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Magic Johnson denied "false stories" that he donated blood to Covid-19 patients and underprivileged children.
The Los Angeles Lakers legend tweeted on Tuesday, "I'm aware of the false story circling the Internet and to be clear, I have never donated blood."
The rumors started after a photo circulated on Twitter showing Johnson having his blood drawn.
According to the Associated Press, the photo is from a 2012 documentary called "Endgame: AIDS in Black America." The image shows Johnson having his blood drawn at a doctor's office, not donating blood.
Johnson announced he was infected with the HIV virus during a press conference in 1991. The news shocked the sports world.
The American Red Cross bans people infected with HIV from donating blood, even if the viral load is undetectable.
Estée Lauder executive John Demsey lost his $10 million a year job after he posted a racist meme that mentioned rapper Chingy.
Demsey, who held the position for 30 years, posted a Sesame Street meme on his personal Instagram account that said "My n***a Snuffy done got the 'rona at a Chingy concert."
After losing his lucrative job, Demsey apologized, writing that he was "terribly sorry and deeply ashamed. Demsey added that he didn't read the "racist meme" before posting it.
Chingy, real name Howard Bailey, Jr., responded to the controversy, saying he was not offended because he thought it was "just an honest mistake" on Demsey's part (watch the video below).
Chingy, 41, is best known for his 2003 debut hit single, "Right Thurr" which dropped on Ludacris' Disturbing The Peace (DTP) record label.
The rapper's 2003 debut album, Jackpot, sold 2 million copies, thanks to the sales boost from "Right Thurr."
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Beginning Tuesday, Nov. 30, you can no longer tweet memes, videos or images that go viral at the expense of a private individual.
Twitter's new CEO, Parag Agrawal, has banned sharing memes, viral videos and images of private individuals without their consent.
The news comes one day after Jack Dorsey stepped down as CEO.
The new policy essentially bans memes and videos from going viral on the platform if they are of private individuals.
As you know, most viral memes and viral videos on social media are of private individuals.
According to a Twitter blog post, the new policy prohibits "Sharing personal media, such as images or videos, can potentially violate a person's privacy, and may lead to emotional or physical harm."
The post states the policy prevents viral memes or viral images that features "activists, dissidents, and members of minority communities."
The new policy expands on the already existing private information policy.
Exceptions will be made for videos that go viral in certain situations "such as in the aftermath of a violent event, or as part of a newsworthy event due to public interest value."
Violators will be dealt with by a range of enforcement options.
Chris Brown and Soulja Boy are among the critics taking shots at Ye's daring new haircut.
Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, posted a photo of his new haircut on social media that went viral and left many fans questioning the meaning behind the cut.
Soulja Boy joined in the fun by reweeting Ye's photo, along with the caption: "Somebody f**ked [Ye's] head up."
Soulja Boy is still mad that Ye left his verse off his DONDA album.
Another bitter celeb who was left off the DONDA album - Chris Brown - also had something to say about Ye's new haircut.
Chris reposted a series of viral memes on Instagram, including one that suggested blind R&B legend Stevie Wonder cut Ye's hair.
Comedian Steve Harvey let a stylist dress him in slim leather pants and a cropped jacket -- and the result is hilarious.
According to Page Six, Steve's "new look" consisted of a black turtleneck and black leather pants with Bottega Veneta boots ($980) and a bright blue suede Berluti jacket ($5,650).
The 64-year-old "Family Feud" host is normally styled by his wife, Marjorie Harvey, who has enough designer clothes, bags and shoes to fill Mercedes Benz Stadium.
Steve's courageous new style sparked memes on Twitter.com.
"Steve Harvey is either dropping a new clothing line or wants to remind the world he's wealthy," one Twitter user wrote.
"Steve Harvey and his stylist are going crazy" a second user tweeted, while a third person asked, "Steve Harvey fashion influencer era?"
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A high schooler whose poor posture and sullen look turned her into a viral meme overnight is now a fully grown woman.
Social media was still in its infancy when a student took a cell phone photo of Nabria Jackson and uploaded it to the Internet 8 years ago. Jackson's poor posture and grumpy facial expression made the meme a classic.
Jackson became an overnight sensation as the subject of one of the first viral social media memes.
Jackson celebrated the enduring popularity of her meme in a Twitter post on Tuesday. "my meme is officially 8 years old," she tweeted, along with a slew of crying laughing emojis.
