Man Attacked By Nazis At Charlottesville Riots Recalls Harrowing Incident

"You don’t know racism until you look a KKK member’s hatred in the eye.”

Deandre Harris has received an overwhelming amount of support from people across the country after he was beaten by a group of white supremacists. The incident, which took place in Charlottesville, V.A. during the “Unite The Right” rally on Saturday (Aug. 12), didn't shatter his spirit.

Speaking with reporters just hours after coming into contact with Nazis and KKK members, the aspiring musician shared his thoughts on the now-viral photo of his injuries and what led him to the protest. "Me and about five of my friends were out protesting. We thought [the racists] left, but at one point they came back," he explained to The Root. "Everyone was exchanging words with the group, but then the KKK and white supremacists just rushed us."

Journalist Chuck Modi caught a piece of the incident while filming the Nazi protest and counter protests (the video above). Harris went on to tell Hollywood Unlocked the rally was the first protest he ever attended. The 20-year-old moved to Charlottesville from Suffolk two years ago for a job as an Instructional Assistant for a special education program at a local high school. After he was brought to safety by friends and supporters, photographer Ian Frank captured a photo of Harris' injuries.

He was then taken to the hospital, where he was treated for a concussion, an ulnar fracture, a laceration on his right eyebrow, a chipped tooth and bruises to his knees and elbows. Harris says he doesn't regret going to the rally to counter protest because it clarified his commitment to civil rights. “It was a good experience to go out there and see the real hatred and racism that exist out here," he said. "People say they know racism, but you don’t know racism until you look a KKK member’s hatred in the eye.”

Harris is currently resting but plans to take legal action against the city of Charlottesville. “I’m now an active member of the Black Lives Matter movement," he said. "If they [white nationalists] come back I will be there. The police and KKK are together. The police weren’t doing nothing out there today. This is where I call home. And seeing what I saw today, is not somewhere I want to call home.” Harris' GoFundMe for his medical bills also shows strength in numbers. In 23 hours, the fundraiser exceeded the $50K goal by hitting just over $106K.

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"This is what’s on my heart this morning," Ms. Ross, tweeted. "I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and many others."

Ross then appeared to address the Jackson critics and protesters by referencing her 1965  smash with The Supremes: "STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE."

MJ and Ross shared a loving friendship up until his death in 2009. In addition to collaborating on a number of musical and theatrical projects (The Wiz [1978]), Ross was also named as a secondary caregiver for the King of Pop's three children.

The "I'm Coming Out" artist's new statement in defense of Jackson comes nearly three months after HBO premiered Leaving Neverland. The doc included testimony from Wade Robson and James Safechuck who alleged Jackson molested them when they were young boys.

The documentary and resurfaced allegations have created a divide among fans and music lovers. While many organizations and radio stations have opted to remove Jackson's music and artifacts, others have continued to honor him. Some fans have also launched protests in their local communities, maintaining Jackson's innocence.

See Diana Ross' tweet below.

This is what’s on my heart this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE

— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) March 23, 2019

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Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Is Expected To Make $64 Million Opening Weekend

Thanks to Us, Jordan Peele has another blockbuster on his hands. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the highly-anticipated horror flick starring Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Evan Alex, is expected to have a $64 million opening weekend at the domestic box office.

Peele’s sophomore horror film earned an impressive $7.4 million on Thursday (March 21) night previews, and is forecasted to take in about $27 million from Friday sales. The film is also on pace to knock Captain Marvel out of the No. 1 spot at the box office.

Once final numbers are tallied, Us will likely snatch the third-best opening weekend record for an R-rated horror film behind It, which brought in a whopping $123.4 million, followed by Halloween’s $76.2 million opening weekend last year.

Aside from rave reviews and a genius promo run that included simultaneous screenings in major media markets, Us earned a 95 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The film, set in the mid-1980s centers around a family of four who set off on a vacation that finds them confronting some familiar faces.

Peele recently spoke to VIBE about casting Duke (our April 2019 cover star) in the role of patriarch, Gabe Wilson. “I have to have somebody voice what the audience was saying,” he said. “In the case of Get Out, it’s Rod, like, ‘How have you not left yet?’ [In Us], Winston is largely that voice. There’s one moment where Lupita [Nyong’o] takes a step into the unknown, where black people [will think], ‘I don’t know.’ But to have Winston say, ‘Aaaand she left. Your mother just walked out of the car.’ That’s all we need.”

Duke also opened up about the intricacies of his character. “His function isn’t to see through the veil. His function is to tell the absolute truth how he sees it,” explained the 32-year-old actor. “He’s sometimes there to say the things that other people don’t want to say, but he’s also there to make fun of things to keep it from not getting too heavy, even though it’s real. That was my job. [Peele] respected that. I like to lean into functions. If I’m going to be your antagonist, I’m gonna really push you. If I’m gonna be your clown, funny guy, I’m gonna do that.”

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Since people tend to ask Bardi to use what has become her signature catch phrase, she figured that it was time to cash in. “You think I ain’t gonna’ profit off this sh*t? B*tch white folks do it all the motherf**king time,” she said. “So you gon’ be mad at me ‘cuz I want to get some motherf**king money?

“While I’m still hear I’ma secure all the fucking bags,” Cardi continued before adding that there are a “lot of ways to get rich” in 2019.

The Bronx native caught heat for wanting to trademark the word because she wasn’t the first to say “okurrr.” Cardi already revealed that she started using it after she heard Khloe Kardashian saying it, but the word was originally popularized in drag culture -- most notably by Rupaul’s Drage Race contestant Laganja Estranja, in 2014.

However, Rupaul attributed the word to Broadway actress, Laura Bell Bundy, who used it in YouTube skits dating back to 2010. In the skits, Bundy pretends to be a hairdresser named “Shocantelle Brown.”

Although Bundy caught criticism for her little character, which was deemed racist, she typically gets credit for bringing “okrrr” (different spelling) to the internet a full decade before Cardi made it mainstream.

No matter the origin, it looks like Cardi will be the only one profiting off of “okurrr.”

 

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