Rapper Vic Mensa blasts DJ Akademiks for ‘sensationalized’ Chicago hip hop coverage: ‘I really think you’re a b—h’

Vic Mensa does not mince words. As a guest on Complex’s “Everyday Struggle” online talk show Monday, the 24-year-old rapper confronted DJ Akademiks, who co-hosts the show with Joe Budden and Nadeska Alexis, over his coverage of violence and the Chicago hip hop scene. “I wanted to slap you in your face,” Mensa told Akademiks after being asked about Chicago rap. “Whatever made you feel like you had a space to have a perspective of our people dying on a daily basis?” One specific example Mensa cited was a video of Akademiks talking about Tray 57, a Chicago rapper killed in 2014. “To tell you the truth, I really think you’re a b---h ... That’s a n---a I grew up with,” Mensa said. “To see you come on the internet with this corny ass little voice and make jokes about it ... I was waiting to see you.” Mensa did not hold back when criticizing Akademiks’ inappropriate reactions to tragedies in the Chicago scene. “It’s kind of sick when it’s real people dying young. I’m at those funerals,” Mensa said. Over the course of the hour-long episode, Mensa also talked about Jay Z’s new album and why he believes it’s “not true” when any rappers — like Young Thug — declare that they’re the new 2Pac. In June, Mensa has released two EPs, “There’s Alot Going On” and “The Manuscript,” which serve as preludes to his upcoming debut album. Continue Reading

Leslie Jones, victim of Milo Yiannopoulos’ online attack, slams Simon & Schuster for $250G book deal

Leslie Jones is predictably peeved at Simon & Schuster after the publishing house gave a $250,000 book deal to Milo Yiannopoulos. Yiannopoulos, the Breitbart News technology editor, was banned from Twitter in July after leading a racist online attack on the “Saturday Night Live” star. After receiving massive backlash for the signing, Simon & Schuster defended the contract. “We do not and never have condoned discrimination or hate speech in any form. At Simon & Schuster we have always published books by a wide range of authors with greatly varying, and frequently controversial opions, and appealing to many different audiences of readers,” the company said in a statement. “While we are cognizant that many may disagree vehemently with the books we publish we note that the opinions expressed therein belong to our authors, and do not reflect either a corporate viewpoint or the views of our employees.” That response wasn’t acceptable to Jones, however. “Yea but you still help them spread their hate to even more people,” Jones replied on Twitter. She also followed up more subtly: “I literally want to put hands to a jaw right now. So tired of stupid people!! And I can’t say s--t cause if I do I’m the ‘b---h!!’” Yiannopoulos’ book, called “Dangerous” and due out on March 14, will be published under the Threshold Editions imprint of Simon & Schuster, responsible for titles by Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Dick and Liz Cheney, Laura Ingraham and President-elect Donald Trump. “I met with top execs at Simon & Schuster earlier in the year and spent half an hour trying to shock them with lewd jokes and outrageous opinions,” Yiannopoulos told The Hollywood Reporter. “I thought they were going to have me escorted from the building — but instead they Continue Reading

Directive outlines how Marines will be held accountable for online activities in wake of nude photo scandal

A new directive details how Marines will be held accountable for their online activities after current and former Corps members were found to be sharing nude photos of female service members without their permission. The Marine Corps is being pressured by lawmakers to make swift changes in culture and social media policy. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand recently criticized a Marine Corps general who tried to explain why no one has been held accountable for the scandal. In explaining the new guidelines this week, the Corps wrote online that Marines "are encouraged to responsibly engage in unofficial internet posting about the Marine Corps and Marine Corps related topics consistent with their professional expertise, personal experiences, or personal knowledge. "Additionally, Marines are encouraged to professionally and respectfully correct errors and misrepresentations made about the Marine Corps." However, the online post emphasizes that Marines "must also be careful" when posting about their lives on social networking sites, blogs and other websites. "Marines represent the Marine Corps at all times, and their speech and conduct must consistently embody our core values and commitment to each other, our Corps, and our Nation," read the posting. "Marines should therefore always use their best judgment and avoid inappropriate behavior." The posting states that if Marines engage in "questionable online activities," they will face punishment. That includes sexual harassment. Marines who believe they have been subject to "inappropriate online conduct" should contact their chaplain or a Victims Legal Counsel, according to the posting, which was signed by Gen. Robert Neller, Commandant of the Marine Corps. Gen. Neller said last week that fewer than 10 women victims have come forward so far during the probe into the nude photo scandal. "I need their help," Gen. Robert Neller said. "I'm going to ask them to trust us. I Continue Reading

