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Dave Chappelle and his stand-up appearances are without a doubt a hot ticket no matter where he’s performing, and a Charlotte couple tried to score big for Chappelle’s Valentine’s Day show. After getting scammed out of $500 on Craigslist, Chappelle personally delivered the tickets to the victims and even kicked it with them a bit.

Local outlet WBTV reports:

On Thursday night, Dave Chappelle hand-delivered tickets to his Valentine’s Day comedy show to a Charlotte couple who were scammed out of hundreds of dollars trying to purchase the tickets on Craigslist.

Not only did Chappelle hand-deliver the tickets, he sat down to chat with the couple and took time to take pictures with several people in the hotel restaurant.

On Wednesday, WBTV reported that a south Charlotte wife and mother claimed she paid a seller on Craigslist hundreds of dollars for tickets to see comedian Dave Chappelle at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, but never received the tickets.

Deidra Dickens thought she scored the deal of a lifetime on Craiglist to surprise her husband, Eddie, who is a huge fan of the comedian. However, the whole thing was a sham but Chappelle managed to save the day.

In video captured by the news outlet, Chappelle had dinner with the couple and posed for flicks for fans in a big-time show of class and grace. Way to go, Dave Chappelle.

Happy Valentine’s Day indeed.

Last night we told you this Charlotte couple was scammed out of hundreds of dollars trying to buy @DaveChappelle tickets on Craigslist. Tonight we were there as DAVE HIMSELF hand-delivered the group tickets! Awesome! @WBTV_News pic.twitter.com/tHMElvDcZE

— Alex Giles WBTV (@AlexGilesNews) February 15, 2019

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The legal battle between 50 Cent and Teairra Mari regarding the revenge porn matter has since been settled with the reality show star ordered to pay Fif’s legal fees. After the G-Unit boss threw a petty shot on Instagram regarding the $30,000 owed, Mari fired back with a shot of her own calling 50 a rat.

Fif has been throwing his usual subtle shots via his Instagram page towards Mari about the money, but it appears the one that got her to respond was his most recent jab.

“B*tch if you don’t give me my motherf*cking Money, what’s taking you so long? Oh you ain’t got no mone,” read the caption to an image of a grinning 50 Cent and Mari from the press conference regarding the revenge porn matter.

Mari hit back by posting an image of Tekashi 6ix9ine and 50 inside a club with the caption reading, “Now I understand why you son’d #6ix9nine you instilled the Daddy habit, Curtisssss @monascottyoung I need an advance @50cent is Lking 4 me.”

Knowing how 50 Cent gets down, everyone knew he wasn’t going to let that jab go and posted an image of Mona Scott captioned, “Hey @monascottyoung this lil b*tch @misstmariii better give me my money. She Saying she need a advance give me a call lady, looking good.”

Yeah, this can only get worse at this point.

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A pair of Black men who worked as extras on the set of Empire were arrested Friday in connection to the attack on Jussie Smollett. Cast members say that brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo were actually friendly with Smollett and are pro-LGBTQ and anti-Trump.

TMZ reports:

We’ve spoken with “Empire” cast and crew, and they say Ola and Abel Osundairo do not fit the profile of racists and homophobes — not even close. As we reported, both men have been extras on “Empire” for years and both are friendly with Jussie, and Abel is especially close to him. We’re told Jussie would frequently approach the brothers on set and chat about health and fitness.

The folks we’ve spoken with say they find it impossible to believe Ola and Abel have the DNA of criminals who would carry out the acts that Jussie describes — and obviously cops now believe that as well.

Police arrested the brothers for battery Friday after cops raided their home Wednesday and seized a long list of items, including several bottles of bleach. However, late Friday Chicago PD released the brothers due to “new evidence” gathered from their interrogation … and said they’re no longer suspects.

Smollett has stated that his attackers were white, thus the arrest of the brothers may have just been a formality to eliminate them as suspects.

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Tamar Braxton has been going through it, but she has something to celebrate about. The singer/reality star won the second season of Celebrity Big Brother Wednesday night (Feb.13) becoming the first Black winner of the  U.S. version of the show.

Won’t he do it?

