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The Mastermind Behind MLK Assassination and Its Cover-up

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As the nation celebrates what would have been Martin Luther King’s 87th birthday on January 15, we must ask some questions: What  role did the FBI play in King’s assassination?  What did they know, and what role did the agency play in covering up the truth about his murder?

It is no surprise that J. Edgar Hoover, the founder and head of the FBI until his timely departure in 1972, waged a war against Black America, civil rights leadership and Black nationalist organizations with his COINTELPRO program.  

As a result of the program — its role to “prevent the rise of a Black messiah”— Black leadership ended up murdered and imprisoned, and its institutions compromised and decimated.  

At one point Hoover called Dr. King “the most notorious liar in the country,” as the FBI monitored the civil rights leader, bugged his hotel rooms, and even sent him a letter encouraging him to commit suicide.  
But two authors believe the agency did even more, having a direct role in his assassination through FBI informants.

In their book, Killing King: The Multi-Year Effort to Murder MLK, Stuart Wexler and co-author Larry Hancock delve into the notion of a cover-up into the King assassination.  

Specifically, they allege that the FBI under Clarence Kelly, Hoover’s successor, misled Congress by destroying files related to the murder of King. Wexler says the bureau disobeyed a direct order to preserve all materials, destroying files in two field offices on Tommy Tarrants, a high-ranking Ku Klux Klan member from Mississippi, in 1977.  

This came as a new Congressional committee was established to investigate the assassination of King and President Kennedy.  
The author claims there was something about Tarrants that made the FBI upgrade him from an obscure racist to a major player in the assassination.
“I have no doubt this was done deliberately. 

They are not destroying everybody’s files, they are selectively destroying files,” Wexler told the Daily Mail.  “They wanted Tarrants to give evidence to the committee; they didn’t want him to be a suspect.”
Meanwhile, according to Wexler, a man named Laude Matthews was in line to take over the leadership of the Mississippi Klan.  Wexler refers to Matthews as “a big time deep cover agent for the FBI.”
“’We can imagine a situation where the FBI does not want the Congressional investigation to lead back to Laude Matthews,” Wexler speculated, offering that the Mississippi Klan was among the most violent, anti-Black chapters of the organization.  
“They did not want to expose him to suspicion. Imagine what it would have looked like if an FBI informant had a connection to the King assassination?”

The author added that if true, it would prove to be one of the worst scandals in the history of the agency.
“If the FBI had covered its tracks over King’s assassination, it would fit into the pattern of duplicity and double dealing that marked the bureau’s handling of King,” he said.
Tarrants, Wexler noted, eventually steered away from his radical Christian racism and is now a preacher.
“Until then he had been in prison for a bombing and he’d made a full conversion. The FBI arranged for him to get out of prison, which was unheard of,” Wexler said.

In their previous book, The Awful Grace of God, Wexler and Hancock chronicled a multi-year effort by a national network of white supremacists to kill Dr. King, and their systematic attempts to do so.  King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. 
James Earl Ray confessed to the murder but later recanted.

And now, as America finds itself in the midst of a new movement for the rights of Black folks, white domestic terrorism is on the rise. 
And as the Ku Klux Klan just celebrated its 150th anniversary, the nation still does not regard it as a terrorist organization — and the questions into Dr. King assassination remain unanswered.

source: ATS

Blog Post : Check out Brooklyn native Chris Paris Da Ruler

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Brooklyn native Chris Paris Da Ruler also known as C.P is a new rising artist off the streets of Brooklyn. 
His compelling flows and real-life experiences has made him one of the most relatable artist out there! Metaphorical and diversity makes C.P well rounded in a constant changing music industry. 

His genre ranges from Hip Hop to Pop making him an artist that can cross over into different fan bases which he's already been developing in large numbers. 

C.P has done work with artist on Universal Record and Island of def Jam. C.P has been offered records deals but enjoys the open market place and freedom for his creativity. His single deal is in the works with a major label which launched mid 2015 with smash hit Ahh Ahh Ahh".

Be sure to look out" for that and his debut E.P Burry Me A Ruler" no date on the release.
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Woman, 19, Fatally Struck in Laurel last week

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LAUREL, Md. (ABC7) — An investigation is underway now in Prince George’s County after 19-year-old Helene Audrey Ngatou Ngassa was hit and killed by a car Friday morning.

Police say just after 6 a.m. Friday, Ngassa was crossing Route 197 near Morris Drive when a northbound SUV struck her.

Witnesses told police the 66-year-old driver had the green light and that Ngassa was not using a crosswalk. It was also still dark outside at the time of the accident.

Police say the driver remained on the scene and was cooperative with them.
Drivers here say even during the early morning rush, this can be a very busy street and a challenge for anyone trying to cross.

