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Keyshia Dior Defends Amber Rose, Reveals Plans To Open Miami Boutique & Introduces Dior Dolls [Pg. 2]

Basically, the media is just hyping it up?
Right.

I’m sure you saw Gucci’s face tat. What were your very first thoughts about it?
When I saw it, I was like, ‘Oh my, God! Why did he do this?’ I spoke to him, and I asked him why he got the tattoo on his face. I said, ‘Do you like it?’ And he said, ‘Yeah,’ and that was it. I don’t like it at all. When I first saw it, my heart dropped. Why would he do that? Why would someone from his camp or one of his friends sit there—because I know he didn’t go by himself—and allow him to do that to his face.

What are you feelings about Amber Rose and women that are getting famous off their exes?
I mean, she didn’t do anything wrong. Kanye was attracted to her, and obviously she was attracted to him. They had a relationship; it’s not like she used him for fame. They had a real relationship, so I can’t really judge her from that. That could’ve happened to me, you, anyone. I’m sure she did like him because it lasted for awhile. When you date a celebrity, there’s always backlash ‘cause the first thing is that you’re dating him for his money. That’s what everyone says when you date a guy that has money. It’s so unfair to the real women that are really in love with their men. It’s so hard, but the guy has to know the she’s really with him for him.

The has to be an understanding within the relationship.
Exactly. Not the media or the public.

Would you ever date within the music industry?
Yeah, they’re just normal people. You both just have to have an understanding. That’s just what it is. You have to trust each other. For example, if I start dating someone, [the media] is gonna say, ‘Oh, you’re dating Gucci’s girlfriend.’ You just have to be strong because that’s their job.

Exactly. How are you going to flip the success you had last year into another great year? What can we look forward to from you?
As you know, I’m launching the lipstick line, so that’s really major for me. Once I get that out of the way, I’m gonna focus on a clothing boutique, a high-end boutique on South Beach. I also want to get into acting. There’s so many things I want to do as Keyshia Dior the brand. I want to make my brand really, really huge by doing different things. Probably come out with a perfume line, a weave line; I’m thinking of so many sources of income and business to add to my brand.

I know you have Dior Dolls, your fan base. Do you want to brand yourself sort of like Nicki in the way she has her Barbies?
No, not really. I thought I would have 90% male fans and 10% women, but it’s not like that. It’s like 85% of my fans that look up to me; girls that wanna be me. That’s how I create the Dior Dolls. This was nothing I thought about, and I just wanna do special things for them. If I’m at an event and I’m there, I would have party with me or be in VIP. Like, for all my Christmas, I couldn’t call all my fans, so I called the Dior Dolls. I just do different things for them, and I wanna start a Dior Doll foundation for kids.

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Oscar Grant's Family Advocates To Have Fruitvale Station Named After Him

Nearly 10 years to the day of his passing, Oscar Grant III's family is aiming to build a tangible legacy in his honor. A request to rename Fruitvale Station in Oakland, Calif., the location where Grant was fatally shot by a police officer on Jan. 1, 2009, has been made. At 22, Grant was killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officer while he was handcuffed and face down on the train's platform. The officers were responding to a fight on a crowded train and apprehended Grant and other riders.

“It would be an atonement, it would be part of BART saying yes this happened here, we vow that it won’t happen again and we vow to work with the communities and ensure that all people are treated equally,” Wanda Johnson, Grant's mother, said.

According to KGO-TV, BART officials have declared the family's plea unlikely, not based upon the reason of the request, but rather that BART policy requires all stations' names to align with its geographical position. The Oakland transit system will instead install a mural honoring the late father. Currently, in the planning stages, the family also requested a side street at Fruitvale be named after their fallen family member.

Killed in the blink of an eye, Grant's case made him one of the many faces of police brutality. Cellphone cameras caught officers handcuff an unarmed Grant, who was later shot in the back. He died shortly after in a California hospital.

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Study Shows Gun Violence Cuts African Americans Life Expectancy By Four Years Or More

Gun violence has seeped into the American culture sinking its claws into everyday life. With 53,492 shooting occurring in 2018, the result was more than 13,700 gun-related deaths, reported by the Gun Violence Archive.  A new study led by a professor at Boston University has found that the life expectancy of African-Americans has lowered by more than 4-years due to gun violence.

Based on federal data collected between 200o and 2016, the research concluded black Americans died more frequently due to homicide among younger ages, although white American gun deaths are linked more so toward suicide amid older folks.

Published Dec. 4 in the BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine journal."Our study using cumulative data from 2000 to 2016 demonstrates a total firearm life expectancy loss of 905.2 days, which is nine times greater than observed in 2000, indicating increasing life expectancy loss by year," wrote Bindu Kalesan, the lead author of the investigation.

Furthering the discussion surrounding firearm injury, Kalesan inferred that gun-related injury causes American's to "lose substantial years." A common misconception surrounding shooting victims, only 30% of people struck by bullets die. However, the trauma endured is now linked to the shortened life expectancy.

One of the studies calculated in the 2000s, "concluded that shootings reduced the average American lifespan by about 100 days, with a significant gap between black and white men: Black men lost 361.5 days, while white men lost 150.7 days," wrote Nick Wing, a journalist at Huffington Post.

Two hundred and eleven days in difference, this study is a clear indication of the racial gap plaguing people-of-color in relation to the inherent violence suffered through life. Gun policy, a clear stain on the American fabric, has become a growing issue, claiming lives by the tens-of-thousands with no clear sign of slowing down. The research illustrates the growing issues within the black community, because not only are we being attacked from all sides, we engage in friendly fire.

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NYPD Officers Caught Strenuously Pulling One-Year-Old Out Of Mother's Arms

The New York Police Department (NYPD) has found itself in hot water after a video of officers using excessive force to remove a one-year-old from his mother's arms went viral.

Initiated by a verbal dispute with a security guard, a woman identified as Jazmine Headley was sitting on the floor with her son because there were no available seats in her local Brooklyn food stamp office. After being reprimanded by an employee in the benefits office for allegedly blocking the hallway, the cops were called on the 23-year-old.

Headley remained on the floor in the upright position until the officers began to pull at her baby, rushing to arrest and separate her from her child. Hands clasped tight around her child, the mother did her best to keep control of her son, until officers started pulling at the boy as if his limbs were made of rubber.

“They’re hurting my son," she repeatedly screamed while being attacked by four members of the force. Enraged bystanders witnessing the excessive encounter tossed comments about the happenings. After apprehending the baby, and securing Headley, one policeman reached for their yellow stun gun, threatening partons in the office according to The New York Times.

Headley is currently detained in Rikers Island, while the boy, Damone, remains in his grandmother's custody. As a source of advocation for the young mother, Cynthia Nixon, former Sex And The City actress and current day New York City politician, spoke out against the NYPD fiasco.

#JazmineHeadley should not have been arrested, should not have had her child torn from her, should not be sitting in Rikers now https://t.co/yyX0ZuxFhu

— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) December 10, 2018

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