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Ray Lewis Says He ‘100 Percent’ Against Racial Injustice But Still Doesn’t ‘Agree’ With Colin Kaepernick’s Method Of Protest

Lewis discussed Kaepernick's possible future with the Baltimore Ravens on 'Undisputed.'

Ray Lewis shared another hot take on the Colin Kaepernick’s future in the NFL and his protests against police brutality. Lewis appeared on Fox Sport's Undisputed Monday (July 31) to expound on Baltimore Raven’s owner Steve Biscoitti’s earlier comments about possibly signing Kaepernick.

Over the weekend, it was announced that Bisciotti and the team consulted with fans, sponsors, and Lewis about potentially bringing Kaepernick to Baltimore.

Biscoitti made it clear that he supports the 29-year-old athlete’s right to protest, but didn’t like “the way he did it.”

Lewis followed a similar sentiment telling Undefeated hosts that while he’s “100 percent against racial injustice,” he doesn’t agree with Keapernick’s protest method.

But aside from Keapernick’s commitment to social advocacy, Lewis appeared concerned with the free agent’s ability to help the Raven’s win games.

“What I’m asking us to do as an organization is let’s make a real decision,” Lewis said. “If we’re going to do it, do it. But if we’re going to do it make sure we know why we’re doing it, and hopefully it’s to win.”

Undefeated co-host, Shannon Sharpe, pointed out that the conversation about Kaepernick is always focused on his decision to take a knee during the National Anthem, rather than police brutality (a.k.a the reason for his protests).

Lewis — who was once charged with murder, but pleaded guilty to misdemeanor obstruction of justice in the death’s of two men — countered with a rant about “black on black” crime.

Apparently unaware that Keapernick’s traveling Know Your Rights Camp works in communities to help educate and empower young people, which could intern keep them off the streets, and potentially affect crime rates, Lewis concluded that no one is willing to go in black communities and "stop black folks from killing themselves."

“Me and you as men, ourselves, [we didn’t have to] watch nobody else deal with police brutality, I’ve lived it,” Lewis told Sharpe. “So understand that. Understand the dynamic of what we’re talking about.”

As pointed out in a 2016 article by Affinity Magazinethe racial breakdown of crimes are typically related to the population where the crime was committed. For example, if a black person is a victim of a violent crime and lives in a predominately black neighborhood, there’s a higher possibility that the offender will also be black.

Additionally, 2015 crime stats revealed that of 3,167 white murder victims in the U.S., more than 2,800 of the offenders were white males.

“It’s not too many people [who are] going to stand up to go in the black neighborhood’s and worry about black folks killing themselves,” Lewis continued. “[The] sooner that we figure that out then we gon’ start taking care of ourselves.”

Next up, Shannon questioned whether Bisciotti had any public comments on the 2015 death of  Baltimore's own Freddie Gray (since Keapernick's protest has become such a topic of discussion). But according to Lewis, Bisciotti shouldn’t have to show any concern about Gray dying in police custody because it’s not his “fight.”

Shannon countered, “Yes it is though Ray, this is America.”

Ultimately, Lewis lamented that the regardless of Keapernick's battle against racial injustice, the only thing that matters is whether or not he can help the Ravens “right now.”

Peep the full interview below.

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102-Year-Old Woman Evicted From Home To Make Room For Landlord’s Daughter

A 102-year-old woman living in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Ladera Heights is being evicted from her home of three decades. Thelma Smith was notified on March 8 that she has to move out so that the landlord’s daughter can move into the single-family home, after she graduates from law school.

Smith was on a month-to-month lease and has been paying “very low rent,” her longtime neighbor told the L.A. Times. She has to be out of the home by June 30.

While Smith’s eviction is legal, as landlords have the right to evict tenants to help relatives under L.A.'s Rent Stabilization Ordinance, Larry Gross of the Coalition for Economic Survival told the Times that the law is used to “target low-income paying tenants.”

Smith is a former director of the Sugar Ray Robinson Youth Foundation, a Los Angeles-based charity aimed at serving underprivileged youth. She has yet to find a new home, and rejected her neighbor’s offer to move in, but it looks like she’ll be getting housing assistance from Arnold Schwarzenegger. The actor and former California Governor vowed to help Smith, whom he called a “dear friend for a long time.”