Family members say they don’t know where Ngassa was going at that early hour. They and others in the community hope police can come up with answers.

Commuter Moises Arisdy says, “It gets very, very busy here.” He also says this street can be a problem, but that he feels sorry for the family’s loss.

“I’m very sorry for the family and the person who lost her life.”

Authorities confirmed that Ngassa graduated from Laurel High School in 2014. The family says she was attending community college.

No one has been charged.

What You Need to Know About Ethiopia’s Crisis That No One Is Talking About

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The Oromo protests in Ethiopia.  The issue has received little attention in global mainstream media, but it is one that demands our attention.

The latest news coming out of the East African nation is troubling, with at least 140 protesters killed in the past few months, according to Human Rights Watch. This represents the greatest bloodshed facing the East African nation since 2005, when 200 people died in post-election violence.

Moreover, based on data from #EthiopiaCrisis, 2,000 reportedly have been injured, 30,000 arrested and 800 disappeared.

As Al Jazeera reported, police were accused of opening fire and killing dozens of protesters in April and May of 2014.

With the largest population of any of the federal states in Ethiopia, Oromia has a population of about 27 million—40 percent of the country’s population.

The nation’s largest ethnic group, Oromians have their own language, Oromo, which is separate from the official language, Amharic.
At issue in the current conflict is the convergence of ethnic strife, land and economics, beginning with the expansion of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. As NPR reported, the larger picture is that the world is growing, and there is a big demand for food and arable land.  Africa has 60 percent of the usable farmland, and in Ethiopia, the government, which owns all of the nation’s land, has leased large parcels of land to foreign investors from China, India and the Mideast.

In November, protests were set off when a forest was being cleared for development, as part the “master plan” by the Ethiopian government to expand the capital city into surrounding farmland in Oromia.
Supporters of greater urbanization, known as the Integrated Regional Development Plan for Addis Ababa, note that the nation faces a food shortage. They believe the nation is susceptible to famine because too many Ethiopians live in rural areas and depend on agriculture.  However, people in Oromia claim they are being displaced from their ancestral lands.

As VOA reported, the government plans to develop the farmland outside Addis Ababa into a new business zone.  Protesters claim the plan will result in marginalization and reduced autonomy for the Oromo people living outside the nation’s capital.
Meanwhile, the Ethiopian government claims the development project on the farmland will lead to new business and benefits to all groups.
As the Washington Post recently reported, President Obama has expressed concern over the events in Ethiopia, while also saying the “United States has consistently applauded Ethiopia for being a model and a voice for development in Africa.”

The nation has been hailed by the U.S. for its economic growth and engaging in the war against al-Shabab, the Somali terrorist group.  And Ethiopia has reportedly received substantial aid from the U.S. in this regard.

At the same time, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front regime has been accused of silencing protest and dissent.  For example, Bekele Gerba, deputy chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress—Oromia’s largest registered political party—was arrested.

In addition, the government also allegedly arrested and beat Oromo singer Hawi Tezera, who has a song about the protests.

Further, there are reports of the Ethiopian government clamping down on media outlets covering the protests. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, the nation is one of the leading jailers of journalists.

Authorities have reportedly arrested journalists such as Getachew Shiferaw, editor in chief of the Negere Ethiopia news site, under terrorism charges, and Fikadu Mirkana of Oromia Radio and TV.  Further, according to the Post, the government jammed the broadcasting satellite of the U.S.-based television channel ESAT, which has been reporting on the demonstrations by students and farmers.
Although the most recent catalyst for recent protests is the development plan to expand Addis Ababa into Oromia—of which millions of farmers fear displacement—there have been tensions and grievances developing for quite some time.

The Oromo have expressed a sense of marginalization and being pushed out of  mainstream national life.
According to the group Global Voices, of the nearly 140 peaceful protesters killed in Ethiopia since November, most were killed at close range.
More than 70 percent of the dead are reportedly male students, with male farmers accounting for around 20 percent of the deaths.  Also among the victims are women and school teachers, including one seven-month pregnant woman and her sister-in-law, who were killed while attempting to escape arrest.  Further, at least 10 people were reportedly tortured and killed while in prison, according to Global Voices.

Meanwhile, this round of protests is believed to be unprecedented because of broad-based support and participation—with inter-ethnic coalitions despite the ethnic lines marking the country, including a number of non-Oromo civic groups and political organizations.

They are also employing tactics of civil disobedience such as lunch boycotts, sit-ins and roadblocks.
However, the Ethiopian government has characterized its response as being part of the war on terror.
Authorities accuse protesters of having links to terrorist groups, according to the Sudan Tribune, and announced that the nation’s Anti-Terrorism Task Force would be leading the response.

