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While the rest of you observed Corona rules on Thanksgiving, rapper Cardi B held a massive Thanksgiving throw down at her Atlanta area home without masks or social distancing.

Cardi has apologized after sparking public backlash by hosting dinner for nearly 40 people on Thanksgiving.

The "WAP" star took to Twitter to reveal she hosted "12 kids and 25 adults over the holidays", adding: "It was lit!"

Her tweet caused controversy among her followers on the social media site. Particularly upsetting to her followers was a video that showed maskless guests doing the "Electric Slide" and other dances.

One person wrote: "I can promise you it's not worth it to everyone else who is affected by your poor choices aka the healthcare workers who you will run to when you’re sick."
 

Another wrote: "Sis I love you but anyone behaving this way during a pandemic deserves to be dragged."

Following the backlash, Cardi returned to Twitter to apologize, writing: "Sorry my bad wasn't trying to make nobody feel bad. I just had my family in my home for the first time and it felt so good & uplifted me [sic].

"I spent soo much money getting every1 tested but it felt worth it. I wasnt trying to offend no1."

She later added: "People be trying tooo hard to be offended. I wonder how they survive the real world (laughing crying emoji)."

The "Bodak Yellow" rapper served roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cheese grits, ham, and other delicacies all smothered in gravy.

Question: How was your Thanksgiving? What did you serve?
 

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As you gather around the dinner table with your family and friends, you can be sure the food on your plate is healthy and nutritious if you follow this guide:

Top 5 healthiest foods on your Thanksgiving plate:
 

Roast Turkey

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The healthiest turkey is organic and pasture raised. Lean roast turkey is high in protein and rich in B vitamins including B3 (niacin), folate (necessary for formation of red and white blood cells), biotin (for healthy hair and nails), and choline. Turkey is also rich in selenium (for normal thyroid function) and omega-3 fats (lowers risk of heart attack and strokes). A 4 ounce serving of white lean turkey meat contains 152 calories. Studies show turkey doesn't increase the risk of cancer like red meat does.
 

Green beans

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Green beans are a healthy addition to salads and an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, manganese, fiber, folate and vitamin B2 (riboflavin for energy metabolism). Green beans are low-calorie and high in fiber and antioxidants. One-cup of cooked green beans contains about 45 calories and about 7mg of silicon (for support of connective tissue and bones).
 

Sweet potatoes

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Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta-carotene and vitamin A (anti-inflammatory nutrients and support normal eye health). They are also good sources of vitamin C (antioxidant protects cells from damage and fights the common cold). Sweet potatoes also contains fiber that's necessary for good bowel health.
 

Cranberries

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20% of all cranberries are consumed on Thanksgiving day. Cranberries are high in antioxidants that helps protect cells from inflammation damage and oxidative stress (risk factors for heart disease). One cup of cranberries contains 18% of vitamin C, 16% of manganese and 16% of fiber. Cranberry juice improves urinary tract infections (URI) caused by E. coli.
 

Carrots

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Carrots are considered the ultimate health food. They are excellent sources of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Carrots also contain antioxidants, carotenoids and vitamin A, which may prevent age-related macular degeneration (age-related vision loss). A 2015 study found a link between carotenoids and lower risk of prostate cancer.

If your Thanksgiving dinner contains the top 5 healthiest foods, your body will thank you!
 

Avoid the following top 5 unhealthiest foods on your Thanksgiving plate.
 

Gravy

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Thanksgiving dinner in Black households usually means gravy poured over everything. Gravy may be savory, but it is not doctor-approved. Gravy is loaded with carbohydrates, saturated fats and who knows what else is thrown in there. Say no thanks to gravy.
 

Anything fried

Fried food is unhealthy because it increases the risk of heart attacks and cancer. Fried food is also associated with obesity. Studies show people who only eat fried food are more likely to die early than those who avoid fried food.
 

