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Barack Obama Talks Race, Ferguson And His Legacy With Journalists Aboard Air Force One

Barack Obama took questions from journalists aboard Air Force ranging from Ferguson, Department of Justice report and living in a post racial society. 

Many are still in awe of President Barack Obama's passionate speech, which commemorated the march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma for the 50th anniversary of "Bloody Sunday," a televised horrific beating of peaceful protectors that helped shed light on the Civil Rights movement, and aided in getting the voting rights act of 1965 passed.

But before Barack Obama galvanized tens of thousands in Selma, aboard Air-Force One he sat one-on-one with journalists from several outlets and took questions ranging from Ferguson, living in a post racial society, and potentially being a historic marker just like Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon B. Johnson.

And while the president didn't shy away from any of the hard-pressed questions, Obama said the best part of the day's festivities would be for his daughters to march across the bridge and realize the opportunities afforded for them weren't there 50 years ago.

Read the president's comments surrounding the current racial climate and why he believes his election to office will have a profound impact on young black boys and girls

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“Old Town Road” Music Video Director Tapped For ‘House Party’ Remake

“Old Town Road” director, Calmatic, is ready to make a name for himself on the silver screen. The music video director is set to make his feature film debut with the House Party remake which will be produced by Lebron James and his business partner Maverick Carter, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In addition to helming the visual for Lil Nas X’s record-breaking single, Calmatic has directed music videos for Anderson .Paak, Khalid and Vince Staples. The South Central Los Angeles native is touted as a “filmmaker, historian and artist,” per his website. “Old Town Road” has so far become Calmatic's most popular music video credit garnering over 176 million views online.

The film’s script was penned by Atlanta writers, Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori. James’s and Carters’ SpringHill Entertainment will produce the project for New Line Cinema. House Party was originally released in 1990 and starred rap duo Kid ' n Play alongside Paul Anthony George, Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell, Tischina Arnold, A.J. Johnson, John Witherspoon, and more. The hip-hop cult classic spawned the sequels House Party 2 in 1991, and House Party 3 in 1994.

The latest installment promises to offer a new take on a '90s classic. "This is definitely not a reboot. It's an entirely new look for a classic movie," James told The Hollywood Reporter last year. "Everyone I grew up with loved House Party. To partner with this creative team to bring a new House Party to a new generation is unbelievable."

 

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Woman Who Posted R. Kelly’s Bail Won’t Get Her Money Back, Judge Rules

The woman who put up $100,000 to get R. Kelly out of jail earlier this year, can forget about getting a refund. Valencia Love’s attorney filed a motion last week in an attempt to have the money returned, but Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood ruled against the request Tuesday (Sept. 17).

According to the Chicago-Sun Times, Love wants her money back since Kellz is currently being held on separate federal sex trafficking and child porn charges. Love said that she had no prior knowledge of the federal investigation against Kelly, the Sun-Times reports.

Flood reportedly determined that Love is not legally entitled to the money. However, Love could potentially get her bail money back at the end of Kelly’s trial in Cook County, although that could be years from now. Her attorney, John Collins, told the court that his client is “worried she’s in jeopardy of losing that money.” Collins also claimed that Love paid $50,000 of Kelly’s back child support, which she has denied.

The Chicago-area business owner claimed to be a “friend” of Kelly’s when she put up cash to have him released from jail in February following his arrest on multiple counts of aggravated sex abuse charges. After Kelly posted bail, Love’s identity and her businesses — which includes a daycare — were exposed. The reveal subjected Love, and her businesses, to a flood of negative comments online.

As if the nature of their relationship wasn’t confusing enough, Love is apparently interested in using the $100,000 to help pay his legal fees. While speaking to the Sun-Times, Love doubled down on her support for Kelly by noting that he has yet to be convicted.

“At no point have I ever supported a pedophile,” she said. “He has not been convicted yet. Why is it so bad that I did a favor for a friend?”

Love’s money wasn’t the only item on the agenda in court Tuesday. Kelly appeared at a short hearing where Flood denied prosecutors’ request to increase his bond to $1 million. Flood noted that Kelly is already being held without bond on federal charges and increasing his bond would be pointless.

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Tekashi 6ix9ine Testifies Against Former Crew During Trial

Tekashi 69 proved that he's not shy about testifying at the trial of his alleged gang associates. The “Fefe” rapper took the stand in a New York City federal courtroom Tuesday (Sept. 17), where he testified at the trial of Anthony Ellison and Alijermiah Mack, both of whom are accused of belonging to the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.

During his testimony as a witness for federal prosecutors, Tekashi reportedly outed Trippie Redd as a supposed member of the Five Nine Brims gang. When prompted, the Brooklyn native also identified Ellison in court and his former manager, Kifano Jordan. According to USA Today, he confirmed being a member of Nine Trey, and revealed that his role was to “be the financial support for the gang so they could buy guns and stuff.” He pointed to his career success as his compensation for bringing money into the street collective. “I got the street credibility. The videos, the music, the protection — all of the above,” Tekashi reportedly said.

“We participate in a lot of crimes. Robberies, assaults drugs,” he told prosecutors while speaking on the gang's alleged activities.

Ellison and Mack are described as high-ranking members of Nine Trey, but have denied allegations of rackateering and drug and gun charges. In July 2018, Tekashi was kidnapped, pistol whipped and robbed of cash and jewelry. Ellison is accused of kidnapping him after they had a falling out, but denies the allegation.

As Tekashi admitted in court Tuesday, he decided to cooperate with authorities a mere 24 hours after being arrested last year in connection with the case against Nine Trey gang members. Tekashi has since pleaded guilty to nearly a dozen counts, which include gun and drug charges.

Cutting a deal with prosecutors is expected to shave off a significant amount of the mandatory 47-year prison sentence that he would have faced without cooperation. He is scheduled to continue his testimony on Sept. 18.

Tekashi, whose birth name is Danny Hernandez, is no stranger to taking plea deals. The high school dropout and former deli employee, was previously charged with a felony count of using a child in a sexual performance in a separate case, but reached a plea agreement that resulted in him being sentenced to probation.

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