TheGrio彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:// African-American Breaking News and Opinion Wed, 13 May app安全吗 17:36:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Ohio men awarded $18M after serving years in prison over deadly robbery彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/13/ohio-men-awarded-18m-prison-deadly-robbery/ http:///app安全吗/05/13/ohio-men-awarded-18m-prison-deadly-robbery/#respond Wed, 13 May app安全吗 17:21:44 +0000 http:///?p=502556 Three men who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned in connection to a 1975 deadly robbery have reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the city of Cleveland.

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Three men who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned in connection to a 1975 deadly robbery have reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the City of Cleveland.

The men, Rickey Jackson (63), Wiley Bridgeman (65), and brother Kwame Ajamu (62), who is formerly known as Ronnie Bridgeman, were convicted for the murder of Harold Franks in 1975.

READ MORE: Wrongfully convicted man who spent 23 years in prison will receive $1.5 million

Their conviction was based on the testimony of a 12-year-old boy who later said that his testimony was coerced by police. Other than that testimony, there was no other physical evidence tying the three men to the crime or the getaway car that was used.

The three men were also teenagers at the time of the murder and have maintained their innocence for 45 years. Their case was eventually overturned in 2014. The civil suit was scheduled to go to a jury this summer, but instead, the city reached a landmark settlement for $18 million dollars.

According to Ohio’s, an attorney for the men said, “For 45 years, our clients never gave up hope that someday their nightmare would be over,” said attorney Terry Gilbert. “That time has come with this final resolution providing some measure of justice and closure. But the physical and emotional trauma our clients were forced to endure is an example of the deep flaws of a racist criminal legal system focused on results rather than truth and justice.”

The lawsuit alleged police misconduct, falsifying evidence, and coercing a witness.

READ MORE: ​Michigan officials short on cash, can’t pay back wrongfully convicted prisoners who already served time

According to a report by, the witness in the case, Eddie Vernon, broke down during a court hearing as he described the threats by detectives and the burden of guilt he had carried for so long.

The journey to exoneration began with an article in 2011 in Scene Magazine. After the piece that detailed the flaws in the case eventually led to the Ohio Innocence Project to assist in freeing the three men.

The $18 million dollar settlement is the largest in Ohio history.

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Businessman threatens lawsuit to force Illinois to pay for face coverings彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/13/businessman-threatens-lawsuit-illinois/ http:///app安全吗/05/13/businessman-threatens-lawsuit-illinois/#respond Wed, 13 May app安全吗 16:26:51 +0000 http:///?p=502570 Willie Wilson has threatened to file a lawsuit against the state of Illinois to pay for face coverings for the poor and indigent.

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Willie Wilson, a two-time mayoral candidate and businessman who runs a medical supply company, has threatened to file a lawsuit against the state of Illinois to pay for face coverings for the poor and indigent.

Wilson is seeking to compel Gov. J.B. Pritzker to set aside money to help poor people buy masks to wear in public places during the coronavirus pandemic.

READ MORE: Willie Wilson to bail out Chicago inmates who can’t afford bond

The businessman has offered to sell millions of disposable face masks to the city of Chicago. He has also donated a large number of masks to aldermen and community groups in the city to hand out.

The face-covering ordinance went into effect on May 1. The order states that coverings could be made from pieces of cloth or shirts. However, Wilson contends that those may not be sufficient and that “people should have the very best masks.”

“Poor people aren’t going to have masks,” Wilson said, “They’re going to try to go into stores and be put out because of that.”

A mask is seen on the sidewalk as the coronavirus continues to spread across the United States on March 27, app安全吗. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

According to , Wilson said he isn’t trying to position himself to profit from the sale of masks to the state. “Well, I gave away already, so that certainly wouldn’t be the motive.”

The article also states that Wilson is planning to run for the U.S. Senate against Democratic Senator Dick Durbin in the fall election.

To date, Cook County has over 38,000 cases of COVID-19 and over 1,600 deaths. Mayor Lori Lightfoot told that more than 70% of the deaths due to the pandemic in Chicago are Black people despite being only 30% of the city’s population.

READ MORE: Chicago businessman says his PPE supplies were turned down by officials

Lightfoot said she’s created a “racial equity rapid response team” comprised of healthcare providers, public health clinicians, and “community stakeholders” like faith leaders.

Just today, Wilson that he supports the decision of over 100 churches to resume services while practicing social distancing.

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Ahmaud Arbery’s mother calls for death penalty for men who shot her son彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/13/ahmaud-arberys-mother-calls-for-death-penalty/ http:///app安全吗/05/13/ahmaud-arberys-mother-calls-for-death-penalty/#respond Wed, 13 May app安全吗 16:07:09 +0000 http:///?p=502568 Ahmaud Arbery‘s mother is asking for the ultimate punishment for the men who killed her son as he was jogging nearly three months ago. Wanda Cooper-Jones revealed on Monday, May 12, that she would like newly appointed Cobb County District Attorney Joyette M. Holmes to seek the death penalty in the case against Travis McMicheal and Gregory […]

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Ahmaud Arbery‘s mother is asking for the ultimate punishment for the men who killed her son as he was jogging nearly three months ago.

Wanda Cooper-Jones revealed on Monday, May 12, that she would like newly appointed Cobb County District Attorney Joyette M. Holmes to seek the death penalty in the case against Travis McMicheal and Gregory McMicheal, the father-son duo who were filmed shooting Arbery with a shotgun on Feb. 23.

During an interview with , Cooper-Jones was asked what she sees “as justice coming out of this” and whether she would like prosecutors to ask for the death penalty.

“We’ve heard Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Oprah–a lot of people come forward saying that they want to see swift justice here,” the interviewer explained in the clip. “What would your family consider swift justice?”

READ MORE: Black district attorney to take over Ahmaud Arbery case

“I would like for all hands that were involved, that played a part in my son’s murder, to be prosecuted to the highest,” she responded. “Coming from the mothers—my point of view—my son died, so they should die as well. I would totally agree with [the death penalty].”

Cooper-Jones went on to reveal that she had recently spoken with Holmes, who is the third prosecutor assigned to the case after Glynn County District Attorney Jackie Johnson recused herself and prosecutor Tom Durden stepped down.

“Yes, the newly assigned DA. She did reach out yesterday to formally introduce herself as the newest assigned DA,” Cooper-Jones said before sharing that Holmes gave her assurances about the case.

“I think that with the counsel that I have and the newly assigned DA and their work, I think that we will get justice for Ahmaud,” she concluded.

Just a few hours before her interview with TMZ, Cooper-Jones questioned the role of the man who filmed her 25-year-old son’s shooting death in an interview with .

William “Roddy” Bryan videotaped the encounter between Arbery and the McMicheals, but did not step in to assist—a move that left Cooper-Jones disconcerted.

READ MORE: Ahmaud Arbery’s mother wants to know why man who filmed son’s death didn’t help

“Why would you videotape it? Why didn’t he do anything to help? Why didn’t he reach out right after the shooting? Why did he only come forward after the video was leaked?” she told the outlet on Monday.

Bryan explained to local news outlet that he went into shock after the shooting and was attempting to be a good samaritan by filming the incident.

“I had nothing to do with it,” he said. “I am trying to get my life back to normal, and it’s been smeared for the last week. I was told I was a witness and I am not sure what I am.”

Gregory, 64, and Travis, 34, were arrested and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault on May 7.

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Ahmaud Arbery murder suspect had previous neighborhood confrontation彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/13/ahmaud-arbery-suspect-neighborhood-confrontation/ http:///app安全吗/05/13/ahmaud-arbery-suspect-neighborhood-confrontation/#respond Wed, 13 May app安全吗 16:04:41 +0000 http:///?p=502547 Reports say that it is possible that Travis McMichael had a previous confrontation with Ahmaud Arbery before his death in the same neighborhood.

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According to the, it is possible that Travis McMichael had a previous confrontation with Ahmaud Arbery before his death.

The McMichael and his father were arrested last week and charged with felony murder and aggravated assault against Arbery.

READ MORE: Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker mourns cousin Ahmaud Arbery

In the report, a neighbor in the Satilla Shores neighborhood named Diego Perez says that he had been keeping an eye on Larry English‘s 彩票直通车网站 while it was under construction.

Perez told the AJC that on Feb. 11, a motion-sensor security camera video in the construction site “pinged” the property owner who lives two hours away. English texted the video to Perez who lives near the construction site.

Perez said that he was armed as he approached the site that night and that Travis McMichael pulled up and accompanied him toward the house.

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Perez told the newspaper, “Travis saw him in the yard and Travis stopped,” he says, “He confronted (the man) halfway into the yard. He said (the man) reached for his waistband, and Travis got spooked and went down the road.”

He went on to say that Travis went to get his father, Gregory McMichael.

Perez stated that the two returned to the construction site, but no one was present when they came back. Still, it was noted, that they recognized the young man peeking around the property because he had been in other security camera videos at the construction site in the months before.

The neighbor also said that police were called to the scene and there was no evidence of wrongdoing.

“All we knew about him was that he was the guy who kept showing up on our cameras,” Perez said. “No one knew who it was.”

It has not been confirmed by Glynn County Police or the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that it was Arbery that they encountered on Feb. 11, but Perez said that he was the man who he saw on that night. According to the report, the neighbor has given his statement to the GBI.

READ MORE: Ahmaud Arbery’s mother wants to know why man who filmed son’s death didn’t help

Both McMichael men have been recently arrested for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. The father, Gregory, is a former officer who has ties to local law enforcement.

Though the killing happened in February, the local authorities were slow to make an arrest in this case, which is likely because of the professional relationship the local law enforcement has with the family.

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Kobe Bryant’s sports academy retires ‘Mamba’ nickname彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/13/kobe-bryants-sports-academy-retires-mamba-nickname/ http:///app安全吗/05/13/kobe-bryants-sports-academy-retires-mamba-nickname/#respond Wed, 13 May app安全吗 15:07:44 +0000 http:///?p=502549 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California sports academy previously co-owned by Kobe Bryant has retired his “Mamba” nickname and rebranded itself nearly four months after the basketball icon’s death in a helicopter crash. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people were killed Jan. 26 as they flew to a basketball tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy. […]

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Southern California sports academy previously co-owned by Kobe Bryant has retired his “Mamba” nickname and rebranded itself nearly four months after the basketball icon’s death in a helicopter crash.

Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people were killed Jan. 26 as they flew to a basketball tournament at the Mamba Sports Academy.

The Thousand Oaks-based facility said it would return to its original name of Sports Academy. It was founded in 2016. Bryant, who spent 20 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and helped the franchise win five NBA championships, joined in 2018.

Games were being played at the academy when the news broke of Bryant’s death. Players immediately stopped and many people in the gym burst into tears when told that Bryant was aboard the helicopter that crashed.

READ MORE: Kobe Bryant’s pilot’s rep says passengers knew the risks in fatal crash

The academy is under consideration as a 彩票直通车网站 base for an NBA minor league program that will provide one year of preparation, on and off the court, for some elite players who chose to bypass college but are not yet eligible for the NBA draft.

Bryant is the only NBA player to have his team retire two numbers in his honor. He was selected last month for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. A ceremony is scheduled for late August though it may be delayed until at least October because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bryant’s production company, Granity Studios, has remained active since his death. The latest children’s book released by Bryant’s company last month — “The Wizenard Series: Season One” — became his fifth book to reach No. 1 on The New York Times’ best-seller lists.

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Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at Staples Center(Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)

The helicopter crash remains under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

In February, Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, sued the estate of pilot Ara Zobayan and the charter company that owned the helicopter, Island Express. She claimed Zobayan failed “to use ordinary care in piloting the subject aircraft” and alleged negligence.

On Friday, Zobayan’s brother, Berge Zobayan, said in a court filing that Kobe Bryant knew the risks of helicopter flying and his survivors aren’t entitled to damages from the pilot’s estate, the Los Angeles Times reported.

READ MORE: Kobe Bryant’s final Lakers season documented with all-access film crew

Island Express responded in court papers Monday saying they are not responsible for damages, calling the crash, among other things, “an act of God” and “an unavoidable accident” that was beyond their control. The charter company also said the Bryants knew of the risks and dangers of flying in a helicopter and “voluntarily assume(d) the risk of the accident, injury, and damages” when they got on the chopper.

Vanessa Bryant separately last week filed a claim — a precursor to a lawsuit — against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after deputies were accused of sharing unauthorized photos of the crash site. The claim was first reported by PEOPLE; the investigation into the deputies’ photos was initially published by the Times. The sheriff has declined to comment, citing the ongoing litigation

The survivors of crash victims Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton filed a complaint Monday against the helicopter company and the pilot’s estate. Families of other victims previously filed lawsuits.

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Reynolds reported from Miami.

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Swizz Beatz thinks rappers should pay ‘taxes’ to Hip-Hop founders彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/13/swizz-beatz-rappers-taxes-hip-hop-founders/ http:///app安全吗/05/13/swizz-beatz-rappers-taxes-hip-hop-founders/#respond Wed, 13 May app安全吗 15:05:44 +0000 http:///?p=502538 Producer Swizz Beatz wants to raise a million dollars for each icon who started Hip-Hop and wants other artists to step up and support his efforts.

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Iconic Hip-Hop producer Swizz Beatz wants to raise a million dollars for each icon who started Hip-Hop and wants other artists to step up and support his efforts.

“From [DJ] Kool Herc, as well as the likes of Melle Mel, Grandmaster Flash, and Sugarhill Gang,” he said, “We need to be paying taxes to the creators of Hip-Hop that gave us freedom of speech to go forward.”

READ MORE: Timbaland & Swizz Beatz respond to call for Dr. Dre vs. Diddy ‘Verzuz’ battle

The producer shared his opinion while talking to Joe Budden on his Beatz’s Zone Radio on Instagram Live.

Despite Hip-Hop being the number one musical genre in the world, many of the founders of Hip-Hop music and culture are struggling, making far less money in residuals, touring, and merchandising than the rap-children that were birthed from the movement they started in the 1970s.

Swizz says that he is “passionate” about giving back to the culture.

DJ Kool Herc is considered the founder of Hip-Hop. On August 11, 1973, he decided to through a birthday celebration for his sister, spinning jams on his turntables, elongating the breakbeats, and then blasting the music through his Herculoid speakers. The sound would become the signature of Hip-Hop. That party at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue is considered the birth date of the culture.

Grandmaster Melle Mel is widely-considered the first rapper to call himself an “MC.” As lead rapper of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, he recorded “The Message,” which is considered one of the first conscious rap records.

The Sugarhill Gang‘s 1979 hit, “Rapper’s Delight,” was the first rap single to land in a spot on the Top 40.

READ MORE: “The Message”: New book applies hip-hop lyrics to life

The Universal Hip Hop Museum is set to open in 2023. The mission of the museum is to celebrate and preserve the history of local and global Hip-Hop music and culture to inspire, empower, and promote understanding.

Anchored in the birthplace of the culture, the Universal Hip Hop Museum in the Bronx will provide a space for audiences, artists, and technology to converge, creating unparalleled educational and entertainment experiences around the Hip-Hop culture of the past, present, and future.

Swizz Beatz was born and raised in the Bronx and has long been a patron of the arts and supporting emerging artists.

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Man who wore KKK hood in grocery store says it wasn’t a ‘racial statement’彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/13/man-kkk-hood-grocery-store-racial-statement/ http:///app安全吗/05/13/man-kkk-hood-grocery-store-racial-statement/#respond Wed, 13 May app安全吗 14:22:25 +0000 http:///?p=502531 A man who wore a Ku Klux Klan-style hood in a grocery store will not be charged with a hate crime because he did not know it was a racial statement.

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A man who wore a Ku Klux Klan-style hood in a San Diego-area grocery store will not be charged with a hate crime.

The incident took place on May 2, in a Vons grocery store in Santee, California.

READ MORE: California man in KKK hood while grocery shopping sparks investigation

According to witnesses, the man refused to remove the hood despite being asked by store employees and management. Photos of the man shopping in the symbol of racial hatred quickly went viral on .

In a statement from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, “The man expressed frustration with the coronavirus and having people tell him what he can and cannot do. He said that wearing the hood was not intended to be a racial statement. In summary, he said, ‘It was a mask and it was stupid.'”

The sheriff’s office said that they, the U.S. attorney’s office and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office investigated and found “insufficient evidence” to charge the man.

Following the incident, Santee Mayor, John Minto released a statement saying, “Santee, its leaders, and I will not tolerate such behavior. Santee and its citizens are great, and this particular individual’s actions are not representative of us as a people and a wonderful city.”

The sheriff’s department statement further read that the incident should “serve as a reminder for anyone contemplating wearing or displaying items so closely associated with hate and human suffering that our society does not hold in high regard those who do so.”

READ MORE: Joe Biden links Trump and KKK in speech condemning hate

According to the , one eyewitness to the incident said that the man was standing behind her in line, she took a photo of him and said that “a man in a wheelchair [went] past and saluted him and he laughed.”

Santee has a history of white supremacists and skinhead activities that have earned it the nickname of ‘Klantee’.

While the sheriff’s department declined to press charges, in their statement they said, “Santee is a city of families, and the community is rightfully disgusted at this man’s despicable behavior.”

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Georgia reopens case of couple murdered in church due to DNA evidence彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/13/georgia-couple-murdered-church-dna-evidence-reopen/ http:///app安全吗/05/13/georgia-couple-murdered-church-dna-evidence-reopen/#respond Wed, 13 May app安全吗 13:47:12 +0000 http:///?p=502525 The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is reopening the case of the 1985 murders of Harold and Thelma Swain. Authorities may have arrested the wrong man.

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The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is reopening the case of the 1985 murders of Harold Swain and his wife, Thelma Swain. The couple was shot inside the Rising Daughter Baptist Church during bible study.

35 years ago, witnesses stated that the killer was a white man, who walked into the church and aggressively confronted Harold who was a church deacon. Now authorities are wondering if they nabbed the wrong man.

READ MORE: Online pages emerge in support of Ahmaud Arbery murder suspects

Investigative reporting performed by the found that the man who was convicted of the crime, Dennis Perry, is not a match for the DNA evidence found at the scene. This DNA was collected off of a pair of glasses. Independent researchers tested the glasses and discovered that the match was for someone in the family line of a different suspect, Erik Sparre.

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The Georgia Innocence Project and the King & Spalding law firm recently filed for a new trial for Perry. Perry has maintained his innocence for 20 years.

The Swain couple’s murder was a cold case for over 15 years before Perry’s arrest in 2000. In many ways the couple’s murder became a pop culture interest, even being featured on Unsolved Mysteries.

However, in 2018 on the investigative podcast, Undisclosed made a shocking discovery. The episode revealed that a key witness in the trial was paid $12,000 in reward money for her testimony.

This news prompted the AJC to do their own research on the case.

According to Joshua Sharpe, one of their investigative , a 6,000-page investigative file was examined to find the truth. He also listened to a 24-hour-plus podcast about the case. He interviewed dozens of people, including Perry and former suspect Sparre, as well as with investigators who worked the case, relatives of the victims, and many others.

READ MORE: Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker mourns cousin Ahmaud Arbery

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation will review the case after being asked to do so by the Brunswick County District Attorney Jackie Johnson. She requested the case to be reopened more than six weeks after learning of the new DNA evidence.

Johnson may have additional motivation to investigate the crime. She is the same DA who recused herself in the prosecution of Gregory McMichael and his son, Travis McMichael who shot and killed Ahmaud Arbery in February.

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University of Illinois student tied noose on campus, pleads guilty to disorderly conduct彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/13/illinois-university-student-noose-guilty-hate-crime/ http:///app安全吗/05/13/illinois-university-student-noose-guilty-hate-crime/#respond Wed, 13 May app安全吗 11:04:00 +0000 http:///?p=502523 20-year-old Andrew Smith pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct for making a noose out of string and leaving it in a residence hall elevator.

