Earlier this month North Korea threatened to launch a missile that it projected would come within striking distance of Guam’s shore. The proposal caused a flare up in the already tense atmosphere brought upon the two nations following years of posturing and a recent U.N. resolution to impose sanctions on the Communist government. Kim Jong had even given a date for his launch, but he never followed through, and thus Saturday’s launch marked a predictable return to the provocations regularly staged by Pyongyang.
It is reported that of the three missiles launched from the Gangwon province, one blew up immediately and the other two traveled approximately 250km in the north-eastern direction.
(FreshAsFrankie) Charlottesville was a watershed moment for race relations in the United States of America. Since the chain of tragic events that took place on August 12, there has been a 214% increase in the removal of Confederate monuments around the nation. But the 29 that have been uprooted and the 35 currently planned for removal mark the tip of the iceberg, considering there remain over 700 Confederate monuments on public land. In this decisive moment in history, the American Civil Liberties Union has pledged to put their resources and will into cutting down on that number substantially.
“When we do not deal with the ugly truth about our history, we have no chance of going forward in any kind of a productive way,” ACLU Director Jeffrey Robinson said during a live broadcast on Thursday night, August 24. “Getting rid of the Confederate monuments will … make us deal with the truth.”\
ACLU has been taking action on the ground to bring their plan to fruition by dispensing their 200,000 People Power activists to press forward with petition drives and digital campaigns to garner the public’s support. But ACLU isn’t the only organization doing the work to confront the issue, and in fact, some have criticized the organization for making moves only after it became a hot button issue. Prior to Charlottesville ACLU had, perhaps regrettably, defended the fundamental right to free speech by white supremacists. They face dissension for taking such a direction in spite of their long history of advocacy for progressive causes. Over the period in which they disengaged from the fight, Color of Change and Change.org picked up the slack, garnering more than half a million signatures for the removal of Confederate monuments.
For a time ACLU’s position triggered a debate among the organizations, with the Color of Change managing director Arisha Hatch responding to ACLU’s, proclaimed support of “free speech” by stating that she sees the perspective coming from fringe organizations on the far right as “hate speech” and not “free speech.” Color of Change has since agreed to disagree on the topic and express that they are glad ACLU has amended its position post-Charlottesville. “Obviously, we have a different theory of change than the ACLU,” Hatch said. ”But their support sends a message that they’re in support of black civil rights leaders who are making these calls. They’ve been an incredibly important partner.
(FreshAsFrankie) There is a rumor that suggests Micheal Jordan might be in the process of making an Air Jordan sneaker just for Black Lives Matter. I wonder what would prompt this? Is it because Black people are being disenfranchised all over? OR is it because so-called White Supremacy is on the rise?
However, Jordan did drop some Black History Month kicks, even though he has not really represented Black Lives all that much.
(FreshAsFrankie) The NBA offseason keeps getting crazier by the day, with trades happening left and right. Recently, it was announced that Kyrie Irving would be heading to the Boston Celtics in a trade for Isaiah Thomas and others. Many teams showed interest in Kyrie Irving after he announced that he wanted to be traded from the Cavaliers. According to reports, one of those teams was the Golden State Warriors.
ESPN’s The Undefeated revealed that the Cavaliers reached out to the Warriors about possibly trading Irving for Klay Thompson before they made the decision to send their point guard to the Celtics. It was noted by Marc Spears of The Undefeated that the Warriors passed on the offer, which led the Cavs to send Irving to Boston.
On Monday night, August 21, President Trump announced that he was reversing course on past plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, and is committed to the long haul in a war the nation has exhausted for 16 years already. The move is a controversial one to say the least, and is receiving backlash from a huge swath of his very own base, who were expecting that he’d stick to his word based on how critical he was of Obama‘s occupation in the mountainous tribal region.
Plies has been known to talk politics and occasionally chime in on the President’s policies, and he didn’t miss a beat in attacking the Afghanistan plan. “You know what? I thought about it. Tonight the President said he wanna send 4,000 troops to Afghanistan; a war we’ve been fighting for 16 years and we ain’t won a damn thing yet. I came up with a better idea,” said the Florida rapper. “President of the United States: say, you got a problem with Afghanistan, how ’bout this? How ’bout you send us our troops home and you send your god damn parties over there to fight the Taliban. Send the goddamn KKK over there. Send the KKK to Afghanistan, and you let them fight the goddamn Taliban.”
The President spared little details on what the actual plans of the Afghanistan plan actually are, defending that he was taking a different approach than past administrations, which gave timelines and laid out fundamental components of their goals, have. “We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists,” he definitively said. However, he did commit that it will require from the American people clear, as he informed the public that he would indeed be raising troop levels.
(FreshAsFrankie) Two white high schoolers found themselves in a precarious situation when they had lunch at Howard University, one of the most revered HBCU‘s, with MAGA (Make America Great Again) hats on. One of the girls, Allie Vandee, took to Twitter to talk about her experience and claims of being harassed while in the university’s dining hall. According to Vandee, when she and her friend Sarah entered the dining hall they encountered one man who yelled “F*ck y’all” while another man supposedly stole Sarah’s cap before having it returned.
Vandee claims that she was unaware of being on an HBCU campus but her tweets with “#noshame” show a level of insensitivity and audaciousness during this current racial climate.
(FreshAsFrankie) DMX will be allowed to travel to Atlanta for a big show, if he follows the judge’s order.
The judge is giving DMX a break in his house arrest, so the rapper can perform at a highly anticipated show.
DMX was sentenced to full house arrest, after violating the terms of his bail conditions relating to 14 charges that he deliberately evaded millions of dollars worth of income tax.
DMX suffered a temporary setback last week, when the judge banned the rapper from traveling, even for work.
The judge in the case reversed the earlier decision and ruled that the dog can head to Atlanta from August 21st–24th, under one condition.
According to the judge, DMX must travel with a sober coach “at all times.”
DMX must be accompanied by his sober coach 24 hours a day.
And if DMX wants to hit Atlanta, DMX will also have to foot the bill for the sober coach.
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