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Rap Up reports,

In the wake of the protests in Ferguson, Tink uses her voice to take a stand on the chilling track “Tell the Children.” Over the Timbaland production, the 19-year-old Chicago rapper-singer fires a warning (“Tell the children to watch out / Keep running”).


Sandra Rose reports,

Tamir was shot by a police officer who responded to a call about a boy pointing a gun at a playground.

The man who called 911 told the dispatcher that the gun was “probably fake” and the boy was scaring everyone. But the dispatcher did not pass that information on to responding officers.

The grainy surveillance video shows Tamir sitting at a picnic table at Cudell Recreation Center. The boy stood up and took a few steps toward a snow covered grassy area.

A moment later, a police cruiser pulled up in front of Tamir. An officer exiting from the passenger side of the patrol unit immediately opened fire on Tamir — shooting the boy once in the abdomen.

The video showed Tamir reaching into his pocket or waist band as the police cruiser pulled up. It isn’t clear if Tamir was raising his jacket to show the officers that the gun was fake.

What is clear is that the officers did not give the child a chance to raise his hands or react to their orders before he was shot.

The shooting raised questions about the police handling of the case. Tamir’s father, Gregory Henderson, questioned why police chose to open fire instead of using a stun gun.


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A polarizing moment in U.S. history occurred last night (Nov. 24), when a Ferguson, Mo. grand jury failed to indict Darren Wilson, the officer responsible for killing unarmed black teen Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

The controversial decision not to take Wilson to trial ignited nationwide outcry as everyone from local citizens to politicians to artists like Pharrell and Rihanna to spoke out about the shortcomings of the American justice system.

Killer Mike, one-half of Run the Jewels, is one of the many hip-hop stars that have been extremely vocal about the Brown tragedy. Several days after Brown’s death, the rapper wrote an open letter about the incident, urging America to see pass class and race. He also penned a powerful op-ed for Billboard, touching on constitutional rights and police brutality.

Run the Jewels happened to be performing in St. Louis on Monday evening, mere miles away from the unrest in Ferguson. When Mike heard that prosecutor McCulloch announced Wilson would not be indicted for killing Brown, the rhymer gave an emotional eye-opening speech before his performance at the venue. Mike revealed that he anticipated the grand jury’s decision, however, the news was still devastating and brought him to tears because he’s scared for the lives of his own two sons.

Read Killer Mike’s full speech below and watch him in action above.

I would like to say Rest in Peace to Michael Brown. I would like to give all thoughts and prayers to the people out there peacefully protesting. I also give thoughts and prayers to the people who could not hold their anger in because riots are only the language of the unhold. We usually come on to Queen’s ‘Champion’, but I just got to tell you today, no matter how much we do it, no matter how much we get s— together, s— comes along and kicks you on your ass. And you don’t feel like a champion. Tonight, I got kicked on my ass when I heard that prosecutor. You motherf—ers got me today, I knew it was coming when Eric Holder decided to resign. I knew it wasn’t gonna be good. You motherf—ers got me today. You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son and I have a 12-year-old son, and I’m so afraid for them…

When I stood on the bus, and I cried, and I hugged my friend, I said, ‘These motherf—ers got me today.’ When I stood in front of my wife, and I cried like a baby, I said, ‘These motherf—ers got me today.’ You motherf—ers will not own tomorrow, we will not bend to your fear, we will not accept your pain, we are not going to keep playing that race card, because we know you don’t value my skin. We know you do value his [El-P], but we’re friends and nothing is going to devalue that.

There was no peace in my heart and I wanted to walk out to ‘Burn This Motherf—er Down.’ But I got to tell you, I’m from Atlanta, Ga., something said, ‘Just look for something [Martin Luther King, Jr.] might have said,’ so I googled Martin King and Wikipedia popped up, and he was 39 years old when you motherf—ers killed him. He was the same age as I am, the same age as [El-P]. He was a young man when they killed him.

But I can promise you today: If I die when I walk off this stage tomorrow, I’ma let you know this: it is not about race, it is not a class, it is not about color, it’s about what they killed him for. It is about poverty, it is about greed, and it is about a war machine. It is about a war machine that uses you. So as I go tomorrow, I might go the day after, but the one thing I want you to know it is us against the motherf—ing machine!”




CNN reports,

A Missouri grand jury has decided not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch said Monday night.

After an “exhaustive review,” the jurors deliberated for two days, he said. The grand jurors are “the only ones who have heard all the evidence,” McCulloch said.

Brown’s father is “devastated” that Wilson will not face charges, a spokeswoman for Michael Brown Sr. told CNN’s Evan Perez.

“While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen,” the family said in a statement.

While protesters chanted late Monday for an indictment in the shooting death of Michael Brown, officials called for calm as the world awaits word of the grand jury’s decision.

“No matter what is announced, people will be emotional. I want people to think with their heads and not with emotion,” said St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley. “This is not the time to turn on each other. It is a time to turn to each other.”

Protesters were gathering outside the police department in Ferguson. Darren Wilson, a white police officer with the department, shot and killed Brown, a black teenager, on August 9.

The grand jury’s decision on whether to indict Wilson will be announced at about 8 p.m. (9 p.m. ET) Monday, according to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney of St. Louis County.


TODAY Show reports,

A former employee of NBC Entertainment who says he worked for Bill Cosby has come forward to claim he regularly brought young women to Cosby’s dressing room. He also says he was asked to send money to multiple women over the years.

Frank Scotti claims that as Cosby’s right-hand man, it was once his job to guard the door after bringing young women to Cosby’s dressing room in Brooklyn, but that he doesn’t know what went on behind closed doors.

“I felt like a pimp,” Scotti, 90, told Kate Snow in an interview that aired on TODAY Monday. “Every time he had somebody I had to watch, I had the girl stay there. I felt dirty.”

“It appears that his story is pure speculation so that he can get his 15 minutes of fame,” Cosby’s attorney, Martin Singer, told NBC News.

Scotti also claims he was asked by Cosby to send money to various women, sometimes thousands of dollars a month, and that he has come forward to speak out in their defense.

“I just felt, you know, he’s not the person I thought he was,” Scotti said.

Cosby has never been charged with a crime, but 18 women have now publicly accused the comedy legend of sexual assault or attempted assault. The actor has always denied allegations of assault.Some of the facts claimed by Cosby’s accusers about situations that occurred decades ago have sometimes been conflicting or inconsistent. Still, many of the women tell similar stories all these years later.

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