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QUEEN LATIFAH headlining the show on Jul. 10, 2013 at the Hollywood Bowl. QUEEN LATIFAH and vibraph

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Queen Latifah, Jermaine Dupri to Search for Next Hip-Hop Star

Beginning New Years Day, Lifetime will air eight episodes of the unscripted series, The Rap Game in which five aspiring artist ages 12-16 are put through an intensive bootcamp to see if they have what it takes to make it in the industry. Jermaine Dupri will host, Queen Latifah serves as one of the shows executive producers. The Atlanta based series will also feature Usher, Ludacris, Da Brat and T.I. who will mentor the young artists. [The Hollywood Reporter]

RZA Helps To Empowerment Ferguson Youth Through Chess

Speaking of Hip-Hop, one of the founding members of the Wu Tang Clan, RZA made a sizable donation to the Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF). The rapper turned actor and director will also serve on the board for the organization which provides opportunities for the youth to master the game of chess. HHCF also established a program that will help teach the game to juvenile hall inmates. [OK Player] 

9-year-old Tyshawn Lee Lured Into Alley, Shot To Death

The Chicago Police Superintendent, Garry McCarthy, released a statement which says that he’s sure the young boy was killed because of his father’s gang affiliation. “This wasn’t a drive-by. This was not a spray of bullets. A baby was executed.” said The Rev. Michael Pfleger, a priest and local faith leader in Chicago. [CNN]

Hillary Clinton Thinks Ben Carson Is A Joke And Shares Her Personal Relationship With Trump

“I knew Donald Trump. I represented New York. I got to know him…I was at his wedding,” Clinton said on Jimmy Kimmel in reference to Trump’s third marriage to Melania Knauss. She also laughs hysterically when Kimmel shares some of Ben Carson’s bizarre thoughts on creation, evolution and the ancient Egyptians. [The Daily Beast]Ben Carson Releases New Rap Ad To Attract ‘Young, Black Voters’

Speaking of Ben Carson, his political tactics are definitely laughable at this point. While Clinton did try to “Whip & Nae Nae” on The Ellen Show, at least she didn’t release a rap song. Carson enlisted the help of hip hop artist, Aspiring Mogul (we’ve never heard of him either) to pen a track used for radio campaigns. Aspiring Mogul raps in the background as Carson gives a speech. You almost have to hear it to believe it. [The Grio]


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