A statue of Frederick Douglass was ripped from its base and damaged beyond repair in New York, many call it revenge for the recent toppling of Confederate monuments.
The famed abolitionist's statue was torn down Sunday in Rochester's Maplewood Park, a site along the Underground Railroad where slaves were ushered to freedom with the help of Douglass and Harriet Tubman.
Police say the statue was found 50 feet from its pedestal and suffered damage to the base and a finger.
The damage is bad enough that another statue will have to take its place ... according to Carvin Eison, a leader of the project that brought the statue to the Rochester park.
The act of vandalism took place on the anniversary of one of Douglass' most famous speeches -- "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July" -- delivered in the city on July 5, 1852.
In the speech, Douglass called the celebration of Independence Day a sham in a nation that enslaves and oppresses Black citizens. Douglass said to a slave, the day "reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim."
Eison believes the statue being taken down might be a retaliatory act due to the "national fever over Confederate monuments right now," and called it disappointing.
Dixie D’Amelio just released her music video for “Be Happy“!
“Thank you to everyone who watched the premiere!!! <3," she wrote in the comments section of the video.
“I don't think there are enough songs in the pop world that speak openly about mental health. I love the fact that it's a serious, catchy pop song without sounding preachy or corny,” Christian Medice said about the song. He was one of the co-writers and produced the song.
The music video comes less than a week after the song was first released, and Dixie shared how she connected to it.
“I wanted to share the honesty of this message with others, especially those around my own age,” she said, adding, “My hope is that anyone who listens can be reminded that it’s okay to feel what we feel. It’s okay have a bad day. We all have them and you are not alone.”
Sofia Carson just released the music video to “Miss U More Than U Know“ on Wednesday (July 1).
“#MissUMoreThanUKnow the music video is out now. I love you & I miss u more than u know♥️,” Sofia shared on Instagram after the video was out.
The music video features some iconic places in Paris, France, including the Eiffel Tower. She can also be seen wearing gorgeous looks from Giambattista Valli, Valentino and Saint Laurent throughout the video.
Trevi Moran has released her latest song from the upcoming EP Freedom!
“I can’t believe I’m about to f–king say this…. my brand new single ‘Cheers’ (off the upcoming EP ‘FREEDOM’) will be premiering Tuesday June 30th 9pm PST ON F–KING AIR ON @1027kiisfm @iheartradio @siriusxm following an interview. MARK YOUR CALENDARS,” she wrote on Instagram.
“My emotions have been all over the place. This is my first ever song to impact radio & everything I’ve worked for is finally happening,” Trevi continued. “I remember listening to Lady Gaga on KIIS always wishing that could be me… and look where I am now. I can’t stop crying. Thank you for being there for me since the beginning & never giving up on me. And congratulations to my ACTUAL BLOOD BROTHER @creaux_ for his first major release as a producer. THE FULL EP ‘FREEDOM’ will be out July 3rd. More details to come. I love you.”
“Cheers” is the first song Trevi has released since coming out as a transgender woman.
Tomorrow X Together returned on Monday (June 29) with their official music video for “Eternally” from their second EP, The Dream Chapter: ETERNITY, as a surprise for fans.
“Eternally” is the sixth and final track of The Dream Chapter: ETERNITY, and thematically follows “an unknown presence that leads the boys through repeated nightmares as they question the unnameable emotions they have come to bear.”
The new music video is nearly 20 minutes long! It’s separated into seven sections, each with its own sub-plot.
Kanye West is back with new music, which also features Travis Scott, called “Wash Us In The Blood” .
This is the first song released from Kanye West‘s upcoming tenth solo studio album God’s Country, which was just announced this week.
“Wash Us In The Blood” is being offered for pre-order on in a variety of different formats including a 12 inch picture disc, 7 inch red vinyl, red cassette, CD and a standalone digital single; all featuring artwork by Arthur Jafa.
Beyonce surprises fans with the announcement of her new visual album, Black Is King.
Beyonce released a one-minute trailer for the visual album -- which is also being described as a film -- on her website Saturday night (June 27), giving fans a sneak peek into the Lion King-inspired release.
Black Is King will premiere globally through Disney Plus on July 31. The debut arrives approximately one year after the theatrical release of the Lion King remake, which featured Beyonce as the voice for Nala.
Black Is King is based on the music from The Lion King: The Gift, Beyonce's 2019 soundtrack for the animated film. The set featured appearances by Childish Gambino, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Jay-Z and Blue Ivy Carter.
The upcoming film, which has been in production for a year, aims to reimagine lessons from The Lion King for "today’s young kings and queens in search of their own crowns," according to an announcement from Disney and Beyoncé’s Parkwood Entertainment.
The visual album will highlight "the voyages of Black families, throughout time" and tell the story of "a young king’s transcendent journey through betrayal, love and self-identity," the release added. "Black Is King is an affirmation of a grand purpose, with lush visuals that celebrate Black resilience and culture."
Black Is King will star Beyonce and feature appearances by other artists who contributed to The Lion King: The Gift.
Watch the film's trailer below.
A total of 1.65 million fans tuned in for the premiere of BLACKPINK's new song 'How You Like That', breaking a record set by fellow K-pop stars BTS in February.
The highly-anticipated track marked the band's return after a year-long hiatus.
How You Like That is billed as a "pre-single" that sets the scene for the band's first full-length studio album, due in September.
The video premiere was preceded by an hour-long Q&A with the bandThe band are set to perform the song for the first time on Jimmy Fallon's US chat show on Friday, 26 June.
The quartet are also the most-subscribed music group on YouTube, with 37.5 million followers who call themselves "Blinks".
How You Like That premiered on their VLive and YouTube channels at 10:00 BST on Friday.
The audience narrowly eclipsed a record set by BTS earlier this year, when the premiere of their video On attracted 1.54 million concurrent viewers.
BTS just released their music video for their Japanese single "Stay Gold" on Friday (June 26).
"Stay Gold" serves as the lead single for BTS' upcoming fourth Japanese studio album, Map of the Soul: 7 ~ The Journey ~, which is set to be released July 15 via Big Hit Entertainment. The LP will also include Japanese versions of the band's litany of recent hits like "Boy With Luv," "Dionysus," "On" and "Fake Love," as well as two other original Japanese-language offerings: "Your Eyes Tell" and "Lights." ("Stay Gold," meanwhile, also serves as the theme song for Japanese TV drama Spiral Labyrinth -- DNA Science.)
Check out the sunny video for "Stay Gold" below.
Lady Gaga announced on Friday (June 26) that amid the global health crisis, which has caused all musical artists to postpone or cancel their tours, her rescheduled tour dates for her 'Chromatica Ball' Tour.
“The Chromatica Ball is officially moving to Summer 2021! We’ve been working hard to figure out the safest and soonest way to bring this show to you, but most importantly want everyone to be healthy and able to dance together at the shows as we always have,” she wrote on Twitter.