Charlamagne Tha God Won’t Vote Kanye West for President

Charlamagne Tha God

Kanye Doesn’t Have My Vote …

This is ‘Idiocracy’!!!

4/25/2018 1:57 PM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Charlamagne Tha God‘s officially NOT on board with Kanye West making a run for the White House, because he says the last thing America needs is another Celebrity-in-Chief.

We got “The Breakfast Club” co-host leaving Barnes & Noble in NYC Wednesday, and asked him about Kanye crowning Charlamagne “The New Oprah.” The compliment comes on the heels of Charlamagne sitting down with Ye last week … but CTG told us why he’s rejecting that comparison.

He’s also got a strong message for everyone calling him after Kanye said someone’s offering $10 mil for his interview with Charlamagne.

As for Yeezy publicly embracing Trump and talking about his own run for Prez … Charlamagne had a lot of praise for Kanye the rapper … but definitely NOT for Kanye the politician.

Fleetwood Mac says Lindsey Buckingham split over tour dispute

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The members of Fleetwood Mac on Wednesday said they parted ways with longtime guitarist Lindsey Buckingham, one of the rock group’s most influential members, due to conflicts over their upcoming North American tour.

FILE PHOTO: Honorees Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, and Lindsey Buckingham of the group Fleetwood Mac perform during the 2018 MusiCares Person of the Year show honoring Fleetwood Mac at Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan, New York, U.S., January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo

“It became just a huge impasse,” the band’s drummer and co-founder Mick Fleetwood said on “CBS This Morning.” “We hit a brick wall where we decided we had to part company.”

The British-American band behind 1970s hits “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop,” said two weeks ago they would tour without the 68-year-old songwriter and guitarist, but declined to give a reason.

Fleetwood, 70, refused to say whether Buckingham had been fired.

“We don’t use that word because I think it’s ugly and it’s not a question of that,” Fleetwood said.

“But it’s like a marriage that came to an end and there are reasons why and as a band, we needed to move on and we have,” he added.

Buckingham has not commented on the split.

Fleetwood Mac, which first formed in 1967, has been plagued by behind-the-scenes romantic and creative tensions among its members as well as a shifting lineup over the years. But Buckingham joined Fleetwood, Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie and John McVie for a 2014 reunion tour and a MusicCares ceremony in New York in January.

Nicks said Buckingham did not want to commit to the 52-date, six-month-long tour the band announced on Wednesday.

“When you’re in a band, it’s a team. I have a solo career and I love my solo career and I’m the boss,” Nicks said. “But I’m not the boss in this band.”

Fleetwood Mac’s tour of the United States and Canada begins on Oct. 3, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and ends in Philadelphia in April 2019. The band also said it had added former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and Crowded House guitarist and singer Neil Finn to the tour.

Reporting by Eric Kelsey, editing by G Crosse

Yeezy to Disney: Kanye West shatters year-long Twitter silence

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Kanye West said on Wednesday that he had fired his manager and suggested he may run for U.S. president in a frenetic Twitter spree in which he promised four new albums and compared himself to Henry Ford and Walt Disney.

FILE PHOTO: Kanye West accepts the Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

The rapper and fashion designer, 40, who has emerged from a year’s Twitter silence, also claimed without evidence that his Yeezy fashion line would “become the biggest apparel company in human history.”

In the past 10 days, West has had a spate of Twitter posts, sometimes weighing in as often as 20 times an hour on wide-ranging themes.

West, who has won 21 Grammy Awards over his career for songs including “Jesus Walks” and “No Church in the Wild,” was admitted to a psychiatric facility in Los Angeles in November 2016 and abruptly canceled a world tour after a week of no-shows, curtailed concerts and political rants.

FILE PHOTO – Entertainer Kanye West arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala in New York, U.S. on May 2, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

He has since adopted a low public profile.

“I am this generations Ford Hughes Jobs Disney,” the musician tweeted on Wednesday, apparently referring to Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, Steve Jobs and Walt Disney.

FILE PHOTO: Recording artist Kanye West performs during the closing ceremony for the 2015 Pan Am Games at Pan Am Ceremonies Venue in Toronto, Canada, July 26, 2015. Mandatory Credit: Matt Detrich-USA TODAY Sports via REUTERS/File Photo

“I no longer have a manager. I can’t be managed,” he wrote later. West’s manager, Scooter Braun, did not reply to a request for comment.

