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NYPD Fires Officer That Killed Eric Garner 

NYPD fired Daniel Pantaleo, the officer responsible for keeping the late Eric Garner in an illegal, fatal choke hold. Garner’s last words, “I can’t breathe” became the slogan for the protests against police brutality that year.

A state jury declined to indict Pantaleo on criminal charges, however, a civil rights investigation was launched in 2014. However, federal prosecutors said they weren’t charging him.

The decision to fire the disgraced officer was a recommendation by the department disciplinary judge. New York Police Commissioner James O’Neill made the announcement on Monday that Pantaleo was suspended while awaiting the commissioner’s decision.

“It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer serve as a New York City police officer,” Mr O’Neill said. “Had I been in Officer Pantaleo’s situation, I may have made similar mistakes,” he continued.

“None of us can take back our decisions,” he said, adding: “Especially when they lead to the death of another human being.”

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Kim Kardashian Rightfully Credits Paris Hilton for Her Career in ‘KUWTK’ Teaser 

A lot of people may think Kim Kardashian’s career started off with a sex tape, and while that played as a catalyst to her mainstream success, the reality star reflected on her humble beginnings in the following Keeping Up with the Kardashians teaser.

Kim explained that she participated in Hilton’s “Best Friend’s Ass” music video because she “really would want to do anything for her.”

“She literally gave me a career,” Kim, 38, added. “I totally acknowledge that.” Khloe Kardashian praised her sister for acknowledging the truth instead of being ungrateful. “You’re so sweet and kind, and your schedule is crazy,” Khloé added.

Kim Kardashian recognizes she’s a superstar and has a tight schedule but she will “drop it for her because that’s important to me to be loyal.”

Kim and Paris are childhood friends and had their ups-and-downs. At the peak of the heiress’ career in the early 2000s, the beauty mogul was her closet organizer. In 2011, the KKW mogul told Harper’s Bazaar her and Hilton “don’t really talk.”

“As I always say, everyone comes into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime,” she said. “There comes a point in life where you just grow apart and you realize you’re not as similar as you thought.”

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Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Ex-Manager, Shotti, Sentenced to Time Served for Phillipe Chow Brawl 

Tekashi 6ix9ine’s manager was sentenced to time served this afternoon for breaking a chair over a security guard’s head at Phillipe Chow.

Kifano “Shotti” Jordan pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree assault in the 2018 brawl as apart of his plea deal.

Federal prosecutors say Shotti is a high-ranking member of the violent Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang. He already pleaded guilty to more serious charges in the Manhattan federal court, which he got indicted for alongside Tekashi for racketeering and firearm charges.

Shotti was at Phillipe Chow on October 26, 2018, to celebrate the rapper’s get out of jail free card. Tekashi was in a legal battle at the time because he posted a video of himself as a teenager, groping a 13-year-old as she engaged in sexual acts with other men.

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Migos, Meek Mill, Megan Thee Stallion, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie & More to Headline Power 105.1’s 2019 Powerhouse Concert 

The Breakfast Club announced Power 105.1’s 2019 Powerhouse line-up and it’s looking lit lit.

The Migos, Meek Mill, Da Baby, Megan Thee Stallion, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Davido, Lil Baby, Polo G, Lil Tjay, and Saweetie will all be gracing the stage.

The star-studded performance is going down on Saturday, October 26th at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. It’s important to note that the New York radio station will be returning to the NJ arena to host their annual concert, and it’s on a Saturday this year.

Last year was a movie! Cardi B headlined with performances by Ella Mai, Juice WRLD, Lil Uzi Vert, G-Eazy, and more. But the entire arena turned upside down when Tekashi 6ix9ine made a surprise performance, which was a big deal because he didn’t typically get booked in his hometown due to the drama that follows him.

But his good pal, DJ Spin King, brought him out and made the show worthwhile.

Tickets go on sale on Thursday at 10:00 am. Are you attending Powerhouse this year?

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Juicy J Announces Three 6 Mafia Reunion Tour 

After years of tension, Juicy J and DJ Paul have buried the hatchet and re-joined forces.

Juice posted a flyer last weekend promoting a Three 6 Mafia reunion tour. “The Return of Three 6 Mafia,” the announcement reads. The post was captioned, “THREE 6 MAFIA REUNION TOUR! Tickets on sale next Friday.”

