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D-Nice spins at the launch of Sophia Chang's audio memoir at The Standard, High Line In NYC on September 24, 2019 in New York City.
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DJ D-Nice Hosts 9-Hour Instagram Live Social Distancing Dance Party

The celebrity DJ has opened his home for feel-good vibes with "Homeschool."

Update: 2:33 PM EST (March 24, 2020) - DJ D-Nice appeared on CBS This Morning and chatted with Gayle King about how his danceathon of sorts came to be. He went on to spin for an hour on Monday night, despite developing a cold and need rest.

He'll hop on IG live again on Wednesday (March 25) for a voter registration set called Couch Party to encourage voter registration. Tune in LIVE over on DJ D-Nice's Instagram page at 6:30 pm ET.

Update: 2:00 AM EST (March 22, 2020) - After spinning a handful of Homeschool virtual dance parties, D-Nice broke his initial record of 9 hours and spun for 10 hours on Instagram Live. Between the 5 and 6-hour mark, the total number of viewers spiked at 100K and eventually hit the 104K mark.

As the #ClubQuarantine party continued into the night, celebrities like Michelle Obama, Oprah, Stevie Wonder, Naomi Campbell, Janet Jackson, Joe Biden, Steph Curry, Diddy, Jay Electronica, members of Earth Wind and Fire, Lenny Kravitz, Bell Biv DeVoe, Will Smith, Ellen DeGeneres, Bruno Mars, Queen Latifah and so many more stopped by to enjoy the tunes.

Instagram tweeted about the "global dance party" and Mark Zuckerberg showed up and "bought out" the virtual bar. As the night came to a close, D-Nice played a new song from Childish Gambino titled "19.10" from Gambino’s new album and ended the night with Usher, Ludacris and Lil Jon's "Lovers & Friends."

"I can't believe that I started the Home School social distancing dance party just four days ago and it's become a place for us to virtually dance together and stay connected," he wrote on Instagram hours before his set. "From my kitchen, I'm able to send positive vibrations to each of you. Thank you for rocking with me."

On Wednesday (March 18), legendary rapper/producer/celebrity DJ, Derrick "D-Nice'' Jones, held a one-man show on his Instagram Live feed, by DJ'n with smooth grooves, hip-hop hits and R&B classics for nearly nine hours long for his viewing audience. This feat was live-streamed straight from his living room condo in Los Angeles and has now been named, "Homeschoolin': Social Distancing Dance Party."

His impromptu dance-a-thon was a great departure for those dealing with the quarantine status life due to the coronavirus outbreak and shutdown. Trust his all-day, day party (where Nice switched hats like six times) was also fueled by a few glasses of wine, some sushi and good vibes all delivered to his home by friends and fam.

Nice had various big-name homies and entertainment icons hop in on the virtual litness via Instagram's split view feature with the likes of Big Daddy Kane, UGK's Bun B, photographer Jonathan Mannion, comedian Spice Adams, rapper/actor Common, even EGOT's own John Legend. That line-up with so many others of note, chiming in on the comment timeline prompted Nice to exclaim, "So many legends came through! We had John Legend in here, yall!! What a magical day!"

 

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3pm PST we are going live! Tell your friends!

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Known first as an original member of '80s hip-hop pioneering Bronx crew BDP, Nice only a teenager in those times, served as DJ and rapper for the squad. Although having a solo rap career of his own, he is most known as one of the producers for the '80s mega-hit "Self Destruction" which featured various rap luminaries of the time denouncing violence in the hoods of America. MC Lyte, Heavy D, Public Enemy, BDP and many others jumped on the track to promote peace and unity in the hip-hop community. A pivot to photography in the early 2000's helped in this transition to full-time DJ status as he's been rocking stages like Essence Fest, various major brands events and the storied BET Networks x White House party where he had everyone, including the President at the time, Barack Obama and team, rocking into the night.

In these current times, Nice is pushing that same level of love for the music and the people of today dealing with lockdowns across the nation. He's opened his heart and his home to perform for many hours, "out of love for y'all and getting through these times." If you hurry, you can catch about half of yesterday's session on his Instagram Live right now to get ready for his new class of Homeschoolin' at 3 pm PST today on his Instagram page (@dnice). 

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After the song, “Paranoia,” surfaced online this past weekend, Thugger made it clear that he didn’t know King Push was going to diss Drake on the track, which features him and Gunna.

“I don’t respect the Pusha T verse on the song with me and Gunna [because] I don’t have [nothing] to do with ya’ll beef nor does Gunna, and if I knew that was about him I would’ve made changes on our behalf..the rapper s**t so gay,” Thugger wrote on his Instagram Story early Tuesday (July 7).

“Don’t feel bad, NOBODY knew what the verse was [about],” Pusha responded in one of multiple posts accusing Drake of snitching to the record label to get the song pulled from Pop Smoke's album. “The label heads that stopped it didn’t even know. They ONLY ASSUME because HE [Drake] TOLD them! The same way HE TOLD [about] the Ross ‘Maybach 6’ verse. And if HE’LL TELL record executives [about] rap verses, God only knows what else HE’LL TELL! I don’t deal in police work, police rappers or police n**gas!!!!"

AYO PUSHA T IS SNAPPINNN ON YOUNG THUG RIGHT NOW 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/3VHgeg9xFp

— King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) July 7, 2020

Thugger went back on Instagram and blasted Pusha for having a “weak” verse.

