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Black Yale Student Says White Student Who Called Police Should Be Disciplined

After Lolade Siyonbola opened her dorm room, the cops continued to ask her for her ID, though she believed that getting a key and opening her door would be proof enough.

Last Tuesday morning (May 8), a black Yale University student, Lolade Siyonbola, shared a recorded encounter with a white student, solely identified as Sarah. The 34-year-old graduate scholar posted a video of four cops interrogating her after Sarah alerted university police to her sleeping in a common area, which she’d done while she was writing a paper, ABC News reports. Apparently, Sarah was worried that Soyinbola may not have belonged there.

The footage shows four cops requesting proof of her attendance. After Soyinbola opened her dorm room, the cops continued to ask her for her ID, though she believed that getting a key and opening her door would be proof enough. “I pay tuition like everybody else," Siyonbola, an African Studies graduate student, said. "I’m not going to justify my existence here.”

Siyonbola got on ABC News’ Good Morning America to share her thoughts on what transpired. “I posted the video just for my safety,” she said. In the same video, she told the officers that Sarah also called the police on her classmate about three months prior to the event because he was “sitting in the stairwell” after “getting lost in the building,” she said.

Grad student Reneson Jean-Louis recalled that Sarah told him “I don’t feel safe around you,” "You’re making me uncomfortable,” and “You’re an intruder,” amongst other statements.

Police reportedly reprimanded Sarah but Soyinbola doesn’t think that’s enough. “If there are punitive measures I think someone like Sarah will think twice about calling the police,” she said. “Whether that's expulsion [or] some other form of disciplinary action, there needs to be some punitive measures for people who act out of racially motivated bias.”

Siyonbola later updated her Facebook page to identify “Sarah” as Philosophy student Sarah Braasch. Police were able to deem Siyonbola as equally entitled to be in any common spaces as Braasch was.

The dean of Yale’s graduate school of arts and sciences, Lynn Cooley, sent an email out in support of Siyonbola later that day. “Incidents like that of last night remind us of the continued work needed to make Yale a truly inclusive place,” she began. “I am committed to redoubling our efforts to build a supportive community in which all graduate students are empowered in their intellectual pursuits and professional goals within a welcoming environment.”

The Yale Daily News reported that the school's president, Peter Salovey, sent out an email on Thursday night (May 10), saying, “Universities are not utopias, and people of color experience racism on our campus as they do elsewhere in our country. This fact angers and disappoints me. Each of us has the power to fight against prejudice and fear. I hope you will join me in doing so.”

Siyonbola’s videos have garnered over 1.5 million views. And she wrote on Facebook that “Black Yale community is beyond incredible and is taking good care of [her].”

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Tory Lanez Sued For Alleged Attack In Miami Nightclub

Tory Lanez is facing legal trouble over an alleged altercation that went down inside Miami’s LIV nightclub last year. Christopher “Prince” Harty, an up-and-coming artist and Miami promoter who appeared on Love & Hip-Hop: Miami claims that Lanez attacked him last November.

The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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