(Original article – Hot 97 L’Oréal Luchi)

Mayor de Blasio announced Sunday (May 17) that it’s not safe for NYC beaches to reopen.

The news comes a few days after Governor Cuomo announced state beaches would reopen for Memorial Day Weekend.

“It’s not the right thing to do,” Mayor de Blasio said during his daily briefing. “The idea here is to put health and safety first. No one has to be reminded, we are the epicenter of this crisis.”

Part of his concerns regards opening public places too quickly. States such as Florida and Georgia have already begun reopening different parts of their business.

“The city will add fencing to control entry points and access to beaches will be further restricted if social distancing or no-swim rules are not observed,” de Blasio said

Take a look at his statement below:

It is possible things can change over the summer, it depends on the reduced number of COVID-19 cases.

State beaches in other regions such as New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware will still reopen as announced.

(Original article from Hot 97 – L’Oréal Luchi)

Rick Ross is caught up in some family drama.

Earlier this month, the mother of his two children and one on the way, Briana Camille, sues Rick Ross for child support. She also wanted Ricky Rozay to establish himself as the father, and pay her legal fees. Rick Ross requested a DNA test and he recently got the news he was waiting for.

The DNA results show that he IS the father of Briana’s children. Ross responded to the results on his Instagram and had some interesting things to say. He referred to Briana as “fat girl” and his “surrogate.” In the video, he also put a clown emoji and stated she took it “moths after” he requested her to. 

One user said they were “disappointed” in Ross and others told him to stop being petty. Take a look:

(Original article from Hot 97 – L’Oréal Luchi)

Meagan Good is constantly having to defend herself against people online or in the church community. 

The actress recently addressed a fan who had some things to say about the color tone of her skin. Megan posted a video of herself, fresh face, and someone online said,

“Megan looked better with dark skin…She not so pretty anymore she looks average…But her dark skin was above average…Why did she Bleach.” Megan calmly clapped back and explained that without her knowledge, an unlicensed aesthetician used a product on her skin that messed it up. 

“ I didn’t Queen. A (unbeknownst to me) unlicensed aesthetician gave me a product to correct a sun damage mark on my forehead that messed up my skin. 

Megan went on to say that she’s about 80% recovered and she’s regaining her color daily. 

“By the grace of God only, I’m about 80% through recovery and regaining my color daily. To be honest it was a beyond painful and traumatic experience because I would never wish that on anybody. I’d really appreciate if you wouldn’t continue to spread assumptions and rumors. God Bless You.”

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The Think Like A Man Too actress, who is married to Sony Pictures Executive and Seventh Day Adventist pastor Devon Franklin, has also dealt with intense judgment about her style of clothing on a consistent basis. In her next IG post, she was accused of being “ungodly” because she was in a jacuzzi with her baiting suit. 

Meagan reportedly once said, 

“I’m not any less holy because the dress I wore -I may not be who people think I should be -but I’m morphing into exactly who God wants me to be.. My excuse is never “I’m going to do me” and I don’t feel that I need to make an excuse or defend or what I wore .. I know I have a responsibility -and I’m working daily to fulfill the full potential of all God has created me to be.” 

(Original article from Hot 97 – L’Oréal Luchi)

Some people could see a second stimulus check since The House successfully passed another stimulus relief package. 

The first round of checks was under the $2 trillion Cares Act and it was passed in March. Under the $3 trillion Heroes Act, those who qualified for the first stimulus check will receive another payment of $1200. It will be the same set up as last time where an additional $500 will be given per child for eligible people. There is a maximum of $6000 in payments for a family. 

An additional $200 billion will be added for hazard pay for essential workers and six more months of unemployment due to COVID-19. Forbes reports essential workers are considered to be those who work in the medical and healthcare, telecommunications, information technology systems, defense, food and agriculture, transportation and logistics, energy, water and wastewater, law enforcement, and public works.

If the bill that was passed becomes law, another round of checks will be sent. It can only become law after both the chambers of Congress pass it and the president then signs it. 

The House is agreeing to send just one more check instead of a monthly one that most Americans would prefer. It hasn’t been reported when the next voting will take place but we’ll the bill getting passed is a huge first step. 

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Jay Z and Meek Mill are dedicated to their jail REFORM Alliance efforts.

The two rappers founded the organization last year and are taking extra measures to ensure the safety of inmates during the pandemic. They sent about 100,000 surgical masks to different prisons as some facilities are without any due to a shortage of medical supplies.

NY’s largest prison complex, Rikers Island, will receive 50,000 masks and an additional 2,500 masks. 

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(Original article from Hot 97 – King Louie)

5 years ago today (May 17), the hip hop world was shocked by the news that Queens native Chinx was shot and killed in his car as it sat at Queens Boulevard and 84th Drive in New York City.

At the time of his tragic passing, Chinx was preparing to take the next step in his career as he stood beside French Montana. This was noticed as one year before his passing Chinx stepped onto the Summer Jam Festival Stage.

At the time of his passing, he was preparing the release of his first solo album Welcome To JFK, following successful mixtape releases of Cocaine Riot’s 4 & 5 in 2014.

Three months later on August 14, 2015, the hip hop world was able to celebrate the life and music of Chinx with the posthumous release of his debut album, lead by the single “On Your Body” featuring Meet Sims. The project reached #2 on the Billboard rap charts at the time.

On this day, we remember Chinx.

(Original article Hot 97 – by L’Oréal Luchi)

Jay-Z’s Roc Nation is stepping in on the road to justice for Ahmaud Arbery. 

We covered the horrible story, an unarmed black man, 25, Ahmaud Arbery was “hunted like an animal,” his father says after two white men shot him in cold blood while running through Brunswick, Georgia in February.

The two men responsible for the killing of an unarmed black man are Gregory McMichael, a former cop, 64, and his Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested for the death of Ahmaud Arbery. Both men were taken into custody and face charges of aggravated assault and murder. However, Roc Nation is demanding the arrest of the neighbor who filmed the killing of the unarmed Ahmaud Arbery. 

Roc Nation’s letter, signed by Jay Z, Yo Gotti, Meek Mill, and Alicia Keys, also urges state Attorney General Christopher Carr to appoint a special prosecutor to help achieve a fair trial. Roc Nation and other activists want District Attorney Tom Durden removed from the case due to a conflict of interest, his affiliation with Gregory McMichael. 

The letter says: “Everyday activities should not end in death sentences. We must hold people responsible for their actions. Ahmaud Arbery was unarmed and innocent and his killers must be brought to justice. 

It goes on to say that as a society we can no longer “pretend that the racial inequities, which exist in every facet of our lives, don’t invariably lead down the path to poverty, violence, and death.” The letter is asking for the cycle to be broken. “To even think about breaking this cycle we need you to protect the process and preserve the fairness of the trial.”

In a statement, Yo Gotti said, “We are all Ahmaud Arbery.”