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Monday, May 25, 2015

26 Shootings, 9 Fatal, Over Memorial Day Weekend In Baltimore?

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The violence continues — as the number of shootings continues to grow and two more people killed over Memorial Day weekend in the city.
Baltimore police reported eight shootings overnight, two of which were fatal — making the tally for the weekend in Baltimore 26 shootings, 9 fatal.
A summary of the overnight shootings police are investigating are below:
May 24, 2015, 10:28 p.m. — 1600 block of Hazel St. (Southern)
Police respond to a report of a firearm discharged. They learn of a walk-in shooting victim at area hospital and when they arrive, they learn a man was shot in the buttocks. Victims tells police he was shot by two masked men.
May 25, 2015, 12:13 a.m. –500 block of E. 21 st St. (Eastern)
Officers respond for a report of a cutting and find a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the back of his head. Man is taken to hospital where he’s listed in critical condition.
May 25, 2015,  12:29 am — 800 block of W Fayette St. (Western)
Officers respond to a report of a shooting and they find a man inside a car suffering from gunshot wounds. Police locate a second victim — a woman – who was shot in the back and was laying in the street. Both victims were taken to area hospitals, but the man died due to his injuries. Woman is listed in critical, but stable condition.
May 25, 2015, 1:43 am –5300 St Georges Ave. (Northen)
Police responded for a report of a shooting and find a man suffering from gunshot wounds to his chest and legs. He’s immediately transported to a local hospital, but dies. While investigating the shooting, police learn of two more victims — a 17-year-old male who walked into a local hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound to his arm and a another man who sought treatment for a gunshot/graze wound to his head.
May 25, 2015, 4:09 am — 5200 Midwood Ave. (Northern)
Officers arrive at a local hospital for a report of a walk-in shooting victim. They find a man suffering from a gunshot wound to his leg.
WJZ media partner The Baltimore Sun reports 35 people have been killed so far in May making it the deadliest month in Baltimore since December of 1999. Since the beginning of the year, 108 people have died due to violence in the city.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Open letter to Prince: In Baltimore, Visit the Grassroots. Otherwise, You’re Drowning Them Out!



The Grassroots are helping to bring peace to Baltimore, if only people could see their work, so often drowned out by "well meaning" celebrity cameos.

Dear Prince,
As a Baltimore native, I want to personally thank you for your interest in helping Baltimore.
However, as someone who has worked on social justice issues in the city for most of my adult life, I’m writing to question your timing/methods.
I was out of town on Monday, so I saw what the city looks like from the outside. Knowing people I worked with in the city were helping to lead protests, I was terrified from what I saw on cable news.
I thought Baltimore was basically done for as a functional city.
To my surprise, when I got home, about 5 minutes walk from the scenes of “ground zero”, I foundvery little visible damage from the so called “riot”, but a community so structurally neglected as to make it difficult to see how the community would change much even if a full scale riot had broken out.
Seeing Baltimore from the outside last weekend, I can also see why you may feel the need to come. Baltimore is in pain; the people are angry and mistrustful and need help. As a Baltimore native, I also know exactly why that narrative is so problematic. From the outside looking in, you would assume Black Baltimore is rudderless, without unity and devoid of the ability to heal itself. This image is useful for the media, politicians, and elite “saviors” to frame West Baltimore as needing the benevolence of philanthropic institutions.
It also happens to be incorrect.
West Baltimore is full of institutional and communal leadership structures which are ignored, disavowed, and often directly attacked by the very same politicians and institutional non-profits that I’m sure are welcoming, and perhaps directly benefiting from, your planned visit. This may shock or even confuse, but let me explain. Few cities have mastered the illusion of democracy, theveneer of justice, and the art of co-option as well as Baltimore. A city run largely by Black politicians and saturated with non-profit organizations, all claiming to “love Black people” and wanting to “empower” (read “save”), Black Baltimore is yet the home of some of the highest inequity in the country.
There is an industry in Baltimore around peddling solutions to the misery of Black people, framing programming as the “solution” for people deemed culturally or intellectually deficient. Thus, many of the “youth organizations” your benefit concert would be benefiting are not controlled by the community, are not accountable to the communities they serve, and are not staffed by people who have immersed themselves within the cultural and intellectual heritage of the communities they serve. This is not to say the people there are mean spirited or bigoted, but structurally there is a system which props up institutional nonprofits as de facto “civilizing missions,” viewing the youth they serve as needing to be properly ingratiated into the dominant culture, a process which tacitly demonizes their indigenous culture and frames those in these communities who do not wish to take this path as inferior, problematic, even “thugs.” This raises questions about the concert; at 2-4 hundred dollars a ticket, how much of this money actually goes to charity, and which charities? Far from fixing Baltimore’s problems, by ingratiating yourself into a system which ignores at best and demonizes at worst the very communities most affected by these events, you risk exacerbating these problems.
Second, your visit is going to hurt the autonomous actions of the Baltimore grassroots. With all due respect, only we can heal ourselves, and while we welcome those who seek to build and empower indigenous institutions, the cavalcade of celebrity cameos to Baltimore this week only distracts from the long term need to build independent institutions within oppressed communities so that the people there have the power to save themselves. An example of this is the massive action we have planned for Saturday, May 9thBmore Youth Rise.

