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Nipsey Hussle Memorial Procession Struck By Violence: Drive-By Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Injured Robyn Merrett Robyn Merrett 8 hours ago .


Nipsey Hussle Memorial Procession Struck By Violence: Drive-By Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Injured


Los Angeles police are pleading for the “senseless violence” to end after gunfire erupted once again as mourners celebrated the life of the late rapper Nipsey Hussle.

One person is dead and three more injured after a drive-by shooting along Hussle’s 25.5-mile long funeral procession route Thursday evening.

Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore confirmed the incident on Twitter writing, “In the midst of this procession we have a multi-4 shooting at 103 St. and Main St.”

Moore revealed the victims are “3 male blacks and 1 female black — ages from 30- 50 years old. Tragically one is deceased.”


Moore says the gunshots came from suspects driving a grey Hyundai.

“We must stop this senseless violence,” Moore pleaded.

The tragic shooting came just hours after Hussle’s emotional memorial at the Staples Center. The celebrated artist died after being shot on March 31 outside of his Marathon Clothing store in Hyde Park.

During the ceremony, Hussle’s longtime love Lauren London, who he shares 2-year-old son Kross with, tearfully paid tribute to the rapper.


In the midst of this procession we have a multi-4 Shooting at 103 St and Main St.

Victims are 3 Male Blacks and 1 Female Black – ages from 30-50 years old. Tragically one is deceased.

Suspects in gray Hyundai fired on the victims.

We must stop this senseless violence.
— Chief Michel Moore (@LAPDChiefMoore) April 12, 2019


“Never would I prepare for something like this so bear with me, all,” the 34-year-old actress told the crowd of 21,000 who had gathered to pay respects to the artist born Ermias Joseph Asghedom.

Beginning her eulogy with a text message she wrote on Jan. 21, London, who was dressed in all white with black sunglasses, read the loving words she put together for her boyfriend of six years.

“Ermias was asleep one morning and I was watching him because I used to love to watch him sleep and I wrote him a text while he was sleeping so when he woke up he would read it,” said London, who also shared a copy of the text message in the funeral’s pamphlet.

“I want you to know I feel real joy in my heart when I’m around you. I feel safe around you. Protected. Like a shield over me when you’re around, I am totally myself when I’m with you,” London had written. “You’ve made me into more of a woman. You’ve given me an opportunity to really love a man,” she continued.


Hussle’s mother Angelique Smith also spoke at length about the love and connection she had with her late son.

Taking the podium during the slain rapper’s public memorial, Smith held back tears as she opened up about her son, their years together and her hope for the South Los Angeles community he left behind.

“I have perfect peace. I am happy. I am complete. I am strong. And if I can feel this way, you can, too,” she told the thousands of mourners. After calling Hussle’s father Dawit Asghedom to the stage, she talked of finding comfort and guidance in her spirituality.

“We call on the energies who guide and protect us as we make our way in life. We call on our ancestors to join us at this service,” she said, before naming deceased family members. “I would ask that all of our ancestors guide and protect us.”



Nipsey Hussle L.A. Gangs March for Peace In His Crenshaw Hood

Nipsey Hussle’s death is prompting something extraordinary in L.A. — a full peace treaty between several gangs, and they’re demonstrating together to show their love for the slain rapper.


A peace march went down Friday afternoon in Crenshaw, not far from where Nipsey was murdered. We’re told the march was set in motion Thursday evening when gang leaders from Watts, Compton, L.A. and Inglewood all met up to discuss a cease-fire.


During the meeting, we’re told leaders talked about putting the word out in their neighborhoods to put down their firearms and show more unity — starting with the Friday afternoon march.

We’re told members of all the gangs are gathering outside a grocery store in Nipsey’s Crenshaw hood, and will walk together for a couple blocks … ending up outside his Marathon clothing store.

There hasn’t been this kind of peace between so many L.A. gangs since 1992. We spoke to community leader, Big U, about getting everyone on the same page.

As for how long the peace lasts — we’re told there was no time limit discussed, and the hope is it will be an extended one.



Kanye West Honors Nipsey At Sunday Service

Kanye West is the latest huge star to pay tribute to Nipsey Hussle … and he did it with his Sunday Service.

Ye was holding his weekly outdoor concert Sunday — per usual — but at one point during the show … he played audio of Nipsey’s voice delivering some inspirational words about encouragement over music that was beginning to build, courtesy of Kanye who was DJing.

The choir and live band take it from there, as they start to play out what sounds like a hymn for Nipsey. You can also see North West getting into the vibe too.
Love Yourz is forever one of my favorites but this performance was everything, Rest In Peace Nip @JColeNC
— allison (@allyvalee) April 7, 2019
Kanye’s shout-out to Nipsey follows J. Cole dedicating an entire song to the L.A. rapper during his inaugural Dreamville Fest Saturday. Big Sean held a special moment for Nipsey at the same event.

There’s gonna be a memorial service for Nipsey at the Staples Center on Thursday. No word yet if music will be incorporated, but Nipsey’s peers have had that covered so far.


