Video: D∆WN – ‘LA’

D∆WN returns with another visually captivating moment. Two months after joining Dirty Projectors in the dazzling “Cool Your Heart” video, Dawn Richard explores her relationship with Los Angeles and Louisiana in the film-noir clip for her latest single, “LA.”

The mostly black-and-white visual finds D∆WN in her usual artistic zone, dancing and performing through the City of Angels. She makes sure to hit landmarks, from the Walt Disney Concert Hall to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

“‘LA’ is such a personal record and visual to me,” she told Jezebel. “It explains the parallels of the struggle and beauty I’ve encountered in both Louisiana and Los Angeles.”

Playing a guitar along with guest Trombone Shorty, Dawn also delivers a rockstar moment at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power building, overlooking the city’s iconic skyline.

“We been friends since Wayne was a Hot Boy… he said we should keep drivin’ for the sake of survivin’, now we hot, boy,” she sings. Though later, she adds: “These L.A. streets are killing me.”

The Monty Marsh-directed video has a black-and-white motif, but D∆WN and Marsh purposely included splashes of red throughout. “Red signifies the redemption I find in both the grit and the glamour,” she explained.

Today, Dawn also announced her upcoming “Redemption Tour,” a 7-date trek that includes a stop in Chicago for the Pitchfork Festival. Starting July 13 in Detroit, the run is slated to continue through July 22 in Brooklyn.

Redemption Tour Dates

July 13 – Our Club, Detroit
July 14 – Pitchfork Festival, Chicago
July 15 – Drake, Toronto
July 19 – Port City Music Hall, Portland
July 20 – Great Scott, Boston
July 21 – Coda, Philadelphia
July 22 – Knitting Factory, Brooklyn

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New Music: Gucci Mane feat. Rocko – ‘Pardon Me’

Still blazing from yesterday’s “Drop Top Wizop Freestyle,” Gucci Mane teams up with Rocko for his latest release, “Pardon Me.”

Over a trap-infused banger, Guwop rhymes about his lavish lifestyle and multi-faceted skill set. “A ni**a so fly, that I should have been a pilot,” he raps. “I know a ni**a rap, but I could’ve been a stylist / Feel like a jeweler ’cause I rock so many diamonds / Could never run for president, my past too violent.”

Detailing his rise from “corner boy” to “kingpin,” Gucci also fires off some shots at unnamed competitors. “Fuck your CEO, tell him King Gucci said that,” he raps, before doubling down: “That’s your CEO? We used to gamble for his contract / I damn near lost his first three albums playing blackjack.”

Throughout, Rocko offers his support. “Life’s all about taking risks, I told my baby ‘Pray for me, I’m trying to be all I can be,’” he raps. “Trying to live out my dreams, if I offend you, pardon me, I’m just trying to be all I could be.”

“Pardon Me” follows Gucci’s Nicki Minaj-assisted “Make Love.” Both cuts arrive ahead of Guwop’s album DropTopWop.

On Wednesday (April 5), Guwop will kick off his “Trap God Tour.” He is also planning a movie with Rick Ross and releasing his autobiography on Sept. 19.

Listen to “Pardon Me” below.

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DWTS Recap: Vegas Night!

By Joanne Rosa

For everyday people, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. For the Dancing with the Stars cast, that’s not the case. Entertainment Tonight revealed all of the dances this week will have a casino theme. Dance partners are expected to step up their choreography. Chances are, a gamble like that won’t go well for everyone.

It was rumored that Charo might quit DWTS. Her reactions the past two weeks were certainly entertaining to viewers, but possibly too unpredictable for producers to handle. Charo settled all of the gossip by taking to Instagram. She proclaimed her love for the show, and encouraged followers to vote #teamcuchicuchi.

I am NOT quitting @dancingabc I love the show and want to stay awhile! Vote #teamcuchicuchi #dwts24 #dwts

A post shared by Charo (@officialcharo) on Mar 30, 2017 at 9:08pm PDT

Judge Julianne and her brother Derek Hough performed a dance together from their upcoming tour, Move Beyond. To Julianne and Derek, the dance was made to receive some sort of closure from their parents’ divorce. Breakups are always difficult, but it is that much harder when children are involved. The emotion from both of them radiated through the screen, to us on our couch. We will never know the full story of what Julianne and Derek went through during that time, but the dance served as a form of therapy for them.

