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What You Should Be Doing This Weekend: Pharrell's New Book, 'The Other Woman,' Twerk Like Amber & More

With another work week down (for most of us), there is plenty to catch up on and get into. Some may have the ultimate turn-up plans, while others just want to unwind, but you may find a moment or two where boredom can creep in. Luckily, between album anniversaries, new music, television reruns and the good ol’ Internet, we got you covered. Here’s What You Should Be Doing This Weekend. -- Iyana Robertson

1. Bumping Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
Today marks the 20th anniversary of Outkast’s debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik. As you stay amped for the legendary hip-hop duo’s series of reunion shows, head back to where the ATLiens got started, featuring “Players Ball.”

2. Checking out Future’s Honest
Fewtch’s sophomore effort hit stores this week, and if you weren’t able to give it a spin, or are still formulating your opinion on it, throw it in this weekend’s rotation. Honest features “I Won” with Kanye West and “Whatchola (Benz Friendz)” with none other than Andre 3000.

3. Read (well, write) Pharrell’s new book
If you haven’t gotten the memo that everything Pharrell does is out-the-box, here is yet another reminder. The superproducer/”Marilyn Monroe” singer/soon-to-be television host has written a book (not the cookbook we guessed), but if you want to buy a copy, you’d better get to filling in the blanks on the incomplete Web version. That’s right. Check it out here.

4. Telling Beyonce what pretty means to you.
Being one of the most influential people in the world ain’t easy, but Beyonce makes it look effortless. And now, the singer has launched a campaign in conjunction with her “Pretty Hurts” single, encouraging people to share their definitions of the word pretty. Check it out here.

5. Going to see Brick Mansions
The first of two films that Paul Walker shot before his tragic death, Brick Mansions is the story of a Detroit cop, Damien Collier (Walker), who seeks to take down a notorious crime lord Tremaine (played by RZA) and avenge his father’s death. May be an emotional ride for Walker’s fans.

6. Going to see The Other Woman
In her first on-screen role in a feature film, Nicki Minaj plays an assistant, Lydia, who offers witty one-liners to Cameron Diaz’s character Carly Whitten, a woman who just found out her boyfriend is married. Might make for a little girl’s night out fun.

7. Watching the Atlanta Housewives brawl aftermath
The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion is the most talked-about reality series as of late, all due to a “brawl” that went down last weekend. If you missed it, tune in for a definite replay, or just to see what happened next.

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8. Reliving the 2000s
If you have absolutely nothing on your agenda this Saturday night, one option is to spend it in nostalgia. VH1 is re-airing their ‘100 Greatest Songs Of The ‘00s’ series, and that was damn-good decade of music. (You don’t have to tell anyone you were glued to the TV for 5 hours, either.)

9. Keeping up with NBA Playoffs
The NBA Playoffs are well underway, and watching your favorite teams battle out on the hardwood will make for a good investment of extra time over the next few weeks. Are the Heat shaping up to have the only Round 1 sweep? Will the Grizzlies cause an upset and go 3-1 against the Thunder? Find out.

10. Practice your Amber Rose twerk routine
All you need is a spare 15-seconds for this one. Because it hasn’t gotten old (to us) yet, if you missed out on Amber Rose’s booty-popping Instagram video, have a look and bask in the twerking glory. And if you have seen it already, have (another) look, and bask in the twerking glory (again).

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Kentucky Catholic School Faces Backlash After Students Berate Indigenous Peoples March Protesters

Representatives from Kentucky's Covington Catholic High School have confirmed plans to look into their student body after several of their students appeared in a viral video harassing and mocking protesters at an Indigenous Peoples March.

The viral video above spread around the web Saturday (Jan. 19) a day after the protest that took place in Washington, D.C. Teens in the video were rocking "Make America Great Again" to support President Donald Trump and the anti-abortion March for Life demonstration that was also taking place on Indigenous Peoples Day.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports  Laura Keener, the communications director with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington, released a statement about the video: "We are just now learning about this incident and regret it took place. We are looking into it."

In the video below, Indigenous elder Nathan Phillips of the Omaha tribe was reportedly performing a song meant to calm down the crowd when the large group of teens surrounded him, with one eye to eye as he and another elder chanted.

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In tears, Phillips recalled the incident, calling for an apology and that the teens would "put that energy into making this country really great." The teens also got their messages mixed up when they also screamed "build that wall" toward him.

"I heard them saying 'build the wall, build that wall,'" he said.  "This is indigenous land. We’re not supposed to have walls here. Before anyone came here there were no walls, we never even had prisons. We always took care of our elders, we took care of our children. We taught them right from wrong."

 

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Speaking to The Enquirer Vincent Schilling shared how Phillips has been attacked in the past for standing up for indigenous peoples. Schilling, who is a member of the Mohawk tribe, said Phillips was pelted with trash just a few years ago by Eastern Michigan University students who hosted a Native American-themed party.

"As a Native American journalist, I find this to be one of the most egregious displays of naïve – I can’t even say naïve. It’s racism. It’s blatant racism," Schilling said.

