The National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) have collectively filed a lawsuit against fitness startup Peloton. According to court records, the National Publishers Association is seeking over $150 million in damages. The complaint, filed by Downtown Music Publishing, Ultra Music, and eight other publishing groups, alleges that Peloton has been playing their musical works for several years in its workout videos without the proper utilization of licensing. Because of this process, the results were the loss of potential income for many artists.
TMZ reports that some of the songs listed in the suit include “Umbrella” and “Diamonds” by Rihanna, “Don’t Wake Me Up” by Chris Brown, along with older hits like “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar. Rihanna’s hit track, “Umbrella,” has been used in at least 55 workout vids since 2017.
“Music is a core part of the Peloton business model and is responsible for much of the brand’s swift success,” said NMPA president and CEO David Israelite said in a statement. “Thousands of exclusive videos and playlists are a major reason hundreds of thousands of people have purchased Peloton products.”
As The Verge reports, “We just received the complaint this morning, and we are evaluating it,” a representative from Peloton told The Verge. “Peloton has great respect for songwriters and artists. In fact, we have partnered with each of the major music publishers, record labels and performing rights organizations, and many leading independents. We have also invested heavily to build a best-in-breed reporting and licensing system to support our partners and provide our members with a world-class fitness experience.”
The NMPA alleges that these violations by Peloton have been taken place since 2014 when it first launched their at-home streaming on its machines.
28 years ago, Eazy muthaf**kin’ E made his debut on the White House lawn.
While other rappers of the time were totally against President George Bush and his staunch law and order policies, Eazy-E, along with his manager Jerry Heller, spent $1250 a plate to attend the Republicans Inner Circle dinner.
This private, members-only dinner may have cost Eazy a whopping $2500 for two plates, but that type of publicity couldn’t be bought. Speculation has it that Eazy and Jerry’s attendance at the White House during the Bush administration kept the FBI off of N.W.A’s backs after the controversy over their “Fuck The Police” single.
S/O to @onthisdateinhiphop for the dopest library on the web!
Sen. Cory Booker and actress Rosario Dawson have been romantically linked for weeks now, but neither of them pushed to announce the union. However, Dawson finally let the cat out the bag and says she’s officially dating the presidential hopeful.
The actress was at the Reagan National Airport in D.C. Thursday when our guy quizzed her on what’s been widely rumored — she’s the woman Booker referred to last month on the Breakfast Club when he said he was dating someone very special, while adding, “I got a boo.”
It didn’t take much prodding before Dawson said it was true and began gushing over her man, calling him an amazing human being and saying their relationship is a wonderful thing.
She continued … “I am just grateful to be with someone that I respect and love and admire so much,” and added several more doting words to describe the presidential hopeful.
Speaking of that … Rosario says Cory would be an amazing Prez, and she’s pushing him with a campaign button.
Dawson wasn’t ready to share whether or not she and Booker would be tying the know any time soon.
GOP Congressman Mark Meadows went to the “I have Black friends” trope during the Hosue Oversight Committee hearing with Michael Cohen. Meadows trotted out a Black employee of President Donald Trump in a bid to prove the former business mogul isn’t racist to which Rep. Rashida Tlaib called out as just that, causing Meadows to have a fit.
“Just because someone has a person of color, a black person, working for them does not mean they aren’t racist and…the fact someone would actually use a prop, a black woman in this chamber, in this committee, is alone racist in itself,” Tlaib said during her opening remarks.
Meadows immediately began trying to interrupt the Palestinian-American congresswoman and later brought up that he has nieces and nephews who are “people of color.”
The outlet noted that Rep. Meadows has a history of saying questionably racist remarks, including the tired birther argument regarding President Barack Obama.
Twitter threw some jabs towards Meadows’ direction after he demanded Tlaib’s comments be struck from the record although chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings allowed her to continue despite frequent interruptions.
We’ve collected some of the reactions below.
It’s really worth watching this entire video. It’s a reminder of what birtherism looked like and how the president got his political start by questioning whether President Obama was born in the United States. It’s definitely worth pressing Mark Meadows to comment today. https://t.co/osb0ZmkI5w
Rev. Henry Highland Garnet was an 19th century slave abolitionist, educator, theologist and Pan-Africanist that you may not know much about. A prominent figure in the movement to overthrow slavery, Garnet used religion as his platform to advocate for slave rebellions. His impassioned words about oppression were deemed too radical, drawing criticism from his rival, Frederick Douglass.
