Dodge Ram Under Fire for Using MLK Speech to Promote Cars in Commercial

Dodge came under fire on Super Bowl Sunday for their use of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1968 sermon “The Drum Major Instinct” as a background for their “Built To Serve” ad. The ad features football players, rescue workers, and Marines to support their message.

A description in the video reads, “In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ram truck owners also believe in a life of serving others. They serve because they’re driven by a higher calling. They serve because they feel a shared responsibility and commitment to their family and community. They serve because they’re men and women of their word. They serve because they know the world could use a little more kindness.”

A tweet from The King Center’s official Twitter page revealed that neither they or King’s daughter Bernice permitted the use of the audio for the commercial. The tweet read, “Neither @TheKingCenter nor @BerniceKing is the entity that approves the use of #MLK’s words or imagery for use in merchandise, entertainment (movies, music, artwork, etc) or advertisement, including tonight’s @Dodge #SuperBowl commercial.”

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Outbreak of norovirus causes quarantine of 1,200 Olympic security guards

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea – Officials in South Korea quarantined 1,200 security guards after 41 of them at the Winter Olympic facilities at Pyeongchang had symptoms similar to the norovirus, CNN reported.

South Korea deployed 900 military personnel after the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee (POCOG) quarantined the security guards. The POCOG said the guards suffered sudden outbreaks of diarrhea and vomited Sunday and were taken to the hospital, CNN reported. An investigation suggested the symptoms could have come from ground water being used in the food and beverages at the facilities, ESPNreported.

“The military personnel … will be responsible for security checks of the 20 venues as they take up jobs such as security searches, previously done by civilian safety personnel, until the patients’ condition is normalized,” according to a statement from the POCOG.

All of the civilian guards are in stable condition, according to the statement.

Competitions at the Winter Olympics begin Feb. 8 and will continue through the closing ceremonies on Feb. 25.

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Kylie Jenner Welcomes ‘Beautiful and Healthy’ Baby Girl

It’s official: after months of secrecy surrounding her pregnancy, Kylie Jenner is a mom.

The 20-year-old reality star and beauty mogul gave birth to a baby girl on Feb. 1, she confirmed on Instagram, Sunday. The little girl weighed in at 8 lbs., 9 oz. and arrived at 4:43 p.m. local time.

The new arrival is the first child for Jenner and boyfriend Travis Scott.

“I’m sorry for keeping you in the dark through all the assumptions,” wrote Jenner. “I understand you’re used to me bringing you along on all my journeys. My pregnancy was one I chose not to do in front of the world.”

Continued Jenner, “I knew for myself I needed to prepare for this role of a lifetime in the most positive, stress free, and healthy way I knew how. There was no gotcha moment, no big paid reveal I had planned. I knew my baby would feel every stress and every emotion so I chose to do it this way for my little life and our happiness.”

“Pregnancy has been the most beautiful, empowering, and life changing experience I’ve had in my entire life and I’m actually going to miss it,” she said. “I appreciate my friends and especially my family for helping me make this special moment as private as we could. My beautiful and healthy baby girl arrived February 1st and I just couldn’t wait to share this blessing. I’ve never felt love and happiness like this I could burst! Thank you for understanding.”

Jenner also shared a lengthy montage of videos from her pregnancy, including a quick shot of her and the baby in the delivery room after her arrival.

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Loaded grenade launcher left at Florida Goodwill store

Authorities say a grenade launcher, loaded with a live grenade, was left with other donated items at a Florida Goodwill store.

The Bradenton Herald reports that employees at a Goodwill store near Tampa reported the weapon on Sunday.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office says the store manager told deputies that the grenade launcher had come in a shipment from another store several days earlier. The employees at the other location said they sent it along because they didn’t know what it was.

Deputies say they disposed of the active grenade in a Hazmat locker, and the launcher was stored in the agency’s property room.

It’s not clear who donated the items.

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Cardi B Replaces Alexa in Amazon’s Super Bowl Ad

While she may have cashed another check from Mona Scott, Cardi B is also cashing checks from the world’s richest man and Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos.

The Bronx native has come up in a major way. So much, that she is starring in a Super Bowl ad alongside other A-list celebs whose voice overrides Amazon’s artificial intelligence device, Alexa. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until Sunday to see it.

Cardi’s portion of the one minute and thirty-second spot starts off with a young man asking Alexa about a planet right next door to Earth. “Alexa, how far is Mars?” he inquires. Cardi makes a sound similar to a Nextel chirp before replying, “How far is Mars? Well, how am I supposed to know? I’ve never been there! This guy wanna go to Mars! For what? There’s not even oxygen there!” Cardi laughs. The young man looks back at his Alexa device, confused. Later on, Alexa is prompted to play country music. Instead, Cardi chirps then belts, “I don’t dance now, I make money moves!”

Others who make appearances in the same commercial are Bezos himself, chef Gordon Ramsay, comedian Rebel Wilson, (who speaks over Keith Sweat’s “Nobody”) and Sir Anthony Hopkins.

XXL reports Missy Elliot and Busta Rhymes will also star in Super Bowl ads. They will all air on Sunday, February 4th during the game.

