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DOJ Will Not Charge Baltimore Police In Death Of Freddie Gray

TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 8:00am

The Department of Justice will not pursue federal charges against Baltimore police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

Gray, 25, died from spinal cord injuries sustained in police custody in April 2015, sparking protests across Baltimore and a launching a federal investigation into the city’s policing practices.

The city reached a $6.4 million settlement with Gray’s family in 2015. But many residents and activists angered by his death looked for justice from the courts. The first trial, which sought state charges against six officers, ended in a mistrial after a hung jury could not reach a decision. Three officers were acquitted separately by juries last year, and last summer, state prosecutors dropped all other charges against the three remaining officers in the case.

The Baltimore police department has been embroiled in a number of other controversies in recent months, including the possible planting and mishandling of evidence by officers. In April, a federal judge placed Baltimore under a consent decree, which will pour millions of dollars into improving city law enforcement, despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ efforts to phase out the program. The consent decree was seen, in part, as a way to regain public trust in the department, eroded ever since Gray’s death more than two years ago.

Five of the officers will still face disciplinary trials within the police department, the Associated Press said. They begin Oct. 30.

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TheSource Feed - Wed, 09/13/2017 - 1:38am

Tired of the trendy threads from last year and ready to make a fashion come back with classic smart looks? We’ve searched high and low for our favorite styles for the upcoming season. Pinstriped cape-jacket pant suits and Bouclé Skirt Suits are definitely must-haves for your 2018 wardrobe. Going to a holiday party, birthday brunch or simply want to dress to impress? TAHARI ASL has you covered!

In 2001, two fashion giants Elie Tahari and Arthur S. Levine came together to launch TAHARI ASL–a sophisticated brand of tailored suits and dresses for women on the go. The dynamic duo formed a successful company while staying on top of fashion and design. One of Arthur S. Levine’s key lessons learned in his almost 70 year career… “The only thing that matters is the product, and there’s no substitute for quality and look.” Words to live by ladies, quality AND look!
Check out this cool Portrait-collar jacket, Lace-And-Crepe Baseball Jacket and more in the slideshow below!


Check out the slideshow for some of our favorite looks for this fall!

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HERSource: Lady Gaga Reveals She Suffers From Fibromyalgia

TheSource Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 5:09pm

ady Gaga has been open about her struggle with chronic pain, though she hasn’t always been clear about the exact causes of her pain. But today, she finally revealed her diagnosis: fibromyalgia.

Gaga posted a tweet confirming that fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that causes widespread pain, fatigue and brain fog, is the source of her chronic pain. Her struggle with the condition will be shown in her new Netflix documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two,” which begins streaming on September 22.

Previously, Gaga has said she tested “borderline positive” for lupus and that she dealt with chronic pain after breaking her hip.

At a press conference before the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, Gaga explained that it was “hard, but liberating” to document her chronic pain, and said she believes pain is a “microphone.”

“My pain does me no good unless I transform it into something that is. So I hope people watching it who do struggle with chronic pain know that they’re not alone. It’s freeing for me… and I want people that struggle with it to hear me,” Gaga said.

She also acknowledged the “self-deprecation and shame” involved with pain, and that people may not believe she is really struggling.

“I want people that watch it — that think there’s no way I live [with chronic pain] because they see me dance and sing and don’t think that could possibly be — to know I struggle with things like them,” Gaga said. I work through it and it can be done. We have to stick together. I don’t have to hide it because I’m afraid it’s weak. It’s a part of me.”

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L.A.’s Ze Forte Drops Debut Album ‘Upon My Arrival’

TheSource Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:46pm

“Upon My Arrival” is an album that Ze Forte’ said describes where he came from as an artist while also announcing to the world his plans for what’s still to come. He created the artwork for the cover of the album himself – a picture of him standing in front of a collage of well-known rappers from the past – as a way to signify that he knows what it took for all of them to get to where they were successful, and now it’s his time to shine.

Ze Forte’ said he’s riding the momentum and success of his first album into the creation of a new mixtape that he’s calling “Flu Gang 2.” It’s set to come out before the end of August, and he’s excited to share it with the world as he continues going on radio tours from state to state to promote his first album.

