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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A$AP Rocky Will Reportedly Headline Rolling Loud NYC

The Rolling Loud hip hop festival will make its way to the Big Apple in October. Per the festival's social media pages, Travis Scott, A$AP Rocky, Meek Mill, Lil Uzi Vert and the Wu-Tang Clan will reportedly headline the two day event.

Aside from the aforementioned artists, DMX, Fat Joe, Megan Thee Stallion, Rico Nasty, Young M.A., YG, DaBaby, and many many more will take to the stage at Citi Field from Oct. 12 to 13. Tickets are slated to go on sale via Ticketmaster on Friday (Jul. 26) at 10 a.m. EST.

The news comes on the third week of A$AP Rocky's incarceration. The A$AP Mob member and Harlem native was reportedly arrested in Sweden for allegedly assaulting a person on the street. Donald Trump, thanks to urging from Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, is attempting to help free the rapper, however, it was reported earlier today (Jul. 22) that his efforts may make matters worse for A$AP.

Peep the Rolling Loud lineup below.



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Trump's Interference In A$AP Rocky's Case May Actually Make Matters Worse

According to reports, there’s a chance that Donald Trump’s call to the Swedish Prime Minister about A$AP Rocky’s removal may result in a worse scenario than originally anticipated.

Per TMZ, the prosecutor has reportedly been “immovable” on release pending charges, even though members of the United States State Dept. have also gotten involved in addition to Trump. The State Department reportedly tried to get the rapper out of jail last Thursday to no avail.

“Sources connected to the case actually think intervention by the State Dept. and the President -- who essentially said he would guarantee bail if they would release Rocky -- could actually BACKFIRE because they are trying to get in the prosecutor's business.”

The Prime Minister reportedly told 45 that “everyone is equal under the law” in Sweden, and that “the [U.S.] government cannot and will not attempt to influence the legal proceedings."

Last week, it was reported that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West contacted Trump about helping to facilitate Rocky’s removal. "I personally don't know A$AP Rocky but I can tell you he has tremendous support from the African American community in this country,” he said in a press conference last week.

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Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" Ties Record For Longest-Running Number One Of All Time

For the 16th week in a row, Lil Nas X’s hit “Old Town Road” sits atop the Billboard Hot 100. This means that the track from the 20-year-old ATLien is tied for the longest-running No. 1 of all time.

According to reports, the single from the 7 EP ties Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s ”Despacito," as well as Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day” for the record. If he stays at No. 1 for one more week, he will be the first song in the history of American popular music to reign for an unprecedented 17 weeks.

The initial song made waves  earlier this year after getting the boot from Billboard’s Country charts for allegedly not implementing enough elements of the genre. Since then, “Old Town Road” has seen three featured artists on two separate remixes– Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug and Mason Ramsey. Last week, country music icon Dolly Parton hinted at hopping on the song’s next remix.

Do you think “Old Town Road” will set a new record next week? Sound off in the comments.


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