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Protest for Social Justice

 

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Colin Kaepernick, right, and Eric Reid kneeling during the national anthem before an N.F.L. game last year. Credit: Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press

Written By: Keter Crosby

The National Anthem has become the topic of discussion this week after coaches and players protest on NFL Sunday by taking a knew during its singing across the league. Former San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick, has become a household name most notably for his kneeling during the singing of the National Anthem last year.

Colin Kaepernick’s protest has stirred up a lot of controversy starting last year and entering into this current season. Resulting, in outcries for a cultural ban of the NFL in the black community. We must first reiterate the reason why Colin took a knee protesting the flag in the first place. Last year the ex-NFL quarterback took a knee to protest the murdering of black males in America by police officers. This protest had nothing to do with Military veterans; this has everything to do with the unjust treatment of Blacks and Minorities in America.

This ongoing protest has drawn a lot of attention by the national media. Nick Cannon has always been vocal about social justice and equality. He joined members of the community in St. Louis, Missouri who were marching after Jason Stockley’s acquittal for killing Anthony Lamar Smith. These protests have been receiving more attention after POTUS stated “Get these sons of b****es off the field”.

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#Stand4What? #Food4Thought /via @NickCannon #SpokenSundays #StandForWhat #poetry Swipe 👈🏾 (Full poem on Facebook.com/NickCannon) Stand For what?! You want me to stand for a song that continues to remind me of all the harms that have done me wrong? Stand for what?! For your Army that none of our sons truly belong Stand for what? The 100 years it took them to convince Congress to become the anthem after 40 failed attempts Stand for what? Your forefathers who really just Pimps. Stand for What? A song about War, not freedom That's how you want to lead them Brainwash your people? that's how you want to treat em Slavemasters whips to Cops night sticks, that's how you continue to beat em. Stand for what the beginning of Slavery in 1619 Or the end of those Black Marines of 1814 That's really what the lyrics are about They may have taken the word slave out but they forget to remove the slave connotations from their brains and they mouth The mentality to make America Greater than your imagination is how you pout Hating because we burned down their White House Gave proof through the night, that its light out For the old elitist white man thinking Drunk off they ass with power at baseball games singing and drinking Man stand for what? Stand for something or fall for dumb shit! Stand for what To salute the Red White and Blue, on a Flag where my Colors not reflected Stand for what To uphold laws that were embedded to have my community negatively affected Stand for what Your racist systemic melodies of mind manipulating rhetoric? Did you know the government pays Sports organizations for plays, to make people more patriotic This MK Ultra Soul control needs to stop it I can still love my country and hate that fucked up song about rockets, and bombs bursting air Reminds me of Charlottesville's vicious glares And police shootings with no care like the dash cameras wasn't there. Stand for what Monuments and statues of old slave masters Constant reminders of our nations disasters The Heros in Houston, the Doctors, the Poets and the Pastors. That's who I want to shape our greatness after I honor and respect our men and women of service But we've been taught to idolize wars wi

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I believe those remarks speak volume about the current state of the nation. I am not now nor will I ever be a fan of silent protest and marching. Protests, rallies, and marches are easily dismissed by the main stream media and very seldom taken seriously. When has this country ever stood up for the rights and freedoms of all its citizens? When has the concerns of the misrepresented or disenfranchised ever been addressed on a national scale?

This country’s very system of politics and government has been built off the oppression of the minority. We cannot forget the history of the country because history without fail will repeat itself. What is under scrutiny? The systematic mistreatment of not just the minority, but the voiceless majority is under protested. The rhetoric explaining the righteousness and honor of this American system is spread by those that have a voice of influence in the media and news.

                  The truth will never see the light of day when the liars of this system are controlling your access to information. It is not a person that we are warring against. Nor is it a group of people that we are in opposition to.  American ideologies has conditioned people to justify the murder of unarmed civilians. It is the indoctrination of American people that is the true adversary.

The national attention that this protest is receiving can either be good or bad. It can either bring light to an existing problem or it can cause a further racial divide. One thing is for sure, the struggle for equality and justice continues. We as a people must realize the grave injustice that has struck this country.

 

Chadwick Boseman Is Thurgood Marshall! [Trailer]

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As the nation teeters on the brink of WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends Thurgood Marshall (Chadwick Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sexual assault and attempted murder trial that quickly became tabloid fodder. In need of a high profile victory but muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall is partnered with Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never tried a case.

Chadwick Boseman is an amazing actor and honestly I love him in this role. But then again I think those who have seen him act, pretty much love him in all of his roles. He really takes on the mindset of the person that he is playing. Now of course I have heard some feedback from some people who were like, Chadwick looks nothing like Thurgood Marshall but guess what…sometimes it’s not about the exact features, it’s about the message getting out there through your screens.

