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Russell Wilson Signs Deal to Become NFL’s Top-Paid Player

LA FOCUS — The Seattle Seahawks and their quarterback Russell Wilson have reached an agreement on a four-year, $140 million contract extension that makes him the highest paid player in the NFL and includes a $65 million signing bonus

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The Seattle Seahawks and their quarterback Russell Wilson have reached an agreement on a four-year, $140 million contract extension that makes him the highest paid player in the NFL and includes a $65 million signing bonus

“Hey Seattle, we got a deal,” Wilson said in a video posted to Twitter with his wife Ciara, who added, “Go Hawks!”

“We’re all really pleased that we were able to take the next step to stay together and keep this moving,” said Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. “Russ has been a huge factor in everything that has happened, and this allows us to stay on track with continuing to push to find that consistency. Russell is a unique player, a unique competitor. It’s rare the way he’s just so consistently connected to competing and battling. To keep that factor as part of the program is just a real positive for our fans and for everyone. We’re all fortunate to see this happen.

The thirty-year-old Wilson has led the Seahawks to a winning season in each of his seven years with the club and has started in every game of his career. In that stretch, the Seahawks made the playoffs six times, won three division titles, two NFC Championships, and the franchise’s only Superbowl.

“For me, for my family and for (agent) Mark (Rodgers), we love Seattle, and it’s the place I want to be,” Wilson said after signing the contract. “I’ve always wanted to be here. When I first got drafted in 2012, I wanted to be here forever. This helps solidify that. I’ve got many more years to go and a lot more winning to do—we’ve got more Super Bowls to win. I’m excited about that.”

This article originally appeared in the LA Focus

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Councilmember Harris-Dawson and Mayor Garcetti Break Ground on Bridge Housing Facility for Homeless

LA FOCUS — Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Mayor Garcetti broke ground on a new emergency bridge housing facility that will provide beds for 100 homeless Angelenos at a time, and offer on-site supportive services to help them transition into permanent housing. The project will be the first of Mayor Garcetti’s “A Bridge Home” sites to open in South L.A.

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Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Mayor Garcetti broke ground on a new emergency bridge housing facility that will provide beds for 100 homeless Angelenos at a time, and offer on-site supportive services to help them transition into permanent housing. The project will be the first of Mayor Garcetti’s “A Bridge Home” sites to open in South L.A.

“We are investing on an unprecedented scale to build the supportive and affordable housing that will end this crisis. But our homeless neighbors can’t wait — they need a place to sleep right now, and that’s why we’re pushing hard to provide them with A Bridge Home,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “This new facility will add badly needed emergency beds and services for Angelenos in South L.A. I am grateful to Councilmember Harris-Dawson for his leadership, and our County partners for their investment in the supportive services we need to make this initiative successful.”

The new bridge housing site on St. Andrews Place in South L.A. will continue utilizing the place-based emergency housing model that defines the Mayor’s A Bridge Home program. The beds will be filled through exhaustive outreach in the area immediately surrounding the facility. Residents will have access to resources like mental health services and addiction counseling on site, and storage space for their possessions.

“Chesterfield Square and Hyde Park have long had many families and individuals living in cars and RVs- this is the prime location to launch our first Bridge Home facility to provide a safe and secure location to receive services while being connected to permanent housing, ” said Councilmember Harris-Dawson. “Later this year, we’re slated to break ground on several PSH developments throughout the district as well as a Navigation Center that will act as a one-stop shop in service provision, life skills training, counseling, laundry and restroom facilities.”

Services at the facility will be provided by the County through funding from Measure H, the landmark homeless services initiative approved by voters in 2017.

“Thanks to the services provided at this site, about 100 women and men who currently sleep on the streets of South LA will be put on a path to stable and supportive housing,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas. “This is Measure H at work and public-private partnership at its best, bringing Everyone In and transforming lives.”

The is the first of four A Bridge Home sites that will break ground in South L.A. Three sites are already open in locations across the City, with several more expected to open in the coming weeks. The site in L.A.’s historic El Pueblo neighborhood, which has been open the longest, has already demonstrated the success of the model.

Since the facility opened in October 2018, crime has dipped in the surrounding area by two thirds, and the number of encampments has diminished from 100 to 37.

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Hip Hop Superstars Call For Firing Of Laura Ingraham

LA FOCUS — Snoop Dogg, The Game, and T.I. are among the rappers who have called on the Fox News Network to fire anchor Laura Ingraham after a segment where she appeared to be mocking late rapper Nipsey Hussle.

