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Lecrae To Help Deliver Masks To Atlanta's Fulton County Jail

(AllHipHop News) Back in April, Brian Kemp was one of the first governors in the United States to begin reopening his state's economy in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Georgia now has over 106,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and the amount of people hospitalized by the disease continues to climb.The Atlanta metropolitan counties of Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, and Cobb have recorded some of the highest numbers of coronavirus infections in the state. Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms even revealed that she and some of her family members have tested positive for COVID-19. 
According to the Georgia Department of Corrections, at least 750 prisoners and 267 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19. There are reportedly around 54,000 people incarcerated in the state's prison system with over 10,500 employees at the correctional facilities.

Hip Hop artist Lecrae is looking to offer a helping hand to some of the most vulnerable citizens in the Atlanta area. The two-time Grammy Award winner/head of Reach Records is set to deliver protective masks to incarcerated individuals at the Fulton County Jail.
"When my album Anomaly came out, it was released independently on my label, Reach Records, and went to #1. My first show was at Rikers Island in New York. This partnership with Mask For the People is faith in action, a vital extension of restoration, and yet another opportunity to be able to serve our fam on the inside who have been overlooked," says Lecrae.
He continues, "In order to begin restoration or rehabilitation first you have to show that you care. This is my way of saying I care about you, I see you, and want to see you healthy and whole. A two-year sentence shouldn’t become a death sentence. Regardless of their circumstances, how ugly it is, this is not the end!”

Lecrae is joining with Pastor Michael McBride (Director of Urban Strategies & Live Free Campaign) and Billy M. Honor (Director of the New Georgia Project’s “Loose The Chains” program) in providing the first batch of masks and sanitizers to the Fulton County Jail on July 10 at 1 pm. 
A special amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be set aside for families of the incarcerated once visitation restrictions are lifted. Remaining hand sanitizers will be distributed to protesters, the homeless population, and other communities directly impacted by COVID-19.
"When we launched this partnership with June 1st, Lecrae and Masks For the People forged a mission synergy which has literally been life giving. His message of restoration was a perfect fit as we targeted jails and prisons across the country in need of masks and sanitizer,” states Pastor McBride. “Collectively we raised almost $50,000 which provided tens of thousands of masks and sanitizer to currently and formerly incarcerated loved ones.”

Previously, Lecrae partnered with Love Beyond Walls to establish portable hand washing stations around Atlanta for homeless and displaced people. The 40-year-old, Houston-raised Christian actually helped assemble the sinks in various sites around the city.
"Bringing restoration to displaced and forgotten has always been a part of my DNA. It was an honor to join Terence Lester and my good friends at Love Beyond Walls as we kicked off the ‘Love Sinks In’ campaign!" expressed Lecrae. "Together we distributed 15 portable handwashing basins for the homeless and displaced in the Atlanta Metro Area. I’m proud to share that now there are over 50 sinks throughout Atlanta and the campaign has expanded to over 20 cities across the nation."

YG Honors Colin Kaepernick In “Swag” Music Video

(AllHipHop News) Four years ago, Colin Kaepernick was public enemy #1 for many Americans. His non-violent kneeling protest against racial injustice during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at NFL games sparked outrage in some circles. For example, President Donald Trump once referred to Kap and other kneelers as a "son of a b*tch."The #BlackLivesMatter movement was also widely unpopular among certain demographics for years. However, following the murder of George Floyd, an African-American man, by a white Minneapolis cop in May, support for the global racial equality demonstrations has increased to 67% in nationwide polls.
Even National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell admitted on June 2 that the league was wrong for not listening to NFL players that spoke out about systemic racism. Goodell also took that time to encourage peaceful protesting.

Kaepernick has been vindicated in many of his supporters' eyes. California-based emcee YG appears to be one of those Kap backers. The 4Real 4Real album creator paid homage to the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback in the new music video for "Swag."
At one point, YG can be seen in the visuals wearing a number 7 football jersey. He also put on an Afro wig similar to how Kaepernick would often have his hair. In addition, YG and two women dressed like cheerleaders take a knee as the 4Hunnid leader raps, "I got it lit, they mad."

