New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara showed his support for Bubba Wallace, NASCAR's only black driver, during Sunday's Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
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"What's right is right, and what's wrong is wrong, and I think Bubba's a testament to that," Kamara told ESPN "With them being able to, I guess, step away from that, that's a huge step. And flipping the script, just rewriting the narrative on what this sport is and what it stands for. There's obviously some people that are against that decision of removing the flag, and I think there's way more people that are for that decision. Because I think there's a certain stigma on the type of fans that support this sport, and there's some bad ones. But I don't think the bad ones represent all the good ones."
Kamara tweeted out his support for NASCAR, after the organization banned Confederate flags sporting events, earlier this week.
Wallace rocked a Black Lives Matter paint scheme on his No. 43 Chevy during the race.
Kamara is teammates with Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who came under fire last week for criticizing players who have knelt during the national anthem.
"But being here today, I'm learning a lot. It's definitely a different experience in person," Kamara said.
Massive Protests In Support Of Black Trans Lives Held Across Country
Massive protests in support of black trans-rights were held around the country, Sunday.
Thousands of people across the country rallied in solidarity to support black trans-rights, Sunday.
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Black transgender activist Raquel Willis explained the movement to CNN in an interview: "This collective of folks is particularly powerful because it's modeling what is possible when you do have allies and folks who do care and also want to make sure that they're building something that speaks to the hearts of the actual people that they're representing," she said. "So often that doesn't happen."
Willis led the crowd in New York City in a chant during the protest saying "I believe in my power," while the crowd echoed the words back. "I believe in your power. I believe in our power. I believe in black trans power."
Melania Brown, the sister of Layleen Xtravaganza Cubilette-Polanco, a black transgender inmate at Rikers Island who died last year, spoke to the same crowd as well.
"Black trans lives matter," she said. "My sister's life mattered. All of the loved ones we have lost, all of these beautiful girls that we have lost. There lives matter. We have to protect them."
"We can't just talk about trans people when they're dying," Eliel Cruz, one of the co-organizers of the event, explained to CNN. "But what are we doing actively and intentionally to create space for them to be safe and well?"
Prominent Bollywood Actor Found Dead In His Home
Rising Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead, Sunday.
34-year-old Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput was found dead in his home in Bandra, Mumbai, Sunday. The cause of death appears to be suicide.
Rajput has won several best actor awards at the Indian Television Academy Awards.
Rajput’s former talent manager Disha Salian died as the result of suicide, last week.
Former Disney executive Ronnie Screwvala, who produced Rajput's film Kai Po Che!, wrote about the actor's passing on Twitter: “What goes on in our mind to give up on life – one will never know – really shattering news – RIP @itsSSR – more than an actor – great memories of our recent Kedarnath & Sonchidiya…. full of energy – always respectful of everyone around him – in a Flash and then gone too soon."
Bollywood star Akshay Kumar tweeted similar sentiments: “Honestly this news has left me shocked and speechless…I remember watching #SushantSinghRajput in Chhichhore and telling my friend Sajid, its producer how much I’d enjoyed the film and wish I’d been a part of it. Such a talented actor…may God give strength to his family.”
Rajput's newest film, Dil Bechara, an official Bollywood remake of The Fault in Our Stars, is set to release soon. It's been delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Seahawks HC Pete Carroll Admits He Regrets Not Signing Colin Kaepernick
Pete Carroll admits that he regrets not signing Colin Kaepernick in 2017.
Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll says he regrets not signing former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick visited the team in 2017 after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
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“I regret that we weren’t the one way back when that just did it just to do it, even though I thought that it wasn’t the right fit necessarily for us at the time,” Carroll said. “The reason it wasn’t the right fit is because I held him in such a high regard I didn’t see him as a backup quarterback and I didn’t want to put him in that situation with Russ. It just didn’t feel like it would fit right. That’s the way I felt about it. So I just wish it would happen, and I wish we would have been a part of it when the time was available then. We’re kind of set up right now, so football-wise, it doesn’t seem to fit us like I said. But there’s a lot of time here. We’ll see what happens.”
