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After questioning his citizenship, Trump now needs Obama’s help

Nov. 16, 2016 - Donald Trump plans to spend more time with President Barack Obama so he can learn how to be president.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump seemed “surprised” by just how much the job of the presidency entailed. For example, Trump aides apparently did not seem to realize that they would need to replace the entire staff of the West Wing. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Serena Williams, Common spark rumors of rekindled romance

Nov. 16, 2016 - Serena Williams and Common were spotted together during a small, private event in California, which has kicked off a whole new round of dating rumors.

The two stars dated on and off again for three years before breaking it off in 2010, but according to TMZ, the two were spotted together chatting in a back room at the grand opening of the Yetunde Price Resource Center before Williams spoke at the opening, though they were careful not to get their picture taken together. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Donald Trump Won The Presidency But Is Still Sore About The Popular Vote

Nov. 15, 2016 - Donald Trump has a monumental task before him ― preparing his team for a peaceful transition of power involving thousands of key executive appointments who will need to be ready to take the reins of government once President BarackObama steps down in January. Read more at huffingtonopost.com.

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Donald Trump’s Pick For Interior Secretary Could Do A Lot Of Damage

Nov 15, 2016 - President-elect Donald Trump is just starting to arrange the team that will advise him and implement his policy agenda. But the list of names that have been floated to fill the top job at the Interior Department includes many people who would slash environmental regulations.

David Bernhardt, who served as the Interior Department solicitor in the George W. Bush administration and is now a lobbyist in the natural resources sector, is leading Trump’s transition work for the department. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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LAPD Takes A Stand Against Trump Immigration Enforcement

Nov. 15, 2016 - One of the nation’s largest police forces isn’t supporting Donald Trump’s  deportation plans.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday that the force would not change its stance on immigration enforcement, the Los Angeles Times reported. The move is an apparent act of defiance against the president-elect’s promise to deport or imprison up to 3 million undocumented immigrants after his inauguration.

Since 1979, the LAPD has barred officers from contacting people solely to investigate whether they are in the country legally, the LA Times noted. During Beck’s tenure, the department also stopped bringing suspects in minor crimes to federal authorities. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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A White Nationalist Is The New White House Chief Strategist

Nov. 14, 2016 - Steve Bannon, the Breitbart News Network executive chairman known for having white nationalist views ― and who has himself been accused of anti-Semitism ― was named chief strategist and senior counselor to President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday. 

Bannon, 62, was taking time off from Breitbart to serve as CEO of the Trump campaign before Sunday’s announcement giving him a senior leadership role in the incoming administration. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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This 21-Year-Old Black Man Just Became Michigan’s Youngest State Rep

Nov. 14, 2016 - University of Michigan-Dearborn student Jewell Jones broke history again on Tuesday. Yes, again.

Last year, Jones was sworn in as the youngest member of the Inkster City Council when he was 20.

This year, Councilman Jones was running to fill a State Representative seat, and he got the votes. At 21, he will be the youngest State Representative ever in Michigan. Read more at michiganjournal.org.

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NFL Player Sits During National Anthem In Protest Of Donald Trump

Nov. 14, 2016 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans refused to stand for the national anthem before his team’s 36–10 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday, instead choosing to sit on the sidelines in protest of President-elect Donald Trump.  

“I’m not big on politics or things like that but I told myself I said if this happens, then America’s not right right now,” Evans said after the game. “When he ran, I thought it was a joke, and the joke continues.” Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Wanda Sykes Flips Off Crowd For Booing Her Anti-Trump Material

Nov. 14, 2016 - Stand-up comedian Wanda Sykes flipped off the audience at Boston’s TD Garden on Saturday night after the crowd booed her for railing against president-elect Donald Trump.

Sykes was one of the performers at the 22nd annual Comics Come Home fundraiser, on behalf of The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care. During the act, she joked that Trump’s election was not the first time the U.S. had chosen a “racist, sexist homophobic president.” Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Chili’s Apologizes For Taking Meal From Black Veteran On Veterans Day

Nov. 14, 2016 - U.S. Army veteran Ernest Walker started recording video when a manager at a Chili’s restaurant in Cedar Hill, Texas, questioned his military service and took away his food.

Like some other establishments around the country, Chili’s offered free meals to veterans and active military service members on Veterans Day. Walker wrote on his Facebook page that he was eating at Chili’s with his service dog, Barack, when an elderly customer wearing a Trump shirt came up to him. “He said he was in Germany, and that they did not let Blacks serve over there,” Walker wrote. Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Get your armor on for Trump’s Confederate States of America

Nov. 14, 2016 - If you are shocked about Donald Trump winning the 2016 presidential election, don’t be.

