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9th Wonder talks “Jamla is the Squad” and Defines “Real Hip-Hop”

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Last Thursday, legendary Hip-Hop producer, independent record executive, and Harvard fellow 9th Wonder came through Pittsburgh to talk about his incredible career in Hip-Hop before a live audience. In an exclusive interview with 1Hood Media Academy Student Kevin “K-Rockz” Lee, 9th wonder chops it up about his new album, “Jamla is the Squad” and what is, “Real Hip-Hop”.

K-Rockz has made news here in Pittsburgh for speaking out on behalf of thousands of  homeless students. He recently received a scholarship from National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY).



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NFL-ordered probe: Richie Incognito, 2 others harassed Jonathan Martin

An NFL-ordered probe has revealed that Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was subjected to ongoing racist harassment that included vicious sexual taunts about his mother and sister by three teammates. 

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Nicki Minaj apologizes for depiction of Malcolm X in cover art for single

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Yesterday musician Nicki Minaj found herself in the middle of controversy over her choice of photo to promote her single.

The artwork for Minaj’s song, “Lookin’ Ass Ni**a” is a reproduction of the iconic photograph of Malcolm X, rifle in hand, looking out of the window of his Queens home, with the song’s title on the left side of the image.

A fire storm erupted after the cover went viral, and Minaj took to Instagram to apologize for her choice. 

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Winter storm leaves 21 dead on the East Coast

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A giant storm of snow, sleet and freezing rain on the East Coast has resulted in 21 deaths. The storm, which struck states on Wednesday night, brought 9 inches of snow in Washington, 10 inches in New York and Maine tallied to more than a foot. 

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Happy Valentine’s Day: a love letter from Dr. King to Coretta

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It’s Valentine’s Day and what better way to acknowledge the holiday than by reading a letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to his lovely wife Coretta.

The letter, written a year before the two got married in 1952, shows a softer side to King. 

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Some jails in Nevada to charge inmates for food, medical care

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Nevada may be the first state in the country to charge inmates for food and medical care.

The Elko County Commission approved Sheriff Jim Pitts’ proposal to charge inmates $6 a day for meals, $10 for each doctor visit and $5 for initial booking into the jail. 

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Report: Jails throughout country locking up those too poor to pay minor fines

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According to a wide range of  reports released by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Brennan Center for Justice, local governments throughout the country have locked up a growing number of people for failing to pay minor debts.

The most recent report, takes a look at the emergence of  what is known as “debtors prisons” in the state of Washington. 

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School bans students from writing about Malcolm X

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Parents of students attending a New York school are outraged after finding out their children were banned from writing about iconic civil rights leader Malcolm X. 

The assignment, given to fourth graders attending Public School 201 in Flushing, did not permit students to write about X because he was “violent” and “bad.” 

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Justice for Jordan Davis: Dunn’s fate in hands of jury

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The jury in the murder trial of a Florida man accused of killing a 17-year-old unarmed teenager during a dispute over loud music resumed deliberations Thursday.

The jury initially requested to see surveillance video from the gas station where Michael Dunn fired 9 shots into Jordan Davis’ vehicle in November 2012. The 20 minutes of footage from multiple angles was shortened and slated to be shown in court. 

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Mother of armed robber doesn’t blame cop for shooting teenage son

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Tonia Stevens lost her 16-year-old son Monday night after an off-duty police officer shot and killed him during a robbery attempt at a gas station in Chicago.

Instead of Stevens feeling anger at the officer, she said that her son had been in trouble with the law for years, and doesn’t blame to officer for shooting him. 

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