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Petition Calls For Removal Of Ray Lewis' Statue Outside M&T Bank Stadium

Security was beefed up around the statue.

Since NFL personnel locked arms or took a knee in protest of police brutality and racial injustice, spectators have voiced their opposition to players exercising the First Amendment. They've made their complaints known across social media that now, a petition has been created to remove the statue of a former NFL player.

According to The Root, Ray Lewis' statue that stands outside of Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium, is the target of removal as outlined in a petition that has amassed over 54,000 signatures. The reason? Because Lewis decided to kneel while the national anthem played during the Baltimore Ravens' game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday (Sept. 24).

"That song honors our country and our veterans who fought for it," a part of the petition reads, per The Baltimore Sun. "To kneel during it is disrespectful, regardless of what you are protesting." The news site notes that security was beefed up around the statue.

"I dropped on two knees -- both knees -- so I can simply honor God in the midst of chaos," Lewis said. The 42-year-old Inside The NFL commentator also had a few words for Undisputed's Shannon Sharpe who expressed his disappointment with Lewis.

"When I got to New Orleans I fell on my knees. Because my mother taught me what I should do in the mist of chaos. So when a brother attacks me talking I took a knee on my country? I fight for my country. I fight for my country and the only thing I would love to just ask, like I got all these former teammates saying all of this but was you disappointed in me when I walked with Trayvon Martin’s family? I took both of my sons. And I wanted them to see what walking in justice felt like. Because I have lived it. Was you disappointed in me when Mike Brown was killed in St. Louis – I went to St. Louis and gave jobs. Were you disappointed in me then? Shannon were you busy? Were you busy when Trayvon Martin’s family was walking? Because I didn’t see you there. Were you busy when Mike Brown was killed ‘cause I didn’t see you there either. I live black. I’m from the streets. I’ve been doing this 22-plus years … fighting injustice."

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Megan Thee Stallion Signs To Jay-Z's Roc Nation

Just weeks after Megan Thee Stallion was seen with Jay-Z in New York, the breakout Houston rapper has announced her affiliation with Roc Nation.

"I would like to announce that I am officially apart of the @rocnation fam," she said Friday (Sept. 13) with a photo of her and Mr. Carter. "The grind don’t stop!" The rapper has had quite the summer thanks to the release of her recent project, Fever along with monster singles "Hot Girl Summer" with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign as well as "Cash Shit" with DaBaby.

In addition to her climb to the Billboard charts (both singles made the Hot 100 chart), the rapper made a splash at New York Fashion Week with hangouts with Anna Wintour and a performance at Rihanna's Diamond Ball.

Megan sent subtle hints with her signing to Roc Nation. After all, she drives the boat with D'usse and was recently seen with Jay-Z at Puma's 5th Avenue opening in August.

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I would like to announce that I am officially apart of the @rocnation fam!!! The grind don’t stop ! #realhotgirlshit

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Felicity Huffman Sentenced To 14 Days In Prison For College Admissions Scandal

Felicity Huffman was sentenced Friday afternoon (Sept. 13) to 14 days in prison, CNN reports. Judge Indira Talwani also tacked a $30,000 fine and 250 hours of community service onto Huffman's sentence. Additionally, she faces one year of supervised release.

“I am deeply ashamed of what I have done,” Huffman reportedly said to the judge. “At the end of the day I had a choice to make. I could have said 'no.'”

The 56-year-old also shared a conversation she had with her daughter concerning the college admission scandal. Huffman revealed that her daughter said, “I don’t know who you are anymore mom? Why didn’t you think I could do it on my own?” Huffman's child with actor William H. Macy has a learning disability, which prompted Huffman to engage in the scam in an effort to allot more time for her to take the SATs.

“I felt an urgency which built to a sense of panic that there was this huge obstacle in the way that needed to be fixed for my daughter’s sake,” she wrote in a previous statement. “As warped as this sounds now, I honestly began to feel that maybe I would be a bad mother if I didn’t do what Mr. Singer was suggesting.”

Huffman will report to prison in six weeks. In April 2019, the actress pled guilty to paying $15,000 to William "Rick" Singer to increase her daughter's SAT scores.

Further details for this story are pending.

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Stance Socks Celebrates 'Ready To Die' Anniversary With Sweet Chick Collaboration

Friday (Sept. 13) marks the 25th anniversary of The Notorious B.I.G.'s masterpiece debut Ready To Die, and Stance sock company teamed up with hip-hop elite and friends of Biggie to celebrate the occasion.

On Thursday (Sept. 12) evening, Stance hosted a party at Nas' chicken and waffles restaurant Sweet Chick in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Guests were served cocktails and food themed after Biggie's lyrics (i.e. "escargot, my car go" and "a t-bone steak, cheese eggs"), while enjoying music spun by Statik Selektah, who unveiled a Jadakiss verse over Biggie's "Mo Money Mo Problems" that he says was from the song's original sessions. Attendees of the party included DJ Clark Kent, CJ Fly and Termanology, along with performances by Junior M.A.F.I.A. member Lil Cease and Tek of Smif-N-Wessun.

The evening also revealed a Stance and Sweet Chick "Sweet Chick Down To My Socks" collaborative sock, with a design similar to Biggie's beloved Coogi sweaters. The sock will be sold exclusively at Sweet Chick locations and online for $16.

Sept. 13 also marks a reissue of Ready To Die, with limited edition packaging, liner notes by journalist and author Kathy Iandoli, never-before-seen photos, and stories by producers Easy Mo Bee and Chucky Thompson.

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