Sean “Diddy” Combs Brings Awareness On Fires Devastating Brazil’s Rain-Forest

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The Amazon rainforest in Brazil is experiencing a record amount of fires this year, according to the country’s space agency.

According to reports, The number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon between Jan. 1 and Aug. 20 — more than 74,000 as of Tuesday — has risen 84% from the same period in 2018, according to data from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE), which used satellites to collect its research.

The wildfires are so intense that smoke loomed over the city of Sao Paolo, more than a thousand miles away, according to Greenpeace.

Diddy , and his children use their social media platform to bring awareness on the ongoing wildfires rage in Amazon.

In the clip Diddy says, “Check this out ya’ll this is an emergency announcement. Do ya’ll know that the Amazon has been burning for weeks? And, we’re just now hearing about this. Amazon is the largest rain forest in the planet earth. It contains 20% of the world’s oxygen.  The fires are burning at one of the fastest paces in years. We only have one planet and we have to take care of it….”

Here’s are things YOU can do to help protect the rain-forest!


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It’s best to buy less. But when you do buy choose companies that donate to environmental causes like Irving Farm Coffee’s Rainforest Foundation Project Coffee or Teadora’s skin care products. Irving Farm’s Rainforest Foundation Project Coffee–they not only source their coffee from cooperatives in Peruvian and Honduran rainforests–they give us $1 for every bag sold!

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NYPD FIRES Officer Daniel Pantaleo For Chokehold in Eric Garner’s Death

Daniel Pantaleo, the New York City police officer seen on video using a chokehold during Eric Garner’s deadly arrest five years ago ⁠— sparking mass protests ⁠and becoming a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement — was fired by the department on Monday.

According to reports, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill announced he’ll enforce an administrative judge’s recommendation, made this month, that Pantaleo be terminated over the July 17, 2014, confrontation as Garner was being arrested on Staten Island for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

Pantaleo, who has been with the NYPD since 2006, was suspended as soon as that departmental verdict was reached, in keeping with long-standing practice when there is a recommendation for firing. The 13-year veteran had been on desk duty as his case made its way through legal and administrative circles.

“It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer,” O’Neill announced.

“There are absolutely no victors here today, not the Garner family, not the community at large and certainly not the courageous men and women of the police department who put their own lives on the line every single day in service to people of this great city.”

Emerald Snipes Garner, one of Eric Garner’s daughter, thanked the family’s supporters and O’Neill for his decision on Monday.

“Commissioner O’Neill, I thank you for doing the right thing,” she told reporters during a press conference at the Harlem headquarters of the National Action Network. “I truly, sincerely thank you for firing the officer, regardless to however you came up to your decision. You finally made the decision that should’ve been made by five years ago.”

Garner’s loved ones and NAN’s founder, the Rev. Al Sharpton, who is also an MSNBC host, said they’ll push lawmakers to make the chokehold illegal, and not just a violation of any individual department’s internal policy.

“We can’t talk about what happened in the past,” Emerald Snipes Garner said. “We can only talk about what we’re gonna do to move forward.”

And while O’Neill said he found fault in Garner’s actions, Emerald Snipes Garner said she had a different take: “When I watch the video, I see my father being killed.”

Pantaleo’s termination seemed to be in the cards for weeks.

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.”

Gunman Surrenders After Standoff With Cops In Philadelphia

An armed suspect accused of wounding six officers in north Philadelphia during a nearly eight-hour standoff surrendered early Thursday, officials said.

The gunfire began Wednesday afternoon as police tried to serve an arrest warrant, police said. Shortly after midnight, police spokesman Sgt. Eric Gripp tweeted that a suspect was in custody and that SWAT officers were clearing the house.

Police on the scene said that the suspect surrendered without incident. The suspect was taken to a hospital for treatment because police had used tear gas, The Associated Press reported.

“It’s nothing short of a miracle that we don’t have multiple officers killed today,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr. said Wednesday night.

Police were serving the warrant at the house in the northern part of the city when a gunman opened fire. Two officers were trapped upstairs for hours before they were safely freed along with three others by SWAT officers, the police commissioner said.

In a press conference early Thursday, Ross said the suspect had prior arrests, but his office is not discussing the details of the charges at this time.

President Donald Trump in a tweet Thursday morning said the suspect “should never have been allowed to be on the streets” because of his “very dangerous criminal record.”

Trump tweeted that the suspect, who was identified by an attorney as Maurice Hill, “looked like he was having a good time after his capture, and after wounding so many police.”

Several Officers Injured By Suspect Firing In Ongoing Shooting In Philadelphia: Police

Six Philadelphia police officers have been shot by at least one gunman who authorities say is firing at them in an ongoing shooting incident, according to the police department.

According to reports, Police cars were seen speeding toward the scene in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Tioga-Nicetown as armored vehicles and police in tactical gear converged on a street. About a dozen officers were seen taking cover behind cars as other officials surrounded a home with guns drawn.

The suspect barricaded himself inside a building on 15th Street, police said. The shootout began during a narcotics operation at around 4:30 p.m. when officers entered the home to serve a search warrant and were met with gunfire. Some officers had to escape through windows and two were trapped inside with the shooter for several hours, police said. The trapped officers were safely removed from the home as of 9:30 p.m.

The officers were struck in various parts of their bodies and one had a graze wound to the head. All six officers who were shot have now been released from area hospitals, police said.

Several rounds of gunfire continued for more than an hour, ABC Philadelphia station WPVI reported. Officers repeatedly commanded the shooter to “Come out with your hands up,” according to the station.

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross spoke at press conference from the scene of the standoff late Wednesday, pleading for the shooter to turn himself in.

“We are trying to talk to this male, trying to let him know that he can end this peacefully now,” Ross said. “We have called him multiple times. He’s picked up the phone a couple times, but he has not answered.

He said officers have been working with a family member of the suspect in an effort to reason with the shooter.

“Despite several attempts to talk to him — both on the loudspeaker and on telephone — we have been not been able to make contact with them thus far,” Ross said. “This is a very volatile situation that is still unfolding, so as a result there’s only so much I can tell you about what’s going on inside of that property.”

Jeffery Epstein Dies By Suicide At The Metropolitan Correctional Center In Manhattan

Jeffrey Epstein, the disgraced millionaire who was facing federal sex trafficking charges, died by suicide early Saturday in his Lower Manhattan prison cell, law enforcement sources and the Bureau of Prisons confirmed to ABC News.

Epstein hanged himself, the sources said.

He was found unresponsive in his cell at Metropolitan Correctional Center around 6:30 a.m., the Bureau of Prisons said. He transported in cardiac arrest to New York Downtown Hospital at 6:39 a.m., according to sources.

Epstein, 66, was set to stand trial next year for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of girls in New York and Florida.

His death came less than three weeks after he was found unresponsive in his cell at the federal prison in Lower Manhattan, with marks on his neck that appeared to be self-inflicted, sources told ABC News. He was placed on suicide watch following the July 23 incident, but was not on suicide watch at the time of his death.

The FBI is investigating the incident, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

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