Chadwick has that smooth style that just slides right on in front of the cameras and takes over the role naturally. I can’t wait to grab my bag of popcorn next month and watch him on the screen for this movie. If I had the chance to interview him then that would be awesome because my first question would be to ask him how he manages to nail the mindset of each character that he plays on these films. The guy is amazing and very talented so who cares if he doesn’t look exactly like him, Boseman can play anybody if you ask me.

But no seriously, the man is blessed with a gift to act and it comes naturally. For those looking to build an acting career, it’s so important to learn how to take on the role naturally so that your viewers believe you are who they say you are on that header when people are watching.

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Thurgood Marshall

Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court’s 96th justice and its first African-American justice.

Before becoming a judge, Marshall was a lawyer who was best known for his high success rate in arguing before the Supreme Court and for the victory in Brown v. Board of Education, a 1954 decision that ruled that segregated public schools were unconstitutional.

Marshall was a powerful man in the court room. I have confidence that Boseman is going to help bring his story and hard work to life on the screens. The movie is set to release next month on October 13, 2017.

Check out the Trailer for #MarshallMovie below.

Jada Pinkett Smith Says She’s Studied Scientology Teachings, But She’s Not a Scientologist: ‘I Practice Human Kindness’

Jada Pinkett Smith took to Twitter to deny Leah Remini’s claims that she’s a Scientologist.

Earlier this week, Leah Remini told The Daily Beast that Jada was a member of the church. 

“I have studied Dianetics, and appreciate the merits of Study Tech,” Jada tweeted early Tuesday, referencing the set of written ideals originated by L. Ron Hubbard, who first published what would later become the foundation for Scientology practices in 1950. “But I am not a Scientologist.”

Jada attributes her Dianetics studies to a broader appreciation of world religions.

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Remini, who recently won an Emmy for her Scientology-exposing A&E docu-series “Scientology and the Aftermath,” told The Daily Beast on Saturday that she had frequently seen Pinkett Smith at Scientology-related events and locations.

“I know Jada’s in. I know Jada’s in. She’s been in Scientology a long time,” Remini said. “I never saw Will [Smith] there, but I saw Jada at the Celebrity Centre. They opened up a Scientology school, and have since closed it. But Jada, I had seen her at the Scientology Celebrity Centre all the time.”

In 2008, the Smiths opened a private school that raised concerns because some of its teachers were members of the Church of Scientology. Both Smiths have repeatedly insisted that they aren’t Scientologists themselves.

Torrei Hart Speaks on Ex-Husband Kevin Hart’s ‘Lies and Deceit’ in the Wake of His New Cheating Scandal [Video]

Torrei Hart speaks out about her thoughts of ex-husband Kevin Hart’s new cheating scandal.

As reported, Kevin issued a public apology after getting caught having sex with women other than his current wife, Eniko Hart.

Sitting down with Inside Edition, Torrei opened up about the demise of her and Kevin’s marriage and whether or not she believes the actor/comedian can change his ways.

 

Watch: Xscape Reunites and Prepares for Their Newly-Announced Tour in ‘Still Kickin’ It’ Trailer [Video]

Kandi Burruss, Tameka ‘Tiny’ Cottle, LaTocha Scott and Tamika Scott have reunited and 90s girl group Xscape is back in business — or so it seems.

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In the newly-released trailer for Still Kickin’ It, the ladies try to work through their differences as they prepare to take the stage together for the first time in nearly 20 years.

While they certainly have a LOT of issues to work out, the good news is that Xscape has announced ‘The Great Xscape Tour’ that kicks off in November.

Check out the ‘Still Kickin’ It’ trailer below and click here for tour information.

The four-part special premieres Nov. 5 right after ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta.’ 

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Living Life Despite Drama: Kevin and Eniko Hart Do Lunch in Atlanta

 

Eniko Hart knew exactly who Kevin Hart was when she decided to marry him — so she’s accepted his apology and is standing by her husband in this alleged extortion scandal.

via E!:
 

“Eniko is aware of what’s going on and that Kevin is not perfect,” the insider explained. “She has accepted his apology and is focused on her pregnancy and what’s to come. She has no plans for divorce. She believes Kevin is a good husband and always comes home to her.”

The biggest issue Parrish is struggling with is the massive amount of media coverage the scandal has gained.

“She is bothered that these stories find their way into the press and that people are asking her about it,” the source said. “But she does her best to ignore it all and move forward. She listens to her husband and is not going to get stressed out. She is supporting him and standing by him.”

 

The woman at the center of the Kevin Hart sex-extortion scandal has officially identified herself and is ready to set the record straight.

