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Unpacking Mueller’s Report
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or just plain avoid the news, you’ve heard a lil’ something something about the release of the full (but redacted) report from Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion between Trump and the Russians. In the aftermath of the release, Trump’s efforts to undermine the Justice Department throughout the inquiry are on Front Street and his press secretary is also catching heat for providing alternative facts regarding former FBI director James Comey. AG William Barr is also under scrutiny for what some see as a crystal clear attempt to down play the Special Counsel’s findings and for his hasty “not guilty” proclamation regarding Trump obstructing justice. Despite not indicting the President, it seems pretty clear that Mueller and team’s results weren’t just black and white. Meanwhile, Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the House can’t wait to use this report to fuel their own investigations. In the weeks and months to come, we can expect more subpoenas and potentially high profile congressional testimonies. Get your popcorn and your slushies ready.
Over the BS
We are all sick and tired of hearing these stories by now, but yet another unarmed Black boy’s brutal assault by the police has gone viral. This most recent incident to hit social media occurred in Florida after a teen tried to help a friend by picking up his cell phone that fell on the ground while he was getting arrested.
Want to let the powers that be know that you are fed up of the police brutality against this child and in our communities as a whole? The good brother Shaun King has provided resources to make your voice heard here and here.
Facebook Still Acting Up
After your grandma’s favorite social media platform confessed some weeks ago that they were accidentally storing hundreds of millions of passwords in plain sight, they’ve come back to tell on themselves again. Facebook last week confirmed that they left millions more Instagram users’ passwords susceptible to exposure than they initially thought. Similar to the last round of impacted customers, the social media giant will be notifying users whose data was included in this latest discovery. If you still haven’t changed your password, now might really be the time.
Love for Louisiana Churches Flows In
The outpouring of condolences and backing for the historic Notre Dame that caught fire in Paris last week has sparked a wave of support for the Louisiana churches that were burned down by an arsonist over the last month. The GoFundMe campaign raised $2 million, exceeding its goal.
Speaking of people of color who’ve been under attack for being a minority in their home country, nearly 300 people died in Sri Lanka from a series of bombings around the island nation on Easter Sunday. The attackers were apparently very intentional in targeting the Roman Catholic Church, although its believers make up just 6.5% of the country’s population.
While Trump & Co. are still in a standoff over his taxes, Bernie finally releases detailed returns of his own, covering the past 10 years.
Who’s standing out in the 2020 race right now? USA Today surveyed their readers to get an idea and it’s not who you may think.
Cory Booker isn’t at the front of the pack like he probably had hoped he would be. Who’s his biggest problem? The Hill says it’s Kamala.
Around the Diaspora
Sudan has not established any sort of civil law since removing their president roughly 2 weeks ago. Now, they’ve been put on a timer to get themselves in order.
LIAT, an airline that made it easier to island hop within the Caribbean, is facing imminent closure as many of the shareholding islands refuse to provide incremental funds to help the company survive. Of the $5.4 million that is needed, only $1 million has been provided by Grenada.
Venezuela has dropped out of the news cycle, but that doesn’t mean the country is seeing better days whatsoever. The struggle is still real.
Culture that Pops
YouTube’s Director of Urban Music is dropping knowledge on how to discover new music coming from the Motherland on the platform.
David Gross, Nipsey Hussle’s close business associate, reveals that he and the rapper are minority investors of a new Vegas resort that’s opening in 2020.
Is Kanye still canceled? His Sunday Service performance at Coachella yesterday featured the likes of Chance the Rapper, Teyana Taylor, and DMX.
Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes are teaming up for a one-night reboot of “The Jeffersons.”