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Talib Kweli is suing Jezebel magazine for publishing an article about his preference for light-skinned women.

Jezebel published the article after the legendary rapper was kicked off Twitter for harassing Black women in August 2020.

Twitter banned Kweli he and his fans harassed a Black Twitter user named Maya A. Moody who accused Black rappers of colorism in their dating choices.

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Kweli was offended that he was grouped with other rappers who prefer light-skinned women.

"Are we talking all of my relationships?" he asked Moody in a tweet in July 2020.

"My children's mother as well? I mean, is any of this really your business?" he wrote before launching into an hours-long attack on Moody.

The following month, Jezebel magazine published an article titled, "Talib Kweli's Harassment Campaign Shows How Unprotected Black Women Are Online and Off."

Kweli claimed the article cost him $1M in revenue, and lost bookings.

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Kweli's wife, DJ EQ, filed for divorce months after Moody tagged her in her tweets to Kweli.

On Monday, August 8, Kweli filed a defamation lawsuit in the New York Supreme Court against G/O Media and writer Ashley Reese claiming emotional distress and partial financial ruin.

According to court documents, "The defendant negligently breached that duty by taking all the facts that the plaintiff stated and publishing them on the articles for 11 million plus to witness as they tried every [angle] to prove his facts were false, then attacked everything about his career, life, age, family."

The court documents continued: "The magazine took advantage of Talib and used him as a guinea pig to clarify how Black men treat Black women. Meanwhile, the plaintiff never harassed anyone; he was defending himself and his family."

Kweli included his single "Brown Skin Lady" which suggests American Black males are "conditioned" to prefer light-skinned women with straight hair that curls loosely when wet.

Kweli is seeking $300,000 in damages plus legal fees.
 

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The U.S. Food & Drug Administration denied reports that a ban on menthol cigarettes is targeting Black smokers.

Menthol cigarettes were targeted to Black people in flashy ads in Ebony magazine and other publications. The ads show beautiful Black people relaxing while smoking menthol cigarettes.

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The Biden administration says its plan to ban menthol cigarettes will benefit Black people. The administration said the menthol ban is "a big win for Black health."

However, civil rights Attorney Ben Crump is concerned that banning menthol cigarettes will have "unintended consequences" for Black people.

He noted that police will use the ban to confront Black people.

Crump told Blavity.com, "you can't visually tell a menthol cigarette from a non-menthol cigarette from 20 feet away."

"Just because you say there's a ban doesn't mean there isn't going to be a demand for [menthol cigarettes]," Crump said. "Nicotine is an addictive drug. If you ban them all tomorrow, this doesn't mean people will stop having a desire to get something they're addicted to, so they'll go to the black market."

But the FDA said its ban won't criminalize Black people who buy menthol cigarettes on the black market.

Question: Will you stop smoking menthol cigarettes after the ban goes into effect?

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Update: Will Smith tells Page Six: "I accept and respect the Academy's decision," after the Academy announced he is banned from the Oscar's for the next 10 years.

The disgraced actor can't attend the Oscars in person or virtually and he will not be nominated for an Academy award for the next decade.

The harsh decision was announced on Friday, April 8, after the Academy's Board of Governors met via Zoom to decide his fate for slapping comedian Chris Rock on March 27.

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Smith, 53, walked onstage and slapped Rock, 57, after the comedian joked about the actor's wife, Jada Pinkett Smith's hair loss during the 2022 Oscars ceremony at the Dolby Theater.

The 54-member Board, including Whoopi Goldberg and Steven Spielberg, decided to let Smith keep his Oscar.

The meeting was pushed up to Friday, from April 18, after Smith resigned from the Academy last week.

Participants stated the Zoom meeting was "contentious" until they finally settled on banning the "King Richard" Oscar winner for the next 10 years.

According to a statement, the Academy "decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards."

The statement continued:

"We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast. This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy."

According to The Sun, Board members were "bitterly divided" over whether to repossess Smith's Best Actor trophy.

However, they ultimately decided it would be hypocritical to snatch his trophy while past winners like Harvey Weinstein still had theirs.

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Kanye West doesn't know it yet, but he is a victim of cancel culture.

Kanye's performance was yanked from this year's Grammy Awards due to "concerning online behavior."

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Kanye is no stranger to concerning behavior — on or offline. But this year is different because he is no longer protected by the Kardashian Konsortium.

A judge gave Kim Kardashian her freedom recently.

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The Grammy's banning Kanye is just the latest sign that Hollywood no longer values the troubled rap producer.

Another clear sign occurred last week when Instagram suspended Kanye for 24 hours after he called South African comedian Trevor Noah a racial slur.

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"You may not feel sorry for Kim because she's rich and famous," Noah said on Tuesday's "Daily Show" segment. "But what she's going through is terrifying to watch and shines a spotlight on what so many women go through when they choose to leave."

Noah is the host of next month's Grammy Awards. Kanye's banishment sparked speculation that Noah pulled strings to get his performance axed.

However, the Recording Academy, which produces the Grammys insisted Noah had nothing to do with Kanye getting the boot.

"Trevor never asked the Grammys to ban Kanye from performing," a source told CNN. "He was not offended by Kanye's Instagram post and Trevor responded on Instagram. The notion that Trevor or his team asked the Grammys to ban Kanye is ridiculous."

Kanye is up for 5 Grammy Awards this year, including album of the year. But he may not be in the building to accept, if he wins.

