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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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DESUS & MERO Bring the Brand to Showtime in Their Series Premiere

"Bodega Boys in the building!" That's how Desus Nice and The Kid Mero started the first episode of their new half hour show on Showtime. The "Bodega Boys," as Desus and Mero like to be called, took their comedic talents from Viceland and secured a slot for their talk show on the network. After airing on Thursday night, they posted the full episode on YouTube to give fans and a new live studio audience a look at what they have to offer.

The first episode of their new series did not disappoint. The two comedians represented their roots in the Bronx to the fullest by incorporating the class bodega backdrop as well as inviting none other than Bronx native, and United States Representative for New York,  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as their first guest. The TV personalities greeted the politician with their now famous "yerrr" and managed to keep things light by bonding over the memes they receive from Twitter users while also managing to keep things serious as they talked about AOC's come up.

In the debut of the show, Ocasio-Cortez made the trip back to the Bronx to chat with the former Guy Code cast members, but the "Bodega Boys" also made a trip down to the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. During the trip to D.C. Desus and Mero presented the member of the Democratic Party with a flag of Puerto Rico, representing her roots, and they also were able to meet representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashan Tlaib of Minnesota and Michigan, respectively.

"Am I a gentrifier?" Ocasio-Cortez asked. "No! How are you a gentrifier? You moved from the Bronx to D.C.!" Mero responded.

Ocasio-Cortez's presence on the show wasn't the only highlight of the first episode. Desus and Mero have added a new element to their talk show, which are skits. The skit the two debuted on their talk show poked fun at the controversial Oscar-nominated film, Green Book. Before presenting the skit, Desus described the film as being, "basically just Friday with racism."

The skit features Mero playing the role of the white driver, Tony Lip, while Desus plays the role of the Black pianist. Throughout the entirety of the skit, Desus and Mero show how they feel "Green Book" was made to make white people feel as if they weren't racist in a time where racism was quite obviously prevalent.

"Wait, there's another one of these movies? What is wrong with you people? Please leave us alone. It's not our job to make white people feel better about race stuff," was a fake quote about the movie included in the skit.

Catch DESUS & MERO on Showtime every Thursday night at 11! You won't want to miss out.

 

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Ja Rule Gets Candid About Fyre Festival's 'Crazy Situation'

Ja Rule's role in the disastrous Fyre Festival has been riddled in speculation since the release of Hulu's and Netflix's respective documentaries detailing the disastrous "luxury" event. Speaking with TMZ, the "I'm Real" rapper reflected on his position in the festival's planning while motivating young moguls in the making.

"For any young visionary or entrepreneur just be hands-on with your stuff, if it's your baby and you want to create something amazing for the world to see, make sure you see it through, make sure you are the one overseeing everything, make sure you are the CEO of the company, even if you are not an experienced CEO," the 42-year-old said.

Ja continued by acknowledging the fault he played in the havoc that ensued during Fyre Fest and claiming he had no intention of hurting anyone.

"You know it is okay to make some mistakes along the way and that's what I learned the most, I am not an experienced CEO and I didn't want to make the mistakes but obviously, the CEO (Billy McFarland) of the company made the biggest mistake of them all. So I learned a lot from the situation and I am just looking forward to the next thing."

The rapper-entrepreneur recently teased the idea of a new and improved Fyre Festival saying: "It is the most iconic festival that never was. So I have plans to create the Iconic Music Fest, but you didn’t hear it from me."

TMZ initially stopped the Queens-bred rapper to speak about Andy Glyn, a member of the Fyre Festival staff, who was infamously asked to perform fellatio on the head of customs to get a shipment of Evian water cleared for the destination festival.

Watch Ja Rule's hot takes on the Fyre Festival below.

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T.I. Mourns The Death Of His Sister, Precious

This week has been a sad one for T.I. and his family. Unfortunately the rapper's older sister, Precious Harris, has died. Family and friends had hoped she would recover after a serious car accident on Feb. 13 that TMZ reports triggered an asthma attack. She had been hospitalized for a week, but she ultimately passed away. She was 66 years old.

Precious would often appear on The Family Hustle, and was extremely close to T.I. "We Love You Dearly Baby Girl," he wrote on Instagram.

 

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We Love You Dearly Baby Girl.... @preciousharris1913

A post shared by TIP (@troubleman31) on Feb 20, 2019 at 1:53pm PST

 

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I Love You Sis...❤️ We can’t thank you enough 🙏🏽 #MyBiggestFan

A post shared by TIP (@troubleman31) on Feb 18, 2019 at 11:53am PST

Precious' daughter, Kamaya Chapman, also shared words memorializing her mother on Instagram. "From my best friend on earth to My beautiful angel in heaven, mama girl you know ima miss you," she wrote. "I love you so much. I’m so heartbroken but the way you looked so @ peace this past week has confirmed that you are resting."

 

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From my bestfriend on earth to My beautiful angel in heaven 👼🏾❤️🦋mama girl you know ima miss you💔.... I love you so much. I’m so heartbroken but the way you looked so @ peace this past week has confirmed that you are resting... no more asthma attacks... damn but baby I am going to miss you 😓

A post shared by Kamaya (@kamayadaplug) on Feb 22, 2019 at 10:45am PST

Aside from Tip and Kamaya, Precious is survived by her other children, Avis Chapman-Reese and Kareem “Plug” Chapman. Condolences to the family.

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