Archive: August, 2017

Listen: Mobb Deep – ‘Greatness’ (Unreleased)

Mobb Deep is forever. This is exactly what DJ Absolut wants us to remember as he digs in the crates for “Greatness.” Absolut gave us an exclusive Mobb song “What You Think” shortly after Prodigy’s passing. “Greatness” is a part of Absolut’s “#DJAbsolutMixtapeMonday” series. It sounds like the Mobb Deep that we’re all used to; grimey and gutter. It’s a very braggadocious track in every sense of the word (“you couldn’t see me with Slick Rick’s good eye”). It sounds like it definitely could’ve made the cut on an album around the Infamy era, though I’m not sure when this song was recorded. I love the fact that DJ Absolut is keeping the Mobb Deep name and brand alive. Prodigy may have passed, but “Greatness” is forever. R.I.P. Prodigy.

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Dick Gregory, Legendary Comedian and Activist, Dies at 84

Dick Gregory, the legendary comedian and outspoken civil rights activist, has died today (Aug. 19) at age 84. He’d been hospitalized for an unspecified illness since August 12. Christian Gregory confirmed the famed comedian’s hospitalization two days ago. In a lengthy Instagram post, Christian indicated that his father’s condition had improved, calling Dick Gregory’s prognosis “excellent” and presuming that he would be “released within the next few days.” But sadly, things took an unexpected turn. “It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC,” read the Instagram caption today. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time. More details will be released over the next few days.” Gregory was the first major African-American comic to consistently perform in front of mainstream white audiences throughout the 1960s and ’70s on top talk shows. He was born Oct. 12, 1932, in St. Louis and grew up there, raised by his single mother. He attended Southern Illinois University on a track scholarship before being drafted into the army in 1954. While in the army, he began doing comedy shows, eventually moving to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy after he was discharged. Gregory’s comedy displayed his sharp and probing perspective on racism and other social issues. His career got a major boost in 1961 when he was booked at the Playboy Club in Chicago to replace Professor Irwin Corey. He played the Playboy Club for the next three years, eventually landing a Time magazine feature and an appearance on The Tonight Show. Gregory agreed to play the late night talk show staple only if he was interviewed by host Jack Paar after his routine–a first for a black performer. Gregory would become a committed civil rights activist, associating with Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Medgar Evers; Gregory marched in Selma, Ala., was arrested for protesting the Vietnam War and was shot during the 1965 Watts riots. He wrote his autobiography, the provocatively-titled Nigger, in 1964. He lost a Chicago mayoral bid to Richard Daley in 1967, and announced a failed presidential run in 1968 as a write-in candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party. In 1980, he traveled to Tehran to attempt to negotiate the hostages’ release. His in 1973 book, Dick Gregory’s Natural Diet for Folks Who Eat: Cookin’ With Mother Nature, put him at the forefront of the healthy food boom. He founded Health Enterprises, specializing in weight loss products, including his famous Slim/Safe Bahamian Diet Mix. For the entirety of his life and career, Dick Gregory remained as vocal on civil rights, as sharp on racial commentary, and as reliably hilarious as ever. The outpouring of grief, condolences and respect was immediate on social media. “BREAKING NEWS: Legendary comedian and activist @IAmDickGregory has died,” tweeted Roland Martin. “He was 84. He was a true legend and barrier breaker.” “He taught us how to laugh,” tweeted Jesse Jackson. “He taught us how to fight.He taught us how to live.Dick Gregory was committed to justice.I miss him already.”

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WATCH IG VIDEO: LUDACRIS'S BIGGEST HIT WAS THE PERFECT RALLYING CRY FOR AN ATLANTA ANTI-HATE MARCH

As tens of thousands of Americans take to the streets to counter-protest and show up white supremacy in the wake of Charlottesville, one group of those raising their voices did so with a little help from Ludacris. Or, specifically, from Luda's biggest hit, which totally works as a protest anthem after making one little adjustment. #MoveTrump ✊🏾 A post shared by @ludacris on Aug 19, 2017 at 10:31pm PDT   On August 19, thousands of people hoisting signs condemning the alt-right and Trump participated in an anti-hate march in Atlanta. A whole street echoed with the cries of "MOVE, TRUMP!/GET OUT THE WAY," a small enough tweak to the Fear Factor host's 2001 smash, "Move Bitch," that personalized it for the occasion. As you can see, Luda approved their message and their creative spin on his song. The chorus remains catchy as hell, and it seems like Atlanta agrees.

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Chris Brown and Rihanna | Documentary THE TRUTH! (Part 1) - Full Version

In this long awaited documentary, Chris Brown discussed, in detail, what happened between him and Rihanna! This compelling documentary moves beyond the spotlight and past the attention-grabbing headlines to give pop superstar Chris Brown a chance to tell his own story. New interviews with the international phenomenon reveal long-awaited answers about his passion for making music, his tumultuous and much publicized relationships, and the pitfalls of coming of age in the public eye. Also included is new concert footage, behind-the-scenes access, and special interviews from Usher, Jennifer Lopez, DJ Khaled, Mary J. Blige, Mike Tyson, Rita Ora, Jamie Foxx, Terrence Jenkins, Tyga, and others.  

