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What Has Obama Done?

The 2012 presidential election may come down to one question. Only you have the answer.

Jay-Z was standing onstage like he has so many times before. As usual, with cap cocked slightly to the side. But his usual new blue Yankee was now replaced by a Brooklyn Nets logo that beamed from above a black rim. Hov was headlining the Made in America festival, hosted by Philadelphia and sponsored by Budweiser, a heartland brand with strong ties to tractor pulls and NASCAR events. But there he was; the world’s most renowned rapper in his B-boy stance, just about ready to rip into his full set for a crowd of more than 40,000 attendees. Before he launched into his show, he paused for a public service announcement not produced by Just Blaze. The large screens behind him lit up. The face of President Barack Obama appeared. “Thank you, Jay-Z, for letting me crash your show,” began the prez. Then there was a noise, a sound unfamiliar to Jay-Z: A groan rose from the crowd. Boos followed and petered out as Obama continued.

The president’s pretaped message went on to give Jay-Z props for rising above his circumstances, and implore festival attendees to register and vote (Pennsylvania has recently passed one of the strictest voter I.D. laws in the country). The boos subsided and eventually turned to applause as Obama closed out. It was likely that the interruption was unwelcomed only because it put a pause on a Jay-Z performance, not because Obama was suddenly a pariah to this young and multiracial audience. Despite an eager crowd hungry to feed its rap fix, there was always the possibility that some of the hecklers had the question swirling around in their heads:

What the [email protected]%k has Obama done so far?

Those angry words fueled the Tea Party’s hubris and filled Liberals’ indifference during Barack Obama’s first term. Flipped on its head, the question powered a clever Web site called whatthefuckhasobamadonesofar.com that outlined every major Obama accomplishment, from signing his first piece of legislation—the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Restoration Act, which reset the time limit for filing an equal pay lawsuit—to issuing the order to kill al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. But the Web site, with its seemingly infinite list of achievements, failed to silence Obama critics. And the question still lingers.

The inquiry had Nicki Minaj, or one of her preposterous alter-egos, rapping the praises of Republican candidate Mitt Romney: “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy bitches is fuckin’ up the economy.”

While Minaj was only shock-mongering with her lyrics, to most of us, the issues surrounding economy and the numbers associated with its survival muddy the waters. However, they tell only a fraction of the story. The national debt is boiling over at $16 trillion, about $120,000 per American household. The president’s approval ratings—which have fallen to as low as 38 percent several times—have been weighted down by a beleaguered economy and unemployment rates that refuse to fall below the number his economic advisors predicted (8 percent) after the 2009 stimulus plan ($787 billion). Black unemployment rates were 14.4 percent in June. The numbers go on and on. But those digits don’t explain the backing Obama enjoys from the Black and Hispanic communities.

In an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll that gauged the support for both presidential candidates, Mitt Romney received an astounding 0 percent of the Black support. Obama received a whopping 94 percent and 2–1 lead over Romney among Latino voters. There is something deeper at play than charts, graphs and statistics.

Black Republicans who were ushered into Congress in 2010 on a wave of Tea Party enthusiasm, such as Tim Scott and Allen West, would describe the support as blind connection to a party whose policy is detrimental to minorities.

But it’s not just the party they are reacting to, it’s also about the old anecdote oft told in political circles: The one about a grief-stricken man who watched the funeral procession of Franklin D. Roosevelt and seemed to take the president’s death extremely hard. An eager reporter approached the man. “Excuse me, sir. Did you know President Roosevelt?” “No,” the man replied. “I didn’t know the president. But he knew me.”

Today, there is a push by the Republican governors around the nation to enforce voter I.D. laws or to add new obstructions, intending to make it more difficult for minorities, the poor and the elderly to cast their votes. States like Florida, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, where Obama cut into Jay-Z’s concert, could suppress votes in the upcoming election.

