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|Sat, June 6, 2020 at 6:46 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey refused to support the defunding of police during a public appearance, Saturday, and was met with a sea of boos from the audience.
Stephen Maturen / Getty Images"I do have to take responsibility here. I've been coming to grips with my own brokenness in this situation, my own failures, my own shortcomings," he told the crowd. "And I know there needs to be deep-seated, structural reform in terms of how the department operates. The systemic racist system needs to be revamped. The police union needs to be put in its place."
Attempting to weed out platitudes from actions, a protester prompted Frey with a question: "Will you commit to defunding the Minneapolis Police Department?" she asked. "We don't want people with guns toting around in our community shooting us down. It is a yes or a no. Will you defund the Minneapolis Police Department? It's important we hear this, 'cause if y'all don't know, he's up for re-election next year. And if he says 'no,' guess what the fuck we're going to do next year?"
Frey wouldn't commit to defunding: "I do not support the full abolition at the police department," he said, as he was met with boos.
Check out video of the incident below.
|Sat, June 6, 2020 at 6:02 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Snoop Dogg gave his opinion on racism, police brutality, and more during his appearance on the newest episode of Lil Wayne‘s Young Money Radio, Friday.
Emma McIntyre / Getty Images“I’m always gon’ say it's gotten worse but through technology and platforms like social media and people having phones with cameras on ’em, it’s being broadcasted,” Snoop said. “Racism been going on, police brutality been going on, we been trying to tell y’all. It’s just now getting filmed. We been getting beat on by the police … and the camera is the best witness we got in court. Cause he don’t lie, he don’t change his story and he can’t be paid off.”
“I’m proud as a Black people … it’s not surprising,” he added in regards to the unity behind the protests. “Our generation took it as far as we could take it. This new generation? They’re taking it farther than we did. It’s what its supposed to be. We can only go so far so now it’s up to them to take it to the mountain top. Like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, they could only go so far. Then they gave it to the Black Panthers; the Black Panthers could only take it so far. Then we got it, and it’s like, now it’s up to y’all. The beauty of is you got White, Asian, Latino working with us this time as opposed to us doing it on our own.”
Snoop went on to advocate for the defunding of police departments: “These police departments are overfunded and they’re over-protected. We need to start taking that money out of their pocket and put it back into our communities where we can police ourselves,” the Doggystyle rapper said. “Cause you know like I know, ain’t no police like a gangbanger in the neighborhood that don’t gangbang no more. He mean more than the governor, he mean more than anybody!"
Check out the entire interview below.
|Sat, June 6, 2020 at 5:00 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Actor Michael B. Jordan gave a powerful call to action during Saturday's Black Lives Matter demonstration in Los Angeles, telling Hollywood insiders they "need to go on notice."
Rich Fury / Getty Images"We are in the heart of Hollywood right now, one of the world’s most powerful industries and I am an active member of that. And they need to go on notice," he said. "Anybody that deals with me, if you have racist beliefs, if you have a racist bone in your body, if you're not with me, if you don't stand with me and people that look like me, you don't need to be with me. I use my power to demand diversity but it's time that studios and agencies … do so."
"You committed to a 50/50 gender parity in 2020, where is the challenge to commit to black hiring? Black content, led by black executives, black consultants … So let us bring our darkness to the light? We're done with discrimination," he added.
Insecure star Kendrick Sampson also made an appearance during the event.
"I want you to spread the word, this is factual: The police system that we know today is based on slave-catching," Sampson said. "... The policing system started with a bad seed. It has grown a bad tree and it bears bad fruit ... We need to imagine a world free of police terror. We call ourselves an industry of creatives. Where the fuck is your imagination?"
Check out footage from the event below.
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|Sat, June 6, 2020 at 3:49 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
New York City will begin the first phase of its reopening process Monday, June 8. Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed the date proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo earlier this week.
Scott Heins / Getty Images"[These businesses] were chosen because you can create physical separation," said Mayor de Blasio. "That's a lot of employees coming back to work ... we want to emphasize safety throughout. We say 'restart' — we do not mean rushing back to something we used to think of as normal. We do not mean flicking a switch and suddenly everything is where it was again. We have to make sure this virus is in check. We've come a long way, not going to blow it now."
Gov. Cuomo said he planned to have the city open on June 8th, last week, contradicting de Blasio, who said a date had not been determined at that time.
“It is reopening to a new normal. It’s a safer normal. Reopening doesn’t mean going back to the past,” Cuomo explained. “People will be wearing masks. It’s just a new way of interacting, which we have to do.”
De Blasio says that New York City will be giving out 2 million free masks to employees returning to work during phase 1.
|Sat, June 6, 2020 at 3:20 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Justin Bieber is voicing his support for the black community with a new post on Instagram. The artist says he is both "inspired by black culture," and has "benefitted off of black culture."
