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This is what I love most about Kendrick Lamar, while others focus on things that don’t really matter like who is ghostwriting whose songs, Mr. Be Alright is music is making a difference for students pursuing higher education.  His song “Alright” has become a protest anthem and the inspiration for a new college scholarship.    

The Hip Hop outlet based out of Philadelphia OogeeWoogee has established the “Be Alright” scholarship for a High Tech High School student. A teacher name Brian T. Mooneys at North Bergen, New Jersey school blogged about including To Pimp A Butterfly in his lessons and after it went viral Kendrick Lamar made a visit to the school.

The director Wilkine Brutus of the school mentioned how they always wanted to create a Hip Hop inspired scholarship. After Kendrick Lamar made the visit to the school he gave them the concrete idea on what they wanted to do. The scholarship consist of one High Tech graduate receiving $1,500 for college tuition and books.

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Rochester Native, Semaj Rock, Video Going Viral

Rochester I just wanna know what will it take ..this city is killing its self its time to make a change. Time to step away from the streets an the violence an step into the class room an/or a job . time to want better for yourself ,your family , friends , race ,and home town because black lives do matter ..I didn’t know either of the 3 that were killed last night or the 7 that were shot but rip to the deceased an all prayers to the families of the victims.. Like/share/comment idc just get this out

Posted by Semaj BigDaddy Rock on Thursday, August 20, 2015

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Watercooler Interview with RPD Chief Ciminelli Regarding the Shooting

Yesterday’s shooting was absolutely insane. We as a community have to work together to stand against up the violence in our city. Listen to RPD Chief Ciminelli’s interview regarding the shooting, updates, and things we can do as a community to help. We have to do better. Enough is enough…

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The thought of being a parent and having to worry every day whether your child is going to make it through the day without getting that one heart breaking phone call is difficult. People now a days are so focused on the hatred going on around the world that the respect level towards each other has fallen dramatically.

The small arguments that people use to just be able to brush off, now resort into violence. I believe the social media drama/humiliation also plays a big part in it. What starts behind a cell phone screen or computer screen now ends up in the streets.

I have come across some instances, where I have to ask myself is this worth it? Should I give this person the reaction their looking for, or just go on about my business? I understand everyone’s life isn’t easy; everyone has their own demons their battling whether it is at home, work, school or even on the bus. But there’s no reason why people are losing their lives to something as small as a dice game, a dirty look, or who’s wearing what type of brand name clothing.

If I was to react to every single thing that ticked me off in my life, I wouldn’t have seen past the age of 16. We’re losing kids, who will never get the opportunity to experience the feeling of building their own families. Having a little person who is half of them, and half of their significant other to teach them right from wrong and starting a life of their own.

Instead we have parents who have given birth to their babies, cherished them, created a life for them, just for them to be taken away without any sympathy. That’s someone’s brother, sister, cousin, uncle, aunt, son, daughter, mentor, best friend…

I can just hope one day these kids and adults can wake up and realize regardless of your feelings towards someone, that’s someone else’s family that’s hurting.

WDKX Frontline Text on Drive By Victim Rae Rae

585: My name is Kiara Johnson. I’m 14 years old and I’m a YO at Teen Empowerment. Rae Rae was a close friend of mine. We cracked jokes and he always had me smiling. I remember him telling me about how he had to go to court so I figured he had gotten into something in the past… He was such a bright young man and he lost his life. Not because he was doing something wrong but because some ppl dont have a heart and theirs a lack of guidance. I feel like we need to ALL help encourage teens to become one community and family… We need to have closer relationships between youth and police to gain trust on both sides. We need parents to talk to their children and help educate them on the the things they do. We need more teen jobs to get teens off the corner and most of all we need love, support, wisdom and encouragement to do better. Please help us.

Thank you Kiara for your words.

Peace & Blessings

 

 

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3 killed 4 hospitalized after drive by shooting in Rochester

Last night, proceeding a basketball game outside of the Boys and Girls Club on Genesee 3 people were killed in a drive by shooting.  Two of the three that were killed were children, young men, 17 and 19 years old – Jonah Barley and Raekwon Manigault.

