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A photo of rapper Nipsey Hussle, 33, is seen among candles as people gather to mourn him on April 1, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. The Grammy-nominated artist was gunned down in broad daylight two days ago in front of The Marathon Clothing store he founded in 2017 on the day he was scheduled to meet with Los Angeles Police Department brass to discuss ways of stopping gang violence. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Several People Injured At Nipsey Hussle Memorial In L.A.

The LAPD shut down inaccurate reports that a shooting caused the stampede injuring multiple people. 

A reported 19 people were injured during a memorial honoring slain rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle Monday (April 1), after a stampede caused mourners to flee in a panic and police to control the shaken crowd.

The Los Angeles Times reports the incident started after 8 p.m. PT outside of Nipsey's Marathon Clothing store where hundreds gathered for a touching vigil for the rapper. Inaccurate reports claimed there were possible stabbings after an alleged shooting, but Police Chief Michel Moore of the Los Angeles Police Department debunked the news on Twitter. 

"Our people are on scene making every effort 2 protect everyone in attendance at the Nipsey Hussle vigil,” added on Twitter. “Reports of shots fired at the vigil do not appear to be accurate. We do have injured in the chaos and are attempting to restore order.”

Robert Arcos, an LAPD assistant chief provided clarity to the situation, claiming a fight interrupted the makeshift memorial. One of the people involved was carrying a gun, causing panic in the crowd. Several people were injured from the novena candles that were crushed from the stampede, leading some to believe fans were stabbed.

One person was seriously injured after being struck by a car. “The majority of the injuries are minor and as a result of trampling injuries from the crowd,” Margaret Stewart, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Fire Department told The New York Times.

The memorial began in a peaceful manner but once the stampede happened police reportedly pushed mourners behind yellow tape in an effort to control the crowd.

A suspect has been named in the rapper's shooting. Eric Holder, known to many as 'Shitty Cuz,' and his rapper name, 'Fly Mac,' was identified by the LAPD as a person of interest Monday evening. Holder allegedly shot Nipsey after the two had a tense conversation related to accusations of Holder being an informant.

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Andre Emmett: Two Suspects Face Capital Murder Charges In Connection To BIG3 Player’s Death

Nearly a month after former BIG3 player Andre Emmett was fatally shot, Dallas police have identified and arrested two suspects in connection to the attempted robbery. According to The Dallas Morning News, Keith Ladon Johnson, 37, and Michael Lucky, 29, were charged with capital murder. Johnson’s bail has been set at $500,000 while Lucky’s has yet to be determined.

On Sept. 23, Emmett was stationed in his Land Rover outside of his home in Old East Dallas, Texas around 2:15 in the morning. That’s when two people approached the vehicle aiming to rob the former NBA player. After Emmett attempted to flee the situation on foot after an altercation took place, one of the suspects aimed a handgun in his direction and proceeded to shoot and kill the 32-year-old.

Emmett was taken to a hospital after a passer-by took notice and phoned 911. He died at the medical facility, survived by two toddler daughters. “His girls were and are his life,” his sister, Sasha Emmett, said per NBC-DFW. “They don’t really know what’s going on, but they were with him all the time and he’s going to be absent in their life now.”

Chris Beard, who was an assistant to Emmett’s coach during his tenure at Texas Tech University, revealed the pro-athlete launched the Dreams Really Exist Foundation for children in his Dallas hometown. Emmett’s pro-basketball career allowed him to suit up for his first NBA team, Seattle SuperSonics in 2004, to the Memphis Grizzlies, then the New Jersey Nets.

The BIG3 is in a state of shock over the sudden and tragic death of Andre Emmett. Andre was a member of the BIG3 family for two seasons and never without a smile on his face. His kindness towards others and easy-going demeanor made him a joy to be around. pic.twitter.com/QoNJ7NH2k0

— BIG3 on CBS (@thebig3) September 23, 2019

Off the court, Dre was passionate about helping young people through his Dreams Really Exist foundation. We are simply heartbroken by this devastating loss. Our thoughts are with Andre’s family and friends during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/3Nr2qeyOJt

— BIG3 on CBS (@thebig3) September 23, 2019

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Nicki Minaj Fuels Marriage Rumors With Latest Instagram Post

Earlier this week, Nicki Minaj dished on her plans to wed her beau Kenneth Petty, noting that a lavish wedding isn’t necessary to confirm their union. Now, the Queens native took to Instagram to entertain marriage rumors in a video that has fans writing "Congratulations!"

With mugs that have “Mrs.” and “Mr.” imprinted and caps with “Bride” and “Groom” etched on the front, the “Barbie Tingz” rapper seemingly confirmed the union with the caption “Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty 10-21-19.”

