Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after he pleaded guilty to spending $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. In addition, he will serve 36 months of probation, 500 hours of community service, and undergo extensive mental health care.
His wife Sandra pleaded guilty to tax fraud and was sentenced to one year in prison, and will have to pay $22,000 in restitution. Jesse made a statement after deciding to serve his sentence first, as their sentences were staggered.
"Today I manned up and tried to accept responsibility for the errors of my ways. And I still believe in resurrection. I didn't separate my personal life from my political activities, and that was wrong."
He continued, "I misled the American people. I misled the House of Representatives. I misled the media by filing my reports. I was wrong. And I don't fault anyone. And I hope even those who still support me don't hold any judgment against you."
The unapologetic hip-hop guru managed to ship over half a million units since the album's June 18 release, despite its non-traditional rollout, unsolicited leaks and limited press run. Up against Cole’s Born Sinner and Mac Miller’s Watching Movies with the Sound Off,Yeezus held the top spot in its debut week--a monumental week in hip hop--then continued to slide down the charts.
Although J. Cole's Born Sinnerhit the Gold mark last month, Ye’s album eventually caught up. Now we wait and see if Kanye's 6th solo album will rocket to Platinum status or not but, without a doubt, he has shown us that slow and steady can still win the race.
The Obamas are officially the most authentically Hip Hop couple to ever lead America. On September 30th, Michelle Obama’s Partnership for a Healthier America and Hip Hop Public Health will release the Hip Hop-inspired album Songs for a Healthier America.
The First Lady will not be spitting any rhymes or hitting any high notes but she has assembled a bevvy of Hip Hop and R&B artists for the album. A few of the artists include New York Knick/rapper Iman Shumpert, Doug E. Fresh, DMC and others.
The album is apart of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign which aims to fight obesity and promote fitness among kids. Let’s Move’s executive director and White House assistant chef Sam Kass explained why the album would have a Hip Hop feel:
So many kids listen to Hip Hop so why not give these messages to kids in a way that’s not preachy. I think hip hop in particular – so many kids love hip hop. It’s such a core part of our culture,” he said. “…Particularly in the African- American community and the Latino community which is being disproportionately affected by those health issues.”
Here is the tracklist for the album:
1. ‘U R What You Eat’ (Salad Bar: Matisyahu, Ariana Grande, Travis Barker)
2. ‘Everybody’ (Jordin Sparks, Doug E. Fresh, Dr Oz, Ryan Beatty, Hip Hop MD)
3. ‘Let’s Move’ (Doug E. Fresh, Artie Green, Chauncey Hawkins)
4. ‘Just Believe’ (Ashanti, Gerry Gunn, Artie Green, Robbie Nova)
5. ‘Veggie Luv’ (Monifah and J Rome)
6. ‘Hip Hop FEET’ (DMC and Artie Green)
7. ‘Stronger’ (Shayna Steele, Jeremy Jordan, Our Time Theater kids, and E-Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren)
8. ‘Give Myself a Try’ (Ryan Beatty)
9. ‘Jump Up’ (Brady Rymer and the Little band that Could)
10. ‘Hip Hop LEAN’ (Artie Green)
11. ‘Pass the Rock’ (Iman Schumpert and Artie Green)
12. ‘Good Living’ (Ashton Jones)
13. ‘Beautiful’ (Daisy Grant and Artie Green)
14. ‘Change the Game’ (The Happiness Club, featuring Naledge)
15. ‘Wanna Jump (Let’s Move)’ (Paul Burch)
16. ‘Mother May I’ (Amelia Robinson)
17. ‘We Like Vegetables’ (Los Barkers!)
18. ‘Get Up Sit Up’ (Babi Floyd)
19. ‘One Step Forward’ (Samite)
Oprah is promoting her upcoming role in the film The Butler and sat down with Shaheem Reid and Life+Times about the movie as well as Jay Z and Harry Belafonte’s war of words.
According to the billionaire mogul, Mr. Belafonte’s views of Jay Z’s social responsibility are rooted in a misunderstanding of different ways to protest:
There are multiple ways to protest. Jay uses his music, his life, his artfulness, his ability as a business man. That is his protest against all of the indignities that not only he has suffered but generations before him have suffered. Harry Belafonte’s mightve been going to Congress or marching and so forth.
Oprah also said she has heard Magna Carta Holy Grail and calls it fantastic.