*Barneys is being sued by an African American student from Queens who was detained following a large-item purchase – for no other reason than the color of his skin, he claims.
In April, 19-year-old Trayton Christian was arrested after buying a $349 Salvatore Ferragamo belt at the store. After completing the purchase with his debit card (and having to show ID), he left the store and was stopped less than a block away by undercover officers who grabbed him and demanded how he could afford the designer item. Apparently the clerk had suspected the purchase was fraudulent and called the cops after Christian left the store.
He was put in handcuffs and taken to the 19th Precinct stationhouse, then let go two hours later only after the cops called Chase bank to verify his purchase.
Barneys has declined to comment, and the police missed the point entirely in their comment, defending the length of time Christian was in custody, and not the reason he was detained in the first place.
“Mr. Christian was held in police custody for approximately 42 minutes and as soon as we determined that the card was authentic, he was immediately released,” Inspector Kim Royster told the NY Daily News.
Christian was first inspired to buy the accessory by Harlem rapper and Ferragamo enthusiast Juelz Santana. He has since returned it out of disgust, and is now suing both Barneys and the NYPD for unspecified damages.
A spokesperson told the website Stylite regarding the lawsuit: “Barneys New York typically does not comment on pending litigation. In this instance, we feel compelled to note that after carefully reviewing the incident of last April, it is clear that no employee of Barneys New York was involved in the pursuit of any action with the individual other than the sale. Barneys New York has zero tolerance for any form of discrimination and we stand by our long history in support of all human rights.”
According to XXL Mag: ‘The photo above was taken by one of the Harlem rapper’s Skull Gang members named Hynief. He also dropped a few lines about it.’
*The rap community owes a lot to the Simmons family, Russell Simmons and his brother Rev. Run of Run D.M.C.
It is arguable that without their trailblazing efforts in rap, Hip-Hop would not exist as a worldwide culture that grew from the genre of rap music.
So saying all of that, Jo Jo Simmons, Run’s son, took offense to some recent remarks from Juelz Santana on his track “Soft” that were less than complimentary of his uncle Russell, so he responded with some lyrics of his own in a diss track called “Holy Water.”
*”Love & Hip Hop” star Kimbella and her man, Juelz Santana, recently welcomed their new daughter into the world.
Kimbella’s delivery comes on the heels her “Love & Hip Hop” co-star, Yandy Smith’s recent delivery of a baby boy last Monday.
Kimbella and Juelz have children already and viewers of “Love & Hip Hop” know the two have had a very tumultuous relationship, plagued by Juelz’s alleged infidelities. In the season finale, Kim revealed her pregnancy. When she shared the news with her family, their response was lukewarm.
Kimbella hoped her parents would support her pregnancy and share her joy, but her mother was less than thrilled, saying exasperatedly, “I wish Juelz would just put the ring on your finger already!” The then-expectant mother begins to tear up in end of the clip saying simply, “I’ma make it work.”
To keep the show going, security measure have been amped up a bit with a total ban of all glass and metal silverware on the set due to the bloody, weave-pulling fights among cast members.
Fabolous’ baby mama Emily Bustamante tells TMZ, the massive blowout between Jim Jones’ fiancee Chrissy Lampkin and Juelz Santana’s lady Kimbella Vanderhee during Monday’s episode was the final straw. (Scroll down to watch.)
Producers are done with treating the cast members like adults. Everyone use strictly plastic ware while the cameras are rolling. Oh and we almost forgot to add that each member will have her own personal bodyguard wherever she goes.
In the meantime, season two kicks off soon and is expected to a more in depth look into the lives of the ladies.
Singer Olivia said this time around is going to be interesting and very different.
“Just know that I took on something very big for me, that was a big issue for me head on, we did it on the show,” she told Chicago’s WGCI Morning Riot Show. “I don’t even want to say what type of person and give it away, just know there’s a lot of things going on, like things in my past that I was just like you know what? I need to say something, I need to address it because it has always bothered me when I was over at the unit and I’m just going to go for it.”
*Rapper Juelz Santana and veteran video vixen Kimbella are the parents of a new baby, reports Billboard.
The little one, whose sex was not announced, marks the second birth for both Juelz and Kimbella, who each have one child from previous relationships.
The couple began a relationship last summer after Juelz began flirting with her via Twitter. (See 1st video below.)
In addition to Juelz’s video for “Back to the Crib” (see 2nd video below), the Miami native has appeared in clips for Pitbull and Lil Jon. She has been romantically linked in the past to R&B singer Trey Songz, Dallas Mavericks’ player Shawn Marion, and rappers Fabolous and Lil Wayne.
*Russell Simmons and company will be teaming up to put on an anti-violence demonstration for urban neighborhoods. Jim Jones, Fat Joe, Juelz Santana, and Maino will work with the hip-hop mogul to send a message through the streets to stop the violence and put down firearms.
The rally, dubbed ‘Tsunami of Peace: Ride, Walk & Rally Against Violence,’ will be staged as a funeral procession through New York.
It will assemble on Guy R. Brewer and Baisley Boulevard in Queens; at Thomas Boyland and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn; Jersey Street in Staten Island; 156th Street and Morris Avenue in the Bronx and 125th and 12th Avenue in Manhattan. The event is to support the Peace Keepers Movement.
*Chris Brown has a “consultant for philanthropic activities” who spoke to Billboard.com about his participation in next month’s “Virginia Stand Up! A Call to Action.”
As previously reported, the singer will headline and host the benefit concert on May 15 at the Siegel Center on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Joining Brown for the show are Keri Hilson, Ryan Leslie, Mario, Juelz Santana, T-Pain, Tank and Trey Songz.
“He said, ‘I’d really like to do something that puts Richmond on the map and shows that they care about what’s going on in the world with other people,’” says Karen Lee, his philanthropic consultant. Brown also participated in BET’s Haiti telethon in February.
Tickets for Virginia Stand Up! A Call to Action are on sale at ticketmaster.com with prices ranging between $29.75 and $59.75. Half of the proceeds from the benefit concert will be given to the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross for Haiti relief, and the other half will go to the Central Virginia Food Bank. Fans are also being encouraged to bring non-perishable food items that can be dropped off at marked receptacles at the venue.
“[Brown] felt good about both of those because it was going to do something for the people at home, and it was also going to do something for the Haitian relief efforts,” Lee says. “It’s been very important to him that this not be about Chris Brown, but that it’s about the city of Richmond giving back.”