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THE WORD| Jason Mitchell Dropped From ‘The Chi’ Season 3, Netflix Film

Rising actor, Jason Mitchell, who received his break out role as Eazy-E in 2015 Straight Outta Compton film has recently been dropped by both his agency, UTA, and management company, Authentic Talent & Literacy Management, in what appears to be “allegations of inappropriate behavior”, as phrased by Deadline. The specifics of the accusations like who and what are unclear to the media, it appears that this isn’t the first issue with his behavior. The Chi co-star Tiffany Boone has previously addressed her concerns with the actor which were later resolved. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Boone previously had difficulty filming with Mitchell. It’s said that Boone felt unsafe working with Mitchell and her efforts to continue working with him have gone so far as to having her fiancé, Dear White People actor Marque Richardson, come to set on several occasions. Ultimately, Boone informed the Fox 21 producers that she could no longer work with him. Aside from Boone, several other actresses from the show came forward with grievances about Mitchell. 

The source also added that along with companies UTA and Authentic terminating him, Mitchell has also been released from an upcoming Netflix film, Desperados, which he was already casted but is now replaced by actor Lamorne Morris. Along with the upcoming film he’s reportedly being released from Lena Waithe’s “The Chi” after they’ve been renewed for a third season. The show commented stating that he’d continue no longer than the current season. It’s unclear as to how, the show will move forward with Mitchell’s character, Brandon, considering he plays a vital role to the shows story line. 

"More Life" gives Drake a well deserved break.

Credit: @AppleMusic

Credit: @AppleMusic

Our weekend in music was given life with Drake's release of playlist "More Life." A compilation of various genres of rap and pop mixed into one extraordinary track list which features, Young Thug, Lil' Wayne, Quavo, PartyNextDoor, and more. 

The project- assumed to originally be released in December 2016- a 22 track collection of the Toronto raised artist in rarest form. It is one of the most international music based playlist released by a rapper in history. Vibes ranging from West Indies in his own Caribbean flare, a touch of UK, Giggs in No long Talk features, all mixed with Drake originality and the rap honoring trap wave, More Life is a diverse album contrasive to that of the old Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson crossovers. The most distinctive of each song is Drake's story and lyrical context in finding love, exonerating trust, and keeping his top spot in the music game. 

The drop of More Life led Drizzy ordained as the only artist with over 10 billion Spotify streams. A great notion given the praise from fans on social media.

The artist to succeed many evolutions in hip hop and pop genres, Drake has taken many tracks in More Life to deliver his feelings to his audience as truthful as over the past few years. Lyrically, we can tell Drake still deems no one trustworthy, has feelings for past exes, and wants to be the best to ever do it without bringing others down. He takes shots at Meek Mill going ghost in Free Smoke, "How you let the kid fightin' ghostwritin' rumors turn you to a ghost? Oh, you niggas got jokes." and what appears to be a Nicki Minaj reference in Ice Melts," Look, I want you to myself But I know you just left someone elseI know you did, he did a number on you.That must be why you move so icy." 

Drake is definitely an artist of his own genre as he has been for years reconciling from hip hop, a smooth R&B, and afro beats style, as he proclaims he can't be stopped, given last year's beef  with numerous artists from Pusha T, Kid Cudi, and of course Meek Mill. His views on the industry has become more hostile, not violent but defensive- understandable when you have a top spot you must defend the throne to carry a crown. The good thing Drake expresses in More Life, the industry won't tear him down, brought by Mama Graham in Can't have Everything as a voicemail recording inspiring him to aim high- referencing a famous Michelle Obama quote plays in closing "When others go low, We go high."

"You know, hon, I'm a bit concerned about this negative tone that I'm hearing in your voice these days. And I can appreciate where your uncertainty stems from, and you have reason to question your anxieties and how disillusioned you feel as well, feeling skeptical about who you believe you can trust. But that attitude will just hold you back in this life."- Sandi Graham

She assures her son of his inspiration to the world and how much she believes in the greatness that is Drake. This message could symbolize a new beginning for Drake, an ending of a chapter that started on top and ending in the same position with less associates, mature meanings, more enemies, and a head full of thoughts only to be released through his music for clarity. The Views author ended his "playlist" announcing his break away from the music world, no it's not the end for Drake, time off to get back to his old self may be just what the doctor ordered.

 “Take the summer off ’cause they tell me I need recovery. Maybe getting back to my regular life will humble me. I’ll be back 2018 and get you the summary.” 

Donald Trump Signs First Bills Into Law Moments Into Presidency

Just minutes after taking the Oath of Office, President Trump took action to begin work repealing Obamacare. Vice President looks on as the Executive Orders are being signed.

Just minutes after taking the Oath of Office, President Trump took action to begin work repealing Obamacare. Vice President looks on as the Executive Orders are being signed.

