Former CNN host and journalist Piers Morgan has created a firestorm of controversy after posting a column for the Daily Mail titled “If Black Americans Want The N-Word To Die, They Will Have To Kill It Themselves” in which he advises that in order to combat racism, African Americans must first eradicate the “N-Word” from their own vocabulary.
Responses have varied from admiration to outrage, resulting in a larger debate about whether simply removing the word will remove the mindset that created it. Given America’s unique history with race, many have called into question whether Piers, who is an English native, truly understands the magnitude of the issue itself.
Standing by his thoughts on the matter, Piers took to his Twitter account to defend his viewpoint asserting that “I don’t recall Martin Luther King Jr. ever using the N-Word.”
Artist John Legend chimed in by addressing Piers directly and adding “If only this entire race of hundreds of millions of diverse people would agree on a vocabulary change, people would treat them better.”
The legal fight between the family of R&B legend Marvin Gaye and Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams over the song “Blurred Lines” could be headed to trial. Billboard reports a U.S. District Judge ruled against Thicke and Williams’ motion for a summary judgment.
The musical collaborators filed a preemptive lawsuit in 2013 against the Gayes in order to prevent the family from suing over similarities between “Blurred Lines” and the soul singer’s “Got to Give It Up.” The family counter sued later that year.
Judge John Kronstadt ruled that Gaye’s family provided enough evidence that similarities between the two songs were close enough to move forward in the case. Kronstadt wrote, “[the Gaye family] have made a sufficient showing that elements of ‘Blurred Lines’ may be substantially similar to protected, original elements of ‘Got to Give It Up.’ Defendants have identified these with particularity for purposes of analytic dissection.”
The judge did add that the Gaye family has not proven that Thicke and Williams infringed on the copyright of the sheet music for “Got to Give It Up.” The result is that ANALYSIS of the similar sound recordings (ie backup vocals) on the respective songs may be restricted from the trial. A court date of February 10, 2015 has been set for the case.
A little over a week after being placed in critical condition as a result of a gruesome accident on the New Jersey Turnpike on June 7th, Tracy Morgan’s health has improved. According to his publicist, the 45 year old comedian was upgraded from critical condition this past Monday (June 16th).
Morgan’s publicist, Lewis Kay also adds that the comedian’s famous comedic wit is starting to return following the accident:
Happy to pass along that Tracy has been upgraded to fair condition, which is a great improvement. His personality is certainly starting to come back as well.
No word on a timetable of when Morgan will be released from the hospital.
The Los Angeles Clippers may be relinquished of the Sterling’s sooner than many expected.
According to TMZ, Donald Sterling has given his wife Shelley Sterling full control to negotiate the force sale of the Los Angeles Clippers. While neither Shelley or Donald Sterling have revealed how much of the team the are willing to sell, sources for ESPN state that the league will only accept Shelley Sterling’s sale if its for the entirety of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Donald Sterling currently has until this Tuesday (May 27th) to respond to the NBA’s charge towards him to sell the Los Angeles Clippers that was filed earlier this week. Under IRS law, if the Sterlings sold the team for $1 billion they would have to pay $328.5 million in taxes towards federal long-term capital-gains tax and California tax.
"You're gonna get yo' ass whooped if you don't get out of my face." Charles Barkley never took any BS from anyone on the court, and he certainly wasn't going to let some try-hard ruin his time at the bar.
Some clowns were pestering Chuck about how he called the women of San Antonio fat, and Charles was not having any of it. As the dude clearly stated though, he was not in the business of getting his ass kicked by one of Barkley's security.
Question: How big of a douche bag do you have to be to continuously nag another man at an open bar? Let the man live for Christ's sake.
Unfortunately, the obnoxious bro walked away unscathed. Glad to see the Round Mound of Rebound still has that fire inside of him, and loved the "you're one of those jerk off paparazzi guys" line, but that dude definitely deserved an ass kicking.
The Los Angeles Department of Children & Family Services is investigating the couple regarding a photo of their daughter Willow in bed with actor Moises Arias.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are reportedly under investigation by the Los Angeles department of Children & Family Services, according to Radar Online.
The investigation stems from a photo that surfaced earlier this month of the Smith’s daughter Willow, who is 13, in bed with actor Moises Arias. He is 20.
A source quoted in the Radar Online story says that the investigation was opened last week and that the Smiths have been cooperative with officials.
“There was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation,” Jada Pinkett Smith said during an interview posted May 8 by TMZ. “You guys are projecting your trash onto it and you’re acting like covert pedophiles and that’s not cool.”
The photo of Willow Smith and Moises Arias in bed together is below, as is the TMZ video of Jada Pinkett Smith.
In this catpitalist world where a billionaire can remain an NBA after a decade of allegations of racism, Lebron James is putting his money where his message is. In a trailer for an upcoming episode of Jim Rome on Showtime, the Vice President of the Players Association outlined Lebron James’ plans for next year if Donald Sterling remained the Los Angeles’ Clippers head coach.
While current President of the Players Association, Chris Paul and his Los Angeles Clippers are entrenched in a playoff battle with the Oklahoma City Thudner, the Players Association VP Roger Mason Jr discussed the Donald Sterling controversy. In the short clip, Mason Jr made a declarative statement that could change the entire 2014-2015 NBA season:
I was just in the locker room, three or four days ago. Lebron and I talked about it. He ain’t playing if Sterling is still an owner.
