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Taye Diggs Pens Powerful Poem About Police Brutality

The actor turns to poetry to tell a story that's plaguing America. 

Following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the country was rocked with protests and demands for justice. While their deaths, by no means, were the first of their kind, the constant cycle with seemingly no relief in sight was perhaps what caused celebrities to take a stand like never before.

Black Hollywood was reported to have had a secret meeting to discuss a course of action and ways to help. Michael Jordan recently donated $2 million dollars to aid in police and community relations, and Carmelo Anthony united community leaders and police for an open, honest discussion just last week.

While there's no appropriate approach to how one should speak out on these matters, some celebrities have opted to take the creative route. Jay Z recently dropped a song discussing the issue and today (August 1) Taye Diggs has penned a poem. The poem which tells the story of a young boy finding his parents watching a news report about a man being shot by police and wondering if he'd be forced to suffer the same fate.

 

 

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Im finished brushing my teeth I'm coming down the stairs I'm ready for my bedtime story Does anybody care ------------------------------------------ I'm standing in my P. J.s My bunny slippers on But Ma and Pa are watching tv I think something's wrong ------------------------------------------- Why is mommy crying Pa She's pointing at the screen It's like she knows them people People I never seen -------------------------------------------- And why does daddy look so mad Mommy do you know He keeps on rubbing the side of his head And walking to and fro ------------------------------------------- What is this tv show ----------------------------------------- And now I start to feel real weird My insides getting heavy I yell at mommy one more time Daddy Are you forgetting ---------------------------------------- Mama slowly turns to me Her face fighting the tear She cut the tv off right quick She kneels and pulls me near ---------------------------------------- Why is daddy leaving the room Why did he slam the door Mommy searches for her words In the matted carpeted floor ---------------------------------------- Honey something very bad happened We didn't want you to see But we just saw a man get shot Right on our colored tv ------------------------------------- Why would someone shoot that man You both said guns were not good Did the man steal or rob someone Was he not doing what he should --------------------------------------- Then I feel my mama's anger The straight stiff of her back No she hissed through her teeth Police shot him cuz he was black ---------------------------------------- I tilt my head with question As Daddy enters still blue But my skins dark just like the Man's Does that mean I'll die too? ----------------------------------------- Ma and pa stare at each other Blank scared looks on the front of their heads Neither of them could say a word As I imagine myself....... Dead.

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Freeway Reveals Death Of 20-Year-Old Son, Jihad

Freeway is mourning the death of his beloved son, Jihad Pridgen.

The Philly native shared the devastating news on Instagram on Thursday (Oct. 29). “God knows I try my best to be strong, but this right here is a pain like I never felt,” he captioned a graduation photo of his son. “Please cherish your time and your [loved] ones because we’re not [promised] the next breath. I Pray Allah forgives my son for all of his sins and I pray that Allah grants him the highest level of paradise.”

The Muslim rapper did not go into detail about how his son passed away. In closing, he asked fans to make dua (an Islamic invocation) for his son and family. Jihad, 20, was following in his father’s footsteps in becoming a rapper. He went by the stage name “Snowhadd.”

 

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God knows I try my best to be strong, but this right here is a pain like I never felt. Please cherish your time and your love ones because we’re not promise the next breath. I Pray Allah forgives my son for all Of his sins and I pray that Allah grants him the highest level of paradise. Ameen 😢 Please make dua for him & my family.

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New’s of Jihad’s death follows the death of the son of fellow State Property member and former Roc-A-Fella rapper, Oschino Vasquez.  “I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. Devastation at its finest,” the grieving father wrote on Instagram revealing that Freeway attended his son’s funeral last week. “Then I got that bad news. What [are] the chances that [we] both lose our sons. F*ck rap beef that’s fake sh*t. This is real life. I’ve never been depressed before but I [am] now.”

The cause of death is unclear, but according to varying reports, Oschino’s son and his son's pregnant girlfriend may have passed away in a car accident.

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Kenya Barris To Make Directorial Debut With Richard Pryor Biopic

Kenya Barris has signed on to write and direct a forthcoming biopic on Richard Pryor for MGM. The movie studio acquired the film in a heated bidding war, Deadline reports.

The biopic will mark Barris’ directorial debut. In addition to directing and penning the script, the Black-Ish creator will also produce the film through his company, Khalabo Ink Society. Additional producers include Pryor’s widow, Jennifer Lee Pryor, through her Tarnished Angel imprint, and Tory Metzger for Levantine Films.

“The way Pryor did what he did — with truth and specificity that was somehow self-aware and self-deprecating, and said with an unmatched level of vulnerability – that was the power and impact of his work,” Barris said in a statement. “Pryor had a voice that was distinctly his and, in many ways, comedy since then has been derivative of what he created. To me, this is a film about that voice, the journey that shaped it, and what it took for it to come to be.”

There have been several attempts to bring Pryor’s story to the big screen, including in 2016 when The Weinstein Company teamed with Jennifer and Lee Daniels on a script by Oscar-winning screenwriter Bill Condon. Mike Epps was slated to start as the comic legend, and Oprah Winfrey was going to play his grandmother, Eddie Murphy as his father, and Kate Hudson at Jennifer.

Pryor began his comedy career in the early 1960s playing local clubs around New York. By the following decade, Pryor rose up the ranks to become one of the most popular Black comedians in the genre appearing in films like Lady Sings the Blues, The Mack, Uptown Saturday Night, Car Wash, Harlem Nights, and The Wiz. Pryor was also a talented writer and producer (he wrote his stand-up comedy specials as well as other shows such as Sanford & Son, The Richard Pryor Show).

The 65-year-old comedian passed away from Parkinson’s Disease in 2005.

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Beenie Man Speaks Out After Fainting At Mother’s Funeral

Beenie Man broke his silence amid rumors that he was hospitalized after fainting at his mother’s funeral. Footage of the dancehall icon passing out in front of his mother's casket began circulating the web last weekend.

In a heartfelt message posted on social media on Wednesday (Oct. 27), the dancehall star thanked well-wishers, and poured out his grief. “One Sunday, October 25th I laid my Mom to rest. It was by far and still is the most difficult thing I have ever had to do,” he explained. “Leading up to the day of the funeral I was [physically] involved in every aspect of the planning an execution.”

Beenie’s mother, Lilieth Sewell, suffered a stroke in July. Her health began declining after she was released from the hospital.  She passed away in September at age 63.

“I kept telling myself, maybe if it remained active I will be able to function,” Beenie said. “Unfortunately, when it came down to that very last moment, it hit me and hit very hards. This would be the last time I would see my mom. Despite the noise, the singing, the mourning, all I could hear was silence while watching my mom’s body being lowered into the tomb.

“My heart broke and I blacked out for a few minutes,” he continues. “When I revived, I saw my closet friends and family were around me.”

The Grammy winner added that he was not “hospitalized,” but was comforted by friends and family. “Please continue to pray for us as we heal and moved forward.”

Read his full statement below.

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— Beenie Man (@KingBeenieMan) October 27, 2020

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