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Ice Cube calls for “second reproduction” to address systemic racism

Ice Cube calls for “second reproduction” to address systemic racism

Ice Cube calls for “second reproduction” to address systemic racism

The N.W.A. co-founder wrote a powerful opinion piece article, joined by his “Contract with Black America.” 

Ice Cube called for orderly change in his new The Hill opinion piece article, joined by his proposed “Contract with Black America.” As the U.S. heads into the presidential political election this fall, the N.W.A. co-founder requests that legislators address racial disparities inside the banking and financial enterprises, criminal justice system, policing, education and Hollywood and spread out a framework for reparations. 

“As a writer, rapper and producer, I have called out police brutality and other injustices for decades. I have been censored, smeared, slammed and had my life threatened for my work — for speaking the truth,” Ice Cube writes in his op-ed. “The exploitation, oppression and erosion of Black people and culture has gone on too long. This country needs a second Reconstruction to address systemic inequalities, rooted in a Contract with Black America that I and others are proposing.”

The award winning rapper moved lawmakers to make genuine “systemic change” rather than just “throwing [Black people] bones.”

“We need the opportunity that comes from banking and finance reforms to help close the gap where a typical white family’s net worth is nearly ten times than that of a black family,” he writes. “Although ‘redlining’ is now illegal, black applicants are rejected for mortgages and other types of loans at more than double the rate of white applicants. When they do get approved, they must pay higher rates to borrow.”

“We need criminal justice reforms that include eliminating mandatory minimum sentences and ‘three strikes’ laws,” the article continues. “Both contribute to black Americans being 33 percent of U.S. inmates although we are 13 percent of the population. Privately run prisons should be banned and prisoner labor without consent — a form of slavery — outlawed.”

In the wake of George Floyd’s demise, Ice Cube has kept on pointing out police change, reparations, disparity inside Hollywood and different territories of unfairness. Read his full “Contract with Black America,” with written contribution from Ohio State University Professor Derrick Hamilton and The New School Professor Henry Cohen

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JLC Transforming street dreams into a Million Dollar Empire

JLC Transforming street dreams into a Million Dollar Empire

JLC Transforming street dreams into a Million Dollar Empire

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JLC: Transforming street dreams into a Million Dollar Empire

Life can be so unfair at times, and it can make a person question everything they believe.  Unthinkable circumstances can crush spirits and divide a person’s soul.  It’s a full moon on South beach, and stars are illuminating my black obsidian skin atop the roof at Prime Hotel.  I remember my mom buying milk from the grocery store using a “WICK” card, and now I make $500.00 dinner reservations from my iPhone 11 on a Tuesday.  I’m booming “3 Kings” by Rick Ross from my ocean view balcony, getting my mind right for this meeting tonight at Prime 112 steakhouse. 

You can’t beat Jay Z, Dr.Dre, and Rick Ross on the same track.  Classic!!  My phone rings with a collect call from my cousin, who is serving a 30-year sentence.  I just put money on his books, and he always calls to give thanks. During our conversation, he always tells me that he lives through my words.  My lifestyle shines light inside his prison cell every night.  He says a prayer over the phone and always reminds me never to forget what you are pursuing in life.  

Major Recording Artist/Entrepreneur JLC is the true reflection of American hustle infused with incarcerated pain.  When the criminal justice system puts your back against the wall, very few people understand how to fly towards the stars.  Black men, America are born with three strikes. They are being black, fearless, and born leaders. JLC launched a million-dollar transportation business from the crumbs of society and self-employed his dreams and future.  In 2014 AAG Records began, and JLC’s music vision came to life.  

In 2016, JLC released multiple projects underneath his AAG imprint, including “Flossin,” featuring Lil D, which showcased people to JLC’s signature “southern fast-paced Big Boy” rap delivery style.  His lyrics are straightforward, but when you hear them in real-time, it feels like you’re inside the studio booth with JLC.  That’ s the beauty of JLC’s lyrical gift, he understands how to balance emotion ad leverage talent on every verse.  Listening to his entire digital catalog from Turn Up to Loko, you can hear pieces to the puzzle of JLC’s life story. AAG Records has amassed 3,000,000 digital streams across all music platforms in the past 36 months.  

