Snoop Dogg Is Apparently On An Ad Bender

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele

It’s Sunday night and everyone is watching television, dreading the Monday morning hustle. Suddenly, a familiar voice comes on the TV and it doesn’t take long to determine it’s the one and only Snoop Dogg, starring in multiple commercials that air the same night.

The D-O-Double-G has seemingly been on an ad bender as late, starring in commercials for General Insurance, Tostitos and Dunkin’ Donuts.

The “General Low Rider Commercial” stars Snoop driving the animated “General” around in a pink low rider and rapping the company’s jingle.

Meanwhile, Snoop joins his Potluck Dinner Party co-host Martha Stewart to plug the Tostitos brand. Stewart’s job is to push Tostitos creamy avocado salsa, while Snoop is tasked with promoting the Tostitos strips tortilla chips.

Naturally, their effortless chemistry is on display. Snoop says, “They’re good apart,” to which Stewart says, “But better together.”

Snoop adds, “Pass me some that green stuff.” He then reminds Stewart not to say things such as “Fo shizzle.”

Finally, the Dunkin’ Donuts commercial — which originally debuted last November — finds Snoop serving up a plant based sandwich called “The Beyond D-O-Double-G.” The sandwich was only available for a limited time but still put Snoop’s acting chops to the test.

Revisit it below.


TIDAL Streaming The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant Free

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele

Los Angeles, CA – While thousands people gather in downtown Los Angeles on Monday (February 24) to pay final respects to Kobe and Gianna Bryant at a public memorial service at the Staples Center, TIDAL is bringing the celebration life to fans across the globe.

Regardless membership status, fans can tune in starting at 1:00 PM ET (10:00 AM PT) to TIDAL.com/celebrationlife to catch the exclusive live stream.

Bryant and 13-year-old Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash near Calabasas, California, on January 26, along with seven others on their way to a girls basketball game at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy.


#DXCLUSIVE: Zayside & PMO$howtime Put On For Seattle In 'Caught Up' Video

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

Seattle, WA – Bubbling northwest artist Zayside is repping what he knows in his HipHopDX-premiered “Caught Up” video.

The premise for the joyous visual is simply connecting dots all across the 206.

“I wanted to bring some unity within the city Seattle, so I linked with another local artist (PMO$howtime) who reigns from the Central District the city,” Zayside tells DX. “One my producers, Faiz Ahmed (Kreemway) sent me the beat, so PMO and I linked in the studio and made it happen! The video was directed by my manager Shay Royale – with the vision shedding some light on the city Seattle in a young, fly, and clean image.”

Watch the “Caught Up” video above and check out @zaysidee and @pmoshowtime on Instagram.


#DXCLUSIVE: M-Dot Unveils Pete Rock-Produced Single 'The Atonement'

Filed by tr21ktr21k

HipHopDX Premiere – While M-Dot puts the final touches on his next album egO anD The eneMy 2: A Dissolute Paradise, the Boston-bred MC has surfaced with a snippet the project called “The Atonement.” Produced by the legendary Pete Rock, the track serves as the inaugural single from the album.

The two Hip Hop artists met in 2017 when they were booked for the same show in Switzerland. They’ve stayed in touch over the years, which inevitably led to a collaboration.

egO anD The eneMy 2 is the aptly titled follow-up to 2017’s egO anD The eneMy and boasts production/guest appearances from Erick Sermon, Apollo Brown, !llmind, M-Phazes, Method Man, Willie The Kid and Vast Aire, among others.

#DXCLUSIVE: M-Dot Unveils Pete Rock-Produced Single 'The Atonement'

The single is available now through all major digital retailers and streaming platforms through M-Dot’s Own Lane Music imprint.

M-Dot takes f on a European tour next month before returning for a hometown show on March 27.

Stream “The Atonement” above and check out the tour dates below.

March 6: Bar59 (Lucerne, Switzerland) with The Beatnuts]
March 7: Das Haus (Ludwigshafen, GERMANY)
March 12: (Munich, Germany) TBA
March 13: Kultuurikklubi Tempel (Pärnu, Estonia)
March 19: (Bratislava, Slovakia) TBA
March 20: Rock Cafe (Prague, Czech Republic)
March 21: HAFENSTUBE Telux (Weißwasser, Germany)
March 27: Middle East (Cambridge, MA) with Masta Ace & Marco Polo


Hip Hop Week In Review: Pop Smoke's Death & Boosie Badazz's Transphobic Comments

Filed by Yun PinkertonYun Pinkerton

HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, rising star Pop Smoke was shot and killed in Los Angeles. Also, Boosie Badazz caught heat over comments about Dwyane Wade’s transgender daughter and Birdman explained what it means for Drake to have an unlimited budget.

Pop Smoke Passes Away

Brooklyn’s Pop Smoke was murdered at a Hollywood Hills home on Wednesday morning (February 19). Authorities say two masked men broke into the residence. At some point, multiple shots were fired, killing the 20-year-old artist.

Though rumors spread about Pop’s best friend Mike “Mike Dee” Durodola allegedly setting him up, Mike Dee quickly came forward to dispel any notion playing a role in his cohort’s murder.

Redman, The Game, Juicy J, Chance The Rapper, YBN Cordae, Freddie Gibbs and many more took to social media to pay their respect to the late Pop Smoke.

Blueface posted his own tribute to the fallen Brooklyn native along with a warning for artists who come to Los Angeles.

“People think Cali/LA is beautiful sunny palm trees,” he wrote on Instagram. “Niggas die here every single day. I recommend any artist coming this way to get in touch wit the right natives just to keep you up to speed. Soon as you relax an think it’s cool this way that’s when they strike.”