“By treating both opposition politicians and peaceful protesters with an iron fist, the government is closing off ways for Ethiopians to nonviolently express legitimate grievances,” said Felix Horne of Human Rights Watch, according to Al Jazeera.

“This is a dangerous trajectory that could put Ethiopia’s long-term stability at risk,” he warned.

Nigerian Comics Startup is Creating African Superheroes

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Comic Republic, a Nigerian comics startup based in Lagos, is creating a universe of superheroes for Africans and black readers around the world. 
The cast of characters—“Africa’s Avengers,” according to some fans—ranges from Guardian Prime, a 25-year old Nigerian fashion designer by day who uses his extraordinary strength to fight for a better Nigeria, to Hilda Avonomemi Moses, a woman from a remote village in Edo state who can see spirits, and Marcus Chigozie, a privileged but angry teenager who can move at supersonic speeds.
“I thought about when I was young and what I used to make my decisions on: What would Superman do, what would Batman do? I thought, why not African superheroes?” chief executive Jide Martin, who founded the company in 2013, told Quartz. Its tagline is, “We can all be heroes.”
The startup may be a sign that comics are having a moment on the continent as well as in a market once said to lack interest in African-inspired characters. 
The nine-person team has seen downloads of its issues, published online and available for free, grow from a couple hundred in 2013 to 25,000 in its latest release last month as the series has become more popular. Comic Republic plans to make money from sponsorships and advertisers.
So far, companies have asked Comic Republic to create comics for their products and non-governmental organizations have asked for help illustrating public health risks like malaria. 
The head of one of the country’s largest e-commerce outfits has asked for a portrait of himself rendered as a superhero. The story of one the characters, Aje—Yoruba for “witch”—may be made into a movie by a local filmmaker. Another edition of Guardian Prime’s story is scheduled for this month.
The startup is part of what some say is a renaissance of made-in-Africa music, literature, and art that resonate beyond the continent. Over half of Comic Republic’s downloads are from readers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and a scattering are from other countries like Brazil and the Philippines. About 30% come from Nigeria, according to Martin. 
Lagos now hosts an annual Comic Con for the comic and entertainment industry. Kenya hosted one for the first time in 2015.
The comic book industry has potential in Africa in part because of the popularity of superhero-themed films, Martin points out. His company launched with Guardian Prime, “a black Superman,” he says, on the same day as the 2013 premiere of Man of Steel.
source: qz

Master P: Syrup Is Killing This Whole Generation

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Master P says syrup is killing this whole generation, during interview with The Breakfast Club.

During a recent appearance on The Breakfast Club, No Limit Records founder Master P spoke on the lack of hustle present among those in this generation. He explained that they’re too concerned with getting high, and looking good on Instagram to focus on what’s important in their careers.

Master P also expressed his frustration with his peers and family members who are always in search of a handout.

“Nobody really wanna work no more…Everybody getting high now,” Master P said. “The syrup is killing the whole—this generation. Sometimes you don’t have to work for the money.

If you do what you gotta do and you good at it, the money gon’ come. You gotta love what you’re doing. And you gotta educate yourself. A lot of people don’t know—Even people that hit the lottery. That they gonna get some money, it’s gonna change their life.

The girl from North Carolina, she spent $12 million getting her boyfriend out of jail. Why you didn’t invest that into some business…Anybody listening, you gotta cut some of these people off. I talked to Floyd Mayweather the other day. I was like ‘Man, I had to cut family members off.’”

Master P later revealed that he has no plans on holding back with his upcoming biopic, which is currently titled Ice Cream Man: King Of The South. He says he won’t sugarcoat the film, and will expose those who were fake in the past.

“My movie gon’ be real because it’s gon’ be everything,” he said. “And I’mma let everybody speak their part, but I’m not faking it.

I’m not gonna sugarcoat it or make you look good. If you was fake back then, I’m gonna expose that. It’s gonna show how fake you was. It ain’t gonna be like ‘Oh man, time done went by.’ No, that’s what—Maybe you might have grew up or you a man now, but you did a whole bunch of fake stuff.”

source: HipHopDX

KRS-One Thinks Technology Is Attempting to Manipulate Hip-Hop

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New York rap legend KRS-One is still going strong and still dropping gems for those willing to listen.

The Teacha put out his 12th solo studio album Now Hear This in November which touches on topics of Black plight, racism, immigration, “Hip Hop’s real citizenry” and other concerning issues.

The South Bronx MC recently chopped it up with The Village Voice about the project and the state of hip-hop, and revealed one of his biggest concerns for the health of the culture are technological advances he thinks are hindering the growth.

“Original hip-hop manipulated technologies of all sorts; it was not manipulated by the technology itself,” said KRS.

