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So, About That Trump Supporter Who Said Journalists Should Be Hanged…

As catastrophic elections occur, disasters take place, and dictators rise, the presence of journalists has always been imperative in documenting history, and essential to maintaining democracy. With the rise of Donald Trump in the United States, the human rights of journalists looks to be in the line of fire from Trump's right-wing supporters.

The Daily Beast's Brandy Zadrozny reports that at a Trump rally in Minneapolis, Minnesota, one zealous voter's t-shirt caught the public's eye. The back of the shirt, previously Tweeted by Reuters, reads, "Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required." The shirt, worn by a 58-year-old white man living on the Tennessee-Georgia border, also shows two smiling white people beside him.

Zadrozny gives the man the pseudonym "Bob," who regularly uses the Internet as his ultra-conservative platform. "On Facebook, Bob reads and shares fake news stories, like the one with the headline, 'Judge Orders Investigation Into Obama's Fake Social Security Number', and complains that the 'mainstream media' isn't reporting it," she explains. "He also posts photos of the confederate flag, and links to conservative country songs...he thinks Obama is a turd, Ronald Reagan is a hero, and according to his twitter feed, he's voted for Trump."

Bob represents the quintessential, disgruntled white man involved in the American election who views Trump as a savior. To him, journalists who defy what Trump is saying with research, in-depth analysis, and facts is an opponent to be eliminated. Bob's investment in political white supremacy is only a symbol of Trump's fan base who are supporting this brand of new-wave fascism.

"Violence, or its understood spector-in general and against journalists specifically-has been a troubling element throughout Trump's campaign. Now, in one photo, a Trump supporter and his guffawing peers were leaving little doubt about their understanding of the Republican candidate's not-so-subtle message on the media: Journalists should be silenced. In fact, journalists should be hanged from a tree, until they are dead, for doing their jobs."

Throughout Trump's horrific campaign, the presidential-elect has gathered faithful followers partially by shunning media presence on his speaking tours. Journalist report violations of their rights at Trump gatherings from his supporters, from severe verbal taunts to physical assaults.

"Trump's disdain for the media has been vocal and unrelenting. Reporters covering Trump campaign rallies have been forced into a gated area, where they were literally pointed at and criticized by the candidate during nearly every speech," says Zadrozny. "Trump has praised Putin's tendency to kill journalists and political opponents with whom he disagrees with as 'leadership'".

Throughout American history, journalists who interrupt the status quo have faced grave political opposition from the status quo; radio reporters such as Mumia Abu Jamal, a former Black Panther, sits in prison fighting for his life. Gary Webb, the investigative journalist who uncovered the link between the crack era in the United States and the Iran-CONTRA  affair, suffered a tragic fate in his quest to expose truth.

Journalists must not waver in the face of threats such as these. We owe it to our communities to continually expose truth, regardless of the right-wing Trump supporters who seek to silence us. Our voices are more critical now than ever. As there has always been repression, there will also always be resistance. In the words of political thinker and freedom fighter Assata Shakur, "It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We have nothing to lose but our chains."

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It's About Time: Cypress Hill Receives Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Cypress Hill doesn't always get the credit they deserve for their impact on hip-hop history, but they've been honored forever with a revered star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

With a career of 30 years, the legacy of the four-man group of B-Real, DJ Muggs, Sen Dog, and Eric Bobo (along with former member Mellow Man Ace) includes six platinum albums and 90s zeitgeist songs like "How I Could Just Kill A Man," "Insane In The Brain," and "Hand On The Pump." They released their self-titled debut in 1991 and the chart-topping follow-up Black Sunday two years later,  and have continued creating ever since, releasing their ninth and latest album Elephants On Acid in September 2018. Cypress Hill are considered West Coast rap legends, and the first Latino rap group to have multiple gold and platinum records. Anchored by Muggs' gloomy, gritty production and B-Real's nasal, charismatic rhymes, Cypress Hill is as much a part of rap history as anyone.

The group's ceremony included speeches from Latino comedian George Lopez and fellow West Coast rap legend Xzibit, who said 'it's about time' before detailing the group's illustrious career.

