Black Unemployment Falls to Record Low, Trump Takes Credit

You'll never guess who took credit for the recent news that black unemployment in the U.S. reached its lowest recorded percentage since the statistic was first tracked in 1972. That's right, it was this guy:

As he has done for much of his presidency, Donald Trump wasted no time taking credit for an accomplishment that likely has little to do with him. Much of the United States' present economic growth has been attributed to Barack Obama's policies, not Trump's, and the Washington Post published an extensive piece claiming that job growth under the new president has largely lagged behind Obama's pace in five of the last seven years.

The news is an obvious positive, with the Washington Post noting that in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, black unemployment reached as high as 16.8 percent in 2010. Full data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics can be seen here.

Predictably, the news sparked a ruckus on Twitter between those who refuted the president's statement and those who bizarrely claimed this news proves something about Trump's personal feelings on race.

Trump seemingly has more pressing matters to attend to than taking credit for another accomplishment that likely doesn't belong to him, such as the incendiary new book about his White House, his petty feud with Steven Bannon or, you know, the looming threat of nuclear war with North Korea.

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Floyd Mayweather Calls Trump a ‘Real Man’ for P*ssy-Grabbing Comments

Earlier this week, Hollywood Unlocked published the first part of a lengthy video/radio interview they did with Floyd Mayweather, and it featured him touching on a bunch of different topics. From talking about his recent fight with Conor McGregor to speaking on the investments he has made that will prevent him from ever going broke, Mayweather kept it light, for the most part.

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But Hollywood Unlocked published the second part of their interview with the 50-0 boxer late Wednesday, and the topics that are discussed during it are much heavier than the ones that were in the first part. Over the course of the interview, Mayweather talked about a handful of the beefs he’s had over the years, including those with 50 Cent and T.I. He also touched on Lil Wayne’s recent health scare. But the most noteworthy portion of the interview came when Mayweather was asked about Donald Trump.

If you haven’t kept up with Mayweather’s relationship with Trump in recent months, Mayweather was spotted visiting with Trump a short time after he was elected president last November. Donald Trump Jr. posted a photo of him standing with his father and Mayweather on Twitter.

In January, Mayweather spoke at length with TMZ Sports about why he was planning on attending Trump’s inauguration. At the time, Mayweather said that he was “appreciative” of Trump attending his 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao, and was simply repaying the favor by showing up for his big day. “We judge people that we really don’t know,” Mayweather said when asked about Trump. “So I’m not here to say nothing negative about nobody.”

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And it sounds like Mayweather has kept his connection with Trump going, in spite of the many controversies Trump has caused since taking office. While speaking with Hollywood Unlocked, Mayweather spent more than six minutes talking about Trump and said a number of things that are definitely going to raise some eyebrows. From his opinion of people calling Trump racist to his thoughts on Trump's infamous pussy-grabbing remarks, Mayweather tackled it all—even though he probably would have been better off moving to a different topic.

You can watch Mayweather speak about Trump in the clip at the top, beginning at the 3:45 mark. We have also transcribed a handful of the things Mayweather had to say about Trump, and included time stamps for each of them below.

On why he’s friends with Trump (begins at the 3:45 mark):

“You say 'friends.' You mean, 'communicated with Donald Trump and talked with him on a couple occasions.' A lot of times, just because, if something is going on in this world, in our country, and everybody be like, 'Oh, fuck that, I don’t care about that. I’m not going there.' Somebody has to go there to find out what’s going on so they can come back and relay the message to everybody else. 'This is what’s going on.'”

On attending Trump’s inauguration (begins at the 4:15 mark):

“I just wanted to say I did it one time in my life. It didn’t matter who the president was. I just wanted to go to be a part of it, to see how it is.”

On staying in touch with Trump (begins at the 4:50 mark):

“I can call him directly on his phone.”

On people who believe Trump is racist (begins at the 5:05 mark):

“I’m not here to tell nobody who they can and they can’t be friends with. I think, within this world, racism still exists. You never heard anything about Donald Trump being racist until he ran for president and won. Before that, he was on WWE, he was on different shows, and everybody liked Donald Trump. But as soon as he ran for president…”

On Trump’s infamous pussy-grabbing comments (begins at the 5:35 mark):

“People don’t like the truth… He speak like a real man spoke. Real men speak like, 'Man, she had a fat ass. You see her ass? I had to squeeze her ass. I had to grab that fat ass.' Right? So he talking locker room talk. Locker room talk. 'I’m the man, you know what I’m saying? You know who I am. Yeah, I grabbed her by the pussy. And?'”

On whether or not Trump should have been held to a higher standard during his presidential run (begins at the 6:15 mark):

“I feel people shy away from realness. This man didn’t do nothing. Listen, if y’all didn’t want the man in the White House, y’all should have voted the other way. It ain’t like he went and robbed—he done his homework. He did what he had to do and he got there.”

