Barack Obama Urges Georgia Voters To Get Out And Vote This Election Day

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Former President Barack Obama headlined an election eve rally Monday evening in Atlanta urging voters to get out to the polls and vote in one of the most important and historical elections. The sudden campaign rally came as no surprise as President Donald Trump and presidential candidate Joe Biden deadlocked in Georgia. This would be the first time since 1992 that the state’s 16 electoral votes could swing.

Georgia’s civilians showed their support and rallied alongside political leaders, artists and public figures at this special drive-in mobilization rally.

Atlanta photographer, Julia Beverly captured a moment onlooking Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock as former President Barack Obama spoke to Atlanta’s voters. Obama speaks on the importance of voting in this election. “We can’t abandon America. We can’t abandon the Americans who are hurt right now. We can’t abandon the young people…”

 

Once upon a time, Georgia was the least of any Republicans worries as it has historically scaled as a “red state.” In this election, Georgia has grabbed the attention of both campaigns, who have spent money and resources to the state in this final stretch of the race. Trump has spent a significant amount of time in Georgia this election season and just Sunday, Nov. 1 he gathered thousands of conservatives in northwest Georgia while vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris rallied the Democrats.

Over 3.9 million votes have been accounted for and both parties are starkly focused on encouraging even more of Georgia’s citizens to make their voices heard by voting on Election Day. The rival campaigns have both pulled out all of the stops including involving some of today’s biggest names in music such as Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz who showed up to support Joe Biden and Kamala Harris and explain how they “offer something different.”

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump introduces rapper Lil Pump as “Lil Pimp” at his final rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

America has been quite the political reality show these last four years, so it is no wonder why this election season is crucial to the fate of the American people. Barack Obama’s recent stop in Atlanta was not only a push for Biden but also a major boost for U.S. Senate candidates Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock as well. They joined Obama on stage while hundreds of Democratic supporters honked their horns in approval.

It is evident that Georgia’s turnout in this election is of importance to both campaigns. If the American people want to see any major change in our country, we must make today the most historic election yet. Everyone is encouraged to do their part and vote in this election, so that each American can feel safe and secure to live and be free in this country. Today is the last day to make your voice heard. Get out and vote.

Cardi B Reveals Why She Decided To Take Offset Back After Filing For Divorce

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While their relationship has always been pretty tumultuous, fans were still shocked to see Cardi B file for divorce from her husband of 3 years, Offset.

After the filing, the Bronx native seemed pretty dead set on sticking to that decision, posting about being single and defending her estranged husband for being “a dumbazz, not a bad man.” But just a few weeks after she filed, Cardi’s 28th birthday rolled around, and it looks like that’s all the couple needed to make their relationship good again. Following Offset’s extravagant birthday gift and their crazy weekend in Las Vegas, the rappers look more together than they’ve ever been, and fans–obviously–took notice.

All of the rumors surrounding the status of their relationship prompted Cardi to hop on Instagram Live and explain why she let her guard down and decided to give Offset another chance.

“I just be starting to miss [him]. It’s hard not to talk to your best friend. And it’s really hard to have no d**k,” Cardi revealed. Then, she explained that their celebrity status doesn’t make her and Offset exempt from the same emotions we all feel. “We’re some really typical two young motherfu**ers, got married early. … We’re not no different than y’all fu**ing dysfunctional ass relationships,” she continued. “We’re the same way. We’re just more public.”

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After filing for divorce last month, Cardi told her fans that her motive for wanting to leave wasn’t rooted in Offset’s infidelity, which had been a problem in the past. This time, the rapper said they weren’t seeing eye-to-eye and she was tired of fighting with her partner.

We’ll see if Belcalis letting her guard down means the divorce is off, or if she’s just putting off the divorce a little bit longer.

Seriously?! Cardi B And Her Sister Hennessy Are Being Accused Of Defamation In New Lawsuit From Trump Supporters

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Cardi B and her sister, Hennessy Carolina, are being sued by a group of Donald Trump supporters.

According to reports from TMZ, the sisters have been sued based on the claims that they defamed a group of Trump supporters in connection with a Hamptons-set disagreement earlier this month. The group—identified in the report as Peter Caliendo, Pauline Caliendo, and Manuel Alarcon—have also named Hennessy’s partner, Michelle Diaz in the suit.

The defamation claims stem from allegations that the group was racist. According to them, these claims are inaccurate. The plaintiffs further alleged that they were approached solely due to the wearing a Make America Great Again hat–though they should probably learn that such attire would make most people assume they are, indeed, racist.

Not only that, the plaintiffs are arguing that footage and other social media posts regarding the incident were edited before posting in an effort to make them look bad.

At the moment, Cardi hasn’t publicly addressed the matter beyond her initial comments on the incident, which happened earlier this month. Cardi posted about the men in question while claiming they harassed her sister, Hennessy and her partner, Michelle, presumably because they’re in a same-sex relationship.

