Jackson police Sgt. Roderick Holmes says 22-year-old Jackson native Lonnie Taylor, also known by his rap name “Lil Lonnie,” died after someone shot into the vehicle he was driving and it hit the front of a house.
Here’s what you need to know about Lil Lonnie and the fatal drive-by shooting.
Lonnie “Lil Lonnie” Taylor was murdered hours after posting a photo on social media.
Just hours after uploading a photo of himself on Instagram and Snapchat, Lonnie “Lil Lonnie” Taylor was dead Sunday night (Apr. 29) in his hometown of Jackson, Mississippi.
According to reports, the aspiring rapper was shot multiple times as he drove his SUV. His car stopped after it crashed into a home.
Another person in the vehicle, a female passenger, was not injured. Jackson police said no suspects had been identified and they weren’t aware of a motive either.
Lil Lonnie spoke in an interview about meeting with 50 Cent and Jack thriller and talked about the advice they gave him.
In 2015, Lil Lonnie released a song called “Colors,” which put him on the map nationally. In a December 2015 interview with This Is 50, the rapper talked about the day he appeared in what the interviewer called a “big mega sit-down with two legends of the business.”
Lil Lonnie said he has spoken to Jack Thriller and 50 Cent, and he said he followed the advice they gave him that pushed his career forward. “Careerwise everything has been going, so I took that advice and I ran with it,” he said. “Keep the ground consistent, keep moving around, make my face a presence everywhere.”
Asked who he was working with to get money to put a billboard up in Jackson, Taylor responded that he hadn’t signed with anyone. Shocked, the interviewer candidly asked him, “What are you doing, selling drugs or some sh*t?” Taylor responded, “I don’t do none of that.” He later said, “I’ve got morals that I stand by” when asked whether he could relate to some of the things going on these days among people his age.
Lil Lonnie said in an interview he wanted to use his first “mega check” to buy a house for his family.
In that same December 2015 interview with This is 50, Lil Lonnie discussed his big plans for the money he planned to make as an up-and-coming artist.
“Let’s say you get a mega check, what would you purchase with that first mega check?” the interviewer asked him. “I’d buy a house,” Taylor said. “I’d buy a house for my family.”
Lil Lonnie said he wasn’t interested in the game on the streets. He said he was taking care of his father, his mother had died when he was young, and he was helping out his four siblings financially, which was made possible by his music.
Taylor was asked in a 2016 interview with DJ Smallz what there was to do in Jackson. “There’s nothing… nothing to do. Nothing but a whole bunch of robbing,” Taylor replied. “Everybody’s just, I mean that’s all it is, just robbing and killing and all this, that’s all that’s going on.”
Taylor said his biggest musical influence was Baton Rouge rapper Lil Boosie. He said had gotten similar advice from him that he had gotten from 50 Cent, and that was to stay consistent with his music.
“I want to be the next icon people look up to. I want to motivate others around from where I’m from because not too many get the recognition I do, and I just want to bring that impact to where I’m from and help people out,” he said. “I’m willing to open the door to everybody.”
His advice to other aspiring musicians was to “keep running” and “chase your dreams.”
Before his death, Lil Lonnie collaborated with a number of big-name Hip Hop artists, like K Camp and Moneybagg Yo.
He also released a song with R&B singer/songwriter Bryson Tiller called “Change Up.”
“RIP big bro,” Instagram user dionn2o4 wrote. “can’t believe they took u like that g.”
“Lil Lonnie can’t be dead bro I was just bumping yo sh*t the other day You has [sic] your city on lock and was making waves in mine ! I’ll never forget bumping ya mixtapes all throughout high school RIP Lil Lonnie,” posted Twitter user and fellow rapper Kash.
Lil Lonnie can’t be dead bro ??? I was just bumping yo shit the other day ? You has your city on lock and was making waves in mine ! ? I’ll never forget bumping ya mixtapes all throughout high school ?? RIP Lil Lonnie ??
