Archives August 2021

Drake Confirms Release Date and Album Cover for ‘Certified Lover Boy’

Previously, Drake and Kanye West went back and forth, which resulted in Drake dissing West on Trippie Redd’s track “Betrayal.” Ultimately, West revealed that the release date of his album was going to be September 3rd, which was speculated to be the same for Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ album. Since then, West’s ‘DONDA’ has dropped, and now Drake has confirmed the release date for ‘CLB.’

Via Instagram, Drake posted the album cover for ‘Certified Lover Boy,’ which features emojis of various shades of women who are all pregnant. As of now, it’s been rumored that the album will feature appearances from Benny The Butcher, Lil Durk, Young Thug, Future, and more. The album is set to drop on September 3, according to Drake’s caption on IG. Stay tuned for more updates, and take a look at the album artwork above.

Baltimore Schools that do not have air conditioning released earlier

The schools listed below will close or have early dismissal on extremely hot days, or that feel warmer due to a combination of heat and humidity. Schools not listed below have air-conditioning (but may dismiss early, if their systems require repair that cannot be completed within one day).

To find your school’s dismissal time, please visit the school’s profile page.

These schools will be closed for in-person learning on extremely hot days. Students and staff will participate in virtual learning during those periods.

  • Baltimore City College
  • Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove
  • City Springs Elementary/Middle School
  • Collington Square Elementary/Middle School
  • Cross Country Elementary/Middle School
  • Curtis Bay Elementary/Middle School
  • Elementary Middle Alternative Program @ PDC
  • Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary School
  • Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School
  • Furley Elementary School
  • Harlem Park Elementary/Middle School
  • Johnston Square Elementary School
  • Montebello Elementary/Middle School @ PDC
  • National Academy Foundation
  • New Era Academy
  • Northwood Elementary School
  • Southwest Baltimore Charter School
  • Vanguard Collegiate Middle School
  • Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School
  • Yorkwood Elementary School
  • The Mount Washington School (lower building)

The following schools have air conditioning that is currently under repair and will be closed for in-person learning on extremely hot days. Students and staff will participate in virtual learning during those periods. 

  • Booker T. Washington Middle School
  • Excel Academy
  • Renaissance Academy

City Schools does not plan to install air-conditioning for these schools and alternative programs, because their buildings are not owned by the district:

  • Empowerment Academy
  • Midtown Academy

Chris Brown Calls Kanye West “A Whole Hoe”

The backlash Kanye West has been facing from the collaborative side for his latest album ‘DONDA’ has steadily been arriving since the album dropped this past weekend. Previously, West tried to say DaBaby’s manager wouldn’t clear his verse on “Jail Pt. 2,” a notion DaBaby’s manager has called “cap.” Along with that, Soulja Boy recently called out West after he was supposed to appear on the album, and simply said “f**k that n***a.” Now, Chris Brown has taken to social media to deliver some words to West.

On his IG story, Brown said “Kanye a whole hoe.” Along with that, he added “nah he tweakin” in another deleted post. West and Brown were reportedly collaborating on a song for ‘DONDA,’ which Brown teased earlier this year. Take a look above.

Chris Brown resorted to name-calling after Kanye West allegedly cut one of his verses from the rapper’s new album, “Donda.”

While Brown’s vocals appear on the chorus of the 27-track album’s 18th song, “New Again,” an additional verse that he apparently recorded was nowhere to be found when “Donda” finally hit streaming services Sunday morning.

Pentagon acknowledges reports of civilian casualties in US airstrike in Kabul

U.S. military officials are acknowledging reports of civilian casualties as the result of a drone strike on an explosives-laden vehicle carrying would-be suicide bombers in Kabul over the weekend. 

“We know that there were substantial and powerful subsequent explosions resulting from the destruction of the vehicle, indicating a large amount of explosive material inside that may have caused additional casualties. It is unclear what may have happened, and we are investigating further,” Capt. Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Central Command said in a statement. “We would be deeply saddened by any potential loss of innocent life.” 

Nine members of one family, including a child younger than 3 years old, were killed in the strike, CNN reported.

Source: The Hill

1M without power in Louisiana after Ida makes landfall

President Biden has declared a disaster in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday, knocking out power to 1 million people in the state. 

The storm came with destructive winds topping 100 miles an hour and dumped dangerous amounts of water on the region as it made landfall just west of New Orleans as a Category 4 hurricane. 

