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LISTEN: Prince's New Song 'Baltimore' Released in the Wake of the City Riots

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Prince's thought-provoking new track "Baltimore" inspired by the city's unrest following Freddie Gray's death has been released online, USA TODAY reports:

The serious subject matter is juxtaposed against a bouncy, guitar-based track, recorded at the singer's Paisley Park Studios in Minnesota with a vocal assist from Eryn Allen Kane.

The "Purple Rain" singer also hosted a "Rally 4 Peace" concert at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore on Sunday night, telling the crowd "You look around, and the system is broken...It's gonna take the young people to fix it this time."

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Freddie Gray's Death Ruled Homicide, Six Baltimore Police Officers to Face Charges: VIDEO

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Six Baltimore police officers have been charged in the death of Freddie Gray, who died last month after being injured in police custody, The Baltimore Sun reports:

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., 45, who was the driver of a police van that carried Gray through the streets of Baltimore, was charged with second-degree murder, assault, manslaughter, misconduct and other charges.

Officer William Porter, 25, and Lt. Brian Rice, 41, were charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Sgt. Alicia White, 30, was charged with manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Officer Edward Nero, 29, and Officer Garrett Miller, 26, were charged with assault and misconduct.

CNN adds:

MosbyBaltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby told reporters Friday that her office's investigation, coupled with a medical examiner's determination that Freddie Gray's death was a homicide, led her to determine there is probable cause to file criminal charges. 

Mosby said no crime was committed by Gray and that he was illegally arrested.

Gray's death triggered an avalanche of protests in Baltimore and more than one angry confrontation with news reporters.

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Baltimore Protester Fires Back at MSNBC's Thomas Roberts Over Media Coverage of Riots: VIDEO

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The media's reporting (and framing) of the unrest in Baltimore has been frustrating for many city residents, as evidenced by heated exchanges between protesters and talking heads like Fox News' Geraldo Rivera and MSNBC's Thomas Roberts. 

On Tuesday, Roberts interviewed protester Danielle Williams about whether rioting and looting were the best way to represent a community searching for justice. Williams said it wasn't before quickly putting the spotlight back on Roberts and the wider media coverage of the Freddie Gray case:

"My question to you is, when we were out here protesting all last week for six days straight peacefully, there were no news cameras, there were no helicopters, there was no riot gear, and nobody heard us. So now that we've burned down buildings and set businesses on fire and looted buildings, now all of the sudden everybody wants to hear us. Why does it take a catastrophe like this in order for America to hear our cry? I mean, enough is enough. We've had too many lives lost at the hands of police officers. 

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Texas GOP Congressman Ties Baltimore Riots to Gay Marriage: LISTEN

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Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) appeared on hate group leader Tony Perkins' Washington Watch radio show yesterday and linked the Baltimore riots to gay marriage, Right Wing Watch reports:

Let’s talk about poverty, for instance. The single best indicator of whether or not a child is going to be in poverty or not is whether or not they were raised by a two-parent household or a single parent household, so the breakdown of the family has contributed to poverty. Look at what is going on in Baltimore today, you see the issues that are raised there. Healthy marriages are the ones between a man and a woman because they can have a healthy family and they can raise children in a way that’s best for their future, not only socially but psychologically, economically, from a health perspective. There is nothing like traditional marriage that does that for a child. Each of us have a mother and a father and there is no way to get around that.

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Baltimore Mom Who Smacked Son During Riots Speaks Out: VIDEO

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Toya Graham, the Baltimore mom whose disciplinary session with her masked son during the riots this week went viral, spoke with CBS News about what people saw on the video:

"He gave me eye contact. And at that point, you know, not even thinking about cameras or anything like that. That's my only son and at the end of the day I don't want him to be a Freddie Gray...At that point, I just lost it. I was shocked, I was angry, because you never want to see your child out there doing that....There's some days that I'll shield him in the house just so he won't go outside and I know that I can't do that for the rest of my life...I'm a no-tolerant mother. Everybody that knows me, know I don't play that."

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Baltimore Mother Finds Son and Beats Him for Participating in Riots: VIDEO

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In a video now going viral, mother in Baltimore took to the streets as the riots were taking place yesterday, found her son, and gave him a good whooping in front of everyone. She was apparently following the instructions of the Baltimore police.

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