Gayle King apologizes for her interview with Lisa Leslie

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Gayle King is not immune to the power of the internet and sound bytes. Yesterday an interview she did with WNBA legend Lisa Leslie went viral. King asked Leslie about Kobe’s legacy and her thoughts on his 2003 assault case. The internet did not take to kindly to her questioning and went ballistic on her.

People had a lot to say.

King felt a lot of this heat and took to her instagram today provide clarification. She put the responsibility of her network CBS. King also mentioned that it was take out of context. She shared if she would have seen that clip first she would have been upset too.

Take a look at her apology below.

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Monique goes after Oprah because of Harvey Weinstein

Monique took to instagram recently to give Oprah Winfrey a piece of her mind. Monique decided to share her thoughts with respect to how different Oprah is treating Harvey Weinstein and Russell Simmons.

Both men are currently under investigation for alleged sex crimes against women. Moniques position is that Oprah’s friendship with Harvey Weinstein has caused her not to be as vigilant as she has been with Russell Simmons and Michael Jackson.

The Leaving Neverland documentary about Michael Jackson which was proven to have many inconsistencies was followed up with an interview of the accusers by Oprah. Oprah was also set to produce the documentary On the Record. The film presents the stories of several women who have accused Russell Simmons of sexual assault.

Oprah has since stepped down from the project. She issued a statement “I have decided that I will no longer be executive producer on The Untitled Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Documentary and it will not air on Apple TV+, Winfrey continued “First and foremost, I want it to be known that I unequivocally believe and support the women. Their stories deserve to be told and heard. In my opinion, there is more work to be done on the film to illuminate the full scope of what the victims endured and it has become clear that the filmmakers and I are not aligned in that creative vision.”

Monique has taken issue with the way Oprah is handling Weinstein’s accusations with kid gloves as it compares to Simmons and Jackson. Take a look at her instagram post below.

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Dear @oprah, I felt compelled to write you this open letter after observing the disparity in the way that you seem to treat people, who were accused of the same allegations. You did an interview on the CBS Morning Show and were asked about Harvey Weinstein by Norah O’Donnell, and you said as it pertained to him that you “always try to look at the Rainbow in the clouds, whatever is the “silver lining”. You also said “if we make this all about Harvey Weinstein then we have lost the moment”. When you either are, or were going to be a part of documentary on Michael Jackson, and Russell Simmons, how is that not making it all about them? Interestingly, Brother M.J. was acquitted, and deceased, so how is he not off limits? Russell and Harvey are accused of the same thing so in fairness how do you not “support” the accusers of both as you said you did with R.S. or you look for the silver lining for both like you said you did for H.W.? The only difference between the two is there skin color and doesn’t H.W. have way more accusers? My personal experience with you is you’ve watched me as a black women be accused of being difficult for not promoting “Precious” internationally for Lions Gate, at Lions Gate, Tyler Perry and your request, despite the fact my deal was with Lee Daniels Entertainment. And, how are you for black women when you hear Tyler on audio saying I was right and he was going to speak up but you or him still haven’t said a word? When I was sixteen and I meet you at your local show in Baltimore, I told you I wanted to be just like you when I grew up. You responded, “ you have to work really really hard”. My sixteen year old self didn’t know that you in your silence in the face of wrongdoing, would make my life “harder”. Lastly, please consider standing by the people who are right and not just the “right people”. Love you to life, Mo’Nique

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Nipsey Hussle’s suspected murderer is captured

The manhunt has ended for Nipsey Hussle’s suspected murderer Eric Holder aka “Shitty Cuz”. Nipsey was murdered 2 days ago in front of his Marathon store in Los Angeles. Many theories and conspiracies have arisen sine his murder. There is a group of those who feel that this was a way to silence Nipsey because he planed to release a documentary about the famed holistic doctor, Dr Sebi. However: the cameras and witnesses tell the story.

According to witnesses Holder came to Nipsey’s store and was told by Nipsey to leave his store because he was a snitch and he should never come back around. Witnesses claim and the video show Holder coming back and shooting Nipsey along with 3 others,.

