Puma Makes Power Moves, Signs Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, and Jay-Z

Puma is back in the basketball business. The company has announced the signings of top draft prospects Deandre Ayton (Arizona), Marvin Bagley III (Duke), and Zhaire Smith (Texas Tech).

The Ayton signing was announced this week. The projected No. 1 pick in this week’s NBA draft signed a four-year, multimillion-dollar footwear and apparel endorsement deal. Ayton, a native of the Bahamas, shares a Caribbean connection to two of Puma’s biggest ambassadors in Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica and pop star Rihanna of Barbados.

“Puma is pretty popular in the Bahamas,” Ayton said. “I’ve always seen the brand growing up. [Bolt] is one of the first people I saw with the brand. It’s important to me that someone I identify with and admire as an athlete is with the same brand.”

In case competitors in the lucrative athletic shoe and apparel industry didn’t take Puma’s re-emergence into the basketball space seriously, they’ve taken immediate notice now that Jay-Z has joined as the company’s president of basketball operations. “We’ve been working with Roc Nation for quite some time. They’ve been great partners to us for several years. We’ve done many different deals with many different ambassadors,” Adam Petrick, Puma’s global director of brand and marketing, told Complex. When Puma approached him about this opportunity, Jay-Z felt it “was something he wanted to be a part of,” according to Petrick.

 

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z Continue to Surprise on Joint Album Everything Is Love

Leave it to Beyoncé and Jay-Z to redefine what “pulling a Beyoncé” can be. Last Saturday, the pair headlined London Stadium as part of their joint On the Run II Tour, and at the end of their career-spanning set a message flashed on the screens: “ALBUM OUT NOW.” And there it was, on the home screen of the streaming platform Tidal (in which Jay-Z and Beyoncé have a controlling stake): Everything Is Love, credited to The Carters, an exquisitely produced happy ending to the cheating-heart narrative that unspooled on Beyoncé’s gravity-defying 2016 album Lemonade and Jay-Z’s terse yet personal 2017 release 4:44.

Rumors that this power couple would someday release a joint album have long been grist for pop’s mill, with Jay telling The New York Times last year that he and his wife had been using art “almost like a therapy session.” Everything was finished just a few hours before its splashy release, although its meticulous craft suggests otherwise. (“[Beyoncé and Jay-Z] don’t have rules,” producer Andre Lyon, who worked on the album as part of the production duo Cool & Dre, told Rolling Stone. “No one can get away with the things they do—and when I say get away with, I mean pull off.”) The album recalls other blockbuster duets in R&B and hip-hop—particularly Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s besotted soul sides, as well as Method Man and Mary J. Blige’s hip-hop-minded update of that pair’s 1968 smash “You’re All I Need to Get By”—as it plays with public perceptions of the duo’s relationship. Yet it incorporates too many of-the-moment elements to feel anything but timely: There are ad-libs from the Atlanta rap upstarts Migos, beats that take cues from the minimalist hip-hop subgenre trap, lyrical rebukes to the NFL and the Grammys, and cryptic references to other boldfaced names.

Everything opens with “Summer,” a lush ballad that sounds tailor-made for song-of-the-summer status. It also sets the thematic, if not musical, tone for the rest of the album: Beyoncé and Jay have weathered the storms of previous years and are ready to get back to the drunk-in-love business of beachside fun, shared plans, and knocking the rest of the world on their heels with their individual and combined success.

Over the course of Everything’s nine songs, the duo acknowledge bumps—subpoena-brandishing investigators, streaming services who don’t share the wealth, shady friends—while remaining resilient and focused, both on each other and on their art. Beyoncé’s swagger-filled rapping is as dead-serious as it is delightful: Her half-sung, half-rapped hook on “713” flaunts her mighty pipes and streetwise skills while throwing in some vocal processing that echoes the ’90s G-funk era; her demands for “respeck on my check” on “Apes–t” reframe the wage-gap issue in a radio-ready way; and her admonition of Spotify on the flinty, Pharrell-assisted “Nice” ends with a quote from the 1998 cult flick Half-Baked that’s as unprintable as it is cheer-inducing. Jay’s boasts are also in ample supply as he shouts out sellout crowds and big-ticket brands, although in a continuation of the openness he exhibited on 4:44, he pulls back the curtain on the couple’s origin story on “713” while also noting that life for black men in America is only made easier by black women.

Everything Is Love closes with “Black Effect” and “Lovehappy,” both of which return to the string-laden classic-soul sonics of the album’s opeer. The former examines America’s complex racial politics before making a simple declaration: “The Chitlin’ Circuit is stopped/ Now we in stadiums,” Jay declares, calling back to the path black musicians had to take during the era of racial segregation while flicking at how he and his wife have reached music’s highest echelons not just in their home country, but around the world. “Lovehappy,” a gorgeously plush ballad with sparkling synths and trilling strings, ends things on a hopeful note, the couples’ back-and-forth banter sounding like it was taken from the therapy sessions Jay mentioned (“Love is deeper than your pain and I believe you can change,” Beyoncé growls at one point) before bubbling over into a sighing “happy in love.”

Nearly two decades after their first meeting (the encounter Jay describes in “713” happened in 2000), Beyoncé and Jay-Z have ascended to celebrity’s highest heights by playing it close to the vest. They’re the masters of indulging the gossip-industrial complex’s hunger for “the real story” while also holding on tight to whatever the actual story might be. Everything Is Love’s melding of the personal and the imperial, the old-school and the next-wave, and the soulful and the stubborn give away the real story: Years later, The Carters still inspire each other to push harder and aim higher as they salute their love of each other, and of their art.


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Nas Isn’t Upset with Jay-Z for Dropping ‘Everything Is Love’ the Day After His Album, Happy for ‘Black Excellence’

Jay-Z and Beyonce dropping their surprise album the day after Nas released his may have been shade on Jay’s part, but Nas sources say it’s all love on his.

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Sources close to Nas tell us the Queensbridge rapper isn’t fuming about “Everything Is Love” being released on Saturday, and doesn’t think the Carters will steal any thunder from his new album, “Nasir.” We’re told Nas fully appreciates the fact Jay and Bey are hip-hop royalty at this point, and actually really likes their new record.

If you don’t know, and you should, Nas and Jay had a huge feud going in the late ’90s and early 2000s. They went at each other in songs and interviews for years before burying the whole thing in 2005.

