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The Wake Up: 2017 BET Awards Performers Announced, No Justice For Miss Black Texas, Trump Contradicts Himself (Again)

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Big News

The performers list for the 2017 BET Awards is in, and it looks like things are slated to be—how do you say—lit. On the lineup: Bruno Mars, Future, Migos, Trey Songz, Big Sean, New Edition, DJ Khaled, and more. Chance the Rapper will be honored with the Humanitarian Award, and our VP of News & Men’s Programming, Jamilah Lemieux, would be terribly sad if we failed to mention: New Edition will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, so you’ll definitely want to tune in for that. The BET Awards air live from Los Angeles at 8 p.m. ET on June 25.

Big Facts

In yet another justice department fail, the white Texas police officer who unlawfully arrested Miss Black Texas last month (and allegedly called her a “black b*tch”) was cleared of racial allegations. The disappointing decision was made following an investigation led by the City of Commerce, reports New York Daily News. According to a release, “The investigation revealed that there was no evidence that Chief Crews made any racial statements to Ms. Ponder or to anyone else. There is also no evidence that the arrest was racially motivated. The release also stated “it was determined that Chief Crews was not involved in the initial dispute between Ms. Ponder and the other driver. As such, there is no way that his daughter could have been operating a motor vehicle illegally.” Oh. Aight.

Big Lies

While Sessions was stumbling over (and evading) answers during his hearing on Tuesday, Trump was breaking bread with Republican senators at the White House in hopes of finalizing health care legislation. But here’s the interesting thing (or maybe not so interesting at this point): according to CNN, Trump called the House-passed health care reform bill “mean”—and yes, we’re talking about the same one he lauded as “incredibly well crafted” earlier this year. “Trump made clear multiple times that he was pleased that the Senate negotiations appeared to be moving away from where the House version of the repeal and replace effort ended up, according to three sources familiar with the meeting,” reports CNN. Now he’s pushing senators to make the bill more “generous, kind, [and] with heart.” We just… Sigh.

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