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  • CARDI B AND BERNIE SANDERS SIT DOWN TO DISCUSS POLICE BRUTALITY & MORE

  • Fri, 16 Aug 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Cardi B made good on her promise and sat down with Vermont senator, Bernie Sanders, to discuss issues such as police brutality and wages. As previously reported, Cardi took to social media to include her fans in her conversation with Sanders by asking them to send her questions that she could ask the senator.

    In a new video, which Sanders' camp released on Thursday (August 15th), Cardi and Sanders sat down at TEN Nail Bar in Detroit, Cardi question if the senator fears upsetting the big wigs who run drug companies. She said, "Don't you ever feel scared that these people who run drug companies, and these schools, you know it's all a business, are you scared that you'll get so many powerful people upset? Sanders: Cardi, that's what I've been doing my whole life."

    The also spoke on police brutality, with Cardi saying, "That is discouraging our people, it's discouraging us to fight. It makes us feel like we're worthless. We constantly see our men getting killed every day. And it seems like nobody cares, nobody's sympathizing, nobody's talking about it."

    Sanders replied, "If a police officer kills somebody, that killing must be investigated by the United States Department of Justice. We at the federal level must make sure we do everything we can to make sure that police departments look like the communities that they serve, not like an oppressive army."

    A promo video of their 12-minute-long conversation was released earlier this week, where the two spoke on raising minimum wage — which was a question asked by Cardi's fans. She asked, "What are we going to do about wages in America? Like, for example me, as a New Yorker, not now, but you know, when I was not famous, I just felt like no matter how many jobs I get, I wasn't able to make ends meet. Like, I wasn't able to pay my rent, get transportation, and eat."

    Sanders said, "Right now we have tens of millions of people who are earning what I consider to be starvation wages. Can you imagine somebody today earning $9 an hour?"

    Sanders drove his point home and closed out the conversation with Cardi, saying, "Cardi, can I just say one thing before we get off? A lot of people moan and groan, right? They don't like Donald Trump, they don't like the low wages, they don't like spending 50 percent of their income on housing, they don't like student debt, they don't like the fact they can't go to college. But all of that moaning and groaning and complaining doesn't mean anything unless we change the system, okay."

    He added, "Young people have got to get involved in the political process. Register to vote. It is not hard. It takes you five minutes. Register to vote. Trump does not want people of color to be participating in the political process. Participate in the political process. And then think about who the candidate is that is speaking the issues that are important to you, and then vote. If we have young people voting in large numbers, you know what, I have zero doubt that Donald Trump would be defeated."

    AUDIO: CARDI B AND BERNIE SANDERS1
    AUDIO: CARDI B AND BERNIE SANDERS2


  • ED SHEERAN GETS POWER-LIFTED BY THE MOUNTAIN FROM 'GAME OF THRONES'

  • Fri, 16 Aug 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Game of Thrones actor Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who played Ser Gregor Clegane (a.k.a. The Mountain) on the Emmy-winning HBO series, met up with Ed Sheeran over the weekend and showed off his impressive strength.

    Sheeran caught up with his old castmate when he played a pair of shows at Laugardalsvöllur stadium in Iceland.

    In a short video posted on Instagram, Sheeran is hanging with Björnsson, who won the 2018 World's Strongest Man competition, champ grabs the singer by the waist and hauls him up over his head and then presses him up to the ceiling.

    "He asked for it. Luckily I didn't drop him," Björnsson captioned the clip. "He has to work tonight!!" The lift drew cheers and clapping from the crowd in the room as Sheeran – who had a cameo as a singing Lanister soldier in season seven of the iconic HBO series – laughs and gives the big guy a hug.

    Another GoT star, Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) wrote on The Mountain's post: "You did this to me at that wrap party in Spain remember? LOL."



  • JAY-Z IS GETTING MIXED OPINIONS ON PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NFL

  • Fri, 16 Aug 2019 01:00:00 EST

    JAY-Z has garnered mixed opinions from the response he gave when asked if he would kneel or stand, following news of his partnership with the NFL. The raised brows stem from JAY vocally supporting former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, who has not been able to play in the NFL following his silent protest against police brutality.

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, the rapper said in a press conference on Wednesday (August 14th), "I think we've moved past kneeling and I think it's time to go into actionable items. I think everyone knows what the issue is. We're done with that...And I'm not, again so to be clear — for the room, I'm not minimizing that part of it because that has to happen, that's a necessary part of the process. But now that we all know what's going on, what are we going to do? How are we going to stop it? Because the kneeling was not about a job, it was about injustice. Let me bring attention to injustice. Everyone is saying, 'How you going forward if Kap doesn't have a job?' This wasn't about him having a job."

