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McDonald’s Testing Out a New Chicken Sandwich

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Just when you thought the fast-food chicken sandwich hype was over, McDonald’s threw a wrench into the conversation this week with the introduction of a new crispy chicken sandwich for their Knoxville, Tennessee and Houston, Texas markets. So far, reviews have been mixed with one Twitter user,  @TheSruAbides, remarking “pretty tasty…8/10 would try again.” Another user, @Whiskey_Jim, had a slightly different opinion saying the sandwich lacks “flavor and the quality of the chicken is sub par.”

The test menu item comes as the “chicken sandwich wars” have slowed down since the re-release of Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen’s popular chicken sandwich. You can remember the debate which captivated the country began with the Louisiana – based chain’s response to a tweet from rival Chick-fil-A. @PopeyesChicken simply asked “… y’all good?” Two weeks after its debut, the sandwich was sold-out nationwide. Nearly four months later, McDonald’s has finally answered the pleas of franchisees and the demand of the public for a premium chicken sandwich addition to its wide-ranging menu.


On August 19, the official Popeye’s Twitter account ignited a fried chicken sandwich frenzy with a single retweet of rival Chick-fil-A’s post.

According to an October statement, McDonald’s has been “inspired by the customer demand.” Its take on the sandwich touts a fried filet topped with butter and pickles on a potato bread bun. It is even reported to have a “sweet flour” breading – no word on whether or not the meat is seasoned, though.

If you have tried the latest entrant in the fried chicken wars, let us know in the comments below!

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TIDAL Livestream: Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant

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TIDAL is honored to bring the Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant to fans across the globe via livestream.

Members and non-members alike will be able to tune-in starting at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT on Monday, February 24th on TIDAL.com/celebrationoflife

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Harriet Tubman Debit Card Causes Dissension

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Any attempt to highlight historical black figures will always be welcomed by the black community. Especially during Black History Month. However, what is appreciated is the honoring, not some nuanced interpretation.

Perhaps, that’s where the largest black-owned bank, OneUnited, went wrong. 

On Thursday, social media users came across a OneUnited tweet promoting a Harriet Tubman themed debit card. The problem? It shows Tubman’s hands across her chest in what appeared to be the widely famous “Wakanda Forever” sign that was a part of Marvel’s blockbuster movie, Black Panther.

That sparked a huge social media backlash and sent Black Twitter into a frenzy.

Later, OneUnited Bank, clarified that the symbol Tubman is displaying on the debit card is the symbol of love as depicted in the painting “The Conqueror” by Miami-based Black artist Addonis Parker. 

If you recall, a Tubman design of the $20 bill was announced back in 2016 by former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. The redesign was postponed. As reported by CNBC, the redesign was to be unveiled this year to “coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote.”

The stalled effort to put Tubman on the $20 bill played a role in OneUnited Bank’s decision to honor the Underground Railroad conductor. According to their website, “Harriet Tubman not only escaped slavery, she made nineteen missions to bring 300 others, including family and friends, to freedom. She also served as an armed scout for the Union Army and was an activist in the struggle for women’s voting rights. Given her profound impact on American history, she deserves to be placed on the $20 bill.” They went on to say, “We have the power to place Harriet Tubman on a global payment device in celebration of Black History Month and in tribute to the many others who freed enslaved people. This symbol of Black empowerment in 2020 will pave the way for the Harriet Tubman design on the $20 bill.”

Despite all of the backlash OneUnited has received, they are doubling down on the release via their twitter account. 

Tubman is a real-life freedom fighter who did the selfless work of freeing slaves at the risk of her freedom. We believe what people are offended by is that a black-owned bank felt it necessary to add a fictional or non-historical element to her likeness when who she is, is enough. 

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Vanessa Bryant Shares Heartbreaking Post As She Grapples with The Loss of Her Husband and Daughter

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It’s been over a week since the tragic passing of Kobe Bryant, daughter Gianna and seven other passengers on board his private helicopter. As the rest of the world has begun to move on, the Bryant’s are faced with an unbearable new normal. 

Today, Vanessa Bryant shared a heartbreaking Instagram post that gives us a little insight into how she’s coping with the deaths of her husband and daughter.

In her post, she expressed her reluctance to put her “feelings into words.” Bryant went on to state how difficult it’s been to process both losses at the same time. 

“It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me,” she writes. She goes on to explain how difficult each day has become. “Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live. Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri.” 

Following her post, several celebrities and fans have commented and expressed their condolences or offered words of encouragement.

Let’s continue to keep Vanessa, the entire Bryant family and all of the families affected by this unimaginable tragedy in our thoughts and prayers.

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