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A$AP Rocky Has A Moment Of Reflection At Real Street Festival

"That was a scary, humbling experience but I’m here right now. God is good."

After having to cancel a number of live performances, A$AP Rocky returned to the stage for 92.3’s Real Street Festival (Aug. 11). It marked his return to his profession after being released from a Swedish jail after a month in detainment.

"What I experienced was crazy…I'm so happy to be here right now. That was a scary, humbling experience but I’m here right now. God is good," he said. "People who ain’t even f**k with me felt sympathy, sympathetic for my situation. People was praying for me, that uplifted me when my spirits was. I can’t thank y’all enough, man, that was crazy. Hip-hop never looked so strong together.”

In early July, the Harlem rapper was arrested alongside two other members of his entourage for a physical altercation with two men in Sweden. Prosecutors deemed the “Canal St” artist and his group as the aggressors, but on video footage of the incident, Rocky alleged that the two Swedish men were antagonizing them. Rocky and his friends were charged with assault. At the top of August, a judge ruled for the three men to be released from jail as they await an Aug. 14 verdict.

After his return to the states, Rocky posted a message of gratitude on Instagram.

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Beverly Hills Realtor Accused Of Robbing Homes Of Usher And More Celebrities

A Beverly Hills real estate agent and his accomplish stand accused of burglarizing the homes of Usher, Jason Derulo, Adam Lambert, reality stars former athletes and more celebrity homes by using open house events to steal their belongings, the Los Angeles County District Attorney announced Thursday (Aug. 22).

Jason Yaselli, 32, and Benjamin Ankerman, 33, have been locked up for about a week. The duo faces 32 counts of money laundering, 12 counts of first-degree residential burglary, two counts of identity theft, double counts of residential burglary with a person present, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. They are also charged with obtaining more than $500,000 through fraud and embezzlement.

Ackerman, who was arrested on Aug. 15, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment on Aug. 19. His bail has been set at $1.2 million, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 3. Yaselli, a Keller Williams Realty employee who was arrested on Aug. 16, was arraigned on Aug. 23. The prosecutor recommended a $1.73 million bail for Yaselli.

According to the criminal complaint, Yaselli was the mastermind behind the burglaries which took place between Dec. 2016 and Aug. 2018. He allegedly encouraged Ankerman to “steal luxury items from 14 homes, sell them and use the proceeds to make payments on Yaselli’s credit card.”

The case is still being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department. If convicted, Yaselli and Ankerman face a maximum of 31 years in prison.

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Nipsey Hussle’s Family Announces Launch Of Neighborhood Nip Foundation

Nipsey Hussle’s loved ones have started a charity organization in his honor. The late rapper, activist and entrepreneur's family recently launched the Neighborhood Nip Foundation, aimed at continuing the slain rapper’s efforts to help his community, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday (Aug. 23).

“The foundation will be aligned with everything Nip believed in and what helped him,” Hussle’s brother, Sam Asghedom, told news outlet.

To kick things off, Atlantic Records made a six-figure donation to the non-profit organization, which draws its name from Hussle’s “Neighborhood Nip” moniker. “They wanted to be the first to donate. It’s important we let people know that,” Asghedom said of the record label that released Hussle’s Victory Lap debut.

“Nipsey will be forever missed, but his courageous, generous spirit lives on in his incredible music and the impact he made on the community. Nip’s love for the generation coming up behind him is a big part of what’s inspiring this foundation, and we’re proud to celebrate his life by supporting his legacy,” Atlantic’s chairman and CEO Craig Kallman and chairman and COO Julie Greenwald said in a statement to The Times.

Although Hussle’s family are still working out the programs to be offered by the Neighborhood Nip Foundation, one of the organization’s main goals will be to help youth interested in breaking into music.

In addition to financial backing from Atlantic, Puma is also lending a helping hand. The company, which collaborated with Hussle prior to his death, will donate 100% of the proceeds from the forthcoming Puma x TMC capsule collection debuting next month.

News of the Neighborhood Nip Foundation comes a week after the family quietly celebrated what would have been Hussle’s 34th birthday.

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Exclusive: Omari Hardwick Believes Jay-Z's NFL Deal Can Take Kaepernick's Mission To New Heights

The conversation around Jay-Z's NFL deal has been heard from newsrooms to barbershops. While there are many perspectives to take into consideration, Omari Hardwick believes we should consider what Mr. Shawn Carter's move can do to bring Colin Kaepernick's mission to the next level.

Speaking Swaggy Sie's SiriusXM show The Heat Wave on SiriusXM's The Heat this week, the Power star opened up about the parallels of activism and where Jay stands with his decision to partner with the organization.

"Jay-Z's point which I really understand is that of 'How how long do we simply pledge in a hazing way of taking a knee and there not being necessary productivity from it or not a conclusion from it (when is there ever conclusion from it) or steps to be closer to a conclusion?'" Hardwick said. The actor, who is a friend of the rap icon, says Jay's deal can help broker new opportunities for people of color.

As previously reported, Jay's deal with the NFL provides him with the title of "live music entertainment strategist" which includes a partnership with Roc Nation and the businessman consulting on entertainment, specifically the Super Bowl halftime show, and contributing to the league’s activism campaign, Inspire Change. Other social-justice efforts were left unspecified but as mixed reviews rolled in, it was later rumored that Jay was also looking to take ownership of an NFL team.

Supporters of Kaepernick have slammed Jay for his decision but Hardwick believes there's more to be discovered.

"With Jay-Z, with all of his power, all of that with it (50 would be the same way) to not act on it and go, 'Listen Goddell, listen, Commissioner and team, being from the hood and now going to the heights of life that I made it to, these are some steps I think could activate that which Kaepernick and others like him want to activate as opposed to simply going, 'I'm protesting.'"

"My father says this, 'When the gun sounded, we of brown color knew what direction to run. If the gun sounds now, we'd be running into each other,'" he added.

"If [Jay's] view is of that, it is arrogant to assume people without that view would understand what Jay-Z is always doing. Jay-Z's view and his description of being past that don't necessarily mean that it's understandable by the people who are not at the same of view of that, but he's not forgetting them. His objective is to get the lowest common denominator of those who are brown to a better place. Half the league if not more than half the league is brown."

When it comes to Kaepernick, the actor says it's time for the athlete to play football again. "I feel like Kaepernick has to be given some sunshine in terms of playing ball," he said. "He's still young. You're telling me someone who is second or third-string player out there that shouldn't be second or third-string? Definitely not over Kaepernick."

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