Black Delivery Driver Prevented From Leaving Gated Community for An Hour While Questioned By HOA President

A delivery driver in Oklahoma City who was just trying to do his job was stopped and questioned inside of a gated community by the HOA president on Monday (May 11), according to reports.

Travis Miller, who is a black man, was making a delivery for the home appliance and furniture store he works for along with his African American co-worker.

When the duo attempted to leave the community after the drop-off, David Stewart, who is white, took it upon himself to block the two from leaving with his car.

The incident was captured on Miller’s Facebook Live video, in which Stewart can be heard saying, “I want to know where you’re going,” to Miller and his co-worker.

“It’s none of your business. I’m going out, that’s where I’m going,” Miller responded.

Stewart then continued to prevent the two from leaving, continuing his line of questioning and demanding to know how Miller got the access code to the gated community.

After thirty minutes, another homeowner joined Stewart and also began questioning the driver.

“All we want to know is why you’re here and who gave you the gate code. That’s all we need to know,” he can be heard saying in the video.

At one point, the two men claimed to have called the police, but no authorities showed up at the scene. However, the move prompted Miller to call 911 himself, according to reports.

“He said that he called the cops back and let them know that everything was clear, but I didn’t want to leave and have it seem like I was fleeing the scene or anything like that,” Miller explained to the dispatcher.


The incident was especially tense for Miller because troubles in his personal life already had him on edge.

“I just know that emotionally, it was hard to maintain restraint, especially when I’m dealing with death in the family, two family members within two days of each other,” he told KFOR. “I just did the best I could to make sure I didn’t make a bad situation worse.”

Miller managed to maintain his cool and just gripped the steering, kept his seat belt on, and locked the doors so as not to escalate the situation.

“I knew if I get out this truck, no matter what happened, I would have been in the wrong,” he said. “I always say to myself, ‘I’m going to go home to my wife and my kids,’” Miller said.

After about an hour, the two community residents finally relented, but only after the customer who Miller delivered items to finally stepped up and let them know of the situation.

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Amid Global Pandemic, Jeff Bezos on Track to Become World’s First Trillionaire & Twitter is NOT Here For It

As the world economy struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic and people across the world face financial hardships, Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and the world’s third-richest human being, continues to thrive.

According to Comparisum, a company that allows businesses to compare different products, Bezos is on pace to become the world’s first trillionaire, reports say.

Their calculations say if Amazon continues at the rate of growth it’s seeing, Bezos, who Forbes lists as currently having over $143 billion, will reach the be the first member of the four comma club by the year 2026.

As the news spread, it drew severe backlash on social media from people who point out the financial disparity between the world’s richest individuals and the majority of us who are struggling to make ends meet as unemployment continues to be on the rise.

Bezos’ trek to a trillion comes as his company faces criticisms of how it’s treating its workforce.

Protestors organized as recently as May 1st to express dissatisfaction over “continuing failure to provide adequate protection in the workplace,” news reports say.

Amazon responded to the protests with a released statement claiming they are doing everything to provide safe working conditions for their employees:

“Since the early days of this situation, we have worked closely with health authorities to respond proactively, ensuring we can continue to serve communities while taking care of our associates and teams. We have also implemented proactive measures at our facilities to protect employees including increased cleaning at all facilities, maintaining social distance in our sites, and adding distance between drivers and customers when making deliveries.”

The news of Bezos’ fortunate influx of money also follows a recent announcement that Amazon would be ending wage increases and double overtime pay next month.

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Love & Hip Hop’s Maurice “Mo” Fayne Arrested for Fraud After Spending COVID-19 Relief Loans on Rolls-Royce, Jewelry & Child Support

Maurice “Mo” Fayne is in big trouble with the feds and federal government. The Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star and former fiancée of Karlie Redd was arrested for fraud after misusing Paycheck Protection Program funds for personal use.

Fayne was charged with federal bank fraud after allegedly spending the majority of a $2 million PPP loan—intended for business purposes—on expensive jewelry, a Rolls-Royce, and even child support payments.

As part of the government’s COVID-19 relief effort for small businesses, Fayne applied for a forgivable $3,750,500 PPE loan for his Flame Trucking company in April.

He was ultimately granted $2,045,800 and the loan is only to be used to maintain payroll, make mortgage payments, lease payments, and utility payments.

However, federal agents discovered Fayne has misappropriated nearly $1.5 million of the loan.

Within days of receiving the money, the reality star bought $85,000 worth of jewelry, which included a Rolex watch, a 5-carat diamond ring, and a diamond bracelet—all for himself.