A local sheriff in Ascension Parish reported the first death stemming from the storm late Sunday evening. 

Energy officials in the state said it could be weeks before power is fully restored, saying on that “catastrophic transmission damage” led to widespread power outages in New Orleans. 

Biden’s declaration frees up federal funding for localities to help respond to the damage caused by the storm.

Source: The Hill

Anxiety running high as COVID-19 threatens to disrupt schools — again

Students across the U.S. are starting another school year under a cloud of uncertainty as the delta strain of the coronavirus rips through the country, threatening to disrupt plans for a second consecutive academic year.

The pandemic’s unpredictability has sparked high anxiety among children and teachers alike as they attempt to return to in-person school for the first time since March 2020, with lingering fears that COVID-19 could jeopardize educational routines again.

The back-to-school season has left children and families with mixed feelings. Many are excited to return to in-person class after months of virtual learning, while some adults are keeping a wary eye on rising pediatric cases and hospitalizations.

Source: The Hill

Mayor Announces Additional $2 Million in COVID Support for Baltimore Nonprofits

Mayor Brandon M. Scott and the Baltimore Civic Fund are announcing $2 million in competitive grant funding to 69 Baltimore nonprofit organizations as part of the 2021 Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund. Awards will help to address the negative financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, both reimbursing organizations for unexpected funds spent to respond to the pandemic, as well as addressing future needs related to COVID-19.

“As our nonprofit organizations continue to keep Baltimoreans afloat through this pandemic, I am proud that we are able to reciprocate the support,” said Mayor Brandon M. Scott. “This round of funding will supplement our economic recovery efforts and help these important organizations plan ahead and continue their services to support our residents as we continue to navigate the effects of COVID-19.”

The 2021 Baltimore Nonprofit Relief Fund is the second round of COVID-19 response funding invested in Baltimore nonprofit organizations in the past year. The first round of the Nonprofit Relief Fund, released in December 2020, served 124 organizations to help defray unexpected costs.

YFN Lucci & Bandhunta Izzy – Like Me (Official Video)

Last year, YFN Lucci blessed his fans with his latest mixtape HIStory, a well-received offering that saw 16 new tracks from the Atlanta star and collaborations alongside Trouble, Bigga Rankin, City Girls, Yo Gotti, Rotimi, Derez De’Shon and more. Just last month, he expanded on that project with HIStory, Lost Pages, which added on new tracks alongside the likes of Boosie Badazz and Kevin Gates. This week, one of those newer cuts — the Bandhunta Izza-assisted “Freestyle” — gets a matching new visual for fans to enjoy. On the Jesse P-produced cut, Lucci and Izzy trade street bars with reckless abandon:

Meek Mill – Sharing Locations feat. Lil Baby & Lil Durk [Official Video]

Meek Mill, Lil Baby, and Lil Durk have teamed up for their latest single, “Sharing Locations,” featuring production from Nick Papz, Xander, KJ, and Svdominik. The clip, directed by Meek Mill, sees all three rappers trading bars and flexing from a private jet tarmac. The Philly rapper has been teasing the track since the top of the year, when he posted a snippet of the song to Instagram.

Most recently, Lil Baby and Lil Durk announced their joint tour in support of their collaborative project, The Voice of the Heroes, which dropped earlier this year. Meek also dropped the visuals for “Mandela Freestyle” a few weeks back to commemorate winning the Nelson Mandela Changemaker Award for his work with REFORM Alliance.

US says drone kills IS bombers targeting Kabul airport

A U.S. drone strike blew up a vehicle carrying “multiple suicide bombers” from Afghanistan’s Islamic State affiliate on Sunday before they could attack the ongoing military evacuation at Kabul’s international airport, American officials said. An Afghan official said three children were killed in the strike.

The strike came just two days before the U.S. is set to conclude a massive two-week-long airlift of more than 114,000 Afghans and foreigners and withdraw the last of its troops, ending America’s longest war with the Taliban back in power.

A statement from U.S. Central Command said that the U.S. is aware of reports of civilian casualties and is assessing the results of the strike. Navy Capt. William Urban, spokesman for Central Command, said that “substantial and powerful” subsequent explosions resulted from the destruction of the vehicle, which may have caused additional casualties.

Source: AP News