Chrissy Teigen Is Boycotting Twitter in Support of Abuse Victims

In light of actress Rose McGowan’s Twitter suspension after she made comments about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein’s sexual harassment allegations, several women have joined forces in solidarity by going silent on Twitter in protest of women’s voices not being heard.

Chrissy Teigen, who has close to eight million followers on Twitter, is one of those celebrities promising to not post anything on the social media platform for an entire day.

On Thursday night, Teigen sent a series of tweets revealing her reasons for joining the boycott. She hopes that the platform can make adjustments in the future.

Teigen wants to stand with victims who have been harmed by sexual assault and online harassment. She also points out that Twitter needs to do better in its suspension policies, explaining that President Donald Trump can still tweet freely about nuclear threats, even if she can’t see them. Trump blocked her account in July.

Teigen received some early criticisms by her followers, but she wanted to reiterate that she was serious about the movement.

For further proof, she shared a screenshot of her mentions and settings. While people tweeted some nasty things at her, she stood her ground. “This is why,” she wrote.

Teigen is joined by other women like Alyssa Milano, as well as men: Mark Ruffalo, John Cusack, Terry Crews, and Michael Ian Black to a name a few who have pledged to the #WomenBoycottTwitter hashtag.

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Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks Discuss Eminem’s Trump Diss on ‘Everyday Struggle’

On today's Everyday Struggle, Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks, and Nadeska give a full breakdown of Eminem's BET Hip Hop Awards cypher verse where the Detroit legend took full aim at President Donald Trump. The crew also discuss the other cyphers from the BET Awards, including Fat Joe and 6lack. Additionally, Budden and Akademiks dive into the video of Birdman going off about the Lil Wayne situation. 

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Los Angeles Lakers Plan to Lock Arms for National Anthem All Season

In the midst of being historically trash for three consecutive seasons while ownership has endured a familial power struggle, the Los Angeles Lakers have shown some semblance of unity. D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young patched up their differences last season before both of them eventually ended up on different teams, and the squad found a rallying cry in Metta World Peace’s “I love basketball” mantra.

As the Lonzo Ball-led Magic Johnson regime began with Saturday night’s preseason game, the Lakers embraced a type of unity with a bit more of a serious tone by locking arms during the national anthem.

“We are in this together,” Lakers head coach Luke Walton told ESPN before his team played a preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. “I think they chose to show that we are united in this and that obviously, they have a ton of respect … well I will let them speak for themselves but I have a ton of respect for the country, the flag, the military.”

The gesture appears to fit within the confines of a memo the NBA sent to all 30 teams on September 29 reinforcing a longstanding rule that players are required to stand for the singing of the national anthem. The memo advised players and/or team officials to give pregame speeches or conduct community events in lieu of kneeling or remaining in the locker room during the anthem.

The Seattle Seahawks began the process of interlocking arms during the anthem on September 11, 2016. The gesture was viewed as an alternative to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling in protest to bring awareness to conditions impacting black American citizens and other people of color.

“By locking arms, I feel like we are showing that there are issues in this country and it is a chance for us to raise awareness and still make it a talking point,” Walton said. “If you do nothing, then it kind of goes away and if it goes away, then nothing changes.”

The Lakers’ actions come eight days after President Donald Trump rescinded an invitation to the White House that several members of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors preemptively declined.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement expressing regret that the Warriors wouldn’t visit the White House, while LeBron James opted for stronger rhetoric, referring to Trump as “U bum.”

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South Carolina Teacher Suspended for Asking Students to Justify the KKK

The same state that proudly flew a Confederate Flag over the state capitol grounds for half a century is making news again thanks to one teacher’s questionable lesson plans.

A fifth grade teacher at Oak Pointe Elementary in Irmo, South Carolina has been put on administrative leave after giving her class a homework assignment with the following question:

“You are there… You are a member of the KKK. Why do you think your treatment of African Americans is justified?”

A Facebook user named Tremain Cooper shared pictures of the homework assignment, eliciting a strong response from those who interpreted the question as the same type of “gotta hear both sides” rhetoric President Donald Trump issued after violence caused by white nationalist protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia in August.

While the possibility exists the teacher was playing devil’s advocate, Cooper didn’t seem particularly convinced.

“How can she [the teacher] ask a 5th grader to justify the actions of the KKK,” Cooper wrote in the caption to his photos, which appear to have since been deleted.

