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A MEME or a Movement

By: Atika Aliyah

Since September 5, 2018, social media feeds and timelines have been filled with various black and white close-ups of our favorite entertainers, athletes, and politicians, illustrating quotes or sayings these individuals have said, or would say. All of which are parodies playing off of the ad Nike released featuring former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

 

 

The Internet has been undefeated yet again, as they have taken the attitude and tone of the ad and ran with it. Though the MEMEs provide some comic relief to the more serious issues at hand as it pertains to Kaepernick’s activism and resistance. One may pose the question, is this a new trend? To go against the grain and entertain controversy, using it as a vehicle, in this case, to spread awareness and spark conversation on the racial tensions in this country. And if so, does social media have something to do with this new direction?

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It is clear and evident that Nike was taking a risk using Kaepernick as the face for their brand. The release of the ad initially called for a boycott by those who did not support Nike’s decision and the company’s stock took a hit. However, once the smoke cleared and the memes went viral it was later followed by record-setting highs for the Nike Company on Wall Street. Nike was criticized and then praised for their “bad publicity.” But it was publicity nonetheless, and the MEMEs, along with the retweeting and reposting had more to do with it than you think. According to Apex Marketing Group, Nike received more than $43 million worth of media exposure.

Needless to say, the support for Colin Kaepernick by Nike is a great look for the culture. People of color can wear and support the brand with pride and honor. Nike now fits in with the best of them, like rappers J. Cole and Meek Mill who are using their platforms to bring attention to police brutality, criminal justice reform, and many other issues that face black and brown communities in America. Bleacher Report revealed that Meek Mill who is not only a rapper but also an advocate and victim of a corrupt justice system will be releasing a song on his new album that will be about Colin Kaepernick’s story.

 

 

 

Daytona Beach theater “Ocean 10” to show Mayweather vs McGregor fight on the big screen!

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It’s no secret that we are about to witness what may be the biggest event in combat history! Undefeated Floyd Mayweather (49-0) will face UFC multi-title holder Conor McGregor in a boxing match.

For people who actually follow combat sports they should know that with this being a boxing match it’s almost a no brainer that Floyd should take this easily. But there are a lot of things to factor in before you can just count McGregor out. Yes, we do know that if this were a Mixed Martial Arts match McGregor would most likely dominate Floyd. This match only makes sense to be a boxing match though. It only makes sense because both sports train on striking. It wouldn’t make sense to do mixed martial arts when boxing doesn’t cover all the elements that fall under MMA. Now let’s to see the elements that could be pro’s & cons for the fighters

Let’s talk about age. Conor is 11 years younger and clearly has that edge. On the flip side, Floyd has beaten fighters who were 10 years younger and heavier. I don’t want to simply count him out because of age. For instance, we have fighters like George Foreman and Bernard Hopkins who were older but vicious. Floyd’s last fight didn’t show any slack off. I don’t see this being a huge problem for him.

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Now let’s get into fight length. Floyd has fought championship rounds that have gone the distance of 12 rounds. Conor has only gone 5 rounds. Although MMA rounds are 2 minutes longer than boxing rounds. This could become a factor when they get past round 5. Especially fighting a defensive fighter like Floyd. Making your opponent miss can drain them very quickly. Floyd may be the best defensive fighter the sport has ever seen. This fight could get very interesting if it goes past round 6. I’m not sure how well Conor is with adversity. Especially after seeing the 1st Diaz fight. Hopefully Conor has the cardio to take it the distance, if it goes there. My personal experience with fighting MMA and boxing, I think boxing takes more cardio. If all else fails in MMA you can resort to grappling or clinching to regain energy. In boxing they break things up immediately and you get right back to it. Boxers also throw punches more rapidly because that’s the only thing they can rely on.

