L.A. Police Chief Says Looters Are Just As Responsible For George Floyd As Officers

America’s leaders are finding every word they say scrutinized with a fine-toothed comb, especially those connected with law enforcement. Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore became a trending topic across social media platforms on Monday (June 1) following his controversial remarks about the death of George Floyd. The 46-year-old man was recently killed by four Minneapolis police officers while handcuffed and face down on the ground. He told them he couldn’t breathe and cried out for his mother in his final breaths.

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During a press conference, Police Chief Michel Moore spoke about the protests and disturbances in L.A. “Last night, just under 700 arrests. There were 70 individuals who were either burglarizing or looting, victimizing businesses. So what that tells me is that, two things. We didn’t have protests last night, we had criminal acts… We had people capitalizing. His death is on their hands as much as it is those officers.” He then recognized that what he’d just said was “a strong statement.”

In a Q&A portion of the conference, Moore clarified, “I misspoke when I said his blood was on their hands, but certainly their actions do not serve the enormity of his loss. What his name should stand for is the catalyst for change. I regret the remarks of that characterization, but I don’t regret, nor will I apologize to those out there creating destruction. His memory deserves better.” The backlash was swift as thousands called for his resignation. Check it out below.

Yung Miami Isn’t Worried About Big Companies Being Looted: “STFU ITS BLACK LIVES”

As we inch closer to the music industry’s Blackout Tuesday (June 2), more artists are coming forward about the ongoing protests and riots in America. Many in the industry—including Sony, Shady Records, Columbia, Interscope, Def Jam, and Warner Music Group—will stop all business on Tuesday in an act of protest, and while this is a peaceful, yet disruptive, act, others have stormed the streets to pillage and plunder. We’ve watched some celebrities lament over the damage done to businesses, but Yung Miami isn’t fretting over major corporations who find themselves victims of looters.

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The City Girls star wrote a lengthy message on Instagram on Monday (June 1) where she spoke about racial profiling and why she isn’t losing sleep about big business companies losing money. In her text image post the words “I have a problem with” were written in white font over a black background. Yung Miami continued her message in the caption. “Ppl laughing and taking this sh*t as a joke! Ppl so out of touch that it’s sad they don’t even give af about they own and always making excuses or trying to justify it.”

“Ppl have a problem with ppl looting stores that don’t even want our money fr and follow us around the store as soon as we walk in and think you doing fraud when you paying with your credit card!” she said. “STFU ITS BLACK LIVES!! That’s one of the biggest problems with black ppl we don’t know how to stick together as a whole it’s always somebody that’s gone say or do some dumb sh*t! This my last post I’m done!” Check it out below and let us know if you agree with Yung Miami.

Trump Criticized By Bishop For Taking Photo In Front Of Historical Church

Earlier today (June 1), President Donald Trump addressed the nation regarding the ongoing civil unrest disrupting the country. We previously reported that Trump made his way to the Rose Garden where he gave a speech about protecting peaceful protesters while confirming that he would be mobilizing military and civilian resources to combat rioting and looting. Prior to his discourse, the president and his security team made sure that any surrounding area was clear because reporters and protestors shared that he had peaceful demonstrators outside of the White House teargassed.

Following his talk, Trump was escorted across the street to St John’s Episcopal church, the house of worship every president has called home since Founding Father and the 4th president of the United States James Madison was in office. After the crowd was teargassed, Trump posed in front of the historical church with a Bible in hand. After the photo op circulated, Reverend Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, gave a statement to The Washington Post condemning Trump.

“I am the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and was not given even a courtesy call, that they would be clearing [the area] with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop,” she stated. “I don’t want President Trump speaking for St John’s. We so dissociate ourselves from the messages of this president… We hold the teachings of our sacred texts to be so, so grounding to our lives and everything we do, and it is about love of neighbor and sacrificial love and justice.”

She also told CNN, “Let me be clear, the President just used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese, without permission, as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus.” Rev Budde added, “We align ourselves with those seeking justice for the death of George Floyd and countless others. And I just can’t believe what my eyes have seen.”

