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#DumpTrump: 20 Celebrities Who Have Spoken Out Against Donald Trump

Here are the rappers, actors, and activists taking a stand against Donald Trump. 

By now, many people have made it clear that by large, they are not here for whatever Donald Trump is dishing out. Since Trump first announced his running for president, rappers, athletes, actors, and activists have been taking a stand against him, citing many of his racist comments and outrageous campaign strategies as reason to get up and vote in opposition.

And aside from a few stragglers – including Azealia Banks and Stacey Dash – who have seemingly opted in favor of the Republican candidate, many Hollywood leaders and industry artists have been very vocal in their distaste for the Trump party. John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Russell Simmons, and Muhammad Ali have all spoken out against Trump for President. And their voices have been met by some young influencers including Becky G, Mac Miller, and Metro Boomin.

But whether they are opposing his views on Mexicans, Muslims, or other words of racism, there seems to be one, central theme: #DumpTrump. Here are some of the voices in hip hop turning the cold shoulder to Donald Trump.

Jeezy

Jeezy was one of the first rappers to speak about his distaste for Donald Trump. In a series of hot-fueled tweets, The Church in the Streets rappers explained that Trump was making a "mockery of the presidential candidacy to help build his personal brand."

"We don't need @DonaldTrump representing us as americans. His hatred in his most recent statements shows he's not a legitimate candidate," he tweeted.

Waka Flocka Flame

Waka Flocka also had a mouthful to say about Trump's presidential campaign. Mr. Flame unleashed a series of tweeted in response to Trumps bigoted comments about Mexican immigrants. "F***ck Donald Trump!" Waka tweeted. "I wonder how many hardworking Mexicans built those #trumptowers #patheticman!!!!," he fired out, "minorities build this country #USA."

Wyclef Jean

Wyclef Jean dropped the f-bomb in Trump's direction as well during his concert show in Pamona, California. "F*** Donald Trump if he don't like the Mexicans," the former Fugees member chanted to a crowded venue.

Meek Mill

Everyone knows Meek Mill doesn't bit his tongue when it comes to what he believes in, and this was no different. On Twitter, the Philly rapper blatantly called Trump a racist after his comment toward Barrack Obama. ""It's clear @realdonaldtrump been racist..saying our "African American president" it's plain to see! We won't miss u when u perish!," he wrote.

Chris Brown

On Instagram, CB penned a longwinded post towards Donald Trump, calling him a pig for his racist comments towards minorities. " F*** TRUMP AND F*** THE PIGS🐷🐷🐷🐷!," said CB. "TO SEE THIS EVIL SHIT IS SO WRONG! GOD WILL HAVE HIS REVENGE!" he wrote, "WHO THE F*** U THINK CLEANS YOUR HOTELS AND WORKS HARD TO FEED A WHOLE FAMILY. US"!

#PressPlay: #ChrisBrown speaks on latest black protestor assault at #DonaldTrump's rally

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Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons, who has previously done business with Donald Trump, published an open letter to ask his "old friend" to "stop the bulls***!" The RushCard exec also penned an open letter to Trump, asking him to "stop fueling fires of hate." "I will be campaigning rigorously against you." he concluded.

Mac Miller

Mac Miller is yet another artist in protest against the Trump campaign. Over the years, Miller has been very vocal about his hatred, even calling Trump a d***head on Twitter, which resulted in a short feud. Also, during an interview on The Nightly Show in March of 2015, Mac expressed his fear for a country run by Trump. "“Your only goal is to stay in the spotlight no matter how much it fuels the fire of hate groups that you apparently know nothing about like the KKK and neo-Nazis. You have people at your rallies who openly assault black teenage girls because hey, that’s American. The messed up thing is I don’t really know if you’re evil. I think you’re just such an egomaniacal attention-thirsty psychopathic power-hungry delusional waste of skin and bones that you’ll do, say or allow anything if it means you’ll just get one more minute in the limelight," he said.

Metro Boomin

Metro Boomin kept it short, sweet, and to the point when he tweeted, "I don't trust Donald Trump." His simple tweeted unleashed a lot of buzz on Twitter because of the reference in Kanye 's Father Stretch My Hands." He later followed that claim, by retweeting photos of protestors at the Trump rallies.

they turnt up in Chicago today

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Raury

Raury also isn't a fan of Trump. The XXL Freshman spoke with Stephen Colbert on The Late Show, saying "“Trump embodies separation, solving problems with anger, fear, and personal differences." The indie rapper wore an anti-Trump shirt on stage.

