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“I’m sick of being an activist just because I’m fat and black. I want to be an activist because I’m intelligent, because I care about issues, because my music is good, because I want to help the world.” This half-complaint, half-reflection by singer, rapper, and flautist Lizzo comes to the masses by way of David Letterman’s “My Next Guest” on
Protests against police brutality in Nigeria have reached a peak as soldiers open fire at peaceful protestors on Tuesday night. The violence in Nigeria has gotten severe, and Americans are slow to respond to raise awareness. People in Lekki sitting on the floor, signing the national anthem & waiving the Nigerian flag just a few minutes before fire was opened on them.pic.twitter.com/H7gCaIE72w — Moe (@Mochievous) October 20, 2020 Peaceful Protest Turned Violent For the past two weeks, thousands of Nigerians have been protesting nationwide for the abolishment of a Nigerian police unit, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, also known as SARS for short. SARS has been accused of harassment, torture and murder for years now. After pressure from the public, the unit was disbanded on October 11th, but protests demanding new law enforcement reform continue. A three day 24-hour curfew was put in place to help control protests. But despite the protest, things took a turn for the worse in Lagos on Tuesday. Local photojournalist, Eti-Inyene Godwin Akpan, who has been documenting the protests, told NBC News, “it’s been a peaceful protest from the beginning.” Akpan continued to detail how most of the protests have been people sitting on the ground, holding the Nigerian flag and singing the national anthem by a tollgate that distinguishes the affluent area to the mainland. Around 3pm on Tuesday at the Lekki bridge, Akpan saw bridge workers take down security cameras and turn off street lighting, which caused concern. That evening Nigerian military arrived and began shooting at the crowd. People scrambled to flee the scene while officers destroyed cameras and phones and continued shooting. A protest organizer who was on the frontlines of the Lekki protest expressed disbelief that the army had denied deaths at the scene, when there was video evidence online. Unverified images have been posted online depicting fires, property damage, gunfire and more. The protest organizer said he feared that dozens of people had been killed that evening, and that gun shots could still be heard into Wednesday morning. The incident seemed “perfectly planned” by officers, described the organizer. He too had seen the security cameras and street lights get turned off. The Nigerian army has denied any deaths and have brushed the incident off as fake news on Twitter. Be Aware!!! pic.twitter.com/rpqNtcYF29 — Nigerian Army (@HQNigerianArmy) October 20, 2020 Spreading Awareness The hashtags #EndSars and #EndSarsNow are being utilised to spread awareness globally about what is happening right now in Nigeria. But still, many people say this is not enough. An image of a bloodied Nigerian flag starting circulating the internet. It is now one of the most shared images when talking about the protests. On this day 20-10-20, the Nigerian flag was stained with the blood of the innocent #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigera protesters. pic.twitter.com/aXTwrYkn21 — Vanguard Newspapers (@vanguardngrnews) October 20, 2020 Many people are trying to bring more attention to Americans about the genocide that is happening in Nigeria. the police are blatantly killing peaceful protesters & unarmed civilians in nigeria. our people need our attention and they need our aid. black people deserve peace worldwide. #EndSARs — Meechael Myers (@DemetriusHarmon) October 21, 2020 People are urging each other not to be silent right now. Silence is not an option and the world needs to know that genocide is happening in Nigeria.#EndSars #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeria #SARSMUSTEND #EndSWAT #GenocideAtLekkiTollGate #CrimesAgainstHumanity Registration https://t.co/KdfPe8bXcP pic.twitter.com/jWRVH1qBzA — Aisha Yesufu (@AishaYesufu) October 21, 2020 Similarities are being drawn between what is happening in Nigeria as their citizens are being harmed for peacefully protesting police, much like what happened in America during the Black Lives Matter movement this past summer. Twitter users are calling for the same amount of energy for Nigeria that was given during the BLM movement. We stopped the entire world for the BLM movement, but now when there are pressing issues happening in Nigeria & Congo the world is quieter. Black lives in Africa are black lives that also matter. #EndsSARS #EndSWAT #CongoIsBleeding #congogenocide — A (@_IndelibleA) October 