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adio personality Ebro Darden attends the D'USSE VIP Riser + Lounge At On The Run Tour - MetLife Stadium on July 11, 2014 in East Rutherford City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for D'USSE)
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Ebro Darden Inks Deal As Apple Music's Global Editorial Head of Hip-Hop and R&B

Darden reportedly began his new position today (Jan.2). 

Ebro Darden, the leading personality on Hot 97's morning program, has inked a deal with Apple Music to become the global editorial head of hip-hop and R&B. Captaining his newly appointed ship, Darden will manage a team of hip-hop and R&B editors to develop strategies for artists, albums and song releases in the U.S. and globally, Billboard reports.

Since the position is based in New York, the 43-year-old will be able to continue hosting Ebro in the Morning and his show on Apple Music's Beats 1 livestream. The new position will continue his relationship with Apple, which began in 2015.

Rachel Newman, the service's global director of editorial, told Billboard, “We’re excited that Ebro is joining us in a full-time capacity. Having dedicated his life and career to hip-hop, R&B and pop music, he has so much to offer. One of Ebro’s most defining characteristics is that he has great ears for where R&B and hip-hop are transcending and evolving to beyond even the borders of the U.S. He’ll obviously take a leadership position for us not just in hip-hop and R&B but also in the communities where the music is made, which is also exciting and something unique to Ebro.”

Darden said that he wants to use the position to not only circulate music, but to also "serve the communities where hip-hop and R&B music is made. ... This is music made by people living real lives and artists speaking on behalf of those real lives. If we’re doing our job, we’ll be able to get down at the community level and connect with people to not only help artists service their communities but help those communities thrive."

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Jussie Smollett's Attorneys Deny Actor Paid $3,500 To Orchestrate Attack

Sources close to the Jussie Smollett investigation have spoken with several media outlets and allege new evidence shows the Empire actor may have orchestrated the attack, and even paid men $3,500 to go through with it.

The two men who are brothers were arrested Wednesday and released Friday (Feb. 15) without charges. Both men are cooperating fully with Chicago police, and authorities found records they purchased a rope at a local hardware store, which was used during the attack.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd S. Pugh, and Victor P. Henderson, quickly denied the claim made by authorities.

"As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with," the statement read. "He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying."

On Jan. 29, Smollett was leaving a Subway fast-food restaurant when the actor alleges to have been attacked by two men who beat him, poured bleach on him and tried to hang a rope around his neck. The 35-year-old entertainer, who identifies as gay, said one of the men shouted "This is MAGA country" as well as other racial and homophobic slurs.

Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said one of the men appeared on Empire and have past affiliation with Smollett.

During his interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America Thursday (Feb. 14), Smollett expressed frustration about not being believed. Sunday morning (Feb. 17) the hashtag 'JussieSmollettHoax' trended on Twitter. The Internet was split with many offering a digital "I told you so" due to the reports, while others, particularly members of the black LGBTQ community, questioning why many were quick to believe the word of law enforcement.

Us straight men waiting on the LGBT community to apologize after Jussie lied pic.twitter.com/0PDmNX4ykZ

— Flickens McCray (@Mickens__) February 17, 2019

https://twitter.com/angryblkhoemo/status/1096967004517515266

No idea what actually happened w/ Jussie Smollett. But do know that 4 years ago, Chicago PD spent 13 months justifying Laquan McDonald’s murder before releasing dashcam video showing he was walking away before being shot at 16x by an officer. Why are we just accepting their word?

— Scott Hechinger (@ScottHech) February 17, 2019

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Floyd Mayweather Calls Out Artists Boycotting Gucci "Hypocrisy," 50 Cent Responds

After receiving backlash from the Internet and some prominent figures in hip-hop, Floyd Mayweather issued a lengthy statement on Instagram calling out the "hypocrisy" he sees in backing these premature boycotts on luxury brands.

"Why would we (as a people) agree to a temporary boycott of Gucci for merely 3 months if what was done caused so much strife? Why wouldn't we agree to a permanent boycott of Gucci as well as all other merchandise that fall under the Kering ownership, such as YSL, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen and more," he stated. "I'll tell you why, it's because in this day, celebrities and failing artist pick and choose the hottest trending topic as a means of seeking attention and using fake advocacy as their platform when their 'talent' no longer benefit them."

These people are playing hopscotch. First, they're supposedly boycotting the NFL but as soon as the Super Bowl came around, they were either at the game, watching it on TV or throwing Super Bowl parties. Last week, it was R Kelly, this week it’s Gucci. People boycott for trend but turn around and still shop at H&M and watch the NFL.

A post shared by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Feb 14, 2019 at 3:56pm PST

The 41-year-old didn't stop there, firing shots at 50 Cent and T.I, who have both publicly criticized Mayweather's choice to stick with Gucci. Recently (Feb 14), T.I. released "F*ck Ni**a" where the emcee spit, "Old greedy a** n***a only thinking about his self" over the mid-tempo track. Blasting the "No Mediocre" rapper's bout with infidelity and Fif's family issues with his son, the featherweight hit harder than any punch he could throw.

"These same celebrities are proud deadbeat fathers and unfaithful husbands using their platform to rally the troops against luxury brands, yet have been the prime contributors of influencing the destruction of our people by way of their musical content and imagery," he said.

Shortly after word of Mayweather's response began to circulate, 50 Cent clapped back by poking fun at the boxer's rumored illiteracy, posting a handwritten letter full of grammar issues with Mayweather's signature attached.

😆champ must have heard that TI song he big time mad. LOL #bransoncognac #lecheminduroi #bellator

A post shared by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Feb 15, 2019 at 7:00am PST

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Kanye West Enlists Kenny G For Epic Valentine's Day Gift To Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian West is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a lot of love and music. The reality star recently shared a gift her husband Kanye West gave her on this special day of love and appreciation.

The 38 year-old mother of three shared videos of famed saxophonist Kenny G playing live music in her living room, which was decked out in pink and red flowers.

NO BIG DEAL KENNY G IN MY LIVING ROOM!!! Happy Valentines Day 💋💋💋 pic.twitter.com/A1GD0UlEwu

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 14, 2019

somewhere over the rainbow 🌈 pic.twitter.com/setzbsuGgI

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 14, 2019

Beat husband award goes to mine 🙋🏻‍♀️!!!! Most thoughtful gifts ever!!!! pic.twitter.com/VaGF6QD5GQ

— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 14, 2019

There's no denying Kim and Kanye's love for each other is sweet. In a cover story for GQ, writer Caity Weaver describes their love at first glance.

"To the outside world, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West seem very much in love. In their own private world, they seem even more so—obsessively so. Over dinner, I pressed her to describe one habit of hers that bugs her husband, and after struggling for nearly a full minute," Weaver writes. "She pulled out her phone to call him and ask. Kanye picked up immediately as if he had been waiting for the call."

“Hey babe,” she said. “I'm doing an interview, and I just want to know what I do to drive you crazy. Because I can't think of anything that I could possibly do that drives you crazy"

Amid their love and Valentine's day festivities, the couple is also expected to welcome a fourth child via surrogacy.

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