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By @SimplyCecilia Two grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in connection with the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have resulted in a wave of protests throughout the nation, as those frustrated with increasing police violence have taken to the streets to make their voices heard. With the wound from Oscar Grant’s case still fairly fresh, residents throughout the Bay Area joined in, as major demonstrations were held in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. Known for a unique mix of political awareness and activism, the region that birthed the Black Panther Party has a history of being…

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This morning we had the honor of having DJ Lonnie B as our Sway in the Morning guest DJ. He hopped on the ones and twos and blessed us with a live mix. Listen to it below, if you missed it this morning. Download it HERE. Follow @DJLonnieB for more.

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This past weekend marked another successful year of Power 106’s Cali Christmas — as well as their first year at The Forum in Inglewood — and SwaysUniverse.com was on-site to capture some notable moments. Tinashe opened the show with her 2 On hit, followed by Bay Area trailblazer, G-Eazy. While on-stage he surprised fans with special guests, Mila J and Bobby Brackins. Lil Jon followed suit and hit the stage with nothing but hit, after hit, after hit. During Big Sean’s small set, he also surprised the crowd with special guest, E-40. We all heard about what Breezy shouted out…

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By Chris Taylor Dec 5 (Reuters) – What was your first job ever? That’s the question Reuters has been asking top achievers every month for more than a year now. From CEOs to Nobel Prize winners, from baseball legends to world-famous authors, everyone has a memorable story to tell about their first gig. Another archetype with incredible first-job stories to tell: music-industry superstars. Their imprint on the culture extends far beyond singles and albums, as they often build business empires along the way to stardom. This month, to coincide with the nation’s monthly jobs report, Reuters talked to three musicians…

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By Mike Muse via VIBE What seemed to be a familiar phrase, “No indictment for officer (fill in the blank),” no longer has a familiar response in the streets across America. What seemed to be the standard defense, “Officer feared for his life,” no longer rings true when there were four other officers with him. What seemed to be the standard line of “eyewitnesses were not credible,” no longer rings true when the video shows, what the medical examiner ruled a homicide. What seemed to be a uniformed response of, “following standard operating procedure of a choke hold”, no longer…

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Last week on The Rob Report with Rob Markman, we checked out the Lox on The Trinity 3rd Sermon, this week we’re headed down south with Trademark da Skydiver on Return of the Super Villain. Hip-hop fans you know Trademark for Currensy’s Jet Life crew, well now the New Orleans spitter is out on his own with the fourth installment of his Super Villain series. When it’s all said and done trademarks executes a perfect landing on his new one, and Rob gives the project a 7.5 out of 10. Listen below to find out more of @RobMarkman’s thoughts. Cop…

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For the second time, Wreckineyez swung by Sway in the Morning and took over our turntables for 30-minutes. If you missed his guest DJ set, listen below and download it HERE. Keep and eye out for his new project, Dilla Cam — Cam’ron rhymes over Dilla beats! Follow @wreckineyez for more.

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Lester Cohen/WireImage It’s Mary J. Blige season as the queen releases a new album called, The London Sessions. Blige traveled abroad to record her 13th album, which includes collaborations with some of today’s most celebrated U.K. musical talent, including Disclosure, Eg White, Emile Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, SAM ROMANS and Sam Smith. The entire album was born in a whirlwind 20 days – 10 days writing and 10 days recording. One of the album’s strongest tracks is, Whole Damn Year. A transparent ballad about domestic abuse and bullying. “Winter took most of my heart/ And spring punched right in…

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