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Steven Ivory: The Case For Optimism

Steven Ivory

*If you take nothing else from what you read here–if you get no further than this sentence–know that everything is going to be all right. To be sure, any day in America can resemble a surreal Netflix drama where there’s yet another insurmountable crisis to battle every week. If it’s not our bizarre politics or […]

WNBA Players to Skip Russia During Offseason After Brittney Griner Conviction

Brittney Griner - court (Alexander Zemlianichenko-AP)

*WNBA players are reportedly opting not to play in Russia during the off-season amid Brittney Griner’s highly publicized imprisonment in the country for drug smuggling.  In February, Griner was detained by Russian customs after they found cartridges containing less than a gram of hashish oil in her luggage. She was arrested on drug charges and […]

Dennis Rodman to Travel to Russia to Seek Release of Brittney Griner

Dennis seeks to free Griner

*Dennis Rodman claims he will travel to Russia and seek the release of WNBA star Brittney Griner after she was sentenced to nine years in prison on drug smuggling charges. “I got permission to go to Russia to help that girl,” Rodman said during an interview in Washington, D.C., as reported by NBC News. “I’m trying […]

Brittney Griner Found Guilty in Russia Drug Smuggling Case, Sentenced to 9 Years

Brittney Griner - showing pic (Alexander Zemlianichenko-Pool-AFP-Getty Images)

*WNBA star Brittney Griner has been found guilty by a Russian court of smuggling drugs into the country with criminal intent. She was sentenced to 9 years in prison, People reports.  Griner has been detained in Russia since February on accusations of smuggling cannabis oil, which is illegal in the country. Last month, she pleaded […]

Curt Schilling: Former MLB Star Says Brittney Griner Should ‘Pay The Penalty’ in Russia

Curt Schilling - Brittney Grine

*Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling says WNBA star Brittney Griner should “pay the penalty for breaking another country’s laws.” As you know, Griner has been detained in Russia since February on accusations of smuggling cannabis oil, which is illegal in the country. She has officially been classified as “wrongfully detained,” a US State Department […]

Morgan Freeman Banned From Russia for Spreading ‘Russophobia’ | VIDEO

Morgan-Freeman

*Veteran actor Morgan Freeman has been banned from Russia due to him appearing in a video about the Russian government’s involvement in the 2016 presidential election.  Per Vibe, the other notable names on the ban list include President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, former U.S. Secretary of State and First Lady Hillary Clinton, and […]

Starbucks to Close 130 Stores in Russia

*Starbucks announced Monday that it is cutting ties with Russia after 15 years of operating in the market. The coffee giant is joining companies like McDonald’s, Exxon Mobil and British American Tobacco in withdrawing from the country amid the ongoing conflict with Ukraine, per CNBC. Starbucks said it will close all 130 locations in the […]

Don’t Forget Brittney! She Remains Captive While Russia Frees Former U.S. Marine

Brittney Griner (screenshot)

*After the U.S. negotiated a deal with Russia for former US Marine TrevorReed to be released, people are curious about where WNBA star #BrittneyGriner is. Reed was detained in Russia for three years. Now he is released and asking social media to bring light to Griner’s imprisonment in Moscow. Biden tweeted about Reed’s release. “Today, we welcome home Trevor Reed […]