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Alvin Bragg on Set to Become First Black District Attorney of Manhattan After Opponent Concedes in Democratic Race

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Alvin Bragg is well on his way to becoming Manhattan’s first Black district attorney after his opponent concedes her spot in the Democratic primary race.

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  • Bragg, 47, is a former federal prosecutor and most recently the New York State Chief Deputy Attorney General. While in this position, Bragg supervised both the criminal and social justice divisions. He was a part of the lawsuit against Harvey Weinstein and his company for creating a hostile work environment and sued former President Donald Trump’s administration over 100 times. Bragg’s lawsuit towards the Donald J. Trump Foundation ended up with the foundation ending and Trump having to pay $2 million to various charities.
  • The Democratic primary race started off with eight candidates, six being women, one being a Palestinian-American, and another having had clerked for U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland. Candidate Tali Farhadian Weinstein was Bragg’s biggest competition, as many related to her immigration story. She raised the most money during the race and campaigned on reform, gun prosecution, and public safety. Weinstein, an Iranian-American, received the support of former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
  • According to the Wall Street Journal, the New York City Board of Elections tallied that Weinstein trailed Bragg by 7,000 votes, with Bragg receiving 34% of in-person votes and Weinstein receiving 30%. There are still close to 27,000 absentee ballots left to count before the Associated Press declares Bragg the winner, however, Weinstein conceded the race on Friday. In a statement, Weinstein showcased her support for Bragg and congratulated him on making history, despite disagreements they had during the campaign.

“This has been a long journey that started in Harlem. And today, that 15-year old boy who was stopped numerous times at gunpoint by the police is the Democratic nominee to be Manhattan District Attorney. We are one step closer to making history and transforming the District Attorney’s office to deliver safety and justice for all,” said Bragg.

  • Bragg currently represents the mother of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man killed from a police chokehold for allegedly selling cigarettes, in a judicial inquiry. Throughout the campaign, he has maintained his commitment to fighting against racial disparities and mass incarceration in the U.S. Bragg also stated that he will not prosecute people for low-level crimes, an idea that his Republican opponent Thomas Kenniff, is against. Kenniff is a former prosecutor and war veteran, who believes the district attorney should be someone who is focused on law and order and can’t wait for voters to learn about his “public safety-first platform.”
  • The new district attorney will take over the investigation into the Trump Organization for committing bank, tax, and insurance fraud. Chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, along with the Trump Organization, pled not guilty during arraignment on Thursday. Trump Payroll Corporation has been charged with 10 counts and Weisselberg with 15 felony counts for schemes to “defraud, conspiracy, criminal tax fraud, falsifying business records, and grand larceny.” Trump maintains his innocence and believes this is a witch hunt being pushed by the left.

The winner of this race will take over for three-time position holder, Cyrus Vance Jr., who decided not to run for a fourth term. Bragg is favored to win since a Democrat has held this position for the past 45 years and due to his connection to the challenges POC have with law enforcement. The Manhattan district attorney election will take place on November 2nd.

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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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