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NeNe Leakes has dismissed her race and age discrimination lawsuit against Andy Cohen, Bravo Network, and others.

The former Real Housewives of Atlanta star filed a lawsuit against Cohen, Bravo, and other parties, accusing them of fostering a hostile work environment on the RHOA set.

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In June, it was reported that Leakes was in talks with Cohen, NBCUniversal, True Entertainment, LLC and Bravo Media Corporation to settle her race discrimination lawsuit against them and other defendants named in her lawsuit.

According to court documents, a judge granted a 45-day extension while the parties try to negotiate a settlement in arbitration.

Apparently, an agreement has been reached and Leakes dismissed her lawsuit without prejudice, meaning she can file her lawsuit again at a later date.

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Court documents obtained by PEOPLE on Monday show Leakes "dismisses this action and all claims asserted by Leakes without prejudice."

"All Parties consent and stipulate to the foregoing dismissal," the document reads. "No party will seek recovery of costs or attorneys' fees in any submission to this Court."

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Prior to filing her lawsuit, Leakes, 55, claimed that Cohen and Bravo fostered a racially-insensitive corporate and workplace culture. She also claimed that former co-star Kim Zolciak-Biermann made racist comments for years, and nothing was done to reign in her behavior.

Zolciak-Biermann was not named in the lawsuit.

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Sesame Place Philadelphia has announced bias training for its performers after one character is seen allegedly ignoring Black children in viral videos.

Multiple videos show a furry character hugging and interacting with white children at the Sesame Street-inspired theme park in Philadelphia.

The same character is seen waving off two Black girls while dismissively shaking his head "no," and continuing to walk past them.

Other videos show the character ignoring several more Black children while engaging with white children next to them.

In a statement on Monday, Sesame Place Philadelphia said the performer was following policy by not taking pictures with children or holding children.

Sesame Place spoke with the performer, who "has confirmed that the 'no' hand gesture" seen in the video was "not directed to any specific person" but was instead "a response to multiple requests from someone in the crowd" who asked them "to hold their child for a photo which is not permitted." The performer "did not intentionally ignore the girls and is devastated about the misunderstanding."

But the videos contradict the statement that the performer "did not intentionally ignore the girls."

As the public backlash escalated on social media, Sesame Place apologized to the family, promising, "We are taking actions to do better." Sesame Workshop also announced "bias training" for employees "and a thorough review of the ways in which they engage with families and guests," as "what these children experienced is unacceptable."

The family of the two girls has retained an attorney and are exploring potentially filing a lawsuit.

Attorney B'Ivory LaMarr told TMZ, "While we hate to rush to judgment to consider 'race' as the motivating factor to explain the performer's actions, such actions both before and after the young girl's request only lead to one conclusion."

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Tariq Nasheed is calling out Sesame Place's character, Rosita, for apparently ignoring Black children at Philadelphia's Sesame Street-inspired theme park.

Tariq called out Sesame Place for allowing the character to blatantly ignore Black children.

Tariq posted two videos that seem to show the furry blue character walking past Black and brown children while stopping to engage with white kids.

"The employee who performs in the Rosita costume seems to engage in a pattern of deliberately ignoring Black children who tries to engage with the character," he wrote in one post.

"This employee needs to be fired TODAY, unless Sesame Place condones this type of anti-Black energy."

"@SesamePlace Black children should not be repeatedly subjected to this type of targeted neglect at your establishments. So again, your bogus statement you released give the appearance that you condone this pattern of behavior."

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Money troubles will soon be over for former reality TV star Linnethia Monique Nene Leakes.

The ex Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member is reportedly in talks with Andy Cohen, NBCUniversal, True Entertainment, LLC and Bravo Media Corporation to settle her race discrimination lawsuit against them and other defendants named in her lawsuit.

According to court documents, a judge on Monday granted a 45-day extension while the parties try to negotiate a settlement in arbitration.

Magistrate Judge Justin S. Anand granted the 45-day extension after both sides "agreed" that the extension is "appropriate to complete these discussions."

Bravo, Cohen and NBCU claim NeNe was wrong to file her lawsuit in Georgia rather than in New York, per the terms of her contract.

In a motion filed on June 24, Bravo, Cohen and NBCU argued that the ongoing dispute is "already subject to arbitration in New York."

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However, NeNe "disagrees" with the jurisdiction argument. Both parties are reportedly "in the process of negotiating this issue in an attempt to avoid the time and expense of a motion to compel arbitration."

NeNe, 54, was terminated from RHOA after she fell afoul of Cohen and other cast members who say she is difficult to work with.

