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American Airlines allows flight attendants to wear Black Lives Matter pins

American Airlines allows flight attendants to wear Black Lives Matter pins

American Airlines allows flight attendants to wear Black Lives Matter pins

Starting now, American Airlines will allow flight attendants to don Black Lives Matter pins on their uniforms when they are on-duty. This news comes after Black employees stated that the airlines has a racist work environment. However, reports state that a “top official” in the airlines stated that she was “taken aback” when she heard about the widespread complaints from African American flight attendants who were faced with “implicit bias and direct racism from customers and other team members.”

“American is truly committed to having an inclusive culture that is welcoming to all and a reflection of our country and world,” American’s Senior Vice President for Flight Services Jill Surdek said in an email.

“One symbolic way to show our support is through a uniform pin,” she wrote. “We are working with our Black Professional Network on designing a specific pin that may be worn with the uniform. In the interim until this pin is produced, to recognize the significance of this moment in history, we are allowing people to wear a Black Lives Matter Pin.”

Interestingly, not all the workers are satisfied with this move. Many white staff members stated that they will begin to wear pins supporting law enforcement because of this new policy.

“I take offense to this,” an unnamed flight attendant wrote in an email to American’s management. “Serious offense. My husband is a LEO (Law Enforcement Officer), as was my deceased father and as far as I’m concerned ALL LIVES MATTER.”

“I am completely disgusted at the fact that we can’t show support for our GOD, our COUNTRY, our LEOs but when it comes to BLM organization (which is controversial in itself), American Airlines says that’s obviously different,” they continued. “And we can. How is that right? Well, I don’t feel included.”

John, who is another flight attendant, stated that Black Lives Matter is “a terrorist organization,” and that, because of this new policy, anyone who does not wear a pin, will “be ostracized and labeled as racist.”

“If this pin is sanctioned, I will wear my NYPD pin supporting the police department,” he said.

However, American Airlines refused to budge and stated that Black Lives Matter is “not as a political cause” but a “universal cause about humanity and equality.”

“Fundamentally, Black Lives Matter is an expression of equality,” the company said. “It doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter, rather that in our society Black lives should matter and be valued the same as others. That’s not political.”

The company is also working towards creating pins in support of charitable causes, Christians, veterans and LGBTQ groups.

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Blueface releases new visual for “Baby”

Blueface releases new visual for “Baby”

Blueface releases new visual for “Baby”

Two months ago, Blueface released his last project, titled Famous Cryp (Reloaded), which is an enhanced version of 2018’s Famous Cryp, featuring 20 tracks and appearances from Snoop Dogg, 03 Greedo, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Moneybagg Yo, and more. This weekend, a new visual from the project for “Baby” was released by the Los Angeles star, which was produced by Scum Beatz and Mike Crook and showcases Blueface talking about the only topic he is popular for, which is appropriate merely for adult listeners.

“When I pull out the D, b***h go crazy, she gon’ let me f*** ‘cause I’m Blueface baby, keep it on me for my safety, but this thing got no safety, shoot you if you make me/

Hit an ugly b***h with my chin up, I ain’t turnin’ down nothing, I’m a sick f***, quick f***, b***h, I’m a squirrel tryna get a nut, if I ain’t get a nut, then baby wasn’t good enough

Drive the boat, shot up or shut up, I could crack a b***h off Pornhub, link up, bust down, ass up, slow down, speed up, keep up, beat the beat up…/

The visual come courtesy of Lyrical Lemonade’s Cole Bennett, and portrays Blueface in various rooms in a house, all of which have different color themes, and different women. Needless to say, Blueface can be seen immersed in different types of shenanigans in this fun clip.

“Baby” comes after the release of previous visuals for “Outside (Remix),” “Respect My Cryppin,” “Yea Yea,” “Finesse The Beat,” and more. Before that, Blueface’s official debut album Find The Beat was launched, featuring 16 tracks and assists from Gunna, NLE Choppa, Polo G, and YBN Nahmir. As of now, his biggest hit continues to be “Thotiana,” which quickly reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, and allowed Blueface to enjoy a Platinum plaque for its success.

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Boy faces felony charges after alleged racist attack against Black girl

Boy faces felony charges after alleged racist attack against Black girl

Boy faces felony charges after alleged racist attack against Black girl

After allegedly attacking an 11-year-old Black girl with a pipe, in what is being looked at as a racist attack, a 12-year-old boy is now facing felony charges. According to reports, the 11-year-old girl, Nevaeh Thomas, was playing with her friends at an apartment complex in Shawnee, Kansas. Then, the boy approached them and used a racist slur against the girl.