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On Tuesday, high-powered lawyer Lisa Bloom tweeted that she is now representing “the woman at the center of the Kevin Hart scandal,” identifying her as Montia Sabbag.

Sabbag, whom Bloom writes is an “actress and model,” will address the brewing scandal during a press conference Wednesday morning, the lawyer tweeted.

According to Bloom, Sabbag “was briefly involved with Kevin Hart a month ago. Since that time, she has been the subject of false, vicious attacks on her character.”

At the press conference, Bloom says she and Sabbag “will speak out … about the true facts of this situation, and will announce their next legal move.”

The tweet comes after Hart revealed an alleged extortion attempt against him in an emotional apology video to his pregnant wife, Eniko Parrish, and his children.

In the video, posted to Instagram, Hart claimed that there was someone who was trying to make “financial gain” from his misbehavior.

Reports surfaced over the weekend that federal officials are investigating an alleged blackmail attempt that reportedly includes a “sexually provocative” video of Hart.

“I made a bad error in judgement and I put myself in a bad environment where only bad things can happen and they did,” Hart admitted in this apology video.

As the story continues to unfold, the only lesson in this situation is that regardless of how you choose to live your life out in public, remember that someone close to you will be affected by your choices. So whether there is truth to this story or not, Kevin has to learn that when you have kids, everything you do affects them. So even if there is no respect for the wife, at least respect the kids who will have to read about their dad in the news. Let’s hope something positive comes out of this matter because right now, it looks horrible.

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Jenifer Lewis Settles with LA Fitness After Getting Scammed By Gym Employee-Turned-Lover

Jenifer Lewis walked away with $13,000 from LA Fitness in exchange for dropping the lawsuit she filed after getting scammed by an employee. 

via TMZ:

Lewis claimed in a lawsuit she met an LA Fitness front desk manager at the West L.A. club. She says they got chummy, started dating, and 3 months into the relationship he convinced her to loan him money for a movie he was producing.

She says he fleeced her for $50k. She sued the gym because she claims he was a known con man with a record who had served time, but wasn’t vetted before he was hired.

Jenifer, who told her story on TMZ Live, dismissed the lawsuit against LA Fitness in return for the cash. 

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DMX Is Clean & Sober But Staying In Rehab

DMX is making some positive progress. X’s lawyer stated that the rapper’s cleaned up so much in rehab, he’s “back to being human again.”

Via TMZ:

We spoke with Murray Richman who told us X has already packed on 40 lbs. Murray says he had been nothing but skin and bones before starting treatment in late August at a New England facility.

The program is almost complete, but Murray wants X to stay another 30 days since he’s been responding so well … they’re letting him take day trips with a friend to a nearby town. We broke the story … a judge signed off on rehab after the rapper said his house arrest for tax evasion wasn’t helping him improve. Murray says they’ll tackle the court case once DMX has successfully finished treatment. He’s also not ruling out a tour in the future. 

 

This is incredible news because it’s always difficult seeing anyone struggle with an addiction and tumble downwards. So many love to speak down on a person when they are going through something but it’s good to know that he is improving for the better. It would be nice to see DMX back on track with his music and personal life.

Jay-Z and Kanye West Plan To Bury Hatchet in Latest Feud EXCLUSIVE!

According to TMZ, Kanye West and Jay-Z will be meeting face-to-face soon to squash their latest beef, which will help end a lawsuit that looms over their multi-million dollar Tidal dispute.

Via TMZ:

Sources close to Yeezy and Hova with direct knowledge of the situation tell us, their lawyers have been trying to settle a $3.5 million dispute Kanye has with Tidal. As we reported, Kanye had fired off a letter to Tidal stating his contract with them was over because Tidal didn’t live up to his end of the bargain. Specifically, Kanye says he didn’t get advances and bonuses that totaled $3.5 mil. We’re told Kanye and Jay have not agreed to settle, and the reason became apparent to everyone. The impasse had nothing to do with their business dispute — $3.5 mil is peanuts to both of them. They couldn’t settle because they each harbor animosity toward the other.

Jay was enraged when Kanye attacked Beyonce and Blue Ivy at his concert last October. Kanye felt Jay should have cut him a break because that was the time he was melting down and just a few weeks after the concert, he was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold.

As one source put it, “The Generals [Kanye and Jay] have to meet face-to-face. When that happens, the resolving the money dispute is a piece of cake.”  We’re told Kanye is up for the meeting and Jay is also inclined to meet. It shouldn’t be hard. Now that Jay and Bey live in a Bel-Air mansion, they are literally down the street from Kanye and Kim. We’re told the meeting should go down soon, and once it does their Tidal dispute will quickly end.

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