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Many of the NBA’s top players are skeptical about participating in the league’s COVID-19 vaccine PSAs.

Sources told ESPN that many players are still apprehensive about receiving the vaccine altogether, so they are not interested in promoting its effectiveness. This skepticism from players comes amid skepticism of the Black community as a whole, side-eyeing the vaccination process.

During a call with team execs on Tuesday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that while the league wouldn’t “jump the line” to receive the vaccines, players could be incentivized for getting vaccinated and should be ready for the widespread distribution of the shot soon.

However, hours after that call, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, revealed to CNN that widespread vaccine availability will likely be pushed back past his original April deadline.

“That timeline will probably be prolonged into mid-to-late May and early June,” Fauci said.

So far, the NBA has done vaccine PSAs with Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. However, Silver believes that getting some of the league’s biggest stars, many of whom are Black, to participate in the PSAs will inspire more African Americans to receive the vaccine.

“In the African American community, there’s been enormously disparate impact from COVID … but now, somewhat perversely, there’s been enormous resistance [to vaccinations] in the African American community for understandable historical reasons,” Silver said recently. “If that resistance continues, it would be very much a double whammy to the Black community, because the only way out of this pandemic is to get vaccinated.”




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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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FAA Proposes $27,500 Fine For Passenger Accused Of Hitting Flight Attendants

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) wants a civil penalty of nearly $27,500 against a passenger accused of physically striking a flight attendant in the face after being asked to leave the plane.

During an October 2020 flight from Miami to Atlanta, the incident occurred when a verbal altercation turned violent after the flight attendant asked the passenger to disembark because her traveling companion refused to wear his mask.

The agency said the man also refused to follow any direction given to him during the flight, including wearing his seatbelt or returning his tray in the upright position during takeoff.

Once the aircraft returned to its gate in order for the pair to exit, the woman allegedly became belligerent, yelling at passengers and the flight attendant, and eventually struck the attendant in the face, under her left eye.

Federal law prohibits passengers from interfering with aircraft crew or physically assaulting them, or threatening to physically assault anyone on an aircraft.

Any passengers who violate this law are subject to civil penalties for such misconduct, which can threaten the flight’s safety by disrupting or distracting the cabin crew from their responsibilities.

“The FAA is strictly enforcing a zero-tolerance policy toward passengers who cause disturbances on flights or fail to obey flight crew instructions in violation of the FAA’s regulations or engage in conduct proscribed by federal law,” their press release stated.

The FAA did not identify the passengers involved in this incident, but the agency did state that the woman has 30 days to respond to the penalty.




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Deb Antney Talks Safaree and Nicki Minaj’s Relationship, “I Thought Safaree Was A Gay Guy That She Hung Out With”

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Deb Antney and the cast of FX’s limited docu-series “Hip Hop Uncovered” sat down with N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN for the latest episode of “Drink Champs” and discussed all things Hip Hop.

The docu-series is an in-depth look at some of the OG’s who have been able to use their street experience to influence and cultivate Hip Hop Culture and make serious power moves in the music industry.

The series, which was conceptualized by L.A. street legend and manager Eugene “Big U” Henley, features in-depth interviews with Detroit gatekeeper Christian “Trick Trick” Mathis, Queens legend James “Bimmy” Antney, and his sister and Debra (Deb) Antney, as well as Brooklyn’s infamous Jacques “Haitian Jack” Agnant.

During the interview, Deb, who helped launch the careers of rap superstars like Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, and French Montana, shared her first impression of Nicki’s relationship with her former boyfriend, Safaree.

“I never knew her and Safaree was going together,” Antney explains to the panel. “I thought Safaree was a gay guy that she hung out with, and he was her helper. She never showed [affection].”

Deb explained that when she would book shows for Nicki, she would always book two rooms for her.

“When I was booking her out, she was like, ‘Deb, I need two rooms,’ but the two rooms wasn’t for him because she would get dressed in the other room, but I didn’t know that they went together. I never knew until he took my car from her, and she called me to lock him up. And then he called me, and that’s when he broke down everything.”

Deb also revealed that Safaree put his career on hold to help Nicki achieve her dreams.

“He put his career back for her, you know. He told me that. They put everything into her- to let her go,” Atney explained of the former couple’s relationship.

Deb also talked about how Gucci Mane allegedly stole $5,000 from French Montana back when she was managing him. 

“Gucci didn’t like French,” she added, “Because the first time he went in the studio to do a song with him, he paid Gucci $5,000 to get on a feature. And he was just sitting in the studio, but Gucci was gone out the back door. Gucci took the money and left.”

She continued, “Then, he called me, and French was like, ‘Yo, Gucci left,’ and I said, ‘What are you talking about?’ And I called him, and I said, ‘Gucc, where the hell you at? Why you take that boy got d–n money?’ And then he was like, ‘Man, f–k that p—y a—n—-a, he wasn’t doing nothing.’ I said, ‘Gucc, you can’t do no s–t like that.’ So, then French called me, he was like, “Yo aunty, that’s all the money I had. I didn’t have no more money.’”

Check out the full interview below.




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