THE WORD | 50,000 PEOPLE ATTENDED KANYE'S SUNDAY SERVICE AT COACHELLA

The numbers for Kanye West's Sunday Service are officially in and an astounding 50,000 festival-goers woke up early to go and watch the ceremony. 

Coachella production sources tell TMZ organizers just tallied everyone who attended. According to TMZ over 50k were there, some key guests included the entire Kardashian family, Chance The RapperDonald GloverLizzoKid CudiDMX and more. Coachella averages about 100k total attendees every weekend, so for half to show up just for 'Ye is a really big deal.  Ye Also debuted a new song with Ty Dolla Sign titled “Water”. Check out highlights from the YEaster Sunday performance below.

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THE WORD | YNW Melly Facing Possibility of Death Penalty

YNW Melly has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder. Cops say the rapper shot two of his friends back in October, then staged the crime scene to look like a drive-by shooting. According to new legal docs, obtained by TMZ, the State intends to seek the death penalty against Melly.

Prosecutors have also characterized Melly as a "criminal gang member."

Publicly viewable court information shows that the state's notice of intent to seek death penalty was filed April 18.

THE WORD | Lil Yachty The Real City Girls

Recently, Lil Yatchy sat down for an interview and spilled the beans that he wrote Act Up by City Girls. I know, shocker right, well the news has people talking and they’re a little upset, even me. Honestly, I feel betrayed, I know that sound dramatic but, that was my theme song! Act Up empowered me to get my sacks up, don’t give a hell what a hater got to say and for me to get a man with m.o.n.e.y. However, the song now feels different knowing a man wrote it. Welp, heres the interview of Yachty spilling the beans, ladies tell us how you feel about the disappointing news in our comment sections.

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THE WORD | G Herbo Arrested and Charged With Battery After Incident With Baby Mama

G Herbo was arrested yesterday (April 17) in Atlanta for simple battery with his child’s mother Ariana Fletcher. According to the Atlanta Police Department, officers responded to a dispute call and spoke with a woman who said “she was in a verbal altercation with the father of her child when at some point he assaulted her then left the location with their son.” The woman also “sustain[ed] minor scratches as a result of the incident,” according to APD.

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Herbo was arrested and charged after he returned to the location. TMZ reports that Herbo is currently in jail and his bail is set at $2,000. An investigation is ongoing, the Atlanta Police Department says.

THE WORD | The Homecoming Of The Year! Beyonce's Netflix Special

Whoa, if you didn’t want to yell I’m black and I’m proud while watching Beyonce’s Homecoming special on Netflix were you even watching? Beyonce’s Netflix special was a behind the scene look at her Coachella performance and without given too much away this Netflix special is one for the books. It empowered its Black audience within the first 30 minutes so image what the whole special can do for someone.

Go watch the special if you’re Black to get motivated, to get your ass up, and if you’re not Black, go watch to see how our culture coming.

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THE WORD | Fox News Reporter, Laura Ingraham Mocks Nipsey Hussel

News reporter Laura Ingraham is in hot water after she and a colleague discussed Nipsey Hussle the day after his funeral on her show. Check out the video below and see why celebrities and fans are asking for Ingraham to be fired. And check out The Game’s caption too.

During the video Laura Ingraham is seen laughing while talking of the slain rapper and this has upset millions. Fans and celebs took to social media to show their annoyance with the talk show host.

THE WORD | Kerry Lathan Speaks Out! Man Injured And Arrested During Nipsey Hussle Shooting

Kerry Lathan; the man who was shot with Nipsey Hussel, explain’s his current situation on Big U’s Instagram live. After Nipsey’s murder and Lathan being hospitalize he was arrested for violating his parole. The arrest was made for being around a known gang member, who they say is Nipsey Hussle. Nipsey Hussle and Lathan are allegedly members of the LA Crip gang.

Nipsey Hussle was meeting with Kerry Lathan to give him clothes and money as he just came home from doing 25 years in prison for murder. He is unfortunately in a wheelchair behind the shooting, and supposedly facing 10 years for being around Nipsey. Below is an interview he did with Vlad TV and Big U.

THE WORD | Jay-Z Announces "B-Sides 2" Will Be At Webster Hall

For the past two years, New York City's Webster Hall has been closed down due to a scheduled three-year hiatus for structural improvements. But the wait is quickly coming to an end. According to reports, the popular nightclub and concert venue will be reopening this month with a special performance from Jay-Z. The Announcement came via Webster Halls Instagram.

This isn't just any show, however. Hov is expected to perform his "B-Sides 2" set, which will spotlight particular tracks from his discography that he rarely performs live. Below is an iconic freestyle Hov spit during the first B-Sides concert.


THE WORD | Insecure will not make a return until 2020.

Issa Rae’s hit series Insecure will not make a return until 2020.

Vulture reports Insecure will not be returning until 2020 because Issa Rae has become very busy and is in high demand. HBO programming chief Casey Bloys revealed the details, stating: “Well, Issa became a big movie star!

