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Street Soldiers TV: Pop Smoke – Gone Too Soon

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Pop Smoke’s “Welcome to the Party” became an explosive summer hit and gave him a real chance to leave the street hustle behind. By mid-February 2020, Pop Smoke’s mixtape “Meet the Woo 2” broke into the Billboard Top 10. He was signed to Republic Music with a top management team and had upcoming sold-out concert dates.

Then on February 19, multiple gunmen broke into the Hollywood Hills home Pop Smoke was renting, entering through a bedroom balcony, and shot Pop Smoke dead. Sources say it was a targeted hit, not a robbery. He made no secret of his gang affiliation but the motive is still not known.

LISA EVERS, Host and Executive Producer, Street Soldiers


DJ DREWSKI, Hot 97 Personality and Music Producer


Street Soldiers TV: How Social Media Affects Relationships

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Social media can make any two people in a relationship look like the perfect couple, but the reality is often far more complicated. So how can we tell when the picture is telling a real story?

STREET SOLDERS’ Lisa Evers sits down with clinical therapist Elisa English and hip-hop artist and TV personality Peter Gunz to discuss how relationships appear online and how they are in reality.


Street Soldiers TV: Giving Back For The Holidays

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It’s the time of the year for giving back. Many are choosing to make this a meaningful holiday season. But some are taking it a step further and by helping others are transforming lives. Hip hop’s big heart is on display this season.

Volunteers from Run-iT-Up Recordings wrapped toys to be donated to 200 special-needs children in East New York, Brooklyn. It is where hip hop artist Phresher partners with Street Soldiers to make the holiday bright for children who may otherwise get nothing.

“I love people and even more so I love kids—they’re just so innocent,” Phresher said. “So watching them smile and their hearts warm, it makes me melt.”

Fox 5’s own Audrey Puente makes giving back an annual family affair with her daughter Santana and their Layers of Love coat drive.

At Hot 97, Street Soldiers’ Aaniya Johnson and interns wrapped toys donated by the Hip Hop Has Heart Foundation for 97 kids in a Bronx after-school program.

It started with a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway by reformed Bloods and Crips and their family members. And was a big success.

“If we come together we can actually really get things done. We don’t have to come together in some violent situation,” said Kayo So Frosty, a filmmaker and reformed gang member. “We can come together and make everything a positive situation.”

Frosty has partnered with one of the original founders of the Bloods, Soul B., along with his wife Esha Jay. They’re now turning to a Christmas toy and clothing drive with big plans to increase the peace and spread the love.

One of the wonderful things all these efforts have in common is that all the individuals are concerned with making things better for the generation coming up.

LISA EVERS, Host and Executive Producer, Street Soldiers


Street Soldiers TV: NYPD: Overpolicing or Underpolicing?

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At a time when farebeating and possessing marijuana have been decriminalized and crime is at record lows, many New Yorkers were surprised that selling the fried dough sticks known as churros in a subway station could get you cuffed.

Critics say it was over-policing. The NYPD said the officers were just enforcing the law. Arrests in the subway have dropped 24% through Nov. 10, according to the NYPD. But summonses issued for fare evasion has significantly increased to 22,000.

LISA EVERS, Host and Executive Producer, Street Soldiers

PANEL: Phillip Hamilton, a criminal defense lawyer and civil rights attorney
NYPD Sgt. Ed Mullins, the president of the union Sergeants Benevolent Association
Josmar Rujillo, an activist and co-organizer of Swipe It Forward


Street Soldiers TV: The Intersection of Afrobeats and Hip Hop

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The African influence is growing in hip hop with the explosion of Afrobeats music. As hip hop culture becomes more international, it’s opening up new doors around the world.

The video for French Montana and Swae Lee’s 2017 hit “Unforgettable” was filmed in Uganda and has been viewed more than 1 billion times on YouTube. Its success paved the way for many others, like Casanova and Davido’s hit “2AM” and Nigerian artist Burna Boy, who has enjoyed Billboard Top 10 chart success with his unique sound.

Hot 97’s DJ Wallah, who took a chance and broke Afro B’s “Joanna,” says the appeal of the Afrobeats sound is universal. He says he sees a lot of the hip hop artists collaborating with African artists now. He says that is pushing the culture forward and broadening the horizons of hip hop.

Dr. Chris Emdin, a Professor at Columbia University Teachers College, says the hip hop-African connection is real and deep.

And Tuma Basa, YouTube’s director of urban music, says the growing number of collaborations between hip hop artists and African artists is a way for artists to expand their audience without alienating their core fans.

LISA EVERS, Host and Executive Producer, Street Soldiers