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Mario's Lawyer Releases Statement About Mom's Assault Accusations

Mario has released a statement via his lawyer, Hassan Murphy, about his arrest yesterday morning for allegedly assaulting his mother. See the full statement below:

"This is an unfortunate incident between a loving son and a mother who continues to struggle with a devastating addiction. Anyone who has waged the battle to save loved ones from the forces of drugs knows the irrational behavior that almost always accompanies their actions. Despite the allegations, Mario remains committed to supporting his mother."

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Solange Knowles Pens Emotional Birthday Tribute To Breonna Taylor

Solange Knowles joined the chorus of beautiful tributes to Breonna Taylor on what should have been her 27th birthday on Friday (June 5).

“I want to be more like you Breonna Taylor. A better sister, friend, and human. More kind. More positive. More intentional,” wrote Solo. “Less judgmental. Less phased by shit that doesn’t matter. More dependable and moving with more care, light, and love.

“Your friends and cousin say that you were the ‘show up and never disappoint’ friend...that you would throw all negativity out the door. I wish you were there with them all today celebrating. You should be with them all here celebrating in all your radiance. I don’t know WHERE [the f**k] I’d be with out my sisters and reading about your life, I know you were all their rock.”

In closing, the “Cranes in the Sky” singer shouted out Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, as well as her sister, relatives, and friends to thank them “for sharing her with the world today.” Solo also thanked and Eva Lewis for writing a Teen Vogue story where Taylor’s loved ones opened up about her life and legacy.

“She always said she was destined for greatness, and now she will be a part of history,” said Palmer.

Taylor was murdered by officers from the Louisville Police Department on March 13.  None of officers have been arrested.

In commemoration of her birthday, social media has been flooded with tributes and calls for justice. A Change.org petition demanding the arrest of Louisville officers John Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, and any other “involved in the death and coverup” of her death has reached 4.5 million signatures.

A GoFundMe page launched by Taylor’s family has raised over $4 million and counting, and multiple demonstrations are scheduled to be held this weekend in Taylor's honors.

Check below for tributes from Solange, Megan Thee Stallion, Janelle Monae, Taraji P. Henson, Tika Sumpter and more.

 

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I want to be more like you Breonna Taylor. A better sister, friend, and human. More kind. More positive. More intentional. Less judgmental. Less phased by shit that doesn’t matter. More dependable and moving with more care, light, and love. Your friends and cousin say that you were the “show up and never disappoint” friend...that you would throw all negativity out the door. I wish you were there with them all today celebrating. You should be with them all here celebrating in all your radiance. I don’t know WHERE tf I’d be with out my sisters and reading about your life, I know you were all their rock. Ms. Tamika Palmer, Ju’Niyah ,Katrina ,Alena ,Erinicka ,Clarissa, Preonia, Shatanis.... thank you all for sharing her with the world today. I hope we are all doing due justice by lifting her spirit up in light today. Thank you Eva Lewis for writing a piece that illustrated her beautiful power. I want to be more like you Breonna. Happy Birthday beautiful one 🌹

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Happy birthday breonna 💙 #breonnataylor

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Breonna Taylor would be 27 today. Her life was taken to soon. Officers must be held accountable. These no-knock warrants are dangerous. #happybirthdaybreonna You deserve so much more. #blm #breonnataylor @gracieleeart

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Let’s give #breonnataylor #Justice for her birthday!!! JESUS....she was asleep in her own bed getting her rest to wake up and save lives (as a first responder studying to be a nurse) and her precious life was taken by systemic racism and negligence by the police dept that OUR tax dollars pay for to SERVE AND PROTECT US!!!! NO ONE has been arrested!!!! NO ONE IS BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE LOSS OF PRECIOUS LIFE!!!!#BLACKLIVESMATTER RIGHT TF NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #LetMyPeopleGo #GODIS #NOTMAN I don’t care how things are looking right now. #GODIS #DarknessNEVERwins #TheTruthALWAYScomesToLight and #TheDevilCantStandIt 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾

