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Bail Hearing Set For Mendeecees Harris, Hopes To Return To Love & Hip Hop

The last we saw of Mendeecees Harris, the Love & Hip Hop New York cast member was in federal jail thanks to cocaine trafficking charges. Now, a bail hearing has been set for September, with Harris hoping to return to the next season of the aforementioned VH1 reality series.

The Democrat and Chronicle reports:

A federal magistrate judge Friday scheduled a Sept. 11 bail hearing for Harris, a popular member of the ensemble reality show that focuses on women involved in the hip-hop industry. Harris is engaged to one of the show’s stars, Yandy Smith, and their relationship has been a highlighted focus of numerous episodes.

Harris is one of three New York City men accused of involvement in a cocaine pipeline to Rochester. Court records show that one of the three, Ronald Walker, is scheduled to plead guilty next week.

Walker’s New York City attorney could not be reached Friday, and federal prosecutors have declined to discuss the pending plea.

So far, Harris has not pleaded guilty or been sentenced. Apparently, there is possibly some sort of deal being worked out, but no details of what that may entail have been revealed.

According to Harris’ attorney, Donald Thompson, Love & Hip Hop producers are hoping Harris will be released on bail, with the caveat that they will serve as monitors since they will be following him around with video cameras.

Check out Thompson speaking to reporters about Harris’ bail hearing in the video below.

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New HIV Screening Guidelines Recommended

Task force calls for routine HIV screening for all ages.
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Big John x Opening Ceremony Collaboration Announcement

Long-known as one of the country’s most highly-regarded denim purveyors, Japan’s Big John is set to team up with Opening Ceremony for an exclusive collaboration. While the range has yet to be revealed, fans can expect a fusion of Big John’s classic aesthetic with the contemporary sensibilities of New York-based Opening Ceremony designers Humberto Leon and Carol Lim. Stay tuned for a look at the Big John for Opening Ceremony collection, which is due out this October.

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J.Cole & Diddy Respond To Fight Rumors, More Pics From Jay-Z & Diddy’s VMAs Afterparty

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Ish got real Sunday night at Diddy & Jay-Z’s D’Usse, Ciroc, Ace of Spades VMAs afterparty at The Dream hotel.  So the internet streets say.  But today, Diddy and J.Cole are denying rumors of a fight.  And we’ve got more party pics inside…


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With internet reports flying that J.Cole caught fade by Diddy at the VMAs afterparty Sunday night, both parties are denying it.  But WE hear something DID go down.  As for who actually hit who and what really went down, folks are keeping their lips sealed an only talking off the record.  But folks did see Cole being carried out the club (pictured above inside) by security.

Cole tweeted:

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And Diddy responded today with:


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As for who all hit the party, everybody did.  Jay & Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson were spotted arriving.  And inside:

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Cassie celebrated her birthday week with a Ciroc cake.

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Y’all already know Rihanna kept a drink in hand.

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Kevin Hart was spotted choppin’ it up with Jamie Foxx, Meek Mill and Trey Songz.

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Rita Ora and Diddy posed it up with Macklemore.

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Tristan "Mack" Wilds was there to party.

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Timbaland and Drake posed it up.

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Russell Simmons and his water were there.

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Memphis Bleek was downing that D’Usse all night.

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Pretty gals Denise Vasi of "Single Ladies" and Rocsi of "Entertainment Tonight" snapped a few pics.

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It’s Kendrick.Lamar.

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Pharrell snapped pics with his fiance and friends.

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Chicago Bulls baller Joakim Noah was there towering over folks.

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Steve Stoute was there to support his homies Jay and Puff.

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And French Montana posed it up with "Mob Wives" star Renee Graziano.

Fun times!


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MGK Speaks About Macklemore’s Success

”He Played the Game”
6:00AM ET August 27th, 2013
Contributor : Chris G.
A Rocky Williform Company

MGK Speaks About Macklemore's Success

MGK (Machine Gun Kelly) spoke about fellow hip hop star Macklemore and his success in crossing over to a pop audience. During the interview with Hot 97, MGK said that he takes a different approach as compared to the Seattle rapper.

“He played the game,” MGK said of Macklemore. “He’s a game player. You know what I’m saying? I make my own rules.”

“I don’t even put color on it,” MGK said. “I feel I’m under-appreciated in hip hop period. You know what I’m saying? I’m better than Black, White.”

“Ultimately, I want to be the voice of my demographic and this generation,” MGK said later in the interview. “And I want to do that without selling my soul or having to die to prove my point.”

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Live Look: WTAPS x Vans OG Sk8-Hi LX “Olive Drab”

Vans connects with the Far East to offer the WTAPS x  Vans OG Sk8-Hi LX “Olive Drab”. Summer’s still here, but the fall’s ready to start its run a bit early judging by the release of this rustic kick. In its brief stay at the Nice Kicks office, we got a chance to take a quick look at the shoe before it almost instantly sold out. See more in today’s installment of the Nice Kicks Live Look.

