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Meek Mill Announces Album Date
Meek Mill announced the follow up album to 2012’s Dreams and Nightmares earlier this year and since then we’ve been patiently awaiting the album’s release date.
Meek finally revealed when the ‘Dreams Worth More Than Money’ will drop! According to his twitter we can expect the project on September 9th. He describes the album as “trap hop”- a mix of trap and hip hop. He’s confident about the quality and said, “There ain’t gonna be no album to top this…it’s just gonna be different this time.”
New Study Says Kids Raised By Same Sex Marriage Are Happier And Healthier
Despite society’s hesitance in accepting same-sex couples to raise children- a new study suggests that kids who are brought up by same-sex couples are happier and healthier overall. University of Melbourne research says that these kids have better physical health and social well being compared to their general population counterparts. The lead researcher said, “It’s often suggested that children with same-sex parents have poorer outcomes because they’re missing a parent of a particular sex. But research my colleagues and I published in the journal BMC Public Health shows this isn’t the case.” 315 same-sex parents with 500 kids in Australia were surveyed and it was determined that these kids scored 6% higher on health and family cohesion questions. 80% of those surveyed had mother-mother homes while 18% were father-father households. These results are believed to be because of the equal distribution of responsibilities and the parents not defaulting to stereotypical gender roles. While there was a difference in general heath and family cohesion, emotional and physical functioning results were similar to those found in the general population. Despite the positive outcomes, the orientation of the parents in the same-sex households did have a negative impact in the stigma it causes kids to face BUT, “Many studies have demonstrated that children’s well-being is affected much more by their relationships with their parents, their parents’ sense of competence and security, and the presence of social and economic support for the family than by the gender or the sexual orientation of their parents.”
Newspaper Disrespects President Obama
A New York newspaper is under fire after calling President Obama the n-word in a headline! The West Village News thought that it would be okay to title an op-ed piece “The N****r in the White House”. The article was written by a James Lincoln Collier and was actually pro-Obama. The article criticized the racism demonstrated by “far-right voters”. The paper was not posted online because of its risqué title but it was distributed to 20,000 readers in the West Village area. The internet went craze when the New York Post put a screen grab of the offensive title on their website. Representatives from the paper have not yet commented on the situation.
Common: “Drake Beef Was Over Serena Williams”
Back in 2012 things got really awkward when Drake and Common started going tit-for-tat with direct jabs at each other in their music. Both artists remained hush hush about the cause of the beef until now. Common sat down for an interview with VladTV where he admitted that the drama was sparked because of Serena Williams. When asked about it he said, “For me it was an emotional thing…at that time I think it was the Drake-Serena situation. I aint know what was going on with that. I aint know if he was throwing shots at me like this is my ex and we kinda goin our separate ways…unfortunately the war might have been over a girl even though at the time I never said that.” He went on to explain that it was more an issue of respect. He’s glad that the beef never escalated beyond music and that he likes Drake as an artist and appreciates him as an emcee, now he has nothing but love for him. The two had a heart to heart and have made peace with each other.
Weed Delivered Through An App
Need tree? There’s an app for that. Two students from the University of Washington have developed an app that connects medical marijuana patients to their pot and has it delivered to their door. The app is called Canary and is described as an “Uber for marijuana”. Right now the 24/7 service app will be offered in Seattle with plans to expand to Denver and California this month. Users will have to provide proof in the form of their medican marijuana card before signing up and also upon the product’s delivery. Patients will have to pay a 10-15% upcharge as a delivery fee but the apps creators are discussing flat fee rates and dispensary fees instead.
Philly Fourth Of July Jam Cleaning Up
Philadelphia's mayor is promising a review of the city's July Fourth concert after several acts used expletives during their performances. Mayor Michael Nutter says that that concert organizers are contractually obligated to make the free concert suitable for families. He says the city will work to make next year's "Welcome America" concert more family-friendly.
Riot Breaks Out In Southwest Philly
Yesterday I talked about the 4 children who died playing with fireworks over the weekend. The fireworks incited a fire that burned through row houses. First 4 houses then 8 and the whole block almost burnt down.
Residents in southwest Philly are upset the fire department did not respond fast enough. Last night a group of people gathered to demand answers as to why the firefighters took so long to respond and this bought the police out. The protest followed a community meeting and they went to a nearby fire station and then back to the scene of the fire, on the 6500 block of Gesner Street. The protest got bad after 7 p.m. when a truck apparently tried to move out of the firehouse. When several people laid on the street to keep the truck from leaving, police moved in and grabbed them by their legs to pull them back. The fire commissioner soon came, police has batons on hand and some of the protestors allegedly threw water bottles at them. It got bad and the pictures took horrible. Records show the first call to the dispatcher came in just before 2:45 a.m. for a couch on fire on a porch. A neighbor said he called 911 after seeing the couch. The operator asked him for the address, but did not press for more details. Fire dispatch records show that the department spent crucial minutes deploying resources because they thought they were headed to a rubbish fire rather than a fast-moving blaze that had begun to consume houses. One of the houses had seven children trapped. The fire commissioner maintains that they were not slow in response because they thought it was a rubbish fire. They say the fire engine assigned to the nearby station was responding to a car fire that had been reported at 2:24 a.m. The first firefighters to respond from the station house were in a ladder truck, which, unlike a fire engine, carries no water. The ladder truck can connect to hyrants, but the water pressure is less. It is unclear from the records how much time elapsed between the arrivals of the ladder truck and of the engine carrying water. People are saying the response time was not adequate and as more calls came in they upgraded the status. At 2:48:20, three minutes after the initial report and after more calls from neighbors the dispatcher upgraded the call to a dwelling fire and began deploying more resources, the records show.