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Petition Urges Jay Z To End Partnership With Barney's Following Discrimination Allegations

Barneys is coming under fire after reports surfaced that 19-year-old Queens student Trayvon Christian was allegedly racially profiled at the high-end department store Wednesday (Oct. 23) after purchasing a Ferragamo belt. Today, a 21-year-old black woman named Kayla Phillips has come forward claiming that she, too, was racially profiled by detectives after copping a Celine bag from Barneys this past February.

Now, folks are taking out their frustration on the retailer by signing a petition on Change.org, asking rapper mogul Jay Z to pull out of his impending partnership with the store. Hov is set to collaborate with Barneys this holiday season for an exclusive collection of luxury items designed by the Brooklyn lyricist.

The petition's organizer Derick Bowers writes:

I've been a lifelong Jay Z fan. Jay Z is currently in partnership with Barneys New York for the release of his holiday collection -- called "A New York Holiday" (or BNY SCC). Barneys lacks any connection with the black and hip-hop community. And without his vast wealth and brand power, they would see him the same as they see Trayon Christian. Jay Z should be appalled by Barneys actions, and withdraw all support from them. If he does this, he will send a clear message to all corporations that are likeminded, that this behavior cannot be tolerated any longer.

He also designed a shirt that reads "Barneys New Slaves," which references Kanye West's "New Slaves." At $25 a pop, all proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club of America.

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Da Brat Defends Jermaine Dupri’s “Genius” After Comments About Female Rappers

Jermaine Dupri doesn't make a move without strategy, according to Da Brat who defended the So So Def founder’s recent comments about female rappers.

Speaking to a paparazzi at LAX airport Tuesday (July 17), Brat called Dupri a "genius" and detailed how his critique of female rappers ended up being a “good thing” because it helped start a conversation surrounding the lyrical diversity among women in rap.

“Everything Jermaine Dupri does, he does strategically,” she said. “You should be thankful that the conversation is even started now, because now the focus in on us [female rappers]. New [rappers], seasoned [rappers], legends…everybody’s commenting.”

Brat also pointed out that Dupri’s remark calling today's mainstream rapper’s “strippers” was in response to the interviewer asking for his thoughts on Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, and Megan Thee Stallion.

“I love Jermaine Dupri, he’s very smart at what he does and there’s always a method to his madness,” Brat added before noting that Dupri's words were “absolutely taken out of context.”

Reactions to Dupri's comments were mixed. Several rappers refuted his assessment and others agreeing with him, but thanks to all of the negative and positive attention, Dupri announced that he will be hosting a So So Def Female Cypher.

After all the calls,DMs, angry tweets and other messages saying “I am a major gatekeeper in the hip hop world,why don’t I invest in a female who is out here hustling and making a name for herself?” I decided to create the #SoSoDefFemalecypher, details coming soon pic.twitter.com/Nyxl5KpPXZ

— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) July 12, 2019

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Beyonce Stars With Blue Ivy Carter In Gorgeous “Spirit” Music Video

With just a few days until The Lion King finally debuts in theaters, the timing is just right for Beyonce to release a new music video. Queen Bey unveiled the gorgeous video for “Spirit” from The Lion King: The Gift Tuesday (July 17) featuring an adorable cameo from Blue Ivy Carter.

The visual mimics a sunrise in the Serengeti and in true Bey fashion, the video includes beautiful dance sequences and flawless choreography, but also whimsical shots of animals scurrying about, along with scenes from the film.

In a rare interview, Beyonce described the Lion King album as “a love letter to Africa.”

“I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa, and not just use some of the sounds and did my interpretation of it," she told Good Morning America. "I wanted it to be authentic to what is beautiful about the music in Africa.”

The Lion King: The Gift, which is executive produced and curated by the multi-Grammy winner, drops July 19, the same day as the film. The 14-track album features appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Pharrell, Tierra Whack and more.

“Spirit” made its video debut in collaboration with the ABC special The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight  airing Tuesday at 8 p.m. EST.

Watch the music video below.

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Rick Ross Announces ‘Port Of Miami 2’ Release Date

The wait is finally over. Rick Ross’ Port of Miami 2 album will be released on the 13-year anniversary of its predecessor, the Maybach Music head announced Tuesday (July 16).

The album's cover art features Ross holding a pendant with a photo of his close friend and manager, Black Bo, who passed away in 2018. In addition to the art work, Rozay debuted a minute-long album trailer where he appears to undergo a baptism.

"Port of Miami started me on this journey,” Ross wrote in June in an Instagram post announcing his 10th studio album. “It's only right I bring it back to where it all started. For my day ones to the new ones, this album is for you."

Earlier in the month, Ross released the singles “Big Tyme” featuring Swizz Beatz and “Act of Fool,” featuring Wale.

Watch the Port Of Miami 2 trailer below.

 

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