This Is What It Sounds Like, When “Thugs” Cry!

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Do you know what it feels like to live in a place that looks war torn, ran down and disemboweled?  A place where lives are devalued by the very ones sworn to protect and serve you?  Do you live next door to a worn down abandoned property where fires are prone to be set forcing neighbors to flee from the only comfort they know?  Vacant unattended properties are eyesores, but norms, and backyards are used as dumping sites for passerby’s.  Is the term “food desert” part of your vernacular?  If you answered “yes” to all of these assertions, than you know Baltimore City.  Even before the death of Freddie Gray.

“Why are yall destroying your own community?”  You ask, as if you really care.

The riot that took place on Monday afternoon was spearheaded by high school kids who tweeted “do yall want to purge Mondawmin?”  Mondawmin is a mall located in West Baltimore and it is also a bus hub frequented by hundreds of students on a daily basis.  There’s always a crowd of children congregating at the mall after school is dismissed.  It’s where they meet.  And they’re always up to acts of mischievousness.  Now granted, what took place on Monday was unprecedented and a little more than juvenile mischief.  But I’m almost certain that it would be safe to conclude that they themselves honestly had no idea what they had initiated and the serious ramifications of their actions.

I teach at a school right down the street from Mondawmin Mall.  Many of my students access public transportation at Mondawmin Mall to travel to and from school.  As a matter of fact, on Wednesday (the first day students returned back to school since the riot on Monday), myself, along with the majority of our staff escorted our students to the bus hub at Mondawmin for their own safety and to assure the National Guard and Police Officers in riot gear canvassing the mall that our students weren’t a threat to them.  As we walked, I avoided the rocks strewn on the ground that I reckoned were used days prior to be hurled at the police.  I frowned my face in astonishment when I noticed the armored Humvees decked with snipers in front of the high school that’s been deemed Ground Zero.  I heard the officers give instructions to each other which prompted them to respond in unison when people walked towards them.  Shield in hand, gun on hip, they said, “to your left,” and “behind you.”  I felt uneasy in the presence of such militarized force, so I can only imagine how our children were made to feel, internally.  Nevertheless, we walked on.  Baltimore is a different place.  And the people of Baltimore are different folks, especially our youth, apparently.

Not surprisingly, based on the many different media outlets and their contrived depiction of us we’ve been vilified through the press.  “Look at them destroying their own community.”  Unfortunately, though it may be news to many (doubt it very seriously), but the destruction of my community did not just persist with the most recent riots.  But I think yall knew that.

Drugs have destroyed my community.  Mass incarceration has destroyed my community.  Unemployment has destroyed my community.  Poor education has destroyed my community.  Systemic racism has destroyed my community.  Shid, rioting is just a byproduct of all the things that have destroyed my community.  It’s a form of expression of suppressed feelings and emotions.  Don’t overlook the reasons why I’m mad and then try to declare my response anything but a reciprocity.
For the record, I’m not mad at the energy expressed by our young people.  I applaud their spirit to fight and to push on without fear.  And I personally understand their anger.  However, I will say that their emotional efforts are misguided.  Their fight must be done with intent of securing and sustaining a better future than their present.  And that will not be accomplished doing what transpired on Monday.  Lord knows, I don’t want to see anyone get killed for looting a DTLR for a pair of Jordan’s.  And even though that is so frivolous to me, for many of our young people who were in the streets on Monday, to them, that’s a “come up.”  Prompting me to inquire “do you just want to come up or are you interested in staying up?”

We have much work to do.  It shouldn’t take a tragedy such as the death of Freddy Gray to cause an implosion, but since it has ignited an emotional response from our community within and the world as a whole, let us plan better moving forward to do, not what makes us feel better momentarily, but what’s best for us persistently.  Because, GOD forbid…
I been to many places, but I’m Bmore’s Own!  Cornell Dews.

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This Is What It Sounds Like, When “Thugs” Cry!

Posted by | Posted in Da Game and Industry News | Posted on 30-04-2015

Do you know what it feels like to live in a place that looks war torn, ran down and disemboweled?  A place where lives are devalued by the very ones sworn to protect and serve you?  Do you live next door to a worn down abandoned property where fires are prone to be set forcing neighbors to flee from the only comfort they know?  Vacant unattended properties are eyesores, but norms, and backyards are used as dumping sites for passerby’s.  Is the term “food desert” part of your vernacular?  If you answered “yes” to all of these assertions, than you know Baltimore City.  Even before the death of Freddie Gray.

