24 years ago the world lost a great talent. Although his career lasted a span of five years his influence continues to last a lifetime and in today's climate we are listening to Tupac's words more than ever. The slained rapper influenced the world with his words in The Rose That Grew From Concrete and his discography that exceeded 14 years past his death. While there are many speculations that the rapper is still alive we continue to celebrate him on his birthday where w he would have been 49 years old.
Let's look at the top songs that reflect on the current situation today.
White Manz World - The track off the first posthumously released album The Don Killuminati : The 7 Day Theory Pac offers his thoughts on being a minority and offers an apology to the treatment of black women.
Holla If You Hear Me - Is an ode to his homies from the block getting taken by the police.
Chances - The infamous single sampled from Bruce Hornsby became the anthem for racism in the 90s.
Keep Your Head Up - is a tune for the better days for the Black Community.
George Floyd, the Minnesota man who died after an officer arrested him putting a knee to his neck died by homicide according to the autopsies that were released early Monday morning. While one autopsy reads homicide by asphyxiation the Hennepin County Medical Examiners office stated that Floyd died of "cardiopulmonary arrest complicating enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression. With the manner of death was ruled suicide the office notes "it is not a legal determination of culpability or intent " Both autopsies contradicted the preliminary report from the prosecutors which revealed no physical signs of traumatic asphyxia.
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The Weeknd does it again with yet again another controversial remix. Abel known for his dark explicit songs and falsetto voice put out the In Your Eyes Remix featuring Doja Cat. Many complain that the 24-year-old singer/rapper was not a good fit. The same arguments were made in 2015 when The Weeknd released The Hills Remixes with Eminem and Nicki Minaj. The Weeknd is known to think outside of the box in terms of his features as if it was a sinister scheme or a master plan. In this case Doja Cat adds to the 80's trapped in Vegas-style music.
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One month ago the world was made aware of Joyner Lucas appreciation for Will Smith and his accomplishments in the music and entertainment industry. The original video by Lucas paid homage to Smith using visuals from his music career, The Fresh Prince of Bel Aire, Bad Boys, Men In Black Wild Wild West and more. Humbled by this, Smith remixes the song going off in the track thanking him but dedicating his success to Nelson Mandela, Mohammed Ali, as well as his mother , wife Jada , Martin Lawrence, the late James Avery. He ends the verse by imparting fatherly wisdom and telling Lucas will grow up just fine with a dad like him. Many people have underestimated the lyricism that Will Smith possesses giving the remix double the shock factor for new fans everywhere.
It is refreshing to see collaborations and people paying homage like this.
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As previously reported by Hot 97, Usher had involved in an Instagram live session with Swizz Beatz addressing different topics which included the Vezuz battoe series. Within this conversation Usher mentions that he felt that Lil Kim paved the way for artists like Nicki Minaj. While many agree to the testament there were many fans that did not agree to this and did not appreciate when Usher referred to Nicki Minaj as a product of Lil Kim.
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In her Verzus battle with Jill Scott tonight Erykah Badu credits the now late Andre Harrell to their musical careers and everything that was done tonight on the live was a tribute to Andre Harell. for those that do not know who Andre Harrell was you missed out on an icon of the music industry and one of the most influential executives of the generation.
“Andre understood that by connecting R&B and hip-hop to fashion, lifestyle and aspiration, it would have an impact on the culture overall.” - Barry Michael Cooper (via Complex Mag)
The former Uptown Records founder died from complications of a heart attack at the age of 59. According to the Los Angeles police department, he was found dead alone in his Los Angeles apartment. He was known for launching the careers of Jodeci, Mary J. Blige Al B. Sure as well as Diddy. According to Complex, Harrell was regarded as the prototype for the "high style, black excellence refinement Sean Combs shoots for, or the brother-from-another of rap mogul Russel Simmons"
Harell created that grown and sexy space and the formula of connecting the music to the current culture, he will never be forgotten. There will be a BET special in honor of Harell releasing at the end of the year titled Uptown.
