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Kyrie Irving’s Injury shifts the Playoff Balance to LeBron James

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 8:46am

The NBA regular season will end with unpredictability playing the main factor.

Eastern Conference

The most shocking news before the playoffs come out of Boston. All-Star guard, Kyrie Irving, is out for the entire playoffs. Irving had emergency knee surgery and will take 4-5  months to recover. By the time Irving is ready to play at 100 percent, it will be the beginning of the 2018-19 preseason. At least the Celtics will have the team’s other All-Star, Gordon Hayward, although it does nothing for their immediate title hopes. Kyrie Irving intended to lead the Celtics to the promise land, as he once did with the 2016 Cavaliers along with LeBron James.

It was a very strong possibility that the former teammates were going to meet in the playoffs. If you are a basketball enthusiast, a Cavs and Celtics series is everything you would want in the Eastern Conference. It is no secret that King James had the urge to dominate a series against his ex-partner in crime. The energy would have been matched by Irving. Due to the extent of the injury, we may have to wait till next year. With free agency looming this summer, there is a possibility that fans will never see the former duo face each other. That is if LeBron take this talents to the Western Conference. With the development of the baby Lakers, Los Angeles looks like a great landing spot. LeBron also already has a home in LA.

The Sixers are bound to make some noise, with ROY Ben Simmons and all-star big man Joel Embiid. Embiid suffered an eye injury late last month, but is expected to miss only one game in the playoffs. With Irving out for the playoffs, expect a motivation LeBron James to go head up against the Eastern Conference leading Toronto Raptors.

Western Conference

The Rockets have dominated the West this season. Top MVP candidate James Harden has led the way with his back court counterpart, Chris Paul. Expect to see them in the Western Conference Finals. Now it gets interesting. Two-time MVP, Steph Curry, is expected to be out for the first round of the playoffs. The Warriors should have no problem getting out of the first round, with 3 all-stars and home court advantage. Let’s see how far they make it, without their sharp shooting honcho. If Curry resumes play after the first round, Golden State faces Houston in an epic star studded showdown.

3-10 in the standings gets very interesting and may come down to the final week of regular season games. If the playoffs ended today, the best first round series would be Portland and Oklahoma City. It will be a good test for both teams. 2017 MVP, Russell Westbrook, led his team to the playoffs last season, without any all-star teammates. This year, he has Paul George and a former all-star in Carmelo Anthony. On the Portland side, there is the back court tandem of Damien Lillard and CJ McCollum. You can refer to them as “Backcourt Buckets.” The two teams match up well. One may see a surprise out of the young Timberwolves team, but they lack experience and Jimmy Butler has yet to play a game since his mid-season injury. Don’t expect any other teams not named Golden State or Houston to make it past round two.

The 2018 NBA playoffs will begin Saturday, April 14.

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U-God Drops Anticipated New Album “Venom” And Accompanying Book

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 8:38am

Once again, we welcome back Golden Arms of the one and only Wu-Tang Clan to the table for 2018, with U-God delivering already his second project for the year. This time around he’s gracing us with his fifth solo studio album entitled Venom, which was released last week Friday, March 30. Venom comes after the release of his mixtape earlier this year titled Bring Back God II, which was a “g” up for fans who were waiting for this new album.

Venom comes equipped with fourteen tracks (thirteen full-length) and a number of guest appearances from familiar faces including Method Man, Raekwon, Inspectah Deck, Scotty Wotty and Nomadiq. On the other side of the boards, producers including Large Professor, Lord Finesse, DJ Green Lantern and DJ Homicide (among others) take care of the production, ensuring a smooth ride of heavy drums and a recreative nineties era vibe. The first single for the album Venom was released last year and was featured also on the previous mixtape, while visuals were officially released last week for the track “Epicenter featuring Raekwon, Inspectah Deck and Scotty Wotty.

Upon Venom being released, Golden Arms also released his autobiographical book entitled Raw: My Journey Into The Wu-Tang. Inside the autobiography, he talks about his early childhood until his music career and certain issues that have been put to light for the first time. It’s no secret that the forty-seven-year-old rapper is still at full strength, and is making even more moves, kicking off his Venom album tour shortly across various cities across America. Venom is certainly the right dose for any fans looking for new heated material with that boom bap Wu sound.

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The Notorious Conor McGregor Charged With 3 Counts Of Assault After Attacking a Bus Filed With UFC Fighters

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 8:25am

UFC superstar Conor McGregor may have legitimately cemented himself as the notorious one.

The current and soon-to-be stripped lightweight champion caused complete havoc following the media day session for UFC 223 at Barclays Center, culminating in him and his entourage attacking a bus filled with several fighters who are competing on Saturday night’s card.

