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Were you glued to your television this weekend watching the Olympics? I can’t blame you! So many wonderful wins for the USA, (looking at you, Simone Biles!), and we are proud, especially SNL and Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones. Have you seen her coverage? Even if you’re not into the event, her enthusiasm is crazy contagious. But of course, this wasn’t the only thing going on this weekend. Here’s what you may have missed:
1. Police-involved shooting in Milwaukee
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) August 14, 2016
On Saturday night, there was a police involved shooting in Milwaukee that ended in a death of an African-American man. Again? Yes, but hear me out. Initial reports had Sylville Smith, 23, holding a gun and refusing to put it down after several requests from officers to do so, which is when one of the officers shot him twice, ending in the fatality. The officer was wearing a body camera and according to officials, the footage is in line with the officer’s story.
Here’s what happened next: The community immediately started protesting, but that quickly turned into unrest: shots being fired at police, businesses being burned to the ground, and bricks being thrown at police cars.
Even though police called for calm, Sunday night, the riots continued, with one person being shot and several officers being injured. It’s obvious there’s tension between the police and African-American communities but it’s so heartbreaking to see innocent lives affected (the store owners who are now going through rubble).
Something obviously needs to be done to ease the hate, but is more violence the answer? I know when you’re angry, sometimes you don’t see as clearly as you would if you weren’t so passionate about the cause, but the violence isn’t good for the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s just a sad story all the way around.
2. Devastating flooding in Louisiana
Unfortunately, the sadness doesn’t end there. Heavy rains sent more than SIX rivers surging over their banks and levees causing major flooding in Baton Rouge and other parts of south Louisiana this weekend. People were being rescued by boat, others were evacuated to higher ground, and still others lost their lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the floods. To get a sense of just how bad things are, watch this dramatic rescue:
3. Bill Clinton rape accuser talks to Buzzfeed
Remember when we talked about Donald Trump and his past involving the sexual harassment and alleged assault on women? Well, the other side is getting a taste today. Buzzfeed profiled Juanita Broaddrick, a 73-year-old woman who claims Bill Clinton raped her during what should have been a business meeting in the 1970s, when he was Arkansas’ attorney general.
So how does this affect Hillary Clinton? Well, some are making claims that she knew of these affairs, and sexual assaults and helped Bill cover them up. Let’s imagine for a second this is true, would we want our commander-in-chief to be someone who allows this type of behavior? We’d have to question her judgment, right?
I’m not fond of either presidential candidate, but both seem to have their own personal issues that should be considered before making a final decision!
4. Bieber's got a new GF!
I'm gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don't stop the hate this is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn't be so mean to people that I like A photo posted by Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) on
In lighter news, Justin Bieber is back, and this time at least he’s clothed (here’s the NSFW pics that were leaked recently). However, he’s been posting shots on Instagram with his (possibly?) new girlfriend, Sofia Richie (yes, she’s Nicole’s sister and Lionel’s daughter!).
Of course, it wouldn’t be the Biebz without a little drama. His fans took to Instagram to complain about his new girlfriend, and he just couldn’t take the heat. He even threatened to make his Instagram private if the comments continued to be negative. His ex Selena Gomez fired back defending his fans.
#JustinBieber vs #SelenaGomez #ClapBackSeason A photo posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on
Can someone let Justin know that when you put yourself online, you’re subject to criticism? I think he missed that lesson in Social Media 101 when he was prepped to be the next pop star. I still say I’d like to return him to Canada. I’d be happy to trade Canadian Justins: The Biebz for Justin Trudeau (YUM!).