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!”
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.
There were plenty of surprises at the 2014 American Music Awards on Sunday (Nov. 23), but Iggy Azalea winning the Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Album trophy for ‘The New Classic’ shocked rap fans watching the event. As you can imagine, viewers went on Twitter to express their outrage.
The Aussie rapper beat out Drake and Eminem for the coveted award, which is voted on by fans and not by rap experts (so keep that in mind). Still, Azalea’s win is astounding considering that she just released her debut album several months ago.
Azalea receiving the AMA honor has also reminded fans of Macklemore’s shocking win for the Best Rap Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards, beating out fan favorite Kendrick Lamar.
Around this time last year, Beyonce season was upon us. But instead of waiting until December to surprise fans with an album this year, the songstress is delivering an early holiday treat: the chance to listen to her ‘Beyonce Platinum Edition’ LP before making a purchase.
The project, which is available now, has been made available for streaming via Spotify. In addition to hearing songs from the original self-titled LP — ‘Pretty Hurts,’ ‘Partition’ and ‘XO’ to name a few — the revamped album features six bonus songs including two new tracks ‘7/11’ and ‘Ring Off’ and four remixes. Pharrell, Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Jay Z and Mr. Vegas are some of the big names appearing on the reworked songs.
But of course, all of the new audio material wouldn’t be complete without throwing in a little visual stimulation. The new album also comes with a live performance DVD from her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. Plus there’s her 2015 calendar so the singer can lead the way 365 days a year. Obviously, the Beyhive has a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.
Beyonce ‘Platinum Edition Box Set’ Tracklist
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2. ‘Flawless Remix’ feat. Nicki Minaj
3. ‘Drunk in Love Remix’ feat. Jay Z & Kanye West
4. ‘Ring Off’
5. ‘Blow Remix’ feat. Pharrell Williams
6. ‘Standing on the Sun Remix’ feat. Mr. Vegas
1. ‘Run The World (Girls)’
3. ‘Get Me Bodied’
6. ‘Drunk In Love’ feat. Jay Z
7. ’1 + 1′
1. ‘Pretty Hurts’
3. ‘Drunk in Love’ feat. Jay Z
5. ‘No Angel’
9. ‘Mine’ feat. Drake
11. ‘***Flawless’ feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
12. ‘Superpower’ feat. Frank Ocean
14. ‘Blue’ feat. Blue Ivy
1. ‘Pretty Hurts’
3. ‘Drunk In Love’
5. ‘No Angel’
15. ‘Grown Woman
Sandra Rose reports,
Beyonce throws shade at Kim Kardashian with her new home video mocking the reality star’s outrageously artificial derriere.
Beyonce leaked the new video last night for “7/11″ — which she filmed with an iPhone or an iPad — after dropping 2 new tracks from her Beyonce Platinum box set.
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Still commemorating his Shady Records 15-year anniversary, Eminem’s new mixtape Shady Classics gathers all the label’s hit singles, remixes, freestyles and fan favorites on one project. Totaling a whopping 66 tracks, Shady Classics includes music from Em, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, Yelawolf and more. The mixtape is hosted by Eminem and DJ Whoo Kid, and comes ahead of the Shady XV compilation release on Nov. 24.