Maks is out again this week, leaving Heather to dance with Alan. The recovery time for Maks is still unclear. Worst case scenario, he can never dance again. Best case scenario, he is back next week. The Wendy team is hoping for the best case scenario here! In the mean time, Heather will be channeling her inner Britney Spears, which she has done more than once before. She claims that it will be different from past Britney moments, because it is ballroom (a dancing style she is not familiar with). Before we know it, people might start a “leave Heather alone” movement!

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Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd
“Poker Face” By Lady Gaga
Tango
Nick attempted to overcome his fears this week by being the first to dance. Len was content with the dance this week, saying that it was better than last week. Julianne said the tango is the dance for Nick. Carrie Ann even went as far to say that Nick and Peta had a regal presence! It’s obvious that Nick is trying his best and he really wants to win the Mirrorball.
Carrie Ann-7
Len-6
Julianne-7
Bruno-6
SCORE: 26/40

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Mr. T with Kym Herjavec
“Ain’t That a Kick in the Head” by Robbie Williams
Foxtrot
Kym wanted to show a different side to Mr. T this week. He aimed to be sophisticated, and he showed us sophisticated! Julianne called the dance beautiful. Bruno admitted that Mr. T cleaned up very well, and that this dance style was made for him. Mr. T gave just enough this week, without being too over the top. Mr. T felt his best with his dance this week, and it was evident with his highest score yet.
Carrie Ann-6
Len-6
Julianne-6
Bruno-6
SCORE: 24/40

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Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess
“A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie, GoonRock and Q-Tip
Charleston
Sharna saw some difficulties creating choreography this week that Bonner could handle. Maybe the dance moves were too difficult for Bonner to keep up with or maybe it was the dry dessert air. Either way, Bonner’s timing was visibly off. Len had the nicest comments to say out of all the judges, remarking that Bonner’s personality was seen through the dance. All of the judges commented that Bonner was off, and not sharp enough. Maybe he picked up a bad case of Nick Viall.
Carrie Ann-6
Len-6
Julianne-6
Bruno-6
SCORE: 24/40

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Heather Morris with Maksim Chmerkovskiy Alan Bersten
“Toxic” by Britney Spears
Tango
It looks like Maks’ pointers from the hospital paid off. Plus, Alan and Heather are anything but toxic together. They might be more in tune than Heather and Maks! The judges showered Heather and Alan with great comments, including how Heather went all in during this dance, her great chemistry with Alan, and how awesome Heather looked in her outfit. Looks aside, Heather received the first nine of the season!
Carrie Ann-9
Len-8
Julianne-8
Bruno-8
SCORE: 33/40

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Charo with Keo Motsepe
“Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups
Foxtrot
Charo and Keo are making great strides together and bring out the best in each other. The judges thought this was a refreshed version of Charo, but Carrie Ann missed seeing some of her personality.
Carrie Ann-6
Len-6
Julianne-6
Bruno-6
SCORE: 24/40

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Simone Biles with Sasha Farber
“Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley
Quickstep
This dance channels everything that is Simone, except for the fact that she hardly knows a thing about Elvis. Despite that, this happy go lucky dance showed off the best side of Simone. Simone is so used to restraining her emotions during the Olympics. All the judges agreed it is something she has to work on, but Carrie Ann was in complete shock that Sasha held Simone’s hands during one of her jumps, when she knows full well Simone is capable of doing it on her own.
Carrie Ann-7
Len-8
Julianne-9
Bruno-8
SCORE: 32/40

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Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev
“Shake Your Bon-Bon” by Ricky Martin
Samba
Nancy and Artem got a dose of the bon-bon shaker himself this week! Ricky Martin eased Nancy’s nerves, and reminded her that this is all just about having fun. Artem was completely star struck. If it wasn’t enough to be partnered with an Olympian, now he got to meet his childhood idol. Len and Julianne called this the best samba they have seen on the show. Ricky would be more than proud of their performance.
Carrie Ann-8
Len-9
Julianne-8
Bruno-8
SCORE: 33/40