New Music: Prince "Baltimore"

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"Increase The Peace.
Before taking stage at his ‘Rally 4 Peace’ concert in Baltimore [tonight], Prince shares his ode to Charm City in recognition of the city’s recent events. The concert will be streamed on Tidal.
The original recording subsequently became a demo when Prince, that very same night – all alone in Studio A, played all the instruments on an entire new version of the song. The next morning Joshua Welton and Kirk Johnson transferred Prince’s tracks in2 Studio B. and mixing began. As the song neared completion at Prince’s behest Eryn Allen Kane graciously flew in on a moment’s notice and graced the track with her angelic presence."

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Pointless Racism: People Calling Floyd Mayweather A Nigger Via Twitter?



Ignorance & Disrespect at an all-time high...


"Baltimore is off punishment lol" | Mayor Lifts Curfew 6 Days After Riots?

Stephanie Rawlings-Blake

BALTIMORE (AP) — Six days after the death of Freddie Gray sparked riots in Baltimore, the city’s mayor lifted a citywide curfew on Sunday morning, signaling an end to the extraordinary measures taken to ensure public safety amid an outcry over police practices.
The order for residents to stay home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. had been in place since Tuesday, and officials had planned to maintain it through Monday morning. Protests since Monday’s riots have been peaceful, and Friday’s announcement of charges against six officers involved in Gray’s arrest eased tensions.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a statement that she didn’t want the curfew to continue any longer than necessary.
“My number one priority in instituting a curfew was to ensure the public peace, safety, health and welfare of Baltimore citizens,” the Democratic mayor said. “It was not an easy decision, but one I felt was necessary to help our city restore calm.”
In a press conference Sunday she thanked the faith-based leaders for helping to keep the calm in the community.
“Words are insufficient to describe my gratitude,” she said.
Gray died after suffering a broken neck while inside a police van. On Friday, State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby filed charges against the six officers involved in his arrest, transport and fatal injury. The officers face charges ranging from manslaughter to second-degree murder.
Mosby, who deemed the death a homicide, said Gray’s neck was broken because he was placed head-first into a police van while in handcuffs and later leg shackles where he was left to slam against the walls of the small metal compartment. Police said the officers who arrested Gray ignored his cries for help because they thought he was faking his injuries. He was repeatedly denied medical attention.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Video: Jeezy x T.I. - Fuck The City Up


Freddie Gray and the Baltimore Police Department: How It Unfolded (?)



"Mr. Gray ran from the police before being taken into custody, according to Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez of the Baltimore Police Department."


