Turkey Giveaway! Snoop Dogg, Mike Epps and Boosie Hand Out Turkeys

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Get those shopping carts ready and those turkey basters primed…because Snoop Dogg, Mike Epps and Boosie are serving up some Thanksgiving treats to communities.

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Snoop Dogg made his traditional stop in Inglewood to dole out turkeys alongside Mayor James T. Butts and the Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders.

“Uncle Buck’s” Mike Epps spent the afternoon in Harlem USA at soul food hot spot Sylvia’s restaurant. The funnyman hyped up the crowd for the annual turkey drive.

Yesterday, rapper Boosie blessed his hometown of Bowden, GA with some 12 to 15 pounder turkeys straight out a truck and onto some lucky family members dinner tables.

Good job serving up some good eats for needy families, guys.

 

Man Candy Monday | Russell Simmons and Snoop Dogg Visit Flint, Michigan

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On the heels of Russell Simmons diagnosing the Flint, Michigan water crisis “environmental racism”–where low-income or minority communities are disproportionately affected by a major environmental disaster, like dumping toxic waste–on The Real Friday, he visited the city today.

Going door-to-door to deliver 200,000 water bottles. Plus offering a listening ear to people like Nakeyja. She has three kids and two tested positive for lead poisoning. The 3-year-old suffers from seizures and Nakeyja’s other child doesn’t speak.

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The story brought tears to Russell’s eyes. Like most of the stories coming out of Flint recently.

To add insult to injury, the water filters the govt passed out don’t work; they do nothing to decontaminate the poisoned water.  Take note govt officials…

imageedit_7_4767175301Russell Simmons next stop was a rally where he met the whistleblower of Flint water crisis, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha of Hurley Medical Center in Flint.

The media mogul followed that up by dropping by Classical Academy to chat up the kids and Principal Tate. RHOA’s Phaedra Parks was also there. No sign of Ayden though….damn.

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Rounding out his trip was playing waterboy once again to Flint residents.

It’s the same role Snoop Dogg had when he visited Flint Saturday for a water drive.

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Decked out in a ‘Flint Lives Matter’ tee the rapper had a one-on-one with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. To offer help and to exploit his celeb status for this necessary cause. Snoop made this vow to the crowd.

I have a lot of information to take back to my celebrity friends and people around the world who want to help, but mainly we’d like the governor to step up and do what’s necessary to make sure Flint is taken care of.

Don’t we all. Don’t we all. Keep your prayers up for Flint.

 

Thanks…for the Thanksgiving Turkeys

It’s that time of year again. When we bow our heads and give thanks in front of a big ass bird. Otherwise known as Thanksgiving.

Well, in case you haven’t noticed (all those one-percenters look away) turkeys are pret-ty expensive this season. So, it’s all the more significant when celebs take the much-is-given-much-is-expected mantra to heart and pass out turkeys.

Like Snoop Dogg, who passed out over 1,500 turkeys to families in need in his hometown of Inglewood, California last Thursday. Snoop’s tardiness was forgiven when he took selfies with all the attendees, over 800. Including the seniors Inglewood Mayor James Butts shared with People. 

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“We had a tented area for seniors to sit in, and the first thing he did was go over to take pictures with everyone there.”

Snoop announced he’ll be at the annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway every year going forward. So that every Inglewood res “would have a nice meal for Thanksgiving.”

A sentiment also shared by Chris Brown who handed out 2,000 turkeys to South Jamaica, Queens houses this morning.

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Rapper Big Sean and his parents did the same at their annual Turkey giveaway in the motor city today. They also added sides. Ya gotta have the cranberry sauce.

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DJ Khaled teamed up with hip hop station 99JAMZ in Miami to host a turkey giveaway.

