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John Singleton's Family Releases Statement About His Health Concerns

He will reportedly be taken off life support later today.

According to Variety, John Singleton will reportedly be taken off of life support today (April 29). The Oscar-nominated director has reportedly been in the hospital after suffering a stroke.

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our beloved son, father and friend, John Daniel Singleton will be taken off life support today," Singleton’s family wrote in a statement. "This was an agonizing decision, one that our family made, over a number of days, with the careful counsel of John's doctors... We are grateful to his fans, friends and colleagues for the outpouring of love and prayers during this incredibly difficult time. We want to thank all the doctors at Cedars Sinai for the impeccable care he received.”

The statement continues by stating that the 51-year-old “quietly struggled” with hypertension. He has reportedly been on life support after suffering the stroke on April 20.

“More than 40% of African American men and women have high blood pressure, which also develops earlier in life and is usually more severe,” his family said. “His family wants to share the message with all to please recognize the symptoms by going to Heart.org.” Singleton's daughter denied early reports that he was in a coma.

Singleton is known for being the first black man to garner an Oscar nomination for Best Director for his work on the film, Boyz n the Hood. He’s also responsible for the films Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Four Brothers. 

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Lizzo On "Truth Hurts" Plagiarism Claims: "That Song Is My Life, And Its Words Are My Truth"

Hours after Lizzo's hit single "Truth Hurts" made history on the Billboard Hot 100, the Texas native decided to clear the air on a cloud of plagiarism claims. Taking to Twitter on Wednesday (Oct. 23), the 31-year-old addressed songwriter Justin Raisen's statement that she lifted the line "I just took a DNA test, turns out I'm 100 percent that bitch" from a 2017 studio session. The lyric was reportedly inspired by singer Mina Lioness' tweet that became a meme, who Lizzo states recently received a credit.

"The men who now claim a piece of Truth Hurts did not help me write any part of the song," Lizzo wrote. "They had nothing to do with the line or how I chose to sing it. There was no one in the room when I wrote Truth Hurts," noting that she, famed producer Ricky Reed were the only people who worked on recording the song. "That song is my life, and its words are my truth."

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— #STREAMTRUTHHURTS (@lizzo) October 23, 2019

"Truth Hurts" wasn't the only melody to come under scrutiny. Lizzo's "Juice" was recently accused of lifting an ad-lib from CeCe Peniston's "Finally." Per a statement published by Variety, Lizzo's publishing company Warner Chappell said, “There’s no substantial similarity between ‘Juice’ and ‘Finally’, and there’s no valid claim there.”

"Juice" is featured on the Lizzo's third studio album, Cuz I Love You, while "Truth Hurts" is listed as a bonus track. The 2019 album entered at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 and was heralded as Lizzo's highest-charting album thus far.

 

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Young Thug And Kevin Liles Are Giving A HBCU Marching Band A Chance To Win $25,000

Atlanta's Young Thug and 300 Entertainment CEO Kevin Liles are getting into the HBCU spirit by giving a band a chance to win $25,000.

Thugga and Liles announced the "Hot" Battle of The Bands Challenge" by calling on HBCU marching bands to create a brief TikTok video performance them performing Young Thug's record, "Hot."

"I come from an HBCU, I started out at the school of engineering at Morgan State University and there would be no me without my experience at MSU,”Liles said via press release. “Homecomings and the power of their marching bands have always been at the core of an HBCU’s school spirit.”

“Our commitment from Young Thug and 300 is to support those very creatives who give their all and inspire us to build upon the HBCU communities,"Liles continues. "On behalf of Young Thug and I, we will always commit to putting the arts at the front of our philanthropic efforts."

To enter, participating bands must post the video to their school’s TikTok account using #HotBOTBChallenge, #HBCUBattleofTheBands, #HBCUHotChallenge, and #EverythingLitty by December 1. Bands can also share the clip with those hashtags on other social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The HBCU with the highest engagement on their video will receive a $25,000 donation to the institution’s music department/band program.

The #HotBOTBChallenge contest comes after Thugger  performed “Hot” alongside Gunna, Wheezy and Temple University's Diamond Marching Band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Speaking of hip-hop and college, Queen Latifah received an honorary doctorate from Rutgers University earlier this year. Nas' Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship at Harvard has continued to thrive since it's inception in 2013. And producer 9th Wonder continues to teach classes at Duke University.

 

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Lil Nas X performs onstage during day 3 of the 2019 CMA Music Festival on June 8, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" Makes Diamond History

It's coming up on a year since Lil Nas X took over the music industry with his debut single "Old Town Road." Before it reaches that milestone, the Georgia native's popular hit, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, has reached a feat that solidifies its place in history. The YoungKio-produced track was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the first to do so this year.

The organization also crowned the melody as music history's fastest song to attain diamond status. This feat is coupled with the single's chart-breaking run at 19 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. When the song reached a peak, chatter about which genre it should reside in was heavily debated. The majority claimed it to be a country record while others vehemently vocalized that it's a hip-hop tune.

"When I uploaded the song and I labeled it country I knew the song was country-trap, but I feel like if I had to choose — which I had to — I thought it would lean more on the country side," he said in an NPR interview. "So I labeled it as country. And this is during the time I'm not expecting my song to actually hop up on charts. So, it wasn't intentional. I'm not expecting to have the No. 1 spot on the country charts, but it happened."

It looks like Lil Nas X will have to keep his promise of purchasing season three of Phineas and Ferb for each of his social media followers.

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— nope (@LilNasX) October 23, 2019

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