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🗣Today would’ve been Breonna Taylor’s 27th birthday 🗣She was a full-time EMT at TWO hospitals in Louisville, KY 🗣She was an essential worker🗣She was an aspiring nurse & dedicated her life at an early age to helping others 🗣HER KILLERS police officers Jon Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove have not been arrested or fired 🗣She was shot to death in her own home asleep! 🗣Her killers claim “they had the wrong house” 🗣the suspect they were looking for was already in Custody 🗣The police did not knock and were not in uniform 🗣Please help her family get justice 🗣Call 502-696-5300 and tell Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron that your birthday wish for Breonna is that the officers are arrested, charged, and convicted of the murder of BREONNA TAYLOR 🗣SPEAK UP FOR BLACK WOMEN 🗣#SAYHERNAME #justiceforbreonnataylor #defundthepolice sign:standwithbre.com

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Today is #BreonnaTaylor’s birthday.#SayHerName. Think of and pray for those closest to her. Dedicate time to work for #JusticeforBreonnaTaylor. Here’s how. RT. Share. #JusticeForBreonna, @GovAndyBeshear @louisvillemayor @LMPD. pic.twitter.com/ee2ZsqyENK

— Be A King (@BerniceKing) June 5, 2020

Breonna Taylor would have been 27 years old today. On her social media she talks abou 2020 being her year. Instead her loved ones mourn and her killers haven’t been charged. We will never stop fighting for #JusticeForBreonna. #SayHerName! pic.twitter.com/7D4XeqFpus

— SisterSong (@SisterSong_WOC) June 5, 2020

It’s the Doll’s Birthday. We love you Breonna and we’ll never forget you 🖤🦋 pic.twitter.com/desgduXosh

— Sean Garrette (@sgarretteskin) June 5, 2020

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Michael Jordan Pledges $100 Million Towards Racial Equality Organizations

Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand are committed to “improving the lives of Black people.” The basketball legend and his company pledged to donate $100 million to organizations working to end racal injustice.

Jordan Brand announced a 10-year plan on social media on Friday (June 5). “Black lives matter. This isn’t a controversial statement. Until the ingrained racism that allows our countr'y institutions to fail is completely eradicated, we will remain committed to protecting and improving the lives of Black people,” the statement reads in part.

“Today, we are announcing the Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand will be donating $100 million over the next 10 years to organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.”

Jordan has become more vocal about social issues as of late. In 2016, he donated $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the International Association of Chiefs of Police's Institute for Community-Police Relations and called  for “solutions that ensure people of color receive fair and equal treatment AND that police officers — who put their lives on the line every day to protect us all — are respected and supported.”

Read's the Jordan's Brands full statement on the $100 million initiative below.

Black lives matter. This isn't a controversial statement. We are you. We are a family. We are a community. pic.twitter.com/cGH8bJl1GQ

— Jordan (@Jumpman23) June 5, 2020

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Man Who Killed Ahmaud Arbery Called Him The N-Word, Investigator Says

A special agent investigating the murder of Ahmaud Arbery revealed details of the aftermath of the fatal shooting. Travis McMichael  called Arbery a “fu**ing ni**er” after shooting and killing him, Richard Dial, of Georgia's Bureau of Investigation, revealed during a preliminary hearing in a Brunswick court on Thursday (June 4).

Dial testified that Travis used the n-word on at least two other occasions. “One particular one that comes to mind was he made the statement that he loved his job because he’s out on a boat and there aren’t any n-words anywhere,” Dial said per NBC News.

Travis, 34, and his father, Gregory McMichaels, 54, attended Thursday’s hearing via video phone from jail. William “Roddie” Bryan, the third man arrested for Arbery’s murder, did not attend the hearing, where a judge ruled that there was enough evidence to for a trial. Bryan reportedly told police about Travis using the n-word after killing Arbery, which the McMichaels deny. The use of a racial slur won't affect the case since Georgia has no hate crime laws.

The McMichaels are charged with felony murder and aggravated assault, for killing 25-year-old Arbery while he was out for a run in February. According to Dial, Bryan admitted to trying to block Arbery with his truck before hitting him with the vehicle. “The victim was chased, hunted down and and ultimately executed at the hands of these men,” Cobb County Chief Assistant D.A. Jesse Evans said in court.

Bryan, the McMichaels’ neighbor who recorded Arbery’s murder on his cell phone, faces felony murder, criminal contempt, and false imprisonment. All three men were arrested last month.

Grizzly footage of the deadly incident was played in court. In Bryan’s leaked cell phone recording, the men are seen surrounding Arbery, who attempts to wrestle a gun away from Travis while fighting for his life despite being shot in the chest. Travis admitted to firing three times, hitting Arbery in the middle of his chest, as well as the upper left chest area near his armpit, and in the wrist.

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