U.S. Military Removes Phrase from Welcome Booklet Describing Saudi Arabians as Having ‘Negro Blood’

The U.S. military is apologizing for an “outdated” document describing Saudi Arabians as having “Negro blood,” days after comedian Hasan Minhaj pointed out the racist language.

Military officials said they’ve since updated the “welcome booklet” meant to introduce new servicemen and women to the customs and culture of Saudi Arabia, according to HuffPost. Central Command spokesman Capt. Bill Urban confirmed the phrase has been removed from the document and is currently being revised.

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The phrase in question appeared in a section of a military manual for U.S. troops on a training mission in Saudi Arabia. (Photo by Getty Images)

“We regret that inappropriate material was posted to our website without a more fulsome review and apologize to anyone who took offense,” Urban said in a statement, adding that  a review of previously posted material was also underway to “ensure there’s no further instances of inappropriate material on our website.”

The 69-page manual was first referenced on comedian Hasan Minhaj’s Netflix show, “Patriot Act,” which premiered Sunday, the Military Times reported. The story was quickly picked up by The New York Times, which revealed that the booklet was published in June 2018 for the U.S. Military Training Mission to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, or KSA.

A section of the document, titled “People and Population,” described people of the Arabian peninsula as “mainly composed as descendants of indigenous tribes that have inhabited the peninsula since prehistoric times with some later mixture of Negro blood from slaves imported from Africa.”

Minhaj decried the racist verbiage on his show.

“If you are sent on a training mission in Saudi Arabia, this is the official military document you get,” the comic said. “Oh, America … even in boring technical manuals you somehow manage to be racist.”

While it’s still unclear how the wording came to be in the booklet, some military officials speculate it could’ve been “a casualty of copied documents” from years-old manuals that weren’t properly vetted by service members or caught after it was pasted in the updated booklet.

 


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Quad Webb-Lunceford Hits Back at Mariah Huq Disses After Explosive Confrontation in Antigua

Tension has been rising on “Married to Medicine” this season thanks to Quad Webb-Lunceford refusing to give the nitty-gritty details about her divorce from Dr. Gregory Lunceford to her cast members.

Tempers grew so flared during Sunday night’s episode that Dr. Heavenly Kimes and Mariah Huq began arguing. Things came to a head on the Nov. 4 showing when Huq broke a wine glass and held the base in her hand as she glared in Kimes’ direction. Luckily, Huq couldn’t go after Kimes thanks to Webb-Lunceford calming her down and taking the glass from her hand.

A fan who watched the two square off chimed in dissing Huq and siding with Miss Quad.

“@iluvmariah done called @AbsolutelyQuad Ghetto, said she was from the gutter and then some but she one breaking glasses trying to threaten someone #Married2Med #Married2Medicine,” tweeted user @MrDastardly.

Webb-Lunceford seemed to appreciate the support and shared her own idea as to why Huq has it out for her.

“She’s obsessed with projecting and lying on me. Such a disturbed soul. I’m 🙏🏽 4 her,” she said.

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@MrDastardly’s tweet referenced a diss Huq made toward Webb-Lunceford several seasons ago, which the “Sister Circle” host spoke to on her Bravo blog in 2014.

“In last week’s episode, she called me a rat and this week’s episode she calls me a ‘f—ing roach’ that she should have left me where she found me — insinuating she found me in the slums, gutter, or ghetto,” “Webb-Lunceford wrote at the time. “When I met her I was perusing a higher education on the colligate path, so I’m not sure how she got that confused.”

Meanwhile, fans have tweeted in response to Webb-Lunceford, backing her up every step of the way.

“Hang in there @AbsolutelyQuad. You know your truth. Keep praying for them.”

“I feel Messy Mariah is jealous of your popularity and she is trying to get you off the show so she thinks that will put her in top. No way, and she dislikes that Dr. Heavenly had her number and is not willing to bend to her.”

“Don’t let her control your heart and mind…follow your leadership skills.”


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Ice Cube Takes Direct Aim At Donald Trump: ‘Arrest the President’

Ice Cube went straight at Donald Trump in his new song “Arrest the President,” and within seconds brought up the accusation that he colluded with Russia to win the election.

