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US army officer sues police over violent traffic stop

A black army lieutenant files a lawsuit against two policemen in Virginia after being pepper-sprayed.

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US soldier faces guns and pepper spray in traffic stop

A black army lieutenant is suing police after he was pulled over by two officers in Virginia.

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Biden administration to restore $235m in US aid to Palestinians

Two-thirds will go to the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, which Donald Trump stopped funding.

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How one woman discovered her true cultural heritage

Gail Lukasik’s life was turned upside down when she discovered her mother was mixed race but had ‘passed’ as white to escape racial segregation in the US.

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YG Uploaded Censored Version Of “Meet The Flockers” After YouTube Yanked It

YG released censored version of “Meet The Flockers” after YouTube yanked the original.

As the disturbing and ugly trend of hurting Asian people continues in the US, some social media companies have been trying to be proactive in removing any anti-Asian hate speech from their platforms. YouTube was one of the first to announce stricter measures aimed at weeding out any vitriol that appeared on its platform that might be perceived as hatred towards Asian people.

They stayed true to their word and have already begun to remove a lot of videos. The first sign that some rappers will be affected by their decisions is the removal of YG‘s song “Meet The Flockers,” which has been removed from the platform. The song tells a story of committing a robbery in an Asian neighborhood.

At first, YouTube didn’t look like they would be targeting music videos, but it seems after several calls from critics and mounting pressure, they decided to take the song off the site. Both the track and the video have vanished. What’s interesting is that if you search for YG’s “Meet The Flockers” on YouTube, you’ll be directed to a video that has news coverage about a robbery that was allegedly inspired by the song.

Some fans have tried to re-upload the song, which resulted in a number of low-quality audio that youTube will more than likely delete soon. Some live performances of the song remain for viewing.

Over the last two weeks, there has been a significant upsurge in violence towards Asian people, with the trend gaining momentum. In one of the latest attacks, which seems to mostly target elderly Asians, a woman was sadly stabbed to death in California while walking her dogs. Authorities believe that the attacks are motivated by the perception that all Asians somehow caused the Coronavirus pandemic. So far, authorities have labeled most of these acts as hate crimes.

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Children dropped over US border wall

Footage released by US authorities shows alleged smugglers dangling the children over a 14ft wall.

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Amazon v the union: The vote the online giant fears

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Inside the lives of Asian massage workers: ‘How can we not be scared?’

Asian female massage workers in the US speak up about the stigma surrounding their profession.

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Child tweets gibberish from US nuclear-agency account

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Photographing the “endless diversity” of America by streetlight

Photographer Daniel Freeman travelled across the US to capture striking night-time shots.

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Debris from SpaceX rocket lights up US skies

The lights streaking across US skies on Thursday stunned onlookers. But this wasn’t a meteor shower.

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US immigration: The suffocated youth unafraid of a perilous journey

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North Korea ‘not responding’ to US contact efforts

The Biden administration has tried several ways to get in touch with North Korea, officials say.

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US immigration: Disaster agency Fema brought in to help with child migrant surge

US-Mexico border facilities are under pressure amid a rise in the number of unaccompanied children.

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Dancehall Artist Khago Awarded $763K In Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor Lawsuit

Khago has won a major lawsuit against his former producer as the artiste has been awarded U$800,000 in damages against Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor.

The damages claimed were part of a countersuit against McGregor, who is the principal of Streaminn Hub Inc, in a South Florida court presided by district judge Jose E Martinez last month.

The wife and manager of the artiste, Francine Gayle, has confirmed Khago’s win and says they are happy and relieved that the case is now over. “Khago is very happy for the fact that out of all that has happened; we have gotten the final judgment. It’s been a long time’ we have waited for how long it took. Finally, the victory is here. To God be the glory, great things he hath done,” she said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.

Kemar ‘Flava’ McGregor and his lawyer failed to attend the final hearing, but the judgment was handed down in spite of their absence. The judgment also included an order by the court that McGregor was to cease marketing of Khago’s music, and using his likeness, images on any platform in addition to the damages.

The breakdown of the damages includes U$300,000 in statutory damages for copyright infringement, US$99,568.59 for compensatory damages for tortious interference with business relationships, and US$ 65,352.00 in reasonable expenses and attorney’s fees, which all rounded off to US$763,626.36.

The lawsuit stemmed from a dispute between Khago and McGregor, whose business was hired to recoup royalties for Khago in the United States. McGregor eventually took Khago to court for fraud, breach of contract, defamation of character, and copyright infringement in 2018. The two fell out over Khago’s albums “Spirit, Walk a Mile and Dancehall Soca.”