Candied yams

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Your guests might as well eat a big bowl of sugar if you're serving candied yams for dessert this Thanksgiving. Candied yams with marshmallows is pure sugar. The yams themselves are sweet without all the extra added sugar.
 

Stuffing or dressing with sausage

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Stuffing is a side dish that most Americans only consume on Thanksgiving day. Some people say stuffing and dressing are the same dish. Whether you call it "stuffing" or "dressing" - it is not doctor approved. Stuffing is a mystery side dish that contains a variety of unhealthy ingredients including sausage, bacon, eggs, white bread crumbs, custard, sugar, and white flour. Stuffing is loaded with calories, carbs and saturated fats that may raise your blood pressure and increase risk of a heart attack.
 

Mashed potatoes with bacon and cheese

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Mashed potatoes with bacon and cheese are an unhealthy combination. The dish is high in starchy carbs and saturated fats. Mashed potatoes enters your bloodstream faster than sugar and will make you sleepy and more hungry. If you must serve mashed potatoes this Thanksgiving, leave off the bacon and cheese.

Sources: Whfoods.com, Familyproof.com

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Florida will lift all coronavirus restrictions on restaurants and bars a day after President Donald Trump spoke to thousands of supporters at his campaign rally in Jacksonville on Thursday.

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says he will prohibit local governments from closing businesses or imposing restrictions without justification.

The move comes after the CDC updated statistics that prove the Covid-19 death rate has declined to less than 99.8%.

"There will not be limitations from the state of Florida," DeSantis said during a press conference Friday. "I think this will be very, very important to the industry. Some of the local [governments] can do reasonable regulations, but you can't say no after six months and just have people twisting in the wind."

DeSantis said if local officials want to impose restrictions on residents, they'd better show unaltered economic and health justifications.

"We're not closing anything moving forward. We have the tools in place," DeSantis said.

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Atlanta entrepreneurs Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker appear to have closed their new restaurant before it even opened.

A loyal reader emailed a photo that shows the RHOA cast members took down that gigantic "Blaze" sign over their shuttered steak & seafood restaurant in Southwest Atlanta.

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If you recall, Kandi and Todd announced the opening of their newest establishment in the Camp Creek Marketplace last month. They also placed a "NOW HIRING" sign in the window.

But, according to my spy, the big Blaze sign came down days ago and there is no indication that the restaurant will be opening its doors anytime soon.

The new restaurant was inspired by their infant daughter, Blaze Tucker, who was delivered via surrogate on Nov. 22, 2019.

The couple already own and operate three "Old Lady Gang" soul food restaurants around the metro Atlanta area.

My spy noted that Blaze steakhouse may have been in conflict with Blaze Pizzeria restaurant chain in Atlanta.

But a quick search of Atlanta businesses turns up other "Blaze" establishments, such as Blaze strip club, the Atlanta Blaze men's lacrosse team, Blaze radio, and Blaze Sports America, among others.

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Another explanation is that the funding for Kandi and Todd's new restaurant fell through. They managed to secure funding for Blaze restaurant through the government's PPP coronavirus stimulus relief package.

According to Screenrant.com, the couple received between $150,000 and $350,000 in PPP funds set aside for struggling small businesses amid the pandemic.

The loans were approved on April 29 and the funds were disbursed through TruFund Financial Services, despite the fact that Kandi allegedly has a net worth of around $30 million.

According to Screenrant.com, Kandi and Todd shouldn't have been entitled to the PPP loans in the first place since they pass themselves off as a wealthy couple.

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McDonald's franchise owners are pushing back against a promotion featuring mumble rapper Travis Scott.

McDonald's launched the odd marketing partnership with the hip-hop star despite pushback from franchise owners who say his vulgar lyrics aren't appropriate for their family atmosphere.

Starting today, Sept. 8 through Oct. 4, McDonald's customers can order the "Travis Scott Meal" featuring a Quarter Pounder with bacon and lettuce, medium fries with barbecue sauce and a Sprite beverage with extra ice.

The company sat down with Scott to design the meal - which he says is his favorite.

