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rezoning-harlem.jpgHarlem is going to get a makeover whether we like it or not. Rich NY socialites have been trying to takeover the Black Mecca since X and Garvey were trottin around…this just takes the cake. NYC’s planning commission recently announced plans to rezone the infamous 125th St. of HarlemWorld. Plans to “enhance” Harlem’s main street go into effect if the City Council approves the proposal on April 30th. Charlie Rangel is gunna have to use the muscle sooner or later, this is going too far. Tough times in NY….and shit just continues to get worse….no tellin whats going to happen to our 5% homies who are stationed in Harlem…

Critics charge the plan would price longtime residents out of the neighborhood by allowing market-rate housing to be developed and would replace an iconic African-American locale with chain stores, hotels, luxury housing and high-rises. The plan also could squeeze out 71 small neighborhood businesses, according to city estimates.”They want it to look like 86th St.,” said Bella Yarra, 35, who owns Yara International, an African fabric and arts store on E. 125th St. near Fifth Ave. “It’s not good for us small businesses.”Steve Johnson, 53, a lifelong Harlem resident, said the rezoning would “take away from the core of the community.”

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AP probe found traces of meds in water supplies of 41 million Americans

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A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe.

But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.

From California to New Jersey
In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas — from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit to Louisville, Ky.

Water providers rarely disclose results of pharmaceutical screenings, unless pressed, the AP found. For example, the head of a group representing major California suppliers said the public “doesn’t know how to interpret the information” and might be unduly alarmed.

How do the drugs get into the water?

People take pills. Their bodies absorb some of the medication, but the rest of it passes through and is flushed down the toilet. The wastewater is treated before it is discharged into reservoirs, rivers or lakes. Then, some of the water is cleansed again at drinking water treatment plants and piped to consumers. But most treatments do not remove all drug residue.

And while researchers do not yet understand the exact risks from decades of persistent exposure to random combinations of low levels of pharmaceuticals, recent studies — which have gone virtually unnoticed by the general public — have found alarming effects on human cells and wildlife.

“We recognize it is a growing concern and we’re taking it very seriously,” said Benjamin H. Grumbles, assistant administrator for water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Members of the AP National Investigative Team reviewed hundreds of scientific reports, analyzed federal drinking water databases, visited environmental study sites and treatment plants and interviewed more than 230 officials, academics and scientists. They also surveyed the nation’s 50 largest cities and a dozen other major water providers, as well as smaller community water providers in all 50 states. Continue Reading »

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As if it ever really needed it…..A3C will be one of the most beasty Hip Hop Festivals of the year besides the Brooklyn joint. March 20-23rd will without a doubt see a few of the greatest artists ever to bless Hip Hop. For one the Infamous JUICE CREW reunites (I think I’m getting an ulcer…). After damn near 85 years, the Juice Crew is making a comeback for the A3C Hip Hop Festival this month in ATL….For all you youngin’s the crew included Roxanne Shante, Marley Marl, MC Shan, Craig G, Big Daddy Kane and Biz Markie. Other artists include, the Re-Up Gang/Clipse, Jeru the Damaja, Little Brother, Wale, B.o.B, Aceyalone, Afrobatik and plenty more. Get this, it’s only $45 for a 3day pass. Roadtrip to ATL anyone?! Catch Juice Crew goodness and other artists’ clips after the jump… Continue Reading »

Go Out and Hug a Chick!

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It’s National Women’s History Month (which might just be the best concept ever created) and we’ve got some nice little events and stuff for you to get your celebration on….hmm…maybe a bunch of male rappers that are known for misogynistic lyrics should get together and do a female appreciation song….and no, Independent by Lil Boosie and Webbie don’t count! Continue Reading »

Jay Electronica in URB

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What a way to end the week….URB Mag dropped their interview with the mystery man himself….

Almost as soon as we begin our interview at Brooklyn streetwear shop Boundless NY, Jay Electronica decides that the only way to properly tell his story is to hop a Greyhound to New Orleans. “Let’s eat, meet my mom. Let her tell you what happened to her in the hurricane…”

Who does shit like that?! I can’t even front, it sounds like mad fun tho…more clips and Jay goodness after the jump Continue Reading »

The Re-Up

 

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It’s clearly been damn near 3wks since my last post and it hurts inside, it really does…but anyway I’ve got some old shit, some new stuff, and some things I’m putting up for archival purposes only…..

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(Courtesy of Hiphopdx.com)
Assemblywoman Wilmer Amina Carter (D-Rialto) is working to prevent further deaths from cosmetic surgery, following the death of Kanye West’s mother, Donda West late last year.

The legislation, which was announced Friday (Feb. 22), has been dubbed “the Donda West Law.” According to The Daily Bulletin, the law would require patients to receive clearance from a licensed doctor before having elective plastic surgery. This would ensure that individuals would be able to endure side effects from general anesthesia.

Most people who do cosmetic surgery are certified and do a good job, and they do require patients to have physicals,” said Carter on Friday. “But some do not, and as we have seen, it can cause problems, and that’s why we want to make this a requirement across the state.Continue Reading »