“First of all your verse is 7 days…that muthafucka’ weak,” he said. “Second of all, you already went crazy the first time...it an’t nothing but a sucka [move]... going on double takes, triple takes, and quadruple takes. You should’ve just got all of it out when you put the first song out.

“You didn’t even have to do all that. You just felt like you wasn’t gonna get enough views on your own s**t so you came and put some bulls**t on a n**gga' who’s resting in peace’s music. Trying to f**k up a n**ga' a whole vibe. Why the f**k you ain’t do that s**t on your own song?” ”

Young Thug responds to Pusha T for Dissing Drake on Pop Smoke Song pic.twitter.com/7KNMbiU535

— Kollege Kidd (@KollegeKidd) July 8, 2020

On “Paranoia,” the Virginia MC goes at Drake for making “empty threats,” and his tendency to rap in different accents.

“You know reality bites, it’s chess, not checkers,” raps Pusha. “Those empty threats only sound good on your records/If the patois is not followed by a Blocka/It’s like Marked for Death Screwface, without the choppa/Let ’em rush the stage when you made like Sinatra/Only to hide the blade flyin’ back through LaGuardia/I might even buy a home out in Mississauga [Canada].”

Pusha previously dissed Drake on 2018’s , “The Story of Adidon,” where he revealed to the world that the Toronto rapper had a son. Drake later admitted that he had a son on the track “Emotionless” off his Scorpion album.

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50 Cent Faces Backlash Over Rant About “Angry Black Women”

During the latest episode of Lil Wayne’s Young Money Radio, 50 Cent opted to go on a derogatory rant against Black women, and he’s facing backlash over his comments.

In a clip from the interview, which was posted YouTube on  Sunday (July 4), the G-Unit honcho claims Black women get upset with him for dating “exotic women.”

He then proceeded to share why he prefers a certain women.“That s**t looks a lot different from the s**t you see in the neighborhood all the time. That s**t look like it come off a boat...something you can’t just get. But they [Black women] get angry, 'How did you end up with this motherf**ker?' I’m like, 'Huh?' My instincts always make me defensive, so I look at it like 'look at this angry Black motherf**ker. Get the f**k out of here, trying to f**k up the whole vibe.'”

Weezy not only laughed along with Fif, he verbally co-signed his statements. The New Orleans rapper's daughter, Reginae Carter, responded to the ignorant comments with a tweet uplifting fellow Black women:

I’m black ! I’m beautiful ! I’m enough ! I’m exotic ! I’m amazing ! I’m one of a mf kind !!!! Now where my black beautiful Queens at ? 🥰🥰

— Love me (@reginae_carter1) July 6, 2020

Vivica A. Fox weighed in on the matter during Tuesday’s (July 7) episode of Cocktails with the Queens. Fox said that her ex has “f**boy tendencies,” and is intimidated by Black women.

“When I read that [his comments] I was like really? You would say that because you don’t want anyone to challenge you. You want somebody to sit over there like a pretty little dog that you can just [pet] right? You can’t handle a Black woman. Can you?"

Fif responded with an Instagram post claiming that Fox is “still in love with me.”

 

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👀Vivica still in love with me, i dated her for 4 months 😳17 years ago and she’s still angry with me. I’m starting to feel like my 🍆is serious. LOL 😆#bransoncognac #lecheminduroi

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Meanwhile, the Queens native's girlfriend, Cuban Link, posted a birthday message to him on Instagram and added, “Don’t worry ladies I already knocked him upside his big a** head.”

Read more reactions to Fif's comments below.

Why is it only Black male rappers that continuously feel the need to degrade Black women in this manner? https://t.co/ZLjcNIGFBo

— The Grapevine (@TheGrapevineTV) July 7, 2020

Bruh fuck lil Wayne and 50 cent. I'm so sick of black men making it seem like black women are jealous of women of other races.

— The 🍫 Goddess (@VivannaVixxxen) July 5, 2020

Just when you think Lil Wayne and 50 Cent can’t get anymore anti-black and colorist, they join forces and top themselves. Black women....PLEASE STOP SUPPORTING THESE ASHY NIGGAS.

— Billionaire but Make it PPP (@BrrrLaStrange) July 5, 2020

Lil Wayne has a regular BLACK daughter and gone sit up there and laugh with 50 cent about black women smh.. That’s exactly why those dreads are falling off the damn bone! I wish these coons would learn that you can have your “exotic” women without putting us down

— 7/23♌️ (@_MinnieD) July 6, 2020

50 cent and Lil Wayne are so toxic. They have black mothers but continuously bash black women. We all love to talk about racism but unfortunately some black men have self hatred reflected in their hate for black women. This is quietly swept under the rug. 🤦🏾‍♀️

— YomiBolo (@yomibolo) July 5, 2020

When I see black men acting like 50 cent and Lil Wayne, I don’t get angry just disappointed. Projecting your self hate on to black women is pathetic.

— Alexandria (@alexandriiascot) July 6, 2020

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“I am excited for this partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers & producers,” Kaepernick said in a statement.“I look forward to sharing culturally impactful and inspiring projects.”

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Kaepernick will also work closely with The Undefeated to develop stories from the Black and Brown perspective.

“Colin’s experience gives him a unique perspective on the intersection of sports, culture and race, which will undoubtedly create compelling stories that will educate, enlighten and entertain, and we look forward to working with him on this important collaboration,” said Disney executive chairman Bob Iger.

The Disney deal marks the latest in a string of new projects for Kaepernick, which includes a Netflix miniseries based on his teenage life, and a forthcoming memoir.

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