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Steve Harvey may be heading back to Atlanta. The 63-year-old TV mogul and noted relationship expert just purchased Tyler Perry's old mansion, with enough closet space for his wife Marjorie's 5,000 shoes.

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According to TMZ, the Family Feud host purchased Perry's former Buckhead mansion for $15 million. The custom 35,000 sq. ft. home boasts 7 bedrooms and 11.5 baths on 17 manicured acres.

There is also a tennis court atop a multi-level parking garage with enough parking space for 20 cars.

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If you recall, I told you Perry lost a boatload of money when he sold the same home for $17.5 million - a steep drop from his "firm" asking price of $25 million.

The buyer, according to RhymeswithSnitch, was mega-preacher David Turner.

The house, on the 4100 block of Paces Ferry Rd, is located near the prestigious and absurdly expensive Lovett School, which is closed for the coronavirus pandemic.

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President Trump trolled rapper Tip "T.I." Harris for using his hit song "Whatever You Like" in a Joe Biden diss video.

T.I. issued a stern response to Trump using his single "Whatever You Like" in a smear ad against former Vice President Joe Biden.

"It goes without saying, that T.I. would not in any way ever support the divisive policies and destructive propaganda of Trump. The people of our country deserve far better than this," he said in a statement per the Miami Herald.

"Be clear, he does not authorize it or consent to the use of his song to falsely suggest any endorsement of President Trump or to attack Joe Biden. It is sad, but expected, that this President would stoop so low to use his property without authority to manipulate the community. T.I.'s legal team and media partners are already moving expeditiously to block this unauthorized use and set the record straight in no uncertain terms."

Trump was able to use the track without permission because the song is distorted, which changes the original track to something new. Kanye West used the same studio technique to sample copyrighted songs on his tracks.

The 39-year-old rapper has been a vocal critic of President Trump even before the 73-year-old was elected in 2016. Trump is very much aware that T.I. has no love for him.

Which explains why Trump trolled the rapper by using his own words to smear Biden.

In an open letter to Trump in 2017, T.I. wrote:

"Should it ever at times seem as though WE are against YOU, I assure you it's a result of YOU defining yourself as the representative for those who are and who always have been against US."

 

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The former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nearly 9 minutes has been arrested, according to multiple reports.

Authorities confirm Derek Chauvin is in police custody. The arrest comes after south Minneapolis was rocked by violent protests, rioting, and looting for 3 days.

"Why did it take so long? How is it not clearly criminal conduct from the video that we all watched, said Guy Benson, host of Guy Benson Radio Show, in an appearance on Fox News.

Social media celebrated the news that Chauvin was finally in police custody on Friday.

"Derek Chauvin has been taken into custody!! Thank you Jesus!!! Justice is being served!!! #JusticeForGeorge," one user tweeted.

In an open letter shared on Twitter Friday morning, the former president spoke of the frustrations expressed in conversations he had about Floyd's death.

He noted that incidents of police brutality cannot be allowed to be regarded as a normal part of daily life.

"This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America. It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must do better."

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Former President Barack Obama spoke out about the death of George Floyd, the Black Minneapolis man who died after a white officer knelt on his neck during an arrest on Monday.

In an open letter shared on Twitter Friday morning, the former president spoke of the frustrations expressed in conversations he had about Floyd's death.

He noted that incidents of police brutality cannot be allowed to be regarded as a normal part of daily life.

"This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America. It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must do better."

Obama, who is biracial, said the country must commit to improved racial relations.

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A Black biological female killed by a white Tallahassee police officer has been identified on social media as a female-to-male transgender.

Police say Natosha "Tony" McDade stabbed a man to death and was fatally shot after pointing a gun at cops around 11 a.m. Wednesday.

An eyewitness told reporters McDade stabbed a man then fled the scene on foot.

Police Chief Lawrence Revell said "anger is justified" after several Black people were killed by white officers in the state.

McDade's death is the third officer-involved shooting in Tallahassee in two months.