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John Legend

John Legend called Trump a racist during his mini feud with Donald Trump's son, Trump Jr. Trump's son made a comment on Chicago protesters not being able to answer why they were protesting, and Legend stepped in to answer for them. "I think they were protesting your racist father. This isn't complicated," Legend answered. "Here we go again," Trump said. But the singer fired back, "It’s just the answer when racist racists are saying racist shit and are endorsed by the KKK."

Chrissy Teigen

John Legend wasn't the only one the household firing back against trump. Chrissy Teigen also shut down the Trump campaign when she responded to Trump's tweet about how his meeting with African American pastors was not a press event. "So don't tweet about it you twat," she said.

#ChrissyTeigen vs #DonaldTrump 😩😩😩 #ClapBackSeason !!

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Kerry Washington

Although Kerry Washington has not made blatant claims against Trump, she has showed her support to stand against him. The Scandal star tweeted her support for the organization that was moving to #StopHateDumpTrump. “Join me + #EveEnsler, @harrybelafonte, @sandylocks, @MMFlint and @thandienewton to say enough #StopHateDumpTrump,” she tweeted.

Common

Common has blasted Donald Trump and the media for their coverage of his presidential campaign. "I feel like the integrity of the media is gone in many areas because when you choose to just be like, 'Ok, we're gonna show this Donald Trump because we know it's about numbers,'" he told HuffPost Live. The Chicago rapper also criticized Trump for his comments against Mexicans.

Becky G

As a Mexican American, Becky G chose not to bite her tongue in silence on Trump racist comments. In an effort to fire back against Trump, the young singer released a song "We Are Mexico." She dedicated the single to Trump, saying, "This is for you."

Charlamagne Tha God

Charlamagne isn't here for Trump either. In disgust of Trump's campaign, The Breakfast Club host interviewed with Sirius XM's The Karen Hunter Show to share a few words on the subject. "The soul of the country is at stake in this election. That’s all he’s doing, is preying directly on [poor white people],” he said." He also compared Trump bumper stickers to the Confederate flag. “Trump bumper sticker is the new Confederate flag. Absolutely. All Donald Trump is doing is making America hate again.”

Tamar Braxton

Here's a familiar phrase, "You are a racist!" Tamar Braxton said about Donald Trump on her show, The Real. The youngest Braxton says that Trump's campaign is setting the pace for how the country would be run. "You are already showing everybody who you are," she said in disgust.

Tyrese

Tyrese penned an open letter to Donald Trump following his previous "antics." The Fast and Furious actor brought to attention the fact that his campaign has offended so many different ethnicities, cultures, and religions, including Muslims. You’ve offended my #Muslim community, and created racial boundaries and set my people up for hate crimes and to be targeted for bigotry because of the “acts” of some,” he wrote. “This is for sure the most narcissistic self and family sabotage filled presidential campaign I’ve ever witnessed in my lifetime,” he declared. “This is NOT how you make America great again"

This really breaks my heart...... And inspires me at the same time....... The Muslim community decided to come together and pray IN FRONT of the #TRUMPTOWERS in NYC - Open note to Trump.... He has no idea of what's about to happen......... He has mastered the art of winning #Battles..... But he's for sure going to lose the #WAR........ The antics and the gimmicks look good and feel good right? Got you really thinking your doing it right?? ......... But when it's really time? #WATCH America show you how we #REALLY feel...... And we're not talking about manipulated pole numbers....... United we stand.... Together we fall...... You've offended my #Muslim community, and created racial boundaries and set my people up for hate crimes and to be targeted for bigotry because of the "acts" of some.... Islam is PEACE..... THE ACTS OF SOME of ANY GROUP doesn't justify you spreading hate towards ALL of my people in the Muslim and or Arab community.... I'm deeply hurt and bothered by your antics and hatred towards my Muslim and Arab people.... You've offended my Latin community, you've offended my african American community - You will see........ This is NOT how you make America great again...... This is for sure the most narcissistic self and family sabotage filled presidential campaign I've ever witnessed in my lifetime....... It's going to take forever for your daughter who I think is brilliantly smart to recover from the land mines......... I feel bad for anyone in this country right now with the last name #Trump - when it's all said and done and the smoke clears.... You will remember what I said....... This is NOT how you make America great again...... I'm speaking on behalf of the #Human and all religious and spiritual and sexual preferences you must be and will be stopped - #VotesDontLie the real people of America is going to show up and stop you when it counts the most... #votingday

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Marc Anthony

Marc Anthony slammed the republican party and Donald Trump during one of his concerts at Madison Square Garden. "F*** Donald Trump!" he shouted to a roaring crowd.

