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Featured Artist: J Metro

Already having 7 Billboard charting singles, now R&B singer/songwriter J Metro has his eighth charting single to date. "Midnight Dreams", charted this week on Billboard's Hot single sales charts, giving J Metro another career change.

This Houston based, artist has been gearing up to make 2015 his break out year, and that is just what has happen! Making headlines for his most anticipated body of work yet, Sentir Mon Amour has definitely created a new lane for the artist, that continues to put him in conversations with majors in the industry.

Written and produced by J Metro, “Midnight Dreams” is the third single from the neo-soul electrifying album Sentir Mon Amour which is still in the early stages of its success being released on July 10th digitally and in stores August 7th. The leading single “Bodyguard” charted at number 12 on Billboard’s Single Sales Chart, giving the initial push needed for the album to become successful.

J Metro was also featured on Great Day Houston’s Debra Duncan show as the in studio live band. While featured he performed some of hits and a special tribute to the city of Baltimore, MD. During this performance he was set to play “Midnight Dreams” but instead chose “In Our Streets” to address the community issues surrounding breaking news and media portrayals of current happenings.

Right before signing to The Orchard, his single “Shades of Gray” became the artists most successful billboard charting single peaking at #1 on the Hot R&B Singles chart.

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Jas Prince Awarded $11m Settlement

After battling in court with Cash Money Records for months, producer Jas Prince is has reached a $11 million settlement with the famed record label over royalties for their signed artist, Drake.
According to the Jasmine Brand, Prince claimed that he originally discovered and signed Drake to Aspire Music Group in 2007 long before Cash Money. However, CMB signed the OVO singer and agreed to pay Prince and Aspire %22 of Drake’s royalties. 
Like many others deals with Cash Money, the confidential deal with Prince and Aspire went sour, and Jas filed a suit last year for four million in damages. Birdman’s label claimed that the confidential deal was not not signed with Jas Prince but Aspire instead.
In the midst of all of this, Lil Wayne’s manager, Cortez Bryant, also plays a role in the financial conflict. According to the report, Bryant was an executive for Aspire at the time and was soon sued by Jas Prince for allegedly bringing Drake to Cash Money with the estranged deal. Bryant was eventually fired for auditing Cash Money’s records to see how much the record company owed Aspire in royalties.
On October 6th, Prince appeared in court and called for immediate action due to the increased amount of money owed to the producer, an estimate of 11 Million. Prince believed that Aspire did not sue Cash Money nor did the company collect the amount of money due to the close relationships between Cortez Bryant and Lil Wayne and Cash Money/Young Money. Eventually, two shareholders of Aspire reached a settlement with Prince to pay him $11 million in damages, which is expected to be finalized in a few days.

***NEW MUSIC ALERT*** | Rich Lowe

Growing up in the East NY section of Brooklyn, NY, Rich Lowe was no stranger to hardship. By the age of three years old, both of his parents were incarcerated,

leaving him to depend on his late grandmother Carrie Davis. Music was his only salvation.

Rich Lowe is a singer, song writer and producer; doing it all on his own and making sure not to disappoint. Rich Lowe started singing at the age of 14 as he attended

the Brooklyn High School of The Arts. His music teacher Mrs. Charlene Corbett-
Thomas discovered his talent and from then on Rich dedicated his life to music,
sharing his phenomenal talent with the world. Rich Lowe has had the honor of working with the legendary Erick Sermon, writing, singing and producing his own music in Erick Sermon Def Squad studios. He has also been talked about by Grammy award winning songstress Chrisette Michele as
she hit twitter stating that "Rich Lowe is an amazing R&B talent" after hearing
him sing for the first time.

In 2013, at the age of 21, Rich Lowe was introduced to the world by covering the late legendary Jackie Wilson’s “Lonely Tear Drops” via music video. The music video went viral and caught the attention of many. In 2015, he released his new EP “12:27pm” which is based off of true events in his life. Rich Lowe released “Creep Life” the first visual from the EP, then released "Wounded Soldier" the 2nd visual from the EP, and then the video “Get Enough” showing the world why he's the newest prodigy in R&B music of today.