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20-year-old Andrew Smith pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct for making a noose out of string and leaving it in a residence hall elevator. Smith told the state’s attorney’s office that he made the noose and hung it because he heard that the campus building was haunted.

He further stated that in his mind he was only making a “knot,” that “just happened to be a racial hate symbol.”

READ MORE: Noose found in Molson Coors employee’s locker years before fatal shootings

The incident happened in September of 2019 and outraged students on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. It quickly went viral on social media. The friend who was with him reported him to the police.

Originally charged with a felony hate crime, the plea agreement allows Smith to have his criminal record cleared if he completes his sentence without further problems. The sophomore was sentenced to 50 hours of community service and a $75 fine.

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At the time of the incident, the University of Illinois released a statement saying, “The university does not condone acts of intolerance, bias, or prejudice.” They also provided students with counseling.

Smith told university police that he “only spent about 30 seconds thinking about his actions” and despite the online outrage, Smith didn’t think the incident was severe enough to turn himself in.

According to a report from , Smith wrote “apology letters and appeared sincere,” State’s Attorney Julia Rietz, who filed the hate crime charge, said that police investigated and found that Smith had “no history of racial prejudice.”

READ MORE: 12-year-old Mississippi girl is given racist doll with noose around its neck

Nooses have long been a symbol of racial hatred. According to the from 1882-1968, 4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States.  Of these people that were lynched 3,446 were Black. Whites who were lynched were often killed for trying to help Black people.

In the last five years, nooses have popped up at middle 彩票直通车官网s, other universities, and even at a display about segregation in the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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‘Southern Charm’ star Kathryn Dennis accused of racism in beef with SC activist彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/12/southern-charm-star-kathryn-dennis-accused-of-racism-in-beef-with-sc-activist/ http:///app安全吗/05/12/southern-charm-star-kathryn-dennis-accused-of-racism-in-beef-with-sc-activist/#respond Tue, 12 May app安全吗 23:50:26 +0000 http:///?p=502415 Southern Charm‘s Kathryn Dennis is apologizing after she went on a racist rant against two women of color, including likening one to a monkey. Over the weekend, activist and radio host Mika Gadsden called out Katie Shields, owner of the nail salon Mylk Bar, for hosting a Trump event in Charlestown, S.C. READ MORE: ‘Boy […]

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Southern Charm‘s Kathryn Dennis is apologizing after she went on a racist rant against two women of color, including likening one to a monkey.

Over the weekend, activist and radio host Mika Gadsden called out Katie Shields, owner of the nail salon Mylk Bar, for hosting a Trump event in Charlestown, S.C.

READ MORE: ‘Boy Meets World’ actress accuses stars of ‘extreme’ racism

“In Charleston you learn, fairly quickly, that the face of White Supremacy resembles that of the boutique-owning, gatekeeping glitterati. This is Katie Shields, owner of Mylk Bar in Mt. Pleasant. She’s organizing a Nautical MAGA rally with her friends. Katie is reprehensible,” Gadsden tweeted.

Jewelry owner Pauline Rodriguez of Charleston also took on Shields and her event as she objected to Mylk Bar’s association with the Trump event. That drew the ire of Shields, who responded to Rodriquez and Gadsen, who came to her defense.

“She was attacked by Katie Shields’ network of wealthy, monied affluent white women,” Gadsden said in an exclusive interview with theGrio.

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Dennis, a member of one of South Carolina’s prominent political families, the Calhouns, used a monkey emoji in her responses to Gadsden.

“Kathryn was one of the folks that were antagonizing Paulina online and so I shared what Kathryn was doing and tagged her to hold her accountable. That’s when Kathryn set her sights on me and started to directly insult me and subsequently hurled a monkey emoji at me as I was defending Paulina.”
Gadsden says that it’s more than just about an emoji but the systematic racism that allows some to operate without impunity.

 


Dennis has since taken to social media to apologize and say that she will “do better”.

 

Gadsden isn’t inclined to accept her apology, especially since there was a concerted effort to punish Rodriguez economically for speaking her truth.

“They threatened to take away her ability to take care of herself and her livelihood. They threatened to take away resources,” she says.

“That’s how the white women who are the arbiters of white supremacy, who are the orchestrators of a lot of this pain, thee white women, that’s how they attack us. Their violence usually comes in the form of economic pain.”

Gadsden is also mindful of the mass shooting that took place at the Emanuel African Methodist in Charlestown on June 17, 2015. Dylan Roof killed nine Black people while they were in Bible study. It is a wound that is still fresh.

“What we saw in the state, what we saw in the city was everyone just grab hands, hold hands and walk across the bridge in this performative show of solidarity and what happened was Black trauma was never addressed. What happened was Black folks were never afforded the space to be outraged, to be upset, to be angry, to cry, and mourn amongst themselves,” she says.

Gadsden continues by saying that particular trauma was exploited by those who put a premium on respectability politics. That is not how she moves in life and reinforces why she won’t accept the apology from Dennis.

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“They called for peace and all this harmony when in my estimation that was a time to galvanize communities and demand more and what I’m saying is that my justice, justice for my people, my liberation should not have to cost Black acquiescence,” she says.

“That cannot be the price and so I’m tired. I’m tired of these reality show stars saying blatantly and explicitly racist things. I’m tired of them being afforded platforms, more television shows, more programming. This lady will be rewarded.”

Gadsden acknowledges that there is space for Dennis and others to grow but is not invested in being their personal teacher. Her priority is protecting her community from harm.

READ MORE: Angela Yee talks racism against Black and Asian communities amid coronavirus pandemic

“There’s enough books and resources, Google is free for them to act right and we’re in the cradle of slavery down here. So, if they don’t know better by now, they don’t want to know,” she says.

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Lifetime announces new Prince Harry and Meghan film about ‘controversial’ exit彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/12/lifetime-prince-harry-meghan-markle/ http:///app安全吗/05/12/lifetime-prince-harry-meghan-markle/#respond Tue, 12 May app安全吗 23:40:48 +0000 http:///?p=502466 Only a few months after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made history (and international headlines) with the announcement that they were voluntarily stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family, Lifetime has already greenlit a tv movie about the ordeal commonly referred to as “Megxit.” The film, tentatively titled Harry & Meghan: Escaping the […]

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Only a few months after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made history (and international headlines) with the announcement that they were voluntarily stepping down as senior members of the Royal Family, Lifetime has already greenlit a tv movie about the ordeal commonly referred to as “Megxit.”

The film, tentatively titled Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace, will be a fictionalized account of the events surrounding their decision to step down from their royal duties and step away from the increasingly volatile British media. They have since relocated to California.

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reports that the biopic’s synopsis says it will chronicle “the couple’s controversial conscious uncoupling from the crown, after the birth of their son Archie.”

The movie will also detail “the struggles of the new parents and unique challenges of being part of the royal family, which ultimately led Harry and Meghan to give up their royal ties to forge a new life on their own terms.”

READ MORE: Author apologizes to Meghan Markle after dragging birthday video with son Archie

Aside from this brief overview no further details such as casting choices, the film’s production or release date, have been announced. This is likely due to the coronavirus pandemic which has halted productions across the entire film and television industry.

Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace is the third installment from a series of timely Lifetime movies about the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. The first two movies about the couple were which aired in May of 2018 (five days before the royal wedding) and which aired in May of 2019.

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Boosie draws ire of social media after refusing to apologize for Zaya Wade comments彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/12/boosie-vlad-zaya-wade-comments/ http:///app安全吗/05/12/boosie-vlad-zaya-wade-comments/#respond Tue, 12 May app安全吗 23:10:07 +0000 http:///?p=502432 Boosie Badazz otherwise known as 37-year-old Torrence Hatch Jr. is no stranger to controversy. The Baton Rouge, La. born rapper has very little filter and basically tells his 8.7M followers any thoughts that come straight out of his brain. READ MORE: Louisiana’s COVID-19 deaths were 70 percent Black residents Therefore, its no surprise that he finds […]

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Boosie Badazz otherwise known as 37-year-old Torrence Hatch Jr. is no stranger to controversy. The Baton Rouge, La. born rapper has very little filter and basically tells his 8.7M followers any thoughts that come straight out of his brain.

READ MORE: Louisiana’s COVID-19 deaths were 70 percent Black residents

Therefore, its no surprise that he finds himself on the wrong side of social media when he shares his takes on hot-button subjects. That was the case when he weighed in on Dwyane Wade‘s 12-year-old transgender daughter, Zaya Wade, by saying that Dwyane  “was going too far” and not to have Zaya “cut his d**k off.”

Dwayne Wade, Zaya Wade and Gabrielle Union at Truth Awards in Los Angeles on March 7. (Photo: Instagram)

Boosie then said after the inevitable fallout from his comments that he was going to talk to Jay-Z to intervene and settle any dispute between Boosie and Dwyane. Those comments suggested that 1. Boosie could get Jay on the phone 2. That Jay-Z cared to intervene and 3. That DWade would even consider hearing him out. Boosie felt the need to clarify in an interview with VladTV that was posted this week.

“People got it wrong,” Boosie told Vlad. “The owner of my reality show, he know Jay. We started losing advertising, he like, ‘Imma call Jay. Jay can put you on the line with Dwyane Wade and y’all do some shit. We clear this shit up and go get the bag. We need to clear this shit up. Whoopty woo. Jay can make it happen.’ He the one who can make it happen. He from New York, my boy from New York. I was just like, no, bruh. No, I ain’t…I stand what I stand on. I don’t feel I said nothing wrong to apologize for.”

 


At the time, Boosie said his mother got on his case about it with the phrase ‘Who am I to judge?’ It resonated somewhat as Boosie then made a song with that title. Here are just some of the lyrics:

Some say I’m crazy, I say I’m just real 

If crazy’s what you get then that’s what it is 

I don’t care who I offend with these tears 

I know when I said it that that shit was real 

To his credit, if any credit can be given, Boosie, the father of eight, says that those are his beliefs and that he feels he has nothing to apologize for.