Born into slavery in 1815, Garnet and his family escaped from enslavement in Maryland and settled in New York where he was educated at the African Free School (a school for children of slaves and free black children), and the Phoenix High School for Colored Youth. He graduated from the Onieda Theological Institute in 1838.
Garnett preached that no man can be free if his brethren remained enslaved. He also drove the belief that it was better to die a free man, than to live as a slave. His infamous 1843 “Call to Rebellion” is basically the “by any means necessary” of it’s time. Using Denmark Vesey, Nat Tuner and Joseph Cinqué led revolts, as examples of the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, Garnett called for slaves to rebel against their white oppressors:
It is in your power so to torment the God-cursed slaveholders that they will be glad to let you go free. If the scale was turned, and black men were the masters and white men the slaves, every destructive agent and element would be employed to lay the oppressor low. Danger and death would hang over their heads day and night.
You act as though, you were made for the special use of these devils. You act as though your daughters were born to pamper the lusts of your masters and overseers. And worse than all, you tamely submit while your lords tear your wives from your embraces and defile them before your eyes. In the name of God, we ask you, are you men? Where is the blood of your fathers? Has it all run out of your veins?
Let your motto be resistance! resistance! RESISTANCE! No oppressed people have ever secured their liberty without resistance. What kind of resistance you had better make, you must decide by the circumstances that surround you, and according to the suggestion of expediency. Brethren, adieu! Trust in the living God. Labor for the peace of the human race, and remember that you are FOUR MILLIONS.”
The fiery rhetoric may have been a little too much to handle for Douglass and other abolitionists, who condemned Garnett’s words. His speech was also rejected by the National Negro Convention after multiple submissions.
Douglass championed a more conservative, nonresistance taught by abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. Douglass’ views likely became more moderate throughout his life, and he was fervent in speaking out against America, most notable outlining the country’s hypocrisies in his 4th of July Speech :
“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.
There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.”
Having secretly taught himself how to read and write as a child, Douglass subscribed to the belief that “knowledge” was the key to freedom. Like, Garnet, he escaped slavery in Maryland and fled to New York City in the mid-1800s. He stayed in the safe house of Black abolitionist David Ruggles, and went on to marry his first wife, Anna. He also joined the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church whose notable members including Soujourner Truth and Harrier Tubman. An active church member, Douglass began attending abolitionist meetings, and wrote passionately about his hatred for slavery. With Garrison’s encouragement, he became an abolitionist leader.
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Douglass penned a number of speeches and essays addressing the inhumanity of slavery. His 1845 autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave sold thousands of copies and was translated into three languages. In 1845, Douglass toured Ireland and Great Britain for two years holding lectures and acquainting himself with the British abolitionists movement. He later returned to the states and launched the North Star abolitionist newspaper, but began to distance himself from Garrison as he later deemed his ideologies and actions (like publicly burning of the U.S. Constitution for encouraging slavery) as too radical. By 1846, Douglass became a legally free man after his supporters raised money to buy his freedom from Hugh Auld, the brother of Douglass’ slave master, for around $700.
Douglass was both an abolitionist and proponent of gender equality. He gave a speech at the Seneca Falls Convention, the first reported convention for (white) women’s rights held in the U.S., where he was the only Black attendee. As the (white) women’s rights movement began to attach itself with the anti-slavery movement, Douglass’ views became somewhat moderate, although he remained against rebellions and continued to believe education was the only anecdote to oppression.
Garnett, meanwhile, became a supporter of Blacks emigrating to Mexico, Liberia and the West Indies to attain better opportunities. His thought was to undercut slavery economically by producing goods that would compete with those from slave labor. Garnett also took his message overseas, traveling to England and Scotland before landing in Jamaica for missionary work with his wife, abolitionist Julia Williams, in 1852. He returned to the U.S. several years later to deal with health issues.
After the Civil War and slavery came to an end, the Reconstruction period began, but the stronghold of systematic white supremacy never loosened its grip. Despite the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, Jim Crow laws prohibited Blacks access to true equality. In 1868, Garnett became president of Avery College, a university for Black students, in Pittsburgh. He eventually returned to New York City to continue his activism and his work in the church. After his wife’s death in 1878, Garnet married educator and suffragist Sarah J. Smith. Despite his failing health, Garnett took a position of U.S. Minister to Liberia. He died in 1882, only two months after his arrival in the African nation.
