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Portugal. The Man Brings Light Shows And Unchained Memories To NYC

“Oh man this is just the best place to play shows," Portugal. The Man's bassist Zach Carothers told VIBE before taking to stage for a raging NYC show at Irving Plaza.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to listen to the beauty that is ‘Portugal. The Man’ (that’s right, their presence demands a period), then now is perfect time to get down to it. The band’s diverse and unique sound is any music lover’s dream, covering an array of genres and styles, and New York audiences had the pleasure of listening to the group perform live as they graced the stages of Irving Plaza last Monday.

Ticket holders waited in anticipation as minutes passed after the band was scheduled to perform when out of nowhere the theme song from the movie ‘Ghost’ started to fill the theater’s speaker system. Community uproar commenced as the screen covering the stage lifted up and a fog developed from the smoke machines. A strong smell of cannabus filled the air and energy levels rose as the final scores of “Unchained Melodies” played out, and Portugal. The Man members came out from the smoky haze.

The band’s founders John Gourley (lead vocals/guitar) and Zach Carothers (bass) position themselves in the forefront while remaining members – Noah Gersh (guitar), Kyle O’Quinn (keyboards), Kane Ritchotte (drums) – followed behind. Immediately they open up with their latest track “Purple Yellow Red & Blue”, sending the crowds into frenzy while neon-colored strobe lights spewed forth from the stage.

"Every time we come here its like the biggest show we ever played,” Carothers told VIBE. “We never thought we would be able to do any of this stuff so the fact that we're playing at a place like Irving Plaza is pretty fucking crazy.”

The entire duration performance was like a trip through various times and components of music, with Portugal playing out seven years of experience and material, covering everything from indie rock to punk to...well as we said, everything - even hip-hop. There was also the pleasant surprise where they would play well-recognized rock classics in their jam sessions, including snippets of Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So”, and the Beatles’ “Hey Jude” and “Helter Skelter”.

After over an hour of playing songs from their past, present and future, Portugal. The Man honored fans with an encore jam session performance. Members (and even the backup singers) danced together, showing audience members the group’s true knowledge and appreciation of music.

Catch Portugal. The Man as they hit your local concert hall during their U.S. tour, and be on the lookout for VIBE’s review of their new album, Evil Friends, dropping June 4 via Atlantic Records.

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VICE CEO Doesn't Believe Desus And Mero's Brand Is Strong Enough For Showtime

Comedy duo Desus & Mero have kept their brand strong since joining forces in 2012 but the newly-appointed CEO of Vice believes their move to Showtime wasn't the best decision.

In an interview with Elle, Nancy Dubuc shared her plans to rebuild the outlet since reports of sexual harassment allegations, unlawful HR practices and the stepping down of Shane Smith came to light this year. Changing the bro culture has removed content and replacing it with more substantial content and finding gems that will also replace the gap left by Desus & Mero.

The guys brought high ratings to the network during their reign from August 2016 to June 2018, but Dubuc doesn't see this happening for their upcoming series at Showtime. “They’re going to a platform that their audience doesn’t pay for,” she said.  “I told them, ‘You can always come back.’”

In an interview with Bossip over the summer, the guys revealed their contracts were cut two months early after news about their deal with Showtime went public. They show consisted of the two commentating on the latest in politics and pop culture while interviewing big names like Gabrielle Union, Rachel Maddow, Diddy, Vic Mensa and Tracee Ellis Ross. They also opened up about their organic approach in comedy was nearly butchered when the network demanded them to work 24/7.

“We were carrying that network on our back, and we felt the weight,” Desus said. “They were talking about, ‘Do not take the weeks off because we don’t get ratings,’ and it’s like, 'Yo, we’re just two people.'”

“We were literally the LeBron of that network,” Mero added. “As a dad, you wanna be around for milestones for like graduations, birthdays…and it’s obnoxious to have to be like, ‘I can’t go to my kid’s graduation because we leave the studio at 3 o’clock and the graduation is at 4.’”

