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When he first moved to L.A. (about 10 years ago now), London-native Plastic Jesus saw people driving around in their cars with those plastic Jesus figures. On February 25, HipHopDX caught up with the artist at his Anesthesia: The Art of Oblivion art show on Gibson Brands Sunset (former Tower Records).

The gallery featured the infamous Kanye West statue sporting a gold Jesus piece and black Yeezys.

By the way, this piece is for sale and he’s looking for $50,000 for it. According to the street artist, he wanted to make an ironic statement before last weekend’s Academy Awards.

He states, “I thought it was ironic, the fact that if you’re really religious, do you really need a cheap, Chinese-made figure to remind you who your God is?” It fits well because he tries to get people to question their morals and beliefs, which is exactly what these figures do.

This seems to be the theme when it comes to the infamous Kanye Jesus statue, spotted in the heart of Hollywood. After creating statues for about four years now, the concept of this piece came to him about a year ago.

“I wanted to focus on the cult of idols and how we build them up into gods, and also how we break them down. In this case, how we crucify them,” he shares.

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Hip Hop’s most morbid whip is set to hit the market for a jaw-dropping $1.5 million. TMZ reports that the BMW 750iL Tupac Shakur was shot in while in Las Vegas will be sold on Moments In Time for $1.5 million.

The BMW was initially impounded by the Las Vegas Police Department following Pac’s death, but went on to switch ownership several times after it was auctioned off. Although the car has been fully restored, with no visible bullet holes, indentations from the shooting are still present.

On September 7, 1996, Tupac was riding in the passenger’s seat of the BMW, with Suge Knight behind the wheel, when another vehicle pulled up and began shooting. Tupac was struck four times and died days later from his injuries.

No stranger to getting their hands on personal items once belonging to Tupac, Moments In Time has sold several items that belonged to the celebrated rapper. Last year alone, the memorabilia site listed a handwritten lyric sheet and handwritten notebooks from Tupac for sale.

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Trouble is brewing over Grace Hightower’s coffee company. We’re told that her husband, Robert De Niro — who is a major investor in the firm — is steamed because the 5-year-old Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda brand is turning into a money pit.

We’re told that Hightower has frustrated business associates — as well as the legendary actor — by dithering over simple decisions, and “changing her mind about how to run the business depending on who she spoke to last.”

A source tells us that, in a moment of frustration, De Niro boiled over while bickering with Hightower in public at a Manhattan bar, telling her, “I wouldn’t have to keep making s?-?-?tty movies if you didn’t spend all my money!”

In recent years, comedians such as Joel McHale have teased De Niro over his choice of roles, some of which — such as those in “Dirty Grandpa,” “Grudge Match” and “The Intern” — may not live up to his status as the multi-Oscar-winning actor from “Raging Bull,” “Taxi Driver” and “The Godfather: Part II.”

Meanwhile, defenders of Hightower point to a slew of establishments that carry her coffee, including the Ace Hotel, the Breslin, Salvation Burger, Salvation Taco, White Gold, the Williamsburg Hotel and De Niro’s raft of hotels and restaurants, including the Greenwich Hotel and the Nobu chain.

The company, which sources its fair trade beans in Rwanda, has parted ways with its biggest distributor, Whole Foods.

Meanwhile, the coffee giant Illy is a major sponsor of De Niro’s Tribeca Film Festival.

A rep said, “Your story is based on something that never happened from a source who has an ax to grind.”

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Hollywood seized the global platform of the Oscars to take on Donald Trump, but stars kept the tone light and inclusive after the US president’s divisive debut.

With Trump famous for his angry Twitter attacks on critics, Hollywood’s stars made jibes about incurring his wrath but mostly adopted a celebratory mood, with multiple winners highlighting their origins as immigrants, minorities or foreigners.

“This broadcast is being watched live by millions of Americans and around the world in more than 225 countries that now hate us,” the awards’ host, Jimmy Kimmel, said in his opening monologue.

The late-night comedian quipped that Trump, who pulled off a political upset win with his campaign that targeted immigration, had taken the heat off Hollywood and its annual gala.

“I want to say thank you to President Trump. Remember last year when it seemed like the Oscars were racist? That’s gone,” Kimmel said.

“We are very welcoming to outsiders here in Hollywood. We don’t discriminate on people based on what countries they come from. We discriminate them based on their age and weight,” he said.

The top prize went to “Moonlight,” the coming-of-age story of an African American boy and his struggles with sexual identity — although the Oscar was announced only after an embarrassing mistake in which feel-good musical “La La Land” was first announced as the winner.

“This goes out to all those black and brown boys and girls, and non-gender-conforming, who don’t see themselves — we’re trying to show you,” playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney said as he accepted the Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

– Iranian director boycotts –

“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins was one of several nominees to sport a blue ribbon in support of the American Civil Liberties Union, the rights lobby that has been stridently fighting the Trump administration in court.

