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Protestors Unite In Anti-Trump Demonstrations In NYC & Arizona

Activists were blocked from the Trump Tower on Saturday (Mar. 19) while hundreds blocked roads in Arizona during a rally for the presidential candidate. 

Thousands of protesters who came together in New York and Arizona on Saturday (Mar. 19) peacefully, were met with arrests and conflicts with supporters of presidential Rebublican candidate, Donald Trump.

BuzzFeed News reports demonstrations in Arizona began on the city's roadways when protestors blocked the Shea Boulevard in Maricopa County leading to Fountain Hills, where Trump was expected to speak at a rally. Maricopa County police claimed protestors weren't reprimanded for voicing their opinions, but for creating a safety hazard. "This is causing huge issues for us," Maricopa County Sheriff's Office Deputy Joaquin Enriquez said. "We obviously have to get this road open."

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Three people were arrested on suspicion of blocking the highway and two cars were towed. One young man who tied himself to his car with a cable were one of those arrested. 

Before Trump's rally took place Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a proud Trump supporter, defended the political candidate and his controversial rallies in an interview with CNN

"We'll do everything possible to make sure we have free speech in this country. Donald Trump has a right to speak out and the people have a right to go in there and hear him speak," Arpaio said. "If certain groups don't like it, that's OK. They have freedom of speech, but they're not going to violate any laws. They're going to have to pay the consequences."

Meanwhile in New York City, anti-fascist group Cosmopolitan AFA, launched the #CrushTrump protest in Columbus Circle, near Trump Tower. 

A total number of protestors has not been released to the public, but the large groups traveled throughout midtown Manhattan to call out Trump's comments on immigration and racist comments made towards Muslims and other people of color. 

Writer and political organizer Keegan Stephan, tells VIBE via email that the atmosphere on the New York streets was fairly positive after many were surprised to see others who opposed the political candidate.

"I would actually describe it as generally pretty celebratory," he said. "I think people have been frustrated with everything they have seen coming out of Trump's campaign and they wanted a way to voice their anger and frustration. At the rally, I think people were excited, and excited to find so many other people who adamantly oppose Trump's overt racism and fascism. They came together and jubilantly expressed their opposition to Trump and everything he stands for."

Stephan says there were a handful of Trump supporters present who left shortly before the march started, but there were supporters of Democratic candidates present. "I think people who oppose Donald Trump run the political gamut, except extremely far right fascists," he explained. "There were standards liberals there today, Bernie supporters, and far more radical anti-Statists."

Two people were arrested at the march, including a journalist from the Huffington Post.

Protestors were reportedly pushed into barricades by the NYPD and divided resulting groups breaking off into other areas of the city.

Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again" was mocked on posters and boards made by protestors. For Stephan, the slogan is more problematic than promising. "I think this is a misnomer," he said. "America was built on colonization and slavery, we never paid reparations for those original sins, and we still have segregation and Jim Crow through unequal access to housing and mass incarceration. We have a long way to go forward, not backward, to make America great."

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Amber Guyger Appeals Murder Conviction In Botham Jean Case

Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger has appealed her murder conviction this week in an effort to receive a shorter sentence, the Star-Telegram reported on Friday (Aug. 7). Guyger is currently serving a 10-year-sentence for fatally shooting Botham Jean inside his apartment in 2018.

Attorneys for Guyger claim that there was insufficient evidence to warrant a conviction. The legal documents reportedly want the murder conviction tossed, or changed to criminally negligent homicide.

“I feel like she received a slap on the wrist for taking my brother’s life,” Botham Jean’s sister Allis Findley. “This tells me that she feels like she didn’t do anything wrong. She did not step on my brother’s toe. She took his life.”

Guyger was found guilty on Oct. 1. She maintains that she entered Jean’s apartment believing that it was her own. Guyger testified that she shot Jean believing that he was an intruder.

“She should have received life, so she should take her 10 years in prison and shut up,” added Findley. “If the court was to do this it would prove that, yes, there is systematic racism and white privilege does prevail over Black life. I’m hoping this appeal gets thrown out and her conviction holds. I’m hoping they overturn the 10 years and give her life instead.”

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Oprah Winfrey Puts Up 26 Billboards Demanding Justice For Breonna Taylor

Oprah Winfrey and the team at O, The Oprah Magazine, erected 26 billboards demanding the arrest of the cops who killed Breonna Taylor. The billboards went up all around Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday (Aug. 6).

“Demand that the police involved in killing Breonna Taylor be arrested an charged,” the billboards reads. The billboard encourages people to visit UntilFreedom.com (the organization co-founded by Tamika D. Mallory, Mysonne Linen, Angela Pintom and Linda Sarsoir) and includes a quote from Oprah, “If you turn a blind eye to racism, you become an accomplice to it.”

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A drawing of Taylor also covers the Sept. 2020 edition of O Magazine, marking the first time that Winfrey wasn’t the publication’s covergirl. Winfrey decided to use the magazine’s 20th anniversary cover to amplify Taylor’s story.

On March 13, Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot to death by former and current Louisville police officers Jonathon Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove. None of them have been charged in her murder.

“She was just like me. She was just like you,” Winfrey wrote on Instagram. “And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter. I think about Breonna Taylor often.

“The September issue honors her life and the life of every other Black woman whose life has been taken too soon.”

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Breonna Taylor. She was just like me. She was just like you. And like everyone who dies unexpectedly, she had plans. Plans for a future filled with responsibility and work and friends and laughter. I think about Breonna Taylor often. Imagine if three unidentified men burst into your home while you were sleeping. And your partner fired a gun to protect you. And then mayhem. What I know for sure: We can’t be silent. We have to use whatever megaphone we have to cry for justice. And that is why Breonna Taylor is on the cover of @oprahmagazine. The September issue honors her life and the life of every other Black woman whose life has been taken too soon. Head to OprahMag.com for more—and thank you to @alexis_art, a 24-year-old digital artist, who captured the essence of Breonna. The issue will be available wherever you buy or download magazines on 8/11.

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Watch The Moment T.I. Learns He’s Going To Be A Grandfather

Congratulations are in order for T.I.’s stepdaughter, Zonnique. The singer is expecting her first child with boyfriend and rapper, Bandhunta Izzy (a.k.a Isreal James).

Zonnique, who will be welcoming a daughter with Izzy, surprised Tip with the baby news during an episode of her Fox Soul show The Mix on Wednesday (Aug. 6).

Needless to say, Tip was shocked. So much so, that it took him a minute to actually process the announcement, even after his wife, Tiny, confirmed that they weren’t pranking him.

Zonnique broke the pregnancy news to PEOPLE earlier in the week, and opened up about the drawbacks of being pregnant during a pandemic.  “It really sucks being pregnant during the coronavirus,” she admitted. “At first, I'm like, 'This is the perfect time, like everybody is locked in. I don't have to worry about going out. So if I want to hide it for however long, I can hide.'

“But when it comes to going to doctor's appointments, I go to all of them by myself. I ask every single time, 'Can I bring my boyfriend?' And they're like, 'No, only you can come.' That's been the worst part," she added.

“I'm hoping by the time I'm ready to have the baby it will be over with. But I'm sure it won't be, so I'll be in there with one person, most likely. I'm just trying not to get my hopes too high anymore.”

Peep the video below to see Tip's hilarious reaction to learning that he's going to be a grandfather.

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