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Chance The Rapper: "Beyonce's Performance Was Better Than Any Performance Michael Jackson Ever Did"

You really can't talk about greatness and achievement without mentioning Beyoncé and Michael Jackson. That's one of the many takeaways from Chance the Rapper's commencement speech at Dillard University on Saturday (May 12). The 24-year-old artist looked to the two to distinguish between the meanings of "good" and "great."

"Today, I want to talk to you guys about greatness and what it means to live into your greatness without fear," he began. "In order to do that, I need to talk to you guys about the greatest performance of all time, put on by the greatest performer of all time. But in order to do that, I gotta take you back. I gotta take you way back."

He recalled his pre-school graduation in 1997, where his name was listed on the program "like a line item:" Chancellor Bennett, Michael Jackson dance. "They asked me to be Mike. And I delivered," he said. "Watching him, taught me a lot of the lessons I try to carry with me as a performer today: Work hard, captivate your audience, and...never set any limitations on your own greatness." He went on to call Jackson an inspiration for Beyoncé to outdo him and become the greatest performer of all time. And her greatest performance, according to Chance was her most recent production at Coachella.

"We have a responsibility to be not as good as them or live up to their example, but to actually surpass them, even when it seems scary," he said. "We have to overcome that fear and be greater than our role models." He asked that they use Jackson's dedication to becoming greater than his idol, James Brown, and Beyoncé becoming greater than the man who held the spot before her as a standard of what it looks like when good becomes great.

"Beyoncé's performance was better than any performance Michael Jackson ever did," he said. "We have to face the fear and stigma behind eclipsing our heroes...Some people might find this kind of talk disrespectful, but it's exactly the opposite."

The Coloring Book rapper asked the audience to consider the immortality that we attribute to the accomplishments of our predecessors and how it can stifle progress. To honor a single great accomplishment through time is to be still, he implied. Reverance should not be paralysis. It's okay to be greater than the greats. "Living up to your heroes is amazing, but it's not good enough... You have to push forward and surpass their greatness in order to pay homage to their struggle," he said.

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Cardi B is tired of The Shade Room, and she let us know that fact by posting videos bashing them on social media.

The rapper took to Instagram to discuss her issues with the social media page posting negative things about the people she is associated with, including her husband Offset. The Migos member was reportedly mentioned on The Shade Room regarding his recent felony gun possession charges.

“Everybody that they know that I’m cool with, they always try to get them set up for people to talk sh*t,” she said. "Offset donated 25K to the Ellen foundation for the kids in Africa. Did The Shade Room post it? No… are they posting any positive sh*t and investment talk that he’s been talking about in his interviews? No. But they sure post the way he had drama with his baby mom. They sure posting about his court cases, right?"

She continues by stating that she understands that blogs will be blogs, and she doesn’t want them to only post the positive aspects of celebrities’ lives. However, Cardi says that there is a “hate campaign” and bias against Quality Control and those associated with her via TSR, and she wants it to end.

“That sh*t is getting wack,” she continues. “It’s trash. How do people want us to change? For what? Why change? Y’all don’t post the change, y’all don’t post the good, y’all don’t post the accomplishments. Y’all post the f**k sh*t. So, what the f**k?”

She concludes by stating that black blogs capitalize on black drama and negativity occurring in the community, which causes white publications to follow suit.

“Stop claiming that y’all for the people, when y’all fuel drama in between these artists,” she states.

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R. Kelly Accuser Wins Civil Case Against Singer By Default Judgment

R. Kelly was a no-show in court today (April 24), after he was sent a summons to appear. Due to the singer's absence, the woman accusing him of sexual abuse in a civil case won by a default judgment. The judge presiding over the case determined that Kelly and his legal team ignored the woman's civil suit.

Per The Chicago Tribune, a woman who accused Kelly of sexually abusing her in the '90s filed a suit in February alleging that the musician had an inappropriate sexual relationship with her when she was 16 years old. She is now 36, and is identified in court documents at H.W.

Kelly was reportedly served the summons last month during his brief stint in a Cook County jail cell for missed child support payments. However, the woman's attorneys claim that he never filed an appearance in the lawsuit.

"Judge Moira Johnson granted the attorneys’ request Tuesday to enter a judgment against Kelly," the Tribune reports. "That could still be reversed if Kelly got an attorney involved in the suit. If that doesn’t happen, Kelly could be ordered to pay damages as soon as next month when the alleged victim is expected to testify about her allegations against the singer."

During H.W.'s May 8 court appearance, she will reportedly discuss her alleged relationship and encounters with Kelly in detail.

Kelly faces a maximum of up to 70 years behind bars. He is charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four separate victims, three of whom were underage during the time of their alleged encounters.

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Lizzo Will Appear In 'Hustlers' Alongside Cardi B And Jennifer Lopez

Lizzo continues to make waves as a musician, instrumentalist, body-positivity icon and booty-shaker extraordinaire. The artist– whose major-label debut Cuz I Love You is receiving praise from listeners and critics alike– will have a chance to put her twerking skills to the test.

According to reports, the Minnesota transplant is set to join the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and Keke Palmer in the already-stacked lineup for the upcoming film, Hustlers. Deadline reports that this is Lizzo’s first live-action film, and her second film overall. She’ll be voicing a character in the upcoming animated musical film, Uglydolls.

Hustlers, which is set to be released by September 2019, is inspired by an article published in New York Magazine in 2016, which “follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.”

Additional actresses set to appear in the film include Fresh Off The Boat’s Constance Wu, Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart, Julia Stiles, Transparent’s Trace Lysette, Mercedes Ruehl, dancer Mette Towley and Orange Is The New Black’s Madeline Brewer.

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