On why people should stop complaining about Trump being in office (begins at the 6:40 mark):

“My thing is this: it don’t matter who’s in there. If Trump is in there, Clinton, Barack Obama, it doesn’t matter. That’s not going to stop my drive. The thing is this: too many people are worried about what Trump is doing and what other presidents are doing, instead of worrying about what you’re trying to do and what level you’re trying to get to. See, my thing is I don’t give a fuck about what nobody else doing. I got to worry about what I’m trying to do and where I’m trying to get to. A lot of times, it’s, 'Aw, man, it’s going to affect us.' My man, if you ain’t making 400, 500, $600 million, it’s not going to affect you no fucking way. It’s only going to affect somebody like me. I’m the motherfucker that should be tripping—paying $34 million, $25 million, $26 million [in taxes]. I should be tripping! But guess what I’m saying? 'It’s alright. It is what it is.' One thing we all know that we got to do, one thing we know that’s going to happen for sure, we gonna pay taxes and we gonna die. But while we here, live life to the fullest. Stop worrying about what everybody else doing. How I became successful and how I got to where I got to, I don’t worry about what nobody else say.”

On why people should stop protesting Trump (begins at the 8:05 mark):

“At the end of the day, I don’t know why everybody keep bitching and keep picketing and holding [signs]. They walking and walking, protesting, 'We don’t want this to happen.' My man, all that time you spending protesting, you could be at home writing down ideas coming up with a business.”

On Trump’s immigration policies and his recent decision to end DACA (begins at the 8:50 mark):

“A lot of times you meet people, people from other countries. You meet people from other countries that be like, 'Oh, I love my country. I love this. I love that.' I say, 'If you love your country so much, why you here? You taking up space for other people. We got some other Americans that would love your job.' But remember, this country will give somebody else from a whole other country that they don’t know shit about a loan before they even give the American citizens a loan. So I don’t know how many illegal people that we have in this country. My thing is this: I’m not saying I’m with [Trump’s decision to end DACA], I’m not saying I’m against it. I love everybody. I love people from all around the world. My thing is this: Floyd Mayweather is not worried about nobody else’s business. I don’t worry about nobody else’s business. A lot of times, we spend too much time talking about and worrying about other people’s business instead of worrying about our own. I got to where I got to—it’s easy, I make millions and millions of dollars on a daily basis—because I focus on Floyd.”

It’s probably safe to say that many of these things will not go over well with Mayweather supporters or, frankly, with anyone at all.

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Protesters Are Demanding Donald Trump Be Removed From WWE Hall of Fame

Nothing can escape the glare of Donald Trump's buffoonery in 2017. With Americans angry over his lacking response to white supremacists, an unexpected group is calling for his ouster: wrestling fans.

But no, they're not asking for him to be impeached. WWE fans are worried about an institution that is much more sacred, the WWE Hall of Fame. Gothamist spoke to a group of fans gathered outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and they believe there is precedent for Trump to be removed from the hall.

“We were talking about how Trump gave that crazy press conference, and then thought about how he's in the WWE Hall of Fame even though Hulk Hogan got kicked out over racism,” said John Stevens, one of the men arguing Trump should get the boot. “What Trump has done is remarkably worse than what Hogan did, since he's dividing the country by siding with neo-Nazis and white nationalists.”

Stevens would continue, claiming that it reflects poorly on the company to keep Trump in. “I was sickened by that press conference, and his response to Charlottesville,” Stevens said. “WWE is endorsing those comments by having [Trump] in their Hall of Fame. I can't wrap my brain around the fact that they'd leave him in there, take Hogan out and claim they say they care about racism.”

Trump has taken a lot of heat for his handling of the tragic situation in Charlottesville, Virginia, blaming “many sides” in the immediate aftermath of a white supremacist running over a counter-protester, Heather Heyer.

In fairness, if racism was the driving force behind a possible Trump ouster, the WWE didn't exactly need the Charlottesville aftermath to be affiliated with racism. In the late 1980s, he took out full-page ads in major New York newspapers calling for the death penalty in the case of the “Central Park Five,” in which a group of black men were eventually exonerated after facing sexual assault charges. Decades later, he refused to back down from his stance in spite of DNA evidence and confessions from the actual assailant.

The rest of his history isn't a whole lot better, if at all. He accused a federal judge of being biased against him because of Mexican heritage (the judge was born in Indiana), he was sued repeatedly for not renting to black tenants, his casinos were fined for removing African-American card dealers at a gambler's request, claimed Barack Obama was a foreign-born Muslim (he is not and it wouldn't matter if he was Muslim anyway), and attacked the family of a deceased U.S. Army officer after they spoke out against him during the 2016 election.

