2017 Made In America - Day 2

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Jay-Z Is Receiving the President’s Award at the 50th NAACP Image Awards.

Organizers of the 50th NAACP Image Award announced Thursday that Hov will be receiving the President’s Award over the weekend. The award is given “in recognition of a special achievement and distinguished public service.”

“Shawn Carter has been committed to shedding light on the issues that plague the black community including systematic racism and unjust treatment under the law, utilizing his global platform to create everlasting change,” Derrick Johnson, NAACP president and CEO said in a press release. “There is no better time than now, as we celebrate our 50th year, to honor him with this award.”

Shout out to Hov.

The City of Chicago Is Reportedly Demanding $130,000 From the Jussie Smollett.

According to TMZ, the Chicago Corporation Counsel, which handles the city’s civil claims, sent a letter to the Empire star demanding $130k to compensate overtime pay for the cops who investigated his case.

“Over two dozen detectives and police officers participated in the investigation, ultimately spending weeks investigating your false claims,” the Corporation Counsel wrote. “The Chicago police investigation revealed that you knowingly filed a false police report and had in fact orchestrated your own attack.”

If Smollett fails to pay in a “timely” manner, the Department of Law says he could be prosecuted again. Meanwhile, Empire ratings have reportedy hit an all-time low since Smollett’s charges were dropped.

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Has Shut Down Four Major Robocall Operations.

Yes, the organizations that were responsible for “bombarding consumers nationwide with billions of unwanted and illegal robocalls.” No more calls claiming the cops are after you (or calls in random foreign languages).

“The settlements are part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to combat the scourge of illegal robocalls,” the FTC said in a recent statement. “Under the court orders announced today, the defendants are banned from robocalling and most telemarketing activities, including those using an automatic dialer, and will pay significant financial judgments.”

The defendants are each facing fines between $500,000 and $3.64 million. Yikes.

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