Punching power. I know most people will try to give this to Conor automatically but let’s take a second to analyze this properly. Floyd has a knock out rate of almost 50% and yes those came in his early career.  Later, he became more of a defensive fighter. Now let’s say Conor is fortunate enough to have a 20 year career and is able to make it to 49 fights, will he still be knocking people out? Who knows. Secondly, you have to factor in the glove size. Not to take away from Conor but glove size does make a difference. I do give it to Conor though, his hands are beautiful. He’s had some amazing knockouts. He can make very adversary opponents look like novice competitors. It would definitely be interesting to see if Conor can land a clean shot on Floyd and hurt him. Floyd has been in 49 professional fights and has never been on the canvas, let alone 8 counted. That is a remarkable stat. Says a lot about his defense and maybe his chin. Has he fought anyone that hit as hard as Conor? Who knows.

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Defense. I’ll be honest, MMA isn’t a sport that is big on striking defense. They do have leg checking and they do block head kicks. Other than that it’s mostly brutal. Not saying that they don’t block because they definitely do. MMA is just more barbaric. There are MMA fans who actually think less of Floyd as a fighter because he is defensive. Conor has an open arm type of style. He is just very fortunate to be lightning fast and powerful so his defense doesn’t really matter. This can be damaging for him when it comes to getting points. All Floyd has to do is out score him and not get hit which he is the best at. Conor is a great counter puncher and so is Floyd. This may be the most interesting part of the fight. Seeing how they counter each other. I can see this fight being dry for the 1st and 2nd round. Floyd doesn’t want to get hit with a bomb and Conor doesn’t want to lose by the point system.

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All-in-all I think if Conor wants a chance to beat arguably the best boxing of our time in a boxing match he has to do serious damage in the first 4-5 rounds. If it gets past that I see him having a slim chance of winning. Socially I see people argue about this and there is this strange misconception that people don’t think Conor is a great fighter. That is completely false. People are simply surprised about the disrespect towards Floyd’s ability and legacy. You may not like him outside of the ring, you may think that he cherry picked his opponents, but let’s be realistic. Over a 20 year career and 49 fights couldn’t somebody have beaten him if he wasn’t as good as we thought? The craziest argument I saw about Floyd is that he fought Mannie after his prime. Which is kind of ridiculous seeing that thier debuts are only a year apart and Floyd is older than Mannie. That completely destroys that logic and actually proves that Floyd was more out of his prime than Mannie was.

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The tickets to watch this at the movie theater will hit you for $40. Considering the magnitude of the event and the fact that you get to sit in a reclineable leather chair, I don’t think it’s that bad. I don’t care what people say about this fight, I LOVE IT! I love the energy it brings, I love the competition. Floyd is putting his undefeated record on the line versus a younger MMA knockout artist. How can you not be impressed? Conor is taking a chance in another sport (technically) against the very best person. You have to honor them both. I can only seen you hating this fight if you are a die hard MMA fan but hate boxing or a die hard boxing fan but don’t care for MMA. I’ll definitely be watching.

 

Written by Bruce Walton

 

 

Beyonce, Rihanna, Kanye & Drake Lead 2017 Grammy Nominations — Baller Alert

The nominees for the 59th Grammy Awards were announced Tuesday morning, and with a few exceptions, they came out pretty much how one would expect. Beyonce leads the pack with 9 Grammy nominations, followed by Kanye West, Rihanna and Drake with 8. Chance The Rapper came in strong with 7 nominations this year, Adele raked in…

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Serena Williams Pens Powerful Note To “All Incredible Women Who Strive For Excellence” — News One

Serena Williams used her platform to send a resounding message about resilience based on her experiences as a Black female athlete. In an open letter for Porter Magazine’s Incredible Women of 2016 issue, Williams said her fight to become the greatest tennis player in the world was strengthened by her family’s support and her unyielding dedication…

via Serena Williams Pens Powerful Note To “All Incredible Women Who Strive For Excellence” — News One

Jeezy Discusses #TD3, Homophobia, #BlackLivesMatter & More w/Larry King… [FULL VIDEO]

Jeezy is on a roll these days! Not only does he have the hottest album in the streets right now, but he’s also a hot commodity on several talk shows. The Grammy nominated rapper/entrepreneur recently sat down with Larry King on the Emmy-nominated series, “Larry King Now” for an in-depth and wide-ranging interview about his new…

via Jeezy Discusses #TD3, Homophobia, #BlackLivesMatter & More w/Larry King… [FULL VIDEO] — Straight From The A [SFTA] – Atlanta Entertainment Industry Gossip & News

So people are upset that they chose Serena Williams over the horse American Pharaoh?

