Federal Judge Blocks Trump Admin from Defunding “Sanctuary Cities”

Late Friday, September 15, a federal judge in Chicago issued a nationwide injunction that would bar the Trump administration’s attempt to defund “sanctuary cities.”

The term “sanctuary city” refers to the roughly 300 local governments nationwide that have chosen not to cooperate with federal law enforcement efforts against immigrant communities. Just last month a judge barred Texas from aiding the federal immigration efforts.

Friday’s ruling came from District Judge Harry Leinenweber who ruled on the principle that cutting funding for those cities protecting undocumented immigrants is unlawful and unconstitutional. Further adding that Attorney General Jeff Sessions didn’t possess the authority to impose such penalties.

In his 41-page decision, Leinenweber wanted to widen the scope of his ruling to a more national view, stating, “no reason to think that the legal issues present in this case are restricted to Chicago or that the statutory authority given to the attorney general would differ in another jurisdiction.”

SOURCE: VLADTV

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Zaytoven Signs to Motown Records

Zaytoven, a super producer in his own right known for making hits with Gucci Mane and Soulja Boy, signed to Motown Records.

Zaytoven Signs to Motown Records

The producer published a statement announcing his new partnership with the label and promised that new music is coming soon. “One of the most influential figures in urban music, Zaytoven is widely credited with curating the signature sound of such international superstars such as Gucci Mane, Future, and Migos. He has also worked with Drake, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Rick Ross, Lil Yachty and numerous other artists,” the release read. It also included a statement from Capitol CEO Steve Barnett. “Zaytoven’s prowess as a producer, songwriter and musician continues to have such influence and impact on music and popular culture, and his signing to Motown through his Familiar Territory Records will enable us all to experience his significant talents as a recording artist,” said Barnett. “I couldn’t be happier that Zaytoven is now a member of the CMG family.” Zaytoven grew up playing music in the church and eventually made the transition to hip-hop. He’s been one of the top names in southern rap production and doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. VIBE labeled him “Atlanta’s true trap music pioneer.”

Bill Maher: ‘White supremacists are the federal government’

From California’s “defiance” of the federal government on climate change to local authorities refusing “to cooperate with Trump’s deportation squad,” Bill Maher declared “the white supremacists are the federal government” and liberals are the new “rebels” of states’ rights.

The Real Time host said on his Friday night show that “the script has completely flipped from 50 years ago,” pointing to Alabama Governor George Wallace, who proclaimed in a 1963 speech, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” He “physically blocked the door of the University of Alabama to prevent black kids from enrolling” and used states’ rights as justification for his cause, Maher noted.

“But that was then,” the HBO personality continued. “Now the white supremacists are the federal government and it’s liberal states that are under siege from federal overreach. We’re trying to defend our way of life here and what we believe in. We believe in sanctuary cities and pollution controls and legalized pot and gun control and ObamaCare and a woman’s right to choose — and we’re going to defend ‘em.”

Switching to a Southern accent, he shouted, “We the rebels now! We are the rebels now and now we get to talk like this!”

Maher compared Mississippi’s defiance of Attorney General Bobby Kennedy’s call for desegregation in the 1960s to states now fighting against Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who, among other controversial moves, is attacking affirmative action. Conservatives, he says, “can’t get mad because we’re just following in a long and hallowed conservative tradition called states’ rights. It’s just that now we’re the state that wants to be left alone.”

SOURCE: EW

ESPN Reportedly Tried to Replace Jemele Hill

The White House encouraged ESPN to fire Jemele Hill after the anchor tweeted disparaging remarks about President Donald Trump. The network allegedly did try to pull the SportsCenter host, according to a report from ThinkProgress.

Hill was caught in the middle of a firestorm when she tweeted that Trump was a white supremacist, ignorant and unfit for the job of commander in chief. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that Hill’s tweets were a “fireable offense,” and several conservative publications started a social media movement for that to happen.

