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Plans are starting to fall in place for the upcoming 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards.

The performance lineup for the show has been announced and it features red hot artists Migos, Playboi Carti and Cardi B.

The award show, which will take place in Miami, will be heavily represented by acts from the Sunshine State as well, as Rick Ross, Trina, Trick Daddy, Plies, T-Pain and Flo Rida are also set to hit the stage.

Nominees for the awards were released earlier this month. Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar and DJ Khaled lead for the most amount of nominations with nine.

As previously reported, DJ Khaled will host the awards show. “I am so excited to host the BET Hip Hop Awards for a second year,” Khaled said in a statement, following the announcement. “This is such an iconic show that highlights the hustle of hip hop artists in the industry. It is a huge honor to be a part of a night that pays homage to some of the greatest talent of our generation and I’m looking forward to the amazing performances and tributes. You know I’ll be bringing the cloth talk and the keys — Hip Hop Awards 2017 is going to be major!”

The show is slated to take place in Miami on Oct. 6, and will premiere on the network on Oct. 10. The We The Best boss recently revealed a new ad for the upcoming award show on his Instagram account. Check out the plug below.

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Hugh Hefner, the Playboy founder who died last night at the age of 91, will be remembered for helping drive the sexual revolution of the ’60s; objectifying women on a massive, unprecedented scale; and surrounding himself with young, attractive, rigidly policed girlfriends for the better part of his life.
Most people won’t remember him for running a club in Miami. But the Magic City was home to the first satellite location of the original Playboy Club, opening in 1961, just a year after the Chicago establishment debuted.


The venue, located at 77th Street and Biscayne Boulevard and promised South Florida men all the benefits of its northern counterpart: drinks, dining, live entertainment, and, most important, loads of women parading around in bunny ears and tails.

The club boasted its own “playroom,” the main event where the Bunnies mingled and served patrons. But an advertisement for the club suggests guests also visit a “living room” with buffet dining; a “swinging” piano bar with a live jazz trio; and a “Cartoon Corner” with a “rollicking display of Playboy wit and whimsy.” The place was open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a 24-hour party.


The club was also a draw for young women who aspired to be Bunnies, lured by the celebrity cachet and glamour that Hefner promised. In 2011, Alice Wilder, a former Miami Bunny, recalled her experiences to NBC 6. “We even had Johnny Carson in one night,” Wilder remembered.


Though in later years Hefner’s clubs earned a seedy reputation, and Hefner himself was sued for sexual battery, Wilder remembered the Miami club as a “straight-up” establishment. “There were all kinds of rules we had to follow,” she said.


Not all Miami women were impressed with Playboy, however. Feminist activist Roxcy Bolton wrote a scathing response to the Playboy Hotel, which opened in Miami Beach around the same time as the Upper Eastside club, after a staff member suggested she hold a committee meeting there.

“Your colossal gall is exceeded only by my tolerance, despite the stress upon my good nature,” Bolton shot back. “It would seem that common sense would tell you that a feminist committed to equality for women would not be caught dead in that establishment of yours that exploits, degrades, uses, and abuses the bodies of women.”


But in one instance, Playboy’s Miami club was an unlikely site of racial justice. According to Elizabeth Fraterrigo’s book Playboy and the Making of the Good Life in Modern America, Hefner bought the club back when its franchise owner began barring black customers from entering. The Miami club became the first to overturn its policy of segregation, a practice that soon extended to all the clubs in the Playboy chain.

Hefner found a way to turn even that progressive step into gross advertising, though. Soon afterward, the magazine announced that 67 foreign-born women were employed as Bunnies by its chain of clubs, noting that “11 Oriental Bunnies are particularly in the limelight this year, which according to the Chinese calendar is the Year of the Rabbit.” The magazine also boasted, “We presently have more than 25 ‘Chocolate Bunnies.'”


The Upper Eastside club was relocated in 1983 to 1550 NW LeJeune Rd., near Miami International Airport. That operation didn’t last long either; it continued to struggle financially and was out of business by the late ’80s.

What remains, however, is the Playboy Club’s lasting mindset, which has never fully disappeared from South Florida. When tourists think of the Magic City, they think of skin, sex, and scandal, all things Hefner embraced and even championed. The man is gone, but his legacy, for better or worse, lives on in Miami.

