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Both Gunmen Wanted for Young Dolph’s Murder Arrested

Both Gunmen Wanted for Young Dolph’s Murder Arrested

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The two gunmen wanted for the murder of Young Dolph are now reportedly in police custody.

Memphis’ Action News 5 reports that earlier this afternoon (Jan. 11), 23-year-old suspected gunman Justin Johnson, a.k.a. rapper Straight Dropp, was captured by U.S. Marshals in Indiana. The second individual, Cornelius Smith, 32, was already in custody at Desoto County Jail in Desoto, Miss. for a previous arrest from Dec. 9.

You can see mugshots of both Justin Johnson and Cornelius Smith from Fox 13 Memphis reporter Jeremy Pierre at the bottom of this post.

Smith was initially apprehended last month on an auto-theft warrant involving the white Mercedes-Benz that was reportedly used as the getaway car in Dolph’s murder.

The car was initially stolen from a gas station on the 2800 block of Kirby Road on Nov. 10, seven days before Dolph was gunned down. That same vehicle was found and towed away 10 days later, on Nov. 20, from behind a home on the 1100 block of Bradley Street in the Orange Mound section of Memphis.

Smith, who was indicted on Tuesday (Jan. 10), was transferred from Desoto County Jail in Desoto, Miss. to Shelby County Jail in Memphis. Both Johnson and Smith have been charged with first-degree murder, according to Memphis’ Fox 13. Johnson has additional charges of theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000 and outstanding warrant for violation of federal release related to a weapons conviction while Smith has additional charges of attempted first-degree murder, unlawfully carrying or possessing a weapon, employment of a firearm with intent to commit a felony and theft of property between $10,000 and $60,000.

The arrests come just a week after police had released a fugitive alert that Johnson was wanted for the alleged murder of Dolph. People with any information on his whereabouts were encouraged to notify law enforcement. Any information that led to his arrest would be rewarded with up to $15,000 from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in partnership with the U.S. Marshals, the Memphis Police Department and Crime Stoppers.

On Saturday (Jan. 8), Johnson announced via his personal Instagram page that he would be turning himself in to authorities on Monday, Jan. 10, and that he was innocent. Instead, however, he dropped a new song titled “Track Hawk” and remained on the run.

XXL has reached out to a rep for Young Dolph, the Memphis Police Department, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office and a rep for the U.S. Marshals for comment on this matter.

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Meet The Young Tastemakers Who Made The Ebony Power 100 List

Just ahead of its 75th anniversary, Ebony Magazine announced their 2021 Ebony Power 100 list to honor breakout Black leaders in sports, politics, entertainment, activism and more.

This year, the Power 100 list was swarmed by twenty-something pacesetters like Travis Scott and Lil Baby who have an incredible passion for innovation, culture, and prove the new generation is serious about making change. 

“The Ebony Power 100 list is comprised of all-star individuals from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines who possess an incredible and innate passion for innovation, culture and community leadership – the same values that have driven the Ebony brand for nearly 75 years,” Ebony Media Operations CEO Michael Gibson said. 

Check out the young recipients below:

1. Chloe x Halle

There aren’t many other young Black triple threats doing it like Chloe and Halle Bailey. The multi-genre sensations earned mentorship and co-sign from Beyoncé early on. Now, they’re appearing at the VMAs, gracing Met Gala carpets and garnering Grammy buzz for their critically praised 2020 album Ungodly Hour. 

But it’s not just about the music. Chloe and Halle’s talents span film and television. Halle is starring as Ariel in the upcoming rendition of The Little Mermaid and both are stars on Freeform series Grown-ish. The Grammy-nominated singers have graced magazine covers and released hit singles like “Do It,” “Down” and “Forgive Me.”

With style and grace, the duo understands every assignment. More importantly, they’re using their platform to speak out about mental health, wellness, body image and social justice. Chloe, especially, has been vocal about the empowerment of Black women. 

Impeccable style, flawless vocal talent and new-age creativity, Chloe x Halle’s musical evolution has been nothing short of magic — proving there’s nothing the next generation can’t do. 

