On Monday the Minnesota Vikings announced it re-signed 15-year NFL veteran cornerback Terence Newman. Newman will play his fourth season in Minneapolis; and 16th overall. In his three seasons with the Vikings, Newman has compiled 110 tackles, 25 passes defensed and five interceptions. Newman, who will turn 40 in September, has only missed one game during his stint with Minnesota. Newman will also reunite with head coach Mike Zimmer. Newman will now be coached by Zimmer in 10 of his 16 professional seasons, going back to his rookie year in Dallas where Zimmer served as the defensive coordinator. Newman will also be the oldest active defensive player in the NFL and ranks second among all active players with 42 career interceptions.
Los Angeles police are investigating an alleged domestic violence incident involving Raiders left tackle Donald Penn. No charges have been filed in the incident and no arrests have been made, police said. LAPD spokesperson Detective Meghan Aguilar said officers responded at about 9 p.m. Sunday to a radio call of a domestic violence incident. Officers met with a victim upon arrival and completed a domestic violence report that listed Penn as the suspect. Penn and his wife, Dominique, had issued the following statement: “There was a verbal disagreement, there was NO physical altercation. The two are in the middle of a divorce and it is a hard time for both parties.” Penn signed a two-year extension with the Raiders last September that runs through the 2019 season. He started 14 games last season and made the Pro Bowl despite finishing the season on injured reserve and is returning from foot surgery.
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Mariah Carey announced on Monday that she would return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace for a new residency, “The Butterfly Returns,” beginning in July and extending through September. The Colosseum was home to Carey’s previous Vegas show, “Mariah #1 to Infinity,” which lasted from 2015-2017. The announcement comes on the heels of Carey sharing her struggle with bipolar disorder. Carey has also been teasing new music on social media, promising an album release later this year. Tickets for “The Butterfly Returns” go on sale this Friday. More information can be found on Carey’s website.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s latest #Hamildrop picks up the pace with “First Burn,” which Manuel confirmed in a tweet is “a first draft” of the Hamilton track “Burn,” is packed with features from Arianna Afsar, Julia Harriman, Lexi Lawson, Rachelle Ann Go and Shoba Narayan. Each of these singers had at one point played the part of Eliza in the show across the U.K. and United States. “It’s different, but it’s a mood” tweeted Miranda about the tune that dropped Monday morning (April 30). “First Burn” is upbeat and rhythmic, with each Eliza adding her unique flair to the three-minute track. Check out the track in the article below.
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Kenny Chesney announced details of his upcoming 12-song project, Songs for the Saints. Set for release on July 27, the record will cover many life changes Chesney has gone through in the past several years. “So much has happened since I went off the road in 2016,” Chesney shared in a press release. “And all of it, in one way or another, has ended up on this record. It’s special to me because of what it says – to me, and for me – about life, the world around us, how fragile it all can be and about somehow still finding the best parts of you, and moving towards them.” Chesney wrote or co-wrote five tracks featured on Songs for the Saints. The project will feature first time songwriters and surprise collaborations.
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The Women of Color (WOC) group within the Time’s Up movement has published an open letter in support of a campaign that seeks justice for the alleged victims of R&B singer R Kelly. WOC write: “We call on people everywhere to join with us to insist on a world in which women of all kinds can pursue their dreams free from sexual assault, abuse and predatory behavior. To this end, today we join an existing online campaign called #MuteRKelly.” The #MuteRKelly campaign calls on Kelly’s record label, Sony, and concert promoter, Live Nation, to sever ties with the musician. Kelly, 51, has faced a number of allegations of abuse against young black women, including claims of imprisonment in an “abusive cult”. Kelly has “unequivocally” denied all claims.
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More than 30,000 people gathered at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington D.C. on Saturday to watch Cardi B, Migos, Miguel, H.E.R, Nipsey Hussle, and more hit the stage at the 2018 Broccoli City Festival. Cardi B performed her final show of the year before maternity leave, and Nipsey Hussle took a political stand making a statement against the President. Launching in 2013 to draw attention to Earth Day, Broccoli City’s mission has been to re-build urban communities through self-sustainability, healthy food, and clean living, with a focus on “people, planet, and profit.” You can see more highlights in the article below.
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