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NFL and Roc Nation Release PSA About Botham Jean Shooting Calling for Unity and Respect

The NFL released a public service announcement on Botham Jean, the 26-year-old man who was fatally shot by an off-duty Dallas Police officer in his home on Sept. 6, 2018. The PSA features narration by Jean’s mother Allison Jean, father Bertrum Jean and his sister Allisa Findley.

This is the third PSA of The Responsibility Program, a tag-team effort between Roc nation and NFL to raise awareness about causes that should band our communities together and create mutual respect.

The Responsibility Program has partnered with The Players Coalition for the first PSA in November detailing the killing of Danroy “DJ” Henry in October of 2010. The second was a collaboration with Meek Mill and the Dreamchasers about Antwon Rose II who was killed by an officer in June of 2018.

“I’m thankful that the NFL created this PSA to honor Botham’s legacy and deliver an important message about empathy and unity. I truly hope that our society learns from Botham’s story – and the stories of many others – so we can make a lasting change in this world. Together, we must all set a better example for future generations and leaders.”

You can see the video below.

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No Cap: Yo Gotti, Team Roc Sues Mississippi Officials Over ‘Inhumane and Unconstitutional’ Prison Conditions

Yo Gotti was not playing with Mississippi prison officials.

We previously reported that the Memphis rapper joined forces with the philanthropic division of Roc Nation, Team Roc, to fight for improved prison conditions. Gotti and Team Roc sent a letter to Gov. Phil Bryant threatening to take legal action against the state if they didn’t fix the problem expeditiously. Considering that the rapper and philanthropic team fired off the lawsuit, Mississippi officials didn’t rectify the issue.

The complaint accuses prison officials of hosting a “dangerous environmental conditions,” such as exposure to mold, wiring, unsafe drinking water, and vermin. In addition, inmates aren’t protected from extreme violence. It’s so bad in there, attorneys are saying the conditions constitute as cruel and unusual punishment, which is a violation of the Eighth Amendment.

“Plaintiffs lives are in peril. Individuals held in Mississippi’s prisons are dying because Mississippi has failed to fund its prisons, resulting in prisons where violence reigns because prisons are understaffed,” the suit reads. “In the past two weeks alone, five men incarcerated in Mississippi have died as the result of prison violence. These deaths are a direct result of Mississippi’s utter disregard for the people it has incarcerated and their constitutional rights.”

“This unthinkable spate of deaths is the culmination of years of severe understaffing and neglect at Mississippi’s prisons.  As Mississippi has incarcerated increasing numbers of people, it has dramatically reduced its funding of prisons.  Nearly half of the prison guard slots for Mississippi’s prison remain unfilled.”

The lawsuit was prompted by the deaths of five inmates in different Mississippi prisons, three of those deaths occurred during the first week of the New Year.

“The conditions in the prisons operated by the Mississippi Department of Corrections are absolutely inhumane and unconstitutional,” Gotti said in statement to Complex last week. “To see this happen so close to my hometown of Memphis is truly devastating. That’s why we’re calling on Mississippi state leaders to take immediate action and rectify this issue. If they don’t right this wrong, we’re prepared to take legal action to provide relief for those that are incarcerated and their families.”

Inmates filed a civil lawsuit on December 29th against Felicia Hall, the Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner, and Marshal Turner, the Superintendent of the Mississippi State Penitentiary. The plaintiffs are being represented by Ellyde R. Thompson, Joshua Stanton, and Alex Spiro, who have experience with numerous legal cases on behalf of Team Roc.

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[WATCH] Rapsody Speaks To Black Men In New Video ‘Afeni’ Ft PJ Morton

Already classified as a legend, North Carolina’s own Rapsody released visuals to her song Afeni ft. PJ Morton featuring a classic hip hop hook by the late Tupac.  The Roc Nation-signed hard hitter is delivering once again from her album Eve which features songs all named after an influential black woman.

Known for her brilliant bars and moving messages, the natural born lyricist breaks down the relationships between the black man, black woman and child. In the captivating video we witness a young couple in love warp into a single black mother raising her son. Bringing us wisdom and tears simultaneously Rapsody is a true queen in hip hop speaking for a generation of those who go unheard.

