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#BoycottStarbucks, A Response To Starbucks Revoking Their Vax Policy

Some Starbucks drinkers aren’t thrilled that the brand is reneging on requiring their U.S. employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The franchised coffee corporation reversing their vaccination policy for employees was in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejective ruling last week, according to ABC 7.

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New Year's resolutions

Are New Year’s Resolutions Yay or Nay?

Congratulations! If you are reading this then that means you survived another year, making it through a second year of COVID-19 alongside it’s variants, a tumultuous job market and another year of uncertainty. An abundance of people have had their lives reformed and remodeled during 2021, some for better while others for worse.

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A TikTok Challenge Has Shook America: Here Are The Details

Warnings that a series of school shootings will occur Friday (December 17), in addition to acts of violence because of the inaction of the challenge, has gotten many Americans fearful. Despite there not being any credible evidence that the challenge will be happening, authorities across the country are on high alert anyway—at the recommendation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

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Cheesecake Factory

Protestors Take Over The Cheesecake Factory in Queens, New York

On Tuesday (December 14) night a group of approximately 50 anti-mandate supporters gathered together in protest, staging a sit-in at Queens Center Mall’s food court in New York City. Every person involved in the protest refused to show proof of vaccination, then taking their protest party to the mall’s Cheesecake Factory to dine-in and continue their anti-vaxxer agenda.

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Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett Stands By His Innocence, Even After Being Convicted

Welp. The verdict is in, and it finds Empire actor Jussie Smollett guilty of falsely reporting that he was a victim of a hate crime. After a two day deliberation, the jury ruled that Smollett was guilty on not one, but five counts of felony disorderly conduct for making false police reports back in 2019. 

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Everything You Need to Know About Omicron: The Latest COVID-19 Strain

Just when we thought we escaped the clutches of the Coronavirus, new variants have popped up and reared their ugly head. Omicron, a new strain that has been identified by South African scientists, was reported by South Africa to the World Health Organization to be of concern on Wednesday (November 24).

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The Aftermath of Astroworld: Death, Injuries, Lawsuits and Backlash

The horrors of Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival continue to unravel as those who were attendees at the third annual musical festival voice their experience on TikTok. Each story slightly different, but frighteningly similar, exposes the madness that ensued during the deadly overly packed concert.

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Solange Knowles Expands the Saint Heron Brand With a Black Library

Many authors, specifically Black authors, have used their writing to open the doorway for much-needed intercultural conversations and provide pivotal perspectives necessary for progression. Understanding the importance of keeping these voices alive with the circulation of their literary work, Solange Knowles has established a free digital library dedicated to showcasing brilliant books authored by Black people.

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Dollar Tree

Dollar Tree Prices Are Going Up, Just a Little Bit Though

Movement toward increased pricing by the affordable brand continues after a successful test run of the company’s new store and combo format, Dollar Tree Plus. Dollar Tree Plus, a forthcoming section at various store locations, will have assorted items priced at $3 or $5 alongside the traditional $1 products, according to Dollar Tree’s news release.

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Family Guy

‘Family Guy’ Explains The COVID-19 Vaccine To Anti-Vaxxers

The coronavirus continues to plague the U.S. alongside the rest of the world over a year and a half after the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic back in 2020. While the current COVID-19 vaccines are available to help minimize the spread and effect of the coronavirus, many are still apprehensive about taking it. 

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Chloe Mrozak Faces Prison Time After Using a Fake ‘Maderna’ Vaccination Card in Hawaii

Trying to circumvent the law never works out well in the end, and more times than not will result in major consequences. Major consequences are exactly what 24-year-old Chloe Mrozak is facing after she falsified her COVID-19 vaccination card so she could visit Hawaii without having to abide by the state’s quarantine policy. 

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Oprah Winfrey’s OWN Your Health/Hologic are Here for Black and Brown Women

The ongoing racial disparities within the healthcare system is the reason that media mogul Oprah Winfrey has launched her first-ever health initiative OWN Your Health. OWN Your Health, Ms. Winfrey’s initiative to bring awareness to the disparities Black women experience within the healthcare system, will be in partnership with Hologic’s Project Health Equality.  

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social media trend

The #MilkCrateChallenge Is The Latest Social Media Trend That Will Land You In The ER

Viral social media trends have gotten people to swallow dry cinnamon, #CinnamonChallenge, eat Tide Pods, #TidePodChallenge, and stand up for ALS by getting drenched in ice water, #IceBucketChallenge. As illogical as some of these social media trends may be, many still willingly engage, hoping to get their fifteen minutes of fame—even if they’re harmed in the process. The latest stupid, and highly dangerous, social media challenge sweeping TikTok and Instagram alike is the #MilkCrateChallenge.

