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Oblivious Person Calls 911 On 'Suspicious' Black Cop & Other #LivingWhileBlack Stories

The hashtag, started by Black Aziz, reveals cringeworthy racial incidents happening all over the country. 

Fear drives plenty of things. As of late, there have been numerous incidents where the presence of the African-Americans have shaken the timbers of yakubians so much that the police get involved. While this may seem like a travesty to many, it's a tragic norm for many folks of color in America.

On Friday (April 20), writer Black Aziz brought about this conversation on Twitter with the hashtag, #LivingWhileBlack. Plenty of people responded, including a black officer who raised fears for being... a black officer. The user, who goes by the name Blazin Bajan, shared how the police were called on him as he was investigating a shooting. The officer was searching for bullet casings when dispatch was notified of a suspicious looking black male in "police clothes" using a flashlight to "look into [people's] houses."

Users have questioned the authenticity of his story, but the officer is hoping his very real experience will "mend fences between law enforcement and their communities."

Other stories were just as terrible, with one woman claiming her white neighbors spread rumors about her being a drug dealer's girlfriend after she purchased her home in the neighborhood by herself. Another officer shared a similar story to the cop.

In addition to implicit biases being the absolute worst, a group of black women were subjected discrimination Saturday (April 21) when police were called on them at a golf club in Pennsylvania for playing too slowly. The Associated Press reports the five women were members of Sisters in the Fairway, a nearly ten-year old organization with members who have played the sport all over world.

While enjoying their game at the Grandview Golf Club, they were approached by former York County Commissioner Steve Chronister, his son, club co-owner Jordan Chronister and three other white male employees who told them to leave the course. “I felt we were discriminated against,” Myneca Ojo told reporters. “It was a horrific experience.” Officers who were called felt there was no need to charge the women for anything and the next day, JJ Chronister, who owns the club with Jordan issued an apology.

“There needs to be something more substantial to understand. They don’t treat people in this manner,” Sandra Thompson, one of the women who is also the president of York chapter NAACP said.

So yes, living while black can bring joy, but the experience can also bring unnecessary traumas into our everyday lives.

See more #LivingWhileBlack testimonials below.

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Naya Rivera’s Body Recovered From California Lake After 5-Day Search

Naya Rivera’s body has been found following a five-day search for the 33-year-old mother and actress. Rivera’s remains were recovered from Lake Piru, authorities in Ventura County California confirmed at a news conference on Monday (July 13).

According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, Rivera's body was floating near the surface of the water without a life jacket, and looked as though it had been in the water for “several days.” An autopsy is pending.

The news conference has concluded. Sheriff Ayub has confirmed the body recovered at Lake Piru today was Naya Rivera. Our hearts go out to her family, friends and fans during this difficult time. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of her death.

— Ventura Co. Sheriff (@VENTURASHERIFF) July 13, 2020

Rivera went missing last week after taking her 4-year-old son, Josey, out on a boat. The boy was found on the boat unharmed, and told authorities that he saw his mother disappear under the water. Rivera's loved ones, including her parents and brother, were seen at the location over the weekend and had been there every day holding out hope, authorities said.

Rivera started out as a child actress and model appearing in the '90s sitcom, The Royal Family, alongside Della Reese, Redd Foxx, Lorenz Tate, and Jackée Harry. She also booked guest spots on several hit shows including, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters, Girlfriends, Smart Guy, Baywatch, The Bernie Mac Show, and more.

Rivera starred on Glee from 2009 to 2015, before joining the cast of Devious Maids. Her last acting credit was on the drama series, Step Up, which originally aired on YouTube but was picked up by Starz.

The role as Santana Lopez on Glee allowed Rivera  to show off her singing talents. She signed a record deal in 2011 and released her debut single, “Sorry” in 2013, featuring former fiance Big Sean. Rivera married actor Ryan Dorsey in 2014, with whom she welcomed her son, Josey, the following year. The former couple’s divorce was finalized in 2018.

A native of Southern California native, Rivera reportedly grew up about 20 miles from near Lake Piru and had been familiar with the area. Her body was discovered on the 7-year anniversary of the death of Glee cast mate, Cory Monteith, who passed away from a drug overdose in 2013.

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Pop Smoke: 5 Suspects Arrested In Connection With Rapper’s Murder

Five people have been arrested in connection with the murder of Pop Smoke, the Los Angeles Police Department's  Robbery-Homicide Division revealed on Friday (July 10). According to an LAPD news release, the suspects include two teenagers and three adults, the latter of whom were identified as Corey Walker, 19, Jaquan Murphy, 21, and Keandre D. Rodgers, 18.

The LAPD claims that the suspects are gang members who were involved in Jackson’s murder in February, and in the murder of an 18-year-old victim who was gunned down last year in the parking lot of the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

No other details were released as both investigations are ongoing.

Pop Smoke, whose birth name was Bashar Jackson, was gunned down at a temporary rental home in the Hollywood Hills while visiting Los Angeles. The 20-year-old Brooklyn native was the victim of an armed robbery, per the LAPD.

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Jada Pinkett Smith Confirms Past Relationship With August Alsina

As promised, Jada Pinkett Smith brought herself to the infamous red table but she wasn’t alone. Will Smith joined his wife to address August Alsina’s claims in a special mini-episode of Red Table Talk that premiered on Friday (July 10).

Jada confirmed that she was once in a relationship with the 27-year-old singer while “separated” from Will. According to Jada, things with Alsina started out as a platonic friendship before turning into something more.

“As time went on, I got into a different kind of entanglement with August,” she admitted.

The actress went on to clarify that Will never August “permission” to date her. “The only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself,” she said. “I could see how he would perceive it as ‘permission' because we were separated amicably and I think he also wanted to make it clear that he’s not a home wrecker — which he’s not.

“I was in a lot of pain. I was broken. I definitely realized that you can’t find happiness outside of yourself, and luckily enough, you and I were going through a process of healing in a much different manner,” Jada told Will. “I would definitely say we did everything we could to get away from each other only to realize that that wasn’t possible.”

Later in the talk, Will asked Jada what she was looking for in August. “I just wanted to feel good,” she said. “And it was really a joy just to heal somebody.”

The couple, who have been together for 25 years, also revealed their relationship mantra: “We ride together. We die together. Bad marriage for life.”

Watch the full episode below.

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