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Rapper Dark Man X, aka DMX, is said to be in "grave condition" after an apparent drug overdose on Friday night. Sources tell TMZ that the rapper, born Earl Simmons, might not make it.
Sources close to the 50-year-old rapper say the drug overdose triggered a heart attack at his home around 11 p.m.
DMX was rushed to a hospital and is currently in an ICU at a White Plains, NY hospital. According to TMZ, his prognosis is not good.
The rapper is reportedly in a "vegetative state" with "some brain activity."
DMX rose to fame in the early 1990s after signing to the Ruff Ryder record label. His debut album It's Dark and Hell Is Hot received critical acclaim in 1998.
The album sold over 251,000 copies within its first week of release.
DMX has battled drug abuse and legal trouble over the years. He was admitted to drug and alcohol rehab facilities multiple times. His last rehab admission was in 2019 after he served a 12-month prison sentence for income tax evasion.
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He has spoken about his drug addictions, which began when he smoked marijuana laced with cocaine at age 14.
The rapper was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a young adult, and has been in and out of prisons since he was a juvenile.
DMX welcomed his fifteenth child in 2016. He broke down while discussing his mother in a 2012 interview. "Not once has she ever told me she loved me," he said.
On February 10, 2016, DMX was found unresponsive in a Ramada Inn parking lot in Yonkers. He was revived with Narcan and rushed to a hospital. He told doctors he suffered an asthma attack at the time.
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Journalists slammed CNN for declaring "there is no consensus" for doctors "assigning" sex at birth.
CNN made the controversial statement while reporting a news story about South Dakota banning male-to-female trans athletes from girl’s sports.
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem declined to sign legislation banning trans athletes from girls sports.
CNN reporter Devan Cole wrote, "It's not possible to know a person's gender identity at birth." He added, "There is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth."
Other reputable journalists noted that Cole does not hold a medical license.
Twitter user @Roninresearch wrote: "My wife delivered babies for 23 years and she could tell real easy what the gender was... Oddly enough so could the parents."
"I'm not a doctor, @CNN but if you look just below the waist you may get some insight," Craig Seymour wrote.
Media critic Lee Sobotka wrote, "CNN isn’t a news organization. They are straight up activists."
One Twitter user wrote: "I've gotten used to a lot of woke craziness. Never thought I'd see biological sex in scare quotes."
The Biden administration is reportedly considering an executive order banning hospitals from declaring a newborn's sex on birth certificates.
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A gender reveal stunt in a Cessna plane went horribly wrong when the plane crashed into the sea as the expectant parents looked on.
The accident happened off the coast of Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, on March 30, Yahoo reports.
Cellphone video shows the light aircraft dropping pink powder to reveal the gender of the unborn child as a girl.
The plane flew overhead and then dropped out of the sky. Shocked family and friends screamed as the plane crashed.
Authorities say four people were on the plane. Two people -- the pilot and the co-pilot --died. The Navy Guard did not explain if the other two people were rescued.
Gender reveal parties have increased in popularity over the years. Some of the parties have ended in tragedy, including a 26-year-old dad who died in an explosion.
The blogger who started the gender reveal craze 10 years ago spoke out after forest fires threatened lives during some parties.
"Stop having these stupid parties," wrote Jenna Myers Karvunidis, who blogs under High Gloss and Sauce on Facebook. "For the love of God, stop burning things down to tell everyone about your kid's penis. No one cares but you."
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Sesame Street introduced two "woke" new Muppets, a Black father, Elijah, and his 5-year-old son, Wes, to teach 2-year-old children about "racial literacy" and "racial justice."
The main audience for Sesame Street is aged two, according to Wikipedia.com.
In a promo tweeted by CBS News, the father and son have a conversation with Elmo who asks why young Wes' skin is brown. His dad, Elijah, explains the concept of melanin so a 2-year-old can understand.
"Things on the outside, like our skin color, our hair texture, our noses, our mouths and eyes, make us who we are," says Elijah.
Sesame Workshop also released a music video to the song "Giant" where the Sesame Street Muppets celebrate their "own unique identities."
One video features Rosita, her mother and a friend who celebrate speaking Spanish.
Sesame Workshop says toddlers aren't too young to learn about racial differences.
"Children are not colorblind — not only do they first notice differences in race in infancy, but they also start forming their own sense of identity at a very young age," Sesame Workshop's Senior Vice President Dr. Jeanette Betancourt said in a statement.
Watch the Sesame Street trailer below.
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The mayor of Oakland, California announced all low-income residents will receive $500 a month from the city with no rules attached.
The privately funded program promises monthly "guaranteed income" to low-income residents to help ease the stresses of poverty.
"We have designed this demonstration project to add to the body of evidence, and to begin this relentless campaign to adopt a guaranteed income federally," said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.
An independent study conducted after the previous mayor gave low-income Oakland residents $500 each found that "compared to a control group, residents who received regular payments experienced less income volatility, secured more full-time employment, were better parents and partners, and even saw improvements in their health and overall well-being."