    He has since been slammed by Kap's girlfriend, Nessa Diab, and his former teammate, Eric Reid. Nessa took to social media and said, "We will never turn our backs on @kaepernick7 because your idols decided to work with the same organization that is actively keeping Colin unemployed all because he peacefully protested against social injustice in black and brown communities, specifically police brutality. So really, how can Jay-Z and the NFL utter social justice in their partnership while keeping Colin unemployed because of his social justice work?"

    She continued, "It's typical for the NFL to buy different PR looks to cover up their dirt-that's nothing new. But what is disgusting and disappointing is Jay-Z let them use him. Whether Jay-Z knew it or not (I don't doubt his intelligence-so I would think he knew) he helped the NFL bury who he said is an iconic figure, Colin Kaepernick. Don't tell me there's a ‘master plan and wait for it' because the ONLY reason anything would ever change is because THE PEOPLE are loud and clear and won't let the league buy their loyalty with their disingenuous moves. The people are letting the league and anyone who works with them know that they aren't buying the bs."

    Reid also took to social media and said, "These aren't mutually exclusive. They can both happen at the same time! It looks like your goal was to make millions and millions of dollars by assisting the NFL in burying Colin's career. Jay-Z doesn't need the NFL's help 2 address social injustices. It was a money move 4 him & his music business. The NFL gets 2 hide behind his black face 2 try to cover up blackballing Colin."

    Journalist Jemele Hill also weighed in on JAY'z decision to partner with the NFL. She wrote via The Atlantic, "I get that Jay-Z might see this as an opportunity for artists to connect with the NFL's immense audience. He could also offer some incredible insight and direction to the league on the social-justice front, since he's been actively engaged in such work for a long time. I also understand that, to become hip-hop's first billionaire, Jay-Z didn't always have the luxury of avoiding relationships and partnerships with people he disagreed with or disliked."

    She continued, "But in this case, Jay-Z isn't getting enough out of the deal to justify the sacrifice of some of his credibility. This alliance plays right into the NFL's hands, because the league seems determined to banish any memory of Kaepernick with its recent social-justice efforts—even though it's likely that Jay-Z and the NFL wouldn't even be entering into this arrangement if Kaepernick hadn't taken a knee in 2016."

    AUDIO: JAY-Z ON NFL PARTNERSHIP


  • LADY GAGA'S BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION LAUNCHING '21 DAYS TO BE KIND' CHALLENGE

  • Fri, 16 Aug 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Lady Gaga and her Born This Way Foundation are launching this year's "21 Days to Be Kind" Challenge, encouraging people to practice acts of kindness from September 1st to September 21st.

    You can either participate on your own or assemble a "Kindness Team." Once you sign up on the Born This Way website, you'll receive information to get started, including kindness suggestions from Gaga. You'll also be entered to win two tickets to an upcoming Gaga show.

    Gaga's mom and Born This Way co-founder Cynthia Germanotta posted Gaga's 21-day kindness calendar. It includes suggestions like, "Volunteer at an organization making a difference in your community" and "Donate gently used clothes or shoes," as well as self-care ideas like "Start a gratitude journal" and "Unplug for a day and take a rest from technology."

    Last week, Gaga announced she and the Born This Way Foundation are working with DonorsChoose.org to fund classrooms in Dayton, Ohio, El Paso, Texas, and Gilroy, California, following the deadly shootings in those cities.

    The Born This Way Foundation kicked off the 21 Days To Be Kind Challenge in Las Vegas. It's all based on the idea that it takes at least 21 days form a new habit.



  • MEGHAN MARKLE AND PRINCE HARRY GET BLOWBACK FOR PRIVATE JET BIRTHDAY TRIP

  • Fri, 16 Aug 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry jetted down to Ibiza to celebrate her 38th birthday in royal style with their son Archie. However, the news has not been greeted with glee on social media as many call out the pair's "hypocrisy" for flying via private jet while simultaneously urging the "plebes" to be eco-conscious.

    Noted Meghan foe Piers Morgan also took to Twitter to vent his displeasure, writing: "Saving the planet, one private jet at a time."

    Several followers agreed. One wrote: "You're absolutely correct, virtue signalling and full hypocrisy!!"

    Another agreed adding: "Utterly ludicrous! If you're going to take private jets, fine but then don't preach about climate change. Hopeless!"

    Still, others defended the Sussexes. One wrote: "Jesus...again with this. Can't you get a new hobby?"

    Another added: "Oh Piers, pick on someone else for a change."

    The family returned to the U.K. on August 12th, but the scandal followed them.



