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Thousands Petition To Replace Bust Of Martin Luther King Jr.

THAT's MLK?

Thousands of outraged individuals are calling for a bust of Martin Luther King Jr. to be replaced. A statue of the civil rights leader and activist was unveiled in Buffalo, N.Y., however, the bust doesn’t bear King’s likeness at all. According to Buffalo News, the 8-foot-tall bust was erected by a black artist named John Woodrow Wilson.

“Wilson was 92 when he died in 2015,” reports the publication. “When his sculpture of the large head was unveiled in Buffalo in 1983, it was not meant to look exactly like King, but to be a sort of "every man" that young black men and others could look to and identify themselves in King's legacy.” According to reports, a woman reportedly said “we’ve been robbed!” while at the installation.

The push to replace the statue was started by Mr. Samuel A. Herbert, and as of Wednesday (Oct. 24), 6,082 signatures were on the list of supporters to get the replacement plan in motion.

“Dr. King was born on American soil. Dr. King was born as a black man," Herbert told the publication. "As an American, he is deserving to have a statue that looks just like him."

“Herbert said he has run into a lot of people who want to keep the sculpture the way it is,” The Buffalo News writes. “But, he said, God intervened and told him to ‘correct that wrong.’ He is hoping to run into at least 4,300 others who feel the same way and want to sign the petition.”

READ MORE: Memphis Grandmother Reveals That She Witnessed Dr. Martin Luther King’s Jr. Assassination

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Young Thug, J. Cole, And Travis Scott Drop New Song 'The London'

Young Thug, J. Cole, and Travis Scott connected on their new song, "The London."

The song was initially teased during Rolling Loud Miami this month. Attendees reportedly spotted flyers that hinted at the mysterious project. The flyers promised a "summer anthem" titled "The London."

T-Minus, who produced Cole's "MIDDLE CHILD," also produced the latest track. The new track may be from Thugger's next project, GØŁDMØÜFDÖG, which will reportedly be produced by Cole.

In addition to the album, Thug is also preparing for an indoor live event concept, titled "Family Business," which will take place in Dallas, Texas, on Aug. 31.

Listen to "The London" in the video above.

 

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Jussie Smollett's Criminal Case To Be Unsealed By Chicago Judge

When Jussie Smollett's criminal case – in which he was accused of staging his own attack in Chicago – was dropped, a judge agreed to seal all documents pertaining to the court proceeding. Now, Cook County  Judge Steven Watkins has decided that the public has a right to see the documents regarding Smollet’s case, and has ordered for it to be unsealed, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The records were sealed in order to protect Smollett's privacy after the prosecution agreed to drop the case against him in Mar. 2019. The decision was based on an Illinois law that allows a defendant’s court file to be sealed if charges against them were dropped or they were acquitted. The decision to unseal the case would allow the public to see why the prosecutor's office decided to drop the case.

In explaining his ruling, Judge Steven G. Watkins of the Circuit Court of Cook County wrote that Smollett’s request for privacy was not a good enough reason to keep the records sealed, considering that Mr. Smollett willingly spoke about the situation in detail on national television and in other venues.

Judge Watkins determined that Smollett chose to bring publicity to his own case and so should not be allowed the privacy of a sealed case file. "After the March 26 dismissal, he voluntarily stood in front of cameras from numerous news organizations in the courthouse lobby and spoke about the case," Judge Watkins wrote. "These are not the actions of a person seeking to maintain his privacy or simply be let alone."

As previously reported, Smollett was accused of staging a racist and homophobic assault against himself at the top of 2019. Brian Watson, a lawyer for Smollett, argued that the media had plenty of access to his client's case and that unsealing it would violate Mr. Smollett’s rights.

Cathy McNeil Stein, the lawyer representing the state, said outside the courtroom on Thursday (May 23) that the state’s attorney’s office planned to review its files and turn over documents that were previously sealed. It was unclear how quickly that would happen.

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Chance The Rapper Asks For Help Finding His Aunt A New Kidney

Chance the Rapper hit up Twitter on Thursday (May 23) to ask fans for help with finding his aunt a new kidney.

"I really need help," Chano tweeted. While he didn't elaborate on his aunt's medical condition or status, he insisted that she needed a new organ immediately. "My Auntie Toni is one of the strongest forces in my life, and she is in dire need of a #kidney. We have exhausted all options and have been waitlisted for years." 

Several minutes later, the "Groceries" artist responded to questions concerning her blood type. "I’m sorry it was a lil overwhelmingly emotion writing this," he continued. "Her blood type is O positive, you can get a quick blood test and physical to find you're a match."

In just one hour, Chance's tweet has already garnered more than one four thousand likes on social media. Hopefully, his aunt will be able to find a kidney soon.

See Chance the Rapper's cry for help below.

I really need help. My Auntie Toni is one of the strongest forces in my life, and she is in dire need of a #kidney. We have exhausted all options and have been wait listed for years. My family believes in the power of prayer and we give this problem up to God.

— Chance The Rapper Album in July (@chancetherapper) May 23, 2019

 

A prayer really goes a long way.

— Chance The Rapper Album in July (@chancetherapper) May 23, 2019

I’m sorry it was a lil overwhelmingly emotion writing this, Her blood type is O positive, you can get a quick blood test and physical to find your a match.

— Chance The Rapper Album in July (@chancetherapper) May 23, 2019

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