Kanye West pleads not guilty and faces a boycott of his confederate flag merchandise led by Reverend Al Sharpton. Chris Brown countersues Frank Ocean, and Don Lemon defends his stop-and-frisk comments
See why we're waking up and smelling the coffee:
- The Obamacare fiasco continues. This time around w Obama having to clarify the guidelines of the policy. The President previously said that those who liked their health plans would be able to keep them—simple as that. However, many people have received notices that their policies are being canceled. In an interview with NBC News, Obama said " I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation based on assurance they got from me. We've got to work hard to make sure they know we hear them." As a result of the Affordable Care Act, insurance coverage must meet certain standards and have been canceled if the policy falls short of those standards. In his interview Obama assured Americans that there were no intentions to mislead, and ultimately they will be able to find better and cheaper insurance through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. [NBC News]
- The Reverend Al Sharpton is not amused by Kanye West's newfound affinity for the confederate flag. Sharpton, along side his civil rights group the National Action Network of Los Angeles (NANLA), are calling for a boycott of Kanye's merchandise featuring the controversial flag as well as any store that sells the clothing. Although Kanye has tried to justify his usage of the flag, NANLA released a statement about the rapper referring to the clothing as a "disgrace" and an "embarrassment".
- In other Kanye news, the "New Slaves" rapper pleads not guilty to charges of criminal battery and attempted grand theft after allegedly attacking photographer Daniel Ramos. Blair Berk, his attorney, entered the plea on his behalf this morning. If convicted, Kanye faces a maximum of 1 year in jail. [Eurweb]
- Chris Brown is also dealing with the law this morning. The singer filed a countersuit over the fight with Frank Ocean in West Hollywood that occurred back in January. Brown claims that Ocean's cousin provoked the fight by threatening to kill him & that the entire issue is about money, saying that the demand for $2 million is crazy. [Eurweb]
- Don Lemon is on the defense this morning. Following his comments about stop-and-frisk and the twitter backlash that recurred as a result, Lemon says that "I am not supporting stop-and-frisk," and that his comments have been "grossly misinterpreted." [Eurweb]