Eric Holder evaded the police for 2 days and was finally captured in Bellflower Los Angeles.

-Precise

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Rapper Nipsey Hussle killed in Los Angeles

Nipsey Hussle, born Ermias Ashgedom, 33, has died. The rapper was shot outside his Los Angeles store. Two others were wounded and are reportedly in serious condition. The suspect remains at large.Multiple media outlets have reported that rapper Nipsey Hussle was been shot six times outside his store in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. His store, Marathon Clothing Company, opened in 2017. Hussle’s connection to the Crips is no secret, however, that did not stop him from crossing the line to do business with rappers like YG, who is affiliated with the Bloods.

Hussle was recently nominated for a Grammy for his debut studio album, Victory Lap. His rise in the industry has been unorthodox. In 2013, he released his mixtape Crenshaw and sold 1,000 copies for 100 dollars per copy. He sold every copy within 24 hours.

He released another project in 2015 titled Mailbox Money. He pressed 100 copies and charged $1,000. He sold 60 copies of the project. 

Hussle has been a proponent of reinvesting in your community and owning a business. His store in Los Angeles is a culmination of his efforts. 

In the song “Last Time I Checc’d feat. YG,” Hussle raps:

“It was visionary, either I’m genius or you ni**as scary-Maybe it’s both and this balance I deliver daily-For every n—a in the streets tryna feed the babies-The single mama’s workin’ hard not to miss a payment-And dirty money get washed on royalty statements-Black owners in this game of powerful racists-Young n—as in the set that’s doin’ it makeshift-Out the garage is how you end up in charge-It’s how you end up in penthouses, end up in cars-It’s how you start off a curb server, end up a boss-it’s how you win the whole thing and lift up a cigar-With sweat drippin’ down your face ’cause the mission was hard”

Earlier this year, Hussle announced that he would be doing a documentary on famed holistic healer Dr. Sebi. Sebi was said to have cured people of AIDS and cancer using his alternative medicines.

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All Charges have been dropped in Jussie Smollett’s case

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All charges against the Empire actor Jussie Smollett have been dropped with relation to the masked attack that Smollett claimed to have happened to him in February. Smollett was under intense scrutiny as different pieces of his story seemed to be inconsistent and after two Nigerian men were questioned and were suspected by CPD that they were hired by Jussie to commit the crime. As a result of these inconsistencies Jussie was arrested and charged with 16 felony counts stemming from falsifying a police report. The Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson took to the airwaves to reprimand Smollett for wasting the resources of the police department for and event that seemed to materialize as a hoax. Todays turn of events raises an eyebrow and sets yet another spotlight on the city of Chicago which is currently set to elect it first Black Woman as Mayor of Chicago. 

“He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as a result of false and inappropriate remarks made to the public causing an inappropriate rush to judgement.” Said Smollett’s attorney Patricia Brown Holmes

It still is not clear why the charges were dropped or if the Chicago Police department is admitting to a rush to judgement. A statement from the Cook County States Attorney reads “After reviewing all of the facts and circumstances of the case, including Mr. Smollett’s volunteer service in the community and agreement to forfeit his bond to the City of Chicago,” the statement continues “we believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case.”

Smollett forfeited his $10,000 bond to the City of Chicago; however his attorneys stand by the position that Smollett’s charges being dropped are not the result of a plea deal but an agreement. This decision was made so Jussie would not have to fight and to get this over with. 

“I want you to know that not for a moment was it in vain. Ive been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one. I would not be my mothers son if I was capable of one drop of what I had been accused of. This has been an incredibly difficult time, honestly one of the worst of my entire life, but I am a man of faith. I am a man who has knowledge of my history and I would not bring my family our lives or the movement through a fire like this.”  said Smollett as he exited the court.  

-Precise

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Chance The Rapper talks about his daughter, his Grammys and Kanye at MCA

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Chance The Rapper recently appeared at the MCA in Chicago to take part in a discussion series called “In Sight Out”. It’s an in depth dive into the artist and has featured other artists like Solange Knowles and Mick Jenkins.

Adrienne Samuels Gibbs conducted the interview and dove right into the convo. The discussion meandered from topics such as Art collection, God, Kanye and SNL.

