Producer Hit-Boy Defends Kanye West, Blasts ‘Slave Deals’ and His Own Publisher; UMPG Responds

Hit-Boy is at the pinnacle of his career having executive produced Nas’ latest release, the well-received “King’s Disease,” as well as Big Sean’s “D2” (alongside Sean and Kanye West), which currently stands as the No. 1 album in the U.S. Among his other credits: Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode,” Kanye West’s “N–s In Paris” and Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle” in addition to work with Los Angeles talent like the late Nipsey Hussle and Dom Kenney. Look no further than the ultimate cosign from Drake, where on “0 To 100,” the rapper spits, “I should prolly sign to Hit-Boy ’cause I got all the hits, boy.”

While he’s usually more of a behind-the-scenes guy, Hit-Boy thrust himself into the public conversation earlier this week by responding to one of Kanye West’s viral tweets arguing that artists should be entitled to ownership of their master recordings, as opposed to the more common record

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Kanye West Fails to Make Another State’s Ballot: Campaign Update

(Bloomberg) — Kanye West will not appear on the West Virginia ballot. Colorado voters can now track mail-in ballots online, joining a growing list of states. And Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s staff has become more diverse since the campaign last disclosed demographic data, in June.

There are 50 days until the election.

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Kanye West Won’t Appear on West Virginia Ballot

West will not appear on the West Virginia ballot as a presidential candidate after a federal court denied his request due to insufficient signatures.

The decision is the latest roadblock to the rapper’s quixotic campaign. Courts in Ohio and Arizona have both removed his name from the ballot.

West was recently

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Kanye West sued for allegedly ‘ripping off’ Black-owned firm for his Sunday Service, Yeezy online biz

Kanye West put a Black-owned tech firm through hell when he struck an oral deal to build his Sunday Service and Yeezy e-commerce platforms then “reneged” without payment, a new lawsuit claims.

The new lawsuit from MyChannel Inc. is seeking more than $20 million in damages, claiming West made “lavish” promises during the 2018 joint venture as he drained the company of resources and acquired its proprietary technology and trade secrets.

The music and fashion mogul insisted that the founders move to be close to him, worked them around the clock for six months and then ultimately violated their May 2018 nondisclosure agreement, cut ties and launched a “copycat” version of their technology, the filing claims.

“After Kanye learned all that he could from MYC and its founders, he abruptly attempted to terminate the parties’ oral partnership, refused to invest in MYC or even reimburse it for the millions the

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West Chester SD Opts For Online Reopening Plan In 8-1 Vote

WEST CHESTER, PA — The West Chester Area Board of School Directors followed the lead of families whose comments and feedback fell significantly in favor of opening school remotely.

The board approved 8-1 a remote reopening plan that called for ongoing review of when it may be safe to begin either hybrid or in-school instruction. Brian Gallen cast the only vote against the plan, citing concerns for the loss of the social benefit being in school provides to children.

The WCASD board acknowledged that the options were not optimal. The board cited safety and continuity as reasons for choosing to begin the 2020-21 school year with all-virtual instruction. “This is still a global pandemic,” the board stated in its public presentation. “The science is still emerging.”

In the presentation, the board noted that epidemiologists expect that schools that are opening in brick and mortar settings will close soon after reopening

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England confront Archer dilemma as West Indies eye history

Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – England will be able to recall Jofra Archer, described by skipper Joe Root as bowling “at the speed of light”, for the decisive third Test against the West Indies at Old Trafford on Friday after the pace spearhead suffered online racist abuse.

Archer was included in a 14-man squad named Thursday after missing England’s series-levelling win at the same ground following a breach of coronavirus protocols caused when he made an unauthorised trip home.

In a Daily Mail column published on Wednesday, the 25-year-old Barbados-born Archer admitted to an error of judgement but said he had not “committed a crime”.

He added some of the criticism he had faced on social media following the incident had been racist.

“I need to be 100 percent mentally right so that I can throw myself into my cricket this week,” Archer wrote.

But having reassured England captain Joe

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West Elm Takes the 15 Percent Pledge to Support Black-Owned Businesses

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From ELLE Decor

As the #blacklivesmatter hashtag slowly stops trending online, how are large corporations going to continue to use their power to make an impact toward economic equality for Black businesses in their respective industries? Aurora James—the founder of Brother Vellies, a luxury accessories brand—came up with the 15 Percent Pledge as a response to the many people and businesses alike who have asked the question, What can we do to help?

The name of the project is derived from the fact that Black Americans make up nearly 15 percent of the U.S. population; the pledge began to go viral after James proposed the idea on her personal Instagram account and directly tagged major retailers such as Target, Sephora, and Whole Foods. When companies sign on to take the pledge, they are promising that at least 15 percent of their shelf space will be devoted

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For Grief-Stricken West Louisville, Hope Looks Like A Grocery Store

Cassia Herron fumed as she watched an armored SWAT vehicle idle in the parking lot across from David McAtee’s barbecue stand in Louisville, Kentucky. It had only been four days since city police and National Guardsmen had fatally shot McAtee while enforcing a curfew during protests sparked in part by the March killing of another Black Louisville resident, Breonna Taylor. The city was raw with anguish.

McAtee was a fixture in Louisville’s West End, who worked for years as a cook at a local homeless shelter and was known for giving away food to customers at his restaurant who couldn’t afford to pay. People in West Louisville don’t need armored police intimidating residents, said Herron, a local entrepreneur and community advocate; they need the city to prioritize their health and well-being. They need grocery stores.

In the past five years, more than a dozen grocers have abandoned the city.

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COVID-19 cases are rising in West Sacramento. Mayor explains what’s behind the surge

Few communities are immune to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, it seems. That’s of little consolation to Mayor Christopher Cabaldon of West Sacramento, where infection rates have risen dramatically in the past two weeks.

“The situation is very problematic,” Cabaldon said Tuesday. “It’s no comfort that it’s the case across the region and across the state.”

A month ago, West Sacramento was seeing one new case a day. Some days the city recorded no new cases at all, according to data compiled by Yolo County’s Health and Human Services Agency. The record for one day was six, reported in early April.

In the past few days, however, daily infections have risen significantly. The city had either 10 or 11 new cases reported on four separate days last week.

Cabaldon said many of the new cases are originating in private family gatherings — a belief echoed by Gov. Gavin Newsom

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