Xzibit pointed out Cypress Hill not only brought Latino representation in an industry that largely lacked it, but that they were staunch marijuana advocates way before today's growing legalization.

"The Grammy-nominated group showed us stoned is indeed the way of the walk. Long before the days of legal dispensaries and medical marijuana, Cypress Hill were advocates of that sticky icky icky oooh wee!" Xzibit shared. "...Cypress Hill are pioneers in their own right. Their accomplishments and accolades reach deep in the roots and history books of hip-hop, and today is another chapter in that saga. Yo B-Real, Sen Dog, Muggs, Bobo: you are our Rolling Stones, Ungrateful Dead, you are the West Coast Public Enemy."

Lopez insisted that out of all the 2,600 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, "there are none more important than the one we're about to unveil for Cypress Hill. There's a lot of actors, there's a lot of comedians, there's a lot of entertainers who are on this (Walk of Fame). But there's only one cypress hill, the first Latino hip-hop group. But to everyone who lives the American dream, not the last Latino hip-hop group to ever be on the Hollywood Walk of Fame."

Cypress Hill's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is unveiled pic.twitter.com/cNtpIUd8Xg

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Cypress Hill To Make History With Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

After 30 years in hip-hop, Cypress Hill is due to make history with their latest accolade. The multi-platinum selling group is set to become the first Latino American hip-hop collective to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The induction ceremony, presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, takes place on April 18 in front of Greenleaf Restaurant located on Hollywood Blvd.

George Lopez and Xzibit will help unveil the star alongside Rana Ghadban, president & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The free ceremony is open to the public and will be live streamed via WalkofFame.com.

“We are proud to honor the first Latino American hip-hop recording group,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame said in a press release. “They have been successful as a group for three decades and we know they will continue their success for many years to come.”

Cypress Hill, comprised of B Real, Sen Dog, DJ Muggs, and Eric “Bobo” Correa, is noted as the first Latino-American hip-hop group to have platinum and multi-platinum selling albums with more than 18 million records worldwide. In the early 1990s, Cypress Hill became the first rap group to have two albums in the Billboard 200 thanks to the success of their self-titled double-platinum debut and their sophomore effort, Black Sunday. The album went on to sell more than three million copies and spawned the rap classic “Insane in the Membrane.”

Cypress Hill released their ninth studio album, Elephants On Acid, last year. Following the Walk of Fame induction ceremony, the group will perform at the famous Whiskey a Go Go club in Hollywood.

 

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Miguel Drops Spanish-Language EP 'Te Lo Dije'

In an ode to his Mexican heritage, Miguel has released a five-track project that is the Spanish/Spanglish version of his 2017 War & Leisure album. Te Lo Dije features collaborations with fellow Spanish-speaking artists Kali Uchis, C. Tangana, Dante Spintetta and Emmanuel Horvilleur, as well as Mexican Mariachi girl band, Flor de Toloache.

Miguel's Spanish-language project is one that he has been teasing his fans with, hence the name of the EP, Te Lo Dije. The phrase means "I told you so" in Spanish and also happens to be the name of a song on the EP. On this collaborative effort, Miguel is mixing in his R&B vibes with his Latin ties, so for fans looking for a mixture of both, they can listen the Spanish version of his hit, "Sky Walker" featuring Spinetta and Horvilleur. Uchis can also be found on "Carmelo Duro" showing off her Colombian roots.

This is the 33-year-old artist's first Spanish-language project and he even said that he thinks he likes "these songs better in Spanish." The R&B artist took to his Instagram account to his express his excitement on Te Lo Dije, as well as give props to people who helped him through the process.

"FIRST RELEASE OF THE YEAR," he wrote. "TE LO DIJE (a selection of songs off of W&L en español)."

 

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FIRST RELEASE OF THE YEAR ! TE LO DIJE (a selection of songs off of W&L en español) I want to thank my cousin @yeyasmiles and @flordetoloache, @kaliuchis and @c.tangana and everyone that helped me translate these songs 🙏🏾. I think you might like these better in Spanish. Enjoy . Love you

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Make sure to listen to Te Lo Dije here.

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