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Slick Rick Finally Becomes A U.S. Citizen After 23-Year Legal Process

Famed hip-hop pioneer, Slick Rick, just received some news that'll make his fans stateside jump for joy.

Famed hip-hop pioneer, Slick Rick, just received some news that'll make his fans stateside jump for joy. The English-born lyricist, named Ricky Martin Lloyd Walters, became an American citizen on Friday (Apr. 15) following a 23-year legal battle.

The "Children's Story" lyricist had a major run in with the law 26 years ago when he was imprisoned in New York for the shooting of his cousin, which Rick said he acted in self-defense. He was found guilty of attempted second-degree murder. In 2008, former governor, David A. Paterson, pardoned The Ruler, but he faced the possibility of deportation and even spent time in an immigration detention center.

Even though the 51-year-old was never deported, and was a legal resident when his family emigrated from the U.K. to The Bronx when he was 11, it still took a little over two decades for the vivid storyteller to be approved for citizenship in the U.S. Now, he'll have dual citizenship, which includes his U.K. sovereignty.

“I am so proud of this moment – and so honored to finally become an American citizen,” Rick said in a press release. “This has been a long time coming for me, and I am relieved to finally put this long chapter behind me. I want to thank everyone – my family, friends and fans – who have supported me and stuck by me over these 23 years.  I am truly blessed – and stay tuned, I will have more to announce soon.”

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One Killed In Shooting Involving Rapper Tee Grizzley

Tee Grizzley was involved in a shooting in Detroit that left one dead.

According to reports, his aunt/manager Jobina Brown was killed when the rapper's SUV was shot at. While it's currently unclear if the Scriptures MC was the target, he and the driver of the vehicle were unharmed.

Per TMZ, "The SUV had stopped and Tee Grizzley was getting out of the front passenger seat as the shooter approached on foot and pulled the trigger ... hitting Jobina in her left side. The driver of the SUV told cops he heard Jobina scream right before 3 to 4 shots were fired." The rapper reportedly stayed at the scene while the driver called police.

Ms. Brown was rushed to the hospital, however, could not be saved. She was 41 years old.

This is a developing story.

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Funk Flex Opens Up About JAY-Z, Jermaine Dupri And The NFL

Funk Flex is breaking his silence on the recent controversy involving JAY-Z and his recent involvement with the NFL.

Last week, it was announced that the Jigga Man would be partnering with the league to consult for halftime performance as its Live Music Entertainment Strategist. He also plans on helping them with social initiatives, and he recently became a part-owner of a team. This partnership raised eyebrows, as Jay was a vocal supporter of Colin Kaepernick, who has been allegedly blackballed for standing up (or kneeling) for social justice.

Even more surprising, reports swirled that Jermaine Dupri was offered the deal, but was told by Jay not to accept it. In an Instagram post, Funk Flex wrote that the Atlanta producer was certainly offered the deal.

"I just got off the phone with Jermaine Dupri!" the photo read. "He confirmed that when he was working with the NFL last year, he did get a call from JAY-Z asking him 'How deep are you in with the NFL?' expressing 'That might not be a good idea.'"

"My opinion is probably not what the people I have relationships want to hear but it’s bothering me so I need to discuss," he wrote in the caption. He started off by discussing his issues with Kaepernick accepting a settlement deal, because he hasn't been as "aggressive" on a social justice front (this point, however, could certainly be debunked, as Kaepernick recently announced a new social justice initiative in a new interview).

Later, Flex addresses Jay.

"We are never past kneeling," he continues, referencing Jay's comments about moving past the action towards a solution. "...Jayz In our world is our “Michael Jordan” decided by the people who respect/cherish his accomplishments. Watching that Commissioner’s body language and feeling his desperation to open the Season with the 'STRONGEST AFRICAN AMERICAN POSSIBLE WITH CREDIBILITY' was obvious!"