“Arrest the president, you got the evidence / That n—- is Russian intelligence / When it rains it pours / Did you know the new white was orange? / Boy, you’re showing your horns / They trying to replace my halo with thorns,” Cube raps.

Ice Cube Went Slammed Donald Trump in His New Song "Arrest the President"
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Then later in song, he touched on Trump’s often criticized immigration stance and raised a point about ownership of land.

“Not a criminal, no, I’m a seminal / I was free once now I’m clinical / You so technical, this was Mexico / Now everywhere I go is owned by Texaco,” he rhymes.

The “Arrest the President” cut is actually the second time Cube made headlines for going at Trump. He also did it in 2016 when Trump was still running for office, because someone Photoshopped him wearing a shirt that said “Make America Great Again.”

“Stealing endorsements is not how you become the President of the United States, homie. Leave my name out ya mouth,” tweeted Cube. “I will never endorse a mothaf—— like Donald Trump. Ever.”

“Arrest the President” is the first single off the veteran rapper’s forthcoming album “Everythang’s Corrupt,” which drops on December 7 and so far people seem to like it.

“Fire,” someone wrote. “Whoever run against Trump in 2020, they should play this at every rally.”

“This is dope,” another person commented. “‘Orange ass clown.’ He’s probably crying to Putin right now.”

You can listen to the song below.


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Yandy Smith Shuts Down Pregnancy Rumors As Husband Remains Behind Bars

Yandy Smith posted a few photos this week that had fans confused.

The “Love and Hip Hop: New York” reality star took to Instagram Friday afternoon and shared a few photos of herself rocking a crisscross blush-colored sleeveless sweater dress paired with a cropped moto-jacket and over-sized Fendi bag.

She captioned the fashion images, “I hear you doing a lot of talkin…Next time make sure you say”She doing her thang tho” 🤷🏽‍♀️✊🏾😔😝 now shhhhh🤫.”

Yandy Smith Shuts Down Pregnancy Rumors
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However, folks turned their attention to Smith’s belly that’s semi-bulging out of her dress. Fans accused the star of being pregnant despite her husband  Mendecees Harris still being locked up behind bars.

One person wrote, “Ya’ll just gone act like that’s not a baby bump.”

Another asked, “Do U have a baby in the oven?”

“She’s showing a belly bump!”

Smith quickly silenced the accusations and responded in the comments, “It’s not at all. I’m just eating good boobookitty.”

Nevertheless, one fan wasn’t buying into the star’s statement and commented, “Umm that’s a baby bump🤷🏽‍♀️😭 you not eating that much food.”

Smith and her husband share two children together, their son Omere and their daughter Skylar. She also recently adopted a teenage girl, Infinity Gilyard, who she met during a program three years ago.

Smith’s spouse Mendeecees, was sentenced to eight years behind bars in 2015 for drug-trafficking, as part of a plea deal. He was hoping to get his sentence reduced due to good behavior, but the judge denied his request in February.


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Ethiopia Eases Travel With ‘Visa-On-Arrival’ For African Travelers, Encouraging African Unity

With its new initiative to offer visas on arrival to African visitors, Ethiopia hopes to spur tourism, trade and investment, as part of the African Union’s vision of creating “seamless borders” across the continent and achieving economic integration. (photo: Twitter, Ethiopian Airlines).

Ethiopia has revamped and streamlined its visa system for visitors from African nations in a move that will spur tourism, trade and investment, and has broad implications for African unity.

As of Nov. 1, Ethiopia has implemented what is known as a visa-on-arrival service for African travelers to the East African nation, allowing foreign visitors to receive a visa upon arrival, and effectively opening its doors to all people arriving from throughout the continent.

“It is truly an honor and a special privilege to witness this historical and truly inspirational day. Ethiopian Airlines has been bringing Africa together and closer to the world for over seven decades,” said Ethiopian Group CEO Tewolde Gebremariam at a ceremony held at the African Union Commission headquarters. “Today, Ethiopian flies to 60 African destinations and connects the continent to over 50 major international cities in five continents. Visa on arrival for fellow African brothers and sisters and, more importantly, visa online will greatly boost cross-border tourism, trade and investment, further deepening African integration.”