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David Ross with Lindsay Arnold
“Candy Shop” By 50 Cent
Jazz
If you were watching this with your children, let’s just hope you sent them to bed before things got hot and heavy. David channeled his inner “Magic Mike” this week, and he is just hoping his own kids don’t remember this a few years from now. The dance was fun, entertaining, sexy, and well executed. David attributed his locker room twerking to his awesome gyrating skills on stage. The sex appeal gave them their highest score so far!
Carrie Ann-8
Len-7
Julianne-8
Bruno-8
SCORE: 31/40

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Erika Jayne with Gleb Savchenko
“Take Me to Heaven” by Patina Miller, Debbie Kurup and Amy Booth-Steel
Jive

Legend has it, those that perform the jive are either wonderful or awful. This routine was probably somewhere in-between. Erika lost her footing at times and she fell out of sync with Gleb. Carrie Ann admitted she docked a point because of the extended lift in the opening of the dance. Erika’s flexibility didn’t save her this time.
Carrie Ann-6
Len-7
Julianne-7
Bruno-6
SCORE: 26/40

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Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater
“Swalla” By Jason Derulo feat. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign
Samba
They might be in Vegas, but Emma is not going easy on Rashad. She is determined to stay on top and Rashad appreciates her pointers. Rashad’s smooth, but the judges aren’t convinced that this was his best work. Julianne blamed the song, Bruno blamed the footing, and Len blamed his flat feet. Not every dance can be their best dance, but these two want to put out nothing less than the best, and this week their score went down.
Carrie Ann-7
Len-7
Julianne-7
Bruno-7
SCORE: 28/40

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Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
“Big Spender” by Shirley Bassey
Foxtrot
Last week it was Thailand, this week it was Hong Kong for Normani and Valentin. Some might believe that traveling so much would work against these two, but it seems to actually be doing the opposite. The travel is bringing Normani and Valentin closer, which makes it easier to dance together. Bruno called it the best dance of the night. Julianne compared it to a Broadway performance. DWTS saved the best for last this week.
Carrie Ann-8
Len-8
Julianne-9
Bruno-9
BEST SCORE: 34/40

This week, the two couples left at the bottom were Charo with Keo (again), and Nick with Peta. Last night, we said goodbye to #teamcoochiecoochie. Just when Charo started to settle down a bit, she was sent home. Despite her refined attitude last night, she told Bruno to meet her in the parking lot after the show. We think she’s kidding… maybe.

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Beyoncé Dedicates Video, Playlist to Jay Z on 9th Wedding Anniversary

In honor of their ninth wedding anniversary, Beyoncé celebrates her love for Jay Z with an updated video for her 2015 dedication “Die With You.”

Sitting behind a piano, Queen Bey launches into her emotional ballad. “I don’t have a reason to cry,” she sings. “I have every reason to smile / I don’t have a reason to lie / When you’re already reading my mind / I don’t have a reason to be, if I can’t be with you.”

As she performs these loving words, visuals show the husband and wife throughout their years of wedded bliss. There are some candid scenes of the Carters on vacation, relaxing, smiling, and enjoying life as music’s most powerful couple.

The romance is on display as their most intimate moments are shown, including clips from their wedding, from Blue Ivy’s birth, and more. But this version of the video also features new scenes, including clips that were recorded in recent months. In one adorable scene, Blue kisses her mother’s pregnant belly, in anticipation of her twin siblings.

In addition to the video, Bey dropped the “IV EVER EVER” playlist for Jay Z, a 63-song playlist that includes romantic tracks like Sade’s “Love Is Stronger Than Pride,” Michael Jackson’s “I Can’t Help It,” and Prince’s “When We’re Dancing Close and Slow.”

Listen to the playlist below.

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Brother Polight: Black People Don't Benefit by Practicing Racism

Brother Polight shared why he doesn’t think black people created racism, as he told DJ Vlad that Blacks don’t have the means to benefit from being racist. He went on to explain that there are far more important things for the black community to learn about, including how to build for their retirement.

