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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 18, 2020 at 04:30. 6 comments

‘We Are Not Welcome’: In What Should Come As a Surprise to No One, Virginia School Board Refuses to Ban Confederate Flag From Its Dress Code

‘We Are Not Welcome’: In What Should Come As a Surprise to No One, Virginia School Board Refuses to Ban Confederate Flag From Its Dress Code

Virginia’s long-standing love affair with the Confederate flag has no bounds. And in what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, a school board in Rocky Mount has ruled that yes, the rebel flag will still be welcomed with open arms in the district’s updated dress code.

WRCB has the scoop:

The Franklin County School Board in Rocky Mount, Virginia, voted 7-1 on Monday against formally...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 18, 2020 at 02:30. 3 comments

It Takes a Special Kind of Stupid to Get Charged With Battery for Slapping a Cop's Ass. Odell Beckham Jr. Is That Special Kind of Stupid

It Takes a Special Kind of Stupid to Get Charged With Battery for Slapping a Cop's Ass. Odell Beckham Jr. Is That Special Kind of Stupid

Odell Beckham Jr. lives for attention.

From his on-field attire to his off-field lifestyle, the Pro-Bowl receiver lives for the limelight.

And in doing so, he often puts himself in situations that are equal parts precarious and unnecessary. Case in point, I’m writing this because instead of celebrating LSU’s college football championship on Monday like a normal person, the Safaree of the NFL...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 17, 2020 at 23:30.

Howard University Receives $2.5 Million African-American Art Collection in Honor of Former Professor

Howard University Receives $2.5 Million African-American Art Collection in Honor of Former Professor

Ronald W. Walters is remembered as a prolific, award-winning author and activist who published over 100 books and academic articles dissecting race and society in America. But to the students and faculty at Howard University, he’s revered for the decades he served as both a professor and chair in the school’s Department of Political Science. And now, nearly a decade since his passing, his...

Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 17, 2020 at 04:30. 4 comments

DC Fire Department Launches Investigation After Picture Surfaces of Recruits Flashing Possible White Power Signs

DC Fire Department Launches Investigation After Picture Surfaces of Recruits Flashing Possible White Power Signs

I’ve never been a gang member or a white supremacist before, but apparently hand gestures come along with the territory. But while I rarely hear of anyone losing their job for being affiliated with the Crips or Bloods, unless you’re the president of the United States, blatant racism is typically grounds for immediate termination.

To that end, the D.C. Fire Department might have a racist, or...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 17, 2020 at 01:00. 18 comments

Chicago Pastor Charged With Stealing Almost $1 Million to Splurge on a Bentley

Chicago Pastor Charged With Stealing Almost $1 Million to Splurge on a Bentley

Prosperity gospel is a controversial religious belief in which adherents equate material wealth or an opulent lifestyle with the will of God. It’s rooted in pro-capitalist and Pentecostal thought traditions and explains why pastors like Jesse Duplantis feel comfortable begging their flocks to cough up $54 million for a fourth private jet. But while this exploitative theology is common among...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 16, 2020 at 22:55.

Not Like This, Kanye: Yeezus Christ to Headline Massive Prayer Rally With Anti-LGBTQ Pastors and Activists

Not Like This, Kanye: Yeezus Christ to Headline Massive Prayer Rally With Anti-LGBTQ Pastors and Activists

Kanye has some explaining to do.

Since abandoning secular music in favor of saving souls and rapping about Chick-fil-A , his crusade for Christ has garnered praise and acclaim from pastors like Adam Tyson to profiteers like Joel Osteen . And while he’s made plenty of new friends and bad music along the way, it appears that those associations have officially veered into problematic territory.

Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 16, 2020 at 05:30.

The NFL Plans to Reexamine the Rooney Rule, Potentially Opening the Door to Finally Hire Black Head Coaches

The NFL Plans to Reexamine the Rooney Rule, Potentially Opening the Door to Finally Hire Black Head Coaches

White people love Seinfeld.

They also love paddleboarding, guitar solos, and pretending to give a shit about diversity and inclusion.

Take, for instance, serial megalomaniac Mark Zuckerberg, who in 2017 told a room full of tech-savvy HBCU students that, “If you just really focus on doing the best you can, then there’s a lot of opportunity out there”—which sounds all well and good until you...

Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 16, 2020 at 02:30. 4 comments

The WNBA's New 'Groundbreaking' Collective Bargaining Agreement Includes Higher Salaries, Quality of Life Improvements

The WNBA's New 'Groundbreaking' Collective Bargaining Agreement Includes Higher Salaries, Quality of Life Improvements

Since its inception in 1997, the WNBA has provided a master class on how gender inequality manifests in the workplace. Players like A’ja Wilson and Kayla McBride have openly critiqued their paltry wages; four-time All-Star Skylar Diggins-Smith confessed to playing an entire season pregnant after receiving “no support” from her organization, and in 2018, the Las Vegas Aces were forced to...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 15, 2020 at 22:47. 2 comments

Jay-Z, Roc Nation File Federal Lawsuit Against Mississippi Prison Officials for Violent Conditions, 'Failure to Meet Basic Human Rights'

Jay-Z, Roc Nation File Federal Lawsuit Against Mississippi Prison Officials for Violent Conditions, 'Failure to Meet Basic Human Rights'

I’ve never spent a day of my life in prison, but after a recent rash of stabbings and violent attacks led to the deaths of five inmates housed at the Mississippi State Penitentiary, I’m pretty sure there’s a blatant disregard for the safety of those being kept behind bars. Evidently, Jay-Z feels the same way, and on Tuesday, he followed through on his threat to file a federal lawsuit in order...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 15, 2020 at 03:44. 6 comments

Bad Santa: Instead of Helping the Less Fortunate, Walmart Employees Spend Significant Chunk of $80,000 Layaway Donation on Themselves

Bad Santa: Instead of Helping the Less Fortunate, Walmart Employees Spend Significant Chunk of $80,000 Layaway Donation on Themselves

Like millions of other people, my holiday season was pretty trash.

It’s hard to be filled with gratitude and yuletide cheer when seasonal affective disorder won’t let you be great, your loved ones are nowhere to be found, or the financial strain of Christmas gifts burrowing into your bank account replaces your joy with suffocating dread.

Thankfully, there are people like Chicago Bears...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 15, 2020 at 01:30. 11 comments

We Are All Witnesses: Cardi B Surpasses Lauryn Hill for Longest Charting Debut Album by a Female Rapper

We Are All Witnesses: Cardi B Surpasses Lauryn Hill for Longest Charting Debut Album by a Female Rapper

Over the course of her brief career, Cardi B has repeatedly defied the odds to become one of the most successful artists in the history of rap music. And on Monday, she added another feat to her lengthy list of accomplishments when her debut album, Invasion of Privacy, became the longest-charting debut by a female rapper in Billboard history, a record previously held by Lauryn Hill’s magnum...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 14, 2020 at 23:00. 14 comments

'You've Got to Lead By Example': Yung Joc Reveals He's a Rideshare Driver, Refuses to Be Shamed for It

'You've Got to Lead By Example': Yung Joc Reveals He's a Rideshare Driver, Refuses to Be Shamed for It

If tabloids have taught us anything, it’s that life after fame isn’t always glamorous.

In 2018, The Cosby Show star Geoffery Owens became the target of relentless ridicule after it was discovered that instead of continuing his acting career, he was gainfully—and happily—employed at Trader Joe’s in order to provide for his family.

Geoffrey Owens Just Wants to Remind Y'all Basement-Dwellers...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 14, 2020 at 05:00. 8 comments

Will Smith Admits Regret in Handling Jada Pinkett Smith’s Relationship With 2Pac: ‘I Was Deeply Insecure...Wasn’t Man Enough to Handle That’

Will Smith Admits Regret in Handling Jada Pinkett Smith’s Relationship With 2Pac: ‘I Was Deeply Insecure...Wasn’t Man Enough to Handle That’

Just because Will Smith is one of the most successful human beings in the history of ever doesn’t mean he’s not susceptible to jealousy just like every other husband.