Braxton beat former NFL running back Ricky Williams in a unanimous vote 9-0 putting her in elite company. No one has earned a clean sweep of jury votes since season 10 when Dan Gheesling who is considered to the greatest Big Brother player of all time.

With her victory, Tamar Braxton will take home $250,000 in prize money while Williams walks away with $50,000 for being the runner up. It was her passionate explanation that helped her seal the deal and walk away on top.

“I am a huge fan of this show. I played the game to the best of my ability,” she explained. “I lost my job publicly in front of everybody. I lost my husband. . . And I almost lost my life.” 

Braxton has seen better days she lost her co-hosting job on daytime talk show The Real back in 2016. She went through a highly publicized and messy divorce with her ex-husband Vince Herbert one year later. Recently the singer revealed on The Wendy Williams Show that she was molested as a child so this win couldn’t have come at a better time for her.

While playing on the show, Braxton won Head of Household competition and one Power of Veto competition giving her complete control and power of the game. Her many confrontations with other houseguests Olympian Lolo Jones comedian Tom Green and Kandi Burress were all over the internet. We are extremely happy for Tamar, you can watch the moment she was announced as the winner below.

Celebrity Big Brother - And The Winner Is... - YouTube

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Not too long ago Lil Uzi Vert said he was about through with the rap game and was about to hang up the mic, but until he does he’s still going to get this money and drop new material to get it.

Today the Philadelphia rapper links up with ATL’s Playboi Carti in the clip for “Left Right” where the two get baked on a blunt while stunting with a sky blue Beamer in a back alley. Riding high to the sky.

Casanova meanwhile takes over pledge week at a college in ATL and show them how they bust moves in Brooklyn for the visual to “Like Me.”

Check out the rest of today’s drops including work from Soulja Boy, Danielle Brooks, and more.

LIL UZI VERT & PLAYBOI CARTI – “LEFT RIGHT”

LIL UZI VERT & PLAYBOI CARTI "LEFT RIGHT" (Prod. By Don Cannon, DJ Spinz, Maaly Raw) - YouTube

CASANOVA – “LIKE ME”

Casanova - Like Me - YouTube

SOULJA BOY – “CUT DAT CHECK”

Soulja Boy "Cut Dat Check" (WSHH Exclusive - Official Music Video) - YouTube

DANIELLE BROOKS – “BLACK WOMAN”

Danielle Brooks - Black Woman (Music Video) - YouTube

JUICY J FT. KEVIN GATES & LIL SKIES – “LET ME SEE”

Juicy J - Let Me See (Official Video) ft. Kevin Gates, Lil Skies - YouTube

JUICE WRLD – “ROBBERY”

Juice WRLD - Robbery (Dir. by @_ColeBennett_) - YouTube

DIZZY WRIGHT FT. ERIC BELLINGER – “PITCURE PERFECT”

Dizzy Wright - Picture Perfect feat. Eric Bellinger (Official Video) - YouTube

JOHN RIVER – “BEFORE I GO”

John River - Before I Go (Official Video) - YouTube

EL HITTA – “HELP ME”

El Hitta - Help Me [Official Music Video] | Shot by @DGainz - YouTube

ZAENA & JASON MAEK – “I DO THIS SH*T”
070 PHI – “GOOD CONTRACTS”

070 Phi - Good Contracts (Official Video) - YouTube

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Epic Games has been getting slapped left and right with lawsuits for jacking dances and incorporating them in the game. Alfonso Ribiero who was on the sue Fortnite wave just suffered a massive L trying to copyright the “Carlton Dance.”

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Ribiero application to copyright the “Carlton Dance” has been denied. According to the US Copyright Office, it’s just “simple dance routine” putting it beyond the protections of the s102(4) Copyright Act 1976 that requires dances to be “a related series of dance movements and patterns organized into a coherent whole.

So for the “Carlton Dance” to be copyrighted, that would mean basic movements would be copyrightable meaning everyone could be sued. Now, this does not imply that Ribiero’s lawsuit is outright cooked, but this does make Epic Games’ case even stronger against those who are trying to get their coins from the video game studio.

Epic Games is also trying to get 2 Milly’s lawsuit thrown out according to Kotaku claiming the emote is too short to be copyrighted and that the “Swipe It” is different from the “Milly Rock.” But we all know that is not true, we do hope Epic decides to do the right thing and break everyone off with some of that $3 billion in profit the game brought in last year.

