Major congrats are in order after Serena Williams won her 19th Grand Slam Title at the 2015 Australian Open. Plus, Floyd Mayweather has finally agreed to box it out in the ring against Manny Pacquiao. Deets inside….
The champ is here!
Tennis champ Serena Williams proves why she’s the top-ranked female tennis player of the world. Last night, the YBF chick took home her 19th Grand Slam Title after defeating Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova at the 2015 Australian Open at Melbourne Park in Australia. This makes her SIXTH Australian Open title.
Not only did she take her the win, but she did it while not feeling 100% healthy as she suffered with a bad cough during the game. But that clearly didn’t stop her from bringing her A-game! She said, "I had a really bad cough, I ended up throwing up, actually. I think that helped me when I got it out.I've just got a really bad cold, a really bad cough. Usually when that happens you stay in bed, you don't play matches every day."
We're sure she's glad she decided to battle it out anyway.
After beating out her opponent (which extends her decade long dominance over Maria) the 33-year-old tennis star said, "I'm so honored to be here tonight and to hold this 19th trophy @ my favorite stadium".
Chick was making history too, becoming the oldest winner of the Australian women's title in the Open era. Congrats Serena!
In other sports news....
Boxing fans get excited! Undefeated boxing champ Floyd Mayweather has finally agreed to fight Manny Pacquiao in a mega-fight many have been waiting years to see. Looks like their recent meeting in Miami (for the first time) was productive because Floyd and Manny have come to an agreement to square off at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. And it’s reportedly supposed to go down May 2nd.
Neither of the guys have signed any paperwork, but they both have verbally agreed to fight. According to TMZ, the formal agreement will be signed, sealed and delivered soon as negotiators put the last and final details together on the deal. And if you haven't heard, the fight could raise up to $300 million in revenue. Sheesh!
Who's ready to see Floyd go head-to-head against Manny? We're here for it.
Black History Month is right around the corner. And in honor of the celebratory month, BET will be premiering a new mini-series titled "The Book of Negroes". Also, TV One has a new movie starring Larenz Tate and Sharon Leal called White Water. See the trailers inside....
BET will be bringing a new mini-series to the network just in time for Black History Month.
“The Book of Negroes” is based on the award-winning novel by Lawrence Hill, which tells the story of Aminata Diallo and her powerful journey as she tries to escape to freedom. Get On Up actress Aunjanue Ellis will star as Aminata and she will be joined by Cuba Gooding Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr.
Peep the trailer below:
"The Book of Negroes" premieres February 16th at 8/7/c on BET.
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TV One will be bringing a new original film titled White Water, starring “House of Lies” star Larenz Tate and Addicted star Sharon Leal.
The drama film will explore racism and segregation during the Civil Rights Movement as a young boy becomes obsessed with wanting to drink from the whites-only drinking fountain. Once he gathers the courage to do it, things get ugly. Peep the trailer above.
It appears the details from Lil Wayne’s lawsuit against Cash Money and his “boss” Birdman have spilled. Get it inside….
Since Lil Wayne filed legal documents to sue his “daddy” Birdman and the Cash Money label for $51 million, the details of the lawsuit have leaked. You’ll recall Weezy blasting Birdman and Cash Money for not coughing up his dough ($10 milli to be exact) after he completed his much-delayed Tha Carter V.
In the leaked docs, it reveals the discrepancies between Weezy & Birdman surrounding The Carter V album, amendments to former contracts, the break down of how much money is owed and why.
An excerpt from the 21-page lawsuit states:
In early December, 2014, Carter delivered to Cash Money the sound recordings comprising the second of the solo albums, entitled Tha Carter V, provided for by the 2012 Amendment. Although obligated to pay Carter Eight Million Dollars ($8,000,000.00) at the commencement of the recording of Tha Carter V and Two Million Dollars($2,000,000.00) upon delivery of the album, Cash Money breached the 1998 Recording Agreement as amended specifically by the 2012 Amendment, by failing to pay Carter the Eight Million Dollar ($8,000,000.00) payment upon commencement of the recording and paying Carter only Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00) over the course of the recording of Tha Carter V. Moreover, Cash Money has refused to pay Carter the Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00) due upon delivery of Tha Carter V to Cash Money. Cash Money has refused to pay Carter the balance of Eight Million Dollars ($8,000,000.00) due Carter in respect of Tha Carter V, despite due demand therefore by Carter.
It also reveals there have been disputes between Wayne and Cash Money dating back to 2005, but amendments to their contracts were able to smooth things over. That is, until Wayne didn’t get his money. The “Start A Fire” rapper owns 49% of Young Money whereas Birdman owns the other $51%.
The lawsuit also shines light on disputes over money from Drake’s solo recordings. Young Money was supposed to receive 1/3 of his net profits that they never received. On top of that, Wayne/Young Money is seeking backpay for paying artists who claimed they did not receive payment from Cash Money. Yes…a LOT is going on.
Nicki Minaj, Drake & Kendrick Lamar are set to trek it overseas to headline this year's Wireless Festival in London. The three-day festival will kick off Friday, July 3rd and end on Sunday, July 5th and it will be held at Finsbury Park. Other performers include August Alsina, Childish Gambino, ILoveMakonnen,Grandmaster Flash and more.
Tickets go on pre-sale Feb. 2nd and go on sale for the public Feb. 3rd.