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Disney star Cameron Boyce Cause of Death revealed

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News of Disney star Cameron Boyce abruptly passing away has left thousands of fans devastated.

Boyce, 20, reportedly died in his sleep Saturday after a long-term battle from epilepsy, according to TMZ.

The actor widely known for his memorable roles in “Descendents” and “Grown Ups,” suffered a fatal seizure. His body was discovered unresponsive by his roommate and was later pronounced dead at the scene.

“It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron,” a spokeswoman for the Boyce family told The Washington Post in a statement on Sunday. “He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated. The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him.”

“We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother,” the statement concluded.

Dozens of celebrities have posted tributes in Boyce’s honor on social media as the news of his death emerged, including acting veterans Adam Sandler and Salma Hayek.

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The Wests are working with Trump to release A$AP Rocky from prison in Sweden

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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have reportedly teamed up with President Trump in effort to free American rapper A$AP Rocky (Rakim Mayers) from prison in Sweden.

Mayers, 30, was in Sweden as he prepared for his upcoming set on his now-canceled European tour. However, he got arrested due to an incident that occurred recently when he got harassed on the street. The two young men followed the rap star and his crew relentlessly and even threw a projectile at the security. Rocky attempted to calmly reason with them but without success.

The Harlem native has since then been detained and held in solitary confinement for the past two weeks with pending aggravated assault charges.

The power couple caught wind of the news and is urging Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner whom Kim has worked with previously on White House cases.

Kareem Lanier and Pastor Darrell Scott of the White House’s Urban Revitalization Coalition have also stepped in to help connect Mayers management directly with Kushner through a phone call orchestrated by Kim.

Trump agrees Mayers is being held unjustly and wanted to help. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to arrive in Sweden Thursday and is now actively working to get him released from jail.

This is a developing story. Stay tuned for updates.

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AfroFuture Fest changes discriminatory pricing structure after receiving alleged “threats and harassment”

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The Afrofuture Festival scheduled for Aug. 3 at Feedom Freedom grounds in Detroit was recently slammed for its racial pricing structure for non-people of color. Screenshots surfaced of tickets being sold for $40 white people, while tickets were only $20 for POC’s.

Amid the backlash, the festival has altered its pricing, adjusting the amounts to $20 across the board, according to The New York Times.

As of this posting, the fest’s Eventbrite page reads:

“WHY DO WE HAVE POC(PEOPLE OF COLOR) AND NONPOC(WHITE PEOPLE) TICKETS? I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!

EQUALITY MEANS TREATING EVERYONE THE SAME

EQUITY IS INSURING EVERYONE HAS WHAT THEY NEED TO BE SUCCESSFUL

OUR TICKET STRUCTURE WAS BUILT TO INSURE THAT THE MOST MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES (PEOPLE OF COLOR) ARE PROVIDED WITH AN EQUITABLE CHANCE AT ENJOYING EVENTS IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITY (BLACK DETROIT).

AFFORDING JOY AND PLEASURE IS UNFORTUNATELY STILL A PRIVILEGE IN OUR SOCIETY FOR POC AND WE BELIEVE EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE ACCESS TO RECEIVING SUCH.

WE’VE SEEN TOO MANY TIMES ORGASMIC EVENTS HAPPENING IN DETROIT AND OTHER POC POPULATED CITIES AND WHAT CONSISTENTLY HAPPENS IS PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE COMMUNITY BENEFITING MOST FROM AFFORDABLE TICKET PRICES BECAUSE OF THEIR PROXIMITY TO WEALTH.

THIS CYCLE DISPROPORTIONATELY DISPLACES BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE FROM ENJOYING ENTERTAINMENT IN THEIR OWN COMMUNITIES.

AS AN AFROFUTURIST YOUTH LEAD INITIATIVE THE VOICES OF OUR YOUTH INFORM OUR RESISTANCE.

HERE’S WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY

‘IF YOU DON’T SEE MY BLACKNESS, YOU DON’T SEE ME. PERIODT!’”

Eventbrite has since then threatened to pull the festival from their site. “Our mission is to bring the world together through live experiences,” reps said in a statement to The Independent. “We strive to provide a platform that enables people to gather for their chosen purpose, and that reflects diverse viewpoints, so long as they don’t violate our terms.”

The statement continued: “We do not permit events that require attendees to pay different prices based on their protected characteristics such as race or ethnicity.

“In this case, we have notified the creator of the event about this violation and requested that they alter their event accordingly,” the statement concluded. “We have offered them the opportunity to do this on their own accord; should they not wish to comply we will unpublish the event completely from our site.”

Afrofuture Youth founder and co-director Adrienne Ayers said that due to “threats and harassment” after “right-wing websites highlighted the pricing,” she decided to change the payment structure, saying, “For safety, not anything else but that, the new ticket structure will be a standard set price across the board of $20. However, there will be a suggested donation for non-people of color.”

Last week, performer Tiny Jag, who identified to NYT as biracial, decided to cancel her performance at the festival due to the pricing policy.

Detroit-based civil rights lawyer Tiffany Ellis also told NYT that while private organizations are more able to chose how they do business, the “discriminatory” pricing structure could have resulted in lawsuits, saying, “We have constitutional rights as an individual, and the 14th Amendment provides that we cannot be discriminated against because all people are created equal. When it’s a private actor, those protections are different.”

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Wayfair Workers protest Migrant Detention

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Wayfair employees boycotted their corporate jobs on Wednesday to protest the furniture giant’s decision to sell beds to a migrant detention center located at the Southern border. The protest revolt has since then garnered national attention from outlets across the country and attended by dozens of supporters, holding signs reading “NO WAY” and “abolish ICE.”

“We’ve had many conversations with the leaders back and forth,” Wayfair employee Madeline Howard said to The Washington Post. “We really do want to reach some kind of agreement with them, but they’re just not hearing what we’re saying.”

According to Chris Allieri, the founder and principal of Mulberry & Astor, a public relations firm specializing in crisis management.

“At the end of the day, as a corporation, you have to look at your employees,” Allieri added to the outlet. “Their viewpoint matters, and I think we’re going to see it matter even more.”

“That used to be the way, right?” he continued. “Now companies need to look at their audiences. And I think, for too long, the audience of the employees — it was just not considered.”

“[Wayfair] isn’t the first company that’s done business with the federal government, or ICE or Immigration and Naturalization Services,” Allieri quipped. “But this company is a consumer-facing company. It’s the happy pillow brand, right?”

Consumer-facing brands — companies that interact with the public on a regular basis — are more likely to be subject to the will of their employees, Allieri said. That means they need to get better at listening to the people who work for them, but will they?

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