Rich has co-written and featured on The Conglomerate/Atlantic records recording artist O.T. Genasis single “Don’t Need A Thing” released in May 2012. He has written for Universal Motown artist Ginette Claudette, produced beats for popular emerging hip-hop artists Fred Da Godson and performed at musical showcases throughout NYC.

Rich Lowe is under new management (H-M Management). He’s singing, writing and producing all of his own music; currently promoting his new hit single “Get Enough.” He is working hard toward his goal to being one of R&B’s most phenomenal artists.

****NEW MUSIC ALERT**** Check Out Saint Clarity

Saint Clarity is a super talented music artist from Philadelphia, Pa. He is one of the few artists in today's music industry that keeps artistic creativity alive in music. Self proclaimed ''The most versatile artist in the music industry'', His music catalog covers every genre of music from Pop, EDM, Hiphop, R&B, House, and even country! 

With so many artistic variations Saint Clarity is sure to draw fans from every walk of life, no matter what your music preference is. In an age where creativity is an after thought, Saint Clarity definitely separates his self from the average artist.

Bun B Suggest Local Music selection for HBO

Houstonians tuned in Tuesday night for the season premiere of HBO's "Hard Knocks." The sports documentary series follows the Texans this season, and it seems like the first episode was received well in the city. Except byBun B.
The Houston rapper and Rice University professor took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to call out the series for its music choices.

The tweet spurred musical suggestions songs by Twitter including tunes by Mike Jones and ZZ Top. The most popular suggestion was "Houston," by Slim Thug featuring Paul Wall and ZRo. 

In the Heart of Texas: Hard Knocks,Texans Camp

HOUSTON -- The Texans will be the next subject of HBO's documentary series "Hard Knocks." 
This marks the first time the Texans are the subject of the show, produced by NFL Films, which chronicles training camp.

Though they're new to being featured, Houston and star defensive end 
J.J. Wattmade a cameo on the show last season when the Atlanta Falcons, last year's headliners, traveled to Houston for joint training camp practices.Since its inception in 2001, the show has featured the Ravens, Chiefs, Jets, Dolphins and Falcons once each. The Cowboys and the Bengals have each been featured twice. The Texans are the first team in the AFC South to be featured on the HBO show.
This year, the Texans will travel to New Orleans for joint training camp practices. NFL Films supervising producer Ken Rodgers said the cameras will join the Texans in Louisiana, but the Saints will not be part of the story line.
Teams have the right to refuse the show if they have a new head coach, have been to the playoffs in the past two seasons or if they have been the subject of the show in the past 10 years. The Texans were among nine teams that did not fit any of that criteria.
In the secretive world of the NFL, teams have shied away from the show out of concern for revealing too much.
"We trust them implicitly to handle our preparation," Texans general manager Rick Smith said. "You go to training camp for two primary reasons, to get your football team ready for the season and to figure out who the best 53 men are to accomplish your goals. We feel like that by no stretch of the imagination is this going to prevent us from doing that. We feel very comfortable."
Texans coach Bill O'Brien was not made available to media on Wednesday, but has been part of a behind-the-scenes show before. In 2013, Penn State was the subject of ESPN's "Training Days" series.
"The main thing that were going to emphasize is this is something that is not going to be a distraction for us," McNair said. "We're going to go ahead and carry out our duties as we normally would. I think after a day or two everybody will be used to having the people around and it will be practice and business as usual. I think that it will give everybody in the country an opportunity to get to know our coach better. He's a great coach, great personality, and I think people will see that."

New Music: Tey Yaniis

While music continues to break barriers in today’s society, the older generation of hip-hop/soul lovers tend to diverge from modern day music because of the inability to express lyrics that obtain substance, moral standards and positive world outlooks.

