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Accusations Against Trump

By Payton Saso

An incident that allegedly occurred over 20 years ago, recently came to light when former model, Amy Dorris, accused current President, Donald Trump, of sexual assault at the 1997 US Open.

She told The Guardian, “He just shoved his tongue down my throat and I was pushing him off. And then that’s when his grip became tighter and his hands were very gropey and all over my butt, my breasts, my back, everything.”

Over the years since Trump began his presidency, dozens of women have come forward with assault claims and Dorris is the latest. Trump has 26 incidents of of unwanted sexual contact and 43 instances of inappropriate touching, according to the Independent.

Trumps track record with the way he treats women has always been in the public eye and even more-so since the start of his campaign in 2016. It seemed to start with the infamous leaked sound tapes from Access Hollywood. While Trump seems to have been crude to women his whole life, it wasn’t in the public eye until this was leaked. After this, numerous tapes were leaked and women came forward to accuse Trump of misconduct.

Now once again, his behavior is resurfacing. After Dorris gave the exclusive interview to The Guardian, Trump’s campaign legal advisor, Jenna Ellis, made a statement to NBC News claiming the allegations are completely false. “We will consider every legal means available to hold The Guardian accountable for its malicious publication of this unsubstantiated story. This is just another pathetic attempt to attack President Trump right before the election,” Ellis said.

However, Dorris has multiple out cry witnesses that include her mother, friends and her therapist. Which, if you’ve watched any episode of Law and Order: SVU, you’d know is enough to corroborate her story.

This recent allegation comes while Trump is currently facing a defamation lawsuit from author, E. Jean Carroll. The author accused him of raping her in a New York City department store in the 90’s, while Trump claims he has never met her (even though there are two photos of them together). Carroll sued Trump last November “Saying in a lawsuit filed in state court on [November 4, 2019] that Mr. Trump had damaged her reputation and her career when he denied her allegation in June,” according to the New York Times.

Carroll isn’t the only woman who has filed a lawsuit against the President following an allegation that was publicly denounce by Trump. Summer Zarros who was a contestant on “The Apprentice,” a show Trump was on, is suing for the same thing.

With the new allegation pending, Trump’s legal team say this accusation is strictly politically motivated; however, The Huffington Post reported that, “Dorris revealed her story to [The Guardian] 15 months ago, but she didn’t want to go public then to protect her family” and that she has now decided to come forward to be a role model to her teenage daughters.

Amy Dorris is now in the public eye along with many other women with the same accusations, hoping that by doing this they can empower other women and reveal the type of person who is President.

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Brown v. Board of Education Education Sites Linked

Today, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) and U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) introduced legislation to honor and commemorate the historic sites that contributed to the 1954 landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka. The purpose of this legislation is to expand the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site to include historic sites in South Carolina and designate National Park Service (NPS) Affiliated Areas in other states.

It would recognize the importance of the additional sites that catalyzed litigation in Delaware, South Carolina, Kansas, Virginia and Washington, DC, and expand the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas. The legislation was crafted in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In the Senate, the bill is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.).

“This legislative initiative has been a personal mission for me to ensure that all Brown v. Board of Education sites receive their due recognition for the contributions they made to end ‘separate but equal’ education in this country,” Rep. Clyburn said. “I am honored to represent Summerton, South Carolina, where the first case that eventually ended the practice of legal segregation, Briggs v. Elliott, originated, and I knew many of the plaintiffs in that case. The unsung heroes of Briggs v. Elliott, and all the other plaintiffs that collectively became Brown v. Board of Education, must be remembered and memorialized to fully tell the story of how segregation ended in our nation’s public schools.”

“In order to change our future, we must confront our past,” said Senator Coons. “The preservation of historic sites connected to the Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, is an important step in remembering the painful but significant impact the doctrine of separate but equal had on our nation. The Bulah v. Gebhart and Belton v. Gebhart Delaware decisions that were affirmed in Brown v. Board of Education are a story of what is possible when a mother fights for her child, and a lawyer and chancellor fight for change. I’m honored to introduce this legislation in the Senate which will preserve and share this important history.”

