Volume 3 | Weekend News Recap: A New Verzuz Battle + Tesla Threatens To Move HQ Out Of Cali

Happy Monday.

It’s the start of a new week.

This weekend was action packed.

From celebrating Mother’s Day, to vibing to new music, to Tyra Banks responding to ANTM criticism, ending the weekend with Jill Scott and Erykah Badu’s Verzuz battle on Instagram.

There was so much going on this weekend, it was hard to keep up with it all.

Starting off with good vibes…

My university North Carolina A&T held it’s virtual commencement ceremony this weekend. The class of 2020 officially became graduates. Congratulations to the whole class of 2020!

The good vibes continued this weekend when Jill Scott and Eyrkah Badu had their Verzuz battle on Instagram. Verzuz is a new form entertainment created by Swizz Beatz and Timberland to entertain fans during this pandemic. For two months, the page has hosted battles between T-Pain vs. Lil Jon and Teddy Riley vs. Babyface to name a few. This ones was less of a “battle”, the two music legends entertained over 700,000 viewers including Michelle Obama, with hits they produced and wrote. This was a huge vibe session

Not all headlines were happy and celebratory, there was also some controversy. The recent circulation of old clips from ANTM cast a light on Tyra Banks, the show and the entire modeling industry. A particular clip from season 6 of ANTM where Tyra Banks is seen telling contestant Danielle Evans, she will never be a Covergirl with the features she has resurfaced. Since the clip has been circulating, ANTM has faced backlash for their comments and how they treated all of their contestants

Tyra responded to the criticism on Twitter saying:

“ Been seeing the posts about the insensitivity of some past ANTM moments and I agree with you. Looking back, those were some really off choices. Appreciate your honest feedback and am sending so much love and virtual hugs. “

Along with controversial headlines, we also celebrated the life of three music icons who passed. Rest in Peace to Andre Harrell, Lil Richard & Betty White.

The weekend was filled with so many headlines, it was hard to keep up.

Did you know that the owner of Tesla is threatening to move their HQ out of California?

Lets do a recap.


1. New Music Friday

New music from Lil Durk, Kehlani & Nav dropped over the weekend. Nav released a new project titled “Good Intentions.” Lil Durk released his new project “Just Cause Yall Waited 2.” Kehlani dropped her long awaited album titled “ It Was Good Until It Wasn’t.” Both projects by Kehlani and Lil Durk are set to be their biggest debut albums.

2. R.I.P to 3 Music Legends

The music industry lost 3 amazing souls this weekend. Richard “Lil Richard” Wayne Penniman, the founding father of rock, died at age 87. Andre Harrell, founder of Uptown records and the man responsible for discovering Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs died at age 59. Soul legend Betty White, creator of classic tracks “Clean Up Woman” & “No Pain” died at age 66.

3. Shannon Brown arrested

Former NBA player Shannon Brown was arrested this weekend after shooting a rifle inside his Georgia home. Details surrounding the case are still unfolding but according to police, Brown fired shots at a couple who entered his home, after reportedly seeing a “for sale” sign out front. Brown told police that he believed his home was being broken into. He was bonded out on May 4th.

4. Tekashi 6ix9ine

The infamous New York rapper reappeared on the social scene after a legal battle, premiering a new song called “Gooba.” The rapper went live on Instagram to discuss the circumstances surrounding him being labeled a “snitch” along with giving an apology to his fans. With over 2 million views in less than 30 minutes, he had the internet in an uproar about street code and etiquette.

5. #IRunWithMaud

23-year old Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed while jogging by two white men following him in a pickup truck. The shooting wasn’t public knowledge until the video footage surfaced this month. Since the release of the footage, the two men in the video have been arrested for Ahmaud Arbery’s murder. People around the countries are standing in solidarity and demanding justice for Ahmaud by jogging 2.23 miles and hasting it on with social media with #IRunWithMaud.

6. “Closed Casket”

“Think it’s going to be a closed casket, homie.” are the words said from the detective involved in the deadly shooting of 21- year old Dreasjon Reed. The shooting of Reed was streamed live, while thousands of people watched as Reed slammed into cars throughout the police pursuit. Despite reports from police that a gun was found near Reed, there is still public speculation around the facts surrounding the case. Most of public outcry is about the inappropriate and insensitive comments made by the detective as he stood over Reed’s body.

Missed Headlines

1. Tesla’s owner threatens to move HQ

Tesla’s owner Elon Musk sent off a ripple of tweets on May 9th calling out Alameda County in California for refusing to reopen Tesla on June 1st. According to tweets directly from Elon Musk’s account, he is planning to sue the county for refusing to reopen Tesla manufacturing company despite California governor’s decision to begin phase 1 of reopening. Interim Health Officer of Alameda Country is hesitant to reopen Tesla’s manufacturing factories for fear of a coronavirus outbreak between employees. Elon Musk plans to move Tesla’s Headquarters immediately out of California to Texas or Nevada.

2. Barack Obama criticizes President Trump’s handling of COVID-19

During a call meant to rally support for presidential candidate Joe Biden, Former President Barack Obama talked for 20 minutes about global and domestic issues. An audio excerpt from the call, heard Former President Obama directly criticizing the White House’s approach of the coronavirus.

“It’s part of the reason why the response to this global crisis has been so anemic and spotty, It would have been bad even with the best of governments. It has been an absolute chaotic disaster when that mind-set — of ‘what’s in it for me’ and ‘to heck with everybody else’ — when that mind-set is operationalized in our government.”

3. Snow in May

A polar vortex reaching from New York to Ontario, Canada dumped up to 6 inches of snow. Almost 20 states were under a freeze watch or advisory this weekend. This freezing weather is a complete contrast from the sunny weather last weekend. New York tied its record with the latest snowfall.

4. 3 White House Coronavirus Task Force Officials were exposed to COVID-19

CDC director Robert Redield, FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahan and top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci are quarantining for 14 days after exposure to COVID-19. FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn is self quarantining after being exposed to White House official Katie Miller, who tested positive for the virus on Friday. This comes after President Trump and Vice President Pence have spoken out about winding down the Coronavirus Task Force.

5. A researcher making significant COVID-19 findings died

Bing Liu, a 37 year old researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine was found dead inside his Pittsburgh home over the weekend. Bing Liu was shot in both the head and the neck. He was studying COVID-19 and reportedly was “on the verge of making significant” findings before his death.

6. Zion Williamson asked to admit that he received gifts and money

Former Duke Star and 2019 #1 Draft pick Zion Williamson is being sued by his former marketing representative and her company. This lawsuit comes shortly after the Pelicans star attempted to terminate his contract with Gina Ford and her company Prime Sports. In statements surrounding the case, Gina Ford is demanding that Zion Williamson and his parents admit they requested and received benefits from teams and organizations back then. Today, the NCAA will allow athletes to profit from their likeness.

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