Daily Archives: November 13, 2017

Colin Kaepernick: Meek Mill Is Victim of 'Systemic Oppression'

Colin Kaepernick penned a message in support of Meek Mill and critical of the “criminal (in)justice system” after the rapper was sentenced to up four years in jail for probation violations.

“Disproportionately America’s prisons are filled with Black bodies,” the NFL quarterback who spurred the anthem protests wrote on Instagram alongside a photo of Meek Mill.

“This criminal (in)justice system, ripe with racial discrimination, stigmatizes, profiles, and targets young Black men for arrest at a young age, having its roots in their hyper-policed neighborhoods that they are raised in, and sadly extending into what should be a safe space—the classroom, via the school to prison pipeline. Meek Mill is a victim of this systemic oppression.”

Kaepernick also touched on how the legal system favors whites by pointing out the case of Brock Turner, the former Stanford swimmer found guilty of sexual assault who only served three months in prison.

“There needs to be action surrounding sentencing reform, but there needs to also be action taken around abolishing the racialized norms of injustice that can lead to Meek Mill serving 2-4 years in prison for non-violent parole violations, and Brock Turner only serving 3 months in prison for three felony counts of sexual assault,” Kaepernick wrote.

Hours after Kaepernick’s post, a Free Meek Mill rally took to the streets of Philadelphia, with Rick Ross, basketball legend Julius Erving and several players from the Philadelphia Eagles taking part, Billboard reports. Earlier in the day, the co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers similarly voiced his support for the rapper.

“I’m here to support my brother Meek Mill. I want y’all to understand that if it take Meek Mill to draw this attention, we gonna use Meek Mill to draw this attention that is gonna speak for so many others,” Rick Ross said at the rally.

Jay-Z, a supporter of Kaepernick’s, has also criticized the “unjust and heavy-handed” sentence against Meek Mill on a pair of occasions.

Read Kaepernick’s full post about Meek Mill below:

Roughly 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the United States, an increase of 1.9 million since 1972. America professes to be the land of the free, yet it has the world’s largest prison population – with one-quarter of the globes prisoners, and just 5% of the total population. Disproportionately America’s prisons are filled with Black bodies. This criminal (in)justice system, ripe with racial discrimination, stigmatizes, profiles, and targets young Black men for arrest at a young age, having its roots in their hyper-policed neighborhoods that they are raised in, and sadly extending into what should be a safe space—the classroom, via the school to prison pipeline. Meek Mill is a victim of this systemic oppression. Yes, there needs to be action surrounding sentencing reform, but there needs to also be action taken around abolishing the racialized norms of injustice that can lead to Meek Mill serving 2-4 years in prison for non-violent parole violations, and Brock Turner only serving 3 months in prison for three felony counts of sexual assault. 📸: @karlfergusonjr

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Foo Fighters' Cal Jam Fest to Return in 2018

After successfully reviving the long-forgotten California Jam festival in October, Foo Fighters announced Monday that “Cal Jam” will return in 2018.

The festival will be back at San Bernardino, California’s Glen Helen Regional Park & Festival Grounds on October 5th and 6th, 2018, organizers announced. Foo Fighters will once again serve as headliners with additional acts to be announced.

In addition to the 2018 announcement, the festival also posted a two-minute-long recap video that captures all the action from last month’s fest. Like 2017, the fest will throw a Friday night camping party before Saturday’s “12-hour rock extravaganza.”

Cal Jam ’17 – inspired by the short-lived mid-Seventies festival of the same name that boasted acts like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Aerosmith – featured a similarly rock-focused lineup led by Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age, Cage the Elephant, Liam Gallagher, the Kills, Royal Blood and more. The festival site also housed a temporary museum dedicated to the Foo Fighters’ career.

However, the spirit of the festival was dampened a bit by a pair of events – the horrific Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting and the death of Tom Petty – that occurred in the days preceding Cal Jam; Josh Homme told Rolling Stone that he and Dave Grohl attended what became Petty’s final concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Foo Fighters previously announced they would extend their tour in support of Concrete and Gold into 2018.

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Tupac Shakur's Unsolved Murder: Music's Most WTF Conspiracy Theories, Explained

The unsolved murder of Tupac Shakur is to this day one of the most widely debated homicides in music history – even now, over 21 years later, people still speculate about what exactly happened that night.

This is what we know for sure: On the evening of September 7th, 1996, Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight, the then-CEO of Death Row Records, attended a Mike Tyson fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In the casino lobby, Shakur had a run-in with alleged Crips gang member Orlando Anderson. There was a brief fight – Shakur and Knight’s entourage got involved – but it was eventually broken up, and the men went their separate ways.

Shakur and Knight headed out toward Club 662, a since-shuttered nightclub owned by Knight. While Shakur and Knight were on their way to the club, around 11 p.m., a white Cadillac pulled up next to them on the passenger side while they idled at a stoplight. An unidentified gunman then fired 14 shots into their car.