1 08:39:12 a.m.

An officer pursues Mr. Gray and another person. Both run south.

2 08:39:52 a.m.

A police unit arrives two blocks south and radios, “I got him.”

08:40:12 a.m.

According to the police, Mr. Gray is stopped without the use of force. An officer takes out a Taser and prepares to use it, but never does. Data downloaded from the Taser shows it was never used, Deputy Commissioner Rodriguez said.

08:42 a.m.

A police van is requested. Mr. Gray asks the police for an inhaler.Officers put Mr. Gray into the back of the van. Full video

08:46 a.m.

The driver of the van believes Mr. Gray is acting irate in the back.

3 08:46 a.m.

The van stops so paperwork can be completed. Mr. Gray is placed in leg restraints and put back in the van.

08:54 a.m.

The van is headed toward Central Booking.

4 08:59 a.m.

The van goes to pick up the other person, who was arrested at 1600 West North Avenue. Police put him in the back of the van with Mr. Gray. The two prisoners are separated by a metal barrier. The van heads to the Western District station.

5 09:24 a.m.

After the van arrives at the Western District station, a medic is called.NY TIMES

"Scenes of Chaos in Baltimore as Thousands Protest Freddie Gray’s Death"


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BALTIMORE — A largely peaceful protest over the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a spinal cord injury in police custody, gave way to scattered scenes of chaos here on Saturday night, as demonstrators smashed a downtown storefront window, threw rocks and bottles and damaged police cruisers, while officers in riot gear broke up skirmishes and made 12 arrests near Camden Yards.
Shortly before 10 p.m., Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake convened a news conference at City Hall, where she appeared with several others — including Mr. Gray’s twin sister, Fredericka; a prominent pastor, Jamal Bryant; and City Councilman Brandon Scott — to appeal for calm. By that time the disturbances had largely settled.
Mr. Gray’s sister, appearing composed less than 48 hours before her brother’s scheduled funeral, spoke only briefly, saying, “Freddie Gray would not want this. Freddie’s father and mother does not want the violence.”
Hours earlier, a racially diverse and mostly calm crowd of hundreds — and by some estimates more than 1,000 — marched through the streets, clogging intersections, carrying signs and shouting, “All night, all day, we’re gonna fight for Freddie Gray!” They made their way from the Gilmor Homes — the squat brick public West Baltimore housing development where Mr. Gray was arrested on April 12 — through the sparkling downtown harbor, a major tourist attraction here, before assembling on a plaza at City Hall.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Yes, Young Thug Is Really Releasing An Album Titled "Carter 6"...


Extremely disrespectful... especially since Lil' Wayne can't even get a release date for "Carter V"

Sunday, March 22, 2015

(Video) Ice Cube "It Was A Good Day" [1993]


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sunday, March 15, 2015

(Video) Cash Money Millionaires - Project Bitch (2000)



Sunday, March 1, 2015

How the new Apple emojis got their skin tones: It's not what you think...

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Apple rolled out new developer betas for OS X and iOS Monday — which included, amongst other things, the first look at a more diverse set of emoji.
The move comes a few months after the Unicode Consortium, the group that governs the emoji standard, proposed an update to address emoji diversity.
The new emoji options include different skin color and hair combinations for a slew of characters. And although much of the reaction to the new emoji has been positive, some users — particularly in Asian communities — are upset and confused by the default emoji skin color, which is yellow.
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So what's going on with those yellow-faced emoji? What is that trying to represent? And how did the skin colors get picked anyway?
That's what we're here to sort out.

Understanding how Unicode is addressing emoji diversity

[Song Samples] Where Was Drake's "0-100" Sampled From?



