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Sprint Apologizes For Ad Calling T-Mobile "Ghetto"

This isn't a good look on the phone company.

Sprint is officially apologizing after their ad, in which a woman called T-Mobile "ghetto" when the company's CEO asked users what they thought of other phone carriers, sparked controversy on Tuesday (Apr. 12).

The video, which sought to ask "real questions" to actual customers for "honest answers" saw Marcelo Claure ask a collective of Sprint, Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile subscribers how they felt about other mobile companies. Immediately, a woman shared what she thought of the competition and had especially choice words for T-Mobile.

"The first word that came to my head was ghetto," she said. "That sounds, like, terrible, but, oh my God, I don't know."

As others heartily laughed, the woman tried to explain why her initial thought was the controversial word. "I just felt like there's always, like, three carriers. There's AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon and people who have T-Mobile are just like…Why do you have T-Mobile," she asked.

Though Claure said that the video was "not meant to offend anyone," backlash was swift, and shortly after he shared the brief clip on Twitter, he announced that he was pulling the ad down.

"My job is to listen to consumers. Our point was to share customer views. Bad judgment on our part. Apologies. Taking the video down."

The businessman continued his apology tour on Wednesday (Apr. 13). In a series of tweets, Claure once again apologized for his insensitivity and called the fallout a "lesson learned."

Watch Sprint's ad here.

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Teddy Riley Honored With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

On Friday (Aug. 16), famed producer Teddy Riley accepted his star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. The momentous achievement arrives decades after the Harlem native launched his professional career, aiding in the New Jack Swing era of the mid-80s and ’90s to crafting timeless R&B hits like “I Like,” “Before I Let You Go,” and “No Diggity.”

“I’m thrilled [about the honor], but it’s a calm, cool excitement because I’m afraid of anxiety,” he said per Variety. “I think, however, I’m going to be pretty emotional about my star the day-of.” The 51-year-old’s star is located on Cahuenga and Hollywood boulevards.

First to honor Riley was R&B vocalist Tank. The "When We" singer began his speech by stating at 12 years old, he was introduced to Riley via Guy's self-titled album. “I proceeded to listen, to be inspired, to learn and understand what greatness and who God is because when he makes something and he has a divine purpose for it, and he wants it to be elevated to a place that very few men have ever been or have ever seen, he does it and he does it very well," he said. "And he’s done that with Mr. Teddy Riley.”

When it was Riley's turn to take the mic, he thanked music industry veterans Mike Concepcion and Clarence Avant for giving him the roadmap to this career journey. “Mike adopted me as a nephew…the one thing that I was able to do with that is make it into something where people can see us and me take someone as giant as him in the street world and bring into the music industry. We made success together."

With the popularity of Top 50 lists, Riley recently shared a roster of producers that listed him at number two, right after the award-winning Quincy Jones. In 2010, Riley also revealed that he was working on a film chronicling the New Jack Swing movement.

“We are starting the film in the ‘80s, so part 1 will be before Michael Jackson,” he shared. “We are covering everything from Guy and Bobby Brown to modern R&B’s first beef, which was between Guy and New Edition. It’s going to be written by Barry Michael Cooper, with input from myself and Jeff Dyson, who was New Edition’s security. The truth shall be revealed.”

 

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Credit to @massappeal : List mania continues. Timbaland shared this list of the Top 50 producers. Thoughts? #legacy #legend #newjackswing #genre #star

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Ohio Racist Arrested For Threatening Mass Shooting At Jewish Community Center

An Ohio man was arrested for making threats against a local Jewish community center.

According to reports, local law enforcement became aware of James Reardon Jr., on July 11 after he posted an Instagram video of a man shooting a semi-automatic rifle. Sirens and screams could be heard in the background and officials said the 20-year-old tagged the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown in the post.

New Middletown Police Chief Vince D’Egidio said the video prompted an urgent and swift investigation into Reardon.

"That kicked off an intense investigation, a very rapidly evolving investigation, because of the way the world is," he said.

Reardon has branded himself a white nationalist and anti-Semite. He also reportedly attended  2017's "Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Over the weekend, the FBI's Violent Crimes Task Force raided Reardon's home and located a cache of guns, ammunition and other weapons including a gas mask and bulletproof armor.

Eleven men and women were killed at a Pittsburgh synagogue last October just an hour away from the community center in question. Increased security has been offered to the Jewish center prior to Reardon's arrest and will remain until further notice.

"This is a person that has declared himself as a white nationalist. With the hate crimes and everything else going on, we want to make sure we do our part to make sure this person was taken off the streets very quickly," D’Egidio said.

Reardon is being held n $250,000 bond. He's charged with telecommunications harassment and aggravated menacing.

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Eric Reid Blasts JAY-Z's NFL Deal: "When Has JAY Z Ever Taken A Knee?"

JAY-Z's recent partnership with the NFL has been met with a lot of raised eyebrows and condemnation.

The rap mogul vocally supported Colin Kaepernick's peaceful protest against police brutality and reportedly went as far as to talk Travis Scott out of performing during last year's halftime Superbowl. So when it was announced Roc Nation would help manage the league's entertainment and social justice leg, many didn't understand why.

The criticism only grew after the 4:44 artist alleged to have spoken to Kaepernick about his new business venture, only for his longtime girlfriend Nessa to refute the claims on social media.

TMZ  then reported JAY Z will have majority ownership in an NFL team, which now puts more pressure on him to be a change agent and not just a figurehead.

Eric Reid on Jay Z kneeling statement: “When has Jay Z ever taken a knee? For you get paid to go into a NFL conference and say we are past kneeling is asinine.” pic.twitter.com/BO9RCLUHek

— Ashley Holder (@AshNoelleTV) August 17, 2019

Carolina Panther's safety Eric Reid spoke with reporters about JAY-Z's newest venture and called it "despicable."

"When has JAY-Z ever taken a knee? Yes, he’s done a lot of great work," Reid said. "A lot of great social justice work, but for you to get paid to go into an NFL press conference and say that we’re past kneeling? Again, asinine. Players Coalition 2.0. He got paid to take the bullets that he’s taking now because we’re not having it.”

To Reid and many others, JAY-Z looks hypocritical.

“JAY-Z claimed to be a supporter of Colin, wore his jersey, told people not to perform at the Super Bowl because of the treatment that the NFL did to Colin. Now he’s going to be a part-owner and it’s kind of despicable.”

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