Megan Thee Stallion Teams With Crunchyroll To Launch Anime-Inspired Streetwear Collection

(AllHipHop News) Megan Thee Stallion is not shy about professing her love for anime. The "Savage" hitmaker has now collaborated with Crunchyroll to design and create a special apparel collection inspired by the animation genre.Crunchyroll is an American streaming service that focuses on presenting Japanese style content like anime, manga, and dorama. During an interview with the company in April, Meg jokingly described herself as "half anime character, half rapper."
Meg's Crunchyroll Loves collection contains six exclusively designed pieces. Two t-shirts, two hoodies, one long-sleeve shirt, and one tote bag are available for pre-order only at the online Crunchyroll store through July 20.
Besides working with the WarnerMedia subsidiary to release a streetwear line, Megan Thee Stallion is still concentrating on her music career. The self-described Houston Hottie recently dropped the Eazy E-sampled "Girls in the Hood" single which debuted at #28 on the Hot 100 chart.

Will Smith Says Cops Frequently Called Him The N-Word

(AllHipHop News) Will Smith revealed he has been called the N-word by police officers on "more than 10 occasions" as he reflected on the Black Lives Matter movement on Tuesday (07Jul20).The 51-year-old actor spoke to political commentator and activist Angela Rye on her podcast, On One With Angela Rye, about his own experiences with racism throughout his life.
Will grew up in Philadelphia and was just four years old when the notoriously racist Frank Rizzo went from the chief of police to becoming the mayor of the state, and the instances of racially-motivated incidents of police brutality increased dramatically under his watch.

"I've been called n##ger by the cops in Philly on more than 10 occasions," Will said. "I got stopped frequently. So I understand what it's like to be in those circumstances with the police."
Will was reflecting on his own experiences in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of police after he was killed when an officer knelt on his neck for nine minutes while arresting him.
As for his hopes following the renewed attention on racially motivated police incidents, the "After Earth" star continued: "We are in a circumstance that we've never been in before. The entire globe has stood up and said to the African-American people, 'We see you and we hear you. How can we help?' We've never been there before."
And now the father-of-three is hoping the next generation can learn to use their privileged positions to help aid the world in a more compassionate outlook.
"I am pledging my unending devotion to the evolution of my community and the evolution of my country, and ultimately the world, towards the greatest harmony that we'll be able to create," he concluded. "I am happy to be alive during this time, and to serve."

EXCLUSIVE: R. Kelly Labeled A Threat To Jurors In Upcoming RICO Trial

(AllHipHop News) The government is worried about the safety of jurors in R. Kelly's upcoming RICO case for allegedly running a sexual enterprise.Federal prosecutors are asking for an anonymous, partially sequestered jury, because of the looming threat posed by R. Kelly from behind bars.
"The identities of all prospective  jurors, including their names, addresses, and places of employment, [should] not be revealed to either party or their attorneys," prosecutor Richard P. Donoghue wrote in court filings today (July 8th).
The Feds also want jurors to be partially sequestered.

The jury members should eat lunch together, in addition to being escorted in and out of the courthouse by US Marshals to avoid interaction with the public or media, according to U.S. prosecutor
The disgraced singer is facing almost two dozen felonies related to six different Jane Doe victims.
R. Kelly is accused of being the ringleader of a sex ring involving his managers, bodyguards, drivers, personal assistants, who allegedly fed the singer's insatiable appetite for underage girls.
The government claims that for over two decades, the organization recruited women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with R. Kelly.
The 53-year-old singer allegedly photographed and videotaped the underaged the girls to allegedly blackmail them into silence.
Then R. Kelly isolated the girls from their families, forced the teenagers to follow a dress code, and issued a commandment to refer to him as "Daddy," as he traveled with the children to sexually abuse them, according to an indictment.
R. Kelly has already been accused of intimidating witnesses, after a Jane Doe's lawyer received a threatening letter along with explicit images, reportedly signed by the singer himself.

Letter R. Kelly allegedly wrote to one of his victims.
As a result, Judge Ann Donnelly refused to release the singer from the Cook County Prison on three different occasions, despite an outbreak of the deadly coronavirus inside of the Cook County prison where the singer is currently incarcerated.
And now the Feds are worried R. Kelly may attempt to influence the jurors if they do not remain anonymous.
The singer is already accused of rigging his 2008 child porn trial which ended in his acquittal, by paying the victim hundreds-of-thousands of dollars to refuse to testify.
The government also accused R. Kelly of shelling out $200,000 more to buy up leaked pornographic videotapes he made of himself with the teens.
More recently, the Feds claim a goon associated with R. Kelly's threatened one victim's life and offered up $50,000 to buy another witness's silence.
"These measures are necessary to safeguard the jurors and the fair administration of justice," Donoghue argued. "Moreover, these precautions will not deprive the defendant of meaningful jury selection, diminish the presumption of innocence, or cause any prejudice."
The trial is supposed to start in March of 2021.

