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Yo Gotti and JAY-Z Help Mississippi State Prison Inmates Sue Over COVID-19 Outbreak

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Yo Gotti and JAY-Z are continuing their fight to change Mississippi’s prison system.

A few months ago, the duo along with Team Roc, helped inmates at Mississippi State Penitentiary secure legal representation so that they could sue for neglect, due to insufferable living conditions. Now, the duo and Team Roc, have secured legal representation for 200 inmates at Mississippi State Penitentiary and are suing the prison’s new Department of Corrections Commissioner, Nathan Burl Cain, and Centurion, the healthcare provider for the Mississippi prison system.

The complaint states that the terrible living conditions in the prison have not been addressed or dealt with since the initial lawsuit was made back in January. These  “cruel and tortuous” conditions have been made even worse by the COVID-19 pandemic which is sweeping through prisons across the country.

A COVID-19 questionnaire was given to inmates by Jay, Gotti and Team Roc, and revealed that many of the men suffered from symptoms of COVID-19 and were not being adequately treated. The questionnaire’s also revealed that social distancing protocols were not being taken and that the facility lacked the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed.

“The situation in Parchman is dire. More and more of the incarcerated population are reaching out for help and pleading for immediate medical attention, especially as the coronavirus threatens their lives,” Gotti said in a statement. “Mississippi Governor Reeves, Commissioner Burl Cain and Centene — as the parent company of Parchman’s healthcare provider Centurion — can’t continue to neglect this tragedy and let the death toll rise. We will hold them accountable and fight for the rights of the incarcerated.”

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Van Jones Reportedly Secretly Helped Create Trump’s Police Reform Order

Van Jones Reportedly Secretly Helped Create Trump's Police Reform Order

President Donald Trump signed an executive order on June 16th for police reform in front of the public while surrounded by uniformed police officers and military officials. But it might come to a surprise to many that Van Jones had a hand in it.

Jones, the chief executive of JAY-Z and Meek Mill’s REFORM alliance which is supported by a healthy list of celebrities and billionaires, and California attorney Jessica Jackson met with Jared Kushner to help write the order, according to The Daily Beast.

The CNN analyst praised the order and called it a “good thing” but left out that he worked on it. “The executive order is a good thing,” Jones said, “mainly because you saw the support of law enforcement there … There is movement in the direction of a database for bad cops. We have never had a federal database for bad cops, that’s why all these cops go all over the place doing bad stuff… The chokeholds, that’s common ground now between Nancy Pelosi and Trump. Good stuff there.”

Rev. Al Sharpton spoke to The Daily Beast and warned about trying to form an alliance with Trump. “Van’s experiment with Trump is a case of him having more faith than I have, but I’m not going to attack him for doing it,” he said.

“I think he’s well-intentioned, but I think he totally underestimates the kind of guy he’s dealing with. I just disagree that the people he’s dealing with have a sincere bone in their body. But I can’t fault him for trying,” Sharpton continued.

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JAY-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation, Jack Dorsey Donate Supermarket Gift Cards to NYCHA Residents for #StartSmall Initiative

JAY-Z's Shawn Carter Foundation, Jack Dorsey Donate Supermarket Gift Cards to NYCHA Residents for #StartSmall Initiative

New York City Housing Authority thanked JAY-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation, and Jack Dorsey’s Start Small Foundation for their generous donation to its residents.

“Thanks to a generous donation from @ShawnCarterSF and #startsmall, every household at Marcy, Sumner, and Tompkins Houses received a supermarket gift card to assist in purchasing the food they need. Thanks for helping @NYCHA families during these uncertain times,” NYCHA tweeted.

JAY-Z joined forces with the Twitter CEO and his protege, Rihanna, to provide coronavirus relief to millions of families nationwide. They announced that they pledge $6.2 million of the relief fund to “protecting and serving marginalized populations,” especially in New York, New Orleans, and Puerto Rico.

The press release read:

Domestically, the fund will provide grants to Give Directly to help support low income families impacted by the pandemic, the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to support domestic violence victims, and the Covenant House New Orleans to provide shelter and other essential goods to the homeless. Other initiatives supported by the fund include the Second Harvest Food bank of Greater New Orleans & Acadiana, Total Community Action, and the Hispanic Federation.

The joint grants will also go towards initiatives internationally, including Doctors Without Borders, the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, Direct Relief, and Team Humanity. 

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Today in Hip-Hop History: Jay-Z Drops Debut Album ‘Reasonable Doubt’ 24 Years Ago

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On June 25, 1996, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Dame Dash and Kareem “Biggs” Burke embarked on a creative journey that has morphed into a billion-dollar movement today with the release of the Reasonable Doubt LP.