McGregor and his entourage were filmed entering the Barclays Center at around 6:30pm on Thursday, where they threw a number of items at a bus that was transporting fighters from a media event in the borough.

The 29-year-old was seen to throw a trolley at the front of the bus, breaking a window, with a minor injury caused to one of the passengers during the incident.

Immediately after the incident, Conor fled the scene before authorities could speak with him, and reports were saying a warrant was out for his arrest. On Thursday night, McGregor turned himself into the police. McGregor has been charged with three counts of assault and one of criminal mischief.

To make matters worst, three fights on the stacked UFC 223 card had to be cancelled due to injuries that occurred on the bus that McGregor trashed. Some of those fighters are already preparing lawsuits against McGregor.

UFC president Dana White was extremely upset about Conor’s actions.

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— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 5, 2018

White said everything short of a possible suspension. While Conor might be banned from the Barclays Center on Saturday, don’t expect a lengthy suspension. After all, McGregor is the UFC’s biggest draw and sometimes bad publicity is good publicity.

 

 

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Drake Guarantees New Single to Drop Friday Night

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 8:11am

New music from Drake is on the way, very soon.

The 6 God made a surprise appearance during an OVO concert in Toronto on Thursday. Majid Jordan was performing at the time when Drake walked on stage. As always the hometown crowd was ecstatic to see him and on the edge of their seats after his big announcement.

“The reason I’m here tonight is because I’m back in the city finishing my album,” said the hip-hop superstar. “I got a single dropping tomorrow night too, just in case you got some free time.”

Free time or not, everyone will be tuning in to hear some new Drake.

“I’m working, I promise,” he added, before exiting the stage.

Check out the surprise in the clip below.

Drake announces he’s dropping his new single tomorrow pic.twitter.com/L22rgxM0Bg

— DJ Akademiks (@IamAkademiks) April 6, 2018

A pandemonium like energy swept the crowd after Drake announces a new single. We have yet to receive new music from the Toronto hero, since the release of the Scary Hours. The EP included “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity”.

Look out for his new release on Apple Music, Tidal, and Spotify.

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Fired Nurse Raises Over $20,000 After Saying Stephon Clark Deserved to Die

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 7:57am

A California nurse and U.S. military veteran has raised tens of thousands of dollars through a GoFundMe account after she was fired for making insensitive comments about Sacramento police shooting victim, Stephon Clark, on social media. Faith Linthicum, said of the father of two that he deserved to be shot and killed by police because of his alleged actions.

“Yeah but he was running from the police jumping over fences and breaking peoples houses… why run??!!! He deserved it for being stupid,” Linthicum wrote in the deleted Facebook post.

Linthicum was soon after let go by her employer, Kaiser Permanente, for what they told the Sacramento Bee was “intolerable” hate and discrimination.

The fired nurse is still raking in big money and is now up over $26,000 raised in less than a week. However, the money Linthicum is raising is not to provide a legal defense as most people would when they feel that their first amendment rights have been violated and they were wrongfully terminated by an employer. Instead, the Folsom, California resident is raising funds to support herself financially going forward.

“I am now unemployed and unable to pay rent, buy food for myself and my two dogs, (French Bulldog & Great Dane), or make my car payments/insurance,” Linthicum wrote on her GoFundMe page. “I am asking for support during this trying time as I try to find employment and heal.”

Linthicum also describes herself as a person of faith who treats all people equally and in no way does she feel that she is a “hateful or discriminatory person.”

The controversial shooting of Stephon Clark has caused an uproar in California’s capital city where Clark was shot eight times in the back according to an independent autopsy report. Clark was unarmed when he was killed by police after allegedly breaking car windows and evading police. Clark was in his grandmother’s backyard at the time of the shooting.

 

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A Shape Up & A Trim Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

TheSource Feed - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 7:34am

Fellas, it’s no secret that the ladies love to see a man with a fresh cut or shape up. If that’s not enough motivation to visit your barber on a regular basis, do it for your health.

According to Dr. Ronald Victor of Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai, regular visits to your local barber can effectively lower risk for strokes and heart attacks. Considering black men face the highest risk in America for high blood pressure related deaths, this news is encouraging.

Dr. Victor recently conducted a study at 52 barbershops across Los Angeles. Barbers requested their black male clients, ages 35-79 have their blood checked at the shop during their visit. Astonishingly, 319 men discovered they were at risk for high blood pressure.

The men were then randomly divided into two groups. One group met with pharmacists who examined the men before prescribing medications to help regulate their pressure. Additionally, blood work and progress notes were provided to their doctors.

