Ciara Hits Future With $15 Million Slander Lawsuit Over Comments Criticizing Her Concerning Their Son *UPDATE* Future Considering Filing A Counter-Suit

 

Future’s split from former fiancee Ciara has been bitter and it just got worse.

In a July 2015 interview with The Breakfast Club, Future was highly critical of his baby’s mother over a photo of her current boyfriend, Russell Wilson, pushing their one-year old son Future Zahir Wilburn in a stroller.

“You never do that in our community,” the rapper said at the time. “You don’t even bring a man around your son. You’ve only known this dude for a few months and you’re bringing him around your kid. Who does that?”

Charlamagne Tha God suggested that Wilson shouldn’t have put himself in that position.

“He probably didn’t know,” Future replied. “She set him up. I’m not for the publicity stunts. Leave my son out of the publicity stunts.”

Last month the “Honest” hit maker took his feud with Ciara to Twitter, accusing her of making him jump through hoops to see his son.

“This b**** got control problems,” he wrote. “I gotta go through lawyers to see babyfuture…the fuckery for 15k a month. I jus want babyfuture that’s all. I been silent for a year & a half. I ran outta patience.”

Ciara has fired back by filing a $15 million slander and libel lawsuit against her ex.

TMZ reports the suit states that the singer has done everything she can to make sure Future gets frequent visitation, claiming he has had at least 19 visitations since December 2014.


Cici wants her baby’s father barred from making more malicious public statements about her. She also is asking that all derogatory tweets be deleted and for Future to refrain from talking about private family matters regarding their son.

**UPDATE** February 10

Future Hendrix is considering filing his own lawsuit in response to Ciara’s. TMZ reports that he is waiting to see the documents from his former fiancee before deciding whether or not to pursue legal action of his own.

The 32-year old rapper, real name Nayvadius DeMun Wilburn, claims Ciara has been doing the same thing she’s accusing him of, A source within his camp says he could have sued Ciara over her 2015 single titled “I Bet,” but decided not to. The song is widely believed to be about Future’s infidelity when the two were together.

“So I’m supposed to believe that it’s Fellini’s calling your phone? / I’m supposed to believe that they’re asking you if you’re home? / I wasn’t born yesterday, not me / Can’t get that over me, not me / I love you, but I won’t be a fool for you / That is just something that I wouldn’t do, babe / I mean, I’mma stay if you could tell the truth / But you can’t, no matter how much time I ask,” she sings.

RZA & Martin Shkreli Sued For Copyright Infringement Over Artwork In Wu Tang Clan’s $2 Million Album

 

(Reuters) Martin Shkreli faces a new legal headache, a lawsuit claiming that his $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album contains illustrations ripped off from a New York artist, who now wants the former drug executive to pay for them.

In a complaint filed on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, Jason Koza said he never allowed his fan art depicting Wu-Tang members to be used in packaging for the hip-hop group’s “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin,” the sole copy of which Shkreli bought.

The one and only copy of Wu-Tang Clan’s album “Once Upon a Time in Shaolin” includes a leather-bound lyric book, featuring stolen sketches by Jason Koza, the suit says.
Shkreli has bragged that he had no plans to listen to the album, but bought it to “keep it from the people.”

The 32-year-old is also known for sparking outrage last year among patients, doctors and politicians after his former company Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of the anti-parisitic infection drug Daraprim by more than 5,000 percent.

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Koza, 34, of Copiague, New York, said he thought his nine works would appear only on the website WuDisciples.blogspot.com.
But the Fashion Institute of Technology graduate now blames Wu-Tang leader Robert “RZA” Diggs for including them in the “Shaolin” album, and Shkreli for allowing three works depicting Inspectah Deck, Ol’ Dirty B@stard and Raekwon to accompany a Jan. 29 article at Vice.com.

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“Mr. Koza was happy when his work appeared on the website,” the complaint said. “Mr. Koza never granted a license for his works to be copied or displayed anywhere (else).”

