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SFPL Premiere: Noetic Releases A Profound Visual for “Dare U 2 Move”

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Premiering today on SFPL, “Dare U 2 Move” opens with a black and white retrospect, speaking whole truths to the times we live in today. Noetic has a gift for explaining the human experience without being ignorant. This is an under-appreciated gift in hip hop music. The song is taken to another level by the spoken word. The injection of the poetry leading into the first verse gives it a different energy. The basic raw Hip-Hop sound lets the message in the lyrics take center stage. This modern day “Do the Right Thing” anthem is designed to leave you inspired, refreshed and woke.

Take a look at the full video above.

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Watch Trevor Noah Eloquently Gather Tomi Lahren on The Daily Show!

 

 

 

If Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter had an ultra conservative baby it would most definitely be Tomi Lahren. Lahren might be the biggest troll in politics, she has already compared Black Lives Matter to the KKK and foolishly called out Beyoncé for her Superbowl Halftime show performance. All the while she still claims she’s not racist though.

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The millennial conservative and host of The Blaze network show Tomi stopped by the The Daily Show with Trevor Noah last night. Lahren brought her famed overreaching to the show with her ridiculous points and Noah easily dissected them apart.

From the jump Lahren was already nervous when she sat in that chair across from Noah and she said “I’m in the lion’s den, Trevor”. He quickly followed that up with “I’m not a lion at all. Is that like an African thing?”

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The two politely debated a range of topics such as Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter & Colin Kaepernick. Lahren stuck to her dumb-ass logic when it came to these topics but Trevor was prepared for the nonsense and easily pointed out her contradictions.

During one point in the interview Tomi went the whole “I don’t see color” route and Trevor jokingly replied “You don’t see color? Then, what do you do at a traffic light?”

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Welp you gotta salute Tomi for coming on the show but she still managed to play herself royally. Trevor well done sir for eloquently putting her in her place.

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Too Late To Say Sorry?: Lil Wayne Apologizes For His Comments About Black Lives Matter

Lil Wayne is as unapologetic as they come and doesn’t hold his tongue when it comes to his feelings on matters. Wayne has come under intense scrutiny after Nightline dropped an interview where the rapper made it clear he doesn’t rock with the Black Lives Matter movement.  Wayne posted one response to the fallout from the interview and at the time it seemed like he was sticking to his guns asking in a tweet “Is intelligence always misunderstood?”

Well it looks like Wayne is taking back those words after he issued and apology through TMZ.

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Wayne was quickly called out for his comments and the internet took him to task for his at what seemed at the time hypocritical statements on the movement.

Video footage of Wayne shouting Black Lives Matter during a concert immediately surfaced after the Nightline interview hit the web.

So what was Wayne’s reasoning to his rant? Well Wayne is blaming the questions that was asked about his daughter as the sole reason he made those comments about Black Lives Matter.

Wayne exclusively told TMZ:

“When the reporter began asking me questions about my daughter being labeled a bitch and a hoe, I got agitated. From there, there was no thought put into her questions and my responses.”

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Wayne then followed that up with:

“Apologies to anyone who was offended.”

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We hope that apology is sincere. The issue has not gone away yet though,today rapper Vic Mensa who is very vocal when it comes to social matters in the black community touched on Wayne’s comments.

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During an AMA on Reddit, speaking on his upcoming album Mensa had this to say about the Wayne’s Black Lives Matter comments:

“I think it’s a very ignorant, selfish & isolated position to take.”

Well said Vic!

While Wayne’s excuse for his statements and behavior were very lame, do you accept his apology?

Bonus: See the internet’s hilarious reaction to Wayne’s comments in the gallery below:

SOURCE: TMZ 

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Mark Steele Shares Music Video For ‘Turn Around,’ Dedicated To Keith Lamont Scott

With gun violence and police brutality at the fore of much discussion in 2016, North Carolina emcee Mark Steele hasn’t been one to stray from the conversation. The recent tragedy of Keith Lamont Scott in particular hit close to home for the rapper, and he expresses his sentiments in his new music video for “Turn Around.”