Carroll says, in 2017, he thought Kaepernick was too skilled for a backup position and was confident he would be signed as a starter elsewhere.
In regard to the Seahawks signing Kaepernick now, Carroll had this to say: “I like our setup right now. I love the way Geno [Smith] fits together in our role and all that, so it’s not really available at this time for us. But I wouldn’t hesitate — I’ve said this ongoing for years — if Russ ever got tangled up and couldn’t play or something, Kap would have been an extraordinary candidate to take over because of the dynamics of his play. We’ve always really cherished the unique qualities that players bring, and he had a unique style that we couldn’t [have] respected more. But as the backup, I hope he’s going to get a chance to do that because really he deserves to be playing.”
Autopsy Report Lists Rayshard Brook’s Manner Of Death As Homicide
The Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled Rayshard Brook’s manner of death as a homicide.
The Fulton County, Georgia, Medical Examiner’s Office has listed the manner of death for Rayshard Brooks as a homicide, confirming he died as a result of gunshot wounds to the back.
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“[Brooks] did not seem to present any kind of threat to anyone, and so the fact that it would escalate to his death just seems unreasonable,” DA Paul Howard told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield on Sunday. “It just seems like this is not the kind of conversation and incident that should have led to someone’s death.”
Brooks, 27, died after being shot by a police officer in a Wendy’s parking lot, Friday night. While being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence, Brooks resisted arrest by grabbing an officers taser and sprinting away. He was then fatally shot in the back.
“Today, members of my staff had the unfortunate duty of witnessing the autopsy of Mr. Brooks as part of our continued investigation,” Howard said. “Because this is a homicide investigation, there are several technical requirements that must be met before we are able to reach a decision. That includes the confirmation of the ballistics involved and obtaining a preliminary report from the Medical Examiner.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci Praises NBA Return Strategy As "Quite Creative"
Dr. Anthony Fauci praises the return strategy of the NBA as “quite creative.”
The Head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci says the NBA's strategy of resuming play will be "quite successful." Fauci spoke about the league's plan in an interview with The Stadium.
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“I actually have looked at that plan and it is really quite creative,” Fauci said. “What they are really trying to do, and I think they might very well be quite successful with it, is to create a situation where it is as safe as it possibly could be for the players by creating this bubble — essentially testing everybody, make sure that you start with a baseline of everybody being negative and trying to make sure there is no influx into that cohort of individuals and do a tournament-type play.”
“They really wanted to make sure that the safety of the players, and the people associated with the players, was paramount,” Fauci said.
The NBA is planning to return on July 30, with 22 teams competing in Orlando Florida. Games will take place entirely in the Wide World of Sports Complex.
“For the people who are thirsting for basketball, who love basketball, the way I do, it’s something that I think is a sound plan,” Fauci said.
Daughter Of Legendary Singer Hank Williams Jr. Dies In Car Crash
The daughter of Hank Williams Jr. died in a car crash, Saturday night.
Katherine Williams-Dunning, the daughter of legendary country music singer Hank Williams Jr., died in a car crash on Saturday night.
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A Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesperson confirmed the news to PEOPLE, explaining that Williams-Dunning was driving the vehicle, which was towing a boat, when it crossed the highway median and flipped over.
Her husband Tyler Dunning, 29, was a passenger in the vehicle and is currently at a nearby hospital.
Williams-Dunning's sister, Holly Williams, confirmed the traumatic news on Instagram.
"I have no words. On Friday morning I talked the family into taking this picture and had no idea it would be our last together with my precious little sister Katie," she captioned a post of a family photo "We all went to my great aunts funeral on Thursday whom we all loved dearly, and now are faced with another one."
"ALL we need is prayers. My daddy. My little brother. Katie’s husband (he is awake and responding don’t know injury extent yet). My niece and nephew. Her Mama. The Dunning family. All of us. So. Many. Prayers. Jesus is close. Thank you all 🙏🏼❤️ " she added.
