Hip Hop Culture | Hip Hop Arts and Lifestyle – The Source http://thesource.com Sun, 20 May 2018 23:20:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 The New Brooklyn: Tekashi 6ix9ine And Casanova 2X Squash Their Beef http://thesource.com/2018/05/19/the-new-brooklyn-tekashi-6ix9ine-and-casanova-2x-squash-their-beef/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/19/the-new-brooklyn-tekashi-6ix9ine-and-casanova-2x-squash-their-beef/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 22:46:52 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442507 After a well publicized, inter-borough beef including IG threats and shots flying at video shoots, Brooklyn rappers Tekashi 6ix9ine and Casanova 2X have buried the hatchet and deaded the beef. Casanova posted a video on his Instagram today, showing him and Tekashi about to pull up in an NYC strip club. Could’ve been in jail […]

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After a well publicized, inter-borough beef including IG threats and shots flying at video shoots, Brooklyn rappers Tekashi 6ix9ine and Casanova 2X have buried the hatchet and deaded the beef.

Casanova posted a video on his Instagram today, showing him and Tekashi about to pull up in an NYC strip club.

It was just last month when the NYPD were investigating a shooting inside of the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn after the Adrien Broner vs. Jessie Vargas fight.

Only a week prior to that, someone from Casanova’s squad went live on Instagram at one of the “Set Trippin'” rapper’s video shoots before a barrage of shots went off in the background.

Let’s just say everyone in the Hip Hop community, especially in Brooklyn, can only see this as the best possible scenario. Who knows? Maybe there’s a collabo in the works.

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Malcolm X’s Top 10 Influences In Hip Hop Music http://thesource.com/2018/05/19/malcolm-xs-top-10-influences-in-hip-hop-music-3/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/19/malcolm-xs-top-10-influences-in-hip-hop-music-3/#respond Sat, 19 May 2018 14:10:40 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442413 TheSource.com has put together a classic list honoring the legacy and works of the man who made intelligence cool in Hip Hop music Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little also known to many as El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz, was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist born in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 19, 1925. He […]

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TheSource.com has put together a classic list honoring the legacy and works of the man who made intelligence cool in Hip Hop music

Malcolm X, born Malcolm Little also known to many as El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz, was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist born in Omaha, Nebraska, on May 19, 1925. He was a courageous advocate for the rights of Blacks, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against Black-Americans, and his detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. To many, he is the greatest and most influential African-American in history.

In celebration of his birthday today, TheSource.com re-releases a list of the artists and their works that have been directly influenced by Malcolm X, and his passion for uplifting the people.

1. Tupac’s Speech at the Malcolm X Banquet in 1992 in Atlanta, GA

Makaveli gives a raw, uncut speech in Atlanta at Malcolm X banquet honoring the slain icon’s personal influence on him

2. Self Destruction-Stop the Violence Movement
after the death of DJ Scott La Rock in 1987, Hip Hop pleads to end black on black crime with the KRS One founded movement “Stop the Violence”

3.”Black Is Black” – Lakim Shabazz
The 5% MC dropped this track on his 1990 ‘Pure Righteousness’ album, sampling Malcolm’s fiery “The Black Revolution” speech

4. KRS One’s By All Means Necessary Album cover
For their sophomore album, KRS & BDP drew inspiration from Malcolm X in creating their cover photo and choosing the album title making it stand out as one of the most dynamic albums in rap music at that time


5. “Tonz ‘O’ Gunz” – Gangstarr
Rapping over a melodic and infectious beat the emcee educates his listeners on the track featuring Malcolm X’s famous “Fire and Fury Grass Roots Speech”

6. “Malcolm” – Ghostface Killah
The most consistent and lyrical wordsmith of the Wu-Tang raps, “Ayo/I’m like Malcolm out the window with the joint/ hooded up,blood in my eye/I let two fly..”

7. “Malcolm, Garvey, Huey” – Dead Prez
In a remake of Lloyd Banks’ “Beamer, Benz, or Bentley”, new millennium conscious pioneers dead prez dropped this ode to their three favorite Black leaders

8. “No Mercy” – Immortal Technique
Hardcore, underground hip hop song that samples the famous speech “The Ballot or the Bullet” from the man known as Detroit Red

9. “Bring The Noise” – Public Enemy
Malcolm introduces the phrase, “too black, too strong”, to the Hip Hop culture, and ironically, Chuck D mentions Minister Louis Farrakhan’s name in the song as well

10. Artist names/group names derived directly from Malcolm X (Sadat X, Mia X, and X-Clan)

These are just the most notable of artists that adopted the “X” for their identities in the rap game, showing their respects to Malcolm X

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Plane Crashes During Takeoff From Havana Airport http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/havana-cuba-plane-crashes-takeoff-airport/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/havana-cuba-plane-crashes-takeoff-airport/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 20:25:14 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442395 Havana, Cuba is in a state of panic after a Cubana de Aviacion Boeing 737 plane crashed shortly into a field and railway after takeoff. The flight was departing from Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport when “a large fireball followed by a towering plume of smoke was visible near the airport,” CNN reports. Cubana de […]

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Havana, Cuba is in a state of panic after a Cubana de Aviacion Boeing 737 plane crashed shortly into a field and railway after takeoff.

