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Beyonce Calls Blue Ivy A “Cultural Icon” In Battle Over Trademark

Beyonce has big plans for Blue Ivy Carter and she wants a judge to approve what has become an ongoing battle to trademark her name. According to The Blast, Beyonce referred to her 7-year-old daughter as a “cultural icon,” in newly filed legal documents.

The “Spirit” singer has been trying to secure the trademark since 2012, but ran into trouble due to Veronica Morales, owner of a wedding planning company, Blue Ivy Events. Morales opposed the filing on grounds that she has been doing business under the name since before Blue was born.

Morales claims that the Carters don’t want to use the trademark for business purposes, per a Vanity Fair interview where Jay Z said the trademark was to stop others from profiting off of their daughter’s name.

In 2017, Beyonce filed to trademark Blue Ivy Carter (instead of “Blue Ivy”)  in order to launch a line of haircare products, clothing and more. The latest legal filing states that “Blue Ivy Carter’s fame, her interest in fashion and design, and her familial relationship with two of the most famous performers in the world all support BGK’s [Beyonce Gizelle Knowle’s] intent to use the BLUE IVY CATER trademark in connection with building a brand consistent with Blue Ivy Carter’s interests and skills.

“Blue Ivy Carter is a cultural icon who has been described as a ‘mini style star’ and has been celebrated for her ‘fashion moments’ overs the years,” the documents continues. “Her life and activities are followed extensively by the media and the public.”

The filing goes on to note that Blue Ivy “has achieved a significant amount of fame, particularly at such a young age. She also has a noted and well-chronicled interest in fashion. Given these factors, Blue Ivy Carter is capable of and interested in becoming the face of a brand. For this reason, the factual context demonstrates that BGK filed the Application with the intent to build a brand around Blue Ivy Carter and her public reputation and renown.”

The documents add that, “the presence of the word ‘CARTER’ ties the commercial impression of BGK’s [Beyonce Gizelle Knowles’] Mark to the celebrity Blue Ivy Carter rather than Opposer’s regional event planning business.”

Both parties have thrown allegations at each other. Morales previously accused Beyonce of fraud, while the mother of three accuses Morales of harassment and attempting to profit off of Blue’s fame by doing interviews after her daughter’s birth, and holding a sale on her birthday. She goes on to argue that Morales tried to force her to turn over personal information, including private messages, and points out that consumers are not likely to confuse a “boutique event planning business” with “the daughter of two of the most famous performers in the world.”

The trademark case is expected to go to trial.

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Trae Young, Chauncey Billups, Zach LaVine And Others Compete In NBA's HORSE Challenge

COVID-19 interrupted basketball fans from watching Giannis Antetokounmpo dominate the league, nor can we watch Zion Williamson fill in his role as an emerging superstar NBA player.

But don't fret, on Sunday April 12, NBA players Chris Paul, Trae Young, Zach LaVine and Mike Conley, former NBA stars Chauncey Billups and Paul Pierce, current WNBA star Allie Quigley and WNBA legend Tamika Catchings will go head-to-head in a NBA HORSE Challenge.

The four quarterfinal match-ups will air Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN, and the two semifinals plus the final will air Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The pairings for this Sunday's first-ever NBA HORSE Challenge on ESPN have been revealed 🏀

-Trae Young vs. Chauncey Billups -Tamika Catchings vs. Mike Conley Jr. -Zach LaVine vs. Paul Pierce -Chris Paul vs. Allie Quigley

— ESPN (@espn) April 9, 2020

Paul, Young, LaVine and Conley are all active players who have performed at an All-Star level in recent years.

Seasoned point guard Chris Paul is the most accomplished among this group. The former Wake Forest Demon Deacon is a ten-time All Star, he has 9 NBA All-Defensive Team selections and four assist titles.

Young is only in his second NBA season as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, but he's definitely on verge of becoming a star with numbers like 29.6 points and 9.3 assists per game. And he was named an All-Star starter this season.

