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Here’s all the news you need to know today!
A white South African woman has received jail time for yelling racial slurs at a Black police officer. Vicki Momberg was sentenced to three years in prison, with one year suspended, after she rejected help from the officer solely based on race. The officer was offering Momberg help after thieves broke into her car. A clip of the incident shows Momberg referring to the officer as a “kaffir,” an offensive apartheid-era term for a Black person, and calling Black people “plain and simple useless” and “clueless.” (The Guardian)
DMX has been sentenced to a year in prison for tax evasion. The rapper reportedly failed to pay tax on income from 2002 to 2005 and 2010 to 2015. The rapper went on to deny the prosecution’s claim that he deliberately avoided taxes by concealing his wealth during a bankruptcy hearing. Sentencing judge Jed Rakoff called the rapper “a good man, a very far from perfect man” before reducing the five-year sentence recommended by the prosecution to one. (The Guardian)
Monique Greene, a woman accusing rapper Nelly of rape, has been hospitalized for emotional distress. Sources reveal a friend called police after a conversation with Greene left them feeling she was in emotional distress. Green voluntarily checked into a hospital and was released hours later. There were no signs or talk of suicide. (TMZ)
Former model and America’s Next Top Model judge Janice Dickinson is set to testify in the upcoming Bill Cosby trial. Dickinson will be one of five women called to testify. The former model and television personality claims that in 1982, Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in Lake Tahoe. She says she woke up with her pajamas off and semen between her legs. (TMZ)
Groupon has apologized after customers noticed a racial slur on the company’s website. Screenshots of women’s moccasin boots went viral after people noticed that the color for one pair was described as “N—-r-Brown.” Groupon’s Vice President of Global Communications Bill Roberts said, “We are appalled that this language was displayed on our site. This product description was provided by a third-party seller via our self-service platform. Regardless, this is completely unacceptable and violates our policies — to say nothing of our values.” (Cosmopolitan)
Beyoncé’s team reportedly has no interest in revealing who bit the singer. A source revealed, “She thinks it’s sweet people are so concerned, but also doesn’t want to make life hard for the person that did it.” (Us Weekly)
Liberians legally living and working in the US may now be jeopardy after Donald Trump decided not to renew the Deferred Enforced Departure program that has allowed Liberians to legally live in the US since 1999. Liberians with temporary immigration status will be given a year in the US before they have to resettle in Liberia. (The New York Times)
On Wednesday, Donald Glover took to Twitter to share the script for his now scraped Deadpool show. The actor and Atlanta showrunner tweeted, “For the record: I wasn’t too busy to work on Deadpool,” after it was revealed that the show would not move on due to creative differences. Glover went on to tweet the entire spec script for the show, which mocked racism in Hollywood. The tweets have since been deleted. (Twitter)
Cardi B has covered one of the greatest girl groups of all time, The Cheetah Girls, for her upcoming debut album. Cardi took to Instagram to tease a cover of “Cinderella,” an iconic Cheetah Girls single. It’s just the latest glimpse of the rapper’s album, Invasion of Privacy, set to drop April 6. (Instagram)