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Legendary Olympian Tommie Smith Defends Colin Kaepernick's Protest

"He’s being vilified in how he brings the truth out."

In 1968, Tommie Smith and John Carlos made history when they stood on the winner's podium during the Summer Olympics and gave the Black Power salute, a silent gesture that ignited a firestorm of criticism, anger, and immense criticism from the American public. One half of the legendary icons, who are credited with "politicizing the Olympics," is speaking out in defense of San Francisco 49er quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem out of political protest in lieu of America's egregious injustices, according to USA Today.

"Colin is 28 years old and realizing that things are not quite like what 'they' said it would be," Smith observed. "He’s just speaking out (but) he used a platform that many Americans don’t agree with. He’s being vilified in how he brings the truth out. I support him because he’s bringing the truth out – regardless of how it's done."

Kaepernick defended his decision to sit during the national anthem earlier this week, stating that gesture is bigger than the NFL. "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

The Star Spangled Banner, written in 1814 by Francis Scott Key, detailed the battle of Fort McHenry. Although Americans only sing the first verse, the third verse is particularly telling of Key's political and racial perspectives by mentioning enslavement. Key himself was a slave owner and publicly anti-abolitionist, viewing Black folks as inferior.

Kaepernick joins a legion of athletes who made strong political statements throughout their careers, promptly receiving backlash from the public. In 1967, Muhammad Ali refused to serve in Vietnam, and was stripped of his heavyweight title. Jackie Robinson, the first black player in major league baseball, wrote in his autobiography, "I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag. I know that I am a black man in a white world."

"The American ritual of the national anthem has always been a crucible for patriotism and protest," writes AJ Willingham of CNN. "It presents a particularly fraught dynamic for sports stars, since sports events are often so closely tied with the rhetoric of American pride. When a highly visible opinion comes up against a highly visible symbol, the result is always incendiary."

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Doja Cat Speaks Out After Being Accused Of Joining White Supremacist Chat Rooms

After trending online for the entire Memorial Day Weekend, Doja Cat publicly addressed allegations of racism and engaging in white supremacist chat rooms on Tiny Chat.

On Sunday (May 24), the “Say So” rapper posted a lengthy Instagram statement in response to numerous tweets exposing her alleged online activity, including saying “n**ger” in a predominately white video chat room and recording a song named after a racial slur.

“I’ve used public chat rooms to socialize since I was a child. I shouldn’t have been on some of those chat room sites, but I personally have never been involved in any racist conversations,” Doja explained in the statement. “I’m sorry to everyone that I offended.”

“I’m a black woman,” she added. “Half of my family is black from South Africa and I’m very prude of where I came from.”

 

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A day later, Doja took to Instagram Live to further explain herself and deny allegations of self-hate, fetishizing white men, and race play.

Later in the video, Doja denied rumors that she recorded the song, “Dindu Nothin,” to make fun of police brutality. According to Doja, the song was an attempt at reclaiming the little-known slur, though she did admit that the song was a terrible idea.

Watched the full apology below.

 

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Minneapolis Police Kill Unarmed Black Man On Camera, 4 Officers Fired

Four Minneapolis police officer were fired on Tuesday (May 26) after an unarmed Black man, George Floyd, was killed during an attempted arrest. Massive crowds took to streets late Tuesday in protest Floyd's murder.

“It’s not enough,” the victim's cousin said in reaction to the cops getting fired. “They murdered our cousin.”

In the disturbing video, Floyd can be heard begging for air while an officer has his knee in his neck for several minutes. The case is under FBI investigation.

“Being Black in America should not be a death sentence,” said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. “What we saw is horrible, completely and utterly messed up.”

During a press conference Tuesday morning, and in a new release post a day earlier, Minneapolis police failed to address the video but claimed that Floyd was a forgery suspect who “physically resisted arrest” after being located by police in a grocery store parking lot Monday night.

“Officers were able to get the suspect into handcuffs and officers noticed that the man was going into medical distress,” reads the MPD news release. “Officers called for an ambulance. He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center by ambulance where he died a short time later.”

Bystanders recorded as the arresting officer ignores Floyd’s pleas and continued to press his knee into Floyd’s neck. “I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe,” Floyd is heard saying on the video. “Don’t kill me, I can’t breathe.”

Floyd, 46, loses consciousness during the recording. He was pronounced dead at Hennepin hospital.

“The lack of humanity in this disturbing video is sickening,” Gov. Tim Walz said. “We will get answers and seek justice.”

A native of Houston, Floyd lived in the St. Louis Park area of Minneapolis and worked as a security guard for several years.

 

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Megan Thee Stallion Earns First No. 1 With “Savage” Remix Ft. Beyonce

Megan Thee Stallion is the second female rapper to come in at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the last month. The Houston rapper’s “Savage” remix  jumped from fifth place to the top spot this week marking Meg’s first run atop the single’s chart and Beyonce’s seventh No. 1 single overall.

To celebrate, Bey sent Megan a bouquet of flowers.

Beyoncé sent Megan flowers to congratulate her on their #1 with Savage Remix 🥺💕 pic.twitter.com/Q1bWwFm9LC

— Megan Daily (@HottieSource) May 26, 2020

The “Savage” remix gave Meg her first No. 1 on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop songs chart, and returned to the top spot on the Hot Rap Songs tally. The track also climbed four slots to top the Digital Song Sales chart. The single marks a special achievement for Beyonce who joins Mariah Carey as the only two artists to earn No. 1’s in the 2000s, the 2010, and 2020s.

In addition to making chart history, the “Savage” remix was a collective effort between Megan and Beyonce to help their hometown of Houston during the COVID-19 pandemic. The song has reportedly raised more than $500,000 for charity.

 

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