“Today, however, it is technology that is attempting to manipulate hip-hop,” he added noting that the turning of the table has directly affected the culture.

“Today’s young hip-hoppas being so dependent upon their computers and not their own minds have missed the whole point as to why one would practice hip-hop in the first place.

Hip-hop is a human skill, and the practice of real hip-hop should remind us of our humanity.”

Quentin Tarantino Sued Over Alleged Copyright Infringement of 2012’s ‘Django Unchained’

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According to a report by Variety, the director has been accused of stealing the idea of his 2012 Oscar Nominated film Django Unchained from writers Oscar Colvin, Jr. and his son Torrrance J. Colvin.

The writers want to be compensated $100 million for their allegedly stolen work.
As many may remember, the film centered on the exploits of a freed enslaved man played by actor Jamie Foxx. Christoph Waltz’s Dr. Shultz teams up with Django in order to help rescue Django’s enslaved wife for a maniacal slave owner.

The Colvins’ script also features a character named Django Freeman but the focus of the script is on a man named Jackson Freeman who may be Django’s father.

“Before Django Freeman, there was an escaped slave named Jackson Freeman who desired to purchase his family’s freedom from a malevolent plantation owner,” according to the script’s synopsis. “Returning to the hellish realm of the South to purchase the freedom of his loved one(s) with the assistance of a Caucasian in the South is the uniquely original beat that links ‘Django Unchained’ to ‘Freedom.’”

Copyright infringement cases like this are not a new phenomenon. When The Matrix came out in 1999, Black writer Sophia Stewart pointed out similarities between her original work, The Third Eye and the movie’s script. In 2009, she won her case and got credit for the mega success of the film franchise.

There was another major case around the 2009 James Cameron directed Avatar.  In fact there were four cases where Cameron was accused of stealing the film’s idea but in all cases Cameron was proven not at fault.

“There are a plethora of similarities between ‘Freedom’ and ‘Django Unchained,’” the suit asserts. “Defendants would call them coincidences, however, the intentional use of our work is neither an accident nor coincidence.”

The reality is that Tarantino may win this case and the Colvins may never receive any real justice if the allegations are true. The big name guys usually have the resources and the power to crush cases like this.

source: atlantablackstar

Faith Evans Hopes Notorious B.I.G.'s Death Investigation Is Reopened

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The murder investigation into Notorious B.I.G.'s death has been at a standstill for quite a long time.

Singer Faith Evans, who was married to the late Brooklyn emcee, recently sat down with Huff Post Live and relayed that she wants more attention placed on the unsolved case.

“All we can do is hope that that happens,” she said when asked about Biggie. “But we’re just happy that we’re here to preserve his legacy and [make sure] his kids are happy and they’re living great lives.” She also claims she believes the Los Angeles Police Department knows who pulled the trigger but won't let the public know who.

“We know he was murdered, but we believe that the LAPD knows who’s responsible,” she said. “That’s what we believe.”

Surprisingly, Faith Evans also concluded talking about Biggie by saying him being in the music business had little to do with his fate. Many claim the East Coast vs. West Coast beef at the time played a large roll in the 1997 shooting.

“The only way you can look at it is tragic. Tragic and senseless,” she said. “But I don’t think that situation was the result of being in the music business. It’s a little deeper than that. I think all the things that came with it definitely added to the hype of things. The whole media element, and people being able to say what they think and not be accurate.”

The Notorious B.I.G. was killed in Los Angeles in 1997. Over the years many leads and stories of his death have persisted but no suspects have officially been named.

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The Difference Between Beefing In The 90’s & Beefing In The Modern Era By Redman

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What’s Beef? The Notorious B.I.G. told us in 1997 “beef is when I see you,” but in today’s world issues between rappers is more likely to play out on social media than in the streets.

Legendary emcee Redman had a firsthand view of Hip Hop conflicts in the 1990’s. While speaking with The Breakfast Club, Reggie Noble reflected on how rap clashes have changed since his arrival in the culture.

“90’s era was aggressive. We didn’t have the internet to talk crap through. When we said we was gonna get you, we was gonna get you. And that meant being at your shows,” stated Redman. “When you’re doing your practice before the show, we’d meet you at your sound check. This is real. It wasn’t no backing out of it.”

As an example, Red mentioned KRS-One throwing PM Dawn off their own stage back in 1992. The Def Squad member also explained at that time disputes were usually ignited by word of mouth among the Hip Hop community.

“When you heard about someone having beef with you, it would circulate real quick, because everyone knew each other,” added Redman. “We didn’t have that many channels. So when you heard someone talked about you, it was quickly addressed.”

Redman’s latest album Mudface is in stores today.

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