*Taylor Swift dropped her new single “Look What You Made Me Do” on Friday (Aug. 25), with lyrics that come for everyone on her ‘”list,” including Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Katy Perry.
About an hour after the midnight release, Nicki Minaj sent out a tweet that many believe was a shot at the pop star. Using a line from Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble,” Minaj wrote, “Ni**a sit down. Be humble.”
Nigga sit down. Be humble
— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) August 25, 2017
The Swift/Minaj beef sprouted in 2015, after Minaj discovered that her visual for “Anaconda” did not receive a VMA nomination for Video of the Year, but Swift’s video for “Bad Blood” did. Nicki tweeted at the time: “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.”
“Bad Blood” ended up winning the category, and the feud appeared to end when they opened the award show with a duet. But some fans think Swift reheated the beef in her new single after Nicki guested on “Swish Swish,” the new Taylor Swift-targeted single (allegedly) from friend-turned-enemy, Katy Perry.
Hours after Minaj’s “be humble” tweet, “Good Morning America” debuted a teaser of the video for “Look What You Made Me Do,” and the Beyhive got in formation immediately, accusing the singer of copying Beyonce’s look from the “Lemonade” era.
also does anyone else see the resemblance? ? pic.twitter.com/J1Xn6LJmoB
— h͙a͙n͙a͙ (@_modelhana_) August 25, 2017
Lemonade and Minute Maid pic.twitter.com/onBLP9pHvR
— Neal Carter (@nealcarter) August 25, 2017
When Beyoncé did Taylor Swift we got “Daddy Lessons” but when Taylor Swift did Beyoncé we got “Look What You Made Me Do.” #ReturnToSender
— Isaac Fitzgerald (@IsaacFitzgerald) August 25, 2017
The song is a poor man’s Britney, the video’s gonna be a poor man’s Beyonce. Taylor Swift wants to be anyone but Taylor Swift. pic.twitter.com/Krar1JFuNJ
— Feitelberg (@FeitsBarstool) August 25, 2017
— Tera Beljo (@TeraBeljo) August 25, 2017
Meanwhile, TMZ is reporting that the lyrics to “Look What You Made Me Do” are solely for Kim and Kanye, and avoid Katy Perry altogether.
Our sources tell us the song is definitely targeting the Wests, who Taylor feels betrayed her by releasing their now infamous phone convo. Taylor’s side of the story has always been … they discussed the lyric but she never approved Kanye calling her “bitch” in “Famous.” We’re told Taylor feels she was backstabbed by the couple and there will be more not-so-subtle hints in the official music video, which will debut Sunday during the VMAs. Taylor released a short clip that zooms in on her sitting on a throne … with the inscription, “et tu, brute.” When the disses turn Shakespearean … you know it’s serious.
Below, the lyric video for “Look What You Made Me Do” (from her forthcoming album “Reputation”), followed by the 15-sec teaser of the video ahead of its full debut Sunday at the VMAs.
— MTV (@MTV) August 25, 2017
The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.
The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.
“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”
Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”
The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.
“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”
Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”
In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.
“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”
Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.
“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”
Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”
New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’
*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.
“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).
It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.
EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.
Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars. As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.
This year has been a year like no other. “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead. Radio Programmers click here for adds.
“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA. Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita. The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture. “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms. Click here to listen on Spotify.
Celebrate Halloween with ‘Spell’ Starring Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley / WATCH
*Today/TONIGHT is Halloween and what could be a more perfect way to celebrate than with the release of SPELL? Enjoy the clips below to get you in the spooky spirit!
Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All Fears, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star in the terrifying thriller SPELL, coming to Premium Video-On-Demand and Digital today October 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
While flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Omari Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Loretta Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.
DIRECTED BY | Mark Tonderai
SCREENPLAY BY | Kurt Wimmer
STARRING | Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, John Beasley
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS | Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, DirecTV, VUDU, Xfinity, FandangoNOW and more.
Rating | R – violence, disturbing/bloody images, and language
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