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Lil Rel Howery Named Grand Marshall of 90th Bud Billiken Parade, the Oldest African American Parade

On August 10th, 2019, the 90th Bud Billiken Parade will take place in Chicago. The Grand Marshall for the event will be actor and comedian, Lil Rel Howery. Grammy-award nominee BJ The Chicago Kid and Academy-award winner Che “Rhymefest” Smith will be honorary Marshalls.

The theme for the Bud Billiken Parade this year is Celebrating “90 Years of Excellence.” Throughout its 90-year existence the likes of then-Senator Barack Obama, James Brown, The Supremes, Muhammad Ali to Chance the Rapper have all performed or appeared at the Bud Billiken Parade, the oldest African American parade in the country.

As the official Grand Marshal, Howery says, “I am excited and honored to be chosen as this year’s Grand Marshal at the Bud Billiken Parade,” said Howery. “I’ve attended and watched this parade on television with my entire family since I can remember. I’ve accomplished some amazing things in my career, but to be part of this amazing back-to-school tradition is on top of the list. I love my city so much, and to have a chance to see all those amazing young faces in the crowd will me make me so happy.”

The theme for the Bud Billiken Parade this year is Celebrating “90 Years of Excellence.” Throughout its 90-year existence, the likes of  then-Senator Barack Obama, James Brown, The Supremes, Muhammad Ali to Chance the Rapper have all appeared at Bud Billiken Parade, the oldest African American parade in the country

According to the description, The Bud Billiken Parade, founded by “The Father of Black Journalism” Robert Sengstacke Abbott in 1929, is the largest African American parade in the United States. With education as its founding value, the parade takes place at the close of summer, ensuring that Bud Billiken kicks off the school year with high energy and enthusiasm. The parade highlights include contests featuring categories in Best Drill Team, Best Dance Team, Best Marching Band and Cheerleading Squad. At the close of the parade, all attendees are welcomed to join in the post-parade festivities in Washington Park.

For more information on the Bud Billiken Parade check out the website here.

 

 

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Quavo Reveals he Was Also Mistreated by Swedish Police

The Hip Hop community is screaming #FreeFlacko ever since A$AP Rocky was arrested in Sweden after defending himself from a “fan” who was following and harassing him.

TMZ caught up with Quavo and asked about his thoughts about the entire ordeal and he revealed that he was also mistreated by Swedish cops. He didn’t detail when the incident happened but he made it clear that he’s well aware about the way Swedish authorities give it up.

“Sweden had us down on the curb as soon as we went to Sweden,” he said. “They had me and my cameraman on the curb, and they were trying to lock us up too.”

Free my boy Rocky,” Quavo added.

As a result of his arrest, a few artists have vowed to stop performing in Sweden including, Tyler The Creator, School Boy Q, and T.I. There’s a petition with hundreds of thousands of signatures urging for the Harlem rapper’s release.

Ahead of his arrest, Rocky took to social media to upload videos of the men harassing him and alleged that one of the men sexually assaulted several women.

The two men are currently under investigation for sexual assault and molestation.

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Congressional Black Caucus Cites Human Rights Violations in A$AP Rocky Imprisonment

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are getting involved in the attempt to free A$AP Rocky from a Swedish jail. It was previously reported that he was facing inhumane conditions, but those claims were later refuted by a Sweden authority.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York says the Congressional Black Caucus will “continue to weigh in forcefully” until we say #FreeFlacko backwards.

“The situation with ASAP Rocky is unfortunate, it’s outrageous, it needs to be addressed,” Jeffries explained. “You can expect that members of Congress, particularly those of us who are part of the Congressional Black Caucus, are going to continue to weigh in forcefully until ASAP Rocky is free.”

Jeffries added that Rep. André Carson has been applying the pressure on the State department to stay on top of the Swedish government and resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of State delivered a statement addressing the Swedish government over Rocky’s alleged treatment. “There are certainly some facts about the arrest and detention that raise concerns,” a spokesperson for the department said. “We expect all governments, including Sweden, to treat American citizens fairly and with respect. We hope to see ASAP Rocky and his colleagues back on tour and reunited with friends and family soon.”

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LAPD Claims Nipsey Hussle Wasn’t Targeted in The Marathon Investigation

It was an eyebrow raiser yesterday when headlines read the LAPD was investigating Nipsey Hussle and his associates for gang related activities in and around The Marathon clothing store up until the time of his death.

