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Former KKK Leader and Senator Freaks Out After Nicki Minaj Speaks Out Against Police Brutality

Monday, January 5th, 2015

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Infamous former Ku Klux Klan leader and Republican legislator David Duke recently went on a tirade against rapper Nicki Minaj. While most of the nation had assumed Duke had long since died he proved that he could still make waves on his online radio show.

What did Minaj do to incur the former Klan leader’s wrath? The white supremacist lost his proverbial sh*t after the pop star spoke out against police brutality.

Minaj said that black entertainers need to speak out against police abuse, even if many are reluctant to do so because they would be “torn apart” for taking such a stand.

“How many times can you be made to feel horrible for caring about your people before you say, ‘F*ck it, it’s not worth it — let me live my life because I’m rich, and why should I give a f*ck?’” Minaj said.

But David Duke, who has once again found mainstream relevance after it came out that Louisiana Republican, and House majority whip Steve Scalise, spoke before a Neo-Nazi group founded by the former Klan leader.

Duke decided he would seize the moment by defending the boys in blue…

“Why do people blame blacks like Minaj?” Duke asked, wondering out loud why anyone would support a musician who speaks out against police brutality.

“Because Minaj wouldn’t be a pimple on somebody’s rear end except for the fact that she is promoted by the Jewish record producers and the media, the mass media, the powerful media, that promotes absolute degenerates like her.”

“One of the Jewish producers who’s boasting about the fact that every one of the top 10 Billboard songs were those he controlled — even rap music is not something that blacks really are responsible for,” Duke continued with his racist and pro-police brutality tirade. “It was the Jewish record producers who promoted this degenerate and sick and horrific music.”

Duke seemed to get lost in his racist vitriol, never really getting to any point that would legitimize the police brutality which he was so enraged at Minaj for speaking against.

Ray Rice Wins Appeal

Friday, November 28th, 2014

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Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones, who heard Rice’s appeal earlier this month, concluded in her decision, which was obtained by ESPN, that Rice did not lie to or mislead NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

“In this arbitration, the NFL argues that Commissioner Goodell was misled when he disciplined Rice the first time. Because, after careful consideration of all of the evidence, I am not persuaded that Rice lied to, or misled, the NFL at his June interview, I find that the indefinite suspension was an abuse of discretion and must be vacated,” Jones’ decision stated.

“I find that the NFLPA carried its burden of showing that Rice did not mislead the Commissioner at the June 16th meeting, and therefore, that the imposition of a second suspension based on the same incident and the same known facts about the incident, was arbitrary,” Jones also wrote.

“The Commissioner needed to be fair and consistent in his imposition of discipline.

“Moreover, any failure on the part of the League to understand the level of violence was not due to Rice’s description of the event but to the inadequacy of words to convey the seriousness of domestic violence. That the League did not realize the severity of the conduct without a visual record also speaks to their admitted failure in the past to sanction this type of conduct more severely.”

Bill O’Reilly: Jay Z & Kanye West Need to Knock It Off

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

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Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly has spoken his mind about certain rappers in the past, and it seems he’s bringing up Jay Z and Kanye West to prove his next point.

At 3:55 of the O’Reilly Factor clip, Bill speaks of controversial American problems such as children out of wedlock and drug sales, suggesting that “gangsta rappers” like Jay and Yeezus are partially responsible.

“You have to attack the fundamental disease if you want to cure it…you’re going to have to get Jay-Z, Kanye West, all of these gangsta rappers to knock it off…they idolized these guys with the caps on backwards, and the terrible rap lyrics, you got to get these guys and I think president Obama can do it.”

He also had word of advice for First Lady Michelle Obama:

Steve Harvey Speaks On Relationships

Monday, January 27th, 2014

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Steve Harvey Speaks On Relationships, and TD Jake speaks on your past, never let your past relationships, mess up your good relatiosship. What your going to lose is that good man that was by your side.

Ruben Studdard Arrives on “The Biggest Loser” Weighing 462 lbs

Monday, October 21st, 2013

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R&B singer Ruben Studdard will be on this season of “The Biggest Loser,” and he’s certainly got some work to do. Studdard came to the show weighing a whopping 462 pounds, but it isn’t weight that he speaks on in this video. Ruben lets everyone know how much he loves ice baths and complains about nobody showing “taco meat” anymore. Check it out above.

HEAT MIXTAPE ALERT: ‘Follow Every Dream’ by Devious

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

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Legendary New Orleans rapper (the “freestyle king” himself) Devious just released “Follow Every Dream”, a mixtape that speaks on just that – following your dreams.

