Wednesday, December 02, 2020

Evander Holyfield calls out Mike Tyson

Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has called out Mike Tyson for a rematch after Tyson's exhibition fight against Roy Jones.

Read Holyfield's statement below:

"My side tried to make the fight happen and we got nothing but excuses,” said Holyfield. “Now I can see why he wanted a tune-up fight before thinking about fighting me.”

“Roy Jones was a good local opponent for Mike,”<\p>

“But a fight with me would be a global event and the only fight that anyone wants to see is a fight between us. There is absolutely no reason why we shouldn’t make it happen.”

No more excuses. This is the fight that must happen for both our legacies. Saturday night you said you were ready to fight me, so sign the contract and get in the ring, Tyson. The world is waiting and it’s on you now. I’m ready.”


Crystal Mason to appeal her case to the Texas Supreme Court

Crystal Mason, a Black woman in Texas who has drawn national headlines over the years after she was handed a five-year prison sentence for illegally casting a provisional ballot in the 2016 presidential election, is seeking to challenge her conviction.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas (ACLU of Texas), the national ACLU, and the Texas Civil Rights Project joined Mason’s attorneys in filing a petition this week to have Texas’ top criminal court review her case.

Mason was sentenced to five years in prison back in 2018 for casting a provisional ballot in the 2016 election, though the vote was never counted, according to a press release from the ACLU of Texas. At the time, Mason had been on supervised release for a previous federal conviction from years before. Convicted felons are barred from voting in the state if they haven’t completed their sentence.

The group said in the release that an appeals court recently shot down an appeal from Mason’s legal team back in March in the case. But the group added the court’s panel of justices also agreed then that Mason “was not aware the state considered her ineligible to vote.”

According to The Texas Tribune, Mason served time behind bars for several months before being released this past spring to a halfway house.

“The attorneys argue the lower court’s opinion violates Texas law and conflicts with DeLay v. State, a case involving former Republican U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay, in which the Court of Criminal Appeals threw out his conviction on the basis that an individual must actually ‘know’ that their conduct violates the Election Code,” the group added.

Mason said in a statement this week that she is “more energized than ever before" and refuses "to be afraid.”

“I thought I was performing my civic duty and followed the election process by filling out a provisional ballot,” she said. “By trying to criminalize my actions, Texas has shown me the power of my voice."

"I will use my voice to educate and empower others who are fighting for their right to vote," she also said.


Monday, November 30, 2020

Biden nominates Cecilia Rouse for chair of the Council of Economic Advisers

President-elect Joe Biden intends to nominate Cecilia Rouse, Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs (Princeton University) as chair of the Council of Economic Advisers ( according to The Wall Street Journal. If confirmed by the Senate, Rouse would be the first woman of color to chair the Council.

Operating within the Executive Office of the President, the CEA “is charged with offering the President objective economic advice on the formulation of both domestic and international economic policy,” according to The White House.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Karen Jean-Pierre named as Deputy Press Secretary for the President in Biden Administration

Karine Jean Pierre has been selected to serve as a principal deputy press secretary for the president-elect in the Biden Administration.

Jean-Pierre was Senior Advisor to President-Elect Joe Biden and Chief of Staff to Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on the Biden-Harris Campaign.

Jean-Pierre released the following statement on her appointment:

I am profoundly honored to be the Principal Deputy Press Secretary for Joe Biden. I am especially thrilled to work alongside Jen Psaki whose leadership and stellar instincts will ensure we are positioned to effectively communicate the Biden-Harris agenda to all Americans.

Symone Sanders Named Senior Advisor and Chief Spokesperson for the Vice President

Symone Sanders, has been picked to become the senior adviser and chief spokesperson for Vice President, Kamala Harris.

Sanders worked on the Biden campaign as a senior adviser after previously working for campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders.

Sanders released the following statement on her appointment:

Ready to serve accurately describes how I feel. Thank you Madam Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for entrusting me with this charge. It has been the honor of my life to work for Joe Biden & I am elated to have the opportunity to continue to that work in the PEOPLE'S HOUSE.