“Passage of this legislation will help us tell the full story of Brown V. Board of Education by elevating and protecting these powerful historic places and the inspiring stories of people who have not previously had their story told on a national stage,” said Katherine Malone-France, the Chief Preservation Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka by constitutional scholar Louis H. Pollak as “probably the most important American government act of any kind since the Emancipation Proclamation.” The Brown decision transformed the United States, striking down the separate-but-equal doctrine established by Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896. The Plessy decision was the linchpin that condoned and entrenched legalized segregation across the South, despite protections clearly stated in the U.S. Constitution and underscored by the 14th and 15th Amendments.

 These laws stayed in placed for nearly 100 years after Reconstruction, but pioneering civil rights lawyers Charles Hamilton Houston, Thurgood Marshall, William Hastie, Constance Baker Motley, Louis Lorenzo Redding, and others challenged the constitutionality of segregation and won. The Brown decision ended the practice of legalized segregation in educational facilities and was a major catalyst of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s.  
 
The history of Brown v. Board of Education is represented in our national consciousness by a single building, Monroe School, which is a National Historic Site located in Topeka, Kansas. This limited geographic scope condenses public memory of these events and inadvertently fails to recognize the contributions of the other communities in Claymont, Delaware; Hockessin, Delaware; Wilmington, Delaware; Summerton, South Carolina; Farmville, Virginia; and the District of Columbia that were also important to the fight for equality and that saw their cases consolidated with the Brown case. The geographic dispersion of these locations demonstrates that Brown v. Board of Education is truly a story of a national struggle with national significance.

“Recognizing Hockessin Colored School #107 as an affiliated area of the National Park System is a fitting tribute to Delaware’s unique role in the Brown decision,” said the Honorable Collins J. Seitz, Chief Justice of the Delaware Supreme Court. “Of the five cases appealed in Brown, the Delaware decision in Belton v. Gebhart – requiring the immediate admission of African American students to schools attended by white children – was the only appeal affirmed by the Supreme Court.”

“The family of Louis L. Redding commends the preservation of these historic schools as reminders of the hard-won rights of African Americans to equal access in education,” said JB Redding, on behalf of the family of Louis L. Redding. “Further, their existence serves as a reminder that the struggle for full implementation of these rights continues.”

“With the path to the infamous Brown versus the Board of Education beginning its genesis in Summerton, South Carolina, with the Briggs v. Elliott case, the Clarendon School District One’s Board of Trustees and the local community is humbled and honored to have two historic facilities entrusted to the National Park Service,” said Clarendon Superintendent Barbara Champagne.

The designation of the Summerton School and the Scott’s Branch School is steeped in the authentic American story of the journey for equality and equity. The voices of those courageous men and women who were given the vision for better opportunities and for equitable resources will not remain silent or forgotten. Instead, their voices will echo through the annals of history as a reminder of what can be achieved through determination, perseverance, and faith.

 The creation of NPS Affiliated Areas in Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia for sites associated with the Brown v. Board of Education case and an expansion of theBrown v. Board of Education National Historic Site to include the related sites in South Carolina provides an opportunity for these sites to tell their own uplifting, under-recognized stories of students, parents, and their allies who helped shape American society. 

Enactment of this legislation has the potential to appropriately recognize the sites associated with the other four court cases and help them to combine current uses with preservation and public education.  In collaboration with local partners and other stakeholders, the National Trust will continue their collective work to bring recognition to communities that fought for school integration, helping these sites to tell their own history of the Brown v. Board of Education case and make connections to other communities engaged in the fight for educational equity, past and present.  