-Thank you MiamiNewTimes

What a country some of us live in. Earlier this morning, President Donald Trump said Facebook  “was always anti-Trump.” Now, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has responded, posting on Facebook that the point of Facebook is to “give all people a voice and create a platform for all ideas.” He also said he regretted dismissing the idea that fake news on Facebook changed the outcome of the election.

After the results came out, a lot of people pointed the finger at Facebook, saying all of the fake news on Facebook led to Trump’s election. At the time, Zuckerberg dismissed the idea that fake news led to his election. He feels differently now.

“Calling that crazy was dismissive and I regret it,” Zuckerberg wrote. “This is too important of an issue to be dismissive. But the data we have has always shown that our broader impact — from giving people a voice to enabling candidates to communicate directly to helping millions of people vote — played a far bigger role in this election.”

In his post today, Zuckerberg also wrote that while Trump says Facebook is against him, on the other side, liberals are saying Facebook helped Trump.

“Both sides are upset about ideas and content they don’t like,” Zuckerberg wrote. “That’s what running a platform for all ideas looks like.”

During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Zuckerberg notes the billions of interactions around politics that happened on Facebook, how candidates were able to use Facebook to interact with their followers and how Facebook ran “get out the vote” campaigns, which Zuckerberg says resulted in as many as 2 million people registering to vote.

Here’s Zuck’s post:

I want to respond to President Trump’s tweet this morning claiming Facebook has always been against him.

Every day I work to bring people together and build a community for everyone. We hope to give all people a voice and create a platform for all ideas.

Trump says Facebook is against him. Liberals say we helped Trump. Both sides are upset about ideas and content they don’t like. That’s what running a platform for all ideas looks like.

The facts suggest the greatest role Facebook played in the 2016 election was different from what most are saying:

– More people had a voice in this election than ever before. There were billions of interactions discussing the issues that may have never happened offline. Every topic was discussed, not just what the media covered.

– This was the first US election where the internet was a primary way candidates communicated. Every candidate had a Facebook page to communicate directly with tens of millions of followers every day.

– Campaigns spent hundreds of millions advertising online to get their messages out even further. That’s 1000x more than any problematic ads we’ve found.

– We ran “get out the vote” efforts that helped as many as 2 million people register to vote. To put that in perspective, that’s bigger than the get out the vote efforts of the Trump and Clinton campaigns put together. That’s a big deal.

After the election, I made a comment that I thought the idea misinformation on Facebook changed the outcome of the election was a crazy idea. Calling that crazy was dismissive and I regret it. This is too important an issue to be dismissive. But the data we have has always shown that our broader impact — from giving people a voice to enabling candidates to communicate directly to helping millions of people vote — played a far bigger role in this election.

We will continue to work to build a community for all people. We will do our part to defend against nation states attempting to spread misinformation and subvert elections. We’ll keep working to ensure the integrity of free and fair elections around the world, and to ensure our community is a platform for all ideas and force for good in democracy.

-Thanks Tech Crunch!

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Cardi B is making billboard moves y’all. She has finally made money moves to the top! This week, her Gold certified-hit “Bodak Yellow” lands its spot; number one of the Billboard 100 singles chart. Cardi is the first female rap artist to top the Billboard 100 as a solo artist since Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998. How dope is that. It is also currently at its 4th week at number one on Billboard’s Rap chart. Congrats, Cardi B!

-Thanks Rapradar for the update on Cardi!

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50 Cent‘s got some big things in store for BET, and apparently, they go well beyond his new TV series 50 Central. Speaking with the hosts of Power 105.1’s the Breakfast Club, Fif says he’s planning on making major programming changes on the network—specifically, removing Tales, which is a show produced by his arch-enemy, Murder Inc. boss Irv Gotti.

“They’ll be gone. They won’t be there long. I have full on intentions of removing that,” Fif says. “There are adjustments to be made.” When show host Charlamagne Tha God pressed him by asking if he appreciated Tales despite his past with Gotti, 50 reveals that he tunes into nearly every episode. According to him, it’s a “Cool idea” that’s “not well executed.”

In somewhat predictable fashion, Gotti responded to Fif’s trashing his show with an Instagram post. He actually thanks Fif for giving Tales so much large-scale exposure. “All bullshit aside. I WANNA THANK THIS NIGGA. HE PROMOTE MY SHIT BETTER THAN @bet Hahaha,” said Gotti in an Instagram post that included Fif’s Breakfast Club interview.