“Why are yall destroying your own community?”  You ask, as if you really care.

The riot that took place on Monday afternoon was spearheaded by high school kids who tweeted “do yall want to purge Mondawmin?”  Mondawmin is a mall located in West Baltimore and it is also a bus hub frequented by hundreds of students on a daily basis.  There’s always a crowd of children congregating at the mall after school is dismissed.  It’s where they meet.  And they’re always up to acts of mischievousness.  Now granted, what took place on Monday was unprecedented and a little more than juvenile mischief.  But I’m almost certain that it would be safe to conclude that they themselves honestly had no idea what they had initiated and the serious ramifications of their actions.

I teach at a school right down the street from Mondawmin Mall.  Many of my students access public transportation at Mondawmin Mall to travel to and from school.  As a matter of fact, on Wednesday (the first day students returned back to school since the riot on Monday), myself, along with the majority of our staff escorted our students to the bus hub at Mondawmin for their own safety and to assure the National Guard and Police Officers in riot gear canvassing the mall that our students weren’t a threat to them.  As we walked, I avoided the rocks strewn on the ground that I reckoned were used days prior to be hurled at the police.  I frowned my face in astonishment when I noticed the armored Humvees decked with snipers in front of the high school that’s been deemed Ground Zero.  I heard the officers give instructions to each other which prompted them to respond in unison when people walked towards them.  Shield in hand, gun on hip, they said, “to your left,” and “behind you.”  I felt uneasy in the presence of such militarized force, so I can only imagine how our children were made to feel, internally.  Nevertheless, we walked on.  Baltimore is a different place.  And the people of Baltimore are different folks, especially our youth, apparently.

Not surprisingly, based on the many different media outlets and their contrived depiction of us we’ve been vilified through the press.  “Look at them destroying their own community.”  Unfortunately, though it may be news to many (doubt it very seriously), but the destruction of my community did not just persist with the most recent riots.  But I think yall knew that.

Drugs have destroyed my community.  Mass incarceration has destroyed my community.  Unemployment has destroyed my community.  Poor education has destroyed my community.  Systemic racism has destroyed my community.  Shid, rioting is just a byproduct of all the things that have destroyed my community.  It’s a form of expression of suppressed feelings and emotions.  Don’t overlook the reasons why I’m mad and then try to declare my response anything but a reciprocity.
For the record, I’m not mad at the energy expressed by our young people.  I applaud their spirit to fight and to push on without fear.  And I personally understand their anger.  However, I will say that their emotional efforts are misguided.  Their fight must be done with intent of securing and sustaining a better future than their present.  And that will not be accomplished doing what transpired on Monday.  Lord knows, I don’t want to see anyone get killed for looting a DTLR for a pair of Jordan’s.  And even though that is so frivolous to me, for many of our young people who were in the streets on Monday, to them, that’s a “come up.”  Prompting me to inquire “do you just want to come up or are you interested in staying up?”

We have much work to do.  It shouldn’t take a tragedy such as the death of Freddy Gray to cause an implosion, but since it has ignited an emotional response from our community within and the world as a whole, let us plan better moving forward to do, not what makes us feel better momentarily, but what’s best for us persistently.  Because, GOD forbid…
I been to many places, but I’m Bmore’s Own!  Cornell Dews.

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Waka Flocka Disses Fetty Wap?

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Fetty Wap is burning up the streets with this song “Trap Queen,” but Waka Flocka seemingly mocks the jam at a recent show. Check this out and you be the judge and jury.


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Waka Flocka Disses Fetty Wap?

Posted by | Posted in Da Game and Industry News | Posted on 30-04-2015

Fetty Wap is burning up the streets with this song “Trap Queen,” but Waka Flocka seemingly mocks the jam at a recent show. Check this out and you be the judge and jury.


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Kelly Rowland READIES New BET Reality Show & Possible 5th Album? + DKNY Taps Maxwell Osborne & Dao-Yi Chow As Creative Directors

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Kelly Rowland is headed to the small screen and back to the studio (we suspect).  Get the deets on her new deal with BET inside and meet the new creative directors of DKNY.

