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CBS Studios has entered into a deal with activist Tarana J. Burke and her producing partner Mervyn Marcano to create new content.

CBS Studios announced the deal on Tuesday with the well-known racial justice, anti-violence and gender equity advocate who started the Me Too Movement.

As part of the deal, Burke and her producing partner will develop scripted, unscripted and documentary content via their Field/House platform. The content will be produced for linear television networks and streaming platforms.

"In our quest to partner with compelling storytellers, Tarana and Mervyn stand out," said David Stapf, President, CBS Studios. "Their drive and leadership as stewards of change brings a powerful and distinct voice to advancing stories of inclusion and impact. They are clearly magnets for many whose voices need to be heard and we're excited to work alongside them in this new venture."

"Creating space for new narratives has always been an integral part of cultural change work," said Burke. "Field/House is a platform for those new narratives. This partnership gives us the reach and scale to ensure that we build new audiences for new voices."

The new partnership joins the recently announced CBS Studios/NAACP production deal that focuses on producing premium content that tells inclusive stories, according to CBS.

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A judge has blocked Lil Nas X's "Satan Shoes" from shipping out to customers. It isn't clear if the few sneaker resellers who bought the shoes will get refunds.

A federal judge blocked MSCHF from shipping out the shoes after Nike filled a lawsuit on Monday, March 29.

According to reports, the Air Max 97 sneakers contained one drop of human blood in the soles.

Parents were furious that Lil Nas X exposed their children to devil worshipping. There is even talk of canceling the one-hit rapper.

In a response to the lawsuit, MSCHF bosses told the court the sneakers are "individually-numbered works of art that were sold to collectors for $1,018 each."

Nike's legal team questioned the marketing of the product. The lawyers said fans believed the brand was part of the marketing scheme

Nike's lawyers responded, "There's no statements that Nike is affiliated."

Lil Nas X is still feeling the backlash from angry fans who believe they were duped.

The "Old Town Road" rapper -- who came out as openly homosexual in 2019 -- said his new music is "who I am and what I stand for"

In a day in the life video with Vogue, he said, "I'm writing about my actual life and things that I’m actually going through. This album will give people a greater sense of who I am and what I stand for."
 

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Nike says the bloody Air Max 97 sneakers released by rapper Lil Nas X and MSCHF were not authorized for sale.

Lil Nas X and MSCHF launched 666 individually numbered pairs of shoes at a cost of $1,018 per shoe on Monday, March 29. The shoes reportedly sold out in under a minute.

In a lawsuit filed on Monday in New York federal court, Nike said MSCHF Product Studio, the company that partnered with the one-hit rapper, materially altered its trademarked product without permission.

The corporation was also annoyed that MSCHF used its brand to promote Satan worship.

"The material alterations include at least referring to the shoe as the Satan Shoe, adding red ink and human blood to the midsole, adding red embroidered satanic-themed detailing, adding a bronze pentagram to the laces, and adding a new sock liner.

"There is already evidence of significant confusion and dilution occurring in the marketplace, including calls to boycott Nike in response to the launch of MSCHF’s Satan Shoes based on the mistaken belief that Nike has authorized or approved this product."

Nike is suing MSCHF for trademark infringement and seeking compensatory, statutory and punitive damages, plus all of the profits in an amount to be determined.

Nike also asked the court to order that the shoes and all marketing materials be turned over to Nike for destruction.

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Nike has denied involvement in the marketing and distribution of Lil Nas X's limited edition, blood-stained "Satan" sneakers.

Lil Nas X and MSCHF joined forces to release 666 individually numbered pairs of customized Nike Air Max 97 sneakers for $1,018 each.

MSCHF launched the sneakers on Monday, March 29, days after Nas X dropped his controversial single and music video "Montero (Call Me By My Name)".

The Air Max 97 throwback sneakers reportedly contain "60cc ink" and "one drop of human blood."

NBA star Nick Young called out Nike and Lil Nas X for his satanic song and the upcoming release of the biohazard sneakers.