The assignment featured a grid of questions asking students to speculate on the Klu Klux Klan’s “purpose and motivation.” Other questions ask students to reflect on the KKK’s “effects on the opportunities of African Americans” and ask students if newly freed black citizens are satisfied with their new lives.

South Carolina standards for 5th grade require lessons on Reconstruction and discriminatory groups including the KKK,” wrote Lexington-Richland School District 5 director of communication Katrina Goggins in an official release about the teacher’s suspension. “We must teach the standard, but we are taking steps to ensure this particular assignment will never be used again in District Five schools. We understand the seriousness of this matter particularly in light of the events taking place in our country at this time. We want to ensure that our students, parents, staff and community know that we are giving this matter our full attention.” 

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Why Didn’t Houston Evacuate Before Hurricane Harvey Hit? An Explanation

Houston is suffering from a devastation of tragic proportions. Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast of Texas last weekend and has been sitting squarely over Houston for the past several days, causing severe flooding. Citizens and celebrities alike are coming together to help Houston, by raising money, donating clothing, food and other items, and even leading rescue efforts. (To find out how to get involved and where to donate, click here.)

You might be wondering why the city's residents didn't get the hell out of Houston before Harvey came barreling through. In order to get why they stayed put, you have to understand the city's complicated history with floods and evacuations. We've put together a timeline that breaks down Houston's reactive and proactive decisions in response to hurricanes—and why some of them led to more fatalities than the natural disasters themselves.

Hurricane Katrina

Aug. 28, 2005

On Aug. 28, 2005, Hurricane Katrina was identified as an incredibly dangerous Category 5 storm. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin ordered the first-ever mandatory evacuation of the city—around 80 percent of the 1.3 million residents evacuated. The storm made landfall at a Category 3 the next day, causing massive destruction, and killing hundreds.

Katrina ended up displacing over one million people from the Central Gulf Coast, creating the largest diaspora in U.S. history. According to the Washington Post, as many as 250,000 people from New Orleans landed in Houston after the disaster, and anywhere from 25,000 to 40,000 people made the city their home.

Hurricane Rita

Sept. 21, 2005

Not even a month after Katrina, Hurricane Rita came along. The storm developed into a record-breaking Category 5, putting everyone in southeast Texas on alert. As Rita's power rapidly gained intensity and unpredictability, the forecast worsened.

Former Houston Mayor Bill White told city residents in certain areas that evacuations were voluntary, with mandatory evacuations to be implemented the next day for Houston proper; the advisory was put in place to give coastal residents the opportunity to leave using routes Houston evacuees would be using.

With such widespread panic, especially in light of Katrina, many residents didn't pay attention to the distinction between voluntary and mandatory evacuations. 

Sept. 22, 2005

Even though weather trackers suggested Rita's path was veering away from Houston, city officials proceeded with the mandatory evacuation. The voluntary evacuation was already underway, but in light of the forecast's significant day-to-day shift, the risk was seen as too high to leave to chance.

Mayor White told residents, “Don't wait—the time for waiting is over… don't follow the example of New Orleans.” With that message in mind, residents disregarded the planned staggered evacuation, taking to the road immediately. With gas shortages that left numerous vehicles stranded, it didn't take long for heavy traffic to clog the roads leading out of town. Seeing the massive backup, Mayor White told residents to follow the news and use common sense if they were not in the mandatory evacuation area. It didn't matter at that point: by afternoon, there were 100-mile traffic jams.

By the end of the day, forecasters predicted the path of the storm would shift north, away from Houston, deteriorating. But evacuations were already in full force, and millions along the coast continued to flee in historic numbers.

Sept. 23, 2005

Hurricane Rita deescalated to a Category 3 hurricane by the afternoon. Officials from Houston TranStar, Harris County’s transportation and emergency management center, reported seeing almost no movement on Houston area freeways.

Among the many to voluntarily evacuate were Brighton Gardens nursing home residents from nearby city Bellaire, Texas. The bus carrying the senior citizens hit the road the previous day, en route to Dallas. After a 15-hour trip, the bus caught on fire after residents' oxygen canisters exploded. 24 people died.

Sept. 24, 2005

12 hours after making landfall, Rita deescalated from a Category 3 hurricane to a tropical storm. But the panic had already settled in: an estimated 2.5 million people attempted to leave the city nearly simultaneously, leading to the most intense state of gridlock in Houston history. Drivers sat in standstill traffic for 20-plus hours, and some fights even broke out on the highway. All told, more than 100 evacuees died in the mass exodus of complications from heat stroke and dehydration. The casualties from the storm itself paled in comparison, amounting to less than 10.

