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President Donald Trump on Thursday announced a suspect has been taken into custody in the murder of 4-year-old LeGend Taliferro.

LeGend's death outraged residents of Kansas City in June, and launched President Trump's federal anti-crime initiative Operation LeGend.

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Ryson Ellis, 22, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, unlawful use of a weapon and two counts of armed criminal action.

LeGend was fatally shot while sleeping on the floor of an apartment around 2:30 a.m. in Kansas City on June 29. The bullet ripped through a wall and struck the sleeping child, killing him.

His father rushed him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. LeGend was born with a heart defect and survived open heart surgery when he was 4 months old. Kansas City defensive end Frank Clark paid the funeral expenses.

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Trump held up a photo of LeGend during his 4 p.m. news conference, as he announced the capture of the suspect. Trump called the boy a "wonderful young man" who was "horribly shot".

Trump named a federal anti-crime initiative after LeGend that sends hundreds of agents to cities around the city to help quell violent crime. Operation LeGend has been credited with numerous arrests.

LeGend's mother, Charron Powell, was invited to the White House where Trump discussed the federal anti-crime initiative that was named after her son.

"Operation LeGend is going to happen, Powell told protesters who seek to defund the police in Kansas City, "with or without y'all, it's going to happen."

"Operation LeGend is to investigate murders that have been unsolved and one of those is for my 4-year-old son that did not make it to 5," Powell said, "and if you're against that, maybe you have to reevaluate your stance and your mentality to see what direction you’re headed in."

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Joe Biden on Thursday called for an immediate nationwide mask mandate for the next three months.

"Every American should be wearing a mask when they're outside for the next three months at a minimum," Biden told reporters in Wilmington, Delaware, after he and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, left their Covid-19 briefing with health experts.

Both Biden and Harris emerged from their briefing wearing black face masks.

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Biden said he would mandate face masks nationwide if he was president. He cited health experts who predict a nationwide mask mandate would save 40,000 lives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Democratic nominee called on every governor to mandate face masks until the November election. "Let's institute a mask mandate nationwide, starting immediately and we will save lives," he said.

He urged Americans to "be a patriot" and wear the masks.

Biden said he hoped President Donald Trump "learned the lesson" but he added a mask mandate is not about politics.

Some pundits believe Biden called for mandatory face masks until the election to boost mail-in voting.

But Dr. Anthony Fauci backed President Trump's demands for in-person voting, saying, "there is no reason we can't have in-person voting."

Fauci said voting at polling stations is okay if guidelines are observed.

Meanwhile, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp dropped his lawsuit against Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, saying he would address the issue of mandatory face masks in his next executive order.

Kemp sued Bottoms in federal court after she mandated face masks in the city of Atlanta.

"Unfortunately, the mayor has made it clear that she will not agree to a settlement that safeguards the rights of private property owners in Georgia," Kemp said. "Given this stalemate in negotiations, we will address this issue in the next executive order. We will continue to protect the lives and livelihoods of all Georgians."

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A debate is brewing on social media on the issue of Kamala Harris's race. Atlanta Black Star recalled the intense debate between CNN anchor Don Lemon and political analyst April Ryan on February 13, 2019.

Lemon and Ryan argued over whether Harris, 55, could call herself African American, Black or mixed-race.

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Lemon concluded that Harris -- the product of an Indian mother and mixed-race Jamaican father -- is in fact mixed race and definitely not African American.

Lemon, 54, shouted down Ryan when she tried to emphatically insist that Harris was African American.

"[Harris] is a Black woman," said Ryan. "She is a mixed-race woman. When you see her, you see her Blackness. But she is also South Asian ... and her dad is Jamaican. She is a Black woman."

But Lemon argued that Harris doesn't share the experience of American descendants of slaves, also known as "ADOS."

"No, no, no, no. I don't think you hear what people are saying. To want the distinction to say is she African-American, or is she Black or is she -- whatever -- there is nothing wrong with that. There is a difference between being African-American and being Black."

Ryan interjected: "So she could indeed be African-American mixed with others, but she is a Black woman."

"Jamaica is not America," Lemon said, interrupting Ryan. "Jamaica did not come out of Jim Crow. I'm just saying."

