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MSNBC'S Melissa Harris Perry Is Threatened In Iowa By A Man Hurling Racial Slurs

Melissa Harris Perry found her self in a troubling situation while in Iowa with her students from Wake Forest University. 

Popular MSNBC show host Melissa Harris Perry recently faced a threatening encounter with an individual in Iowa this week. Harris-Perry took a group of her students from Wake Forest University to observe the Democratic caucuses; the trip was a part of the Wake the Vote program. The program is only for a selected group of students, and is designed in efforts to offer “an intensive civic learning and democratic engagement experience.”

Harris Perry teaches politics and international affairs. She wrote a blog post on the Wake Forest site describing the altercation, which involved the man briefly mumbling something about Nazi Germany and took place in a hotel lobby of Downtown, Des Moines. She says the man started questioning how she ended up on TV, while getting very close to her. Here’s part of what happened according to her:

 

“What I want to know is how you got credentialed to be on MSNBC.”

I am not sure if it is how he spat the word credentialed, or if it is how he took another half step toward me, or if it is how he didn’t respond to my question, but the hairs on my arm stood on end. I ignored it. Told myself everything was ok.

“Well. It is not exactly a credential…” I began.

“But why you? Why would they pick you?”

Now I know something is wrong. Now his voice is angry. Now a few other people have stopped talking and started staring. Now he is so close I can feel his breath. Before I can answer his unanswerable question of why they picked me, he begins to tell me why he has picked me.

 

Harris Perry, who is a survival of rape and has previously written about her experience, also said she felt like she was getting flash backs of that experience while this recent encounter was happening.

“I just want you to know why I am doing this.”

Oh – there is a this. He is going to do a this. To me. And he is going to tell me why.

I freeze. Not even me – the girl in me. The one who was held down by an adult neighbor and as he raped her. The one who listened as he explained why he was doing this. She freezes.

At that point, she writes the man began getting closer to her muttering a while bunch of things she couldn’t understand. She only heard “Nazi Gernany” and “rise to power.”

She then noticed her students were nearby, and were not going to let her succumb to this attacker without a fight.

“Instead of sitting still as he tells me what he is going to do and why, I jump up. I move. I put space – a table – between him and me. My friend jumps too. It is breathtaking how fearlessly – almost recklessly – she throws herself between he and I,” she writes. “Together we raise our voices and make a fuss. He turns. He runs out. He jumps in a car. He drives off. We try to explain to hotel security what has happened and how I receive hate mail and even death threats, how I have had people show up at my workplace, how this might be serious. They listen politely, but this is the Iowa caucus, and I am not a candidate, so they go back to their evening. And we go back to ours.”

Amid all the chaos, Harris Perry worried that her students were not going to complete the whole Wake the Vote program. “It was the fear of a ruined lesson plan that propelled me out of my seat and away from the potential attacker,” she concluded.

Thankfully, Melissa was not hurt. She later took to Twitter to thank the masses for their concern and to reiterate that she is ok.

 

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A Texas jury found Tay-K guilty of murder and three counts of aggravated robbery Friday (July 19) in connection with a 2016 home invasion that left one man dead and another injured. According to The Star-Telegram, jurors deliberated for around four hours before returning a verdict.

The 19-year-old rapper, born Taymor McIntyre, is facing five to 99 years in prison but avoided a capitol murder conviction which would have ended in an automatic life in prison. The jury will likely return a sentence Monday (July 22).

During a court hearing Monday (July 15), Tay-K pleaded not guilty to the murder of 21-year-old, Ethan Walker, and guilty to aggravated robbery charges in relation to injuring two other victims. “The Race” rapper, who went on the run after the incident, is one of seven people charged in the fatal robbery. Tay-K's lawyers argued that the gun that killed Walker, was fired by his accomplice, Latharian Merritt. Prosecutors argued against the notion that Tay-K had no involvement in the fatal robbery as he was armed at the time.

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Nicki Minaj Links With DaBaby For “Suge” Remix

Nicki Minaj took over DJ Felly Fell’s show on L.A.’s Power 106 radio station Friday (July 19) where she premiered the remix to DaBaby's “Suge” single.

“Ya’ll already know I’m back on my bull! We got a lot more in the motherf**kin’ chamber,” said Minaj.

The “Megatron” rapper  also sent a shout out to Da Baby. “I just think he’s super dope and he actually spits actual bars.”

Prior to the song premiere, Minaj shared her first public statement on the death of Nipsey Hussle. The Queens native explained that she wasn’t on the internet at the time of Hussle’s murder, but wanted to send condolences to Lauren London, and the rest of his family.

“When he passed I didn’t get a chance to be online at that time,” Minaj told Power 106's DJ Carisma. “Lauren London happens to be somebody that I adore. I felt like my heart ripped out when I heard [that he was killed]. I just wanted to finally send my condolences to his family and his fans.”

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Listen to Minaj and DaBaby on the “Suge” remix below.

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Ayesha Curry and Stephen Curry are seen at the launch of Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation on July 18, 2019 in Oakland, California.
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Stephen And Ayesha Curry Launch Eat. Learn. Play Foundation In Oakland

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Prioritizing its mission in the Oakland and Bay Area communities, the non-profit is rooted in what makes for healthy childhood nutrition, education, and physical activity, as stated in a press release.

"Children are our future and we are deeply dedicated to empowering them and opening doors for their futures," said Stephen and Ayesha Curry. "This organization is all about instilling ongoing tangible change for underprivileged children growing up in the Bay Area and beyond. As parents, we see a multitude of unique opportunities our kids have access to, and our hope is that Eat. Learn. Play. and the critical fundamental development tools it provides will positively impact children in our community to live out their dreams."

A family-friendly inaugural event kicked off the launch of the organization on Thursday (July 18) and invited over 900 children from  Oakland Parks, Recreation, and Youth Development's Town Camps, an early major partner of the foundation.

Additional key partnerships included the Golden State Warriors, Kaiser Permanente, Under Armour, Chase, GoDaddy, Rakuten, PGA, REACH, Back to the Roots, Revolution Foods, Google and USTA.

See some tweets and Instagram posts from the event.

Celebrating the launch of @StephenCurry30 & @ayeshacurry’s foundation @eatlearnplay 🗣 pic.twitter.com/uMXfrBWNBx

— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) July 18, 2019

 

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@stephencurry30 and @ayeshacurry jumped in to every station with the kids and tried to keep up! For an entire afternoon the Currys enjoyed healthy activities that brought their vision for @eatlearnplay to life. #eatlearnplay

A post shared by Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation (@eatlearnplay) on Jul 18, 2019 at 5:29pm PDT

Almost 800 kids in Oakland are getting pumped for the kickoff of @StephenCurry30 & @ayeshacurry’s @eatlearnplay kickoff! @abc7newsbayarea pic.twitter.com/QGV5cCWcG7

— Dion Lim (@DionLimTV) July 18, 2019

 

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@stephencurry30 and @ayeshacurry weren't satisfied with only having a few kids walk away with a special gift, so Ayesha stepped up and said if she could dunk Stephen ALL 966 Oakland campers would receive a brand new pair of @underarmour sneakers for back to school. She brought in some extra help to make it happen! 💦#eatlearnplay⁣ ⁣ 🎥: @dionlimtv

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