Sen. John McCain cemented his Republican front-runner status Tuesday, piling up big wins coast-to- coast. Democratic voters remain evenly split on Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama for their party’s nomination. On Tuesday night, McCain capped the night by taking California and all its 170 delegates. He has gathered 615 delegates so far in his presidential campaign. Obama won more states, but Clinton won states with higher delegate counts.Barack won: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Utah, Illinois and Georgia with a total of 732. Clinton won: Arizona, Arkansas, Oklahoma,Tennessee, New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts with a total of 825. Gov. Mitt Romneyhas 268delegates, and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has 169. The presidential races head to key primaries in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia next Tuesday. The candidates hope to gain momentum for those with victories in the Louisiana primaries and Washington state caucuses on Saturday.
Over the beat to Lil Wayne’s "Gossip", Krondon talks about his relationship with former Strong Arm Steady member Xzibit. Not to be mistaken as a beef track, Kron gets into some things that people might have been wondering about. Click here to listen
Semi-Pro: Movie comes out Feb. 29th and stars Andre 3000, Will Ferrell and Woody Harrelson.
Below is a statement sent to us from Talib Kweli on supporting the Obama campaign. It is the last year of the Bush administration and thank God. I usually rail against being described as simply "political rapper", and I haven’t voted since Bill Clinton first ran for President. I was following the tradition that Black Americans have had of voting for democrats since we got the right in 1964 (temporarily). Then, Clinton, as president’s go, seemed better than Bush Sr., but I did not like his policies in Sudan or the constant bombing of Iraq. I also did not like the way our government dragged us thru the Lewinsky scandal. I felt betrayed by the system, and I stopped voting, no longer accepting of the lesser of two evils. I knew the two party system was designed to fail us. I knew that politicians must lie for a living, because it would be impossible to make good on their promises. I knew about the lobbyists and the PAC. I did not make it my issue, but if someone asked me, I would explain why I didn’t vote. Most of the time people talked to me like I lost my mind, but every once and awhile someone understood. I knew that our ancestors fought and died for the right to vote, but I didn’t feel like voting for the lesser of two evils in a broken system was the proper way to honor them. It was pageantry, and I wasn’t with it. I wasn’t with Vote or Die, because I knew that voting itself, with no real knowledge of who is paying these candidates to run million dollar a day campaigns, is far from a revolutionary act. I haven’t even started to talk about the electoral college that they taught us about in grade school. In this republic, delegates votes are counted, and states with more land have more votes. You can technically have more votes, but lose the election. When the verdict is in question, the Supreme Court decides, as they did when Al Gore clearly won the election but lost due to bipartisan bullshit. The bankers of the world pay our politicians, and often tailor laws and regulations to line their own pockets. I have often stated that I cannot participate in a system that not only is designed to see me fail, but corrupts itself as well. This was all before Barack Obama threw his hat in the ring. I, like many, appreciated his effort from the sidelines, watching him do the dance on the news. I found myself relating to him and enjoying hearing him speak, but I still remained distrustful of politicians in general. I felt like I could serve my community in many ways on a grassroots level that proceeded politics. I started to see the Obama campaign doing that grassroots work. I hear him speaking about poor people, the environment, things that I haven’t heard from politicians who have electability. My criticism of the political system is that it siphons out rational thought because who have to be all things to all people. You can’t stand for anything doing that. I remember when Obama spoke out against the war, early. I think the time he spent as a civil rights attorney on Chicago’s south side gives him a unique perspective. I often hear about his lack of experience, but his experience is one that I most closely identify with. I’m not saying I could be president, but I am saying that our government could use a new energy. In order for a revolution to happen, you need revolutionary writers, soldiers, teachers, poets, musicians, garbage men, cab drivers, politicians, across the board. Everyone will not always agree, but the things we agree on, we should strengthen. When I was younger, none of this really mattered. Now I have two beautiful children, and Barack Obama is an incredibly positive influence on them. I want them to know they can be anything they want. With that said, I still feel the same as I do about the political system, and one man can’t change it. But this man deserves our support nonetheless. I appreciate what he’s doing, and there comes a time in history when change is necessary for all of us to prosper. I can’t be critical of a society that is scared of change, but be stubborn in my ways for the sake of it. I support Barack Obama and encourage others to take a real look at his campaign so they can come to their own conclusions. I am not delusional about what the office of the president represents, but my support for him is just that, support for someone speaking my language amidst an ocean of doubletalk. Thank you for you time. Talib Kweli, MCEO, Blacksmith
Missy Elliot is asking fans to her upcoming album due out this Spring. To enter the contest, go to www.missy-elliott.com and submit the album name. The winner will receive a $500 adidas “Respect Me” git card and credit on the album cover. The contest ends February 20th and the winner will be announced March 2nd.
by AF Today is Super Tuesday, which means it’s time to vote. People had fought and died for this right. Whether you vote for Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, or whomever, just vote.;
Word on the street is that Mary and Jay will be touring later this year … together! Maybe it’s just an album that they are working on? Anyway these two are definitely up to something!
According to a lawsuit filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, Sonja Norwood, the mom of Brandy and Ray J, claims in 2004, when Kim K was a stylist, she was given permission to use Sonja’s American Express card to make "one (and only one)" purchase on behalf of Sonja. Also, Kim allegedly gave the card to other members of her family — Khloe, Kourtney and Robert Jr. The suit claims in 2006, the Ks racked up $62,793.83 in unauthorized charges. And, in 2007, they blew another $57,841.82. The total: $120,635.65! And get this for audacity: the suit claims the Kardashians charged thousands of dollars in their own stores, Dash and Smooch. source
Blacksmith Live At The Apollo featuring Talib Kweli, Jean Grae, and the Strong Arm Steady gang. The album will first be available on iTunes on 2/19.
The girls are definitely growing up!
by AF According to the Houston Chronicle, Pimp C’s (Chad Butler) cause of death was an accidental overdose of cough syrup and sleep apnea. . For more click here.
The famed Apollo Theater, in Harlem, on February 22nd, 2008 (7:30PM & 11:00PM) will kick off The Roots Heineken New Legends Series. Tickets go on sale February 6th, but there’s a phone pre-sale going on now. Call Ticketmaster at 212.307.7171 and use the code "Roots". Tickets start at $31.50. Before that though, The Roots crew heads to L.A. for Grammy weekend where they will be throwing down for their 5th Annual Jam Session the night before the awards. This year’s event is in collaboration with ROCK THE VOTE. Peep the flyer and learn more. LA !! Okayplayer is giving away 10 pairs of tickets to this exclusive event so enter now! source
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