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Notorious B.I.G.’s Family File Lawsuit Against Swiss Snowboarding Company After Using His Image In Ad

Fans have been spotting Notorious B.I.G. in new snowboarding ads all over Instagram, but according to the late rapper’s estate, he’s not supposed to be there. In court documents obtained by The Blast, Biggie’s mother Voletta Wallace and widow Faith Evans are suing the Swiss-based Yes. Snowboard for unlawfully using Biggie’s image on their products and
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‘Unsolved’ Stars On Depicting The Forgotten Friendship Between Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. — Turn It On Podcast

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‘Unsolved’ Stars On Depicting The Forgotten Friendship Between Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. — Turn It On Podcast
It’s been more than 20 years since the tragic murders of Tupac Shakur and Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace, and memories of many details may have faded. In particular, it’s been nearly forgotten that despite all the hype of an East Coast/West Coast rap war at the time, Tupac and Biggie were initially pals — and respected each other’s craft.

USA’s new series “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.,” focuses on the failed investigations into the murders of both hip-hop stars, killed when they were in their 20s and at the height of their fame. Was it a function of the so-called East Coast-West Coast rap wars at the time? Was it a gang hit? And were rogue cops from the Lapd involved? Plenty of theories have been bandied about through the years, and “Unsolved” dives into those details with new gusto.

But
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Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. Is Time Well Spent

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There have been a lot of shows featuring the murders of Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls. Most of them have been documentaries, and none of them have had the time devoted to them that Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. allows.

While I am a fan of true crime, I'm not a fan of rap music and found the history between the two men so complex it wasn't something I ever took the time to understand.

After watching the first seven hours of this impressive USA limited series, that's going to change.

If I knew little of the lives of Tupac and Biggie going into the series, I knew even less of what to expect of the production based on a book by Greg Kading, who is also one of the lead characters played by Josh Duhamel.

Emmy winner Anthony Hemingway directs and executive produces
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Josh Duhamel investigates The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. in first trailer for Unsolved

USA Network has debuted the first trailer for its upcoming true crime anthology series Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G. which delves into the police investigations of the murders of iconic rappers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls; watch it here…

Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G. is a scripted true crime serial that chronicles the two major police investigations by Lapd Detective Greg Kading (Josh Duhamel) into the murders of Tupac Shakur (Marcc Rose) and Biggie Smalls (Wavyy Jonez).

Emmy Winner Anthony Hemingway (The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story) directed the pilot and will executive produce the series, along with Mark Taylor through their Hemingway | Taylor production company. Kyle Long (Suits) wrote the pilot and will also executive produce. Kading, who will also serve as co-executive producer, led multiple law-enforcement task forces investigating the murders and authored the book Murder
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Faith Evans on Her Notorious B.I.G. Documentary, and How New TV Projects May Force the Truth About His Murder

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Faith Evans on Her Notorious B.I.G. Documentary, and How New TV Projects May Force the Truth About His Murder
Twenty years after the death of the Notorious B.I.G., his murder — as well as the death of Tupac Shakur — still hasn’t been solved. But his widow, Faith Evans, believes a spate of new TV projects could force the Los Angeles Police Department to reveal the truth.

Several projects timed to the anniversary, including A&E’s new documentary “Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.,” Fox’s investigation special “Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?” and USA Network’s scripted drama “Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.,” dive into the mystery. (The Johnny Depp feature “Labyrinth,” which also investigates the murders, is on tap for 2018.) Most of the projects have a clear point of view on who was responsible, yet there’s still no consensus.

Evans said she wasn’t familiar with the USA project, which is being produced without the involvement of the Notorious B.I.G. estate.
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Kendall and Kylie Jenner Sued by Photographer for Using His Tupac Photos on Their Now-Pulled Vintage T-Shirts

Kendall and Kylie Jenner Sued by Photographer for Using His Tupac Photos on Their Now-Pulled Vintage T-Shirts
Kendall and Kylie Jenner have been under fire for a line of “vintage” tees that were released by their eponymous clothing line, Kendall + Kylie, last week. The “Rap vs. Rock” T-shirt lines featured the sisters’ faces superimposed over images of famous musicians including Tupac Shakur, Notorious B.I.G. and The Doors. Celebrities such as Paris Jackson and Kelly and Sharon Osbourne spoke out, The Doors issued a cease and desist letter and Notorious B.I.G.’s mom, Voletta Wallace shared her disappointment on Instagram. Although the sisters issued a formal apology and recalled the shirts, the backlash continues.

