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Hip-Hop artist DeAndre from the city of Boston, MA is taking time to talk with us about his music [ Interview ]

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Finally get to talk with DeAndre, a very talented up and coming artist in the music industry. We really appreciate this moment you gave us to talk to you and let the world know exactly who DeAndre is and what your music is all about.
Since Hip Hop music became a reference to a lot of people, we are really sure that they want to know more about you.
Tell us something about yourself.
I’m 22 years old from Boston, Massachusetts. I grew up in the Dorchester side and I’m very passionate about music. 
I probably have spent the last 7-8 years trying to find a way to shape my style of music. When I’m not thinking about music I’m at some mall or outlet trying to find a fresh gear for the day or for the night, I love shopping, everyone does, right? I’m an outgoing person and usually interact with everybody, and easily make new friends. 
I feel good about my music where it is now and I feel like maybe one day, to be as iconic as the big names in the industry.
When did you start making music?
I would say I officially started making music when I was a sophomore at Madison Park High School in Roxbury. 
But way before that I would dream about seeing myself in the music industry. Playing shows, recording music, taking pictures, I wanted all of that. I used to rap along to 50 Cent songs and act like it was me on that stage.
Who is your role model in the music world?
My role model is definitely J. Cole. Cole has been a huge inspiration in my life when it comes to music. 
I literally played out each and every single Cole song. I bought every album and what I love the most about Cole is that he is super authentic. 
He stays true to who he is, he doesn’t paint a picture of someone and his art is not just to sell records. His music sells because he’s real and I love that about him.
Is there anything you would do differently in your career?
No, not really, for now that is. I feel like at this moment everything is going in the right direction for me, my aspirations, and my goals. I just want to strengthen my financial stability to make more investments towards my brand DeAndre4Stackz and SubCulture Records.
Who would you want to do a tour or concert with?
That’s a difficult question. There are a lot of big names and talented people locally, but if they would ask, definitely with Kanye West or Travis Scott. 
I feel like my style together with Kanye or Scott’s is something that can be amazing and the stage designed into something super crazy, with lots of lights and flames. I will definitely be a show to see.
Do you ever get overwhelmed by the music that is now available?
No I’m not overwhelmed at all. There is a lot of talent out there, and not many get the chance to get featured online in blogs or on radio shows. 
I know my music is going to stand out, it always does, it just have to get in front of the people who appreciate my style and the fans that can relate to my stories. 
I always trust my gut instinct and I feel good about everything that’s going on at the moment.
Is there any site we can find you and listen to your latest song?
Yes, there are many ways find my work. My official website is www.deandre4stackz.com

Fans can follow my progress on Twitter and Instagram @deandre4stackz and stay up to date via our Facebook page @deandre4stackz, they also can listen to previous releases on Soundcloud and download new releases on Bandcamp. And Favors is just released and available on iTunes and Apple Music.

Thank you very much for your time

R&B Soul Singer I-WILL From The City Of Houston Talks About His Music (interview)

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Finally get to talk with I-WILL a very talented up and coming artist in the music industry. 

We really appreciate this moment you gave us to talk to you and let the world know exactly who I-WILL is and what your music is all about.

Since Hip Hop music became a reference to a lot of people, we are really sure that they want to know more about you.


  Tell us about you?
 My name is I-WILL and I am an R&B Soul Singer from Houston, Texas.

 When did you start making music?
 My name is I-WILL and I am an R&B Soul Singer from Houston, Texas.

Who is your role model in the music world?
Honestly, Beyonce. She taught me how to be great and be humble at the same time. Also, she from my City

 Is there anything you would do differently in your career?
No, even when you fail at times you win because you are still going. Your learning and developing your craft into something amazing.

Who would you want to do a tour/concert with?
Bruno Mars, Beyonce, The Weekend and Kendrick Lamar, Charlie Wilson, just to name a few.

Do you ever get lost in the music?
Absolutely, its my safe place and my first true love.

Is there any site we can find you and listen to your latest song?
iwillsang.com or iwillsangtv on youtube.

