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Rihanna was dragged on Twitter.com for disrespecting civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday.

As the nation celebrated King's birthday on Monday, the Bajan businesswoman changed her Twitter banner to a Photoshopped image of smiling Dr. King wearing a gold grill.

Rihanna is not from here so she probably didn't understand how offensive the image is. But she learned on Monday, as her followers lashed out on her timeline.

The offensive image was still posted as Rihanna's Twitter header as of Tuesday morning. The semi-retired pop star has over 104 million followers on Twitter.com.

Instead of addressing the controversy, she posted selfies with the caption: "commercial break." She also shared thirst trap photos and a video of herself wearing lingerie from her Savage X Fenty line.


 
Here is what some of her followers had to say about the MLK disrespect:

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As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Black activists say critical race theory tarnishes his legacy.

"Critical race theory points out that only one group or race is systematically racist, and that they are irredeemable and can never be forgiven," Emery McClendon told Fox News on Sunday. "That concept totally contradicts Scripture and the morals of civilized society."

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"Dr. King taught love and the need for mankind to seek to judge one another based on the content of our character, not on the color of our skin," said McClendon, a member of the Project 21 national advisory council.

Members of Project 21, a Black leadership network, also say the CRT controversy hurts King's dream of seeing all people united as one.

McClendon says critical race theory and the 1619 Project cause division and disruption among the races.

"Because the 1619 Project and Critical Race Theory have perpetuated a narrative of 'systemic racism,' it is all the more imperative that we refocus our efforts on why it is important to reach Dr. King's dream of climbing to the mountaintop," McClendon said in a press release on Sunday.

"CRT is a very harmful doctrine and at the onset of its training, causes Black students and others to always see themselves as inferior and helpless victims who are discriminated against with no possible solution for change, or advancement," McClendon told Fox News.

"We must stress that every individual is capable of obtaining success and the pursuit of the American Dream through hard work and determination," McClendon said.

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Ikea store's Juneteenth menu featuring fried chicken and watermelon angered employees at an Atlanta area store.

The store's Juneteenth menu was created in honor of the first official Juneteenth federal holiday on the weekend of June 19.

The Juneteenth menu contained fried chicken, watermelon, macaroni and cheese and collard greens -- all southern food staples.

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The soul food was to be served to all employees on Saturday to "honor and persevere Black Americans" on Juneteenth, the store stated in an email sent to employees, according to WGCL CBS46 in Atlanta.

However, Black employees expressed outrage after discovering the menu was created by execs at Ikea's corporate office.

"You cannot say serving watermelon on Juneteenth is a soul food menu when you don't even know the history, they used to feed slaves watermelon during the slave time," one employee told CBS46.

Following the backlash, Ikea released a statement, saying "the meal was intended to be served to co-workers as an internal celebration, not customers."

Some employees told CBS46 that no Black employees were involved with creating the menu, But Ikea stated that there were a few Black people on the menu selection committee.

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Candace Owens sparked controversy on Twitter.com when she dismissed Juneteenth as "lame."

The conservative activist slammed the new federal holiday that was approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 16.

The holiday takes effect immediately, and all government offices were closed on Friday, June 18, to observe the new holiday.

However, Candace is among Black celebrities, such as comedian D.L. Hughley, who question the speed with which Juneteenth became a holiday.

Most Black people outside of Texas had never heard of Juneteenth until President Donald Trump scheduled a rally on that same day last year.

Trump later changed the date of his rally, saying, "I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous."

Candace took to Twitter to express her disapproval of the new federal holiday.

"Juneteenth is soooo lame.
Democrats really need to stop trying to repackage segregation.

I'll be celebrating July 4th and July 4th only.

I'm American."

"Every single race has been enslaved at some point in human history. Africans are STILL enslaved today.
This is not a holiday. This is more emotional training from Democrats to see ourselves as somehow separate from America.

Independence Day is July 4th."

"This is your daily reminder that immigrants from Africa as well as the Carribean are among the most successful ethnic groups in the country.

America doesn't discriminate against people based on skin. Black Americans are just focused on meaninglessness like 'Juneteenth'."