At Nipsey Hussle’s Memorial, Los Angeles Comes Together to Mourn

LOS ANGELES — Thousands of mourners are expected to gather in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday to honor the life of Nipsey Hussle, the Grammy-nominated rapper who was fatally shot last month and whose success and commitment to redeveloping South Los Angeles made him a local hero.

The funeral, billed as a “celebration of life,” will be held at the Staples Center. All tickets for the event, which were free, were claimed online within minutes of being made available earlier this week. The arena’s capacity is 21,000.

Tens of thousands of fans are expected to gather around the venue, where a public memorial for Michael Jackson was hosted in 2009. The two-hour service will begin at 10 a.m. local time and will be followed by a procession from the Staples Center through South Los Angeles.

Hussle, born Ermias Joseph Asghedom, channeled his upbringing and adolescence as a gang member into music that spoke powerfully to many who live in Los Angeles’ most vulnerable neighborhoods. As his star rose in recent years, Hussle brought investments and attention back to the area, earning the adoration of his neighbors and fans.


Though he developed a following far beyond Southern California, his death last week struck a particularly painful chord among residents of the Crenshaw District, where he grew up. His clothing store on Slauson Avenue in South Los Angeles, The Marathon Clothing, had become a potent symbol of local success and black entrepreneurship, a theme he addressed regularly in his music. His fans clung to lyrics that melded familiar rap bombast with exaltations about self-discipline and long-term financial planning, a break from a music culture that often emphasizes flashy spending.

The store transformed into a makeshift memorial on March 31 after Hussle was gunned down there over a “personal dispute,” according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The suspect, Eric Holder, was apprehended by authorities two days after the shooting.

For days outside the store, fans prayed, lit candles and left hand-written letters addressed to Hussle. One of the mourners was Candace Cosey, 32, who remembers him as Ermias from their time attending Hamilton High School together in the early 2000s, a magnet school on the West Side of Los Angeles. She recalled how Hussle would sell mix CDs to her and others at school, and how he later started selling music in the neighborhood out of his trunk.

She came close to tears as she pulled out a picture of him from the high school yearbook. “If you grew up here, you either knew him directly or you knew someone who knew him,” she said.

Even as his career took off, Hussle remained approachable and “big hearted,” she said. As he amassed fame and wealth, he continued living modestly while making investments in businesses in the neighborhood. And he could be very generous. When a colleague passed away several years ago, Ms. Cosey approached Hussle’s team to see if he could help with the funeral expenses. He contributed several thousand dollars, she said.

“He was about uplifting us. He hired people from the neighborhood who wouldn’t have had a job otherwise. He took care of so many people, and he invested in what he believed in, here, because he grew up here,” she said. “We have to keep that work going. It’s what he was about.”

Hussle’s death has drawn attention far beyond the Crenshaw District. Celebrities and political leaders across the country have offered their condolences to Hussle’s family and friends. In an interview last week, Mayor Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles praised Hussle’s contributions to South Los Angeles, a community that he acknowledged has been historically overlooked by the city’s political establishment.





Mr. Garcetti said Hussle embodied the very idea of black entrepreneurship, a critical component of lifting the community and its residents.

“He represented redemption and hope. He had come from the world of gangs and gotten out,” he said. “This is a devastating shock to the stomach. He was really ambitious — he wanted to get African Americans into tech, on top of his music game, on top of his businesses.”

“Then to be killed in such a clichéd way, by guns, for a beef in South L.A., it feeds into too many stereotypes,” he said.

Velma Sanders, 60, said she did not listen to Hussle’s music but, as a lifelong resident of South Los Angeles, she felt pride watching his career grow in recent years. His presence, she said, was felt by everyone.




Meghan Markle and Prince Harry embrace Good Life with Frogmore Cottage vegetable plot

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have installed an organic vegetable garden at their new home in Frogmore Cottage , sources claim.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be able to grow their own herbs, fruits and vegetables at the Grade II-listed cottage.

The cottage was gifted by the Queen last year, with Kensington Palace confirming them to be the new residents, saying Windsor was a ‘very special place’ for the couple.

Meghan is said ‘very involved in the renovation project and wanted the final design to be perfect’, according to a royal source.

“Workers have been working around the clock since January to ensure that the cottage is completed to a very high standard with some rather interesting and unique features,” the source said.

Located near the Windsor Castle, the Queen’s residence, the royal couple will be able to live country life away from the hustle and bustle of London with their first child.

It’s said the cottage includes provision in the design to reduce outside noise and high-quality interior furnishings.


With the all-inclusive vegetable garden, the pair can easily cook home-grown produce.

The source said: “The Duchess also has a passion for cooking so it was suggested to include a small plot in the spacious garden where they can grow some of their own produce.

“The last minute design changes caused the Duke and Duchess’s move in date to be delayed.

“But they were extremely patient.”

Plans for the multi-million-pound renovation were approved by Royal Maidenhead and Windsor Borough Council in December after asking for permission for “internal and external works […] and associated landscaping”.

However, no further details have been revealed on the council’s planing page due to ‘sensitive information’ that cannot be made public.

Frogmore Cottage was built in the 18th century for Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III.