They’ve been friends ever since, and we’re told Nas is more interested in “black excellence” these days … rather than drama.

That’s a relief. We can’t handle any more rap feuds at this moment.

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Jay-Z and Beyonce Pulled the Ultimate Power Couple Move and Surprised Everyone With a New Album

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jay-Z and Beyonce are keeping up a family tradition, dropping a surprise album before anyone knew it was coming.

The couple released a joint album that touches on the rapper’s disgust at this year’s Grammy Awards and features a shout out from their daughter Blue Ivy to her siblings.

The nine-track album “Everything Is Love” dropped Saturday on the Tidal music streaming service that Jay-Z partially owns.

The album features Beyonce rapping on songs more than she has done on previous releases.

One song that has a profanity in its title includes Jay-Z lashing out at the Grammys. He was the top nominee at February’s awards show, but left empty-handed.

The rapper also says he turned down the NFL Super Bowl halftime show, rapping that the league needs him more than he needs them.

Blue Ivy ends the song “BOSS” with a shout-out to her 1-year-old brother and sister, Rumi and Sir.

In 2013, Beyonce released the self-titled album “Beyonce” without any notice.


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Watch: Beyoncé and Jay-Z Release ‘APESH*T’ Visual From New Joint Album ‘Everything Is Love’ [Video]

Not only did Beyoncé and Jay-Z release joint album, ‘Everything Is Love’ — but The Carters also gave us a six-minute visual.

The video is for “APESH*T” and you can watch it in full (without TIDAL) below.

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Crazy In Love! Queen Bey And JAY-Z Sizzle At OTR II

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The Carter’s are back!

Beyonce and JAY-Z hit the stage on Wednesday in Cardiff for their ORT II tour and from the looks of of it, it was glorious!

From showing personal videos of them renewing their wedding vows with Blue and the twins, to seeing Bey twerk on Jay to them performing nearly 40 of their biggest hits, it’s clear that the two are in love and in it for the long haul.

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Jay-Z Court Order Called ‘Celebrity Witch Hunt’ By Rap Star’s Lawyer

Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter has a court order to appear in Manhattan federal district court today to testify about his joint venture with Iconix Brand Group Inc., which is under a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) probe. Attorney’s representing the hip-hop icon, however, accused the SEC of going on a “celebrity hunt” by demanding the rapper answer unlimited questioning about his business dealings.

Iconix Brand Group—which acquired Rocawear, the apparel brand that Carter founded in 1999—is being investigated for allegedly violating federal securities laws in its financial reporting. Although Carter sold Rocawear to Iconix back in 2007 for $ 204 million in intangible assets, it still maintains a joint venture with Jay-Z’s company Roc Nation, according to Iconix’s most recent financial filing. Roc Nation hasn’t received royalties from the partnership since 2015. The SEC is seeking Carter’s testimony on the deal to investigate inconsistencies in Iconix’s reporting, but Jay-Z’s reps argue that he should not be involved in the case at all since he had no role in Iconix’s financial reporting.

“We are aware that the SEC is seeking information on Iconix’ s financial reporting. Mr. Carter had no role in that reporting or Iconix’ s other actions as a public company. Mr. Carter is a private citizen who should not be involved in this matter,” reads a statement from Roc Nation provided to NPR last week.

In a court filing on Monday, Carter’s lawyer wrote that he has agreed to testify before the regulatory agency for just one full day of questioning, rather than for multiple days as determined and demanded by the SEC. “The SEC continues to insist on meeting Mr. Carter in person for an unlimited period of time,” wrote attorney Alex Spiro in a legal memorandum. Spiro argued that the request “imposes unreasonable burdens on Mr. Carter” as he prepares for his upcoming 4:44 tour. The attorney also questioned the intent behind the SEC’s demands and argued that the upshot has turned “into a celebrity hunt.” Jay-Z opposes the SEC’s demand based on his concern that open-ended, in-person testimony “is driven more by governmental fascination with celebrity and headlines than by any proper investigative purpose,” added Spiro.

The SEC initially issued two subpoenas for Jay-Z’s testimony in November 2017 and February 2018. The Brooklyn-born rapper neglected to comply both times, leading the SEC to file an enforcement action ordering him to show up in court for a hearing on May 8. However, refusal to comply with the subpoenas may have given him an advantage since he can now challenge the scope of information sought by the subpoenas during the hearing.

“This allows Jay-Z to argue, and a neutral judge to rule, that the boundaries of the subpoena should be narrowed considerably,” writes entertainment attorney Allen Secretov. “This route would practically not have been available if the investigation was kept out of the court system by Jay-Z’s initial compliance.”

SEC attorneys are scheduled to file a response on Tuesday right before the hearing.

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Jay-Z Talks Family, Kanye West and More on ”My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman”

Jay-Z, Blue Ivy, Beyonce, Grammy Awards, CandidsJay-Z is used to strangers knowing the dirty details about his personal life, but on the Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, the rapper gives his take on the…

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Jay-Z has opened up about his emotional reaction to his mother coming out

In a new Netflix series, Jay-Z speaks to host David Letterman about his emotional reaction to when his mother came out as gay

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At first glance, the biggest news from Jay-Z’s 2017 album 4:44 was his apology to wife Beyoncé for cheating on her. But Jay has revealed that it is his track Smile that perhaps has even more of a powerful impact.

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In the track, Jay-Z raps about his mother coming out as gay, saying: ‘Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian/Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian/Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate/Society shame and the pain was too much to take/Cried tears of joy when you fell in love/Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her.’

The track then ends with Jay-Z’s mother reciting a poem: ‘Living in the shadow. Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? In the shadows people see you as happy and free, because that’s what you want them to see. Living two lives, happy but not free.’

According to NME, this was the first time she had publicly come out as gay.

During the interview, from Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, Jay-Z opened up further about the moment his mother decided to come out to him.

‘Imagine having to live your life as someone else, and you think you’re protecting your kids,’ he explained. ‘For my mother, to have to live as someone she wasn’t and hide and protect her kids, [not] wanting to embarrass her kids, for all this time and for her to sit in front of me and tell me, “I think I love someone”. I mean I really cried, that’s a real story. I cried because I was so happy for her that she was free.’

He continued: ‘This happened eight months ago when the album was being made, she [had] just told me. I made the song [Smile] the next day.’

