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Plastic Crown Worn By Notorious B.I.G. Sells For $594k In Sotheby’s First Hip-Hop Auction

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The prestigious auction house Sotheby’s held its first ever sale of hip-hop memorabilia tonight in New York, featuring items such as a one-of-a-kind Def Jam jacket and a DJ triptych by Fab 5 Freddy. One noteworthy object on sale was a plastic crown once worn by the Notorious B.I.G. Originally purchased for $6 at a novelty store, the crown fetched $594,750 at auction.

In an interview with the New York Post, Brooklyn-based photographer Barron Claiborne recalls picking up the crown at a store on Broadway called Gordon’s for a shoot featured on the cover of Rap Pages magazine in 1997, just three days before Biggie’s death. He recalls, “I’m not sure that I even got paid for it. I was mostly shooting celebrities and reportage. I did this because I liked taking pictures of Biggie.”

According to Claiborne, the photo almost didn’t happen due to objections from Sean “Puffy” Combs, who owned Biggie’s label Bad Boy Records. “He said it would make Biggie look like Burger King,” Claiborne said. “But Biggie didn’t listen. He wore it anyway. And nobody’s ever told me that they look at the photo and think the crown is plastic… His power cancels out the fact that it is a novelty crown.”

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Ellen DeGeneres’ Talk Show Reportedly Has A ‘More Positive and Enthusiastic’ Vibe

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Karen Belz has written for sites such as Bustle, HelloGiggles, Romper, and So Yummy. She’s the mom of a sassy toddler and drinks an alarming amount of Sugar-Free Red Bull in order to keep up with her.

Ellen DeGeneres is doing everything she can to help revive her show after rumors and allegations nearly destroyed it.

After it was revealed that Ellen isn’t as kind off-screen as she portrays on her show, she began losing her fan base. The fact that three producers were fired from the show for alleged sexual assault and harassment didn’t help. Around this time, there were also rumors that her staff was left clueless and unpaid after her show started taping from her home. In short, the host and comedian didn’t have a good summer.

While many people believe that she took action just to save face, the vibe on set seems remarkably better this year, according to sources.


It may be too early to tell for sure. But the improvements that were made may have been what was missing all along. One big change? Ellen distributor WarnerMedia finally hired an HR executive who’s there to work with the staff — and not the higher-ups. She reportedly is also offering employees some additional time off.

Supposedly, Ellen has made good on her promise to interact with the staff more. Prior to, rumors went around that you couldn’t look Ellen in the eye. While she never openly admitted that this was true, she vowed to end the rumor for good during a video call she had with her staff prior to the show’s return.

Watch the video to see more about the positive changes that Ellen is making.

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‘The Boys’ Is Getting A Spinoff Series Set At A Superhero College

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The big story about Season 2 of The Boys has been fan anger about, well, there not being enough of the show to go around. So perhaps news that another show in the superhero-infested universe that it occupies will be enough to sate the masses. Reports on Thursday indicated that Amazon is already working on a college-themed spinoff to series, adding to an ever-growing Vought Industries-run universe where Season 3 of The Boys is already on the way.

According to Variety (and confirmed in a press release), Amazon has “fast-tracked” a spinoff of The Boys that will have a much younger superhero cast with all the raunch and brutality of the original:

The spinoff is set at America’s only college exclusively for young adult superheroes (or “supes”) that is run by Vought International. It is described as an irreverent, R-rated series that explores the lives of hormonal, competitive supes as they put their physical, sexual, and moral boundaries to the test, competing for the best contracts in the best cities. Part college show, part Hunger Games — with all the heart, satire and raunch of “The Boys.”

According to the Amazon press release, The Boys‘ second season scored the most-watched global launch of any Amazon Original series, and Season 2 has doubled the global audience of Season 1 within two weeks. In a few more weeks, the season finale will air, with production on Season 3 to come.

Many behind the scenes of The Boys will usher the spinoff into existence. Craig Rosenberg, a writer and executive producer on the original, will write the pilot and serve as showrunner. He will also executive produce along with The Boys showrunner Eric Kripke, who perhaps was hinting at this news when he posted a cryptic video of Homelander getting mad at all the bad ratings fans frustrated with the weekly episode release cycle have left. Maybe having a lot more The Boys to go along will be enough to turn fan opinion around, as Amazon clearly seems excited about the show and wants to give everyone involved what they want: more.

(Via Variety)

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Video shows police officer rolling bike over man’s head at Breonna Taylor protest

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A viral video shows a Seattle police officer rolling his bike over a person‘s head during protests for Breonna Taylor on Wednesday. 

The video was taken by journalist CJ Halliburton on Facebook Live, according to BuzzFeed News.

A clip of the stream is being reposted on multiple platforms.

Another original video of the incident was posted to Twitter by Joey Wieser Thursday. His clip starts with a fleet of cops walking and riding their bikes through the street, while Wieser, who is recording from the sidelines, narrates: “They’re advancing on the line here.”

A person in white clothing is seen lying in the road as the officers advance toward the protesters. It is unclear why the person was on the road; some outlets are reporting he may have been injured or fell.

“This person is on the ground,” Wieser says. 

While most officers cycle and walk their bikes past the man on the ground, one officer rolls both tires over the man’s head and neck.  

“He just ran over his head!” Wieser says. “He just ran over his head!”

“Oh my god, oh my god,” Wieser says. “I hope you all saw that. That officer ran over the man’s head with their bicycle wheel. Jesus Christ!” 

A few officers are seen stopping, although, it’s not clear if they stopped because of the incident. 

BuzzFeed News reports the Seattle Office of Police Accountability is now asking for a criminal investigation to be conducted by an outside law enforcement agency, into the officer’s actions. In a statement, the Seattle Police Department acknowledged the video and said that it would be investigated by the Office of Police Accountability.

In a statement announcing it launched an investigation, the Office of Police Accountability said it “has received over 30 complaints concerning this incident.”


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*First Published: Sep 24, 2020, 4:04 pm

Samira Sadeque

Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque

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