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Erica Mena Says She Doesn’t Know Lyrics to Nicki Minaj Songs, the Barbz Dig Up Receipts

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Erica Mena Says She Doesn’t Know Lyrics to Nicki Minaj Songs, the Barbz Dig Up Receipts: Safaree Samuels and Erica Mena got engaged last year, and during a recent interview with Hot 97, the pair got into some dangerous territory when the topic of Safaree’s ex Nicki Minaj popped up. In comments that’ll surely invoke the wrath of Barbz everywhere, Mena was dismissive of Minaj.

Speaking with Nessa of Hot 97, Mena said, “Honestly I grew up on Lil Kim so heavy, when that came out I was like, ‘Ugh, she’s biting my girl.'” From there she added that she wasn’t a fan, regardless of the connection to her fiancée. “Nicki’s still great,” Nessa chimed in. “She is,” Mena responded, “I’ve just never been drawn to it. I just feel like it was always just cartoony and stuff.”

Softening the blow just a bit, she added, “She’s great at what she does, but personally? I mean, you’re in the club and you’re nice already, but I don’t know the words.” The clip in question was picked out by The Shade Room and can be seen below.

As expected, it did not take long for the Barbz to start their social media attacks on Mena. Old tweets of her praising Nicki Minaj and quoting her lyrics were quickly brought up, while her mentions on both Instagram and Twitter have already turned into a mess.

Despite the attacks from the Barbz, Erica Mena has brushed off all the hate. “Free promo Thursday,” she wrote on Twitter. “Thanks suckas.”

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Halsey hit by rubber bullet at George Floyd protest

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Halsey has released a series of posts detailing her experience with police at the Los Angeles George Floyd protest, including an injury she received from being hit with a rubber bullet.

The singer attended the Black Lives Matter rally with Yungblud on Saturday (May 30). She livestreamed parts of the protest, including encounters with police. Yesterday, she took to social media to clarify she was not arrested and is safe, but many others aren’t.

“[The police] fired rubber bullets at us. We did not breach the line. Hands were up. Unmoving. And they gassed and fired,” Halsey posted with photos of the altercation.

“This hit me through layers of fabric and for that, I am extremely privileged. At close range it would have caused serious injury,” she wrote on a recent, since-expired Instagram story, cited by Stereogum.

“They were fired at peoples’ faces during peaceful moments of the demonstration. If you’re a follower of mine who ‘stays out of it’ but you’re mad I have a little bruise for doing nothing unlawful, then consider you ARE on our side. Because the reality of what happens to black folks everyday is worse than my bruise. So get involved. Sign. Donate. Share links. Do something.”

Halsey has compiled a list of organisations that support the Black Lives Matter movement, and is encouraging fans to donate within their means. On the day of posting (May 29) she stated her “initial contributions” are USD$100,000.

On Thursday (May 28), Halsey made a passionate Instagram post with a photo of George Floyd and links to both protest his death to state government and a memorial Go Fund Me page. In the caption she said, “if you have family and friends privileged enough to ‘stay away from this kind of news’ then take that fucking privilege away.”

A Twitter thread from the same day saw the singer calling out celebrities for “choosing to be silent” because “a brand is more important and they want to keep pocketing the money of racists.”

Halsey is continuing to protest. This morning (June 1), she tweeted: “Santa Monica I’m here I have medical supplies lots of it. They are masking.”

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Minnesota Governor says JAY-Z called him seeking justice for Floyd

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Minnesota Governor, Tim Walz, says that JAY-Z called him over the weekend (May 30) to demand justice for George Floyd. In a press conference, Walz revealed that the acclaimed rapper phoned him “stressing to me that justice needs to be served”.

“It was so incredibly human,” Walz said of his call with JAY-Z.

The Governor said that JAY-Z called him not as a performer, but as a father.

“It was a dad – and I think quite honestly a black man whose visceral pain of this that he knew. His words summarised that justice needs to be served here.”

“He said he feels the compassion and the humanity of these folks who are speaking,” Walz said.

“He knows the world is watching, and how Minnesota handles this is going to have an impact across the country. It’s a positive sign that someone of stature, that has a presence like that, is focused in the moment of what Minnesotans are focused on.”

Derek Chauvin, the officer alleged to have been responsible for Floyd’s death on May 25, has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. If convicted, he could face up to 25 years in prison.

Three other officers, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, have also been identified as involved in Floyd’s death. All four have now been fired, with Hennepin County Attorney, Mike Freeman, revealing that more charges could follow.

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The National’s Aaron Dessner responds to mistakingly being identified as Ohio rioter

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The National‘s Aaron Dessner has responded to being mistakingly identified as someone seen encouraging rioting during protests taking place in the US.

On Monday (May 25), George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, was killed in Minneapolis following an altercation with police officers. Floyd died after a white police officer knelt on his neck as he lay on the ground during an arrest.

The incident has since led to thousands of people protesting all across America.

While many musicians and actors, including Janelle Monáe, John Boyega, and Ice Cube, have led calls for justice following the death, Dessner was accused by some social media users of being someone seen encouraging rioting in Columbus, Ohio.

“Meet @aaron_dessner he’s an Antifa organizer paying people to riot!!” one Twitter user wrote, posting a picture of the alleged culprit and tagging Dessner. “He needs to be arrested NOW!!”

Another user commented on a video depicting the apparent Antifa organiser – and Dessner lookalike – “appearing to pay some kids to riot.”

“That’s Aaron Dessner the guitarist for The National!” they wrote. “What’s he doing at the Race Riots?”

Responding to the accusations, the multi-instrumentalist wrote: “I’m very fortunate and grateful to wake up every morning in the rural countryside I live in, looking at farmland and these beautiful mountains. I’ve been here for three months now isolating with my wife and young children.”

He continued: “This morning I’ve woken up to the unpleasant and surprising news that I’ve been misidentified by some social media users as someone seen encouraging rioting in Columbus, Ohio – I am not the person some are suggesting I am and I would never support violence of any kind. Nor have I been in Ohio since June 2019.”

Speaking on the protests and his stance on racism, Dessner added: “However, I do fully support peaceful protests and activism against endemic racism and racially motivated violence in this country, which somehow continues generation after generation after generation.

He concluded: “Like so many, I’m hoping for peaceful resolution and actual process addressing these persistent issues in our society.”

Meanwhile, The National have announced full details of their rescheduled tour dates for 2021.

The band were due to play two shows at London’s Brixton Academy this June, but due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic these have now been rescheduled to 2021. All previously purchased tickets will remain valid for 2021.

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