Queen Charlotte used the property as a countryside retreat for herself and her unmarried daughters.

Queen Victoria had breakfast at the cottage in 1875 and said it was a place with an “immense number of frogs” which she found “quite disgusting”.

Kensington Palace declined to comment.




Princess Beatrice to marry ‘millionaire property developer boyfriend in months’

Princess Beatrice could be set to marry her multi-millionaire boyfriend just a few months after they moved in together, her friends have claimed.
Her mum Sarah Ferguson is reportedly already thinking about what she is going to wear at the wedding.

The daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson is said to have fallen madly in love with property developer Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi.

“They are incredibly happy and already planning the wedding” one pal told The Sun on Sunday .
Friends say Edo, who is a Count, has moved in with Beatrice at her pad in St James’ Palace and spends most of his time there at the moment.

One friend said: “I don’t know if he has actually got down on one knee with a ring yet but they are openly talking about marriage and it will either be later this year or possibly early in 2020.
“I know her parents are delighted and the Duchess is already thinking about her wedding day outfit”

Back in March the couple made their first public appearance when they stepped out at a National Portrait Gallery fundraiser.

Beatrice, who is eighth in line to the throne, wore a wine coloured velvet midi-dress, finished with a waist-syncing belt, gold jewellery and vertiginous platform heels.

The couple were first linked at Princess Eugenie’s wedding back in October.

Edoardo was previously engaged to Dara Huang, a Chinese-American architect with whom he shares a two-year-old daughter.

The pair split in 2018 and Edoardo began dating Princess Beatrice the following September, having been long-term family friends for years.

At first the couple were keen to keep their romance low-key, but according to friends they are now happy for it all to be out in the open.




Cardi B admits motherhood is much harder than she expected and she worries Kulture will forget her when rapper jets off for work

She’s the dotting mom to eight-month-old Kulture Kiari – whom she shares with husband, Offset.

And Cardi B has now opened up about the hard reality of motherhood, confessing it was more difficult than she thought.

Speaking at the Beautycon Festival in New York City over the weekend, the 26-year-old beauty said she was worried with all her traveling that her daughter will forget her.

‘It’s very hard. It’s like the hardest challenge ever. I don’t even like talking about it. I really don’t like talking about it because it’s, like, very hard,’ she began.
‘For example, I haven’t seen my baby now in two days because I was in Vegas, now I’m here. And it’s just hard because I be like, “damn, will she forget about me, like, in two days?”‘

The Bodak Yellow rapper went on to explain that she thought she’d just get a nanny and have her daughter fly around the world with her.

‘When I was pregnant, I used to be like, it’s gonna be easy. I’m just gonna hire a nanny and my baby’s gonna come with me everywhere. But it’s like once you have the baby, it’s hard to get a nanny because you don’t trust nobody with your kid!’

She continued to praise her mom and sister for helping out with her daughter but said it’s too much for her mom to go from city to city within 72 hours.

‘On top of that, me and her dad, we’re always in different places. Like I used to think, “oh we gonna be in this house in Atlanta, big this, big that”, but we haven’t even been in our house for, like, two months!

But it wasn’t all bad with Cardi explain the upside was that Kulture was ‘gonna have a lambo when she be like 18.’

The I Like It hit-maker earlier shared a split photo of Kulture and her sister Hennessy Carolina as a baby.

‘Bro this is weird i gave birth to another Hennessy,’ she captioned.

Cardi shares Kulture with her on-and-off husband, Offset.



Justin Bieber Pens Love Poem for ‘Soulmate’ Hailey Bieber: ‘The Best Is Yet to Come’

Justin Bieber is tapping into his poetic side for a heartfelt message dedicated to his wife, Hailey Bieber.

The “Sorry” singer took to Instagram on Monday, sharing a black-and-white snapshot of his lady love, tastefully posing shirtless on a balcony in Paris, France, with the iconic Eiffel Tower in the background.

Bieber captioned the sultry snapshot with an emotional poem, expressing his love and devotion to the 22-year-old fashion model.

“Sunlight falls into the Abyss/ Just like i fall into your lips/ Waves crash onto the shore/ My love for you grows more and more,” the 25-year-old pop star wrote, in poetic verse form. “Sound of the crickets a true meditation/ I think about you, Gods greatest creation./ As i fall into this blissful state/ I ponder on how you’re my one true SOULMATE.”


“Its getting dark to dark to see/ A chilling breeze embraces me/ The smell of camomile fresh from the garden/ My life is a movie that both of us star in,” the poem continued. “Speaking of stars I’m starting to see some/ They light up the sky, reminds me of my freedom/ How big and how vast our world is around us/ So grateful for god we were lost but he found us/ So i write the poem with him always in mind/ Things all around us Just get better with time.”


Below the poem, Bieber concluded his heartwarming post with a message of appreciation for his lovely wife.

“I fall more in love with you every day! You have walked hand and hand with me as I continue to get my emotions, mind, body and soul in tact! You have given me so much strength, support , encouragement and joy,” he wrote. “I just wanted to publicly honor you, and remind you that the best is yet to come!”