In the last several days, West has said he would release four new albums in June.

West, who in 2015 said he was considering running for the White House, has also returned to the presidential theme, tweeting simply “2024” and “When we become president we have to change the name of the plane from Air Force one to Yeezy force one.”

West’s representatives did not return a request for comment, but his wife, Kim Kardashian, addressed him directly on the social media platform after he tweeted a photo that was apparently taken inside the couple’s Southern California home.

“Ummm babe. We had a rule to not show our home on social media! Soooo can we now allow KUWTK filming in the home?,” Kardashian wrote on Wednesday, referring to the TV show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Scott Malone

Meek Mill Enjoyed First Meal Outside of Prison After 76ers’ Game 5 Win

Meek Mill

Grubs on 1st Meal Post-Prison …

Guess What it Was?!

4/25/2018 12:05 PM PDT

EXCLUSIVE

Meek Mill enjoyed his first post-prison meal after the Philadelphia 76ers’ big Game 5 win over the Miami Heat this week — and it was a full VIP experience.

Sources tell TMZ that Meek celebrated with a group of 76ers — including co-owner Michael Rubin and star player Joel Embiid — and chowed down at Philly’s high-end restaurant, Buddakan, and we’re told Meek ordered fish.

Interesting choice … especially since sources present tell us there were lots of options — from aged beef to peking duck and, of course, lo mein. Sounds like Meek just wanted some tuna, cod or bass. We’re not sure exactly what dish he got … but those are the only fishy entrees Buddakan has on their menu, which all run from $29 to $37, respectively. 

As we’ve reported … Meek probably hasn’t eaten this well since at least November, when his institution served him and the other inmates a proper Thanksgiving meal, including turkey, mashed potatoes and the like. 

Either way, it’s gotta feel good to have some real food back in his belly. Bring Meek the fish! 

In #MeToo’s shadow, Cosby awaits verdict in sexual assault trial

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – The case against Bill Cosby, the man once known as “America’s Dad,” is now in the hands of a jury charged with deciding whether the comedian is guilty of drugging and molesting a onetime friend at his Pennsylvania home more than a decade ago.

It is the second time that Cosby, now 80, has faced the charges that he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004. His first trial in Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, ended with a deadlocked jury in July 2017.

But that mistrial came before last year’s flood of sexual assault and harassment accusations against rich and powerful men. With the rise to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the outcome of Cosby’s second trial may hint at whether jurors are now more willing to believe women who say they were victims.

The seven-man, five-woman jury started deliberations at about 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) after Judge Steven O’Neill gave the panel instructions for reaching a verdict. A different 12-member jury was seated during the first trial.

“The evidence provided by Andrea Constand, if believed by you, is enough to find Mr. Cosby guilty without further corroboration,” O’Neill said, referring to Cosby’s accuser.

The comedian, who won the hearts of TV audiences as the beloved father figure on “The Cosby Show” in the 1980s, declined to testify on his own behalf in both trials. He has denied wrongdoing, saying any sexual contact he had was consensual.

The panel, made up 10 white jurors and two black jurors, will try to reach a unanimous decision on the guilt or innocence of one of the country’s first African-American television stars. With his wholesome image and his outspoken advocacy of self-empowerment, the man known as “America’s Dad” became a role model for people of all racial backgrounds.

Around 1 p.m. (1700 GMT), the jury returned to the courtroom to ask for the legal definition of “consent” in a sexual assault case.

Actor and comedian, Bill Cosby, is lead by spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, to a private room during a break in Cosby’s sexual assault retrial case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 25, 2018. Corey Perrine/Pool via Reuters

“That cannot be answered,” O’Neill told the jurors. “You have a legal definition of the crime. If that does not contain a definition of consent, the jury will decide what it means to them.”

One question facing jurors is whether the alleged encounter could have occurred after Dec. 30, 2003. If not, Pennsylvania’s 12-year statute of limitations would have run out before prosecutors brought criminal charges against Cosby on December 30, 2015.