Also for “Moonlight,” Mahershala Ali won the Oscar for best supporting actor for his portrayal of a drug dealer — becoming the first Muslim to pick up a golden statuette for acting.

In perhaps the night’s most potent symbol, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi boycotted the gala as his drama “The Salesman” won for best foreign language film — the second time his work has won that prize.

Farhadi was protesting Trump’s visa ban that bars citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries including Iran from entering the United States.

While a court has put Trump’s order on hold, the US leader has vowed to bring it back — and Farhadi vowed solidarity with “disrespected” people.

“Dividing the world into the US and ‘our enemies’ categories creates fear — a deceitful justification for aggression and war,” he said in the statement read at the gala by the Iranian-born US engineer and astronaut Anousheh Ansari.

“Filmmakers can turn their cameras to capture shared human qualities and break stereotypes of various nationalities and religions. They create empathy between us and others — an empathy which we need today more than ever.”

Instead of coming to Los Angeles, Farhadi screened his film — a loose adaptation of the classic American play “Death of a Salesman” that delves into the lives of the actors in Tehran — before thousands of fans in London’s Trafalgar Square.

– Trolling Trump –

The creators of “Zootopia,” an animated Disney movie about animals that speak to one another and find ways to coexist, saw a larger message as they accepted the award for best animated feature.

“We are so grateful to the audiences all over the world who embraced this film with this story of tolerance being more powerful than fear of the other,” co-director Rich Moore said.

Meryl Streep, who now has a record 20 Oscar nominations, had taken Trump to task in a speech last month at the Golden Globe Awards, pointing in part to his mockery of a disabled journalist.

Trump responded on Twitter that Streep was “one of the most overrated actress in Hollywood” — a moniker that Kimmel played with as he introduced her at the Oscars.

“Everybody, please join me in giving her a totally undeserved round of applause, will you? The highly overrated Meryl Streep, everyone,” he said.

As the show neared its end, Kimmel feigned disappointment that Trump had not yet weighed in. He took out a phone and tweeted at Trump to ask if he was awake — a message quickly retweeted more than 225,000 times.

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Former President Barack Obama seems to be enjoying his trip to New York City.

Obama was spotted Thursday night having dinner with his eldest daughter, Malia, at Emilio’s Ballato, an Italian restaurant in Soho.

After being treated like a rockstar while grabbing coffee on Friday afternoon, the two bonded some more in the evening, attending the revival of Arthur Miller’s The Price on Broadway, starring Danny DeVito and Mark Ruffalo.

Obama caused a commotion among New Yorkers and social media took notice of his glowing complexion, likely due to his post-presidency vacation in Palm Springs, California and, later, in the British Virgin Islands.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, spent 10 days on a private island belonging to British billionaire and Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, where the Hawaiian native got to enjoy something he hadn’t done in eight years — water sports.

In a post on the Virgin website, Branson wrote that he invited the couple to the island for a “complete break” after Barack’s two presidential terms.

They returned to their new $4.3 million home in Washington, D.C. in early February.

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Republican Caitlyn Jenner took to Twitter Thursday evening with a message to President Donald Trump: “Call me.”

The Olympian-turned-reality star, who is perhaps the most high-profile face of the transgender community, at first was quiet after the Trump administration withdrew Obama-era guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools.

But she broke her silence over 24 hours later in a tweet and video message.

Clad in a pink “pussy bow” blouse, Jenner spoke directly to the camera.

“I have a message for President Trump from well, one Republican to another. This is a disaster. And you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community,” she said, holding up her hand like a mock telephone. “Call me.”

After Trump became the presumptive GOP nominee in June, Jenner told STAT she believed he would be better for women than Hillary Clinton.

“Everybody looks at the Democrats as being better with these [LGBT] issues. But Trump seems to be very much for women. He seems very much behind the LGBT community because of what happened in North Carolina with the bathroom issue. He backed the LGBT community.

But in Trump’s case, there’s a lot more unknowns. With Hillary, you pretty much know what you’re gonna get with the LGBT community,” Jenner said at the time.

She was spotted attending an inauguration eve dinner at Washington’s Union Station alongside House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Jenner, who came out as transgender on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine in 2015, documented her life after transition in two seasons of the E! docuseries “I am Cait.” The show often got political; Jenner frequently discussed transgender rights and featured LGBT activists in nearly every episode.

Her video Thursday also included a message for transgender kids — and bullies, even taking a shot at Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“I have a message for the trans kids of America. You’re winning. I know it doesn’t feel like it today or every day, but you’re winning. Very soon we will win full freedom nationwide and it’s going to be with bipartisan support. You can help by checking out the National Center for Transgender Equality and letting Washington hear you loud and clear,” she said.

“Now I have a message for the bullies: You’re sick. And because you’re weak, you pick on kids, you pick on women or anyone else you think is vulnerable. Apparently even becoming the attorney general isn’t enough to cure some people of their insecurities.”

