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Update. Gladys Knight Defends Super Bowl Performance

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Update. Ms. Knight defends her decision…

Gladys Knight tells Variety

“I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things, and they are police violence and injustice. It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone.”

“I am here today and on Sunday, February 3rd to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words, the way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good — I have been in the forefront of this battle longer than most of those voicing their opinions to win the right to sing our country’s Anthem on a stage as large as the Super Bowl LIII.”

R&B legend Gladys Knight will sing the national anthem at this year’s Superbowl LIII scheduled for Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta.

“I am proud to use my voice to unite and represent our country in my hometown of Atlanta,” Knight said in a statement. “The NFL recently announced their new social justice platform Inspire Change, and I am honored to be a part of its inaugural year.”

Knight got started in music with her group, Gladys Knight and the Pips, which signed with Motown in 1966. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame in 2006.

Her Superbowl performance will be televised live on CBS-TV prior to kickoff, according to NFL.com.

She joins a long list of A-list performers who have sung the national anthem at the Super Bowl, including fellow Motown legends Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross.


Still Salty. Future Says Russell Wilson Does ‘Exactly’ What Ciara Tells Him To Do

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Last year it was reported ,Ciara requested  help from family court and is asking a judge to force Future into mediation so they can hash out a travel schedule for their son.

Future responds to the ongoing legal battle on social media.

In a series of videos posted on Instagram Live Future whines,”Stop nagging me! Leave me alone! Leave me the fuck alone! Stop bullying me!” before he and his friends dissolve into laughter.

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Fast Forward… During a Beats 1 interview on #Freebandz radio, Future not only discussed the new album but also spoke on his personal life including his past relationship with Ciara and he criticized Russell for being “controlled” by her.

According to Complex Magazine, Future claimed Ciara introduced his kid to Wilson before he allowed Wilson and Future to meet. When asked what he thought about Ciara’s husband, Future claimed Wilson was being controlled: “He do exactly what she tell him to do.”

Future said Wilson should be a “man” and forbid Ciara from even mentioning his name in public.

“He not being a man in that position,” he said. “He not tellin’ her, ‘Chill out with that on the internet. Don’t even talk to him. I’m your husband! You better not even bring Future’s name up!’ If that was me, she couldn’t even bring his name up. She know that. She couldn’t even bring her exes’ names up. I don’t what they gave you […] Don’t give that s**t no energy.”

Future went on to criticize talk show host Wendy Williams, who has blasted the rapper for having various baby mamas.

“Man, the Wendy Williams situation, the only thing I was mad about her, putting my kid’s mother up that don’t want to be in the limelight,” he said. “[…] They’re not entertainers. Only time people know them is from me. If you see them responding, it’s because they want to respond. You can put her up. You can put them up. But don’t put the ones who ain’t responding. It’s two girls you’re putting on that list that don’t even never do social media.”

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Cardi B Set To Be In Pepsi Commercial During Super Bowl 53.

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Rapper Cardi B set to be the spokesperson for the annual Pepsi commercial.

According to TMZ reports, We’re told the ad has already been shot and will air during SB 53.

The Pepsi spot is considered the premiere commercial during the big game, which is watched by hundreds of millions and has a long afterlife.

Cardi is also set to put on a show with Bruno Mars in the days leading up to The Super Bowl … the buzz is that it will be the biggest party of the weekend

In similar news, The 61st GRAMMY Awards are beginning to come to life as the Recording Academy has announced the first group of artists to perform at this year’s show. Current nominees Camila CabelloCardi BDan + ShayPost MaloneShawn MendesJanelle Monáe, and Kacey Musgraves will take the GRAMMY stage on Feb. 10. 

UCLA gymnast Katelyn Ohashi speaks out about her flawless floor routine and body shaming in gymnastics

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The UCLA gymnast who nailed a flawless floor routine that has been viewed tens of millions of times opened up about the body shaming she has faced as a gymnast and how she reclaimed her joy in the sport.

Katelyn Ohashi, a 21-year-old senior, said she faced body shaming since the age of 14.

“In the gym, outside of the gym, on the internet, so it’s something that you can never really escape,” Ohashi, 21, said Thursday on “Good Morning America.” “As a 14-year-old, it’s kind of hard to cope with, because you’re still developing as a person, and so everything really impacts you.”

In addition to the support of her coach at UCLA, Valorie Kondos Field, Ohashi has learned to use poetry to help her cope.

Straight From The Source. Travis Scott Consulted With Colin Kaepernick Before Confirming Super Bowl Appearance

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Travis Scott agreed to perform at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show on Feb. 3, but he reportedly spoke with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick beforehand.

According to reports, Scott and Kaepernick had at least one phone conversation before the rapper confirmed his Super Bowl appearance, sources tell Variety. A source close to Scott said that while the two did not necessarily agree, they emerged from the conversation with mutual respect and understanding, with the rapper taking the stance that everyone makes a statement in their own way and he felt that the money going toward Dream Corps, combined with the platform provided by the Super Bowl, will do some good. The source also said that Scott would not confirm his performance until the donation was locked in.

Reps for Kaepernick and Scott declined Variety‘s requests for comment.

After the three performers were confirmed, a petition helmed by Change.org demanding that Maroon 5 cancel their performance, which had collected nearly 85,000 signatures, was updated to request that all three take a knee during the halftime performance

Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi Will Play Super Bowl Halftime

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Last year it was reported, JAY-Z And Meek Mill Reportedly Don’t Want Travis Scott To Perform At Super Bowl LIII click Here if you missed the story.

Fast Forward…

The N.F.L. on Sunday ended months of uncertainty by officially announcing Maroon 5 and the rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi as the lineup for this year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

In an indication of how fraught the debate around the high-profile performance has become, Scott released a statement on Sunday announcing that he and the N.F.L. will partner on a $500,000 donation to the social justice group Dream Corps — a move that seemed to be aimed at stemming a backlash from groups that have criticized the football league’s policies.