IG: iwillsang 

Thank you very much for your time


Meet Gladys West, The Female Engineer Who Played a ‘Pivotal’ Role In Developing the GPS

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From cell phones to cars and even social media, most folks in this day and age are familiar with the Geographical Positioning System, or GPS. Little known is the fact that an African–American woman mathematician was a part of the original team of engineers tasked with developing the highly useful system.
“GPS has changed the lives of everyone forever,” Gwen James, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., said upon learning her longtime soror Gladys West played a “pivotal” role in creating the now-household technology.
“There isn’t a segment of this global society — military, auto industry, cell phone industry, social media, parents, NASA, etc. — that doesn’t utilize the Global Positioning System,” she told the Free Lance-Star. 
West, 87, enjoyed a 42-year career as a mathematician at the Naval Support Facility in Dahlgren, Va., where she, and fellow engineers saw the early beginnings of the popular tracking system. She was just one of four Black Americans employed at the Naval base when she first started in 1956, her calculations eventually leading to satellites. A year later West married Ira West, a fellow mathematician she met at the Naval facility.
James said she was totally unaware her soror was one of the “Hidden Figures” behind GPS until she read her biography for an event honoring senior members of her sorority. Now, she wanted to share West’s accomplishments with the rest of the world.
“I think her story is amazing,” James said.
West herself said she had no idea her time spent recording satellite locations would impact so many people years later. To her, she was simply doing her job.
“When you’re working every day, you’re not thinking, ‘What impact is this going to have on the world?’ ” she told the Free Lance-Star. “You’re thinking, ‘I’ve got to get this right.’ ”
According to the newspaper, West collected data from the orbiting machines, honing in on information that helped her determine their exact locations as they communicated across the world. That data was then entered into so-called “supercomputers” while she worked on computer software designed to measure precise surface elevations.
In a nutshell, West said her calculations took a great deal of time, as she was checking and double-checking equations and worked to collect and analyze troves of data. She insists the work was rewarding, however.
“I was ecstatic,” West said. “I was able to come from Dinwiddie County and be able to work with some of the greatest scientists working on these projects.”
When it comes to traveling, the seasoned mathematician surprisingly prefers a paper map over the tracking system, as some of the data points could be outdated from the time she worked on the equations, her daughter told the newspaper.
To this day, she still does her own calculations.
source: ATL

Rapper J-MAR From North Carolina

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          J-MAR


Born (Damon Jamar Bostick) July 3rd 1993 in Concord, North Carolina, I go by the rap name “J-Mar”. I’ve been writing verses ever since 1997, at the age of 4. Never knew I would completely pursue rap due to my love for sports mainly football as I became an all-state performer in high school. My motivation for finally pursuing the rap game came from me having surgery and my football career being ended. I’ve overcame a lot of adversity in my life, I have went through a lot of trials and tribulations, I’ve seen people get shot at, I’ve seen people I grew up with killed, I’ve been a witness to the drug game and lived around it for years and I puzzle that into every single song I do. It’s been a hard young life for me and in most of my songs that’s exactly what I speak about. I love to catch the ears of listeners with catchy beats as well as my lyrics because a lot of people can relate to what I speak upon.

Secessionist Crisis in Cameroon Risks Sliding Into a Rebellion

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A secessionist push in Cameroon’s English-speaking regions is on the brink of a full-blown revolt, threatening political stability in a country ruled by one of Africa’s longest-serving leaders.

Following a crackdown on independence supporters who tried to raise flags on government buildings in the central African nation’s English-speaking regions in October, at least 16 members of the security forces have been killed in attacks the government blames on the activists. This month a mob of 200 men besieged a paramilitary police station, according to the government.

It marks a dangerous turn in the crisis that began about a year ago with peaceful protests against the French language’s dominance in courtrooms and schools. Attacks on the military “presented those activists who were against armed combat before with a fait accompli — those who want to take up arms now have the upper hand,” said Hans De Marie Heungoup from the International Crisis Group. “There’s a real risk of rebellion that could make the Anglophone regions ungovernable.”

The secession issue in Cameroon echoes a global trend spanning from Iraqi Kurdistan and Catalonia in Spain, where leaders this year led thwarted drives for independence, to Africa itself. In neighboring Nigeria there are new calls for a southeastern Biafran state, 50 years after a previous attempt led to a civil war that claimed a million lives. Meanwhile, Kenya’s political opposition, smarting from an election loss they blame on rigging, have warned some regions could seek to secede.

Vital Ports
Cameroon’s English-speaking minority, about a fifth of the population, has complained of marginalization for decades and many highly educated Anglophones have moved abroad. The country, whose roads and ports are vital for landlocked neighbors such as oil-producing Chad, was split after World War I into a French-run zone and a smaller, British-controlled area.