During the trial, which began April 9, the defense team introduced evidence in a bid to raise doubts about whether Cosby was even in the Philadelphia area during the period in question.

Constand, 45, a former administrator of the women’s basketball team at Temple University, Cosby’s alma mater, testified that the comedian drugged and raped her in 2004. She said she had been terrified to tell anyone for months afterward, finally telling her mother and going to authorities in 2005.

“Any evidence of delay of Andrea Constand making her complaint does not mean it is unreliable, but you may use it to consider whether act occurred at all or with her consent,” the judge told the jury on Wednesday.

In all, some 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault going back decades, though only Constand’s case was recent enough for criminal prosecution. In Cosby’s second trial, the judge allowed five other accusers to testify, compared with only one in the first trial.

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Cosby has remained free on bail. If convicted, the judge could decide to have him taken into custody immediately or allow him to remain out of jail until sentencing.

He faces up to 10 years in prison under state sentencing guidelines, although Pennsylvania law would allow the judge to impose up to three consecutive 10-year terms, one for each count.

Reporting by David DeKok; writing by Daniel Trotta and Barbara Goldberg; editing by Frank McGurty and Jonathan Oatis

Cosby jury weighs sex assault case against ‘America’s Dad’

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (Reuters) – The case against Bill Cosby, the man once known as “America’s Dad,” is now in the hands of a jury charged with deciding whether the comedian is guilty of drugging and molesting a onetime friend at his Pennsylvania home more than a decade ago.

It is the second time that Cosby, now 80, has faced the charges that he sexually assaulted Andrea Constand in 2004. His first trial in Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, ended with a deadlocked jury in July 2017.

But that mistrial came before last year’s flood of sexual assault and harassment accusations against rich and powerful men. With the rise to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, the outcome of Cosby’s second trial may hint at whether jurors are now more willing to believe women who say they were victims.

The seven-man, five-woman jury started deliberations at about 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT) after Judge Steven O’Neill gave the panel instructions for reaching a verdict. A different 12-member jury was seated during the first trial.

“The evidence provided by Andrea Constand, if believed by you, is enough to find Mr. Cosby guilty without further corroboration,” O’Neill said, referring to Cosby’s accuser.

The comedian, who won the hearts of TV audiences as the beloved father figure on “The Cosby Show” in the 1980s, declined to testify on his own behalf in both trials. He has denied wrongdoing, saying any sexual contact he had was consensual.

The panel, made up 10 white jurors and two black jurors, will try to reach a unanimous decision on the guilt or innocence of one of the country’s first African-American television stars. With his wholesome image and his outspoken advocacy of self-empowerment, the man known as “America’s Dad” became a role model for people of all racial backgrounds.

Actor and comedian, Bill Cosby, is lead by spokesperson Andrew Wyatt, to a private room during a break in Cosby’s sexual assault retrial case at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., April 25, 2018. Corey Perrine/Pool via Reuters

One question facing jurors is whether the alleged encounter could have occurred after Dec. 30, 2003. If not, Pennsylvania’s 12-year statute of limitations would have run out before prosecutors brought criminal charges against Cosby on December 30, 2015.

During the trial, which began April 9, the defense team introduced evidence in a bid to raise doubts about whether Cosby was even in the Philadelphia area during the period in question.

Constand, 45, a former administrator of the women’s basketball team at Temple University, Cosby’s alma mater, testified that the comedian drugged and raped her in 2004. She said she had been terrified to tell anyone for months afterward, finally telling her mother and going to authorities in 2005.

“Any evidence of delay of Andrea Constand making her complaint does not mean it is unreliable, but you may use it to consider whether act occurred at all or with her consent,” the judge told the jury on Wednesday.

In all, some 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual assault going back decades, though only Constand’s case was recent enough for criminal prosecution. In Cosby’s second trial, the judge allowed five other accusers to testify, compared with only one in the first trial.

Slideshow (8 Images)

Cosby has remained free on bail. If convicted, the judge could decide to have him taken into custody immediately or allow him to remain out of jail until sentencing.

He faces up to 10 years in prison under state sentencing guidelines, although Pennsylvania law would allow the judge to impose up to three consecutive 10-year terms, one for each count.

