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Jay Z Appoints First Black Executive Producer of Super Bowl Halftime Show

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Jesse Collins. (Image via NFL.com)
Jesse Collins. (Image via NFL.com)

Often referred to as the biggest concert of the year, the Super Bowl halftime show always has something in store for all football and non-football fans alike. Jay-Z has selected Jesse Collins to EP The Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show next year. This marks Collins as the show’s first-ever Black executive producer in NFL history.

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  • The Emmy-nominated producer will reportedly be accompanied by another award-winning director, Hamish Hamilton, to create the next performance for the halftime show of the biggest sporting event of the year. Super Bowl LV will take place on February 7th, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.
  • Jay-Z justified his pick of Jesse Collins in a statement by saying how he is both a creative and innovative and is one of the few executive producers with a vision that makes him a true artist. “Jesse’s insight and understanding create both extraordinary shows and true cultural moments. After working with Jesse for so many years, I look forward to all there is to come,” he said.
  • According to the press release, “A major component of the partnership will be to nurture and strengthen community through football and music, including through the NFL’s Inspire Change initiative.” Roc Nation will be the ones looking over the selection of any artists that will perform for the upcoming halftime show, as they do for all NFL performances such as the Super Bowl.
  • As far as his partnership with the NFL is concerned, Jay-Z has stated that with “its global reach, the National Football League has the platform and opportunity to inspire change across the country”.

He continued by explaining that “Roc Nation has shown that entertainment and enacting change are not mutually exclusive ideas — instead, we unify them.”

  • Collins is known for his work as a producer on various award shows such as the Grammy Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, and Soul Train Awards. Most recently, he was one of the people that helped create a special honoring John Lewis on CBS, John Lewis: Celebrating A Hero, which aired shortly after the death of the renowned civil rights leader and politician.
  • Collins humbly spoke on the opportunity he was given to produce the upcoming halftime show by saying that it’s “an honor to be a part of such an iconic show at such an important time in our history”. He also thanked Jay-z, Desiree Perez, the entire Roc Nation family and the NFL for the chance.
  • In addition to this, the NFL’s Chief Media and Business Officer Brian Rolapp added to the news by showing how excited they are in having Jesse Collins collaborating with Roc Nation to executive produce the halftime show. “We look forward to our fans experiencing a memorable performance as part of the culmination of our 101st season,” he said.

Last year’s halftime show was met with a little heat thanks to Jay-Z’s pick of Jennifer Lopez and Shakira at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Rap Legend Luther Campbell, also known as Uncle Luke, accused Jay Z and the NFL letting down Miami’s music industry by hiring Miami-based acts in their own city.

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Javier Garay is a digital intern with Unmutedco. He graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Film/Digital Media with a concentration in Media Studies. He is a contributor and editor for Black News Alerts (BNA), a BNA and BossFM social media contributor, and is the lead of the BNA Daily Podcast Team.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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Cardi B and Offset Welcome Their 2nd Child Together, His 5th

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Cardi B welcomed her and Offset’s second child together on Saturday, September 4.

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“9/4/21,” Cardi, 28, captioned a Monday, September 5, Instagram upload, alongside a blue heart emoji.

 

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The couple announced the Grammy winner’s pregnancy in June at the BET Awards. The “WAP” rapper showed her baby bump in a sheer jumpsuit during a joint performance.

The couple welcome Kulture, 3, July 2018. Offset, 29, previously welcomed Jordan, 11, Kody, 6, and Kalea, 6, in previous relationships.

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