"My kids will never play Old Town road again," Young tweeted. "I'm still debating about wearing @Nike after this come Nike a drop of blood for real."

Nas X responded to Young's diss, tweeting: "They shouldn't be playing old town road anyway, we streaming call me by your name now."

South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem also called out the one-hit rapper and his sneaker, saying the Satanic theme is corrupting the "God-given eternal soul" of kids.

In a carefully worded statement, Nike denied any involvement with the bloody shoes.

"We do not have a relationship with Little Nas X or MSCHF. Nike did not design or release these shoes and we do not endorse them."
 

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Employee working conditions are reportedly so demanding at Amazon that some delivery drivers are forced to pee in bottles.

The working conditions and physical demands of the job don't leave much time for bathroom breaks or rest periods, according to driver complaints.

Amazon CEO Dave Clark welcomed Sen. Bernie Sanders' upcoming visit to an Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama on Friday, March 26, where employees will vote on whether to form a union.

"...if you want to hear about $15 an hour and health care, Senator Sanders will be speaking downtown. But if you would like to make at least $15 an hour and have good health care, Amazon is hiring," Clark tweeted.

But Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democratic congressman from Wisconsin, criticized Clark.

"Paying workers $15 [an] hour doesn't make you a 'progressive workplace' when you union-bust [and] make workers urinate in water bottles," Pocan said on Wednesday night.

Clark hopped into the comments on Twitter and denied "the peeing in bottles thing."

"You don't really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you? If that were true, nobody would work for us."

But an Amazon driver responded in the comments by posting a photo of urine-filled bottles.

"We're pressured to get these routes done before night time and having to find a restroom would mean driving an extra 10 minutes off path to find one," an Amazon delivery driver told Motherboard. "Ten to fifteen minutes to find a bathroom can add up, meaning 20 to 30 minutes there and back all together."

Another Amazon driver in Florida confirmed:

"All the guys do it... The best drivers get overtime so there's incentive to cut corners. The most productive drivers get rewarded the most hours."

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Burger King tried it when the corporation's official Twitter page sent out this tweet at 4 a.m. Monday: "Women belong in the kitchen."

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The fast food giant quickly followed up its troll tweet with:

"If they want to, of course. Yet only 20% of chefs are women. We're on a mission to change the gender ratio in the restaurant industry by empowering female employees with the opportunity to pursue a culinary career."

The tweet was meant to coincide with Women's month in America, but Burger King's followers said the tweet was in poor taste and called for BK to delete it.

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But Burger King doubled down.

"Why would we delete a tweet that's drawing attention to a huge lack of female representation in our industry, we thought you'd be on board with this as well? We've launched a scholarship to help give more of our female employees the chance to pursue a culinary career.

"Our 'thought process' is that women are shockingly underrepresented in our industry, and we thought it was time we did something about it. We've created a scholarship to give more of our female employees the chance to pursue a culinary career."

BK's followers were not impressed with the scholarship offer. One Twitter user accused BK of trying to run interference for the Royal Family after Meghan Markle and Harry Windsor's disastrous tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday.

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A Nike executive abruptly resigned after the company learned her son is an online reseller who purchased $132,000 worth of Nike sneakers for resale online.

Ann Hebert's resignation is effective immediately, Nike announced on Monday. She served as the vice president and general manager of Nike's North American division.

Nike confirmed to FOX Business in a statement on Monday that "Ann Hebert made the decision to resign from Nike."

Her resignation comes six days after a Bloomberg report revealed her son, Joe Hebert's sneaker resale company, West Coast Streetwear.

The 19-year-old routinely posted photos of warehouses stacked to the ceiling with boxes of exclusive Yeezy Boosts and other hard-to-get sneakers on his Instagram page. His face was always obscured in the photos.

In one photo taken in 2019, he bragged about purchasing brand a new BMW M4 with the money he made selling Nike sneakers online.

He captioned the photo: "Thank you Kobe Bryant, Kanye West, and Nike for helping add to the M collection."

But all that bragging led to his mother's downfall when his identity was exposed.

