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Being Brown In America: What’s Next?

America is on fire. Not a surprise to many after another life was senselessly taken away from us. George Floyd represented millions of brown-skinned people that are targeted, attacked and judged based off the color of their skin.

We sang, we prayed, we hoped and nothing changed. Now comes the rage, anger and disbelief. Growing up as young black girl in America, I was aware of the separation of race at a very young age. Raised by my great-grandma, aunt and grandma…I already felt like a burden from day one. My mom who was a former Black Panther left me when I was 4 years old after battling several stages in life. Coming from this environment built a sad, angry confused little girl who was pushed out into a world who then treated me as a burden as well. The reality of police brutality enters our community at such a young age that even as a child I became numb to the image of seeing black men and women beat then arrested. My mom returned 7 years later and instantly began teaching me about her experiences as a Black Panther in ‘AmeriKKKa’. I moved to live with her in NYC and began attending various marches and protests against police brutality. In 1992, I was one of the few featured on the cover of the New York Amsterdam News while being maced by the NYPD at just 11-years old.

We’re treated differently in schools, retail stores, airports and anywhere others can judge or separate us. Our kinky hair, wide noses and bronze-colored skin seems to make some people uncomfortable but our talents, strength and magnetic intrigue them at the same time. We’ve watched men get beaten, abused and viciously attacked by police who have walked off free. They’ve hung black people, used plungers on them and have done deplorable things that get swept under the rug. Fast forward to today and the same things are happening over and over again and the African-American community is livid. 

Michelle Obama tweeted, ‘Right now it’s George, Breonna, and Ahmaud. Before that it was Eric, Sandra, and Michael. It just goes on, and on, and on.’ These are our sentiments. When does it stop? Cities are protesting all over America right now. Some are burning, looting and fighting and others are showing up in huge droves blocking traffic to get their point across.

What’s next? Where is America headed and what can be done to change police brutality?

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Producers Lord Finesse, DJ Premier and Showbiz Denounce Big L ‘Foul Child’ Documentary: Totally Wrong

Producer/MC Lord Finesse met Big L on125th street in Harlem years ago and went on to create classics alongside their group Diggin’ In the Crates. Following his untimely passing, Mass Appeal recently announced they are releasing a documentary, and Lord Finesse says its wrong. He nor Big L’s family is involved in the project.

Big L’s career began with the rap group Children of the Corn with Cam’ron, Bloodshed, and Mase.  In 1992, he signed to Columbia Records and joined Diggin’ in the Crates crew alongside Fat Joe, Buckwild, Showbiz and AG and OC.

Mass Appeal released the first trailer for Foul Child: The Legend of Big L. The documentary explores the life and legacy of the slain Harlem MC. Mass Appeal CEO Peter Bittenbender spoke about the doc in a statement. “We hope this short documentary inspires the creation of a full-length piece to tell more of his incredible story. Although just a small piece of the puzzle,” Bittenbender continued, “we’re proud to unleash something for L’s fans to give a unique glimpse into his legacy.”

Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous debuted at number 22 on Billboard‘s Top R&B/Hip Hop charts in 1995. Shortly after, L parted ways with Columbia. After starting his own independent label Flamboyant Entertainment, he dropped the single “Ebonics” in 1998. The single aught the eye of Harlem native Dame Dash, who was about to sign L to Roc-A-Fella, along with Jay-Z and two other rappers in a group called “The Wolfpack.” Shortly thereafter, he was murdered in his native Harlem.

On his Instagram page, Lord Finesse expressed disdain over the release of the documentary. “I was just informed that the short doc got the green light because the people in charge of the funding was under the influence that DITC was gonna be involved. That’s definitely not the case.. I am not a participant in the upcoming short doc “Foul Child” but what caught me off guard is I was also informed neither is Big L’s family. 🤨. There’s a right & wrong way to do things. This is totally wrong. How do you put this together without Big L’s family involvement 🧐.??? Crazy.”

