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A "major shakeup" is reportedly in the works at CNN, as part of a $43 billion merger with Discovery, according to reports.

A majority of CNN's anchors/staff will be let go as the channel returns to its former 24-hour news format.

But before we get into that, here's a brief history of CNN's humble beginnings.

Back in the day, over-the-air television was capable of broadcasting 12 channels in Miami (where I lived).

Those 12 channels consisted of the 3 major networks - ABC, CBS and NBC, plus local television stations.

In 1980, 24-hour commercial-free cable television arrived in our Miami neighborhood. More than 20 channels were available for a small monthly fee (about $7.99).

By 1981, nearly 16 million homes in the U.S. were wired for cable TV.

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CNN, the brainchild of Atlanta tycoon Ted Turner, launched on June 1, 1980 and was marketed as the first network in the U.S. to broadcast 24-hour news coverage.

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CNN's first news anchor was the great Bernard Shaw.

Over the years, CNN changed its format from an all-news channel to a reality TV format. The network hired anchors like Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo who routinely became part of the news cycle.

Now, Cuomo, 51, and Lemon, 55, have become liabilities to CNN.

Cuomo refused to report on his brother Andrew Cuomo's sex scandal. And Lemon is being sued for drunkenly groping another man's junk at a bar.

After CNN's ratings crashed into the basement in October, it was reported that a "major shakeup" was in the works.

According to Zerohedge, "CNN is going to revert to a 100% news channel," and most of CNN's on-air talent "will be fired as part of a major shakeup."

CNN's future boss, David Zaslav, vows to be "very hands on" in returning CNN to its former glory.

"For me, this deal is kind of a dream, surreal opportunity," Zaslav said. "These are brands that I have admired and loved, built by people I have admired and loved over the past 30 years."

Cuomo and Lemon are expected to be among the first to receive their pink slips.

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Three federal pandemic aid programs, including extended unemployment benefits, expired on Labor Day for millions of Americans.

On Sept. 6, an estimated 8.9 million people lost all unemployment benefits. Those Americans who have gone a year-and-a-half without a steady paycheck will be hardest hit.

A federal eviction moratorium already expired last month.

Gig worker benefits and self-employed benefits have also expired on Labor Day. Progressives are pushing the Biden administration to extend unemployment benefits beyond Sept. 6.

"We need to extend the expanded UI for millions of unemployed workers because this crisis isn't over," said Rep. Jamaal Bowman, a Democrat, in a statement to Newsweek.

"We're still in a pandemic, and the latest jobs numbers prove that. Doing our part to support Americans right now includes extending expanded [unemployment insurance benefits] and passing the $3.5 trillion infrastructure package to invest in our people and economy."

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Unemployment benefits were previously extended by Congress in March. But the Biden administration has indicated they will not extend unemployment again.

All 50 Senate Democrats have said they won't extend unemployment benefits past Labor Day.

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Social experts believe the end of federal benefits will put a stop to violence in the nation's airports and on budget airlines.
 
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According to a recent study, the increase in fights at airports were directly related to excess government benefits. Unemployment and stimulus checks allows more freedom for people who would normally stay home and fight.

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Ice Cube laughed and referred to Black Democrats as "sheeple" in response to a follower who asked him who he voted for on Nov. 3.

"Neither one...I've always endorsed the sheeple," he said.

In a follow-up tweet, he wrote:

"Let me get this straight, I get the president of the United States to agree to put over half a trillion dollars of capital in the Black Community (without an endorsement) and Niggas are mad at me? [crying laughing emojis] ...have a nice life."

Other Trump supporters fear that, if Biden and Harris win, they will abandon the Black community.

Social media users list the following that might impact the Black community:

1. Lockdowns will begin in January.
2. Significant job losses will negatively impact Black people.
3. Evictions will skyrocket.
4. National mask mandate that ends in 2022 (midterm elections).
5. Black people forced to accept the "Mark of the Beast" (vaccines).
6. Black men will be sterilized and Black births will drop.

Others call Trump supporters "doomers" who spread conspiracy theories because their side lost. They point to the Democrats' promise to send $1,200 checks to Black people next year.
 

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Gabrielle Union (right) said the coronavirus shutdown is hitting Black entertainers hard. In a recent interview, the 47-year-old actress said she and her celebrity friends are just a paycheck or 2 away from going broke.

Gabrielle is pictured above with her "L.A.'s Finest" co-star Jessica Alba.

"For most certainly Black entertainers, Black celebrities we don't really... for all of the Oprahs and the people who have just a lot a lot a lot a lot of money -- most of us are one or two checks away from not having money to pay for all of our things, you know what I mean?"

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She added that some celebrities live beyond their means and are paying for everything on credit.

"So this stoppage of work and money is impacting marginalized celebrities the most. You know like all those influencers you see who take all the trips, they're in Dubai one week and they're in London in the next week in Paris next week and they seem to be everywhere. They may not have a lot of liquid income. And you can't charge your rent. You have to pay your rent. So if you don't have the opportunity to do all the things you need to do to be the influencer, your money's funny. And if your money is funny, you don't have much of anything."

Georgia, Florida and nearly 2 dozen other states have reopened or are opening and lifting restrictions so their residents can go back to work.

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