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Kendrick Lamar Blows Students’ Minds, Listens to Poetry at NJ High School

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Kendrick Lamar Blows Students' Minds, Listens to Poetry at NJ High School

On Monday, just around 12 hours after he featured Summer Stick a couple of miles west, Kendrick Lamar touched base at High Tech High School in North Bergen, New Jersey, for a day of listening to poetry, freestyling with teenagers and leading a forward-thinking assembly that even had its own official hashtag.

In Spring, Innovative educator and verse club coordinator Brian Mooney had composed a blog post about utilizing the rapper’s discriminatingly acclaimed late album To Pimp a Butterfly to analize Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye. The following month, he posted a follow-up including reactions written by his feshman English students. Both posts went viral, in the end coming to Lamar, who requested that his manager reach out to Mooney and set up a visit.

“I was intrigued that somebody other than myself can articulate and break down the concepts of To Pimp a Butterfly almost better than I can,” Lamar explained during a break, referring to Mooney’s original blog post. “That let me know he’s a true lover of music.”

He was considerably more awed by the students.

“I didn’t think I made [To Pimp a Butterfly] for 16-year-olds,” he continued. “I always get, like, my parents or an adult saying, ‘This is great, you have a message, you have themes, you have different genres of music.’ But to get a kid actually telling me this, it’s a different type of feeling, ’cause it lets me know that their thought process is just as advanced as mine, even if I’m 10, 15 years older.”

Lamar’s day started in Mooney’s classroom, where the educator’s poetry club and English class met their visitor and showed some of their work. The first student read a poem about the battles he confronts as a dark skinned South Asian, and two others took after with a joint piece called “What the Media Taught Us.” Lamar giggled when they came to the line “You picked the wrong butterfly to pimp” and huge upped both works. “They got heart, they got judgment, they got punchlines,” he said, unmistakably moved.

After another performance, Lamar took questions from the class, the students getting some information about topics as specific the development of the rapper’s narrating and as deep as his collaborations with jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington. Lamar identifies with the associations between diverse types of narrating and reviewed his years as the calm child in the back work area: In grade school, he was the first child his teacher had ever heard utilize “audacity,” and by then she anticipated he would some time or another turn into a wirter. In advance, the children shaped a circle and started to rhyme more than a beat playing off Mooney’s mobile phone.

In spite of the fact that the evening rotated around the diagram topping visitor, Lamar never addressed, and motivation went in both headings. This was Mooney’s goal when he set the calendar, yet he didn’t need to disclose anything to the 27-year-old, who landed at the school expecting precisely that. “Something for me considerably greater than tutoring is truly tuning in,” the rapper told columnists while whatever remains of the school held up in the field house. “When I do that we have a smidgen greater association than me being Kendrick Lamar and you being the student. It’s verging on like we’re friends. . .I’ve met children that let me know my own particular blemishes, and I needed to kick back and check myself and reroute certain endeavors that I was heading to.”

Inside the fieldhouse, Mooney acquainted Lamar with whatever remains of the student body, retelling the backstory (the students thundered when he said becoming a web sensation) and clarifying that “hip-hop ed” is an approach to help students discriminatingly draw in with writings, with the world and even with hip-hop. More cheers.

Poetry club member Aaleah Oliver conveyed her peers to their feet with her lyric “Out of many, One.” From that point, a board — Lamar, education activist Jamila Lyiscott, hip-hop education advocate Christopher Emdin, the school’s assistant principal Allyson Krone and a recent high tech alum — held short discussions motivated by more study work.

Ben Vock read a poem inspired by Lamar’s “Mortal Man,” interrogating the subliminal reasons for alarm and judgments he was taught to make as a white adolescent. “The hardest thing for an artist to is look in the mirror,” the rapper let him know. “That is the thing that I was attempting to do with To Pimp a Butterfly.” Lamar was just as awed by Sade Ford’s “It Takes a Village to Raise a Butterfly,” which migrated “These Walls” in northern New Jersey. “You just remixed the entire joint!” he shouted.

After an essay and a dance routine, Lamar and Mooney came back to the stage, teasing the likelihood of a surprising finale. “I know he simply performed at Summer Jam, so I get it relies on upon how terrible you need to hear him,” the teacher said. Lamar grinned and shrugged as shouts filled the building. He requested that the students yell the name of the song they needed, yet the commotion was still excessively. A couple of minutes went before the DJ settled on a fitting track, “Alright,” and the school day finished with a stuffed field house repeating the chorus: “We gon’ be alright.”

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Beyoncé’s Natural Hair is Hair Goals!

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Have you seen Beyoncé’s natural hair? Listen, now that is what I call “hair goals”! Her mother, Tina Knowles-Lawson, has shared a video showing off her famous daughter’s hair on Instagram. In the video Ms Tina is brushing through her multi talented daughter’s hair, and kept saying “au naturale”.

To say that Queen Bey’s hair is “envy enducing” would just be an understatement, that hair is just all kinds of amazing! I mean, if that was my hair I would probably not even wait for my mom to gush about it, I would do the bragging my self. Beyoncé though, isn’t as “petty” as I am, in fact she didn’t seem to appreciate her mother’s antics. She can be heard saying: “Mama, that is really annoying. I mean very annoying”, in a strained laugh.