The flight was departing from Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport when “a large fireball followed by a towering plume of smoke was visible near the airport,” CNN reports.

Cubana de Aviación is Cuba’s national airline and is said to have been carrying 104 passengers to Holguin, a western city approximately 500 miles east of Havana.

Cuban media reports there are three sole survivors — all in critical condition. Thus, the presumed number of people dead is currently 101, says The Independent.

The airline has been forced to ground several planes because of safety issues in dated aircrafts. This plane is said be at least 30 years old.

The cause of the crash is currently unknown.

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Tidal Hires Cyber-Security Firm to Investigate Data Breach http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/tidal-data-breach/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/tidal-data-breach/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 20:16:38 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442400 For Tidal, When it rains it pours. The streaming giant has been under a wave of allegations as of late and now their CEO, Richard Sanders, announced the service may have fallen to “a potential data breach.” In a statement to Rolling Stone, the claims against Tidal recently that the company falsified numbers for Kanye […]

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For Tidal, When it rains it pours. The streaming giant has been under a wave of allegations as of late and now their CEO, Richard Sanders, announced the service may have fallen to “a potential data breach.”

In a statement to Rolling Stone, the claims against Tidal recently that the company falsified numbers for Kanye West and Beyonce’s album releases are denied, however, they are looking into a data breach by hiring an independent cyber-security firm to look what is referred to as a possible breach.

“Although we do not typically comment on stories we believe to be false, we feel it is important to make sure that our artists, employees, and subscribers know that we are not taking the security and integrity of our data lightly,” Sanders said.

The report of Dagens Naeringsliv, a Norwegian financial newspaper, that called out the numbers of the aforementioned artists was previously refuted and called a “ridiculous story.” The new statement from Richard Sanders is available in full below.

“We reject and deny the claims that have been made by Dagens Næringsliv. Although we do not typically comment on stories we believe to be false, we feel it is important to make sure that our artists, employees, and subscribers know that we are not taking the security and integrity of our data lightly, and we will not back down from our commitment to them.

“When we learned of a potential data breach we immediately, and aggressively, began pursuing multiple avenues available to uncover what occurred. This included reporting it to proper authorities, pursuing legal action, and proactively taking steps to further strengthen our stringent security measures that are already in place.

“Additionally, we have engaged an independent, third party cyber-security firm to conduct a review of what happened and help us further protect the security and integrity of our data. We are proud of the hard work, devotion to our artist driven mission, and tremendous accomplishments of our over one hundred employees in Norway and fifty more in the United States. We look forward to sharing with them, and all of our partners, the results of the review once completed.”

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Black Bishop from Chicago to Speak at Royal Wedding http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/black-bishop-from-chicago-to-speak-at-royal-wedding/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/black-bishop-from-chicago-to-speak-at-royal-wedding/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 18:01:54 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442277 Kensington Palace recently revealed in a tweet that Bishop Michael Curry has been chosen to preach at the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry of Wales and American actress Meghan Markle happening on Saturday.   Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have asked that The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate […]

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Kensington Palace recently revealed in a tweet that Bishop Michael Curry has been chosen to preach at the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry of Wales and American actress Meghan Markle happening on Saturday.

 

 

Bishop Curry was born in Chicago and later became a Bishop in North Carolina. Curry is the first Black Bishop to preside over the Episcopal Church.

The 65-year-old Bishop has reportedly been very active in the community in regards to social issues and marriage equality.

“The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness,” Curry said in a statement. “And so we celebrate and pray for them today.”

The Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle takes place Saturday (May 19). The ceremony will be live streamed on YouTube.

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Issa Rae, HBO and AFROPUNK Seek One Lucky Musician For the New ‘Insecure’ Soundtrack on RCA http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/issa-rae-hbo-afropunk-insecure-soundtrack-rca-insecuremusiccontest/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/issa-rae-hbo-afropunk-insecure-soundtrack-rca-insecuremusiccontest/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 16:39:00 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442241 Issa Rae is always out looking for great young and talented creative people to work with. If you’re a musician that’s looking for a chance to be in a showcase, the Insecure star has an opportunity for you to land your music on the show’s next season. For one week, independent artists and bands can […]

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Issa Rae is always out looking for great young and talented creative people to work with. If you’re a musician that’s looking for a chance to be in a showcase, the Insecure star has an opportunity for you to land your music on the show’s next season.