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places. Visit http://www.savingplaces.org

About the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund

The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is a multi-year initiative led by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in partnership with the Ford Foundation, the JPB Foundation, the Open Society Foundations and other partners, working to make an important and lasting contribution to our cultural landscape by elevating the stories and places of African American achievement and activism. Visit http://www.savingplaces.org/actionfund

Blocboy JB & NLE Choppa – “Chop Bloc Pt. 3”

Blocboy JB and NLE Choppa continue their run as ruthless emcees on “Chop Bloc Pt. 3,” a strong comeback since their last link up on “Chop Bloc Pt. 2.” Representing Memphis, the rappers take no prisoners while exchanging bars about handling their foes expeditiously. The visuals, directed by Young Tada, show the emcees ready for war while having a little fun.

Watch HERE.

The track arrives after consistent releases like, “Count Up,” “No Dribble” and “Red Light” freestyles in addition to the fiery tracks, “Do What It Do” and the Complex-premiered single, “Swervin.”

BlocBoy JB has made a name for himself in the game thanks to hit singles like “Shoot,” and the “Look Alive” ft. Drake. In addition to working with the likes of 2020 XXL Freshman NLE Choppa and Lil Uzi Vert, Bloc himself was featured on the infamous XXL Freshman List in 2018. In the same year, he picked up a BET Hip Hop Award for “Best Mixtape” for his critically acclaimed project, Simi. Amassing over four million listens a month on Spotify, his next project is expected this fall.

Image curtesy of Interscope Records

oqLiq Celebrates SS21 Debut

The innovative menswear brand, oqLiq, from Taiwan made a sophomore appearance with a virtual show at NYFW: The Shows with their SS21 collection titled,”Natural Blessing.” The collection featuring men’s pieces that are also gender neutral focus on a color palette inspired by nature with black, deep moss green and blue hues dominating.

The video opened with a model walking in solitude on the sand and cut to a dark studio with wide ladders and then the collection is woven into beautiful cinematography display of natural space, studio space and special effects.

The design team focuses on technical design and new-tech materials with utilitarian features such as zippered pockets that are stylish yet functional to face the Pandemic “new normal.” The video highlighted the collection with close up shots of key details in an effortless manner that felt natural and part of the journey. 

A chic blazer with architectural zippered pockets will keep a mask or hand sanitizer easily accessible but can easily transition function to a passport, keys or a cell phone. oqLiq showcased a wearable collection with versatile pieces that can be worn in a variety of settings and great attention to tailoring and details like curved zippers

on trench coats, hidden buttons and zippers for convertibility. 

Pieces from the “Natural Blessing” collection were designed to sustain various weather scenarios from a cool breeze to a rain shower. Nature inspired hues dominated the collection: olive, light blue, charcoal, taupe and black, with layered pieces a few shades both darker and lighter. Fabrics and textiles used throughout the collection were polartec, nylon, poly and cotton. 

The brand partnered with New Balance who supplied the sneakers for the shoot, fully embracing sneaker culture for everyday wear.

Though traditionally menswear, oqLiq wanted to expand on their successful debut last season at NYFW: The Shows with a unisex approach, sticking true to gender neutrality in the fashion industry, today.

Photo curtesy of The Riviere Agency

Liz Owen – Getting Good

Pop songstress Liza Owen returns to the spotlight unfiltered with her brand new single, “Getting Good” via EPIC Records. Written alongside co-writers Julian Bunetta, Shungudzo, John Ryan, Andrew Haas, and Ian Franzino and produced by ASL, “Getting Good” tells the ultimate story of self-destruction and the lengths we go to leading ourselves down the wrong paths. Listen to the track on all digital streaming platforms HERE, and check out the visualizer HERE.

Reminiscent of early 90s guitar-driven grunge, the song opens with a hypnotic rhythm played on the triangle, instantly drawing listeners in. In the chorus, Liza echoes, “I’m getting good at wasting time, With my friends in neon lights, Live a lifetime in one night, I’m getting good at counting cars, Getting good at hating songs, Getting good at getting gone,” fully embracing the song’s theme. “Getting Good” explores the dualities that live inside all of us in a raw, honest, and unapologetic fashion – true to Liza Owen’s nature.

