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Controversial French film Cuties has spawned more backlash against streaming giant Netflix, with critics alleging it over-sexualizes children.

The film tells the story of an 11-year-old Senegalese girl in Paris who joins a "free-spirited dance clique" to escape family dysfunction.

Despite the outrage, the movie earned praise when it debuted at January's Sundance Film Festival in Utah for how it addressed the hypersexualization of young girls.

Netflix previously apologized for a promo poster of the child stars posing in their dancing outfits. After the film premiered on Netflix on 9 September, the backlash continued as the hashtag "#CancelNetflix" was the top trending topic on Twitter in the U.S. the following day.

A petition on Change.org was also launched, calling on Netflix customers to cancel their subscriptions over the flick on the streaming service "that exploits children and creates a disturbing vibe".

"From cuties to Big Mouth to other movies mocking religions and exploiting children Netflix is no longer the family friendly streaming service I once believed it to be," reads a message on the campaign, which currently has over 600,000 signatures.

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Barack and Michelle Obama, who signed a multimillion dollar production deal with Netflix, have remained silent amid the controversy.

The backlash prompted Netflix officials to issue a statement, insisting the film, "Cuties is a social commentary against the sexualization of young children.

"It's an award-winning film and a powerful story about the pressure young girls face on social media and from society more generally growing up — and we'd encourage anyone who cares about these important issues to watch the movie," they told Variety of the Maimouna Doucoure-directed flick.

But critics complained about the many close up shots of the young girls' body parts, and one scene where a girl exposed her breasts on camera.
 

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Michelle Obama insists her marriage to former President of the U.S. Barack Obama is not on the rocks, even though it is far from perfect.

The former First Lady, who will celebrate her 28th wedding anniversary with Barack next month, spoke candidly about the ups and downs of her marriage with guest Conan O'Brien on the latest installment of The Michelle Obama Podcast.

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Michelle, who reportedly suffers from situational depression, seemed to confirm rumors that she and Barack are often at war with each other.

"There were times that I wanted to push Barack out of the window. And I say that because it's like, you've got to know the feelings will be intense. But that doesn't mean you quit," she says.

She also admitted that they sometimes live apart in the 5 mansions they own. "And these periods can last a long time. They can last years."

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Michelle, pictured with Barack during happier times, said no marriage is perfect and she went on to share advice for women looking for that perfect man (hint: he doesn't exist).

Mrs. Obama said searching for a suitable life partner is like assembling an all-star basketball team.

"You want LeBron (James). You don't want the guy, third row on the bench, who didn't make the team, but we often don't think about that," she shares.

"What you're supposed to say, is, 'I have married LeBron. My version of LeBron,'" said Michelle.

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Some social media users took that as a diss toward women like singer Monica Arnold, who married L.A. Lakers bench warmer Shannon Brown, only to see him get cut by the team a year later. Brown is now a used car salesman in Atlanta.

The 'Becoming' author also stressed the importance of giving yourself time to see the person you're dating "in an array of situations," and insists, "You can't Tinder your way into a long-term relationship."

"There's no magic way to make that happen except getting the basics of finding somebody, being honest about wanting to be with them, to date them seriously, to plan on making a commitment, to date them, seeing where it goes, and then making it happen," she adds.

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Former President Barack Obama slammed current U.S. President Donald Trump as unfit to hold office. The Hawaiian-born multi-millionaire ended Day 3 of the DNC convention with a 19-minute speech attacking his successor, Trump.

Obama, 59, claimed America's democracy was at risk as long as Trump remained in office. He said Trump's presidency was like a "reality show" to get "the attention he craves."

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Obama suggested Trump had not risen to the role of president and he was incapable of doing so.

Trump, 74, watched Obama's speech with interest while tweeting his reactions.

In one tweet, Trump wrote in all caps: "HE SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN, AND GOT CAUGHT!"

"WHY DID HE REFUSE TO ENDORSE SLOW JOE UNTIL IT WAS ALL OVER, AND EVEN THEN WAS VERY LATE? WHY DID HE TRY TO GET HIM NOT TO RUN?"

Trump also tweeted a video that showed him criticizing Obama and his former VP Joe Biden. "Now President Obama did not do a good job. And the reason I'm here is because of President Obama and Joe Biden - because if they did a good job, I wouldn't be here."

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It was mass hysteria last week when former President Barack Obama accused current President Donald Trump of trying to sabotage the U.S Postal Service by removing mailboxes.

Hysterical social media users retweeted images of a flatbed truck carting off blue mailboxes in Portland, Oregon.

"They're going around literally with tractor trailers picking up mailboxes," Democratic nominee Joe Biden said at a virtual fundraiser. "You oughta go online and check out what they're doing in Oregon. I mean, it's bizarre!"