Meanwhile, protests and riots continue as cities have enacted early evening curfews around the country. Check out a few tweets below.

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DaBaby Lectured By Store Owner After Card Was Mistakenly Declined

All he wanted to do was buy some items, but instead, DaBaby was given a lecture. The North Carolina artist recently relayed a story on his Instagram where he shared a recent encounter with a man who he attempted to make a large purchase from. A mix-up caused DaBaby’s card to be declined, but instead of correcting the situation, the man, who DaBaby refers to as “buddy,” told the rapper he should be “embarrassed.”

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“[I] ordered som sh*t and paid for it over the phone. The total came out to like, a thousand and twenty-four dollars,” the rapper said. “I got the zip code wrong on my billing address. And buddy he cussed me out and called me broke and refused to get the correct zip code from me. He told me, he said, ‘Let me give you some advice, brother. If you’re gonna steal people’s cards and steal people’s information, go buy shoes or something that you can resell and get money off of. At least make money. Don’t call and try to get a thousand dollars worth of stuff. Like seriously, what are you gonna do with this? What are you doing? I would be embarrassed of myself if I was you.”

DaBaby shared that he didn’t correct the man on the other end, he just said “okay sir” and ended the conversation. “Never judge a book by its cover,” the rapper added. “I ain’t even cuss buddy out. I didn’t hang up on his, either. I had a heart to heart with him and just… okay brother. You have a good day. I wish you the best of luck with your business. Just called somebody else.” Watch DaBaby share his story below.

SZA Details Being Profiled While Shopping For Dog Food: “I Was In Tears”

In the Spring of last year, SZA took to Twitter to share an incident that left her disturbed. According to the Top Dawg Entertainment singer, she was at Sephora minding her own business when a white employee called mall security because she believed SZA was stealing. The celebrity-laden neighborhood of Calabasas isn’t that diverse, so “Sandy Sephora,” as SZA dubbed her, seemed to racially profile the singer.

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In the wake of these current times as protests are being overrun with riots and looters, SZA shared she was out in California trying to do some shopping when she was asked to leave the store. “I’ve had the WEEIRDDESSST EXPERIENCES TODAY. 🥴 another random ass man tried to remove me from a plaza In palisades while attempting to buy dog food for fear I was a ‘rioter’,” she tweeted on Sunday (May 31). “Lol He asked the grocery employee if he was ‘okay’ after watching him speak w me then told me 2 leave👌🏾.” A fan asked if the man who confronted her was “you know,” meaning white, and SZA confirmed that he was.

“Between the ‘lock and load’ rhetoric on my neighborhood app + being rushed out of a public space for being considered a rioter …I was in tears,” SZA added. “Couldn’t even jump up and down how I wanted cause I didn’t wanna look like a ‘rioter’ to the legion of cops across the street. Smh. And in that moment I realized I cared more about the white gaze than my own humanity .. I was sad for me . I don’t wanna live like that no more . I wanna cry and yell if I need to .. no guilt trip.” Check out her tweets below.

David Guetta Mocked for George Floyd Tribute During NYC Livestream

“Shout out to his family”, David Guetta said in a tribute to George Floyd. Talk about cringeworthy.

The ‘Titanium‘ DJ came under fire on social media for the tribute which he made during his live-streamed fundraising event this past Saturday. The event took place on a New York City rooftop to raise money for coronavirus relief charities.

“The world is going through difficult times and America, too, actually,” Guetta said during the performance. “Last night, I knew we were going to do this and I made a special record … in honor of George Floyd. I really hope we can see more unity and more peace when already things are so difficult.”

Viewers had strong and slightly amusing opinions about Guetta’s tribute on Twitter.

One user tweeted,”They really gonna oontz oontz racism away”.

“There’ve been a lot of crimes committed against my ppl this weekend, but David Guetta putting a drop behind MLK’s ‘I have a dream’ speech is up there,” tweeted Rolling Stone writer Charles Holmes.