Lil Lonnie’s shooting death was amid three separate shooting incidents in Jackson.
Lil Lonnie was reportedly one of two people killed and two people injured following three separate shooting incidents in Jackson. Early Monday morning (Apr. 30), a mother was shot to death and her adult daughter was wounded during a burglary of their home in West Jackson. Jackson Police Sgt. Roderick Holmes said a suspect hadn’t immediately been identified.
According to news reports, 57-year-old named Evvie Williams was shot during the home invasion and ran to a neighbor’s house, where she died. Her 24-year-old daughter, Jaalyn Williams, was reportedly shot in the face. She was hospitalized and her condition was described as stable. Sgt. Holmes said the door of their home had been forced open, and they are still investigating the shooting.
Video footage showing former college and pro football player Desmond Marrow being slammed to the ground onto his face in a parking lot while being arrested by Georgia police officers has gone viral on social media.
Marrow, who played for the University of Toledo and was briefly in the NFL shared the video on Instagram and Facebook Thursday afternoon (Apr. 26), saying that he was injured during the incident in Henry County, Georgia. He said that he “only had [his] cell phone in [his] possession” and the police “claimed to be scared for their lives.” He added, “I had no type of weapon in my possession, I was arrested for having a gun that turned out to be my cell phone.”
According to court documents, the arrest took place in McDonough, Georgia (a city in Henry county part of Atlanta metro) on December 2, 2017 in the parking lot of a Target store on Jonesboro Road. Records show that Marrow, 30, was charged with making terroristic threats, reckless driving, aggressive driving, and obstruction. The court documents state that police were investigating an alleged road rage incident involving Marrow when the arrest occurred. Dispatchers had told police that there was a “physical altercation,” though police don’t provide any evidence that a “physical altercation” ever occurred.
The minute-long video clip, recorded by a bystander, shows two officers holding Marrow by the arms while he is being handcuffed. You can see him walking towards the back of a pickup truck and officers push him against it. “I’m not even fighting back!” Marrow yells as one of the cops lifts his leg up and slams him to the ground onto his face. Marrow can then be heard shouting, “I didn’t even do nothing to y’all!” as the three officers kneel over him and the cameraman says, “This is unbelievable.”
As one officer puts his hands near Marrow’s neck, he yells repeatedly, “I can’t breathe!” while another officer tells him to calm down before the officer holding his neck takes his hand away. The officers then lift Marrow up to his feet just as the video ends. The footage doesn’t show what caused the police to act so aggressively.
WATCH THE VIDEO HERE:
Marrow said he was arrested on felony charges, but didn’t provide any other details about the incident. You can read his full IG post below:
***ATTENTION*** to anyone who views this post , PLEASE HELP ME GET MY VOICE HEARD!!! I Was Falsely Arrested & taken into custody in #Atlanta #Georgia #HenryCounty by the Henry County Police . I Only Had My Cell Phone in my possession & they claimed to be scared for their lives . I had No type of weapon in my possession , I was arrested for having a Gun that turned out to be my Cell Phone . During the arrest the police knocked my teeth out, slammed me on my head and choked me out until I was unconscious. In addition I suffered a shoulder strain and a concussion along with the heartache of my Wife leaving me during this Very Hard time for my short comings and careless actions. This has affected me mentally and impacted my life in a way I can’t even humanly describe . This isn’t a cry for sympathy, I just need it to be known . . . My cry is for JUSTICE.
