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Tracee Ellis Ross will executive produce and star as Jodie in Daria spinoff

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Following the rumors of a supposed Daria reboot, it has been announced that a spin-off is in the works, featuring Daria’s best gal-pal Jodie Landon, dubbed Jodie.

The 20-something-year-old MTV hit series will return with screenwriting by Grace Nkenge Edwards of Insecure. Tracee Ellis Ross will helm the project as executive producer, as well as voice the character.

“Being able to give voice to fresh, feminist and unexplored stories of young women excites me,” Ross said in a press release. “With the brilliant, sweet and sarcastic black-girl magic that is Jodie Landon, we will feature a diverse cast, comprised mainly of unapologetically smart and ambitious young female characters who are vulnerable and flawed and interesting and funny. As a very cool bonus, Jodie will be the first adult animated show in almost 20 years that will star a black woman.”

Unfortunately, an official date has not yet been released, but you can expect several MTV classics to resurface like the Real World, which recently filmed in Atlanta for its 33rd season. Fans can check out episodes via Facebook Watch.

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Transgender Asylum Seeker Johana Medina Dies in ICE Custody

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Johana Medina Leon, 25, an El Salvadorian, trans woman reportedly died over the weekend after being detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement at a detention facility located in New Mexico. 

According to several reports, Leon was transported to a hospital in El Paso, Texas last Tuesday after having chest pain. She died just a few days later.

Leon, who entered the United States in mid-April at the port of entry in El Paso, had passed her credible fear asylum interview on May 18, but she was only “paroled from custody” on the day she went to the hospital.

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It appears that Leon, who had tested positive for HIV, did not receive adequate medical care while at the Otero County Processing Center. Otero has previously faced criticism for mistreating gay and trans immigrants in their custody.

Earlier in March, immigrant rights advocates detailed how LGBTQ immigrants faced rampant sexual harassment and abuse from both other immigrants and guards at the facility.

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Meek Mill plans to slap Cosmo hotel with discrimination lawsuit

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Meek Mill and the Cosmopolitan hotel are allegedly headed to court.

On Tuesday (May 28), Mill’s lawyer Joe Tacopina confirmed to TMZ that the hip-hop star plans to sue the Las Vegas hospitality company for “heavily monetary damages” over racial discrimination.

Tacopina is accusing several of the hotel’s personnel of “lying and humiliating Meek” upon his arrival at the Marquee Dayclub on Saturday (May 25).

“The assertion that the Cosmopolitan denied Meek because of capacity concerns at Marquee Dayclub is outright false,” Tacopina told TMZ after Meek was denied entry. “In the recorded video, Meek also inquired about getting a meal at one of the hotel’s restaurants, yet their security team continued to deny Meek and said he would be arrested for trespassing regardless of location in the premises. The Cosmopolitan’s conduct continues to be deplorable.”

For his part, Meek once again addressed the entire situation on Tuesday morning. “And I don’t care about that casino I bring in millions every time my name mentioned on a Vegas casino event where I am always welcome … but y’all not gone just treat us like shit and act like it’s normal Put some respect on our race [‘]please and thank you,[‘]” Meek wrote in the tweet.

The conflict is said to have occurred after the hotel’s security team denied Mill entry into DJ Mustard’s show. They allegedly threatened to arrest him if he got out of his vehicle.

Mill has been on a straight and narrow path since being released from prison last year, but it seems his criminal history is taunting him as the hotel also claims he has been blacklisted from the property over a previous incident with their security on an undisclosed date.

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Uber and Lyft drivers caught tampering with ride fares at DC airport causing artificial price surges

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According to WJLA, Uber and Lyft drivers at Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. are being accused of manipulating ride fare.

The drivers are reportedly turn off their ride share apps simultaneously for a few minutes to trick the app into thinking there are no drivers available in the area which then creates a price surge. As a result, the fare instantly increases when the drivers turn their apps back on.

The lot outside Reagan National airport is estimated to hold an estimated 120 to 150 drivers each day, waiting for the busy evening rush.

“All the airplanes we know when they land. So five minutes before, we turn all our apps off all of us at the same time. All of us we turn our apps off. They surge, $10, $12, sometimes $19. Then we turn our app on. Everyone will get the surge,” one driver told ABC7.

Both ride sharing companies have since then responded. See official statements below.

Lyft takes any allegations of fraudulent behavior very seriously as it violates our community guidelines and can lead to deactivation from the Lyft platform. – Lyft

At Uber, we work to ensure the reliability of our service for our riders and drivers. This behavior is neither widespread or permissible on the uber platform, and we have technical safeguards in place to help prevent it from happening. – Uber

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