Other defendants include Paddle8, which auctioned the album, and Wu Tang-affiliated producer Tarik “Cilvaringz” Azzougarh.

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Koza said Cilvaringz has acknowledged the infringement, asking in a Jan. 31 email “if you want to skype discussing the use of your drawings. Thanks bro.”
Benjamin Brafman, a lawyer for Shkreli, did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Wu-Tang did not immediately respond to a similar request. A Paddle8 spokeswoman declined to comment.

Last Thursday, Shkreli invoked his constitutional right against self-incrimination at a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on drug pricing, and later tweeted that lawmakers in Congress were imbeciles. (Full Story) He also faces separate federal securities fraud charges.
Koza is seeking unspecified damages plus profits stemming from copyright infringement.
His lawyer Peter Scoolidge said in a phone interview that Shkreli “didn’t need to know” the illustrations were protected to be liable. “There is no intent requirement for copyright infringement,” he said.
The case is Koza v Diggs et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 16-00956.

Drake Stars In New Air Jordan Super Bowl 50 Commercial. “My Life Is To Get Onstage & Act As If I Am Mike, Act As If It Is The Playoffs”

 

Drake reminisces about the first pair of Air Jordan sneakers he owned and what it’s like to be a member of Team Jordan, in a new commercial that will air during Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, February 7.

“When all my guys are wearing Jordan, you know we feel like a team,” the Toronto rapper says in the 60-second clip. “You just have that presence when you walk in the room. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing today, we just came to win.”

 

Beyonce Announces ‘The Formation World Tour’

 

Beyonce is set to launch “The Formation World Tour.” The announcement came right after her halftime performance at Super Bowl 50.

The trek kicks off in Miami on April 27. Along the way there will be stops in Houston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Chicago, London, Amsterdam, Milan and Paris before winding down in Brussels on July 31.

Tickets on sale starting Monday, Feb. 15 at LiveNation.com, Beyhive Fan Club member pre-sales starts on Feb. 9. American Express card members pre-sale starts Feb. 9.

The Formation World Tour Dates

April 27 – Miami, FL – Marlins Park
April 29 – Tampa – Raymond James Stadium
May 1 – Atlanta, GA – Georgia Dome
May 3 – Raleigh, NC – Carter-Finley Stadium
May 5 – Nashville, TN – Nissan Stadium
May 7 – Houston, TX – NRG Stadium
May 9 – Dallas, TX – AT&T Stadium
May 12 – San Diego, CA – Qualcomm Stadium
May 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Rose Bowl
May 16 – Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium
May 18 – Seattle, WA – CenturyLink Field
May 20 – Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium
May 23 – Minneapolis, MN – TCF Bank Stadium
May 25 – Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
May 27 – Chicago, IL – Soldier Field
May 29 – Detroit, MI – Ford Field
May 31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
June 3 – Boston, MA – Gillette Stadium
June 5 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
June 7 – New York, NY – Citi Field
June 10 – Baltimore, MD – M&T Bank Stadium
June 12 – Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium

EUROPEAN DATES

June 28 – Sunderland, UK – Stadium of Light
June 30 – Cardiff, UK – Millennium Stadium
July 2 – London, UK – Wembley Stadium
July 5 – Manchester, UK – Emirates Old Trafford
July 7 – Glasgow, UK – Hampden Park
July 9 – Dublin, IE – Croke Park
July 12 – Dusseldorf, DE – Esprit Arena
July 14 – Zurich, CH – Letzigrund
July 16 – Amsterdam, NE – Arena
July 18 – Milan, IT – Stadio San Siro
July 21 – Paris, FR – Stade de France
July 24 – Copenhagen, DK – Parken
July 26 – Stockholm, SE – Friends Arena
July 29 – Frankfurt, DE – Commerzbank Arena
July 31 – Brussels, BE – Roi Boudoin

Beyonce — Drops Surprise Video … Featuring Blue Ivy

Beyonce just did what Beyonce does best … shocking the world with a surprise new single and music video co-starring Blue Ivy, and the timing is obvious.

