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MARKETS YTD PERFORMANCE

NASDAQ 13,019.09

+ 45.10%

S&P 3,372.85

+ 4.40%

DJIA 27,931.02

– 2.13%

GOLD 1,953.70

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  • Debt: Blue-chip companies are expected to sell around $30 billion in bonds this week due to the super-low interest rate environment, Bloomberg writes. That would push volume for 2020 past the $1.3 trillion record set in 2017.
  • Markets: Will this be the week the S&P finally closes at an all-time high? Potentially, but the August to October period isn’t typically great for equities, per BofA Global Research.

Stock futures are little changed following last week’s gains

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/16/stock-market-futures-open-to-close-news.html

U.S. stock futures were nearly flat early Monday after Wall Street logged its third consecutive weekly gain, but fell short of breaking the all-time high set on Feb. 19.

Dow Jones Industrial Average futures implied an opening gain of about 25 points. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures both traded in positive territory.

The S&P 500 climbed 0.6% last week and the Nasdaq Composite advanced 0.1%. The Dow gained 1.8% last week.

Despite those gains, the S&P 500 failed to notch a fresh record high after flirting with the milestone for most of last week. Through Friday’s close, the S&P 500 was just 0.6% below 3,393.52, the intraday record set in February.

“The S&P 500 is overbought into key resistance and up against seasonal headwinds,” Ari Wald, head of technical analysis at Oppenheimer, said in a note to clients. But should the market “consolidate from here, we’ll be monitoring for an accumulation of cyclical equities to confirm what we expect to be a breakout to a new high.”

Wall Street also grappled with lingering concerns over stalled coronavirus stimulus negotiations and simmering U.S.-China tensions.

Both Democrats and Republicans have indicated they are at a stalemate over a new stimulus package. Democrats have proposed to send more than $900 billion to states and municipalities in one bill. A counteroffer from the GOP did not include any additional aid for states and local governments.

Democrats fight back in US Postal Service showdown with Trump

https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/17/politics/donald-trump-election-2020-democrats-postal-service/index.html

Democrats are launching an emergency effort to thwart what they warn is President Donald Trump’s attempt to squeeze the US Postal Service — one of the country’s most beloved institutions — to suppress the vote in November’s election.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi is calling on the House to return to Washington, likely next weekend, for an unheard of session during presidential convention season.

Democrats have also demanded that new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testify on August 24 to answer charges that his controversial new policy changes are intended to deliberately slow voting by mail.

The long feared post-Election Day showdown involving Trump’s false claims about voting fraud is already here — more than two months early — due to the building fight in Washington over the Postal Service.

The aggressive Democratic counter-attack — coming at the start of a critical two-week political crunch that contains the Democratic and Republican National Conventions — follows Trump’s incessant falsehoods about mail-in voting inviting a “catastrophe” in November. The President admitted last week that he opposed $25 billion in new funding for the agency because it could be used to expand such ballot access.

The comment left him open to charges that he is deliberately trying to deny the franchise to voters who fear going to polling stations because of the pandemic that has been exacerbated by his mismanagement and has now killed more than 170,000 Americans.

The swift Democratic mobilization puts the raging dispute over the sanctity of November’s vote at the center of the election campaign and escalates tensions that could spill into a prolonged political and legal imbroglio if November’s result is tight.

Already, several states say they’re considering legal action against the Trump administration over concerns about the USPS and mail-in voting.

It also comes with many Democrats worried that DeJoy’s policy changes, which have slowed delivery times, removed high-speed letter sorters from commission and included warnings that mail-in ballots will no longer be treated as a priority, will severely impact the election on November 3.

As a matter of strategy, highlighting Trump’s comment last week that he opposed $25 billion in new funding for the mail system because it would lead to more mail-in voting may also boost Democratic efforts to convince voters to cast their ballots early and potentially bank a lead for the party nominee Joe Biden.

