• Mr. Sonny 11/10/2021

    Mr. Sonny 11/10/2021
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  • Kamala Harris Tests Negative For Covid-19 After White House Exposure

    Kamala Harris Tests Negative For Covid-19 After White House Exposure
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    Vice President Kamala Harris tested negative for Covid-19 after being exposed at the White House. A spokesperson confirmed to The Washington Post, the VP came into close contact with a White House official who tested positive.
    Harris’ exposure comes just days after President Joe Biden came into close contact with a “mid-level” White House staffer on Friday (December 17) who then tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday (December 20).
    Neither Harris nor
  • Stevie Wonder Calls Out Lawmakers Who Refuse To Act On Voting Rights [Watch]

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    Stevie Wonder is calling for the Senate to pass voting rights legislation immediately.
    On the evening of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday (January 17), the music legend shared a video message, in which he issued a call to action to lawmakers who refuse to act on voting rights.
    “Any senator who cannot support the protection of voting rights in the United States of America cannot say that they support the Constitution,” Wonder said as he sat behind a piano. &ldq
  • Senate Candidate Smokes Marijuana In Campaign Ad [Watch]

    Senate Candidate Smokes Marijuana In Campaign Ad [Watch]
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    Gary Chambers isn’t afraid to ruffle some feathers as he works to legalize marijuana.
    On Tuesday (January 18), the Louisiana Democrat vying to unseat Senator John Kennedy (R-La.), released a new campaign ad featuring him smoking marijuana as he spoke about the racial disparities of marijuana-related arrests and the “waste” of money and resources authorities use when enforcing marijuana laws.
    “Every 37 seconds, someone is ar
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  • Rihanna Pens A Sweet Message To Her Late Cousin On Anniversary Of His Death

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    Rihanna is grieving the loss her cousin Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, whom she loss to gun violence back in 2017. The Fenty founder took to social media on Monday honor Alleyne with a series of throwback photos of the two and a short, sweet message, writing;
    “Miss you and dat smile cuz”   
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  • Boosie Mourns The Loss Of His Grandfather, Months After Grandmother’s Death

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    Boosie is currently grieving the loss of his grandfather, who passed away over the weekend, just two months after the rapper’s grandmother passed. The “Wipe Me Down” star tweeted the somber news to his Twitter followers on Tuesday, writing:
  • Alleged Racist Texting Group Between California Cops Exposed

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    A new report reveals the offensive text messages allegedly exchanged between police officers in a Los Angeles suburb, according to The Atlantic Black Star.
    Local and state attorney’s offices are investigating a dozen cops from the Torrance Police Department after multiple texts between them showed anti-Semitic jokes, threats against members of the LGBTQ+ community, photos of lynched Black men, and much more, reporters say.
    Among the accused officers were Cody Weldin and
  • Cloakroom tap into their dreamier side on Dissolution Wave

    Cloakroom tap into their dreamier side on Dissolution Wave
    On the untouchable 2017 LP Time Well, Cloakroom dialed in and perfected their take on modern slowcore, blending Hum-flavored space rock and atomically heavy walls of guitars with syrupy, dreary, and heart-wrenchingly sad vocal melodies. The Northwest Indiana trio have since undergone a lineup shift, and some members have also spread their wings in other projects. Founding drummer Brian Busch has departed, replaced by Chicago hardcore stalwart Tim Remis (from Sweet Cobra, the Killer, and countle
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  • New-music combo Honestly Same debut their improvised meditations

    New-music combo Honestly Same debut their improvised meditations
    Gossip Wolf has yet to hear a note from Honestly Same, but the temptation is strong to refer to the five-piece improvising collective as a supergroup—kind of like Temple of the Dog for the local new-music scene! The quintet is packed with big-time talent: percussionist Samuel Scranton (half of the duo Beautifulish), synthesizer player Zach Moore (part of Mocrep and cofounder of Parlour Tapes), pianist Mabel Kwan (a member of Ensemble dal Niente), clarinetist Zachary Good (part of ZRL, Moc
  • Social Justice Within the Criminal Justice System with Attorney Jarrett Adams

    Social Justice Within the Criminal Justice System with Attorney Jarrett Adams
    Attorney, Author and activist, Jarrett Adams was wrongfully convicted of a crime at age 17 and sentenced to 28 years in a maximum-security prison. After serving nearly ten years and filing multiple appeals with the assistance of the Wisconsin Innocence Project, the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals exonerated him.
    He used the injustice he endured as inspiration to become an advocate and attorney for the underserved and often uncounted. Jarrett Adams earned his Juris Doctor
  • Top Social Media Moments For Black America In 2021

