Busta Rhymes Posts Tribute For The Late Phife Dawg

When legends pass on it affects an immeasurable number of people who grieve in a variety of ways. When Phife Dawg, a founding member of A Tribe Called Quest and cornerstone of hip-hop, passed away this past week from diabetes, fans and colleagues did just that. A traffic reporter cleverly dropped Phife mentions in his broadcast, Scott Van Pelt told a tale of them performing together on his ESPN show and The New Day, a charismatic trio of WWE Superstars, even referenced “Can I Kick It?” while performing in Brooklyn on Monday.

While all of these surely tug at heartstrings, they can’t really compare to the statements made by people who were close to Phife. While his Instagram currently holds multiple tributes to the Five Foot Assassin, Busta Rhymes posted a touching message about his relationship with Phife Dawg late last week.

Warren Buffett’s Son and Daughter-In-Law Will Invest $90 Million In Women Of Color

It’s not clear what made the light bulb come on, but it appears that people are finally realizing the important role women of color play in our world and how often life is made difficult for them for nothing else than being who they are. Just earlier this week, the creation of the first Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls was announced. Now, the NoVo Foundation is taking it one step further with a multi-million dollar investment.

According to NBC News, the NoVo Foundation, which was founded in 2006 by Jennifer and Peter Buffett, the daughter-in-law and son of billionaire Warren Buffett, will invest $90 million towards women and girls of color in the U.S. to address and diminish the hardships they often endure. The foundation claims this is the largest effort ever made by a private foundation to do so.

Teen Promotes ‘The Go’ As Chicago’s New Nickname With T-Shirt Campaign

For a long time now, I’ve stood by a belief: the only people that refer to Chicago as “Chi-Town” are either tourists, distant suburbanites, or rappers looking for a shortcut. And I’ll never refer to the city as “Chiraq” and side-eye anyone that does. But I’m not against all nicknames for the city that raised me, just the corny ones. As a matter of fact, a local teenager has been working diligently for the past few months to popularize the city’s lesser known nickname – “The Go.”

Easter Terrorist Attack Leaves 69 Dead In Pakistan

Only 2 percent of the population in Pakistan identifies as Christian, according to CNN, which arguably adds more significance to celebrating Christian holidays than in other places. This past Sunday, which was Easter, was no exception. Unfortunately, the holiday saw was hundreds of people, Christian and Muslim alike, being indiscriminately injured or killed in a terrorist attack.

The First Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls Has Been Formed

Three black congresswomen announced the formation of a functioning political body that will work to diminish and the socioeconomic hardships that disproportionately affect black women and girls. The Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls is the first caucus of its kind and was recently confirmed by U.S. Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.), Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and Yvette D. Clarke (D-N.Y.) in a press release, according to the Root

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Makes His Pick For Chicago Police Superintendent

Ever since former Chicago Spt. Garry McCarthy was fired following pressure stemming from Laquan McDonald’s murder, there’s been a search for a permanent superintendent for the Chicago Police Department. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made his pick on who he would like to fill the position.

Eddie Johnson is a 27-year CPD veteran and current chief of patrol, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. According to sources, he’s a non-polarizing figure and his history and work in the Gresham neighborhood will bode well for both raising officer morale and keeping homegrown talent from fleeing to other cities. 

Austin Police Fires Officer Who Shot Naked, Unarmed Black Teen

This past February, an Austin police officer broke several protocols and confronted 17-year-old David Joseph after multiple residents filed complaints of suspicious activity. Officer Geoffrey Freeman was the first to arrive and chose to confront the teen without waiting for backup. Shortly thereafter, the naked and unarmed teen was shot dead.

The Austin Police Department has officially fired Freeman as a result of the incident, according to New York Daily News.

Flint Water Crisis Aftermath: How The Blame Game Backfires

The Flint, Michigan Water Crisis may be the most alarming example we have of the U.S. government neglecting both its people and the responsibility of doing so so we’ve had in years.

As many now know, Flint used to get their water directly from Detroit. Due to a financial strain, emergency managers that were overseen by Gov. Rick Snyder decided to get the city’s water supply from the closer, but extremely contaminated, Flint River. This led to multiple instances of lead poisoning and people’s drinking water far exceeding the legal limit of contaminants.

Milwaukee Coalition Advocates For Triple Homicide To Be Labeled a Hate Crime

A coalition comprised of 22 different Milwaukee community organizations is working to advocate for Dan Popp’s alleged triple homicide to be considered a hate crime, according to Colorlines. Earlier this month (March 6), Popp was arrested for allegedly killing a Puerto Rican man and a Hmong couple in their apartment building.