A McDonald's promo campaign reads, "For $6, you can eat like Travis."

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"This is the first time in nearly 30 years we've introduced a superstar's name to our menu," said Morgan Flatley, McDonald's U.S. chief marketing officer.

But the company's collaboration with the rapper has left some franchise owners baffled. They expressed their displeasure in emails and other forms of communication with McDonald's headquarters.

But one franchisee understands the company's desire to connect with Gen Z, young adults who aren't as brand loyal as their parents.

"I think [the corporate marketing team] did their homework," said Brent Upchurch, whose family owns and operates 30 McDonald's restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach counties in Florida.

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Scott has 32.3 million Instagram followers and 4.4 billion YouTube video views. The 28-year-old shares 2-year-old daughter Stormi with Kylie Jenner, 23.

Upchurch told the Sun-Sentinel Scott's social media influence alone is worth the hassle.

Scott "has a massive [social media] following. From that perspective, it makes all the sense in the world. I can't condone that language and those lyrics. But I think that's how the younger generation talks."

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Remember the story about the guy who buried a Big Mac for one year, then dug it up and ate it on his 40th birthday?

He wanted to prove fast food is so loaded with artificial preservatives that it never spoils - even after a year underground.

On Wednesday, Burger King announced a new campaign that includes a moldy Whopper to prove their food does not contain artificial preservatives.

According to a press release, Burger King food also doesn't contain flavors from artificial sources. More than 90 percent of ingredients used in Burger King restaurants are free of preservatives.

"The Burger King brand is currently rolling out the Whopper sandwich with no preservatives, colors, or flavors from artificial sources in the U.S.," said Christopher Finazzo, President of BK's North America.

The new Whoppers are available in 400 markets in Europe and select markets in the United States. The sandwiches will reach all markets by the end of the year.
 

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A rapper posted an image of french fries on his lap as he dipped his hairy legs in a swimming pool while on holiday in the Bahamas.

The ex-convict wore Louis Vuitton swim trunks as he lounged by the pool eating the high fat, high cholesterol snack.

You still can't guess who he is? Here are a few hints:

He's a 32-year-old Taurus who dated a female rapper who was once at the top of the rap game.

He took his first jail mugshot when he was 14.

Can you guess who he is? Scroll down for the answer.

 

If you guessed the snacking rapper was Meek Mill, you were right! Pat yourself on the back!
 

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President Donald Trump surprised U.S. troops in Afghanistan by serving them dinner to celebrate Thanksgiving. Trump arrived in Afghanistan after a 13-hour flight on Thursday. It was his first visit to the war torn country.

Trump's secret trip caught most of the news media off guard. Reporters in the press pool were not allowed to announce where they were going. Newsweek magazine erroneously described the President as spending Thanksgiving Day tweeting at his golf course.

After three and a half hours on the ground in Afghanistan, Trump boarded Air Force One for a long flight back to Florida.

The President looked exhausted after landing in Florida. According to published reports, Trump, 73, will spend the rest of the holiday weekend with his family at his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach.

"Just returned to the United States after spending a GREAT Thanksgiving with our Courageous American Warriors in Afghanistan!," he tweeted on Friday.

Trump was ridiculed on Twitter.com after he tweeted a meme of his head Photoshopped on Rocky Balboa's body. Rocky Balboa is a beloved fictitious boxing champion played by actor Sylvester Stallone in the 'Rocky' film franchise.

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Trump tweeted the meme after getting a clean bill of health from his personal physician. There was talk that Trump suffered a mild heart attack last weekend, but the rumors were unfounded.

The meme was a hit among pro-democracy protesters who held up copies of Trump's tweet during a Thanksgiving Day rally at Edinburgh Place in Hong Kong, China.

The demonstration was their way of saying thank you to the United States after Trump signed legislation supporting the Hong Kong protesters. The new legislation requires annual reviews of Hong Kong's rights and freedoms.

China expressed disappointment in the new legislation.