‘I knew [about her sexuality], but this was the first time we had the conversation and I heard her say that she loved her partner. “I feel like I love somebody”. She said “I feel like”. She held that little bit back still.’

Jay’s reaction? ‘I just cried. I don’t even believe in crying because you’re happy. I don’t even know what that is, what is that?’

Jay-Z’s episode of My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman is out on Netflix US on April 6th.

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All the Wedding Videos & Photos Beyoncé & JAY-Z Have Shared in Honor of Their 10th Anniversary

A decade ago, on April 4, 2008, Beyoncé and JAY-Z married on the fourth day in the fourth month of the year in honor of their shared favorite number. (She was born Sept. 4, he was born Dec. 4 and they have “IV” tattoos on their left ring fingers.)

And very little has been shared from the top-secret, super-intimate wedding ceremony due to Bey, 36, and JAY, 48, requiring their 40 guests, including Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, to abide by a no recording devices rule. Even their proposal has been kept hush-hush, though the couple delighted fans with a mock proposal at the 2014 Met Gala when Beyoncé’s ring fell off during her red carpet photo op.

However, last year, proud mom Tina Knowles Lawson toasted to her daughter and son-in-law’s ninth wedding anniversary by sharing a never-before-seen black-and-white portrait of the couple walking down the aisle right after they said their “I do’s.”

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“It was a very emotional wedding — lots of crying — and really very spiritual,” a source told PEOPLE at the time of the soirée, held at the rapper’s 13,500-sq.-ft. Manhattan penthouse and decorated with 70,000 Dendrobium orchids flown in from Thailand. The couple obtained a marriage license at a village hall in Scarsdale, New York.

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The pair — who are now parents to 6-year-old daughter Blue Ivy and 9-month-old twins Rumi and Sir — celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary with fans when they shared a video, titled “Die with You,” which she captioned, “4.4.17,” with two blue hearts.

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Images from their ceremony were also seen in Beyoncé’s 2016 standalone video for the Lemonade track “All Night” in which home video from their nuptials showed the epic wedding dress made by her mom.

In April 2015, JAY-Z posted a video of the big day on Instagram. Though his account has since been deleted, the clip showed he and his wife exchanging vows before Jay slid a wedding ring on Queen Bey’s finger. For the first time, fans were able to see her favorite color — blue! — painted on her nails.

And if you were among the lucky concert attendees of their joint On the Run tour in 2014, Beyoncé and JAY-Z aired footage from their wedding during their sets.

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Also in 2011, Beyoncé shared two photos of gown fittings in the music video for “I Was Here” which showed behind-the-scenes footage of the making of her white strapless sweetheart gown with a curve-hugging bodice, billowing skirt and dramatic train.

Ms. Tina previously admitted that her daughter was not a fan of her mother’s wedding design. “ was so sweet to let me do that. She came back later one day and she said, ‘You know, when my daughter gets married, I’m going to let her pick out her own dress.’ Maybe she wasn’t so excited about it at the time, but she’s a sweetheart,” she told Today in April 2016.

In November 2008, Beyoncé told Essence magazine that she wanted to forego an engagement ring. “People put too much emphasis on that. It’s just material and it’s just silly to me,” she said. “What Jay and I have is real. We’ve been together a long time. We always knew it would happen.”

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The 21-time Grammy winner also previously discussed their long-standing romance that began when she first met JAY-Z at 18 years old.

“There was no rush — no one expected me to run off and get married,” she also told Seventeen in November 2008.I really don’t believe that you will love the same thing when you’re 20 as you do at 30. So that was my rule: Before the age of 25, I would never get married. I feel like you have to get to know yourself, know what you want, spend some time by yourself, and be proud of who you are before you can share that with someone else.”

Though photos of Beyoncé and JAY-Z’s wedding are rare to come by, fans have been able to witness the couple taking part in sister Solange’s November 2014 wedding to husband Alan Ferguson as well as Tina’s April 2015 wedding to Richard Lawson.

Fast forward to the present, Beyoncé has discussed her marriage in her sixth studio album, Lemonade, and JAY-Z referenced their relationship in his 13th studio album, 4:44. And in March, the power duo announced the sequel to their 2014 tour by revealing the dates for the OTR II Tour which kicks off on June 6 in Cardiff, England.


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Jay-Z Teaches Blue Ivy $19,000 Lesson in Shrewd Financial Savvy

Talk about a family lesson in art bidding and financial frugality. A video featuring Blue Ivy Carter went viral last weekend, giving all children and parents a lesson in keen money moves. Blue Ivy, the offspring of hip-hop and R&B royalty Beyoncé and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, set a bid at a recent auction that almost led to an investment to the tune of $ 19,000, and dad stepped in just in time to stop the purchase.

At the second annual Wearable Art Gala in Los Angeles, where TV personality Star Jones served as emcee, Blue Ivy raised her paddle to purchase a portrait of actor Sidney Poitier. We all know dad can afford it, especially since he landed the top spot on this year’s Forbes list of the most wealthy rappers. But that wasn’t the point. It’s all about being smart with the multimillion-dollar empires that Queen Bey and Jay-Z have built. Jay tried to wrestle the paddle from his 6-year-old daughter’s hands, as seen in social media footage of the event, and Tyler Perry ended up beating the youngster with a $ 20,000 winning bid on the acrylic painting.

According to reports, Blue Ivy later won with a bid of $ 10,000 for a Samuel Levi Jones piece, a 36″ x 36″ work that includes deconstructed law and medical books. Coming from such investment-savvy and art-loving parents, it’s definitely a purchase with wealth-building potential: Jones is a lauded artist whose works have been presented at the San Fransisco MOMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Jay-Z himself has a collection worth, according to Forbes, more than $ 490 million.

The auction, hosted by Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles, and stepfather, Richard Lawson, raised funds to benefit the W.A.C.O. (Where Art Can Occur) Theater Center, which provides mentorship programs for teens and a platform for self-expression through theater and art.

Vanity Fair reports that former First Lady Michelle Obama made an appearance via a pre-recorded message to honor Beyoncé’s humanitarian work, calling Beyoncé her “sister” and celebrating her for her work in bringing clean water to communities across the globe and helping Houston residents rebound in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Jay-Z’s mom, Gloria Carter, was also honored with the Everyday People Award. She co-founded the Shawn Carter Foundation to help those facing socioeconomic hardships gain access to education and provide scholarships and mentoring for attending college.