“Keith Lamont Scott was murdered by police, on the very next block behind where I currently live in Charlotte, NC. I’m born and raised in Durham, NC (Bull City) so being that close to murder isn’t unusual to me at all. We made “Turn Around” in the spring of 2015 at Patchwerk studios in Atlanta, GA because we were inspired by the chaos around us. Seems like every time we turn on the TV there was another killing and then another protest turned violent. All that did was trigger memories of my teenage years living in Durham, and dealing with the grief of too many of my actual friends being killed. Seemed like every time I turned around one of my classmates didn’t make it back to school on Monday. It makes me so angry to hear about another black man being killed by a cop, but instead of going out to protest or riot with the rest of the people in charlotte; I’d rather express my frustrations through art.” – Marke Steele

“Turn Around” is the third single from Steele’s forthcoming album Almost Time, slated for release October 28 and featuring guest appearances from Raheem Devaughn, and Rapper Big Pooh.

MORE ABOUT MARK STEELE:
Formerly of the North Carolina rap duo Mic&Rep, Mark Steele  imbues a gritty, fervid sound that has been long lost since the late ’90s, early 2000’s. Bred into the culture since the tender age of 15, he has already collaborated with some of hip hop’s top names, including his mentor and former college professor 9th WonderRapsody, and YMCMB artist Cory Gunz.
Steele’s debut album Sumthin For The Wait (2014) boasted his hit “Not Like Yall,” which was featured on ESPN’s morning debate show “First Take” and played throughout the month of March 2014 in celebration of  March Madness.
Now, fresh off the ESPN placement of his song “Greatness” (from Steel’s History Repeats EP) for Sports Center, Steele is set to release his most important project of his rising young career thus far.
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Electric Soul Artist Vina Mills Pays Homage To ‘The Birth Of A Nation’ With New Visual “Run”

Electric Soul Entertainer, Vina Mills, delivers a soul waking vocal performance in the visual depiction of “RUN”, an emotional story of triumph told through the eyes of slaves.

In order for black lives to matter, black history has to matter a truth that needs to be accepted to understand the uproars of this generation and the cries of our ancestors. The song is inspired by the film The Birth of A Nation and the countless brutalities happening around the globe.

The Champion produced track was given life once the songstress, Vina Mills, belted out a heartfelt soliloquy that took the form of a modern day hymn embodying the essences of the great late Mahalia Jackson and the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin.

“Run” was the result of channeled anger used as inspiration to create something impactful, said Vina. In my opinion, the only thing that has changed from slavery to present date is the manipulation of our minds into thinking that we are all equal and free. Continually being fed the idealism of not being good enough and the desire for change all played a role in the writing process. I wrote lyrics like “Put dirt on my name, but my pain is power” to express how propaganda is used to discredit our identity.

The official track is a way to celebrate those we’ve lost in the movement both present and past while honoring our future leaders. Vina offers the song as an encouragement in hopes of never giving up on a dream.

Take a look at the full video above.

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T.I. Continues To Lend His Voice To Bring Attention To Police Brutality With “War Zone” [New Music]

T.I. continues to be vocal about the issues of police brutality and the prison industrial complex.

Following the video for his politically charged track “We Will Not;” which featured scenes from police brutality rallies across the country, the “Rubberband Man” drops a new record titled “War Zone.”

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Image of protester holding a #BlackLivesMatter sign at a police brutality rally featured in T.I.’s “We Will Not” video.

The Atlanta native doesn’t hold his tongue delivering hard-hitting lines like,

“I’ll be a martyr if my great-granddaughter benefit / They pull you over ask you where your license at / Be careful reaching for it, you know you can die for that / This ain’t nothing new, they got cameras just so you can see the shit that got Dr. King and Abe Lincoln asking where the freedom at.”

“War Zone” and “We Will Not” will appear on Tip’s upcoming EP Us or Else. Listen to it below.

 

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DMV’s Noochie Doesn’t Back Down On Injustice and Black On Black Crime In “Jerome” [Video]

Noochie is introducing the world to his taunting perspective into the injustices of today and, surprisingly, black on black crime in the new visual for his single, “Jerome.” The 21-year-old artist from the DMV is holding nothing back in the thought-provoking short story that makes contrasts among social media & statues, slavery and how the world, and the black community, views its own contribution to injustices.

