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Rapper Nipsey Hussle Gunned Down in South L.A.

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  • Rapper Nipsey Hustle was shot and killed outside his Marathon Clothing shop in South Los Angeles on Sunday.
  • Two other men were shot during the incident and the suspect remains at large.
  • Fans and friends have been mourning the loss of the star both in the community and online.

What Happened?

Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hustle was killed in a shooting outside of his clothing store in Los Angeles on Sunday.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s critical response team confirmed the news Sunday evening saying, “Today we lost a great musician, Nipsey Hussle.”

The rapper, whose real name was Ermias Asghedom, was shot multiple times in the parking lot at his Marathon Clothing shop in South Los Angeles at around 3:20 p.m. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital shortly after.

Two other men were also shot during the incident and police are still searching for the suspect. One of the men injured was also taken to a hospital while the third man declined treatment, according to police Lt. Chris Ramirez.

Police are still piecing together what happened and said they do not have a motive for the shooting, which they are investigating as a homicide. According to the Los Angeles Times, a law enforcement source said Hussle was shot by a young man who opened fire at a close range and then ran to a waiting getaway car.

However, Lt. Ramirez only described the suspect as a black male and said that detectives were still interviewing witnesses and trying to recover security video that might exist.

“At this point, we’re not even sure as to whether he walked up, rode a bicycle or drove up in a car,” Ramirez said.

Shortly before he was killed, the rapper tweeted, “Having strong enemies is a blessing.”

Fans Mourn

Hussle grew up in South L.A. in the 1990s and has since gone on to reach widespread acclaim for his music. Hussle’s debut studio album, “Victory Lap,” was nominated for Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammy Awards.

He has also collaborated with dozens of artists including Snoop Dogg, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, YG, Ty Dolla Sign, Meek Mill, and Young Thug.

A crowd of fans and friends gathered outside Marathon Clothing on Sunday night to mourn the loss of the musician. Many of them carried candles and handmade signs while singing along to his music.

Hussle’s Community Work

Hussle has long been open about upbringing and his association with the Rollin 60s Neighborhood Crips, one of Los Angeles’ largest street gangs. He publicly acknowledged his involvement with the gang in a 2010 interview with Complex magazine.

In an interview last year with Forbes, Hussle talked more about his youth saying, “ignorance and self-destructiveness in the narrative that was pushed on us through music in our generation.”

In more recent years, he has shown interest in technology and community development. He was part of a team of artists and entrepreneurs who created Destination Crenshaw, an open-air museum dedicated to honoring African-American artistic achievement.

L.A. City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson called him “the inspiration” behind its naming.

Hussle was also an investor in a co-working space in South Central Los Angeles called Vector 90. At Vector 90, young people can take classes in science, technology, and mathematics. The project was designed to help address the lack of diversity in STEM fields by providing youth with resources, mentorship, and support.

“In our culture, there’s a narrative that says, ‘Follow the athletes, follow the entertainers,’”Hussle told The LA Times in 2018.

“And that’s cool, but there should be something that says, ‘Follow Elon Musk, follow [Mark] Zuckerberg,’” He continued.

“I think that with me being influential as an artist and young and coming from the inner city, it makes sense for me to be one of the people that’s waving that flag.”

Hussle and two co-owners opened Marathon Clothing in June 2017 as a “smart-store,” complete with a smartphone app which fans could use to buy exclusive content and products.

The rapper was also described as a pillar in the community who often put much of the money he made back into the neighborhood.

L.A. locals said he owned several businesses on the block where he was killed, including a burger restaurant, a barbershop, and a fish market. He was also known to give jobs to residents who were struggling to make ends meet, including some who were homeless.

Hussle even once gave a pair of shoes to every student at 59th Street Elementary School and donated money to renovate the school’s playground and basketball courts. Others said that when a local family lost a loved one to gun violence, he would sometimes help pay for funeral costs.

The rappers commitment to address gang violence in his community was also well known. In fact, he had plans to sit down with the president of the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners and the city’s chief of police they day after he was killed to tackle the issue.

According to Steve Soboroff, president of the city’s police commission, Hussle had wanted “to talk about ways he could help stop gang violence and help us help kids.”

His death highlights a surge of violence hitting South Los Angeles, which Police Chief Michael Moore has promised to address.

Celebrities React

Along with fans and friends, Hussle’s death impacted the lives of athletes, actors, and fellow musicians who took to social media to express their condolences.

Hussle is survived by his two children, a son with his girlfriend, Lauren London, and a daughter from a prior relationship.

See what others are saying (NBC News) (The Los Angeles Times) (The Washington Post)

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Bella Thorne Posts Her Own Topless Photos After Threats From Hacker

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  • Actress Bella Thorne posted topless photos of herself on social media in response to threats from a hacker who had obtained the images.
  • In an apparent message to the hacker, Throne wrote: “I can sleep tonight better knowing I took my power back. U can’t control my life u never will.”
  • Many fans have supported the move, calling Thorne brave, while others wonder if this incident is a stunt to promote her new book.