"If Jayz saw what we all saw in the press conference and feels working from the inside while being paid and receiving a 'stake' in a team is the answer and can spearhead social justice from the inside he is our HERO for life!!!!" he wrote. "BUT if he and the air personalities/social media influencers that Rocknation manages or wants to be managed by them have spun the 'believe in Jayz... give him a chance' campaign to line pockets... this will be remembered and NOT swept under the rug in a few months!"

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This subject matter has been weighing on me for a sec... I’ve spoken to Jermaine, Fat Joe, Nessa, Pio and TT.... My opinion is probably not what the people I have relationships want to hear but it’s bothering me so I need to discuss... Colin has taken an incredible unselfish stand for bringing light to social injustice that will never be duplicated... and even though his settlement was under 10million for him and Eric (Which covered mostly lawyer fees) I’m not 1,000 percently ok that Colin excepted the deal because it feels that since the deal Colin hasn’t been as aggressive as he once was... I know I’ve been 1,000 percent better with Rocnation as of late so I hope I can be honest and continue our positive relationship... We are never past kneeling... the “fear of the Kneeling” is what pushed the NFL to get more aggressive with unlawful tactics (hence is why they settled with Colin) To dismiss his efforts in front of the NFL Commissioner (the one who spearheaded the Colin corruption was an extreme slap in the face!) Jayz In our world is our “Michael Jordan” decided by the people who respect/cherish his accomplishments. Watching that Commissioner’s body language and feeling his desperation to open the Season with the “STRONGEST AFRICAN AMERICAN POSSIBLE WITH CREDIBILITY” was obvious! If Jayz saw what we all saw in the press conference and feels working from the inside while being paid and receiving a “stake” in a team is the answer and can spearhead social justice from the inside he is our HERO for life!!!! BUT if he and the air personalities/social media influencers that Rocknation manages or wants to be managed by them have spun the “believe in Jayz... give him a chance” campaign to line pockets... this will be remembered and NOT swept under the rug in a few months! TRUST! Time will tell!#JustMyOpinion

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20 Year Old Takes His Life After Being Bullied For Dating A Trans Woman

A 20-year-old black man took his life after being the target of relentless bullying because of his relationship with a trans woman.

On Wednesday (August 21) #RipReese trended on Twitter after a video of Maurice Willoughby, better known as Reese, was seen being harassed by others in his neighborhood.

"Y'all can say whatever you want about Faith. I really don't care if she's not passable. I don't care if she wasn't born a woman. She's a woman to me and I love her flaws. That's what makes her Faith. If you heard her story, it's motivating. I'm happy. You should be happy for me," Reese wrote on Facebook prior to his death.

It's unclear how long Reese and Faith were together, but the young man had her name tattooed on his forehead.

Reportedly the Philadelphia resident battled depression and other mental health issues, which were only exasperated his illness. Reese took to Facebook Live about his relationship and merited 15,000 views, as well as many transphobic comments.

Following the news of Reese's suicide, many took to social media to denounce the harassment he endured by many in the neighborhood.

My condolences to Marcus "Reese" Willoughby of Philadelphia,PA. It is reported he committed suicide for being bullied for openly loving a trans woman. Also reported he was battling mentally health issues social media bullying/harassment took it overboard. pic.twitter.com/nBHkXTeX59

— TS Candii (@TS_Candii) August 20, 2019

Real niggas don’t even be worrying about what the next man doing..I was always taught to mind the business that pays me, Bullying & shaming a man into suicide because he had a preference is trash and so are y’all #ripreese

— Ayesha Curry’s Side Nigga (@Jus4Lafs) August 21, 2019

https://twitter.com/little_starglow/status/1164237319253057537

Transphobia kills. Literally. Trans women are always at the tipping point of violence, it’s where we exist, the men that love us are either in the cross hairs of that violence or internalize it and enact it themselves. Kill your transphobia before it kills us. #ripreese

— Jade Phoenix Martinez (@_Jade_Phoenix_) August 21, 2019

DONT SAY YOU BELIEVE IN EQUALITY IF YOU CANNOT ACCEPT EVERYONE #ripreese

— stream teeth you cowards (@shellbytrbl) August 21, 2019

Funeral arrangements for Reese have not been announced at this time.

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