Now, before I dig into what bothers me about this situation lets give credit where credit is due. American Pharaoh credentials…

American Pharoah (foaled February 2, 2012) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse who won the American Triple Crown and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2015. In winning all four races, he became the first horse to win the “Grand Slam” of American horse racing. He won 7 of his 8 total races this year. Kudos to his jockey (Victor Espinoza) training staff and owner (Ahmed Zayat of Zayat Stables, trained by Bob Baffert).

Now for Serena’s year. Williams won 53 of the 56 matches she played this year, including three of the four Grand Slam events, and held the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings every week.

Now the fact that the award is called “Sportsperson“should tell you were I’m headed with this. On top of that, humans have been the only ones to win this award since its birth. Below are a couple of quotes from Sports Illustrated about the issue.

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I don’t even want to declare who is more deserving of the award. I really want to speak on another issue that was brought back to my attention. Before I do I want touch on another matter at hand and it is the regard for human lives and its new perception in society.

We have being dealing with a uncanny year when it comes to national tragedy. One is, what seems to be a epidemic to me,  the mass murders/brutality of citizens from the hands of the police. Also, we have had another bad year of terrorist attacks. From the white supremacist Dylann Roof shooting and killing nine black people during a Bible study at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in an attempt to spark a race war, to the Colorado Springs shooting that stemmed from an anti-abortion movement, to the San Bernardino, CA shooting which was ruled terrorism, to the ISIS attacks in Italy. Also, the hundreds of attacks that occurred in other countries that never made top news in America. These situations have really shed light on the true colors of how certain people value certain lives over others. Especially when it comes to race. One case being the most recent backlash the Muslim Americans have been getting do to the rise of terror to the hands of ISIS. Some feel that the banishing of all Muslims is the only way to solve the act on terror whens it comes to ISIS. This method is highly absurd to me but we can touch on this issue at a later time. My focus is a tad bit different.

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Today I want to speak on Human lives vs (wild/domestic) Animal lives. One situation in particularly started this thought process of mine. The call to boycott Micheal Vick from signing to the Pittsburg Steelers. As you know Micheal Vick did close to 2 years in prison on charges of felony dog fighting conspiracy. 20,000 animal activist and Steelers fans signed a petition in hopes that the deal to sign Vick would dissipate. Unfortunately, for them, the deal went through and Vick joined the team. Since Vick’s situation with dog fighting he has bounced back remarkably. He paid his depth to society, took all blame, and even joined forces with HSUS to help stop the underground activity of dog fighting. The confusing part about this situation is that Ben Roethlisberger was accused of rape back in 2008. And it’s not like he won the case or got acquitted, they simply dropped the case and settled out of court. The same exact situation happened again this time in 2010. Ben was hit with a 6 game suspension that time.

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Yet, no one seems to care about these women’s lives. It seems Pittsburgh fans just brushed this under the rug and welcomed there beloved Ben back with open arms. Now can I blame Pittsburgh fans for not boycotting Big Ben like they did Vick, technically no, seeing that they all my not be women rights activist. In the same note I’m pretty sure not all those who signed the petition weren’t only animal activist.

It continues. This time with the fall of Cecil the Lion and Jimmy Kimmels reaction to it. See the clip below.

