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The 29-year-old Wisconsin man who was shot multiple times in the back by a Kenosha police officer may never walk again.

Jacob Blake, who is Black, was shot in the back at least 7 times by a white police officer. The Kenosha Police Department declined to name the officer, even though he has been identified on social media.

Blake's father told the Chicago Sun Times his son is a paraplegic, paralyzed from the waist down and may never walk again.

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"What justified all those shots?" his father said. "What justified doing that in front of my grandsons? What are we doing?"

Cellphone footage shows Blake walking around his SUV as cops with guns drawn order him to stop. One cop pulled Blake's t-shirt and fired his service weapon just as the father-of-three opened his driver side door and leaned inside the vehicle.

Blake's fiancée, Laquisha Booker, watched helplessly as the officer pumped 7 bullets into Blake's back while their children screamed in the back seat of his SUV.

Booker said, "That man just literally grabbed him by his shirt and looked the other way and was just shooting him. With the kids in the back screaming. Screaming."

Another witness described an altercation with police that preceded the shooting. "They start to wrestle. The officer is punching on him. Two officers come to assist. They get him down on the curb behind his vehicle. Somehow he manages to get up. They said he has a knife. All of the officers pull out their guns. ... (One of the officers) tells him, 'Get out of the car!' and he starts shooting.”

The shooting sparked civil unrest and demonstrations in Kenosha and other cities.

Blake's father said he driving from Charlotte, NC to be with his son in the hospital.

"I want to put my hand on my son's cheek and kiss him on his forehead, and then I'll be OK," he said. "I'll kiss him with my mask. The first thing I want to do is touch my son."

The elder Blake criticized people who point out Jacob Blake's criminal record, saying his son didn't deserve to be shot in the back.

Famed civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump is representing the family.

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Kentucky Fried Chicken is suspending the use of the slogan "It's Finger Lickin' Good" amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement on Monday, KFC said the use of the 64-year-old slogan "doesn't feel quite right."

"We find ourselves in a unique situation – having an iconic slogan that doesn't quite fit in the current environment," KFC officials said in the statement. "While we are pausing the use of It's Finger Lickin' Good, rest assured the food craved by so many people around the world isn't changing one bit."

KFC said the slogan will not be suspended permanently and they will bring it back "when the time is right."

The CDC recommends washing your hands frequently and avoid touching your face with contaminated hands to prevent the spread of the virus.

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A police officer was fired from the Gwinnett County Police Department after a TikTok video showed him using a Taser on an unarmed Black woman.

The incident happened here in Gwinnett County, Georgia, about 20 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Former officer Michael Oxford, who is white, responded to a "property damage" call on Aug. 18. According to the caller, a bottle had been thrown at a car.

When Oxford arrived, he spotted a woman who fit the description of the person who picked up the bottle. Oxford attempted to speak to the woman but he couldn't because Kyndesia Smith and others were yelling at him.

When he told Smith she was under arrest for obstructing an officer, she said, "I'm not going anywhere." She added: "It doesn't matter. You're on our property. We did not call you. I'm not going anywhere."

Oxford attempted to drag Smith off the porch, as several bystanders captured the chaotic scene on their cellphones.

After telling her she was under arrest, Oxford fired his Taser at her and she fell into some bushes in front of the porch.

Smith can be heard saying, "Call the police, mama," as the officer told her to turn over so he could cuff her.

"Don't touch me," Smith said, as she waved her arms to prevent the officer from cuffing her. Bystanders are heard yelling at him to stop.

"You're on her neck," someone says off camera. "Do you not understand what you're doing?"

Later in the video, Smith is sitting upright and struggling with Oxford who tells her "Give me your hands."

Toward the end of the video, another white officer arrived to help cuff Smith. She was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail and released early Wednesday morning.

Even though Oxford was fired, the police department said there was probable cause to arrest Smith for obstruction of a law enforcement officer and that his use of force was within the department's policy.
 

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The police shooting of an unarmed Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin led to protests and civil unrest in that city over the weekend.

Jacob Blake, 29, was shot by a police officer in front of his family on Sunday. Cellphone video of the shooting sparked outrage on social media.

The video shows Blake walking away from two white police officers who have their guns drawn. Blake ignored repeated demands from them to stop.

He was shot multiple times in the back when he opened the driver side door of his SUV and leaned inside while an officer grabbed his t-shirt.

Blake's three minor children were reportedly in the back seat of the vehicle when he was shot.

He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he is listed in serious condition while recovering from surgery.

Luke Reitruoc, the cop who shot Blake, is a former hospital security guard who was recently hired by the Kenosha Police Department. He has been placed on administrative leave.

