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  • Suge Knight Hit and Killed A Man With Car In Compton; Still At Large

    The former head honcho at the infamous Death Row Records is allegedly planning to turn himself in to authorities

    According to several reports, Marion “Suge” Knight got into a physical altercation on a movie set in Compton this afternoon, which resulted in a death and Knight has yet to be arrested.

    Eyewitnesses say that Dr. Dre and Ice Cube were in Compton filming when Suge pulled up on the set. He was asked to leave by security and a fight between Dre’s former boss and two men ensued. It is still unclear whether or not these two men were a part of the security detail on set.

    Knight reportedly got in his vehicle, put it in reverse and ran over one of the men, killing him.

    The victim’s name is Terry Carter, who is said to be a personal associate of Knight.

    Another victim who wasn’t fatally injured, but was hit by the car is Cle “Bone” Sloan, who appeared in the Academy Award nominated blockbuster Training Day.

    Suge’s attorney is allegedly arranging for Suge to surrender to authorities. According to sources, the charges that Knight face are still not certain.

    -Sha Be Allah(@KingPenStatus)

  • New Bill Would Allow Teachers in Texas to Kill Students

    Because this doesn’t sound disastrous or anything.  

    Texas state Representative Dan Flynn (R) has a brilliant new idea:  allowing teachers to use deadly force against students in their classrooms.  Teachers in Texas are already allowed to have firearms in their classroom, but Flynn’s brainchild, H.B. 868, dubbed the Teacher Protection Act, would authorize the use of  “force or deadly force on school property, on a school bus, or at a school-sponsored event in defense of the educator’s person or in defense of students of the school that employs the educator.”  It would further allow deadly force “in defense of property of the school that employs the educator.”

    Even more disturbing is that it grant would civil immunity, meaning there would be no liability for the injury or death of a student.

    Much like statistics applying to police brutality, a coalition of civil rights organizations found that black and Latino students face much higher rates of disciplinary action in school; now they may become targets of deadly force used by educators, who, like police, may also strike with impunity.

    Schools are supposed to be institutions of education–and by allowing this, what, exactly, are we teaching our children?

     

  • Vic Mensa and Kaytranada Drop New Single “Drive Me Crazy”

    Back with a new upbeat tempo, Vic Mensa and Kaytranada grace us with another hit. 

    After the success of “Wimme Nah,” Vic Mensa and  Kaytranada have teamed up once again to bring us this track via Soundcloud. Stream the single or head over to iTunes where you can purchase the track and show the duo some love. This is the second single off of Kaytranada’s upcoming LP through XL Recordings. Hopefully there’s more on the way from the Canadian producer and Chicago rap artist, but until then check out the track below:

     

     

  • The “Ted 2″ Trailer Is Finally Here!

    The terrible two are back for round two this June, check out the trailer and get excited for even more cursing, violence and friendship.

    The sequel to Ted, also written, directed and produced by Seth McFarlane, stars Mark Whalberg, Amanda Seyfried and Morgan Freeman, with McFarlane returning as the voice of Ted. Don’t miss the sequel to the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time. Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild also return as the writers alongside Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, John Jacobs and Jason Clark for this live action/CG-animated comedy. Check out the trailer below:

     

    In other Amanda Seyfriend news, today Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director) has announced that the actress will make her off-Broadway debut in the upcoming world premiere production of Neil Labute’s drama, “The Way We Get By.”  Directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silvermanthe production will begin previews on April 28, 2015 and officially open on May 20, 2015 at Second Stage Theatre, 305 West 43rd Street.

     

  • 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards Announce Presenters & Appearances

     We finally know who’ll be gracing the stage during the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards.

    Live on Friday February 6th, TV ONE presents the 46th Annual NAACP Image Awards at 9/8c following a red carpet special at 8/7c. The list of presenters, announced by executive producers Reginald Hudlin and Phil Gurin, includes: Common, Angela Bassett, Chadwick Boseman, Laurence Fishburne, Sharon Leal, David Oyelowo, Gina Rodriguez, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Larenz Tate, Kerry Washington, and Oprah Winfrey. Other guest appearances include Gabrielle Union, Keegan-Michael Key, Nicole Beharie, Octavia Spencer, Omar Epps, Shemar Moore, Taraji P. Henson, Tessa Thompson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Uzo Aduba, Wendy Raquel Robinson and the casts of  Orange is the New Black, Belle, Black-ish, Grey’s Anatomy, House of Cards, How to Get Away with Murder and many more. 

