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Ice Cube Defends Advising Trump on Plan for Black Americans

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Hip-hop icon O’Shea Jackson, better known as Ice Cube. (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)
Hip-hop icon O’Shea Jackson, better known as Ice Cube. (Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

O’Shea Jackson, better known by his stage name Ice Cube, is defending his decision to advise President Trump on “The Platinum Plan,” a Trump administration initiative to help Black Americans. The rapper received heavy backlash after Katrina Pierson, Trump’s campaign senior advisor, revealed that the rapper was involved in the plan.

What We Know:

  • The news comes as an abrupt surprise to many followers of the hip-hop icon. Ice Cube has been known to be a fairly consistent vocal critic of President Trump. Just two years ago, he released a track on his album Everythangs Corrupt with the title “Arrest The President”.
  • Why this is such a shock now, is given the artist’s history of being known for his loud critiques of racism and corruption, a few things Trump has been accused of over the past four years of his presidential term. Now he supports the president’s agenda with Election Day just around the corner.

  • The year 2020 has no doubt struck a chord for many people both in the Black and Brown communities and not. There is an undeniable rise in the significance of what the Black vote will mean in this country this general election. After nearly a whole year of massive Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests advocating for nationwide police reform and racial equality in America, of which Trump has critiqued on occasion, the timing seems very poor for a change in view.
  • The rapper took to Twitter recently to speak on his actions. He clarified that his meeting with the Trump administration was not an official endorsement, but a meeting to continue the discussion on his Contract With Black America (CWBA). This plan has various policies that aim to address racial inequality in the country and several reforms including lending, police, prison, and judicial.
  • “Black progress is a bipartisan issue. When we created the Contract With Black America we (expected) to talk to both sides of the (aisle). Talking truth to power is part of the process,” he said on Twitter Thursday. “I will advise anybody on the planet who has the power to help Black Americans close the enormous wealth gap.”
  • Ice Cube has made it clear that despite working with the Trump administration, both Democratic and Republican leaders have contacted him about the CWBA. In particular, Democrats showed interest in this initiative but would proceed with negotiations and talk after the presidential election. As far as “The Platinum Plan” is concerned, Ice Cube stated that the Trump campaign made “adjustments” after speaking with him, yet it remains unclear what changed.

“I don’t trust none of them,” the rapper said in a video on Twitter Sunday. “No president has done right by us so I don’t trust none of them. So putting our hopes and dreams behind any of them just don’t work, we got to make them do what we want them to do and there are only a few ways to that.”

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Javier Garay is a digital intern with Unmutedco. He graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Film/Digital Media with a concentration in Media Studies. He is a contributor and editor for Black News Alerts (BNA), a BNA and BossFM social media contributor, and is the lead of the BNA Daily Podcast Team.

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Olympics: Simone Biles out of team gymnastics final ‘due to medical issue,’ officials say

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((BREAKING NEWS))

Biles withdrew due to a medical issue, according to a statement from USA Gymnastics.

“She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions,” officials said in the statement.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist competed in Team USA’s first rotation on vault Tuesday, bailing out of her Amanar and only completing a 1.5 twist on a 2.5-twisting Yurchenko, then taking a big stumble backward on the landing.

She scored a 13.766 and was seen walking off the floor with her bag and a trainer.

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‘Insecure’ star Issa Rae marries Louis Diame in the South of France

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Issa Rae married her fiancé, Louis Diame, in a private ceremony in the South of France this weekend.

What We Know:

  • The “Insecure” star and co-creator, 36, confirmed the news Monday on her Instagram.

“A) Impromptu photo shoot in a custom @verawang dress. B) My girls came to help me, but they all coincidentally had on the same dress! They were sooooo embarrassed. C) Then I took a few flicks with Somebody’s Husband,” she joked.

  • In the photos, Rae posed in a custom, strapless Vera Wang gown along with a floor-length veil and a bouquet of neutral-colored roses. Her businessman husband, for his part, wore a red velvet suit by Dolce & Gabbana.  Rae also shared picture of her five bridesmaids in matching mauve dresses. Each of them held miniature versions of the bride’s rose bouquet.
  • The photos were geo-tagged at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, a French commune overlooking the Ligurian Sea.  Engagement rumors sparked in early 2019 when Rae wore a giant diamond ring on the cover of Essence. Reps for Rae wouldn’t comment on the relationship at the time, but her “Insecure” co-stars confirmed the news shortly after.
Congratulations to the newly weds!

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Man who mocked COVID-19 online, dead at 34

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A man who mocked Covid-19 vaccinations died this week at a Los Angeles-area hospital after contracting the virus.

Stephen Harmon was 34.

What We Know:

  • Harmon died on Wednesday at Corona Regional Medical Center, about an hour’s drive east of Los Angeles.  Stephen Harmon posted photos of himself in his hospital bed, wrote that he had pneumonia and critically low oxygen levels and was going to be intubated. In a tweet Wednesday, Harmon wrote: “Don’t know when I’ll wake up, please pray,” KCBS-TV reported.

  • Three days before his death, Harmon tweeted: “If you don’t have faith that God can heal me over your stupid ventilator then keep the Hell out of my ICU room, there’s no room in here for fear or lack of faith!”
  • Before his hospitalization, Harmon had made fun of vaccination efforts on social media.

“I got 99 problems but a vax ain’t one,” he said in a tweet last month.

  • On July 8, he posted: “Biden’s door to door vaccine ‘surveyors’ really should be called JaCovid Witnesses. #keepmovingdork.”
  • Harmon’s death was “unbelievably demoralizing,” Dr. Oren Friedman, who treats Covid-19 patients at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, told KCBS-TV. He said the number of Covid-19 admissions had increased tenfold.

“Virtually every single person that is getting sick enough to be admitted to the hospital has not been vaccinated,” Friedman said.

  • California has seen escalating numbers of Covid-19 infections, led by the highly transmissible delta variant that has proliferated since the state fully reopened the economy last month. The vast majority of new cases are among unvaccinated people, and health officials have pleaded for people to get the shots.  On Friday, the state Department of Public Health reported nearly 8,000 new cases a day earlier and the testing positivity rate over seven days had jumped to more than 5 percent after dipping below 1% only a few weeks ago.
  • Los Angeles County, which has about a fourth of the state’s population, reported more than 3,000 new cases for the first time since February. There were 655 people with Covid-19 in hospitals, a jump of more than 200 people in a week, according to county figures.

  • Harmon attended Hillsong Church in Los Angeles.  Founder Brian Houston called him “one of the most generous people I know.”

    “As a church, our focus is on the spiritual well-being of the people in each of our local communities. On any medical issue, we strongly encourage those in our church to follow the guidance of their doctors,” Houston said in a statement to KCBS-TV. “While many of our staff, leadership and congregation have already received the Covid vaccine, we recognize this is a personal decision for each individual to make with the counsel of medical professionals.”

 

Urban Newsroom and Black News Alerts have issued a COMMUNITY ALERT regarding COVID-19.

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