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THE WORD| Jason Mitchell Dropped From ‘The Chi’ Season 3, Netflix Film

Rising actor, Jason Mitchell, who received his break out role as Eazy-E in 2015 Straight Outta Compton film has recently been dropped by both his agency, UTA, and management company, Authentic Talent & Literacy Management, in what appears to be “allegations of inappropriate behavior”, as phrased by Deadline. The specifics of the accusations like who and what are unclear to the media, it appears that this isn’t the first issue with his behavior. The Chi co-star Tiffany Boone has previously addressed her concerns with the actor which were later resolved. 

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Boone previously had difficulty filming with Mitchell. It’s said that Boone felt unsafe working with Mitchell and her efforts to continue working with him have gone so far as to having her fiancé, Dear White People actor Marque Richardson, come to set on several occasions. Ultimately, Boone informed the Fox 21 producers that she could no longer work with him. Aside from Boone, several other actresses from the show came forward with grievances about Mitchell. 

The source also added that along with companies UTA and Authentic terminating him, Mitchell has also been released from an upcoming Netflix film, Desperados, which he was already casted but is now replaced by actor Lamorne Morris. Along with the upcoming film he’s reportedly being released from Lena Waithe’s “The Chi” after they’ve been renewed for a third season. The show commented stating that he’d continue no longer than the current season. It’s unclear as to how, the show will move forward with Mitchell’s character, Brandon, considering he plays a vital role to the shows story line. 

THE WORD | Pregnant Chicago woman found dead; baby found alive but in grave condition

A body was discovered just after midnight Tuesday in a trash bin behind a home on the 4100 block of West 77th Place. The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the body on Wednesday as that of 19-year-old Marlen Ochoa-Lopezi. She was nine months pregnant when she went missing on April 23, and there are now indications that was the day she was killed.

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Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was strangled, authorities said. Police said her baby, who was in grave condition, had been "forcibly removed" from her mother's body. The newborn was found when paramedics responded to a call of a baby in distress April 23, the day Marlen Ochoa-Lopez went missing after arranging to pick up baby clothes from someone she met in a Facebook group, a Chicago fire spokesman said, according to NBC Chicago.

Marlen Ochoa-Lopez was nine months pregnant when she went missing after she was last seen leaving the Latino Youth High School were she was enrolled. She had arranged to pick up baby clothes on the day she disappeared, plans she had made through a Facebook group called "Help A Sista Out."

Ochoa was supposed to pick up her 3-year-old son from day care later that afternoon, but she never showed up, her family said. Four people remain in custody in connection to the murder.

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THE WORD | PBS Arthur’s MR.Ratburn Gay Marriage Reactions

Monday, May 13 the animated children’s series Arthur entered its 22nd season on PBS Kids. The new season kicked off with a bang! In the episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” we learn that Arthur’s teacher — the popular and well educated Mr. Ratburn — is gay.

Throughout the episode Arthur, Buster and their friends attempt to break up his engagement after seeing Mr. Ratburn with a rather “pushy” woman who throughout the episode tells him to “toughen up”. Convinced, that marrying her would make both his life and theirs miserable the kids decide to take action without knowing the woman in question is his sister and not the bride to be. Upon the wedding, the kids are shocked to see him walk the aisle with someone else, yet relieved by how happy the couple appears. The kids decide to abort their plans to soil the wedding, and focus their attention on a bigger problem amongst the couple... the way they dance.

While this episode has been well received by the public, many are simply shocked that the series reached 22 seasons, it does leave some asking is the media pushing the LGBTQ agenda onto kids at too young of an age? Several shows on children’s networks like Disney and Nickelodeon have transitioned into the practice of creating and displaying characters who relate to and are members of the LGBTQ community. While many agree that education on the topic is important and the community presence and identity is needed, the culture asks, is it becoming too much for the children?

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THE WORD | King Louie Hints at New Music, and His Fans React lol

Chicago hip hop artist King Love took social media to announce that he is dropping new music this Friday. King L has been off the grid musically for a while, some believe it’s because of his legal battle with former record label Lawless Inc. King L, recently tweeted about his freedom and his fan reacted.




THE WORD | Black-Owned Urgent Care Center Opens Up In Chicago

Chicago is the home of great things. It’s the headquarter for Whats The Word, the hometown of Chance the Rapper, Derrick Rose and now a Black owned urgent care center. Premier Health Urgent Care is a healthcare facility that just opened up on the Southside of Chicago. In the Hyde Park neighborhood the owners have made a commitment to providing the highest quality of healthcare and affordable services to it clients.

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Pictured above are all six of the doctors who decided to open up the medical center. One owner, Dr. Rutland was quoted saying “We are happy to open an urgent care in Hyde Park because the community needs it. I see so many urban professionals who either delay or go without care because of time constraints. No one has 8 hours to wait in the emergency department for a minor illness or the flexibility to wait 3 weeks because their primary care doctor is booked solid. We are here to help fill that gap,”.

