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Police Investigating Potential Arson at Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s New Orleans Home

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Police are investigating a fire at a New Orleans mansion owned by Jay-Z and Beyoncé as a possible arson. 

 

A smoke alarm notified authorities of the one-alarm fire at the vacant Garden District home late Wednesday, and no one was injured, according to TMZ. Police say they received reports of a suspicious person in the neighborhood around the same time as the blaze ignited. Authorities reportedly believe the fire began in the house’s kitchen, where they found a gasoline can and books in an oven inside the house.

 

The pop star purchased the home, which was originally a church and then a ballet school, in 2015 via her management company Parkwood Entertainment. Neighbors said they have seen few, if any, people enter the house in the past two years.Nearly two dozen firefighters responded to the reports of the fire, as did agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. One neighbor told Nola.com that a gate on the house’s grounds was often unlocked and used to break in.

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John Cena returns to WWE, issues a SummerSlam 2021 challenge to Roman Reigns.

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One night after making a surprise return to the WWE during Sunday’s Money In the Bank pay-per-view event,16-time champion John Cena was back on Monday Night Raw. And it just so happened to be the first episode of the show with live fans in attendance since the COVID-forced shutdown began in March 2020.

 

“Finally, we can come back and cheer together. And boo together. And make some noise and connect with people that love this,” Cena said to the energized crowd in Dallas.

 

And even though the actor side of Cena is quite busy with F9 already in theaters and The Suicide Squad coming on Aug. 6, the now part-time wrestler side of him has officially made plans for the summer as well. After merely announcing his presence while cutting short the celebration of Roman Reigns at Money In the Bank, where Reigns defeated Edge to retain the Universal Championship belt, Cena officially explained his return to the WWE on Monday.

 

“What am I here for? The WWE Universal Championship,” Cena said. “When? About five weeks from now. A little event called SummerSlam.”

 

 

So the 44-year-old will battle Reigns in the main event at SummerSlam on Aug. 21 in Las Vegas. And there probably won’t be a lot of hugging or even smiling going on during the match, after Cena spent much of his appearance on Monday talking trash about future foe.

 

“Roman Reigns is an arrogant, self absorbed, over-hyped, over-protected, over-exposed gimmick,” Cena said. “And that, that is coming from me.”

 

Cena is no longer a full-time wrestler because of his rapidly growing career in Hollywood, so he hasn’t wrestled in a high-profile match in front of fans since WrestleMania 34 in 2018 when he lost to The Undertaker. But the occasional guest co-anchor on Today has made it clear that this is not a one-and-done appearance in the WWE. In fact, he plans on seeing Reigns again very soon.

 

“I’m telling you right now. I’m going to be at Smackdown on Friday,” Cena said, directing his comments toward Reigns. “And I can’t wait to see you there.”

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Black Tiktokers Protest Dance Appropriation By Going On Strike.

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Some Black TikTok creators have refused to choreograph moves to a new song in an effort to show how essential they are to the platform and demonstrate how their work is co-opted by white creators.

Megan Thee Stallion’s new song “Thot Shit” has all the trappings of a smash summer dance hit. Some of her previous hits, like “Body” and “Savage,” have been soundtracks for viral TikTok dance trends designed by TikTok Black creators.Yet, in the absence of captivating choreography, no viral dance has emerged since the June 11 release of “Thot Shit” ― which even outlines moves in the lyrics.

The so-called #BlackTikTokStrike isn’t calling on users to leave the app or even stop posting content. Instead, some TikTok Black creators who might typically contribute their choreography for the new hit said they were sitting this one out in an effort to highlight how essential they are to the platform.

Viral compilations have since appeared online showing dance attempts from non-Black creators that have been criticized as uninspiring. Material created by Black Tiktokers has routinely been used by white TikTok users without credit. Earlier this year, Jimmy Fallon sparked an uproar when social media star Addison Rae appeared on “The Tonight Show” to perform a range of viral routines from TikTok without attributing the original choreographers, most of whom were people of color. Fallon later hosted the original creators in response.

“In my opinion, this strike is long overdue,” said Kahlil Greene, a TikTok creator and history major who was elected Yale’s first Black student body president in 2019, in an explainer about the strike posted on his Instagram and TikTok accounts. “And it’s a real-time display of what the internet would look like without the creativity of Black people and specifically Black American culture driving it.”

Greene, who posts videos on social media educating hundreds of thousands of followers about Black culture and history, among a range of other subjects, said Black users’ refusal to create a dance came in protest of being “undervalued and uncredited on Tiktok.