Jimmy Kimmel – Killing of Cecil Lion (Video)

Before I over reacted I searched for the big stories of African Americans being killed by police officers/neighborhood watchmen (Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Micheal Brown) seeing that they would most likely be covered, and couldn’t find one reaction video from Kimmel. I’m not saying there wasn’t a reaction but I was just really hoping he had the same kind of reaction for these lives, as well. He did bring Obama to his show to speak about Ferguson, but its wasn’t as intense. Kimmel even had time to squeeze in a joke. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t know his personal connection with Cecil and I’m not attacking his empathy towards human life. I’m simply making a case about public perception towards human life.  It seems as though the fight in the media is to prove wether or not people deserved to die verses stopping them from dying in the first place. Now just imagine how that may be perceived in the public eyes to constantly see the media trying to justify some one dying by police because they may have been a “criminal”  or “thug”?

Now going back to this Serena vs Pharaoh situation. I don’t follow horse racing so when I first Google’d him my initial reaction was “a horse?”. After I took the time to think about it I said to myself “Well, they do have to keep up with the horse, train the horse, etc. so you can’t take that away from them.” Yet, I can’t help but think that, well, why would they want them to race if they are known for getting killed if they endure an injury? I mean, for those who put animal lives so high why would they even want this sport to have light shed on it, right? They don’t feel this is exploitation of animals just as well as dog fighting? I’m pretty sure a horse would’t race on it’s own. This is extreme but I feel it is necessary to put into the light. I don’t feel people can be half way activist. Like those who boycotted Vick, I wonder if they eat meat or costume products that come from the death of animals.

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Right now what I’m seeking is understanding. I had an incident happen that hit home for me and my community. A local woman went viral after posting a picture of her dog with his mouth tapped shut with the caption “this is what happens when you don’t shut up.” I have to be completely honest, from the things I have posted about the “Black Lives Matter” movement I have created a lot of tension with my fellow comrads on my Facebook account. Mainly, if not only, from white people. Amazingly, some of the same people who argued that “those thugs shouldn’t have broken the law” when speaking of the lives that were lost to the hands of police, came together unitedly and with vengeance to catch this woman. The woman was found I believe a week later. My thoughts were “Hmmm, now just imagine if they cared about human lives in the same manner”.

The understanding I want is what am I missing? What would make a person value animal life over human life? I rebuttal myself by saying maybe these people feel this way because animals can’t defend themselves. Which is very true. My thing is if we can’t value human life first, being that we are humans, how can we value anything for that matter? If the point of saving animals lives is for the sake of the Earth then aren’t human lives the most important seeing that we are the dominant species of the planet Earth? We, as humans, have the ability the restore this hell on Earth. To me this is a sign that people have given up on humanity. Maybe they feel that humans are a lost cause and that some people just won’t change. Maybe all we have left is the natural instinct that animals have to just nurture the planet. I hope this isn’t true and I’m am sorry if animals lovers feel they are being attacked. That is definitely not the case. I’m purely just a man who feels that saving the humans should be the leading agenda of saving the Earth. I also apologize for going off subject with the Serena and Pharaoh situation, as well. I think this was just my breaking point.

The reason why I’m comparing this situation is because I feel that why publicly take away Serena’s win for a horse that doesn’t even have feelings to be upset about not winning? Why can’t people just be happy that an animal was even considered in a an award race the caters to humans? Thats just my thoughts. My opinion isn’t law.

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P.S., Caitlyn Jenner won Woman of the Year and she has a Penis….but I’m sure no one will outrage that one. Hmmmmm…..

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Bruce Walton

Keedie’s Corner 2015

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY : To the owner of Keedie’s Corner

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I would would like everyone to wish Keidra Ponder a very Happy Birthday! The owner of the Daytona Beach based company has grown her movement over the years, One being her recent branch to Atlanta,GA. Her maturity in age only compliments her maturity as a business and as a person, as well.

I personally met Keidra from being a fan first. I wanted to be featured on her platform. I appreciated the material she posted and the movement she was upholding. It was taken upon her self from seeing my resume that I would be a perfect partner within the company. Since then I’ve watched this woman grow into the real “voice of the underground”.

