Sly5thAve team up with Marlon Craft for “More or Less”

By Tayo Odutola Word Is Bond

Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist Sly5thAve links up with fellow NY rapper Marlon Craft on this solid collaboration titled “More or Less.”  The self-produced track packs a punch with its pulsating drums layered with a dark throbbing bassline and futuristic synths. This lays the perfect foundation for Craft to deliver this message of clarity in the most precise manner while tackling real-time issues from institutionalized racism and all the challenges minorities are faced with.

Stemming from a phrase that was both a literal proclamation for Craft and indicative of how inundated we are with communication and information in today’s world, “More Or Less” questions what it is to have your voice heard and ensure it cuts through the noise of society.

 

“More or Less” is Sly5thAve’s third single taken from his self-produced forthcoming LP ‘What It Is’ (out 18th September). His first new music since the critically acclaimed project The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre’, the track follows singles With You feat. Denitia” and “The Night feat. Melissa McMillan.”

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Ben & Jerry's Calls For A "[Dismantling] Of White Supremacy" In BLM Statement

They may be an ice cream company, but Ben & Jerry’s has been known to fight the good fight. For years the dessert company has spoken out on various political and controversial topics, and they even have an entire section of their website dedicated to the “Issues We Care About.” They’ve supported racial justice, criminal reform, informing the public about climate change, fairtrade, assistance to refugees, LGBTQIA+ equality efforts, and much more. It was years ago that they made it clear that they are 100 percent behind the Black Lives Matter movement, and in the wake of the recent protests, Ben & Jerry’s has released a statement about dismantling white supremacy.

“All of us at Ben & Jerry’s are outraged about the murder of another Black person by Minneapolis police officers last week and the continued violent response by police against protestors,” they wrote on their website. “We have to speak out. We have to stand together with the victims of murder, marginalization, and repression because of their skin color, and with those who seek justice through protests across our country. We have to say his name: George Floyd.”

“What happened to George Floyd in Minneapolis is the fruit borne of toxic seeds planted on the shores of our country in Jamestown in 1619, when the first enslaved men and women arrived on this continent,” the company added. “Floyd is the latest in a long list of names that stretches back to that time and that shore. Some of those names we know — Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Oscar Grant, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Emmett Till, Martin Luther King, Jr. — most we don’t.”

Then, Ben & Jerry’s laid out their four-part plan to help in bringing down white supremacy that included calling President Trump, calling up your congressman, supporting bipartisan legislation that calls for police accountability, and the need for the “Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people.” It’s more than ice cream, y’all.

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Meghan McCain Called Out By Neighbor After Saying Protesters Destroyed Her Neighborhood

The daughter to late U.S. senator and once presidential-hopeful John McCain has been exposed on Twitter. Meghan McCain is a controversial figure who is currently a talk show host on The View and has made headlines over many of her comments. The starchly conservative Republican has often made remarks that have rubbed a few the wrong way, but her tweet on Tuesday (June 2) gave some people a chuckle while alarming others due to its misinformation.

Meghan McCain
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Over the weekend, as some people joined together to protest, there were others who used the opportunity to riot. While many areas were destroyed and businesses were looted, Meghan McCain shared her disgust with the behavior of rioters who apparently devastated her neighborhood… or did they? “My neighborhood in Manhattan is eviscerated and looks like a war zone,” McCain tweeted before blasting the Mayor of the Big Apple and the governor of New York. “DeBlasio and Cuomo are an utter disgrace. This is not America. Our leaders have abandoned us and continue to let great American cities burn to the ground and be destroyed. I never could have fathomed this.”

Then, Kristen Bartlett, a writer for Saturday Night Live, politely corrected McCain’s assessment of her neighborhood because, well, Bartlett is her neighbor. “Meghan, we live in the same building, and I just walked outside. It’s fine,” Bartlett responded. While some people got a kick of Meghan McCain being exposed, others thought it was disturbing that she could spread misinformation and use it as a political divide. Check it out below.

N.O.K. – “Behold A Dark Horse” (Album)

We gave you a sneak peak of N.O.K.‘s new project in April with “Science of the Lie“, now the album is finally here. Consisting of 8 track the Phoenix based rapper drops, “Behold a Dark Horse“.



Suav Rico – “Persevere Wolves” (Prod. By ENGineer)

Following up on his single, “King Of The Bongyo“, we posted a few months ago we’ve been looking forward to more music from Virginia native Suav Rico. Today Rico premieres his new single,  “Persevere Wolves”, produced by ENGineer.

White NYC Restaurant Owner Under Fire For Calling Police On Black Woman

Over the years, people of color have been sharing disturbing videos of white citizens calling the police on them. From the woman who phoned authorities because there were black people barbequing in the park to Amy Cooper who recently feigned distress after a black man told her to leash her dog, black people have found themselves targeted by their white neighbors who don’t like their authority challenged. Svitlana Flom, a white woman who owns the French restaurant Maison Vivienne in New York City, recently went viral after she telephoned authorities on a black woman who was sitting outside of her building.

Janae Garcia, who goes by the name of “_brownsugarbaby” on Instagram, shared her story with her followers over the weekend. “From 6:15pm – 7:31pm this woman, Svitlana Flom, artdefete felt the need to not only approach me but call the cops MULTIPLE TIMES ON ME!! She was too ‘Alarmed’ that I was sitting ‘comfortably’ in ‘her neighborhood!'” the woman penned in the caption to multiple videos she shared online.

Initially, Flom, who is pregnant, allegedly approached the woman because she believed she was “smoking in public.” By the third call to authorities, Flom told police that the woman was “’threatening her & her children !!’ While giving my description, she exaggerated her story & made it seem like I was the aggressor. ‘THIS AFRICAN AMERICAN WOMAN IS ATTACKING ME AND MY CHILDREN!’ She had tears that were off & on & she stated things like ‘She’s pulling the black card!'”