Meanwhile, the second group received pamphlets with tips on how to regulate their pressure while they met with barbers for their routine haircuts. Barbers also encouraged clients to seek treatment options and lifestyle changes with doctors.

154 was the average top number (systolic blood pressure) for all participants at the start of the study. Six months later, men of the first group saw their number drop by 27 points. On the other hand, men of the second group saw their number drop by nine points.

Over half the men in the first group were able to get their pressure to reach optimal levels below 130/80. Dr. Victor attributes the stark difference between groups to the convenience of pharmacists being available in barbershops and the consistency of clients returning to the barbershop.

When speaking to the value of the barbershop Victor had this to say:

“It almost has a social club feel to it, a delightful, friendly environment.”

Eric Muhammed (pictured above), owner of A New You barbershop has made the blood pressure machine a new staple in his shop.

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Opioid Addiction Care Costs Employers $2.6B A Year

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 12:15pm

A new report shows large employers spent $2.6 billion to treat opioid addiction and overdoses in 2016, an eightfold increase since 2004. More than half went to treat employees’ children.

The analysis released Thursday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation finds such spending cost companies and workers about $26 per enrollee in 2016.

Employers have been limiting insurance coverage of opioids because of concerns about addiction. The report finds spending on opioid prescriptions falling 27 percent from a peak in 2009.

Researchers analyzed insurance claims from employers with more than 1,000 workers. Most are self-insured, meaning they assume the financial risk.

Workers share the costs. Steve Wojcik of the National Business Group on Health says for every $5 increase, employers typically cover $4 and pass $1 to workers.

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Lalah Hathaway Guest Stars on QUESTLOVE Supreme Podcast

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:53am

The Roots drummer and music taste maker, Professor Questlove invited guest jazz and R&B songstress and one of the most dynamic voices of our time, Lalah Hathaway, daughter of the great soul singer Donny Hathaway, to slay episode 77 of QUESTLOVE SUPREME exclusively on Pandora.

Listen in as Questo gets nervous introducing Lalah – calling her “frightening” because of the amount of love that he has for her. The Grammy Award winning singer talks about growing up in Chicago, going to a performance art school with John Cusack, opening up for Prince, how her parents met at Howard and fell in love as well as what co-host Suga Steve calls some, “quirky s**t.”

The conversation also takes a hilarious turn as Lalah talks about her obsession with the reruns of @HBO’s “Real Sex” and how she recently had a dream with Prince in it and somehow Jaden Smith made an appearance.

The podcast merges the love of music and culture that Questlove embodies into a weekly show that’s a happy medium between relevant cultural topics and nerdy NPR. Lalah’s episode was taped live at the legendary Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles.

Lalah’s new album, HONESTLY, is available now for streaming on Pandora.

Listen to the episode here!

Keep up with the conversation using #QuestloveSupreme.

 

Photo credit: Josh Telles, Pandora

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Did MLK Predict The Trump Era In His “3 Evils” Speech?

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:38am

50 years ago today, we lost Martin Luther King Jr. In years since his death, we have come to know him for his most famous–‘I Have A Dream” Speech. On the contrary, did he prophesize the present Trump administration in a lesser-known speech?

On August 31, 1967, Dr.King delivered his “Three Evils of Society” speech at the National Conference on New Politics. He indicated war, poverty, and racism as the three evils which plague America.

The following are excerpts from the speech. His words eerily relate to the conditions of modern America and the current administration

“Yes the hour is dark, evil comes forth in the guise of good. It is a time of double talk when men in high places have a high blood pressure of deceptive rhetoric and an anemia of concrete performance. We cry out against welfare handouts to the poor but generously approve an oil depletion allowance to make the rich, richer.” What they truly advocate is Socialism for the rich and Capitalism for the poor.”

“A nation that continues year after year,to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”

In an attempt to provoke thought, we ask what will you do with this information?

 This is the time to take action. Use our voices, and our power in numbers and unite to stop the rich from getting richer, but properly distribute wealth by fully educating the masses about who they are and their important roles, creating equal opportunities for everyone to make a living wage etc.

50 years later we still find ourselves grappling with the evils of racism and all its by products. In this particular speech, Dr. King suggested the only way to cleanse our nation of racial and economic injustices, is by redistributing political and economic power. Do you agree?

Until we as one nation and one united people decide to the evils which affect us all, we will continue to see no progress.

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9 Hip-Hop Songs That Have Sampled The Voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 8:49am

The world has come to stand and acknowledge the 50 year mark of the assassination of a man who is defined as being the most influential civil rights leader in American history, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On April 4, 1968, as he stood on the balcony of Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Dr. King was fatally struck with a bullet by James Earl Ray, an unlawful racist. The striking assassination of Dr. King follows a sturdy 14 year reign serving as a dominant figure in the civil rights movement fighting for the security of legal rights for African Americans. It was a fight drilled with nonviolence and civil disobedience, being burgeoned by the vile acts of racial segregation, disenfranchisement, and exploitation of all hanging from the centerfold of racism.

