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Opioid Crisis Activists Lead Protests At The Met And Guggenheim Museum

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Nan Goldin called out the institution's continued acceptance of money from The Sackler family

This past Saturday, artist-activist Nan Goldin led a pair of protests at famed art institutions The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum in NYC. Both museums carry the name of the Sackler Family on portions of their buildings, and continue to accept donations despite the family owning Purdue Pharma, one of the largest producers of OxyContin.

As reported by Dazed, Goldin sent out an open-call on Instagram for activists to join her on the steps of The Met to urge these museums to denounce the Sacklers. Goldin—who published photographs of her own struggle with opioid addiction last year on Artforumfounded P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now) which is committed to "making the Sacklers and Purdue Pharma responsible for helping to find the solution to ending America's opioid epidemic." The group demands that both parties move their money into treatment and education.

At the Guggenheim, as protestors staged a die in on the ground floor, Goldin distributed prescription mock-ups printed with Richard Sackler's words from recently released court documents. New evidence in a recent Massachusetts court case alleges Sackler family members misled doctors and patients about the dangers of Oxycontin. One quote from former CEO Richard Sackler reads, "The launch of oxycontin tablets will be followed by a blizzard of prescriptions that will bury the competition. The prescription blizzard will be so deep, dense, and white." Goldin turned those words into a literal blizzard, as the scripts were dumped from the balconies of the Guggenheim and floated to to the floor below.


Dazed points out that The Met responded to Goldin and P.A.I.N.'s criticism in a statement last month, explaining that the museum's relationship with the Sacklers predates the opioid crisis by decades, but that "The Met is currently engaging in a further review of our detailed gift acceptance policies, and we will have more to report in due course."

For more information on Goldin and P.A.I.N.'s demands, visit their site and check out the petition on Change.org.

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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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