For one week, independent artists and bands can submit their music on the official AFROPUNK site for a chance to hear their music, not only in the new season of Insecure but also on the show’s soundtrack via RCA Records.

Applicants are encouraged to upload music that shows their own distinct style and should not reference the show or its characters in any way.

Issa, along with Insecure music supervisor Kier Lehman and the rest of the music team will choose one contestant. The contest is already underway and will end on Tuesday (May 22) at 11:59 p.m.

Insecure was renewed for a third season this past summer. Last season, the series included tracks by SZA, Miguel, Jorja Smith, and  Bryson Tiller .

No word yet on the premiere date for season three. Good luck!

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YouTube Music, Music Streaming Service, Set To Launch Next Week http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/youtube-music-music-streaming-service-set-to-launch-next-week/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/youtube-music-music-streaming-service-set-to-launch-next-week/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 16:27:48 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442354 According to YouTube‘s official blog, the massive video sharing platform is going into the music streaming business, which will end the constant app switching. Per the report, the new streaming service will be launched next week, May 22. The service is expected to be an extension of YouTube’s other streaming service, YouTube Red. Users will […]

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According to YouTube‘s official blog, the massive video sharing platform is going into the music streaming business, which will end the constant app switching. Per the report, the new streaming service will be launched next week, May 22.

The service is expected to be an extension of YouTube’s other streaming service, YouTube Red. Users will have the ability to choose between a regular YouTube Music membership, available either for free (with ads) or for $9.99 per month.

For those who want a combination YouTube Red and Music, the company unveiled that YouTube Premium for $11.99 will have ad-free, YouTube original content.

YouTube Music is reportedly going to have a “reimagined mobile app” and a new desktop player, with both being designed to make it easier for users to listen to music. In addition to making the service more user-friendly, the app will house thousands of tracks, thousands of playlists that allows users to discover new music based on preferences and, of course, music videos.

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BREAKING: At Least 10 Dead In Texas School Shooting http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/breaking-at-least-10-dead-in-texas-school-shooting/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/breaking-at-least-10-dead-in-texas-school-shooting/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 16:19:56 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442348 Multiple people were killed on Friday in a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, a law enforcement source said, in the latest gun violence in a country still shaken by the massacre at a Florida high school in February. The law enforcement source said the suspected shooter was in custody after the […]

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Multiple people were killed on Friday in a shooting at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, a law enforcement source said, in the latest gun violence in a country still shaken by the massacre at a Florida high school in February.

The law enforcement source said the suspected shooter was in custody after the attack at the school about 30 miles (48 km) southeast of Houston. Local media reported at least ten people were killed.

The sheriff’s office for nearby Harris County said its deputies were assisting with a “multiple-casualty incident.”

Aerial video outside the Santa Fe school broadcast on local television showed police escorting lines of students out of the building and then searching them for weapons as many police cars and at least two ambulances with lights flashing stood by.

The latest shooting at a U.S. school underscored a national debate over gun control and gun rights that has intensified after an assailant killed 17 students and staff on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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New Jersey Resident Sues State Over Segregated Schools http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/new-jersey-resident-sues-state-over-segregated-schools/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/new-jersey-resident-sues-state-over-segregated-schools/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 15:30:42 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442271 A New Jersey man filed a lawsuit against the state on Thursday (May 17) in an attempt to force local officials to do away with de-facto segregation in schools. The New York Times reported that Christian Estevez, who is Dominican, filed the lawsuit with the support of community groups, parents and even  children. Estevez’s ultimate […]

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A New Jersey man filed a lawsuit against the state on Thursday (May 17) in an attempt to force local officials to do away with de-facto segregation in schools.

The New York Times reported that Christian Estevez, who is Dominican, filed the lawsuit with the support of community groups, parents and even  children. Estevez’s ultimate goal is to allow for students in New Jersey to be able to attend schools outside of their municipality. He’s one of about twelve plaintiffs in the case.

This suit comes on the 64th anniversary of the landmark decision Brown V. Board of Education that ruled school segregation unconstitutional.

“The promise of Brown is not being realized in New Jersey,” Estevez told The New York Times. He continued  by adding, “If you look at a lot of the issues we are having right now in our society, it has a lot to do with the fact that people don’t know each other, and don’t interact with each other, and this creates misunderstanding and animosity. And so it’s important as a society, we think, that people be together, and that they learn side by side.”

Estevez is also the president of the Latino Action Network in New Jersey. Latino Action Network is a grassroots organization that engages in community issues relevant to Latinos in the United States.

According to a UCLA study, New Jersey is the sixth most segregated state for Black students and seventh for Latino students, which is surprising due to the fact that New Jersey is one of the few states where de-facto segregation was ruled unconstitutional.