He also leased a $503,000 Rolls-Royce, paid $40,000 in child support, and made other loan payments.

Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta Chris Hacker said in a statement:

“At a time when small businesses are struggling for survival, we cannot tolerate anyone driven by personal greed, who misdirects federal emergency assistance earmarked for keeping businesses afloat.”

Fayne told federal agents last week that he only used the PPP loan to “pay payroll and other business expenses.”

The court document also states that “Fayne expressly denied that he used any of the PPP loan proceeds to pay his personal debts.”

However, when agents arrived at  his home on Monday (May 11), Fayne admitted that he used the loan money to buy the new jewelry and “kinda, sorta, not really” used it to lease the Rolls-Royce.

Agents also found $80,000 in cash at the home and $9,400 in Fayne’s pockets.

The document states: “Fayne told the agents that he believed he had the right to use part of the PPP loan proceeds for ‘other business purposes’ and for ‘working capital.’”

Fayne’s attorney Tanya Miller called the situation “considerable confusion” in a statement.

“There has been considerable confusion among small business owners about PPP guidelines—particularly around the question of whether and how business owners are permitted to pay themselves a salary or take an owner’s draw. I hope these issues to be better fleshed out in the weeks and months to come.”

Fayne was released on a $10,000 bond on Wednesday.

The investigation into Fayne’s loan usage is part of the Trump administration reviewing all COVID-19 related PPP loans over $2 million after it was revealed that large companies like Shake Shack and the Los Angeles Lakers had also received loans through the program.

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Sixth Trans Woman Murdered in U.S. Within Weeks, Arrested Suspect Says He Was Sent by God to Kill Her

The alarming number of trans women murdered in the United States this year continues to rise.

20-year-old Helle Jae O’Regan was stabbed to death last week inside a San Antonio, Texas barbershop. O’Regan becomes the sixth trans woman to be killed in just five weeks, and the 11th for the year.

On Wednesday (May 6), O’Regan was working in Diesel Barbershop to prepare for its Friday reopening.

Though the shop was closed, another employee allowed Damion Campbell to enter the shop after he claimed he wanted to schedule an appointment.

Surveillance video shows Campbell, 42, exiting the shop and returning with a gun and knife. He forced the three employees into the back of the shop, claiming that God had sent him to kill them.

He placed O’Regan into a chokehold, causing her to go unconscious and stabbed her to death.

Campbell also stabbed another employee several times. However, she was able to escape with an unharmed co-worker and call for help.

Campbell was arrested on the same day as the stabbing and was charged with murder.

Police do NOT believe Campbell targeted O’Regan because of her gender identity at this time, but the trans woman’s death is counted among the disturbing rise in violence against trans women.

CEO of Diesel Barbershop Shayne Brown wrote on Facebook that Campbell’s attack was not motivated by money.

“Attempts were made to give the man whatever he wanted cash, equipment, or whatever it took to get him out of the shop. The man made it clear that he wasn’t there for money.

“He then began asking the employees: ‘What have you done wrong? What have you done wrong? God sent me here to kill you because you have done something wrong! What have you done wrong?’ over and over again while forcing them to the back of the shop.”

Tori Cooper, a Human Rights Campaign director, said in a statement the recent string of trans women murders across the U.S. and Puerto Rico is “an epidemic of violence that can no longer be ignored.”

“We must all ask ourselves today: ‘What am I doing to ensure a world where a person’s gender identity is not a potential death sentence?’”

In a tweet earlier this week, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said “it is our moral obligation” to end violence against the trans community, specifically transgender people of color who are attacked at higher rates.

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Republican Official Defends Racist Meme of Black Kids Cheering “We Gon’ Get Free Money” During COVID-19 Pandemic

A Republican Indiana representative is facing backlash and calls to resign after posting a racist meme of black children cheering for free money from the government.

Indiana state Rep. Jim Lucas is defending a meme he recently posted on Facebook featuring a stock photo of dancing black kids with the caption “We gon’ get free money!”

Despite being called racist and a push from politicians and constituents to resign or be removed, Lucas told the IndyStar that he “doesn’t see color” and he sees nothing wrong with what he posted.

Via IndyStar:

Lucas said he doesn’t see color and doesn’t believe his post was racist. He’s said he created the meme Monday night to protest federal bailouts that have created more debt for future generations.

He happened to find a picture of black kids dancing in the meme generator, he said, but could have just as easily chosen a photo with white kids.

“People who want to find racism are going to find racism in anything,” he added.

A statement adding credence that people who want to be racist will find a way to continuously be racist.

Jeannine Lee Lake—a black Democrat currently running for office in Indiana—was among those outraged by Lucas’ racist post.

