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Mothers Of The Movement Show Strength Through Tragedy In New Documentary

Directed by Davia Carter, the short doc tells another story about the mothers who have rose the occasion after losing their kin to police brutality. 

After the cameras disperse, the hashtags stop trending and the protestors go home, the mothers of those who have died by the hands of police are left fighting for peace, justice and preserving the legacy of their children. It's a story not often told to the public--until now.

The mini-documentary Mothers Of The Revolution tells the other side of the story by the women who have bonded together through the death of their children. Directed by Davia Carter and Executive Produced by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA) and Blackout for Human Rights, the film features the women who have been dubbed, "Mothers Of The Movement" within the Black Lives Matter Movement. Lezley McSpadden (Michael Brown);  Geneva Reed-Veal (Sandra Bland); Theresa Smith (Caesar Ray Cruz); Samaria Rice (Tamir Rice); Lucia McBath (Jordan Davis), along with others join Rev. Wanda Johnson (Oscar Grant), for a celebration on what would have been Grant's 30th birthday.

Grant, who was unarmed, was fatally shot by former BART Police officer Johannes Mehserle in 2009. His story was told through the critically acclaimed film, Fruitvale Station in 2013. Speaking with Mic, Carter says she wanted to show the women's "strength through tragedy." "Each mother's strength really, really came through," Carter said. "I really listened to what they each had to say and cut that together."

Rev. Johnson led the conversation, where they focused on their love and faith while calling on legislators to investigate questionable police practices. In the end, the women let their faith take the lead. Reed-Veal, the mother of Sandra Bland explained their superpower. Bland died in police custody after she was jailed for an unlawful traffic citation in 2015. "All of us are faith-filled women,"  Reed-Veal said. "We are frustrated, but faithful. And so when you see us, you see power. You see strength."

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After a three-year album hiatus, Ty Dolla $ign released his latest studio effort, Featuring Ty Dolla $ign, on Friday (Oct. 23).

The 25-track album features appearances from Nicki Minaj, Kid Cudi, FKA Twigs, Roddy Ricch, Jhené Aiko, Kehlani, 6lack, Young Thug, Music Soulchild, Skrillex, Quavo, Anderson Paak, Post Malone, Kanye West, and more.

Powered by previously released singles, “Ego Death,” Expensive” and By Yourself,” the new album flexes a different music muscle for the Grammy-nominated recording artists who steered clear of  making club records.

“I was intentionally trying to not make club songs [talking about] hoes and *itches and all the sh*t I used to talk about,” Ty told Vulture in a recent interview. “I was trying to, like, talk about my life, and what it is now, and really do something different with it. I got a daughter going to high school this year, and she’s paying attention, and all her friends are paying attention, so I can’t talk as crazy or do the crazy sh*t that I used to do.”

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Jay Z Launches His Own Cannabis Brand

Jay Z is venturing into the world of cannabis. The  mogul officially announced the launch of his new cannabis brand, Monogram, on Friday (Oct. 23) marking his first product collaboration since becoming chief brand strategists of the Northern California-based dispensary, Caliva, last year.

“Monogram seeks to redefine what cannabis means to consumers today,” the company said in a press release. As many marijuana storefronts have implemented new rules amid the global pandemic, Monogram is also planing to launch an e-commerce sales option, “In an effort to provide a more tailored customer experience.”

Caliva and Hov opened their first Southern California storefront last year. Besides providing quality products, Hov aims to use his position at Caliva to help the formerly incarcerated (many of whom are not reaping the benefits of marijuana legalization) through advocacy, job training, and employee and workforce development.

According to the company website, Monogram uses “expert growers” to ensure that each marijuana flowers receives the “respect it deserves” in every stage of the growth process. Additionally, Monogram flowers are grown in small batches so that every plant gets “personalized attention.”

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Kehlani Plays Bryson Tiller’s Love Interest In “Always Forever” Video

Kehlani stars as Tiller’s love interest in the intimate new music video for “Always Forever,” released on Thursday (Oct. 22).

The stunning visual, directed by Glenn Michael of Toronto’s Kid Studio, is a creative take on how a relationship can become your entire universe. Tyler and Kehlani cuddle up, kiss, and hold hand in the steamy visual, prompting some fans to question the chemistry between the two. They might look pretty cozy, but Kehlani and Tiller are just friends (Tiller welcomed a child with girlfriend Kendra Bailey last year).

 

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🌎🎥💫Thanks Guys. #alwaysforever @kidstudio_ @ichiki @kehlani

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Kehlani shared some close-up stills from the music video on Instagram along with a message thanking Tiller for being a “solid” friend. “To one of my dearest friends…matching tattoos, years worth of stories, nights of dying laughter and holding each other down in the roughest times…I’m so proud of you. Thank you for being solid.”

The post was deleted after fans in the comments continued to speculate if the two were an item. Kehlani shared a follow-up message on her Instagram Story explaining in part, “I post lengthy captions about all my friends. You would have to follow me to know that.”

 

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#Roommates, #Kehlani explains her previous message to #BrysonTiller. (SWIPE for previous post)

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“Always Forever” is the latest single from Tiller’s newly released ANNIVERSARY LP.

Watch the video below.

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