 

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👰🏽🤵🏽😢🙏🏽🎀 Onika Tanya Maraj-Petty 10•21•19

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When niggaz move WOKKY the MAKKZ spin ya BLOKKY ☺️🥰

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Minaj and Petty have been friends since they were kids, aiding in the former's comments on being close friends with the fellow New Yorker before they became serious. Earlier this year, Minaj also revealed she obtained a marriage license. The award-winning artist has remained open about her plans to begin a family and even announced in September her retirement to focus on the next chapter of her life.

In an interview with The Shade Room, Minaj revisited her decision to publicize her retirement and noted it mainly concerned her fifth studio album. "When I posted that retirement tweet, I knew that I still had music that I already had recorded that was still going to come out, so the retirement was kind of talking about my album, meaning 'do I want to go back and record my fifth album?'" she noted. "I always get asked to do features and I like features. So it was really about the fifth album."

 

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🔊 Sound on! _____________________________________ Earlier this week, #NickiMinaj dropped her highly anticipated #Fendi collection, and we were right there celebrating with her as she commemorated this new milestone that has all of the fashion industry talking. Aside from that, we sat down with Nicki and had an exclusive interview where we talked about what inspired the collection. As well as her upcoming nuptials to her man #KennethPetty, whether or not she’s really retiring, other artists she would love to collaborate with and much more. _____________________________________ If you’re like us, then you’ve been counting down the days since Nicki and Kenneth obtained their marriage license, as we wait for them to officially say their “I Do’s.” Nicki talked to us about their upcoming nuptials and whether or not they’re going to have a big wedding. _____________________________________ She said, “We’ll definitely do the paperwork portion of the marriage, but the actual wedding, I don’t know. You know when you’re a little girl and you want this big beautiful wedding, and I used to think I was one of those girls, I always wanted the fairytale. But then the things that used to matter to you don’t matter as much because I remember wanting those things with people, where real love wasn’t there. So now I feel like now that everything has finally lined up and matched up being that I’m madly in love with this man, he’s also my best friend, the things that used to matter to me before, don’t matter as much now. So yes, we’re going to have a big wedding eventually.” She also expressed how deeply in love she is right now, and the importance of——click the link in the bio to read more at TheShadeRoom.com

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For Us By Us: 8 Things To Know About The Black News Channel

A network for us by us is heading to a television near you. The Black News Channel, a network dedicated to quality news and original content for African-Americans, will see the light of day next month.

BNC has been over a decade in the making thanks to J.C. Watts, the former Oklahoma congressman who wanted to create a platform similar to CNN with only news and insight by people of color. Networks like BET and TVOne have respectfully released similar programming in the past with BET Nightly News and News One Now hosted by Roland Martin, but this new network plans to run on a 24-hour news cycle while tying in programs that will benefit teens, women, and HBCUs.

It was recently announced that Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan made up a large part of the investment pool, with many wondering just how the network will be run. Khan has reportedly voted for President Donald Trump but has continuously slammed his tenure as commander-in-chief.

According to BNC's website, their mission statement is "to provide intelligent programming that is informative, educational, inspiring and empowering to its African-American audience." They also hope to "preserve a proud black American heritage" and inspire viewers with uplifting and spiritual content daily.

The network will launch across over 30 million households on Friday, Nov. 15. In the meantime, here's everything you should know about the Black News Channel.

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1. The BNC Was Co-Founded by J.C. Watts, A Former Athlete Turned Republican Congressman

Watts has worn many hats in his life with most of them existing in the business space. Some of his endeavors include a public affairs consulting company as well as director seats at companies like retail giant Dillard's, CSX Corporation and ITC Holdings.

Before jumping into the business world, Watts played college football for the Oklahoma Sooners and later, the Canadian Football League. After becoming a Baptist minister in the early '90s, he ran for Congress and served four terms.

During that time, Watts worked alongside Capitol Hill with former Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush. During the late '90s, he was elected to the chair of the House Republican Conference. He also co-founded the Coalition for AIDS Relief in Africa and helped develop legislation with Congressman John Lewis to establish the Smithsonian Museum of African American history.

The idea for BNC came in 2004 with the intent to provide quality news and original programming to African-American households. "The Black news channel is culturally specific to the African-American community," he told The Street earlier this month.

"You've got 200 plus stations on any cable system. We are the one location that you can come and find out about wellness culture, current affairs as it relates to African-American communities." He also stressed the need to provide a safe space for black wellness earlier this year on Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club.

2. The BNC Was Almost Based On FAMU's Campus

Before setting up shop in Tallassee, Florida, Watts was interested in filming on the campus but decided against it. Instead, the network will work closely with Ann Kimbrough in the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication at Florida A&M University and other Historical Black Colleges & Universities across the country.