Former New Jersey Supreme Court Justice Gary Stein told The New York Times that the de-facto segregation in New Jersey is “an embarrassment.”

“We have segregation at a level that is just intolerable for a state like ours, and we have never addressed it,” Stein told the newspaper.

 

Here’s what some people are saying about this issue over on Twitter:

 

 

Image: NJ Spotlight

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Meek Mill Cancels White House Meeting http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/jay-z-meek-mill-white-house/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/jay-z-meek-mill-white-house/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 15:05:12 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442296 Meek Mill was scheduled to visit the White House to participate in a Prison Reform Summit, with other participants who are members of Congress, various activists and, people who have become victims of the system like the rapper. However, he changed his mind considering the repercussions. Just like when Kanye West and Steve Harvey went to pay the […]

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Meek Mill was scheduled to visit the White House to participate in a Prison Reform Summit, with other participants who are members of Congress, various activists and, people who have become victims of the system like the rapper.

However, he changed his mind considering the repercussions. Just like when Kanye West and Steve Harvey went to pay the POTUS a visit, it turned into a media circus, and will be problematic for Meek’s image and cause.

I was originally scheduled to be part of a panel on Prison Reform at the White House to help shed light on the issues within the system. Unfortunately, the focus turned to the President and Myself which concerned me that it might take away from creating a positive result from today’s discussions. As a result, I decided not to attend so that the focus would be solely on fixing our prison system. Most importantIy I remain fully committed to improving our criminal justice system, he said.

Good move!

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Gunshots Reported At Trump National Golf Course In Florida http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/gunshots-reported-at-trump-national-golf-course-in-florida/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/18/gunshots-reported-at-trump-national-golf-course-in-florida/#respond Fri, 18 May 2018 10:28:26 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442280 Police shot a man at the Trump National Doral Golf Club, a Miami-area resort owned by U.S. President Donald Trump, early on Friday morning, police said. The man, who was not identified, was taken to a local hospital and it was unclear what condition he was in, the Miami-Dade Police Department said on Twitter. Officers […]

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Police shot a man at the Trump National Doral Golf Club, a Miami-area resort owned by U.S. President Donald Trump, early on Friday morning, police said.

The man, who was not identified, was taken to a local hospital and it was unclear what condition he was in, the Miami-Dade Police Department said on Twitter.

Officers responded to a call about shots being fired, and they shot a man there, the department said.

Trump National Doral Golf Club, an 800-acre resort outside of Miami, is home to four championship golf courses, including the Blue Monster, which plays host to a PGA Tour event each year. Trump bought the property for $150 million in 2012.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was investigating the shooting involving police, the Miami-Dade Police Department said.

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The Weeknd Extends His Marvel Deal Into Clothing With “Vol. I Issue 1” Collection http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/the-weeknd-x-marvel-xo-vol-i-issue-1-collection/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/the-weeknd-x-marvel-xo-vol-i-issue-1-collection/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 22:24:23 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442212 Pop superstar(boy) The Weeknd turned heads last year when he unveiled plans to debut an official comic book in partnership with Marvel, but it’s looking like his animated hero will be jumping off the pages in a way nobody saw coming. pic.twitter.com/scRkJuzFu6 — The Weeknd Fan Merch (@theweekndmerch) May 16, 2018 The new Marvel x […]

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Pop superstar(boy) The Weeknd turned heads last year when he unveiled plans to debut an official comic book in partnership with Marvel, but it’s looking like his animated hero will be jumping off the pages in a way nobody saw coming.



The new Marvel x XO collection is comprised of a handful of streetwear essentials, including hoodies, sweats, jackets and T-shirts. Each piece incorporates artwork, characters or graphics that relate to the first issue of Starboy, hence the “Volume I Issue One” tagline that’s heavily used throughout in the detailing.

Look for The Weeknd’s Marvel x XO “Vol. I Issue 1” collection to arrive tomorrow (May 18) in his web store for USA and Canada shoppers only.

Get a look at the product shots below for a better view of the entire set:

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Google to Relaunch Music Streaming Service as ‘YouTube Music’ http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/youtube-music-streaming/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/youtube-music-streaming/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 19:54:37 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442197 Spotify, Apple Music, and TIDAL will now have more competition as YouTube Music is joining the mix of the streaming world. Google has announced the relaunch of YouTube Music, their streaming for this coming Tuesday, May 22. It will feature two versions, one is free with ads and the other will carry a $9.99 price […]

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Spotify, Apple Music, and TIDAL will now have more competition as YouTube Music is joining the mix of the streaming world. Google has announced the relaunch of YouTube Music, their streaming for this coming Tuesday, May 22. It will feature two versions, one is free with ads and the other will carry a $9.99 price tag.

