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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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Nipsey Hussle Involved In L.A. Brawl After Being Mistaken For O.T. Genasis

Nipsey Hussle had a pretty eventful weekend. The rapper was reportedly involved in a brawl outside of a nightclub in West Hollywood on Sunday (Dec. 9). The only problem is, Nipsey wasn't the target; O.T. Genasis was.

The Victory Lap artist was reportedly outside of his girlfriend Lauren London's birthday bash at Nightingale's when the incident occurred. According to TMZ, several men approached Nipsey and his crew in the parking lot. A couple of them reportedly swung on the rapper before security was called to break up the situation.

While the brawl seemed random, but it apparently stemmed from an earlier interaction with O.T. Genasis. Earlier that night, the "Everybody Mad" rapper was reportedly spotted punching a man outside of the nightclub before chopping it up with Nipsey Hussle. TMZ reports that the unidentified man and friends were looking to even the score with O.T. Genasis and got mixed up because both him and Nipsey were wearing plaid shirts on the night of the incident. While it has not been confirmed, the situation looks like a typical case of mistaken identity.

Despite the drama, Nipsey seemed pretty unbothered when TMZ caught up with him outside of LAX. "That's life. We don't give that s**t no attention," Nipsey said about the altercation. "We workin' on music at this point. Do I got any bruises, any scratches? We workin' bro."

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Ciara Requests Mediation With Future Over Son's Travel Schedule

Ciara has had enough of the back and forth with her ex Future over their son's travel schedule. Now, she's requesting help from the family court. The singer is reportedly asking the judge to force Future into mediation with her so they can hash out a travel schedule for their four-year-old, Future Jr.

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Future has been a flake when it comes to keeping up with his visits with his son. He's allegedly missed scheduled visits and has frequently left baby Future with his mother or grandmother without spending time with him. The "Level Up" artist also noted that the constant traveling has been taxing on her son. So, she wants to figure out a schedule for his own wellbeing.

Ciara's legal team alleges that they attempted to straighten out a schedule without help from a judge, but were unsuccessful. If a judge will not grant a mandatory mediation, Ciara is requesting to settle the matter in a trial hearing.

Ciara and Future have had a very tumultuous relationship throughout the years. The former couple have been in and out of the courts regarding custody and child support. Hopefully, they will reach some middle ground in the new year.

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Vic Mensa Apologized To XXXTentacion's Mother Over BET Freestyle Diss

Vic Mensa sparked controversy earlier this year after he took jabs at XXXTentacion's abusive past during a freestyle at the 2018 BET Hip-Hop Awards. Many criticized the timing of his diss, saying he shouldn't have said it while X's mother was in attendance to accept her son's award. While Vic stated that he doesn't regret his comments, he admitted that he did apologize to X's mom.

"I actually reached out to his mother personally,” the rapper said during an appearance on radio's "The Breakfast Club" on Monday (Dec. 10). "I apologized to her because I didn’t know she would be in attendance… I wouldn’t walk back any of my statements because what I said, I meant. And some more truth came to light not long after."

He also mentioned that although his timing was inappropriate, his talking points were important and necessary. "At the end of the day, I do think that the conversation that I was trying to bring up and that I did bring up is a super necessary conversation," he continued. "Maybe the way of going about it was not the best for the time, but I think the conversation is one that had to be had – talking about violence against women and misogyny in hip-hop, but particularly violence against women. I had a lot of people on the low reach out to me and thank me for that."

As previously mentioned, XXXTentacion was accused of physically abusing his then-pregnant, ex-girlfriend. Vic's freestyle included the lines: "Only time you bear arms is in a wife beater, loser/Your favorite rapper is an abuser." Weeks after the viral diss, audio obtained by Pitchfork, revealed the rapper admitting to committing physical harm against her and others.

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