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Though regarded today as one of the seminal figures of the Harlem Renaissance and the overall evolution of Black literature, Zora Neale Hurston was treated as somewhat of a polarizing figure while alive.

Born in Alabama in late 1891, Hurston became a talented novelist and playwright, but her work was routinely scrutinized by the surrounding community of Black writers and activists alike.

Richard Wright, a Mississippi native, poet, novelist and non-fiction author, was one of many Black writers who criticized Hurston. Wright scoffed at Hurston’s 1937 novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, because it didn’t focus on race and instead centered around feminism and sensuality, as told through the voice of the novel’s protagonist, Janie Crawford, a thrice-married fair-skinned Black woman in her 40’s living in rural Florida.

In his review, Wright condemned the novel as lacking a message, and a theme. “Miss Hurston can write, but her prose is cloaked in that facile sensuality that has dogged Negro expression since the days of Phillis Wheatley,” he wrote. “Her dialogue manages to catch the psychological movements of the Negro folk-mind in their pure simplicity, but that’s as far as it goes.”

Wright also accused Hurston of continuing a “forced tradition” of Black writers using “minstrel techniques” to pander to whites. “Her novel is not addressed to the Negro, but to a white audience whose chauvinistic tastes she knows how to satisfy.”

Their Eyes Were Watching God earned positive reviews from white mainstream media, and overwhelmingly negative reactions from Black writers including Wright, Ralph Ellison, Alain Locke, and Otis Ferguson.

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Hurston pushed back at the criticism. “I am not interested in the race problem,” she explained. “But I am interested in the problems of individuals, white ones and black ones.”

In 1938, Hurston reviewed Wright’s novel Uncle Tom’s Children. She was less than impressed writing that the novel was “so grim that the Dismal Swamp of race hatred must be where they live.” Hurston concluded that Wright’s book was full of “hatreds” and null of “sympathy.”

“With his facility, one wonders what he would have done had he dealt with plots that touched the broader and more fundamental phases of Negro life instead of confining himself to the spectacular.”

Wright’s best-selling novel, Native Son, was released in 1940. A year later, the FBI began surveilling Wright due to his affiliation with the Communist Party.

Meanwhile, Hurston was not easily intimidated, but her refusal to cave to the racial uplift movement championed by W.E.B. DuBois, likely affected the sales of Their Eyes Were Watching God. The novel went out of print shortly after its release in 1937 and remained out of print until 1978.

RELATED: Black History Month Beef: Booker T. Washington vs. W.E.B. DuBois

DuBois was one of the more notable, and possibly most dedicated, of Hurston’s critics. The two exchanged multiple critiques and criticisms of each other’s work throughout the years. Hurston didn’t shy from sharing her opinions, no matter how unpopular. In 1955, she penned an article blasting the Brown vs. the Board of Education ruling as “insulting.” Of the Supreme Court verdict that opened the door to integration, Hurston wondered, “How much satisfaction can I get from a court order for somebody to associate with me who does not wish me near them?”

By that point in her career, Hurston was prepared for the inevitable backlash. “Now a great clamor will arise in certain quarters that I seek to deny the Negro children of the South their rights, and therefore I am one of those ‘handkerchief-head niggers’ who bow low before the white man and sell out my own people out of cowardice,” she wrote. “However an analytical glance will show that that is not the case. If there are not adequate Negro schools in Florida and there is some residual, some inherent and unchangeable quality in white schools, impossible to duplicate anywhere else, then I am the first to insist that Negro children of Florida be allowed to share the boon. But if there are adequate Negro schools and prepared instructors and instructions, then there is nothing different except the present of white people.”

Wright and Hurston never had an official truce moment. Hurston continued to write dozens of essays, poems, articles and novels, one of which became the recently-released novel Barracoon chronicling the life of Cujo Lewis, one of the last former slaves stolen from Africa and forced into the U.S. in 1860. Hurston also covered the trial of Ruby McCollum, a wealthy Black Floridian convicted in 1952 of killing a racist white doctor. The final years of her life found Hurston penniless and alone and battling health problems.