They threw me into isolation and labeled me a gang member because of my tattoos. I was fully cooperating with the officers with ZERO resistance. I thought I was going to die. I was sure I was passing out or dying when Officer #D.Rose was choking me as my breath kept slipping away. Henry county police dept was trying to keep me quiet, but once they found out I was a former #NFLplayer & there was a video of the incident did they then try to drop my charges. They were basically trying to get me to sell my soul in exchange for the video not being posted and they would drop all the felonies and clear my record. They said I was resisting arrest, being out of control, spitting and assaulting the Officers by head butting them. But GOD recorded it and I have PROOF! You know the truth take a lil longer to make it around lies travel faster ?. They locked me up & gave me No bond which gave me NO voice YOU guys are my voice I NEED your help . I been sleepin on the floor I can’t get a job with these #Felonies I lost my gym all my clients & training kids is my passion that’s ALL I wana do I can’t pay my child support I would love to see my son I’d take any type of love Bruh it’s real right now
Officer David Rose wrote in his report that when he arrived at the Target parking lot, he asked Marrow who had been fighting and if he had swung at anyone. Marrow denied that there had been an altercation and also denied that there had been a fight, Rose wrote. Officer Rose said Marrow “was clearly agitated and was speaking very loudly and using profanity. He loudly used the word ‘fuck’ several times and I had to tell him to stop.”
Rose said Marrow responded by saying the officer “had no right to tell him what to say.” Rose wrote that he told Marrow “using profanity in that manner would not be tolerated.” Rose said at that point, a witness informed him that he had heard Marrow threaten to shoot another person during a dispute. Rose asked Marrow if he possessed any weapons, and Marrow told him he did not. According to the report, Rose searched Marrow and did not find any weapons.
Marrow then reportedly told the officer he was driving on I-75 when a white male passenger in a dark-colored sedan threw a cup of coffee at his car. Marrow said he chased after the car because he wanted to talk to them about what they had done. Rose then told Marrow that he had seen him driving aggressively as he turned onto Jonesboro Rd. and Marrow said “that’s a fact,” Rose said, adding that Marrow told him he was wrong for chasing the car and admitted that he shouldn’t have done that.
The witness told Officer Rose that he had seen a vehicle, which Rose believed was Marrow’s, block in a dark sedan on Jonesboro Rd. The witness told Rose he saw Marrow get out and throw something at the dark sedan and the sedan drove over a curb to get away. He said the truck, allegedly driven by Marrow, then chased the sedan into Target’s parking lot.
After speaking to the witness and other officers, Rose said he made the decision to arrest Marrow. Rose described what he says happened next in his report:
I told Marrow that he was under arrest and told him to put his hands behind his back. He refused. At that point I pointed my taser at Marrow. I told him that he would be tased if he continued. Officer (Matthew) Donaldson and I then managed to get cuffs on him without me having to tase him. My taser was then put back into its holster. We attempted to search Marrow incident to his arrest. He was instructed to spread his feet apart to enable us to safely search him. He refused to spread his feet and he refused to comply with our verbal commands to do so. Officer Donaldson attempted to spread his feet and Marrow attempted to kick him. Marrow was also attempting to push himself away from the car he was standing beside. Marrow then kicked me with his left foot against my left.
Because he was struggling we attempted to put Marrow on the ground. He fought against this. He was attempting to turn away from my grip on him and was attempting to strike me with his left elbow. After several seconds of struggling he was put on the ground. Even so, he was still not complying with instructions to lay on the ground on his chest. I had to hold him on the ground as we repositioned ourselves. I had my left hand on the side of his shoulder but was still not able to keep him down. I told Marrow several times to stay on the ground and stop kicking. I was attempting to keep him from kicking Officer Donaldson or head-butting me as it appeared to me that he was attempting to do that.
Rose wrote that he then put his hand on the side of Marrow’s head and neck “in an effort to better keep him on the ground.” Rose said he instructed Marrow to lay on his chest, but he says Marrow was “still struggling” and “rolled over onto his back.” Rose said, “At that point my hand was on the front of his neck, still in an effort to hold him down to prevent him from head-butting me. Marrow shouted several times that he was not able to breathe, but he was shouting, he was clearly breathing.”
