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Sportswriter Peter Vecsey Quotes N-Word Following James-Kanter Altercation

Really? 

Apparently, veteran sportswriter Peter Vecsey thinks it’s fine to quote the n-word and seemingly doesn’t care because it came from a rap lyric.

After LeBron James and New York Knicks’ Enes Kanter were involved in an altercation during Monday night’s game (Nov. 13), Vecsey said Kanter isn’t intimidated by James considering how he openly criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Vescey decided to take his statements a step further and cited a Notorious B.I.G. verse from his 1997 Life After Death album on Twitter. “Imagine him being scared of a n***** who breathes the same air as him,” he unapologetically tweeted.

After the tweet went viral, Vecsey received pushback from some Twitter users who were left in a state of shock. Despite being called out, it didn't phase Vecsey. “Never thought I would cringe at someone quoting B.I.G.....Word up, Pete,”  a Twitter user wrote. Vecsey simply replied, “Your problem, not mine.”

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Famed author Ta-Nehisi Coates recently touched upon the context and connotation behind certain derogatory words and explained why people of Anglo-Saxon descent should refrain from using the n-word indefinitely.

“The question one must ask is that why do so many white people have difficulty extending basic things that are basic laws with how human beings interact with black people?” he said. “When you’re white in this country, you’re taught everything belongs to you. You’re conditioned this way. The laws tell you this and that people have to accommodate themselves to you."

"Now here comes this word you feel you’ve invented and you think, how is someone going to tell you not to say a word that you invented." he continued. "You say, ‘Why can’t I use it, everyone gets to use it? That’s racism that I don’t get to use it. I have to inconvenience myself and hear this song and I can’t sing along?'"

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Footage Of Tekashi 6ix9ine's Kidnapping Surfaces

A new video showcasing the kidnapping of rapper Tekashi69 last year in Brooklyn by his former Nine Trey Bloods associates has been obtained by The Daily News. Although we don’t see Tekashi or his accused kidnappers—Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Ellison’s friend who goes by “Sha”—we do hear the whole ordeal as they drive through the dark, rainy streets of Brooklyn.

When the footage of the kidnapping ends, the video transitions into scenes with Jorge Rivera, Tekahi’s driver, who attempted at following the vehicle in which he was kidnapped and retrieve the license plate number. We hear Rivera calling 911 in Spanish to come to Tekashi’s aid. Rivera immediately became a witness in the case.

The “FeFe” rapper’s alleged feud with Ellison came after a dispute over how the rapper (né Daniel Hernandez) would share all his earnings with the gang.

During his recent testimony at Manhattan Federal Court earlier this week, the 23-year-old recalled the kidnapping stating the gang members ended up going against each other. “The gang, it was divided. We’re all part of the same gang but we’re attacking each other,” Tekashi revealed.

Hernandez also detailed that the kidnapping began around 4 am ET when Ellison crashed a stolen car into Rivera’s Chevy Tahoe SUV at Atlantic Avenue and Bedford Ave on July 22, 2018.

According to Tekashi, Sha opened the door of the Chevy armed with a gun and demanded that he get into the car with him and Ellison. Ellison was allegedly armed as well. In the video, you can hear Tekashi trying to reason with Ellison about the situation.

“I put money in your pocket, bro, I’m scared, bro…I don’t know...everybody is saying extortion this, extortion that,” he said.

“I’m pleading with my heart...yo, don’t shoot,” Tekashi would later say in court about the incident.

Ultimately, after the rapper obtained several injuries from both Ellison and Sha beating him up and demanding that he say loud that he is no longer part of the Bloods gang, they came to a settlement. If Tekashi relinquished all of his jewelry, they would let him go.

“We came to an agreement. If I gave them the jewelry, they would let me go,” Tekashi said.

Eventually, the crew made it to his girlfriend’s home where they retrieved the jewelry. Later, Tekashi would allegedly escape from the backseat and get into a random car which dropped him off at a precinct.

During part two of his testimony, Hernandez also revealed other inner workings of the gang and their attempts to fatally shoot rappers like Cheif Keef, Casanova and Trippie Redd.

