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Obama Urges Black Americans to ‘Fight Back’ against Voter Suppression

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Former President Barack Obama was very vocal on the issue of voter suppression in an exclusive interview with theGrio. It comes after Georgia’s Gov. Brian Kemp signed the controversial Senate Bill 202.

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  • The new bill, known as SB 202, allows state-level officials to take away county election boards’ powers. SB 202 permits the state government to possibly disqualify voters in Democratic-leaning areas. Additionally, it would make it illegal to provide food and water to voters in line. This is problematic because Georgia voter lines are historically long in majority nonwhite precincts. The voting law would also require ID for absentee ballots and limit dropbox placement.
  • In his discussion with theGrio Staff, Obama asks black voters to defend their rights. He says this isn’t the first time government officials have attempted to repress votes “to advance their own narrow interests.” In terms of fighting voter suppression, he wants citizens to keep organizing and showing up to polls to enforce change. He also encourages his supporters to follow Stacey Abrams‘ lead in fighting for voter mobilization.
  • Also, Obama debates how to preserve democracy. He affirms that democracy “is not dead yet” when asked about CPAC, QAnon/Trump voters, and voter suppression. Obama says that over the last year, the United States has seen an influx of citizens willing to fight for a difference. He declared that in November, “under incredibly difficult circumstances,” Americans proved the system is still efficient. However, for democracy to continue, citizens must be active every day.
  • Various companies, Democratic politicians, and citizens disagree with SB 202. Recently, the Major League Baseball (MLB) pulled the All-Star Game from Atlanta in response to the law. Although Georgia Democrats are upset their state will not host the game, they understood the MLB’s stance. On Saturday, church organizations like the Sixth Episcopal District of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, and the Augusta Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, among others, urged corporations attending and sponsoring the Master’s Tournament to also fight against SB 202.

Obama reminds the readers that previous generations also had to fight for their rights. He references billy clubs, lynching, poll taxes, and literacy tests. Furthermore, he cites protestors were relentless to make sure their voices were heard.

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Jovita Moore, Atlanta evening news anchor has an aggressive form of cancer

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Channel 2 Action News anchor Jovita Moore has an aggressive form of brain cancer, WSB-TV reported during its 4 p.m. newscast Thursday.

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ATLANTA ― The story was first reported by the AJC.  that Moore, 53, would be undergoing surgery for a brain tumor in April.

Moore, who has been with WSB-TV since 1998 and has won numerous Emmy awards ― had brain surgery in April after doctors discovered tumors. At the time, doctors had hoped she could be back on air in eight to 10 weeks, assuming no serious complications.  Pathologists discovered Moore had glioblastoma, a serious form of cancer. She is undergoing radiation and chemotherapy in an effort to slow the cancer’s growth.

Moore herself did not want to be on camera but sent an audio message to the station for the public to hear.

“I just want to say a quick thank you,” she said. “Thank you for your cards, thank you for all the gifts, and most importantly, thank you for your prayers and positive energy. I feel all of it. I’m home now, I’m up and about and doing everything my doctors tell me to do. So for now, I need to be here to focus on my health. I’m surrounded by my family, a very small circle of friends, but also your extended love and support. This journey for me started with an unusual headache so if something’s not right with you, I urge you to please get yourself checked.”

Glioblastoma, according to the Mayo Clinic website, “can be very difficult to treat and a cure is often not possible. Treatments may slow progression of the cancer and reduce signs and symptoms.”

wsb said people can leave a note online on the WSB-TV website or send cards to Moore at the station address: 1601 W. Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, Ga., 30309. Moore has also asked for concerned viewers to donate to two charities: Our House, a charity that addresses homelessness, and National Brain Tumor Society.

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Whoopi Goldberg, Danielle Deadwyler to Appear in Film about Emmett Till’s Mother

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Till will highlight Mamie Till-Mobley’s fight to obtain justice for the murder of her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till.

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  • In 1955, while visiting family in Mississippi, Emmett became a victim of a hate crime; Carolyn Bryant, a 21-year-old white woman, accused him of harassing her at a grocery store. Several days later, Carolyn’s relatives took Emmett, beat him, and lynched him.
  • While preparing for his funeral, Emmett’s mother Mamie insisted on an open casket to raise awareness on violence towards Black people in the South; Mamie’s actions are considered one of the catalysts for the civil rights movement. The movie chronicles this decision, as well as Mamie’s choice to permit Jet Magazine to publish David Jackson’s funeral photos.
  • Watchmen’s Danielle Deadwyler will portray Mamie. When discussing her new role, Danielle said she is “charged with humility and great will” to embody Mamie’s life during such an “integral moment of personal tragedy and political rebellion” and the civil rights movement. She further mentioned she will accurately represent Mamie’s love for her son. Danielle expressed gratitude for the women who will support her in this endeavor, such as director Chinonye Chukwu, and Whoopi Goldberg, who will play Emmett’s grandmother, Alma Carthan.
  • In addition to directing Till, Chinonye wrote the screenplay, which is partially based on Keith Beauchamp’s original research for his 2005 documentary The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till. The film is a follow-up to Chinonye’s Clemency, which stars Alfre Woodard. Chinonye also conveyed appreciation for the project. She said Till will tell a story of Mamie and Emmett’s humanities and their relationship. Alongside this, it will educate audiences on “the activist consciousness that grows within Mamie as she seeks justice for her son.”
  • Chinonye feels confident in her actresses’ skills. She called Danielle a “powerhouse of an actor,” and emphasized her joy in working with the “legendary” Whoopi. Principal photography will begin in Atlanta this September.

The news on Till was released just two days before what would have been Emmett’s 80th birthday.

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Rudy Giuliani Travels to Miami to Condemn Cuban Government, Few Attend

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Former President Donald Trump‘s ex-lawyer went to Little Havana’s Versailles Restaurant the same day Cuban-Americans held a candlelight vigil outside the White House.

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  • Rudy Giuliani denounced Cuba’s government to a small crowd. He entered Versailles at 9 a.m., but began his speech at 12:30 p.m. to around 15 people; in his discussion, he called the communist regime one of the most “inhumane, indecent, horrible” ones in history.
  • He continued by scorning President Joe Biden for his delayed reaction to Cuba’s July 11 protests. Despite the fact that Biden released a statement on July 12 standing in solidarity with demonstrators, Giuliani spread misinformation by saying Biden took four days to respond. He further called Biden’s response “pathetic” and criticized his leadership.

“If the president of the United States can’t speak up for freedom clearly, succinctly and with great strength, then he isn’t a real president,” Giuliani said.

  • The former lawyer and New York City mayor also stated he did not believe the coronavirus pandemic provoked Cuba’s demonstrations. He concluded this because he claimed he did not see any signs that read “give me a vaccine;” instead, he only saw posters that had different versions of “Cuba Libertad.” Giuliani’s statement on this concern spread more falsities, as one of the main reasons for the protests was the regime’s insufficient control of COVID-19’s effects on the island.
  • Giuliani also urged Americans to speak out against communism and implied that the Biden administration holds leniency on this issue. He added that Americans must fight these ideals just as hard as Cubans did on July 11.
  • Giuliani’s attendance at the iconic Miami restaurant went unplanned. He declared that he never organized the rally and that he just chose to visit on that day.

Giuliani chose not to respond when asked about low turnout. Regardless, an attendee answered for him, explaining that many Cuban-Americans traveled to the White House to commemorate the 26th of July events and urge Biden to take military action and restore internet to Cuba.

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