So yeah, WWE fans upset with him being in the Hall of Fame have a point, even if it's one that could have been made when he was originally inducted into the Hall in 2013. Though his normalization through WWE was not as big of a problem as it is now that he's in the most powerful office in America, the luster of his Hair vs. Hair match against Vince McMahon is not more important than showing your fans you give a damn about racism.

But who knows! Maybe this will give WWE the kick in the ass it needs to take action. Given that McMahon is a close friend and supporter of Trump's don't expect him to get booted from the Hall of Fame anytime soon.

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Steph Curry to Re-Sign With Warriors for Record $201 Million Over Five Years

Once the clock struck 12:01 AM ET on July 1, and the NBA free agency period was underway, the Golden State Warriors didn't waste any time getting Steph Curry to come to terms on a five-year, $201 million “supermax” deal, the richest contract in league history. The “supermax,” or the designated-player exception, is a recently added provision to the NBA collective bargaining agreement. It awards a select few players even higher paying contracts as long as they can check off a number of boxes, including being named to one of the three all-NBA teams in two of the previous three seasons. 

This moment is a long time coming for Curry, who has been playing for the Warriors on a discount.

$44M: What the Warriors paid Steph Curry for the last four seasons.

$40.2M: What Curry will AVERAGE in EACH of the next five seasons.

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Even though the figures are absurd, people can't seem to hate on Curry for finally getting his big payday.

Stephen Curry went from being the 4th highest paid player on his team to having the highest salary in all of the #NBA.
Wow. He deserves it.

Aliya Langley (@aliyalangley) July 1, 2017

Stephen Curry went from getting paid $11mill for 4yrs to $40.2mill for the next 5yrs😱

— Bdiddy22 (@bcd1244) July 1, 2017

Stephen Curry just got the $$$$ he deserves. Highest paid player in NBA history 👏👏👏👏

— Mad Over You (@simon_garayi) July 1, 2017

Stephen Curry getting paid! Well deserved! 👏👌

Dos Imperial (@dosimperialph) July 1, 2017

Stephen Curry deserves to be paid a lot for his contribution to his team and to the nba coz many are watching basketball because of him.

— Hona Night (@HonaNight) July 1, 2017

Stephen Curry is finally getting the money he deserves. By the end of his career, being the highest paid player will be justified

— JT (@TrefryJames) July 1, 2017

It was about damn time Stephen Curry got paid.

— FreeBallSports (@FreeBallSports) July 1, 2017

Stephen Curry got paid 💰 well deserved tho

— Michael Bui (@MichaelBui5) July 1, 2017

Stephen curry 5 year 201 mil. I hate to say it but get paid you deserve it

— Duke (@Farb6Matt) July 1, 2017

Even LeBron James had to put his team's rivalry with Curry and the Warriors on the back-burner to acknowledge the historic signing.

Congrats @StephenCurry30!! 🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/hBpxVhAEBQ

— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 1, 2017

Congrats on a well deserved payday Steph. 

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Producer Mano Claims Katy Perry Called Him the N-Word Even Though He Told Her to Stop

Over the weekend, Katy Perry caught all kinds of heat for her tone deaf “joke” comparing her hair not being black anymore to Barack Obama no longer being in office. Shouts to the internet for going in on her, but it looks like that bullshit was the tip of the iceberg.

Chicago's Mano, who you may remember as being one of the producers on the Weeknd's “The Hills” and being Kanye West's former DJ, has been expounding on a story he started telling about Katy Perry back in 2013, where she called him and his squad “nigga”… while they were up in the club in Paris.

He also mentioned it again in 2015.

With the latest in Katy Perry fuckery hitting the newswire, Mano decided to tweet a pic with her.

Mano then took the time out to provide some more details on the situation, saying he was in the spot with the squad (which appears to have included Plain Pat and Virgil Abloh) and Katy Perry, who was dancing on his friend HXLT at a club “the day 4 ye fashion show.”

As Mano's story goes, Katy had no problem calling them “her niggas,” and she didn't understand why this was offensive after being told to stop “a few times.”

It sounds like Mano was catching flack for sharing the story, but he says he has “no personal vendetta” with Katy.

Being a black man living in America who has been called a nigger by some shitty people, as well as having the word “nigga” thrown around like it wasn't anything by white people, I get where Mano's coming from. That shit can be tough to deal with, especially if he felt that, because of the position he was in at the time, he couldn't check a superstar like Katy Perry.

One person we would like to hear from is Katy Perry, who hasn't spoken about that “joke” or Mano's comments about this incident in 2013. She has promoted her new single with Migos, her upcoming appearance at The Met today, and about kimonos.

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