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The BET Hip Hop Awards are back! To celebrate their 20th year anniversary, which sadly coincides with the COVID-19 pandemic, the show will be premiered virtually on Tuesday, October 27th, 2020 at 9PM ET/PT on BET, BET Her, VH1 and MTV2. This year’s ceremony will be co-hosted by the 85 South Show, composed of talented comedians Karlous Miller, DC Young Fly, and Chico Bean.

This time around, the legendary Master P will be honored with “I Am Hip Hop” Award, with performances from 2 Chainz, Big Sean, Burna Boy featuring Chris  Martin, City Girls, Cordae, Gucci Mane, Jhenè Aiko, Lil Baby, Lil  Wayne, Mulatto, Quavo, Tobe Nwigwe and Ty Dolla $ign. 

Baller Alert had the pleasure of catching up with T.I., who just released his new album titled The L.I.B.R.A., and Trae Tha Truth, who’s been extremely active and vocal about the recent issues with systematic racism and giving back to his city of Houston.

There’s been a lot of talk about fighting against colorism within the Black community and that has touched the hip-hop industry.  Do you feel colorism is prevalent within the hip-hop industry, specifically amongst female rappers and their success? 

T.I.: Anytime you’re dealing with people and their opinion right, you have to let someone else’s opinion dictate or determine whether or not you’re going to be eligible for an opportunity. People’s opinions are going to sway different ways. Some people like tall girls, some people rather short girls. Some people like big girls, some people like thin girls. Some people like natural hair… you know what I’m saying? It’s going to depend on people who are issuing those opinions, on a case by case basis. It exists in every industry because it’s the free will of opinion that’s judging and determining whether or not these beautiful young ladies will have the opportunities available out there.

Trae Tha Truth: Colorism plays a part whether it be female or male, it plays a part in general. This year alone because so many people are able to speak up, a lot of things are becoming magnified. A lot more up close and personal because before, some things would be overlooked or bypassed, but now it’s definitely at the forefront to what people can see. I had a lot of people that’s not of my race come in and say “I didn’t know.” In this situation man, a lot of it is being singled out or pointed out and brought to the attention of people. You have some good out of it and some bads. The goods are people who genuinely care will try to find a way to fix the situation. The bads are the people who live in denial like there’s no such thing. 




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HBO Max To Offer Lower Monthly Payment Plan Because ‘Most People…Are Not Wealthy’

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HBO Max is thinking about lowering its price because the streaming service’s execs believe “most people…are not wealthy.”

It’s only been one year since HBO Max came into the streaming service arena, and now the brand is considering creating a new tier of pricing for those who can’t afford the current payment plan, which is $14.99 a month.

“It turns out that most people on this planet are not wealthy,” WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar said during a virtual appearance at Morgan Stanley’s Technology, Media & Telecom conference via Deadline. “If we can wake up and use price and be able to kind of invent and do things elegantly through advertising to reduce the price of the service, I think that’s a fantastic thing for fans.”

Like Hulu and Peacock, HBO Max will now offer an ad-based payment plan tier, which is expected to launch later this year, according to UPROXX. The streaming service announced that thanks to Wonder Woman 1984, HBO Max is now two years ahead of schedule. The film’s January release reportedly doubled its subscribers after its theatrical and streaming release.

The streaming service believes the numbers will only grow higher, as Godzilla Vs. Kong is set to drop on the platform later this month.

Is HBO Max too expensive? Netflix’s highest payment plan tier is $17.99.

 




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Apple’s AirTags To Have Feature That Allows Users To Know If Someone Is Using Bluetooth To Track Them

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Apple‘s upcoming AirTags will provide a way for users to track a person or an item and allow a user to know if a person is tracking them.

According to Mashable, Apple has developed a new option called “Item Safety Alerts” within the iOS 14.5 beta feature. The outlet reports that the feature will alert a user when an unknown item is on their person or object being tracked. This feature would benefit someone if someone were to place an AirTag on an object, person, child, or pet of someone.

The Item Safety Alerts feature can be switched on or off in the Find My App tab. If a person chooses to have the feature turned off, a notice will alert the user to know that someone could potentially track them without the user being notified.

“The owner of an unknown item will be able to see your location, and you will no longer receive notifications when an unknown item is found moving with you,” the notice says.

The AirTags have Bluetooth capability and can easily be attached to bikes, clothing items, purses, or bags.

The Verge reports that the new feature may also not be solely exclusive to AirTags, as Apple reportedly plans on opening up the Find My app to other companies like Samsung’s Galaxy SmartTag.

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China Wants To Teach Masculinity After Seeing Stereotypical Gender Roles Change; Political Advisers Claim Country Is Going Through ‘Masculinity Crisis’

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China wants to create masculinity courses for boys in response to changing gender roles.

In January, China’s Education Ministry published plans to “cultivate masculinity” in boys from kindergarten through high school. The initiative involves hiring and training more gym teachers, testing students more comprehensively in physical education, making health education compulsory, and supporting research into issues like the “influence of the phenomenon of internet celebrities on adolescents’ values,” the ministry stated, according to NBC.

But advocates in the country feel the move is working against equality and perpetuating gender stereotypes. “Boys don’t need masculinity education,” said Lü Pin, the founder of China’s largest feminist advocacy media channel, Feminist Voices.

“The concept of masculinity forces every man to be tough, which excludes and harms men with other types of characteristics,” she said. “It also reinforces men’s hegemony, control, and position over women, which goes against gender equality.” Chinese censors banned Feminist Voices back in 2018.

The plan’s announcement comes after China’s political advisers claimed the nation was going through a “masculinity crisis.” “Chinese boys have been spoiled by housewives and female teachers,” the adviser, Si Zefu, said in a policy proposal back in May, NBC reports. Boys would soon become “delicate, timid and effeminate” unless action was taken, he said. Zefu went on to say that the “feminization” of Chinese boys “threatens China’s survival and development.”




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