Reporting by David DeKok; writing by Daniel Trotta and Barbara Goldberg; editing by Frank McGurty and Jonathan Oatis

Kanye West Says He Loves Donald Trump and You Can’t Change His Mind

Kanye West

I Love Trump!!!

He’s ‘My Brother’

4/25/2018 10:03 AM PDT

Breaking News

Kanye West doesn’t care what ‘mob’ mentality says, he loves President Trump … even though he doesn’t agree with all of his politics.

Kanye declared his allegiance to Trump’s “dragon energy” … in response to DJ Ebro saying Ye had confessed to loving Trump.

As you know, Kanye’s not one to run from a controversy, and instead he fully leaned into POTUS, saying … “You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does.”

Kanye added, he’s got love for Hillary Clinton, too.

Remember, he publicly embraced Trump right after his election … and even went to visit him at Trump Tower.

It’s pretty clear Kanye’s gonna like whoever Kanye wants to like. It’s just what Kanye does.

Motor racing: U.S. Grand Prix signs up Bruno Mars and Britney Spears

(Reuters) – U.S. Grand Prix organizers have enlisted Bruno Mars and Britney Spears to boost the crowds with concerts before and after this year’s Formula One race in Austin, Texas.

60th Annual Grammy Awards – Show – New York, U.S., 28/01/2018 – Bruno Mars accepts the Grammy for record of the year for “24K Magic.” REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Mars, a 27 times Grammy nominee, will be Saturday night’s headline act after qualifying when he performs his 24K Magic World Tour show, while Spears closes out the event on Sunday, Oct. 21.

Last year’s grand prix weekend, with Justin Timberlake performing at the Circuit of the Americas, saw a bigger crowd turn up on the Saturday than race Sunday.

Singer Britney Spears poses at the 29th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, California, April 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Formula One figures showed that 38,916 of those going to the track on Saturday in 2017 did so in the hours after qualifying and missed the day’s motorsport action.

U.S. Grand Prix organizers have used high-profile global musical acts to raise the event’s profile, in a key market for the sport, and appeal to a different demographic.

A 2016 concert by singer-songwriter Taylor Swift was attended by some 80,000 people and helped end a trend of declining audiences.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in Baku, editing by Toby Davis

Kanye West Files YEEZUS Trademarks for Clothing and Kitchen Appliances

Kanye West

YEEZUS Trademark Filing Frenzy

Campaign Buttons, Kitchen Appliances and More!!

4/25/2018 9:07 AM PDT

Exclusive Details

Kanye West and his legal team are working to deliver on Ye’s promise to take over the consumer world, by slapping YEEZUS trademark protection on everything from audio recordings to kitchen appliances.

West fired out several tweets Wednesday that mentioned his growing of the Yeezy brand, saying he had 160 positions to fill. If his trademark filings are any indication of Ye’s plans, the rapper might soon need more than 160 employees to help build his brand.

According to legal docs — obtained by TMZ — Kanye’s refiled to protect just about YEEZUS everything … athletics, cosmetics, a kitchen line, bedding, games, paper goods, press campaign buttons, clothing and so much more.

Kanye’s also filed docs for a new California company called Yezzy Offshore Inc. at the beginning of the month.

Ye first filed the trademark docs in 2014, but later abandoned those in 2017 … so it appears he wants to swoop everything back up again — whether it’s YEEZY or YEEZUS.

Something tells us Kanye’s new lawyers are gonna be real busy over the next few months.

‘God of War’ Is a Messy, Beguiling Take on Fantasy Violence and Toxic Masculinity

Kratos, the star of the God of War series of action games, is a bad man. Devised as an ersatz Achilles edgy enough for gaming in the mid-00s, all anger and very little pathos, the one-time god and long-time god-killer is one of the biggest dicks in the medium. He had a family, once; he murdered them. He was a womanizing, cruel, monstrous hero. Over three games, he single-handedly slaughtered the entire Greek pantheon, destroying everyone and everything who got in his way.

The big sticking point in this year’s God of War, a sequel with the flavor of a reboot, then, is whether or not you can be made to sympathize with a man like Kratos. The PlayStation 4 exclusive is a game built around a reimagining of Kratos as an older man, a sadder, wiser, maybe even better man, one with a son he has no plans on murdering and a wife he, presumably, actually respects. Instead of ancient Greece, he’s moved to a frozen land of Norse myth, hiding amongst gods and monsters, quietly raising his frail son and trying to forget about the evil he’s done in the past.

