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J. Cole And Meek Mill To Perform At 2019 NBA All-Star Game

The game tips off on Feb. 17.  

J. Cole and Meek Mill have been confirmed as the headlining performances for the 2019 NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte, North Carolina next month.

Meek will reportedly open the all-star night, most likely performing renditions from his 2018 album Championships. N.C. native, J. Cole will close out the evening during the game's halftime. Additionally, Charlotte-bred singer Anthony Hamilton has been hired to perform the nation anthem.

Lebron James will reportedly serve as the captain for the West team; Giannis Antetokounmpo will lead the East. The western players will consist of: James Harden, Steph Curry, Paul George, and Kevin Durant. The East will be: Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Joel Embiid, and Kawhi Leonard.

The new announcement comes shortly after J. Cole released his latest single, "Middle Child." The single discusses his placement in the rap industry as a student of the genre to artists like Jay-Z and a veteran or mentor to artists like Kodak Black.

The 68th annual NBA All-Star Game will air live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

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The video shoot was apparently for Nafe Smallz's "Good Love" video. In a BTS clip that Lanez shared on Instagram on Sunday (June 17), the rapper appeared to be performing alongside a black woman. During their take, the video crew appeared to motion for another woman – who was noticeably lighter than the current stand-in – to enter the shoot. Lanez then appeared to stop the shoot, saying "she's already here... you look great though."

In his caption, Lanez highlighted the music industry's flaws and the continued problem with colorism. "This is an On-Going problem in our community of entertainment that needs to stop. As a black man, Sometimes I’m going to joke about the black community just like we all do. BUT WHAT IM NOT GOING TO DO IS ALLOW ANY OF THESE DIRECTORS TO DE-VALUE OUR BLACK WOMEN," he wrote. "Countless times I’ve seen directors swap out our women of color for women of lighter complexion, or women with straighter hair ETC. ... IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS ARTIST TO STAND UP AND NOT LET THIS HAPPEN .. it’s BEEN time to embrace our woman of color."

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It's unclear who is telling the correct version of the story at this time. Lanez has not commented on DJ Akademik's claims. See Lanez's post below.

 

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This is an On -Going problem in our community of entertainment that needs to stop . As a black man , Sometimes I’m going to joke about the black community just like we all do . BUT WHAT IM NOT GOING TO DO IS ALLOW ANY OF THESE DIRECTORS TO DE-VALUE OUR BLACK WOMEN ... countless times I’ve seen directors swap out our women of color for women of lighter complexion, or women with straighter hair ETC . ... IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS ARTIST TO STAND UP AND NOT LET THIS HAPPEN .. it’s BEEN time to embrace our woman of color #BlackIsBeautiful

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Chris Brown Suggests He Was Hacked After Karrueche IG Drama

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"People going out they way. Leave them people alone and stop creating unnecessary drama," Brown wrote on his Instagram Stories on Friday (June 14).  "Whoever's been DM my followers or commenting as me lame asf."

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"I am thankful," she said before breaking down in tears. "Every time I come up to a podium ... even with all the work that I've done, I don't know, and I'm assuming it's just God, I don't know why I am here."

She continued: "I want to say one thing to the writers, to the upcoming writers, 'Do not give up.' We all go through writer's block. Sometimes you just have to walk away from a record and come back to it. But don't give up because I'm standing here. And this is big for hip-hop, too."

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