Read more about Pop Smoke’s death here.

Boosie Badazz Criticized Over Transgender Comments

Dwyane Wade opened up about his 12-year-old child’s transgender journey during an interview with Good Morning America on Tuesday (February 18), prompting a reaction from the outspoken Boosie Badazz.

“I gotta say something about this shit,” Boosie said on Instagram. “Dwyane Wade, you’ve gone too fucking far, bro. That is a male. A 12-year-old. At 12, they don’t even know what they next meal gonna be. They don’t have shit figured out yet. He might meet a woman at 16 and fall in love with her, but his dick be gone.”

His comments caused him to get dragged on social media and kicked out Planet Fitness.

Read more about Boosie Badazz’s transgender comments here.

Birdman Explains Drake’s Unlimited Budget

Birdman visited Complex’s Everyday Struggle this week and addressed UMG CEO Lucian Grainge‘s recent HipHopDX interview about Drake having an unlimited budget.

“I got an open book,” Birdman explained on the show. “I was given an open book with Doug Morris] and Mel at a young age in the business. When Lucian came he gave me a bigger book. So with me having an open book, I gave Wayne an open book. He opened his book for Drake and Nicki and now they’re doin the same thing. I gave Young Thug an open book so he opened his book for other people. What I mean by open book is] you can spend any amount money you want.”

Read more about Birdman explaining how Drake has an unlimited budget here.

Reviews

Royce Da 5’9 — The Allegory
Pop Smoke — Meet The Woo 2
Key Glock — Yellow Tape
Garren — The New (Normal)
Che Noir — Juno
10k.caash — Planet Swajjur
Lil Wayne — Funeral
Russ — Shake The Snow Globe
Junia-T — Studio Monk

#DXClusives: Jim Jones, DMC & Jadakiss

Jim Jones Is Showing Us A New Side To Capo

HipHopDX caught up with Jim Jones and talked to him about what fans can expect with his next album.

“Every album is a different experience,” he said. “There’s a thin line that I always kind tiptoe on but for the most part I give every album a different experience and I just go through them.”

Read the full Jim Jones interview here.

DMC Speaks On New adidas Collab & Underlying Tragedy Of Jam Master Jay’s Murder

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels spoke with DX about adidas’ Run-DMC sneaker and found out what fans and sneakerheads alike should expect from the release.

“They gonna have a Run-DMC sneaker and a Jam Master Jay model,” he said. “Then we’re going to have a Friends and Family model…Yeah, exactly. And then it’s the Run-DMC one and then the Friends and Family ones not for sale though. Then there’s going to be a sweatshirt hoodie, t-shirts and then it’s Friends and Family leather adidas shoes, the old school ’80s leather adidas shoes. They’re making a certain amount those. But you know the resale on the aftermarket, it’s going to be ridiculous.”

Check out the entire DMC interview here.

Jadakiss Looks Back On Studio Time With The Notorious B.I.G.

Jadakiss stopped by the DX fice in Hollywood and talked about working with his favorite rapper, The Notorious B.I.G.

“Just the way he could conduct a studio session with so much going on and then the final product was incredible,” he recalled. “You just like, ‘How did he think that?’ The girls, the old Junior M.A.F.I.A. — it’s like party session, but he was still able to focus and weed all that out, concentrate and lock in on the song or the topic or whatever he was doing and make the shit come out amazing.”

Watch the full Jadakiss interview here.


The Breakdown | Why Are Rappers So Sensitive?

Filed by tr21ktr21k

Los Angeles, CA – HipHopDX asks a simple question on the new episode The Breakdown: why are rappers so sensitive?

Host Page Kennedy examines how some the biggest Hip Hop artists seem unable to ignore criticism and social media comments, highlighting notable reactions from stars such as Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Chance The Rapper and Lizzo.

Kennedy reflects on the way platforms like Twitter and Instagram have changed the dynamic between rappers and fans while reminding viewers that MCs from past eras weren’t immune to criticism either.

Watch the latest episode The Breakdown above. Check out past episodes on DX’s YouTube channel.


Curren$y Drops '3 Piece Set' EP

Filed by Joe NoletteJoe Nolette

Curren$y has teamed up with producer Thelonious Martin for an EP titled 3 Piece Set. The project is Spitta’s second release the year following January’s The Tonite Show collaboration with DJ Fresh.

The New Orleans-bred MC’s latest work is not to be confused with his 2012 project Three Piece Set: A Closed Session despite the similar titles. All three tracks on the Jet Life leader’s new EP are produced by Thelonious Martin, but Cameone provides co-production on the closing track “Rag Top Love Affair.”

Check out Curren$y’s 3 Piece Set stream, cover art and tracklist below.

Curren$y Drops '3 Piece Set' EP

1. 52 Seconds
2. Survivor’s Remorse
3. Rag Top Love Affair


Jada Pinkett Smith Tackles Snoop Dogg's Gayle King Rant In 'Red Table Talk' Preview

Filed by Ryan FerroRyan Ferro

Snoop Dogg has publicly apologized for lashing out at CBS journalist Gayle King, but the Doggfather isn’t done discussing the topic. The D-O-Double-G is also going to address his comments in an episode Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk, which will premiere on Wednesday (February 26).

In a preview the upcoming episode, Jada tells Snoop about how his rant affected her.

“When you first came out and you said what you said, you know in regards to Gayle, my heart dropped,” she says. “I felt like not only were you talking to Gayle, but you were talking to me. I was like, ‘Oh no, Snoop has now taken his power flow away from me, away from Willow, away from my mother.’ Right?’”

