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Disturbing Video Surfaces Of Unarmed Black Man Gunned Down By White Men While Jogging In Georgia

25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was shot to death in February, but no arrests were made.

A district attorney in Brunswick, Ga., is recommending that a grand jury review the murder of Ahmaud Arbery as disturbing footage surfaced online on Tuesday (May 5). The gruesome cell phone recording shows Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old father who was out for a jog, being chased by a group of white men before being shot to death.

The men in question, father and son Gregory and Travis McMichael's, were not arrested and alleged self defense.

“I am of the opinion that the case should be presented to the grand jury of Glynn County for consideration of criminal charges against those involved in the death of Mr. Arbery,” Tom Durden, District Attorney Pro Temper for Brunswick Judicial Circuit wrote in a press release.

On the afternoon of Feb. 23, Arbery was jogging through a Brunswick neighborhood when he was followed and killed by the McMichaels. Travis, who has been confirmed as the shooter, claimed that he was acting within the scope of a citizen’s arrest.

Durden began investigating the case last month, after Arbery's mother pointed out a conflict of interest that resulted in George E. Barnhill, D.A. for Georgia’s Waycross Judicial Circuit, recusing himself from the case. Barnhill's son worked in the D.A.'s office where  Gregory retired from “some time ago,” Barnhill wrote in a letter to the Glynn County Police Department where he concluded that there was “no grounds for an arrest.”

A third man, Brian Williams, was named along with the McMichael's for chasing Arbery with “solid first-hand probable cause,” claimed Barnhill.

According to the New York Times, 64-year-old Gregory told police that Arbery looked like an alleged robbery suspect when he spotted him running through the suburban neighborhood. The elder McMichael, and 34-year-old Travis,  grabbed their weapons — a .375 magnum revolver and a shot gun — hopped in their pick up truck and chased down, cornered, and killed Arbery. Footage from the incident shows Arbery outnumbered as he struggled to get the shotgun out of the younger McMichael’s hands before a shot is heard. Travis, who reportedly works for a company that conducts boating tours, fires off two more shots killing Arbery, who attempts to run for his life before collapsing.

Gregory told police that his son fired the fatal shots after being “violently attacked” by Arbery, claims of which are easily disproven in the video.

The heinous murder occurred a few weeks before Georgia inflicted mandatory stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which shut down courts and stopped Arbery’s family from holding a small protest in hopes of bringing more attention to his murder.  “We thought about walking out where the shooting occurred, just doing a little march, but we can’t be out right now,” Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper, said at the time.

Georgia's courts remain closed until June 13.

Video of the murder was given to Brunswick radio station WGIG by an “anonymous source,” and published on Tuesday. In light of the footage going viral, a lawyer for Arbery’s family is again demanding that immediate arrest of the McMichaels.

“Mr. Arbery had not committed any crime and there was no reason for these men to believe they had the right to stop him with weapons or to use deadly force in furtherance of their unlawful attempted stop. This is murder,” reads a statement from attorney S. Lee Merritt.

The statement adds that the men targeted Arbery “solely because of his race and murdered him without justification.”

Hear more from Merritt in the video below.

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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.

Hear more from Prince in the video below.

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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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