It is not clear how effective Democratic action in the House could be. A standalone bill to finance the Postal Service may not make it past the Republican-led Senate. The White House would likely demand concessions on a new economic stimulus bill in return for agreeing to such steps. Negotiations between the two sides broke down this month over Democrats’ insistence on more money for state and local governments, GOP cuts to long-term unemployment benefits for millions of Americans and issues including USPS funding.

Millions of extra voters are expected to cast their vote by mail this year, given their wariness about showing up at polling places with the virus still raging. Trump has responded to the prospect with false claims that mail-in voting is rife with fraud and will lead to the most corrupt election in history.

Stacey Abrams, Conor Lamb among 17 ‘rising stars’ to speak in DNC keynote address

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/08/16/dnc-stacey-abrams-conor-lamb-speaking-democratic-rising-stars/5595213002/

Seventeen Democratic “rising stars” – including 2018 Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams – will give a keynote address at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s theme at the DNC, which is being conducted virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, is “Leadership Matters” and will “weave together powerful and diverse voices from the next generation of party leaders in a unified pledge to step up and lead in this critical moment for the nation,” according to a DNC statement.

Instead of the usual one keynote speaker, this year’s address will feature 17 of the Democratic Party’s “rising stars,” who will “offer a diversity of different ideas and perspectives on how to move America forward,” the DNC said.

Among the “rising stars” is Abrams, the first African American woman to be a major party’s gubernatorial nominee.

Reps. Conor Lamb and Brendan Boyle of Pennsylvania and Colin Allred of Texas are also slated to speak on Tuesday. Lamb, a Democrat in a district President Donald Trump won in 2016, endorsed Biden in January this year.

Allred, another congressman to flip a Republican district in the 2018 midterm and a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, also endorsed Biden last January, and was the 10th caucus member to do so.

Several early supporters of Biden are also a part of the 17 keynote speakers, including state Sens. Raumesh Akbari of Tennessee, Yvanna Cancela of Nevada, Marlon Kimpsonof South Carolina and Pennsylvania state Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta.

“The convention keynote has always been the bellwether for the future of our party and our nation,” Joe Solmones, the CEO of the 2020 DNC convention, said, “And when Americans tune in next week they’ll find the smart, steady leadership we need to meet this critical moment.”

Other keynote speakers include state Reps. Mari Manoogian of Michigan, Victoria Neave of Texas, Sam Park of Georgia and Denny Ruprecht of New Hampshire. Mayors Randall Woodfin of Birmingham, Alabama, and Robert Garcia of Long Beach, California, will also get a turn along with former Ohio state Rep. Kathleen Clyde, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried and Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

Current well-known members of Democratic party were the keynote speaker in previous Democratic presidential conventions before rising to prominence, including former President Barack Obama and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.

Prior to running for president in the 2008 election, Obama gave the keynote address during the 2004 Democratic National Convention when he was an Illinois state senator.

Castro was the San Antonio Mayor when he was the keynote speaker during the 2012 convention. He was later named the HUD secretary by Obama and held that position until the end of Obama’s term. Castro was a Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 election before ending his campaign in January.

The convention will feature several speakers spread throughout the four days, including Obama, former Ohio governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate John Kasich and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.  Speakers will also include non-elected public officials like a Florida paramedic and Milwaukee teachers.

KANYE WEST IS BUILDING A FUTURE ECO VILLAGE/CHILDREN’S RANCH

https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.57353/title.kanye-west-is-building-a-future-eco-village-childrens-ranch

Kanye West continues to sketch out his idea of a utopia while at his Wyoming compound.

While in the midst of yet another “Twitter tirade” on Friday (August 14), Ye showed off designs of a future Eco Village as well as a Children’s Ranch, complete with dome-like structures. The children’s ranch and eco-village would not only support mothers and families according to Ye but offer a place to “provide a place to safely experience pregnancy and birth.”

