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Raheem DeVaughn Speaks On Being Arrested At 'Occupy DC'

The "Occupy" movement that has taken place over the past month continues to garner the support of citizens and celebrities alike, creating moments of history within public areas throughout the country. 

This past Sunday, R&B singer/radio show host Raheem DeVaughn and political activist Dr. Cornel West along with 19 protestors were arrested and held overnight for demonstrating against social and economic inequality on the steps of the Supreme Court House building in Washington D.C. The demonstration coincided with the dedication ceremony of the Dr. Martin Luther King memorial held on the National Mall.

"It was humbling, rewarding, historic," DeVaughn told VIBE about participating in Sunday's protests. The R&B artist and Dr. West had conducted a peaceful protest after the activist had given a speech on Freedom Plaza. The two met in 2007 at the BET Honors event during a tribute to West.  West was holding a sign that read "Poverty Is The Greatest Violence Of All" which was considered illegal on the Supreme Court steps. 

The inmates that DeVaughn met while being held overnight said they were thankful to the protestors and artists rallying on their behalf. He feels that music gives him the responsibility to use his art as a public platform for change.

"I think Sunday solidified that once again, you cant just talk the talk, you gotta walk the walk," DeVaughn said. "It ain't always about the red carpet look 'cause trust me there's nothing red carpet about being locked up."

The Grammy-award nominated artist is no stranger to social involvement, having his music speak on current events, such as his Grammy-award nominatedThe Love and War MasterPeace album from 2010. The soul singer has always been aware of current events and expressing them in his music.

"I always been inspired and aspire to inspire through the music, I feel like I've always made the soundtrack to a movement," DeVaughn said. "There are times I question, you know, is anybody even listening, does anybody even care?"

Radio has been another outlet for the singer to speak out about social issues. On his show The Raheem DeVaughn Internet Radio Show that broadcasts on Blis.fm, DeVaughn weighs in on a variety of topics from civil rights to health issues.

He is also working on a project in collaboration with Kenny Dope along with his fourth album A Place Called Loveland that will primarily deal with love and relationships.

When asked about the transition from socially conscious artist to soul singer, DeVaughn said it's not difficult. "I'm a lover by nature, a lover by heart, so I embrace the balance of both."

DeVaughn hopes that his involvement in the protests and his music inspires his peers, "brothers and sisters" to become more aware of the events occurring not just at home, but worldwide. 

"If I'm not representing the people with my music, for the goodwill of the Creator," said DeVaughn. "It's all in vain at the end of the day." —Adelle Platon 

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The pair are reportedly gearing up to co-headline the Legendary Nights Tour featuring YG, DJ Mustard, and Megan Thee Stallion.

The tour will kick off on Aug. 28 at St. Louis' Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, hitting a total of 24 cities, including Chicago, Washington DC, and Atlanta. The Legendary Nights Tour will conclude on Oct. 5 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

Fans will be able to purchase presale tickets through Citi and Tidal on Tuesday (June 18). The general public can buy tickets on Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m. on LiveNation.com.

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The Legendary Nights Tour:

Wed Aug 28, St. Louis, MO Hollywood Casino, Amphitheatre

Fri Aug 30, Indianapolis, IN, Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center+

Sat Aug 3, Chicago, IL, Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Sun Sep 01, Detroit, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre+

Tue Sep 03, Cincinnati, OH, Riverbend Music Center

Wed Sep 04, Cleveland, OH, Blossom Music Center

Fri Sep 06, Pittsburgh, PA, KeyBank Pavilion+

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Sun Sep 08, Boston, MA, Xfinity Center

Tue Sep 10, Hartford, CT, XFINITY Theatre

Wed Sep 11, Wantagh, NY, Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

Fri Sep 13, Philadelphia, PA, BB&T Pavilion

Sat Sep 14, Saratoga Springs, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Sun Sep 15, Buffalo, NY, Darien Lake Amphitheater

Tue Sep 17, Washington, DC, Jiffy Lube Live

Thu Sep 19, Raleigh, NC, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Fri Sep 20, Virginia Beach, VA, Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater*

Sun Sep 22, Atlanta, GA, Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Mon Sep 23, Tampa, FL, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre

Tue Sep 24, West Palm Beach, FL, Coral Sky Amphitheatre

Fri Sep 27, Austin, TX, Austin360 Amphitheater+

Sun Sep 29, Houston, TX, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

Tue Oct 01, Albuquerque, NM, Isleta Amphitheater

Thu Oct 03, Phoenix, AZ, Ak-Chin Pavilion

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Donald Trump Refuses To Apologize To The Exonerated Five

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"You have people on both sides of that," Trump told reporters outside the White House on Tuesday (June 18) when asked if he would apologize to the exonerated men. "They admitted their guilt."

The president also noted Linda Fairstein's part in the case, stating that she and others still believe the men are guilty. "If you look at Linda Fairstein and look at some of the prosecutors," he continued. "They think that the city should never have settled that case. So we’ll leave it at that."

As previously reported, Trump took out an $85,000 ad in New York City newspapers in 1989 calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty in New York following the arrest of five teens in connection to the rape of a white jogger in Central Park.

All five teens were convicted based on coerced confessions and little evidence. They were exonerated in 2002 due to DNA evidence, which proved their innocence, and testimony from the real rapist.

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"The statements that he made and the ads that he took out, he took out two weeks after they were arrested, before their trial, calling for the deaths of the minors,” DuVernay told People of Trump's past actions.

Holy shit -- years after DNA evidence exonerated them, Trump suggests the Central Park 5 are guilty and refuses to apologize for saying they should be executed.

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— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 18, 2019

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