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THE WORD | J LO AND A-ROD ARE ENGANGED

J Lo and A-Rod are engaged after dating for a little more than 2 years and announced it on Instagram with simultaneous posts Saturday night. They each shared a pic of him holding her hand while showing off her MASSIVE new rock. No word on any wedding plans yet, but if the engagement ring is an indicator ... no expense will be spared.

Congrats!


THE WORD | Jussie Smollett Removed From Empire’s Final 2 Episodes Following Arrest

On Friday, February 22, producers Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo andDennis Hammer revealed in a statement that Smollett, 36, will not appear in the final two episodes of the season.

The decision, producers said, was made to "avoid further disruption on set."

"The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us," the statement said. "Jussie has been an important member of our 'Empire' family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out."

 

 

THE WORD | DAME DASH APOLOGIZES TO JAY-Z, BIGGS AND JIM JONES

Most may know that Dame Dash , co-founder of Roc-A-Fella, and Jay-Z were business partners and really good friends. But what most people are unclear of, is how the two friends became foes. 

Well, after 15 years , Dame Dash decided to apologize to the rap mogul. Dame Dash also apologizes to Jim Jones and Kareem ‘Biggs’ Burke. 

Jordan Peele's "Get Out" Defines Odds By Grossing 100 Million; It Took 5 Million to Make

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“Get Out” is a Hollywood success story through and through. Basking in near-universal acclaim, the thriller about a black photographer (Daniel Kaluuya) meeting his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) sinister family has coasted on organic hype. This is its third weekend in theaters, making it the fastest $100 million earner for Blumhouse, the horror-oriented production company that also funded “Split,” the “Paranormal Activity” franchise and the “Insidious” series. “Get Out” cost a modest $5 million to make, rendering the accomplishment particularly notable given original adult movies’ ongoing financial struggles. 

Read More Via Huffington Post

WorldStarHipHop Founder Lee 'Q' O’Denat Dead At 43

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WorldStarHipHop founder Lee O’Denat, who was known by his nickname “Q,” died on Monday, January 23, TMZ reported on Tuesday. He was 43. He died in his sleep, and although the autopsy has not been completed, a source told TMZ that the entertainment mogul died of a heart attack.

 

Black Twitter Goes Off on "Hidden Fences"

The NBC red carpet correspondent Jenna Bush-Hager was interviewing Pharrell Williams when she wrongly stated that the musician was Golden Globe-nominated for his work on "Hidden Fences," an erroneous statement if ever there were one.

Black Twitter responses to the situation:

#hiddenfences #blackcomedy #twitterfamily

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This is the best one #hiddenfences #butchered

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Hidden Fences? I can't... #hiddenfences #lmao #what #getthenamesright #fences #hiddenfigures

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#HiddenFences #BlackTwitter

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I'm bout to go awf #hiddenfigures #hiddenfences

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Lil Durk and WGCI Surprises Two Chicago Families With Christmas Cash!

Christmas came early for many Chicago families, thanks in part to WGCI, Mountain Dew and Lil Durk.  Chicago rapper Lil Durk knows first-hand how tough it is around Christmas when you live in poverty. He donated money to this Christmas charity.

“I grew up with nothing, you know what I’m saying? But my momma, she did a good job; best she could do, but I grew up with nothing, so I know how it feels.” ~ Lil Durk 

WGCI host Leon Rogers said Lil Durk’s donation was a side of rappers most people don’t see.

“I like the fact that you’ve set a standard that I feel like some other little homies out here should follow, man. If you really love your city, this is a way you give back,” he said.

13-year-old Kiara Brooks wrote to the station. Kiara’s father has been in prison for the past 12 years.

“My Christmas list begins with shoes for me and my brother, but most of all I just want my family to have the best Christmas ever,” she wrote.

Kiara wish came true, as WGCI gave her $1,000 for Christmas. Fred Spence, of Englewood was awarded $1,500; Spence has lost his job and didn’t have money to buy gifts for his wife and five daughters.

