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Buju Banton Discusses "Steppa" Single And Working With DJ Khaled

Banton's last studio album, 'Before the Dawn,' was released in 2010.

Buju Banton is on track to release a new album following his "Long Walk To Freedom" tour. While on the road, the legendary reggae singer performed his classic hits from "Untold Stories" to "Champion." Now, he's ready to share a new single for 2019 dubbed "Steppa."

In a statement shared with VIBE, the 'Til Shiloh artist defined the title of the song, noting "when we say Steppa we don't mean Shotta. A Steppa is different from a Shotta. A Steppa is a guy or girl stepping towards progress. A Steppa is not out here robbing and killing people, those people we call Tekkas and Shottas. We a step for the better, step because we want progress." Banton's last studio album, Before the Dawn, was released in 2010.

While he has his own personal records underway, Banton also dished on his partnership with DJ Khaled for the latter's Father of Asahd album, which debuted earlier this year. Banton is featured on "Holy Mountain" which finds the famed artist giving thanks to God and remaining grateful for his many blessings.

"DJ Khaled is my family, my bredda so working with him is always a joy more time don't even feel like work," he said. Upon his release, Khaled was one of the main artist's that voiced his support for Banton, even visiting Jamaica to meet with the star.

Stay tuned for an official release date for Banton's highly-anticipated album.

 

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Listening to RASTA CASSETTE Holding a firm meditation 🦁🦁 JAH JAH PUT A ANGEL OVER ME @bujuofficial

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Tommy Davidson Explains Why An ‘In Living Color’ Reunion May “Take Some Time”

The cast of In Living Color will definitely reunite someday, according to Tommy Davidson. The comedian spoke on the delay during an interview on The Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday (Feb. 25).

Davidson who was on the show to promote his new memoir, Living in Color: What’s Funny About Me, spoke on a bunch of topics in the book, including being adopted by a white family and not knowing that he was Black until he was 5 years old, nearly coming to blows with Will Smith, hiring Diddy as his assistant, and working with Jamie Foxx.

When asked about an In Living Color reunion Davidson replied, “Of course,” but explained why it may take a while.

“It’s just — it’s going to take some time. Everybody’s out there doing their thing. Some little known stars came out of [the show]: Jim Carry, Jennifer Lopez, Jamie Foxx, the list goes on and on,” joked Davidson. “We’re all doing our thing but it’s inevitable that we come back to you guys.”

This isn’t the first time that there’s been talk of a reunion. Last year, comedy agent William Rodriguez, who helped put together the 'Off Color Comedy Tour' featuring Davidson, Keenan Ivory Wayans, David Allen Grier, and Shawn Wayans, revealed plans for a TV reunion special.

In Living Color, which was created by Keenan, debuted in 1990 and became a ratings hit on the Fox network. The sketch comedy series was canceled in 1994.

Watch Davidson’s full interview below.

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Bill Cosby’s Publicist, Andrew Wyatt, Says Harvey Weinstein Didn’t Receive A Fair Trial

Bill Cosby’s publicist, Andrew Wyatt, disagrees with Harvey Weinstein’s rape conviction. Wyatt posted a statement to Cosby’s Instagram account on Tuesday (Feb. 25) slamming the court ruling.

“This is not shocking because these jurors were not sequestered, which gave them access to media coverage and the sentiments of public option,” the statement reads. “There’s no way you would have anyone believe that Mr. Weinstein was going to receive a fair and impartial trial. Also, the judge shows that he wanted a conviction by sending the jurors back to deliberate, after they were hung on many of the counts.

“Here’s a question that should haunt all Americans, especially wealthy and famous men. Where do we go in this country to find fairness and impartiality in the judicial system, and where do we go in this county to find Due Process? If the #metoo movement isn’t just about Becky [white women], I would challenge #metoo and ask them to go back 400+ years and tarnish the names of those oppressors that raped slaves.”

In closing, Wyatt referred to the court ruling as “a very sad day in the American Judicial System” and added the hashtag #FreeBillCosby.

 

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Official Statement From Andrew Wyatt Regarding The Verdict Of Harvey Weinstein: This is not shocking because these jurors were not sequestered, which gave them access to media coverage and the sentiments of public opinion. There’s no way you would have anyone believe that Mr. Weinstein was going to receive a fair and impartial trial. Also, this judge showed that he wanted a conviction by sending the jurors back to deliberate, after they were hung on many of the counts. Here’s the question that should haunt all Americans, especially wealthy and famous men...Where do we go in this country to find fairness and impartiality in the judicial system; and where do we go in this country to find Due Process? Lastly, if the #metoo movement isn’t just about Becky [White women], I would challenge #metoo and ask them to go back 400+ years and tarnish the names of those oppressors that raped slaves. This is a very sad day in the American Judicial System. #FreeBillCosby #FarFromFinished #DueProcess #JusticeReform

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More than 100 women have accused Weinstein of rape, sexual harassment, and misconduct. On Monday (Feb. 24), the 67-year-old former movie mogul was convicted of third-degree rape and acquitted on two counts of predatory sexual assault, the latter of which could have put him behind bars for life. Weinstein currently faces a maximum of 29 years in prison. His legal team plans to appeal the conviction.

Weinstein was ordered to Rikers Island until his sentencing date but was taken to New York’s Bellevue Hospital after complaining of chest pains.

He is due to be sentenced on March 11.

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Normani, Megan Thee Stallion And SZA Discuss Obstacles Faced By Black Women In Music

Normani, Megan Thee Stallion and SZA refuse to be put in a box. The trio who cover Rolling Stone magazine's March 2020 issue, sat down with the publication for "The First Time," a video series where they discussed some of the challenges faced by Black women in music.

“We’re multifaceted, period. As a diaspora and then as a gender so it’s kinda coming in and not being pigeonholed to one space,” SZA said using Megan and Normani’s creative eclecticism as examples. She added that Black female musicians are essentially told by the industry, “Let me tell you exactly how we see you and you can take it from there.’”

“And they try to push that perception on you,” added Normani. “To put that cap on me and to restrict me from the fullest of my capacity. Me [not] being able to explore that just doesn’t seem fair.”

Megan noted that being a Black female artist is about “overcoming being put in a box.”

 

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The interview also features Meg, SZA and Normani sharing stories about the first time that they felt like they officially “made it,” and more.

Watch the full video below.

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