McGregor’s claim was thrown out in 2020, and Khago then filed a countersuit. Gayle said that the lawsuit brings to the fore the need for artists to know the business of music not only from their performance side but earning passive income from their talent.

“Apart from enjoying the benefits of an artiste, know the business or find a reputable person or entity that can advise you. Music in Jamaica is not done in a professional way. People jus’ guh inna a studio and guh drop a track. They don’t know about their splits; about registering for royalties or copyright; about publishing. Basically, you just voice and walk away. Yet, your music is selling on all the platforms and you don’t even know how you’re going to get your money — How much per cent belongs to you and how much per cent supposed to go to the producer. You have to know the business and you have to know this. This is something he [Khago] learned, this is not a hobby. It’s a career.”

Meanwhile, the artist is set to open a studio in Manchester, Jamaica, in late March. He shot to fame after joining the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s independence contest, where he placed third for his song “If You Know.”

His hits include “Nah Sell Out,” which led to him snatching various local and overseas awards.

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First Minneapolis police death since George Floyd captured on bodycam

Footage is released of the first police-involved death in the US city since George Floyd’s in May.

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US politics in 2021: What’s in store for President-elect Biden?

A new president with an agenda that’s already set – and an outgoing president who’s not leaving quietly.

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Jeremih Is Out Of ICU And Now Recovering From COVID-19

Jeremih is out of the ICU and showing signs of improvements while battling Coronavirus.

In some good news, something 2020 hasn’t been associated with, Jeremih is showing signs of improvement after battling the coronavirus for the last week. He was hospitalized at a Chicago hospital and, according to TMZ, has been moved out of the intensive care unit.

The report also states that the singer has now been placed in a “regular hospital setting,” which is a good sign that he is making a recovery. Last week several of his peers like 50 Cent called on fans to prayer for Jeremih, who was in bad shape.

Hitmaka first revealed the singer’s condition when he posted: “I need everyone to pray for my brother @jeremih this message is posted with his mothers blessings.”

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Hitmaka also said, “My dawg changed my life. He gone pull thru. Pray for @jeremih,” and in another one he said, “We need that energy [prayer emoji]… Pray for my brother. He gone shake back @jeremih.” Big Sean also called for prayers for Jeremih.

Further information received from Jeremih’s agent stated that “J was just pulled off the ventilator.” Even though he’s not totally out of the woods yet, his family has indicated that he’s healing well and that they expect him to make a full recovery.

His family issued the following statement about the singer’s current condition.

“Jeremih has been transferred out of ICU. He will spend the rest of his recovery time in a regular hospital room. The true healing begins. Thank you all for your prayers and wishes.”

Before his condition improved, his family issued a statement calling on Americans to acknowledge just how devastating the virus can be. They said, “The COVID-19 condition he’s experiencing is rare for a young man his age without underlying conditions. His family would like to remind the world that COVID-19 is real and not to be taken lightly.”

To date, the US has recorded more than 12 million cases of the virus.

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US cyclist apologises for ‘divisive’ tweet

Trek-Segafredo’s junior road race world champion Quinn Simmons apologises after he made “divisive, incendiary, and detrimental” statements on Twitter.

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US football team walk off after ‘homophobic slur’

San Diego Loyal forfeit a match in protest after an alleged homophobic comment was aimed at their midfielder Collin Martin, who is gay.

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Rwanda’s clothing spat with the US helps China

As the African nation continues to ban the import of used US clothes, China takes advantage.

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US Election: Whoever becomes the next president, social media is changing

Both Trump and Biden want to take away the US law that protects platforms from being liable for what their users post.

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US election 2020: Debate pulled in 73 million TV viewers

Once online streaming figures are counted, the audience could have been tens of millions higher.

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Pope rejects US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meeting

The Vatican suggests the US is trying to exploit the Pope ahead of November’s US election.

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Presidential debate: How the US news networks reacted

There’s been a range of opinions on the major US cable news channels after Trump and Biden’s first clash.

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Presidential debate: ‘The loser is us, the American people’

Voters from across the US weigh in with reaction to the first Trump-Biden debate.

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US election debate 2020: Biden accuses Trump of covering-up the truth

Joe Biden accused President Trump of lying about the issues around Covid-19 in the first US election debate.

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US election 2020: A really simple guide

If you’re looking for a refresher or trying to understand it for the first time, this guide will help.

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US 2020 election: Social media’s nightmare scenario

Potential election chaos will play out on social media, and Big Tech is worried.

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TikTok Ban: How did TikTok stay online in the US?

Sophia Smith-Galer explains why President Trump shifted his position on banning new downloads of the app.