The powerfully symphonic voice of Dr. King in his iconic “I Have A Dream” speech delivered at the 1963 March on Washington, sets the tone for emotional empowerment. Currently, it stands as the most sampled Dr. King audio recording in hip-hop history. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and his sound legacy, here are 9 hip-hop songs that have sampled the legendary leader’s voice.

1. Sadat X “Return of the Bang Bang” (2010)

Reigning from the silver-tongued posse who is bound to their divine blackness is Sadat X of Brand Nubian on the solo tip with “Return of the Bang Bang.” The unorthodox emcee takes to the mic to drop insight about his daily journey as a seasoned vet coming back in the game. In his signature abstract style, Sadat makes use of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” passage to serve rightful diction in his tunnel of bars. “Return of the Bang Bang” is featured on Sadat’s 2010 sequel gem Wild Cowboys II.

2. Heavy D & the Boyz “A Better Land” (1989)

One of the golden era’s finest, the late Heavy D is pouring his soul out in rhyme in “A Better Land” with his boyz about improving the meager conditions of impoverished communities. The telling track starts with a sample of Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech that ends with one of his most acquainted quotes, “We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men, are created equal.”

3. Edo G feat. Masta Ace “Wishing” (2004)

Donald Trump is not the first President of the United States to be highly scorned by the majority of his country. Back in 2004, George W. Bush was in office turning America’s dream into a nightmare with his jest like measures. Edo G and Masta Ace took to the mic to release their wishes while demanding intrinsic change in the American way. After Masta Ace crops the title of a dreamer, Dr. King’s infamous line about his dream for freedom and justice in Mississippi hoards the track.

4. Cyhi Da Prynce “Ring Bellz” (2010)

Cyhi Da Prynce is honoring his cultural edge through the barrels of black history in “Ring Bellz” a song from his 2010 mixtape Royal Flush. While mixing his braggadocios persona with black excellence, the G.O.O.D. music wordplayer takes it from Fredrick Douglass to Stokely Carmichael, with the profound words from Dr. King’s beloved speech leading the track.

5. Common feat. will.i.am “A Dream” (2006)

Chicago’s renowned poet in rhyme Common teamed up with will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas for a true hip-hop measure that reflects on the progression and condition of blacks in a known racist America, the way Dr. King stood sturdy for titled “A Dream.” Owning the same desire for nation zenith, just as King, it was sensible for the abstract collab to start with King’s pacifying “We gonna work it out” saying.

6. Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five “The King” (1988)

With Melle Mel being heralded as one of hip-hop’s earliest conscious rappers, the lingering legacy of Dr. King has certainly played a role during hip-hop’s infancy. The hip-hop pioneer rocks the mic with delight honoring the deeds of Dr. King by recognizing the Civil rights icon’s brightest accomplishments while calling for the bells of freedom. “He brought hope to the hopeless, strength to the weak.”

7. Wu-Tang Clan “Never Let Go” (2014)

Known for their supremely motivational rap hymns, the Wu-Tang Clan hit the masses with a dream driven tune in signature fashion. Docking off of their sixth studio album A Better Tomorrow is “Never Let Go” an ode to survival during challenging times. Before Masta Killa leads and after U-God anchors the track, a courteous potent chunk of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is heard where the beloved leader makes one of his most bracing points, “For many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny. And they have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom.”

8. Boogie Down Productions “Love’s Gonna Get’cha (Material Love)” (1990)

Emphasis is something KRS-One has mastered as a lyricist. Amid the prime of Boogie Down Productions‘ fourth studio album Edutainment comes its top single “Love’s Gonna Get’cha (Material Love),” a song that serves as a warning about the detrimental lust that comes with chasing after material things. To throw emphasis on “movin’ on,” the voice of Dr. King chanting the phrase from his final speech “I’ve Been to the Mountain Top.”

9. Immortal Technique feat. Chuck D, Brother Ali, and Killer Mike “Civil War” (2011)

Budding off of the musically factious Immortal Technique‘s 2011 compilation album The Martyr is “Civil War” featuring Chuck D, Brother Ali, and Killer Mike, an unapologetic effort to audibly express “trying to survive cultural assassination,” the great PE lead makes it clear in the chorus. The track samples a selection of King’s final speech, where the iconic leader encourages the destruction of fear in exchange for glory.