She adds, “I was like if this is what’s happening … I was like, not Snoop! So, that’s one the reasons I felt like I really wanted to have the conversation with you in the spirit healing.”

Earlier this month, Snoop took aim at King after she brought up past rape accusations against the late Kobe Bryant in an interview with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie. In an Instagram video, he referred to King as a “funky dog head bitch.”

Snoop later apologized for his words, noting he attacked King in a “derogatory manner based f emotions.”

“I was raised way better than that,” he said. “So I would like to apologize to you publicly for the language that I used and calling you out your name and just being disrespectful.”

King responded, “I accept the apology and understand the raw emotions caused by this tragic loss.”

She also noted it wasn’t her intention to add to the grief following Bryant’s death. The Los Angeles Lakers legend, his daughter Gianna and seven others died in a helicopter crash on January 26.


50 Cent, Beyoncé, Lizzo & More Win 2020 NAACP Image Awards

Filed by Jenette DanieleJenette Daniele

Pasadena, CA – Hip Hop artists such as 50 Cent and Lizzo were winners at the 2020 NAACP Awards, which were held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday (February 22). Beyoncé also added multiple awards to her collection after claiming victory in six categories.

Lizzo took home the coveted Entertainer Of the Year honors as well as the award for Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album. 50 Cent’s music didn’t earn him any recognition at the ceremony, but his directorial work on Power secured the win for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series.

Beyoncé’s concert film Homecoming and The Lion King: The Gift album helped her take home awards for Outstanding Variety (Series or Special), Outstanding Album and Outstanding Female Artist, among others. Her daughter Blue Ivy Carter even got a win for Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration.

Other notable award recipients included Lil Nas X, who won Outstanding New Artist, and Rihanna, who received the President’s Award. The latter is presented “in recognition a special achievement and distinguished public service,” according to the NAACP.

Check out all the 2020 NAACP Award winners below.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

• Angela Bassett
• Billy Porter
• *WINNER* Lizzo
• Regina King
• Tyler Perry

MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Motion Picture

• “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix)
• “Harriet” (Focus Features)
• *WINNER* “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures)
• “Us” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture

• Chadwick Boseman – “21 Bridges” (STX Films)
• Daniel Kaluuya – “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures)
• Eddie Murphy – “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix)
• *WINNER* Michael B. Jordan – “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Winston Duke – “Us” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture

• Alfre Woodard – “Clemency” (Neon)
• Cynthia Erivo – “Harriet” (Focus Features)
• Jodie Turner-Smith – “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures)
•*WINNER* Lupita Nyong’o – “Us” (Universal Pictures)
• Naomie Harris – “Black and Blue” (Screen Gems/Sony Pictures)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

•*WINNER* Jamie Foxx – “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Leslie Odom, Jr. – “Harriet” (Focus Features)
• Sterling K. Brown – “Waves” (A24)
• Tituss Burgess – “Dolemite Is My Name” (Netflix)
• Wesley Snipes – “Dolemite Is My Name” (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture

• Da’Vine Joy Randolph – “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix)
• Janelle Monáe – “Harriet” (Focus Features)
• Jennifer Lopez – “Hustlers” (STX Films)
• *WINNER* Marsai Martin – “Little” (Universal Pictures)
• Octa Spencer – “Luce” (Neon)

Outstanding Breakthrough Performance in Motion Picture

• Cynthia Erivo – “Harriet” (Focus Features)
• Jodie Turner-Smith – “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures)
•*WINNER* Marsai Martin – “Little” (Universal Pictures)
• Rob Morgan – “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Shahadi Wright Joseph – “Us” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture

• “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix)
• “Harriet” (Focus Features)
• *WINNER* “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures)
• “Us” (Universal Pictures)

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture

• “Clemency” (Neon)
•*WINNER* “Dolemite is My Name” (Netflix)
• “Luce” (Neon)
• “Queen & Slim” (Universal Pictures)
• “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” (Netflix)

Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance (Television or Film)

• Alfre Woodard – “The Lion King” (Walt Disney Studios)
• Donald Glover – “The Lion King” (Walt Disney Studios)
•*WINNER* James Earl Jones – “The Lion King” (Walt Disney Studios)
• Lupita Nyong’o – “Serengeti” (Discovery Channel)
• Sterling K. Brown – “Frozen II” (Walt Disney Studios)

TELEVISION

Outstanding Comedy Series

• “Ballers” (HBO)
•*WINNER* “Black-ish” (ABC)
• “Dear White People” (Netflix)
• “Grown-ish” (Freeform)
• “The Neighborhood” (CBS)

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series

•*WINNER* Anthony Anderson – “black-ish” (ABC)
• Cedric The Entertainer – “the Neighborhood” (CBS)
• Don Cheadle – “Black Monday” (Showtime)
• Dwayne Johnson – “Ballers” (HBO)
• Tracy Morgan – “The Last O.G.” (TBS)

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series

• Logan Browning – “Dear White People” (Netflix)
• Jill Scott – “First Wives Club” (BET+)
• Tiffany Haddish – “The Last O.G.” (TBS)
•*WINNER* Tracee Ellis Ross – “Black-ish ” (ABC)
• Yara Shahidi – “Grown-ish” (Freeform)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

• Andre Braugher – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC)
•*WINNER* Deon Cole – “Black-ish” (ABC)
• Laurence Fishburne – “Black-ish” (ABC)
• Terry Crews – “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC)
• Tituss Burgess – “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