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Adrian Peterson Goes Off At Saints Head Coach On The Sidelines During MNF Game

TheSource Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:20pm

As NFL season has officially kicked off, there have been some early tensions that’s needed to be let out over at the Saints camp. AP thought last night was the perfect opportunity to do that.

With making an highly talked about return to Minneapolis suiting up for another squad, Adrian Peterson had some choice words to expressed to his new head coach in New Orleans Saints Sean Payton. With only just 4 carries for 14 yards in one half of action, Peterson decided to vent his frustration of wanting to be more active in the offense.

Adrian Peterson is handling this well. pic.twitter.com/bn6KCwhnjp

— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) September 12, 2017

Peterson may have clashed a bit with coach Sean Payton late in the first half, as cameras caught the running back yelling the coach’s way. He finished it off with a pretty intense staredown. Peterson had just six carries for 18 yards in the game.

Meanwhile, Minnesota Vikings rookie Dalvin Cook and wide receiving stud Stefon Diggs stole the show from AP and the Saints as they was able to lead the Vikings to an 29-19 win. While paying homage to his future Hall OF Famer Randy Moss on the night he was honored by the Vikings by sporting an custom made football cleats, Diggs was able to make history by joining the man he paid homage to by becoming just the second Viking receiver ever to scored two touchdowns on opening night. Not bad for a squad to ruin a homecoming for an All Pro back who re wrote the record books in Vikings franchise history.

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<p>Ski Mask the Slump God takes it back

TheSource Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:15pm

Ski Mask the Slump God takes it back to his You Will Regret project by dropping a video for “BabyWipe.” The Cole Bennett-directed video finds the rapper chilling is his crib in his pajamas while smoking.

Watch the “BabyWipe” video above.

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Los Angeles Lakers to Retire Both of Kobe Bryant’s Jersey Numbers

TheSource Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 4:09pm

Kobe Bryant’s jersey is officially getting put to rest. But the big question is which one of his numbers will be getting the royal treatment? Both!

Before the Lakers versus Golden State Warriors game, there will be a ceremony to retire Kobe’s #8 and #24 jerseys. This makes Black Mamba the first Laker team member to get two jerseys retired. Kobe dominated in both numbers, winning 3 championships in #8 (2000-2002) and 2 championships in #24 (2009 and 2019). Thus, making the double number retirement appropriate.

Don’t miss this historic moment in NBA history on December 18th at the Staples Center.

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The Track Burnaz is Bringing Glory With Their New LP

TheSource Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:30pm

Hailing from Miami, Florida to Los Angeles, The Track Burnaz have a bright future ahead. The music production trio JB, Ruben Raymond, Briggs formed in 2008 and have since collaborated with the likes of Future, Big Sean, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Detail, Steph Lecor and many more.

The production/songwriting trio are gearing up to release their debut LP, Glory. This project will take the fans through a journey of inspirational experiences, moments of adversity curated into one defining moment.

Press play to listen to The Track Burnaz’ victorious events, as well as the lessons they’ve learned from their mistakes.

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The LA Lakers Are Planning To Retired Kobe Bryant’s No. 8 & No. 24 Jerseys

TheSource Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 3:25pm

The Black Mamba will have two jerseys hung up in the rafters of the Staples Arena.

Today, the Lakers organization have announced that they will retired the #8 and #24 jersey worn by 5-time NBA World Champion, Kobe Bryant. On December 18, the Lakers will be facing the reigning NBA World Champions, Golden State Warriors. This will be the day the historic franchise will christen another NBA legend into their purple & gold enshrinement of greats.

Kobe who is now 39 years old had an amazing 20 year career for the LA Lakers. Bryant was able to win 5 NBA World Championships, named Finals MVP twice while being named to the All-NBA Team 11 times in his future Hall Of Fame career. Kobe averaged 25.0 points per game during his illustrious career, and the two-time NBA scoring champion ranks third all time in career scoring behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone.

Bryant will join an elite list of legends to have their jerseys retired by the Lakers franchise. Legends such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and many more have had their numbers retire in purple and gold.