“They’re going to be real happy. I’m going to get a whole bunch of hugs and kisses,” Spence said.

WGCI chose the two winners out of a pool of more than 2,000 letters. Mountain Dew also sponsored the radio station’s Christmas giveaway.

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.

Yo Gotti Signs To the ROC

Today is a good day in the land of CMG as Yo Gotti has announced his signing with music super company Roc Nation.  Earlier this year Jay Z announced the joining of DJ Khaled to the Roc Nation family so Yo Gotti’s team up comes at no surprise.

As the Memphis rapper continues to close the year out with grand announcements,  Gotti’s sixth studio album, White Friday, will release December 23rd, 2016.  This will be the first album under his new management, Roc Nation. The CMG family is also expanding with it’s newest member Moneybagg Yo. Alongside Yo Gotti’s upcoming album, he has also released a track entitiled “Castro,” which features Kanye West, Big Sean, and Quavo.  It is not yet known whether the CMG leader’s deal with Roc Nation is management or label affiliated.

Kanye West Reportedly Has New Music On The Way

 

Not even Divorce Rumors can keep St. Pablo himself out the studio. Reports of exhaustion and erratic behavior may have landed Kanye West in a hospital which ended the remainder of his St. Pablo Tour Mr. West is back home recovering and reportedly new music is on the way.

After the release of The Life of Pablo in February, Kanye announced that he will release a follow-up album titled Turbo Grafx 16.  Sources close to the Rapper say since returning home, West has been at peace and is more relaxed and focused. He has reportedly built a temporary studio in his Bel-Air home to work on new music.

Upon his hospitalization, word broke that Kanye began recording music from his bedside. After J. Cole suggested on his new song “False Prophets,” Kanye may have lost the gift that drew millions of fans to him has been a creative influence that has gotten him through personal and professional turmoil.

Chance The Rapper Earns 7 Grammy Nominations

Chance the Rapper’s petition earlier this spring to change the GRAMMY rules to include streaming only albums paid off big time. The Chicago rapper earned seven nominations as a result.

"We never want to be in position where music that deserves to be in the mix is usurped by some technicality in the process."-  Recording Academy President Neil Portnow

CBS This Morning announced the full list of nominees and Chance trailed behind Beyoncé (who earned nine), and Drake and Rihanna (who each earned eight) with an impressive seven nominations for his very first eligible release. Chance was nominated, among other categories, for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song (for “No Problem” featuring Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz), as well as Best Rap Performance.

Chance's Nominations Below:

Best new artist:

Kelsea Ballerini

The Chainsmokers

Chance the Rapper

Maren Morris

Anderson .Paak

Best rap performance:

"No Problem" — Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

"Panda" — Desiigner

"Pop Style" — Drake Featuring the Throne

"All the Way Up" — Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared

"That Part" — Schoolboy Q featuring Kanye West

Best rap performance

“No Problem” — Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz

“Panda” — Desiigner

“Pop Style” — Drake featuring the Throne

“All the Way Up” — Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared

“That Part” — Schoolboy Q featuring Kanye West

Best rap/sung performance

“Freedom” — Beyoncé featuring Kendrick Lamar

“Hotline Bling” — Drake

“Broccoli” — D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty

“Ultralight Beam” — Kanye West featuring Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & the-Dream

“Famous” — Kanye West featuring Rihanna

Best rap song

“All the Way Up” — Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma featuring French Montana & Infared)

“Famous” — Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West featuring Rihanna)

“Hotline Bling” — Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)

“No Problem” — Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance the Rapper featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)

“Ultralight Beam” — Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico "Donnie Trumpet" Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West featuring Chance the Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & the-Dream)

Best rap album

“Coloring Book” — Chance the Rapper

“And the Anonymous Nobody” — De La Soul

“Major Key” — DJ Khaled

“Views” — Drake

“Blank Face LP” — Schoolboy Q

“The Life of Pablo” — Kanye West

Chicagoland's TUO CLARK APPOINTED Sr. VICE PRESIDENT OF A&R AT DEF JAM RECORDINGS

Congrats to Chicagoland native and to one half of Da Internz, Tuo Clark, as he was just appointed as the Senior Vice President of A&R at Def Jam Records.