The eco-village falls right in line with his education platform for his fledging 2020 presidential campaign with “programming” that focused on quality education, helping children with rehoming programs and lessons about music, art, ecology and STEM. The ideas are also packaged together with farm to table nutrition programming and access to well-care including healthcare, holistic prevention and emotional intelligence.

Despite being left off the ballot in two key states already in his attempt to run for President, Ye has petitioned Iowa public officials so that he could appear on the ballot in November. His campaign has already filed paperwork to appear on the ballot in a number of states, such as Wisconsin and Ohio.

In recent weeks, the 43-year-old Chicago rapper-designer has gotten a number of endorsements, namely from Nick Cannon and DaBaby.

Ash Exantus aka Ash Cash is one of the nation’s top personal finance experts. Dubbed as the Hip-Hop Financial Motivator, he uses a culturally responsive approach in teaching financial literacy. He is also a speaker, and bestselling author of six books. Ash has established himself as a thought leader and trusted voice with Corporate America, Colleges, Churches, and Community based organizations. Ash is best known for helping people maximize their full potentials by giving them the inspiration, tools, and resources needed to live their best lives. For more info on Ash please visit www.IamAshCash.com

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Top Finance and Hip-Hop News – 9.16.20

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NASDAQ 11,190.32

+ 1.21%

S&P 3,401.13

+ 0.52%

DJIA 27,994.42 UNCH
GOLD 1,961.30

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  • Nation: Louisville will pay a $12 million settlement to the family of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police in a botched raid earlier this year.
  • Economy: Fed Chair Jerome Powell isn’t expected to announce any change in interest rates today, but his presser this afternoon will still be a must-watch. It’s the first time the central bank has met under the new inflation framework it announced last month.

Breonna Taylor settlement is among largest payouts linked to a police shooting

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/16/us/police-shooting-lawsuits-breonna-taylor-settlement/index.html

The $12 million settlement with Breonna Taylor’s family is a historic move for Louisville, Kentucky, but across America it’s the latest financial repercussion in a police misconduct case.

More than six months after Taylor was killed inside her apartment as police officers executed a “no-knock” search warrant, the city is poised to pay its highest-ever settlement, a city spokeswoman told CNN.

The city previously paid $8.5 million for the wrongful conviction of Edwin Chandler, who served nine years in prison for a 1993 murder before he was exonerated, CNN affiliate WLKY reported.

Cities across the country have previously reached monetary agreements following high-profile police shootings. Cleveland agreed to pay $6 million to the family of Tamir Rice and New York City agreed to pay Eric Garner‘s family $5.9 million.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who has represented the families of several police brutality victims — including George Floyd and Jacob Blake — said he believes Taylor’s settlement is one of the largest amounts ever paid out for a Black woman killed by police in the US.

While it’s unclear where the payout to Taylor’s family stands among all police misconduct lawsuits in the nation, here are other large payments that stemmed from police shootings in recent years:

Netflix Orders 10 Episodes of Animated ‘Good Times’ Series Co-Produced By Steph Curry

https://www.blacknews.com/news/netflix-orders-10-episodes-good-times-animated-series-steph-curry/

Netflix has given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order to a new animated take on Norman Lear’s classic sitcom “Good Times.” Carl Jones, whose credits include animated series “The Boondocks” and “Black Dynamite,” as well as TBS’ Tracy Morgan star “The Last O.G.,” will create, showrun and executive produce the project.

The new animated series will follow “the Evans family as they navigate today’s world and contemporary social issues. Just as the original did years ago, ‘Good Times’ strives to remind us that with the love of our family, we can keep our heads above water.

Lear and his Act III Productions company are partnering with basketball star Steph Curry and his production company, Unanimous Media, as well as Seth MacFarlane and his shingle Fuzzy Door, to develop the show.

The original “Good Times” aired for six seasons on CBS, from 1974 to 1979, and was created by Eric Monte and Mike Evans, and developed by Lear. It was a spin-off of “Maude,” which in turn was a spin-off of Lear and Bud Yorkin’s “All in the Family.”

