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Anti Abortion Ad Geared Toward African Americans Sparks Controversy #BlackHistoryMonthFail

There's an ad posted on a billboard in New York's SoHo that reads "The most dangerous place for African American babies is in the womb." Don't snap to a judgment yet. Watch this:

 

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Upon further investigation, the organization, That's Abortion, feels that they are waging war against Planned Parenthood because they are strategically placed in minority neighborhoods and happen to perform over 300,000 abortions a year.

Yet ironically, as the story pointed out, that billboard was placed in NYC's very chic, very rich and White SoHo, mere blocks away from a Planned Parenthood (and NYU). So, what's the point of it being placed there as opposed to in a "minority" community?

The organization's press release reads the following:

This campaign highlights the tragedy that abortion is the number one killer since 1973 in the Black community and the truth that we must confront in a city with a near 60 percent abortion rate for Black women," said Life Always Board Member Rev. Derek McCoy.

However, they don't offer any real sources for their statistics. A 60% abortion rate just in the Black community alone sounds extreme, especially if African Americans account for only 13% of the population (and "Black" vs "African American" can be tricky). Then, think about other diseases like HIV/AIDS, hypertension, and related illnesses (diabetes, obesity, etc) that supposedly are also "number one" killers of African Americans. So basically, Black people are dying from everything at the same time? Not saying that there isn't truth somewhere in those extremely high numbers but numbers in situations like this can be erroneous and misunderstood (particularly considering who may or may not consider themselves "African American" when it comes to checking the box), especially when not explained thoroughly.

It would be nice to get more information from this organization of how they feel Planned Parenthood is "attacking" African Americans because it's not like Planned Parenthood reps in these "minority" neighborhoods are going door to door forcing women to get the procedures done. Right now it just seems that they're mad about abortion in general, so they're reaching for egregiousness anywhere they can find it sort of like PETA when it comes to animal rights. (When was the last time we saw statistics about abortion fanatics taking another human life simply for having opposing beliefs? That's not right either).

The presentation of the billboard is just wrong. Realistically, how many people are actually going to research what the campaign is all about based on riding or walking past the shocking message? Most people will read it and get offended (or think something negative about Black women, like we don't get enough of that already) and make up their mind without giving it a second thought.

It seems more like African American women, once again, are the scapegoats for someone's smear campaign but this time it's disguised as a crusade to save our misguided souls, smh. And if that isn't the case, they could have put this together a lot better and with more sensitivity.

What are your thoughts?

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After announcing the release date for Chilombo, Jhené Aiko unveiled the album's track list on Wednesday (Feb. 26). The project features appearances from Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign, Nas, John Legend, Ab-Soul and Aiko’s father, Dr. Chill.

Last month, Aiko released the track “P*$$ Fairy (OTW),” which will be featured on the LP. The album's other interesting song titles include, “Happiness Over Everything (H.O.E),” “Tryna Smoke,” “Born Tired,” “LOVE,” “Mourning Doves,” and the Sean-assisted, “None of Your Concern.”

 

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In a new interview with Essence, Aiko spoke on the “healing” properties of her music and discussed how she maintains privacy in the age of social media -- especially with all the chatter surrounding her relationship with Sean after the two seemingly broke up and got back together.

“The internet has made everyone aware of their opinion,” she said. “As many people as there are in the world, that’s how many opinions there are. If you let that many opinions affect your own opinion, and your own way of looking at things, you’re going to be so confused. I just love the feeling of taking that away from people; their need to have to say something or have to give their opinion because I personally have never been that way—well maybe when I was younger, or high or drunk.

“Whether it be something with me and Sean, or me and my daughter,” continued Aiko. “I share about one percent of my whole being with the internet. Even in my songs, that’s literally one moment that I’m talking about or when I felt that way. There’s so much more to my relationship with my [late] brother [Miyagi], or with my daughter, or with Sean. People hear a song like ‘Triggered’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, do we hate him now?’ In the grand scheme of things that was like a moment.”

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Wrongfully Convicted Kansas Man Awarded $1.5 Million After Spending 23 Years In Prison

A Kansas man, who spent more than half of his life in prison for a wrongful conviction, was awarded a $1.5 million settlement on Monday (Feb. 24). Lamonte McIntyre sued the state last year under a newly-implemented wrongful conviction statute.

“Today, Lamonte McIntyre has been declared, finally and conclusively, a completely innocent man. That long-overdue recognition, along with the statutory payment and other benefits will help lighten a bit the heavy load he has carried,” McIntyre’s lawyer, Cheryl A. Pilate, told CNN on Monday.

The settlement includes counseling, access to state-funded healthcare benefits for 2020 and 2021, and a tuition waiver to cover his post-secondary education up to 130 credit hours.

McIntyre was wrongly convicted in the 1994 murders of Donald Ewing and Doniel Quinn. He was just 17 years old at the time and served 8,583 days in prison before being released in 2017 at age 41.

“We are committed to faithfully administering the state’s mistaken-conviction law as the legislature wrote it,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a statement. “In this case, our office worked diligently to obtain and review all available evidence, including evidence identified but not provided in the earlier judicial proceedings. We were ultimately able to resolve all issues, satisfy all of the statute’s requirements, and agree to this outcome so Mr. McIntyre can receive the benefits to which he is entitled by law because of his mistaken conviction.”

McIntyre is the third wrongfully convicted man in Kansas to be awarded a settlement after suing the state under the wrongful conviction law, which was enacted in 2018. Three additional lawsuits remain pending in “various stages of litigation.”

Since his release, the McIntyre has completed barber school and founded Miracle of Innocence, a non-profit organization helping the wrongfully convicted. McIntyre attends Penn Valley Metropolitan Community College where he is pursuing a business degree.

“I feel like a new person, I feel like I’m actually starting my life now,” he told ABC news affiliate KMBC.

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Snoop Dogg Addresses Gayle King Comments On ‘Red Table Talk’

Snoop Dogg visited Red Table Talk to address his comments against Gayle King. In the episode, which aired on Wednesday (Feb. 26), the Doggfather explained his social media fury against King for bringing up Kobe Bryant’s rape allegations in an interview days after the his death.

“I let my emotions get the best of me,” Snoop confessed to hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris. “I was frustrated on top of just venting.”

“I wanted to make sure that the message was across that we love Kobe, but be respectful of Vanessa [Bryant] and those kids. That’s what the whole intent was, to protect that woman and them babies over there because they are still grieving. Let’s give them some respect.”

Tyler Perry, Diddy, and Van Jones reached out to Uncle Snoop after he posted the blistering video calling King out of her name. “They didn’t bash me, they was just like ‘brother, we got your back if you need ‘anything’, but we think that you shouldn’t have said it.”

Snoop also received a phone call from his mother who checked him for his words about King. After the talk, he reached out to King privately before recording a public apology. Red Table Talk also reached out to King to invite her to appear on the show.

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Elsewhere in the interview, Snoop discussed the grief that he endured leading up to the deaths of Kobe and his daughter, Gigi, including the murder of Nipsey Hussle and the sudden death of his newborn grandson.

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