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New York Passes Bill Banning Police From Having Sex With People In Custody

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“This is such a common sense issue”

Today in "how was this not already a law?" news: Earlier this week, New York passed a bill that prohibits police officers from having sex with people in custody. According to BuzzFeed News, a loophole that exists in the law made it so that officers could potentially get out of sexual assault convictions for encounters with people in custody by claiming they were consensual, but this new bill would finally close that gap.

The bill, according to the New York State Senate website, "relates to establishing incapacity to consent when a person is under arrest, detention or otherwise in actual custody." It states:

Section 1 of the bill amends Subdivision 3 of Section 130.05 of the Penal Law by adding a new paragraph (j) to establish an incapacity to consent when a person is under arrest, detention or otherwise in the actual custody of a police officer, peace officer or other law enforcement official and the actor is a police officer, peace officer or other law enforcement official who is responsible for effecting the arrest of such person or maintaining such person in detention or actual custody; or knows or reasonably should know, that such person is under such arrest, detention or actual custody.

This is great news, but it's really just a great start. New York isn't the only state that needs a bill like this—in fact, it's just one of 35 states that don't have laws explicitly stating that those in custody cannot legally consent to sex. In states that don't have this legal loophole to contend with, having sex with someone in custody is considered an automatic sex crime. But in the states that do? It's not so simple.

In California, for example, first offenders are charged with a misdemeanor, facing felony charges only for additional violations, according to BuzzFeed News. And in Texas, sex in custody is simply considered an "administrative offense" and perpetrators face up to only two years in prison. Without this new bill, the way New York laws are currently written, officers can admit to having sex with a person in custody and be convicted of no more than a misdemeanor for official misconduct.

Since February, BuzzFeed reported that at least six states have begun drafting or have introduced new bills to try and prevent such gross abuses of power, but what about the rest? That this is an issue affecting more than half of the United States—one that nearly 30 states have yet to take formal action on—is truly disturbing. 

Mark Treyger, a New York City Council member representing Brooklyn, talked to BuzzFeed News about why this new bill is so important, stating:

I am proud that our leaders at the state level have recognized the need to finally close this antiquated loophole and ensure that our laws on sexual consent align with basic common sense and human decency. This is such a common sense issue. There is no reason, no excuse that similar loopholes should not be closed in other parts of the country where they may still be in existence.

Honestly, agreed. Here's hoping more states come through with legislation like this bill ASAP.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com

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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.

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