Google is known for their Google Doodles highlighting major current events, and when the search giant failed to make one for Juneteenth, artist Davian Chester stepped in and sketched an image that quickly went viral on social media.
“I feel it’s very important for us to know as much as we can about our ancestors,” the 26-year-old told Because of Them We can in an interview.
“So I feel Juneteenth is already something that isn’t being spread across as much as it should be. I was planning on making an art piece for it anyway, but I noticed Google did not do anything at all. And for a large company like that to create doodles for literally everything under the sun and have nothing at all today, I thought it was odd.”
Chester added: “I always wanted to create a Google Doodle anyway. So I took matters into my own hands.”
On Monday (Jun. 24), Chester revealed that Google had offered him a job.
“Google just contacted me!! They are offering me a JOB!” he said in a post on Facebook.
Congrats to this young man!
To see more of Davian Chester’s work, check out his Instagram page at real_toons.
In addition to his ownership stake in Lids, Meek will also help oversee the company’s brand strategy and will be dropping an exclusive limited edition line of hats in August 2019 with more exclusive releases to follow.
Meek, who joins an esteemed ownership group that includes Fanatics and Ames Watson (which acquired Lids in February 2019), expressed his excitement for the new business venture in a statement.
“I’ve always been a fan of Lids. Growing up, I remember buying their hats to match my outfits and look my best,” Meek said in a press release.
“It’s amazing to see my relationship with the brand come full-circle and have the opportunity to evolve as a businessman. We have a great team in place and we’re looking forward to taking Lids to new heights.”
The team at Lids seem excited to have Meek on board as well.
“The Lids design team is thrilled to collaborate with Meek Mill. He is a true original artist with an incredible sense of fashion. Meek’s first line of hats will be unique and the first of many ways we work together” said Tom Ripley, Lids Chief Executive Officer.
Lawrence Berger, co-founder and partner at Ames Watson, added: “From afar, I’ve respected Meek’s zeal for music and criminal justice reform, and I know that enthusiasm will translate to our work with Lids. His business acumen, passion for fashion and creative outlook will be vital to making us a more versatile brand.”
The 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s unexpected passing (Jun. 25) came and went without much attention from mainstream media.
The allegations made in the documentary Leaving Neverland left many fans and outlets in a precarious position on how to honor the anniversary, eventually just letting the day pass with little acknowledgment.
And don’t expect Jackson’s children to make any public tributes either. A source exclusively tells Hollywood Life Prince Michael, Paris, and Blanket don’t place significance of the years of their father’s passing and choose to honor him privately by sharing stories with family and watching home videos.
“They are just going to remember the good times and be around family and friends and talk about him,” the source said.
“The great thing for all of them is that they have so many home videos to look back on and their Dad is always with them through music. They can always hear his voice when they need it. Obviously, that never replaces the real thing but they all feel that he is with them always.
“They all are older and realize the impact he not only gave them but the world and they just want to honor that legacy and will mourn and celebrate privately.”=”
In the decade since the King of Pop tragically died at the age of 54, a dark cloud has slowly encroached his legacy (possibly by his own doing) due to the longstanding allegations of pedophilia.
And Leaving Neverland—which shares two men’s experiences of being sexually abused by Jackson when they were children—may have caused the icon to be forever “canceled” for some.
In today’s “cancel culture” and the #MeToo movement, the allegations against Jackson can’t be ignored (even though he’s no longer able to defend himself).
Post-Neverland, some radio stations have pulled Jackson’s music, casual listeners have deleted his catalog from their devices, and die-hard fans—like myself—are placed in a conundrum of what to do about Michael Jackson.
Senior Yahoo! reporter and self-described “hardcore Jackson fan” Kevin Polowy explained why he couldn’t tribute the legend on the 10th anniversary of his death after forcing himself to watch Neverland.
“I’m not sure how any reasonable human being can watch Leaving Neverland and not believe Jackson was a pedophile,” he wrote.
“The film is especially traumatizing to watch as a parent. I have two young children, one around the same age as [Wade] Robson when he claims the molestation began…I can never listen to Jackson again. As a DJ, I can never spin another one of his songs. I have a visceral reaction to hearing his music now.”
Though parts of Leaving Neverland have been debunked, the damage has already been done. It contributed to the 10th anniversary of the King of Pop’s death to be just an ordinary day, except for his three children.
Jackson died in his sleep on June 25th, 2009 after a fatal overdose of propofol and benzodiazepine.
