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Multiple People Shot After Concert At Arkansas Nightclub Erupts In Gun Violence

All of the victims are expected to survive.

More than a dozen people were shot as gun violence erupted inside a nightclub in Little Rock, Arkansas, early Saturday (July 1). According to the Little Rock Police Department, the shooting occurred at around 2:30 a.m. local time, at the Power Ultra Lounge.

A purported dispute between clubgoers led to multiple people opening fire as patrons scrabbled to safety.

The venue, which is roughly a mile from the state’s Capitol building, was hosting a concert for Memphis rapper  Finese 2Tymes.

"The violence is not for the club people,” he wrote on Facebook in response to the shooting. “We all come with [one] motive at the end of the day. And that's to have fun. Not to be hurt.”

Conflicting reports state that between 17 and 25 people were shot, while three others suffered injuries unrelated to the shooting.

All of the victims are expected to survive.

 

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge offered “thoughts and prayers” to the victims and expressed gratitude for first responders who saved “multiple lives.”

“Today we all woke to the tragic news that this senseless act of violence occurred right in the heart of our capital city,” Rutledge said in a statement. “As state and community leaders, it is our responsibly to encourage a civil peaceful discourse and that violence can never be the solution to solve our differences.”

The state's Alcoholic Beverage Control officials moved to immediately suspend the club’s alcohol license on potential charges of disorderly conduct, allowing possession of weapons on the premises, and “failure to be a good neighbor.”

"We feel the events which are alleged to have occurred warrant our decision to suspend liquor sales at this location pending further action by the board," said ABC director Mary Robin Casteel.

A hearing on the matter is set for July 10.

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In 1996, Jay-Z released his debut studio album Reasonable Doubt. Twenty-three years later, the Brooklyn native's widely-celebrated project finds a new home on several streaming services. Since 2015, Reasonable Doubt was solely available on TIDAL.

On Friday (Aug. 16), the billionaire's independent distribution company, Equity Distribution, announced the decision that allows the soundscape to be streamed on Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Napster, Slacker, SoundCloud, Tesla, iTunes, Google Play Music, Pandora, and YouTube Music Premium. Spotify and Apple Music aren't listed in the deal.

"Reasonable Doubt is one of the preeminent albums in history and we're thrilled to distribute this classic body of work to music lovers worldwide," Krystian Santini, president of Equity Distribution, said in a statement. "This is a landmark milestone for Equity Distribution and we look forward to continuing to expand our platform and collaborate with talented artists from different backgrounds." Equity Distribution also allows artists to share their projects while remaining the sole owner of their masters.

'Reasonable Doubt' is the debut studio album by #JAYZ @s_c_ released on June 25th 1996, by Roc-A-Fella Records. Today, 'Reasonable Doubt' is distributed by #EQDistro. What’s your favorite record from the album? Footage courtesy of @TIDAL https://t.co/maQg1GryJD pic.twitter.com/umWlsADEr7

— EQDistro (@EQDistro) August 16, 2019

Dubbed an album that Jay-Z said "literally saved my life," the 14-track body of music boasts singles like "Can't Knock the Hustle," "Ain't No Ni**a," "Dead Presidents II," and other melodies like "Can I Live," "Regrets," and "22 Two's." According to photographer Jonathan Mannion, who captured the album's cover, Reasonable Doubt was originally titled Heir to the Throne. In a 1997 interview that resurfaced around the album's 20th anniversary, Jay-Z explained how the title came to be.

“We named the album Reasonable Doubt because you know, with anything you do in life, people will judge you," he said. "Whether it be interviews or radio or whatever you do in life people will judge you. The album is like basically on trial. You either going to like it or you don’t.”

This album literally saved my life........ I can't thank you all enough.

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Kelly Rowland, Kehlani And More Shout Out Normani For 'Motivation' Video

Normani is ready to show the world who she is. The former Fifth Harmony member's video for her latest single "Motivation" features pleasant touches of 2000s nostalgia, paying homage to videos by Beyonce, Britney Spears and more. Besides the nostalgia, the Internet hasn't been able to get over the sheer fire emitted from the 23-year-old.

Throughout the Dave Meyers-directed video, Normani performs choreography with ease, doing not just hip-hop, but does turns, flips and splits. Superstars such as Kelly Rowland, Kehlani, Lizzo and more have been singing her praises since the video dropped in the wee hours of Aug. 16. Check out some reactions below.

all i want to see on my timeline today is @Normani. please&thank you!

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I’m just gonna keep eating these jalapeño chips and kit kat bar while watching Normani kill every moment in her video. Now give her, her things. All of em’. Chocolate girls doing it. Society just funny actin’.

— Tika Sumpter (@iamtikasumpter) August 16, 2019

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i love this normani movement cuz we ain’t had our own superstar triple threat girl to stan over as a generation. we grew up on them but she’s OURS. and she’s BLACK mwuahahahaYES. 😈

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) August 16, 2019

this is that shit i want my daughter to have posters of in her room type shit

— Kehlani (@Kehlani) August 16, 2019

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— Kehlani (@Kehlani) August 16, 2019

Let me be your Motivation!! Loved it babe!! https://t.co/wiid5g7rqM

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wowwwwwwwwwwwww @Normani is THE girl. THEEEEEE girl. Bye! https://t.co/bp3lDmj9dD

— h (@halsey) August 16, 2019

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Normani pays homage to the early 2000s in the new music video for “Motivation,” the first official single off her forthcoming debut solo album. The nostalgic visual, released Friday (Aug. 16), finds Normani going all out in the choreography department, and sporting an unofficial uniform from the turn of the millennium complete with a studded belt, rhinestone belly button ring, and low rise jeans.

The New Orleans native teased the visual all week, and fans have been getting in the spirit sharing throwback trinkets like bedazzled flip phones, and airbrushed sweatshirts. Speaking of New Orleans, the “Love Lies” singer honors her NOLA music roots in the video by way of a jazzy dance break.

Although Normani has been mostly mum about her new music, she did reveal that Ariana Grande helped write “Motivation,” and has been “very supportive” as she embarks on releasing her debut.

“I talk to her about the creative process,” Normani told Rolling Stone. “I’m like, ‘When did you know your album was done.’ She was just like, ‘Honestly, you’ll know. Nobody will have to tell you. You’ll feel it. Just trust your instinct; trust your gut. And listen to that voice inside of you, and it’ll tell you that you’re done. Just take your time, too, and have fun in the process and make sure that it’s something that you love. She’s dope. She also has a part in the record that I’m releasing, too. She wrote on it.”

Watch “Motivation” in the video above.

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