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Cleveland Indians Change Team Name to the Guardians

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Major League Baseball team the Cleveland Indians have decided to change their name to the Cleveland Guardians, after decades of criticism from Native Americans.

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  • The Ohio-based baseball team has had the name “Indians” since 1915. In 1947, they adapted the “Chief Wahoo” logo, which is an offensive caricature of a Native American character. Many Native Americans found the name and logo extremely offensive to their culture. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, the first-ever Native American Cabinet Secretary, stated that “the long practice of using Native American mascots and imagery in sports teams has been harmful to Indigenous communities.”
  • The former Indians decided to change their name last year when the Black Lives Matter movement took off again after the murder of George Floyd. Team owner Paul Dolan said the death of Floyd was an awakening to push for the name change. Manager and former Cleveland baseball player Terry Francona, stated that the team is doing its best to be respectful, as they realized it’s not about them but about other people.

“You have to step outside your own skin and think about other people that may have different color skin and what they’re thinking. And we tried to be really respectful and I’m really proud of our organization,” said Francona.

  • On Friday, the organization released its official name change to “Guardians” via their Twitter account. They posted a 2-minute video, narrated by Emmy and Oscar winner Tom Hanks, that described “Cleveland” being the best part of the team’s name. The video also showcased the Guardians’ new logo, a baseball flanked with winged letter Gs. This name change will be the team’s fifth name change.

  • The choice of Guardians stems from the architectural history of the city. The team decided to pay homage to the Guardians of Traffic statues, located on the Hope Memorial Bridge. Dolan stated that the organization wanted to choose a name that “strongly reflected the pride, resiliency, and loyalty of Clevelanders.” After surveying over 40,000 fans, holding 140 interviews with community leaders and staff, and coming up with over 1,190 possible names, the name Guardians seemed like the perfect fit.
  • The MLB team joins other sporting teams in an attempt to correct the wrongs of having offensive names and logos. In July 2020, the former Washington Redskins were pressured to change their name by dropping the “Redskins” part. They decided on the name “Washington Football Team” as they continue to work through various name options. Other social activists are hoping that other professional sporting teams, such as the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Chiefs, and Chicago Blackhawks, will follow the example set by Cleveland.

Despite a name and logo change, the baseball team will continue to use the colors of red, navy blue, and white in their uniforms and fan gear. Dolan knows that some fans will hate the name change, but he believes they are moving in the right direction. The name change will go into effect in 2022.

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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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