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31st March 1942: US army troops James Jillson and Raymond Peterson from Clarenden, Iowa, and stationed in Northern Ireland, are 'blacked up' to perform as minstrels in a variety show. (Photo by George W. Hales/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

A Third Of Americans Find Blackface Acceptable To Use During And After Halloween

Republicans and conservative-leaning independents were reportedly much more likely to favor blackface over Democrats. 

Despite it's devastating history, a third of Americans still believe blackface is totally acceptable during Halloween, creating more political and racial lines throughout the nation.

The study was done by Pew Research Center, just before the current conversation around blackface involving Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring, as well as and Gucci's latest design. When it comes to breaking out casual racism for the sake of likes during Halloween, 15 percent of participants felt like blackface is "always acceptable" with another 19 percent adding that it's "sometimes acceptable."

The general study also revealed 53 percent of Americans aren't in favor of white people using it to embody an African-American character and 37 percent stated it is "never acceptable" in any capacity. The third comes in with one in three people (34 percent) who say blackface is always or sometimes acceptable.

The study conducted from Jan. 22 to Feb. 5, 2019, was completed in conjunction with a larger concentration on race, ethnicity and identity. Other topics discuss the definition of cultural appropriation and questions around wearing traditional garments from other countries as costumes.

Unsurprisingly, the study revealed white adults are about twice as likely than black adults to be okay with black face during Halloween A total of 19 percent of blacks people felt the same with Hispanics (28%) saying it is "always or sometimes acceptable."

Recent madness has reflected the progression of blackface with actors like Ted Danson catching heat for wearing blackface to mock then-girlfriend Whoopi Goldberg during a roast in 1993, Julianne Hough wearing deeper shades than her own to dress up as actress Uzo Aduba's  Orange Is the New Black character Crazy Eyes for Halloween in 2013. Some claims of blackface have fallen in the gray area like Kylie Jenner's neon look in 2015.

Despite think pieces, history lessons and even apologies from those who have committed the act, people are still want to be black without being black.

See the study and its other elements here.

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Kevin Hart "Grateful To Be Alive" And Back Home Following Major Car Accident

Over Labor Day weekend, comedian Kevin Hart was involved in a major car accident on Mulholland Highway in California. According to TMZ, Hart endured three spinal fractures that'll take a certain amount of time with a physical therapist to regain tip-top shape.

According to a source per the website, Hart said he's "grateful to be alive" and on his way to recovery outside of the hospital. He was discharged from Northridge after 10 days before entering a rehab facility. The crash involved his 1970 Plymouth Barracuda which was being driven by his acquaintance Jared Black and his fiancee Rebecca Broxterman, who's Hart's wife Eniko Parrish's personal trainer, was in the backseat. Black suffered back injuries while Broxterman didn't encounter any.

Black lost control of the car when it rolled into an embankment. The Philadelphia native was scheduled to appear on The Kelly Clarkson Show but his Jumanji co-star, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson" stepped in. "He's bummed he couldn't be here as you know, but I love the guy, he's one of my best friends," Johnson said. "Thank God, it could've been a lot worse. He's a lucky man. I wish him the best."

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5 Things You Should Know About Nigerian Political Activist Omoyele Sowore

Political activist Omoyele Sowore's supporters have called for the Nigerian government's release of the vocal figure. The 48-year-old was detained on Aug. 3 for allegations of "threatening public safety, peaceful co-existence and social peace" on the heels of his "Revolution Now" protest (Aug. 5), BBC reports. The call to action was fueled by opposition to the regime of Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari and a need to revamp government policies that'll better reflect the desires of the country's people.

Here are five things to know about Sowore and his call to action.

Omoyele Sowore taught us not to ever trade our dignity for anything, he built our confidence to always speak truth to power and never feel less-human in any circumstance we find ourselves! #RevolutionNow #FreeSoworeNow pic.twitter.com/JmXQn3S5ir

— Revolutionary MO (@officialmo_cas) September 18, 2019

1. Sowore Launched Investigative Publication Sahara Reporters In 2006 Sowore began the online publication with the sole purpose of pinning a spotlight on corruption and holding politicians accountable for wayward actions. Since it was founded in New York City, a number of Nigerian officials have filed lawsuits in U.S. courts against the website for defamation. The Daily Beast nicknamed the outlet as "Africa's Wikileaks" for its unabashed coverage of corruption in Nigeria.

The site "is providing information to Nigerians in a way they've never had it before," Sowore said. Its content is fueled by anonymous Nigerians "who want to see a different country."

