After causing a stir for attempting to auction off the firearm used to kill Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman is still determined to sell the gun. According to reports, Zimmerman will repost the gun on an auction site for the third time. When he first put the firearm on the auction block, he priced the gun at $5,000. After he posted the gun, fake bids caused the price to rise to $66 million. He initially posted the firearm on Gun Broker, but has now moved it over to the United Gun Group. According to Zimmerman, the gun will be back on the auction block by 9 a.m. on Monday. The starting bid for the firearm will be $100,000. “Unless the law has been violated, it is the intention of United Gun Group to allow its members to use any of the available features,” said the United Gun Group in a statement. “We will not act like Facebook and dictate to our members. What is lawful in the real world will be lawful on [United Gun Group].” Zimmerman said he would use the money to “fight (Black Lives Matter) violence against law enforcement officers.” He also said the gun was used to “end the brutal attack from Travyon Martin.” Read more.
Actor Wendell Pierce Arrested for Attacking Bernie Sanders Supporter
Wendell Pierce, best known for his role on The Wire, was arrested for allegedly attacking a Bernie Sanders supporter on Saturday. According to reports, Pierce grabbed a woman’s hair and hit her in the head for supporting Sanders. Pierce was reportedly talking to the woman and her boyfriend at the Loews Hotel in Atlanta around 3:30 a.m. before the attack took place. He was arrested for battery and was later released on $1,000 bail. Pierce has been very supportive of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and has been outspoken about his dislike for Bernie Sanders. He claims Sanders’ campaign is “empty” and there are no concrete plans for change. Clinton has a “clarity of purpose, a clarity of the platform and policies.” Read more.
Black Community in Maryland Sues State for Environmental Racism
Environmental racism is running rampant in Maryland and residents are taking action. Locals from Brandywine have filed a civil lawsuit against the state following its decision to build a gas plant in the community. The gas plant will be the fifth plant built within 13 miles of the city. There are two plants that are up and running now and two more planned to be built. “Brandywine seems to be getting more than its share of heavy industry and power generating uses,” said Fred Tutman, CEO of Patuxent Riverkeeper. “National experience teaches us that projects like high-polluting power plants typically go to areas with the least political power and the most people of color—and also in neighborhoods where the clean air, water and open space are most at risk. It is time for honest conversation about the future of Brandywine and its residential population with respect to fairness, equity and self-determination.” Brandywine is 72 percent Black. Research shows that communities of color have a 38 percent higher rate of exposure to nitrogen dioxide than White communities. Read more.
Michael B. Jordan to Join the Cast of Marvel’s “Black Panther”
Marvel’s Black Panther is continuing to grow its star-studded cast. After it was recently revealed that actress Lupita Nyong’o may play a role in the project, Michael B. Jordan will also reportedly join the cast. There is no word yet on what role Jordan will play in the movie. It will be his third time working with director and screenwriter Ryan Coogler, who is penning the script for the film along with Joe Robert Cole. Actor Chadwick Boseman is playing the lead role in the movie. This isn’t the first superhero film Jordan has been featured in; he played Johnny Storm in Marvel’s Fantastic Four film. Black Panther is slated to be released on Feb. 16, 2018. Production will begin in 2017. Read more.
Oprah Winfrey Attends College Graduations for her ‘Daughter-Girls’
Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is making her college graduation rounds. Winfrey attended graduations for what she calls her “daughter-girls;” alumni from her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. On Sunday, Winfrey took to Instagram to post a photo with three graduates. “Proud Happy Day! 2 graduations done. Tabitha at Mt.Hollyoke. Mpumi and Thando at JCSU. Congratulations to my beautiful and brilliant “daughter-girls”. Now onto Spelman!” She served as the commencement speaker for Johnson C. Smith University on Sunday and received an honorary degree from the institution. During her speech, she quoted the late Dr. Maya Angelou. “Your crown has been paid for and your No. 1 job is to put it on your head and wear it.” Read more.
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