EBONY Rundown: ‘Whip/Nae Nae’ Rapper Silento Indicted in Cousin’s Murder, Biden Doubles Down on Afghanistan Withdrawal, and More

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“Whip/Nae Nae” Rapper Silento Indicted on Murder Charges

Former child star Silento, who is responsible for the “Whip/Nae Nae” dance craze, has been charged with the murder of his cousin, Frederick Rooks. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the rapper, whose birth name is Ricky Lamar Hawk, was indicted by a grand jury Monday on four felony charges—including malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm. Authorities have not released a motive.

Biden Doubles Down on Afghanistan Withdrawal

Monday afternoon, from the East Room of the White House, President Joe Biden defended his decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan. Despite the chaos that has erupted in the nation due to the Taliban takeover, Biden says that he does not regret putting a stop to America’s longest war in history and suggested that the Afghan military did not have the “will” to fight for their country. “We gave them every tool they could need,” said President Biden. “We paid their salaries, provided for the maintenance of their air force— something the Taliban doesn’t have. Taliban does not have an air force. We provided close air support.”

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Biden Administration Expected to Recommend Vaccine Boosters for Most Americans

As the Delta variant continues to sweep across the nation, the Biden Administration is expected to advise most Americans to get a third vaccine booster “eight months after becoming fully vaccinated,” CNN reports. The plan, which could be announced as early as this week, would roll out in September. It is expected that nursing home patients and healthcare workers will be the first to receive the booster shoots this fall.

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