*LA based Civil rights activist Najee Ali, Director of Project Islamic Hope, has canceled his Starz subscription in response to rapper/actor/producer Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson‘s announcement that he has endorsed Donald Trump for re election as President of the United States.
Just in case you didn’t know or forgot, 50 Cent helped create and produce two of the Starz Network’s most popular shows “Power” and “Power Book ll Ghost.”
“50 Cent has the right to endorse and vote for anyone he chooses. I also have the right to not financially continue to support his career and business projects. The Trump presidency has been a disaster for people of color and the less fortunate.
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“Over 200 000 Americans have died of Covaid19 in large part because of Trump’s failure to act in a timely fashion and provide the proper leadership reccomended by health officials and science. Trump first act in office was to implement a Muslim ban and locked up immigrant children in cages separating them from their families.
“Trump is a racist president who has never condemned white supremacy but embraced it. For “50 Cent” to openly embrace a racist like Trump sends a horrible message. I refuse to support “50 Cent ” or any celebrity whose endorsement of Trump is more important than the health and welfare of Black people.
“I encourage all Starz subscription holder’s to join me and cancel your Starz subscription. The only way we can teach people like “50 Cent ” who become traitors to Black people is to cancel their programs and products” – stated Najee Ali Director of Project Islamic Hope (www.Najeeali.com).
Joe Biden Under Pressure Over Lack of Black Representation in His Administration
*Black lawmakers and activists are giving the side-eye to President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet picks, as so far, only two Black Americans have been chosen.
As reported by The Hill, Linda Thomas-Greenfield has been tapped as the next ambassador to the United Nations, and Cecilia Rouse will chair the Council of Economic Advisers. Several Cabinet positions must still be filled, and these two women are reportedly the only Black members. Observers say they’re not enough.
Advocates are pressuring Biden because in his first speech as president-elect, he promised Black voters that he’d have their backs. NAACP President Derrick Johnson noted that it’s “early in the process.”
“Some of the appointments you’ve made so far we are pleased with,” Johnson told The Hill. “We have yet to meet with the president-elect, and that is concerning because we are here to support this administration in its effort to be successful.”
Johnson also pointed out that Biden’s transition team lacks members connected to the civil rights community.
“You see many very capable competent individuals who are providing insight and bringing to bear some of their knowledge in [their] subject matter areas, but there [is] no one on the transition team from the civil rights community,” he said.
Biden transition spokesperson Cameron French responded by stressing the president-elect’s goal creating “a diverse administration that looks like America.”
“His campaign and transition both succeeded in this effort,” French told The Hill. “He has announced several historic and diverse White House appointments and cabinet nominees to this point, and his success in finding diverse voices to develop and implement his policy vision to tackle our nation’s toughest challenges will be clear when our full slate of appointees and nominees is complete.”
Biden is reportedly facing significant pressure to fill senior government posts with minority nominees. The focus is on the three still-vacant roles to run the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services and Justice.
Meanwhile, Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris recently announced their all-female White House communications team. Additionally, Harris will have two Black women on her senior staff. Ashley Etienne will serve as her communications director, and Symone Sanders will be Harris’ senior adviser and chief spokeswoman.
Black lawmakers want a Black person to occupy one of the four big Cabinet positions: Treasury, State, Defense or Justice. Biden has reportedly selected Antony Blinken for secretary of State and Janet Yellen as his choice for Treasury secretary.
3 Against 1: Watch Sunny Hostin Defend The Term ‘Defund the Police’ Against All 3 of her ‘View’ Co-Hosts
*All four co-hosts of “The View” are in agreement with the reallocation of funds from police departments to other initiatives that can better address specific policing situations. The only issue dividing the ladies is calling the movement, “Defund the Police.”
On Wednesday, the “hot topic” being discussed was former President Barack Obama’s recent statement that the “Defund the Police” term hurt Democrats in the election because people thought it meant “stop funding the police,” which for many voters would be a step too far.
Sunny Hostin was on an island trying to defend the term’s use, while Sarah Haines, Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg – although 100% behind reallocating police funds – agreed more with Obama’s belief that the slogan is misleading and may have cost the Democrats votes in some areas of the country.
“This term is a policy demand,” Hostin argued. “It is a demand for change and I always will think it is a mistake to allow opponents to define language and define narratives.”
The back and forth lasted the whole segment.
‘Clearly the Force Is Strong’: Sen. Cory Booker Reacts to Rosario Dawson’s Debut in ‘The Mandalorian’ (Watch)
*TMZ rolled up on Sen. Cory Booker outside of the U.S. Capitol Thursday to get his reaction following girlfriend Rosario Dawson premiering as Ahsoka Tano in “The Mandalorian.”
“It was a phenomenal episode and clearly the force is strong with her,” he said through his mask.
The former Democratic presidential candidate was also asked about being a hard core Trekkie and having to support a girlfriend from the rival “Star Wars” universe.
Watch Dawson’s clips from the Mandalorian episode above, and Booker’s reaction below:
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