For 25 year old lyricist Tey Yaniis bringing his old soul personality blending genres such as hip-hop, neo-soul, chill out and poetry Tey Yaniis wants to bring an exhilarated experience to today’s new and old generation of music lovers.

Born in Dallas, Texas as Tory Davis he started his musical journey at an early age playing different musical instruments such as the violin, trumpet, and bass cello.  Tey Yaniis realized his potential to rhyme after being inspired by Nas and Lauryn Hill’s single ‘If I Ruled The World’ by writing 20 different versions of the song explaining what he would do if he had the power of being a world ruler.  Tey Yaniis influences include John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Cab Calloway, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, 

The Fugees, Digable Planets, Blackstar, and more. In addition to being a recording artist Tey Yaniis also is a songwriter in which he believes that tapping into a recording artist mind will have maximum results with bringing a masterpiece of a song.

Tey Yaniis is on a mission to bring a timeless sound to worldwide music lovers. Within five months of creating his style of music which consist of neo-soul/hip-hop/chill-out an more Tey Yaniis has already caught the ears of some of todays prominent neo-soul stations and websites supporting his music as the next artist on the rise. Looking to expand his soulful/hipster personality worldwide Tey Yaniis has already proved with his singles such as “coffee brown” prod by Kreatev and “1-Tyme” prod by The drumaddictz his sound is very off-beat but soulful compared to music that is heard in todays mainstream music. Tey Yaniis is currently working on two EP projects with producers Bink Wills and Kahiel Valenti which is shaping his musical journey into what the world has been waiting for timeless, uplifting, elegant soul/hip-hop.

Twitter: @TeyYaniis

i-Tunes Mishap | Djs Be Aware

iTunes has slowly become more and more bloated, from a music file organisation system to basically get music onto your iPod (then iPhone etc), to a fully-fledged store with videos, podcasts, radio, and now streaming music, plus cloud facilities for sharing your tunes across devices.

But as long as it was also the best music management system, us DJs have tolerated it (indeed, 75% of our readers use iTunes to organise their music, according to our annual poll), living with its foibles because of the stuff it had that no other music library software could match.

But with 12.2, Apple has shoehorned in a lot of features that many users are reporting are corrupting their music libraries, changing artwork and other metadata (see this MacWorld article and this TechnoBuffalo post, for instance). Worse, if users choose to sync their local collections to the cloud via iTunes and then re-download that music, it is - apparently - DRM protecting the music (meaning it has playback restrictions tied to user/device, similar to when you make music available offline in Spotify). Yes, that's your own music, that you bought, being restricted when you try and use it!

It appears to be an unholy mess. It may well be something that can be - as with previous versions of iTunes - "worked with", it may be teething problems, and it may not affect everyone - but that's clearly not good enough if you are one of the users experiencing these issues. So our advice today is: "Don't take the risk". If you have, then we advise turning off all sharing, cloud and "Share details about your library with Apple" options. (Many people may have their computers set to auto-update software, and so may have unwittingly got the new version before realising it.)

Is there any good news?

Yes, loads! We are broadly loving Apple Music. It's the way the majority of people will consume music in the future (streaming and on-demand), we love the curation features, and overall anything that gets more people listening to more music is a good thing in our mind. The fact that Apple Music is baked in to millions of mobile devices (aka every iDevice that updates to iOS 8.4) means nothing short of a final shot across the bows for mainstream music ownership, in our opinion (and probably a big hit for Spotify et al, too).

There's a lot to like here from the point of view of music discovery... but be extremely wary of the cloud functions, as early bugs seem to show there are big issues, at least for some users.

However, as DJs, we have to keep a divide between "our" music (the "sacred garden" of tunes that constitute the building blocks of what we do) and "the rest". Until now, iTunes has been the best tool to do that, especially with the woeful-to-average library management features built into most DJ software.
Certainly what hasn't changed is that iTunes has great "smart playlists", makes it easy to carry your library around on your mobile device, and is still the best place place to sort, store, preview and manage your music away from your DJ software (remember, it's baked into your DJ software, too, unlike any other music library management program).