Because it is more shocking that you did not see it coming. And very often folks who swim around in data sets and read the New York Times are out of touch with the American Midwest and South. They, too, also didn’t see it coming.

Such literate folk seem to forget one important axiom: The majority of Americans are a very emotional people. We are reactive. We are impulse consumers. We don’t read. We don’t study. And we like very short sentences. This is why someone can lose all the presidential debates, insult millions of Americans, encourage violence at his rallies, joke about sexual assault and still win the U.S. presidential election. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Kanye West talks running for president in 2020

Nov. 14, 2016 - This weekend, Kanye West spoke with BBC’s radio’s Annie Mac about his plans to run for United States president in 2020.

“When I talk about the idea of being president, I’m not saying I have any political views,” he said. “I don’t have views on politics, I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the the truth. If there is anything that I can do with my time to somehow make a difference while I’m still alive, I’m all for it. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Hillary Clinton’s popular vote lead keeps growing

Nov. 14, 2016 - Votes are still being counted in the 2016 election as absentee ballots come in, and Hillary Clinton‘s share of the popular vote is still widening.

The current official results show Clinton with half a percentage point of a lead over Donald Trump, and as the ballots come in, it is clear that the lead will only widen, especially with 4 million votes yet to be counted in California alone. Read more at thegrio.com.

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High school water fountains found with ‘colored’, ‘whites only’ signs

Nov. 14, 2016 - Florida school officials are investigating after someone taped racist signs above water fountains in a high school, labeling the fountains “colored” and “whites only.”

A picture of the fountains at First Coast High School in Jacksonville, Florida, began to circulate on social media, and Duval County school superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti said that the incident was under investigation. Read more at thegrio.com.

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Trump’s student debt proposal is actually pretty liberal

Nov. 14, 2016 - On October, during a campaign rally in Columbus, Ohio, Donald Trump laid out one of the most liberal student debt plans since the federal student aid program began, and now that he has been elected, it remains to be seen whether or not he will follow through with his promises.

“We would cap repayment for an affordable portion of the borrower’s income, 12.5 percent, we’d cap it. That gives you a lot to play with and a lot to do,” Trump said at the rally. “And if borrowers work hard and make their full payments for 15 years, we’ll let them get on with their lives. They just go ahead and they get on with their lives.”Read more at thegrio.com.

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Justice Department to charge officer in death of Eric Garner

October 26, 2016 - Following a shakeup in the federal case for the death of Eric Garner, the Justice Department is reportedly actively seeking to charge Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Garner in the fatal chokehold.

On Tuesday, a source in law enforcement said that, with the ouster of New York-based FBI agents and prosecutors, who were replaced with Washington-based counterparts, an indictment was highly likely. “It’s going to happen sooner than later,” the source said. “Washington wants to indict him.”  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Jay Z makes offer to buy Prince’s unreleased music

October 26, 2016 - Jay Z wants to get the rights to stream Prince’s unreleased music, and he’s willing to pay the high price tag to get it.

According to TMZ, Jay Z flew Prince’s sister, Tyka, and her husband, Maurice Phillips, out to New York City to meet with him, offering them around $40 million to the rights to the music.  Read more at thegrio.com.

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Tyler Perry: Madea Can Talk About Anything, Including Police Brutality

October 24, 2016 - Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” not only topped last weekend’s box office, it also reaffirmed the Hollywood mogul’s influence on American viewers.

During an episode of The Hollywood Reporter’s “Awards Chatter” podcast, the Hollywood mogul opened up on an array of topics, including his decision to use Madea’s character as a tool to promote progressive messages to underserved audiences.  Read more at huffingtonpost.com.

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Colin Powell Slams Trump, Endorses Clinton

October 26, 2016 - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell might as well switch his party affiliation from Republican to Democrat. After endorsing President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, Powell announced on Tuesday at a New York luncheon that he will vote for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, CNN reports.  Read more at newsone.com.

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'Not Wanted': Black Applicants Rejected for Trump Housing Speak Out

October 25, 2016 - In 1973, New York City school teacher Annette Gandy Fortt was looking for a decent place to live. A listing for an apartment in a building owned by Donald Trump's father, Fred, caught her eye — but she says the super told her there were no units available.

"I was black," Fortt said recently. "I was not wanted."  Read more at nbcnews.com.

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