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Derrick Rose Launches "Rose Scholars" Scholarship Program

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Derrick Rose is doing his part to help the next generation achieve a college education. The former NBA MVP announced the launch of his education initiative, The Rose Scholars on Wednesday (Aug, 1) and said the program is his way of being in service to others.

"I feel that I have a personal responsibility to help you be better, achieve more and dream bigger. So, thank you," the 29-year-old said in a statement.

According to his website, The Rose Scholars will award one high school student $200,000 and pay out $25,000 once a semester for four years. Two other students will receive a one-time payment of $20,000 towards their education.

"I know we can all identify a moment where our lives changed (when) a new path opened up to us that was not previously available," Rose wrote on his website. "This new path allowed us to make different decisions and start to imagine new possibilities. This is exactly what the Rose Scholars program is meant to achieve in each and every one of you that applies.

Rose's new scholarship comes days after the opening of Lebron James' I Promise School for at-risk students in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Whether or not Rose was inspired by James to start his own program wasn't made clear, however, we're hoping these acts of kindness continues.

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New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Reportedly Charged For Soliciting Prostitution In Florida

Owner of the New England Patriots, Robert Kraft, is reportedly being accused of two counts of soliciting prostitution in two separate instances at a Florida day spa, CNN reports.

In a recent press conference, Police Chief Daniel Kerr stated that Kraft’s charges stem from two separate visits he made to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Jupiter, Fla. However, a spokesperson for the NFL team denied all the charges against Kraft. "We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further," the organization said.

Local authorities still confirm that the accusation is in conjunction with recent events that have taken place at the establishment, which also accused 20 other people of the same crime. According to Kerr, there is video evidence. The authorities involved in the crackdown revealed they wore body cameras during the operation.

Additionally, the police were involved in constant surveillance of the location. Authorities said they're not planning to release any video footage or documented evidence as of yet.

Kraft has been the owner of the Patriots since 1994. Further details for this story are pending.

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Tidal Announces Tidal Unplugged Program For Upcoming Artists

The Jay-Z owned streaming service is launching Tidal Unplugged, a program geared toward rising artists. The program has been bestowed with a $1 million fund, courtesy of its donors, venture capitalists and philanthropists, Mark Lampert and Robert Nelsen. The goal of the program is to gather emerging artists and provide them with support and tools to advance their music careers.

The selected, local artists will begin the program in Detroit, where Lampert's grandfather started his music career and will receive a grant that can cover necessary equipment, time in the studio, as well as living expenses amongst other things. There are plans to expand Unplugged to other locations, but as of right now it's solely in the Motor City.

"Kicking it off in Detroit, we're giving artists the means and resources to pursue their passion," Tidal said about Unplugged. "This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity allows aspiring musicians to dedicate more time and energy to seeking a career as an artist."

Unplugged will also allow the artists to maintain complete ownership of their recording masters from the four songs they will record when they make it to the first stage of the program. Additionally, Tidal plans to help the musicians with the distribution and promotion of their music, as well as help the artists prepare for a TIDAL Unplugged showcase concert later this year in November.

 

Detroit, welcome to TIDAL Unplugged. Up-and-coming artists are getting the opportunity to give their all to their music with our new artist grant program. Submissions open March 1. https://t.co/krL3l8HHGg pic.twitter.com/w30fElrp6N

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Tidal Unplugged is calling for musicians of all genres in the birthplace of Motown Records, however, the announcement states that all submissions must be a cappella or performed acoustically with minimal use of digital components.

Detroit-area artists can apply for the program on Tidal's official website or here, starting on March 1, 2019. Finalists will be announced in May 2019.

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R. Kelly Charged With 10 Counts Of Aggravated Criminal Sex Abuse

R. Kelly has reportedly been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse by the Cook County State's attorney on Friday (Feb. 22), The Chicago Sun-Times reports.

At least four out of the ten charges involve victims who were between the ages of 13 and 16 years old.

A grand jury convened nearly one week ago to investigate a VHS sex tape that was handed over to authorities. The tape allegedly showed Kelly having sex with a girl that appeared to be 14 years old.

Additionally, as many as a dozen sexual assault accusers came forward to testify in the case against the R&B singer, TMZ reports. Two women in particular confirmed that Kelly previously engaged in sexual acts with minors.

Kelly's years of alleged sexual misconduct gained nationwide attention after Lifetime aired Surviving R. Kelly in Jan. 2019. The explosive docuseries included commentary from Kelly's former employees, accusers, and some of their families, all discussing his past and present indiscretions. The series sparked the viral #MuteRKelly movement on social media and prompted him to part ways with his record label RCA.

A judge is expected to sign a warrant for his arrest later today. In the state of Illinois, aggravated criminal sexual abuse is considered a Class 2 felony. If convicted, Kelly could serve 3-7 years per charge. Kelly's court date is set for Mar. 8, 2019.

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