The sweet post comes nearly seven months after the pair tied the knot at a secret ceremony last September in New York City, and reportedly just moved into a new home in Beverly Hills last week after the duo spent months hunting for a house together.



Ethiopians bid farewell to slain rapper Nipsey Hussle

With poems and speeches, Ethiopians have held an emotional farewell for murdered rapper Nipsey Hussle, whose roots in neighbouring Eritrea won him admirers in both countries.

Known for his Grammy-nominated debut album, Hussle was shot dead last week in front of the clothing store he owned in the US city of Los Angeles, whose violence-plagued neighbourhoods he had tried to revitalise.

On Friday, 29-year-old Eric Holder pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder over the shooting that also wounded two other men.

At the Saturday evening memorial in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, Hussle was remembered as a rare entertainer who bridged his American upbringing with his roots in the Horn of Africa.

“When we heard there’s an Eritrean rapper out there, we were fans before we heard his music,” said Ambaye Michael Tesfay, who eulogised Hussle at the event held in a darkened parking lot. “He was an icon for us.”

Before his 2018 debut album “Victory Lap” scored a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album, Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, had won the attention of rap fans from both Ethiopia and Eritrea for his embrace of his father’s Eritrean heritage.


Eritrea was a province of Ethiopia until 1993, when it voted for independence after a decades-long independence struggle, but both countries still have close cultural and family ties.

“It’s just really tragic what happened,” said Tezeta Solomon, an Ethiopian living in Los Angeles who attended the memorial in Addis Ababa.

“When he first came out, we were all so excited. To know there was a habesha rapper out there definitely sparked some pride,” she said, using a common term to describe people from the Horn of Africa.

Hussle embraced his Eritrean heritage, visiting the country last year and telling state media, “More than anything I am proud of being Eritrean.”

The relationship between Ethiopia and Eritrea has often been tortuous, and the countries were not on speaking terms for years following a 1998-2000 border war that ground into stalemate.

That ended with the signing of a peace agreement last year that restored ties between the neighbours.

The frosty relations did little to dampen Ethiopians’ pride in Hussle’s success.

“We’re all one people,” said Nemany Hailemelekot, an organiser of the memorial.

The crowd of hundreds gathered in the parking lot observed a moment of silence for the slain rapper, who was 33.

Then by the light of candle-like sticks known as twafs held by attendees, speakers came onto a stage erected before the crowd to eulogise Hussle and read poems in his honour.




Rihanna honors her mother, Monica Braithewaite, amid ongoing lawsuit with her father

Rihanna’s mother, Monica Braithwaite, got a special shoutout from her daughter in honor of her birthday on Friday, April 5.

“Happy Birthday to my sweet beautiful mother,” Rihanna tweeted Friday morning, sharing the same throwback pic of Monica she posted on Mother’s Day back in 2017.

“Thanks for teaching me that strength, love, forgiveness, sacrifice, hard work & helping others in any way you can is what true beauty looks like,” the singer continued. “Love you & appreciate you! Thank You God for choosing this wonderful being to be my mom!”

(Rihanna’s Clara Lionel charity foundation is named in honor of Monica’s parents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite.)
Happy Birthday to my sweet beautiful mother. Thanks for teaching me that strength, love, forgiveness, sacrifice, hard work & helping others in any way you can is what true beauty looks like. Love you & appreciate you! Thank You God for choosing this wonderful being to be my mom!
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 5, 2019
According to, Rihanna’s loving tweet about her mom comes amid ongoing legal problems with her dad, Ronald Fenty.


Rihanna, born Robyn Fenty, sued Ronald in January over his use of the family’s last name for his Fenty Entertainment business. She feared the name would conflict with her Fenty product lines and claimed in the docs that he was using it in an attempt to profit from his daughter’s celebrity status.

The documents also claim Ronald has been pretending to be the singer’s agent and that he booked her for a $15 million tour in Latin America. She also alleged he booked two concerts in the U.S. in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

She’s reportedly asking for unspecified damages in addition to an injunction to prevent him from continuing to operate his business with the Fenty name attached.

Ronald’s legal problems worsened last week when Harvey Justice, who makes parody videos as “Chef Henny” (the main ingredient being Hennessy), filed suit against Ronald for misrepresenting Rihanna’s role in Fenty Entertainment, according to TMZ.

Though she’s not involved in the venture, Harvey says he was led to believe she’s “central” to the work the company does.

Monica and Ronald divorced when Rihanna was a teenager.

The Mail reports the two still communicate in spite of the lawsuit.



Ariana Grande urges fans to protect their energy

Ariana Grande has urged her fans to “protect their peace and energy”.

The ‘god is a woman’ hitmaker took to social media to share a sweet message to her 150 million followers as she told them not to “run themselves to the ground and exhaust themselves”.