“This song is really about self destruction and recognising that sometimes we’re all a bit lost,” says Liza. “It’s kind of a dark song, but there’s also a weird sense of empowerment in just owning that darker side of yourself and all your floors.”

Earlier this summer, Liza Owen released her fiery debut single, “Why Aren’t We Having Sex?,” asking the pervasive quarantine question that’s on many people’s minds. The song and its equally sultry music video premiered exclusively via Flaunt Magazine and gained additional praise from Noisetrend, Hollywood Life, and Euphoria, who called it “a sexy sonic gem [that] sets the tone for what is hopefully even more spicy music to come from Owen.” Watch the music video HERE.

About Liza Owen

Liza Owen spins pop upside down and all around with unfiltered lyrics, undeniable melodies, and unapologetic spirit. Of Cambodian descent, she originally hails from the English countryside. Breaking into the business, she initially lent her sharp lyricism to the likes of Selena Gomez and BTS as a songwriter. While on a recent writing retreat in Palm Springs with her key collaborators who also happen to be her best friends, she envisioned and enacted her next chapter, building a launchpad for a solo project. As if guided by serendipity, she stumbled upon a pink neon sign with the words, “Why Aren’t We Having Sex?” and used it to illuminate a Studio 54-themed party she hosted. Those words seeped into the concept of her first bold and bright banger “Why Aren’t We Having Sex?” Now, she has all the makings of a smart and subversive star, returning with her next unforgettable single “Getting Good.”

Photo curtesy of Epic Records Media Relations

New mophie Chargers

mophie, a ZAGG Brands company and the No. 1 wireless charging pad brand in the U.S., revealed a new line of wireless charging solutions, available at Apple.com and Apple stores: the mophie 3-in-1 wireless charging stand; mophie 2-in-1 wireless charging stand; and the mophie powerstation® all-in one. Delivering fast and universal Qi® wireless charging, each solution features a built-in Apple Watch® magnetic charger and allows users to conveniently charge as many as four devices in one central location.

Quick and easy charging is expected nowadays, but the new wireless charging line from mophie goes beyond that, offering Apple customers three different one-stop-shop charging solutions that best fit on-the-go lifestyles,” said Charlie Quong, vice president of product, power at ZAGG Brands. “The 3-in-1 wireless charging stand and 2-in-1 wireless charging stand are designed to charge multiple devices at once after a long day’s use, while the powerstation all-in-one is for the non-stop consumer who needs compact and convenient charging throughout the day from any location.”

3-in-1 wireless charging stand
Featuring dedicated spots for each Apple device, the 3-in-1 wireless charging stand takes the guess work out of simultaneously charging your iPhone®, Apple Watch, and AirPods®. The sleek, acrylic-finish central charging hub delivers safe and efficient wireless charging on contact with up to 7.5W of power, and charges through iPhone cases up to 3mm thick. Additional features include:

  • Wireless stand optimized for iPhone – the easy-to-use stand can charge iPhone in portrait or landscape modes
  • Built-in Apple Watch charger  magnetic charger holds the watch at the ideal angle to take advantage of Nightstand mode
  • AirPods charging – a dedicated charging spot for AirPods Pro or AirPods with Wireless Charging Case ensures charging begins on contact, every time
  • Removable stands  Each part of the 3-in-1 wireless charging stand easily clips on and off for quick transport

2-in-1 wireless charging stand
The 2-in-1 wireless charging stand lets you charge up to three devices simultaneously and delivers up to 7.5W of power. Like the 3-in-1 wireless charging stand, the 2-in-1 wireless charging stand boasts a smooth, acrylic finish that looks polished on any tabletop and can charge through lightweight iPhone cases up to 3mm thick. Additional features include:

