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|Tue, April 20, 2021 at 7:57 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
As people were processing the result of Derek Chauvin's murder trial, the Las Vegas Raiders posted an image to their Twitter account that diverted attention. Earlier today (April 20), we received the verdict heard around the world as Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, and the news prompted tens of thousands of social media responses, including a controversial take by the Raiders.
Over on Twitter, the team collectively shared a text image that reads, "I Can Breathe 4-20-21." It's a nod to George Floyd's final moments as he begged for mercy and said "I can't breathe" while Chauvin knelt on his neck. The phrase was first made infamous in 2014 during the Eric Garner case when he was placed in a chokehold by New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo and killed on the street.
Megan Varner / Stringer / Getty ImagesSuggesting that now that Chauvin has been convicted Floyd may now breathe sent social media into a tizzy. People called for the Raiders to take down the post, but it remains. The image caused so much controversy that Raiders owner Mark Davis came forward with an explanation and apology to ESPN.
Davis stated that he "meant no disrespect" with the message and claimed that the response was inspired by George Floyd's brother, Philonise. After the verdict was read, Philonise reportedly said, "Today, we are able to breathe again." Davis added, "I felt that was a powerful statement. Today was a day where I can breathe, and we can all breathe again because justice was served. But we have a lot of work to do still on social justice and police brutality."
Check out the Raiders' post as well as a few reactions before letting us know if you think people are overreacting.
|Tue, April 20, 2021 at 7:24 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
A recent comment by Stevie Wonder has Dave Chappelle considering relocating. Back when he ended his Chappelle's Show series, the famed comedian caught backlash from the media. There were reports that he'd somehow lost his mind and moved to Africa, and while the latter part is true, Chappelle later came forward to dispel any rumors that he was mentally unfit.
While visiting Naomi Campbell on her No Filter with Naomiseries recently, Chappelle revealed that Stevie Wonder's desire to move to Africa has reinspired him to possibly follow suit.
Michael Kovac / Stringer / Getty ImagesThe actor said that over the years, Stevie has repeatedly expressed that he was making a move. “The last time he said it, what he said was, ‘I am moving to Ghana so that I can be valued and respected more.’ That is almost exactly the phrase he used,” said the comedian. Chappelle questioned that "as a Black American," who is "more valued and respected than Stevie Wonder?"
“The idea that he would feel this way at this stage in his life and career" baffled Chappelle. "I think that Stevie is the soul of American culture and if the soul leaves the body then this thing is dead. I thought I’ll follow him over there, or I’ll go myself. I’ll do it for him." Watch Dave Chappelle's interview with Naomi Campbell in its entirety below.
|Tue, April 20, 2021 at 6:57 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
If you missed the Verzuz 4/20 celebration with Method Man and Redman, it was a virtual concert experience that fans have been waiting for. Typically we've seen artists perform from their chairs or stand when it's their turn to sing their tracks—but Meth and Reggie Noble made viewers feel as if they were audience members at the live event of the year.
The longtime friends and collaborators brought a fun-loving energy to their often hard bars, and it's clear that they wanted everyone involved to relax and celebrate Hip Hop in the wake of trial verdicts and police shootings. The Rap legends touted favorites from their decades-long catalogs and called on a few friends to help turn things up a notch.
DJ Scratch was on the ones and twos as Redman kicked off the Verzuz with "How to Roll a Blunt." In between cracking jokes for the viewing audience, Method Man gave us his stylings on Wu-Tang's "Shame on a N*gga" while both rappers linked for their memorable collaborations including "Dis Iz 4 All My Smokers" and "Y.O.U."
As these Verzuz's usually go, there are always a few surprise guests who show face, but this one had Hip Hop floored. Method Man and Redman welcomed friends like RZA, Inspectah Deck, Keith Murray, DJ Kool, and EPMD to round out the event that was unlike any other.