But now authorities are claiming that the late rapper wasn’t on their radar. TMZ reports that a high-ranking official confirmed that the investigation was about the ongoing gang activities that occurs around the mall strip. It’s important to note that the tabloid said that the LAPD and L.A. City Attorney couldn’t explain why Nipsey Hussle’s name was brought up in the investigation in the first place since he allegedly wasn’t a target, or what their end game was.

The case is now a flop since the slain rapper has been dubbed a neighborhood hero who was against gang violence and employed felons and ex-convicts to keep them off the streets.

The “Racks in the Middle” rapper’s store has been closed since he was gunned down but the online store is still available to make purchases.

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Meek Mill Opens Up About Not Being Able to Pick his Son Up From School Due to Probation Restrictions

Meek Mill has been on probation since 2008, and today he has a hearing to finally get his decade-old case overturned.

The Philly emcee was sentenced to five years on probation after his gun and drug arrest 11 years ago. His probation has been conveniently extended as he kept himself out of trouble for nine years until just recently when he was arrested in New York City and sentenced to two to four years in jail just for popping a wheelie in the street to impress some children. His life has changed forever and he is officially a prison reform advocate.

His ongoing battle with this case has been well-documented, as he accused Judge Genece Brinkley of being biased against him. Meek will talk about the injustices he faced to millions of people when his special with Gayle King airs on CBS Tuesday morning.

In the clip below, Meek Mill reveals that he needs permission to travel out of the local area.

“Even if it’s to the next county over. If it’s out of the city, if you don’t ask for permission, you could get the rest of your probation time given to you as jail time legally.” He explained picking his son up from school was impossible with these ridiculous restrictions. “My son lived in New Jersey, but I lived in Philadelphia, and the bridge is a 15-minute ride. It’s just a bridge. I couldn’t go get my son from school when I wanted to, ’cause you know, some days I would get off work early. I would just have a free day, and I would just want to pop up at my son’s school and get him from school. I’d been out of town for two weeks in a row workin’. Can’t really do it.”

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Sweden Prison Denies Claims of A$AP Rocky Being in ‘Inhumane Conditions’

The entire Hip Hop community is calling for the release of A$AP Rocky ever since news broke that he was sitting in a Swedish jail facing six years.

There has been reports that the Harlem rapper was facing harsh, inhumane conditions but the prison is refuting those claims.

Page Six spoke to the governor of the Kronoberg detention center, Frederik Wallin, says the prison has been renovated and inmates are served three meals a day. Wallin made a statement that applied to the “general conditions which apply to all prisoners.”

“Normally, you live in a prison cell which consists of a desk, a bed with a mattress and a TV,” Wallin said. “During the last few years, we have completed a large reconstruction where all the prison cells, as well as the rest of the remand prison, have been completely renovated, which make the remand prison in good condition. I have no knowledge on any current diseases in the remand prison.”

He added that the detention center’s employees work to keep the facility clean for the inmates and themselves.

An online petition was launched to advocate for the release of A$AP Rocky. The rapper’s manager detailed the conditions which his client was imprisoned in, which included “24/7 solitary confinement, restriction of amenities for the most basic of human functions, access to palatable and life sustaining food as well as unsanitary conditions.”

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Michael Eric Dyson Announces New Book ‘JAY-Z: Made in America’

Michael Eric Dyson will release a new book chronicling JAY-Z’s career rise.

The book will be titled JAY-Z: Made in America and will detail Hov’s rise to become a cultural icon. The text will detail the evolution of his career and analyze his lyrics and songs, while also including a foreword from Pharrell Williams.

“This book is the fruit of a decade of teaching about one of the greatest poets this nation has produced,” Dyson said to Entertainment Weekly. “Jay-Z is not only a remarkable recording artist and ingenious businessman, but he is one of our most gifted wordsmiths whose language drips with all the poetic tricks and skills you’ll find in Walt Whitman, Robert Frost, and Rita Dove. But as a rapper, he’s sometimes not given the credit he deserves for just how great an artist he’s been for so long.”

Included in the book will be examinations of his career, life in the street and more.

JAY-Z: Made in America will release near the 50th birthday of Hov and is detailed by Dyston to be “the perfect time to take a look at Jay-Z’s career and his role in making this nation what it is today.”

