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Once again, J.Cole proves why he is a real one. 

Black people across the country have taken to the streets fed up at the recent string of Black lives like Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the George Floyd being erased at the hands of police. Over the weekend among the many angry Black faces, one stood out the most during a protest in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Photos hit social media of J.Cole joining protestors in his hometown alongside NBA baller Dennis Smith.

People who were on hand revealed that Cole declined to take pictures or do interviews so he wouldn’t distract from the moment, but his presence definitely uplifted the people. On Twitter, users pointed praised Cole for always being down for the fight. One user stated in a tweet, “J. Cole has always been one of the realest, most genuine artists – not just through music, but through action.” Another user stated, “J. Cole has joined the protest in downtown Fayetteville, NC. So remember all the rappers who were out here donating and supporting when its time to buy albums.”

This isn’t the first time Cole has showed up when it matters most. The “Villematic” rapper also attended protests following the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in 2014. He also was spotted at a rally in Washington D.C., organized by Minister Louis Farrakhan, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March.

Cole wasn’t alone, rapper Wale also hit the streets with protestors in Los Angeles as well. Insecure star Kendrick Sampson was out for the cause and was injured by rubber bullets.

Again salute to everyone out in the streets risking their lives during a pandemic as they continue to demand justice for those who lost senselessly lost their lives at the hands of law enforcement.

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As America continues to literally burn in response to racial injustices that Black people have been facing for centuries, the Robin Hood of the internet has appeared.

Major cities protested George Floyd‘s death Saturday night, May 30, as the Anonymous Hacker group made it clear that change was needed. So the group dropped a video protesting the MPD’s tactics and threatened to expose them.

“(Anonymous) will be exposing your many crimes to the world,” the masked narrator says of the Minneapolis Police Department. “This week’s brutal killing of George Floyd… is merely the tip of the iceberg in a long list of high-profile cases of wrongful death at the hands of officers in your state.”

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The vigilante goes on to explain that this isn’t the first issue the Minneapolis PD has had with people of color in the past few years– citing  Jamar Clark, Philando Castile, Justine Damond, Thurman Blevins, and Brian Quinones.

“People have had enough of this corruption and violence from an organization that promises to keep them safe,” Anonymous continues.

As the video became public, the Minneapolis Police Department’s website was down. The PD site and the  City of Minneapolis site were inaccessible for much of Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Both are currently back up but require captchas and other actions to verify that users aren’t bots with the help of Cloudflare, a web-infrastructure, and website-security service.

There are also reports on Twitter that the group allegedly hacked in the MPD’s radio system, disabled it, and played “F-ck The Police” by NWA.

A Twitter account, which claims to be the official hacker group retweeted statement about the group’s most recent doings.

Anonymous has threatened to take down other groups that have endangered freedom in the past, such as Occupy Wall Street, the Charlie Hebdo shootings, and the Ku Klux Klan.

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Most celebs have proven to be wholly disappointing and almost worthless during the unrest following the murder of George Floyd, and Tory Lanez is not one of them. The Canadian rapper is openly condemning fellow celebrities for bashing protestors from the comfort of their million-dollar homes.

According to Tory, that’s not right.

He’s absolutely correct, it’s not right.

Tory also called out one celeb in particular, Shekinah Jo of “Love & Hip Hop ATL” fame. Shekinah went viral over the weekend after she was seen on her Instagram Live SHEDDING TEARS about looters destroying the Gucci store in Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza shopping center. A befuddled Tory openly criticized her on Twitter…

before putting her on his IG live for what he hoped would be a civilized conversation.

During the Live, Shekinah angrily tried to defend herself and talked over Tory so much to the point that he dropped her from the conversation.

Shekinah: “That’s not what I ever said about a Gucci store. That’s not fair because I was not crying over Gucci, I don’t appreciate how black people are doing me,” she added noting that she was condemning people acting like animals.

Tory: “Have you gone outside and marched with the people yet? [Shekinah said “no”] Have you been around when the looting is going on? Have you been around in any moments when it’s been going on?”

Shekinah: “No I haven’t been. I woke up one morning and I seen the news and I seen everything going crazy, I seen stuff on fire.  It hurted my feelings like damn, this is what it’s come to. I don’t appreciate that white man killing us, I don’t think that’s cool I’m not with that but I don’t think we’re gonna get anywhere by stealing these people’s s***. F*** Gucci, I don’t even wear that s*** anyway.”

Tory: “We have money, me and you have money and at the end of the day it doesn’t matter.”

Shekinah also tried to double down and say the video of her weeping over an Italian luxury brand that wouldn’t be bothered to even think of her, was edited. That’s a lie.

This stream was not edited (who is even doing that right now???) here’s what was said;

“It’s 2,000 people on here. Y’all gotta stop, y’all gotta find out what love really is,” said Shekinah. “Y’all angry, y’all mad, y’all selfish. Icebox [store] [they] Indians, they not even white people. Icebox [store] ain’t did shit to y’all. Y’all done been in them folks store, taking their shit. Gucci aint’ did shit to y’all, ya’ll can say whatever y’all wanna say they racist, whatever I don’t wanna hear that shit. They ain’t did shit to y’all, Lenox Mall ain’t did shit to you. These police in Atlanta ain’t did shit to y’all either. Do unto others as you wanna be treated.”

Meanwhile, Tory is in the streets AGAIN protesting police brutality.

How does Tory Lanez, a Canadian citizen, clearly understand what’s going on while his American counterparts continue to look like fools??? What’s not clicking?

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People in New York were blatantly mowed down by NYPD while protesting the murder of George Floyd and NYC’s Mayor defended it.