“It makes me want to cry…and it’s sickening,” she told IndyStar.

“He should know how that hearkens back to blackface .. that kind of heralding of mocking one’s race,” Lake continued.

“I’m sorry I don’t think it’s a mistake. I think he knew exactly what he was doing and I hope people express their outrage on his page.”

On Tuesday, Lucas continued to defend the post by keeping the caption but changing the photo to photos of toothless white kids, and another image of him wearing a cowboy hat.

“THIS is the kind of garbage that divides us,” he wrote on Facebook referencing the backlash.

“I don’t see nor look at the color of a person’s skin and I find it repugnant of those that do. I apologize for nothing and the meme stays.”

Probably unsurprisingly, Rep. Lucas has a history of sharing racist and problematic posts on social media.

Lucas faced backlash last year when he posted a photo of a noose attached to story about a black man pleading guilty of rape.

On the issue of rape, he was accused of victim-blaming after writing on Facebook that women could defend themselves against rape if they just carried guns.

He also posted images of women being pepper-sprayed by police at the 2017 Women’s March with the caption “Participation trophies, now in liquid form.”

And he posted a meme of a woman and a dog being locked in a car trunk by a man in order to prove which is happier to see the man once he lets them out. The meme was denounced by domestic violence groups.

Lucas said all of these problematic posts were blown out proportion.

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Breonna Taylor: 26-Year-Old Louisville EMT Killed in Her Own Home by Police Serving Warrant at Wrong Address, Lawsuit Says

The family of a young aspiring nurse working as an EMT who was shot and killed by police in her own home in Louisville, Kentucky back in March has filed a lawsuit against the city’s police department, claiming she did “nothing to deserve to die at their hands.”

26-year-old Breonna Taylor, who’d been working on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic, was fatally shot around 1 a.m. on March 13th by Louisville Metro Police Department officers who came into her apartment to execute a drug warrant.

According to the lawsuit, the officers burst into the home without knocking and “blindly fired” into it, spraying at least 22 bullets all over Taylor’s apartment and neighboring units “with a total disregard for the value of human life.”

Taylor was struck eight times in the hail of police gunfire.

Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, a licensed gun owner, thinking they were being robbed, fired shots at the police when they rushed in, hitting LMPD Sgt. John Mattingly in the leg, according to an attorney for the 27-year-old.

Attorneys said it turned out the police had the wrong address, and the suspect they were looking for had already been arrested at his home just moments before the raid at Taylor’s apartment. On top of that, nothing illegal was found inside Taylor’s home.

The suit from Taylor’s family names Sgt. Mattingly and officers Brett Hankinson and Myles Cosgrove as defendants. The officers are currently on administrative reassignment

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Taylor’s senseless death received little to no media attention outside of Louisville, however, details are now beginning to surface because of other news regarding Black Americans and police violence.

Walker was initially arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer and first-degree assault, but has since been released from jail and placed on home incarceration. He pleaded guilty to the charges.

Police initially called Taylor a “suspect,” but haven’t talked much about the case since, saying that it’s currently under investigation, however, LMPD Chief Steve Conrad and the police union both criticized a judge for releasing Walker.

“I certainly understand the need to make sure we are releasing those people who don’t pose a risk to our community from the jail, especially as we face the outbreak of COVID-19,” Chief Conrad said in an e-mail.

“However, it’s hard for me to see how a man accused of shooting a police officer falls into that low-risk category and I am very frustrated by Mr. Walker’s release to home incarceration.”

River City FOP president Ryan Nichols wrote in a Facebook post Friday, saying of Walker: “Not only is he a threat to the men and women of law enforcement, but he also poses a significant danger to the community we protect! Home incarceration was not designed for the most violent offenders! I call on the public to condemn the actions of Judge Olu Stevens.”

Given the number of shots that were fired by LMPD officers, Walker’s defense attorney said “it was incredible that Ms. Taylor was the only one killed” and questioned why the officers have not been charged in her death.

“Had Breonna Taylor been killed by anyone except police, the person or persons responsible for her death would have been charged with a homicide,” Eggert said in a court document. He also said his client, Walker, is a “victim of police misconduct.”

Eggert said police did NOT announce themselves as they burst through Taylor’s apartment door while the couple was sleeping.

Eggert acknowledged that Walker fired a single shot, which hit Sgt. Mattingly in the leg, but claimed that Walker had no idea he was opening fire on police, who then returned fire.

Eggert said that Walker, had he known the police were outside, would have let them in.

