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See Killer Mike and Talib Kweli speak out about Ferguson

Since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death August 9, multiple celebrities have spoken out about the ensuing protests and police aggression in Ferguson, Mo. Rappers Killer Mike and Talib Kweli have both been especially vocal on Twitter—and both took their perspectives from the internet to news shows this week.

Killer Mike, whose father was a policeman, went on CNN Wednesday to talk about how police officers have changed over the years. “We have essentially gone from being communities that were policed by people from the communities to communities that are policed by strangers, and that’s no longer a community,” he said. “That’s a community under siege.” READ FULL STORY

Ted Nugent: President Obama is a 'monster in the White House'

Ted Nugent scheduled interviews this week to talk about his new live CD and DVD set, but politics naturally entered the discussion as a partial government shutdown moves through a second week.

The 65-year-old Michigan rocker and staunch firearms and hunting advocate characteristically made no secret about where he stands, citing a recent piece he wrote for a conservative website entitled “Make my Day, Shut it Down.”

“The government is so out of control. It is so bloated and infested with fraud and deceit and corruption and abuse of power,” he said Monday. “The American government today will go down and the American people, it breaks my heart to say … will go down as the dumbest, most unappreciative society in the history of humankind.” READ FULL STORY

Michelle Obama working on 'Healthier America' hip-hop album

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Michelle Obama is making a cameo appearance in a video for a hip-hop song recorded to encourage kids from minority groups to take care of their bodies.

The song, “Everybody,” is one of 19 on an album called Songs for a Healthier America, set for release next month. The album is being produced by Hip Hop Public Health and the Partnership for a Healthier America, both of which support the first lady’s “Let’s Move” anti-childhood obesity campaign. Statistics show higher rates of overweight and obesity among black and Latino children.

In the video, Mrs. Obama talks briefly about launching “Let’s Move” and people’s doubts about whether it will make a difference.

The song itself is sung by rapper Doug E. Fresh, along with Jordin Sparks, Dr. Oz, and others. Check out a video for the song below:
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Rick Ross says uproar over 'U.O.E.N.O.' lyrics a 'misunderstanding'

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Rapper Rick Ross says critics have misinterpreted his lyrics on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” after uproar from women’s advocacy groups.

Ross raps about giving a woman the drug MDMA, known as Molly, and having his way with a woman in the song, “and she ain’t even know it.”

Although the song was released in January, the lyrics gained widespread notice last week when women’s groups began to complain. Petitions were issued, including one asking Reebok to withdraw its advertising agreement with Ross.

The Miami-based rapper said in an interview on New Orleans’ Q93.3 that “there was a misunderstanding with the lyric, a misinterpretation.” He says the term “rape” was never used and it’s not something condoned by him, his camp or hip-hop in general.

Messages to Ross’ publicist weren’t returned.

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Most of Michelle Shocked's tour canceled following anti-gay remarks

Michelle Shocked is starting to see the fallout from her anti-gay tirade at her recent concert in San Francisco.

The singer-songwriter and self-described born-again Christian was scheduled to perform 11 concerts across the country over the next couple of months, but 10 of the venues have pulled out as a result of her hate-speech display, Billboard reports.

In addition to clubs canceling their Michelle Shocked bookings, Colorado’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival has also pulled the plug on her scheduled June 23 appearance. READ FULL STORY

Obama and outspoken Romney supporter Kid Rock meet up, Rock says 'no hard feelings'

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That Kid Rock, he’s a pretty laid-back dude.

The Romney-supporting Rebel Soul musician ran into President Barack Obama at last night’s Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C., where he says the two were able to put their campaign differences behind them and have a good time together.

“It was nice,” Rock told CNN. “I saw the president tonight. He said, ‘I’m still here.’ I said, ‘No hard feelings.'”

Throughout the presidential race, Obama’s Republican rival Mitt Romney used Rock’ s “Born Free” as his campaign theme song, which Rock says he “felt great” about. But now he’s ready to move on.

“You cross your fingers, you try to move forward, you hope for the best,” he said. “You respect the office of the president of the United States, and the great thing is in four years, we get to choose again.”

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Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen perform at Obama rally with Obama -- WATCH LIVESTREAM NOW

99 problems, but Mitt’s not one.

That was Jay-Z’s message as he just finished a performance at an Ohio rally for President Barack Obama. As we previously reported, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen are lending their voices at a rally for the campaign today.

“Not only are they on my iPod…[these men]both tell an American story,” President Obama said.

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Katy Perry performing another free concert at Obama rally

Hopefully Katy Perry won’t have another crazy Friday night — she’ll be performing at her third Obama rally on Saturday. President Obama will join her at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin event.

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Bruce Springsteen endorses Obama in online missive

No shocker here: Once again, Bruce Springsteen is pledging his support to President Barack Obama in this upcoming election.

The reliably Democratic Boss took to his official site to pen a letter making his political stance crystal clear. Long story short, he’s not Romney man.

“Right now, there is a choice going on in America, and I’m happy that we live in a country where we all participate in that process.” the New Jersey musician wrote in the post titled “A Message From Bruce.” “For me, President Obama is our best choice because he has a vision of the United States as a place where we are all in this together.”

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Russian court releases one Pussy Riot member, upholds sentences on two others

A Moscow appeals court on Wednesday unexpectedly freed one of the jailed Pussy Riot members, but upheld the two-year prison sentence for the two others jailed for an irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin.

All three women were convicted in August of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. They argued in court on Wednesday that their impromptu performance inside Moscow’s main cathedral in February was political in nature and not an attack on religion.

The Moscow City Court ruled that Yekaterina Samutsevich’s sentence should be suspended because she was thrown out of the cathedral by guards before she could remove her guitar from its case and take part in the performance.

“The punishment for an incomplete crime is much lighter than for a completed one,” said Samutsevich’s lawyer, Irina Khrunova. “She did not participate in the actions the court found constituted hooliganism.” READ FULL STORY

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