YouTube Music will launch in the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea for starters before expansion into 14 more nations. The service will also replace the existing Google Play Music. The streaming service will look to use Google Assistant, the smartphone app fostered by the tech giant, to be able to make suggestions for what the consumer would prefer to listen to.

In the online music space, YouTube holds down the fort as the No. 1 source due to the consumption of music videos, however, did not hold up to the paying subscriptions as the competition like Apple or Spotify.

USA Today reports current customers to Google Play and Youtube Red will now be housed under the title YouTube Premium and will be able to continue their user experience under the $9.99 price point. If you are new to the service you will pay $11.99. The YouTube Premium service will provide ad-free YouTube and the music service.

Across the streaming world, Spotify is receiving mixed reactions to their “Hateful Conduct” policy, TIDAL is under scrutiny regarding accurate streaming figures and payout to labels and Apple Music has announced reaching 50 million users.

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64th Anniversary of ‘Brown v. Board of Education’ is First Since Linda Brown’s Passing http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/64th-anniversary-brown-v-board-first-since-linda-brown-passing/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/64th-anniversary-brown-v-board-first-since-linda-brown-passing/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 17:18:49 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442148 Sixty-four years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas, holding that segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which says that no state may deny equal protection of the laws to any person within its jurisdiction. May 17th, 1954, marked a […]

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Sixty-four years ago today, the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Kansas, holding that segregation in public schools violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which says that no state may deny equal protection of the laws to any person within its jurisdiction. May 17th, 1954, marked a pivotal legal turning point for the civil-rights movement in America when the Supreme Court ruled against segregation for the first time. Brown overturned the infamous “separate but equal” doctrine which was put in place by the Supreme Court sixty years earlier in Plessy v Ferguson. In his unanimous decision, Chief Justice Earl Warren ruled that even IF segregated black and white schools were of equal quality in facilities and teachers (which all knew was not the case), segregation by itself was harmful to students and unconstitutional. Warren wrote, “We conclude that, in the field of public education, the doctrine of “separate but equal” has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”

Before becoming the first Black justice on the Supreme Court, the head of the NAACP’s legal defense fund, Thurgood Marshall recognized there was much more still to be done after the ruling stating that “the fight has just begun.” Marshall was absolutely correct. The Supreme Court’s ruling didn’t establish a method for ending segregation, and for decades America did and still does, struggle with de facto segregation in public schools.  However, Brown was still a catalyst for the civil-rights movement and the fight to end segregation, not only in public schools but all facets of life.

Sadly, this is the first anniversary of the ruling since the passing of Linda Brown, the school-girl who was at the center of Brown when her father attempted to enroll her in an all-white elementary school in Topeka, Kansas. Linda Brown passed away in March at the age of 76 in Topeka, Kansas, where she spent her life as a civil rights activist and advocate for equal access to education.

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2nd Annual New York Music Month Set to Return in June http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/new-york-music-month/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/new-york-music-month/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 14:23:49 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442099 Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s officially announced that New York Music Month is making a comeback next month in June. It is the city’s official celebration of its diverse music ecosystem across the five boroughs. It was planned to coincide with other NYC music events in June including, Governor’s Ball, the Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the National […]

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Mayor Bill DeBlasio’s officially announced that New York Music Month is making a comeback next month in June. It is the city’s official celebration of its diverse music ecosystem across the five boroughs. It was planned to coincide with other NYC music events in June including, Governor’s Ball, the Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the National Music Publishers Association Annual Meeting, A2IM Indie Week, the Northside Festival, Live Nation’s Ford Amphitheater series at Coney Island, SummerStage and BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin, issued the following statement:

We are so pleased to present New York Music Month, back for a second year with even more programming for musicians and music lovers alike. This initiative is a celebration of all that our city’s incomparable music industry has to offer, whether you’re an artist trying to make your mark, a sound engineer interested in honing your craft or simply a music fan looking for free concerts this summer.

Highlights of New York Music Month includes:

 

  • Over 2,000 hours of free rehearsal space for NYC-based musicians through community development organization Spaceworks.
  • Music and nightlife conference: Speed talks, interviews and panels exploring innovation at the intersection of the city’s music and nightlife industries,
  • Free concerts: The New York Music Month website features a comprehensive calendar listing free and ticketed music events across the five boroughs,
  • Free walking tours of iconic music sites: Our popular free tours are back for a second year, this time highlighting Morrisania, the South Bronx, and Greenwich Village,
  • KIDZ BOP partnership: The music brand is supporting New York Music Month with a Taxi TV spot promoting the month and a free performance for elementary school children in the Bronx. The country’s top music brand for kids, Kidz Bop features current hits “Sung by Kids for Kids.”
  • Divas Behind the Music: MOME and the VH1 Save the Music Foundation will invite 150 exceptional high school youth from underserved communities to engage directly with and be inspired by women leaders in the music industry. The event seeks to address the persistent information and opportunity gap faced by young people of diverse backgrounds with respect to careers in the music industry, and encourages young women to pursue technical and management careers in music.

