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Barack Obama sat down with LeBron James and his business partner-friend Maverick Carter. The 44th president of the United States talks the importance of voting and how he wants the Black community to be able to express their anger amid ongoing Black struggle: “I want us to feel angry. I want a righteous anger.”

Oh, far gone are the days of the Obama administration, and today, there’s a new dawn in his former Vice President Joe Biden who is currently running against Donald Trump for the upcoming presidential election. Despite Obama no longer sitting in the Oval Office, the Obamas have yet to leave the fight toward fixing this country and all of its issues.

During a special episode of “The Shop: Uninterrupted,” Obama first opened up about how the youth is making a major impact in terms of speaking up against police brutality and racism in the States. “I think we all drew inspirations from the protests and activism that sprung up as a consequence of George Floyd’s murder. The awakening that I think we started to see,” said Obama. “And the young people who were out there including my daughters saying to the American people and saying to their government, ‘We expect better and the values that you taught us maybe you didn’t believe them but we do them. And we expect you to live up to them.’”

Obama says right now, one of the most important issues, is taking care of COVID-19. The number one priority has to be to get this disease under control. And we have had a government that has not had it under control and we can do a lot better than we’ve been doing.”

Black people have been oppressed, marginalized, murdered, beaten and taken advantage of for over 400 years. It’s a type of conditional pain that is passed onto the next generation of Black people that easily turns into a rage after a certain point and after so many Black deaths at the hands of the very country live you in and financially support. Obama says he wants Black people to express their feelings, even if it’s anger.

“I want us to feel angry. I want a righteous anger. The key is to be able to channel that anger in a way that’s effective. Whenever I’m talking young guys or young women in any setting. What I say to them is: “Don’t let the frustration turn into cynicism where then you think nothing can change. Because the truth is things have changed. It’s just that it’s an ongoing battle. It is not a one-shot deal where you just kinda climb the mountain and you just stay there,” said Obama. In that sense, it’s a little like an NBA championship. You get the win, you get the victory. And then you gotta start all over again. And the roots of racism in this country are deep. The psychology of it has lessened but it never fully went away.

He continued: “We could expect that each time we took two steps forward there was going to be some push-back. Because there are forces in our society that don’t want to give up status and privilege. They don’t want a level playing field. And by the way: that’s not just true for African Americans. There are a lot of folks who don’t want women to have opportunity because suddenly women are competing on a level playing field. It may turn out that, as Michelle likes to remind me, that women are at least as smart if not smarter than men. And can do the same job. So, we always knew there was going to be some push back. The key is to be able to sustain our spirits, our hope and our focus. And we vote, we get a win like the Voting Rights Act or the Civil Rights Act, we consolidate that power and then we go at it all over again to go after the next injustice.”

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Texas Aspiring Actor Accused Of Assaulting A Cop With A Crutch At Capitol Riot

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According to the New York Post, an aspiring actor from Texas has been charged with beating a cop with a crutch during the January 6 Capitol riot.

A criminal complaint obtained by the Daily Beast states Luke Coffee, 41, faces assault charges for beating a federal law enforcement officer with a dangerous weapon and a charge for disorderly conduct on the Capitol grounds.

Coffee was seen in video footage wearing a cowboy hat, camouflage jacket, and a blue bandana. He was also seen carrying a crutch, the legal document reported.

Video footage shows him holding the crutch over his head before charging at the crowd of DC and Capitol police officers the day of the riot, the FBI reported. He is also accused of bashing a cop on the chest and head with the object before passing the weapon around to other rioters who also used it to attack other officers.

Coffee’s social media pages identify him as a Donald Trump supporter and believe the conspiracy theories of QAnon.

The day before the riot, the actor said in a YouTube video that “All hell is going to break loose tomorrow.” Following the insurrection, he continued his rants.

“I was ready to die last night. We thought we were, we were totally gassed. And I literally thought I was getting gassed to death like I was in Nazi Germany, a Jew getting gassed to death. Okay,” according to Dallas news outlet Central Track.

According to his IMDB page, Coffee has made several TV appearances, including Murder Made Me Famous, Friday Night Lights, Las Vegas, and others.




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LeBron James Claps Back At Zlatan Ibrahimovic, “I Would Never Shut Up About Things That Are Wrong”

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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James clapped back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday after the footballer criticized him for getting involved in social causes.

In an interview on Thursday, Ibrahimovic said that athletes like James should avoid getting involved in political matters and focus solely on sports.

“I would never shut up about things that are wrong,” James said to reporters following the Lakers’ win over the Portland Trail Blazers. “I preach about my people, and I preach about equality. Social injustice. Racism. Systematic voter suppression. Things that go on in our community.”

“Because I was a part of my community at one point and saw the things that was going on, and I know what’s going on still because I have a group of 300-plus kids at my school that’s going through the same thing, and they need a voice. And I’m their voice,” he added. “I’m their voice, and I use my platform to continue to shed light on everything that may be going on, not only in my community but around this country and around the world.

“So, there’s no way I would ever just stick to sports because I understand how this platform and how powerful my voice is. “

James also pointed out that Ibrahimovic himself once spoke up about experiencing racism over his last name in Sweden. He claimed he was treated differently than other players because he did not have a traditional Swedish last name like Andersson or Svensson. 

“It’s funny because I believe in 2018 he was the same guy who said when he was back in Sweden … because his last name wasn’t a certain last name, that he felt there was some racism going on when he was out on the pitch,” said James. 

“I speak from a very educated mind, so I’m kind of the wrong guy to actually go at because I do my homework.”




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Oklahoma Teacher Who Called Student’s “Black King” T-Shirt Racist Placed On Leave

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An Oklahoma teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave after chastising a 7th-grade student for wearing a “Black King” t-shirt, calling it racist.

According to KFOR, Edmond Public School District officials in Oklahoma met with the teacher on February 25 about the incident, but they have not shared whether or not any disciplinary action will be taken against the educator.

“Edmond Public Schools district administrators met this afternoon… with a Heartland Middle School teacher at the center of a complaint,” Susan Parks-Schlepp, the director of communications for the school district, said in a statement.

“The district recognizes the public’s desire for a quick resolution to this issue. However, it’s important to note that employees have fundamental rights to ensure fairness when they are the subject of a complaint. Those rights include an option for the teacher to respond to and contest any recommended disciplinary action,” Park-Schlepp continued.

The 7th grader, Latrell Taft, claims his teacher abruptly stopped teaching the class to chastise his “Black King” t-shirt, which he was given as a birthday present. The t-shirt included an outline of Africa and allegedly offended the teacher who called it “racist.”




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