Lavell Crawford Starting Out as a Rapper Named "Fat Free"

Legendary Comedian Lavell Crawford sat down with DJ Vlad to discuss his ride to fame and the obstacles along the way. Crawford actually started out as a rapper & beatboxer but eventually changed career lanes after he noticed he would make people laugh with his wordplay. The funnyman talks about being an observational comedian who draws his material from real life examples. He discusses his first time performing in front of a large crowd, and how he was nervous, eventually being booed off the stage.

Check out the exclusive interview above.

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Did XXXTentacion Sign to Atlantic Records?

Captivating Miami rapper XXXTentacion was released from jail Wednesday, and rumors about his next move are already flying.

Social media star 40oz Van, who is apparently X’s manager, on Twitter posted the following message accompanied by a picture of X and Orlando Wharton of Atlantic Records: “XXXTENTACION home and on team Atlantic, n****s gotta give you the A&R of the year award @Wartonberg.”

Orlando Wharton, on his Instagram page, posted the same image with the caption: “@xxxtentacion blessed to be working with this talented individual.. XXX IS FREE.”

View the posts above.

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North Carolina Comes to Agreement to Repeal Transgender Bathroom Law

The Democratic governor of North Carolina and its Republican-controlled legislature came together Wednesday to announce that they had reached an agreement to repeal the state’s controversial law that restricts legal protection for LGBT individuals and requires transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificate.

But LGBT activists were left unsatisfied by the announcement, noting that the deal would continue to allow discrimination.

Sports leagues and businesses have boycotted the state in response to the law, known as House Bill 2, which went into effect in March 2016. The NCAA previously warned that they would not hold any championship sporting events in the state through 2022.

It is unclear if the lawmakers’ actions will be enough to end the various boycotts.

Source: nytimes.com

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Brother Polight: In Prison and In Poor Communities, the White Man is the Devil

Author and social commentator Brother Polight returned to VladTV to talk about his experience leaving Brownsville, New York. Polight notes that many brag about living in the hood, but that a common mentality amongst people who live there is, “Can’t wait to get out.” Polight also argues that “black communities” are mostly a myth: “I didn’t live in a black community, I lived in a white community populated with black people.” Watch above.

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Federal Judge Extends Ruling Blocking Trump's Travel Ban Indefinitely

A federal judge in Hawaii on Wednesday granted the state’s request to block Trump’s revised travel ban indefinitely.

Two weeks back, US District Court Judge Derrick Watson blocked the core tenets of Trump’s revamped executive order, which would have suspended immigration into the United States of citizens from six predominantly Muslim countries.

That ruling only blocked the order temporarily. Now, it will be blocked indefinitely.

The Justice Department says it will continue to defend the order.

Source: cnn.com

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Charlie Wilson & Tyrese Gibson

Charlie Wilson: Visit CharlieWilsonMusic.com for more information about his latest music and tour.

Tyrese Gibson: Star airs Wednesdays at 9:00 PM on FOX.

Visit TyreseOnline.com to find out when he’s performing in your city.

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Nardwuar vs Yo Gotti

Going Down In SXSW

Yo Gotti may have been in Austin for SXSW, but Nardwuar made him feel right at home. During their chat, Gotti spoke on Memphis, his hustle of selling CDs, living near Elvis Presley’s Graceland, and also received treats from music to model cars.

Source: Rap radar

Mary J. Blige Taps Kanye West, Missy Elliott, & Quavo for ‘Strength of a Woman’

Twenty-five years since her debut, Mary J. Blige showcases the Strength of a Woman with her 13th album. After unveiling the cover art and release date, the R&B icon has revealed the star-studded tracklisting.

The 14-track set kicks off with the Kanye West-assisted “Love Yourself.” Other guests include Kaytranada (“Telling the Truth”), Prince Charlez (“Smile”), and Missy Elliott, DJ Khaled, and Quavo, who all appear on “Glow Up.”

The singles “Thick of It” and “U + Me (Love Lesson),” both inspired by Blige’s divorce from husband Kendu Isaacs, also make the cut. The themes of empowerment and self-love are present on tracks like “Set Me Free,” “Indestructible,” and “Survivor.”

“This is one of my most powerful albums,” tweeted Mary. “I’m excited to share it on 4.28.”

Strength of a Woman, the follow-up to 2014’s The London Sessions, arrives April 28. See the tracklisting below.

Strength of a Woman Tracklisting

1. “Love Yourself” feat. Kanye West
2. “Thick of It”
3. “Set Me Free”
4. “It’s Me”
5. “Glow Up” feat. Quavo, DJ Khaled, & Missy Elliott
6. “U + Me (Love Lesson)”
7. “Indestructible”
8. “Thank You”
9. “Survivor”
10. “Find the Love”
11. “Smile” feat. Prince Charlez
12. “Telling the Truth” feat. Kaytranada
13. “Strength of a Woman”
14. “Hello Father”

Source: www.rap-up.com