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Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco, And More Mourn Battle Rapper Tech 9

Battle rapper Tech 9 has reportedly passed away. The artist, born Akeem Mickens, reportedly died Monday morning, XXL confirms.

Fellow battle rapper Buttah From The Block announced the sad news in a message on Facebook. Buttah told XXL that his family and friends were unsure of the cause of death at this time. "We are praying that it was natural causes. He had no signs of harm done to his body," he said.

Tech 9, not be confused with Strange Music's Tech N9ne, was a well-known battle rapper and pioneer. Since news of his passing circulated on social media, a number of hip-hop artists have offered their condolences.

"THEY SAY MY FACE DONT LOOK THE SAME WITH THE STOCK- Condolences to the family of the late great Tech9 of Philly. Rest well," Kendrick Lamar tweeted.

"Rip Tech 9...one of the most entertaining battle rappers. Condolences to his family and friends. May God have mercy on his soul." Lupe Fiasco also tweeted.

Tech N9ne also released a statement, stating that he did not pass away and offering his condolences.

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California Approves Bill Banning Racial Discrimination Based On Hairstyles

California is set to become the latest state to ban racial discrimination based on hairstyles. Senate Bill 188, also known as The Crown Act, was introduced by state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) in January and unanimously approved in a 37-0 vote Monday (April 22).

The bill outlines the proximity between race and hair and how the history of the U.S. has been “riddled with laws and societal norms” that equate  “blackness’” which includes physical traits such as “dark skin, kinky and curly hair” with inferiority, and therefore subjecting black people to “separate and unequal treatment.”

“This idea also permeated societal understanding of professionalism,” Morgan states in the bill. “Professionalism was, and still is, closely linked to European features and mannerisms, which entails that those who do not naturally fall into Eurocentric norms must alter their appearances, sometimes drastically and permanently, in order to be deemed professional.

“Despite the great strides American society and laws have made to reverse the racist ideology that Black traits are inferior, hair remains a rampant source of racial discrimination with serious economic and health consequences, especially for Black individuals,” Morgan continues.

Furthermore, dress codes and grooming policies prohibiting “natural hair” have a “disparate impact on Black individuals as these policies are more likely to deter Black applicants and burden or punish Black employees than any other group.”

The 1964 Civil Rights Act banning racial discrimination extends to afros as well, but doesn’t include other hairstyles. As pointed out in SB 188, “courts do not understand that afros are not the only natural presentation of Black hair. Black hair can also be naturally presented in braids, twists, and locks.”

Although the bill has yet to be signed into law, the state isn't alone in making moves to end the racist bias against natural hair. In February, New York City passed a similar bill in February imposing a $250,000 penalty for hair discrimination.

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Report: Kanye West Wants To Start His Own Church

It appears Kanye West's Coachella Sunday Service show really inspired him. The rapper is reportedly looking to expand on his gospel segment by starting his own church.

According to a new report from People, Kanye is seriously considering starting his own church where he can perform new music and promote spirituality on his terms. "He has talked about starting his own church, and what exactly that would be," a source told People. "It wouldn’t be the traditional, 3-hymns-and-a-sermon thing. Instead, it would be a way to point people to Jesus through the arts and through a community of people who love and care for each other. He also wants his kids to be raised in faith, and the best way for him to do that is to live out his faith."

It doesn't stop there. Kanye is also looking to help those in need. "Say what you want about Kanye, but he really does want to help people who need support," the insider continued. "He understands brokenness and the need for healing, probably more than most people. He believes in the healing powers of music, but also believes that God can step in and heal people’s brokenness and their issues."

Kanye West kicked off his Sunday Service performance on Easter Sunday (April 21) with a number of his celebrity friends, including Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign, and Teyana Taylor. DMX also delivered a moving prayer. "He is extremely passionate about his faith and wants to share it more regularly with people,” the source added. "He spends a lot of time studying and praying, and wants to share his journey."

Of course, Kanye's plans are not official at this time, but it would be interesting to see what a church headed by Ye would look like.

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Harvard Says Blac Chyna Has Not Been Accepted To Its Business School

Blac Chyna fans were shocked to learn the reality TV star had been accepted to Harvard Business School after she shared the news on social media. But it turns out, that might have been fake news.

Harvard University reportedly told TMZ that Chyna was not admitted to the school to obtain a degree or even a certificate. "Harvard Business School Online has not admitted nor provided an acceptance letter to a person named Angela White," the statement reads.

The statement follows Blac Chyna's big reveal on social media Thursday afternoon (April 25), in which she said, "school is going to help me take things up a couple of notches. People are always talking about me, might as well talk about the good."

Black Chyna has not responded to this report at the moment.

 

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