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Kevin Gates Compares Social Injustice To Bullying, Criticizes Silent Protests

"I look at social injustice as bullying."

Colin Kaepernick's national anthem protests has garnered mixed reviews from a number of people in the past couple of years. While some have viewed the #TakeAKnee movement has a brave act against police brutality, some others have thought of it as pointless or unpatriotic. Kevin Gates sees it as the latter. In a recent interview with Sway, Gates shared his thoughts on the national anthem and silent protests as well as social injustice.

“I look at social injustice as bullying,” Gates told Sway. “Bullying of people that you feel like you’ve got to up some because they are weaker people, but they’re really strong. You’ve just got to keep these people weak in their minds. I don’t bow. I’m willing to die for what I believe in. And I’ve been a victim of police brutality.”

While Gates contended that he wasn't bashing Kaepernick for his movement, he suggested that it takes more than kneeling to affect change against "bullies." "Like I say, they’ve got some police who are a**holes. They got some that are not," he continued. "It’s not a shot at them. It’s not a shot at Colin Kaepernick. But you don’t make the bullies stop by taking a knee. You meet force with force."

Gates added: "We bow to no one under the stars, but God. And that’s not even Islam. That’s just, we don’t bow. Not as kings. We don’t bow. Before I’d be a slave, I’d rather be buried in my grave. I would die before I’d be that. I’m not taking no knee. I’m sorry. Like taking a knee for me, I relate the streets to football a lot. You know, I quarterback a great team. I’m the quarterback of a great team."

Gates' latest comments come on the heels of the release of his new single "Adding Up," which serves as the rapper's first post-prison release. He is also gearing up to drop his forthcoming mixtape, Luca Brasi 3, which is slated to release later this year.

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The plea comes shortly after the "Press" artist was indicted for the alleged incident. As previously reported, Cardi is accused of facilitating a hit on two bartenders at the Angels Strip Club in Queens, New York in Aug. 2018. According to reports, Cardi ordered to associates to attack the two women with bottles and chairs.

Following her indictment, Cardi B participated in the 2019 BET Experience, where she told fans that she would not be going to prison. "I ain’t going to jail," she told the audience. "F **k you mean? I ain’t going to jail, I got a daughter!"

 

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DaBaby Sued By Rapper His Security Allegedly Beat Him Into A Coma

DaBaby is reportedly being a sued by a rapper, who claims his security allegedly beat him into a coma, TMZ reports. Donald Saladin, also known as Don Trag, claims DaBaby was aware of his crew's violent tendencies and set them loose on him anyway.

In court documents obtained by TMZ, Saldin claims the "Suge" artist failed to provide his bodyguards with the proper training to avoid aggressive situations. As a result, Saldin said he sustained injuries to his head, eyes, neck, and spine. He was also in a coma for a short period of time.

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Louisiana Mayor Apologizes To Sam Cooke 56 Years After His Death

More than 50 years after Sam Cooke's death, a Louisiana mayor has issued an apology to the beloved singer after experiencing poor treatment at a Holiday Inn.

According to a CNN affiliate KSLA, In 1963, Cooke and his band made reservations at a Shreveport Holiday Inn, north of downtown. However, the entertainer was turned away because he's black.

During the city's annual "Let The Good Times Rool" festival, Mayor Adrian Perkins apologized to Cooke's daughter and presented her with a key to the city.

"We need to come to terms with our past so we can move forward in a positive way, so this is the beginning. Specifically, with this, it's a beginning of a new relationship with the Cooke family," Perkins said.

Cooke and the band members were in town to perform, but were arrested later that day after leaving the hotel lobby for "blowing their car horn loudly and interrupting other guests." They were held for five hours and released on a $102 bond, according to the 1963 Shreveport Journal.

David Washington, a close friend of the late singer, said the honking was due to a car malfunction and not a petty act of revenge from being denied the right to say. The incident at the Holiday Inn helped is believed to have spawned his most famous song, "A Change Is Gonna Come."

The following year in December 1964, Sam Cooke was shot and killed in a Los Angeles hotel. He was 33.

 

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