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Beyoncé, Pop Smoke, Kanye West and Megan Thee Stallion Among List of 2021 Grammy Nominees

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The Recording Academy announced the 2021 nominees on Tuesday and the Rap and R&B categories saw some new faces this year. The announcement came virtually on Grammy.com and was announced by CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King.

Jhené Aiko received 3 nominations for her work on the 2020 album Chilombo in the categories Best Progressive R&B album, Best R&B Performance and Album of the Year.

Beyoncé received 9 nominations for Best R&B Performance, Best Rap Performance, Best Rap Song, Best Music Film, Best Music Video, Best R&B Song, Song of the Year and Record of the Year where she is nominated twice for “Black Parade” and “Savage” with Megan Thee Stallion.

In addition to the Record of the Year, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance Nominations, Megan Thee Stallion who also was a presenter during the announcement livestream was nominated for Best New Artist competing against “Say So” performer Doja Cat.

Doja Cat’s single crossed over into the pop realm and earned the 25-year-old first time nominee a nomination for Best Pop Solo Performance and Record of the Year.

Nipsey Hussle and Pop Smoke have been posthumously nominated for Best Rap Performance. This was Pop Smoke’s only nomination for his single “Dior.” Nipsey was nominated via Big Sean’s single “Deep Reverence” from his Detroit 2 LP. Sean and Nip will compete against Da Baby’s “Bop,” Jack Harlow’s “What’s Poppin” Lil Baby’s “The Bigger Picture and ” Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage.”

Other nominees include Drake who was nominated for Best Melodic Rap Performance and Best Rap Song with “Laugh Now Cry Later” and Best Music Video for “Life is Good” with Future.

Kanye West also received his first Grammy nomination in the Gospel music category for Best Contemporary Christian Album with Jesus is King.

The ceremony airs January 31, 2021 on CBS and will be hosted by Comedian Trevor Noah.

See the complete list of nominees here. See the R&B and Rap Nominees below:

Record of the Year

Beyonce – Black Parade

Da Baby – Rockstar feat. Roddy Ricch

Doja Cat – Say So

Post Malone – Circles

Megan Thee Stallion x Beyonce – Savage Remix

Album of the Year

Jhene AIko – Chilombo

Post Malone -Hollywood’s Bleeding

Song of the Year

Beyonce – Black Parade

Roddy Ricch – The Box

Post Malone – Circles

H.E.R. – I Can’t Breathe

Best New Artist

Doja Cat

Megan Thee Stallion

D Smoke

Best Rap Album

Jay Electronica – A Written Testimony

Royce Da 5’9 – The Allegory

Nas – King’s Disease

Freddie Gibbs – Alfredo

D Smoke – Black habits

Best Rap Song

Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

Roddy Ricch – The Box

Drake – Laugh Now Cry Later feat. Lil Durk

Da Baby – Rockstar feat. Roddy Ricch

Megan Thee Stallion – Savage feat. Beyonce

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Travis Scott – Highest in the Room

Anderson Paak – Lockdown

Roddy Ricch – The Box

Drake – Laugh Now Cry Later feat. Lil Durk

Da Baby – Rockstar feat. Roddy Ricch

Best Rap Performance

Pop Smoke – Dior

Big Sean – Deep Reverance feat. Nipsey Hussle

Da Baby- Bop

Jack Harlow – What’s Poppin

Megan Thee Stallion – Savage

Lil Baby – The Bigger Picture

Best R&B Performance

Jhene Aiko – Lightning & Thunder feat. John Legend

Beyonce – Black Parade

Jacob Collier – All I need feat. Ty Dolla Sign & Mahalia

Brittany Howard – Goat Head

Emily King – See Me

Best Traditional R&B Performance

The Baylor Project Featuring Jean Baylor & Marcus Baylor – Sit on Down

Chloe x Halle – Wonder What She Thinks of Me

Mykal Kilgore – Let Me Go

Ledisi – Anything For You

Yebba – Distance

 Best R&B Song

Robert Glasper – Better Than I Imagine feat. H.E.R.