The new Ethiopian visa announcement comes on the heels of a new e-Visa service that was launched in June. That service, initiated by the Ethiopian Immigration and Nationality Affairs Main Department in collaboration with Ethiopian Airlines, allows all international visitors to apply and pay for a tourist visa online and receive it by email message, reducing wait times and streamlining the travel process, and eliminating the need for travelers to go to the Ethiopian Embassy in their home country to apply for a travel permit. The driving force behind the revamped visa service is “a new national initiative to transform the tourism sector” in Ethiopia, according to a press release, as Ethiopian Airlines hopes the new visa initiative will facilitate conference tourism and boost tourism flow. For the airline, which is unquestionably the largest carrier in Africa, the visa plan falls into its pan-African strategy of further connecting and creating alliances in the African airline industry.

The recent steps taken by Ethiopia — Africa’s second-largest country in terms of population and the continent’s fastest growing economy — has taken point to a larger trend that other African nations are expected to follow. This as Ethiopia ultimately wants to enable the economic integration of the continent and facilitate the AU’s promotion of the free movement of people across Africa. Kenya, Rwanda, and Mauritius have all eased visa restrictions in the past few years, and Ghana has offered visas upon arrival to all African nationals, even as some African nations have gone in the other direction.

For example, South Africa has eased restrictions on Chinese and Indian visitors, but not on travelers from within the African continent. In addition, Tanzania has reversed its visa-on-arrival policy for Nigeria, Mali, and Somalia.

The AU, which is headquartered in Addis Ababa, has urged all member nations to issue a visa-on-arrival program by 2023. The AU Agenda 2063 also calls for the issuance of an African Common Passport by 2023. In 2016, the AU announced the launch of an e-passport, which will be initially available to African heads of state, government ministers and permanent representatives of AU member nations. Such moves ultimately will create “seamless borders” across the continent in a European Union-style concept, and allow for closer steps toward economic integration of Africa. In February 2018, the AU introduced a Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM), an effort to liberalize civil aviation and break down barriers to trade and labor movement in Africa, which have stifled African development over the years. SAATM promises to increase airline connectivity across the continent and enhance competitiveness in the African airline sector, resulting in an expansion in tourism, trade and commerce within Africa and with the rest of the world. The AU expects a unified airline market — which includes the lifting of visa restrictions and dropping tariff and customs restraints — will bring about 300,000 additional direct jobs and two million indirect jobs.

Last year, the AU launched the “.africa” domain, which aspires to unite Africa on the Internet just as the member nations seek greater connectivity in the air and in travel, trade and investment.

With the introduction of an innovative and streamlined visa program for its fellow African travelers, Ethiopia is setting a standard for Africans to follow, in a pan-African vision of economic cooperation that can only boost the continent.


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Cardi B Rips Nicki Minaj Hours Before Both Rappers Call a Truce: ‘You Lie So Much’

Cardi B ripped Nicki Minaj in a series of Instagram posts, and just a few hours later they both waved white flags.

The two rappers have intensified their beef ever since Cardi’s sister Hennessy Carolina accused Nicki of leaking Cardi’s phone number.

Cardi B Rips Nicki Minaj Hours Before Both Rappers Squash Beef
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It’s something the Young Money artist denied on her “Queen Radio” show on Monday, while she also said her friend Rah Ali gave Cardi that huge bump on her head when they fought. Nicki also said she’d offer $100,000 to anyone who had overhead footage of what occurred.

Cardi jumped on Instagram a few hours later and one of the things she denied was getting beat up by Rah.

“This my thing, Nicki Minaj,” Cardi began. “How you say I got ragged by Rah Ali when there’s so many footages of that night, every single angle and where are we getting ragged at?”

“You lie so much you can’t keep up with your f—-n’ lies,” she added. “First you say you’ve got the footage, but then you say you wanna pay somebody $100,000 if they give you the footage? Yo, make sense when you’re talking.”

Before Cardi’s message to Nicki was over, she denied her claims of stopping Offset and 21 Savage from doing a video to their collaboration track “No Flag.”

The new mom also said she didn’t like that Nicki changed her verse to their Migos assisted-song “Motorsport” at the last minute. Plus, she denied that her team paid radio DJs to play her music as Nicki claimed. Cardi then offered to settle things with Ms. Minaj in a fight.

Nicki shot back after that and called the Bronx rapper a “fraud” who doesn’t write her own music. She also told her to take a lie detector test.