It’s an enlightening project to say the least. Produced by Cise HD (production genius “Precise”), “Follow Every Dream is poised to set download records. With features from the Who’s Who of New Orleans’ indie artists, it is a “don’t miss” for your collection. It is also an eclectic/soulful mixtape that is sure to catch a variety of listeners’ attention. It features Jet Life rapper Fiend, UTP recording artist Lil Cali, Cise HD, Rock from Da U Boys, TNC Torcha, Madgesty Sozey, and many more prolific artists from New Orleans.

Devious is a 2013 Ascap Songwriter Award winner and well known for not only his lyrical ability, but his unbelievable moves in the industry. Cise HD is widely known for his production of “Here I Go” by Mystikal and all of the other classic artists on Big Boy Records.

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Usher Talks To Oprah About His Marriage, His Cheating Ways & More

Sunday, September 16th, 2012

Oprah travels to Atlanta for an intimate interview with Grammy award-winning R&B artist Usher Raymond IV, who speaks publicly for the first time—and, according to Usher, the last time—regarding the custody battle over his two boys. Plus, Usher opens up about what caused his breakdown in court. This exclusive interview will air on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” this Sunday, September 16, at 9/8c.

The Breakfast Club Interviews DMX (Disses Drake)

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Power 105 1’s “The Breakfast Club” interviews DMX. He speaks on his substance abuse, Disses Drake, says he’s not impressed by Rick Ross. Speaks on liking J. Cole, talks his issues with Jay Z

THE DELICATE FLOWER OPENS NOVEMBER 19TH WITH JUSTINA BROWN STARRING AS ORCHID

Monday, November 14th, 2011

A modern day renaissance woman, Justina Brown was born in a small town in South Carolina, but the city lights of Atlanta were only a heartbeat away.

Fluently speaking, Justina is as well-versed in Spanish as English. Senorita Brown has a passion for the Latin lifestyle and can show anyone just that when she puts her salsa shoes on!

As a professional in Atlanta’s legal community, Justina has worked with some of the city’s top law firms. However, a natural born starlet, she is finally allowing her talent to bloom. This “Delicate Flower” is sure to entertain, move and inspire all that are fortunate enough to see her acting debut in The “Delicate Flower”.

THE HEAT: When did you fall in love with the performing arts?
BROWN: It’s been a passion since high school. I took a Theater class in the ninth grade and joined the Drama Club shortly thereafter. I was only cast for one high school production, but thoroughly enjoyed helping the actors behind scenes with makeup, costumes and preparing for the shows. All throughout college and since then, I’ve watched stage plays, but this is my first real production.

THE HEAT: What has been your inspiration as you’ve traveled your journey to this point?
BROWN: I’m a dreamer; my mind is constantly racing and there are tons of things I want to do. My friends inspire me; they are all talented and pursue their passions even if it means going against the grain. When I see my friends following their dreams and making things happen, that hypes me up to do the same. So I surround myself with this type positive energy.

THE HEAT: How did you get the role as Orchid in “The Delicate Flower”?
BROWN: Last year, I decided I wanted to get involved with some form of art. I looked online and happened to see the audition posting for “The Delicate Flower” at love2act.com. The fact that it was a choreopoem that had been adapted from a book caught my attention because I love spoken word. I went home that same day, found a monologue and learned it in twenty-four hours for the audition the next day. I have been on a journey even as an actress with this production. Initially, I was the understudy for Plum. When one of the actresses was unable to continue with the workshop, my role changed to Violet. After the workshop, Leta Lagaunda, who was previously Orchid, and I switched characters.

THE HEAT: Most actors/actresses play roles that have nothing at all to do with their personal life. How does your part in this production relate to your life, if at all?
BROWN: Orchid is the searching self, trying to understand her life and her uniqueness. I believe I could describe myself with the same words. I’m constantly trying to figure things out, continually evolving as an individual, regularly checking to make sure I understood something correctly, and always asking for confirmation. The director, Ereatha McCullough, say all the time, “Justina’s always got a question in her voice or face.” And it’s true. As far as the story Orchid tells—yes, it’s very personal.

THE HEAT: What are some other productions you have been in or a part of?
BROWN: I was Ms. Klein in my high school stage play, Children of a Lesser God. We performed it at a Regional Competition, but that’s as far as we got. “The Delicate Flower” is my first professional debut.

THE HEAT: If you could have one dream to come true at this very moment, what would it be?
BROWN: I would love to live in South America. I’m going to make that happen very soon, but right now I have a few responsibilities keeping me in the United States.


