[WATCH] Sherri Shepherd Debuts Trailer For New Talk Show

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Sherri Shepherd dropped the first trailer for her new daytime talk show, Sherri, which replaces “The Wendy Williams Show” time slot.

In the trailer, Sherri promises to take viewers “behind the scenes, on the road, in the studio, rehearsals, interviews and so much more.”

The former “The View” co-host assured viewers that her show won’t be Wendy Williams 2.0.

“This is my time. It is my lifelong dream to have my own show and it is finally happening,” she said.

“I can’t wait until I return to New York to host the show and merge everything I love… pop culture, talk, entertainment and comedy,” Sherri said previously.

Watch the trailer below!

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Rapper Snoop Dogg Calls Out Instagram: ‘They Apart Of Amerikka’

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Last week, a white supremacist in army gear killed 10 innocent people shopping at a Buffalo supermarket.
A clip shared on social media showed an 18-year-old gunman killing innocent black people while stopping to say ‘sorry’ to a white man during the melee.

After sharing the controversial clip online, rapper and activist Mysonne was blocked from going live on Instagram.

This is so wack !! smh no real reason at All . I shared a clip of the White Supremacist saying sorry no shots nothing and it was Removed and my lives blocked .. Instagram ain’t for us !

Fellow rapper Snoop Dogg chimed in leaving the comment, “Fuck. Instagram they apart of amerikkka.” Many social media users feel they are being censored from speaking on anti-black hate. 
During the early days of the pandemic, Payton Gendron logged on to the 4chan message board website to browse ironic memes and infographics that spread the idea that the white race is going extinct. He was soon lurking on the web’s even more sinister fringes, scrolling through extremist and neo-Nazi sites that peddled conspiracy theories and anti-Black racism. In a twist of compassion and turning a blind eye, many media outlets have stated the ‘young boy’ was troubled because of COVID and he must have had a mental issue. 

Ironically not all hate is considered hate in America, When Asians are attacked, laws are put in place. When white supremacy rears its head, excuses are made. When black people are even questioned about crime they are shot and killed on spot. Where is the outcry for the innocent victims shopping for their Sunday dinners? Saying nothing and being complacent is also a loud, outright response.  When we march and fight for the rights of others, it’s painfully noticeable when it’s not reciprocated. This fight in America is not about color, it’s about good vs evil.

What side are you on?

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Kofi Doesn’t Want To Be Put In A Box

From a promising athlete for Team Canada to one of Toronto’s most exciting new artists, Kofi’s transition to music initially seemed ambitious. When he abandoned his promising future in sports, the people closest to him were uncertain how it would pan out. There was a safety net in playing volleyball at a high level. Still, his heart wasn’t entirely into it.

“When I told everyone, ‘nah, I want to do music, I don’t want to do this,’ everyone was like, ‘I don’t know. You are kinda throwing something away. What are you doing? Why are you doing that?’” He recalled during a Zoom call with HNHH. His response? “Why not?” 

“If there is something you want to spend your life doing, don’t listen to anybody else,” he continued. 


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Over the past three years, Kofi’s channeled the doubt he’s faced to challenge himself even further. Three years after the release of Story Of My Life via Red Bull Records, his sophomore album, Why Not? captures his maturity and progression as an artist. He’s worked meticulously on the 12-song effort, and the growth is evident. Songs like “Bé Bé” dive even deeper into his pop sensibilities but it’s songs like “DJ” and “On Me” that offer some of his most potent songwriting to date.

“I just hold myself to a high standard,” he said. “When you are new to it and seeing some success, you just think you are the best. I was big-headed at the beginning. I am saying all this stuff and I am thinking it’s cool, but in the later songs like “DJ”, and “On Me,” I am speaking in metaphors and those are the ones I think you can see the real growth. I guess that’s the biggest theme of this body of work. Basically, just growth. You can see the evolution of writing, of production, of everything.

Kofi’s emerging at the forefront of Toronto’s explosive music scene, which has gained even more prominence in the past few years. While artists like Kardinal Offishall, Drake, The Weeknd, and Tory Lanez have played a significant role in amplifying voices in Toronto, Kofi’s part of a new class of artists carrying the torch. 

We caught up with Kofi ahead of the release of Why Not? to discuss the project, growth, the impact of The Weeknd, Drake, Tory Lanez, and more.

[This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity]


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HNHH: What’s the significance of the album title?

Kofi: So, my background – I have been doing music my whole life but what people knew me for is [that] I used to play volleyball at a high level. I played at UCLA, and played on Team Canada. When I told everyone, ‘nah, I want to do music, I don’t want to do this,’ everyone’s like, ‘I don’t know. You are kinda throwing something away. What are you doing? Why are you doing that?’ You know, Why Not. Always challenge the status quo. If there is something you want to spend your life doing, don’t listen to anybody else. 

