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Did President Trump Violate Federal Law asking the NFL to fire Players who Kneel during the National Anthem?

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President Trump on Sunday tweeted yet again about NFL players who do not stand for the national anthem, asking the league to “fire or suspend” them.– Photo credit: Baltimore Sun

Amid the controversy surrounding President Trump suggesting NFL team owners should fire any player who protests during the national anthem, a more serious legal matter comes to the fore and could create severe legal implications for Trump.

Did President Trump in his speech before the Huntsville, Alabama rally commit a federal crime? More significant to the question with implications of a possible crime—could Trump’s tweets be used as evidence to argue a case of a federal crime?

Is it fairly reasonable to state that the tweets are also arguably in violation of 18 U.S. code § 227, which prohibits the president (among others), from “attempting to influence or interfere” in a private company’s labor matter, to urge a “political” firing?

Is President Trump’s urging of the firing of such a private company employee (union covered, collective bargaining agreement governed) —”centered on protected political first amendment expression.”

Fact—It is a Federal crime for a Federal officer, including the president, to influence the hiring or firing decisions of a private company due to political reasons.

On the heels of Trump’s speech at the Alabama rally, he walked the razor’s edge—many voicing concerns via social media and the airwaves that President Trump has broken the law or has come very close to it.

Their chief argument—President Trump called for professional sports team players to be fired in the event they “kneel” or “sit” during the National Anthem.  Many in the legal arena state this is ‘not’ a federal crime.

If the president expands his suggestion by threatening to “suspend” the Federal contract or FBI/DHS protection or security coordination with the NFL or NBA or NHL or MLB until such players are fired, Trump will have violated Federal law.  This law includes fine and prison up to 15 years.

The legal ramifications should  sound an alarm for Trump’s Department of Justice.  Trump’s rant to fire NFL players kneeling during the national anthem should also have the legal experts within the White House, and other legal, sports law “experts” examining the statute 18 USC §227, specifically section (a) (1) of the relevant statute, which requires:

[takes or withholds, or offers or threatens to take or withhold, an official act]

Looking further into the language of the relevant statute;

U.S. Code § 227 – Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions by a Member of Congress or an officer or employee of the legislative or executive branch:

(a) Whoever, being a covered government person, with the intent to influence, solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation, an employment decision or employment practice of any private entity—
(1) takes or withholds, or offers or threatens to take or withhold, an official act, or
(2) influences, or offers or threatens to influence, the official act of another,
shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 15 years, or both, and may be disqualified from holding any office of honor, trust, or profit under the United States.
(b) In this section, the term “covered government person” means—
(1) a Senator or Representative in, or a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to, the Congress;
(2) an employee of either House of Congress; or
(3) the President, Vice President, an employee of the United States Postal Service or the Postal Regulatory Commission, or any other executive branch employee (as such term is defined under section 2105 of title 5, United States Code).

(Added Pub. L. 110–81, title I, § 102 (a), Sept. 14, 2007, 121 Stat. 739; amended Pub. L. 112–105, § 18 (a), Apr. 4, 2012, 126 Stat. 304.)

(Source):  https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/227

Regarding the legal ramifications, a question of Trump committing a federal crime could be weighted and measured against the varying principles surrounding what or who is deemed exempt from federal anti-trust laws.  What was the intent of Trump and does the NFL franchise fall into the category of a “private company.”

“It is a Federal crime for a Federal officer, including the President, to try to influence the hiring or firing decisions of a private company due to political reasons.”

Addressing whether Trump has violated any laws— his rant about the NFL players hangs in the balance of how one interprets the law, and without question, Trump comes very close to breaking this law.

He has already called for the NFL players firing if they “sit” or “kneel” during the National Anthem.  That itself may not be interpreted by some legal experts as a crime.  However; if Trump expands his suggestion of firing NFL players by threatening to suspend Federal contracts or FBI/DHS protection or security coordination with the NFL, NBA, NHL or MLB until players are fired, the president will have violated Federal law.

The specific statute—18 U.S. Code § 227 – Wrongfully influencing a private entity’s employment decisions by a Member of Congress or an officer or employee of the legislative or executive branch—as it relates to President Trump’s actions includes fine and prison up to 15 years.

The National Football League is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference and the American Football Conference

Founded in 1920, the NFL, formerly known as the American Professional Football Conference (1920-1921), is headquartered in New York City and considered the most popular sports league in North America.

The NFL is a tax-exempt, publicly traded company and According to Forbes, the value of the 32 NFL teams combined is about $45.7 billion. On average, this is 4.8 times annual revenue. Compare this to Manchester United, which is publicly traded (NYSE: MANU).

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LeNora Millen  09-25-17

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Maybelline New York Announced Josephine Skriver as Global Spokesmodel

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Josephine Skriver (PRNewsfoto/Maybelline New York)

Maybelline New York, the World’s leading cosmetic brand, announced recently with excitement, Josephine Skriver is the Global Spokesmodel for Maybelline.

Josephine has risen to the top of her industry, through years of dedication, hard work and hustle in the Big Apple and around the world. She is well-known International Model with a Loyal Fan base, recognized by her philanthropic work, down to earth personality and immense success in her modeling career.

“Being a part of the Maybelline New York family is a dream come true! I have been wearing Maybelline since I was a little girl,” said Josephine.

