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Virgil Abloh Named Louis Vuitton’s New Menswear Designer

Virgil Abloh just hit the sweetest of licks. The Off-White founder, Kanye West creative director, DJ and culture conduit has been named Louis Vuitton‘s new menswear designer. 

The New York Times reports that Abloh holds the distinction of being the first African-American to hold the position of artistic director at LV.

“I feel elated,” Abloh told the NYTimes. “This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.”

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Protesters of Police Shooting Shut Down I-5 and Block Entry to Sacramento Kings Game

A dramatic day of protest Thursday over the shooting of a young unarmed black man began at Sacramento City Hall, shut down Interstate 5 during rush hour and culminated with hundreds of protesters surrounding Golden 1 Center and blocking most ticket holders from entering the downtown arena for a Sacramento Kings game.

In the end, there were no arrests and, aside from a few scuffles, little violence.

“This is an epic day for black Sacramento,” said Brrazey Liberty, a musician and activist with Black Lives Matter. “We feel like we had a victory today. Today was ours.”

The demonstrators were protesting Sunday’s fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark, 22, who was holding only a cellphone when two Sacramento police officers fired 20 rounds at him in the backyard of his grandparents’ home. The officers believed Clark was a burglary suspect who was armed, authorities said.

The demonstration began near City Hall around 3 p.m. Protesters entered the building chanting “Face the people!” and moved back outside onto I Street before making their way to the freeway. They stood in front of a big rig and other vehicles chanting, “Don’t shoot. It’s a cellphone!” They also started yelling, “We don’t want you,” as a California Highway Patrol helicopter flew overhead.

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Mark Zuckerberg Finally Break Silence on Scandal

Mark Zuckerberg has broken his silence, finally admitting to a “breach of trust” amid reports that Facebook recklessly handed over troves of user data that were exploited by a political consulting firm during the 2016 presidential election.

In a Wednesday afternoon Facebook post, Zuckerberg said the social network “made mistakes” and vowed to prevent another disaster by auditing thousands of apps and reining in their access to user data.

“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” Zuckerberg said, before launching into a blow-by-blow timeline explaining how the scandal unfolded.

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Shonda Rhimes Divorcing ABC For Netflix

Shonda Rhimes made headlines in August, when the creator of “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” announced that she would be leaving longtime home ABC for a new producing dealat Netflix. But watching her two new series for the network, “For the People” and the “Grey’s” spinoff “Station 19,” this might be one of those situations where a divorce benefits both sides.

Rhimes’ success gave her enormous clout at ABC, so much so that the network appeared willing to give the go-ahead to almost anything offered by her production shingle. The last two shows, however — the misguided caper “The Catch” and the Shakespeare-inspired “Still Star-Crossed” — both failed, and whatever the commercial prospects of this latest pair, creatively, they both feel like tired versions of Shondaland Lite.

Inevitably, the spotlight in each show centers on an attractive, diverse group of young people in a high-stakes workplace setting.

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Drake’s ‘God Plan’ Tops Digital Song Sales Chart

For the first time in just over 12 years, the week’s top-selling song sold fewer than 50,000 downloads.

Drake’s “God’s Plan” leads Billboard‘s Digital Song Sales chart (dated March 24) for a sixth total week with 49,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music. That marks the lowest total for a No. 1 since the chart dated Dec. 31, 2005, when Mariah Carey’s “Don’t Forget About Us” ruled with 39,000.

Downloads were still relatively new in 2005, the year that the Billboard began incorporating their sales into the weekly Billboard Hot 100, on the chart dated that Feb. 12. That week brought the lowest total for a Digital Song Sales No. 1 since, as Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” led with 31,000.

Nielsen Music started tracking digital song sales in 2003, the same year that Apple’s iTunes Store launched.

(“Plan” peaked with 127,000 downloads sold in its debut week, on charts dated Feb. 3.)

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Marvel Unveils ‘The Weeknd’s Comic Book

Back in October, The Weekend announced a forth coming collaboration with Marvel that his Starboy character would be made into a comic book. Five months later and Marvel has produced a release date for The Weeknd Presents: Starboy. The debut issue is slated to hit shelves on June 13, according to a Marvel press release.

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Byron Allen Buys the Weather Channel

Comedian and producer Byron Allen acquired the Weather Channel TV network as he looks to expand his film and TV production company into a major media business. Allen’s Entertainment Studios Inc. bought the network from Blackstone Group, Bain Capital and Comcast Corp., according to a statement Thursday. The price was approximately $300 million, according to a person familiar with the terms who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and asked not to be identified. That’s a fraction of what the larger company sold for a decade ago. The deal includes the famous cable TV network, but not online assets such as the website Weather.com and related mobile apps, which were acquired by International Business Machines Corp. in January 2016. In an interview on a day in which rain and snow blanketed much of the U.S., Allen said he was attracted to the reach and familiarity of the brand.

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No Charges For Bills’ Zay Jones In Naked Fight

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors will not bring criminal charges against Buffalo Bills receiver Zay Jones after a naked, bloody argument with his brother in Los Angeles earlier this week.

Los Angeles prosecutors declined the case because of “insufficient evidence,” district attorney’s office spokesman Paul Eakins told The Associated Press on Thursday.

The 22-year-old Jones was arrested after officers were called to a disturbance in downtown Los Angeles, said police spokesman Luis Garcia. Jones was found “breaking glass doors and windows” and arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism, Garcia said.

The Bills had no immediate comment.

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Singer Bobby V Accused Of Rape In Georgia

Bobby V was named as the suspect in a rape that allegedly took place last weekend in Georgia, TMZ reports.

Law enforcement sources say the R&B singer was named by a woman who filed a police report in Cobb County early Monday, March 19. According to TMZ, the alleged rape occurred on Sunday in an area where Bobby has a residence.Police say they have an open investigation into the case and are keeping details under wraps.

Meanwhile, Bobby is not only denying the allegation, but is vowing legal retaliation.

Via TMZ:

Bobby’s rep tells us they are pursuing legal action “against what appears to be a weak yet calculated attempt to obtain financial gain through ulterior motives in the matter.” The rep did not say the alleged victim requested money directly from Bobby, but called her version of events an apparent false report.

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