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Kanye West defended rap mogul Jay Z upon his return to Twitter on Friday following a temporary ban for sharing a journalist's phone number on his timeline.

Kanye, 43, tweeted screenshots of messages by blogger Akademiks, featuring the headline, "Jay Z Allegedly Sold Kanye's Masters to Get Own Masters Back."

"Don't let the system pit us against each other," Kanye tweeted on Friday. "JAY IS MY BROTHER ... I have eternal love for all artist that have been through and are still trapped this crooked system. Jay still doesn't get his own masters back for ten years. I will see to it that we all get our masters."

He added: "we will change the paradigm."

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Kanye, who is battling Universal Music Group for ownership of his masters, posted his entire contract on Twitter earlier this week.

Several music industry execs who read through the contracts concluded that Jay Z sold Kanye's first six albums in order to get his own masters back.

@lavidaNOTA, a South African label owner, wrote:

"Kanye contracts SUMMARY: Apart from the inducement which Kanye had to sign to get his advances. This shows that Jay Z sold the masters to first 6 @kanyewest's albums just so he could get his own back. He did so knowing Def Jam won't sell them back to Kanye in future. That's BEEF!

"[Kanye] owns album[s] 7-10 but the most lucrative and most critically acclaimed albums are owned by Roc-A-Fella which is wholly owned by Def Jam... The majors will never sell you your masters because that's what gives them market share and drives profits and Jay Z knew that."

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Two prominent Black sports reporters lost their jobs at major sports networks this week. ESPN sports reporter Josina Anderson parted ways with the sports channel after nearly 10 years, and Jason Whitlock, 53, was shown the door at Fox Sports.

According to reports, Anderson's contract expired with ESPN and it was not renewed. The same goes for Jason Whitlock whose contract expired at Fox Sports.

Anderson, 41, is very active on Twitter.com but she did not acknowledge the news of her departure.

The NY Post reports the network's decision not to renew Anderson's contract was not Covid-19 related.

Whitlock, a controversial and outspoken host, was often criticized for his views about sports personalities such as LeBron James. And Anderson once reported that former NFL player Michael Sam's teammates refused to shower with him because he was in a same-sex relationship.

Whitlock, who hosted "Speak for Yourself" with Marcellus Wiley, slammed James for speaking out about the murder of Ahmaud Arbery, who was killed while running through a majority white neighborhood in south Georgia earlier this year.

Michelle and Barack Obama

Barack and Michelle Obama became ordinary civilians on Jan. 20, 2017, after Donald Trump's presidential inauguration. But he won't get rid of them that easily. Netflix just signed the power couple to a multi-year web programming deal.

Barack and Michelle formed a production company called Higher Ground Productions to produce online programming that will promote their political and social agendas.

Netflix said the Obamas would make “a diverse mix of content,” potentially including scripted and unscripted series, documentaries or features, according to the Associated Press.

“We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the wider world,” Barack said in the Netflix statement.

“Barack and I have always believed in the power of storytelling to inspire us, to make us think differently about the world around us, and to help us open our minds and hearts to others,” Michelle Obama added.

“We are incredibly proud they have chosen to make Netflix the home for their formidable storytelling abilities,” said Ted Sarandos, Netflix chief content officer.

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Donald Trump

The National Enquirer reportedly paid a former Trump Tower doorman $30,000 for information about a salacious rumor before the 2016 presidential election.

The Enquirer's parent company, American Media Inc. signed former Trump Tower doorman Dino Sajudin to an exclusive contract that prohibited him from sharing his scoop with any other media outlet.

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Harvey Weinstein's company contract allowed him to sexually harass women -- as long as he paid The Weinstein Company back for lawsuits or settlements.

According to a report obtained by gossip webloid TMZ.com, The Weinstein Co. (TWC) may have violated terms of his contract by firing him.

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Bow Wow

Shad Moss, aka Bow Wow, claims Black Entertainment Television network is running out of money.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday, Moss wrote "The network running out of money man…. won't be no more hip hop awards either. Mark my words."

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Sean Combs and Quincy Brown

FOX TV's musical drama 'Empire' is smashing TV ratings records, and every up-and-coming artist wants their time to shine on the show. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson stars in 'Empire' about a dysfunctional family running a hip hop record label. But there's one artist you won't see on 'Empire' -- if entertainment mogul Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs has his way.

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Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran exit Crooks and Castles shop on Fairfax on the release date of his new album, 'X'

Troubled singer Chris Brown and his faithful concubine Karrueche Tran were spotted exiting Crooks and Castles shop on Fairfax on the release date of his new album, X. Brown's new album is neck and neck for the #1 spot on the Billboard sales chart with pop legend Barbra Steisand's new album, Partners. Partners is Barbra's 1st studio album release since 2003.
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Shannon Brown signs with the NY Knicks

The NY Knicks officially signed former Antonio Spurs guard Shannon Brown to one of two open roster sports today, Sports Illustrated reports.

There is speculation that Brown, 28, was brought in to fill the spot soon-to-be vacated by departing point guard Raymond Felton, whose legal troubles are mounting. Felton plans to be in the starting lineup for the Knicks in tonight's game against the defending NBA champs Miami Heat.

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