2. Storm Reid

Storm Reid is best known for her roles in A Wrinkle in Time, When They See Us, The Bravest Knight, Euphoria and more. In just a short time, Reid has made a name for herself as a versatile actress that can transition from Don’t Let Go to The Suicide Squad.

Reid also has quite the entrepreneurial spirit. She’s the producer of the Chop It Up series on Facebook Watch and co-founder of her own production company, A Seed & Wings. What makes Reid a rising star is her ability to inspire young people in the STEM field while being an outspoken voice on relationships, self-care, social injustice and representation. 

3. Nae Nae Twins

We’ve all tried to do the viral Megan Thee Stallion dance choreographed by twins, Shayné and Zhané Stanley. With their one million followers, the Nae Nae Twins have carved out their lane as TikTok dancers taking the social space by storm.

It’s not just their synchronized routines that have fans scrolling for hours, but their quickness and precision to songs like Beyoncé’s verse on the “Savage (Remix).” Megan Thee Stallion even took on the challenge. At 26 years old, the twins have reached the masses with their exceptional skills and creativity making them TikTok all-stars.

4. Travis Scott

Houston artist and consistent bop creator Travis Scott is best known for his work with Kanye West’s GOOD Music and T.I.’s Grand Hustle. A producer, rapper and performer, anyone who has seen Scott on stage knows his stage presence is a sight to behold.

Scott has been soaring up the charts since 2015’s “Rodeo.” He kept grinding on platinum singles with Rihanna, SZA and Drake, but Scott’s taking charge and making his impact as a cultural icon and trendsetter in his own right.

5. Lil Baby

You may have heard him on Certified Lover Boy, but the Atlanta rapper, Lil Baby, is best known for songs like “My Dawg,” “Freestyle,” “Yes Indeed” and “Drip Too Hard.” Fans noticed after his jaw-dropping mixtape, Perfect Timing in 2017, featuring vibe-setter Lil Yachty, Baby immediately rose to fame and attracted many listeners with collaborators like Lil Baby and Young Thug. As his mixtape gained more listeners, Lil Baby stayed in the lab churning out hit singles like “My Dawg” and the Young Thug collaboration “Pink Slip” in the summer of 2017.

Lil Baby has recently created a wave of bops with his debut studio album, Harder Than Ever, peaking at the number 3 spot on the U.S. Billboard 200. It’s no wonder this rapper has won several BET awards. The Lyricist of the Year nominee’s song, “Yes Indeed” featuring Drake and topped is already at number six and has a collaborative album, “The Voice of the Heroes,” with Lil Durk deemed “prolific” by BET.

6. Amanda Gorman

We all stopped and stared as this young author and activist gave the inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb,” for the inauguration of President Biden, but 23-year-old poet laureate Amanda Gorman was already making a name for herself. With work that speaks oppression, feminism, race, marginalization and Black womanhood,  Gorman was the first to be named the first-ever National Youth Poet Laureate.

She’s released two best-seller poetry collections, The One for Whom Food Is Not Enough and The Hill We Climb. The poet’s influential work garners attention and is published widely, winning the OZY Genius Award and The Root’s “Young Futurists” list. Most recently, the author debuted a children’s book titled Change Sings. As she continues to volunteer and be involved in community engagement, Gorman has admitted to having an interest in running for president, and we support that decision. 

7. Willow Smith

Whipping her hair isn’t the only thing Willow Smith thrives in. Fearlessness is the name of the game, and Smith has never been afraid to carve out her own path. From being open about her sexuality to breaking the norms of fashion and Black aesthetics, this 20-year-old has been making alternative hits with Roc Nation for the last decade.

With new singles out and a recent rock album, Willow is staying true to her passions. Best known for her presence and conversational starting topics on the hit talk show, Red Table Talk, Smith leads a wave of social change among young voices– shedding light on often taboo issues- hair, sex and body. 

This gender-bending rock star is the real deal. 

8. Zaila Avant-Garde

Zaila Avant-garde, a Los Angeles native, is the winner of the Scripps Spelling Bee, making her the first Black American to do so. Spelling is just one of Avant-garde’s hobbies. The 14-year-old talented star is also a basketball prodigy with dreams of playing in the WNBA and has her sights on working for NASA one day. Currently, she holds several Guinness World Records for dribbling and has appeared in a commercial with NBA superstar Stephen Curry.

