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NBA bans Clippers owner Sterling for life

NBA bans Clippers owner Sterling for life

 

(CNN) — Basketball Commissioner Adam Silver slapped Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban from the sport and a $2.5 million fine Tuesday over racist remarks attributed to Sterling.

Silver said the National Basketball Association “will begin immediately” the process to force Sterling to sell the team, which he has owned since the 1980s.

“Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse, multicultural and multi-ethnic league,” Silver said. Regardless of whether Sterling’s views were expressed in private, “They are now public and they reflect his views.”

Sterling admitted it was his voice on the recording, Silver said. Asked whether the owner expressed any remorse for the comments, Silver said, “Mr. Sterling has not expressed those views directly to me.”

The fine is the maximum that can be imposed under NBA rules. Under the ban, Sterling can’t go to games, attend practices, make decisions regarding the team or attend NBA meetings. And Silver said NBA owners are expected to provide the three-quarters vote needed to force Sterling to sell the team.

Kevin Johnson, the chairman of the National Basketball Players Association, hailed Tuesday’s announcement.

“I hope that every bigot in this country sees what happened to Mr. Sterling and recognizes that if he can fall, so can you,” Johnson, a former NBA all-star who’s now the mayor of Sacramento, told reporters in Los Angeles.

Monday night, Johnson had called on Silver to hit Sterling with the most severe penalties.

“When a hint of cancer is shown, you have to cut it out immediately, and I feel that’s where the players are today,” he told CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.”

And in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon, the Clippers organization said, “We wholeheartedly support and embrace the decision by the NBA and Commissioner Adam Silver today. Now the healing process begins.”

The firestorm erupted Saturday after the website TMZposted a 10-minute recording of what it said was an April 9 conversation between Sterling and his girlfriend, V. Stiviano. On the recording, the man and woman argue about photos posted to Instagram in which she appears with African-Americans. The man says he doesn’t want the woman bringing any black people to games with her.

Team President Andy Roeser issued a statement this weekend that said “what is reflected on that recording is not consistent with, nor does it reflect (Sterling’s) views, beliefs or feelings.” He suggested that the recording was an attempt by Stiviano to “get even” with Sterling.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti praised the announcement.

“Those are exactly the sorts of strong statements we need to stand up against these hateful comments,” Garcetti said.

Tuesday, the Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, called on Silver to meet this week with him and other civil rights leaders, according to a statement from the organization. Sharpton is planning to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington to discuss the situation, it said.

Monday brought a slew of sponsors distancing themselves from the team and a host of other owners and team officials condemning the comments attributed to Sterling, who has never been disciplined by the league.

Adidas confirmed to CNN Tuesday that it was suspending its current marketing partnership with the Clippers. That means the company will not have in-arena promotions, signage, LED boards and so forth, but Adidas will remain the official outfitter. The Adidas logo doesn’t appear on the team’s warm-ups, shooting shirts and gear, Adidas spokeswoman Laura Lamkin said in an e-mail.

Read: Clippers sponsors jump ship

Sterling bought the Clippers for $12 million in 1981, and the team is now worth $575 million, according to Forbes magazine.

CNN Correspondent Rachel Nichols likened the situation to that of the late Marge Schott, who owned the Cincinnati Reds and made racist and other insensitive comments. She was suspended twice, the second time in 1996, and sold the team in 1999.

Other NBA owners have called the remarks attributed to Sterling “abhorrent,” “reprehensible,” “hurtful,” and said they have no place in the league or anywhere in society. Charlotte Bobcats owner and Hall of Famer Michael Jordan made a rare public statement on a controversial subject.

“As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views,” he said. “As a former player, I’m completely outraged. There is no room in the NBA — or anywhere else — for the kind of racism and hatred that Mr. Sterling allegedly expressed.”