He continues, “And it’s obvious. YOU LOVE TALES. You just can’t say it. Obviously. You say great concept. Poor execution. Hahaha. Fuck outta here!! Everyone. Right after the Hip Hop Awards on Oct 10th. My enemies favorite show returns. Hahaha. TALES. 10pm. Tell a friend to tell a friend. Tales is back. And as far as it stopping. The opposite is happening. TALES is expanding. All Music Genres. Pop. Rock. Country. R&B. Gospel. And across the Globe. Tales Latin. Tales Asia. Tales U.K. Tales Germany. With the VIACOM System. Like you said cock sucker. It’s a dope Concept right?? Hahahha. #visionaryideas #talesonbet #talesontidal #hiphopculturedtv Oh. And I am doing Nas’s I Gave You Power in Season 2. I thought of that already whore. Lol.”

Check out Fif’s interview on the Breakfast Club below. 50 talks about Tales at around the 14:50 mark. Peep Gotti’s clapback post beneath that.

All bullshit aside. I WANNA THANK THIS NIGGA. HE PROMOTE MY SHIT BETTER THAN @bet Hahaha. And it's obvious. YOU LOVE TALES. You just can't say it. Obviously. You say great concept. Poor execution. Hahaha. Fuck outta here!! Everyone. Right after the Hip Hop Awards on Oct 10th. My enemies favorite show returns. Hahaha. TALES. 10pm. Tell a friend to tell a friend. Tales is back. And as far as it stopping. The opposite is happening. TALES is expanding. All Music Genres. Pop. Rock. Country. R&B. Gospel. And across the Globe. Tales Latin. Tales Asia. Tales U.K. Tales Germany. With the VIACOM System. Like you said cock sucker. It's a dope Concept right?? Hahahha. #visionaryideas #talesonbet #talesontidal #hiphopculturedtv Oh. And I am doing Nas's I Gave You Power in Season 2. I thought of that already whore. Lol.

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-Via XXL

After working with Virgil Abloh for Off-White™’s Pitti Uomo show earlier this year, American artist Jenny Holzer has announced a new exhibition at the UK’s famous Blenheim Palace. The show is set to feature her famous text-based art, with stonework, light projections, LED light installations and even a virtual reality mobile app that has been specially developed.

The exhibition is influenced by its location’s military history — both as the birthplace of Winston Churchill and its role as a reward for military victories in the 18th century — with conflict being a common feature of Holzer’s work since 2010. The text for the artworks comes from The Not Forgotten Association, a charity that supports ex-soldiers. The exhibition is set to run from September 28 until December 31, with a series of free evening light installations from September 28 until October 10.

For more art, take a look at a new exhibition of Ben Buchanan’s unseen photographs — including images of Basquiat, Haring and Warhol — that is about to open in London.

-Via HB

Wynwood’s Cake Thai has shut its doors.”Probably not reopening as Cake Thai,” restaurateur Javier Ramirez said in a text message. “We will be making a decision [as to the future of the space] this week.”

The closure comes less than a year after Phuket Thongsodchareondee, along with partners Ramirez and Leo Monterrey, opened the bright-orange spot on the north end of NW Second Avenue in Wynwood. At the time, it was to be a showcase for the traditional southern Thai cuisine that Thongsodchareondee — who goes by the nickname Cake — was cooking at his Upper Eastside spot.

Yet as is too often the case between chefs and owners in Miami, fissures seemed to develop in the relationship. One supplier said he witnessed disagreements between Ramirez and Cake, who worked his way up in Miami at Makoto in Bal Harbour Shops. At Cake Thai, there was kaprao moo krob, featuring ground pork belly or duck depending upon the night, which is quickly sautéed in a salty amalgam of chili and garlic. Jiggly flat rice noodles combined with chicken thigh, bits of briny cuttlefish, salted cabbage, and house-made sriracha sauce to fill out the dish he calls kua gai. And Cake’s green curry, which the menu listed as gaeng keaw wan nuea ayutthaya, features a mound of fork-tender short ribs doused in a pungent forest-green sauce that also clings to snappy Thai eggplants and a ginger-like tuber called finger root.

“In the beginning, things were very romantic until the opening,” Ramirez said.

