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Long Live Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) I KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS

CNN

Maya Angelou, a renowned poet, novelist and actress whose work defied description under a simple label, has died, her literary agent, Helen Brann, said Wednesday.

She died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Brann said.

A professor, singer and dancer, Angelou’s work spans several professions. In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded her with the Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. She spent her early years studying dance and drama in San Francisco, but dropped out at age 14, instead becoming the city’s first African-American female cable car conductor.

Angelou later returned to high school to finish her diploma and gave birth a few weeks after graduation. While the 17-year-old single mother waited tables to support her son, she acquired a passion for music and dance, and toured Europe in the mid-1950s in the opera production “Porgy and Bess.” In 1957, she recorded her first album, “Calypso Lady.” In 1958, Angelou become a part of the Harlem Writers Guild in New York and also played a queen in “The Blacks,” an off-Broadway production by French dramatist Jean Genet.

Affectionately referred to as Dr. Angelou, the professor never went to college. She has more than 30 honorary degrees and taught American studies for years at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem.
“I created myself,” she has said. “I have taught myself so much.”

Angelou was born April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. She grew up between St. Louis and the then-racially-segregated town of Stamps, Arkansas. The famous poet got into writing after a childhood tragedy that stunned her into silence for years. When she was 7, her mother’s boyfriend raped her. He was later beaten to death by a mob after she testified against him. “My 7-and-a-half-year-old logic deduced that my voice had killed him, so I stopped speaking for almost six years,” she said. From the silence, a louder voice was born.

Her list of friends is as impressive as her illustrious career. Talk show queen Oprah Winfrey referred to her as “sister friend.” She counted Martin Luther King Jr., with whom she worked during the Civil Rights movement, among her friends. King was assassinated on her birthday.

Angelou spoke at least six languages, and worked at one time as a newspaper editor in Egypt and Ghana. During that period, she wrote “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” launching the first in a series of autobiographical books. “I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine … before she realizes she’s reading,” Angelou said.

She was also one of the first black women film directors. Her work on Broadway has been nominated for Tony Awards. Before making it big, the 6-foot-tall wordsmith also worked as a cook and sang with a traveling road show.

“Look where we’ve all come from … coming out of darkness, moving toward the light,” she once said. “It is a long journey, but a sweet one, bittersweet.”

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Dr.Dre Announces Being The First Hip Hop Billionaire!!!!

Apparently Dr.Dre and Jimmy Iovine sold Beats By Dre to Apple for a little over $3.2 Billion. Late last night Tyrese shot this viral video with Dr.Dre and it seems like they are all having a great time with the Doc. Shout out to F. Gary Gray repping South Central in the vid. And I guess congratulations is in order for Dr. Dre on another successful business venture. SMS Audio eat your heart out.

 

L.A. Clippers Owner Donald Sterling Is Exposed As A Hardcore Racist

LA TIMES

L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who for 30 years has presided over the city’s second NBA franchise, became the object of national outrage and the target of an NBA investigation Saturday after allegedly making derogatory remarks about blacks.

