Azealia Banks’ Arrest Warrant Retracted Following Court Appearanceby Colin Stutz

attempted assault charges.

A New York judge set aside an arrest warrant for Azealia Banks, after the rapper appeared in court on Tuesday (March 7). Banks’ entertainment attorney John Vafa confirmed the news with Billboard

The arrest warrant was issued because Banks failed to appear in court on Monday for a hearing on misdemeanor assault and attempted assault charges related to a 2015 incident where she allegedly attacked a female security guard at a New York nightclub.

Vafa issued a statement on Tuesday saying Banks had mixed up her court date, thinking it was Wednesday, and was unable to attend because she was in France for Paris Fashion Week. 


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“The Court retracted the warrant. Azealia appeared immediately after she returned to New York,” Vafa told Pitchfork in a statement. 


‘T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle’ Ending After 6th Seasonby Colin Stutz

‘T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle’ Ending After 6th Season

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T.I. and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle-Harris attend the VH1 Big In 2015 with Entertainment Weekly Awards at Pacific Design Center on Nov. 15, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. 

The VH1 reality series T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle will end its run after its upcoming sixth season, reps for the show have confirmed with Billboard

The news comes amidst marital problems for the show’s stars, T.I. and Tameka “Tiny” Harris. The two have been married since 2010 and share two sons and one daughter together. In December Tiny filed for divorce from T.I. but last week the divorce hearing was dropped. 

The show has run since 2011 and follows the family and their seven children living in Atlanta. It will end in April with its 100th episode. 


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“VH1 is incredibly proud of this long running series and our partnership with Tip and Tameka,” Nina L. Diaz, EVP, head of unscripted, VH1 and MTV told People in a statement. “For six years, they have opened their home and shared countless family moments with us. Reaching 100 episodes is a milestone and we couldn’t be more excited to bring viewers the highly anticipated final season.”

Puma Announces Big Sean as New Global Ambassador & Creative Collaborator by Braudie Blais-Billie

Puma Announces Big Sean as New Global Ambassador & Creative Collaborator

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Big Sean performs during his “I Decided” Secret Show at The Sayers Club on Feb. 10, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif. 

Back in January, Big Sean announced his endorsement move with Puma after five years at Adidas. On March 7, Puma announced Sean’s new position: Global Ambassador and Creative Collaborator.

As a Global Ambassador, the Detroit rapper will be the face of the next Puma Classics campaign this summer. The sportswear brand will also be supporting Sean’s Sean’s fourth studio, I Decided. —which charted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — with a brand sponsored summer tour.

As Creative Collaborator, Sean is working with Puma’s creative team to design an exclusive collection set to release Spring 2018. “His passion for creativity and individuality is very strong,” Puma’s Global Director for Brand Marketing Adam Petrick said in a release. “We’ve already kicked off the design process with Sean and we’re glad to see a fusion of his unique style.” 

Billboard has reached out to both Puma and Big Sean for comment.

Rae Sremmurd’s Swae Lee Wants to Date Malia Obama: Watchby Lyndsey Havens

While recently at LAX, Rae Sremmurd‘s Swae Lee told TMZ that he not only wants to date Malia Obama, but knows exactly how he would set up their first date.

Lee wasn’t directly asked about his dating life, though when questioned about who he would like to write for as an artist he said, “I want to write for Adele, or with Adele. I want to do some crazy shit I never did before and break some boundaries, you know? Hell yeah. Malia Obama get at me. I know you’re on vacation.”


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Lee, who is 21, said he would take Malia, who’s 18, to the Bahamas, and laid out an elaborate dinner date that would be “200 feet in the air on a suspended table at a five-star restaurant.” He would then take her to the beach, “maybe go on some jet skis,” then take her home. 

When asked how he would approach her famous presidential father, Barack Obama, Lee said he would pay his respects and “do it like a gentleman,” teasing, “I might come with some flowers, you never know.” 

Watch the full interaction below.

Remy Ma Talks Nicki Minaj Feud, Pregnancy Struggles & Life in Prison by Lauren Tom

Remy Ma Talks Nicki Minaj Feud, Pregnancy Struggles & Life in Prison

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Remy Ma attends the Roc Nation pre-Grammy Brunch on Feb. 11, 2017 in Los Angeles.

Remy Ma got up-close and personal with Buzzfeed’s “Another Round” podcast on Tuesday (March 8) during a live interview, and no topic was off-limits for the outspoken rapper. 

The Grammy-nominated MC spoke at length about her feud with Nicki Minaj post-“shETHER,” her thoughts on pregnancy and health care, plus the truths about life in prison for women.  

Below are a few highlights from Remy Ma’s interview: 


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Nicki Minaj Diss

“It just bothers me that me picking apart another female is what went viral. We could’ve done this working together,” the rapper explains what went down behind-the-scenes with Minaj. 

Pregnancy Struggles

After experiencing her second ectopic pregnancy, she realized a lot of women have been in the same position as her, but because of healthcare, she couldn’t afford in vitro fertilization.   

“We have all these politicians that claim they’re pro-life, and that say women should not be able to get abortions and all this other stuff… there’s nothing more pro-life than helping a woman who wants to have a child have a child. Then I realized that health insurance doesn’t cover IVF. I could use my health insurance to not have a child if I want to, but I can’t use my health insurance to conceive.”

Women In Prison

Remy Ma’s six-year stint in prison gave her some insight on women and mass incarceration. She states that women in prison have a far worse experience than men in prison.  

“I served time with women who went over a decade without anyone to come see them … And women get double the sentence a man would get for the same time. They feel like ‘You’re a woman, you’re supposed to be a nurturer… how dare you commit a crime?'”

Watch the full interview below:

Australian Man Who Impersonated Justin Bieber Online Charged With 931 Child Sex Offensesby Colin Stutz

A 42-year-old man in Queensland, Australia, has been charged with 931 child sex offenses after posing as Justin Bieber online in order to solicit explicit images from young children. 

According to the Queensland Police, the man had previously been charged with numerous child sex offenses, including “possessing child exploitation material and using a carriage service to groom persons under 16.”

As part of that investigation, the man’s computer was examined and illicit material was discovered. 


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The man allegedly used Facebook, Skype and other online platforms to communicate with his victims with offenses dating back to at least 2007. He is now being charged on offenses of rape, indecent treatment of children, making child exploitation material, using a carriage service to procure person under 16, and using a carriage service for child pornography material.

“This investigation demonstrates both the vulnerability of children that are utilising social media and communication applications and the global reach and skill that child sex offenders have to groom and seduce victims,” Detective Inspector Jon Rouse said in a statement. 

“The fact that so many children could believe that they were communicating with this particular celebrity highlights the need for a serious rethink about the way that we as a society educate our children about online safety. The breadth of offences committed in this instance are frankly horrendous and I want to recognise the efforts and commitment of the investigative team at Taskforce Argos to keeping children safe.”

Pharrell Williams Honored By France For Services to the Artsby Lars Brandle

Pharrell Williams has been decorated by France’s culture minister for his contribution to the arts.

“This is another level,” the “Happy” singer said as he was awarded the insignia of Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by Audrey Azoulay at a ceremony near the Louvre. “For me, France is the center of art,” the Grammy-winner said during the presentation. 


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The 43-year-old performer, who was in the French capital for the annual Fashion Week, said he was appreciative for the special recognition and added he wished his wife and children could be there for the occasion. “Trust me, I’ll go back and tell them every detail,” he quipped.


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Previous recipients of the award include Elton JohnVan Morrison and Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett.