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Mississippi Cop Fatally Shoots Black Man After Completing Suspension For Racist Facebook Posts

The shooting happened Nov. 4 outside of a nightclub. 

A Mississippi police officer who was previously panned for a series of racist social media posts has been suspended for the fatal shooting of an African-American man.

Law & Crime reports Jared Booth was placed on administrative earlier this month following the fatal shooting of Raymond Davis. The incident happened Nov. 4 when Booth answered a dispatch about an incident outside of a lounge in Columbus. Booth was wearing a body cam when he came in contact with Davis.

Chairman of the Columbus Police Oversight Committee Dr. Steven L. James, recalled the footage he saw to reporters.

"He walked up to the people who were tussling over the gun, he was asking them to get down," James about Booth to the Clarion Ledger. "The officer continued to shout get on the ground, but they never did that, they never complied to what the officer said. The gentlemen who got shot, he turned around with the gun in his hand."

Booth found support in Columbus Mayor Robert Smith, who released a statement claiming the victim was armed.

"Officer Booth did activate his camera at the time he received the call of a disturbance at the Premier Lounge," he told reporters. "The entire incident was captured on body camera. It is early in the investigation and I am not allowed to go through the entire incident at this time. But I will say the video shows Raymond Davis with a gun in his hand at the time of the shooting."

However, Booth's past has come into question. In June, Booth was suspended for 28 days for violating the department's social media policy. Three Facebook posts were brought to light, with one featuring racial slurs connected to the n-word and the second, a photo of a sex toy related to oral sex. Booth tagged a female CPD officer in the post. The third post was directed towards former police officer Canyon Boykin and included homophobic comments.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is currently handling the incident. This is the second fatal shooting by a Columbus police officer in two years.

The first shooting was ironically by Boykin, who killed a man named Ricky Bell after a foot chase. Boykin was suspended charged with manslaughter and later, terminated. Boykin wasn't fired for the shooting, but for a series of social media posts offensive to African-Americans, disabled people and women. He later sued the department for wrongful termination, which (again) ironically lead to the suspension of Booth.

"... Another police officer for the City of Columbus, Jared Booth, has used (a derivative of the n-word) on his social media, and Booth is still employed by the city," the May court filing states. "The fact is the social media posts, like the other two reasons given for Boykin's suspension, are clearly pre-textual."

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Dionne Warwick Clarifies Comments About Beyonce Not Being An Icon

Dionne Warwick is clarifying her comments about why she doesn't think Beyonce is an icon, yet.  The 78-year-old music legend called out Essence magazine after the Bey-related snippet from her interview with the publication went viral  Thursday (May 23).

“It takes a long time to reach and achieve iconic status,” Warwick clarified. “That’s not to say that Beyoncé isn’t well on her way. She is a gifted performer. That was a reach from Essence.”

What I said is in quotes. What @Essence said is not. It takes a long time to reach and achieve iconic status. That’s not to say that Beyoncé isn’t well on her way. She is a gifted performer. That was a reach from Essence. pic.twitter.com/nWlZcrgdqg

— Dionne Warwick (@_DionneWarwick) May 23, 2019

In the interview, Warwick proclaimed that there are no new music icons, and that Beyonce has yet to reach the coveted status.

“I don’t know if 10 years from now, if anybody can sing the songs of our babies [artists] today, and that’s not as you guys say ‘throwing shade.’ That’s looking at it with reality,” said Warwick.

The “Walk on By” singer explained that recording artists with at least 20 years in music have to survive a few more decades before they can be considered iconic, Beyonce included.

“Watching her grow has been quite refreshing,” Warwick added. “It’s wonderful to see how she’s been able to create what and who she wanted to be and who she is…very proud of that, I really am. Now, sustaining and becoming a big icon that Gladys Knight, or Patti LaBelle, or Johnny Mathis, or Frank Sinatra, or Sammy Davis Jr. is? I doubt that, I really do. And I love her to death and can appreciate her talent. But that iconic status that I just mentioned, those four names? [She has] a long read [ahead].”

Although Warwick is a fan of Queen Bey and other “youngsters” in the industry, she thinks that today’s popular artists have a “long way to go” before their music can be considered classic.”

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YG To Give Percentage Of Album Sales To Nipsey Hussle's Kids

YG is gearing up for the release of his new studio album, 4REAL 4REAL. Ahead of the album's Friday release, YG stopped by Big Boy's Neighborhood on Wednesday (May 23), where he discussed his friendship with Nipsey Hussle. He also revealed his plans to donate a percentage of his album sales to Nip's two children.

YG revealed his thoughtful plan when he was asked about the epitaph that is included on the album's cover art.  "I put that 'In Loving Memory of Nip' on the album because I'm giving his kids a percentage of every song on the album. So by the time they hit 18, from me, they gonna have a bag," YG explained. He also noted that he is considering making donations to the family for the next six albums.

Nipsey and YG have been friends since 2010. "I think we did some music the same day," YG said of their first encounter. "After that, we just kept running across each other on some L.A. shit. From that, it just started to build... He ended up being like a big brother to me," YG says. "The brand shit was the thing we talked about all the time, building a brand that's gonna [outlast] you."

4REAL 4REAL was slated to drop earlier this year but was pushed back in light of Nipsey's untimely passing. It now drops this Friday (May 24).

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Young Thug, J. Cole, And Travis Scott Drop New Song 'The London'

Young Thug, J. Cole, and Travis Scott connected on their new song, "The London."

The song was initially teased during Rolling Loud Miami this month. Attendees reportedly spotted flyers that hinted at the mysterious project. The flyers promised a "summer anthem" titled "The London."

T-Minus, who produced Cole's "MIDDLE CHILD," also produced the latest track. The new track may be from Thugger's next project, GØŁDMØÜFDÖG, which will reportedly be produced by Cole.

In addition to the album, Thug is also preparing for an indoor live event concept, titled "Family Business," which will take place in Dallas, Texas, on Aug. 31.

Listen to "The London" in the video above.


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