WTAPS x Vans OG Sk8-Hi LX – Live Look from Nice Kicks on Vimeo.

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Nike SB Dunk Low SP “Shanghai”

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The idea seemed overly ambitious, even by today’s standards, yet, Nike Skateboarding was able to dedicate a design with the city of Shanghai itself. The result became the 2004 Nike SB Dunk Low “Shanghai”, considered by many to be the first official China collaboration by SB. 9 years later, Nike and Nike SB are bring this elusive Dunk back for the consuming public. Completely retooled for 2013, the so-called “Shanghai Dunk” still features many of the design remnants from 2004, including the debossed geometric pattern in reference to traditional Shikumen architectural designs and the gold metallic Swoosh. Yet, this 2013 variant includes a new last and the imprint of “LUWAN NEVER GONE 310103″ along its sockliner, a nod to the continuing influence of Shanghai’s historic Luwan District.

Created with 2013 in mind, the Nike SB Dunk Low SP “Shanghai” will be available starting this Saturday, August 31st, but only as a China-only exclusive at this moment. Just like the launch of fragment design x Nike Air Force 1 earlier this month, you will find Nike SB Dunk Low SP “Shanghai” at Fly Shanghai, Nike Huahai flagship store, and the just opened Nike X158 Shanghai retail concept. Its likely the design will be available worldwide later on this year.

Release Dates:
August 31st, 2013 (Saturday) – Shanghai, China
To Be Announce – Worldwide

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FLY – Fumin Flagship
1F No. 704 Changle Road | Map
Jing’an District, Shanghai China
TEL #: +8621-5467-0061

X158 Nike Shanghai
No.158 Xinle Lu | Map
Xu Hui Qu, Shanghai, China
TEL #: +8621-6426-0321

Nike Huahai
717 Huaihai Zhong Road | Map
200040 Shanghai China
TEL #: +8621-6075-2478

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Justin Timberlake Taps Drake, Jay Z for ‘The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2′

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Justin Timberlake is adding two of hip-hop’s biggest stars to The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2. Drake and Jay Z are both on the guest list.

Following their hit “Suit & Tie,” Timberlake reunites with Jay Z on the killer collaboration “Murder,” while he connects with Drizzy on another track called “Cabaret.”

He revealed the tracklisting earlier this month (sans features). Due September 30, the project also features the single “Take Back the Night,” with production from Timbaland and Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon.

His previous album The 20/20 Experience was released in March and sold 968,000 copies in its first week. It is currently the best-selling album of 2013.

See the updated tracklisting below per Amazon.

The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 Tracklisting

1. “Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)”
2. “True Blood”
3. “Cabaret” feat. Drake
4. “T.K.O.”
5. “Take Back the Night”
6. “Murder” feat. Jay Z
7. “Drink You Away”
8. “You Got It On”
9. “Amnesia”
10. “Only When I Walk Away”
11. “Not a Bad Thing”



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Ciara Expresses Her Love For Future

”It’s Not About Who We Are…”
6:00AM ET August 27th, 2013
Contributor : Erica Moore
A Rocky Williform Company

Ciara Expresses Her Love For Future

Ciara has been more open about her relationship with hip hop star Future than any other high-profile romance she’s been involved in since she rose to fame in the mid-2000s. The R&B star spoke about her boo in a new interview with PAPER magazine, and explained their connection.

“He’s very understanding and he’s my best friend,” Ciara explained. “It’s important to have a feeling that you can talk about anything and know a person’s going to be there and support you. When we’re together, it’s not about who we are. I feel very normal, very safe and loved. Being able to speak about it is a whole different thing for me. I’m not thinking or caring too much about what anybody has to say anymore. Once you start over-thinking and worrying, you start getting close to insanity. I want my sanity and a life and happiness.”

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The LOX – “Summer’s Too Hot” [LISTEN/DOWNLOAD]

The LOX have been tugging at fans’ heartstrings for some time with rumors of new material. Today, the trio makes due on their promise with a new track titled “Summer’s Too Hot.”

A vocal sample from Kanye West’s “New God Flow” verse holds down the chorus while Styles P, Sheek Louch, and Jadakiss trade street savvy rhymes.

Those from the inner city know that the summer has an entirely different connotation. As 50 Cent poignantly put it, “See in the hood summertime, it’s a killing season/It’s hot out this b**ch; that’s a good enough reason.” The Yonkers collective expound on that concept on the Scram Jones-produced cut.

There’s no word on where “Summer’s Too Hot” will land, so you consider it a freebie for now. Additionally, Jadakiss is readying his long-awaited album, Top 5 Dead Or Alive, for some time in the near future.

Hear The Lox’s new song below.

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