Also, it may yet have some positives up its sleeve for DJS: imagine if you could make playlists available from Apple Music offline, then see them in your DJ software on the iTunes node? It's coming, mark my words. And it'll be big for DJs. So it isn't all bad!

What does all of this mean now, though?

Don't panic - just don't upgrade to 12.2 for now. If you do, have a safe backup of all your music elsewhere first, turn off all music sharing features if you are using 12.2 (many users are reporting that there are no issues when they do this), and proceed with care. Personally, we tried it on our test laptops and it's fine, but the risk is too great with these reports coming in to recommend that you do the same.
In the long term, one way or another, this will more than likely all be fixed and we can just carry on as we were - but we will just have to wait and see. Maybe Apple will see sense and break up iTunes, like it has with the iOS app, and maybe even have a separate Apple Music app for Mac and Windows, but we just don't know. Maybe a new strategy will eventually become necessary as iTunes becomes more a media/radio/cloud music portal, but we will just have to wait and see.

For now, please, share your experiences if you have upgraded with us in the comments below so we can work out how much these changes / bugs are going to affect DJs.
• Serato issue: It appears also that it is no longer possible to close or open iTunes Playlist Folders in Serato. All the playlists still appear with the tunes in the correct place, there’s just no longer a drop down option to shut or open a folder. Instead all the playlists appear in one, long, potentially unwieldy list. More when we have it...

This is more your DJ software’s READING of the library XML, rather than the library itself… it;s something that will be relatively simple for DJ software companies to fix though, but definitely another reason to hold off upgrading.

Disney World banning Selfie Sticks

Walt Disney World is banning selfie-sticks from its theme parks, citing safety concerns, a company spokeswoman said Friday morning. Under a new policy, which takes effect Tuesday, the poles won’t make it past the bag check at any Disney World theme park. The sticks also won't be allowed in Disney World water parks or DisneyQuest, a gaming attraction at Downtown Disney. 

 Magic Kingdom: Cinderella Castle A Brazilian couple get the angle just right to take their picture with Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom. Selfie sticks have become popular at Central Florida theme parks. (Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel) "We strive to provide a great experience for the entire family, and unfortunately selfie-sticks have become a growing safety concern for both our guests and cast," Disney World spokeswoman Kim Prunty said. Selfie-sticks will also become forbidden at Disneyland Resort in California on June 30. The prohibition kicks in at Disney's parks in Paris and Hong Kong on July 1. 

 Guests will be checked for the equipment during the routine bag check that happens near the parks' entrances. They will have an option of turning in their selfie-sticks for pick-up later or to go back to their cars or hotel rooms to stow them. Visitors will be told of the policy in locations such as the parking lots and at the resort's hotels. The prohibition will be added to the park rules post on Disney World's website. The issue has been building at Disney. 

Previously, the sticks were prohibited from its rides, and "no selfie-sticks" signs were at select rides, such as Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom. Cast members have given verbal warnings to rule breakers. Several incidents preceded the change, but officials have been discussing the rules for some time, Disney said. This week at Disney California Adventure park, a roller coaster was halted after a passenger pulled out a selfie-stick. The ride was closed for an hour. Selfie-stick users put smartphones and cameras on the ends of poles to extend their reach, frequently capturing theme-park moments through self-portraits. 

The tools have been banned in public places – including some museums and stadiums – worldwide for obstructing views or causing safety issues. Disney World already prohibits items such as skateboards, inline skates, wagon, folding chairs and glass containers, according to its official website, which also lists “other items that we determine may be harmful or disruptive.” Universal Orlando has prohibited banned selfie-sticks and other loose items from certain thrill rides at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure theme parks, but it has not instituted parkwide bans. SeaWorld Orlando also does not keep the sticks from entering the parks.