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Master P CEO, NO LIMIT on how he began @ SOURCE 360 ..2017

Master P CEO, NO LIMIT on how he began @ SOURCE 360 ..2017 Master P CEO, of NO LIMIT, talks about the challenges and successes on how he began.  The Source's Master Class Power Talks are one-on-one interview sessions with Master P, CEO NO LIMIT will speak on “The Power of Evolution,

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Watch Video: Chicks out here pick pocketing R Kelly for the sins he committed 😁😬😁

https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/converterpoint-2/encodings/99b880cf7b83016fc9c6fd459db60632.mp4 Watch Video: Chicks out here pick pocketing R Kelly for the sins he committed 😁😬😁

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Rapper DMX ordered confined to home on tax fraud charges

Rapper DMX was ordered confined to his suburban New York City home Friday by a judge who said he repeatedly violated bail conditions on tax fraud charges. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff also said the rapper must wear an electronic bracelet and ask his permission at least a week in advance if he wants to travel. "A very strong argument could be made for keeping him in jail," Rakoff said, but he added that judicial authorities are sometimes too quick in the United States to incarcerate people before trial. The judge described several times DMX has been convicted of drug or gun possession crimes since 2002 but said he has largely avoided jail time and maybe only learned that "he's free to thumb his nose at the court" and Pretrial Services officers because he knows that his lawyer, Murray Richman, will always get him out of trouble. Rakoff said he was told DMX, 46, traveled to St. Louis and Chicago without permission and tested positive for cocaine since his arrest last month. The judge said DMX then rejected a Pretrial Services officer's offer of drug treatment, telling the officer he would remain drug-free on his own. In subsequent tests, he also tested positive for marijuana and opiates, the judge said. "The violations are very troubling," the judge said. "In addition, it sounds like he's a liar." DMX's lawyer demurred and said the drug tests weren't telling the whole story. "He's a very rational, decent, human being," Richman told Rakoff. The lawyer said that drugs can linger in the body for a month even after someone stops using them and that DMX had an opiates prescription for pain relief. He also asked Rakoff to let his client remain free so he can continue to perform and support his 15 children. DMX, whose given name is Earl Simmons, hugged friends outside the courtroom and called it a "blessing" that he was free as he walked away from the courthouse to a hot dog stand, where he ate a hot dog and posed for pictures. When he was asked how he would celebrate his freedom, the multiplatinum hip-hop artist said: "That's a celebration right there. Just being in there and being able to walk out." Prosecutors say DMX owes $1.7 million in taxes. They say he moved hundreds of thousands of dollars in music royalty income into his managers' bank accounts, letting them pay him in cash so he could hide it from the Internal Revenue Service. He has pleaded not guilty and declined to comment on the charges outside court Friday. His songs include the 2003 hit "X Gon' Give it to Ya."

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Watch Video: After one person killed at white nationalist rally in Virginia, Trump blames 'many sides'

Video of driving through crowd of protesters in #Charlottesville pic.twitter.com/dckPhX3fxf — Severin Jahn (@severin_jahn) August 12, 2017 At least one person was killed after a car sped into a crowd of people who were protesting a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday.... An event marred by brawls that ended with the governor declaring a state of emergency. “I am heartbroken that a life has been lost here,” Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer said in a tweet. “I urge all people of good will — go home.” At least 19 others were reported injured in the car crash. The Associated Press reported the driver was in police custody. A vehicle hit a group of protesters Saturday afternoon as many rally participants and anti-racism protesters were leaving the area. Footage from separate witnesses showed a gray sports car with Ohio license plates speeding toward a crowd from at least a block away and then slamming into the back of two vehicles that were surrounded by people, sending bodies flying.   Another video after the attack #Charlottesville pic.twitter.com/PWbbcKXR9I — Severin Jahn (@severin_jahn) August 12, 2017

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WATCH VIDEO: Violent clash at white nationalist rally...@ Charlottesville, Virginia

Protesters have been arrested at the site of Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia... State police say. The unspecified number of arrests began shortly after police made a declaration of unlawful assembly at Emancipation Park, the state police said on Twitter. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency "to aid state response to violence" ahead of Saturday's "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, according to a post on his Twitter account. The city of Charlottesville has declared Saturday's gathering at Emancipation Park -- site of the scheduled "Unite the Right" rally" of white nationalists and right-wing protesters -- an unlawful assembly. Police officers are speaking on bullhorns, directing people to leave the park.

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Debra Lee, BET Chairman and CEO, on how she began @ SOURCE 360 ..2017

Debra Lee, BET Chairman and CEO, on how she began @ SOURCE 360 ..2017 Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO of Black Entertainment Television, talks about the challenges and successes on how she began.  The Source's Master Class Power Talks are one-on-one interview sessions with influential and inspiring industry leaders. Debra Lee, CEO of BET, will speak on “The Power of Evolution,

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