Snoop Dogg apologizes to Iggy Azalea after threatening to ‘check’ Australian rapper for responding to his online insults

It's been a doggy dogg world for Iggy Azalea since a online feud erupted with Snoop Dogg. Now, the Long Beach rapper has issued a public apology on Instagram to his fans, saying, "It's officially over. No more bad talk. I apologize. I'm sorry. I won't do it again." The 42-year-old emcee indicated his change of heart came after speaking to fellow rapper, T.I., who apparently advised him to squash the beef with Azalea. "Hey boys and girls. I just got off the phone with my boy Tip, the King of Atlanta," he said at the start of the video before apologizing. The Aussie rapper was the brunt of Snoop Dogg's online jokes since makeup-free photos of her surfaced recently. While the "Young, Wild, and Free" rapper deleted his initial posts poking fun at the "Fancy" emcee, he didn't hold back Wednesday morning after seeing Azalea's response. "How Iggy Azalea was when Snoop Dogg put her on blast …" he posted on Instagram along with a photo of Shawn Wayans from the 2004 comedy "White Girls." "U finished b---h cuz I got a lot more where that came from u funky b---h u!!" he captioned the pic obviously pissed about the claims Azalea was making about him. "@SnoopDogg why would you post such a mean pic on insta when you send your body guards to ask me for pictures every time we are at shows together?" the 24-year-old rapper tweeted then deleted after Snoop's first dig. "My bodyguard stopped the fire truck that saved your friend's life in Canada when he almost burnt down the hotel," she added among her deleted messages to the "Drop It Like It's Hot" emcee. "And every time I've ever spoken to you you've always been nice as hell," Azalea continued. "I'm disappointed you'd be such an ass for no reason." Snoop Dogg or Snoop Lion, whichever you prefer, didn't take well to her response and came back with vengeance. Another Instagram photo he posted early Wednesday was a "White Chicks 2" poster with Shawn and Continue Reading

H&M launches online shopping in the U.S.

Budget fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz launched an e-commerce operation in the United States on Thursday, taking on rivals in the world's biggest online market. The launch is highly anticipated and follows successive delays. But retail experts say H&M may struggle to make the kind of profits from U.S. e-commerce enjoyed by pricier rivals. H&M has prospered in the United States without a big online presence and is mindful of the likely impact on profit margins of the high shipping and return costs associated with such a vast country. However, with more and more shoppers buying clothes from home, the Swedish firm is speeding up its online roll-out to capture a slice of the growing market. H&M has grown fast in recent years in the U.S., its second-biggest market, but has twice pulled back from announced dates for the online launch, blaming unexpected complexities in setting up an operation well integrated with its stores. Meanwhile, its main rival Inditex and others such as online e-store ASOS have expanded in the market, while Amazon is pushing further into apparel after EBay prospered with its fashion offering. "You don't want to lose out on being the port of call for younger shoppers. So H&M should really get in there," Planet Retail consultant Isabel Cavill said. Apparel has become one of the fastest-growing online retail segments. H&M has e-stores in eight European countries and says they are now as profitable as its bricks-and-mortar shops. In North America, a quarter of clothing sales will take place on the internet in 2030, up from 7 percent in 2011, Goldman Sachs predicts. Researcher Euromonitor International sees the U.S. online apparel market more than doubling in a decade to $41 billion in 2017. "Generations of shoppers are growing up for whom the multi-channel is a basic expectation," said Kantar Retail consultant Bryan Roberts. MIND THE RETURNS H&M has been struggling to work out a viable Continue Reading

Marvel Studios’ ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ may not have Avengers, but it’s powered by Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen

