The Grammys Reportedly Rejected XXXtentacion From The In Memoriam

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I hope the Recording Academy keeps this same energy

Per usual, the 61st annual Grammy Awards included a brief video presentation honoring the influential people in music that passed away in 2018. Included in this year's memoriam were Mac Miller, Avicii, and the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Not included was rapper XXXtentacion, who was shot to death last June. According to Variety, despite repeated requests from XXXtentacion's team to have him recognized, he was rejected from the televised segment because of his history of violence against women.

Neil Portnow—departing president of the Recording Academy—was asked back in December by Rolling Stone if X (real name Jahseh Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy) would be included, and he called it a "daunting challenge." Avoiding an explicit response to Onfroy's self-admitted violence, Portnow deduced the decision to logistics. "We track those that we lose in our industry in any given year and then we have a process by which we go through it. Our on-air in memoriam—we're lucky if we wind up [featuring] 10 to 15 percent of those we lose." And then he wrapped it up with a classic non-answer. "All of that is to say, I don't have any answers for you now, but obviously artists who were prominent and well-known by the public are people who are recognized and we'll just wind up having to see how it plays out."

It played out with Onfroy's exclusion. The Recording Academy's decision not to include him stands out as so many other award shows chose to embrace him despite allegations against him. The BET Awards featured Onfroy prominently in their memoriam just a couple of weeks after his death, and his mother accepted an award on his behalf at the American Music Awards in October. The Grammys—and the music industry as a whole—has been called out for its overall sidestepping of he #MeToo movement and its general reluctance to acknowledge female artists (Portnow didn't help matters when, last year, he suggested that female artists need to "step up.") Let's hope the Grammys keeps this same energy and continues to reject abusers.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.