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Airbnb is conducting an experiment in Oregon that the company hopes will prevent racial discrimination against Black renters.
According to a news release, Airbnb hosts will only see the initials of prospective renters during the booking process. The full names will be revealed after the booking process is completed.
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The two-year experiment will begin on Jan. 31 in Oregon. The experiment is designed to prevent race discrimination, KOIN-TV reported.
"Today, we are sharing an update to the way we display profile names of guests who are Oregon residents during the booking process. Hosts will start seeing an Oregon guest's initials in place of the guest's first name until a booking request is confirmed. After a booking is confirmed, the guest's name will appear."
The change comes after three Black plaintiffs -- Pat Harrington, Carlotta Franklin and Ebony Price -- won a settlement against Airbnb. The plaintiffs accused the company of allowing rental owners to discriminate against customers based on race, KGW-TV reported.
Some rental owners discriminate against prospective renters with ethnic sounding names. They claim Black renters throw drug-fueled parties, cause property damage, and commit chargeback fraud.
A Kansas mom and her two minor daughters returned home to find their apartment cleaned out and their personal belongings thrown away.
Myrohn Guthrie said her jaw dropped when she walked into the empty apartment and realized her furniture, electronics, and even the children's toys were gone.
"I just started crying immediately and my jaw dropped and I was like, oh my God," Guthrie told FOX 4 Kansas City.
She said the Gateway Plaza Townhomes property management told her to call the police when she initially thought she had been robbed.
Then it became apparent that she was evicted from her home of two years due to a clerical error.
A company hired to clear out the apartment mistakenly missed their assignment by one number.
"They [property management] haven't responded to anybody and I move Monday, thank God," Guthrie told Fox News.
Guthrie and her daughters are staying with friends until they find another place.
Guthrie said she doesn't have renters' insurance and she created a GoFundMe page to help raise money to pay for furniture, new clothes, toiletries, dishes, pots and pans, and other essentials for the family's new home.
She estimates her furniture, electronics and other items were worth about $32,000. But some of her personal belongings were irreplaceable, such as her children's baby photos, original birth certificates and important documents like social security cards.
Guthrie said the property management still hasn't contacted her to apologize or offer compensation for her loss.
Fox News reached out to the Seldin Company managers, but did not get a response.
The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Biden administration's temporary eviction moratorium in a 6-3 decision late Thursday.
Millions of people who haven't paid rent since March 2020 face the risk of losing their homes following the Supreme Court's 6-3 decision.
The SCOTUS ruled that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) did not have the legal authority to impose a temporary ban on evictions.
The Supreme Court wrote:
"The CDC has imposed a nationwide moratorium on evictions in reliance on a decades-old statute that authorizes it to implement measures like fumigation and pest extermination.
"It strains credulity to believe that this statute grants the CDC the sweeping authority that it asserts."
READ ALSO: Judge overturns CDC's eviction moratorium; 'Eviction bans do more harm than good'
The Supreme Court ruling ends protections for 3.5 million people that was originally scheduled to expire in early October.
More than 400,000 renters in the Atlanta area are behind on their rent.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement:
"The Biden Administration is disappointed that the Supreme Court has blocked the most recent CDC eviction moratorium while confirmed cases of the Delta variant are significant across the country.
"As a result of this ruling, families will face the painful impact of evictions, and communities across the country will face greater risk of exposure to COVID-19."
Conservatives said the ruling "ends an unlawful policy" that "restores property rights in America."
The reaction from liberals was swift. Congresswoman Cori Bush (D-Mo.) lashed out at the SCOTUS's decision, saying "Congress must act immediately to prevent mass evictions."
"This is cruel and wrong," tweeted Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.).
"If the public health crisis hasn't ended, then the relief to survive it shouldn't either. We must immediately do everything possible to keep people in their homes. This is a matter of life and death."
And New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called the SCOTUS Justices "A group of right wing extremists" who "just decided to throw families out of their homes during a global pandemic."
Congress previously approved $46.5 billion in emergency rental assistance, but only $5.1 billion has been paid out so far.