Hurricane Harvey

Aug. 24, 2017

Harvey officially became a hurricane. Texas coastal communities in its path are urged to evacuate. By the end of the day, it is upgraded from a Category 2 hurricane to a Category 4.

Aug. 25, 2017

Harvey, still a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast, causing damage to cities like Rockport and Corpus Christi. Heavy rains befell cities in the state's southern regions.

Aug. 26, 2017

Harvey is downgraded to a Category 3, then further to a Category 2, then 1. While the storm weakened, forecasters predicted potentially catastrophic flooding in the coming days. Harvey is eventually downgraded to a tropical storm.

Aug. 27, 2017

Devastating floods pour into Houston, leaving thousands of people seeking higher ground. The U.S. Coast Guard reports saving more than 1,000 people.

Houston records nearly 25 inches of rain by this day, leading Houston Gov. Greg Abbott to request 3,000 National Guard and State Guard members help save residents of the city. 

Kam Franklin, lead singer for the Suffers and Houston resident, applauds the decision to not evacuate, saying the city's mayor ultimately saved lives.

Aug. 28, 2017

Officials reported more than 6,000 people were rescued by police and the Coast Guard since the storm hit. Countless more were rescued by good Samaritans. Harvey, which dumped 30-plus inches of rain in some places, increased in intensity as it drifted back over the Gulf of Mexico. 

Aug. 29, 2017

Harvey hovered over the gulf as a tropical storm, leading forecasters to predict it will turn back toward southeast Texas. Numerous people were reported missing, and several were reported dead. Hundreds of thousands of Houston residents remained without power.

President Donald Trump traveled to Corpus Christi and Austin for on-the-ground briefings on disaster relief, but did not visit Houston. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner imposed a curfew on the city to curb looting efforts, and federal and local authorities reported somewhere near 13,000 rescues since the storm hit.

Aug. 30, 2017

As of Wednesday, Harvey is still a tropical storm. It made a second landfall in western Louisiana, where forecasters anticipate between 5 and 10 inches of rain. The New York Times reports up to 30 deaths in Texas so far; dozens, if not hundreds or thousands, are still awaiting rescue.

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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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Police Have Identified and Arrested the Suspected Driver in Charlottesville Tragedy

Following the death of at least one person and injuries sustained by dozens, the man believed to have driven a car into a crowd in Charlottesville, Virginia has been arrested by local police.

According to the Washington Post, the suspect in question is James Alex Fields Jr., the man to whom the vehicle is registered. Just 20 years old, Fields' arrest was confirmed by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail Superintendent, Martin Kumer, and Fields is facing an extensive list of charges. He was reportedly booked by police for, “suspicion of second-degree murder, malicious wounding, failure to stop for an accident involving a death, and hit and run.”

Fields, a registered Republican hailing from Maumee, Ohio, is believed to be the man behind the wheel of the Dodge Challenger that careened into a crowd of protesters in Virginia on Saturday. Video of the incident shows the despicable act in full detail, with the car sending bodies flying before crashing into other cars on the narrow street.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, who declared a state of emergency to prepare for the escalating violence between protesters and counter-protesters over the weekend, spoke forcefully following the outburst of violence in his state. He was clear in placing the blame on the shoulders of white supremacists, who he insisted were not welcome in Virginia.

“You pretend that you are patriots, but you are anything but a patriot,” said McAuliffe. “You came here today to hurt people, and you did hurt people. My message is clear: We are stronger than you. You have made our commonwealth stronger. You will not succeed. There is no place for you here. There is no place for you in America.”

While McAuliffe was unequivocal in his condemnation of white supremacists, President Donald Trump was decidedly softer in his response to the tragedy, refusing to target any specific group in the aftermath of the incident. 

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms,” said Trump, “this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides.”

Trump's statement on the incident was roundly criticized, especially after his response to the matter was delayed until Saturday afternoon, half a day after the initial rallies at Charlottesville were taking shape.

Fields is currently being held without bail. 

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7 Dead in London Bridge Incident; Police Gun Down 3 Suspected Attackers (UPDATE)

Police are investigating two incidents in London on Saturday, following a van that plowed into pedestrians on the London Bridge, and reports of stabbings from people in the nearby Borough Market area.

