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An aspiring 21-year-old D.C. rapper was shot and killed while filming a music video in Maryland Thursday
According to a WJLATV report, Keaway Lafonz Ivy, who used the rap name Kealo, died from a gunshot wound near 62nd Place and Eastern Avenue in Seat Pleasant last Wednesday night. According to law enforcement sources, Kealo was filming a rap video along with about 20 others, when a gun being used a prop was fired. Ivy was reportedly hit and killed by one of his friends with a prop gun.
Police said they were questioning numerous people as they investigated the death to try to determine whether it was an accidental shooting or intentional. By Thursday evening, police were calling the fatal shooting a ‘homicide’ and Prince George’s County Crime Solvers offered a $25,000 reward for information in the case leading to an arrest or indictment. On Thursday police arrested Lafonzo Leonard Iracks, 21, in connection to Kealo’s death. Police said that Iracks was “charged in connection” to the death.
The investigation is centering on the prop gun that was used in the video. It went off while the music video was being filmed, and reports state that the gunshot hit Kealo in the chest by a member of his own entourage. Iracks was arrested after he fled the scene following the gun going off and hitting Kealo. Police tracked him down on Friday morning and took him into custody.
-Infinite Wiz (@InfiniteWiz)
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February 2, 1862 Congress abolished slavery in the District of Columbia, an important step on the road to freedom for all Black Americans
1862 was a pivotal year toward ending slavery in America. The bill, S. 108, was referred to the Committee on the District of Columbia which reported it with amendments in February 1862. During the Civil War Charles Sumner, the senior senator from Massachusetts, informed President Lincoln that he was the largest slaveholder. The abolitionist, asked President Lincoln:
Do you know who is at this moment the largest slaveholder in the United States….holds all the slaves of the District of Columbia?
In his question Charles Sumner was referring to the fact that the federal government was empowered in the US Constitution to “exercise exclusive legislation” over the federal district. Abolitionists used what’s known as The DC Compensated Emancipation Act, as a way to end slavery in the nation’s capital.
In December 1861, Henry Wilson, the junior Massachusetts senator, introduced a similar bill in Congress to end slavery in Washington, DC. despite opposition from slaveholders, and the bill passed. The Senate approved the bill on April 3, 1862 by a vote of 29 to 14, and the House of Representatives on April 12, 1862. President Lincoln signed the legislation on April 16, 1862.
The legislation was titled, “An Act for the Release of Certain Persons Held to Service or Labor in the District of Columbia”; it freed the 3,100 men, women, and children who were still enslaved in 1862. The act also allowed for slaveowners to be compensated up to $300 for each individual they had legally owned. In addition, newly-freed African Americans could receive up to $100 if they chose to emigrate to another country.
As we reflect on Black History this month, let us remember the great steps that have been taken toward the freedom of Black Americans today.
Lauryn Hill will perform six live acoustic dates in DC and New York next month
It isn’t a new album but because it’s Lauryn Hill, we’ll take what we can from the R&B and Hip-Hop artist. Lauryn won’t be releasing a new album but lately she’s been performing live which is almost as great. As part of her “Small Axe Acoustic Performance Series,” six performances will take place in February and a few more will take place in March. Check out the flyer with the full list of tour dates below.