The chaos reached peak hysteria on social media after Obama accused Trump of giving the direct order to remove the boxes.

"What we've seen in a way that is unique to modern political history is a president who is explicit in trying to discourage people from voting," Obama said during his former campaign adviser David Plouffe's podcast on Friday.

"What we've never seen before is a president say, 'I'm going to try to actively kneecap the postal service to encourage voting and I will be explicit about the reason I'm doing it.'"

Obama added, "That's sort of unheard of."

But USPS spokeswoman Kimberly Frum told The Hill that the removal of mailboxes is actually quite common.

Thousands of mailboxes were removed during the Obama/Biden administration to be refurbished and relocated to high traffic areas.

"When a collection box consistently receives very small amounts of mail for months on end, it costs the Postal Service money in fuel and workhours for letter carriers to drive to the mailbox and collect the mail."

She added that anyone with a residential mailbox can simply raise the flag on their box to have their mail picked up.

USPS spokesman Steve Doherty told Boston.com there's nothing to see here: "These trucks are on the street daily. They're part of our field maintenance fleet."

Roughly 14,000 USPS mailboxes were removed and relocated between 2011 and 2016 -- during the Obama-Biden administration. No one accused Obama of sabotaging the USPS.

In 2016, Obama proposed that the USPS slash 12,000 jobs, saying private mail carriers like FedEx and UPS were more efficient. "It's the post office that's always having problems," he added.

The National Association of Postal Supervisors President Ted Keating fired off a letter to then-President Obama.

"Your negative references to the Postal Service without knowledge of the facts was a disservice not only to the members of our organization, but to all postal employees," Keating wrote.

In response to the fake news, the USPS announced they will stop removing mailboxes until after the November elections.

"We are not going to be removing any boxes," USPS spokesman Rod Spurgeon told NBC News. "After the election, we're going to take a look at operations and see what we need and don't need."

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Black Twitter is outraged over a misinterpretation of a tweet by President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

First the misinterpretation: "Trump said 'suburban housewives will vote for me to protect black democrats from putting housing nearby."

What Trump really tweeted:

"The 'suburban housewife' will be voting for me. They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge!"

Trump criticized the Obama/Biden administration's efforts to place low-income families in suburban neighborhoods.

The issue was one of the factors that drove voters to the polls to elect Trump as president in 2016.

But, as one Twitter user pointed out, the majority of people living in low-income housing are white.

User @pastordlamb writes: "Anyone who sees the words 'low income housing' and automatically thinks of black people is racist. We have numerous low income housing projects in our city and they are 90% white occupied."

Another user wrote: "Never underestimate the fear they have of POC. They hate and fear us. He know what he is doing, they will vote for him because he will build a wall in the suburbs to keep us out. They are all part of the problem in Amerikkka."

And a third user tweeted: "Donald Trump wants to keep "low income housing" out of the suburbs. Because there's nothing scarier than that... is there?"

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Democratic nominee Joe Biden announced former Calif. state prosecutor Kamala Harris as his VP pick on Tuesday.

Harris was former President Barack Obama's first choice for president when she ran a lackluster campaign last year.

Black people despised Harris because of her tough stance on crime. As California AG she locked up more Black males than any of her predecessors.

Harris was so unpopular as a presidential candidate that many Blacks breathed a sigh of relief when she dropped out of the race.

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Political analysts say Obama backed Biden because he agreed to put Harris on the ticket -- to shoehorn an unpopular candidate into the White House.

The left's support of a Biden/Harris ticket was so obvious that Politico.com let the cat out of the bag early in July by "accidentally" leaking her name as the VP nominee.

CNN floated the theory on Tuesday night by suggesting Biden may step aside to let Harris be the first female president if he wins the election in November.

CNN editor-at-large Chris Cilizza said Tuesday that the former vice president would step aside -- all but conceding that Biden will not finish his presidential term.

The theory is so widespread in Washington, that some members of Congress have already begun preparations for a Harris administration - with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as her vice president.

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Biden has previously said his VP pick must be ready to be president on "day one." No candidate is more ready to assume power on day one than Harris.

Cilizza suggested that Biden's pick is an indication that he knows he won't finish his first term.

Cilizza wrote: "At 55 years old, [Harris] represents a younger generation of leader — something that Biden, who will be 78 on Inauguration Day 2021, said was a major factor in his choice..."

"What Biden did is make the pick that maximized his chances of continuing to make the race a straight referendum on Trump while also selecting someone, in Harris, whose resume suggests will be ready to step in if and when Biden decides to step aside."

Biden didn't hide his intentions in an email to his supporters on Tuesday:

"I've decided that Kamala Harris is the best person to help me take this fight to Donald Trump and Mike Pence and then to lead this nation starting in January 2021."