Five key players in the Donald Sterling uproar

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Obama on NBA owner’s alleged comments

Magic Johnson: Sterling should step down

Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers watches the San Antonio Spurs play against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 19, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.
Donald Sterling of the Los Angeles Clippers watches the San Antonio Spurs play against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 19, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas.

TMZ posts audio recording

In the recording, the man seems mad about a photo the woman posted to Instagram with Magic Johnson, now a part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“In your lousy f**ing Instagrams, you don’t have to have yourself with — walking with black people,” the man says.

“If it’s white people, it’s OK?” she responds. “If it was Larry Bird, would it make a difference?”

Bird was Johnson’s chief rival when Bird’s Celtics and Johnson’s Lakers ruled the NBA.

“I’ve known (Magic Johnson) well, and he should be admired. … I’m just saying that it’s too bad you can’t admire him privately,” the man on the recording says. “Admire him, bring him here, feed him, f**k him, but don’t put (Magic) on an Instagram for the world to have to see so they have to call me. And don’t bring him to my games.”

On Sunday, the sports website Deadspin posted five additional minutes it said was part of the same audio recording.

Neither website has said how it obtained the recordings.

Stiviano’s lawyer’s office said Sunday that she didn’t release the recordings to TMZ but that they are legitimate.

“This office understands that the currently released audio tape of approximately 15 minutes is a portion of approximately one (1) hour of overall audio recording of Mr. Donald T. Sterling and Ms. Stiviano, and is in fact legitimate,” Mac E. Nehoray said in a news release. “Ms. Stiviano did not release the tape(s) to any news media.”

Sterling has history of fighting discrimination claims in court

Clippers considered boycott

Sterling’s wife, who is suing the woman, gave CNN affiliate KABC a statement Sunday night.

“Our family is devastated by the racist comments made by my estranged husband,” Rochelle Sterling said. “My children and I do not share these despicable views or prejudices. We will not let one man’s small-mindedness poison the spirit of the fans and accomplishments of the team in the city we love.”

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers told reporters Monday that he was offered an opportunity to speak to Sterling after the comments attributed to the team’s owner were posted online, but Rivers said he “passed.” Rivers added, “I don’t think right now is the time or place, for me at least. And so I just took a pass.”

The coach, in his first year with the Clippers, said he believes that Sterling did make the comments but said he wanted to find out if the recording was doctored.

Rivers confirmed the team’s players had talked about boycotting a playoff game but decided against it. Whether the coach or a player will address the fans before Tuesday’s Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors is being discussed internally, Rivers said. The teams each have two wins in the best-of-seven-games series.

Golden State coach Mark Jackson said Monday that fans should make a statement by staying home.

Poll: Do you think Clippers players should boycott?

Sponsors leave in droves

Twelve Clippers sponsors have taken action. State Farm, Virgin America, CarMax, Red Bull were among companies to pull sponsorships, at least temporarily, CNN Money reported.

Sterling was to receive a lifetime achievement award at an event next month to mark the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles NAACP, but the national organization said Monday that would not happen.

Sterling had been given a lifetime achievement award from the organization in 2009, according to a brochure obtained by CNN.

Roeser, the Clippers’ president, suggested Saturday that Stiviano — whom he didn’t mention by name — was “getting even” with Sterling over a lawsuit.

Rochelle Sterling filed a lawsuit last month against Stiviano, who she said was having an affair with her husband.

In the complaint, Rochelle Sterling accuses Stiviano of targeting extremely wealthy older men. The suit claims that Donald Sterling used the couple’s money to buy Stiviano a Ferrari, two Bentleys and a Range Rover and that Stiviano took possession of a $1.8 million duplex through fraud. Sterling also gave her nearly $250,000 in cash, the court document says.

Stiviano countered in another court document that there was nothing wrong with Donald Sterling giving her gifts and that she never took advantage of the Clippers owner, who made much of his fortune in real estate.