“I just feel like children are too young to make those decisions like that and I believe in traditional values that’s all. And people took it the wrong way. I wasn’t trying to harm nobody, I don’t have nothing against nobody or nothing like that.”

(Note: Gender reassignment surgery is not permitted in the U.S. until the age of 18).

Boosie trended on Twitter today as old comments about his sons and their virginity trended. Boosie says that he had, ahem, a woman provide oral sex to his 14-year-old son for his birthday.

In shades of T.I., when the story of him monitoring his daughter’s virginity broke, Boosie later told TMZ he was just kidding. However, this is what he actually said at the time:

“I’m training them boys right,” Boosie said. “A grown, super grown woman checked his ass out, checked all my nephews out.”

READ MORE: Boosie and the double standard of sexual assault in the Black community

Social media obviously found these comments reprehensible, to say the least, and many couldn’t understand why he felt the need to comment on Zaya when he himself was promoting child molestation.

 

So much can be unpacked here but the main issue is that Boosie has a platform to the tune of 8 plus million followers. So someone is interested in his thoughts.

During the coronavirus epidemic, he’s used that platform to encourage women to pose topless for money, promoted several products, lined up women for a post-corona pool party, and offered discounts on ghostwriting rap lyrics among other things.

For a man who’s served time in a murder case, has diabetes (but still smokes cigarettes) and beat kidney cancer, you’d think Boosie might find some more positive ways to use his enormous reach. But you’d also wonder why, despite his problematic thought process and his lack of a mainstream hit, we’re still giving him this much attention.

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Lauren London talks motherhood and loss with Queen Afua彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/12/lauren-london-motherhood-loss-queen-afua/ http:///app安全吗/05/12/lauren-london-motherhood-loss-queen-afua/#respond Tue, 12 May app安全吗 23:01:20 +0000 http:///?p=502460 Mother’s Day weekend can be bittersweet for a myriad of reasons. Over the holiday weekend, actress Lauren London had a candid sit down with herbalist and author Queen Afua about what this holiday and motherhood, in general, has been like since her partner, Grammy-winning rapper Nipsey Hussle was slain last year. In a clip from […]

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Mother’s Day weekend can be bittersweet for a myriad of reasons. Over the holiday weekend, actress Lauren London had a candid sit down with herbalist and author Queen Afua about what this holiday and motherhood, in general, has been like since her partner, Grammy-winning rapper Nipsey Hussle was slain last year.

In a clip from their conversation which took place via   Instagram page, the two women discuss what parenthood looks like while grappling with the loss of a loved one.

READ MORE: Ahmaud Arbery’s mother wants to know why man who filmed son’s death didn’t help

“They’re ancestors now,” began Queen Afua. “We can call him up and they will speak through us, support us and encourage us. What do you say to the loss?”

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Nipsey Hussle and Lauren London arrive at the Warner Music Group Pre-Grammy Celebration on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)

“I say that I am with you. I stand with you. I can relate to your pain,” responded London. “Today, for me, I would have had Nip here a couple years ago or a year ago to say ‘Happy Mother’s Day,’ bring my flowers, and [now] I don’t. So in that space where I don’t have him physically here, I nurture it into myself. I will embrace the love that I do get from my family.”

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“The flowers that I do get that come from my cousins, my mother or my brother. I fully embrace that, right. I will fully be present with my kids today because time is not promised,” she continued. “I will light a candle for my beloved. I will do the things that honor him that I know that he respected. And yeah, I feel more importantly, when there’s an empty space, when there’s a loss, you just do things in their honor and that fills up a little bit of the hole.”

READ MORE: Lauren London pens tribute to Nipsey Hussle: ‘Until we are together again’

Everyone is just so filled with love for you,” gushed Queen Afua. “And every time I hear of your name, they’re always uplifting you.”

I know it!” agreed London, adding, “The prayers of the people have kept me. They have no idea.”

On Mother’s Day, London shared how her children have helped her heal as well.

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Mitch McConnell forgets Obama gave Trump a coronavirus playbook; Dems remind him彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/12/mitch-mcconnell-forgets-obama-gave-trump-a-coronavirus-playbook-dems-remind-him/ http:///app安全吗/05/12/mitch-mcconnell-forgets-obama-gave-trump-a-coronavirus-playbook-dems-remind-him/#respond Tue, 12 May app安全吗 22:20:30 +0000 http:///?p=502471 Mitch McConnell has sipped so much of the “Trump Punch,” that he has forgotten how organized Barack Obama’s administration actually was. But don’t worry, 44 and his team are here with clapbacks and receipts. READ MORE: Mitch McConnell calls Obama ‘classless’ over leaked Trump comments For months, the GOP has pushed the narrative that the […]

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Mitch McConnell has sipped so much of the “Trump Punch,” that he has forgotten how organized Barack Obama’s administration actually was. But don’t worry, 44 and his team are here with clapbacks and receipts.

READ MORE: Mitch McConnell calls Obama ‘classless’ over leaked Trump comments

For months, the GOP has pushed the narrative that the previous president left the country彩票直通车官网 vulnerable to the perils of a major disaster, such as the current coronavirus pandemic. Led in media battle by Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader McConnell further articulated “fake news” to his constituency, desperately promoting political propaganda that props up the current president.

“They claim pandemics only happen once every hundred years but what if that’s no longer true?” McConnell said to an online chat led by Trump’s daughter-in-law, Lara. “We want to be early, ready for the next one, because clearly the Obama administration did not leave this administration any kind of game plan for something like this.” 

This tickled his audiences fancy — but is it true?

According to , President Obama’s White House National Security Council did, in fact, provide the incoming administration with a plan to respond to a pandemic should one occur. The plan was made public by in March and the current leaders knew about it but chose to ignore it. The document is called the “Playbook for Early Response to High-Consequence Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and Biological Incidents.”

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US President Barack Obama (L), is flanked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) during a meeting with Senate leaders, and leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to discuss the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court in the Oval Office at the White House, February 1, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

When it is said that the Obama administration left a playbook, be clear — it was a 69-page book and not something short and lacking substance. The appendix alone was 40 pages.

Therein the federal document, experts left expansive data on what to do should the country彩票直通车官网 get hit by a highly infectious virus, like Ebola or SARS. In the color-coded and checklist-style document, concerned minds look at microbes as small but deadly hazards that could ravish the nation, explicitly naming the novel coronaviruses as the type of pathogens that could sweep over the nation with ease if people don’t pay attention.

The book was so detailed that it even explained how to set up inter-agency meetings, testing models, border control measures, how people should bury their dead, and even how to articulate the crisis to the country彩票直通车官网/world without getting people scared or encouraging them to be reckless.

Ronald Klain, Obama’s Ebola response coordinator and a campaign advisor for Joe Biden, tweeted out: “We literally left them a 69-page Pandemic Playbook…. that they ignored. And an office called the Pandemic Preparedness Office… that they abolished. And a global monitoring system called PREDICT .. that they cut by 75%” 

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Seems like the Republicans might want to hold off on the accusations, the Democrats are clapping back — there is an election to be won … and they are bringing receipts.

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Run sisters, run: Calling on America’s sheroes彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/12/run-sisters-run-calling-on-americas-sheroes/ http:///app安全吗/05/12/run-sisters-run-calling-on-americas-sheroes/#respond Tue, 12 May app安全吗 21:52:56 +0000 http:///?p=502409 As I sit here writing this on #MothersMonday — a day that honors working moms on the Monday after Mother’s Day—I’m tired. Not tired because I am, in fact, a working mom juggling “distance learning” with my teenager 50 days into this stay-at-彩票直通车网站 quarantine. Rather, I’m tired because I am being forced to make sense […]

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As I sit here writing this on #MothersMonday — a day that honors working moms on the Monday after Mother’s Day—I’m tired.

Not tired because I am, in fact, a working mom juggling “distance learning” with my teenager 50 days into this stay-at-彩票直通车网站 quarantine. Rather, I’m tired because I am being forced to make sense of the senselessness for my 13-year-old son, and for myself, yet again. 

I’m tired of posting messages on my social media, like “I can’t keep calm, I have a Black son” or using the “#Justicefor” hashtag du jour to express my outrage over the latest murders of innocent unarmed Black men. And yet, here I am again, speaking two new names out of respect for their existence and as a reminder that their lives did – and still do- matter. 

The recent release of the videos documenting the tragic fatal shootings of Ahmaud Arbery, of southwest Georgia, on Feb. 23 and Dreasjon “Sean” Reed, of Indianapolis, on May 6, has left the country彩票直通车官网 outraged, frustrated, and protesting for the lack of justice.

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In app安全吗, we are still being victimized by racism and bigotry. When the perpetrators are caught (often on camera), our children are often victim-blamed and their characters are assassinated by the media, the public, and the defense attorneys. Any and every trick in the book is used to attempt to justify why it’s fine that jogging, driving, eating ice cream in our apartments or wearing a hoodie sweatshirt while walking unarmed can result in cold-blooded murder.

That’s why I’m calling on all my sisters to take action. Don’t just #RunforMaud—run for elected office! During these unprecedented times of historic unemployment and economic upheaval, help get out the vote and elect women to guarantee our seats at the table. Our children need you. America needs you. Again. 

A woman wears a face covering with the likeness of shooting victim Ahmaud Arbery printed on it during a rally to protest Arbery’s killing Friday, May 8, app安全吗, in Brunswick Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

For generations, Black women have been solutions-oriented sheroes in the war for equality. From battles over voting rights to criminal injustice, we are veterans. In these current times of uncertainty, our communities are calling out for us to put our capes on again. 

In times of crisis, Black women have historically been the great stabilizers in this country彩票直通车官网. We have always worked to identify solutions and solve pressing issues. In times of crisis, we have been the mothers to the motherless and friends to the friendless. We have joined forces with diverse coalitions in fighting for a better tomorrow for others as well as ourselves. Black women and all women of color must step up to vote, run and lead. 