Police, however, tell a different story and say that they knocked on the door repeatedly and announced their presence, but were eventually forced to bust through a door, where they were met with gunfire.

A next-door neighbor of Taylor’s said she awoke to the sound of gunfire and heard Walker yelling for help, but she said she never heard the police announce themselves, according to an affidavit filed in court records.

Police said there’s no body camera footage of the shooting because the officers involved were members of the department’s Criminal Interdiction division, and they don’t wear body cameras.

The lawsuit from Taylor’s family against the LMPD was filed late last month by local attorney Sam Aguiar.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump—best known for representing the families of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and most recently, Georgia jogger Ahmaud Arbery—joined the legal team on Monday (May 11).

Aguiar said in an interview Monday that he hoped the litigation would spark a federal investigation of the incident and force LMPD officials, who have been less than forthcoming regarding the case, to provide more answers.

“I think that when the city and the mayor’s office and the administration in the police department go out and flaunt transparency, it is incredibly hypocritical,” Aguiar said.

“Whether it’s the mayor or Chief Conrad or somebody, an effort needs to be made to bring in the (Department of Justice) into situations like this to come in with an impartial eye and investigate these officers.”

According to the suit: “The officers failed to use any sound reasonable judgment whatsoever when firing more than 25 blind shots into multiple homes and causing the wrongful death of Breonna.”

The suit, which is seeking a jury trial and unspecified monetary damages, also argues that police unlawfully entered Taylor’s home, used excessive force and committed assault.

“We stand with the family of this young woman in demanding answers from the Louisville Police Department,” Crump said.

“Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding her death, the Department has not provided any answers regarding the facts and circumstances of how this tragedy occurred, nor have they taken responsibility for her senseless killing.”

Breonna Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, spoke to the Washington Post about her daughter’s shooting death at the hands of LMPD officers.

“Not one person has talked to me. Not one person has explained anything to me,” Palmer said. “I want justice for her. I want them to say her name. There’s no reason Breonna should be dead at all.”

Palmer added: “She was an essential worker. She had to go to work. She didn’t have a problem with that. … To not be able to sleep in her own bed without someone busting down her door and taking her life. … I was just like, ‘Make sure you wash your hands!’”

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Donald Trump on Ahmaud Arbery Killing: “I Saw the Picture of Him in His Tuxedo, It Was So Beautiful, He Looks Like a Wonderful Young Guy”

President Donald Trump called Ahmaud Arbery’s shooting death at the hands of two white men who hunted him down after suspecting him of committing burglaries in the area a “horrible thing,” but said he’s waiting on the results of investigations to provide him with more context.

Trump was asked on Monday (May 11) about the video showing Arbery being shot to death as he jogged along a tree-lined street in Brunswick, Georgia. The question came near the end of a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic in the White House’s Rose Garden.

“I think it’s horrible and it’s certainly being looked at by many people. I’m speaking to many people about it,” Trump said of the footage that surfaced online last Tuesday two months after the February 23rd shooting.

The men who chased down and killed Arbery, 64-year-old Gregory McMichael and 34-year-old Travis McMichael, hadn’t been arrested or charged for more than two months, but the pair were finally taken into custody last Thursday by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation after the video leaked online. They were denied bond by a judge the next day.

Travis was charged with felony murder and aggravated assault, while his father, Gregory, was hit with party to felony murder and aggravated assault charges.

During Monday’s briefing, Trump also praised Arbery’s appearance in a photo released by his family that showed him wearing a tuxedo.

“He looked, I saw the picture of him in his tuxedo and it was so beautiful and he looks like a wonderful young guy. Would have been a wonderful … just a wonderful guy,” Trump said.

“I think it’s a horrible thing. Now, with that being said, as you know they’re studying the case carefully, they’re interviewing everybody involved and we’ll see what happens. To me it’s a very sad thing … It breaks your heart to watch it.”

Trump faced a bit of criticism over the weekend after he suggested that something could’ve happened off-camera that contributed to the shooting.

“You know, it could be something that we didn’t see on tape,” Trump said during a Fox News interview Friday (May 8) on what would have been Arbery’s 26th birthday.

When asked about those comments during Monday’s briefing at the White House, Trump said: “Well, I saw the tape and when they moved left, I don’t believe when they moved left outside of the tape – nobody saw what was going on. It’s an empty spot on the tape, I guess. I will say that it’s something that, based on what I saw, doesn’t look good.”

Federal officials have said that they’re looking at the possibility of hate crime charges being brought against the McMichaels for Arbery’s death. They’re also looking into the way local officials handled the case.

Protests have erupted over the killing as well as the botched investigation.