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C-Murder Joins Hunger Strike Due to ‘Deplorable’ Conditions at Angola Prison

C-Murder, aka Corey Miller, was a prominent rapper in the 90’s until a murder charge derailed his career. C-Murder was a part of his brother Master P’s No Limit label, which captured the hip-hop game and introduced the world to Louisiana rap music. Miller was convicted of second-degree murder charges in 2009 and has spent the last decade behind bars.

Angola Prison, which is located in Louisianna, is infamous for its harsh living conditions, and this month C-Murder decided to stand up against the tyranny of the prison staff. According to his Publicist Tammy Ty Page, “C-Murder has chosen to use his platform to voice dire conditions going on at Angola.”

The inmates cite several reasons for the hunger strike at Angola Prison. Visitor treatment, water quality, sanitation, and proper medical treatment are said to be the main factors driving the strike. Visitors have been subjected to strip-searches by guards who have open cases pending against them for various sexual assault crimes, while inmates have to deal with the sex offenders day in and day out.

The Assistant Warden, Barrett Boeker, was charged with raping a woman at his home in Angola Prison two years ago. He currently has several charges pending against him stemming from incidents with various inmates. Warden Darrel Vannoy and James LeBlanc, the Secretary of DOC, have also been implicated in the corruption.

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Bruno Mars Sweeps Major Categories At 2018 Grammy Awards Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email

In a year when the nominees were more eclectic and adventurous, the safe bets prevailed at the 60th Grammy Awards.

All of the night’s most coveted awards went to Bruno Mars, for his funk-infused 24K Magic, which won Album of the Year, and the songs “24K Magic” and “That’s What I Like,” which won Record and Song of the year, respectively. Mars cleaned up in four other categories as well: Best R&B Performance, Best R&B Album, Best R&B Song and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, making him the year’s most decorated artist.

The night started out looking like it could go in a different direction. After new nomination review committees were implemented in June 2017 for the fields of rap, contemporary instrumental and new age to diversify the nominee pool, hip-hop vet Jay Z walked into the Garden with the most nominations of any artist. Although he was awarded the Industry Icon Award before the televised awards, he lost all eight Grammys for which he was nominated. In the hip-hop categories, all four of those losses came at the benefit of Kendrick Lamar, who started the evening as the second-most nominated artist. His poetic yet pop-appeasing fourth studio album, DAMN. (which was named NPR Music’s best album of 2017), won five awards but lost two of the night’s three biggest prizes to Mars.

“You guys are the reason I’m in the studio pulling my hair out,” Mars said to his competitors in the audience when accepting the award for Album of the Year. That speech capped a night when Mars managed a rare sweep of the major awards, a feat also accomplished last year, when Adele beat Beyoncé — Jay Z’s wife — in each of the major categories.

There were numerous nods to the East Coast location of New York City at this year’s ceremony. The 2018 awards marked the first time in 15 years that the Grammys have been held in New York, and there was plenty of star power packed into Madison Square Garden. But while the location may have been touted as historic, there were plenty of missed opportunities to make actual Grammy history.

If Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s smash hit “Despacito” had won Song or Record of the year, it would have marked the first time a Spanish-language track won in either category. It lost in every category in which it was nominated.

R&B sensation SZA was the most nominated woman of the night but lost all five awards for which she was nominated, including Best New Artist, which was won by Alessia Cara.

While the unspoken theme at last year’s Grammys was timidly political, the elephant in the room this year dissolved early in the night into the form of dainty white roses, as many on the Grammys red carpet — Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Lana Del Rey and more — wore flowers with their Grammy ensembles to show solidarity and compassion for victims of sexual harassment and the #TimesUp movement.

Though the nod to the movement organized by record executives Meg Harkins and Karen Rait was visible during the pre-show, it barely got any acknowledgement during the first half of the telecast. Lady Gaga was the only performer of the night to work the words “Time’s up” into her set. But past the midway point, before announcing a performance by Kesha, Janelle Monae took the moment to wave the flag of sisterhood.

“We come in peace, but we means business,” Monae said defiantly. “And to those who would dare try to silence us, we say, ‘Time’s up.’ … Just as we have the power to shape culture we also have the power to undo the culture that does not serve us.”

Then, for her emotional rendition of “Praying,” Kesha was joined on stage by Cyndi Lauper, Camila Cabello, Bebe Rexha, Julia Michels, Andra Day and the Resistance Revival Chorus. The moment was genuine, angelic and exultant, blowing away virtually every other performance of the night.

But when it came time to actually award Kesha’s efforts, the Grammys did not give her a prize in either Best Pop Solo Performance or Best Pop Vocal Album, the two categories in which she was nominated. In the former category, included on the telecast, her fellow nominees included Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga and Pink — all women who have sung about sexual assault or worked with Dr. Luke, the songwriter and producer accused by Kesha of abuse — as well as Ed Sheeran. The award was won by Sheeran, for his hit “Shape of You.”

Alas, dangling the carrot of more courageous Grammy winners above the nose of music fans proved to be yet another party trick.

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