Much of her work didn’t become popular until after her death.

Wright moved Paris in the late 1940s, but sought to remain in the good graces of the U.S. government in order to stay in France. He eventually became a citizen of the country.  Wright published dozens of novels, essays and other non-fiction works well into the late 1950s, and traveled between Europe, Asia and Africa. He spent the remainder of his life in Paris, along with his wife, Ellen Poplar, and their two daughters.

Ironically enough, Wright and Hurston both died in 1960 from heart-related issues.

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The sneaker game just got some life breathed into it. Enthusiasts will get the chance to buy some rare feet pieces courtesy of eBay.

Starting February 15, the online e-commerce giant will release a series of drops as a nod to All-Star Weekend 2019. eBay tapped key collectors in the sneaker community and influential tastemakers to sell the most sought-after styles. NBA player P.J. Tucker, sneakerhead Jacques Slade, artist Kickstradomis and stylist Aleali May are selling special pieces from their personal collections for charity. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Project Fit, an organization that creates new opportunities for kids to be active, fit and live a healthy lifestyle.

Included will be some of the most sought after sneaker grails including Air Jordan OG 1985 colorways, Air Jordan 1 Legends of the Summer, OVO Jordan 11 Snakeskins, the Mike Bibby Jordan 9 Low PE, Zoom Lebron IV ASG Graffiti Player Exclusives, the Kobe Vivo foundation Huarache 2K4 Cement away and selections from the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collection.

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On Saturday, February 16 their “23 Drops” will salute legend Michael Jordan with 23 of the most popular releases in sneakers and streetwear.

  1. Air Jordan Retro 6 – Infrared | $230
  2. Air Jordan Retro 4 – Laser Black Gum | $150 
  3. Air Jordan Retro 11 – Platinum Tint | $170 
  4. Air Jordan Retro 3 Tinker JTH – Bio Beige | $250 
  5. Adidas Yeezy 350v2 — Triple White | $225 
  6. Adidas Yeezy 350v2 – Sesame | $260 
  7. Adidas Yeezy Powerphase – Grey | $130 
  8. Supreme x CDG Tee FW18 | $500 
  9. Supreme x CDG Hoodie FW18 | $275 
  10. Nike Off White Zoom Fly – Pink | $255 
  11. Supreme Bouncy Ball FW18 | $10 
  12. Adidas Yeezy 350v2 – Blue Tint | $385 
  13. Yeezy 700 – Wave Runners | $385 
  14. Supreme Dragon Work Jacket | $450 
  15. Nike Off White Blazer Serena Williams | $825 
  16. Nike Fear of God SA – Black | $450 
  17. Nike Fear of God SA – Slate | $450 
  18. Air Jordan Retro 11 – Concord | $270 
  19. Adidas Yeezy 350v2 – Beluga 2.0 | $450 
  20. Adidas Yeezy 500 – Salt | $285 
  21. Adidas Yeezy Powerphase – Grey | $130 
  22. Air Jordan Retro 10 Tinker – Blue | $130 
  23. Air Jordan Retro 6 -Wheat | $145 

Additionally eBay will offer products from top brands including Nike, adidas, Puma, Reebok, ASICS and New Balance all weekend at a 20% discount below retail. You can visit eBay.com/AllStarDrop to shop the pieces.

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The sneaker game just got some life breathed into it. Enthusiasts will get the chance to buy some rare feet pieces courtesy of eBay.

Starting February 15, the online e-commerce giant will release a series of drops as a nod to All-Star Weekend 2019. eBay tapped key collectors in the sneaker community and influential tastemakers to sell the most sought-after styles. NBA player P.J. Tucker, sneakerhead Jacques Slade, artist Kickstradomis and stylist Aleali May are selling special pieces from their personal collections for charity. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Project Fit, an organization that creates new opportunities for kids to be active, fit and live a healthy lifestyle.

Included will be some of the most sought after sneaker grails including Air Jordan OG 1985 colorways, Air Jordan 1 Legends of the Summer, OVO Jordan 11 Snakeskins, the Mike Bibby Jordan 9 Low PE, Zoom Lebron IV ASG Graffiti Player Exclusives, the Kobe Vivo foundation Huarache 2K4 Cement away and selections from the Louis Vuitton x Supreme collection.