' "I was rhe architect of Rock!" He demanded his flowers while alive. One of my favorite entertainers
Little Richard, a founding father of the Rock & Roll genre whose style, larger than life personality, electrifying stage presence transcends throughout time, died Saturday at the age of 87. The news confirmed by his son Danny Jones Penniman also stated the cause of death was cancer.
His hit singles Tutti Fruitti, Long Tail Sally, and Lucille became household names for the simple , gospel-infused, full of excitement and sexually charged lyrics became a talking point of the music industry everywhere While his career on the top ten did not further after 1958 his music became the foundations of artists over the decades from Elvis to Costello to Paul McCartney. The younger generations can recall seeing little Richards on some of the hit 90's shows such as Full House playing Denise's Crazy Uncle Richie.
Praised by Charlemagne as the " Ultimate Date Night, the ultimate celebration of music will be happening tonight with Erykah Badu and the infamous Jill Scott. The women are known for their realism and their connection to the emotional contexts of music.
Charlemagne asks the question that every fan wants to know is this a friendly competition or a celebration of music. Scott responds she does not believe its a competition while Yee adds the response of the video that both artists made singing each other's songs (See Below).
Envy asks Scott will there be guidelines and stipulations with this battle as both Scott and Badu both have a version of the Roots song "You Got Me." Her response to this was there are 9 different versions where they have performed it at different points of their career.
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For the first time since his release, Tekashi takes to Instagram to talk to his friends, family, and fans. The 24-year-old started the live-stream with two women dancing to his new single Gooba. Following that 69 emerges with handcuffs dancing to Bad Boys leading to a rant discussing who should he show loyalty to leading to his admission of him being a snitch see video below:
The people of the quarantine received some joyful bliss and laughs with the latest episode of American Dad titled A Starboy is Born. The Weeknd a fan of the American Dad franchise and of course the beloved Alien Roger agreed to be part of the episode and it was one for the ages.
The episode starts with Roger trying to inject Steve with the Black Plague in order for Make A Wish would grant them an opportunity to see the Weeknd opened Stans eyes to giving his family a "Teachable Moment" see below
With every teachable moment on American Dad there is always one epic screw up. This screw up involved Hayley having The Weeknd the top of her Hall Pass List leading to a very personal confession from the Weeknd.
Just days after the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery by former police officer Gregory McDonald and son Travis, Georgia police discover 911 calls moments before the shooting.
News of the stabbing came to light as a neighbor recorded a video of Arbery jogging in the daytime while two men waited and attacked him. The video causing an outrage went viral in a matter of minutes. The Mc Michaels released a statement concluding that Arbery was a possible burglary suspect. According to Source Magazine the calls were recorded as :
"The first call was anonymous: a man reported Ahmaud looking at a house that was under construction and running down the street. Allegedly, there have been multiple break-ins in this area of Brunswick before, and the caller suspected a possible crime.
The second call was from Gregory McMichael, father of Travis McMichael, with whom Ahmaud was tasseling over a gun in the video. In the recording, the elder McMichael is out of breath, only reports “a black male running down the street” and ends the call abruptly after yelling “Stop that damn it, stop!” to his son."
As the Muslim holiday Ramada approaches us Mayor Deblasio believes 2 million residents could become food insecure during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor De Blasio announces that New York City intends to serve half-million Halal meals during the season as many people have been put into unlivable situations during the epidemic. The meals will be distributed through 32 Department of Education buildings and 100,000 meals will be served through community organizations throughout the month. They will also provide Kosher meals for the Jewish people during this time.
In his press conference, De Blasio states that "One of Ramadan's most noble callings is to feed the hungry, to remember to be there for those in need. And that is now harder than ever now that people can't go to their mosques." By May De Blasio predicts that they will serve 15 million meals in may not allowing any New Yorker to go hungry.
Ramadan begins the evening of Thursday, April 23, 2020, and end the evening of May 23rd. The holiday sparks a period of spiritual reflection and self-improvement that includes the practice of fasting from dawn to sunset.
While his family and friends knew him as Fredrick Thomas the world was admiring him as Fred The Godson and today the world lost an amazing artist due to complications from the COVID-19 virus. The 35-year-old MC from the South Bronx was in intensive care after his fever peaked at 105 degrees and his vital signs were showing improvement. However, due to the complications his kidney functions were extremely compromised after being hospitalized early this month relying on a ventilator to breathe.