ESPN issued a statement on Tuesday, reprimanding Hill for her comments but didn’t issue a suspension. According to Think Progress, they did, however, try to remove the host. The network reportedly tried to keep Hill off the air on Wednesday evening, but her co-host Michael Smith refused to do the show without her, sources said. They also said that the producers reached out to two other black ESPN hosts, Michael Eaves and Elle Duncan, to ask them to serve as fill-ins for the show, but Eaves and Duncan refused to take the place of Hill and Smith. Faced with the possibility of having to replace Hill and Smith with white co-hosts (which would’ve caused a firestorm), sources said ESPN then called Hill and asked her to come back on her show.

ESPN refutes these claims.

“Yesterday was a hard and unusual day, with a number of people interpreting the day without a full picture that happened,” Rob King, the senior vice president for news and information at SportsCenter, told ThinkProgress. “In the end, ultimately, Michael and Jemele appearing on the show last night and doing the show the way they did is the outcome we always desired.”

“We never asked any other anchors to do last night’s show. Period,” ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz emailed ThinkProgress after they published their report.

Hill did not address the controversy during the show Wednesday night, but she did release a statement on Twitter. She did not apologize for her statements, nor delete the tweets, but apologized for painting ESPN in an unfair light.

SOURCE: VLADTV

Chance The Rapper Sued For Copyright Infringement

The rise of Chance The Rapper has been a rapid one. The rapper has managed to garner critical praise for his Coloring Book album along with him setting up initiatives to raise money for the Chicago Public School system.

Chance The Rapper Sued For Copyright Infringement

However, it looks as if his past may be giving him some trouble, as he is being sued for copyright infringement. The lawsuit stems from a jazz musician named Abdul Wali Muhammad who says the rapper used a “significant portion” of one of his songs on his track “Windows.” According to the document filed by the musician and his lawyer, “blatant and willful infringement” of Muhammad’s song “Bridge Through Time” took place.

For those unaware, “Windows” was a song featured on Chance The Rapper’s 2012 mixtape 10 Days. Because of that, Muhammad has issued a request to a federal judge asking the rapper to refrain from “copying, distributing, performing, selling or offering to sell” the track “Windows.”

Chance The Rapper Sued For Copyright Infringement

Muhammad’s lawyer went on to say “Chance failed and refused to take any action to halt access to the infringing song,” even though Muhammad directly reached out to the artist about the pending issue. No one from Chance’s team has commented on the situation.

SOURCE: VLADTV

Serena Williams Posts First Pictures of Daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr.

Nearly two weeks after giving birth, tennis champion and now proud mom, Serena Williams, posted pictures of her newly born daughter on Instagram.

Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., named after her father and Williams’ fiance, was born on Sept. 1st, 2017 weighing 6lbs. and 14oz. In a video on Serena’s website, she says “we had a lot of complications but look what we got. We got a baby girl.” The newly born champion came into this world healthy and undefeated.

SOURCE: VLADTV

St. Martin Residents Riot Due to Food & Water Shortages After Hurricanes

Islands in the Caribbean were hit back to back by Hurricane Jose and Hurricane Irma. Places like St. Martin were devastated by the storm, and now reports have surfaced noting that violence has broken out on the island as residents search for food and water. So far, it has been reported that 27 people died as a result of both hurricanes. However, Hurricane Irma may have taken more lives, according to the NY Times.

The news pointed out that there was a major shortage in the amount of food and water available, and there were many power outages. Along with that, there was a major lack in phone service as well, which is keeping many from confirming their safety to their family members outside of the region. A 63-year-old resident pointed out what was happening in St. Martin, saying, “All the food is gone now. People are fighting in the streets for what is left.” On the Dutch side of the island, police noted that increased police presence will be implemented on the street to keep looting from getting out of control. The United States government also noted that they would be sending a flight to St. Martin to get most of the citizens evacuated from the devastated island.

SOURCE: VLADTV