[Chorus: 2Pac]
Now  since we all came from a woman
Got  our names from a woman and our game from a woman
I wonder why we take from our women
Why we rape our women
Do  we hate our women?
Now  since we all

[Verse 1: Rapsody]
My brothers (My brothers)‚ I love you (I love you)
I  hate to know some of you treat us like Glover (Glover)
Black card revoked‚ maybe you could use Discover (Discover)
Define yourself, do you feel the same way ’bout your mother? (Mother)
Do you overlook our beauty, but you lovin’ on all the others (Others)
Hope  you teach your daughters all to stay away from suckas
Like yourself if you don’t love yourself
I’m so Southern (Southern)‚ I was taught to feed the soul with or without hot ovens
Here’s a plate, know your hate come from a black man struggle (Struggle)
We all in the same shape, so I know I fit your puzzle (Puzzle)
Either way‚ we got your back, we only pray you’ll be our muscle (Pray you’ll be our muscle)
Strength in the times we all overcome with trouble
Every day we pullin’ doubles for ourself and home (For ourself and home)
My mom and daddy taught me, early on, protect your own (Protect your own)

We never stopped lovin’ you, so turn your love back on (Your love back on)
And I pray you feel the same way as that 2Pac song
We ain’t your hoes or your bitches, trophies, or meant for pimpin’
Recognize a gift from God outweighs a birthday or a Christmas
To protect our lives, you gon’ take it to the limit? (You gon’ take it to the limit?)
Rib of my rib, do you still feel us in ya

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#PrayforPuertoRico Earthquake Hits ‘La Isla Bonita’ Edging 6.5 on Richter Scale

CNN reports that many are waking up to the devastating news that Puerto Rico has been hit with 6.4 magnitude earthquake early Tuesday morning. Monday, Jan. 6th, the small island was hit with a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. Pray for Puerto Rico.

This natural disaster leaves the U.S. territory rocked after only a few years recovered from Hurrican Maria that devasted the island.

According to United States Geological Service earthquake map, the 6.4 quake hit at 3:24 a.m. local time about 10 kilometers south of Indios, Puerto Rico. Luckily, despite the activity, there is no threat of a tsunami.

Many are concerned as Puerto Rico lies between two fault lines and has experienced a few earthquakes since the end of 2019 (Dec. 28) ranging in magnitude from 4.7 to Sunday’s 5.8.

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Weed Now Legal in Illinois for Adult Consumption… and One City Will Make Reparations Fund For Blacks from its Profit

As of January 1st, residence in Illinois can go cop legal bud- and the people from the house Twista are saying “Amen!”

With this move, Illinois becomes the 11th state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis for adult recreational use. And if you think that people were not jonesing for the ball to drop on New Year’s Eve, ushering in a new day a clear vision for 2020 (as we are not talking only for glaucoma patients), then you are bugging. The family could not wake to “wake and bake.” Dispensaries were open by 6 a.m. to started selling premium pot and hundreds of people flocked to cop.

According to CNN, not only were the lines off the hook with everyone from homeboys from down the street, grandmas from up the way and doctors, preachers, teachers… so was the Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton in line who took herself to Sunnyside Dispensary to get a 100-milligram of Mindy’s Edibles Glazed Clementine Orange Gummies.

In a statement released by Joe Caltabiano, the co-founder, and president of Cresco Labs who works with the brand, each gummy is 5 milligrams, a “very popular microdose for beginning edible consumers.”

“For too long, IL residents, particularly those that are black & brown, have been targeted and criminalized for #cannabis possession,” Stratton tweeted.

While the “get high” is cute there are some rules.

You have to be over 21 years old to purchase cannabis of any kind. There is no way legally around this. Also, if you are a resident of the state can only possess up to 30 grams of marijuana, five grams of cannabis concentrate and up to 500 milligrams of edible THC. If you are visiting, you can possess half these amounts.

This seems to put an end to the war on drugs that has far too often been a war on Black and brown people. The history of this is epic and intentional.

This is why Stratton has restorative justice on her mind. However, Alderman Robin Rue Simmons also has that on her mind, but in a more deliberate way. In her city of Evanston, Il, all of the monies that the city earns will go into an establishment of a reparations fund to support the dreams of Black residents unduly affected by the War on Drugs, which was crafted around race.

The Chicago Tribune reported that this fund will be the first of its kind in the nation. Evanston maintains that all of the tax revenue from marijuana sales should go into this fund, believing up to $10 million will be generated to help Black Illionisians job training, education, and other life empowerment skills.

In addition to Illinois, recreational adult use of marijuana is legal in Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, and Vermont.

More than 30 states allow marijuana to be sold for medical purposes.

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[WATCH] Yasiin Bey Formerly Known As Mos Def Releases New Album In Most Unique Way

Yasiin Bey, formerly known as Mos Def, sat down with MSNBC’s Ari Melber to discuss his newest studio recording of yasiin bey: Negus, which is only offered offline. The Brooklyn rapper decided to create a fine art experience fused with hip hop curated at The Brooklyn Museum—not Spotify, Apple or any other streaming platform. 

Negus, the exhibition acknowledges the importance of hip-hop as a fundamental American art form by making the 8-track, 28-minute recording available without the distractions of technology (upon entering the gallery, visitors are given a case in which to lock their mobile devices). In addition to Negus, the exhibition includes artworks by Ala Ebtekar, Julie Mehretu, and José Parlá created in collaboration with bey, as well as original music by celebrated pianist by Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou.