His death was confirmed by the artist Jaque and Power 105 DJ Self, the news has spread through the industry like wildfire as his fans remember him for his lyrical style and wordplay where he was featured in XXL Freshman Class of 2011 putting him on the map as one of the hottest MC on the rise. He put out amazing projects such as Gordo, Gordo Frederico, Contraband, more recently Training Day, and Payback both recorded weeks prior to his death.
Many people will never forget for his notorious freestyle on Funk Flex
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Empire has been a staple of the FOX television franchise for six years depicting life on the streets and the underdog starting from the bottom and succeeding. While many people debated over the originality of the show during its series run there have been many that followed the show religiously. With the sixth season focusing on the aftermath of Kingsley's (A,Z. Kelsey's) suicide in order to donate his heart to Andre (Trai Byers). The storyline for the season started with Lucious (Terrance Howard) dying from a bullet wound while Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) dies in a car explosion. When watching the season the storyline felt incomplete as the six-season series ended on a lackluster note leaving both the viewers and members of the cast wanting a proper ending for the series. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the series was forced to cut the production of the final episode in accordance with the quarantine policy in the United States.
However, the policy, Lee Daniels, and the producers have fallen under scrutiny as this is the second time one of their shows had an abrupt ending. Last year Fox canceled the sister show to the series Star featuring Queen Latifah, Jude Demorest, Luke James, Ryan Destiny, and Brittany O' Grady. There has been yet any confirmation on a proper ending for this franchise as well.
Empire showrunners confirmed to the Washington Post that episode 18 was not intended to be the original series finale but was structured to go as such, teaching the Lyon family no matter the obstacle the family's love always concurs.
The questions that are being asked, who shot Lucious? Will Andre reunite with Terri and Walker will Cookie come out of the explosion? Taraji P. Henson told EW "if Empire doesn't get a proper series finale, it will be on her mind forever". She told EW "she is pushing for it to be made properly".
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Maya Rudolph once said to love Prince is to love music.
Four years ago yesterday the world lost a musical genius in Prince Rogers Nelson. For over 20 years Prince constantly pushed boundaries talking about religion, sexuality, gun control, life, the aftermath, and more. His music will continue to transcend and teach us even after our deaths. After four years we still continue to mourn as we hear classics such as When Doves Cry, Darling Nikki, and Purple Rain.
The Grammy's celebrated the career of Prince with longtime friend and percussionist Sheila E. and the artists such as Alicia Keys, The Foo Fighters, Miguel, HER, with a powerful performance from The Revolution take a look at our favorite moments of the night.
While government officials work on the physical safety of everyone in the country, one person has thought about the mental safety of our brothers and sisters during this time. Eminem is one of the celebrities that worked on sending relief outside of providing masks and working on Instagram live. As of yesterday Eminem announced that he will be providing free Sirus XM access until May 15th.
Canadian artist Abel Tesfaye or popularly known as The Weeknd has been turning heads and causing an enigma in the musical souls of his listeners since 2012. From his original mixtapes Echoes of Silence, Thursday, and House of Balloons to his full LP and EPs Kissland, Beauty Behind the Madness, My Dear Melancholy and now After Hours The Weeknd continues to produce music that leaves you asking questions once you are done listening. His latest project After Hours is no different.
The project has been the topic of mixed feelings for both fans and celebrities alike. Artists such as Joe Budden discussed their opinion of the lackluster the project allegedly brings. Critics acclaimed that the project does not have the studio mainstream feel that he brought with Starboy as one of his releases under republic records. Fans of The Weeknd from the original mixtapes enjoy the blend between the original feel that the album brings as well as the mainstream vibes from his later content. After Hours is a compilation of all of The Weeknd's musical prowls. Currently we see The Weeknd in a new form where he does bring the aspects of Starboy and a 90's feel of music mixed with his original style of music.
