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Diddy's Creating An App That'll Usher Black Consumers Into An 'Economic Community'

In a new cover story for GQ, Diddy let readers in on a new app that he's working on with JAY-Z that'll serve as a hub for black businesses.

The term "black excellence" isn't solely reserved for social media hashtags. In a new cover story for GQ, Diddy let readers in on a new app that he's working on with JAY-Z that'll serve as a hub for black businesses.

According to the feature, the Bad Boy Records leader said he wants to help keep the power of the black dollar within this lucrative community. "This is not about taking away from any other community. We'll still go to Chinatown. We'll still buy Gucci!" Diddy exclaimed. "But the application will make it possible for us to have an economic community. It's about blacks gaining economic power."

On his way to making it to the billionaires' club as a member of the hip-hop community, Diddy also shared that the steadily popular genre and black culture keep his "can't stop, won't stop" mantra going since 25 years of his Bad Boy imprint. "I want to be an authentic, unapologetic warrior for black culture and the culture of the street and how it moves," he said. "My thing is most importantly to change the narrative of the black race. I can't relate to anything that isn't about that."

Since dealing with the recent loss of the first artist to release music on his label, Craig Mack, Diddy was also called upon to remember another figure and close friends within the rap world; that being Biggie Smalls. The 21st anniversary of his death occurred two weeks ago (Mar. 9), a moment that Diddy said he has yet to unpack, even with a therapist.

"I haven't dealt with any of that yet," he said. "I try to get into it, but...that's something that just hurts so bad. That's a time that's still suppressed." Read the full story here.

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Jay-Z And Rihanna’s Foundations Join Forces To Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts

In hopes of mobilizing an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation (SCF), and Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) have banded together to donate $1 million each to organizations battling the virus.

The funds will assist efforts to provide free tests for all New Yorkers regardless of legal residence status, ensure that daycare workers and their respective facilities meet CDC guidelines to care for healthcare officials and first responders’ children, and while keeping in line with young kids in shelters, the funds will be allocated to providing materials to keep up with studies plus “virtual metal health support” for parents in those shelters.

“In times of crisis it is imperative that we come together as one community to ensure that everyone, especially the most vulnerable, has access to critical needs: shelter, health, nutrition and education,” Gloria Carter, SCF’s CEO and co-founder, said. “The only way to get through this pandemic is with love and action.” The funds will benefit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Fund for Public Schools, Mayor’s Fund for L.A., and the New York Immigration Coalition.

The news arrives days after Rihanna's foundation donated $5 million to various organizations battling the pandemic. The funds aimed to distribute ventilators, masks and other necessary protective gear for nurses and doctors. In addition to aiding healthcare workers, both Rihanna and Jay-Z's organizations aim to amplify the nation's attention on prisoners. The number of inmates and officials within prisons testing positive for the novel coronavirus is growing each day, leading the foundations to advocate for releases from jail or detention centers.

“There are a number of populations who are especially vulnerable during this pandemic — those who are undocumented, incarcerated, elderly and homeless, as well as children of frontline health workers and first responders," said Justine Lucas, the Executive Director of the Clara Lionel Foundation. "Now more than ever, we need to support organizations prioritizing the health and rights of these individuals.”

 

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#PullUp @claralionelfdn ・・・ A huge thank you to JAY-Z’s @shawncartersf for joining us in giving a combined $2 million to the #MayorsFundforLA #FundforPublicSchools @aclu_nationwide & @thenyic for COVID-19 response in support of undocumented workers, children of frontline health workers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly and homeless people in the United States.

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Kodak Black Sentenced To 12 Months In Jail For Gun Charges

Rapper Kodak Black pleaded guilty to a weapon charge after he was stopped at the Canadian border crossing near Niagara Falls last April.

According to Local10 news, the "ZeZe" rapper was arrested after he drove a Cadillac Escalade across the Lewiston-Queenston International Bridge into the United States with three other men. Police say the men had marijuana and a loaded pistol without a permit when they were detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers.

The 22-year-old rapper pleaded guilty second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in Niagara County Court. On Monday (March 30), Kodak received 12 months, which will run concurrent with his 46 month federal prison sentence.

In November, Kodak Black was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for illegally buying a gun in his home state of Florida. The New York sentence will be served concurrently with the federal one, according to State Supreme Court Justice Richard Kloch.

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Rihanna Speaks On Upcoming Album In 'British Vogue' Cover Story

Rihanna’s resume is stacked with many “firsts” from chart topping singles to fast-selling albums to her awards collection. Now, another first is on the horizon for the world-renowned artist by being the first person to wear a durag on the cover of British Vogue.

For the publication’s May 2020 issue, the “Needed Me” singer discussed how she balances her many businesses alongside her personal desires, and provided a brief update on her forthcoming album. Although there’s no release date, the 32-year-old artist is working around the clock to get the project to the masses. “I can’t say when I’m going to drop,” she said. “But I am very aggressively working on music.”

What's already been stated is that the album is influenced by reggae but Rihanna noted that she's staying away from her albums being looked at as themes. “There are no rules. There’s no format. There’s just good music, and if I feel it, I’m putting it out,” she said. Rihanna later shared with journalist Afua Hirsch that at this stage in her career, “I feel like I have no boundaries. I’ve done everything—I’ve done all the hits, I’ve tried every genre—now I’m just, I’m wide open. I can make anything that I want.”

Outside of the music, Rihanna is working on Fenty Skin. It's no secret that the skincare industry is a lucrative one but for the mogul, it's something that'll take a lot of fine-tuning for her line to be a success. “Skincare, it’s the truth. It either works or it doesn’t," she said. "There’s nowhere to hide.”

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Gang back in da Stu!! @Edward_Enninful and I are back at it again with @StevenKleinStudio for the May 2020 cover of @BritishVogue 🥰✊🏿 available Friday, April 3rd! . Wearing all @Burberry by @RiccardoTisci17, and a custom @StephenJonesMillinery durag. Photographed by @StevenKleinStudio and styled by @Edward_Enninful, with hair by @YusefHairNYC and @NaphiisBeautifulHair, make-up by @IsamayaFfrench using @FentyBeauty and nails by @RedHotNails. With thanks to @JillDemling.

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TRUTH. @BritishVogue @StevenKleinStudio @Edward_Enninful

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