Continue reading Donald Trump Takes Out Iranian General With A Drone Strike, Twitter Prepares For World War 3
Donald Trump Takes Out Iranian General With A Drone Strike, Twitter Prepares For World War 3
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Donald Trump's impeachment trial is on the horizon, of course, that didn't stop the embattled president from ordering a drone airstrike to take out Quds Force, Major General Qassem Soleimani. Trump's latest executive decision has the internet, specifically Black Twitter thinking we're on the brink of World War 3.
Thursday night (Jan.2) Donald Trump's order to take out Soleimani, who is one most influential and dangerous men in the Middle East. He was the head of Iran's elite forces and ran foreign policy operations in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen. He wasn't just a military leader; he was also wildly popular in Iran and around the region and described as a "cult-like" figure and could have been the countries next president easily.
In a statement from the Department of Defense reportedly condoned the drone strike stating:
“At the direction of the President, the U.S. military has taken decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad by killing Soleimani, the head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization. General Soleimani was actively developing plans to attack American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the region...his Quds Force were responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American and coalition service members and the wounding of thousands more.”
The fatal airstrike that took out Soleimani took place at the Baghdad International Airport, catching the general in a vehicle he was riding in after returning from Syria. According to the Department of Defense, Soleimani was responsible for the planning of "attacks on coalition bases in Iraq over the last several months — including the attack on December 27th — culminating in the death and wounding of additional American and Iraqi personnel...The United States will continue to take all necessary action to protect our people and our interests wherever they are around the world."
Now whether we want to believe the Trump administration, which is known for lying to no ends, is one thing. Some are even saying this his "wag the dog" moment to distract us from the fact he is currently in danger of being removed from office. Of course, there is a tweet (cause there always is) of Trump talking about then-President Obama starting a war with Iran so he could get elected.
Soleimani's death could bring severe consequences with Iran's current Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei promising Friday (Jan.3) morning a “harsh retaliation is waiting” for the US. It would appear the United States is taking those threats seriously by urging Americans to leave Iraq "immediately."
Black Twitter knows how dangerous this moment is but couldn't resist the opportunity to make memes joking what it would like if they "drafted" for World War 3, which has been trending all night. You can peep some of them below.
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Continue reading We Wouldn’t Mind Being Quarantined With Aldis Hodge (And His Buff Arms)
We Wouldn't Mind Being Quarantined With Aldis Hodge (And His Buff Arms)
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With social-distancing in full-effect, most of us are stuck in our homes, slowly starting to lose our minds. First, if you live alone, isolation can be real. And if you live with your kids, partner or extended family members, after time, folks can really start to get on your nerves.
Sadly, this has become the new norm. Think: We might be stuck inside for the next two to 18 months! But it’s that uncertainty that got us thinking: If we had to be trapped inside— indefinitely— because of the coronavirus pandemic, who would it be? Who wouldn’t we mind being in close quarters with? Who would we want to keep us warm on those cold ‘rona nights?
Well…if you’ve been thinking the same thing, I got you! In addition, to this other list I made, I want to highlight one particular brotha who has caught my eye: actor Aldis Hodge.
Now if this hottie looks familiar, it's because he starred in the fantastic, yet canceled WGN antebellum drama series Underground. But the good news is that now you can have him and his insanely buff arms delivered right in your living room, thanks to the new horror thriller "Invisible Man" being available to rent online.
In the film, that has gotten stellar reviews since it debuted a few months ago, Hodge plays Cecilia's (Elizabeth Moss) supportive childhood friend, James, who invites her stay with him despite the fact that she believes her dead husband is stalking her, as an invisible entity.
Here he is talking about his new role:
Aldis was also part of one of my FAVORITE films of last year, Chinonye Chukwu’s powerful indie gem Clemency. This film centers on Bernadine (brilliantly played by Alfre Woodard, a prison warden whose personal life is crumbling as a result of the psychological effect of her having to facilitate and oversee the capital punishment deaths of her prisoners. Aldis, plays, Anthony, a young Black man who is the next person to be executed.
For ZORA, I made note of how riveting his performance was as a young man on the brink of facing death by the hands of the state.
"Hodge’s performance pushes us to see Anthony as more than a statistic; more than the tired flat trope of an alleged cop killer; more than a hardened death row inmate.
Anthony is a man at a crossroads, teetering between feeling nothing and everything while behind bars. He pushes everyone away, like his dedicated lawyer Marty (Richard Schiff) as a way to self-isolate. But he draws close to his ex-girlfriend Yvette (brilliantly played by Danielle Brooks), who gives him newfound hope during a visit. Anthony has yet to accept that death is coming, but has been acting like a dead man walking for years. It’s a beautiful and heartbreaking performance that will stay with you weeks after you leave the theater."
Here is his with the film's director and co-star Alfred, who all three should have scored an Oscar nomination.
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Oh, and did I also mention, you can rent Clemency now too? So go and get you a double feature of Aldis in one-sitting sis.
Here's the trailer: (Yes, it's sad, so tissues are required)
Now if some reason, you are still not convinced that he could be your corona-quarantine boo, here are 15 more reasons that better get your mind right: