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A$AP Rocky Attempts To Curve Anti-Black Lives Matter Backlash

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2016 | 4:17 PM

It appears A$AP Rocky has an explanation for the controversial comments he made on race relations in America in a September 2015 interview with Time Out New York.

Last week, the candid interview resurfaced on social media, prompting a hailstorm of criticism at the rapper-actor who told Time Out that he did not “sign up to be no political activist” and that he “can’t relate” to police relations in cities like Ferguson, Missouri.

Rocky appeared on The Breakfast Club Wednesday to clarify his statements, which he claimed were “taken out of context.”

“I feel terrible as a black man and as an American,” he said. “This shit is crazy… Most people who read that interview, they only read that section, I think for the most part people really didn’t dissect that interview. You can see that’s not my context.”

As for leveraging his platform and influence as an entertainer to address social issues in America, the 27-year-old stands by his previous sentiments on being reluctant to fill the role as a social activist.

“I feel like why put me on a pedestal for that. Especially when I’m not asking for that,” he said. “I wanna make music and promote peace, cause at a time like this I don’t have all the answers. I’m not trying to run for Congress, I’m not trying to run for office. I don’t have all the answers. I wanna promote prosperity, especially for black people.”

In addition to his most recent backlash, last year, Rocky also faced criticism following his discussion with The Oxford Union’s The Debate Society of Oxford University, where he challenged the public’s emphasis on police brutality rather than violence within the black community.

Check out more of A$AP Rocky’s interview in the clip...

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Run-DMC Member Opens Up About His Battle With Mental Illness

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2016 | 3:27 PM


Darryl “DMC” McDaniels is back with a new memoir, Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide, which delves into a seemingly unlikely topic: mental health issues. But for the Run DMC co-founder, it’s a topic he knows all too well. 


The book, which...

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Donald Trump’s Director Of African-American Outreach Isn’t Much Of A Surprise

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2016 | 11:03 AM

Yes, this is real life. 

In an interview with MSNBC on Monday, former “Apprentice” star Omarosa Manigault announced Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, had appointed her...

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'Being Mary Jane' Producer Shares 'Paranoia' Over His Son's Safety

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2016 | 12:02 PM


The shooting deaths of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and five police officers in Dallas, has inspired producer-director Salim Akil to write an open letter to his 12-year-old son.


In a guest column for the July 22 issue of The...

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'Power' Creator Promises A 'More Intense' Season 3

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2016 | 1:50 PM


Summer television is about to get intense, thanks to the return of Starz’s original drama, “Power.”


Created and written by Courtney Kemp and executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, the hit show stars Omari Hardwick as James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a New York City nightclub...

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Omari Hardwick Responds To Rudy Giuliani’s 'Ignorant' BLM Comment

(0) Comments | Posted July 14, 2016 | 12:46 PM

Omari Hardwick says he would love to sit down and have a conversation with Rudy Giuliani to discuss the former mayor’s controversial comments about violence in the black...

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Solange Shares Her Decision To Join Black-Owned Bank

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2016 | 10:49 AM


You can now add Solange’s name to the growing list of entertainers who are supporting black-owned financial institutions.


On Sunday, the 30-year-old singer announced on Instagram that she has taken the necessary steps to become a member of a black-owned bank.


“While...

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Kerry Washington Encourages Americans To Stand Up And Say ‘I Matter’

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2016 | 3:31 PM


Kerry Washington says “there are no words that can encapsulate the pain of our bleeding hearts” in response to this week’s violence in America.


The “Scandal” star posted an open letter on her Instagram account on Friday afternoon, reaffirming to her two million-plus...

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Queen Latifah: Americans 'Don't Need To Be Enemies Of The Police'

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2016 | 1:18 PM

Queen Latifah is “almost at a loss for words” following this week’s string of violence.

On Friday morning, the actress appeared on the TODAY Show to promote her latest film, “Ice Age: Collision Course.” But the New Jersey native also shared her thoughts on the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, as well as Thursday’s sniper attack in Dallas

“It goes wherever I go. I’m black wherever I go,” she said. “I’m Queen Latifah, but I’m black wherever I go. I deal with the same experiences that other people deal with.” Queen Latifah, who has several family members who serve as police officers, added that she doesn’t “want the guns turned on police no more than I want the guns turned on us.”

The singer then stated that change should begin with bringing “bad cops” to justice.  

“Every time these things happen no one is really brought to justice at the end of the day,” she said. “By the time it’s all said and done, the police officers usually walk. And what it does is leave us feeling empty. And feeling hurt. And feeling like we have no recompense... You make all these good cops have to walk out here dealing with bad cops’ BS. Dealing with the stuff that bad cops are doing. And the thing about it is that cops know that there are bad cops…”

While there’s still a significant amount of tension between police and civilians ― particularly black men ― Queen Latifah said that Americans “don’t need to be the enemies of police.”

“We need to really come together. Face our real racial issues and deal with what’s happening from a systemic point of view,” she added.

Check out more of Queen Latifah’s TODAY Show interview segment in the clip...

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Jay Z: 'I'm Saddened And Disappointed In This America'

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2016 | 12:55 PM


On the same day that Beyoncé posted her statement on the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Jay Z issued a response of his own with the release of his new track, “Spiritual,” Thursday night.


The 3-plus-minute track, which was released on the mogul’s...

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Beyoncé: 'We Don't Need Sympathy. We Need Everyone To Respect Our Lives'

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 4:27 PM


Beyoncé has released a powerful statement regarding the fatal police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.


On Thursday afternoon, Bey posted her response to the deaths of the two black men killed by police this week via her website and encouraged...