Maybe all that time spent hanging around superheroes helped him develop a sixth sense. Or perhaps it was just the paranoia of being put in charge of a supersecret team of feds called he Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but actor Clark Gregg felt like he was being watched as he sat in his car at a red light in Los Angeles a few weeks back. It turns out he was. “I had a day off and I was driving to a doctor’s appointment and I literally felt a pair of eyes on me. I looked up and saw my own face on an ad on the side of the bus next to me,” he told the Daily News. There will be a whole lot more eyeballs fixated on Gregg starting Tuesday on ABC, when Marvel Studios’ first foray into live-action television debuts with Hulk-sized expectations. This is an action series set against the backdrop of the Marvel superhero movies, developed by Joss Whedon, director of “The Avengers,” the 2012 blockbuster that grossed $1.6 billion worldwide. Tuesday night’s pilot, for example, has some references to the events of last spring’s “Iron Man 3.” This time around, however, there’s no Robert Downey Jr. in CGI Iron Man armor to fly to the rescue. Instead, “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is built around Gregg’s Agent Coulson — one of the few superpowerless characters from “The Avengers.” “We are looking at that same universe, but just through a different lens,” says Maurissa Tancharoen, who shares show-running duties with her husband, Jed Whedon, Joss’ brother. “Our team of humans are surrounded by superhumans and aliens and gods and monsters, and we just want to show what that human experience is like when you’re constantly up against these things that are greater than you,” she says. “You mean how are we going to produce a television show without 30 Iron Men showing up at the end?” Continue Reading

Nicki Minaj reveals she wants children: ‘I want to be a mom one day’

Nicki Minaj is larger than life. But the platinum-selling artist, who has endorsement deals with Pepsi and Adidas, a clothing line set to launch in October at Kmart, and 16 million Twitter followers, still desires things the average woman wants. “I want to be a mom one day, and I want to start becoming the woman who I want to parent my child,” the 30-year-old rapper says in the August issue of Marie Claire. The longing for normalcy was a “weird epiphany” she experienced during her Australian tour in 2012. “I was on a world tour, a big feat for a female rapper. For the first time, I allowed myself to feel proud of where music had gotten me, and I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude,” she explains. “You feel the need to pay it forward, which starts with analyzing yourself with a true desire to grow. I was praying every day.” The Trinidadian beauty, born Onika Tanya Maraj and raised in Queens, New York, relishes in the fame and fortune she’s acquired and largely credits her millions of devotees for her success. Minaj even has a personal dialect she exchanges with her fans, or “Barbz,” online. “I’m very aware that millions of people on Twitter have no idea what we’re talking about. That’s because we kind of have our own language,” she says. “I used to think it was just a Queens language or a New York language or an East Coast language, but now it’s a Barb Nation language. I have South African Barbz, Japanese, German, Saudi Arabian. You can be a Barb wherever you live.” But her hard-to-conceive persona, including alter ego Harajuku Barbie, outlandish wardrobe and over-the-top wigs momentarily subsided when the “Super Bass” rapper became an “American Idol” judge. “The perception that people had of me completely changed because there are no cue cards, there’s no script, it wasn’t me Continue Reading

Male H.S. teacher aboard United flight: ‘This didn’t need to happen’

Louisville Male High School teacher Jason Powell was seated about five rows ahead of Elizabethtown doctor David Dao on a flight from Chicago to Louisville Sunday night.Near the back of the plane, seven of his history students - returning from a spring break trip overseas - sat together, tired from a previous flight between Munich and Chicago.None of them knew Dao before boarding. But since a video of an incident aboard the plane went viral, the doctor has been weighing on the teacher's mind."The poor guy, I really do feel for him," Powell said by phone Tuesday. "This didn't need to happen. I'm sure he didn't expect it to happen to him; I wouldn't have expected that to happen to me."Powell can be partially seen in the 30-second video that made its rounds nationwide Monday after Louisville resident Audra Bridges shared it online. More Flight 3411 coverage ►Experts: United bungled removal of passengerHow often do airlines bump passengers?A timeline of United Flight 3411United Airlines was just plain wrong | Joseph GerthUnited’s stock price down after dragging incidentWho's the worst for bumping passengers?Male High teacher aboard United flight: ‘This didn’t need to happen’David Dao, passenger removed from United flight, now in spotlightJimmy Kimmel rips United with fake ad ►United Airlines video has already become a meme ►Jeff Ruby offers United passenger free steak ►United's fiasco prompts apology, suspension ►United Airlines video has already become a meme ►Security officer placed on leave after United flight incident ►United CEO says passenger dragged from plane was 'an upsetting event' ►Social media explodes after man dragged from plane ►United Airlines had a right to remove that flier. But, was there a better way? In the video, Dao is shown being lifted from his window seat by a security Continue Reading