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Friday, Aug. 13, will be three weeks since Kanye West and his large entourage moved into Mercedes-Benz Stadium to finish his Donda album.
The 44-year-old rap producer moved into the $1.6 billion stadium in Atlanta on July 23, a day after he held his first Donda listening party.
According to reports, Kanye pays $1 million per day for space inside a locker room with access to showers and a temporary recording studio.
Last week, Stadium officials reminded Kanye that he missed the deadline to move out. They handed him an official notice to pack up his Donda studio and move on.
They politely informed Kanye that the stadium is not a hotel.
Officials say his presence is causing problems for stadium employees who must work around him, his entourage,
and clouds of marijuana smoke while they prepare the stadium for sporting events.
An hour ago, an insider texted Sandrarose.com with this message: "He's still there!!!"
I'm told stadium officials are brainstorming ways to figure out how to make Kanye leave.
One idea was to pay another stadium to take him off their hands. But so far, there are no takers.
Stadium officials are open to any suggestions.
Kanye West is reportedly moving to another stadium after taking up residence inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium for three weeks to finish his Donda album.
The 44-year-old rap producer moved into the $1.6 billion stadium in Atlanta on July 23, a day after he held his first Donda listening party.
According to reports, Kanye paid $1 million per day for space inside a locker room that had access to showers and a temporary recording studio.
However, his presence is causing problems for stadium employees who must work around him, his entourage,
and clouds of weed smoke while they prepare the stadium for sporting events.
There are rumors that Kanye was asked to pack his things and leave Mercedes-Benz Stadium after he missed his deadline to move out last week. An inside source tells Sandrarose.com that Kanye believed he would be done putting the finishing touches on the album by now.
Two days after Kanye's second Donda listening/release party, the pre-order page on iTunes first went live listing a release date of Aug. 7. However, iTunes is showing Donda with a release date of Aug. 13 while Apple Music lists it as Aug. 15.
Kanye is reportedly moving into another stadium to finish up the album.
According to theJasmineBrand, the news was first reported by an artist named KayCyy, who is allegedly working on the project with Kanye. He wrote, but later deleted,
"We moving to another stadium."
Kanye was reportedly disappointed by the public's reaction to the project so far.
Music producer/DJ Jermaine Dupri explained in a tweet:
"I'm not sure many understand what Ye did because n***as don't have listening parties much in this era, but you play the music and gage what you got by the reactions, then prioritize by best reaction and fix where the response was weak, real A&R shit [sic]."
Kanye West shared a photo of his windowless room at Atlanta's $1.6 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The 44-year-old rapper reportedly pays $1 million a day for his living quarters inside a locker room. The bare space features high-traffic carpeting and access to a toilet stall and shower next door.
Kanye's new pad at the stadium is not much larger than a college dorm room or a jail cell at the nearby Fulton County lockup in downtown Atlanta.
The spartan living quarters includes a twin bed with a white comforter, a wall-mounted television, an open locker containing a few outfits, a suitcase, a small storage locker that doubles as a nightstand, and a digital clock on the cinder block wall.
Stadium officials shared an Instagram photo of Kanye's Donda Studio at the stadium.
Kanye brought in a chef to provide nutritious meals for him and his small entourage while he puts the finishing touches on the Donda album, named for his late mother.
According to sources, Kanye never left the stadium after his sold out album listening party on July 22.
The album reviews were less than stellar and, ever the perfectionist, Kanye installed a studio at the stadium to finish the album.
He was so upset over the poor reviews, that he didn't change his clothes for three days.
Kanye hopes his meager accommodations at the stadium will inspire him to release a classic album like 2004's Grammy Award-winning College Dropout.
Rappers and other celebrities are scrambling to lease homes and rent cars now that "MTV Cribs" is returning more than 20 years after it was canceled.
The original series gave viewers a glimpse into the lifestyle of the rich and famous, including a tour of their homes and fully stocked garages.
Viewers tuned in to see how the other half lived and spent their hard earned millions.
But the show lost some of its luster when it was revealed most of the mansions and cars were leased or rented just for the MTV Cribs cameras.
Word is that MTV did their due diligence to make sure the new season features homes celebrities actually live in.
