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Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’ Hits No. 1 Spot In First Week!!
Donald Glover is setting himself up to be the star of the summer. “This Is America,” the song Glover released under his Childish Gambino moniker, debuts at No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Hot 100 chart, making it the most-streamed and top-selling song of the week. The multitalented star sneak-released the song and video on May 6. It immediately struck a chord with music fans, thanks to the video’s haunting images of black oppression and gun violence. “This Is America” is already the biggest hit of Glover’s music career, beating out his 2017 hit “Redbone,” which peaked at No. 12. “This Is America” won’t be Glover’s only No. 1 hit this month. His latest film, “Solo,” in which he plays a young Lando Calrissian, opens in theaters May 25 and is expected to be the No. 1 film that week.
We Need To Talk About White People Calling The Cops On People Of Color Too often white people call the police on people of color when it is unwarranted ― and such calls can end in undue violence.
The past few weeks have seen a spate of news stories about white Americans calling the police on people of color who appear to be simply going about their lives ― whether waiting at a Starbucks, golfing, attending a university tour, leaving an Airbnb, napping or barbecuing.These incidents have sparked fierce debate about racism in the U.S. In most of these cases there was no apparent threat of harm, making it hard to avoid the conclusion that the people who called the police did so because of a conscious or unconscious belief that people of color simply don’t belong, or that they inherently pose a danger or threat.
Ironically, the real danger in such encounters often comes from white Americans calling 911 on their neighbors of color ― effectively deploying the threat of violence, as police interactions with black people in particular are disproportionately likely to end in excessive force or death. “When you engage law enforcement in these kinds of things you are opening the door for things to go very wrong,” Oakland, California, mayoral candidate Cat Brooks told KRON News this week, after a white woman called the police on black residents barbecuing in a local park in an area designated only for non-charcoal grilling. Brooks cited “the potential for arrests like in Philadelphia with those two black men or worse physical assault or death.” “I don’t believe in this day and age that white folks don’t know that,” she added. HuffPost spoke to two experts from grassroots anti-violence organizations, Oakland’s Critical Resistance and the Arab American Association of New York’s Accompany Project, which hold workshops addressing the complications of calling police, and educating people on when ― and when not ― to do so. In some cases, like those above, the solution would appear obvious: “Mind your business,” as journalist Kara Brown put it on the “Keep It” podcast this week. But even in cases where the possibility of actual harm seems to exist, these experts suggest that Americans, particularly white people, challenge their immediate response and think twice before calling police. “On the face of it, people need to not call the cops when it’s merely just the presence of people of color in a public place. That’s just obvious,” said Mohamed Shehk, a spokesman for Critical Resistance, which provides trainings on alternatives to policing. “But further, people need to think about, [in] situations that actually need to be addressed... what are police going to do?” he added. “And is there a way that someone else could do what would be beneficial in this situation?”
Many Americans, white people in particular, have been socialized to think of police as providing safety, social worker Rachel Blum Levy, who is white, told HuffPost. As a community organizer and facilitator with the Accompany Project, she leads “bystander trainings” to teach New Yorkers how to intervene in situations of potential violence, particularly against Arab or Muslim people, and help de-escalate. The trainings ― one of which HuffPost attended last year ― challenge participants to check their biases around race and policing. The group goes over the potential risks of engaging police, especially in cases involving people of color or undocumented people.
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Kanye West rips John Legend for using 'tactic based on fear' to criticize rapper's Trump support
Kanye West let John Legend know he means business when he supports President Donald Trump. The controversial rapper tweeted a screenshot on Thursday of a private conversation he had with the singer, blasting his longtime friend for using “a tactic based on fear” to criticize West's praise of Trump. Legend, an outspoken liberal, apparently texted West to express concern over his recent pro-Trump rhetoric. “I hope you’ll reconsider aligning yourself with Trump,” Legend said. “You’re way too influential to endorse who he is and what he stands for. As you know, what you say really means something to your fans,” Legend continued. “They respect your opinion. So many people who love you feel so betrayed right now because they know the harm that Trump’s policies cause, especially to people of color. Don’t let this be part of your legacy.”
West, who has been on a Twitter rampage this week, responded and then took a screen grab of the conversation and shared it with his 27.9 million Twitter followers.
“I love you John and I appreciate your thoughts. You bringing up my fans or my legacy is a tactic based on fear used to manipulate my free thought,” West responded. Legend replied, telling West that his “words and actions have consequences” before joking, “Since you’re posting texts, let me add that I have a new single out.”
All appears to be well between the longtime friends and collaborators despite the political differences. West ended the conversation by telling Legend that he loves him and eventually tweeted a plug for his new single. “I really appreciate this dialogue with John Legend because I'm actually very empathetic. Im still the kid from the telethon. I feel when people think of MAGA they don't think of empathy,” West tweeted shortly after he shared the conversation with Legend. “This is year one. We can't ad empathy to MAGA by hating. We can only ad empathy with love and time and truly hearing all sides.” The rapper said he shared the conversation to “show that there are people around me that disagree with me and voice their opinion,” adding, “I stand my ground.”
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White Woman Caught On Video Assaulting Pregnant Black Soldier and Calling Others 'Black B*****s'
A white woman was arrested outside a Georgia restaurant after she was caught on camera assaulting two unidentified black female soldiers, one of whom is pregnant.According to the witness LaKeycia Ward, 72-year-old Judy Tucker, along with her son and daughter, followed the two troops into Cheddar's Restaurant in Macon, Georgia, on Saturday evening. The family called the two women “black b****s” and commented, “I didn’t know they allowed lesbians to serve.”
"This gentleman & his mom was [sic] hostile about the two soldiers not waiting for them to reverse back into there [sic] handicap parking spot for her handicapped husband instead they went around and proceeded to park in there own separate parking spot," Ward captioned the YouTube video. "So he then followed them inside the restaurant being verbally abusive calling them black lesbians shouting 'the military lets lesbians serve?' So at that point I start recording & heres the VIDEO."
In the video, Tucker and her son try to physically snatch a phone out of the hands of one soldier, who says: "First of all, I'm pregnant."
Even after Tucker heard the woman say she is pregnant, she continued trying to take the phone.Soon after the incident, the police arrived and notified Tucker that she was under arrest for assault. According to witnesses, Tucker’s daughter, Angie, tried to claim her mother was assaulted by “10 big Black guys” and was bleeding. Tucker can be heard trying to victimize herself to police, who said the video painted a different story.Police arrested Tucker on a charge of simple battery, and she was booked into Bibb County Jail. She paid her $650 bond and has been released.