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Nicki Minaj STARS In Beats Commercial With Ariana Grande & Jessie J + OMG Girlz TRANSFORM Into “OMG” With Release Of “Boy It’s Over” Single

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Pop lovers...this post is for you.  There’s a new Beats commercial starring Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande and Jessie J. And it gives us a sneak peek at their upcoming video for “Bang Bang.” Check the new spot and take a listen to the OMG Girlz's new track “Boy It’s Over” inside…

Bang! Bang! Nicki Minaj has teamed up with Jessie J and Ariana Grande for a brand new Beats By Dre commercial.

After the release of her raunchy “Anaconda” video, Nicki, Ariana and Jessie J are giving us a sneak peek at the visuals for their upcoming video “Bang Bang”. And it’s all pink everything. The new spot promotes the new Beats Colr Mixr headphones (worn by Jessie) and new pink Beats Pill XL (which Ariana rocks out to while getting dressed).

MTV recently confirmed the ladies will be performing their infectious track, for the first time, during the 2014 MTV Video Awards. And following their performance, the official world wide premiere of the “Bang Bang” video will be released on

Check the spot below:

And in other music news....

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The OMG Girlz are ready to drop the kiddie image and is now ready for a new, sexier look and sound. The group has dropped “Girlz” from their stage name and are now just OMG.

As they transform into their adult selves, as evidenced by their more revealing looks, Miss Beauty, Miss Star (Zonnique/Tiny’s daughter) and Miss Baby Doll (who are all over the age of 18 now) have some brand new “grown” music for their fans.

The girl group recorded a remake of Jagged Edge’s hit, “Girl It’s Over.” Their rendition is titled “Boy It’s Over,” which was written by JE’s lead singers Brandon and Brian Casey and produced by newcomer J. Reid. This will be the lead track from the ladies' forthcoming album, The Transformation.

They are also working closely with JE on other music projects. Nice.

Check out the 90s R&B vibe track below:

We feelin’ it?

And in case you needed a refresher of JE’s original track, check it out below:



Kanye & Kim SHAPE UP Their $20 Million Mansion, While Kanye SLIMS DOWN With New Diet + Khloe K. & French Montana Are Still Gushing Over Each Other

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As the Wests prepare to put the finishing touches on their $20 Million mansion, Kanye has gone on a strict regimen to drop a few pounds.  Get deets on their home and his workout plan inside and see what Khloe revealed about shooting "Don't Panic" with French Montana.

Pretty soon, Kanye and Kim will be moving out of Kris Jenner's home into a sprawling 16,000 sq ft estate.  Their new $20 Million home (pics here) is not the Bel-Air McMansion they purchased a few months ago and Kim explained the housing swap to PEOPLE recently saying,

'Soon [we'll be moving out of my mom's]. It might be a few months, but I'm not sure. We just found a new, amazing place. 'I am so ready to be out of my mom's house, you have no idea. But it will be nice to still be close.

When we bought our Bel Air house, we didn't have a baby, we weren't even pregnant. After you have a baby, you realize that you need so many other things and a different kind of space. So being in the city is a different life. We wanted to be away and have more privacy.'

The home features a theater with suede walls, a wet bar, a library, a office, a family room, eight fireplaces and a master suite with a stone fireplace.

And while their new home is shaping up, Kanye is slimming down.  He's reportedly been working out 5x a day with personal trainer Harley Pasternak who told the Daily Mirror,

'My program for him covers exercise in the gym, his steps outside, and his lifestyle habits and diet. For the first five days of the Rest diet diet he has three meals and two crunchy snacks. A white smoothie for breakfast, red smoothie for lunch and a green smoothie for dinner, made with protein, fibre and healthy fat in every meal.

Kanye works out five times a week - and I also have to influence him when he's not training. He wears a Fitbit in his pocket every day. It's a device which monitors his activity so I can chart his steps on my laptop.'

Hmm....a slimmer/trimmer Kanye?  He's already showing off his pecs and rocking skinny jeans...what's next? Semi-nude selfies like his wife? Work.


In other Kardashian/rapper news...

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Earlier, we told you about French Montana booking his girlfriend Khloe Kardashian as the lead in his "Don't Panic" shoot and recently, Khloe dished on the fun she had behind the scenes.  Clearly they're on a campaign to let y'all know they have NOT broken up.  In between sips of Champagne at Foxwoods Resort Casino's Liquid Sundays pool party in Connecticut, she told PEOPLE,

"It was my first music video so I didn't do a lot of acting. I did a lot of posing. Being in a music video you're more like posing, so I was good with that.  It was great. It was easy. It was like I didn't even realize it was [work] ... we were just having fun. It didn't seem that serious – we were just comfortable hanging out. He's a great talent."