Then later, out of nowhere, both said they were willing to be more positive going forward, and Nicki was the first to express that idea. 

“Okay you guys, let’s focus on positive things only from here on out,” she wrote. “We’re all so blessed. I know this stuff is entertaining and funny to a lot of people, but I won’t be discussing this nonsense anymore. Thank you for the support and encouragement year after year. Love you.”

“@Nickiminaj, alright then, Cardi replied. “Let’s keep it positive and keep it pushing.” 


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Jennifer Williams Fans Think Malik Yoba Is Shooting His Shot After She Posts Racy Photo

Jennifer Williams has assured fans she’s off the market, but fans think veteran actor Malik Yoba has tried to see if he has a chance with the reality star.

Williams uploaded a smiling and sultry selfie on Instagram Monday, Oct. 29.

“Grateful for where I’m at, excited about where I’m going.. #AboutLastNight 💋,” the “Basketball Wives” star captioned the photo.

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With her hair slicked back, her lacy black lingerie body suit on display and a fur coat to match, fans ogled over the picture.

“Damn Jen 👀

“W.O.W you are so Gorgeous to me?”

“You deserve it beautiful @jenniferwilliams 😍😍😍😍😍

“Fine Azz Wine 🍷😍😘💍💎

😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍OOOOHHHH 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗🙄MYYYYYY GOOOODDDDEEEESSSSSD!!!😍😍😍😍😍😘😘😘😘.”

“Exceptional elegance beauty style and flamboyance 🔥😘❤❤

And then, Yoba decided to chime in writing, “You play too much twin!!”

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Fans thought the comment meant “The Last O.G.” actor was shooting his shot with Williams or they otherwise began messing with Yoba entirely.

“@malikyoba 😂shooting your shot lol hi malik💖

“@malikyoba talk yur s— 😭#wassupbigheadseason 🤣

“@malikyoba nah you play too much looking like an entire entree with dessert!!! Age why don’t you?!!!😂.”

“@malikyoba She is too Beautiful to be ur’ Twin. But, you are Handsome tho.”

But it’s not likely Yoba was trying to get something started with Williams. Less than two weeks ago, Yoba posted a happy birthday message on Instagram dedicated to his girlfriend whom he met on match.com two years earlier.

“Today I choose the extremely rare post about matters of my heart,” he said in part. “Not very long ago we hit the roughest patch of our lives and separated for a time. But TODAY I publicly choose to celebrate YOU, the most incredible woman I’ve ever had the pleasure of loving. My truest reflection ever! It took me 48 years to finally find my match and I’m eternally grateful for you, BJ Hendrix.”

 


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Ava DuVernay to Make Prince Documentary for Netflix

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Prince presents the award for favorite album – soul/R&B at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Ava DuVernay is making a multipart documentary on Prince for Netflix with the support of the late musician’s estate.

The director on Tuesday confirmed Twitter reports late Monday that she’s working on the film. The documentary will be made with extensive use of Prince’s archives and will span the artist’s entire life.

It will be the “Selma” filmmaker’s second documentary for Netflix. Her 2016 film, “The 13th,” explored mass incarceration as a form of continued slavery for African-Americans. It was nominated for best documentary by the Academy Awards and won an Emmy Award for outstanding documentary.

DuVernay, who earlier this year directed Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” is currently filming the Netflix miniseries “Central Park Five.”


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‘I Just Needed to Let Off Some Steam’ Says Indiana Woman Arrested for Leaving Racist Note for Black Neighbors

An Indiana woman said she was just trying to “let off some steam” when she penned a racist letter aimed her new Black neighbors and their son. Now she’s facing charges.

Deborah Cantwell was arrested and charged with misdemeanor counts of intimidation and criminal mischief after police say she left a racist letter on the door of her neighbor’s recently purchased home, hoping that it would deter a new Black family from moving in, according to the Kokomo Tribune.

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Deborah Cantwell, 63, is charged with misdemeanor intimidation and criminal mischief after penning a racist letter aimed at her Black neighbors. (Image courtesy of the Kokomo Tribune)

Cantwell, 63, was also slapped with a protection order that states “stalking has occurred” and prohibits her from ever contacting the family again.