Shortly after today's inauguration, President Donald Trump signed a few Executive Orders into law. Keeping true to one of his campaign promises, repealing Obamacare aka the Affordable Care Act. 

One of Obama's first priorities when taking office in 2009 was Obamacare and making healthcare available for all. 20 millions Americans are currently insured under the health care law. Now President Trump is taking immediate action to get rid of it, with no clear indication of what he will replace it with.

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Today's order had multiple parts but it essentially said Trump's administration will work to "promptly repeal" the Affordable Care Act. However, until then they must continue to follow the law until a change is made. It also provided more flexibility for states to reduce some of the requirements and allowed more authority for them to make health care decisions. In short, it allowed more states to have control over their health care markets.

Also today, the new laws cleared the way for his defense secretary to become official which is standard. Regarding the other laws signed today White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, "the other papers Trump was signing included formal nominations for his Cabinet and a proclamation for a national day of patriotism."

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More of Trump's nominees still need to be confirmed through the Senate. Today only two of Trump's nominees for his Cabinet were confirmed: retired General John Kelly for Homeland Security and retired General James Mattis to serve as Defense Secretary.

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Ex- Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello responds to remaining Four Harmonizers

It looks as if Fifth Harmony will be not be ending 2016 the way they started. It has been announced that member Camila Cabello has left the pop group and will be going solo. According to the group’s social media yesterday, the other four members of the group were informed of her departure via Cabello’s representatives. They released a statement signed by the remaining four girls Ally, Normani, Dinah, and Lauren reassuring fans that they will continue the group as four.

Camila recently responded to the girls post with a statement expressing her side of the story. She explained that her intentions were to not leave the group and they have had many “lengthy much needed conversations” regarding her becoming a solo artist.

Sources say the ending of Camila’s contractual agreement was a gateway for her exit from the pop group. Camila has recently undergone two separate collaborations, “I know what you did last summer with Shawn Mendes released late last year and Bad Things with Machine Gun Kelly, so the movement toward separation comes at no surprise for some fans. On the other hand, many we’re too thrilled to hear the news regarding Camila’s departure.

Raven Symoné Announces ‘That’s So Raven’ Spin-Off and Leaving ‘The View’

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Raven Symone has officially announced her departure from “The View.” The starlet announced her departure this morning from the ABC talk show. Raven opened the show informing the listening audience that she will be executive producing and starring in a That’s So Raven spin-off with Disney. A set date for her departure has yet to be determined although Raven did hint at her departing before the new year.

 

As far as That’s So Raven spin-off, Raven will return as the original “Raven Baxter,” a recently divorced mother raising her children. Of course, one of the children will develop psychic abilities as in the original sitcom. Raven’s departure has been rumored for months, after she began to miss shows due to transport back and forth from Los Angeles working on the developing sitcom.

Hilary Clinton Returns To The Breakfast Club Talks Jay Z, Trump, & more

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( Photo Cred: Okay Player )

Democratic Presidential Nominee, Hilary Clinton made yet another appearance on Power 105.1 FM's-The Breakfast Club. Clinton talked all things Trump, guns, Jay Z, racism, and more. The 30 minute interview with DJ Envy, Angela Yee, and Charlamagne The God took place Wednesday morning. 

Touching on the topic of gun policy, Clinton informed that she does not have intentions on taking guns away, but wanted to ensure that guns are only going into the right hands- one way of maintaining a safer America. Referring to our police system, Clinton noted that officials are usually uneducated on how to handle mental illnesses on contact. Hence the killings of numerous citizens who suffers from mental illnesses. She went on to say,"We need better police training. I think there should be national standards on the use of legal force. I think one of the big problems we’ve got—and police tell me this—is most police don’t know how to deal with mental health problems. So we need better mental health response."

Charlamagne also brought up the concert music mogul, Jay Z upcoming benefit concert in support of the Clinton campaign in Ohio. Clinton seemed extremely honored by Hov's gesture to support her race. Stevie Wonder also stopped by to sing a Happy Birthday Medley to the Presidential hopeful who turned 69 years old today.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY #HillaryClinton... Go out and vote

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Russel and Ciara Wilson are Expecting a Child

Tuesday October 25th, fashion guru and singer Ciara, took to social media to make yet another announcement. Last week, Ciara announced that she is now the new face of Revlon Cosmetics as her new commercial was released via web. Yesterday for her 31st birthday Ciara posted an instagram picture of her and husband, football star Russell Wilson, announcing their pregnancy. 

Russell Wilson also displayed the same post of him holding Ciara's baby bump captioned: "The Greatest Blessing of All, Forever Grateful. #BabyWilsonOnTheWay." Wilson then took to Twitter to tweet a relevant bible verse to his 2 million followers,“'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart...’ Jeremiah 1:5 NIV,”   

The couple tied the knot this past July in England. They seem extremely excited about expanding their family. This will be the couple's first child together. Ciara also has a two year old son by ex-fiance' and rap artist-Future.