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Justine Skye was tapped to sing the U.S. National Anthem at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener at Barclays Center on Friday night (Oct. 20). Skye, a Brooklyn native, used the moment to make a statement. Towards the end of singing the “Star Spangled Banner,” the brave 22-year-old kneeled while finishing her performance, showing support and solidarity for athletes who have been doing the same to shed light on brutality and racial injustice in America.

Got a bit shaky at the end.. was pretty uneasy about singing the anthem and probably won’t ever be invited to sing it again but I had to take a knee for the opening game in my city and let my voice be heard,” said Skye in an Instagram post of her kneeling. “We will not be silenced ✊🏾 #blacklivesmatter.” Players on the Brooklyn Nets reportedly locked arms as the Roc Nation songstress sung the anthem. “We recognize that tonight’s national anthem singer kneeled briefly at the end of her performance and we were not aware that she was going to do so,” a spokesperson for the Nets said in a statement sent to ABC.

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One week after being released from hospital after an attempted drive-by shooting, Young Dolph dropped his new album Thinking Out Loud. The 10-track offering includes tracks like “While U Here,” “Believe Me” and “Drippy,” plus a guest appearance by Big Baby D.R.A.M. on “All of Mine.”

Another standout off Dolph’s new project is the Honorable C.N.O.T.E. produced “Go Get Sum Mo,” a piano-driven track featuring Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign. Money is the focus as the Memphis rapper spends big on trips to London, ready to re-up on a new bag when necessary.

Get the album on iTunes and stream “Go Get Sum Mo” below.

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Christmas is still two months away. Mariah Carey gets into the festive spirit early, lending her voice to the upcoming animated film The Star. The iconic singer appears on the title track off the film’s soundtrack, an inspirational record where Mimi shows off her classic and powerful vocals on the ballad.

“I think that the song brings the entire movie to life,” says Mariah in a video that serves as the film’s trailer. “That’s a pretty special thing.” The motion picture soundtrack for The Star arrives on October 27, while the movie debuts in theaters nationwide on November 17.

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After making history as the first black woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing (on Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s Master of None) earlier this year, Lena Waithe is levelling up with her own show, The Chi. Executive produced by Common and directed by Rick Famuyiwa (Dope, Confirmation), the series is “a powerful coming-of-age drama series about an interconnected group of working-class African-Americans on Chicago’s volatile south side.” The cast includes Moonlight‘s Alex Hibbert, Straight Outta Compton‘s Jason Mitchell and The Get Down‘s Yolanda Ross, as well as Waithe and Common.

The Chi premieres January 7, 2018, on Showtime. Check out the trailer below.

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Smoke DZA recently announced he’ll be dropping a new song every day of his Key of Life tour with The LOX, Griselda Records and Statik Selektah, and he’s been keeping good on his word so far. Following up “Flair Country,” “Rayful’s Revenge,” “After Party @ Mike’s” and “65 in Providence,” the Kush God returned with two new amazingly-titled tracks as the tour rolled through Philly and Baltimore earlier this week. On “Get Down or Lay Down,” DZA floats over Meek Mill’s “Monster“ while “The Barksdale Code” finds him flipping Drake’s “KMT.”

Next stop on The Key of Life tour is Clifton Park, NY tomorrow night — and we can expect something new from Smoke DZA before then.

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Lil’ Durk celebrates his 25th birthday on Friday (Oct. 20) by gifting fans with the mixtape, Signed To The Streets 2.5. The newest installment of his mixtape series is 9 new tracks, with appearances by YFN Lucci, Moneybagg Yo and more. Fans of the Chicago spitter can download the free project here, and stream it below.

Also included is Durk’s new video for “Make It Out.”

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Los Angeles collective OverDoz. are set to drop their long-awaited major label debut album, 2008, next week on October 27. After records like the Pharrell-assisted “Last Kiss” and “District,” OverDoz. connects with fellow L.A. native Miguel on “Backstage.”

A rock-infused up beat record, hear Kent, Cream, P and Joon’s latest offering as R&B Miggy holds down the song’s soulful hook.

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EarthGang are back with their second EP in two months, ROBOTS. Following August’s RAGS, Dreamville’s newest signees drop a six-track project that includes a feature from TDE’s Sir.

ROBOTS comes before the duo of are planning to complete the trilogy with the EP ROYALTY, before putting out their MIRRORLAND debut album. Stream ROBOTS below and watch the Chad Tennies-directed video for the title-track.

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Big K.R.I.T.’s 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time double-LP is exactly one week away, arriving on October 27. After kicking off the album’s campaign with “Confetti” and “Keep the devil Off”, the southern MC drops off “Aux Cord.” The mellow, drum-heavy song pairs Krizzle with one of the masters in production, DJ Khalil. Get “Aux Cord” when you pre-order the 22-song double album now on iTunes.

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Young Dolph was the victim of a near fatal drive-by shooting in Hollywood last month. The second time Dolph has been the victim of a shooting this year, the Memphis rapper turns a negative into a positive by dropping his second project this year (both after each shooting), Thinking Out Loud.

The 10-track LP includes the songs “While U Here,” “Believe Me” and “Drippy.” Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Ty Dolla $ign and Big Baby DRAM all make guest appearances on Thinking Out Loud out now on iTunes.

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