A Billi, A Billi: Drake’s ‘Views’ Surpasses One BILLION Streams On Apple Music

What a time to be alive. After just five months on the charts, Drake’s Views album has just surpassed one BILLION streams on Apple Music! This certainly is a record breaker for the company, and they celebrated by awarding their superstar with a commemorative plaque. To commemorate the momentous achievement, Drake was awarded a plaque from Apple “Thank you to everyone,” Drake wrote while posting the plaque on IG. “OVO Sound to the @applemusic” He’s also back at number one on the Billboard 200 this week, making for the 13th non-consecutive week. The W’s keep on coming!

Rihanna Named Global Ambassador for Education

Rihanna’s non-profit, the Clara Lionel Foundation, has teamed up with Global Partnership for Education and Global Citizen in support of furthering education around the world.

Vince Staples Launches Tech-Based Youth Institute in North Long Beach

Vince Staples has partnered up with the Greater Long Beach YMCA to launch a tech-based institute for neighborhood youth. The Long Beach, California native has been working with the community to ensure that the youth have more options to succeed, in doing so they have created The Youth Institute (YI) in North Long Beach. It will take place at Hamilton Middle School in an effort to give youth more summer learning options in eighth and ninth grades. Starting today [June 20], 20 students will be taught filmmaking, graphic design, music production, 3D printing and product design to teach them high-end technology literacy skills.

The Institute Of Hip-Hop Entrepreneurship Is Opening In Philly

Little Giant Branding agency co-founder Tayib Smith (the man in the photo above) is set to open The Institute of Hip-Hop Entrepreneurship in Philadelphia this fall. There, students will be able to sign up for nine-week programs, where they’ll learn through hands-on experience from some of the best entrepreneurs, musicians and technologists in the business. There will be no lectures, no standardized testing – and no grades. Instead, students will learn to be able to pitch their business ideas to investors.

Ciara Signs To IMG Models

On top of a singing career, Ciara kills it in the fashion world as well, and now she’ll officially be taking that aspect of her career to the next level after signing with famed modeling agency, IMG Models. “I’m super thrilled about partnering with IMG Models,” Ciara said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “I have always had a strong love for fashion, and I’m grateful to be surrounded by so many great friends that are the best at what they do in this industry. This partnership will give me an opportunity to grow and experiment as an artist. I truly look forward to all the amazing things we have planned ahead.” Congrats to CiCi on the power move!

Amber Rose Lands Dr. Phil-Produced Talk Show On VH1

This summer is about to be a hot one! Amber Rose has just announced that she has her very own talk show coming to VH1, and in an interesting twist, it will be produced by Dr. Phil, and his son Jay McGraw. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The format will feature Amb conducting casual interviews with “celebrity friends” and hosting discussions on pop culture, motherhood, relationships, friendships, race and entrepreneurship. No release date has been announced just yet for the weekly series, but we’ll keep you updated. Congrats, Muva!

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