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Janelle Monáe shares powerful “Turntables” video

Janelle Monáe shares powerful “Turntables” video

Janelle Monáe shares powerful “Turntables” video

Just last week, Janelle Monáe released an empowering song titled “Turntables.” Today, she shared the corresponding video, which would be used in the Amazon Studios documentary All In: The Fight for Democracy. The film directed by Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés is part of Amazon Studios’ campaign to improve voter turnout during the 2020 presidential election season.

The latest video includes several scenes related to protests as well as documentation of the fight against racial oppression, and eventually focuses on Black strength, unity, and excellence. Nate “Rocket” Wonder, who has been her collaborator for a long time produced the song.

“I leaned a lot on him and the book that I was reading [Ibram X. Kendi’s How to Be an Anti-Racist] and realizing that I have to be the energy for other voices who are putting themselves on the front line,” she explains in an interview about the song. “I’m thankful that the spirit was able to move through us.”

Since “That’s Enough,” that was released last year, “Turntables” is Janelle Monáe’s first official release. The former appeared on the soundtrack of the live-active re-release of Lady and the Tramp. Monáe’s last full-fledged project was Dirty Computer which was released in 2018. The album was widely appreciated and debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. It included features from Pharrell Williams, Zoë Kravitz, Grimes, and Brian Willson.

The artist has also been working in front of the camera as she is all set to appear in the Amazon documentary, The Glorias, and Antebellum (from the producer of Get Out and Us). Earlier, she featured in “Justice For Elijah McClain” campaign’s public service announcement, pushing officials in Colorado to charge the officers involved with McClain’s death.

Watch Janelle Monae’s new “Turntables” music video down below!

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Cardi B’s divorce papers amended as she demands ‘amicable’ split from Offset

Cardi B’s divorce papers amended as she demands ‘amicable’ split from Offset

Cardi B’s divorce papers amended as she demands ‘amicable’ split from Offset

According to reports, Cardi B wants her divorce from Offset to be “amicable.”

The singer recently filed paperwork to end her three-year marriage to the Migos rapper and it is now reported that she wants her legal team to change paperwork as they allegedly implied that she had a problem with Offset’s style of parenting.

Initially, Cardi’s paperwork sought legal custody and primary physical custody of her and Offset’s 2-year-old daughter Kulture, coupled with child support payments.

According to reports, the rapper was unaware that the lawyer presented her case in that manner and thus, she instructed her legal team to change her paperwork and make the process more “amicable”.

According to insiders, Cardi wants joint custody of Kulture with a positive “co-parenting situation” and doesn’t wish to seek financial support from Offset.

Offset hasn’t responded to the divorce petition yet.

This separation comes after the couple briefly split in 2018 and sparked rumors related to reconciliation the same year in December. These rumors were confirmed when they attended the 2019 Grammy Awards together.

During that point, the “I Like It” rapper accused the Migos star of being unfaithful. However, it is believed that they wanted to work things out for the sake of their daughter.

Offset engaged in several public gestures to win Cardi back, such as crashing her set at Rolling Loud festival in LA with a huge “Take Me Back Cardi” sign made out of white and red roses.

Though she denied his apology, he believed that it was the right thing to do.

He tweeted at the time: “All of my wrongs have been made public, i figure it’s only right that my apologies are made public too. A ***** was just trying …..thank god I ain’t got no balloons sheeesh “

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Ben Crump reacts to Breonna Taylor’s family receiving $12M settlement

Ben Crump reacts to Breonna Taylor’s family receiving $12M settlement

Ben Crump reacts to Breonna Taylor’s family receiving $12M settlement

On September 15, a $12 million settlement was announced by the city of Louisville, Kentucky, with the family of Breonna Taylor in relation to a wrongful death lawsuit.

This comes many months after Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville police in her own home.

A few hours after the announcement of the settlement Taylor’s family’s attorney Ben Crump spoke about the event.

“Nothing will ever bring back the precious life or fill the bottomless void left by the death of Breonna for her family or her community, which she served as a frontline emergency worker,” Crump said. “But this settlement, with the accompanying police reforms, sends a powerful signal to the community that Breonna’s life and her death will have a long-term impact, hopefully preventing the loss of other Black lives.”

According to Crump, the settlement will cause increased reform within the Louisville Police Department.

“The significance is not just the historic $12 million settlement for the police shooting of Breonna Taylor, but also the comprehensive police reform agreed to by Mayor Greg Fischer and the Louisville Metro City Council,” he said. “In the many cases I have represented involving police brutality — from George Floyd and Jacob Blake to Pamela Turner — I have never seen the level of responsive, comprehensive systemic reform that has occurred here under the leadership of Mayor Fischer in just six months. We credit Mayor Fischer and the city council for their tremendous leadership in bringing progress and reform out of tragedy.”

Crump still wants to make sure that the officers who partook in the fatal shooting of Taylor are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Recently, the case was directed to a grand jury.

“This is an important step toward justice more than six months after Breonna’s death,” he said. “We continue to urge Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to convene a grand jury and charge the involved officers immediately.”

It was on March 13 that three officers donning plainclothes — Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove — entered Taylor’s apartment on the basis of their no-knock warrant. Unfortunately, they got into the wrong home and fired over 20 bullets, killing Taylor. It is reported that Taylor’s’ boyfriend fired one shot. According to a court filing, Taylor’s family stated that the cops did not offer aid to her following the shooting. While Hankinson was fired from the force, none of the three officers was charged in the incident.

While media and celebrities continue to demand justice for Taylor, the officers involved are yet to be charged with a crime.

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Mariah Carey speaks up about Breonna Taylor

Mariah Carey speaks up about Breonna Taylor

Mariah Carey speaks up about Breonna Taylor

Fans of Mariah Carey are being reminded to continue fighting against racial injustice and police brutality and she is leveraging her platform in order to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black EMT who was fatally shot by Louisville police officers in March.

The singer shared a picture of herself of Instagram, donning a black t-shirt that says “ARREST THE COPS WHO KILLED BREONNA TAYLOR” on the front and on the back, is printed “SAY HER NAME” written above Taylor’s photo.

“It’s been six months since #BreonnaTaylor, a frontline medical worker was killed by police in a ‘no-knock’ raid targeting the WRONG apartment,” she captioned the post.

She continued, “Medical workers like her save lives every day — but police violence claims Black lives at nearly the same pace. Her killing hurts especially bad right now. Now, more than ever we have to stay connected and vigilant. Follow @wearepushblack to read more about her story and for daily doses of inspiring, #BlackHistory stories to keep us going.”

The “We Belong Together” singer has spoken up about social justice issues related to the Black community several times in the past. Three months ago, she made the decision to push the celebration of her debut album’s 30th anniversary in order shift the focus towards the Black Lives Matter movement, which was sparked across the country after the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd.

“Thank you lambily, for all the celebratory messages for today’s #MC30 anniversary!” she wrote over the image of her album’s cover art. “I had planned to share some surprises and rarities with you, but prefer to postpone them to a later date.

“As we continue to fight for equality and justice within our broken systems, I thank you for using your platforms to educate, inform and invoke change. Together let’s bring on a change. Love, Mariah,” she concluded.

Moreover, she also retweeted Taylor’s family’s official GoFundMe and asked her fans to drop a text reading “FLOYD” to 55156 in order to see justice after he was killed in custody.

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Quavo shuns Hennessy, claiming brand doesn’t support Black people

Quavo shuns Hennessy, claiming brand doesn’t support Black people

Quavo shuns Hennessy, claiming brand doesn’t support Black people

Quavo is asking his Black followers to boycott the Hennessy brand and is pushing both his fans and fellow rappers to refrain from supporting the cognac brand as they are not demonstrating support for the Black community. “My Folks Need To Stop Drinkin Hennessy. They Don’t Fuck Wit Us!” Quavo tweeted. “No mo Rapping about Henny.”

The announcement also revealed that the rapper will stick to cognac, although he will now turn to the Martell brand. “Martell Way Is How I’m Coming and They Appreciate It Better! Martell Blue Swift!” he wrote.

This is not the first time that a brand is being boycotted for making money off of the Black community. Last year, T.I. pushed his followers to boycott Gucci after it advertised a sweater that resembled Blackface.

“APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED!!!! We ain’t going for this ‘oops my bad I didn’t mean to be racist and disrespectful towards your people,’” he wrote after the company issued an apology.

“If we stop buying ANYTHING they MUST correct any and ALL of our concerns,” he said. “That’s THE ONLY WAY we can get some RESPECT PUT ON OUR NAME!!!!”

Recently, after the shooting of George Floyd, several brands have been shunned for their racially insensitive logos and policies. When people criticized Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben’s, they stated that they will alter aspects about their brand. However, Master P asked his followers to lend their support to his Black-owned alternative and to Black businesses in general.

“When you look at Aunt Jemima, and you look at Uncle Ben, we don’t own those products, we never did,” he said. “We need to understand that we’re not going to be able to put money back in our [Black] community because we don’t own those brands. Our grandparents [have] been having us buy those products because they think it’s people that look like us.”

“What we fighting for right now, we got to do it on a financial level and start fighting for those rights on the financial side and start showing people that we have people that are thinking outside the box, coming up with great ideas,” he continued.

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