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Late rapper Tupac Shakur’s song “Dear Mama” is set to be preserved by the U.S. Library of Congress this year. Annually, 25 works are nominated by the public and expert panelists to be preserved for their cultural significance. “Dear Mama,” released in 1995, is a song about mothers struggling to maintain a family in the face of poverty and addiction. The song will be the third rap act to join the registry, joining tracks from Grandmaster Flash and Public Enemy. Tupac’s song is part of an eclectic mix — other preservation targets include a Bill Cosby’s comedy album and records by REM, Little Richard and Willie Nelson. A tape of sounds from World War II will also be archived.
Tupac Shakur would have been 39 today. His music and powerful lyrics touched many fans around the globe. This monument was erected in front of the MARTA Herford in Herford, Germany.
This was one of the smartest black men to date. His lyrics we’re very moving and still til this day i still haven’t heard anyone rap on an intelligent level like dat. Even with all the thuggish shit you still knew this man was very bright.
If he were still alive today and changed some of his ways this man would have made history in so many ways.
R.IP. TUPAC, YOU ARE STILL MISSED, AND IF YOU ARE STILL ALIVE CHILLEN SOMEWHERE ON A DESERT ISLAND, THEN YOU ALREADY KNOW YOU ARE MISSED MY BROTHER.
NEW YORK (CBS) When rapper Jay-Z bought a black-and-white Laurie Simmons photograph depicting “a noirishly lit pistol with a pair of women’s legs emerging from the handle,” for his 8,000-square-foot Tribeca penthouse, his, wife, Beyonce, sent it back. She replaced it “with a similar Simmons piece, only depicting a perfume bottle instead of a gun.”
Though notoriously private about his life with Beyonce, Jay-Z let down his guard, telling this and other anecdotes in a wide-ranging interview with Rolling Stone magazine that covered his music life, his music love (Beyonce) and his return to the top of the charts. it’s in the magazine’s June 24 issue, which hits newsstands Friday. The 40-year-old “Empire State Of Mind” rapper is aware he’s an “elder statesman ” in the world of hip hop, saying that just being considered relevant at such an advanced age, compared to newer acts, is an achievement in itself. “For me, to be able to compete at Lil’ Wayne’s level at my age” the rapper tells Rolling Stone, “that’s rarefied air. It’s never been done.” We’re taken inside his Manhattan high-rise office and given a glimpse into the $150 million empire that this former Marcy Housing Projects resident has created.
Though he doesn’t go into much detail on his relationship with R&B queen Beyonce (he has always been mum on their relations with the press) he does chat a bit about their time at Coachella and her performance with the him on his new hit “Young Forever.” Funny moments happen along the way with Jay mispronouncing actor and friend Kelsey Grammer’s name at a charity auction (calling him “Chelsea Grammer”) and the hilarity that ensued. When asked whether his success is a sign that things have changed for race relations in America, Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Corey Carter, mentions that disparity still exists. Taking a line from neighbor Chris Rock and his stand-up bit, he points out that only four blacks (including Eddie Murphy and Mary J. Blige) live in their affluent New Jersey neighborhood – and all are superstars. “It’s changing slowly, but it’s not an equal thing,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I’m here because of my talent. You still have to do extraordinary things.”
Jay-Z’s greatest hits set “The Hits Collection Vol. 1” will be released in June.
The Associated Press –
The death of Nelson Mandela’s great-granddaughter cast a shadow over the opening day of the World Cup on Friday, dampening the spirits of a nation proud and excited to be hosting the world’s most popular sporting event.
Zenani Mandela, 13, was killed in a car accident on the way home from a World Cup concert in Soweto on Thursday night, where tens of thousands of people had sung and danced with headline music stars Shakira and the Black Eyed Peas. The Nelson Mandela foundation said later Mandela would not attend Friday’s World Cup opening ceremony and game in Johannesburg, dashing South Africans’ hopes the frail 91-year-old former president would make a rare appearance. Mandela and his family were “torn up” by the accident, the foundation added. Mandela would be at the ceremony in spirit, a foundation spokesman added. On Friday morning, streets in downtown Johannesburg were filled with cars and pedestrians waving South African flags and blowing vuvuzela trumpets as news that one of Mandela’s nine great grandchildren had died was emerging. Heavy security was evident in Johannesburg and in Soweto, near the Soccer City stadium where South Africa was opening the tournament on Friday afternoon with a game against Mexico. Armored Personnel Carriers were seen on the streets, with armed troops watching traffic and stopping cars. Johannesburg police spokeswoman Edna Mamonyane said the driver of the car involved in the one-car accident, a male, had been arrested and charged with drunk driving. Mamonyane said the driver, who police would not identify, could also face culpable homicide charges.
“The Metro police found that he was drunk,” Mamonyane said. “He lost control of the vehicle and it collided with a barricade.”
The Nelson Mandela Foundation rejected media reports that the former president’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was in the car, although her family said she was treated in a hospital for shock.
“She was not in the car,” foundation spokesman Sello Hatang told The Associated Press.
Hatang asked that the Mandela family be given space to mourn.
Mandela has largely retired from public life, although as of Thursday it had been anticipated he would make a brief appearance at Soccer City on Friday, depending on his health and the weather conditions. France, the losing finalist in Germany four years ago, was playing two-time champion Uruguay in the other Group A match later Friday in Cape Town. In Rustenburg, England and the United States were holding official practice sessions Friday about 24 hours ahead of their opening match. Diego Maradona’s Argentina squad was holding its final practice session at Ellis Park ahead of its opening Group B match on Saturday against Nigeria.
From The Boston Globe
A complaint filed last week with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination alleges that a foreclosure notice placed in the New Bedford Standard-Times by a Newton law firm contained racist language.
The legal notice, which first appeared May 17 and drew its wording directly from the property’s deed, stated that ‘‘The said land shall not be sold, leased or rented to any person other than of the Caucasian race.’’
The statement was removed from later editions of the paper, and both the New Bedford Standard-Times and Harmon Law have issued apologies for the ad.
‘‘We do not condone the language and do not believe that it would be enforceable. It is industry practice to include in the notice of sale the exact legal description as set forth in the mortgage,’’ said Harmon Law in a statement. And Mary Harrington, the Standard-Times’ publisher, said that ‘‘It was a gross error on our part to publish the notice and we sincerely apologize to our readers.’’
Officials at Harmon Law said that the ads are generated by scanning the deeds of foreclosed properties and checked for accuracy, but that the language is not closely scrutinized due to the high number of foreclosure notices the firm processes.
The complaint was filed by New Bedford resident Mandi Costa, who said she was first alerted to the ad by her father, a former employee of the MCAD.
‘‘I was shocked when I read it,’’ Costa said. ‘‘I did a lot of research, and found out that this used to be a common practice in property deeds. It just goes to show that racism and discrimination is still out there.’’
Costa said she hoped the complaint raised awareness of the issue, and would result in foreclosure advertisements being more carefully scrutinized.
‘‘Someone needs to take ownership of this problem,’’ she said.
The MCAD said the ad’s language violated Chapter 151b of the Massachusetts General Laws, which states that racial discrimination in employment or housing practices is a crime.
‘‘If the parties are found guilty, there could be a fee assessed,’’ said Barbara Green, media liaison for the Massachusetts Council Against Discrimination. Green said she did not think the previous owner of the property was aware of the language contained in the deed.