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Big Sean Donates $100K Recording Studio To Detroit Boys And Girls Club

"It's important that we keep that legacy of being one of the music's backbones. We've got a reputation to uphold."

Detroit native Big Sean gave back to his community in a huge way on Saturday (Aug. 17). As a part of his second annual DON Weekend hosted by his Sean Anderson Foundation, a $100,00 production studio was installed on the city's west side at the Dick & Sandy Dauch Boys & Girls Club.

Equipped with headphones, audio workstations, DJ controllers and mini-performance stage, Sean's latest investment follows the 2015 recording studio that he opened at his alma mater Cass Tech, as reported by Detroit Free Press.

"It's a full-circle moment when your neighborhood supports you and holds you high, and you're in a position to be able to hold it up your own way and take it further," Sean said. President of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan region, Shawn Wilson, said the space will include three video-editing bays and an audio-mixing console. Live intimate performances, movie nights, and classes with topics will also be held.

"Detroit is like one those staples in music," the "Single Again" rapper said. "It's important that we keep that legacy of being one of the music's backbones. We've got a reputation to uphold."

DON Weekend featured a block party, carnival rides, food trucks, a self-care panel, and more.

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Sprite Launches Sprite Ginger Capsule Collection In New York City

Sprite is testing out another way for you to "obey your thirst" or "thirst for yours" with its new Sprite Ginger flavor. Introduced earlier this month, the addition to the soft drink's portfolio  "brings together the classic lemon-lime taste of Sprite with a hit of ginger flavor in every sip," according to a Coca Cola press release

To celebrate the brand's "spirit of reinvention," Sprite worked with veteran streetwear designer Jeff Staple and a team of young tastemakers and artists to develop the limited-edition “Sprite Ginger Collection,” inspired by reinvention and by the facets of culture permeating hip hop, fashion, music, and art. At a private event earlier this month at New York City's Extra Butter, Sprite debuted the brand's first limited-edition creative capsule by Staple and 9 other creatives, which consists of hoodies, jackets, jewelry, tees and more.

During a panel discussion moderated by Hearst style director, Tiffany Reid, Staple alongside creatives BLUBOY, Barbara Rego and Elan Watson chatted about drop culture, how young artists can make their mark in the industry, and the importance of reinvention.

"Having a [fashion] brand for 20+ years almost requires you, necessitates you to reinvent yourself because there's no way you can do the same thing for, forget 20 years, even 3 years before you're literally dead," shared Staple. "To me, the opposite of reinvention is death because you're not moving forward. You're just completely stagnant.

"So for me, it was always me constantly trying every few seasons to figure out a way to reinvent myself. And not in a way where I needed to stay relevant. I never felt a need to stay relevant, but I wanted to actually be able to connect authentically with the next generation of creators because that is actually what inspires me."

Dapper Dan, Amara La Negra, Mack Wilds, and Sway Calloway were among the celebrities and influencers who made an appearance at the event. Harlem's own Dave East performed a couple of his records while DJ Va$htie provided sounds throughout the night while spinning on the ones and twos.

Over the next few weeks, Sprite and Staple will continue the search for up-and-coming designers and host a series of "re-workshops" Extra Butter. Scroll down to see more pictures from the event. For more info on where you get a bottle of Sprite Ginger, head over the Sprite.com. As for where you can cop an item from the collection, follow @Sprite on Twitter and Instagram for surprise giveaways. You can also visit head over to StaplePigeon.com for more Sprite swag!

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Pop Smoke's Family Calls For "Respect And Responsible Reporting" Following His Death

On Feb. 19, rising rapper Pop Smoke was killed inside a Los Angeles-based home. The Brooklyn native, born Bashar Jackson, was 20 years old. His passing ignited a wave of condolences from his peers in the music industry, friends, and family. According to Complex, the Jackson Family issued a statement on the passing, noting an investigation has yet to make strides in solving Pop Smoke's murder.

The family of Bashar 'Pop Smoke' Jackson would like to express our sincere gratitude to everyone for your support. Every prayer, call, and act of kindness is deeply appreciated as we mourn the loss of our son, brother and friend.

Brooklyn knew him as Bashar. He was educated and nurtured in Brooklyn and his rise to fame all developed from the place he proudly represented. Within the last year, his extraordinary giftedness was revealed to the world, introducing Pop Smoke.

Unfortunately, there are no public details available regarding the murder of our loved one. We ask for respect and responsible reporting during this critical time. Inaccurate reports only add unnecessary pain to a grieving family.

The autopsy report states Pop Smoke died from a gunshot that punctured his torso. According to the New York Times, the Los Angeles Police Department plans to investigate all avenues of a motive since it's refraining from deeming this instance as a robbery or a premeditated murder.

"There were a couple of items that were taken, but some of the things you would think would be taken weren't even really looked for," Capt. Jonathan L. Tippet said. "So that's why we're not really saying that it was a robbery or that he was the intended target."

Before his death, Pop Smoke was on the precipice of experiencing acclaimed fame when his Meet The Woo 2 project landed at the No. 7 spot on the Billboard 200. The soundscape featuring melodies like "Get Back," "Element," and "Christopher Walking."

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Nicki Minaj Donates $25,000 To Trinidad's St. Jude's Home For Girls

During her viral return to her home of Trinidad and Tobago, Nicki Minaj gave back to one of the country's institutions that was a surprise to faculty and students alike. According to TTT News, the "Yikes" rapper donated $25,000 to the St. Jude's Home for Girls

"I want to thank you for your work with the girls. I want to thank you for giving them hope and inspiration, and they've even given me hope and inspiration being here today. And I want to donate $25,000 to help the girls." Minaj also revealed plans to build a recreational center.

The famed artist recently wrapped up her participation in the country's annual carnival. Alongside her husband Kenneth Petty, Minaj shared photos of her costume and even shared a statement on the reported disinterest look her spouse displayed throughout the festivities.

 

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