Mountain Dew arguably releases the most racist commercial in advertising history according to a new wave of people protesting thePepsiCo corporation. Protesters feel that this commercial feeding on the stereotypes that most criminals are black men wearing doo-rags their heads, while attacking white women. They believe that the commercial has nothing to do with selling sodas. That it’s just a tool that a ‘corporation’ is using to peddle ignorance to their perceived targeted demographic.
Rapper, Tyler The Creator, is the writer and producer behind the commercial. He is known for pushing boundaries. He’s stated in an interview with billboard that he doesn’t see things in the terms of race. He’s just a rapper/comedian who likes to have fun.
Reebok drops RICK ROSS Over Controversial U.O.E.N.O Lyrics (Protest PHOTOS) *UPDATED* Rick Ross Releases Official Apology
In the song “U.O.E.N.O,” Ross raps: “Put molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it. I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.” “U.O.E.N.O.” is lifted from rapper, Rocko’s latest mixtape.
Reebok released a statement on Thursday announcing it had severed ties with Ross.
“Reebok holds our partners to a high standard, and we expect them to live up to the values of our brand,” the statement read. “Unfortunately, Rick Ross has failed to do so. While we do not believe that Rick Ross condones sexual assault, we are very disappointed he has yet to display an understanding of the seriousness of this issue or an appropriate level of remorse. At this time, it is in everyone’s best interest for Reebok to end its partnership with Mr. Ross.”
We’ve all seen the photos, now here is a video of Beyonce and Jay Z touring the streets of Cuba. The AP writes, “Beyonce and Jay-Z caused a big stir in Havana as they marked their fifth wedding anniversary. R&B’s power couple was mobbed by dozens of well-wishers at the renowned restaurant La Guarida and police had to step in to keep the crowds at bay. Check out this raw video from the scene.”
I interviewed Rick Ross in 2002, while he was still an underground artist. Before he dropped his first album, the ‘Port of Miami’. Before he went on to record four additional historical rap albums and numerous mixtapes. Before he signed to Slip-n-Slide Records. Before he launched Maybach Music Group. And before he became a Miami rap legend.
When you listen to this throwback interview, you’ll see that his accomplishments surpassed all his aspirations. At a South Beach club, Ross spoke about his current journey in the industry, his goal with rap, and offered advice to young people. The question now is… was it worth it? And rap fans wanna know, what’s next for Ross, musically? Because as the story is still being told, we can all see that it’s Deeper Than Rap. Stay safe Bawse.
Republished from the article, [10 Things You Should Know About Slavery and Won’t Learn at ‘Django’] by colorlines, this list pretty much breaks down the institution of slavery in colonial America. But don’t just take their word for it. If you’re interested in this subject, I’ve listed books, that come highly recommended, at the end of the the post.
“I am very mindful that mere words cannot match the depths of your sorrow, nor can they heal your wounded hearts. I can only hope that it helps for you to know that you are not alone in your grief…that our world too has been torn apart. That all across this land of ours, we have wept with you. ” – President Obama – Speaking in Newton, Connecticut, at a vigil for families of the victims and other students from Sandy Hook Elementary after the massacre that left 20 children and 6 adults dead.
The MMG concert tour, headlining Rick Ross and featuring label mates Wale and Meek Mill had to take a detour from schedule stops in Greensboro and Charlotte due to a death threat video Ross received from a gang called, Gangster Disciples….
When Queen Janet Jackson speaks, we need to listen! Today she sends out a PSA for World Aids Day (December 1st). In this video, Janet explains that 1 in 5 people infected with AIDS/HIV don’t even know they’re infected. So she is urging people to get tested and treated if they test positive. Janet wants us to do all we can to support the research, so that we can finally discover the cure to this crippling virus. “Let’s end AIDS together.” – Janet Jackson
Keep Off The Grass! The Drug Policy Alliance Director Discusses LEGAL WEED in Colorado & Washington (VIDEO)
Drug Policy Alliance Executive Director Ethan Nadelmann uses economic terms to break down the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington with Trish Regan on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.” Nadelmann states, “Why keep spending billions of dollars trying to prohibit the unprohibitable? That money saved, as well as taxes on legal marijuana, is money the states need for more important things.”
Devastating photos of the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy in the east cost of the U.S (and a couple of pics from Cuba & Haiti). I posted these pics to assist the Red Cross efforts to help our fellow American’s recover from this disaster. TO DONATE $10, text REDCROSS to 90999 or call 1-800-Help-Now. Your money will translate into real assistance.