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Patrisse Cullors And Reform L.A. Jails Hold Summit, Day Party To Discuss Incarceration And Mental Health

This Saturday, Reform L.A. Jails and their founder/chair, activist, public speaker, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter Global Network, Patrisse Cullors, held a triumphant event to raise awareness about mass incarceration and mental illness. The event, also an opportunity to educate people about L.A County jail reform, encouraged the local community to vote “yes” on the Reform L.A. Jails measure that will be on the California presidential primary ballot (March 3, 2020). Held at A Noise Within Theatre, the event included powerful programming, a special performance by rising Compton rapper Boogie, a world-class art exhibition, and more.

The event began with Patrisse Cullors making her opening remarks on bringing L.A. County together for one day in support of mental health reform leading into a discussion between running District Attorney candidates Richard Ceballos, George Gascon, Joseph Iniguez and Rachel Rossi on how each candidate will work to decriminalize mental illness. Cullors moderated each panel throughout the event. The very first panel focused on mental health and incarceration where the history of institutionalization and increase of mentally ill inmates was discussed. Panelists included actress Dawn-Lyen Gardner (Queen Sugar), Medical Director of the Office of Diversion and Reentry Kristen Ochoa, Michael Saavedra survivor of state violence and LA coordinator for Critical Resistance, Lex Steppling, Director of Campaigns and Policy for Dignity and Power Now and Michele Infante, Senior Campaign Lead for Dignity and Power Now.

The second panel conversation, “Policy Solutions Addressing The Mental Health Crisis,” included change agent and breakout star of ABC’s Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated comedy series “black-ish” and star of “grown-Ish” Yara Shahidi, actress Zuri Adele (Good Trouble), Reform LA Jails Senior Advisor Christman Bowers, Helen Jones mother of John Horton and Diana Zuniga from Whole Person Care whom discussed current policies and political actions followed by a deep dive into the Reform L.A. Jails Ballot Measure.

The third and last panel conversation, “Social Movements Responding to Social Ills,” included Mark Anthony Johnson Soro Justice Fellow, Compton rapper Boogie, actor, activist and co-founder of BLD PWR Kendrick Sampson, Guadalupe Rocio Chavez Health and Wellness Director at Dignity and Power Now and Juan Correra father of Juan Correa jr. discussing how to make it popular to care for the mentally ill and homeless and how to take steps to start a movement.

To close the event, Boogie offered a dynamic performance of his songs “lolsmh” and “silent ride”. Following his performance, Cullors and Reform L.A. Jails surprised Boogie with a plaque naming him the first-ever Reform L.A. Jails Ambassador in honor of his partnership in the fight for an adequate mental health care system in L.A. County and advocating for those without a voice. In support of the movement, other attendees included singer and songwriter Lauren Jauregui, actor and activist Matt McGorry, and actress and producer Keri Shahidi.

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Hip Hop Pioneer Eric B. Released From Jail In NJ

Eric Barrier, who is best known to the Hip Hop world as “Eric B.”, was released from jail in New Jersey after he was held for two weeks behind a 17 year old warrant.

The legendary DJ for rap icon Rakim came to court in Bergen County in an orange prison jumpsuit, but left in his regular clothes after paying $5K in in old court fines.

Back in 2001, police attempted to stop Barrier when his Range Rover didn’t have the proper license plate, but the DJ drove on the sidewalk, creating a police crash and causing the injury of an officer when he did not stop.

Even though he was only give na fine, Barrier told the court his lawyer back then told him he didn’t have to appear in court because he was being put in a special program called pre-trial intervention.

The bench warrant pop up until Barrier’s recent return from Canada, when he was detained last month.

He was released today from a Bergen County courtroom, but his attorney Patrick Toscano says he has to return to court on Nov. 22 to resolve the old case from the original incident.

Eric B.’s first lawyer in the case is serving six life sentences in federal prison for charges including murder.

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Today in Hip Hop History: 17 years Ago Jay-Z released his 7th album ‘The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse’

Today in Hip Hop History, Jay-Z released his seventh studio album The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse.

The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse was the seventh studio album released by rapper Shawn Carter aka Jay-Z. The album was released on November 12, 2002, by Roc-A-Fella Records and Def Jam Recordings. The Brooklyn rapper released the album as a sequel to his sixth album The Blueprint (2001). The album debuted at number one, shipping with first-week sales of 545,000 units. Jay-Z was already debatably classified as one of the greatest rappers of all time.