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Social media activist Tariq Nasheed revealed he suffers from chronic gout. Gout is a common form of arthritis that causes intense pain, inflammation and swelling in the joints.

In a video, Tariq shared that he recently underwent surgeries on his foot to debride an infected wound caused by uric acid deposits in his toe joint. He said his gout is hereditary since his father also has "very bad" gout in his foot and had to have a toe amputated.

What Causes Gout?

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Gout is caused by high levels of uric acid in the bloodstream. Uric acid is a normal waste product from the digestion of foods that contain high levels of purines.

Purines are normally produced in the body and are also found in foods, particularly organ meats such as liver, kidney and sweetbreads, and seafood, including shrimp, anchovies, herring, sardines, mussels, scallops, trout, tuna, mackerel and haddock.

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These foods should be avoided if you have gout. You should also reduce your alcohol intake.

What are gout attacks?

Gout attacks, also known as flare-ups, occur in waves of sudden, intense pain, redness of the joints and swelling. The pain usually wakes you up at night when the body temperature is lower. The pain intensity peaks at 24 hours and lasts for five to seven days.

After the attack subsides sufferers usually are symptom-free until the next flare up.
Gout can be acute (newly diagnosed) or chronic (longterm). Chronic gout is when people experience 2 or more gout attacks per year. Some people have only short breaks between multiple gout attacks. While others may only have 2 gout attacks per year.

Who is at risk for gout?

1-2% of Americans suffer from gout. Anyone can get gout, but it is more common among older Black men in their 40s and menopausal women. Risk factors include medications, such as diuretics and cyclosporine.

Doctors believe gout is associated with kidney disease which may be undiagnosed. People who suffer from gout are unable to clear the uric acid from their bloodstream via their urine due to kidney disease. Since uric acid is not removed from the body in urine, it builds up in the blood and forms irritating crystals which are deposited in the joints.

Untreated gout can lead to kidney disease and, in rare cases, kidney failure. Some people can have high uric acid levels and never develop gout.

50% of gout attacks occur in the feet, particularly the joint at the base of the big toe, but gout can also be found in other joints, including the ankles, elbows, knees, fingers and wrists.

What are signs and symptoms of gout?

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Joint may feel hot to touch
  • Stiffness in joints
  • Shiny skin over affected area
  • What is treatment for gout?

    Fortunately treatments are very effective in relieving gout pain. Ice packs can make you feel good. Also taking medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), including Motrin (ibuprofen), Advil (ibuprofen) and Aleve (naproxen). Colchicine is an alternative for those who suffer from stomach ulcers and are unable to take NSAIDs. Glucocorticoids (steroids) are as effective as NSAIDs. Consult your doctor or healthcare provider for treatment that works best for you.

    This has been your Medical Minute.
     

    More Info On the Web

    Gout (Gouty Arthritis) - WebMD

    Gout | Arthritis - CDC

    Gout - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
     

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    No pro athlete is more dedicated to "Taco Tuesdays" than LeBron James. The NBA star has made Taco Tuesdays a family tradition in the James home. So it's only fitting that he apply to trademark the name. Right?

    But one Mexican restaurant is protesting LeBron trademark filing because it might hurt their business.

    According to documents obtained by The Blast, a company named Taco Tuesday, Inc. filed a letter of protest against James after he tried to trademark "Taco Tuesday."

    Taco Tuesday Mexican Grill is located in Wood Dale, Illinois and has been serving up delicious Mexican food since April 2016.

    In a letter filed with the trademark office, TTI claims the restaurant "specializes in taco sales," and has spent a significant amount of cash operating and marketing their business under the Taco Tuesday name.

    The restaurant's marketing efforts paid off with featured appearances on the "Chicago's Best" TV show and social media shout outs.

    TTI is worried that if LeBron trademarks the name they may lose their restaurant and their livelihood.

    "Protestor's company would be crippled if precluded from using its own business name in Internet marketing channels," the letter stated.