How Meek Mill’s ‘Streets’ Co-Star Became TV’s First Black Lesbian Superhero

After appearing alongside Meek Mill in Streets, actress Nafessa Williams stars in the CW’s Black Lightining as the super-powered daughter of the lead character, Thunder. The Philly native discusses playing a lesbian character, tips from Black Panther’s Michael B. Jordan and working with director Benny Boom.

Nicki Minaj and Nas Have Reportedly Broken Up Before Even Confirming They Were Dating

Nicki Minaj and Nas never even confirmed that they were dating, but TMZ is already reporting that they’ve called it quits. And if you heard any of the recent rumors that Nicki was pregnant, well, the site also reports that those were fake.

There have been conflicting rumors about when (and if) the two rappers started dating. A source told E! News back in September of that the two had been an item since May 2017, but TMZ puts the beginning of their love affair at June.

In any case, the two enjoyed flirting with the media’s attention and provoked many a headline. The two have definitely been pictured hanging out at several points throughout 2017. This past December, Nas called Nicki “the Queen of New York” when wishing her a happy birthday, and also called her “Shorty” in another Instagram post in September. In addition, the two were practically inseparable during Nas’ 44th birthday party in NYC the same month.

Nicki even revealed the two had “sleepovers” during an appearance on The Ellen Show. The two never confirmed anything, and could have easily been laughing at the rabid speculation after seeing photos of two friends being supportive. But then again, Nicki did break up with Meek Mill in January, and the relationship would have been a blessed union between two of New York's most celebrated rappers. 

TMZ claims the two are committed to not trash-talking each other, but aren’t looking to remain friends either. The cause for the split came down to the fact that the two live too far apart from each other, and the two rappers also have multiple businesses to juggle on the side. Nas has his record label and multiple venues of his chicken and waffles restaurant, Sweet Chick. Nicki, on the other hand, has been teasing an album for months now and also has other business ventures on the side.

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New Yorkers Weigh In On Their Favorite Rap Beefs of 2017

How do you end an incredible year for rap music? By talking about beef.

Rap beefs in 2017 ran the gamut from hilarity to curiosity. Remy Ma came out of nowhere with “ShETHER,” challenging Nicki Minaj and her status in the game. Young Dolph and Yo Gotti, two Memphis heavyweights, have moved past their beef and thankfully so; it escalated to Dolph getting shot earlier this year. And for East Coast rap heads, the idea of Cam’ron and Mase exchanging diss tracks in 2017 is a dream match-up come true.

More recently, there have been tensions brewing between former friends XXXTentacion and Ski Mask the Slump God. Azealia Banks is always out here doing the most on social media and reigniting beefs. Then there’s Drake and Meek Mill, but the 6 God decided to officially end their feud in a freestyle over Jay-Z’s “Family Feud.” Just when you think the year will start off calm and friendly, rappers always seem to have something to settle.

So, which one was your favorite? We asked New Yorkers to tell us theirs and you’ll be surprised to hear some of their answers.

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LeBron James Previews Metro Boomin and Big Sean’s Collaborative Project ‘Double or Nothing’

While the rest of us wait for Big Sean and Metro Boomin’s Double or Nothing to drop, LeBron James apparently got his hands on an advanced copy. And he seems to be really enjoying it.

 

DOUBLE OR NOTHING THE ALBUM 12/8 midnight! @metroboomin let’s go! 🎲🎲

A post shared by BIGSEAN (@bigsean) on Dec 5, 2017 at 4:13pm PST

On Wednesday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers star player went to social media to play several clips from the upcoming collaborative project, beginning with the previously released track “Pull Up N Wreck.” He then played snippets of two unreleased cuts. He captioned the first track “Sure feels good to be BLACK in the Back (Bach) #doubleentendre.” The second was simply captioned with: “#SavageTime.”

You can listen to the clips below. Double or Nothing is set to drop this Friday.

This isn’t the first time James has blessed fans with music teasers. In the past, he’s shared previews of Kendrick Lamar’s Damn album, as well as unreleased tracks by Meek Mill and Nipsey Hussle. Considering he has more than 34 million followers on Instagram and nearly 40 million followers on Twitter, we're sure the artists are more than happy with the plug. 

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Lil Pump Diss, Joe Gets Honest About Jeezy, Meek Mill Denied Bail | Everyday Struggle

On today’s #EverydayStruggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through the day of daily news topics, including Meek Mill getting denied bail, Joyner Lucas’ new Lil Pump diss, Jimmy Iovine’s comments on streaming services getting money, and much more. The episode also featured Joe getting very honest about Jeezy and his next album. 

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Jay Z Shouts Out Meek Mill During 4:44 Show in Philadelphia

During the most recent stop on his 4:44 tour, HOV paid tribute to Meek Mill by calling out his unjust imprisonment and performing his hit track “Dreams and Nightmares (Intro).” While performing in Meek's hometown of Philadelphia on Friday, Jay told the crowd, “That man is being stomped by the system. That man is in jail for doing wheelies and breaking up a fight.” 

 

Many fans in attendance, in addition to Trey Songz and Yo Gotti, were seen sporting “Free Meek” merch at the Wells Fargo center Friday night. Jay added “Free Meek” before playing the same intro he performed alongside the Philly native during Made in America in September. Similar to the crowd's reaction when Meek surprisingly joined Jay on stage, the Philly concertgoers lost it when Jay brought out the intro to Dreams and Nightmares

 

Tonight was LEGENDARY #FREEMEEKMILL @MEEKMILL

A post shared by Lil Nizzy – GLOWING (@lilnizzyd4s) on Dec 1, 2017 at 10:01pm PST

During his show at the Wells Fargo Center, Jay reminded the crowd of how Colin Kaepernick shed light on the racist institutions that continue to target people of color. “That shit is not about inanimate objects. It’s about people dying. It’s about young people leaving their house and never coming back home. And it’s not a black and white issue. It’s a human issue. Everybody should be fighting that.” HOV has been very vocal about his opinion regarding Meek's imprisonment. In an op-ed he wrote in the New York Times, Jay wrote about the unjust racial prejudices that prompted Meek's sentencing.

You can check out footage from Jay's performance above.

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Producers A1 and Hitmaka React to Migos Allegedly Jumping XXXTentacion on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's episode of Everyday Struggle, producers A1 and Hitmaka (a.k.a. Yung Berg) join Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska to talk about the latest hip-hop news, including XXXTentacion's claim that he was jumped by Migos and the free Meek Mill rally in Philly. The gang also get into label politics and if there is actually a formula to making a hit. 

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Karen Civil Talks Nicki Minaj “MotorSport” Controversy and Meek Mill’s Prison Sentence on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Karen Civil joins DJ Akademiks and Nadeska to talk about Nicki Minaj's recent controversy with “MotorSport,” Meek Mill's prison sentence, and much more. As a special surprise, Joe Budden joins the show for some fun. 

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Break Down Kanye Potentially Starting a Streaming Service on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska run through the day of rap news, including Meek Mill's lawyer saying the judge wanted the rapper to leave Roc Nation for their friend's management company. Later, the crew break down the rumor that Kanye West might be starting his own streaming service and also debate whether that might become a trend going forward. 

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Discuss Meek Mill’s Prison Sentence on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska recap Budden's baby shower and ComplexCon before diving into some hip-hop news, including Meek Mill getting sentenced to 2-4 years in prison, Desiigner telling people he's not falling off, and much more. 

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