During this time, rumors of Jay hooking up with singer Beyonce began to circulate in the industry,  The rumor was almost confirmed with the song ’02 Bonnie and Clyde’ off the album. The world watched as a budding relationship began between the two mega stars. ‘Excuse Me Miss’ featuring Pharrell showed a sensitive and grown up side to the BK rapper who previously rapped about drugs and throwback jerseys. Inevitably becoming one of the biggest forces in hip hop and one of our first billionaire couples, The game changed when Jay-Z released this album and How continues to break boundaries. Today the album is certified 3x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA.
We salute Jay-Z for another classic album.

 

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Malcolm Jenkins & Player’s Coalition to Release Series of PSAs Highlighting Victims of Police Brutality and Gun Violence

Philadelphia Eagles star safety Malcolm Jenkins and the Player’s Coalition have released the first of many PSAs that will highlight parents whose children were the victims of police brutality and gun violence.

The PSAs will go on to educate football fans and raise awareness about how the injustices affect the community and police relations throughout the country.

The first PSA details Danroy “DJ” Henry, the former football player form Pace University who was fatally shot on October 17, 2010, by a police officer in Mount Pleasant, NY. The PSA is narrated by his mother, Angella Henry, who details the story of her son.

The officer who shot Henry stated he was threatened by DJ but witnesses at the scene detailed the officer was the aggressor. Henry received a public apology from Mount Pleasant officials in 2017. The killing of Henry robbed the opportunity to play in the NFL and details one of the examples of injustice that impacts the community.

“We have a responsibility to use our platforms to unite people and foster positive change in our communities, but we can’t achieve that goal without education,” Jenkins said in a statement. “We want this PSA to generate productive dialogue between people of all backgrounds, so we can start to bridge the communication gap and work together to end these injustices.”

You can watch the PSA below.

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Fatal Stabbing Over Popeye’s Chicken Sandwich In Maryland

A man that either broke in line in front of someone or someone cut in front of him in a Popeye’s Restaurant in Prince George’s County, MD last night was stabbed to death over the newly-popular chicken sandwich that was made all the rage on social media.

The fight between the two angry patrons ended up outside with the 28-year-old man eft dead at the scene.

Fights have been erupting at Popeye’s ever since the chicken sandwich was made available, but this is the first time that someone was actually killed while waiting in line for the chicken.

TheSource.com will bring you more updates on the latest fisticuffs brewing in “Popeye Madness”.

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Rap Legends Black Moon Perform Classics At Album Release Show In NYC

Last night rap legends Black Moon performed at the renowned SOB’s in New York City to a crowd of hip hop enthusiasts.

Performing songs off their new album Rise Of Da Moon released on Duck Down Music, the audience got a live taste of gems off the new album. The album features Smif-n-Wessun, Method Man of the Wu-Tang Clan and Rockness Monsta with over 15 new tracks produced exclusively by Da Beatminerz Black Moon which consists of DJ Evil Dee, Buckshot, and 5 FT rocked a few joints off the most talked about hip hop album of the year. Word on the street is this project is the perfect balance of incredible beats and rhymes. Mr. Walt, 1/2 of the production duo Da Beatminerz set the tone for the stage before his brother Evil Dee jumped on the turntables. Showcasing the origins of hip hop, Buckshot and 5 FT controlled the crowd while Evil Dee effortlessly killed the 1 and 2’s.
Smif-N-Wessun surprised the crowd with their classic rendition of ‘Bucktown’ bringing back memories only the 90’s could bring. Sean Price’s wife came onstage and Rock from Health Skeltah showed up to rep his Boot Camp Click Family. Rapping every word of the undeniable golden era classics, the packed house proved they came out to hear real hip hop.













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Rap Snacks Chips Now Available In Over 4200 Walmart Stores Across The Country, Announces Partnership With Slutty Vegan

Rap Snacks, the “Official Snack of Hip Hop,” has partnered with Walmart to bring the hit snacks to over 4,200 Walmart stores across the country. This is the next step to making Rap Snacks available to more fans and bringing Hip Hop culture to audiences far and wide.

Rap Snacks founder, James Lindsay, and partner, No Limit general Master P, stopped by MSNBC’s “>The Beat with Ari to talk all things Rap Snacks and their Walmart expansion.

