Lawrence Lacks and Ron Lacks, the son and grandson of Henrietta Lacks, have launched a campaign against the book and movie, starring Oprah, about Henrietta Lacks, claiming inaccuracies
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Johns Hopkins University To Name Building After Henrietta Lacks

It's about time.

Over 60 years after using her cells without her permission, giving way to several discoveries and advancements in the medical field, Johns Hopkins University announced that they would be naming a building on their campus after Henrietta Lacks. The announcement was made during the 9th annual Henrietta Lacks Memorial Lecture, per Washington D.C.’s NBC News 4.

Lacks, a black woman, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in the ‘50s, and she was being treated at Johns Hopkins University Hospital. However, without her consent, her cells were used to create HeLa cells, known to the world as the first strain of self-replicating cells. The removal of the cells helped doctors develop the polio vaccine, and they were also able to conduct groundbreaking research in the fight against cancer and AIDS.

"Yet, for decades, even as Johns Hopkins and other major research institutions relied on HeLa cells for innumerable studies and discoveries, the identity of the woman behind the cells was largely unknown, including to her own family," said Johns Hopkins University President Ronald Daniels during his announcement regarding the new building.

The new building will be located on the medical campus for the university in East Baltimore. Members of Lacks’ family have demanded compensation, especially from the university.

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Cardi B Reportedly Plans To Trademark "Okurrr" Catchphrase

Cardi B continues to utilize all avenues of making longterm dividends. According to The Blast, the "Red Barz" rapper filed for a trademark of her infectious catchphrase "okurrr."

The news site states the mother-of-one will imprint the slogan on T-shirts, jackets, caps, dresses and other clothing items. She once described the phrase as a cold New York City pigeon, and it was featured in one of her first brand commercials with Pepsi that aired during the Super Bowl.

In a February 2019 cover story for Harper's Bazaar, Cardi B discussed her rise to fame and how her focus shifted from paying attention to gossip fodder to making longterm money moves that'll benefit her family.

"I feel like my life is a fairy tale and I'm a princess—rags to riches, people trying to sabotage. Before, I cared about everything—relationship, gossip," she said. "Now I don't feel like I have the time to please people. I don't care about anything anymore—just my career and my kid."

On the music side, the Bronx native recently released her collaboration with Bruno Mars titled "Please Me." The single serves as a follow-up to the remix of Mars' "Finesse" which took over the charts in 2018.

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Producer brandUn DeShay Accuses Joey Bada$$ Of Failing To Pay For Beats

The migration of popular mixtapes from today's top rappers to streaming platforms has left room for error for those who produced the music we adore. This seems to be the case for Joey Bada$$, who has been accused of failing to pay for productions services by Chicago's brandUn DeShay.

DeShay, who also goes by the music alias of Ace Hashimoto, took to Reddit Wednesday (March 20) to share the lack of communication he's had with the Brooklyn's rapper camp over unpaid services. The songs in question are "School High" and "Last Cypher," tracks that were included on Pro Era's breakout compilation mixtape, Peep the Aprocalpyse. Originally released in 2012, the project featured members of the popular posse like Nyck Caution, Kirk Knight and the late Capital STEEZ.

Posted on the Hip Hop Heads channel, DeShay acknowledges the beats were free considering they were on free projects. With the move to platforms like Spotify, Tidal and Apple Music, the producer explained how he wasn't contacted for clearances or payment.

"I never asked for bread because technically no one was getting paid," he said. "Until recently (December 12/23/18) Joey re-released the PEEP the Aprocalypse mixtape on all streaming platforms. Therefore generating bread off streams and DID NOT ask my permission, did not do splits or even work out a deal to just buy my share of the publishing from me."

"I hate takin s**t like this public cuz usually I think that s**t is corny asf," he added. "But I'm still tryna avoid taking this to court to retrieve the [payment]. I hope Joey reaches back so we can figure this out... the "producer x rapper" relationship in Hip-Hop deserves some success stories."

Prior to his Reddit post, DeShay posted his frustrations on Twitter back in February.

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VIBE reached out to DeShay who declined to provide a statement on the matter. We also reached out to Joey, who hasn't responded at the time of the  DeShay, who was also an original member of Odd Future, has produced the early projects of numerous acts like SZA, Chance The Rapper and Curren$y.

DeShay went on to share how he had a proper business dealing with the late Mac Miller when it came to his debut mixtape, Macadelic.

"He contacted me first about “Aliens Fighting Robots” and sent me paperwork!!!," he said. "We agreed on a price, permissions, splits and that was it. Everyone went home happy and you can now stream Macadelic on Spotify rn. Mac Miller handled his business properly. Be like Mac Miller."

Like DeShay previously stated, the relationship between rappers and producers has always been rooted in miscommunications and questionable deals. Producers like Kenny Beats and Bangladesh have expressed their frustrations over unpaid beats, specifically Bangladesh when it comes to his work with Lil Wayne. With streaming becoming a profitable tool for all aspects of song creation, the relationship should be mended sooner than later.

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New Zealand Has Banned The Sale Of Semi-Automatic Guns And Riffles

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Wednesday (March 20) the nation would no longer sell semi-automatic guns and riffles. The sweeping legislation went into effect one week after an Australian man opened fire and killed 50 Muslim men, women and children.

"Today I am announcing that New Zealand will ban all military-style semi-automatic weapons. We will also ban all assault rifles," Ardern said at a press conference.

Prime Minister Arden said the new law would take effect Wednesday (March 20) at 3 PM local time and said dealers "should now cease" selling the guns.

"We will ban all high-capacity magazines. We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semi-automatic or any other type of firearm into a military-style semi-automatic weapon. We will ban parts that cause a firearm to generate semi-automatic, automatic or close to automatic gunfire," she continued.

The prime suspect in the attack reportedly obtained a gun license in 2017 and began purchasing more guns in the most following.

"This is just the beginning of the work we need to do," Ardern said.

The prime minister also noted that there are many in New Zealand who obtained their weapons legally and haven't used them for violence. She said a buyback program will be implemented at local police stations ensuring gun owners receive proper compensation for their weapon. Penalties will be put in place for those who don't participate.

The program may cost between $100 million and $200 million, but Prime Minister Arden says it's necessary "to ensure the safety of our communities."

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