His private doctor Conrad Murray was charged with involuntary homicide for administering the fatal drug cocktail and sentenced to four years in prison.
Murray was released in 2013 after serving nearly two years of his sentence due to prison overcrowding.
Even though Fantasia is a multi-platinum artist who won her season of American Idol, she wants the world to know that she ain’t living with a silver spoon in her mouth.
Although most people would think that Fantasia’s bank accounts stay ready, Tasia had to let y’all know that she’s been broke TWICE as a celebrity so she ain’t nobody’s rich nothing.
While being interviewed by Tammi Mac on KJLH on L.A.’s KJLH, Fantasia said: “A lot of artists that you see…they look like they have it…and we smile, and we come out, and we put on a good show, but in real life, some of them are struggling. I am just now building myself up. I lost everything twice.”
“So I cook my own food. I get my own groceries. I drive myself,” she added. “If I had the money to do it, I still wouldn’t do it.”
I mean, that’s real as hell. But damn, girl. I think you make enough coins to at least get an Instacart every once in a while.
Do you really have to run down to the Aldi your damn self every time you get your frozen chicken wings and Kool-Aid mix?
As for her throwing shade at some of her peers who might be struggling with NSF (Non-Sufficient Funds) fees, I don’t not believe it. But it’s a bit toothless if she’s not gonna name names.
And I’ma be nice and not point out the obvious that if you went broke or bankrupt twice, it’s probably because you never learned how to manage money.
And I also won’t go in too much about that baby daddy she picked up from the T-Mobile store, Antwaun Cook, and how that drama probably contributed to her financial ruin.
While Tasia was out here talking about cooking her own grits, picking out her own fruit and getting behind the wheel of her Toyota Corolla, she also took time to shout out Mr. Tyler Perry for having her back during her multiple low points in life.
“Tyler Perry actually is a good friend of mine. He would call and check up on me. He was one of the ones that when I lost everything, he came and blessed me. I thank him for that,” she said.
“Everything he said last night [at the BET Awards] is true. You look around, and you’ve been working for 10 years, and you’ve got all of these people on your team, and you look up, and you have no money in your bank because you’ve given it to everyone else. That is what I said when I said about prostituting a gift. You’re allowing everyone else to profit off your gift.”
Since Fantasia held back on naming these broke celebrities, who’s on your famous with a negative bank account balance list?
The never-ending saga that is the Jussie Smollett case keeps on going and going like the Energizer Bunny.
One of the main reasons this thing won’t die down is because Jussie refuses to publicly admit that he was in on the whole hoax.
But the Chicago Police Department is not letting up one damn bit and the latest batch of damning evidence the department has put forward just casts Jussie in an even more unflattering light.
We’ve already got the cringeworthy footage of Jussie wearing that noose that he (allegedly) had the brothers throw together around his neck, but now the details of some blushworthy text messages are also in the air.
The Daily Mail has the details on how Jussie awkwardly approached Abel Osundairo about getting a happy ending-style massage.
In the text messages, Jussie sounds like a giddy 12-year-old girl talking to her crush as he playfully asks Abel if he’s interested in a non-sexual massage by a man.
When Abel quickly swats down the offer of a massage by saying “I’m good with sticky fingers,” Jussie then changes his story up and claims that the masseuse he was referring to was actually a woman. It’s confusing as hell, but you can read the text messages yourself below.
My hunch is that Jussie was interested in some kind of sexual relationship with Abel and he was trying to test the waters with him to see if he could turn him out.
Once Abel rejected his offer of a “non sexual massage” by a “dude,” Jussie then pretended like he was joking and claimed that the masseuse was a woman after all.
But it doesn’t end there. Abel sees through Jussie’s gender switcheroo with the masseuse and emphasizes again that he doesn’t need any massage services.
Jussie seemingly accepts this, but then randomly texts that “This n**ga is handling life. Sucking my d*ck and it’s all good and working.”
So the masseuse that Jussie insisted was a woman is now back to being a man, and said man is apparently doing his massage with a happy ending service very well for Jussie.
There’s so much of this exchange that I want to unsee.
Abel Works Hard as Jussie’s Drug Dealer
I don’t know if this is common, but for someone who’s a personal trainer, Abel Osundairo seems to be awfully reckless when it comes to recreational drugs.
The text message records reveal that Jussie routinely hit Abel up for cocaine, molly and weed.
To be fair to Abel, maybe he was just a dealer and not a user. But damn. For someone who was an aspiring actor and active physical trainer, he sure was focusing on the wrong things!