Premier Health Urgent Care is located at 1301 E. 47th Street building #2 Chicago, IL. Office hours are Monday through Friday 10am-7pm.

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This is important and significant to our community. Not only was this medical center put in an urban community but it is own and operated by Blacks. Chicago is a great city and like I’ve said before the home of great people. However, Chicago gets a bad reputation because of the crime that happens here. Hopefully, this ground breaking achievement help bring favor to the city’s name.

THE WORD | Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot meets with Ivanka Trump at White House

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot arrived at the White House Tuesday, kicking off three days of meetings in the nation’s capital.

She started by meeting with Ivanka Trump at the White House. Lightfoot and the president’s daughter, a senior White House adviser, discussed workforce development, vocational education, economic revitalization, parole reform and crime prevention, among other topics. Lightfoot also met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other top congressional leaders.

Lightfoot was not scheduled to meet with the president.

On Wednesday…

The mayor-elect attended a meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus with her fundraiser at a government affairs group. Lightfoot encouraged the CBC’s members during a closed-door meeting to visit Chicago during next year’s Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee.

“Once I take office, my responsibility is to be the chief ambassador for our great city and make sure that people really know the true nature of what’s happening in Chicago and not just screaming headlines that may be tweeted out by a certain someone,” Lightfoot said at an evening news conference, making a clear reference to President Donald Trump.

Her last public meeting of the day was with DeFazio, the transportation chairman, at his office in the Rayburn building, where Lightfoot said she worked as a young staffer making $12,000 per year after college.

“Where I came from, being here in the big city and really being away from home for a lengthy period of time and being on my own was a very big deal,” Lightfoot said.

On Thursday she met with the Chicago and the rest of the Illinois congressional delegation at lunch and breakfast in addition to one-on-ones with Democratic Illinois Sens. Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin.

THE WORD | The Obamas Announces New Projects With Netflix

Former President Barack Obama and the former first lady Michelle Obama have a multiyear production deal with Netflix to produce shows and films. The annoucement of what specific content was recently announced 11 months after signing the deal with Netflix.

 “Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights and much more, we believe each of these productions won’t just entertain, but will educate, connect and inspire us all,” Mr. Obama said in a statement.

Here’s an early look at the shows and films the Obamas are planning (Source: NY TIMES)

 

“American Factory,” a documentary that examines life in Ohio where a Chinese billionaire opened a factory in a former General Motors plant and hired 2,000 people. Higher Ground Productions described the film, produced by Participant Media and directed by Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, as “early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.” The documentary was already shown at the Sundance Film Festival, and Higher Ground Productions said it would be its first release.

“Bloom,” a drama series set in post-World War II New York that will explore the “barriers faced by women and by people of color in an era marked by hurdles but also tremendous progress.” It will be produced by Callie Khouri, who wrote “Thelma & Louise.”

 ■A film adaptation of“Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom,”the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography by David W. Blight. Higher Ground did not announce a screenwriter or any producers.

An adaptation of aNew York Times series, called “Overlooked,” about people whose deaths were previously not reported by the newspaper. The obituaries have been published in a recurring feature in the paper. Higher Ground Productions said it would be a scripted anthology series.

A series based on “The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy,” a book by Michael Lewis.

“Crip Camp,” a documentary film about the origins of the disability rights movement.

“Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents,”a half-hour series for preschoolers that will “take young children and their families around the globe on an adventure that tells us the story of our food.”

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THE WORD | Louis Farrakhan banned from Facebook

Facebook has banned the longtime leader of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan — as well as right-wing figures Alex Jones, Paul Nehlen, Paul Joseph Watson, Laura Loomer and Milo Yiannopolous. This action is a result of the tech giant’s efforts to rid its websites of hate speech and “dangerous” people and organizations.

Accounts were removed from both Facebook and Instagram for violations of Facebook’s policies, the website said in a statement. The Nation of Islam’s Facebook page, however, was still accessible Thursday night and does not appear to have been banned.

Facebook says it has “always banned” people or groups that proclaim a violent or hateful mission or are engaged in acts of hate or violence, regardless of political ideology.

Farrakhan’s official Facebook and Instagram pages had more than 1 million “likes” and followers before they were removed Thursday afternoon. His Twitter account, with more than 336,000 followers, remains active.

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THE WORD | G Herbo Arrested and Charged With Battery After Incident With Baby Mama

G Herbo was arrested yesterday (April 17) in Atlanta for simple battery with his child’s mother Ariana Fletcher. According to the Atlanta Police Department, officers responded to a dispute call and spoke with a woman who said “she was in a verbal altercation with the father of her child when at some point he assaulted her then left the location with their son.” The woman also “sustain[ed] minor scratches as a result of the incident,” according to APD.