 

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D.L. Hughley is among the descendants of slaves in America who are side-eyeing Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday.

The comedian is among Black Americans who are on the fence about how swiftly Juneteenth became a federal holiday.

Juneteenth celebrates the day slaves in Galveston, Texas learned they were free - two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862.

Most Black people outside of Texas had never heard of Juneteenth until President Donald Trump decided to hold a rally on that same day last year.

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Trump later changed the date of his rally, saying, "I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous."

Semi-retired singer Beyonce quickly recorded a track - "Black Parade" - to capitalize on the controversy.

The very next year, Juneteenth became a federal holiday, leaving most people Googling to learn the meaning behind it.

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Many are now questioning whether Juneteenth would be a federal holiday at all if Trump had chosen a different date for his rally last year.

D.L. says Black people have been demanding reparations, justice and equality for decades, but instead got a 3-day weekend.

There's another reason D.L. and others are wary of the new holiday -- several U.S. Senators who voted for the bill are trying to block schools from teaching about critical race theory.

As he put it, it's hard to explain the holiday if critical race theory is censored.

In the end, D.L. is all for another day to BBQ, but he adds, this holiday does nothing to level the playing field.

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Black Americans who are descendants of slaves celebrated the news that Congress approved Juneteenth as a federal holiday.

However, Rep. Cori Bush, a member of "The Squad", says that's not enough.

On Wednesday, June 16, the House of Representatives approved a bill making Juneteenth, June 19, a federal holiday known as "National Independence Day."

Bush, a Democrat, is also calling for monetary reparations and "Black liberation."

"It's Juneteenth AND reparations. It's Juneteenth AND end police violence + the War on Drugs," she tweeted on Wednesday night.

"It's Juneteenth AND end housing + education apartheid. It's Juneteenth AND teach the truth about white supremacy in our country. Black liberation in its totality must be prioritized."

Fourteen Republicans voted against the measure for Juneteenth, saying another federal holiday will hurt small businesses financially.

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Juneteenth is a holiday celebrating the day African-Americans learned they had been emancipated. The holiday originated in Galveston, Texas.

Juneteenth is recognized by 48 states and Washington DC. North Dakota and South Dakota are the only states that don't recognize the holiday.

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Alveda King, the niece of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., wrote an op-ed for Fox News, explaining why she is forever grateful on Mother's Day.

"On Mother's Day this year I want to thank my mother for the most precious gift: My life," she wrote. "She gifted me with my life, even though at first she was uncertain about it, and even though she had to change the plans she had made for herself and her future."

Mrs. King explained that her mother, Naomi Barber, fell pregnant with her in 1950 when she courted her father, Rev. A.D. King.

Barber was a freshman at Spelman College in Atlanta and she had big dreams, King said.

"But as their relationship got more serious, they made the choice not to wait until the wedding night. When she realized she was pregnant, her first thought was to have an abortion.

"My grandmother suggested seeking the counsel of their minister, who just happened to be the man who would be my paternal grandfather, Rev. Martin Luther King Sr.

"My Uncle Martin – Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. – famously had a dream that helped change the nation. My grandfather also had a dream, and it helped save my life.

"Daddy King, as he's known in the family, told my mother, 'Naomi, you can't abort this baby. I saw her in a dream three years ago. She is not a lump of flesh. She is a little girl with light skin and bright red hair.' That was me."

Read more at Fox News.

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On Monday, January 18, Americans celebrate the birth of the late civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King was born Michael King Jr. in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Among the luminaries remembering Dr. King today is Star Trek veteran Nichelle Nichols who played Lt. Nyota Uhura in the original TV series.

In an interview with Emmy Legends, the iconic actress said Dr. King was a fan of Star Trek and he convinced her to stay on when she considered quitting the series.

Nichols said she'd already turned in her resignation when she had a chance meeting with King at an event.

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"I was to be a celebrity guest at some fundraiser in Beverly Hills," she said. "I believe that it was a NAACP fundraiser, but it might not have been but I think it was. And so, I went to do this on that Saturday night and I had just been taken to the desk and sat down when the organizer came over and said, 'Ms. Nichols, How are you? Listen, there's someone here who says that he's your biggest fan and he's desperate to meet you. He REALLY wants to meet you!' And I said, 'Well thank you!'