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“Staffing Issue” is the Reason Ted Cruz likes Porno. Not Fooling Nobody  

TheSource Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 2:51pm
Sen. Ted Cruz explained that the reasoning behind his official Twitter account “liking” a hardcore pornographic image overnight was a “staffing issue”. Cruz mentioned to reporters at the Capitol this morning. “there are a number of people on the team who have access to the account. It appears that someone inadvertently hit the ‘like’ button and when we discovered the post, which was I guess an hour or two later, we pulled it down. Issuing a blatantly obvious statement “This was not how I envisioned waking up this morning,”.  Ironically, as the solicitor general for the state of Texas in 2004, Mother Jones reported, Cruz’s legal group tried to levy a law banning the sale of sex toys. Porn and sexual frivolity is obviously not something Cruz takes lightly.  Cruz was finally asked by reporters, for a second time, if he had pressed the heart button point blank.

“No,” he said under his breath as he walked away now exponentially more careful about his social media postings. 

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Issa Rae Just Landed Her First Beauty Gig

TheSource Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:23am

Issa good year!

Issa Rae, the creator of hit HBO show Insecure, shared some exciting news on social media. The producer/actress scored her first ever beauty deal with CoverGirl. It’s been wins, wins, wins for Rae who was nominated for the Golden Globe last year, just wrapped up season 2 of Insecure and starred in JAY-Z’s spoof of Friends.

Now, she joins an A-list lineup of CoverGirl ambassadors including Zendaya, Sofia Vergara, Janelle Monae and Katy Perry.

I remember being an awkward black girl in high school, reading the pages of my favorite magazines, casually flipping through @COVERGIRL ads, singing their slogan in my head. Never EVER in my life did I imagine I’d be one. I am SO honored and SO excited for what’s to come

Check out her announcement in an Instagram post below:

I remember being an awkward black girl in high school, reading the pages of my favorite magazines, casually flipping through @COVERGIRL ads, singing their slogan in my head. Never EVER in my life did I imagine I'd be one. I am SO honored and SO excited for what’s to come. Visit @COVERGIRL to learn more #COVERGIRLMADE

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White House Has A New Communications Director – Again

TheSource Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:10am

It’s hard to keep up with changes in the Trump administration. Constant firings, resignations, and moves are happening on day to day basis.

This morning (September 12), White House spokesperson announced that Hope Hicks (who has been residing as an interim Communications Director since August) has been named a permanent holder of the position.

Hope Hicks has been a longtime aide of Trump’s and one of the first staffers of the 2016 campaign. She became the interim communications director after Anthony Scaramucci was ousted from the job in July.

Hicks’ relationship with Trump began while she was working for Hiltzik Strategies, a New York public relations firm founded by Matthew Hiltzik, a longtime Hillary Clinton supporter. She went on to leave the firm to work for the Trump Organization on several projects, including Ivanka Trump’s fashion line.

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Nicki Minaj Calls Out Designers For Exploiting The Culture | Source News Flash

TheSource Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 9:51am

Today in Source News Flash:

It’s New York Fashion Week, there’s history being made as we speak. Most recently, designer Philipp Plein held a show featuring some of Hip-Hop’s hottest names as models (including 21 Savage, Metro Boomin, Teyana Taylor and more). The show concluded with a performance from Nicki MinajThe Cut reports that toward the end of her performance, Nicki took the time to thank Plein for his work as well as supporting diversity through his label. She also blasted other unnamed designers for not only exploiting black culture, but also refusing to include black people in their shows.
Partynextdoor is busy at work, releasing tracks with Jadakiss, Ty Dolla $ign and a solo track, all within a week. Most recently, he released a joint track with Wiz Khalifa, “Rain.”
John Legend is getting back into producer’s chair. He’s set to produce a new music competition show with Netflix. The new unscripted Hip-Hop competition series will be titled Rhythm & Flow.

Billionaire Boys’ Club released its second delivery of Fall 2017 collection featuring a space travel theme across elongated jackets, color-block crewnecks and paint-splattered denim, French Terry shirts, crewnecks, hoodies and pants, with Billionaire Boys Club insignia patchwork and prints, in addition to other styles.
To celebrate Latino Heritage Month, Nike recently unveiled a graphic heavy “Los Primeros” colorway of the Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG.


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White Girl Says She Wants To Be A Black Policewoman That Raps When She Grows Up!

TheSource Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 9:10am

Some may say that self-hate is a sad issue, but anyone watching this video has to admit that this witty little girl is funny…and smart.

