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One Q, One A: Dead Prez's Stic.Man Advocates Going Green

VIBE: Most people either become aware of going green when it’s Earth Day or if there’s a cute recycle slogan written on a shopping bag. How can the everyday person transition into the lifestyle without being drastic?

Stic.Man: Going green is a holistic lifestyle from the inside to your environment, and it starts with realizing that there’s a relationship from the top to the bottom and from the bottom to the top. A lot of people limit going green to putting plastic in a recycling can or something like that but it’s about your green intake in terms of food. It’s about having a high chlorophyll intake, it’s about getting your entrepreneurship up, going green is getting money, it’s about the relationship with taking care of your family and being a healing force within your community and also the Earth.

It’s a lifestyle that’s not new to indigenous people but that has been our way of doing things before they even called it going green. And it boils down to respect [and] a natural relationship in cultivating that in yourself and your actions. Remember coming up when your momma said, “Turn that damn light off if you ain’t in the room?” that was one of the first concepts of conserving energy.

It’s hard for the Black and Brown communities on certain levels to relate to this idea of the environment because our land has been stolen from us, and our abilities to affect our environment have been compromised by oppression and disenfranchisement and all these things, so when you start coming to a community that’s dealing with all this and you say, “We need to start recycling plastic,” people are like fuck that shit. So I think where people can start relating to it first is that your own body is an environment. Somebody’s mom might have diabetes or their pops might have a heart attack—there’s all kinds of health related issues in our comminutes because of a lack of knowledge, a lack of options, a lack of resources as it relates to us saying I have to put out what I want to get out, and that’s the same concept as when we’re talking about our environment—the way I treat my neighborhood, the way I consume things and the way I dispose of the waste. Once you realize you have to stop polluting your inner environment with all that Mc Donald’s and all that Hennessey and start giving a fuck about yourself, then you’ll see that it relates to your outer environment too. I don’t think people are going to care about the environment if they don’t care about themselves. If you’re living and feeling health then you’re gonna walk outside and breath some fresh air too. It goes in stages but it starts with self. —As told to Starrene Rhett

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Tory Lanez Sued For Alleged Attack In Miami Nightclub

Tory Lanez is facing legal trouble over an alleged altercation that went down inside Miami’s LIV nightclub last year. Christopher “Prince” Harty, an up-and-coming artist and Miami promoter who appeared on Love & Hip-Hop: Miami claims that Lanez attacked him last November.

The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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