The brand of AAG Records has created a massive footprint on the streets of Texas, and every major player in music cosigns the imprint.  Riding shotgun through his city during day or night, when people pull up next to him, they feel an electric vibe.  Sometimes a person “looks” famous even when you don’t know who they are.  From sold-out shows to having his music reach 3,000,000 people monthly, JLC never visualized a glass ceiling.  Some of his early recordings include an EP titled “Kingdom People.”  It’s an inspirational audio which highlights Isaiah 54:17 and sheds light on the power of having faith. “No weapon formed against you shall prosper” are words that JLC lives by daily.  America’s justice system attempted to bury JLC’s dreams, and they never imagined he’d create an empire.  Welcome to the Black American Dream. 

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Freddy Rugga: The Millennial Music Street King

Freddy Rugga: The Millennial Music Street King

Freddy Rugga: The Millennial Music Street King

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Freddy Rugga: The Millennial Music Street King

A drug epidemic ravaged East Flatbush during the 1980s and early 1990s, mostly in Vanderveer Estates Apartments, now known as Flatbush Gardens. The intersection of Foster Avenue and Nostrand Avenues was nicknamed “the Front Page” because of media attention to drug murders. The intersection of Foster between New York Avenue and Brooklyn Avenue area to the south was called “the Back Page” because its many murders went unnoticed. The area around the Nostrand playground had various gangs: Crips, Gangster Disciples, Jamaicans (Shower Posse), Trinidadians, and Grenadians, particularly notorious for turf wars, shootouts, and pitbull fights. Welcome to Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York.

Freddy Rugga was a rose that grew from the concrete drug-filled streets of Brooklyn. From birth Freddy Rugga inherited two strikes, being black & a young fatherless male. Being raised by a strong-willed single mother has its advantages; however, the plights & struggles of becoming a “MAN” requires the influence & guidance of a real active “FATHER.” Self-educated with a “READY TO DIE” mentality created an edge to Freddy Rugga, which enabled him to develop superior street survival skills. Imagine living as a child in a homeless shelter amongst other kids and having strangers manage your life. 

One day, a well-known Harlem Rapper named Black Rob visits your shelter & can perform in front of a multi-platinum artist! Freddy Rugga performed as a young black male in front of the legendary rapper Black Rob & blew him away. Black Rob looked Freddy Rugga in his young eyes & told him, “you got something special, kid.” Five months later, Freddy Rugga & Black Rob were incarcerated & both dreams got deferred.

Freddy Rugga evolved from the gripes of prison & re-emerged onto the music scene with an uncontrollable rage. In 2006 he recorded his first mixtape aptly titled Ruggatime Volume 1 & every corner store, bodega, & hood spot was buzzing. Freddy Rugga dropped his debut album Loyalty & Money in 2016 & it became an immediate street hustler’s anthem. The hard-hitting & heavy bass line track “LIFE” resonates with every person on their grind searching for a better day. 

The lyrics of “LIFE” showcases the mental toughness & depth of the mind of Freddy Rugga. The entire track reflects the growth of that same young black male, seeking a way out of that homeless shelter, & being “AGAINST ALL ODDS.” When you listen to the track “LIFE,” it sends chills down your spine, because the drums, basslines, & lyrics define the power of change. Freddy Rugga has endured every type of pain imaginable; however, his voice & music remains dominant on the streets of New York. Freddy Rugga is “The Millennial Music Street King

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King James Worthy The New Definition of Millennial R&B Cool

King James Worthy The New Definition of Millennial R&B Cool

King James Worthy The New Definition of Millennial R&B Cool

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King James Worthy: The New Definition of Millennial R&B Cool

I just landed in Miami, and I have the worst headache imaginable.  Working 21 hours per day over the past 96 hours has taken its toll.  But the saying is true “Heavy is the Head that wears the crown.” Flying first class on Delta has its perks, and this prime rib steak dinner is a clear reminder of why I remain loyal to the grind.  During my flight, Jodeci’s “Diary of a Mad Band” was my sleep therapy aid. 

“Cry For You” is one of the greatest R&B tracks from the ’90s and guaranteed to put anyone to sleep within 5 minutes. 

Classic R&B music is the perfect antidote for migraines, broken hearts, and falling in love.  As I enter my chauffeured Escalade ESV, the driver stores my luggage and provides a complimentary bottle of Deleon Tequila.  I look at the driver and say, “how in the world did you I needed this?”.  He smiled and said SLS Hotel ensures that every guest receives the highest level of service and amenities. Sometimes we forget the beauty of simple things like “consideration.”  

