Video: Mother of slain child uses music, social media to spread message of peace, find son’s killer



Lazarus Jones was gunned down at age 13 in 2007. His mother Pamela Hester-Jones has started the Lazarus Jones Save Our Children Campaign in hopes of saving a life or two.

The campaign provides support for parents, relatives and community members who have lost a loved one due to gun violence through counseling and networking.

Nicki Minaj apologizes for depiction of Malcolm X in cover art for single


Yesterday musician Nicki Minaj found herself in the middle of controversy over her choice of photo to promote her single.

The artwork for Minaj’s song, “Lookin’ Ass Ni**a” is a reproduction of the iconic photograph of Malcolm X, rifle in hand, looking out of the window of his Queens home, with the song’s title on the left side of the image.

A fire storm erupted after the cover went viral, and Minaj took to Instagram to apologize for her choice. 

Why Macklemore beat your favorite rapper


First, I’d like to start by saying that I do not think Macklemore is better than Kendrick Lamar. Other than “Thrift Shop” and “Same Love,” not much happening on his debut album in my opinion. But where Kendrick and other artists who probably should have been awarded GRAMMYs lacked, Macklemore gladly picked up the ball.

Gaye family settles with Sony/ATV over ‘Blurred Lines’ lawsuit


Although the conflict between Robin Thicke, et. al. and Marvin Gaye’s children over the song “Blurred Lines” has not been resolved, another party has managed to settle with Gaye’s descendants.

The Gaye family has settled with Sony/ATV over their role in the conflict regarding Thicke’s song and Gaye’s classic “Got to Give it Up.” Gaye’s family brought counterclaims against EMI April, owned by Sony ATV for allegedly breaching its contractual obligations to protect the Gaye catalog. 

Beyoncé under fire for using NASA recording of deadly space shuttle tragedy in song


Beyoncé is being criticized for her use of a NASA recording for her most recent album. The song “XO,” features a sound clip from the space shuttle Challenger, which crashed in 1986 killing everyone on board.

In a statement, Knowles said the use of the clip was a “tribute” to the astronauts who died. Still, family members of those astronauts aren’t happy with the choice. Others are not only calling the choice insensitive, but have likened the Challenger tragedy to 9/11.

Marvin Gaye’s children respond to Robin Thicke, Pharrell with lawsuit


Two of Marvin Gaye’s children have responded to Robin Thicke, Pharell Williams, et. al., by issuing a lawsuit of their own.

Weeks after Thicke and Williams filed a suit saying they had not plagiarized Gaye’s “Got To Give It Up” for the 2013 summer jam “Blurred Lines,” Gaye’s heirs are saying that Thicke not only jacked their father’s record, but admitted it.

From TMZ:

Nona Gaye and Frankie Christian Gaye filed the docs Wednesday…pointing out Robin’s interviews with “Billboard” and “GQ” –where he admitted Marvin’s “Got To Give It Up” was one of his fave songs of all time, and he wanted to “make something like that, something with that groove.”

Dee 1 gives back to homeless in new video

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Dee 1 is more than a rap artist. He’s an activist.

His latest video “Walking Revolution” shows the world just how much the New Orleans artist cares about his community.

From Dee 1 Youtube:

“7 out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless.” This video/set of actions was meant to shine light into the lives of these homeless individuals from New Orleans and provide a platform for this issue to gain more attention. #WalkingRevolution”