Independent Autopsy: George Floyd Died Of ‘Asphyxiation From Sustained Pressure’

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An independent autopsy into the death of George Floyd requested by his family has ruled his death a homicide as a result of “asphyxiation from sustained pressure.”

According to CNN, the autopsy determined that compression to Floyd’s neck and back cut off the blood flow to his brain, leaving essentially “dead on the scene,” family attorney Ben Crump noted.

Video footage from the incident that went viral and prompted outrage and protests showed officer Derek Chauvin causally and callously putting his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. A different video that later surfaced showed other officers kneeling on his back.

All four officers that were on the scene at the time of the incident were fired. Chauvin has since been arrested and charged with murder.

This ruling from the independent medical examiners comes after the Hennepin County Medical Examiner claimed in preliminary results that there were “no physical findings” to “support a diagnosis of traumatic asphyxia or strangulation.”

That autopsy said that Floyd died from combined effects of being restrained, any potential intoxicants in his system, as well as underlying health issues, including heart disease, as CNN notes.

Dr. Michael Baden, one of the independent medical examiners, refuted those results.

“There is no other health issue that could cause or contribute to the death,” Baden said. “Police have this false impression that if you can talk, you can breathe. That’s not true.”

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Here’s Everything Coming To Netflix In June

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You know what a new month means? There’s a new batch of content from Netflix that we can add to our binge rotation.

And it’s coming at a perfect time, especially when we’re looking for distractions from the heavy news cycle.

A few of our favorite sitcoms will be releasing their new seasons this month on the streaming platform, such as the final season of 13 Reasons Why, along with Spike Lee’s highly anticipated film, Da 5 Bloods—his first film since the Oscar-winning feature, BlacKkKlansman.

Below, check out the titles coming in June that you absolutely must stream on Netflix this month.

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Where to Donate to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

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These are 11 funds and organizations to which you can donate to seek justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Combat racist policies and police brutality by donating to places such as Black Visions Collective, Reclaim the Block, and Fair Fight.

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Where to Donate to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

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These are 11 funds and organizations to which you can donate to seek justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Combat racist policies and police brutality by donating to places such as Black Visions Collective, Reclaim the Block, and Fair Fight.

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Best Fungal Acne Safe Products and Pityrosporum Folliculitis Treatments — Expert Picks

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Dermatologists and a cosmetic chemist share the ingredients you should seek out, like tea tree and sulfur, and avoid, like oils and fatty acids, when treating fungal acne breakouts. They also recommend fungal acne-safe products and pityrosporum folliculitis treatments.

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The Internet Reacts To Virgil Abloh Seemingly Donating $50

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In light of everything happening in regards to police brutality, the fashion industry is scrambling to find the right words. In the past, the industry has arguably turned a blind eye to the Black Lives Matter movement and designers like Kerby Jean-Raymond have found themselves speaking to an industry that see’s his work as “groundbreaking” but ultimately ignores the message he encompasses through his garments. While there are few black industry mavens that hold high-power positions, Off-White creator and Louis Vuitton menswear designer Virgil Abloh is one of them. This weekend, black creatives expressed their distaste for the designer after he sent out mixed messages regarding the chaos that has transpired regarding the death of George Floyd.

While there were peaceful protesting throughout parts of the country, other protest resulted in multiple luxury stores in Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago being completely looted. Abloh and his white streetwear counterparts were not exempt as most of them hold store fronts in LA. “We’re about of a culture together, is this what you want,” Abloh wrote on Instagram after Sean Wotherspoon’s Round Two Vintage was ransacked.

His outcry left Black creatives confused due to Abloh’s unusual silence on Black and brown issues. While Abloh employs rappers like 21 Savage to model campaigns, his touch on the culture usually stops there. He’s been able to grab the masses and support of the black community while separating himself from social issues.

There were many telling instances with Virgil but the one for me was when this young Black designer, Wole Olosunde, shared how excited he was to meet Virgil + show him a glasses design he completed That young man’s glasses were ripped off in the Off-White SS19 Collection smh👇🏽 pic.twitter.com/jqCWCOdANm

— Shelby Ivey Christie (@bronze_bombSHEL) June 1, 2020

Shortly after the internet caught word about Abloh’s post, photos including his rumored all-white staff pictures began to circulate and fashion historian Shelby Ivey Christie pointed out that Abloh was under fire last year for allegedly stealing from a young black designer by the name of Wole Olosunde.

Amidst the backfire, the designer donated $50 to a fund created by Fempower to bail out protestors in Miami. For some, this donation was a little too late. “A donation is a donation we suppose? Thankful for all the humor that this has brought,” wrote a rep on the Fempower Instagram story.

The question of if Virgil is truly “for the culture,” arises again.

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Derek Chauvin Transferred To Maximum-Security Prison

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Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who was captured on video putting his knee on George Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes, has been transferred to a maximum-security facility, KSTP reports.

Chauvin, who was fired and subsequently arrested and charged with murder in Floyd’s death, who was most recently being held in Hennepin County Jail has been transferred to the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Oak Park Heights, where, according to the report, many inmates “need a higher level of security.”

Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson requested the transfer, according to the DOC Commissioner Paul Schnell.

According to KARE11, Schnell said the transfer was made due to concerns over the coronavirus, as well as matters of jail safety.