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9 Dead in SC Church Shooting

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — An intense manhunt was under way Thursday for a young white man who joined a prayer meeting and then opened fire inside a historic black church in downtown Charleston, killing nine people, including the pastor, in what authorities called a hate crime.
This is a very dangerous individual," Police Chief Greg Mullen said. "We want to identify this individual and arrest him before he hurts anyone else."The shooter remained at large Thursday morning and police released photographs from surveillance video of a suspect and a dark colored sedan that may have been the getaway vehicle.
The suspect stayed for nearly an hour at the prayer meeting Wednesday night before shooting the victims — six females and three males, Mullen said.
Mullen did not give other details and said names would be released after families were notified.
But State House Minority leader Todd Rutherford told The Associated Press that the Emanuel AME Church's pastor, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, was among those killed.
Pinckney, 41, was a married father of two who was elected to the state House at age 23, making him the youngest member of the House at the time.
"He never had anything bad to say about anybody, even when I thought he should," Rutherford, D-Columbia, said. "He was always out doing work either for his parishioners or his constituents. He touched everybody."
The suspect was described as a white man in his early 20s.
Mullen said he believed the attack was a hate crime and a Justice Department spokesman said federal officials were opening a hate crime investigation. The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity. The official was not authorized to be quoted by name because the federal investigation had not been announced.
Mullen said he had no reason to think the suspect has left the Charleston area, but was distributing information about him and the vehicle around the country.
Mullen said the scene at the church was chaotic when police arrived, and officers thought they had the suspect tracked with a police dog, but he got away.
"We will put all effort, we will put all resources and we will put all of our energy into finding this individual who committed this crime tonight," he said.
Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. called the shooting "an unfathomable and unspeakable act by somebody filled with hate and with a deranged mind."
"Of all cities, in Charleston, to have a horrible hateful person go into the church and kill people there to pray and worship with each other is something that is beyond any comprehension and is not explained," Riley said. "We are going to put our arms around that church and that church family."
In a statement, NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks condemned the shooting.
"There is no greater coward than a criminal who enters a house of God and slaughters innocent people engaged in the study of scripture," Brooks said.
The attack came two months after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, by a white police officer in neighboring North Charleston that sparked major protests and highlighted racial tensions in the area. The officer has been charged with murder, and the shooting prompted South Carolina lawmakers to push through a bill helping all police agencies in the state get body cameras. Pinckney was a sponsor of that bill.
Soon after Wednesday night's shooting, a group of pastors huddled together praying in a circle across the street.
Community organizer Christopher Cason said he felt certain the shootings were racially motivated.
"I am very tired of people telling me that I don't have the right to be angry," Cason said. "I am very angry right now."
Even before Scott's shooting in April, Cason said he had been part of a group meeting with police and local leaders to try to shore up relations.
The Emmanuel AME church is a historic African-American church that traces its roots to 1816, when several churches split from Charleston's Methodist Episcopal church.
One of its founders, Denmark Vesey, tried to organize a slave revolt in 1822. He was caught, and white landowners had his church burned in revenge. Parishioners worshipped underground until after the Civil War.

Chef Curry with the Pot Boy

The NBA’s MVP nailed seven three-pointers on his way toward 37 points as his Golden State Warriors worked toward a pivotal Game 5 win, downing the Cleveland Cavaliers 104-91. Curry managed 17 fourth-quarter points in the conquest, taking a 3-2 series lead as his W’s could take in the franchise’s first NBA championship in 40 years in Tuesday’s Game 6 in Cleveland.

"We're not getting ahead of ourselves," Curry said postgame before needing to be treated for dehydration. "In the locker room, if you walked in there was the exact same after a regular-season win. But we know the sense of urgency of the moment. It's a good feeling to get a win in Cleveland and understand we can get it done and how we need to get it done."

After struggling to find consistent rhythm throughout the series, Curry went against Golden State orthodoxy in relying on a litany of one-on-one fakes against fading Cavalier point man Matthew Dellavedova down the stretch. Needing just a scintilla of distance against the upstart Cavs guard, Curry rose up for seven three-pointers in 13 attempts, overcoming LeBron James’ second triple-double of these Finals. James finished with 40 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in the loss.