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Step Aside Diddy: How Jay-Z Took the Crown as Wealthiest Rapper of 2018

Forbes released a sneak peek of its list of the wealthiest in hip-hop March 1, and one Brooklyn-bred mogul was able to take the crown from one of Harlem’s finest. According to the publication, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter boosted his net worth from $ 810 million to $ 900 million, landing the top spot—a first for the star since the 2011 inception of the hip-hop list.

What’s behind the killer bankability? Major money moves.

Jay-Z has maintained a lucrative stake in Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac.

He holds nine-figure ownership in Roc Nation and Tidal streaming service.

He saw wins with slow-ticket strategy. Late last year, his 32-show 4:44 tour—which held a record for the highest-grossing solo tour—raked in more than $ 48 million.

He re-upped on his business with Live Nation for 10 more years—in a deal that mainly covers tour business and has reportedly moved away from the 360-model initially agreed upon.

He’s also a cut above the rest with a good eye for investment in innovation; reflective of his early investments in Uber and beauty brand Julep. He took it further with venture capital firm, Arrive, which partners with select early-stage startups by providing them with brand services, business development, advisory, and capital to drive growth in their organizations. Arrive recently, according to Complex, will be investing in Robinhood, a free stock trading app. Robinhood has reportedly generated more than three million users and is valued at $ 1.3 billion. The firm has also invested in audio tech innovator Devialet and a location-sharing platform InSite Applications, both set to launch this year.

Sean “Diddy” Combs came in second with a net worth of $ 820 million bolstered by his multimillion-dollar interests in Cîroc and Revolt and growth in the success of DeLeón tequila, a joint venture with beverage brand Diageo. Dips in the cable and vodka markets have impacted his wealth despite financial gains for the original Bad Boy.

Andre “Dr. Dre” Young ranks third with $ 770 million; his wealth strengthened by Apple’s $ 3 billion buyout of Beats in 2014. Forbes further reports that the producer is set to get Apple stock this summer “worth well over $ 100 million; depending on the tech giant’s share price at the time, he could leapfrog Diddy and Jay-Z when that happens.”

Next on the list are Drake and Eminem who are currently tied at a net worth of $ 100 million. Drake’s wealth portfolio includes an equity stake in Virginia Black whiskey and ritzy real estate investments in Canada and California.

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JAY-Z Files Trademark for Paper Planes Brand

JAY-Z‘s S. Carter Enterprises has filed documents to acquire the rights to Roc Nation‘s apparel brand Paper Planes. It appears Jigga is looking to secure the brand’s logo for retail distribution, which can currently be seen featured on numerous pieces of apparel including athletic gym bags, tour books, jewelry, as well as upcoming projects with New Era and Puma.

The logo was created by JAY-Z’s business partner Emory Jones, who is Head of Lifestyle over at Roc Nation. This isn’t the only case Jigga has filed documents for, as he is currently in a battle to secure the rights to his “Jaybo” character from “The Story of O.J.”

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Trump hits Jay-Z on black employment following CNN interview

President Donald Trump is taking credit for a decline in the African-American unemployment rate again, this time by taking aim at rapper and businessman Jay-Z following his comments on CNN Saturday night.


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Jay-Z makes peace with Grammys as he is honored at Clive Davis party

NEW YORK (Reuters) – On the night before the Grammy awards, Jay-Z took the stage at a New York dinner attended by music industry titans to discuss his complex relationship with music’s highest honors, where the odds are historically stacked against hip-hop artists winning top accolades.


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Jay-Z Confesses to Beyoncé in Star-Studded ‘Family Feud’ Video Directed by Ava DuVernay

Jay-Z’s “Family Feud” music video is here a day after a teaser dropped, with visuals from director Ava DuVernay and an all-star cast, including his wife Beyoncé.

The eight-minute long video features a lengthy montage of various moments in the future before transitioning to Jay-Z’s church confession while he raps to the song from his latest album, 4:44.

In addition to Beyoncé, the video includes of slew of high-profile names, including Michael B. Jordan, Jessica Chastain, Thandie Newton, Rosario Dawson, Brie Larson, America Ferrara, Rashida Jones, Mindy Kaling, Constance Wu and Blue Ivy Carter —Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s daughter. The video is scored by producer Flying Lotus.

Jay-Z dropped “Family Feud” at 4:44 p.m. eastern Friday exclusively on his music streaming service, Tidal. A subscription to the service is required to watch the video, but its teaser trailer is viewable by anyone.

In November, Jay-Z confirmed that he and Beyoncé worked on a collaborative album during the making of 4:44 and Beyoncé’s 2016 album, Lemonade.

He told the New York Times’ T Magazine that he and Beyoncé used “our art almost like a therapy session,” presumably as a response to Jay-Z’s infidelity hinted throughout “Family Feud” and both of the artists’ latest albums.


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Jay-Z Teases New Music Video For Song ‘Family Feud’

Thursday morning, December 28, Jay-Z dropped a sneak peek at his new music video for the song Family Feud that no one was suspecting.

Variety.com reports that the video teases at a Godfather theme with a Catholic church and Jay-Z rapping from the confessional booth with his wife Lemonade singer Beyoncé sits where the priest usually is. Featured in the video with along with his wife is their oldest daughter Blue Ivy who can be seen walking down the aisle of the church with her dad.

Besides the church scenes, there’s a pretty passionate love scene between a couple before it turns deadly with the woman stabbing a knife in the back of her lover.

The video is meant to be about unifying the  Hip Hop Black community, it also alludes to Jay-Z’s infidelity problems from the past.

The finished music video will drop on December 29, 2017. Take a look at the preview down below.

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Move Over Oprah and Jay-Z! The Roots of Black Wealth Run Deeper Than We Ever Dreamed

Quick: Name three black millionaires of the early 20th century.

John Johnson? Good guess, but wrong time. The founder of Chicago’s Ebony-centered empire began amassing his fortune mid-century.

Madame C.J. Walker, of eponymous haircare fame, is a hearty yes, but is that all you’ve got? If so, there’s a good reason for that, according to Shomari Wills, author of the upcoming book, Black Fortunes (Amistad). Walker wasn’t the first black person—or even the first woman of color—to amass a significant fortune. She was the first black millionaire who was bold enough to showcase it. Walker’s lavish lifestyle garnered a level of attention and notoriety that most of her rich predecessors and peers feared, and for good reason. Wealthy blacks were instant targets for violent, racist haters; con artists; and thieves.