16, 2020 This Twitter users summarizes the irony many people see in this situation; pointing out the irony of asking for the same energy as BLM though, when the violent protests in Nigeria are still about Black lives facing police brutality. I don’t appreciate people saying“GIVE NIGERIA THE SAME ATTENTION YOU GAVE THE BLM MOVEMENT”As if nigerians aren’t black. Nigerian lives ARE black lives. There is no separation. BLM movement focused around police brutality. Nigerians are suffering from police brutality!! — Monay (@Lunathesnob) October 21, 2020 Most of the talk in America right now about Nigeria is calling out not only that more energy is needed, but almost how ashamed everyone should be for picking and choosing which Black lives we fight for. BLM in your bio but you haven’t said a word about Nigeria or any of the other African countries suffering? Are you not embarrassed? — Rejoice #END SARS🇳🇬 (@uwaemuan) October 21, 2020 Luckily there are some resources going around though! This Twitter user outlines a comprehensive list of how you can help Nigeria from an outside country. So I've been seeing "what can I do" a lot from folks who want to know how they can help Nigeria from outside the country. There's several ways right now in which you can assist in this movement, a thread: — Seun (@seuntheactivist) October 21, 2020 How Celebrities Are Responding Originally very few celebrities were speaking out about what is happening in Nigeria, but slowly more and more began speaking out. Rihanna was the first big celebrity to take to social media about the protests last night. She posted the viral photo of the bloodied Nigerian flag with the hashtag “#ENDSARS NG.” She also posted an Instagram story last night, voicing her support for Nigerians in their continued fight against SARS. She tweeted the same posts to her Twitter account. #ENDSARS 🇳🇬 pic.twitter.com/59lrs8JnDA — Rihanna (@rihanna) October 20, 2020 Beyonce, well known for her activism on behalf of people of color, also spoke out on Instagram, voicing her allyship and actionable items she is doing to help. Lizzo also took the time to educate her fans on Instagram about what is happening in Nigeria. Slowly other celebrities began to use their platforms as well to raise awareness about the situation in Nigeria, but most of them have been celebrities of color. Most recently Jada Pinkett Smith expressed heartbreak over what is happening in Nigeria on Twitter. She calls for change. The senseless brutality in Nigeria has me completely heartbroken. There has to be change. #EndSARS #PrayForNigeria 🙏🏽🖤 pic.twitter.com/1JdhNiauKi — Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) October 21, 2020 Of the few white “celebrities” that have spoken out about Nigeria are Presidential candidate Joe Biden. He issued a statement on Tuesday calling on the Nigerian President and military to cease the violence against protesters. He also called for the United States to stand with Nigerians peacefully protesting. President Trump has yet to comment on the issue, at least on Twitter. Our hearts are with Nigeria during this devastating time as they continue to fight for justice.
From secret weddings to cheating allegations, we have all been aboard Cardi B’s and Offset’s emotional rollercoaster as they climbed hills and encountered steep drops. However, as they neared their third wedding anniversary, the rappers have decided to unbuckle their seatbelts and end their wild ride. After overwhelming evidence of Offset repeatedly cheating throughout their relationship, Cardi B finally had enough. On Tuesday, Cardi B’s lawyer submitted documents in Atlanta to divorce Offset and request full custody of their two-year old daughter Kulture. However, on Wednesday morning Cardi B made some adjustments as she disagreed with the terms her lawyer asked for. She wants an “amicable” divorce and a healthy co-parenting relationship with her daughter’s father. Relationship Timeline In attempts to keep their personal lives on the down low, Offset and Cardi B secretly got married in September 2017, but Offset publicly proposed in October – a month after they were already married. After months of keeping people in the dark on their marital status, the husband and wife revealed the truth in June 2018. However, the secrets did not end there. For a while, Cardi B held her pregnancy a secret as she wanted people to focus on her music rather than her personal life. When it became impossible to hide her pregnancy, Cardi B shocked fans as she boasted her pregnant body during her performance on SNL in April 2018. Cardi B officially reveals her pregnancy on #SNL https://t.co/EsbqDvIny7 pic.twitter.com/ePl3kEsyHx — Rap-Up (@RapUp) April 8, 2018 Although their relationship had many milestones, there were rocks in the