Rose said Marrow “closed his eyes for a second or so as if he was passed out.” Rose said he then held Marrow down for a few more seconds before pulling him up and taking him to his patrol car. Marrow “resisted getting into my car,” Rose said, but he was eventually able to get him inside. Rose said Marrow complained of a head injury and medics were called, however, Marrow refused treatment. Rose said when Marrow was in the patrol car, he “laid his head against the door frame and closed his eyes as if he was passed out for a second or two.”
Rose wrote in his report that when Marrow got to the jail, he told them he had a head injury and spoke to the jail nurse about his “sideline injury.” He also said his left knee and left shoulder were injured and jail staff refused to book him, Rose wrote. Marrow was then taken to Piedmont Henry Hospital, where he was treated and released by hospital staff, Rose said in his report. Rose said that Marrow received a CT scan and, at one point, “fell out of the wheelchair he was placed in by hospital staff.”
Marrow shared photos of his injuries, which you can view below:
Marrow, a defensive back, played football for the University of Toledo between 2006 and 2011 and graduated with a communication degree, according to the school’s website. He was placed on the pre-season rosters for the Houston Texans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but he never made the regular season roster nor did he appear in an NFL game. Marrow was also briefly signed by the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL), but didn’t play a game for them either. Following the end of his football career, Marrow became a fitness instructor and opened a gym in Youngstown, Ohio.
As a result of the incident, Marrow started a GoFundMe campaign he titled “Justice for Des Marrow,” which has so far raised $5,200 of his $15,000 goal. He wrote on the fundraiser site: “I am raising money to help pay for my doctors bills and expenses and to help rebuild a facility to train the hundreds of kids I have lost becuase [sic] of this traumatic event.”
The video showing Marrow’s arrest has attracted the attention of activists on social media. Shaun King shared the video on Twitter, writing, “He was cooperating. They then slammed him to the ground, knocked out his teeth, and began choking him until he passes out. This is former NFL player and personal trainer Desmond Marrow.”
Qasim Rashid wrote on Twitter: “This is police work? Or how slave catchers would beat down the enslaved? As he begs for mercy, Cops handcuff him, slam him to the car, then the ground, knock out his teeth, choke him—THEN ask ‘you ok?’ Former NFL player Desmond Marrow #BlackLivesMatter”
Maejor Page, President of Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta, released a statement, saying, “I am utterly disgusted in how HCPD handled this black man, this player did nothing that warranted him slammed, being man-handled and chocked out, especially while handcuffed. But this is why Colin Kaepernick first took a knee, and now to have a player saying this happened to her. We want the NFL to publicly speak out and denounce police brutality. BLMGA will aggressively and zealously defend our victim.”
Eric Prologo, a family member of Marrow’s, wrote on Twitter: “Yo that’s my cousin his name is Desmond Marrow thank you for spreading the word this is crazy he worked real hard to get his own business going as a personal trainer and lost it all because of this bullshit they said his phone was a gun so now he has felony charges on him.”
One of Marrow’s former professors, John Eidemiller, who works at the University of Toledo, tweeted, “Des was one of my students at UT. Good guy. Was always very easy to get along with. I don’t know the circumstances of this incident, but it doesn’t seem like him. My heart goes out to him.”
Dee Drummond, Another professor at UT, wrote in response to Eidemiller’s tweet, “I agree John- remember Desmond well. This video is horrific to watch- I can’t imagine it took that type of physical behavior to detain one person- sickening.”
Bill Cosby has been found guilty of all charges in his sexual assault retrial, NBC News reports.
According to NBC News, Cosby—who has faced dozens of sexual misconduct allegations spanning decades—was found guilty of three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and molesting a woman named Andrea Constand nearly 14 years ago.
The case against Cosby was centered around testimony from Constand, a former employee with Temple University women’s basketball team. In her testimony, she said that Cosby, a trustee at Temple, drugged and sexually assaulted her during a 2004 visit to his Philadelphia home to ask for career advice.
Cosby’s defense team argued that his interaction with Constand was consensual and accused her of being a con artist who simply wanted a piece of Cosby’s fortune.
