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Stacey Abrams Tells Entertainment Industry Not to Boycott Georgia

Abrams tells those discouraged by Brian Kemp's win amid voter suppression speculation to turn their attention to fighting for fair elections.

Stacey Abrams ended her gubernatorial campaign in Georgia on Friday, and is planning to file a federal lawsuit against the state. Some entertainment industry executives discouraged by Republican Brian Kemp's win of the governorship, amid accusations of voter suppression, are contemplating boycotting Georgia. But Abrams is encouraging them not to.


On Saturday, Abrams tweeted:

She also responded to a tweet "Veep" executive producer Frank Rich made on Nov. 6 about pulling production out of the state:

Abrams is asking members of the entertainment industry to get involved in Fair Fight Georgia, a new organization "that will pursue accountability in Georgia's elections and integrity in the process of maintaining our voting rolls."

It has the goal of improving the state's election system prior to municipal elections in 2019 and the 2020 presidential election.

"We have to consider all the pieces that go into voter suppression and diminishing the ability of voters to cast their ballots," she said.

"And that means looking at the staffing and sourcing of polling stations, making sure that there are an adequate number of machines, making certain that poll workers who are often volunteers aren't judging whether or not someone gets to vote based on how many pieces of paper they have left."

Abrams did not officially concede the election.

"I acknowledge that former Secretary of State Brian Kemp will be certified as the victor in the 2018 gubernatorial election," she said on Friday.

"This is not a speech of concession. Because concession means to acknowledge an action that's right, true or proper. As a woman of conscience and faith, I cannot concede that."

After Abrams ended her campaign, many are using social media to question the validity of Kemp's win — including John Weaver, a presidential campaign adviser to John McCain and political strategist for former president George H.W. Bush:

Others agreed with Weaver's assessment:

Reader Question: Do you think Brian Kemp won a fair election?

The Conversation (1)
20 Nov, 2018

He absolutely did not win a fair election. There was obstruction every step of the way. ~I Can't Even.

Black Student in Kansas Sues School District for Racial Discrimination

The dance team's choreographer told Camille Sturdivant that her skin was "too dark" to perform because she "clashed" with uniforms.

Camille Sturdivant and coaches Kevin Murakami and Carley Fine

Camille Sturdivant has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against the Blue Valley School District for the abuse she was subjected to as a member of the high school dance team.

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Cardi B. Delivers a More Effective Speech About Trump's Shutdown on Instagram Than Politicians

"Our country is in a hellhole right now," she said. "All for a f‐‐‐ing wall."

Rapper Cardi B. told her 39 million Instagram followers on Wednesday night what she really thought about President Trump's partial government shutdown, his wall and about his absurd request to force people who aren't getting paid to go back to work.

She didn't mince words (she uses explicit language in the video).

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Five Cops Fired, Two Suspended After Man in Custody Died

"I can't breathe," Christopher Lowe said before he died. But officers still failed to call for help.

The Fort Worth Police Department has terminated five officers and suspended two for their involvement in the death of Christopher Lowe, 55, while he was in police custody last July.

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Vermont Continues to Fail Black Legislator Racially Harassed By White Nationalist

Kiah Morris resigned from her position because of the harassment, but Vermont's attorney general said he will not file charges against the perpetrators, including Max Misch.

Kiah Morris was the only Black woman in the Vermont House of Representatives, until she resigned from her position in September, after enduring years of racially motivated harassment.

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Trump's Government Shutdown Closes MLK Historic Sites

Ebenezer Baptist Church and most of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta are closed. "I feel a bit of sadness...I didn't expect to cry over this," said Bernice King.

Tuesday was Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday and next Monday is our national celebration of the civil rights icon.

But school field trips, celebrations, families' visits to teach children about civil rights and the values of all people being created equally are being canceled due to President Trump's government shutdown.

Thousands of people who flock to Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Martin Luther King Jr. was pastor, and to his home, as well as the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in D.C., will be disappointed. They are all closed.

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Roku Pulls Racist 'Infowars' After Social Media Backlash

Alex Jones, founder of Infowars, has also been accused of sexual harassment. He allegedly grabbed a Black employee's backside saying: "Who wouldn't want a Black wife?"

Reuters

Six months after major social media channels such as YouTube and Twitter banned Alex Jones' Infowars, Roku, a streaming service, added a channel for the show's 24 million users. Apparently, there has been a channel for the show on Roku for years, according to Roku spokesman Eric Savitz.

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