Christian Dior fires John Galliano for anti-Semitic slurs after ‘I love Hitler’ online video outrage

The House of Dior has officially kicked head designer John Galliano to the curb after an online video of the eccentric catwalk star slinging racist slurs and praising Adolf Hitler sparked outrage around the world. "I very firmly condemn what was said by John Galliano, which totally contradicts the values which have always been defended by Christian Dior," Chief Executive Sidney Toledano told Reuters in a statement. Galliano, 50, was suspended Friday as creative director for Christian Dior pending an investigation into charges he hurled anti-Semitic insults at patrons in a Paris cafe. In the wake of the damning video that emerged Monday – in which a slurring Galliano declares, "I love Hitler," and tells fellow diners, "Your mothers, your forefathers would be f**ing gassed and dead" – the French design house announced he will be fired. The haute fashion label isn't the only one severing ties after Galliano's incendiary video remarks – Dior celebrity spokesperson Natalie Portman said Monday she was "shocked and disgusted" by the video. Fresh off her Best Actress Oscar win for "Black Swan," Portman – the celebrity face of Miss Dior Cherie perfume – said in a statement, "As an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way." A still image from the online video in which Christian Dior designer John Galliano can be heard professing his love for Adolf Hitler. The Anti-Defamation League applauded Dior's swift firing of its longtime design leader, who has often been called one of the most brilliant and creative designers of his time. Galliano's dismissal, "sends a clear a clear message that this kind of anti-Semitic rhetoric is unacceptable both in the fashion world and in larger society, and that such outrageous, bigoted behavior comes with a cost," said the group's national director Abraham H. Foxman, who is a Holocaust survivor. "The fact that someone is brilliant in a certain Continue Reading

Online shopping gets savvy

Shopping online is convenient, lets you skip the lines, and controlling the unflattering try-on lighting is up to you. But it's tough to tell how something will look on you - until now. Fashion sites are adding a new twist to the virtual shopping experience, with fancy features from digital dressing rooms to cinematic runway video. Hey - we're psyched about anything that improves e-tail therapy. KNICKERPICKER.COM'S SHOW-AND-SELL Don't be surprised, ladies, if your significant other buys you booty-wear from this e-store. U.K.-based KnickerPicker sells lingerie that's creating quite a buzz. Why? Because unlike other sites that use a digital model, here there are actual women in thongs. You select a model, and shop by brand, price or category, and - violà! - instant va-va-voom. www.knickerpicker.com SEARS.COM'S VIRTUAL YOU Sears may go back to the days when pioneers shopped by catalogue, but it's on the online cutting edge now. Click on "shopping helpers/virtual shopping," and you get your own likeness to customize into a model, personalized by face and body shape, height, weight, bust size, hips and more. (Note to outdoorsy types: this technology is also used at Land's End.) www.sears.com SAKSFIFTHAVENUE.COM IS RUNWAY READY At this city stalwart's online store, shoppers are treated to a "video catalogue," where they can see "fashion in action." Outfits are draped on a model in total work-it-girl mode, prancing about in a lightweight raincoat and print dress while a voice patters, "So airy, so light! A look to love." But wait, didn't I just see a blister on that model's foot? Seriously. I'm just saying. Sometimes you can get too much information. www.saksfifthavenue.com  HM.COM IS ALL ABOUT YOU At H&M's virtual store, you can upload a picture of your face onto a model. And, just like in real life, it's often hard to find the location of the dressing room online. Find it under "Inspiration," click on your mini-me-mannequin and you're in. You Continue Reading