50 Cent trolled his friend, President Donald Trump in an Instagram post on Friday. The rapper-turned TV executive laughed at the possibility of the president going to prison if he loses the election to Joe Biden.
"Man they gonna do Trump dirty, he going to jail. you ever heard a president say stop counting the f**king votes," he wrote in the caption of a mockup of Trump wearing a prison-issued orange shirt.
"If the election keeps going in this direction, Trump is gonna need @isaacwrightjr to fight his case. LOL,", he said, referring to the ex-con who started practicing law while in prison for a crime he didn't commit.
Cent flipped on Trump after first endorsing the president for re-election last month.
TV personality Chelsea Handler caught flack for telling talk show host Jimmy Fallon she had to remind 50 Cent he was a Black man.
In the 1970s, the Justice Department set legal precedence that a sitting president cannot be indicted for crimes he allegedly committed while in office.
50 Cent's ex Chelsea Handler says the hip-hop mogul will "absolutely" vote for Joe Biden after Fiddy threw his support behind President Donald Trump last week.
"I DM'd him and said, 'Please give me a call, I don't wanna do this publicly,'" she told NYC radio show Breakfast Club on Thursday.
Handler apologized for telling Jimmy Fallon she had to remind 50 Cent he was a Black man.
"He called me and I just asked him if he was serious." Handler said. "I [was] not telling him, as a white woman, because I misspoke earlier when I said, 'I had to remind him he was Black.' I don't have any business saying anything like that, so I need to apologize to everyone for saying that, because that's inappropriate."
Handler said she asked how 50 could possibly support this "white supremacist" for President. "Whether you're Black or white, it should be a problem for you," she added. "I asked him, and he was like, 'No, I was just screwing around... The taxes are a pain in the ass.' Yeah, but Republicans have told us all how to avoid taxes, so if that's our goal we can figure out a state to live in where we don't have to pay our taxes."
Handler said 50 told her he "absolutely" would be voting for Biden.
Trump supporters on TheDonald.win expressed their disappointment by depicting the rapper as a runway slave being whipped by his master (Handler).
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Baseball Hall of Famer Curt Shilling deleted his Twitter on Wednesday after comparing NASCAR driver Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. to disgraced actor Jussie Smollett.
A crew member found what he said was a noose hanging in the garage at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday.
The "noose" was actually a garage door pull cord. Similar pull cords were hanging at every door in the Talladega garage.
NASCAR officials announced the finding of the "noose" to the public and called in the FBI, who sent 15 agents to Alabama to investigate the pull cord.
The FBI concluded there was no hate crime. The pull cord was in place in the garage since October 2019.
In a tweet on Wednesday, the former Boston Red Sox pitcher compared Wallace, 26, to 38-year-old Smollett, who was indicted in 2019 for staging a hate crime attack on himself.
"So we have @JussieSmollett v 2.0? Where is the media recanting their idiocy? Shilling tweeted. "It was all a lie."
This isn't the first time Shilling made a controversial statement on social media. He was fired by ESPN in 2016 for sharing an anti-transgender meme on his Facebook page.
Wallace thanked NASCAR and his team on Wednesday afternoon.
"It's been an emotional few days. First off, I want to say how relieved I am that the investigation revealed that this wasn't what we feared it was. I want to thank my team, NASCAR and the FBI for acting swiftly and treating this as a real threat. I think we'll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been. Make no mistake, though some will try, this should not distract from the show of unity we had on Monday, and the progress we've made as a sport to be a more welcoming environment for all."
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50 Cent promised to be a kinder, gentler social media troll after the tragic death of NBA star Kobe Bryant in a helicopter accident last month.
But the rapper-turned-TV executive, real name Curtis Jackson, went back on his word when he trolled Dwyane Wade's 12-year-old son, Zaya Wade, on Instagram.
Wade recently announced his son, Zion, now goes by the name Zaya and uses the feminine pronouns she/her.
On Monday, the 44-year-old rap mogul posted a meme on his Instagram page that shows Wade, 38, sitting next to incarcerated singer R. Kelly, 53, at a fashion show.
A bubble above Kelly's head reads: "I heard you had a daughter now." Wade responds "U touch her I'll kill ya."
Fiddy captioned the meme: "LOL NOW THIS SOME FUNNY SH*T."
Kelly is currently in jail awaiting trial on charges of raping minors in Chicago and other cities. The charges date back to the 1990s.
Wade's wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, is fully supportive of her stepson, Zaya's mental illness.
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