As the Ku Klux Klan began its rise to become the most prominent terrorist groups in the U.S., Douglass remained a pivotal figure in the battle for racial equality and access to education and job options, but his reputation took a hit due to his personal life. In 1884, two years after Anna’s death, Douglass married white abolitionist, Helen Pitts. The interracial marriage and age difference (Pitts was 20 years younger than Douglass) stirred up public controversy. Even Douglass’ five children were upset by the union, but he rebutted the criticism, stating that his marriages represented his interracial background (his father was believed to be a white slave master, while his mother was a slave)
In 1877, Douglass made peace with his former slave owner on his death bed, a meeting that brought more criticism his way. Douglas also moved to Washington D.C., and purchased what would be a final family home. He published the final edition of his autobiography, and was later appointed to recorder of deeds for D.C.
With his wife in tow, Douglass went back to touring overseas. He returned to England and Ireland, as well as France, Italy, Greece and Egypt, and continued lecturing in the U.S. Douglass also became the first Black man to receive a vote for President at the Republican National Convention in 1888.
Throughout the last decade of his life, Douglass spoke out against racial oppression, segregation, and the rise of lynchings. In 1892, he built the Douglass Place, a collection of row houses in Maryland which still stand today. In 1895, Douglass was honored by the National Council of Women, a white feminist organization (Mary McCloud Bethune founded the National Council of Negro Women in 1935). Shortly after his return from the event, Douglass suffered a fatal heart attack at his home in Washington D.C.
Michael Cohen is currently testifying in front of the House Oversight Committee but ahead of the congressional hearing, the former Trump insider offered written testimony. In his statement, Cohen accused President Donald Trump of issuing racist jabs at President Barack Obama and Black Americans.
“He once asked me if I could name a country run by a black person that wasn’t a ‘sh*thole,’” Cohen wrote in his testimony. “This was when Barack Obama was President of the United States.”
Cohen added in his testimony, “He told me that black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid.”
The former Trump adviser also noted that the pair once drove through a Black neighborhood in Chicago with the president noting that “only Black people can live this way.”
“He is a racist. He is a conman. He is a cheat,” Cohen wrote early on in his statement.
A Black woman who once worked as a staffer on Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign has dropped a major bombshell. Alva Johnson claims that in 2016, President Trump tried to kiss her at a Florida rally.
The Washington Post exclusively reports:
In interviews and in the lawsuit, Alva Johnson said Trump grabbed her hand and leaned in to kiss her on the lips as he exited an RV outside the rally in Tampa on Aug. 24, 2016. Johnson said she turned her head and the unwanted kiss landed on the side of her mouth.
In a statement, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed Johnson’s allegation as “absurd on its face.”
“This never happened and is directly contradicted by multiple highly credible eye witness accounts,” she wrote.
Two Trump supporters that Johnson identified as witnesses — a campaign official and Pam Bondi, then the Florida attorney general — denied seeing the alleged kiss in interviews with The Post.
Johnson said that from the onset, Trump inappropriately sized her up via her physical attributes during their first meeting.
Read the rest of the Post’s report on Alva Johnson here.
Rev. Anthony Trufant, Senior Pastor of the historic Emmanuel Baptist Church (EBC) in Brooklyn, USA, is a revolutionary.
That his reputation. For years, other pastors have looked to this ecumenical leader to help them organize their churches in ways palatable to the communities around them. In his Rethink & Retool conferences, workers in the faith-based spectrum are pushed to the limit, with hopes they can work outside of the box. One cannot push another, without first pushing himself.
Trufant did just that by allowing the church to produce the “Business of Cannabis” conference in Clinton Hills, on Saturday, February 23rd with leading marijuana advocacy group, Women Grow. This five hour intensive featured the whose who in the Black and Brown cannabis industry. From “seed-to-sale” representatives were available to educate and network with the community during this free event.
After noting that he received push back from some of his members, Trufant implied that his involvement as a social justice pastor was to make sure the ministry of cannabis was addressed. He said that cannabis as an industry is important- and connected to his faith- as a practice of compassion. Noting how the plant in all forms when used medicinally serves as an inexpensive pain relievers to the sick and infirm for the most physically debilitating and tortuous diseases. He also noted the economics of the emerging industries and the potential for it to create new jobs in the community. Lastly, he noted the politics of this game, who will be left out and who will be invited to the table.
He was not the only one that mentioned politics. New York State Attorney General, the first Black woman to hold this seat, Letitia James spoke passionately about this historical moment. Between celebrating Trufant for his history of social justice from the pulpit (he is her pastor and this is her church), she talked about how critical it is for Black and Brown people to be at the table and how their voices has to be heard for that equity in this industry can be equally spread.