DJ Paul confirmed the “rumors” with his post. “This year has already been a banner year for new music and production from both of us,” DJ Paul says of himself and Juicy J. “I know this is what the fans have been asking for, so we’re ready to bring them the classics, along with our new music in the best possible way. To quote LL, don’t call it a comeback, we have officially been here for years, and we’ve got a lot to show for it. Just wait to see what comes next…”

Its been 10 years since Juicy J parted with the group to focus on his solo career. Paul tried to start a new group without him called, Da Mafia Six, which put out multiple projects including Hear Sum Evil in 2014.

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Aretha Franklin’s Estate Launches Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund 

Last week marked an entire year since we lost Aretha Franklin, and her loved ones and fans continue to mourn her loss.

The Spin reports that the singer’s estate launched a fund that will research pancreatic cancer, which is what she had. Aretha Franklin Fund for Neuroendocrine Cancer Research will continue to research what causes cancer, especially the rare one that took Franklin’s life.

The type of pancreatic cancer the legendary singer suffered from only happens in about 7% of cases. Apple CEO Steve Jobs also suffered from this illness.

“A lot of the work we fund is basic science in the laboratory, learning why these tumors grow and spread. We don’t know all the answers about that. Researchers are trying to understand these tumors at a cellular level and—with some of the treatments available—why some patients respond and others do not,” the head of Boston’s Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF), Elyse Gellerman, said.

The fund launched by Aretha Franklin’s estate is a partnership with a Detroit-based company entitled the Women’s Informal Network and the NETRF

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NYPD Officer Daniel Panteleo Fired Five Years After Killing Eric Garner 

Five years after applying an illegal chokehold to Eric Garner, police officer Daniel Pantaleo has been fired from the New York Police Department. A senior law enforcement official confirmed to The Daily Beast Pantaleo’s dismissal.

On Monday, New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill will announce the firing of Pantaleo. The firing comes as a result of finding Pantaleo violated a policy of restraining Garner with a prohibited chokehold, which led to his death.

The termination comes after an internal disciplinary trial produced the recommendation from an administrative judge. Pantaleo was stated to have been “untruthful” and “recklessly used force.”

Previously the extent of punishment for Pantaleo was desk duty, as he was not charged with a violation of Garner’s civil rights or indicted. The decision of O’Neil is the final decision in the tenure of Pantaleo as an officer.

Pantaleo was in a group of NYPD officers who confronter Garner in July of 2014 while he was allegedly selling “loose” cigarettes. Attempting to move away from the officers surrounding him, Pantaleo placed Garner in a chokehold that had been banned in 1993. Garner would yell “I can’t breathe” multiple times through the incident, he would go on to die shortly after arriving at a hospital. A medical examiner referred to his death as a “lethal cascade of events,” which were sparked by the chokehold and led to cardiac arrest.

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Da Baby, Annuel AA, Justin Skye and More Link Up For Footlocker and Nike’s ‘We Live Sneakers’ Campaign 

Earlier this month, Nike and Footlocker teamed up for an exclusive sneaker and apparel collection. They dubbed the collection the “Evolution of Swoosh.” The new release salutes Nike’s renowned swoosh logo. In an effort to market this collection, Nike and Footlocker called on artists and social influencers to launch the “We Live Sneakers campaign.” The campaign features multi-platinum rapper Da Baby, Latin Trap star Annuel AA and Justin Skye In addition, the digital spot features hilarious cameos by social influencers Jay Versace, Chicklet and Maleni, Maxx Is Nice and Young Dylan. NBA All-Star D’Angelo Russell is also a featured talent in the campaign. As the Bay Area’s newest signee, Russell represents the current Western Conference Champion, Golden State Warriors.

There will be three releases of the collection, celebrating changes the logo has undergone over the years. The grid-laden “Script Swoosh” commemorates Carolyn Davidson’s original 1971 hand-drawn design, while the “Swoosh Chain” channels the sound of nylon tracksuits in movement, and the “Sunburst” pinwheel was inspired by the 1972 Munich Olympic Summer Games logo.

The “Evolution of Swoosh” sneaker and apparel collection is in stores now at your nearest Footlocker. Peep the star-studded digital spot below.