Lebron James signed a 6 year / $109.84 million deal with Miami in 2010 with over $67 million guaranteed. However, James has a clause in his contract that allows him to opt-out and test free agency by the June 30th deadline.
Roger Mason Jr’s full interview on Jim Rome on Showtime will air tonight (May 14th) at 9pm.
Check out the clip of the interview below:
Here we go again. For decades, accused criminals have used the “rap music made me do it” excuse for their actions, but in a murder trial in the United Kingdom it was the other side that brought rap music into the case.
An unnamed 16-year-old is standing trial for brutally stabbing 17-year-old Fico Dougan last September. According to the prosecution, the defendant was heard saying, “When I listen to rap music I want to stab somebody.”
The teenager then allegedly got a knife from the kitchen, returned to the living room, and stabbed the boy in the chest so hard the blade went all the way through the victim’s back. Witnesses say there was no apparent reason for the attack.
Others at the scene attempted to stopped the teen. A friend began yelling at the defendant, but he was"paying no attention; he was not listening."
The accused teen was later arrested at his home. Police stated they found him outside burning clothes.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to killing Dougan. The defense is seeking a manslaughter conviction on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to post-traumatic stress disorder.
The Los Angeles Clipper are in the position to go up 3-2 in their best-of-7 series with the Oklahoma City Thunder, but they took some time to address Donald Sterling’s interview on CNN last night (May 13th).
Rivers previously stated that he would reconsider continuing to coach the Los Angeles Clippers if any of the Sterling members remained in ownership. Following the Sterling’s interview on CNN, Rivers revealed to ESPN that he will “stand by Magic ever day of the year” and Sterling’s interview “doesn’t sound like much of an apology to me.” Interestingly enough, Rivers later said he was not looking for an apology:
I wasn’t looking for him to say anything. I’ve been asked a hundred times: ‘Do you accept the apology?’ I wasn’t looking for him to say anything. I’m not looking for an apology or anything. Right now I’m focused on our guys and being above all that. That’s fine; he’s going to keep doing what he does. We have to keep doing our jobs, though.
During his interview with Anderson Cooper, Donald Sterling remarked that all of the Los Angeles Clippers’ players loved him. Chris Paul was a bit puzzled by Sterling’s statement:
I don’t know about all that. I love my wife, my kids, my family and my teammates
Blake Griffin elaborated further on Paul’s statement:
Throughout the past two weeks we’ve tried to make it as much not about that and not about what’s going on with him. If you ask every single guy on this team, they’ll say they love their family, they love their teammates and that’s who we’re playing for and that’s really the bottom line.
When The Boondocks returns for its fourth season, the animation will look the same, the humor will seem similar, however one crucial component will be significantly different. Adult Swim announced today (March 21st), that the creator of The Boondocks, Aaron McGruder will not be apart of the new season.
Citing scheduling conflicts, Adult Swim states that McGruder will not participate in The Boondocks’ upcoming fourth season;
this season was produced without the involvement of Aaron McGruder, when a mutually agreeable production schedule could not be determined.
McGruder has either written or co-written every one of the 45 episodes of The Boondocks’since its series debut on November 6th, 2005.
The Boondocks’ first season in over three years will premiere on Adult Swim on April 21st.
Police recently arrested a suspect in the killing of former G-Unit rapper Jamal “Mazaradi Fox” Green. The authorities have now released what they believe was the motive for the January shooting that ended the life of the 42-year-old Queens native and wounded three others.
According to The Daily News, sources say accused shooter Jamal Scott was retaliating for the 1998 murder of his older brother. Fox allegedly ordered associates to begin shooting after an argument in July of that year. Scott’s brother Curtis was hit and killed. He was 21 at the time.
“Jamal didn’t pull the trigger. He didn’t shoot him. He just happened to be there when it happened,” the unidentified girlfriend of Fox is quoting as saying. “This is 16 years ago and you’re still harboring that?… Killing Mazaradi, that’s not going to bring your brother back.”
Scott was charged with second-degree murder, attempted murder, and felony assault.
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is joining forces with New York City mogul 50 Cent as the newest investor in the Queens rapper’s SMS Audio. Melo will also take on the role of advisor for the company as well as serve as a worldwide brand ambassador.
“50 Cent approaches SMS Audio the same way I do each of my games – with focus and passion,” said Anthony in a statement. “SMS Audio produces and markets high caliber products, delivering a sound unlike anything I have heard. I look forward to representing such an innovative global brand.”
Melo is the second high-profile individual to partner with SMS. In 2011, superproducer Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley announced his involvement with the brand.
“Carmelo Anthony is one of today’s premier athletes and is known globally for both his sportsmanship and his philanthropic endeavors,” said 50. “He perfectly embodies the values behind SMS Audio and we’re excited to have him representing our brand – Providing Superior Sound Quality through Innovative Audio Products.”
Proceeds from every sale of SMS Audio in the United States goes to help the Feeding America charity. The goal is to provide 1 million meals a year to needy families through local food banks.
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