2. He Announced His Presidential Campaign In 2018 In an interview with Amsterdam News, Sowore unveiled a "10-point plan" to help Nigeria become a global force through economic, social, and technological changes. He also likened his desire to create a better lifestyle for Nigerians to the legendary Fela Anikulapo Kuti's messages. "I am such a Fela disciple. He was one single activist who took on the system all by himself using music," he said. "I didn’t have a good voice so I couldn’t sing, but I am using media, I am using my body, my skills, and I am using the internet to fight the government.”

Sowore has remained critical of the government since 1989 when he was a student at the University of Lagos. He also obtained a Master's Degree from Columbia University in public administration.

3. Protests From New York City To Italy Call For His Release Earlier this month, Facebook user Osuya Vivian called for Sowore's supporters to organize a peaceful protest in Italy that demands his release. "As concern Nigerians, we all have a responsibility to speak out and secure the release of our own because injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere and whatever affects one directly, affects all directly," Vivian's statement reads.

On Thursday afternoon (Sept. 19), supporters appeared outside of the Nigerian embassy in New York City to bring awareness to Sowore's detainment. The African Renaissance Organization previously issued a petition to the United States Department of State that claims the Nigerian government is placing the limelight on "increasing threats to democratic freedom," according to the group's convener Onyinye Chuks.

4. According To His Wife, Opeyemi Sowore, There Are No Formal Charges Opeyemi Sowore said her husband has yet to face any charges despite an investigation being spearheaded by the country's government or the Department of State Services (DSS), per Democracy Now. His time in jail without bail has surpassed the court-ordered 45-day mark that the government has to bring charges against a detainee. On Twitter, #FreeSoworeNow mobilized the global community to demand his release.

Opeyemi Sowore also notes that her husband’s detainment might stem from his meeting with Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). In 2015, he was arrested for treason. Kanu has called upon the United Nations to support the movement's mission of Biafra's secession from Nigeria, according to Sahara Reporters. In that same statement, he also demanded Sowore's release.

Against all odds, against all their efforts to silence us, WE MARCHED. We must be free. Enough is enough.#FreeSowore#FreeSoworeNow#ThisIsNigeria pic.twitter.com/jzncqKWawi

— #RevolutionNow (@TIBmovement) September 18, 2019

5. Nigeria And Freedom Of The Press Under section 39 (1) of Nigeria's constitution, freedom of expression including freedom of the press is protected but past and current instances of censorship have placed a strain on the gather and dissemination of information. "There have been numerous arrests, also in the context of the 5 August demonstration, that actually did take place, where numerous people were arrested, including a number of reporters that work for Sahara Reporters," Nani Jansen Reventlow, a lawyer representing Sowore said to Democracy Now. "But various other human rights defenders in the country have been arrested over the past months."

Earlier this year, a Premium Times reporter was arrested for "refusing to reveal a source," CPJ reports. Office raids have reportedly occurred within the last four years, another journalist at Daily Trust stated.

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Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Fashion Show Makes Its Amazon Prime Debut

Rihanna is raising the bar again! The singer-turned-fashion and makeup mogul pulled out all the stops for the Savage X Fenty New York Fashion Week presentation, which debuted on Amazon Prime Video Friday (Sept. 20).

Rih Rih’s fashion presentation was a unique experience and Amazon Prime viewers got a digital front-row seat to the action. The show went down on September 10 at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and fused music and fashion as Rihanna, and a bevy of background dancers, set the tone with choreographed movements courtesy of her “sprit animal,” choreographer, Parris Goebel. The fashion event also included performances from Normani, Big Sean, Janelle Monae, Fat Joe and more.

RIHANNA IS BACK ON STAGE. THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR #SAVAGEXFENTYSHOW #SavageXFenty pic.twitter.com/PacWm2yv8T

— Gregory Fenty Ranchester (@GregFentyRanch) September 20, 2019

Savage x Fenty may be considered a freshman lingerie brand but it has already become a strong competitor for the likes of Victoria’s Secret. Rihanna's company recently secured $50 million in funding from investors bringing its total investments to approximately $70 million.

The 31-year-old Grammy winner has since jetted off to South Korea to promote Fenty Beauty after a busy week in New York, where she hosted her annual Diamond Ball last Thursday (Sept. 12). The charity ball raised a reported $5 million for Rihanna's Clara Lionel Foundation.

Click here to watch the Savage X Fenty fashion show.

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