The fiery track, “Ye vs the People,” sees the Chicago crooner in a back-in-forth lyrical debate about the merits of thinking freely and the political and economic state of black Americans, as well as addressing the fallout from West’s seeming embrace of President Donald Trump, with actor-rapper T.I.
“Bruh, I never ever stopped fightin’ for the people. Actually wearin’ the hat’ll show people that we equal,” West says of posting a picture online this week of him wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat — a hat which the rapper says “stayed in my closet like ’bout a year and a half.”
“Then one day I was like, ‘Fuck it, I’ma do me, I was in the sunken place and then I found the new me,” West says to a defensive T.I. “Not worried about some image that I gotta keep up. Lot of people agree with me, but they too scared to speak up.”
“See that’s the problem with this damn nation. All blacks gotta be Democrats, man, we ain’t made it off the plantation,” West argues.
T.I.’s verses confront West’s willingness to align himself with President Trump, questioning is West’s “selfish agenda” will “stop police from murderin’ niggas.”
“This shit is stubborn, selfish, bullheaded, even for you. You wore a dusty ass hat to represent the same views as white supremacy, man, we expect better from you,” says T.I., who last year called President Trump a “poster child for white supremacy.”
“Have you considered all the damage and the people you hurt?” T.I.’s rhyme continues. “You had a bad idea, and you’re makin’ it worse. This shit’s just as bad as Catholic preachers rapin’ in church.”
“Ye vs the People” comes after Kanye West’s wild week in which he received criticism for calling President Trump his brother.
The fashion mogul is reportedly gearing up to launch an initiative to help revitalize the lives of hundreds of thousands of Chicago, Illinois, residents.
A new report names Baltimore, Md., as the most dangerous city in America after the city had the highest per capita murder rate in the country for 2017.
USA Today analyzed 2017 law enforcement crime data from the 50 biggest cities in the nation and found that Baltimore had a higher per capita murder rate than cities like New Orleans and Detroit.
Baltimore came in first with about 56 people murdered per 100,000 in 2017, seeing about 343 homicides throughout the course of the year. New Orleans, on the other hand, saw 40 per 100,000 killed and Detroit saw 39 per 100,000.
The city also saw more total homicides than big cities like Los Angeles, Dallas and New York City. The USA Today analysis left out St. Louis, a smaller city, that would have beaten Baltimore’s per capita homicide rate.
Baltimore struggled to fight the gun violence plaguing the city in 2017, with activists hosting “ceasefire weekends” in an attempt to urge people to stop murdering each other.
Things seems to have taken a turn for the better in the city since the new year started. The mayor fired the former police commissioner and enacted a new one to get better results on stopping the violence and killings that have gone down since the year began.
Not all residents agree with the USA Today analysis of their city, saying they haven’t felt any danger while living in the city.
“It’s a shame when people who don’t come in the city and don’t experience the city, don’t have relationships here want to make comments about it,” Rachel Cybor told CBS Baltimore.
The school board approved the resolution on Thursday making it one of the first school districts in the state of Maryland to do so. On Monday, the first day, people were encouraged to wear all black.
FOX 5’s Anjali Hemphill visited Parkdale High School where she found lots of participation but also some opposition. Hemphill says some students watched a video called “The Talk,” when she visited on Monday. “The Talk” is an example of one of several films and books that are recommended by the teacher’s union for “Black Lives Matter Week of Action.”
Organizers say “Black Lives Matter Week of Action” is about encouraging conversation and reflection about social justice in schools. “We start this conversation in schools because for many people and for many students, this is community. This is where you learn and where you talk to your peers. Maybe your professors and advisor that are going to advise you later on in life. So school is the most appropriate place to have these conversations,” said Joshua Omolola, a Parkdale High School student.
Participation is not mandatory, only encouraged. Hemphill said she spoke to both students and teachers who are excited to incorporate this subject into a week that is already being spent celebrating Black History Month. Hemphill said she also spoke to a teacher who didn’t want to go on camera in fear of retaliation. The teacher, who is an African American woman, says she does not support “Black Lives Matter Week of Action” and is very concerned about this new resolution passed by the board.
“I’m uncomfortable because I don’t believe in their thirteen principles – and I’m an African American. But I don’t believe in their cause. I don’t particularly want to try and teach anybody about their thirteen principles because I don’t believe in their thirteen principles. I’m also a parent, and my children go to Prince George’s County Public School, and I don’t want a teacher trying to teach my children about “Black Lives Matter,” said the unnamed teacher.
“I haven’t had a kid to walk out of my classroom. Only kid I’ve had – we’ve had discussions, and we’ve had heated discussions in the class. For some reason the students that are in this school are really – I guess because it’s so diverse – they are really good with respecting each other’s opinions,” said Neville Adams, and English and student government teacher at Parkdale.
