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A Baltimore man is lucky to be alive after he was shot by the boyfriend of a woman he punched at a Baltimore County gas station.

The incident occurred at Exxon gas station near Honeygo Boulevard and the White Marsh Mall on Wednesday, July 29.

Witnesses say the gunman was trying to cut the line inside the gas station when the victim stepped out of the line and followed him out of the store.

Daijuan Jett was in the same line when he observed the confrontation outside the store.

"He was trying to cut in front of everyone in the line, and the victim, [who] was shot at -- he was telling the guy that was cutting in front of everyone to get behind everyone," Jett told WMAR2 News.

The victim followed the suspect out of the store to a silver car driven being driven by a woman.

"He opened the driver's door and let the man know... the guy that was in the car, the suspect, he grabbed a gun and just fired about five or six shots," said Jett.

Surveillance video from the Exxon station shows the victim open the car door and punch the female driver before he was shot by someone in the vehicle.

The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment of multiple gunshot wounds. His condition is unknown.

The Baltimore County Department's Violent Crime Unit asks anyone who has information on the shooting to call 410-307-2020.
 

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Police in Miramar, Florida still can't locate the parents of a toddler who was found wandering barefoot in an apartment complex on Sunday.

The curly haired mixed-race boy, wearing only a soiled diaper and a T-shirt, was found wandering around an apartment complex near the 1860 block of SW 68th Avenue.

A woman who found the boy took him to her neighbor, Lori Rodriguez, because she thought the boy belonged to her.

"Being that I have blonde hair and the baby has blonde hair, she ended up at my door which was open because I was doing laundry," Rodriguez told Miami ABC affiliate WPLG Local 10.

Rodriguez took the toddler in and changed his diaper. She then accompanied her neighbor to search for the child's parents.

"We walked around and looked to see if anyone was nearby. None of us have ever seen the baby before," she said.

The approximately 2-year-old toddler, who didn't know his name or age, was placed in the care of a foster parent.

By Monday afternoon, police still had not located his parents or guardians. Police canvassed the neighborhood where he was found, knocking on doors and talking to anyone who might know him.

Many citizens contacted the Miramar police asking to donate items to him, but the police say he has been provided with necessities. They thanked the community for the outpouring of support.

Anyone with information about his identity or his parents or guardian's identity is urged to contact the Miramar Police Department at (954) 602-4000.
 

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Rapper Tip "T.I." Harris is calling for $44 trillion to be paid out as "reparations" to Black Americans who can prove they are descendants of African slavery.

T.I., 39, called for reparations during an appearance on The Breakfast Club on Thursday.

T.I. plans to sit down with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to make his "goal" a reality.

"This is my goal. My goal is to get every black person in America that's a descendant of slavery one million dollars, at least. That'll take about 44 trillion. So that's my goal, so I'm working up on 44 trillion."

He also called for Black ADOS to spend their money at Black businesses only.

"Everything black people spend money on, it should be a black company that provides it," he said. "If we make up for 13 percent of this nation's population, we should make up for 13 percent of the ownership of land. We should be representing at least 13, 14 percent on boards, financial institutions, and so on and so forth. That should be persistent or consistent throughout, but it is not."
 

Co-host Charlamagne tha god agreed, saying "militias" and "white supremacists" are going crazy in America.

"You spoke about the militias and the white people going crazy," said T.I. "This is only happening because they see that their position is dwindling. This is only happening because they're becoming irate, because it's becoming known that the hateful racist whites, their run is over. Period. Their run is over. The jig is up."

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Kanye West's bizarre campaign stop in North Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday has his friends and the Kardashians very concerned for his mental stability, sources connected to the presidential candidate tell TMZ.

Wearing a black t-shirt under a tan armored vest and "2020" shaved into his hair, Kanye said Harriet Tubman didn't save the slaves and he criticized Planned Parenthood for killing millions of Black babies.

"My mom saved my life. My dad wanted to abort me," he said before breaking down in tears. "There would have been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy... I almost killed my daughter!"
 

Kanye also discussed abortion with his wife Kim Kardashian during her first pregnancy with daughter North West, saying he wanted the abortion.

