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Airbnb is conducting an experiment in Oregon that the company hopes will prevent racial discrimination against Black renters.
According to a news release, Airbnb hosts will only see the initials of prospective renters during the booking process. The full names will be revealed after the booking process is completed.
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The two-year experiment will begin on Jan. 31 in Oregon. The experiment is designed to prevent race discrimination, KOIN-TV reported.
"Today, we are sharing an update to the way we display profile names of guests who are Oregon residents during the booking process. Hosts will start seeing an Oregon guest's initials in place of the guest's first name until a booking request is confirmed. After a booking is confirmed, the guest's name will appear."
The change comes after three Black plaintiffs -- Pat Harrington, Carlotta Franklin and Ebony Price -- won a settlement against Airbnb. The plaintiffs accused the company of allowing rental owners to discriminate against customers based on race, KGW-TV reported.
Some rental owners discriminate against prospective renters with ethnic sounding names. They claim Black renters throw drug-fueled parties, cause property damage, and commit chargeback fraud.
Rapper Big Boi is giving Outkast fans the chance to rent the Atlanta home where the duo recorded some of their biggest hits.
Big Boi is teaming up with Aibnb to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their classic album ATLIENS.
The six-time Grammy Award winner also listed The Dungeon in honor of Black Music Month.
The hip-hop star is offering three overnight stays at the renovated house known as The Dungeon via Airbnb, with the June and July bookings available on a first come, first served basis.
Airbnb will begin taking bookings on AIrbnb on June 25.
Renters who live in the Atlanta area will also get an added bonus - a ride to and from the custom crib in an Escalade.
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Once there, guests will be invited to take a tour of the famed basement, where OutKast and the Goodie Mob, both part of The Dungeon Family collective, created some of their earliest works.
There are gold and platinum plaques on the wall, and they even signed their names on the walls of the makeshift studio.
Other rooms are packed with memorabilia paying homage to Atlanta venues which inspired the music of The Dungeon Family.
There is also a top-of-the-line studio filled with Yamaha hi-fi audio equipment.
The home previously belonged to music producer Rico Wade's mother, but Big Boi purchased it two years ago. He has now teamed up with Airbnb bosses to offer overnight stays for just $25 per night - not including taxes and fees.
As part of the deal, Airbnb officials will make a donation to the Atlanta Public Schools Music Department to expand resources and increase access to music education for young students, reports TMZ.
Simone Biles is keeping a low profile after her brother's arrest on murder charges. Biles' boyfriend, Stacey Ervin Jr., posted an inspirational message about his sweetheart's family tragedy.
Biles' brother, Tevin Biles-Thomas, 24, was arrested and charged with murder in connection with a triple homicide at an AirBnB party in Cleveland eight months ago. He is being held in a Florida jail without bond while awaiting extradition back to Ohio.
Biles-Thomas is accused of killing three people after a fight broke out at a party in a $155 per night AirBnB apartment above a pizza parlor in January.
Biles-Thomas was arrested on Thursday at Fort Stewart in Georgia, where he was on active duty with the U.S. Army.
Biles’ boyfriend, Ervin Jr., is featured very prominently in numerous photos on her Instagram account.
He spoke out about the family tragedy in an IG post on Friday.
"The strongest people I’ve ever met have not been given an easier life," he wrote. "They've learned to create strength and happiness from dark places."
Biles, who is on tour, posted the above image which she captioned, "Missing you a lil extra today," to which Ervin, a gymnast turned pro wrestler, replied, "I miss you too babe I'll see you very soon!"
The brother of Olympic gold medal gymnast Simone Biles is charged with murder after he shot and killed three people at a party at an AirBnB rental apartment in Cleveland, Ohio eight months ago.
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