The project follows a lost in LA theme, and each video that was put out were short films in continuation with each other. While the entire storyline has not unfolded in the videos yet we have concluded that the elements of the video follow along his feeling after his breakup with longtime lover and girlfriend Bella Hadid. An example of this is In Your Eyes where he describes the point of their relationship in which he was being lied and cheated on; the video shows us this with the woman portrayed to us chopping The Weeknd's head off and dancing with it. The many deep tones , meanings and melodies give us the depth of feel and an inside look into the soul of The Weeknd.
With the many elements and complexities that the album brings it is enjoyable to its listeners, leading the top Billboard Top 100 for both singles for Heartless and Blinding Lights topping Roddy Rich The Box, as well as the top 200 Album list.
This is a project if you deff want to listen and give us feedback what you thought about it.
"All my life, been grindin' all my life / Sacrificed, hustled, paid the price / Want a slice, got to roll the dice." –Nipsey Hussle on "Grinding All My Life"
It has been one year since the legendary rapper Nipsey Hussle passed away from a fatal gun shot wound in front of his Marathon clothing store. Nipsey was not just an artist and a business owner but he was also a father, a friend, a pillar to his community. We tend to see with many influential leaders that their lies are cut short and it causes a wound. A wound so deep it takes many years to heal, and although we are on quarantine and we can not go out to unite in this world to mourn over the loss we are still showing solidarity.
Nipsey was a symbol for both unity in music as well as his community in California. While trying to bridge the Wast Coast sound of hiphop into the mainstream media, he also looked to celebrate musicians and people who walked the same road he walked. Hussle looked to end gang violence in Los Angeles as he was a member of the Rollin 60's Neighborhood Crips. He worked to broker unity between the Crips the Bloods notorious gangs that have been dispersed all over the nation. His hustle also included the empowerment of our black brothers and sisters to own their businesses, own their masters and whatever they choose to pursue.
Why does Nipseys death hurt? Why did the deaths of Martin Luther King , Malcom X and Biggie hurt? "Grinding all My Life" is the testament of Nipsey's life. He sacrificed his blood sweat and tears to not only make the world a better place for those around him, but he wanted to make a change so his children can have a better future. He wanted people can drop the guns and start picking up books and do what they can to live better lives. In terms of music he brought different elements to the rap genre that can be considered unfamiliar to those of the east coast but his goal was to set new standards for music. Nipsey will never be forgotten but the best we can do as humans especially during this time is to honor him by being kinder to each other, having less hate making sure your neighbor that doesn't have food or water has something. Make sure your kids are learning something whether its through their STEM programs or just a skill that they didn't know they possessed. Lastly, Nipsey taught us to forever be grateful for life, and to remember that it is too short, to love and appreciate everything we can.
With the COVID-19 pandemic numbers continue to rise in the state of New York supplies for medical workers have been depleting quickly and while the powers that be up in Washington do not believe we need the extra medical supplies here in New York the former Knicks players and Cony Island Native reached out to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and sent his assistance according to the New York Post.
The next step and the fight to assist still continues as Adams and Marbury attempt to connect with both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill De Blasio to initiate Marbury's offer and help the people of New York.
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As reported by the New York Post Mayor Deblasio has succumbed to the latest pressure surrounded by the CO-VID19 following the recent State of Emergency placed by President Trump.
In his press conference earlier this evening He stated, " To say the least, this is a very troubling moment, a moment where I am just distraught at having to take this action." Taking this action he added, "We may have to go out for the rest of the school year." With this action, there are no further details as to how they will proceed with distance learning with teachers to go through battlefield training.
NYC Public Schools will be offering public breakfast and lunch for children who have no access to breakfast and lunch due to the parents working during school hours. Enrichment centers will be made for kids of health care and emergency-services workers.
As more details unravel we will provide updated information.
Today was a major win for female's, sexual and domestic violence victims everywhere. After months of deliberation and fighting the courts sentenced the formerly esteemed Hollywood mogul to 23 years in federal prison for two counts of felony sex crimes. In a world where the justice system has failed women on many occasions it is a blessing to see justice finally be served. Weinstein being one of the many accused in the #MeToo movement has been convicted of rape by actresses Ashley Judd and Rose McGowan from the hit series Charmed were two of the leads in the movement and the conviction of Harvey Weinstein.