 

A few days ago, we told you about Kelly Rowland landing her own BET series. In fact, Kelly appeared alongside Stephen Hill at the 2015 BET Upfronts a few days ago to discuss “Chasing Destiny”, a new reality show.

As host of “Chasing Destiny,” baby Titan’s mom will search for the hottest and most talented up-and-coming singers….giving “X Factor” and "The Voice" a run for their money. But that’s not all Kelly is up to…

While Kelly has kept mum about her own recording schedule, sources close to the "Like This" singer say she’s already hit the studio with producer Polow Da Don for what will be her fifth studio album:

 

With that being said @KellyRowland‘s New Album is going to be nothing short of amazing!pic.twitter.com/p06ZH0QeuZ

— KELENDRIA NATION (@KellyRowNation) April 30, 2015

While we don’t have any of deets about #KellyV, it would be VERY smart of Kels to release an album around the same time that the show debuts. Promotion promotion promotion!

So……we’ll be expecting new music from Kelly in the fall of 2015 right? Right.

 

In the fashion world…. 

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DKNY (the younger, hipper side of Donna Karan) announced two new creative directors, this week, and one of them is YBF!

The new CDs are CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (and CFDA menswear award)–winning Public School designers Dao-Yi Chow (far right) and Maxwell Osborne (far left) – shown above with TODAY contribute Jill Martin.

The new appointment doesn’t mean Dao-Yi and Maxwell are leaving their other job.  They’ll still work at Public School while leading DKNY. In a joint statement, the two said,

“We both grew up in New York, and DKNY has always been part of the landscape of this city,” they wrote in a statement. “It is one of the brands that helped change the game for us and for American fashion. It evokes everything our city was always about—energy, disruption, new thinking, and transcending all boundaries. We are extremely proud and excited to be joining the company and to contribute to the next chapter of DKNY, one of the most iconic American brands created by Donna Karan, a true inspiration.”

Congrats to Maxwell and Dao-Yi!

 

Photos via Maxwell’s Instagram/Kelly’s Instagram

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Britney Spears Falls On Stage In Las Vegas!

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Britney Spears was performing on stage at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Wednesday night when she suddenly went down.

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Britney Spears Falls On Stage In Las Vegas!

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Britney Spears was performing on stage at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Wednesday night when she suddenly went down.

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OH NO! Momma Dee HAULED Off To Hospital After Car Accident In Atlanta

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"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Momma Dee was involved in a car accident this afternoon, resulting in her being rushed to the hospital! Deets inside….

Momma Dee didn’t “deserve” this!

“LAHH ATL” star Momma Dee was involved in a car accident this afternoon, resulting in her being rushed to the hospital via ambulance.

According to TMZ, Momma Dee had just come from lunch and was riding in a Uber car service when a person (allegedly a man) in a Nissan slammed into the back of the ride. Yikes! The alleged suspect reportedly began to exchange information with the Uber driver, but said suspect jetted from the scene before police arrived.

It’s reported Momma Dee said she was suffering from severe back pain, so an ambulance hauled her off to a local hospital to get checked out. We all know Momma Dee is a drama queen and today was no different. We hear she made it clear she was a celebrity. We can hear her now….”Do you know who I’m is?” Ha!
 

Oh…and if you haven’t heard…Momma Dee’s current boo (and ex-husband) Ernest Bryant has finally returned home after a seven year bid in prison. It appears we’ll get to see what Momma Dee is like in a relationship in the new season of the show. Maybe, she’ll stop meddling in her son’s love life and cater to her own this go round.

Below are a few flicks of the “Queen of the Palace” and her man:
 

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Well alright.

 

Photos: Momma Dee’s IG/Ernest’s IG

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Stephen A. Smith Speaks On Time Spent With Floyd Mayweather!

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Floyd Money Mayweather is offended that his legacy is attached to this one fight! Stephen A. Smith spoke in-depth about the time he spent with undefeated pound-for-pound Floyd Mayweather!

 

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Stephen A. Smith Speaks On Time Spent With Floyd Mayweather!

Posted by | Posted in Da Game and Industry News | Posted on 30-04-2015

Floyd Money Mayweather is offended that his legacy is attached to this one fight! Stephen A. Smith spoke in-depth about the time he spent with undefeated pound-for-pound Floyd Mayweather!

 

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