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YSL rapper Gunna released a lengthy letter from Atlanta's Fulton County Jail on his 29th birthday on Tuesday.

The College Park, Georgia native was arrested in May, along with his pal Young Thug and 26 others, on charges of violating Georgia's RICO racketeering laws.
 
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Gunna's music brought him riches beyond his wildest dreams. As he flew around the world on private jets, he never imagined that he would one day compose a letter to his fans from a windowless cell at the Fulton County Jail.

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"I don't have my freedom. But I am innocent," he wrote in the 2-page letter posted on his Instagram page on June 14.

He captioned the post:

"22 & 2, just a bed & a shower, no windows just walls. Can't see or talk to anyone. I'm writing now & still praying everyday. I was raised to fight fire with water, even tho my country's amendments have failed me! PROTECT BLACK ART!"

Gunna wrote that he was raised watching Black men, women and children "constantly attacked, hated, murdered, berated, belittled, silenced, judged, used, and held captive."

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He said, "the picture being painted of me is ugly and untrue," and he stated that he has "faith that God will grant me justice for the purity in my heart and the innocence of my actions.

He also addressed the Fulton County D.A. using his rap lyrics against him in the RICO case, writing:

"As a Black man in America, it seems as though my art is only acceptable when I'm a source of entertainment for the masses. My art is not allowed to stand alone as entertainment, I'm not allowed that freedom as a Black man in America."

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Rapper Young Thug, who is currently sitting in the Cobb County Detention Center near Atlanta, sent a message from jail via pr-recorded audio to his fans at Hot 97's Summer Jam on June 12.

"I just want to say thank you to all my friends and my family for coming out and supporting us," he said.

Young Thug, 31, asked his fans to sign a petition prohibiting the use of his lyrics in his RICO case.

"You know, this isn't about just me or YSL. I always use my music as a form of artistic expression, and I see now that Black artists and rappers don't have that freedom. Everybody please sign the Protect Black Art petition and keep praying for us. I love you all."

A judge denied both Thug and Gunna's bond requests and they will remain in jail until their trials in January 2023.

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Kevin Liles has launched a petition to stop prosecutor Fani Willis from using rap lyrics in criminal trials.

The Fulton County District Attorney charged rappers Young Thug (left) and Gunna (right) in a sweeping 88-page RICO racketeering indictment.

Willis cited violent lyrics by both rappers in the 55-count indictment.

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Both Young Thug (left) and Gunna (right) are sitting in Atlanta area jails awaiting their trials in January 2023.

Liles, co-founder and CEO of 300 Entertainment, spoke on Young Thug's behalf in a recent bond hearing in Atlanta.

Liles wiped away tears as he told Superior Court Judge Ural D. Glanville that he viewed Young Thug as a son and more than an artist or business partner.

He promised to put up $1 million of his own money to pay off-duty police officers to monitor Young Thug, real name Jeffery Williams, on house arrest.

"I'm kind of emotional because of how good this guy is," Liles said as he wiped away tears. "I'm willing to back him personally and professionally... This whole thing that people are talking about, it's not him. The Jeffery I know, he'll give me the clothes off his back. The Jeffery I know, I can give him my kids and he'll give me his kids."

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Liles (right) with Young Thug (center) and rapper Busta Rhymes (left), told the judge that rap lyrics were on trial.

"Our music, we've been on trial," he said, "and we're constantly on trial about who we are, what we are, and why we're — ain't nobody gave us nothing. So we sit here on trial and we talk about lyrics — lyrics? I don't understand... But I'm gonna be here and I'm gonna keep fighting, because I believe in self-expression and I believe that we should protect Black art."

But, despite Liles' passionate plea, Judge Glanville denied bond for the YSL rapper.

Judge Glanville cited Young Thug's violent rap lyrics in his decision to keep him in jail until his trial next year.

This week, Liles announced that he, along with Atlantic Records' COO Julie Greenwald, have launched a petition to stop the use of rap lyrics in criminal trials.

The petition, which is titled "Rap Music on Trial: Protect Black Art," aims to stop prosecutors from using lyrics as evidence of criminal activity.

"Weaponizing creative expression against artists is obviously wrong. But what gets us so upset is what's happening to Young Thug, Gunna, and YSL is just the most high-profile case," the joint statement read.