Read Def Jam’s official statement below:

Dec. 5, 2016 – New York, NY – Tuo Clark, of famed production duo Da Internz, has been appointed Senior Vice President, A&R, Def Jam Recordings, it was announced today by Steve Bartels, CEO, Def Jam Recordings.

Mr. Clark will oversee selected current and new artist projects – including Big Sean, Jeremih, Lil Durk and Trap Beckham among others – while actively seeking out, discovering and signing new and established talent to Def Jam. Mr. Clark, who is based in Los Angeles, will report directly to Mr. Bartels.

“Tuo is an incredibly talented producer and a proven hitmaker,” said Steve Bartels. “His talent and energy extends itself beyond the studio; it’s felt throughout the artist and creative community and industry-wide. I’m excited to continue working closely with Tuo and our entire staff of gifted, young A&R executives to keep music & artists at the forefront of what we do.”

Of his appointment at Def Jam, Mr. Clark said, “I want to thank Steve Bartels for the continued opportunity to grow with this amazing team, doing what I love: making great, timeless music.”

Hailing from Harvey, IL on Chicago’s Southside, Tuo Clark has spent nearly a decade as one-half of the six-time Grammy®-nominated duo Da Internz, working with multi-platinum chart-topping superstars Big Sean, Justin Bieber, John Legend, Nicki Minaj, Nas, Ludacris, Trey Songz, and many others.

PartyNextDoor Beef Grants Exit For Jeremih

Look’s like Summer is really over for Chicago artist Jeremih. Live Nation recently released a statement saying they had no choice but to cut Jeremih from the Summer’s Over tour starring Party Next Door. The release is due to many incidents on Jeremih’s behalf. In Chicago, Jeremih dropped his microphone after screaming "F*** yal" on stage once his set was cut short. It was also rumored that Jeremih completely skipped a Houston concert and sent a “double” in his place. His last stop in Dallas put the icing on the cake when Jeremih used highly offensive language referring to PND and his team. “PARTYNEXTDOOR and his crew are some bitch ass niggas. Now tell me that. Tell me what I said now?”

Live Nation recently released a statement on their stance with Jeremih and why he is now ineligible from performing on tour:

Live Nation’s top priority is helping artists and performers create great shows for their fans.  With this in mind, we've decided it's best for the Summer’s Over Tour to continue without Jeremih, effective immediately. After multiple incidents we are left with no other choice. We do not support these actions or take these actions lightly. Ticketholders may request a full refund at point of purchase, which will forfeit access to the entire show. No partial refunds will be issued.

Given recent events in hip hop, it’s not looking to good for Chicago as native artists has been publicized for their rants during various tour stops like Kanye West throughout his St. Pablo Tour. According to Jeremih, there are some budgeting issues within the live nation produced tour that has fueled a fire between the two artists. Unfortunately for Jeremih, his rants earned a grand exit from the tour with four North American concert stops to go. 

Rhymefest Is Turning Kanye West’s Childhood Home Into An Arts Center

Rhymefest a long time friend of Ye, Activist and hip-Hop artist announced via his Instagram that he'd purchased the house and plans to turn it into an art incubator: 

    "I'm excited to announce the purchase of Kanye's childhood home as a community Arts incubator," Rhymefest told his followers on Instagram before confirming he will be turning it into a new essential spot for Donda's House. "It will be the first of our Nationwide Lite-Houses. A state of the art recording studio, a curriculum space for @dondashouse and southside music museum."

"We want to show bright spots in communities that've been divested from, we know more Lights exist here, they just need to be activated," Rhymefest added of his hopes for the new space. Of course, you can also help Rhymefest in his quest to help the community by donating your own money. "Please click the link in my bio & Donate to DondasHouse, support our efforts to support our youth. #givingtuesday"

Working with Kanye’s charity Donda’s House, he intends to convert the building into an “incubator” for local artists, offering a recording studio, events space and Southside music museum.

Donda's House program was co-founded by West and launched back in 2013 in honor of West's late mother Donda, as a way to provide essential training and education in the arts to the Chicago youth. The methods are based on Dr. Donda West's own research and career who believed that arts instruction "improves a child's analytical and creative capacity." You can read all about Donda's House right here and donate to the program through Rhymefest's link.


Dez Jermaine

Founder of AllDatNoise.com

The 'Search For Hidden Figures Contest' $200K Scholarship For Young Women

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As 2017 approaches Fans are ready to view "Hidden Figures"'starring Taraji P. Henson Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae.The film is destined to be a box office hit. Hidden Figures tells the story of an extraordinary young African American mathematics genius by the name of Katherine Johnson, who worked with her two colleagues to develop calculations that ultimately helped engineer John Glen make history as the first American astronaut to make a complete orbit of the earth. Johnson is played by Taraji P. Henson.

In anticipation of the film's release, 21st Century Fox has teamed up with PepsiCo to launch The "Search For Hidden Figures" scholarship program.

Created in an effort to provide additional funding opportunities for young women with an interest in pursing careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the contest is truly amazing. Similar to the film's story, 21st Century Fox and PepsiCo hope to inspire as many young women as possible to strive for greatness through the scholarship.

 "PepsiCo is incredibly proud to work with 21st Century Fox and the New York Academy of Sciences to shine a light on women and girls doing outstanding but unheralded work in science, technology, engineering and math," said Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo's Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development.

The contest will run from November 14 - December 10, 2016. 

For more information on the Search For Hidden Figures scholarship contest, including how you can enter, visit their official website here.

CHICAGO SINGER JOHNNY P HAS PASSED AWAY

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Its sad to inform everyone that a Chicago legend has passed away. Long time collaborator 'Twista', we ask for prayers for singer "Johnny P" as it been announced that he has passed. Johnny P, was one of Chicagos very own most talented performers.

His music draws influence from R&B and Hip-Hop/Rap. He was instrumental to the successful careers of many artists coming out of Chicago and who have made great accomplishments in the music industry such as Twista and Do or Die. He has multi-platinum records collaborating with the late TuPac, Twista, Do or Die and ScarFace.

Rest in peace Johnny P, you will be missed by many.

Chance the Rapper Cancels European Tour

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Chance the Rapper is cancelling the remainder of his Magnificent Coloring World Tour in Europe due to "personal reasons."

In a statement released via Facebook from the promoter, the Chicago rapper was set to perform two sold out shows at the Helix in Dublin and a concert at the Apollo in Manchester.

"He sends his apologies for this and looks forward to returning to Europe in 2017," the statement read.  

It's not known as to the circumstances of the cancellation especially after his mentor and frequent collaborator Kanye West cancelled the remainder of his Saint Pablo tour and was hospitalized due to  "temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation" earlier this week.

Kanye West Hospitalized after Tour Cancellation

Kanye West has yet again chosen to go on a public rant during his St. Pablo Tour. Ye had a few things to get off his chest as he called out Beyonce, Jay Z, DJ Khaled and many others at his Sacramento stop this past weekend. 

He referred to his rant as a "Moment in the Matrix"  right before he cut the concert short and since then has cancelled the remainder of his US Tour Stops. 

According to Apple News, West has reportedly been hospitalized right after cancelling his tour. L.A. Police responded to a 911 call regarding a man suffering from temporary psychosis. He is currently admitted into UCLA Medical Center. There are no further statements from West's team. His wife Kim Kardashian West was scheduled to make her first red carpet appearance since the Paris robbery in honor of her late father. It is not known whether Kim appeared on the red carpet. What's The Word TV will definitely keep the Kardashian-West family in our prayers. 

Stay tuned for updates on Kanye West's hospitalization.