Shirley Caesar Denies $5M Lawsuit Over #UNameItChallenge; Doug E. Fresh. Isn’t Suing “Empire” Either
Grammy-winning gospel singer Shirley Caesar is setting the record straight about a $5M lawsuit over the #UNameItChallenge: It’s just not true.
According to Vibe, earlier this week it was being reported that someone filed a lawsuit on Caesar’s behalf against Atlanta-based producer DJ Suede for profiting off the challenge by selling his remixed version of the track and a video that features people twerking and consuming alcohol to the song.
But Caesar wrote on her Facebook page on Saturday that she’s not suing, but there is an injunction to stop the sales of the track and the video because they go against her beliefs and her brand.
“When they refused to remove the commercial song from the Internet and the video, to protect Pastor’s legacy and what Shirley Caesar stands for, we had to take legal action, secure a temporary injunction and order DJ Suede to remove the video, as well as cease and desist sales,” her statement reads.
“We want to make it clear Pastor Caesar does not endorse the imagery or abuse of alcohol endorsed in the video by having her voice everywhere on the track. Please also note, we have not filed any lawsuits or sued anyone even though it is my right. But, it is our hope and prayer that DJ Suede and Empire will do the right thing, and respect Pastor Caesar’s legacy, image and name and follow the Court injunction ordering them to remove this video and the I-Tunes song, a clear violation of copyright and trademark laws.”
Caesar isn’t the only celeb denying lawsuits.
Apparently, Doug E. Fresh states that despite reports, he isn’t suing “Empire” for illegally sampling his 1993 classic, “I-ight.” He took to Twitter to clear up the confusion:
#BlackBoyMagic: Louisville’s Lamar Jackson Becomes Youngest College Football Player To Win The Heisman
Nineteen-year-old Lamar Jackson has become the youngest college football to ever win the coveted Heisman Trophy.
According to the Associated Press, Jackson is also the first University of Louisville player to win the Heisman, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson. The college sophomore was very emotional during his acceptance speech.
“I almost cried,” Jackson said. “I never get emotional, but to have my name called and see all those great players …”
He credited his mother, Felicia Jones, for his success and plans on giving the trophy to her. Jones raised Jackson as a single mom and would put on football pads to help her son work on his game when he was a kid, the AP noted.
“Everything I do is for my mother,” Jackson said.
Despite Jackson having some struggles on the field this season, the quarterback blew out his competition snagging 2,144 points to the 1,524 points runner-up Deshaun Watson of Clemson received.
Ha! Former Clinton Staffer Launches Anti-Trump site “Corrupt AF”
Some may call it “petty” while others may call it on “on point” but either way a former Hillary Clinton staffer has created an entire website dedicated to calling out all of president-elect Donald Trump’s alleged scandals.
Matt Ortega, who was Clinton’s digital director for communications during her campaign, recently launched Corrupt.AF to show how much of threat Trump is to America. (And of course you know what “AF” stands for.)
Ortega told the New York Daily News on Friday that everything Trump stands for goes against what our nation was founded on.
“There are so many problems with Trump’s presidency for those who were targets of his campaign, for the very concept of freedom, and democracy itself,” he said.
Currently the site features links to news stories reporting on the President-elect’s controversies including Trump’s decision to stay on as the executive producer of “The Celebrity Apprentice” while serving as president; and another one on Trump’s biggest donors including CEO Andrew Puzder, who has since been tapped to become labor secretary.
“It is clear through the actions of those seeking to influence his administration that they will use his business empire to curry favor,” Ortega said. “That’s a direct threat. One we, as Americans, believe you’d only see overseas, not here at home, and yet, here we are.“