Stuart Franklin /Getty Images"I am inspired by black culture. I have benefited off of black culture. my style, how I sing, dance, perform, and my fashion have all been influenced and inspired by black culture," Bieber says in the Instagram post.
"I am committed to using my platform from this day forward to learn, to speak up about racial injustice and systemic oppression, and to identify ways to be a part of much needed change," he continues.
In the days since the death of George Floyd at the hands of police officer Derek Chauvin, Bieber has been consistently active on his Instagram page raising awareness for the issue of police brutality and calling for the arrest of the officers involved in Floyd's death.
Floyd died on May 25, after Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd's neck for over 8 minutes. Video of the incident, which shows Floyd pleading with the officer that he cannot breathe, went viral online. All four officers have since been fired and criminally charged for their involvement.
|Sat, June 6, 2020 at 2:43 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
J.K. Rowling, author of the book-series Harry Potter, is under fire on Twitter for posts that fans have labeled as anti-trans.
Bennett Raglin / Getty ImagesThe author posted the link to an article titled "Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate," with the caption, "‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"
Many took offensive to condescending tone of the tweet. She has since explained her position on the issue and what she meant with the tweet.
"The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women - ie, to male violence - ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences - is a nonsense.
"I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so," she wrote on Twitter.
"I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so,” she added.
|Sat, June 6, 2020 at 2:22 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Pete Davidson says he plans to be on Saturday Night Live for as long as the show will have him. Conflicting with previous statements from earlier this year, Davidson told Entertainment Tonight that he wants to stay on the show.
Kevin Winter / Getty Images"I will be there as long as they allow me to be," Davidson said. "I think I'm very lucky to be on that show and I'm really lucky to have Lorne Michaels as, you know, not only a mentor and a boss, but a friend. I'll be there as long as they allow it."
Earlier this year, the comedian told Charlamagne tha God that he doesn't enjoy being on the show, and is treated like a joke by the rest of the staff: "I should be done with that show because they make fun of me on it. I’m like, cold open, political punchlines," he said. "... I have a weird feeling in that building, where I don't know whose team they're playing for — if I'm the joke or I'm in on the joke. I really wanted last year to be my last year, but I'm still around ... Maybe I just shouldn’t be there. They think I'm fucking dumb. Like, I'm literally painted out to be this big, dumb idiot."
Davidson is set to star in the upcoming film The King of Staten Island, which releases on June 12.
|Sat, June 6, 2020 at 2:10 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Derrick Sanderlin, who teaches police about implicit bias and procedural justice, is severely injured, after being the victim of excessive police force during George Floyd-inspired protests in San Jose.
Elsa / Getty ImagesSanderlin claims to have seen officers shooting young women at close range with rubber bullets and decided to intervene: "I really just couldn't watch it anymore," he explained. "And just kind of made like a parallel walkover, put my hands up, and just stood in the line of fire and asked them to please not do this."
The officers proceeded to shoot Sanderlin in the groin with rubber bullets. He needed emergency surgery and doctors say he may not be able to have children.
"I pause for a moment like maybe this isn't, maybe this doesn't hurt and falling afterwards is like the most painful experience," he continued."The doctor had to let me know before the operation that there's no way of fully telling until you try to have for kids."
Sanderlin and his wife Cayla have hired an attorney and plan to fire a claim against the city.
"They were aiming for a body part that is prohibited when using those types of riot guns," their attorney Sarah Marinho said. "You're not meant to aim at the groin or the head ever.
"The way that the way that they've treated people out there has over the weekend has been really heartbreaking because the chief is like a good person, who's really trying to do the right thing," he added.
|Sat, June 6, 2020 at 1:33 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Brydon Minter, described as a "rogue" NFL employee was by Yahoo! Sports, was reportedly responsible for the NFL's video statement expressing support of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the NFL players' video message that came before it, this week.
Cliff Hawkins / Getty ImagesMinter began by sending a DM to Saints' wide receiver Michael Thomas, saying that he had a plan to put pressure on the NFL to support the Black Lives Matter movement. "Hey Mike," he wrote. "Want to help you create content to be heard around the league. I'm an NFL social employee and am embarrassed by how the league has been silent this week... I want [to] help you put the pressure on. And arm you with a video that expresses YOUR voice and [what] you want from the League. Give me a holler if you’re interested in working together, thanks bro!”
Thomas immediately responded and soon, the video below was uploaded to social media.
"We didn't feel like our voices were being heard," Minter told Yahoo! Sports. "And that's what ultimately inspired me to go rogue."
“The players are the league,” Minter continued. “Without the players, no one gives a shit. Our game is the players, it’s our players’ personalities, it’s our players’ performance, it’s all about them. And if they speak up, they have the power.”
Friday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released a video expressing the league's support for the Black Lives Matter movement.