Last month the New York State Senate passed the "Rap Music On Trial" bill which prevents song lyrics from being used to convict rappers in criminal cases.

The New York bill was supported by rappers such as Jay Z and Fat Joe who signed their names on a letter endorsing the legislation.

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G-Herbo and rapper Fabolous' daughter Taina Williams welcomed their second child together, a girl they named Emmy Love Wright.

The happy couple posted the baby's stats on social media. Emmy was born on May 17. She weighed in at 7 lbs, 5 ounces and measured 19.5 inches.

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Their first child was born in May 2021.

The 26-year-old Chicago drill rapper also has a 4-year-old son named Yosohn with bitter ex-fiancée Ariana "Ari" Fletcher.
 
RELATED: G Herbo and Taina Welcome Their Baby the Same Day He Plead ‘Not Guilty’ to New Charges
 
The "PTSD" rapper's fans launched a petition for him to get full custody of their son, after Ari posted a video that shows her twerking beside the toddler in a nightclub. Other people in the club were drinking and smoking around the boy.

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Ari, 26, claimed she took her son with her to the nightclub to watch over him while she partied.

But fans were skeptical of her excuses.

One outraged fan asked, "So there was absolutely NO ONE available to babysit?"

The curvy Instagram model clapped back at Herbo's fans who questioned her parenting skills. She claimed the party was private and only her closest friends were invited.

"The fact that everything was confidential yesterday and everybody I invited respected that means so much to me and lets me know I got the right people around. Thankful for the real ones!" she tweeted before deleting her post.

"Sign that petition, do what you need to do," she wrote in a follow-up tweet. "How you gonna get a petition to voluntarily give my baby to somebody who ain't even asking for him? Y'all are crazy."

Fans say Herbo dodged a bullet by dumping Ari for good clean wholesome Taina, who was raised to respect herself and others.

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The 14-year-old boy suspected of killing 10-year-old Lily Peters is being held on $1 million bond, Yahoo! News reported.

The boy allegedly confessed to stabbing, raping and strangling Lily on Sunday night after they left her aunt's home together.

Lily's father, Alexander Peters reported her missing at 9 p.m. Sunday when she didn't return home after visiting her aunt (Alexander's sister).

Lily's body was found the next morning near her bicycle off a walking trail in a wooded area.

The boy told police that "his intention was to rape and kill the victim from the get-go when he left the house with the victim going down the trail".

After going into the wooded area together, the suspect allegedly punched Lily in the stomach, knocked her to the ground, then hit her with a stick and strangled her "to the point of death".

Police arrested the boy on Tuesday evening after executing a search warrant at Lily's aunt's home, where the boy lives.
 
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A boy was arrested in the murder of Iliana "Lily" Peters, the 10-year-old Wisconsin girl who went missing on Sunday night.

Lily's father reported her missing around 9 p.m. Sunday night when she failed to return home from an aunt's house.

Lily's bicycle was found near a walking trail in a wooded area late Sunday night. Her body was found by police at 9:15 a.m. Monday.

Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm announced an arrest in the case on Tuesday, April 26. The suspect is reportedly a teenage male cousin who lived with Lily's aunt.

"The suspect was not a stranger, the suspect was known to the victim," the chief said. "We do not believe there is any danger to the community at this time."

Lily's murder shocked the residents of Chippewa Falls, a small town where neighbors still leave their doors unlocked.

There was a heavy police presence around the aunt's home in the 400 block of N. Grove Street on Tuesday.

No Amber Alert was issued for Lily because her case didn't fit the criteria. A Change.org petition was launched to create a "Lily alert" for missing children who don't qualify for Amber Alerts.

The petition has gathered nearly 50,000 signatures.

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Old Dominion University students have launched a petition to remove a female-to-male trans professor who promotes legalizing pedophilia.

Dr. Allyn Walker, who teaches sociology and criminal justice at ODU, sparked outrage by changing the terminology "pedophile" to MAPs: minor-attracted persons.

In a book titled A Long Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity, Walker argues that minor-attracted people are simply misunderstood.

Walker writes:

"A lot of people when they hear the term 'pedophile', they automatically assume that it means a sex offender, and that isn't true. And it leads to a lot of misconceptions about attractions towards minors."

