Florida Cops Fired Over Racist Texts


 

A five-month internal investigation on four Florida cops led to three of them being fired, and one of them resigning, according to NBC Miami. The officers reportedly sent a trailer-style video amongst themselves containing a Ku Klux Klan hood, attacks against minorities, derogatory images of President Obama and racist comments about Hispanics and homosexuals.

“I had a wet dream that you two found those n—–s in the VW and gave them the death penalty right there on the spot,” one of the texts reads. Many of their extremely hostile and racially charged conversations can be read at the Sun Sentinel.

According to another text, one of the officers said, “We are coming and drinking all your beer and killing n—–s.”

“There was no criminal behavior detected during this investigation, however, the four officers’ conduct was inexcusable and there is zero tolerance for this kind of behavior in the Fort Lauderdale Police Department,” said Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Frank Adderley.

Source Huffington Post

Jazz in the Gardens Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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The City of Miami Gardens is proud to present the 10th Annual Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) music festival at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. The two-day music festival from March 21-22, 2015, will feature: Maxwell, Toni Braxton, R. Kelly, Erykah Badu, Run-D.M.C., Sheila E., Brian Culbertson, Men of Soul’s Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, and Freddie Jackson, and Jazz in the Gardens All Stars Ronnie Laws, Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Tom Browne. Comedians and nationally-syndicated radio personalities D.L. Hughley and Rickey Smiley will co-host the festival.

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Jazz in the Gardens will also feature local artists Valerie Tyson and Karina Iglesias of “The Voice” along with more than 40 exotic food vendors, an action-packed Vendor Marketplace, and the most anticipated lineup for the City’s milestone 10th year of its signature event. On Saturday and Sunday, doors to the festival will open at 3 p.m. and the show will start at 4 p.m. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster or http://www.jazzinthegardens.com.

The Women’s Impact Conference and Luncheon (WICL) will kick off the Jazz in the Gardens Weekend on Friday, March 20, at the Miramar Cultural Center with the theme “THERE’S NO ‘S’ ON MY CHEST BUT A HERO LIVES WITHIN.” The event will feature keynote speaker reality show personality Omarosa Manigault and R&B vocalist Howard Hewett. Friday night Rickey Smiley and a few special guests from his morning show will host the Official Jazz in the Gardens Pre-Party featuring The D.M.C. Band, a comedy show, live entertainment and dancing.

“Without a doubt, this is our most exciting lineup yet,” said City of Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert. “And by the reports on ticket sales, there’s no denying it. There is no sunnier, breezier, or better place to enjoy your favorite exotic food, good friends and amazing live performances than in the Gardens in springtime. We welcome our guests who travel from all over the world to celebrate our milestone 10th year of the fastest growing jazz and R&B festival in America.”

Predicted early on to break last year’s record of 68,000 tickets sold, tracking a 15% increase in ticket sales, JITG ’10 is well on its way to breaking its record for an anticipated 71,000 tickets sold.

 

Blurred Lines Verdict Shakes Up Music Industry

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The lines are no longer blurred. Nona Gaye, Frankie Gaye and Marvin Gaye III, children of the late soul crooner Marvin Gaye and the beneficiaries of his music rights who sued Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams in 2013 for infringing on the copyright of Gaye’s 1977 hit, “Got To Give It Up.”

So what effect will the “Blurred Lines” verdict have on the music industry?

That’s the question being asked after a federal jury in Los Angeles found Tuesday that the 2013 hit song “Blurred Lines” infringed on the Marvin Gaye chart-topper “Got to Give It Up,” awarding nearly $7.4 million to Gaye’s children

The case focused on the similarities between the song and the legendary soul singer’s 1977 hit. Jurors found against singer-songwriters Pharrell Williams and Robin Thicke, but held harmless the record company and rapper T.I.

Los Angeles composer and producer Gregory Butler said Tuesday afternoon that his friends and colleagues in the industry were stunned by the verdict.

“You’ve made it illegal to reference previous material,” said Butler, also a managing director at music startup WholeWorldBand. “I’m never going to come up with something so radically different that it doesn’t contain references to something else.”