“We’re not the first place to deal with this, but when you’re in business with very creative and talented people, there’s a lot more opportunities for people to do things. Issa, I think, partly, wanted a break to come back to it fresh,” Bloys added.

Issa Rae is currently starring alongside Regina Hall and Marsai Martin in Little, which just made it to theaters.

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THE WORD | Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" Breaks Drake's 1-Week Streaming Record

Lil Nas X's country trap track recently received some new flourishes from Billy Ray Cyrus and, as confirmed Monday by Billboard, has now broken Drake's record on Billboard's U.S. Streaming Songs chart. The biggest haul on that chart was previously held by Drake's "In My Feelings," which tallied up 116.2 million streams in one week and now moves to No. 2 on the all-time ranking of single week streaming totals

THE WORD | Nike's Loyalty Pays Off After Tiger Woods 15th Major Win

Nike's years of loyalty to Tiger Woods paid off on yesterday.

Tiger Woods, once a giant of both golf and sponsorships, has been losing in both those fields in recent years. But Nike, which has a history of remaining loyal to the athletes with its endorsement deals, stuck with Woods. A sex scandal and a DUI arrest in 2017 helped drive many other sponsors away.

Nike(NKE) got about $22 million worth of exposure from Woods' win Sunday, according to analysis by Apex Marketing, a sponsorship analytics research firm. And that included only the original broadcast itself, not the encore airing of the match or the many news clips of him winning.

Woods overcame his many doubters by winning the Masters, his first major tournament win in 11 years. And within minutes Nike had an ad up on social media highlighting the win, and its "Just Do It" slogan. It was seen by tens of millions of people.

"It's crazy to think a 43-year old who has experienced every high and every low and has just won his 15th major is chasing the same dream as a three-year old," said the ad. It then played a clip of a three-year old Woods saying "I'm going to beat Jack Nicklaus.”

Nicklaus' has the record of 18 majors.

THE WORD | NIPSEY HUSSLE TAKES HIS VICTORY LAP, MEMORIAL RECAP

Thousands flocked to remember the life of Nipsey Hussle at a packed memorial service Thursday (April 11) that provided mourners with a deeper appreciation of Ermias Asghedom, the man behind the up-and-coming hip-hop persona. 

Hussle’s brother, Samiel Asghedom, talked about how Hussle would assemble parts to build his first computer, but became emotional about his brother leaving his “heart and soul” on the popular intersection of Crenshaw and Slauson Avenue.

“Bro, you made the world proud,” he said.

Hussle recently purchased the strip mall where The Marathon is located and planned to redevelop it, part of Hussle’s broader ambitions to remake the neighborhood where he grew up and attempt to break the cycle of gang life that lured him in when he was younger. His family and friends vowed to continue his work, and London told the crowd: “The marathon continues!”

THE WORD | ILLINOIS GOVERNOR HOPES TO LEGALIZE WEED, VERY SOON

It won’t be long before Illinois residents are able to smoke it legally, if governor J.B. Pritzker gets his way.

J.B. Pritzker hopes to get a recreational marijuana bill passed before the end of the spring legislative session as part of an ambitious first year plan.

“I think the bill that will get introduced and passed is going to be a very, very, strong good bill,” he said Thursday.

That leaves only about seven weeks for Pritzker to reach his benchmarks when it comes to legal pot and his No. 1 priority, a graduated income tax.

J.B. Pritzker campaigned on a promise to legalize adult use of cannabis in the state. And the Democrat, who said he wasn’t always on board with legalization, said he has tried marijuana.

“I have tried marijuana, you know, in the past,” the governor said. “It’s been a long time.”

He said some of his earliest concerns about legalization stemmed from worries about teen use of cannabis.

“I have teenagers, and I was very concerned, just not knowing. I asked a lot of questions about how does this affect teen use,” Gov. Pritzker said. “And in Washington state — where that was the governor’s big concern there too — they did a very good job of showing there was no increase in teen use.”

As for the concerns of police associations across the state over how law enforcement will be able to determine whether a driver is impaired, he acknowledged there’s no current technology to measure impairment when it comes to cannabis.

“Necessity is the mother of invention, and it’s now clear that with 11 states already with legalized adult use cannabis, there are entrepreneurs out there that recognize that every police department is going to want something,” Pritzker said. 

 “This happened in medical cannabis. You start out and then you figure out this isn’t working out quite as well and you make tweaks along the way,” Pritzker said. “With legislation, nothing is perfect and so yes, along the way, it’ll improve.”

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THE WORD |Dwyane Wade Final Career Game

Dwyane Wade went out in legendary fashion. The Heat star recorded a triple-double during his final career game against the Nets on Wednesday night. Wade finished with 25 points (10/28 FG, 3/13 3PT), 10 assists and 11 rebounds.

"This is an Oscar-worthy script for my last game in my last season," Wade said during a postgame interview.

Wade, who made his second start of the season, played a season-high 36 minutes. He did so in front of his friends and fellow NBA stars LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.