    The two-hour live special is set to be hosted by Anthony Anderson following the one-hour pre-show hosted by Kevin Frazier and Shaun Robinson. In addition to this list of starts the NAACP will announce the “Entertainer of the Year, ” an honor given to a person in the entertainment industry who has garnered success in various mediums and projects. Spike Lee is being awarded the NAACP’s “President’s Award” and the Attorney General, Eric H. Holder Jr. is being given the “Chairman’s Award.” The NAACP has been celebrating the achievements and growth of people of color in the entertainment and arts industry for 46 years now. Non-televised categories will be announced February 5th during the Awards Ceremony and the remaining categories will be announced live on stage on February 6th.

     

     

    - Nishat Baig

  • Mpho Koaho Talks New Film “Black Or White,” Working With Octavia Spencer & More

    “Black or White” is the story of a grandfather (Academy Award winner Kevin Costner) who is suddenly left to care for his beloved granddaughter.  When her paternal grandmother (Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer) seeks custody with the help of her brother (Anthony Mackie), the little girl is torn between two families who love her deeply.  

     

    With the best intentions at heart, both families fight for what they feel is right and are soon forced to confront their true feelings about race, forgiveness, and understanding. Anchored by an all-star cast and based on real events, the movie is a look at two seemingly different worlds, in which nothing is as simple as black or white.

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    We caught up with one of the film’s stars Mpho Koaho. Read what he had to say about the film.

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    What inspired you to take up the role of Duvan?

    I actually initially read for the role of “Reggie”. Mike thought I would be better suited for Duvan, and asked me to read for that. I immediately gravitated to the role, and am fortunate to have landed it. I saw a great opportunity to show my range with the portrayal of this character.

    Describe what it was like to work with director, Mike Binder.

    It was amazing. I am forever indebted to him for the opportunity. He believed in me from day one, and I love him for that. He nurtured my performance in this movie. If I did well at all, it’s because of him. He’s a truly skilled director, and one of the funniest comedians.

    What was it like working alongside such accomplished actors as Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, and Anthony Mackie?

    By far the best set experience I’ve ever had. Kevin is a legend. He was so kind to me, and complimentary of my work. An extremely professional and humble man, considering the scale of his celebrity. Octavia is my big sis. She took me under her wing from the get go. I had a blast with her. So warm and she was always there for me. A very gifted actor in her own right. Mackie is my brother from time. We did a film in 2003 called “Haven” starring Orlando Bloom, Bill Paxton, and Zoe Saldana. So proud of him, and his accomplishments as of late. Working with Anthony is easy… it’s like working with a friend from way back. Mackie is the man. #TheFalcon

    Do you see parts of yourself in Duvan?

    A few, but definitely not the extent of his intelligence haha. I do possess his search for knowledge, I pursue this daily. I am also very driven, like Duvan is. I’ve been acting professionally since I was 14, so I know a bit about being a young business man. There are also cultural similarities, considering our respective African backgrounds.

    Was the tonal jump from “Falling Skies” to “Black or White” a difficult one to manage?

    Not for me, I thrive in those situations. The altering of my appearance, speech patterns, accent, mannerisms, etc. Every actor should possess these abilities. I’ve always thought that’s what an actor was, versatile.

    What other projects do you have coming up in the future?

    We just wrapped the final season of Falling Skies. What a journey that has been. There is a South African biopic I would like to do, so we’ll see what happens with that. My team and I are making plans to shoot our first pilot. I’m very excited about that. I plan to make some music as well. Look out for that.

    What was your favorite subject in high school?

    I don’t know if I had a favorite subject. School wasn’t really my thing. I can remember paying the most attention in Geography. That class was fun. I developed a fascination with our planet and the cosmos as a result.

    The film hits theaters this Friday.

    -Dylan “CineMasai” Green

  • Mitt Romney is a Republican Because He “Wants to Help Poor People” But He’s “Not Concerned About the Very Poor”

    Mitt Romney wants to help poor people, but just a few years ago, was “not concerned” with them.  By the way, his proposed solution to poverty (no pun intended) has nothing to do with living wages, affordable housing, student loans, but instead, marriage.  

    “The reason I’m a Republican is because I want to help the poor, the middle class,” said Mitt Romney, who’s gearing up for what may be his third potential Presidential run.  ”The rich in America, by the way, are fine.”

    Romney claims that he wants to make “fighting poverty” one of the key pillars of his campaign.  However, his proposed solutions (no pun intended) to “fight poverty” are, as the Washington Post reported, “few” and “broad.”  One of them includes marriage–or in Romney’s words, “the permanent commitment of marriage.”