At the Democratic National Convention in August, Obama offered an update on his hope and change theme of 2008. This time he turned the responsibility on you—us. “The election four years ago wasn’t about me,” he said. “It was about you. My fellow citizens, you were the change.” In Obama’s world, he has reframed the question. It is not about his action or accomplishment. When the 2012 election is history, the votes have been tallied and the president has been named, a different question will linger in the air: What the [email protected]%k have you done?!

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Young Thug Blasts Pusha T For Dissing Drake On Leaked Pop Smoke Song

Young Thug isn’t mincing words when it comes to his opinion on Pusha T dissing Drake on a leaked song that was set to appear on Pop Smoke’s posthumous album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon.

After the song, “Paranoia,” surfaced online this past weekend, Thugger made it clear that he didn’t know King Push was going to diss Drake on the track, which features him and Gunna.

“I don’t respect the Pusha T verse on the song with me and Gunna [because] I don’t have [nothing] to do with ya’ll beef nor does Gunna, and if I knew that was about him I would’ve made changes on our behalf..the rapper s**t so gay,” Thugger wrote on his Instagram Story early Tuesday (July 7).

“Don’t feel bad, NOBODY knew what the verse was [about],” Pusha responded in one of multiple posts accusing Drake of snitching to the record label to get the song pulled from Pop Smoke's album. “The label heads that stopped it didn’t even know. They ONLY ASSUME because HE [Drake] TOLD them! The same way HE TOLD [about] the Ross ‘Maybach 6’ verse. And if HE’LL TELL record executives [about] rap verses, God only knows what else HE’LL TELL! I don’t deal in police work, police rappers or police n**gas!!!!"

AYO PUSHA T IS SNAPPINNN ON YOUNG THUG RIGHT NOW 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/3VHgeg9xFp

— King Wow (@wowthatshiphop) July 7, 2020

Thugger went back on Instagram and blasted Pusha for having a “weak” verse.

“First of all your verse is 7 days…that muthafucka’ weak,” he said. “Second of all, you already went crazy the first time...it an’t nothing but a sucka [move]... going on double takes, triple takes, and quadruple takes. You should’ve just got all of it out when you put the first song out.

“You didn’t even have to do all that. You just felt like you wasn’t gonna get enough views on your own s**t so you came and put some bulls**t on a n**gga' who’s resting in peace’s music. Trying to f**k up a n**ga' a whole vibe. Why the f**k you ain’t do that s**t on your own song?” ”

Young Thug responds to Pusha T for Dissing Drake on Pop Smoke Song pic.twitter.com/7KNMbiU535

— Kollege Kidd (@KollegeKidd) July 8, 2020

On “Paranoia,” the Virginia MC goes at Drake for making “empty threats,” and his tendency to rap in different accents.

“You know reality bites, it’s chess, not checkers,” raps Pusha. “Those empty threats only sound good on your records/If the patois is not followed by a Blocka/It’s like Marked for Death Screwface, without the choppa/Let ’em rush the stage when you made like Sinatra/Only to hide the blade flyin’ back through LaGuardia/I might even buy a home out in Mississauga [Canada].”

Pusha previously dissed Drake on 2018’s , “The Story of Adidon,” where he revealed to the world that the Toronto rapper had a son. Drake later admitted that he had a son on the track “Emotionless” off his Scorpion album.

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50 Cent Faces Backlash Over Rant About “Angry Black Women”

During the latest episode of Lil Wayne’s Young Money Radio, 50 Cent opted to go on a derogatory rant against Black women, and he’s facing backlash over his comments.

In a clip from the interview, which was posted YouTube on  Sunday (July 4), the G-Unit honcho claims Black women get upset with him for dating “exotic women.”

He then proceeded to share why he prefers a certain women.“That s**t looks a lot different from the s**t you see in the neighborhood all the time. That s**t look like it come off a boat...something you can’t just get. But they [Black women] get angry, 'How did you end up with this motherf**ker?' I’m like, 'Huh?' My instincts always make me defensive, so I look at it like 'look at this angry Black motherf**ker. Get the f**k out of here, trying to f**k up the whole vibe.'”