“We are beyond thrilled to have Josephine as part of our Maybelline family,” said Leonardo Chavez, Global Brand President, Maybelline New York. “A Partnership with Josephine was completely organic because she resonates with our global customer and is a dynamic and fresh addition to our roster of talent. She embodies determination, grit, energy and spirit, while having a true connection to New York and the dream of making it happen in this city.”

Josephine is excited to continue her work with Maybelline New York this Spring, appearing in her first campaign for the brand for the launch of Super Cushion 2-in-1 launching in May 2018.

For More Information visit www.maybelline.com

SOURCE Maybelline New York

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Informer – This is a Mind Shift

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We have all had moments of defining ourselves by our stories.  For many of us, this is the only way we know how to explain who we are, through our stories.  We tell them repeatedly.  Churning them in our minds, over and over again.  Explaining them and valuating them to expound on why we do and think what we do.  Clarifying to others in order for them to see why our story is a commodity.  Stories that illuminate why we are strong, resilient, persistent, purposed, important and valued.  All these traits birthed and utilized to define who and what we are.  I am not saying we should not do these things.  We should take account.  Mostly for ourselves to help remind us that nothing has truly defined us, destroyed us or prevented us from self-actualizing. 

However, I find that too often, we become victims to the stories.  We self-define ourselves in line with our strengths, our culture, our ethnicity, our religion, our weaknesses and other traits the stories unveil.  I find that many of us never go beyond those defining moments and memories.  We hold on to them and stake them with flags of self-discovery.  Finding refuge, celebration, and relief of the claim, that today, I know who I am.  The flag stuck soundly in the story as if land conquered and made claim to.  From that moment on, we sit on the land I call moment and tell the story of how we got there, what happened there and why we are still there. We become synonymous with the story.  We see no separation between our existence and definable moments.

I question today why revelations are turned into definitions of self?  Are we really defined by the land of experience we lay claim to?  Are we defined by the revelation the stories reveal?  No, we are not defined by anything.  We are informed of all things.  I am no more defined by being a woman or being of African descent than I am the land my home resides upon, the car I drive, the losses I experience or the degrees that hang on my wall.  These things inform who I am and who I attempt to become.  They inform my walk, possible encounters, and impediments, uniqueness’s, gifts, talents, and influence.  None of it defines.  I am undefinable.  I am above definition.

We are beyond definition.  Every time we define ourselves, we limit who we are and our possibilities to become.  When we allow things to inform us of who we are and what we will do or encounter, it allows us a freedom to question and navigate around and through various life happenings. Why?  Because without definition, there is no tethering to any one moment.  Informing allows us to be made aware.  It directs and the breeze of empowerment from what we become aware of moves us further down the path of life.

To allow definition means to allow self to be stuck.  Stuck speaking and living through those defining moments, identities and ideologies of what was.  When defined by those things outside of us, we lose our power to be, to change, to awaken, to separate and recreate as the creator that we are. 

Today I inform you that you are beyond definition.  I ask you to destroy the dictionary life experiences and encounters have solidified in your hand that tether you to yesterday.  A land that has withered and deteriorated with time, no longer benefiting you.  Realize you are an encyclopedia, informed by each day, each year, each decade, and forever evolving.  Always becoming renewed and expanded upon.  The knowledge that comes from the informing permits you to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Authorizing you to make a more informed and better choice today and masterfully form tomorrow.  We are not defined by anything.  We are informed by everything. 

 

 

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Old School Dating VS. New School Dating

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Photo Credit: Jessica Stibbs from Nubian Message

Do you know the difference and are willing to make a change?

By Shanti Bloodworth

I remember when my grandfather use to tell me all the stories about how he had to work hard just to take my grandmother out on date. Back in the 1940’s they did not have cell phones that included FaceTime and texting. You literally had to meet the woman’s parents first just take to take her out for coffee. Now, men can meet a woman randomly and never have a full understanding where she came from. Who do we blame? Do we blame the media, technology, or ourselves?

I am going to blame all three aspects that has changed the way dating is taking place. Social media is the new dating app/meeting new people. Technology has us so lazy to the point we just talk on the phone with our partner more than having an in-person conversation. Lastly, we have to blame ourselves for the change of dating. We can still go back to the basics of dating with purpose. In today’s society, women are accepting being the Side Chick and men are accepting being treated like a sex toy. Below I have created a list of old school dating tactics that we should start back doing in 2018.

 

  1. Him walking to your home door to pick you up
  2. Bring a small gift such as flowers
  3. Dress to impress: Blazer with some nice slacks (men) & Knee length dress with 2 inch heels (women)
  4. Verbally ask them out on a date: Not Via Text, Facetime, Email, or Social Media
  5. Always open every door for her
  6. Your Dating Elevation Pitch: If you run into someone while out on a date, introduce your date to your friend.
  7. No Sex: Flirting is fun while on a date with each other but does not mean you have to hit the bed in the next two hours. Always respect each other!
  8. Cell Phones Off Limits: Put your cell phone away! No need to check your emails, text your friends, or scroll through your Instagram account. Enjoy that little time with each other.
  9. Homemade romantic gestures: My grandfather use to make my grandmother cute cards saying how much he misses her. The smallest thoughts would take you a long way guys.
  10. Having a Purpose: Make sure the both of you are on the same level with each other. After you spend so much time with each other, please do not be afraid to ask if you’re a couple.
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