Dr. King’s call for sound justice fused into a faithful dream for African Americans has thrived its way into hip-hop culture out of the purpose of nature. The infancy of hip-hop culture is a result of movements that brewed during Dr. King’s time. Movements that were centered in the fight for justice and art of freedom such as the Black Panther Party and Black Arts Movement, who all commonly owned a desire to climb the path of racial justice. The youth of hip-hop’s beginnings dreamed of topnotch mobility out of the hood, reversing the culture of police brutality, and several cases of discrimination ceased. Now, since the culture has grown into a universal phenomenon, Dr. King’s dreamy element of justice is emblematic in hip-hop whenever he is sampled on a track.

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Baltimore Ravens Sign Robert Griffin III As New Quarterback

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 8:40am

The Baltimore Ravens have been looking to find a backup for quarterback Joe Flacco for some time now. Last season, many suggested it would be Colin Kaepernick that would fill that void.  Kaepernick still doesn’t have a job but the Ravens found themselves a backup quarterback.

Free agent quarterback Robert Griffin III has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. Griffin has not played in the NFL since January 1, 2017, when he was a member of the Cleveland Browns.

#PlayLikeARaven

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) April 4, 2018

The former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and Heisman Trophy winner saw his career spiral downward after two promising campaigns with the Washington Redskins to kick it off thanks an array of injuries. He attempted to reignite it with the Cleveland Browns in 2016 on a two-year, $15 million deal, but he only played in five games and was cut the following offseason.

At 28 years old, his contract with the Ravens will be much cheaper as he tries to prove he belongs in the league one last time. The low-risk deal gives the Ravens some leeway should injuries creep up and bite RGIII once again.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Griffin’s one-year contract with Baltimore has a base salary of $1 million and a small signing bonus.

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Post Malone Announces Beerbongs and Bentleys Release Date

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 8:33am

Post Malone announced the release date of his sophomore LP, Beerbongs and Bentleys, at a show last night.

The “Rockstar” performer said on stage as part of Bud Light’s “Dive Bar Tour” in “Music City” otherwise known as Nashville, Tennessee that after all the long hours and hard work he put into this next project, it’ll finally be released on April 27th.

The 22-year-old rapper has been making bank from his 21 Savage assisted multi-platinum hit single, “Rockstar” that  most likely will be featured on Post’s new album. His first album, Stoney, reached number one on the billboard Hip-Hop and R&B charts and later went platinum. The Syracuse born rap star famously toured with Justin Bieber early in his career which helped push Post to the top of the charts in coordination with his infectious sound.

It was recently revealed that Post Malone’s hit song, “Rockstar” was written by Joey Badass and T-Pain, which both parties publicly confirmed to be true. Nonetheless, both parties were happy with the way the product was delivered by Post and only had the utmost praise for the Republic artists success with the record.

During the show, Post did not mention more about the album besides the release date. We can surely  expect a full roll out in the coming weeks if Post and Republic Records truly plan to hit this release date.

Fans in Nashville got quite the show from Posty, because along with an album announcement, the fans were also treated to an on stage appearance from 2 Chainz to perform “Money Made Me Do It” with Post Malone.

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Zombie Apocalypse: Flatbush Zombies Slay on Their Sophomore Album

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 8:25am

As interest in The Walking Dead hits an all-time low, a new horde of zombies is prepared to captivate America later this week as Flatbush Zombies release their highly-anticipated second album, Vacation in Hell, due out this Friday.

In late February, Flatbush Zombies, the New York-based hip hop group, released the song “Headstone” as a promo for the upcoming album. On the song, Meechy Darko not only samples Kanye West’s “Jesus Walks” but the other members give plenty of nods other hip-hop legends with lyrics such as:

Only god can judge me slipping, I’m infinitely big pimpin/Though the genesis, dead presidents, drop a gem on ’em.

Shortly thereafter in March, the group released a second song, “U & I,” a melodic collab with DIA, which also samples Outkast’s “Git Up, Git Out” as well as C-Murder’s hook of the 1999 Snoop Dogg classic “Down 4 My Ni**as.” The song has already amassed almost half a million plays on Spotify in just over two weeks.

The album comes on the heels of Flatbush Zombies’ debut album, 3001: A Laced Odyssey, which received critical and audience acclaim and showcased the group’s versatility as their sound has been known to range the gamut: from club beats to trap hop to gospel to battle-rap type influences. Widely lauded for their chemistry and ability to appear to effortlessly master complex beats, lyrics, and melodies, Vacation in Hell features more guest performers than their previous album or singles. In addition to DIA, other collaborators include Joey Bada$$, Portugal. The Man, A$AP Twelvyy, Jadakiss, and more.