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After begging Cohen to let her return (he declined), NeNe filed a lawsuit accusing Cohen and Bravo of "encouraging" racism on the show by not reigning in "racist" Kim Zolciak-Biermann.

NeNe claims Zolciak-Biermann used racially offensive slurs and insults to describe her and cast member Kandi Burruss on the set.

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Despite her complaints, NeNe says Bravo "did not terminate their relationship with Zolciak-Biermann, nor take any other meaningful action to put an end to her racially-offensive behavior" and, instead, rewarded her with her own spin-off series.

NeNe is being represented by attorney David M. deRubertis.

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Meanwhile, NeNe and her married boyfriend Nyonisela Sioh graced the red carpet at the 2022 BET Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday.

NeNe denied depriving Nyoni's wife of his affections, and she said his wife never should've dragged her name into their marital dispute.

NeNe welcomes her day in court to defend herself against the alienation of affection allegations.

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Former Atlanta mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms took to Twitter to voice her complaint about racial discrimination by Publix.

Keisha, who declined to run for a second term in office, compared empty Publix stores in the Black community to fully stocked stores in affluent northern Atlanta neighborhoods.

She tweeted:

"I've received 8 messages & counting from my very polite @Instacart shopper over the last 10 minutes about missing items in the Cascade Rd @Publix. I shopped in Buckhead & Vinings last week and no one else seems to have the supply chain issues."

Keisha lives on the southwest side where she was raised. That side of town is slowly gentrifying but is still majority Black.

The mom-of-four shared a screenshot of photos in text messages from her Instacart shopper showing empty store shelves at Publix in the hood.

Keisha wrote:

"Shelves in SW Atlanta have consistently looked like this for months. I've not seen anything like this when shopping in @Publix stores in other areas."

She hinted that Publix prioritizes stores in affluent neighborhoods north of Atlanta, where groceries are plentiful.

An embarrassed spokesperson for Publix responded to Keisha's complaints by assuring her that the "supply chain" was at fault.

"Hi Keisha. The supermarket supply chain is under a lot of stress, impacted by product and labor shortages, demand, record exports, shipping constraints, and inflation. We appreciate your understanding as we work to obtain as much product as possible for our customers."

Keisha replied by reiterating her suspicions that the grocery store giant is discriminating in Black neighborhoods:

"Thank you for the prompt response. I understand the global challenges, but it is difficult to understand why some stores, within a few miles of each other, are consistently stocked and others are not."

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Jalen Rose has apologized after making a racist comment about Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love.

Rose made the comments last week on his Jalen & Jacoby podcast.

The ESPN analyst lit up Twitter when he said Love was a token on the USA men's basketball team.

During the podcast last week, Rose declared the USA Basketball governing body should send an all-Black team to Tokyo to represent the U.S. in the Olympics next months.

"Kevin Love is on the team because of tokenism. Don't be scared to make an all-Black team representing the United States of America."

Rose justified his comments by saying Love was not qualified to earn a spot on the Olympics team.

"Anybody that watched the league this year knows Kevin Love did not have a stellar season, was not the best player on his team and did not necessarily deserve to be on this squad," Rose said.

He claimed USA Basketball only saw Love's white skin color, even though the entire 2016 USA men's basketball team was Black.

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Love won an Olympic gold medal with Team USA at the 2012 London Games. Additionally, the Cavaliers, with Love and LeBron James, won the 2016 NBA championship against the Golden State Warriors.

Rose, a former NBA player, apologized on Monday, saying, "But you know why I'm apologizing right now? To the game. Because I'm what the game made me. I was raised by the all-time greats, and you know what I would never want to do? Disappoint [Rose's late mother] Jeanie Rose or disappoint the all-time greats that raised me."

Twitter accused Rose of jealousy because he was never an all-star, he never won an NBA ring and he was never on the Olympic team.

In the 2000 NBA Finals, Rose intentionally tried to hurt Kobe Bryant by putting his foot under Bryant, when the Lakers star went up for a jump shot.
 

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A criminal investigation is currently underway at a franchise Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurant in Missouri where a racist sign was posted in the window.

The sign announced the restaurant was under new management and it reserves the "right to refuse service to white people."

"This restaurant is under new management and will reserve the right to refuse service to white people.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Signed, General Manager, Mason."

Local news reporter Russell Kinsaul took a photo of the sign and posted it on his Facebook page, where it spread quickly.

White customers are scarcely seen in Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen restaurants which primarily serve Black communities.

After the sign went viral, it was removed from the window and replaced with another sign that read: "Sorry For The Inconvenience. We’re Closed For The Day We Will Be Back Tomorrow."

