President Donald Trump Delivers Remarks On Second Chance Hiring Initiative
Kim Kardashian West speaks during an East Room event on “second chance hiring” June 13, 2019 at the White House in Washington, DC. President Donald Trump held the event to highlight the achievements on Second Chance hiring and workforce development.
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Kim Kardashian Brings Attention To Rodney Reed Conviction On 'The Real'

The businesswoman also shared details behind her pledge for prison reform.

Kim Kardashian's appearance on The Real revealed many aspects of her life but the businesswoman made sure to bring more attention to the upcoming execution of Rodney Reed.

After calling for her millions of fans to defend the 51-year-old via an online petition, the mother of four joined the ladies of The Real to share her thoughts on the matter. Reed was put on death row after he was convicted for the murder of Stacey Stites on April 23, 1996. According to NBC News, Reed "strangled and killed" 20-year-old Stites "during an aggravated sexual assault." Reed, who was in a consensual affair with Stites at the time, has maintained his innocence.

His attorneys have pointed to new evidence that can exonerate him, including a sworn affidavit by a fellow inmate implicating another man (Stites fiancé Jimmy Fennell). Since Reed's case was brought to light last week, many celebrities like Rihanna, Meek Mill, Lakeith Stanfield and Kardashian have demanded Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to stop Reed's execution.

"Rodney Reed has been in prison for decades (almost 25 years)," Kardashian said Tuesday (Nov. 5). "There's even a possibility that someone can be innocent and they are on death row... he's going to be executed in less than 30 days. If there's even a possibility that he can be innocent, there's a problem."

So far, over a million people have signed the online petition. Elsewhere in the interview, Kardashian spoke on her efforts in prison reform. The 39-year-old detailed the inner workings of her efforts that have freed former inmates like Alice Johnson. As Kardashian studies to become a lawyer, she revealed how she and her team have freed upwards of 30 people.

"I think it's been in the 30s range but everything is different," she said. "Sometimes it can just be that I fund a great group of attorneys that work on this full time and people just need the funds to file their paperwork, I'd say that's about half of them. The other is half is like calling the White House, calling governors, going to visit governors. writing letters for commutation to the parole board."

Reed's execution is scheduled for Nov. 20. Learn more about his case here.

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Nas Announces ‘King’s Disease’ Album, Disses Doja Cat On “Ultra Black”

Nas is back with a new single and album in the works. The Queens MC released “Ultra Black” on Friday (Aug. 14), featuring a verbal jab at Doja Cat.

The diss pops up at the end of the first verse where Nas raps, “Sometimes I’m over-Black, even my clothes are black/Cash Money with the white tee and the soldier rag. We goin’ ultra Black, unapologetically Black. The opposite of Doja Cat, Michael Blackson Black.”

The line references allegations that Doja participated in white supremacist chat rooms, claims of which she has denied.

“Ultra Black,” produced by Hit-Boy, is the lead single off Nas’ upcoming 13th studio album, King’s Disease, due out on Aug. 21. He teased the album on social media earlier in the week with a video montage from his time in the studio with Hit-Boy.

“Finally got that time to work, that alignment,” Nas says of wanting to collaborate with the two-time Grammy winner.

8.21 🔊🎥 #HitBoyOnTheBeats pic.twitter.com/qj6APjCwIX

— Nasir Jones (@Nas) August 10, 2020

Rumors of a new Nas album have been swirling since Big Sean seemingly confirmed that the LP was on the way in February. The following month, Nas revealed that he was working on an album with Hit-Boy, plus another secret project.

“It’s some projects going on,” he said in an interview. “One of them is us working with Hit-Boy….it’s another one I’m working on that I don’t want to disclose.”

Listen to “Ultra Black” below.

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R. Kelly Affiliates Charged For Allegedly Harassing, Threatening Accusers

Three men affiliated with R. Kelly have been charged with allegedly trying to intimidate, and harass women who have lodged sexual abuse and misconduct allegations against the Chicago native. The accused have identified as Michelle Williams, 37, Richard Arline, 31, and Donnell Russell, 45, federal prosecutors announced on Wednesday (Aug. 12).

Williams, is reportedly related to Kelly’s publicist. He is accused of torching a woman’s car in Florida in June. Although the woman was not named, Azreal Clary, one of Kelly’s ex-girlfriends, revealed on Instagram that someone set her car on fire in June.

Arline is accused of offering to pay off an accuser that he thought he “too much” incriminating evidence against Kelly. Russell allegedly harassed and threatened an accuser and her mother after the woman filed a lawsuit against Kelly. Russell was also charged for allegedly threatening to shoot up a New York City movie theater where the Surviving R. Kelly documentary was being screened in 2018. Russell faces a single count of threatening physical harm, and conspiracy to threaten physical harm.

Kelly is currently locked up awaiting trial on several federal abuse charges. His lawyer asserts that Kelly had nothing to do with the alleged attempts. “We just learned of the charging of several so called ‘associates’ of R. Kelly,” Steve Greenberg tweeted on Wednesday. “Without question, Robert Kelly had nothing to do with any of these alleged acts by those charged. He hasn’t attempted to intimidate anyone, or encouraged anyone else to do so. No involvement whatsoever.”

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Drake Debuts “Laugh Now Cry Later” Feat. Lil Durk

Champagne Papi hit fans with his second single in a matter of months.  “Laugh Now, Cry Later” arrived on Friday (Aug. 14) along with a cameo-heavy music video.

In the visual, Drake lives out his dream of being a professional athlete, complete with an oversized “draft day” suit (à la LeBron James in 2003). The 33-year-old rapper also shows off his range as both a dramatic actor (he sheds a tear, or two) and comedic actor.

Drizzy tapped director Dave Meyers for the music video, which features appearances from Kevin Durant, Marshawn Lynch, and Odell Beckham.

According to Drake's Instagram, “Laugh Now Cry Later” will appear on his forthcoming studio album, Certified Lover Boy.

 

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Laugh Now Cry Later off my next studio album CERTIFIED LOVER BOY 👌🏽 video link in bio

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Drake’s last single, “Toosie Slide,” seemed tailored for the TikTok era and quickly shot to the top of the Billboard charts. “Laugh Now Cry Later” will likely make its way to the TikTok crowd, but the song offers a celebratory anthem perfect for the club, and other post-pandemic shenanigans.

Peep the music video below.

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