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Minnesota City Apologizes for Arresting Black Man for Walking on the Street

A videotaped altercation between a white police officer and a black man went viral after it showed the officer arresting the man who was simply walking.  The video prompted outrage and the mayor and City Council of Edina, Minnesota have publicly apologized after hearing emotional testimony from the audience about race relations there.

In the video, Larnie Thomas is being held back by his jacket by a plainclothes police officer who refused Thomas’ demands that he be released.  The officer told Thomas that he was walking in the middle of the street.  Thomas responded that he was avoiding sidewalk construction.  Throughout the video, Thomas’ frustration was apparent, and at one point Janet Rowle, a bystander who filmed the altercation, told the officer that Thomas was “scared.”  Thomas removed his jacket, then his shirt while trying to escape the officer’s grasp.  A second officer arrived and arrested Thomas.

Outraged speakers from different races testified on Tuesday one-by-one before the council about the quality of race relations in Edina, which is a wealthy Minneapolis suburb 15 minutes south of the city.  It has a population that is 88 percent white and just 3 percent black, according to Census figures.  The council meeting set aside its usual agenda to address the audience’s frustrations.

A white woman testified that Edina needed to “confess its sins.”

A black man testified about how he travels to Edina to go shopping and feels conscious of his clothing and appearance when he is there.

An Indian man told the council Tuesday that racism “is a problem” in the city. Another man said Thomas was “treated like an animal.”

Councilmember Bob Stewart said, “I think we can do better.”

“For Mr. Larnie Thomas, I’m going to meet him face-to-face,” Edina Mayor James Hovland said at Tuesday’s hearing. “It’s one thing for me to sit up here and apologize, it’s another to meet him face-to-face.”

The disturbing the peace charge against Thomas has been dropped.  City officials say they will now review their policies and see if any reforms are necessary, including retraining the officers.



Rap Radar Podcast: Kyambo “Hip Hop” Joshua


Amongst rap fans, Kyambo “Hip-Hop” Joshua is known as Biggs‘ brother and No I.D.’s friend. But behind the scenes, Hip Hop curated the sound of Roc-A-Fella Records and was the first to sign Kanye West as a producer and an artist. These days, the Harlem native is busy executive producing Nas’ highly anticipated album. On the eve of the Roc-A-Fella pop up grand opening, Hop discusses Esco’s next project, Jay Z’s discography, Kanye’s evolution, Lil Wayne, Gee Roberson and so much more. Subscribe on iTunes here.

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Watch Alicia Keys, Chance the Rapper, & A$AP Rocky Perform at KCA’s Black Ball

Less than a week after wowing crowds at TIDAL X: 1015, Alicia Keys is back with another TIDAL-streamed charitable performance.

The “Blended Family” singer, whose new album HERE is due Nov. 4, will be joined on stage by Chance the Rapper, A$AP Rocky, Salt-N-Pepa, and Patti Smith at this year’s Keep a Child Alive Black Ball.

Keys, a co-founder of KCA, is excited about the 13th annual gala, which benefits the fight against AIDS.

“We have an electric lineup of performers both legends and newcomers this year and I know the energy in the room is going to be ALIVE,” she said. “I’m so excited for Black Ball to livestream on TIDAL, giving so many people the chance to join in the fight against AIDS, and experience this truly magical night where all my worlds come together!”

It isn’t just a concert, however. Clive Davis will be honored with the Humanitarian Award for his work in AIDS awareness.

In the past, the Black Ball has been home to a slew of performers, including Jay Z, Bono, Adele, Pharrell Williams, Chris Martin, Nas, Gwen Stefani, Lenny Kravitz, John Mayer, Justin Timberlake, and David Bowie.

Stream the 13th Annual Black Ball below.

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Lady Gaga’s Career Decision

Lady Gaga has decided to stop wearing outrageous costumes and wants people to just focus on her music. Will it hurt her career?

Then, Tyra Banks opened up about her feud with Naomi Campbell, calling it one of the “lowest times” of her life.

Plus, Kylie Jenner and Blac Chyna threw competing 4th birthday parties for King.

Find out whose party Wendy would have rather attended.

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Azealia Banks Backs Out of RZA Deal, Vows No Future Negativity

Azealia Banks is making major career changes.

The often controversial rapper has announced that she will not be involved in any negative headlines moving forward and she’s also reportedly cut ties with RZA.

In a statement on her now-private Instagram account, Banks revealed that recent “rough” days have made her realize a change is necessary.

“Somewhere along the way I got sucked into this neverending war with the media that I quite honestly don’t have the energy, patience or care to keep fighting,” she wrote. “I GIVE UP! And I give in. I love you all tremendously. If you would all please join me in spreading the hashtag #makeazealiagreatagain On all of your AB related posts and comments.”

Banks’ post comes after her confrontation with Russell Crowe. Witnesses say she became belligerent and erratic at the dinner party, at one point reaching for a glass and cocking it back before being tossed out by the Oscar-winning leading man.

Banks, meanwhile, claims Crowe assaulted her and called her the n-word before removing her from the hotel room where the dinner was taking place.

RZA invited Banks to Crowe’s event as the rapper-producer was in talks to sign her to his label. However, TMZ reports that the Slay-Z rapper has called off the signing after RZA failed to come to her aid during the Crowe confrontation.

For his part, RZA’s camp reportedly claims Banks is “full of it” and that she was in the wrong at Crowe’s party.

Banks is expected to make a statement about the deal later today, as per Billboard.


Watch Beyoncé Perform ‘6 Inch’ and ‘Haunted’ at TIDAL X: 1015

Beyoncé brought down the house at TIDAL X: 1015.

After airing the show-stopping Queen Bey performance live, TIDAL has released the full “6 Inch/Haunted” medley so that the BeyHive can relive her fiery performance.

It was a special show of strength and professionalism by ‘Yoncé who suffered an injury while performing. Her ear was bleeding during the set, but it did little to deter her. It even added to the showing as she casually wiped blood from her lobe during the set’s “Haunted” portion.

Bey didn’t just perform those two songs at TIDAL X: 1015. She also came back later in the benefit show to deliver a politically-charged version of “All Night,” where she implored audience members to vote.

“I know this year has been extremely hard for us,” she said. “I know sometimes I’ve felt powerless and frustrated. There’s been so much negativity and nonsense. It can be easy to feel hopeless and want to just block the world out but doing nothing right now is not an option, y’all. I know it seems like things are bad, but if you think they can’t get worse, just ask your grandparents.”

Watch the official version of Queen Bey’s “6 Inch/Haunted” medley below.

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