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Forbes Names Jay-Z As First Billionaire Rapper



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Forbes Richest Rapper

Forbes named Jay-Z as the first hip-hop artist to become a billionaire.

In addition to the millions earned from touring and record sales, Jay-Z, born Shawn Carter, is also a businessman.

Forbes calculated the rapper’s massive net worth by simply adding together his most valuable assets and investments.

His alcohol empire alone is worth nearly a half million dollars. Carter’s stake in Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac are worth a combined $410 million. Then he has an additional $220 million in cash and investments, including a $70 million stake in Uber.

In 2010, he launched Tidal, his own streaming service, which is worth roughly $100 million, according to Forbes.

He also has $75 million from his entertainment company Roc Nation, and another $75 million from his record deals. He also has an art collection that is worth roughly $70 million.

Jay-Z is involved in real estate as well, and has made at least $50 million through real estate deals. His properties include a $26 million East Hampton mansion and a $88 million Bel Air estate.

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Jay-Z during his Glastonbury performance. Photo Credit: Mike Barry, Wikipedia

Humble Beginnings

Jay-Z was born in Brooklyn, New York City and raised in a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood.  Carter sold crack in his younger years and says that rivals shot him three times during his drug career.

Jay-Z loved music from an early age and began rapping on the streets when he was a teenager. Neighbors gave him the nickname “Jazzy,” which he modified into the stage-name “Jay-Z.” The rapper’s record company, Roc-A-Fella Records, was started out of his car.

Since his first release, the rapper has achieved 14 No. 1 albums, 22 Grammy awards and over $500 million in earnings.

Friend and producer, Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, says that Jay-Z is just getting started.

 “It’s bigger than hip-hop … it’s the blueprint for our culture. A guy that looks like us, sounds like us, loves us, made it to something that we always felt that was above us. If he’s a billionaire now, imagine what he’s about to be, because he’s only just starting,” Swizz Beatz says.

Dr. Dre’s Fortune

Many people expected NWA’s Dr. Dre to be the first hip-hop billionaire, after his $3.2-billion deal with Apple for Beats Electronics.

However, Dre was just shy of a billion dollars, with a net worth of $800 million after receiving his cut. After Dre sealed the deal with Apple, he posted a video online proclaiming himself as the first hip-hop billionaire. Dre looked drunk in the video, as many of his fans pointed out, but who can blame him for celebrating?

Unfortunately, Forbes quickly corrected Dre to inform him that he miscalculated his own fortune. Many fans were not aware that investors Jimmy Iovine and Len Blavatnik owned a large stake in the company.

At the time, Dre was still the richest artist in hip-hop with his $800 million.

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé performing “Crazy in Love” on November 15, 2009. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Power Couple

Jay-Z is also married to a woman who is extremely wealthy on her own as well. His wife, the pop-star Beyoncé, has an estimated net worth of $500 million. Beyoncé could very well become a billionaire through her own assets in the coming years.

TIME magazine listed Beyoncé and Jay-Z as the most powerful couple for the magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2006. In January 2009, Forbes ranked them as Hollywood’s top earning couple, with a combined total of $162 million. They have come a very long way in just ten years time.

On November 16, 2010, Jay-Z published a memoir entitled Decoded, but it may be time for him to write another.

Black Billionaires

With the new announcement from Forbes, Jay-Z now joins the short list of black billionaires in the United States.

The richest African American is Robert F. Smith, the founder, chairman, and chief executive of Vista Equity Partners. Vista Equity is an investment firm that has made Smith a total of roughly $5 billion. In May, Smith made headlines by donating $40 million to pay off student loans for an entire graduating class.

Talk show host and entertainer Oprah Winfrey is also on the list with a massive net worth of $2.5 billion. Basketball superstar Michael Jordan is not far behind Oprah, with a net worth of $1.9 billion.

Michelle Williams was born in New York City, and began to take an interest in journalism as the editor of her high school newspaper. After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in journalism, Williams moved to Los Angeles where she worked as a copy editor for a large television production firm.  While working as a copy editor, Williams began developing contacts in the entertainment industry, which helped her land a job with the neighborhood culture magazine LA Beat. As the internet began to replace traditional media, the LA Beat eventually went out of business along with most free neighborhood culture magazines, so Williams turned to blogging sites like Medium, where she was able to continue her work.

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Keanu Reeves Revealed As Star Of Cyberpunk 2077 In E3 Announcement



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Cyberpunk 2077 Announcement at E3

E3, the premier video game conference in the world, is popular for the shocking reveals that take place there. The tens of thousands of people who flock to the event each year always in for a treat. This year, Keanu Reeves stole the show by announcing his role in Cyberpunk 2077.

CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 is one of the most anticipated games of this generation. This is a game that fans have been anticipating for years. Cyberpunk 2077 is the follow up to the company’s award winning RPG “The Witcher 3”.

While onstage at E3 in Los Angeles, Reeves described his involvement in the game. The actor revealed that CD Projekt Red approached him about playing a role in Cyberpunk 2077.