3. It Will Serve Over 30 Million Households

BNC will operate as a 24/7 news channel and will launch to an estimated 33 million households. A reported 23 million are satellite owners while the other 10 million are from cable TV households in cities like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta. A studio was also built this year for the network in New Orleans.

In the early stages of the network, the company created "on-air programming trials" that served 8 million people. The project helped the company with the type of content they wanted to create and the content viewers wanted to see.

4. Religion And Faith Might Play A Role In Programming

Under the site's goals for the Black News Channel, the company notes how they've built strong relationships with African-American figures from the clergy, media, and politics. While it isn't known just how faith will play into BNC's ideology, there seems to be something there.

5. One of Their Biggest Investors Has A Fickle Relationship With President Donald Trump

Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan wants Black News Channel to reflect the views of African-Americans but critics aren't thrilled about his political ties. Khan reportedly voted for Trump and donated $1 million to his inauguration. During an interview at Yahoo Finance’s All Markets Summit this month, Khan explained his appreciation for Trump's economic retort but a distaste for his social policies around immigration, religion and civil rights.

Khan was one of the first NFL owners to famously lock arms with players in solidarity for Colin Kaepernick who was slammed for kneeling during the National Anthem. “Those were human causes that [the players] brought a lot of attention to," he said.

"And since then, the league has done a lot. We’d need a special program with you to go through all the stuff. And the players have done a lot. That was the time for talk and symbolism; since then, it’s been time for action. And there’s been a lot of action. Local communities, prison reform, a lot of those things that impact not only minorities but other people.”

But when it comes to his investment in BNC, Khan wants to change the narrative in media about black lifestyles. “I believe there is an undeniable calling for everything the Black News Channel will deliver to African-American television audiences, who have historically been underserved, in an era where networks have otherwise successfully targeted news to specific demographic groups and interests,” Khan told WJCT, adding, “My decision to invest is an easy one, because we get to answer that call.”

6. Original Programming Will Cater To Black Women and Teens

An estimated 12 hours will be dedicated to the news while the rest will focus on content dedicated to women and teens. Other programs will also shed light on alternative sports like MMA, Muay Thai and the NBA on a global level.

Some standout program synopses include:

Being a Woman

This daily one-hour hosted talk show is dedicated to topics of interest to women of all ages. Show topics will range from childbirth to caring for elderly parents, business to politics, and entertainment to hair care. No topic is too big or too small for this woman-to-woman discussion. The show host will select distinguished women from the vast array of academic experts and alumnae professionals associated with our Historical Black Colleges & Universities to co-host each day’s program.

Getting Ready With Jane: Today's Teen

In this show, family therapist Jane Marks gets real with teens and speaks a language they can understand. With more than forty years of experience helping families and young people in crisis, Marks offers helpful and timely advice to young African Americans about coping in today’s world. This one-hour weekly program is family-friendly and offers a message of hope. Today’s Teen Talk series is definitely “must see TV.”

My Money

This daily half-hour business show will examine best practices for wisely making and managing your money, as well as news and information about what is happening in the financial markets at home and around the world. This format will include a host and financial experts as studio guests.

7. HBCU's Will Have A Great Influence On The Black News Channel

BNC's relationship with Historical Black Colleges & Universities will run deep. Not only will aspiring journalists have an opportunity to work at the network but they will also have exposure to media training and state of the art production.

The series Living Social at HBCUs will also explore life on HBCU campuses and the intersection of education and cultural development.

8. Larry Elder Will More Than Likely Ruffle Feathers

Everyone loves a wildcard and BNC has found one in Larry Elder. The radio staple and attorney has over 25 years in the industry from news programs on NBC and ABC News & Talk. He also starred as a judge on Moral Court, an early production by TMZ creator Harvey Levin in 2001.

Elder's views have been seen as conservative but he reportedly identifies as a Libertarian. After walking away from the news show sector, Elder made his way to digital radio and podcasting where he's led conversations on topics like "Unwed Fathers" in the NBA, education, and criticism of the early presidential candidates of the 2020 election. He's also a frequent user of the #HillaryUnhinged hashtag that criticizes the former presidential candidate.

Larry Elder NEW Video: Why Won't The 'Woke' @NBA Take On The 800lb Elephant On The Court--UNWED FATHERS?!?https://t.co/Tbtqmcz25c#FathersMatter pic.twitter.com/I8oOAOcKIx

— Larry Elder (@larryelder) October 21, 2019

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Larry Elder VIDEO: Black and Hispanic Democrats WANT Choice in Education--White Democrats DO NOT!https://t.co/ghQQMNS4iV#SchoolVouchers

— Larry Elder (@larryelder) October 20, 2019

A program hasn't been shared on BNC's website but Elder is listed as a "Show Host/Commentator." We're sure many will tune in to hear about today's culture from his perspective.

Learn more about the Black News Channel here.

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