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Amar'e Stoudemire Wanted To Sign J. Cole To His Hypocalypto Label

Stoudemire's label was called Hypocalypto.

In a cover story for GQ, J. Cole opened up about his views on peeling back the layers of wanting to stay out of the spotlight, changing his life in order to be ready to raise his firstborn, and the importance of his fans. While those topics were addressed, a revelation that speaks to Cole's beginnings was also shared.

When the 34-year-old artist promoted his first mixtape The Come-Up, his manager and longtime friend Ibrahim "Ib" Hamad helped to get the 2007 project in the minds of music labels, writers, and other tastemakers throughout the industry. Hamad's cousin, Amin El-Hassan, also extended a helping hand. He worked for the Phoenix Suns at the time and assisted with introducing Cole's music to the NBA players.

Now-retired, one of those athletes that wanted to take Cole's career a step further was Amar'e Stoudemire. The 36-year-old planned to sign the Fayetteville native to his record label Hypocalyto, a feat El-Hassan believed was great news, but, "Ib said, 'Oh, thanks, man, but we've got some bigger fish to fry.'" What they had cooking was a deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation and the rest is history.

Another revelation concerning music and the accolades that an artist can receive, Cole mentioned that not winning 2012's Best New Artist award at the Grammys was actually a blessing. "It would've been disastrous for me, because subconsciously it would've been sending me a signal of like 'Okay, I am supposed to be this guy,'" he said. "But I would've been the dude that had that one great album and then fizzled out."

The "Love Yourz" rapper continued to state that if it's meant to be, he will one day win a gramophone. "I'm not supposed to have a Grammy, you know what I mean. At least not right now, and maybe never," he said. "And if that happens, then that's just how it was supposed to be."

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An Alabama deputy has been placed on leave after making insensitive comments on social media about a teen who committed suicide after allegedly being bullied for his sexual orientation.

According to reports, the officer has been with the Madison County Sheriff's Office in Huntsville for 12 years and sparked backlash for referring to LGBTQ qualms as "a fake movement which requires no special attention but by persons with an altered ego and fake agenda."

"Liberty. Guns. Bible. Trump. BBQ. That’s my kind of LGBTQ. I’m seriously offended that there is such a thing such as this movement," the deputy allegedly wrote in a Facebook post. "Society cannot and should not accept this behavior. I have a right to be offended and will always be offended by this fake movement which requires no special attention but by persons with an altered ego and fake agenda.”

The law enforcement officer defended his statement as freedom of speech before it was taken down. It was made in reference to 15-year-old Nigel Shelby who took his own life Thursday (April 18) after being bullied for being gay.

In a statement, Monday, the Madison County Sheriff's Office revealed a deputy had been placed on leave, while Local sheriff Kevin Turner offered kind words to the friends and family of Nigel Shelby.

Turner said: “Bullying of any group or person in or outside of schools is unacceptable, and I welcome any and all efforts to raise awareness to bullying and bring bullying to a stop. The Madison County Sheriff’s Office is proud of the community support and engagement we have received over the years, and we look forward to growing those community partnerships.”

 

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Jay-Z's Foundation Is Helping Kids Visit Black Colleges

With accepted students days happening on college campuses across the country, the timing of Jay-Z's foundation's newest endeavor is right on the money. The Shawn Carter Foundation is teaming up with Toyota to launch an HBCU college tour for prospective students.

The week-long tour will take selected high-achieving students to visit 11 historically black colleges and universities located along the East Coast from Washington, D.C. to Atlanta, Georgia. While on this tour, selected students will be able to meet with college admissions counselors as well as former Shawn Carter Foundation scholars. Over 125 schools in the New York/New Jersey area have been invited to take part in some of the college prep workshops that will lead up to the tour. Then in September, administrator-selected students will tap into weekend ACT/SAT prep sessions that also touch on resume skills and dressing for success.

Jay-Z's mother Gloria Carter, 93.9 WKYS radio personality Angie Ange and Creative Writing M.F.A. Candidate Candice Wong (the latter two of whom are Howard University alumni) will kick off the 2019 Shawn Carter Foundation College Bus Tour on Howard's campus this week.

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Russell Wilson Buys Amazon Stock For Select Teammates

Russell Wilson recently made history as the National Football League's (NFL) highest paid player. To celebrate this wealth, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback purchased Amazon stock worth $12,000 apiece for 13 of the team's offensive linesmen, TMZ reports.

The premise behind the gesture is to help set the players on a lucrative path post-NFL. "We all have dreams of what we can build and accomplish off the field," he wrote in a memo. "One important lesson I have learned thus far in my career: The memories on the field will last forever, but we have to constantly prepare for life after football."

In the letter that was sent to his teammates, Wilson said he was indecisive on what to give them as a sign of his appreciation for their protection on the field. "Some were flashy, some were cool, but I wanted to give you something that had a lasting impact," he said. "Something that would affect the lives of you, your family, and your children." According to CNBC, each linesmen's stock could be worth $270,000 in the next 10 years if Amazon's shares continue to result in a return of 2,200 percent.

Earlier this month, Wilson signed a $140 million contract. He'll suit up with the Seahawks for the next four years. The re-signing follows a previous four-year agreement the 30-year-old athlete made with the team.

 

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