LIL NAS X TAKING HIS ‘OLD TOWN ROAD’ ACT TO CHILDREN’S BOOKS

https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.57909/title.lil-nas-x-taking-his-old-town-road-act-to-childrens-books

Lil Nas X can now call himself an author. The “Old Town Road” hitmaker has penned a children’s book titled C Is For Country, which is scheduled to be released in January 2021.

“I’m dropping the best kids book of all time soon!” he wrote on Instagram. “C IS FOR COUNTRY, out January 5, 2021 from @randomhousekids. I can’t wait to share it with you all. You can pre-order it right now at the link in my bio.”

C Is For Country is being published by Random House Kids, a division of the Penguin Random House company. Artist Theodore Taylor III is handling the book’s illustrations.

According to Random House, the book tells the story of “Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown.” The main character gets its name from Lil Nas X’s second multi-platinum selling hit.

C Is For Country is recommended for children ages 3-7 and can be pre-ordered here. The initial release includes hardcover copies, e-books and audiobook downloads.

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Top Finance & Hip-Hop News – 9.10.20

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NASDAQ 11,141.56

+ 2.71%

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  • Markets: Stocks had a big bounce-back day after a few steep sell-offs.
  • Jobs: U.S. employers posted 6.6 million job openings in July, more than the 6 million in June but less than the 7.2 million a year ago. The numbers continue to reflect a grind-it-out recovery for the job market.

Trump told Bob Woodward he knew in February that COVID-19 was ‘deadly stuff’ but wanted to ‘play it down’

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/donald-trump/trump-told-bob-woodward-he-knew-february-covid-19-was-n1239658

President Donald Trump acknowledged the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic in a February interview with journalist Bob Woodward and acknowledged downplaying the threat in an interview a month later, according to an account of Woodward’s new book.

“I wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic,” Trump said in a March 19 call with Woodward, according to an audio clip posted Wednesday on The Washington Post’s website. The newspaper obtained a copy of the book, “Rage,” which is scheduled to be released next week.

In the same interview, Trump acknowledged that the disease was more deadly than he previously thought.

“Now it’s turning out it’s not just old people, Bob. But just today, and yesterday, some startling facts came out. It’s not just old, older,” Trump said, according to an audio clip, and then added, “young people, too, plenty of young people.”

Trump is locked in a difficult re-election battle against Democratic nominee Joe Biden, with his poll numbers sagging as he continues to get low marks from voters for how he handled the response to the virus.

Trump, speaking to reporters Wednesday afternoon, said he’d been trying to avoid “panic” and was showing “leadership.”

“We have to show calm,” he said. “Certainly I’m not going to drive this country or the world into a frenzy. We want to show confidence. We have to show strength.”

He sidestepped a question about whether lives could have been saved if he had been more forthright about the dangers posed by the virus.

“I think if we didn’t do what we did, we’d have had millions die,” Trump said.

Of his approach, Trump said, “We don’t want to go around screaming, ‘Look at this, look at this.'”

Biden noted Wednesday that over 190,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus and called Trump’s words “beyond despicable.”

“It was a life-and-death betrayal of the American people,” Biden said.

Woodward’s book is based on 18 on-the-record phone calls he had with Trump from December to July. Woodward, a highly respected veteran journalist who is an associate editor of The Post, also attributes details about the internal workings of the White House to a series of interviews with unnamed aides.

Woodward details that Trump was briefed on the virus in January.

“This is deadly stuff,” Trump told Woodward in a Feb. 7 phone call.

“You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed,” Trump told Woodward, according to The Post. “And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.”

The book says Trump was given dire warnings in January about the virus that would lead to a worldwide pandemic in March.

“This will be the biggest national security threat you face in your presidency,” national security adviser Robert O’Brien told Trump on Jan. 28, according to the book. “This is going to be the roughest thing you face.”

