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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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Hot Or Bothered: Fashion At The 2017 American Music Awards

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The night music fans have been waiting for is finally here! The 45th American Music Awards went down right Sunday night at Microsoft Theater in L.A. and a host of your favorite stars hit the red carpet in some looks that were hot and some that had us bothered … let’s start with the hot!

The evening’s host Tracee Ellis Ross sparkled and shined in this burgundy sequined Stella McCartney gown. We’re  sure her mother Diana Ross inspired this look.

Meanwhile her  sister-in-law Ashlee Simpson Ross dazzled in a sparkly number by Christian Siriano.

And of, the evening’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner and honoree – Diana Ross proved why she’s a music and fashion icon in this black gown and hat.

 

Selena Gomez showed off her killer bod wearing a Coach leather minidress and brand new platinum hair.

Also killing it in an LBD – that’s leather black dress, was Ciara wearing Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture. Ok Ciara!

 

Demi Lovato looked like a goddess in this black sheer strapless gown by Ester Abner.

 

And, Kelly Rowland gave us grecian vibes in this velvet gown with embellished bodice.

But the look that stole the show  DJ Khaled’s son Asahd, looking super adorable in his tiny black suit and Gucci loafers that cost a whopping $275. That’s what we call winning at 1 year old.

But someone whose look was not winning … Nick Cannon. We’re not sure why he was dressed like a Bratz doll, but he needs to stop.

Sadly we also have to request that whoever dressed Pink in this awful tulle Monique Lhuillier dress be fired immediately. Sorry we love you Pink but this dress was a hot damn mess.

(Photos courtesy of J. Merritt/Getty Images)

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