THE HEAT: What has been the most challenging part of “The Delicate Flower” to get produced and to the stage in your opinion?
BROWN: I work a full time job in a law firm and am a freelance Spanish translator. Juggling rehearsals with work schedule and finding time for salsa dancing and guitar practice has personally been my biggest challenge. I think the same can be said as true for the other cast members. We’re all either mothers, wives, full-time workers or students juggling responsibilities and making time for our passion. We’ve all had to sacrifice time we didn’t think we had to dedicate more energy to this production, but it’s going to make for a great show.

THE HEAT: Is there someone that today you would call your hero/shero?
BROWN: I do have role models like: my mom because she is so compassionate and possesses an overwhelming self-sacrificing spirit; my father’s determination is relentless; and my sister’s perseverance is unconquerable. I also admire folks like my grandmothers for their humility and wisdom and my grandfather, who has an unbelievable work ethic. But I don’t view any of these as my “heros” or “sheros”, they’re just amazing people I look up to.

THE HEAT: What’s next for you after “The Delicate Flower”?
BROWN: I’ve got a lot on my plate. I may take a brief break from the stage to focus on becoming proficient in speaking French and playing my guitar. I know for sure that my next audition will be for a role as a Latina. I speak Spanish fluently and enjoy Latin culture, so I think it’ll be exciting. Also, I recently had a photo shoot which was a load of fun. I’ve already submitted the pictures to a modeling agency… so who knows what door that might open.

THE HEAT: What is one thing you’re hoping that the audience will take away from “The Delicate Flower”?
BROWN: This play speaks to everyone, no matter what gender or walk of life they come from. Even if you haven’t gone thru some of the issues discussed in “The Delicate Flower”, you do know someone who has lost their home, been molested as a child, abused physically or emotionally, battled with feelings of regret from having had an abortion, or is struggling with a mental illness. All of us have been shaped by these or similarly traumatizing experiences, but the message of “The Delicate Flower” is “HEAL“. We can’t allow our past to hinder us from enjoying the future or building our self-worth. I hope everyone who sees the play will walk away knowing that they have the power to change any negative circumstance in their life for the better. No, it’s not easy; but it’s not impossible.

We will be looking to see what Justina is up to on the guitar days to come. As for her landing her first debut role in “The Delicate Flower” tells us that she’s truly ready for her season of opportunity. Justina thanks for stopping by “The HEAT” and sharing your story with our readers.

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Billionaire’ Bill Gates Say I Won’t Get My Kids An iPad: Rare interview with the world’s second richest man

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars’s hit Billionaire reached No 3 on both sides of the Atlantic last year. The irony of the lyrics isn’t lost on either of us. They are, Gates chuckles, regularly used by his three children to poke fun at him.

At 55, he has graced the cover of Forbes magazine many times. As the co-founder, with Paul Allen, of Microsoft, he grew a 1975 back-room start-up into a software behemoth worth, at its peak, $400 billion. Oprah Winfrey is a close friend; the pair meet regularly and she has discussed signing his ‘Giving Pledge’ to donate the bulk of her $2.7 billion estate to charity.

And the Queen? Well, she gave him an honorary knighthood back in 2005.

‘The Billionaire song is what my kids tease me with,’ he says. ‘They sing it to me. It’s funny.’

They have apparently also introduced him to the ‘joys’ of Lady Gaga, ‘but the 12-year-old is always worried about the nine-year-old listening to songs with bad words. So he’s like, “No! Skip that one!” So I only know some Lady Gaga songs.’

It’s probably just as well his children have a well-developed sense of humour. Gates is officially the second richest man in the world, only losing the No 1 spot to Mexican businessman Carlos Slim last year, after holding it for nearly two decades, on a technicality; he has given away $28 billion to charity, so is now personally worth ‘only’ $56 billion.

But Jennifer, 15, Rory, 12, and Phoebe, nine, aren’t going to inherit anything like that much.

‘I don’t think that amount of money would be good for them.’

This is a man who built a multi-billion-dollar company yet seems totally unaware of the social niceties of life (pictured above: Caroline Graham with Bill)

He won’t specify what they will get, but the reports that they’ll receive ‘only’ $10 million each can’t be far off, because he concedes, ‘It will be a minuscule portion of my wealth. It will mean they have to find their own way.

‘They will be given an unbelievable education and that will all be paid for. And certainly anything related to health issues we will take care of. But in terms of their income, they will have to pick a job they like and go to work. They are normal kids now. They do chores, they get pocket money.’

He is determined that his family life should be as unaffected as possible by his fortune, and that he should be a hands-on father.