Both rappers also took the time to honor Black Rob, DMX, and Luther Vandross as today is the late Soul singer's birthday. Also, expect to hear a project from RZA and DJ Scratch, as they announced they locked in during quarantine and cooked up something nice. Check out a few reactions and clips from the Verzuz concert below.
|Tue, April 20, 2021 at 6:21 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
There are few emcees that have brought authenticity like DMX, and Ol' Dirty Bastard was one of them. While they are two vastly different artists, they are both Rap icons who were never shamed into being silenced about the struggles in their journeys. What you saw was what you got, and it's unfortunate that we lost two of the most real, and talented, artists to ever pick up a mic.
RZA reflected on DMX's legacy during his recent conversation Ebro Darden on Apple Music. The filmmaking Wu-Tang icon spoke about his "though-provoking" film Nobody and the return of Wu-Tang: An American Saga's second season, but he took a moment to walk down memory lane with X and ODB.
Frazer Harrison / Staff / Getty Images“The first time I heard him was on the radio, with ‘Where My Dawgs At?’ That was ripping through New York on HOT97…and I knew automatically that it was a real dude on the mic," said RZA. "I don’t like to compare artist to artist, but if I was to compare energy as far as realness and rawness, I’d have to compare him to ODB."
"It was real, it wasn’t fabricated, he continued. "When I had the chance to meet the brother, his spirit, his purity, it’s just pure. I just caught a spine tingle right there just thinking about his purity.” Rest in peace to ODB and DMX. Check out RZA and Ebro below.
|Tue, April 20, 2021 at 5:44 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
He's been hard at work in the studio and just to whet our appetites, Cordae is dropping off an EP. The former YBN member has been forging ahead without his crew, although they each have repeatedly stated that they still see one another as brothers. As Cordae has been shaping his own Rap career, the buzzing emcee hasn't been steadily releasing new music like his fellow artists; Cordae has opted to take a bit more time crafting his next album and it looks as if it's on the way.
Earlier today (April 20), Cordae delivered his own 4/20 news, albeit it didn't have anything to do with lighting up. He shared on his Instagram that his new EP, Just Until, will be arriving this week.
Roger Kisby / Stringer / Getty Images"Just Until.... See you soon. Album almost done," he wrote in one image. In the caption to his post, he added, "Album is almost done, but here’s something Just Until.... Tomorrow at Midnight [red devil smiling emoji]." Cordae even gave us the tracklist to his four-pack project and hosts two features that some artists could only beg for.
Check out the tracklist below and let us know if you're looking forward to hearing Cordae's Just Until.
1. More Life ft. Q-Tip
2. Dream in Color
3. Wassup ft. Young Thug
4. Thornton Street
|Tue, April 20, 2021 at 5:23 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Fresh on the heels of Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict for the murder of George Floyd, there has been news out of Ohio regarding a police-involved shooting death of a teenager. Columbus police are under scrutiny after Paula Bryant told local reporters that police officers shot and killed her 16-year-old daughter (some reports state 15-years-old), Ma'Khia Bryant, just hours ago (April 20).
Details regarding the shooting remain scarce at this time, but some are claiming that Ma'Khia called the cops because she was fearful that she was about to be jumped by a group of girls.
Reports state that dispatch received a call about an attempted stabbing and arrived on the scene at 4:30 p.m. Reports of shots fired occurred at 4:45 p.m. "Ma'Khia was named after a male prophet in the Bible. She was a very loving, peaceful little girl," said her mother. "She was an honor roll student and um, Ma'Khia had a mothery nature about her. She promoted peace and that's something that I always want to be remembered."
There have been speculative reports about this case in its first hours. Some stated that witnesses at the scene claimed Ma'Khia was holding a knife to defend herself against a group of girls who were supposed to have arrived to jump her. Ma'Khia allegedly called the police for help and when officers saw her with a knife, they reportedly opened fire. There have also been reports that Ma'Khia was shot in the chest four times.
Videos of angry residents at the scene have circulated, including one where responding officers can be heard yelling, "Blue Lives Matter."