Popeyes corporate office issued a statement that read:

"We have been made aware of the situation and are investigating the matter immediately. This type of behavior does not align with our brand values and we take such allegations very seriously. The franchise is cooperating with local authorities regarding this ongoing investigation."

According to Fox affiliate KTVI-TV in St. Louis, local police believe someone may have affixed the sign to the window "unbeknownst to the business".

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot infuriated the local press corps when she declared she would grant interviews to Black and brown reporters only.

In a letter to the local media, Lightfoot announced her office's new interview policy.

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"By now, you may have heard the news that on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as Mayor of this great City, I will be exclusively providing one-on-one interviews with journalists of color."

She continued:

"As the first Black woman mayor of Chicago, and the first openly gay mayor, my election in 2019 was hailed for breaking barriers to the halls of power that had existed in our city for generations. I ran to break up the status quo that has failed so many residents across our city.... I have been struck since the first day on the campaign trail back in 2018 by the overwhelming whiteness and maleness of Chicago media outlets, editorial boards, the political press corps, and yes, the City Hall press corps specifically."

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Lightfoot then ordered private media companies to "hire reporters of color—and specifically women of color—to cover Chicago politics, and City Hall in particular."

In a series of tweets, she continued:

"This is exactly why I'm being intentional about prioritizing media requests from [people of color] reporters on the occasion of the two-year anniversary of my inauguration as mayor of this great city... It's time for the newsrooms to do better and build teams that reflect the make-up of our city."

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The local news media -- comprised of mostly whites -- howled in protest, but Lightfoot did not back down.

A Hispanic reporter criticized Lightfoot for discriminating against his colleagues:

"I am a Latino reporter @chicagotribune whose interview request was granted for today. However, I asked the mayor’s office to lift its condition on others and when they said no, we respectfully canceled. Politicians don’t get to choose who covers them."

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A California couple says they were lowballed on a home appraisal because of their race. Paul and Tenisha Austin say the value of their renovated home skyrocketed 50% after a white friend met with the appraiser.

The Austins purchased their Bay Area home from another Black couple in 2016. After completing $400,000 in renovations, including adding 1,000 square feet to the home, they decided to put the house on the market in 2020.

The appraiser, an older white woman, told the Austins the house was worth $989,000 -- just $100,000 more than the original purchase price. The Austins are convinced race was a factor.

"I read the appraisal, I looked at the number I was like, 'This is unbelievable'," Tenisha Austin told the Atlanta Black Star.

"It was a slap in the face," said Paul Austin.

After discussing the situation with a white friend, the woman agreed to pretend the Marin City home was her own.

"She said 'No problem. I'll be Tenisha. I'll bring over some pictures of my family. She made our home look like it belonged to her,'" Paul told Atlanta Black Star.

The ploy worked. The home appraised for $1,482,000 -- or close to $500,000 more than the original appraisal weeks earlier.

The Austins' story only added to the frustrations of Black first-time homebuyers who are often rejected for home mortgages based on their race.

According to the Census Bureau, 44 percent of Black families owned a home in the first quarter of 2020, compared to nearly 74 percent of white families.

"Half of all blacks born between 1956 and 1965 were homeowners by the age of 50, but blacks born from 1966 to 1976 have a homeownership rate of just 40 percent," said Donnell Williams, president of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers.

"If trends continue, black millennials may not even reach a homeownership rate of 40 percent by the time they turn 50," he added.
 

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Jeremy Tardy, who appeared in the first 3 seasons of Netflix's hit series "Dear White People," has exited the show amid allegations of racial discrimination.

Tardy, 29, announced he was leaving the show on Twitter.com on Friday. "Unfortunately I will not be joining Netflix's Dear White People for its fourth and final season due to my experience with Lionsgate and their practices of racial discrimination," Tardy wrote in a series of several tweets.

Tardy claims Lionsgate negotiated raises with his white co-stars, but ignored his counter offer for a raise.

"After being offered to return for several episodes my team was notified that our counter offer would not be considered and that the initial offer was the 'best and final.'"

Tardy said he and other actors "banded together" in late August to reject their offers from Lionsgate. He said Lionsgate negotiated higher offers with white actors which led to them taking the deals before everyone else had received a "fair and suitable negotiation."

"We were all aware of the notorious pay disparities between people of color and our white colleagues on Netflix and Lionsgate shows; so this made it blatantly obvious."

He continued: "These companies have recently released statements and even donations in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. I am calling out their shameful practices of discrimination and racial inequality with regard to how they have historically undervalued and lowballed people of color."

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A racist employee at a restaurant was shamed by Tameka "Tiny" Harris for discriminating against a Black boy for wearing a t-shirt and shorts.

