Police in Montgomery County, MD are looking for the man in the video below who physically assaulted a small group posting racial justice flyers along the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda.
At approximately 12:45 pm today(June 5), three young adults were walking the Capital Crescent Trail near the Dalecarlia Tunnel. The young adults, one man and two women, were posting flyers in support of Black Lives Matter and justice for George Floyd.
The suspect, a white man, began to argue about the flyers and grabbed the flyers from one of the victims, as seen in the video. The suspect then pushed his bicycle and began to charge one of the victims, causing them to fall to the ground.
The Maryland-National Capital Park Police tweeted they were seeking the assault suspect, with photos taken from the video.
As it was reported yesterday, Chi-Town born rap mogul Kanye West donated $2 million to the families and legal teams of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and Geroge Floyd, however, Yeezus has also reportedly fully paid the tuition for George Floyd’s daughter, Gianna Floyd.
West has also donated to several Black owned businesses in his hometown, just in time for the arrests of the four Minnesota Police officers involved in the death of George Floyd.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison announced just two days ago that Derek Chauvin, the ex-officer who had his knee on George Floyd’s neck, which killed him, had his charges upgraded to second degree murder while the other officers, Thomas Lane, J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are all charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and abetting second-degree manslaughter.
Many other celebrities have taken their star power to the streets to stand in support of justice for George Floyd including Nick Cannon, Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan, Trey Songz as well as Bun B and Trae The Truth, who organized a rally earlier this week in Floyd’s hometown of Houston to protest police violence.
On June 3, 1997, the Witty Unpredictable Talent And Natural Game gave the world a double dose of their killer bee stings when they dropped the Wu-Tang Forever double CD LP.
The album was executively produced by the Abbott himself, RZA, along with assistance from 4th Disciple, Inspectah Deck, and True Master. Released to the public under the Loud/RCA imprint with direction from the illustrious Steve Rifkind, this album was certified gold in its first week and was certified 4X platinum by the RIAA within four months of its release.
Some of the hits include the album’s lead, “Triumph,” “Older Gods,” “Duck Season” and the prophetic title of their current album, A Better Tomorrow. The Clan just celebrated 20 years together in 2013 looking back on two decades of music. The Clan is also currently working on an album with Ghostface Killah running the show.
Peace to the entire Clan for giving us such a monumental project without the assistance of radio/video play, which is the mark of true artistry. Salute to RZA, Divine, Power, Steve Rifkind, and everyone who helped make this album a timeless classic!
In what is now the most talked-about conversation in the political history of this country, President Donald Trump told the governors that they were “weak” for not being willing to send the National Guard into the streets to neutralize the violence and looting that has predicated most of the protests around the country for the death of George Floyd in the hands of the Minneapolis Police. Trump added that the protesters should be put in jail for a long time to avoid these types of riots and insurrections from happening again.
On a teleconference call yesterday (June 1) with several governors from around the United States, President Trump issued a scathing warning that if the leaders do not “dominate” the protesters in the streets by matching force with force, then “they’re going to run over you. You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks.”
“You’ve got to arrest these people. You’ve got arrest these people — and you’ve got to charge them,” Trump said. “And you can’t do this deal where they get one week in jail. These are terrorists, these are terrorists, they’re looking to do bad things to our country. They’re Antifa and they’re radical left. You have to track people, you have to put them in jail for 10 years and you’ll never see this stuff again.”
He added that if the rioting and looting could not be stopped by state and local law enforcement, he will have no problem sending in the U.S. military to all major cities that were not under control, including the country’s capital.
Cities such as New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Richmond, and many others have been issued a mandatory curfew during night hours. Those who violate these orders are subject to arrest. Video footage of these overtly aggressive arrests has surfaced, such as the Spelman and Morehouse students who were tased after their car window was broken and tire flattened by the Atlanta Police before being arrested for violating curfew.
It’s about time someone addressed the root of the economic plight that many are protesting around the country today.
Black Entertainment Television founder Bob Johnson took to CNBC’s Squawk Box to call on the U.S. government to offer African Americans and the descendants of slaves in the United States a $14 trillion reparations plan in order to help quell the unrest in America’s streets.
“Think about this. Since 200-plus-years or so of slavery, labor taken with no compensation, is a wealth transfer. Denial of access to education, which is a primary driver of accumulation of income and wealth, is a wealth transfer,” said Johnson.
The 74-year-old media mogul added, “I’m talking about cash. We are a society based on wealth. That’s the foundation of capitalism.”
According to several confirmed news reports, daughter of NYC mayor Bill De Blasio’s daughter was arrested at a protest in Manhattan on Sunday.
25 year old Chiara De Blasio was arrested for unlawful assembly around 10:30 pm on Sunday in Lower Manhattan, according to police sources. The police source said that Chiara was blocking traffic and refused to move when she was arrested.
“That was a real hotspot, police cars were getting burned there, people were throwing and yelling, fighting with cops. There were thousands of people in that area at that time,” according to the police source.
De Blasio’s daughter gave her address on East End Avenue, which is Gracie Mansion, but she didn’t tell the arresting officers that she was the mayor’s daughter.
