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Universal Zulu Nation Pens Open Letter To WorldStarHipHop.com

Afrika Bambaataa's Universal Zulu Nation is speaking out against WorldStarHipHop.com. In an open letter addressed to the popular website's creator Lee O'Denat, the hip-hop awareness group bashed
the site's promotion of violent graphic videos. The letter -- penned my the organization's Minister of Information Quadeer Shakur (MC Spice) -- accused World Star of being detrimental to hip-hop culture, and warned of action that would be taken against the site by the Nation.

"Doesn’t it bother you just a little that another Black man (that man being yourself), has 'made it' out of the 'ghetto'," the letter reads. "Only to display unnerving images and videos of young adults berating, belittling, and beating each other solely for the purpose of the enjoyment of who you are led to believe are 'millions of Hip-Hoppers?'"

Referring to O'Denat's Haitian origin and his former residency in Queens, Shakur shames the site owner for his alleged disservice to the hip-hop culture and Black community. Bashing the site's nickname, "the CNN of the ghetto," the letter proceeds to appeal to O'Denat about the consequences of the site's content.

"Mr. O’Denat, the followers of your site are impressionable young men and women who 'follow' you for a reason," Shakur wrote. "As salacious as you may want your site to be, our youth are looking for answers and solutions to the many problems that plague our communities. The young people use your site as an outlet to escape the world they are living in, only to find that you place them right back at the starting point."

Shakur goes on his letter to officially proclaim that the Nation has declared to take action against "anyone who is against us," including World Star. Denouncing the site's lack of variety and alleged one-sided perception of "the ghetto," the letter threatens the website with legal action, requesting that they remove a particular video of a young man being forced to strip while being beaten with a belt.

"This is not the first time you have posted content that has been of this nature, and from the looks of it, this is probably Child Pornography," the letter reads. "Therefore, I will forward the link and the video
to the proper authorities to be sure that these young people are in fact of age and in full consent of being on your site in such a demeaning fashion."

The Nation's Minister of Information then concludes his letter with a request that O'Denat place a disclaimer on his website to separate World Star from the culture:

"You have forced the hand of the Universal Zulu Nation to take further action should you continue to promote your 'CNN of the ghetto' as 'Hip-Hop', and we are asking with all due respect that you include a disclaimer at the bottom of the front page of your website concerning your company and Hip-Hop Culture." Shakur wrote. "A great footnote on your site should be: 'World Star Hip-Hop is in no way affiliated with real Hip-Hop Culture or its’ founders or the Universal Zulu Nation. This site solely for entertainment purposes, and does not promote Hip-Hop Culture.'"

O'Denat has yet to officially apply to Shakur's letter.

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Steve Harvey Says He "Misspoke" During Mo'Nique Interview

Earlier this month, Steve Harvey and Mo'Nique sparked a debate on social media following their interview on the former's daytime talk show. On the subject of money opposite integrity, the comedians engaged in a discussion that left some viewers scratching their heads concerning Harvey.

Now, in an interview with E! News, the Family Feud host is expressing his repentance over his statements. "My only regret in the whole thing was I misspoke. In the heat of the discussion, I used the word 'integrity,' when really I was talking about the method in which she was going about things, and that's the only thing," Harvey said. "I just want my young fans, the ones who look up to me, who consider me a role model in everything to know that I misused the word 'integrity' in the wrong context."

The statement in contention surrounds Harvey's claim that as black entertainers in Hollywood, "we can't come out here and do it any kind of way we want to," referring to how Mo'Nique decided to call out those in show business that she feels placed obstacles on her path. The 62-year-old continued to state that money is the name of the game.

"This ain't the black man's game, this ain't the white man's game. This is the money game," he previously said. "And you cannot sacrifice yourself. The best thing you can do for poor people is not be one of them." Mo'Nique responded by stating integrity used to be the root of anyone's actions, but "we've lost integrity worrying about the money." Harvey retorted by stating if he takes up a cause and his career begins to suffer, then it'll affect his children and grandchildren. "There are ways to win the war in a different way," he said at the time. The interview surrounded Mo'Nique's fight for equality in Hollywood and the comments she made to have her voice heard.

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John Wayne praised white supremacy, stealing indigenous land and downplayed black people's intelligence in unearthed 'Playboy' interview.
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John Wayne's Racist Unearthed Interview Shows That Things Haven't Changed

While he's been dead for nearly 40 years, film star John Wayne's comments from a May 1971 interview with Playboy are making headlines for his pretty racist rhetoric, and it shows that not much has changed in America.

The actor, who has been in films such as 1960's The Alamo and 1966's El Dorado, stated in the nearly 50-year-old interview that he was in favor of white supremacy, explaining his belief that black people weren't "sufficiently equipped scholastically" to be in charge of others.

"We can't all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of blacks," Wayne said in the interview in response to a question regarding Angela Davis and discrimination. He also explained his belief that there was nothing wrong with the "so-called stealing" of indigenous land, because at the time, it was "means for survival."

"There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves," he said.

While many have argued that Wayne's thought-process was par for the course for someone born in 1907, others insist that this type of thinking still persists today. Regardless of the time that's passed, this way of thinking has no place in 2019 America.

"Seeing John Wayne complain about seeing gay relationships in movies and accusing diverse roles as 'tokenism' pretty much tells me sh*t hasn't changed one bit," one Twitter user wrote.

Jesus fuck, John Wayne was a straight up piece of shit

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— Matt Williams (@pixelpreaching) February 18, 2019

Seeing John Wayne complain about seeing gay relationships in movies and accusing diverse roles as "tokenism" pretty much tells me shit hasn't changed one bit. https://t.co/WxlH4q6UqR

— Jim Sterling (@JimSterling) February 19, 2019

It doesn’t matter if John Wayne has been dead for 40 years, this kind of hate speech has no place in our society.

Please retweet so that as many people as possible can read it. https://t.co/MoEmbwI9QV

— Titania McGrath (@TitaniaMcGrath) February 19, 2019

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Burberry Apologizes For Hoodie With A Noose Around The Neck

Fashion brand Burberry has apologized after one of their designs, a hoodie featuring a noose around its neck, made its debut during London fashion week.

A statement released by the retailer revealed the item has been removed after one of the brand's own models took to Instagram to blast the fashion house for its cultural insensitivity.

"We are deeply sorry for the distress caused by one of the products that featured in our A/W 2019 runway collection," Marco Gobbetti, Burberry chief executive officer, said in a statement provided to CNN. "Though the design was inspired by the marine theme that ran throughout the collection, it was insensitive and we made a mistake."

Liz Kennedy was featured in the show and alleges her qualms about the noose went ignored. Kennedy also says some members of the staff joked about it prior to the show while hanging the noose from the ceiling.

"I had a brief conversation with someone but all that it entailed was 'it's fashion. Nobody cares about what's going on in your personal life so just keep it to yourself,' " she said.

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News of Burberry's noose-hoodie comes on the heels of Gucci's blackface controversy. The Italian luxury brand merited the ire of the Internet after their $890 balaclava turtleneck, which featured a cutout of red lips, caused many to blast the fashion house for the racist attire.

Celebrities including Spike Lee, T.I. and more vowed to boycott Gucci.

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