More details on the fate of Tekashi’s case are still pending. You can hear the alleged kidnapping over at The Daily News.

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Fat Joe Supports Afro-Latinos That Identify With African Culture And Religion

Throughout the last couple of years, Afro-Latino artists have discussed their identities as black people from Latin Caribbean nations and the colorism they faced as black people in their native countries.

This conversation was highlighted when Amara La Negra shared her experiences on The Breakfast Club and on Love & Hip Hop: Miami. Additionally, Cardi B who's of Dominican and Trinidadian descent, recently said she considers herself a black woman. Both of these artists have encountered backlash for their stance on their identity.

During a recent visit to Hot 97, Fat Joe echoed their sentiments and talked about Africa’s prominent influence on Caribbean music and its people. "All the music is African….let's speak about Latinos not being black. Latinos are black. In Cuba, at one time, there were eight million Cubans," he said.

"Five million, unfortunately, were slaves. Three million were actual Cubans, and they integrated and had babies,” he continued. “Same thing with Puerto Rico when you go to Loíza. You talk about Santeria, that came from the motherland, Africa. Sometimes, Latinos may even identify themselves with African and black culture more than black people. This ain't no crazy thing. Fat Joe ain't on crack. He knows what he talkin' 'bout."

Joe also commented on Brazil’s colonization by the Portuguese and how they're influenced by Africa. “The Portuguese colonized Brazil. Brazil is pretty much Africa but they speak Portuguese.”

Rosa Clemente, a Ph.D. candidate at UMass Amherst’s W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies shared her thoughts on black identity in Latin America with The Huffington Post.  

"Afro-Latino is not about being black and Latino, Afro-Latina means to be a black Latina/Latino hence why the term Afro-Latino came about in the late ’70s," she said. "Since Latino is not a race, it's really not even an ethnic group, it is false to say that folks are black and Latino, we are racially black and then many refer to their ethnicity or i.e Afro-Boricua, Afro-Dominican."

Watch the full interview on Hot 97 above.

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Instagram Restricts Promotion Of Body Enhancing Products From Users Under 18

Instagram is putting a limit on the amount of body enhancing products exposed to users under 18.

According to Buzzfeed News, the platform will restrict promotional posts that center around cosmetic surgery and weight loss products for minors. The monumental move was partly inspired by actress and body activist Jameela Jamil who previously called out celebrities like Cardi B and the Kardashian family who promote products like diet detox teas to their very young fans.

"We want Instagram to be a positive place for everyone that uses it and this policy is part of our ongoing work to reduce the pressure that people can sometimes feel as a result of social media," Instagram's public policy manager, Emma Collins said. She also noted that changes will also take place on Facebook.

Wow that was fast. This Kim Kardashian flat tummy shake post from January is now only accessible if you're logged into Instagram and listed as over-18. pic.twitter.com/67rEv4uqpJ

— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) September 18, 2019

Rumors have circulated around updates for some time. Others included the elimination of Instagram's "likes" algorithm.

Users will also have the ability to report any posts that do not follow the latest guidelines, as reported by CBS News. 

In a world that is heavily influenced by social media posts, this looks to be a step in the right direction for body positivity and acceptance. For her influence in the decision, Jamil stated "Facebook and Instagram [are] taking a stand to protect the physical and mental health of people online, sends an important message out to the world.

 

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THIS IS HUGE NEWS. @i_weigh are changing the world together. After a bunch of shouting, screaming, and petitioning... we have managed to get the attention of the people at the top, and they have heard us and want to protect us. And this is just the beginning of our efforts. As of now, if you’re under 18, you will no longer be exposed to any diet/detox products, and for all other ages; all fad products that have bogus, unrealistic claims will be taken down and easy to report. I’ve been working with Instagram all year towards this, who were amazing to deal with, and they expressed that they passionately care about creating a safer space for us all online. This happened so much faster than I expected and I’m so proud and happy and relieved. WELL DONE to the many people who have been working towards this huge change. This is a mass effort. This is an extraordinary win that is going to make a big difference. Influencers have to be more responsible. ❤️

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