Released courtesy of their independent Roc-A-Fella imprint, Jay’s premier album was promoted and sanctioned by the streets, with previews of the album via sampler cassettes hitting the streets in the winter of 1995. The album’s first single, “Ain’t No Nigga”, featuring a then-teenage Foxy Brown, was the introduction of “Jigga” to the industry that would eventually put him in the pole position of the rap game.

Other unforgettable tracks from one of the prototype LPs of the “mafia rap” era include, “Dead Presidents II,” “Can’t Knock The Hustle,” which features Mary J. Blige, “Brooklyn’s Finest” with the late Notorious B.I.G. and the introduction of Marcy young gun Memphis Bleek on “Coming Of Age”.

All-star production from the likes of DJ Premier, Irv Gotti, Ski and Clark Kent propelled the album along with Jay’s common street ethics surgically placed melodically on the beats.

Salute to Jay, Biggs, Dame, Pain In Da Ass and the rest of the old Roc-A-Fella staff for this timeless classic!

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Jamaican Artist Sues Beyonce and JAY-Z for ‘Black Effect’ Vocals

Jamaican Artist Sues Beyonce and JAY-Z for 'Black Effect' Vocals

Ironically two years following the release of Beyonce and JAY-Z’s joint album, Everything is Love, they’ve been hit with a lawsuit over one of the records.

Dr. L’Antoinette Stines filed a lawsuit claiming she provided the couple with dancers in 2018, and they interviewed her for “promotional purposes only,” but the recording was featured on the intro of “Black Effect.”

Stines says she felt “artistically raped” when she heard her uncredited voice on the song and says she’s renowned in Jamaica for her “artistry and wisdom.”

The documents claim that she was forced to sign a contract for her services and was assured that the interview would only be used for promotion.

Dr. Stines is suing Bey and Jay for copyright infringement and violation of her right to publicity. And of course, she’s coming for the loot and wants to be properly credited.

Beyonce and JAY-Z haven’t commented on the matter and they most likely never will.

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Eminem Names Jay-Z, Redman, Andre 3000 and More in Hip-Hop GOAT List

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It takes a GOAT to know a GOAT right? Eminem was challenged by YouTuber No Life Shaq in his Direct Messages to answer who he thought was the best to touch the mic.

“I had to try with Em. I had to try with Em. Of course, Em not gonna respond,” Shaq said about the failed attempt to get Em to speak. “That one kinda hurt my heart a little bit because I wanted Em to say himself.”

But not so fast, Eminem found the video and gave his response on Twitter naming a host of rappers ranging from Jay-Z to Redman to Kendrick Lamar.

You can see his picks below.

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Funkmaster Flex On Colin Kaepernick and the NFL: ‘Jay-Z Fumbled the Ball on That’

Over this unpredictable weekend, when New Yorkers were just calming down after a week of rioting and protesting racial discrimination, Funk Flex took to the airwaves to express his opinion about protest kneeling, Colin Kaepernick and Jay-Z.

In his regular bomb-dropping tirade on Saturday, the Hot 97 flagship DJ delved into the circumstances that led to Jay-Z’s Roc Nation landing a partnership with the NFL last August. He suggested that after Hov made the “We’re past kneeling” statement, he sold out Colin Kaepernick, who still could not get hired by any NFL team even after the merger.

Jay-Z fumbled the ball on that,” Flex uttered after talking about the partnership between Roc Nation and the NFL. “I didn’t mean to put it like that, but it’s the truth.”

He went on to thank Kaepernick, who made the brave choice to kneel during the National Anthem, for standing up against police brutality. “To Colin Kaepernick, people appreciate you for what you continue to stand for, the vision where you saw this was going and you continue with that movement. It’s probably going to take a lot of years before Colin gets appreciated for what he did, but it will be appreciated.”

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Jay-Z Drops ‘Songs For Survival 2’ Playlist Featuring Nina Simone, 2Pac, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, and More

Jay-Z certainly is in tune with the rhythm of our times. On Tuesday, the rapper turned business mogul dropped a new playlist titled Songs for Survival 2 — the sequel to his exclusively made playlist Songs for Survival on TIDAL.

The playlist features classics from R&B, Funk, and Soul icons including Nina Simone, Eddie Kendricks, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Syl Johnson, The Impressions, Roberta Flack, and Donny Hathaway with a dose of Gil-Scott Heron and Tracy Chapman and of course Black powered rap songs by Public Enemy, Tupac, Jay Electronica, and Jay-Z himself with his classic “Young, Gifted and Black” freestyle.