Mero believed the duo were undervalued and not appreciated by the network until it was too late. Their brand transcended platforms as the guys are still active on Twitter and their podcast roots, taking the brand to new heights.

“The channel wanted us to die for this f**king network,” Desus said at the time.  “We’re also the highest rated show on the network, put some respect on our name, have someone come massage my feet.”

We doubt the duo will go back to Vice as excitement for their series on Showtime continues to grow. The guys are already making strides by adding black women to their writing team and recently dropped a teaser for the show.

The brand is strong. #DESUSandMERO are bringing the culture to #Showtime beginning Thurs, Feb 21, at 11p/10c! #BodegaHive pic.twitter.com/3DwcWXgrEO

— Desus & Mero on SHOWTIME (@SHODesusAndMero) November 29, 2018

Desus and Mero will premiere on Showtime Feb. 21 at 11 pm ET.

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Meek Mill To Man Who Vandalized Grandmother's Home: 'Just Don’t Let Us Catch You'

An unidentified man spray-painted a racial slur on Meek Mill's grandmother's Philadelphia home, and the rapper is sending a warning to the vandal who did the deed.

The Championships MC wrote on Twitter that a white man painted "racial remarks" on the South Philly home. Surveillance footage shows that the word "ACORN" was written, which is a term reportedly associated with white supremacists.

"A white man sprayed a racial remarks on my Grandmom’s house last night in south philly referencing white Privileged [sic]," the "Going Bad" rapper wrote on Twitter on Tuesday (Dec. 18).  "The crazy part is this was a all black neighborhood 20 years ago It was gentrified and now this! Just don’t let us catch you coward!"

Meek also revealed that his family just purchased the house, and the area's gentrification has given way to home remodeling.

Meek's allegiance to his home city has always been clear. After returning from a four-month stint in prison, he rang the Liberty Bell at a Sixers home game. His song "Dreams and Nightmares" has also become an unofficial anthem for the area. It's a shame that his family and many others re experiencing racism in 2018, but we're certain that there are authorities working to fix the situation and find the perp.

 

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A white man sprayed a racial remarks on my Grandmom’s house last night in south philly referencing white Privileged.... the crazy part is this was a all black neighborhood 20 years ago It was gentrified and now this!! The funny part is we just bought this house ... after its remodeled more blacks coming soon ! 🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️

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A white man sprayed a racial remarks on my Grandmom’s house last night in south philly referencing white Privileged.... the crazy part is this was a all black neighborhood 20 years ago It was gentrified and now this! Just don’t let us catch you coward! T… https://t.co/ieIA61NUyY

— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) December 18, 2018

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El Chapo's Reportedly Deceived Suppliers To Buy Meth Ingredients

More tea is being spilled in the trial of pseudo-famous Mexican drug lord  Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera. On Monday (Dec. 17), it was revealed in court that El Chapo went to the sister of a Colombian drug trafficker to cop methamphetamine for his Sinaloa drug cartel.

According to the New York Daily News, Jorge Milton Cifuentes Villa was one of the witnesses called to the stand during the 61-year-old's criminal preceding in the States. Chapo is being hit with a laundry list of charges including money laundering, conspiracy, firearms and international distribution of cocaine, meth, heroin, and marijuana.

Cifuentes confessed Chapo went behind his back and made a deal with his siblings who are also involved in their illegal activities to be a source for methamphetamine so that he can turn a profit in his business.

Cifuentes said that Chapo neglected the fact that meth is extremely addictive and can damage the physical and mental state of young people who consume it and purchased from his sister and brother, the drug's precursor ephedrine.

“Don Joaquín knows I (didn’t) like to f**k around with ephedrine,” Cifuentes said in the courtroom.

It wasn't until after a plane that carried Colombian-imported cocaine crashed on it's trip to Mexican that Cifuentes' siblings came clean and admitted they took a deal with Chapo as it the ephedrine was also in the cargo of the aircraft.

Cifuentes escaped to Venezuela in 2010 around the time these incidents were going down and changed his mind regarding meth out of desperation for money, saying that “Hunger made me change my mind."

Chapo faces life in prison if convicted of all charges.

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