D.L. Hughley: "Americans Are More Dangerous Than Guns & ISIS"

"It's easier for Americans to buy guns than it is to buy Sudafed," the comedian shared Monday (Oct. 2). 

Not one to hold his tongue, comedian D.L. Hughley provided insight on gun control in the wake of the country's largest mass shooting in recorded history.

Speaking to TMZ Monday (Oct. 2), the radio host slammed the gun laws that made it possible for Stephen Paddock to kill 59 people and cause injury to hundreds when he fired bullets into a country-music festival from a hotel room in Las Vegas on Sunday. A total of 23 guns were found in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino where the shooter was staying. Another 19 were found at his home. Some of the guns were high-powered and could reportedly penetrate police armor.

"It's America. It says a lot that a man would stand on the 32nd floor of a building and gun down people he didn't even know, but it says more about a country that allows a man to have that kind of weapon," Hughley said. "It's easier for Americans to buy guns than it is to buy Sudafed. It's what we tolerate."

Nonpartisan group New America, revealed in 2015 what many have already known. Between 2001 and 2015, more Americans have been murdered by homegrown or domestic terrorists than Islamist terrorists. Paddock's actions are nothing new to critics like Hughley, who claimed Americans pose a greater threat to the U.S. than the nation's presumed enemies.

"I don't care if they shot up a school, I don't care if they shoot up a church, a gay club, I don't care if they shoot up a concert. More Americans have died in the hands of other Americans than all of the wars we've ever fought. ISIS ain't got s**t on us," he said. "After you finish praying, what do you do? One man shot almost 600 people. What do you need a weapon with that much ammunition on our streets for? [And] Nevada has some of the most lax gun laws in the country. It's insulting for people to pretend they're shocked. That weapon did exactly what it was supposed to do [and] that man that the right to have those weapons. So nothing went wrong except he killed a bunch of people."

Hughley continued his sentiments on his radio show.

"Mass shootings in America aren't tragedies to gun lobbyists," he continued. "Tragedies in America are sales brochures. Every time there's a mass shooting, there's a spike in gun sales. It always happens."

Hughley and other political pundits may have hit a nerve with house republicans. The Chicago Tribune reports the NRA-backed bill to soften regulations on silencers has been "shelved indefinitely."

The bill is "not scheduled right now. I don't know when it will be scheduled," Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Tuesday (Oct. 3). "We are all reeling from this horror in Las Vegas. This is just awful."

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Is Expected To Make $64 Million Opening Weekend

Thanks to Us, Jordan Peele has another blockbuster on his hands. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the highly-anticipated horror flick starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex, is expected to have a $64 million opening weekend at the domestic box office.

Peele’s sophomore horror film earned an impressive $7.4 million on Thursday (March 21) night previews, and is forecasted to take in about $27 million from Friday sales. The film is also on pace to knock Captain Marvel out of the No. 1 spot at the box office.

Once final numbers are tallied, Us will likely snatch the third-best opening weekend record for an R-rated horror film behind It, which brought in a whopping $123.4 million, followed by Halloween’s $76.2 million opening weekend last year.

Aside from rave reviews and a genius promo run that included simultaneous screenings in major media markets, Us earned a 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film, set in the mid-1980s centers around a family of four who set off on a vacation that finds them confronting some familiar faces.

Peele recently spoke to VIBE about casting Duke (our April 2019 cover star) in the role of patriarch, Gabe Wilson. “I have to have somebody voice what the audience was saying,” he said. “In the case of Get Out, it’s Rod, like, ‘How have you not left yet?’ [In Us], Winston is largely that voice. There’s one moment where Lupita [Nyong’o] takes a step into the unknown, where black people [will think], ‘I don’t know.’ But to have Winston say, ‘Aaaand she left. Your mother just walked out of the car.’ That’s all we need.”

Duke also opened up about the intricacies of his character. “His function isn’t to see through the veil. His function is to tell the absolute truth how he sees it,” explained the 32-year-old actor. “He’s sometimes there to say the things that other people don’t want to say, but he’s also there to make fun of things to keep it from not getting too heavy, even though it’s real. That was my job. [Peele] respected that. I like to lean into functions. If I’m going to be your antagonist, I’m gonna really push you. If I’m gonna be your clown, funny guy, I’m gonna do that.”

Click here to read VIBE’s April 2019 cover story.

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Cardi B Explains Why She Wants To Trademark “Okurrr”

Cardi B hopes to secure as many “bags” as possible. In response to backlash and burning questions surrounding her decision to file to trademark “okurrr,” the 26-year-old rapper took to social media Friday (March 22) to defend her latest money move.

Since people tend to ask Bardi to use what has become her signature catch phrase, she figured that it was time to cash in. “You think I ain’t gonna’ profit off this sh*t? B*tch white folks do it all the motherf**king time,” she said. “So you gon’ be mad at me ‘cuz I want to get some motherf**king money?

“While I’m still hear I’ma secure all the fucking bags,” Cardi continued before adding that there are a “lot of ways to get rich” in 2019.

The Bronx native caught heat for wanting to trademark the word because she wasn’t the first to say “okurrr.” Cardi already revealed that she started using it after she heard Khloe Kardashian saying it, but the word was originally popularized in drag culture -- most notably by Rupaul’s Drage Race contestant Laganja Estranja, in 2014.

However, Rupaul attributed the word to Broadway actress, Laura Bell Bundy, who used it in YouTube skits dating back to 2010. In the skits, Bundy pretends to be a hairdresser named “Shocantelle Brown.”

Although Bundy caught criticism for her little character, which was deemed racist, she typically gets credit for bringing “okrrr” (different spelling) to the internet a full decade before Cardi made it mainstream.

No matter the origin, it looks like Cardi will be the only one profiting off of “okurrr.”


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Kanye West, EMI Working Towards Private Settlement

Kanye West and EMI could be close to settling their legal drama. Each party filed documents requesting a stay of the case to “explore the potential for a resolution,” The Blast reports.

West sued EMI in an effort to “gain freedom” from his contract, and to own his publishing. In the lawsuit, ‘Ye argued that his contract ended in 2010 under California law, which bars entertainers from being tethered to an agreement for more than seven years. The multi-Grammy winner, who signed the deal back in 2003, also accused the company of slavery because the contract doesn’t allow him to retire.

“Even if the contract were not lopsided in EMI’s favor (it is), even if its terms valued Mr. West’s artistic contributions in line with the spectacular success he has achieved for EMI (they do not), and even if EMI had not underpaid Mr. West what it owes him (EMI has), he would be entitled to be set free from its bonds,” the lawsuit reads.

EMI hit back with a countersuit filed in New York, instead of California. The suit pointed out that the 41-year-old rapper signed multiple contract extensions, in addition to accepting millions in advances.

According to The Blast, West and EMI now feel that putting a hold on the legal proceedings will be beneficial to both sides “and the Court by enabling the parties to engage in meaningful discussions in an attempt to resolve this action without having to incur the burden and expense of litigation and motion practice.”

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