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Why I Wrote the “Profane” New Nat Turners

Honestly I never intend to write this song. My producer Religion, saw a post I put up about a extremely racist commercial from the pen company Uniball. He was so angry about it he made the beat which would later become “New Nat Turners“. He called me after he sent it and we discussed how we would approach the song . We talked about how a corporation in 2013 would put out a ad like that and how people in our community would be willing to play a part in our own degradation.

Later that night I saw Kanye trending on twitter and tuned in to SNL to catch the live performance on his new song, “New Slaves”. About 5 minutes later I sent out this tweet.

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Cops Accused of Excessive Force in Latest Chief Keef Arrest

Rapper Chief Keef was arrested yesterday by officers from the Chicago Police Department as he was leaving a Skokie courthouse.

The Chicago rapper’s camp claims that CPD officers used excessive force in a statement:

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OWN Network Premieres “Dark Girls” Documentary This Sunday

The buzzed-about documentary Dark Girls will make its premiere on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Network this Sunday June 23rd.

The film delves into the prejudices faced by dark-skinned women around the world.

From Concrete Loop:

 It examines the roots of classism, racism, and the lack of self-esteem within a division of cultures that extends from America to even the most faraway places of the world.

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Mother Watches Police Shoot Black Teen Hours After Her Own Was Killed By Cops

Englewood resident Stacey Liberty watched police shoot and kill 15 year-old Michael Westley just hours after learning that her own son – 24-year old Antwoyn Johnson – had been killed by police as well.

Police allege that both young men were reaching for guns when they were shot.

However, Johnson’s family disputes this, and says the police shot him three times in the back.

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Teenage Sisters Launch Their Own Line of Beauty Products

Instead of simply complaining about the beauty products sold in stores, sisters Halle and Brea Holmes took initiative and launched their own line!

According to Clutch Mag, their line – Dubbed Sweet Dream Girlz – made $25,000 in its first year, and $42,000 in 2012.

Though major stores have shied away from carrying their products; the Holmes sisters got creative once again, starting a network-marketing program that offers commissions to individuals for hosting Sweet Dream Girlz parties.

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WATCH: Lil Wayne Stomps on American Flag in New Video

While many of us are still buzzing about Jay-Z’s 5-minute record promotion commercial that aired yesterday during the NBA Finals, clips of Lil Wayne stomping on an American flag have surfaced.

The video for Weezy’s track, “God Bless America” hasn’t been released yet, but we’re sure this clip will stir the waters of controversy:

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Dave Chappelle to Headline Comedy Tour

Don’t you hate it when you log on to Twitter or Facebook and see that a friend of yours caught some impromptu, secret Dave Chappelle standup show?

Well, soon you’ll have the chance to see the reclusive comedian when he headlines a comedy tour sponsored by Funny or Die:

Funny or Die announced this morning that Chappelle, who has been infamously difficult to track down since he abruptly left his widely acclaimed Comedy Central show in 2005, will headline the website’s first (annual?) Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival.

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And Then Came Summer

We are yet again on the precipice of summer, and I suspect, if I searched my posts from this time last year, that I said something similar. I’m sure that I’ve previously mentioned this in some form.

– Last week, jury selection for the George Zimmerman trial began. Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, is facing second-degree murder charges. In the time since Martin’s death in February 2012, he (his hoodie and his Skittles) have become symbols, political shorthand for the violence enacted upon black youth on a daily basis across this country. Representatives of the state, in this case the police, as well as private citizens have hurt and in many cases killed young black people for reasons that are never sufficient. Martin is just the most notable of a slew of names we’ve not bothered to archive in our collective memory. 

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7 Killed, 41 Injured, In Chicago’s Most Violent Weekend of the Year

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, this past weekend was the most violent of the year in Chicago.

At least 41 people were injured – 7 killed – in shootings across the city between Friday and Sunday night.

From the Huffington Post:

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office said Monday morning that the youngest victim was 15-year-old Michael Westley, who died Sunday.

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George Zimmerman’s Father Says the “True Racists” are Black

George Zimmerman’s father Robert recently released an e-book called “Florida v. Zimmerman: Uncovering the Malicious Prosecution of my Son, George.”

In it, he rails against various aspects of his son’s legal woes.

In one of the chapters – “Who Are the True Racists” – Zimmerman says that the “true racists” are a variety of African Americans; namely, specific individuals and organizations that have expressed support for Trayvon Martin’s family. 

Think Progress took the liberty of posting Zimmerman’s list of racists:

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