He said Kim might divorce him for saying he wanted her to abort their first daughter, but even if she does, he'd thank her for delivering North anyway.

According to TMZ, "the family was shocked beyond words."

TMZ's sources say the Kardashians believe Kanye is in desperate need of mental help and is in the middle of a serious, bipolar episode, but he won't listen to them.

The Kardashians also believe Kanye not only hurt his political career but his businesses with his wild claim that abolitionist Harriet Tubman didn't free the slaves, she sent them to work for white people.

TMZ claims the Kardashians are not at all concerned that Kanye's comments will adversely affect Kim's businesses. Their money is separate and her and Kanye's brands are distinctly different entities.

Kanye's announcement that he was running for president upset Democrats who accused him of conspiring with his pal, President Donald Trump, to siphon off Democratic votes from Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
 

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith finally brought themselves to the Red Table to discuss the August Alsina allegations that she had a torrid love affair with August for years.

In an interview with NY radio personality Angela Yee, August said Will Smith gave him his "blessing" to pursue the lonely actress.

Jada admitted in so many words that the affair happened -- during a break in her marriage to Will -- but she never needed her husband's blessing to get her back blown out by a young stud.

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"I felt like it was really important to come to the table and clear the air," Jada said on her popular Facebook Watch show. Added Smith, "We were purposely not saying anything... We specifically never said anything. So coming to the table was like, we just felt like it got to the point where you gotta say something."

Will took his wife's usual position at the table and interviewed her about the events that rocked social media.

The couple stated they "befriended" August, who had addictions to drugs and "just needed some help" with his mental health issues.

Eventually, Jada and Will went through a rough patch. "We broke up," as Will put it.

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"We decided that we were going to separate for a period of time and you go figure out how to make yourself happy and I'll figure out how to make myself happy," Will said.

It was during that time that Jada and August grew closer -- if you hear August tell it.

Jada explains that she "got into a different kind of entanglement with August."

She said she wanted to make one thing clear: Her husband never gave her permission to pursue the young stud in a relationship, because it was not his to give.

"The only person that can give permission in that particular circumstance is myself," she said. "But what August was probably trying to communicate - because I could actually see how he would perceive it as permission, because we were separated amicably. And I think he also wanted to make it clear that he's not a home-wrecker. Which he's not."

Jada admitted she was a broken woman after her husband left her.

"I was very broken. Now in the process of that relationship, I definitely realized that you can't find happiness outside of yourself. And luckily enough, you and I were also going through a process of healing in a much different manner," she told Will.

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Jada admitted the relationship - or an "entanglement" as she calls it - with August made her feel younger and scratched an itch she had for years.

"I just wanted to feel good. It had been soooo long since I felt good. And it was really a joy to just help heal somebody. I think that has a lot to do with my codependency. Which is another thing that I had to learn to break in this cycle... There's something about that childhood trauma that feels as though it can be fixed through fixing people. Versus fixing me."

During their conversation, Will and Jada laughed about the experience. "I think it could be weird for people that we're laughing and talking about it," Will said, "But --"

"It happened so long ago," Jada explained.

"And our experiences of working through it, fighting through it, talking through it, and therapizing through it," Will said.

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At another point, Smith joked, "I'ma get you back [for the relationship]."

"You gon' get me back? I think you got me back," Jada laughed. "I think we're good on that, okay?"

To which her husband replied, "Okay, that's probably true."
 

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Rickey Smiley pulled himself together to host his syndicated radio show on Monday morning, hours after his youngest daughter Aaryn Smiley was shot multiple times in Texas.

Aaryn was shot three times at a fast food restaurant in Houston on Sunday. Rickey fought back tears as he explained that he was in the process of booking a flight to Houston to see his daughter, who is recovering in a hospital.

"All the stuff these people trying to do to fight for the rights of Black people. This is no discredit to Black Lives Matter because I believe that and I'm with that movement 110% and one has nothing to do with the other, but there are some criminals in our community that someone needs to do something about," Rickey said.

He continued: "I just pray. I'm sitting up here a gunshot victim myself and I'm still up here fighting and praying for the rights of Black people and all of the parents that had to bury their loved ones due to gun violence in our own community by our own people. Absolutely disgusting."

