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Footage From Sandra Bland Filming Her Arrest Has Been Released

In 2015 Sandra Bland, a black woman, was found hanging in a Texas jail cell outside of Houston. Her death spawned reactions, and provoked suspicion around the country due to the fact that it followed a controversial traffic stop. Now four years since her passing footage has been released from Bland's cellphone, documenting the interaction between her and white state trooper, Brian Encinia.

The 39-second clip aired on Monday night on Dallas television station WFAA and reveals Encinia approaching Bland with a stun gun pointed in her direction. Encinia opens 28-year-old Bland's car door, ordering her out and threatening her near the traffic stop by Prairie View A&M University. "Get out of the car! I will light you up! Get out!" Bland follows Encinia's orders but still continues to record. In the following moments Encinia yells at her to get off her phone but Bland responds with, "I'm not on the phone. I have a right to record. This is my property." The video soon ends after the Encinia tells her to put her phone down.

Bland's discovered cellphone footage is news to her family as well as their attorney Cannon Lambert who says he never saw the clip. Lambert claims that he wasn't shown the clip in the evidence given by investigators, however, spokeswoman Katherine Cesigner says that the video was known by all parties involved at the time and stated that "it was unclear what arrangements, if any, were made by the plaintiffs to view the video."

The newly released video can clear up any misconceptions regarding Bland's case and Lambert feels that it "makes it abundantly clear there was nothing she was doing in that car that put him at risk at all."

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USC Will Offer Free Tuition For Students From Families Making Under $80,000

USC announced a new effort to make attending the university affordable to students from middle and low-income families. The school will offer free undergrad tuition for families making less than 80,000 a year, USC president Carol L. Folt announced on Thursday (Feb. 20).

Thanks to the new policies, owning a home will not be counted in calculating the student’s tuition needs.

“We’re opening the door to make a USC education possible for talented students from all walks life,” Folt said in a statement. “This significant step we are taking today is by no means the end of our affordability journey. We are committed to increasing USC’s population of innovators, leaders and creators regardless of their financial circumstances. Investing in the talent and diversity of our student body is essential to our education mission.”

The announcement comes as USC remains embroiled in an admissions scandal that became public last year.

As for the new policy, USC will increase undergraduate aid by $30 million annually which will expand financial aid for more than 4,000 students. The new policies will be implemented for incoming students beginning in the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021.

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Boosie Badazz Claims He Was Kicked Out Of Planet Fitness Gym Over Dwyane Wade Rant

Boosie Badazz may have to find a new place to workout and record Instagram videos. The rapper says he’s being discriminated against by Planet Fitness for recording a rant about Dwyane Wade’s trans daughter from inside the gym.

Boosie claims that a gay gym manager wouldn't allow him to enter a Planet Fitness in McDonough, Ga., “Because of my past actions on social media about gender etc,” he captioned an Instagram post on Thursday (Feb. 20)

Boosie urged his 6.9 million Instagram followers not to support the company because “they racist and they have roaches” and the “shower don’t get hot.”

“Do not go to Planet Fitness they racist, they haters. They just put me out because of what I said about Dwyane Wade’s son,” he claimed in a video recorded from his car while leaving the gym parking lot.

He also says the gym accused him of using a gay slur against an employee.

Watch Boosie’s full video below.

 

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MANAGER WHO WAS GAY REFUSED TO LET ME N PLANET FITNESS BECAUSE OF MY PAST ACTIONS ON SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT GENDER ETC.😀DO NOT SUPPORT PLANET FITNESS “Hwy 138 Jonesboro rd”THEy Racist ,THEY HAVE ROACHES , N THEY SHOWER WATER DONT GET HOT ‼️GET OUT YA FEELINGS LIL BITCH #roachfitness #roachfitness #roachfitness #roachfitness #roachfitness THET GOT ROACHES ‼️BITCH U WANT A GAY CHILD BUT DONT NOBODY WANT TO HAVE A BABY FOR YO SISSY ASS NOW U MAD ‼️😀

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Lil Kim Is Officially Performing At Lovers & Friends Festival

It looks like Lil Kim will indeed be performing at the first ever Lovers & Friends Festival. After some confusion over whether or not she was actually on the lineup, Kimmy Blanco confirmed that “the check has cleared” and she’s looking forward to the show.

The Queen Bee shouted out Snoop Dogg, who is one of the festival promoters, for working out the money issue. “Thank Uncle @SnoopDogg guys cause if it wasn’t for him this would not be happening,” she tweeted on Wednesday (Feb. 19). “But ya’ll know how much I love Cali and Uncle Snoop.”

 

THE CHECK HAS CLEARED 🙌🏼💸 Thank Uncle @SnoopDogg guys cause if it wasn’t for him this would not be happening but y’all know how much I love Cali and Uncle Snoop. See ya’ll May 9th, 2020! Tickets on sale TOMORROW‼️ pic.twitter.com/R2m7vr3azS

— Lil' Kim (@LilKim) February 20, 2020

After Kim, Mase and Twista initially denied involvement in the festival, fans were worried that the event could turn into another Fyre Fest fiasco. According to Rolling Stone, promoters were scrambling to get things in order and subsequently blindsided some of the artists by  announcing the lineup before all of contracts were signed and payments were made. Co-promoter Bobby Dee of Bobby Dee Present blamed the confusion of communication breakdowns but assured that “everybody’s happy” and the show will go on.

The one-day Lovers & Friends Festival goes down on May 9 in Carson, Calif. Tickets go on sale on Friday (Feb. 21).

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