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Artist Blasted for Racist Depiction of Serena Williams at U.S. Open

Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper came under fire for artist Mark Knight’s cartoon depiction of Serena Williams’ incident at the U.S. Open, which many see as racist.

The photo went viral online, with celebrities like Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling blasting the photo on Twitter, writing, “Well done on reducing one of the greatest sportswomen alive to racist and sexist tropes and turning a second great sportswoman into a faceless prop.”

Jemele Hill also added that the photo is “About as subtle as Fran Drescher’s voice.”

Herald editor Damon Johnston backed Knight’s cartoon in a statement, which read, “A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark’s cartoon depicted that. It had nothing to do with gender or race.”

Knight also reacted himself, stating, “I drew this cartoon Sunday night after seeing the US Open final, and seeing the world’s best tennis player have a tantrum and thought that was interesting,” he said. It’s been picked up by social media in the US and my phone has just melted down. The world has just gone crazy.”

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GA Officers Under Investigation for Using Force Against 10-Year-Old Black Child

A 10-year-old boy upset about his dad’s arrest was pinned to the ground by an Athens, Georgia officer, which was shown in a Facebook video that has quickly gained traction.

The video shows the young boy pinned to the ground with his arms held behind his back. The boy seemed scared when asking officers if he was going to jail while they continued to hold him on the ground.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department released a statement after the video started circulating. They claim that the boy lunged at an officer while trying to get to his dad in one of the squad cars. They added that they were trying to de-escalate the situation by pinning the boy to the ground, and assured that “the child was not under arrest and that we would let him up if he would remain calm.”

An internal investigation into the situation has been ordered in the situation.

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Tyrese Shoves Female Fan Who Ran Onstage to Suprise Him

Tyrese was caught off guard at his Valentine’s Love Jam set in Detroit when a fan rushed the stage and tried to give him a hug. The famed singer reacted by quickly shoving the woman, who was escorted off the stage by security.

Tyrese seemed apologetic but startled in the video, which you can check out in full up top.

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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.”

Mother: Alabama Police Beat Black 17-Year-Old Son

An image posted by a mother has since been shared 61,000 times.

Ulysses Wilkerson’s family was searching for answers as to how the 17 year-old ended up like this after an encounter with Troy police.

“He had trauma to the brain, swelling on the brain, and a cracked eye socket in three different places,” said Ulysses Wilkerson Jr. , Ulysses’ father.

Many of the 61,000 shares of the Facebook post said they were outraged.

“From all over the world, people are commenting they want justice,” said his father.

It is said that officers saw Wilkerson coming around the corner of a building in downtown Troy. When they tried to speak to him, he fled leading to a foot chase that ended here, on Madison Street. One witness said she saw officers surrounding Wilkerson who appeared to be unconscious.

“You could see the swelling of his face you could tell he had a lot of bleeding. He looked like he was passed out or maybe in and out of consciousness.” said Brittany Patterson, who drove by the scene.

Saying the first thing that came to mind was, “I hope they are not beating him.”

WDHN reached out to the Troy Police Department and to the Troy mayors office, neither would comment.

The family is asking for body and dash camera footage to be released. Also telling News 18 today that any charges against Wilkerson were dropped and that he was never placed under arrest.

“They had him handcuffed when we got in there they said he was charged with obstruction of justice the ambulance came to take him to UAB the took the handcuffs off and dropped the charges on him,” said his father.

Wilkerson was released from UAB Hospital in Birmingham, but remains under medical observation and could possibly undergo surgery after more swelling goes down.

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.”

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Young Thug’s Private Jet #MannequinChallenge

Young Thug may have just posted the most stuntastic #MannequinChallenge yet. Thugger and company are boarding a private jet with new music playing.

Young Thug's Private Jet #MannequinChallenge

What started off in high school hallways and ended up on NFL football fields has now made its way to private jets.

The viral sensation known as the #mannequinchallenge just entered another tax bracket with Young Thug leading the charge. Thugger can be seen boarding a jet with his crew including producer TM88 of 808 Mafia as a new song from he and 21 Savage play in the background. Plenty of flenching and eye blinking can be seen, but it still came out cool.

 

Music by: @thuggerthugger1 & @21savage

A video posted by “”JEFFERY”” (@thuggerthugger1) on Nov 6, 2016 at 4:17pm PST

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