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Shawty Lo Says Gucci Mane Ready to ‘Reclaim His Career,’ Talks T.I.

While hip-hop fans anticipate Gucci Mane’s release from prison, fellow Atlanta rapper Shawty Lo has been helping to keep his friend in high spirits while locked up.

On Tuesday (January 5), the "Dey Know" rapper shot a video at T.I.’s Club Crucial and Atlanta’s Bedford Pines housing projects, where the support for Gucci was palpable.

"I talk to him on a regular basis,” Shawty Lo tells VIBE. “We keep him posted [on things going on in the industry]. He probably on the phone right now. I ain’t got to give him advice, though. Gucci know what he gotta do — he’s a grown man. You know, he got his head up. He’s ready to come back home.”

Gucci was sentenced to 12 months in prison this past November for violation of probation. On certain conditions, he may serve a lesser sentence.

“He just got caught up in a situation but that dude gon’ be alright this time. We learn from our mistakes. But it’s just…the police just really got it in for us rappers right now, so we just got to be careful of what we’re doing,” Lo says. “His spirits is up, and he get a lot of mail and get a lot of support from the fans in the streets and, you know, he’s just waiting to come home to reclaim his career.”

There’s much to reclaim. Recently, recently buried the hatchet with his longtime nemesis Young Jeezy, on DJ Drama’s Gangsta Grillz Radio show on Atlanta's 107.9. "It's way bigger than all of us," Gucci told Jeezy during the call. "The way the city has been supporting all three of us, they deserve it. It's about that time. We getting older, growing, let's do it for the city."

“I kind of knew, it was gon’ happen,” says Lo, who was listening in with the rest of his stunned city. “It’s a real big look for hip-hop, not only for them two to squash their beef but for me and T.I. to squash our beef.”

Lo describes his current relationship with T.I., who is currently serving time in a halfway house, as “great.”

“I wrote a song called, ‘Look What You Got’ and I’m talking about all the situations,” he says. “Me and T.I. situation, Gucci and Jeezy situation, and how the beefs end. It’s like, let’s just move forward and just do it for the fans because there’s people that look up to us. And we don’t need negativity.” —Linda Hobbs

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President Trump Speaks On A$AP Rocky's Detainment In Sweden

President Donald Trump spoke out in support of rapper A$AP Rocky who has been jailed in Sweden for more than two weeks after an altercation. The Harlem native is being accused of an assault that occurred on June 30.

The Hill posted a short video of Trump's stance on Twitter. "I personally don't know A$AP Rocky but I can tell you he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country," he said. "When I say African American, I think I can really say everybody in this country because we're all one."

President Trump: "I personally don’t know A$AP Rocky but I can tell you he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country. When I say African American, I think I can really say from everybody in this country n/c we’re all one." https://t.co/GCjjZTJ9fn pic.twitter.com/0YR4BOoiLZ

— The Hill (@thehill) July 19, 2019

What looked to be an attempt to clean his slate of the accusations of racist rhetoric, his plea looks to be questionable, according to Variety. "A$AP Rocky is a situation in Sweden, a great country, and friends of mine and the leadership," Trump continued. "And we're going to be talking to them, we've already started. Many, many members of the African-American community have called me, friends of mine, and said 'can you help?'"

On Friday (July 19), a Stockholm court approved prosecutors' request to hold Rocky for at least six more days, stating that he was a flight risk, The New York Times reports. A hearing for the rapper will be reportedly held on July 25 to determine the case's outcome, a spokesperson for the Swedish Prosecution Authority noted.

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Kumasi J. Barnett Flips Classic Comic Books To Highlight An Heroic Black Experience

Marvel and DC movies are raking in millions in the box office telling the stories of Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain Marvel, Spiderman, Batman, The Flash, Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Superman, just to name a few. These daring and striking films stem from the ever so popular classic comics, and a new spin on the tales comes from a Brooklyn-based artist Kumasi J. Barnett.

Lowell Ryan Projects presents Barnett's The Amazing Black-Man exhibit which kicked off July 13 in Los Angeles. The series features two hundred hand-painted comic books from the DC and Marvel world.

Barnett, however, has painted over these vintage covers to give a very black presence. Replacing all familiar faces with new characters including The Amazing Black-Man, The Media's Thug, Whitedevil, and Police-Man, the narrative for the comics instantaneously change.

He replaces Spider-Man's unforgettable bodysuit to a hoodie and jeans, Superman's logo with stars and bars of the Confederate flag, and turns all of the supervillains into the controversial nemesis –the police.

While flipping the Good v. Evil narrative, Barnett addresses real-world issues and works to resolve the strain of racism in American history and the justice system.

His re-creations pose the questions: What kind of superhero is The Amazing Black-Man? In a society built on systemic racism, does his brown mask hide his identity or define it? Is his costume actually a costume?

The exhibition runs through August 17.

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Netflix Releases 'Dear White People' Season 3 Trailer

Loose ends are finally tied, while other storylines and character arcs are more defined in the third season of Netflix's Dear White People. The Justin Simien comedy released its trailer Friday (July 19).

Shadow And Act report a few scenes that season three will deliver includes Sam (Logan Browning) parting ways with her radio show, Troy (Brandon Bell) experiencing a parody or pastiche, and Lionel (DeRon Horton) continuing to live in his identity.

The campus' secret society, The Order of X, also reappears after being discovered in season 2 by Sam and Lionel. Depicting a lighter and easing going tone is a shift from the gloom and murk from previous seasons while still giving a satirical sense of style. As the series moves through its characters dealing with microaggressions and evident racism at Winchester University, the script addresses a range of controversial issues.

Yvette Nicole Brown (Avengers: Endgame), Blair Underwood (When They See Us), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black), and the show's creator Simien are set to make guest appearances throughout the season, according to IndieWire. 

Season 3 will premiere on Aug. 2.

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