Despite the diverse range of styles, Flatbush Zombies manages to put out banger after banger that all have a unique and distinct style that can’t be replicated by any Hip-Hop artist- living or dead.

Or undead.

Vacation in Hell drops April 6. In the meantime, check out Flatbush Zombies’ epic freestyle sesh with Funkmaster Flex.

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Black-ish Creator Kenya Barris Is Looking To Leave ABC And Join Netflix

TheSource Feed - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 8:18am

In life, you never forget when someone or a company does you wrong.

When ABC sacked a Black-ish episode surrounding the Colin Kaepernick‘s NFL protests, it created a riff in what was a prosperous and groundbreaking relationship between the major TV network, the show and African-American storyteller Kenya Barris, who is considered one of the best film and TV comedy writers in the game.

In fact, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the rift between Barris & ABC has grown so much recently, he’s aggressively working to get out of his current deal, and head over to greener Netflix pastures.

 

Exclusive: #Blackish Creator Kenya Barris Plots Exit From ABC Studios Pact After Clashes https://t.co/Wzb1mkKWvC pic.twitter.com/eahLJGeEcK

— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 4, 2018

Since first signing with the Disney-owned studio in 2015, Barris has become its top comedy writer-producer with several TV projects in the mix. It would be a major loss for ABC.

Between the success of Black-ish, it’s spin-off Grown-ish, and Girls Trip, Barris is an incredibly in-demand commodity, both as a writer and producer. It would be a big get for Netflix if this deal happens and a huge loss for ABC, losing its biggest comedy writer and producer just months after the departure of their biggest drama producer in Shonda Rhimes.

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White South African Woman To Serve 3 Years in Jail for Racist Rant, Trevor Noah Responds

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 9:34pm

In what is being called a landmark ruling, a a woman in South Africa has been sentenced to three years in prison for using a racial slur toward a police officer. According to reports, a South African woman who is white named Vicki Momberg, called police after her car was burglarized in Johannesburg. When the Black police officer arrived, Momberg refused his assistance and called him the K-word, the South African equivalent of the N-word in America.

The racial slur was reportedly used 48 times in Momberg’s rant.

After repeatedly using the slur, Momberg was arrested by police and on March 28 was sentenced to three years in prison on charges of racial abuse. She is the first person in South African history to be sentenced for this offense. Momberg has the opportunity to be released in two years if she does not commit the same offense according to the Washington Post.

Host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, who was born and raised in South Africa, spoke to his audience during a break of his show yesterday to talk about the case.

“In South Africa after apartheid ended white people were never punished…” Noah said.

Noah goes on to mention that following apartheid which was the legal separation of races in South Africa, a law famously railed against by Anti-Apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, lawmakers in South Africa made it illegal to use the K-word which Noah claims upset some white people who heard the story and saw this as a violation of free speech. “Just don’t be racist….” Noah says in response to those opposed to the ruling.

The Born a Crime author also jokingly contrasts this situation to if an American Black person were to do the same thing to a white police officer.

“Imagine if a black person in America said like cracker to a white cop 48 times. I would’ve been shocked if they got to 15 before they got shot.”

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Zaia’s Debut EP “Drive” Set to Release Tomorrow

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 6:25pm

Tomorrow [April 5, 2018] 20 year old Atlanta based rapper/songwriter Zaia is set to release his debut EP, Drive. Zaia says it’s his first EP, but by the sound of it, you’d think he was a music industry vet already.

Zaia is set apart by his unique voice, on top of his smooth and mellow, but very musical beats. He has released his singles from his EP Drive entitled “Insensitive” and “Barriers” that has garnered over 40,000 views across platforms. He says , “I wrote Drive in a time of my life where I had a lot of limitations and problems in my way. It’s a song for overcoming obstacles, just to let people know “Hey! We all go through these things, but you can’t let them hold you back, you know?”. To further the effect of his real life obstacles, Zaia expresses his creativity through rocking things like dirty vans in the cover art for “Barriers”.

Zaia has been working with in house producers TrenzMusic and Blumajic and has recently teamed up with Grammy nominated producer Maths Time Joy for his track “Count on Me” which was featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist and amassed over 2.4 million streams.

With 300,000+ streams on Soundcloud, and a big buzz surrounding him on the blogosphere, Zaia is set to make his mark in 2018 so keep your eyes and ears peeled for more to come! Do you follow Zaia already? Make sure you follow him on all social media and add his debut EP, Drive to all of your music platforms! If you are a Spotify user, click here to listen to Drive!

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Trump Remembers Dr. King’s Legacy While Forgetting His Own

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 4:42pm

As we remember the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we can’t forget Donald Trump’s troubled history of alleged racial discrimination as he attempted to do the same on Twitter today.