  • Wireless stand optimized for iPhone – the easy-to-use stand can charge the iPhone in portrait or landscape modes
  • Built-in Apple Watch charger  magnetic charger holds the watch at the ideal angle to take advantage of Nightstand mode
  • USB-A port – an extra USB-A port creates space to charge a device, such as AirPods with Charging Case, by wire
  • Removable stands  Each part of the 2-in-1 wireless charging stand easily clips on and off for quick transport

powerstation all-in-one
The powerstation all-in-one truly has it all: a wireless charging surface, an Apple Watch magnetic charger, a USB-A port, and an 18W USB-C PD port. Compatible with the latest Apple devices, the powerstation all-in-one contains an 8,000mAh battery that can charge up to four accessories at once with the push of a button. Users can recharge the powerstation via the USB-C®PD port (18W input/output), or charge iPhone via a USB-C-to-Lightning cable (sold separately), getting up to 50% battery in just 30 minutes. Featuring a matte-finish surface, the powerstation all-in-one is stylish, functional and small enough to fit in a backpack or purse. Additional features include:

  • Universal wireless charging – wireless charging works on contact and can deliver up to 5W to iPhone, AirPods, or AirPods Pro with Wireless Charging Case
  • Built-in Apple Watch magnetic charger – Charge your Apple Watch two ways! Charge it lying flat or flip up the magnetic watch charger to charge it in Nightstand Mode
  • LED power indicator – The integrated four-light LED power indicator displays the current battery life

Pricing & Availability:
The new mophie wireless charging line is available now exclusively on mophie.com, Apple.com and in Apple stores worldwide. Suggested retail prices are as follows: 3-in-1 wireless charging stand: $139.95; 2-in-1 wireless charging stand: $99.95; powerstation all-in-one: $139.95.

Photo curtesy of ZAGG Brands

The Kid LAROI x Lil Mosey

In the spirit of Fall, The Kid LAROI is back to school for the highly anticipated visual for “Wrong” featuring Lil Mosey. Directed by YouTube and internet personality Logan Paul, the music video stars LAROI and Mosey, with cameos from friend and fellow label-mate Lil Tjay. Watch the fun and exuberant video HERE.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:

WATCH THE “WRONG” LYRIC VIDEO HERE

LISTEN TO F*CK LOVE HERE

The Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar

The Space Marine hero, Marneus Calgar, heads to war next month in a brand-new series! WARHAMMER 40,000: MARNEUS CALGAR #1, the first product of the exciting collaboration between Marvel Comics and Games Workshop, will tell the untold origin of the legendary chapter master including his upbringing on the world of Nova Thulium, his bloody campaigns in the Black Crusades, and the unfolding mystery of the Black Altar, a deadly threat from his past that threatens the entire Ultramar system.

This exciting venture into the iconic Warhammer tabletop gaming universe is brought to life by a superstar creative team: writer Kieron Gillen (Uncanny X-MenJourney Into MysteryThe Wicked + The Divine) and artist Jacen Burrows (Punisher: SovietMoon Knight). Together, these incredible talents have crafted an action-packed tale that will delight both Warhammer aficionados and newcomers to the thrilling battles of the 41st millennium. Get a sneak peek at the glorious combat that awaits in this high-octane trailer, featuring never-before-seen artwork from the debut issue!

“Give us two pages. It’s the full heavy-metal power that 40k needs to look like.  You’ll see there’s no other sci-fi comic, by Marvel or anyone else that feels like this. This is my love song to a hell on earth, and the guitars are Spinal-Tap-ian in their desire to go to 11,” Gillen told Newsarama in a recent interview. “Jacen’s work is something I’ve always loved – the architect’s eye for structure (and destruction). The way his approach grounds the fantasy, and executes the most horribly complicated stuff. Jacen seems as happy as I am. He said there’s a spread in issue 1, which he thinks is the best thing he’s ever drawn, and I have to agree.”

