Last week, HBO announced its plans for Confederate, and social media about had a conniption. It didn’t take long before folks banded together in protest. On Sunday night, after a call-to-action by April Reign (remember #OscarsSoWhite?), Twitter spoke out against the forthcoming show during Game of Thrones with the hashtag #NoConfederate. The hashtag ended up trending both nationwide and worldwide— and that was just during the east coast airing of GOT. “We did it!!! We trended #1 nationwide & #2 worldwide for most of the hour,” April tweeted. “I want y’all to understand what we did. Five Black women announced on Friday that we would have #NoConfederate trending on Sunday at 9p. The go was just to have it trend. To harness the power of social media.”
HBO responded in a statement:
“We have great respect for the dialogue and concern being expressed around Confederate. We have faith that [writers] Nichelle, Dan, David and Malcolm will approach the subject with care and sensitivity. The project is currently in its infancy so we hope that people will reserve judgment until there is something to see.”
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Trump is making threats on Twitter again, this time in response to the recent healthcare bill vote. On Saturday, he tweeted, “If a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!” The tweet came a day after attempts to repeal part of Obamacare failed. As CNBC notes, this isn’t the first time he’s threatened to suspend payments to insurers. “In April, he threatened to end the payments if Democrats refused to negotiate over the health-care bill,” they reported. Read more of his tweets below.
A 16-year-old Black Arkansas teen died after being shot by cop on Tuesday. According to WMC News, Aries Clark was at East Arkansas Youth Services—an emergency shelter for juveniles that Clark was sent to for disruptive behavior—when the shooting occurred. “I never expected not to see my son again,” Clark’s mother said. “I had saw him that Thursday, and we were trying to figure out how we were going to do therapy to get help for him.” Clark was taken to the hospital but later died as a result of his injuries. Marion Police Chief Gary Kelley declined to explain why cops were called to the location repots WMC, “but Arkansas State Police said 16-year-old Aries Clark was shot shortly after officers got to the shelter around 7 p.m. Tuesday,” WMC reports.
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