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Rihanna Demands Trump Stop Playing Her Music at 'Tragic Rallies'

The artist made it clear on Twitter that she doesn't want her hit song being played.


Rihanna is the latest artist to ban her music from being played at rallies featuring President Donald Trump.

Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker said Sunday on Twitter that Rihanna's hit song "Don't Stop the Music" was playing at a Trump rally in Chattanooga, Tenn., ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections:

Rihanna responded to Rucker's tweet:

Rihanna has sold 124 million digital singles in the U.S., which is 10 million more than any other artist, according to Forbes.

Related Story: Rihanna Says No to Super Bowl Halftime Show in Support of Colin Kaepernick

Last month, she turned down an offer by the NFL to headline the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show because she stands in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick and NFL players who take a knee.

Soon after, actress Amy Schumer posted on social media that she was turning down a chance to appear in a Super Bowl commercial. Schumer also said it "would be cool" if Maroon 5, scheduled to perform, would reject the offer, like Rihanna did.

Last week, Pharrell Williams sent a cease-and-desist letter to President Trump to stop him from using his music. On the same day as the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, Trump hosted a Midwest campaign rally where "Happy" was on the playlist.

Related Story: Trump Plays Pharrell's 'Happy' at Post Pittsburgh Massacre Rally

"There was nothing 'happy' about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose," the letter states.

At a rally last week for Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate in the Georgia gubernatorial race, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was captured on video dancing to "Happy," and it went viral.

Pharrell approved:

"Get it legend."

Amazon 'In Denial' Its Facial 'Rekognition' Software is Racially Biased

There's a big problem when Rekognition matches civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis' photo with a mugshot.

Amazon's facial recognition program Rekognition remains under fire for racial bias following the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) testing of the software, which could potentially be used by law enforcement to identify suspects.

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John Lewis, Barack Obama Share MLK's Legacy with Young Leaders

"It was a very sad and dark time for me. He was my leader, he was my inspiration," Lewis said of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination 50 years ago.


"Fifty years ago today, I was with Robert Kennedy in Indianapolis when we heard that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had been shot and killed," Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) wrote in a message released Wednesday morning.

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Boycott of State of the Union Grows, Maxine Waters to Give Televised Response

Several Congressional Black Caucus members plan to skip President Trump's SOTU and members going will wear red pins in tribute to Recy Taylor.


President Donald Trump's Tuesday night State of the Union (SOTU) address comes just weeks after he reportedly called Haiti and African nations "shithole countries" during a meeting on immigration in the Oval Office.

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Trump Doesn't Care What Black Lawmakers Think About Immigration

Along with Trump insulting Haiti and African nations during the infamous immigration meeting, the president also said he doesn't want the Congressional Black Caucus' opinion.

President Donald Trump reportedly not only made vulgar insults against Haiti, El Salvador and African nations during a combative immigration reform meeting last week, he also said he didn't care about the Congressional Black Caucus' (CBC) input, according to reports. Trump, who has declared he's not a racist, has no regard for the thoughts of an influential group of Black politicians.

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Ignoramus Sarah Huckabee Sanders Attacks John Lewis for Not Attending Trump's White Minstrel Show Appearance at Civil Rights Museum

"It's laughable that the White House is criticizing John Lewis and Bennie Thompson for not attending the opening of a civil rights museum that honors the sacrifice of ... wait ... John Lewis, Bennie Thompson, and many others," Rep. Cedric Richmond fired back.


According to the White House, a photo op at a civil rights museum holds more weight than being an active participant in and making sacrifices for the movement itself.

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Black Lawmaker Takes Knee on House Floor 'To Stand Against Racism'

"You tell me which of those children's mothers are a son of a b. That is racism," Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said.

NFL players' protests against racial injustices have inspired lawmakers to take a stand — or, rather, take a knee.

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Social Media Drives Nationwide Solidarity Over Muslim Ban

Protesters along with lawmakers lashed out against the detainment of immigrants at airports, including a married couple with disabilities in their 80s and a five-year-old boy.


Protesters in opposition to President Donald Trump's order to restrict people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States gathered at several major airports around the country on Saturday.

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John Lewis Should 'Thank' White Men for Civil Rights, Says Maine Gov.

Gov. LePage later suggested the NAACP apologize to white people.

Left: Rep. John Lewis; Right: Maine Gov. Paul LePage / REUTERS

Civil rights leader John Lewis has white men to thank for the civil rights advancements Black Americans have seen, according to Maine Gov. Paul LePage.

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Black Lawmakers Move Against Senator Sessions

N.J. Sen. Cory Booker says fellow Sen. Jeff Sessions' record on civil rights represents "a real danger to our country." Congressmen John Lewis and Cedric Richmond also to testify.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) / REUTERS

U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions has such a poor record on civil rights that, for the first time in U.S. Senate history, a sitting senator will testify against him Wednesday in his bid to become the nation's next attorney general.

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House Dems' Gun Common Sense Sit-In Incorporates Social Media Strategies of Millennials

A form of protest coined in the Civil Rights Movement is aided by techniques of modern-day protests.

UPDATE: June 23, 2016 at 2:51 p.m. ET

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Civil Rights Activist Julian Bond Dies at 75, Leaders Call Him 'Hero'

Prominent leaders and friends are mourning the death of a civil rights icon.

Julian Bond during the dedication the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C., on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

By Sheryl Estrada

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