My driver asks me my music preference, and I request “Call On Me” by James Worthy feat Sonna Rele.  The piano chords and angelic voice of Sonna Rele feel like Halle Berry is whispering sweet nothings in my ear.  I take a shot of Platinum Deleon and engulf myself into the sonic vibes.  The lyrics elevate my energy and creates a luxurious ambiance within my mind. The entrance of James Worthy voice commands my immediate attention.  There is an intriguing significance in his voice inflections, lyrical content, and emotional balance.  James Worthy’s music creates a signature style of R&B elegance.

I’m on my third shot of Deleon, and I switch tracks to “Move” featuring Ecstasy.  The high-intensity beat production of “Move” makes me feel like I’m moving thru Club “Liv” searching for Ms. Right. “Move” embodies the fast-paced nightlife of Miami and mesmerizes your imagination.  The most potent element of “MOVE” is “CONFIDENCE.” “Move” unlocks the inner “SHAFT” in every man and empowers them to conquer fears and approach their love interest without mental boundaries.  

As I approach the SLS Hotel, my driver hands me a bottle of Aquahydrate and unloads my luggage.  I thanked him for being a consummate professional and tipped him handsomely.  The front desk staff warmly welcomes me to Miami and provides full concierge service. 

The diverse staff ushers me up to my Premier Balcony Suite, which boasts oceans views of Miami in panoramic style. 

I collapse on the bed and close my eyes in complete exhaustion.  I adjust my Beats Pro earphones and play “This Wave” from James’s album “Kaleidoscopes.”  

Sonically the track gives me that “Babyface” Never Keeping Secrets type vibe.  James possesses a very rare talent for converting vulnerable emotions into transparent expressions of romanticism.  The music of James Worthy enables listeners to mesh their reality and fantasy simultaneously via music.  The track “This Wave” featuring “Truth Hurts” is another example of why he is “The New Definition of Millennial R&B Cool.”  His latest album, “Kaleidoscopes,” is the perfect extension of “Blu Leisure.” 

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Richmond police say white supremacists acting like protestors ignited riots

Richmond police say white supremacists acting like protestors ignited riots

Richmond police say white supremacists acting like protestors ignited riots

The police chief and mayor of Richmond, Virginia reprimand racial oppressors for affecting viciousness at a quiet Black Lives Matter protestor. 

The police chief and mayor of Richmond, Virginia presume that white supremacists acting like protestors invaded a Black Lives Matter meeting throughout the end of the week and impelled obliteration and brutality. As per nearby CBS News associate WTVR, the march was sorted out close to the Richmond Police Headquarters and was intended to show solidarity with anti-police brutality protests in Portland, Oregon. 

Talking during a public interview, Police Chief Gerald Smith said the office had recognized a portion of the individuals from the gathering who caused property demolition as Antifa supporters and individuals from the Boogaloo Boys — a far-right extremist group.

“We have identified some individuals who have been seen with the Boogaloo Boys and some Antifa groups around the area,” Smith said. “The majority of those individuals who were there last night were Caucasian and some of the individuals that we encountered were from outside of Richmond, Virginia, and some of the surrounding area.”

As per Smith, an online flyer calling for violence during the occasion was made by a person outside of Richmond. 

“We know that the origin of the flyer came from outside of Richmond,” he explained. “There are some people who are still inside some of these organizations that will still give us information and that’s how we know it came from outside of Richmond.”

During the meeting, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said that white supremacists had endeavored to sabotage Black Lives Matter activists’ month-long serene protests by destroying property and labeling houses with “hateful language.” Stoney guaranteed the public that the police department is attempting to recognize these people and consider them responsible. 

“We saw some violent actions, violent protests, spearheaded by white supremacists — and frankly, it was disgusting,” Stoney said. “As they held plywood shields that read “BLM,” these folks toured areas of damage downtown, The Fan, breaking windows, tagging private property with hateful language.”

Stoney uncovered that Black Lives Matter activists had helped authorities recognize a portion of the instigators and expressed gratitude toward them for what he called “24 successive long stretches of peaceful protests.” 

“As I began with, I want to send a thanks to the BLM protesters on the ground who decried the white supremacists once they were identified,” he said. “I’m thankful to you for drawing the line and sticking up not just for the sanctity of your movement, but also the safety of your fellow Richmonders that you marched alongside as well.”

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