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Dad Syncs Video of Son’s Bike Crash to ‘In the Air Tonight’ Beat Drop (Watch)

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Dad Syncs Video of Son’s Bike Crash to ‘In the Air Tonight’ Drum Break (Watch)

*With “In the Air Tonight” back on the charts 40 years after its release, thanks to 21-year-old twins Tim and Fred Williams recording their reaction to hearing it for the first time, someone used the song to create another viral moment, at the expense of a little boy’s first bike ride down a steep hill.

Kim Chvotkin filmed this video of her 10-year-old son Cooper’s ill-fated ride in Redondo Beach, Calif., which ended with him inexplicably veering into a neighbor’s plastic trash bins, bless his heart. Watch below or view here.

But the video went viral only after his father, Jamie Chvotkin, put Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight” underneath it, because the sound of those plastic trash bins tumbling into each other is hilariously close to the song’s iconic beat drop.

Watch below:

Jamie Chvotkin assured Storyful that “no kids were harmed in the video.” He added on Facebook that his son is “fine and back on his bike.”

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Five Black NBA Players Meet with Pope Francis to Discuss Social Justice Issues (Watch)

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Pope Francis meets a delegation of five NBA players and officials from the National Basketball Players Association at the Vatican. (HANDOUT / VATICAN MEDIA)

*Five NBA players and several officials from the National Basketball Players Association met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday to discuss their work on social justice issues.

The trip was prompted by the Vatican reaching out to the players’ union to learn about their work for social change. The delegation included Orlando Magic forward Jonathan Isaac, Houston Rockets wing Sterling Brown and free agents Anthony Tolliver, Marco Belinelli and Kyle Korver. They gave the Pope an Orlando Magic jersey and a golden basketball.

After the meeting in the papal library of the Apostolic Palace, Tolliver called it an “incredible experience.” He added, “With the Pope’s support and blessing, we are excited to head into this next season reinvigorated to keep pushing for change and bringing our communities together.”

Korver, a 17-year NBA veteran who wrote a powerful essay about racism and white privilege last year, echoed Tolliver’s sentiment after meeting with the pope.

“We are extremely honored to have had this opportunity to come to the Vatican and share our experiences with Pope Francis,” Korver said. “His openness and eagerness to discuss these issues was inspiring and a reminder that our work has had a global impact and must continue moving forward.”

Images from the meeting showed Pope Francis and the players sitting and standing next to each other, but not wearing masks. The players union tweeted that “players and NBPA staff members were required to undergo COVID-19 testing before meeting with Pope Francis.”

Watch video from the historic meeting below:

The gathering comes ahead of the December 1 release of Francis’ new book, “Let Us Dream: The Path to A Better Future.” In it, Francis supports demands for racial justice in the wake of the police-custody death of George Floyd.

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History: NFL’s First All-Black Team of Officials Takes the Field (Video)

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*NFL’s first all-Black team of officials took the field Monday night as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced the LA Rams

Jerome Boger lead the team of officials, which umpire Barry Anderson, down judge Julian Mapp, line judge Carl Johnson, side judge Dale Shaw, field judge Anthony Jeffries and back judge Greg Steed. Five members of the crew work together regularly. Johnson and Steed joined the group for Monday night’s matchup between NFC playoff contenders.

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First all-Black officiating crew in NL history to work a football game

Burl Toler paved the way. In 1965, after beginning his officiating career working college games in the San Francisco Bay Area, the NFL hired Toler as a head linesman — making him the first Black official in any major professional sports league.

Members of the Monday night’s crew have a combined 89 seasons of NFL experience and have worked six Super Bowls. When the NFL announced the crew was being assembled last week, league executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent hailed the move “a testament to the countless and immeasurable contributions of Black officials to the game, their exemplary performance, and to the power of inclusion that is the hallmark of this great game.”

In a commemorative video made by the NFL, Boger said: “I am humbled to stand on the shoulders of the black officials who paved the way for me.”

Watch the video below or watch here on Twitter.

Below, Lisa Salters of ESPN examines the history-making night:

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Ben Crump to Announce Suit Against Local Jacksonville HOA for Harassment Over Back Lives Matter flag

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*JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump; co-counsels Matthew Dietz and David Cronin; Keenya Robertson, National Fair Housing Alliance Chairperson; and Antoine Mickle will hold a virtual news conference on Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. ET to announce a federal lawsuit against River Point Community Association, River City Management Services, Shantell Hughes (community president), and Sharleen Thompson-Messinese (property manager).

On Oct. 20, 2020, Mickle, a homeowner and resident of the River Point community in Jacksonville, Florida, received a letter from the River Point Community Association advising him that the Black Lives Matter flag displayed on his property was in violation of the community’s rules and was considered a “nuisance.” Although there were many other flags displayed throughout the community including those in support of sports teams, the Trump campaign, and Blue Lives Matter, the owners of those flags did not receive any letters of reprimand and were not asked to remove them from their properties. It is evident from the Association’s actions that Mickle was harassed and discriminated against because of his race and support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

WHO: 
Attorney Ben Crump
Attorney Matthew Dietz
Attorney David Cronin
Keenya Robertson, National Fair Housing Alliance Chairperson
Antoine Mickle

WHEN:
November 24, 2020, at 11 a.m ET

WHERE:
Register in advance for the Zoom virtual press conference:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qAbssnTeTfSwWgTqxNrnWg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the press conference via Zoo

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ABOUT BEN CRUMP LAW
Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump and his national network of specialized attorneys have spearheaded a legal movement to better protect the rights of marginalized citizens. He has led landscape-changing civil rights cases and represented clients in a wide range of areas including civil rights, personal injury, labor and employment, class actions, and more. Ben Crump Law is dedicated to holding the powerful accountable. For more, visit BenCrump.com or call (800) 935-8111.

Matthew W. Dietz, Esq. is a nationally known civil rights lawyer and litigation director of Disability Independence Group, Disability Independence Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that promotes recruitment, education and employment of persons with disabilities thereby improving their lives through competitive employment and financial stability; and through the changing of society’s perception of person with disabilities. 

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