Several videos uploaded to social media showed the aftermath of the shooting, as demonstrators faced off against police officers around midnight. One cop was hit in the head with a brick. His condition is unknown.

The city of Kenosha issued a curfew until 7 a.m. as news crews captured footage of small groups of people breaking store front windows and setting fires to vehicles.

The governor said the courthouse would be closed because of extensive damage.

Gov. Tony Evers tweeted that he stood "against excessive use of force and immediate escalation when engaging with Black Wisconsinites."

Evers tweeted, "While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country."


 

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The richest Black man in America is under investigation for income tax evasion. Billionaire philanthropist Robert F. Smith is under investigation for possible income tax evasion.

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Smith made headlines in 2019 when he and his wife, Hope Dworaczyk Smith, generously paid off student loan debts for Morehouse College's entire 2019 graduating class.

The pledge was worth $40 million and is the largest single gift in the school's history. Apparently, Smith planned to use the massive pledge as a $40 million tax write off.

According to Vladtv.com, for four years, federal authorities have been investigating Vista Equity Partners firm for failure to pay taxes on about $200 million in assets transferred from Vista's first private equity fund to offshore banks.

High-income individuals typically transfer millions or billions to offshore banks in the Caribbean and Europe to avoid paying taxes in the United States.

Forbes.com reports Smith hopes to resolve the Justice Department's case with a civil settlement in order to prevent resigning from Vista's board or serving time in prison.

The billionaire has also asked for leniency in exchange for his cooperation with another investigation involving Robert Brockman, who worked with Smith on projects involving offshore entities, trusts, and foundations.

Smith is reportedly willing to cooperate with additional investigations as well. Vista Equity Partners, which manages $65 billion in assets, has not commented on the investigation.

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Actress Lori Loughlin has been sentenced to serve two months behind bars for bribing officials to get her privileged daughters into college.

The former Full House star and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty to paying $500,000 to help their kids get into the University of Southern California as fake athletes as part of a major college admissions scandal.

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Hours before Lori received her sentence, her husband Giannulli was also sentenced to serve five months behind bars at a hearing in Boston, Massachusetts on Friday.

Loughlin was also ordered to pay a $150,000 fine and perform 100 hours of community service.

Giannulli, the founder of the Mossimo clothing brand, will pay an additional $250,000 fine and serve 250 hours of community service.

Loughlin and Giannulli are among a group of well-to-do parents who have pleaded guilty to paying bribes to secure fake test scores and credentials to gain top college spots for their kids.

Former Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman was sentenced to two weeks in jail last year for her own part in the scheme to get one of her daughters into college.

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All Gas No Brakes host Andrew Callaghan went down to Florida to get comments and reactions to Covid-19 from young Black people on vacation/quarantine.

The footage shows young people denying the coronavirus exists, while others say the virus was developed by the United States for population control. Callaghan posted the footage to Instagram on Thursday.

Young Black people all over the country have resumed their lives as if there is no pandemic.

Nightclubs in Atlanta and Miami are packed, as young people ignore the CDC's advice to wear masks and practice social distancing. Watch the video below to see why the guideline recommendations are falling on deaf ears.
 

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Stephen K. Bannon was arrested Thursday morning and charged with defrauding donors to a private fund to build part of the border wall.

Bannon was arrested on board a $35 million, 150-foot yacht off the coast of Westbrook, Connecticut. Federal postal inspectors working together with the U.S. Coast Guard boarded the boat, with belonged to an exiled Chinese tycoon.

Bannon, 66, was charged in connection with a fundraising group called We Build the Wall, headed by a wounded Air Force veteran who lost his legs and is confined to a wheelchair.

According to the criminal indictment, Bannon conspired with the wounded Air Force veteran and a venture capitalist to cheat hundreds of thousands of donors by falsely promising to build a new section of border wall.

Prosecutors say Bannon siphoned off $1 million to pay his personal expenses.

Audrey Strauss, the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said Bannon and his three co-conspirators defrauded investors by telling them that "all of that money would be spent on construction."

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Bannon, President Trump's former adviser during the 2016 presidential campaign, was banned from the White House in 2017.

Bannon was unceremoniously fired on Aug. 18, 2017 after saying he believed Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with Russian operatives in Trump Tower was "unpatriotic" and "treasonous".

"Steve left the White House almost three years ago, and left on bad terms by burning down the kids so that is always there," an insider told the NY Post. "Blowing up the kids is never good."

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A woman who accused R&B singer Trey Songz of sexual assault in a nightclub has won a legal victory in court.

As The Blast first reported earlier this year, a Georgia woman using the pseudonym Jane Doe filed a $10 million lawsuit against Trey, real name Tremaine Neverson, accusing him of assaulting her in a Miami, Florida nightclub.

