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Mom of Boy Who Begged Her to ‘Calm Down’ Amid Threats of a ‘Beating’ Says She’s Not Abusive (Watch)

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Toluige Olokoobi Babalola and her son

*Toluige Olokoobi Babalola, the Nigerian mother who filmed her bawling son begging her to “calm down” and “rest a little” as he was about to get a spanking, is speaking out amid accusations that she’s physically abusive.

Speaking via Instagram, Toluige said she made the video to show how her son goes into dramatics whenever he’s threatened with punishment. She said, “This video was done to show how my intelligent son use to dramatics and negotiate any time you want to spank him, not for abuse of any kind. Thank you Everyone for your concern.”

After several minutes of begging and telling his mom, “You must rest!” to no avail, he got down on his knees and continued pleading even more. But Babalola was not budging. The video ends before it’s known whether or not she changed her mind.

Watch the video and see Babaloa’s follow-up post below.

Governor of Lagos State, Jide Sanwo-Olu, has expressed his desire to meet the boy, citing his “sobriety” and “self restraint” as something Lagosians should emulate, at this time the world is combating the scourge of COVID-19.

He said: “I urge every Lagosian to ‘calm down’ and not get carried away by the ‘excitement of the moment’. Like the rest of the world, we are still in the middle of a pandemic and need to remain extremely careful to keep the gains of the sacrifices we have all made in the past months. Let’s calm down!”

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  1. Linda Jackson

    August 13, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    If you can’t use your head instead of your hands to deal with a child, you’re not intelligent enough to have one. Violence begets violence. What do you think is going to happen when he gets too old to hit? He’ll remember what you taught him about using violence to get your point across. Then you’ll be begging him to calm down before beats the black off your ass. STOP HITTING CHILDREN!

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Virginia State Worker Put on Leave Days After Complaining about Systemic Racism (Watch)

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DOC employee Michael Murphy

*A man who works for the Virginia Department of Corrections says he was placed on leave just days after raising concerns about systemic racism at his job.

“The timing is very suspicious,” said DOC employee Michael Murphy. He tells 8News he’s worked in corrections for 30 years, eight of which, with the Virginia DOC.

He says that while working as a unit manager at State Farm Correctional Center in Powhatan County, he noticed a pattern within the department: hard-working, qualified Black employees getting passed over for promotions.

“There’s been a practice, I noticed of African Americans being laterally moved involuntarily, several hours from their workplace,” Murphy said. “In one case, it was five hours away from her workplace.”

Murphy believes it’s designed to make them quit.

“It is happening very disproportionately to Blacks. I find it to be incredibly unfair and very discriminatory,” Murphy said.

So, as a manager, he decided to speak up. He first filed an EEOC complaint with the State of Virginia. Then, on Sept. 24, he filed a formal grievance with his immediate supervisor.

He says he alleged, “systemic racism within the department.”

Then, five days later, Murphy said, “I was put on administrative leave for lack of civility.”

Watch his story below:

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Cowboys’ Strength Coach Markus Paul’s Last ‘At Home’ Workout Videos, 7 Months Before Death (Watch)

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Late Cowboys Strength and Conditioning Coach Markus Paul

*The Dallas Cowboys held a moment of silence before their Thanksgiving game against the Washington Football Team to honor Markus Paul, the team’s strength coach who died on Wednesday, just one day after he was rushed to the hospital with a medical emergency.

Following pregame warm-ups on Thursday, most of the team’s players and coaches gathered at midfield to say a prayer for their late coach.

To honor Paul, the Cowboys wore a black and white decal with Paul’s initials on every helmet. But they were unable to pull off the win against Washington in Paul’s honor. Following the team’s 41-16 loss, no player attributed their late-game unraveling to the emotional week.

“It was tragic, and we kind of had to cope with it,” Amari Cooper told reporters after the game. “And in the span of those two lives, still try to focus as much as we can on football while dealing with something in our personal lives.”

Below are “at home” workouts that Markus Paul filmed just seven months ago for the Cowboys’ YouTube channel.

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NEW TRAILER: ‘Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special’ Dec. 4 on Apple TV+ (Watch)

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*Apple TV+ and Mariah Carey today released the official trailer for “Mariah Carey’s Magical Christmas Special,” giving a first look at the epic holiday extravaganza that will launch globally on Friday, December 4 exclusively on Apple TV+.

Featuring Carey and a stellar line-up of superstars including Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Snoop Dogg, Jermaine Dupri, Misty Copeland and Mykal-Michelle Harris, along with a special appearance by Carey’s nine-year-old twins, son Moroccan and daughter Monroe, the Special finds the world faced with a holiday cheer crisis, which the North Pole knows only one person can solve: Santa’s great friend, Mariah Carey. Combining musical performances, dynamic dancing and groundbreaking animation, the undisputed Queen of Christmas jumps into action to create a holiday spectacular to make the whole world merry.

The soundtrack single and new music video for “Oh Santa!,” co-written by and featuring Carey performing with Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson, will be distributed by Sony Music and released on Apple Music and other streaming platforms December 4. The companion soundtrack to the Special is full of brand new interpretations, and will also include Snoop Dogg and Jermaine Dupri as additional musical guests, in addition to a new version of “Sleigh Ride.” The soundtrack will be available exclusively on Apple Music December 4, and all other platforms on December 11.

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