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Solange Tweets Heartbreaking Messages From Black Parents

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 3:52 PM


Following the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, parents are forced to think about talking to their kids about police brutality and racial profiling.


On Thursday, singer Solange Knowles posted a pair of messages on Twitter from parents who have...

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Drake Shares Why He's 'Truly Scared' After Seeing Video Of Alton Sterling's Death

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2016 | 10:29 AM


Drake recently expressed, in an online open letter, concern for his safety in America, his “second home,” after the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling.


The Toronto-native posted the letter on Instagram Wednesday, stating he was “disheartened, emotional, and truly scared” after viewing the...

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Janelle Monae: 'Although I Am A Black Young Woman, I Am #AltonSterling'

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 3:36 PM


Janelle Monae is tired of posting the letters “R.I.P.” and videos of “murder, and shit not change.”


The 30-year-old singer shared her thoughts on the fatal police shooting of Baton Rouge, Louisiana resident Alton Sterling via an Instagram post on Wednesday afternoon


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NBA Player Says Alton Sterling Was 'Not A Guy Who Would Use Violence'

(0) Comments | Posted July 6, 2016 | 3:02 PM


NBA forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis can be added to the list of athletes who are sharing their thoughts and reactions to the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Alton Sterling.


Davis told TMZ Sports Wednesday that Sterling ― whom he previously met...

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Nia Long: Film And TV Should Look Like The World We Live In

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2016 | 12:18 PM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences took a big step this week to including more women and people of color in its organization by sending out a record 683 invitations, which included Nia Long.

On Thursday, Long shared her excitement over the Academy’s attempt to increase diversity in its ranks during an appearance on daytime talk show, “The Talk.”

“I’m very excited that the Academy is diversifying the group so that we [African Americans] can have a voice,” she said. “[So] that we can talk about our projects, [so] that we can vote. Film and television should look like the world that we live in.”

In addition to Long, actors Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan, Gabrielle Union, and Vivica A. Fox were among the new crop of invitees selected.

Long’s prestigious invite into the Academy also comes on the heels of the 25th anniversary of the actresses’ 1991 breakout film,“Boyz n the Hood.” She went on to tell “The Talk” co-hosts that, although she and the film’s cast had no idea how much of a cultural impact it would make years later, she applauds director John Singleton --who became the youngest person, and the first African American, to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director -- for “being brave enough” to make the film.

“He was 22 years old when he made that film, and he changed the way that black people living in the hood are viewed,” she said. “To be able to tell our stories. To be able to have a platform to feel apart of something.”

Happy 25th Anniversary!! 

Check out Nia Long’s interview segment on “The Talk” in the clip...

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DMX Delivers Powerful Prayer During ‘Breakfast Club’ Interview

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 2:49 PM

DMX’s reputation for uplifting fans through spiritual prayer was on full display during his recent appearance on “The Breakfast Club.”

The rapper-actor concluded his interview on the syndicated radio show Tuesday by leading a prayer with show co-hosts, DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God.

“Father, God, we thank you for this gathering of souls,” he said at the start of the prayer, before continuing. “We asked that you grace the blessings that are upon us. This day, we pray any obstacle the devil plans to place in our path to be removed in the name of Jesus. We pray that we have your will, have your way in our lives father, but we didn’t make us, so we couldn’t possible know what to do with us. We thank you for what most people take for granted, Father. The air we have to breathe, the food we have to eat, the clothes we have to wear, the cars we have to drive, the money we spend, the lives we touch, and the lives that touched our own…”

Aside from his inspirational words of praise and premiering his new record, “Blood Red,” the interview also found X touching on his willingness to motivate others during each performance.

“Before I go on stage, I pray that I’m able to touch just one person,” he said. “If I’m able to do that, if I’m able to touch just one person then I’ve done something wonderful with my life, just that moment, but with my life.”

Amen!

Check out DMX’s prayer in the clip above, and his “The Breakfast Club” interview in its entirety below.

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Usher To Sell His 'Don’t Trump America' Shirt For A Good Cause

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2016 | 11:13 AM


Usher made a huge political statement with his "Don’t Trump America" shirt that he wore for his Sunday BET Awards performance and soon the garment will be available for fans to buy. 


The singer announced on Instagram Wednesday a partnership with leading apparel platform

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Drake Gives Motivational Speech At The Nelson Mandela Centre Of Memory

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 12:55 PM

Even with his popular album "Views" currently dominating the charts, Drake was recently able to set aside some time to share a few words of wisdom and encouragement with a group of young fans in South Africa.

The multi-platinum chart-topper made a special visit to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday where he shared how his experiences growing up in Toronto, Canada, inspired him to follow his dreams. 

"I encourage you to do everything you can to make the future here as bright as you possibly can,” he said to those in attendance. “We're all young. We all have some end goal or some dream. And take it from me, I sat around for a lot of days thinking about my family, my loved ones, where I’m from and trying to make the place where I’m from proud of me."

The "One Dance" crooner went on to profess his admiration for the South African city by encouraging those in attendance to excel in life for their loved ones, too.

"If I can do it, anyone in this room can do it," he said. 

In addition to reports that the Grammy Award winner is currently in the country to film a music video, his appearance at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory was also part of National Youth Month celebrations, according to South African news outlet, Times Live.

Check out Drake’s inspirational speech in the clip...

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Damon Dash On The One Thing That Bothered Him About 'Lemonade' Rumors

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2016 | 11:39 AM

Damon Dash says he wasn’t initially fazed by the controversy surrounding his ex-wife, Rachel Roy, and the lyrics on Beyoncé’s visual album, “Lemonade,” until his...

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