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Uncle Luke Offers Meek Mill A History Lesson In Miami Hip Hop

Certified in more ways than one, Luther "Uncle Luke" Campbell has done a service to music lovers over the years by providing facts about Miami's rich history in hip-hop. The Miami rap mogul decided to give away a few more tidbits to Meek Mill following his recent comments about his influence in the rap game.

On Sunday evening (Jul. 23) Luke hopped on Instagram to share words of wisdom to the "Whatever You Need" rapper. "I'm the first to put jet skis in a video I OWN. First to put a yacht in a video I OWN," he said of Meek's comments during his appearance on Hot 97's Ebro in the Morning Thursday (Jul. 20). "First to own a jet. First to put cars in a video. First to put girls on the beach."

During Meek's interview, the rapper spoke of his influence over fans. While he shared how his lyrics may have nurtured listeners, his comments about his lavish lifestyle hit a nerve. "When you see people rolling they skullies up. When you see people with the diamond chains, everybody was wearing Cuban links," he said. "When you see people on the yachts in Miami now, on Instagram, that come from the influence of Meek Mill, the Dreamchasers."

Stunting for the 'gram–a la trips to Dubai to renting "private" vehicles and jets– is must for some, thanks to artists like Meek, Rick Ross and others who are happy to be above a certain tax bracket, but Luke isnt' ready to hand over any credit to the artist.

"Do a little research before you make these idiotic statements," he said. "Love your music but if you need a history lesson on Miami, hit me."

Luke's style helped crafted Miami bass and connected censorship and freedom of speech to hip-hop with 2 Live Crew's 1990 classic, Banned in the U.S.A. After a tiring court case, the "Parental Advisory" sticker came to be, warning parents and listeners of mature content on music. In addition to Luke's legal impact on the culture, 2 Live Crew's music videos helped usher in a break from posse cut-style visuals.

Trick Daddy also shared less than gentle words for the Philly artist. Taking it further, the veteran rapper revoked his imaginary Miami visa.

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Schoolboy Q Drops New Album 'CrasH Talk'

Schoolboy Q's new album, CrasH Talk is here. The rapper's fifth studio album arrived on Friday (April 26).

The album is comprised of 14 tracks and features special appearances from Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign, 21 Savage, YG, Kid Cudi, Lil Baby, and 6lack. It includes the pre-released track, "CrasH."

According to Q, this wasn't the first version of his album. He actually canned two albums because "they were trash." At the time, he said he was going through a lot of lows in his life. "I'd be in the house smoking weed, just waiting to go to the studio every day," Q told GQ. "That's not a good life. That brings on depression."

It was his fellow TDE members Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock that inspired him to keep working on the album. And the rest is history. CrasH Talk follows 2016's Blank Face. Stream the new project below.

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Wendy Williams Reportedly Hires New Manager After Firing Estranged Husband

Wendy Williams hired a new team members after splitting from her estranged husband, Kevin Hunter, earlier in the month and firing him as her manager.

Veteran producer Bernie Young has signed on as Williams’ manager and executive producer of The Wendy Williams Show, Page Six reports. Young replaces Williams’ estranged husband who was reportedly booted as executive producer of the show after she served him with divorce papers.

Young worked as co-executive producer of the Rosie O’Donnell Show from 1996 until 2002, and Martha Stewarts’s talk show, Martha, from 2005 until 2012.

Williams split from Hunter amid rumors that he had been cheating on her for several years with a woman named, Sharina Hudson. Hunter and Hudson allegedly welcomed a child together late last month. Williams supposedly gave Hunter only 48 hours to move out, and cut off his funds.

Following news of the split, Hunter released a statement apologizing to Williams. “I am not proud of my recent actions and take full accountability and apologize to my wife, my family and her amazing fans,” he said. “I am going through a time of self-reflection and am trying to right some wrongs.”

Aside from a few jokes and flirty comments, Williams hasn’t said much about the split from Hunter. The 54-year-old daytime talk show host, who has battled drug addiction, announced that she was moving out of the sober house that she had been living in following a reported relapse.

 

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California Approves Bill Banning Racial Discrimination Based On Hairstyles

California is set to become the latest state to ban racial discrimination based on hairstyles. Senate Bill 188, also known as The Crown Act, was introduced by state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) in January and unanimously approved in a 37-0 vote Monday (April 22).

The bill outlines the proximity between race and hair and how the history of the U.S. has been “riddled with laws and societal norms” that equate  “blackness’” which includes physical traits such as “dark skin, kinky and curly hair” with inferiority, and therefore subjecting black people to “separate and unequal treatment.”

“This idea also permeated societal understanding of professionalism,” Morgan states in the bill. “Professionalism was, and still is, closely linked to European features and mannerisms, which entails that those who do not naturally fall into Eurocentric norms must alter their appearances, sometimes drastically and permanently, in order to be deemed professional.

“Despite the great strides American society and laws have made to reverse the racist ideology that Black traits are inferior, hair remains a rampant source of racial discrimination with serious economic and health consequences, especially for Black individuals,” Morgan continues.

Furthermore, dress codes and grooming policies prohibiting “natural hair” have a “disparate impact on Black individuals as these policies are more likely to deter Black applicants and burden or punish Black employees than any other group.”

The 1964 Civil Rights Act banning racial discrimination extends to afros as well, but doesn’t include other hairstyles. As pointed out in SB 188, “courts do not understand that afros are not the only natural presentation of Black hair. Black hair can also be naturally presented in braids, twists, and locks.”

Although the bill has yet to be signed into law, the state isn't alone in making moves to end the racist bias against natural hair. In February, New York City passed a similar bill in February imposing a $250,000 penalty for hair discrimination.

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