Photographer Michael Miller is
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The Doors Issue a Cease and Desist Letter against Kendall and Kylie Jenner Over Those Vintage T-shirts and Arcade Fire Screen-Printed Their Logo Over Their Faces

The Doors Issue a Cease and Desist Letter against Kendall and Kylie Jenner Over Those Vintage T-shirts and Arcade Fire Screen-Printed Their Logo Over Their Faces
It seems that despite issuing a formal apology on Instagram, Kendall and Kylie Jenner are still facing backlash for those “vintage” t-shirts they released and quickly recalled last week.

In addition to facing the general ire of the public and celebs like Paris Jackson and Kelly and Sharon Osbourne, now, the lawyer for The Doors’ estate is also stepping into the fray. It seems one of the controversial t-shirts in question featured the iconic “Lion” image of Jim Morrison with an overlay of Kendall’s face, an image that the reality stars turned designers apparently failed to get trademark approval
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5 Celebrities Speaking Out About Kendall and Kylie's Ill-Conceived T-Shirt Collection

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5 Celebrities Speaking Out About Kendall and Kylie's Ill-Conceived T-Shirt Collection
Kendall and Kylie Jenner found themselves in hot water last week after releasing a collection of "vintage" t-shirts featuring their photos and logos superimposed over the faces of musical icons like Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, and Ozzy Osbourne and legendary bands like The Doors and Pink Floyd. The shirts, which originally retailed for $125, were removed from the sisters' website and officially discontinued on Thursday after receiving backlash from not only the public - who once again accused the girls of cultural appropriation and copyright infringement - but also those affiliated with the celebrities whose likenesses were used, including Biggie's mother, Voletta Wallace. Even though both girls issued apologies via social media, the controversy is just the latest in a growing line of ill-conceived business decisions by the Kardashian-Jenner sisters this year. Read on to see who has responded angrily to Kendall and Kylie's collection so far. RelatedKendall Jenner: "Sometimes I
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Kendall Jenner Steps Out Amid Backlash Over Vintage ‘Rap vs. Rock’ T-Shirt Line

Kendall Jenner Steps Out Amid Backlash Over Vintage ‘Rap vs. Rock’ T-Shirt Line
Supermodel Kendall Jenner was spotted at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday. And with all the controversy she’s found herself in this year — including the outrage this week over her recent vintage rap T-shirt line — it’s no wonder she wasn’t smiling wide.

The 21-year-old model, who was accompanied by sister Kourtney Kardashian, looked very serious as she entered the airport.

She wore a cropped teal top with matching hoodie and black Adidas track pants. Her hair in braids, Jenner kept her accessories simple — a pair of black sunglasses and high-heeled snakeskin boots.

Kendall and her sister Kylie
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Kendall, Kylie Jenner Latest Effort to Make Buck Leaves Them Red Faced

Kendall’s and Kylie Jenner’s latest effort to make a buck with a line of t-shirts featuring images of rappers The Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur has created an uproar that left them red faced and chastened. The began marketing the shirts yesterday, drawing an almost instant rebuke from Voletta Wallace, the mother of Notorious B.I.G., real name Christopher Wallace. ...Read More
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Kendall And Kylie Jenner Pull Vintage T-Shirt Collection After Backlash

Update: Kendall and Kylie Jenner both issued an identical message on Twitter after Voletta Wallace, mother of the late Christopher Wallace, a.k.a The Notorious B.I.G, spoke out about Kendall and Kylie’s vintage T-shirts. They have pulled the T-shirts from retail and state that all images have been removed. “These designs were not well thought out […]
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Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s Apology Is Not Enough for Notorious B.I.G.’s Estate: ‘This Matter Has Yet to Be Resolved’

Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s Apology Is Not Enough for Notorious B.I.G.’s Estate: ‘This Matter Has Yet to Be Resolved’
Despite apologizing for superimposing their image over the faces of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac on T-shirts, Kendall and Kylie Jenner‘s apology is not cutting it for Biggie’s estate.

In a statement to People, the estate said, “While we appreciate that the Jenners have made an apology and pulled the unlawful and unauthorized items, this matter has yet to be resolved.”

The sisters introduced a line of “Rap vs. Rock” tees as part of their latest Kendall + Kylie collection drop, which was criticized by Twitter users as insensitive.

The “rap” shirts feature photos of the late Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac with “K.
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Notorious B.I.G's Mom Slams Kendall and Kylie Jenner for 'Disgusting and Disrespectful' Vintage T-Shirts Featuring Biggie's Face

Notorious B.I.G's Mom Slams Kendall and Kylie Jenner for 'Disgusting and Disrespectful' Vintage T-Shirts Featuring Biggie's Face
Kendall and Kylie Jenner’s new vintage T-shirts have not been well-received.

The sisters introduced a line of “Rap vs. Rock” tees as part of their latest Kendall + Kylie collection drop, which have been called out by many on Twitter as insensitive.

