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Bernie Sanders Says Cardi B Is 'Right' About Strengthening Social Security

Bernie/Belcalis 2020?

If you're still somehow on the fence about whether this is Cardi B's time we're living in, check this out: The unstoppable "Bodak Yellow" MC -- who just baby-bumped it up at the first weekend of Coachella in the wake of the universal praise for her recently released debut, Invasion of Privacy -- was also just quoted by a former presidential candidate on fiscal policy.

Yup, in one of the weirdest hip-hop/politics cross-overs since Kid Rock pretended to run for Senate in Michigan last year, former democratic presidential candidate and notoriously lovable crank Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders gave Cardi's policy points on saving Social Security a shout out in a tweet on Wednesday morning (Apr. 18).

He wrote, "Cardi B is right. If we are really going to make America great we need to strengthen Social Security so that seniors are able to retire with the dignity they deserve."

Sanders was referring to a recent GQ interview in which the Bronx MC gave her thoughts on fixing the nation's broken social safety net.

The shout out to FDR came in a section of the magazine interview in which the avowed political science junkie weighed in on all manner of Washington knowledge.

"I love government. I'm obsessed with presidents. I'm obsessed to know how the system works," Cardi said, noting that No. 32 helped pull the national out of the Great Depression from his wheelchair while suffering form polio. "Yet all he was worried about was trying to make America great -- make America great again for real. He's the real 'Make America Great Again,' because if it wasn't for him, old people wouldn't even get Social Security."

Boom. Cardi said it. Sorry Kanye, but Cardi 2020?

This article was originally published on Billboard.

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R. Kelly Denied Release From Jail Amid COVID-19 Fear

R.Kelly's request to be released from jail amid COVID-19 concerns was denied by a Brooklyn judge on Tuesday (April7), according to TMZ.

TMZ also reported that Kelly's lawyers asked that the R&B singer be place on house arrest at his home in Chicago.

“The defendant is currently in custody because of the risks that he will flee or attempt to obstruct, threaten or intimidate prospective witnesses,” U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly wrote via press release. “The defendant has not explained how those risks have changed.”

Kelly is at Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he is awaiting trial on racketeering, sexual misconduct and other charges.

Also, rapper YNW Melly recently tested positive for COVID-19 while in jail awaiting trial for double murder. He plans to file a motion to be released on house arrest.

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Michael Che Loses His Grandmother To Coronavirus: "I'm Obviously Hurt And Angry"

Saturday Night Live Star Michael Che has opened up on social media after losing his grandmother to coronavirus.

The New York native shared the news on Monday (April 6) while laying out his confusion over the education about COVID-19. As the death toll reportedly rises in the United States, a breakdown of the virus' origins remain unclear. It's unknown how old Che's grandmother was, but the comedian and writer did press on the importance of eating clean and green.

“Hi. I’m Michael Che, from TV. Last night my grandmother passed away from the coronavirus,” Che wrote. “I’m doing OK, considering. I’m obviously very hurt and angry that she had to go through all that pain alone.”He went on, “But I’m also happy that she’s not in pain anymore. And I also feel guilty for feeling happy. Basically the whole gamut of complex feelings everybody else has losing someone very close and special. I’m not unique. But it’s still scary. I don’t know if I’ll lose someone else to this virus. I don’t know if I’ll be lost to this virus. Who f**king knows?”

But the jokes weren't off the table. He also pointed at the infamous conspiracy theories about 5G technology and bats being the source of the virus.

“I just refuse to believe I lost my sweet, beautiful grandma because some n***a ate a bat one time," he wrote. “Maybe tell people what they should be eating and what foods to avoid … instead of just posting death tolls as your lead story every godd**n day!”

During this time of self-isolation, phenomenons like the Netflix docuseries Tiger King have become insanely popular, making it the butt of Che's jokes. “If we can spend 6 hours watching some tweaker raise tigers, then we can spend a few minutes finding out how to not poison ourselves.”

According to Deadline, production on Saturday Night Live was expected to pick back up March 28 but as cases in New York increase, the hiatus has been extended.

You can read Che's entire post below.


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i swear, im fine.

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Earl Graves Sr., Founder Of ‘Black Enterprise,’ Dies At 85 From Alzheimer’s

On Monday evening (April 6), pioneer in publishing and business Earl Graves Sr., died at the age of 85 from a battle with Alzheimer’s, Essence reports. Graves founded the widely-successful Black Enterprise publication that pinned a spotlight on economic trends, businesses, and entrepreneurship within the black community.

On Twitter, his son and CEO of the publication, Earl Graves Jr., honored his father as a hero. “I loved and admired this giant of a man, and am blessed to be his namesake,” Graves Jr. wrote. “LOVE YOU DAD!” In 2006, Graves Jr. became the CEO of the publication.

In 1970, Graves Sr. founded Black Enterprise, using a loan from the Small Business Administration (SBA) to bring it to fruition. “The time was ripe for a magazine devoted to economic development in the African American community," Graves wrote in his bestseller How To Succeed In Business Without Being White. "The publication was committed to the task of educating, inspiring and uplifting its readers. My goal was to show them how to thrive professionally, economically and as proactive, empowered citizens.”

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Graves Sr. managed to capitalize on his ambitious and determined spirit to make an impact on his community. Through his collegiate pursuits at his alma mater Morgan State University (which named its school of business and management after him), Graves was able to put his business acumen on display for the nation’s top leaders.

He was named one of the 50 most influential African Americans in the United States’ corporate sector by Fortune Magazine in 2002. Five years later, he was inducted into the U.S. Business Hall of Fame.

At 9:22pm this evening, April 6, my Father and Hero Earl Graves Sr., the Founder of @blackenterprise, passed away quietly after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. I loved and admired this giant of a man, and am blessed to be his namesake. LOVE YOU DAD!

— Earl Butch Graves Jr (@EarlButchGraves) April 7, 2020

It is with profound sadness that we share news of the passing of Black Enterprise Founder Earl G. Graves Sr. earlier this evening, April 6, at the age of 85. We will evermore celebrate his life and legacy, in this, our 50th Anniversary Year, and beyond.

— Black Enterprise (@blackenterprise) April 7, 2020

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