Speaking about the recording, Roeser said, “We do not know if it is legitimate or it has been altered. We do know that the woman on the tape — who we believe released it to TMZ — is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would ‘get even.’ “

Will the NBA make Sterling the first owner to give up team?

Reaction: ‘Disturbing and offensive’

NBA probing recording alleged to be Clippers owner

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Anger, frustration and calls for action echoed around the NBA on Saturday after an audio recording surfaced of a man identified as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to games.

Everybody except for the embattled Clippers owner, who has a decades-long history of alleged discrimination and offensive behavior, seemed to have a response.

The league said it was investigating the recording posted on TMZ’s website, calling the comments “disturbing and offensive.” Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, a target of Sterling’s remarks, said he wouldn’t attend Clippers’ games as long as Sterling was the owner. Miami Heat star LeBron James asked new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to take aggressive measures, saying “there is no room for Donald Sterling in our league.”

“Obviously, if the reports are true it’s unacceptable in our league,” James said. “It doesn’t matter, white, black or Hispanic – all across the races it’s unacceptable. As the commissioner of our league they have to make a stand. They have to be very aggressive with it. I don’t know what it will be, but we can’t have that in our league.”

Silver spoke Saturday night in Memphis, Tenn., before the Grizzlies’ game against Oklahoma City, repeating that the league finds the audio tape “disturbing and offensive” and that Sterling agreed to not attend the Clippers’ game Sunday at Golden State.

“All members of the NBA family should be afforded due process and a fair opportunity to present their side of any controversy, which is why I’m not yet prepared to discuss any potential sanctions against Donald Sterling,” Silver said. “We will, however, move extraordinarily quickly in our investigation.”

Silver said the NBA needs to confirm authenticity of the audio tape and interview both Sterling and the woman in the recording. The Clippers will be back in Los Angeles for Game 5 on Tuesday night.

“We do hope to have this wrapped up in the next few days,” Silver said.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers said players discussed boycotting Game 4 of their first-round playoff series during a 45-minute team meeting but quickly decided against it.

“I think the biggest statement we can make as men, not as black men, as men, is to stick together and show how strong we are as a group,” Rivers said. “Not splinter. Not walk. It’s easy to protest. The protest will be in our play.”

Clippers President Andy Roeser said in a statement that the team did not know if the tape is legitimate or has been altered. He said the woman on the tape, identified by TMZ as V. Stiviano, “is the defendant in a lawsuit brought by the Sterling family alleging that she embezzled more than $1.8 million, who told Mr. Sterling that she would `get even.”‘

Roeser also said the recording does not reflect Sterling’s beliefs. He added that Sterling is “upset and apologizes for sentiments attributed to him” about Johnson, whom he called Sterling’s friend.

In the recording posted on TMZ, the man questions his girlfriend’s association with minorities. TMZ reported Stiviano, who is of black and Mexican descent, posted a picture of herself with Johnson on Instagram – which has since been removed.

The man asked Stiviano not to broadcast her association with black people or bring black people to games. The man specifically mentioned Johnson on the recording, saying “don’t bring him to my games, OK?”

“I will never go to a Clippers game again as long as Donald Sterling is the owner,” Johnson responded on Twitter. He also said the alleged comments are “a black eye for the NBA” and said he felt bad that friends such as Rivers and Clippers point guard Chris Paul had to work for Sterling.

Paul released a statement through the players’ union that said “this is a very serious issue which we will address aggressively.” He also said Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, a former NBA All-Star guard who is the chairman of a search committee to find a new director for the union, would take a leading role to help players address the matter.

Paul and Clippers All-Star forward Blake Griffin declined further comment on the issue after the team’s practice at the University of San Francisco. Other players were not made available as Rivers said he would speak for the team.

“A lot of guys voiced their opinions. None of them were happy about it,” Rivers said. “This was a situation where we’re trying to go after something very important for us, something that we’ve all dreamed about all our childhoods. Donald or anyone else had nothing to do with that dream, and we’re not going to let anything get in the way of those dreams.”