The “rap” shirts feature photos of the late Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac with “K.K.” initials printed over top. One even features Kendall’s face screen printed over a photo of Biggie. And his mom, Voletta Wallace, is not happy.

Wallace took to Instagram to share her disappointment in the tops, specifically that the sisters used her son
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Notorious B.I.G.'s Mom Blasts Kendall and Kylie Jenner for Vintage Biggie Shirts

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The Notorious B.I.G.'s mom is Pissed Kendall and Kylie Jenner slapped their portraits over her son's image just to peddle t-shirts. Biggie's mom, Voletta Wallace, posted a photo of one of Kendall and Kylie's new "Vintage T-Shirts" which launched on their site Wednesday. Voletta ripped the biz move as "disrespectful and exploitation at its worst" -- and not just against her son.  I am not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner that they had the right to do this.
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Biggie Smalls’ Mother Shreds Kendall and Kylie Jenner Over ‘Disgusting’ T-Shirt Featuring Her Son

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Biggie Smalls’ Mother Shreds Kendall and Kylie Jenner Over ‘Disgusting’ T-Shirt Featuring Her Son
Watch out, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, Biggie Smalls’ mother wants to take the shirts right off of your backs. Voletta Wallace, the mother of slain rapper Biggie Smalls, tore into the reality TV duo on Thursday over a T-shirt featuring Kendall Jenner’s face superimposed over an image of her deceased son. Wallace made it abundantly clear that she did not approve of the use of her son’s image. Also Read: Kendall Jenner Shredded for Silence on Pepsi Ad After Return to Twitter “I am not sure who told @kyliejenner and @kendalljenner that they had the right to do this,
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16 Facts About Notorious B.I.G.'s Murder That Only Get More Haunting With Time

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16 Facts About Notorious B.I.G.'s Murder That Only Get More Haunting With Time
It's been 20 years since Brooklyn rapper Notorious B.I.G. (whose real name was Christopher Wallace) was gunned down while leaving an industry party in March 1997. He was only 24 years old when he died but has left behind an astonishing legacy that is being carried on by his mother, Voletta Wallace; his wife, Faith Evans; his two kids, T'yanna and Christopher "C.J." Wallace Jr.; and his best friend and collaborator, Sean "Diddy" Combs. Even though the details of his death are terribly tragic, it's perhaps most painful that the case remains unsolved two decades later. Keep reading for 16 facts about Biggie's murder that have only gotten more haunting with time. Related17 of Hollywood's Most Horrifying Murders
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Tupac and Biggie Smalls Murder Drama Unsolved Greenlit at USA Network

USA Network’s got a story to tell about rap music loyalty.

The cable network on Friday announced a formal series order for Unsolved: The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.The true crime series, which is envisioned as an anthology, will spend Season 1 chronicling “the dual police investigations into the controversial murders of two of the rap industry’s most legendary players,” per USA’s official synopsis.

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Straight Outta Compton‘s Marcc Rose and newcomer Wavyy Jonez play Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace aka Biggie Smalls,
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USA’s Tupac-Biggie Pilot Unsolved Adds Three

Though it’s still in search of an official title at the time of writing – Unsolved: The Murders of Biggie and Tupac is the current working one – USA Network’s true-life crime drama Unsolved is beginning to beef up its ensemble cast.

Four weeks ago, we brought you the news that Josh Duhamel (Transformers: The Last Knight), Bokeem Woodbine (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Westworld‘s Jimmi Simpson had all signed on, and now, Deadline is reporting that the network has added another three: Luke James, Aisha Hinds and Letoya Luckett (Ballers).

From today’s report, it’s understood James has closed a deal to play Sean “Puffy” Combs (Aka Puff Diddy), the “young and wildly successful founder of Bad Boy Records, the label of Christopher Wallace.” Hinds, meanwhile, has climbed aboard to play the coveted part of Wallace’s grieving mother, Voletta Wallace, who became a vocal campaigner for justice
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Newswire: An authorized Biggie Smalls documentary is in the works

According to Variety, filmmakers Emmett Malloy and Brendan Malloy—a.k.a. the Malloys—are making a documentary about Biggie Smalls. Tentatively titled Notorious B.I.G.: One More Chance, the film is being made in collaboration with Biggie’s estate and his mother, Voletta Wallace, and it will reportedly “feature Biggie’s music and focus on the impact [of] his work around the world.”

The Malloys are primarily music video directors, but they’ve occasionally branched out into music-themed documentaries like A Brokedown Melody, Under Great White Northern Lights, and Big Easy Express. This Biggie Smalls documentary is being produced by Submarine Entertainment, which was also behind Searching For Sugarman and 20 Feet From Stardom.
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