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Iconic Georgia Dome Demolished

The 25 years of history that the old Georgia Dome attracted to the Peach State may live on forever, but the historic 80,000 seat venue that hosted the 1,400-plus events that made it famous, was brought down to the ground on Monday, November 20. It took nearly 5,000 pounds of explosives to demolish the structure, drawing lots of attention to the Atlanta sports center.

All but a few parts of the 270.67 ft high, 102,149.51 square foot structure crashed to rubble within 15-seconds of the 7:30 am implosion being set off. A little bit of work remains to get some of the erected parts that remain, down, as the Georgia World Congress Center Authority has determined the explosives may not have been strong enough to get it all in one blast. But it is only a matter of time before the standing parts are decimated and a crew moves in for what is estimated will be a three-month clean-up effort.

Onlookers snapped pictures to capture the venue’s last surviving moments. During its quarter century as the center of Georgia sports, the dome went from being noted at one time as the world’s largest covered stadium to being the only facility to host the NCAA Final Four tournament (2002, 2007, 2013), the Super Bowl (Super Bowl XXVIII and Super Bowl XXXIV), and the Olympics (1996).

In place of the massive structure, the city of Atlanta has plotted out plans to construct green space, a hotel, and a parking lot for the adjacent Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened up this past summer.

SOURCE: VLADTV

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Actress and Singer Della Reese Dies at 86

Recently, news surfaced that actress Della Reese passed away at the age of 86. The actress, who was born in 1931, had a detailed career in film and television. She appeared in shows like “Touched By An Angel” and “Bates Motel.” Reese also made appearances in movies like “Harlem Nights” featuring Redd Foxx and Eddie Murphy, “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” alongside Martin Lawrence, and more.

Before venturing into acting, Reese began as a singer, starting out as a gospel vocalist then transitioning into jazz and pop. Reese found success as a singer as well with the release of her 1959 single “Don’t You Know?”

A statement was released on Reese’s passing via her former “Touched By An Angel” co-star, Roma Downey. The statement said “On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible Wife, Mother, Grandmother, friend, and Pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer.”

Downey went on to say “Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people. She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on Touched By An Angel. I know heaven has a brand new angel this day. Della Reese will be forever in our hearts. Rest In Peace, sweet angel. We love you.”

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Jennifer Hudson Splits Up with Longtime Fiancé

According to reports, Jennifer Hudson and longtime fiancé David Otunga have split after 10 years. Hudson also filed to have a restraining order taken out against Otunga to which Otunga’s attorney, Tracy Rizzo, says is a move made out of fear of losing custody of their child. Rizzo told TMZ:

David Otunga has been trying to negotiate the terms of an amicable parenting agreement with Ms. Hudson for several weeks now. However, when it became apparent to Ms. Hudson that Mr. Otunga would be the parent granted residential care of the child, as a result of Mr. Otunga being the child’s primary caregiver while Ms. Hudson pursues her career all over the world, Ms. Hudson decided to file a meritless Petition for Order of Protection in an effort to gain an unfair advantage in the custody dispute. […] As a result of Mr. Otunga’s career in the WWE, Ms. Hudson felt that she could give an award-winning performance in court to portray herself as the victim. Mr. Otunga has never abused or harassed Ms. Hudson or their son.

Jennifer Hudson’s representative told People Magazine that the restraining order was requested “in the best interest of their son.” It is important to note that Otunga isn’t being accused of getting physical with Hudson.

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Master P Sues Cannabis Company for Bailing on Partnership

Master P is reportedly taking a California based cannabis company to court for bailing on their partnership, according to TMZ.

Master P got into the legal cannabis industry in November 2016 to launch his own branded strain, “Master P’s Trees” and brokered a deal with Privateer Holdings in March 2017. P was to promote the product and cover 50 percent of the production costs while Privateer cultivated the product and covered the other half. “Master P’s Trees” were set to launch in July, but according to court documents, the company backed out of the partnership at the last minute.

Master P is suing Privateer on the grounds of fraud and breach of contract claiming that they had no real intent to partner with him. Court docs state that Privateer only saw Master P as a way to get “an inside look into the urban and hip-hop demographic of cannabis users.”

