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Colin Kaepernick's GF on Jay-Z's NFL Deal: 'Disgusting'

'Disgusting and disappointing,' says radio DJ Nessa

(Newser) - Jay-Z's Roc Nation announced a huge deal this week with the NFL, a "long-term partnership" in which the rapper's company will be taking on the role of "official live music entertainment strategists," offering advice on Super Bowl performances and working on "the production and... More »

Woodstock 50 Loses a Headliner

Jay-Z pulls out of troubled festival, still scheduled for next month

(Newser) - Jay-Z has pulled out of the 50th anniversary Woodstock festival just weeks before the troubled event is supposed to take place. The rap king will no longer close the three-day festival scheduled for Aug. 16-18, a person familiar with the situation told the AP on Friday, speaking on condition of... More »

She Took Jay-Z's Drink Order. Then Came the Death Threats

Nicole Curran says misinterpreted look on Bey's face at NBA game led to 'cyberbullying'

(Newser) - Cyberbullying over a citrus slice? That's what Nicole Curran is claiming after an incident at an NBA Finals game Wednesday that she says led to death threats and the deletion of her Instagram account. ESPN reports that Curran, the wife of Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob, had been... More »

Hip-Hop Has Its First Billionaire

It's Jay-Z

(Newser) - Forbes estimates that Jay-Z's fortune now "conservatively totals $1 billion," which is notable for a couple reasons: He's one of just "a handful" of those in showbiz who have become billionaires—and the first ever in the realm of hip-hop. (As Billboard explains, Dr.... More »

These Are the 6 Richest Celebs in the US

George Lucas tops Forbes' annual list

(Newser) - Forbes is out with its annual list of the wealthiest celebrities in the US, and the top four are billionaires. The two people tied for the No. 5 spot with net worths of $900 million each, however, are both notable: Kylie Jenner is on track to become the youngest... More »

Beyonce, Jay-Z Drop Surprise Album

And 'Everything Is Love' isn't all love, especially if you're the Grammys

(Newser) - Out of the blue, Beyonce and Jay-Z dropped a joint album that's being described as both unexpected and long-rumored, reports Pitchfork . But Everything Is Love is not all sunshine and rainbows from the duo now going by The Carters, particularly for the Grammys (where Jay-Z went 0-8 at the... More »

After 5 Months of Delays, Jay-Z Will Have to Face SEC

Judge says he must answer questions in financial probe

(Newser) - Jay-Z's busy schedule as he prepares for global tour got a little busier Tuesday when a New York judge said he must spend a day answering questions from the Securities and Exchange Commission in a financial probe of a company he sold his Rocawear apparel brand to over a... More »

George Zimmerman Arraigned on Stalking Charge

Zimmerman is accused of threatening an investigator for a film on Trayvon Martin

(Newser) - Authorities say George Zimmerman threatened a private investigator working for a documentary filmmaker. Per the AP , court records show Zimmerman was issued a summons for a May 30 arraignment on a charge of misdemeanor stalking. A sheriff's report says the investigator contacted Zimmerman in September on behalf of Michael... More »

Beyonce Got the Old Band Back Together

Destiny's Child, Jay-Z help star light up Coachella

(Newser) - Beyonce hit Coachella on Saturday night—hard. The music festival's first black woman headliner reunited Destiny's Child, bringing out former bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams in a two-hour tour de force of their hits that included "Say My Name," "Lose My Breath," and... More »

Jay-Z, Beyonce Pay Homage to 1973 Film in Tour Promo

'On the Run II' promo apparently a shoutout to Senegalese movie called 'Touki Bouki'

(Newser) - Film buffs may perk up at seeing the new video clip for Beyonce and Jay-Z's "On the Run II" tour, released Monday. Nestled in the 45-second video (and also used as a promotional still for the tour) is a shot of the couple on a motorcycle adorned with... More »

