LL Cool J Says He Feels Good About ‘Accidental Racist’

LL Cool J Says He Feels Good About ‘Accidental Racist’

Rapper LL Cool J told Jay Leno in the Tonight Show that the song Accidental Racist was not perfect but he felt good about starting a national conversation.

Cool JThe rapper admitted the he was not surprised that the song got such reaction. He explained that he cannot defend the song but he can clarify his intentions. “I in no way would ever compare the history of the Confederate flag with a do-rag. However, when you think about a kid like Trayvon Martin and you think about some of the things that happen in a society based on clothing, when you put it in this proper context, it makes sense.”

‘Accidental Racist’ is the rap superstar’s collaboration with country singer Brad Paisley. It is a styled conversation between a white Southerner and a black New Yorker. Lyrics include:

Paisley: I’m just a white man
LL COOL J: (If you don’t judge my do-rag)
Paisley: Comin’ to you from the southland
LL COOL J: (I won’t judge your red flag)

What are your thoughts about this song? The Hollywood Reporter shares more about LL Cool J’s explanation regarding the song.

UN Aims To Prevent Child Deaths From Pneumonia And Severe Diarrhea

UNUnited Nations aims to eliminate deaths from pneumonia and severe diarrhea, usually among the poor in Africa and South Africa by 2025. This is through the integrated strategy that includes better sanitation and newer vaccines.

The new 10-year plan, which will cost $6 billion, intends to stop 2 million children under five from dying from those diseases each year.

According to Elizabeth Mason, director of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health at the World Health Organization, they believe the targets set within the plan are achievable over the next decade.

The UN aspires to reduce combined deaths from pneumonia and severe diarrhea to fewer than four deaths per 1000 live births by 2025, against 20 currently. They hope to eliminate such deaths by 2035.

Stephanie Nebehay of Reuters gives more details about UN’s plan.