A crowd of protesters has gathered outside of Ma'Khia's home. Her first name has been mistakenly reported on and used in hashtags as "Makiyah."
Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther tweeted, "This afternoon a young woman tragically lost her life. We do not know all of the details. There is body-worn camera footage of the incident. We are working to review it as soon as possible. BCI is on the scene conducting an independent investigation as they do with all CPD-involved shootings."
“We will share information that we can as soon as it becomes available. I’m asking for residents to remain calm and allow BCI to gather the facts.” This story is developing and we will keep you updated as more information arrives.
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|Tue, April 20, 2021 at 4:38 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
With all the reports of in-fighting, Tory Lanez is shooting his shot for a spot on The Joe Budden Podcast—jokingly, of course. We've recently reported that co-hosts Rory Farrell and Jamil “Mal” Clay were noticeably absent from a few episodes, and Budden addressed the controversy by saying the group of friends was dealing with personal issues.
Later Budden shared that he approached Rory with the opportunity to go to therapy, and it has been suggested that he accepted the invitation. As Budden and Co. get their longstanding friendships back on track, Tory Lanez hopped on Budden's Instagram Live session with an offer of his own.
Bennett Raglin / Stringer / Getty Images"Tory Lanez, no get out of here," Budden quipped when he saw the singer-rapper in his comments. Then he said with a laugh, "See look, even if I say your name, the blogs are gonna attack me now." He seemed to read Tory's next message. "You wanna come sit in Mal's seat. What kind of friend would I be? [laughs] That would be funny though, but...nah, it wouldn't be funny [laughs]."
Undeniably, Lanez would turn things up but we're not sure Mal is completely ready to let someone else move into his spot. Check out the clip below and read Drake's recent funny take on his "beef" with Rory.
|Tue, April 20, 2021 at 4:08 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Following the revelation of the Derek Chauvin verdict, President Joe Biden was on the phone with George Floyd's family. President Biden has been vocal about this case, and like the rest of America, along with a global audience, has awaited the results. Chauvin has been convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter, and now, America's president has addressed the country.
"I can't breathe. Those were George Floyd's last words," said Biden. "We can't let those words die with him. We have to keep hearing those words. We must not turn away. We can't turn away."
"This can be a moment of significant change," he added. "Nothing can ever bring their brother, their father back, but this can be a giant step forward in the march towards justice in America," Biden said. "For so many people it seems like it took a unique and extraordinary convergence of factors. A brave young woman with a smartphone camera. A crowd that was traumatized."
"Black men, in particular, have been treated throughout the course of our history as less than human. Their lives must be valued in...our nation. Full stop," the president stated. While speaking with Floyd's family, Biden can be heard on the phone telling them, "We were watching every second of this... We're all so relieved."
Check out video clips of Biden's speech and his conversation with the Floyd family below.
|Tue, April 20, 2021 at 10:47 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
The war between Boosie Badazz and social media giant Instagram continues... A few months ago, the Baton Rouge-based rap icon revealed that his account had been banned from the platform after hosting several nudity-filled sessions on Instagram Live and slapping a man for hundreds of dollars on his story. He returned shortly thereafter with his new account @boosienewig. According to Boosie, even that new page was taken down this week and this time, he's unsure of the reason.
"They took my ig again n I ain’t post nothin r go live," wrote Boosie on Twitter, calling out Mark Zuckerberg and alleging that his platform is racist. "WHEN U WINNING THE DEVIL GO TRY N SLOW U UP #stayfocus IM CHOSEN. Ig just be f*cking over me #racist ass b*tches."
It's unclear whether Boosie plans to return to the social network with a different username or if he has been perma-banned this time. For now, you'll want to follow him on Twitter where he will surely be sharing his popular opinions.
Recently, the rapper used his page to ask fans for food stamps, offering to exchange money for them. Perhaps that's the reason why he was booted this time around? What do you think caused his exit from IG?
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