Revell said the status of the officer's body camera is unknown. But if it exists it will be made available only after a fringe jury hearing.

McDade was initially identified as a woman on social media.

"A black girl was just killed in Tallahassee by cops. She was walking alone and minding her business. Shot five times," one user tweeted. "Non-male so I know you mother***kers don't care. Just talking to myself..."

But angry transgender activists took to social media to correct the victim's gender and to criticize police and the news media for "misgendering" McDade.

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Forbes magazine is walking back their report that socialite and reality personality Kylie Jenner is a self-made billionaire.

Forbes claims they were hoodwinked and bamboozled by the makeup entrepreneur and Instagram model who "spun a web of lies" and "inflated" her net worth.

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In an earlier report, Forbes claimed Jenner was a "self-made" makeup mogul who somehow managed to take her company Kylie Cosmetics to the top of the cosmetics industry with just a high school diploma and not much business experience.

Social media users and bloggers scoffed at Forbes' claim that the 22-year-old was worth over a billion dollars. But Forbes stood by its reporting.

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Now the publisher claims Jenner and her mother, Kris Jenner "went to great lengths to convince people of their wealth."

Many believe Jenner is worth a few million, if that.

Forbes reports the family invited them into their mansions and CPA's offices, and even "created tax returns that were likely forged."

No word on whether the IRS is investigating those claims.

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George Floyd and the ex-Minneapolis police officer who killed him may have known each other, according to a report by KSTP.com.

The former owner of a south Minneapolis nightclub says ex-cop George Floyd and Derek Chauvin worked overlapping shifts as security at her club until the end of last year.

"Chauvin was our off-duty police for almost the entirety of the 17 years that we were open," said Maya Santamaria, former owner of El Nuevo Rodeo club on Lake Street.

She wasn't sure if the two men knew each other. "They were working together at the same time, it's just that Chauvin worked outside and the security guards were inside."

Santamaria said she sold the club a few months ago. Santamaria was among millions worldwide who viewed the horrific video that showed Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck until he died.

"I didn't recognize George as one of our security guys because he looked really different lying there like that," she said.

She also didn't recognize Chauvin at first. "My friend sent me (the video) and said this is your guy who used to work for you and I said, 'It's not him.' And then they did the closeup and that's when I said, 'Oh my God, that's him,'"

Chauvin, 44, is one of four officers fired from the police force a day after Floyd's death. Chauvin responded to a 911 call of a "forgery in process" on Monday - along with ex-cops Tou Thao, Thomas Lane, and J Alexander Kueng.

Violent protests continued for the 3rd night in south Minneapolis.

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Minnesota state police arrested a CNN reporter and his cameraman as they covered the continuing protests over the death of George Floyd in south Minneapolis.

The police cited CNN contributor Omar Jimenez with a misdemeanor for refusing to stop his coverage of the civil unrest on Thursday.

Police allowed Jimenez and his cameraman to finish his report before placing the camera on the ground and arresting the journalists.

Fellow journalists and CNN colleagues vented their outrage on Twitter, saying the arrests violated the reporter's freedom of speech rights.

"Arresting journalists is regime behavior. Please know that, Minnesota. #GeorgeFloyd," tweeted MSBNC corespondent Joy Reid.

Jimenez, a graduate of attended Northwestern University, is a Hispanic who grew up in Kennesaw, Georgia. He received his journalism degree in 2015.

Update: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz apologized the arrests of the reporters.

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President Donald Trump sparked an uproar with late-night tweets about the continuing protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Minneapolis burned for the 3rd straight night as hundreds of people protested the murder of the 46-year-old Black man by a white police officer.

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Demonstrators and "outside agitators" looted stores and set cars and buildings on fire. A pawn shop down the street from the Minneapolis police 3rd precinct burned to the ground. The abandoned police precinct was also set on fire, as hundreds of demonstrators cheered.

The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to more than 15 different structure fires resulting from the protests on Thursday night and early Friday.