• Halle Bailey – “Grown-ish” (Freeform)
• Loretta Devine – “Family Reunion” (Netflix)
•*WINNER* Marsai Martin – “Black-ish” (ABC)
• Regina Hall – “Black Monday” (Showtime)
• Tichina Arnold – “The Neighborhood” (CBS)

Outstanding Drama Series

• “Godfather Harlem” (EPIX)
•*WINNER*  “Greenleaf” (OWN)
• “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• “The Chi” (Showtime)
• “Watchmen” (HBO)

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series

• Billy Porter – “Pose” (FX Networks)
• Forest Whitaker – “Godfather Harlem” (EPIX)
• Ki Siriboe – “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• *WINNER* Omari Hardwick – “Power” (Starz)
• Sterling K. Brown – “This Is Us” (NBC)

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series

• *WINNER* Angela Bassett – “9-1-1” (FOX)
• Regina King – “Watchmen” (HBO)
• Rutina Wesley – “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
• Simone Missick – “All Rise” (CBS)
• Viola Davis – “How to Get Away with Murder” (ABC)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

• Delroy Lindo – “The Good Fight” (CBS All Access)
• Giancarlo Esposito – “Godfather Harlem” (EPIX)
•*WINNER* Harold Perrineau – “Claws” (TNT)
• Nigél Thatch – “Godfather Harlem” (EPIX)
• Wendell Pierce – “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” (Prime Video)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

• CCH Pounder – “NCIS: New Orleans” (CBS)
•*WINNER* Lynn Whitfield – “Greenleaf” (OWN) 
• Lyric Ross – “This Is Us” (NBC)
• Susan Kelechi Watson – “This Is Us” (NBC)
• Tina Lifford – “Queen Sugar” (OWN)

Outstanding Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

• “American Son” (Netflix)
• “Being Mary Jane” (BET Networks)
• “Native Son” (HBO)
• “True Detective” (HBO)
•*WINNER* “When They See Us” (Netflix)

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

• Caleel Harris – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
• Ethan Henry Herisse – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
• Idris Elba – “Luther” (BBC America)
•*WINNER* Jharrel Jerome – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
• Mahershala Ali – “True Detective” (HBO)

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Limited-Series or Dramatic Special

• Aunjanue Ellis – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
• Gabrielle Union – “Being Mary Jane” (BET Networks)
• Kerry Washington – “American Son” (Netflix)
•*WINNER* Niecy Nash – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
• Octa Spencer – “Truth Be Told” (Apple TV+)

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)

• “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization Black Girls in Schools” (PBS)
• “Surviving R. Kelly” (Lifetime)
• “The Breakfast Club” (REVOLT)
• “The Story God with Morgan Freeman” (National Geographic)
•*WINNER* “Unsung” (TV One)

Outstanding Talk Series

•*WINNER* “Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch)
• “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)
• “The Real” (Syndicated)
• “The Shop: Uninterrupted” (HBO)
• “The Tamron Hall Show” (Syndicated)

Outstanding Reality Program/Reality Competition Series/Game Show

• “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)
• “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount Network)
•*WINNER* “Rhythm + Flow” (Netflix)
• “Sunday Best” (BET Networks)
• “The Voice” (NBC)

Outstanding Variety (Series or Special)

• “2019 Black Girls Rock!” (BET Networks)
• “Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones” (Netflix)
•*WINNER* “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé” (Netflix)
• “Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
• “Wanda Sykes: Not Normal” (Netflix)

Outstanding Children’s Program

• “Doc McStuffins” (Disney Junior)
•*WINNER* “Family Reunion” (Netflix)
• “Kevin Hart’s Guide to Black History” (Netflix)
• “Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest” (Disney XD)
• “Motown Magic” (Netflix)

Outstanding Performance by a Youth (Series, Special, Television Movie or Limited-Series)

• Caleel Harris – “When They See Us” (Netflix)
• Lonnie Chavis – “This Is Us” (NBC)
• Lyric Ross – “This Is Us” (NBC)
• Marsai Martin – “Black-ish” (ABC)
• Miles Brown – “Black-ish” (ABC)

Outstanding Host in a Talk or News/Information (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

• Angela Rye – “Young Gifted and Broke: A BET Town Hall” (BET Networks)
•*WINNER* Jada Pinkett Smith – “Red Table Talk” (Facebook Watch)
• Lester Holt – “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” (NBC)
• Trevor Noah – “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Comedy Central)
• Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, Meghan McCain, Abby Huntsman, Ana Navarro – “The View” (ABC)

Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special) – Individual or Ensemble

• Iyanla Vanzant – “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (OWN)
• LL Cool J – “Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount Network)
• Regina Hall – “2019 BET Awards” (BET Networks)
•*WINNER* Steve Harvey – “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC)
• Wayne Brady – “Let’s Make A Deal” (CBS)

Outstanding Guest Performance in a Comedy or Drama Series

• Blair Underwood – “Dear White People” ( Netflix)
• David Alan Grier – “Queen Sugar” (OWN)
•*WINNER* Kelly Rowland – “American Soul” (BET Networks)
• MAJOR. – “STAR” (FOX)
• Sanaa Lathan – “The Affair” (Showtime)

DOCUMENTARY

Outstanding Documentary (Film)

• “Miles Davis: Birth Of The Cool” (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
• “The Black Godfather” (Netflix)
• “The Apollo” (HBO)
•*WINNER* “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am” (Magnolia Pictures)
• “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality” (HBO)

Outstanding Documentary (Television – Series or Special)

• “Free Meek” (Prime Video)
• *WINNER* “Hitsville: The Making Motown” (Showtime)
• “Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé” (Netflix)
• “Martin: The Legacy A King” (BET Networks)
• “ReMastered: The Two Killings Sam Cooke” (Netflix)