 

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Sephora Launches ‘Color Up Close’ Campaign to Support Diversity in Retail Experience 

Sephora launched their Belong Initiative in May of 2019 with the aim to lead the industry in inclusion and diversity. Following the Identify as We campaign, which launched in June, is Color Up Close, which states retailers must personally acknowledge and embrace all shades and backgrounds while serving a diverse clientele.

The franchise has over 16,000 employees across 400 stores and is continuing to challenge themselves to foster a culture that celebrates racial diversity and creates safe spaces for all customers. Sephora is looking to tackle the unconscious bias in retail that can affect the experience of people with diverse backgrounds negatively.

In the Color Up Close intiativie, Sephora will examine internal practices and culture while promoting industry-wide change. Tactics include ongoing employee education, which will have the entire U.S. staff participating in at least 10 different training touchpoints focused on better understanding and relating to all clients and employees.

Sephora has also convened a group of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP, the National CARES Mentoring Movement, the National Black Justice Coalition, and the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and the Sephora Equity Advisors. The group will lead recommendations to advance inclusivity and improve retail experiences for everyone. The effort is being managed by Values Partnerships.

There will also be a donation to support the work at large and placing values in practice.

You can see Color Up Close creatively in Sephora’s across the country and can receive more information regarding the campaign at Sephora.com/Belong.

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EXCLUSIVE: Music Composers Jacob Yoffee and Roahn Hylton Talk Creating the Score for ‘Free Meek’ 

Recently, Meek Mill was granted a new trial in his decade-old case that has been a thorn in his side and resulting in a return trip to prison. Many have followed Meek’s case, heading the details of a potentially corrupt judge continuing to prolong the Dreamchasers leader’s probationary period and how the arresting officer in the case is plagued with many questionable arrests.

Now the full story is available in Free Meek, a five-part docuseries that details the rise of the Philly rapper to become one of the prominent examples for necessary change that is powering the current criminal justice reform movement. The JAY-Z executive produced series brings re-enactments and comments from the rapper himself along with people that are close to him and investigators and legal professionals.

Throughout the series, you will hear the work of musicians Jacob Yoffee and Roahn Hylton, who were brought into the series by showrunner Michael John Warren to craft a score for the provocative series. In an exclusive conversation with The Source, Jacob and Roahn discuss the challenges to craft pieces for Free Meek and how they landed the heavy job to create the show’s score.


Video directed & edited by Zev Lerner.

What led both of you to the Free Meek project?

Roahn Hylton: Last year we had got the opportunity to work on docu-series produced by LeBron James and our director was Michael John Warren. He said literally after the project released and at the premier party he called us over and he’s like, look, I’m working on another project. You guys would be perfect for it. It was Free meek.

Jacob Yoffee: And so we, we kind of like got on the phone with him after it and said, I got this thing cooking and I got some ideas. We didn’t have any footage to look at. We had Meek’s music and news stories sort of to go off of what he had. A lot of specific ideas you want to do, explore the concept of trauma, blending strings and brass and all these kinds of different approaches. He wanted to try some off the wall experimentation. So we came up with like 30 or 40 pieces of music, sent that to the production company. Once they heard that they were all in and we got the Gig.

When you’re getting that aspect of matching trauma in sound, but also how did you feel about scoring a piece that is both so important to hip hop and heavy in content?

Roahn: To be honest with you, I felt as a musician, it’s one of your dreams to be able to work on art that matters. Oftentimes in a business, you do products cause obviously you want to pay the bills and you want to keep on working. But it definitely is an honor, a privilege to work on something, one that matters for hip-hop and that is such an important topic in our country.

Jacob: Yeah, it was definitely kind of a big responsibility and we kept trying to do music that we thought was high level and kind of deserving of meek and hip hop and just bringing to it everything we could. We didn’t want to cut any corners which I think is one reason why we just wrote so much music. We wanted to just give them everything they could possibly use and try to blend and experiment and just do everything we could to like help tell the story. Roehn had, has a good phrase that Meek’s music is utilized throughout the series and it was our job to fill in the gaps because there’s a lot of more intimate moments.