ABSOLUTELY NO DUNKING🤨😅🤣 @ZachLaVine

— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) April 8, 2020

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— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) April 7, 2020

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— NBA (@NBA) March 25, 2020

LaVine was robbed of the NBA All Star game this year. The Chi-City Bulls guard put up 25.5 points, 4 assists and nearly five boards this season.

The highly respectable Conley is in his first season with the Utah Jazz after spending the first 12 years of his NBA career with the Memphis Grizzlies. However, he's never been named an All-Star, but he's coming off a career high average of 21 points per game.

The veteran Billups spent 17 seasons in the NBA, with the Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons. The five-time All-Star boasts one NBA championship and one NBA Finals MVP. His deadly clutch game has earned him the nickname, Mr. Big Shot.

The 42-year-old Pierce played 19 seasons in the league, 15 with the Boston Celtics, and runs with the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Clippers. The veteran wing man boasts ten All-Star selections, one NBA championship and one NBA Finals MVP.

Catchings ranks as one of WNBA's all-time greats with ten All-Star bids, one WNBA league MVP, and one championship. And she's a Basketball Hall of Famer.

Quigley is a guard for the Chicago Sky who has been named an All-Star three times and the WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year twice. She also won the WNBA Three-Point Shootout twice, which makes her a major threat in the competition.

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Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ Will Be Available For Streaming Across All Services

One of Dr. Dre’s most acclaimed albums will be available across all music streaming services very soon. On Thursday (April 9), The Chronic will live on various streaming platforms on April 20, a feat eOne’s Global President, Music & Live, Chris Taylor, said should put a smile on fans’ faces.

“Fans now have another reason to celebrate on what has become a national holiday, celebrating all things cannabis-related – where legally allowed and in moderation of course,” Taylor said in an email statement. “Working with the Death Row catalogue is like working with the legendary recordings of Elvis, Chuck Berry and the Beatles. These historic artifacts should be heard by all music lovers and we are so happy Dr. Dre has opened this door so everyone can experience the brilliance of this seminal work.” On certain streaming services, only Dre's 2001 and Compton albums are available to stream.

The Chronic was released in 1992 under Death Row Records. Dre's debut album featured rap heavyweights like Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, The Lady of Rage, Kurupt, The D.O.C., Warren G, and more. With hit songs like “Let Me Ride” and “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang,” The Chronic received triple platinum status and landed at the No. 3 spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 upon its arrival.

Previously, the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry selected The Chronic as one of 25 recordings to be honored within the prestigious roster. Via LA Weekly, Xenon Pictures’ Welcome to Death Row: The Rise and Fall of Death Row Records highlighted the making of The Chronic with its collaborators, including the late Nate Dogg. "I think [The Chronic] was a classic because everyone on it was hungry," he said. "Everybody put their all into The Chronic album. This was going to build a record company; this would build all our careers."

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Baltimore Cop Under Investigation For Intentionally Coughing At Residents In Public Housing Complex

The Baltimore Police Department has launched an internal investigation after an officer was filmed intentionally coughing at residents while walking through a public housing complex in Southeast Baltimore.

“The Department takes COVID-19 very seriously and we do not condone any action by our members which may be perceived as making light of the COVID-19 pandemic, ” the Department said in a statement on Monday (April 6) according to CNN.

Video footage of the incident picks up as the officer walks towards a woman who addresses him as “officer friendly with the cherry cheeks.” The officer doesn’t respond verbally but begins coughing at the woman and continues coughing without covering his mouth as he walks past numerous residents.

Baltimore police investigating video showing officer cough near residents of a housing project; at least 8 cops in the department have tested positive for coronavirus

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Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison called the footage “disturbing.”

“It is not only disturbing, but incomprehensible, especially considering the high-level of strong and clear guidance that we have provided from the beginning, regarding COVID-19,”  Harrison said in the statement. “Members are always expected to be sensitive and professional to the community, but what we saw in the video is alarming because this pandemic is affecting lives not only nationally, worldwide, but right here in our own police department.”

The BPD confirmed on Monday that at least eight police officers and two civilian employees tested positive for COVID-19. According to WBAL-TV, 94 officers have been cleared to return to work after the department quarantined 305 officers amid the pandemic.

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