Beyonce – Black Parade

Tiana Major9 – Collide feat. Earthgang

Chloe x Halle – Do It

Skip Marley – Slow Down feat. H.E.R.

Best R&B Album

Ant Clemons – Happy 2 Be Here

Giveon – Take Time

Luke James – To Feel Love/D

John Legend – Bigger Love

Gregory Porter – All Rise

Best Progressive R&B Album

Jhene Aiko – Chilombo

Chloe x Halle- Ungodly Hour

Free Nationals – Free Nationals

Robert Glasper -F*** Yo Feelings

Thundercat – It is What it Is

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Today in Hip-Hop History: Larry Davis Shoots 6 Corrupt NYPD Officers And Escapes 34 Years Ago

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Some say he was 50 Cent before 50 Cent. Some called him “the Robin Hood of The Ghetto”, while the establishment dubbed him “the crack city terminator.” In the hood, his solution is considered the only possible answer to a continuous epidemic of police brutality. Some of your favorite rappers from French Montana to Lloyd Banks to Jay-Z have name-dropped him on their tracks and BET felt he was so important to American culture that their American Gangster series had to open with him, but only an educated few know why the name Larry Davis continues to ring bells more than three decades after that fateful night in November of ’86.

On this date in 1986, a 19-year-old Bronx man by the name of Larry Davis was engaged in a shootout with over 25 NYPD officers who came after him in what appeared to be a murderous hit. For those that don’t know what makes this such a unique story is that Davis not only survived but escaped unharmed long enough to tell his story to the FBI. Larry Davis was acquitted of the police shootings(six officers were critically injured), which was the only time anyone was acquitted for shooting an officer of the law in U.S. history.

READ MORE: The Death Of Larry Davis 10 Years Later: Is This The Only Answer To Police Brutality?

Check out the first-hand account from someone who was with Davis on that cold night in the Bronx at Larry’s sister’s apartment on Webster Avenue.

Words: Shams DaBaron

November 19, 1986 is a night that forever changed the course of my life. It was the height of the crack epidemic on this cold winter night when I was meeting with my partner and best friend Larry Davis. We were discussing the trip we were taking the next day to California to avoid the heat he was experiencing from some corrupt cops he sold drugs for. For weeks he had been laying low knowing they had a bounty on his head. At the time no one could be trusted. The police were rolling up on anyone associated with Larry to find out where he was.

On this night, I sat with him in his sister’s apartment discussing our plans for the trip we were taking and making final arrangements with one of my associates to restructure some of the business dealings in the street. Larry was in the process of extricating himself from out of that lifestyle of dealing drugs and we were going to refocus our energies totally toward dealing in music. The decision was made months ago, but became complicated once Larry made his plans known to others and the corrupt cops caught wind of his decision to step off with their money. They then put a bounty on his head.

READ MORE: The Larry Davis Story: Is This The Solution To Police Brutality?

As he was explaining what was going on in the streets to my associate, the associate became very scared and verbalized his fears to us, while asking Larry if he himself was in fear for his life. Larry’s reply, “Well, no I’m not scared. The only person I fear is God… Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wanna die, but if it’s my time to die, then so be it…” At this point I’m ready to tune him out and dismiss his words as Larry just talking mess… But then he continued, “One thing, though, I will say is… if they come and kill me, I guarantee you that before I go, I’m a take one of those pigs down with me.”

Hearing him use the term “pigs” is what really caught my attention. It showed that even in the most negative of situations – having been a drug dealer for a group of corrupt NYC cops – Larry was still in some way affected by the pro-Black organizations that gave birth to our generation. The seeds of their struggles were planted in us whether we knew it or not. And to me, it seems, that on that fateful night of November 19, 1986, the spirit of those freedom fighters, and the spirit of that movement, guided his thoughts and actions and helped him overcome the overwhelming force that came to assassinate him.