In the video, you can see Svitlana Flom waving down officers before turning around to Janae and asking her to come over so police could confront her. “I couldn’t understand why she was so mad ! Like ummmm first of alllll I pay alllll mine over here Miss Lady !! 🙄 How you come over here just feeling sooooo privileged & soooo comfortable enough to tell me I should leave ?! You’re buggin !! NOT THIS ONE!! She wanted to be a victim soooo bad!! NOT ONE PERSON CAME TO HER AID!! MULTIPLE PPL witnessed the ordeal & just wanted to make sure I was ok!”

Flom later told Page Six that Janae edited the clips to make it seem as if she was being racist, and wanted Janae to post the entire 45-minute video. “She twisted the entire thing like she’s some poor girl sitting alone on a bench and I’m white trash, harassing her for no reason.” After the videos went viral, people stormed Yelp and social media platforms to comment on Flom’s restaurant, leaving reviews that the owner is a racist. Swipe through the videos below.

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Let’s Make a Better Land

By Chase March Word Is Bond

We start off this edition of Word is Bond Rap Radio with a track from Heavy D called “A Better Land” because I think we can make a better land. We are on a precipice right now and we need to do something. That’s why I’ve broken down this week’s podcast into two segments. I wanted to get this part out right away.

This will air Thursday night on 94.9 fm Radio Western, along with an interview I did with Jamo Gang. Look for that part of the show podcasted here on Friday.

I hope real change happens in how people are treated across all walks of life. Let’s come together and stand up to injustice. Things need to change. We can make something better. It’s up to us!

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Cornel West – Interview Clip with Anderson Cooper
Heavy D – A Better Land
Killer Mike – Press Conference clip
Maestro Fresh Wes ft King Reign – I Can’t Breathe
Public Enemy – Shut ‘Em Down (Pete Rock Remix)
Brother Ali – Before They Called You White

Original air date – Thursday June 4, 2020

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Let’s Make a Better Land

By Chase March Word Is Bond

We start off this edition of Word is Bond Rap Radio with a track from Heavy D called “A Better Land” because I think we can make a better land. We are on a precipice right now and we need to do something. That’s why I’ve broken down this week’s podcast into two segments. I wanted to get this part out right away.

This will air Thursday night on 94.9 fm Radio Western, along with an interview I did with Jamo Gang. Look for that part of the show podcasted here on Friday.

I hope real change happens in how people are treated across all walks of life. Let’s come together and stand up to injustice. Things need to change. We can make something better. It’s up to us!

Zeen Sloshy and Chase March – Word is Bond Rap Radio Theme
Cornel West – Interview Clip with Anderson Cooper
Heavy D – A Better Land
Killer Mike – Press Conference clip
Maestro Fresh Wes ft King Reign – I Can’t Breathe
Public Enemy – Shut ‘Em Down (Pete Rock Remix)
Brother Ali – Before They Called You White

Original air date – Thursday June 4, 2020

Stream this show with the player below, or download it by right-clicking and saving the link in the listening options list. The download will only be available for a limited time.

Press play, enjoy the show, and help spread the word.

Word is Bond – #WIBRapRadio

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Mother Of George Floyd's Daughter Speaks: "I Want Justice For Him"

We may be witnessing tragedy as looters burn businesses to the ground and rioters storm through cities causing destruction, but the peaceful protests calling for equity and equality rage on. Amid the outrage that people feel about George Floyd, the four police officers involved in his death, and the countless others who have lost their lives due to the color of their skin, Floyd’s family continues to privately mourn the loss of their love one. Roxie Washington, the mother of Floyd’s child, gave a moving, yet brief, speech today (June 2) as she spoke about Floyd and their daughter, six-year-old Gianna.

“I don’t have a lot to say because I can’t get my words together right now,” Roxie said tearfully. “But, I wanted everybody to know that this is what those officers took [from me].” Then, Roxie began sobbing. “At the end of the day, they get to go home and be with they families. Gianna does not have a father. He will never see her grow up, graduate. He will never walk her down the aisle. If there’s a problem she’s having, she needs her dad. She does not have that anymore.”

In between tears, Roxie added, “I’m here for my baby and I’m here for George because I want justice for him. I want justice for him ’cause he was good. No matter what anybody thinks, he was good.” Pointing out Gianna, Roxie said, “This is the proof that he was a good man.” Watch the clip of her statement below.

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“I’m here for George because I want justice for him,” says Roxie Washington, the mother of George Floyd’s daughter. “I want justice for him because he was good.” https://abcn.ws/2Bsklul

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Tony Khan Bans Hulk Hogan & His Wife From AEW Over Racist Comments

The president of All Elite Wrestling has officially placed a ban on Hulk Hogan and his wife Linda from all events. Tony Khan, the president of AEW, made the announcement earlier today in response to the protests in America surrounding the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. 


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As many of the protests escalate into looting and violence in the nation, Linda Hogan took aim at the “afro Americans” who she believes is responsible for the violent turn of the recent protests.

“Watching the looting. It’s all afro Americans. not sure how robbing and stealing set the record straight but if they want to be heard they need to be civilized,” she wrote in a tweet that she has since taken down. But, of course, not quick enough before the screenshots were captured. 

Tweeted on May 30th, Khan responded earlier today with a ban on her and her husband, a former WWE Hall of Famer, from attending any future events. “You’ve now joined your husband in being banned from all AEW shows,” he tweeted. “Congratulations.”

The ban on Hulk Hugan is likely from the racist spree of comments he made in 2015 that resulted in getting fired from the WWE and erased from the Hall Of Fame, though he later rejoined the WWE company a few years later. 

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