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What’s Beef?

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The age-old phrase “beef” or “beefing” has become an mainstay in recent years in the realm of Hip-Hop. Any form of the dozens or verbal jousting nowadays is misconstrued as “beef,” but what actually constitutes beef in the Hip-Hop arena versus those who operate on the periphery? I decided to revisit this topic in light of Hip-Hop’s most contemporary and salient “beef” between undisputed Boxer Floyd Mayweather and his one time friend turned foe 50 Cent.

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Rastafarian teen suspended for refusing to cut dreadlocks

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A Louisiana teen has been placed on indefinite suspension for refusing to cut his hair.

The boy was sent home from South Plaquemines High School when classes resumed Aug. 8 because his dreadlocks extended beyond the collar of his shirt, a violation of the school’s dress code.

The ACLU of Louisiana has taken on the case. 

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Mom, four kids pulled over by cops at gunpoint on accident

A Texas mother of four says she was mistakenly pulled over and handcuffed at gunpoint by police as her children watched from the car.

Forney Police say they were responding to a report of a driver waving a gun out of a window and thought the woman’s car was the one they were looking for.

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Clip of the Day

BYP100′s Jasson Perez talks police brutality, accurately reporting misconduct

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BYP100 National Co-Chair Jasson Perez joined Vocalo Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams. During the conversation, Perez talks about police brutality and shares ways that individuals can properly document and report instances of police misconduct.

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Ferguson police stand by decision to leave Michael Brown’s body in street for 4 hours

Michael Brown’s body lay exposed for community members and residents to see after he died from bullet wounds released by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.

And St. Louis County police officers are defending their choice to leave the body of the unarmed 18-year-old teen who was shot by the police officer out in the open for four hours.

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Guest Post

Floyd Mayweather’s inability to read is anything but funny

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The following post originally appears on The Root. It was written by Keli Goff.

By: Keli Goff

For the last several days, rapper 50 Cent and boxer Floyd Mayweather have engaged in the favorite pastime of any 21st-century celebrity with a Twitter account and an ego: feuding. While in the old days you might have had to stand on a street corner and shout insults at a nemesis face-to-face, with a few neighborhood friends to cheer you on, today Instagram, Twitter and every other form of social media make the entire world observers to celebrities doing modern-day versions of “the dozens.”

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Audio shows pauses between shots in Michael Brown incident

A new audio recording released Monday night allegedly indicates the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown paused in the middle of unleashing at least 10 bullets in the teen’s direction.

CNN aired the tape, but said that it could not independently verify its authenticity. Allegedly, the audio was captured near the shooting scene in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9. 

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News Flash

People magazine sued for racism

A former black editor for People Magazine is suing the company for racism.

Tatasha Robertson was reportedly the only black editor at the magazine. She says she was terminated from her job because of the color of her skin. 

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After racist rant, cop who pushed Don Lemon relieved of duty

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A St. Louis police officer who was seen on CNN earlier this week pushing Don Lemon back during a live broadcast from Ferguson, Missouri has been dismissed of his duty.

The decision came after officials saw a video of an hour-long speech he delivered that included hate speech against African-Americans, the LGBT community and President Obama. 

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Update: Ray Allen to press charges on youth involved in home invasion

The seven teenagers who allegedly entered NBA player Ray Allen’s home while his wife and children were sleeping have been charged with trespassing.

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