On TNT’s halftime studio show Saturday, host Charles Barkley said “this is the first test of Adam Silver.” He said Silver had to “suspend him and fine him immediately.”

In Dallas, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said “I have plenty of opinions, just not going to share them. He fended off several inquiries before saying: “Obviously, if any business or entrepreneur says or does things that aren’t congruent with what the organization is trying to convey, that’s a problem. But it’s not my problem.”

Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who played for the Clippers from 1992-94, said of Sterling’s comments: “My feeling would be the same, no matter if I was coaching, playing or a fan. There’s no place for it.”

Jacky Johnson, a spokeswoman for the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network, said the organization planned a protest outside Game 5 of the Clippers-Warriors series Tuesday night in Los Angeles.

Sterling, a real estate owner, bought the Clippers in 1981. He is the longest-tenured owner in the NBA since Lakers owner Jerry Buss died last year.

Sterling has been frequently criticized for his frugal operation of the Clippers, although in recent years he has spent heavily to add stars such as Paul and Rivers, who is in his first year as coach. Sterling also has been involved in several lawsuits over the years, including ones with accusations of discrimination.

In November 2009, Sterling agreed to pay $2.73 million to settle allegations by the government that he refused to rent apartments to Hispanics and blacks and to families with children. The Justice Department sued Sterling in August 2006 for allegations of housing discrimination in the Koreatown area of Los Angeles.

In March 2011, Sterling won a lawsuit against former Clippers general manager Elgin Baylor when a jury rejected the Hall of Famer’s claim of age discrimination and harassment. Baylor, who was 76 at the time, had sought about $2 million after claiming he was forced out of the job he had held for 22 years. The team said Baylor left on his own and a jury awarded him nothing.

Sterling is a courtside fixture at Clippers home games. But he rarely visits the team’s locker room at Staples Center, although he made an appearance in December 2012 after the Clippers won their 11th straight game, when he led an awkward locker room cheer.

 

Rapper Severs Penis, Jumps off Balcony in Failed Suicide Attempt

Andre Johnson
A 40-year-old rapper cut off his penis then jumped off of his balcony in a failed suicide attempt early Wednesday (April 16), reports TMZ.

Andre Johnson, who spits under the names Christ Bearer and Andre Roxx, was taken to Cedars-Sinai hospital in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he has been listed in critical condition. His body was found on a West Hollywood street corner at 1:00 a.m.

Johnson belongs to the rap group Northstar and has ties to the Wu-Tang Clan. His group’s members live in the same apartment building and were with him at the time of the incident.

They were all apparently in Johnson’s unit when he abruptly severed his genitals then jumped over the balcony. The friends say they ran down the stairs after he jumped only to find Johnson running around and screaming incoherently. He was not under the influence of “any drugs that would cause him to do such a thing,” the friends said.

Johnson didn’t appear to exhibit any signs of depression or possible mental illness on social media. His most recent update on Twitter was yesterday. According to one of his tweets, Johnson celebrates his birthday later in the month.

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“Now She’s Swingin’ On Shower Rods And S**t”: K. Michelle Clowns Mimi Faust For Sex Tape

K. Michelle becomes victim of online hoax after fan uses story of severely ill child to meet her.

 

Mimi Faust’s decision to sign off on selling a sex tape (it’s actually just a porno) she did with her boyfriend Nikko Smith was the random news that had everyone on social media acting a fool, including Faust’s Love and Hip Hop Atlanta co-stars. Joseline Hernandez cracked jokes on her on Twitter, calling her ‘sex tape’ granny p*rn, and now, former LHHATL co-star K.Michelle has decided to share her two cents.

