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Nipsey Hussle Shot and Killed at Age 33

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On Sunday, March 31st,  Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle, was shot and killed yesterday in Los Angeles outside his clothing store. Nipsey has been serving his community in a plethora of ways and has not only made a huge impact on the music industry but also in low-income neighborhoods in Los Angeles. Police reports have not stated who the gunman is, and many people on social media have come up with their own explanations.

A couple of months prior to his death, Nipsey went on several platforms to discuss a potential documentary about Dr. Sebi. Dr. Sebi was a Honduran herbalist who claimed to know healthy diets that could eradicate diseases such as HIV/AIDS. Soon after, Dr. Sebi was allegedly killed by US Medical corporations in order for the medical field to profit off of sick patients instead of healing them. From this information, many people are linking these two stories together. Comparatively, there are people who argue that this is strictly gang-related and violent areas in LA need to take action and address gun violence.

 It is extremely disheartening that we lost another activist that was trying to improve the quality of life for black people. Overall, whether this tragic death was contemplated by the government or a gang, it is senseless and we need to come together.

At the age of 33, Nipsey leaves behind his two children, his girlfriend Lauren London, and his family.

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So So Deaf: Jermaine Dupri Critiques the State of Female Rap

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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.

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Kim Kardashian West Wins $2.7 Million In Lawsuit Against Fast-Fashion Company

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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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ASAP Rocky Arrested in Sweden After Street Fight

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ASAP Rocky has been arrested in Sweden after an altercation that took place on Sunday. While the rapper has been detained on suspicion of aggravated assault, ASAP claims the men who followed him were aggressive “drug addicts” who stalked his entourage.

ASAP Rocky shared his side of the events that led up to the scuffle on the streets of Stockholm, Sweden. The video showed two men who the rapper claims followed them for four blocks before things turned ugly. As the men approached them at the restaurant, ASAP’s security detail attempted to de-escalate the situation. However, the men insisted that a member of the crew damaged a pair of headphones and threatened to call the cops. A female pedestrian came forward to accuse one of the two men in question, which led to the brawl.

ASAP Rocky was scheduled to perform with the Migos at Smash x Stadion. It is unclear if he will still make an appearance.

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