The mayor called in the National Guard on Wednesday, but President Trump wasn't satisfied with the city's response to the looting and mayhem.

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Trump threatened to send in more National Guard units and "get the job done right."

"I can't stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis," he tweeted just before 1 a.m. Friday.

"A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right....."

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Trump angered Twitter users by referring to the mostly white looters and vandals as "THUGS." He tweeted, "When the looting starts, the shooting starts."

"These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!"

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The White House claims Trump was referring to shooting looters with rubber bullets, not real ammunition.

In response to the backlash, Twitter censored Trump's tweet, placing it behind a warning label.

According to Twitter, Trump's tweet "violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

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Outraged Twitter users assumed Trump was referring to Black people as "thugs." Even though the majority of protesters have been whites, the looting and vandalism is being blamed on Black people.

Twitter activists complain that property owners and police officers are destroying properties to file insurance claims during the coronavirus lockdown.

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Hennepin County prosecutor Michael Freeman says there is currently no evidence to bring charges against one of the four officers involved in George Floyd's death.

Freeman responded to a question from a reporter asking why there are no charges against Derek Chauvin, the cop who was directly involved in Floyd's death.

Freeman said the video is "graphic and horrific and terrible," but "there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge."

"My business is 'is it criminal?' and that's what we have to prove," he said

Freeman said his office will not rush to justice but they will "wade through" the evidence before charges can be brought.

U.S Attorney Erica McDonald said police are given "wide latitude" to use "a certain amount of force" and she is trying to determine if excessive force was used in this case.

All four officers were fired on Tuesday, a day after Floyd died.

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A mayor in Mississippi sparked outrage when he tweeted an insensitive comment about George Floyd, the Black man who was killed in police custody.

Floyd, 46, died from asphyxia when ex-cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly 8 minutes. Floyd died at the scene on Monday, May 25.

Hal Marx, the mayor of Petal, MS, said Floyd's trachea was not obstructed by the officer's knee, because when Floyd said he couldn't breathe, that proved he was breathing.

Marx made the comment on Twitter on Wednesday.

"I didn't see anything unreasonable. If you can say you can't breathe, you're breathing," Marx tweeted. Marx added, "Most likely that man died of overdose or heart attack. Video doesn't show his resistance that got him in that position. Police being crucified."

Following the backlash, Marx tried to clear up what he wrote, saying his tweet was "misinterpreted," and no one knows for sure how Floyd died.

"I think that people are so quick to judge the police before they have all the facts," he told the Hattiesburg American.

"I can't say whether a crime was committed or whether they did anything right or wrong, all I'm saying is don't rush to judgment based on what you see in that video."

Clarence Magee, president of the Forrest County NAACP, said the mayor's comment was uncalled for. "To hear that statement made by a mayor or anybody is very troubling," he said.

The tweet has since been deleted.

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters took aim at President Donald Trump during an interview with TMZ on Friday. Waters, a Democrat who represents California, accused Trump of "dog whistling" which creates an environment that led to a police officer "enjoying" the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Floyd, 46, died from asphyxiation after a cop kneeled on his neck during an arrest for "forgery" in Minneapolis. Four cops were fired from the force a day later.

The 81-year-old congresswoman wore a face mask while Skyping with the gossip blog from her home.

"I'm reflecting on all the killings of young black men in particular but of course black woman too, at the hands of the police and at the hands of, you know these white supremacists. And I'm thinking about the way that the president conducts himself. In a way he's dog-whistling. And I think that they are feeling that they can get away with this kind of treatment. And I'm just so sorry about the loss of another life."

She added:

"I think that the officer who had his knee on his neck enjoyed doing what he was doing. I believe sometimes some of these offices leave home, thinking I'm going to get me one today. And I think this is his one that he got today. And he didn’t care of whether or not anybody was photographing him. He did what he was doing, and the officers who stood there and watched him are just as guilty as he is. And I’m glad that all of them were fired."

 

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Candace Owens is being dragged on Twitter for stating her opinions on the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.