The upcoming season will feature tours of homes owned or leased by Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross, Big Sean, Christian Siriano, JoJo Siwa, Jordyn Woods, Kathy Griffin, Marsai Martin, Martha Stewart, Rick Ross, Tia Mowry, Tinashe, TJ Lavin and others.
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"'Cribs' didn't simply introduce the celeb-reality genre; it created a blueprint for how we engage on social media," said MTV's president of content and chief creative officer, Nina L. Diaz. "We are thrilled to usher in a new era of this iconic franchise for audiences around the world."
MTV Cribs is set to premiere on Aug. 11 on MTV. Check your local listings.
Rapper Big Boi is giving Outkast fans the chance to rent the Atlanta home where the duo recorded some of their biggest hits.
Big Boi is teaming up with Aibnb to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their classic album ATLIENS.
The six-time Grammy Award winner also listed The Dungeon in honor of Black Music Month.
The hip-hop star is offering three overnight stays at the renovated house known as The Dungeon via Airbnb, with the June and July bookings available on a first come, first served basis.
Airbnb will begin taking bookings on AIrbnb on June 25.
Renters who live in the Atlanta area will also get an added bonus - a ride to and from the custom crib in an Escalade.
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Once there, guests will be invited to take a tour of the famed basement, where OutKast and the Goodie Mob, both part of The Dungeon Family collective, created some of their earliest works.
There are gold and platinum plaques on the wall, and they even signed their names on the walls of the makeshift studio.
Other rooms are packed with memorabilia paying homage to Atlanta venues which inspired the music of The Dungeon Family.
There is also a top-of-the-line studio filled with Yamaha hi-fi audio equipment.
The home previously belonged to music producer Rico Wade's mother, but Big Boi purchased it two years ago. He has now teamed up with Airbnb bosses to offer overnight stays for just $25 per night - not including taxes and fees.
As part of the deal, Airbnb officials will make a donation to the Atlanta Public Schools Music Department to expand resources and increase access to music education for young students, reports TMZ.
Tyler Perry is known for being generous with his vast wealth. The director/playwright is reportedly paying $16,000-a-month rent on a beachfront property for disgraced pastor Carl Lentz.
Justin Bieber's former pastor relocated with his family from New York to a beachfront home on the west coast after he confessed to cheating on his wife.
Lentz reached out to his friends to help with the rent, and Perry answered the call, paying almost $100,000 to cover 6 months rent for his friend.
According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, the Madea star shelled out $96,000 to cover a six-month lease on a beachfront property, after Carl, his wife and their three children relocated from New York.
An insider told the publication that Lentz has also been leaning on Perry for emotional support, after Lentz was fired from the popular Hillsong Church East Coast after admitting to cheating on his wife.
When asked why Perry didn't suggest more reasonably priced accommodations for his friend, a source said, "Tyler has been friends with Carl and his wife Laura for years and is sticking by them and their kids during this difficult time."
News of Perry's generous gift comes as People magazine reported that Lentz is receiving outpatient help with his mental health struggles at a facility which specializes in "depression, anxiety, and pastoral burnout".
"He wants to be better for his family and is dedicated to doing the work," a source told People. "His family is supporting him and hopes their privacy will be respected on this journey. He has no ill will towards the church and recognizes that they needed to take some course of action to address his missteps."
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Chance the Rapper and his family have abandoned city life for safer suburban living, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Chance, 27, and his wife, Kirsten Corley Bennett, moved out of their condo and are renting a recently built, 5-bedroom mansion in north suburban Bannockburn.
The couple will keep their $3.7 million, 4,500 sq. ft., three-bedroom condo in the city's affluent Streeterville neighborhood on the Near North Side.
But they decided to raise their daughters Kensii, 5, and Marli, 1, in the country where they have 3.7 acres for the kids to run and play.
According to The Tribune, the 6,721 sq. ft. French Provincial-style mansion was built in 2014 and has 5-and-a-half bathrooms and four fireplaces.
The finished lower level boasts an exercise room, a wine cellar, a rec room, a game room and a four car garage.
Kirsten shared photos of her new rental home on her Instagram account.