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Action movie star Keanu Reeves appears onstage at E3 to make a major announcement about his role in the upcoming RPG Cyberpunk 2077. Photo Credit: CD Projekt Red

He said that he was excited by the fascinating story and the world that CD Projekt Red created. He also revealed some details about the mechanics of the game. Reeves said that the game will have a branching storyline. You will also be able to customize your character through in game choices.

Reeves described the setting of the game as a “metropolis of the future where body modification has become an obsession.”

“You play as an outlaw, an enhanced mercenary working in the sleazy underbelly of the city,” Reaves said.

Reeves then directed the crowd’s attention toward the trailer playing on the large screen behind him. A promotion at the end of the trailer revealed the release date as April 16, 2020.

Reeves Gaming History

While this may seem like an unprecedented announcement, Reeves has been in numerous other games. Many of his movies ended up making very successful video game renditions. This is actually rare in the industry considering that many video game renditions of Hollywood properties fall flat.

His first appearance in a video game was actually way back in 1991, for the NES game “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure”. That same year, a Bill & Ted title was released for the handheld Game Boy as well. The Game Boy release was called, “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Game Boy Adventure: A Bogus Journey.”

The very next year, in 1992 Reeves found himself as the face of “Bram Stoker’s Dracula”. A few years later, Reaves stared in the blockbuster trilogy “The Matrix,” which inspired numerous video games. Later, in 2005, Keanu starred in “Constantine: The Video Game,” which was also based on one of his films.

The actor has a longer resume in the video game industry than many of his fans might expect. However, this is the first time a game developer hired him for a role he didn’t play in a film.

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Keanu Reeves character in Cyberpunk 2077 revealed as Johnny Silverhand in a trailer shown at E3 2019 in Los Angeles. Photo Credit: CD Projekt Red

Keanu Reeves Is Johnny Silverhand

Reeves did not reveal much about his character onstage at E3, but a developer gave GameSpot some of the details.

Reeves will reportedly play the character of Johnny Silverhand. CD Projekt Red describes Silverhand as a “legendary rockerboy”. The character is named Silverhand because he has a silver robotic arm.

Silverhand is one of the main characters in the game, so he will likely be making frequent appearances.

In addition to providing the voice and likeness of Silverhand, Keanu also performed full-body motion capture.

CD Projekt Red

In December 2015, CD Projekt Red won the “Developer of the Year” award at The Game Awards 2015. The company’s most popular franchise is “The Witcher,” which has sold over 33 million copies as of 2017.

The company has based its new game on the Cyberpunk 2020 tabletop system created by Mike Pondsmith.

CD Projekt Red says that Cyberpunk 2077 will be “far bigger” than The Witcher 3, which is well-known for its massive size.

Cyberpunk 2077 is finally releasing on April 16, 2020, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. However, it is important to note that there are some stipulations with the PC version. The PC version of the game will only be available for digital download, and no hard disk copies will be sold. This means that there will be no collectors edition for gamers in the United States.


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J.K Rowling To Begin Releasing Four New Harry Potter Stories Next Month



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New Harry Potter Releases

J.K. Rowling shocked her fans this week with the announcement of four new Harry Potter books.

Pottermore Publishing will release the new Harry Potter Stories in the e-book format. The stories will also be a bit shorter than the previous Potter installments.

The books will continue to explore the “traditional folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter series.”

The new books in the series will also include line drawings from the visual artist Rohan Daniel Eason.

Pottermore will be releasing the first two e-books on June 27th. The first release is titled, “A Journey Through Charms and Defense Against the Dark Arts.”

The second release, which also comes out on the 27th, is titled “A Journey Through Potions and Herbology”

Rowling has called the two other books “A Journey Through Divination and Astronomy” and “A Journey Through Care of Magical Creatures.”

However, she has not announced a released date for the latter two books.

The books will be available on Pottermore’s website as well as on Amazon, Apple Books, and Kobo. According to Amazon, the price is a very reasonable $2.99.

Each book is themed around a specific Hogwarts lesson. These lessons include charms, herbology, divination, and astronomy. Defense against the dark arts and the care of magical creatures are other lessons featured in the book.

Best Selling Book Series In History

The books will also be available in English, French, Italian, and German. In total, books from the Potter series have been translated into eighty different languages.

As of February 2018, the books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide. This makes Harry Potter the best selling book series in history.

The last four books consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history.

The final book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was the fastest selling book in history. The book sold 11 million units in the first 24 hours that it was on the shelves.

The success of the series has made Rowling the first only billionaire author.

According to Time, the Harry Potter brand could be worth as much as $25 billion.

The strength of this brand includes films, video games, and other merchandise ventures.

Harry Potter fans will soon be able to pick up a pair of shoes to represent their favorite book franchise. However, no clear release date has been announced for the shoes.


Below you can see some of the work form the illustrator, Rohan Daniel Eason.

Rohan Daniel Eason is an artist who creates some very dark and beautiful images. Critics have compared his work on “My First Kafka” to Edmund Gorey and Maurice Sendak.