Bun B Provides Update On Houston Cops Involved In Racist Meme Posted To Social Media

(AllHipHop News) Bernard "Bun B" Freeman does not hold his tongue or curb his thumbs when it comes to addressing racism. He has been out in the streets protesting against police violence, and his Instagram page is filled with information about ongoing social issues like the killing of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky.On June 29, Bun B uploaded what appears to be a screenshot from a Houston police officer's personal Facebook page. The image is a meme that likens African-Americans to wild monkeys. 
"Ok, officers #TeeTruong #VuongVu and #DavidNguyen... you think it’s funny comparing black people to monkeys? We know you work in Houston at the Westside Command Station," wrote Bun in the caption of his IG post. "Let’s see what your commanders think about this. And the other Asians on this group chat in the comments? Keep that same energy. No apologies will do. Black people are tired [of] being treated like animals!"
TMZ interviewed Bun about the racist meme and the three Houston Police Department-associated individuals allegedly involved in the situation. The UGK member explained that one officer is no longer on the force, but two others are still employed by the city of Houston. 
“The officer that originally posted this resigned about a week before this post went up. So, he was no longer a member of HPD when this post went up," said Bun. "But the other two officers, who are in the comment section, are still active Houston Police Department officers right now. They work out of the Westside Command Station in Houston.

The Rice University professor of Religious Studies continued, "I’ve been told by the assistant police chief, deputy police chief, that they’re gonna be dealing with this expeditiously.” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo issued a statement on June 30 saying an investigation has been initiated to determine if any current HPD employees were involved in the matter.
In addition to addressing his hometown's law enforcement, Bun B also placed blame on the racial tension in America on the current President of the United States. In the last few weeks, Donald Trump retweeted a video of one of his supporters shouting "White Power," called Black Lives Matter a symbol of hate, and defended Confederate symbols being displayed in public spaces.
"I've noticed that a lot of people have comprised their well being, the job they have, the community they live in, in order to pronounce their racism, to be bold about it," said Bun B. "I think a lot of them, to be quite honest, are looking at the actions and the words coming from our current White House administration, and they've been emboldened by the behavior and the actions taken by our president." 

Devo Springsteen Claims Executives & Artists Ridiculed Kanye West Until He Cried

(AllHipHop News) DeVon “Devo Springsteen” Harris is one of the people that helped launch the music career of his college roommate, John Stephens, who now goes by the stage name John Legend. Harris is also the cousin of G.O.O.D. Music founder Kanye West.Devo Springsteen co-wrote several tracks on Legend's 2004 Platinum-certified debut album Get Lifted. The producer/songwriter also worked with West on the Grammy-winning "Diamonds from Sierra Leone" track off 2005's Late Registration.

During an appearance on the Bedroom Beethovens podcast, Springsteen spoke about Kanye West trying to make the transition from a record producer to a recording artist at the beginning of his career. The University of Pennsylvania graduate used the conversation to express how some people in positions of power can undervalue talented individuals.
"When you believe, you have to just believe. You don't know how many people would say to even [Kanye], 'You're not a real artist,'" stated Springsteen. "I know people have heard stories like, 'Oh, they didn't want to sign him.' No, it was worse. They would ridicule him. Executives, artists, etc. would ridicule this guy until he was crying. And he would still say, 'I'm going to be the #1 artist in the world.'"  