Queen Bey released “Formation,” a Louisiana-themed video exclusively on Tidal Saturday — just a day before her Super Bowl halftime performance with Coldplay … fans are going nuts.

Blue steals the show midway through the video, popping a little dance move in the process.

It’s good to be Beyonce

David Bowie’s Widow Iman Shares New, Personal Message for Fans Almost 1 Month After Singer’s Death

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David Bowie‘s wife of 24 years, Iman, has posted what appears to be her first, personal message specifically for their fans since the rock legend’s death.

Bowie, one of the most popular and respected music artists in the world, died at age 69 on Jan. 10 after battling cancer for a year and a half. Scores of fans, including fellow celebs, mourned his loss, posting moving tributes to the singer after his death, which was announced on social media and which many initially thought was a cruel hoax.

“‘Love and Gratitude,’ Iman,” his widow wrote on Instagram Saturday.

A source had told E! News earlier this week Iman is “very touched by all the support from friends, family and fans

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Tidal Donating $1.5 Million From Charity Concert to Black Lives Matter

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On what would have been Trayvon Martin‘s 21st birthday, Tidal announces that they’re donating $1.5 million to Black Lives Matter.

Jay Z‘s streaming service revealed to Mic that they’re going to shell out the hefty sum acquired during their charity concert last year to several other local and national social justice organizations.

“The process of acquiring recommendations [for nonprofits] was collaborative and inspired by the message that speaks to racial and social inequities and injustice in our society,” Dania Diaz, managing director of philanthropy at Roc Nation, told Mic. “Each year we will support a different initiative. Our ideology is to have a hifi level of consciousness in everything we do.”

The streaming service raised the $1.5 million at the first Tidal X: 10/20 charity concert, which was held in Brooklyn last October, and featured performances by Hov, Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Prince, Usher, Lil Wayne, T.I., Damien Marley,Indochine, Fabolous, Thomas Rhett, DJ Cipha Sounds and more.

According to the report, Tidal’s donations will also be given to organizations created by the families of victims of police brutality, including the Trayvon Martin Foundation, the Michael O.D. Brown We Love Ours Sons and Daughters Foundation and the Oscar Grant Foundation.

Additionally, Tidal’s grants will be administered through the New World Foundation, which funds several civil rights groups and social movements.

The nonprofits Tidal will fund include Opportunity Agenda, Hands Up United, Sankofa.Org, as well as local organizing groups in California: Community Coalition; Florida: Dream Defenders; Illinois: Black Youth Project; Maryland: Baltimore Justice Fund; Empowerment Development Corporation; New York: Million Hoodies; NY Justice League and Ohio: Ohio Students Association/Organizing Collaborative

NAACP Image Awards 2016 Winners: The Complete List

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The 2016 NAACP Image Awards have officially begun and they’re off to a big start.

Anthony Anderson is resuming his role as host of the evening’s festivities—this marks his third year in a row taking center stage for the night—which are being held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

The 47th Annual NAACP Image Awards mark a night where members of the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People honor outstanding people of color in films, music, books and television shows.

Several of Hollywood’s most famous faces have been given the high honor this year, from Creed‘s Michael B. Jordan to Empire‘s Jussie Smollet and films Straight Outta Compton and Beasts of No Nation were also praised with nominations.