So what do you think? Does this new evidence from the Chicago PD change your mind about Jussie’s pleas of innocence or do you still think the Chicago PD is imagining things when they claim Jussie faked his own hate crime?
NeNe Leakes is setting the record straight once and for all!
While sitting down for an interview on the Majic Radio Show, NeNe addressed reports that Bravo suspended her from filming the first half of the upcoming 12th season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. And according to her, the reports are untrue.
“I have never been suspended. And I am on Season 12. Thank you very much.”
“No, that’s not true. If I’ve gotten a spinoff, they haven’t told me yet, and I need them to tell me. I haven’t filmed a thing … If I had a spinoff, I’d be happily telling you.”
While several cast members have already started to film RHOA, NeNe has yet to shoot any scenes.
And for several weeks, it’s been reported that NeNe was forced to sit out of filming because she grabbed a cameraman during the infamous season 11 closet brawl.
“[He] got choked up, scratched up, and went to the hospital,” Porsha Williams revealed during the reunion. The cameraman also had scratches on his back and lost a tooth.
A rep eventually explained NeNe hadn’t started filming RHOA because she was still in contract negotiations.
Though NeNe didn’’ state if she had reached a deal with Bravo or reveal when she’d start filming, we still should expect the OG housewife to hold a peach when Real Housewives of Atlanta returns for its 12th season later this year.
The body of popular YouTube gamer Etika (real name: Daniel Desmond Amofah) has been positively identified by New York City police nearly a week after he was reported missing.
News of Etika’s death comes nearly one week after the popular streamer uploaded a video to YouTube titled “I’m Sorry,” which shows him walking outside in New York City and saying what sounded like to many of his fans a final goodbye.
Authorities confirmed they recovered Etika’s body Monday night (Jun. 24) off Pier 16 in the East River in Lower Manhattan, about a half a mile away from the Manhattan Bridge, where Amofah was seen walking toward in his final video.
Police said while canvassing the area last Thursday (Jun. 20), they found what appeared to be some of his belongs, including his wallet, driver’s license, cell phone, and his black and red Nintendo Switch, along with with his laptop bag, which contained a pair of boxers, a shirt, shorts and headphones.
An official cause of death hasn’t been revealed, though it can be assumed that he drowned. He was 29 years old.
The NYPD released the following statement (via Kotaku):
“At approximately 18:18 hours [yesterday], police responded to a 9-11 call with a person floating in the water in the vicinity of the South Street Seaport in the confines of the 1st Precinct.
“Upon arrival, officers discovered an unresponsive, unidentified male at that location. The NYPD harbor removed the male to Pier 16, where EMS pronounced him deceased. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.”
Desmond “Etika” Amofah was born on May 12th, 1990 in Brooklyn, New York and began creating videos about gaming on YouTube in 2012.
Over the course of seven years, Etika amassed a dedicated fanbase of more than 800,000 followers across YouTube and Twitch, which he called the “JoyCon Boyz,” named after the Nintendo Switch controllers, according to Kotaku.
Etika had a long history with mental health issues, starting publicly last October when he self-destructed his YouTube channel and made references to suicide on Reddit, writing “It’s my turn to die” before editing his statement to say “Guys I’m fine, please stop worrying about me LOL. You know I like to be overdramatic. Carry on!!”
Just two months ago in April, he was detained by NYPD police while streaming on Instagram Live in front of 20,000 viewers after he threatened to commit suicide in his Brooklyn apartment, which resulted in him being admitted into the psychiatric ward of a hospital.
In May, Amofah got into an altercation with a cop or security guard on the street that led to another trip to the hospital.
Last week, he published an 8-minute video, which YouTube has since taken down, apparently saying goodbye to his fans.
“You know I wasn’t suicidal before—I really wasn’t,” he said in the video. “But one thing I didn’t realize was that the walls were closing around me so fast. I really had no intention of killing myself but I’d always push it too far. I guess I am mentally ill.”
He continued: “I’m sorry for leaving such a stained legacy. I hope that my story maybe helps to make YouTube a better place in the future where people know boundaries and limits and how far things should go. In an attempt to be edgy, I fucked up my entire life.”
“It was a fun life,” he added. “I had a great time. It was great. But for it to be cut so short—it’s f**ked.”
Amofah’s friends and family had been unable to get in contact with him since before the video was posted.
So @Etika has released a new video on YouTube that was scheduled for upload at midnight titled ‘I’m sorry’, with its contents and the description of the video reading as a suicide note
Wendy Williams’ son appeared in court and entered his plea for the assault charge he obtained after being arrested for allegedly punching his father last month. Kevin Hunter Jr. pleaded not guilty.