Two district attorneys had to recuse themselves from the case because of their ties to Gregory McMichael—a former investigator for the DA’s office.

On top of that, before recusing herself, D.A. Jackie Johnson’s office refused to allow the Glynn County Police Department to arrest the McMichaels “to protect her friend.”

After picking up the case, the second D.A., George E. Barnhill, wrote in a letter that he saw “no grounds” to arrest the McMichaels on because they were “following in hot pursuit of a burglary suspect with solid first-hand probably cause” and “Arbery instigated the fight.”

However, a police lieutenant told CNN that the string of burglaries the McMichaels said was their reason for stalking and murdering Arbery never happened.

The Department of Justice said Monday it would consider a request from Georgia’s attorney general to review Arbery’s shooting death and see whether federal hate crime charges should be pursued, though the state doesn’t have a hate crime law.

“We will continue to assess all information, and we will take any appropriate action that is warranted by the facts and the law,” DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said.

A third man, William Bryant (a neighbor of the McMichaels’), is also under investigation for his role in making the video and helping to corner Arbery during the incident, state investigators said.

“We are committed to a complete and transparent review of how the Ahmaud Arbery case was handled from the outset,” Carr said Sunday.

“The family, the community and the state of Georgia deserve answers, and we will work with others in law enforcement at the state and federal level to find those answers.”

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DNA Test Confirms Future IS the Father of Eliza Reign’s 1-Year-Old Daughter Reign Wilburn

Welp, it looks like Future now has SEVEN “official” baby mamas … because a DNA test has confirmed that he IS the father of Eliza Reign’s 1-year-old daughter Reign Wilburn, also bringing his total number of confirmed children to seven.

According to The Shade Room (via On Site), the DNA tests were announced during a court appearance Monday (May 11).

After going back and forth in the courts for months, a judge finally ordered Future to take a DNA test back in February, and after dragging his feet for two months, the fertile rapper FINALLY took the test, and the results came back with 99.99999% accuracy that Future is the baby’s daddy.

As was previously reported, Eliza sued Future for paternity, child support and custody last year on claims that he was the father of her then-infant daughter. She believed he should pay $53,000 in child support based on his income.

Future responded to the lawsuit by pleading for an injunction.

While he admitted to having a sexual relationship with Eliza between 2016 and 2018, he claimed she started harassing him after she found out she was pregnant with his child.

He went on to file a separate lawsuit accusing Eliza of defamation for speaking publicly about their sex life, his genitalia and other personal matters, which he said was distressing and damaging to his reputation, however, a judge dismissed his claims in court.

Baby Reign just celebrated her 1st birthday last month.

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Future responded to the news of him officially fathering a seventh child with his seventh baby mama with a series of cryptic posts on Twitter.

Over the weekend, Future wished six of his other baby mamas, including singer Ciara, a Happy Mother’s Day on Twitter, though he failed to mention Eliza.

Another woman he left out of the Mother’s Day wishes was Cindy Parker, who sued him for paternity, child support and custody last year.

Cindy and Eliza, at one point, joined forces to have their kids take DNA tests and posted the results showing that the tots had a 99.9% probability of being half siblings.

Earlier this year, however, Cindy quietly dismissed her paternity lawsuit, likely due to a settlement being reached between parties outside of court.

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Doja Cat & Nicki Minaj Both Score First #1 Single on Billboard Hot 100 With “Say So” Remix

Congrats are certainly in order for Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj … who both earned their first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with the remix to “Say So!”

The song, which was No. 6 last week, received a huge boost thanks to its new remix featuring Nicki Minaj.

Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé’s “Savage” remix trails right behind the “Say So” remix at No. 2, marking the first time two female rappers have held both the No. 1 AND No. 2 spots.

The feat also marks the first time ever two female rappers have occupied the top spot.

“Say So” remix is also Nicki’s 109th charted title, which gives her the record for longest wait ever for a first Hot 100 No. 1 by total career entries.

Congrats ladies!!!

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Future Says Happy Mother’s Day to 6 Baby Mamas, Leaves Other 3 Alleged Baby Mamas Out

Rapper and professional baby maker Future took to Twitter Sunday night (May 10) to individually wish all six of his confirmed baby mamas a Happy Mother’s Day, including his ex-fiancée Ciara.

Noticeably absent from Future’s Happy Mother’s Day wishes were his new alleged baby mamas—Eliza Reign (Reign Wilburn’s mom), Cindy Parker (mom to Legend Wilburn) and a ninth one whose name is unknown.

For what it’s worth, Future has repeatedly denied Eliza’s paternity claim, and Parker dropped her suit in 2020.


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