Embracing The #Mophielife At The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas

My iPhone charger had been giving me trouble all week; my roommate’s pit-bull had chewed up the power chord. So when mobile battery case manufacturing powerhouse mophie’s PR team reached out to invite myself and a few other reporters to an exclusive media experience at The Cosmopolitan Of Las Vegas for Memorial Day Weekend, it couldn’t have happened at a more opportune time. mophie started in 2005 and introduced a new way to double the battery life of your iPhone. Since then, these products have gained skyrocketing popularity and are now available in more than sixty countries. Now the brand’s latest line of products the mophie space pack also features the addition of built-in-storage capacity for 16GB and 32GB iPhone 5s/5 models enabling users to store documents, videos, music and photos with a quick download of mophie’s free IOS app, “Space."

mophie recently announced their exclusive partnership with celebrated fashion house Valentino to create a limited 500-unit edition of mophie’s powerstation cloaked in Valentino red for a charitable cause benefiting the Cash & Rocket 2014 Tour to bring aid to women and children from three organizations: Shine on Sierra Leone, OrphanAid Africa and Sumbandila. In light of there do more with less business model, I decided to leave my charger at home, spend the weekend in one of the most limitless cities in the world and completely embrace the #mophielife.

It was my first time staying at The Cosmopolitan and throughout my stay the amiable hospitality of the staff was one of the best highlights of the trip, the establishment really does live up to what is advertised in their suave commercials. mophie had entered into an official partnership with the hotel where they had an entire area of mophie branded casino tables and the stage at the hotel’s newest concert venue The Chelsea where we watched a high-octane energy performance from Bruno Mars. The mophie executives had created a constant on-the-go experience of exciting events, encouraging us to only rely on the additional battery life of the gifted mophie space pack we received, consisting of shopping sprees at stores like All Saints, craps lessons at the hotel’s casino, helicopter rides around the city courtesy of Maverick Helicopters, VIP bottle and table service at The Marquee while Kaskade rattled the dance floor, gastronomical delights at the hotel’s best restaurants like STK, The Wicked Spoon and the newly-opened fantasy circus-like dining experience of Rose.Rabbit.Lie – there were strippers, water tanks, chicken and pork belly, enough said- I barely had any time to take a breather to enjoy the comfort of my spacious studio room.

But in the midst of this well orchestrated, luxurious blur of a soiree, the mophie space pack kept my phone active for longer periods before I had to set it to charge. I realized how much the average individual is continually communicating and absorbing information from their phones and mophie’s unique concept is a forward step in the direction to have a constant flow of that.

As I was leaving the hotel to board my flight back home, I noticed a girl buried in her phone, it was wearing a mophie. When I approached her to ask what she thought about it, she summed it up perfectly: “It’s kind of like Red Bull, but for your iPhone.”

Want even more power for your phone or any USB device? Check out the mophie powerstation.

The mophie space pack retails for $149.95 (16 GB) and $179.95 (32 BG).

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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.”

Click here to read VIBE’s April 2019 cover story.

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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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