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Civil rights leader and U.S. congressman John Lewis passed away on Friday after a battle with cancer. He was 80.

Lewis, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a key figure in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, passed away a year after confirming he was battling stage four pancreatic cancer.

He was a Democrat, who represented a majority Black district covering most of Atlanta, Georgia.

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Lewis, left, is pictured with (L-R) civil rights leader C.T. Vivian, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., and Lester McKinnie at Fisk University, an HBCU in Nashville on May 05, 1964. Rev. C.T. Vivian died this week in Atlanta at age 95.

Lewis was one of the 'Big Six' civil rights leaders, which included Martin Luther King, Jr., and he helped organize the historic 1963 March on Washington.

Upon news of his death on July 17, representatives from civil rights group the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) tweeted that they were "deeply saddened," noting: "His life-long mission for justice, equality and freedom left a permanent impression on our nation and world. The NAACP extends our sincerest condolences to his family, and we send prayers of comfort and strength to all."

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Blood-splattered Freedom Riders, John Lewis (left) and James Zwerg (right) stand together after being attacked and beaten by pro-segregationists in Montgomery, Alabama on May 20, 1961.

In a statement, former President Barack Obama said he had spoken with Lewis after a virtual town hall with a group of activists following the death of George Floyd.

Obama added that Lewis could not have been prouder of their efforts, writing, "a new generation standing up for freedom and equality".

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"Not many of us get to live to see our own legacy play out in such a meaningful, remarkable way. John Lewis did," he said. "And thanks to him, we now all have our marching orders - to keep believing in the possibility of remaking this country we love until it lives up to its full promise."

The White House praised Lewis' legacy on Twitter, and Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds ordered flags at half-staff in honor of Lewis.

President Trump, who arrived at his Virginia golf course around 9:15 a.m. Saturday -- minutes after Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted about Lewis, did not acknowledge the civil rights leader's death on Twitter.

Lewis' death comes a week after a U.S. Congresswoman prematurely tweeted that he had died on July 11.

"It's only rumors," Michael Collins told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He is resting comfortably at home."

Congresswoman Alma S. Adams, who initially tweeted Lewis had died, apologized for her error.

"We deeply regret a previous tweet based on a false news report." According to AJC, "a blog that focuses on news about historically black colleges & universities" also falsely reported that Lewis was dead on July 11.

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Update: Every verified account with blue checkmarks have been locked by Twitter.

Update I: Apparently, the Twitter account of a high ranking Twitter staffer was sold on the black market. That account - which has user access to every Twitter account - was compromised by hackers on Wednesday.

Update II: A message on the dark web reads:

"Don't purchase any Twitters for the time being, the internal employee panel was hacked and someone has access to any Twitter they want. You will also see lots of scams, don't fall for them."

 

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Hackers targeted the Twitter accounts of high-profile politicians and tech billionaires in a coordinated bitcoin scam.

The hackers hit the Twitter accounts of former President Barack Obama and former VP Joe Biden on Wednesday. President Trump's Twitter account wasn't hacked.

Also targeted were tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

The hackers somehow gained access to the high profile accounts and offered to send Twitter users $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to a bitcoin address.

The tweets read: "I am giving back to my community due to Covid-19! All Bitcoin sent to my address below will be sent back doubled. If you send $1,000 I will send back $2,000. Only doing this for the next 20 minutes. Enjoy!"

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The fake tweets were sent simultaneously on the hacked Twitter accounts of America's wealthiest men and high-profile politicians.

Biden's staff locked down his Twitter account almost immediately and the tweets were swiftly deleted, but not before hackers collected over $110,000 in bitcoin currency.

Twitter released a statement noting it was aware of the highly embarrassing security breaches on their platform and they are working to figure out how the hackers compromised the accounts.

Update: Kanye West's Twitter account was also hacked.

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Former President Barack Obama will address the nation to speak about the widespread protests and violence following the death of George Floyd, the Black Minnesota man who died in police custody.

Obama is set to face the nation at 5 p.m. EST on Wednesday, June 3. Some major networks will carry his speech live. You can also watch his address live on his website.

According to CNN, which will carry the address live, Obama will speak about the death of George Floyd and the protests and looting that threaten to widen the gap because the haves and the have nots.

The violent uprising has mainly affected Black communities, where economic and health disparities are worse than other communities.

Obama previously addressed the death of Floyd and the protests, but this will be his first live remarks about the nationwide protests.

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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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President Donald Trump angered Black Americans when he refused to hang former President Barack Obama's portrait in the White House.

Trump is departing from the tradition of unveiling his predecessor's portrait and hanging it in the White House.