Roahn: If you know Meek’s music, you know, he’s going to come with lots of energy. And there was a lot of parts where early on in his career where he’s battle rapping and showing how he ascended to his place in Hip-Hop. The story of his family and how his family responded to literally this 10 years in the criminal justice system and dealing with probation. It’s a very interesting story and it was a challenge to incorporate multiple emotions.

How hard is it to maintain or to match the sounds of like Meek or someone else’s music when you have to contribute to your own?

Jacob: I would say that there are no musical gigs that I’ve ever had in my life that are easy. Even if the deal is like from the get-go, it’s going to be easy. If you really, if you really take it seriously every time we start a new job, every time I started a new one, I’m just like, you have this moment of panic. Like can I do this? Like am I, am I good enough? And you really have to dig deep and just have faith that you know, the universe is going to send you inspiration and help you figure it out. And quite frankly, they’ll let you know if you’re not hitting that mark. So this one just had that added layer of, man, this is some of our heroes. If they watched the series and they say, man, I really liked the music in this, you know, that would just be the dream response from Meek or JAY-Z. I wouldn’t say that it’s any different from any other gig. It just had that added level of man, our heroes are involved with this one.

Roehn: Yeah, I would definitely say there’s that sense of responsibility one honor the subject matter, like the depth of literally what we’re talking about. But then also just musically making sure it’s on the same level and it’s on par with the quality that my Jacob said our heroes are making. So, you know, I think it’s fun when you have a challenge, you always want to rise to it.

You mentioned the challenges beyond that actual creating in alliance with other creators. Did you have any additional challenges that went into this one?

Jacob: So this is an incredibly layered story. It’s not cut and dry. It’s not like, it’s not even one simple day that they’re talking about. It’s spread across years and years. And it keeps unfolding and you find, you know, there are dirty cops not only have a seemingly a corrupt judge. It turns out a Rolling Stone reporter had to be the one to kind of blow up in the case and it takes a long time to sort of reveal all that information to the audience. With any court case, it’s just, you can get bogged down with the details. So when we first started, everyone was approaching it with much more of like a heavy, slower-paced, giving each person more time on-screen kind of diving into really detailed timelines. And after maybe four months, they said, you know what, we’re going to have to like, just start over again. It just wasn’t, it wasn’t as awesome and exciting as it needed to be. So I think we worked from like, August through December, and then right before Christmas we got the call, “Hey we’re going to go dark for a couple of weeks and then we’re going to hit it hard in January and start over.”

Speaking of the heavy subject matter, when you’re working on something this heavy does it evoke feelings and change the direction of how you’re creating?

Jacob: Yes, absolutely. And one of the requests that we’ve gotten, and I’ve gotten from my time working in L.A., is a lot of times the visual footage that they have for a show is really heavy and they rely on music to not necessarily lighten it up but pace it up. Because at the end of the day, people are going to, they want to be entertained. And even if they’re being educated, they, it needs to flow and movement and energy. And if you let it be too weighed down and the awfulness of it all and people are just going to turn it off.

What would you want for the viewers to take away both from your musical compositions but also from the overall story or out?

Roahn: I think this is one of the most important stories in Hip-Hop because we know there’s an incredible amount of people who are incarcerated in this country. What I was most impressed with about Meek is his ability to take any negative energy that’s been associated with and use it to not only to affect positive energy in his career but positive energy in the world. He’s working with politicians and other sports owners to create change in policy. I want the audience to feel that and also see how inspiring you can be. No matter what happens in your life.

Jacob: And regarding the music we live in a really exciting time. You know, a lot of directors and producers that were kids did the eighties and nineties. They, they are now running these shows themselves. They’re telling stories from that time period. They’re telling stories that demand a new type of film, music that truly uses hip hop, pop, rock, jazz elements with, with film music. And that is one of the most exciting things that’s been happening for the project Rowan and avenue in together is that from the very beginning of writing it is a true like synergy of all these different types of music there. There are literally no rules and nothing is off-limits. And that’s one of the coolest things about free meek is that we were able to bring in all types of music that on other shows like even three, four years ago they would have been kicked back by the network. Like, are you guys crazy? You can’t do this kind of music. You’re, that’s wrong with you. So that is one thing that we’re most excited about is that it literally a new sound that’s kind of unfolding because the content is demanding it.

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