Gaining momentum back in 2014 with her record “Somebody” off her Winter’s Diary 2: Forever Yours mixtape, many saw Tink as a triple threat in the game – as she signed to Timbaland‘s Mosley Music Group and Epic Records that same year, things seemed promising for the Charlotte, NC native and award-winning producer. However, after going through a delay with her debut album Think Tink, which was originally slated for a July 2015 release, it never saw the light of day and Tink’s relationship with Timbaland started to become rocky.
“The album was actually finished. There was an intro, I had interludes.” Tink told The Fader. “It was [Timbaland’s] call to hold back on it, and I think, I want to say, for the benefit of the doubt, he did want to perfect it. But it was Tim’s call not to put it out.”
After failing to chart her single, “Ratchet Commandments” and “Million” peaking at No. 38, Epic pulled out on supporting Think Tink and slashed Tink’s budget. Tink decided to go back to releasing mixtapes and dropped Winter’s Diary 3‘s in 2015 and Winter’s Diary 4 in 2016. Failing to reach commercial success, Tink started taking steps to getting out her deal with Timbaland’s Mosley Music Group and Epic Records.
“Being a woman you have to fight a whole lot harder for what you want,” she said. “It’s unfortunate. There’s nothing you can tell me that makes that make sense. I just know how it is, dealing with these execs, these male-dominated offices. We’re made to feel like we’re less than, or as if we’re not taking it as serious as some of the other guys. It’s really just egos. That’s it — it’s nothing more than egos.”
Tink was released from Mosley Music Group and Epic Records December 2017. As she starts working on the 5th installment of her Winter’s Diary series, Tink says she will not be releasing any music previously recorded with Timbaland and is starting from scratch.
Megan Thee Stallion and Popeyes to Release ‘Hottie Sauce’
Megan Thee Stallion has partnered with popular Lousiana Kitchen food chain Popeyes for a development deal, according to Adweek.
Starting Tuesday, Oct. 19, fans of the fast-food chain will be able to enjoy Megan’s first release, the ‘Hottie Sauce,’ which contains honey, cider vinegar, and Aleppo pepper. In addition to being featured on the menu, Thee Stallion will also be teaming up with Popeyes to create official merchandise —titled Thee Heat— which will include bikinis, long sleeve shirts, hats, tumblers and Popeyes chicken tenders plush dog toys. The merchandise will also release on Oct. 19.
“I’m appreciative of Popeyes commitment to empowering Black women and look forward to opening Popeyes Restaurants,” Megan said in a statement. “Teaming up with Popeyes is such a milestone in my journey and evolution as an entrepreneur. I’ve always been a fan of the Popeyes brand and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to join the brand and help create the new Megan Thee Stallion Hottie Sauce for their line-up.”
To sweeten the deal, Megan Thee Stallion and Popeyes are making a six-figure donation to Houston Random Acts of Kindness, a nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of the Houston community.
Five Members of O-Block Arrested in FBG Duck’s Murder Case
Five alleged gang members — Charles Liggins, Kenneth Roberson, Tacarlos Offerd, Christopher Thomas and Marcus Smart — of O-Block have been arrested in connection to FBG Duck’s murder.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago, the O-Block gang fatally shot Carlton Weekly, also known as FBG Duck, in Aug. 2020 while him and two other men were shopping in the Gold Coast neighborhood. FBG Duck was pronounced dead at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after suffering multiple gunshot wounds to the torso.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago believes O-Block has “claimed responsibility for acts of violence in Chicago and used social media and music to increase their criminal enterprise.”
The five defendants have entered a not guilty plea and are being charged with committing murder in aid of racketeering, assault in the aid of racketeering and various weapons charges.
FBG Duck’s mother, Lasheena Weekly, responded to the news in a video: “[The feds] just called me and told me they arrested Muwop, they arrested C-Thang, they arrested…two more, five people that they have in custody,” she said in the video. “The lil boy who killed himself August the 24, was one of the shooters that shot my son — they just told me that, too. … You heard it from me first. They got they ass. They got them muthafuckas.”
Liggins, Offerd, Thomas, Smart and Roberson face a mandatory minimum sentence of life in prison and the maximum sentence of the death penalty.
Black man arrested by Boston Police during stroke to receive $1.3 million
Al Copeland, a Black man who was arrested while suffering from a stroke in his vehicle was awarded a $1.3 million settlement after being wrongfully accused of being drunk, back in 2019.
According to records, Copeland was driving on Mass Ave and began to feel nauseous. He decided to park at the Berklee School of Music, where he sat in his vehicle unconscious for almost two hours. Two Boston police officers found Copeland and arrested him, claiming the now 62-year-old smelled like alcohol.
However, what officers did not know was that Copeland had been practicing sobriety for 20 years and was actually suffering a stroke. When he was taken to the police station, Copeland reportedly struggled to stand and subsequently ended up falling and hitting his head before throwing up. Copeland was taken to Tufts Medical Center where medical professionals also thought he was drunk.
After several hours in the emergency room, doctors determined Copeland was suffering from a stroke which ruled out the cops’ accusations of the 62-year-old being drunk. The stroke resulted in Copeland behind hospitalized for weeks which was followed by him being unable to complete certain daily tasks and ultimately resulted in him having to resign from his job at the MBTA.
The City of Boston launched an internal investigation after being contacted by Copeland’s lawyer, George Leontire. However, the officers weren’t cited for treating Al like he was drunk, but for being negligent in their lack of response when he hit his head on the cell wall.
Copeland received a $1.3 million settlement, but neither the officers nor the City of Boston has been charged in the incident; they quietly dealt with it and dismiss the event.
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