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Trevor Noah Will Host 63rd Annual Grammy Awards

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The Recording Academy has announced that host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, Trevor Noah, will host the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards. The Tuesday announcement comes hours before the 2021 nominees are announced via livestream on Grammy.com at 12 p.m. EST.

The South Africa born comedian has hosted The Daily Show since 2015 and has been nominated for 9 Emmy awards including one win for Outstanding Short Form Variety Series in 2017. Noah issued a statement on being tapped for the Grammys hosting gig.

“Despite the fact that I am extremely disappointed that the GRAMMYs have refused to have me sing or be nominated for best pop album, I am thrilled to be hosting this auspicious event,” Noah said in a statement. “I think as a one-time GRAMMY nominee, I am the best person to provide a shoulder to all the amazing artists who do not win on the night because I too know the pain of not winning the award! (This is a metaphorical shoulder, I’m not trying to catch Corona). See you at the 63rd GRAMMYs!”

This year’s award ceremony will air on CBS on January 31, 2021.

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New York Governor Cuomo to Receive Emmy for Coronavirus Briefings

New York Governor Cuomo to Receive Emmy for Coronavirus Briefings

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to receive an International Emmy for his daily coronavirus briefings during the pandemic.

International Academy President & CEO Bruce L. Paisner says Cuomo is receiving the honor for providing guidance and reassurance at a time when his city was the epicenter of the deadly pandemic.

Previous recipients include former Vice President Al Gore, Oprah Winfrey, and director Steven Spielberg.

“The governor’s 111 daily briefings worked so well because he effectively created television shows, with characters, plot lines, and stories of success and failure,” he said. “People around the world tuned in to find out what was going on, and New York tough became a symbol of the determination to fight back.”

The governor’s popularity definitely rose as he shared the small screen with his brother, CNN’s Chris Cuomo, sometimes.

New York is now seeing less COVID cases than they did during the pandemic’s peak in April, but cases have doubled in the last two weeks.

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Travis Scott Announces HBCU Scholarships Through His Newly Launched Cactus Jack Foundation

Travis Scott Announces HBCU Scholarships Through His Newly Launched Cactus Jack Foundation

Travis Scott just launched the Cactus Jack Foundation and his first initiative will be an HBCU scholarship program.

The schools on his radar include Grambling State University, which is where his mother attended, Prairie View A&M University, which is his grandfather’s college, Morehouse College, Howard University, and Texas Southern University.

La Flame will handpick recipients who have been impacted by the pandemic and are facing financial hardship. Travis tells TMZ, “My grandfather wanted me to take it all the way through college, I feel there is a power in education so to be able to give someone the opportunity to fulfill that dream as my papa thought for me is amazing.”

Travis Scott attended the University at Texas before dropping out his sophomore year to pursue his music career. That clearly worked out for him but it’s dope to see he still values higher education.

Many successful entertainers went back to school to further their education. Maybe the Houston native will complete his Bachelor’s one day.

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Barack Obama’s Memoir Sells Over 800,000 Copies in a Day

Barack Obama's Memoir Sells Over 800,000 Copies in a Day

Our forever President Barack Obama’s latest memoir is already a best-seller and sets a new record for first-day sales for the publisher Penguin Random House.

A Promised Land sold more than 887,000 units in the U.S. in all formats and editions, including pre-orders, e-books and audio.

“We are thrilled with the first day sales,” said David Drake, publisher of the Penguin Random House imprint Crown. “They reflect the widespread excitement that readers have for President Obama’s highly anticipated and extraordinarily written book.”

Similar to his wife, Michelle Obama’s memoir, Becoming, Barack’s A Promised Land set a new record for preorders.

The 768-page book chronicles Barack Obama’s two-term presidency, the Donald Trump administration, and police and race relations.

Time Magazine reports that the book touches on Obamacare and the failed Climate bill. “

[The book is] offering new details sure to titillate D.C. politicos. His insight into his mindset during his biggest presidential moments is a reminder of his thoughtfulness at a time when deep thought and reflection are desperately needed in the corridors of power,” Time writes.

Did you get your hands on a copy?

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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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50 Cent Tells Lil Wayne to ‘Call Trump’ After Being Hit With Federal Gun Charges

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With the recent news that Lil Wayne was hit with federal firearms charges just weeks after his public support for President Trump in his losing cause of reelection, 50 Cent took to IG to sound off on Weezy about who he needs to call to try to get him out of this jam.

In his regular, serious, but comedic fashion, Fif wrote, “wait a minute Trump still got 63 days left, call him wayne. get that fool on the phone. 🤦‍♂️they gonna try to put you in jail for supporting trump.”

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Last month, Wayne shared a photo of him shaking Trump’s hand and stating that he supports his Platinum Plan, which angered many in the urban and Hip Hop communities. 50 contends that Wayne was paid to publicly support Trump, referencing when he was offered $1 million to attend Trump’s inauguration in 2017.

