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Hurricane Sandy PM Roundup

Hi everyone - I'm Evan, and I'm Vibe.com's new Evening Editor.

Today's my first day, and I'm glad it's such a nice, boring one.

Oh wait.

So if you've been under a rock or in sunny California for the last few days, Hurricane Sandy is currently tearing a path of destruction up the Eastern Seaboard. While I watch my windows buckle from the wind, here's a roundup of all the relevant links and stories from the first day of the Frankenstorm.

Here at Vibe, we posted about the Disney Cruise Ship that Sandy rocked. Besides that, the HMS Bounty sank off the coast of North Carolina today, and the Coast Guard is still searching for crew members. The boat is a replica of the one from the 1962 movie "Mutiny On The Bounty," and appeared in some of the Pirates of the Caribbean films.

Here in New York, a construction crane on the side of a Midtown Manhattan building snapped in half and is still dangling perilously above the street.

Michael Appleton for The New York Times

Note: I heard that thing snap, and it was LOUD. If the real storm isn't even here yet, who knows what kind of damage we're facing.

The mid-Atlantic and Jersey Shore are heavily flooded already, and much of Atlantic City appears to be underwater.

Also, the pictures you are sharing on Facebook are fake. Don't get it twisted. If you are actually posting real pictures of the storm, maybe stay off Instagram and get inside for safety. Just a tip.

That's all for now, we will update if anything else major happens.

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Taraji P. Henson Says 'Empire' Set Is "Great" Amid Jussie Smollett Case

Taraji P. Henson is claiming that Jussie Smollett's legal battle has had no effect on the Empire set's climate. "It's a great atmosphere," Henson told ET on Sunday (March 17).

Smollett was charged last month with felony disorderly conduct for filing an alleged false report to the Chicago police on Jan. 29, claiming he was assaulted by two masked men. Now, Smollett was reduced to a smaller role in the fifth season of the Fox show and has been shelved entirely from the last two episodes of the season.

According to the 48-year-old actress, the set's mood during production has not changed much in the wake of Smollett's on-going case.

Though Henson offered up the set's current atmosphere, the Acrimony star did not make any direct comments about the scandal. She did, however, comment on her character Cookie's trials that will occur in the second half of the season. "Cookie's on a really emotional roller coaster this year," Henson revealed. "She's finding herself."

Smollett is currently facing 16 felony charges for his assumed role in the staging of a hate crime against himself and for filing a false police report.

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Allow Salma Slims To Provide "Seasoning" With Her Irresistible Flow

Salma Slims has come out the kitchen with some new heat.

The Private Club Records prodigy recently released a new song titled "Seasoning," giving her fans the sauce they've craved and then some.

"My flow change like seasons/this that sauce that seasoning/do the whole rap game breezy," Slims rapped on the record produced by Cam Wallace who has worked with artists such as Ty Dolla $ign and Sevyn Streeter. The track single is a teaser for what fans can expect for the artist's and model's upcoming project Runway Rapper expected later this year.

Although she's presently an up-and-coming hip-hop artist and a successful model, instead of rapping about the current "hats" she wears, Slims recalled her past life working in retail as a reminder of tough days.

"Double the dose/I  do this s**t for my bros/I do this s**t for the days I was workin' at Lowes/That s**t was pushin' me close," she rhymed as she rode the beat. Slims also had smoke for anyone who could be bitin' her style and how chasing a "bag" is the only thing she needs.

"Might take a hit from the bong/B***h I get lit while I'm gone/Bitin' my style man, n***as is clones/They just can't leave me alone/I'm in the house like Jerome/I'm in the house like Jerome/Might put life in a song/I put my life in a song." 

"One eighty on the dash/Lil' n***a speeding/Big bag only thing I'm needing/I'm bad Mike Jack wanna beat it." 

Keep an eye out for Atlanta's rising rapper, she's the pinch of seasoning the industry needs.

 

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This that sauce 🍜 that Seasoning 🧂!!!link in bio !! I’m getting so much love on this song from y’all keep streaming. Let’s keep going up we just getting warmed up. #TeamSalma

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Drake, Boogz, Gilla And Other Toronto Artists Talks Toronto Gun Violence In New Documentary

Mustafa The Poet commissioned some of Toronto's brightest stars to speak candidly about the city's growing gun violence. Against a black backdrop Rax, Gilla and the Six-God himself Drake, all discuss losing a peer senselessly to the streets.

Titled Remember Me, Toronto the somber 11-minute documentary shed a light on the emotional after effect gun violence has on the victim's loved ones. “They don’t know the pain I’ve been through,” Boogz from Malvern said. “The friends I’ve lost.”

Drake attributed the city's violence--which boasts more than 98 homicides and 406 shootings in 2018, making it Toronto's bloodiest year on record-- to feuds passed down generationally. "In a lot of the situations in the city it's passed down by elders, people don't even know the logistics of the beef or why or what really happened, it's just I am conditioned to hate this area of this group of people, " he said.

While street life may be glamorized in some artist's music, Baka NotNice noted the consequences of that lifestyle are far from braggadocious.“You know that feeling when you get the cuffs put on you and you get put in the back of the car. It’s not a game when that happens It’s for real,” he said.

The "God's Plan" rapper also discussed the power street credibility has on the male ego. "It's a daunting path to try and be the biggest and baddest from your ends," Drake said.

Reflectively, Gilla said all this death could be a great teacher in a perfect world.

“I wish we could push a button so that everyone we lost to street life, they’re back, but everything that happened that led up to this sh*t we can remember, and all the pain and sh*t that we still felt we can still feel it and now we have a chance to be like ‘Yo, do we really want to do this sh*t again?'

Check out Remember Me, Toronto Shebib scored documentary above.

 

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