Negus (pronounced nuh-goose) takes its name from the word for “king” or “ruler” in Ge` ez, one of the ancient Semitic languages of Ethiopia. bey associates the term with Prince Alämayyähu Tewodros and others who have led noble lives, including Henrietta Lacks and Nipsey Hussle.

Bey reveals, “My proposal is that art is not just a fine art, it’s not limited or restricted solely to what you can hang on the wall, it includes music as well.  I had a strong feeling it needed to be a more dynamic experience than downloading it from an advice…”

Watch the interview below and CLICK HERE to get tickets to Yasiin Bey’s newest creative installment to hip hop.

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NYC Gives $3.5 Million To Build Hip Hop Museum In The Bronx

It has been reported that the State of New York in conjunction with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has given the Universal Hip Hop Museum a $3.5 million donation to begin its construction.

According to the museum’s Executive Director Rocky Bucano, “The grant from Governor Andrew Cuomo is a testament to the cultural and economic development importance of the Universal Hip Hop Museum to the borough of the Bronx and the state of New York.” He went on to say, “The museum is part of the renaissance of the Bronx. The Bronx is coming back. But the museum will be of the people and for the people.”

The $80 million Universal Hip Hop Museum, which will be located in Bronx Point, is scheduled to open in the South Bronx in 2023.

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Meek Mill and The Dreamchasers Host Holiday Toy Giveaway for 3,500 Philly Children

On Saturday, Meek Mill and the DreamChasters took over Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation Center in Philadelphia for their second annual toy giveaway. The event served over 3,500 Philadelphia kids in need.

Meek, along with PUMA, Activision, GoPuff, and Docuvault, gave away video game consoles, bicycles, art kids, jewelry-making kits, Marvel action figures, stuffed animals, board games, gift cards, PUMA sneakers and an array of other toys to kids in attendance. In addition to those gifts, Meek raffled 10 Xbox systems and tickets to see the hometown Philadelphia 76ers.

Meek brought special guests with him to the handout toys and mingle with children. On hand were Philadelphia 76ers guard Trey Burke, professional dirt bike rider/actor Chino Braxton, Philadelphia rapper Shawn Smith, Philadelphia-born heavyweight boxer Darmani Rock. Families were on hand from 7 am ET and greeted by Meek.

This past Friday, Meek held another toy drive in Pittsburgh in honor of Antwon Rose Jr., an unarmed 17-year-old and honor roll student who was fatally shot by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19, 2018. During the event over 600 hoodies that displayed J4A – Justice for Antwon – and 600 basketballs. Recently Meek and The Chasers revealed a PSA on Rose, which you can see below.

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[WATCH] Iowa Woman Hits Teen With Car Because She Was ‘A Mexican’

42-year-old Nicole Marie Poole Franklin from Des Moines, Iowa was charged with attempted murder for hitting a teen with her car because the teen was “a Mexican.” 

In a press release shared by the Clive City Police Department, police Chief Michael Venema said that the 14-year-old was on her way to a school activity on Dec. 9, when Franklin hit her with her car and left without helping her.

Venema said Franklin was already in custody at Polk County Jail on other charges when she admitted to being the driver who hit the girl. KCCI reports she was being held on assault charges, after using racial slurs and throwing things at customers and employees of a convenience store.

According to Venema, Franklin told investigators that she intentionally hit the girl because she was “a Mexican” and subsequently made “a number of derogatory statements about Latinos.”

Franklin is currently being held in Polk County Jail on a bond of $1 million for the attempted murder charge. She also faces charges of theft, violation of individual rights, consumption/intoxication, and possession of marijuana.
When will the blatant racism stop?

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Hip Hop Museum in The Bronx Receives $3.5 Million Grant from City

By: Dylan Kemp

Looks like Christmas came early for the Hip Hop Museum. 

On Thursday, Dec 19th, Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo announced that the state will award the Hip Hop Museum, which is still under construction, with a $3.5 million grant to further develop the state of the art exhibit. 

“The grant from Governor Andrew Cuomo is a testament to the cultural and economic development importance of the Universal Hip Hop Museum to the borough of the Bronx and the state of New York,” said Rocky Bucano, Executive Director of The Universal Hip Hop Museum in a press release.

The project was set to cost $80 million and was funded by Empire State Development and was conceived in 2014 with the support of Kurtis Blow and Ice-T. Blow serves as the museum’s chairman and Ice-T founded the board of directors. In 2018, Public Enemy’s Chuck D joined on the board of directors too. 

The mission of the Universal Hip Hop Museum is to preserve the history of hip hop music from the past, present, and future. There will be exhibits on MC’s, DJ’s, graffiti artists and break dancers dating back to the 1970s. “The museum is part of the renaissance of the Bronx. The Bronx is coming back,” Bucano told the New York Post. “But the museum will be of the people and for the people.”

The Universal Hip Hop Museum is set to break ground in 2020 and open in 2023 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of hip-hop culture.

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