The 5 Most Talked About Lines From Kanye West's 'New Slaves'

Kanye West debuted two new tracks this weekend, “New Slaves “ and “Black Skinhead.” The politically charged, vehement tracks are nowhere like the lighthearted “Ball so hard” flow of “N*ggas In Paris” or the smooth braggadocio of “Mercy.” These songs beg for a real listen and attention to lyrics. VIBE dissected the most interesting, shocking and overall best moments from “New Slaves.” ---Sowmya Krishnamurthy

“My momma was raised in an era when/Clean water was only served to the fairer skin”
It ain’t all good in America. Kanye kicks the track off with historical context. Similar to “Never Let Me Down” from College Dropout, Kanye forces us to remember a time in our country before the Civil Rights movement in which overt racial inequality was rampant. He argues that similar inequities still exist and aren’t only for the history books.

“You see it's broke nigga racism/That's that "Don't touch anything in the store"/And this rich nigga racism/That's that "Come here, please buy more"
Despite his newfound wealth and fame, Kanye still faces racism. Before, he wasn’t allowed in certain stores because people thought he was a thief and now, those same people want him to wear their label. This could be a literal take on consumerism--similar to his earlier track “All Falls Down”-- or a larger metaphor for White America’s general views on him.

“Y'all throwing contracts at me, you know that niggas can't read/Throw 'em some Maybach keys/Fuck it, c'est la vie”
Kanye blasts big corporations (and probably record labels) who sign rappers and minorities to deals that they know are awful. The “Maybach” reference may be a nod to Rick Ross’s recent snafu with Reebok, which subsequently ended his contract.

“See they'll confuse us with some bullshit like the New World Order/Meanwhile the DEA, teamed up with the CCA”
America and the media will confuse the so-called “new slaves” with made up conspiracy theories like the New World Order when real issues are happening behind closed doors. Ye raps that the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) have quietly joined together to put more black people in the jails they create for drug-related offenses.

“They prolly all in the Hamptons, bragging 'bout their maid/Fuck you and your Hampton house, I'll fuck your Hampton spouse”
The oppressors of the world are laughing it up with other rich people in places like the Hamptons, NY’s ritzy zip code, but Kanye could care less. Sexually and literally, he can ruin them.

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Dr. King's Childhood Home Sold For $1.9 Million To The National Park Service

The two-story Atlanta home that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr spent his formidable years has been sold. According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the yellow and brown house on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta was sold for $1.9 million to the National Park Service.

Will Shafroth, CEO of the National Park Foundation said it was hard to place a dollar amount on the location where a lot of Dr. King's character was molded.

"It is difficult to value something this significant in our nation’s history. It is a priceless asset. It is one of the most important places to tell the story of America,” Shafroth said.

Bernice King, daughter of late the civil rights leader, said the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change had been considering selling the home since the passing of their mother Coretta Scott, in 2006. King said the center will focus on nonviolent educational and training programs.

“We are working on creating more robust, nonviolence training,” King said. “Our society is desperately in need of Dr. King’s nonviolent teachings right now in order to create a just, humane and peaceful world. That is what we are trying to put our energy in.”

The home was reportedly built by a white firefighter in 1895 and then purchased by Dr. King's maternal grandfather, Rev. Adam Daniel Williams, who was pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church for $3,500. When King's mother and father wed in 1927, they moved. All of King's siblings including himself were born in the home.

Elizabeth Paradis Stern, spokeswoman for the National Park Service said the preservation of the home will not falter now that it's out of the family's possession.

“The most important thing about this is that this property will be protected and preserved permanently as one of our most important properties,” Stern said. “It is part of the American fabric.”

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Donnie McClurkin Sent To Hospital Following Car Accident

Gospel legend Donnie McClurkin couldn't be more grateful after surviving a car accident this past Wednesday (Dec. 12).

The "We Fall Down" singer was driving on the road in the earlier part of the day when he passed out and began weaving into traffic. He reportedly struck the middle concrete island.

Following the incident, he posted a selfie of him on the hospital bed in scrubs on Facebook. Along with the photo, he explained that he woke up from the accident with stitches on his left thumb, on top of having a sprained wrist, and hurt knee. His car was also completely totaled.

"I AM ALIVE!!!! Somewhat mangled, stitches on left thumb, sprained wrist, hurt knee, but I’m still here! God and two angels saved my life!," the Grammy-winning artist wrote.

He also mentioned that two "angels" pulled him out the car to safety and medical attention. "I owe them...I am still here by the grace of God! Thank you, Lord...thank you!" he added.

On Friday (Dec. 14), McClurkin posted to his Facebook page again, sharing several photos of his destroyed car. "This is the totaled car that two angels rescued me from ....after passing out while driving I don’t remember most of what happened a day and a half ago...but God," he wrote. "I overrode doctors and sisters advice and flew to KENYA today for ministry Saturday @ TWO RIVERS. and home on this Sunday to celebrate life."

In happier news, McClurkin also took time to plug in his new Christmas single titled "My Favorite Things." Check out McClurkin's posts on social media and stream his new song below.

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Nicki Minaj's Boyfriend Kenneth Petty Received 18 Violations During Prison Stint

Nicki Minaj's new boyfriend, Kenneth Petty has a very troubled past.

On Friday (Dec. 14), TMZ revealed court documents disclosing Petty's history of disciplinary actions while he was an inmate in New York for manslaughter from 2006 to 2013.

When he entered the correctional facility, he was reportedly written up for creating a disturbance. Later during his stint, he was hit with a slew of disciplinary actions following a series of violent actions that included fighting, making terroristic threats, and "disobeying a direct order."

In 2009, prison faculty placed him in solitary confinement for four months as part of being reprimanded for nine different violations. Petty lost privileges that included the usage of the inmate telephone service, recreational activity, and the prison canteen.

In addition to his prison violations, Petty is a convicted sex offender. At the age of 16, he was tried as an adult served a four-year sentence for attempted rape of a minor.

Petty, who hails from the same borough as Nicki, Queens, knew the platinum-selling rap star since she was a teenager. They dated for a short period years prior to reuniting.

Minaj posted various photos of her and Petty going on a vacation getaway earlier this month. Sources close to Minaj told the celebrity gossip website that the 36-year-old hip-hop artist is  "happier than she's been in years" with Petty.


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