Radical factions of the protest movement in the Northwest and Southwest regions now refer to the area as Ambazonia and discuss armed struggle on social media. About 20 percent of the population in the affected regions is estimated to support secession, according to the Brussels-based International Crisis Group.

The unrest comes as Cameroon’s army struggles to halt a spate of bombings and raids by the Islamist militant organization Boko Haram near the northern border with Nigeria. While Boko Haram forced thousands of Cameroonians to flee their homes last year, the secession campaign poses a much bigger threat to the government, Heungoup said by phone from Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

“Even if Boko Haram killed a lot of people, it was clear from the onset that they would never threaten or capture the state,” he said. “But the Anglophone crisis calls the foundations of the Cameroonian state into question.”

Heavy-handed Response
President Paul Biya, who calls the secessionists criminals, is seeking to extend his 35-year rule in elections next year. Biya is the continent’s second-longest serving head of state, after Teodoro Obiang of neighboring Equatorial Guinea. Robert Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, resigned in November.

Some say the radicalization is a result of a heavy-handed government response that’s left dozens of people killed in protests this year and some leaders jailed. While the government initially ignored the crisis, it switched tactics in a bid to suppress the movement. The internet was cut off for several months in the two regions and a nighttime curfew was imposed. Activists responded by organizing general strikes in the biggest towns, leaving schools and businesses closed.

Ambazonia now has a self-proclaimed president, a flag and an official government website. Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland spent five days in Cameroon this month in an attempt to defuse the crisis.

“When this crisis was in its beginning stages, the government thought it could kill a few protesters, arrest others and heavily militarize the North West and South regions for the crisis to be over,” said Shadrack Mbirwang, an activist who claims to be a member of the Ambazonia army. “This time around, we are ready to fight and fight till the restoration of our statehood.”

Source: cameroononline

Alabama Teen Suffers Brain Trauma After Encounter with Police

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The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation is probing a local police department after grisly photos of a battered and bloodied teen made its rounds on social media this week.

Parents of 17-year-old Ulysses Wilkerson posted photos of their son to Facebook after his violent encounter with Troy police, who they say brutally beat the teen as they put him in handcuffs, according to Newsweek.

“Troy police officers did this to my son while he was in handcuffs,” the boy’s mother, Angela Willams, wrote in a post accompanied by a photo of Wilkerson with a severely swollen face and bloodied nose. “Please share this shit happening in Troy, Al now. I hope that they body camera was on and they haven’t told me shit yet. Please share I’m heading to Birmingham to UAB he has fracture and had to transport to have surgery.”

Her post has since been shared more than 61,000 times.

According to a release from the Alabama SBI, officers arrested the teen Saturday, Dec. 23, after they saw him walk from behind a closed downtown business that night around 11:52 p.m. Officers said they approached but Wilkerson fled on foot, running until officers caught up to him. Authorities said he refused to comply with their order to place his hands behind his back and struggled, at one point appearing to reach for his waistband for a weapon.

That’s when they were forced to use physical force to restrain him, they said.

Wilkerson was transported to University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham and was later released. His father, Ulysses Wilkerson, Jr., said his son suffered multiple injuries as a result of the incident.

“He had trauma to the brain, swelling on the brain, and a cracked eye socket in three different places,” the elder Wilkerson told local station WDHN. “From all over the world, people are commenting they want justice.”

Witness Brittany Patterson, who drove by the scene, said she remembered seeing a lot of blood.

“You could see the swelling of his face you could tell he had a lot of bleeding,” Patterson said. “He looked like he was passed out or maybe in and out of consciousness.”

Wilkerson was charged with obstruction of justice and resisting arrest, both of which were later dropped. After returning to the scene, however, police reportedly recovered a weapon and took it in as evidence, WSFA 12 News reported. The matter is still under investigation.

The teen’s family is now demanding that body and dash cam footage of the incident be released.


Source: ABS

Jasmine Henry – The New Star of CTM Music

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Jasmine Henry is a child prodigy, Singer, Song writer, Model and a Young Entrepreneur signed to music powerhouse, CTM music.  The talented youngster has been touted as the next big thing in the industry and has just released her new single titled “This is the Night”.
 
