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Louvre Museum Director Partly Credits Beyonce And Jay-Z's "Apesh*t" Video For Boost In Visitors

The Carters have the Midas Touch.

It's no surprise that The Carters have the power to change the course of one person's life or the monetary trajectory of a historic establishment. According to The Guardian, Jay-Z and Beyonce's decision to record the "Apesh*t" video inside Paris' Louvre Museum ignited a wave of visitors for 2018, notching in at 10 million people.

The figures' prowess prompted the museum's director, Jean-Luc Martin, to issue a statement partly crediting the Everything Is Love artists for influencing others to visit the institution. "It's clear that 2018 was a remarkable year for the international reputation of the Louvre," Martin said. "The Beyonce video, like the opening of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi, ensured that the Louvre was talked about across the world, and one of the consequences of that is the spectacular rise in visitor numbers last year." Martin also credits the museum's latest exhibitions for drawing a record number of people.

The visual, directed by Ricky Saiz, displays still shots of the world's most iconic paintings and artifacts like the Mona Lisa to the "Portrait d’une négresse,” as the Carters breathe new life into the stills with their presence. For viewers and the artists, in particular, it provided a sense of freedom to command a place wrapped in colonialism, a feat Beyonce touched upon within an interview with Vogue.

"I don't like too much structure. I like to be free. I'm not alive unless I am creating something," she said. "I'm not happy if I'm not creating, if I'm not dreaming, if I'm not creating a dream and making it into something real. I'm not happy if I'm not improving, evolving, moving forward, inspiring, teaching, and learning."

Revisit the artistic moment below.

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#GirlsTour Mentorship Program Provides Resources For Women Entrepreneurs

After launching a social media campaign that pins a spotlight on women entrepreneurs, Sorella's Heather Sanders and Brittney Turner and their #GirlsTour program selected 12 girls for its ambassador initiative that'll provide the tools necessary to make their dreams a reality.

"Our mission is to represent strong women, working women, and independent women of all ages, colors, and sizes," a statement from the initiative reads. "Empowering women all over the world to not only be confident and have a vision, but to also be a dope girl with style and hustle."

In 2012, Sanders and Turner embarked on their own entrepreneurship journey when they launched their clothing brand Sorella. They then opened their first store in Los Angeles and that's when #GirlsTour was later born.

"Now we have grown a team full of extraordinary creatives, designed thousands of new styles, and a fan base full of dope ass women," a statement from the pair notes. "Sorella has now become a lifestyle and our #GIRLSTOUR wall has grown to an international landmark and must stop photo destination in Los Angeles. Our next goal is to tour our most sought out locations and bring the Tour to you but also continue to empower many more women around the world."

Two of the ambassadors include Kayla Farley, a single mother who's a multi-talented makeup artist and model. The second ambassador is Justice Campbell, a Compton native who was once paralyzed as a child but fulfilled her determination to walk again and became an inspiration to others.

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Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick watches a Women's Singles second round match between Naomi Osaka of Japan and Magda Linette of Poland on day four of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City.
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Colin Kaepernick To Suit Up For Workout Invite From NFL

Since 2016, Colin Kaepernick has remained on his toes despite opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. The decision followed a season where he kneeled during the national anthem as a means of protesting police brutality and social and economic injustice.

While keeping in shape for the day an NFL team adds him to a roster, the 32-year-old pro-athlete has shared videos of him training so that he's good to go once that day arrives. Now, it looks like he'll be able to, per his recent tweet. On Saturday (Nov. 16), Kaepernick will attend a private workout with NFL teams in Atlanta. According to ESPN, the details of the workout will include on-field drills, an interview, and other methods to determine Kaepernick's preparedness to return to the league.

"I'm just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday," Kaepernick shared with his 2.2 million Twitter followers. "I've been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can't wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday."

I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2019

On Oct. 10, Kaepernick's legal team released a fact sheet to clear the air on his situation. Questions like offers from NFL teams, why he declined re-signing with the 49ers, and if him filing a grievance hindered his standing with the multi-billion dollar league. Per ESPN, the league later outlined in a memo its reason for hosting a workout after conversations with the quarterback's team.

"Earlier this year, we discussed some possible steps with his representatives and they recently emphasized his level of preparation and that he is ready to work out for clubs and be interviewed by them. We have therefore arranged this opportunity for him to work out, and for all clubs to have the opportunity to evaluate his current readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career."

Colin Kaepernick’s representatives released statements today to clear up some facts surrounding their client:

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 10, 2019

5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready.

— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 7, 2019

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Eric B Arrested And Jailed On A 17 Year Old Warrant

Legendary hip-hop musician and actor Eric Barrier, known as Eric B, was released on bail Tuesday after spending more than two weeks in a New Jersey jail after surrendering voluntarily in connection to a warrant issued 17 years ago.

The 56-year-old was in jail since Oct. 28. This stems  from an incident that took place September 2001.

NJ Advance Media reports that Barrier pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and resisting arrest/eluding on Jan. 28, 2002 for the incident that took place in Ridgefield Park the previous year. After the veteran artists failed to appear in court, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

Barrier was released on bail Tuesday. He is due back in court Nov. 22.

According to NJ Advance Media, Barrier’s attorney at the time, Paul Bergrin of Nutley, told him “there was no need to appear on the sentencing date,” Barrier's current attorney Patrick Toscano said in a letter to the court last week.

Years later, in an unrelated case, according to the report, Bergrin himself was convicted of murder, cocaine, trafficking, racketeering and other crimes, for which he is serving six life sentences at a "supermax" federal prison in Colorado.

According to NJ Advance Media, Toscano wrote in a letter to the judge that “Mr. Bergrin told Mr. Barrier that his case was ‘dismissed’ because he was accepted into PTI (pre-trial intervention)" and that Barrier also said he received no notice from the court about his failure to appear.

Toscano described Bergrin's counsel as "flawed, fraudulent, unethical and deceptive, through no fault of Mr. Barrier.” Toscano says that punishing his client would be “draconian and unfair.”

Barrier came back to New Jersey, contacted an attorney about the warrant and has been in the Bergen County Jail since late last month, according to Toscano, who also says he met with Barrier recently and he “was literally at wits end and overcome with anxiety."

Barrier was part of the legendary rap duo Eric B. & Rakim and is currently an actor on the CBS series Blue Bloods.

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