Congressman Hakeem Jefferies also dropped by to speak to the people. Despite being the fifth highest ranking democrat on the hill, he invoked the lyrics of Brooklyn born Biggie Smalls when talking about not only his dedication to his borough, but how “all-the-way-real” he has kept it in Washington as he fights for the concerns of the people he serves. The issue of cannabis is one of those concerns.
Closing out the even were Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo, Senator Velmanette and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
The following breakdown summaries the day:
Acquiring Cultivation or Dispensary License| Conversations on how to prepare, apply and/ or acquire a license to grow featured Dr. Chanda Macias (Dispensary & Grower), Roz McCarthy (M4MM), Christine De La Rosa (Dispensary), John Gilstrap (Hemp Growers), Amy Holdener (Citiva, Dispensary) and Jesce Horton (Cultivation).
Ancillary Businesses, Careers in Cannabis| Conversations on starting a business or getting a job in the cannabis industry featured Rani Soto (CannaGather), Dasheeda Dawson (MJM Stratefy, The Weed Head), Jacobi Holland (On The Revel), and Patricia Patton (CannaBoomber).
Integrative Cannabinoid Medicine by The Knox Family| An exploration of medical marijuana with Dr. Janice, Jessica and Rachel Knox.
Medical Benefits of Cannabis and Hemp| Medical professionals talk about the benefits of using cannabis and hemp as medicine featured Gia Morón (Women Grow), Dr. Anthony Forestine, M.D., Kebra Bolden, Nurse, Dr. Oludare Odumosu, PhD and Dr. Kisha Vanterpool. M.D.
The Need for Equity Programs| Conversations on how equity programs can help the Black community enter into the cannabis industry featured Shanita Penny (MCBA), Jeannette Horton (NuLeaf), Christine De La Rosa (The People’s Dispensary), Leo Bridgewater (CannaGather) and Roz McCarthy (M4MM).
Cannabis 101| Learning the basics of cannabis such as terminologies and their uses as taught by Sirita Wright (Estrohaze), Jake Plowden (CCA), Mary Pryor (Cannaclusive) and Jacobi Holland (On The Revel.
Social Justice & Policy Reform| Exploring steps after cannabis is legal and how can social justice and policy reform protect the Black community featuring Dasheeda Dawson (MJM Stratefy, The Weed Head), Jesce Horton (Cultivation), Leo Bridgewater (CannaGather), Cristina Buccola (Attorney), and Jason Starr (Asst. Counsel to Governor).
Destigmatizing Cannabis| Debunking the stigma and images of the plant and its consumer featuring Kebra Bolden, Dr. Oludare Odumosu, PhD, Dr. Janice Knox, M.D., and Saki Fenderson.
Parenting & Cannabis: Learning Together| Conversations on having responsible discussions with your family about cannabis with Imani Dawson (MJM), Rani Soto (CannaGather), Tracey Henry (Women Grow) and Dr. Jessica Knox, M.D.
Healing with Hemp, CBD, and Cannabis/Topicals, vapes, edibles & more with Jacob Plowden (CCA), Dr. Chanda Macias (Women Grow), Dr. Rachel Knox, M.D. and Dr. Anthony Forestine, M.D.
Types of Businesses in Cannabis: From Real Estate to CBD Shops| How to make money in the emerging industry featuring Cristina Buccola, Roz McCarthy (M4MM), Justin Ivey (Medically Jointed), Jeannette Horton (NuLeaf) and Jon Gilstrap (Hudson Hemp).
Networks & Industry Conferences in Cannabis| Industry leaders share why networks are important featuring Tanya Osborne (Women Grow), Rani Soto (CannaGather), Jacobi Holland (On The Revel), Mary Pryor (Cannaclusive) and Shanita Penny (MCBA).
While most people think that the new cannabis rush will only be for person’s interested in selling the plant, the conferences opened up people’s eyes about the many ways Black people can benefit from the industry.
Leo Bridgewater likened it to the end of Prohibition and how legalizing alcohol made folk millionaires. While, Dr. Chanda Macias took it further. She said “this can’t be another industry” that we have helped make popular and then can’t reap the benefits from. This is a clear nod to the economic prism connected to the sale of cannabis, minority incarceration due to the possession and distribution on it, and the how white legalization politics seem to be. Dropping “cotton” as a clear example of an industry built on Black and Brown people’s backs, she pointed to her son. She believes that this industry is important for Black people need to engage in, in efforts to free them from the vicious war on drug (or Black people) pipeline to prison.
The church’s perspective definitely noted that, again it is about justice.
“No one would have anticipated that we would have a conversation in a worship space about ‘weed!’” Pastor Trufant remarked. “We are known to be risk-takers.”
