*Wanda Cooper-Jones, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, has publicly condemned the individuals she claims are profiting off the death of her son.
In a lengthy letter obtained by TMZ, Cooper-Jones calls out the 2.23 Foundation, I RUN WITH MAUD, and additional foundations and groups that are using Arbery’s name without permission for personal agendas.
‘It is with great disappointment that I must now elaborate on this situation with the founders of 2.23 and creators of I Run with Maud when I am still grieving, still advocating, still seeking justice, and still trying to adjust to the loss of Ahmaud. Before I ever made a statement, I spoke with them several times to do my best to resolve this situation privately,” the letter reads.
“I cannot in good conscience support a page that now appears more like a business opportunity for its staff rather than getting justice for my son. So, I want to shed some light on this so that I continue to prepare myself for the true fight of justice for Ahmaud, protecting his character, and being strong for my family,” the letter goes on to say.
The entire letter can be read here, and below is a summary of her grievances.
In the letter, Cooper-Jones first details her issues with the “I RUN WITH MAUD” social media page. She also makes clear that she never agreed to the organization’s trademark.
“One of the trademark applicants had never even met my son, yet applied for this trademark in an attempt to profit off Ahmaud’s name,” she wrote.
She then criticized a GoFundMe that was setup by a friend of Ahmaud’s.
“The campaign was established in early May, after Ahmaud was laid to rest,” Cooper-Jones writes. “Ahmaud was covered under a life insurance policy that I struggled to pay for to prepare for days like these. I truly never thought I would have to use that policy or bury my son. Money cannot replace what I have lost and the fight for justice does not come without cost. I was not begging for money and I was prepared to fight for my son either way. I have always worked for what I wanted. Since the passing of Ahmaud, I have returned to work because to work is all I know. To hear some people suggest that losing my son is a profit scheme is incredibly offensive to me and my family.”
She accuses the founders of the 2:23 Foundation of not having a “close relationship” with her son.
“The ideas for the foundation likely started after national attention began to spread due to our advocacy efforts. Within seven days of the foundation’s launch, its organizers had already planned a large fundraiser,” she writes. “The I RUN FOR MAUD committee (all five members who I do not know well) have known for months I did not want my child’s death to be exploited or used for monetary gain for anyone. I was disrespected and ignored.”
Russian TV Station Mocks Barack Obama in Blackface Skit [WATCH]
*A Russian TV station is catching heat over a skit in which an actress donned blackface to play a ratchet version of Barack Obama.
In the footage, the actress is wearing gold chains, a red bandana, and black gloves — and there even appears to be some rapping, The only English words in the skit are “Black Lives Matter.”
According to TMZ, the segment ran on a satirical show broadcast by Russia’s NTV channel. In the skit, host Tigran Keosayan introduces the Obama-actress by saying, “We now go live to the dark side of America’s history, Barack Obama.”
He also tells her, “Can you please stop shouting? We don’t have racism… you could be taken for a gypsy.”
Не могу пройти мимо очередного шедевра Боброедов. Автор и сценарист программы – Маргарита Симоньян. Вместе с мужем ведущим они получают за каждый выпуск в районе 5 млн рублей. И, напоминаю, свою дочь Кеосаян отправил учиться в Нью-Йорк pic.twitter.com/dd9nTFAr5j
— Alexey Navalny (@navalny) November 29, 2020
The Obama-actress states that the ex-president’s newly released memoir, titled “A Promised Land,” is an achievement because “none of my relatives that came before me could write.”
It’s a hot mess all around — if you care to watch, check out the skit via the clip above.
Meanwhile… we previously reported, Obama’s “A Promised Land” memoir sold nearly 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada in its first 24 hours after release last month, in all formats including pre-orders, e-books and audio.
The first-day sales was a record for publisher Penguin Random House.
“We are thrilled with the first day sales,” said David Drake, publisher of the Penguin Random House imprint Crown. “They reflect the widespread excitement that readers have for President Obama’s highly anticipated and extraordinarily written book.”