If you’re struggling to imagine a class of black millionaires existed at a time when the last generation of those born into slavery was just reaching maturity, you’re not alone. But that’s precisely why Wills chose to excavate this long buried bit of black history.

 

Mapping the History of Black Wealth

Black Fortunes is relevant today because it is a story about the quest for and realization of the economic power of African Americans,” says the journalist. “I wanted to push back against the stereotype that African Americans aren’t enterprising or capable of cultivating and wielding financial power.” The book will dramatically expand not only readers’ perception of the post-slavery era but of the very history of black wealth in America.

Wills’s ode to the nation’s first-known, post-slavery titans, a few of whom reside in his own family tree, concentrates on six African Americans who escaped slavery and became millionaires. In the telling, Wills illuminates several other stories of of incredible fortitude, business savvy, and good luck that led to degrees of wealth that would rival the fortunes of today’s most outsized African American successes including Oprah, Jay-Z and Beyoncé.

 

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“The figures I ended up writing about were not just pioneers but some of the most remarkable business people I’ve ever studied,” Wills said in an email answering questions about his upcoming book. “They built their business empires during a time when African Americans faced bondage, discrimination, and disenfranchisement. They didn’t just rise past slavery and servitude but to the highest realms of wealth and influence in society in 19th and early 20th century.”

The history mined in Black Fortunes will come as a revelation to many who will be shocked to learn that there was a black wealth class immediately after slavery. However, Wills grew up with a keen awareness of this piece of history, which most historians have at best ignored.

“I always knew of my great-great-great uncle John Drew (a millionaire entrepreneur) and his brother Simon Drew (my great-great-grandfather, who was also a wealthy entrepreneur) through stories passed down from my mother,” says Wills. “I was amazed by their stories and wanted to try and share them.”

 

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Yet even Wills didn’t learn the details of how his own ancestors accumulated their wealth until he started researching the book. “It turns out their father, a farmer, was one of the first black men in Virginia to own property,” Wills explains. “He let his sons sell his land when he grew tired of farming. John and Simon Drew then used the money to open businesses around the turn of the century.

“John Drew used his portion to start a bus line in Philadelphia around 1910 and invest in securities. He did well in the bull market of the late 1920s and pulled his money out of the stock market right before the crash in 1929. John walked away with close to a million dollars at the time and, after his windfall, retired and bought a Negro League baseball team.”

Sadly, John Drew ended up losing a good deal of his wealth when the Negro League folded after MLB integrated. “The integration of the major leagues was a great triumph, but also a bit of a tragedy for the Negro League and its black coaches, owners, and executives.”

 

A Cautionary Tale

Black Fortunes is a classic story of black resilience and the determination to upend a racist social order in the most meaningful, quantifiable way, but it’s also a cautionary tale about the unique challenges African Americans face in trying to build and sustain wealth, especially when it comes to passing it from one generation to the next.

Some of the Drew brothers’ remaining money and real estate were inherited by Wills’s mother and aunt, but, the author laments, “it was nothing close to what they had at their peak.”  Noting that since Reconstruction, African Americans have invested more of their net worth in real estate more than any other group, the 2008 financial crisis dealt a critical blow to that tradition and today, black home ownership is at 43%, an all-time low.

 

 

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Jay-Z Finally Admits to Cheating on Beyoncé—But Becky Remains a Mystery

After Beyoncé’s album Lemonade, in which she sang at length about her husband’s infidelities, and his own allusions to being unfaithful on his latest album 4:44, Jay-Z has finally admitted to cheating on his wife.

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JAY-Z on Saving Marriage with Beyoncé After Infidelity: ‘The Hardest Thing Is Seeing Pain on Someone’s Face That You Caused’

JAY-Z is opening up about how his marriage survived scandal.

In an extensive new interview with T: The New York Times Style Magazine, the famed rapper offered a rare glimpse inside his private world with wife Beyoncé, admitting to past infidelity, revealing his state of mind leading up to the infamous transgression and sharing how the power couple pieced their relationship back together.

“You know, most people walk away, and like divorce rate is like 50 percent or something ’cause most people can’t see themselves. The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself,” he told the outlet. “So, you know, most people don’t want to do that. You don’t want to look inside yourself. And so you walk away.”

JAY-Z never walked away from his own marriage, but it hasn’t always been easy.

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Since 2013, the musician has been dogged by cheating rumors, which were only compounded by the news of his notorious 2014 #elevatorgate squabble with sister-in-law Solange after the Met Gala. Beyoncé more than hinted at marital strife on her 2016 adultery-fueled visual album Lemonade — and JAY-Z finally alluded to being unfaithful on the title track of his latest album, 4:44, released in June.

JAY-Z, 47, told T that therapy helped him look inward.

“I grew so much from the experience,” the rapper (born Shawn Carter) said. “But I think the most important thing I got is that everything is connected. Every emotion is connected and it comes from somewhere. And just being aware of it. Being aware of it in everyday life puts you at such a … you’re at such an advantage.”

The artist — nominated for eight awards at the 2018 Grammys — said he built up walls due to experiences from his childhood.

“You go into survival mode, and when you go into survival mode what happen? You shut down all emotions. So even with women, you gonna shut down emotionally, so you can’t connect ,” he said. “In my case, like it’s, it’s deep. And then all the things happen from there: infidelity …”

JAY-Z acknowledged problems in their relationship informed both Lemonade and 4:44.

“We were using our art almost like a therapy session,” he said of the music, adding that playing the deeply personal tracks for one another was painful — and “very, very uncomfortable.”

While the A-list pair were working on their respective albums — and a joint album they had previously been working on — emotions were running high.

“We were sitting in the eye of that hurricane,” JAY-Z said. “The best place is right in the middle of the pain. And that’s where we were sitting. And it was uncomfortable. And we had a lot of conversations. You know. really proud of the music she made, and she was really proud of the art I released. And, you know, at the end of the day we really have a healthy respect for one another’s craft. I think she’s amazing.”

Today, it seems, JAY-Z and Beyoncé are doing better than ever. Already parents to 5-year-old daughter Blue Ivy, the couple welcomed twins Rumi and Sir in June.