The beautiful song was written by Jasmine Henry and Arranger Joe Fidow. Head to Spotify https://open.spotify.com/track/6xg0DfDl8rx7UipubryLU8

        Jasmine Henry is a talented youngster first sighted at a birthday party were she wowed spectators with her awesome and distinct vocals, since then it has been up for her.  This rare gem is a bag of talents as she also models and designs clothes. Her clothing line which launches on February 2018 will focus on new classy and elegant styles for teens within 12-20 years and she already has the support of renowned fashion house Doja Designs.

        Jasmine Henry was live on Adhika​ ​Women’s​ ​Day​ ​Celebration were she showcased her talents celebrating women all around the world and also those who inspires her.  She was also given an award as Adhika Women’s Celebration Youth Achiever Awardee May 2017 for her giant strides in music at a young age.  On October 2 she performed at the Fiesta​ ​Kultura, the annual Filipino Fiesta of Filipino Food, Music & Cultural Festival held at Fairfield​ ​Showground​ ​were she performed alongside other acts like the X Factor - Australia winner Cyrus Villanueva. She has been busy this October promoting herself and her values through her music performing in numerous concerts like the​ ​Artistry​ ​Festival​ ​Circular at ​Quay​ ​Sydney​ ​also.

      CTM Music believes in upcoming and young acts like Jasmine Henry and looks to give them a platform to showcase their abilities in the industry. Jasmine Henry has been stealing hearts since her discovery and wining numerous awards like; Miss Australasia official Trophy as Recognized Performer 2015-2016, Cover Magazine of Miss Australasia 2016, Fashion Mandu Certificate of Appreciation 2016, Certificate of Recognition Chinese Australian Friendship Multi Cultural event 2017, Adhika Women’s Celebration Youth Achiever Awardee May 2017 and FAACES Youth Awardee October 2017, just to name a few.  
 
On her radio appearances at SBS Radio Sydney, Radio Bandila Alive 90.5 FM,and Radio Rizal 100.9 FM 2Bacr she reinstated her desire to spread love through her music, she talked about her personal struggles in the industry and being able to be positive in all you do. She was again invited on Radio Dalisay 99.3 FM 2NSB where her first Song, Riot which she​ ​co-wrote​ ​with​ ​Anthony​ ​Dini in 2016 was played as she answered questions from fans. On her duet with seasoned Fillipino International artists such as the renowned Piolo​ ​Pascual, Jam​ ​Morales and Darren​ ​Espanto. She told Radio Tagumpay 100.1 FM that those were memories she would never forget in her career.

      She was present at the Miss/Mrs/Little​ ​Australasia​​ 2017 held  ​in​ ​Lidcombe​ ​Catholic​ ​Club. She was privileged to serve as the judge and offered her guidance to the kids as an experienced model, she gave a valuable input.  As someone always looking to promote and increase her talents she modeled at the just concluded Fashion​ ​Fusion​ ​Burwood​ ​RSL​ ​ held this October.

        The future is bright for this young talent and with CTM music backing her claim in the music industry it is certain that she would break boundaries with her music.

Meet The Couple Selling Mumbo Sauce, A Staple In D.C.

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Washington, D.C., is known for its passionate politics and monuments to past presidents and other famous historical figures. But many Black residents recognize D.C. by the savory flavor of mumbo sauce. The unique sauce, which tastes like a cross between barbecue and sweet-and-sour sauce, skips ingredients like politics and monuments and leaves a lasting impression of those who eat it.

So when Arsha Jones and husband Charles relocated further out into the Maryland suburbs after having children, she found herself missing the taste of mumbo sauce.

“It was one of those things that was very true to the community,” Arsha Jones said. “It’s one of those hidden staples in the community that everyone knows about, but nobody knows about.”


Wanting her kids to experience one of the central aspects of Black D.C. culture, she decided to create some for her family in 2011.

“Since my kids kinda don’t have that history of growing up in the city, I wanted to give them a taste of what I remember was home,” Jones said. “I based my recipe on the different flavors from around the city.”

“People always said when I was little that someone should bottle this up, and I said I’m just going to do it,” Jones said.

After identifying a retailer that sold bottles wholesale and creating a website, the Joneses began selling mumbo sauce to a small number of loyal customers in May of 2011. They named the business Capital City Mumbo Sauce, after their beloved city.