“I felt as a young African American male, I’m directly affected by recent events without any real repercussions as far as persecution. Because I have a voice in my community I have to use my platform to make a difference. I feel the same way millions of other people feel and all movements begin with an idea and a voice. We have to be heard first. It’s necessary.”

The Outkast-inspired lyricist speaks directly from the eyes of a young black male who lives this story everyday. Detailing a youth’s insight on today’s most troubling topics in the African American community, the visual leads with daring content that will bring his experiences full circle.

The short visual and track was produced by RaRa and Mr. Williams, via OY Music Group in association with Empire Distribution. Noochie is gearing up for the highly anticipated release of his new mixtape Product Of The DMV, a culmination of his trials and DMV lifestyle, which drops on Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

Watch below:

Noochie’s Social Media On All Platforms: @NoochieMusic

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Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Chance The Rapper, Chris Rock, Rihanna, & More Create PSA In Support of #BlackLivesMatter

The Black community is still reeling from the tragic murders of Philando Castille and Alton Sterling at the hands of police. Many have taken to the streets and social media to protest, voice their opinions, and demand a change.

Mic along with a plethora of actors and musicians that include Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Bono, Chance The Rapper, Chris Rock, Common, Pink, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Hart, Rihanna, Taraji P. Henson, Queen Latifah, Rosario Dawson, Swizz Beatz, Talib Kweli, Lenny Kravitz, Zoe Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Maxwell have teamed up for PSA titled “23 Ways.” The PSA aims to shed light on the non-stop brutality and countless murders of POC at the hands of the police; simply for doing things most wouldn’t think twice about like walking home with a friend, trying to get help, and making eye contact.

Each harrowing account of the the men, women, and children of color who have been murdered by police, serves as a painful reminder of the deep rooted and systematic racism still prevalent in society today. Watch the PSA in it’s entirety below.

 

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Shawn Stockman (of Boyz II Men) Releases New Song “How Many More?” In Honor of Black Lives Matter [New Video]

In the midst of, what seems to be, never-ending senselessness in our community, Shawn Stockman found a studio off tour to produce and write a new song called “How Many More?” from his heart; in the wake of recent tragedies. Starting off the song with the sounds of piano keys of empathy, Shawn delivers heartfelt lyrics with of plea of freedom, and to just simply Stop Killing Us. How many more of us is it going to be?

Check out the visual above.

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New Music: Joe Budden Takes On Beyoncé’s “Freedom” To Address Police Brutality Admist Horrific Deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille

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A slew of artists have turned to music to air out their grievances over the status of race relations in this country, following the gruesome murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille at the hands of police. Joe Budden is one of these artist’s hopping on Beyoncé‘s “Freedom” to deliver his message.

The powerful track opens with the heartbreaking audio of Castille’s fiance Diamond Reynolds and their daughter after witnessing his murder and then segues into part of Jesse William‘s Humanitarian Award speech from the 2016 BET Awards, where he addresses law enforcement’s data supported ability to disarm, de-escalate, and not kill white people everyday.

“It’s okay Mommy. It’s okay, I’m right here with you.”

The no-holds-barred freestyle mentions Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Castille, and Sterling; all victims of law enforcement’s dangerous bias against POC. The Slaughterhouse emcee also touches on the racial biases present throughout the various systems that make up this country, and Trump’s insidious slogan “Make America Great Again.”

Budden included the following message with the release:

I was told there was once a world where slaves communicated with each other via music, and tho I wasn’t present for that, the Hip-Hop I fell in love with always encouraged me to do the same (Thank you Public Enemy)….
Let this act as an unfortunate reminder that times change and they don’t. #BlackLivesMatter #YallLivesMatter #OurLivesMatter … I’m afraid to wonder what happens when we as a people decide to stop saying it. Some deem us threatening now by sheer design. We are not. We are loving, passionate, cultured and proud, even during unrest. However, with every life viciously and maliciously taken by costumed evil, we grow more and more afraid. What will occur when too many of us are afraid? #IfYouDontValueMyLifeEYEWill
#GodHelpUsAll #TheMissionIsGreat

Budden’s ability to touch on the multiple layers of racism that still continue to reveal themselves in society today makes this one of, if not the best record to address where all our anger and angst comes from. Listen to it below.

Hopefully artists, politicians, athletes, and people everywhere remain united so we can once and for all put an end to the injustice.

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