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Chuck D Speaks On Steve Harvey’s Meeting With Donald Trump

The hip-hop pioneer offers a defense for Harvey's decision to visit Trump Towers. 

Chuck D offered a defense for Steve Harvey’s controversial housing development meeting with Donald Trump. Harvey is among what appears to be a revolving door of black celebrities traveling to Trump Towers for meetings (and photo-ops) with the President-elect, followed by vague descriptions of the topics discussed.

The Public Enemy front man told TMZ that Harvey and “certain members of the black community” should be meeting with Trump, to get some kind of inside information.

But that doesn’t mean that he trusts Trump.

“Of course it’s a publicity stunt,” Chuck D explained to HipHopDX. “It’s like when [President Richard] Nixon had James Brown. Any person who is black or a person of color, he [Trump] is going to use it like the person is on his side and that’s not necessarily so. How we read the media has to be the answer.”

Chuck added that he thinks more people should take meetings with Trump to stop him from going “solo psycho on the planet.”

He also noted that Harvey’s intentions were probably sincere. “I’m sure Steve Harvey is looking at him eye to eye and cheek to cheek, not on his knees,” said Chuck. “He’s stepping to him as a man, and expects him to be accountable and see what he’s doing for black folks. I wouldn’t step to him, but who’s to say Steve Harvey can’t?”

The 56-year-old hip-hop pioneer went on to speak on T.I.s recent open letter to Trump.

“Steve Harvey is an adult,” he pointed out. "T.I. is an adult. They can take it. At the end of the day, they’re on the same team—just a different position. We need people that can bark, especially in the rap community. Not every bark has a bite, but we at least need people that bark. Everybody can’t have the same role. Protests on this inauguration is very admirable from the artist community, especially black folk, but to think we going to stay out of that conversation on what goes on in the White House is naive. We should be outside the White House gates protesting damn near every day (Laughs). People are human beings. We are all different.”

Lastly, Chuck showed support for those planning to hold anti-Trump protests, and warned T.I., Harvey, and other public figures, against reading social media comments.

“Comments on social media is like going back to the grade school. Any adult over 18 shouldn’t pay the commentary section any mind. It’s like 7th grade all over again. Expect a spitball and a milk cartoon, too.”

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Ugandan Man Becomes A Lawyer To Win Back Father's Land

When Jordyn Kinyera was 6 years old, his father lost his land after being sued by neighbors. At the time, his father was retired and didn't have many resources to fight the case.

For two decades, the case dragged on in court. However, on Monday (April 1) a Ugandan court delivered a final judgment in favor of Kinyera's father, thanks to Kinyera himself.

Speaking to the BBC Kinyera said seeing his father's legal woes inspired him to become a lawyer.

"I made the decision to become a lawyer later in life but much of it was inspired by events I grew up witnessing, the circumstances and frustrations my family went through during the trial and how it affected us," Kinyera said.

It took Kinyera 18 years to receive the education needed to become a lawyer. Yet despite how long it took for him to legally win the land back, he's happy.

"Justice delayed is justice denied. My father is 82 years and he can't do much with the land now. It's up to us children to pick up from where he left."

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Lori Lightfoot Becomes Chicago’s First Black Female Mayor

Lori Lightfoot scored a historic win in Chicago's mayoral race. The 56-year-old former federal prosecutor became the Windy City’s first black female mayor Tuesday (April 2), as well as the city’s first lesbian major.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Lightfoot, pulled into the lead grabbing 74% of the vote against her opponent Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

“Thank you, Chicago. From the bottom of my heart, thank you,” Lightfoot said in her acceptance speech. “Today, you did more than make history. You created a movement for change.”

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— Lori Lightfoot (@LightfootForChi) April 3, 2019

“When we started this journey 11 months ago, nobody gave us much of a chance,” she continued. “We were up against powerful interests, a powerful machine, and a powerful Mayor. But I remembered something Martin Luther King said when I was very young. Faith, he said, is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.

“We couldn’t see the whole staircase when we started this journey, but we had faith—an abiding faith in this city, in its people, and in its future.”

