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The Weeknd says goodbye to H&M over ‘monkey’ sweatshirt ad

Pop star The Weeknd has cut ties with the international retail chain H&M after the company ran an ad featuring a black boy modeling a sweatshirt emblazoned with the words “coolest monkey in the jungle.”

The Canadian singer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, had partnered with the Sweden-based company for its 2017 Spring Icons Collection and modeled some of its apparel.

On Monday, The Weeknd tweeted that he was “shocked and embarrassed” and “deeply offended” and “will not be working with @hm anymore…” along with a photo of the ad.

By 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, it had been retweeted close to 103,000 times and “liked” almost 230,000 times.

“We completely understand and agree with his reaction to the image. We are deeply sorry that the picture was taken and we also regret the actual print,” H&M said in a statement. “We will continue the discussion with The Weeknd and his team separately.”

Other celebrities have also gone after H&M online. NBA star LeBron James posted singer Chris Classic’s edited version of the ad on Instagram. It features a gold crown on the model’s head and a drawing of a crown covering the “coolest monkey in the jungle” line on the hoodie. The phrase “king of the world” run across the top of the photo.

H&M was accused on social media of being racist after using the photo online to sell a hoodie in the U.K. The retailer removed the image and the sweatshirt is no longer for sale anywhere.

The company pledged to “look into our internal routines to avoid such situations in the future.”

Eminem Attacks Trump in BET Cypher

Never one to be shy with his words, Eminem made a blistering return to the music scene via a passionate takedown of Donald Trump in a freestyle broadcast on BET’s Hip-Hop Awards.

Filmed Friday in his hometown of Detroit, the Grammy Award winner went after the president in a nearly five-minute cypher performance, where he referred to Trump as a “bitch,” and called him out for his handling of Charlottesville, and his recent attack on the NFL player protests.

In what Eminem has deemed “The Storm,” he rapped, “This is his form of distraction/ Plus, he gets an enormous reaction/ When he attacks the NFL, so we focus on that/ Instead of talking about Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada/ All of these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather cause a Twitter storm with the Packers.”

Trump wasn’t the rapper’s only target, as he had a strong message for people who claim to be supporters of both men. “And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his,” he continued. “I’m drawing in the sand a line/ You’re either for or against/ And if you can’t decide who you like more in your split/ On who you should stand beside/ I’ll do it for you with this/ F— you.”

Raising his fist in the air, a move he says is for former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the national anthem kneeling movement, Eminem concluded, “The rest of America stand up. We love our military and we love our country, but we f—ing hate Trump.”

SOURCE: EW

Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem

GLENDALE, Ariz. — In his first game in an Oakland Raider uniform, Marshawn Lynch didn’t play a down. Yet he provided the most vivid image of the night, sitting for the national anthem before the Raiders’ 20-10 preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.

Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem

The ex-Seattle running back, who came out of retirement to sign with his hometown Raiders, sat on an orange cooler with his arms resting on his knees, while others around him stood.

Although he rarely talks to the media, Lynch has voiced support for quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the anthem last season to protest what he saw as a pattern of police mistreatment of people of color.

Lynch was gone from the locker room by the time reporters arrived.

Coach Jack Del Rio said he spoke to him about the issue after the game.

“He said, ‘This is something I’ve done for 11 years. It’s not a form of anything other than me being myself,’” Del Rio said. The coach said that he told Lynch “just so you understand how I feel, I very strongly believe in standing for the national anthem but I’m going to respect you as a man. You do your thing.”

“So that’s a non-issue for me,” Del Rio said.

Marshawn Lynch Sits During National Anthem

Quarterback E.J. Manuel said he didn’t know Lynch hadn’t stood for the anthem.

“Obviously, we all support Marshawn because he’s part of our team, but I think that is more of a personal thing,” Manuel said. “I can’t really comment on it too much.”

SOURCE: WESH

Merck CEO resigns from Trump council over Charlottesville

Merck & Co Inc Chief Executive Kenneth Frazier resigned from U.S. President Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council on Monday, saying he was taking a stand against intolerance and extremism.

Frazier, who is African-American, is the only CEO so far to leave one of Trump’s advisory councils because of his reaction to the violence in Virginia. Prominent Democrats and Republicans criticized Trump’s response to the violence over the weekend.

A gathering of hundreds of white nationalists in Virginia took a deadly turn on Saturday when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters and killed at least one person.

Trump had said “many sides” were involved, drawing fire from across the political spectrum for not specifically denouncing the far right.

“America’s leaders must honor our fundamental views by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal,” Frazier said in a statement announcing his resignation.