Now It's Trump vs. Jay-Z

President fires back after hiphop icon calls him a 'superbug' over 'shithole' comment

(Newser) - The subject in President Trump's Sunday morning Twitter crosshairs is somewhat less than likely: Jay-Z, reports Politico . He tweeted : "Somebody please inform Jay-Z that because of my policies, Black Unemployment has just been reported to be at the LOWEST RATE EVER RECORDED!" The back-and-forth started Saturday night,... More »

Jay-Z on Dealing With Infidelity: Get to the 'Middle of the Pain'

'NYT' interview dives into his relationship with Kanye, how he and Beyonce dealt with discord

(Newser) - Whispers have long abounded about what exactly went on in Jay-Z and Beyonce's marriage to spur some of the lyrics in the former's 4:44 album, and his in-depth interview with Dean Baquet for T Magazine finally offers some confirmation. After the New York Times executive editor tells... More »

Meet Earth's Top Power Couples

Why, yes, it is heavy on pretty and geeky people with money

(Newser) - You might think you and your partner make a super couple, but chances are you didn't make Time's list of the world's most elite power couples. Hailing from the fields of entertainment, politics, and predictably, technology, Time runs down the couples it deems most powerful who are... More »

For 43rd Season of SNL, 3 New Cast Members

Ryan Gosling, Jay-Z help get the season started this weekend

(Newser) - Ryan Gosling and Jay-Z are the host and featured musical act, respectively, on Saturday Night Live this weekend as the show kicks off its 43rd season, but they won't be the only fresh faces on the set. An NBC statement notes three newbies—Groundlings veteran Heidi Gardner, comic Chris... More »

There's Still Time to Overthrow 2017's Most Popular Album

Drake comes in at No. 1 (so far) with 'More Life'

(Newser) - The year's not yet over, but inquiring minds are already wondering if Lorde has managed to trump Lana and whether it's Jay-Z's tunes or the surprise return of his hyphen that continues to capture people's attention (it appears to be the former). 24/7 Wall St. has... More »

JAY-Z Explains Names for New Twins

'Rumi' is for their favorite poet, and 'Sir' is for the kid's attitude

(Newser) - In a podcast with Rap Radar , JAY-Z opened up about how he and Beyonce settled on the names Rumi and Sir for their new twins . The first honors a poet and the second honors some baby attitude. “Rumi is our favorite poet, so it was for our daughter,”... More »

Beyonce Introduces Fans to Her Twins

First photo of Sir Carter, Rumi posted to Instagram

(Newser) - It's safe to say fans were extremely eager to be introduced to Beyonce and Jay-Z's twins. The wait is now over. To mark one month since their June 13 birth, Beyonce posted the first photo of Rumi and Sir Carter on Instagram early Friday, per E! News . The... More »

Jay-Z Accused of Anti-Semitic Lyrics

Though Anti-Defamation League doesn't believe Jay-Z himself is anti-Semitic

(Newser) - The Anti-Defamation League is accusing Jay-Z of trafficking in Jewish stereotypes on his new album . On "The Story of OJ," which Spin describes as a "black capitalism anthem," Jay-Z raps: "You wanna know what's more important than throwing away money at a strip club?... More »

What's Behind the Kanye-Jay-Z Feud

Sources say it has to do with Kanye's concert rant, not Tidal dispute

(Newser) - Things are not going so well between Jay-Z and Kanye West, as evidenced by Jay-Z's rant about Kanye that showed up on his new album 4:44. But, though news came out Sunday that West has left Jay-Z's Tidal streaming service over a money dispute, sources told TMZ... More »

These Might Be the Names of Beyonce, Jay-Z's Twins

Rumi and Sir Carter?

(Newser) - Beyonce and Jay-Z may have indirectly revealed the names they chose for their new twins. TMZ reports that on Monday, soon after the twins were reportedly released from the hospital , the company run by the famous couple (which already owns the trademarks to their names and which filed to trademark... More »

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