AUDIO: Speakin’ Real Podcast: Episode 5

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Episode 5 of Speakin’ Real Podcast features host, LuRocK, tackling topics such as the controversial results from the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao match, the fight between Canelo Alvarez and James Kirkland, Netflix’s Daredevil TV show, celebrity stalkers, Lillo Brancato Jr. and more.

NEWS: JAY Z Issues Statement On Barney’s Racial Profiling Controversy

jayzJAY Z has remained quiet on the ongoing investigation concerning Barney’s New York which is accused of allegedly racial profiling customers.  The public has been patiently waiting to see if Hov would address the matter and break his silence especially since no announcement to cancel his upcoming collaborative holiday collection with the retail giant had been issued.  However, the hip hop mogul finally took to his Life+Times website to release an official statement and confirm that his plans with Barney’s will be moving forward.  Check out JAY Z’s statement below.

In the past several weeks two separate investigations were launched as a result of the wrongful detention of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips. My team has been privy to the status of the Barneys third party consultant investigation. In continuing our research, we also contacted the New York State Attorney General’s office for the status of their investigation into both Barneys and Macy’s. Those findings are not yet available.

While I await the findings of the Attorney General’s Office, I have agreed to move forward with the launch of BNY SCC collection under the condition that I have a leadership role and seat on a council specifically convened to deal with the issue of racial profiling. I am in a unique position to use my voice to affect change to this disturbing issue. The easy position would have been to walk away and leave policy making to others hoping that someone addresses the problem. I will not leave the outcome to others. I will take this into my own hands with full power to recommend, review and revise policies and guidelines moving forward. I am choosing to take this head on.

As I previously stated, the collaboration with Barneys has always been about giving and The Shawn Carter Foundation. From this collection, the Foundation will receive not only 25% of sales, it will now receive the additional 75% of Barneys’ sales, totalling 100% of all sales from BNY SCC. Along with 100% of sales from the collaboration, the Foundation will receive an additional 10% of all retail sales from Barneys New York stores nationwide and Barneys.com on November 20th.  – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter

VIDEO: Drake Named Toronto Raptors Global Ambassador

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Drizzy Drake is making moves in his city.  Today, Drake took the spotlight as he addressed his new position as the Toronto Raptors Global Ambassador.  Decked out in a vibrant blue suit, the YMCMB rapper spoke on his love for the city of Toronto and explained how he’s always been a die hard fan of the basketball team.  NBA and Raptors affiliates listened as the Nothing Was The Same artist spoke out at a press conference and announced his excitement as the host for the upcoming 2016 NBA All-Star weekend which will take place in Toronto.

NEWS: Kanye West Charged In Alleged Scuffle w/ Paparazzi At LAX

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Well it looks like Kanye West’s recent run in with a paparazzo on July 19 at LAX may land the G.O.O.D. Music front man behind bars for up to a year.  Ye officially has been charged with misdemeanors for criminal battery and attempted grand theft.  Following the alleged attacking, the photog was taken to the hospital and eventually filed a lawsuit due to the apparent injuries he sustained.  Mr. West could potentially have to pay a $2,000 fine if convicted.  Kanye’s arraignment is scheduled for October 10.

NEWS: Mister Cee Resigns From Hot 97 After Gay Video Leaks

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Mister Cee from Hot 97 decided today was the appropriate time to resign from his position at the New York radio station after video evidence of him soliciting sex from a drag queen landed onto youtube courtesy of Bimbo Winehouse.  However, it’s important to point out that only audio was recorded and Mister Cee is never actually seen.  Cee has not officially confirmed that is in fact his voice just before the six minute mark.  Still, the internet is running wild with this breaking news and there seems to be a general consensus that it is indeed the 20 year radio veterean.  Also, towards the end of the audio portion, the drag queen can clearly be heard addressing the other voice in the video as DJ Mister Cee.  Shortly after the video hit the internet on the blogger’s website, Cee took to the airwaves to say goodbye.  Below is what he had to say on the matter:

“Today is my last day on Hot 97. Mister Cee, I’m resigning today. It is not a mystery that the past two years I’ve been through a lot and I’ve tried to deal with it the best way that I could deal with it and Hot 97 has tried to deal with it the best way they’ve had to deal with it. But when you’re dealing with corporate America and you’re dealing with a station you love as much as this station, I don’t want to put this station through more than what they’ve been through I’ve been thinking of this for a long long time.

I’ve been thinking about this day for a long time, I never want to be in a situation where I get pushed out anywhere. I’ve been at this station for 20 years since 1993 and if I’m gonna go out let me go out with me saying I’m gonna go out. Allow me to have that and so the station is allowing me to have that today and I appreciate that.”

In 2011, Mister Cee plead guilty to loitering for the purpose of engaging in a prostitution offense with a 20-year-old male.

UPDATE 9/11/2013 10:53am – A formal statement from Alexandra Cameron, SVP/General Manager of HOT 97, has been issued:

“Due to some personal circumstances that have become public, after 20 years of service, Mr Cee has chosen to resign. We feel that this is in the best interest of both HOT 97 and Cee’s personal well-being. While we do not endorse the alleged activities, he is clearly facing a personal dilemma that is for him and only him to comment on. We are saddened by his departure; his contributions here at HOT 97 were great and we know him as a friend, a caring individual and significant hip hop advocate. We wish Mr Cee the best and will always consider him a family member of HOT 97.

Moments ago, he officially signed off, on the air and will finish out his last show today on September 11, 2013, an already sad day for New York City.”

NEWS: Chris Brown Allegedly Suffers Seizure Scare

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According to TMZ, Chris Brown suffered a seizure this morning at Record Planet studios in Hollywood. The L.A. City Fire Dept. was called out to assist Brown after a 911 call at 1:09 a.m. was placed.  Apparently EMTs left without giving Chris a lift to the hospital as the R&B artist decided to refuse treatment.  More updates to come as the story continues to develop.

As a disclaimer, TMZ states, “We do not know if it was indeed a seizure, but we’ve learned Chris did suffer from seizures as a child.”  However, it should be noted that on and off again girlfriend Karrueche Tran, took to her Twitter following the incident and tweeted out “Prayers all day” as well as a photo with the caption reading “a lot on my mind today .. I need a hug.”

NEWS: Ty Dolla $ign Joins Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang

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It’s official, rising star Ty Dolla $ign is the newest member of Wiz Khalifa’s Taylor Gang.  The Atlantic Records artist who’s been hard at work and boasts successful past collaborations with the likes of Young Jeezy, Joe Moses, E-40, Terrace Martin and YG keeps his momentum going with no signs of slowing down.  With his highly anticipated Beach House 2 taking over the internet today, it’s no surprise fellow Taylor Gang artists Wiz Khalifa, Chevy Woods and Juicy J made the cut onto the mixtape’s track list.  According to an in-house source, though there has not been an official announcement issued just yet, fans should expect to see more collaborations and continued support from members of the TGOD camp for Ty in the near future.

Check out Ty Dolla $ign and Wiz Khalifa giving an exclusive in-studio performance on B-Real TV for “Ire” off Beach House 2 below.