What Had Happened Was: 7/18/16
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On Saturday night in London, a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter named Michael “Venom” Page made history at Bellator 158 after knocking out Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos. The manner in which Page knocked out his opponent was impressive — a jumping knee to the face — but it wasn’t the historic part. This was:
After Santos got destroyed by the knee and lay limp on the ground, Page put on a Pokemon hat and threw a Pokeball at Santos for good measure. We wish we were kidding:
— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) July 16, 2016
Michael Page is a legend.#GottaDestroyThemAll
— Eric (@Eperez49) July 16, 2016
— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) July 17, 2016
Michael Venom Page (MVP) just beat his opponent and put a Pokemon cap on and threw a poke ball at him. Whaaaaat pic.twitter.com/zP0GrPw3VX
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) July 16, 2016
This, of course, begs a question. It’s poll time!
For context, this is how the whole Kim Kardashian/Taylor Swift thing started https://t.co/qrUgJ1GNoS
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) July 18, 2016
On Sunday night, the Taylor Swift-Kanye West beef got even juicier after his wife, Kim Kardashian, released video of West telling Swift on the phone about the lyrics in his song “Famous,” with Swift even thanking West on the phone. Welp.
Kim leaking Taylor Swift video is my Game of Thrones https://t.co/tIZs1XAMsV
— Ziwe (@ziwe) July 18, 2016
Many folks have pointed out that the above video doesn’t include West warning her about the very next line in the song: “I made that b—- famous.” But Swift is getting roasted either way.
Live look at Taylor swift publicist pic.twitter.com/Be5YhNUzic
— Blog Boyz (@CountOnVic) July 18, 2016
Kim Kardashian posting Taylor's approval of Kanye's verse is like if Romeo didn't drink the poison and Juliet woke up and was all, "Oh hey!"
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) July 18, 2016
*Katy Perry watching this Kim K and Taylor Swift beef* pic.twitter.com/fZ2vDC8D69
— 957 The Vibe (@957TheVibe) July 18, 2016
Reporter: So did Kanye call you about the Famous line?
Taylor Swift: pic.twitter.com/ggSjwyiqz8
— SUPER BOWL CHAMPION (@IOnlySayFacts) July 18, 2016
— James Farrish (@JamesF84) July 18, 2016
Nick Wright, would you please repeat your message one more time for folks in the back? We want them to hear you loud and clear.
A colleague proudly claimed he wanted "Black Lives Matter activists to be thoroughly miserable", so I'm posting this https://t.co/1GtJxJe75h
— nick wright (@getnickwright) July 16, 2016
Bonus: Hey, black child. *waving emoji*
hey black child. https://t.co/0QWM8GdFKQ
— deray (@deray) July 17, 2016
FOR THE CULTURE
Savannah, Georgia, police had a warrant for Michael Clay. The man in the video is #PatrickMumford. He was tasered and arrested. Mumford was on probation, and although the charges were dropped in April, he may still go back to jail.
Journalist and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells was born on July 16, 1862.
Wells would be proud to see how black women have taken the lead with Black Lives Matter protests.
Hispanic deaths by police officers haven’t received the same level of scrutiny, but Latinos are also trying to change how police interact with their community.
The first official poster for actor/musician Donald Glover’s new show Atlanta just came out this weekend.
A police officer in Atlanta was charged with murder after blindly firing into a car with an unarmed black man inside and killing him.
TOP THREE TWEETS
Every morning we’ll hit you here with the best of what we saw on social media the previous night. Why? Why not?
1. PANTS ON FIYAH
2. LET’S GET IN FORMATION
3. REST IN POWER
— HuffPost BlackVoices (@blackvoices) July 17, 2016
Our brother Marc J. Spears spoke with Sacramento Kings guard Garrett Temple, who said he has to return to his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to lend a hand in a time of need:
“I didn’t know Alton Sterling, but I had seen him around before,” Temple said. “I reached out to several police officers to have a conversation on what happened. Ten out of 10 said what happened was wrong. Nine out of 10 said it should not have come to that.
“I was not surprised it happened. Baton Rouge is not the most progressive city in the country. Those type of police officers should not be on the force.”
He hopes to connect with former NBA and Louisiana State University forward Tyrus Thomas and local politicians to see what they can do.
“I got to go back to Baton Rouge,” Temple said. “I can’t run from it. You got to do whatever you can to help solve the problem. People who have voices have to do what they can to help their city.”
— TIDAL (@TIDAL) July 15, 2016