The Tweet

Actress Bella Thorne posted topless photos of herself on Twitter after a hacker threated to release the images that were stolen from her.

On Saturday, Thorne tweeted out screenshots of text messages between her and an alleged hacker, which included nude photos and videos of Thorne. Along with the photos, the actress also included a message to her fans in the tweet, explaining her decision to release the photos.

“I feel someone has taken something from me that I only wanted one special person to see,” Thorne wrote. “He has sent multiple nude photos of other celebs, he won’t stop with me or them he will just keep going.”

She continues, “for too long I let a man take advantage of me over and over and I’m f***ing sick of it, I’m putting this out because it’s MY DECISION NOW U DON’T GET TO TAKE YET ANOTHER THING FROM ME. I can sleep tonight better knowing I took my power back. U can’t control my life u never will.”

The tweet and photos come just days after Thorne’s twitter was hacked. On Thursday, the actress’ social media account was filled with racial slurs and sexually explicit messages. By the end of the day, Thorne had regained control and deleted all the tweets.

Thorne’s full statement released via Twitter.

Responses

Many of Thorne’s fans have praised her, calling her strong and brave for standing up to her hacker.

However, others have questioned her motivation and wonder if this was just a promotional scheme for her new book.

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Other Celebrity Hacking Incidents

In 2014, hundreds of private photos, including some belonging to Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Kristen Dunst, were leaked online. According to the U.S. Justice Department, four men used various forms of fake emails to pose as security alerts from accounts to obtain login information and passwords.

They gained access to over a thousand different iCloud and Gmail accounts and were eventually charged with felony computer hacking. All four men ended up in federal prison after being found guilty or accepting a plea deal.

As for pursuing legal options in her case, Thorne says she believes her hacker is likely a minor, so she wants to try and be reasonable.

“This kid sounds like he’s 17,” she told the Hollywood Reporter. “As much as I’m so angry and wanted to f*** him up over doing this to people I just wanted to teach him a lesson. He’s still a kid and we make mistakes, this mistake is a bad one. But I don’t want some 17-year-old’s whole life ruined because he wasn’t thinking straight and [was] being a dumbass.”

“You can’t always tear someone down for their bad sides but more so build up their good sides.”

On Wednesday actress Victoria Justice also had her Twitter account hacked. She has since deleted tweets that were posted without her consent, but it is unclear if hacks against Justice and Thorne are related.

See what others are saying: (The Hollywood Reporter) (Entertainment Tonight) (News18)

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Kylie Jenner Faces Backlash Over “Handmaid’s Tale” Themed Party

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  • Kylie Jenner threw a Handmaid’s Tale themed party for her friend Stassie Karanikolaou’s birthday.
  • The party theme outraged many online who called it “disheartening” and “tone deaf.”
  • Meanwhile, some fans spoke out in Jenner’s defense, pointing out that it’s not uncommon for fans to throw parties or dress in costumes based on their favorite shows.

The Party

Twitter users are slamming Kylie Jenner for the Handmaid’s Tale themed bash she threw for her friend Anastasia “Stassie” Karanikolaou’s birthday.

On Saturday, Jenner’s Hidden Hills home was transformed to resemble Gilead, the fictional setting in the popular television series. She shared details of the party on her Instagram, which showed the house decorated with Gilead flags while the waiting staff dressed as Marthas – domestic servants to wealthy families in the series.

Guests wore matching Handmaids costumes and greeted each other with the phrase “praise be.” The party guests were also offered cocktails including  “praise be vodka” and “under his eye tequila.”

“You know the Handmaid’s Tale is my favorite show ever..so for Stass’ birthday, welcome to Gilead,” Jenner says on her Instagram story.

Those who were invited included, Jenner’s assistant Victoria Villarroel, her makeup artist Ariel Tejada, and Scott Disick’s girlfriend Sofia Richie.

Many criticized Jenner and her friends for the theme. The series, which is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, showcases a dystopian society where women are enslaved, routinely raped and abused, forced into childbirth, and more.

The red robes and white bonnets were designed to label women and prevent them from looking at their surroundings. They have been used in several protests over recent years by women standing up for issues like reproductive rights and fighting against sexual assault.

Backlash

The party was quickly met with backlash online, with many shocked by the theme.

Defense

Still, many fans defended Jenner. Some even pointed out that it is not uncommon to throw parties based on popular shows and movies.

See what others are saying: (Cosmopolitan) (People) (Teen Vogue)



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How Markiplier, Bear Grylls, Kimmy Schmidt and The Fine Bros. are Changing the Future of Television

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Ever since Black Mirror: Bandersnatch was released on Netflix in December, more and more digital entertainment companies have been announcing new interactive projects that allow the audience to control the direction of the plot. But is this just a gimmick or is interactivity a trend that could change the future of television as we know it?

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