It’s a cycle on repeat: A beloved rapper is murdered. Family, friends and fans react online. The case is investigated yet typically goes unsolved . The hip-hop community calls for change, but there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight to the violence. The recent shooting death of Migos rapper, Takeoff, on Nov. 1, has ignited a new conversation among artists and industry leaders. In order to disrupt this violent cycle and find possible solutions, they say, society must first stop blaming the hip-hop community, acknowledge that systemic issues have helped create the existing violence, and provide better options for Black inner-city youth to advance from broken systems. “Hip-hop is culture,” said dead prez’s Stic, whose new book “ The 5 Principles ” touches on hip-hop’s journey toward well-being. “Hip-hop is BBoying breaking, emceeing, graffiti, knowledge of self, peace, love, joy, unity, having fun. That’s what hip-hop actually is. The violence we see in society is a product … [Read more...] about Rap industry leaders say hip-hop should not be the ‘scapegoat’ for the growing violence
The situation along the Assam-Meghalaya border, where six people were killed in a village following violent clashes, remained tense but under control with security forces ensuring no further flare-ups, officials said. Restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPC continued to be imposed in the clash site and surrounding areas, they said. Meanwhile, in a relief to the people of Meghalaya, the Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union (APMU) decided to resume transportation of fuel to that state, which it had suspended on Thursday, following assurance of security of tankers and crew from the neighbouring state. At least 20 oil tankers, guarded by armed personnel, entered Meghalaya from Assam on Friday, ending the uncertainty over fuel supply to the state, the officials said. Assam Police on Friday issued a fresh advisory asking its citizens not to travel to Meghalaya as the situation is still “not very good" in the neighbouring state, where police vehicles were torched and several people were … [Read more...] about Situation Tense But ‘Under Control’ Along Violence-hit Assam-Meghalaya Border
ATLANTA — In his campaign for the Senate, Herschel Walker has not hidden his past struggles with mental illness and violence in past relationships, aspects of his background that he outlined in a 2009 memoir and that his campaign sought to address in its earliest days. Now, a group of anti-Trump Republicans is hammering him over one of those episodes. In a new advertisement running on major networks in the Atlanta media market, footage of Mr. Walker scoring a touchdown for the University of Georgia is juxtaposed with close-up video of his ex-wife, Cindy Grossman, describing how he once held a gun to her temple and threatened to pull the trigger. “Do you think you know Herschel Walker?” a narrator asks. “Well, think again.” Mr. Walker has not denied Ms. Grossman’s accusations , saying his violence against her was a consequence of his struggles with mental health. His campaign did not respond to a request for comment. The ads were purchased by a subsidiary of the Republican … [Read more...] about G.O.P. Group Targets Herschel Walker With Ad on Domestic Abuse Accusations
This article was reported by C. J. Chivers , Eric Schmitt and Nicholas Wood and written by Mr. Chivers. Since 2006, when the insurgency in Afghanistan sharply intensified, the Afghan government has been dependent on American logistics and military support in the war against Al Qaeda and the Taliban. But to arm the Afghan forces that it hopes will lead this fight, the American military has relied since early last year on a fledgling company led by a 22-year-old man whose vice president was a licensed masseur. With the award last January of a federal contract worth as much as nearly $300 million, the company, AEY Inc., which operates out of an unmarked office in Miami Beach, became the main supplier of munitions to Afghanistan’s army and police forces. Since then, the company has provided ammunition that is more than 40 years old and in decomposing packaging, according to an examination of the munitions by The New York Times and interviews with American … [Read more...] about Supplier Under Scrutiny on Arms for Afghans
As a Black transgender woman who has extensively reported on the rise of anti-trans hate in America, the massacre at Club Q in Colorado Springs is the moment I have always feared, but hoped would never come. Our entire community mourns, and every life taken or changed in that horrifying attack is yet another reminder that we are not safe, even in our own spaces. The deaths of two young trans people— Daniel Aston , a trans man who worked as a bartender at Club Q, and Kelly Loving , a transgender woman having a night out with her friends—are especially symbolic. They were murdered on Transgender Day of Remembrance , a pinnacle day in the month that the trans community sets aside to mark all of those tragically taken from us due to anti-trans violence. This is a day that has only gotten more significant each year. 2021 was the deadliest year on record for the transgender community, topping a surge in LGBTQ+ violence which began with the election of Donald Trump in 2016 . … [Read more...] about We Need the Equality Act—and We Need It Now!