As noted on the former president’s official website, the “highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world, describing in strikingly personal detail both his political education and the landmark moments of the first term of his historic presidency—a time of dramatic transformation and turmoil.”
Ice-T Says Father-in-Law ‘On Oxygen Indefinitely’ After Battling COVID-19
*Ice-T has shared an update about the health status of his wife Coco Austin’s father who contracted the novel virus over the summer.
We previously reported… the rapper’s father-in-law Steve had to be hospitalized in Arizona in July due to the coronavirus. Ice says Steve is now “on Oxygen indefinitely.”
“My father-in-law ‘Coco’s dad’ was a serious ‘No Masker’ COVID hit him,” the “Law & Order” star wrote on Twitter on Monday. “Pneumonia in both lungs.. 40 days in ICU close to death.. Now he’s on Oxygen indefinitely.”
My father-in-law ‘Coco’s dad’ was a serious ‘No Masker’ COVID hit him. Pneumonia in both lungs.. 40 days in ICU close to death.. Now he’s on Oxygen indefinitely. Ohhh he’s a Believer now.. #COVIDisNotAGame pic.twitter.com/fPEifkJCge
— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) November 29, 2020
Ice-T also shared a photo of his father-in-law wearing an oxygen mask, writing, “Ohhh he’s a Believer now.. #COVIDisNotAGame.”
The hip-hip icon previously told Jimmy Fallon, “Coco’s dad is a Harley Davidson-riding, no-masking type of dude,” he said. “[Coronavirus] put him on his back.”
He went on to explain that Steve had pneumonia in both lungs, and was almost put on a ventilator.
“It took him a month to make it out of the hospital,” he said. “Now he’s home, but his lungs are damaged indefinitely.”
He also said during his appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon that it took his father-in-law “a month to make it out of the hospital.”
“There are still non-believers,” he said. “I’ve made it through so much in my life, I don’t want to die because of this — especially with a new daughter. I’m aware and I’m concerned and I’m cautious.”
Meagan Good and Her Sister to Star in Lifetime Movie ‘Death Saved My Life’
*Lifetime’s next installment in its “Ripped From the Headlines” franchise is a project from actress Meagan Good titled “Death Saved My Life.”
According to TheWrap, Good will star in the small-screen film alongside Chiké Okonkwo (“Being Mary Jane”) and Good’s real-life sister, La’Myia Good (“The Wood”). The Good sisters will portray siblings in the thriller which is inspired by the true story of a “woman who faked her own death in order to trap her husband after he hires a hitman to kill her.”
Good Girl Wraps are here!
I designed a quality satin wrap that’s lightweight, comfy and elastic free! Perfect for bedtime or the gym PLUS stylish & versatile. Choose from 5 different prints💁🏽♀️
— Meagan Good (@MeaganGood) December 20, 2019
Here’s the official description for the Lifetime movie:
On the surface it seems Jade (Meagan Good) has it all, a successful marketing career, a husband admired and respected in the community and a young daughter they both dote on. But behind closed doors, her life is far from idyllic. Her husband Ed (Chiké Okonkwo) is a controlling man who is physically and psychologically abusive. When Jade decides to leave Ed he tells her, “If I can’t have you, nobody will,” a threat which becomes very real when she discovers he has hired someone to kill her. Knowing no one will believe her, Jade realizes the only way to escape Ed is to make him believe the hitman completed the job and that she is dead. La’Myia Good plays Jade’s sister Leigh.
Produced by Jarrett Creative, “Death Saved My Life” is directed by Seth Jarrett from a script written by Barbara Kymlick.
Megan will executive produce with Julie Insogna Jarrett and Seth Jarrett.
“Death Saved My Life” will debut in early 2021.
In the meantime, the actress is selling quality satin wrap that are “lightweight, comfy and elastic free,” she announced on Twitter. Check out her post here.
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