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Vince Staples Compares Nipsey Hussle To Black Revolutionaries In New Interview 

“The Mellowing Vince Staples” by Desus Nice

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Vince Staples chopped it up with Desus Nice of Showtime’s Desus & Mero during a recent interview for GQ magazine. Desus wanted the Long Beach rapper to touch on how Nipsey Hussle’s death affected him being that they shared similar backgrounds as LA Crips turned successful Hip-Hop artists.

“With Nipsey’s passing, that was huge—major—across the whole world. And you’re someone who comes from a similar background. You’re not Nipsey, but you’re a successful rapper. You still be out there. How does all of that make you feel?” Desus asked.

“If you look historically at people in leadership roles—especially leadership roles in Black communities, especially in urban communities—there’s no connection if you’re not physically there,” Staples explained.

Staying connected is unfortunately what led to Neighborhood Nip’s early demise as he was killed in front of the Crenshaw district shopping center that he owned in the Slauson neighborhood that he put on his back, literally and figuratively.

Typically, rappers leave once they become rich and famous but Vince feels that it was important for Nipsey to stay active serving his community because the progress of the people he represented meant more to him than his personal comfort. Although he was a Rolling 60s Crip Nipsey was an activist at heart. He shared a lot of the same qualities of famed black revolutionaries that came before him.

“From John Huggins and Bunchy Carter in Los Angeles to when you think about what Ralph Abernathy and Fred Hampton and all these people did from all the different places. Huey Newton, Angela Davis. People that have touched people. They had to touch people physically on a local level. And to me there’s no difference from these people and Nipsey Hussle. I mean, Nipsey Hussle is Gil Scott-Heron. Nipsey Hussle is James Baldwin. He hears these people that had a message.”

Nipsey Hussle, who was known to rock a diamond-encrusted Malcolm X gold pendant around his neck, was a leader for his time and he died serving the people he loved like the icon he adorned once did.

“Crazy as it might seem, Black leadership is something that’s always different in hindsight,” added Staples. “I wasn’t there for Malcolm X. My mom, she’ll tell me about Black Panthers being in L.A. and Compton. She saw how things transitioned and how things turned out afterwards. … The end of the story is just as important as everything else. So I can’t say if it makes me feel any other way, except motivated and inspired, because, you know, Nipsey Hussle died doing what Nipsey did. It’s not like he died doing anything else. He died in that parking lot taking pictures with kids, giving them money.”

Check out the full GQ interview right here.

Rep. Maxine Waters Tells Rep. Jim Jordan To “Shut Your Mouth” 


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Rep. Maxine Waters is not someone who meekly goes away when someone tries to silence her, as the world realized during the famous “reclaiming my time” moment. The congresswoman once again employed the phrase after clashing with Rep. Jim Jordan, who refused to let go of a belabored point during a hearing.

On Thursday (April 15), a House Oversight coronavirus subcommittee hearing took place with Chairman James Clyburn leading the discussion. Jordan, who represents Ohio, was challenging Dr. Anthony Fauci over a timeline when Americans can return to normalcy, repeating past clashes the pair have over the public health response to the COVID-19.

Fauci explained that 60,000 people are still contracting the coronavirus and that there isn’t a determination that can be made that surpasses the science and suggestion of others.

Jordan’s time was spent and Clyburn gave the floor to Waters but Jordan, undeterred, began overtalking Waters this prompting her to tell her Republican colleague to “shut your mouth” in true Auntie Maxine fashion.

The exchange can be viewed below.

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Peep Megan The Stallion’s Lil Durk Assisted Video For “Movie” 

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Megan Thee Stallion might be spoken for, but damnit can’t no one keep us from daydreaming of wifing up the thick as molasses Houston rapper.

Knowing that men (and women) across the globe can’t get enough of her curvy physical degree, Megan The Stallion continues to show us what we can’t have as she flaunts all her assets in her new visuals to the Lil Durk assisted “Movie.” Once again finds herself in a scantily clad outfit that most women would shy away from while in a strip club where it rains cash on some pretty talented pole working women.

Real talk, there was enough booty in this video to wear out the most thorough of couches.