Kanye West Reportedly Explored Getting His Name On Florida Ballots Before Bowing Out Of Presidential Race

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Here’s the bad news: Kanye West said he was running for President in 2020. But the good news is: it seems like that ship has already sailed.

According to reports from Intelligencer, multiple campaign professionals claim that Kanye actually began the process of having his name included on the ballots for Florida and a few other states as a third-party candidate.

A source told the outlet they had been contacted by Ye’s team about going to Florida in order to get the necessary signatures so that he could make it on the state’s ballot by the deadline, which is on July 15. That would mean 132,781 Florida voters would have to sign the petition in less than a week.

The outlet spoke with Steve Kramer—who manages a firm that assists candidates in making the ballot—who said that Kanye’s team hired him to get West on the ballots in both Florida and South Carolina.

He went on to say that his team was “working over [the] weekend there, formalizing the FEC and other things that they’ve got to do when you have a lot of corporate lawyers involved.” Kramer also said the team, which is made of paid and volunteer workers, was continuing to gather signatures.

“We had overwhelming support to get him on the ballot,” Kramer claims. “Whether anybody is going to vote for him or not is up to them.”

Weirdly enough, later that same day, Kramer told Intelligencer, “He’s out.” When the outlet asked what happened, Kramer replied, “I’ll let you know what I know once I get all our stuff canceled. We had over 180 people out there today.”

So…there you have it. It looks like just as quickly as Kanye decided to run for President, he decided to pull out. Imagine that.

Iran Issues Warrant Arrest For Trump Over Qasem Soleimani Killing

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As reported by CNN, Iran has just issued arrest warrants for Donald Trump and 35 others who were allegedly involved in the drone strike killing of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps commander, Qasem Soleimani.

The Tehran attorney general states that Trump was at the top of the list.

Delta Airlines Confirms 500 Employees Test COVID-19 Positive & 10 Deaths

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As different cities begin to move to the green phases, it does not mean we are out of the clear of spreading the Coronavirus. For those who may want to travel in air, now may reconsider they airlines they travel with, Delta Air Lines in particular.

According to 11alive news, it is reported that 500 Delta Air Lines employees test COVID-19 positive and among those cases, there are at least 10 deaths.

Due to the recent cases development of the Coronavirus, Delta Air Lines is now testing all 86,000 of its employees.

J.Cole Addresses Political Activist In New Song After She Calls Rappers Out For BLM Silence

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Much controversy has ignited since J. Cole has released his new song, “Snow on Tha Bluff” Tuesday night!

Related: Students Call Out Arcadia University After Sports Teams Are Exposed For Racist Hazing Rituals

The track tackles issues concerning racism and police brutality, an on-going problem in the black community recently triggered by the death of George Floyd and other unarmed African Americans. 

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Cole released his first single of the year after Chicago rapper and activist, Noname called Cole and other rappers out for not speaking up during the Black Lives Movement. 

“There’s a young lady out there, she way smarter than me. I scrolled through her timeline in these wild times, and I started to read. She mad at these crackers. She mad at these capitalists, mad at these murder police. She mad at my n*ggas, she mad at our ignorance, she wears her heart on her sleeve. She mad at these celebrities, lowkey I be thinkin’ she talkin’ bout me.”

In the track, Cole also condemns the Chicago activist for looking down at people like him who were not blessed to be as educated as her.

“Just because you woke and I’m not, that sh*t ain’t no reason to talk like you’re better than me,” raps Cole.

The rapper has since come under fire for his lyrics criticizing Noname, causing Cole to clear the air via twitter.

“Follow Noname. I love and honor her as a leader in these times. She has done and is doing the reading and the listening and the learning on the path that she truly believes is the correct one for our people. Meanwhile, a n*gger like me just be rapping.”

Check out J.coles newest song, “Snow on Tha Bluff” below.

Wendy’s In Atlanta Where Police Killed Rayshard Brooks In Flames

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Rayshard Brooks, 27 year old, black male,  was shot by a police officer after running away from a physical police struggle at Wendys. In return, Atlanta police chief stepped down Saturday.

It wasn’t too long after that  protesters set Wendy’s on fire.

The killing of Rayshard Brooks all happened when he had been supposedly found sleep in his car in the Wendy’s drive-thru, in which other customers had to drive around him.

After the police were called and arrived to the Wendy’s, the gave him a sobriety test and according to officials, Brooks failed the test.

According to the Bureau of Investigation, “During the arrest, the male subject resisted and a struggle ensued. The officer deployed a taser. Witnesses report that during the struggle the male subject grabbed and was in possession of the Taser. It has also been reported that the male subject was shot by an officer in the struggle over the Taser.