For this, Master P is seeking $25 million in lost profits and damages.

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Teacher Suspended After Pulling Off Student’s Hijab

A teacher at the New Vision Academy Charter School in Nashville, Tennessee, was suspended Wednesday after two videos circulating on social media of someone removing a girl’s hijab was traced back to the educator.

In the first video, which is captioned “pretty hair,” the student wearing the hijab is shown hiding her face as someone removed the religious head scarf and exposed her hair to the classroom. Multiple students are seen playing with the girl’s hair as she tries to readjust the covering. Someone told her “her hair was too pretty to be covered.” A second video was posted with the caption, “lol all that hair covered up.”

A concerned viewer sent the videos to News 4. Both of the clips were reportedly posted on the teacher’s Snapchat account. When contacted by the media, the principal, Dr. Tim Malone began investigating immediately.

The teacher initially denied recording the video and said touching the hijab was not done out of disrespect. The girl’s mother and sister were very upset after they watched the video, saying, “This should never happen.”

In a statement to the news station Wednesday, Malone wrote that the teacher was suspended without pay:

“New Vision Academy is a diverse school. As a school community, we pride ourselves on embracing and celebrating our racial, ethnic, religious and economic diversity. Our students learn and grow, best when they learn from one another. To foster this environment, all students must feel respected and supported.

The actions depicted in the Snapchat video do not reflect the values, culture or climate of New Vision Academy. New Vision Academy will continue to emphasize that all staff members act in a way meant to empower and inspire our students. New Vision will use this video as an opportunity to press forward with increasing cultural sensitivity and awareness among all members of the New Vision community. The staff member in question has been suspended, without pay, and we have had direct discussions with the students depicted in the Snapchat. New Vision Academy apologizes for this unfortunate incident, and will be better in the future.”

SOURCE: VLADTV

Artists Awarded Damages in Graffiti Case

Brooklyn federal jurors ruled in the favor of 21 graffiti artists after a day of deliberations in the despite between land developers and the artists responsible for painting the historic Queens art Mecca known as 5 Pointz. The American mural space at 45-46 David Street in Long Island City was founded in 1993, and was a huge staple in the hip hop and art scene. It was recently closed down and whitewashed as developers have plans to build luxury rental space in the area.

Artists Awarded Damages in Graffiti Case

The collective of artists sued real estate developer Jerry Wolkoff under the Visual Artists Rights Act — a law passed in 1990 that protects artwork of “recognized stature.” The 49 pieces of graffiti that covered the location were legally protected when Wolkoff painted over them during the night without warning nearly 4 years ago. According to the counsel for the artists, each of the 21 were awarded damages.

In an interview with HipHopDX, Baum said “The jury sided strongly with the rights of the artists. This is a clear message from the people that the whitewash of the building by its owner Gerald Wolkoff was a cruel and willful act.”

This is the first trial that cites the Visuals Artists Rights Act, however, the jury’s decision was an advisory ruling, the final call is still a judge’s to make.

SOURCE: VLADTV

Richard Spencer Bounced a $10K Check for Florida Event

Alt-right White supremacist Richard Spencer’s controversial appearance at the University of Florida, Gainesville in October almost never happened, and the reason had nothing to do with students’ attempts to shut the event down. Rather, it appears that Spencer’s think tank organization bounced a check on the university only days before he was scheduled to show up.

On Wednesday, November 8, the UF released several hundred pages of emails that documented record of the failed transaction. A copy of the check reads, “We would like to confirm with you that the check (#1014) with the amount of $10,564.00 paid by the National Policy Institute on 10/10/2017 was returned due to “Insufficient Funds” in payer’s bank account on 10/12/2017.” Apparently, the check and rental contract for use of the university’s space was FedExed by NPI executive director Evan McLaren via same-day delivery on October 6. Six days later the school was alerted about the blunder.

The National Policy Institute has seen its share of unsuspected woes so far as finances go in 2017. Back in March, the organization learned that its non-profit tax-exempt status was being stripped by the IRS, for failure to file required tax returns since 2012. While the NPI’s current financial standing has gone unreported on, it is confirmed that they indeed eventually came through with their payment for Spencer’s University of Florida speech.

SOURCE: VLADTV