‘I never took a day off in my twenties. Not one. And I’m still fanatical, but now I’m a little less fanatical. I play tennis, I play bridge, I spend time with my family. I drive myself around town in a normal Mercedes. I’ve had a Lexus. The family has a Porsche, which is a nice car that we sometimes take out. We have a minivan and that’s what we use when it’s the five of us. My eldest daughter rides horses, so we go to a lot of three-day shows. The kids are a big part of my schedule.’

Has he succumbed to the inevitable pleas from the children for an iPad, iPhone and iPod? His face hardens: ‘They have the Windows equivalent. They have a Zune music player, which is a great Windows portable player. They are not deprived children.’

He mentions a U2 concert he attended the previous night in Seattle, which has been the talk of the town. He has been friends with Bono for years; along with his wife, he shared the cover of Time magazine with him in 2005, when the trio, dubbed ‘The Good Samaritans’ for their philanthropy, were named ‘Persons of the Year’.

‘We went to the concert with my daughter and three of her friends, so there were six of us and we took the minivan. I drove.’

Did Bono invite them backstage? A long pause, then: ‘Umm, no – actually, he stayed at our house.’ Of course.

There’s something surreal about hearing Gates talk on such a personal level. Meeting him is comparable to meeting a head of state. We’re in a conference room in the sparkling new home of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, a $500 million glass-walled, eco-friendly office space which Gates jokes is ‘mostly the brainchild of my wife – I just signed all the cheques’.

To say that Gates is socially awkward is putting it mildly. This is a man who built a multi-billion-dollar company yet seems totally unaware of the social niceties of life. His voice is loud and oddly high-pitched. He’s in constant motion as he speaks, rocking in his chair with his arms folded protectively in front of him, tapping his toes, fiddling with a pen. He fails to look me in the eye and doesn’t engage in small talk.

I ask him whether this is it now – is Microsoft history to him, replaced in his heart by his philanthropy? He retired from the day-to-day running of Microsoft in 2008, with many believing it has since lost its edge to companies like Apple and Google.

He says, ‘My full-time work for the rest of my life is this foundation.’

Police mugshot of Gates after his arrest for driving without a licence in 1975

Will he ever return to helm Microsoft?

‘No. I’m part-time involved. But this is my job now.’

His foundation has assets worth $37.1 billion, thanks in part to contributions of shares from his mentor, American ‘uber-investor’ Warren Buffett. But forget the figures. The only thing Gates wants you to know is that he intends to give it all away.

Famously publicity-shy, he has granted this rare one-on-one interview to Live not – unsurprisingly – to talk about what non-Apple gadgets his children have, but to promote a ‘pledging conference’ for donors and partners of the GAVI Alliance (the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, which Gates co-founded in 2000) that kicks off in London on Monday.

Hosted by David Cameron, the event marks the culmination of a drive, spearheaded by Gates, to raise $3.7 billion to vaccinate 243 million children in the world’s poorest countries against illnesses such as pneumonia and measles. Gates and Cameron are expected to announce the money has been successfully raised and, it’s hoped, will save four million lives over the next four years.

His foundation began humbly in 1994 after a double whammy that made the billionaire think about his own mortality. It was the year Gates married Melinda, 46, a former Microsoft manager, and when his much-loved mother Mary, a former teacher and businesswoman, died of breast cancer.

After Mary’s death, Gates’s father Bill Sr, feeling listless, started ploughing through the stacks of begging letters which had piled up at his son’s office, simply ‘for something to do’. He would send the requests he thought worthy to his son, who would then write the cheques, which Bill Sr would send out with brief notes. Bill Sr is now co-chair of the foundation, and still shows up for work every day, despite being 85.

In a letter to her daughter-in-law on the eve of the wedding, Mary Gates wrote, ‘From those to whom much is given, much is expected.’

Gates still has the letter.

‘It was six months before my mum died, so of course we kept that. It’s at home.’

Gates decided vaccinating the world’s disadvantaged is a cost-effective, simple way to help the very poor.

‘You get more bang for your buck.’

Why not be the guy who cures cancer instead?

‘The motto of the foundation is that every life has equal value. There are more people dying of malaria than any specific cancer. When you die of malaria aged three it’s different from being in your seventies, when you might die of a heart attack or you might die of cancer. And the world is putting massive amounts into cancer, so my wealth would have had a meaningless impact on that.’

He is swift to praise the Prime Minister for increasing Britain’s foreign aid.

‘What David Cameron is doing is something to be proud of. The UK has led the way, particularly in getting value for money. Your government went and ranked the various aid groups. Some came out poorly and some came out very strongly. GAVI was ranked one of the best of all, because if you give those vaccines to the poorest of the poor, the impact on saving lives and avoiding sickness is incredible.’