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Billie Eilish Apologizes After Video Surfaces of Her Mouthing Racial Slur

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A video surfaced on TikTok showing the seven-time Grammy award-winning artist mouthing along to an anti-Asian slur used in Tyler the Creator’s 2011 song “Fish”.

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  • TikTok user @lcxvy uploaded a compilation of various clips that were circulated for at least a week before Eilish’s apology. The video had reached more than a million views. In follow-up posts, the user said she was a huge fan of Eilish and was not intending to “cancel” her but instead was hoping she would address the recordings.
  • In one clip, Eilish is seen mouthing the slur and in another, it appeared she imitated an accent. She released a statement on her Instagram Stories on Monday addressing the videos. At the time of the recording, she was only 13 or 14, and that the term was, as she wrote, “never used around me by anyone in my family.”
  • Eilish also addressed the impression, saying it was a voice she has used her whole life around pets, friends, and family. She said it was in no way a mockery of any culture. “Regardless of my ignorance and age at the time, nothing excuses the fact that it was hurtful. And for that I am sorry,” Eilish wrote in her statement.
  • She also went on to say that her platform has always been a space to push for inclusion and kindness along with tolerance and equality. She continued, “We all need to continue having conversations, listening and learning. I hear and I love you.”

The backlash surrounding these videos brought a flurry of coverage to Eilish prior to her second album release, Happier Than Ever, at the end of July.

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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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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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Cardi B and Offset Welcome Their 2nd Child Together, His 5th

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Cardi B welcomed her and Offset’s second child together on Saturday, September 4.

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“9/4/21,” Cardi, 28, captioned a Monday, September 5, Instagram upload, alongside a blue heart emoji.

 

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The couple announced the Grammy winner’s pregnancy in June at the BET Awards. The “WAP” rapper showed her baby bump in a sheer jumpsuit during a joint performance.

The couple welcome Kulture, 3, July 2018. Offset, 29, previously welcomed Jordan, 11, Kody, 6, and Kalea, 6, in previous relationships.

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