Thursday, February 27, 2020

Tio Bernie Surprises the World With Public Enemy

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.

What do you think they will perform this Saturday drop your thoughts below! 
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The Kobe Effect - The Aftermath

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. 

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Monday, February 24, 2020

Vanessa Bryant Files Lawsuit Against Helicopter Company

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.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

DTF Radio Celebrates Black History Month

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"

Comment below and tell us your notable figures in the music industry. 

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Pop Smoke Reportedly Killed in Home Invasion

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. 

Monday, February 3, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs WIN Super Bowl

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.