Muhammad Ali

Following Donald Trump comments toward Muslims, Muhammad Ali prompted for the nation to take a stand against anti-Islamic speech. We as Muslims have to stand up to those who use Islam to advance their own personal agenda,” he said to NBC News. “They have alienated many from learning about Islam. True Muslims know or should know that it goes against our religion to try and force Islam on anybody.”

T.I.

Tip is one of the latest celebrities who chose not to mince words when it came to Donald Trump. Following a weekend of rallies gone awry, the rapper took to Instagram to “non-violently and unapologetically” say to the Republican candidate: F**k you and f**k what you stand for. Nobody who supports me will support you. End of message.”

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Bill Withers' Greatest Hits: Remixed, Sampled And Covered

The recent loss of legends in jazz, soul and classical music have saddened the music industry and reminded us of their touching gifts to music. The passing of Manu Dibango, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ellis Marsalis Jr., Bucky Pizzarelli and Alan Merrill brought endless tributes from peers and fans with the recent loss of soul singer-songwriter Bill Withers doing the same.

With a mirage of hits, the iconic songwriter left his mark on music with the release of his debut album Just As I Am in 1971. "Ain't No Sunshine" put a spotlight on his songwriting while 1977's "Lovely Day" reminded the industry of his signature vocals. Withers released eight studio albums, one live album and garnered three Grammys for his powerful songs that gave hope and love to fans to this day.

Hip-hop and R&B have gained the most from Withers as his music went on to inspire records like "No Diggity" by BLACKStreet, "Roses" by Kanye West and other songs from UGK, Dr. Dre, Jill Scott and more.

Take a look at some of Withers' finest tunes covered, remixed and sampled below.

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8. “Lovely Day” | Menagerie (1977)

Sampled On: T.W.D.Y., “Player’s Holiday” | Derty Werk (1999) LunchMoneyLewis - “It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day” feat. Aminè | Pets 2 Soundtrack (2019) Swizz Beatz - “Take A Picture” |One Man Band (2007)

Standout: T.W.D.Y., “Player’s Holiday” | Derty Werk (1999)

Short for "The Whole Damn Yay," the group used Withers' sample while throwing a splash of The Bay's laid back flavor. With cameos from future legends like E-40 and Ray Luv, the single already embodied the best of R&B and hip-hop with guest verses from Too Short, Mac Mall and Otis & Shug. The mimosas and yacht are also a great touch.

Covered By: Jill Scott, The Original Jill Scott from the Vault Vol. 1 (2011) Alt-J, This Is All Yours (2014) Robert Glasper Experiment, Black Radio 2 (2013) Kirk Franklin, The Nu Nation Project (1998)

Standout: Kirk Franklin, The Nu Nation Project (1998)

Who was going to beat a chorus singing to the lordt? Franklin's take on the classic gives us stirring gospel and appreciation for Withers and God. There are plenty of covers that have lifted the same vocals as Withers, but the ones listed have put their unique spin on the track.

7. “Ain't No Sunshine” | Just As I Am (1971)

Sampled On: DMX - “No Sunshine” | Exit Wounds Soundtrack (2001) Lil B - “Up And Down” | Based Jam (2012) 2Pac- "Soulja's Story" |  2Pacalypse Now (1991)

Standout: DMX - “No Sunshine” | Exit Wounds Soundtrack (2001)

"No Sunshine" served as the only single from DMX's film alongside Steven Seagal, which gave everyone the perfect backdrop to the movie and X's intricate storytelling. Both the original and flipped version points out the dark elements of our lives. Withers penned the song after watching the film 1962 movie Days of Wine and Roses, he pondered over the toxicity in his life. "Sometimes you miss things that weren't particularly good for you," he said in 2004 to SongFacts. "It's just something that crossed my mind from watching that movie, and probably something else that happened in my life that I'm not aware of."

Covered By: Soul For Real | Candy Rain (1994) Michael Jackson | Got to Be There (1972) The Boris Gardiner Happening | Is What's Happening (1973) The Temptations | Solid Rock (1972)

Standout: Michael Jackson | Got to Be There (1972)

At 14, the future King of Pop gave a riveting cover of Withers' hit for his debut album, Got To Be There. From his vocal control throughout the track to the instrumentation, his cover takes the song to another level of heartbreak.

6. "Grandma's Hands” | Just As I Am (1971)

Sampled On: BLACKstreet - “No Diggity” feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen | Another Level (1996) Big K.R.I.T. - “I Gotta Stay” | K.R.I.T. Wuz Here (2010) Brother Ali - “Waheedah's Hands” | Champion (2004)

Standout: BLACKstreet - “No Diggity” feat. Dr. Dre and Queen Pen | Another Level (1996)

R&B heads are well aware of BLACKstreet's neverending ballads and the genius of Teddy Riley. But the pivot of their sound for their sophomore album Another Level was due to Withers and the William “Stylez” Stewart. Speaking to Fact Mag in 2017, the creator of New Jack Swing gave credit to Stylez for bringing him the sample of "Grandma's Hands."