Naturally Lil Durk just does him in the club, but we’re all here to see Megan smackin’ booty and pouring drinks down the throats of the twerkin’ talent. Pardison Fontaine is a lucky man. That is all.

Check out the Megan Thee Stallion getting freaky with it below and let us know your thoughts on her latest video.

Swae Lee Premiering New Docuseries on Snapchat 

Swae Meets World

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Swae Lee is teaming up with Snapchat to give fans all access with a new docuseries.

The OG filter-loving social media app is giving fans an all-access pass to view his life. The 10-episode Snap original docuseries, Swae Meets World, is set to premiere on Snapchat’s Discover, with new episodes that will go live every other day.

The Snapchat original docuseries will follow Swae Lee on his journey through triumph and tragedy as he prepares to launch his first solo album, capturing Swae Lee embracing the most pivotal moment in his career, following his success as a five-time Grammy nominee as one half of the hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd.

“I want to change the world through my music, that’s my main goal,” Swae says in the Swae Meets World trailer. “I am grateful for the lifestyle that I live.”

The trailer, which features clips of the platinum-selling artist on street bikes with his boys and meeting up with Diplo cuts to a point noting that the docuseries will also highlight the less flashy moments with celebrity friends as the rapper allows cameras to follow him as he copes with the recent tragic losses in his life, including the murder of his stepfather.

“There’s a lot of stuff going on in my life that, I didn’t even know if I wanted the world to know,” says Lee.

Swae Meets World is set to premiere on Snapchat’s Discover on April 17, to subscribe to the series, click here.

Check out the trailer below.

Chicago PD Releases Footage of Unarmed 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo Being Assassinated By Police 

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Days after Daunte Wright’s life was taken by police officers in Minnesota, Chicago PD released a bodycam video of another kid being gunned down by a police officer and yes, it was unnecessary.

Buzzfeed is reporting that after being chased down by 34-year-old officer Eric Stillman in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed after complying with the cops demands and putting his hands in the air. Toledo was unarmed at the time of the shooting. Though prosecutors initially insisted that Toledo was brandishing a gun when he turned around and provoked the shooting, the bodycam footage paints an entirely different account.

What the videos showed amounted to an “assassination,” Adeena Weiss-Ortiz, the Toledo family’s attorney, said at a press conference Thursday evening.

“If you’re shooting an unarmed child with his hands in the air, it is an assassination,” she told reporters.

She’s right.

The shooting took place on March 29 but the family actually requested that the release of the footage be delayed for personal reasons. After responding to calls of shots being fired in the area, police chased Toldeo and 21-year-old Ruben Roman, whom they say was the man who fired the initial shots. Police apprehended Roman, but Toledo took off running and a foot chase ensued.

After the officer on the heels of Toledo ordered him to “Stop f*cking now!” and “Show me your fucking hands. Drop it!,” the 13-year-old turned around with his hands up and was shot dead on the spot. The officer then rushed to the dying child and immediately called for an ambulance and medical attention, but it was too late. The single shot to the chest was enough to bring his young life to an end.

Now authorities say that Toledo tossed something while on the run, which is their way of justifying the killing.

His family’s attorney stressed that, although video showed the 13-year-old appearing to toss something behind the fence, he was unarmed and with his hands in the air at the time he was shot.

“Adam, during his last seconds of life did not have a gun in his hand,” Weiss-Ortiz said. “His hands were empty when he was shot in the chest at the hands of the officer. He did not have a gun in his hand, contrary to the reports made earlier today.”

In an effort to cover-up his life ending actions, Stillman filled out multiple boxes on his tactical incident report stating that Toledo “did not follow verbal commands, fled, posed an imminent threat, used force likely to cause death or great bodily harm, and that he was armed with a semi-automatic pistol.”

Once again, the tape doesn’t lie.

Stillman has been placed on administrative duties for 30 days as the investigation into the shooting goes on.

Memphis Rapper Mendenhall Mendenhall Among 2 Shot & Killed 

Police car with LED lights at a crime scene

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A shooting in Memphis has left two people dead, including a young rapper on the rise according to accounts from loved ones. Mendenhall Mendenhall and one other person were shot and killed in front of a local Valero location, and a 20-year-old suspect has been arrested.

