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JAY-Z Hopes Viewers Analyze Florida's "Stand Your Ground" Law After Trayvon Martin Doc

"This law, we have to get people to understand what it says." 

On Monday evening (July 30), viewers get to learn the intimate and chilling details of Trayvon Martin's life and death in Paramount Network and Shawn "JAY-Z" Carter's new six-part series, Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story. To prepare future onlookers for Carter's latest foray into social justice programming, the Roc Nation leader spoke with The New York Times on his hopes for the program's impact and why Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law is evidently faulty.

"This law, we have to get people to understand what it says," he said. "Of course, he will not be found guilty. It's very difficult to be found guilty with this law as it stands today." Behind the Stand Your Ground law, which gives a person who feels they are under duress to use their firearm to potentially kill another civilian, George Zimmerman fatally shot Martin, who was 17 at the time, in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman claimed Martin looked suspicious in the Twin Lakes neighborhood and pursued him despite the police's plea to not follow the teenager. Once Zimmerman confronted Martin, a scuffle ensued and Zimmerman shot Martin in his chest.

At an earlier point in the conversation, Carter also said the docu-series should not only change the minds of those who say Martin "had a hoodie on," but also those who "hide behind the idea of, 'No way that happened. Something had to be going on.'"

Additionally, Carter said he doesn't subscribe to the idea that celebrities, specifically black celebrities, are obligated to be vocal on social issues. "I think the way that people view celebrity is unfair," Carter explained. "Everyone should be filling in and doing their part because it isn't about money. It's not."

Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story airs on Monday night (July 30) at 10 p.m. on BET and Paramount Network.

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Al Sharpton Says Jay Z And Colin Kaepernick NFL Debate Is The Wrong Fight

Al Sharpton wants everyone to focus on the fight against racial inequality instead of pitting Jay Z and Colin Kaepernick against each other.

After Jay Z and Roc Nation's lucrative deal with the NFL was announced last week, many blasted the artist for his business decision despite its inclusion of a social justice plan. As rappers like Freddie Gibbs and scholars like Eric Michael Dyson lend support to Mr. Carter, others like athlete Eric Reid and cultural commentator/author Jemelle Hill have continued to push Kaepernick's mission to the forefront.

During Harlem Week, activist Rev. Al Sharpton provided his input into the matter by asking the public to focus on the bigger picture. “This ain’t about Colin Kaepernick’s knee,” Sharpton said at the National Action Network's rally on Saturday (Aug. 17) “It’s about choking Eric Garner to death, it's about the shooting of Tamir Rice, it's about Michael Brown."

He continued to share how TMZ approached him with cameras and baited questions about the ordeal which he refused to take part in.

"They asked [me] 'What do you think about Jay Z? They're calling him a sellout and all that.' I said, 'The issue is Jay Z has done documentaries around and about [Kalief] Browder and other things. I'm not attacking Jay Z and I won't participate until Kaepernick has a job. The issue is Eric Garner. This issue is Tamir Rice. Keep your eyes on the bigger picture."

Sharpton also asked the crowd to shift their focus to the issues of police brutality and racial inequality. According to reports, 480 people have been killed by police this year. The Washington Post notes at 998 people lost their lives at the hands of a police officer in 2018.

“This ain’t no battle for athletes and superstars, it’s about people being trampled on,” Sharpton continued. “Don’t let them distract you fighting the wrong fight.”

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Addressing the NFL, Jay Z, and Colin Kaepernick controversy during my #NANSaturdayActionRally keynote message. @ImpactTVNetwork @1190amWLIB @NationalAction pic.twitter.com/hCgp2gcshR

— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) August 17, 2019

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Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" Is No Longer The Number One Song In America

Lil Nas X's bonafide smash "Old Town Road" has been dethroned from its unprecedented 19-week run at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

According to the publication, rising alt-pop star Billie Eilish now has the No. 1 song in the country with her track "Bad Guy." The song has been sitting at No. 2 for nine weeks straight. Lil Nas X, who collaborated with the likes of Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug, Mason Ramsey and more superstars for various remixes of the song, congratulated the 17-year-old on her first No. 1 hit via Twitter.

"Old Town Road" now holds the No. 3 spot behind  Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello's "Señorita."

The Atlanta musician catapulted to fame after "Old Town Road" made the rounds. Initially, it was removed from Billboard's Country chart for reportedly not implementing enough elements of the genre. Since then, it has shattered records and expectations.

Just a few weeks ago, it became the longest-running No. 1 in American music history, breaking a record held by Mariah Carey, Boyz II Men, Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber (for "One Sweet Day" and "Despacito," respectively).

Lil Nas X has a lot to be proud of. Congrats on a historic run.

congratulations to billie eilish!! u deserve this!!

— nope (@LilNasX) August 19, 2019

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Get Ready: A Three 6 Mafia Reunion Tour Is On The Way

Three 6 Mafia is on their way to a stage near you. According to an Instagram post from Juicy J, the popular hip-hop collective will be performing at a series of very special reunion shows.

Per the flyer, one of the shows will be held on Oct. 12 at the Landers Center in Mississippi. The show will also star DJ Paul, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, DMX and all original Hypnotize Minds & HCP Members (Gangsta Boo, Crunchy Black, Project Pat, Lil Wyte and La. Chat).

“I know this is what the fans have been asking for, so we're ready to bring them the classics, along with our new music in the best possible way,” said DJ Paul in a statement. “To quote LL, don't call it a comeback, we have officially been here for years, and we've got a lot to show for it. Just wait to see what comes next.”

The Oscar-winning group went on a hiatus back in 2012. Many of the group’s members have released solo projects, and two of the group’s founding members have since passed on (Koopsta Knicca and Lord Infamous).

Tickets to the event will be on sale this Friday (Aug. 23). Take a look at the flyer below.

DATES 09-07 Atlanta, GA - One Musicfest 10-11 Newark, NJ - Loud Records 25th Anniversary (Prudential Center) 10-12 Southaven, MS - Landers Center

 

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THREE 6 MAFIA REUNION TOUR! Tickets on sale next Friday August 23rd @landerscenter

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