In a video tweeted by the New York Times’ Sam Dolnick on Saturday, a group of protesters in Brooklyn moved a barricade closer to a police SUV before another police car pulled up. Traffic cones and other objects were thrown at officers and both cars were then seen barreling into the crowd of protestors.

Running over people is not okay—or maybe it is, at least according to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Following the incident, he blamed the protesters for instigating.

“I’m not gonna blame officers who are trying to deal with an absolutely impossible situation,” said the Mayor. “The folks who were converging on that police car did the wrong thing to begin with and they created an untenable situation.”

Now if that’s not a TRASH response…

AOC and several others are calling out De Blasio for being trash siding with cops who could’ve killed people with their vehicles instead of deescalating the situation.

De Blasio has since spoken out again, this time on structural racism.

Yeah, okay.

What do YOU think would be an appropriate response from a Mayor who sees police blatantly barreling through a crowd of citizens?

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Don’t pretend there’s not a problem in America.

That’s how Nike kicks off its latest PSA in response to the overt racism we’ve seen take place over the past few weeks, amid a pandemic. Nike has built it’s athletic wear and footwear brand on the Just Do It slogan which encourages movement and a can-do attitude to overcome life’s obstacles– both big and small. But as a sign of the times, in the minute-long video, Nike says “For once, don’t do it.”

Next came a simple string of slides with white text, a black background, and a solemn piano track playing in the back as Nike plants its proverbial foot on the right side of history against the racism Black Americans have been facing for years.

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“For once, don’t do it.

Don’t pretend there’s not a problem in America.

Don’t turn your back on racism.

Don’t accept innocent lives being taken from us.

Don’t make any more excuses.

Don’t think this doesn’t affect you.

Don’t sit back and be silent.

Don’t think you cant be part of the change.

Fet’s all be part of the change.”

The message was so powerful it even prompted one of Nike’s biggest rivals adidas to show support to the ad by retweeting the video with a comment that read, “Together is how we move forward. Together is how we make change.”

The ad is a direct response to the unrest America has seen the past few nights as cities protest, riot, and loot in response to the killing of George Floyd. Floyd was killed by a police officer on Monday in Minneapolis after being arrested for allegedly using a fake bill at a nearby store. That’s when ex-police officer Derek Chauvin attempted to subdued Floyd by shoving his knee into his neck for nearly 10 minutes despite Floyd pleading for his life.

Chauvin has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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Tony Yayo wasn’t feeling DMX’s attack on his lyricism. 

DMX had Hip-Hop heads scratching their heads after he initially took a jab at the PLK (punchline king) lyrical prowess during an Instagram Live interview with Fatman Scoop asking “Lloyd Banks? Lyrical? Quote four bars. Impress me with four bars of his. It shouldn’t be hard.”

Understandably, Lloyd Banks was blindsided by Dark Man X’s attacks and tried to make sense of all this and responded to Earl’s diss equating the “Get At Me Dog” rapper was still bitter because Banks flaked on a studio session.

“So because I didn’t come to the studio to work when HE reached out… I’m not that good?”

DMX would recognize the error of his ways and eventually apologized by clarifying his ire wasn’t meant for Banks but his former G-Unit brethren, Tony Yayo. “It takes a real ni*** to admit when he’s wrong…my apologies to Lloyd Banks I was thinking tony yayo when I was asked about banks. I f*** with banks!” Earl wrote on Instagram.

With one bridge mended, another was burned, Tony Yayo has now responded to DMX and went below the belt and instead of attacking X on his rapping skills, called the Hip-Hop legend a “crack head.”

We just hope that this doesn’t escalate further than online jabs. We are sure the two men can bury the hatchet.

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms took the podium yesterday alongside Killer Mike and T.I. to address the uprising that was taking place in the streets not far from where they were broadcasting.

Mayor Bottoms pulled no punches when it came to expressing her anger toward those who were defacing property and setting fires. Killer Mike was equally as upset that the city he loves was being destroyed. He had harsh words for Donald Trump and advice for Mayor Bottoms and police chief Erika Shields about how to monitor police behavior to prevent future violent rebellions.

For his part, T.I. struck the ire of some social media users who A) didn’t want to hear him speak about this issue and B) were appalled by him calling Atlanta “Wakanda that must be protected”.

In the eyes of some of those same detractors, any statement made condemning the protest and all its trappings is a sign of…selling out or being tone-deaf.

There is also this perspective…

Peep the clip of Mayor Keisha, Killer Mike, and T.I.’s press conference below. Hit the comment section with your thoughts!

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Last night was one for the history books. Several major American cities when up in flames, angry protests, and violent rebellion in reaction to the viral murder of George Floyd at the hands of Derek Chauvin and three of his Minneapolis Police Department colleagues.

While there were certainly many people who came out to peacefully voice their disgust with the current status quo in the “justice system” but the frustration and rage spilled over into fiery chaos, broken windows, and other displays of being tired AF of the current condition of American accountability.

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In Atlanta, police cars burned, the CNN building was defaced and damaged, and high-end malls and shopping districts were looted.

In the midst of the uprising, there was one solitary joke that provided the briefest moment of levity…

In Oakland, banks were broken into and construction equipment was hijacked with many pointing out that white bad actors and provocateurs were responsible for these disruptive acts.

Someone even stole a car off of a showroom floor.

In Minneapolis, ground zero for the nationwide angst, the second day of rebellion was as tense as the first and also there an Amish sighting.

In Louisville, Kentucky, police fired shots of rubber bullets and gas pellets at reporters trying to cover the action.

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There was a whole lot going on and there will be much more happening if the Governors, Mayors, and District Attornies don’t start taking Black lives seriously. Count on it like you count the hours on a clock.