"She was born here in America!" Ryan shot back. "So, let's talk about [Sen.] Ted Cruz. Ted Cruz was born in Canada and his father —"

"This isn’t about Ted Cruz,” Lemon interrupted her, accusing his guest of changing the subject.

"It's hypocrisy! I'm not changing the subject!" Ryan shouted. "I don't know what you want from me."

"You're missing the point," Lemon told Ryan. "People are asking if you are African-American if you are someone who came out of Jim Crow, out of American slavery. Are you [a] descendant out of that? That's all I’m saying."

Watch the debate between Lemon and Ryan below.
 

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Breonna Taylor's mother and legal team met with Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron this week.

On Thursday, Aug. 13, Tamika Palmer, Breonna's mother, (center) and co-counsels Benjamin Crump (left) and Lonita Baker (right) held a news conference in front of Louisville City Hall.

Crump said he expects there will be criminal charges against the three plainclothes officers who shot and killed Taylor while executing a no-knock warrant at her home in March. They were searching for a drug suspect who was already in custody.

"I absolutely expect there to be charges based on the evidence," Crump told reporters.

"One hundred and fifty days," Palmer said. "Every day is still March the 13th."

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Taylor, a 26-year-old Black EMT, was asleep in the early hours of March 13 when three cops served a no-knock narcotics search warrant at her home.

Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire on the intruders, wounding one of the officers in the leg. The cops returned fire, killing Taylor. Walker was not injured in the shootout. He was arrested but later released without charges.

Former cop Brett Hankison was fired by Louisville Metro Police Department in June. Two other officers — Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove — remain on administrative leave.

Baker said the attorney general didn't reach out to the family earlier because he was fearful it could compromise the investigation.

"It really speaks to why we should not have the police policing themselves," Crump said, "because we lost two months while we were letting them try to figure out how to justify the unjustifiable. And so now we're waiting on ballistics tests over 150 days later?"

The attorney general's office released a statement after the meeting:

"The meeting provided an opportunity for Attorney General Cameron to personally express his condolences to the family. The investigation remains ongoing, and our Office of Special Prosecutions continues to review all the facts in the case to determine the truth."

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Oscar winner Octavia Spencer showed her love and support for embattled daytime talk show hostess Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday.

Spencer, 50, posted a B&W throwback high school photo of DeGeneres on her Instagram account. In the lengthy caption, she wrote:

"Sending love and support to Ellen and all of the employees of her show. All of my interactions with everyone from the show including ELLEN were supportive and fun! In that spirit I am praying all involved get the love and support they need."

Spencer updated her post after the comments went left, as her followers objected to the actress and other Black stars rushing to 62-year-old DeGeneres' defense.

"UPDATE: lively debate happening in the comments. I welcome that. I also believe that all of the voices of her employees need to be heard. Past and present. Speaking truth to power is the only way change happens. My truth is everyone was kind to me. From the PAs to the producers. So yeah! I want all of those people to feel valued and heard. And no, people are NOT always kind to talent! #AllVoicesNeedToBeHeard #beyekindonetoanother".

Spencer is one of the most decorated Hollywood actresses. Her list of accolades includes an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. She is one of two Black women to receive three Oscar nominations and two consecutive nominations.

Spencer is the latest Black star to defend DeGeneres publicly. Comedian Kevin Hart, who was nearly canceled for old homophobic statements, was among the first to show his support.

DeGeneres' set DJ, Stephen "tWitch" Boss, broke his silence to show love to his boss.

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Boss is pictured with his wife, dancer Allison Holker, daughter Weslie Fowler and son Maddox Laurel Boss.

"We can't speak too much legally about it, but I'll say this, there's been love," the 37-year-old dancer, told Us Weekly.

"Obviously there's some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there's been love. I'll just leave it at that until there's a time where we can address more publicly. There's been love and there will continue to be love."

There are unconfirmed reports that DeGeneres's daytime talk show is canceled amid reports that she ignored harassment and racism on her show.
 

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Rapper Boosie Badazz sent a desperate message to Mark Zuckerberg after his Instagram page was banned this week.

Instagram bloggers who followed his account claim his IG was banned for constantly promoting suggestive photos from his OnlyFans account.

