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Genius Lawsuit Against Google Gets Dismissed
Genius filed a $50 million lawsuit against Google with claims that Google took information from the Genius site to post on Google’s search page. Genius has a hidden watermark having to do with apostrophes. Some of the apostrophes are curly and some are straight which could then be translated into morse code which says ‘REDHANDED’. The judge ended up dismissing the case because Genius does not own the copyright to the actual lyrics.
2020 VMAs Lineup Features Roddy Ricch, The Weeknd, and More
The 2020 MTV VMAs is going to be held on August 30th. Artists like Roddy Ricch and The Weeknd are on the line up as performers. Roddy Ricch is also nominated for Song of the Year and Best Hip Hop Video. The Weeknd is nominated for a new category Best Music Video from Home. Award shows are changing due to COVID and they are finding new ways to keep their events entertaining and engaging. Tune in to the MTV VMAs on August 30th at 8:00pm.
Lupe Fiasco and UMI Do A Live Stream For Charity
Lupe Fiasco and UMI teamed up with Grubhub and World Health Kitchen – a non-profit, to help donate money to black-owned restaurants and communities where people do not have access to affordable healthy foods. Lupe and UMI did a live performance on Youtube where they performed and answered questions. In order to raise money, viewers had to comment on what their favorite delivered meal was and Grubhub donated one dollar for every one of those comments up to $100,000.
The Weeknd Raises $350,000 Through Tik-Tok Live Stream
The Weeknd and Tik-Tok joined forces to put on a massive live performance in an effort to raise money for an Equal Justice Initiative. The organization addresses mass incarceration, economic justice, and social justice for marginalized people in the United States. In addition to the live stream, they made merchandise and with both of these combined sales, they raised about $350,000.
2 Chainz Talks Voting Rights for Cons and Ex-Cons
2 Chainz gets involved with Michelle Obama’s Initiative ‘When We All Vote’. The rapper made a video discussing some of the common misconceptions about voting when it comes to people that have been or are currently incarcerated. He stresses that different states have different laws when it comes to voting, so in some states you can in fact vote if you are incarcerated. Michelle Obama has stressed that this is nonpartisan and that it doesn’t matter who you choose, she just wants you to vote. 2 Chainz echoed this in his video.