Golden State continued its two-game tradition of going small, once again replacing 7-foot center Andrew Bogut in the starting lineup with jack of all trades Andre Iguodala. And, once again, Iguodala responded with a gem of a game, contributing 14 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals alongside zero turnovers and it’s-as-best-as-I-can-do defense on James. “Center” Draymond Green, meanwhile, did yeoman’s work in acting as a brute all-around force, adding 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Just one game after the highest-scoring game of his NBA career, Cavs center Timofey Mozgov found himself sitting to start the second half. Mozgov, who acted as Cleveland’s second-best option in a tough Game 4 loss with 28 points, played only spot minutes as both sides eschewed tradition and ran with their best five players regardless of position and size.

"I thought I was pretty clear I thought that was our best chance to win the game," Cavs coach David Blatt said about his Mozgov move. "And we were definitely in the game with a chance to win. So that's the way we played it."

Cleveland had its chances. For a while at least.

The Cavs overcame a strong Golden State start, replete with great spacing and ball movement, to take a first quarter lead and remain competitive throughout. Game 5 was a two-point game as late as the 4:24 mark of the fourth quarter, with a potentially game-tying James jump hook from 7 feet away from the goal going long. J.R. Smith showed a confident stroke in the first half, establishing a series high with 14 points, while Tristan Thompson once again crashed the offensive glass with five caroms on that end alongside five defensive rebounds on his way to a 19 and 10 night in the loss.

The Cavaliers just could not keep up.

Dellavedova, charged with chasing Curry while attempting to set up Cleveland’s minimalist offense, was dragging even coming out of timeouts in the fourth quarter, and Curry took notice. The W’s guard entered the fourth quarter with 20 points, hardly a failing effort, but his team was nursing just a six-point lead heading into the final frame despite tactical changes and James’ skinflint support.

With Golden State’s ball movement lacking, and after already establishing himself as just an accurate passer and/or decoy as he was a scorer, Curry danced around Dellavedova to the tune of three fourth-quarter three-pointers, matching James’ mark from behind the arc. LeBron’s 16 fourth-quarter points and an expected move from Cleveland to intentionally foul Iguodala (who missed nine of 11 free throws) were not enough to prevent GSW from pulling out to a 31-24 fourth-quarter advantage.

"You know, we needed our best defensive quarter tonight in the fourth quarter, and we didn't get it," James said. "We gave up 31 points in the fourth. Some of them were free throws, but a lot of them were them just breaking us down."

It was a desperate turn for all involved.

Golden State may have entered Game 5 with the home-court advantage and seeming momentum in what is now a best-of three series, but the team still had to work its way around a star in James that often times left the Warriors at the mercy of whether or not he was able to hit short post-up shots at the rim. James bullied Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson and Iguodala in the post all evening, while matching Curry’s three-pointers shot for shot to begin the fourth period.

LeBron also missed several chippies down the stretch, while his teammates also faded. After a strong start, J.R. Smith ended up missing 10 of 15 looks, too often asked to contribute in isolation sets he’s clearly not suited for. Tristan Thompson was just as unprepared for a starring role in the low post, despite his double-double, and Dellavedova and backcourt mate Iman Shumpert combined to miss 13 of 18 shots from the field.

Mozgov – whose Golden State center counterpart Andrew Bogut received a Did Not Play, Coach’s Decision in the win – worked just five minutes in the first half and four in the second. Deep reserves Mike Miller (who hit one three-pointer) and James Jones were once again asked to work as seventh and eighth men, and a wearied James even sat out the game’s final minute with Golden State’s double-digit advantage in place.

Golden State wasn’t exactly running its deepest rotation, only two reserves notched double-figure minutes, but the team has the advantage in the fourth quarters of this series. The Warriors have outscored Cleveland by a total of 33 points in the fourth quarter of this series, a 60-minute sample size that can’t be sloughed off. Both teams might be offering small lineups and dueling seven-man rotations, but the Warriors are the ones working with an advantage late.