He was a nominee for the AOI Illustration awards 2013, and runner up in the award for best book illustration, for a piece in “Tancredi,” a novel by James Palumbo.

Critics recently praised Eason for his work with bestselling author, Kate Mosse. He provided the illustration for her 2013 release, “The Mistletoe Bride.”

You can already pre-order these e-books through sites likes Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Pottermore Explained

JK Rowling developed the Pottermore website and published it in 2012 to release her independent projects. Rowling has been using the site as a launchpad for new ideas and previously unreleased content.

The website started out with activities for fans, which allowed them to build communities. However, admins eventually removed that aspect of the site during an overhaul in 2015. Now Rowling uses the site to announce and host new projects.

Origins of Harry Potter

Rowling got the idea for the book while on a crowded train from Manchester to London in 1990.

Rowling recalled the moment, saying that, “I had been writing almost continuously since the age of six but I had never been so excited about an idea before. I simply sat and thought, for four (delayed train) hours, and all the details bubbled up in my brain, and this scrawny, black-haired, bespectacled boy who did not know he was a wizard became more and more real to me.”

Rowling completed Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 1995. Then, after completing the story, Rowling sent the manuscript numerous agents until one finally accepted her.

It wasn’t easy for Rowling to sell her book to publishers. Eight publishers initially rejected the book before  Bloomsbury offered Rowling a £2,500 advance for its publication.

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Rick And Morty Season 4 Will Premiere In November



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This month, Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim announced that Rick and Morty season 4 Will Premiere In November. This will be the long awaited return of the hit show.

The incredibly popular show has not had anything resembling a normal schedule in its whole existence, but this new announcement may signal the beginning of a more structured release schedule.

In the past, seasons of Rick and Morty came out sporadically, leaving fans guessing when the next season would come. This uncertainty often led to rumors about the show’s future, and at times there were doubts about whether or not a new season would come.

Now, the network is announcing an unprecedented 70 episode renewal for the show, which not only ensures a 4th season, but possibly a 5th, 6th and beyond.

Co-Creators Comments

The show’s co-creator Justin Roiland told Polygon,“We’re super excited that, for the first time ever, we’re locked in, we know what the future is, we have job security. Harmon is in great spirits, we have a great writer’s room. We want the episodes to stay good, but we do also want to try to turn them around a little quicker now that we have this big order. I think it gives us the ability to be faster.”

“We’re not going to do these long breaks, these chasms in between seasons anymore. We’re going to schedule vacation time and just keep the machine going. It’s going to be really cool,” Roiland added.

Rick and Morty actually didn’t begin as a smash hit. It wasn’t until the long hiatus between seasons 2 and 3 that Rick and Morty became a viral success.

Another thing that was unclear in previous seasons was the number of episodes that occur in each installment.

While most of the seasons feature just 10 episodes, co-creator Dan Harmon says that they are hoping to extend the seasons to 14 episodes with this new deal.

“I mostly blame myself for doing 10 instead of 14. I’m still learning how to do the show efficiently while catering to the perfectionist in all of us. I would like to think I’ve learned enough from my mistakes in season 3 that we could definitely do 14 now,” Harmon said in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly.

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Rick and Morty co-creators Justin Roiland (left) and Dan Harmon (right) announce the 4th season and 70 episode renewal of their hit show.  Photo Credit: Instagram, Dan Harmon

How Many Episodes?

However, Harmon says that even though they have a goal of hitting 14 episodes, they haven’t entirely committed to that exact number yet. This is so the team doesn’t become overwhelmed with expectations and deadlines.

“The nice healthy way to approach this is I want to prove it with the first 10 of season 4 — prove it to ourselves, to production, to the network — that it’s so easy that we’ll earn additional episodes,” Harmon said.

This is actually the behind the scenes reason that Rick and Morty Season 3 had a somewhat lukewarm ending when compared with the cliffhanger of season 2.

Harmon explained that episode 10 of season 3 was not actually intended to be the finale. The team was planning on writing 14 shows in total. However, towards the end of the season, the writing team realized that there would only be ten episodes.

This week, the official Rick and Morty Twitter page showed the writing team hard at work.

Where To Watch Rick and Morty

The new season of Rick and Morty will air in November of 2019, according to the recent announcement.

Other than the Season 3 premiere, all of Rick and Morty Season 3 aired on Sunday nights at 11:30pm EST. Adult Swim made every episode of Rick and Morty available on its website after they aired on television.

Fans expect that the release of season 4 will be running on a similar schedule.

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A new season of Rick and Morty will be airing on Adult Swim this November. Photo Credit: Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim

Rick and Morty is no longer streaming on Netflix, but you can currently find them on HULU.

Earlier this year, the UK’s Channel 4 confirmed that they will bring Rick and Morty onto its lineup. Channel 4 will be airing the old episodes in the months leading up to the release of season 4.

Check out the short announcement that Adult Swim recently released for Rick and Morty fans:

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