Local outlet WREG reports that Mendenhall Mendenhall, real name Donterrius Johnson, was apparently the victim of being at the wrong place and the wrong time. Johnson was exiting the store when the other slain individual, an unnamed juvenile, was reportedly driving a stolen Chevy Camero that was owned by suspect Noah Jones, who opened fire and struck Johnson and the juvenile.

Friends contend that Johnson was not involved in the theft of the vehicle and that he truly was on the path of becoming a full-time recording artist.

Buck Nasty, a producer signed to Warner Chappell Music and a Memphis native, said to the outlet, “He was a great guy, a great guy to work with. I did record with him a few times. He was very energetic and professional.”

The shooting took place around 10 p.m. local time on Wednesday (April 14) and a vigil of around 300 to 400 people showed up at the Valero to pay their respects to Johnson. His age has not been reported.

In a recent report from the Associated Press, a Memphis rapper by the name of Big Boogie was arrested with 23 others in a caravan in connection with a highway shooting in Mississipi. The city itself has seen a rise in homicides in 2021, alarming local officials

Jones faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of reckless endangerment.

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Nike Starts A Refurbished Program For Used Kicks 

Nike Refurbished

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It was bound to happen. Nike has officially become resellers…well, kinda.

Nike Refurbished

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In an effort to lessen their waste footprint on the earth, the Swoosh brand has started a program that will be taking used sneakers, refurbishing them, and putting them back on shelves for a price. Nike Refurbished will be giving people the chance to return lightly worn sneakers for cash after which Nike will inspect the kicks, clean them up by hand, and given an inspection grade before being put back out on the streets.

Handy messaging on the boxes make it easy to see what kind of shoes are inside, the condition grade, and more. With a simple scan of the box’s QR code, customers can check out even more information about Nike Move to Zero.

Customers have 60 days to decide whether they want a refund on their recently purchased Nike footwear, but don’t think you can return a dogged out pair of Air Force 1’s or running shoes or something. The kicks have to be lightly worn and factory defective for you to get your money back. Those kicks that are coming apart at the seams can be donated or recycled back to Nike where they’ll become a part of Nike Grind which breaks down old kicks to use in new merchandise.

We have a feeling Nike won’t ever be seeing a pair of Travis Scott or Off-White’s returned. Just sayin.’

As of right now only 15 Nike stores across the US are participating in the program but best believe that number will only continue to grow as time goes by and people choose to the responsible thing for our earth.

Props to Nike for taking this initiative to make our world a better place.

Now, fix the SNKRS app and keep bots from eating, b.

Nike Refurbished

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AR-Ab Sentenced To 45 Years For Running Drug Ring With Murder Ties 


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AR-Ab may be regretting putting too much of his life down in the studio. On Thursday (Apri 16), the Philadelphia rapper was sentenced to 45 years in prison for his role in a drug ring, and his own words were used against him in court.

Reports the Philadelphia Inquirer:

A federal judge sentenced the 38-year-old rapper — whose legal name is Abdul West — to 45 years in prison, a staggering sentence for the tough-talking kingpin convicted in 2019 of turning the record label he founded, Original Block Hustlaz (OBH), into a large-scale North Philadelphia drug-trafficking organization implicated in at least one murder.

But while prosecutors alleged West had ordered the 2017 slaying of a drug-world rival, they did not charge him with that crime, and U.S. District Judge Michael Baylson repeatedly stressed Thursday that it wasn’t a consideration in his sentence.

AR-Ab was actually found guilty of running the drug ring back in 2019. Recently, he insisted that it wasn’t an interview with DJ Vlad that got him jammed up by the Feds as many speculated.

But throughout his trial prosecutors used his lyrics and social media posts against him, trying to pin hits on him. which he denies, and proposing his violent bars were a form of intimidation against his rivals.

Nevertheless, in court, AR-Ab, born Abdul West, insisted the Feds were misconstruing his lyrics.