Walker continued:

"From my perspective, there is no morality or immorality attached to attraction to anyone because no one can control who they're attracted to at all. In other words, it's not who we're attracted to that's either OK or not OK. It's our behaviors in responding to that attraction that are either OK or not OK."

Old Dominion University's administration responded by distancing itself from Walker's comments, but stopped short of removing the professor.

Alumni are outraged at the school's response to the controversy.

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A Change.org petition calling for the school to remove Walker has garnered nearly 3,000 signatures.

Mikiah Everett, an ODU alumnus, said she was "disgusted" by ODU's decision.

"We do not need to change the 'terminology' for pedophiles," Everett said.

"I am disgusted at their response to protect someone that is an advocate for pedophiles and affiliated with the organization Prostasia (a pedophilia advocate group under the guise of a children protection organization.) Dr. Walker has crossed a line and has dressed it up in academic jargon."

Walker reacted to the outrage by saying, "I want to be clear: child sexual abuse is an inexcusable crime."

Walker, who has interviewed child victims as part of research, said:

"As an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, the goal of my research is to prevent crime. I embarked on this research in hopes of gaining understanding of a group that, previously, has not been studied in order to identify ways to protect children."

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Dave Chappelle is enjoying the controversy surrounding his latest Netflix special The Closer.

The comedian took the stage at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Thursday night for a screening of his documentary and addressed multiple petitions for his show to be pulled from Netflix.

"If this is what being canceled is about, I love it," he joked. "I don't know what to tell you, except I'm a bad motherf**ker.

"This is the kindness conspiracy," he said, before insisting Americans "have to trust one another."

Chappelle also reportedly said "F*ck Twitter," prompting applause from the crowd.

The funnyman, continued his personal war on transgender men and women throughout The Closer.

Chappelle, 48, clarified that he's not saying "trans women" aren't women. "I'm just saying that [the genitalia] that they got..." is "not quite what it is - is it?"
 

 
Chappelle has upset officials at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) once again with his remarks.

Amongst various comments, he sides with Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who became a target of activists last year after offering up her controversial views on transgender women.

Despite the backlash, Chappelle's new special has raced to the top five on Netflix's list of the most popular films and series on the platform in the U.S.

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The same giddy women who helped catapult YouTuber Kevin Samuels to stardom now want him gone from the Internet.

Samuels - a self-described relationship expert - made a name for himself by making degrading comments about Black women.

Now his critics want him gone for galvanizing "men of all races and nationalities in the outspoken hatred of women."

Over 12,000 people signed a petition on Change.org calling for Samuels' removal from social media platforms.

The petition claims Samuels' rhetoric has inspired men to commit "Acts of violence, sexually predatory behavior and even death" against women.

"Women feel unsafe in the presence of men who identify with his ideology and have even been berated while going about their daily lives, (yes, even while at work), with criticisms that have been spoken directly from Mr. Samuels’ mouth. The very words that were spoken on social media platforms have permeated every facet of daily life for unsuspecting women."

 

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British lawmakers may require mandatory social media IDs after three Black England soccer players were flooded with racist abuse.

Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho all missed penalty kicks that resulted in England losing the Euro Cup 2020 final to Italy on Sunday.

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A photo of Rashford reacting to his missed penalty kick went viral on social media.

The overwhelming racist abuse on social media generated headlines around the world. Celebrities and politicians in America condemned the racism.

Sean Combs shared a B&W photo of England's Black players on his Instagram account. He captioned the image:

"We stand with you Kings. Proud of all your efforts on and off the field and we will always support you. Continue to inspire. Love

And to the racists… F*CK YOU!"

Dozens of fans repaired a defaced mural of Marcus Rashford by taping cards, flowers and banners over it.

Thanks to a petition that garnered over 600,000 signatures, UK parliament is debating a new law that would make it mandatory to provide verified identification to create a social media account.

The petition states that the account of a person under 18 must be verified with the ID of a parent or guardian.

The new law makes it easier to trace young hoodlums who post racist or hateful comments on social media.

England had reached the Euro Cup 2020 final for the first time in history on Sunday. Fans took to the streets to celebrate the country's first-ever appearance in the final.

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Dejected England players react to a missed penalty kick while Italy players celebrate in the foreground.