In a video posted to her Instagram story, she said: “Hi everyone! I’m in L.A. I just finished my first 10 shows on tours and I’m rehearsing for Coachella and getting ready, but I just wanted to say hi and remind you guys to protect your peace and your energy and to not forget to take care of yourselves and protect your space, because we have a lot of work to do here and a lot of family and friends and love and important s**t to take care of. I just want to make sure you don’t run yourself to the ground and exhaust yourself. And remember to protect your energy and do things that are good for you. And that you are loved and not alone. You deserve the best there is, and I love you. I have a lot of f***ing followers and it’s weird, so if I can use that to spread any kind of positivity or light, I just wanted to send it your way. Remind you life is beautiful if you allow to be and if you put your energy in the right place. So here I am, reminding you.”


Ariana had previously thanked her fans for always being there for her in a series of posts to her story.

The ‘7 Rings’ hitmaker wrote: “U make everything better. thank you for your energy. truly. I love y’all, so much. u have no idea how much y’all help me / how happy u make me. sharing a state / this life with y’all is so beautiful. thank u so much for being here. and for reminding me why i am too! (sic)”



Africa’s richest man withdrew $10 million just to look at it

Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote, known as Africa’s richest man, told a forum in Ivory Coast on Saturday how he once took $10 million in cash out of the bank just to look at it and get it into his head that this was real money, not just figures on paper.

“When you’re young your first million is important, but after, the numbers don’t mean much,” Dangote, a manufacturing tycoon with a range of companies spanning cement to flour, told the Mo Ibrahim forum in Abidjan.

“One day, I cashed 10 million, put them in the boot of my car I put it in my room. I looked at them and thought ‘now I believe I have money’ and took it back to the bank the next day,” he told his audience.


Anecdotes aside, Dangote said that the two most promising sectors for Africa’s future were agriculture and new technologies. But he advised young African entrepreneurs not to get carried away by the first flush of success.

“Often in Africa we spend our projected incomes. There are ups and downs” in business, he warned.

Dangote said he regretted the customs and administrative problems that hamper business development throughout the continent.

As an example he cited the difficulties his cement group faces in exporting to Benin from Nigerian factories 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the border. Benin imported “more expensive” cement from China instead.



R. Kelly welcomed by fans at club appearance

R. Kelly received a warm reception from ravers at an Illinois club on Saturday night (06Apr19) as he made a rare public appearance in the wake of his sexual abuse scandal.

The I Believe I Can Fly hitmaker was booked to attend the Dirty South Lounge in Springfield this weekend, and while he didn’t perform, he happily talked to fans and gave out hugs, and posed for photos with the partygoers.

He was even pictured pulling out a cigar as he enjoyed the positive attention – a far cry from the backlash he has received in the media since he was indicted on 10 felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in February (19). He stands accused of behaving inappropriately with four victims, three of whom were allegedly minors at the time of the incidents.

Kelly has denied all allegations, and hours before he was due to arrive at the Dirty South Lounge, he took to Instagram to beg members of the press to leave him in peace so he could fulfill his club commitments.


“Yo, this is your boy Kells and I got an event to do tonight in Springfield, Illinois, so I want the media to take it easy on me, man,” the 52 year old said in the clip.

“This is how I got to get paid for right now. So if you see me in the club, with a couple of drinks in my hand, and chilling, please, take it easy.”

The singer previously claimed he has been struggling financially in light of the negative press he has received since longrunning sexual misconduct accusations were revisited in the damning docuseries Surviving R. Kelly.

Revelations made in the show, which aired in January (19), prompted prosecutors in Illinois and Georgia, where he has property, to launch investigations into his alleged conduct.

He also had to rely on associates to bail him out of jail following his indictment, and again in March (19) after failing to settle his child support debts with ex-wife Andrea Kelly.



Miley Cyrus to replace Cardi B at Primavera Sound festival

Miley Cyrus has been drafted in to replace Cardi B at Spain’s Primavera Sound festival.

Cardi was due to perform at the event, taking place at Barcelona’s Parc del Forum waterfront complex on 31 May (19), but the rapper has pulled out due to unavoidable promotional commitments in the United States, and organisers announced on Friday (04Apr19) that Miley has stepped in.

“Primavera Sound welcomes Miley Cyrus, an icon of contemporary pop in all its dimensions,” a statement reads.

“The author of Bangerz doesn’t need an introduction but a bit of contextualisation may help: from country to urban pop passing through her psychedelic experimentation with The Flaming Lips, Ms Cyrus has positioned herself as one of the most non-conformist voices of the current star system, while also contributing to the gender discourse that makes her a perfect fit for the year of The New Normal at Primavera Sound.”


Explaining Cardi’s absence, the festival organisers added: “At the same time, we regret to announce that Cardi B will not perform at Primavera Sound 2019. The American artist has cancelled her appearance due to promotional commitments in the United States that cannot be postponed.”

Ticketholders disappointed to miss out on seeing Cardi have been offered refunds.

Miley joins the likes of Carly Rae Jepsen, Janelle Monae, and Robyn, who will perform on the Friday night at the weekend event. Solange, Tame Impala, and Charli XCX are also on the bill, which runs from 30 May to 1 June.

Meanwhile, Miley has booked another big European festival after confirming she’ll be performing at England’s Glastonbury festival in June (19).



