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Earlier today (June 18), Def Jam founder and hip-hop pioneer Russell Simmons stopped by Hot 97′s Ebro in the Morning to discuss a bevy of issues, including yesterday’s grisly mass murder in Charleston, South Carolina. And while Simmons had plenty to say about that, he didn’t mince words for his hometown of New York. “There’s a few things that you can do, that are action-based,” he says of the attempts to curb police violence toward Black people. “One is to get special prosecutors, separate from the police department. That’s critical.” He goes on: “[Now] we have so many of these shootings on camera, but [police] have been getting away with murdering Black people forever. Our police commissioner is bullying our punk mayor–that we worked so hard to put in office–he knows his kids are at risk.” (New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, who is white, is married to the Black poet and activist Chirlane McCray; the couple has two children.) “He knows that if a cop shoots his kid, and there is no footage, that cop is not getting charged.”
Simmons goes on to say that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo promised both New York voters and Simmons privately that he would appoint special prosecutors, but has failed to do so. “Look at what [officers who protested at an NYPD funeral] did to the mayor,” Simmons said. “They just made him into a–can y’all say ‘bitch’?” Earlier in the segment, the pillar of hip-hop culture expressed his despair about the racial disparities in America.
Keeping with its tradition of eclectic lineups, this year’s Voodoo features diverse performers across all genres. The Prince of Darkness will be joined by Geezer Butler, Tom Morello and Slash for a special headlining performance on Saturday, October 31st. Florence Welch, who recently signed on to replace the Foo Fighters at Glastonbury following Dave Grohl’s leg injury, handles the Friday (October 30th) slot while Zac Brown Band will cap off the weekend on Sunday, November 1st.
Jack U, Jane’s Addiction, Giorgio Moroder, Chance the Rapper, Girl Talk, Third Eye Blind and Deadmau5 are also playing the three-day Louisiana festival over Halloween weekend.
Welch has hit the festival circuit hard since this year’s Coachella. Florence and the Machine released How Big How Blue How Beautiful earlier this month and notched their first Number One. So far this year, the group has played Bonnaroo and Governors Ball and is slated to appear at Lollapalooza in August.
Osbourne has been in the middle of a feud with his Black Sabbath bandmate Bill Ward. The band canceled several gigs this spring, some due to Tony Iommi’s health issues. Osbourne also had to cancel May’s Ozzfiesta in Mexico following an unspecified surgery that required four weeks of recovery time.
This Tuesday (June 16) marked what would have been 2Pac’s 44th birthday; this fall will count 19 years since he was murdered on the Las Vegas strip. Though theories have swirled for years as to what exactly happened on the night of September 7, 1996, the murder remains unsolved. Now, a former LAPD Detective, Russell Poole–who served as a key source in Randall Sullivan’s investigative book LAbyrinth–says that he thinks he knows who was behind the killing. Writing for Vice, XXL contributor Jeff Weiss reports that in 1998, Poole received from a local crime reporter a tip about a man named Malcolm Patton’s supposed confession to carrying out a hit on 2Pac. In the note, dictated to one of the newsman’s jail informants, Patton says that he, his brother and a Long Beach Crip named Donald Smith carried out the hit with help from Reggie Wright, Jr., the head of Death Row’s security detail, and from Suge Knight’s then-wife.
Smith, better known as the rapper Lil 1/2 Dead, a Death Row affiliate and Snoop Dogg’s cousin, is alleged to have had his own, private motive for the killing: Poole suggests that in 1991, during the recording of 2Pacalypse Now, the aspiring rapper passed Pac his demo tape. Though he didn’t hear from the rapper again, he head his own words on the radio–in the form of “Brenda’s Got a Baby,” Pac’s breakthrough hit that Lil 1/2 Dead allegedly wrote. For more on the theory, read the exhaustive and informative Vice piece. As for Poole, the revered detective remains incensed that law enforcement has bungled the investigation so badly. ”If this was Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra who got murdered, there would’ve been arrests a long time ago,” he says. “This case can be solved, but needs police follow-up. There are clues sitting right in front of the police. It’s a travesty of justice.” (Weiss is the author of 2Pac vs. Biggie: An Illustrated History of Rap’s Greatest Battle.)
Amy Schumer announced via Twitter this morning that she will open for Madonna on three dates of the Rebel Heart tour this fall. All images and written content is property of the listed RSS FEED if you would like more on this story and images please click the listed feed. http://movies.thefablife.com/feed/
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It’s not news to any of us that sparkle gets you noticed. And adding a glittering embellishment to an otherwise simple black or neutral bag isn’t a revolutionary idea for any designer, not by any means.
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We talk a lot about handbags, but what happens inside them is just as important. Our bags’ interiors are their own little worlds of wallets, pouches, accessories and essentials, and we’re in and out of them all day. That kind of organization can be especially important when it comes to toting around beauty products for quick touchups, so we took the liberty of shopping around for a dozen cosmetic bags you’ll be proud to haul out of your purse in the office bathroom.
These bags are useful beyond just makeup, of course. They’re great for organizing phone chargers and cables when you travel, and some of them are easily pretty enough to carry as clutches in their own right.
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Los Angeles bassist, producer and songwriter Thundercat will release a new mini-album, The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam, on June 22nd, teasing the project with the bumping, buoyant new track, “Them Changes.”
Flying Lotus — whose Brainfeeder label will release the mini-LP — co-produced the track, which boasts a melange of sticky, gurgling synths over which the occasional plunking piano, sailing sax and Thundercat’s own soft vocals soar. “I’m sitting here with a black hole in my chest / A heartless broken mess,” he croons, finding the joyous funk even in abject misery.
The six-track The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam marks Thundercat’s first set of solo material since 2013’s Apocalypse. Along with contributions from Flying Lotus, the mini-album boasts an appearance from Herbie Hancock, who plays keyboards on “Lone Wolf & Cub.” The collection also features Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Mono/Poly on saxophone, strings and production, respectively. A complete track list is below.
Thundercat is scheduled to hit the road later this year, though he has a handful of festival dates lined up, including sets at Pickathon in Oregon (August 1st and 2nd), the Low End Theory Festival in Los Angeles (August 8th) and Afropunk in Brooklyn (August 23rd).
Despite the two-year gap between solo material, Thundercat has remained busy, contributing to two of 2015’s most lauded releases: Washington’s jazz opus, The Epic, and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly.
“I’ve never been around a person like that,” Thundercat said of Lamar during a recent interview with Rolling Stone. “He was so freed up to the point that he didn’t care. It would sound so weird, but he would risk it. I’ve spent so much time around cats that try so hard to be this one thing. With him it was effortless and fast… always in the moment and on the seat of his pants.”
The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam Track List
1. “Hard Times”
2. “Song for the Dead”
3. “Them Changes”
4. “Lone Wolf and Cub”
5. “That Moment”
6. “Where the Giants Roam / Field of the Nephilim”
Designed for the road with the mindset to be raw, Rezvani Motors‘ pure and powerful “Beast” was built in California and packs 500 horsepower, carbon-fiber construction, reaching 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds with a top speed of 165mph. In an all-black finish, the car features a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that includes a crank-driven Rotrex supercharger and turbocharger, carbon fiber seats and steering wheel (which weighs less than a Formula 1 steering wheel). In total, the car weighs in at 1,650 pounds. It’s aerodynamic look and open-top roof were also designed specifically to give maximum downforce at high speeds.
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