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Democrats Have Staged An Amazing Sit-In Over Gun Legislation

Led by civil rights leader John Lewis, House Dems took over the chambers to demand a vote on the troubling issue Wednesday morning (June 22.) 

Over 12 hours has passed in the legendary protest on the Capitol Hill floor started by House Democrats who are hoping to achieve a vote on gun control legislation.

CNN reports the sit-in was started by Reps. John Lewis and Katherine Clark, who called to action on gun control laws on Wednesday (June 22.) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Democrats are willing to spend the night on the House floor until a bill is passed.

“We have turned deaf ears to the blood of the innocent and the concern of our nation. We are blind to a crisis,” Lewis said. “Mr. Speaker, where is the heart of this body? Where is the soul? Where is our moral leadership? Where is our courage?”

The bill, nicknamed by Dems as “no fly, no buy,” will prevent those who are on terrorist watch lists--like the “no fly list,” --from buying firearms. Extensive background checks are also mentioned in the proposed bill.

C-SPAN cameras ran by House Republican leaders were cut during recess, but politicians have used social media tools like Periscope to document the sit-in. The hashtag, #NoBillNoBreak was later created on Twitter.

The protest came to be after the Senate blocked a number of gun measures on Monday (June 20) following the shooting at a popular Orlando gay nightclub on June 12. A total of 49 people were killed and 53 were injured, making it the largest mass shooting in American history.

Many have praised Lewis online, including President Barack Obama.

Democrats have shared the tragic stories of Newton, the Charleston Massacre, the San Bernardino shooting and more to explain the importance on stronger laws on gun control. They also called out Republicans who ignored the tragedies, calling it "business as usual." "The American people are smart," Rep. Mark Takano said."They know that stopping people from buying firearms does not infringe the second amendment."

Republican Speaker Paul Ryan has reportedly called the sit-in a publicity stunt as the politicians debated over gun legislation. Thursday's (June 23) House agenda is expected to discuss a Zika funding legislation, but Dems are hopeful to take a vote on the bill.

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Tory Lanez Sued For Alleged Attack In Miami Nightclub

Tory Lanez is facing legal trouble over an alleged altercation that went down inside Miami’s LIV nightclub last year. Christopher “Prince” Harty, an up-and-coming artist and Miami promoter who appeared on Love & Hip-Hop: Miami claims that Lanez attacked him last November.

The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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