Howard Dropout Diddy to Speak at Graduation Despite Student Backlash

 

Sean Combs attends day 1 of the 2014 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club on April 11, 2014 in Indio, California

Tuesday’s announcement that former Howard University student Sean “Diddy” Combs will be the commencement speaker this year was met with opposition from students who don’t believe he deserves the honor.

The backlash stems from Diddy having dropped out of the school in 1990 to intern at Uptown Records. According to TMZ, many students feel he isn’t a worthy role model.

But Howard is standing firm with its decision to have him speak, joining such prestigious past Howard commencement speakers as Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Maya Angelou.

A rep for the school tells TMZ, “Howard University continues the tradition of identifying leaders whose work has clearly contributed to the advancement of their fields and the world … We are honored to have Mr. Combs serve as our speaker.”

Diddy was a business major when he left Howard after two years.

Jay Z’s ‘Made in America’ Festival Adds a Los Angeles Show (Pics)

 

(L-R) Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Recording artist Shawn "Jay Z" Carter make an announcement on the Steps of City Hall Downtown Los Angeles for a Labor Day Music Festival at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California

Jay Z is splitting his Budweiser Made in America music festival between two coasts.

The annual two-day concert held over Labor Day weekend will be held at its usual Philadelphia location, and another show will run simultaneously in Los Angeles.

(L-R) Budweiser Vice President Brian Perkins and recording artist Jay Z attend Budweiser Made In America Press Conference at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California

Hov was joined by LA’s mayor Wednesday at Los Angeles City Hall and Budweiser Vice President Brian Perkins to announce the festival, which is expected to draw some 50,000 concertgoers to downtown Los Angeles. Performers have yet to be announced.

The Los Angeles City Council has expressed concern that such a crowd could be disruptive for downtown residents.

Chingy Puts the End of His Rap Career on Transgender Relationship Rumor

 

chingyYears after talk surfaced about Chingy messing around romantically with a transgender model, the rapper is addressing the effect the rumor had on his music career.

According to Chingy, the blame for the rumor’s impact lies with the model, Sidney Starr, as well as those who took the rumor to heart and spread it around.

“It goes to show you that that person who nobody knew had that much power to come out and say one negative thing about me and a whole mass of people just instantly took to it. And they didn’t have not one piece of evidence,” the former Disturbing tha Peace MC said during a recent interview with Vlad TV as he revealed how the rumor ruined him professionally. “I lost a deal cause of that… It was sad to me. Because it was so much bad publicity around it…I’ve never been through a sabotage situation like that. And it was so fabricated and false.”

During the interview, Chingy confirmed that he and Starr were not intimate. The entertainer later remembered his first meeting with the model, which took place while she was a backup dancer at a Ludacris concert in Chicago. At the time of the encounter, Chingy said that Starr was wearing body paint and on stage with other women for a promotional appearance. It was during this time that she asked Chingy for a picture.

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“I thought she was a fan. I thought it was a young lady who was a fan. She seemed pretty cool. I took the picture,” he stated, while admitting that he was blindsided when rumors of him having a relationship came to light. “Two years after that, I see something come out of some bull crap about this transsexual person was in a relationship with me. I was just like everybody else. I didn’t have a clue at what this person was talking about.”

Despite the rumor taking on a life of its own, Starr ultimately apologized to Chingy while admitting to lying about their relationship.

“I met him as a fan because I was a backup dancer,” she said in a videotaped apology. “Chingy didn’t know anything about me. He didn’t know my background. He didn’t know I was transgender. I just need people to know that the things I said about Chingy weren’t true.”

Diddy to Deliver Commencement Speech at Howard University

Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs attends NYLON And Olay Fresh Effects Present Neon Carnival With GUESS on April 12, 2014 in Thermal, California

Sean “Diddy” Combs has been chosen to deliver the commencement address at his old stomping grounds, Howard University.

The HBCU in the Nation’s Capital announced Tuesday that Diddy will also be among five people to receive honorary degrees as trailblazers in their fields. The Bad Boy founder, a student at the school in the late 1980s, will receive an honorary doctorate in the humanities.

University President Wayne Frederick says Combs’ entrepreneurial spirit was sparked at Howard.

The university also will honor CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, transplant surgeon Clive Callender, jazz legend Benny Golson and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi.

Drake to Host the 2014 ESPY Awards

Drake attends the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal between the Kentucky Wildcats and the Wisconsin Badgers at AT&T Stadium on April 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas

Drake has announced he’s hosting this year’s ESPY Awards, ESPN’s annual sports award show.

The Canadian rapper said on Twitter that he’s “honored” to host the event, which is taking place July 16 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles and will of course air on ESPN.