During a visit to the popular morning show The Breakfast Club, the Bad Boys for Life star admitted that the well-documented bond between his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, and rap icon 2Pac, born Tupac Amaru Shakur, wasn’t exactly...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 14, 2020 at 02:45. 10 comments

Mike Tyson Dishes on Marriage, His Children’s Dating Preferences on T.I.’s ExpediTIously Podcast: ‘Why My Kids Don’t Like Black Kids?’

Mike Tyson Dishes on Marriage, His Children’s Dating Preferences on T.I.’s ExpediTIously Podcast: ‘Why My Kids Don’t Like Black Kids?’

During a recent interview on T.I.’s ExpediTIously podcast, boxing legend Mike Tyson expressed his frustration at his children’s dating preferences while also admitting his own shortcomings as a father and husband.

In 2009, Tyson married his third wife, Lakiha Spicer, who according to the retired heavyweight champion, has achieved the impossible by finally making him monogamous—kind of.

“She...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 09, 2020. 2 comments

Video Evidence Spares DaBaby From Another Round of Assault Charges

Video Evidence Spares DaBaby From Another Round of Assault Charges

While typically captivating audiences with his trademark baritone, DaBaby has spent quite a bit of time as of late entangled in endless legal drama. Thankfully, it would appear that at least one of those incidents can be put behind him, as prosecutors have decided not to press charges against the 28-year-old recording artist for his involvement in an ugly airport brawl.

TMZ reports that...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 09, 2020. 6 comments

Driver Transporting 3,350 Pounds of Hemp Falsely Arrested After Officers Mistake It for Marijuana

Driver Transporting 3,350 Pounds of Hemp Falsely Arrested After Officers Mistake It for Marijuana

As a California resident who declines to partake in one of its finest exports, I have no idea how to differentiate hemp from weed, and apparently police can’t either, as a U-Haul truck filled to the brim with approximately 3,350 lbs. of one of the above landed one poor unfortunate hired driver behind bars.

From the Texas Tribune:

Last month, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper arrested...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 08, 2020. 10 comments

Only a Fool Would Turn Down $146 Million...Unless You're Anthony Davis

Only a Fool Would Turn Down $146 Million...Unless You're Anthony Davis

This summer, the Los Angeles Lakers traded Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and three first-round draft picks for superstar Anthony Davis, which is like going to a car dealership and trading in a Dodge Neon for a Cadillac Escalade. That’s quite the come up, right? Until you drive off the lot and the check engine light immediately turns on, or you have to go back to the dealership in a...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 08, 2020. 14 comments

Stephen A. Smith on the NFL’s Aversion to Hiring Black Coaches: ‘This Is Some BS. Black Men Are Not Being Treated Fairly’

Stephen A. Smith on the NFL’s Aversion to Hiring Black Coaches: ‘This Is Some BS. Black Men Are Not Being Treated Fairly’

Throughout the course of its lengthy history, the NFL has gone to great lengths to remind black folks of our place in its league. Legends like James “Shack” Harris and Jim Brown had to endure all types of bullshit to even get on the field—and I won’t even start with the Colin Kaepernick debacle. But if you really want to see how whiteness works, look no further than the NFL’s head coaching...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 08, 2020. 4 comments

Migrants as Young as 14 Are Now Being Subjected to an Intrusive DNA Collection Policy...Thanks to the Trump Administration

Migrants as Young as 14 Are Now Being Subjected to an Intrusive DNA Collection Policy...Thanks to the Trump Administration

On Monday, the Trump administration unveiled its controversial pilot program that will collect DNA samples from migrants and immigrants in U.S immigration custody.

CBS News reports that the samples will be taken from cheek swabs and used to create comprehensive profiles in a national criminal database managed by the FBI. This program is the introductory phase of a five-part, three-year...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 07, 2020. 16 comments

LAPD Accused of Falsifying Records, Wrongfully Identifying Residents as Gang Members: ‘An Officer’s Integrity Must Be Absolute’

LAPD Accused of Falsifying Records, Wrongfully Identifying Residents as Gang Members: ‘An Officer’s Integrity Must Be Absolute’

Black people have enough problems without police unnecessarily complicating our lives, and it makes it extra disturbing that more than a dozen police officers in Los Angeles just got caught doing exactly that.

The Los Angeles Times reports that officers within LA’s elite Metro Division are under investigation for falsifying information that was collected during traffic stops in order to...

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