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Common’s #WeMatterToo Campaign Urges Early Jail Releases Amid Pandemic (Video)

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*On Wednesday, Common’s criminal justice reform organization Imagine Justice launched a campaign with dozens of advocacy and activist groups to raise awareness of the threat that coronavirus poses on millions of incarcerated men, women and youths in the U.S.

“It’s a troubling time for them,” Common said, “because they are the people who usually are overlooked.”

The campaign, dubbed #WeMatterToo, calls on authorities to immediately release people who have served the vast majority of their sentences, especially those with existing health conditions that put them at greater risk of severe illness or death from COVID-19. Although state and local correctional facilities have already released thousands of inmates due to the pandemic, the campaign also calls on governments to pay for testing and housing for inmates after they are set free.

Watch the promo below, or click here to view on Billboard.com.

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Misty Copeland: Ballet is Listening after George Floyd

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*Ballerina Misty Copeland says her profession has to evolve along with the world’s racial reckoning or else it will cease to exist.

“As the world is changing, as it grows more diverse, if the ballet world doesn’t evolve with it, then it’s going to die,” Copeland told reporter Jenna Adae.

The first black woman to become the principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre said that after George Floyd’s death and the focus on Black Lives Matter, for the first time in her 20-year career, people are starting to believe her when she says the lack of diversity within the global ballet industry is a problem.

“There’s so many communities that are not going to support an art form that they feel doesn’t want them to be a part of it,” she says.

Watch her full interview below or HERE.

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Marlon Wayans Defends Not Casting Tiffany Haddish in Any of His Movies (Watch)

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*Last week, Ellen DeGeneres’ guest host Tiffany Haddish interviewed her longtime friend Marlon Wayans and took the opportunity to delve into an issue that is apparently still a thing.

Haddish asked him why he’s never cast her in any of his movies.

Marlon also chatted about how they first met, reminisced about a party at Eddie Murphy’s house, and thanked Tiffany for featuring his niece Chaunté in her Netflix comedy special, “Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready.”

Watch the interview below:

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Georgia Voter Removed From Poll Line for Wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ Shirt (Watch)

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*It should be no surprise that in Forsyth County, Georgia, a man wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt to his local polling place was pulled out of the early voting line.

“When the poll worker stopped me in line, I was really kind of shocked, but I thought alright here we go, so I pulled out my phone and started recording,” explains Zach Arias.

The poll worker told Arias that his BLM attire violated a law that forbids candidate campaign material beyond a certain point.

“Black Lives Matter is not on the ballot, it’s not a party, it’s not a slogan of any person on the ballot so I was well within my rights to wear my shirt,” Arias said.

Watch below:

In 1987, Oprah Winfrey famously took her show to Forsythe County, where no Black person had lived for 75 years. She wanted to hear out the county’s white residents, some of whom argued they should be able to keep blacks from moving into their communities.

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