As the story of this new God of War begins, Kratos’ wife has passed away, and now he has to go on a journey with his son, Atreus (bearing one of the least fortunate names in the whole Greek canon), to fulfill his wife’s dying wish: spreading her ashes on the highest mountain the realms. Most of the game’s time is spent with these two men, one young and curious, the other sad and quiet. They fight monsters together. They sail frozen waters. They visit beautiful lands. And they try not to talk about Atreus’ mother.

How do you teach a son who you’re afraid will end up just like you? How do you relate to a neglectful father who won’t tell you who he really is? God of War is an unexpected departure for the series, one that hopes to marry its energetic violence and spectacle with a more somber reflection on family. It’s a game clearly created by a development team that’s gotten older, had kids of their own, and maybe has some regrets about spending so many years of their lives making games about a womanizing god-killing sociopath.

God of War is an unexpected departure for the series, one that hopes to marry its energetic violence and spectacle with a more somber reflection on family. It’s a game clearly made by a development team that’s gotten older and maybe has some regrets about making games about a womanizing god-killing sociopath.

But even more than its stated interest in fatherhood, God of War is fascinated by masculinity: what it is, how it’s transmitted, how it becomes toxic. Atreus is a boy becoming a man, and Kratos has to wrestle with what that even means and try to figure out how to fashion his own monstrous machismo into something that he can share.

For Kratos, masculinity has usually meant violence. And in God of War, the violence is just as compelling as it’s always been. It starts out slower, more sedate than the older games, but as Kratos’ repertoire of moves expands and your selection of opponents grows from undead monsters to dark elves to, yes, the occasional Norse God, the energy and complexity of the combat grows with it. Instead of his iconic wrist-attached chainblades, Kratos wields an axe that he can throw and recall to his hand magically, à la Thor from the Marvel universe, and it’s an immensely satisfying interaction every time it happens. Atreus fights as well, with a bow that you have some control over in combat, and over time he grows from a handy distraction to a powerful ally.

But that’s also a problem, isn’t it? Because violence is exactly what Kratos doesn’t want to teach his son. In the name of ensuring the boy’s survival in the harsh world they live in, he runs the risk of sharing all the things he himself is most ashamed of. And the game is likewise conflicted, both reveling in Kratos’ violence and trying to distance itself from it. The action is cut by slow, thoughtful moments of exploration and basic puzzle solving, and the tone and style both feel borrowed from Sony’s other first-party, heavily scripted dad adventures, Uncharted 4 and The Last of Us. These trappings, which limit player interaction for the sake of tone and mood, also function to simultaneously distance the player from the action and cause them to want more of it. It’s the high point in a constant cycle of tension and release, a catharsis the game trains the player to want and expect. A bloody reward.

The game is conflicted, both reveling in Kratos’ violence and trying to distance itself from it.

God of War, then, is an endlessly dissonant and self-contradictory game, cut across the same fault lines as its protagonist. It abhors Kratos’ quiet cruelties and the distance he places between himself and his son, but, damn, it thinks he’s cool. It wants violence to be serious, and weighty, while placing endless nameless monsters in the player’s path. It wants you, in a sense, to be both father and son, viewing Kratos as a terrible man who’s only good at one thing and also as Atreus sees him, as a potential hero waiting to unfold before you.

But God of War is still beguiling in those contradictions, and I enjoyed it despite of, or even because of, them. I can’t relate to Kratos, but I can find a place inside myself that sympathizes with him, and that enjoys doing what he can do. Whether or not you’ll enjoy this game likely depends on whether you can make that same imaginative leap.

There’s a moment, near the middle of the game, when Atreus pauses to celebrate his accomplishments in battle. Kratos chastises him, telling him to stay vigilant, which is his excuse to get out of every conversation that makes him uncomfortable.

“Sorry,” the boy says. “It just feels good to be strong, you know?”

Kratos pauses. “Yes,” he says, sadly. It does. And everything brilliant and awful in God of War is right there.

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