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Dispute Over Pics Threatens Release of Andre 3000’s Jimi Hendrix Film

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*A new dispute over the rights to family photos used in Andre 3000′s highly-anticipated Jimi Hendrix biopic is reportedly threatening to delay the film’s September release, reports The New York Post.

Jimi’s brother, Leon, is said to be unhappy his personal pictures appear in the movie and his name included in the credits, because he claims he never gave Oscar-winning screenwriter-turned-director John Ridley permission to use them.

Lawyers for Ridley, who adapted the script for “12 Years A Slave,” are now seeking to remedy the situation as soon as possible in order to avoid having to postpone the theatrical release of “Jimi: All Is by My Side,” according to the New York Post.

A source says, “Leon has insisted that his name be removed from the credits and demanded a payment to the charity of his choice for the use of his family photos.

“Ridley’s attorneys are bending over backwards to appease Leon.”

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NFL Suspends Ray Rice for 2 Days Over Domestic Violence Arrest

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*Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice received a two-game suspension from the NFL on Thursday following his offseason arrest for domestic violence.

Rice will miss the season opener against AFC North champion Cincinnati on Sept. 7 and the Sept. 11 game on Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The six-year veteran was arrested following a Feb. 15 altercation in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in which he allegedly struck then-fiancee Janay Palmer. The 27-year-old Rice has been accepted into a diversion program, which upon completion could lead to the charges being expunged.

Rice met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month after joining the diversion program. Goodell ultimately decided to suspend the running back for two games without pay and fine him an additional game check “for conduct detrimental to the NFL in violation of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy.”

Despite the court’s decision not to impose criminal punishment, “the Commissioner determined, as he advised Rice, that the conduct was incompatible with NFL policies and warranted disciplinary action.”

In a letter to Rice, Goodell wrote: “As you acknowledged during our meeting, your conduct was unquestionably inconsistent with league polices and the standard of behavior required of everyone who is part of the NFL. The league is an entity that depends on integrity and in the confidence of the public and we simply cannot tolerate conduct that endangers others or reflects negatively on our game. This is particularly true with respect to domestic violence and other forms of violence against women.”

Rice’s suspension will begin on Aug. 30. He will be eligible for reinstatement Sept. 12 after the Pittsburgh game. Rice may participate in all aspects of training camp and preseason games.

“It is disappointing that I will not be with my teammates for the first two games of the season, but that’s my fault,” Rice said in a statement issued by the Ravens. “As I said earlier, I failed in many ways. But, Janay and I have learned from this. We have become better as a couple and as parents. I am better because of everything we have experienced since that night. The counseling has helped tremendously.”

Rice is the team’s career leader in total scrimmage yards and ranks behind only Jamal Lewis in total yards rushing.

Bernard Pierce is expected to start for Rice in Baltimore’s first two games.

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement: “We appreciate the thorough process the league office used to evaluate the incident with Ray Rice. The time the Commissioner spent with Ray and Janay is typical of the extra steps the NFL takes when making decisions regarding discipline issues. While not having Ray for the first two games is significant to our team, we respect the league’s decision and believe it is fair.”

He added, “We also respect the efforts Ray has made to become the best partner and father he can be. That night was not typical of the Ray Rice we know and respect. We believe that he will not let that one night define who he is, and he is determined to make sure something like this never happens again.”

Rice’s teammates were not stunned by the news of the suspension.

Rice participated Thursday in Baltimore’s first full-squad practice. Before that session began, the Ravens lost cornerback Aaron Ross for the season with a torn Achilles tendon, a mishap that occurred during his conditioning test.

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Questlove Defends Iggy Azalea; Calls ‘Fancy’ Song of the Summer

Rapper Iggy Azalea and singer Rita Ora filming a music video for their song 'Black Widow' in Los Angeles, California on July 19, 2014. Iggy was sporting a black and white leather jumpsuit and had a stunt double on set. Rita was sporting a blonde wig and and black and red leather jumpsuit

Rapper Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora (not pictures) film a music video for their song ‘Black Widow’ in Los Angeles, California on July 19, 2014.

*Questlove is not just calling Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” the song of the summer. He’s also dismissing the controversy surrounding the Australian-born rapper’s overnight fame, her adopted American accent, and her potty mouth.

Speaking to Time, Questlove says: “I’m caught in between. And I defend it. I see false Instagram posts like, ‘She said the N-word! She said the N-word!’ I’ll call people out — ‘Yo, don’t troll.’ I know you’re ready to give your 42-page dissertation on theGrio about why this is culture vulture-ism. You know, we as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture.”

The Roots leader continues, “If you love something, you gotta set it free. I will say that ‘Fancy,’ above any song that I’ve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that we’re truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings.”