Watch as this pre-puberty young white girl tell her mom and dad that she wanted to defy what she was born as and become a Black woman. Not only that, she wants to spit bars while wearing a badge.

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Famous Canadian Poet Laureate Accused Of Stealing Tupca’s Poetry

TheSource Feed - Tue, 09/12/2017 - 7:40am

A famous post in Canada is being accused of biting some very famous work. This time, from one of the most coveted artists of the Hip Hop culture.

The late poet laureate Pierre Des Ruisseaux is accused of taking a poem from Tupac Shakur and putting pieces of it in a 2013 French book titled “Tranches.” Pierre Des Ruisseaux’s “When I’m Alone” was lifted from Pac’s work “Sometimes I Cry.”

Ira Lightman blasted Des Ruisseaux – who died in 2016 – for lifting the poems without credit and simply translating them into French.

“It looks to me like a book of deliberate translations,” Lightman said in an interview. “And yet there’s no crediting.”

Other poets who were jacked include Maya Angelou Louis MacNeice and Dylan Thomas.

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On The Rise: Joshua Marzz Makes Waves With “Spoils of the Voyage” Mixtape

TheSource Feed - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 11:20pm

After releasing his two hit singles, “In The Night” and “Slippin’”, the artist was pleased with how well received the projects were among his growing fanbase. After coupling the releases with the visuals, Marzz started thinking of the bigger picture. If one thing is certain, it’s how the artist never succumbs to complacency, and is always pushing himself to higher levels in his career. His mixtape, “Spoils of the Voyage”, is the latest addition to his ever-growing repertoire, which is available on all major streaming platforms. Much like Marzz’s other musical projects, “Spoils of the Voyage” is expected to do large numbers, therefore making it an instantaneous hit among his listeners. “This is the culmination of everything I’ve learned through my journey,” said Marzz. “It’s a follow-up to Intergalactic Voyages, and is ultimately the aftermath.”

Marzz’s eclectic, captivating vibe is partly what makes him so popular. “The core of my vibe is wavy. It showcases the funky, old school beats that I like. It’s really the new wave,” said the artist. Fans can expect his debut album some time in 2018. As he packages up the track list for this major project, he also remains diligent in perfecting his engineering abilities for fellow artists through his label, New Wave Music. Marzz is constantly putting energy into up and coming artists in the industry, and it is further reflected in their music respectively.

“Spoils of the Voyage” was released on August 26, so stay tuned via Marzz’s social media:

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MC WhiteOwl Premieres The Visuals For His New Single ‘Croissants’

TheSource Feed - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 9:16pm

Bronx born artist MC WhiteOwl has releases a new track titled “Croissants” which features FatCatGatze156.


The new single is the latest from the Hip-Hop veteran, who got his start in the game back in the 90s at Wild Pitch Records. After witnessing the birth of hip hop around NYC, WhiteOwl tried his own hand at freestyling  in 2001.


Since then, he has gone on to both DJ and MC for some of the hottest in the game, including the likes of Bad Ronald, Statik Selektah, Jeff Pearlman and producer FatCatHayze156.

Repping the 914 and Harlem NYC, WhiteOwl is also a part of the hip hop collective Certain.Ones.

With “Croissants”, WhiteOwl takes us on a lyrical and visual journey through the train yards, and his full story will come in December 2017 when he drops his 4th solo album. The video, filmed and directed by Olise Forel, is the first from a series of visuals set to dropped from the album.

In the meantime, check out the new single and visual and be on the lookout for more coming from the New York native.


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Lil Uzi Vert to Release Rock Album With the Help of Idol Marilyn Manson

TheSource Feed - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 5:08pm

Hardcore rock legend Marilyn Manson let slip during an interview with Zane Lowe today on Beats 1 Radio that he has plans to work with Lil Uzi Vert on a his next work which will be a rock album. Vert has been quoted as saying Manson is his primary influence and idol. The Philly rapper even copped an iced out chain of the rocker’s face this year.

“He wants to do a rock album next, and I would love to see that happen because I think that he could make a new thing. Not some rock/rap type of thing, something special and new that I think needs to be created just to fuck the world up more. I think that if I had to pick what Lil Uzi Vert should be, if he’s involved in rock, it’s an early Bad Brains or Faith No More, but with a catchier element. I think he has punk rock in him. He’s a lil crazy motherfucker. And good. Smart as fuck. He has an attitude like I did, and I like that about him.” Manson explained.
Considering Uzi’s consistency with labeling himself as a rockstar, a rock album doesn’t sound far fetched. Let us know what you think about Lil Uzi switching up genres in the comment section.

