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Team HOPE NOLA,
founded in 2016 by rapper Master P and New Orleans Pelicans coach Robert Pack, repainted the Guste senior housing development and donated computers, a TV and new furniture for the community room as part of Essence Festival's Day of Service June 29. Essence also hosted its inaugural Celebrity Basketball Game to benefit Team HOPE.

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U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins,
R-Port Barre, narrates a five-minute video shot inside the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, the former Nazi concentration and extermination camp where more than 1 million people were killed. Higgins called it a reminder why the U.S. "must be invincible." The museum's Twitter account responded, "Inside a former gas chamber, there should be mournful silence. It's not a stage." We agree.

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State Sen. Beth Mizell,
R-Franklinton, said "no real citizen" called for the removal of Confederate monuments in New Orleans, despite hearings, protests and debates over their removal and majority votes from three public bodies that agreed the statues should be removed. In a video posted June 25, she argues for the protection of the Capitol statue of Huey P. Long — even though there have been no calls to remove it.

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