    He then referenced a Brooking Institution paper that showed single parents are more likely to fall into poverty.

    The research cited in the paper shows that adolescents raised by two parents–not necessarily married parents, but two parents–are more likely to graduate high school with a good GPA, avoid a criminal record, and have a lower risk of teen pregnancy than their peers raised by single parents.

    But guess what?  The same paper that Romney referenced, however, ended with the conclusion that it isn’t marriage that makes the difference, per se, but parenting, with the paper concluding “Promote Parenting, Not Marriage.”

    When you compare the United States with other countries, one thing becomes abundantly clear:  It isn’t family composition that causes such drastic income inequality; it’s our tax system and social safety net.  Or perhaps it’s the glaringly obvious fact that many people aren’t paid a living wage, are struggling to pay student loans they incurred in pursuit of the skills they needed to earn a living wage, and meanwhile, the cost of living continues to skyrocket, and the term “affordable housing,” in many cities, is an oxymoron.

    Back in 2012, Mitt Romney sang a very different tune.  During a February 2012 appearance, he told then CNN host Soledad O’Brien, ““I’m not concerned about the very poor.”

    He continued on his anti-poor platform in September 2012, lambasting the 47% of voters he claimed didn’t pay taxes and were “dependent on the government,” saying “I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives.”

    Romney’s 2012 tax plan–a 20 percent reduction to all marginal income tax rates–would’ve given the richest five percent of Americans half of the benefits.  More than 25 percent of the benefit would have gone to the richest 1 percent.

    Friends of Romney have purported that the Presidential hopeful is determined to run as a more authentic candidate in 2016 than he did in his disastrous 2012 campaign, which came across as crass and scripted.

    At his Mississippi State University speech Wednesday night, Romney assured the audience that he would “get people out of poverty forever,” while later jokingly promising that his bid for the Presidency had nothing to do with the speaking fees he could earn after leaving office, remarking, ”As you’ve no doubt heard, I’m already rich.”

    By 2016, the Richest 1% Will Own More Than Half of the World’s Wealth

  • Katy Perry Pulls A “Marshawn Lynch” At Her Superbowl Press Conference

    Katy Perry joins in the fun

    Superbowl XLIX will be enough of a marquee event before Katy Perry takes the stage at halftime, but a musical performance from one of pop music’s juggernauts will only add to the party on Sunday. Before she performs some of her #1 hits for a record 113 million viewers, Perry, much like the players, had to address the media. She did so in a pretty clever way.

    “I’m just here so I don’t get fined.”

    Awesome. If the 2,345,634 storylines surrounding Sunday’s game aren’t enough to get you to watch, give Katy Perry some courtesy TV time. That was well played.

  • Rap Blogger Inspired By Eminem Hosts Cypher Series, ‘Long Island vs Everybody’

     

    Inspired by Eminem’s “Detroit Vs Everybody” that dropped last fall, hip hop blogger and “Black Twitter” favorite @ItsBizkit decided to put on for his city and do his own version, premiering a series of cyphers he dubbed “Long Island vs Everybody.”  Part one of his cypher series featuring Long Island emcees dropped in December, and he just premiered the second round of cyphers a few days ago.

    “We all have to support each other.  I’m going to do what Khaled did for Miami, for Long Island.  Regardless of who’s with me, I’m with me.  I take this sh*t serious, I just want everybody to know that,” Biz said.

    Some of the standouts include All Star, Zo Green, Cashley, and Hollywood Peoples.  Checkout Long Island’s most talented above.

    Listen To Obie Trice’s Take On “Detroit vs. Everybody”

    Watch Eminem’s “Detroit VS Everybody” Video f/ DeJ Loaf, Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean & Danny Brown

    Listen To Eminem’s “Detroit VS Everybody” f/ Royce Da 5’9″, Big Sean, Danny Brown, Trick Trick & DeJ Loaf

     

  • AD & Kevin McCall Team Up On New Slow Jam “All Yours”

    AD, one of Compton’s most promising rising stars, enlists the help of frequent Chris Brown collaborator and GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter Kevin McCall on new slowed-down record entitled “All Yours”.

    If you are familiar with AD, you might remember him from his single some time ago called “The Wall” featuring Tone P. With the release of this track, one could argue that this Pharomazan-produced track is using a similar route once again. Give a listen below.

    - Scott Randell (@iamscottrandell)

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