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MSNBC Reportedly Says They Wouldn't Have Cancelled Melissa Harris-Perry's Show

MSNBC and Melissa Harris-Perry have had a tumultuous couple of weeks.

MSNBC and Melissa Harris-Perry have had a tumultuous couple of weeks, stemming from Dr. Harris-Perry’s decision to boycott her own show due to losing editorial control and the network’s decision to cram her show into a politics-only box.

Both parties spoke their piece this week on NPR’s All Things Considered, in an attempt to defend their stance on the rocky situation. While Harris-Perry did admit that the election does boost viewership for networks, it’s not the only thing she wants to cover.

“You get larger audiences during an election year and so that is exciting,” she told NPR’S David Folkenflik. “But also it’s a little bit of an irritation for us as a show because although we certainly care about elections, we don’t love horse race coverage.”

Yet much to Harris-Perry’s dismay and other show hosts of color, MSNBC has taken a major shift in their political coverage; making it one of the only things they cover during election year. Of course, this spurred major backlash from #Nerdland’s head captain in which she decided to walk out on her own show because she wouldn’t conform to what the network wanted to reduce her show to. Last month, she wrote a note to her staff explaining why she made the decision.

In addition to this, she also went on numerous Twitter rants expressing her distaste for MSNBC’s actions. See below:

However, MSNBC’s President, Phil Griffin stands firm in stating that he can’t believe MHP left her “terrific” show, and that he very much so supports diversity and understands the contemporary times we live in. He also mentioned that showing politics all day was a real thing “but temporary.”

Still, MSNBC’s diverse line-up is questionable. MHP cancelled her show, Jose Diaz-Balart’s mid-morning show is not as frequent and Al-Sharpton’s show has been pushed to Sunday mornings. And lastly, Alex Wagner’s show is now just a thing of the past.

“It seems to be an air of homogenous,” Harris-Perry said. “Less concerned with questions of racial and social justice and less interested in highlighting a variety of voices that shows like mine had been in the last couple of years.”

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Billionaire Robert F. Smith Will Also Cover Parents’ Loans In Morehouse College-Debt Plan

In May 2019, Morehouse College’s graduating class of 2019 not only received the gift of their degrees, but also a unique opportunity to enter society debt-free. During his commencement speech, billionaire and owner of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, Robert F. Smith announced his pledge to cover each student’s loans, and now their parents will be able to get in on the life-changing gesture.

According to Bloomberg, Smith will pay off the federal loans taken by the students’ parents, adding to a $34 million tab. Private student loans gifted by the college, and federal and state loans will be covered under Smith’s plan.

Morehouse's president, David Thomas, said this action will hopefully inspire the recipients to follow in Smith's footsteps. “It is our hope that our graduates will use their newfound financial freedom to pursue their career goals, to lead and serve the community, and to remember the spirit of the gift given to them by paying it forward to support the education of future classes of Morehouse Men.” The HBCU aims for the plan of action to be completed by 2020.

For Smith, with a reported net worth of $6 billion, his vision through this program aims to inspire other colleges and universities to take a charge against this country's student debt crisis and “to receive gifts from alumni and other supporters that can offset the burden of student loans and give students the freedom to pursue their dreams, the capital to invest in the economic growth of their families and the time that they can give back meaningfully to strengthening their communities.”

According to Forbes, U.S. federal student loan debt has totaled over $1.5 trillion.

Wow! Billionaire Robert F. Smith surprises Morehouse graduates by announcing his family will eliminate the student debt of the entire class of 2019 with a grant. #PayItForward #HBCU pic.twitter.com/lbZmttSsB6

— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) June 10, 2019

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DMX Reportedly Signs New Deal With Def Jam

DMX has signed a new deal with Def Jam Records, bringing him back to the label that distributed his early albums and classic singles. According to AllHip-Hop, X re-linked with the record label over the summer and is set to drop a Christmas album, DMX-Mas, either later this year, or in 2020.

X dropped his quadruple platinum debut album, It’s Dark And Hell is Hot, via Def Jam/Ruff Ryders Records in 1998. He went on to release four more album under the label including, his triple platinum sophomore LP, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, followed by ..And Then There Was X, the latter of which became his most successful studio album selling five million copies in the U.S. alone.

X, whose birth name is Earl Simmons, is one of hip-hop’s best-selling artist with just over 17 million records sold, but like many other recording artist, the beloved MC hit more than a few bumps over the years. The 48-year-old Yonkers native has endured money struggles and a very public battle with sobriety that played a part in his returns trips to jail. He was most recently released from custody this past January, after serving a year in prison for tax evasion.

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J. Cole Says He Won't Be Doing Anymore Guest Features

Don’t expect to hear a J. Cole guest verse on songs for other artists. Cole recently blessed tracks like Young Thug’s “The London” and 21 Savages “A Lot,” but the North Carolina born rhymer says that he’s done making guest appearances after the release of his biggest feature yet: Gang Starr’s “Family and Loyalty.”

Naturally, the “Middle Child” rhymer was honored and elated to be featured on the track, and working with DJ Premier might be the perfect way to bow out of the features game. “This is the last feature you’ll hear from me,” Cole tweeted Friday (Sept. 20). “Thank you to everybody I got to work with during this run.”

This a honor to be on this song. NEW Gang Starr 🤯🤯🤯🤯 💎💎💎💎

This is the last feature you’ll hear from me. Thank you to everybody I got to work with during this run. 🙏🏿@REALDJPREMIER This song a classic, thank you. RIP GURUhttps://t.co/MMBI5Z2Fcq

— J. Cole (@JColeNC) September 20, 2019

“Family and Loyalty,” marks the first new single from Gang Starr in 16 years, and reacquaints us with the lyrical genius of Guru, who died from cancer in 2010.

As for Cole, the Grammy-nominated rapper has a lot on his plate between his solo career and the Dreamville Records imprint. The label boasts a star-studded roster that includes Bas, Cozz, Omen, EarthGang, and the incomparable Ari Lennox. The collective released their third compilation album, Revenge of the Dreamers III, earlier this year.

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