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Brittney Griner Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges in Russia

Breaking news out of Russia as WNBA star Brittney Griner has pled guilty to drug charges. Griner, detained in Russia since February, pled guilty to bringing hashish oil into Russia. She told the judge that she did so “inadvertently” while requesting mercy from the court. According to ESPN,...

Capital One Arena Spotlights the Ongoing Campaign to ‘Bring Brittney Home’

Four months since WNBA star Brittney Griner was detained, the athlete stepped into a Russian courtroom to formally begin her fight to be freed and return home to the U.S. In a show of solidarity, teamed up with Brittney Griner’s teammates, family and legal team to cover the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., with more than 6,000 square feet of digital ads demanding Griner’s freedom.

Simone Biles to Receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Gymnastic champion Simone Biles is to receive the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Biles is among 17 people to receive the medal, including Diane Nash, a founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, actor Denzel Washington and late Arizona Republican John McCain. “These 17 Americans...

Carrots and Beats: The Leading Ladies of Afrobeats

Welcome, everyone to Carrots and Beats, a weekly blog that shines a spotlight on Black women in music who are cooking up the melodies that feed our souls!. The world has been set ablaze by Afrobeats out of West Africa and the U.K. and Amapiano out of South Africa in the last few years. Acts like Burna Boy, Wizkid, and Davido are now household names thanks to massive popularity and critically-acclaimed music. Touring revenue has reached unprecedented heights for these genres.

New York Mother Fatally Shot in the Head While Pushing Her Baby in a Stroller; Police Now Searching for Her Boyfriend

A young mother from New York City was shot in the head while pushing her 3-month-old baby in a stroller, sending shockwaves throughout the community. Azsia Johnson, 20, was pushing her 3-year-old son in a stroller on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Somebody, a male suspect wearing a hoodie, then approached her from behind and shot her in the head.

Tabitha Brown to Host Food Network’s First Vegan Cooking Competition, ‘It’s CompliPlated’

New York Times bestselling author and chef Tabitha Brown will make history as the host of the Food network’s first-ever vegan cooking competition. According to a press release from the network, “It’s CompliPlated” is a hilarious new cooking show that has determined chefs attempting to please the most particular panel of eaters with the same plate of food.

NeNe Leakes Addresses Lawsuit From Boyfriend’s Wife: ‘I Feel Like It’s Their Business and Not Mine’

NeNe Leakes has once again addressed a lawsuit filed against her by the estranged wife of her current boyfriend, Nyonisela Sioh. In the lawsuit, Malomine Tehmeh-Sioh alleged that her ex-husband entered into a relationship with NeNe while they were still married. Tehmeh-Sioh says she suffered emotional distress after NeNe went public with Nyonisela Sioh on social media. She is suing for emotional distress, mental anguish and a loss of affection.

Brittney Griner’s Trial in Russia to Begin July 1

Brittney Griner has received a start date for her upcoming cannabis possession trial in Russia. The WNBA star, who was arrested at a Moscow airport for alleged cannabis possession in February, will stand trial on July 1. If convicted, she faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Griner...