Early Groundhog Day morning, Bow Wow and his ex, Kiyomi Leslie were involved in a domestic dispute. With mugshots circulating showing Bow Wow’s scarred face, everyone is wondering what happened.
On WE TV’s Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta, the on-again-off-again couple documented their troubled relationship. However, they split up in November. During an interview with Hip Hop Weekly, Kiyomi shared the two decided to go their separate ways and she was focused on her budding career. Stating it was difficult because of how public their relationship was, Kiyomi will find it harder to put their past behind her. Saturday, they had a very public disagreement that landed the former lovers in jail.
According to a representative for the rapper, Kiyomi is behind Bow Wow’s bruises and cuts. Shattering a lamp on his face, Kiyomi attacked Bow Wow after hearing he would be attending Super Bowl related engagements without her.
Although both parties were arrested by Fulton County officials, they aren’t facing the same charges. According to online jail records, Bow Wow was charged with battery substantial harm and Kiyomi was charged with battery. Officials said both parties were able to go before a judge to petition for signature bonds. Set at just $8,000, Bow Wow and Kiyomi were released.
A representative for Bow Wow released a statement to confirm several details. Disclosing the extent of his injuries, the rep said:
Shad ‘Bow Wow’ Moss was wrongfully arrested earlier this morning, for the first time, after being beaten by an out-of-control intoxicated female, Ms. Leslie Holden, in an Atlanta condominium. The only two independent witnesses both corroborated his version of events, indicating that Ms. Holden was simply out of control and was without a doubt the primary aggressor. For no logical reason, officers arrested both parties despite having clear-cut evidence that Bow Wow was the victim in the case. Ms. Holden beat him with a lamp, bit him on his side, and spit on him while Bow Wow continually made efforts to avoid her. Bow Wow suffered multiple injuries, some of which are visible in his mugshot. Ms. Holden’s mugshot, on the other hand, speaks for itself despite her allegation to police that she broke a fingernail.
Following his release from police custody, Bow Wow was seen partying. Posting pictures and several videos on his IG story, the former child star was spotted alongside Jermaine Dupri and Sean “Diddy” Combs. Kiyomi has also returned to social media, but she has not released a statement.
Diddy Confirms Making The Band is Returning to MTV
Hoping to recreate pop culture history, Diddy and crew are on the hunt for the world’s most promising singers. The Bad Boy Records executive issued a global casting call through Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. But the fiercest competition will be using Smule.
For the first time ever, Smule has partnered with MTV. Offering their users a list of curated songs to choose from, wide-eyed prospects can use the app to create video auditions shareable on every social media platform. While anyone over the age of 18 is welcome to compete, contestants must also be able to comply with the rules and eligibility requirements. Looks like someone better be ready to get that Junior’s Cheesecake!
Hopefuls are already posting their talents across social media. Will you be joining them?
So So Deaf: Jermaine Dupri Critiques the State of Female Rap
During an interview, Jermaine Dupri was asked by two hosts to name his favorite female rapper. Believing he’d list Megan Thee Stallion or Cardi B, Dupri’s response caught both the hosts and music aficionados off guard. Comparing the current roster of popular femcees to “strippers”, Dupri’s glaring act of misogyny has gotten him checked by the artists themselves.
For decades, airwaves have been flooded with male artists rapping about their sexual prowess, bevy of hos, material expenditures, and sale of drugs. But Jermaine Dupri doesn’t find fault with the repetitive, and occasionally elementary, lyrics of his peers. His ire was directed toward women whose bars are about celebrating their bodies, turning up in the club, and dominating men. Failing to note the similarities in what content is released by both men and women in the rap game, Dupri posed a weak argument that female rap lacks lyrical diversity.
As pointed out in Cardi’s response video, there are plenty of female rappers that don’t write about their bodies at all, they simply don’t receive equal support. And as the acting CEO of So So Def, you’d think Jermaine Dupri would take the initiative to seek out talent that raises what he believes is the bar. But no, the “Grammy award winning songwriter and producer” has no female rapper signed to his label aside from Da Brat and Tyeler Reign. Tyeler is the winner of the fifth season of The Rap Game who unsurprisingly still raps about money and designer labels, the very things Dupri would find unimpressive.
Female rappers have been vocal in their disagreement of Dupri’s piss-poor analysis. Both Doja Cat and Cardi B made statements disagreeing with his comments. Ari Lennox even dropped a diss track as a response to his ignorance. But the best rebuttals have been references of Dupri’s track record. Twitter users have been quick to remind us that JD has a history of dismissing the career trajectories of women with potential to be powerhouses in the industry. Perhaps after this wake up call, Jermaine Dupri will take a bit of Doja Cat’s advice and look for the artists he wants to uplift.
Kim Kardashian West Wins $2.7 Million In Lawsuit Against Fast-Fashion Company
After bashing a fast-fashion company’s appropriation of a design commissioned by Kanye, Kim Kardashian West has come out ahead. The aspiring attorney has won $2.7 million in a suit against Missguided, a UK-based retailer.
In February 2019, Kim Kardashian waged war against fast-fashion companies like FashionNova over their lack of integrity. Targeting online retailers that quickly duplicate the designs of luxury fashion houses, Kim expressed her disappointment. She was furious her image was being used to promote the knock-off goods, an act she believed would weaken her business relationships with more esteemed brands. The sultry, black number designed by Thierry Mugler and gold ensemble commissioned by her husband led to a lawsuit which claimed to violate KKW’s trademark.
The Instagram post in question featured Kim Kardashian in the custom gold creation and an unnamed model in the replica. Captioned “The devil works hard but Missguided works harder”, the brand taunted KKW, stating the look would be available in just a few days. But by tagging Mrs. West attorneys alleged Missguided used her “persona and trademarks” to sell duplicates despite the absence of a business relationship.
The lawsuit stated Missguided’s use of Kim’s marks were likely to cause consumers to mistakenly believe that she was associated, sponsored, or endorsed the company and its websites. The lawsuit continued that consumers already voiced such concerns, citing social media posts and articles that mistakenly referred to the content as collaborations. However, Missguided refused to respond to the lawsuit which resulted in a default judgment.
Demanding the company cease and desist, a California judge ruled in Kim’s favor, ordering Missguided to pay $2.7 million in damages and attorney fees. But Kim’s history of being accused of co-opting the designs of indie creatives has complicated the public’s reception of her win. Twitter users are noting that Kim has repeatedly appropriated the culture of others under the guise of “paying homage.” Though the basis of the win is important, fighting larger entities or public figures over original content may prove harder for indie brands. Having only been established in 2015, the language of fashion design copyrights leaves them easily exploitable and smaller designers may be unable to afford the exorbitant fees to protect their content.
Do you think Kim deserved to win the lawsuit? Should smaller designers seek restitution for creations that have been pilfered by public figures?
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