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Maroon 5 Scrambling To Find Guest Performers For Super Bowl Halftime Show

Cardi B and Andre 3000 were reportedly invited to peform with the band.  

Between the NFL’s stance on the National Anthem and the league’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick, performing at the Super Bowl halftime show clearly isn’t as alluring as it used to be.

Maroon 5 has reportedly been scrambling to finding someone to share the stage with them at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show in Atlanta next month, but it’s not for lack of trying. The band is having trouble pinning down special guests because, “No one wants to associate themselves with the NFL,” US Weekly reports.

Cardi B,  who collaborated with the Maroon 5 on the hit single “Girls Like You,”  mulled it over, but ultimately turned down the Super Bowl invitation.

“It’s a no right now,” a source told the outlet of Cardi’s decision.

Andre 3000 and Mary J. Blige were approached to perform as well, per a Variety report. Blige was unable to commit due to scheduling issues. Other alleged names being tossed around include Usher, Lauryn Hill, Nicki Minaj, and Madonna.

Since Atlanta is a virtual hotbed of Black artists who were seemingly overlooked to headline the show, focusing on local talent might be Maroon 5’s safest bet. According to Variety, Migos and Lil Yachty could be in the running to fill the empty spot.

The NFL has yet to officially announce Maroon 5 as the halftime act. Meanwhile, a Change.org petition calling for the band to drop out of the show has received nearly 75,000 signatures.

Super Bowl LIII goes down Feb. 3, 2019, at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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Cardi B reportedly pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges in connection to an alleged fight that took place at a New York City strip club, Reuters reports. The rapper appeared in at the New York Supreme Court in Queens on Tuesday (June 25).

The plea comes shortly after the "Press" artist was indicted for the alleged incident. As previously reported, Cardi is accused of facilitating a hit on two bartenders at the Angels Strip Club in Queens, New York in Aug. 2018. According to reports, Cardi ordered to associates to attack the two women with bottles and chairs.

Following her indictment, Cardi B participated in the 2019 BET Experience, where she told fans that she would not be going to prison. "I ain’t going to jail," she told the audience. "F **k you mean? I ain’t going to jail, I got a daughter!"

 

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DaBaby Sued By Rapper His Security Allegedly Beat Him Into A Coma

DaBaby is reportedly being a sued by a rapper, who claims his security allegedly beat him into a coma, TMZ reports. Donald Saladin, also known as Don Trag, claims DaBaby was aware of his crew's violent tendencies and set them loose on him anyway.

In court documents obtained by TMZ, Saldin claims the "Suge" artist failed to provide his bodyguards with the proper training to avoid aggressive situations. As a result, Saldin said he sustained injuries to his head, eyes, neck, and spine. He was also in a coma for a short period of time.

As previously reported, the incident in question occurred at Centro Nightclub in Lawrence, Massachusetts earlier this year. The two artists were booked to perform at the same venue. Trag claims he asked to take a pic with DaBaby when their interaction turned violent. The rapper's crew then allegedly began to jump him as DaBaby looked on. Footage obtained by TMZ showed a clip of the beating.

Trag reportedly racked up $30,000 in hospital bills and anticipates up to $75,000 in additional bills, the lawsuit claims. He is suing DaBaby for damages.

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Louisiana Mayor Apologizes To Sam Cooke 56 Years After His Death

More than 50 years after Sam Cooke's death, a Louisiana mayor has issued an apology to the beloved singer after experiencing poor treatment at a Holiday Inn.

According to a CNN affiliate KSLA, In 1963, Cooke and his band made reservations at a Shreveport Holiday Inn, north of downtown. However, the entertainer was turned away because he's black.

During the city's annual "Let The Good Times Rool" festival, Mayor Adrian Perkins apologized to Cooke's daughter and presented her with a key to the city.

"We need to come to terms with our past so we can move forward in a positive way, so this is the beginning. Specifically, with this, it's a beginning of a new relationship with the Cooke family," Perkins said.

Cooke and the band members were in town to perform, but were arrested later that day after leaving the hotel lobby for "blowing their car horn loudly and interrupting other guests." They were held for five hours and released on a $102 bond, according to the 1963 Shreveport Journal.

David Washington, a close friend of the late singer, said the honking was due to a car malfunction and not a petty act of revenge from being denied the right to say. The incident at the Holiday Inn helped is believed to have spawned his most famous song, "A Change Is Gonna Come."

The following year in December 1964, Sam Cooke was shot and killed in a Los Angeles hotel. He was 33.

 

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