What is even more significant and what we must keep in mind while Remembering Larry Davis is that on that night of November 19, 1986, Larry became what famed lawyer William Kunstler called “A symbol of resistance to police violence.”

Shams DaBaron
Larry’s Childhood Friend

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The Universal Hip Hop Museum Safely Reopens BX Exhibit With New Health Sensor Technology

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The Universal Hip Hop Museum is excited to announce its latest partnership with Soter Technologies, inventors of non-invasive advanced health sensor technology systems, as the [R]Evolution of Hip Hop reopens its doors for an exclusive press preview this Friday, October 23 from 12 – 6 pm EST. The exhibit will officially reopen its doors to the general public on November 5. 

In alignment with New York City reopening guidelines, the safety and wellbeing of all visitors are the top priority for The Universal Hip Hop Museum. Soter has donated one of their new SymptomSense™ rapid walk-through noninvasive scanners that quickly (5 seconds or less) determines an individual’s blood oxygen level, body temperature, heart rate, and respiratory rate.  

These vital signs are the same as those immediately taken at emergency rooms and help to identify if a person has COVID-19 or other illnesses prior to entering a building or event. SymptomSense™ is a revolutionary walk-through full-body health scanner that looks similar to metal detectors used at security checkpoints at airports, professional sporting events, and government buildings. The museum’s unit is the first permanent SymptomSense™ to be installed at a public venue in New York City where COVID-19 remains a serious health concern. 

Additional measures will also be taken to further safeguard the community including practicing social distancing and facial masks requirements. The [R]Evolution of Hip Hop’s newest experience will celebrate Hip Hop’s emergence from the park jams and the projects to nightclubs, national concert tours, TV and motion pictures circa 1980 to 1985. The innovative music, art, dance, and fashion that first permeated city streets in the Bronx, Harlem, Brooklyn, and Queens in the 1970s made its way Downtown in the 1980s. 

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Jennifer Lopez Faces Criticism For Calling Herself A “Black Girl From The Bronx”

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While many Spanish-speaking people in New York City will quickly identify or assimilate themselves among their peers as Black people, pop star Jennifer Lopez is facing a stream of backlash for her reference to herself as a “Black girl from te Bronx” in the song “Lonely” with Colombian singer Maluma.

In the lyrics of the song, J. Lo sings “tu Negrita del Bronx,” which in English says, “I’ll always be your black girl from the Bronx…” A clip from the song’s official video with Lopez singing the the controversial lyrics has now made a celebratory revolution in the blogosphere because “Jenny From The Block” has never really claimed or referenced herself as Black in the past.

Both fans and critics have called out Lopez on Twitter, using her “n***a lyric on “I’m Real” with Ja Rule as support of their argument.

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Ice Cube Says He’s Banned From CNN After They Cancelled His Interview

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According to a recent tweet from Ice Cube, his interview with Chris Cuomo was cancelled and claims the network had already banned him from their platform and he doesn’t understand why they even inquired about an interview in the first place.

After clarifying once again that he is totally non-partisan in his pursuit to strive for better condition for Black people in the United States, the West Coast legend has still been heavily criticized for speaking to the Trump administration, even though he has been pretty transparent that he has went to both parties with “The Platinum Plan”.

Cube says that the Biden’s camp agreed to look over his four year proposal after the election.

“I talked to both campaigns like I said I would. I have a contract with Black America that both parties gonna have to get with. We can’t depend on one party to bring this through. It’s too broad. Both parties is gonna have to get with it,” said Cube.

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[WATCH] Diddy Hosts Town Hall Meeting Endorsing Biden/Harris, Moderated By Charlamagne Tha God

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As Diddy unveils his Biden-endorsed “Our Black Party” political platform, the legendary Bad Boy sat down with cultural pundit Charlamagne Tha God about the primary objective of the party in the 2020 election: to get Donald Trump out of office.

Diddy speaks very candidly about Trump’s “stand back and stand by” comment supposedly made concerning the extreme right-wing, while he is adamant that the upcoming election, which is less than 30 days away, is simply “a war between love and hate.”