“It is not a secret that Beyoncé and Jay had huge problems a couple of years ago. It was obvious to everyone that spent time with them,” an insider told PEOPLE this summer. “There was always tension in the air, but they both worked very hard to get to the place where they are now … They are very excited about adding babies to the family. Jay was great during Beyoncé’s pregnancy and continues to be great. He loves being a dad and Beyoncé seems very happy.”


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JAY-Z Opens Up on How ‘Lemonade’ Made Him Feel

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This past summer, JAY-Z released arguably the most vulnerable album of his career. The rapper and business mogul didn’t hold back on 4:44, with many praising him for his transparency and easily referring to the work as a classic.

But Hov’s purging didn’t stop when he released his latest album. During a rare and very personal interview with T Magazinethe “Song Cry” entertainer got even more candid about his relationship with his megastar wife, Beyoncé, and how the release of Lemonade personally affected him.

“There was never a point where it was like, ‘I’m making this album.’ I was right there the entire time,” he states. “You know, most people walk away, and like divorce rate is like 50 percent or something ’cause most people can’t see themselves. The hardest thing is seeing pain on someone’s face that you caused, and then have to deal with yourself. So, you know, most people don’t want to do that. You don’t want to look inside yourself. And so you walk away.”

JAY-Z also hinted that the couple had been working on a joint album at the time.

” … we were using our art almost like a therapy session. And we started making music together. And then the music she was making at that time was further along,” he says. “So her album came out as opposed to the joint album that we were working on. Um, we still have a lot of that music. And this is what it became. There was never a point where it was like, ‘I’m making this album.’ I was right there the entire time.”

Whoa. Lemonade, which dropped last year, revealed to the public for the first time that there was trouble in their marriage.

While we may place celebrities on a pedestal, let us all remember that they’re human just like you and me.

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Jay-Z Leads Grammys with 8 Nominations: See the Nominees

NEW YORK — Jay-Z is the leader of the 2018 Grammy Award nominations in a year where the top four categories are heavily dominated by rap and R&B artists, giving the often overlooked genres a strong chance of winning big.

The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that Jay-Z is nominated for eight honors, including album, song, and record of the year. Bruno Mars is also nominated for the big three, while Kendrick Lamar — who earned seven nominations — and Childish Gambino are also up for major awards.

Jay-Z’s personal and revealing album, “4:44,” is nominated for album of the year alongside Mars’ 90s-inspired R&B adventure “24K Magic,” Lamar’s hard-hitting rap masterpiece “DAMN.,” Gambino’s funk-soul project “Awaken My Love!” and Lorde’s critically acclaimed pop album, “Melodrama.”

Record of the year nominees include Jay-Z’s “The Story of O.J.,” a song about blackness and managing money that also references O.J. Simpson; Mars’ Top 5 hit, “24K Magic”; Lamar’s No. 1 smash, “Humble”; Gambino’s “Redbone,” which peaked at No. 12 on the Hot 100; and the year’s biggest hit, “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.

“Despacito” is also nominated for song of the year — a songwriter’s award — along with Mars’ No. 1 hit, “That’s What I Like”; the title track from Jay-Z’s “4:44”; rapper Logic’s suicide prevention anthem, “1-800-273-8255”; and “Issues” by Julia Michaels, the singer who has written hits for Bieber, Selena Gomez and other pop stars.

Michaels is also nominated for best new artist, where R&B and rap rule again: Her competition includes singers SZA, Khalid and Alessia Cara, as well as rapper Lil Uzi Vert.

No rock or country acts were nominated in the top four categories. The rap- and R&B-heavy nominations, which include numerous black and Latino artists, come after the Grammys were criticized earlier this year when some felt Beyonce’s multi-genre “Lemonade” album should have won album of the year over Adele’s “25.” Adele also expressed that Beyonce should have received the prize.

The win for Adele, though, marked another year when the Grammys awarded its biggest prizes to an artist outside of the rap or R&B genre. Kanye West, Eminem, Mariah Carey and others have also lost in the top categories over the years to pop, rock and country acts despite owning the year in music, critically and commercially.

“We have a current membership that is savvy and certainly timely, is current, and reflective of what music is about today and in the future. And clearly the diversification work that we’ve done for our membership is evident in all of the nominations this year,” Neil Portnow, the academy’s president and CEO, said in an interview. “I think it’s a testimony to our hard work and intention of having a very vibrant, current, relevant, diverse voting membership.”

Jay-Z or Lamar could make history next year when the Grammys take place in New York City on Jan. 28, 2018: Either album could become only the third rap-based album to win album of the year; and either song could become the first in the rap genre to win record or song of the year.

“4:44,” which includes songs about Jay-Z’s relationship with Beyonce and family life, marks the rap icon’s first nomination for album of the year as a lead artist; it is Lamar’s third in the top category. Lamar will compete with Jay-Z in all seven categories he is nominated in, including best rap album, best rap song, best rap performance, best rap sung performance and best music video.

Mars is behind Jay-Z and Lamar with six nominations, including best R&B album, best R&B song and best R&B performance. Gambino, better known as Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actor Donald Glover, scored five nominations.

Others who earned five nominations include SZA, Khalid and No I.D., who produced Jay-Z’s album and is up for non-classical producer of the year.

Ed Sheeran, who has the second best-selling album of the year with “Divide,” was snubbed in the top categories. “Divide” earned a nomination for best pop vocal album, while his No. 1 hit, “Shape of You,” is up for best pop solo performance.

Nominees for best pop vocal album include Lady Gaga’s “Joanne,” Coldplay’s five-song EP “Kaleidoscope,” Imagine Dragons’ “Evolve,” Lana Del Rey’s “Lust for Life” and Kesha’s “Rainbow,” marking her first Grammy nomination. Kesha, who has been in a legal war with former mentor and producer Dr. Luke, is also nominated for best pop solo performance for “Praying.”

Leonard Cohen and Chris Cornell are both nominated for best rock performance; other deceased nominees include Glen Campbell, Gregg Allman and Carrie Fisher, who is nominated for best spoken word album, where Bernie Sanders, Mark Ruffalo and Bruce Springsteen are also nominated.

In the country categories, Chris Stapleton leads with three nominations. Miranda Lambert, who earned two nominations, was surprisingly shut out of best country album though her double album, “The Weight of These Wings,” was a critical favorite.