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Jason Whitlock Calls Antifa The “Modern Day KKK” In Interview With Donald Trump

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On the new platform OutKick.com, sports analyst Jason Whitlock sat down with President Trump to discuss the upcoming election, his competitor Joe Biden and how Black entertainers turned their backs on him when he entered the political arena.

Trump went as far as talking about being namedropped in Hip Hop songs and “Then when I ran for politics, there was like a wall. Nobody has done for the Black community what I have done. Prison reform, criminal justice reform.”

Whitlock later slammed the Antifa, calling them the “modern day KKK”, to which Trump agreed, “…Antifa is a disaster. I have a lot of respect for you.”

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Busta Rhymes Recalls Tupac Shakur Choking a Sound Man

Busta Rhymes Recalls Tupac Shakur Choking a Soundman

Busta Rhymes has been out since the mid-1990s, so you already know that he brushed shoulders with other legends when they were all on the come up together.

During an Instagram live appearance on The Fat Joe Show, the New York rapper recalled witnessing the late Tupac Shakur choking a sound man. “We getting ready to do the soundcheck, but the sound man was on some bullshit,” Busta—who was a member of Leaders of the New School at the time of the incident—recounted. “He’s shutting shit down and acting like he’s getting ready to leave. We kinda on some ‘Damn, we really want to get this soundcheck done.’ The crazy thing is that ‘Pac saw there was a little bit of friction going on. And he just came and involved himself in the situation. ‘Pac turned to this white man and he was like ‘Yo, I need you to cut this motherfucking soundboard on. Leaders of the New School are going to get their soundcheck done, right now.’”

But Pac’s aggressive behavior didn’t fly with the sound man and things went left. “He just started spazzing on dude,” Busta continued. “The man wasn’t trying to hear what ‘Pac was talking about, so ‘Pac just ran up on this motherfucker and started choking him. ‘You motherfucker!’ So we had to grab ‘Pac, cause we ain’t asking for all of this, we just want a soundcheck! This ain’t war! But that’s the type of dude ‘Pac was. He went out of his way to extend love.”

If you’re a Busta Rhymes fan, then you know he went to High School with JAY-Z and the Notorious B.I.G. In another conversation with 85 South, Busta Rhymes recalled losing a rap battle to Jay and crediting him for being one of the originators of speed rap.

“In the process of me trying to get my shit together with it me and Hov ended up having a battle,” Busta explained. “Ultimately, Hov got the best of the battle in that moment because I was just starting to figure out how to master my fascination with the speed rap.”

He continued, “At the time, I never heard no rappers do it.. I have to say the only people that was f*cking w/ it on some rap shit was the Originators.”

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Central Park 5 Trends on Twitter Following Final Presidential Debate

Central Park 5 Trends on Twitter Following Final Presidential Debate

It’s weeks until the 2020 Presidential election and the final debate aired on Thursday night.

In comparison to the first debate, Joe Biden was a lot more aggressive and took control of the conversation. When asked “Do you understand why African American parents are fearful for their children?”

Trump boldly responded, “Nobody has done more for the Black community than Donald Trump.” He hilariously excluded Abraham Lincoln and said the Obama administration didn’t contribute to prison reform as much as him. But Joe Biden responded with a powerful response that shook the room. “He commuted 20 people’s sentences. We commuted over 1,000. He was trying to get the Central Park 5 executed and none of them were guilty.”

Matia Reyes met Korey Wise at the Auburn Correctional Facility while serving a life sentence. He later confessed to beating and raping Trisha Meili who was jogging in Central Park that day and acting alone. A simple DNA test proved his confession and the rest was history.

They went on to fight for their lawsuit money for years but Ava Duvernay’s When They See Us docuseries introduced this New York horror story to a new generation and brought the men justice.

At the time the Exonerated 5’s attorney, Michael W. Warren said, “I think Donald Trump at the very least owes a real apology to this community and to the young men and their families.”

Check out Two Bees TV’s interview with Korey Wise below as he discusses his clothing line, upcoming book, and staying off of social media.

Trump has yet to apologize and had the opportunity to tonight. Check out some reactions below.

Make sure you go out to vote and vote early if you can.

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[WATCH] Amber Rose Says That Kanye And Trump Are “Twins”

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In her exclusive interview with Adam22 for No Jumper, supermodel Amber Rose talked about her former boyfriend Kanye West and his support of President Trump in the 2020 Presidential Election.

Rose, in a very nonchalant manner, compared West to Trump and even went as far as calling them “twinsies”.

“They’re twinsies, they’re literally just the same person. There’s things that Trump says and I’m like, that’s Kanye, that is him…he probably sees himself in Trump and that’s why he supports him. I’m assuming.”

Rose also stated that she was the one to break up with Yeezy, not the other way around.

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