The suit read, "This is a lawsuit arising from a sexual assault and battery committed by NEVERSON upon JANE DOE while the two were partying at the E11even Miami night club ("E11even") on January 1, 2018. This suit is based on claims of Assault, Battery, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, and Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress. Plaintiff is seeking more than Ten Million dollars ($10,000,000.00) in damages."

But the court told the woman she had to reveal her identity for the case to proceed against Neverson.

Doe appealed the court's decision forcing her to reveal her name. The Blast reports the higher court agreed with her argument and said she did NOT have to reveal her identity.

The court order read, "The district court abused its discretion in denying Ms. Doe's motion for two reasons. First, it erroneously concluded that Ms. Doe would be required to disclose her identity at trial, contrary to cases showing that is not necessarily so. Second, it failed to properly consider Ms. Doe's allegations about the stigma she claimed she would face as a result of her family's religious beliefs."

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Neverson is pictured at Compound nightclub in Atlanta with an unidentified woman on June 9, 2019.

Earlier this week, Neverson, 35, hit back at allegations of sexual misconduct made by a woman who claimed he cornered her in a hotel room, took her purse and cellphone and urinated on her.

Actress, singer Keke Palmer also accused Neverson of predatory behavior toward her.

And now Twitter has uncovered an old interview in which singer Bebe Rexha shares a MeToo story about Neverson.

Rexha, 30, said Neverson flirted with her all night at a wedding party that he attended with a date. She said when he got her alone, he forced himself on her and tried to kiss her.

"He literally is at the door & pushes me against the wall, and puts his lips on my lips & is like 'let’s do this.'"

"Something else happened, but I'm not gonna say that," she said.
 

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Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion have teamed up with Ca$h App to give away $1 million in Twitter's biggest-ever cash prize.

The rap duo, who recently topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart with their new single "WAP," announced the giveaway on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

The ladies asked their Twitter followers to post their #Cashtags to get part of the $1 million, which is exclusively for women.

"To all everyone supporting #WAP we see you!! we're partnering with Twitter and Cash App to celebrate all the powerful women out there by giving away a total of $1 million dollars," Megan said.

Women who tweet #WAPParty along with their $Cashtag will have a chance to receive a portion of the money through Cash App.

Fans who received cash in $500 increments thanked Cardi and Megan on Twitter.com.

Cardi and Megan have come under fire over the raunchy track and its provocative video, featuring an array of famous faces including Normani, Rosalia, Rubi Rose, Sukihana, Mulatto, and Kylie Jenner playing fancy whores in a virtual mansion that features butt sculptures, breast fountains, tigers, snakes and leopards.

Although some have slammed it as degrading for sexualizing women, the stars insist the hedonistic song promotes female empowerment.

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Angry social media users flooded the hospital's switchboard and social media accounts after a cruel post went viral on social media.

The post identifies the user as Brittany Jill Michael, a nurse at Mass General. The post features a meme that shows gun violence victim Cannon Hinnant.

The meme reads: "Free Bike! I got this bike from my neighbor who don't need it no more. Has some red stains on it."

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Cannon, 5, was shot in the head at point blank range while riding his bicycle in his own yard in Wilson, North Carolina on Aug. 9.

Police arrested 25-year-old ex-convict Darius Sessoms a day later at a private residence in Goldsboro NC. He was charged with first-degree murder and ordered held without bond.

The Facebook post fired up conservatives who called the hospital demanding to know if the Facebook user was a nurse on staff there.

Mass General updated the hospital's Twitter account to confirm the Facebook user is not a an employee, and they are working with Facebook officials to identify the user.

The Facebook account has since been deleted.

"This individual does not work at Mass General. We recommend that you report the profile to Facebook, as we have done. We are working with Facebook officials and the appropriate authorities to identify the person or people who are responsible for this hurtful message."

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Mike Lindell, the MyPillow founder, was Anderson Cooper's guest on CNN on Tuesday night, where he touted his new "miracle cure" for Covid-19.

The Minnesota businessman promoted a herbal supplement, oleandrin, that he claims is a cure for the coronavirus. "This thing works, and it is the miracle of all time," said the born-again Christian.

But Cooper challenged Lindell's miracle cure, saying he was putting lives in danger.

Lindell said he received a call that led him to the miracle cure.

"This guy called me on Easter Sunday and said he has an answer to the virus, so I reached out to my friend Secretary Ben Carson, who is on the taskforce."

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Lindell said his friend, Trump, was "enthusiastic" about the cure and he wanted the FDA to approve it.

Cooper argued that (like Bill Gates) Lindell had no medical background.