Others who earned multiple nominations include Pharrell, Ledisi, Nothing More, Alison Krauss, Daniel Caesar and Foo Fighters. Randy Newman’s song “Putin,” his sardonic ode to Russian President Vladimir Putin, is nominated for best arrangement, instruments and vocals.

Taylor Swift, who didn’t earn nominations for her single “Look What You Made Me Do” — released before the Grammy cutoff date — did earn a nod for best country song for writing Little Big Town’s No. 1 hit, “Better Man.” Swift is also nominated for best song written for visual media for “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” her collaboration with Zayn from the “Fifty Shades Darker” soundtrack. Her new album, “reputation,” will qualify for nominations at the 2019 Grammys.

Cardi B, who had one of the year’s biggest hits with “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves),” earned two nominations: best rap song and best rap performance. Another female rapper scored nominations, too: Rapsody is up for best rap song for “Sassy” and best rap album for “Laila’s Wisdom.” In the latter category, she will compete with Jay-Z, Lamar, Migos and Tyler, the Creator. Snubs include Future, J. Cole and DJ Khaled, who has two of the year’s biggest hits with “Wild Thoughts” and “I’m the One.”

Albums and songs eligible in the 84 categories at the 60th annual Grammys had to be released between Oct. 1, 2016 and Sept. 30, 2017. This year is the first year the Grammys used online voting for its main awards show; it started online voting for the Latin Grammys last year.

And the nominees are:

  • Album of the year: “Awaken, My Love!,” Childish Gambino; “4:44,” Jay-Z; “DAMN.,” Kendrick Lamar; “Melodrama,” Lorde; “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars.
  • Record of the year: “Redbone,” Childish Gambino; “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber; “The Story of O.J.,” Jay-Z; “HUMBLE.,” Kendrick Lamar; “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars.
  • Song of the year (songwriter’s award): “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Erika Ender and Marty James Garton; “4:44,” Jay-Z and No I.D.; “Issues,” Julia Michaels, Benny Blanco, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen and Justin Drew Tranter; “1-800-273-8255,” Logic, Alessia Cara, Khalid and Arjun Ivatury; “That’s What I Like,” Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus and Jonathan Yip.
  • Best new artist: Alessia Cara; Khalid; Lil Uzi Vert; Julia Michaels; SZA.
  • Best pop solo performance: “Love So Soft,” Kelly Clarkson; “Praying,” Kesha; “Million Reasons,” Lady Gaga; “What About Us,” Pink; “Shape of You,” Ed Sheeran.
  • Best pop duo/group performance: “Something Just Like This,” The Chainsmokers and Coldplay; “Despacito,” Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber; “Thunder,” Imagine Dragons; “Feel It Still,” Portugal. The Man; “Stay,” Zedd and Alessia Cara.
  • Best traditional pop vocal album: “Nobody But Me (Deluxe Version),” Michael Buble; “Triplicate,” Bob Dylan; “In Full Swing,” Seth MacFarlane; “Wonderland,” Sarah McLachlan; “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90,” various artists.
  • Best pop vocal album: “Kaleidoscope EP,” Coldplay; “Lust for Life,” Lana Del Rey; “Evolve,” Imagine Dragons; “Rainbow,” Kesha; “Joanne,” Lady Gaga; “Divide,” Ed Sheeran.
  • Best dance/electronic album: “Migration,” Bonobo; “3-D The Catalogue,” Kraftwerk; “Mura Masa,” Mura Masa; “A Moment Apart,” Odesza; “What Now,” Sylvan Esso.
  • Best rock album: “Emperor of Sand,” Mastodon; “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct,” Metallica; “The Stories We Tell Ourselves,” Nothing More; “Villains,” Queens of the Stone Age; “A Deeper Understanding,” The War On Drugs.
  • Best alternative music album: “Everything Now,” Arcade Fire; “Humanz,” Gorillaz; “American Dream,” LCD Soundsystem; “Pure Comedy,” Father John Misty; “Sleep Well Beast,” The National.
  • Best urban contemporary album: “Free 6LACK,” 6LACK; “Awaken, My Love!,” Childish Gambino; “American Teen,” Khalid; “Ctrl,” SZA; “Starboy,” The Weeknd.
  • Best R&B album: “Freudian,” Daniel Caesar; “Let Love Rule,” Ledisi; “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars; “Gumbo,” PJ Morton; “Feel the Real,” Musiq Soulchild.
  • Best rap album: “4:44,” Jay-Z; “DAMN.,” Kendrick Lamar; “Culture,” Migos; “Laila’s Wisdom,” Rapsody; “Flower Boy,” Tyler, the Creator.
  • Best country album: “Cosmic Hallelujah,” Kenny Chesney; “Heart Break,” Lady Antebellum; “The Breaker,” Little Big Town; “Life Changes,” Thomas Rhett; “From A Room: Volume 1,” Chris Stapleton.
  • Best jazz vocal album: “The Journey,” The Baylor Project; “A Social Call,” Jazzmeia Horn; “Bad Ass And Blind,” Raul Midon; “Porter Plays Porter,” Randy Porter Trio With Nancy King; “Dreams And Daggers,” Cecile McLorin Salvant.
  • Best jazz instrumental album: “Uptown, Downtown,” Bill Charlap Trio; “Rebirth,” Billy Childs; “Project Freedom,” Joey DeFrancesco & The People; “Open Book,” Fred Hersch; “The Dreamer Is The Dream,” Chris Potter.
  • Best compilation soundtrack for visual media: “Baby Driver”; “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2”; “Hidden Figures: The Album”; “La La Land”; “Moana: The Songs.”
  • Producer of the year, non-classical: Calvin Harris; Greg Kurstin; Blake Mills; No I.D.; The Stereotypes.
  • Best music video: “Up All Night,” Beck; “Makeba,” Jain; “The Story of O.J.,” Jay-Z; “Humble,” Kendrick Lamar; “1-800-273-8255,” Logic featuring Alessia Cara and Khalid.


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Free Meek Mill! That’s what celebrities, from La La Anthony, to Kevin Hart, to JAY-Z, are shouting from the rooftops after the rapper was sentenced to two+ years in prison. They’re calling for justice on social media, and promoting a rally in his honor. Take a look at their posts!


