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Chance the Rapper Supports Kanye West’s Presidential Run

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Chance the Rapper woke up this morning and decided that his first order of business should be to send prayers to John Travolta. 

Travolta’s wife, Kelly Preston recently died, so it’s not exactly odd that Chance would wake up with him in his prayers. A couple of hours later, though, he happened upon a video Kanye West tweeted out and decided to quote-tweet with a message that… was just weird:

Now, I’m not a Biden supporter, per se, but Kanye is obviously not a serious, well-rounded candidate. Things got weirder, still. Chance went on to say that a lot of Black people are “racist”, ask for his fans’ opinion of Biden, then retweet his “racist tweet”. More followed, unfortunately, about the Chicago Police Department’s possible involvement in Fred Hampton’s death, and then his opinions on the conversation around “presidential” behavior. 

The response has been predictably negative. There’s no there there. But what’s interesting, and how John Travolta fits into all this, is that Chance has celebrity on his mind. Even in bringing up Fred Hampton, Chance seems to be focused on idols, people he deems worthy of justice, of consideration, and of his 8.3 million follower platform. Sure, he has talked about Breonna Taylor and others slain in the past year, but when the cameras are off and the names aren’t trending, his instinct is to interrogate his audience, most of whom are suffering tremendously under a global pandemic, about their reasons for not voting for a man who referred to vaccines as a “mark of the beast”.

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Chadwick Boseman Passes Away At 43

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Actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as King T’Challa in the box office smash “Black Panther” passed away from colon cancer Friday.

The actor was first diagnosed with stage 3 cancer in 2016, but remained active in his career with much of his work being released post-diagnosis. A statement from his family confirmed that he continued to work despite his cancer progressing, befitting a man who brought America’s first Black superhero to the silver screen. 

As the news of the actor’s death spread, many took to social media to share their condolences. 

The tributes continue to flood in as news of his passing continues to ripple through. Read the official statement from his family below.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.

Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.

A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy.

It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. 

He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side.

The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

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Steve Bannon Arrested on Border Wall Fundraising Scheme

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Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former political adviser, and three other leaders of the“We Build the Wall” online fundraising campaign have been indicted on wire fraud and money laundering charges by federal prosecutors. 

Federal agents and officials from the United States Postal Inspection arrested Bannon while he was on a boat located off the eastern coast of Connecticut.


Bannon is expected to make his initial court appearance in New York later today, according to the US attorney’s office. Bannon’s attorney, Bill Burck, declined to comment on the matter. 

Audrey Strauss, acting Manhattan U.S attorney, issued the following statement: 

“As alleged, the defendants defrauded hundreds of thousands of donors, capitalizing on their interest in funding a border wall to raise millions of dollars, under the false pretense that all of that money would be spent on construction. While repeatedly assuring donors that Brian Kolfage, the founder and public face of We Build the Wall, would not be paid a cent, the defendants secretly schemed to pass hundreds of thousands of dollars to Kolfage, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle. We thank the USPIS for their partnership in investigating this case, and we remain dedicated to rooting out and prosecuting fraud wherever we find it.” 

According to the charges, Kolfage—one of the crowdfunding organizers, spent more than $350,000 of the donations on personal expenses. These expenses include a luxury SUV, a golf cart, cosmetic surgery, home renovations, jewelry, personal tax payments,  and credit card debt. 

The four individuals being charged—Bannon, Kolfage, Andrew Badolato, and Timothy Shea—are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering, CNN reports

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