“If Trump gets elected, I truly believe in my heart that there’s gonna be a race war.”

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Trump Administration Thanks Ice Cube for Assisting Develop ‘The Platinum Plan’

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In a now-viral tweet, Trump campaign senior advisor Katrina Pierson thanked Hip Hop icon Ice Cube for assisting in helping President Trump develop “The Platinum Plan,” which reportedly includes a $500 billion package for the Black community from the Republicans.

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On Sunday, Cube released a video revealing that he has met with both Republicans and Democrats, stating that no president in the entire history of this country has ever done right by Black people.

Ice Cube, who boasts his non-partisan involvement, says he’s not siding with the Democrats after a host of other Black entertainers have endorsed Biden and Kamala Harris.

The Platinum Plan, which is a four-year plan, $500 billion strategies to “Increase access to capital in Black communities by almost $500 billion”, by creating 3 million new jobs for the Black community and creating 500,000 new Black-owned businesses.

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[WATCH] Media Maven Roland Martin Breaks Down in Tears During Visit to Voting Polls

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Esteemed journalist Roland S. Martin broke down in tears yesterday after an emotional visit to the voting polls near his home in Texas. He posted a video to his Instagram of the massive lines at the voting polls overwhelmed with tears at the roves of people showing up to exercise their right to vote. He posted: 

The emotions just hit me on the first day of early voting in Texas

I have voted all my life. But when I rolled up to Friendship-West Baptist Church this AM, and I saw this massive line after the polls had been open 27 minutes, the tears just hit me. I was listening to @treysongz song, “2020 Riots: How Many Times,” and it just hit me. It’s 50 degrees right now, and these folks are ready! I’m a grown man, but I have no problem showing this type of emotion because I know what is at stake for our people.

My tears were also because I started with @common and @johnlegend’s “Glory,” and Common has a line that says “freedom is like a religion to us.” I know what Black folks have been through in this country. Voting is not the be-all-to-end-all, but I sure as hell know it IS part of the solution. I could have voted at FWBC, but I’m going to vote where my parents are working the polls. They impressed upon me the power of voting and civic engagement, and its only fitting. #VoteOrShutTheHellUp

Well said Mr. Martin, ‘Vote or shut the h*** up!’

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‘Jag Booty’ Woman Arrested for Butt-Injection Murder in Texas

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According to a report from The New York Post, a woman known as “Jag Booty” was arrested in Texas last week for illegally administering a butt-injection procedure that led to a woman’s death.

Pamela Burnley, 55, was arrested for giving Latora King a series of black-market injections, which later led to her death.

King met Burnley in a Dallas parking lot to pay and have the procedure done. Within days, King sent Burnley pictures of her “grotesquely misshapen buttocks,” which eventually led her to go to the emergency room. King died not long after being admitted.

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Check Out PA’s Shop Talk Featuring Raheem DeVaughn TONIGHT!

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As this year’s presidential election winds down to its last 30 days, swing states have become integral focal points and Black men in the Keystone State have become a top priority to the Biden/Harris campaign, with the Democratic Party catering to the concerns of one of Pennsylvania’s most pivotal constituent groups; Black men. With Black men being the highest at-risk group in the country, a group of Black men who wish to amend this risk factor will come together under the Team Joe banner to chop it up about the unavoidable problem in the Oval Office.

This evening, Raheem DeVaughn, Dule Hill, Leslie Odom Jr., Rev. Alyn Waller, and House Representative Jordan Harris will host PA’s “Shop Talk”, a virtual series sponsored by Black Men For Biden where they will discuss topics such as the impact COVID-19 on voting initiatives while acknowledging the need to utilize technology as a medium to enhance correspondence within the Black community in general and among Black men in particular.

The overall purpose of the event is to attract Black men of all demographics to vote and galvanize the voting power within the Black community by encouraging and empowering the foundation of the Black family. The Shop Talk will begin precisely at 7PM EST and all Black men, regardless of residence, are encouraged to participate.

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