What parallels do you see in the doubts you’ve faced as an athlete and as a musician?

I mean, I just try to work through them. I am definitely a lot newer to this music stuff than I was in volleyball. I am still trying to work through them. Still trying to figure them out. There are a lot of the things with the work ethic and the discipline that comes with being an athlete, that helps. Those skills are super transferable. 

One point where they are different is, sports is objective. It’s either good or bad. You win or you lose. The music is all subjective. It’s all up to the listener. It’s not as black and white.

What do you think is the key to overcoming those voices who are doubting you?

I think it’s just to stay focused on where I want to go. There are always going to be distractions. There are always going to be doubters but if I know I have to work to get my music where I want it, and I am happy with the product, I really could care less about what people who don’t support me are saying.

The production sounds a lot more vibrant than on Story Of My Life. Could you tell me how the production reflects where you are at in your life right now? 

I have been working on it for the last 3 years, so you can definitely tell the progression in the production from songs that I have made years ago to the songs from now. I don’t know. The songs now, I think it’s definitely a lot cleaner. I’m pretty sure I produced more than half of the songs on the albums. Its a story of where I was and a journey to where I am 

For your last project, did you produce the bulk of it yourself as well?

Usually, it ends up being around 50/50. I don’t aim to produce stuff myself or vice versa but usually, it just ends up around 50/50. 

That might be my favorite way to work. I know basically where I want to start. If I am going to work with a producer, it does not really make sense to me unless they are going to bring something to the table that I can’t do myself. There are a lot of things I can’t do myself when it comes to production or I know it will be better if somebody else does it so I like collaborating. So for “On Me”, I started the idea, and then Catch22 produced it and then made it into a full song. 

There’s a huge Afrobeats influence on your music and it shows even more on this project. Where does that influence come from for you?

I am Ghanaian. Growing up my dad is always playing Ghanaian music. Afrobeats, the way it is now, that’s kind of a new thing. He was always playing the old GOATs like Fela and all those guys. Then I guess, my introduction to music was classical music. I was playing piano. I kinda got out of that. When I came back around to music there were just free drumming classes put on by the city. Like African drumming. Djembe. Taught by this guy named Kenneth. I learned all of the basics and the building blocks of what’s now Afrobeats, the rhythms. From there, I kinda draw from there. I had to go tell him, ‘Look, this is what I am doing now and I appreciate all the free lessons you give me.’

How do they react to the direction you’re going in musically?

I think it’s still a bit earlier. I think I am going to start surprising a lot of people. There are a lot of people that don’t know I was classically trained [in] reading and writing music before I was just rapping. So, I am going to start drawing a lot more on that and add some real musicality into the music, which I did a bit on this album, on “DJ”, on “On Me.” I hope they like it. 

The penmanship is just on par with the musicality. Where did your writing skills come from?

I think my writing is just….I don’t know. I was always terrible in English class. I just hold myself to a high standard. There are a lot of times I will write a song or I will do sessions with producers and I’m struggling to write because I can write something, it will be cool but if it’s not of that level that’s going to make me be like, ‘wow.’ The song has to make perfect sense. I can’t just say a bunch of stuff. There has to be a reason and point to which I am speaking. I try to hold myself to a higher standard that way and I guess it comes across in the writing.

How do you think that speaks to the quality of this project in particular?

Well so, this project is actually me finding that. I don’t think that I was always that amazing – not saying that I am amazing at it. I don’t think I was always that good at having that high of a standard. It’s like anything. When you are new to it and seeing some success, you just think you are the best. I was big-headed at the beginning. I am saying all this stuff and I am thinking it’s cool, but the later songs like “DJ”, and “On Me,” I am speaking in metaphors and those are the ones I think you can see the real growth. I guess that’s the biggest theme of this body of work. Basically, just growth. You can see the evolution of writing, of production, of everything.


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You talk a lot about growth and maturity on this project. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome in the past three years of making this project? 

Oh man, there’s been a lot. It’s been a rocky road. Ups and downs. Holding a project for three years is not easy for any artist. Adjusting to life after college is not easy for any artist. Transitioning from everything being taken care of for you – ‘cause I was an athlete, everything was paid for. To, you know,  finding your own way. There is definitely been a lot and I have a lot to talk about. That kinda comes across in “Story Of My Life 2.”

How did “Story Of My Life 2” come about?

So, that song. For some reason, I kept hearing a piano loop in my head. So then I just sat down at a piano one day and I was just like, ‘alright, let me record this.’ Played the piano and then just started writing, spilling about my life, growing up, and where I think I am now. 

Toronto’s sound is thriving beyond Canada. How do you think Why Not contributes to the sonic growth of Toronto when all eyes are on the city? 