"Listen, we couldn't miss D-Wade's last game. This is the last time he's going to be on an NBA floor wearing that Miami Heat uniform, that No. 3. So we're happy to be here supporting him." - LeBron James, LA LAKERS

James added: "He's given so much to this game. [He's] one of the best players we've ever seen in this game from as soon as he came out of Marquette. It's an honor for me to be alongside him for four years and to also be his brother for the last 16 years of my career."

THE WORD | Magic Johnson Steps Down as Lakers President of Basketball Operations

Magic Johnson is stepping down from his position as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic Johnson announced that he was leaving the Lakers ahead of the team's final game of the season. He shared this announcement with the press before contacting team owner Jeanie Buss.

Shortly after news of Johnson stepping down broke, Jeanie Buss took to Twitter with a message.

"Earvin, I loved working side by side with you," Buss wrote. "You’ve brought us a long way. We will continue the journey. We love you."

Magic was hired by owner Jeanie Buss in February 2017 as part of a front-office restructuring in which her brother, head of basketball operations Jim Buss, and general manager Mitch Kupchak were deposed. Joining Johnson was General Manager Rob Pelinka, a former agent best known for representing Lakers legend Kobe Bryant.

While Magic took the unusual step of announcing his decision to the media before delivering it to Buss face-to-face, he referred to the Lakers owner as his “sister” and said he would continue to advise her and offer free agency pitches on behalf of the Lakers if she asked.

“There is no greater Los Angeles Laker than Earvin Johnson,” the franchise said in a statement. "We are deeply grateful to Magic for all that he has done for our franchise — as a player, an ambassador and an executive. He will always be not only a Lakers icon, but our family. As we begin the process of moving forward, we will work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future of our organization.”

Magic said his inability to speak freely about rival players was a contributing factor, calling himself a “free bird” who didn’t like being “handcuffed.” He drew the wrath of the league office, which fined him $500,000 for tampering with Paul George in 2017 and $50,000 for tampering with Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2018. The league also investigated contact with Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons but ultimately ruled that Johnson had not violated its tampering rules.

“I love the NBA so much," he said. "I’m looking forward to going back to being an ambassador. Now I don’t have to worry about [talking about players].”

Since making his NBA debut in 1979, Johnson has been affiliated with the Lakers as a player, coach and minority owner, in addition to his run as president.

Coach Luke Walton?

While Magic denied this had anything to do with Lakers’ coach Luke Walton — who Magic had been given the green light to fire and was expected to do so in the next 24 hours.

Coach Luke Walton has been on the hot seat for months and was widely expected to be let go following the Lakers’ season finale. Reports indicated that Johnson had confronted Walton early in the season, but that their communication had cooled in recent weeks. Johnson expressed discomfort at the idea of firing Walton.

THE WORD | Nipsey Hussle's 'Victory Lap' Re-Enters at No. 2 on Billboard 200 Chart.


Nipsey Hussle’s Victory Lap album re-enters the Billboard 200 chart straight in at No. 2. The title surges back onto the tally following Hussle’s deathon March 31.

According to Billboard Victory Lap earned 66,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending April 4 (up 2,244%), according to Nielsen Music, with 17,000 of that sum in album sales (up 7,205%). The album, which marked Hussle’s debut studio release, surpasses its original peak of No. 4, achieved in its debut frame on March 3, 2018.

 Victory Lap was Hussle’s first studio album. He had plenty of mixtapes in his early career. Four of those mixtapes will debut on the new Billboard 200. 2013’s Crenshaw bows at No. 63 with 11,000 units, 2016’s Slauson Boy 2 starts at No. 109 with 8,000 units, 2010’s The Marathon enters at No. 179 with 6,000 units, and 2014’s Mailbox Money debuts at No. 192 with nearly 6,000 units. Billboard reported.

THE WORD | Chicago cops demand Kim Foxx’s resignation over Jussie Smollett case

Chicago’s police union is demanding the resignation of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx after her office’s decision to drop all charges against alleged hate-crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett.

The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and a group of suburban police chiefs on Thursday announced a “no confidence” vote against Foxx due to her office’s handling of Smollett and other felony cases, according to ABC 7 Chicago.

 Michelle Obama‘s former top aide was in contact with the prosecutor in Jussie Smollett’s case, weeks before a grand juryindictedtheEmpireactor on16 countsof disorderly conduct for allegedly making false reports on Feb. 20.

Tina Tchen, who worked as Obama’s chief of staff and now leads the Southern Poverty Law Center, texted with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx amid the investigation. The communication between Foxx and Tchen, who describes herself as a “family friend” of the Smolletts, raised questions after Foxx’s office dropped all felony charges against Smollett.

Since then, the city has gone after Smollett,demanding he repayChicago $130,106 — the cost of the police overtime hours expended in the investigation into his allegations. The actor missed a city-imposed Thursday deadline to pay or face further legal action.

Smollett’s attorney Mark Geragos balked at the city’s demands in a letter dated Thursday and obtained by the Tribune. Los Angeles-based Geragos wrote that Smollett “will not be intimidated into paying the demanded sum.”