"They just took my Instagram," the 37-year-old said, addressing Instagram owner Zuckerberg in a video on Thursday. "Mark Zuckinburger, I need to talk to you. Bosses need to talk to bosses [sic]. I don't know what I did but I need my Instagram back. I don't even know what I did! But this is how I feed my family. Mark, do not do this to 2020. Do not take Boosie off Instagram! We need to talk, Mark."

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In February, Boosie was banned from a Planet Fitness gym in Georgia after he and his son disparaged Dwyane Wade's transgender child, Zaya Wade.

In May 2020, Boosie was heavily criticized for another deleted video in which he described hiring adult sex workers to service his teenage son and nephew. At the time he said p0rnography was more appropriate for children to watch than "cartoons with two men kissing.

Watch Boosie's desperate plea to Zuckerberg below.
 

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Hip-hop star CeeLo Green walked back his harsh criticism of hot female rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, insisting his comments were taken out of context.

The 45-year-old Gemini made headlines this week after telling Far Out magazine he's not impressed by the ladies' immoral behavior and sexed-up lyrics in their "WAP" music video.

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"A lot of music today is very unfortunate and disappointing on a personal and moral level," he said. "There was once a time when we were savvy enough to code certain things. We could express to those it was meant for with the style of language we used. But now music is shameless, it is sheer savagery."

But fans dragged the pop singer, with many reminding him of his own raunchy lyrics in hit songs such as "F**k You."

Many on social media considered his remarks sexist and hypocritical toward women. On Wednesday, CeeLo took to Instagram to address the backlash, claiming it was all one big "misunderstanding".

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In a lengthy note, he wrote, "Firstly, I am an advocate of artistic freedom and expression, as well as a fan of Nicki, Cardi & Meagan [sic]. I know most of them personally and consider Cardi & Offset family. Therefore, I would never disrespect them by any means. I acknowledge them all as powerful, beautiful and influential women...and professionals."

CeeLo went on to accuse bloggers and tabloid reporters of stirring up controversy by twisting his words.

"I wholeheartedly apologize to each of them for the inconvenience they have been caused due to a snippet of my interview being used as a headline, and in turn creating controversy and disconnect between me and these ladies as well as their fans. Know that I support everyone who is part of our community & (Black) culture. Always have and always will!"

He added: "Much love to all of the female artists who are running the game and handling their business. With Love, Lo."
 

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Singer Akon is encouraging Black Americans to "let go of the past" and move on from the brutal history of slavery.

The 47-year-old Senegalese star insists his fellow Africans have "overcome" their past and the cruelty their ancestors faced as slave traders ripped families apart.

"We've kind of overcome the thought of slavery, we don't even think about it," Akon said during a new interview with VladTV.

"The only time we think about it, honestly, is when we're doing tours at Goree Island. Outside of that, people have lived and moved way beyond the slavery concept."

Goree is a tiny island off the main harbor of Dakar, Senegal, a pivotal destination for slave trading from the 15th to 19th centuries.

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Akon believes American Blacks could benefit by "letting go" of slavery, because it's such a large weight to carry. He said Black people will never make progress until they let go of the past.

"I think it's the art of just letting the past go and moving towards the future. I think, in the U.S., they have this stigma of just not letting go of the past and blaming the past on every mishap or, you know, disappointment. I think as long as you hold onto that past, there's a lot of weight that you carry with you everywhere you go. It's hard to move forward and move fast when you've got a weight on your back. You just gotta let it go."

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The "Smack That" singer urges "brainwashed" Black Americans to travel to Africa, where they'll be accepted.

"Do you want to stay here (in America) and continue to be treated this way or just go back home, where you're no longer the minority. You actually are the majority, and you control your destiny, your future, and your land... They just need to go... America did a good job at brainwashing (them). The moment you mention Africa, they start shaking. They don't even know why."

Watch Akon's interview below.
 

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Rapper Lil Baby claims he's not a deadbeat dad because he sets aside uncashed checks for his two minor sons.

The 25-year-old Atlanta rapper made the claims after his ex-girlfriend accused him of falling to make child support payments.

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Lil Baby, real name Dominique Armani Jones, took to Instagram on Wednesday to share how he's providing for his boys, who he co-parents with ex Ayesha Little, mother of his four-year-old Jason, and girlfriend Jayda Cheaves, mom of his younger son, 18-month-old Loyal.

