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Spike Lee Compares NYPD Chokehold Incident To Radio Raheem’s Death

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Spike Lee is drawing attention to the recent death of  Staten Island resident Eric Garner at the hands of the NYPD by comparing it to a scene from his 1989 classic Do The Right Thing.

In a video released Monday, Spike draws parallels to the two men by mixing cellphone footage of Garner’s death and a scene from the end of Do The Right Thing in which Radio Raheem is choked to death by an NYPD officer holding a baton.

Garner died in after being stopped by police last week and held in chokehold which is banned by the New York Police Department. Video of the altercation leading up to his death went viral and has since caused protest and outcry against police violence in New York.

Lee who has been very vocal about police brutality in the past, posted his version of the video to his YouTube channel and took to Instagram posting the following picture:

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“Brother Eric Garner No Longer Breathes Courtesy Of Banned NYPD Chokehold. Rest In Power” he captioned the photo.

Since the news of the killing, Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network has been bringing attention to the issue. Today the Reverend accompanied the family of Eric Garner to meet with federal prosecutors. Sharpton has been involved with working on similar cases in the past including the Trayvonn Martin trail.

Watch Spike’s video below:

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Reports: Mariah Carey Signs With Jay Z’s RocNation

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We know Mariah Carey changes managers like she changes clothes, but her next move could be her best move. According to Page Six Carey is in talks with Jay Z’s Roc Nation to manage her career.

Roc Nation manages Rihanna, Shakira, J Cole and DJ Khaled to name a few.

Apparently, the pop diva is hoping Hov and his team can put her back on top now that she parted ways with former manager Stella Bulochnikov earlier this month.

Sources tell HipHollywood Carey is cleaning house, and has also fired her publicist, assistant and attorney Darrell Miller.

But one person who hasn’t gotten the boot is her back-up dancer boyfriend Bryan Tanaka. Rumors were swirling that she hired Tanaka to take over her day-to-day management, but he’s actually her creative director.

Carey just released her holiday movie Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, and is slated to bring her Christmas concerts back to the Beacon Theater in NYC this month. She hasn’t however dropped a new album in almost four years.

Fingers crossed this new partnership with Roc Nation brings about new music, and a Mariah / Jay Z collaboration. The two did make magic back in 1999 with their #1 single “Heartbreaker.”

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