According to Bloomberg, Joe used bots designed to fool sneaker supply companies in order to get his hands on hundreds of pairs of sneakers.

One scheme cost him $132,000, which he charged to his mother's corporate American Express card.

After selling all the sneakers, he earned a $20,000 profit, according to Bloomberg.

Joe told Bloomberg that he never received insider information from his mother, and he asked that her name not be mentioned in the article.

Sneaker collectors left angry comments under Joe's Instagram photos.

One IG usr wrote: "Nike really expect us to believe his mom didn't know what was going on?!?"

Another wrote: "Must be nice when your mom supplies you with everything."

And a third user wrote: "Must be so cool you cost your mom her job. She must be so proud of you."

According to Statista, in 2020, the total global sneakers market was valued at approximately $80 billion dollars.
 

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Fans of classic toys were shocked when Hasbro announced a gender neutral makeover for Mr. Potato Head on Thursday.

The company decided to drop the "Mr." and "Mrs." Potato Head for the more gender neutral Potato Head.

The company announced the change would appear on toy boxes later this year. Mr. Potato Head was first introduced to children 70 years ago.

Hasbro announced the toys would reflect today's modern family of two dads and two moms.

"It's a potato. But kids like to see themselves in the toys they are playing with," said Ali Mierzejewski, of The Toy Insider, referring to transgender children.

Liberals celebrated the change, but Hasbro backtracked after a furious public backlash to the company's "woke" agenda.

"Hold that Tot – your main spud, MR. POTATO HEAD isn’t going anywhere! While it was announced today that the POTATO HEAD brand name & logo are dropping the ‘MR.’ I yam proud to confirm that MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD aren’t going anywhere and will remain MR. & MRS. POTATO HEAD."

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Coca-Cola cast the blame for its "be less white" diversity training materials on Linkedin.

Coca-Cola faced massive public backlash to its diversity training course that encourages Coca-Cola employees to "try to be less white."

On Friday, an activist shared slideshow images in a YouTube video from the company's online anti-racism training. The slides included tips to Caucasian employees on how to be "less white, less arrogant, less certain, less defensive, less ignorant and more humble."

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"[W]hite people are socialized to feel that they are inherently superior because they are white," one of the slides read. "Research shows that by age 3 to 4, children understand that it is better to be white."

A spokesperson for the soft drink company confirmed the course is "part of a learning plan to help build an inclusive workplace," according to MSNBC.

The spokesperson noted that "the video circulating on social media is from a publicly available LinkedIn Learning series and is not a focus of our company's curriculum."

Conservative activist Candace Owens was among the outraged Twitter users who lashed out at Coca-Cola.

"If a corporate company sent around a training kit instructing black people how to 'be less black', the world would implode and lawsuits would follow," she tweeted. "I genuinely hope these employees sue @CocaCola for blatant racism and discrimination."

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Another Twitter user wrote: "Try to be less black. Try to be less Asian. Try to be less Indigenous. Can we say that? No? Then why can Coca Cola tell their staff to be less white?"

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Rihanna's Fenty Fashion House and LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy) have reportedly reached a mutual decision to part ways, according to reports from both Women’s Wear Daily and Business of Fashion.

In a statement to WWD, an LVMH rep said the luxury fashion house, which owns the Louis Vuitton brand, "have jointly made the decision to put on hold the RTW [ready to wear] activity, based in Europe, pending better conditions."

The decision appears to be final, but, according to WWD, both LVMH and Rihanna "haven't ruled out taking a second run" at a partnership in the future.

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Rihanna and LVM first unveiled the partnership in 2019. At the time, Rihanna called the partnership "an incredibly special moment" for the team.

"Mr. Arnault has given me a unique opportunity to develop a fashion house in the luxury sector, with no artistic limits," she said, referring to Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy.

"I couldn't imagine a better partner both creatively and business-wise, and I'm ready for the world to see what we have built together," she continued.

LVMH will reportedly focus on Rihanna's Fenty Beauty, Fenty Skin elements and Savage X Fenty lines.

LVMH is s home to 75 fashion brands.