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Eight days after news of the affair between GMA3 hosts Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes broke, Robach gave (UK's) DailyMail.com an update on their relationship: 'It's kind of over now.' The duo have been 'indefinitely' suspended from the show. Gio Benitez and Stephanie Ramos have anchored the show since Monday...


Jim Stewart, co-founder of Stax Records in Memphis, dies at age 92. During an era of racial strife, white musicians and producers worked alongside Black singers, songwriters and instrumentalists to create the “Memphis sound” embodied by Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Booker T. and the M.G.s, Carla and Rufus Thomas, The Staple Singers, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave, The Bar-Kays and many others...


They're on STRIKE for at least one day! The New York Times Guild, the union that represents more than 1,000 members at The New York Times is asking readers to not engage in any of the paper's online platforms and stand with them on the digital picket line on Thursday, December 8, 2022. The union and newspaper management were not able to reach agreement on a new contract after 20 months of negotiations...


Bomani Jones who appeared on the 'CNN This Morning' show this week now says, "Nothing I’ve said has spread like my Deion Sanders comments on CNN." He adds, “The only thing in my career that I can think of that has gone as viral as this Deion thing has, is the Donald Sterling thing in 2014.” "Coach Prime" Deion Sanders has announced he is leaving Jackson State for Colorado. He will coach JSU in the Celebration Bowl in Atlanta on December 17, 2022 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.>Read more...


Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy announce The Breakfast Club will add rotating guest hosts until a permanent one is named to replace Angela Yee. >Read more...


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June 18, 2010

Taking A Look at Drake, President Obama, and Drake's new album 'Thank Me Later'

Drake is reaching unprecedented acclaim for an artist that seems to have come out of nowhere, other than the hit "Best You Ever Had." His popularity and awareness has been generated exclusively through promotion, media, (social networking and otherwise), radio and not from the 'hood or da streetz. As we are often so reminded in the Hip Hop culture, as that is the only way to really keep it real.

Writer Thomas Chatterton Williams takes a looks at the Drake phenomenon, along with perceptions of President Barack Obama and what it says to the African American community.

Williams writes,"...Drake's first studio album, Thank Me Later, will be shipping to stores and dominating the airwaves soon enough, and it's my guess that it's going to sound pretty cool. But it won't do much more than that. For my part, I'd be more than willing to thank him right now if he would do something serious to steer this culture in a new and more intelligent direction, and not just trade in the same worn-out clichés and patterns of thought our parents and grandparents marched to overcome. That would be realer than real."

Here's the full post from The Root.com


Williams reviews Drake's new album "Thank Me Later", also with a presidential comparison theme... He is the author of Losing My Cool: How a Father's Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-Hop Culture.

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