Saturday night, her brother Sam Williams asked for prayers for Williams-Dunning and her husband: “My sister and brother in law have been In a terrible accident. Please pray for them so hard! Katie Williams and Tyler Dunning."
Police Arrest Possible Suspect For Murder Of Brooklyn Rapper Nick Blixky
Police have arrested a possible suspect for the murder of Brooklyn rapper Nick Blixky.
A possible suspect has been arrested in connection with the murder of Brooklyn rapper Nick Blixky. 28-year-old Caliph Glean is being charged in Philadelphia for illegally possessing ammunition and will appear in federal court, Friday, a spokesman for the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office tells NBC New York.
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Witness testimony, surveillance video, and other evidence have reportedly linked Glean to the killing. “There is probable cause to believe that the individual who shot and killed [Blixky] is Glean,” an NYPD officer explained in court documents from Thursday.
Glean was previously convicted of attempted murder in February 2017.
The body of Nick Blixky, real name Nickalus Thompson, was found in Prospect Lefferts Gardens in New York City by police responding to shots fired.
“Upon arrival, officers found an unconscious and unresponsive 21-year-old male, with gunshot wounds to his torso and buttocks,” the initial police report reads. “EMS also responded to the scene and transported the individual to NYC Health & Hospitals/Kings County, where he was pronounced deceased.”
The rapper’s debut project, Different Timin‘, was released posthumously on June 3. YBN Almighty Jay and Liquez are featured on the project. Blixkey is most-known for his viral single “Drive The Boat.” Check out Different Timin’ for yourself here.
NY Gov. Cuomo Shuts Down Calls To Remove Christopher Columbus Statue
NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo refuses to remove the Christopher Columbus statue in New York City.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says the Christopher Columbus statue in New York City should not be taken down, as it is a symbol of Italian American appreciation.
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Cuomo was asked about the statue, which is located at Columbus Circle, during a press conference, Thursday. A reporter asked Cuomo is if was "time for" the statue "to go."
"I understand the dialogue that has been going on for a number of years. The Christopher Columbus statue, in some ways, represents the Italian American legacy in this country. I understand the feelings about Christopher Columbus and some of his acts, which nobody would support," said Cuomo. "But the statue has come to represent and signify appreciation for the Italian American contribution to New York. For that reason, I support it."
Cuomo is of Italian descent.
Statues of historical figures with racist ideology across the globe have been taken down or vandalized by protesters in recent weeks. In Richmond, V.A., protesters threw a Columbus statue into the lake in the city’s Byrd Park. In Boston, a similar statue was decapitated.
Similarly, the upcoming Columbus Day holiday has been renamed Indigenous People’s Day in several states, in response to the brutality of Columbus' actions.
Starbucks Reverses Black Lives Matter Clothing Policy: "Just Be You"
Starbucks is now allowing its employees to wear whatever Black Lives Matter clothes they would like.
Starbucks is reversing its ban on employees wearing independent Black Lives Matter clothing while working. “Just be you,” the COO and vice president for inclusion and diversity of Starbucks said together in a new letter to partners, Friday.
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“As we talked about earlier this week, we’re designing new t-shirts with the graphic below to demonstrate our allyship and show we stand together in unity,” wrote Roz Brewer, the COO of Starbucks, and Zing Shaw, Starbucks’ vice president for inclusion and diversity. “Until these arrive, we’ve heard you want to show your support, so just be you. Wear your BLM pin or t-shirt. We are so proud of your passionate support of our common humanity. We trust you to do what’s right while never forgetting Starbucks is a welcoming third place where all are treated with dignity and respect.”
“Together, we’re saying: Black Lives Matter and it’s going to take ALL of us, working together, to affect change,” the letter continues. “That means using our voice to vote in our elections, volunteering in our black communities, joining local peaceful protests, ensuring our diverse slates of job candidates translate into diverse hires, mentoring and sponsoring partners of color so they can reach their maximum potential and taking steps to build greater understanding with empathy.”
Brewer and Shaw have told employees to expect more guidance on June 15.