 

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Philly Legal Expert Confirms Judge Brinkley Has Adequate Evidence To Toss Meek Mill’s Conviction http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/brinkley-meek-mill/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/brinkley-meek-mill/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 13:22:50 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442085 Meek Mill continues to inspire those facing wrongful convictions through the might of his supporters and ample resources. An attorney for the Defender Association of Philadelphia by the name of Bradley Bridge told TMZ that he has never witnessed any judge transact in the manner Judge Genece Brinkley has with Meek Mill. According to Bridge, […]

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Meek Mill continues to inspire those facing wrongful convictions through the might of his supporters and ample resources.

An attorney for the Defender Association of Philadelphia by the name of Bradley Bridge told TMZ that he has never witnessed any judge transact in the manner Judge Genece Brinkley has with Meek Mill. According to Bridge, he has worked on over 2,000 cases centered around post-conviction relief which involve corrupt police officers, and the outcome is rarely in the likes of the Philly MC.

“I have never had a judge order an evidentiary hearing where the prosecution has conceded the legitimacy of [post-conviction] relief,” said Bridge. When the Supreme Court ordered bail for Meek’s release last month, Judge Brinkley scheduled an evidentiary hearing in order to determine if there is enough evidence to take the case to trial.

According to Meek’s lawyer Brian McMonagle, Brinkley’s decision was nothing more but another push in relation to her known bias against him and “inequitable treatment,” in which he states there is no reason for her to delay the case by 60 days when the DA complied to his freedom until trial.

Prosecutors in Meek’s case also agree that the case should overall, be overturned. Bridge concludes there is enough evidence for Judge Brinkley to dismiss Meek’s conviction. His attorneys have used Bridge’s expertise in filed statements, alongside numerous testimonies from Philly cops who say the accused corrupt officer, Reginald Graham boasted about how he ripped the braids out of Meek Mill’s head during the arrest. The same police officers are open to testifying during next month’s hearing.

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Understanding the Text Messages in Kanye West’s Phone http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/understanding-the-text-messages-in-kanye-wests-phone/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/understanding-the-text-messages-in-kanye-wests-phone/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 12:00:16 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=440977 Since Kanye West returned to Twitter last month, he’s questioned “the culture” and sent the general public into a racial, social and political frenzy – and the hysteria isn’t going away. It all started one spring afternoon (Apr. 13) when Twitter founder Jack Dorsey welcomed Kanye back to his social media platform after a very, […]

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Since Kanye West returned to Twitter last month, he’s questioned “the culture” and sent the general public into a racial, social and political frenzy – and the hysteria isn’t going away.

It all started one spring afternoon (Apr. 13) when Twitter founder Jack Dorsey welcomed Kanye back to his social media platform after a very, very long hiatus. ‘Ye retweeted Dorsey’s post then decided to begin sharing his new thought wave in 210 characters or less (over and over again). He told his now 28 million-plus followers that you sometimes “have to get rid of everything,” which led to two tweets announcing the recent layoffs of his manager and lawyer (because he “can’t be managed” and needs a team that can be around full-time).

Yeezy then spewed out a slew of throwback tweets, artwork and philosophical sayings like “naps are awesome” and “stop thinking about things for a long time without saying what you think.” He even took a day to talk about music, announcing his next solo album will release in June; he’s dropping a joint project with Kid Cudi titled Kids See Ghost; he’s producing Nas’ next album, which, according to him, will be out June 15; that Pusha T’s next project is coming May 25; and that Teyana Taylor’s sophomore album is finally dropping June 22.

One would think these announcements would dominate headlines, especially the fact that Kanye parted ways with his longtime manager, Scooter Braun, and his new music coming alongside A$AP Rocky, but there was only one announcement that trumped all (no pun intended) — his love for No. 45, Donald Trump.

On April 25, 13 days into ‘Ye’s Twitter resurgence, he tweeted, “You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”

The world went into a state of panic and the people closest to West tried to persuade him to understand the power of his words and the platform he holds. Others simply reached out to show support. Yeezy took screenshots of a few of those texts and posted them on Twitter, and since changed his phone number as a response. Just peep his tweet.

So now, it’s time to analyze who’s blowing up Mr. West’s phone and getting in his ear.

Malik Yusef

Twitter

The first screenshot the “Famous” rapper posted was from man we believe to be Chicago artist Malik Yusef. He sent Kanye a picture of a poster that reads “Keep America Great #Kanye2024.” ‘Ye has previously said he would run for president in the future, and in today’s climate — why not? However, the G.O.O.D. Music mogul has opted to push back his campaign run four years to avoid stepping on his buddy Trump’s toes (you know, since Trump already stated he’ll run again in 2020).