Jenner is not the only celebrity to speak against the new policy: singer Jackie Evancho, who performed the national anthem at Trump’s inauguration and has a transgender sister, tweeted the President on Wednesday evening asking for a meeting.

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres also weighed in on Twitter, writing, “For anyone who feels scared or hopeless, know that we will never stop fighting for your rights.”

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“Would you consider going fur free?”

That’s the challenge Sia issued to Kanye West, hours before he unveiled his latest fashion collection.

The pop star tweeted her question to Kanye, linking to a YouTube video that contained harrowing scenes of rabbits being slaughtered for their coats.

“This is the reality of fur ,” said Sia. “It’s so sad.”

West’s Yeezy Season 5 appeared to include both fur coats and accessories.

The most striking item was a floor-sweeping fur coat, showcased by hijab-wearing model Halima Aden, who was the first Miss Minnesota contestant to compete wearing a hijab and burkini.

Vogue magazine said the garments were faux fur, although the BBC has been unable to verify that report.

It is not the first time that Sia – who worked with Kanye on songs including Wolves and Reaper – has challenged celebrities over animal rights.

Last June, she tweeted the same video at Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian, writing, “Hey @KimKardashian I think you’re lovely. Would you consider going fur free? This is what animals go through for it.”

In December, after rapper Azealia Banks posted an Instagram video apparently showing the remains of several chickens killed in a witchcraft ritual, Sia tweeted, “Sacrificing animals for your gain is the wackest [thing] I’ve ever heard.”

The Australian singer is a vegan and supporter of animal rights’ group Peta.

Kanye’s show won praise from critics, who called it his most “demure” show yet and welcomed the fashion range’s expanding colour palette – he added blues and reds to the line’s traditional black and brown colour scheme.

Unlike last year’s show – a massive production that required models to stand still for hours in the middle of a New York heatwave, causing some to faint – the Season 5 launch was decidedly low-key, with images projected one by one onto the surface of a giant black rectangle, from a live feed of models standing on a turntable backstage.

Photographers were not allowed – and Kanye didn’t even appear to take a bow at the end of the 13-minute spectacle.

The audience, apparently conditioned to expect more drama at the rapper’s fashion shows, remained seated for almost five minutes after the lights went up before finally shuffling out to their next appointment at New York Fashion Week.

Among those watching the launch were Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Zoe Kravitz, ASAP Ferg, Anna Wintour, Pusha T and Teyana Taylor.

The collection itself featured a lot of denim, paired with knee-high boots and a new shoe dubbed the Yeezy Runner.

Hoodies and bomber jackets also featured heavily, many sporting the Adidas stripes, while sweatshirts were stamped with the phrase Lost Hills – the name of Kanye’s forthcoming album with Drake.

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If Kim Kardashian West was a fashion critic, she would definitely give Kanye West‘s Yeezy season 5 an outstanding review — and not just because she’s his wife.

“So proud of my baby for his amazing show today! It was so good! I’m so SO proud of him!!! #yeezyseason5,” the Keeping Up with the Kardashians reality star tweeted.

And Kanye’s BFF Virgil Abloh couldn’t agree more as he said the show was “FLAWLESS.”

Off-White collaborator Tremaine Emory, who works with Abloh on the fashion line, also applauded West’s choice of models, specifically Halima Aden, the 19-year-old hijab-wearing beauty.

“God bless Kanye for having her in the show…YOU KNOW WHO THIS WAS A SHOT AT…we love muslims and any other culture on this side,” he wrote on Instagram.

West kept things simple for season 5 with major denim, fur and sportswear moments throughout the “Calabasas-theme” collection, in addition to new runner sneakers.

So proud of my baby for his amazing show today! It was so good! I’m so SO proud of him!!!

Kardashian showed up in the most Yeezy outfit possible — purple sweatpants and a turtleneck tank top — and sat front row next to Vogue‘s Anna Wintour and was joined by sister Kylie Jenner as well as Hailey Baldwin and La La Anthony, who summarized the show using a plethora of flame emojis.

Following his NYFW show, Kim and ‘Ye were spotted heading to an after party where they were mobbed by fans and followers wanting autographs and/or selfies.

 

Whatever or whoever we were talking about must have been good @haileybaldwin 😂😂Yeezy fashion show was 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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Serena Williams is a star no doubt, and she has the body to go with it.

On the latest issue of sports magazine, Sports Illustrated, the gorgeous tennis pro is seen in a series of sultry bikini shots, showing off her voluptuous body.

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One evening in 1979 Teddy Kalanda Harrison, a young Kenyan musician, overheard a group of tourists trying to learn a few words in Swahili.

Their enthusiastic attempts sparked an idea for a song and a global hit was born.

Jambo Bwana, also known as Hakuna Matata, went platinum in Kenya and was covered by bands around the world, including Boney M.

Teddy and his brother Billy Sarro Harrison spoke to the BBC’s Witness programme about their hit record.

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