If you’ll recall, K. Michelle wasn’t a fan of Nikko Smith during her last season on the show. She tried to tell Faust that he was no good, and oh yeah, that he could possibly on the down low in Atlanta. Smith on the other hand, claimed that K was just mad because she allegedly tried to get with him, but he turned her down. She refuted such claims. Any who, after hearing about and seeing the porn sex tape preview, K. Michelle had this to say on Instagram.

“I’ll never wish bad on another woman, but the way those b***hes in Atlanta treated me bad! I’m not perfect and I have my own skeletons, but a deserve this good laugh.”

She also posted the video below where she said this:

“Didn’t nobody wanna listen to me, now she’s swinging on shower rods and s**t.”

Not swinging on shower rods!

Well, no word from Mimi yet on everyone chastising her about her choice to sell her sex tape, but if you’re interested in buying it, it will be released on April 21. Oh, Mimi…

– See more at: http://madamenoire.com/420309/mimi-faust-sex-tape/#sthash.ecYcRGm1.dpuf

Mimi Faust of ‘Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’ does a sex tape

Mimi Faust is going all dirty dirty with a sex tape, according to TMZ. CREDIT: VH1

For folks who think “Real Housewives of Atlanta” is too trashy for their taste, they haven’t seen “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta.”

Mimi Faust, one of the cast members, is releasing something that no housewife that I know has ever marketed: a sex tape.

According to TMZ, she and her love partnerNikko Smith did the tape and somehow it ended up in Vivid Entertainment’s hands. The adult film company plans to release “Mimi and Nikko: Scandal in Atlanta.” The producers of the VH1 show don’t seem to mind. In fact, they are using it as a major plot point in trailers to season three, which starts May 5.

Mimi on this very stylized “reality” show is the ex of Stevie J, a producer with a Cheshire Cat grin and a gift for gab. She frequently acts like she deserves better than Stevie J yet accepts his lavish gifts without too much complaining. They also have a young daughter together. During season two, she started dating a Stevie J look-a-like and producer Nikko, who lacks Stevie J’s charisma but seems plenty scuzzy.

She mentioned the possibility of  a sex tape season two and the producers of the show are gleefully using the tape itself as fodder for season three, which is currently in production.

In the extended four-minute trailer below, she grapples with the ramifications of going into porn and Stevie J is not happy at all:

The video also features a clip of the fight at Benzino and Stevie J’s short-lived nightclub downtown from earlier this year, which I’ve chronicled.  And Benzino getting shot? It shows up as well.

Rap stars Yung Joc and Waka Flocka Flame, plus Diddy-Dirty Money’s Kalena Harper will be joining the cast.  As previously reported, K. Michelle and Traci Steele are out. Karlie Redd, who barely had a story line to her name season two, has started dating Yung Joc, which I have to say is a smart way to stay in the spotlight.

And these are the teasers VH1 publicity conjured up for the third season verbatim:

· Stevie J. and Joseline Hernandez are living in wedded bliss – a pill that many in Atlanta find hard to swallow. Though Joseline couldn’t care less about the opinions of her ‘haters,’ will this feisty starlet be able prove naysayers wrong with an extravagant (and public) ceremony worthy of her title as the “Puerto Rican Princess?”

· Mimi Faust is dealing with a scandal of her own when a sex tape “mysteriously” leaks starring her and boyfriend Nikko – a man her closest confidants don’t trust. Although she stands to gain notoriety and fortune, the mother of one must determine if the reward outweighs the repercussions that could potentially destroy her friendships and family.

· Over in the “palace,” Lil Scrappy is dealing with life after rehab. Post-Erica, Scrappy has gotten close with rapper Bambi, but true to form, he’s still out playing the field and Momma Dee has no issues playing referee.

· Erica Dixon has left the drama of her on-again/off-again romance with Scrappy behind and is instead focusing on new endeavors, her up-and-coming fashion line and the possibility of finding love again.

· The rollercoaster that is Kirk and Rasheeda’s marriage continues to spin out of control as the family’s newest addition, Karter, raises questions that threaten the peace and harmony of their household.

