Ice Cube and the Big3 League have taken out a full-page ad in Tuesday's edition the New York Times, urging President Trump to defend American athletes during his meeting today with the Emir Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The message to Trump comes in the wake Ice Cube's and Big3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz' $1.2-billion lawsuit alleging that Qatari investors withheld funds in an attempt to muscle them out the league.
"Hey President Trump," the ad reads. "When you meet today with (Vladimir) Putin's new friend, the Emir Qatar, please tell him not to threaten the BIG3 and American athletes!"
According to The Washington Post, the suit alleges that a Qatari group, including Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani, the CEO the state-run Qatar Investment Authority, only paid part its agreed investment which ultimately cost the league millions dollars and diminished the organization's ability to maximize its potential. Richard Morgan the New York Post says the investors only put up one-third the expected $20.5 million commitment. As a result, the Big3 is now seeking $1.2 billion in damages that would effectively provide each player with around $20 million.
Trump was scheduled to welcome the Emir Qatar to the White House at noon Tuesday.
April Fool's Day is upon us. Somehow, the favorite holiday pranksters across the country happened to fall on both Easter and rent day this year, which undoubtedly should make for a historically interesting day. Don't trust anything anyone tells you today, unless it's your landlord or your priest.
Celebrities are just like us when it comes to holidays. They get together with family on Christmas and Thanksgiving. They dress up for Halloween, and barbecue on Independence Day. So, it only makes sense that America's most famous faces also take part in pranking their peers on April Fool's Day. Several names will immediately stand out in your head when the term "celebrity prankster" is brought up in conversation. Of course, there was the classic Ashton Kutcher series Punk'd, that started out as a hit before it slowly wore viewers down by using similar tactics. If Kutcher doesn't come to mind, then pranks that were enacted by hilariously mischievous musicians like Eminem and 50 Cent should ring a bell. Dig deeper though, and you'll find that legends like Michael Jackson, and street icons like The Game and Papoose, also have jocular personalities as well.
While we would never instruct anyone to go out into their cities and cause mayhem in the way that some these musicians did, we do support celebrities joining in on the hysterical activities that take place on April Fool's Day. They say laughter is the best medicine, so we've got the cure for those who have spent the day either being pranked, being crammed into a church for the first time all year, or those who are just feeling bored at home after spending every dollar on rent. Get your laughing face emojis ready, and check out our list hilarious pranks pulled f by musicians.
Happy April Fool's!
Ice Cube will reportedly take over as commissioner the Big3 League after he fired Roger Mason Jr.
According to TMZ Sports, the league sent a letter to players, coaches and staff details a corruption investigation involving Mason and his ties to two Qatari investors, Ayman Sabi and Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, who allegedly stiffed the league out millions dollars.
The report also adds that Mason refused to cooperate with the BIG3 during the lawsuit because his relationship with Sabi and Al-Rumaihi, and the league felt he was obligated to take its side because his role as commissioner.
"One the problems, the league says it found evidence the Qataris were showering certain BIG3 employees with gifts and vacations while refusing to pay the league. The insinuation is that Mason was one the beneficiaries and it corrupted his ability to effectively run the league."
Mason released a statement earlier this week in which he accuses the Big3 League running a “hostile and racist” work environment.
“I was terminated by BIG3 in retaliation for legal claims which I made last week in a letter sent by my attorneys to BIG3 Basketball alleging that the League had breached my employment agreement,” Mason said in the statement. “The violations my agreement centered around BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz, who has been engaged in a malicious, defamatory campaign disparaging me in an attempt to prevent me from the performance contractual duties and responsibilities. He has made countless unfounded attacks on my integrity, character, and leadership. The work environment at BIG3 has been hostile and racist resulting in the departure valuable League personnel. Among other matters, a former employee BIG3 recently told me that Kwatinetz has repeatedly referred to black athletes as ‘rich niggers.’"
“I am proud the role I took in taking BIG3 from when it was merely a concept and transformed it into a successful basketball organization. I am disappointed at the conduct Ice Cube and other executives BIG3 in levelling these desperate manufactured claims against me. It will not derail the success my legitimate claims against the League.”
"This world is such a, and when I say this world I mean it, I don’t mean it in an ideal sense, I mean in every day, every little thing you do. It’s such a gimme, gimme, gimme! Everybody back f. You know, everybody’s taught that from school. Everywhere, big business, you want to be successful? You want to be like Trump? Gimme, gimme gimme. Push push push push! Step step step! Crush crush crush! That’s how it all is, it’s like nobody ever stops," -Tupac Shakur
The revolution is being televised. In fact, almost every waking second the revolution is being recorded. Will Smith said it best when he stated, "Racism isn't getting worse, it's getting filmed." Hip-hop leaders like Tupac Shakur might have agreed with the Fresh Prince's statement. 'Pac was the creation Black Panther pride, a strong-minded soul who looked at the flaws his nation and spoke for a generation who witnessed those same flaws destroy their communities. 'Pac had no love for the political system in this country, and neither did any the rap heroes the 90s.
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The relationship between hip-hop and politics has evolved over the last thirty years. Being a child the 90s, I recall rappers attempting to tear down the walls the White House from the lawn. Legends like Chuck D and KRS One weren't physically ripping at the White House walls, but the movements they inspired tore at the fabric America's political system. Nas dreamt ruling the world, and giving Black people the ultimate freedom. Ice Cube acrimoniously denounced the prison and political systems that ravaged his country. These were our rap heroes, militant and rebellious, a sentiment they imposed on the children my generation.
Things have changed. No longer are rap stars fighting from the outside. Instead, they've adapted to fight from within. The main difference between the political warriors 90's hip-hop and today's artists, is, power. Think about the amount marketing power someone like Diddy has. Think how much reach and influence someone like Jay-Z or Dr. Dre has. The intelligent moguls that have survived the times learned something from watching all these years. Few things happen in Congress without money and power acting as a motivating factor. Not to discredit the exalted rappers the 90s, but there have been few times in modern history where burning everything to the ground has worked. On the other hand, political parties, corporate bosses, tech-giant CEOs, and weapons and arms dealers have all influenced policy with large donations and questionable gifts.
Hip-hop and politics started f on two opposite ends the spectrum, although one begat the other. If proper policies were put in place to help develop poverty-stricken communities in the 50s and 60s, hip-hop may have never been born. Instead, hip-hop was created by the struggle that horrendous politics help create and accommodate. Naturally, to the leaders who pioneered rap music, politicians were abhorrent. Rappers and politicians were immediately poised to be enemies because their respective ideals, and the tension between hip-hop and politics is well documented throughout history. The F.B.I.'s letter to NWA and former President George H. W. Bush speaking disparagingly about Ice-T's "Cop Killer," are just two examples the rancorous relationship hip-hop and politics once shared.
Of course, everything isn't perfect in 2018. You would be hard-pressed to find a rapper who supports Donald Trump. In fact, YG's "Fuck Donald Trump" plays at clubs nationwide repeatedly. Instead reverting to methods that serve as a catalyst for more tension though, many rappers have instead invested in the opposition. Whereas Tupac might have suggested taking it to the streets, rappers like Killer Mike have instead taken it to the boardroom, working with politicians such as Bernie Sanders. Capitol Hill has warmed up to hip-hop culture as well. Politicians such as Marco Rubio, and more famously President Barack Obama, have defended rap culture.
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If a time machine took us back to the 90s, and Cube, 'Pac, or Nas were informed that a president was defending rappers, they would never believe it. While I do harbor mythological levels reverence for the hip-hop revolutionaries the 90s, the evolution hip-hop and politics has taught us there is a better way. Now, we can enact change from within.