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Jayda Cheaves

Jayda Cheaves Weekend Partying Turns Into A Post-Breakup Guide

Since Jayda’s breakup with her baby’s father and rap star boyfriend Lil’ Baby in 2020 it seems that eyes have been extra focused on both Ms. Jayda and Lil’ Baby. It’s as if fans are in disbelief that the two had a low-key amicable split that was practically drama-free. Despite fans insisting that there is secretly bad blood between the former hip hop couple, Ms. Cheaves has consistently avoided the flamebait and remained truly unbothered. 

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PJ Washington

Brittany Renner Allegedly Scores $200K A Month In Child Support From NBA Ex PJ Washington

Over the last 48 hours Twitter has been dragging Instagram model and author Brittany Renner after Washington confirmed a shady rumor about his alleged estranged wife Renner. Yes, we said wife. Reportedly, Renner filed for divorce just two weeks after she had Washington’s son, and now will be allegedly receiving $200K a month for child support. 

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Drake Bell

Drake Bell From “Drake and Josh” Pleads Guilty To Crimes Involving A Minor

Earlier this month Jared Drake Bell, a.k.a Drake from the 2004-2007 Nickelodean series “Drake and Josh,” pleaded not guilty to child endangerment charges. As of now, he has changed his tune. On Wednesday (June 23) Bell pleaded guilty to two crimes involving a minor during a virtual pretrial hearing. 

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Celebrate Juneteenth The RIGHT Way, and Learn About it Too

Each year Americans celebrate the fourth day in July, bringing out the ice coolers filled with sodas, barbecue grills and fireworks to honor the anniversary of America’s independence. Since July 4, 1776, the fourth of July has always been revered because it was the day the founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, officializing America’s freedom from Britain’s rule. The same freedom that America had won from the British didn’t extend to enslaved Americans until President Abraham Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan.1 1863.

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Kanye West Is Caught On Vacay With Supermodel Irina Shayk In France!

Whew chile… it hasn’t even been six months since Kim Kardashian has filed for divorce from Kanye West and he’s already on vacation with a supermodel! Mr. West made sure to make his 44th B-day memorable, taking a trip to Provence, France with Sports Illustrated’s “Industry Icon” Irina Shayk. On Wednesday (June 9) the Daily…

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Gavin Newsom

California Governor Gavin Newsom Launches A Vaccine Lottery

California Governor Gavin Newsom is encouraging Californians to get vaccinated by offering cash prizes. On Thursday (May 27) Gov. Newsom announced “Vax for the Win,” an incentive program that was created to increase vaccinations within communities that were highly affected by the pandemic, and among Californians overall. 

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Who is Adrian and Why is Everyone Going to His Kickback?

One TikToker is taking the lowkey-ness of the typical kickback to potentially the level of the 2012 film “Project X.” Adrian, known as adrian.lopez517 on TikTok, has gone viral for posting a promotional TikTok video for his upcoming kickback “Adrian’s Kickback” in Huntington Beach, CA on Saturday (May 22). As of now the major TikTok video has gotten over 17 million views, and is trending all over Twitter and TikTok respectively. 

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Lollapalooza Will Be Returning This Year But Only For Those Vaccinated

Since March 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic has dictated many of our lives, hampering many of our experiences. Between the COVID-19 shutdown, stay at home orders and social distancing procedures, it was as if we were all living in some alternate antisocial universe.  Although the isolation and interaction minimization was necessary, being told that all major…

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Patrisse Cullors

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a “racist hate movement”, Patrisse Cullors “the self-proclaimed trained Marxist”

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a “racist hate movement”, Patrisse Cullors “the self-proclaimed trained Marxist,” was stated in an article that the President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) emailed to all of the HFPA members, the CEO, HFPA Attorneys and staff.  

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George Floyd

President Biden Urges Congress To Pass The George Floyd Justice In Policing Act

This week, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty for killing George Floyd. Also, the U.S. Department of Justice announced its probe into the Minneapolis Police Department for Systemic Civil Rights Violations. Vice President Kamala Harris stated that this is really only the beginning and that there is much more that needs to be done. Vice President Harris and President Joe Biden are committed to see Police Reform on the federal level. 

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Minneapolis Police Department

U.S. Department Of Justice Opens Up An Investigation Of The Minneapolis Police Department

Yesterday, Derek Chauvin, former police officer with the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD), was found guilty of the murder of Mr. George Floyd. I have been reluctant to write about this case, because each time that I think about the day that George Floyd was murdered, being the empath that I am, I become overwhelmed with emotion. And still to this day, I am brought to tears. So, I will not go into details of the case.  

