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Louisville Ends No-Knock Warrants In Wake Of Breonna Taylor’s Murder

Breonna's Law was approved in a unanimous vote.

The Louisville Metro Council voted to end the use of no-knock warrants, in wake of the murder of Breonna Taylor. The measure sponsored by council members Jessica Green and Barbara Sexton-Smith passed by unanimous vote on Thursday (June 11).

According to the ordinance, “No Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) police officer, Louisville Metro Department of Corrections (LMDC) officer, or any other Metro law enforcement or public safety official shall seek, execute, or participate in the execution of a no-knock warrant at any location within the boundaries of Jefferson County.”

LMPD officers killed Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, in the early morning hours of March 13. Authorities claimed that they were executing a no-knock warrant at Taylor’s apartment in accordance with an alleged narcotics investigation that had nothing to do with her. The suspect at the center of the warrant was already in custody, and Taylor was sleeping in bed when police kicked in her door and shot her to death. Kenneth Walker, Taylor's boyfriend and a licensed gun owner, assumed the residence was being burglarized and shot back (still unaware that they were cops). Walker was arrested on assault charges that were later dropped. The officers involved, Sgt. Jon Mattingly, 47, Myles Cosgrove, 42, and Brett Hankison, 44, have yet to be arrested or charged for killing Taylor.

The LPD recently released an incident report from Taylor’s murder that was almost completely blank. In an emotional interview with The Breakfast Club, Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, detailed rushing over to her daughter’s apartment after hearing that she had been shot. Police told Palmer that her daughter had been hospitalized,  but when she  went to the hospital, but Taylor wasn’t there.

Palmer returned to the crime scene and was made to wait for another two hours before a detective spoke with her. Instead of providing answers, police questioned if Palmer “knew of anybody who would want to hurt Breonna or Kenny,” or if the couple were having any relationship issues.

After giving her the runaround and making her wait for another two hours, the detective admitted to Palmer that her daughter’s body was still inside of the apartment. “It was probably about 11 a.m. when he comes back over,” Palmer recalled. “He tells us it’ll be a little bit longer and they’ll be wrapping up and that we’ll be able to get into the house and I say ‘Why won’t you tell me where Breonna is? And he says, ‘She’s still in the apartment.”

Watch the full interview below.

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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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Big Sean, Jhene Aiko Working On Follow-Up To ‘Twenty88’ Debut

It’s the super group that Big Sean and Jhene Aiko’s fans have been patiently waiting to return. Sean and Aiko are indeed working on a follow-up to their Twenty88  debut, the Detroit rapper confirmed during a Reddit AMA with fans on Wednesday (Sept. 16).

When asked about the possibility of new music from Twenty88 Sean coyly replied, “It’s in the works.”  Twenty88 recently reunited for “Time In” off Sean’s Detroit 2. Aiko is also featured as a solo artist on Sean’s album on the track “Body Language” featuring Ty Dolla Sign.

Twenty88 dropped their debut self-titled album in 2016. The self-described “passion project” was recorded in secret and features only eight songs. The album has been streamed more than 8 million times since its release.

“We were making music and the chemistry was undeniable,” Sean explained of recording Twenty88 in a 2017 interview. “We had so many songs we did that I wouldn’t use for my album and she probably wouldn’t necessarily use them all for her album. It was like, we’re not just going to hold on to this, so we figured out a way to give it to the fans and create a whole other world in our universe, aside from me and aside from her, so we decided to make a group.

“It’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever done. It’s one of the coolest experiences to be in a group, especially with somebody you care about. It reminds me of Marvel comic books, like Iron Man, Captain America movies and stuff like that. I think it’s cool to create all these different worlds in your own universe. I was really excited that she wanted to do it too.”

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Rihanna Taps Travis Scott, Ella Mai, Miguel For Savage x Fenty Fashion Show

Rihanna is gearing up for a major fashion moment! The beauty and fashion mogul announced her Savage x Fenty Show Vol. 2 on Thursday (Sept. 17), which is set to stream on Amazon Prime next month.

The unique fashion experience will showcase a combination of models, actors and dancers, and features performances from Travis Scott, Ella Mai, Bad Bunny, Miguel, Mustard and Roddy Rich.

Additional featured appearances include Lizzo, Demi More, Normani, Rico Nasty, Big Sean, Gigi Hadid, Willow Smith, Chika, and more. Rihanna serves as executive producer and creative director of Savage x Fenty Show Vol 2.

 

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Following last year’s groundbreaking, star-studded event, this year’s fashion show hopes to raise the bar debuting a bold and fearless Fall 2020 line, which features sizes ranging from XS-3X, and bra sizes from 30A-42H/46DDD.

Savage x Fenty Vol. 2, will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries beginning Friday, Oct. 2. Additionally, the line will be available to shop on Amazon’s Fashion Store  and Savagex.com.

 

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