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Herbo was arrested and charged after he returned to the location. TMZ reports that Herbo is currently in jail and his bail is set at $2,000. An investigation is ongoing, the Atlanta Police Department says.

THE WORD | ILLINOIS GOVERNOR HOPES TO LEGALIZE WEED, VERY SOON

It won’t be long before Illinois residents are able to smoke it legally, if governor J.B. Pritzker gets his way.

J.B. Pritzker hopes to get a recreational marijuana bill passed before the end of the spring legislative session as part of an ambitious first year plan.

“I think the bill that will get introduced and passed is going to be a very, very, strong good bill,” he said Thursday.

That leaves only about seven weeks for Pritzker to reach his benchmarks when it comes to legal pot and his No. 1 priority, a graduated income tax.

J.B. Pritzker campaigned on a promise to legalize adult use of cannabis in the state. And the Democrat, who said he wasn’t always on board with legalization, said he has tried marijuana.

“I have tried marijuana, you know, in the past,” the governor said. “It’s been a long time.”

He said some of his earliest concerns about legalization stemmed from worries about teen use of cannabis.

“I have teenagers, and I was very concerned, just not knowing. I asked a lot of questions about how does this affect teen use,” Gov. Pritzker said. “And in Washington state — where that was the governor’s big concern there too — they did a very good job of showing there was no increase in teen use.”

As for the concerns of police associations across the state over how law enforcement will be able to determine whether a driver is impaired, he acknowledged there’s no current technology to measure impairment when it comes to cannabis.

“Necessity is the mother of invention, and it’s now clear that with 11 states already with legalized adult use cannabis, there are entrepreneurs out there that recognize that every police department is going to want something,” Pritzker said. 

 “This happened in medical cannabis. You start out and then you figure out this isn’t working out quite as well and you make tweaks along the way,” Pritzker said. “With legislation, nothing is perfect and so yes, along the way, it’ll improve.”

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THE WORD |Dwyane Wade Final Career Game

Dwyane Wade went out in legendary fashion. The Heat star recorded a triple-double during his final career game against the Nets on Wednesday night. Wade finished with 25 points (10/28 FG, 3/13 3PT), 10 assists and 11 rebounds.

"This is an Oscar-worthy script for my last game in my last season," Wade said during a postgame interview.

Wade, who made his second start of the season, played a season-high 36 minutes. He did so in front of his friends and fellow NBA stars LeBron James, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony.

"Listen, we couldn't miss D-Wade's last game. This is the last time he's going to be on an NBA floor wearing that Miami Heat uniform, that No. 3. So we're happy to be here supporting him." - LeBron James, LA LAKERS

James added: "He's given so much to this game. [He's] one of the best players we've ever seen in this game from as soon as he came out of Marquette. It's an honor for me to be alongside him for four years and to also be his brother for the last 16 years of my career."

THE WORD | Chicago cops demand Kim Foxx’s resignation over Jussie Smollett case

Chicago’s police union is demanding the resignation of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx after her office’s decision to drop all charges against alleged hate-crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett.

The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police and a group of suburban police chiefs on Thursday announced a “no confidence” vote against Foxx due to her office’s handling of Smollett and other felony cases, according to ABC 7 Chicago.

 Michelle Obama‘s former top aide was in contact with the prosecutor in Jussie Smollett’s case, weeks before a grand juryindictedtheEmpireactor on16 countsof disorderly conduct for allegedly making false reports on Feb. 20.

Tina Tchen, who worked as Obama’s chief of staff and now leads the Southern Poverty Law Center, texted with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx amid the investigation. The communication between Foxx and Tchen, who describes herself as a “family friend” of the Smolletts, raised questions after Foxx’s office dropped all felony charges against Smollett.

Since then, the city has gone after Smollett,demanding he repayChicago $130,106 — the cost of the police overtime hours expended in the investigation into his allegations. The actor missed a city-imposed Thursday deadline to pay or face further legal action.

Smollett’s attorney Mark Geragos balked at the city’s demands in a letter dated Thursday and obtained by the Tribune. Los Angeles-based Geragos wrote that Smollett “will not be intimidated into paying the demanded sum.”

THE WORD | Lori Lightfoot is Chicago’s First Black Female Mayor

April 2, 2019 Lori Lightfoot becomes Chicago’s first Black Female Mayor. Lightfoot becomes just the second woman elected mayor, following Jane Byrne, who served one term from 1979 to 1983. She also is the first person elected Chicago mayor not born in the city since Anton Cermak took office in 1931. Chicago also becomes the largest U.S. city ever to elect an openly gay mayor.

