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Miranda and President Obama set up in the Rose Garden, complete with a drummer from the Marine Corps Band, for a freestyle rap about government, with President Obama holding up cue cards to prompt Mirandas rap. "Drop the beat!"

Lin-Manuel Miranda, star of the hip-hop-inspired Broadway play Hamilton, brought his rhymes with him during a visit to the White House on Monday. Miranda freestyled at the Rose Garden about a range of topics that President Obama wrote on a batch of cards. “I hope I don’t drop these cards,” joked President Obama. “Drop the beat.” Miranda then rhymed about immigration, NASA, and the Oval Office. “POTUS is holding up the signs I’m not done. It’s the Oval Office, oh my gosh, I can’t believe I’m there. It’s so much more intimidating than if it was square,” rapped Miranda. “Opportunity knocks, I can’t stop, I’m here with the President and my pops, and yo, the mic drops.” At the end of the freestyle, President Obama proclaimed that the video would go viral. The White House shared it on their Twitter page with the caption, “Wait for it … #Bam4 Ham.” Read more.

Researchers Discover Link Between CTE and Football-Related Head Injuries

An NFL official recently admitted there is a connection between head injuries encountered in football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). “This day was a long time coming, and I think it will have huge implications for the future of the game,” said Chris Nowinski, founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. “The NFL has spent the last decade trying to convince the world that that link wasn’t real. A lot of people have based a lot of decisions, whether to sign their child up or whether to ignore their concussions, based on a certain trust with the NFL. I think this will change the behavior of a lot of people, this will have legal implications. It’s just about damn time.” Professor of neurology and pathology at Boston University, Dr. Anne McKee, provided proven research to illustrate the impact of the new finding. “I unequivocally think there’s a link between playing football and CTE,” said Dr. McKee. “We’ve seen it in 90 out of 94 NFL players whose brains we’ve examined, we’ve found it in 45 out of 55 college players and 26 out of 65 high school players.” Read more.

Alleged Kalamazoo Shooter Blames Actions on Uber

The man who was allegedly behind the Kalamazoo shooting spree is blaming his actions on Uber. According to a court document, Jason Dalton said that the app “has the ability to take you over.” He claimed that the system would switch from red to black and spurred devilish thoughts. “When I logged onto site (the Uber app), it started making me feel like a puppet,” he told police. Dalton went on a shooting spree on Feb 20, killing four people. He faces charges that include six counts of open murder, eight charges of use of a firearm, and two counts of assault with intent to murder. Read more.

Former Black Panther Member Mondo we Langa Dies

David Rice, a former member of the Black Panther Party who was convicted of killing a police officer in Omaha in 1970, has died. Rice, who also went by the pseudonym Mondo we Langa, was serving time in a Nebraska prison. According to reports, he was being treated for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for the past 3 years. “The 68-year-old Rice, who had changed his name to Mondo we Langa, was convicted along with fellow Black Panther Edward Poindexter in the death of officer Larry Minard. Authorities say they lured police to a house with a 911 call, then detonated a homemade bomb that killed Minard,” reported ABC. Langa served 45 years in prison. He tried to seek parole in 2014, but was denied. Investigators are still looking into the cause of his death. Langa was 68. Read more.

Michael Jackson’s Estate Sells Sony/ATV Share for $750M

Legendary singer Michael Jackson is long gone, but his family is still benefiting from his investments. Back in 1995, Jackson joined forces with Sony to create Sony/ATV. He bought the ATV catalog for $41.5 million, giving him complete control over how the music was used. Jackson’s estate is now selling his 50 percent share in Sony/ATV for $750 million. “This transaction further allows us to continue our efforts of maximizing the value of Michael’s estate for the benefit of his children,” said John Branca and John McClain, the estate’s co-executors, in a statement. “It also further validates Michael’s foresight and genius in investing in music publishing.” The deal will help clear up some of the debt Jackson left behind when he died. Read more.


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