“As CEO of Merck and as a matter of personal conscience, I feel a responsibility to take a stand against intolerance and extremism,” he said.

Trump responded in a tweet, saying now that “Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, which represents the pharmaceutical industry and lobbies on its behalf in Congress, declined to offer a statement of support for Frazier or to comment on Trump’s reaction.

SOURCE: REUTERS

Charlotte Police Release Video of Fatal Shooting

Videos released by police in Charlotte, North Carolina, shows a deadly confrontation between police and Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old black man who was shot to death Tuesday, triggering riots in North Carolina’s largest city.

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The two videos from body cameras and dash cameras from officers confronting Scott were released Saturday after days of calls by protesters to make the footage public.

One of the videos shows Scott getting out of his car and turning to his left, standing in the parking lot for about three seconds before he is shot and seen falling to the ground.

A second video does not show Scott before he is on the ground. The audio on this video has been removed for the first 23 seconds.

http://www.voanews.com/embed/player/0/3523698.htmlA fifth day of protests against the shooting was largely peaceful after the release of the videos. On Sunday, dozens of protesters chanted, “Black lives matter!” outside the Carolina Panthers-Minnesota Vikings professional football game in Charlotte.

The Panthers’ star quarterback,Cam Newton, wore a T-shirt in pregame warm-ups quoting civil rights icon Martin Luther Jing Jr., saying, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

The major question about the shooting – whether Scott was holding a gun when police ordered him to step out of his car – was not answered, even with the release of the video, which shows Scott exiting his car and backing slowly away as police officers order him to drop his weapon.

Police said Saturday that two plainclothes officers in an unmarked car had been in Scott’s neighborhood Tuesday to serve a warrant to someone else when they spotted Scott sitting in his car holding what they believed to be a marijuana joint [cigarette].

Police Chief Kerr Putnam told reporters Saturday the officers also believed they saw Scott holding a gun, and reasoned that the combination of drugs and a weapon constituted a threat to public safety.

http://www.voanews.com/embed/player/0/3523699.htmlPutnam said the officers retreated, donned protective gear that was marked “Police,” and returned to confront Scott, ordering him loudly to drop his weapon, something that can be heard on the video. Police say Scott did not comply, even after a police officer in a marked SUV drove up and pounded with his fist on Scott’s passenger-side window.

Police said Scott then got out of his vehicle, but did not surrender a weapon, and one of the officers fired the fatal shots.

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In a news conference Saturday, Scott’s family questioned how the situation could have turned deadly so quickly. After seeing the video, Scott’s brother told reporters, “Unfortunately, now we are left with more questions than answers.”

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney announced earlier Saturday the video would be released, a central demand by protesters who have been marching in Charlotte since Tuesday night.

Several hundred demonstrators gathered near police headquarters Saturday as Putney held his news conference.

Putney said he had been assured that making the video public would not interfere with an ongoing investigation of the killing. He said the images were being released “in the spirit of transparency.”

The police chief defended his officers’ actions, saying they acted correctly in firing at Scott because he had marijuana with him at the time and also had a firearm.

The question of whether or not Scott had a gun with him, and whether he brandished it at police, has been central to the public debate over this case in North Carolina’s largest city.

Scott’s family members have said repeatedly that he had no weapon, and that he was sitting in his car, reading a book and waiting for his son to be dropped off by a school bus, when police approached him.

The dead man’s widow, Rakeyia, has released a recording she made with her mobile phone on Tuesday, calling out to police over and over again that he was unarmed, and at the same time calling out to Scott to obey all police orders and come out of his car.

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A marijana “blunt” cigarette that police said was in the possession of Keith Lamont Scott is seen in a picture provided by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in Charlotte, North Carolina, Sept. 24, 2016.
Neither Rakeyia Scott’s video nor the images released by police Saturday show clearly whether or not Keith Scott was holding a gun. As she yells that he is unarmed, police can be heard shouting at Scott: “Drop the gun!” Gunshots then ring out, and Scott can be seen lying prone in the street.

Authorities said the police were in the area looking for someone else when they saw Scott was holding a gun, and turned toward him.

Soon after the shooting, it was learned the police had video recordings of what happened, and those images became the focus of angry demonstrations. Wednesday’s protest turned violent, with store windows smashed and scuffles with police, who fired tear gas at the crowd.

A 26-year-old man was shot and fatally wounded, by someone in the crowd, authorities have said, not by a police officer.

Demonstrations have been more peaceful since then, and the city has ordered a midnight curfew, which police have chosen not to enforce while anyone still on the streets at that hour is peaceful.

SOURCE: VOA

Tulsa Police Officer Charged with Manslaughter

Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer Betty Shelby has been charged with felony manslaughter in the first degree, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler told reporters Thursday.