Chance spoke passionately about his SNL experience because of what it meant to him as a child. He was so involved in the process and takes pride in what he was able to bring to the table with the help of his friends.

We were able to ask Chance about an extremely poignant and emotional moment in his career. The 3 time Grammy award winner was unboxing his awards with his family present. His daughter helped him unpack the awards and in a highly touching moment she hugged her dad and Chance began to cry.

We asked Chance why he was so emotional in that moment. “It was such a big moment for me, I purposely didn’t sign (a record deal) and kept saying no to amounts of money that I knew I wouldn’t see for a long time because I just thought it would be cool for somebody to say I got the Grammy without a label. I got them and I’m holding the Grammy that weighs around seven to ten pounds in one hand and my daughter who is about thirty pounds and I stood there as a scale for a moment and feel the weight of my daughter and how much more important she is. It broke me down. I think it was meant for me to get three Grammys at one time, because if I had one, I’d probably be too thirsty for more. I got them in abundance so that I could see that there were many of them but there is only one Kensli.” said Chance

When asked about the recent school closings in Chicago and the new $95 million dollar Police Academy that is being built, Chance had this to say

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“I feel cheated, I feel angry. I feel vengeful. There are people who are not nameless. You grow up feeling like you are fighting against “the man” or faceless entity of people who are out to get you. But these people have names. Rahm is on that (closing schools) Thats just what it is and their is no way to hide it. This is the third group closing of schools since 2013. We don’t have to dance around it. I see the inequality, I see the unfairness, I see the violation of our city, I see the sscathing department of justice review from our police department. The same one that murdered Fred Hampton. I’m seeing that this a fucked up system and this is me entering myself into it to change it all. I’m here. I’m posted. I am not going anywhere. I’m going to live in Chicago till the day I die. I’m going to travel, I’m going to do some tours so I can get that bag and then Imma lobby for y’all.”

-Precise

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5 reasons why you should support Mo’nique

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Mo’nique appeared on the internet recently asking that we boycott Netflix because of gender bias and race bias. The long and short of it is Netflix offered Monique and Oscar Award winner 500k to do a comedy special after paying Amy Schumer a white woman comic 13 million for hers.

For the past few years, Mo’nique has ostracized herself from the industry for speaking her truth and calling out Black Hollywood’s elite by name. Oprah, Tyler Perry, and Lee Daniels are her main targets. Because of this Mo’nique says she has been blackballed. This recent lowball offer made by Netflix is the most recent example of Monique’s treatment from the industry.

In recent news, it has been reported that Black-Ish star Tracee Ellis-Ross is getting paid substantially less than her male co-star Anthony Anderson and she has threatened to make fewer appearances on the show. She is being supported by the #TimesUp movement.

The #TimesUp movement was created to address sexual assault, harassment, and inequality in the workplace. Whats makes Mo’nique’s situation different than Tracee Ellis-Ross.

After watching Mo’nique’s explanation on Sway in the Morning I’ve come up with 5 reasons that we should support Mo’nique.

5. The Parkers

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Mo’nique played a single mom who decided to go back to school and change her life. The in again off again tension between her and Mr. Olgivie is worth the price of admission.

4. Her Weightloss

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Witnessing how much weight she has lost since the beginning of her career is pretty amazing. This is coming from a woman who at one point had a disdain for “skinny bitches”

3. Her performance at the 2003 BET Awards

Plus size women  and BBW’s across the country were jumping out of their seats as Mo’nique performed Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love”

2. Precious

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Mo’nique got paid 50k to do an independent film. She embodied and bodied her role so well that she won an Oscar for it. However, since that has happened she’s been treated like an up and coming artist struggling to be noticed for her obvious talent.

1. Black Unity

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This may not be the issue for you. Maybe you are not a Mo’nique fan. I get that. Over the course of the past 5 years, we have seen public lynchings of some of our best and brightest with the support of Black people.

What makes Mo’nique’s gripe any different than any other woman’s grip from the #timesup movement? At what point do we really start supporting our own? Right now we don’t have the leisure of watching us get picked off from a balcony every other month. If this is not issue for you so be it, but we have to come together for real for us to shake this mental illness and start building some real influence.

