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How Did The Starbucks Visit Go Wrong

If there are two things I know, it’s Starbucks and the struggle to find public restrooms in a big city. You may have heard about the two men, as yet unidentified, who were arrested in a Philadelphia Starbucks this week for what is being deemed “resistant loitering.” When the two men, who I shouldn’t have to tell you, are Black, walked into the Starbucks, they asked to use the bathroom. They were denied and told that they had to make a purchase.

When they told a barista that they were there for a business meeting and sat down anyway, someone determined the men were a threat and called the police. In a video of the arrest, shot by a patron who then put it online, you hear a woman say ‘I saw the whole thing and they didn’t do anything.’ In another video, the man who they were scheduled to meet with, indignantly questions the arresting officers, which on the tape looks to be about six or more, about the reason for the arrest.

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Journalist Robin Givhan Kicked Out Of BET Conference For Michelle Obama Story

Well here’s some interesting, hot tea you sip on. It seems BET and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robin Givhan are not on the same page. No, not at all. In fact, they are so far apart that the network kicked her out of the BETher conference featuring Michelle Obama, that it produced in Florida.

So why would BET have a confrontation with Givhan, the highly respected fashion columnist for the Washington Post? According to Page Six, the network invited her to its “Leading Women Defined” conference in Bal Harbour and it was all love until Givhan made the unpardonable sin of writing about Obama’s talk, which they claim had been conducted

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Jeezy Makes A Shocking Announcement And Fans Are Freaking Out

Fans of Young Jeezy are mourning the rapper’s career on Twitter today. Jeezy hit the social media platform, to reveal he would release one more album and then he is calling it quits.

“As the Cold Summer tour comes to a end..It was inspiring seeing my day one fans since my first album & class TM 101 come out every night. Now class is coming to a end. It’s time for Graduation,” Jeezy tweeted. The Atlanta rap legend then told his followers that his next album will be his last.

“My Last Album & Final Class: TM104 -#TrustYaProcess,” Jeezy wrote.

Jeezy’s major label debut Let’s Get It: Thug Motivation 101 was the inaugural release in his Thug Motivation series of albums and it opened at #2 on the charts

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Virgil Abloh Named Louis Vuitton’s New Menswear Designer

Virgil Abloh just hit the sweetest of licks. The Off-White founder, Kanye West creative director, DJ and culture conduit has been named Louis Vuitton‘s new menswear designer. 

The New York Times reports that Abloh holds the distinction of being the first African-American to hold the position of artistic director at LV.

“I feel elated,” Abloh told the NYTimes. “This opportunity to think through what the next chapter of design and luxury will mean at a brand that represents the pinnacle of luxury was always a goal in my wildest dreams. And to show a younger generation that there is no one way anyone in this kind of position has to look is a fantastically modern spirit in which to start.”

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Protesters of Police Shooting Shut Down I-5 and Block Entry to Sacramento Kings Game

A dramatic day of protest Thursday over the shooting of a young unarmed black man began at Sacramento City Hall, shut down Interstate 5 during rush hour and culminated with hundreds of protesters surrounding Golden 1 Center and blocking most ticket holders from entering the downtown arena for a Sacramento Kings game.

In the end, there were no arrests and, aside from a few scuffles, little violence.

“This is an epic day for black Sacramento,” said Brrazey Liberty, a musician and activist with Black Lives Matter. “We feel like we had a victory today. Today was ours.”

The demonstrators were protesting Sunday’s fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark, 22, who was holding only a cellphone when two Sacramento police officers fired 20 rounds at him in the backyard of his grandparents’ home. The officers believed Clark was a burglary suspect who was armed, authorities said.

The demonstration began near City Hall around 3 p.m. Protesters entered the building chanting “Face the people!” and moved back outside onto I Street before making their way to the freeway. They stood in front of a big rig and other vehicles chanting, “Don’t shoot. It’s a cellphone!” They also started yelling, “We don’t want you,” as a California Highway Patrol helicopter flew overhead.

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Mark Zuckerberg Finally Break Silence on Scandal

Mark Zuckerberg has broken his silence, finally admitting to a “breach of trust” amid reports that Facebook recklessly handed over troves of user data that were exploited by a political consulting firm during the 2016 presidential election.

In a Wednesday afternoon Facebook post, Zuckerberg said the social network “made mistakes” and vowed to prevent another disaster by auditing thousands of apps and reining in their access to user data.

“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” Zuckerberg said, before launching into a blow-by-blow timeline explaining how the scandal unfolded.

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Shonda Rhimes Divorcing ABC For Netflix

Shonda Rhimes made headlines in August, when the creator of “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy” announced that she would be leaving longtime home ABC for a new producing dealat Netflix. But watching her two new series for the network, “For the People” and the “Grey’s” spinoff “Station 19,” this might be one of those situations where a divorce benefits both sides.

Rhimes’ success gave her enormous clout at ABC, so much so that the network appeared willing to give the go-ahead to almost anything offered by her production shingle. The last two shows, however — the misguided caper “The Catch” and the Shakespeare-inspired “Still Star-Crossed” — both failed, and whatever the commercial prospects of this latest pair, creatively, they both feel like tired versions of Shondaland Lite.

Inevitably, the spotlight in each show centers on an attractive, diverse group of young people in a high-stakes workplace setting.

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Drake’s ‘God Plan’ Tops Digital Song Sales Chart

For the first time in just over 12 years, the week’s top-selling song sold fewer than 50,000 downloads.

Drake’s “God’s Plan” leads Billboard‘s Digital Song Sales chart (dated March 24) for a sixth total week with 49,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music. That marks the lowest total for a No. 1 since the chart dated Dec. 31, 2005, when Mariah Carey’s “Don’t Forget About Us” ruled with 39,000.

Downloads were still relatively new in 2005, the year that the Billboard began incorporating their sales into the weekly Billboard Hot 100, on the chart dated that Feb. 12. That week brought the lowest total for a Digital Song Sales No. 1 since, as Green Day’s “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” led with 31,000.

Nielsen Music started tracking digital song sales in 2003, the same year that Apple’s iTunes Store launched.

(“Plan” peaked with 127,000 downloads sold in its debut week, on charts dated Feb. 3.)

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Marvel Unveils ‘The Weeknd’s Comic Book

Back in October, The Weekend announced a forth coming collaboration with Marvel that his Starboy character would be made into a comic book. Five months later and Marvel has produced a release date for The Weeknd Presents: Starboy. The debut issue is slated to hit shelves on June 13, according to a Marvel press release.

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