13-Year-Old Houston Girl Dies After Getting Jumped By Classmates While Walking Home From School

Kashala Francis, a 13-year-old girl from Texas, died Wednesday morning (Apr. 24), just days after slipping into a coma after she was jumped by a group of teenage girls.Kashala Francis was walking home from school one day last week and made it just a block from Attucks Middle School in Houston when she was attacked by two teenage girls, according to her mother.A third girl joined in and kicked Kashala in the head while she was being held on the ground.Kashala’s mother, Mamie Jackson, said that wh...
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Kevin Abstract – “Peach”

The full version of ARIZONA Baby arrives tonight.
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Marley Sosa – “MORE” (Video)

Kinston, NC rapper Marley Sosa drops a new hard hitting video, “MORE”, off his upcoming debut EP, “TIME“, set to drop late May 2019.
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Tha Hav Knots – “Watch the Evil” (Video)

Tha Hav Knots are a hip hop duo from Detroit, Michigan consisting of Anybody Killa & Big Hoodoo. Since 2014, the two dropped a couple singles together & they even let Bonez Dubb of the Axe Murder Boyz temporarily join the group for a couple years before going rogue. But now they’re back in full effect with the gritty lead single off their long-awaited debut album, which is set to be released later this year.
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Alex Dutty – “Emoji” Ft. Black Rose (Video)

“Emoji”, the latest single and video by UK’s Alex Dutty featuring Black Rose.  
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Jigsaw7 – “MayDay” (Video)

As the lead single off of the album “When Pieces Fit”, New Bedford, MA based rapper Jigsaw7 gives a look into the pitfalls that arise in the streets rather than the glam and the glitz with his video, “Mayday”.
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White Supremacist John William King Executed for Brutal Dragging Death of James Byrd Jr.

The white supremacist behind one of the late 20th century’s most notorious hate crimes has been put to death by legal injection in Texas.John William King—a proud racist who orchestrated the brutal murder of James Byrd Jr. in Jasper, Texas in 1998—was executed Wednesday (Apr. 24) at the Texas State Penitentiary and was pronounced dead at 7:08 p.m., a corrections spokesperson said.NBC News reports:Asked whether he had a final statement, King said, “No,” and then wrote out a single-sentence statem...
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23 Top-Rated Amazon Treasures Your Mom Will Cherish

Mother's Day is a wonderful celebration of the fierce women who birthed and reared us; it's also a holiday that annually tests chronic-procrastinators' thoughtful-planning abilities ( hello, it me). To avoid triggering disappointment-flashbacks from those, "I'm sorry I forgot to take the trash out," days, we crafted an Amazon customer-approved gift-list that moms will adore (and we can easily order in a forgetful last-minute scenario).The 20 treasures ahead cover a unique range of categories an...
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7 Second-Day Hair Products That'll Save You Styling Time This Summer

Doing your hair isn't a one-and-done type of thing: It's a continuous process that evolves as the days go by. Day one of your twist-out might be perfectly defined; your blowout might feel like a cloud inside a silk pillowcase. Your style starts to change when day two rolls around — your curls might lose a little bend, and your waves might drop. But when day two turns to day three and day four, that's when things get iffy, and it can be harder to achieve the results you want.Instead of hopping i...
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How “Go Down Moses” Became Part Of A Passover Tradition

The song is thought to have been written by African-American slaves in about 1800, inspired by the story of Jewish slaves in the Bible. So a double cultural appropriation? – WBUR
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Gadgets Your Mother Needs (But Doesn’t Know It)

Skip the obvious chocolates and flowers this Mother's Day, and send something your mom will actually use — and might just give you a reprieve from constant text threads. Tired of getting asked to send photos of what you're doing? A smart frame you can automatically upload images on will do the trick. Sick of fielding questions about how to deal with a poor phone battery? A portable charger can help.Of course, just because something is functional doesn't mean it has to be boring. That's why we'v...
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13 Easy Updo Ideas That Won't Remind You Of Your Prom

Tight, crunchy, and cheesy aren't adjectives we'd ever want to use to describe our hair, but it's exactly what we'd call the updos we wore back in the day. Typically when weddings, graduations, and prom came around, an updo the size of a cornucopia was involved — and so were one million bobby pins and copious amounts of extra-hold hairspray.In hindsight: Stiff French rolls and Bumpit buns are hair trends we'd rather not repeat. But like French tips and bedazzled barrettes, updos have been given...
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Give Mom Exactly What She Wants With These Beauty Gift Sets

Remember when coming home with an “I Love Mom” drawing and a DIY macaroni necklace was enough of a present for Mother’s Day? Well, those days are long gone. Now, you’re discussing arguing in the siblings group chat and scouring Google to plan a unique gift. After years of birthdays, Christmases, and Mother’s Days, you’re running out of creative juice, and trust us, she doesn’t need another cookbook.But there is something that we're pretty sure the woman in your life could never get enough of,...
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New Video: Beast Coast (Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies & The Underachievers) “Left Hand”

Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies and The Underachievers have formed the massive group, Beast Coast. The New York-based crews are set to release their debut project as a collective later this year. Before that arrives, Beast Coast started their campaign off with the single “Left Hand” back in March. The supergroup of Joey Bada$$, Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice, Erick Arc Elliott, Kirk Knight, Nyck Caution, CJ Fly, AK and Issa Gold now return with the spooky, high-energy visual for their debut single. Wa...
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Bun B Shoots Masked Intruder in His Houston Home After His Wife Was Held at Gunpoint