In a statement provided by Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, he notes: “At this stage, we believe that six people have died in addition to the three attackers shot dead by police.” That number rose to seven dead on Sunday, June 4, with 48 people being taken to the hospital following what's being called a “brutal terrorist attack.” 

The three attackers are suspects related to what happened on the London Bridge and Borough Market. They have not been identified. It's also being reported that 12 people in east London have been arrested in connection with the incident.

A photo snapped by photographer Gabriele Sciotto appears to show at least one of the attackers after he was stopped by police.

 

The guy that the police knocked down after 1 min #live #police #dead #man #london #terroristic #attack

A post shared by Gabriele Sciotto (@fried_chicken) on Jun 3, 2017 at 2:41pm PDT

British Prime Minister Theresa May released a statement on the situation, and said it is being treated as potential act of terrorism.

Details began pouring in on social media and witnesses on scene throughout the evening. BBC reporter Holly Jones says the van was probably traveling around 50 miles an hour when it mounted the curb and crashed directly into pedestrians.

“He swerved right around me and then hit about five or six people,” Jones said. “He hit about two people in front of me and then three behind. I’d say there are about four severely injured people. They all have paramedics assisting them at the moment.”

A witness by the name of Mark Roberts spoke with CNN, and he said that the van's crash looked intentional.

“It looked to me that the van was aiming at the people,” said Roberts. “I froze, to be honest. As I was thinking … which direction should I run, the van swerved across the other side of the bridge from me.”

Footage of multiple police cars heading to the site of the incident has been posted by journalists on the ground, with police mounting curbs in their vehicles in order to get there as quickly as possible.

The London Ambulance Service released a statement several hours after the initial event took place, confirming they'd taken at least 20 patients to six different hospitals in the aftermath of the London Bridge incident. Other people were reportedly treated at the scene for less serious injuries.

Metro police have confirmed that a number of people were stabbed in the Borough Market area shortly after the crash. One of them was an on-duty British Transport Police officer who was responding to the incident at London Bridge. He received serious but not life-threatening injuries. Police reported shots were fired.

CNN obtained an eyewitness account that described “a man with a 'massive knife' entered the restaurant at Borough Market, just south of the bridge, and stabbed two people inside. The patrons sheltered in the basement and police then arrived at the scene.”

Metro police issued their “Run, Hide, Tell” directive to citizens as a safety percaution.

A third incident at Vauxhall occurred later in the evening, but Metro police have determined it is not connected to London Bridge and Borough Market.

President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation, and will continue to receive updates from national security team members when appropriate. The U.S. Department of State issued a statement saying the U.S. condemns these attacks.

Trump seemed to use the incident as inspiration for a new tweet about his proposed travel ban, which is currently locked in legal limbo.

Last month, Ariana Grande's Manchester concert was hit with a terrorist attack that resulted in 22 people killed and more than 59 others injured from an explosion caused by a suicide bomber. Grande has made a strong effort to help families affected by the traumatizing event through her One Love Manchester benefit concert and recently visited recovering concert-goers at the hospital.

She offered some words on tonight's terror attacks:

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50 Cent Trolls Rival Ja Rule Over Fyre Festival Failure

The Fyre Festival, a “luxury” music festival in the Bahamas that was supposed to happen this week but fell apart because, well, it was a disaster, had a big name attached to it: co-organizer Ja Rule. Ja said the festival chaos was not his fault, but that hasn't stopped people from roasting him—and perhaps rightfully so.

Naturally, a good Ja Rule roast cannot exempt 50 Cent, Ja's longtime rap rival. 50 posted a meme on his Instagram insulting both Ja Rule and President Donald Trump.

 

😆Can't do nothing right. 😂 LOL

A post shared by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Apr 30, 2017 at 10:41am PDT

This was far from the first meme inspired by the festival, which received its fair share of criticism on social media. And Ja Rule is far from the only celebrity being criticized for supporting Fyre Festival.

The festival was “fully postponed” due to lack of organization, no security, lack of funds, poor facilities, bad infrastructure, and much more. Despite the blowback, Ja Rule and the organizers released another statement on Sunday to reassure everyone that all guests were safe. They also revealed a form has been sent out to everyone who wanted a refund.

In other 50-related news, the hip-hop mogul is set to host a late night variety show on BET called 50 Central. You can watch the trailer here.

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