Blue Ivy Just Dropped Her First Music Video— She’s Truly Never Seen a Ceiling in Her Whole Life.
January 7 was Blue Ivy’s 6th birthday (man, time flies), and to celebrate, Jay-Z blessed the world with animated visuals for “Blue’s Freestyle.” Directed and animated by Maurice Taylor, the video finds Blue on stage at a ballet recital before dropping bars and flexing on ’em. We know it’s been a little hard to get out of bed lately for y’all east coasters, so let this be your Monday AM pick-me-up.
For a Hot Second, We Thought Someone Tried to Burn Down Trump Tower.
It actually ended up being tied to issues with the building’s heating and air conditioning system. If you didn’t catch it on your timeline, firefighters rushed to Manhattan’s Trump Tower around 7 a.m. on Monday morning to put out a blaze that billowed from the roof and left two injured. Eric Trump, the president’s son, later sent out a tweet thanking firefighters for doing “an incredible job.”
The New Jim Crow Is Banned in Prisons? We Demand Answers.
Michelle Alexander’s acclaimed The New Jim Crow, which took an unfiltered and necessary look at “mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness,” is reportedly banned in some New Jersey prisons. Specifically, it’s included on lists of prohibited publications that inmates in state correctional facilities aren’t allowed to have. “Under New Jersey regulations, inmates are not allowed to receive publications that threaten prison safety, incite violence or feature details of activities such as bomb-making and lock-picking,” The Guardian reports. “Magazines appealing to a ‘prurient interest in sex’ are also barred.” But… This book is none of that… So what are y’all doing? The ACLU wants to know.
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