I think it definitely expands the notion that a hood rapper is a hood rapper. Last year, I was doing a lot of stuff in that space. This year, I am popping out with full R&B songs. Well-produced R’n’B songs. Full, well-produced Afrobeats songs. Even pop songs, I guess, with “Bé Bé.” I hope it shows people like, don’t be put in a box. Continue to do what you do and if you love it, and you love spending your time doing it, it’s going to come across and connect with your fans. 

What are your personal thoughts on Toronto’s scene right now?

I mean, being from Toronto and, a proud Torontonian I guess, I love it. I think what the last generation of artists did for the city is amazing. What Drake, Tory Lanez, and The Weeknd continue to do. It’s just building on the steps that [Kardinal Offishall] did back in the days. So yeah, I am excited to see the next evolution of it. 

What’s your favorite song on Why Not?

That’s a good one. I love the way “On Me” sounds and I love the piano breakdown in it. But I also love “DJ” from a [lyrical] perspective. 

Could you tell me a little more about that? From the lyricist side of things. Why do you like that song so much? 

I’ve always liked songs where you are talking about one thing the whole song but the song is clearly not about what you are talking about. So it’s definitely a deeper meaning. That whole song, I am talking about a DJ at a party but I am not really talking about a DJ at a party if you really read into it. I am talking more so about a girl and basically, give me a chance type of thing, without saying it. 

Was that a challenging song for you to write?

Sometimes when I get the idea, it just flows. Usually, if I am forcing it, it’s not gonna be where I want it to be. It’s not gonna be of the level I want it to be. That song kinda just flowed. Once I got the idea, I am just like, ‘oh ok, that’s easy. I just write this story and it’s not gonna be about that.’

Why Not includes features from Noodah05 and Pisceze. You just worked with 2KBaby but Pisceze is the only Toronto feature on there if I am not mistaken. Why was it important to reach beyond collaborators from Toronto?

Because as much as Toronto is a great place for music, they don’t really mess with you until people outside of the city mess with you when it comes to R&B. If it’s hood street rap, they mess with you if you are on the Jane and they know the insider gossip. When it comes to R&B and what I am trying to do, it’s not really my market. So I am trying to build outside of the city and I am definitely going to try and build in the city. 

I read an interview where you mentioned that Drake left you on read. Has Drake ever responded to the DM since then? 

The funny thing about Drake is he answers every time I don’t talk to him about music. But if it’s about music, he will never answer. Actually, he answered me one time about music. I was like, ‘I will give you 100 bands US cash right now. I will drop it at your door for a feature.’ And he’s just like ‘no’ [laughs].He’s like I don’t take money for features. 

How does it feel to get that recognition from the top dogs in the city?

I mean, it’s cool. It’s definitely cool. I try not to look for handouts, though, or look for co-signs as much as to focus on my fan base and focus on what I am doing though. That’s the only way to build respect, to build yourself, you know what I mean?

Final question, what do you have planned for the rest of 2022 after this project drops?

Well, my next album is like, done. So maybe another project. A couple of singles, and then another project but yeah, I am ready to go. 

Kim K Purchases $6.3 Million Hidden Hills Home Between Her & Kanye’s Current Places

Kim Kardashian continues to add more major flexes to her collection. According to the NY Post, the 41-year-old reality star just dished out $6.3 million to purchase the home located beside her custom-built Hidden Hills Mansion, and rumour has it she was even willing to pay $800,000 over the asking price.

The publication notes that the mother of four appears to be “[expanding] her already massive footprint in the neighbourhood,” as she’s currently sitting at four acres of property after adding this new home and buying out Kanye West’s share for $23 million in their former family home.

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Speaking of Ye, it turns out that Kardashian’s recent purchase just so happens to be situated between her mansion and the house that he bought down the street a few months ago, reportedly so that he could be in closer proximity to their shared children.

“Kim and Kanye continue to co-parent their four children and as such buying the property around the main home for their kids one day falls in line with that shared goal,” a source told The Post.

The new place spans 4,230 square feet and contains four bedrooms and 3.5 bathtubs. Photos snapped of the interior reveal it to be a bit outdated, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the home torn down in favour of something more modern and aesthetically pleasing, like her current abode.

Check out more pictures of Kim Kardashian’s new Hidden Hills home here, and read our story about the socialite’s cheeky weekend thirst trap that caught the world’s attention yesterday here.

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Kendrick Lamar’s “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers” First Week Sales

Earlier this month, Kendrick Lamar released Mr. Morale & The Big Steppershis first album since DAMN back in April of 2017. For five years, fans questioned if the rapper would release a new body of work, and on a random Monday in April, Lamar took to social media to reveal that their wishes would come true.

Indeed they did because, on May 13, the 34-year-old dropped his project and hasn’t stopped being praised yet.  