The news comes as 31 people were shot and 5 killed during a weekend of violence in Atlanta. The Rickey Smiley Morning Show is based in Atlanta.
 

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Jada Pinkett Smith's own words about having an open marriage with husband Will Smith have come back to haunt her.

Jada, 48, vigorously denied allegations as "absolutely not true" that Will gave August Alsina his blessing to pursue her.

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But fans remain unconvinced that the older, wiser woman didn't take advantage of the emotionally troubled 27-year-old singer for her own needs.

Will and Jada have been plagued by open marriage rumors for over a decade. It is rumored that the A-list couple enjoyed a swinger's lifestyle with both men and women.

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According to one insider who is very credible, Will and Jada invited friends for a swinger's weekend in Aspen, Colorado. The source - now a happily married mom of three - was asked to partake in the activities, but she politely declined.

Jada spoke about her open marriage in an interview with Marc Lamont Hill for the Huffington Post in 2013.

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"Because at the end of the day, Will is his own man," Jada said. "I'm here as his partner, but he is his own man. He has to decide who he wants to be and that's not for me to do for him. Or vice versa."

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In 2015, she told Howard Stern that her husband was free to wander.

"Here's the deal with that, Howard, you've got to trust who you're with. And at the end of the day, I'm not here to be anybody's watcher," she said. "I'm not his watcher. He's a grown man. Here's what I trust — I trust that the man that Will is, is the man of integrity. So, he's got all the freedom in the world. As long as Will can look himself in the mirror and be okay, I'm good."

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During a revealing Red Table Talk discussion in October 2018, Will and Jada confirmed they were together but living apart as life partners. "We are devoted to each other in a spiritual sense," Will said.

He said he "retired" from trying to make Jada happy and he "empowered" her to find happiness on her own.

"The things that Jada needs to be happy, I'm not going to agree with them on, right?" Will said. "I truly have learned the definition of unconditional love."
 

 

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un•clock•a•ble (uhn-klok-uh-buhl) adjective
1. A complimentary word used to describe a MtF (male-to-female) trans whose feminine appearance is convincing.

The Chi creator Lena Waithe introduced The Chi's first male-to-female trans character in season 3.

In an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Waithe, 36, announced the new character named Imani (played by Jasmine Davis).

"It's definitely the gayest season ever," Waithe said of season 3, which premiered Monday on Showtime. "We kick off with two black women marrying each other in holy matrimony."

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"I'm so excited that we finally get to introduce our first trans character this season," she added. "Her name is Jasmine, she's a Chicago native, she's fantastic."

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Waithe said the show won't bring any attention to the fact that Davis was born a male. Davis plays 'Chi' actor Luke James' live-in love interest on season 3.

"We make sure to not point a finger or shed too much light on her being trans," she said. "She's an amazing woman, she's an interesting character, and I'm excited that we finally get to do that this season."

Watch the video below to see why Davis is Unclockable (except for the voice and the chiseled jawline).

Waithe also announced there will be no police officers in season 3 in light of the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota and other Black people.

Even before all of this happened, when I pitched Season 3 to the network and studio I said, 'I don't want any cops this season. Why do police have to be in the black community narrative at all?'" Waithe said.

"My amazing showrunner, Justin Hillian, basically said, 'Well, you know how to make cops go away? Make a black girl disappear.' So that's what we did," she added. "We focus on how the community comes together, leans on each other, and doesn't necessarily need police to be in their community."
 

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A Black teenager driving through Seattle's notorious occupied "CHOP" zone was shot and killed by protesters who claim the teen shot at them first.

The driver of the white Jeep, a 16-year-old boy, was killed during the shooting. A 14-year-old passenger was also shot. The boy, who is also Black, was rushed to a hospital by bystanders. He is reportedly in critical condition.

The CHOP zone protesters said occupants of the white Jeep fired on them so they returned fire. But witnesses say they targeted the wrong vehicle.

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911 callers said several people fired into the Jeep. Cellphone video of the 3 a.m. incident shows a man in the CHOP zone yelling "You're not dead yet?"