For decades Weinstein had promised career advances for sexual favors and once denied said women were blackballed in the industry. Some of his victims include :
Do we consider this to be the first step in the uphill battle for womens rights, will there be more convictions for men of his stature that violated the personal rights of these women.
23 years ago on March 9th, the world lost one of the greatest in the Hip-Hop. Christopher Wallace better known as Notorious BIG was fatally shot and killed in Los Angeles promoting his album Life After Death, as well as doing radio runs for one of his most known singles Hypnotize. It is now 2020 and the assailant has not been discovered. Many think his final project was a representation of his life and his death with the music.
XXL reported the following to be Notorious BIG top 25 songs, do you agree with this?
Have you felt the Bern yet?? With Super Tuesday vastly approaching our candidates are looking to make that splash before the Super Tuesday primaries where all major states including California will hold elections and caucuses. The 78 year old democratic candidate has been the favorite to the hip hop community since his throwing his hat in the ring in 2016 being endorsed by Killer Mike, T.I and Bun B.
It was announced today via Billboard that Sanders will have the legendary hip hop group Public Enemy performing at his rally this Saturday in California. The rally will have appearances as well from Comedian Sarah Silverman and legendary actor Dick Van Dyke.
It isn't surprising with the lengths that Bernie has taken in order to secure his position in the primaries and the campaign he has led to have Public Enemy at the event. For years Public Enemy has been the voice for African American issues in politics, there is not a more appropriate group to perform at this rally.
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One month ago a plane crashed in the Calabasas area that took the lives of the following nine people :
Kobe Bryant, 41,
Gianna Bryant, 13
Payton Chester 13
Sarah Chester 45
Alyssa Altobelli 14
Keri Altobelli 46
John Altobelli 56
Christina Mauser 38
Helicopter's pilot, Ara Zobayan, 50
9 homes were changed, nine families received news that changed lives forever and with that the lives of those who were loved by these people were affected. As Lebron James recently stated to ESPN after the tribute to Kobe and Gianna at the Staples center in Los Angeles that the shook the core of the entire city James took to ESPN to state there will never fully be closure for Gigi and Kobe Bryants death.
"It's never a closure. It's never going to be a closure," James said. "I mean, we continue to live on his legacy and continue to have our hearts heavy with both sadness and with happiness for his family that are still here. So it's not a closure. But it was a celebration which was well received from not only the Laker faithful, not only the family here, but everybody around the world."
His statement has not been more accurate with the one month anniversary of the tragic accident that took the lives of these 9 people. The staples center was filled with those that mourned the Black Mamba his daughter and the nine victims, those that followed and admired the career of Bryant and stood in awe in what could have been a hall of fame career for the 13 year old future hall of famer who wanted to play at UConn when she graduated from high school. From the touching memorials of Michael Jordan , Shaquille O'Neil , Sabrina Ionescu (Gianna's Mentor) , The White Mamba Diana Taurasi but the most heartbreaking tribute came from his wife Vanessa Bryant.
As men women and humans we fear every day for our loved ones whether they are fire fighters, first responders, or even just a teacher coming from work we can never expect to lose someone the way Vanessa Bryant lost Kobe and Gigi. Her words her emotions during the ceremony hit the world to their core as they felt every ounce of that pain as she said her stories and her goodbyes to her first love and her baby girl. Bryant was not only known for his skills on the court but the contributions he made for the community and later on the world. The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Foundation was founded in 2006, originally called the VIVO Foundation. The charity was created in an effort to financially support young people in "life-changing experiences designed to broaden their global perspectives. While many people have looked out for themselves, you still have people that care about our kids and really wanted to make a difference. And despite the negative publicity that many news outlets tried to slander the fallen player with. There still many things that have not been taken into consideration. The work this man has done and the lives hes touched has left a momentum effect on us, the numbers 2, 8 and 24 will live in infamy will those children that are watching to become inspired by Gianna Bryant and her love for the game. Will fathers become more inspired to become better fathers after the #Girlsdadmovement had taken during the last month. 2/24 has become a day to forever live in infamy as we slowly heal. The Kobe Effect lives on forever.
According to Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times, Vanessa Bryant has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Island Express Helicopters & Island Express Holding Corporation following the deaths of her husband Kobe Bryant, their 13 year old daughter Gianna and 7 other passengers which included the pilot Ara Zobayan last month in Calabasas, California. Bryant is seeking general, economic & punitive damages stating the the company's breach of its duty and negligence caused the trajedy. The lawsuit states that Kobe Bryant, Gianna and the other passengers were killed as a direct result of the negligent conduct of Zobayan for which Island Express Helicopters is liable in all respects. According to Hannah Fry of the Los Angeles Times Zobayan had previously been disciplined back in 2015 for violating federal flight rules and he was employed by Island Express Helicopters during that time as well. During the fatal crash in January, there was thick fog that had caused the Los Angeles Police Department to ground its fleet of helicopters. According to Chris Woodyard of USA Today a preliminary investigation showed there was no engine failure on the helicopter, however, the helicopter didn't have a terrain awareness and warning system, which is recommended by the National Travel Safety Board. This story is still developing.
February is Black History Month, where we celebrate the advances and the successes that the African American community achieved over history. At DTF Radio we are honored to be a staple of the independent hip-hop community as well as the other many genres our station has played over the last ten years. Lets highlight some of musics best:
Robert Nesta Marley known as Bob Marley was known as one of the pioneers of Reggae , celebrating what would have been his 75th birthday this past February 6th known for his best hits One Love/PeopleGetReady known for his blending of rocksteady , ska and reggae he became a popular figure of pop culture today and became a symbol for Jamaican culture. He passed away at the age of 36 from Melanoma skin cancer in 1981.
Prince Rogers Nelson known as Prince is an American songwriter producer and composer. Known as one of the greatest of our time he changed the landscape of music by bringing the Minneapolis sound with a mix of synth-pop and wave and integrate it with soul. R&B, pop and more. He changed the landscape of music with his lyrics and collaborations with figures such as Big Daddy Kane , Chaka Khan , and more. His most notable work Purple Rain made Billboard top 200 for 24 weeks in a row and became the soundtrack for one of the most notable movies in the world. He passed away in 2016 from an accidental fentanyl overdose in his mansion in Minnesota.
Run DMC Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, and Jason Mizell, are one of the pioneers of hip hop history. Being the first rap group to receive a gold album, a platinum album as well as a platinum plus album for their music. They have made their notable appearances on popular pop culture show american bandstand and they were the first rap video to ever premiere on MTV in 1984 with their hit single "Rock Box"
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According to multiple sources brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke was killed during a home invasion wednesday morning at a home in Hollywood Hills which the rapper was renting. According to police sources 2 men wearing masks & hoodies broke into the home around 4:30 in the morning and fired multiple shots striking and killing the 20 year old Canarsie native. EMT's on the scene attempted CPR before rushing him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood where he was pronounced dead. It's unclear if Pop Smoke knew the shooters or if it was a random act. The shooters have not been identified and are still on the loose. Pop Smoke whose real name is Bashar Barakah Jackson released his breakout single "Welcome To The Party" off his debut mixtape Meet the Woo back in April of 2019 and in February of 2020 he just released his follow up Meet the Woo 2 which featured Quavo & A Boogie wit da Hoodie amongst others. Pop Smoke was on the rise & his untimely passing is just another hit to the hip hop community. This story is still developing.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The entire Kansas City metro was in full celebration Sunday night as the Kansas City Chiefs became Super Bowl champions for the second time in franchise history and the first time in 50 years.
The National Weather Service in Kansas City reported that the metro erupting in celebration with fireworks was detected by their radar. Patrick Mahomes, who was selected Super Bowl MVP, led the Chiefs to 21 straight points in the final 6:13 for a 31-20 victory Sunday over the San Francisco 49ers.
Queens definitely gets the money as 50 Cent stands tall and proud this morning earning his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Queens native known for his infamous singles Candy shop, AYO Technology, In Da Club and his hit TV Show on Starz Power is one among many who have been declared legends in the entertainment industry. According to Source Magazine, the star has earned 86 awards with 135 nominations under his belt with a Grammy for Best New Music.
