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After the second unwarranted killing of another African American male, Philandro Castile, in two days, immediately following the killing of Alton Sterling, Beyoncé expressed her anger  and devastation via her website and the internet. The singer posted a powerful letter to fans, one being fed up, the other calling for action. She wrote, “We are sick and tired of the killings of our young men and women in our communities. It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they stop killing us. We don’t need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives.” She continued, “We’re going to stand up as a community and fight against anyone who believes that murder or any violent action by those who are sworn to serve and protect us should consistently go unpunished.” The singer later posted links where fans could be redirected to political sites to demand justice. It’s imperative that we as a community stand and fight against the senseless murder of unarmed citizens. On a lighter note, while out at the Essence Festival, singer/songwriter Mali Music spoke with http://www.thisisrandb.com regarding the acoustic session he performed and his love of giving songs a fresh take acoustically. He later went on to discuss his sophomore album on RCA Records and even shared his favorite lyric on the album. All in all, it was a candid conversation. Hours after the sniper shootings that took place in Dallas, Texas, during a  protest response to the killings of two black men, Alton Sterling, 37, in Baton Rouge LA, and Philandro Castile, 32, in Falcon Heights, MN, rapper Lupe Fiasco took to his Twitter timeline to weigh in on the situation. He stated that he has two brothers and a sister who are “active police officers” as well as a father who was  a former “state police deputy” in Ill. During each post, Lupe offered much food for thought indicating how the situation should be handled from this point. Understanding, along with direct action are definitely needed. The Top Dawg Entertainment family reunited via a gritty remix of ScHoolboy Q’s “THat Part”. This version, which features Ab-Soul, Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock, was released via Soundcloud on the eve of Q’s “Black Face” release. The original featured Kanye West. The West Coast is represented as Rock spits first, followed by Lamar, who waxes poetic about how society tried to hold him back due to his Compton roots. Soulo takes verse three flipping a 2Pac reference and ScHoolboy rounds out the set with a sixteen. The remix is definitely worth a listen.