Four more were injured and are currently hospitalized. We will provide more information as its released. If you have any information please make it available.

 

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Jill Scott And Lauren London Join The Cast Of John Singleton’s “SnowFall”

Oscar winning producer John Singleton has a new drama pilot slated for FX called ‘Snowfall’. The new show from what I read looks like it may be worth checking out!!

The show is about three different characters on a violent collision course and is set in Los Angeles in the early 1980’s. The show will be an hour long and will focus on the crack cocaine epidemic and it’s impact on culture.

Oh and I forgot to tell you it will star Damson Idris, the amazing Jill Scott and actress Lauren London!

To read more click The Hollywood Reporter

Photos Of Nicki Minaj’s Wax Figure Being Defiled Are Anything But Funny

 

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Last week, Azealia Banks called out Madame Tussauds for featuring a likeness of Nicki Minaj positioned provocatively on all fours instead of standing tall and proud with a microphone, like many of her musical contemporaries. She called the figure “underhanded shade” on Twitter, asking if — in light of all of the “Super Bass” singer’s accomplishments — it was really appropriate to memorialize her on all fours.

The “Anaconda” rapper didn’t seem offended by her wax twin. “I love it and I can’t wait to see it,” she wrote on Instagram. (Minaj was unable to attend the big reveal.) But there’s something bigger at play here than whether or not the singer herself appreciated the way she was captured.

Minaj might be well known for her fearless provocation, but that’s just one piece of what makes her an icon. However, choosing to replicate a moment where she’s at her most overtly sexual over one where she looks anything but vulnerable isn’t a choice without its drawbacks. One of which, of course, is the fact that when fans were let loose upon this lifeless version on Minaj, they immediately became the worst versions of themselves — a prediction Banks made at the outset.

“OF ALL THE POSES THIS FAN COULD STRIKE, HE PICKED THE ONE THAT CENTERS AROUND DOMINATING THE LIKENESS OF A WOMAN WHO CANNOT NO SAY NO.”
Barely a week after its induction into the less-than-hallowed halls of Madame Tussauds, Minaj’s figure became a prop for fantasy sex play. In one photo, which was shared by the singer, three women pose around the body, as one grasps faux-Minaj’s breasts, another places a hand on her butt, and a third makes what appears to be a tentative attempt at a rim job. In another, unearthed by Buzzfeed, a man poses near her face, his tongue already out of his mouth.

But it’s the third one, which you can see below, that reveals why the public at large can’t be trusted with a near-naked, life-size version of this woman — or perhaps any woman. It features a man who has climbed on to the table and more or less mounted Minaj, his groin pressed against her mostly-bare bottom, her ponytail gripped suggestively in his fist. Being wax, she is unmoved. That does not take away from the fact that what he is doing is disturbing.

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I can already hear choruses of comments and complaints about how this is an inanimate figure that can’t be sexually violated; that taking advantage of a statue isn’t the same things as violating a real woman, and that one doesn’t necessarily lead to the other. Point acknowledged, and — to a degree — taken.

But here is the problem: Of all the poses this fan could strike, he picked the one that centers around dominating the likeness of a woman who cannot no say no. With so many other options on the table, he chose to pretend to enter her from behind and yank her hair. Neither of those things are problems unto themselves, when there is consent. But the representation of them in an instant where consent isn’t even possible is more than lewd and disrespectful: It’s revealing of a dangerous attitude about the state of power relations between men and women.

I hope that someday we will live in a world where Black women don’t have reason to fear for their lives when confronted by male police officers. I also hope for a day when women are not so vulnerable and so often taken advantage of. And, not last nor least, I look forward to a time when Nicki Minaj is memorialized in a way that highlights her talent — and not her body.

But that’s not the world we live in right now. Until we do, a likeness of one of America’s premiere pop stars being jokingly dominated isn’t anything to snicker at. She deserves more respect that that. We all do.