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Tamir Rice's Mother Plans To Build A Youth Center In Her Son's Honor

“They can't beat me for the simple fact that their child wasn't killed by the state."

Almost four years after Tamir Rice’s death, his mother Samaria Rice announced plan to open a youth center in her native Cleveland to honor the life of her late son.

Rice hopes The Tamir Rice Afrocentric Cultural Center will provide a space where the city’s youth can be mentored while also teaching them how to critically participate in America’s political systems. Rice honed this after the death of her 12-year-old son at the hands of Cleveland police.

“(Tamir’s death) has awakened a creative energy in her,” Amanda King, founder of the Shooting Without Bullets organization and consultant of the Tamir Rice foundation said in regards to the mother’s new-found path. “It really is a new life and a new career."

Rice spoke about this determination, telling reporters at Cleveland.com she doesn’t pay  attention to the negativity she receives. “They can't beat me for the simple fact that their child wasn't killed by the state. I'm going to do it through the grace of God.”

Samaria Rice describes the eventual safe haven as a “gift” to her son, which seems fitting as she plans to throw him a “Sweet Sixteen” birthday party on Jun. 14. Using several artists and performers to help her raise the $21,000 needed to renovate the building that will eventually house the Tamir Rice Afrocentric Cultural Center.

This only adds to the incredible work Rice has been doing in her son’s name since the Tamir Rice Foundation was created in 2016.

Purchase your ticket to the “Sweet Sixteen” event/donate to the renovation here.

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Drake Seemingly Confirms OVO Fest 2019 After Being Trolled At NBA Game

Drake fans are convinced that OVO Fest 2019 is happening after he seemingly confirmed the return of his hometown festival on social media Thursday (May 24).

The unofficial confirmation came in response to Mallory Edens, daughter of Milwaukee Bucks owner, Wes Edens, trolling Drake by wearing a Pusha T shirt while seated court side during Thursday’s NBA Eastern Conference Finals game between the Bucks and the Toronto Raptors.

The shirt was a hit back at Drake's after he was criticized for his court side behavior during game 4. Drake wasn't at game 5, but he took Mallory's jab in jest and wrote a response on his Instagram story that read, “All is fair in war and war and trust me I’ll still get you tickets to ovo fest.”

He also followed Mallory on Instagram and changed his avi to her photo.

For the record, the 6 God made an apparent OVO Fest announcement during the end of a two-night concert run in Toronto last year.

Drake’s OVO Fest launched nearly a decade ago and has previously welcomed acts including J. Cole, Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and The Weeknd. The festival has been on hiatus since 2017.

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Geto Boys Reportedly Cancel Farewell Tour After Bushwick Bill Pulls Out

The Geto Boys’ farewell tour seems to be over before it even started. The tour was canceled after Bushwick Bill reportedly pulled out of the jaunt a day before the legendary hip-hop group was scheduled to kick off their first performance.

According to TMZ, Bill felt that promoters were exploiting his recent cancer announcement. He took particular issue with the ominous tour title, The Beginning of a Long Goodbye: The Final Farewell.

Promoters were left with no choice but to cancel the already scheduled concerts after Bill walked away from the tour. The group was scheduled to hit Michigan on May 24, followed by Cleveland, Washington D.C. and New York City over the holiday weekend, with additional tour dates to be announced at a later time. The Geto Boys have yet to formally announce the tour cancellation but group members Scarface and Willie D were “blindsided” by Bill’s decision, TMZ reported.

Bill apparently plans to launch a solo tour next month, and will donate 10% of the proceeds to pancreatic cancer patients in each city on the trek. Earlier in the month, the 52-year-old rapper revealed that he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic but vowed to continue working. Aside from his reported tour, Bill has a documentary and new music on the way.

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Dionne Warwick Clarifies Comments About Beyonce Not Being An Icon

Dionne Warwick is clarifying her comments about why she doesn't think Beyonce is an icon, yet.  The 78-year-old music legend called out Essence magazine after the Bey-related snippet from her interview with the publication went viral  Thursday (May 23).

“It takes a long time to reach and achieve iconic status,” Warwick clarified. “That’s not to say that Beyoncé isn’t well on her way. She is a gifted performer. That was a reach from Essence.”

What I said is in quotes. What @Essence said is not. It takes a long time to reach and achieve iconic status. That’s not to say that Beyoncé isn’t well on her way. She is a gifted performer. That was a reach from Essence. pic.twitter.com/nWlZcrgdqg

— Dionne Warwick (@_DionneWarwick) May 23, 2019

In the interview, Warwick proclaimed that there are no new music icons, and that Beyonce has yet to reach the coveted status.

“I don’t know if 10 years from now, if anybody can sing the songs of our babies [artists] today, and that’s not as you guys say ‘throwing shade.’ That’s looking at it with reality,” said Warwick.

The “Walk on By” singer explained that recording artists with at least 20 years in music have to survive a few more decades before they can be considered iconic, Beyonce included.

“Watching her grow has been quite refreshing,” Warwick added. “It’s wonderful to see how she’s been able to create what and who she wanted to be and who she is…very proud of that, I really am. Now, sustaining and becoming a big icon that Gladys Knight, or Patti LaBelle, or Johnny Mathis, or Frank Sinatra, or Sammy Davis Jr. is? I doubt that, I really do. And I love her to death and can appreciate her talent. But that iconic status that I just mentioned, those four names? [She has] a long read [ahead].”

Although Warwick is a fan of Queen Bey and other “youngsters” in the industry, she thinks that today’s popular artists have a “long way to go” before their music can be considered classic.”

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