    Top Social Media Moments For Black America In 2021
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    There are a number of ways to relive the year. If we were to relive the year in music, we could run through the top songs, albums, etc. To relive the year in sports, the ESPYs provide a proper recap of the year. Meanwhile, the Emmys and Academy Awards attempt to do the same across film and television. The list goes on. However, few things pull together the year in sports, politics, music, film and television quite like social media. Whether its creating the meme that captures
  • US Experiencing ‘Very Rapid’ Rise In Child Hospitalizations From Covid-19

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    Children are “one of our most vulnerable populations” for infection from the more transmissible Omicron variant, according to pediatric critical care physician Dr. Adrienne Randolph.
    In an interview with CNN, the physician, who works at Boston Children’s Hospital, told the outlet, “we are seeing a very rapid number of hospitalizations in children, they are one of our most vulnerable populations and have the lowest vaccination rates currently.”
  • Juice WRLD’s Mother Speaks Out Against ‘Disrespectful’ Leaks Of Son’s Album

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    Juice WRLD’s latest posthumous album Fighting Demons debuted at the top of several music charts after it’s December 10th release. However, some of the star’s sacred, unreleased music has leaked to the public, and Juice WRLD’s mother, Carmella Wallace is not here for it. In a recent interview with XXL, Wallace spoke of her disappointment at the unauthorized releases, sharing:
    “I understand they loved him. They loved his music, but there’s a
  • VP Kamala Harris Unveils Multi-Billion Dollar Plan To Fund Black Businesses

    VP Kamala Harris Unveils Multi-Billion Dollar Plan To Fund Black Businesses
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    Black-owned businesses are getting a major boost from the Fed.
    A the Freedman’s Bank Forum on Tuesday (December 14), Vice President Kamala Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen unveiled the US Treasury’s plan to distribute $8.78 billion –– with a capital “B” –– to help increase lending to Black-owned business and access to banking in low-income communities.
    The funds are coming from the Emergency Capital Investment Program
  • Task Force Calls For Search Warrant Overhauls After Breonna Taylor’s Death

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    A Kentucky task force has officially recommended the state makes changes to the way search warrants are handled, after Breonna Taylor was killed in her own home March 13, 2020 by Louisville police officers.
    State Attorney General Daniel Cameron established the Search Warrant Task Force, who announced their final report on Tuesday (December 21). In the report, the Task Force recommended the following new guidelines on search warrants:Additional training for police officers
  • Ja Rule Fans Are Shook After Photo Of His Doppelganger Son Goes Viral

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    Ja Rule has gone viral yet again, but this time around it’s all thanks to son. Fans were shocked earlier this week after a photo of the rapper’s son made its rounds on the Internet, and the resemblance between he and his legendary father were uncanny. The photo is from Rule’s son, Jefferey Atkins Jr.’s 2019 graduation; but it recently resurfaced on the Internet, making for another great Ja Rule moment. Ja originally shared the photo two years ago, with
  • Dr. Dre To Pay Ex-Wife Nicole Young $100 Million In Divorce Settlement

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    Dr. Dre and Nicole Young have settled their divorce.
    According to TMZ, the music mogul has agreed to pay his ex-wife $100 million. Dr. Dre will pay Young in two installments: $50 million this year and $50 million next year.
    Dr. Dre, who is worth $820 million, still gets to keep seven properties, including their Malibu home, which Young must move out of by the end of December. He also gets full rights to his master recordings, trademarks and interests in various partnerships a
  • Vaccine Gap Between Black And White Americans Widens Amid Push For Boosters

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    Vaccine equity remains a priority as a racial divide in America widens once again –– this time amid a surge and with a new variant.
    “We have to overcome the naysayers all over again,” Deneen Richmond, leader of the Luminis Health Doctors Community Medical Center in Prince George County, Maryland, told The Washington Post. “It’s like, ‘Hit replay, repeat.’ That is what we’re going to need to do with the booster.”
  • Trey Songz Speaks Out Against New Sexual Assault Allegations

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    Trey Songz and his legal team are speaking out after another young woman, former UNLV basketball player Dylan Gonzalez claims the singer sexually assaulted her at a Las Vegas hotel. On Tuesday, Gonzalez released a statement, accusing Songz, real name Tremaine Neverson, of attacking her and causing “unbearable PTSD” in the years following the assault.
    “With what seems like endlessly reoccurring news of the alleged sexual assaults committed by Trey Songz, I am
  • Janet Jackson Praises Lizzo For Helping Women Be Comfortable In Their Skin

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    For decades, Janet Jackson has been the pinnacle for aesthetics and beauty in the music industry. Throughout the years, the legendary pop star has been vocal about some of the challenges she’s faced when it comes to beauty standards in Hollywood. These days, the timeless beauty is feeling more confident than ever, and sharing some of the wisdom she’s gained along the way.
    In a recent interview with Allure, Miss Jackson opened up about the challenges women face whe
  • Senate Passes Bill To Honor Emmett Till, Mamie Till-Mobley

