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Reintroducing Young Chris: From Roc-A-Fella To Division 1, Philly's Back [Pg.2]

Are yall still real tight?

It's funny you ask that because Jay’s nephew was in the studio with me last night. He came down to Philly. I did a verse with one of his homies. That ain't going to never change. I can't change that. That's something that [ponders thoughts], they raised me when I was 14-years-old. It wouldn't be me if I pointed the finger. My biggest record says, "Roc-a-Fella records 'cause we, we get down"—nominated for a Grammy. That's my family. That's my extended family. Will always be. It's always good vibes.

I was at Philly's 100.3 The Beat Super Jam 2 a few weeks ago, and I didn't see you when all the Philly rappers came out with Meek.

I wasn't performing. If I can't get it all the way I want to get it off, the way I belong, and I know what I'm worth and what I'm supposed to do, then I wasn't going to show up. And I had to give you that honest answer because I'm not with the political bullsh*t.

I feel you. I know Beans is making music again.

Actually, me and [Beanie Sigel] got a new record together, off of Cardiak Beats. Shoutouts to Cardiak. I'm about to put out a tape with Cardiak called The Revival and Beans is actually featured on one of the records.

So you're working on another new mixtape?

Yeah, I'm working on The Revival right now and on my album Alive. You know L.I.F.E (Ladies In Free Everywhere) just dropped. And you see all the names I just threw out?

Yeah.

That was the whole concept. L.I.F.E. was for the ladies, The Revival was the thing that'll bring you back to life. Me and Cardiak did that together because he got the cardiac flatline in his beats so it made sense because the album is titled Alive.  

You came back with a bigger buzz after each mixtape hit. When can we expect the album?

Look forward to September. September is back to school time, third quarter. I just want to drop it when it feels right. We're not in a rush. We're not out here hungry for paper, so I'm comfortable. I just want to drop it whenever I feel as though it's right. I got some bullets right now. I got a record with Kelly Rowland titled "Mile High Club." I got a record with Mario titled "Stars." I got a record with Rico Love titled "You Are" off the new mixtape [L.I.F.E.]. We just did a video for it. We're about to go hard for that

"Philly Sh*t” was like the new Philly anthem, but what's next?

The next move is the "U R" record. We just shot the video like two days ago. I was out in Miami. I just bought a condo out there so I'm going to be out there spending a lot of time creating. The tighter me and Rico get, the tighter the records are. That's my brother. Like I said, family first. We're going to spend a lot of time together and make the best records, make some classics. You know, he just won songwriter of the year. I'm trying to get my boys to do this "State Prop Back" track off the "Tupac Back.” Hopefully the record gets done before you put the interview out [laughs].

So what's up with State Prop. Are y'all trying to make more music together?

Definitely. Sparks spent the whole weekend out in Miami with me this past weekend. Me and Beans got something together. Me and Neef were just at the—I actually went to the concert the other day. We went with Wiz. We met up with Wiz Khalifa and we chilled for a minute. Then I left though. I rolled out. That's why you didn't see me when you saw Freeway and Neef and everybody. I left. I was with them that day though. You know, me and Freeway, we speak everyday. We speak on a daily basis. Me and Peedi are tight as well. Everybody's got their mojo. They're ready. It's just a matter of getting in the studio and getting it done.

How's Peedi doing?

Peedi's great. That's one of my favorites. I tell everybody, I tell them how much I talk to him. I tell him, 'yo come on Crakk, you can't let that go to waste.' That boy's too talented. I feel like he has a lot to offer. 

You usually have 2-3 songs for ladies on your mixtapes, but you dedicated the whole tape to the ladies this time. What made you spin that way?

I had to figure out a way to reveal that side of me, to be with my females. I figured that was one of the best ways to do it. It ain't the typical. Everybody ain't doing sh*t like that. You probably hear one or two songs or whatever, but I was like, 'I'm going to dedicate this to y'all.' It was around the time of Mother's Day. My daughter's birthday had just passed. Everything was perfect timing for me with that. And on the flip side of that, you said you just saw it—the Cosmic Kev freestyle showed the guys and the streets, 'he's not slipping, he ain't fall off, he just took the time to dedicate this one to [the ladies]. But here you go for y'all too.' 11 minutes straight. I like to show off and give a little bit of everything I got to offer and to show my versatility, to show how unique I am.

From the songs you sampled?