The program is open to qualified low-income residents who have at least one child under the age 18 and earn at or below 50% of the area median income — about $59,000 per year for a family of three.
Only Black people, Indigenous and people of color are eligible to apply.
So far, the "Oakland Resilient Families" program has raised $6.75 million from private donors, CBS News reported.
A San Francisco school board member refuses to resign after her old tweets resurfaced calling Asian Americans "house ni**ers" who "embrace white supremacist thinking" to get ahead.
School board Vice President Alison Collins is under fire for her 2016 tweets attacking Asian Americans. On Sunday, 19 school administrators called for Collins to resign, but she refused.
In a series of tweets from 2016, Collins asked her Twitter followers to send her examples of anti-Black racism or bullying by Asian students to combat anti-Black racism.
"I'm looking to combat anti-black racism in the Asian community at my daughters' mostly Asian Am school," she tweeted.
In a follow-up tweet she wrote, "Many Asian Ss and Ts I know won't engage in critical race convos unless they see how they are impacted by white supremacy."
In another tweet she noted that Asians "use white supremacist thinking to assimilate and 'get ahead'."
"Where are the vocal Asians speaking up against Trump? Don't Asian Americans know they are on his list as well?"
School officials called for Collins to resign her position. They said Collins' tweets "perpetuate gross and harmful stereotypes and leave no room for nuance or potential misunderstanding".
Multiple news media outlets referred to Collins's race as "Black" and they point to Collins as an example of anti-Asian racism in the Black community.
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Help is on the way for Americans who struggle to pay funeral expenses for loved ones who died of Covid-19.
Funeral directors say funeral expenses can range from $1,100 for cremation to $30,000.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced a program that will reimburse funeral expenses up to $7,000 for families of loved ones who died of Covid-19.
Recipients must be U.S. citizens or legal residents and provide funeral receipts for a loved one who died from Covid-19 after January 2020.
The $2 billion program is set to begin in April 2021 and will be funded through the $1.9 trillion federal coronavirus relief legislation enacted in March.
FEMA will being accepting applications in April. Reimbursement will be provided via check or direct deposit.
Anyone who received funeral insurance benefits will not be reimbursed under the program.
According to FEMA's website:
An official death certificate must indicate the cause of death was Covid-19
The death happened in the United States
The person applying for funds must be either a U.S. citizen or legal resident
The deceased person does not have to be a U.S. citizen or legal resident
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Joe Biden tripped and fell up the steps while boarding Air Force One on Friday. The 78-year-old U.S. president was climbing the steps on Air Force One when he tripped and fell three times.
He picked himself up, dusted off his pant leg and continued climbing to the top of the stairs before turning and saluting.
The incident occurred on Friday afternoon at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, where Biden was departing for Atlanta to tour the CDC and meet with members of the Asian community following the spa shootings that left eight people dead including six Asian women on Tuesday.
Biden is the oldest president to take the oath of office. There has been rampant speculation that he is in cognitive decline due to dementia.
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White House staffers who smoked marijuana in the past are not welcome in the Biden administration.
The Biden administration shocked White House staffers by asking them to resign their positions if they have ever smoked weed.
According to multiple reports, "dozens" of White House staffers were either suspended, asked to resign, or placed in a remote work program because they confessed to past marijuana use.
The White House staffers were asked during the background-check process if they had ever used marijuana in the past.
The ones who answered "yes" were told the Biden administration was willing to overlook some marijuana use, but they were later asked to resign.
The staffers who didn't lose their jobs despite marking "yes" to marijuana use were retained to "ensure that talented and otherwise well-qualified applicants with limited marijuana use will not be barred from serving the American people."
The response on social media was swift. The Atlantic's Derek Thompson wrote it's "incredibly stupid for many reasons," considering "that cannabis is legal is Washington, DC."
While Bloomberg's Steven Dennis wondered aloud if a "young Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or JFK would have been excluded from this White House" for smoking weed.
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Mystery surrounds the death of Tanzania's Covid-denying President John Magufuli, who went missing after criticizing Covid-19 PCR tests.
Magufuli died on March 17 following an 18-day absence that prompted rumors about his health and well-being.
Magufuli becomes the first Tanzanian leader to die while in office.
Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan reported Magufuli's death on state television late Wednesday, saying Magufuli died from "heart disease."
Magufuli's death opens the door for Hassan to be Tanzania's first female president.
Magufuli was last seen in public on Feb. 27, sparking rumors he had Covid-19. Officials denied he was sick with the coronavirus.
The president was criticized for mocking Covid-19 tests as a complete fraud when a goat and a piece of fruit tested positive.
Magufuli criticized the testing kits sent from the United States and suspended a lab director.
The president instructed his security forces to check the quality of the test kits by randomly obtaining samples from a goat and a pawpaw.
"There is something happening. I said before we should not accept that every aid is meant to be good for this nation," he said at the time.