Oprah Says ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Is A ‘Rap Education

Over the weekend, Oprah tweeted her praise for the film Straight Outta Compton to her friend, Selmad irector Ava DuVernay.  Winfrey called the film “powerful” and “eye opening rap education.” Winfrey’s compliments shocked those who are familiar with her disapproval of hip-hop and hip-hop culture. The biopic has received praise from those who’ve seen early screenings of the film, which follows the members of N.W.A from their lowly beginnings in Compton, California to legends of hip-hop.

Author Visits the Morning Show

Keith “Temple” Trotter is author of the blog and Morgan James best-selling book 100 Small Steps: The First 100 Pounds. (2015, Morgan James) Book 1 in the series: Think Right is available for purchase now at your local bookstore, Amazon.com, Chapters-Indigo, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, Indie Bound, and Powell’s. Keith is also founder & CEO of Temple Global Consulting which specializes in content marketing, coaching, and seminar hosting.  Applying the same principles he learned in over 14 years of management and creating millions of dollars in cost savings, he’s lost over 150 pounds and has kept the weight off for three years. His inspirational weight loss story has been featured on CNN.com, Healthy Living Magazine, URAWarrior.com, and on the OWN TV program Love In the City.

Earlier Recording Of MLK’s ‘I Have A Dream’ Speech Discovered

Before the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech to hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Washington in 1963, he fine-tuned his civil rights message before a much smaller audience in North Carolina. Reporters had covered King’s 55-minute speech at a high school gymnasium in Rocky Mount on Nov. 27, 1962, but a recording wasn’t known to exist until English professor Jason Miller found an aging reel-to-reel tape in a town library. Miller played it in public for the first time Tuesday at North Carolina State University.

91-Year-Old Sydney Man Charged With Importing Cocaine 

A 91-year-old retired surgeon has been charged with importing cocaine hidden in soap into Australia, prompting police to warn travelers to beware they are not tricked into becoming drug mules. Victor Twartz, of Sydney, was released on bail when he appeared in Sydney’s Downing Center Local Court charged with importing a commercial quantity of cocaine last month. He did not enter a plea and will appear in court next on Oct. 6.

Aretha Cancels

Aretha Franklin will not be performing in Las Vegas.  The 73-year-old singer released a statement Tuesday saying she’s canceling her upcoming show in Vegas because of “exhaustion.”  The show was scheduled for this Friday at The Coliseum at Caesar’s Palace.  She said she will be rescheduling.

BET Fools Viewers

Did you catch the return of BET’s “Uncut” last night?  No?  That’s okay, no one did.  Turns out it was all just a joke.  BET had been building up hype for the past week about the return of the late-night “Not Safe For Work” music video show.  It was said to be coming back Tuesday at 11 p.m., which should have raised a few eyebrows as “Uncut” always started at 3 a.m.  When 11:00 hit, what BET unleashed instead was the return of “Punk’d” featuring new co-hosts Andrew Bachelor and DeStorm Power.  They kicked it off with an old clip from 2012 of Drake getting caught in a fake earthquake while riding along with what he thought was the vice president’s security detail.