Trump is reportedly planning to skip the White House portrait ceremony, where the current president traditionally hangs up a portrait of his predecessor in the East Room.

According to NBC News, Obama is not interested in attending the ceremony while Trump is occupying the White House. So Obama's portrait unveiling will have to wait until 2025 -- when Trump is out of office.

The tradition was established by former Presidents Gerald Ford and Jimmy Carter.

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Barack Obama's brother Malik Obama, also known as Abongo or Roy, is among those targeting new father Anderson Cooper.

The 52-year-old CNN anchor announced his son was delivered by a surrogate last week. Cooper, who is openly homosexual, said he and an ex-boyfriend will raise the child together without a mother.

In a series of tweets on April 30, Malik Obama attacked Cooper.

"How A Man and A Man Have A Baby? HOW!?" Malik tweeted.

"Is He Not Gay (Homosexual)?" he captioned a retweet of a CNN article on Cooper becoming a new dad.

Malik followed up, tweeting: "This Is Abnormal."

Barack and Malik share the same father. Malik was born in Kenya. He claims his brother was also born in Kenya.

Christian conservatives also attacked Cooper for raising the child without a biological mother.

"A boy deserves his mother, yet if I understand your plan correctly, your son will not be raised together by her and by you. That's what saddens me the most," Christian evangelist Michael Brown wrote for Charisma News.

"Can you imagine what your life would look like today without the influence of your mother? Can you imagine Anderson Cooper without Gloria Vanderbilt?" Brown asked. "Who would you be without your mom?"

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Michelle Obama is still recovering from the "trauma" of Black people not going to the polls to elect Hillary Clinton as president in 2016.

While promoting her upcoming Netflix documentary Becoming, Mrs. Obama said Black people not showing up to vote in the 2016 presidential election was like a "slap in the face".

"It takes some energy to go high, and we were exhausted from it ... when you're the first black anything," she said, referring to her and husband, former President Barack Obama's failed attempts to help then-candidate Hillary Clinton win the election.

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Michelle Obama, 56, was bitterly disappointed when Black Americans ignored her and Barack's pleas to go to the polls.

The Obamas were so sure Clinton would win, that they leased a mansion right down the street from the White House. Barack Obama had hoped Clinton would continue his liberal policies and the LGBQ agenda that became part of his legacy.

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She struggled to keep her emotions in check the day she and Barack moved out of the White House on President Donald Trump's Inauguration Day. She took it personally when Clinton lost the election.

"You know, the day I left the White House, it was painful to sit on that stage," she said, "and then a lot of our folks didn't vote -- it was almost a slap in the face."

She added: "It wasn't just in this election, but every midterm, every time Barack didn't get the Congress he needed, that was because our folks didn't show up. After all that work, they just couldn't be bothered to vote at all. That's my trauma."

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Mrs. Obama slammed the door on any hopes the Democrats may have of her as Joe Biden's running mate.

"Now we're out of the White House, not to be viewed, judged and parceled by every other person on the planet - yeah, it's better, it's absolutely freeing."

"Barack and I are not interested in being at the forefront forever — not even for that much longer," she said.
 

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Former President Barack Obama finally endorsed his former VP Joe Biden for President on Tuesday. Obama endorsed Biden in a social media video.

In the caption, Obama wrote: "I'm proud to endorse my friend Joe Biden for President of the United States."

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But just months earlier, Obama tried to discourage the feeble-minded Biden from running. Biden reportedly suffers from senile dementia, and Obama didn't like Biden's chances against the mentally tougher President Donald Trump.

The 77-year-old has difficulty recalling short-term memory and is often tripped up by his own words.

Biden has been in poor mental and physical health for years.

In 1988, Biden suffered two aneurysms in his brain. In February 1988, Biden underwent lifesaving surgery to repair an intracranial aneurysm that had began hemorrhaging.

While recuperating from the surgery, he underwent another brain surgery to repair a second aneurysm.
 

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned as a country from moments of great crisis, it’s that the American spirit of looking out for one another can’t be restricted to our homes, or our workplaces, or our neighborhoods, or our houses of worship. It also has to be reflected in our national government. The kind of leadership that’s guided by knowledge and experience; honesty and humility; empathy and grace – that kind of leadership doesn’t just belong in our state capitols and mayors offices. It belongs in the White House. That’s why I’m so proud to endorse @JoeBiden for President of the United States. Choosing Joe to be my Vice President was one of the best decisions I ever made. He’s got the character and the experience to guide us through one of our darkest times and heal us through a long recovery. And I’ve got a lot more to say about why Joe should be President in the video. I hope you give it a watch. Then I hope you’ll join us at JoeBiden.com and make a plan for how you’re going to get involved.

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