Suspect in Nipsey Hussle shooting charged with murder at court appearance

LOS ANGELES — Eric Holder, the 29-year-old aspiring rapper who is accused of fatally shooting Nipsey Hussle on Sunday, was charged with one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a felon, during a court appearance Thursday afternoon.

The criminal complaint also includes allegations that he personally used a firearm and caused great bodily injury and death.

Holder was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of killing Hussle and wounding two other people in the attack.

Hussle, a celebrated rapper and community activist, was outside his shop on Slauson Avenue when a man approached and opened fire. Hussle was fatally wounded and two others were also shot. Police alleged Holder had gotten into a dispute with Hussle earlier in the day and returned with a gun and started shooting. He then fled in a waiting car, police said.


Graphic video from a surveillance camera shows a gunman walking up to Hussle and two other men in front of the shop. The gunman opens fire, and Hussle falls to the ground as the other men run from the gunfire.

Holder went by the moniker Fly Mac. He sang of body bags, “38 gun blasts” and bloody homicides. Holder is also believed to be a gang member, LAPD Chief Michel Moore said. But police do not believe the shooting had anything to do with gang rivalries.


Holder was convicted in 2012 of carrying a loaded firearm and was sentenced to 180 days in jail and three years’ probation, court records show.

A two-day manhunt ended Tuesday when a resident in Bellflower told authorities a man matching the description of Holder was walking down Artesia Boulevard. Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies raced to the scene and found Holder standing in a parking lot of a business.

Confronted by deputies, he offered no resistance and surrendered without incident.

The woman who drove the getaway car turned herself in to authorities Monday and is continuing to cooperate with detectives. She has not been arrested, said Josh Rubenstein, LAPD’s director of communications.

According to two sources familiar with the investigation, the woman has insisted to detectives that she never knew Holder intended to harm Hussle and was aware of the shooting only in the aftermath.


The role of the driver remains an issue of debate in the Hyde Park community where the shooting occurred.

Community activist Najee Ali is calling for the immediate arrest of the driver.



Beyonce allegedly left Reebok meeting over lack of diversity

Before she inked her partnership deal with Adidas, Beyonce met with plenty of other brands, but she apparently left one meeting quickly after taking a look around the room.

According to ESPN writer Nick DePaula, Beyonce walked out of a meeting with Reebok because she felt there was a lack of diversity with the brand. Reebok, though, says nothing could be further from the truth.

Beyonce eventually signed on to be a creative partner with Adidas. In the role, she’ll design shoes and clothes.

“Throughout this process over the last year or two she had discussed with Under Armour, with Reebok as well, Jordan [at Nike] at one point was interested in maybe partnering with her,” Nick told ESPN’s “The Jump.” “She had a meeting at Reebok and they had a whole presentation of everything, potential products, how this could all look, and she kind of took a step back and said, ‘Is this the team that will be working on my product?'”

Beyonce was told yes.


“She said, ‘Nobody in this room reflects by background, my skin color and where I’m from and what I want to do,'” the ESPN writer said. “So she took a step back and left and then it did not come to terms.”

Nick added, “For her, it really goes beyond that. It’s not just about putting her name on a shoe and here’s the new Adidas Beyonce 1, or whatever they end up calling it. It’s about having an imprint on the company and an impact in terms of diversity.”

A rep for Reebok told TMZ, “The report that Beyoncé walked out of a meeting with Reebok due to lack of diversity is categorically false. Our discussions with Beyoncé and her team continued for several months after our initial meeting. We are disappointed that false information is being reported as fact.”

On Thursday, Beyonce and Adidas formally announced they had agreed on a deal.

“This is the partnership of a lifetime for me,” Beyoncé said in a statement. “Adidas has had tremendous success in pushing creative boundaries. We share a philosophy that puts creativity, growth and social responsibility at the forefront of business.”



Jennifer Lopez Admits She Was Initially Skeptical About Marrying Alex Rodriguez

Jennifer Lopez is getting candid on her relationship with fiancé Alex Rodriguez.

The “Medicine” singer was a guest on the Morning Mash Up on SiriusXM Hits 1 this week, where she revealed she was initially skeptical about the idea of marrying the former MLB star.

“I was very wary after everything I’ve been through,” said Lopez, who was previously married to Ojani Noa, Cris Judd and Marc Anthony. “I was just sussing it out until then. I was like, ‘I don’t know, maybe yes, maybe no, I really love [Alex], I like him.’ Everything seemed almost too perfect too soon, so I was like, ‘Wait, what’s happening?'”

“When it happened, I think it was the right time — we knew,” she added. “It’s great to have a best friend and a partner you can really build with, and I just feel like, with Alex and I, that’s what it’s like. We’re very similar … it’s one of those things, you meet a like-minded person who is trying to be the best person they can be and always trying to grow, and then they help you grow and you help them grow. I’m better here, he’s better there and we’re better together.”


Rodriguez proposed to Lopez in March after two years of dating. “She said yes ♥️,” he shared via Instagram at the time, alongside a photo of J.Lo’s massive sparkler.




A source told ET that the couple’s family and friends were not surprised by the engagement, as Lopez and Rodriguez have “always been on the same page” about wanting a longterm relationship.

