Watch Cardi B’s Interview With Bernie Sanders About Health Care, Minimum Wage and More

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Cardi B sat down with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders for an interview about politics. Now the full discussion has been released via Sanders’ campaign, with the rapper pressing Sanders on issues like minimum wage, police brutality, immigration and racism.

The rapper and Sanders sit down in the TEN Nailbar in Detroit and Cardi gets right to the point. She kicks the conversation off by asking, “Don’t you ever feel, like, scared that these people that run drug companies and schools, you know it’s all a business, and it’s like, are you scared that you will get so many powerful people upset?” Sanders laughs and replies, “Cardi, that’s what I’ve been doing my whole life.”

The rapper reveals that she asked her followers on social media to weigh in on the sorts of questions they’d like her to ask a Democratic candidate. She talks about how she has been inspired to get involved with politics after seeing so much police brutality against black men and minorities. “We have this bully as a president,” she notes. “And the only way to take him out is somebody winning.”

“Obviously we need to end all forms of racism in this country,” Sanders replies. “From Donald Trump down to the local police department. We have something like one out of four young black men in this country end up in the criminal justice system… That is disgusting and beyond belief. So the first thing we do is we make sure that young people in this country, Black, Latino, Native American, whoever they may be, get the kind of education and job training they need so they can go out and get good jobs. We have to invest in jobs and education.”

CNN’s Nia Malika-Henderson Says She Doesn’t Believe The President Will Use His Bully Pulpit To Go After White Supremacists

Shortly after Donald Trump‘s comments from the White House reacting to this weekend’s mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. CNN anchor Poppy Harlow and analyst Nia-Malika Henderson battled with conservative pundit David Urban on President Donald Trump’s rhetoric and whether it played a role in this weekend’s mass shootings.

Nia Malika-Henderson says she doesn’t believe the Donald Trump will use his bully pulpit to go after white supremacists like he uses it to go after immigrants.

Watch the full clip above.

A$AP Rocky Released From Jail

A Swedish judge ordered A$AP Rocky released from jail Friday, pending the verdict in the Harlem rapper’s assault trial.

According to reports, He is allowed to leave Sweden prior to judgment being reached Aug. 14, but his lawyer did not immediately say whether the rapper plans to leave.

President Donald Trump, who has been a vocal supporter of the rapper in the criminal case, hailed his release from custody.

“A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden,” Trump tweeted. “It was a Rocky Week, get home ASAP A$AP!”

The rapper took to Instagram to thank his supporters for seeing him through the past few weeks.

“I CANT BEGIN TO DESCRIBE HOW GRATEFUL I AM FOR ALL OF YOU THIS HAS BEEN A VERY DIFFICULT AND HUMBLING EXPERIENCE,” he wrote.

The highly-publicized trial ended Friday with prosecutors asking the court to convict the 30-year-old American and impose at least a six-month jail sentence.

In closing arguments, the prosecutors said that the case involved too much violence to support ASAP Rocky’s argument of self-defense during a confrontation with 19-year-old Mustafa Jafari in Stockholm on June 30.

Prosecutors allege that the musician and two companions “deliberately, together and in agreement” kicked and hit Jafari, including with a bottle.

However, the rapper’s lawyer said in closing remarks that nothing was premeditated or coordinated about the confrontation. He also referred to footage showing ASAP Rocky, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, standing on the alleged victim’s arm and said it wasn’t the same as kicking.

Mayers and two members of his entourage have been in custody in Stockholm since July 3. They pleaded not guilty earlier this week to assault charges.

Several witnesses, including the rapper’s bodyguard, gave testimony in court Friday, which marked the trial’s third day.


Kanye West and Kim Kardashian Pushed White House to Help With ASAP Rocky Case

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Donald Trump’s administration is interceding to attempt to end A$AP Rocky’s imprisonment in Sweden after being lobbied to take action in the matter by Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West.

According to a TMZ reports, Kanye West told Kardashian to reach out to her White House connections over Rocky’s widely condemned holding. This reaching out, the report suggested, was met with agreement that Rocky was being treated unfairly overseas and assistance was needed.

Earlier this week, Rep. Adriano Espaillat and Congressional Black Caucus members spoke on the involvement of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a figure in the current administration who they argue could be doing more for Rocky and the two other men currently locked up in Sweden.

“We are calling on Secretary Pompeo to do more,” Espaillat said, per ABC News. “This is not enough. It is unconscionable that young men that are doing well, they are on the right track in life, they’re very successful, they’re icons in the hip-hop community, are treated under these inhuman conditions.”

Watch BET Founder Bob Johnson: Democrat Party Has ‘Moved Too Far to the Left’

Black Entertainment Television (BET) founder Robert Johnson criticized the Democratic Party for shifting too far left during the presidential primary contest during an interview aired on CNBC Tuesday.

Johnson suggested the party’s embrace of far-left positions could hurt the eventual Democratic nominee in the general election against President Donald Trump.

“The party, in my opinion, has moved for me, personally, too far to the left, and for that reason I don’t have a candidate in the party at this time,” Johnson said when asked about Democratic presidential primary so far.

Johnson has previously described himself as a centrist who has consistently supported Democratic politicians including former secretary of state Hillary Clinton during her presidential campaign against Trump.

He offered additional advice to the crowd of over 20 Democratic candidates who are fighting to take on President Trump in 2020.

“I think at the end of the day, if a Democrat is going to beat Trump that person, he or she, is going to have to move to the center and you can’t wait too long to do that because the message of some of the programs that the Democrats are pushing are not resonating with the majority of the American people,” he added.

The entertainment executive also suggested Democrats will lose their ability to appeal to moderate or independent voters by embracing far-left policies in the primary. The first Democratic debates saw candidates embrace once-extreme positions including decriminalizing border crossings, unlimited access to abortion, and abolishing private insurance in favor of government-run healthcare.

Johnson, who met with Trump shortly after he won the presidency, praised the president for policies that have helped fuel record job gains and economic growth.

“The economy is doing great, and it’s reaching populations that heretofore had very bad problems in terms of jobs and employments and the opportunities that come with employment,” he said reflecting on President Trump’s economic record. Johnson, the nation’s first African-American billionaire, specifically pointed to the president’s tax cuts and gave him an “A+” on his handling of the economy.

Kim Kardashian Returns To White House To Discuss Criminal Justice

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Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, who was a driving force behind the commutation of Alice Johnson, returned to the White House to speak at an event promoting the hiring of prisoners released early under the First Step Act, the criminal justice reform law President Trump signed into law in December.

Before announcing a proposal, Kardashian West said she was inspired to help formerly incarcerated people reenter society. “These people want to work. They want the best outcome,” she said.

“I’m so happy to announce today that we have a ride-share partnership where formerly incarcerated people will be gifted gift cards so that they can get rides to and from job interview, to and from jobs, family members,” Kardashian West said. She thanked Mr. Trump for his “compassion” in his dedication to reforming criminal justice.

Kardashian West is now studying law and working as an assistant to two attorneys, with the goal of becoming a lawyer. Mr. Trump joked she was “the highest paid assistant.”

Speaking at the event, Mr. Trump said his latest criminal justice proposal would aim to decrease recidivism and ensure that former prisoners are able to experience “the dignity of work.”

“When we say, ‘Hire American,’ We mean all Americans,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Trump also praised his press secretary, Sarah Sanders, who he announced will be leaving the White House. He reiterated that he wants her to run for governor of Arkansas, her home state. Speaking briefly and holding back tears, Sanders said that she would continue to be an “outspoken” and loyal supporter of the president.

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