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Kanye West pays $85k for the rights of Whitney Houston’s drug bathroom pic

Kanye West pays $85k for the rights of Whitney Houston’s drug bathroom pic, wow.

Via Billboard:

On Wednesday (May 23), Pusha T fired a flurry of tweets regarding his hotly anticipated album Daytona -- formerly known as King Push -- and how this project was strictly for his "family." The seven-track album, which features Kanye West and Rick Ross, has once again encountered another alteration: a new album cover.

In an interview with Angie Martinez earlier this week, Pusha explained how Kanye called him late Tuesday night and requested that he change the album cover. "[Kanye West] changed my artwork last night at 1 a.m. because he wasn't feelin' it," he says. Later, Pusha goes on to explain how Kanye originally enlisted a photographer to handle the cover art but later had a change of heart. "The [original] artwork was pictures that we all agreed on," explains Pusha. "He picked this photographer, we took these pictures [...] We picked the pictures. Great. We love it. Everything is good."

Steadfast on changing Pusha's album cover, West offered a pricier alternative. He cajoled his G.O.O.D. Music cohort into changing the album cover and later paid $85,000 -- out of his own pocket -- to use a 2006 photo of Whitney Houston's bathroom, according to Hip-Hop-N-More. The ominous flick displays drugs scattered all throughout the bathroom and spraypainted figures gracing the desecrated walls. In a 2013 memoir titled Remembering Whitney, Houston's mom re-enacted the time she walked into her daughter's bathroom mortified by what she had just seen. 

"They were evil eyes, staring out like a threat. And in another room, there was a big, framed photo of Nippy [Whitney's nickname], Bobby [Brown] and Krissi [daughter Bobbi Kristina}, but someone had cut Nippy’s head right out of it." Take a look at the photo below. Also, you can check out Pusha's interview with Angie below. Daytona drops Friday. Billboard reached out to Pusha's reps for comment. 

Debra Lee the CEO and Chairman of BET Networks resigns 

Debra Lee the CEO and Chairman of BET Networks resigns. 

Via Deadline:

Lee’s exit is not completely surprising. Viacom laid the groundwork for the move in December when Scott M. Mills was named BET president, a role in which he would oversee overall strategy and day-to-day operations of BET Networks including oversight of the brand’s programming, ad sales and digital teams. At the time, Lee was set to continue in her chairman and CEO role but was going to step back from running the network, and was to serve as an advisor to Mills. Most Viacom cable networks have undergone leadership changes as part of reorganizations implemented by Bob Bakish since he became Viacom CEO in early 2017.

Scripted series launched on Lee’s watch include Being Mary Jane, The Real Husbands of Hollywood, and In Contempt. She also oversaw the creation of “The BET Awards,” as well as the launch of the first festival weekend under the Viacom umbrella, The BET Experience.Some of BET’s biggest success stories with Lee at the helm include the 2014 series premiere of The Game, the most-watched sitcom premiere in cable TV history with 7.68 million viewers, and the 2017 hit mini-series The New Edition Story, which brought in 28.4 million viewers from the initial run through subsequent encores, making it the highest-rated TV biopic of all time. With her in charge, BET Networks has remained the #1 network among African-American viewers for the past 17 years.

Lee also oversaw the launch of the network’s website,, developed BET Her, the first network for African-American women, and acquired television rights to Black Girls Rock! Lee also launched Leading Women Defined, an annual conference where notable African American women, including Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Venus Williams, Issa Rae and Erykah Badu, gathered each year for insightful debates and conversations on issues that impact their community and families. Additionally, she championed BET’s breast cancer campaign “BET Goes Pink,” the education platform “BET Next Level,” voting campaign “BET Vote Your Voice” and several telethons for Florida, Haiti and Katrina under the “SOS: Saving OurSelves” initiative.

Per BET, following her departure from the company, Lee, a well-respected industry executive, plans to stay involved in the media industry and continue her role on corporate and non-profit boards. In addition, Lee also plans to continue her commitment to diversity and inclusion by advancing the rights of women and girls as well as people of color through her work with Times Up and The Recording Academy Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, to name a few. Lee’s annual gathering of prominent African American women, Leading Women Defined, will also continue under her leadership.

Nicki Minaj pushes her album ‘Queen’ back to Aug 10

Nicki Minaj cancelled her ‘Ellen’ appearance on doctor’s orders a few days ago, since then she announced that her album ‘Queen’ which was set to be released June 15th has been pushed back to August 10th.

Via Love B Scott:

Nicki Minaj announced earlier this week that she was forced to cancel her ‘Ellen’ appearance on doctor’s orders and that she planned to make a special announcement via social media. Today, Nicki got on Instagram live and announced that she’s re-starting her charity to help fans with their tuition/scholarship/student loans. She also announced that her album, Queen, has been pushed back from June 15 to August 10. Last month at the Met Gala Nicki revealed her album was set to drop on June 15, but that changed. Instead, fans are getting a new single on the 15th and the album cover a few days prior on the 11th.

Jacquees arrested AGAIN, this time for driving over 100mph on the highway in his Bentley

Jacquees is tripping. He was caught driving his 2007 Bentley on I-85 N in Atlanta around 3am driving over 100mph.

Via AJC:

About 3 grams of marijuana were recovered, police said. The officer who initiated the traffic stop saw someone in the Bentley toss the drugs out of the car’s window. “The vehicle pulled to the shoulder but continued rolling a short distance,” Atlanta police spokesman Officer Lisa Bender told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “While it was rolling, the officer observed an item be thrown out of the passenger window.” Jacquees, whose legal name is Rodriquez Broadnax, reportedly admitted to the officer he tried to dispose of the marijuana, police said. He was taken into custody without incident on charges of speeding, reckless driving, littering and possession of a controlled substance. His passenger, 23-year-old Stanesha Boutwell, was arrested on a possession charge.

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