Jaden Smith Chops of Locs

Will Smith cuts Jaden Smith’s hair in preparation for a new film role.

Will Smith posted pictures of Jaden’s big chop on Facebook.

Jaden is starring in Life in A Year opposite model Cara Delevingne with Terrence Howard and Nia Long cast as his parents.

New Music: Dre Black – “All Night Long”

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DC singer/songwriter Dre Black releases his new song “All Night Long,” as he prepares to debut the song at the Coast 2 Coast Music Showcase in LA this Sunday.  With his primary focus being his new Music Development & Publishing company, Motivated Elevation, LLC, Dre has transitioned into businessman.  He is now using his voice to demo tracks that he has written with business parter/producer ProjectGeniusCreationz for other artists. Also, honing in on Artist Development and Brand Imaging.

Dre is hard at work on his own EP, PerspectiveS which has been in the making for about a year. “You can’t force your creativity, you have to be inspired…and not let time force the process/experience,”Dre said.  The EP will be an eclectic mix of R&B/Soul and classic Hip-Hop with a hint of Trap and Dance.

Take a listen to All Night Long:

DC STAND UP: Chaz French Signs to Motown Records

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DC rapper, Chaz French has been grinding out for the past few years gaining national attention.  He released his debut mixtape back in 2014 with Happy Belated and has been gaining momentum ever since. Yesterday, French signed a new joint label deal with Motown/Capitol Records and his 368 Music Group, co-founded by singer Raheem Devaughn.

He also released his first single under the new deal called “Way Out.”

In a statement to Billboard, Chaz stated that “I’m happy for my label 368 and I love my new Motown family,” French, who was born in D.C. and raised in Maryland.  He has an incredible story, one who has endured both homelessness and a near-fatal car crash in his past.  “I’m super excited to represent the DMV. It’s not just about me, it’s about all of us.”

Check out his new single below:

Way Out

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Meek Mill Arrested in St. Louis

Rapper Meek Mill was arrested at the airport in St. Louis for assault.

According to reports rapper Meek Mill was arrested at St. Louis International Airport today after getting into a scuffle with an airport worker who asked for a picture.

Meek, along with two airport employees, were booked on misdemeanor assault charges and hit with a summons to appear in court.

Meek is currently on probation for a 2005 gun charge.

Chicago Students Pens Open Letter to Chance the Rapper

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Following Chance the Rapper’s  $1 million donation to the Chicago city’s public schools, three local students wrote an open letter to the Grammy-winning star.

The Lake View High School students, Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros, and Annelisse  Betancourt, published their letter through Billboard thanking Chance for his philanthropic works.

“We as Chicago Public School students would like to thank you for the supportive donation to our schools,” they wrote. “As we all know, CPS has been struggling financially, and your donation has really given us a push to get to where we need to be and possibly motivate others to give back to the community as well. This is only one of the many things that you have done to improve our Chicago.”

“You’re more than just an artist to us, you are a way of life,” they wrote. “You make music that we can relate to on many levels, because you know what living in Chicago is like, and you want to make changes in the city. We may not be from the same side but we come from the same city. We just want to thank you for not forgetting where you came from and helping the city of Chicago in more ways than just being an inspirational rapper. You’re using your fame for good and not just to look good. You gave $1 million dollars of your personal money to Chicago schools and that’s something no one has done for us.”

“We thank you for supporting Chicago’s minority youth when not many others have put time to think about the kids,” they added. “As minority students we feel ignored and as though we don’t have enough support from bigger influences like you. Being born and raised in Chicago is not easy at all. There are so many stereotypes and restrictions we have as teenagers due to the frequent violence and crimes. Your music puts some at ease because we know that someone cares and someone has experienced these daily struggles too. You and your music have taught us that you can be true to yourself and still be successful, still be self-made.”

Chance read the letter and responded with promises of more to come. “I appreciate you guys, and you’ll be happy to know the work has only just started,” he tweeted. “Huge things to come over the next 2weeks.”

Former First Lady Michelle Obama even celebrated Chance:

“Thanks @chancetherapper for giving back to the Chicago community, which gave us so much,” she tweeted. “You are an example of the power of arts education.”

Safaree Wants $2 Million From Nicki Minaj

Last week, in a sit down with Wendy Williams, Nicki Minaj’s ex-boyfriend / ghostwriter Safaree Samuels had trouble coming up with a number after Wendy asked how much he thought he should be compensated for contributing to Nicki’s albums uncredited.

Safaree sets his price. He tells Thisis50:

“When [Wendy] said how much, I wish I would have said $2 million.“

“I know what’s really there. You can say, here…live your life, leave me alone. “

“It’s not like I’m saying I need half.”