Rap Snacks also recently announced their partnership with Atlanta-based vegan burger restaurant Slutty Vegan, to create their first ever vegan potato chip. The chips, inspired by Slutty Vegan’s health-conscious yet savory menu, will come in two flavors and will be available in every store Rap Snacks are sold this December. Founded by African-American entrepreneurs, both Rap Snacks and Slutty Vegan aim to provide vegan options to culturally diverse communities that may otherwise have less access to vegan snacks.

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Christian Rapper Lecrae Reacts to Kanye Album and Talks Dove Award Boycott

With the arrival of Kanye’s new album, Jesus Is King, Christian-based emcee Lecrae’s socials were lit with fans, supporters, and media outlets requesting his reaction to Kanye’s latest release. He decided to set aside time from recording his 9th album offers his reactions to the album and also responds to questions about his support of Kirk Franklin’s boycott of The GMA Dove Awards.

Lecrae spoke with Billboard offering his reaction to the album:

“It [Kanye] sounds like a person who is excited about his new relationship with Jesus. I’m in support of that.”

He also expressed hope that Kanye being explicit about faith in his music will allow other religious rappers to appreciate the spotlight on Jesus in places where they may not have previously had an audience.

He also took to his Instagram Live explaining why he’s joined with other Gospel artists in standing with Kirk Franklin who announced that he’s boycotting The GMA Dove Awards.

Lecrae and his Reach Records family performed this year and won two Dove Awards: Rap/Hip-Hop Album Of The Year for Lecrae’s Let The Trap Say Amen collaborative studio album with producer, Zaytoven and Rap/Hip-Hop Recorded Song Of The Year for GAWVI’s “Fight For Me” single featuring Lecrae at the 50th Annual GMA Dove Awards taped in Nashville, on October 15th.

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Bobby Brown Says New Edition Created Nancy Reagan’s ‘Just Say No’ Slogan

Throughout the 1980’s and early 1990’s, the “War on Drugs” was in full swing under Ronald Reagan’s administration.

The former President vowed to forcefully end the “illegal” drug trade using the government and military. This “war” is one of the causes of mass incarceration of black and brown people for non-violent drug offenses. The effects of this war against minorities are still lurking through society ’til this day.

His enabling wife, Nancy Reagan, launched the “Just Say No” campaign, which was intended to discourage children from using drugs. We thought the former First Lady came up with the slogan, but Bobby Brown just told D.L. Hughley that New Edition made up the phrase.

“She got that from me,” Bobby stated. “She got that from New Edition.” Hughley seemed shocked and joked, “Nancy Reagan was in the same room with Bobby Brown and nobody went to jail? That’s amazing to me.”

After a few chuckles, the veteran singer added, “She basically asked us what do we say when we’re offered drugs. We were young, we was 15, 14-years-old, and we just said, ‘We just say no.’ The campaign just flew from there. The ‘Just Say No’ campaign. We didn’t get no credit but—,’ Hughley chimed in. “It’s because you didn’t say no later on!” he said while laughing.

“Well, later on in life I didn’t say no. I say no now!” Bobby jokingly reassured.

Check out the clip of Bobby on The D.L. Hughley Show below.

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Future Hosts 8th Annual Golden Wishes Gala Celebrating Atlanta’s Senior Citizens

Grammy Award winning artist Future is not only a global songwriter, producer and rapper.. In addition to his mogul status, Nayvadius D. Wilburn has a special passion for giving back to his community through his FreeWishes Foundation. “Helping others is the most fulfilling thing you can do.”Future

Earlier this year, the artist presented students with college scholarships during each stop of his Legendary Nights Tour. The foundation has been an influential resource to Atlanta, playing an integral part by assisting the youth, seniors, and those in need. The foundation is the curator of one of the largest health and fitness events in Georgia for senior citizens. This year, The FreeWishes Senior Fitness Day served over 700 seniors from Metro Atlanta for a day of health and wellness.

In continuum, to celebrate the gatekeepers of his community, Future and his FreeWishes foundation presents the 8th Annual Golden Wishes Gala – Nov 16th, 2019. This Gala celebrates seniors and their impactful lifelong contributions to the community. The Golden Wishes Gala offers a fine dining experience, dancing with a live band and DJ, alongside active leaders and influencers from Atlanta. Almost a decade later, the event has grown from 45 guests at the YMCA to over 750 guests at Georgia’s Aquarium. Future’s mother, Stephanie Jester and his sister Tia Wilburn-Anderson are co-founders of the FreeWishes Foundation

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