Shelby fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher after his SUV stopped in a roadway last week.

Tulsa Police Officer Charged with Manslaughter
“We reviewed the facts of the allegations. It is our responsibility to determine if the filing of a criminal charge is justified under the law,” Kurnzweiler said.

An arrest warrant was issued for Shelby and arrangements have been made for her surrender, he said. It was not clear when she would turn herself in.

The criminal complaint against Shelby said her “fear resulted in her unreasonable actions which led her to shooting” Crutcher. She is accused of “unlawfully and unnecessarily” shooting Crutcher after he did not comply with her “lawful orders.”

Tulsa Police Officer Charged with Manslaughter
Attorneys for Crutcher’s family said they were “happy charges have been brought” against the officer and they will be seeking a “vigorous prosecution” of this case that results in a conviction.
The attorneys also expressed gratitude to the Tulsa Police Department.
“Today, we are thankful to TPD, we are thankful to (police) Chief (Chuck) Jordan for providing information to the District Attorney’s office, and we are happy that charges were brought,” attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons said during a news conference.
“This is a small victory,” Crutcher’s twin sister Tiffany told reporters.
“The chain breaks here. We’re going to break the chains of police brutality,” she added. “We know the history.”

Tulsa Police Officer Charged with Manslaughter
The possible penalty for conviction on first-degree manslaughter in Oklahoma is four years to life, according to Susan Witt, the public information officer for the district attorney’s office.
CNN reached out to Scott Wood, the attorney for Shelby, but has not received a response.
Earlier this week, Wood said his client thought Crutcher was behaving strangely and ignored her commands, and that she was afraid that he might be reaching for a weapon.

Tulsa Police Officer Charged with Manslaughter
Multiple police cameras, including ones mounted in squad cars and in a helicopter, captured the Crutcher shooting on tape. In the video, Crutcher can be seen with his hands raised above his head prior to his death. He walks away from Shelby towards his car.
None of the videos showed whether the vehicle window was open or closed.
There was no weapon found in the car. Activists planned a rally Thursday night in Tulsa. In a tweet the group WethePeopleOkalhoma said, “There is still work to be done.”
“There is currently no credible information that any of the gatherings, protests, or rallies will be anything other than peaceful,” according to a statement on the Tusla Police Department Facebook page.
The department was aware of several demonstrations in the Tulsa area, it said.

Tulsa Police Officer Charged with Manslaughter
It all started after a 911 call Friday from a woman said an abandoned car was blocking the street and a man was running away. The man warned that it was going to blow up, the caller said.
Shelby was the first officer to arrive on the scene, though she was not responding to the 911 call. Her attorney said she was on her way to a domestic violence call when she saw Crutcher.

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Russell Simmons Offers Brandon Marshall Endorsement Deal

NFL linebacker Brandon Marshall has found a supporter who can offer him more than his sympathies, following reports that a second Marshall sponsor has pulled its endorsement in response to his recent protest of the National Anthem.

Russell Simmons Offers Brandon Marshall Endorsement Deal

Music mogul Russell Simmons took to Instagram upon learning the news on Tuesday [September 13], and extended Marshall an opportunity to recoup some of his lost bucks while he continues to stand for what he believes in.

Russell Simmons Offers Brandon Marshall Endorsement Deal

“Which other company is supporting Brandon? It says two endorsements,” Simmons asked followers, before jumping the gun on a possible partnership. “RUSHCARD is in. We will find Brandon and make him an offer and make him a deal.”

Russell Simmons Offers Brandon Marshall Endorsement Deal

Marshall is one of the players who has followed Colin Kaepernick‘s lead in bringing a call for the nation to address racial injustice, to the NFL in 2016. In fact, while Kaepernick sparked the movement back in August, Marshall was the first to abstain from observing the anthem during the regular season, rallying various players around the league to continue joining after he took a knee during the star-spangled banner before the year’s inaugural game against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.

Russell Simmons Offers Brandon Marshall Endorsement Deal

Within 24 hours of staging his dissent, Marshall’s partnership with Air Academy Federal Credit Union was severed. On Monday came news of another voided endorsement, when CenturyLink announced it’s parting from Marshall. Interestingly enough, CenturyLink is the sponsor of CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks themselves have had an overt presence among the league’s protesters, demonstrating with interlocked arms during pre-game ceremonies on Sunday. There has been no word as to whether CenturyLink plans on punishing the Seattle team, but the company’s maneuver could none the less spell out inhibition among players who are planning to protest, as it’s reached over the sport includes a partnership with DirecTV.

SOURCE: VLADTV