*The state of Michigan is expected to pay about $600 million to victims of the Flint water crisis.
The move is part of a major settlement that is set to be announced this week, per New York Times. The contaminated water disaster occurred in one of Michigan’s poorest, blackest cities, which is being mismanaged by suspected white supremacists.
Here’s more from ABC News:
The majority of the settlement, about 80%, will go towards minors. Settlements for children ages 6 and under amount to 64%, while 10% will go towards children ages 7 to 11 and another 5% will go towards children ages 12 to 17. It’s estimated that tens of thousands of schoolchildren in Flint were exposed to toxic heavy metals in the city’s water.
Some 8,000 children are believed to have some level of lead poisoning in the city, while 150 people died from Legionnaires Disease.
Watch our Emmy-nominated 2019 documentary “Flint’s Deadly Water” for a closer look at the findings of our two-year investigation into the true toll of Flint’s water crisis. https://t.co/SAoyia1VXm
— FRONTLINE (@frontlinepbs) August 20, 2020
“Providing relief for the people of Flint and resolving these long-standing legal disputes has been a top priority for me since taking office,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. “This settlement focuses on the children and the future of Flint, and the State will do all it can to make this a step forward in the healing process for one of Michigan’s most resilient cities.”
If the settlement receives final court approval, it will be largest in Michigan state government history.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer acknowledged that the settlement will still leave the families affected feeling “justifiable frustrating.” She added that “healing Flint will take a long time, but our ongoing efforts and today’s settlement announcement are important steps in helping all of us move forward.”
“Ultimately, by reaching this agreement, I hope we can begin the process of closing one of the most difficult chapters in our State’s history and writing a new one that starts with a government that works on behalf of all of its people,” Nessel said.
Last year, Nessel announced that her office was dropping pending criminal cases against government officials who were implicated in the water scandal.
Thousands of Flint residents have filed lawsuits against the state.
BLIND ITEM: Singer Holds Housekeeper Hostage
This foreign born former A list singer in a group and solo has, over the years turned into an awful human being. The antithesis of who everyone thought he was when he was in the band. He recently went on a drug fueled rage against his housekeeper and terrorized her for 48 straight hours and wouldn’t let her leave the house or use the phone.
Can you guess the foreign born/former A list singer? Here’s a hint: he’s not Black
‘What Have You Done for Black People?’ Obama Sits Down in Person With The Breakfast Club (Watch)
*President Obama’s jam-packed book tour for “A Promised Land” stopped by The Breakfast Club Wednesday morning for a wide-ranging interview, including the ongoing question by that one Black person in your orbit who keeps asking, “What has Obama done for Black people?”
DJ Envy asked Obama how he takes it when people question what he’s done for people of color, or say that he hasn’t done enough.
“I understand it because when I got elected, there was so much excitement and hope… And I also think we generally viewed the presidency as almost like a monarchy.In the sense of, ‘once the President is there he can just do whatever he needs to get done and if he’s not doing it then it must be because he didn’t want to do,’” Obama said.
He then pointed out that the current president appears to be able to “do what he wants” because he “breaks the law.” But Obama said he was very confident in what he had done for “Black folks” during his time in office “because I had the statistics to prove it.”
He said that among his accomplishments for African Americans, 3 million more Black people had health insurance who didn’t have it before, the number of Black folks in prison dropped for the first time in years, 30 percent fewer people were in the juvenile correction system, Black poverty dropped to its lowest level since 1968, Black businesses and income rose, and data shows that “millions of Black folks were better off by the time I left office.”
After Charlamagne Tha God pressed him to be more specific about his policies that aided Black people, rather than the “rising tide lifts all boats” answer, Obama conceded, “There is no way in eight years to make up for 200 years.”
Here’s Obama’s full interview with DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne Tha God.
Fantasia Announces Pregnancy in Sweet Instagram Video with Husband Kendall Taylor [WATCH]
*Singer Fantasia has announced that she and her husband of five years Kendall Taylor are expecting their first child together.
The couple revealed the news during an Instagram Live, check out the cute moment via the clip below.
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Fantasia has two children from previous relationships; 19-year-old Zion and 8-year-old Dallas.
The singer gave birth to Zion as a teenager and last year she posted a series of photos and videos of her daughter in honor of her 18th birthday.
In the caption she wrote: “I remember the day my water broke. It was the scariest feeling in the world. We lived in Winston Salem at the time and Papa Joe had left the house for a second and so I called the ambulance. Zi, I was terrified because I was so young and I wanted to give you the world but I didn’t know how I was going to do it. You came a little early and at the time I was thinking it was because you were either nosey (lol) or you heard all my cry’s and felt you needed to come on out and protect me. Now I see it was the protection part and still to this day you go hard for Mommy!”
Fanny also recalled a funny memory of Zion as a toddler and the family pet.
“We had a dog named Diva,” she explained. “Zion would hit her from time to time, she was 3 years old, and Diva would always get her butt right back. When she did, Zion would run in the room crying, ‘Diva Said, Diva Said.’ I told her DIVA CANT TALK ZION!!”
In a second post she noted of watching her daughter grow up: “[I’m] having a hard time with this 18 thing.”
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