Trump blocked some Chinese nationals from coming into the country in the days after the briefing, but he continued to play down the danger posed by the virus and repeatedly compared it to the flu.

“We only have five people. Hopefully, everything’s going to be great,” Trump said Jan. 30. A few days later, he said, “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”

Despite the early warning about the virus’s deadliness and its ability to be transmitted through the air, Trump continued to hold packed political rallies throughout February and told reporters at the White House on Feb. 27: “This is a flu. This is like a flu.”

On March 9, weeks after he told Woodward that the coronavirus was more than five times deadlier than the flu, Trump tweeted: “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that!”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calf., slammed the president Wednesday in an interview on MSNBC, saying his “downplaying” cost lives.

The “denial about the threat is responsible for many of the deaths and infections that we have today, not all of them, but many of them, could have been prevented,” Pelosi told Andrea Mitchell.

The book also sheds further light on how much distrust some of Trump’s top officials had in the president.

Woodward recounted a conversation — which he attributed to unnamed sources — between Dan Coats, then the director of national intelligence, and James Mattis, who was the defense secretary at the time, in which Mattis told Coats, “The president has no moral compass.”

Coats agreed, according to the book.

“To him, a lie is not a lie. It’s just what he thinks. He doesn’t know the difference between the truth and a lie,” Coats is quoted by Woodward as saying.

According to the book, Trump — who came under fire last week for having reportedly referred to dead U.S. service members as “losers” and “suckers” — had little regard for his own generals.

In a conversation with trade adviser Peter Navarro, Trump complained: “My fucking generals are a bunch of pussies. They care more about their alliances than they do about trade deals.” The sources for that account were not named.

Navarro told reporters later Wednesday that Woodward had put “words in my mouth” that he had never said for his last book. “I don’t believe a word of what Bob Woodward says,” Navarro added.

Woodward also drew some criticism on social media, as well, where some complained that he should have spoken up about Trump’s comments much earlier. Woodward told The Associated Press that he was initially skeptical that Trump wasn’t being truthful.

CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD LAUNCHES BLACK EFFECT PODCAST NETWORK WITH IHEARTMEDIA

https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.57794/title.charlamagne-tha-god-launches-black-effect-podcast-network-with-iheartmedia

Charlamagne Tha God is hoping he has the next media empire on his hands. On Wednesday (September 9), the brash radio personality in partnership with iHeartMedia announced the launch of the Black Effect Podcast Network. The groundbreaking media network is slated to host 18 podcasts starting this fall.

The replay of his nationally-syndicated radio morning show The Breakfast Club will find a new home with the Black Effect Podcast Network. Charlamagne looks to “amplify, elevate, and empower” Black voices in the community he believes deserve to be heard on a larger scale and put in positions to succeed.

Talent joining the first Black-curated podcast network includes TV host Eboni Williams, activist Tamika Mallory and actress Jess Hilarious. There are also established podcasts already onboard such as former NBA players Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson’s All The Smoke, N.O.R.E.’s Drink Champs, and The 85 South Show with DC Young Fly.

“Blackness has an immediate, culture-shifting effect on everything,” Charlamagne Tha God revealed in a statement. “Blackness controls the cool. Blackness is the culture, but Black Voices are not monolithic. The only way to appreciate the diversity of thought and experiences in Black culture is to build a platform for those voices to be heard.”

He continued, “Our goal is to shift the narrative from Black creators signing transactional deals, to instead forming legacy partnerships that build generational wealth while allowing each creative to have an equitable stake in their future. As a long-time partner of iHeart, it’s an honor to make history with them.”

CARDI B HIRED PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR TO ARREST TEEN ‘TRUMP SUPPORTER’ WHO LEAKED HER ADDRESS

https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.57805/title.cardi-b-hired-private-investigator-to-arrest-teen-trump-supporter-who-leaked-her-address

Cardi B often finds herself the target of Trump supporting trolls due to her outspoken stance on politics. Normally, the Bronx-bred firecracker is able to turn a blind eye but as she said in a recent Instagram Live post, she wasn’t able to look past the person who shared her home address online.