Now, seven years later, the company has expanded greatly, with sales nearing seven figures. The couple has been able to move the company away from their kitchen and into a warehouse that houses most of their products. They also were able to hire both full-time and part-time employees. They are even tossing around the idea of owning a store that will sell items other than mumbo sauce.

They’re currently in the process of creating a seasoned flour, meant to be used on fried foods, and an all-purpose seasoning as an alternative to the flour.

“We’re definitely looking at complimentary products as well as some seasonal mumbo sauce flavors,” Jones said. “We have a large base that can accommodate more products than we [currently] have.”

But her main goal for the company is to saturate their local market and eventually spread across the East coast.

“The great thing about mumbo sauce, and Washington, D.C., is there is no one food that you associate with Washington, D.C.,” Jones said. “So, we have a prime opportunity to put our product in the position where we are the product of D.C.”

Mumbo sauce can be purchased at the Capital City website.


source: ABS

Rapper Prodigy of Mobb Deep Dead at 42

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Prodigy, one-half of the iconic rap duo Mobb Deep from Queens, N.Y., has died.
“It is with extreme sadness and disbelief that we confirm the death of our dear friend Albert Johnson, better known to millions of fans as Prodigy of legendary N.Y. rap duo Mobb Deep,” Mobb Deep’s publicist said in a statement to Rolling Stone Tuesday, June 20.

 “Prodigy was hospitalized a few days ago in Vegas after a Mobb Deep performance for complications caused by a sickle cell anemia crisis.

As most of his fans know, Prodigy battled the disease since birth. The exact causes of death have yet to be determined.

We would like to thank everyone for respecting the family’s privacy at this time.”

Prodigy, who was 42 when he died, formed Mobb Deep with rapper Havoc and the group enjoyed success in the 1990s with hits including “Shook Ones” and the Lil Kim feature, “Quiet Storm.”

They also enjoyed success with “Hey Luv (Anything)” in 2001, which marked a turn away from raw rap toward a more commercial sound.

Prodigy’s last performance was in Las Vegas at the Art of Rap Fest Saturday, June 15.

Natural Hair Bias Is The Latest Tool To Criminalize Black Girls

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In Malden, Mass., the long-simmering argument of how appropriate it is for African-American women to style their hair as they choose hit a new crescendo. In an attempt to, as the Mystic Valley Regional Charter School interim director said, “… promotes equity by focusing on what unites and by reducing visible gaps between those of different means,” the school placed a restriction on hair thickness and extensions that seemed to directly contradict U.S. Department of Justice guidelines on race-based policies.

This policy and its uneven enforcement — the school rarely, for example, punishes students for hair color, another dress-code violation — led to the repeat suspensions of African-American female students. Singled out were Mya and Deanna Cook, who have received more than 16 hours’ detention, were removed from their team sports and banned from their proms — all for having braided hair. This has, since the breaking of this story, led to a letter of condemnation from the state’s Attorney General Office, a lawsuit from the ACLU and the school district suspending the controversial policy.

“The policy specifically prohibits ‘shaved lines or shaved sides’ as examples of drastic or unnatural hairstyles, and ‘hair more than 2 inches in thickness or ‘height’’ as an example of hair that is distracting and thus not allowed,” Genevieve Nadeau, the chief of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Division of Civil Rights, wrote.

“These prohibitions appear to specifically reference hairstyles such as ‘fades’ that are commonly worn by Black male students, and ‘afros’ that are most likely to be worn by Black students (both male and female). These styles are not simply fashion choices or trends, but, in addition to occurring naturally in many cases, can be important expressions of racial culture, heritage, and identity.”

Cases such as the one in Mystic Valley seem to go beyond cultural insensitivity and constitute an implicit attack on African-American females’ right to be who they are. A 16-year-old Black student in Montverde, Fla., who happens to have naturally curly hair, was told recently that her hair was a violation of the school’s “no dreadlock” dress-code policy. In 2013, a 12-year-old in Orlando, Fla., was told to either straighten or cut her puffy hair or face expulsion. The student, at the time, was being subjected to bullying by her classmates for her hair.

As profiled by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, African-American students are more likely to be removed from instruction than their white counterparts for minor infractions such as dress code violations due to implicit bias. In one cited example, Black students in North Carolina public schools were six times more likely to be suspended than white students for dress-code violations. These offenses are, in less-served schools, typically handed over to the police to handle.

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