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meet new york’s newest hip-hop queen.

The hip-hop factory otherwise known as New York City produces rappers at an industrial pace. Its latest creation is Leaf, a rapper whose dark-toned music has the potential to break out big in 2015. Recently signed to Fool's Gold Records, Leaf just put out her debut EP, Magnet Bitch, a profane record that combines grit with flash, and showcases her double-threat status: Yes, Leaf can spit, but she's also got an angelic singing voice. Let's get to know her a little better. 

 

 

How would you describe your aesthetic?
I would say my aesthetic musically is future R&B. R&B isn't what it used to be and I think that needs to recognized. My fashion aesthetic at the moment is pin-up retro goth. I pull a lot of inspiration from Pulp Fiction, Scarface, and Kill Bill.

How did your career get started?
I've been making music my whole life but I would say I started to take it seriously at 14. I started recording out of my friend's closet in the Lower East Side/Chinatown and putting my music on Myspace. That's how I started my buzz around New York as well as throwing parties. However, I don't think I found my sound until very recently with Magnet Bitch.

Where do you hope to be professionally in 5 years?
I hope to have established my brand, made my stamp on the world, inspire girls across the world to achieve their goals, and spread love, 'cause you know it's the Brooklyn way.

What’s your next project?
I just put out my project Magnet Bitch which is a short EP of counteractive music. By that I mean everyone is saying the same thing, degrading women, "it ain't nothin to cut that bitch off," "these hoes ain't loyal,"... I created the alternative version of that. "N*ggas be thinking they slick, that's why they all on my dick." My next project is going to be my first album, that's all I can say right now.

What are you most proud of so far in terms of your career?
I can't pinpoint what I'm most proud of right now because I still feel I have much to accomplish before I can pat myself on the back, but everyday that I wake up I'm proud I've made it as far as I have.

What famous person dead or living do most wish you could have as a roommate?
I don't know about roommate but I'd have Jimi Hendrix's child. He's the reason I started playing guitar when I was younger and is still one of my greatest inspirations. After a bad day I always come home and listen to some Hendrix.

What is your favorite driving music?
I love all of the music coming out of the South right now. However, my music taste is versatile, I don't like listening to the same thing everyday. Always gotta change it up.

Whose career would you most like to emulate?
There's no career that I want to emulate, I think I'm the first of my kind. However, I have to pay dues to any successful woman that has come before me because they've paved the way for me to spread my message to the world.

If you had to live in a past time, what do you think would be the most fun era and why?
I love the era I grew up in (the '90s) however, if I had to choose it would definitely the '60s and '70s. It would be a difficult time to grow up but the unity, love, fight for change, and psychedelic culture has always inspired me.

What activities do you most enjoy doing alone?
I really like to move solo, so I enjoy doing most things alone.

How do you wind down before bed?
Most nights I fall asleep creating, but when I get the luxury of winding down before bed I like to play the ocean waves and try to meditate. My grandma lives right on the water in Puerto Rico so it reminds me of falling asleep to the waves.

When are you most relaxed?
I try to wake up everyday around the sunrise and meditate. That's the only time I get time to myself some days.

What kind of person were you in high school?
I was more of a quiet rebel. A lot of people hated me because they didn't know me and I didn't open up about anything. I was pretty much infamous for being a bad kid. I got arrested from school when I was 16. A lot of people probably didn't see how successful I was going to be mostly because I was caught up doing a lot of dumb shit, hanging out in Union Square and Brooklyn. In reality though, I was just struggling to express myself, all I wanted to do was music, and school wasn't where I was making any so I wasn't in school you know.

Can you tell me a quality about yourself that you are genuinely proud of?
I'm proud of my ability to turn down what I don't deserve and my patience to wait for what I do.

Do you have any phobias?
Mold and maggots.

What’s a serious side of you that people are unlikely to know about? Either in terms of interests, hobbies, or personality?
I really like to watch anime and read books.

What are some new hobbies you would like to take on?
I want to learn how to drive. I mean I know how but that will probably be my next hobby after I get my license.

What are some of your favorite Internet “memes” of all time?
I seen this meme the other day that said, "Change the A in bae to a Y real quick." I was rolling.

How do you hope to grow as a creative person?
I want to continue to expand my sound and spread my message to girls around the globe. I feel like there aren't enough females in the music industry for girls like me. Before we had Erykah Badus, Lauryn Hills, Aaliyahs and Missy Elliots. I just want to keep their legacy alive by creating my own and allow girls a space to be a little more then average.

If there was a phrase that you think best sums up your approach to life what might it be?
"The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud." - Coco Chanel

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This photo proves that they are the chillest onscreen family

Sophie Turner just posted a photo of herself, Maisie Williams, and Isaac Hempstead Wright—aka the Stark siblings—to her Instagram, showing just what the three used to get up to when the Game of Thrones cameras weren't rolling.

The photo shows Wright looking quite pleased with himself while sitting on a makeshift throne, wearing no pants. As he should be, seeing as (spoiler) his character, Bran, won the Iron Throne this weekend. Williams, meanwhile, is looking way too cool to be involved in the shenanigans, wearing a pair of black sunglasses and staring absently off-camera. As for Turner, she's looking away from her onscreen brother, too, nervously smoking a Juul.

"The pack survived," Turner captioned the photo.