He continued with humor, “The question that is lingering in your mind (because it is lingering in mine), ‘Where is the weed?’” The approximately 500 attendees nervously laughed. Trufant smiled too, but ended the questions with this, “And what I want you to know is… it had better not be in the context of this facility. We having a conversation, not distribution.”
Many of the attendees also appeared at The NorthStar Group’s SOURCE360 Conference. Check out our panel last September.
Source: GREENBELT, MARYLAND – FEBRUARY 21: FBI Special Agent Gordon Johnson (C), speaks while flanked by U.S. Attorney Robert Hur (R) speaks while flanked by Art Walker (L) of the Coast Guard Investigative Service, after a hearing at the United States District Court Greenbelt Division is shown on February 21, 2019 in Greenbelt, Maryland. A member of the U.S. Coast Guard, 49-year-old Christopher Paul Hasson has been denied bail during a hearing in court today after being arrested on weapons violations and is accused of plotting a major attack against high profile Americans. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
While the Trump administration continues to ban Muslims and make it harder for immigrants to enter the country in an effort to “keep America safe,” domestic terrorism at the hands of homegrown white nationalists continues to plague our society and needless to say it’s becoming more evident that the man in The White House is encouraging such actions.
CNN is reporting that authorities were able to spoil another domestic terrorist attack when Coast Guard lieutenant Christopher Paul Hasso was arrested last Friday on gun and drug charges and had plans on conducting a mass shooting with democratic politicians and liberal media personalities as targets. According to the report the 49-year-old of Silver Spring, Maryland had a weapons cache and ammo as well as a stockpile of steroids and human growth hormones to help him get extra buck wild while carrying his attacks.
Hasson’s hit list includes Democratic politicians — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of New York, Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Kamala Harris of California, as well as former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas — as well as CNN journalists Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo and Van Jones and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, Ari Melber and Joe Scarborough.
But of course while the Divider-In-Chief calls out Jussie Smollett’s for slandering his MAGA base in his alleged pre-planned hoax of an hate crime, he remains mum on what would’ve been a historic national tragedy carried out in his favor. Keep in mind that Donald Trump constantly calls the liberal media “the enemy of the people” for exposing his shady backroom deals and behind the scenes attempts to obstruct justice. Since railing against what he calls is the “unfair media,” liberal reporters and even cameramen have found themselves being targeted by Cult 45 members and MAGA supporters. Christopher Paul Hasson seems to be a part of said crowd.
Luckily for the American people an investigation into Hasso’s activities was launched before he could complete his insane mission.
Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Barry Lane, spokesman for US Coast Guard Headquarters, said in a statement that the arrest was part of an investigation led by the Coast Guard.
“An active duty Coast Guard member, stationed at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, was arrested last week on illegal weapons and drug charges as a result of an ongoing investigation led by the Coast Guard Investigative Service, in cooperation with the FBI and Department of Justice. Because this is an open investigation, the Coast Guard has no further details at this time,” Lane said.
Musing in a draft email acquired by prosecutors, Hasson allegedly wrote, “I am dreaming of a way to kill almost every last person on the earth.”
In another draft email, apparently written to a known American neo-Nazi leader, Hasson allegedly wrote, “We need a white homeland as Europe seems lost.”
This man was a lieutenant in the Coast Guard for God’s sake. Then again the puppet currently occupating the White House isn’t exactly the poster boy for good mental health either. Either way the FBI was able to put the kibosh on the plan and we’re all better for it.
In a statement, Blumenthal spokeswoman Maria McElwain said he was thankful for the FBI’s intervention.
“Senator Blumenthal is grateful to the FBI and federal prosecutors for their work on this case and their ongoing efforts to combat violent and hateful extremism,” McElwain said.
This is the same FBI that Donald Trump constantly rails against by the way.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has admitted to wearing blackface while in college. Herring is the second in line to be governor of the state and was a candidate for the position in 2021.
“In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song,” Mark Herring said in a statement. “It sounds ridiculous even now writing it. But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes — and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others — we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup.”
Herring stated that he is “haunted” by the incident.
The reveal from Attorney General Herring follows an outbreak of controversy in the state. Acting Governor Ralph Northam revealed that he too wore blackface to dress up as Michael Jackson, however, he has denied that it is him in a yearbook photo where a man is dressed in blackface standing next to a man dressed as a member of the KKK. Northam has resisted calls for his resignation
If the news for Virginia elected officials couldn’t get worse, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is battling sexual assault allegations, which he states are false accusations fueled by backlash of supports for Gov. Northam.