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'The Sequence' Accuses Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars Of "Stealing" Portions Of "Uptown Funk"

There are new accusations against the "Uptown Funk" artists that are raising eyebrows. 

Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' smash single "Uptown Funk" is under fire once again. Nearly a year after both artists were caught up in an intense legal battle over the song, another group of artists have come forward to accuse Ronson and Mars of ripping off their work.

TMZ reports that one of the first female rap groups, called "The Sequence," have let it be known that their 1979 song “Funk You Up” was the real "inspiration" for "Uptown Funk." The accusations come from their rep Kali Bowyer, who claims that there are too many similarities between both songs.

"This is not and has not been an overnight issue, nor following the Grammy bandwagon party," Bowyer told VIBE. "This fight did not just begin, the issues and paperwork date back going on close to two years, over the songs 'Uptown Funk' and 'Funk You Up,' and with the issue in respects to Bruno dates back to the actual release date of "Uptown Funk".

Apparently, the trio consisting of Angie Stone, Cheryl Cook (Cheryl The Pearl), and Gwendolyn Chisolm (Blondie), say Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson's Grammy award-winning song rips off the hook from their song, especially during the "funk you right on up" part. When the eleven contributors were mentioned as writers of the song "Uptown Funk" during the Grammy Awards, "Sequence" was noticeably omitted from from the list, which made the impending battle take a turn for the worse.

READ: Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson Bring Their Uptown Funk To Ellen

It wouldn't be the first time Mars and Ronson's radio-friendly record has put the experienced producer and the "Marry You" singer in the hot seat. Last May, all five writers of The Gap Band’s 1979 hit “Oops Upside Your Head” were awarded split credit for "Uptown Funk" after a brief legal battle over similar lyrics in the song.

Do you think "The Sequence" has a case against Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars? Listen and compare both songs below and judge for yourself.

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Russell Wilson Buys Amazon Stock For Select Teammates

Russell Wilson recently made history as the National Football League's (NFL) highest paid player. To celebrate this wealth, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback purchased Amazon stock worth $12,000 apiece for 13 of the team's offensive linesmen, TMZ reports.

The premise behind the gesture is to help set the players on a lucrative path post-NFL. "We all have dreams of what we can build and accomplish off the field," he wrote in a memo. "One important lesson I have learned thus far in my career: The memories on the field will last forever, but we have to constantly prepare for life after football."

In the letter that was sent to his teammates, Wilson said he was indecisive on what to give them as a sign of his appreciation for their protection on the field. "Some were flashy, some were cool, but I wanted to give you something that had a lasting impact," he said. "Something that would affect the lives of you, your family, and your children." According to CNBC, each linesmen's stock could be worth $270,000 in the next 10 years if Amazon's shares continue to result in a return of 2,200 percent.

Earlier this month, Wilson signed a $140 million contract. He'll suit up with the Seahawks for the next four years. The re-signing follows a previous four-year agreement the 30-year-old athlete made with the team.

 

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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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