Chiara, who graduated from Santa Clara University in 2016 with a major in social work, was given a DAT(desk appearance ticket). City Hall nor the Mayor’s Office have commented on her arrest.
On this day in Hip Hop history, Queens rapperJa Rule released his debut LP Venni Vetti Vicci. As the first release ofrom Irv Gotti‘s Murder Inc. record label, this project carried a lot of weight on its shoulders as the breakthrough for not only Ja Rule’s career but the career and integrity of Murder Inc Records as a whole.
Fortunately enough, the album was a hit and launched Ja Rule and Murder Inc. up among the ranks of some of New York’s most respected and successful rappers. Ja Rule’s force, style, and energy blended perfectly with and help grow the popularity of the East Coast hardcore movement that was taking place in the late 90s and early 2000s.
The mix of high energy, club jam production and hardcore gangster lyricism is what made this album so appealing. Although it could be said that Ja Rule wasn’t the greatest with the pen, the party appeal of this project kept it flying off the shelves in record stores across the country. The album’s commercial reception was more than any one could ask for a debut album peaking at #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop chart and #3 on the Billboard 200 chart all while going platinum in the year of its release.
Following this album, Ja Rule went on to have quite a successful career. With the help of Murder Inc., Ja Rule was able to rise to become one of the most popular brands in Hip Hop during the first half of the 2000s. He has since released seven solo studio albums, including Coup de Grâce which was released this past year.
On this day in 1988, Boogie Down Productions dropped one of the best and most influential albums of all time. It was widely seen as one of, if not the first, politically conscious efforts in Hip Hop
KRS-One was initially popular for fueling the Juice Crew vs. BDP beef on wax and expanding intellectual Hip Hop music through 1987, with the release of Criminal Minded. However, when BDP’s DJ Scott La Rock was shot and killed in the South Bronx, it had a profound effect on the Brooklyn native, which resulted in a drastic rethinking of his on-record persona. By All Means Necessary was one of the first albums the group made after Scott La Rock’s death that would have a lasting effect on generations to come. The “Blastmaster” began to talk about a lot of the issues that were plaguing the black community like police brutality, government corruption, institutionalized racism, and later on giving birth to his “Stop the Violence” Campaign.
As “The Teacher”, on perhaps one of the most influential tracks from the LP, “Stop the Violence”, he spits,
“I look, but it doesn’t coincide with my books/Social Studies will not speak upon hard hitting crooks/It’s just the Presidents, and all the money they spent/All the things they invent, and how their house is so immaculate/They create missiles, my family’s eating gristle/Then they get upset when the press blows the whistle”
. As a plea to end violence in Hip Hop, which still hasn’t been heeded to this day, KRS-One took on the role as the spearhead of Hip Hop’s Stop The Violence Movement, choosing the single, “Self Destruction”, as the lead single.
With classic tracks like, “Nervous”, nearly every track on the album had a distinct narrative, and even the album cover art and the theme were Malcolm X (By Any Means Neccessary) inspired. On the track, “Jimmy”, the rapper became the first rapper to speak on the AIDS/HIV epidemic that plagued Black and Brown communities in America. On the song, “Illegal Business”, Kris gave the masses a startling perception into the drug trade and how it corrupts the police and the government.
The Fat Boys released their self-titled debut album May 29, 1984, exactly 36 years ago today (May 29). The Brooklyn trio, comprised of Prince Markie Dee, Kool Rock-Ski, and The Human Beat Box or “Buffy,” helped put beatboxing on the map, along with Doug E. Fresh.
Considered by many to be an early ’80s Hip Hop classic, the self-titled album had no guest appearances and was one of the first to feature a live beatbox on a record. The trio then made a memorable appearance in the classic Hip-Hop film, Krush Groove, in 1985.
For its 1984 album, songs like the anthemic “Human Beat Box” and the storytelling saga of “Jailhouse Rap” gave the East New York trio a leg up against their rapping peers like Run-D.M.C. and Whodini. The timeless title track was an unapologetic ode for overweight people to not feel embarrassed about their weight, giving light to other rotund artists like Heavy D and even The Notorious B.I.G.
Sadly, on December 10, 1995, Buff Love died of a heart attack in Rosedale, Queens, New York. He was 28 years of age and reportedly weighed 450 pounds. Although it’s not clear what The Fat Boys are up to as of late, rumors have circulated they were searching for a third member to reunite.
Today in Hip-Hop History marks 28 years since the release of LL Cool J’s third studio LP, Bigger And Deffer, on Def Jam Records.
Recorded in the legendary Chung King Studios in NYC between ’87-’88, this album is one of Hip Hop’s Golden Era classics, which yielded one of the genre’s prototype songs, “I Need Love”, which was dubbed Hip Hop first “love ballad”. This album also solidified LL’s position in the game, from his signature Kangol being exclusively his, since another Queens MC, MC Shan, had once claimed the Kangol crown, to his own personal line of TROOP outerwear and sneakers.
Other timeless tracks on this LP include “I’m Bad”, which was accompanied by a video, the salacious “Kanday”, and the ode to his former DJ “Go Cut Creator, Go”.
Salute to that era of the Def Jam team that put together this classic gem!