From the first time she told me her slogan “Somebody gotta tell the story”   I knew it would be perfect for what I believed was needed in our community. Keidra is inspired to highlight the positive within her community. Not only that, she also feels that people should highlight the unseen ground work it takes for these outlets and special people to achieve their goals within the community.

Her movement helped me realize the importance behind embracing the great around us instead of being burdened by negative. If we give people an incentive to do positive then they will feel a self honoring feeling that can encourage them to embrace being rewarded for imputing positivity into the community. Showing what that can do for our community is also just as, if not more, important.

This is not just the celebration of an age change, this is a celebration of what it looks like to “grow”mentally. I am definitely proud of accomplishing another full year with you. We love you Keidra, God Bless.

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J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar Release Official Art Cover for their Joint Project “Reminiscing”

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The whole nation was in an uproar over Future and drake’s joint project “What a Time to Be Alive”. Well, it looks like they have a challenge on their hands. The long rumored and awaited joint project from J.Cole and Kendrick Lamar finally has cover art. Although details of this merger project haven’t been released as of yet, we can all agree to be willing to wait for greatness.

Bruce Walton jr

Keedie’s Corner / Hustle Blood Films

Salute to Lil Wayne on his Lil Weezyana Fest!

While there are many issues arising in America today, lets not forget about the tragedy that happened in New Orleans, with hurricane Katrina. 2015 marks the 10th year anniversary, in which Weezy celebrated with a bang. The people of New Orleans are still here and the culture is very much alive and it was evident this past weekend. The festival brought out many of Wayne’s, friends, family and idols. This event is something I hope is here to stay, Keedie’s Corner supports the movement and I am very proud to see this man keeping his eye on the prize and uplifting his city even in the midst of his own fires. Again salute Mr. Carter. Click below to check out some articles and videos on the Lil Weezyana Fest.

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The back story behind the Drake & Meek Mill beef.

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First off, I think for people to thoroughly understand the situation they should understand, first, what a “Ghost writer” is and what a “Collaborator” is. A ghost writer is someone (usually underground) who writes a song for someone (usually mainstream or well known) and the artist performs/records the lyrics word for word. The ghost writer is not credited but simply paid because it is to appear that the bigger artist created the lyrics themselves. A Collaborator is someone whom is respected and is hired to bounce ideas to create content. That person is either paid or credited in the final production. Thus, it helps the underground artist receive notoriety by being credited in a mainstream artist’s work.

Being a signed artist I know what it’s like to collaborate and how important it can be for other artist. I was the “Southern rapper” within the record label so I was amongst artist who could help me break into new sounds and I could also help them create new styles. We gain each others fans. It’s respect of artistry and a great marketing/advertising tool.

Now that that is out of the way, let’s start from square one. The fuel hit the fire when Meek Mill made tweets showing that he wasn’t pleased that drake didn’t tweet to promote his album. Here are the tweets below

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Inside of the tweets he states that he knows Drake didn’t write his own verses. So, what song was he talking about? Meek was talking about the verse that Drake sent him for their collaboration “R.I.C.O.”. There were more tracks exposed but we will get to that later. So now the question is how did Meek find out that Drake didn’t write the verses?

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“If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” was actually supposed to be a mixtape produced and hosted by DJ Drama. The project was scrapped at the last minute and Drake ended up making the tracks an album. Its rumored that Drake turned the project into an album to end his contract with Cash Money (seeing that he only had one more album left in his contract) which was rumored when the Lil Wayne and Birman/Cash Money beef was at it’s peek.

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During the production of “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late” Drake discovered and contacted an underground artist by the name of Quentin Miller. Quentin Miller was working at a bakery at the time Drake reached out to the rapper. He hired QM to collaborate on tracks for the album along with other tracks. The tracks were rumored to be recorded at studios that DJ Drama works within. Thus, how the tracks were leaked. DJ Drama shows that he wasn’t pleased about the tracks being leaked from his studio

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Here are the leaked tracks below.