“The court, the FBI agents, and the prosecutors don’t understand my culture,” AR-Ab reportedly said. “We don’t rap about flowers and rainbows. We’re gangsta rappers. We rap about where we grew up. So we rap about drug dealing. We rap about violence.”

AR-Ab reportedly plans to appeal.

Shooting At Indianapolis FedEx Leave 8 Dead, Including Domestic Terrorist 


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A mass shooting event at an Indianapolis FedDex warehouse facility has left eight people dead, including the shooter, with five others injured. The details of the shooting are still developing as investigators determine what exactly happened in the event.

Local outlet WTHR reports that the incident took place late Thursday (April 15) evening just after 11 PM local time at the FedEx just across the way from the Indianapolis International Airport. Reporters from the NBC affiliate spoke with witnesses that were on the scene who shared what they experienced during the horrific moment.

“I’m at a bench and so I stand up and take a look at the entrance door and by the time I see the door, I see a man come out with a rifle in his hand and he starts firing and he starts yellin’ stuff that I could not understand,” Levi Miller said to 13News. “What I ended up doing was ducking down to make sure he did not see me because I thought he would see me and he would shoot me.”

Family members of the shooting victims gathered at a Holiday Inn located near the FedEx building and told the outlet that because FedEx permits workers from having their phones on the floor, they haven’t been able to reach their loved ones.

FedEx tweeted out a now-deleted statement regarding the shooting.

“We are aware of the tragic shooting at our FedEx Ground facility near the Indianapolis airport. Safety is our top priority, and our thoughts are with all those who are affected. We are working to gather more information and are cooperating with investigating authorities,” the tweet read.

The company has since published a repeated statement Friday Morning.

In recent weeks, mass shooting events have occurred across the nation and have reignited the debate over gun control laws and the like. The incidents in Georgia and Colorado were senseless acts that upended entire communities and inflamed talks that access to firearms go under a more rigorous process for purchasing among other suggested methods of curbing instances such as these.

Should new details emerge, we will return with updates to this tragic story. Our condolences to the friends and family of the victims.

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HHW Gaming: This Looming Issue Has PS3 & PS4 Owners Extremely Worried 

Gamers Express Concern About Potential PS3 & PS4 Internal Timing Issue

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Not all gamers have moved to the next generation by copping a PS5 and are still gaming on the PS4, but a worrisome issue has folks concerned.
Inside your PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 are internal timing systems that could present a huge issue by making your PS4 games and all downloaded PS3 games unplayable on current hardware.

The looming issue has been the talk of PlayStation and hacking circles for some time now, but it has recently picked up steam again after the recent announcement of only shutting down online stores for PSP, PS Vita PS3 online stores. Gamers are pointing out it’s just a matter of when this potential problem will rear its ugly head. The issue won’t affect your ability to play and re-download previously purchased games for now. Still, it could become a much larger issue due to the shutdown of PSN servers on older PlayStation consoles and could affect many games.

So what is the issue exactly? Inside your PS3 and PS4 is a CMOS battery that helps your console keep up with the current time even when it’s powered off or unplugged. If that battery dies or happens to be removed, the console will an internal flag raised by the system’s firmware indicating it might be out of sync.

To correct the issue, the system will check with PSN the next time to ensure the time is correct. On the PS3, this check is done when you play a game downloaded from the PlayStation Store. On the PS4, it happens when you play a game installed from the disc. This check has to be done at least once, even if the batter has been replaced, so the console confirms clock consistency.

The timer check serves different purposes on both consoles. On the PS3, it’s done to enforce “time limits” that might have been placed on digital purchases. That same check is even required for downloads that don’t even have an expiration date adding a one-time online check-in requirement for consoles after the internal batteries fail.

On the PS4, the timing check is used to ensure PSN trophy data is registered accurately, preventing players from pretending to acquire trophies earlier than they had.

As of right now, this isn’t an issue, and most batteries CMOS batter in consoles average a 10- to 20-year lifespan, but if you happen to own an older PS3 model, time is slowly running out. It’s not an easy fix to do on your own, but Sony could remedy it with a firmware update.

The company has been mum on that front, but a lot of PlayStation owners could be stuck with a useless library of games if they fail to act.

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