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Charlamagne Tha God Condemns Violence Against Trans Community Following Lil Duval Backlash

The Breakfast Club host issued a statement about the recent controversy surrounding an interview with Lil Duval. 

Comedian Lil Duval incited public outrage after he spewed violent and hateful comments against trans women during his interview on The Breakfast Club earlier this week. The radio show's male hosts, Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy, also caught some of the fire after they were seen laughing along with Duval. Now, Charlamagne has issued a statement, denouncing violence against the trans community.

"We don't condone those kind of hate crimes at all. Not even a little bit," Charlamagne said in his statement. "Another thing I learned this week is that 15 transgender women have been murdered in 2017 and 13 of them have been women of color. That number could be higher, but I do know the majority of them have been women of color." The author of Black Privilege continued to provide his fans with other statistics surrounding the trans community, including information about TeeTee Dangerfield, a trans woman who was reportedly murdered in Atlanta this week. "The Breakfast Clubwill continue to do what it always does and that provides a platform for the voiceless," he concluded.

While some people may be concerned with the time it took for Charlamagne – who was also heckled by advocates at a Politicon event –  to issue a statement regarding the July 28 interview, his message will probably be received a little better than Lil Duval's. Following social media backlash, the comedian attempted to defend his comments, in which he stated that he would "kill" a trans woman if they were dating and she withheld her biological identity from him. "I said that because (the hosts) were saying, taking away someone's power of choice, and that's what you did," Duval told TMZ on Monday (July 31). "When you take away somebody's power of choice, it should be criminal … I don't got no problem with transgender, I ain't got no problem with gay people. I got a problem with somebody trying to take something from me … That's psychological damage."

Transgender rights activist and author, Janet Mock, whom was used as a tool for Lil Duval's bigotry, also published her opinion on the situation on Allure, in which she scolded Lil Duval and The Breakfast Club hosts for their behavior. "Just so we are all clear: On a black program that often advocates for the safety and lives of black people, its hosts laughed as their guest advocated for the murder of black trans women who are black people, too," she stated.

While violence against any community is unacceptable and both Duval and the radio show's behavior should not be tolerated, many can only hope that this incident will open the door for more conversation about creating a safe and honest space for everyone.

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Young Thug And Kevin Liles Are Giving A HBCU Marching Band A Chance To Win $25,000

Atlanta's Young Thug and 300 Entertainment CEO Kevin Liles are getting into the HBCU spirit by giving a band a chance to win $25,000.

Thugga and Liles announced the "Hot" Battle of The Bands Challenge" by calling on HBCU marching bands to create a brief TikTok video performance them performing Young Thug's record, "Hot."

"I come from an HBCU, I started out at the school of engineering at Morgan State University and there would be no me without my experience at MSU,”Liles said via press release. “Homecomings and the power of their marching bands have always been at the core of an HBCU’s school spirit.”

“Our commitment from Young Thug and 300 is to support those very creatives who give their all and inspire us to build upon the HBCU communities,"Liles continues. "On behalf of Young Thug and I, we will always commit to putting the arts at the front of our philanthropic efforts."

To enter, participating bands must post the video to their school’s TikTok account using #HotBOTBChallenge, #HBCUBattleofTheBands, #HBCUHotChallenge, and #EverythingLitty by December 1. Bands can also share the clip with those hashtags on other social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. The HBCU with the highest engagement on their video will receive a $25,000 donation to the institution’s music department/band program.

The #HotBOTBChallenge contest comes after Thugger  performed “Hot” alongside Gunna, Wheezy and Temple University's Diamond Marching Band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Speaking of hip-hop and college, Queen Latifah received an honorary doctorate from Rutgers University earlier this year. Nas' Nasir Jones Hip Hop Fellowship at Harvard has continued to thrive since it's inception in 2013. And producer 9th Wonder continues to teach classes at Duke University.

 

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Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" Makes Diamond History

It's coming up on a year since Lil Nas X took over the music industry with his debut single "Old Town Road." Before it reaches that milestone, the Georgia native's popular hit, featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, has reached a feat that solidifies its place in history. The YoungKio-produced track was certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the first to do so this year.

The organization also crowned the melody as music history's fastest song to attain diamond status. This feat is coupled with the single's chart-breaking run at 19 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. When the song reached a peak, chatter about which genre it should reside in was heavily debated. The majority claimed it to be a country record while others vehemently vocalized that it's a hip-hop tune.

"When I uploaded the song and I labeled it country I knew the song was country-trap, but I feel like if I had to choose — which I had to — I thought it would lean more on the country side," he said in an NPR interview. "So I labeled it as country. And this is during the time I'm not expecting my song to actually hop up on charts. So, it wasn't intentional. I'm not expecting to have the No. 1 spot on the country charts, but it happened."

It looks like Lil Nas X will have to keep his promise of purchasing season three of Phineas and Ferb for each of his social media followers.

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Remains Found In Alabama Landfill Believed To Be Missing Toddler

The search for missing toddler Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney has come to a tragic end. The 3-year-old girl’s remains were found in Alabama on Tuesday (Oct. 22) evening, more than a week after she was reported missing.

The Birmingham Police Department, along with the FBI, located her remains in a landfill, BPD Chief Patrick Smith confirmed in a press conference. “Our investigators have worked tirelessly 24 hours a day to look at this young child and bring her back, and to hold those accountable who are involved in her disappearance, her kidnapping, and ultimately, her demise,” said Smith.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall shared footage of the press conference on Twitter.

Tonight, I join all of Alabama in feeling deep sadness over the passing of little Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney, and in praying for her family in this terrible time of loss. The BPD has worked this case tirelessly—and continues to do so. Those responsible will be brought to justice. pic.twitter.com/p58WWxCwQQ

— AG Steve Marshall (@AGSteveMarshall) October 23, 2019

Birmingham Mayor Randal Woodfin released a statement offering his “heartfelt condolences” to the child’s family, and thanking law enforcement. “Our prayers remain with Kamille’s family and all who have been touched by this nightmare.”

News of the gruesome discovery sparked the hashtag, #RipCupcake across social media. Kamille's story made national headlines after she went missing during a birthday party on Oct. 12. Two suspects, Derrick Brown and Patrick Stallworth, are in custody on suspicion of murder.

The child's body was reportedly found near a home where Brown and Stallworth were arrested. The motive is unclear, and the men appear to have no connection to Kamille’s family.

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