Beyonce Accepts MJ Vanguard Award AT VMAs
Last night after slaying the MTV VMA stage for 15 minutes performing her entire visual album, Beyonce accepted the Michael Jackson Vanguard Award. Jay Z and baby Blue presented her with the award and she gracefully told him and Blue that she loved them before thanking God, MTV and her fans. Jay introduced his wife as the "greatest living entertainer of our generation" The award is meant to honor an artist with an exceptional body of work. Previous artists who have received the award are Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Madonna, Beastie Boys and of course Michael Jackson.
Strongest Quake Ever Stikes Cali
Early yesterday morning many Californians were awoken out of their sleep thanks to a 6.0 magnitude earthquake. The quake’s center hit the northern part of the state striking 6 miles southwest of Napa. It was the strongest earthquake in that area in 25 years- in 1989 a 6.9 magnitude quake struck during the World Series. Dozens of injuries and countless damages were reported. Buildings collapsed, fires started and as of last night at least 7,500 people were still without power. The governor has declared a state of emergency in order to access and deal with the damages. The director for the office of emergency services said that things are not as bad as they could have been and thankfully no deaths have been reported.
The Dragons Are Home - But Not For Long!
Yesterday Philadelphia welcomed the Taney Dragons home with a rally at LOVE Park in Center City. The 12 little leaguers are home but not for long because they have a slew of media appearances lined up. On Monday they will be featured on the Today show and on Wednesday they’ll be honored with a parade and a Major League Baseball tribute. The team has broken several records including pitcher Mone Davis being the first girl to pitch a shut out in the World Series and little league television records. The team’s manager thanked everyone for their endless support, “Thank you, everyone, for supporting the kids…We felt every bit of the love you sent, wherever we were."
Common Speaks On Mike Brown AT VMAs
Amidst all of the craziness at last night’s VMAs, Common took time out to set a more serious tone. During the show he spoke about Mike Brown, Ferguson and called for a moment of silence. He talked about how people all over the world have been using their voices to incite change and to call for justice. He went on, “Every one of out lives matters. Hip hop has always been about truth and it's been a powerful instrument of social change… hip-hop has always presented a voice for the revolution.”
Drake Challenges Murda Mook To A Rap Battle
Underground battle rapper Murda Mook claims that Drake has challenged him. Yesterday he posted a picture of the two of them facing each other with the caption, “So this is @champagnepapi telling me he wants to battle me. And he is actually serious! Who got the check?” Several artists commented on the potential battle including Fabolous who said that he wanted to join in! Drake hasn’t validated the claims yet but according to Twitter, Mook is ready he says all they need is a sponsor!
M.I.A. Reaches Settlement With NFL Over Super Bowl Middle Finger
During her Super Bowl XLVI halftime performance with Madonna, MIA thought it would be okay to throw up the middle finger. Well, it wasn’t and she got into some serious trouble with the league. They originally wanted to sue her for $1.5 million but when a settlement hadn’t been reached by March of this year they were asking for another $15.1 million in damages. Representation for the artist confirms that she has reached a confidential agreement with the NFL. No word on how much money was exchanged or when the settlement was made.
Phillies Owner Passes
83 year old Sara L. “Sally” Buck, a member of the Phillies ownership group, passed away on Saturday morning. Buck and her late husband joined the limited partnership back in 1981. He son described her as a woman who was “selfless” and always put family first. During Saturday’s game the team’s president held a moment of silence and said, “Sally was loved by many in the Phillies organization from front-office staff, to players, to fellow owners…Her passing leaves the club with a profound sense of loss.”