In an audio recording, released by celebrity gossip site TMZ, a person identified as Sterling argues with his girlfriend, criticizing her for posting a picture of herself on Instagram posing with Lakers legend Magic Johnson.
FOR THE RECORD:
This article says Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a statement “condemning the billionaire.” In fact, the statement condemned the alleged remarks of the billionaire.
“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” Sterling allegedly says, later adding, “I’m just saying, in your … Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with, walking with black people.
“Don’t put him on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.”
The release of the recording came after the Clippers’ best regular season and on the eve of Game 4 of the first-round playoff series with the Golden State Warriors. It touched off a furor, with Clippers fans as well as Miami Heat star LeBron James and other top players criticizing Sterling.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued a statement condemning the billionaire, who turned 80 on Saturday.
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers was visibly angry at the recording’s content and the distraction it caused.
“I think the biggest statement we can make as men — not as black men, as men — is to stick together and show how strong we are as a group, not splinter, not walk,” Rivers said. “It’s easy to protest. The protest will be in our play.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters in Memphis, Tenn., the remarks were “truly offensive and disturbing” and said the league intended to conduct an investigation into the recording’s authenticity that would “move extraordinarily quickly,” possibly concluding in the next few days. Silver said Sterling would not attend Sunday’s game at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Silver would not comment what action the league would take if an investigation establishes Sterling made the comment. But it could include a hefty fine or suspension. A demand that he sell the team is unlikely.
TMZ did not say how it obtained the recording. The Times has not verified the recording for its authenticity.
The woman on the recording, who identifies herself as Mexican and black, was said to be V. Stiviano, who is in her 20s and who has often been seen at Sterling’s side. In a lawsuit filed last month, Sterling’s wife, Rochelle, contends her husband showered Stiviano in money and expensive cars, and that he had been having an affair with her for four years.
Clippers President Andy Roeser released a statement that questioned the authenticity of the recording and the motives of Stiviano, who he noted is the defendant in Rochelle Sterling’s $1.8-million embezzlement case.
Roeser claimed that after the lawsuit was filed, Stiviano told Donald Sterling that she would “get even.” The team executive also said what was stated on the recording “is not consistent with, nor does it reflect [Sterling’s] views, beliefs or feelings.”
Rivers said he would speak for his Clippers players regarding the controversy. During a 45-minute team meeting Saturday morning, he said, his players voiced their displeasure over the remarks.
“No one was happy about it,” Rivers said at the practice court at the University of San Francisco, before alluding to the unity among his white and black players. “J.J. Redick was just as [mad] as Chris Paul and that’s the way it should be.”
Players considered wearing black socks or armbands in protest during Sunday’s game but worried about being viewed as radical.

DA CHICKEN SHACK

We here at Da Chicken Shack don’t respect Doc Rivers or any player who plays for an openly racist owner. In Donald Sterling’s rant he spoke on giving these blacks food and shelter and when they go play ball for his organization they are only backing his statements up. Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne both released viral videos denouncing Sterling as did Barack Obama.

 

Please Be Careful Around Police!!! And Know The LAW

***UPDATE*** “Someone” has erased the video from the internet. We’ll keep the post up because it happened and we documented it regardless if the video has been removed.

In this video a white man (an American citizen) explains to the police officer in a calm tone why he shouldn’t be bothered or harassed for watching the police do their job. The officer throws the man’s license at him and screams in his face that he is a chicken shit motherfucker. The officer’s partner steps in to diffuse the volatile situation and the man pulled over files an assault charge against the angry officer.

We salute this guy for understanding his rights and enforcing them but please be careful around police, they are some of the most volatile people in America. In this video the guy who has criminal attributes is evident and it’s not the citizen pulled over. If this is how this officer deals with a white couple imagine how he deals with a black man. Please be safe out there. There are so many accounts of police officers wrongly murdering innocent citizens of every nationality. Most recently a producer on Tosh.0 was shot and killed http://nypost.com/2014/04/11/cops-kill-tosh-0-producer-mistaking-him-for-stabbing-suspect/ by overzealous police officers because he was fleeing an erratic man with a knife. Not to mention Sean Bell http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/24/nyregion/in-sean-bell-killing-4-officers-to-be-forced-out.html?_r=0 , Oscar Grant http://abcnews.go.com/US/jury-deliberates-transit-shooting-death/story?id=11094614  or the many others that are murdered in error because like this video shows you, these “peace officers” can’t seem to control their tempers. Even in the most peaceful of situations like this routine traffic stop. I guess it doesn’t help that after these heinous acts most officers slide with just losing their jobs or only a couple of years in prison.

Be safe everyone and if your an officer reading this please be fair and just, your job comes with huge responsibility.

The officer spitting, yelling, and throwing items should be fired before he really hurts someone and in addition to filing criminal charges against this officer, I hope the civilian also files a civil suit. How could there be peace with no justice.

CHECK OUT THESE VOLATILE COPS GOING TOO FAR

Student Stabs 20 People At His High School

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USA TODAY

Hours after a routine school day turned terrifying, students at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., described what they went through during the stabbing rampage that sent 20 people to hospitals today.

Some had gone home to feel safe. Some had to be with friends to work through their emotions.