Cleveland, however, still had its opportunities late. And it truly did take tired legs and Stephen Curry’s impossible jump shots for Golden State to pull away, on its home floor no less. The Cavaliers, seemingly, have no business hanging with the NBA’s best team, but there they were yet again deep into Game 5, with just a few short shots from the game’s best player making the difference until Curry worked his magic.

There’s no guarantee that the magic can’t sustain, however, as the series shifts to Cleveland for what could be the final NBA game of the season. Stephen Curry is that brilliant, and his team is that resilient.

The Truth can be in Black & White

(CNN)Ezra Dolezal says he didn't know how to respond the day his adopted sister took him aside and asked him "not to blow her cover" about having a black father.
On that day three years ago, he said, Rachel Dolezal, 37, told him she was starting life anew in Spokane, Washington, where she's now head of the local chapter of the NAACP and chairwoman of a police oversight committee.
Ezra Dolezal, 22, came to visit her from Montana, where their parents live. His adopted sister was on her way to becoming one of the most prominent faces in Spokane's black community.
"She told me not to blow her cover about the fact that she had this secret life or alternate identity," Ezra Dolezal said Saturday. "She told me not to tell anybody about Montana or her family over there. She said she was starting a new life ... and this one person over there was actually going to be her black father."
Dolezal's race has come under question after her estranged mother claimed she is white but is "being dishonest and deceptive with her identity."
Dolezal has identified herself as at least partly African-American but her Montana birth certificate states she was born to two parents who say they are Caucasian. The parents shared that document and old photos with CNN.
    "I kind of saw it coming," Ezra Dolezal said of the controversy. "Instead of sticking to a simple story, she's been trying to make this really complex and it finally got too big for her to handle."
    CNN contacted Dolezal on Saturday. She declined an on-camera interview, saying she stands by her record of service and referring CNN to a statement from the NAACP on Friday. Dolezal told CNN she would likely speak Monday night at the NAACP meeting in Spokane
    The Spokane Spokesman-Review, meanwhile, reported that she has framed the controversy surrounding her racial identity in the context of litigation over guardianship of her adopted brother.
    "We are her birth parents," Lawrence Dolezal told CNN on Friday. "We do not understand why she feels it's necessary to misrepresent her ethnicity."
    Rachel Dolezal grew up in what her parents called a diverse family, with friends from various ethnicities and four adopted siblings who are black. She was "always interested in ethnicity and diversity" growing up, her mother Ruthanne Dolezal said.
    Dolezal attended college in Mississippi, then went on to Howard University on scholarship -- not having identified herself as black then on her application because there was no such option, though people there may have assumed as much "because her portfolio of art was all African-American portraiture," her mother said.
    It wasn't until around 2007, her parents said, that Dolezal began identifying herself more with the African-American community, according to her mother.
    Her parents say Rachel Dolezal "has chosen to distance herself from the family."
    According to court documents obtained by CNN, Rachel Dolezal's adopted brother, Izaiah -- who is black -- sought emancipation from Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal in 2010. The adopted brother, now 21, said the Dolezals used "physical forms of punishment" and had sent his brother and sister away to group homes because they didn't cooperate with the couple's religion and rules.

    'Slap in the face'