Yeah, I think they were special to everybody honestly. Especially, the "Hey Lover." That's Uncle LL. LL was one of the smoothest. You'd think he was R&B. But he was one of the smoothest rap cats in the game, so I felt like if I was going to do the player thing and remake everybody, why wouldn't it be my man. And we all knew the impact Big Pun had on us. He was one of a kind. Me and Rico broke that record down, and it's crazy because Joe was already on it. So shoutout to Rico for that. Him and Joe got a tight relationship so I was like, 'wow this is amazing.' I know everybody else felt the way I felt when they heard him on it. Keith Sweat, baby-making records of course. Like I told you, I came up to him. If I didn't, my niece, my nephew, then somebody was born off them [laughs]. I was just around for the moment though.

So what is exactly your type of lady?

I hate stuck-up. [I like them] sophisticated, plain, classy, sassy. The one little thing...I hate that “got damn she fine but she party all the time” [laughs][quoting Jay-Z's "Girls, Girls, Girls"]. I don't really ask for much. 

What are you looking forward to the ladies wearing this summer?

I like to see a lot of skin. It's crazy what the water and the sun will do to these ladies that'll help a man see. I say the bikinis. I ain't too worried about their brands. I'm more so worried about what's under it [laughs].

Well, what's your favorite part on a woman then?

Face first. I'm a feign for pretty stuff. That's the first thing that gets me—her face. Then I look right down. Hopefully she got on flip-flops. I'd like to see her feet—I don't want to have no Martin situations [refers to the episode of Martin where he pulled the covers back and sees a crusty pair of feet][laughs]. But yeah, face first. And I like natural. I always ask girls with pretty long hair, 'why y'all wear weave though.' I'll never get it. I guess it's easier to deal with?

I mean, yeah. But I don't know, I don't wear weave.

That's what's up then. You understand me.

The relaxers and all that?

Yeah, I don't get it. It throws me off.

You prefer long hair over short hair?

Oh no, it don't matter. Some women look just as sexy as they are with long hair, with it short. I love them both. I do not discriminate. Trust me.

I know you have a daughter but do you want more kids?

Just one. No more kids. Not right now, anyway. I feel like it'd be selfish if I had another kid right now while I'm doing this music. I have to focus on my music. Luckily, she knows her daddy. She knows who I am. She knows me real well. Family, her mom, everybody is  

What's something you want to let everybody know?

Get that L.I.F.E. Make sure everybody downloads is for free off of youngchris.com, off division1.com. Just look forward to the album and this new record I just did called "U R" [featuring Rico Love]. I hope everybody loves it like I love it. We just shot the video so look forward to that.  And follow me [on Twitter]: @YoungChris. They show me love, I show it back.

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Kentucky Catholic School Faces Backlash After Students Berate Indigenous Peoples March Protesters

Representatives from Kentucky's Covington Catholic High School have confirmed plans to look into their student body after several of their students appeared in a viral video harassing and mocking protesters at an Indigenous Peoples March.

The viral video above spread around the web Saturday (Jan. 19) a day after the protest that took place in Washington, D.C. Teens in the video were rocking "Make America Great Again" to support President Donald Trump and the anti-abortion March for Life demonstration that was also taking place on Indigenous Peoples Day.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports  Laura Keener, the communications director with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, released a statement about the video: "We are just now learning about this incident and regret it took place. We are looking into it."

In the video below, Indigenous elder Nathan Phillips of the Omaha tribe was reportedly performing a song meant to calm down the crowd when the large group of teens surrounded him, with one eye to eye as he and another elder chanted.

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In tears, Phillips recalled the incident, calling for an apology and that the teens would "put that energy into making this country really great." The teens also got their messages mixed up when they also screamed "build that wall" toward him.

"I heard them saying 'build the wall, build that wall,'" he said.  "This is indigenous land. We’re not supposed to have walls here. Before anyone came here there were no walls, we never even had prisons. We always took care of our elders, we took care of our children. We taught them right from wrong."

 

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Speaking to The Enquirer Vincent Schilling shared how Phillips has been attacked in the past for standing up for indigenous peoples. Schilling, who is a member of the Mohawk tribe, said Phillips was pelted with trash just a few years ago by Eastern Michigan University students who hosted a Native American-themed party.

"As a Native American journalist, I find this to be one of the most egregious displays of naïve – I can’t even say naïve. It’s racism. It’s blatant racism," Schilling said.