Weezy not only laughed along with Fif, he verbally co-signed his statements. The New Orleans rapper's daughter, Reginae Carter, responded to the ignorant comments with a tweet uplifting fellow Black women:

I’m black ! I’m beautiful ! I’m enough ! I’m exotic ! I’m amazing ! I’m one of a mf kind !!!! Now where my black beautiful Queens at ? 🥰🥰

— Love me (@reginae_carter1) July 6, 2020

Vivica A. Fox weighed in on the matter during Tuesday’s (July 7) episode of Cocktails with the Queens. Fox said that her ex has “f**boy tendencies,” and is intimidated by Black women.

“When I read that [his comments] I was like really? You would say that because you don’t want anyone to challenge you. You want somebody to sit over there like a pretty little dog that you can just [pet] right? You can’t handle a Black woman. Can you?"

Fif responded with an Instagram post claiming that Fox is “still in love with me.”

 

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👀Vivica still in love with me, i dated her for 4 months 😳17 years ago and she’s still angry with me. I’m starting to feel like my 🍆is serious. LOL 😆#bransoncognac #lecheminduroi

A post shared by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jul 7, 2020 at 11:01am PDT

Meanwhile, the Queens native's girlfriend, Cuban Link, posted a birthday message to him on Instagram and added, “Don’t worry ladies I already knocked him upside his big a** head.”

Read more reactions to Fif's comments below.

Why is it only Black male rappers that continuously feel the need to degrade Black women in this manner? https://t.co/ZLjcNIGFBo

— The Grapevine (@TheGrapevineTV) July 7, 2020

Bruh fuck lil Wayne and 50 cent. I'm so sick of black men making it seem like black women are jealous of women of other races.

— The 🍫 Goddess (@VivannaVixxxen) July 5, 2020

Just when you think Lil Wayne and 50 Cent can’t get anymore anti-black and colorist, they join forces and top themselves. Black women....PLEASE STOP SUPPORTING THESE ASHY NIGGAS.

— Billionaire but Make it PPP (@BrrrLaStrange) July 5, 2020

Lil Wayne has a regular BLACK daughter and gone sit up there and laugh with 50 cent about black women smh.. That’s exactly why those dreads are falling off the damn bone! I wish these coons would learn that you can have your “exotic” women without putting us down

— 7/23♌️ (@_MinnieD) July 6, 2020

50 cent and Lil Wayne are so toxic. They have black mothers but continuously bash black women. We all love to talk about racism but unfortunately some black men have self hatred reflected in their hate for black women. This is quietly swept under the rug. 🤦🏾‍♀️

— YomiBolo (@yomibolo) July 5, 2020

When I see black men acting like 50 cent and Lil Wayne, I don’t get angry just disappointed. Projecting your self hate on to black women is pathetic.

— Alexandria (@alexandriiascot) July 6, 2020

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Colin Kaepernick Lands First-Look Deal With Disney

Colin Kaepernick and his production company, Ra Vision Media, secured first-look deal with the Walt Disney Company to release scripted and unscripted projects covering race, social injustice, and the fight for equality, the company announced on Monday (July 6).

“I am excited for this partnership with Disney across all of its platforms to elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers & producers,” Kaepernick said in a statement.“I look forward to sharing culturally impactful and inspiring projects.”

The agreement extends to other Disney-owned platforms such as Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Hulu, Pixar, and The Undefeated. The first project under the partnership will be a docuseries on Kaepernick, co-produced by Jamele Hill.

Kaepernick will also work closely with The Undefeated to develop stories from the Black and Brown perspective.

“Colin’s experience gives him a unique perspective on the intersection of sports, culture and race, which will undoubtedly create compelling stories that will educate, enlighten and entertain, and we look forward to working with him on this important collaboration,” said Disney executive chairman Bob Iger.

The Disney deal marks the latest in a string of new projects for Kaepernick, which includes a Netflix miniseries based on his teenage life, and a forthcoming memoir.

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