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Petition: Fans launch petition to switch a Confederate Monument to one of Missy Elliott In Her Hometown

Residents in Missy Elliott’s home town of Portsmouth, Virginia, don’t just want a Confederate monument to be taken down—they want it to be replaced with one of the hip-hop icon.The petition—addressed to the city’s mayor, vice mayor and members of city council, reads
Before she was “Missy Misdemeanor” she was Melissa Arnette Elliott, born on July 1, 1971 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Hailing from humble beginnings as the only child of a power company dispatcher and a welder at Portsmouth’s lauded naval shipyard, she rose to become a platinum recording artist with over 30-million albums sold. All this without even once owning a slave.

Getting this statue put up will be a lot of work and you may ask yourself is it worth it? I say yes and ask you to join me in letting us work it. Together we can put white supremacy down, flip it and reverse it. So far, it’s been signed by about 25,000 people. You can go here to read the whole thing.
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Give Me Future, the new documentary film chronicling Major Lazer’s historic concert in downtown Havana, Cuba for 400,000 people will make its worldwide debut on November 17 only on Apple Music. Diplo came on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show this morning to talk about it. The official trailer for the film debuts today and is available here:

Directed by Austin Peters, the film tells the story of the global superband’s March 2016 concert, marking the first performance from a major American artist in the country since diplomatic ties with the U.S. were restored. The film was a coproduction between Matador Content, TMWRK, Underground, Creators League Studios and MTV Documentary Films.

The culmination of eighteen months of planning, the seminal event was the result of an idea to extend the Caribbean roots of Major Lazer—Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire—to Cuba. The film, which premiered at Sundance, follows Major Lazer as they venture into Havana to meet w…

Travel Spotlight: Miami's III Points Music, Arts & Technology Festival

As Miami recovers from the damage wrought by Hurricane Irma, III Points Music, Art & Technology Festival again united artistic communities from across the city and the country with a record-breaking, sold out fifth year. With headlining sets from Gorillaz—their Miami debut, The xx, Nicolas Jaar, Richie Hawtin, Kaytranada and Bonobo, festivalgoers celebrated joyfully in the face of adversity. See photos from the festival here.

III Points’ ethos of diversity was at the forefront of this year’s festival, with highly anticipated and much lauded appearances from Arca, The Black Madonna, Perfume Genius, Kali Uchis, King, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Willow Smith, Kelsey Lu, Yves Tumor, serpentwithfeet and many more, some of whom were making their only stateside festival appearance this year. For the first time ever, III Points opened the full footprint of its longtime home Mana Wynwood to the public, inviting fans to experience immersive artworks throughout the 100,000 square foot warehouse.…

Law Enforcement Is Using Gran Turismo Sport for Tactical Training

PlayStation has teamed up with the Lincolnshire Police to showcase how Gran Turismo Sport can be used to improve real-life driving skills.Racing on the real and virtual editions of the Silverstone race track in Northants, four police officers set out to beat their lap times. In addition to using a race wheel and pedals, a PlayStation VR headset was also thrown into the mix.   If the video is to be believed, as this is PlayStation marketing material, it seems that the digital experience allowed the police to learn the track and apply that to the real-world experience. All four officers succeeded in improving on their time, with one shaving off a full five seconds.
As you can imagine, the Gran Turismo Sport staff were happy with the results. Laurence Wiltshire, managing director of GT Academy, gave the following comment:
GT Academy has proven that the skills learned via Gran Turismo directly transfer from the virtual track on to the real one. This is thanks to the incredibly accurate s…

Recap: Revolt Music Conference 2017

REVOLT hosted the fourth annual REVOLT Music Conference (RMC) at the Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel. The innovative, industry-wide networking experience continues through today, Sunday, October 15.To close out the action-packed day of festivities, REVOLT hosted the annual 2017 RMC Gala Dinner, presented by Sean “Diddy” Combs (REVOLT Chairman) along with Andre Harrell (REVOLT Vice Chairman and Chair of the REVOLT Music Conference). Legendary rapper, actor, singer and producer Queen Latifahwas honored with the prestigious Jimmy Iovine Icon Award, which is presented to industry leaders who have had a lasting impact and unique influence on music. The exclusive evening, hosted by Ryan Destiny (Actress, Star) and Quincy Brown (Actor, Star), featured heavy-hitting performances by Ms. Lauryn Hill, SZA, and Daniel Caesar. Ms. Lauryn Hill’s headlining performance included a cover of Queen Latifah’s Grammy Award-winning song, “U.N.I.T.Y” plus many of her original hits. The program also included vid…

Stream Wu-Tang Clan’s New Album ‘The Saga Continues’

The Wu-Tang Clan have been in the news recently because of the drama involving Martin Shkreli and members of the hip-hop group even wrote a verse crapping on the now jailed former hedge manager and pharmaceutical CEO. Now, the legendary hip-hop group is back to music and released their new album titled “The Saga Continues.” “The Saga Continues,” Wu-Tang’s first album since 2014’s “A Better Tomorrow,” is produced by Mathematics and executive produced by RZA. The 17-track album features the signature Wu-Tang members Ghostface Killah, Method Man, GZA, Raekwon, Inspektah Deck, and Masta Killa, but U-God does not make an appearance. You can listen to the new album on iTunes or stream it on Spotify “For years, Math has had the idea of putting together a body of music using modern and legendary equipment such as ASR10 with vocal performances by Wu-Tang Clan members and other prominent MCs,” RZA said. “With The Saga Continue she’s created a masterpiece.” 1. “Wu-Tang the Saga Continues Intro”…

Chance The Rapper Bought Chicago Teens ; Tickets To Screen "Marshall" For Free

Chance the Rapper continues to give back to the city that raised him in almost every way someone can give back. He’s donating stacks of cash to its public schools. He champions voter registration drives. And now, for the second time this year, he’s throwing his considerable weight behind Marshall, the Chadwick Boseman-starring Thurgood Marshall biopic that lands in theaters today.

According to a press release (that appears to just be a screenshot of a note from Chance’s iPhone), he bought out all the tickets to the showing in two separate theaters in Chicago (although he hints that audiences at the 3pm showing may get a little something extra) so that anyone who wants to can just walk in and enjoy the movie.
Chance is making a name for himself as a pretty passionate consumer of film. Earlier this year, Chance pulled the same trick for Jordan Peele’s fantastic thriller masterpiece Get Out. And just last month, he blasted film critics for sleeping on The House, the Will Ferrel and Amy P…

Acclaimed Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates Will Write A New Series For Beloved Marvel Comics Character; Storm

Heads turned last year when famed writer and MacArthur Genius Grant winner Ta-Nehisi Coates was plucked by Marvel Comics to helm Black Panther as the company started gearing up for the character’s big solo movie this February. But Coates is a comic book nerd and his critically acclaimed series transformed what could be another beat-em-up superhero saga into a dense, cerebral exploration of geopolitical maneuvering, the importance of collective memory to culture and above all, how difficult it is for good people to wield power. And now it appears Coates will be turning his attention to another beloved Marvel character. After a chance run-in with well-loved comic book artist Jen Bartel, the two are tackling one of Marvel’s most famous women: Storm.Storm, a weather-manipulating mutant, is one of Marvel’s more well-known characters, and is particularly beloved by people who grew up on the ’90s animated cartoon or Halle Berry’s depiction in the first round of X-Men movies. Her most recent…