The legendary Showbiz added on his page, “The thought of making a Big L doc/movie or whatever w/o (Lord finesse) & DITC members sounds crazy and is for personal gain only. Docs from ppl who never met or knew him like that putting together his story w/o his fam? Whats the purpose? His story cant be told w/o his music family. So any doc/movie etc.. you see w/o DITC, preemo & kid capri it AINT official !!! Who tf are these ppl?? RIP BIG L!!”

Producer DJ Premier added a comment to both posts, “MIDDLE FUCKIN FINGERS UP…HOW CAN YOU EVEN FEEL RIGHT ABOUT YOURSELF?”

SUPER FUCKIN FACTS SHOW!!!
BIG L IS TOO IMPORTANT TO BE THROWN OUT THERE WITHOUT PROPER HISTORY FROM THOSE WHO WERE THERE AND STILL LIVING…BIG L WE RIDE WITH YOU BROTHER…
DITC AND FLAMBOYANT…

And Fat Joe simply joined in with “I stand with ness.”

Watch the trailer below.

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Drake Redefines Home Luxury In Upcoming Cover Story With Architectural Digest

MTV Cribs, Who?

The palace known as The Embassy is the house that Drake built, or better yet manifested. Billboard’s Hot 100 king is the latest to cover the upcoming May issue of Architectural Design. The cover story gives readers an in-depth look into 50,000 square feet of regality, where Drake calls home.

“Because I was building it in my hometown, I wanted the structure to stand firm for 100 years, said the hit-making superstar. “I wanted it to have a monumental scale and feel. It will be one of the things I leave behind, so it had to be timeless and strong.”

Over the past several months, we’ve only gotten a glimpse of the opulent crib, especially NBA regulation-sized basketball court. It has been the host to a number of basketball tournaments amongst his friend pre-Quarantine season.

His latest crib cameo comes in the “Tootsie Slide” video, where he dances in a number of rooms including his kitchen and hallways.

There is nothing like The Embassy, period; now, we can see it for ourselves.

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College Campuses Across the Nation Close Due to Coronavirus concerns

The coronavirus pandemic has reached the U.S. education system. As many students across the country prepare to come back from their spring break or are preparing to go on spring break, college officials have been sending out emails to the student body telling them to not return to the campus for the rest of the semester.

By late afternoon Wednesday (Mar 11), over 100 universities had canceled in-person classes and switched over to online classes at least for a couple of weeks or for the rest of the semester. A week or two prior, colleges had issued notices to students that abroad travel had been canceled due to the coronavirus.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have also taken measures against the coronavirus, dispelling the myth that black people can’t get the coronavirus. Howard University in Washington D.C. shifted to online classes from March 23 to April 6.

The Atlanta University Center, which consists of Morehouse, Spelman and Clark Atlanta, has also taken measures ensuring the safety of its students. On Thursday, the AUC sent a notice to all students, saying that all in-person classes were canceled for the rest of the semester and professors were switching to online classes instead. You can read the full statement here.

The campus closures have created even more problems. Campus closures mean that students who live on campus will have to move off of campus and have to return home or find somewhere to live. This has caused problems especially for low-income students who relied on their institution for housing.

For the class of 2020, many students and parents of students are unsure about the fate of graduation activities. Institutions have been canceling events of more than 250 people for the remainder of the semester. While it is still too early to tell what will happen with the virus we hope that students are able to walk across that stage in May or June.

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FreakNik to Return This Summer as Three Day Festival Called ‘Freak World’

According to several confirmed reports, FreakNik is returning to ATL as a three-day music fest with more than 40 artists performing over the weekend.

From June 19-21, Freak World, a moniker dubbed from the legendary 90s festival FreakNik, will be held at the Cascade Driving Range in Southwest Atlanta.

Last summer, After 9, an Atlanta-based promo company, brought the festival back to life for a day at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, which featured premiere artists such as Project Pat, Foxy Brown, Uncle Luke, Da Brat and others to a nearly sold-out venue.

After 9 plans to bring more than 100 vendors nd 40-50 artists during the three-day event, which is expected to cap at about 10,000 fans each day.

