ICYMI: a lot happened at the 2017 BET Awards last night. A lot. Remy Ma fired shots at Nicki Minaj, New Edition received (and performed during!) a fire tribute, and Chance the Rapper—who was the recipient of this years BET Humanitarian Award—gave one of his most unforgettable speeches yet (quote of the night: “Let everybody out of jail for selling weed before y’all start making it legal!”). Other big winners included Solange Knowles for the Centric Award (“Cranes in the Sky”), Bruno Mars for Best Male R&B/Pop Artist, and—of course—Beyoncé for Album of the Year (Lemonade). Check out the complete winners list here. Oh, and if you missed our awards predictions special with Global Grind, you can check that here, too.
Y’alls president was the first president to not celebrate Ramadan in years. “For the first time in nearly two decades, Ramadan has come and gone without the White House recognizing it with an iftar or Eid celebration, as had taken place each year under the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations,” The Washington Post reports. Matter of fact, “several former White House staff members” reportedly told WaPo they’d usually start planning events “months in advance,” but it doesn’t appear the current administration even bothered. Instead, Trump and Melania released the following statement (but duly note: it wasn’t shared on Trump’s Twitter):
“Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity. Now, as they commemorate Eid with family and friends, they carry on the tradition of helping neighbors and breaking bread with people from all walks of life. During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion, and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values. Eid Mubarak.”
A D.C. councilmember is speaking out against the arrest of four teens for—get this—selling water. WATER. Meanwhile, white kids out here selling lemona-… Nevermind. But Councilman Charles Allen, head of the council’s Public Safety Committee, issued a statement expressing the actions of the plainclothes U.S. Park Police officers were unnecessary as hell. Damn right they were.
“While I understand the need to maintain consistency in permitted actions, I do not understand why the enforcement cannot take place with uniformed personnel and actions less severe than handcuffing individuals suspected of the sales,” Allen wrote, according to Think Progress. “I can’t help but think how the reaction by these same officers might have varied if different children had set up a quaint hand-painted lemonade stand in the same spot.”
The teens were reportedly cuffed for “safety” concerns. Like… TF?
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