ProducerFrank Dukes



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Chipotle: The $22 billion burrito empire


The builders of a $22 billion burrito empire—the founder, his father, his college buddies, key execs, and a couple of pig farmers—open up about how they won the fast-food future. And yes, they dish about McDonald's.
By restaurant industry standards, Chipotle Mexican Grill does countless things wrong. Its outlets aren’t in the busiest locations. It spends too much money on food. It doesn’t serve breakfast; it doesn’t do drive-throughs, franchises, or even much in the way of advertising. It almost never adds anything new to its menu. Employees still cut all the tomatoes — hundreds of thousands of pounds a day — by hand. It is, in so many ways, the anti-McDonald’s.
Which is strange, particularly when you consider that Chipotle spent roughly eight years under McDonald’s corporate arches. McDonald’s early investment in the burrito chain gave it capital to grow, an inside look at ultra-efficient supply-chain economics, the know-how it needed to manage its expansion from 13 stores in 1998 to almost 500 in 2006. For its investment — roughly $340 million by the time of Chipotle’s initial public offering — McDonald’s got a nice little return. It turned out to be the short end of the stick.
In the years since their split, Chipotle’s rapid growth and consistently astonishing financial results have made it a darling of investors. Its commitment to fresh, high-quality ingredients at only slightly higher prices has helped to define a new wave of “fast casual” dining. And McDonald’s … well, everyone knows what’s happened to McDonald’s. As consumers’ tastes changed, the chain became the poster-child for America’s obesity epidemic. Sales slumped, and, recently, the stock price followed. Last week, McDonald's announced that Chief Executive Don Thompson would step down on March 1 and be replaced by Chief Brand Officer Steve Easterbrook. The incoming CEO has one job: to get the iconic chain back on some kind of track at a time when Chipotle and its disciples are ascendant.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

(Video) When Cartoons Were Racist: Banned 'Bugs Bunny' Racist Scene?


Southern Fried Rabbit 1953 Warner Bros.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

EP: 4thQu - "Get Over Yourself"


"This Project... It represents the incredible creation of something new. It also means not being selfish...creating opportunities and giving back. So without further adieu I present to you "Get Over Yourself" enjoy!!!"

- Freedom
- Mirror
- Change
- Truth




 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Thursday, January 29, 2015

(Video) Suge Knight KILLS friend in hit & run?



Suge Knight’s in trouble again. While on a movie set in Compton, the former Death Row CEO was involved in a fight with two men. Before fleeing the scene, he reversed his car and hit friend, Terry Carter. Carter later died from his injuries. According to TMZ, Suge’s lawyer is waiting for him to surrender to authorities.

Monday, January 26, 2015

B-More What Up?: Feds Bust $15 Million Cocaine Ring Funneling Profits Through Rita’s Italian Ice?

B-More What Up?: Feds Bust Up $15M Cocaine Ring Funneling Profits Through Rita's Italian Ice



"An alleged cocaine ring used a Rita’s Italian Ice store in Fells Point, rental properties and other businesses to launder money in a drug-trafficking operation that stretched from Baltimore to Houston, federal investigators said Wednesday."

