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J. Cole Expresses Support For Colin Kaepernick In GQ Open Letter
 

In conjunction with Colin Kaepernick covering GQ Magazine as their “Citizen of The Year” for 2017, J. Cole wrote a fitting open letter to express his support for the quarterback and his noteworthy yet career damaging decisions.

Check out the free-form message after the jump and pick up your copy of the issue here.

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In light of Meek Mill’s recent sentencing to prison after violating probation, a rally was held outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia to protest the ruling and showcase how important the Dreamchasers’ CEO is to the community.

Leading the charge alongside Rick Ross and Meek’s mother, 76er’s basketball legend Dr. J also attended the gathering, calling the punishment “excessive” and “cold.” The hall of famer also questioned the judge’s motives in the case, wondering why she decided against the recommendations of her own D.A.’s office.

Check out a recap of the rally after the jump and sign the petition for his release here.

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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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Yesterday, Diddy took to Twitter to express his frustrations with the NFL’s apathetic stance towards minority players following Colin Kaepernick’s oppression driven protest of the National Anthem. His stream of consciousness soon transitioned from airy aspirations to obtainable solutions.

Initially looking to purchase the Roger Goodell commissioned compound, the Forbes 2017 Hip-Hop Cash King is now set on helping create the first black-owned football league. Check out the music mogul’s telling tweets after the jump!

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Rihanna’s 3rd annual Diamond Ball took place on Thursday night (Sept. 13) at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. In support of the Clara Lionel Foundation non-profit organization, the all-black affair was hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle. Rihanna, dressed in an all-black Ralph & Russo gown, lead the star-studded night if attendees that included Beyoncé and JAY-Z, Jamie Foxx, Trevor Noah, Lala Anthony, Future, Gayle King, Cardi B, Young Thug, Lil’ Kim, Fabolous, model Emily Ratajkowski, Fabolous and more.

RiRi was also joined by her parents Ronald Fenty and Monica Brathwaite, brothers Rorrey and Rajad, and her grandfather Lionel “Bravo” Braithwaite. Along with performances by Kendrick Lamar and Calvin Harris, former U.S. President Barack Obama made an appearance via video link, thanking the pop superstar “for the great work” her foundation has done. “You’ve become a powerful force,” said Obama. With the help of Chappelle playing auctioneer, the organization raised more than $840,000.

Founded in 2012, The Clara Lionel Foundation organization seeks to improve quality of life in areas of health, education, culture and arts for communities across the globe.

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The biggest stars in entertainment are coming together for a greater cause. Spearheaded by Bun B and Scooter Braun the one-hour Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief special is a telethon to help raise funds to support those impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Justin Timberlake, Drake, Dave Matthews, Leonardo DiCaprio, Travis Scott, Kelly Rowland, Justin Bieber, Gwen Stefani, George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Diddy and more will take part in the event broadcasted live from New York, Los Angeles and Nashville.

Simultaneously broadcasting over 12 networks including CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC, viewers can donate online to Comic Relief USA’s Hand In Hand Hurricane Relief Fund here and here. Donations can also be done over the phone by calling 1 (800) 258-6000 to donate using a credit card, or by texting GIVE to 80077 to give $25.

Set to start at 8 p.m. EST, click below to stream Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief via YouTube.

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Petition Calls For Missy Elliott Statue To Replace Confederate Monument
 

Nathan Coflin is the latest hero in the war against racism. The Virginia native recently started a petition proposing a statue of Missy Elliott would replace a Confederate monument. Originally highlighted by the Washington Post, the petition already has nearly 30K signatures and hopes to find the Misdemeanor monument positioned in her hometown of Portsmouth.

“Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it. Let us come together in getting City Council to erect this statue in honor of Missy Elliott and all those in the great City of Portsmouth who work it each and every day.”

Sign and keep up with the progress of the petition at change.org.

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Between growing out a pretty spectacular beard to working on his cardio in St. Barths, it’s fair to say David Letterman has been making the most of his well-deserved retirement. With that said, it’s hard to ignore the fact that television isn’t quite the same without his gap-toothed grin, which is why Letterman is set to cut short his retirement and return to our screens with a new show on Netflix next year.

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From joining the Eric Garner protests in New York to giving local residents of Ferguson, Baton Rouge and Jonesboro a voice in his 4 Your Eyez Only documentary, J. Cole is a man of the people. As his 4 Your Eyez Only tour swung through California last month, the Dreamville rapper paid a visit to San Qunetin State Prison — the only prison in the state that houses death row inmates — to chop it up with some of the inmates.

“We got the opportunity to spend the day at San Quentin State Prison talking and meeting inmates who will never see the outside again,” Cole’s manager, Ibrahim Hamad, wrote on Instagram. “That experience was a life changing experience and wish I had the ability to put that in a caption but that wouldn’t be doing it justice.” Something tells me Cole wouldn’t have even publicized his trip had Ib not shared these pictures on social media.

“Now some restin’ in peace and some are sittin’ in San Quentin / Others such are myself are tryna carry on tradition”

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JAY-Z’s new album 4:44 is out now, available exclusively on TIDAL and Sprint before arriving to other streaming services this Friday (Jul. 7). Physical copies of the Brooklyn MC’s 13th studio LP are also expected to hit stores on the same day. On Monday (Jul. 3), JAY-Z released Episode 1 of Footnotes For The Story Of O.J in support of the new album.

The 8-minute clip features commentary from JAY-Z, Will Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Chris Rock, CNN’s Van Jones, Trevor Noah, Mahershala Ali, Michael B. Jordan, and more discussing race relations and social injustice across the nation. The clip ends with a teaser of the upcoming “4:44″ music video, set to premiere on Friday at 4:44 p.m. EST.

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