He captioned an Instagram photo gallery that shows him with his 2 children: "I Got Some Checcs That I I Ain't Touch They For Loyal An Jason" [sic].

The post comes days after Ayesha took to her Instagram Story to accuse the rap star of not paying their son's $10,000 school tuition fees.

"@LILBABY_1 JASON'S SCHOOL TUITION HAD AN OUTSTANDING BALANCE BEFORE THE VIRUS EVEN CAME ABOUT I HAVE EVERY EMAIL. DUE TO YOU NEVER PAYING IT THEY TOOK MY BABY OFF THE PORTALS SO HE WON'T RECEIVE ANY VIRTUAL LEARNING PROGRAMS FROM HIS SCHOOL BECAUSE THEY BASICALLY KICKED HIM OUT."

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Ayesha was reportedly upset after Jayda flashed IG images of her new Birkin handbag, an expensive gift to her from Lil Baby. The high-end Hermes bags cost tens of thousands of dollars.

Lil Baby insisted he chose not to pay for his son's school due to safety concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He also shaded Ayesha.

"I get the n****s you f**king ain't buying you Birkins or whatever but don't go to the Internet and act like I don't go above and beyond for my son."

In another Instagram Story, the rapper is seen braiding his son Jason's hair. The adorable video won him cool points with the ladies on Instagram.
 


 

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Blac Chyna and Toochi Kash made a late-night shopping trip to the world-famous Sex Toy Store Hustler on Sunset Boulevard. The mask-free ladies were spotted browsing the shelves for toys and lingerie.

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Blac Chyna, 32, wore a white crop top with distressed jeans and grey Yeezy sneakers. She accessorized with a Christian Dior belt and two-toned hair weave. The reality star, real name Angela White, released her second music video, "Cash Only", featuring rapper Trippie Red last month.

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Toochi wore a Fendi halter top made of thin straps and a white mini skirt. She accessorized with a grey Hermes Birkin handbag.

Toochi, also 32, has amassed 4.7 million followers on her eye-opening, NOT SAFE FOR WORK Instagram account. The fashion model has appeared in the pages of mens magazines and she promotes several products. She also has a popular Twitter account.

Chyna and Toochi have been close friends since meeting while working together on an advertising campaign in 2018.

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Kanye West is making believers out of people who initially laughed at Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

While Democrats and Republicans have written off Kanye's campaign, Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner said Democrats and Republicans would be foolish to ignore Kanye.

"Democrats cannot ignore him because he could split the vote," she told Page Six. "No one can ignore a black candidate, even though they may think whatever they think about Kanye," she said.

Trump, a former reality TV star, drew laughter and ridicule when he announced his intentions to run for president. He shocked the world when he beat the odds-on-favorite, Hillary Clinton, to win the 2016 election.

Faulkner says Kanye could pull off a similar November surprise by siphoning off Democratic votes from Joe Biden.

"They kind of have to keep an eye on him because he's going to pop up on the ballot in certain places and they better hope it's not in a swing state," Faulkner said.

She added the GOP "can't ignore him either," because Trump and Kanye are pals and Kanye has already hinted that he would act as spoiler to Biden's campaign.

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Shaun King was brutally mocked on Twitter.com for flip-flopping after Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday.

The transracial activist had said he "absolutely" would not support Harris or Biden's presidential campaigns.

In a 2018 tweet, King wrote that he would not support them because of their "dismal history on criminal justice reform over their entire careers."

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But on Tuesday, he tweeted his support for Harris, stating he is "incredibly proud" to support Harris as VP on the Biden ticket.

"Kamala Harris is the most progressive VP nominee in American history," he tweeted.

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Twitter users reminded King of his 2018 tweet as a meme showing both tweets went viral on the social media platform.

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King addressed his flip-flopping, stating, "I can only speak for myself, but when I harshly critique leaders, it's with the hope that they will grow and evolve."

"Kamala has done so, in very specific ways, on issues of justice."

"I'll remain a critic," he added, "But I'm nothing but glad to see the growth. Is what it is."

Harris, who is former President Barack Obama's choice for president, was dad last on the Democratic presidential platform in 2019. But she dropped out of the race in December, citing a lack of funds and an overall lack of enthusiasm.