Man Killed In Foogiano Shooting Remembered As A Great Man

(AllHipHop News) Two people were killed after a shooting broke out during a show featuring Foogiano over the weekend.The deadly performance took place at a Greenville, South Carolina club called Lavish Lounge.
Clarence Sterling Johnson, 51, and Mykala Bell, 23, were the fatalities, while eight others were injured during the melee.
Friends and family are coming forth with a little more information about the character of the nightclub security guard cool shot in the leg and died from the injury.
Affectionately called “CJ” or “Big Sterling,” his pastor shared, “He was one who showed no partiality when it came to serving.”
Pastor Henry Johnson of Greenville’s Queen Street Baptist Church, where Sterling Johnson served on the usher board.
Pastor Johnson spoke to the Greenville News of his member saying, “Sterling was what I called a ‘servant’ who served in so many areas in our community wholeheartedly, making sure everyone felt safe.”
There was another club shooting the same weekend and the local authorities believed that all of the violence was gang-related.
Many are wondering why the club was even open since the governor of the state had ordered a mandatory shut down of nightclubs, bars, and lounges in efforts to curb the COVID-19 pandemic. The Lavish Lounge was not exempt from this ordinance.
Family and friends of Sterling Johnson have posted on Facebook prayers and condolences. His cousin, Joyce Robinson set up a GoFundMe page to support his surviving children.

Kanye West Building Massive Mansion For Family In Wyoming

(AllHipHop News) Kanye West is making major plans to build a huge luxurious mansion at one of the ranches he owns in Wyoming.TMZ managed to obtain building permits for construction which is set to begin on the rap star's lakefront residence in Cody.
Kanye is building a palatial palace wench could have made King Solomon himself jealous.
The Christian rapper is constructing a brand new, 10-room, 52,000 square foot single-family home from scratch.
The rapper is planning on living large with his wife Kim Kardashian West, and their four kids in the new digs, which will be built to include two under-ground garages.
Kanye also owns another 9,000-acre ranch in Wyoming, a $60 million mansion in Los Angeles and another property in Calabasas, where the rap star started building dome-like houses that had to be torn down over permit issues.

Charlamagne Tha God Tapped To Host New Talk Show On Comedy Central

(AllHipHop News) Charlamagne Tha God (born Lenard McKelvey) has been a fixture on television for a decade. After finding success as a radio personality, he hosted Charlamagne & Friends and Uncommon Sense on the MTV networks. CTG was even set to lead his own HBO show before things went south with that situation.Vulture is reporting that Charlamagne will soon be in front of the TV cameras once again. The 42-year-old talking head from South Carolina is said to be getting his own weekly, half-hour talk show on Comedy Central. A premiere date has not been announced, but there are plans to have it ready to go by the national election in November.

“I love John Oliver every week, I love Bill Maher every week. There’s something to be said about sitting back and being able to observe everything that happened in a week, and then come in say, ‘You know what? This is what I want to touch on,'" Charlamagne told Vulture.
He added, “But I’m not going to be on here trying to rehash the whole week. Like, no. That’s not what I’m here for. I want to talk about the things that can actually impact somebody’s life, in a real way — the things that can actually help move the culture forward." 

Much like with his current gig as one of the hosts of the nationally syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club, Charlamagne Tha God is expected to have guests on his Comedy Central program. The established media figure promises the interviews conducted on his new show will include "tough questions" for the subjects.
Charlamagne's YouTube channel also features one-on-one Q&As with celebrities, politicians, and thought leaders. Plus, he teams with comedian Andrew Schulz for The Brilliant Idiots podcast. McKelvey is also the author of two books: Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It and Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me.

Lin-Manuel Miranda: 'Hamilton' Film Is A Love Letter To Hip Hop & Musical Theater

(AllHipHop News) A new audience was exposed to Hamilton after a filmed version of the production was added to Disney+ this weekend. According to reports, the streamer's app saw a 75% increase in downloads in the United States from July 3 through July 5.While facing some criticism for historical inaccuracies, Hamilton was a huge commercial and critical success. Lin-Manuel Miranda's multicultural re-imagining of 18th-century American politician Alexander Hamilton and the founding of America incorporated elements of Hip Hop into the show.

Apple Music's Zane Lowe spoke to Miranda about his Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical being presented as a movie. The social distancing and self-quarantining caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic played a role in Hamilton making its way to Disney+.
"We all just got the news that there's really not going to be any theater in the U.S. for the rest of the year, and it just felt like we're sitting on a big love letter to live theater. If Hamilton is nothing else, it is a love letter to Hip Hop and it's a love letter to musical theater," declared Miranda during the interview. 
The 40-year-old New York City native added, "[Director Thomas Kail's] film of it is what it felt like in that room during that magic year when we got to do the show. And so at a time when none of us can gather, the fact that we have this love letter to gathering and hearing a story is really cool."

Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Choreography. Miranda's magnum opus also took home a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
The Hamilton mixtape featured contributions from The Roots, Busta Rhymes, Nas, Dave East, Usher, Alicia Keys, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Jill Scott, Wiz Khalifa, John Legend, Common, Chance The Rapper, and more. That project debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart in 2016.

Kodak Black Apologizes To Nipsey Hussle & Lauren London For Disrespectful Comments

(AllHipHop News) Last year, Kodak Black found himself in the crosshairs of many Hip Hop fans. The Florida-raised rapper made some libido-driven comments directed at Lauren London not long after her boyfriend, Nipsey Hussle, was murdered.Kodak was roundly criticized for suggesting he could romanticly pursue London since Hussle had passed away. Other Hip Hop representatives, such as The Game and T.I., took issue with what the "Tunnel Vision" rhymer said about the grieving mother of two.
Overnight, the Kodak Black verified Instagram page uploaded a photo of Nipsey Hussle along with a caption that offered an apology to the late emcee. Lauren London's IG account was also tagged in the message.
The IG caption reads:

Willin To Accept When I’m Wrong & Stand Firm When I’m Right. The Whole World Know Your Example Was A Guiding Light. I Pray Your Fam Light & Accept This Humble Apology In My Kite. You Remind Me Of Icecube, Bunchy Carter & Huey P. A Hustler & Owner The Second Coming Of Easy E. What Happened To You Could’ve Happened To Me! Im a Young Philanthropist Like You. Even Tho We From Two Different Worlds, I Saw Your Vision But I Notice That My Words Are Often Misinterpreted. Sometimes A Man Say Things He Doesn’t Really Mean But On Some Z Sh*t I Never Meant To Disrespect Your Queen, Homie I Was Really Respecting Your Scene. #FLYHIGH Ima Keep The Marathon Going #KINGKAHAN @nipseyhussle @laurenlondon

At the moment, Kodak Black is incarcerated on federal gun charges at U.S. Penitentiary Big Sandy in Kentucky. The 23-year-old born Dieuson Octave (later changed to Bill K. Kapri) was arrested twice, in two different states, just weeks after his controversial public courtship of London. 
Borders and Customs Protections detained Kodak at the US-Canada border in New York for weapons and drug possession in April of 2019. A month later, he was arrested by local law enforcement and ATF agents in Florida for allegedly lying on a form while attempting to purchase firearms. Kapri is now serving a 46-month sentence for the latter offense with a projected release date of October 7, 2022.

50 Cent Responds To T.I.'s 'Verzuz' Challenge & T.I. Calls Out 50 Cent Again

(AllHipHop News) Tip "T.I." Harris wants to go head-to-head with Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson in a competition/celebration of the two rap legends' music discography. T.I. posted a video where he calls out the G-Unit leader to step into the Verzuz ring."Pull your ass up with twenty of your records, sit across from me, and get this work. But I understand if you don't want to answer to that challenge because last time you got challenged Kanye West dusted your ass off," said the Hustle Gang boss on Monday.
T.I. continued, "Guess who ain't scared of your motherf*cking ass, 50? Pull on up. Bring your ass on outside, 50. Bring your hit records with you. You and Dr. Dre and Eminem and G-Unit - y'all bring y'all ass on out. Come on to see the king."
50 Cent obviously got word of T.I.'s summons to the Verzuz arena. In response, the Dr. Dre/Eminem protégé simply tweeted, "Yo somebody passed T.I. the weed they gave Smokey in Friday. LOL 😆."

It did not take long before T.I. returned to Instagram to offer a counter to 50's Twitter message. He also had some words for people in his IG comment section that are already crowning Curtis the champion in a potential matchup between the two Grammy winners.
"I see the birthday boy got my message, so he knows. He didn't accept that challenge though. He ain't' said nothing about, 'let's go,'" stated Tip. "And all you other folks all in the comments talking about, 'Oh man, 50 gonna...' Y'all scared of that n*gga, not me."
The actor/reality show star added, "Don't tell me what 50 gonna gotdamn do. Shut your scary ass up, get the f*ck out the way, and let me handle this n*gga. If you want some, then he can watch me handle you."
An official hits-for-hits clash involving T.I. and 50 Cent has not been booked yet. However, Verzuz co-founder Swizz Beatz did leave a bunch of "👀" emojis under the Trouble Man's second Instagram video. Tip responded, "Maaaaan what's taking so long?"