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Is Jussie Smollett Lying or Telling the Truth?

By: Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

Increasingly there have been reports that Empire actor Jussie Smollett wasn’t truthful about being attacked in Chicago on January 29th. Smollett told police that he was approached by two men in a MAGA hat’s yelling racial slurs.  He then said the men poured bleach on him, beat him up, and put a noose around his neck. Continue reading

Smokey Robinson Tells People to “Stop Hating” Against JLo Grammy Performance

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Motown legend had some choice words for people who had a problem with Jennifer Lopez Grammy performance. J Lo’s tribute to Motown was met with criticism from spectators and fans of the legendary music.  “Stop hating,” Smokey said. “Motown united people, not divided them,” he continued.

The iconic singer had a prepared statement that defended Lopez and her performance. “Don’t call yourself (a Motown lover) if you’re a hater and spreading the same bigotry that you so strongly oppose coming at you from others,” he said. “JLo was great and we at Motown love her.” To read more about this story click here.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s “indentured servants” Comment Further Shows What He Thinks about Blacks

By: Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

In an interview with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning,” Virginia Governor Ralph Northam tried to clean up his reputation as a racist. Instead, he showed his distorted view on American history with Blacks and slavery. Instead of calling slavery by name, he called Blacks “indentured servants.”

“We are now at the 400-year anniversary,” the Democratic governor said. “Just 90 miles here in 1619, the first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, and while…” Northam said before being interrupted by King. “Also known as slavery,” Gayle King said.

Northam is embroiled in controversy from a 1984 photo in his yearbook from medical school. The photo show the Virginia governor in a Blackface costume. Despite Northam apologizing for the photo, both political parties have suggested that he resign. To read more about this story click here.

Black NYTimes Columnist Charles Blow Says Trump Being Rich, Successful Businessman is All Lies

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During a CNN panel discussion NYTimes Charles Blow called President Trump out on the tale of him being rich successful businessman. “‘I don’t need money! I’m rich! I can do this.’ We found out in recent reporting that, no, he was broke and going to Deutsche Bank because he was giving the campaign so much money that he did not have. It was costing him money, limiting his projects,” Blow said during the discussion.

“The lies he told about the success and stature of the man and the acumen he had as a deal maker. All sorts of thing, all lies. It’s almost hard to debate what he’s saying because we know it’s all lies.” Blow continued. He also stated Trump’s rhetoric help fuels the racism amongst his supporter and other people in this country. “None of this is a mystery to me. All of it adds up to the same thing, which is an anti-blackness, anti-brownness, anti-muslim. It’s the same thing,” Blow said. To read more about this story click here.

Slim Jxmmi of Rae Sremmurd Says He Leaving the Group… Is He Jealous of his Brother Swae Lee?

By: Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

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One half of the group Rae Sremmurd says he is leaving the group. Slim Jxmmi went on Twitter and made some statements that indicate the is no longer part of the duo. “I’m not Rae Sremmurd I’m slim jxmmi and ima sink or swim by myself,” he said. He also stated that he is “not Sremmlife.” It was another tweet that had me thinking that jealousy might be a factor in his decision. “Y’all still got ya mans swae y’all a be skraight,” he said. It has been no secret that his brother Swae Lee has been the more successful out the two. Swae has been nominated for a Grammy for his writing contributions to Beyonce’s ‘Formation’ song. In addition to that he was the hook for French Montana’s hit song ‘Unforgettable’ and appeared on Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther album.

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In an interview with Complex last year, Slim Jxmmi said “If people see me out and I have a stank face on, they think I’m mad because of that, but I’m mad at them because they want me to be mad. I’m always singing ‘Unforgettable’ when it come on in the club, but people look at me like, ‘Is it OK if I dance to this?’ He went on to say “It’s no competition. We’re brothers. At the end of the day, we’re getting a bag.”

The fact that not only that Rae Sremmurd has been successful, but are also blood brothers should be enough to keep Slim Jxmmi happy. However, it looks like being the less popular member of the group doesn’t sit well with him. Do you think he is jealous of his brother? Leave your comments blow.  

Angela Davis “Stunned” at Award Revocation, But Still Coming to Birmingham

Davis joins a long list of scholars and activists who have been censored in efforts to silence debate on Israeli apartheid.

By: Roy S. Johnson

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Angela Davis “Stunned” at Award Revocation, But Still Coming to Birmingham

My long-term support of justice for Palestine was at issue.”

Activist, poet, academic and writer Angela Davis says she was “stunned” to learn last Saturday that the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute had rescinded its invitation to honor her next month, in her hometown, with the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Award for Human Rights. Continue reading

Fabo On Why People Liking His Music is Not that Important

By: Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

One thing I came to realize from being a part of the Hip Hop community, is that everything is not what it seems to be. Some of the rappers who spit gangsta, hardcore lyrics are not that gangster in real life. The rappers who you may think are cool as hell, are really lame and not that interesting at all. By the same token, there are some rappers who you may think are corny and they turn out to be some of the realest people in Hip Hop. I was reminded of this when I talked with Fabo from the group D4L. I’m not saying that Fabo is corny; but let’s just say my perception didn’t match his reality. Continue reading

Family of Dr. Donald Shirley Says Green Book Movie is “100% Wrong

By: Jarrod Horton

Staff Writer

Image result for pic of green book movieThe Green Book is a movie that shows the relationship between pianist Dr. Donald Shirley and his chauffeur  Tony “Lip” Vallelonga. The ,movie stars Marhershala Ali as Dr. Shirley and  Viggo Mortenson as Vallelonga. The film is supposedly based on the real life “friendship” between Dr. Shirley and Tony Vallelonga. It is true that Dr. Shirley was a genius pianist who hired Vallelonga to work for him during the 1960’s. However, the family of Dr. Shirley says everything else in the movie is “100% wrong” Continue reading