She was despised by the Black community for her hard stance on crime as a prosecutor in San Francisco. As a state prosecutor, Harris locked up more Black and brown people than her predecessors.
 

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Dr. Dre is challenging his estranged wife Nicole Threatt Young's demand to see all of his financial records for the past decade.

In a new court filing obtained by The Blast, the hip-hop legend, real name Andre Romelle Young, suggested his financial affairs are none of his ex's business.

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The Youngs are in the midst of a bitter divorce, as his ex claims the prenuptial agreement she signed before their 1996 wedding is invalid. Nicole alleges he ripped up the pre-nup in front of her, thus nullifying the document. But Dre claims he did no such thing.

Nicole's lawyers subpoenaed the mogul's longtime accountant to get her hands on his business and banking documents - paperwork Dre wants to keep confidential as it contains his "private information" and that of his associates.

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In his latest filing, Dre states: "Throughout our marriage, I have maintained separate books and records regarding my separate property and my separate property business entities."

He added: "I object to the production of such documents which contain my private information as well as my confidential business information that involves third parties as well. For example‚ there is no basis for the production of my confidential employee employment records."

Instead, Dre is offering to provide Nicole's attorneys with the former couple's joint tax returns over the past decade.

He also had his accountant make an official declaration to back up the super producer's side of the story regarding the pre-nup and the separate sets of financial records.

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It reads in part: "We have maintained separate books and records for (Dre) and each of his separate property business entities for the past two decades. The documents requested span more than a decade and involve at least seven different sets of books and records."

Dre has already agreed to pay spousal support and cover Nicole's living expenses.

A judge has yet to rule on the validity of the pre-nup following their divorce filing in June.

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Kanye West revealed he secretly met with President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner (pictured left) amid allegations that West and Trump conspired to sabotage Joe Biden's campaign.

West, who recently returned from vacationing with his family, admits he secretly met with Jared Kushner last weekend.

Kushner, who is married to Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka Trump, is a White House adviser and serves on Trump's re-election campaign.

West announced he was running for president which sparked accusations that he and Trump were conspiring to siphon Democratic votes from Biden.

West revealed the meeting with Kushner in a tweet after The New York Times learned about the clandestine meeting and called him for a comment.

"I'm willing to do a live interview with the New York Time about my meeting with Jared where we discussed Dr Claude Anderson's book Powernomics," West tweeted Tuesday night.

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In his interview with The Times, West gave scant details about the private meeting that took place in Colorado, where Kushner was traveling with his wife, Ivanka.

West had been camping in Colorado with his family, and afterward flew to Telluride to meet with Kushner, those close to West told The Times.

In an interview with Forbes magazine, West all but admitted he's acting as spoiler to damage Biden's campaign to clear the way for Trump to win re-election in November. West currently faces accusations of election fraud in at least 2 states.

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The Fulton County district attorney who charged 2 white police officers with murdering Rayshard Brooks has lost his job.

Paul Howard Jr. conceded defeat after he lost his runoff election to lost to challenger, Fani Willis, Tuesday night.

Howard also angered law enforcement officers by charging cops who pepper sprayed a young couple on their way home in downtown Atlanta during the George Floyd riots in June.

Howard served as Fulton County's top prosecutor for more than 20 years. Willis is the first female district attorney in Fulton County.

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Howard made headlines in June after half of Atlanta Police Department's officers in zones 3, 4 and 6 walked off the job or called out sick in support of one of the cops who is charged with killing Brooks at a Wendy's in Atlanta.

Howard was accused of rushing to judgment by charging two former cops with multiple felony murder counts in the death of Brooks.

Howard's reign as DA was marred by controversies. He is currently under investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation for allegedly funneling $140,000 to his nonprofit to supplement his salary.

Last week, Howard agreed to pay a $6,500 fine to the state ethics commission, WSB-TV reported. Howard admitted he failed to disclose his role with two nonprofits that paid him more than $200,000.

Howard claimed the cash was a "pay raise".

"I have every confidence that I'll be totally exonerated because what I've done is what most Americans do all the time. They ask for a pay raise," Howard told Channel 2 Action News.

Howard was first elected in January 1997, becoming the first Black man to be elected district attorney in the state of Georgia.

He is reportedly related to NBA star Dwight Howard.