To hear more of what Brother Polight had to say, including why he thinks wealth starts at $150,000 per year, hit the above clip.

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Birdman Shows Off His $50 Million Jewelry Collection

If there were any hip hop figure capable of putting jewelry on a table valued at an 8-figure dollar amount, it would be Cash Money Records CEO Birdman.

The rap mogul recently took to Instagram to floss some of the pieces he’s purchased over the years. Over two dozen pieces fill the collection he shares, with watches and neck pieces ranging between tens of thousands to tens of millions of dollars each.

“Eighty eight, eighty nine, eighty seven, two mill, five mill, ten mill, whatever the number is n***a. Four mill, ten mill, twenty mill,” he goes on, counting off to what amounts to more than $50 million worth of jewels.

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Tony Romo Reportedly Retiring From the NFL to Become a Broadcaster

After 15 years of playing pro ball, Tony Romo is hanging up his cleats.

ESPN reported that Romo will go into broadcasting after the Dallas Cowboys release him Tuesday. His retirement is health related according to sources, citing the most import thing to Romo is his health and his family. While he plans to retire, football isn’t completely out of the questions for the 15-year vet; he has now become the emergency backup QB that teams can pay to come out of retirement according to an NFL VP.

Romo’s latter years have been marred by injuries, with him missing most of the 2015 season, and never seeing the field in 2016 after he suffered a fracture of his vertebrae. In 10 seasons as Dallas’ starter, Romo has thrown for 4,183 yards, 248 touchdowns, and 117 interceptions.

How would you access Romo’s career? Let us know in the comments.

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Video: Utah Police Officer Shoots and Kills Man with His Own Gun

Video released of a police encounter that turned deadly in Utah over one month ago is raising questions, as police defend that they were forced to act, before allegedly killing a resident from Layton with his own gun.

The recording opens up with Nicolas Sanchez standing outside of a store in Roy City on February 21, when he is confronted by officers. According to authorities, they had been called to the scene by the store’s clerk, who reported that Sanchez had for some time been “acting suspiciously” as he loitered outside. Sanchez is heard asking why, as the voice of an officer off camera continually summons him to over. Sanchez finally complies after he is threatened with arrest, but as soon as he appears to get within distance of the officer a struggle ensues.

Within moments Sanchez was shot, with officers contending that he had a firearm in his waistband. The recording does not clearly show how the altercation progresses, as the men fall to the ground before shots are let off. It is reported that some of the shots came from the gun wrestled away from Sanchez.

“At one point, the officer trying to wrestle the gun from Sanchez’ hands saw the gun pointing at his face,” a statement released by Utah police read. “It was clear to the second officer that his partner’s life was in imminent danger, and he began firing at Sanchez …The first officer was then able to take Sanchez’s gun and shot him with it.”

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Stephen A. Smith Calls Shaq One of the Realest, Tells KD to Watch Out

Stephen A. Smith has a message for Kevin Durant: “Shaq is one of the realest, most genuine dudes you will ever find.”

Smith addressed KD during a segment of First Take on Monday, March 3, in which he addressed Durant summing Shaq’s “whole life” up to feeling like he’s somebody because he’s won an NBA championship. The ESPN show host defended the Hall of Fame center against the remarks, referring to him as Shaq-A-Clause while recalling some of the charitable deeds he has been known for initiating outside of basketball.

At one point, Smith began citing situations in Shaq’s past in which he also showed to be someone who had credibility in the streets counterbalancing his standing in sports and corporate America. He illustrated such a dynamic by recalling the big man coming to Kobe Bryant’s defense after he upset the hood for having Shaq traded. “Do you know that when Shaq got traded…now we’re getting insider, but, the street in me is coming out here because that’s where I’m from, and I know cats. And let me be very, very, very clear and I’m dead serious when I say this. You have folks in Los Angeles, when Shaquille O’Neal got traded…I love be some Kobe, but brothers wanted to come for Kobe,” said Smith. “They wanted this man. They wanted him bad. And they meant him harm. And it was Shaq that stepped in and said, nah, that ain’t happening.”

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