Hemphill said she asked the board if they would allow other activist groups to have a “Week of Action” in their schools. The board said they would consider other ideas that encourage tolerance, equity and social justice.
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — On a day for reflecting on race in America, LeBron James considered Martin Luther King Jr.’s ultimate sacrifice.
A life given for love.
”He had a vision and he took a bullet for all of us,” James said.
As he and the Cavaliers prepared Monday to host the defending champion Golden State Warriors, one of 11 games on the NBA’s holiday schedule, James said honoring King’s memory and message is more vital than ever.
”For us to stand here even though we’re trying to be divided right now by somebody, today is a great day for people to realize how America was built and how we all have to stand united in order to be one,” he said. ”Especially as Americans because we believe, we all know and we all believe, this is the greatest country in the world.”
That ”somebody” James was referring to is President Trump, whom the Cavaliers star has openly criticized in the past. While not saying Trump’s name, James again made he opposes some of the president’s rhetoric.
Trump is marking his first King holiday in office buffeted by claims he used a vulgarity to describe African countries and questioned the need to allow more Haitians into the U.S.
”The state of racism will never die, but what we cannot do is allow it to conquer us as people. We can’t allow it to divide us,” said James, the four-time league MVP. ”The guy in control has given people and racism, and negative racism, an opportunity to be out and outspoken without fear. And that’s the fearful thing for us because it’s with you, and it’s around every day. But he’s allowed people to come out and just feel confident about doing negative things.
”We can’t allow that to stop us from continuing to be together and preach the right word of living and loving and laughing and things of that nature. Because would we want to live anywhere else? I don’t think so. We love this place.”
James applauded the league’s efforts to promote the legacy of the civil rights leader who was killed 50 years ago on a motel balcony in Memphis, Tennessee. James has visited the site of King’s slaying, calling the experience ”very eerie and powerful.” The father of three said he looks forward to taking his kids there.
James says he tries to uphold King’s message of empowerment through his foundation.
”I hope I made him proud,” James said.
In 2016, James, along with fellow NBA stars and close friends Dwyane Wade, Chris Pauland Carmelo Anthony stood on stage at the ESPYs and delivered a speech to raise awareness for social change and action. James has the date – 07 13 2016 – written on his sneakers as a reminder of the speech.
”We are in a difficult state right now as Americans as well with the leader of our country,” he said. ”But no matter the religion, no matter the shapes and sizes, we all have to continue to come together and shine a brighter light on … I don’t want to use the word stupidity, but that’s basically what it comes down to.
”And because we’ve built such an incredible country and for us to be able to live free lives and be able to work and work together, no matter the color of skin tone or things of that nature. Or religion. And we have to continue that and that date, I put it on my shoes because it always reminds me of our conversation. The conversation of how to continue to keep people involved. And giving the youth an opportunity to be as creative and as aware as they can be.”
By: The Doctor Of Common Sense
I find it so damn funny that slave negro’s like Lebron James is pretending to be outraged over the h & M Hoodie that says “coolest monkey in the jungle”. Now the mother of the young man who’s name is Liam Mango and his mother who’s name is Terry Mango said this is people “crying wolf”. I did a video and you can check that out at http://commonsensenation.net/videos/ .
Why is it that black people are not so damn upset about what is happening in Chicago, Baltimore, Houston, and every other inner city in America. Also they have video of dumbasses getting upset in South Africa, going in stores and destroying property. Lets look at this report from South Africa and tell me why the blacks in South Africa and America are not upset about the crime in South Africa.
(1) “Every eight hours, a woman is killed by an intimate partner, according to the SA Medical Research Council.
One in five (21%) of women in a relationship have experienced physical violence by a partner, Stats SA said in its South Africa Demographic and Health Survey 2016 released in May.
Last week NPA Western Cape spokesperson said: “From January up to today, there have been 19 children that have been killed in the Western Cape. Twelve of those cases will go to the high court.”
Here is a list of just 20 of these countrywide murders. Five of them were children. Two of the women were pregnant. Many more cases will go unreported:”
All the damn crime that happens every day in most every inner city and Slaves like Lebron James and the jackasses from the Hip Hop Community does not do one damn thing to speak against it. You are safer in Afghanistan than in Chicago or most inner cities. Why don’t Black Lives Matter, Colin Kaepernick, The NFL idiots, The Media, and All Of Media Elites help stop black on black crime. This is nothing but a bunch of fake outrage from race baiting morons who want to seem “aware” and relevant. This is just as insane as the whole so-called President Trump calling some countries like Haiti, and El Salvador shitholes. I don’t know if Trump called these countries shitholes are not but the truth of the matter is they are shitholes.
If I call dog shit shit does not make me hate dogs? No it does not and if the mother and father of the young man is not racist. Why in the hell are all of these Social Justice Warrior pretending to be outraged?