In a video re-posted by Tameka, a white restaurant employee tells a Black woman she can't eat in the establishment because her minor son is not in compliance with the dress code.

The woman points out a white boy - about the same age as her son - who is also wearing a t-shirt and shorts with white sneakers.

The employee says tennis shoes are allowed but not an athletic shirt or shorts.

"Are you telling me the little boy who just ate here does not have on an athletic shirt?" the woman asks the employee.

The employee responds, "I'm sorry, I would love for you to come back and eat here."

Tameka captioned the video: "A bunch of B.S period!! Really [middle finger icon] this restaurant!!"
 

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"White privilege" flyers are showing up around New York City criticizing police enforcement of social distancing laws along racial lines.

The flyers point out the glaring disparities between police issuing summonses to Black people for social distancing violations and few summonses issued to whites.

The flyers, posted in New York City's public parks, mocked the NYPD and asked white people to "recognize your white privilege."

Viral videos show police tackling Black men to the ground and arresting them for social distancing violations.

"If you are white and hanging out in a group of 5 or more people, please wait patiently for an NYPD officer to personally deliver a mask to you. Please practice social distancing by remaining 6 feet from others unless of course you are white, then there are NO rules or consequences because YOU ARE PRIVILEGED AF and it shows."

The sign offered friendly advice: "Recognize your white privilege" and "Don't be racist."

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McDonald's corporate headquarters took swift action after a McDonald's restaurant in China banned Black people due to fears over the coronavirus.

The coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China in December, causes acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and potentially fatal pneumonia among the elderly, particularly those with chronic illnesses such as respiratory and heart problems, HIV/AIDS, obesity, and smokers.

One McDonald's restaurant in the city of Guangzhou posted a sign in English that reads: "We've been informed that from now on Black people are not allowed to enter the restaurant."

Tensions have been rising in the city, which is a hub for African traders and home to China's largest African community.

McDonald's issued a statement after the BBC broke the news about the racist ban.

"Immediately upon learning of an unauthorized communication to our guests at a restaurant in Guangzhou, we immediately removed the communication and temporarily closed the restaurant."

McDonald's added that they are conducting "diversity and inclusion" training at the location.

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A Detroit man is suing a bank for calling the police when he went to deposit settlement checks from a race discrimination lawsuit.

Sauntore Thomas, 44, alleges TCF Bank accused him of check fraud because the bank couldn't verify checks he tried to deposit as part of his lawsuit settlement.

Thomas, who is Black, received an undisclosed amount from Enterprise Rent a Car to settle a May 2018 lawsuit.

He filed a lawsuit on Wednesday after what he calls a "hellish experience" being questioned by police in front of bank customers - while two more Detroit police officers guarded the door outside, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Thomas is seeking unspecified damages and an apology from TCF Bank. The bank claims it was only following protocol when there is a large deposit made.

The bank filed a police report alleging Thomas committed bank fraud. TCF Bank claims the watermark on the checks indicated the checks were fraudulent.

Thomas wasn't arrested and no charges were filed, the NY Daily News reported.

A spokesperson from the Livonia Police Department told the Free Press that the checks could not be verified because they weren't payroll checks.

An emailed copy of the settled lawsuit from Thomas' attorney, Deborah Gordon, didn't resolve the dispute, nor did conversations with Gordon, the cops and bank personnel.

"Obviously, assumptions were made the minute he walked in based on his race," attorney Gordon told the Free Press.

"It's unbelievable that this guy got done with a race discrimination case and he's not allowed to deposit the checks based on his case? It's absolutely outrageous."

Gordon, who is Caucasian, said "banking while Black" should not have been viewed as a crime.

"This is just another classic example of what it's like living your life as a Black male," she told BuzzFeed News. "The checks are for real. Why was there an issue? Why could you not verify them? You're a bank, after all - it's your job to verify checks."

The bank issued a swift apology for the experience Thomas had at their banking center. "Local police should not have been involved. We strongly condemn racism and discrimination of any kind," TCF Bank said in a statement to the Free Press.

"We take extra precautions involving large deposits and requests for cash and in this case, we were unable to validate the checks presented by Mr. Thomas and regret we could not meet his needs."

Thomas closed his account at TCF Bank and deposited the checks at another bank - where they cleared in 12 hours.

"I want to be vindicated," Thomas told the Free Press. He said he feared being arrested that day because he knows what happens to men with dark skin who don't toe the line.

"I feel very intimidated because I knew that if I would have gotten loud, they would have had me on the ground for disturbance of the peace," he said.

"I didn't give them any type of indication that I was getting upset. I wanted to make sure I stayed as levelheaded as possible, because I wasn't going to be the next person on the ground saying, 'I can't breathe.'"