Now, in the midst of this COVID-19 global pandemic, we have a painful reminder that leadership matters and it matters who leads. Our country彩票直通车官网 needs strong, moral, compassionate, and empowered women of color to lead us forward. We must work strategically to ensure Black women and women of color, especially mothers, have more seats at the tables of power. Not seats just for when critical decisions are being made, but as elected frontline workers reimagining a new way of doing democracy. Black women, in particular, must step up and run for elected office if we are ever to see a just system. 

Since the pandemic struck, our nation’s glaring social and economic disparities have been exposed like never before and can no longer be denied or ignored. In healthcare, we have seen how a lack of coverage and limited access to quality facilities in minority communities have contributed to an overburdened system. We have witnessed first-hand the chronic healthcare issues Blacks are disproportionately affected by, such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.

In education, the digital divide has been on full display as many Black, Brown and low-income households lack access to computers, adequate materials, and reliable internet service for their 彩票直通车官网s’ distance learning. Since many businesses are still closed, employees from the public and private sectors are being fired, laid off, and furloughed. As the national unemployment rate soars past 20 percent, the burden will fall heaviest on distressed communities. Women of color, in particular, will be hit the hardest in this “She-cession,” according to The New York Times.

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African-American women voters at rally. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Center for American Progress (CAP) showed that 52 percent of essential workers are women and 67.5 percent of Black mothers are the primary or sole breadwinner of their 彩票直通车网站s. As the primary heads of household, more and more female-led minority families are struggling even more to find food to put on the table – especially in food desert communities. 

For these reasons and so many others, I’m asking Black women and all women of color to dig deep, rise-up and run for elected office.

There is power in numbers to begin to create a better democracy, not just fix this one. According to the CAP, the citizen voting-age population has increased by 59 percent — a gain of more than 13.5 million potential voters compared to 8 percent for Non-hispanic white voters, or 6 million potential voters.

In 2018, voter turnout for women of color surged to more than 15 percent over the previous midterm election of 2014, the Center for American Progress. These numbers place Black women at the center of voter engagement and mobilization, positioning them as a force to be reckoned with in the app安全吗 election. 

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As this year’s Mother’s Day flowers wilt and the cards get placed into a drawer, I urge Black women and mothers to exercise those superpowers once again by committing to running for office and electing women of color at every level. Let’s continue to mobilize around sisters with interests like ours. Start here, and start now. Run as you are. We are waiting to help you with open arms. 

As the co-founder of Vote Run Lead, and the national co-chair of social action for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., I am proud to work alongside these organizations everyday to help equip women like you to run for office and win. We’ve trained thousands of women to run for elected office because more women, and women of color in government creates a stronger democracy. We are on a mission to make it happen, and we’ll be there for you every step of the way. I see it happening and I know that together, we can win. 

Let’s exercise that growing political power in this app安全吗 election. We need it to change gun laws — and save our Black sons’ and daughters’ lives. We need them to ensure that adequate resources are being equitably distributed in our communities — and save whole economies. We need leaders and people who are concerned about community health and safety – not just money – to save the future.

We need them to show our girls that when women lead, better outcomes are often created for the good of the whole, not just a few. As of today, we are less than six months away from election day. And our country彩票直通车官网 needs the leadership of women like you. The time is now. Run sisters, run. 


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The audacity and hypocrisy of white American protest彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/12/white-protests-michigan-coronavirus/ http:///app安全吗/05/12/white-protests-michigan-coronavirus/#respond Tue, 12 May app安全吗 21:14:21 +0000 http:///?p=501117 It’s a cold, gray morning in April in Lansing, Michigan. The country彩票直通车官网 had been, and still is, in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic. The novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19,  forced America to press a proverbial pause button on almost everything as 1.3 million citizens have tested positive and nearly 78,000 have perished. Businesses, 彩票直通车官网s and […]

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It’s a cold, gray morning in April in Lansing, MichiganThe country彩票直通车官网 had been, and still is, in the midst of an unprecedented pandemic. The novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19,  forced America to press a proverbial pause button on almost everything as 1.3 million citizens have tested positive and nearly 78,000 have perished.

Businesses, 彩票直通车官网s and parks were deemed ‘non-essential’ and subsequently closed, rendering the United States a virtual ghost town.

READ MORE: Black Michigan lawmaker escorted by armed activists to capitol after protests

That morning, though, Michigan’s capital city found itself engulfed in an invasion of its own people; over a thousand irate Caucasian citizens, storming the streets in cars as well as on foot. Michigan was one of many states that implemented shelter-in-place orders to slow the virus’ spread, with strict recommendations on the latest cultural catchphrase: social distancing.

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However, on this day, the many who descended on Lansing were certainly not six feet apart from one another. Nary a mask nor pair of latex gloves in the bunch. They did, however, arm themselves with a different kind of personal protective equipment — literally that is.

Around many of their backs were automatic rifles and shotguns. On many of their heads were baseball caps with “Make America Great Again” embroidered across them. Organized by Michigan Conservative Coalition (a.k.a Michigan Trump Republicans), the protesters were rallying against Governor Gretchen Whitmer‘s stay-at-彩票直通车网站 order to diminish the spread of coronavirus. It’s one of several rallies happening in states like Vermont, Minnesota and Texas as people are fed up with not being able to work. 

The righteous indignation reached an apex more than a week later, when the mob stormed the State House, guns and all, demanding to be heard as Whitmer was voting to add more restrictions on the stay-at-彩票直通车网站 order. Chants of “let us in” reverberated throughout the staircase as police kept the crowd from reaching Whitmer on the legislator floor.

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Sure, it’s a shocking sight at first, but after all, Michigan Conservative Coalition’s objective is to “train an army of conservative activists.” Emphasis on the term “army.”

Now, the protesting isn’t the problem, here. The act of protest is the right of every American citizen. Its importance is evident in the first amendment of the constitution: the freedom of speech, religion, press, assembly and petition. The founding of this very country彩票直通车官网 was predicated on protest, via the pre-revolutionary war protests like the 1773 Boston Tea Party, for example. But behind almost all white American protests is the bewildering presence of hypocrisy.

Portrait of Thomas Jefferson (Shadwell, 1743-Charlottesville, 1826), American politician, scientist and architect, third President of the United States of America. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)

As the founding fathers were fighting for adequate representation and independence from the tyrannical rule of Great Britain, they exacted that same tyranny on African slaves who weren’t even seen as human. When Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence, he really meant it when he said “all men are created equal,” not all property and concubines, which is how he saw, and treated, his slaves.

Today, Black people may be recognized as human beings by the letter of the law, but reading isn’t fundamental for many white American politicians and commentators who consider many of us still to be property, concubines, or at best mere characters on TV. Either nameless thugs on the evening news or entertainers whose sole purpose is to dribble a basketball, dance with aerobic abandon, or sing as far as our pretty throats and noses can take us.

READ MORE: Black Panthers trend as Twitter notes #WhitePrivilege in Michigan protests

Regardless of the intentions of the protesters, their act of protest ultimately represents another link in the chain of historic acts of volatile and myopic entitlement. Whenever Black Americans have dared to protest, it was for basic human rights and protection under the law that they were promised in 1865.

And during said protests, often peaceful and non-violent — Montgomery Bus Boycott, March to Selma, all the way to Black Lives Matter — they were met with both violence from police, ridicule from media outlets and dismissive commentary from politicians.

And yet, an armed mob of angry whites gets supportive rhetoric from the White House and leniency from law enforcement. Had the situation been reversed, and a thousand Black people marched with sniper rifles and camouflage, the National Guard, S.W.A.T. teams among others would neutralize the situation, and people, within moments.

This, and other examples, shows the universal divide between white Americans and Black Americans; the former has the privilege of worrying about their money and access to the outside being ‘limited,’ while the latter has the burden of worrying about ‘surviving’ from one day to the next simply because the pigment in their skin is darker. 

For centuries, white Americans have been adapting its culture based on the progression and inventiveness of Black Americans. Whether it’s music, fashion, or language, Blacks have been at the cutting edge. The everlasting irony of the appropriation of Black lifestyle is that white institutions and individuals who adopt, integrate, or outright steal from Black culture, do so while denigrating the very source from which they are taking. Protesting is just one of the many ways that whites engage in the formulaic, chronological process to condemn, appropriate and claim as their own.

The appropriation of the civil rights movement, and any effective Black-led protest for that matter, is further personified by Stephen Moore‘s statement about the coronavirus protesters. “I call these people modern-day Rosa Parks. They are protesting against injustice and a loss of liberties,” Moore said.

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If the audacity of white American protesters could be summed up in one statement, then that was it.

A conservative advisor to President Donald Trump evoking a patron matriarch of 20th century civil disobedience, an icon of Black feminine strength of will, to draw parallels to entitled, gun-toting, republicans who are angry that they have to stay inside to save other people. Heaven forbid right-wingers are inconvenienced. Two of the female protesters in Lansing stated that the crux of their injustice stemmed from unwillingly taking unemployment, or not being able to get their hair done.

If they’re so eager to go back to work, at the expense of others, perhaps they should take New York Governor Andrew Cuomo‘s advice and “go take a job as an essential worker.” Again, being out of work has affected everyone, and hardship knows no color. However, the methodology of their protest cannot be overstated.

What an appropriate twist of fate that these shelter-in-place protests come shortly after the revelation that Black Americans are disproportionately more vulnerable to coronavirus at rates that quickly became staggering. The virus’ death toll in cities like New York, New Orleans, Detroit and Chicago has further exposed the ways in which Black people have been disenfranchised for generations.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Michigan has had over 47,000 coronavirus cases and 4,584 deaths. African Americans make up 32 percent of the cases, and although the rate for whites is 34 percent, Black communities like Detroit have been hit hardest, with 47 percent of Michigan’s positive tests.

The blatant and intentional lack of healthy foods in Black communities, which are plagued with fast-food restaurants and liquor stores, the impoverished neighborhoods lacking the funds for health care necessities, lifestyles that have led to high blood pressure, asthma, diabetes, obesity have always been internal time bombs that have dialed back the odometer of Black Americans’ life expectancy.