"You have no medical background," Cooper said. "You are not a scientist. A guy called in April saying he had this product. You are now on the board and going to make money from the sale of this product."

Cooper noted that Dr. William Schaffner, professor of infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, called oleandrin "quackery" and advised people not to take it.

Oleandrin is a toxic glycoside found in the poisonous plant, oleander. Oleander has been traditionally used in the medical treatment of cardiac insufficiency, asthma, diabetes, cancer, epilepsy, and more.

In large doses, oleander is deadly and toxic to the heart, kidneys and liver. Deaths have been accidental, but some people use it to commit suicide.

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Lindell, a 59-year-old former crack addict, began selling foam-filled pillows at 2004 trade shows. His company, MyPillow, has sold more tan 40 million pillows, according to his website.
 

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Americans expressed outrage over viral photos taken at a crowded pool party at a water park in Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus originated.

Photos show thousands of Wuhan residents cooling off in a massive swimming pool at a water park in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on Saturday, Aug. 15.

No one in the crowd appeared to be wearing a face mask or social distancing. The central Chinese city was the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in December 2019.

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The Wuhan water park was closed earlier this year after the coronavirus swept through Wuhan, killing thousands. The park reopened in June and has been crowded ever since.

Social media users expressed outrage over the photos, especially since millions of Americans can't go to school or church because of restrictions and lockdowns in many U.S. states.

Global leaders have accused Chinese officials of delaying the news about the virus after it escaped a lab in Wuhan.

As of Tuesday, over 775,000 people have reportedly died from coronavirus-related illnesses around the world, according to data from John's Hopkins University.

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Quinn Coleman, the son of former BET CEO Debra Lee, died suddenly on Sunday at the age of 31.

Coleman, also known as Quinn Lee, worked as an A&R executive at Capitol Records since May 2018, and previously worked at Warner Bros. Records and SiriusXM. He was also a successful DJ.

His family confirmed his passing in a statement on Monday, but no cause of death was given.

"Quinn was a loving son, brother, cousin and friend, a passionate DJ and A&R executive with a bright future ahead of him. Debra and her family are devastated by Quinn's passing and ask for privacy and respect as they grieve together," a representative for Lee said in a statement.

Following news of Coleman's death, Jeff Vaughn, the president of Capitol Records, also paid tribute, saying: "We are all devastated to learn of the untimely passing of our colleague and friend, Quinn Coleman. He will be greatly missed. We offer our deepest condolences to Quinn's family and loved ones at this extremely difficult time."

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Sharon Stone blames "non-mask wearers" for infecting her beloved sister with Covid-19. Stone made the allegations in an emotional Instagram post on Saturday, as she revealed her family's battle with the coronavirus.

The Basic Instinct star took to social media to share a picture taken from her sibling Kelly Stone's hospital room.

In the caption, Sharon explained that her sister, who already has lupus, contracted the coronavirus after a trip to the pharmacy. It is assumed her sister was wearing a face mask and still contracted the virus anyway.
 

"My sister Kelly, who already has lupus, now has Covid-19," she wrote. "This is her hospital room. One of you Non-Mask wearers did this. She does not have an immune system. The only place she went was the pharmacy. There is no testing in her county unless you are symptomatic, & then it's 5 day wait for results. Can YOU FACE THIS ROOM ALONE? Wear a mask! For yourself and others. Please."

In a separate video shared to her Instagram page on Sunday, Sharon revealed that Kelly's husband Bruce is also fighting Covid-19 in the same hospital as his wife, and that her grandmother and godmother both lost their lives to the coronavirus.

"I posted about my sister being in the hospital in a Covid room and that she has lupus and she's fighting for her life," the tearful 62-year-old actress said.

"I didn't let you know that her husband Bruce is also in a Covid room in the same ward fighting for his life. And that they stayed at home as long as they could. I want to tell you a little bit about why.

"In Montana where they live you can't get tested unless you're symptomatic and then you don't get your test results for five days. Also the people that they came in contact with, like my mother - who has had two heart attacks, five stents and a pacemaker in the last five months, couldn't get a test because she wasn't symptomatic, even though she could have been the asymptomatic contact that gave them Covid...

"They keep telling you that the risks are so small and that you might not die and that it will be fine but I'm telling you what is going on with my family. My grandmother died of Covid and my godmother died of Covid. My sister and her husband are fighting for their lives and my sister is not doing well."

Sharon concluded her powerful video by urging her followers to vote for Joe Biden in the upcoming U.S. presidential election, alongside vice president hopeful Kamala Harris, explaining that the countries where women are in power have fared better during the pandemic.

There are only 82 Covid-related deaths reported in Montana this year.

Watch Sharon Stone's video below.