“They be making fun of me,” she said. “I ignore them. I don’t give a fuck. Let me tell you something. Shit gets so intense that a Trump supporter posted my address and encouraged people to dox my home, to put my house on fire. I literally hired a private investigator and serve them with a warrant and arrest this boy. This boy was a fucking teenager. His parents were shook.”

Earlier this week, Cardi got into it with conservative pundit Candace Owens who called the Grammy Award-winning rapper “dumb and illiterate.” During the same IG Live stream, Cardi made it clear she wanted to use her massive platform to influence people to vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

“It’s not a secret I use my platform to encourage people to vote,” she said. “I love politics… Today, Candace Owens said some real nasty things about me. Just like I can make millions of people pop their pussy… I can make millions of people go vote.”

Owens accused Biden of pandering to the Black community after he sat down for an interview with Cardi, but she hit back and shared an Instagram photo on Monday (September 7) of what she believes pandering really looks like.

“This what PANDERING looks like,” she wrote alongside a photo of Trump. “I will never praise no politician not even Obama, FDR or Bernie ONLY THE LORD !This is how Trump panders with black people while Candice concerns how Joe panders with me.”

Cardi’s interview with Biden  took place via Zoom last month. After sharing her views on topics such as healthcare, police brutality and college eduction, Biden praised the multi-platinum artist.

“One of the things that I admire about you is that you keep talking about what I call equity — just decency, fairness, treating people with respect,” he told her. “John Lewis used to say the vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool you have. Use the power to change for the change you want.

“Thank you for your willingness to help. I’ll make mistakes as president, but I’ll admit to the mistakes I make, and you’re never going to have to wonder whether I’ll keep my word. Just check me out; I’ve never broken my word on anything I said I was going to do. Never in my life.”

Are You Taking The Board Challenge?

A new initiative launched yesterday to change the look of American boardrooms—specifically, to make them look less white.

The Board Challenge, a project of Altimeter Capital, Valence, and theBoardlist, is challenging U.S. firms to add a Black director to their boards within 12 months.

  • 17 companies, including Zillow and Nextdoor, have taken the pledge.
  • Another 27 members with at least one Black board member (United Airlines, Nordstrom among them) are working with the project to advance diversity efforts.

Why it’s an issue: 9% of Fortune 500 board members are Black men and women, while 66% are white men and 18% are white women, according to theBoardlist—and Black representation on boards hasn’t budged in the last few years.

Some states, like California most recently, have introduced legislation that would require, not just “challenge,” publicly held companies to appoint at least one director from an underrepresented community by the end of 2021.

Zoom out: It’s notoriously difficult for newcomers to find a seat in the boardroom. 72% of directors have previous board experience and half are current or ex-CEOs, per Heidrick & Struggles.

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NASDAQ 10,853.55

+ 20.96%

S&P 3,340.97

+ 3.41%

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  • Economy: The U.S., England, and Japan will all announce interest rate decisions this week. Investors aren’t expecting any major changes in their outlooks.
  • Nation: Historic wildfires have killed at least 33 people across California, Oregon, and Washington. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown blamed the fires on “decades of mismanagement” and climate change.

TikTok will partner with Oracle in the United States after Microsoft loses bid

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/13/tech/microsoft-tiktok-bytedance/index.html

TikTok and Oracle will become business partners in the United States — a deal meant to satisfy the Trump administration’s national security concerns, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Talk of a sale began as President Donald Trump issued executive orders last month seeking to ban TikTok and requiring that its US operations be spun off from its Beijing-based parent company, ByteDance.

The exact nature of the agreement between TikTok and Oracle (ORCL) remains unclear, but it was not described as an outright sale. The news about Oracle came just after Microsoft announced that it will not buy TikTok’s US operations from ByteDance.

