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Da Brat Defends Jermaine Dupri’s “Genius” After Comments About Female Rappers

Jermaine Dupri doesn't make a move without strategy, according to Da Brat who defended the So So Def founder’s recent comments about female rappers.

Speaking to a paparazzi at LAX airport Tuesday (July 17), Brat called Dupri a "genius" and detailed how his critique of female rappers ended up being a “good thing” because it helped start a conversation surrounding the lyrical diversity among women in rap.

“Everything Jermaine Dupri does, he does strategically,” she said. “You should be thankful that the conversation is even started now, because now the focus in on us [female rappers]. New [rappers], seasoned [rappers], legends…everybody’s commenting.”

Brat also pointed out that Dupri’s remark calling today's mainstream rapper’s “strippers” was in response to the interviewer asking for his thoughts on Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, and Megan Thee Stallion.

“I love Jermaine Dupri, he’s very smart at what he does and there’s always a method to his madness,” Brat added before noting that Dupri's words were “absolutely taken out of context.”

Reactions to Dupri's comments were mixed. Several rappers refuted his assessment and others agreeing with him, but thanks to all of the negative and positive attention, Dupri announced that he will be hosting a So So Def Female Cypher.

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Cam Newton Launches Limited Edition Backpack

Former NFL MVP Cam Newton has a reputation as one of the most fashion-forward athletes in the world. And now, he's placing his stamp on a new fashion accessory.

Newton joined the startup premium accessories company Vinta in early 2019 as a creative partner, and the two have launched Newton's first premium backpack, the TYPE-II C1N, available for pre-order at The bag, according to a press release, is "specifically created for style-conscious travelers and busy city living."

“I’m excited to be working with Vinta and putting my first bag out into the world. It’s called the TYPE-II C1N, and it’s designed for a person like me, with a constant schedule, who doesn’t stop and wants a fashionable, high-quality bag that’s functional for everyday life,” Newton said in a statement. “It’s customizable, stylish, and every feature has been so well thought out and designed. That’s what Vinta embodies: travel made easy. I know they’ve done it for me, and I know they’re going to do it for everyone who buys one.”

The TYPE-II C1N comes in two colors – sand and berry – and is made of a weatherproof coated twill exterior, with features such as a modular leather field pack and dopp kit, space for a 15” laptop, an elevated satin interior, internal mesh pockets and flatlay panels.

This isn't Newton's first foray into fashion and accessories. Along with turning heads with his outrageous outfits at game days and press conferences, earlier in his career, he launched a menswear line with the Southern department store Belk.

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Scientists Detect New Strain Of HIV

Abbott Laboratories recently discovered a new strain of HIV-1, according to CNN. The scientists state this is the first time in 19 years that a new mutation of the virus has been uncovered and falls into the Group M sector of the condition, a sector that contributes to the globe's HIV epidemic.

The study was made in tandem with the University of Missouri, Kansas City and presents ways that HIV can change into other strains. However, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ director, said while this is a major discovery there’s no need for alarm.

“There’s no reason to panic or even to worry about it a little bit. Not a lot of people are infected with this," he said. "This is an outlier.” The World Health Organization states HIV’s global population includes 36.7 million people. On the subject of this latest strain discovery, medical officials are unsure as to how it can affect a person’s body but medication can still help to treat it as it does various HIV strains. It'll also remix how doctors test for the medical condition.

In 2017, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), published a study noting that Blacks/African Americans accounted for 43 percent (16,694) of new HIV diagnoses which stood at 38,739 during that year. Within the Group M section (which is one of four groups within the HIV-1 disease), there are nine strains: A, B, C, D, F, G, H, J, and K. In the United States, the B strain is the most common leading scientists and researchers to put most of their efforts behind it. Globally, the C strain is the most prevalent.

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Rapper Lil Reese In Critical Condition After Being Shot In The Neck

Chicago rapper Lil Reese is in critical condition after being shot, according to multiple local reports.

ABC7 Chicago and WGN9 report Lil Reese, whose real name is Tavares Taylor, is in the hospital and listed in critical condition after suffering a gunshot wound in the neck Monday afternoon (Nov. 11) at an intersection in the south suburbs of Chicago.

Police told the outlets they found blood in the driver's seat and on the ground next to the car, adding that a man had already taken Taylor to a local hospital before they arrived on the scene. Reese was then transferred to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

Shortly after stories about the incident started bubbling on the web, fellow Chicago rapper Lil Durk took to Twitter to share Reese's health status. "Reese good," he tweeted followed by a blue heart emoji.

Reese good

— DURKIOOO (@lildurk) November 12, 2019

Lil Reese is first known for being featured on Chief Keef's 2012 single "I Don't Like," which reached no. 73 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Later that year, Reese recorded a remix of his song "Us" with Rick Ross and Drake.

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