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Little Mix were told to flirt in order to get their songs played on radio ... it's The Dredge

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MTV Europe Music Awards 2018 - Arrivals - Bilbao Source: Ian West

Little Mix have recalled being asked to flirt with industry insiders in exchange for getting their songs played on radio.

According to The Sun, Jade, 25, rejected the suggestion, and questioned why it was necessary to take that route in order to promote the band’s music.

“We went to a radio event in America, full of VIPs. Someone from the label said, ‘Go and flirt with all those important men’,” she said.

“I was like, ‘F*** off. Why have I got to go in and flirt to get my song on the radio?’

While the suggestion was made by an employee of the record label, the band did not disclose any further details.

Stan Lee death Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Hollywood pays tribute to Marvel creator, Stan Lee, following his death yesterday

On Monday afternoon, Stan Lee’s publicist, Dawn Miller, paid tribute to him via a statement issued to E! News.

Stan Lee was a tremendous character that will never be forgotten. He brought joy to so many, the world has lost a true legend. I feel honored to have worked with him for so many years and witnessed the magic of his charisma and creative genius, may he rest in peace.

Social media has also been awash with tributes to Stan following his death at the age of 95 yesterday.

Among those leading the tributes to the Marvel editor, publisher and writer were Ryan Reynolds, Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.

Joan, Stan’s wife of 69 years died last year at the age of 95 following complications from a stroke.

Q Awards 2018 - London Source: Ian West

Professor Green warns against ‘institutional racism’ when assessing knife crime statistics

In a lengthy Instagram post yesterday, Professor Green countered the idea that the black community are responsible for the vast majority of knife crime in the UK, as implied by some media coverage.

The rapper, who was the victim of a stabbing in 2009, appeared on Good Morning Britain to discuss the topic, and then expanded on it on social media.

There had been a lot of reference to a statistic that it’s largely black youths stabbing each other – what was left out was that this is only true of certain areas, as anyone with a brain can work out, in more densely white populated areas, the face of knife crime is white.

In the post which has been liked more than 16,000 times, the rapper argued:

The fact that the face of knife crime they [the media] project nationally is black youths, as I said this morning implies institutional racism and criminalises a whole race, fitting their agenda to bring back racially profiled stop and search.

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I’d like to talk with ya’s. I was just asked about knife crime on @gmb - what the causes are and how we fix it. I’d like to expand as I only had about thirty seconds. There had been a lot of reference to a statistic that it’s largely black youths stabbing each other - what was left out was that this is only true of certain areas, as anyone with a brain can work out, in more densely white populated areas, the face of knife crime is white. That’s never represented in the media. The fact that the face of knife crime they project nationally is black youths, as I said this morning implies institutional racism and criminalises a whole race, fitting their agenda to bring back racially profiled stop and search. I don’t think stop and search works to do anything apart from cause more division, friction and lack of trust of an organisation ever proven to be growingly corrupt. What we’re looking at isn’t a new problem, it’s been a growing problem for years with many different contributing factors. I’d put poverty at the top of the list. There’s a science to social deprivation, to exclusion, expulsion, lack of paternal role models, lack of any role models, unequal education, unequal opportunity, cuts to all the services that might help people from going down the road to carrying a knife. I believe what we’re seeing is the result of years of neglect. A government who constantly imposes cuts that directly effect the people who already have fuck all. I understand the frustration around Sadiq’s comment that it may take a generation to undo this, but I understand his point. Stop and search isn’t going to be a quick fix. Children should never get to the point of carrying a knife - but society needs to move on a hell of a lot before that will happen. When we look at these problems we look at them as though they’re a problem for the people effected, not for society as a whole, which it most definitely is. We need to start empowering people in their communities and giving them voices, doing everything we can to help underprivileged children and struggling families. All of this happens while our government quite simply washes the blood from their hands. Let’s discuss ❤️

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He put forth the argument that much of the violence has its source in neglect.

There’s a science to social deprivation, to exclusion, expulsion, lack of paternal role models, lack of any role models, unequal education, unequal opportunity, cuts to all the services that might help people from going down the road to carrying a knife. I believe what we’re seeing is the result of years of neglect.

While the post has been liked in excess of 16,000 times, it has been met with a mixed reaction from the rapper’s followers in the comment section.

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And in the rest of the day’s dirt

  • Drake thought Nicki Minaj sounded ‘thirsty’ following her shout-out to Michael B Jordan. (hollywoodlife.com)
  • Katie Price told her ex-husband’s new wife, Emily, to ‘bind her beak’ in a now deleted tweet. (mirror.co.uk)
  • Prince Harry is the most popular member of the Royal Family according to a recent YouGov poll. (metro.co.uk)
  • Mel B claims her tyre was slashed, but social media is suspicious. (mirror.co.uk)

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