"The guy has just been through a lot. To see Mr. Phillips treated this way is an incalculable amount of disrespect, and it's absolutely unacceptable in Native culture. As a Native man, I’ve got it countless times myself I’ve been mocked, I’ve been teased, my culture has been ridiculed. This is just another brick in the wall. I wanted so bad to walk up to those kids and say, 'You know this is a Vietnam veteran, right?'"

Director Ava DuVernay slammed the teens for their behavior as well as a number of indigenous social justice figures.

Thank you to @VinceSchilling of @IndianCountry and many others who identified the proud Native man who is being harassed. He is Mr. Nathan Phillips. I’m reposting this video from “ka_ya11” on IG. This man’s words pierce my heart. The grace. The wisdom. The hope. pic.twitter.com/BKOA40SVq5

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 19, 2019

Thank you for the kind shout-out @Ava

Nathan Phillips and I have shared in a sacred pipe ceremony to honor Native American veterans.

He is a Vietnam veteran, such behavior is terrible.

Again, thank you for your support. https://t.co/RRaQeEJFku

— Vincent Schilling (@VinceSchilling) January 19, 2019

The teens in the video haven't been identified.

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Man Exonerated After Serving 45 Years Forced To Sell Prison Artwork For Money

A Detroit man who served 45 years behind bars for a crime that he didn’t commit, is forced to sell his personal collection of artwork that he made in prison. Richard Phillips, 72, doesn’t have steady income at the moment, and his lawyer is currently battling the state of Michigan to get him compensated for the wrongful conviction that stole his freedom.

"I don't have an income right now," said Phillips while showing off his paintings to Fox 2 Detroit. "This is my income."

In the early 1970s, Phillips was wrongfully convicted for the murder of Gregory Harris. He was sentenced to life in prison but always maintained his innocence. “I would rather died in prison than admit to a crime I didn’t do,” Philips said.

Phillips was convicted through an eyewitness account implicating him and a second man, Richard Palombo. In 2010, Palombo admitted that Phillips had no involvement in the murder and that he didn’t even know him. A new investigation was launched in 2014, nearly 20 years later Phillips appealed his murder conviction.

Last March, Wayne County Prosecutors Kym Worthy dropped all charges against Phillips, officially freeing him from prison. “There’s nothing that I can say to bring back 40 years of his life. The system failed him. There’s no question about it,” Worthy said at the time. “This is a true exoneration. Justice is indeed being done today, but there’s nothing that we can do ... to bring back those years of his life.”

Art played a big part in helping maintain his sanity through the sentence. Though he remained optimistic, Phillips admitted that he never truly believed he would be released. To pass the time, he began painting. He pulled inspiration from everywhere: his favorite artists, photos and even tapped into some of the loneliness that he felt in prison. "It was created in a harsh environment. But it goes to show you that beauty can come from something ugly."

Last year, Detroit's Demond Ricks was awarded $1 million for spending 25 years in prison on a wrongful conviction. As it stands, Phillips is the longest-serving wrongfully convicted former prisoner in U.S. history.

Phillips' artwork will be on display at Michigan's Ferndale's Level One gallery beginning Jan. 18.

See more on his artwork in the video below.

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Gladys Knight Defends Decision To Perform National Anthem At Super Bowl Amid Criticism

Glad Knight says she wants to “give the National Anthem back its voice.” The music legend released a new statement defending her decision to sing  the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in Atlanta, next month, amid criticism from fans.

Several artists turned down offers to perform at the Super Bowl in protest of the league’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick. Knight clarified that her choice to sing has nothing to do with Kaepernick, and she doesn't exactly agree with the anthem being "dragged into the debate."

"I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are police violence and injustice,” Knight said in a statement to Variety. “It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone.”

The 74-year-old singer also noted that she has been on the forefront of social justice issues for much of her career. "I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words,” Knight said. “The way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good.

"No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it,” she continued. “I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us."

Knight isn’t alone in catching heat for joining the Super Bowl lineup. Travis Scott and Big Boi, both of whom will perform with Maroon 5 at halftime, received backlash as well.

Earlier in the week, reports surfaced claiming Scott had a meeting with Kaepernick that ended with “mutual respect” and “understanding.” Kaepernick’s girlfriend and Hot 97 DJ, Nessa Diab, denied the report tweeting, “There is NO mutual respect and there is NO understanding for anyone working against @Kaepernick7 PERIOD. #stoplying.”

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