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Barack Obama Off to Record-Setting Start With ‘A Promised Land’

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Former President Barack Obama’s memoir, “A Promised Land,” breaks records. 

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  • Obama released his new memoir “A Promised Land” last Tuesday. Within the first 24 hours, the book sold nearly 890,000 copies in the U.S. and Canada. “A Promised Land” is on track to be the best-selling presidential memoir in modern history. 
  • The book sets a first-day sales record for publisher Penguin Random House. The sales include pre-orders, e-books, and audio. 
  • Publisher of Penguin Random House imprint Crown, David Drake, says, “We are thrilled with the first day sales.” He continues, “They reflect the widespread excitement that readers have for President Obama’s highly anticipated and extraordinarily written book.”
  • The only book coming close to the records is wife Michelle Obama’s “Becoming.” The 2018 memoir sold 725,000 copies in North America on its first day. The book has since topped 10 million worldwide. 
  • CEO of Barnes & Noble, James Daunt, is hopeful of sales, stating they sold 50,000 copies the first day and hopes to reach half a million within ten days. 
  • As for how other presidents compare in the race, Bill Clinton’s “My Life” sold 400,000 copies the first day in North America. George W. Bush’s “Decision Points” sold around 220,000. Final sales being between 3.5 million and 4 million. 
  • Obama did not intend to release the novel so close to the election. The introduction is dated August 2020, but, he says, “the book kept growing in length and scope,” as well as complications from working during the pandemic. Due to the pandemic, Obama will not be touring with his book. 
  • The novel comes as a saving grace for booksellers. Due to the pandemic, most customers have taken their book shopping to online resources such as Amazon. Independent bookstore owner Kris Kleindienst anticipates selling around 1,000 copies, making “a HUGE difference” for their store. 

The 768-page memoir is the first of two planned volumes. Listed at $45, the book is expected to be a highlight of the holiday season. 

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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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