According to Controlled Sounds, his album moved over 286,000 units within its first week, making it the highest-selling album of the year thus far. Of that six-figure number, 250,000 came from streams, while 35,000 stemmed from pure album sales. 

The highly-anticipated album consisted of 18 tracks, featuring artists like Kodak Black, Summer Walker, Baby Keem, and more. According to Apple Music, his highest-charting song from the project is “N95.” The father of two dropped visuals for the popular song, which currently sits at over 16 million views.

In recent news regarding the artist’s latest release, he and his label, Top Dawg Entertainment, chose “Silent Hill” featuring Kodak Black as their first single. Starting May 31, the track will be added to the radio rotation, causing it to be heard by even more people. Being that it is the second highest charting song on Apple Music, this might not come as a surprise to many. 

What was your favorite song from the album? Let us know in the comments down below. 

 

Harlem’s Dub Aura Drops “This One Is On Me” Album Featuring Dapper Dan, Jim Jones, Dave East & More

New York has produced no shortage of hip-hop legends over the years, from the A$AP Mob and the Diplomats to Big L and Black Rob, but that’s not stopped Dub Aura – who just dropped off a new 12-track record – from coming in with his head held high, eager to make a name for himself among greatness.

The project is called This One Is On Me, and includes appearances from the likes of Dapper Dan, Jim Jones, Dave East, Lady London, and Remo The Hitmaker, among others.

“I spent all of my life in Harlem,” the rising star revealed to HipHopDX during a sitdown ahead of his album’s arrival. “It taught me about flamboyance, hustling and confidence. It pushed me to focus on my intentions, which is to be who I am authentically at all times.”

For Dub, music is more than just a career – it’s a form of therapy. “When I was younger hanging out and doing cyphers with A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Teyana Taylor and others, I was writing raps that I thought the people would like. Now it’s become a form of therapy,” he shared.

“I speak what’s real to me. I speak with intention, I speak knowing where I’m going and where I see myself. I understand you can’t rap forever, so when someone looks back at your discography, what are you really saying?”

Stream This One Is On Me on Spotify or Apple Music below, and let us know what your favourite feature is in the comment section.

Tracklist:

1. Rap Royalty (Narration By Dapper Dan)

2. This One Is On Me

3. New Ways (feat. Jim Jones)

4. The Anthem

5. Ain’t A Thing (feat. Remo the Hitmaker)

6. Meech For President (feat. Dave East)

7. I Don’t Like You (feat. Lady London, Justin Aura, & TM)

8. Baccarat Aroma

9. I Need You

10. The Compound (feat. Justin Aura, TM, & Grand)

11. Mass On Sunday

12. Fly Forever (feat. Kalipop)

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NYC Mayor Eric Adams Honors The Notorious B.I.G. at City Hall

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams saluted Brooklyn icon The Notorious B.I.G. at City Hall this past Thursday ahead of what would have been Biggie’s 50th birthday.

On hand in City Hall was C.J. Wallace, the song of Biggie, and Chief Advisor Dr. Ingrid Lewis-Martin. Adams spoke to the impact of Biggie’s life and the work that he created that lives on today.

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“Biggie Smalls is truly an icon. All of the elected officials, from the top executive in New York City, the public advocate and our attorney general, all grew up on Biggie Smalls,” Adams said.

According to NY1, Adams also highlighted the way Biggie navigated to stardom with the assistance of his mother, Voletta Wallace.

“He was raised by a single mom,” Adams said. “That’s why so many of us could relate to it. Just the love his mother showed. But what he did, that I believe was so much more significant, is that he was able to turn pain into purpose. He used his music to define what was happening in everyday life.”

Yesterday, the Empire State Building held a ceremony with Bad Boy Records, Atlantic, and Rhino Records to light the building red and blue with a crown spinning on top.

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Wendy Williams Reportedly Not Happy With Wells Fargo Financial Guardian

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Last week it was reported that Wendy Williams was close to settling her dispute with Wells Fargo after the courts appointed a financial guardian to oversee her accounts. Page Six is reporting that Wendy is not on board with the new arrangements.

From Page Six

Wendy Williams isn’t happy with a court appointing her a financial guardian amid her lawsuit against Wells Fargo.

An attorney for the “How You Doin’?” host told Page Six in a statement Friday that Williams doesn’t want anyone but her to have control of her money in response to the Sun’s report about a judge’s decision to appoint a guardian.

“Please be advised that Wendy is not in agreement with the appointment of a financial guardian by the court. Wendy has been very clear that she does not want a financial guardian to tell her what she can and cannot do with her money,” La’Shawn Thomas said.

Thomas added that the talk show host, 57, “feels that she is capable” of hiring her own team who would work for her “and not the court.”

Thomas went so far as to suggest that Wells Fargo may have leaked the report “in an attempt to lessen the public outcry and regulatory scrutiny mounting around” the bank.

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