WRITING

Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series

•*WINNER* Cord Jefferson – “The Good Place” – Tinker, Tailor, Demon, Spy (NBC)
• Gloria Calderon Kellett, Mike Royce – “One Day at a Time” – Ghosts (Netflix)
• Jason Kim – “Barry” – Past=Present x Future Over Yesterday (HBO)
• Karen Gist, Peter Saji – “Mixed-ish” – Let Your Hair Down (ABC)
• Trevor Noah – “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” – Steve King’s Comments
Meet Trevor Noah: Racism Detective (Comedy Central)

Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series

• Ava DuVernay, Michael Starrbury – “When They See Us” – Part Four (Netflix)
• Damon Lindel, Cord Jefferson – “Watchmen” – The Extraordinary Being (HBO)
• *WINNER* Nichelle Tramble Spellman – “Truth Be Told” – Monster (Apple TV+)
• Nkechi Okoro Carroll – “All American” – Hussle & Motivate (The CW)
• Pat Charles – “Black Lightning” – The Book Secrets: Chapter One: Prodigal
Son (The CW)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Television)

• Cas Sigers-Beedles – “Twas the Chaos Before Christmas” (BET)
• Melissa Bustamante – “A Christmas Winter Song” (Lifetime)
• Patrik-Ian Polk – “Being Mary Jane” (BET Networks)
•*WINNER* Suzan-Lori Parks – “Native Son” (HBO)
• Yvette Nicole Brown – “Always a Bridesmaid” (BET Networks)

Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture (Film)

• Chinonye Chukwu – “Clemency” (Neon)
• Destin Daniel Cretton, Andrew Lanham – “Just Mercy” (Warner Bros. Pictures)
• Doug Atchison – “Brian Banks” (Bleeker Street and ShivHans)
•*WINNER* Jordan Peele – “Us” (Universal Pictures)
• Kasi Lemmons, Gregory Allen Howard – “Harriet” (Focus Features)

DIRECTING

Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series

•*WINNER* Anya Adams – “GLOW” – Outward Bound (Netflix)
• Justin Tipping – “Black Monday” -7042 (Showtime)
• Ken Whittingham – “Atypical” – Road Rage Paige (Netflix)
• Randall Winston – “Grace and Frankie” – The Pharmacy (Netflix)
• Shaka King – “Shrill” – Pool (Hulu)

Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series

• Ava DuVernay – “When They See Us” – Part Four (Netflix)
• Carl H. Seaton, Jr. – “Snowfall” – Hedgehogs (FX Networks)
•*WINNER* Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson – “Power” – Forgot About Dre (STARZ)
• Debbie Allen – “Grey’s Anatomy” – Silent All These Years (ABC)
• Jet Wilkinson – “The Chi” – The Scorpion and the Frog (Showtime)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Television)

• Codie Elaine Oliver – “Black Love” (OWN)
• Janice Cooke – “I Am Sombody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story (Lifetime)
• Kenny Leon – “American Son” (Netflix)
•*WINNER* Rashid Johnson – “Native Son (HBO)
• Russ Parr – “The Bobby Debarge Story” (TV One)

Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture (Film)

• Chiwetel Ejior – “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” (Netflix)
• Jordan Peele – “Us” (Universal Pictures)
• Kasi Lemmons – “Harriet” (Focus Features)
• Mati Diop – “Atlantics” (Les Films du Bal Presente en Co-Production avec Cinekap et Frakas Productions en Co-Production avec Arte France Cinema et Canal+ International for Netflix)
• Reginald Hudlin – “The Black Godfather” (Netflix)

RECORDING

Outstanding Album

• “Cuz I Love You” – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)
•*WINNER* “Homecoming: The Live Album” – Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)
• “I Used To Know H.E.R.” – H.E.R. (RCA Records)
• “Sketchbook” – Fantasia (Rock Soul Inc./BMG)
• “Worthy” – India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG)

Outstanding New Artist

• Ari Lennox (Dreamville/Interscope Records)
•*WINNER* Lil Nas X (Columbia Records)
• Lucky Daye (Keep Cool/RCA Records)
• Mahalia (Burkmar/Warner Music UK)
• Mykal Kilgore (Affective Music)

Outstanding Male Artist

•*WINNER* Bruno Mars (Atlantic Records)
• Khalid (RCA Records)
• Lil Nas X (Columbia Records)
• MAJOR. (BOE Music Group/EMPIRE)
• PJ Morton (Morton Records)

Outstanding Female Artist

•*WINNER* Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)
• Fantasia (Rock Soul Inc./BMG)
• H.E.R. (RCA Records)
• India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG)
• Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)

Outstanding Song – Traditional

• “Enough” – Fantasia (Rock Soul Inc./BMG)
• “Jerome” – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)
•*WINNER* “SPIRIT” – Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)
• “Stand Up” – Cynthia Erivo (Back Lot Music)
• “Steady Love” – India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG)

Outstanding Song – Contemporary

• *WINNER* “Before I Let Go” – Beyoncé (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)
• “Hard Place” – H.E.R. (RCA Records)
• “Juice” – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)
• “Talk” – Khalid (RCA Records)
• “Motivation” – Normani (Keep Cool/RCA Records)

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration

• *WINNER* “Brown Skin Girl” – Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN, Beyoncé & WizKiD (Parkwood
Entertainment/Columbia Records)
• “No Guidance” – Chris Brown feat. Drake (Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA
Records)
• “Say So” – PJ Morton feat. JoJo (Morton Records/EMPIRE)
• “Shea Butter Baby” – Ari Lennox feat. J. Cole (Dreamville/Interscope Records)
• “Show Me Love” – Alicia Keys feat. Miguel (RCA Records)