The heavily armed CHOP security guards claim they were fired on by the teenagers. But police secured the Jeep and found no weapons. Police say there is evidence the Jeep had been "disturbed."

The latest murder comes a week after a 19-year-old Black man was fatally shot and another Black man was wounded by gunfire in the CHOP zone, an occupied area of about 3 city blocks in downtown Seattle.

Horace Lorenzo Anderson (pictured above) cried as he spoke to reporters about his son, Horace Lorenzo Anderson Jr., who was killed earlier this month by CHOP forces.

Seattle's police chief Carmen Best now says "enough is enough."

"Two African American men are dead, at a place where they claim to be working for Black Lives Matter. But they're gone, they're dead now,” the police chief told reporters.

Mayor Jenny Durkan, who previously praised the protesters, said last week that the city would dismantle the CHOP zone after last week's killing.

But city workers were prevented from removing barricades by armed CHOP forces.
 

 

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Fans of the "Golden Girls" were outraged after Hulu removed a popular episode of the beloved sitcom due to an alleged reference to blackface in the episode.

Amid the Black Lives Matter protests taking place around the world, numerous U.S. TV shows, including The Office, Scrubs, and 30 Rock have removed episodes or were taken off replay services because of references to blackface - a term used to describe a non-Black person wearing darkened theatrical make-up to present a caricature of a Black person.

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Hulu pulled the Golden Girls episode "Mixed Blessings" from season 3. In the episode, Bea Arthur's character Dorothy meets the family of her son's fiancee, an older black woman (played by Rosalind Cash).

Rue McClanahan's character Blanche and Betty White's Rose both enter the room wearing mud masks on their faces.

As the audience laughs, Betty White says, "This is mud on our faces. We're not really black."

The decision to remove the episode didn't sit well with fans of the show, who took to social media to slam Hulu for cheapening the Black Lives Matter movement.

"First of all, they were in mud masks not blackface," one person tweeted. "And second of all, in what world does 'Stop killing us.' sound like 'Please remove episodes of Golden Girls'? I didn't see that [asked] on anyone's protest sign..."

Another user tweeted: "Yeah, these companies and media platforms are trivializing the situation by sending the message that our demand for justice is as petty as removing episodes of the Golden Girls off a streaming platform. This is a calculated effort to cheapen our message."
 

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Chrystul Kizer was 17-years-old when she killed the man who sexually abused her in 2018. A bail fund charity paid her $400,000 bond on Monday.

Now 19, Kizer walked out of a Wisconsin jail carrying a bag full of letters she'd received from supporters.

Kizer was arrested and charged with the murder of Randall Volar, 34, in Kenosha, Wis. on June 5, 2018.

She is accused of shooting Volar twice in the head, then setting fire to his home. On the day he died, police planned to arrest Volar for child sex trafficking.

Kizer had been awaiting trial on murder charges when she was granted bond. She still faces charges of arson and premeditated homicide which carries a life sentence in prison.

Her case received national attention from supporters and activists who say she acted in self-defense and was a victim of sex trafficking.

Kizer told police that her relationship with Volar involved sexual abuse in addition to money and gifts.

She said he earned money by arranging hookups for her with men in hotel rooms. "He was a grown up and I wasn't," she said. "So I listened."

Police say Volar's estate was worth $800,000. He made large bank deposits and other activities typical of sex traffickers.

Her case drew comparisons to Cyntoia Brown, who received a life sentence for killing a John when she was a teenage prostitute.

Now 32, Brown was granted clemency in January 2019 after serving 15 years in prison.

Brown voice her support for Kizer last year. She posted a photo of herself wearing a hoodie with the words "Justice 4 Chrystul Kizer" on the front.
 

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Bubba Wallace's girlfriend, Amanda Carter, wrote an Instagram post thanking NASCAR fans for their support after a "noose" was found in Wallace's garage bay at Talladega on Sunday.

Carter also urged white people - including herself - to examine their prejudices.

"We must continue the conversation, no one is exempt from taking a look at themselves," wrote Carter, who has dated Wallace for 2 years. "The fact I date a black man does not exempt me."

Carter's post included the hashtag #blacklivesmatter.