“If he hadn’t played that sample for me, there would never be a ‘No Diggity’ And if he didn’t write it according to the melody I gave him so it would sound that way because I wanted it to sound funky,” he said. “I wanted it to be appealing to everyone, but mostly to women. I wanted every woman to feel like they were the ‘No Diggity’ girl and that song was about them and it came across. And now, still, today, that song plays and people are on that dancefloor.”

Covered By: Gil Scott-Heron, Reflections (1981) Merry Clayton, Merry Clayton (1971) Barbra Streisand, Butterfly (1974)

Standout: Gil Scott-Heron, Reflections (1981)

Gil Scott-Heron's version of the soul classic reminded us of his versatile talents. From spoken word to his vocal abilities, the Godfather of rap music always came through with his own sound and style. Reflections was one of four albums the late artist dropped in the 80s with critics looking to it as one of his finest projects. Other cuts from the album included "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" and "B Love."

5. "Use Me" | Still Bill (1972)

Sampled On: Kendrick Lamar - “Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst"  | Good kid, Maad City (2012) J. Cole- "Dollar And A Dream II" | The Warm-Up (2009) Leela James - “So Good" | Fall For You (2014) UGK - "Use Me Up" | The Southern Way (1992)

Standout: Kendrick Lamar - “Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst"  | Good kid, Maad City (2012)

Lamar's take on "Use Me" blended right into the themes of his debut album, Good kid, Maad City allowing the artist to create another world on the project. To make things even better, Lamar also sampled Al Green's "I'm Glad You're Mine" for the track.

Covered By: Grace Jones, Indigo Nights, Live (2008) Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz, Wandering Spirit  (2004) Issac Hayes, Dr. Dolittle Soundtrack (1998)

Standout: Mick Jagger feat. Lenny Kravitz, Wandering Spirit (2004)

On his third solo album, Jagger linked with Rick Rubin to test his creative energy, allowing him to work with Lenny Kravitz on their version of "Use Me." Colliding worlds was one thing but to hear Kravitz's vocals come in on the bridge, set the track apart from the rest.

4. “Kissing My Love” | Still Bill (1972)

Sampled On: J. Cole - “The Cut Off" featuring kiLL Edward  | KOD (2018) Dr. Dre - "Let Me Ride" featuring Snoop Dogg, RC and Jewell | The Chronic (1992) Masta Ace- "Movin On" | Take A Look Around (1990) Master P- "Bastard Child" | The Ghettos Tryin To Kill Me! | 1994

Standout: Dr. Dre - "Let Me Ride" featuring Snoop Dogg, RC and Jewell | The Chronic (1992)

"Kissing My Love" is one of most sampled from Withers catalog, thanks to its feverish drums. It's also why it fits into Dr. Dre's single and the G-funk era.

3. Grover Washington's “Just The Two of Us” featuring Bill Withers | Winelight (1981)

Sampled/Covered On:  Will Smith - “Just The Two of Us” | Big Willie Style (1997) Eminem- "Just The Two of Us" | Slim Shady EP (1997) Keri Hilson- "Pretty Girl Rock" | No Boys Allowed (2010)

Standout: Will Smith - “Just The Two of Us” | Big Willie Style (1997)

Touching and soulful, Smith's dedication to his eldest son Trey is just too cute for words.

2. “Let It Be” | Just As I Am  (1967)

The Original: The Beatles - “Let It Be” | Let It Be (1968)

"Let It Be" is a pretty special record. Aretha Franklin recorded a version a year before the release of The Beatles' version and Withers gave his take on the record in the 70s. Slightly faster, his upbeat take on "Let It Be" just hits different.

1. “Rosie” | Menagerie Re-Issue (1977)

Sampled On: Kanye West - “Roses” |  Late Registration (2005)

As the somber part of Late Registration, "Roses" brings us into Kanye's world where he contemplates the mortality of a loved one. It's a sentimental take on the sample and one of the artist's most underrated songs. It's also a hidden gem for Withers as it isn't featured on Menagerie's LP. It was added as a bonus track on

Enjoy the jams in playlist form below.

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Remain Calm: 5 Ways To Curve Negative Effects Of Coronavirus Isolation

Self-isolation during the coronavirus outbreak seems to be best practice in keeping our families and peers safe but it's also a shift in our normal social behavior. As millions of families around the country get adjusted to self-isolation, the state of our mental health and how our bodies react to the practice are changing by the day, especially lower-income and marginalized groups.