“For spelling, I usually try to do about 13,000 words (per day), and that usually takes about seven hours or so,” the prodigy said.

With over 90,000 followers on Instagram, Avant-Garde is a quickly rising trendsetter.

9. Noah Harris

Noah Harris, a 20-year-old government studies major who dedicated his platform to diversity, inclusion, and student health and wellness, won the election on Nov. 12. A Harvard University junior from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, has become the first Black student body president in the Ivy League university’s 384-year history. Harris told the Jackson Free Press that he is honored to hold the esteemed title, particularly given the events of 2020. 

The Ebony Power 100 list is proof that there is nothing young Black voices can’t accomplish. On Oct. 23, Ebony will hold a star-studded awards ceremony to honor award recipients.


The Met will return three African art objects to Nigeria

Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York announced Wednesday that it is sending three objects back to the country.Two of the works, a pair of 16th-century Benin Court brass plaques of a “Warrior Chief” and “Junior Court Official,” were donated to the museum in 1991 by the art dealer Klaus Perls and his wife Dolly, while the third, a 14th-century “Ife Head,” was recently offered to the museum for purchase by another collector.The museum decided to return the works after conducting research in collaboration with the British Museum, with input from the Nigerian National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM). The two plaques had been part of a 153-piece collection of African royal treasures given to the museum by the Perlses 30 years ago that included brass figures, carved elephant ivory, masks, jewelry and musical instruments.

Explaining his interest in this work to the New York Times in 1991, Klaus Perls said: “I started buying African art simply because I liked to see it together with the works of the Picasso generation of artists in which I specialized as a dealer. Soon, however, my predilection for Benin art asserted itself, and it became the only kind of African art I continued to buy, until, quite unnoticed, it developed into a collection.”According to the museum, the plaques were taken in 1897 from the Benin Royal Palace, in present-day Nigeria, by British military forces and then entered the British Museum’s collection. Around 1950 or 1951, the London institution transferred them with 24 other items to the National Museum in Lagos.The works were somehow removed from that museum “at an unknown date and under unclear circumstances,” the Met said in a press release, and were sold on the international art market, where they were acquired by Perls. Both plaques have now been deaccessioned by the Met.

The brass “Ife Head,” meanwhile, was offered to the museum for purchase by a collector whom the Met did not identify. The 14th-century work originally came from the Wunmonije Compound near the royal palace in Ife. In 1938, a cache of realistically carved portrait heads created by the Yoruba people were discovered in a construction project at the site, and while most went to the National Museum of Ife, several were taken out of the country, leading the Nigerian government to more tightly control the export of antiquities.

According to the Met, the individual who offered the head “had been under the misapprehension that legal title to the work had been granted by the NCMM.” Inquiries made by the museum proved otherwise, it added, and the Met “arranged with the seller and their agent for the ‘Ife Head’ to return to its rightful home.”The Met said it will hold onto the works until the NCMM’s director general, Abba Isa Tijani, can travel to New York to retrieve them.

“We sincerely appreciate the transparency exhibited by the Metropolitan Museum of Art regarding issues leading to the return of these objects,” Tijani said in a statement.

He added that Nigeria is open to opportunities “for collaborations of all sorts, including traveling exhibitions with many of these exquisite objects,” and that it plans to work “with as many willing partners as possible” on initiatives such as the Digital Benin project, an online archive of items originating from the historical Kingdom of Benin. Max Hollein, the Met’s director, said in a statement that “the retention of these works within Nigeria’s national collections is critical to the well-being of the museum community and to fostering ongoing cooperation and dialogue between the Met and our Nigerian counterparts.”

Among the projects that the Met would like to work on with Nigeria, he added, is the planned Edo Museum of West African Art in Benin City.”We welcome the rapprochement developing in the museum world, and appreciate the sense of justice displayed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” said Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s minister of information and culture, in a statement. “Nigeria enjoins other museums to take a cue from this. The art world can be a better place if every possessor of cultural artifacts considers the rights and feelings of the dispossessed.

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