· Meanwhile, Benzino has abandoned the hot tubs and numerous vixens now that he’s found his match in fiancée Althea, a woman whose past may threaten their future together.

· Karlie Redd no longer mourns her breakup with Benzino and has moved on with Yung Joc (“It’s Goin’ Down”), a hit maker who just might have the connections she needs to finally break into the music industry. But will jealousy between the two destroy the beautiful music they make together?

· Newcomers Waka Flocka Flame (“No Hands”) and fiancé Tammy Rivera have been through a series of ups and downs over the course of their three year courtship, but now the time is right for the pair to take the next step together while still pursuing their own personal endeavors.

· This season will also introduce singer/songwriter Kalenna Harper, one-third of Diddy-Dirty Money, who has moved to Atlanta with husband Tony aka “T.Vick” in a last attempt to re-launch her solo career.

Jay-Z causes outrage by wearing gaudy medallion of ‘Five Percent Nation’ group who believe whites are ‘wicked and weak’

  • The Brooklyn-born rapper wore a medallion representing the Five Percent Nation at a Nets game last week
  • One of the main tenets of the Nation of Islam offshoot is that white people are ‘weak and wicked’ and that black men hold the power of God
  • When asked if the medallion holds any importance to him, Jay-Z said: ‘A little bit’
  • Jay-Z was spotted wearing the nation’s symbol last year while giving radio interviews for his new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail
  • A representative for the Five-Percenters said Jay-Z is not an active member and shouldn’t be wearing regalia unless he subscribes to their beliefs

Jay-Z raised eyebrows at the Barclay’s Center last week when he wore a medallion symbolizing the Five Percent Nation.

The Brooklyn-born rapper was sitting court-side at a Nets game on Tuesday with wife Beyonce when he was snapped wearing the controversial symbol.

One of the core tenants of the Five Percent Nation – an off-shoot of the Nation of Islam – is that white people are ‘wicked and inferior’ to black men.

Fashion choice: Rapper Jay-Z turned heads at the Brooklyn Nets game on Tuesday when he wore a Five Percent Nation medallion

Fashion choice: Rapper Jay-Z turned heads at the Brooklyn Nets game on Tuesday when he wore a Five Percent Nation medallion

Race game: The Five Percent Nation is an offshoot of the Nation of Islam and one of the core tenants is that white people are 'weak' and 'inferior' to black men who hold the power of God

Race game: The Five Percent Nation is an offshoot of the Nation of Islam and one of the core tenants is that white people are 'weak' and 'inferior' to black men who hold the power of God

Race game: The Five Percent Nation is an offshoot of the Nation of Islam and one of the core tenants is that white people are ‘weak’ and ‘inferior’ to black men who hold the power of God. On the left, a zoomed in view of Jay-Z’s medallion compared to the group’s official symbol on the right

When asked by a reporter whether the medallion is meaningful to him, Jay-Z shrugged and said ‘A little bit’.

This isn’t the first time that the rapper has been connected to the Five-Percenters.

He was photographed wearing another similar medallion while giving radio interviews for his album Magna Carta Holy Grail last summer.

And in ‘Heaven’ a track on that album, Jay-Z references the Five-Percenters acronym for Allah by rapping ‘Arm leg leg arm head’.

The Five Percent Nation was founded in 1963 by Clarence Smith, a former student of Malcolm X.

But Smith decided to split off from the Nation of Islam after disagreeing over the idea of God.

WHO ARE THE FIVE-PERCENTERS AND WHAT DO THEY BELIEVE?

Early days: The Five Percent Nation was founded in 1963 as an offshoot of the Nation of Islam by Clarence Smith of Harlem

Early days: The Five Percent Nation was founded in 1963 as an offshoot of the Nation of Islam by Clarence Smith of Harlem

 

The Five Percent Nation was founded by Harlem, New York native Clarence Smith in 1963.

