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Miami Dolphins Snub Castro-Friendly Colin Kaepernick, Spike Lee Calls For Rally

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A one-year, $10 million contract with the Miami Dolphins marked the end of Jay Cutler's brief retirement, and the Internet is still reeling from the disbelief that head coach Adam Gase signed the former Chicago Bears QB over Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, who is still a free agent and has not retired, has been the center of political controversy since he first took a knee in 2016 during the National Anthem in protest of the varied oppressions black and brown people suffer around the United States. Fans of the former San Francisco 49er anticipated possible recruitment by the Dolphins, only to be ultimately convinced that their sports hero is indeed being blacklisted by the NFL.

Last year, Kaepernick in 12 games threw for 16 touchdowns and attempted two more, with only four interceptions and a 90.7 passer rating, according to For The Win. Cutler, on the other hand, was only healthy for five games, but threw four TDs vs. five interceptions, with a 78.1 passer rating before retiring and starting a whole new profession. To many fans of the game, Kaepernick was the clear better choice.

Some have called the South Florida football franchise racist for not signing Kaepernick, while others would have seen the enlisting of Kaepernick as shocking considering Miami's politically vocal, anti-Fidel Castro Cuban populace. One Orlando Sentinel reporter even went as far as comparing Kaepernick to Cosby saying, "Bringing Kaepernick to Miami would be like bringing Bill Cosby to a feminist convention."

Kaepernick was grilled by Miami reporters early on for wearing a shirt that depicted scenes from a 1960 meeting between Castro and Malcolm X, bearing the phrase, “Like minds think alike.”

Stephen A. Smith added to the Castro sentiment, telling Karen Hunter of SiriusXM’s The Karen Hunter Show that "While [Stephen Ross] is not concerning himself with Cuban history from a literal perspective, he's concerning himself with those folks and how they’ll feel about Colin Kaepernick because of Fidel Castro and how it will affect his bottom line. Not the kneeling during the national anthem but how the Cuban – 34% of the Miami population - is going to react to his arrival."

Days following the signing of Cutler – leaving Kaepernick still unemployed – lauded film director Spike Lee promoted an NYC rally in protest of the NFL. Although Lee isn't the one behind its organization, he was vocal over Twitter about his support for Kaepernick. "I Did Not Organize And Set Up This Protest. However I Still Support My Brother And His Stance On The Injustices In The USA."

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Ty Dolla $ign Releases New Album Feat. Nicki Minaj, Roddy Ricch, Kanye West And More

After a three-year album hiatus, Ty Dolla $ign released his latest studio effort, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, on Friday (Oct. 23).

The 25-track album features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, FKA Twigs, Roddy Ricch, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, 6lack, Young Thug, Music Soulchild, Skrillex, Quavo, Anderson Paak, Post Malone, Kanye West, and more.

Powered by previously released singles, “Ego Death,” Expensive” and By Yourself,” the new album flexes a different music muscle for the Grammy-nominated recording artists who steered clear of  making club records.

“I was intentionally trying to not make club songs [talking about] hoes and *itches and all the sh*t I used to talk about,” Ty told Vulture in a recent interview. “I was trying to, like, talk about my life, and what it is now, and really do something different with it. I got a daughter going to high school this year, and she’s paying attention, and all her friends are paying attention, so I can’t talk as crazy or do the crazy sh*t that I used to do.”

Stream Featuring Ty Dolla Sign below.

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Jay Z Launches His Own Cannabis Brand

Jay Z is venturing into the world of cannabis. The  mogul officially announced the launch of his new cannabis brand, Monogram, on Friday (Oct. 23) marking his first product collaboration since becoming chief brand strategists of the Northern California-based dispensary, Caliva, last year.

“Monogram seeks to redefine what cannabis means to consumers today,” the company said in a press release. As many marijuana storefronts have implemented new rules amid the global pandemic, Monogram is also planing to launch an e-commerce sales option, “In an effort to provide a more tailored customer experience.”

Caliva and Hov opened their first Southern California storefront last year. Besides providing quality products, Hov aims to use his position at Caliva to help the formerly incarcerated (many of whom are not reaping the benefits of marijuana legalization) through advocacy, job training, and employee and workforce development.

According to the company website, Monogram uses “expert growers” to ensure that each marijuana flowers receives the “respect it deserves” in every stage of the growth process. Additionally, Monogram flowers are grown in small batches so that every plant gets “personalized attention.”

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Kehlani Plays Bryson Tiller’s Love Interest In “Always Forever” Video

Kehlani stars as Tiller’s love interest in the intimate new music video for “Always Forever,” released on Thursday (Oct. 22).

The stunning visual, directed by Glenn Michael of Toronto’s Kid Studio, is a creative take on how a relationship can become your entire universe. Tyler and Kehlani cuddle up, kiss, and hold hand in the steamy visual, prompting some fans to question the chemistry between the two. They might look pretty cozy, but Kehlani and Tiller are just friends (Tiller welcomed a child with girlfriend Kendra Bailey last year).


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🌎🎥💫Thanks Guys. #alwaysforever @kidstudio_ @ichiki @kehlani

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Kehlani shared some close-up stills from the music video on Instagram along with a message thanking Tiller for being a “solid” friend. “To one of my dearest friends…matching tattoos, years worth of stories, nights of dying laughter and holding each other down in the roughest times…I’m so proud of you. Thank you for being solid.”

The post was deleted after fans in the comments continued to speculate if the two were an item. Kehlani shared a follow-up message on her Instagram Story explaining in part, “I post lengthy captions about all my friends. You would have to follow me to know that.”


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#Roommates, #Kehlani explains her previous message to #BrysonTiller. (SWIPE for previous post)

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“Always Forever” is the latest single from Tiller’s newly released ANNIVERSARY LP.

Watch the video below.

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