According to reports, Thomas didn’t get bogged down, and instead, retorted saying “my Black is beautiful.” However, the boy ended up hitting her with a metal pipe. The attack left Thomas dealing with severe injuries, including a concussion, stitches and a broken tooth.

The white, unidentified boy was charged with felony, aggravated battery and is currently under house arrest. On Thursday, Thomas spoke about the incident at a press conference.

“All I want to say about this is the we need to stop hate and racism. It’s wrong, and it’s wrong to hurt people,” the preteen said. “I think kids need to get together and talk about racism. It’s ok if we’re different, we have different opinions — but it’s not ok to hate and judge each other on the color and skin.”

Mother of Thomas, Brandi Stewart, stated that she is happy that the boy was charged, although she hopes that he seeks help in order to handle his aggressive attitude.

“He’s only 12 years old. I want to believe that there is hope and that if he does get good help that he can learn from this incident and learn that hate and violence is not healthy,” she said. “We need to tell [our children] how expressions of hate can make others feel and how they can leave scars that last a lifetime. We need to make sure our children have healthy ways to resolve conflict, and we need to model these behaviors for them as best we can.”

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Jhené Aiko releases “Speak” visual

Jhené Aiko releases “Speak” visual

Jhené Aiko releases “Speak” visual

Jhené Aiko’s third studio album Chilombo, was released back in March and include 20 tracks and appearances from Ab-Soul, Big Sean, Future, Miguel, Nas, H.E.R., John Legend, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. This weekend, the star pulled from that specific project in order to release a new visual for “Speak,” wherein she is seen singing about women’s power and self-liberation over airy production from LEJKEYS and The Fisticuffs:

“Woke up this mornin’, heart was beating out my chest, so excited, realizin’ that you aren’t here to judge me, no one to impress, I decided that I liked it, yeah/

I’m movin’ on, I’m puttin’ on my favorite dress, the one you hated, said I look naked in, f*** your opinion ‘bout it, I’m feelin’ my best, I won’t hide it…/”

The visual comes courtesy of Brandon Parker and feature Aiko in her home, engaging in self-care. She relaxes on her bed, lights up incense, cleans up her space, enjoys a meal, takes a bubble bath, and everything else that gives her peace. Amid the pandemic, this visual is definitely a reminder to everyone to focus on the positives within the four walls of a home.

Chilombo debuted at the second place on the Billboard 200, as 152,000 albums were sold in the first week of release itself. Then, in July, a deluxe version of the album was released, wherein nine tracks were added with new assists from Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Kehlani, and her sister, Mila J.

Recently, Aiko also played a role in Big Sean’s latest album Detroit 2. 

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Naomi Osaka wears Trayvon Martin mask to U.S. Open

Naomi Osaka wears Trayvon Martin mask to U.S. Open

Woman calls police on Black man using phone, falsely claims he had a gun

Naomi Osaka continues to raise awareness regarding the Black lives who were subjected to fatal racial violence.

On September 6, the tennis star donned a Black mask that had the name Trayvon Martin printed across it and went on to beat Anett Kontaveit during her U.S. Open match. Martin was a 17-year-old boy, who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, who is a neighborhood watch coordinator, in Sanford, Florida. The shooting resulted in outrage across the nation when Zimmerman was acquitted on the basis of the Stand Your Ground law.

Osaka stated that it was Martin’s death that opened her eyes regarding racial injustice and violence around the world.

“I remember Trayvon’s death clearly,” she tweeted. “I remember being a kid and just feeling scared. I know his death wasn’t the first, but for me it was the one that opened my eyes to what was going on. To see the same things happening over and over still is sad. Things have to change.”

This marks Osaka’s fourth tribute this week. Previously, she donned masks holding names of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and Elijah McClain, when competing in matches. She revealed that she bought 7 different masks so she could wear one for every match, till the final game.

“It’s quite sad that seven masks isn’t enough for the amount of names, so hopefully I’ll get to the finals so you can see all of them,” Osaka said on Monday (Aug. 31).

Currently, Osaka is the highest paid female athlete in the world. After the shooting of Jacob Blake, she decided to pull out of her Western & Southern Open in New York City, thereby standing in unison with other athletes who chose to boycott their games.

“Hello, as many of you are aware I was scheduled to play my semifinals match tomorrow,” Osaka wrote in a statement. “However, before I am an athlete, I am a Black woman. And as a Black woman I feel as though there are much more important matters at hand that need immediate attention, rather than watching me play tennis.”

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