Erick Louis, a 21-year-old content creator and dancer with more than 230,000 followers on TikTok, was among the dancers who boycotted “Thot Shit.” His video about it was viewed more than 700,000 times on Twitter and 400,000 times on TikTok.

“Similar to the ways off the app Black folks have always had to galvanize and riot and protest to get their voices heard, that same dynamic is displayed on TikTok,” he told The New York Times. “We’re being forced to collectively protest.”

The Tiktok strike is the latest move in a long-running fight for Tiktok Black creators to get their dues on the platform, not only from fellow influencers but also from the business itself. Some people have criticized TikTok for failing to fairly compensate creators compared with other platforms, such as YouTube. Black creators in particular have called out TikTok in the past for suppressing their content by designing an algorithm that was stacked against them. The company apologized to the Black community last year and pledged to do better.

TikTok said in a statement late Tuesday that it values the creators in its social media community.

“TikTok is a special place because of the diverse and inspiring voices of our community, and our Black creators are a critical and vibrant part of this,” a TikTok spokesperson said in an email to HuffPost. “We care deeply about the experience of Black creators on our platform and we continue to work every day to create a supportive environment for our community while also instilling a culture where honoring and crediting creators for their creative contributions is the norm.”

The spokesperson also pointed to a company blog post published last week outlining its efforts to support TikTok Black creators.”

 

 

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Moments(Pictures) At BET AWARDS–Cardi B Pregnancy EXPOSED AND MORE

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Cardi B pulled a Beyoncé at Sunday’s BET Awards 2021 – using her performance with Migos to reveal she’s expecting a second baby with her partner, Offset.

The star took to the stage in a diamante-studded outfit, with a cut-out section for her baby bump.

The big announcement was confirmed shortly afterwards with an Instagram post, simply captioned “#2”.

Cardi won two prizes at the ceremony, best video and best collaboration, for WAP – a duet with Megan Thee Stallion.

The BET (Black Entertainment TV) Awards, which celebrate achievements by black artists, was this year based on the theme, “Year of the Black Woman”.

“Celebrating black women isn’t a fad or a trend, it’s a forever mood,” said actress and host Taraji P Henson as she opened the ceremony.

“There is more than enough room for all of us to thrive, because can’t nobody be like me and can’t nobody be you like you.”

Texan rapper Megan Thee Stallion was the big winner, with four prizes, including two for WAP.

She also picked up best female hip-hop artist for the second year in a row; and the viewer’s choice award for Savage – her collaboration with Beyoncé.

The star already has one daughter, Kulture, with her partner Offset

Rap pioneer Queen Latifah was given the lifetime achievement award, and held back tears as her peers Lil’ Kim, MC Lyte and Monie Love performed a medley of her hits.

Accepting her prize, Latifah thanked BET for “creating an outlet for beautiful blackness to thrive, to shine.

“When we couldn’t get played on the radio in other places, we couldn’t get our videos played in other places, there was BET that allowed us to be in our fullness.”

The star also brought a photo of her late mother on to the stage, saying: “I’ve always celebrated women because I was raised by a strong black woman”.

British singer Bree Runway won best new international act; while Nigeria’s Burna Boy took best international act for the third year in a row.

Elsewhere, Lil Baby took best male hip-hop artist for the first time, while H.E.R. beat 10-time winner Beyoncé in the best female R&B category.

The late Chadwick Boseman was named best actor, while Judas and the Black Messiah was named best movie – although neither award was handed out during the televised portion of the ceremony.

The show also had its share of meme-worthy moments, from Lil Nas X’s onstage kiss with one of his backup dancers, to Tyler, The Creator battling a hurricane to deliver his new single Lumberjack.

Here are some of the stand-out photos from the ceremony.

Burna Boy picked up best international artist for the third year running

Lil Nas X gave an Egyptian-themed performance of Montero (Call Me By Your Name)

Megan Thee Stallion poses backstage with one of her four trophies

R&B star H.E.R added a BET Award to the Grammy and Oscar she won earlier this year

Queen Latifah, who was accompanied onstage by her father, shared a photo of her late mother with fans

Tyler, The Creator got swept away by his performance

DJ Khaled brought an all-star cast onstage to play Every Chance I Get and I Did It. He’s pictured here with Lil Baby (centre) and H.E.R.

Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak picked up best group for their new project, Silk Sonic, despite releasing just one single

Megan Thee Stallion poses backstage with one of her four trophies

 

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