The move was also ironically made on Sunday in anticipation of the arrests of demonstrators protesting against Floyd’s death.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – MAY 31: Protesters demonstrate against the death of George Floyd on May 31, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Four Minneapolis police officers have been fired after a video taken by a witness was posted on social media showing Floyd’s neck pinned to the ground by an officer during an arrest. Floyd was pronounced dead after being transported to Hennepin County Medical Center and former officer Derek Chauvin was charged with his murder. Photo by Joshua Lott for The Washington Post via Getty Images

“A large number of people could be booked into Hennepin County Jail tonight, and as a result of that Sheriff Hutchinson handed me the request and the DOC accommodated that request and the transfer has been made,” Schnell said. “He is safe and secure in the prison at Oak Park Heights.”

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10 Things We’re Talking About

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1. BLACK WOMEN LEAD

The University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School has named a new dean. On July 1, longtime academic Erika H. James assumes the reins, marking the first time an African-American or a woman has been at the helm in Wharton’s 139-year history.

2. A CANNABIS CREATION

Louisiana’s Southern University and A&M College has become the first HBCU to launch a CBD product line. Alafia products are sold in locations around the state and will be available throughout the U.S. soon.

3. THE PRICE OF HIGHER ED

A report published in Sociology of Education determined that African-Americans take on debt when acquiring advanced degrees but sustain a bigger payoff compared with their White counterparts. In 2016, attaining such degrees resulted in a 30 percent pay bump for Blacks and an 18 percent pay bump for Whites, though Blacks’ base pay was not necessarily higher.

4. GOING ON THE RECORD

Businesswoman Ursula Burns donated $1 million to The HistoryMakers, an oral archive, to help launch The WomanMakers initiative. The noteworthy gift will allow for the addition of 180 interviews of leading Black women.

5. SERVING BLACK WOMEN

The Family Health Center of Waco, Texas, is pledging to improve the health outcomes for pregnant Black women with a $52,230 grant made possible by the Episcopal Health Foundation.

AkonAkon wants to bring the first cryptocurrency-based economy to Senegal. 6. MOVING INTO THE CRYPTOSPHERE

The Senegalese-American musician known as Akon (above) wants to take Africa into the future. This year he finalized an agreement to build a Crypto City in Senegal. Residents of the locale, called Akon City, will use cryptocurrency known as AKoins to conduct business. The ecotourism destination is expected to take ten years to complete.

7. MAN OF HONOR

Pearl Harbor hero Doris “Dorie” Miller is receiving much-deserved recognition from the U.S. Navy. The military branch will be naming one of its newest and costliest supercarriers after the World War II icon, who bravely manned a machine gun during a Japanese attack and helped save countless lives.

8. A BLACK BOURBON BOOM

Kentucky has long been known for some of the best bourbons on the market, and this year two Black-owned companies are cashing in on the business. Brothers Victor, Chris and Bryson Yarbrough launched Louisville’s Brough Brothers Bourbon in February. The same month, Fresh Bourbon Distilling Co., led by Sean Edwards, announced plans to open a distillery in Lexington later this year.

9. PROMISING A FUTURE

NBA superstar LeBron James has done it again. Through his eponymous foundation, the Akron native is sending 193 students from his I Promise School to Kent State University and picking up the tab for four years of their tuition and one year of room and board.

10. UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP

On July 1, Jonathan Holloway, provost of Northwestern University, will become Rutgers University’s first Black president.

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Purlisse Watermelon + Charcoal Purifying Cleanser Is for Oily Skin — Editor Review

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An Allure editor used Purlisse Watermelon + Charcoal Purifying Cleanser for a week and loves the way it washes away dirt and oil without drying out her sensitive skin. This K-beauty cleanser has the added benefit of watermelon extract for a naturally sweet scent.

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Michael Jordan Speaks Out After George Floyd’s Death

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Michael Jordan, who has famously been silent regarding racial and social issues—during and after his career—has finally had enough.

The NBA legend provided a lengthy statement regarding the ongoing protests following George Floyd’s death

“I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country,” said the basketball Hall of Famer and owner of the Charlotte Hornets Sunday. “We have had enough.”

White Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin murdered Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man, in broad daylight as three other responding officers watched on. Although Chavin was charged last Friday with third degree murder and manslaughter, protests still raged on throughout the weekend.

Statement from Michael Jordan: pic.twitter.com/lWkZOf1Tmr

— Jordan (@Jumpman23) May 31, 2020

“I don’t have the answers, but our collective voices show strength and the inability to be divided by others,” Jordan said. “We must listen to each other, show compassion and empathy and never turn our backs on senseless brutality.”

In his statement, Jordan also encouraged the “peaceful expressions against injustice” from those marching in the streets. “Our unified voice needs to put pressure on our leaders to change our laws, or else we need to use our vote to create systemic change,” he added. “Every one of us needs to be part of the solution, and we must work together to ensure justice for all.”

This statement come as a welcome surprise to Jordan fans as they’ve long criticized the MVP for his lack of action and support of issues impacting the Black community over the years.

In a recent episode of ESPN’s The Last Dance, Jordan explained why he remained silent, saying: “I do commend Muhammad Ali for standing up for what he believed in, but I never thought of myself as an activist. I thought of myself as a basketball player. I wasn’t a politician when I was playing my sport. I was focused on my craft. Was that selfish? Probably. But that was my energy. That’s where my energy was.”

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