JMBLYA 2017

Big News

Allllll of these hits, and Gucci Mane’s just now reaching platinum status? How is this so? News has it Guwop scored his first platinum record of his entire career with the Drake-assisted “Both.” He of course took a moment to celebrate, posting a photo of his RIAA certification to Instagram with the caption: “#Both certified platinum #ThePowerOfTheMindIsNotAJoke@champagnepapi much respect.”

And as anyone who’s been following Gucci throughout his career knows (and particularly the first year following his prison release), Gucci has tonnns to celebrate. He not only just dropped another album (listen—Droptopwop might honestly already be one of our top albums of the yet-to-be summer), but his autobiography is due out in September. Word on the street is BET has also rounded him up for a reality TV series with his gorgeous fiancée, Keyshia Ka’oir.

Big Lies

James Comey’s written testimony… let’s just say that besides “blowing a massive hole” (as CNN put it) through pretty much everything Trump’s had to say about their interactions with one another, it truly reveals a lot—and we mean a LOT—about the dynamic shared between the two of them. “The testimony, which Comey is set to deliver Thursday in one of the most highly-anticipated Congressional hearing in decades, reads like a point-by-point dismissal of Trump’s version of events,” CNN writes. *And!* If you read closely (you can, just click here), you’ll realize it seems Comey wasn’t so sure about Trump from day one (and why would he be?)

An excerpt:

“I felt compelled to document my first conversation with the President-Elect in a memo. To ensure accuracy, I began to type it on a laptop in an FBI vehicle outside Trump Tower the moment I walked out of the meeting. Creating written records immediately after one-on-one conversations with Mr. Trump was my practice from that point forward. This had not been my practice in the past.”

*Sips tea*

Big Facts

Black leaders are urging Arizona to do away with not one, not two, but SIX U.S. Civil War Confederate monuments. AZ Central reports reps of the Maricopa County and East Valley branches of the NAACP, Black Lives Matter-PHX, and religious organizations “called for immediate action” during a recent news conference. “We believe that these monuments have been erected to intimidate, terrorize and strike fear in the hearts of Arizonans, particularly African-Americans, while inspiring and emboldening white supremacists,” East Valley NAACP spokeswoman Collette Watson said. Roy Tatem, East Valley NAACP president added, “To see Louisiana dismantling their elaborate Confederate monuments…to see Baltimore entertaining removing Confederate monuments, to see South Carolina finally removing the Confederate flag from its state Capitol — we think that our chances are very good.”

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