Author: Niyah Heaggans, DI

Niyah Heaggans was a Digital Intern at Black News Alerts.

Capital One announced a data breach that impacted 100 million customers.  What We Know: Whether it’s social media or personal banking your information is at risk. On Monday, Captial One announced a security breach that compromised the social security numbers, credit scores and transaction data of its customers. Luckily, an arrest was made the same day. Paige Thompson, 33, was arrested Monday for computer fraud.  According to the FBI, Thompson gained unauthorized access to customer information from a cloud based server. The FBI also said the breach occurred between March 12 and July 17. Richard Fairbank, CEO and Chairman of…

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Nicki Minaj and her current beau Kenneth Petty got their marriage license.  What We Know: Minaj, 36, and Petty, 41, have been together since December of 2018. The two went to a courthouse in Beverly Hills and purchased the paperwork.  The couple dated previously in their teen years in Queens, New York. On her radio show, Queen Radio, Minaj talked about happiness versus clout when it came to their relationship. “When a person is with a n-a before they had a dime in their pocket. How do you not understand that? How do you not understand happiness versus clout,” she said. …

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A white professor sued Tuskegee University for age and racial discrimination regarding his salary. What We Know: Marshall Burns, 73, is a physics professor at the HBCU. He claims his younger coworkers make $18,000 to $30,000 more than him. He received his Ph.D. in 1972, and he’s been teaching at the university since 1976. He also helped found the university’s first physics major. Despite teaching for over 40 years, Burns claims he makes $60,500 a year. He’s also requested a raise 12 times. Burns has a 12-page lawsuit that outlines how Black teachers make more money than him. At a…

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Facebook has been hit with the largest fine in Federal Trade Commission history. What We Know: Facebook was being investigated by The Federal Trade Commission for violating the privacy of its users. According to the FTC, Facebook used phone numbers to direct ads to their users, along with failing to protect data from third parties and lying about their facial recognition software being turned off. In order to settle the charges, the outlet was ordered to pay the fine and agree to new privacy regulations. Moving forward, all of Facebook’s new products will be required to conduct a privacy review.…

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Warner Media is launching it’s own streaming service that will take Friends off of Netflix. What We Know: HBO Max is Warner Media’s new streaming service. When it launches in 2020 they will have exclusive rights to Friends meaning it will no longer be on Netflix. Netflix was paying $80 million for global rights to the show, but they were outbid by WM. Netflix isn’t just losing Friends, but The Office as well. NBC Universal is also launching it’s own streaming service in 2021. They plan to get the rights to the beloved sitcom. Although Netflix is preparing for the…

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Chicago mayor, Lori Lightfoot, blocked ICE from working with the Chicago Police Department to detain residents. What We Know: Lori Lightfoot blocked Immigration and Customs Enforcement from having access to the Chicago Police Department databases. She made this decision after news of possible raids happening in Chicago. The raids are supposed to begin on Sunday and the CPD will not give ICE the ammunition it needs. “They will not team up with ICE to detain any resident. We have also cut off ICE access from any CPD databases and that will remain permanent,” she said. Anthony Guglielmi, spokesperson for Chicago…

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After a small fire broke out, a Virgin Atlantic flight made an emergency landing in Boston. What We Know: On Thursday, a Virgin Atlantic flight was on its way to London from New York City when a fire broke out in first class. Passengers said they smelled smoke not even 30 minutes after the plan departed from JFK. The flight crew announced that the plane would be making an emergency landing in Boston’s Logan International Airport. The aircraft was carrying 217 passengers, who were all evacuated safely. Cory Tanner, 28, a passenger on the plane said a flight attendant told…

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Grace Jones quits her role in Bond 25 after minutes of being on set. What We Know: Grace Jones, 70, has been not only a diva, but an icon in both the fashion and film industry. She starred as the iconic villain May Day in A View to A Kill in 1985, so when she agreed to do Bond 25, she believed she would have a bigger role than what she was given. Jones’ part was a cameo alongside Daniel Craig. When she realized how few lines she had, she quit instantly. A source close to Jones told Fox News,…

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Nike cancels American flag sneaker after Colin Kaepernick complains.  What We Know: Nike was set to release an Air Max One that was red, white, and blue. On the back of the shoe was the Betsy Ross version of the American flag. Nike made the decision to remove the shoes from stores within days of Kaepernick’s disapproval. Nike and Kaepernick have been working very closely since they made him the face of their campaign in September 2018. Nike chose to work with him after he was released from the NFL for kneeling during the national anthem. This act caught fire…

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Diana Ross fears she’s lost all of the footage from her 75th birthday celebration and concert. What We Know: On March 26, Diana Ross threw her 75th Diamond Jubilee Birthday Celebration. The event consisted of two parties, one of which turned into an A-list concert. The first party was held at the Warwick in Los Angeles, California. Everybody who was anybody was at this party. Some of the guest included Tom Ford, Robin Thicke, Stevie Wonder, Leonardo DiCaprio, Diddy, Kholé and Kourtney Khardashian. Beyoncé also sang a special rendition of “Happy Birthday” that brought Ms. Ross to tears. The second…

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