-Precise

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Ex-cop gets 20 years for killing Walter Scott

Ex-South Carolina police officer Michael Slager has been sentenced to 20 years for the killing of Walter Scott. In April of 2015 Walter Scott joined the ranks of unarmed Black men who were shot by the police. Scott was pulled over by Slager for a busted tail light. Scott ran and Slager shot him in the back 5 times and claimed he feared for his life. Slager pleaded guilty in May of 2017 to violation of civil rights by acting under the color of the law in Scott’s killing.

“We are hurt, and we do have some type of compassion for the Slager family, in that they have to suffer as well. And yes we do forgive Michael Slager for what he did. But yes, we did want justice for my brother and we feel that we have gotten a sense of justice.” Said Anthony Scott, Walter’s brother.

I remember watching this on social media and it was clear that Slager shot Scott in cold blood. Thank God for the person who was on the scene and was able to record this. Let’s hope this informs the Lequan Mcdonald trial.

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Mike Pence hijacks Black life for patriotism – It’s our fault

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The Vice President of the United States Mike Pence decided to leave a Colts game because he feels that players should not disrespect the troops by kneeling during the national anthem.

The act of taking a knee made prevalent by Colin Kaepernick during a pre-season game in San Francisco almost two years ago has morphed from a statement on police brutality with regards to the injustice inflicted on Black people to a commentary on patriotism. Watching this happen in front of our faces is like watching a magic trick you know the secret to. This tactic is so deliberate and we allowed it to happen.

Once again Black life is disregarded. In the eyes of America, it is clear that dealing with anything having to do with Black people is the last thing to be considered at any moment during the history of this country. It’s our own fault. We have been lulled to sleep with a dream, an American dream that goes unrealized for a large segment of the population. Every life taken or affected by rogue law enforcement is a notch on the belt of American racism as it continues to fester in the hearts of the dominant class.

Black males aged 15-34 were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by law enforcement officers last year, according to data collected for The Counted, an effort by the Guardian to record every such death. They were also killed at four times the rate of young white men.

The previous statistic was taken from a Huffington Post article focused on figures gathered last year. That statistic is not surprising and does not cause any pause because Black people are zombies now. You will be hard-pressed to find a large number of individuals who will boycott the NFL. The act of turning off the television or even changing the station to directly affect the economics of a league that does not support the people who make up large percentages their employees seem foreign or even a waste of time. Instead, we want someone else to take a stand. So as we wait we watch the movement get hijacked just like any other movement that had to deal with the freedom of Black people.

-Precise

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O.J. Simpson is a free man again – The Juice is Loose

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O.J. Simpson is a free man after serving nine years in a Nevada prison. Simpson was arrested and jailed because of a kidnapping and armed robbery in 2007. He was caught trying to reclaim items that were initially his. He was the only individual out of five who was jailed because of his involvement.

O.J. was released just 8 minutes after he was officially eligible for release. His release was quiet and happened without the presence of paparazzi and press.

In July of 2017 the Nevada Board of Parole Commissioners voted unanimously to release Simpson on parole. O.J. will be monitored and he is not allowed to consume large amounts of alcohol or spend time with convicted felons.

The life of O.J. a storied NFL athlete took a turn in 1994 when he was named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Ultimately with the assistance of his team of lawyers lead by Johnny Cochran, Simpson was acquitted. The United States was split down racial lines and as the verdict was read live reactions between black and white citizens were extremely different.

The trial was dubbed “the trial of the century” and left the nation polarized. Different stories of what actually happened surfaced everyday. The way that the trial was covered was deemed by many as a circus and  launched many careers of those involved into the spotlight. That trial happened on the heels of the LA riots that were a result of Los Angeles police officers being acquitted for the beating of Rodney King in 1991.

Even after Simpson was acquitted of murder the victims’ families filed a wrongful death suit and Simpson was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages.

It will be interesting to see how Simpson lives his life after this release. One thing is for certain, his life will never be the same.

-Precise

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