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    The US Senate passed a bill Tuesday (January 11) to posthumously honor the late Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, with a Congressional Gold Medal.
    Till was brutally beaten, tortured, and murdered by a group of white supremacists in 1955 at the age of 14. His mother opted to have an open-casket funeral for her son, the images of which energized calls for civil rights for Black Americans who, for centuries, had been subjected to heinous racial violence.
    The bill wa
  • Racist Bomb Threat Message Shuts Down California HBCU

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    The medical campus of a California HBCU was temporarily shut down after officials received a bomb threat.
    Charles R. Drew University in Willowbrook is planning to reopen Wednesday (January 12) after a person identifying as a white male neo-Nazi emailed a threat to detonate three bombs on campus.
    “I want to show the Black population what the white man can do, we will take back our land!” the threat, obtained by The Los Angeles Times, reads.
    The message alleged thr
  • Activism in Film with “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America”

    Activism in Film with “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America”
    “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America” is a poignant and provocative documentary feature film that confronts the history of slavery and anti-Black racism in America.
    Former ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeffery Robinson had one of the best educations in America. He went to Marquette University and Harvard Law School and has been a trial lawyer for over 40 years. In 2011, Robinson began raising his then 13-year-old nephew and, as a Black man raising a Black son, struggled with wh
  • Progressive death-metal band Monochromatic Black deliver the brutality on Vicissitude

    Progressive death-metal band Monochromatic Black deliver the brutality on Vicissitude
    In 2018, Long Island progressive death-metal band Monochromatic Black threw down the gauntlet with a video for their debut single, “The Herd,” announcing themselves as a force to be reckoned with. The following year, they released their first EP, Pneuma, to considerable acclaim: it’s an intense, versatile, and strikingly assured burst of brutality that hit like a progressive deathcore derecho and left me wanting more. Last fall’s full-length Vicissitude has scratched tha
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Advice on Money 

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    What would Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. say about your spending habits?   
    Many know the Civil Rights-era giant to be one who spoke about peace, justice, fairness and love amidst unspeakable hate and threats made against Black people and other disenfranchised groups.  
    Dr. King, however, had a penchant for pennies, too.  
    With Martin Luther King
  • Journalist Marc Lamont Hill Talks Radical Activism at MLK Service

    Journalist Marc Lamont Hill Talks Radical Activism at MLK Service
    Journalist, author and activist, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill spoke at St. Sabina Church on Sunday for their annual MLK service. The Temple University professor and host of BET News and the Coffee and Books podcast delivered an electrifying message honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
    In his message, he highlighted the necessity of telling the truth about Martin Luther King Jr’s work, activism, and legacy. “Our work to honor King is an act of resistance…You will not kill
  • MLK’s Legacy in North Lawndale, Chicago

    MLK’s Legacy in North Lawndale, Chicago
    Fifty-six years ago, on January 26, 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his family moved to 1550 N. Hamlin Avenue in the North Lawndale neighborhood in Chicago. Dr. King’s mission was to protest slum conditions, overpricing of rent, and discriminatory housing practices. The King family moved on the third floor, where tenants in the three-story building were living without water, electricity, and heat. King’s rent was $97.00 per month for a four-room apartment, whereas whites would
  • MLK Series: What Social Justice Looks Like Now with Rev. Dr. Michael L. Pfleger

    MLK Series: What Social Justice Looks Like Now with Rev. Dr. Michael L. Pfleger
    In his own words, Rev. Michael L. Pfleger, Sr. Pastor of the Faith Community of St. Sabina says, “St. Sabina is, I believe, more than a congregation, but a teaching ground where countless people from around the world pass through our doors and take something with them. It is a ground where denominational walls have been dismantled and racial barriers removed. It is a ground where the Spirit of the Lord has brought freedom and where young and old, wealthy, and poor have been welcomed.
  • MLK’s Family To Biden: No MLK Day Holiday Without Voting Rights Legislation

    MLK’s Family To Biden: No MLK Day Holiday Without Voting Rights Legislation
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    The family of Martin Luther King, Jr. is calling for a “no celebration” of the January federal holiday named in his honor without action by lawmakers and Joe Biden on federal voting rights legislation.
    Martin Luther King III, his wife Arndrea Waters King and their daughter Yolanda Renee King have plans to mobilize activists over MLK weekend next year to push Biden and Congress on passing two key pieces of legislation that would secure voting rights for millions.
  • OP-ED: Candidate for Congress Kina Collins Says It is Time to Let Young People Lead

    OP-ED: Candidate for Congress Kina Collins Says It is Time to Let Young People Lead
    Community organizer and activist, Kina Collins.
    Kina Collins is an American community organizer and activist, whose work has focused on issues of gun violence, criminal justice reform, and universal healthcare. Collins is a candidate in the 2022 U.S. House election for Illinois’ 7th congressional district.
    By: Kina Collins
    Martin Luther King Jr. was just 26 years old when he led the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Dr. King witnessed and experienced injustices in his communities, and he wast

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