“Imagine doing this to a 102-year-old woman who gave back to the community her whole life. It is heartless,” he tweeted Friday (May 24). Schwarzenegger went on to state that he will be reaching out to Smith. “Landlords, you’ll hear from me too,” he added.

Thelma has been a dear friend for a long time. Imagine doing this to a 102-year-old woman who gave back to the community her whole life. It is heartless. Thelma, I’ll be reaching out to help. Landlords, you’ll hear from me too.

— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) May 24, 2019

Landlord Arthur Hilton explained to CBS News that the home was never meant to be a rental property, even though Smith had been living there for 30 years. “This property was purchased by my parents not for rental but for the Hilton family,” he said.

Smith, a widow who never had children, planned to live in the home for the remainder of her life.

See more on her story in the video above.

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Rey Ma Facing Additional Charges In Alleged Assault Against Brittney Taylor

Rey Ma has been hit with additional charges in an ongoing assault case in which she stands accused of attacking former Love & Hip Hop: New York cast member Brittney Taylor. The Bronx native appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court Friday (May 24) where she was arraigned on four misdemeanor charges, according to TMZ.

Although Remy was initially charged with assault, and turned herself in to authorities earlier in the month, she now faces two counts of third-degree assault, one count of second-degree aggravated harassment, and one count of second-degree harassment. She was offered the option to plead guilty to the top charge and enter anger management in exchange for having the other charges dropped but reportedly rejected the deal.

A trial date has been set of July 12.

Taylor claims Remy punched her in the eyed during a run-in at the Pretty Lou Charity Concert at New York City’s Irving Plaza last month. Remy was among the event performers along with Fat Joe, Jim Jones and more. She denies attacking Taylor and claims to have video evidence proving her innocence. TMZ reports that prosecutors have since changed the time of when the supposed altercation took place to line up with the time that Remy would have been at the venue.

Upon leaving the courtroom Friday, Remy didn’t mince words when speaking about going to trial. “Who looks forward to going to trial? I have things to do in my life,” she said according to the New York Daily News. “I have a real job, I have a family, I have a husband, I have a daughter.”

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34 black female cadets from West Point's Class of 2019 pose at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York.
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Black Women Cadets Make History At West Point Graduation

A record number of black female cadets are set to graduate from West Point (The United States Military Academy). After completing four years of education and "testing their limits," 34 black women will be walking across the stage at the 2019 commencement ceremony for the first time in the school's 217-year history.

Earlier this month, the black female cadets came together for a pre-graduation group photo. Little did they know, the photos of them in traditional Old Corps uniforms with ceremonial sabers would make their rounds on social media.

“My hope when young Black girls see these photos is that they understand that regardless of what life presents you, you have the ability an fortitude to be a force to be reckoned with,” shared one of the cadets, Tiffany Welch-Baker, in an interview with Because Of Them We Can.

Although West Point admitted its first black cadet until 1870, the academy didn’t graduate its first black cadet until the Reconstruction in 1877. In 1979, Vincent K. Brooks was made the first black captain of the Corps of Cadets. In 2017, Simone Askew became the first Black woman to lead the Corps of Cadets.

Senior cadet Stephanie Riley told The Associated Press in another interview: “I just showed myself and those who thought I couldn’t do it initially that yes, I can. And not just, ‘Yes, I can.’ I can show other little girls that yes, you can come to West Point. Yes, you can do something that maybe the rest of your peers aren’t actually doing. And yes, you can be different from the rest of the group.”

The class of 2019 includes a total of 223 women, another milestone since the first female cadets' graduation in 1980. The total number of graduation African-Americans doubled to 110, while the number of graduating Latinos became the largest, 88, in the academy's history. West Point also appointed Lt. Gen. Darryl A. Williams as its first black superintendent in July 2018.

Not only will West Point be graduating its 5,000th female cadet, but it will also have its highest number of female Hispanic graduates, 19. The commencement ceremony is set for Saturday, May 25, with Vice President Mike Pence delivering the commencement speech.

Congratulations to the black ladies of West Point's graduating Class of 2019!

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