Accompanied by hip-hop mentors Eminem and Dr. Dre 50 walked into the ceremony with his hit single In Da Club and throws sprinkles of his latest show the Power Spin of South Side, taking place in his home town of the South Side of Queens NY Jamaica. With 10 days to the Power series finale, what shall we expect next? Congratulations 50!
The widow of the late Kobe Bryant took to social media three days after the tragic accident that took away basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant, as well as the 7 other casualties in the Calabasas plane crash this past Sunday. The 41-year-old was a former Lakers player and coach for the daughter Gianna basketball team prior to the tragic accident. The accident changed not only the life of Kobe Bryant but the defense coach that was on the flight, team members of Gianna's team, their parents and the pilot. In the statement Vanessa made she included that the Mamba Sports Foundation will set up the Mamba on Three Fund to help support the families supported by the tragedy. Her Instagram posts she thanks the world for their outpouring love and condolences for the family.
The message includes
My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org.
Since the post, the hashtag #GirlsDad has been trending all over the world with fathers all over the world keeping their daughters closer than ever. ESPN correspondent Elle Duncan reflected upon her memories with the late Bryant as they spoke about being a father and a parent to daughters. She discusses the half-hour conversation that they had and recalled her thoughts of Gigi, the comfort she received from Bryant's death was he died doing what he loved "Being a girl Dad." While this tragedy is still haunting the world and being in a state of mourning but the world has become more aware to open their arms and hearts to keep their loved ones close to them. Its a lesson to all of us to hug our mothers our fathers and those that we love; we do not know what life will bring for us but to just cherish every moment. That is the Kobe Effect ....
The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards started on a somber note this past Sunday as the news broke of Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant's death on the helicopter crash in Calabasas that took a total of 9 lives. Alicia Keys, Boyz II Men, and Lizzo all took the Grammy stage to dedicate their performance to the basketball retiree and his daughter. The newly victorious Grammy winner took her rendition of Because I Love You to show her deep regret on the passing while Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men dedicated their performance of So Hard to Say Goodbye to Kobe Bryant.
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Hip Hop took some wins as Old Town Road (Lil Nas x Billy Ray Cyrus) took Best Pop Duo, the late Nipsey Hussle conquered Best Rap performance for Best Rap Performance with the award being accepted by his wife Lauren London and grandmother. DJ Khaled and John legend performed a tribute to Nipsey Hussle for their song Higher with surprise appearances from Meek Mill and YG.
One of the night's most memorable moments was J.Cole winning his first songwriter's award for his feature with 21 Savage. However one question always comes to mind, why is there such discrimination in the voting process for the Grammys according to Variety tyler stated “I’m half and half on it,” he said. “On the one side I am very grateful that what I made can be acknowledged in a world like this… but it sucks that whenever we, and I mean guys that look like me, do anything that’s genre-bending or anything, they always put it in rap or urban category.” he continues “And I don’t like that ‘urban’ word,” he added. “It’s just a politically correct way to say the n-word, to me. So when I hear that, I’m just like, why can’t we just be in pop? So I felt like — half of me feels like the rap nomination was a backhanded compliment.”
What did you think of the Grammys? Does Tyler the Creator have a point?
There have been two impeachments prior to the impeachment of Donald J. Trump and none have been more newsworthy till Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) took the stand. In his opening statement, he answers a question posed by Jay Sekulow Trump's impeachment attorney" What are we doing here?" The Native New Yorker is a representative of Clinton Hill where Notorious BIG was born. He answers the question by telling the American Public the following statement “We are here, sir because President Trump pressured a foreign government to target an American citizen for political and personal gain,” the New York Democrat responded, adding, “We are here, sir because President Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election and corrupted our democracy.”
“And we are here, sir, to follow the facts, follow the law, be guided by the Constitution, and present the truth to the American people. That is why we are here, Mr. Sekulow. If you don’t know, now you know,” Concluding his statement with the iconic line from Notorious 1994 smash hit Juicy.
Notorious BIG known as Christopher Wallace was born in Brooklyn New York and known for his gangsta style demeanor and his bars that matched. He was known as the face of the East Coast Gangsta rap, he was shot and killed on March 9, 1997, his murder was never solved.
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