Outstanding Jazz Album

• “Carib” – David Sanchez (Ropeadope)
• “Center The Heart” – Najee (Shanachie)
• *WINNER* “Love & Liberation” – Jazzmeia Horn (Concord Jazz)
• “SoulMate” – Nathan Mitchell (Enm Music Group)
• “The Dream Is You: Vanessa Rubin Sings Tadd Dameron” – Vanessa Rubin (Vanessa Rubin)

Outstanding Gospel/Christian Song (Traditional or Contemporary)

• “I Made It Out” – John P. Kee feat. Zacardi Cortez (Kee Music
Group/Entertainment One)
• *WINNER* “Laughter” – Bebe Winans feat. Korean Soul (Regimen Records)
• “Love Theory” – Kirk Franklin (Fo Yo Soul Records/RCA Records)
• “Not Yet” – Donnie McClurkin (Camdon Music/RCA Inspiration)
• “Victory” – The Clark Sisters (Karew Records/Motown Gospel/Capitol CMG)

Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album

• “Hard Place” – H.E.R. (RCA Records)
• *WINNER* “Juice” – Lizzo (Nice Life Records/Atlantic Records)
• “No Guidance” – Chris Brown feat. Drake (Chris Brown Entertainment/RCA
Records)
• “Steady Love” – India.Arie (India.Arie Inc./BMG)
• “Talk” – Khalid (RCA Records)

Outstanding Soundtrack/Compilation Album

• “Harriet (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” – Terence Blanchard (Back Lot Music)
• “Queen & Slim The Soundtrack” – Various Artists (Motown Records)
•*WINNER* “The Lion King: The Gift” – Beyoncé w/Various Artists (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records)
• “The Lion King Original Motion Picture Soundtrack” – Various Artists (Walt Disney Records)
• “Us (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)” – Michael Abels (Back Lot Music)

LITERATURE

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction

• “New Daughters Africa” – Margaret Busby (HarperCollins Publishers)
• “Out Darkness, Shining Light” – Petina Gappah (Simon and Schuster)
• “Red at the Bone” – Jacqueline Woodson (Riverhead Books PRH)
•*WINNER* “The Revisioners” – Margaret Wilkerson Sexton (Counter Point Press)
• “The Water Dancer” – Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World)

Outstanding Literary Work – Nonfiction

• “Breathe: A Letter to My Sons” – Dr. Imani Perry (Beacon Press)
• “STONY THE ROAD: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise Jim Crow” – Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Penguin Press)
• *WINNER* “The Source Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations” – Toni Morrison (Alfred A. Knopf)
• “The Yellow House” – Sarah M. Broom (Grove Atlantic)
• “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker: A Memoir in Essays” – Damon Young (HarperCollins Publishers)

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author

“American Spy” – Lauren Wilkinson (Random House)
• *WINNER* “I Am Dance: Words and s the Black Dancer” – Hal Banfield (Author), Javier Vasquez (Illustrator), (Literary Revolutionary)
• “More Than Pretty: Doing The Soul Work To Uncover Your True Beauty ” – Erica Campbell (Howard Books)
• “Such A Fun Age” – Kiley Reid (Penguin Publishing Group)
• “The Farm” – Joanne Ramos (Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Autobiography

• “Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System” – Cyntoia Brown-Long (Atria Books)
• “Finding My Voice: My Journey to the West Wing and the Path Forward” – Valerie Jarrett (Viking Press)
•*WINNER* “More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)” – Elaine Welteroth (Viking Press)
• “My Name Is Prince” – Randee St. Nicholas (HarperCollins Publishers)
• “The Beautiful Ones” – Prince (Author), Dan Piepenbring (Edited by), (Random House)

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional

• “Inspire Your Home: Easy, Affordable Ideas to Make Every Room Glamorous” – Farah Merhi (Tiller Press)
• “Letters to the Finishers (who struggle to finish)” – Candace E. Wilkins (New Season Books)
• “More Than Pretty: Doing the Soul Work that Uncovers Your True Beauty” – Erica Campbell (Howard Books)
• “Vegetables Unleashed” – José Andres (HarperCollins Publishers)
• *WINNER* “Your Next Level Life: 7 Rules Power, Confidence, And Opportunity For Black Women In America” – Karen Arrington (Author), Joanna Price (Illustrator), Sheryl Taylor (Forward) (Mango Publishing)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry

• “A Bound Woman Is a Dangerous Thing: The Incarceration African American Women from Harriet Tubman to Sandra Bland” – DaMaris B. Hill (Bloomsbury Publishing)
•*WINNER* “Felon: Poems” – Reginald Dwayne Betts (W.W. Norton Company)
• “Honeyfish” – Lauren K. Alleyne (New Issues Poetry and Prose)
• “Mistress” – Chet’la Sebree (New Issue Poetry and Prose)
• “The Tradition” – Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)

Outstanding Literary Work – Children

• “A Place to Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Speech That Inspired a Nation” – Barry Wittenstein (Author), Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator), (Neal Porter Books / Holiday House Publishing/Penguin Random House)
• “Hair Love” – Matthew A. Cherry (Author), Vashti Harrison (Illustrator), (Kokila)
• “Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment” – Parker Curry (Author), Jessica Curry (Author), Brittany Jackson (Illustrator), (Aladdin Books)
• “Ruby Finds a Worry” – Tom Percival (Bloomsbury Publishing)
•*WINNER* “Sulwe” – Lupita Nyong’o (Author), Vashti Harrison (Illustrator), (Simon & Schuster, BFYR)

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens

• *WINNER* “Around Harvard Square” – C.J. Farley (Akashic Books)
• “Her Own Two Feet: A Rwandan Girl’s Brave Fight to Walk” – Meredith Davis (Author), Rebeka Uwitonze (Author), (Scholastic Inc.)
• “Hot Comb” – Ebony Flowers (Author), Ebony Flowers (Illustrator), (Drawn and Quarterly)
• “I’m Not Dying with You Tonight” – Gilly Segal (Author), Kimberly Jones (Author), (Sourcebooks Fire)
• “The Forgotten Girl” – India Hill Brown (Scholastic Inc.)