road as videos resurfaced of Offset cheating on Cardi B in December 2017 and January 2018. Despite pressure from fans to leave him, Cardi B stuck by his side. But a year later, Cardi B announced on Instagram that the couple had broken up and she’s looking into getting a divorce. Aww the way Cardi B is talking? pic.twitter.com/CNNsEmB7sp — AbikeArab Money? (@papaya_ex) September 16, 2020 Shortly after their breakup went public, Offset confessed that he missed his wife and ambushed Cardi B onstage during the Rolling Loud music festival with signs asking her to take him back. After a month of Offset’s multiple grand gestures, the couple got back together at the end of January 2019. For over a year, it seemed that their marriage was going strong as the couple expressed their love for each other on social media – especially this summer. But it seems Offset has not learned his lesson as many women have come forward exposing their affairs with the Migos member, leading Cardi B to finally divorce him. Divorce Details According to TMZ, the original court documents stated that the couple have been separated for some time and Cardi B has no intention of getting back together with Offset. Cardi B’s lawyer requested for an “equitable share of marital assets,” which leads us to assume that – unlike many other celebrity marriages – there was no prenup when the rappers got married. Also, the lawyer asked for Cardi B to get full custody of her daughter and for Offset to pay child support and legal expenses. However, Cardi B was surprised by the stance her lawyer was taking, which led her to make some changes on Wednesday morning. In the new documents, she wants Offset to have joint custody of their daughter and to not be forced to give any financial support. She wants this divorce to be smooth and friendly. The exes are set to appear in court on November 4 to determine the official terms of their divorce. Twitter Responses Although this is a serious and saddening situation for the two parties involved, people are taking to Twitter to create memes and jokes about their divorce. Cardi B is known for her sexual and explicit songs, and many are analyzing the lyrics to her song ‘WAP’ to explain why Offset was unfaithful. However, many are slut-shaming Cardi B in the process. Cardi B should’ve really learned to cook & clean for Offset instead of just relying on that WAP… didn’t get her too far after all. — DeAnna Lorraine ?? (@DeAnna4Congress) September 15, 2020 I guess it ain't a WAP, her husband still get real WAP LOLWHAT does that ring mean now. Since you dont cook or clean. — MomaShugg (@MommaShugg1) September 16, 2020 Lol. So my question is: Does Cardi have that WAP if he cheating???? — La'Marcus (@Markkhuz) September 16, 2020 Cardi B doesn’t cook, she doesn’t clean and she can’t keep a man like my ex. @iamcardib. Shame — Omar Navarro (@RealOmarNavarro) September 15, 2020 Cardi b : “I don’t cook, I don’t clean” Offset: pic.twitter.com/fiXuPxXcqf — NJ? (@gIazersdead) September 15, 2020 Even though Cardi B has some haters, Offset has even more. Because of their past, most are commenting on Offset’s serial cheating habits. Offset trynna figure out why Cardi is divorcing him after cheating on her pic.twitter.com/hsBRclRBB6 — ✌️ (@AmirMuhammadAli) September 15, 2020 Cardi B: i want a divorce Offset after cheating on her a billion times: pic.twitter.com/11VOiXMJI5 — Active (@heypeopleexx) September 15, 2020 Cardi b : we’re getting a divorce i don’t deserve this Offset unblocking every insta model cardi made him block : pic.twitter.com/KE8VVDNA7W — ⚔️Jeremy | Replay 〄 (@gardenpanty) September 15, 2020 Amid the news of Cardi B’s divorce, she has been receiving lots of love and support from her fans – including Lizzo. Lizzo sent Cardi flowers. We love a genuine friendship. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/83yTP81VLj — Fan Account | #BLM (@BardiUpdatess) September 16, 2020 Cardi B. is powerful!! In every way! Mind and heart. And she needs a partner that embraces that, is in awe of that, cherishes that, is in reverence of that, and delights in that. — Bolu Babalola (@BeeBabs) September 15, 2020 I'm not surprised cardi B is divorceing offset. She's sitting with presidential candidates & looking to make change. He's been cheating on her since day one. She just outgrew him. — ?? Quinn ???? (@Quinn510_) September 16, 2020 It’s so sad to watch so many people talking down on Cardi B as if she is the one in the wrong. Like I always say, celebrity women get cheated on bc these men are jealous of them in their stardom & are trying to publicly humiliate them to make themselves feel confident. — ABM (@imani_yvonne2) September 16, 2020 How do you feel about Cardi B’s and Offset’s divorce? Will the divorce be as friendly as Cardi B hopes?