Today we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Earlier this year I spoke about Dr. King’s legacy of justice and peace, and his impact on uniting Americans. #MLK50 Proclamation: https://t.co/XXtPO0VX5A pic.twitter.com/SH0esMSyMT

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2018

Seven days after the tragic murder of Dr. King, The Fair Housing Act of 1968 was passed. An achievement he didn’t live to see, but whose legislative importance would last for years to come. Ironically in 1973, The Justice Department sued Donald Trump, his father, Fred Trump, and Trump Management in order to obtain a settlement in which Trump and his father would promise not to discriminate.

Hillary Clinton brought this up during one of the 2016 debates.

“Donald started his career, back in 1973, being sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination — because he would not rent apartments in one of his developments to African-Americans, and he made sure that the people who worked for him understood that was the policy,” Clinton said back in 2016.

Even though the case was settled after the Trumps countersued for defamation of character, it’s troubling that the current Commander-In-Chief was even part of this allegation. Especially when he invokes King’s name on such an important day. King, in 1966 secured an apartment in Chicago’s slums to stand with the blacks living there in poverty. To put it in MLK’s own words from a speech at Chicago’s Soldier Field“We are here today because we are tired…We are tired of paying more for less. We are tired of living in rat-infested slums.”

The Justice Department brought charges against the Trump Management company after a subsidiary discriminated against a black man getting an apartment back in 1972. When a white woman named Sheila Morse (who worked for the New York City Human Rights Division testing for discrimination) applied for the same apartment, not only was there one available, she was offered a lease. Morse reported this back to the Human Rights Commission. When the black man returned to the Human Rights Commission and asked why Morse got offered the apartment and he did not, he was told the tenant manager said he was only following orders.

“He (the tenant manager) said, ‘Well, I’m only doing what my boss told me to do — I am not allowed to rent to black tenants,’ ” said Morse.

It turned out that the manager’s higher-ups were the Trump Management company. This is startling news for a President who was reported as calling African countries “Shithole Countries“. Though Trump denies this statement it does remind us that Dr. King’s mission is not complete. In the face of a presidential administration that has not shown itself on the side of the little guy or civil rights, it is not time to give up. If Dr. King had a Dream, we can not let that dream wither before coming true.

 

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Choppa Zoe Talks Latest Single “Athlete” + ‘Money & Violence’

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 4:29pm

Rapper/actor Choppa Zoe, well known for his role on Money Violence, is gearing up for the release of his forthcoming EP, No Rap Check. His latest single “Athlete” is reaching up to 50,000 streams on Spotify, and he is preparing the visuals for it.

Choppa took the time out to talk about his new music and life after the hit web series:

What you been up to?
Releasing new music. I have a new single out right now called “Athlete.” I just been working on my music and putting out visuals.

What’s the inspiration behind your stage name Choppa Zoe?
I’m Hatian. That’s my background, so that’s the Zoe part. I always believe in representing your heritage and that’s where the Zoe part is from. The Choppa you know, I’m from the streets so that’s a whole different (laughs) you feel me. Everybody knows what Choppa means.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but does it seem like being Haitian is a trend now?
You ain’t wrong at all. That’s a fact. People out the woodworks. Haitian is like a title right now in a lot of ways. So definitely.

Is it considered a milestone for a Haitian musician to collaborate with Wyclef Jean?
Yeah it is. Especially for young Haitians on the come up. Even a lot of the ones coming up now, I see reaching out to ‘em. So yeah it is a milestone, especially for our community, he could’ve been our President. So it’s a big deal.

How’d you connect with him?
He heard a record I did called “For My Haitians” and he reached out and put me on his mixtape at the time. Dope relationship, I learned a lot from him.

In a time where it seems like every rising rapper has a gimmick, what are you going to do to stand out?
Ain’t no gimmick with me. I’m just myself. I got dope music. I feel like when you have good music you don’t have to wear a clown mask for people to look at you. When your music is trash you have to do both, but there’s no gimmick with Choppa. I have a lot of things that come with me but it’s not a gimmick. Like I wake up every morning and workout. That’s because I lost 200 pounds, that’s not a gimmick. I give back to my community, I help other artists own the gimmick. I just consider myself an authentic artist who has good music.

I read that you connected with your half brother following your father’s passing, and he was also into music. How influential was that moment in your music career?
It was the turning moment. That’s what started my career. That’s what pushed the button for me to take it serious and to see what could become out of this. I was in and out of jail and he was in another city so it was a way to step out of my comfort zone.

Imagine if that never happened.
Exactly. I think about that all the time too.

