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April 27, 2023

Kevin Hart is Bringing Jack Harlow, J. Cole, & More to Las Vegas

One year ago, Kevin Hart combined two of his legacy production companies, Laugh Out Loud and HartBeat Productions, to form Hartbeat. Now, the creative outlet announced that it will take over Las Vegas for the most recent installment of Hartbeat Weekend. Beginning on July 6, the festival will bring together the likes of J. Cole, Jack Harlow, and many more. Coinciding with the announcement, Jack Harlow also revealed that his third album, Jackman, is set to drop this Friday, Apr. 28.


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Meta Outruns Revenue Expectations with Surprising Quarter

Things are on the up-and-up for Meta. The technology giant unveiled its Q1 earnings report on Wednesday, surprising investors with better-than-expected numbers. Revenues increased 3% year-over-year, outpacing projections which anticipated a potential loss. It marks the company’s first revenue increase in over a year, and comes in the wake of major layoffs for the company. However, it was not all good news for the company, as its metaverse-focused Reality Labs logged a $3.99 billlion loss. Meta shares were up 12% in after hours trading.

Titans Stadium Gets $760M Local Investment

Looks like the Tennessee Titans stadium is officially a go. According to a news release from the franchise, the Metropolitan Nashville Council delivered its final approval for a new, enclosed arena located at Nashville’s East Bank. The facilities are expected to cost $2.1 billion and will feature exterior terraces with panoramic views of the city, a 12,000-square foot community space for educational purposes, and more. As part of the funding, the project will receive $760 million in city bonds.

UK Blocks Microsoft’s Attempt to Acquire Activision Blizzard

The biggest gaming deal in history might not happen, unless a U.K. antitrust watchdog changes course. On Wednesday, it was announced that Microsoft’s plan to acquire Activision Blizzard Inc. for $69 billion was blocked by the government’s Competition and Markets Authority. The group argued Microsoft could make the Call of Duty makers’ games restrictive to its own platforms and consequently, raise the cost of its Xbox Game Pass service, which currently has over 25 million users. Microsoft will appeal the decision.

Disney Strikes Back Against Florida Government

The Walt Disney Company has filed a lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and other state officials. In the dispute, Disney claims DeSantis was orchestrating a “campaign of government retaliation” against the media company and violating its protected speech. Last year. At DeSantis’ insistence, Republican lawmakers passed a bill that stripped Disney of its self-governing rights. But before the law could be enforced, Disney signed a deal with its outgoing board allowing it to retain development rights on the 40-square mile campus. This quarrel all stems from Disney’s opposition to the Parental Rights in Education Act, which seeks to prohibit talks of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools.

‘Coach Prime’ Headed Back to Amazon for Season 2

The Prime-Prime connection will live on. Deion Sanders‘ Emmy Award-nominated docuseries Coach Prime was renewed for a second season on Amazon‘s Prime Video Sports, the new Colorado football coach announced Wednesday on Pat McAfee‘s podcast. In a statement, SMAC Entertainment’s co-founder and CEO Constance  Schwartz-Morini said, “Viewers can expect an exclusive, inside look at a historic Power Five football program, as Coach Prime embarks on a new journey to enact change, inspire, and build a winning team at Colorado.”