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It’s 2017, yet the levels of hatred and bigotry in this country are sometimes reminiscent of decades past.

In a place that is dedicated to uplifting and showcasing the accomplishments and advancements of Black people, a heinous act occurred by a cowardly person. Someone, who has yet to be identified, left a noose in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Following the incident, the museum closed for nearly three hours on Wednesday. It reopened around 3:15 p.m., after police deemed the area “safe and secure.”

“Today’s incident is a painful reminder of the challenges that African-Americans continue to face,” the museum’s Director Lonnie Bunch wrote in a memo to employees on Wednesday. “This was a horrible act, but it is a stark reminder of why our work is so important.”

According to several reports, the rope was found in the museum’s history gallery, which features an exhibit on segregation.

The disgusting incident is currently being investigated by the U.S. State Park Police and the Smithsonian Office of Protection Services.

Unfortunately this isn’t the first time a noose was found on Smithsonian property in D.C. in the last week! ABC News reports that, “Last Friday, police conducting a security check found a noose hanging on a tree outside the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum.” At this time, it’s not clear if the two incidents were related.

2017, people, 2017!

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CodeBlack Could Redeem Itself With New Omar Epps, Paula Patton Flick

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No shade to CodeBlack Films, but it’s last flick, All Eyes On Me, was kind of a disaster. From the poor ratings and reviews, to stars like Jada Pinkett Smith and 50 Cent slamming the film, folks just weren’t feeling it.

But that may all change with their new movie Traffik. The action-packed thriller slated for theaters April 27, 2018 stars Omar Epps, Paula Patton and Laz Alonso, and it looks pretty darn good.

Peep the trailer below.

In the film, Brea (Paula Patton) and John (Omar Epps) are off for a romantic weekend in the mountains. Isolated at a remote estate, the couple are surprised by the arrival of two friends, another couple, Darren (Laz Alonso) and Malia (Roselyn Sanchez). Just when the weekend starts to get back on track, a violent biker gang turns up and begins to torment them. The foursome are forced to fight for their lives against a gang who will stop at nothing to protect their secrets.

The film is written and directed by Deon Taylor. Patton is also a producer.

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