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S.C. Legislature Has Votes to Remove Confederate Flag; KKK to Rally at Statehouse

Activist Bree Newsome removes Confederate flag from South Carolina Statehouse

Activist Bree Newsome removes Confederate flag from South Carolina Statehouse

*There is enough support in the South Carolina legislature to remove the Confederate flag from the state Capitol grounds, according to number crunching from South Carolina’s Post and Courier.

Their poll’s finding, released Monday afternoon, found that at least 33 state senators and 82 house members, support removing the flag. That meets the two-thirds majority in both chambers required to remove the flag.

Renewed fervor to remove the flag follows the shooting rampage at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston earlier this month that left nine dead. The alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, had posted numerous photos of himself wearing or posing with Confederate flag insignia.

A member of the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan waves the Confederate flag during a klan rally on the steps of the Warrick County courthouse in Boonville, Ind., on Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998.

A member of the American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan waves the Confederate flag during a klan rally on the steps of the Warrick County courthouse in Boonville, Ind., on Saturday, Oct. 17, 1998. (AP Photo/Evansville Press, Jonna Spelbring)

Meanwhile, the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan’s Pelham, North Carolina chapter have reserved the Statehouse Grounds in South Carolina for a rally next month, Politico reports.

James Spears, the Great Titan of the chapter, said the group would be rallying to protest “the Confederate flag being took [sic] down for all the wrong reasons.”

“It’s part of white people’s culture,” he added.

Brian Gaines, who runs the South Carolina Budget and Control Board, which oversees reservations, told Politico that the group submitted the request on June 23 and, because his office allows any group, regardless of ideology, to reserve the grounds on a first-come, first-serve basis, the KKK will be able to hold its rally.

The event is planned for July 18 from 3-5 p.m

The KKK’s Pelham chapter liberally employs the Confederate flag on its website and has changed its home page to highlight its opposition to the flag’s removal. “Say No to Cultural Genocide,” the group’s site reads, adding, “most groups out there and especially white people are to [sic] cowardly to stand up for their heritage.”

When asked for his opinion on the charges facing Roof, Spears said, “I feel sorry for the boy because of his age and I think he picked the wrong target. A better target for him would have been these gang-bangers, running around rapping, raping and stealing.”

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NBC Wants Minority Host to Replace Trump on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’?

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*NBC is reportedly looking to make a bold statement by replacing Donald Trump with a person of color as the new host of “Celebrity Apprentice,” reports TMZ.

As previously reported, NBC has severed all ties with the mogul over racist comments he made last week regarding Mexican immigrants.

According to the website, a minority host is being “seriously considered” in the wake of NBC’s decision to sever ties with the 2016 presidential hopeful:

The minority host idea we’re told is an opportunity to make a powerful statement discrediting Trump’s campaign platform on immigration. Toward that end, the most powerful statement would be making a Mexican or Mexican American the host. That’s the most logical scenario, but all we know is that the likely scenario now is a minority at the head of the boardroom.

In January, we asked Trump if NBC or its owner Comcast had ever asked him to tone down his controversial tweets, political views and comments about President Obama…to keep from alienating certain audiences:

Trump has released a statement indicating he plans to sue NBC for also canceling his Miss Universe/USA contracts, and that he stands by his comments on Mexican immigration. He also takes a swipe at former “Nightly News” host Brian Williams, saying the network, “will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is.”

Read his full statement below:

As of today, Donald J. Trump is no longer affiliated with NBC. Mr. Trump stands by his statements on illegal immigration, which are accurate. NBC is weak, and like everybody else is trying to be politically correct— that is why our country is in serious trouble.

Mr. Trump says, “We must have strong borders and not let illegal immigrants enter the United States. As has been stated continuously in the press, people are pouring across our borders unabated. Public reports routinely state great amounts of crime are being committed by illegal immigrants. This must be stopped and it must be stopped now. Long ago I told NBC that I would not being doing The Apprentice because I am running for President in order to Make our Country Great Again.”

Mr. Trump continued, “If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court. Furthermore, they will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be.”

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Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin Goes Viral with Anti-Confederate Flag Post

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks speaks during a Super Bowl XLIX media availability at the Arizona Grand Hotel on January 28, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona

Wide receiver Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks speaks during a Super Bowl XLIX media availability at the Arizona Grand Hotel on January 28, 2015 in Chandler, Arizona

*Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin saw a photograph of white people painting the Confederate flag on the side of a wall in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida and it prompted him to post a personal essay about the issue that has since gone viral.

Posted Saturday night to Facebook, the 26-year-old writes:

“Today I want to discuss this picture, depicting individuals demonstrating their freedom of speech, taken in my home town.

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“It is not surprising to see, however it is still a very frustrating image to me for various reasons. Why? Well, I grew up in this area and know the population all too well. A noose hanging from a rearview mirror wasn’t outside the realm of what I would see in my high school parking lot. My experiences in life have taught me that you can’t expect ignorance to educate itself. Being an African-American born in the South, there is some confirmation bias in play here but I’m going to attempt to share some history while stating my stance on the subject based on those facts of history.”

Baldwin went on to outline misinformation regarding the flag’s origin, its eventual adoption by the segregationist Dixiecrats and its appearance on the Georgia state flag as a direct response to school desegregation.

“As a 26 year old who grew up in the south around many supporters of the confederate flag, I would like to ask those same people to answer this question: What does southern pride and heritage really mean? Is it the sweet tea and hospitality? Or is this a sense of pride for the rebellious actions against a national government who had the audacity to say that secession was unconstitutional and slavery was wrong?” Baldwin writes.

