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Following a rather unfortunate misunderstanding involving two handicapped fans at a show during his Australian tour earlier this month, Kanye West has found himself at the center of a new controversy dubbed “wheelchairgate.” There’s been plenty of media debate and angry wheelchair activists (here’s one disabled writer who slammed Kanye over the incident), which prompted Ye to give a lengthy and, at times, vulnerable speech during a recent concert. But now, Mike Dean, Kanye’s long-time engineer and producer, passed us this heartfelt letter from a handicapped rapper in support of Mr. West.

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By now we’ve all seen Kanye West scream at the top of his lungs about how he’s the next Steve Jobs or Walt Disney, but his mid-show speech in Brisbane, Australia last night was… different. Amidst controversy surrounding a recent wheelchair incident (recap: he asked every member of the audience to stand up, and after confusion surrounding two handicapped fans he didn’t realize were unable to stand, the show continued), Mr. West hit back at the media for unnecessarily sensationalizing the story and intentionally slandering his character.

The interlude almost felt like a casual conversation between Kanye and the crowd as he vented his frustration with reading biased reports about himself, at one point pleading, “take a step back for a second and look at this: I’m a married Christian man with a family.” However, perhaps Ye’s most powerful statement came when he asked the audience, “How many people here ever heard one of my songs on their way to work or they heard it and it made them feel better?” And as “Spaceships” instantly enters our minds, we’re reminded that Kanye, the kid from Chicago who made music to help us get through our shitty day, is still in there somewhere behind that diamond-encrusted mask.

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Twitter had made some big changes over the last 12 months, including a completely new profile layout and the first ever real-time Billboard chart, but this latest one is easily their most commercially ambitious. Today the social network began testing a new “buy” button, a feature which allows users to purchase products — whether it be clothes, electronics or indeed music — directly from their timeline.

Pharrell, Wiz Khalifa and Eminem are among some of the early musical adopters of this new service, while brands and organizations like Home Depot, Burberry and (RED) are also onboard. The button is currently only available to a small percentage of U.S. users during its testing stage, but Twitter promise that number “will grow over time.”

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Many of entertainment’s finest in film, music, and sports gathered for a greater cause in support of the Stand Up to Cancer benefit concert on Friday night. A fundraiser organized to bring awareness to cancer and treatment, the event hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow and Joel Gallen was broadcasted over various major networks simultaneously, live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Jennifer Aniston, Halle Berry, Pierce Brosnan, Dane Cook, Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, Reese Witherspoon and more made appeareances, lending a hand answering phones and accepting donations. Meanwhile, the show featured live performances from Dave Matthews Band, The Who, and Ariana Grande, who hit the stage to perform the song “My Everything” off her recent No. 1 album. With help from fellow Chicago natives Common and Jennifer Hudson, Lupe Fiasco closed the benefit concert out with “Remisson,” a song made to empower those facing the deadly illness and celebrate survivors.

Money raised from the commercial-free show supports cross-disciplinary research toward new cancer treatments. Head to standup2cancer.org for more information and to donate.

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Eminem and Rihanna add their names to long list of supporters for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. During the second night of “The Monster” tour at Detroit’s Comerica Park, Slim Shady and RiRi accepted challenges from various celebrities throughout the past week. Slim Shady, who was called out by mentor Dr. Dre earlier this week, sat in a chair on stage as Rihanna threw a bucket of ice water on his head.

Next up was Rihanna’s turn in the chair, as two members from the stage show doused the pop star with frigid water. Both artists join a long list of celebrities who have participated in an effort to bring more awareness and raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Chris Brown, Drake, Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent & G-Unit, LeBron James, Justin Bieber, Kate Upton, T.I., Jennifer Lopez, and more have all accepted challenges, taking social media by storm this week.

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Talib Kweli is the latest rapper to make the trip down to Ferguson, Missouri to mourn the death of Mike Brown and show support to the community. Never one to bite his tongue, the Brooklyn MC made an appearance on CNN earlier today, where he took Don Lemon — who isn’t exactly wildly popular among black viewers — to task.

Right off the bat, Talib put the media on blast for presenting an inaccurate narrative of events in Ferguson. Naturally, Lemon disagreed with him and claimed that his network have “done really great coverage here,” which is when Kweli took the safety off and let the chopper fly. At one point, while being continuously interrupted by Lemon, Kweli even walked off camera and threatened to leave the interview.

#Arewegood?

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Killer Mike has never been one to bite his tongue when it comes to social issues and larger injustices going on in the world. Yesterday (Aug 19), Mike penned an Op-Ed piece on what he feels are the real problems with all the chaos and continued violence happening in Ferguson. He addresses the police conduct, Mike Brown’s murder and more in his own words.

This week I have seen tanks, rubber bullets and tear gas used by police against the citizens that pay them.”

I have searched all night and day for new and better words that could express my feelings and fear for the people of this country. I found no new words. I have no hope-filled insight to deliver. I only have this warning to all Americans: Whatever this country is willing to do to the least of us, it will one day do to us all.

The police are paid by the public and carry a public trust, and they take an oath to protect us as citizens. The police have lost sight of that and must be reminded that we pay them to protect us, not to simply engage and cage us.

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J. Cole Speaks Candidly About Mike Brown’s Death and the Situation In Ferguson (Video)
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J. Cole made it clear that his visit to Ferguson, Missouri wasn’t for publicity reasons, but he briefly broke his no-press rule for old friend D. Scott from Complex, who is currently reporting live from the field with Jinx. Speaking emotionally and candidly, Cole explained why he made the trip down to Ferguson and shared his thoughts on Mike Brown’s death, as well as the other recent instances of police brutality and racism across America. Looking at the few positives of the situation, Jermaine praised how the community has come together peacefully in the name of justice.

This is a beautiful thing. We’ve been here five hours walking through these streets, and it ain’t no violence, everything is love. Yeah, you got a lot people that are mad, but they see the perspective of, like, violence don’t bring peace. By the laws of the Universe, it’s impossible. No matter what the media says, everywhere we go, it’s love.

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If you’re unfamiliar with the show Last Week Tonight, it involves British comedian John Oliver trying to make sense of some of the most alarming, ludicrous or indeed immoral things taking place in the US. And during last night’s segment, Oliver turned his dry wit and sharp judgement to the depressing situation in Ferguson, MO — specifically, why the hell does the police have armored vehicles and assault rifles for peaceful protests?

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is the new social-media phenomenon. This past weekend Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, Tyga, and more added their names to the list in an effort to bring more awareness and raise money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Challenged by his fellow Young Money-labelmate Tyga, along with NBA guard Brandon Jennings and NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Drake took his turn for charity, on stage during the “Drake vs. Lil’ Wayne” tour stop in Pittsburgh on Sunday night.

Lil’ Wayne, who participated in the ALS challenge last week, held a bucket of ice cold water as Drake nominated Beyoncé to take part, before Weezy drenched the Canadian rapper, who took his shirt off and quickly got into a robe. Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea also took part in the quick and frigid shower over the weekend, as the list of celebrities keeps growing by the hour.

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