"The guy has just been through a lot. To see Mr. Phillips treated this way is an incalculable amount of disrespect, and it's absolutely unacceptable in Native culture. As a Native man, I’ve got it countless times myself I’ve been mocked, I’ve been teased, my culture has been ridiculed. This is just another brick in the wall. I wanted so bad to walk up to those kids and say, 'You know this is a Vietnam veteran, right?'"

Director Ava DuVernay slammed the teens for their behavior as well as a number of indigenous social justice figures.

Thank you to @VinceSchilling of @IndianCountry and many others who identified the proud Native man who is being harassed. He is Mr. Nathan Phillips. I’m reposting this video from “ka_ya11” on IG. This man’s words pierce my heart. The grace. The wisdom. The hope. pic.twitter.com/BKOA40SVq5

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) January 19, 2019

Thank you for the kind shout-out @Ava

Nathan Phillips and I have shared in a sacred pipe ceremony to honor Native American veterans.

He is a Vietnam veteran, such behavior is terrible.

Again, thank you for your support. https://t.co/RRaQeEJFku

— Vincent Schilling (@VinceSchilling) January 19, 2019

The teens in the video haven't been identified.

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Man Exonerated After Serving 45 Years Forced To Sell Prison Artwork For Money

A Detroit man who served 45 years behind bars for a crime that he didn’t commit, is forced to sell his personal collection of artwork that he made in prison. Richard Phillips, 72, doesn’t have steady income at the moment, and his lawyer is currently battling the state of Michigan to get him compensated for the wrongful conviction that stole his freedom.

"I don't have an income right now," said Phillips while showing off his paintings to Fox 2 Detroit. "This is my income."

In the early 1970s, Phillips was wrongfully convicted for the murder of Gregory Harris. He was sentenced to life in prison but always maintained his innocence. “I would rather died in prison than admit to a crime I didn’t do,” Philips said.

Phillips was convicted through an eyewitness account implicating him and a second man, Richard Palombo. In 2010, Palombo admitted that Phillips had no involvement in the murder and that he didn’t even know him. A new investigation was launched in 2014, nearly 20 years later Phillips appealed his murder conviction.

Last March, Wayne County Prosecutors Kym Worthy dropped all charges against Phillips, officially freeing him from prison. “There’s nothing that I can say to bring back 40 years of his life. The system failed him. There’s no question about it,” Worthy said at the time. “This is a true exoneration. Justice is indeed being done today, but there’s nothing that we can do ... to bring back those years of his life.”

Art played a big part in helping maintain his sanity through the sentence. Though he remained optimistic, Phillips admitted that he never truly believed he would be released. To pass the time, he began painting. He pulled inspiration from everywhere: his favorite artists, photos and even tapped into some of the loneliness that he felt in prison. "It was created in a harsh environment. But it goes to show you that beauty can come from something ugly."

Last year, Detroit's Demond Ricks was awarded $1 million for spending 25 years in prison on a wrongful conviction. As it stands, Phillips is the longest-serving wrongfully convicted former prisoner in U.S. history.

Phillips' artwork will be on display at Michigan's Ferndale's Level One gallery beginning Jan. 18.

See more on his artwork in the video below.

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Gladys Knight Defends Decision To Perform National Anthem At Super Bowl Amid Criticism

Glad Knight says she wants to “give the National Anthem back its voice.” The music legend released a new statement defending her decision to sing  the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in Atlanta, next month, amid criticism from fans.

Several artists turned down offers to perform at the Super Bowl in protest of the league’s treatment of Colin Kaepernick. Knight clarified that her choice to sing has nothing to do with Kaepernick, and she doesn't exactly agree with the anthem being "dragged into the debate."

"I understand that Mr. Kaepernick is protesting two things and they are police violence and injustice,” Knight said in a statement to Variety. “It is unfortunate that our National Anthem has been dragged into this debate when the distinctive senses of the National Anthem and fighting for justice should each stand alone.”

The 74-year-old singer also noted that she has been on the forefront of social justice issues for much of her career. "I am here today and on Sunday, Feb. 3 to give the Anthem back its voice, to stand for that historic choice of words,” Knight said. “The way it unites us when we hear it and to free it from the same prejudices and struggles I have fought long and hard for all my life, from walking back hallways, from marching with our social leaders, from using my voice for good.

"No matter who chooses to deflect with this narrative and continue to mix these two in the same message, it is not so and cannot be made so by anyone speaking it,” she continued. “I pray that this National Anthem will bring us all together in a way never before witnessed and we can move forward and untangle these truths which mean so much to all of us."

Knight isn’t alone in catching heat for joining the Super Bowl lineup. Travis Scott and Big Boi, both of whom will perform with Maroon 5 at halftime, received backlash as well.

Earlier in the week, reports surfaced claiming Scott had a meeting with Kaepernick that ended with “mutual respect” and “understanding.” Kaepernick’s girlfriend and Hot 97 DJ, Nessa Diab, denied the report tweeting, “There is NO mutual respect and there is NO understanding for anyone working against @Kaepernick7 PERIOD. #stoplying.”

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