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Global Citizen Week 2017 Presents Martin Luther King, Jr. Kickoff Event 'Breaking the Silence: Beyond the Dream'

This year marks the first in which the organization has put together "Global Citizen Week" in NYC, hosting several opportunities to get involved with social justice…

Many associate Global Citizen with the annual music festival it hosts in New York City (former headliners include Beyoncé, Ed SheeranJAY-ZRihannaColdplay and Kendrick Lamar), where attendees earn tickets to the show by becoming a "global citizen" and signing up to participate in a social action via sponsored events. But the organization itself represents much more.

This year marks the first in which the organization has put together "Global Citizen Week" in NYC, hosting several opportunities to get involved with social justice and ending, of course, with its Central Park concert, featuring performers like The Chainsmokers, Pharrell, Stevie Wonder, Green Day, Alessia Cara and Andra Day.

On Sunday (Sept. 17), Global Citizen — co-founded by Hugh Evans, Simon Moss and Wei Soo in 2008, to help people take action on important world issues and push its ultimate goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030 — hosted the week's kickoff event “Breaking the Silence: Beyond the Dream,” a program focused on commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech, and continuing his legacy while striving to realize his dream of unity and equality for all.

A diverse crowd gathered at Riverside Church, the exact location of Dr. King’s speech all those years ago, for an afternoon of dynamic musical performances, calls to action by influential world and community leaders, and an unmatched display of artistry. Moderated by Soledad O’Brien, the program showcased a variety of performances, many garnering standing ovations. The event also included a series of Dr. King’s original recordings.

Special guests included Ndaba Mandela, grandson of Nelson Mandela and founder of Africa Rising Foundation and Mandela Project, speaker Forest Whitaker and Reverend Al Sharpton, who brought a reflection of Dr. King’s “The Fierce Urgency of Now” into the present day. “It is time for all of us, across races, across religions, across beliefs, gender and preferences, to stand up like Dr. King. We have humanity at stake,” he expressed. “I urge you all to take heed — now is the time, the urgency is now! Don’t have enough courage to criticize those that speak out, and you don’t have the courage to address what they speak to.”

A rhythmic choral performance was given by gospel artists Donald LawrenceKierra "Kiki" Sheard and the Howard Gospel Choir, led by "hip-hop's holistic lyricist" Sir the Baptist, who ended with an encouraging word for the audience: “Continue to use your voice. Silence is betrayal.” Among other musical presentations, there was a riveting tap dance performance by Chloe Arnold’s Syncopated Ladies, a song by “Brown Skinned Soul” vocalist Zeshan B and an impressive selection by Grammy-nominated 14-year-old jazz pianist Joey Alexander.

The church sanctuary fell silent as young "White Boy Privilege" poet-actor-activist Royce Mann delivered a tear-jerking performance of spoken word, urging the audience to “rise up” with the underrepresented.

Toward the end of the program, Global Citizen CEO Hugh Evans took to the mic to speak about the importance of Global Citizen’s work. “We have the means to lift women and girls by making education a human right; we have the technology to feed billions who currently go without, and the treatments to prevent and cure diseases whose persistence this century is unacceptable; and we have the collective humanity so that prejudice and otherism should be a construct banished to the annals of history.”

This article originally appeared on Billboard.

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Directed and animated by Tristian Zammit, the video blends various styles of anime with images of the rapper floating in the air. The song stems from the late rapper's latest posthumous release, XXXTentacion Presents: Members Only, Vol. 4. The project features friends and supporters of the rapper like Ski Mask the Slum God and affiliates Flyboy Tarantino, Kid Trunks, Tankhead, Bass Santana and more.

His affiliates are currently on a Members Only vs. The World tour, kicking off last month in California and bowing in Boston March 10.

 

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This is XXXTentacion's second posthumous release since his death in June 2018. Skins was released with fans taking the album to the top of the Billboard charts, moving 132,000 equivalent albums. His tangled history with domestic violence has continued to play a part in the young rapper's legacy. At the Grammys, the 20-year-old's name wasn't included in the "In Memoriam" segment over his history of domestic violence.

Sources confirmed the reason to Variety while Academy president Neil Portnow previously shared thoughts on the possibility that XXXTentacion would or would not be included. The rapper's name was however on the longer list of late musicians on the Grammys website.

