J Cole Hypnotize Los Angeles
J Cole Hypnotize Los Angeles
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J. Cole Brought The Notorious B.I.G.’s "Hypnotize" Back To Los Angeles

Thanks to J. Cole, The Notorious B.I.G. was going going, back back, to Cali Cali yet again on Saturday (Feb. 20).

Thanks to J. Cole, The Notorious B.I.G. was going going, back back, to Cali Cali yet again on Saturday (Feb. 20). Hitting the main stage as the headliner for Shaun White’s Air + Style Festival in Los Angeles, Cole paid tribute to the legendary Brooklyn rapper after his signature call-and-response portion of the show for “Who Dat.” Pinning one side of the audience against the other for his 2010 track, the set took the perfect transition into Biggie’s “Hypnotize.”

Getting a quick two-step in, Cole spit the classic rap track as seemingly an ode to B.I.G., who shot the video for “Hypnotize” in Los Angeles in 1997 just a month before his death. The performance of the track brought the East Coast to the West Coast yet again, shedding a light on Biggie’s legacy and rising above his tragedy-stricken beef against Tupac Shakur. The crowd continued its turn-up during the nod to hip-hop history as well.

The Air + Style Festival also featured performances from A$AP Ferg, Migos, Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies and Big Grams. Watch J. Cole perform his mash-up of “Who Dat” and “Hypnotize” below:

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Obama Boulevard Reveal In Los Angeles To Take Place In May

The city of Los Angeles will shine a bit brighter with the unveiling of Obama Boulevard next month.

On Tuesday (April 23), Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson announced the event to reveal the street named after the 44th president of the United States for May 4. Wesson proposed the name change in 2017 in honor of Barack Obama who famously held one of his first presidential campaign rallies at Rancho Cienega Park on Rodeo Road. The area already has streets named after former presidents, such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

The event will kick off with a street festival at noon with local vendors and performances by Doug E. Fresh, Yo-Yo, BJ the Chicago Kid, Battlecat, Kurrupt and more. In a sentimental manner, the ceremony location will take place in the area Obama Boulevard intersects with Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard.

“I’m thrilled that Los Angeles will be home to Obama Boulevard,” said Council President Wesson. “Our history is important and this is one way that we will ensure that America’s 44th President’s legacy is shared for generations to come for Angelenos and visitors alike.”

Obama Boulevard will replace Rodeo Boulevard, a 3.5-mile street that runs from “The Heart of Screenland” better known as Culver City, to Mid-City Los Angeles. The area is considered to be a predominately African-American neighborhood with communities like Baldwin Hills and the location of the legendary Dorsey High School.

You can cop tickets for the free event here.

Attendees must enter their ZIP code and there is a six-ticket limit per household.

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Teacher Arrested For Hiring A Hitman To Kill The Child He Allegedly Molested

A St. Louis teacher accused of molesting a then 7-year-old boy reportedly hired a hitman to kill the child and family.

According to Newsweek, Deonte Taylor worked as a teacher's assistant at Lusher Elementary School in 2015 when he allegedly removed the boy from the class, took him to an empty classroom engaging the child in oral sex. Although the boy's family reported the incident to local authorities at the time, Taylor wasn't arrested.

Between 2015 to 2018, Taylor worked toward his teacher's license and became a fifth-grade teacher at Walnut Grove Elementary school in the Ferguson-Florissant School District, and since he wasn't charged he was able to teach.

"Mr. Taylor went through the same process that all of our teaching candidates go through. Everyone goes through a criminal background check, sexual abuse registry background check and there was nothing that showed up on that," Ferguson-Florissant School District spokesperson Kevin Hampton told KSDK.

In November 2018, however, Taylor was arrested after DNA evidence proved his sample matched the DNA evidence of the victim.

Taylor, 36, faces three charges of statutory-sodomy.

While in jail awaiting trial, Taylor reportedly hired someone to kill the boy, now 10 and his family. He convinced his 66-year-old boyfriend Michael Johnson, to pay the hitman to carry out the fatal deed, which he did. However, the hitman turned an informant and exposed the plan to authorities.

Along with his charges stemming from child molestation, Taylor now faces two counts of conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of attempting to tamper with a victim in a felony prosecution. Johnson faces the same charges.

Both men appeared in a St. Louis court last week and pled not guilty. They're being held in jail without bond.

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Beyonce Releases Demo Version Of "Sorry" And 'Lemonade' Album On Streaming Platforms

The month of April belongs to Queen Bey after she's gifted fans with something new week after week. Following the debut of her first of three reported productions with Netflix, plus new clothing merchandise just in time for spring, Beyonce placed her Lemonade album on all streaming services.

Not only is her sixth solo studio album available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other platforms, but she also added a demo version of "Sorry" as the last track. This melody hosts a notable departure from its album version, stripping away from the resounding drums and added lyrics for a stripped-down version of the song written by Wynter Gordon, MeLo-X and the "All Night" singer. The album's upload also arrives on the three-year anniversary of its debut (April 23).

Through its exploration of different music genres, Beyonce revealed her emotions and perseverance in the face of Jay-Z's infidelity. "Sorry" served as one of those songs that put this bump in their marital journey on lyrical display.

In a previous interview with David Letterman, Jay-Z said therapy played a pivotal role in mending their marriage. “We did the hard work of going to therapy. We love each other, so we really put in the work for years,” he said. "...I like to believe we’re in a better place today. I’m proud of the father and the husband that I am today.”

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