Former President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday night had dinner with Nick Fuentes, an outspoken antisemite and racist who is one of the country’s most prominent young white supremacists, at Mr. Trump’s private club in Florida, advisers to Mr. Trump conceded on Friday. Also at the dinner was the performer Kanye West, who has also been denounced for making antisemitic statements. Mr. West traveled to meet with Mr. Trump at the club, Mar-a-Lago, and brought Mr. Fuentes along, the advisers said. The fourth attendee at the four-person dinner, Karen Giorno — a veteran political operative who worked on Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign as his state director in Florida — also confirmed that Mr. Fuentes was there. Attempts to reach Mr. Fuentes through an intermediary on Friday were unsuccessful. In recent years, Mr. Fuentes, 24, has developed a high profile on the far right and forged ties with such Republican lawmakers as Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Representative Paul … [Read more...] about Trump’s Latest Dinner Guest: Nick Fuentes, White Supremacist
Rioters scaling the United States Capitol, marching with Confederate flags and riot gear. Lawmakers scurrying off the floor of the Senate, ducking for safety. Capitol Police officers standing near a barricaded door with guns drawn, guarding the House chamber. These are among the stunning images from a historic day on which a mob of people loyal to President Trump broke into the Capitol to try to prevent lawmakers from certifying the Electoral College count to confirm President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory. The chaos, which lasted more than three hours and was viewed around the world, was another reminder of the challenges Mr. Biden will inherit in two weeks: an extraordinarily divided country, its political fabric frayed by an economic crisis, a deadly pandemic and four years of Mr. Trump’s incendiary governance. Insurgents acting in the president’s name vandalized Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office, smashed windows, looted art and briefly took control … [Read more...] about Stunning Images as a Mob Storms the U.S. Capitol
There are at least seven countries in the world where you can be sentenced to death for the "crime" of blasphemy. Currently, in Nigeria, Sufi musician Yahaya Sharif-Aminu faces death by hanging for sharing a religious message on popular messaging platform WhatsApp. Now challenging the constitutionality of the blasphemy law before the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Yahaya's case has the potential to overturn Nigeria's most draconian blasphemy law once and for all. Yahaya is a young Sufi Muslim man who, in March 2020, committed the "crime" of sharing a message containing song lyrics expressing his religious beliefs. After he was accused of blaspheming against the Prophet Muhammad, his house was burned down by an angry mob. Yahaya was arrested, charged, and, without representation of a lawyer, sentenced to death by hanging by a local Sharia judge in Kano State, Northwest Nigeria. Yahaya's conviction was overturned in an appeal, but rather than dismiss the absurd charges against him, … [Read more...] about Why Nigeria’s Potential Landmark Case Challenging Its Blasphemy Law Matters
The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar is underway, with billions of people across the globe tuning in to watch the world's most popular sporting spectacle. So what are the origins of soccer—a sport which now has five billion followers around the globe, according to FIFA —and how far back do games like this date? Which country invented soccer? The earliest version of a game resembling soccer for which we have evidence is cuju , which was played in a wide variety of forms across China for centuries. Sources indicate that a kicking game of some kind was played in China as early as the fourth century B.C., although cuju likely became more formalized under the Han dynasty around the second century B.C. Cuju existed in many different varieties and could be played for competitive or purely aesthetic reasons, in teams or individually. These different versions involved the kicking of a ball, which was usually made from leather and filled with feathers. In competitive versions, two … [Read more...] about Soccer origins: Who invented football, why and when was the first game?
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 8 WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden speaks about the “scourge” of gun violence, his go-to answer is to zero in on semi-automatic weapons. America has heard it hundreds of times, including this week after shootings in Colorado and Virginia: The president wants to sign into law a ban on high-powered guns that have the capacity to kill many people very quickly. “The idea we still allow semi-automatic weapons to be purchased is sick. Just sick," Biden said on Thanksgiving Day. After the mass killing last Saturday at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, he said in a statement: "When will we decide we’ve had enough? ... We need to enact an assault weapons ban to get weapons of war off America’s streets.” Such a move is still far off in a closely divided Congress. But Biden and the Democrats have become increasingly emboldened in pushing for … [Read more...] about Emboldened Biden, Dems pushing semi-automatic weapons ban