“Yes David Guetta,” wrote Irish journalist Áine McMahon, “I’m sure that’s exactly what George Floyd would have wanted… an EDM banger sampling Martin Luther King.”

All jokes aside Guetta did raise an impressive £540,000 ($670,000) during the livestream. View the full broadcast below.

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Tomorrowland Teases with Mysterious Countdown

If you visited Tomorrowland‘s Website this weekend, you must have seen this new countdown. It started a few days ago and was followed by a mysterious video on the festival’s socials.

We all know that Tomorrowland will not go under the radar, or without any unique announcement while we wait for the 2021 edition. And this new countdown proves this to be true.

Only last Tuesday, Tomorrowland hosted the last edition of United Through Music last, after weeks of bringing world-class DJ acts to everyone’s home.

What can we expect? Many are betting on a virtual event to be taking place during the canceled 2020 Tomorrowland weekends in July.

Others are speculating on an extra weekend to be announced for 2021. This would allow more fans to enjoy the festival. Note that all ticket holders for the 2020 edition were offered to keep their tickets for 2021. This will make getting a ticket for next year practically impossible.

All these options are very likely, but only the end of the countdown will give us the answer. The timer will end this Thursday at 3 pm CEST ( 9 am EDT, 6 am PDT). What are your guesses? Stay tuned to figure out what Tomorrowland has in store for us with this countdown.

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Drake Puts Up $100K Donation For Bail Relief Fund

The ongoing protests across America have opened more eyes to the injustices going on across the country. Though the protests, marches, and demonstrations have been led by community leaders who continue to witness the impact of police brutality, there are some celebrities who’ve faced criticism for remaining quiet. Drake is among them. Typically seen as an apolitical figure, he’s stated that he stands in solidarity with everyone protesting in America, some of which have been placed behind bars for standing up against injustice.

Drake’s spent the past few months flaunting his lavish mansion in Toronto, Canada but he also revealed that he’s putting up six-figured towards bail relief fund. Mustafa The Poet challenged both Drake and The Weeknd to match his $400 donation to National Bail Out. Drizzy exceeded what he was asked to match with a $100K donation. Sharing a screenshot of the receipt to his story, he simply tagged Mustafa with a checkbox and rose emojis.

National Bail Out is a collective that works towards helping bail out incarcerated Black mothers and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic to get them home for Mother’s Day. 

Though Drake did show his solidarity by sharing a poem from Assata Shakur on IG, his recent donation comes after Don Lemon named him among several prominent celebrities who were quiet in the midst of the protests. 

George Floyd Will Be Laid To Rest In Texas Hometown, Says Houston’s Mayor

He may have lost his life in Minneapolis, but George Floyd will reportedly be laid to rest in Houston, Texas. The civil unrest in American cities has boiled over into other organizations using the protest of police brutality as a way to incite riots and violence. As many major cities crackdown on the gathering of protesters, to the extent of enacting early evening curfews, George Floyd’s family prepares to lay the 46-year-old to rest.

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As we all know, Floyd was killed after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the back of his neck for nearly nine minutes along with three other officers who either looked away or held Floyd down while he was handcuffed. While the city’s medical examiner determined many contributing factors including substance abuse and health conditions caused Floyd’s death, famed and respected forensic pathologist Michael Baden recently came forward with new findings. According to Dr. Baden, George Floyd died of asphyxiation.

It’s being reported by CBS News that Floyd will be buried in his hometown of Houston where he was raised in the Third Ward. “This is the same city that George Floyd grew up in, and his body will be returning to this city,”  Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. A GoFundMe account created by Floyd’s brother Philonise Floyd has already amassed $5 million.

“This fund is established to cover funeral and burial expenses, mental and grief counseling, lodging and travel for all court proceedings, and to assist our family in the days to come as we continue to seek justice for George,” Philonise stated. “A portion of these funds will also go to the Estate of George Floyd for the benefit and care of his children and their educational fund.”

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