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WNBA Fines Three Teams For Their Anti-Violence Apparel

Is it against the WNBA code of conduct to sport socially conscious t-shirts in wake of supporting the victims of shootings?

Following the several recent incidents of police brutality and shootings, a few WNBA players chose to wear black shirts during warm-ups in order to bring awareness to the world and send a strong message that black lives actually do matter. The women ballers fighting for a change were taken aback when their actions cost them a pretty penny.

According to the WNBA, the ladies' attire was a violation to their uniform policy, which states uniforms cannot be altered in any way. Although they continued to wear adidas, who endorses the WNBA, any additional words or creativity added to their apparel is considered going against their uniform policy. The WNBA fined the Indiana Fever, New York Liberty, and Phoenix Mercury teams $5,000 dollars each, and pulled $500 from every player that participated in wearing black.

"We are proud of WNBA players' engagement and passionate advocacy for non-violent solutions to difficult social issues but expect them to comply with the league's uniform guidelines," WNBA President Lisa Borders said.

In spite of the fact that earlier this week the league sent the teams a reminder about their dress code policy, the Liberty's have responded to compromising, in hopes of coming to a medium ground with the higher ups while still standing for what they believe in. They will now be tackling the issue by wearing the New York team's normal black shirts, which holds the adidas logo in the corner.

Mistie Bass, who plays for the Phoenix Mercury, is pissed about their retraction. She took to Twitter to vent about the countless tears she’s cried for the several injustices occurring in the world, to now not being able to showcase her concerns using her platform. She's calling in as many people as possible to join her force for the WNBA's faulty statement.

She even tweeted Indiana Fever player, Tamika Catchings' response to the incident.

After the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida, the WNBA immediately sent their players new gear to wear to show support for what was happening and that was considered okay.

Police officers abandoned their jobs just a few weeks ago after Minnesota Lynx players wore "Black Lives Matter" and "Change starts with us, justice, and accountability" t-shirts, yet they were not held accountable for running when they were placed under heat. Even following Eric Garner's death, and the judicial system allowing the police officer who killed him to walk free, the NBA sported "I Can't Breathe" t-shirts, without being fined for their actions.

So was the WNBA’s decision to fine all three teams justifiable?

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Dr. King's Childhood Home Sold For $1.9 Million To The National Park Service

The two-story Atlanta home that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr spent his formidable years has been sold. According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the yellow and brown house on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta was sold for $1.9 million to the National Park Service.

Will Shafroth, CEO of the National Park Foundation said it was hard to place a dollar amount on the location where a lot of Dr. King's character was molded.

"It is difficult to value something this significant in our nation’s history. It is a priceless asset. It is one of the most important places to tell the story of America,” Shafroth said.

Bernice King, daughter of late the civil rights leader, said the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change had been considering selling the home since the passing of their mother Coretta Scott, in 2006. King said the center will focus on nonviolent educational and training programs.

“We are working on creating more robust, nonviolence training,” King said. “Our society is desperately in need of Dr. King’s nonviolent teachings right now in order to create a just, humane and peaceful world. That is what we are trying to put our energy in.”

The home was reportedly built by a white firefighter in 1895 and then purchased by Dr. King's maternal grandfather, Rev. Adam Daniel Williams, who was pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church for $3,500. When King's mother and father wed in 1927, they moved. All of King's siblings including himself were born in the home.

Elizabeth Paradis Stern, spokeswoman for the National Park Service said the preservation of the home will not falter now that it's out of the family's possession.

“The most important thing about this is that this property will be protected and preserved permanently as one of our most important properties,” Stern said. “It is part of the American fabric.”

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Donnie McClurkin Sent To Hospital Following Car Accident

Gospel legend Donnie McClurkin couldn't be more grateful after surviving a car accident this past Wednesday (Dec. 12).

The "We Fall Down" singer was driving on the road in the earlier part of the day when he passed out and began weaving into traffic. He reportedly struck the middle concrete island.

Following the incident, he posted a selfie of him on the hospital bed in scrubs on Facebook. Along with the photo, he explained that he woke up from the accident with stitches on his left thumb, on top of having a sprained wrist, and hurt knee. His car was also completely totaled.

"I AM ALIVE!!!! Somewhat mangled, stitches on left thumb, sprained wrist, hurt knee, but I’m still here! God and two angels saved my life!," the Grammy-winning artist wrote.

He also mentioned that two "angels" pulled him out the car to safety and medical attention. "I owe them...I am still here by the grace of God! Thank you, Lord...thank you!" he added.

On Friday (Dec. 14), McClurkin posted to his Facebook page again, sharing several photos of his destroyed car. "This is the totaled car that two angels rescued me from ....after passing out while driving I don’t remember most of what happened a day and a half ago...but God," he wrote. "I overrode doctors and sisters advice and flew to KENYA today for ministry Saturday @ TWO RIVERS. and home on this Sunday to celebrate life."

In happier news, McClurkin also took time to plug in his new Christmas single titled "My Favorite Things." Check out McClurkin's posts on social media and stream his new song below.

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Nicki Minaj's Boyfriend Kenneth Petty Received 18 Violations During Prison Stint

Nicki Minaj's new boyfriend, Kenneth Petty has a very troubled past.

On Friday (Dec. 14), TMZ revealed court documents disclosing Petty's history of disciplinary actions while he was an inmate in New York for manslaughter from 2006 to 2013.

When he entered the correctional facility, he was reportedly written up for creating a disturbance. Later during his stint, he was hit with a slew of disciplinary actions following a series of violent actions that included fighting, making terroristic threats, and "disobeying a direct order."

In 2009, prison faculty placed him in solitary confinement for four months as part of being reprimanded for nine different violations. Petty lost privileges that included the usage of the inmate telephone service, recreational activity, and the prison canteen.

In addition to his prison violations, Petty is a convicted sex offender. At the age of 16, he was tried as an adult served a four-year sentence for attempted rape of a minor.

Petty, who hails from the same borough as Nicki, Queens, knew the platinum-selling rap star since she was a teenager. They dated for a short period years prior to reuniting.

Minaj posted various photos of her and Petty going on a vacation getaway earlier this month. Sources close to Minaj told the celebrity gossip website that the 36-year-old hip-hop artist is  "happier than she's been in years" with Petty.

 

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