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Black Lives Matter Faces Backlash after Cuba Statement

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A social media post made by the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Global Network Foundation spread misinformation on the Cuban crisis and the U.S. embargo.

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  • On Thursday, BLM released a statement on Instagram in which they condemned the American federal government’s “inhumane” treatment of Cubans; the organization was referring to the long-instated Cuban embargo. Black Lives Matter urged the United States to remove the blockade and praised the country. They also stated that the United States was punishing Cubans because of its “commitment to sovereignty and self-determination”.

 

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  • Black Lives Matter continued their post by emphasizing Cuba’s “historically demonstrated” solidarity with oppressed people of African descent. They stated Cuba granted Assata Shakur asylum and supported the liberation of countries such as Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, and South Africa.
  • This narrative provides misinformation to BLM followers because it supports statements made by Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel. When protests erupted last week on the island, Díaz-Canel claimed the United States provoked the unrest. Additionally, he vehemently blamed the embargo for the economic crisis. However, Cubans are protesting the 62-year communist regime started by Fidel Castro; the citizens want governmental change and freedom.
  • After reading the post, many called out BLM. Miami Herald Food editor Carlos Frías tweeted that there was “so much wrong” in their statement. He also explained that the organization’s “little understanding” of history causes an ideological gap between BLM and exiled Cubans.

  • Columnist Emily Schrader criticized BLM’s somewhat hypocritical statement on Twitter. In her post, she wrote that “Black Lives Matter” until it’s black people trying to escape communism. In addition, Senator Marco Rubio and Daily Wire co-founder Ben Shapiro implied that BLM holds Marxist roots; several people supported these remarks and resurfaced tweets and articles from 2016 in which the organization glorified communist leader Fidel Castro after his death.

  • Meanwhile, several Instagram users expressed their disappointment on BLM’s stance in the comments section. Some asked for the post to be taken down, and others begged the organization to better educate themselves. Many also mentioned how Cuba holds many anti-Black beliefs, and that the statement should have been written by someone with an Afro-Cuban background.

Despite the overflowing criticism, BLM has neither taken down any of their Cuban posts nor apologized for misleading the public.

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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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