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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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Alabama Newspaper Editor Calls On KKK To Lynch Democrats In Washington D.C.

The editor of a failing Alabama newspaper made news after he penned an editorial pleading for the KKK to “night ride again.” Goodloe Sutton, editor and publisher of the Democrat-Reporter, a small weekly paper in Linden, Ala., doubled down on his racism in an interview Monday (Feb. 18).

"If we could get the Klan to go up there and clean out D.C., we'd all been better off," he told the Montgomery Advertiser. "We'll get the hemp ropes out, loop them over a tall limb and hang all of them.”

Sutton added that he’s not asking for “Americans”  to be lynched. “These are socialist-communists we’re talking about.” He also compared the KKK to the NAACP. “They didn’t kill but a few people. The Klan wasn’t violent until they need to be.”

In his editorial, Sutton lashed out against Democrats in the Republican party for “plotting to raise taxes in Alabama.”

“They do not understand how to eliminate expenses when money is needed in other areas,” he wrote. “The socialist-communist ideology sounds good to the ignorant, the uneducated, and the simple-minded people.”

Later in the piece Sutton put a bird call out to the KKK. “If you haven’t noticed, they did away with the draft so their sons would not have to go into battle. Seems like the Klan would be welcome to raid the gated communities up there.

Sutton’s editorial is obviously catching backlash and calls for his resignation. The Alabama Press Association’s Board of Director’s condemned Sutton and suspended the newspaper’s membership. Auburn University’s Journalism Advisory Council voted to revoke his award in community journalism and the University of Southern Mississippi took him off their Journalism Hall of Fame.

Sutton's paper is doing so badly that he was forced to move the publication to an old barbecue restaurant. This new round of publicity could officially put the paper out of its misery.

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Another One: Bernie Sanders Announces 2020 Presidential Run

After months of speculation, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders officially announced his second Presidential run.

According to CNN, Sanders, 77, made his official bid known in an interview with Vermont Public Radio, and affirmed his 2020 run in a statement to supporters shortly after.

"I am asking you to join me today as part of an unprecedented and historic grassroots campaign that will begin with at least a million people from across the country," he said in the statement.

Sanders won the support of many Americans with his progressive policy agenda, which includes free higher education and health care expansion. He's also reportedly planning to "[transform] the country" with a campaign based upon foundational principles of "economic, social, racial and environmental justice."

In an email sent out to supporters Tuesday (Feb. 19) announcing his run, Sanders called out Donald Trump, stating that he is "a pathological liar, a fraud, a racist, a sexist, a xenophobe and someone who is undermining American democracy as he leads us in an authoritarian direction."

“Women and men, black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, native born and immigrant," he continued in his email. "Now is the time for us to stand together.”

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Be The First Guest On Showtime's 'Desus & Mero'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Democratic U.S. Representative and Bronx native, will be the first guest on Desus & Mero's new show. The number one show in late night will have its first episode on Showtime on Thursday, Feb. 21.

In the promo for the episode, Ocasio-Cortez says, "I am proud to announce that I will be forming an exploratory committee to be the first guest on Desus & Mero!” The hilarious duo pop up, and start hyping her and the show up. Ocasio-Cortez ends the clip with a resounding "yerrrr," because if you know.

It was announced in mid-2018 that the Bodega Boys would be ending their show's Viceland run after two seasons for bigger and better things. When the Showtime deal was announced, the network's president and CEO praised the Bronx natives and said they're a welcome addition to the family.

"We have waited a long time to enter the talk show space, and we were only going to do it if we felt like we had the next big thing,” he said in a release. “Desus and Mero feel like exactly that: They have knockout comedic voices, they’re brilliant interviewers and they always have a unique take on culture both high and low."

Upcoming guests on the show this season reportedly include Vince Staples, Pusha T, Issa Rae and Ben Stiller.

BREAKING NEWS from @SHODesusAndMero & @AOC

— Desus Nice (@desusnice) February 13, 2019

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