Shakur was hit four times – twice in the chest, once in the arm and once in the thigh – with one bullet puncturing his right lung. Knight was injured by a bullet fragment that hit him in the head, but otherwise walked away unscathed.

The rapper was taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors kept him alive for six days before his mother finally made the decision to stop treatment on September 13th, 1996, at 4:03 p.m. His official cause of death was cardiac arrest.

Following Tupac’s death, investigators looked into a number of suspects, including Anderson. Anderson’s affiliation with the Crips would have made the shooting a gang-related retaliation hit. Members of a 10-car entourage following Knight and Shakur told officers that it was Anderson who fired the shots. But Anderson was later killed in an unrelated gang shooting, and the cops lost their lead.

The media was quick to jump on a different narrative that placed the blame on Shakur’s former friend and east coast rival, The Notorious B.I.G. The pair had come up together in the early 1990s, with Shakur even acting as Biggie’s mentor of sorts. Things eventually went south in the middle of the decade when the two rappers got embroiled in an epic East Coast-West-Coast rap rivalry.

The feud was believed to have been sparked by Biggie’s 1994 song “Who Shot Ya?” The possible diss track is said to be about Shakur getting shot and robbed in New York City. Two years later, in 1996, Shakur released “Hit ‘Em Up,” in which he alludes to having an affair with Biggie’s wife, Faith Evans. Evans later told MTV News that Biggie was afraid that people would believe he was responsible for Shakur’s death, and feared retaliation. Biggie denied such claims.

Six months later, on March 9, 1997, Biggie was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting while leaving a party in Los Angeles after the Soul Train Awards. His death also remains unsolved.

A third theory put the blame on Suge Knight. Fans have pointed to a possibly frosty relationship between the Death Row Records CEO and his rising star. Theorists believe Shakur was ready to leave the label to start his own, and so Knight orchestrated his murder that night in Las Vegas, a claim that he has strongly denied.

In fact, in 2017, Knight stood behind a new documentary about Shakur’s death that pointed to yet another possibility. The documentary claims that Knight’s ex-wife, Sharitha Golden, and Reggie Willis Jr., the former head of security for Death Row Records, had actually plotted a hit on him in order to gain control of the label. Golden has publicly denied the accusation.

But perhaps the most outrageous, more popular theory out there, is that Shakur didn’t die at all that fall. That just maybe he’s still alive and living in Cuba after having faking his own death. Supposed evidence includes his seven posthumous records, a supposedly “fake” autopsy photo, and his mother’s choice of words when she told the world that her son Tupac “chose to leave quietly.”

This is in a long, long tradition of music stars who fans have claimed faked their own deaths and escaped – like Jim Morrison, who supposedly faked his own death in Paris and ran off to Ethiopia, or Elvis Presley who spelled his name wrong on his own tombstone in Graceland and then went into hiding. Elvis was frequently spotted at supermarkets and other public places all over America in the Eighties and Nineties.

But the case of Tupac may just remain a mystery unsolved. 

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Jay-Z on NFL Anthem Protests: 'It's Not About the Flag, It's About Justice'

Jay-Z continued to use his 4:44 Tour as a springboard to discuss injustices in America, taking aim at criticizing NFL players’ National Anthem protests.

“I want y’all to understand, when people are kneeling and putting their fists up in the air and doing what they’re doing, it’s not about the flag, it’s about justice,” the rapper said at his Miami gig Sunday (via TMZ). “It’s about injustice. And that’s not a black or white thing, it’s a human issue.”

Jay-Z previously honored Colin Kaepernick, the player considered the catalyst of the anthem protests, by dedicating a song to him at the Meadows Festival and wearing the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s jersey during the rapper’s Saturday Night Live musical guest appearance. 

Jay-Z, who also condemned a judge’s decision to send Meek Mill back to prison for crimes he committed as a teenager, has worn a custom Kaepernick jersey throughout his tour.

On Sunday, after Kaepernick was named GQ‘s Citizen of the Year, Jay-Z’s Roc Nation signee J. Cole similarly praised the athlete to GQ. “Colin and I met years ago … I actually went to the first game he really played in, against the Jets. I just happened to be at that game. It hit another level for me the second I learned he was taking a knee,” Cole said.

“Suddenly something that he’s been doing blindly for his whole life — standing for the national anthem — now feels uncomfortable. Why? Because now it feels phony! It feels like, Man, how can I stand for this thing when this country is not holding itself true to the principles it says it stands for.”

Cole previously called on his fans to boycott the NFL over the league’s alleged blacklisting of Kaepernick.

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Céline Dion Adds New 2018 Show Dates To Her Critically-Acclaimed Las Vegas Residency At The Colosseum At Caesars Palace

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