On Oct. 13, the husband and father of the family called a Howard County sheriff’s deputy to report that his newly-purchased home had been toilet-papered and that he found a racist letter attached to the door. The man said he made the shocking discovery around midnight after stopping by the house on his way home from work.

His wife and children had been at the house just a few hours earlier, he noted.

The letter, which contained the n-word, was “racially offensive and threatening in nature” and mentioned the neighbors’ Black son, according to an affidavit.

“No N—- wanted in this neighborhood-THIS IS A WHITE NEIGHBORHOOD-some people find N—–Stressful,” it read. ” “YOUR N—- KID IS NOT WELCOME.”

It continued: “YOU CAN SELL YOUR HOUSE AND MAKE MONEY ON IT RIGHT NOW,” and, “BY THE WAY HOPE YOU HAVE DEEP POCKETS.”

The affidavit showed the letter also noted stress-related health issues, alleged bullying and battering incidents, as well as a comment about the property having septic issues. Although police initially thought juveniles might be behind the racist prank, the father told officers he suspected that Cantwell wrote the letter. He said the home’s seller had previously informed him that Cantwell had some reservations about his family moving into the community because of their son.

Investigators later obtained text messages sent by Cantwell that contained similar language about her health concerns.

“I am stressing now that we are going to get Black neighbors,” Cantwell texted. “I am hoping that more people look at the house and an all-white family are the ultimate buyers. I am afraid the stress of black neighbors could put me in the hospital.”

“My blood pressure is elevated just thinking about the possibility,” she added.

On Oct. 18, Cantwell admitted to writing the nasty letter out of anger and TP’ing the family’s house. She tried justifying her actions by noting previous incidents with Black neighbors she said had caused her family harm.

“I mean, the blacks get away with it every time,” Cantwell told investigators, according to the affidavit. “Just rage, I was trying to vent.”

Cantwell didn’t apologize for her actions, which she said she didn’t think were a “big deal,” but said penning the angry letter made her feel a little better.

“I feel like I released some anger writing that letter,” she said.

As for her soon-to-be neighbors, the family has since launched a GoFundMe campaign to help them fight what they’ve call a hate crime. The mother of the family described the “destruction” in her son’s face after learning what had happened.

“That this can’t make him angry and bitter,” the mother wrote. “That he is so much better then what they are portraying him as! His skin color shouldn’t matter. I had to look him in his eyes to talk to him about something I will never understand first, but I saw firsthand the devastation on his face. I watched my child be crushed by someone else hatred and racism.”

Cantwell’s first hearing is scheduled for Nov. 19.

 


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Tip and Tiny Clash as He Says Religion Is for ‘Sheep’ and ‘Scorned Women,’ Leading Fans To Take Sides

As T.I. and Tiny Harris continue to work through their marriage, it’s clear they have different ideas about how to get to a good place.

On “T.I. & Tiny: Friends & Family Hustle” Monday, the performers discussed how to move forward in their union, which hit a snag when Tip stepped out on Harris with “Greenleaf” star Asia’h Epperson over the summer.

When Harris broaches the subject of church after reflecting on Pastor John Gray’s message about marriage at LeToya Luckett’s housewarming party, T.I. responds with an immediate “hell no.”

“All y’all scorned black women is the easiest target to market to,” T.I. says before affecting the tone of a fire and brimstone preacher. “‘You don’t need no man! Get him out of here! And while you at it, you need to give to the church!’”

“What? You gon’ give it to the strippers?” Harris hits back when asking her husband about where he’d rather give his money. “C’mon, man!”

“Religion was put here to control the sheep,” the rapper replies as the two clash over their opposing viewpoints.

Tip acknowledged in a confessional they both have “very, very big personalities” but lack “an extreme ability to compromise.”

And just like the spouses on screen, fans who watched the moment unfold on Oct. 29 had differing perspectives on the matter.

“Tip is me.”

“He’s not wrong.”

“He’s right tho, about why religion was created.”

“T.I. is doing what he enjoys going to church will show him that he got somethings that he needs to change.”

“He must not have been to church cuz they tell you to be nice to your husband and treat each other well & WAY MORE SHIT THAN MARRIAGE but what he worried about hearing about adultery.”

“That’s what’s wrong with a lot of relationships now God isn’t apart of anything he is not apart of will not survive and I hope she still goes to church with or without him @majorgirl God bless you.”


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