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Charlamagne Tha God Talks Jason Collins—“Being Gay Is Not A Crime’

New York radio show host Charlamagne Tha God is not backing down from his support of Jason Collins, the NBA center who recently shocked the cultural landscape when he announced that he was the first active gay athlete in a male professional team sport. The outspoken personality on Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club morning show, who made waves when he criticized individuals for condemning Collins coming out yesterday, believes it all comes down to personal freedom.

“I think everybody has the right to be who they are and not be chastised,” Charlamagne explains of his positive comments on Collins. “I hate prejudice on any level. I don’t care if it’s somebody being discriminated against because of the color of their skin or their sexuality or their gender or financial status. I know some people say sexuality is a choice. But what if it’s not? What if people are born gay? What if they have been trying to be what society says what they should be instead of who they are? They shouldn’t be chastised for that.”

In fact, Charlamagne says that society needs to get to the point where being gay is not looked at as a shocking aberration. “I don’t even think gay people should be forced to announce that they are gay as much as I should be forced to stand up and say that I’m straight or black,” he continues. “And as part of the media we shouldn’t act like whenever somebody comes out of the closet that we just found Bigfoot. We don’t have to treat homosexuals like they are aliens living amongst us. They are regular people.”

Charlamagne also addressed his on-air showdown with ESPN NBA analyst Chris Broussard, who was named “Donkey of the Day” by the radio personality for claiming that Collins’ homosexuality represented an open rebellion to God and Jesus Christ.

“I have to say that I stand by what I said about Chris Broussard, but after talking to him and listening to him expound on his thoughts—while I still don’t agree with him about his stance on homosexuality—I do agree with him when he says that we all live in unrepentant sin. “I can only speak of the things that I do, whether it’s premarital sex or fornication. But the reason why I disagree with Chris when it comes to homosexuals openly rebelling against God is who says what they are doing is wrong?”

Continues Charlamagne “I hear people say that being gay is a sin that can’t be forgiven. No…who are you to say that? You can’t put being gay in the same sentence as being a thief or a murderer. Being gay is not a crime. Those other things are crimes because you are hurting other people. If you were born gay that’s who you are. How can that be a sin?”

For Charlamagne, it’s quite simple. Collins should not have to carry the burden of being a representative for the gay community. “You don’t tell blacks to announce that they are black or whites to stand up and say that they are white,” he says. “Why should someone like Jason Collins be forced to stand up and say who he is. Let them be who they are. Collins is just being honest and real, like we are all supposed to be. That’s what life is about.”—Keith Murphy (murphdogg29

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Ebro Calls Out Kodak Black For Sexual Assault During Interview

The Internet's latest victim of unwarranted hate is Ebro Darden, host of Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning. currently awaiting trialThe Internet is split on Darden's attempt to try to discuss Kodak Black's sexual assault allegations. He is for charges of criminal sexual conduct from a sexual assault indictment in 2017.

During the rapper's visit to the radio show on Wednesday (Dec. 12), everything seemed fine and dandy. However, around 15-minutes in, Ebro brought up the Floridian's current sexual assault case.

“Look man, at this point, it’s a pleasure to meet you man,” Ebro says near the 15-minute mark of the 17-minute interview. “You know, looking at all your cases and everything you’ve been through, and I know the recent one right now is very sensitive. Respect to everybody involved in that case, we can’t get into details today… We take sexual assault here serious. We can’t get into details, but we hope to have you back, so that we can have a deeper conversation about that. It’s a serious topic, we’re hearing these stories a lot."

Peter Rosenberg swiftly tries to deflect from the conversation by asking Kodak if the moon landing of 1969 was a conspiracy. However, Ebro brings up the musician's clear anxiety over the fact that he brought up the case.

"I feel like sometimes, when n***as like me are going through sh*t, y'all be entertained," says Kodak as he squirms in his chair. "Like, change the subject... talk about something else." Ebro then brings up that they tried to change the subject, and if there's nothing left to discuss, the interview could be over. At that point, Kodak gets up from the mic and walks away.

On Twitter after the interview began to gain virality, Ebro wrote that he did not discuss any specifics about the case, and that he was just trying to have a "balanced" conversation. While many members of the Twittersphere are praising Ebro for attempting to have a conversation about the elephant in the room, others are calling him out for "baiting" and bringing up something that "he shouldn't have brought up."

What are your thoughts?

I was tryna have a balanced convo with Kodak Black & not ignore the serious allegations against him but also not ask specifics to make his situation worse... and he wanna get an attitude with me?? Nah....

— El Viejo Ebro (@oldmanebro) December 12, 2018

He’s young black rich and ignorant. He was suppose to be uncomfortable about it.

— Nisha2much (@NautiNish) December 13, 2018

If you bring it up then say "we cant get into details tho" thats not a balanced convo thats baiting

— Scam SZN (@SumBlaqGuy) December 12, 2018

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Sir Elton John covered Khalid's 'American Teen' single for Spotify Singles.
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Sir Elton John Covers Khalid's "Young Dumb And Broke"

Khalid has had the opportunity to cover songs from some legendary musicians like Tracy Chapman. Now, the tables have turned. Sir Elton John recently covered the Texan’s 2017 hit “Young Dumb & Broke.”

The “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” musician reworked Khalid’s American Teen track for the Spotify Singles series. In a statement, he praised the young musician’s growth, and he called the song “one of [his] favorites.” Khalid can be heard at the end of the Elton version singing along.

“I discovered Khalid’s music a few years ago, and have been a fan ever since,” Sir Elton wrote. “We finally met when I played his home town of El Paso last year. It’s a thrill to be a small part of any new artist’s journey, and it’s been wonderful to see his star continue to rise and rise. ‘Young Dumb & Broke’ is a fabulous song, one of my favorites, and I’m really pleased that he liked my cover enough to contribute vocals.”

This wouldn’t be the first time Sir Elton has praised members of the newer generation of music. His song “Rocket Man” is sampled in Young Thug’s On The Rvn EP. In the past, he’s sung Thugger’s praises, namely in a 2015 interview with Noisey, where he noted he enjoyed how he pushed the boundaries of hip-hop.

Listen to Sir Elton John’s cover below.

this is so crazy Thank you so much @eltonofficial pic.twitter.com/QVkQjqCSuM

— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) December 12, 2018

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According to USA Today, Lily- an adorable hot pink, red haired puppet- was first introduced to the show in 2011, but in new online clips, Lily opens up about being homeless and staying with friends.

"Now we don't have our own place to live, and sometimes I wonder if we'll ever have our own home," she says to Elmo in one clip. In her initial appearances on the show, Lily discusses her family’s food insecurities, meaning they didn’t have much to eat.

“We know children experiencing homelessness are often caught up in a devastating cycle of trauma – the lack of affordable housing, poverty, domestic violence, or other trauma that caused them to lose their home, the trauma of actually losing their home, and the daily trauma of the uncertainty and insecurity of being homeless,” said Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy at Sesame Workshop.

“We want to help disrupt that cycle by comforting children, empowering them, and giving them hope for the future," she continues. "We want them to know that they are not alone and home is more than a house or an apartment – home is wherever the love lives.”

In recent years, Sesame Street has introduced a slew of ground-breaking new characters, including Julia, a puppet with autism, and Alex, a character whose father is incarcerated.

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