“I will tell you it’s a daunting challenge,” said Portnow. “We track those that we lose in our industry in any given year and then we have a process by which we go through it. Our on-air in memoriam — we’re lucky if we wind up [featuring] 10 to 15 percent of those we lose. Because it’s always hard choices. All of that is to say, I don’t have any answers for you now, but obviously, artists who were prominent and well-known by the public are people who are recognized and we’ll just wind up having to see how it plays out.”

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Childish Gambino Announces New European Tour Dates With H.E.R.

Childish Gambino has added a handful of international dates to his "This Is America" tour with fellow Grammy-award-winning singer H.E.R.

Announced through his creative agency and management team wolf + rothstein on Instagram Friday (Feb. 15), the dates will be a delight to fans in Paris and London. Gambino and H.E.R. will perform at the London's O2 Arena March 24 and March 25 and will reach Paris' AccorHotels Arena March 27. The announcement comes fresh off of the artists' big wins at the 2019 Grammys.

Gambino took home four gramophones including Best Music Video for "This Is America" as well as Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance. He also made history as "This Is America" was the first rap record to take home Record of the Year.

H.E.R.'s debut at the Grammys was just as bright as the VIBE cover star took home Best R&B Album for her eponymous double-EP. She also took home an award for Best R&B Performance with Daniel Ceasar for their lovely duet, "Best Part."

Speaking with VIBE, H.E.R. dropped a few hints about an upcoming European tour and plans to release her debut studio album.

“I’m so thankful for all the stuff that happened in 2018 and now 2019 is even crazier,” she said. “There’s so much going on, so many places that I’ll be going to that I haven’t seen, but I’m definitely going to drop an official album, a real album because the projects that I dropped weren’t even official. They were just EPs and it’s about elevation this year.”

Meanwhile, Gambino shared a piece of new music during his new Google Pixel 3 ad titled, "Human Sacrifice." The ad feature's the platform's latest "Playmoji" creation with Gambino dancing off against his.

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Boosie Suggests 6ix9ine Will Be Murdered For Snitching When Released

Boosie is not a fan of Tekashi 6ix9ine at the moment. The Baton Rouge artist hopped on Instagram on Thursday (Feb. 14), to shared his thoughts on Tekashi's current racketeering case. According to Boosie, 6ix9ine has put himself and his family in danger for snitching.

The new Instagram post discussed how Boosie used to be a fan of the "Fefe" rapper and how that quickly changed. "WHEN YOU FIRST WENT TO JAIL I WAS LIKE FREE DUDE CAUSE I DONT LIKE TO SEE NO ONE N DAT CAGE LIKE DAT‍♂️BUT ONE THING I DONT CONDONE OR SUPPORT IS RATS," Boosie wrote of Tekashi's initial incarceration on federal charges.  “YOU GOTTA SAY U A B***H A** N***AS WHO WAS JUST WAS PLAYING H*E GAMES WITH EVERYBODY. YOU HAVE TO ADMIT ON WAX THAT YOU A H*E A** N***AS FROM NOW ON."

Boosie went on to suggest Tekashi would be murdered if he was from Louisiana and snitched on someone. "I AND I DO UNDERSTAND YO SITUATION N***A. I WAS FACING A NEEDLE. (Lethal injection) N AINT BEND BREAK R FOLD #realn***as like myself WE HATE RATS," he added. "IDK ABOUT NEW YORK BUT N LOUISIANA U WILL BE MURDERED LESS THAN A MONTH AFTER YOUR RELEASE FRFR YOUR KIDS WILL BULLIED N SCHOOL FOR THE DECISION YOU MADE. YOU PUT ALL YOUR FAMILY N GRAVE DANGER FOR LIFE CAUSE OF THIS BS, DID U THINK BOUT THEY SAFETY? Keep it u DONT care bout nothin but YOU SMH."

Boosie's outrage stems from recent reports that claim 6ix9ine has been telling on gang affiliates who were involved in the attempted shooting of Chief Keef. A newly released transcript from his federal case said the rapper has pointed the finger at a number of people in his inner circle, including the person who pulled the trigger, in hopes of reducing his sentence.

Check out Boosie's full statement below.

 

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