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J. Cole samples Lauryn Hill and D’Angelo‘s classic “Nothing Even Matters” on his latest release “Cole Summer.”
The late night release sees Cole reminiscing about the past and predicting his future. And if you can’t get enough of the North Carolina bred rapper, he plans to release Truly Yours II later today.
J. Cole’s sophomore album Born Sinner is scheduled to be in stores on June 25.
Miami rapper Trina‘s brother Wilbrent Bain Jr. aka Goonkie was shot to death Tuesday morning after an altercation.
Miami-Dade police said Ron Dobson, 27, has been charged with the killing and faces a second-degree murder charge, according to AllHipHop News.
In the affidavit that Dobson gave police, he states the incident began over an argument which escalated to him brandishing a firearm and shooting Bain multiple times.
According to NBC 6, Bain and Dobson were neighbors on Northwest 91st Street and 24th Avenue and the two men were friends.
Bain survived a 2008 shooting and his criminal record includes gun possession, burglary, drugs, and domestic violence involving strangulation.
A neighbor of both of the men, named “Trimel,” told NBC 6 that they all grew up together and attributes the rise in violence to the easy access to guns.
“It’s a gun problem more than anything because anyone can just get a gun. I guarantee if you walk around this neighborhood now I bet you you’ll get it.”
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Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has found himself in more legal trouble, this time being convicted of multiple corruption charges.
Today in a Detroit courtroom, Kilpatrick was found guilty on 24 of the 30 counts of corruption he was charged with for allegedly using his position as mayor to gain wealth through various city contracts. According to theNew York Times:
The verdicts brought to a close a trial in which prosecutors laid out a complex case against Mr. Kilpatrick and his co-defendants — including his father, Bernard, and a city contractor, Bobby W. Ferguson — arguing that they had used the mayor’s office to enrich themselves for years through shakedowns, kickbacks and bid-rigging schemes.
Mr. Kilpatrick and Mr. Ferguson were convicted of racketeering and extortion, while the former mayor’s father was convicted on a tax charge.
…In two-hour closing statements last month, after a trial that featured about 80 witnesses for the prosecution, R. Michael Bullotta, an assistant United States attorney, said the Kilpatrick administration’s enrichment formula was simple: “No deal without me.”
“That was their mantra, those were their words,” Mr. Bullotta said. “They had to get a piece.”
Kilpatrick faces up to 20 years in prison.
This is not the first time for the disgraced mayor to find himself on the losing end of the law. In 2008, he resigned after an extramarital affair with one of his staff members was revealed to the public. Kilpatrick lied about the relationship under oath, resulting in him receiving a 4 month prison term on obstruction of justice charges. In 2010, he was sentenced to 18 months in prison for violating his probation.
Have researchers found a cure for HIV?
Researchers announced yesterday that a 2-year-old girl in Mississippi currently shows no signs of the HIV virus after being diagnosed with the disease at birth. They are claiming that she is the first child to be “functionally cured” of the virus.
According to CNN, the child’s mother was unaware of her HIV positive until just before giving birth, leaving no time to begin proper treatment to prevent the virus from passing to the baby. But doctors administered high dosages of antiretroviral drugs to the baby 30 hours after her birth, which they believe is the key to her cure.
A pediatric HIV specialist at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Dr. Hannah Gay, was the one who decided to treat the infant immediately following birth and also made the decision to use 3 antiviral drugs instead of the typical 1 due to the baby’s high risk exposure.
Doctors confirmed shortly after the baby was born that she was in fact HIV positive, likely infected while in her mother’s womb. For the next year, the baby was treated with antiretrovirals, but her mother stopped administering the drugs for unknown reasons. After health officials stepped in, the child was able to continue treatment.
If you’re looking for any new movie projects from Idris Elba, don’t look too hard.
The British actor revealed to the UK’s Daily Mirror that he will be taking 2013 off from acting to focus on his music.
“This year I’m not going to work as an actor so I can concentrate on music. I do it from the heart, not for the money.”
In case you didn’t now, Idris has been playing the role of DJ for quite some time now, going by the name of Driis. He’s currently in the midst of a 7 week residency at a London club.
Though he’s put his acting career on hold, Essence points out that 3 films he previously shot will be released this year (Pacific Rim, Thor: The Dark World and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom).
By now, you’ve probably heard of the story of Jessica Bennett, her young son Jonah, and the man who assaulted him on a recent Delta flight, Joe Rickey Hundley.
In case you were unaware, all three were onboard a Delta flight to Atlanta last week when 19 month old Jonah began to cry due to the plane starting its descent. An allegedly intoxicated Hundley, who was seated near the mother and son, supposedly told Jessica to “shut that nigger baby up,” and then slapped Jonah, leaving a cut on the toddler’s face.
