*Well, surprise! No one knew! Did anyone?
Kyla Pratt is a mother… twice! And she managed to keep it on the low forever.
Pratt gave birth to her second child (a baby girl) in August 2013.
*It’s kind of surreal to know that Blacks in Compton of all places are being hated on and terrorized by Latinos.
Well, not by all Latinos, but by Latino gang bangers. Two of them pleaded guilty Thursday to federal hate crime charges stemming from racially motivated attacks on four black youngsters as part of a campaign of terror aimed at forcing African Americans out of west Compton.
The guilty pleas from Jeffrey “Turkey” Aguilar, 20, and Efren “Looney” Marquez, 22, mark the first convictions in the Los Angeles region under the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, reports the LA Times.
Prosecutors say the men beat a black teenager on New Year’s Eve with a metal pipe and threatened a second juvenile with a gun. Aguilar, Marquez and other Compton 155 gang members then turned their threats and racial epithets toward members of a black household where the teenager had fled.
Under questioning from U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. on Thursday, Aguilar pleaded guilty to using the metal pipe against the teenager because of his race and acknowledged being a member of Compton Varrio 155.
“I assaulted him … caused him bodily injury,” Aguilar said.
Marquez pleaded guilty to threatening to shoot the second black juvenile because of his race and driving the assailants.
“I threatened the person by telling them I was going to shoot,” Marquez told the judge, adding he “never had a weapon.”
But Hatter, who is also black, pointed out the threat alone was the crime.
You can read/learn MORE at LA Times.
The retailer that targets teens and young adults, Forever 21, has got itself in a bit of a PR pickle.
The clothing company recently came up with a line of “Compton” t-shirts that are controversial to say the least.
Actually, the t-shirts may never see the light of day at this point … at least legally, because the reaction to the announcement was swift to say the least.
Sparks began to fly Thursday after “Forever 21″ tweeted, “New arrivals… straight outta Compton.” The tweet was accompanied by the above photo of white models wearing the shirts emblazoned with logos that read, “Ice Cube,” “City Of Compton” and “N.W.A.: The World’s Most Dangerous Group.”
Like we said, the response was so swift, the tweet was quickly taken down. And some accused the company of cultural appropriation.
And speaking of cultural appropriation, a young lady named Patti LaHelle posted a very insightful and reasoned video response to the issue; she questioned the clothing design and promotion methods:
BTW, if you think you can still buy the items, nope, you’re wrong. Forever 21 has also removed the shirts from its retail website as well.
Here’s a sampling of some Twitter reactions to the shirts:
*A press conference has been called by a Southern California organization called California Friends of the African American Caucus to highlight increasing hate crimes in Compton.
The press conference, scheduled for Monday (01-28-13) morning at 11am Pacific on the steps of Compton City Hall, was spurred by an incident this past week.
In the wake of that inciodent, two Latino gang members were arrested on suspicion of hate crimes after allegedly waging a campaign to force a black family to move from Compton, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Jeffrey Aguilar, 19, of Compton, and Efren Marquez, 21, a resident of Riverside, were arrested Thursday.
The trouble began soon after they arrived.
The black family—a mother, three teenage children and a 10-year-old boy—moved into a little yellow home in Compton over Christmas vacation.
When a friend came to visit, four men in a black SUV pulled up and called him a “nigger,” saying black people were barred from the neighborhood, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies. They jumped out, drew a gun on him and beat him with metal pipes.
It was just the beginning of what detectives said was a campaign by a Latino street gang to force an African American family to leave.
The attacks on the family are the latest in a series of violent incidents in which Latino gangs targeted blacks in parts of greater Los Angeles over the last decade.
Compton, with a population of about 97,000, was predominantly black for many years. It is now 65% Latino and 33% black, according to the 2010 U.S. census. But it’s not only historically black areas that have been targeted.
Federal authorities have alleged in several indictments in the last decade that the Mexican Mafia prison gang has ordered street gangs under its control to attack African Americans. Leaders of the Azusa 13 gang were sentenced to lengthy prison terms earlier this month for leading a policy of attacking African American residents and expelling them from the town.
Get the rest of this story at LA Times.
*For those looking to deepen their history of west coast hip hop, (and find out a little-known secret about one of its most famous rappers), the newly-released documentary short “Hood Life: A Hip-Hop Guided Tour of Compton” seeks to do just that.
Guiding visitors through South Central Los Angeles, where numerous hip-hop icons were born, is none other than The Game’s own stepfather, Hodari Sababu, owner of Hood Life Tours. Sababu leads viewers and a car full of Australian tourists through history lessons about N.W.A., Tupac Shakur, the late Rodney King and OJ Simpson, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
He points out the Figueroa Street “ho-stroll,” the go-to strip for all your prostitution needs and where he used to sell drugs. And he also makes note of the exotic male dance club he and Game’s mom started, hiring mostly beefed-up ex-cons freshly out of jail.
Sababu reveals that the strip club is also where The Game danced a couple times in a thong, later prompting mockery by 50 Cent.
Other landmarks on the Hood Life tour include Eazy-E’s childhood home, which Sababu points out in a drive-by.
In the short film, the enterprising dad explains the inspiration for Hood Life Tours came from going to his son’s concerts and seeing a rich white audience singing along without any knowledge of what they were singing along to. Says Sababu: “I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be an excellent idea to actually give them then opportunity to actually go to some of these places that the rappers are talking about? Not only go there but be safe and be able to jump out and take pictures in Compton and South Central that they can take back home with them?”
Watch the entire 24-minute video below:
The 25-year-old rapper raked in 241,000 sales on Oct. 22; topped out on Billboard’s R&B/Hip Hop chart, and hit no. 2 on Billboard’s 100 chart - right behind Taylor Swift’s “Red” album - making it the top selling album for any new artist debut in 2012.
Lamar is on top of his game early. Without hesitation, he’s caught the attention of industry heads all around, and was dubbed “Hip Hop’s next big star” by XXL magazine and awarded Lyricist of the Year at BET’s Hip Hop Awards.
He’s received rave reviews from several outlets, including the L.A. Times, Rolling Stone, and USA Today.
But he’s not bigger than his childhood dreams. In a recent interview with RapUp.com, he talked about his big crush on singer Brandy Norwood.
“I found this four-leaf clover and my wish was to meet Brandy for my birthday,” he explained. “The wish never came true, though.”
Maybe she’ll have him now since he’s a big star and all.
Check out the interview: