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Judge Blocks Removal of Robert E. Lee Statue In Richmond

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The removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in Richmond, Virginia has been postponed due to a court order issued by a judge. The order has halted removal of the statue for 10 days.

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  • Gov. Ralph Northam ordered for the statue to be removed last week during a press conference but a judge proposed an order for the statue to remain up for 10 days. Northam says, “We can no longer honor a system that was based on the buying and selling of enslaved people.” The order issued on Monday states that Virginia accepted the statue in March 1890 and to “faithfully guard” and “affectionately” protect them. It also says that it is in public interest to wait until the case is finalized to remove the statue.

  • William C. Gregory is one of the signatories on the original deed for the statue and has filed lawsuit towards the statue being removed. The lawsuit says, “(Gregory’s) family has taken pride for 130 years in this statue resting upon land belonging to his family and transferred to the Commonwealth in consideration of the Commonwealth contractually guaranteeing to perpetually care for and protect the Lee Monument.” Northam and the Department of General Services are named as defendants. The Department of General Services will facilitate the removal of the statue.
  • Northam’s administration is still reviewing the order, but he is determined to remove the statue as soon as possible in support of the many protests that have emerged due to the death of George Floyd and police brutality. As of Monday, crews went out to inspect the statue for removal and Northam’s administration will “seek public input” about its future.

A crew set out Monday to measure the statue and prepare for its removal.

  • City Council members have pledged to have the other four remaining Confederate figures removed this week as well. Monument Avenue, where the statue is located, was temporarily closed during the weekend to prepare for its removal. Authorities went form house-to-house to explain what was happening.

Gov. Northam has been in support of removing the statue since 2017 after the white-supremacist rally in Charlotte but never went through with the removal. It has not been confirmed when the statue removal will take place.

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Kenne Lewis is a Digital Intern at Black News Alerts from Detroit, MI but currently residing in Atlanta, GA. She has B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing her Master's degree in New Media Journalism.

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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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Classes canceled at Howard University as US Government investigates ransomware cyberattack

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Howard University officials along with leading cyber experts are trying to assess what has been compromised in an active ransomware, cyberattack on the HBCU campus. Officials have deemed the attack criminal.

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  • Monday, the university issued a statement to faculty and students that “the service disruption was caused by a ransomware cyberattack against the university.”
  • Classes have been canceled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Students have been notified that online and hybrid classes will remain canceled and only essential staff will be allowed on campus. All in-person undergraduate, graduate, professional, and clinical experiential courses will resume as scheduled on Wednesday.
  • A ransomware attack can be triggered by simple, everyday activity. Opening a unintended link inside of can lead to a cyberattack.  Computer, tablet and phone users are encouraged to change their passwords and security questions regularly.

Howard University is home to several notable high profile Black alumni such as Chadwick Boseman and Phylicia Rashad.

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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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