Cosby’s conviction came nearly one year after a mistrial was declared in his first trial when a jury failed to reach a verdict in the case.
During the retrial, the jury of seven men and five women also heard testimony from a number of other women, including actress Janice Dickinson.
Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each guilty count and 30 years total, which means the ailing 80-year-old could spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Cosby is out on $1 million bond until his sentencing.
Over the past couple days, Kanye has been posting on Twitter like a bat out of hell and many of his fans are upset over his relentless support for President Donald Trump.
In addition to recently firing his whole management team and making crazy accusations that he makes more money from his Yeezy shoes than Michael Jordan’s Jordan Brand, Kanye has professed his love for Trump and called him his “brother.”
yes I got rid of my last lawyer why? Because he wouldn't come to work full time. I also asked my last manager to come work full time for Yeezy of course the last lawyer and manager said no. So now I hired a CEO and a CFO and i have two full time lawyers as of now.
yes I got rid of my last lawyer why? Because he wouldn't come to work full time. I also asked my last manager to come work full time for Yeezy of course the last lawyer and manager said no. So now I hired a CEO and a CFO and i have two full time lawyers as of now.
You don't have to agree with trump but the mob can't make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don't agree with everything anyone does. That's what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.
If your friend jumps off the bridge you don't have to do the same. Ye being Ye is a fight for you to be you. For people In my life the idea of Trump is pretty much a 50 50 split but I don't tell a Hillary supporter not to support Hillary I love Hillary too.
According to a number of reports, Meek Mill has been released from prison following a Supreme Court hearing. The news was first announced by Philadelphia 76ers co-owner Michael Rubin, who has been working closely with the rapper since he was first jailed back in November 2017.
The Supreme Court of PA made the decision, overruling Judge Genece Brinkley. Judge Brinkley was severely criticized for what some say was a grudge against Meek and keeping him in prison, despite prosecutors asking that his conviction be overturned because of a dirty cop.
Judge Brinkley denied Meek bail last week after prosecutors asked her to toss the conviction, denied his bail request and set a hearing for 60 days. Many found that outrageous, and that apparently includes justices of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
The justices released Meek with no bail, pending a hearing in about 60 days to possibly dismiss the conviction. One remarkable thing, which is a clear diss to Judge Brinkley … the justices refused to boot Judge Brinkley from the case, but said she “may opt to remove herself from presiding over this matter.”
Meek tells TMZ … “I’d like to thank God, my family, my friends, my attorneys, my team at Roc Nation including JAY-Z, Desiree Perez, my good friend Michael Rubin, my fans, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time.”
“While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive.”
Meek adds, “To the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, I’m grateful for your commitment to justice – not only for my case, but for others that have been wrongfully jailed due to police misconduct. Although I’m blessed to have the resources to fight this unjust situation, I understand that many people of color across the country don’t have that luxury and I plan to use my platform to shine a light on those issues. In the meantime, I plan to work closely with my legal team to overturn this unwarranted conviction and look forward to reuniting with my family and resuming my music career.”
Meek’s lawyer, Joe Tacopina, says, “Meek was unjustly convicted and should not have spent a single day in jail. Meek is excited to be reunited with his family, and we, along with Meek, intend to continue to shine the light on a justice system in need of reform to prevent any other citizen from being put through what Meek has endured.”
Verne Troyer, a popular actor best known for playing Mini-Mi in the “Austin Powers” movies, has died at the age of 49.
The actor, who was considered one of the shortest men in the world, passed away Saturday (Apr. 21), according to a statement from his family obtained by TMZ. According ot the site, Troyer had been on life support since being rushed to the hospital about two weeks ago after police received a report that he was upset, drunk and suicidal, and was treated for alcohol poisoning.
His cause of death hasn’t officially been released, but it was likely due to alcohol poisoning, as Verne has struggled with alcoholism for years and had been to rehab several times.