Interview: G Herbo Opens Up About Mental Health Therapy & 'PTSD'

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G Herbo is set to release forthcoming studio album titled PTSD this month and it’s his most cohesive project yet, delivering a reflection what it’s like growing up in Chicago with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Speaking with HipHopDX, Swervo recalled when he had his moment clarity about the effects PTSD. He also shared how he used his newfound clarity to create PTSD.

“When the lawyer told me to go see the therapist, it was really just me embracing it,” G Herbo explained during our phone conversation. “I think I was already aware the issue, and why I even had to get arrested, or have to carry a gun in the first place.”

In 2018, the 24-year-old raised as Herbert Randall Wright III, was arrested along with two other men when their limousine driver called the police on them for having guns.

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Police state the gun in Herb’s possession was a Fabrique National. The weapon allegedly had one in the chamber and 30 in the magazine, sending him to jail. At first, Herb was hesitant about speaking with a therapist but ultimately, he found it useful.

“To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with going to share my problems with somebody so I already didn’t think it was something that I would want to do,” he said. “That was probably my first introduction to me embracing my PTSD, but we’re so immune to a lot this stuff that go on in the inner city with like violence, going to jail and all that kind shit.

“It’s like, we kind don’t know that we suffer from these mental health issues. I’m a product that. I was shot at. I seen my first murder at nine years old. A lot this stuff that we encounter on a day-to-day basis, we think is normal just because it’s our reality. We think it’s something we’re supposed to be going through. I feel like in the poverty-stricken neighborhoods, a lot us are suffering from PTSD. I thought it was important for me because I know it’s a lot people who are like me.”

He’s already released the album’s first single, “In This Bitch” and “Shooter” with Jacquees.

The artwork for PTSD sends a stark message using the American flag — all 50 stars have been replaced with the heads his late friends and family members, including Juice WRLD.

One stand-out cut features Grammy Award-winning artist 21 Savage on a song titled “By Any Means.”

21 and Herb have both been open musically about their perpetual and circumstantial lifestyle driven by survival instincts, gang banging, trapping, violence and lack resources in poverty-stricken neighborhoods. The result living in these conditions is a mental condition called post-traumatic stress disorder.

“We have had serious conversations about what we are to the people and just embracing it,” he told DX connecting with 21 for the song.

“Our flaws, and the shit that we’ve been through that made us make some the good and bad decisions that we made in our life. We had those conversations before, and that’s kind what inspired the record or what wanted me to put Savage on the record. I knew that it was a record that was true to him, as well as it’s true to me, because we’ve been through a lot the same stuff.”

Interview: G Herbo Opens Up About Mental Health Therapy & 'PTSD'
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In the season his lawyer asking him to see a therapist, he began to examine the trauma behind his actions.

“I think probably one the key points for me was I was going to speak to these kids in a juvenile correctional facility,” he said. “They asked, ‘Raise your hands if you feel like you ever been victimized by anything, or you’re a victim, or you feel like a victim in a way.’ And nobody raised their hand. And then, the next question was, ‘Raise your hand if you ever have experienced police brutality, or you ever experienced someone getting killed in front you, or if you ever been shot before.’ Pretty much the whole room raised their hand, including me.

“We’re so immune to these endeavors that we got to encounter every single day. A lot the shit that go on in the inner city, we don’t realize that we really suffer from these mental health issues. That’s why we paranoid. You want to carry a gun, and you don’t want to go travel to this neighborhood, travel in that neighborhood, but it’s all just a product us suffering from this mental health issue.

“That alone kind opened my brain up in a way, because I always was talking about it. The more I just grew and matured as a man, and just learning more stuff and seeing what’s going on, going to talk to these kids that really listened to me, and I could see a lot myself in them. So it’s important to me. It’s just as important as the music, to me.”

Another pround track on PTSD is “Gangstas Cry.” When asked how long it took for him to get comfortable with crying in a world when men are told that they shouldn’t, he said he never had too.

“Man, I never really like been afraid to be that person,” he said. “I’ve been losing homies since I was in eighth grade, so I’ve always been sentimental, and emotional about a lot the shit that I went through in my life. I shed tears for a ton my friends that died throughout this journey mine.”

The song itself was inspired by a gift his girlfriend Taina Williams had created for him with the face his late grandmother. The sweet moment brought Herb to tears and quickly went viral. Videos spread him wiping tears from his face as his girl affectionately consoled him up.

“Just be a human,” Herb said his intentions behind “Gangsta’s Cry.” “My grandmother was like a key component in my life period. I just felt overwhelmed with emotions at times. I think a lot times people are so caught up to what’s cool and what’s not, so they don’t really think it’s okay to cry or feel emotional. I feel like I got enough security as a man, and I’m masculine enough to know that I’m not compromising myself, or my respect just for being emotional. I wanted to really shed light on that.”

To do his part in the healing PTSD in the streets Chi-town, Herb has consumed himself into a project on turning Chicago’s historic Anthony Overton Elementary School into a place the youth the city can come to stay out trouble.

