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Rev. Al Sharpton And His Selfie-Taking Self Stopped By 'The Breakfast Club'

"I've never seen a leader they didn't think did enough until they died. You never get credit."

Rev. Al Sharpton and his selfie-taking self stopped by The Breakfast Club Wednesday morning (Aug. 23) equipped with an iPhone full of memory and perfect lighting to take as many pics as his tireless activist heart desired. The Power 105.1 talking heads kicked off the 30-minute conversation by asking Sharpton how he felt about JAY-Z's light jab on "Family Feud," from his latest album, 4:44. Taking a cue from Hov himself, the reverend dusted the remark off his shoulder.

"He shouldn't be jealous. For me, at 62 years old, to show I can work out and be in shape, you know, I mean, c'mon. JAY-Z's almost 50? He better get with it. I ain't mad at him," Sharpton said. "JAY-Z's had me in a few songs; every time he does, that's cool. I'll slip in a sermon or two, and we keep it even."

 

Charlamagne tha God asked Sharpton if it hurts him to know that many people still question exactly how he's helping the fight for equality, to which Sharpton basically responded he isn't new to this.

"I've never seen a leader, whether it was in our tradition—whether it was Dr. King, Andy Young, Jesse Jackson, who I grew up under—or in other traditions, Minister Farrakhan; I've never seen Malcolm, I've never seen a leader they didn't think did enough until they died. You never get credit," Sharpton responded.

The Power 105.1 hosts covered a lot of ground during the sit-down, but it was only when Angela Yee asked about the recent removal of Confederate monuments that viewers learned Sharpton has a personal stake in one of them. About six or seven years ago, the New York Daily News did an investigative piece on South Carolina Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond, and, while tracing the lineage, learned that Thurmond, a proponent for segregation, owned Sharpton's great-grandfather.

"I never knew it until they came out with: My great-grandfather was named Coleman Sharpton, who was a slave at the plantation of Alexander Sharpton, who married Anna Thurmond, who was with Strom Thurmond. So this is personal to me—so I've got a problem with any tax dollars I'm spending paying for a memorial for any slaveholder."

The conversation then turned to the events of Charlottesville, Virginia, with Sharpton saying he wasn't shocked that KKK members, neo-Nazis and white supremacists were marching to preserve their confederate history.

However, he says, "I was shocked that they were so vicious that they killed a young white woman and not even care, and what was so shocking ... was the president of the United States would stand up there and say there were 'fine people on both sides.'"

It was a rich conversation indeed. Check out the full interview below.

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Tory Lanez Sued For Alleged Attack In Miami Nightclub

Tory Lanez is facing legal trouble over an alleged altercation that went down inside Miami’s LIV nightclub last year. Christopher “Prince” Harty, an up-and-coming artist and Miami promoter who appeared on Love & Hip-Hop: Miami claims that Lanez attacked him last November.

The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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