What's On Today - Wednesday

Rondo Days return: Hip hop legends MC Lyte and Rakim join the festivities.

It’s been five years since the last Rondo Days celebration in 2018. Those jubilant celebrations showcased the best that the Rondo community, the Black community, had to offer—music, marching bands, healthcare tents, arts and crafts, and great food. They hold a significant place in our history and identity.

Although the festival was co-founded in 1983 by Marvin Anderson and the late Floyd G. Smaller, older St. Paulites remember the origin of the festival—the decimation of the economically vibrant Black community called Rondo, which was home to many Black businesses, homes, and landmarks such as Hallie Q.… Read more

Dave Free Breaks Down pgLang Partnership With Kendrick Lamar & More

Dave Free, alongside Kendrick Lamar, established the pgLang creative imprint thus amicably ending a years-long connection with Top Dawg Entertainment. In a new interview, Dave Free discusses the finer parts of the pgLang business, working with Kendrick Lamar, and more.

Dave Free granted an interview to Elephant magazine, which opened by explaining his links with TDE that date back to the early 2000s. Free, now 37, was a childhood friend of Kendrick Lamar and hustled his way into the music business while assisting K-Dot in his early days.… Read more

LL COOL J Talks JAY-Z Beef, Legacy & More With Charlamagne Tha God

LL COOL J is back in album mode and hitting the press circuit as he preps for the release of his 14th full-length project, The FORCE. In a new interview with media personality Charlamagne Tha God, LL COOL J discusses his legacy along with his brief beef with JAY-Z and more in their chat.

LL COOL J, 56, was the first guest for Charlamagne Tha God’s new series, Out Of Context, and the pair launched into an easygoing conversation that centers on LL’s status as a GOAT of the culture with the celebrated rapper showing massive amounts of humility throughout.… Read more

Common Discusses Jennifer Hudson, Says He Would Marry Her

By

A.Z.

JUL 16, 2024

Amidst his romance with Jennifer Hudson, Common made a headline-grabbing confession in a recent interview. The rapper, known for his thoughtful lyrics and introspective interviews, shared his feelings about his girlfriend, the multi-talented Jennifer Hudson.

When asked about his native Chicago energy influencing his new album, The Auditorium, Vol. 1, Common’s response hinted at deeper sentiments.

“With all due respect to all the women I’ve dated… it’s all love, but this is a really healthy and beautiful relationship,” Common said, referring to Hudson.… Read more

How to take action and help protect older adults from scams

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Anyone can be a victim of scams. They happen when scammers go after individuals of all ages, using tactics like phone calls, emails and messages to reel in unsuspecting victims to get their money and personal information.

Older adults are often key targets, so it is important to stay alert to common scams and financial abuse signs that can help protect older loved ones from becoming a victim.

  1. Urgent demands to take action, send money and personal information requests.
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Today In Hip Hop History: Missy Elliott Released Her Debut LP ‘Supa Dupa Fly’ 27 Years Ago

 Sha Be Allah

 July 15, 2024

On this day in Hip Hop history, rap queen Missy Elliott released her debut LP, Supa Dupa Fly.

Arguably the most influential release by a female rapper in history, this project birthed one of rap’s most important icons, male or female. The Hip Hop/R&B experimental masterpiece not only delivered a fresh sound to a period in between dominant trends, it also set the tone for what would be considered a radio hit at the turn of the millennium.… Read more

Beastie Boys Slap The Owner of Chili’s With A Lawsuit Over Unauthorized Use of “Sabotage” In Ads

The Beastie Boys are not here for their iconic hit record being used by the owner of Chili’s.

Spotted on Variety, The Beastie Boys have sued restaurant chain Brinker International Inc., owner of 30 Chili’s restaurants in New York, over the unauthorized use of their song “Sabotage” and the commercials referencing the classic single’s music video without the group’s permission.

Per Variety:

The suit, filed in New York federal court, claims that Brinker facilitated the creation of social media videos to promote Chili’s starting in or around November 2022.Read more

Breaking Down The Stereotype: Black People And Smoke Detectors

Smoke alarms are designed to emit loud, piercing sounds to alert individuals in case of fire, a function primarily tied to individual hearing capabilities rather than race or ethnicity. However, broader social and economic factors can influence fire safety in different communities, including African American communities.

If you’ve visited a Black family member’s home and heard a brief but insistent beep from their smoke alarm, that chirp is a clear signal that the battery needs replacing.… Read more

Richard Simmons, Famed Fitness Guru, Dead At 76

Richard Simmons, a fitness guru with an outsized personality and infectious energy, has died at the age of 76, according to a breaking report. Richard Simmons dominated the fitness space for decades, later shrinking away from the spotlight due to the public demands of being a celebrity.

TMZ obtained exclusive details regarding the death of Richard Simmons, who was found unresponsive in his Hollywood Hills home according to the report.

While the outlet learned that Simmons fell in a bathroom inside the home, it isn’t known if that’s how the housekeeper found him.… Read more

VIBE’s Former Top Editor Danyel Smith Claims Diddy Threatened, Stalked Her Over Magazine Cover

More troubling accusations against disgraced hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs are coming to light. This time around, he is accused of sending death threats against a former Editor-In-Chief at VIBE Magazine.

In a personal essay for The New York Times Magazine published on July 12, Danyel Smith wrote about choosing Combs as the cover star of VIBE’s December/January 1997 issue. The intended split covers would feature different themes: “one with heavenly signifiers and another with hellish ones.”… Read more