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NO DISTRACTIONS: The REAL Issue Surrounding The Michael Brown Case

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With confusing, often irrelevant and false information circulating around the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri, it's time we get to the bottom of it all.  We tapped a criminal defense attorney/former prosecutor to give us the low down on how, when & if justice will be served....

On Saturday, August 9th, unarmed 18-year-old teen was shot to death by officer Darren Wilson.  Afer the shooting occurred at noon, the world has witnessed one of the most tension-filled aftermaths of a police-civilian shooting in recent times.

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As the protests, the unrest, both peaceful and not-so-peaceful actions from a militarized police and a few citizens continue, everyone is demanding justice.  Since the Ferguson Police Department has been far from forthcoming with basic information to explain what really happened the day Michael brown was shot, an exorbitant amount of confusing information and details have taken center stage.  And we have watched Michael's parents (above) grieve for their son, while searching for answers the Ferguson PD seems to have no interest in giving.

We tapped Yodit Tewolde, Criminal Defense Attorney and Former Prosecutor, to break down the facts our readers need to know.  And to explain exactly how, if and when justice will legally be served.  Here's her compelling take on the main issue at hand and the criminalization of young, black victims:

Let's stop the idle chatter and cut to the chase. The shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri has become the focus of national attention. There has been a game played by Ferguson police and the media with the intent to distract from key issues surrounding this controversial case. Futile attacks on Brown's character have done nothing to address the many questions thousands of protesters have been demanding to know from the very beginning: Why was an unarmed black teenager, who was walking down Canfield Drive, shot multiple times by a police officer? More importantly, was the officer legally justified in doing so?

It is no coincidence that the same day the Ferguson Police Department (“FPD”) identified Darren Wilson as the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, reports and surveillance footage claiming to show Brown in the act of robbing a convenience store were suddenly released. The FPD's irresponsible decision to release this type of information six days after Brown's killing doesn't pass the smell test. Brown's culpability in this robbery has no direct bearing on how or why he was killed. Police Chief Jackson confirmed to reporters at Friday's press conference that the robbery had no relation to the initial contact between Wilson and Brown. Whether Wilson had some knowledge of an alleged robbery occurring or not, his contact with Brown was based on the simple fact that he was “walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic,” according to Jackson. So if one didn't have anything to do with the other, why would the FPD disseminate this information to the public?

Well it's simple – it's called criminalization. We've seen this transparent move done to perfection in the past – the media's conscious effort to create a negative portrayal of young, black victims to justify their killings in some way. No one cared about Trayvon Martin's school suspensions, or Renisha McBride's blood alcohol level or marijuana use. And no one should care about Michael Brown's past either. The primary focus must remain on the issue at the very core of this case and that is whether Officer Wilson believed there was an immediate threat to his life that would legally justify his use of deadly force against Michael Brown. The evidence could support Wilson's version of the events of a violent confrontation initiated by Brown, who he claims attempted to grab his gun. Under these circumstances, Wilson could have been legally justified in using deadly force. On the other hand, the evidence may discredit Wilson's account and corroborate statements made by several witnesses that say Wilson shot Brown after raising his arms in the air; therefore, Wilson's use of deadly force when the threat was neutralized would not be justified. With new information developing every day and pending the results of investigations by both local and federal officials, no one at this point can answer with certainty the question of whether deadly force was justifiable in this case.

Autopsy results on Brown's body released Monday morning shed new light on what may have occurred right before Brown was shot to death. It appears Brown was shot at least six times, including two shots to the head. A gun shot wound to the top of a 6-foot-4 Brown could suggest his head was bent forward, possibly in a kneeling position when the bullet struck him. Gun shot wounds to Brown's arms could have occurred while his arms were in the air, possibly in a defensive posture. Brown also sustained multiple abrasions to his face consistent with falling face first to the ground after being shot to death. These findings seem to support what several eye witnesses reported seeing that tragic day, but is hardly enough to forensically reconstruct the shooting according to Dr. Baden, the medical examiner who conducted the autopsy. There is still an additional autopsy pending that was approved by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Brown's body that will be conducted by a federal medical examiner. An autopsy by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner's office was also done, but like everything else those results have not yet been released.

What Now?

Once the state investigation by the St. Louis County police department is complete with forensic details -- the autopsy results and toxicology tests -- the case gets handed over to the district attorney's office. The District Attorney will then present the evidence gathered to a grand jury, a group of people who represent a broad cross-section of the population of the county to determine whether filing criminal charges against Wilson is appropriate given the facts and the law. Although the wheels of justice are moving forward, charges against the officer will not come quickly until a thorough investigation is complete. Until then, thousands will continue to rally and march down the streets of Ferguson in support of Michael Brown, but more importantly, justice.

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