President Obama Is In Kenya Learning To Dance Like The O’Jays

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Smooth moves, and much improvement from when he was on Ellen a few years back and danced like I do when I go out on the floor without a buzz. Man, feet feel all heavy, can't catch the beat, and I'm thinking "Why is everyone looking at me!"

-Dewan Gibson

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DJ Quik’s New, Really Cool Song & Video That Few Will Pay Attention To

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Also, as an Uber driver with an insanely high 4.93 rating, I'd say this is a great track to drive to: the catchy beat reflects the pace of the ride, the language is relatively tame, and the artist is interesting enough to start less awkward than usual conversation around.

-Dewan Gibson

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Bare Breast Protest Held In NYC, Despite Breast Baring Already Being Legal

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Bare female breasts are legal in New York, which unfortunately cuts down on the number of right to bare breast protests. Except for one organized by this guy, photographer Allen Henson, who is being sued for $1.1 million by the Empire State Building for hosting a top-nude shoot there earlier this year. Fight the power! (Gothamist)

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-Dewan Gibson

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Black Lives Do Matter, But Sandra Bland Likely Killed Herself

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If you cut through the conspiracy theories, "articles" from janky click-bait websites, and misleading tweets from leaders within the Black Lives Matter movement (see above), much of the evidence released thus far regarding Sandra Bland suggests she actually did kill herself. For example:

-Bland posted a YouTube video where she talks of battling post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, both of which increase the likelihood of suicide.

-Bland noted on the jail questionnaire that in 2014 she attempted suicide by ingesting pills. People who commit suicide almost always have a history of earlier suicide attempts. On this same questionnaire, she also said that she had not suffered from depression. Maybe she did not see herself as a depressive, or maybe she would have answered in the affirmative if the question said, "Do you suffer from PTSD?" Who knows? But we do know she was on medication, had attempted suicide, suffered from PTSD, and was a cutter (see next point).

-What's been released of the autopsy shows healed cuts on Bland's arm, meaning that she was likely a cutter. People who mutilate themselves are also at an increased risk for suicide.

-The preliminary autopsy report also indicates Bland had no defensive wounds from trying to fight off someone who would do her harm.

-Bland was moving to a new city for a new job. This sounds exciting to most of us, but moving is actually one of the more stressful events in life, even more so to someone suffering from depression, PTSD, and a recent suicide attempt. Even a short stay in jail and police negligence could have very well pushed her over the edge.

Now, this is not to say Waller County Sheriff's Office does not share some responsibility for Bland's death. Police knew she was a suicide risk. They either didn't care enough to prevent her from killing herself or were too dumb to stop her. Hell, she should have never been arrested in the first place. But to say the cops murdered her, as Deray and other smart folks have said, despite continual, mounting evidence that Bland committed suicide, is disingenuous and reflects a blind and unquestioning devotion to a cops vs black folks narrative, which only serves to further their careers in the lucrative race industry, while moving attention away from actual police murders, and proving that movements on the left (where I am politically) jump to conclusions and disregard facts as dangerously as those on the far-right.

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Black Tweets Matter: Cardale Jones Roasts Ohio State Fan

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Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones is a unique guy, he has a cannon arm and the mannerisms of Tyler Perry. Plus he's also socially conscious and apparently well-versed in the vernacular of Stephen from "Django Unchained." Fall back, fan boy.

-Dewan Gibson

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Rick Ross Can’t Stop Talking About 50 Cent…And Wing Stop

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This beef's at least five years old and it's yet to result in a fight, unless you count that time G-Unit affiliates beat MMG's resident drug expert, Gunplay, after catching him malnourished and without his power pellets (crack rocks).

-Dewan Gibson

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Ghostface, Backed By A Soothing Teddy Pendergrass, Threatens To Burn Action Bronson’s Beard

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Action Bronson went on ESPN, of all places, and said Ghostface isn't "rapping like this no more." By "this" he meant the trademark highish pitch that Ghost used before growing gruff and sounding more like Jim Jones' mom. Ghost is old (as evidenced by this video being filmed vertically) but proud, so he responded with threats to burn Action's beard and maybe even have Bronson shot while the talented imitator's on tour. Why can't they get along like they did on "Meteor Hammer," where you can't tell if it's Ghost or Action rapping?

Well, I guess you never know how retro Ghost may go:

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-Dewan Gibson

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