Troyer was born with a genetic disorder called achondroplasia dwarfism. Despite being different, Troyer said he was never treated differently by his family growing up on a farm in Michigan. He said in an interview that his parents “never treated me any different than my other average-sized siblings. I used to have to carry wood, feed the cows and pigs and farm animals.”
He began his career in Hollywood in 1994 in the film “Baby’s Day Out” as a stunt double for Baby Bink. Troyer then landed a few bit roles in movies like “Men in Black” and “Fear the Loathing in Las Vegas” before scoring the biggest role of his career—Dr. Evil’s hilarious sidekick Mini-Me in 1999’s “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and its 2002 follow-up “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”
Troyer continued to land small roles in other comedies and movies, like his brief appearance in as Griphook the goblin in “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” He’s also done a few reality shows over the years, appearing in shows like “Celebrity Juice,” “The Surreal Life,” “Celebrity Big Brother,” and “Celebrity Wife Swap.”
We have some sad news for the BeyHive. Beyoncé’s second Coachella performance (aka #BeychellaPart2) will NOT be streamed online for free via YouTube.
Every year, Coachella headliners perform over the span of two weekends, and while the first weekend was live streamed online via YouTube, the second weekend won’t be.
A source spilled a little tea to Gossip On This, telling us about some possible changes to her set (including costume changes). The source also confirmed that Destiny’s Child will also perform this weekend, just like last weekend.
“This Saturday, Beyoncé is performing the same set, including Destiny’s Child, but will feature new outfits,” our source said. “She was rehearsing new songs (trap sound with Indian influence allegedly) which were considered for the first show but were scrapped so maybe she’ll bring them out this weekend to switch it up… But it’s not getting streamed.”
One of Beyoncé’s dancers also spoke to Variety and said that there will be a few surprises in store for weekend two. “Yeah, we’re switching up a couple things, so there could still be a wow factor,” Jo’Artis Mijo Ratti said.
Beyoncé’s first HBCU-inspired Coachella set broke the internet and also broke YouTube’s live stream record, with nearly 500,000 fans watching at its peak. Queen Bey also made history as the first black woman to headline the festival. “Ain’t that ’bout a bitch?” she said during her set.
This year was Coachella’s biggest yet, with more than 43.1 million live stream views in 232 countries the first weekend alone, making it the most-viewed live music festival ever on YouTube. That number represents a 75% increase over last year when Lady Gaga stepped in to replace Beyoncé after she announced her pregnancy.
While this weekend’s performance won’t be streamed on YouTube, the BeyHive is keeping hope alive that maybe we can watch it via TIDAL.
Although Coachella isn’t livestreaming Beyoncé’s second weekend, maybe Tidal will consider streaming it?
It’s a girl! Days after Tristan Thompson was caught cheating with another woman, Khloe Kardashian has given birth to the couple’s daughter.
According to confirmed reports, Khloe gave birth to her first child, a baby girl, Thursday morning (Apr. 12). And TMZ is reporting that, yes, Tristan was in the room when Khloe gave birth.
Khloe delivered a baby girl early Thursday morning — around 4 AM EDT — at a hospital outside Cleveland … according to our Kardashian sources. We’re told the little girl does not have a name yet. Kourtney, Kim, Kris and Khloe’s BFF Malika were by her side during the birth. Tristan Thompson was also there.
The news comes not too long after photos and video footage leaked showing Tristan Thompson cheating on Khloe Kardashian with another woman. The footage was reportedly recorded back in October when Khloe was only three months pregnant.
A source tells People that Tristan has been cheating on Khloe for a while, and the scandalous reports have “been a long time coming.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers player was spotted canoodling with an unidentified woman last Saturday (Apr. 7) at a club in New York City in video footage and photos obtained by the Daily Mail. TMZ and The Shade Room also published a video of Thompson and a woman allegedly entering his hotel around 5 a.m. All of this is in ADDITION to the footage from October 2017.