Kevin Jr. appeared in the New Jersey courtroom Tuesday morning (Jun. 25) alongside his lawyer, while both of his parents reportedly waited outside in a car.
The prosecutor also asked the court for more time to “review factors in the case” and said that the case should be resolved by the next hearing. The intimation being a plea deal is on the table or that the entire case could be dismissed given that Kevin Hunter Sr. did not want to press charges.
Little Kevin was slapped with the assault charge last month after allegedly punched his father in the nose during a disagreement about his parents’ impending divorce.
Despite Kevin Sr. not wanting to press charges, Kevin Jr. was still arrested and charged because it was a domestic incident.
Following the scuffle, Big Kevin accused Williams of “brainwashing” their son against him. However, the estranged couple is attempting to put their personal issues aside for their son.
“There’s still love between us, regardless of the divorce,” Williams told a friend.
It was previously reported that Williams and Big Kev would appear in court and quietly support their son together. However, the parents opted to wait in the car and not make a spectacle after being told their presence was not necessary.
“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X is the No. 1 song in the country for the 12th week in a row, and while that’s good news for him and his fans, it’s bad news for Taylor Swift and her “Swifties.”
Why is that bad news for Taylor Swift, you ask?
Well, she just released a new song and music video last week called “You Need to Calm Down,” and it debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, right under “Old Town Road.”
And this isn’t the first time this has happened. A little over a month ago, Swift’s newly released song at the time, “Me!” debuted behind “Old Town Road” at No. 2 as well.
In fact, as Chart Data points out on Twitter, the country-rap hybrid, which features a verse from Billy Ray Cyrus, has prevented six (count em: SIX!) songs from topping the Billboard Hot 100 since it first entered the chart back in April.
.@LilNasX‘s “Old Town Road” has now blocked a record breaking 6 songs from reaching #1 on the Hot 100 (Wow, ME!, If I Can’t Have You, I Don’t Care, bad guy & YNTCD).
If “Old Town Road” manages to hold to the top spot for another four weeks, it will tie the record for most weeks at No. 1—a record jointly held by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s “One Sweet Day” and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito.”
Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus performed their hit single Sunday night at the 2019 BET Awards, which Miley’s daddy said was an “honor” to do.
“I’m just kinda in shock in this moment,” he told Entertainment Tonight after the performance.
“The crowd stood up and they sang every word,” Cyrus said. “I never felt a moment quite like that.”
He added: “It was just such an honor being here. And being a part of this festival and these festivities and this celebration of music. It’ll be a moment that I’ll always cherish and remember. It was very special.”
Nas—whose debut EP 7 was just released over the weekend—previously celebrated the track’s massive success by personally gifting Billy Ray with a red Maserati GranTurismo convertible, a nod to Cyrus’ line in the song where he sings “Ridin’ down Rodeo in my Maserati sports car.”
The expensive give came not too long after the pair dropped the star-studded music video for their smash hit, which you can watch below:
The Chicago Police Department has released 70 hours of video footage from the Jussie Smollett investigation, including bodycam footage showing officers speaking with the “Empire” star with a rope still tied around his neck nearly an hour after he was allegedly attacked.
The video, which was blurred by police, shows Smollett’s manager leading officers into the elevator of Smollett’s building and then into his apartment, where the actor can be seen dressed in a red and white sweater with the rope still hanging from his neck.
When the cops ask Jussie if he wanted to take the rope off, he responded that he would remove the rope from his neck, but he wanted them to see it before he did to show evidence of a racially motivated attack.
Smollett also told the officers he didn’t want to be recorded once he realized they were wearing body cameras. The actor can also be heard saying that he didn’t want his neighbors to hear what’s going on and mentioned that his alleged attackers had poured bleach on him.
Another video shows Abel and Ola Osundairo—the two Nigerian-American brothers Smollett allegedly paid to stage the fake hate crime assault—riding in a taxi wearing hoodies and ski masks before arriving at the scene of the alleged attack.
And another video shows them running, presumably after the alleged attack:
The release of all of this footage comes as Chicago police have released hundreds of pages of damning evidence against the disgraced actor.
Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts back in March for after he was accused of lying to cops about the alleged hoax attack, but those charges were eventually dropped after the actor’s defense team struck a deal with prosecutors in which Smollett would be ordered to perform community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond.
A special prosecutor will now review the case, which could lead to new charges being brought against Smollett.