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3 Different Men, Holding 3 Different Objects, Had 1 Suspicious Thing In Common

I live in New York City, and I happen to be a black man as well. I was coming out of the subway the other day when I spied two cops (both white) hanging around the exit. This is a semi-usual thing in the city — I believe they patrol stations randomly from time to time. But they both looked at me when I got out, and I immediately thought, "Well, this is when it happens to me. This is when I get stopped and frisked." So, I looked at one of them with a "Me, right?" kind of expression, and the officer gave me a bemused look as if to say "No, you don't look suspicious. Keep on walking." And then I realized I didn't look suspicious because I was coming back from a date, and was dressed nicely. Ending the lives of men that look very similar to me is something I contend with every day. And with the recent death of Vonderrick Meyers, who was shot 17 times and was allegedly only holding a sandwich, we'll hear things from both sides ... but if the cop was wearing one of the following, there would be no question as to what happened.

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Throughout his basketball career Michael Jordan has been criticized for not letting his voice be heard when it came to political change. That does not appear to be the case anymore. In the month of June alone, Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand have donated $100 million dollars to organizations committed to race equality. A portion of the funds will be allocated to organizations helping to protect black voting rights.

In the latest announcement, Jordan himself and his Jordan Brand are investing $2.5 in organizations to help combat Black voter suppression. In a statement from the Jordan Brand, it was announced: $1 million dollars is being donated to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. and $1 million to the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People and Families Movement. The Black Voters Matter organization will receive $500,000 in the statement which was first reported by CNN.


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Arnold Schwarzenegger is a badass in the movies, but he's increasingly building a reputation as a heroic "action star" in real life. Only, instead of dropping ungodly amounts of fake bullets into his enemies, Schwarzenegger has been dropping rhetorical bombs against his political opponents while building intellectual and emotional bridges to those who disagree with him but still have open hearts and minds.

The most recent example found Arnold responding to a comment someone made on Facebook. On the surface, that may sound like just about the least unique or original jumping off point for a story.




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Those of us who grew up in the Alanis Morissette angst era and followed her through her transformation into a more enlightened version of herself may be thrilled to know she has a new album out. Such Pretty Forks in the Road is her first album in eight years—and the first since two of her three children were born.

Anyone who's been working from home with kids knows that we're all in the same frequently interrupted boat. Such is the pandemic life. But we've also seen how those very human moments when kids insert themselves into life are some of the most real and precious. And that reality comes shining through in Morissette's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon performance of her new song, "Ablaze," which is, not so ironically, a song about her children. As she sings, it's clear that she's still got the chops that made her famous. It's also clear that her 4-year-old daughter, Onyx, just sees her mommy as mommy and not as the iconic pop star that she is. The performance is lovely and sweet, and hearing Onyx's little voice and seeing her put her hand over her mom's mouth as she sings is just too adorably real.

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