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The New York Knicks have banned a rude fan who spit on Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young during Game 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs at Madison Square Garden.

The fan, who was in the second row, spit over those sitting in the front row -- including rapper 50 Cent and his girlfriend.

The ball club investigated the incident and concluded the fan was not a season ticket holder.

"We investigated the matter and determined that this patron, who is not a season ticket holder, did indeed spit on Trae Young, and for that reason, he is now banned from The Garden indefinitely."

The statement continued:

"We apologize to Trae and the entire Atlanta Hawks organization for this fan's behavior. This was completely unacceptable and will not be tolerated in our venue. We have turned the information over to the appropriate authorities."

The team did not address reports that Knicks fans received handouts instructing them to chant "Trae Young is balding!"

Young responded to a video of the spitting incident on Twitter Thursday morning.

"Damn Crazy! @50cent y'all good?! Crazy ! Keep ya mask on my boy "#ThatsJustChildish."

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Ohio State University has banned a female massage therapist after she reportedly had sex with multiple Ohio State Buckeyes football players.

The university banned the massage therapist whose license was revoked by the state following an investigation, including interviews with individual players.

Ohio State released the following statement on Thursday, alleging the massage therapist targeted football players in a scheme to engage in sexual acts with them.

"In March 2021, the university became aware that the State Medical Board of Ohio investigated an independent massage therapist who engaged in inappropriate and exploitative behavior targeting members of the Ohio State football team. The university has confirmed that the Medical Board has taken action, and this individual has had her license permanently revoked...

"Her actions were part of a scheme to exploit football student-athletes and were in violation of her state license. In addition, Ohio State does not believe the massage therapist's actions trigger NCAA rules or form the basis for NCAA violations. While no self-reporting is required, Ohio State proactively shared the exploitative behavior with the NCAA, and a report has been made to the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office." Read more...

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A Pee Wee league coach who punched a 9-year-old boy during a youth championship game has been banned for life from coaching in the league. Cell phone video shows the coach punch the boy like a man, knocking the child down twice.

When the little boy began to cry, the coach kicked him off the field and called another player off the bench to replace him.

Equally as bad are the grown Black men standing around watching the abuse and doing nothing to stop it.

The incident occurred during the American Youth Football Championships in Kissimmee, Florida, according to EURweb.com. The unnamed coach apologized for his behavior.

A loyal reader writes:

Sandra,

Have you seen the video of the little league coach, violently assaulting one of the boys he coaches? I would be UNDERNEATH the jail.

It reminds of something that happened years ago when I lived in Columbus, Georgia. Both my friend and I were single mothers and our sons played on a little league football team. Something very similar to this happened to her son. She did nothing, even participated in calling her own son "a p-ssy a-girl" for crying AFTER the coach slapped him around for fumbling the ball. Her son was 7 at the time. The coach was in such a rage he cursed me out for telling him that was foul for how he ABUSED her son. He was later arrested and found guilty of causing bodily injury to a child, she was charged with something too, I don't recall what it was. Our sons are all around 23-26 years old now. My sons are both in the military and doing very well. The son that she didn't defend that day on the field, is a known woman beater, and is in and out of jail, her eldest son, has very little to do with her.
While I know this is WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY to the left of this story, we as mothers, (if we're single mothers) have a greater responsibility of protecting our sons from abusive men (coaches and the like) and not allowing toxic masculinity to be disguised as "manning up" our sons.

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Rapper Boosie Badazz sent a desperate message to Mark Zuckerberg after his Instagram page was banned this week.

Instagram bloggers who followed his account claim his IG was banned for constantly promoting suggestive photos from his OnlyFans account.

"They just took my Instagram," the 37-year-old said, addressing Instagram owner Zuckerberg in a video on Thursday. "Mark Zuckinburger, I need to talk to you. Bosses need to talk to bosses [sic]. I don't know what I did but I need my Instagram back. I don't even know what I did! But this is how I feed my family. Mark, do not do this to 2020. Do not take Boosie off Instagram! We need to talk, Mark."

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In February, Boosie was banned from a Planet Fitness gym in Georgia after he and his son disparaged Dwyane Wade's transgender child, Zaya Wade.

In May 2020, Boosie was heavily criticized for another deleted video in which he described hiring adult sex workers to service his teenage son and nephew. At the time he said p0rnography was more appropriate for children to watch than "cartoons with two men kissing.

Watch Boosie's desperate plea to Zuckerberg below.
 

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50 Cent has been banned from Instagram.com following his comments on an IG meme posted by Snoop Dogg mocking fellow rapper T.I.

Pocket change was banned from the social media network after he commented on Snoop's meme which mocked T.I.'s comments about accompanying his daughter, Deyjah Harris, to a gynecologist.

T.I. made the comment in a podcast that has since been deleted.

In response to a question about having the "sex talk" with his 18-year-old daughter, T.I. joked, "Not only have we had the conversation, we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen."

Despite the fact that T.I. was only joking, the story went viral and drew rebukes and condemnation from fellow celebrities and fans.

In response to Snoop's meme mocking T.I., 50 Cent wrote, "Yeah man, what the fuck was T.I. talking about. LOL."
 

Fiddy's Instagram page has since been deactivated without explanation.

The last time Instagram dropped the hammer on the rap troll was when he leaked an image of Teairra Mari from her sex tape. Teairra complained and Fiddy's IG page was deleted.

Teairra ultimately lost a revenge porn lawsuit and 50 Cent was awarded legal fees. His IG account was also reinstated.