fighting Antonio DeMarco and you won in 8 rounds. Now you're 25-0. What keeps you motivated? Do you get bored? 

My kids keep me motivated to fight and get better.  

You came out with Kendrick Lamar rapping his hit, “Backstreet Freestyle”, at your last fight, which turned out to be one of the most entertaining gifs of last year. What do you have planned this Saturday?

Who knows? I haven’t quite figured it out yet, but it’ll be something good.  

Your relationship with Floyd Mayweather has gotten attention recently with video of you two hanging out at his house. What's the most impactful advice you've ever received from him? 

The best advice he’s given me was to stay sharp and stay in shape and that I’ll be okay. 

Are relationships like the one you have with Floyd's normal? Are boxers friends with other fighters? Do you seek advice from them? 

Yeah, fighters are friends with each other. At the end of the day it’s just business. Me and DeMarco fought but we’re cool with each other. You get in the ring, fight, handle business and once it’s over everything is cool.  

Mayweather talked about getting on you on his undercard for his May 4th fight. Is that still a possibility? 

Anything is possible.

Who might you fight? Possibly, Nonito Donaire? 

Who? That little guy? C’mon man.

I took to Twitter to ask fans to see whom they wanted you to fight next. They said Vasquez, Ricky Burns and Yuriorkis Gamboa. All of those fighters are in different weight classes than you. What's the highest or lowest you'll drop in weight class to fight someone?

It don’t matter. I’ll go to any weight class to fight.

As I stated earlier, you’re 25-0. When did you have that aha moment and realize that you’ve made it?

I haven’t made it yet. I’ve still got long way to go. I’m nowhere close to where I need to be yet.

You’re clearly the most entertaining fighter in and out of the ring right now. What is it going to take for HBO to give you a 24/7?

Man, who knows? A Pay-Per-View fight.

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California Rep. Maxine Waters met with CBS' Vice President of News and Executive Director of Staff Development and Diversity to discuss the lack of media diversity and inclusion within the media empire.

Their meeting steemed from the network's recent release of their predominately clear  team for the coverage of the 2020 presidential election. Comprised of 4 white producers, 5 white-passing reporters and 3 journalists of color, though the 2020 campaigns reporting staff does not have any black anchors.

It's Official: The @CBSNews 2020 Election Team has assembled!

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Waters, like other prominent speakers in the black community, have discussed their reluctance to embrace the staff citing issues with who will tackle the roles that racism will play in elections and the role racism has been playing in the United States. Taking the issues directly to the source, the congresswomen had a discussion with the higher up's to talk redirection.

“The CBS representatives accepted full responsibility and understood the troubling optics-- and subsequent public backlash -- that occurred as a result of the rollout of their 2020 presidential election team. CBS admitted that the initial 2020 campaign team did not reflect the diversity that the company had committed to; assured me that it will not happen again; and revealed that in the coming months they will unveil a more diverse and inclusive slate of African American journalists and journalists from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences,"  Waters said in a press statement.

"They also identified key individuals in Washington, D.C. and New York City, NY whom they have brought onto their team to fulfill this mission and ensure their news organization reflects the diversity of the country and the communities who will most certainly be engaged in the 2020 elections."

The 43rd district representative has vowed to hold CBS accountable for their diversity issues and is dedicated to working alongside her colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus.

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Woman Alleges R. Kelly Sexually Abused Her At 16 In 'Dateline' Interview

Tracy Sampson, a woman who interned with Epic Records at 16, revealed she endured sexual relations with R. Kelly that summer of 1999.

Featured on Dateline NBC's "Accused: The R. Kelly Story," the now 36-year-old appears in her first on-camera interview where she details the relationship that began during her formative years.

Sampson said the singer asked her, "'Can I kiss you?' and I was like, 'No,'" to which he responded, "'Well, give me a hug.' And then, like, when I gave him a hug he just started kissing me."

"I was in love with him," she continued. "I just didn't know what to do. Like, I didn't know if this was normal. I didn't know if this is how adults acted."

Following the incident, Sampson filed a lawsuit against Kelly in 2002. Her suit was settled to the tune of $250,000.

Steven Greenberg, Kelly's current attorney, told NBC that he was not part of the artist's legal team when the alleged abuse took place but maintains that his client is innocent.

According to Greenberg, there is no evidence that proves Kelly, 52, engaged in sexual relations with underage girls "because it didn't happen." However, Surviving R. Kelly calls that statement into question with a six-episode program detailing the sexual and mental abuse endured by some women who met Kelly while underage. Lisa Van Allen, for instance, met the "Sex Me" singer at the age of 17.

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Princess Nokia Accuses Ariana Grande Of Ripping Off Her Song For '7 Rings'

While some corners of the Internet are rejoicing in Ariana Grande's new trap-influenced single and video for "7 Rings," other members are crying "plagiarism" after Princess Nokia pointed out that the Thank U, Next single sounds suspiciously familiar to her song, "Mine."

"Oh! Oh! Wow!” Nokia says while playing the two songs back-to-back on her Instagram page. “Does that sound familiar to you, because that sounds really familiar to me!"

She later point out that her song "Mine" off of her 2017 project 1992 Deluxe is written for a different demographic that the majority of Grande's fans.

"Oh my god. Ain’t ["Mine"] the little song I made about brown women and their hair? Hmm… sounds about white," Nokia continues. "7 Rings" features an interpolation of The Sound Of Music's "My Favorite Things," and features a flow reminiscent of Soulja Boy's "Pretty Boy Swag." However, the similarities between Nokia's "Mine" and Grande's new song are indeed striking, specifically the cadence for the repeated lines ("it's mine, I bought it" for Nokia and "I want it, I got it" for Ari), as well as the flow for the pre-chorus.

Grande hasn't commented on the allegations, however, Twitter users are jumping to Nokia's defense.

"@ArianaGrande when you heard Mine by Princess Nokia did you listen to the words telling you not to appropriate or were just plotting on how else you can capitalize on black culture and grabbed the beat with no credit," one user wrote.

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