Since the incident, Hundley has been fired as the president of Unitech Composites and Structures, and yesterday, appeared in court for simple assault charges. If convicted, he could face up to a year in prison.
When I look at my two year old nephew, I wonder what he will think about us when he is older. His father is white and his mother is black, so that makes him half white and half black. He was born in an era of this country where a man who looks like him is his President. He will know not of a time where good men and good women thought our country would not see this day, as this day arrived nine months prior to his birth. He will never ponder the potential of a woman born to Puertorican parents in the Bronx, as she was already sitting on the Supreme Court bench when he was born. Nor will he wonder about the legitimacy of love between gay couples, as this too shall pass before he remembers his first memory. He will be confused by our euphoria over the barriers that we broke, as those barriers will seem so distant to his young mind. He will know an America that is post-racial.
Unfortunately, this American Dream is a nightmare to some. A nightmare to those who cling to their guns armed with bullets bloodied by their hatred. Where drunk white men spit out venom of racism towards 19 month year old black babies and punctuate it with a slap of the face. Where white supremacists forbid the healing touch of black nurses on their infant children. Or undocumented immigrants are treated with language and abuse once used for victims of our heinous history of slavery. These people still exist in these United States of America, but they are holding on to the last threads of a quilt woven together by disappearing string, as we are destined to reach the America my two year old nephew already lives in.
These moments of desperation by a few in our nation are not setbacks, for our progress is too great to give their actions that much weight. As our nation grows towards a more perfected union, we will feel some pains. Growing pains. Pains that we feel when we awake, pains that we feel when we are walking or running, and pains that we feel when we go to sleep. Pains that my two year old nephew feels everyday, as he is definitely a growing boy! But with all great periods of growth, once we reach our height of equality, the pain we feel today will be no more. There will be some who will walk during this journey, some who will run and a few who will hide in their bunkers in fear of our potential. But, when they come out and do not see their shadow of hatred looming over the young kids playing in the yard, they will realize that the Spring Awakening is upon us. Overwhelmingly, the people of this great nation, Black and White, Latino and Asian, Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and non-believers, gay and straight, believe in the optimistic ending where we will arrive in an America led by our nephews, nieces, sons and daughters whose vision for this country will be shaped by a narrative of inclusion and celebration of our differences. That is the essence of a post-racial America.
Post-racial does not mean that my nephew has to give up his black identity or his white identity. Post-racial does not mean that racism will cease to exist when he casts his first vote for President in the 2028 election. Post racial does not mean that he might have to work harder to get ahead. However, this two year old child will witness an America that recognizes that an injustice against any group of people is an injustice against him. He will understand that the rights he takes for granted are worthless unless he fights for those same rights for others. He will believe that it is our diversity of many that makes this nation special, not the monolithic resistance of a few. As more and more young people look like him, a color that is uniquely American, it will be more and more difficult to judge a man or woman by the color of his or her skin and not by the content of their character. This land is his land that he will inherit, from California to the New York island. The land of not just the free, but more importantly the brave. The brave ones who will lead our country to a more compassionate, tolerant and generous nation. This is America, the beautiful.
- Michael Skolnik
Shocking news broke yesterday that Oscar Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner” in the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, had been arrested for allegedly murdering his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.
Pistorius was arrested as his South African home yesterday morning after police discovered Steenkamp dead from several gunshot wounds.
Initial reports suggested that Pistorius mistook Steenkamp as an intruder, but today in court, prosecutors accused the athlete of premeditated murder. Pistorius was visibly shaken in the courtroom, spending much of the time crying and with his hands covering his face.
Prosecutors said Friday that they would argue the history-making Olympic athlete – the first amputee to run at the games – had planned Steenkamp’s killing. It sent South Africans reeling further as their national hero, and a global role model in overcoming adversity, was set to face accusations that he intentionally gunned down his girlfriend.
Pistorius stood with his face in his hands as he broke down in tears on his first appearance at the Pretoria Magistrates’ Court. Chief Magistrate Desmond Nasir delayed Pistorius’ bail hearing until next Tuesday and Wednesday and ruled that Pistorius would be held at a police station in Pretoria until then. Police have said they oppose the granting of bail.
A solemn Pistorius entered the court wearing a gray suit and blue tie and initially appeared composed. When he broke down in tears, his brother, Carl, reached out a hand and placed it on his shoulder. Pistorius’ father, Henke, was in the court and later reached over to comfort him as well.
Police say that previous domestic disputes had taken place between Steenkamp and Pistorius at the home. The couple had been dating for several months before yesterday’s tragic turn of events.