As protests continue all over the country, playlists have seen a rise in demand as protesters strive for a peaceful promenade as they fight the American disease, racism. Jay-Z’s playlist is a strong beneficiary for the vibe and rhythm of peaceful protestors with thought-provoking grooves like Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Goin On” and a Black pride anthem-like James Brown’s “Say It Loud – I’m Black And I’m Proud,” it would be nearly impossible for the Black and Proud to not get down.

Jay-Z has been vocal about Black matters throughout the years including the recent string of cases. On Sunday (May 31), the governor of Minnesota told CNN that Jay-Z reached out to him to discuss the death of George Floyd and demand justice. Hov released a statement later that day that confirmed his interaction with the governor and made a public request to the Attorney General to prosecute all four of the officers that were involved in the killing of George Floyd.

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“After our earnest conversation, thank you to Governor Walz for doing what’s right and calling in Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over the George Floyd case. Earlier today, Governor Walz mentioned having a human conversation with me. A dad and a black man in pain. Yes, I am human, a father and a black man in pain and I am not the only one. Now I, along with an entire country in pain, call upon AG Ellison to do the right thing and prosecute all those responsible for the murder of George Floyd to the fullest extent of the law.”

The very next day, in ties with his Roc Nation and REFORM Alliance team, Jay-Z paid tribute to George Floyd by taking out several full-page ads in newspapers all over the nation including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Minneapolis Star Tribune and more.

On Thursday (June 4), Jay-Z lent his private jet to the legal team of Ahmaud Arbery to help them attend the scheduled preliminary court hearing in Georgia they almost missed. S. Lee Merritt of the Merritt Law Firm took to Instagram to thank Hov for the flight that morning.

“When you absolutely have to be in Court to stand with your client and righteous protestors for justice … Jay Z sends his private jet. That’s part of the P.P.E plan to get us out of this Crisis (People Power Political Power Economic Power).”

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TIDAL Reveals JAY-Z’s Songs For Survival 2 Playlist Including Pro-Black 2Pac, Public Enemy + Jay Electronica Classics

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Streaming giant TIDAL is giving everyone pure audio motivation. The digital entertainment platform has released JAY-Z‘s curated Songs For Survival 2 playlist which includes unforgettable classics by 2Pac, Public Enemy, Marvin Gaye and Nina Simone to promote black unity. #BlackOutTuesday

Songs For Survival 2. A playlist curated by #JAYZ. Link in bio. -TIDAL’s Instagram

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JAY-Z + Roc Nation Dedicate Martin Luther King Jr. Speech To George Floyd: “A Man Dies When He Refuses To Stand Up For That Which Is Right”

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Music mogul JAY-Z and Roc Nation are speaking out. The powerhouses have come forward to remember the life of black man George Floyd with a powerful speech by Civil Rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. #BlackOutTuesday

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This week, the Roc Nation Instagram page posted powerful words from an MLK Jr. speech on behalf of Jay-Z and others which was dedicated to Floyd. The speech focused on the strength and value in standing up for something righteous rather than staying silent.

“In dedication to George Floyd. #JusticeforGeorgeFloyd” -Roc Nation’s Instagram

JAY-Z dedicates MLK Jr speech to George Floyd

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This week, rap star YG delivered some huge news. The hip-hop veteran revealed plans to soon release his new “F*ck The Police” record to the masses.

#F*CKTHEPOLICE this week” -YG’s Instagram

Wait, There’s More

This past weekend, JAY-Z and his wife Beyoncé relied on the power of social media to speak out on black man George Floyd’s death. Young Hov discussed the Minnesota governor taking serious action to have the cops prosecuted while Bey released a personal video message.

“If you want to demand more charges brought on all those involved in the death of George Floyd, click the link in my bio to sign the petition.” -Beyoncé’s Instagram

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Before You Go

Sunday night, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz revealed JAY personally reached out to him. Walz referred to the music entertainer as more than a musician.

“I received a call last night – to understand how big this was – from Jay-Z. Not international performer but dad stressing to me that justice needs to be served. … It was so incredibly human… It was a dad, and I think quite honestly a black man whose visceral pain of this that he knew. His words summarized that justice needs to be served here. … [Jay-Z] said he feels the compassion and the humanity of these folks who are speaking. He knows the world is watching, and how Minnesota handles this is going to have an impact across the country. It’s a positive sign that someone of a stature, that has a presence like that, is focused in the moment of what Minnesotans are focused on.” (CBS Minnesota)

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