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Upstanding Immigrant Mother Of Three Deported Without Warning

This is heartbreaking. 

Since Donald Trump announced his plan to deport millions of immigrants to their native countries, many U.S. residents have been living in fear of their families being separated. That became a reality for Lourdes Salazar Bautista, who was deported to Mexico on Tuesday (Aug. 1). Bautista, who's built a home in Michigan with her husband and three children for the last 20 years, said she was detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) without notice.

Bautista immigrated to the United States in 1997, but one year after her arrival, a judge ordered that she be deported, ThinkProgress reports. The mother of three says that despite a judge's order, she never received a notice for her court date. She was later detained in 2010 but released on the condition that her undocumented husband be deported to Mexico, where he currently lives.

For the past seven years, Bautista has reportedly been checking in to the ICE office to prolong her stay. Under the Trump administration however, in March 2017 she was informed that she would be removed from the country as early as August 2017. "According to new policies, what [the ICE agency] told me was that they had to clear all their open cases  —  all their archives  —  and that my case was a priority for deportation,” Bautista told ThinkProgress

Now she must say goodbye to her children and home of 20 years. Their final farewells were captured on a Facebook video. "I’m not a threat to this country," Bautista said. "I want to have a chance to continue guiding [my children] and educating them so they can reach the future, since I come from a very humble environment, I wasn’t able to reach."

Bautista's 13-year-old and 15-year-old will reportedly be left in the care of her eldest daughter, who is currently enrolled at Michigan State University. Christopher Taylor, mayor of Ann Arbor, noted the horrors of deportation in a recent statement. "All it will achieve is to devastate a family and impoverish a community that values her," Taylor said. "It's not a wise use of government resources. We should be doing better."

Despite nationwide opposition and Supreme Court disapproval, Trump continues to push for travel bans and extreme vetting of immigrants. Meanwhile, thousands of families just like the Bautistas continue to be destroyed. For information on how to help the Bautista family, visit their Facebook page, or donate to their cause here.

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In May 2019, Morehouse College’s graduating class of 2019 not only received the gift of their degrees, but also a unique opportunity to enter society debt-free. During his commencement speech, billionaire and owner of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners, Robert F. Smith announced his pledge to cover each student’s loans, and now their parents will be able to get in on the life-changing gesture.

According to Bloomberg, Smith will pay off the federal loans taken by the students’ parents, adding to a $34 million tab. Private student loans gifted by the college, and federal and state loans will be covered under Smith’s plan.

Morehouse's president, David Thomas, said this action will hopefully inspire the recipients to follow in Smith's footsteps. “It is our hope that our graduates will use their newfound financial freedom to pursue their career goals, to lead and serve the community, and to remember the spirit of the gift given to them by paying it forward to support the education of future classes of Morehouse Men.” The HBCU aims for the plan of action to be completed by 2020.

For Smith, with a reported net worth of $6 billion, his vision through this program aims to inspire other colleges and universities to take a charge against this country's student debt crisis and “to receive gifts from alumni and other supporters that can offset the burden of student loans and give students the freedom to pursue their dreams, the capital to invest in the economic growth of their families and the time that they can give back meaningfully to strengthening their communities.”

According to Forbes, U.S. federal student loan debt has totaled over $1.5 trillion.

Wow! Billionaire Robert F. Smith surprises Morehouse graduates by announcing his family will eliminate the student debt of the entire class of 2019 with a grant. #PayItForward #HBCU

— Tomthunkit™ (@TomthunkitsMind) June 10, 2019

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DMX Reportedly Signs New Deal With Def Jam

DMX has signed a new deal with Def Jam Records, bringing him back to the label that distributed his early albums and classic singles. According to AllHip-Hop, X re-linked with the record label over the summer and is set to drop a Christmas album, DMX-Mas, either later this year, or in 2020.

X dropped his quadruple platinum debut album, It’s Dark And Hell is Hot, via Def Jam/Ruff Ryders Records in 1998. He went on to release four more album under the label including, his triple platinum sophomore LP, Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood, followed by ..And Then There Was X, the latter of which became his most successful studio album selling five million copies in the U.S. alone.

X, whose birth name is Earl Simmons, is one of hip-hop’s best-selling artist with just over 17 million records sold, but like many other recording artist, the beloved MC hit more than a few bumps over the years. The 48-year-old Yonkers native has endured money struggles and a very public battle with sobriety that played a part in his returns trips to jail. He was most recently released from custody this past January, after serving a year in prison for tax evasion.

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J. Cole Says He Won't Be Doing Anymore Guest Features

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Naturally, the “Middle Child” rhymer was honored and elated to be featured on the track, and working with DJ Premier might be the perfect way to bow out of the features game. “This is the last feature you’ll hear from me,” Cole tweeted Friday (Sept. 20). “Thank you to everybody I got to work with during this run.”

This a honor to be on this song. NEW Gang Starr 🤯🤯🤯🤯 💎💎💎💎

This is the last feature you’ll hear from me. Thank you to everybody I got to work with during this run. 🙏🏿@REALDJPREMIER This song a classic, thank you. RIP GURU

— J. Cole (@JColeNC) September 20, 2019

“Family and Loyalty,” marks the first new single from Gang Starr in 16 years, and reacquaints us with the lyrical genius of Guru, who died from cancer in 2010.

As for Cole, the Grammy-nominated rapper has a lot on his plate between his solo career and the Dreamville Records imprint. The label boasts a star-studded roster that includes Bas, Cozz, Omen, EarthGang, and the incomparable Ari Lennox. The collective released their third compilation album, Revenge of the Dreamers III, earlier this year.

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