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Kamala Harris Details Experience As Prosecutor On 'The Breakfast Club'

"I know that people are sitting in jails everyday in America, because they can’t afford the $20,000 while they’re waiting for trial"

Since Sen. Kamala Harris announced her 2020 presidential campaign, she’s been met with adversity for her history of allegedly contributing to mass incarceration among African-Americans. Though she’s been criticized, Harris still defends her contributions to the justice system when she was a prosecutor.

During a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, Harris detailed her experience as a prosecutor and explained the good she did at that juncture of her career, including a rehabilitation program she created for young men in San Francisco, Calif., which at the time many didn’t understand.

“When I created a re-entry initiative I was the elected district attorney of San Francisco,” she said. “I focused on young men, getting them jobs and counseling. People would say to me, ‘What are you doing?’ DA’s would not know what re-entry meant. They would literally ask me, ‘What does the word mean?. Democrats and Republicans would say to me, ‘What are you doing? Your job is to put people in jail not to let them out of jail.'"

The Democratic representative also revisited her time as a prosecutor at the height of Los Angeles’ plight with gang violence, and the system’s attempt to crack it down. For Harris, it seemed conflicting because she was instructed to profile people who fit the description of those close to her in her own community.

“As a prosecutor, when I first started, it was during the height of what was happening with the Crips and Bloods mostly in L.A. So California was passing all these gang enhancements,” she said. “I’ll never forget sitting in my office, where there was a bunch of folks that I work with, standing outside talking about how they were going to prove that a gang enhancement, which would cause someone to go to prison longer, and they started talking about the way a person was dressed, and the corner they were hanging out on, and the music they were listening to.”

"So I walked out of my office and said, 'Hey, so my cousins and my family, members of my family, dress that way. I have family and friends who live in that neighborhood, and I’ve got, I’m going to date myself, I’ve got a tape of that music in my car right now,' ” she continued.

Harris also discussed her Indian and black heritage and her days at Howard University. Watch the full interview below.

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DESUS & MERO Bring the Brand to Showtime in Their Series Premiere

"Bodega Boys in the building!" That's how Desus Nice and The Kid Mero started the first episode of their new half hour show on Showtime. The "Bodega Boys," as Desus and Mero like to be called, took their comedic talents from Viceland and secured a slot for their talk show on the network. After airing on Thursday night, they posted the full episode on YouTube to give fans and a new live studio audience a look at what they have to offer.

The first episode of their new series did not disappoint. The two comedians represented their roots in the Bronx to the fullest by incorporating the class bodega backdrop as well as inviting none other than Bronx native, and United States Representative for New York,  Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, as their first guest. The TV personalities greeted the politician with their now famous "yerrr" and managed to keep things light by bonding over the memes they receive from Twitter users while also managing to keep things serious as they talked about AOC's come up.

In the debut of the show, Ocasio-Cortez made the trip back to the Bronx to chat with the former Guy Code cast members, but the "Bodega Boys" also made a trip down to the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. During the trip to D.C. Desus and Mero presented the member of the Democratic Party with a flag of Puerto Rico, representing her roots, and they also were able to meet representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashan Tlaib of Minnesota and Michigan, respectively.

"Am I a gentrifier?" Ocasio-Cortez asked. "No! How are you a gentrifier? You moved from the Bronx to D.C.!" Mero responded.

Ocasio-Cortez's presence on the show wasn't the only highlight of the first episode. Desus and Mero have added a new element to their talk show, which are skits. The skit the two debuted on their talk show poked fun at the controversial Oscar-nominated film, Green Book. Before presenting the skit, Desus described the film as being, "basically just Friday with racism."

The skit features Mero playing the role of the white driver, Tony Lip, while Desus plays the role of the Black pianist. Throughout the entirety of the skit, Desus and Mero show how they feel "Green Book" was made to make white people feel as if they weren't racist in a time where racism was quite obviously prevalent.

"Wait, there's another one of these movies? What is wrong with you people? Please leave us alone. It's not our job to make white people feel better about race stuff," was a fake quote about the movie included in the skit.

Catch DESUS & MERO on Showtime every Thursday night at 11! You won't want to miss out.

 

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Ja Rule Gets Candid About Fyre Festival's 'Crazy Situation'

Ja Rule's role in the disastrous Fyre Festival has been riddled in speculation since the release of Hulu's and Netflix's respective documentaries detailing the disastrous "luxury" event. Speaking with TMZ, the "I'm Real" rapper reflected on his position in the festival's planning while motivating young moguls in the making.

"For any young visionary or entrepreneur just be hands-on with your stuff, if it's your baby and you want to create something amazing for the world to see, make sure you see it through, make sure you are the one overseeing everything, make sure you are the CEO of the company, even if you are not an experienced CEO," the 42-year-old said.

Ja continued by acknowledging the fault he played in the havoc that ensued during Fyre Fest and claiming he had no intention of hurting anyone.

"You know it is okay to make some mistakes along the way and that's what I learned the most, I am not an experienced CEO and I didn't want to make the mistakes but obviously, the CEO (Billy McFarland) of the company made the biggest mistake of them all. So I learned a lot from the situation and I am just looking forward to the next thing."

The rapper-entrepreneur recently teased the idea of a new and improved Fyre Festival saying: "It is the most iconic festival that never was. So I have plans to create the Iconic Music Fest, but you didn’t hear it from me."

TMZ initially stopped the Queens-bred rapper to speak about Andy Glyn, a member of the Fyre Festival staff, who was infamously asked to perform fellatio on the head of customs to get a shipment of Evian water cleared for the destination festival.

Watch Ja Rule's hot takes on the Fyre Festival below.

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T.I. Mourns The Death Of His Sister, Precious

This week has been a sad one for T.I. and his family. Unfortunately the rapper's older sister, Precious Harris, has died. Family and friends had hoped she would recover after a serious car accident on Feb. 13 that TMZ reports triggered an asthma attack. She had been hospitalized for a week, but she ultimately passed away. She was 66 years old.

Precious would often appear on The Family Hustle, and was extremely close to T.I. "We Love You Dearly Baby Girl," he wrote on Instagram.

 

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We Love You Dearly Baby Girl.... @preciousharris1913

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I Love You Sis...❤️ We can’t thank you enough 🙏🏽 #MyBiggestFan

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Precious' daughter, Kamaya Chapman, also shared words memorializing her mother on Instagram. "From my best friend on earth to My beautiful angel in heaven, mama girl you know ima miss you," she wrote. "I love you so much. I’m so heartbroken but the way you looked so @ peace this past week has confirmed that you are resting."

 

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From my bestfriend on earth to My beautiful angel in heaven 👼🏾❤️🦋mama girl you know ima miss you💔.... I love you so much. I’m so heartbroken but the way you looked so @ peace this past week has confirmed that you are resting... no more asthma attacks... damn but baby I am going to miss you 😓

A post shared by Kamaya (@kamayadaplug) on Feb 22, 2019 at 10:45am PST

Aside from Tip and Kamaya, Precious is survived by her other children, Avis Chapman-Reese and Kareem “Plug” Chapman. Condolences to the family.

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