Smith was originally a student of Malcom X, leader of the Nation of Islam, but split from the movement because he didn’t agree with their definition of God.

Followers of the Nation of Islam believe that founder Wallace Fard Muhammad is God, but Smith doesn’t agree since he believes that God can only be ‘purely black’ and Muhammad was bi-racial.

Smith, who changed his name to Allah, also believe that God wasn’t a supernatural being, but something found in all black men.

Black women did not possess God, according to his beliefs, but were subordinates of black men.

Still they hold a higher position that all white people who are considered ‘weak, wicked and inferior’ according to Michael Muhammad Knight, who was written two books on the group.

The Five-Percenters get their name from the idea that only five per cent of humanity known the truth about existence and are ‘poor righteous teachers’ trying to tell the rest of the world the truth

Another 10 per cent also know the truth but propagate a belief in a ‘mystery God’ to the ignorant 85 per cent.

Clarence Smith died in 1969 after being murdered in his Harlem housing project.

The Five-Percenters continue today with many followers in the rap world.

Busta Rhymes, the Wu-Tang Clan and Lord Jabar of Brand Nubian are all noted adherents.

Smith didn’t believe that God was a supernatural being, but rather something found in every black man (black women do not have God in them and are considered subordinates, but still hold a higher standing than white people).

Which means he disagreed with the Nation of Islam’s belief that founder Wallace Fard Muhammad was God since Muhammad was bi-racial and not ‘purely black’.

‘The rationale is that the black man is God and created the universe, and is physically stronger and intellectually stronger and more righteous naturally,’ author Michael Muhammad Knight told the New York Post.

‘Whiteness is weak and wicked and inferior — basically just an errant child who needs to be corrected.’

Knight, a white converted Muslim, has written two books on the the Five-Percenters and told Vice: ‘The first lesson I learned from the Five Percent was simple. F*** white people. White people are devils’.

Smith was a former student of Malcolm X, but disagreed with the Nation of Islam leader over the idea of God

Smith was a former student of Malcolm X, but disagreed with the Nation of Islam leader over the idea of God

Above, A Five Percent Nation center in Harlem, New York. Several prominent rappers have become adherents of the movement including Busta Rhymes and the Wu-Tang Clan

Above, A Five Percent Nation center in Harlem, New York. Several prominent rappers have become adherents of the movement including Busta Rhymes and the Wu-Tang Clan

 

While Five-Percenters don’t refer to themselves as Muslims, they borrow their name from the Nation of Islam’s idea that five per cent of humanity are ‘poor righteous teachers’ who are trying to teach the world the truth of existence.

Another 10 per cent know the truth of existence but keep the 85 per cent majority in ignorance by preaching belief in a ‘mystery god’.

Jay-Z isn’t the only rapper that has taken up the Five Percent cause.

Busta Rhymes, Wu Tang Clan and Lord Jabar of Brand Nubian are all noted followers.

But a representative for the group’s upstate region told the Post that they are not happy with Jay-Z flaunting their symbol.

‘Jay Z is not an active member — no one has vouched for him” said Saladin Allah. ‘It was always understood that you don’t wear the ­regalia if you don’t totally subscribe to the life.’

 

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Must Read: Fed Employees Rollout A Bold Idea To Trap The Entire Country’s Wealth

Free market economists are not going to be happy about this…

A major financial news source just published shocking details about a research report by two employees at the Federal Reserve Bank. The 36-page report applauds the use of “capital controls” in global markets.

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “capital controls,” it’s probably because we tend to avoid them in the United States in favor of a free market economy.

Capital controls are simply laws that regulate and restrict what you are allowed to do with your money by regulating the flow of cash in and out of a national economy. The laws define such things as where you can invest your cash and how you can allocate your assets.