"...I turn and instead of a fan, there's this face that the WHOLE world knows with this beautiful smile on and I remember thinking, 'Whoever that fan is, is going to have to wait because Dr. King; Dr. Martin Luther King my leader is walking toward me about 10 feet away with a beautiful smile on his face!' and then this man says, 'Yes Ms. Nichols. I am THAT fan! I am your best fan, your greatest fan. And my family are your greatest fans. As a matter of fact, this is the ONLY show that my wife Coretta and I will allow our little children to watch; to stay up and watch because it's on past their bedtime.' And I said – which is all I was able to say because my mouth was open and closed. He said, 'We admire you greatly you know. The manner in which you create this role has dignity...' and before he said anything else I said, 'Dr. King, thank you so much.'"

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Nichols told King she was leaving the show because her true love was Broadway and the theater.

"And he said, 'What do you mean?' Dead serious. 'What are you talking about?' I said, 'I'm going to leave Star Trek because I have an offer to star in a Broadway.' I never got that far [laughs]... he said, "You cannot!" and I felt like that little boy Arnold like – Whatchu talkin’ about Dr. King? But you know I didn’t say that! I was taken aback and I didn’t say anything. I just looked at him. He said, 'If you leave Nichelle, Gene Roddenberry has opened a door for the world to see us. If you leave, that door can be closed because your role is not a Black role and it's NOT a female role. He can fill it with anything including an alien.'"

Nichols took the weekend to think it over. On Monday, she went to Gene Roddenberry's office to retract her resignation.

"I told him what happened and I said, 'If you still want me to stay, I'll stay. I have to.' And he opened his drawer and her looked up at me and said, 'God Bless Dr. Martin Luther King. Somebody knows where I am coming from!' and I said, 'That's what he said! [in my brain], and he took out my resignation which was torn into a hundred pieces and handed me the pile, and we just stood there looking at each other and I finally said, 'Thank you Gene.' And he said to me, 'Thank you Nichelle.' And my life has never been the same since and I've never looked back..."
 

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Usher Raymond recreated a magazine photo shoot with his 2 sons Usher Raymond V, 12, and Naviyd Ely Raymond, 11, in a TikTok video for Father's Day.

The 41-year-old R&B crooner was awarded primary custody of the boys after a bitter court battle with ex-wife Tameka Foster in 2012.

Since then, Usher and Foster have worked together to co-parent their sons. Foster moved from Atlanta to L.A. so their sons would not have to fly coast to coast for visitations with her every month.

Usher, Shakira, Coldplay and more are set to perform during a star-studded virtual concert to highlight the impact the coronavirus has made globally.

The concert will livestream on June 27, and will feature performances by Jennifer Hudson, Justin Bieber, Quavo, Miley Cyrus, Chloe x Halle, and more.

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Beyonce's new track, "Black Parade," commemorating the Juneteenth holiday, is officially a flop.

To accompany the song, the manipulative singer listed a directory of Black businesses (mostly young Black artisans) on her personal website. She called the business directory "Parade Route."

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The track, which dropped on Friday night, managed to garner only 1.8 million views and over 6,000 dislikes on Beyonce's YouTube channel as of Sunday afternoon.

Beyonce's team keeps deleting the video when it racks up dislikes and tons of negative comments. The video now has just over 280K views and 552 dislikes.

A YouTube viewer commented: "the song is just okay... its actually one of the worse songs she's done... again the black directory makes it worth it but I'm not gonna praise the song... sorry."

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Your auntie knew that if I was patient long enough, Beyonce would one day be irrelevant in my lifetime. Call me petty but I'm enjoying watching her downfall.

It's a bittersweet moment for your auntie. Some of my regular roses know about the fake restraining order, the lies, the police report, the death threats, the online harassment, the blacklisting, etc.

The internet has managed to do what your auntie failed to do: clip the queen bee's wings and bring her back down to earth.

Beyonce is finally irrelevant.