What's On Today - Monday

Music Visionary Missy Elliott To Receive VMA Video Vanguard Award

This year has been nothing short of epic for Missy Elliott. In January she made history by becoming the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and in May she became the first woman hip-hop artist to receive an honorary doctorate degree from the Berklee College of Music. The Virginia-bred rapstress—whose real name is Melissa Arnette Elliott—recently hit another major career milestone. According to USA Today, she will be the recipient of the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. [Read more]

United Negro College Fund Teams Up With Cengage To Provide HBCU Students With Access To Free Textbooks

The rising cost of higher education has created financial burdens for several students throughout the country. According to a study conducted by Morning Consult, four in 10 students skipped meals to be able to afford textbooks and course materials and three in 10 students decided to opt out of a course due to the high price of required textbooks. The United Negro College Fund has teamed up with the tech-ed company Cengage to address the growing issue through the creation of a program that will provide HBCU students with free access to textbooks. [Read more]

Don Lemon Responds To Sexual Assault Allegations

CNN’s Don Lemon has been accused of sexual assault. The only Black man with a primetime news show is now speaking out and he is denying the accusations.

A spokesperson for CNN told Deadline, “The plaintiff in this lawsuit has previously displayed a pattern of contempt for CNN on his social media accounts. This claim follows his unsuccessful threats and demands for an exorbitant amount of money from Don Lemon,” the outlet added. “Don categorically denies these claims and this matter does not merit any further comment at this time.” [Read more]

In 2019, New York Times Has To Give Staff Lesson On When And How To Use The Word ‘Racist’

The fallout at the New York Times over a recent headline’s clear mischaracterization of the president’s nonstop racism continued this week with a staff meeting addressing a number of missteps the paper has had covering the topic of race. The newspaper held a staff-wide town hall meeting on Monday that the Daily Beast said required newsroom leaders to revisit certain topics that included the Aug. 6 headline in question that initially, and falsely, said, “Trump Urges Unity vs. Racism.”

The headline was later changed, but not before outrage that reportedly started in the newsroom quickly spread across social media and resulted in the hashtag “#CancelNYT” being the top trending topic that morning and afternoon. [Read more]

Entertainment News

Wale believes that record deals should come with some kind of mental health insurance to help deal with the hardships of the music industry.  The rapper shared a clip of himself speaking on the mental health issues he’s experienced and expressed how attention to mental health in the industry is important.  Wale doesn’t necessarily speak for just himself as other rappers like YG and Kid Cudi have opened up about their struggles with mental health issues. 

Rick Ross is set to star in Coming to America 2.  Ross will be in the long-awaited Coming to America sequel, which stars Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall.  The Miami rapper’s exact role hasn’t been confirmed yet, however, Rozay did reveal that production is already underway at his estate in Atlanta.  Coming to America 2 is set to hit the big screen on December 18, 2020. 

Rapper A$AP Rocky is set to hit the stage in California this weekend.  His scheduled performance at the “Real Street Festival” in Anaheim follows his recent release from Swedish custody after a three-day trial on assault charges.  In addition to A$AP Rocky, the event will also feature Meek Mill, Future, 2 Chainz, Migos, Rich the Kid, Lil Baby and more. 

Rich Homie Quan is back with some new music.  In his new song “Redbone,” the rapper gets taps into his R&B roots.  It’s Quan’s first studio release since his debut album Rich As In Spirit last year. 

Tory Lanez is opting for a full delete when it comes to his current 68 posts to his Instagram feed.  The “Broke Leg” rapper shared the announcement with his 4.6 million followers that he will be trashing all of his photos and videos of the past citing his desire to start fresh.  Tory then thanked all his day one followers for support and promised a whole new exciting journey. 

Wendy Williams has revealed she doesn’t have a prenuptial agreement with her estranged husband of over two decades.  Williams shared that she does not have a prenup with ex-husband Kevin Hunter as she felt their relationship would last forever.  Wendy Williams continued to discuss the type of guys she’d not be interested in dating, and says she’s definitely avoiding all the rappers.  [Read more]

Minneapolis/St. Paul News Update

The family of Jamar Clark is agreeing to a tentative settlement with Minneapolis.  Clark was shot to death by police in 2015. Since then the family has been calling for accountability from the city.  The lawyer representing Clark’s father says a 200-thousand dollar settlement has been and is now up to the city council to approve. 

Neighbors on St. Paul’s Hatch Avenue are complaining about the condition of a vacant house owned by Mayor Melvin Carter.  A complaint has prompted city inspectors to put the home on a list of vacant properties.  The move will cost the mayor 21-hundred dollars each year for as long as the house is empty and in disrepair. 

Minneapolis leaders are pushing for limits on tenant screening.  Council members proposed an ordinance limiting the ability of landlords to reject applicants based on criminal and eviction records, credit scores, income, and other factors.  The current criteria prevent many low-income residents or those with convictions from finding safe and affordable housing. 

Minneapolis now has special protections for local workers against wage theft.  The City Council passed the legislation, applauded by union leaders and activists.  Groups representing employers and businesses are concerned about adding local regulations to a new state law. 

Minneapolis police are investigating after a 13-year old girl was shot in the Webber-Camden neighborhood.  Witnesses say intruders entered the home, demanded money, and shot the girl.  Several family members were home but didn’t witness the shooting.  No arrests have been announced.  [Read more]

Local News Update

St. Paul leaders are hoping the state Legislature can help with the city’s crumbling roads.  Leaders are working on a long-term plan for the city’s nearly 870 miles of the city, county, and state roads.  Council members are hesitant to raise property taxes after double-digit increases during the past two years and are hoping to generate dedicated funds from the Legislature. 

Authorities say a man broke into a woman’s apartment near the University of Minnesota and sexually assaulted her.  The attack happened early yesterday morning in the 700 block of Fourth Street Southeast.  The 21-year-old victim managed to get away long enough to call 911.  She was taken to the hospital for examination.  [Read more]

Back to School in Minneapolis

Minneapolis Public Schools students return to school the day after Labor Day this year. Martha Swanson, Interim Director, Enrollment and Student Placement says Tuesday, September 3rd is the first day of school for grades 1 through twelve. Younger students, including those in Kindergarten, start a day later. Swanson is a scheduled guest this morning on KMOJ and is set to appear with Freddie Bell and Chantel SinGs. (Mornings 6a -10a ) In previous years, the school year began before Labor Day.

Minnesota Sports Update

The Twins and Braves wrap up their three-game interleague series this afternoon at Target Field after losing last night.

The Vikings will hold their final practice today in Eagan before they travel to the Big Easy tomorrow.  The Vikes will kick off the preseason on Friday against the Saints in New Orleans. 

Timberwolves second-round draft pick Jaylen Nowell is now under contract with a four-year deal.  The Wolves selected Nowell with the 43rd pick in June’s NBA Draft out of Washington. 

The Lynx are back in the win column after an 85-69 rout of the Dream in Atlanta.  Napheesa Collier posted 22 points and 11 rebounds to pace Minnesota, which snapped a four-game skid and improved to 11-and-11 on the year.  The Lynx host Connecticut Friday before heading back out on the road.  [Read more]

Author Toni Morrison Has Died

Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison has died.  Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says Morrison died Monday night at a medical center in New York.  She was 88.  Morrison was the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize in 1993, with the Swedish academy hailing her use of language and her “visionary force.”  Her novel “Beloved,” in which a mother makes a tragic choice to murder her baby to save the girl from slavery, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1988.  [Read more]