 

Doctors & Students in Philly Take a Knee For 8 Minutes To Honor George Floyd

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Doctors and Students of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine take a knee for 8 mins to honor #GeorgeFloyd on #CityLineAve.

Cars honk their horns as they drive by in salute of PCOM’s initiative to pay their respects to George Floyd and other black lives that have been lost.

After the 8 minutes, they hold up a  banner that says “#WhiteCoats for Black Lives”

T.I Calls For National Shopping Blackout In Response to George Floyd’s Death

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Rapper, T.I is one of the many public figures stepping up to address police brutality after the senseless killing of George Floyd.

Related: Report: Derek Chauvin, Ex-Minneapolis Cop At Center Of George Floyd’s Death, Arrested

On Monday, videos surfaced of the 46-year-old African American man being strangled to death by an ex-officer — who is seen on camera with his knee in Floyd’s neck for allegedly forging a check.

Although officers say Floyd resisted arrest, the video shows him pinned down to the ground with multiple police surrounding him as he screams, ” Please, please. I can’t breathe.”

The video has since sparked national protests with the latest coming from T.I, who is no stranger to advocating for African American rights.

The rapper is calling for Americans of color to come together to boycott retailers nationwide on July 7th in efforts to show the importance of losing the African American dollar.

T.I took to Instagram to announce what he is calling #BlackOut2020 by stating, “Nobody spends sh*t on this day. If you give af about the murders, lynchings, and oppression of people of color!! #USorELSE

While we cannot put a price on black lives, this movement is an act of solidarity meant to show legislators our power in numbers.

Stand up against police brutality on July 7th by refraining from making any purchases for the entire day.

How do you feel about T.I’s latest boycott against police brutality? comment below.

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This Is How Drake Helped Come Up With The Name For Kehlani’s Upcoming Album, ‘It Was Good Until It Wasn’t’

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On the first episode of Apple Music’s new radio series, R&B Now with Nadeska, the Everyday Struggle host is joined by Kehlani, who is getting ready to release her sophomore album, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t.

Throughout their conversation, the two get fans ready for the project’s May 8th release, discussing why this album is Kehlani’s favorite so far, what it was like working with Tory Lanez and Jhené Aiko and how none other than Drake played a big part in her figuring what to call the project.

The name of her album (along with its incredible cover) has been receiving a lot of praise over the past week, which prompted Nadeska to ask how she came up with the title. That’s when Kehlani responded, “Well, I didn’t come up with it.”

“We had went to Canada to finish our, I always say ‘our’ album because I fuck with my team so heavy, like, it was me, my videographer, my little play brother that I co-write with, my assistants,” she started. “So, I went to go finish the project, and the last day we went with Boi-1da and ended up going to Drake’s house.”

“We’re just having, like, a life conversation, talking about the old music, talking about what we’re both ’bout to do. And then I was just talking about [my] personal life and I was just like, ‘Man, yeah it was good until it wasn’t’ and he was like, ‘Say that shit again,’ and I was like ‘What?’ and he was like ‘That’s your album.’ And I was like, ‘You might be f***in’ right.’”

That right there is the magic of Drake, ladies and gentlemen.

Listen to the first episode of R&B Now with Nadeska with special guest Kehlani in its entirety on Apple Music over here.

New Month, Who Dis? 7 Things To Look Forward To In May

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After two and a half months of being in the house, Spring is officially coming to an end as May creeps upon us. Is it just us or does 2020 feel like it went J A N U A R YYYYYYYY FebruaryMarchApril?

And with the COVID-19 pandemic still in flux, there’s still no sure fire answer as to when things will be back to normal. So here we are, creeping up on a whole new season as we grieve the loss of one we didn’t get to experience this year.  Fortunately, there’s still a few things to look forward to that will help keep your mind off the great L we took this Spring and paying rent again already.

 

 

Check out a few things you get to look forward to this month.

Cinco De Mayo

After the year we’ve had, if feels like everyone’s been doing what they can to take the edge off, including getting wasted on random days.  But this month, you have a reason to chug tequila at 12:30 in the afternoon on a Monday, thanks to Cinco De Mayo

 

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Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’, Love Birds, For Colored Girls and more new and classic Black content is coming to Netflix in May.

 

Memorial Day 

Memorial Day is the unofficial, official Summer kickoff. Not sure if we’ll be outside again, but we’ll definitely find something fun to do.

 

National Wine Day

It’s not like we need a reason to drink wine, but National Wine Day on May 25th  is a perfect day to do so.

 

Mother’s Day

Sure, we should honoring the women who gave us lives everyday. But this month is the special day to show love to the special lady in our lives.

In Loving Memory: 

MET Gala 

If you love fashion, than your favorite time of year is just around the corner. This year’s costume institute gala will take place on Monday and is said to cost $30,000 per ticket. Some people watch for the fashion moments, but the rest of us stay for the drama.