Read his entire post below:

Pensacola, FL. Home sweet home.. I can respect freedom of speech. Hell, I’ve been known to rub people the wrong way…

Posted by Doug Baldwin on Saturday, June 27, 2015

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Report: Tyga Fails to Pay 50K Offered to Squash Underage Sexual Battery Lawsuit

Rapper Tyga attends the Equinox "Celebrity Basketball Spectacular" To Benefit Sports Spectacular on May 30, 2015 in West Los Angeles, California

Rapper Tyga attends the Equinox “Celebrity Basketball Spectacular” To Benefit Sports Spectacular on May 30, 2015 in West Los Angeles, California

*As Tyga eagerly awaits Kylie Jenner’s 18th birthday on August 10, he’s reportedly embroiled in a lawsuit with a woman who claims he subjected her to sexual battery.

According to court documents nabbed by Radar Online, Tyga offered to pay her $50,000 to keep quiet, but has so far only paid half.

Model Allison Brown filed suit against Tyga, his record label, and other related defendants in September 2013, claiming he “coerced young and impressionable under-age women to pose nude” at the L.A. video shoot for his song, “Make It Nasty.” The suit was settled at a hearing in December 2014, and while the terms of the settlement were sealed at the time, they have been revealed in new court documents obtained by Radar.

According to the documents, Tyga offered to pay her $50,000 to drop all claims against him. Per terms of the agreement, the payment was supposed to be sent via wire transfer within 20 days of the document being signed. The document was signed on January 26, 2015, but Williams did not receive any payment until February 2, when Tyga’s attorney emailed her lawyer and wrote “$25,000 payment has been wired today to your firm’s trust account and you will receive it tomorrow. I am working on obtaining information regarding the remaining $25,000.”

So far, Brown claims, she has not received the rest of the money. She asked the court to force him to pay up, and there is a hearing today, June 29 about the matter.

In her initial complaint, Brown claimed she was “invited to the location of a music video — a large mansion in the Hollywood Hills — where she, and a group of similarly situated women [were] served unlimited amounts of alcohol…”

“After hours of being encouraged to drink (without verification of the victim’s age) the victim is summoned to the room where the scene is filmed. After one or two takes, the director and the crew members (i.e. camera operators) encourage the victim to remove her clothing. Still under the influence of alcohol, the victim is successfully pressured to remove her clothing contingent on the promise that her intimate areas (i.e., nipples) will be ‘edited out,’” the complaint states.

“Defendant Tyga, shirtless, was the centerpiece of the scene, where girls were asked to dance in a sexually suggestive manner on and around him while Tyga’s song ‘Make It Nasty’ was played as background music and Ms. Brown was told to dance with the music,” according to the complaint.

Brown sought damages against “Young Money Entertainment, LLC; Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson aka ‘Tyga'; Cash Money Records, Inc. and Tyga Music LLC” for “sexual battery, misappropriation of likeness, invasion of privacy, fraud and deceit, negligent misrepresentation, unfair business practices, intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

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Lee Daniels Signs Overall Deal with 20th Century Fox TV

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Producer Lee Daniels attends A Tribute To African-American Achievements In Television hosted by The Paley Center For Media at Cipriani Wall Street on May 13, 2015 in New York City.

*Lee Daniels is planting his flag at 20th Century Fox Television.

The co-creator of “Empire” has signed a multiyear overall deal with the studio, it was announced Monday.

Under the pact, he’ll remain an executive producer on the smash hit, which he also directs. He will also develop, write, direct and supervise new projects for the studio under his Lee Daniels Entertainment banner.

The studio’s move to lock him down was inevitable, given “Empire’s” tremendous success. It’s the No. 1 scripted series on broadcast of the 2014-15 season and ranks as the highest-rated broadcast drama in seven years.

“Lee Daniels has a gift for telling authentic, provocative stories that are both truthful and wildly entertaining,” said Fox TV Group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. “His casting instincts are incredible, whether he is discovering tomorrow’s stars or attracting the most accomplished performers to his projects. As a director, he elevates world class material to even greater heights, balancing heart-wrenching poignancy with surprising moments of levity that are over the top and fun. Quite simply, we love working with this inspired storyteller, and this deal is about extending and deepening our relationship.”

Added Daniels: “I’m incredibly excited to continue my relationship with Dana and Gary and the rest of the Fox team. I’m looking forward to developing content and finding alternative voices for both in front of and behind the camera.”

Twentieth TV also signed “Empire” showrunner Ilene Chaiken to a rich overall deal in May.

In addition to “Empire,” which went back into production last week, Daniels is also set to helm an untitled Richard Pryor biopic for the Weinstein Company.

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Brittney Griner’s Ex Glory Johnson Reveals She’s Having Twins

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*WNBA player Glory Johnson announced via Instagram that she’s having twins.

The news comes after a whirlwind of activity, beginning with the announcement of her pregnancy on June 4 – when she was still married to fellow NBA star Brittney Griner.


Two weeks before their wedding at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, the two were arrested after getting in a domestic dispute and subsequently suspended by the WNBA.

One day after going public with the baby news, Griner revealed that she had filed papers seeking to annul her 29-day marriage to Johnson.

“Last Wednesday, Glory and I agreed to either legally separate, get divorced, or annul our marriage,” Griner said in a statement, “I can confirm that today I filed for an annulment. In the week prior to the wedding, I attempted to postpone the wedding several times until I completed counseling, but I still went through with it. I now realize that was a mistake.”

On Monday, Johnson Instagrammed her sonogram and revealed in the caption that she is nine weeks pregnant with twins.

“It’s not a surprise for me because this is what we planned for with the IVF Cycle, though hearing their heats beat for [the first] time was the most astonishing thing I have ever heard in my entire life,” Johnson wrote. The professional athlete continued, “For 15yrs Double-Doubles came with hard work and dedication…now I’ve been blessed by God to have “double doubles” for the rest of my life! Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Psalms 127:3.”