Four cops were fired from the police force on Tuesday, a day after Floyd, who is Black, died from asphyxiation when a white cop kneeled on his neck for nearly 8 minutes (brain death occurs in 4 minutes).

Owens, a conservative, pro-Trump activist, angered Black Twitter when she suggested Black people act like a "trained chimpanzee" every time a Black person is murdered by a non-Black person.

In a livestream on YouTube, Owens compared Black people to the Scottish people who have passed the English people in engineering, and in the sciences, "because they challenged themselves to be better, and not to be worse."

She added:

"They didn't pretend that somehow having a broken language, having broken-down families was a symbol of who we are. And that is so unique to Black America. I won't subscribe to it. People say that's how you have to be Black.

"'That's how you have to be Black'? Listen to your psychological conditioning. If to be Black, you can't speak in proper English, or you're 'acting white.' Right? To be Black, you instantly have to jump up like a fucking trained chimpanzee - excuse my language - like a trained chimpanzee every single time the media runs a story, and act angry, and riot, and talk about how pained you were to see this happen to Black people, but keep your mouth shut, right, when it happens Black-on-Black because if you talk about the Black-on-Black crime, you're a race traitor, right?"

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In an unexpected move, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg sided with President Trump in his feud with Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey.

After Twitter fact-checked one of Trump's tweets about mail-in-ballots, Trump threatened to end Twitter's immunity from liability (lawsuits) by signing an executive order today.

Trump tweeted that mail-in ballots would be "substantially fraudulent." But Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey fact-checked Trump's tweet, essentially moderating the president.

"Per our Civic Integrity policy, the tweets yesterday may mislead people into thinking they don't need to register to get a ballot (only registered voters receive ballots). We're updating the link on @realDonaldTrump's tweet to make this more clear," Dorsey tweeted.

Trump's executive order removing Twitter's status as a public forum will not only affect Twitter adversely, it will also affect Facebook and other social media platforms.

Twitter and Facebook are privately owned companies and can not be regulated by Trump. But Trump can remove their protections by changing their status from public forums to publishers.

Publishers such as bloggers, who edit and delete content, are vulnerable to lawsuits and do not receive special protections from liabilities as forums do.

That's why Zuckerberg slammed Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey, saying Twitter should stop policing what Trump tweets.

"I don't think that Facebook or internet platforms in general should be arbiters of truth," Zuckerberg told "Squawk Box" co-host Andrew Ross Sorkin in an interview that aired Thursday morning. "Political speech is one of the most sensitive parts in a democracy, and people should be able to see what politicians say."

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Dorsey responded to Zuckerberg on Friday, tweeting:

"This does not make us an 'arbiter of truth.' Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves."

Ari Fleischer, former White House Press Secretary for George W. Bush, said Dorsey was "incredibly stupid" to correct Trump's tweets. "Where does it end? He hasn't done that to the Iranian president. He hasn't done that to Chinese leaders. Why is he doing it?"

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Rapper Ice Cube was scheduled to appear on ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday to discuss the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

But the ex-NWA member told his 4.9 million Twitter followers that he decided to cancel his appearance on the talk show at the last minute.

"I apologize to everyone expecting to see me on Good Morning America today, but after the events in Minnesota with George Floyd I'm in no mood to tell America, good morning," he tweeted.

Ice Cube, real name O'Shea Jackson, uses his platform to express the fears millions of Black men have as targets of police violence in America.

"How long will we go for Blue on Black Crime before we strike back???" he tweeted on May 26.

In another tweet, Jackson shared a photo of Derek Chauvin, the white cop who killed Floyd, who is Black. Chauvin's picture is next to a photo of a white supremacist wearing a "Make Whites Great Again" cap. His followers told him the man was not the fired cop, but Jackson retweeted his own tweet and wrote:

"The F.B.I. knows exactly who the racist are in each police department and still let them keep there jobs until something like this happens. Stop sitting on critical information. Weed them out and get them out...NOW!"