Rapper Bun B was involved in a shooting inside his home in Houston, Texas Tuesday evening (Apr. 23) after a masked intruder held his wife at gunpoint and tried to steal her car.According to Houston’s Fox 26 News, Queenie Freeman (Bun B’s wife) told police she heard the doorbell ring and answered it, thinking it was a delivery man dropping off a package she was expecting.Instead, Queenie was met with an armed introducer who forced his way into the home and demanded money and valuables. Queenie sa...
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These Are The Best Sales Of The Week, According To Our Shopping Editors

When you’ve got a shopping habit like ours — make that a shopping job — you find yourself saving more pieces to a wish list that seems to know no limits. And while we’ll certainly pay full price for the goods we really want (see our series The Sell-Out for the things that cannot be slept on), the siren call of a short-lived sale paired with clearance tab treasure hunting is what really gets our blood pumping here on the R29 Shopping Team.We see so much good stuff on sale, in fact; that we just ...
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Connan Mockasin & Andrew VanWyngarden – “Bad Boys”

In June, indie label Mexican Summer and surf brand Pilgrim Surf + Supply will premiere their collaborative feature film, Self Discovery For Social Survival. The movie is accompanied by an original soundtrack featuring new music by Allah Las, Connan Mockasin, Andrew VanWyngarden of MGMT, and Peaking Lights. More »
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Netflix Has An Original Sci-Fi Story With Black Teens As Its Leads

Is There Any Time That Is Safe For Black People?
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Although I grew up listening to recordings of people who had already moved on, I’ve tried hard to make this blog a chronicle of living music and musicians, so it isn’t JAZZ DIES.  But I am still reeling from the … Continue reading →
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R Kelly sexual abuse accuser wins civil case after singer fails to appear in court

Judge in Chicago enters default ruling against Kelly, 52, after he did not respond to woman’s lawsuit and missed court hearingA woman who accused R Kelly of sexual abuse has won a civil case by default against the singer, after he failed to respond to her lawsuit and was a no-show in court.The woman, who accused Kelly of repeatedly having sex with her when she was 16, filed the case in Chicago in February, a day before Kelly was arrested on 10 charges of sexual abuse. Continue reading...
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R. Kelly Loses Underage Sex Assault Lawsuit After Failing To Show Up To Court

A Cook County judge has entered a default judgment for a woman who sued R. Kelly in February, accusing the singer of sexually abusing her when she was a minor 20 years ago. More »
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V12 – “What You Need” (Single Review)

Las Vegas-by-way-of Boca Raton recording artist V12 is ready to let the world hear his sound after a grueling nine-year musical hiatus. Previously in a music group as a young teen, V12’s music has developed into a mature sound. As a solo act, V12 drops his formal introduction in breakout single, “What You Need”. Off his reigniting solo project, respectively titled, The Commission. “What You Need” is the lead single off the new project, equipped with a catchy sing-a-long hook, and aligned with a...
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New Music: FKA twigs “Cellophane”

Its been three years since FKA twigs last put out an official record. After making an announcement just one day ago, the British singer returns with her new song “Cellophane.” The song comes in the form of a show-stopping music video, where FKA shows off her form and acrobatics in the performance clip. The visual later ends with twigs laying in a pit, surrounded by creatures covering her in clay. “When I wrote cellophane over a year ago a visual narrative came to me immediately, I knew I had ...
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AUM is perfect iOS music hub, now with Ableton Link and MIDI updates

Speaking of tools to glue together your gear and serve as the heartbeat of your studio – AUM. This iOS super-tool can serve as an essential hub for combining apps and hardware in any combination – and now it’s even more savvy with Ableton Link and MIDI. You’d be forgiven for thinking AUM was just some sort of fancy mixer for the iPad. But it’s more like a studio for combining software with software, software with hardware, and hardware with hardware. So it might be a way to combine stuff that’...
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lynn harrell on inspiration

After the previous blog post about the Brahms sextet had gone live, in which I wrote a bit about Lynn Harrell’s great sense of musical curiosity, John Fadial sent along this email from Lynn that he’d gotten after a previous year’s cello festival. Harrell had given a masterclass, and one of the younger students had … Continue reading "lynn harrell on inspiration"
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FreezeCup Baby Zo – “Take It Personal” (Album)

FreezeCup Baby Zo is an artist from Memphis,TN that can play wit melodies as well as give you bars and witty word play. He doesn’t make the traditional sounding music like other artist form his city.  Check out his new 15-track project, “Take It Personal“.
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Taylor Swift Shares Her Three Biggest Influences Right Now

Taylor Swift may be one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in the world — but the singer-songwriter herself also has plenty to say about what influences her. In an exclusive video for TIME, Swift explained three things that shape the way she thinks, from a social network that she adores to the iconic rock…
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Madonna – “Medellín” (Feat. Maluma) Video

Earlier this month, Madonna announced a new album called Madame X, her first since 2015’s Rebel Heart. She paired the announcement with a cinematic teaser, featuring the icon in various elaborate costumes, and the album's lead single, “Medellín.” Colombian reggaeton star Maluma is featured on the track, and today, he and … More »
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