Quentin Miller didn’t take long to deny that he wasn’t and never will be a ghost writer for Drake. Here is what he posted on his Tumblr account below

Winter 2014… I was just another guy working a job he hated with a passion for music…. And somehow found myself on the phone with One of my idols..

i told him i worked in a bakery and his exact words were “Fuck that, your destined for greatness”…

Hearing that from someone that I’ve been studying since 2009, bar for bar…. Theres no way to describe that..

Most of the project was done before i came in the picture.. i remember him playing it for me for the first time thinking “Why am I here?” like.. what does he need me for??

The answer is.. Nothing…

I watched this man piece together words in front of me…

I watched him write/ replace bars 2- 3 at a time on 6pm in NY.. I witnessed him light up, go in and freestyle madonna….

I took notes from the best in the game….

I remember him Showing me the thank you notes in NY before the album dropped.. Showing me the QM, telling me they put me on the credits (Ghostwritter???) … He attached my name to something that touched the world..

When nobody would pay attention, drake saw something in me and reached out… Of all people… drizzy..

Two artist in exact opposite spaces in their career.. We came together and made something special..

I am not and never will be a “ghostwriter” for drake.. Im proud to say that we’ve collaborated .. but i could never take credit for anything other than the few songs we worked on together ..

Thats all i have to say on it.. back to this 1317 shit…

– Q.M.

By this time the diss tracks between Drake and Meek Mill were already in full effect. Drake ended up dropping 2 diss songs before Meek Mill dropped his first one. The general consensus says the Drake won the battle by a land slide, even though the fans didn’t really feel that Drakes first song was strong enough. Tell us what you think about the tracks below.

Now there are those who are backing Meek Mill in the beef saying that not writing your own material is a violation to Hip-Hop. Especially, since Drake is considered to be one of the top artist in the world as of right now. He holds records such as…. (below)

10 Artists With Most Billboard Hot 100 Entries
1. ‘Glee’ Cast — 207
2. Elvis Presley — 149
3. Lil Wayne — 122
4. James Brown — 91
5. Jay Z — 82
6. Ray Charles — 74
7. Aretha Franklin — 73
8. Drake — 72
9. The Beatles — 71
10. Elton John — 68
Read More: Drake Breaks Beatles Record on Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart | http://theboombox.com/drake-breaks-beatles-record-billboard-hot-100-singles-chart/?trackback=tsmclip

He also has written and co-written R&B songs for major artist. One of his most popular song’s written was Alicia Key’s “Unthinkable” which is rumored to be written towards Nicki Minaj. Me personally, I feel like the reason why this stab at Drake doesn’t hold weight because it is well known that Drake is very capable of writing his own lyrics. Yet, my opinion can’t out weigh the laws of Hip-Hop. With that being said, do you feel like what Drake did was robbing the culture? Or do you feel like what he did was helping an up and coming artist?

Bruce Walton Jr

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Safaree finally speaks on the Nicki Minaj breakup

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There has been a lot of lashing out from Nicki Minaj when it came to this split up. Words such as “corny” and “whack” have been used to describe former boy friend Safaree. Nicki has even been rumored to be dating MMG rapper Meek Mill as they were seen in several photos together.

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On the other hand, Safaree was pictured with his Nicki Minaj tattoes covered up with other art.

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But for the most part Safaree has be quiet throughout all the drama.

After hearing that Nicki was trying to publically humiliate him he decided to meet with The Breakfast Club and speak his side of the story. See what he had to say below.

Safaree Samuels Interview at The Breakfast Club

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Onyx Promotions – Plies (Classic Weekend) @ Glitz…” on YouTube

Everyone from the Central Florida area crammed themselves into Orlando,Fl for the Classic Weekend this year. Onyx Promotions in association with Glirz Ultra Lounge brought Plies to set things off right Friday night. Keedie’s Corner was rght in the mix to capture this extraordinary event.

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Plies put on a great show for the fans. It is very clear that he loves to interact with the people. Check out his performance below.

Onyx Promotions – Plies (Classic Weekend) @ Glitz…: http://youtu.be/FOm9LjWFTq8