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Happy 50th Birthday To Hip Hop Matriarch MC Lyte!

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Born on this day in 1970, Lana Michelle Moorer has been a pillar of feminism and respect for women in Hip Hop since her 1986 debut. After her first single, “I Cram to Understand U” sent shock waves through the growing New York Hip Hop scene, Lyte was awarded a record deal from First Priority Music and given the ability to take her message to the street.

MC Lyte was the first woman to tackle any issue of feminism in Hip Hop and was in no way quiet about it. Her debut album, Lyte as a Rock, was a middle finger to Hip Hop’s male standard, serving as the first full-length album from a female rapper.Here stood a young woman lyrically holding her own in a sea of some of the most hungry and prolific MC’s in the genre’s history while simultaneously checking the whole industry on their lack of respect for the fairer sex. Her ability commanded a positive response and made her a new force to be reckoned with.

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Her follow up album only did more for her career, creating her image as Hip Hop’s female kingpin, demanding respecting and delivering nothing but fire. This album, titled Eyes on This, also housed Lyte’s first hit single “Cha Cha Cha” which spent 18 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot Rap Singles chart proving that MC Lyte was here to stay.

Lyte went on to release five more albums: Act Like You Know, Ain’t No Other, Bad As I Wanna Be, Seven & Seven, and Da Underground Heat, Vol. 1, all of which have been critically acclaimed and regarded as some of the golden era’s greatest work, male or female. She was the first female nominated for a Hip Hop Grammy (for the single “Ruffneck), the first to have a album sell gold (for Act Like You Know), and pretty much Hip Hop’s go to girl during the golden age.

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MC Lyte braved a trail that changed rap forever. Not since DJ Kool Herc‘s legendary back to school party had there been such a monumental shift in Hip Hop culture. Because of MC Lyte, an entire gender now has a voice in Hip Hop music. Without her, there is no way of saying if any artist would have the courage to break the mold and pave the way for all the female MC’s we know and love today. On this day in Hip Hop history we celebrate the life and career of MC Lyte. From everyone here at TheSource.com, Happy Born day MC Lyte. May you see many more years of success and good fortune.

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Jonathan Majors’ Tearful Speech at Impact Awards, A Journey of Accountability and Redemption

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Jonathan Majors delivered a heartfelt and emotional speech after receiving the “Perseverance Award.” The moment marked a significant step in his journey following his domestic assault and harassment conviction last year. While acknowledging that perseverance doesn’t excuse his past actions, Majors emphasized his commitment to learning from his mistakes and moving forward in his life and career.

“I’m imperfect,” Majors said, his voice breaking. “I have shortcomings, I acknowledge them. Perseverance means persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay. The God I serve has put me in a position where I’ve had to embody that word more than I wished or wanted. We live in a world that props up men, Black men in particular, as either superheroes or supervillains. But I’ve come to realize, I ain’t none of that… I’m just that guy whose faith has been tested. It has been strengthened by this testimony.”

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Majors’ conviction did not result in a prison sentence, but he was mandated to complete a year of domestic violence counseling. Despite the resolution of his case, the topic remains hotly debated on social media, with many questioning the broader implications and outcomes. The actor is also facing another lawsuit related to the incident, adding complexity to his legal situation.

In a sign of professional resilience, Majors recently secured a role in Martin Villeneuve’s upcoming revenge thriller, “Merciless.” This new project may draw comparisons to his real-life circumstances, but it also represents a fresh opportunity for Majors to rebuild his career and personal life.

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As Jonathan Majors continues to navigate this challenging period, his speech at the Impact Awards serves as a testament to his ongoing efforts at accountability and personal growth. The road ahead may be fraught with difficulties, but his journey underscores the possibility of redemption and positive change.

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Teyana Taylor & Iman Shumpert Race Against the Clock to Finalize Divorce

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A judge has mandated that Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert finalize their divorce settlement by noon on June 27, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ. If they miss this deadline, the judge will remove the case from the docket, although they can restart the process if needed. This week, the former couple spent Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday in court addressing unresolved issues such as a final judgment, a parenting plan, and child support details.

This legal urgency unfolds amid intriguing social media interactions between Taylor and Shumpert. For instance, Shumpert recently praised Taylor’s Met Gala look on Instagram, hinting that she doesn’t need his approval to recognize her beauty. Behind the scenes, the situation is reportedly more complex, with allegations of financial disputes, utility cutoffs, and Shumpert’s alleged childcare under the influence. Publicly, however, they’ve maintained a civil front.

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Adding to the online buzz, YG faced backlash for commenting on Taylor’s Instagram post despite his relationship with Saweetie, though his remark wasn’t overtly flirtatious. Since their split, neither Taylor nor Shumpert has publicly entered a new significant relationship.

In the rumor mill, Taylor was briefly linked to Leonardo DiCaprio, but nothing substantial materialized. As the deadline looms, fans hope this signals an amicable resolution for Taylor and Shumpert. If not, they still have a chance to revisit the settlement process.

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