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Mariah Carey To Be Honored at VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The 90’s Game Changers

TheSource Feed - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 4:58pm

Mariah Carey has launched countless pop hits, but she is also known for making rap collaborations with the likes of JAY-Z, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Diddy, and Ol’ Dirty Bastard.

The singer’s rap collaborations will be celebrated at the 2017 VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The 90’s Game Changers. The event will be hosted by actress Regina Hall, and also honor Martin Lawrence. Missy Elliot is set to perform.

The awards ceremony will be taped on September 17th at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, California and air on September 18th.

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Fabolous Released His Debut Album 16 Years Ago Today And Stayed Relevant For These 5 Reasons

TheSource Feed - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 4:18pm

Fabolous got his start in the rap game in the late 1990’s freestyling on DJ Clue’s world famous mixtapes. That may not mean anything to you youngsters today, but that was equivalent to getting your video posted on World Star Hip Hop. One thing led to another and then Fab was in the Hot 97 studio freestyling with N.O.R.E over LOX’s “Money, Power, Respect” live on DJ Clue’s Desert Storm Radio show. This moment also marked DJ Clue officially crowning the young Brooklyn rapper as Fabolous.

In 2001, his debut studio album Ghetto Fabolous was released coincidentally on the same day of the devastating attack on the Twin Towers in New York City. The album was a commercial success. It spawned three charting singles, “Can’t Deny It” featuring the late Nate Dogg, “Young’n (Holla Back)”, and trade it all featuring Jagged Edge. The album had production by DJ Clue, The Neptunes, Rick Rock, Rockwilder, Timbaland, Just Blaze, and DURO just to name a few.

Fast forward sixteen years, six studio albums, and eleven mixtapes later the Young OG has still maintained his relevancy. Fans are fickle, they’ll like you one day then hate you the next. But Fab’s fans are loyal and carried his career all the way to where it is now, and I think I know why.

1. You can never go wrong with a Fab feature on your song. You can always count on the emcee to come through on a track with the metaphors, clever wordplay, and slick punchlines. He has collaborated with too many to name, from Nicki Minaj to Ne-Yo to Lil Mo.

2. Fabolous knows how to make music that appeal to women. His projects come packed with caption-ready lyrics to make any female feel like she be killin’ em. Additionally, he turns relatable aspects of relationships into a song, making people want to keep listening to it even years later.

3. Fab is consistent. There is No Competition and The Soul Tape are both three installment series mixtapes. Summertime Shootout is a two installment mixtape series. Additionally, he made collaborative mixtapes with the likes of Jadakiss and Trey Songz. He tapped into the early 2000s and collaborated with DJ Clue to release Friday night freestyles two years ago. And there’s presumably new music on the way.

4. He opens doors for young producers and rappers on their grind. He’s not hating on the current state of mainstream Hip Hop, instead he embraces it. An upcoming singer from Brooklyn named Jazzy direct messaged Fabolous on Instagram shooting for a chance for a collaboration, and landed a feature on his single “Real One” off his Summertime Shoot out mixtape.

5. Often times Fab is thrown in the Best Dressed conversation. Whether you agree with this opinion or not, Fab is arguably a good dresser. He is also dripping in swag down to his laid back demeanor. Furthermore, all the cool guys come from Brooklyn.

don't make me do it to you niggas, cuz I over do it… [shot by @kodaklens] #FightWeekend #Vegas

A post shared by Fabolous (@myfabolouslife) on Sep 2, 2017 at 12:29am PDT

option is a beautiful thing, but sometimes it's just confusing…. which shoe should I do? #EnvolviendoVideoShoot #Miami

A post shared by Fabolous (@myfabolouslife) on Aug 7, 2017 at 5:34pm PDT

chase a ice cream truck, never chase a bih [shot by @thedonlikecheadle] #NYFWM #NYC

A post shared by Fabolous (@myfabolouslife) on Jul 13, 2017 at 7:11pm PDT

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