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Snoop Dogg, The Game, and T.I. are among the rappers who have called on the Fox News Network to fire anchor Laura Ingraham after a segment where she appeared to be mocking late rapper Nipsey Hussle.

Ingram sarcastically referred to Hussle as “this dear artist” before playing a clip of a protest song Hussle did with fellow L.A. rapper Y.G. titled “FDT” released during the 2016 presidential campaigns.

“Ok, that’s a very creative refrain,” Ingraham said of the chorus which includes the lines “F– Donald Trump”. “The chorus goes on and on, is that related to the lowest unemployment ever, basically for African Americans?”

Compton rapper The Game spoke out on Instagram saying calling for her to be fired.

“We are NO LONGER laying quiet while you continuously disrespect our brother, culture African Americans as a whole,” he wrote. “I will use my platform & call on my peers to do the same. Nips passing nor his legacy is to be taken lightly as there will be consequences for any disrespect now or in the future as long as I have a voice!!!”

Snoop Dogg commented on Games post saying, “I’m in.”

“This is Disgusting! You both are vile despicable, poor excuses for people.” said T.I. who also shared the segment. “My expectations have already decreased so much for mankind in the past couple weeks that this hardly surprised me… especially from @foxnews. But rest assured that sooner than later you’ll BOTH see… WE ALL GET OUR TURN TO LIVE THROUGH OUR OWN PERSONAL TRAGEDY… and watch how many people dance in the streets, laugh and crack distasteful inappropriate jokes when it’s YOUR TURN!!!! Karma is constant & the laws of reciprocity ARE IN ORDER!!!! Neither of you WILL EVER know or experience the level of love, appreciation and respect that Nip has… EVEN IN DEATH!!! So let that sizzle in ya lil hateful, demonic spirits. And with that… I’m logging off IG at least a month or so…”

This article originally appeared in the LA Focus

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Racist Incidents Prompt Airbnb Partnership with NAACP to Help Blacks Cash In

LA FOCUS — Popular short-term rental tech company Airbnb has been in hot water recently after a series of claims of racism towards black users who were being either racially profiled by their hosts or neighbors, locked out of lease opportunities, or had trouble renting their properties because they were black.

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Popular short-term rental tech company Airbnb has been in hot water recently after a series of claims of racism towards black users who were being either racially profiled by their hosts or neighbors, locked out of lease opportunities, or had trouble renting their properties because they were black.

The hashtag #airbnbwhileblack surfaced on Twitter after numerous accounts of discrimination towards black people came to light.

The company is now partnering with the NAACP to create a program that will conduct targeted outreach to communities of color to help more people use their homes to earn extra income. The partnership also includes a unique revenue sharing model where Airbnb will share 20 percent of its earnings from this partnership with the NAACP. The NAACP and Airbnb will also collaborate on a series of projects to support Airbnb’s ongoing efforts to increase workforce diversity, as well as support Airbnb’s supplier diversity goals.

“For too long, black people and other communities of color have faced barriers to access new technology and innovations,” said Derrick Johnson, interim president and CEO of the NAACP. “This groundbreaking partnership with Airbnb will help bring new jobs and economic opportunities to our communities. Airbnb’s commitment to that goal is a tremendous step in the right direction for Silicon Valley to opens its doors to African-Americans and other communities.”

Airbnb’s director of national partnerships, Jayne Ingram, who was formerly Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s executive director, said her time working for the civil rights group helped inform the program to bring diversity to Airbnb. Ingram says that Airbnb’s success in well-traveled cities such as Atlanta, which lays claim to the world’s busiest airport, is crucial for bringing wealth to the property owners of the community– since Airbnb hosts keep 97 percent of what they earn.

“The amount of traffic coming to and from Atlanta is unrivaled,” Ingram told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “That is a lot of money that is being driven into the community. This is a way that you can monetize your assets. It is a way for you to become an entrepreneur. It really is this notion of economic justice.”

“Airbnb is democratizing capitalism. Instead of a corporation controlling the supply and distributing the profits, hosts decide when they offer their space and keep 97% of what they charge for their listing,” echoed Belinda Johnson, Airbnb’s Chief Business Affairs Officer.

“Our fastest-growing communities across major U.S. cities are in communities of color and we’ve seen how home sharing is an economic lifeline for families. This partnership will build on this incredible progress. The NAACP is unrivaled in its tireless work to expand economic opportunities for minority communities and we look forward to collaborating with their talented team.”

This article originally appeared in the LA Focus

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