COVID-19’s tendency to viciously attack immune systems compromised with pre-existing conditions has particularly proved deadly to Black communities.

In addition, Blacks and Latinx citizens have been hit the hardest by unemployment since the pandemic hit the country彩票直通车官网. According to a report from the , Black American unemployment is three times as high today than pre-coronavirus at nearly 17 percent, while Latin-American unemployment has reached an all-time high of 18.9 percent. Unemployment for white Americans has risen to 14 percent. Yet, it interesting that you don’t see hardly any Black people protesting the stay-at-彩票直通车网站 orders, given these numbers.

At this point, could anyone blame them? The U.S. government has made it quite clear that they have no desire nor incentive to support Black protests, past and present. Just look at the current president. His responses to protests during his administration is a microcosm of how white Americans has failed to relate to the plight of the Black American compared to their own.

When former NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt during the National Anthem as a silent protest to police brutality, Trump echoed the throngs of right wing antagonists who called Kaep’s protest unpatriotic, urging NFL owners to “get that son of a bitch out of here,” and remove all flag kneelers from the league, adding “that’s a total disrespect for our heritage, a total disrespect for everything we stand for.”

Meanwhile, when being torn down in Charlottesville, SC, Trump said there were “good people” among them. Good people who arrive with torches and ultimately caused the death of someone by mowing them down in a car, all because they’re mad that a symbol of 19th century antebellum prejudice is being taken off a pedestal.

Kaepernick was echoing the sentiments of the participants of the Black Lives Matter movement, who fought to end the murders of unarmed Black men and women in the country彩票直通车官网 by law enforcement, and to hold said law enforcement accountable for their actions.

Media pundits called them a “” just like the Nation of Islam circa the 1950s and 1960s were deemed “Black supremacists” because they called white men devils due to 400 years of slavery and Jim Crow, and fought to be self-sufficient in America.

In a 2015 , Trump said this of the Black Lives Matter: “I think they’re trouble. I think they’re looking for trouble.”

Looking for trouble? So, a group of Caucasians with guns barging into a State House aren’t considered looking for trouble? Such is the heavily subliminal cultivation of complexion for the protection. So, a 12-year-old Tamir Rice was more threatening than a mob of folks with guns? Thanks for clearing that up.

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Soon, ‘All Lives Matter’ became the counter cry. Followed by ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ following the death of police officers after rallies in Texas. Again, it’s another episode of white people first not reading the fine print, then adapting what was originally a Black rallying cry for their own defensive, insecure psyches. Their insecurity and jealously are earmarks of the appropriation of Black culture.

One of the images of the Lansing protests was a large handwritten banner with the Thomas Jefferson quote, “I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” At this point you should see a photograph of Jefferson whenever you Google the term, “the pot calling the kettle black.” African-Americans have been subjected literally, and today figuratively, to peaceful slavery.

The whites who said Blacks should be grateful for the separate but equal ruling of Plessy vs. Ferguson in 1896 are ancestors of the same whites today who told Black athletes like LeBron James and Kevin Durant they should be grateful for their multi-million dollar contracts and they should to “shut up and dribble.”

 

White protesters simply don’t see the forest for the trees. Returning to work en mass compromises the progress of limiting the spread of coronavirus. Judging from – which undermines the efforts of governors who were trying to protect people — and his urgency to boost the economy by prematurely reopening the country彩票直通车官网 the blinders remain up for white Americans for a fifth century and counting.

So, when you see these MAGA hat wearing protesters, remind yourself this: Those hats are red with white letters. The white letters represent the kind of pastime paradise that Trump wants the country彩票直通车官网 to return to; with whites running things, and Blacks being obedient. The red is a metaphor for the spilled blood that white people have had on their hands since the 17th century.

The true source of their protest is the preservation of national entitlement, intimidation and capitalism; that’s what they are fighting for. And the next time you see large groups of Black people protesting, it’s likely for the right to be able to go outside for a jog and not be riddled with bullets.


Matthew Allen is a Brooklyn-based TV producer, director and award-winning music journalist. He’s interviewed the likes of Quincy Jones, Jill Scott, Smokey Robinson and more for publications such as Ebony, Jet, The Root, Village Voice, Wax Poetics, Revive Music and Soulhead. His video work can be seen on PBS/All Arts, Brooklyn Free Speech TV and .BRIC TV.

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Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker mourns cousin Ahmaud Arbery彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/12/detroit-lions-safety-tracy-walker-ahmaud-arbery/ http:///app安全吗/05/12/detroit-lions-safety-tracy-walker-ahmaud-arbery/#respond Tue, 12 May app安全吗 20:50:19 +0000 http:///?p=502384 Like so many others, the players of the NFL are reeling at the death of Armaud Arbery. But this hits a little closer to the league than the usual outrage and disgust at another racially-fueled murder. This time, it’s directly impacted one of their own. READ MORE: Black district attorney to take over Ahmaud Arbery case […]

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Like so many others, the players of the NFL are reeling at the death of Armaud Arbery. But this hits a little closer to the league than the usual outrage and disgust at another racially-fueled murder. This time, it’s directly impacted one of their own.

READ MORE: Black district attorney to take over Ahmaud Arbery case

Detroit Lions safety Tracy Walker is Arbery’s cousin. The two grew up playing football together in Brunswick, Ga. just 2 miles from the Satilla Shores neighborhood where Arbery was gunned down by two white men.

Walker told  that his cousin, who was just a year older was known as a fun-loving guy who kept his teammates laughing. The two lived across the street from each other and played football together for the Brunswick Pirates in high 彩票直通车官网.

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“He was a beautiful soul,” Walker said. “He wasn’t a hateful person. He was not. I can’t name one person he had a beef with growing up. Everybody loved Ahmaud because he was just a clown, a funny guy.”

Walker, who went on to play for the University of Louisiana at Lafayette before being drafted by the Detroit Lions in 2018 says he last saw his cousin just a few weeks before he was killed.

READ MORE: Ahmaud Arbery: Owner of construction property says he was not robbed

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Walker was 彩票直通车网站 to watch the Super Bowl and he and Abrey went out for a drink. He said Arbery was his usual positive self.

“It gives me mixed emotions, and the reason why I say that is because it’s sad because that’s the last memory I have of him, but it’s a good memory because he was applauding me and was telling me to keep moving forward and keep doing me, you know what I’m saying,” Walker said. “Keep balling out on that field.”

READ MORE: NFL Star Malcolm Jenkins warns Black community not to depend on government for COVID-19 help

The NFL and other athletes wrote a joint letter to U.S Attorney General William Barr asking that the Abrey shooting be considered for a federal investigation. The NFL’s is led by former NFL star Anquan Boldin and New Orleans Saints Malcolm Jenkins, an outspoken activist also signed the letter along with Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Julian Edelman, Stan Van Gundy, and numerous other current and former NFL players.

 

The Player’s Coalition was founded in response to the blowback from Colin Kaepernick‘s anthem protests, which led to the former NFL quarterback’s de facto banishment from the league. The Coalition ultimately won some concessions with the NFL’s commitment to the Inspire Change campaign.

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Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj, and Beyoncé make chart history彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/12/beyonce-megan-thee-stallion-doja-cat-nicki-minaj/ http:///app安全吗/05/12/beyonce-megan-thee-stallion-doja-cat-nicki-minaj/#respond Tue, 12 May app安全吗 19:58:34 +0000 http:///?p=502291 The friendly competition between blossoming superstars Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion resulted in wins across the board.

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The friendly competition between blossoming superstars Doja Cat and Megan Thee Stallion resulted in wins across the board.

The two women teamed up with industry veterans who happen to be their musical role models delivering epic remixes and reigning supreme atop the charts in an unprecedented fashion.

READ MORE: Beyoncé crowned ‘Queen of Rap’ after dropping bars on ‘Savage’ remix

Doja Cat and Queens-bred rapper Nicki Minaj earned the top spot on chart with their groovy collaboration “Say So (Remix).”  The track became both artist’s first No. 1 song, an accolade well overdue to the “Chun Li” rapper.

The competition was close. Houston’s “Hot Girl” linked up with Beyoncé, and the two went bar-for-bar on “Savage (Remix), practically breaking the internet in the process. Hoping for her first No. 1, she came in at No. 2 yet still has plenty to celebrate.  Besides being her highest-charting single yet, the “Big Ol Freak” rapper is now a part of a necessary first occurrence.

The four ladies perched atop the popular music ranking created a moment long overdue. For the first time, a female rap duet earned the top spot. Industry-standard shattering milestones reached by efforts from all women continue. In Hip-Hop history, the rise to the top inaugurates two spots on the Hot 100 being held by a pair of female rappers as leading artists simultaneously. The remixes also place four Black women on top at the same time as individually credited talent, another long-delayed landmark.

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Nicki Minaj shared a heartfelt thank you with fans through after the record cemented the No. 1 placement, sharing fan art of both women and thanking her collaborator for featuring her on the track.

“Can’t thank you guys enough for going so hard this past week to help us make history. I saw it all. 🥺 You’ll never understand how much you uplift me with the overwhelming love & support you continue to show. I love you so much. Like so much. So much. 🎈Dear , thanks for trusting me with your baby. Hope I lived up to your expectations. You’re so extremely talented & so deserving of this moment,” writes Mrs. Petty.

READ MORE: Nicki Minaj becomes first female rapper to amass $100M

Although she came in second place, Thee Stallion also expressed gratitude. She shared on Twitter the excitement behind being included in the historic moment.

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Rep. Lucy McBath recalls son’s shooting death in wake of Ahmaud Arbery彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/12/rep-lucy-mcbath-son-shooting-death-ahmaud-arbery/ http:///app安全吗/05/12/rep-lucy-mcbath-son-shooting-death-ahmaud-arbery/#respond Tue, 12 May app安全吗 19:34:22 +0000 http:///?p=502344 The murder of Ahmaud Arbery brings up painful memories for Rep. Lucy McBath as her son, Jordan Davis, was killed in 2012 in Florida also by a vigilante.