The book will also feature illustrations from Everett Dyson, the nephew of the author. The book will be available on November 26 but is currently available for pre-order.

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Kanye West Sneaker Empire Worth to Make $1.5 Billion Dollars in 2019

Just a few years ago, Kanye West was reportedly in massive debt trying to get his clothing line off the ground. Now, his vision has come to pass, and his company is a smashing success.

Besides his love of music, Kanye West loves fashion. But instead of just buying clothes, West has built a fashion empire that is bringing in major coin.

Kanye West’s sneaker empire is a billion-dollar enterprise, according to a new cover story on the rapper’s business endeavors by Forbes magazine.

The incredibly popular Yeezy sneaker line, which began at Nike, now with Adidas, is projected to make over $1.5 billion in sales in 2019. West is said to have taken home over $150 million in income over the past year, as reported by Forbes.

Since moving the Yeezy line from Nike to Adidas in 2013, West has struck what Forbes calls an ‘unprecedented deal’ for 15 percent royalty on wholesale, plus a marketing fee.

For comparison, Michael Jordan is said to get a royalty rate of 5 percent on the Air Jordan line, which does annual sales of about $3 billion.

West has had a major turnaround from a few just a few years ago. He sent social media ablaze when he asked Mark Zuckerberg to invest $1 billion in his “ideas” and claimed to be $53 million in debt.

“I’m just blessed through the grace of God to go from tweeting at Mark Zuckerberg” to ask for money, West says, to where he is today. He can laugh at himself a little now. “People wondered, ‘Why did you tweet at Mark Zuckerberg?’ And I was like, ‘Hey, I heard he was looking for aliens.’ ”

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White Arizona Man Slits Teens’ Throat Because his Rap Music Made him Feel ‘Unsafe’

There’s a high demand for justice for a 17-year-old boy named Elijah Al-Amin who was murdered in Arizona because he was playing rap music.

According to azcentral, Michael Paul Adams, 27, admitted to killing the teen around 1:42 a.m. on the 4th of July and explained he stabbed the teen in his back and slit his throat because Elijah was playing rap music from his car outside of a Circle K store.

Adams told authorities rap music makes him feel “unsafe” and he had an incident with someone who listened to the genre in the past. He also insinuated that anyone who listens to rap is a threat. Adams admitted that Elijah didn’t pose as a threat but he still decided to be “proactive rather than reactive,” police records state.

Circle K surveillance footage shows Elijah walking into the store and Adams following behind him. Adams circled around the store before pulling a knife out of his pocket and lunging at the young boy.

Police performed CPR on him before he was transported to a local hospital. Elijah was pronounced dead at 2:05 a.m., according to police records.

Adams was arrested at 67th Avenue near the store with blood on his clothes. He was booked for first-degree premeditated murder and is being held on a $1 million bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in court July 15.

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Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sues Iconix For ‘Massive Fraud’

The New York Post’s Page Six has reported that Hip-Hop billionaire Jay-Z and his company Roc Nation are suing a city licensing firm, alleging it of bilking investors in a “massive years-long fraud,” according to a new lawsuit. Roc Nation first sold the men’s clothing brand Rocawear to Iconix for $204 million in 2007.

According to court documents in the Manhattan Supreme Court, the suit says that the Iconix Brand Group Inc., duped it and other companies — including Ecko, Ed Hardy and PONY — into doing business by not being honest about its financials, and then made off with their money without delivering the services that the company promised.

The feds have been investigating Iconix, which court documents reveal have “amass[ed] a portfolio of trademarks under false pretenses,” and detailed that they committed fraud by having “absconded with its licensees’ money without providing the branding and retail support it promised.” Roc Nation had been doing business with the firm after selling men’s clothing brand Rocawear to them for $204 million back in 2007. Though the company’s stocks were strong through 2015, the suit points out that, today, they are worth “less than a dollar per share.”

Iconix then “absconded with its licensees’ money without providing the branding and retail support it promised,” the court documents allege.

“Plaintiffs never would have entangled their business interests with Iconix had it disclosed the true condition of its business or the massive accounting fraud in which it was engaged,” the court documents claim.

The representation for Roc Nation is requesting that Iconix should pay for the all legal costs accrued when Jay-Z had to testify after the SEC subpoenaed him and for other unspecified damages.

We’ll have more on the story as it develops.

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