“They have done a really good job of blending their families and making it known that one day they’d be married,” the source said. “J.Lo and A-Rod are perfect for one another. They push each other to be better in all aspects of their life, and are incredible partners together.”





“The couple has gotten more and more serious, buying property together and going into business together,” the source added. “They’re looking forward to being husband and wife.”



Pele: Legendary Brazil striker taken ill in Paris

Pele has fallen ill in Paris but is not in a life-threatening condition.

The 78-year-old recently met up with Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe in the French capital for a promotional campaign.

There are conflicting reports on whether Pele was admitted to hospital, as was initially claimed by French radio station RMC Sports.

But the Brazilian’s team claim he was treated in his hotel after suffering from a fever.

During his meeting with Mbappe, Pele insisted the France international does not need to leave PSG to fulfil his potential.

“No, he doesn’t need to leave (PSG),” Pele said. “He needs to continue in the same way because he will become the best in the world.
We’re not sure who was more starstruck 🤩
“That, that’s important. If we have to do a comparison with me, I never left Santos to become the best player in the world.”

While Pele also tipped Mbappe to aim for 1,000 career goals, a feat he accomplished over more than 20 years as a professional.


Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known to millions of fans as Pelé, enjoyed one of the most glittering and memorable footballing careers of all time. Born in the east Brazil city of Três Corações, the former Santos and New York Cosmos is remembered for terrorising defences all over the globe and for winning the World Cup three times – more than any other player.

“It’s possible, I scored exactly 1,025, so 1,000 goals is possible for him,” Pele said.

Mbappe, however, has ruled out ever scoring that many goals.

“I think that even if we count the goals on inter-city pitches and goals on the PlayStation, I won’t be able to reach the 1,000-goal mark,” said the 20-year-old.

“We will try to get as close as we can, but I think I’ll be a long way off it at the end of my career.”



Nollywood actor Silvanus dies in a tragic car accident while he was heading back from his mother’s burial (photo)

A Nollywood actor Duke Oliver has reportedly passed away in a tragic accident while he was on his way to Lagos from Akwa Ibom state. The actor, popularly known as Silvanus, died on his way from a burial.

It was reported that the Dogood series actor had been heading back from his mother’s burial which took place in Akwa Ibom state, on Friday, March 29.

Film director known as Grandmaster had announced the tragic news on his Instagram page this Wednesday, April 3. Grandmaster expressed sadness over the loss of his friend and wished him a peaceful rest.
He said: “My Heart is so so Heavy right now. I am in a dark and painful place. Tragedy is a euphemism. We just lost SILVANUS of DOGOOD. My dear brother was returning from the burial of his mother when death added my friend to his mean account. RIP. These Tears won’t stop flowing.”
In his tribute, Grandmaster described Silvanus as a lovely soul who smiled, played and never complained. He noted that Silvanus would be deeply missed.

Grandmaster wrote: “I am so speechless and so sad. You were such a lovely soul. You smile, you play and never complained. You leave a vacuum that most of the world cannot fill. I will miss so much, it burns my heart. Sleep! Sleep great and awesome Talent. Sleep.”
Meanwhile, had earlier reported that rapper Nipsey Hussle had died in a shooting. Emotional tributes from celebrities around the world pour in following Grammy-nominated rapper’s death.



Rapper Nipsey Hussle killed in shooting outside his L.A. store


Two other men were shot in the incident at Marathon Clothing in South Los Angeles. A suspect remained at large


LOS ANGELES — The Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle was killed in a shooting outside his clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon. Two other men were shot, and a suspect remained at large.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Crisis Response Team confirmed the news on Sunday night, saying, “Today we lost a great musician, Nipsey Hussle.” It said it was “consoling and offering support to the family.”
Hussle was shot multiple times in the parking lot at Marathon Clothing in South Los Angeles at about 3:25 p.m. and pronounced dead at a hospital,police sources said. One of the two men who were wounded were being treated at a hospital, and the other declined treatment, Los Angeles police Lt. Chris Martinez said.


No other information was immediately available, but just a couple of hours before, Hussle, 33, whose real name was Ermias Ashgedom, had tweeted, “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”

Los Angeles Police Commissioner Steve Soboroff said Sunday night that he and Police Chief Michael Moore had been scheduled to meet with Hussle and representatives of Roc Nation, Jay-Z’s entertainment agency and production company, on Monday to “talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids.”

“I’m so very sad,” Soboroff said on Twitter.

Slain rapper Nipsey Hussle remembered
April 1, 2019 / 02:11

A large crowd, many of them crying, gathered at the scene on Sunday as police and media helicopters whirred overhead.

One of them was Matthew Talley of Denver, the engineer and director known as Megatron.

“It ain’t just Los Angeles. He was an inspiration that was bigger than Los Angeles,” Talley said. “You see all these people out here?”

“He was really cool,” Talley said. “He was a dope individual every time I met him.”
It’s just after 9pm PT, crowds are growing. @NipseyHussle music playing loud. A big party is surrounding the whole intersection of Slauson and Crenshaw. #NipseyHussle @NBCLA @RickNBCLA
— Kenny Holmes (@KHOLMESlive) April 1, 2019
Hussle’s debut studio album, “Victory Lap,” was nominated for Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammy Awards.