If you take a look around the globe, you’ll see several recent example—almost always from countries experiencing a currency crisis:

  • In Cyprus…some citizens cannot withdraw or write checks for more than €300 per day from their own accounts. These controls were put in place after the Greek debt crisis of 2012 and are set to continue until year-end.
  • In Iceland…capital controls imposed in 2008 have blockaded offshore investors from selling $7.2 billion in assets.
  • In Argentina…citizens must pay an extra tax on vacations abroad.
  • In the Ukraine…recent tensions sparked a series of capital controls. Ukrainians must wait six working days before making any type of foreign currency purchases. In addition, they cannot exchange more than the equivalent of $5,800 USD within a given time period.

You might be wondering… how are these draconian laws “a useful tool for managing financial stability” as the recent Fed paper says?

Well, the Fed research claims that capital controls would protect the U.S. dollar from the effects of rapid cash movements…

Of course, the only countries that are worried about capital controls are those deeply worried about a currency crisis.

According to Steve Hanke, a professor of applied economics at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, “Capital controls signal that a country is very worried about preserving its foreign exchange….That means bad things are in the wind.”

SEE ALSO: Is your state as broke as these places?

For more than 50 years, Americans have never really thought twice about the value of our currency.

But times are rapidly changing. And most Americans don’t realize that the greatest weapon in our nation’s arsenal is not our military might or our education system, but the simple fact that the U.S. dollar is the world’s “reserve currency.” As such, our money forms the basis of the global financial system. And banks around the world hold our dollars in reserve against their loans.

That’s why, for the past few decades, we have been able to print and borrow trillions of dollars, with no real negative impact.

We are the only country in the world that does not have to pay for imports in a foreign currency. We can rack up enormous debts and then print more money.

But this exorbitant privilege could soon expire, because many of the most powerful countries around the world (including China and Russia) are looking for a new world reserve currency.

And when the U.S. dollar is no longer the world’s reserve currency… when we can no longer print money and borrow absurd sums without consequence– we are in trouble.

One financial guru, Porter Stansberry, believes this currency collapse in America is actually going to happen much sooner than most people think. He says that’s how currency collapses happen… gradually… slowly… then all of a sudden. And Mr. Stansberry has an uncanny track record of predicting some of the biggest moves in the economy over the past decade. In 2006 he announced GM would go bankrupt and in 2007 he predicted Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would also soon go bankrupt. Both of his predictions came to fruition.

WATCH: Learn more from Porter Stansberry, here.

Now Stansberry says the next big collapse could be America’s currency. And even though most Americans think this could never happen… not here…Stansberry believes new laws set to go in place on July 1st 2014 will dramatically accelerate this process.

What is this law that was secretly passed by the Obama Administration… and how will it affect you, your money, and the U.S. dollar?

Stansberry and his Baltimore-based research team have put together a free slide presentation that explains everything you need to know. Get the facts and protect yourself here.

SEE ALSO: The catastrophic events planned for July 1, 2014

 

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ to Begin Filming in May

The film will be set 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi,” Disney and Lucasfilm announced Tuesday.

Disney and Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII will begin filming in May and will be set 30 years after the events in 1983′s Return of the Jedi.

“There will be some very familiar faces along with a trio of new young leads,” said Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger during Disney’s annual shareholder’s meeting in Portland, Ore.

The film, to be directed by J.J. Abrams, is set for release on Dec. 18, 2015. It will shoot primarily in London at Pinewood Studios.

The film has been shrouded in secrecy, but it was recently reported that Adam Driver is in talks to play an undisclosed villain and a slew of names have been reported as in meetings for the three new lead roles.
“Rumor has it that almost every actor in the world has been cast in this movie, but so far, the official castmember that we’ve confirmed — the only one — is R2D2,” said Iger on the call.

The Hollywood Reporter recently reported that Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o met with J.J. Abrams only a few weeks ago. Several sources say that Jesse Plemons is one of the actors to beat for one of the roles and that British actors Ed Speleers and John Boyega are also in the mix.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ to Begin Filming in May

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