T Mills (Tracey Mills)

T. Mills hit Kanye’s line in the early afternoon proposing a conversation about “this hat.”

He sent a series of texts with a lot of cryptic undertones that came in the form of emojis and a still shot of Tupac from Juice. T. Mills reached out to Kanye again with another text that listed theories from Thomas Sowell.  

This is where Kanye begins to answer everyone with flame emojis.

Anthony Scaramucci

As a former Obama campaign staffer, Chance The Rapper defended his Chi-town idol on Twitter during his Trump rant saying, “Black people don’t have to be democrats.” This tweet was copied and texted to Kanye by “Anthony,” who The Blast reports to be former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, who was fired by Trump after 10 days on the job. When asked if it was in fact him texting Kanye, “The Mooch” trolled the press saying he cannot confirm or deny that it was him. But rumor has it, the two are pretty good friends.

Ebro Darden

A day before Kanye’s tweet storm, he phoned into Hot 97 to tell Morning Show host Ebro Darden that he loved him, which has been a constant theme of ‘Ye’s for awhile. A day after their on-air conversation, Ebro texted Yeezy to make sure he was okay.

Kanye took a screenshot of 29 fire emojis and a conversation about hiring Ebro to fill one of the 160 position he’s looking to fill with the Yeezy brand this year. So, “159 to go.”

John Legend

Twitter

John Legend once credited Kanye as the one who created the “Ordinary People” singer’s stage name. As an extended courtesy, the Grammy Award-winning singer — and vocal Trump opponent — asked Kanye to reconsider his support for Trump.

Legend told him he was “too powerful and influential” to back No. 45 begged him not to “let this be a part of your legacy.”

Before posting the screenshot on twitter, Yeezy responded to his friend and colleague, saying, “I love you John and I appreciate your thoughts. You bringing up my fans or my legacy is a tactic based on fear used to manipulate my free thought.”

Knowing Kanye would likely post their chat on Twitter, Legend wrapped their conversation by letting the world know his new single, “A Good Night,” was available for all.

Wes

While jaws are dropping over Kanye’s rant everywhere, it seems his words are creating a little inspiration too. On April 28, Kanye posted a screenshot of a conversation he had with a man named Wes. Wes is believed to be artist Wes Lang. Their chat began with West teasing the idea of using a photo of Jan Adams, the plastic surgeon who performed the fatal surgery on his mother, as his album cover.
This text led to a conversation about forgiveness and loving everyone, which inspired Wes to cross out a F.T.W. (f—k the world) tattoo on his arm and change it to L.T.W. (love the world.) Kanye posted his revised tattoo on his timeline.
 

 Francis Starlite

“Friends” collaborator Francis Starlite hit Kanye’s phone after feeling some inspiration as well. The pianist texted Kanye to show his love for his statements about “being free.” Kanye thanks him and he goes on to talk about the “sick” shots in the “Robocop” video.

Michael Eric Dyson

New York Times contributor and Georgetown sociology professor Michael Eric Dyson got in touch with Kanye about doing a cover story that was all about him and his thoughts about politics, art, his analysis of the world and the evolution of himself. ‘Ye put him in contact with his assistant we can now clearly refer to as Elana.
Hopefully we see more on this story soon.

Big Sean

Mentee Big Sean rang Kanye’s phone to show that he has nothing but love him! Their conversation comes in response to Kanye’s interview with Charlamagne Tha God. The Detroit rapper expresses his love for his “bro,” and sends nothing but positive vibes and good energy his way.

It seems like Kanye’s perceived controversial statements aren’t bothering the people closest to him as they seem to be absorbing his vibes.

Don  C

Yeezy’s long-time friend and fashion designer Don C reached out to him several days after his name made headline news. Don let West know he’s got his back, no matter what. Then he dropped a Bible verse from 1 Corinthians, which gives the definition of love —  ‘Ye’s new motto.

Love. It’s what the world needs.

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The Senate Passes Legislation to Save Net Neutrality http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/the-senate-passes-legislation-to-save-net-neutrality/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/17/the-senate-passes-legislation-to-save-net-neutrality/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 11:09:31 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=442061 The Senate voted on Wednesday to keep the Obama era legislation that prevented Internet Service Providers from hiking up prices for faster internet service otherwise known as net neutrality. If given the option to offer companies higher rates for faster service, many have said that this would discourage start-up websites because of their inability to […]

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The Senate voted on Wednesday to keep the Obama era legislation that prevented Internet Service Providers from hiking up prices for faster internet service otherwise known as net neutrality.

If given the option to offer companies higher rates for faster service, many have said that this would discourage start-up websites because of their inability to compete against bigger companies with more revenue who could pay for the faster service. Some of the biggest companies in the United States such as Google, Netflix, and Facebook have come out against repealing net neutrality.

