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Nas to Release New Children’s Book ‘I Know I Can’

Education starts at home and legendary Queensbridge MC Nas is planning to help our children start off on the right path.

On Thursday (June 13) the “If I Ruled The World’ rapper made the announcement via a post on Instagram, writing, “My first kids book is on the way,” mentioning that he and Mass Appeal have launched a kids brand called MAJR.

The description of MAJR reads: “Our mission is to inspire future generations through the creation of unique toys, apparel, and innovative learning tools. Major is here to reflect the diverse hues of both the modern family and popular culture, because education starts in the crib.”

Nas posted a photo of a potential book cover on his Instagram.  The book is titled I Know I Can after his children empowering song, “I Can.” The book series is listed on MAJR’s official website as part of a series “empowering kids to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.”

MAJR launches with a selection of apparel available with matching designs for parents and children. The first toy in the collection, “Boomblox”, a set of building blocks that form into an old-school boombox, has also been announced, with shipping expected to take place in the fall.

In addition to apparel and toys, a cornerstone of the new brand will be a collection of kids’ books driven by some of the biggest names in hip hop. The first book, inspired by Mass Appeal co-owner Nas’ hit song “I Can”, will be the “I Know I Can” book series, empowering kids to be whatever they want to be when they grow up.

“I’ve always understood the limitless power of young people, and being a father has brought it even closer to home,” said Nas. “We’re introducing MAJR to prepare today’s youth for tomorrow’s world. Our goal is to help children of all backgrounds fully realize their potential by tapping into their creativity in new and innovative ways.”

While the book’s release date has not been announced, Nas will be busy performing all through the country as he kicks off his 22-date North American summer tour with Mary J. Blige on July 11.

 

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Aaron McGruder to Direct ‘The Boondocks’ Reboot

The Freemans will back in the saddle. Also, Sony has announced that the creator of the Boondocks, Aaron McGruder is slated to make his return as director.

On Wednesday, Variety reported that Sony Pictures Animation has announced a host of new projects slated to be released in 2020, including a Boondocks “reimagining. The fourth season of is the series is the only season not directed by McGruder.

To ensure that the show will stay on the cutting edge of giving satirical commentary, the brass at Sony announced that McGruder will helm the chair of creative direction. Studio executives described a plot that is eerily similar to the current political sphere, one that will follow the Freemans’ battles against Uncle Ruckus, who is now an evil tyrant running the Woodcrest County government. Huey, Riley, and Grandad will attempt to fight Ruckus’s iron fist in ways that are “both topical and radical” Complex reports.

John Witherspoon, who voices Robert “Granddad” Freeman on the show, recently hinted about the show’s potential reboot during an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience.

Check out a visual of the Boondocks below.

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Man Uses Snapchat’s Gender-Switch Feature to Catch Pedophile Cop

Looks like the new Snapchat gender-swap filter isn’t only good for seeing what you look like as the opposite sex. The feature helped a San Francisco college student take down a cop who was meeting young girls.

Ethan created a Tinder profile using the filtered image that made him look like a girl. An officer named Robert Davies messaged him.

“I believe he messaged me, ‘Are you down to have some fun tonight?’ and I decided to take advantage of it,” Ethan told NBC’s Bay Area affiliate.

Ethan said he told the officer he was 16 but that didn’t stop Davies. “We started texting on there, and it got a lot more explicit,” Ethan said.

Ethan said he didn’t plan to take down a cop, just anybody who was plotting on an underage girl. “I was just looking to get someone,” Ethan said. “He just happened to be a cop.”

Davies was arrested by San Jose police. He faces a charge of contacting a minor to commit a felony. He has been placed on administrative leave by the San Mateo PD, who addressed the charges in a statement.

“This alleged conduct, if true, is in no way a reflection of all that we stand for as a Department, and is an affront to the tenets of our department and our profession as a whole,” they said. “As San Mateo police officers, we have sworn an oath to serve and protect our communities. I can assure you that we remain steadfast to this commitment to serving our community with ‘Professionalism, Integrity, and Excellence.’”

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Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing’ Returns to Theaters for the 30th Anniversary

On its 30th anniversary, Spike Lee’s cinematic classic Do The Right Thing will be returning to theaters.  Universal Pictures has partnered with the Criterion Collection to celebrate the 1989 Oscar-nominated classic film by showing a 4K restoration version nationwide in select theaters beginning June 28, according to Deadline.

Screenings and “one-week engagements” will take place at select AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and Alamo Drafthouse theaters. The groundbreaking film will also be shown in select New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin and Brookline, MA theaters in the original 35mm version

“When Spike Lee’s revolutionary Do the Right Thing was released by Universal Pictures 30 years ago this June, it ignited a national conversation on race and race relations in America that challenged our assumptions about ourselves and our country and heralded the arrival of a generation-defining filmmaker,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution.

Do the Right Thing was produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee. It stars Lee and Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, and Samuel L. Jackson, and is the feature film debut of Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez. The story follows a Brooklyn neighborhood’s engulfed in racial tension.

The film went on to be a commercial success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Aiello’s portrayal of Sal the pizzeria owner. It is often listed among the greatest films of all time.

In 1999, the film was deemed “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” in its first year of eligibility by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

On July 23, the Criterion Collection also will celebrate the 30th anniversary with a Blu-ray/DVD release of a director-approved definitive edition featuring the new 4K restoration.

 

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Tory Lanez is Set to Open an Ice Cream Shop

Tory Lanez stepped into an unlikely business venture.