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United States Representative knows what it feels like to lose a son. From this pain, she turned to advocacy and worked her way to a national office in Washington following the loss of her son.

The recent murder of Ahmaud Arbery brings up painful memories for the Congresswoman as her teenaged boy, Jordan Davis, was killed in 2012 in Florida also by a vigilante.

READ MORE: Ahmaud Arbery’s mother wants to know why man who filmed son’s death didn’t help

Davis was killed following an argument at a gas station in Florida for playing loud music. His murderer, Michael David Dunn, a 45-year-old software developer, was later convicted on three counts of attempted second-degree murder for firing at three other teenagers who were with Davis and one count of firing into a vehicle.

Representative McBath later found her way in Congress as an anti-gun violence advocate and won a hard-fought race.

Amid her own continued grief, the bereaved mother recently spoke out about the slaying of 25-year-old jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, GA.

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As a Congressional candidate in Georgia’s 6th District Lucy McBath (R) speaks onstage during Vanity Fair’s Founders Fair at Spring Studios on April 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

According to the McBath stated, “You do everything you believe that you’re doing right, and at the end of the day it still doesn’t matter because they are young, Black males.”

McBath, who is up for re-election, said, “I’m horrified by what I saw on the video, and my heart aches for Ahmaud and his family,” she said in a statement to the AJC, “I appreciate the leadership of the Governor and the Attorney General that led to the arrests. I’ve seen incredible unity across racial and partisan lines that local authorities mishandled this case and a full investigation is needed.”

Lucy McBath ran for Congress amid a rash of 彩票直通车官网 and racially-charged shootings. The congresswoman is currently seeking funds for her re-election.

READ MORE: The Obama Foundation’s ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ event features Mothers of the Movement, Sybrina Fulton, Wanda Johnson and Rep. Lucy McBath encouraging young men of color

Ahmaud Arbery’s murder has not only reignited the need to address the Democratic hot button of gun regulations but has sparked emotions from politicians across the aisle.

The current President of the United States, Donald J. Trump called the Arbery slaying “a very sad thing.”

There is currently an ongoing investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation into Arbery’s murder. The federal Department of Justice has also been asked to investigate the killing as a federal hate crime.

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Ava DuVernay reveals Little Richard tipped her $100 a week as a waitress彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/12/ava-duvernay-little-richard-100-week-waitress/ http:///app安全吗/05/12/ava-duvernay-little-richard-100-week-waitress/#respond Tue, 12 May app安全吗 18:58:55 +0000 http:///?p=502320 Now a heralded movie director, Ava DuVernay, shared a warm reflection about how kind and generous Little Richard was as a man.

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Now heralded movie director, Ava DuVernay, shared a warm reflection about how kind and generous Little Richard was as a man, helping her out when she was starting out in life.

Every week, the music legend would tip her $100, back when she was a waitress working her way through 彩票直通车官网.

READ MORE: Little Richard, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and music icon, dies at 87

On Twitter, DuVernay that the late, great tipped her heavily back when she was waiting tables in Los Angeles. “I served soul food brunch to Little Richard every Sunday for a year while waitressing at Aunt Kizzy’s Back Porch in LA,” she said in the social media post, “I was a college student. He tipped me a crisp $100 bill each week on a $75 breakfast with friends. This was 30 years ago. Helped me so much. God rest his soul.”

The tweet garnered more than 17,000 retweets and over 100,000 likes as DuVernay responded to a from New York Magazine regarding the death of the Rock ‘n Roll legend.

Duvernay is not the only Gen X celebrity that can recount how generous he was when it came down to pouring into young people coming up. Rapper and producer, Kwamé Holland dedicated an entire set of his Saturday Tunes Instagram show to him. He remembered his first contact with the legend: Richard requested to meet him.

 

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In the video, Kwamé gives him his props as the “King of Rock & Roll,” but also suggested that he was the architect of all pop music, even Hip-Hop. Days later, while still musing on his mentor he posted again:

 

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And even at one of his last times seeing Little Richard, he was still giving back. In fact, other artists chimed in co-signing the consistency of the singer’s thoughtfulness.

Little Richard died this past weekend due to causes that are yet unknown.

With songs such as “Tutti Frutti,” “Good Golly Miss Molly,” “Rip It Up,” and “Long Tall Sally,” his music became synonymous with his flamboyant piano playing, sexually charged lyrics, and androgynous stage persona.

Born Richard Wayne Penniman, the iconic star was represented in character in films like Why Do Fools Fall In Love and the Robert Townsend biopic, Little Richard.

READ MORE: Kelly Rowland on losing Andre Harrell, Little Richard, and Betty Wright

While many were slow to give him his public accolades, he had no problem setting the record straight.

“I’m very grateful to know that my material is the type of material that entertainers today would like to use,” he once  American Bandstand. “It makes me feel good to know that I’ve been a part of something that is growing and won’t stop.”

Little Richard was known as the architect of Rock and Roll and is credited for his influence of the careers of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, and the late, great Prince.

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Fauci warns of ‘suffering and death’ if US reopens too soon彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/12/fauci-warns-of-suffering-and-death-if-us-reopens/ http:///app安全吗/05/12/fauci-warns-of-suffering-and-death-if-us-reopens/#respond Tue, 12 May app安全吗 18:44:53 +0000 http:///?p=502391 WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned bluntly Tuesday of “really serious” consequences of suffering, death and deeper economic damage if state and local officials lift stay-at-彩票直通车网站 orders too quickly, even as President Donald Trump pushes them to act to right a free-falling economy. Fauci’s testimony before a Senate […]

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, warned bluntly Tuesday of “really serious” consequences of suffering, death and deeper economic damage if state and local officials lift stay-at-彩票直通车网站 orders too quickly, even as President Donald Trump pushes them to act to right a free-falling economy.

Fauci’s testimony before a Senate committee came as more than two dozen states have begun to lift their lockdowns as a first step toward economic recovery.

Underscoring the seriousness of the pandemic that has reached Congress and the White House, Fauci and other experts testified by video from their 彩票直通车网站s. Sen. Lamar Alexander chaired the hearing by video from the study in his cabin in Tennessee, though several members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee did attend at the Capitol.

Fauci and other health officials stressed that pandemic danger persists, even as testing increases and work toward a vaccine and a treatment continues.

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More COVID-19 infections are inevitable as people again start gathering, but how prepared communities are to stamp out those sparks will determine how bad the rebound is, Fauci told the senators.

“There is no doubt, even under the best of circumstances, when you pull back on mitigation you will see some cases appear,” Fauci said.

And if there is a rush to reopen without following guidelines, “my concern is we will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks,” he said. “The consequences could be really serious.”

In fact, he said opening too soon “could turn the clock back,” and that not only would cause “some suffering and death that could be avoided, but could even set you back on the road to try to get economic recovery.”

Fauci was among the health experts testifying Tuesday to the Senate panel. His testimony comes as President Donald Trump is praising states that are reopening after the prolonged lockdown aimed at controlling the virus’s spread.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn, chairman of the committee, said as the hearing opened that “what our country彩票直通车官网 has done so far in testing is impressive, but not nearly enough.”

Worldwide, the virus has infected nearly 4.2 million people and killed over 287,000 — more than 80,000 in U.S. alone. Asked if the U.S. mortality count was correct, Fauci said, “the number is likely higher. I don’t know exactly what percent higher but almost certainly it’s higher.”

Fauci, a member of the coronavirus task force charged with shaping the response to COVID-19, testified via video conference after self-quarantining as a White House staffer tested positive for the virus.

With the U.S. economy in free-fall and more than 30 million people unemployed, Trump has been pressuring states to reopen.

A recent Associated Press review determined that 17 states did not meet a key White House benchmark for loosening restrictions — a 14-day downward trajectory in new cases or positive test rates. Yet many of those have begun to reopen or are about to do so, including Alabama, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Utah.

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Of the 33 states that have had a 14-day downward trajectory of either cases or positive test rates, 25 are partially opened or moving to reopen within days, the AP analysis found. Other states that have not seen a 14-day decline, remain closed despite meeting some benchmarks.

Besides Fauci, of the National Institutes of Health, the other experts include FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn and Dr. Robert Redfield, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — both in self-quarantine—and Adm. Brett Giroir, the coronavirus “testing czar” at the Department of Health and Human 彩票直通车网站.

The event Tuesday got underway in the committee’s storied hearing room, but that’s about all that remained of the pre-pandemic way of conducting oversight. The senators running the event, Alexander and Democrat Patty Murray of Washington, were heads on video screens, with an array of personal items in the background as they isolated back 彩票直通车网站.

A few senators, such as Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski and Connecticut Democrat Chris Murphy, personally attended the session in the hearing room. They wore masks, as did an array of aides buzzing behind them.

The health committee hearing offers a very different setting from the White House coronavirus task force briefings the administration witnesses have all participated in. Most significantly, Trump will not be controlling the agenda.

READ MORE: Trump retweets post calling for Dr. Anthony Fauci to be fired

Eyeing the November elections, Trump has been eager to restart the economy, urging on protesters who oppose their state governors’ stay-at-彩票直通车网站 orders and expressing his own confidence that the coronavrius will fade away as summer advances and Americans return to work and other pursuits.

The U.S. has seen at least 1.3 million infections and nearly 81,000 confirmed deaths from the virus, the highest toll in the world by far, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.

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Separately, one expert from the World Health Organization has already warned that some countries are “driving blind” into reopening their economies without having strong systems to track new outbreaks. And three countries that do have robust tracing systems — South Korea, Germany and China彩票直通车官网 — have already seen new outbreaks after lockdown rules were relaxed.

WHO’s emergencies chief, Dr. Michael Ryan, said Germany and South Korea have good contact tracing that hopefully can detect and stop virus clusters before they get out of control. But he said other nations — which he did not name — have not effectively employed investigators to contact people who test positive, track down their contacts and get them into quarantine before they can spread the virus.

“Shutting your eyes and trying to drive through this blind is about as silly an equation as I’ve seen,” Ryan said. “Certain countries are setting themselves up for some seriously blind driving over the next few months.”