England was the odds on favorite to win. But the three players missed their penalty kicks and Italy won the shootout.

British reality star Katie Price got the ball rolling by asking fans to sign the petition.

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Controversial French film Cuties has spawned more backlash against streaming giant Netflix, with critics alleging it over-sexualizes children.

The film tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese girl in Paris who joins a "free-spirited dance clique" to escape family dysfunction.

Despite the outrage, the movie earned praise when it debuted at January's Sundance Film Festival in Utah for how it addressed the hypersexualization of young girls.

Netflix previously apologized for a promo poster of the child stars posing in their dancing outfits. After the film premiered on Netflix on 9 September, the backlash continued as the hashtag "#CancelNetflix" was the top trending topic on Twitter in the U.S. the following day.

A petition on Change.org was also launched, calling on Netflix customers to cancel their subscriptions over the flick on the streaming service "that exploits children and creates a disturbing vibe".

"From cuties to Big Mouth to other movies mocking religions and exploiting children Netflix is no longer the family friendly streaming service I once believed it to be," reads a message on the campaign, which currently has over 600,000 signatures.

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Barack and Michelle Obama, who signed a multimillion dollar production deal with Netflix, have remained silent amid the controversy.

The backlash prompted Netflix officials to issue a statement, insisting the film, "Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children.

"It's an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up — and we'd encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie," they told Variety of the Maimouna Doucoure-directed flick.

But critics complained about the many close up shots of the young girls' body parts, and one scene where a girl exposed her breasts on camera.
 

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Angry parents accuse Netflix of normalizing pedophilia in its new movie, 'Cuties.'

Nearly 60,000 people signed a Change.org petition demanding Netflix "remove the new movie Cuties as it promotes pornography."

The French movie, which premieres Sept. 9, features preteen girls dressed provocatively and twerking in a "coming-of-age tale from Maïmouna Doucouré."

"Amy, 11, becomes fascinated with a twerking dance crew," the original promotion read. "Hoping to join them, she starts to explore her femininity, defying her family's traditions."

In response to the controversy, Netflix apologized on Thursday for the film's promotional photo that shows four preteen girls striking poses in revealing dance attire.

"We're deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties," Netflix said. "It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We've now updated the pictures and description."

Normally the French and Americans have different attitudes toward sex. The French tend to be less conservative when it comes to sex.

But Twitter users point out the stark differences in the movie posters.

One Twitter user wrote:

"Just compare the original French poster for the 'Cuties' film, and the image @netflix has chosen.

Anyone want to point out the difference?"

Netflix plans to premiere the movie in September despite the backlash on social media.
 

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Cardi B has defended Kylie Jenner's cameo appearance as a whore in her "WAP" video featuring Megan Thee Stallion. Cardi issued a statement after angry fans launched petition to have the reality star's cameo removed from the music video.

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Cardi and Megan Thee Stallion dropped the video for their collaboration on Thursday, Aug. 6, featuring a variety of dancers including Normani, Mulatto, and Suki.

Jenner's appearance riled Cardi's fans, who demanded her removal in a Change.org petition that was launched over the weekend, labeling Jenner a "culture vulture".

But the "Bodak Yellow" star hit back on Twitter, insisting, "Not everything is about race."

Fans were tight that Normani and the other dancers were depicted as strippers while Jenner strolls down a hallway opening a door.

"Normani did ALL this and Kylie walked down the hall and opened a door. If that's not a perfect visual indication of Black women having to do the most..." wrote one fan, prompting the hitmaker's response.

"Normani is one of the best female artist that dances like she dances her f**kin ass off!" Cardi wrote. "Why would she open a door? Please tell me how that would make sense? The best part of the song is the beat and hook, it what makes you want to shake your ass."

She continued: "Not everything is about race. Theres issues out here in the world that is about race and I preach all the time about. This is not about f**kin race."

"Why did I put Kylie on my music video? She treated my sister and daughter so lovely at her kid's bday party," Cardi insisted in a final tweet. "Travis (Scott, Kylie's ex) and Set (Offset, Cardi's husband) are real close and Kris Jenner have given me advice on certain things I ask for and her husband real cool with mine."

Sandrarose.com gave the music video 2.5 roses, but my readers gave it 0.5 roses -- usually reserved for music videos that belong in a dumpster.
 

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