Three republicans in the Senate, Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and John Kennedy of Louisiana, joined Senate democrats in their vote to save net neutrality. This comes months after the FCC voted to repeal Obama’s net neutrality rule.

“It’s disappointing that Senate Democrats forced this resolution through by a narrow margin,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement. “But ultimately, I’m confident that their effort to reinstate heavy-handed government regulation of the internet will fail.”

This win is likely to be short lived for the hundreds of thousands of people who spammed the FCC’s website last year with complaints about ending net neutrality. The legislation is likely to fail in the House of Representatives thus killing net neutrality. For the bill to pass the House, 25 Republicans will have to join democrats in support of net neutrality according to The Hill.

The forced Senate vote from Wednesday could be viewed as a talking point for the upcoming mid-term elections. Net neutrality often excites young, engaged voters who often saw the ending net neutrality as the end of the internet as we know it. As the mid-terms approach, young voters now know where their elected officials stand on the issue as Democrats attempt to flip the Senate this year.

 

 

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LAPD Investigating Alleged Rape At Chris Brown’s Mansion http://thesource.com/2018/05/16/lapd-there-is-an-investigation-into-an-alleged-rape-at-chris-browns-mansion/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/16/lapd-there-is-an-investigation-into-an-alleged-rape-at-chris-browns-mansion/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 19:42:07 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=441961 Los Angeles prosecutors are investigating rapper Young Lo for sexual assault after a woman filed a lawsuit alleging he raped her at Chris Brown’s house last year. A spokesman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office told media that Young Lo, whose real name is Lowell Grissom Jr., is the sole target of the case […]

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Los Angeles prosecutors are investigating rapper Young Lo for sexual assault after a woman filed a lawsuit alleging he raped her at Chris Brown’s house last year.

A spokesman for the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office told media that Young Lo, whose real name is Lowell Grissom Jr., is the sole target of the case for now.

Lawyer Gloria Allred filed a lawsuit on behalf of a Jane Doe claiming that the plaintiff went to a “drug-fueled sex party” at Chris Brown’s mansion after her cell phone was confiscated at a party at an L.A. studio Feb. 24, 2017. The plaintiff says that the only reason she went to Brown’s residence was because she had trouble getting back into the studio after her phone was taken.

The plaintiff claims Brown offered her a “clear pill filled with white powder” when she arrived at his house and was encouraged to have a “good time,” but she refused to take the pill.

The suit claims that Brown helped orchestrate the assault when he trapped the plaintiff in a room with Grissom and another unidentified woman by ordering someone to block the door with a couch, after which he turned on loud music and pornography to create a “hyper sexualized environment.”

The plaintiff says she stated aloud that she did not consent to sex but was “violently grabbed” by the unidentified woman and sexually assaulted, after which Grissom raped her twice.

Allred said her client seeks general and punitive damages.

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T.I. Arrested On Charges Of Simple Assault, Disorderly Conduct Near His Home In GA http://thesource.com/2018/05/16/t-i-arrested-on-charges-of-simple-assault-disorderly-conduct-near-his-home-in-ga/ http://thesource.com/2018/05/16/t-i-arrested-on-charges-of-simple-assault-disorderly-conduct-near-his-home-in-ga/#respond Wed, 16 May 2018 19:09:11 +0000 http://thesource.com/?p=441958 This morning, ATL Hip Hop icon T.I. was arrested outside of his home in Henry County, Georgia by the County’s Sheriff’s Department on charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after an incident that allegedly occurred about 4 a.m. in Stockbridge, south of Atlanta. The attorney for T.I., whose real name is Clifford […]

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This morning, ATL Hip Hop icon T.I. was arrested outside of his home in Henry County, Georgia by the County’s Sheriff’s Department on charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after an incident that allegedly occurred about 4 a.m. in Stockbridge, south of Atlanta.

The attorney for T.I., whose real name is Clifford Harris Jr., Steve Sadow said T.I. was “wrongfully arrested early this morning when he attempted to gain entrance into his gated community — where his wife ‘Tiny’ and his family reside.”

According to the reports, T.I. did not have his key and argued with a guard, who refused to let him in.

“The guard was sound asleep when Tip arrived at the guardhouse,” Sadow said, using the rapper’s nickname. Sadow said the rapper identified himself, was refused entry and then called his wife, singer Tameka “Tiny” Harris, who confirmed his identity.

“The guard continued to refuse entry without justification,” the lawyer’s statement said. “Words were exchanged and apparently the guard and/or a supervisor called the police. When the police arrived, they were not interested in hearing Tip’s side of the story and wrongfully chose to end the situation by arresting Tip.”

He has since posted bail and will be free pending his hearing.

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