Several weeks ago, Cake appeared to altogether leave the restaurant that bore his name in favor of a Japanese izakaya concept called Gaijin by Cake, situated a few blocks away in the space once housed by the Gang Miami.

Citing advice from attorneys, Cake declined to comment.

Ramirez and Monterrey said the chef, who owns a minority stake in the restaurant, would stay on in a kind of consulting role. Yet some of the kitchen and waitstaff from Cake now work at Gaijin, which seemed to leave the former eatery short of institutional knowledge and unable to execute the traditional Thai that so deftly balanced sweet, salty, sour, and spicy. A month later, Cake seems to be at his izakaya full time while the Wynwood restaurant bearing his name sits dark on a busy weekend.

The chef’s original Cake Thai Kitchen, located on Biscayne Boulevard at NE 79th Street, remains open, and plans to open a Cake Thai in the rising Little River food hall the Citadel are still on track, according to developer Thomas Conway.

-Via MiamiNewTimes

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has announced that its latest project will be the new home of the Universal Hip Hop Museum. According to a press release put out over the weekend, the Bronx Point development will be constructed on a vacant lot along the Harlem River and will be home to a variety of different amenities including the new museum. In addition to showcasing the rich history of the art that originated within the New York City borough, the museum will partner with Microsoft and Google to create an immersive experience for visitors. Museum chairman Kurtis Blow says the history of hip hop is something that needs to be celebrated and is worth sharing.

The Universal Hip Hop Museum may be the single most important project for the preservation of hip-hop culture. This new cultural institution will be a great new tourism destination for NYC and the Bronx. What a great day for hip-hop!

Executive Director Rocky Bucano added that the location of the new museum is key, saying that he wants the new facility to pay proper homage to the art form’s roots. “[The museum will be] home for the world’s most popular art form, hip-hop culture… bringing hip-hop back to the Bronx where it originated from. It’s gonna be a complete history of hip-hop.”

The Bronx Point space will also feature a multiplex theater, a food and beverage hall, an education space and over 1,000 affordable housing units for the neighborhood’s residents. If everything goes according to plan, the NYCEDC expects the first phase of the project’s construction to be finished by 2022.

-Via HB

Though Hurricane Irma put a damper on Miami, it’s time to get out and have a good meal again. Despite the storm, there are many recent restaurant openings, so this weekend, why not try something new? Here are five places to try.


Jeremy Ford’s Stubborn Seed Opens in South Beach. Nearly six months after Jeremy Ford announced his departure from Matador Room, the Top Chef winner returns to Miami Beach this week with the opening his first restaurant, Stubborn Seed, in the South of Fifth neighborhood.

Ofa, a Modern Brazilian Concept, Opens in Sunset Harbour. This week, Ofa, a modern Brazilian concept, opened its doors in Sunset Harbour. Created by Brazilian hospitality vets Felipe Ortiz, Carmen Rodriguez, and Lucas Scudeler, the 2,200-square-foot indoor-outdoor restaurant serves dishes rooted in a range of regions across the South American country, incorporating colorful vegetables, grains, and sauces into many of its items.


NightLife Brewing Co. Emerges Unscathed From Irma, Releases First Beer This Saturday. Hurricane Irma turned out to be a close call for NightLife Brewing Company. The storm knocked out power to the brewery for several days, causing the temperature to rise and nearly spoil most of the beer, cofounder Juan O’Naghten says. But Florida Power & Light restored electricity to NightLife Brewing September 15, just in time for the brewery’s release of its Next Thursday Pale Ale


Brazil’s Coco Bambu Survives Hurricane Irma and Finally Opens on South Beach. Coco Bambu, an award-winning Brazilian restaurant, is officially open in South Beach (955 Alton Rd.). Because of Hurricane Irma, the restaurant was forced to close Friday, September 8, hours after its grand debut. Though the storm littered Miami with fallen trees, snapped power lines, and other debris, the restaurant did not suffer physical damage.


Ofa, a Modern Brazilian Concept, Opens in Sunset Harbour. This week, Ofa, a modern Brazilian concept, opened its doors in Sunset Harbour. Created by Brazilian hospitality vets Felipe Ortiz, Carmen Rodriguez, and Lucas Scudeler, the 2,200-square-foot indoor-outdoor restaurant serves dishes rooted in a range of regions across the South American country, incorporating colorful vegetables, grains, and sauces into many of its items.

-Thanks MiamiNewTimes