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Obama’s ‘American Factory’ Netflix Documentary Looks at Trump’s Promises to the Rust Belt

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No strangers to the spotlight, the Obamas have had enough with the sunshine and relaxation from exiting the presidency. They are looking to get back into the hell-storm we know as American politics today by debuting their first documentary called American Factory.

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  • The documentary focuses on a Chinese billionaire who hires 2,000 blue-collar workers in an abandoned General Motors plant in Ohio, according to Fox News. It shines a light on how these workers will be replaced by robots and other machines.  They also talk about how some workers pay have declined from $29 per hour all the way to $12.84, according to Politico.
  • The documentary compares both an American and Chinese worker. The American was annoyed that the microwaves were broken. While in another part of the factory, a Chinese worker enjoys his two twinkies and is unfazed about his small lunchtime.

  • Obama tried to revive American factories in the past, mainly with green manufacturing projects. He also bailed out General Motors and Chrysler, saving some jobs in the process. As we continue to become more of a service economy, it’s clear these jobs will die out leaving future presidents with the role of giving these workers new jobs.
  • Higher Ground Productions, the Obamas’ production team, announced seven projects that would be made to “educate, connect and inspire us all.” The Obamas launched Higher Grounds to make a mix of documentaries and features. Netflix acquired American Factory from Participant Media out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. It won the documentary directing award.
  • Critics such as Dan Gainor, the Vice President of Media Research Center, attacked the film by calling it “lefty propaganda” and saying that “this documentary is the very kind of film liberals want to ban if it comes from the right.”
  • This is seen as an attack on Trump due to how he has called for factory/manufacturing jobs to come back to America throughout his campaign and presidency. The documentary shows the viewer why these companies prefer using Asian workers over Americans, they simply cost less and are more productive.

Trump’s name wasn’t specifically mentioned in the documentary and he has yet to fire back with any tweet over this documentary.

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Former NFL Champ Nate Burleson joins CBS Mornings

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Former NFL player Nate Burleson has officially made his hosting debut on the newly branded morning talk show, CBS Mornings.

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  • It was announced earlier this month that Burleson would replace Anthony Mason. Previously Mason joined Gayle King and Tony Doukoupil as host of the former CBS This Morning.  The show was rebranded in tandem to the relocation of their set to Times Square and Burleson joining the cast.
  • Since 2017, former NFL player Burleson has been the host of Good Morning Football on the NFL Network and has served as an analyst on The NFL Today on CBS. Burleson will continue his role on The NFL Today.

  • Burleson is the second former NFL player to join a network morning TV show, with Michael Strahan playing a major role as a co-host on ABC‘s Good Morning America.

Burleson credits Michael Strahan as the ‘blueprint’ for his career path, explaining, “He’s one of those individuals that I took a liking to once I retired because he rewrote the blueprint. I don’t want to say that he is the blueprint, because there has been plenty of players that have transitioned out of the game into TV. There have been African American men and women before him that have done the same thing, but he is a guy that has shown me the lay of the land, especially being a transplant from the West Coast to now New York.”

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Polo G Reportedly Arrested in Los Angeles on Concealed Weapon Charge

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Polo G was arrested on in Los Angeles on Monday, TMZ reports.

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According to the outlet, Polo G was arrested after police allegedly found a concealed firearm on the Hall of Fame rapper, which TMZ points out is a felony. The supposed discovery of the firearm occurred when a vehicle Polo G was a passenger in was stopped.

It’s currently unclear why the vehicle was pulled over in the first place but it was reported that a male juvenile was also detained during the stop.

Polo was similarly arrested while he was in Miami for his Hall of Fame album release party. The arrest, which took place back in June, resulted in the rapper getting hit with charges of of battery on a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and criminal mischief. The rapper was also a passenger in a vehicle at the time of that arrest.

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Cardi B and Offset Welcome Their 2nd Child Together, His 5th

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Cardi B welcomed her and Offset’s second child together on Saturday, September 4.

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“9/4/21,” Cardi, 28, captioned a Monday, September 5, Instagram upload, alongside a blue heart emoji.

 

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The couple announced the Grammy winner’s pregnancy in June at the BET Awards. The “WAP” rapper showed her baby bump in a sheer jumpsuit during a joint performance.

The couple welcome Kulture, 3, July 2018. Offset, 29, previously welcomed Jordan, 11, Kody, 6, and Kalea, 6, in previous relationships.

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