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The "noose" turned out to be a garage door pull-down rope that can be seen in photos and videos of the same garage #4 as far back as 2017 (see video below).

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The same pull-down rope is seen in this video image from Nov. 2019. The loop at the end of the rope at garage bay #4 - the garage assigned to Wallace's team -- shows the loop is cut off and the rope is shorter than it was in 2019.

The video tour below of the Talladega garage shows ropes with hand loops hanging at every garage door.

Even though bloggers have provided incontrovertible proof that similar ropes with loops on the end are hanging at all NASCAR garage doors, Wallace and NASCAR officials continue to insist Wallace is the victim of racism.

In an appearance on The View on Tuesday, Wallace, who is the only Black or biracial driver in NASCAR, confirmed he spoke with the FBI about the alleged hate crime.

He called doubters who believe the noose story is a PR stunt "simple-minded people" who are "afraid of change, they use everything in their power to defend what they stand up for... instead of trying to listen and understand what's going on."
 

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Remember the young lady who was canceled by social media for claiming she only dates billionaires and CEOs?

B. Simone, star of Wild 'N Out on MTV and VH1, was dragged on social media just last week for claiming she only dates men with enough cash to provide her with the lifestyle she deserves.

"You're not going to understand my lifestyle. You're not going to understand why I have to be up at 3 a.m," Simone told Nick Cannon.

The 30-year-old entrepreneur, who earned her first million selling makeup, is suing bloggers who claim she stole the content for her book titled Baby Girl Manifest the Life You Want.

Rapper Meek Mill rushed to her defense after several bloggers accused her of stealing their content.

The book has since been removed from B. Simone's website.
 

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Video of a police shooting outside a South Carolina Walmart was released on Monday -- seven months after Ariane Lamont McCree, 28, was shot dead by a police officer.

Two officers responded to a call about a shoplifter at a Chester Walmart in November 2019. When police arrived, McCree, who was handcuffed by a store security guard, had escaped and was making his way through the parking lot trying to find his car.

McCree's hands were still cuffed behind his back when he was shot dead by a police officer.

The shooting sparked public protests and calls for the officers to be fired.

The Post and Courier newspaper obtained the video footage through an Open Records request.

The video, which has no audio, shows McCree coming out from behind a car when the officer fired three times from at least 8 car lengths away.

The officer approached McCree and appears to remove a gun from the front of McCree's waistband.

The attorney general determined the officers -- Nicholas Harris and Justin Baker -- had acted in self-defense -- despite the fact that McCree's hands were cuffed behind his back and the gun was found in his front waistband.

The police have not yet explained how McCree could have reached the gun with his hands cuffed behind his back.

"Do they think people are stupid enough to believe a story that ridiculous?" writes Nicole Marie on YouTube.com.

"So he was going to his car HANDCUFFED to get a gun he already had then come back in the store walking backwards with the gun pointed to shoot someone???" writes YouTube user Kenneth Stone.
 

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms held a brief press conference on Saturday to announce the termination of the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Black man on Friday night.

27-year-old Rayshard Brooks was sleeping in his car in the Wendy's drive-thru when the police woke him and attempted to arrest him for a DUI.

He was shot in the back after grabbing one officer's taser and attempting to flee.

Mayor Bottoms said the shooting was not a justifiable use of excessive force, and the officer who fired his service weapon was fired. A second officer at the scene was placed on administrative duty.

Mayor Bottoms also announced the resignation of Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields (pictured). She said Shields "offered to immediately step down" to "rebuild the trust so desperately needed throughout our community."

Shields will be reassigned to another position within the city government, and a nationwide search is underway for her replacement.

"To the family of Mr. Brooks, there are no words strong enough to express how sincerely sorry I am for your loss," said Bottoms.

A crowd formed at the Wendy's parking lot and marched holding signs on Saturday. Many Atlantans took to social media to condemn the shooting.

The fatal shooting comes three weeks after George Floyd's death at the hands of a white police officer sparked protests and unrest across the country.

Update: Surveillance video shows Brooks on the ground struggling with two Atlanta PD officers. At some point, Brooks grabbed a taser from one of the cops and pointed it at him while fleeing.