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THE WORD | LIL DURK SIGNS 10 DAY CONTRACT WITH THE CHICAGO BULLS

If you’re reading this just know this cap lol, Lil Durk is not signed to the Chicago Bulls but he does have game check out his highlights below lol…..Share this story with your friends, don’t spoil the fun!!!

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THE WORD | All of Jussie Smollett's charges have been dropped

A grand jury indicted Jussie Smollett on 16 counts of disorderly conduct in February. Cook County prosecutors on March 26, 2019, dropped all charges against Smollett on disorderly conduct charges. The 36-year-old actor vehemently denied lying to police and faking a homophobic attack in the Streeterville neighborhood on Jan. 29, 2019.

While prosecutors claimed to have overwhelming evidence, the deal did not require Smollett to admit he did anything wrong. What’s more, Smollett’s lawyers have vehemently disputed there was an agreement at all, and now the entire court file has been sealed at the defense’s request.

The unanswered questions surrounding the development left many wondering what might have happened behind the scenes. It also appeared to have caught Chicago police brass by surprise and brought swift condemnation from Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who called it a “whitewash of justice.”

“From top to bottom, this is not on the level,” Emanuel told reporters at an afternoon news conference, emphasizing repeatedly that a grand jury had chosen to bring 16 counts of disorderly conduct against Smollett. “Where’s the accountability in the system?”

THE WORD | LIL UZI REMIXES Gherbo's Gang Way To Diss DJ DRAMA & Don Cannon?

Rapper lil uzi vert has no problem in showing the world that he is unhappy with his current situation with DJ Drama & Don Cannon. The rapper erased all music-related content on his Instagram page, leaving just 28 selfies. He posted a story on Friday (Jan. 11) announcing this new stage in his life, writing "I wanna take the time out to say I thank each and every one of my supports but I'm done with music."

"I deleted everything I wanna be normal...I wanna wake up in 2013," he continued, before adding, "You are free."


In several posts that Uzi recently uploaded to his Instagram Stories, the rapper continued his “Free Uzi” campaign to release his next album Eternal Atake. In one of his Stories, he tagged Roc Nation during a preview of a new verse, thanking JAY-Z’s label before adding another “Free Uzi” for good measure.

What you you might of missed, is that the record his is recording is a remix to Chicago’s own GHerbo break through single “Gang Way” produced by DJ L. If you listen at the beginning the clip below you will hear the infamous drop “this is a L Beat, awww man”.

Uzi and Gherbo have a real close relationship. The two are are good friends, so the choice of using his beat is not a shocker. This move is just validating that Chicago music is has the biggest influence on this current generation of hiphop artists. DJ L producer responsible for early success for artists such Gherbo and Lil Bibby had this to say

“Chicago is hot right now, I don’t know why uzi chose to rap off the beat, I appreciate it. It just shows the influence Chicago has……Its our time, things like Ann Marie getting featured on Rolling Stone, Calboy with DreamChasers, and Juice Wrld’s success. Its happening for us again….Its our time.”

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THE WORD | Calboy signs with Meek Mill DreamChasers

Meek Mill  announced via Instagram that he has a new artist on his Dream Chaser’s team. Chicago own Calboy. The 19 years old rapper is known for his hot single “Envy Me”.

Calboy co-owner to his own label Paper Gang, and which he has a partnership with Polo Grounds Music. Details are still on the way, but sources close to his camp says this deal with Meek Mill/Dream Chasers is a new management situation. 

Calboy is without a doubt one of the hottest new artists in the game, so we can see why Meek signed him. Check out the IG post from Meek Mill and his camp below celebrating signing Calboy to the team. 

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THE WORD | CHICAGO RAPPER BANDMAN KEVO IS A FREE MAN, AFTER SERVING 22 MONTHS IN THE FEDS

Bandman Kevo is released from federal prison after serving 22 months for his role in a credit card scam. The rapper, whose real name is Kevin Ford, pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud back in 2016.

The Chicago rapper was arrested and charged with bank fraud back in 2014. According to an affidavit, six individuals were accused of obtaining upwards of $639,745 in a bank fraud scheme called cracking cards. The group recruited people to give them debit cards and PIN numbers in exchange for a portion of the profits. Kevo and others would deposit counterfeit checks into the third-party accounts then use fraudulent credit and debit cards to get cash from ATMs.

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THE WORD | Juice WRLD’s Death Race for Love debuts at no. 1 on Billboard

Juice WRLD claims his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Death Race for Love debuts atop the tally. The set, which was released on March 8 via Grade A/Interscope Records, earned 165,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 14, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 43,000 were in album sales.   

The album has the “biggest week overall, and the largest streaming week, for an R&B/hip-hop album in 2019,” according to Billboard.

Prior to this, Juice WRLD's highest charting album WRLD on Drugs, the rapper's 2018 collaborative project with Future, peaked at no. 2.

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