“Tristan has been consistently cheating on Khloe,” an insider told People. “He’s a serial cheater. And there will be more women to come out of the woodwork.” The source added, “First Lamar cheated on her and now Tristan. She’s been through so much.”
Khloe and Tristan’s daughter is the third “Kardashian-Jenner” baby girl to be born this year. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian welcomed their third child via surrogate, daughter Chicago, on January 15th, while Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott’s first child, daughter Stormi, made her arrival on February 1st.
A Raleigh, North Carolina mother is gaining local and national attention after criticizing her son’s elementary school for sending home a handout that explains white privilege to parents. The mother’s outrage has conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh rallying behind her.
Amber Pabon—of black and Hispanic ancestry—was shocked and upset when her 8-year-old son came home with a two-sided handout titled “Step 3: Begin to Understand the Concept of White Privilege” that was provided by his school, Hunter Magnet Elementary.
“He’s only eight years old. What does he need to know about racism or white privilege?” Pabon told a local news station.
“He’s more worried about making friends and just getting along with each other. He’s going to school just to learn. He’s not going to learn about race; he’s not going to school to learn about religion.”
The handout listed the percentage of white people in leadership roles in government, military, media, and even the classroom. It also listed other examples of white privilege in society and offered basic information about the topic.
It’s part of an 11-step program about race led by Hunter Elementary’s PTA Advocacy team to “generate awareness and empathy to create a safe and equitable Hunter Comunity.” Handouts are sent out weekly, emailed to parents, and also posted on the PTA’s Facebook page.
Hunter Elementary’s student demographics are 40% white, 36% black, 10% Asian, and 9% Hispanic.
The initiative began during Black History Month, but Pabon says she only received the “Step 3” document. The handouts are only intended for parents and are not part of the classroom curriculum. The school’s PTA says the initiative has received only positive feedback from parents—that is, until Pabon’s public complaint.
Pabon feels her son is too young understand the concept of white privilege and has opted out of the 11-step program.
“He’s not looking at the color of your skin, he’s not looking at your hair, eye color, what you’re wearing. He wants to play with you because that’s what children do.”
When Pabon first took her concerns to media outlets, I’m sure she didn’t expect support from the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Fox News—you know, people who flat-out deny white privilege even exists. But that’s exactly what happened.
Limbaugh and other conservative pundits argue Hunter Elementary School (and other schools) have a liberal agenda and are trying to politically indoctrinate children.
“The leftists in the school are trying to slough this stuff off,” Limbaugh said on his radio show last week.
“But now 8-year-olds, second graders in North Carolina [are being exposed to this]. And I’m sure this is not the only place this is happening. And this is Raleigh, North Carolina, not long ago considered a Red State.”
Conservative radio host Todd Starnes wrote on his website:
“The white privilege propaganda being distributed at Hunter Magnet Elementary School is disgusting. To shame children and their parents based on the color of their skin is simply unthinkable in this day and age.”
Pabon was even featured in a segment on Fox & Friends. “Mother Outraged Over White Privilege Paper” read the show’s chyron.
North Carolina parent outraged after 8-year-old comes home with paper from school explaining ‘white privilege’ pic.twitter.com/DAdDHoy0Wv
Cardi B isn’t letting a little thing like being five months pregnant stop her from performing to promote her new album.
Fresh off her “Saturday Night Live” appearance this weekend, in which she finally confirmed her pregnancy, Cardi B took over co-hosting duties Monday night (Apr. 9) on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” serving as the first co-host to EVER host a Tonight Show episode in the show’s 64-year history.
After hosting alongside Jimmy Fallon throughout the entire show (she told jokes during the monologue, played a game of “Box of Lies,” helped interview guest John Mulaney, and much more), the mom-to-be, backed by The Roots, took to the stage to close out the show for her first televised performance of her new Invasion of Privacy track “Money Bag”—pregnant and all!
Watch a pregnant as hell Cardi perform “Money Bag” below, and keep scrolling to check out some highlights from the show.