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Travis Scott Dominates Nicki Minaj Queen Debut But Nicki is Calling Foul

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Travis Scott pulled off the unexpected, as his Astroworld album has held off the first-week push of Nicki Minaj‘s Queen LP to retain its No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200.

For the second week in a row, La Flame did big numbers. According to Nielsen Music, Astroworld‘s numbers were down 62 percent for the week ending in Aug. 16. But that was still enough for the Texas rapper to move 205,000 equivalent album units. He was able to move 78,000 in traditional album sales, down 71 percent.

Nicki put up a valiant effort in the first week of the release of her Queen LP, enough to nab the No. 2 spot. She raked in 185,000 equivalent album units, with 78,000 of the sum being traditional album sales. This marks back to back No. 2 debuts for Nicki whose The Pinkprint also debuted in the same slot in Jan. 2015, after her first two albums reached the peak in the first week. Queen‘s tally is the second biggest debut week from a female rapper in 2018, following Cardi B’s Invasion of Privacy album (255,000 units).

Drake’s Scorpion album is still holding strong, having been pushed to the No. 3 spot, after spending five weeks on the mountaintop before being dethroned by Travis.

La Flame is currently prepping his Astroworld: Wish You Were Here Tour and will be hitting up cities like Miami, Atlanta, New York, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and more.

At any given moment in time, Nicki Minaj is feuding with at least one other celebrity, whether that be over perceived disses or awards-show nominations or simple misunderstandings. And while no drama from this week can eclipse whatever’s going on with Azealia Banks, Grimes, and Elon Musk, the ongoing feud between Minaj and Travis Scott has been steadily growing as everyone from Kylie Jenner to Ariana Grande has gotten involved. Below, a guide to this week’s second-best celebrity drama.

So how did this all start?

The public feud started on Sunday, August 19, when Scott’s Astroworld took the No. 1 spot ahead of Minaj’s new album, Queen, which prompted an aggrieved tweetstorm that took Scott and Jenner as its victims. Apparently, Minaj was upset with Jenner for promoting her fiancé’s Astroworld tour packages — which include tickets, T-shirts, the album — to her 113 million fans on Instagram. Because of this, Minaj argued that Scott’s sales via Jenner shouldn’t count toward his Billboard ranking because Jenner suggested that Astroworld concertgoers may be able to see baby Stormi from afar.

“I put my blood sweat & tears in writing a dope album only for Travis Scott to have Kylie Jenner post a tour pass telling ppl to come see her & Stormi,” Minaj tweeted. “lol. I’m actually laughing.”

And then things got weird at the MTV Video Music Awards.

What happened at the VMAs?

So Jenner and Scott were supposed to sit almost directly behind Minaj at the VMAs, which took place the day after Minaj’s tweetstorm; before the awards show, though, the couples’ seats were mysteriously moved. (TMZ reports that Scott requested this.) While Jenner and Scott were clearly trying to avoid a run-in with Minaj, Jenner found herself in dangerous proximity to the female rapper on the red carpet, prompting her to do an incredibly obvious U-turn away. And then after Scott’s performance that night, he bragged, “Astroworld, No. 1 right now!” which was almost certainly a jab at Minaj.

The following day, Minaj joked on her Beats 1 show, “Queen Radio,” that the real beef was between her and Jenner’s 6-month-old daughter. She probably wasn’t teasing when she later declared that “Travis Scott gets Hoe N*gga of the Week by a landslide,” though. Eek.

So Minaj and Jenner are feuding?

Actually … no. On Thursday, Minaj told her fans, “For the record, I fucking love Kylie, and that’s not gonna change,” on “Queen Radio.” “She has been put in an awkward situation.”

Ash Exantus aka Ash Cash is one of the nation’s top personal finance experts. Dubbed as the Hip-Hop Financial Motivator, he uses a culturally responsive approach in teaching financial literacy. He is also a speaker, and bestselling author of six books. Ash has established himself as a thought leader and trusted voice with Corporate America, Colleges, Churches, and Community based organizations. Ash is best known for helping people maximize their full potentials by giving them the inspiration, tools, and resources needed to live their best lives. For more info on Ash please visit www.IamAshCash.com

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Serena Williams Umpire Controversy: Why Knowing (and Using the Rules) Against Financial Institutions is Important in Personal Finances

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Passion, as it pertains to sports, is what makes the game exciting, and when an athlete expresses that raw emotion, it makes for a more entertaining experience for the fans in the stand and viewers at home.

Unless you’re Serena Williams, then expressing emotion can cause you to lose the U.S. Open. Saturday, (Sept. 8) Naomi Osaka took the title defeating Williams, however, it was the 23 time Grand Slam Champion winner’s confrontation with umpire Carlos Ramos that made headlines.

During the final woman’s match, Ramos issued a warning to Williams over “coaching” because he thought her coach was giving her cues on the court. Williams disputed the matter stating “I don’t cheat to win, I’d rather lose.”

Ramos later gave her point penalty after she smashed her racket. She confronted him again to complain and called him a thief, to which he gave her “verbal abuse” penalty which cost her the game.

Backstage at a press conference, Williams said she hopes her expressing her emotions on the tennis court will one day be accepted among female athletes the way they are so liberally by male athletes.

“I just feel like the fact that I have to go through this is just an example for the next person that has emotions and that want to express themselves, and they want to be a strong woman, and they’re going to be able to do that because of today. Maybe it didn’t work out for me, but it’s going to work out for the next person.”

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Will Smith & Secrets To A Lasting Marriage

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It takes work, homie.

Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith are the contemporary role models for romantic relationships. They have been public about their hardships and the ways in which they have overcome them. The couple consistently dish advice about love on their respective socials. Today, Will Smith delivers a message through the words of Eric Thomas AKA Hip Hop Preacher.He uploaded a clip of one of ETs talks with a caption that sums up his interpretation of the speech: “There can be NO LOVE without LABOR!” The video shows Hip Hop inspiring a crowd to pay the price in order to salvage their failing relationships. He shares his own personal experience with passion.

“You can write me a letter and tell me. You can tell me on the phone you’re through with me. I invested too much. I invested too much to quit. I made too many sacrifices to give up. Listen to me, that’s why it’s so easy for you to quit, cause you ain’t paid nothing for it…If you leave, you will not leave me over the phone or through a letter. You will look me in my face and tell me you gone…after I bring you the roses.”

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Jim Carey and Woke Nikes

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The comedian makes politics accessible.

Jim Carrey brought his usual boisterous self on the set of Real Time With Bill Maher. It took the guy less than 30 seconds to bring up an important social issue while humoring the crowd.

The actor proudly flaunted his footwear, resting his feet on the host’s desk. “Check this out. I went out today and bought me some Nikes!” The crowd cheered and laugh when he poked fun at the shoe’s symbolism: “I bought me some freedom-friendly Nikes!”

Although the whole bit was a show of humor, Carrey is serious about the state of American society. He worries about the generation of kids “growing up right now… who are learning to lie, that lying is OK, that it’s fake news, that you’re supposed to hate half the country.”

He preached a message of unity and tolerance towards others.

 “If anything, if anything, we’ve got to get back to a place where we realize that a vote is not who you are, and because you voted Republican you’re not stupid, you’re not different, you’re not worthless. I can break bread with anybody who voted for Trump, we could find some common ground to love each other. Just stop doing stupid s**t.”

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