 

 

 

 

Isolation Racists: Here’s Why The FBI Is Investigating The Zoom Conference App

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, 85% of Americans have been forced to stay at home and work, unless you have an “essential” job that benefits the general public. The Zoom app has been a cool and free place to host virtual meetings that could be conference calls.  Just ask anyone how they’ve been getting work done since we’ve all been quarantined and majority of folks will brag to you about the magical wonders of the Zoom app.

Unfortunately, the popular video conference app hasn’t been a joy for everyone. Tiara Moore, the founder of WOC, says her experience on Zoom was nothing short of a racist fest. According to Moore, her meetings are being hijacked by people yelling racist slurs and flooding calls with graphic content.

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The virtual room instantly filled with what seemed like 100 people, Moore said, with multiple people yelling racist slurs at the same time. It was chaos — but the n-word, being repeatedly yelled in the middle of it, could be heard distinctly.

After the disappointing incident, Moore decided to cancel the meeting set for next Tuesday. She told Buzzfeed:

“I felt personally attacked. I was super emotional. I cried and I was like, ‘It’s 2020, what the fuck! It’s so heartbreaking and, for me to be promoting this virtual safe space and to be attacked, it’s so devastating.”

But Moore isn’t the first to be attacked on the app. On Monday, the FBI gave tips on how to keep online meetings secure and asking people to report incidents to its Internet Crime Complaint Center. 

“The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language.”

Zoom Bombing is now a federal offense that could result in imprisonment. So before your next meeting, beware of Zoombombers. 

’Rona Ruined Your Plans? 5 Lit Ways To Honor Cancelled Plans During Quarantine

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It’s Day 13 or so of quarantining and social distancing — and it’s safe to say that majority of us are over it. We miss our friends, we miss our families. We miss outside.

But unfortunately, for the next couple of weeks, its of the highest importance that we stay inside and practice social distancing to protect ourselves and others from the COVID-19 pandemic.  Now that the world has come to a screeching halt, many events, birthdays and travel plans have been cancelled.

But don’t fret! There’s always a way. Check out our list below of lit ways to honor your cancelled plans

1. Miss jamming at the party to your favorite tunes?

Thank goodness for cultural veterans like @DjDNice who managed to turn quarantining into a world wide party. Everyone from Michelle Obama to Ava DuVernay to Joe Biden joined Nice’s Instagram to be apart of the global party. Check Dj D-NIce’s Instagram for details on his next “Couch Party”.

 

2. Can’t go to the gym?

Just because the world stopped, doesn’t mean that Instagram influencers have.  Hit up Youtube or Instagram to join your favorite celebs daily workout routine.

 

3. Aries SZN was literally cancelled. 

Having a FaceTime party with friends is the best way to celebrate your ruined birthday plans. Throw in a party theme, grab some drinks, plug your phone into the speakers, and turn up!

 

4. Binge-drinking during Spring Break with friends.

There’s nothing a good ol’ group chat Facetime Happy Hour can’t fix. Call your friends and get the shots flowing.

5. Missing the great outdoors?

Experts say that going for a jog and a walk outside is okay, as long as you practice social distancing. Six feet the least.

 

 

Bad Bunny’s Quarantine Videos Are Some Of The Best Entertainment Instagram Has To Offer

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Bad Bunny may just be the most bored out of us all right now, but it’s working out in our favor, because the results of his boredom are absolutely hilarious.

After the incredibly successful release of his chart-topping album YHLQMDLG and endless celebrations throughout Puerto Rico, Bad Bunny has gone into full quarantine mode amid the current pandemic. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the artist is following the CCD’s safety guidelines for staying at home, and luckily for us, he’s documenting every part of it.

The singer is already known for his big personality, which is more than prevalent in the content he’s been posting over the past couple days. It all started on the 5th day of being quarantined, when the boredom really started to set in. He posted a video donning some bright yellow crocs as he played a ukulele, drank some sort of alcohol, and brought his girlfriend in for a dance session before filing his nails and chomping on an apple. He finished the video off by wiping off a table with some Lysol wipes and having an arm wrestle.

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The next day is what really caught a lot of peoples’ attention, with Bad Bunny posting some pictures showing how he’s getting his sun at home. They’re a little NSFW, but how else are you gonna get an even tan?! That’s one advantage of being at home, you don’t have to wear any clothes. Speaking of NSFW, he also posted a video on his IG story that day of him and his girlfriend, Gabriela, rubbing sunscreen on each other.

The most recent video from the artist’s quarantine series shows him recreating scenes from Toy Story, complete with a full set of toys from the film. In the video, the singer shows Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Forky and Rex trying to solve the mystery of the lost toilet paper as Woody proposes some sanitary measures to combat the coronavirus.

Long story short, if you don’t already follow Bad Bunny on Instagram, now would be a good time to start.