Source: EBAY / eBay

On Saturday, February 16 their “23 Drops” will salute legend Michael Jordan with 23 of the most popular releases in sneakers and streetwear.

  1. Air Jordan Retro 6 – Infrared | $230
  2. Air Jordan Retro 4 – Laser Black Gum | $150 
  3. Air Jordan Retro 11 – Platinum Tint | $170 
  4. Air Jordan Retro 3 Tinker JTH – Bio Beige | $250 
  5. Adidas Yeezy 350v2 — Triple White | $225 
  6. Adidas Yeezy 350v2 – Sesame | $260 
  7. Adidas Yeezy Powerphase – Grey | $130 
  8. Supreme x CDG Tee FW18 | $500 
  9. Supreme x CDG Hoodie FW18 | $275 
  10. Nike Off White Zoom Fly – Pink | $255 
  11. Supreme Bouncy Ball FW18 | $10 
  12. Adidas Yeezy 350v2 – Blue Tint | $385 
  13. Yeezy 700 – Wave Runners | $385 
  14. Supreme Dragon Work Jacket | $450 
  15. Nike Off White Blazer Serena Williams | $825 
  16. Nike Fear of God SA – Black | $450 
  17. Nike Fear of God SA – Slate | $450 
  18. Air Jordan Retro 11 – Concord | $270 
  19. Adidas Yeezy 350v2 – Beluga 2.0 | $450 
  20. Adidas Yeezy 500 – Salt | $285 
  21. Adidas Yeezy Powerphase – Grey | $130 
  22. Air Jordan Retro 10 Tinker – Blue | $130 
  23. Air Jordan Retro 6 -Wheat | $145 

Additionally eBay will offer products from top brands including Nike, adidas, Puma, Reebok, ASICS and New Balance all weekend at a 20% discount below retail. You can visit eBay.com/AllStarDrop to shop the pieces.

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After Justine Skye revealed Sheck Wes as her alleged abuser, the rapper will no longer serve as a spokesperson for Major League Soccer. In a tweet directed at Wes, Skye firmly stated “You beat women. You hit your girl before me and you’ll do it again.”

Skye also accused Wes of stalking her and more. “Sheck Wes (my abuser) and his friends decide to STALK US and attack my friends,” she tweeted. “Two cars full of n*ggas while he sat in the car like a b*tch.” Wes, who was seen hopping a fence to get into Skye’s home denies the allegations—but it still cost him his gig with the MLS.

Taking a walk with my friends and my man and Sheck Wes (my abuser) and his friends decide to STALK US and attack my friends.. two cars full of niggas while he sat in the car like a bitch. You’re pathetic sheck and you beat women. You hit your girl before me and you’ll do it again

— Justine Skye (@JustineSkye) February 12, 2019

You’re pathetic… and all the people defending you, ya whole bitch ass label.. everyone. You spreading lies about me. Moral of the story is, if you never put your hands on me.. you wouldn’t be in this situation and you just keep making it worse.

— Justine Skye (@JustineSkye) February 12, 2019

“MLS was scheduled to go live with promotional materials for the upcoming season on Tuesday morning that featured Sheck Wes. The “Our Soccer” campaign was launched, though the video featuring Sheck Wes was not released on the MLS YouTube page. Other videos featuring Prince Royce and producer/DJ TOKiMONSTA were released,” USA Today states.

In a statement to the news site the MLS confirmed, “In light of the recent news regarding Sheck Wes, he is no longer part of the campaign.”

See Sheck Wes’ tweets from February 12, in which he denies hitting Justine Skye, below.

I’ve chosen to remain silent until now out of respect for actual victims of abuse. But I cannot stand by while lies are repeatedly told about me.

I never hit or beat any women and I did not beat up or jump anybody.

— Sheck Jesus (@sheckwes) February 12, 2019

I never hit you !

— Sheck Jesus (@sheckwes) February 12, 2019

Just clarifying this is a video of me hopping a fence to get my stuff back from a girl who refused to give me my stuff . Once again for the record I never hit or beat up any woman .

— Sheck Jesus (@sheckwes) February 12, 2019

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