As the horror began, students had just arrived for the first class. Some were still outside. Suddenly there was a commotion in the science wing.

“At first we just thought it was a group of boys being immature and fighting,” said sophomore Cameron Lazor, 16. “Then we saw the blood and realized it was something scary.”

“I saw a senior girl, and she was gushing blood down her arm.” said Mia Meixler, 16, a sophomore. “I didn’t think anyone saw her but me, so I tried to help her. I asked if she wanted to go to the nurse. But then all the kids started running and screaming down the hall. A teacher got to the girl and told me to run out.”

Junior Nicole Damico, 16, was on the second floor of the school when the fire alarm went off. She and her friends thought it was a drill, so they slowly made their way downstairs, where they discovered something serious was going on.

“We saw two kids down the hall, and it looked like they were play fighting,” Nicole said. “I realized that one had a knife, so we sprinted out of the school. I saw one of my peers near the entrance of the school who had blood everywhere. He asked me for help. I just froze and ran out of the school. After that there was chaos.”

Meanwhile, the suspect began to chase sophomore Trinity McCool, 16, as she and a friend fled.

“When he was chasing us, I saw his face — the look in his eyes. I was horrified,” she said.

Trinity and her friend made it out of the school unharmed, but Trinity said she was rattled by the event and went home.

“I’m still really just distraught and stressed and scared,” she said.

Senior Tanya Leeman, 17, had just gotten to school when the fire alarm went off and was still in her car. Her sister, a sophomore, was stuck inside until police let everyone leave four hours later.

Because her sister did not have a phone with her, Tanya said, she was worried as she waited to hear that her sister was all right.

“I was scared because we didn’t know how many kids had gotten slashed or were missing,” she said.

“It was so unreal for all of us,” Tanya said. “We weren’t expecting something to happen at Franklin. We watched what happened in Connecticut on TV and thought that would never happen here.”

Nicole also made it safely out of the school.

“Us kids have been through hell and back,” she said. “It made me realize that anything could happen at anytime. It was just a regular day.”

Cameron said he was too shaken up to go home by himself.

“I’m with some friends because we didn’t want to be alone today,” he said. “We can’t believe it’s real. The whole situation keeps playing over and over in our heads.”

Mia said, “I think we’re all really scared, but it’s also nice that our whole community is coming together.”

Nicole agreed.

“Times like these, everyone just freaks out, and you don’t know what to do,” she said. “My peers have saved people’s lives. It started off scary and chaotic, but it’s amazing to hear how we’ve stuck together as a family.”

Psychiatrist and trauma specialist Steven Berkowitz said all the students, not just those physically injured, will wrestle with the experience — especially those who witnessed the bloody scene.

“In these kinds of situations, the psychological casualties usually outnumber the physical casualties,” he said. “It’s not just the kids who were stabbed, but all the kids at the school.”

Berkowitz, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and the director of the Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery, said students and their parents may experience symptoms of psychological distress, including trouble sleeping, intrusive thoughts about the incident and mood swings. In some cases, students may have post-traumatic stress disorder, depression or turn to substance abuse, he said.

The children may fear going to school, “and parents will be afraid to send them,” Berkowitz said. He advises parents to get their kids back to school and their normal routine.

“One of the most important things … is to get back on the horse. It’s really true,” he said. “The more you let it interfere with your normal routines, the harder it will be in the long term.”

Students will have a wide range of responses depending on their physical and emotional connection to the stabbing and their natural emotional makeup.

“There are individuals who are going to be more resilient than others,” he said. “This is the kind of large-scale event where so many kids were exposed. They saw it. They heard it. They had friends who were hurt. Early interventions and monitoring are really, really key and crucial.”

Benzino Shot In Boston At Own Mother’s Funeral

Benzino Shot In Boston At Own Mother's Funeral

Former owner of the once revered and sought after Hip Hop Bible The Source and rapper most known for beefing with Eminem and now Love N Hip Hop reality tv star Benzino was shot at his own mother’s funeral procession this weekend. Details are sketchy but apparently he got into an altercation with his 36 year old nephew at the funeral who shot him as a result of the argument. Benzino is in stable condition. Daaaammmn homie!