It seems like Money & Violence vanished in thin air, and everyone has a story about what happened. I want to hear your side.
Everything takes time. If you not doing it, you’re not going to understand why it’s taking so long. It started from YouTube for it to grow to Tidal it takes time to put it together. The only thing that happened is that there’s a few apples in the bunch who feel how they feel but the show goes on. Aunt Viv from the Fresh Prince was dark skinned and then she was light-skinned and millions of people were watching that. We’re not even on TV yet so there’s a whole new fanbase who don’t even know these characters yet so we’ll be fine.

What’s in the works as far as new music or acting gigs?
I’m working on a project called No Rap Check, and the video for “Athlete.” The record just hit 50,000 streams on Spotify. So just independently it’s doing well. Follow me on social media for the release date announcement.

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Drum Major Instinct: Glimpses Of Martin Luther King Jr. At The ‘March For Our Lives’ Rally

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 3:33pm

Listening to the voices of Naomi Wadler and  Yolanda Renee King (granddaughter of MLK), there is no doubt Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy is alive and well in the iGeneration.

If you listen to the news media, they might have you believe that the iGeneration is lost, that there are no credible voices. We are constantly looking to the leaders of the past for what was, but will never be again. Yet what these two young ladies have done is invoke the very spirit of Dr. King’s Drum Major Instinct. This was his final message at Ebenezer Baptist Church before he was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

In his final sermon, he said all of the Gospel is a drum major for justice and peace, a drum major for serving humanity, that we may “make of this old world a new world.” That is what these two children are doing.

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, black children are 10 times more likely to die from gun violence. This means Naomi, 11, and Yolanda, 9, spoke their truth. A truth that is seen in every major urban center in America, and supported every time the news reports another unarmed person of color killed by police.

Stephon Clark joins a tragically long list of unarmed black men gunned down in America. https://t.co/xkL2WAGvFR

An early look at Saturday's front… pic.twitter.com/ZGFIWN0VkX

— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) March 31, 2018

Wallet. Skittles. Cell Phone. As troubling as this growing list is, at least it’s front page news. As Naomi Wadler pointed out when young black girls get shot, they are just numbers, they don’t get newspaper headlines. They fade into obscurity. For Naomi enough is enough. For Yolanda Renee King, her dream is that this gun violence will come to an end.

11-year old Naomi Wadler: "I am here to acknowledge and represent the African-American girls whose stories don't make the front page of every national newspaper, whose stories don't lead on the evening news." #MarchForOurLives (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/o6UkEuxemd

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 24, 2018

“My friends and I might still be 11, and we might still be in elementary school, but we know. We know life isn’t equal for everyone, and we know what is right and wrong. We also know that we stand in the shadow of the Capitol and we know that we have seven short years until we, too, have the right to vote,” Wadler said.

What made Dr. King’s speeches and sermon’s so poignant was the fact he also discussed the social economic reasons for the civil rights issues he was fighting for. These young ladies exemplified this by getting to the root of the problem, not just saying what the problem is. If children can grasp today’s intense socio-economic climate that is causing the gun violence that exists in their neighborhoods, their communities, their nation; then as adults, the least we can do is support them.

Yolanda Renee King, Martin Luther King Jr.'s granddaughter: "I have a dream that enough is enough." #MarchforOurLives (via ABC) pic.twitter.com/owcPYAMnLY

— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 24, 2018

“My name is Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King,” she proudly declared. “My grandfather had a dream that his four little children would not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

It is our job to make sure that the words of King and Wadler never fall on deaf ears. For them to be the drum majors that fight against all violence and civil rights injustices. These ladies have the power to be bandleaders, only if we listen, encourage, and follow them. They are Martin’s legacy, yet only as far as we empower them to fulfill their destiny.

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The Legacy Continues: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Granddaughter Has A Dream Too

TheSource Feed - Wed, 04/04/2018 - 2:48pm

Yolanda Renee King, the only granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr., is following in her grandfather’s footsteps. At only nine-years-old, she is making history after speaking at the March for Our Lives rally in Washington last month. The event was a call to end gun violence after the Parkland High School shooting in Florida.

King was among the many young people who spoke during the rally. She reminded everyone of the dream her grandfather had back in 1963 that is still relevant today.

“My grandfather had a dream that his four little children will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream that enough is enough. And that this should be a gun-free world. Period.”

50 years after his assassination, Dr. King’s legacy is lived not only through his grandchild but through his children too. His two surviving children, Bernice and Martin Luther King III, are committed to pushing a culture of nonviolence. Bernice is the CEO of the King Center and visits schools periodically to discuss nonviolence with students. Martin III is a human and civil rights activist. According to Time, he will be launching a program promoting nonviolence with the families of Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi.

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