Reports Baltimore Sun:
Authorities said they also believe the drug operation is connected to a 2012 Baltimore homicide.
A federal grand jury indicted seven men and two women on drug-conspiracy charges. Federal officials said they are seeking forfeiture of $15 million in cash as part of the case.
The drug organization was a major supplier of cocaine in the Baltimore region, said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. In addition to the Baltimore-to-Houston connection, the operation had ties to Northern Virginia and Staten Island, N.Y.
“This case illustrates for us the connections among drug organizations,” Rosenstein said.
Last week, more than 200 law enforcement officers in four states executed search warrants in connection with the case and seized 27 kilograms of cocaine valued at $3 million, jewelry valued at $2 million — including a 16-karat diamond ring — luxury vehicles and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.
An affidavit filed in federal court describes how officials believe members of the alleged ring used aliases, front businesses and vehicles with hidden compartments to move cash and drugs and evade law enforcement. Court documents also detail how investigators used surveillance and cellphone data to build their case.
Prosecutors allege Kedrick Arnold Jenifer, 43, of Bowie, was leader of the ring. Jenifer is co-owner of Flavor Factory LLC, a company that investigators said owns the Rita’s on Eastern Avenue in Fells Point. The shop was allegedly used to launder money from drug trafficking, according to the affidavit.
An attorney for Jenifer could not be reached Wednesday. Officials of Rita’s Franchise Co. issued a statement saying they were aware of the case but “cannot comment during this federal investigation.”
Members of the drug organization allegedly hid money and cocaine in secret compartments in vehicles traveling between Maryland and Texas, sometimes transported on car carriers. The affidavit alleged that money and cocaine were also stashed at the RCH Plaza, a brick warehouse on West Franklin Street, as well as in the homes of the defendants.
The affidavit also alleges that members of the ring used real estate transactions in the Baltimore area as part of its money-laundering operation.
Rosenstein said investigators believe the 2012 killing of John Moore, 60, who was shot in the head in Baltimore, is connected to the operation.
In September 2012, Moore and Brooke Lunn, a co-defendant in the case, were arrested near Houston with 30 kilograms of cocaine in a vehicle. The two returned to Baltimore after another person, Tracy Muse, posted bond for their release. Investigators say Muse was a girlfriend of Jenifer’s, and she is named among co-defendants in the drug case.
Moore was shot that October in the city, and the affidavit alleges the killing is related to the seizure of cocaine in Houston.
Eight of the defendants were arrested Oct. 9; another turned himself in the following day, according to prosecutors.
Other defendants are: Tyrone Allen, 42, of Bel Air; Thomas Simmons, 37, of Hampton, Va.; Andre Brewer, 35, of Elkridge; Michael Williams, 40, of Baltimore; Kermit Clark, 44, of Baltimore; and William Hegie, 54, of Baltimore.
Many of the defendants do not yet have attorneys listed in court records. They all are in custody.
Baltimore attorney William R. Buie III, who represents Brewer, said it was too early to comment on specifics of the allegations, but added that the case was notable for the surveillance technology the government used in its investigation.
In a biography posted on the company’s website, Jenifer says he created the company to raise awareness about troubled youths who end up in prison. The site quotes him saying: “The reason why many of us enter street life again is because they exit prison without a plan.”

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Guess What Baltimore! Mondawmin Mall Is Getting A TGI Fridays!


Aren't You Guys Excited ?! ( -_-)

We're sure this will be thee most ratchet TGI Fridays in the state of Maryland...

Leave a comment with your thoughts...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Apple now selling unlocked iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models without SIM cards?

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Apple has begun selling iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the U.S. without a contract or SIM card from a wireless carrier.
This makes it possible to buy an iPhone without going through any sort of middleman, and without any long-term obligation to a carrier. The phones are "unlocked," which means they can be activated for use with any carrier's SIM card: AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, etc. Of course, they're a lot more expensive than buying a phone with a contract — an iPhone 6 with a two-year contract starts at $199.

Apple's next MacBook Air could be thinner, lighter and have just one plug?

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Apple is reportedly working on a major redesign of the MacBook Air.
The unconfirmed report states that Apple plans to redesign the MacBook Air into a 12-inch device that will be narrower than the current 11-inch MacBook Air but taller to accommodate a larger screen.
It adds that the new MacBook Air would have a slimmer bezel surrounding the screen and keyboard, and would also be thinner and lighter. The report, from 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, a journalist with a healthy track record in Apple-related leaks and scoops, cites "sources within Apple" who have used internal prototypes of the computer.
The report continues that to achieve a smaller size, Apple might be jettisoning the MagSafe connector, removing the SD card slot and getting rid of full-size USB ports. The screen would be higher resolution, which is a feature Mac owners have wanted from the MacBook Air for quite some time.
9to5Mac commissioned some mock-ups of the purported device (remember, these are just mock-ups, not leaked images or actual product renders.)