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Fetty Wap also treated his hometown of Paterson, NJ with a Turkey Giveaway. Earlier this week he suprised mall goers with a rainstorm of cash. Click here to watch the Jersey boy share the wealth.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

 

 

Snoop Dogg Urges You to Unload Guns–From 401K Plan

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When I was 12 my friend and I went to the local bodega across the street from our school. My father was late picking me up and two dollars was burning a hole in my pocket. While my friend was getting 75 cents worth of sour punch candies in the front, I went in the back to get an Arizona tea. Before I got to the register, yelling and screaming replaced kids laughter and chatter. Two boys from my class were fighting in the store. Until one of the kid’s parents ran into the bodega and pulled out a gun. He pistol whipped the boy until he was curled up next to the pool of chips strewn over the floor. It was the first time I saw the barrel of a gun. Luckily, it didn’t go off.

That’s my gun story. What’s yours? Sadly, nearly everyone has one. Given that we have the highest gun ownership rate it’s not surprising. What is is your investment in the creation and distribution of those guns through your 401K. Yup, you read that right. You may unknowingly be investing in the production of guns.

Wanna check if you are? Click here.

If you are, Snoop Dogg (or Lion, depending on how he feels) and tech leader Ron Conway want you to urge your financial advisor to divest from the gun industry.

The unlikely duo have started an anti-gun violence campaign to combat the gun epidemic plaguing communities. Snoop recruited his musician friends–Aloe Blacc and Jhene Aiko–as well as athletes–Matt Barnes of LA Clippers and Bobby Wagner of Seattle Seahawkes–to take part in a PSA using #Imunloading.

Conway is calling for tech companies to invest in more “socially responsible” gun-less investment options.

Hear hear!! The less Sanyhook’s and Virginia Tech stories we have to read about, the better off our world will be. So, #Imunloading for my future children.

Snoop Lion Pleads for Nonviolence in “No Guns Allowed,” Is it Hypocritical?

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When I first heard that Snoop Dogg…er Snoop Lion released a song, “No Guns Allowed,” pleading for an end to gun violence I was grateful to finally hear at least one voice from the rap community speak out against this epidemic–whose latest casualty was 16-year-old Kimani Gray gunned down by police just blocks from my Brooklyn street–a source of contention not only in my neighborhood but around the country as the gun debate heightens.

As loud as the gun shots and crying parents may be to the communities most effected by these tragedies, it’s the deafening silence from entertainers that glorify and sensationalize the gangsta lifestyle that is appalling to me. I’m not anti-rap (listening to Eminem as I write this.) I appreciate all art that expresses a culture that may not otherwise be acknowledged and will motivate people to be more socially conscious. However, I don’t see the latter being shown. I’m all for making people dance, thanks P. Diddy. But music, rap music especially has always prided itself on tacking social ills of the ghetto. But, I have yet to see heavy weights  Jay Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne or Rick Ross up in arms about gun violence plaguing the very communities they brag about growing up in.

I’m not campaigning for an after school special dedicated to this issue (although it wouldn’t hurt) or even a “We Are The World” joint. And I’m not so naive to think that Jay Z instructing gang members to trade in their guns will automatically change things.  Although, I think music manager Michael “Blue” Williams idea of a gun buy back program  during Beyonce’s summer concerts are a good start. I’m just suggesting they use their influence to contribute to the change we all wanna see. The change rap legends Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls flawlessly rapped about on “Changes” and “Sky’s the Limit” songs. And how easily they could transition between rapping about causing mayhem in the streets and their desire to see them change.

Now Snoop is doing the same, albeit with a Rhastafarian vibe that channels Bob Marley, and has taken his daughter Cori B, who covers background vocals, and rapper Drake along for the ride. It’s surprising to hear the same rapper who would find any excuse to do the Crip dance and reveal how inseparable he was with his gun in “10 Lil Crips” : they say it’s crazy out here, it ain’t no more fun/ I can’t walk down the street without my gun, gun, would be counseling to stop the gun fire in “No Guns Allowed” : Me don’t want to see no more innocent blood shed/ me don’t want to see no more youth dead.

While this contrast may give listeners the side eye to Snoop’s new found social conscious lyrics–the result of a trip to Jamaica that changed his lifestyle and name–and lead them to shot HYPOCRITE after glamorizing the gangsta life for decades. I think he’s a prime example for what the gun violence debate needs; someone that’s lived that lifestyle, survived it and can pass on what he learned in making it out.

Snoop found inner peace. Let’s hope it’s something he can help pass on to our youth. And make our streets quieter again.