This photo just goes to prove that the Stark siblings are the chillest onscreen family. (It also proves, yet again, that Turner's social media is an absolute delight.)

We're actually a little sad that this footage didn't make it into the final season, considering how many modern-day objects have been spotted in the show's last few episodes.

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Meet Ashley

Miley Cyrus shared the trailer for her forthcoming Black Mirror episode, and it's basically Hannah Montana set in a dystopian future. Cyrus is a pink wig-wearing pop star named Ashley who is rolling out an in-home virtual assistant, named Ashley Too, that looks like her and shares her voice. But, as is the case with every Black Mirror episode, this technology is not as cute and fun as it's advertised to be.

In the trailer, we get the idea that Ashley is all about wanting fans to "believe" in themselves—but underneath that pink wig, maybe she doesn't feel that same self-love. After Ashley Too introduces herself to fan and new owner Rachel, promising to be her friend, we get a look at Ashley's darker side. She's depressed and tired of the pop star life. A record label executive says to several people in the room, "She doesn't understand how fragile all this is." As they consider upping her dose of medication, Ashley's life is on a downward slope. "It's getting so hard to keep doing this," she voices over glimpses of a police car chase, performances, and breakdowns backstage.

But back to the technology: Does Ashley's breakdown also mean the breakdown of Ashley Too? Looks like it. We see Rachel's virtual assistant screaming, "Get that cable out of my ass! Holy shit! Pull it out," breathing a sigh of relief as soon as they pull it out. A title card then reveals the episode name, "Rachel, Jack, and Ashley Too."

Watch the full trailer and get a full view of Cyrus' cyborg-esque pop star look, below. Black Mirror returns to Netflix on June 5.


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Several actresses allegedly had "issues" with him

Lena Waithe's Showtime series, The Chi, just lost one of its main characters. Jason Mitchell, who was also set to appear in the Netflix film Desperados, has been dropped from both projects following multiple allegations of misconduct. He has also been dropped by his agent and manager.

Hollywood Reporter heard from a source "with knowledge" of The Chi, who says that Tiffany Boone, the actress who plays Mitchell's girlfriend on the show, is just one of several actresses who had "issues" with him. She eventually told producers at Fox21 that she could no longer work with him after filing several sexual harassment complaints. Apparently, her fiancé, Dear White People co-star Marque Richardson, would join her on set when she would shoot with Mitchell.

While news of Mitchell's alleged misconduct is just now beginning to surface, it looks like the ball started rolling on the fallout weeks ago. He was dropped from Desperados and replaced by Lamorne Morris before filming began. A source from the production team said that the producers received "specific information" that they reviewed and acted on quickly. Similarly, a source familiar with Mitchell's former agent, UTA, said the decision to drop him a few weeks ago was very quick following the allegations.

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Prior to the college admissions scandal, she said she doesn't "care about school"

Apparently, Olivia Jade wants to go back to school despite all those YouTube videos that suggested otherwise. Back in March, it was revealed that her mom, Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin, and dad, Mossimo Giannulli, had scammed Jade's way into the University of Southern California. Now, Loughlin faces jail time, and Jade lost out on plenty of lucrative ad partnerships.

According to Us Weekly, "Olivia Jade wants to go back to USC," per a source. "She didn't get officially kicked out and she is begging the school to let her back in." Another source though ousted Jade's real motivation to the publication. "She knows they won't let her in, so she's hoping this info gets out," they shared. "She wants to come out looking like she's changed, learned life lessons and is growing as a person, so she for sure wants people to think she is interested in her education."

Jade previously shared in a YouTube video she's in college for the "experience of like game days, partying" rather than the education. She also said, "I don't know how much of school I'm going to attend... I don't really care about school, as you guys all know." Though these statements were made prior to the scandal coming to light, her brand partnerships didn't come into question until her parents were indicted.

Right now, despite previous reports that Jade and her sister would both be dropping out of USC, Jade's enrollment has been placed on hold—meaning she cannot register for classes, or even withdraw from the school—until her parents' court case comes to a close. Then, the school will make its own decision as to how Jade will be affected. I think, either way, she should have to pay off a few of her classmates' loans for all the BS she pulled.

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He'd previously said he wanted to punch Jackson's 'Leaving Neverland' accusers in the face

Aaron Carter has been one of Michael Jackson's fiercest celebrity advocates in the aftermath of the Leaving Neverland documentary in which two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, alleged that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. In a new clip from People, however, he seems to walk back his defense.

People reveals that Carter will be joining the upcoming season of reality TV show Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars Family Edition with his mother. It's noted that he will be revealing more thoughts regarding Jackson following the documentary and the sneak peek specifically sees him alluding to a negative experience with the singer.

Carter, who has previously said that Jackson was never inappropriate toward him, says that Jackson "was a really good guy," though he does note that this is only true "as far as I know." "He never did anything that was inappropriate," he continues before stopping himself, as though remembering something. "Except for one time. There was one thing that he did that was a little bit inappropriate."

Carter does not provide any more detail after this statement. He has previously said that he would stay at Jackson's Neverland estate and sleep in the same bed as the much older star when he was 15 years old, though he hasn't seemed to understand then just how creepy that is. He also said earlier this year, in a clip from TMZ, that he would be telling a story of something that happened between them in an upcoming book about his life.

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