Apple, Google, some U.S. states and European countries are developing contact-tracing apps that show whether someone has crossed paths with an infected person. But experts say the technology only supplements and does not replace labor-intensive human work.

U.S. contact tracing remains a patchwork of approaches and readiness levels. States are hiring contact tracers but experts say tens of thousands will be needed across the country彩票直通车官网.

Worldwide, the virus has infected nearly 4.2 million people and killed over 286,000, including more than 150,000 in Europe, according to the Johns Hopkins tally. Experts believe those numbers are too low for a variety of reasons.

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Becatoros reported from Athens, Greece and Parra from Madrid. Associated Press journalists around the world contributed.

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Oprah Winfrey announced the ‘Oprah’s Your Life in Focus: A Vision Forward — Live Virtual Experience’, a free and interactive four-week event to help people cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

The media mogul shared the development on Tuesday. She will be hosting the 90-minute experiences on Zoom beginning on May 16 and airing every Saturday through June 6. This virtual wellness tour is an extension of her successful ‘Oprah’s app安全吗 Vision: Your Life in Focus,’ presented by Weight Watchers that began in January and ended in early March.

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The focus will be on physical and mental well-being.

“In early app安全吗, I spent nine weeks traveling the country彩票直通车官网, talking to people about being well and staying focused. It was exhilarating. Then the pandemic hit and shook us all,” Winfrey, 66, said in a statement. “Now, it’s more important than ever to be and stay well and strong. Together, let’s reset, refocus and find clarity in what matters most.”

The world has experienced a reset and I think it’s an opportunity for us as individuals to do that, too. Which is why WW (formerly Weight Watchers) has created Oprah’s Your Life In Focus: A Vision Forward, a live virtual experience that will help all of us move forward through mind, body, and spirit. For the next four Saturdays, I’ll go live on Zoom, email you workbook pages, and bring along some special friends. All you have to do is log on and show up to do the work. Best part? It’s free! Sign up by going to ww.com/oprah. See you this Saturday, May 16! #OprahandWW #YourLifeInFocus

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She will also focus on maintaining and strengthening relationships while social distancing, committing to healthy habits, and more. Special guests will be participating throughout the four weeks.

The virtual wellness tour is another way that Winfrey is giving back during this global health crisis. She has donated money and will be delivering a special commencement address to the graduates of app安全吗.

Schools nationwide, including the University of Michigan, West Texas A&M, Grambling State, the Savannah College彩票直通车网站 of Art and Design, UC Irvine, Howard University and the University of Pennsylvania, have to had to alter graduation plans in response to stay-at-彩票直通车网站 orders.

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Ahmaud Arbery’s mother wants to know why man who filmed son’s death didn’t help彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/12/ahmaud-arberys-mother-wants-to-know-why-man-who-filmed-sons-death-didnt-help/ Tue, 12 May app安全吗 17:28:17 +0000 http:///?p=502332 Ahmaud Arbery‘s mother wants to know why the man who filmed the fatal shooting death of her 25-year-son didn’t offer him any help. Wanda Cooper-Jones spoke to Fox News on Monday and questioned the role William “Roddy” Bryan played in her son’s shooting death in Georgia’s Santilla Shores community. READ MORE: Black district attorney to take […]

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Ahmaud Arbery‘s mother wants to know why the man who filmed the fatal shooting death of her 25-year-son didn’t offer him any help.

Wanda Cooper-Jones spoke to on Monday and questioned the role William “Roddy” Bryan played in her son’s shooting death in Georgia’s Santilla Shores community.

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“Why would you videotape it? Why didn’t he do anything to help? Why didn’t he reach out right after the shooting? Why did he only come forward after the video was leaked?” she said.

Bryan explained to that he was merely being a good samaritan and simply went into shock.

“I had nothing to do with it,” he said. “I am trying to get my life back to normal, and it’s been smeared for the last week. I was told I was a witness and I am not sure what I am.”

Lee Merritt, the attorney for Cooper-Jones, says that Ryan needed to be held accountable for his actions that fateful day in February.

“He is a liar,” Merritt told Fox News.

Merritt maintained that Bryan changed his story, initially telling law enforcement officials that he wanted to trap Arbery, and is now only interested in clearing his name.

“If he was a good Samaritan, he would have honked his horn. It’s worth noting that on the video, he doesn’t even flinch. He doesn’t gasp. Shot after shot. He simply takes it all in,” Merritt told Fox News.

The release of the video led to charges of felony murder and aggravated assault being filed against Gregory and Travis McMichael. The father and son chased Arbery in their truck on Feb. 23 because they initially said he matched the appearance of a burglary suspect.

Minutes before the shooting, Arbery was seen looking around in a 彩票直通车网站 under construction but the owner says no robbery took place. Brunswick, Ga., the closest town to the whiter, more affluent Satilla Shores, is a working-class, majority Black port city of about 16,000 that also serves as a gateway to island beach resorts.

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Arbery was hit by three shotgun blasts, according to an autopsy report released by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. One shot grazed his right wrist, and the other two struck him in the chest. Blood tests for drugs and alcohol all came back negative.

Cooper-Jones never imagined that her son would become the center of a national rallying cry for justice.

“I do think there are prejudices and racism, but I never worried about my son,” Cooper-Jones told Fox News. “Maybe he would be pulled over by a cop in his car, but never did I worry that he would be out jogging and shot.”

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Oprah sends gift, makes phone call to Ahmaud Arbery’s family彩票直通车官网|彩票直通车网站|app安全吗 http:///app安全吗/05/12/oprah-gift-phone-call-ahmaud-arbery/ Tue, 12 May app安全吗 17:26:59 +0000 http:///?p=502326 Ahmaud Arbery’s family has found another high-profile supporter. TMZ reports that the Arbery family received a call from none other than Oprah Winfrey who offered her support to the grieving family. READ MORE: Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms calls Ahmaud Arbery shooting a ‘lynching’ Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery’s mother, told the website that Winfrey reached out to her on […]

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Ahmaud Arbery’s family has found another high-profile supporter. reports that the Arbery family received a call from none other than Oprah Winfrey who offered her support to the grieving family.

READ MORE: Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms calls Ahmaud Arbery shooting a ‘lynching’

Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery’s mother, told the website that Winfrey reached out to her on what would have been Arbery’s 26th birthday last Friday. That’s the same day that supporters celebrated his birthday with a #Irunwithmaud campaign that asked people to run 2.23 miles in support of the Brunswick, Ga. native.

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He was killed by two white men, father and son Gregory and Travis McMicheals while running in the neighborhood of Satilla Shores, Ga. The armed men appeared to be laying in wait for Arbery. When he swerved to run around them, one of the men came around the truck with a shotgun. After a tussle over the weapon, Arbery was fatally shot.

The campaign was based around the date that Arbery was killed and reflected his love of running. The former high 彩票直通车官网 athlete was living at 彩票直通车网站 in Brunswick with his mother. Although he was killed in February, the case came to national attention first with a piece.

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The piece was initiated by Arbery’s cousin, who emailed someone he knew at the Times to ask that the shooting be looked into further as the men who killed Arbery were not initially arrested. A story was done and then an explosive video that showed the moments leading up to the shooting and the shooting itself was released. The outrage over that video led to the arrest of the McMicheals.

Cooper-Jones said that Winfrey expressed her condolences and hoped that justice would be done. She also said that Winfrey told her the family would receive a gift but was not told what it would be.

Other celebrities have expressed their support for the Arbery family. Cooper-Jones says that Gayle King, Oprah’s BFF has reached out to express her sympathies and that the Rev. Jesse Jackson wants to visit with the family once it’s safe to do so.

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Other celebrities that have offered their support and expressed their outrage include LeBron James, Tracee Ellis Ross, Naomi Campbell, Taylor Swift, Viola Davis, and Justin Timberlake, among others.

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The name GaTa may be new to some if you aren’t familiar with the FX show Dave. But trust us, this is a name you want to remember.

Gata has stolen the hearts of many with his breakout starring role as the sidekick and hype man to rapper Lil Dicky. theGrio caught up with new actor GaTa to discuss how he is handling quarantine, his battle with bipolar disorder and more. 

“Im just staying positive, creative, doing a lot of fan engagement and just thinking about the future and all the things I want to accomplish,” GaTa said when asked how he is dealing with adjusting to the stay-at-彩票直通车网站 order. 

GaTa is new to the acting world, but he does not shy away from discussing his personal mental health battle, which he not only deals with in real life but also on-screen

“Mental health, in general, is a big issue in the Black community, [and] big issue globally across the world,” the entertainer explained. “Everybody deals with it, every human being, and it’s just not spoken upon enough you know. And at first, I’m not gonna lie I didn’t want to put the story out there because I’ve been bipolar for 10 years and it’s a big stigma around it. And I don’t really want to share it.”

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The rapper credits his team and his family for giving him the courage to speak out about his mental health journey.

“You know, just having a support system that I had, like my manager, Mike Herz, Dickey, my mom, and my sister, it made me feel—they made me feel more comfortable. You know with sharing my story,” he revealed. 

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GaTa also shouted out Grammy award-winning rapper Kanye West for helping him turn his bipolar diagnosis into a positive by calling the disorder a superpower on his 2018 album “Ye.” The actor got emotional when asked what was his turning point in terms of sharing his own story. 

“I wanted to own it when I realized that I was hurting people around me man, you know what I mean,” GaTa shared. “I was hurting people like close to me and s***. You know, what I’m saying. Dang, I’m sorry man, I’m about to get teary-eyed right now. I just really wanted to own it when I realized that my disorder was hurting people—like people who love me.”

He went on to explain that he had to “get a grasp on this.”

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“That’s when I’m like alright man, I feel comfortable about this man. I need to like share my story,” he said. 

GaTa’s role on the show, and his mission in real life, is to bring mental health awareness to the forefront. 

The full interview can be found on our IGTV, as well as a clip from the interview above. You can catch the season finale of Dave at 10 p.m. on FX, as well as stream the entire series via Hulu. 

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