But without further ado, let’s take a look at the winners of the 2016 NAACP Image Awards:

Michael B. Jordan, NAACP Image Awards

Entertainer of the Year: Michael B. Jordan

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture: Michael B. Jordan, Creed

Outstanding Motion PictureStraight Outta Compton

Outstanding Drama Series: Empire

Outstanding Comedy Series: Black-ish

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Terrence Howard, Empire

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture: Sanaa Lathan, The Perfect Guy

President’s Award: John Legend

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Mike Epps, Survivor’s Remorse

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Marsai Martin, Black-ish

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Joe Morton, Scandal

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Regina King, American Crime

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series: Mara Brack Ali, Jameal Turner, Keli Goff,Being Mary Jane, Sparrow

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television): Lawrence Hill, Clement Virgo, The Book of Negroes

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film): Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington,Creed

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series: Don Cheadle, House of Lies, The Urge to Save Humanity is Almost Always a False Front for the Urge to Rule

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series: John Ridley, American Crime

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television): Dee Rees, Bessie

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film): Ryan Coogler, Creed

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film): Loretta Devine, Doc McStuffins

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Outstanding Host in a News, Talk, Reality, or Variety Program (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble: Steve Harvey, Family Feud

Outstanding Talk Series: The Talk

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series: Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special): Family Feud

Outstanding Children’s Program: Doc McStuffins

Outstanding TV-Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special: The Wiz Live!

Outstanding Actor in a TV-Movie, Miniseries or Dramatic Special: David Alan Grier, The Wiz Live!

Rob Kardashian Can’t Keep His Eyes Off Blac Chyna During Her Sexy Bikini Photo Shoot

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Rob Kardashian can’t seem to get enough of the sight of his leading lady, Blac Chyna, during her Malibu photo shoot earlier this week.

The model’s new beau lent his support while she posed in front of the ocean in an array of barely there bikinis, and was seen laughing as the two made their way back to Blac Chyna’s car at the end of the long day of work.

And while the controversial new couple has been met with some criticism, Blac Chyna’s closest gal pal Amber Rose recently gave the seal of approval on their blossoming romance

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“Love them together,” Amber was overheard telling photographers when asked about her thoughts on the new duo. “I love Rob.”

The model thinks her friend is great for the reality star, too. When asked if she thinks Blac is a good influence on him and will help him get healthy, she replied, “Absolutely.”

After all the hoopla surrounding their relationship, and Blac Chyna’s recent arrest in Austin, it seems that these two are turning to one another for support

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“Rob was upset that Chyna got arrested and spoke to her in the car when he picked her up about it,”

“She said sorry to him but was thankful he came to get her. He wants to protect her. She wants to protect him. They are still spending a lot of time with each other.”

But being together under such public and tense circumstances has its downsides as well.

Blac Chyna “knows his family is not happy about them dating but still couldn’t care less.”

Meek Mill Sentenced To A Minimum Of 90 Days House Arrest For Violating His Probation. He Must Wear An Ankle Monitor & Can’t Work During That Time *UPDATE* Video Added

 

Meek Mill will spend a minimum of 90 days on house arrest for violating his probation, according to Philadelphia Enquirer reporter, Aubrey Whelen

During that time he will have to wear an ankle monitor and will not be allowed to work.

Brinkley sentenced the rapper 6 to 12 months in county jail, but opted to let him serve the time on house arrest. He can leave home only to do community service with groups serving adults, not young people. After 90 days Brinkley will reevaluate his progress to determine if he will be given additional time.

The judge also gave Meek another six years of probation.

As we previously reported, Brinkley ruled on December 17, 2015, that the rapper violated his probation, stemming from a 2009 drug and gun conviction, by leaving Philadelphia on several occasions without notifying his probation officer. Friday was the sentencing phase.

Meek, 28, testified in December that the life of an artist is chaotic and schedules frequently change at the last minute. He said that he wasn’t trying to thumb his nose at the court and promised that he was a changed man since he began dating Nicki Minaj.

“I’m not a gangsta. I’m not a criminal,” he said at the time. “I have my queen, Nicki [Minaj] now. I’m trying to do better and feel like I can be the best rapper out there.”

The ruling was handed down by Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley on Friday, February 5, when Meek, real name Robert Williams, appeared in a Philadelphia courtroom.