Speaking with Wired, John Vincent, a clinical psychologist at the University of Houston, shared how apathetic behavior can rise to the forefront, making space for anxiety and depression.

“People start getting lethargic when they don’t have positive inputs into their small worlds,” Vincent says. “We can expect depression to kick in, and depression and anxiety are kissing cousins.”

But the biggest reason behind the uneasiness isn't the self-isolation but just how long it will last. Details of COVID-19 are changing by the day with the most cases now coming out of New York. Yet, there's still little to no information on what happens next.

“Open, transparent, consistent communication is the most important thing governments and organizations can do: Make sure people understand why they are being quarantined first and foremost, how long it is expected to last,” Samantha Brooks of King’s College London told the outlet. “A huge factor in the negative psychological impact seems to be confusion about what's going on, not having clear guidelines, or getting different messages from different organizations.”

Uncertainty hitting low income and marginalized groups is also a problem within itself. As virtual parties and celebrities opening up on social media happen on a daily, there are people who might not access fun distractions on the web.

“Some people have posited technology as a means of connecting people, but lower-income groups might not even have FaceTime or Skype or minutes on their phone,” Thomas Cudjoe, a geriatrician researching the intersection of social connections and aging at Johns Hopkins University says. “People take that for granted, using their devices can be a strain on people’s incomes.”

To make self-isolation less than a bore or a daunting task, experts suggest creating a schedule to dictate control in your home.

1. Work It Out

Gyms are closed, but your home can be transformed into a personal training center. Use heavy bags for weights and if you can, create a playlist of workouts on YouTube. For those who have memberships for Blink or Peloton, the platforms have streamed their workouts on apps.

2. Mindful Meditation

Meditation isn't about dumping your thoughts, it's about staying aware and mindful. AQUA has developed online that leverages the power of "Mindful Meditation and Mobility Movements" for flexibility and fluidity in the body. Classes are free of charge but feel free to donate.

3. Take It Back To High School

Give your friends a call or indulge in a FaceTime party. Feel free to use the Wifi in your home to reduce the amount of data used on your phone. Lala Anthony held a too-cute FT birthday party for writer Kiyonna Anthony with a 70s theme. You can also find creative ways to hop on the phone with friends and family instead of constantly chatting about 'rona.

 

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We made the best out of our quarantine situation🎉‼️FACETIME 70s Party💃🏽🎉HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY NIECE @kiyonnathewriter ❤️❤️💃🏽💃🏽SHOUT OUT TO ALL MY ARIES ♈️ MAKE THE BEST OF IT!!!😘

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4. Start A Journal

Journals just aren't for kids. The practice not only gives you something to do, but it fuels creativity and a new level of self-awareness. Former First Lady Michelle Obama recently developed Becoming: A Guided Journal for Discovering Your Voice, with over 150 inspiring questions and quotes that connect to key themes in her memoir. The journal will also help bring readers to terms with the importance of family and personal reflections as well as the goals they'd like to make a reality.

5. Have a Dance Party or Enjoy Lo-Fi Beats To Quarantine To

If you don't have data or battery power to watch a virtual DJ party, make your own. If you have to pull out your record player, do it! You can also hop on your favorite streaming service and create a playlist all your own.

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From Teen Sensation To Vocal Bible: Brandy's 15 Best Songs

September 27, 2019 marked the 25th anniversary of the multiplatinum self-titled debut album by one of R&B’s greatest voices, Brandy Rayana Norwood, or simply Brandy. She was already well on her way to stardom prior to her debut as a background vocalist for Immature and one of the stars of the short-lived ABC series, Thea. However, it was the album Brandy that set her on the path to tremendous success.

Since officially bursting onto the scene in 1994 sporting her well-known braided crown of glory, she has been a force to be reckoned with. She was handpicked by her idol, the late Whitney Houston, to portray the role of the first Black Cinderella in the 1997 film Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. Her show Moesha was one of the longest-running black sitcoms. Brandy was also a CoverGirl in 1999 and became a friend of Barbie that same year when Mattel released the Brandy Doll. In music, she’s released six studio albums, sold more than 40 million records worldwide, headlined three world tours, and won more than 30 awards including seven Billboard Music Awards, a Grammy and the Soul Train Lady of Soul Award. Brandy deserves her flowers.

Let’s check out the top 15 songs that helped solidify Brandy as your favorite singer’s favorite singer (just ask Solange) and earned her the title of the “Vocal Bible.”

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