    The adopted brother wanted to live with Rachel Dolezal "in a multiracial household where black culture is celebrated and I have a connection to the black community," the court papers said. The papers did not specify Rachel Dolezal's race.
    Ezra Dolezal said the accusations of physical punishment were false. They divided the family. He said he never confronted his adopted sister when she asked him not to blow her cover because he didn't want to make the situation worse.
    His adopted sister was always interested in African-American culture but it wasn't until about 2011 that he started to notice physical changes.
    "There was the gradual darkening of the skin and the hair," he said. "She started molding herself into who she is today."
    He said Dolezal's transformation was tantamount to living in "blackface."
    "It's kind of a slap in the face to African-Americans because she doesn't know what it's like to be black," said Ezra Dolezal, whose biological mother was white and father half-black. "She's only been African-American when it benefited her. She hasn't been through all the struggles. She's only been African-American the last few years."
    Izaiah's petition for emancipation was dropped. In a separate legal action in 2010, the court appointed Rachel Dolezal to be the adopted brother's guardian with the consent of Ruthanne and Lawrence Dolezal.
    Ezra Dolezal said he admires his adopted sister's appreciation and advocacy for the black community and culture. But he questions her handling of the race issue.
    "I believe that the first most important thing regardless of what a person does is that they have integrity," he said. "Rachel has done really good work fighting against racism and police brutality ... but she went about it the wrong way. She said I was born black. I grew up black and I know what it's like growing up as an African-American in this world. She does not."
    Dolezal's time at predominantly black Howard University may have been a major turning point in her transformation, her adopted brother said.
    "When she applied they thought she was a black student," he said. "When she came there, they saw she was white and she wasn't treated that well, especially by people that worked there. She probably started developing this kind of dislike for being white and dislike for white people. She used to tell Izaiah ... that all white people are racists. She might have developed some self-hatred."
    On Friday, the Dolezals told CNN they didn't want to comment on a possible "legal dispute" that their daughter and the NAACP had mentioned.
    One organization that appears to be standing behind her is the NAACP. The group, historically one of the most prominent in supporting causes important to the African-American community, said that Dolezal is "enduring a legal issue with her family" and that "we respect her privacy in this matter."
    "One's racial identity is not a qualifying criteria or disqualifying standard for NAACP leadership," the group said. "The NAACP Alaska-Oregon-Washington State Conference stands behind Ms. Dolezal's advocacy record."

    Challenged about her race

    Dolezal allegedly represented herself as African-American -- along with several other ethnicities, including white and Native American -- in an application for a Spokane police ombudsman commission.
    And she has presented the public with a different family photograph posted to the local NAACP chapter's Facebook page. When she announced her father was coming to town for a visit, she showed herself standing next to an older African-American man.
    Dolezal's public racial identity came under scrutiny on Thursday, when a reporter from CNN affiliate KXLY held up that photo and asked her if it showed her dad. She replied that it did.
    Then came a follow-up question: "Are you African-American?"
    "I don't understand the question of -- I did tell you that, yes, that's my dad. And he was unable to come in January," Dolezal responded.
    "Are your parents -- are they white?" came the next query.
    Dolezal walked away from the microphone, leaving her purse and keys, and took refuge in a nearby clothing boutique.

    Expert, advocate on black community

    Dolezal has built a wide-ranging career as an expert on and advocate for the black community. She is not just president of her local NAACP chapter; she is also an academic expert on African-American culture and teaches many related classes at Eastern Washington University.

    She represents the black community publicly and vocally, including as a spokeswoman on race-influenced police violence. On Tuesday she spoke to Al Jazeera on the topic. And Dolezal has appeared alongside Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, who has filed charges against police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, a young black man.
    The mayor of Spokane appointed Dolezal chairwoman of a police oversight committee to keep an eye on fairness in police work.
    After the allegations of faked racial identity surfaced, Mayor David Condon and City Council President Ben Stuckart said they take "very seriously the concerns raised regarding the chair of the independent citizen police ombudsman commission."
    The city is checking to see if she has violated any policies.
    Still, what Dolezal has done is more important than what race she is to the NAACP, regional President Gerald Hankerson said. He called the NAACP a civil rights organization first that includes "leaders from all different ethnicities," adding that it "doesn't do a genealogy search on what a person's ethnicity is when they" take a top position.
    As to Dolezal specifically, Hankerson said, "We represent all civil rights issues, regardless of a person's ethnicity. And the quality of the work that she has done to elevate the issues of civil rights in that region is what we applaud."

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