According to a report by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s, the Toronto rapper is opening up an ice cream shop in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. called the Notorious Creamery at 12 p.m. EST on June 15.

The frozen treat parlor will offer 12 different vegan and non-vegan ice cream flavors, as well as milkshakes, and sorbets. The shop will be run by Lanez and general manager Bobby Velez, who describes his parlor as “an authentic, old-school shop, but with a modern, boutique twist.”

Velez claims the “B.I.D.” rapper became interested in opening the shop after they met and he pitched Fargo the business idea. “He’s always wanted to get involved in hospitality, and I just loved what he’s working on behind the scenes, creating new trends,” Velez told the newspaper.

In a previous interview, Tory Lanez cited JAY-Z, Diddy, and 50 Cent as inspiration to secure the bag in non-music related sectors.

“I’m 26 and I’ve already accomplished half of the things they accomplished before they was this age,” he says. “Not to say that we’re not all in fair runnings, but the fact that I’m able to be this blessed at this age and know the things I know this early, I think I have what it takes to go beyond that.”

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Meek Mill Accepts Social Justice Award at NYU’s McSilver Institute

Meek Mill is among the six people who were recognized on Monday, June 10th the seventh annual McSilver Awards at NYU.

The ceremony’s purpose is to acknowledge the “Vanguards for Social Justice who are prominent in their fields and unafraid to use their platforms to help create a more equitable and just world.”

As a partner and co-chair of the REFORM alliance, on top of his his personal experiences makes him to most ideal recipient for this honor. His partnership with Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, helped him raise over $50 million that will be used in their fight to “dramatically reduce the number of people who are needlessly trapped in the system.”

“I’m honored by this recognition,” Meek said in a statement. “When I was released from prison last year, I knew I had a responsibility to use my voice to speak up for the voiceless and fight for criminal justice reform. Change will take time, but me and my team at the REFORM Alliance are committed to making a real difference and fixing a broken justice system.”

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Lil Kim, Lil Cease Joins Biggie’s Family in Renaming of his Childhood Block in his Honor

Biggie was posthumously honored by his hometown with his own street yesterday. The corner of Fulton Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford–Stuyvesant is now officially renamed Christopher ‘Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace Way.

Thousands came out in the rain for the ceremony joining the late rapper’s mother, Voletta Wallace, and his oldest daughter, T’Yanna, and son, Christopher Wallace Jr, to spread love the Brooklyn way.

“I’m sure he’d use some of his saying: ‘Yo, that’s cool, Brooklyn. We did it!’ Maybe this sign and the crowds here today will show they really loved him,” Volletta told ABC7NY.

CJ also spoke with the outlet about taking on entrepreneurship instead of music like Biggie. “I just want to be as passionate as he was and inspire other young black, brown men like me,” he said.

Lil Kim also spoke on the street renaming ceremony. “He always had a vision,” she said. “And I feel like today was part of his vision.”

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Christopher Wallace Way Unveiled in Brooklyn

Today the Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation celebrated the renaming of a section of St. James Place between Gates Avenue and Fulton street as Christopher Wallace Way.

WPIX in New York City state the ceremony occurred Today (June 10) with a large crowd gathered to celebrate the street that will forever honor The Notorious B.I.G. in the rain. In attendance was Biggie’s mother, Voletta Wallace, along with his children and members of City Council.

The section was approved to be renamed in November by the Brooklyn Community Board 2 and is the location where the late legend grew up. The vote was a 48-0 unanimous decision.

“Honoring Biggie symbolizes more than just one man,” LeRoy McCarthy, who led the initiative, told Rolling Stone. “It symbolizes a culture. It symbolizes a borough. It symbolizes a people, and hip-hop is worldwide.”

You can see images from the unveiling below.

 

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Central Park Five Received Additional $3.9 Million in 2016 for Wrongful Conviction

There’s no amount of money that can ever repair what happened to the Central Park Five. But the five men, Raymond Santana, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, and Korey Wise, settled for $41 million with New York state once they were exonerated.

The state Court of Claims payout was for the economic and emotional devastation the children at the time endured for being falsely accused of the rape of a white woman.

“I understand people say it’s a lot of money. The reality is there’s no amount of money that would adequately compensate them,” attorney Jonathan Moore told the Daily News. “They’ve suffered every day since 1989 and they’re still suffering.”

The Central Park Five received an additional $3.9 million in 2016. The settlement gave plaintiffs Santana $500,000, McCray $600,000, Salaam and Richardson $650,000 each. Wise received $1.5 million since he was locked up the longest.

According to a state court system spokesperson, the case was settled on the record on Sept. 13, 2016.

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Megan Thee Stallion Gathers Hundreds of Fans to Clean Santa Monica Pier for First Hottie Beach Clean Up

Megan Thee Stallion vowed to fight to prevent global warming and help save the environment, and she kept her promise.

Yesterday hundreds of fans met her at Santa Monica Pier to clean the beach. “It’s not all about driving the motherf****g boat. We got sh*t to do. We got sh*t to save. Causes to motherf*****g fulfill. I really want to help. We’re going to clean this motherf****g beach up, and then we’re gonna drive the boat,” Meg said in her introductory announcement upon her arrival before putting on the gloves and getting to work.

The Fever rapper announced the eco-friendly event on Instagram live recently after revealing that one of her fans urged her to use her platform to raise awareness about climate change.

“I’m about to get on my hot girl sh*t and start using less plastic and try to use the same water bottle — and I think I’m going to organize a beach clean up for all the hotties,” Megan said. “Y’all gotta come in y’alls bikinis and we gonna go clean up some sh*t, you know what I’m saying?”

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