Hussle had long been associated with the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips, one of Los Angeles’ largest street gangs, which he publicly acknowledged in a 2010 interview with Complex magazine.

In more recent years, however, Hussle had developed an interest in technology and community development, and he was part of a team of artists and entrepreneurs who developed Destination Crenshaw, an open-air museum devoted to honoring African-American artistic achievement.


“In our culture, there’s a narrative that says, ‘Follow the athletes, follow the entertainers,'” he told the Los Angeles Times last year. “And that’s cool, but there should be something that says, ‘Follow Elon Musk, follow Zuckerberg.’



“I think that with me being influential as an artist and young and coming from the inner city, it makes sense for me to be one of the people that’s waving that flag,” he said.

Hussle was also an investor in Vector 90, a co-working space in South Central Los Angeles, where young people can take classes in science, technology and mathematics. He called the center a “bridge between Silicon Valley and the inner city,” saying at last year’s Afrotech conference that he hoped to expand to other cities, like Atlanta, Washington and Baltimore.
I’ll remember him this way. Bright, genuine, forward thinking.

I’ll remember the beauty that he saw in our community. And the beauty that he was.

He loved us. He’s left that love with us. And it cannot die.

Rest in Power, King. You mattered. #FarewellNipsey
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 1, 2019

RIP Nipsey. I just spent Thursday with him filming a video for a beautiful new song we created with Khaled. We filmed in Inglewood, close to where he grew up. He was so gifted, so proud of his home, so invested in his community. Utterly stunned that he’s gone so soon.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) April 1, 2019
In an interview last year with Forbes, Hussle said that as a youth, he’d fallen prey to the “ignorance and self-destructiveness in the narrative that was pushed on us through music in our generation.”


“I see how damaging that was, for myself included, and we’re all subject to the social pressure,” he said. “I wasn’t above it. Each of us are impacted by what’s going on around us. For me, understanding the platform I have and who it speaks to, it’s about being strategic.”

“I wanted to redefine the lifestyle and what we view as important,” he said. “When you hear ‘buy back the block’ as the narrative, that’s powerful. That’s a step towards redefining the expectation.”

Hussle and two co-owners opened Marathon Clothing in June 2017 as a “smartstore,” complete with a smartphone app on which fans could buy exclusive content and products.

“I wanted to open up a brick and mortar physical retail in this area and thought, ‘What’s the trajectory and likelihood of being successful as e-commerce grows?'” he said in an interview with Billboard at the time.

Hussle said his goal was to “create a theme park for the brand.”

“We haven’t seen that in hip-hop,” he said. “We haven’t seen someone create a real-world place where the brand lives and there’s products.”

Hussle’s death deeply shook the worlds of music and sports, in which he was seen as an inspirational figure.
This doesn’t make any sense! My spirit is shaken by this! Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones! ??????
I’m so sorry this happened to you @nipseyhussle
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 1, 2019

You were about something..positive and for your community in every chance you had to speak..and because of that You inspired millions..millions who will uphold your legacy forever. rest amongst the stars. 🙏🏾
— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) April 1, 2019
Issa Rae, the creator and star of the HBO series “Insecure,” said Hussle had inspired her “to invest and own in our communities.”

“He was a solid man who loved his woman, his family and his community,” she said Sunday. “This hurts.”

Eritrea’s Minister of Information, Yemane G. Meskel, also honored the slain rapper, whose family is from the African country.

“Extremely saddened to hear the news of the tragic and untimely death of iconic recording artist/entrepreneur Ermias Asgedom (Nipsey Hussle),” Meskel tweeted. “RIP & condolences to his family.”

Hussle visited Eritrea in April 2018, where he did an interview with Meskel’s website about his music career and being back in the country for the first time in 14 years.
???????????????????? So so SAD man!! DAMN man this hurt.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 1, 2019

Nipsey you a legend. I respect and admire your career path and what you did for the neighborhood. My heart broke today when I saw the news. I’m praying for your loved ones. This was sposed to be the year we got one in. God had bigger plans for you ????
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) April 1, 2019

R.I.P Nipsey
— Bruno Mars (@BrunoMars) April 1, 2019

This is so painful! @NipseyHussle was doing great work for the people. Keep his legacy alive by carrying on his work! Sending love to his family. Rest in Power King 👑
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) April 1, 2019

RIP Nipsey man. This is tragic
— Chance Owbum 📅 (@chancetherapper) April 1, 2019

Real one after real one smh R.I.P Nipsey the solid morals you stood on and your legacy will last 4L!!
— Saint Laurent Don (@21savage) April 1, 2019

Wow. I don’t even know what to say. I’m confused. Nipsey and I had just started really getting to know each other. I feel honored to have worked on his project. Nipsey represents change, he represents evolution, he represents everything our culture needs to embrace.
— Diddy (@Diddy) April 1, 2019
Hussle and the actor Lauren London were the parents of a 2½-year-old child; Hussle had other children from previous relationships, as well.