This is not the first time Ms Tina has gushed over her daughter’s hair on social media. Last year she shared a photo of Queen Bey’s glorious tresses tied in a ponytail, and talked about how happy she was that her daughter’s hair grew back after she had cut it into a pixie.  Ms Tina is obviously proud of her daughter’s hair, but I mean, which mother wouldn’t be?

In fact she is proud of both her daughters, Beyonce and Solange. Back in February, in an interview with ET Online, she gushed over their accomplishments and said the the most rewarding thing is seeing them “grow up, and their accomplishments”.  She also added that the best thing about her daughters is “how good and grounded they both are “.

It seems like I’m not the only one who thinks Queen Bey’s natural hair is beyond amazing, one fan commented on Ms Tina’s post and said: “Beys hair is long like her money, lol. LENGTH BABY! LENGTH!!!!” . Then on Twitter, another posted: “I need her hair routine and products RIGHT NOW! I’m kidding [I’m] sure I can’t afford them.”

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Geto Boys’ Bushwick Bill Is “Still Alive and Fighting Cancer”

Legendary Geto Boys member Bushwick Bill has died after a longtime battle with pancreatic cancer, TMZ reports. Last month, Bill released a video describing the chemotherapy treatment he’d been receiving for his Stage 4 cancer.

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Legendary Geto Boys member Bushwick Bill has died after a longtime battle with pancreatic cancer, TMZ reports. Last month, Bill released a video describing the chemotherapy treatment he’d been receiving for his Stage 4 cancer.

His death was confirmed by Geto Boys groupmate Scarface this morning, who took to Instagram to pay tribute to the rapper. “RIP Bushwick Bill,” he wrote in his Instagram caption. He was 52.

Bushwick Bill was born on December 8, 1966 in Kingston, Jamaica. The rapper (born Richard Stephen Shaw) moved to Brooklyn, New York in his youth before ultimately settling in Houston, where he joined Geto Boys as a dancer in the late 1980s.

Shaw suffered from dwarfism throughout his life, which informed to his early Geto Boys stage name “Little Billy.” At 3 feet 8 inches tall, he became one of the group’s most memorable contributors, and his image graced the cover of Geto Boys’ 1991 album We Can’t Be Stopped, which depicts groupmates Scarface and Willie D rushing Shaw to the hospital after shooting his own eye out in the summer of 1991. Shaw released six studio albums as a solo artist including 1992’s Little Big Man, 1995’s Phantom of the Rapra, and most recently the 2010 album My Testimony of Redemption.

Last month, Geto Boys announced a farewell tour following Shaw’s cancer diagnosis, which was later cancelled due to his health. According to reports from TMZ, he was also upset by the title of the tour, which implied he was on his deathbed.

Update (12:30pm): Bushwick Bill apparently hasn’t died after all. TMZ has updated their report to note that the musician is “still alive and fighting cancer” according to his publicist. The publicist confirmed his status with hospital staff, who say that the musician is still in their care, with numerous family members by bedside.

Update (1:45pm): In a new post on Instagram, Bushwick Bill’s son confirmed that the Geto Boys musician is still alive. “My dad IS NOT dead, he’s still alive and fighting for his life,” he writes in the post’s caption. “He needs your continued prayers and support. Certain people have been so quick to write him off as dead so they can capitalize off it, and it’s messed up because y’all really think these people care about him. There is no Geto Boys without Bushwick Bill.”

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Nick Jonas Feared Brothers Would ‘Never Speak to Me Again’ After Band Split

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Just days before the release of the Jonas Brothers’ new album “Happiness Begins” on June 7th, the band sat down with CBS Sunday Morning to discuss their reunion journey and the circumstances behind their breakup.

After the brothers Jonas, Kevin, Joe and Nick, encountered stagnating record and ticket sales and faced internal strife, the band split up in 2013. “To call it creative differences is almost too simple,” Nick said. “And I think a lot of people lost the appetite for what we were putting into the world. So, you know, we were putting up shows that weren’t selling. We were making music that I don’t think we were all super proud of, and it wasn’t connected.”

He explained that the brothers’ relationship was also strained, so he had a “tough conversation” with Kevin and Joe. “I said, ‘You know, I feel like the Jonas Brothers should be no more, and we should go on individual journeys.’ And it didn’t go so well,” he recalls.

At that point, Joe thought that the band was done. “I checked out in my mind that – that was it. There’s going to be no more brothers ever,” he tells Smith.

Nick added, “And I feared that, you know, we – they would never speak to me again.”

Inbetween their breakup, Joe focused on his funky pop project DNCE, while Nick concentrated more on acting and his solo career. Kevin was dedicated to raising his two daughters.

Ultimately, the brothers couldn’t stay apart. “I think we –- we definitely were supposed to go through all of what we went through to get to this point, definitely,” Joe says. “I think it was, it was kind of, I guess you could say destiny, whatever it may be, but yeah, we got a do-over, and I think this time around we’re going to do it right.”

In February, the Jonas Brothers revealed their reunion plans with the release of “Sucker,” which debuted at Number One on the Billboard Hot 100. They’ve since released another single titled “Cool.” Alongside the release of their first album in 10 years, the band announced earlier this week that they would release new documentary “Chasing Happiness” on June 4th via Amazon Prime and a memoir titled “Blood” on November 12th.

On August 7th, the Jonas Brothers will head out on a North American tour in support of “Happiness Begins” in Miami.

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