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Bill and Melinda Gates Divorcing After 27 Years

Bill and Melinda Gates announced their decision to divorce after 27 years of marriage. Around 4:30 pm EST, Bill Gates tweeted, "After a great deal of thought and a lot of work on our relationship, we have made the decision to end our marriage." He added, "We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives."
Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft, has an estimated net worth of $124 billion, according to Forbes. They share three adult children, and they have been known for their philanthropic efforts, including contributing $250 million to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read their full statement above

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Bill de Blasio Says New York to "Fully Reopen" at Beginning of July 2021

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio recently revealed that New York City is preparing to "come back" after restrictions were previously set in place due to COVID-19. While on MSNBC's 'Morning Joe,' de Blasio gave details as to how New York City plans to move forward with their re-opening.
De Blasio went on to say "We're ready to come back and come back strong." He continued saying, "We are ready for stores to open, for businesses to open, offices, theaters, full-strength." De Blasio noted the vaccination rate was rising, and that there have been fewer hospitalizations, which is why the city is pushing for a Summer re-opening.
Along with that, de Blasio noted that theaters are set to re-open in September 2021 due to the time need to mount a full production that adheres to COVID-19 safety guidelines. Stay tuned for more updates

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Update: Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul Officially Set for June 6th in Miami

Multiple outlets are reporting that Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul have agreed to a June 6th bout at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL. Mayweather Promotions and Showtime Boxing shared the official promo video on their respective social media accounts

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Update: Kanye's First Yeezy Prototype Sells for Record $1.8 Million

A prototype of Kanye West's Nike Air Yeezy 1 shoe sold for $1.8 million, making them the most expensive sneakers ever sold. The Air Yeezy 1 prototype is also the first recorded sneaker sale for over $1 million. The previous record was held by a pair of 1985 Air Jordan 1s, designed and worn by Michael Jordan, which sold in 2020 for $560,000.
The Yeezy prototype, which was worn by Kanye at the 2008 Grammys, were bought by sneaker investing platform RARES. The sneaker marked the beginning of Kanye's foray into the sneaker world, which saw him eventually leave Nike for adidas, where his Yeezy brand was recently valued between $3.2 billion and $4.7 billion, according to Bloomberg

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Elon Musk Says "A Bunch Of People Will Probably Die" Going To Mars

Recently, Elon Musk sat down with the founder and chairman of the X Prize Foundation for scientific discovery, and the two spoke candidly about the excursions SpaceX has been attempting to make to Mars. Musk noted the journey to Mars is going to be a tough one at the beginning for travelers. Musk said, "You might die, it's going to be uncomfortable and probably won't have good food." Musk then said it's an "arduous and dangerous journey where you may not come back alive."
From there, Musk went on to say, "Honestly, a bunch of people will probably die in the beginning," but went on to say the trip could be "a glorious adventure and it will be an amazing experience." Musk then laughed, saying the trip is "not for everyone." Watch above at the 13-minute mark

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EXCLUSIVE: Lamar Odom Claims He Slept with 2,000 Women

Lamar Odom spoke about a 2018 incident in which an altercation at a Hooters in Queens led to shots being fired. The two-time NBA champion shrugged off the incident before speaking on his short stints playing basketball in the Philippines and the Big Three. Odom stated he won't be seen on a basketball court again unless he's in shape and admitted that his multiple strokes and heart attacks took away from the coordination that made him an NBA star. Odom also explained and reflected on his claim of having slept with 2,000 women

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Derek Chauvin Found Guilty of Murdering George Floyd

The jury has reached a verdict in the Derek Chauvin case after deliberating for four hours on Monday (April 19) and resumed deliberating today. Judge Peter Cahill read the verdict, which found Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter.
Chauvin, 45, previously pled not guilty to the charges in George Floyd's death on May 25, 2020. He was facing up to 40 years in prison for second-degree murder, up to 25 years for third-degree murder, and up to 10 years for second-degree manslaughter. He will be sentenced in 8 weeks.
While many witnesses took the stand during the trial, Chauvin invoked his fifth amendment right to take the stand

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Apple Music Says They Pay a Penny Per Stream on Average to Artists & Labels

Apple recently released a letter on their artist dashboard where they spoke about the money they pay out to artists and labels, saying they believe in "the value of music and paying creators fairly for their work."
Apple went on to say, "While royalties from streaming services are calculated on a stream share basis, a play still has a value. This value varies by subscription plan and country but averaged $0.01 for Apple Music individual paid plans in 2020. This includes label and publisher royalties." Apple Music also said they pay out the same 52 recent headline rate to all labels, as well as paying the same headline rate for all compositions. The company also said they don't pay a lower royalty rate in exchange for featuring.
The Union of Musicians and Allied Workers spoke on the reveal by Apple while calling out other streaming platforms for their lack of transparency. The union said, "If Apple can pay a penny per stream, then Spotify can too. We also know that paying a penny per stream is only a starting point to righting the wrong of the streaming economy. This adjustment alone will not make the music industry sufficiently equitable or fair."
In another tweet by the Union, they said Apple Music's methods for payouts to artists and labels are "doable for streaming companies, including Spotify, which currently averages $0.0038 per stream.

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Chris Cuomo Says Reform Won't Happen Until Police Kill "White People's Kids

During an appearance he made on CNN, Chris Cuomo spoke about the current policing methods used on citizens in the U.S. and also spoke on the reform that needs to take place. Cuomo delivered some criticism on policing that ultimately went viral, with the show host asking if reform would even be questioned if the victims of police shootings were the children of white people.
Cuomo said, "How many more? Die of the pandemic, dying from police shootings. George Floyd, Daunte Wright. I wonder if you'll remember their names six months from now because they'll be replaced by so many others."
Cuomo went on to say, "Forget that police are trained to deal with non-compliance with force that is not lethal. Hey, comply or die. And you know what the answer is. You really do. You don't like it, I don't like it, it scares me. Shootings, gun laws, access to weapons. Oh, I know when they'll change. Your kids start getting killed, white people's kids start getting killed."
Cuomo then took a moment to shift his attention to a confused white parent, who he imitated and said: "What's going on with these police? Maybe we shouldn't even have police," he said. Cuomo continued saying, "That kind of madness. That kind of mania. That will be you. That will be the majority. Because it's your people.

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Jake Paul Knocks Out Ben Askren in the First Round

Youtuber Jake Paul has knocked out former MMA world champ Ben Askren in the first round of an eight-round fight during Triller's Fight Club. This follows his spectacular knockout of former NBA player Nate Robinson in the undercard of Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones earlier this year

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