Starting back in 1983 with only a few participants, but eventually grew to a cult event with hundreds of thousands of attendees within a decade. The Atlanta community became furious over the street parties and crime that occurred during the festival. Mayor Bill Campbell eventually stopped FreakNik. By 2010, Mayor Kasim Reed banned any activities related to FreakNik were ceased.

Until now.

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Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled And Quavo Are Set To Perform At NBA All Star Game Halftime Show

The 2020 NBA All Star game is gonna be lit!!

According to confirmed reports, Weezy, Quavo and Khaled will be performing at this year’s NBA All Star at Chicago’s United Center this upcoming Sunday.

With Windy City native Chance The Rapper also on the bill, the halftime show is predicted to be a plethora of collaborations with such a massive amount of star power scheduled to hit the stage.

Khaled dropped “I’m The One” from his next to last full length album Grateful, which featured Wayne, Quavo and Chance back in 2017.

Fellow Chicagoan Common is also engaged in the activities of the weekend, with the celebrity game on Friday and speaking during halftime about what b-ball means to Chi-Town.

Other celebs expected to participate include Jidenna, Bad Bunny, Chance’s little brother Taylor Bennett and more.

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[LISTEN] Zaytoven Says Gucci Mane Became Rapper By Mistake in ‘Trap History’ Book and Audio Documentary

Trap History author A.R. Shaw discusses Gucci Mane’s rise to fame in “The Evolution of Gucci Mane,” episode 3 of the Trap History audio documentary that will be released on Tuesday, March 3 on Audible. The audio documentary is a companion piece to Shaw’s Trap History book,  a compelling, thoroughly researched 300-page work that tells the story of the popular hip hop subgenre by describing the rise of the music as well as explaining the politics and sociology that fueled the sound. 

In Shaw’s interview with producer Zaytoven, the Atlanta-based beatmaker who has also worked with Usher, Migos and Future, explains that the GRAMMY-nominated, platinum rapper with hit collaborations with the likes of Drake, Bruno Mars, and Selena Gomez, was not pursuing a rap career when they met in 2001. At the time, Gucci Mane was managing his nephew and took him to Zaytoven’s studio to record music.

“So Gucci came with a mutual friend and he brought his nephew. His nephew was trying to be a rapper,” Zaytoven says in an excerpt of the “Tap History” audio documentary. “Gucci was writing the songs for him. He was like, ‘Ah man, I want to get some beats. I’m trying to put my nephew on.’”

Zaytoven immediately noticed that Gucci was more than a manager. He was also a talented artist. “It went from him writing songs for his nephew,” Zaytoven says. “A lot of times, he had to go in there and say it so his nephew could see how he’s supposed to say it and rap it. And it just turned into me really just listening to him and listening to the words that he’s putting together like, ‘Man, you got it.’”

Very quickly, Gucci began changing his focus from manager to artist. “I didn’t see his nephew but what twice,” Zaytoven says. “After that, it was like it was Gucci recording. And we started building our relationship just like that. I’m making beats. I got the studio. He rapping the songs. I think he’s the dopest in the world. He thinks I’m the dopest in the world, and that’s it. We doing that everyday.” That same year, Gucci released his first project, Str8 Drop Records Presents Gucci Mane Le Flare on his label Str8 Drop Records.

The “Trap History” audio documentary also has chapter episodes on “T.I., Atlanta Culture and the Beginning of Trap Music” (Episode 1), “Is Jeezy’s ‘Trap or Die’ the Greatest Mixtape in Rap History?” (Episode 2) and “How Migos’ ‘Culture’ Album Changed the Culture of Trap Music” (Episode 4).

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DaBaby, Roddy Ricch, Megan Thee Stallion Set for Broccoli City Fest 2020

Broccoli City Festival has announced its 2020 lineup, which is headlined by DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion and Roddy Ricch.

The festival will take place on May 9 at RFK Stadium and boasts a line-up that also includes Ari Lennox, Burna Boy, Doja Cat, and more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale this Friday, January 24. You can learn more about promo tickets and more by visiting here.

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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

Check out the video below!

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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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