“We are confident our proposal would have been good for TikTok’s users, while protecting national security interests,” Microsoft (MSFT) said in a blog post Sunday. “To do this, we would have made significant changes to ensure the service met the highest standards for security, privacy, online safety, and combatting disinformation, and we made these principles clear in our August statement.”

ByteDance has not responded to a request for comment. TikTok declined to comment.

Oracle did not respond to a request for comment.

Trump and other US politicians have said the app poses a threat to national security. TikTok has denied the allegation.

The agreement with Oracle comes days before a ban on TikTok in the United States was scheduled to go into effect. After September 20, the Commerce Department is expected to clarify which types of business dealings involving TikTok will be prohibited in the country, according to an executive order Trump signed August 6.

It’s not clear whether TikTok’s partnership with Oracle would allow the short-form video app to avert that ban. The scope and language of the order, along with Trump’s own off-the-cuff remarks about TikTok, have led to confusion about how a ban would be implemented. In another executive order, Trump said TikTok had until November 12 to find a buyer.

Separately, a TikTok employee has challenged the looming ban in federal court and is seeking a judicial decision to suspend the August 6 executive order. A hearing to consider the plea is scheduled for Tuesday. TikTok has also sued the Trump administration over one of the orders, calling it “heavily politicized.”

Multiple analysts had described Microsoft’s pursuit of TikTok as a potential “coup” for the Washington state-based firm — an opportunity to scoop up one of the world’s fastest growing social media platforms at a time when TikTok may be desperate to make a deal.

A deal could have also included an American retail giant: Walmart (WMT) was also participating in negotiations with Microsoft over a potential deal. The retailer had said it was interested in how TikTok could have bolstered its access to consumers.

Walmart on Sunday told CNN Business that it “continues to have an interest in a TikTok investment and continues discussions with ByteDance leadership and other interested parties.”

“We know that any approved deal must satisfy all regulatory and national security concerns,” the company said in a statement.

19 families buy nearly 97 acres of land in Georgia to create a city safe for Black people

https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/12/us/freedom-black-cooperative-toomsboro/index.html

“Welcome to Freedom!” exclaims real estate agent Ashley Scott as she surveys the nearly 97 acres of land that she and a group of 19 Black families purchased in August.

“I’m hoping that it will be a thriving safe haven for people of color, for Black families in particular,” Scott says.

The land sits just East of Macon in rural Wilkinson County, Georgia. Scott and her friend, investor and entrepreneur Renee Walters, didn’t initially plan on buying a large plot of land, but they had a vision that was clear — to create a safe space for their Black families.

“Being able to create a community that is thriving, that is safe, that has agriculture and commercial businesses that are supporting one another and that dollars circulating in our community, that is our vision.”

Dave East Accuses Delta Of Hiring Racist Trump Supporters As Flight Attendants

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After being kicked off of a Delta flight, Harlem rapper Dave East is calling out the airlines for practicing bigoted behavior.

Dave took to his social media to post a video of the incident claiming that the crew racially profiled him. They didn’t think that he belonged in first-class.

No details are shared but what is captured in his three-minute recording of the aftermath as a gang of police officers lined up outside of the plane door, in the corridor connecting the plane to the terminal, next to the very polite captain.

His team is seen trying to rationalize with what looks to be an attendant and other passengers even tried to defend Nas’ protegé.

He wrote on his IG, “RACISM… @delta Fucc Delta! Racist Ain’t Even The Word! This Jamaican Man Defending me and He dont even know me!!!! He watched the racist harassment!!!! Delta Airlines Y’all Need To Stop Hiring these racist, stupid, ignorant TRUMP supporters that get nervous when they see a PERSON OF COLOR in first class!!! B##ch just ask me what I want to drink and keep it pushing!!!! S##t got me Hot”

There is no word from Delta Airlines or Dave’s camp about the resolve.

 

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