Discover the secrets behind one of Warhammer’s most famous warriors when WARHAMMER 40,000: MARNEUS CALGAR #1 hits stands on October 16th!

Learn more about the grim darkness of the Warhammer 40,000 universe by visiting warhammer4000.com.

Photo curtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Billy Raffoul – International Hotel

Singer/songwriter Billy Raffoul shares a live performance video of the title track from his recently released full length album International Hotel. International Hotel takes its title from a bar in Raffoul’s home town of Leamington, Ontario. Raffoul filmed this live performance at the actual International Hotel Bar.

Mainly co-produced by Raffoul and his longtime collaborator Justin Zuccato, International Hotel was released last month on Interscope Records. American Songwriter said of the album “International Hotel is the kind of album that lingers long after its last notes fade, an incisive imprint that suggests an important new voice is here to stay.” After opening on the title track (a loving tribute to Raffoul’s father and his lifelong devotion to rock-and-roll), the album offers up a dozen more songs rooted in his sharply observed storytelling. With those songs encompassing everything from treasured family history to clear-eyed social commentary to a heartrending ballad of a comic-book hero on “The Ballad of James Howlett,” International Hotel closes out with “Massey Hall”: an homage to the venue of Raffoul’s dreams, a Toronto theater where Neil Young recorded Live at Massey Hall 1971.

BEYONCÉ x ADIDAS

By Payton Saso

Beyoncé first collaborated adidas with her launch of Ivy Park. Now, the singer is back with a new collaboration. On September 18 the Beyoncé x adidas Superstar Platform will be released and available to purchase through the adidas App.

This shoe is a reinterpretation of the adidas Superstar, “however, the tooling begins to sculpt to a platform shape, bearing in tow an aggressive, near brutalist aesthetic. The midsole, though partly left untouched, quickly begins to protrude out, extending from all sides as it does in height,” Sneaker News described.

The adidas website describes the launch as “The meeting of two icons: Beyoncé lends her elegance and perspective to the iconic silhouette for the 50th anniversary of the Superstar.”

Teen Vogue recapped the history of Ivy Park, stating that the brand, “relaunched just last April with adidas where they would be collaborating, but also Beyoncé would be designing her own sportswear apparel and footwear for the brand, which includes the classic sneakers.”

This remake of the Superstar is the first of its kind by reshaping the shoe and adding a platform. This isn’t the first time Beyoncé has repurposed the classic adidas style to brand them with her Ivy Park line. Earlier this year, she launched four shoes with the brand. “All showcasing the collection’s bold styling, and incorporating utilitarian details,” adidas announced, and adding never seen before colors to the brand.

The sneakers, however, were reportedly leaked prior to their original release date but this doesn’t seem to be bothering Queen Bey too much as she was seen enjoying a vacation in Croatia on a $2 million a week yacht.

While the Ivy Park name already holds its own in the fashion industry and pop culture, collaborating with adidas is its newest mark in the industry. The brand first launched in 2016 and was cofounded with TOPSHOP founder, Sir Philip Green, but Beyoncé is now the sole owner after Green faced sexual harassment allegations in 2018, according to BBC.

The singer originally alluded to her collaboration in the January issue of ELLE Canadae, which 360 Magazine covered. With new magazine covers, movies, music and fashion, this year has been busy for Queen Bey.

The singer released a visual album, “Black is King” earlier this year which was a revival of “The Lion King.” Beyoncé was also recently enlisted by the United Nations, along with other celebs, “a film promoting actions to tackle the world’s biggest issues from the COVID-19 pandemic to poverty and inequality” according to USA Today.

It is no surprise to her fans that the singer is staying booked and busy, and are anticipating her latest drop with adidas.

The shoe’s which drop today, September 18 on the adidas app, cost $200 US dollars. Through the app customers can purchase the shoe, or enter a giveaway which closes on the drop date to win themselves a pair of the exclusive sneaker.