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“My music is cause, effect, and solution. Overton is one the solutions for this problem,” he said an update on the project.

“We’re actually breaking ground on it mid-spring, summer, this year,” he continued. “We got one facility 10,000 square feet. That’s going to be the multi-media facility, for videographer, then there’s going to be a green screening room, a stage for people to kind maximize on their talent, and maximize on really finding themself.

“I come from youth centers where we have somewhere to go and where we could stay out trouble, and have a sense family, love and unity, where a lot these kids don’t have that aside from going to school, aside from going to the youth center,” he continued. “You would think, or you would assume that they have that at home, but majority these kids don’t have it at home. So that’s important for me to be able to put that back into my community, because I know that was something that was a big part my upbringing, and it was something that I missed when I didn’t have it anymore. It’s real important for me to stay on top it and get in front just the problem here because I’m talking about us having PTSD, and being in these situations where you got to fear for your life, or sometimes put your life and your freedom at risk just to provide. We’re acknowledging the problem, then what are we going to do about it?”

G Herbo told us one the most important things the youth and community in Chicago need as a whole are the resources for success.

“A lot these kids feel like you don’t care and a lot times people really don’t care about the shit that they’re going through. You don’t ask these kids when they go to school, ‘How was your day? How did yesterday go when you left school?’ A lot these kids got to leave school and watch their brothers and sisters and their friends get murdered. Come back to school and you expect them to ace tests. You’ve got to be their resource, that helping hand and just show them.

“And I could show them, not only that I care, but I once were you,” he further stated. “I was a product that. I lost 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, my close friends. I’ve been shot. I had to carry a gun on me every day for the past 10 years my life. So where you could show them that, and give them an opportunity, they’re going to gravitate towards the opportunity, because a lot these kids don’t know, when you leave the house that you’re facing going to do 100 years in jail, or you’re facing meeting your demise. You may die. I knew every day I left out the house, I could potentially die or go to jail and I think that’s what kept me safe. I was able to maneuver, and do certain things, and use my brain in critical situations to make sure that I did get home at night and a lot these kids don’t have those same tools.”

It’s clear Herb is taking his influential role as a rap star out Chicago seriously. From his inspiring forthcoming PTSD album to making sure the youth the city are aware that there are people that actually care, Herb is already making a pround impact on the next generation leaders.

“To be honest, I see my legacy going, like reaching heights that I probably didn’t even imagine because I’m not afraid to get in front my problems and I feel like this album is going to be kind the stepping stone for that,” he said his intentions for PTSD. “It’s one my most vulnerable projects that I think I’m using my life situations not only for me or not for fame, or gains, or like glorify, but to spread awareness, and help other people. I feel I’m only competition. This is only going to really end where I end it.”

G Herbo’s PTSD Tour kicked f on February 10 and is scheduled to wrap March 22 in San Francisco. Tickets are on sale now.


Soulja Boy Returns To Instagram After 8 Months

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After eight months social media silence, Soulja Boy has finally resurfaced.

On Saturday (February 22), the “Crank That” mastermind shared a picture himself rocking braids, a colorful hoodie and luxury watch in front an orange Bentley.

The caption reads, “Drako back, let’s turn up.”

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Big Draco went on a self-imposed social media break after a three-month stint in L.A. County Jail last year. After earning an early release, Soulja felt it necessary to make several life changes, including kicking out several friends living in his San Fernando Valley home.

In a recent interview with HipHopDX, Soulja Boy’s manager Miami Mike discussed how the break coincided with the rapper’s maturation as an individual, ahead what’s set to be a major year.

“More people want to deal with him now because he’s not wilding out,” he said. “He’s on the grown man stuff. So, he wants to venture more into movies and stuff like that. But, I have a couple people that have a deal on the table to get him a deal. So, that’s why he’s not really on social media, he’s on a social media break and a life break. But, it’s about to come out now.

“He hasn’t had a break since he was 12 or 13. And he just turned … his birthday just came … and he hasn’t had a break in over 15 years. So that’s why I wasn’t sweating him. He’s been turning down shows these past couple months, and I said I’m going to let him take his break because he really needed it. People want to know why he isn’t on Instagram? Well, I say because he’s on a break. He needed it.

Soulja Boy is also expected to appear on The Breakfast Club again. Revisit last year’s internet-breaking interview below.


22Gz Offers Pop Smoke's Family Condolences Despite Past Beef

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Brooklyn, NY – 22Gz has sent his condolences to the late Pop Smoke’s family, despite the preexisting beef between the two Brooklyn rappers. 22Gz – who claims he originated the Brooklyn Drill sound Pop Smoke also represented – took to Twitter to share his message.

“All beef aside, I feel sorry for boy,” he wrote. “This type stuff is the reason I move with who I move with and move the way we move. Becoming another casualty isn’t that plan for any us. Sleep in peace to homie. May his family find peace in all this madness.”

22Gz, who is signed to Kodak Black’s Sniper Gang label, reiterated the sincerity his message to Pop’s family amid some the negativity from fans.

Idk about y’all,” he added. “But I’m about growth and development. Not dissing black men who die from senseless violence. So please keep the negative comments to yourself please! #FreeKodak;”

Last October, 22Gz, Pop Smoke, Casanova, Sheff G and Don Q were removed from the Rolling Loud Festival lineup at the request the New York City Police Department. In a letter to the organizers, the NYPD cited concerns over a “higher risk violence” as the reason for their request.

The investigation into Pop Smoke’s murder is still ongoing. Surveillance footage the incident reportedly suggests he may have been the victim a targeted hit, instead – as originally believed – a botched robbery.

The tapes have yet to be made public.