  • TAYLOR SWIFT TO HOLD YOUTUBE LIVE STREAM EVENT ON AUGUST 22ND

  • Fri, 16 Aug 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Taylor Swift is partnering with YouTube Originals for an exclusive livestream event titled Taylor Swift – Lover's Lounge (Live) on August 22nd at 5:00 p.m. ET ahead of the next day's launch of her new album Lover.

    The live stream, hosted on Taylor's YouTube channel, will feature a debut performance of a song from the new album, a fan Q&A, and a special guest appearance by designer Stella McCartney, who'll reveal details from the upcoming fashion collaboration inspired by the album.

    Immediately following the event, YouTube will premiere Taylor's video for the album's title track, "Lover." The song itself was released at midnight.

    Earlier on August 22nd, Taylor will deliver a special performance in New York's Central Park for ABC's Good Morning America.



  • THE JONAS BROTHERS JOIN LIST OF PERFORMERS FOR MTV VMAS

  • Fri, 16 Aug 2019 01:00:00 EST

    Nick, Kevin and Joe Jonas are heading to the 2019 MTV VMAs.

    The Jonas Brothers revealed the big news through their social media on Joe's 30th birthday. The JoBros' performance will be a special remote performance from an iconic location along the New Jersey shoreline. They join previously announced performers Shawn Mendes, Camila Cabello, Bad Bunny, J Balvin, Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Rosalia, and Taylor Swift. Missy Elliott will also receive the Video Vanguard Award.

    The Jonas Brothers are up for four awards, including Video of the Year, Best Pop, and Song of the Year for "Sucker," and Artist of the Year. The last time the JoBros took the VMA stage was in 2008, when they performed their smash hit, "Lovebug."

    Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco will host the 2019 VMAs from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, on August 26th.

    Meanwhile, Joe Jonas celebrated his 30th birthday with his brothers and wife, Sophie Turner, on a flight following the groups' concert in Raleigh, North Carolina, Wednesday night. Nick shared a video with fans from the plane on his Instagram.

    "IT's JOE'S BIRTHDAY! When we party we listen to dynamite obviously. In reality what other song is there?" Nick captioned the video, as they listened to Taio Cruz's "Dynamite".

    Nick also gave a shout out to fans earlier for being patient during the concert as they ran into some tech hiccups.

    "Even with a few production hiccups, tonight was for sure one of the loudest crowds so far on the #HappinessBeginstour Raleigh you really brought it. Thank you so much! So grateful," he tweeted.



  • QUICKIES: HALSEY, ADAM LAMBERT, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE & MORE

  • Fri, 16 Aug 2019 01:00:00 EST

    HALSEY HAS QUIT SMOKING AFTER 10 YEARS: Halsey took to Twitter to reveal that she has quit smoking after 10 years. "I successfully quit nicotine a few weeks ago after smoking for TEN years," she tweeted. "I gained a lot of weight and probably lost some friends forever bc I was being a NUT (lol) but I'm so happy I did it and I feel v goooood. just wanted to share." After making the announcement, Kelly Clarkson tweeted back to Halsey sending her some encouragement. "I don't even know you and I'm proud of you! That's amazing! You're too cool, talented, and inspiring for you to shave years off your beautiful life girl," the 37-year-old American Idol winner wrote.

    ADAM LAMBERT TO RELEASE NEW EP IN SEPTEMBER: Adam Lambert will release part one of his new EP in September. The 37-year-old singer shared a release date, September 27th, and track list for Velvet: Side A on Thursday. "Velvet: Side A" will include the single "Superpower," which debuts September 4th. The EP also features the songs "Stranger You Are," "Closer to You," "Overglow," Loverboy" and "Ready to Run." "Velvet: Side A is his first studio release since the album The Original High, which debuted in June 2015.

    JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE TEASES POSSIBLE COLLABORATION WITH LIZZO: Justin Timberlake took to Instagram on Thursday to share a video of himself and Lizzo in a recording studio together. "Lizzo flames, brb," Justin captioned the video as he dances around while playing a new song as Lizzo jams out on a couch. So far, neither Justin nor Lizzo have confirmed if they were actually collaborating together. Lizzo will soon be hitting the stage for the 2019 MTV VMAs, which takes place August 26th.

    KATHARINE MCPHEE CHANGES INSTAGRAM HANDLE TO MARRIED NAME: Katharine McPhee has changed the handle on her Instagram account to reflect her married name. The 35-year-old singer and actress is now @KatharineFoster on the social media app. She previously had changed her bio to list her name as Katharine Foster and it now says Katharine McPhee Foster. Katharine tied the knot with music producer David Foster back in June and they recently performed together at the taping for his upcoming PBS special, which is airing in the fall. During the concert, David introduced Kat to the stage as "Katharine McPhee Foster" for the very first time.