Competing visions of reality

Majority of Black families in major cities are in financial pain, TikTok, Andrew Gillum

Election Day is 49 days away.

While record wildfires ravaged the American West, and as Hurricane Sally threatens an historic deluge along the Gulf Coast, Biden and Trump offer competing visions of reality itself:

If you give a climate arsonist four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised if we have more of America ablaze? If you give a climate denier four more years in the White House, why would anyone be surprised when more of America is underwater? We need a president who respects science.

- Joe Biden

It’ll start getting cooler. You just watch.

- Donald Trump

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🚨 Majority of Black households in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston report serious financial problems during coronavirus pandemic

“Many of these problems are concentrated among Black and Latino households, households with annual incomes below $100,000, and households experiencing job or wage losses since the start of the outbreak. Serious financial problems during the coronavirus outbreak are reported by majorities of Black households in New York City (62%), Los Angeles (52%), Chicago (69%) and Houston (81%). Serious financial problems are also reported by majorities of Latino households in New York City (73%), Los Angeles (71%), Chicago (63%), and Houston (77%) during this time. In addition, majorities of households with annual incomes below $100,000 report facing serious financial problems in New York City (65%), Los Angeles (64%), Chicago (59%), and Houston (72%) during the coronavirus outbreak.”

(Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

Read the complete report here.

🌏 What does a deal between TikTok and Oracle mean?

The Associated Press has your answers:

“ByteDance faces a Sept. 20 deadline to sell TikTok to an American company or risk being banned in the U.S. over national security concerns.”

“Oracle was among the pool of bidders, including Microsoft and Walmart, to buy TikTok’s American operations. Microsoft on Sunday said that ByteDance will not be selling TikTok’s U.S. operations to the company. Oracle, in confirming it was the winning bidder Monday, didn’t refer to the deal as a sale or acquisition, instead saying it was chosen as TikTok’s ‘trusted technology provider.’”

“It’s unclear at this point what assets, if any, Oracle would actually acquire.”

“A TikTok-Oracle deal must be approved by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), which vets deals that may have national security implications.”

(Associated Press)

MORE: CNBC: TikTok relying on Trump to back off original demand to sell U.S. business and approve Oracle deal

🗳 Andrew Gillum Comes Out As Bisexual On “Tamron Hall"

Andrew Gillum and his wife, R. Jai, sat down with Tamron Hall to publicly address the scandal that made headlines earlier this year. In March, the former Florida Democratic gubernatorial nominee was found unconscious in a Miami Beach hotel room with two other men, one of whom was reportedly an escort.

I don’t identify as gay but I do identify as bisexual. And that is something I have never shared publicly before.

- Andrew Gillum

So many people just don’t understand bisexuality. Bisexuality is just something different. I just believe that love and sexuality exist on a spectrum. All I care about is what’s between us and what agreement we make.

- R. Jai Gillum

There is no doubt Andrew Gillum wishes to continue his career in politics; this interview—staged in the same hotel where Gillum accepted the Democratic nomination for governor—was a necessary step.

NewsOne has the story.