Lightfoot also vowed to break the city's “endless cycle of corruption,” and work to make Chicago “thriving, prosperous, better, stronger, fairer -- for everyone.”

Preckwinkle, a  72-year-old former teacher, leader of the city's Democratic Party and former City Council Member, congratulated Lightfoot on her victory and thanked supporters.  “It has been amazing meeting supporters from across the city, hearing your stories and sharing our vision for the future of Chicago,” she tweeted.

Chicago, which is the nation’s third-largest city, elected Harold Washington as its first black mayor in 1983. Lightfoot is now only the third black mayor to be elected in the city, and the second female mayor.

Lightfoot will be sworn in on May 20. Read her speech below.

“Thank you, Chicago. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Today, you did more than make history. You created a movement for change.”

— Lori Lightfoot (@LightfootForChi) April 3, 2019

“When we started this journey 11 months ago, nobody gave us much of a chance. We were up against powerful interests, a powerful machine, and a powerful Mayor.”

— Lori Lightfoot (@LightfootForChi) April 3, 2019

 

“But I remembered something Martin Luther King said when I was very young. Faith, he said, is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.”

— Lori Lightfoot (@LightfootForChi) April 3, 2019

“We couldn’t see the whole staircase when we started this journey, but we had faith—an abiding faith in this city, in its people, and in its future.”

— Lori Lightfoot (@LightfootForChi) April 3, 2019

“We still have faith, we still are determined, and with this mandate for change, now we’re going to take the next steps together.”

— Lori Lightfoot (@LightfootForChi) April 3, 2019

“Together we can and will finally put the interests of our people—all of our people—ahead of the interests of a powerful few. Together we can and will make Chicago a place where your zipcode doesn’t determine your destiny.”

— Lori Lightfoot (@LightfootForChi) April 3, 2019

“We can and we will give our neighborhoods—all of our neighborhoods—the same time and attention that we give to the downtown. We can and will make sure our neighborhoods and our neighbors—all of our neighbors—are invested in each other.”

— Lori Lightfoot (@LightfootForChi) April 3, 2019

“We can and we will break this city’s endless cycle of corruption, and never again allow politicians to profit from their elected positions.”

— Lori Lightfoot (@LightfootForChi) April 3, 2019

“Together we can and will remake Chicago. Thriving, prosperous, better, stronger, fairer—for everyone.”

— Lori Lightfoot (@LightfootForChi) April 3, 2019

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The Supreme Court Rules A Painless Execution Is Not Guaranteed By The Constitution

The Supreme Court ruled Monday (April 1) that a painless execution was not guaranteed under the United States Constitution, which means Missouri death row inmate Russell Bucklew's potential suffocation due to a severe condition as a result of the lethal injection, is legal.

According to the Los Angeles Times a 5-4 vote rejected Bucklew's claim that to receive the lethal injection would be a form of cruel and unusual punishment, and that the state would have to find another way to execute him.

The case split the judges down the middle.

The court's conservatives said that after 18 years on death row, Bucklew's allegation was a last ditch hail marry to halt the execution for more years. Bucklew reportedly waited a little less than two weeks before his execution to file a suit.

“The people of Missouri, the surviving victims of Mr. Bucklew’s crimes and others like them deserve better,” Justice Neil M. Gorsuch wrote in Bucklew vs. Precythe. “Under our Constitution, the question of capital punishment belongs to the people and their representatives, not the courts, to resolve.”

However, Justice Sonia Sotomayor challenged that a painful execution may set a dangerous precedent.

“There are higher values than ensuring executions run on time,” she wrote in one of two dissents filed by liberals. “If a death sentence or the manner in which it is carried out violates the Constitution, that stain can never come out.”

In 1996, after Bucklew's girlfriend tried to end their relationship he went on a violent rampage. When she escaped to a neighbor's house he shot and killed the neighbor and then beat the woman with a gun and raped her. Reportedly, after a shootout with the police, he escaped from jail and only to beat his girlfriend's mother with a hammer.

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