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In a statement from the network, Drake called the gig an “incredible opportunity for me to combine two of my biggest passions — sports and performing.”

“Drake is an unbelievably talented entertainer who truly has a passion for sports. We are thrilled to have him to host this year’s show,” said Connor Schell, a vp at ESPN who oversees the ESPYs.

The Toronto native played hockey as a youth and in 2013 accepted the position of “global ambassador” for his hometown NBA team, the Toronto Raptors.

Wiz Khalifa in Sign Language Rap Battle on ‘Kimmel’ (Watch)

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Wiz Khalifa took part in what is being billed as the first-ever televised sign language rap battle.

The rapper performed his hit “Black & Yellow” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” Monday night as three, nationally-certified U.S. sign language interpreters attempted to keep up with him, one at a time.

The three women were not new to interpreting rap lyrics – they had collectively worked with Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg and Eminem, among others.

Watch below.

Kanye West’s Adidas Sneaker ‘Yeezi’ Due in June (Watch His Speech)

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Adidas has set a June date for the release of Kanye West’s signature sneaker – his first line since cutting ties with rival Nike.

Speaking at the company’s Global Brand Conference in Bamberg, Germany on Monday, the rapper revealed that his first shoe under the deal will be called the Yeezi. According to Freshness Magazine, Yeezi is spelled is with an “i” instead of the usual “y” in a bid to prevent any copyright claims from Nike.

Ye released the Air Yeezy Red Octobers earlier this year through Nike before leaving the company in a dispute over royalties. In his speech to Adidas execs, he promised to design ”the best product” he can for fans.

“Creativity is my oxygen, I have to create. And I don’t care how crazy I look to anyone; as long as I can make the best product for all of you. So in June, we’ll see the new Yeezis.”

Drake Confesses His Love for Rihanna in ‘Days in the East’ (Listen)

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Drake is officially in love with Rihanna. At least, that’s what his new song, “Days in the East” suggests.

The song also tackled the Chris Brown triangle and rekindling relationships.

And all three parties have definitely rekindled old flames.

Rihanna left him (Drake) for her ex (Brown) before, which Drizzy previously talked about.

“At the time it hurt, but she didn’t mean to,” he said, according to the Daily Mail. “I’ll never put that on her. I was hurt because I slowly started to realize what it was. I guess I thought it was more.”

And that doesn’t keep the “Find Your Love” rapper from shading Brown in the song as well.

“Couple other things I’d rather do than talk about that right now, told you bout givin’ him chances, on chances, on chances, he’s not holding you down, he’s holding you back right now.”

The song definitely gave off the impression he’s talking about his relationship, giving off signs as to what has happened in their relationship.

Rihanna was in Amsterdam with him as he was on his “Would Like a Tour?” tour.

“Waking up in Amsterdam with the boy/Long flight home, another xan for your boy,” Drake said in the song.

This is not the first time Drake has opened up about his love for Rihanna, he talked about it with Rolling Stone.

“She’s the ultimate fantasy. I mean, I think about it. Like, ‘Man that would be good.’ We have fun together,” he told the magazine. “She’s cool and s**t. but we’re just friends. That’s my dog for life.” 

Listen to Drake’s New Song:

Trick Daddy Arrested on Gun and Drug Charges in Florida

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The Internet has a new mug shot to ridicule.

Rapper Trick Daddy was arrested in Florida Thursday for possession of drugs and a handgun. The artist was taken into custody after cops served a search warrant at his house and allegedly found cocaine and a gun.

Trick Daddy, real name Maurice Young, has been charged with possession of cocaine, possession of a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon and driving with a suspended license, according to TMZ. He was subsequently freed on $6,100 bail.

It’s not the rapper’s first run-in with the law – in 1991, he was convicted of cocaine possession, carrying a concealed firearm and violating probation, and served 2 ½ years in prison. In 2003, he was charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, possession of a firearm, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after allegedly threatening to kill a man.

NEW MUSIC: DRAKE – DAYS IN THE EAST

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Drake is back home off his European tour and dropping music again. Following a rap track titled “Draft Day,” which he dropped on Tuesday, the superstar gifts fans with another brand new song titled “Days In The East.” He previously debuted the song while performing in Birmingham, England last month.

Drizzy returns to his slowed down rap/sung flow on the PARTYNEXTDOOR and Noah ’40′ Shebib produced cut.

He recalls a visit to Erykah Badu’s house during the nearly 6 mintue song. “She made tea for me / We talked about love and what life could really be for me.” And even alludes to his relationship with Rihanna, who was spotted with him numerous times in Europe. “Studying ya body that’s exams for the boy / Take a flight here, pop a Zan for ya boy / Wakin’ up in Amsterdam with the boy.”

Take a listen to Drake’s latest melodic cut below:

 

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