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Fixer Upper? Beyoncé and Jay-Z Drop Nearly $1 Million to Renovate Their $88 Million Bel-Air Property

Beyonce and Jay-Z dropped $ 88 million on a beautiful Bel-Air estate over the summer — but $ 88 million isn’t enough to get The Carters exactly what they want.

So, like most people who aren’t happy with the state of their home, they’re reportedly undertaking a bit of a renovation project.

via TMZ:

The Carters have taken out 2 permits in the past month for work on their recently purchased Bel-Air property — one to install a backup generator and make a $ 30k alteration to the pad, and another to add a living area under the pools for around $ 750k.

Bey and Jay closed escrow on the mansion in August for $ 88 MILLION — a dream come truefor one new neighbor. But apparently $ 88 mil only gets you so much.

As we reported … the couple also went bicoastal last month by gobbling up a baller house in the Hamptons for a cool $ 26 million.

If you can’t buy what you want, then you make it what you want.

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Jay-Z Reportedly Interested in Buying Harvey Weinstein’s Stake in TWC

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Jay-Z may be looking to make an investment in The Weinstein Company (TWC) in the midst of the controversy surrounding the company’s founder Harvey Weinstein, a powerful film producer accused of sexually harassing and assaulting scores of women throughout his three-decade career.

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The New York Times reported last week that the Academy Award-winning producer made sexual advances at multiple women in Hollywood, including high-profile actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Ashley Judd. Some women who rejected his non-consensual advances said that, in turn, he used his clout to sabotage their career. Three women also accused him of rape.

As a result, on October 8, Weinstein was ousted from TWC, a mini-major film studio that he co-founded and co-chaired with his brother Bob. TMZ reports that Jay-Z is interested in purchasing Weinstein’s 23-percent stake in the production company.

In 2016, Jay-Z signed a two-year deal with TWC that includes a first-look deal at film and TV projects. The hip-hop mogul worked with Weinstein to produce Time: The Kalief Browder Story, a six-part documentary that premiered earlier this year. The rap star also has several upcoming projects in the works with TWC, including an adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights; a miniseries about Trayvon Martin; a program exploring American race relations hosted by Jay-Z; and a biopic about comedy legend Richard Pryor.

According to TMZ, Jay-Z would partner with other investors to purchase the stake and he “wants his relationship with the company to continue and grow.”

Fox Business, however, reports that rumors of Jay-Z purchasing Weinstein’s stake are false, according to their sources.

In response to the allegations of sexual assault, Weinstein released an apology, telling the New York Times: “the way I’ve behaved with colleagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sincerely apologize for it.” He added that he will take a sabbatical and is working with therapists to “deal with this issue head on.”

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z performed his first headlining concert in three years in his hometown of New York City on Friday, a show that featured his popular hits and a dedication to outspoken NFL player Colin Kaepernick.
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Jay-Z revealed the inspiration behind the names of his new twins, his past rap beefs and his mother's coming out in the second part of

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Jay-Z discussed his Kanye West feud, the recording of 4:44, the "Elevator Video" and his Anti-Defamation League–angering

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JAY-Z, Meek Mill, Jesse Williams, Chris Rock & More Speak on Masculinity in ‘Footnotes for MaNyfaCedGod’

JAY-Z shared a video for “MaNyfaCedGod” on Friday, starring Lupita Nyong’o. Yesterday, the Roc Nation honcho dropped a documentary titled “Footnotes for MaNyfaCedGod,” which is part of the Neil Brennan-directed series which looks at the meaning behind each track on JAY’s 4:44 album. This video explores the theme of masculinity and patriarchy and features the likes of Anthony Anderson, Chris Rock, Trevor Noah, Jesse Williams, Meek Mill and more.

“We can’t go to a therapist. You crazy at that point. A psychiatrist? You crazy. No, you need help,” Jigga shares in the clip. “Three of your brothers are dead, your mother used to beat you, you need help. Someone needs to talk you through while you are feeling these feelings.”

“I think as we look at our relationships and we look at f*cking trying to be something for other people, specifically men, it’s this barrage of, ‘You gotta be the man in a relationship,'” Jesse Williams added. “What does that mean? Does that mean have courage? And courage to do what? Does that mean be a leader? Be a leader how? Does that mean be physically strong? Because the weakest people that I’ve met in my life have been physically strong men.”

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Jay-Z Remakes ‘Friends’ With Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish for ‘Moonlight’ Video

Jay-Z remakes Friends in the video for the thought-provoking track "Moonlight" off his latest album, 4:44. The rapper released the video via Tidal, like previous clips, promptly at 4:44 p.m. Friday.

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Beyoncé Hits SoulCycle (with JAY-Z!) 6 Weeks After Welcoming Twins: How They’re ‘Motivating Each Other’

Six weeks after welcoming twins Sir and Rumi, Beyoncé is back in the gym — with husband JAY-Z by her side.

“She is slowly starting to get back to her ‘normal’ life,” says a source close to the singer, 35. “Her babies are now six weeks old, and she started working out again.”

The entertainers have taken several classes at SoulCycle this past week, and “they are motivating each other to stay in shape,” adds the source.

The “Formation” singer reportedly attended classes at the celeb-favorite spinning studio during her pregnancy and JAY-Z, 47, was photographed leaving the Beverly Hills location just days after Beyoncé delivered their new additions.

RELATED VIDEO: Beyoncé Shares First Photo of Twins Sir and Rumi Carter

Earlier this month, the new mom of three (the couple also are doting parents to 5-year-old Blue Ivy) showed off her enviable post-baby body in a corset-like mini skirt and long-sleeved white top at Roc Nation artist Vic Mensa’s L.A. album launch party.

The family is currently living in a $ 400,000 per month rental home in Malibu and are still looking for a permanent home closer to Blue’s school.

“Beyoncé is happy with just being a mom right now. She has no plans to work,” an insider previously told PEOPLE about the star’s current slower pace. “She seems relaxed and very happy. Everything is good with her and Jay, and they seem to have a lot of fun raising their family together.”

 


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Flashback: Jay-Z, Chester Bennington Share Frontman Duties on ‘Numb/Encore’

Jay-Z and Linkin Park's collaborative EP Collision Course was both an experiment in cross-genre pollination and the commercial equivalent of an uncontested dunk: two wildly popular acts joining forces. The project was initiated

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