According to Billboard, Iggy has taken countless barbs since “Fancy” began its ascent to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed for 8 weeks. Back in May, R&B artist K Michelle used her Twitter account to share her beef. “How can you be from another country and rap like you’re from Memphis TN? But u don’t hear me though #offended,” she wrote. On that occasion, Perez Hilton swooped in to defend the Aussie.

In her homeland, the Mullumbimby-raised Azalea has been slammed in some quarters for essentially dumping all trace of her Aussie accent from her recordings (though her country of origin comes through clear in interviews). The Guardian joined in the chorus of negativity with a story published under the headline “Iggy Azalea: the least important thing to happen to Aussie hip-hop.” In it, the writer pulled no punches. “Any one of a dozen artists could have made ‘Fancy’. It’s as individual and distinctive as a tax form. And Azalea, for all her pop sensibilities, is a truly rubbish rapper.”

Questlove doesn’t buy it. “I’m not going to lie to you, I’m torn between the opinions on the Internet, but I’mma let Iggy be Iggy,” he said. “It’s not even politically correct dribble. The song is effective. I’m in the middle of the approximation of the enunciation, I’ll say. Part of me hopes she grows out of that and says it with her regular dialect — I think that would be cooler. But, yeah, ‘Fancy’ is the song of the summer.”

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Coolio Drops New Single, Music Video Through PornHub

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*Coolio is back in music thanks to the website PornHub.

The veteran rapper is releasing “Take It to the Hub,” a song and forthcoming music video from Coolio co-starring pornstars Alexa Aimes (as a twerking dinosaur), Phoenix Marie, Jessica Bangkok, Missy Martinez and Skin Diamond. The video is set to be released in the following weeks.

The collaboration was birthed at the porn industry’s annual AVN Awards, where the rapper and PornHub’s head of PR and marketing, Matt Blake, began chatting.

“We threw a party at a strip club during the AVN Awards, and we invited Coolio,” said Blake. “We had some drinks, and I pitched him the idea of coming out with new music on PornHub. He loved it.”

While TMZ broke the news, some of the details they put forward were inaccurate. As Coolio said to Rolling Stone: “I let them into the video shoot willingly and then the first thing they do is talk bullshit about me and try to make me look bad. They were trying to say it was my comeback. Man, I ain’t trying to make no f–kin’ comeback off some porn.”

“The way TMZ spun it,” Blake said, “they made it seem like we have the exclusive forever [on his music], which isn’t true — him and I have spoken about this, at the end of the day it’s all about money. It would depend how much exposure it generates. If it works, we’ll go forward. We love Coolio, he was a great sport. If he wants to do again, we’ll be more than happy to set it up.”

To the outside observer, PornHub may not be the most natural selection for an artist to distribute their work. But consider that PornHub draws 40 million visitors a day and is ranked the 47th most-visited site in the U.S. according to Alexa, and to an artist it starts to look pretty enticing.

While financial details of the deal weren’t disclosed, Blake said that it included some money upfront for Coolio, with Coolio agreeing to include some branding in his lyrics (they’re right there in the title, after all). PornHub will, instead of monetizing the video for advertisements as they do with the other content on the site, will direct viewers to wherever Coolio wishes — his website, his iTunes page. The contract was not a record deal, akin to a label.

According to Billboard, the move is part of a broader strategy for PornHub, which is looking to branch out from its smut-based roots in the hopes of penetrating mainstream culture.

“We’re changing the way that people see PornHub, that we’re more than just porn,” said Blake. “Obviously, we do porn… but combining music with sexy naked ladies can’t be a bad thing!”

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Fred Davis Turns Himself In Over Alleged DC Assault

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*NFL tight end Fred Davis turned himself in to authorities in DC early Thursday in connection with an alleged assault of his ex-girlfriend, including accusations that he insulted her flat booty … and then attacked her with dirt and flowers.

According to TMZ, Davis’ ex told cops the 28-year-old athlete approached her at a restaurant earlier this month and told her male companion, “Why you with her, she doesn’t have an a**.”

The ex-GF claims Davis then threw dirt and flowers on her from a hanging planter.

Davis, who last played pro football in Washington, was charged with simple assault and attempted threats to do bodily harm, reports TMZ. He pleaded not guilty to both charges and was eventually released on his own recognizance.

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Usher, J.Lo to Perform at ‘Fashion Rocks’ in Brooklyn

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* Usher, Jennifer Lopez and Kiss have been tapped to perform at the Fashion Rocks concert this fall.

The Sept. 9 event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will also feature Duran Duran, Miranda Lambert and Pitbull. It will air live on CBS at 9 p.m. Eastern time.

Ryan Seacrest will host the two-hour special, which celebrates the relationship between music and fashion. The event takes place during New York Fashion Week.

DJ-producer Afrojack, Rita Ora, Nico & Vinz and the Band Perry will also perform. More performers and presenters will be announced at a later date.

Tickets go on sale Aug. 1.