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Waka Flocka Wants To Nix Corporations From Hip-Hop: 'It's Not For Venture Capitalists'

The rapper also gives an update on the release of Flockaveli 2, his thoughts on "clever rap" and why eating oranges makes him a real n***a. 

It might be the middle of 2016, but Waka Flocka is here to declare it his year and call out a few industry traditions in the process.

In his interview with Acton Entertainment, the rapper spills some details on Flockaveli 2 and why he's not interested in following the trends in popular culture. When it comes to his new album, he doesn't want any collabos. "My fans want that 'Underground Flocka,' " he explained. "They don't want me to be spicy and doing too much. They don't want to see me with Jay Z on there, Kanye, Drake. That's a compilation CD. To me, if you're going to do an album, there should be no features on there-- just you."

After walking into a total "J.Cole went platinum with no features" joke, he guaranteed fans the album will be released in the fourth quarter, preferably, October.

He also discussed his qualms with record labels, explaining how Hip-Hop executives aren't in tune with the artists because they aren't hip to the culture. "Labels are using money that don't even have, " he said. "They're just managing it. All you need is someone to invest in you. You don't need a label. You need money. A label is for money, not for anything else. Who better than to market yourself than you?"

The rapper doesn't mind many are growing keen to his "evolution." Flocka has stayed strong on his stance on Donald Trump, police brutality and his crossover to electronic music.

"I'm a real n***a," he explained. "If I eat oranges, I'm a real n***a. If I go jogging with Wilt Chamberlain shorts on, I'm a real n***a. It doesn't matter what I'm doing. I am who I am no matter where I'm at."

In addition to taking on the world one record at a time, the rapper wishes he can remove corporations from the music industry in an effort to maintain the culture. "Music isn't a corporation," he said. "It's not for venture capitalists. To me, if you don't live the culture, why do you work in it? If you don't know sh*t about Hip-Hop, why do you work for Hip-Hop?  There's men rocking hush puppies telling me they run a label. You drink wine coolers. How are you going to tell me to be a real n***a?"

Check out the rest of the very interesting interview below.

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Black Women Cadets Make History At West Point Graduation

A record number of black female cadets are set to graduate from West Point (The United States Military Academy). After completing four years of education and "testing their limits," 34 black women will be walking across the stage at the 2019 commencement ceremony for the first time in the school's 217-year history.

Earlier this month, the black female cadets came together for a pre-graduation group photo. Little did they know, the photos of them in traditional Old Corps uniforms with ceremonial sabers would make their rounds on social media.

“My hope when young Black girls see these photos is that they understand that regardless of what life presents you, you have the ability an fortitude to be a force to be reckoned with,” shared one of the cadets, Tiffany Welch-Baker, in an interview with Because Of Them We Can.

Although West Point admitted its first black cadet until 1870, the academy didn’t graduate its first black cadet until the Reconstruction in 1877. In 1979, Vincent K. Brooks was made the first black captain of the Corps of Cadets. In 2017, Simone Askew became the first Black woman to lead the Corps of Cadets.

Senior cadet Stephanie Riley told The Associated Press in another interview: “I just showed myself and those who thought I couldn’t do it initially that yes, I can. And not just, ‘Yes, I can.’ I can show other little girls that yes, you can come to West Point. Yes, you can do something that maybe the rest of your peers aren’t actually doing. And yes, you can be different from the rest of the group.”

The class of 2019 includes a total of 223 women, another milestone since the first female cadets' graduation in 1980. The total number of graduation African-Americans doubled to 110, while the number of graduating Latinos became the largest, 88, in the academy's history. West Point also appointed Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams as its first black superintendent in July 2018.

Not only will West Point be graduating its 5,000th female cadet, but it will also have its highest number of female Hispanic graduates, 19. The commencement ceremony is set for Saturday, May 25, with Vice President Mike Pence delivering the commencement speech.

Congratulations to the black ladies of West Point's graduating Class of 2019!

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Art At Work: Kadir Nelson And Hennessy Unveil Marshall "Major" Taylor Sculpture at NYC's WTC3

Last spring, VIBE was invited to the screening of a Hennessy sponsored screening of a mini-commercial documentary on one of the most unsung athletic hero's of African-American history in Marshall "Major" Taylor. The seven-minute doc, explained the life and legacy of the first international African-American superstar. In the late 1800's Taylor dominated the cycling scene with power and endurance. With the viewing happening at the New York Times building, a special treat was waiting to be shown to the excited crowd. World renowned visual artist, Kadir Nelson made a monument for Taylor, the man that broke barriers with his pedals and passion.

Fast forward to May 15, 2018, Nelson was celebrated for that same Hennessy commissioned statue (which went along with Hennessy's Wild Rabbit campaign, narrated by Nas) of Taylor and it being permanently placed in New York's World Trade Center 3 (WTC3). Known as one of the world's busiest travel areas, the World Trade Center is a landmark destination for millions of visitors who will now see the immortalized cyclist's frame, sculpted  by Nelson. “The Major” will be displayed starting later this year near the north entrance of 3 World Trade Center, with the Oculus and National 9/11 Museum in the background. The sculpture will live in WTC as part of the Silverstein family’s World Trade arts initiative, entitled The Silver Project. The piece is the towers first installment of art and will shine as a beacon for all creatives and those seeking inspiration in all walks of life. Nelson will also have his first studio space in the same building.

 

To witness the amazing life of Marshall "Major" Taylor, watch the doc above.

 

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FX's ‘Pose’ Unveils Gripping Season 2 Trailer

Pose fans’ patience will be alleviated with the second season's premiere next month. To get viewers ready, FX debuted its 45-second trailer on Thursday (May 23), packed with an array of moving storylines.

Set in New York City’s ‘90s time period, the characters will explore life-altering changes in their careers and health. For Blanca, the status of her HIV-positive diagnosis will take precedence as the House of Evangelista begins to navigate a newfound arena of prominence in the ballroom scene.

In an interview with Billboard, producer and activist Janet Mock dished on what to expect for the upcoming season. "There's a rule in the writers' room that we do not talk about what we're going to do, but I think that it's really going deeper every episode,” Mock said. “As viewers kind of notice, we tend to focus in on a character that we may not have known as much before, right? For example, this week will really be central around Lil Papi’s character, his relationship with Blanca and things [that] have been alluded about throughout the season. There will be some of the origins stories of characters that we may not have heard as much from before, but whom people of course love because they are either on Team Abundance or Team Evangelista.”

Ahead of its June 11 return on FX (10 p.m. EST), watch the trailer above.

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