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Keshia Knight Pulliam

Keisha Knight Pulliam a.k.a Rudy Huxtable Gets Multimillion Dollar Funding For Her Venture Capital Firm

Today Mastercard reported a multimillion-dollar investment deal in the venture capital firm Fearless Fund. It is the first venture capital firm founded and owned by black women. Fearless Fund launched in 2019, to address the unique challenges that black women business owners encounter, when it comes to obtaining pre-seed, seed level and series A financing.  The mission…

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Rihanna Stands Alongside The AAPI Community At A ‘Stop Asian Hate’ Rally In New York

Rihanna has always been outspoken about social injustice, using her platform and influence to help advance social change. On Sunday (April 4) Rihanna illustrated her social advocacy at ground level by marching alongside Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at a “Stop Asian Hate Rally” in New York.

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Jensen Karp

Ex-Rapper Jensen Karp Finds Shrimp Tails And Other Things In His Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Breakfast cereal is the number one go-to breakfast food for the majority of Americans. Among the top breakfast choices, one of the top cereal choices is Cinnamon Toast Crunch. That choice became a mistake for Jensen Karp after he found what appeared to be shrimp tails and other unknown substances in his family size box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal.

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Kanye West May Not Be Worth $6.6 Billion, But He Is Still A Billionaire

On Wednesday multiple media outlets, including Forbes, reported that Kanye West had a net worth of $6.6 billion and was now the richest Black man in U.S. History. As of Thursday (March 18), Forbes has retracted their story, disproving Bloomberg’s report that West’s Yeezy Brand, Yeezy GAP fashion line and West’s additional assets totaled to $6.6B.

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Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato Reveals That She Was Raped At 15 In New Documentary ‘Dancing With The Devil’

In the upcoming YouTube docuseries “Dancing With Devil,” pop star and former Disney star Demi Lovato opens up about being sexually assaulted at 15-years-old during the time she was acting on the Disney channel. The new documentary premiered on Tuesday night at the SXSW Film Festival. 

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Burger King

Burger King U.K. Face Backlash For Tweeting ‘Women Belong In The Kitchen’ On International Women’s Day

On Monday (March 8) Burger King U.K. has received major backlash for tweeting a controversial statement on International Women’s Day. The now deleted “women belong in the kitchen” tweet was an attempt to encourage women employees to “pursue a culinary career.”

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Top Moments From Joe Biden’s Historical Inauguration Day

Joe Biden being inaugurated as president marks a new beginning and a repairing of American democracy. As we watch the inauguration of Joe Biden from home, aside from the lucky few in attendance, we witness history be made as Joe Biden becomes the second Catholic president and Kamala Harris becomes the first woman ever to be Vice President.

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Pro-Trump Supporters Invade The U.S. Capitol After ‘Save America’ Rally

Members of The United States Congress are evacuated after Pro-Donald Trump supporters invade the United States Capitol on Wednesday afternoon in Washington D.C. As members of congress met at Capitol Hill to certify the Electoral College votes to confirm Joe Biden as the new president of America, Pro-Trump protesters stormed Capitol Hill in opposition.

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Gavin Newsom

CA Gov. Newsom Plans To Get Kids In Schools In-Person In 2021

California Governor Gavin Newsom plans to transition K-6 students into in-person learning in 2021 amid California’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Newsom’s willingness to reopen schools to certain students stems from increasing scientific studies that support the idea that children less frequently and severely catch COVID-19.

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Super Gonorrhea

A Strain of Antibiotic-Resistant ‘Super Gonorrhea’ is Emerging in 2021

Twitter is chiming in on a potential STI outbreak that is on the horizon towards the end of 2020. With the COVID-19 vaccine developed and in the process of being distributed, there seems to be a new found hope. As we all anticipate a better new year, 2021 may enter in new challenges that some of us may not have foreseen.

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Great Conjuction

The ‘Great Conjunction’ Happens Right Before Christmas

This Christmas will include a phenomenon that hasn’t occurred in nearly four centuries. On Monday night Saturn and Jupiter will align closely together to form The ‘Great Conjunction’, informally known as the “Christmas Star.” The “father of modern science” Galileo Galilei first witnessed this historical event in 1623.

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A Stanford University Study Links Trump Rallies To 30,000 COVID-19 Cases

Coronavirus infection rates are continually rising, with a majority of new cases occurring in the U.S. within the last week. A chunk of the new cases have been linked to a plethora of Trump rallies that have occurred between June and September of 2020, according to a newly released research study from Stanford University.

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