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Mayweather Set to Box Against Logan Paul

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Undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather confirmed his rumored fight against Youtube star Logan Paul.

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  • The retired champion announced the super exhibition bout yesterday on his Instagram. An exhibition fight does not count towards either boxer’s professional record. It is scheduled to take place on February 20, 2021 and will be streamed through pay-per-view on Fanmio.com. The first one million customers will have the opportunity to buy the match for $24.99, from there the price will increase to $39.99. By February 11th the cost will jump to $69.99.
  • Holding a record of 50-0 with 27 knockouts, Mayweather (43) is widely considered one of the greatest boxers of all time. He retired from the ring in 2017 after defeating UFC champion Conor McGregor. Since then he has only participated in one other exhibition against kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa two years ago in Japan.
  • Paul (25), on the other hand, has only fought in one professional fight in which he was defeated by British Youtuber and rapper KSI. The announcement of his exhibition bout with Mayweather comes about a week after his younger brother, Jake Paul, shocked viewers by knocking out former NBA player Nate Robinson.
  • For some time now Paul has been gunning for his time in the ring with the boxing superstar. Last month he told TMZ he’d snap Mayweather in half if he caught him with a single punch. He added, “Let me tell you this, if I caught Floyd in a real fight, street fight, whoop his a**! No question.” He believed the only safe place for Mayweather is in the boxing ring, but this did not seem to phase Paul who asserted he would fight him “anytime, anywhere, any place”. Comparing their physical characteristics the social media influencer confidently boasted that he is taller, heavier, and half the age of his opponent. He claimed beating up people weaker and shorter than him is nothing new, seeing as he grew up with Jake.
  • Mayweather shot back at Paul in November on Twitter writing, “These YouTube girls better find some Barbie dolls to play with cause I’m not the one for the kid games. 3 years ago a fighter from the UFC said my name and I had to put a muzzle on that b*****. @loganpaul can get the same treatment before I go conquer Japan again.”
  • With the official news of the fight out Mayweather has commented that this will be “a great night for fans worldwide.” He acknowledges going against someone like Logan Paul is different than what viewers are used to, but he has never been one to shy away from unconventional opportunities. Paul also commented saying he is “all in” and come February “the world could witness the greatest upset in the history of sports”.

With consideration of each fighter’s sizeable fanbase, the exhibition is expected to generate a large audience. While some fans are calling the fight a disgrace, many are still intrigued by the strange matchup and plan to tune in.

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Black Women Lead Initiative to Raise $100M for Black Girls and Women in the South

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The Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium is looking to raise $100 million in the next 10 years.

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  • LaTosha Brown is one of the notable activists responsible for having a hand in turning Georgia into a blue state last election cycle. Brown is the co-founder of Black Votes Matter, the Black Voters Matter Fund, and the Black Voters Matter Capacity Building Institute. Another community that is joining this effort is Margo Miller. Miller is a Tennessee native is the executive director of the Appalachian Community Fund.
  • The Appalachian Community Fund is a non-profit looking to counter poverty and improve the lives of residents of Central Appalachia. Both Brown and Miller want to empower others to continue in their footsteps. Another member of the Southern Black Girls and Women Consortium is Felecia Lucky, who is the president of the Black Belt Community Foundation. Executive director of the Fund for Southern Communities, Alice Jenkins, is also a member.
  • The consortium has given itself the task of raising $100 million for Black women and girls over the next decade. As of today, they have already raised $10 million of that total and are in the process of raising more. Some of the funds have already been distributed to organizations in the form of grants. The group hosted a chat via their Twitter account, @Blackgirlsdream, on March 31st to discuss the state of women of color.
  • In an interview with theGrio, Brown expressed that their focus was on the South because the majority of Black people live in the South. The group of women designed listening sessions to learn Black Girl’s perceptions about themselves, their needs, their dreams, and the resources they need. The group then used this information to design funding approaches that ensure a fair distribution of funds.

The group hopes that their work will result in a shift in how Black girls in the South see themselves.

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Kansas Coach Fired for Using N-Word Toward Black Player

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The head baseball coach at Olathe North Highschool in Kansas has now been fired after using the N-word toward a Black player.

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  • The father of student Tony Banks commented that he believes head coach Pete Flood was attempting to “derail” his son’s successful athletic career. Flood is now officially terminated from teaching in Olathe Public Schools after being suspended for a time period. The District recommended Flood’s termination on Friday. On Monday, the District board voted to fire him unanimously.
  • Banks’ son is the only Black player on Olathe North Highschools’ baseball team. His son was allegedly playing rap music during practice when Flood said to him, “We don’t play that N– music over here. We only play country and rock music.”
  • The coach claimed he was only referring to the music’s lyrics and not the student’s race. He goes on to say that he has never called anyone a racial slur in his 25 years of teaching nor in his personal life.
  • Flood has expressed regret in saying the N-word aloud but doesn’t regret telling the student to change the music. Banks expressed, “We really wanted to move beyond this. We’re not attention seekers.”
  • Olathe School Board President Joe Beveridge called Flood’s actions “inexcusable.” The Board of Education met in a special board meeting on Monday morning to discuss the situation. The conversation that took place wasn’t in doubt because there is no justification for a coach to talk to any student in that manner. Banks called other parents to contact Principal Janson Hermanon and Athletic Director Josh Price for Flood’s removal. Flood had been employed in the school district since 1996.

Pete Flood started as Olathe North’s head baseball coach at the beginning of this school year.

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7 People Dead In Colorado Birthday Party Shooting

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According to authorities, a lone gunman opened fire at a birthday party on Sunday, killing six before killing himself.

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  • Shortly after midnight, the shooting took place in a mobile home park on the east side of Colorado Springs. Officers responded to a call at 12:18 a.m. and arrived at the trailer to find six adults dead, according to NPR. Another man with serious injuries was found who later died at the hospital.
  • In what Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers called “a senseless act of violence,” the shooter entered the mobile home and opened fire. Family friends and children were gathered inside the trailer, but no children were hurt in the shooting. Police say the suspected shooter was the boyfriend of one of the female guests at the party.
  • Gladis Bustos, who lives near where the shooting happened, described the night as quiet before the commotion happened. Bustos said the incident was “a bad, traumatic experience for everyone.” Another neighbor, Denise Knoll, was left speechless by the events. “There’s not really any words, you know? Why people do things like this, I just don’t get it,” said Knoll to NBC.
  • Colorado Gov. Jared Polis called the Mother’s Day shooting “devastating,” offering his condolences to the victims’ families. Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski said in a statement a shooting of this kind is something you hope never happens in your community and that the police department would do everything in its power to investigate what happened.
  • The tragic incident in Colorado Springs is the first mass shooting in the state since March. During that incident, ten people were killed when a gunman walked into a grocery store and opened fire. The 1999 shooting at Columbine High School remains one of the most notable mass shootings in the state and nation’s history.

The identities of those killed in the shooting have not yet been released, and the investigation is ongoing. Colorado Springs is the second-largest city in the state after Denver.

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