Pentagon Gives OK On Gay Military Applicants

October 20, 2010 Front Page, Solutions No Comments

It’s been a long time coming, sort of.

The Pentagon is finally giving the OK for military recruiters to accept openly gay and lesbian applicants, BUT!

(There’s always a but)

Potential recruits will be informed that the ban on “don’t ask, don’t tell” can be lifted at anytime. Because of that, the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, an advocacy group representing men and women who are currently in the military, have been cautioning gays from applying at this time.

There has been a ban on gays serving openly in the military for 17 years, so this comes as a milestone in the progression of equal rights.

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Dee-1 “Jay, 50 And Weezy”

October 18, 2010 Culture, Front Page 1 Comment

Over the weekend I was introduced Dee-1 via Twitter, a dope emcee whose latest video “Jay, 50 And Weezy”, illustrates a conversation between himself and the three rappers on current issues in society, and working together on a solution. Check out the video after the jump!

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Chicago, Atlanta, and Las Vegas Home to America’s Most Dangerous Neighborhoods

October 12, 2010 Front Page, Power No Comments

According to a new report, a Chicago neighborhood in the area of West Lake Street is the most dangerous neighborhood in America. Your chances of becoming a victim here within 12 months are 1 in 4.

This data was recently released and made public by ABC News, which ranked the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States.

Other neighborhoods where crime is most likely to occur includes four areas in Atlanta, Georgia, two neighborhoods in Memphis, Tennessee and one in Chattanooga.

One neighborhood in Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio, made the list as well, in addition to one neighborhood in Galveston and Fort Worth, Texas.

Las Vegas, Nevada is home to three of America’s most dangerous neighborhoods, which ranked at #3, #4 and #8.

These statistics were produced by NeighborhoodScout.com, taken from FBI crime data and every local law enforcement agency in the country, looking at neighborhoods in America based on zip codes where there are high rates of murder, robbery, rape, and car theft.

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Nas Announces Release of The Lost Tapes Volume 2

September 17, 2010 Culture, Front Page, Music No Comments

Queensbridge emcee Nas decided that he’s going to bless fans with another compilation album to follow up his 2002 release of The Lost Tapes.

The Lost Tapes Volume 2 is slated to drop December 14, 2010.

News of the release was initially confirmed via MTV’s Shaheem Reid (@ShaheemReid) on Twitter. Nas later verified it on Twitter (@Nas).

Tracks like “Durags”, “Purple” “Drunk By Myself” and “Poppa Was a Playa” (which we discovered later was ghost-produced by Kanye West) were some of my favorite tracks from the 2002 release of The Lost Tapes. I can’t wait to see what he will come up with next.

The last project released since his divorce with Kelis in 2009 was Distant Relatives with Damian Marley, which dropped May 2010 on Universal/Def Jam.

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Mos Def, Jeffrey Wright To Star In Broadway Play “A Free Man of Color”

August 24, 2010 Culture, Front Page, Music 1 Comment

Mos Def is heading to Broadway in the upcoming production of “A Free Man of Color” starring alongside Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actor Jeffrey Wright. You may remember Wright for his most recent role in the film Cadillac Records playing Muddy Waters.

The play, written by John Guare (think Six Degrees of Separation circa 1990, film adaption featuring Will Smith), is set in New Orleans 1801. Wright plays Jacques Cornet, “a new world Don Juan and the wealthiest inhabitant of this sexually charged and racially progressive city. Jacques thinks all is well in his paradise until history intervenes, setting off a chain of events which no one, much less this free man of color, realizes is about to splinter the world.”

Also starring in the film is Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey the butler from “The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air”).

“A Free Man Of Color” is set for October 21 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York City.

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